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Fort Belknap Tribal Officials Detain State Game Warden For Over 5 Hours
Tuesday, September 16th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Fort Belknap tribal officers detained a state game warden for over five hours on Saturday, apparently because the tribe believes the agency has unfairly focused its enforcement efforts on tribal members.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks Deputy Director Mike Volesky tells The Billings Gazette that Warden Dirk Paulsen of Chinook was patrolling about 12 miles west of Hays on Saturday morning when tribal officers blocked his vehicle.
Last year, the tribe passed a resolution denying wardens access to tribal lands without authorization. Volesky says some interpret it as meaning nontribal members need permission to travel across tribal lands, even on public roads.
Volesky says tribal officers threatened to impound Paulsen's vehicle. Fort Belknap Indian Community Council president Mark Azure says the warden was cited for criminal trespass.
A Reminder To Hunters From FWP
Tuesday, September 16th 2014
Attention Hunters, It is hunting season again and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks of Region 6 would like to remind you to be courteous of landowners’ property while in the field.
While most hunters make a conscious effort to close gates behind them, every year some gates get left open by careless hunters causing landowners additional work. This can result in many hours of effort re-sorting already worked cows and calves.
The common rule is to leave gates as they are found, but there can be exceptions. For example, if you find a gate lying on the ground with cattle on one side and none on the other, the gate may have been left open by another hunter, and not the landowner.
Please take a few minutes to find out if the gate should be closed, by calling the landowner, public land agency, or even a MFWP employee (Game Warden, Block Management Tech, or Biologist).
The time you take to contact someone, could be the difference in keeping the land open to hunting in the future.
Thank you, Tim Potter Jr. R6 Hunting Access Enhancement Coordinator
Library Expanding Services
Tuesday, September 16th 2014
(From Emily Wilson) The Glasgow City-County Library is constantly looking for ways to improve and expand our service. Recently, we have been evaluating expanding our interlibrary loan services to include items previously offered on a limited basis. Interlibrary loan allows us to access items in libraries across the continental United States to lend to our patrons. As always, we have to balance services with our funding and make hard decisions on how to use your monies to the best benefit of the entire community.
Next week, we will be expanding the ability for patrons to request interlibrary loans of DVDs (movies and tv shows) as well as to items the library owns but are currently checked out. The caveat to this service expansion is that the borrowing patron will need to reimburse the library for the return shipping of the item at a flat rate of $3.00 at the time the item is picked up.
The library currently spends $300 a month on average to ship books back to other libraries. Our budget cannot support a significant increase. However, as there are no video stores in Glasgow, the ability to expand our entertainment services though borrowing from other libraries is thought to be a service that could be utilized by our community.
We felt that the $3.00 shipping fee would be commensurate with the cost of a video store rental. Additionally, we felt that due to the many book clubs in Valley County, that sometimes many patrons might want to read the same book at the same time. We are able and will continue to be able to place a patron on waiting list for a book and call them when it returns.
However, this timeline does not always meet the patrons’ need. Moving forward, the patron has another option, which is to get the book sooner and reimburse the library for the shipping charges. This option would be less expensive than procuring the book independently. We will be evaluating these new options at the end of 6 months to determine if the offerings should remain a permanent service of the library.
Along with these new options next week, we will be hosting Tuesday Tech Night with Brian Gregory on September 23. The technology lesson and discussion will be held at the library in the reading area.
Roosevelt County Sheriff Resigns
Monday, September 15th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An embattled northeastern Montana sheriff has resigned less than two months ahead of an election in which he appeared headed for defeat by a subordinate.
Roosevelt County Commissioner Gary MacDonald said two-term Sheriff Freedom Crawford turned his resignation in late Thursday.
The resignation was first reported by The Billings Gazette. A replacement had not been named Friday.
Crawford did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.
In June, he lost a primary vote to opponent Jason Frederick by a huge margin. The two were to face off again in November.
Frederick, a former undersheriff, was demoted by Crawford shortly after announcing his candidacy.
Crawford most recently made headlines when police found him sleeping on a Wolf Point sidewalk and suspected he was intoxicated. He was not cited.
Homeless For A Night 2014 Is September 20
Monday, September 15th 2014
Homelessness is defined as the condition of not having a permanent place to live; only recently perceived as a societal problem. Estimates of the number of homeless people in the U.S. range from 1.5 to 3 million, and the problem exists in all major cities and a growing number of smaller communities. The causes range from large-scale deinstitutionalization of mentally ill people to disintegration of the social fabric in minority communities, drug and alcohol abuse, cutbacks in federal social welfare programs, job loss, and real estate speculation.
“Homeless for a Night” is an opportunity for students in the GHS leadership class to take action on the homeless problem. Those who participate will spend a night in front of the Pioneer Museum to discuss, think, and learn about homelessness. Although one night outside can in no way simulates homelessness, this awareness-raising activity can promote advocacy, protest, and education.
Who: GHS Leadership Class students When: September 20th (10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.) Where: Pioneer Museum What: We will be sleeping in boxes to gain awareness of the life of the homeless.
All participants should: 1) Bring at least one blanket (new or gently used), which can be donated at the end of the night to the event. 2) Make and bring one cardboard shelter which they may use with their blanket to stay warm. 3) Find at least 2 sponsors who would be willing to donate $1 for each hour we are homeless (eight in our case), or bring two additional blankets to be donated. (The students have decided to collect at least $25 apiece to be donated to the Glasgow Ministerial Association. Their goal is to collect $400.) Who is homeless and why? The homeless population includes people from all walks of life: • In the US, more than 1.75 million people experience homelessness each year. • 36% of the homeless population is families with children, which is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. • 40% are U.S. military veterans. • 25% are children under the age of 18 years. • 30% of homeless have been homeless for more than two years • 22% suffer from mental illness. • 66% of homeless have problems with alcohol, drug abuse or mental illness • Average monthly income for a homeless individual is $348 • Annual number of food stamp recipients who are children is 9.3 million • 25% of homeless people are employed • 12 million children in the U.S. live below the poverty level • 20% of the people in a soup kitchen line are children
Valley County Health Department Issues Hygiene Reminders
Monday, September 15th 2014
With the reported confirmed case of EV-D68 in Montana, it seems to be a good time to review good respiratory hygiene as recommended by the CDC:
You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick. Bleach is preferred for disinfecting as alcohol sanitizers are not effective against enterviruses.
VCCF Admitted To State Employees Charitable Giving Campaign
Monday, September 15th 2014
The Valley County Community Foundation has been admitted to the 2014 State Employees Charitable Giving Campaign, local coordinator Allen Bunk announced this week.
This marks the ninth year VCCF has been part of the successful statewide project. Employee signup for the program runs for six weeks, Sept. 29 through Nov. 7.
Bunk is a longtime state employee and the appraiser in the Montana State Revenue Field Office in Glasgow. He is a founding and current director of the VCCF representing the Nashua area. He leads the effort for local state employees to give to VCCF.
Through the state giving campaign, all 11,638 state employees are able to give to non-profit organizations of their choice, many using the payroll deduction option. The annual campaign has a history of raising substantial amounts for organizations within Montana, notably $445,228 last year alone.
“Generous employees in Valley County have raised over $3,200 since the first distribution arrived to VCCF in 2007,” Bunk said. He encourages State employees who want to use the payroll deduction to use the VCCF organization code of 5265.
Since inception nearly 20 years ago, the balance of the VCCF endowment has grown to over $500,000. Earnings from the principle have provided $128,679 in grants to non-profit organizations in all parts of Valley County. Grants are awarded each spring. With the 2014 roster of grants as typical, amounts ranged from $1,000 to $3,500.
Prosecutors: Statements in Bakken murder voluntary
Thursday, September 11th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Prosecutors in eastern Montana are asking a state judge to deny a defense request to suppress the suspect's alleged confession in a high-profile murder case.
Deputy Richland County Attorney T.R. Halvorson wrote in a Wednesday court brief that law enforcement video shows Michael Keith Spell made his statements voluntarily.
Spell, of Parachute, Colorado, is accused of killing 43-year-old Sidney High School math teacher Sherry Arnold during an attempted abduction in the Bakken oil patch.
He allegedly confessed to his involvement during an interrogation by FBI agents following his arrest six days after Arnold's 2012 disappearance.
Because Spell is mentally disabled, his attorneys say he was not capable of voluntarily waiving his rights to remain silent and have an attorney present.
An accomplice has pleaded guilty under a deal with prosecutors.
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Senators chide freight railroads on delays
Thursday, September 11th 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators say they're skeptical that freight railroads are doing all they can do to alleviate widespread delays preventing shippers from getting their products to market.
Officials representing the agriculture, auto and chemical industries told a Senate hearing Wednesday that shipping rates are 90 percent higher than in 2002 but service has drastically diminished.
Edward Hamberger, the rail industry's top lobbyist, said railroads spent $26 billion last year on new track and other capital improvements, and that shipping rates are the same level they were in 1988 when adjusted for inflation.
Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state, said she didn't believe the $26 billion figure. West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller called the freight rail industry "the most powerful, under-the-radar lobbying group" in Washington, but warned their support in Congress is ebbing.
Glasgow Public Schools Have Expended Over $3.8 Million For Building Projects
Wednesday, September 10th 2014
In March of 2013 voters in the Glasgow School District approved a $16.8 million levy request to build a new K-5 elementary school and make improvements to the East Side Elementary School and the Glasgow High School.
Through the end of the August, the Glasgow School District has expended $3,809,767 and a total of $13,679,709 remains to be spent.
The project at the East Side and Glasgow High School have been completed while the construction of the new elementary school will be finished in time for the 2015/2016 school year.
The school district has paid Sletten Construction, the general contractor, $2,516,173 while the architect for the project has been paid $798,567 for their work.
The Owners Representative, Eric Hulteng, has been paid $240,523 while the Cit of Glasgow has been paid $13,512 for building permits.
The cost for issuing the bonds has totaled $218,507 and the total amount of revenues generated by the sale of the bonds has totaled $17,489,674.
Superintendent Bob Connors told Kltz/Mix-93 that the building project is still in line with the budget but packages do still need to be bid for the Irle School project.
Northern Ag Network's Haylie Shipp Returns To Glasgow
Wednesday, September 10th 2014
Haylie Shipp, Associate Ag Director for the Northern Ag Network, is moving back to Glasgow.
Her new broadcasting office will be located at Farm Equipment Sales, Inc.’s Glasgow headquarters.
Haylie, she grew up on a cattle ranch north of Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School in 2003. She went on to graduate from Miles Community College in 2005 and Montana State University Billings in 2008.
Her career with Northern Ag Network began as an internship in 2006. She subsequently was offered a full-time position, and was then promoted to the company’s Associate Ag Director.
Haylie covers the four-state region of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakotas, and participates in national ag meetings throughout the year. She was awarded the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s “Horizon Award,” an honor given to the top farm broadcaster in the nation with fewer than five years of experience.
There will be an open house at Farm Equipment Sales Glasgow on Tuesday, September 16th at 10:00 a.m. with coffee and rolls to give Haylie a warm welcome back to the Glasgow community.
Fort Peck wilderness celebration moved to Interpretive Center
Wednesday, September 10th 2014
Fort Peck, Mont – Sept. 8, 2014- The September 13 entertainment featuring Jack Gladstone, Montana’s Poet Laureate Tami Haaland, and exhibition of local artists’ work, will be held at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center, not at the historic Fort Peck Theater as previously announced.
The evening’s activities are a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act as well as appreciation for the varied landscapes of eastern Montana. Gladstone’s free concert, which begins at 7 p.m., previously was scheduled to be held at the theater, but logistics caused organizers to change venue.
“All activities, including the Jack Gladstone concert, will now be held at the Interpretive Center,” says Mark Good, a field director for the Montana Wilderness Association. “We looked forward to celebrating a historic milestone at the historic theater, but it makes more sense for all the activities to be centered at a single spot.”
Saturday’s activities will kick off with a hike to Sand Arroyo, the remote area off Highway 24 in McCone County managed by the BLM and CMR National Wildlife Refuge that’s known for its unusual landforms and fossil resources. Volunteers with the Montana Wilderness Association will lead the hike, which is free and open to everyone. In order to participate, register at www.wildmontana.org. Hikers will be treated to a barbecue upon their return to the Interpretive Center.
The Interpretive Center will be open all afternoon and evening for the art exhibit of local landscapes, which is being organized and curated by Wheatgrass Arts and Gallery in Glasgow. The evening’s entertainment begins with a reading from Tami Haaland, a native of Rudyard who is Montana’s current Poet Laureate. Following the reading, Jack Gladstone will take the stage for a free concert. One of Montana’s most popular performers, Gladstone has produced 15 critically acclaimed recordings.
The weekend concludes with a hike to Burnt Lodge Wilderness Study Area, located in the Missouri River Breaks southwest of Glasgow.
For more about the weekend’s activity, call Mark Good in Great Falls at 406-453-9434.
The Jack Gladstone tour is sponsored by The Wilderness Society, U.S. Forest Service, Montana Back Country Horsemen, Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front, and Montana Wilderness Association.
Two Rivers Growth Membership Meeting Is September 16
Monday, September 8th 2014
Two Rivers Economic Growth is holding its 2014 annual membership meeting on Tuesday, September 16th at the Gateway Club in Fort Peck.
The Poker Run starts at 5:30 and last til 7 p.m., starting at The Cottonwood Inn & Suites, then to the Fort Peck Hotel, Fort Peck Dam & Interpretive Center, Fort Peck Marina and then on to the Gateway Club. Best hand wins $150 in chamber big bucks; worst hand gets $50 in chamber big bucks.
Gateway Club doors open at 6 p.m. with appetizers, mini-entree's & desserts from 7- 8:45 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Tami Burke from TBID. The annual membership meeting will run from 8:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Tickets are $30. Call 406-263-4769, e-mail email@example.com or pick up at 313 Klein Avenue in the Plains Plaza in Glasgow.
Project Classroom Underway
Monday, September 8th 2014
The Glasgow Soroptimist Club is once again offering "Project Classroom" – helping educators one classroom at a time.
Open to all public schools in Valley County, Project Classroom will award classrooms a monetary grant for a project that will enable the class to achieve a goal they are working towards. The grants will be $250.00 and one grant a month will be awarded to the applicant who meets the criteria.
An application form and project explanation will need to be submitted by the first of each month that school in is session. The first applications will be due October 1, 2014. Applications will be mailed or delivered to Valley County public school superintendents/principals in the coming week.
The grant will be awarded the 15th of each month.
For more information, please contact Kim Lacey at 228-8128.
Governor Bullock Declares A Disaster For Valley County Due To Flooding
Friday, September 5th 2014
Helena – Governor Steve Bullock declared a disaster for areas in central and eastern Montana after severe storms and heavy rains hit the area from August 21 through August 24.
This will allow Bullock to mobilize state resources and the Montana National Guard, as well as expend funds to meet the contingencies and needs that may arise from the emergency.
“With the severity and intensity of the storms we saw last week and the damage that resulted, it is important that the state provide relief to those jurisdictions that need our assistance,” Bullock said.
The declaration comes as a result of a microburst that recorded winds in excess of 75 mph on August 21 in Ekalaka, with debris from fallen or damaged trees causing significant damage to property there. Meanwhile, rainfall in excess of seven inches in a short period of time across central and north-central Montana caused the Milk and Musselshell Rivers and tributaries to rapidly rise above major flood stage, damaging culverts, roadways and stock reservoirs.
The Governor’s declaration covers the counties of Valley, Petroleum, Musselshell, the Town of Ekalaka and the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.
A Scobey man received a sentence of four years probation and six months in residential rehabilitation on Thursday for his role in a conspiracy to steal pain medication from patients.
Cale J. Handran, 33, received the same punishment as his co-conspirator, Kevin Criswell, received on Wednesday.
Handran also is jointly responsible for $6,413.33 in restitution to Kent Cromwell, who suffered severe emotional trauma because of the conspiracy.
Judge Susan Watters also issued Criswell’s sentence.
“You both are addicts,” Watters said. “And you acted like typical addicts.”
The prosecution argued that Handran, who was Criswell’s physical therapy assistant at Daniels Memorial Healthcare Center, should receive a longer sentence than Criswell.
He was uncooperative during Daniels County Sheriff Skip Baldry’s investigation, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan McCarthy.
However, Watters sided with the defense, reasoning Handran was exercising his Fifth Amendment right not to self-incriminate.
They are both equally culpable and deserve the same sentence, she said.
Before sentencing, a letter penned by victim Kent Cromwell was read by his daughter Brittni.
In his letter, Cromwell detailed the strain that Handran and Criswell’s pill thefts put on their family.
“Our family alone has spent many hours in tears because of your actions,” his letter said.
Cromwell’s wife believed that Cromwell’s pills were disappearing because he was abusing his pain medication, he said. The dispute put their 33-year marriage on eggshells and drove him to attempt suicide twice.
His attempts landed him in a Billings psychiatric ward, he said. “For my wife, and especially my daughter, to see me in that state was the worst point in my life.”
Unlike his co-conspirator, who apologized to Cromwell and published an apology to other victims in the local paper, Handran never did, Cromwell said. “At least Kevin Criswell was man enough to apologize to his victims.”
Three people also testified on Handran’s behalf, including his uncle and victim Steven Handran.
Handran said he misses his nephew, who has been barred from communicating with his victims since the case began.
“We were a very close family,” Steven Handran said. “I miss our times together.”
When given a chance to speak, Cale Handran kept his statement brief.
“I’d like to apologize to you and your family, and my family for what I put you through,” he said after he turned to face the people in attendance.
After the case is over, he said, he plans on apologizing to other victims in the Scobey community.
Handran has been suspended from his position at Daniels Memorial Hospital since May 2012.
Whether he is to be reinstated or if either man will be tried for the burglaries has not been determined.
Officials at the county attorney’s office and at the hospital did not respond to calls Thursday.
Homecoming Royalty Announced
Friday, September 5th 2014
The Glasgow royalty candidate names have been released for Homecoming 2014 in Glasgow.
Queen: Sadie Sukut Amanda Wolff MaKenzie Wesen
King: Sam Schultz Keil Krumwiede Jason Thibault
Amount Of Water Released From Fort Peck Dam Reduced According To Corps Of Engineers
Friday, September 5th 2014
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division is increasing releases at the four lower dams on the Missouri River following heavy rains in August. The higher releases will evacuate flood water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System preparing it to capture next year’s anticipated runoff, thus lessening potential future flood risk. The excess water will also allow the Corps to extend the navigation season 10 days and provide higher winter releases, which will benefit winter hydropower generation and reduce risks to water intakes during periods of ice formation this winter. Runoff above Sioux City, Iowa in August was 3.2 million acre feet (MAF), 241 percent of normal. The 2014 runoff forecast is 35.6 MAF, 141 percent of normal. Average annual runoff is 25.2 MAF.
“Rains in the upper basin have swelled tributary rivers and increased runoff into the reservoir system. August runoff was the third highest since 1898,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. “The Corps’ reservoir system remains within normal operating levels, but the higher runoff has resulted in the need to evacuate water from the system this fall above the rate required for navigation. Releases at the lower four projects, Oahe, Big Bend, Fort Randall and Gavins Point dams, which had been scheduled to meet full service navigation requirements downstream, will be increased to ensure the entire flood control capacity of the system is available for next year’s runoff.” The total volume of water stored in the reservoir system is 61.3 MAF. Currently, 5.2 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage is occupied.
“Releases from Gavins Point Dam will be stepped up from the current release rate of 38,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 45,500 cfs during the next several days, and are expected to remain near that level throughout the fall. By evacuating the excess water from the reservoir system at the lowest possible rate for the longest period of time, the updated release plan will properly prepare the reservoir system for next year’s runoff season, while reducing downstream flood risk this fall,” explained Farhat. “Although releases are higher than normal for this time of year, flows are expected to remain in the channel unless we experience a significant amount of rain.” The Corps will carefully monitor downstream conditions and adjust Gavins Point Dam releases as necessary this fall to provide flood risk reduction and continue evacuation of stored flood water. Based on the September 1 reservoir system storage, there will be a 10-day extension to the navigation season with Gavins Point winter releases of 20,000 cfs. Navigation service at the mouth of the Missouri River will now end on December 10. Both the longer navigation season and the higher winter release will better serve downstream water users during the remainder of the year. Winter releases are normally near 17,000 cfs.
The Corps will continue to monitor basin conditions and fine tune the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information.
Draft Annual Operating Plan and Fall Public Meetings
In late September, the Corps will post the 2014-2015 Draft Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System on its website at http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/aop.html. Fall public meetings will be held in five cities throughout the basin during the last week of October to discuss and take comments on the proposed operating plan. The public meetings will include a presentation from the Corps regarding 2014 operations and plans for regulating the reservoir system in 2015, followed by a question and answer session. Meeting times and locations will be announced in a future news release when additional details become available.
Gavins Point Dam releases ranged from 28,000 cfs to 32,600 cfs in August, averaging 28,500 cfs. Releases are expected to reach 45,500 cfs on September 9, and will be made from both the powerhouse and the spillway. The reservoir behind Gavins Point Dam ended August at elevation 1206.9 feet, and will gradually rise to its normal seasonal pool elevation of 1207.5 feet in September. Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 27,900 cfs in August. Fort Randall releases are expected to average 44,600 cfs in September, but will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired elevation at Gavins Point. The planned fall release will require releases from the powerhouse and the outlet tunnels. The reservoir ended August at elevation 1356.4 feet, up 0.3 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to end September near elevation 1353.5 feet. The reservoir is normally drawn down to 1337.5 feet in the fall to provide space for winter hydropower generation at Oahe and Big Bend. The annual drawdown will continue in October and November.
Big Bend Dam releases averaged 25,300 cfs during the month of August. They are expected to average 39,800 cfs this month, and all releases will be passed through the powerhouse. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420 feet during September.
Oahe Dam releases averaged 28,000 cfs during the month of August. Releases are expected to average 39,800 cfs this month. Releases will be passed primarily through the powerhouse; however the outlet tunnels may be used on occasion during powerhouse maintenance this fall. The reservoir ended August at elevation 1615.2 feet, up 1.5 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to drop nearly 2 feet during the month of September.
Garrison Dam releases average 28,000 cfs in August. Releases were reduced from 28,000 cfs to 26,000 cfs in early September. Releases will be reduced to 20,000 cfs later in the month. Garrison ended August at elevation 1844.9 feet, down 1.2 feet from the end of July. It is expected to drop 1 foot during September.
Fort Peck Dam releases were reduced from 7,500 cfs to 6,000 cfs in late August, and averaged 7,300 cfs for the month. Releases will be reduced from 6,000 cfs to 5,000 cfs in the middle of September. The reservoir ended August at elevation 2232.2 feet, up 2.1 feet from the previous month. The reservoir is forecast to rise less than 1 foot during September.
The forecast reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation, or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.
The six mainstem power plants generated 962 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity in August. Typical energy generation for the month of August is 1,001 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 9.9 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the normal of 10 billion kWh.
Class Of '54 Holds Final Reunion
Friday, September 5th 2014
(From Doris Franzen) In June of this year the Class of 1954 held its 60th and final reunion. We had a wonderful time! We used to be a class group of about 100. Two thirds of us are still here and counting our blessings. We had one-third of the remaining members who were able to come to the reunion. Which at this stage of life is really wonderful. We want to thank all the friends and relatives of the class who came to the Elks on Friday evening for a “Meet & Greet” session. Seeing all of you helped to make things extra special.
Back Row: Dean Smith, Tigard, Oregon; Paige Wilham, Brighton, Colorado; Duane Johnson, Lambert; Doug Moran, Missoula; Gail Johnson, Nisland, South Dakota; Janice Wass Spurgin, Billings; JoAnn Combs Rosscup, West Richland, Washington; Wes Scott, Glasgow; Jack Dix, Glasgow; Carl Erickson, Corvallis.
Middle Row: Cora Dalby Canen, Glasgow; Bob McInerney, Helena; Gus Lightfoot, Knoxville, Iowa; Tom Farrell, Laurel; Doris Johnston Franzen, Glasgow; Robert “Bud” Nelson, Great Falls.
City Of Glasgow Terminates Emergency Declaration For Flooding
Thursday, September 4th 2014
Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson has announced that she has terminated the emergency declaration for flooding that she had signed last week.
On August 25th, Mayor Erickson signed the emergency declaration so that the City of Glasgow would be able to work with other government entities to obtain equipment to deal with the flooding that hit Glasgow.
Glasgow and Valley County were hit with flooding the last week of August when a storm moved through and dropped a record amount of rain.
The flooding has dissipated on the Milk River in Glasgow, Nashua and Tampico. Beaver Creek near Hinsdale in still in flood stage and isn't expected to recede until the weekend.
The Valley County Commissioners passed a 2-mill emergency levy to raise funds to pay for infrastructure damaged by the flooding. The commissioners told Kltz/Mix-93 that the damage was less then $200,000 and they would not be eligible for disaster help from FEMA.
August Was 5th Wettest Of All Time
Thursday, September 4th 2014
The month of August was the wettest August on record, and the 5th wettest month of all time.
This was mainly due to a very slow moving storm system that brought record rainfall to the region from the 21st through 24th. 5.26 inches of rain fell during that time, making it the wettest four day period on record in Glasgow.
For the month, 6.72 inches of rain fell, which was 5.48 inches above normal. The monthly total breaks the old monthly rainfall record for August, which was 5.74 inches in 1985.
This past August also ranks as Glasgow's 5th wettest month on record, behind June 1950 (6.95), May 2011 (6.97), June 1906 (7.12), and June 1923 (10.29). The yearly total through the end of August now stands at 12.94 inches.
August began 1.70 drier than normal, but is now 3.80 inches wetter than normal.
August was also a little cooler than normal. The average temperature for the month was 69.7 degrees, which was half a degree cooler than normal. The average high for the month was 82.2 degrees, while the average low was 57.2 degrees.
Seven days reached 90 degrees or warmer, the warmest day being the 7th when the high reached 98 degrees. the coolest day was on the 26th, with a low of 43 degrees.
The wind gusted 30 mph or greater on 10 days during the month. The peak wind gust was 55 mph on the 28th.
The normal temperatures for the month of September begin with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the lower 50s, ending the month with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 30s.
Average rainfall for the the month is 0.94 inches. The first snowfall of the season is also possible in September, with an monthly average of 0.2 inches.
Former Scobey Physical Therapist Sentenced Over A Conspiracy To Steal Pain Medication From Patients
A physical therapist and former University of Montana basketball player was sentenced to four years of probation and six months in a residential drug treatment center over a conspiracy to steal pain medication from patients
Kevin R. Criswell, 31, of Libby, will also pay $6,413.33 in restitution to one patient who suffered severe emotional trauma because of the conspiracy.
“I want to reiterate my apology to the community of Scobey,” Criswell said before he was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings on Wednesday. “This is one step closer to ending my full recovery to this addiction.”
Criswell said since the case has now ended, he plans to apologize to some of the victims. He has been barred from contacting them since proceedings began.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to acquire a controlled substance by subterfuge on May 13.
Terms of the plea agreement called for the dismissal of a second count of acquiring drugs by subterfuge.
Criswell’s charges date back to February 2012, when Daniels County Sheriff Skip Baldry began an investigation into complaints from Scobey residents who believed someone had entered their homes and stolen prescription pain medication.
In the wake of the inquiry, 91 victims had been identified, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan McCarthy.
At the sentencing hearing, McCarthy read a letter into the record from one of Criswell’s victims.
The woman, identified as Carol Fouhy, was unfit to travel to Billings to testify because of severe back pain.
She cannot even look at a pill bottle without thinking of what Criswell did to her, she said in her letter. “I am still feeling extremely victimized.”
Co-owners of Orthopedic Rehabilitation Physical Therapy, Patrick Gulick and Keith Ori spoke in defense of Criswell.
They both stated that Criswell, who was employed with the firm after the conspiracy was uncovered, has been an exemplary employee and talented therapist. Both men believe he was driven to commit these crimes because he was in the throes of opiate addiction.
“The devil is in the drug,” Ori said as he was questioned by Criswell’s attorney, assistant federal defender, Steve Babcock. “We have seen that he has made great strides in his recovery,”
Criswell, who has been stripped of his ability to bill Medicare, currently works for a branch of the rehab firm in Libby. Gulick visits him twice each week to help with the Medicare patients and supervise Criswell.
In Judge Watters’ decision, she said she did have sympathy for the pain and suffering of the victims and understood that many wanted Criswell to spend the time in prison.
However, choosing probation and rehabilitation could improve his chances of keeping his license to practice physical therapy. It also allows the government to keep tabs on Criswell longer than a prison sentence, which, at maximum because of his plea, would have been a year.
“If I sentence you to a guideline sentence, we have very little time to work with you,” Watters said. “If I give you a probationary sentence, I can do that for a longer period of time.”
A former Griz guard, Criswell was a ranked scorer in the Big Sky Conference from the 2003 through 2006 seasons.
Sentencing for co-defendant Cale J. Handran, 33, of Scobey, an assistant physical therapist, is scheduled for Thursday.
Groundbreaking at Fort Peck Summer Theatre
Thursday, September 4th 2014
August 31 was not only the the final performance of the 45th summer season but the ground breaking for a new costume/rehearsal building.
Board members were joined by the Theatre cast and crew along with many members of the community to celebrate the dedication of this property, adjacent to the theatre, for the much needed costume storage and rehearsal space.
The Fort Peck Fine Arts Council has been raising money and seeking grants for this new building for the past 5 years.
"We are absolutely thrilled to find ourselves in the position to begin construction this fall with completion anticipated before the 46th summer season" said Patt Etchart, President of the Council.
Etchart also said that the 45th season broke all previous attendance records and the Fort Peck Council is so thankful for the dedication of their many volunteers and faithful patrons.
The shows for the 46th season will be announced very soon when all of the performance rights are secured.
Valley County Health Department Flu Clinics
Wednesday, September 3rd 2014
Valley County Health Department Flu Clinic dates are as follows:
Please bring your current insurance card and wear a short sleeved shirt
FSA Reminds Those Affected By Flooding To Report Damage
Wednesday, September 3rd 2014
The Valley County Farm Service Agency asks that producers affected by recent flooding contact the FSA office to report damage to assist them in determining whether to request the Emergency Conservation Program. Producers should be prepared to give an estimate as to the type and extent of damage. This is the same program that was implemented in 2011 due to flooding. Cost share assistance may be available for debris removal, land leveling and repairing or replacing structures and fences.
Please stop by the FSA office in Glasgow or call 228-4321, extension 2 to report damage.
Saskatoon Pipe Band Unable To Perform In Glasgow
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
Press release from the Chamber:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will not be hosting the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums during the 2014 Glasgow Scottie Homecoming Festival weekend.
The band cancelled on us August 25th. There were some issues regarding customs and the ivory on their pipes getting across the border. The band was not willing to take the chance and put their instruments in jeopardy to cross the border until the issues were resolved.
However, the Chamber has been trying to get a replacement band. We received a call last Friday and we can get the Miles City Caledonian Society to come and perform in the homecoming parade, Scottie Booster Tailgate party and half-time of the Scottie football game. They will only be able to be here on Friday, so all other regular scheduled band performances are cancelled.
We apologize for this and are doing everything in our power to get the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band back for Scottie Homecoming 2015.
If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to contact the Chamber office at 228-2222.
A deluge that soaked much of the Montana Hi-Line with as much as eight inches of rain earlier this month caused record flooding that had some areas still under water on Friday.
"The good news is things are not getting worse," said Tanja Fransen, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Glasgow. "They are gradually improving."
From Aug. 21 through 25, heavy storms dropped four to eight inches of rain from Glasgow to Malta, swelling streams and rivers to the point of spilling over their banks and into the surrounding areas, including over roads and into homes and buildings.
"As far as the flood goes nothing tragic happened that I know of except for lots of dollars in damage," said Paul Tweten, Valley County road supervisor.
The flooding on the Milk River started in tributaries before spreading to the river itself.
According to the NWS, Beaver Creek at Hinsdale set a new record when it reach 19.52 feet, breaking the old record of 19.44 feet set in 2011.
Fransen said that the Milk River at Nashua normally flows at about 250 cubic feet per second this time of year and that the record before this year was 2,240 cfs, set in 1990.
"This week we saw it hit 12,400 cfs," she said. "We're at about five times what the previous record was."
While the flood waters blocked and washed out roads across the region and damaged numerous bridges, officials said that most residents could, in one way or another, access their property by Friday.
Tweten said that a number of roads remain closed in Valley County, especially ones that aren't paved.
On Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management issued an assessment of damage in Blaine, Phillips and Valley counties with a focus on road conditions.
"Roads are wet, but drying has improved with sunshine the last few days," said Stanley Jaynes, BLM field manager in Havre. "To prevent getting stuck or stranded, motorists should avoid dirt roads a few more days, if possible. This will also reduce further road damage."
Fransen said flooding hit at least 13 roads in Fergus County, although most have since reopened.
In Petroleum County, Sheriff Bill Cassell — who is also the county Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator — spent much of the week scouring county roads, searching out flooded areas, helping residents and assessing damage.
As of Friday, he'd counted at least 22 road sites impacted, along with four bridges that were either damaged or destroyed, and said some roads were so bad that he couldn't even get through them in a full-sized Humvee.
"If a stream crossed underneath the road, it went over the top of the road with the rains," he said. "And that's the whole county. This is pretty much a countywide flooding event."
Past the roads, the rain and flooding also filled basements and crawlspaces with water, damaged crops and isolated livestock.
Fransen said that the state weekly crop report indicates that 80 to 90 percent of the Montana's wheat crop hasn't been harvested, meaning that plenty of the expected annual yield expected in northern Montana was exposed to the storm and floods.
"The huge impact could be on the crops," she said. "When you put five inches of rain on top of your wheat crop, what does that do to it?"
Officials in each county said on Friday that it was too early to get an exact estimate on the damage, with portions of many roads still under water and inaccessible for evaluation.
However, at least two of the counties — Valley and Petroleum — have already submitted a request to Montana Disaster Emergency Service for Gov. Steve Bullock to declare it a disaster.
Steve Knecht, deputy administrator of the state DES, said that early, rough figures estimate damage in Valley County at around $250,000 while it could be between $500,000 and $750,000 in Petroleum County.
"There's still a lot of water out there," he said. "It's fairly flat so it takes a while for that water to flush through. We're hoping by early to mid next week we'll be able to make some final determinations and lay it on the line for the governor's office. When you get up to eight inches of rain in just a couple of days, it just takes a long time for that water to go down."
Officials said that while the flooding is severe, it's not quite up to the levels of 2011, when record rains and higher-than normal snowpack combined with late, quick spring runoff to chew the region for much of the spring and parts of the summer.
Cassell said the floods have cause plenty of damage and headaches but that people the region mostly know how to deal with them. However, he cautioned everyone to still be careful, and patient, on the roads while advising ones impacted by flooding be avoided if possible, especially since many are in rural areas without cell phone service.
"There's a lot of basements flooded but no houses lost or anything like that," he said. "A lot of farmers lost some crop or have critters stranded. Please be careful driving around on the county roads.
"It's all manageable. We're kind of practiced in this. We've had several years of it now. But it takes time to get stuff built back up after something like this."
Judge asked to toss statement in oil-patch slaying
Friday, August 29th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge will decide if a suspect's alleged confession to his involvement in the slaying of a woman jogger should be suppressed because the defendant is mentally disabled.
District Judge Richard Simonton has scheduled an Oct. 1 hearing in Sidney in the case of 25-year-old Michael Spell of Parachute, Colorado.
Spell is accused of killing 43-year-old Sherry Arnold during an attempted abduction. The high school teacher disappeared while jogging in Sidney in January 2012. Her body was found more than two months later in North Dakota.
Spell's attorney says he was not mentally capable of waiving his rights to remain silent and have an attorney present for the FBI interview.
Prosecutors say Spell's statements were lawfully obtained.
A second defendant has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.
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Officials say oil ill effects reach MT reservation
Friday, August 29th 2014
POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — Tribal officials say eastern Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation is feeling the adverse effects of the drilling boom on the nearby Bakken oil fields.
Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes chairman Rusty Stafne says crime has increased but the reservation isn't seeing the economic gains of neighbors in North Dakota and far eastern Montana. He spoke at a listening session hosted by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.
Several members of North Dakota's Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation attended the meeting. Their Fort Berthold Indian Reservation produces 300,000 barrels of oil a day. The oil has brought money to the reservation, but Jodi Lee Spotted Bear says it has also come with violence and drugs.
She says the impact on Fort Peck is now just "a drop in the bucket" of what it could be. (Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Valley County Passes 2-Mill Disaster Resolution
Thursday, August 28th 2014
On Wednesday the Valley County Commissioners passed a resolution to levy 2 mills during fiscal year 2014/2015 for expenses incurred due to the recent flooding.
This will allow Valley County to generate $44,394 to be used as a fiscal match to acquire financial aid from the state and federal government to repair county infrastructure damaged due to the flooding.
The resolution states that the county has committed all available resources, taken all possible action to combat and to alleviate the situation, and local resources are not adequate to cope with the situation. Expenditures for road and bridge repairs necessary to protect life and property continue to be beyond the financial capability of the county.
Valley County passed another 2-mill levy in 2011 to cope with the record flooding and extensively used state and federal resources to repair county infrastructure damaged by flooding.
Verda Hoffarth Stewart Honored by Grandsons with Gift to GHS Educational Trust
Wednesday, August 27th 2014
Drew (Ashley) and Dirk (Bonnie) Markle’s recent gift to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust in memory of their beloved maternal grandmother Verda Hoffarth Stewart does more than honor her many talents and life achievements. It reflects her lessons on family and community, learning and service, hard work and responsibility, values that the brothers are carrying forward in their own lives.
Verda Torgerson Hoffarth Stewart was born and raised on a farm near Dagmar, Montana, and graduated as valedictorian of her class at Medicine Lake High School in 1941. She married Roy P. Hoffarth in 1942, and together they farmed in Raymond, Montana, before moving to Plentywood. Like so many of her contemporaries, Verda’s experiences during the Great Depression and World War II remained vivid throughout her lifetime and shaped the woman she would become--resilient, determined, and devoted.
Roy passed away after a long illness in 1961. Verda then moved her family to Glasgow where she worked for the J.C. Penny Co. from 1962 through 1979 in the business office and as the catalog supervisor. During these years, three of her children (Shannon Hoffarth, Vernita Hoffarth Ares, and Jeanine Hoffarth Markle) graduated from Glasgow High School. In 1979, she transferred with the company to California, where she worked until her retirement.
Although Verda resided in California for the remainder of her life, her roots in the Montana prairie and her love of her extended family and large circle of friends who live there brought her back to the state as often as possible. Always curious and engaged, she enjoyed interests from gardening to ballroom dancing to writing to sewing, and shared them enthusiastically with all she met.
The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is honored to add Verda Hoffarth Stewart’s name to its permanent list through the love and generosity of her grandsons, extended family, and friends.
Whenever the trust receives donations in honor, recognition, or memory of a particular individual or group that total $500 in value, a gift is made to a student or the school in that name. Donations that total $10,000 in value provide an annual naming opportunity in perpetuity.
The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established in 1964 by members of the GHS Class of 1938. Their dream 50 years ago was to establish a fund that could significantly help GHS graduates pursue higher education and thereby a better way of life. With assets now totaling over $4.2 million dollars, it is safe to say that their dreams have been realized.
Since its inception, the trust has granted 2026 gifts to hundreds of different GHS graduates to help pay tuition, fees, and other expenses. The overwhelming majority of students receive multiple gifts. To date, the total value of student gifts is $1,728,650.20.
In addition to the gifts made each year to individual students, the GHS Educational Trust also makes gifts to GHS to purchase enrichment programs and equipment that cannot be financed within the regular school budget. Every department of GHS has received such gifts, which benefit all students as well as members of the community at large when they attend events at the school or use its resources. Ninety-nine gifts totaling $190, 308. 33 have been granted to the school.
Drew and Dirk both benefited from the gifts made to GHS to support all students, and they appreciate the trust’s mission. Their mother, Jeanine Hoffarth Markle, a trustee since 1985, is the current Chief Executive Office of the trust, and their paternal grandmother, Lois Wilson Markle, was a founding trustee and administrator for 36 years. The brothers have observed firsthand what a difference 50 years of devoted community service can make.
GHS graduates who are pursuing higher education at the baccalaureate or vocational/ technical level may apply for financial assistance through a semi-annual application process administered by the trustees. All applicants must have completed at least one year of college or one semester of vocational school, be full-time students in good academic standing, and fulfill other requirements listed on the application available on the trust’s website at www.ghsedutrust.org. Financial need has always been a primary consideration. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year. The next semi-annual meeting will be held in November. The trustees would like to encourage all qualified graduates of Glasgow High School to apply.
At its regular semi-annual meeting, the trustees reviewed 35 applications for gifts from students and three requests from the school. It was the consensus of the Board that more students should be applying. Trustees awarded the following gifts for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters:
First Time Recipients:
Danielle Belleau – Dakota College at Bottineau – Fall - IHO Everett & Elizabeth Breigenzer – Spring – IHO Everett & Elizabeth Breigenzer Griffin Bengochea –Bismarck State College-Fall- IMO Verda Hoffarth Stewart – Spring – IMO Verda Hoffarth Stewart Alaina Cole-Montana State University-Bozeman – Fall – IHO Bill and Peggy Pattison – Spring – IHO Bill and Peggy Pattison Debra Griebel – University of North Dakota – Fall – IHO – Men’s Morning Fellowship Group – Spring IRO Tom and Flora Coghlan Family Jami Johnson – Montana State University – Bozeman – Fall – IMO James “Jamie” Fewer – Spring – IHO Class of 1958 Jessica Mehling – University of Great Falls – Fall – IHO Class of 1992 and Friends – Spring – IMO Cecil and Chloe Toftness Taylor Odenbach – Montana State University-Bozeman – Fall – IRO Valley Bank – Spring – IMO Peter J. Grobel Alex Page – University of Montana – Fall – IMO Arthur and Audrey Parke – Spring – IMO Arthur and Audrey Parke Rachel Pewitt - Montana State University - Bozeman - Fall 2014 - IHO Charlotte Bruce - Spring 2015 - IRO Willard & Charlotte Bruce Kristina Rauscher – University of Great Falls – Fall – IMO Rosalie Holding – Spring – IHO Stan Andersen Family Taylor Strommen – Western Governors University – Fall – IHO Beryl Pehlke – Spring – IRO Herb & Lucille Friedl Family
Second Time Recipeints:
Devyn Bell – Gonzaga University – Fall – IHO Ken R. Gilbert – Spring – IRO Russel & Arlene Heacox Kirsten Bense – Montana State University-Northern – Fall – IMO Robert “Bob” Farrell – Spring – IMO Robert “Bob” Farrell Emily Etchart – University of Montana – Spring – IMO Dr. F. M. & Bernice Knierim Joshua McIntyre – Carroll College – Fall - IHO Randy Andersen – Spring – IHO Mitch McCleery Samantha Arneson Metcalf - Carrington College – Fall – IMO Lila Moen Sanders & IHO Phyllis Moen Sanguine – Spring – IMO Maxine Fiedler Tyana Rasmusan – Montana Tech UM – Fall – IHO Dorothy Kolstad – Spring – IHO Dorothy Kolstad Samuel W. Smith – University of Utah – Fall – IRO Glenn & Carolee Grina Wallem – Spring – IRO Paul & Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson Shelby Stormer – University of Montana – Missoula – Fall – IHO James & Ailene Dokken Olk – Spring – IMO Erik Walstad Melissa Unger – University of Montana – Missoula – Fall – IHO O. E. & Lois Markle Family – Spring - IMO Marsha Cotton Hall
Third Time Recipients:
Sarah Cassel - North Dakota State University – Fall - IHO Sever & Esther Enkerud – Spring – IHO Sever and Esther Enkerud Sienna Dailey – Minot State University – Fall – IHO Bill & Peggy Pattison – Spring – IMO Leonard H. & Kathryn L. Langen Marina Hansen – Montana State University – Bozeman – Fall – IMO Dr. Nancy Lee Etchart – Spring – IMO L. J. & Jean Baker Jeffrey Irving – Montana State University - Bozeman – IRO Ione & Phyllis Kleppin - Spring – IRO Stannebein Family Ethan Kliewer – UM-College of Technology – Fall – IMO Richard “Dick” & Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals – Spring – IRO Beatrice Trites Family Dara Morehouse – University of North Dakota – Fall – IMO Carla Leistiko Murphy – Spring – IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman Ashley Roness – University of Montana – Fall – IMO Ivy and Millie Knight – Spring – IRO Vern & Edna Richardson Family Tiffany Wetzel – Montana State University – Billings – Fall – IMO Arthur & Audrey Parke – Spring - IRO John & Catherine Etchart Family
Fourth Time Recipients
Walter Belleau – Montana State University –Billings – Fall – IMO Horace O. & Emma C. Gamas – Spring – IMO Harry Rybock Alacia Cole – UM Skagg’s School of Pharmacy – Fall – IHO James F. & Anne Hoffmann – Spring – IRO LeRoy & Bess Lockwood Family Simon Helland – University of Montana-Missoula – Fall – IMO Cecil and Chloe Toftness – Spring – IMO Cecil and Chloe Toftness
Gifts to Glasgow High School
Scanner for Science Department – IRO James & Eleanor Wedum Family PLTW Laptop for Industrial Arts Department – IMO Ron Combs Adobe Creative Suite Software for Business Department – IHO of Class of 1972.
Former Glasgow Resident Daniel Burns Dies In Montana State Prison Infirmary
Tuesday, August 26th 2014
A man serving a 25-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of children has died.
Montana State Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry said Daniel Burns, 76, died Monday at about 6:30 a.m. from an extended illness. Burns was housed in the Lewistown Infirmary when he died.
Burns was serving a 60 year prison sentence, with 35 years suspended, for the offense in Roosevelt County. He was eligible for parole in November, and his discharge date was 8-18-2033.
Valley County And City Of Glasgow Pass Emergency Resolution Due To Flooding
Monday, August 25th 2014
The Valley County Commissioners and Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson have signed off on a emergency resolution due to extensive flooding in Valley County and the City of Glasgow. There have been reports of 5 to 7 inches of rainfall in Valley County for a period from August 21-24. Glasgow reported 5.26 inches of rain for that period which is the most total rainfall that Glasgow has seen in a 4 day period in the history of weather reporting from the National Weather Service.
The resolution passed by the Valley County Commissioners and Mayor Erickson will allow Valley County and the City of Glasgow to work with other governmental agencies to obtain equipment to help mitigate the damage occurring because of the flooding.
The Milk River at Glasgow is currently flooding and the Milk River at Nashua is expected to hit flood stage on Tuesday. Beaver Creek near Hinsdale is also flooding.
Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson said that the levee protecting the City of Glasgow from the flood waters of the Milk River was in no danger of failing but the emergency was declared so the city will be prepared if flood waters continue to rise.
Valley County Commissioner Bruce Peterson told Kltz/Klan that the county had 13 county maintained roads that either had or have water running over the top.
Peterson said county road crews are currently assessing the damage to present to Montana Disaster and Emergency Services.
Valley County Sheriff's Office Confiscates Marijuana With A Street Value Of $80,000
Monday, August 25th 2014
The Valley County Sheriff's Office along with the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on August 22nd at 43 Mallard Drive in the cabin area of Fort Peck Lake. Officials found a marijuana growing operation and confiscated marijuana with a street value of an estimated $80,000.
No arrests were made but Sheriff Glen Meier said the investigation continues by the VCSO and the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force.
Roads Closed In Valley County Due To Flooding
Sunday, August 24th 2014
ATTENTION!!! The following roads in Valley County are CLOSED!! Please do not drive on roadways that have running water over them!! If you find a road that has water on it and is not on the list please call Dispatch.
Nelson Road Riverside Drive Kirwin Road Billingsley Road Cherry Valley Road The old Tampico Road 3 miles east of Vandalia Whatley Road Larb Creek Road The dirt track going under the tracks east of the crossing in Nashua Cutacross Road Skylark Road Granada Road
Flood Watch In Effect Through Sunday Afternoon
Saturday, August 23rd 2014
The National Weather Service in Glasgow has issued a flood watch for a portion of northeast Montana, including the following counties: Central And Southeast Phillips- Central And Southern Valley- Daniels- Dawson- Eastern Roosevelt- Garfield- Mccone- Northern Phillips- Northern Valley- Petroleum- Prairie- Richland- Sheridan- Southwest Phillips- Western Roosevelt And Wibaux.
The watch is in effect through sunday afternoon.
Newly forecasted widespread moderate to heavy rain along with previously saturated grounds could lead to various forms of flooding across northeast Montana. Local creeks and streams are expected to rise over the next 36 hours. Bankfull and potential overflow along with nuisance flooding in low lying areas is possible. Heavy equipment will have trouble moving through fields.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Montana's Winter Wheat Crop Almost All In The Bins
Wednesday, August 20th 2014
Montana’s winter wheat crop is almost all in the bins, ahead of what is typically harvested at this time of year.
Farmers report that 86 percent of the state’s winter wheat crop is harvested, compared with a five-year average on this date of 68 percent, according to the survey by the state field office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service.
Montana’s spring wheat crop is 23 percent harvested, the barley crop is 38 percent harvested and the dry bean crop is 69 percent harvested, with each ahead of the five year average.
Farmers rated the spring wheat crop as 48 percent good, 38 percent fair and 9 percent excellent. For barley, farmers report the that 12 percent of the Montana crop is in excellent condition, 43 percent good and 41 percent fair.
The durum wheat crop is rated at 61 percent good and 28 percent fair and the state’s dry peas are rated at 11 percent excellent and 52 percent good.
More than half, 58 percent, of the second cutting of Montana’s alfalfa hay crop is complete, as the state’s pasture conditions continue their seasonal decline despite decent precipitation in many areas of Montana.
Valley County Unemployment Rate At 3.1%
Tuesday, August 19th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.6 percent in July.
The state Labor Department says the national unemployment rate also increased by 0.1 percentage points last month, to 6.2 percent.
More than 12,000 jobs have been created in Montana since the beginning of 2014 and the unemployment rate has fallen by 0.7 percentage points over the same time.
Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says strong job creation and more Montanans returning to the workforce shows increasing optimism about the state's economy.
Officials say payroll employment estimates suggest Montana added 3,100 jobs in July, but total employment — including agricultural jobs and the self-employed — left that increase at 159 jobs. State officials say 577 people joined the workforce last month.
The unemployment rate in Valley County fell to 3.1% in July compared to 3.2% in June. The total workforce in Valley County was 4,329 in July compared to 4,104 in June.
The total workforce in Valley County in July was the largest since 1998.
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