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Brockton family pleads guilty to embezzlement
Wednesday, November 26th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 59-year-old Brockton woman, her husband and two daughters have pleaded guilty to their roles in embezzling more than $132,500 from the town of Brockton on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Desiree Lambert pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls to fraud, embezzlement and aggravated identity theft. Her 66-year-old husband Bernard Lambert and adult daughters Kaycee and Kayla pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting Desiree's embezzlement.

Desiree Lambert was the business manager for the Town of Brockton. Prosecutors say in December 2012 Desiree Lambert began writing municipal checks payable to herself and family members and forged the mayor's signature on the checks. The money was used for gambling and to supplement the family's lifestyle.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled sentencing for March 5.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

American Red Cross Blood Drive Set For Glasgow On December 2nd And 3rd
Tuesday, November 25th 2014
The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.

Blood donations often decline this time of year when donors get busy with holiday festivities and travel. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations, but the need for blood remains steady. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood products every day for patients across the country.

Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities
Glasgow
12/2/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., VFW, 1222 Us Highway 2 W
12/3/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Frances Mahon Hospital, 621 3rd St. South

Hinsdale
12/3/2014: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hinsdale Legion Hall, Legion Hall

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Montana House Committee Assignments Released
Tuesday, November 25th 2014
2015 House of Representatives Standing Committee Assignments
Agriculture (Tu, Th, 3 p.m.)
Redfield, Alan (R) – Ch
Clark, Christy (R) – VCh
MacDonald, Margie (D) – VCh
Berglee, Seth (R)
Curdy, Willis (D)
Harris, Bill (R)
Hertz, Greg (R)
Karjala, Jessica (D)
Lang, Mike (R)
Manzella, Theresa (R)
McKamey, Wendy (R)
Monforton, Matthew (R)
Mortensen, Dale (R)
Olsen, Andrea (D)
Olszewski, Albert (R)
Pease-Lopez, Carolyn (D)
Perry, Zac (D)
Pierson, Gordon (D)
Salomon, Daniel (R)
Staffanson, Scott (R)
Webber, Susan (D)
Williams, Kathleen (D)

Appropriations (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Ballance, Nancy (R) – Ch
Osmundson, Ryan (R) – VCh
Noonan, Pat (D) – VCh
Brodehl, Randy (R)
Burnett, Tom (R)
Cuffe, Mike (R)
Dudik, Kimberly (D)
Ehli, Ron (R)
Ellis, Janet (D)
Glimm, Carl (R)
Hagstrom, Dave (R)
Hollandsworth, Roy (R)
Holmlund, Kenneth (R)
Jones, Donald (R)
McCarthy, Kelly (D)
Mehlhoff, Bob (D)
Peppers, Rae (D)
Tropila, Mitch (D)
Tschida, Brad (R)
Woods, Tom (D)

Appropriations/Finance & Claims Joint
Subcommittees:
Education (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Hollandsworth, Rep. Roy (R) - Ch
Jones, Sen. Llew (R) – VCh
Hamlett, Sen. Bradley Maxon (D)
Jones, Rep. Donald (R)
Moore, Sen. Eric (R)
Woods, Rep. Tom (D)
General Government (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Osmundson, Rep. Ryan (R) – Ch
Taylor, Sen. Janna (R) – VCh
Blasdel, Sen. Mark (R)
McCarthy, Rep. Kelly (D)
Phillips, Sen. Mike (D)
Tschida, Rep. Brad (R)

Health & Human Services (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Ehli, Rep. Ron (R) - Ch
Webb, Sen. Roger (R) – VCh
Burnett, Rep. Tom (R)
Caferro, Sen. Mary (D)
Keenan, Sen. Bob (R)
Noonan, Rep. Pat (D)

Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement and Justice
(M-F, 8 a.m.)
Brodehl, Rep. Randy (R) - Ch
Hansen, Sen. Kristin (R) – VCh
Dudik, Rep. Kimberly (D)
Holmlund, Rep. Kenneth (R)
Howard, Sen. David (R)
Wolken, Sen. Cynthia (D)

Long Range Planning (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Cuffe, Rep. Mike (R) - Ch
Ripley, Sen. Rick (R) – VCh
Hagstrom, Rep. Dave (R)
Peppers, Rep. Rae (D)
Smith, Sen. Cary (R)
Tropila, Rep. Mitch (D)
Windy Boy, Sen. Jonathan (D)

Natural Resources and Transportation
(M-F,8 a.m.)
Glimm, Rep. Carl (R) - Ch
Brenden, Sen. John (R) – VCh
Ballance, Rep. Nancy (R)
Ellis, Rep. Janet (D)
Keane, Sen. Jim (D)
Mehlhoff, Rep. Bob (D)
Rosendale, Sen. Matt (R)

Business and Labor (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Berry, Tom (R) – Ch
Welborn, Jeffrey (R) – VCh
Lynch, Ryan (D) – VCh
Clark, Christy (R)
Curdy, Willis (D)
Fitzpatrick, Steve (R)
Hunter, Chuck (D)
Kipp, George III (D)
Knudsen, Austin (R)
Lang, Mike (R)
Moore, David (Doc) (R)
Noland, Mark (R)
Olsen, Andrea (D)
Pierson, Gordon (D)
Pope, Christopher (D)Ricci, Vince (R)
Salomon, Daniel (R)
Staffanson, Scott (R)
Steenberg, Tom (D)
Education (M, W, F, 3 p.m.)
Laszloffy, Sarah (R) – Ch
Lamm, Debra (R) – VCh
McClafferty, Edie (D) – VCh
Bennett, Bryce (D)
Essmann, Jeff (R)
Funk, Moffie (D)
Greef, Edward (R)
Hertz, Greg (R)
Kelker, Kathy (D)
Meyers, G. Bruce (R)
Monforton, Matthew (R)
Price, Jean (D)
Salomon, Daniel (R)
Schwaderer, Nicholas (R)
Webber, Susan (D)

Ethics (On call)
Harris, Bill (R) – Ch
Schwaderer, Nicholas (R) – VCh
Bennett, Bryce (D) – VCh
Pease-Lopez, Carolyn (D)
Federal Relations, Energy and Telecommunications
(M, W, F, 3 p.m.)
Lang, Mike (R) – Ch
Zolnikov, Daniel (R) – VCh
Steenberg, Tom (D) – VCh
Berry, Tom (R)
Custer, Geraldine (R)
Knudsen, Austin (R)
Lynch, Ryan (D)
McNiven, Jonathan (R)
Moore, David (Doc) (R)
Pease-Lopez, Carolyn (D)
Person, Andrew (D)
Pinocci, Randy (R)
Pope, Christopher (D)
Schreiner, Casey (D)
Welborn, Jeffrey (R)

Fish, Wildlife and Parks (Tu, Th, 3 p.m.)
Flynn, Kelly (R) – Ch
Welborn, Jeffrey (R) – VCh
Price, Jean (D) – VCh
Brown, Bob (R)
Brown, Zach (D)
Cook, Rob (R)
Court, Virginia (D)
Fiscus, Clayton (R)
Hess, Stephanie (R)
Jacobson, Tom (D)
Lieser, Ed (D)
Meyers, G. Bruce (R)
Noland, Mark (R)
Person, Andrew (D)
Pinocci, Randy (R)
Shaw, Ray (R)
Smith, Bridget (D)
Wagoner, Kirk (R)
White, Kerry (R)

Health and Human Services (M, W, F, 3 p.m.)
Wittich, Art (R) – Ch
Wagoner, Kirk (R) – VCh
Hill, Ellie Boldman (D) – VCh
Berglee, Seth (R)
Doane, Alan (R)
Eck, Jenny (D)
Harris, Bill (R)
Hayman, Denise (D)
Hess, Stephanie (R)
Jacobson, Tom (D)
Karjala, Jessica (D)
Mandeville, Forrest (R)
Olszewski, Albert (R)
Perry, Zac (D)
Pierson, Gordon (D)
Redfield, Alan (R)
Ricci, Vince (R)

Judiciary (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Bennett, Jerry (R) – Ch
Doane, Alan (R) – VCh
Court, Virginia (D) – VCh
Berglee, Seth (R)
Eck, Jenny (D)
Fiscus, Clayton (R)
Hess, Stephanie (R)
Hill, Ellie Boldman (D)
Kelker, Kathy (D)
Laszloffy, Sarah (R)
MacDonald, Margie (D)
Manzella, Theresa (R)
McConnell, Nate (D)
Meyers, G. Bruce (R)
Monforton, Matthew (R)
Pease-Lopez, Carolyn (D)
Perry, Zac (D)
Person, Andrew (D)
Pinocci, Randy (R)
Regier, Keith (R)
Wagoner, Kirk (R)

Legislative Administration (On call)
Welborn, Jeffrey (R) – Ch
Clark, Christy (R) – VCh
McClafferty, Edie (D) – VCh
Bennett, Jerry (R)
Cuffe, Mike (R)
Doane, Alan (R)
Dunwell, Mary Ann (D)
Lang, Mike (R)
Perry, Zac (D)
Pierson, Gordon (D)
Tropila, Mitch (D)
Webber, Susan (D)
Zolnikov, Daniel (R)Local Government (Tu, Th, 3 p.m.)
Greef, Edward (R) – Ch
Fitzpatrick, Steve (R) – VCh
Swanson, Kathy (D) – VCh
Berry, Tom (R)
Custer, Geraldine (R)
Funk, Moffie (D)
Garner, Frank (R)
Hayman, Denise (D)
Kelker, Kathy (D)
Lamm, Debra (R)
Lavin, Steve (R)
Mandeville, Forrest (R)
McConnell, Nate (D)
McNiven, Jonathan (R)
Pope, Christopher (D)
Ricci, Vince (R)
Schwaderer, Nicholas (R)
Steenberg, Tom (D)
Wilson, Nancy (D)
Zolnikov, Daniel (R)

Natural Resources (M, W, F, 3 p.m.)
White, Kerry (R) – Ch
Fitzpatrick, Steve (R) – VCh
Lieser, Ed (D) – VCh
Bennett, Jerry (R)
Brown, Bob (R)
Brown, Zach (D)
Court, Virginia (D)
Dunwell, Mary Ann (D)
Flynn, Kelly (R)
Manzella, Theresa (R)
McConnell, Nate (D)
Mortensen, Dale (R)
Noland, Mark (R)
Olsen, Andrea (D)
Regier, Keith (R)
Shaw, Ray (R)
Staffanson, Scott (R)
Williams, Kathleen (D)

Rules (On call)
Essmann, Jeff (R) – Ch
Bennett, Jerry (R) – VCh
Hunter, Chuck (D) – VCh
Doane, Alan (R)
Dudik, Kimberly (D)
Eck, Jenny (D)
Hertz, Greg (R)
Knudsen, Austin (R)
Laszloffy, Sarah (R)
MacDonald, Margie (D)
Miller, Mike (R)
Randall, Lee (R)
Regier, Keith (R)
Williams, Kathleen (D)
Wittich, Art (R)
Woods, Tom (D)
State Administration (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Essmann, Jeff (R) – Ch
Harris, Bill (R) – VCh
Schreiner, Casey (D) – VCh
Bennett, Bryce (D)
Brown, Bob (R)
Funk, Moffie (D)
Garner, Frank (R)
Greef, Edward (R)
Hayman, Denise (D)
Karjala, Jessica (D)
Lamm, Debra (R)
Mandeville, Forrest (R)
McKamey, Wendy (R)
McNiven, Jonathan (R)
Mortensen, Dale (R)
Price, Jean (D)
Shaw, Ray (R)
Swanson, Kathy (D)
Webber, Susan (D)
Wittich, Art (R)

Taxation (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Miller, Mike (R) – Ch
Hertz, Greg (R) – VCh
Williams, Kathleen (D) – VCh
Brown, Zach (D)
Cook, Rob (R)
Custer, Geraldine (R)
Dunwell, Mary Ann (D)
Flynn, Kelly (R)
Jacobson, Tom (D)
Lavin, Steve (R)
Lieser, Ed (D)
McClafferty, Edie (D)
Olszewski, Albert (R)
Randall, Lee (R)
Redfield, Alan (R)
Schwaderer, Nicholas (R)
Smith, Bridget (D)
White, Kerry (R)
Wilson, Nancy (D)
Zolnikov, Daniel (R)

Transportation (M, W, F, 3 p.m.)
Lavin, Steve (R) – Ch
Clark, Christy (R) – VCh
Wilson, Nancy (D) – VCh
Cook, Rob (R)
Curdy, Willis (D)
Fiscus, Clayton (R)
Garner, Frank (R)
Kipp, George III (D)
McKamey, Wendy (R)
Miller, Mike (R)
Randall, Lee (R)
Smith, Bridget (D)
Swanson, Kathy (D)
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Montana Senate Committee Assignments Released
Tuesday, November 25th 2014
2015 Senate Standing Committee Assignments
Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (Tu, Th,
3 p.m.)
Brown, Taylor (R) – Ch
Hoven, Brian (R) – VCh
Caferro, Mary (D)
Cohenour, Jill (D)
Hansen, Kristin (R)
Howard, David (R)
Moore, Eric (R)
Pomnichowski, JP (D)
Stewart-Peregoy, Sharon (D)
Swandal, Nels (R)
Wolken, Cynthia (D)

Business, Labor and Economic Affairs (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Buttrey, Ed (R) – Ch
Arntzen, Elsie (R) – VCh
Brown, Dee (R)
Connell, Pat (R)
Facey, Tom (D)
Smith, Cary (R)
Stewart-Peregoy, Sharon (D)
Vance, Gordon (R)
Vuckovich, Gene (D)
Whitford, Lea (D)
Committee on Committees (On call)
Brenden, John (R) – Ch
Brown, Dee (R)
Hansen, Kristin (R)
Ripley, Rick (R)
Taylor, Janna (R)
Vincent, Chas (R)

Education and Cultural Resources (M, W, F, 3 p.m.)
Brown, Taylor (R) – Ch
Blasdel, Mark (R) – VCh
Arntzen, Elsie (R)
Cohenour, Jill (D)
Facey, Tom (D)
Hansen, Kristin (R)
Jones, Llew (R)
Keenan, Bob (R)
Moe, Mary Sheehy (D)
Stewart-Peregoy, Sharon (D)

Energy and Telecommunications (Tu, Th, 3 p.m.)
Webb, Roger (R) – Ch
Ankney, Duane (R) – VCh
Blasdel, Mark (R)
Connell, Pat (R)
Driscoll, Robyn (D)
Jones, Llew (R)
Kary, Doug (R)
Keane, Jim (D)
Keenan, Bob (R)
Larsen, Cliff (D)
McNally, Mary (D)
Tutvedt, Bruce (R)
Windy Boy, Jonathan (D)

Ethics (On call)
Arntzen, Elsie (R) – Ch
Brown, Dee (R) – VCh
Facey, Tom (D)
Malek, Sue (D)
Finance & Claims (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Jones, Llew (R) – Ch
Keenan, Bob (R) - VCh
Blasdel, Mark (R)
Brenden, John (R)
Caferro, Mary (D)
Hamlett, Bradley Maxon (D)
Hansen, Kristin (R)
Howard, David (R)
Keane, Jim (D)
Moore, Eric (R)
Phillips, Mike (D)
Ripley, Rick (R)
Rosendale, Matt (R)
Sesso, Jon (D)
Smith, Cary (R)
Taylor, Janna (R)
Webb, Roger (R)
Windy Boy, Jonathan (D)
Wolken, Cynthia (D)

Appropriations/Finance & Claims Joint
Subcommittees:
Education (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Jones, Llew (R) – VCh
Hamlett, Bradley Maxon (D)
Moore, Eric (R)

General Government (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Taylor, Janna (R) – VCh
Blasdel, Mark (R)
Phillips, Mike (D)
Health & Human Services (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Webb, Roger (R) – VCh
Caferro, Mary (D)
Keenan, Bob (R)

Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement and Justice
(M-F, 8 a.m.)
Hansen, Kristin (R) – VCh
Howard, David (R)Wolken, Cynthia (D)
Long Range Planning (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Ripley, Rick (R) – VCh
Smith, Cary (R)
Windy Boy, Jonathan (D)

Natural Resources and Transportation (M-F, 8
a.m.)
Brenden, John (R) – VCh
Keane, Jim (D)
Rosendale, Matt (R)
Fish and Game (Tu, Th, 3 p.m.)
Brenden, John (R) – Ch
Ripley, Rick (R) – VCh
Facey, Tom (D)
Fielder, Jennifer (R)
Hamlett, Bradley Maxon (D)
Hinkle, Jedediah (R)
Phillips, Mike (D)
Smith, Cary (R)
Vincent, Chas (R)
Vuckovich, Gene (D)

Highways and Transportation (Tu, Th, 3 p.m.)
Arntzen, Elsie (R) – Ch
Vance, Gordon (R) – VCh
Barrett, Dick (D)
Brown, Dee (R)
Buttrey, Ed (R)
Kaufmann, Christine (D)
Malek, Sue (D)
Sales, Scott (R)
Sands, Diane (D)
Taylor, Janna (R)
Thomas, Fred (R)
Whitford, Lea (D)

Judiciary (M-F, 8 a.m.)
Sales, Scott (R) – Ch
Fielder, Jennifer (R) – VCh
Driscoll, Robyn (D)
Hansen, Kristin (R)
Hinkle, Jedediah (R)
Kary, Doug (R)
Larsen, Cliff (D)
McNally, Mary (D)
Moe, Mary Sheehy (D)
Sands, Diane (D)
Swandal, Nels (R)
Vincent, Chas (R)

Legislative Administration (On call)
Fielder, Jennifer (R) - Ch
Brown, Taylor (R) – VCh
Pomnichowski, JP (D)
Tutvedt, Bruce (R)
Vuckovich, Gene (D)
Local Government (M, W, F, 3 p.m.)
Taylor, Janna (R) – Ch
Buttrey, Ed (R) – VCh
Barrett, Dick (D)
McNally, Mary (D)
Pomnichowski, JP (D)
Sales, Scott (R)
Tutvedt, Bruce (R)
Vance, Gordon (R)
Vuckovich, Gene (D)

Natural Resources (M, W, F, 3 p.m.)
Vincent, Chas (R) – Ch
Ripley, Rick (R) – VCh
Ankney, Duane (R)
Brenden, John (R)
Connell, Pat (R)
Fielder, Jennifer (R)
Hamlett, Bradley Maxon (D)
Hoven, Brian (R)
Kaufmann, Christine (D)
Keane, Jim (D)
Larsen, Cliff (D)
Phillips, Mike (D)

Public Health, Welfare and Safety (M, W, F, 3 p.m.)
Thomas, Fred (R) – Ch
Howard, David (R) – VCh
Caferro, Mary (D)
Sands, Diane (D)
Smith, Cary (R)
Swandal, Nels (R)
Windy Boy, Jonathan (D)
Rules (On call)
Rosendale, Matt (R) – Ch
Moore, Eric (R) – VCh
Barrett, Debby (R)
Barrett, Dick (D)
Blasdel, Mark (R)
Buttrey, Ed (R)
Hansen, Kristin (R)
Keenan, Bob (R)
Moe, Mary Sheehy (D)
Phillips, Mike (D)
Ripley, Rick (R)
Sands, Diane (D)
Sesso, Jon (D)
Smith, Cary (R)
Thomas, Fred (R)
Wolken, Cynthia (D)
State Administration
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M, W, F, 3 p.m.)
Brown, Dee (R) – Ch Webb, Roger (R) –
VCh
Dr
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Hinkle, Jedediah (R) Kary, Doug (R) Malek, Sue (D) Whitford, Lea (D)
Taxat
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Tut
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Thomas, Fred (R) – VCh
Ankney, Duane (R)
Bar
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Blasdel, Mar
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Brown, Tay
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Cohenour, J
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Hoven, Br
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Kaufmann, Chr
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Hi-Line Turkey Federation scholarship honors the memory of longtime supporter Barb Marsh
Monday, November 24th 2014
All high school seniors in Valley County are eligible to apply for a substantial college scholarship that will be awarded in February by the Hi-Line Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The scholarship winner will be announced at the Hi-Line Gobblers’ 9th annual fundraising banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church’s parish hall.

The scholarship is awarded in memory of Barb Marsh, a longtime supporter of both the Turkey Federation and local youth. Marsh died unexpectedly last January. To memorialize her commitment to the NWTF, her partner, Joe Younkin, sponsored a special rifle that was auctioned at last year’s banquet. Proceeds from that commemorative rifle, purchased by Norm Sillerud, are being distributed to eligible high school students this year.

For details about eligibility and other details on the scholarship, students are encouraged to visit with career counselors at high schools in Glasgow, Nashua, Frazer, Hinsdale, Opheim, and Lustre.

Younkin has donated another commemorative firearm to the Hi-Line Gobblers’ 2015 banquet that will fund 2016 scholarships, and has pledged to sponsor the scholarships every year. Plan to attend the Feb. 21 banquet to bid on the special scholarship gun and to recognize the winner of the 2015 Barb Marsh Memorial Scholarship.

Call Scott Billingsley at 263-7161 or Jenn Jackson at 263-7339 for information about both the banquet and the scholarship.

Valley County Unemployment Rate Lowest Since July Of 2006
Monday, November 24th 2014
The latest numbers show the state's unemployment dipped lightly in October to 4.5% while the The unemployment rate has decreased by 0.8 percentage points since January. The U.S. jobless rate dropped to 5.8%.

Total employment estimates suggested job growth of 580 jobs over the last month, with 12,145 jobs added over the past year. Total employment estimates include payroll employment plus agricultural and self-employed workers.

The labor force increased by 56 workers in October, while the number of unemployed declined by 525 workers. Payroll employment estimates indicate a small employment decline of 400 jobs. Payroll employment has added roughly 7,000 jobs over the past year.

The highest jobless rate sat at 10.4% in Glacier county while at the other end of the spectrum was 1.4% in Fallon County.

Valley County's unemployment rate is at its lowest since July of 2006. According to Montana Department of Labor and Industry the unemployment rate in October was just 2.4% with a total labor force of 4,067.

In October of 2013 the unemployment rate was 3.6% with a labor force of 3,981.

Two Weather Events Possible This Week
Monday, November 24th 2014
From the National Weather Service

Two storms are possible for our area this week.

The first will impact northeast Montana late tonight into Tuesday. It looks like a quick half to one and a half inches of snow will fall with the disturbance...but the main impact will come from blowing snow as northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph, with higher gusts, pick up with the cold front on Tuesday. Conditions will improve on Tuesday evening as winds die down. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow is in effect from 5 AM MST on Tuesday morning through 5 PM MST on Tuesday evening for all of northeast Montana.

The second and more powerful storm will arrive early Wednesday morning as pacific moisture begins to overrun a stalled cold front over Petroleum, southern Phillips, and western Garfield counties The boundary could be as far east as McCone, southern Valley, Prairie, and Northern Phillips counties. Initially the precipitation type will begin as snow, with significant accumulations of 3 to 6 inches possible. The boundary will begin to lift northward on Wednesday night as a warm front, bringing a change over from all snow to a mix of snow and freezing rain. This area of mixed precipitation looks to reach as far north and east as the Canadian and North Dakota borders by Thursday afternoon, before the precipitation lifts further north ending the threat by Thursday evening. For details on the second storm please see the attachment below.

Confidence is only moderate at best regarding the second system, but considering the amount of travel expected for the Thanksgiving holiday we thought it prudent to issue a watch to highlight the threat from freezing rain. Especially considering all the travel hazards that just .01" of freezing rain can cause.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for accumulating snow changing to freezing rain from Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon for Petroleum, southern and central Philips, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, and southern Valley Counties.

Another Winter Storm Watch is in effect for freezing rain from Thursday morning through Thursday evening for the remainder of northeast Montana.

Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out
Wednesday, November 19th 2014
DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.

After the bill failed by one vote Tuesday, McConnell said the pipeline legislation would be on top of the agenda next year and will land on Obama's desk.

The vote was a blow to Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who forced the issue onto the Senate docket. She faces difficult odds in a Dec. 6 runoff election against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Even if Landrieu wins her re-election, Republicans are likely to have the votes to pass the bill in January, when they will have at least 53 seats. If Cassidy wins, they will have 54.


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Thanksgiving Day Dinner Celebrates 24th Year
Wednesday, November 19th 2014
The 24th Annual Valley County Thanksgiving Day Dinner, sponsored by community volunteers, will be held Thurs. Nov. 27th at the Glasgow Senior Citizens Center, 328 4th St. So. Serving will take place from 12noon – 2p.m. The meal is free of charge & open to everyone, not just senior citizens, all ages are welcome. There will be no carry out or deliveries available. For more information contact Ruth Ann Hutcheson, 228-8392.
Governor Bullock's Budget Includes Grant Money For City Of Glasgow And Glasgow School District
Tuesday, November 18th 2014
Montana Governor Steve Bullock's proposed 2017 budget includes grant funding for the City of Glasgow and the Glasgow School District along with funding for a bridge to be built in Valley County.

The proposed budget needs to be approved by the 2015 Montana Legislature which will convene in January.

The City of Glasgow is looking to make improvements to its water system and the budget includes a $500,000 grant from the Treasure State Endowment Program. The total cost of the water system improvements would be $7,566,129. The City of Glasgow is also seeking $125,000 from the Renewable Reserve and Grant Loan program, a $2,595,336 grant from Rural Development and a loan in the amount of $4,145,794 from Rural Development. The City of Glasgow has already put forth $200,000 for this project.

The Montana Legislature will have to give final approval for the Treasure State Endowment money and the Renewable Reserve and Grant Loan Program.

Governor Bullock's proposed budget also is recommending $494,108 for Valley County to replace the Milk River Road Bridge which is located 2 miles northeast of Hinsdale and crossed over Beaver Creek. Valley County is kicking in $494,108 for the project which would replace the current bridge with a new concrete bridge.

Governor Bullock's budget is also recommending grant money to the Glasgow School District for security upgrades for the 3 schools in the Glasgow school system.

The Quality Schools Grant Program is funded by revenue from the timber harvest on common school trust lands, and rental income received from power site leases.

The Glasgow School District would use the grant of $150,390 to add access control systems to each school. The grant money would be used to install proximity badge readers at critical entry points at each school, to allow access only to those with a badge.

Keystone Pipeline vote on Tuesday
Tuesday, November 18th 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Maine independent Sen. Angus King is leaving open the possibility that he might support legislation to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which appears to be just shy of the 60 votes needed to advance.

King told reporters on the eve of a Senate vote that he is probably going to oppose the bill. But he several times refused to rule out voting for the legislation. The measure currently has the public support of all 45 of the Senate's Republicans and 14 of its Democrats.

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is the bill's chief Democratic supporter, says it has the 60 votes necessary. She has made her efforts to pass the bill a centerpiece of her uphill race in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.

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Glasgow Has Christmas Tree Up In Downtown Glasgow For First Time In 25 Years
Tuesday, November 18th 2014
The Glasgow Chamber has orchestrated the setting up of a Christmas tree in downtown Glasgow for the first time in 25 years.

For many years, downtown Glasgow had a Christmas tree set up in downtown Glasgow on 2nd Avenue South at a downtown intersection. But due to liability issues the installation of the tree had to be discontinued.

Glasgow Chamber Executive Director, Lisa Olk, worked with different organizations and individuals to get a Christmas tree up in downtown Glasgow this year.

Olk said she got permission from Markles Inc. to set up a tree in their parking lot across from D and G Sports and Western. It involved drilling a hole in the parking to and casing put in the hole to hold up the tree.

Olk said employees with the City of Glasgow drilled the hole and put the casing in and crews from Northwestern Energy put the tree up on November 17th. The tree came from the Glasgow Boy Scouts who actually cut the tree down in the backyard of Les and Patty Scanlan in Fort Peck.

So for the first time in 25 years there will be a large lighted Christmas tree in downtown Glasgow to celebrate the Christmas season.

Glasgow Christmas Stroll Set For November 22nd
Monday, November 17th 2014
Stroll in downtown Glasgow Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 from noon to 6:30pm celebrating the 2014 Christmas season.
Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their Elf will make a guest appearance in town at 12:00pm. The Glasgow Fire Department will act as his sleigh taking him to visit Shopko @ 12:15pm, Nemont Manor @ 1:15pm, Prairie Ridge @ 12:45pm, and Valley View Home @ 1:45PM, ending his visit at Pehlke’s Furniture from 2:30-4:30pm where parents can get pictures of their little ones.

Take in the FREE kids’ matinee “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” sponsored by FMDH and Albertsons at Valley Cinemas from 1-2:30pm.

While the kids are at the matinee, stroll Glasgow merchants to shop for that special someone. Stay downtown to watch the Christmas Light Parade at 6:00pm sponsored by the Optimist Club. The 11th Annual Parade of Lights line-up will start behind FMDH at 5:30pm. Chamber big bucks will be awarded for the following categories: Most Lights, Musical Theme, Best Youth Organization, Best Business, Best Adult Organization. Free sleigh rides will also be provided from 2:30-5:00pm.

Shopping local is made easy with the help of First Community Bank Glasgow/Hinsdale, Valley Bank and Independence Bank with Christmas Cash. Borrow up to $1,000 interest free from now until December 23rd. This cash can be used at all participating Christmas Cash merchants.

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture invites you to be a part of “A Carnival Christmas”, Glasgow’s Annual Christmas Stroll on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014.

Visitors travel far to see Yellowstone bison moved
Monday, November 17th 2014
(Information in the following story is from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com)

POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — Last week's release of bison from Yellowstone National Park into the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana drew a number of onlookers.

Among them were Jason and Patti Baldes who want to see bison reintroduced to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

If the Fort Peck bison conservation effort grows as hoped, many other Indian tribes, private organizations and state agencies would like to join the cause.

Jason Baldes tells the Missoulian that the Wyoming reservation supports bringing back bison.

The 138 bison delivered to Fort Peck came from Yellowstone National Park, by way of a Montana government study to see if the animals could stay disease-free in quarantine.

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Initial tests show no drilling contamination
Monday, November 17th 2014

MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Government scientists say initial tests of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no evidence of contamination from an energy boom that's already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled.

But the scientists caution that the results were unlikely to pick up contamination from surface spills or leaking well casings because the water they tested was from aquifers that pre-date oil and gas drilling.

The U.S. Geological Survey study released Monday looked at 30 domestic water wells in North Dakota and Montana.

Researchers found no evidence of contamination by methane, saltwater brine or other drilling byproducts.

USGS hydrologist Rod Caldwell says more research is needed to assess the continuing impacts of energy development. As many as 60,000 more wells could be drilled in coming decades.


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Open House For Author B.J. Daniels Is Tuesday At The Library
Monday, November 17th 2014
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author B.J. Daniels will be in Glasgow on November 18th to sign her newest book, Deliverance at Cardwell Ranch, which debuts in bookstores on the same day. Ms. Daniels is the author of 82 books.

An open house will be held at the Glasgow City-County Library at 3 p.m., where she will discuss how she started writing and sign her new book. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn, especially for all book club members and Friends of the Library.

45-Year Old Shon Wilcox Arrested On Felony Warrant For 3 Counts Of Felony Distribution Of Dangerous Drugs
Thursday, November 13th 2014
On November 10th, the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force and the Valley County Sheriff's Office concluded an intense investigation that resulted in the arrest of Shon Paul Wilcox, a 45-year old male, on a felony warrant for three (3) counts of felony Distribution of Dangerous Drugs. Bail was set at $10,000.

After the arrest, a search warrant was conducted at the property where Shon Wilcox was living, located at 587 BIA Route 1. During the search, approximately 4.5 pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription pills and numerous items of drug paraphernalia were seized from the camper, utility trailer and pickup. The estimated street value of the seized drugs is in excess of $20,000.

As of a result of the investigation, Wilcox was charged with additional violations of:

Use of Possession of Property Subject to Criminal Forfeiture, a felony
Criminal Possession with Intent to Distribute, a felony-marijuana
Criminal Possession with Intent to Distribute, a felony-Methamphetamine
Criminal Possession with Intent to Distribute, a felony- Hydrocodone
Criminal Possession with Intent to Distribute, a felony- Oxycodone
Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor
Driving While Driver's License Suspended or Revoked, a Misdemanor

Shon Wilcox appeared before Valley County Justice Court on November 12th for his initial appearance where he was given an additional bond amount of $10,000 for a total of $20,000 bond.

Sheriff Glen Meier stated that Shon Wilcox was the source of a large amount of marijuana distribution in the area, therefore this arrest will have a significant impact in illegal drug distribution and use in Valley County and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Tribes to receive Yellowstone bison held by Turner
Thursday, November 13th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of 138 Yellowstone National Park bison captured almost a decade ago is headed to a permanent home in northeastern Montana.

State and tribal officials say about 100 of the animals were loaded onto trucks Wednesday night. They'll arrive Thursday at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, home to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.

Here is a press release from Defenders of Wildlife:


One hundred and thirty-nine wild Yellowstone bison, free of cattle genes, will reclaim their historic home on the Great Plains starting today when they are released into Fort Peck Indian Reservation’s cultural buffalo reserve. These bison will augment Fort Peck’s existing herd of bison previously relocated from Yellowstone to the Reservation in 2012. With this transfer, the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Fort Peck will manage almost 200 genetically pure bison, the largest Yellowstone bison conservation herd in the state of Montana, outside of the park. Going forward, Fort Peck intends to use these bison to seed new conservation herds across the West.

“I’m so proud of the role the Fort Peck Tribes have played in bringing buffalo back,” said Robert Magnan, director of the Fort Peck Tribes’ Fish and Game Department and the buffalo program. “In the two years since we welcomed back the first Yellowstone buffalo, we’ve seen the ecosystem revive. Grassland birds have returned, native grasses are thriving. We welcome and look forward to the buffalo’s continued benefits to our tribal lands, as well as our culture.”

Yellowstone bison are the true descendants of the massive wild herds, totaling up to 30 million, which roamed the West over a century ago. By the late 1890s, only 1,000 bison remained in North America, and most of these animals were held on private ranches and carried traces of breeding experiments with cattle. Fewer than 25 wild bison remained in Yellowstone by 1902 – reduced by illegal hunting from fewer than 200 in the 1890s. Today, Yellowstone’s bison population is the largest wild herd in the nation, as well as one of the few herds free of cattle genes. This unique combination of genetics and lack of domestication sets the Yellowstone bison apart from other contemporary herds.

In 2005, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) launched an experimental quarantine study using some Yellowstone bison to assess the feasibility of securing and subsequently providing brucellosis-free bison to seed new conservation herds across the West. Media executive and philanthropist Ted Turner volunteered to care for the bison on his private ranch through a legally required additional five-year surveillance period. The animals transferred from Ted Turner’s Green Ranch to Fort Peck today are the first “graduates” of the 2005 program, and have undergone over a decade of multigenerational brucellosis testing.

The Fort Peck Tribes, InterTribal Buffalo Council, Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund and many others have all been long-time proponents of restoring disease-free, wild Yellowstone bison to the Great Plains, the heart of their historic range. The groups will continue to advocate in the state legislature and elsewhere for continued restoration of Yellowstone bison to tribal and public protected areas to establish or augment conservation herds. To ensure these 139 bison are returned to their historic home, these groups have contributed to the costs for fencing, additional grazing allotments for bison, and transportation.

Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, and InterTribal Buffalo Council issued the statements below:

“Yellowstone bison are essential to the restoration of the species,” said Jonathan Proctor, director of Defenders of Wildlife’s Rockies and Plains Program. “The Fort Peck Tribes gave Yellowstone bison a home before any others would. It is their commitment that resulted in today’s bison return, and it is their vision that will open the door for wild bison restoration elsewhere.”

“With the relocation of 139 bison to the Fort Peck Tribes, we have taken yet another positive step forward in bringing bison back to western landscapes,” said Garrit Voggesser, NWF's tribal partnerships director. “Doubters have become believers, opponents have become supporters. People now recognize that Tribes are leading the way forward in wild bison conservation.”

“Fort Peck Tribes have demonstrated clear leadership in bringing bison home to the Great Plains. This is a monumental step in realizing their vision of restoring the relationship between their people and bison,” said Dennis Jorgensen, WWF’s Bison Initiative Coordinator. “WWF sees unique value in supporting efforts to build thriving Tribal communities in the Plains through the restoration of bison and the bison economy.”

“The return of these buffalo from Yellowstone National Park to Tribal lands shows the commitment Tribes have to restore buffalo to their homelands and the drive to make things that seem impossible, possible,” said Jim Stone, executive director of InterTribal Buffalo Council. “ITBC is proud to be a partner in this effort and will continue to follow or mission statement to restore buffalo to Tribal lands for cultural purposes.”

State Representative Austin Knudsen Of Culbertson Elected Speaker Of Montana House Of Representatives
Thursday, November 13th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In electing new leadership for the 2015 Legislative session, Montana Senate Republicans have kept the more conservative edge they adopted in the 2013.

Republicans retained control of both chambers after last week's election. The Senate Republican caucus on Wednesday elected Debby Barrett of Dillon its Senate president. Republicans chose Austin Knudsen of Culbertson to be speaker of the House.

Barrett says although Republicans and Democrats are coming from the opposite ends of the spectrum, she hopes everyone from both parties will be able to support good ideas.

Senate Democrats elected Jon Sesso of Butte as their minority leader while House Democrats chose Chuck Hunter of Helena minority leader.

The 2015 legislative session begins Jan. 5.

Marketing Opportunities In Montana’s Missouri River Country
Wednesday, November 12th 2014
Montana’s Missouri River Country is offering the communities in Northeast Montana a couple of opportunities to promote your area. If your community has an event planned in 2015 and would like to promote your event we have some options for you to market and attract more visitors to the event.

Missouri River country currently has grant funds available to non-profit organizations to market your attraction or event to non-resident visitors. Marketing efforts that have been successful in the past are ads in newspapers, magazines, radio and television. We can also help with signage providing all the guidelines are followed. An application and guidelines can be found on our website at: http://www.missouririver.visitmt.com under Co-op Marketing.

We also offer a free print listing of your event in the Montana’s Missouri River Country’s Calendar of Events. This brochure is printed annually and distributed throughout Northeast Montana, mailed upon request and distributed at trade shows.

Starting in January Montana’s Missouri River Country will be exhibiting at several trade shows throughout the states. Usually these shows are sports shows and they are always looking for guides to help them with a hunt or a fishing adventure. We welcome your brochures to take with us to these shows.

If you would like us to display your brochures and promote your Northeast Montana Outfitting business or have your event listed in our Calendar of Events e-mail them to 2mtmrc@nemont.net or mail your brochures to Montana’s Missouri River Country, P.O. Box 118, Fort Peck, MT 59223.

Gift in Memory of Aaron D. Chatten to GHS Educational Trust Continues His Work
Tuesday, November 11th 2014

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is honored to announce a donation of $10,000 in memory of Aaron Danne “Chappy” Chatten. In making the gift, Lacey Chatten Copenhaver said it included memorials given in Aaron’s name as well as proceeds from the Aaron “Chappy” Chatten Memorial Softball Tournament, which has been held each July for the past four summers. “Aaron’s passion was community service,” Copenhaver added, “and the GHS Trust memorial will help others for a long time.”

A 2002 graduate of Glasgow High School, Aaron continued his education at The Art Institute of Seattle for one year and Dickinson State University for two years. He completed the requirements for an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Power Plant Technology from Bismarck State College in 2006 while working for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Peck. This degree enabled him to become a power plant shift operator at the Fort Peck Power House Facility, a job he loved and performed with exceptional competence.

After the tragic death of his daughter Madison Faith Chatten in 2005, Aaron created a foundation in her name and lobbied with the Kids and Cars Foundation in Washington, D. C., to strengthen car safety requirements for children. The Make a Wish Foundation was also a beneficiary of the Madison Faith Chatten Foundation, and Aaron visited personally with many of the Make a Wish families who received its gifts.

Kind, enthusiastic, and generous with both his time and expertise, Aaron was a member of the Elks, the Masons, and the Fort Peck Fire Department. He also volunteered with the Glasgow Minor League Baseball program, serving as both a coach and league vice-president. In 2006, The Montana Trial Lawyers Association honored him with its Citizens Award in recognition of his passion for justice and his passion to improve car safety for children.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established in 1964 by the GHS Class of 1938. Its mission is to help GHS alumni pursue higher education and to purchase equipment and enrichment programs for GHS that cannot be financed within the regular school budget. Interest earned on the trust’s corpus, which now exceeds $4.2 million dollars, is awarded through a semi-annual application process administered by the trustees. To date, the trust has granted over $1.7 million dollars in financial aid to hundreds of different GHS graduates. It has also purchased $190,308.33 in equipment and programs for GHS which benefit all students and the community at large when it attends events at the school or uses its facilities.

Whenever the trust receives donations that total $500 or more in honor, recognition, or memory of a particular individual, a gift is made to a student or GHS in that person’s name. Donations of $10,000 or more entitle the donor to an annual naming opportunity in perpetuity.

Additional information about the trust and the application for student gifts are available at http://www.ghsedutrust.org.

Anyone seeking more information about the Aaron “Chappy” Chatten Memorial Softball Tournament should contact Jory Casterline or Brenner Flaten. It is a co-ed softball tournament held in Glasgow or Fort Peck the third weekend in July, and it has fielded from nine to twelve teams. New entries are welcome.

The first GHS Educational Trust gift honoring the memory of Aaron D. Chatten is included in those listed below for the Spring 2015 semester.

First-time recipients:

Travis Austin, North Dakota State College of Science, IMO Aaron “Chappy” Chatten;
Vanessa Mattfeldt, University of Montana- Missoula – IMO Harold H. and Irene W. Smith;
Laurel Wageman, Montana State University-Bozeman, IMO Leonard and Margery Bollinger.

Second time recipient:

Johanna Schultz, Montana State University-Bozeman, IMO Diana Hedegaard.

Fourth time recipient:

Aaron Hartsock, Montana State University-Bozeman – IHO Janice Hoffmann Kaiser.

Frazer Resident Dies In Single Vehicle Accident On Wiota Road
Sunday, November 9th 2014
A 17-year-old male from Frazer died near Wiota Saturday when his car went off Wiota Road and into an irrigation ditch after he went off the road near a sharp turn.

The man has been identified as Brett Norman.

His passenger, an 11-year-old boy whose hometown is unknown, was injured.

The incident happened at 6:20 p.m., Montana Highway Patrol Officials said.

Driving southbound on Wiota Road near Point Road, Norman continued driving straight off the road where it turns 90 degrees to the east.

Trying to get back onto the road, he steered hard, and the vehicle began to roll. The car went through a fence, over a steep embankment and rolled into an irrigation ditch where it landed on its top, officials said.

Norman was trapped in the vehicle, but the 11-year-old boy was able to get out.

First responders pronounced the driver dead on the scene. The boy was taken to Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.

Speed was not a factor in the crash, officials said.

Whether alcohol was a factor in the crash is unknown. The driver was wearing a seat belt.

It is not known whether the passenger was wearing a seat belt.

from Billings Gazette

North Dakota Man Gets Life In Prison For Killing South Dakota Man
Friday, November 7th 2014
(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The second of two men accused of conspiring to kill a South Dakota man in North Dakota was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that 21-year-old Joshua Clark was found guilty in July for his role in the killing of 18-year-old John Swain.

Swain was reported missing in May 2013 after moving to Bismarck from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in search of work.

Clark's co-defendant, 26-year-old Theo Crowe, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced in January to life in prison.

Authorities say Clark and Crowe lured Swain into a Bismarck home, hit him with a hammer and cut off his legs.

Authorities say Swain's body was found at the home of Crowe's grandmother in Poplar, Montana.


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Yellowstone bison to be transferred to Fort Peck
Thursday, November 6th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials say a group of about 140 bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will be re-located to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation next week.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director Jeff Hagener on Wednesday approved the transfer of the animals.

The bison went through a lengthy quarantine to ensure they don't carry the animal disease brucellosis.

They've been held for the past several years on a ranch owned by former media mogul Ted Turner after prior relocation proposals fell through.

Yellowstone's bison are prized for their pure genetics.

Conservation groups, tribes and wildlife agencies from several states had sought to receive some of the animals.

But state wildlife commissioners last month rejected a recommendation from Hagener's staff that would have sent most of the animals out of state.
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Valley County Election Results
Tuesday, November 4th 2014
Here are the unofficial results from the 3 hotly contested races in Valley County for the November 4th General Election:

Valley County Sheriff:
Glen Meier 1969
Joe Horn 1378

Valley County Commissioner
Paul Tweten 2010
Russ Dahl 1245

Valley County Justice of Peace
Christina Hillman 1445
Dave Gorton 1396
Christine Gamas 327

Full Valley County Election Results can be found:
here.

Valley County Sheriff Candidate Interview Online
Monday, November 3rd 2014
Kltz/Mix-93 News Director Stan Ozark sat down with the 2 candidates running for Valley County Sheriff/Coroner. Here is the audio of the candidate debate between Glen Meier and Joe Horn.

Valley County Sheriff's Office Interview

Glasgow Chamber Announces World Series Board Winners
Monday, November 3rd 2014
Winners of the 2014 Chamber World Series Baseball Boards are the following:

Game #1 –Ted Newton, Larry Legare, Nick Vaira, Jim Rector
Game #2 – Brandi Johnson, Stan Ozark, Gil Johnson, Greg Pehlke
Game #3 – Kelly McNulty, Angie Fischer, John Whittle, Milt Hallock
Game #4 – Tara Bulock, Erin Myrick, Lee Birkoski, Darvin Henry
Game # 5 – Jennifer Young, Chris Helland, Joyce Storle, Baxter Denham
Game # 6- Ed Stein, Kristi Feit, Dan Taylor, Brandylee Loran
Game #7 – Ed Stein, Kristi Feit, Dan Taylor, Brandylee Loran

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Inc. appreciates your support. Each year the Chamber hosts high school boys and girls basketball tournaments, volleyball tournaments and the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band. Your contribution from the sales of this promotion allows us to continue to successfully bid all tournaments feasible for Glasgow to host. Checks may be picked up at the Chamber office and remaining will be mailed out next week.

Valley County Commissioner Candidate Debate Now Online
Monday, November 3rd 2014
Stan Ozark sat down with the Paul Tweten and Russ Dahl the 2 candidates for Valley County Commissioner. Here is the audio of the interview.


Valley County Commissioner Candidates

Hunters Stumble Upon Dead Body Near Glasgow Thursday #### Update(Name of Hunter has been released)
Friday, October 31st 2014
Montana Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash after a group of hunters stumbled on a dead body inside a wrecked SUV near Glasgow on Thursday.

MHP estimates the initial wreck occurred on Sept. 19 after a 52-year-old man from Rock Springs, Wyo., drove off Gilberson Road, about a mile west of Highway 24, near Glasgow.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier had identified the man as Kevin Arell Coverdell.

Coverdell was driving a GMC Suburban east when he drove off the road, hit an old piece of farm equipment and then flipped down a steep embankment, landing upside down.

Coverdell was not ejected; his body was trapped inside for 42 days before it was found Thursday by a group of hunters in the area.

MHP is investigating the incident.

Story courtesy of Billings Gazette.


Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/hunters-find-dead-body-in-suv-that-had-been-there/article_22f52b94-8f36-5bdf-8946-70e79426fcc6.html#ixzz3Hj0krhc4

Updated Pictures Of Construction Of New Elementary School
Friday, October 31st 2014
The Glasgow School District has updated pictures of the construction of the new elementary school being built in Glasgow.

Progress has been moving quickly as construction crews try to close up the building before winter. The new school is set to open in August of 2015

http://glasgow.k12.mt.us/District/Department/34-Irle-Elementary-228-2419/Gallery/

Lisa Olk Of Glasgow Elected President Of Montana Association Of Chamber Executives
Friday, October 31st 2014
The Belgrade Chamber of Commerce hosted the Fall meeting of the Montana Association of Chamber Executives (MACE) recently. Chambers of commerce around Montana are separate organizations, but meet semi-annually for professional development and networking.

The featured presenter at the Fall 2014 Conference was Jeff Kline, President and CEO of Accrinet, a web design and Internet marketing company serving nonprofits and businesses nationwide. He presented The 2015 Practical Guide to the Web. Other speakers represented US Chamber of Commerce, Gateway Pacific Alliance, and Charter Business.

Members selected their 2015 officers during the conference. They are:

- President, Lisa Olk of the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce;

- 1st Vice President, Heather Burnham of the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce;

- 2nd Vice President, Daryl Schleim of the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce; and

- Secretary, Nancy MacBride and Treasurer, Webb Brown, both of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, based in Helena.

"It is a privilege and an honor for me to serve as the President of MACE," said Olk. My goal is to increase the number of smaller chambers involvement into this phenomenal organization. MACE provides the much-needed knowledge and training to new and existing Chambers throughout the state. Networking ideas and practices within our organization is critical to each individual chamber's success."

Overall MACE sponsors are Associated Employers, EBMS, Liberty Mutual, Montana State Fund, and NorthWestern Energy. Conference sponsors included Sime Construction, Big Sky Western Bank, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Montana Chamber of Commerce, Charter Business and Gateway Pacific Alliance.

The purpose of MACE is to provide training, education and networking; connecting staff and volunteers as a statewide resource. The Spring 2015 Conference will be held April 30-May 1, 2014 at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow and hosted by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. For additional information about MACE, including sponsoring MACE and/or the conference, contact Nancy at: nancy@montanachamber.com or 888-442-MONT (6668).


Absentee Ballots Continue To Arrive At Valley County Elections Office
Thursday, October 30th 2014
1662 registered voters in Valley County have already cast their ballots in advance of the November 4th General Election. Due to relaxed absentee voter laws in Montana many voters now choose to cast their ballot by absentee rather then go to the polls on election day.

Almost half of the registered voters in Valley County choose to vote absentee and of the 2,252 voters who requested a absentee ballot, 72% half turned their ballots in to the election office.

Voter turnout in Valley County currently is at 34% with nearly 600 absentee ballots yet to be returned and of course this is not counting the plentiful voters who choose to vote on election day.

Voter turnout in Valley County was just 49% during the primary election in June but turnout for the last general election in 2012 was 82%.

New Reports Filed Show Thousands Spent On Race For Valley County Sheriff
Wednesday, October 29th 2014
New political finance reports filed by the two candidates for Valley County Sheriff show that the candidates have spent thousands of dollars and much of it their own money.

Candidates for political office were required to file campaign finance reports last week for the period from June 19th through October 18th.

The two candidates for Valley County Sheriff have loaned or contributed plenty of money for the hottest political race in Valley County for the 2014 election season.

Incumbent Glen Meier spent $2,124 in the period from June 19th to October 18th. Meier reported receiving $1440 in receipts for the period and had $2411.00 in his campaign account as of October 18th. In May of this year, Meier loaned his campaign $3,340.

Challenger Joe Horn reported receiving $6,047 in campaign receipts from June through October 19th. Horn spent $6139.87 and had a cash balance of $1101.95 as of October 19th. Joe Horn reported donating $1025 to his campaign in the general election and also reported loaning his campaign $3050 for the general election.

Here is a link to view who has made donations to the two candidates for Valley County Sheriff and other candidates in Valley County: http://campaignreport.mt.gov

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