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Friday, April 17th 2015
Hunters waiting to hear if they drew a deer or elk permit can check the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website now for drawing results.

The first big game resident and nonresident hunting permit and license drawings of the year were complete on Wednesday, April 15, at 1 p.m.

Hunters can visit FWP's website for drawing results. Click "Drawing Status" or MyFWP to enter your ALS number.

Any remaining nonresident combination licenses will be available via a first-come first-served sale set to begin May 4.

Other important application deadlines for hunters are May 1 to apply for moose, bighorn sheep, bison and mountain goat licenses; and June 1 for antelope, deer B and elk B licenses.

Absentee Ballots Available For Glasgow School Election
Thursday, April 16th 2015
Absentee ballots for the May 5, 2015 Glasgow School District 1A annual election are now available at the School Administration Office located at 200 7th Street North in Glasgow. A qualified elector, who is not a permanent absentee voter, may obtain an absentee voter application by stopping by the office or by calling 228-2406. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on May 4, 2014.

1723 absentee ballots were mailed on April 15th to those voters who have signed up as permanent absentee voters, provided they have returned their address confirmation form to the County Election Administrator. Ballots can be mailed or returned to the School Administration Office. The deadline to return absentee ballots is the close of polls on Election Day, which is May 5, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
FWP lifts fish-consumption advisory
Wednesday, April 15th 2015
BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has lifted its consumption advisory for fish caught on the Yellowstone River near where an oil pipeline broke west of Glendive.

On Jan. 17, 2015, the Bridger pipeline broke where it crossed the Yellowstone River upstream from Glendive, dumping 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the water. FWP advised anglers to use caution when deciding whether to eat fish caught downstream from the spill until biologists could test for petroleum in the edible muscle tissues.

Sampling for contaminated fish – as well as cleanup of the spilled oil – was hampered by ice that covered most of the river downstream from the spill site. After the ice left the river in March, FWP fisheries biologists were able to catch 213 fish representing species known to live in the river between the spill site and the North Dakota border.

Laboratory tests of those fish showed no detectible levels of petroleum contamination in the edible muscle tissues. As a result, FWP has lifted its fish-consumption advisory.

Blaine County Reaches Agreement To House Inmates At Valley County Detention Center
Tuesday, April 14th 2015
Blaine County has reached an agreement with Valley County to house inmates at the Valley County Detention Center.

The agreement calls for Blaine County to pay for 6 beds at the facility at a cost of $60 per day. The 6 beds will be guaranteed for the next year and Blaine County will pay $360 per day to Valley County.

Custer County had been paying for 6 beds at the facility but they will remove their prisoners today as they have opened a new Detention Center in Miles City. The contract with Custer County had last for nearly 2 years at the same price of $60 per day.

Court Appointed Special Advocate Meetings Set
Tuesday, April 14th 2015
CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, is an organization that trains ordinary folks who do an extraordinary thing: they speak up for abused and neglected children in the courtroom and in the community. Because they do, children who have a CASA Advocate are more likely to find a permanent home, spend less time in the state’s care, and do better in school and in life.

There have been children’s advocates speaking in these courts for more than 30 years, but right now there are more than 30 children in Valley County with no one to speak for them. I have been tasked with bringing this traditional back to life, and I am actively seeking folks throughout Valley County who will stand up for abused children.

Public meet-and-greets will be held at the Glasgow Public Library, April 21, 5-7 pm, at Hot Shots Espresso, April 22 & 29, 9-10:30 am, and at the Valley County Courthouse, April 22 & 29, 1-3pm. We will begin pre-service training the week of May 11th, with the site, days, and times of the classes to be decided by those who join the class.

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)
Monday, April 13th 2015
The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) to provide benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather.

Producers who suffer livestock death losses should submit a notice of loss and an application for
payment to the local FSA office that maintains their farm records. To be eligible, the notice of loss must be submitted the earlier of:

* 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent to the producer; or
* 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the loss of livestock occurred

Please contact the Valley County FSA Office at 406-228-4321 and ask for Sheri.

Pilot Project Opening BMAs along Milk River for Spring Turkey Season
Thursday, April 9th 2015
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Glasgow is conducting a pilot project to open Block Management Areas (BMAs) for spring turkey hunting along the Milk River.

Up to 9 BMAs could be open for the spring turkey season, beginning April 11, and running through May 17. Most of the properties are located along the Milk River between Hinsdale and Nashua.

According to Tim Potter, Jr., Region 6 BMA coordinator, the idea of spring turkey hunting on BMAs has been in the works for awhile. “I have been contacted by landowners and sportsmen about this for some time,” Potter said. “Considering that most available turkey habitat and populations are on private land, this is a step in the right direction to getting more access for turkey hunters in Valley County.”

The pilot project will determine how much use these areas get by turkey hunters. If participation is high enough, this could become a permanent addition to many of the area BMAs. Normally, the BMA season runs from the beginning of September (opening of upland bird and archery) until January 1 (the closing of upland birds).

BMA access will be granted through a traditional sign-in box on the properties, and will be advertised by a green sign titled “2015 Spring Turkey BMA Pilot Project.” Signing in will allow hunters access only for turkey hunting.

Other activities such as shed hunting, fishing, or small game hunting are not allowed. Permission for such activities must be separately allowed by the landowner.

All BMA rules and expectations in place during the general season will still apply. These include, but are not limited to, leaving gates as they are found, areas of walk-in hunting only, parking in designated parking areas, using caution around livestock, taking care not to drive on muddy roads, and more. Hunters should refer to the individual rules associated with each BMA, found on the back of the BMA maps.

Property boundaries may not be well marked, so hunters need to be aware of their location. “Participating landowners are offering up their property for this pilot project,” Potter said. “To get this project to move forward, we need hunters to respect both the landowner’s wishes and their property.”

As a reminder, prospective turkey hunters can also hunt on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), such as the Hinsdale and Vandalia WMAs, other public land, and on other private land with permission. Hunters must also be aware that there are several BMAs that are not participating in this pilot project, and permission would be needed to hunt on these properties.

A list of participating landowners and properties is available from FWP’s Region 6 headquarters in Glasgow, by calling the office at 406-228-3700, or by going to our regional webpage at http://fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/.

Apply now for GHS Educational Trust Awards
Thursday, April 9th 2015
Glasgow High School graduates who are attending college or vocational/technical school are reminded that the deadline for financial assistance from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust for both semesters of the 2015-2016 school year is July 1, 2015. The deadline for assistance for the Spring 2016 semester only is October 15, 2015.

All GHS graduates who are pursuing higher education at an accredited school full time (12 credit minimum) and who are in good academic standing may be eligible for a financial gift if they have completed one year of college or one semester of vocational school. This includes non-traditional students who are enrolled full time in online or other correspondence courses. The application and an explanation of the other requirements are available on the trust’s website at http://www.ghsedutrust.org. All applications must be complete and submitted on time to be considered.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established by the GHS Class of 1938 in 1964 to help GHS graduates finance their educational dreams. Interest on the trust’s corpus, which now totals over $4.2 million dollars, is used to make student gifts through a semi-annual application process administered by the trustees. To date, 2030 grants valued at $1.7 million dollars have been awarded to hundreds of different GHS alumni. Students may reapply and may be awarded gifts for succeeding terms after an initial award, and 89% of recipients have done so.

With educational costs rising significantly each year, every eligible GHS alumni is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to minimize student debt and promote access to a brighter future through higher education.

April Is STD Awareness Month
Thursday, April 9th 2015
April is STD awareness month, an annual observance to raise awareness on the impact of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) in the lives of Americans. In this effort to increase awareness we would like to stress the importance of individuals discussing sexual health with their health care provider and if sexually active, their partners.

STD’s are a major public health concern. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15-24 account for nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases each year in the United States.

Teens are at an increased risk with an estimated 1 in 4 that will become infected. Adolescents who have multiple sexual partners and have unprotected sex are at greater risk of contracting infections.

Many of those who are infected are unaware and have no symptoms. These communicable diseases are spread through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. The health consequences of sexually transmitted disease can be life altering. If left untreated, they can lead to infertility, pregnancy complications, organ damage and even death.

The only way to know for sure whether you have an STD is to get tested at your local health department. Some STD’s can be cured easily with antibiotics when caught early; and others have no known cure but are 100% treatable.

Throughout the month of April, help us protect our community by educating yourself and others about STD’s and promote well-being by getting tested. For low cost, confidential testing please call Valley County Health Department to make an appointment @ 228-6261.

Working together to build awareness will help us prevent the spread of STDs in our community.

Suicide Prevention Class Is Monday Night; Suicide Loss Support Group Facilitator Training Workshop
Wednesday, April 8th 2015
The Montana Chapter of AFSP, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will have a free class Mon. April 13th from 6-9p.m. at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

“safeTALK” is a training that prepares anyone to identify persons with thoughts of suicide & connect them to suicide first aid resources.

Space is limited to 30 participants, pre-registration is required & you must be age 16 or older.

safeTALK is a training that prepares anyone to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.

Sponsored by (a) Montana Mental Health Trust and (b) AFSP Montana Chapter, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

To pre-register call or text Joan Nye, 406-321-0591 or email joannye@iwks.net.

Also, a free suicide loss support group facilitator training workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 14th from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.

Preregistration is required: Joan Nye, 406-321-0591 or email joannye@iwks.net. Space is limited to 15 participants, so register now!

Who should attend: Counselors, pastors, and survivors of suicide loss, to learn how to facilitate support group for suicide loss bereavement. Survivors of suicide loss also will benefit from and are needed for this workshop, even if they don’t think they could facilitate a support group, because they learn that they are not alone, learn why they feel the way they do, and learn some things that have helped other survivors of this loss along the journey of healing after suicide loss.

*Sponsored by (a) Montana Mental Health Trust and (b) AFSP Montana Chapter, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Safety board says oil train tank cars need urgent upgrades
Tuesday, April 7th 2015
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. safety officials say tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted to make them more fire-resistant after a spate of explosive accidents in recent months.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a series of recommendations Monday calling for tank cars to be fitted with protective systems better able to withstand fire than the bare steel construction now widely in use.

The board also said a decade-long retrofit timeline suggested by the tank car industry was too long to wait.

The industry in 2011 voluntarily adopted rules requiring sturdier tank cars for hauling flammable liquids such as oil and ethanol. But cars built to the new standard split open in at least four accidents during the past year.
(Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Annual Fort Peck Reservoir Walleye Spawning Operation Gearing Up, Volunteers Welcome
Tuesday, April 7th 2015
Jeff Brost with one of the first green female walleye of the season
Warmer temperatures and melted ice mean the annual walleye spawning operation on Fort Peck Reservoir is beginning early this year and will soon be in full swing. Volunteers are always welcome, and needed, for the success of this operation.

According to Heath Headley, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Fort Peck biologist, agency staff and volunteers will again be trapping fish and taking eggs from areas in the upper Big Dry Arm of the reservoir. “The reservoir is about 11 feet higher than last year,” Headley said, “so we will focus the operation near Nelson Creek.”

FWP staff have been working on setting up spawning barges, holding pens, and test nets since March 30. Headley hopes to be in full operation by April 6. “If the test nets have enough ripe walleye in them to start spawning, we will begin a full operation immediately,” Headley said. “We plan on needing full crews (including volunteers) from the beginning of April through the end of April, but we have gone into May in the past. We are looking to continue until we have our goal for this year, which is 50 million eggs.”

Walleye spawning activity on Fort Peck Reservoir usually doesn’t pick up until the second or third week of April, and the peak typically takes place somewhere between April 18 - 21. However, the timing and success of the spawn is heavily dependent on water temperature, which can fluctuate greatly. Headley noted, “The activities of fish are very dependent on water temperatures. And you never know what is going to happen with spring weather in eastern Montana.”

Last year, FWP staff and volunteers captured 18 different fish species for a total of 6,949 fish from April 17-May 5. Of that total, 1,670 were walleye. Female walleye collected averaged 6.9 pounds, with males averaging 2.5 pounds. The biggest walleye measured was 14.5 pounds and 31.2 inches.

62 million walleye eggs were collected from the ripe females. From those eggs, 2.2-million fingerlings and 14.7-million fry were stocked back into Fort Peck Reservoir. Various other walleye waters throughout the state are also supplied with fish as a result of this annual egg-taking effort.

Volunteers, Headley says, are key to the operation. “We wouldn’t be able to set all the trap nets, collect fish, and spawn them on a daily basis unless we had help,” he explained. “Volunteers are the main reason this has been so successful over the years.”

Prospective volunteers who contact Headley at 406-526-3471, EXT 206, will receive an information packet containing a self-addressed envelope and volunteer form, which must be completed and signed. Parents or guardians must sign the form for minors.

“Folks are asked to supply their preferred dates to volunteer, so they should list the dates they desire,” Headley said. “We will call to confirm the dates, so it’s important for volunteers to provide us with phone numbers where they can be reached both day and night. It should be noted that most weekends are nearly full.”
FWP will supply waders, raincoats, and cotton gloves, but volunteers should bring the following:
· Warm clothing, preferably in layers
· Food for cold lunches
· Camera equipment

Each day of the operation starts at 8 a.m. in the conference room at the Fort Peck Hatchery. FWP will provide transportation from the hatchery to the spawning sites and back.

For those folks not able to volunteer, but who still want to keep up with the spawning activity, there will be a new avenue of outreach. Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager, will be posting frequent updates from Headley about the walleye spawn to the Region 6 Facebook page. Updates will include current efforts and status, data on fish and eggs collected, and photos and videos.

“This will be a great way to keep the interested public updated on our egg-collecting efforts on a daily basis,” Kloker said. “Providing photos and videos of the fish, volunteers, and the operation in general will give everyone a virtual first-hand experience. We even hope to get a GoPro camera set up with the nets to give everyone the full-fish experience!” Please “like” and “follow” by going to the Region 6 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R6.

Corps decreases runoff forecast due to lower than normal mountain snowpack
Tuesday, April 7th 2015
Omaha, Neb. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division is decreasing the annual runoff forecast for the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, to 20.3 million acre feet (MAF), which is 80 percent of normal and 4.9 MAF less than average. The decreased forecast is due to below normal mountain snowpack and the lack of plains snow in the basin.

“While below normal runoff is expected, the reservoirs are well positioned to meet all of the authorized purposes this year,” says Jody Farhat, chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. “The Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System is designed and operated to provide the Corps with the necessary flexibility to adjust for varying conditions.” The total volume of water stored in the reservoir system is 57.6 MAF, 1.5 MAF into the 16.3-MAF annual flood control and multiple use zone.

Above normal temperatures coupled with below normal precipitation patterns have stalled mountain snowpack accumulation and melted the plains snow. As of April 1, mountain snowpack was 68 percent of normal in the reach above Fort Peck Dam and 74 percent of normal in the reach between Fort Peck and Garrison dams. Mountain snowpack appears to have peaked nearly a month earlier than normal this year in the reaches above the Fort Peck and Garrison dams. The mountain snowpack typically peaks in mid-April, and runoff from the melting snow enters the reservoir system from May through July. View mountain snowpack graphic here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/snow.pdf.

In mid-March, Gavins Point Dam releases were increased from 17,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to approximately 28,000 cfs in support of the navigation season, which began April 1 near St. Louis, Mo. “Flow support for the first half of the navigation season will be full service,” said Farhat. Full service navigation flow support is generally sufficient to provide a 9-foot-deep by 300-foot-wide channel. Flow support for the second half of the navigation season as well as the season length will be determined following the system storage check on July 1.

Steady-to-rising reservoir levels during the forage fish spawn at the three, large upper reservoirs (Fort Peck, Garrison and Oahe) are preferred but may be difficult to accomplish without significant rainfall in the Missouri River Basin during the coming weeks. If the runoff distribution allows, the Corps will set releases to result in steady to rising pools at Fort Peck and Oahe dams. The forage fish spawn generally occurs from early April through mid-June. The Corps will continue to monitor the plains and mountain snowpack, basin soil conditions and rainfall events to fine tune the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information.

Nature Conservancy Purchases Conservation Easement On Cornwell Ranch
Monday, April 6th 2015
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The Nature Conservancy has purchased a conservation easement that will preserve another 256 acres of Milk River cottonwood forest on the Cornwell Ranch in northeastern Montana.

The easement is the fourth the family has completed with the Conservancy, bringing the total to more than 12,000 acres.

The Nature Conservancy says the ranch west of Glasgow includes some of the largest blocks of cottonwood forest remaining on the Milk River.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that the Cornwells have wintered cattle on the property and will continue to do so under the terms of the easement.

The family has operated a cow-calf operation since 1947.

The amount of the purchase was not disclosed.

Real fossilized T. rex to be featured in new Museum of the Rockies exhibit
Monday, April 6th 2015
BOZEMAN – Exactly one year after the Wankel T. rex left Montana for Washington, D.C., the Museum of the Rockies will open a new permanent exhibit featuring a towering dinosaur from northern Montana and six T. rex skulls.

“The Tyrant Kings” exhibit will open Saturday, April 11, in the Siebel Dinosaur Complex of this Montana State University museum in Bozeman.

Visitors will see a real fossilized T. rex skeleton that’s approximately 12 feet tall and 38 feet long. Called “Montana’s T. rex,” the skeleton is about 60 percent real bone and one of the most complete specimens ever discovered. It is the only T. rex skeleton to have been found with floating ribs in its abdominal cavity. It would have weighed nearly seven tons when it lived 65 million years ago.

Visitors will also see time-lapse video of how museum staff assembled Montana’s T. rex. They will see a series of T. rex skulls, all from Montana, that show how T. rexes grew. The skulls range from one of the smallest T. rex skulls ever found to the largest T. rex skull in the world. “Chomper” is 13.5 inches long, while the Custer T. rex skull is 60 inches long.

With the opening of the exhibit, administrators said the Museum of the Rockies joins an elite group of museums around the world that display actual T. rex skeletons instead of replicas or casts.

“The science and research behind this exhibit is remarkable, MOR Executive Director Shelley McKamey said in an MOR press release. “It’s every bit as impressive as the exhibit itself.”

Montana’s T. rex was discovered in 1997 by Louis Tremblay near the town of Fort Peck, thus its original name of “Peck’s Rex.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture transferred ownership to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which then named the Museum of the Rockies as the repository. Montana’s T. rex entered the museum’s paleontology collection in 1998. It is the first mounted real bone skeleton to be displayed from America’s Public Trust. It is owned by the people of the United States.

“The people of Montana, as well as the entire country, now have a T. rex specimen that is owned by them and displayed for them,” McKamey said. “The exhibit not only fulfills a promise made by MOR to all of Montana, but also the mission of MOR to inspire life-long learning and advance knowledge through collections, research and discovery.”

The Wankel T. rex, which left the MOR on April 11, 2014, is on loan to the Smithsonian Institution for 50 years. It will be the centerpiece of a new paleontology exhibit that’s scheduled to open in 2019 in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. It’s predicted that at least 7 million people a year will view the Wankel T. rex.

Kathy Wankel of Angela discovered her namesake dinosaur in 1988 on federal land near the Fort Peck Reservoir in northeast Montana. Twenty-six years later, the 65-million-year-old T. rex headed for Washington, D.C. in a customized FedEx truck.

The Museum of the Rockies is currently open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Summer hours – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily -- will begin on Memorial Day.

National Volunteer Week Is April 12-18
Monday, April 6th 2015
Volunteers are the heart of Valley County 4-H, and we salute the many volunteers who give of themselves to benefit our area youth.

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities,” said Valley County 4-H Agent Roubie Younkin. “It’s about demonstrating that by working together, communities have the ability to meet challenges and accomplish goals.”

The Points of Light Foundation sponsors National Volunteer Week, and the 2015 theme, “Celebrate Service,” aligns with the focus of Montana 4-H Volunteers who are engaged in taking action and encouraging 4-H members to provide service to others and their community. National Volunteer Week encourages people to be engaged in their community. 4-H volunteers are actively engaged in their communities by impacting the lives of Valley County youth, sharing time and talents with youth through 4-H clubs, Special Interest clubs, after-school programs and camps, Younkin said. Today’s 4-H youth are engaged in learning activities in the three mission mandate areas of citizenship/civic engagement; healthy lifestyles; and science, engineering and technology.

State Senate Committee Changes House Budget Bill And Adds Money For Schools
Thursday, April 2nd 2015
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Republican-led Senate panel has passed the state's main budget bill after adding millions in funding through a deal negotiated with the Democratic governor's office.

The Senate Finance and Claims Committee passed an amended House Bill 2 by a vote of 16-3. It's tentatively scheduled for debate on the Senate floor April 9.

The committee passed a slew of amendments to House Bill 2 that adds about $26 million in funding for items including raises for corrections workers, money for crime victim services and money for investments in mental health care.

The committee also added about $25 million from a supplemental appropriations bill tabled in the House Appropriations Committee last week. The bill was requested by the governor to make up for low-budget estimates made last session.

The supplemental appropriations bill included funding for Montana public schools. Due to action by the Montana House of Representatives, Valley County schools would of lost over $90,000 in funding. The Senate Finance and Claims Committee put that funding into House Bill 2.

Glasgow Man Charged With Killing Golden Eagle
Wednesday, April 1st 2015
HELENA — A Glasgow man told a fish and wildlife agent that his trap that snared and strangled a golden eagle was aimed at catching coyotes and foxes and that he didn’t intend to kill the eagle, “but it was the cost of doing business.”

It is a violation of federal law to kill a golden eagle. If convicted, Morehouse could be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in prison.

Keith Morehouse told the agent that he was unaware that the golden eagle had been killed and that "he is out to make money," according to an affidavit to establish probable cause, filed March 24.

“The snare was about five feet from a bait station in violation of state trapping regulations, which require a 30-foot setback from bait stations visible from above,” according to the affidavit.

The agent found the dead eagle on Feb. 23 near Glasgow. While on patrol, he noticed magpies and a golden eagle near a bait station where an eagle had been snared a year earlier. The agent also noticed footprints in the snow leading to “numerous snare sites” he was familiar with. The bait station was marked with a copper tag with Morehouse’s name and phone number.

An exam of the eagle found a “loop of wire with a spring-like mechanism” around its neck and determined that it died from “trauma-trap snare w/strangulation.”

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/glasgow-man-charged-with-illegally-killing-golden-eagle/article_7a03cfaf-3cbe-5b03-879d-eae68a1d25a2.html#ixzz3W3jp7QK4

Valley County Schools Could See Over $93,000 In Less State Money After Action By Montana House Of Representatives
Wednesday, April 1st 2015
HELENA — The state’s top public school official Tuesday informed schools statewide of the specific cuts they face in the next three months, totaling $9.4 million, because of House action killing a supplemental funding bill this week.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau sent the notice, outlining cuts totaling $3.6 million alone for the state’s seven largest school districts, including nearly $1 million for Billings, $521,000 for Missoula, $483,000 for Helena and $260,000 for Butte.

Valley County Schools could see cuts over $93,000 if the money isn't inserted into the state budget. The Glasgow School District would see $51,884 in less money for this budget year.
Other Valley County School Districts:

Frazer- $12,028
Hinsdale- $8757
Opheim- $6805
Nashua- $11,476
Lustre Elem-$2275

A key GOP senator said Tuesday the Senate may look for ways to consider inserting the spending in a different bill.

“We respect the work of the House, but we’ll take a look at it, and see if we can address it,” said Sen. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, who chairs the Senate Finance and Claims Committee.

The committee starts voting on key budget bills this week.

Republicans in the Montana House this week voted to kill House Bill 3, which contained $31 million to cover state budget overruns in the current fiscal year. The so-called “supplemental funding” bill usually is routinely passed by the Legislature.

Republican leaders in the House said the Bullock administration had spent unauthorized money on some programs in the past year, and should have managed its spending more closely.

Within HB3 was $9.4 million in state aid for public schools.

Madalyn Quinlan, chief of staff for Juneau, said the state owes the additional money because of a new law allowing districts to request more funding tied to enrollment increases of 4 percent or 40 students.

The state aid for schools in HB3 is slightly less than 1 percent of schools’ general fund budgets.

Juneau said if the money isn’t funded by the Legislature, schools across the state will have to make cuts in the next three months, which are the end of the current fiscal year.

“It will likely be staff and programs,” she said.

School districts do have reserve funds, but that money is supposed to cover unexpected expenses, she said — not a shortage in state aid that’s required by law.

Juneau said the votes killing HB3 came as a surprise, because the Legislature had voted with big, bipartisan majorities to pass the session’s main school-funding bill.

“To start playing political games with this year’s school funding is just sort of a surprise,” she said. “The Legislature is going to have to figure out how to get this money to schools.”

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/opi-chief-informs-schools-of-budget-cuts-bouck-we-are/article_bffb4285-25bd-5a3a-b9da-400cc860cc1c.html#ixzz3W3s0lsUl

Bowhunter Education Classes Offered in Glasgow and Saco
Tuesday, March 31st 2015
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Bowhunter Education course dates have been set for Glasgow and Saco.
All first time bowhunters, regardless of age, must complete a bowhunter education course to purchase an archery stamp in Montana. State law requires that anyone using an archery license, or hunting with archery equipment, must show either a previous year’s archery license or a certification from a bowhunter education course to buy a stamp. Students must be at least 11-years old on the first day of class to be eligible for certification. The course is free of charge.

The Glasgow course is set for April 6-11. Classes will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Civic center
in Glasgow. A field day will be held on Saturday, April 11, from 8-11:00 a.m. Prospective students need to pick up their Bowhunter Education book “Today’s Bowhunter” at the FWP office in Glasgow. Please read and answer the questions in the back of book before the first day of class. At the time of this news release, there were still three spots available. If you have any questions, contact the course coordinator Carmen Corey at 406-230-1266.

The Saco course begins on April 13 from 4-4:30 p.m. at the Saco Fire Hall meeting room. Further course dates will be established at that time. Please pick up a manual for the course from Pete Forbes at 406-527-3569 or from Howard Pippin at 406-527-3284. At the time of this news release, there are still 25 spots available. Please call Mr. Forbes or Mr. Pippen if you have any questions.

To register for the Bowhunter Education classes, please go to the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov. Look under the “Education” tab, go to the “Hunter Education” heading, and click on the “Hunter education programs” link. On the next screen, click on the “Find a class or field course”, click “Register for a Bowhunter education classroom course” and follow the directions from there. Make sure to print out all necessary material and sign all necessary forms! If you have any questions, or do not have access to a computer, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Information Sought in Waste of Game Case
Friday, March 27th 2015
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking information on the wasting of two deer near Glasgow.

FWP Warden Todd Tryan said the deer, a mule deer and whitetail, were found in a ditch near the Willow Creek Block Management Area just south of Glasgow on Britzman road. The deer’s heads were removed, they were skinned, and the only meat taken was one back strap off of the mule deer. The deer were covered in mold and showed other signs of decomposition. They are a complete waste.

“These deer were probably harvested during the fall hunting season and were left hanging in a garage,” Tryan said. “The person or persons responsible never removed the meat from these deer, and they went to waste. On top of that, they then decided to dump them near a road right in from of a Block Management sign-in box. If a hunter does not want the meat from a harvested animal, they need to donate it to programs such as Hunters against Hunger.”
Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call Warden Tryan directly at 406-263-0067 or FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

This information and more can be found on our website at http://fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/, or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R6.

BLM requests input on application to graze bison year-around at Flat Creek Allotment
Friday, March 27th 2015
(MALTA, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management Malta Field Office is seeking public input for an environmental analysis regarding a grazing permittee’s application to change their class of livestock and to change the livestock use and management on the Flat Creek Allotment (15439).

The American Prairie Reserve has applied to change the class of livestock from cattle to indigenous bison on their permit to graze public lands on the Flat Creek Allotment in south Phillips County.

In addition, they are seeking permission to remove interior fencing and manage their private lands along with the public lands as one common pasture. They are also requesting to change the allotment grazing season to year-round from the current May 1 – Nov. 15 grazing season.

The allocated animal unit months (AUMs) and carrying capacity of the public lands would remain unchanged. All regulations for grazing public lands would apply and all grazing management would continue to adhere to the Standards for Rangeland Health.

For more information, please call B.J. Rhodes, Rangeland Management Specialist, at (406) 654-5120. Substantive comments about this application must be in writing and can be sent to the Malta Field Office, 501 South 2nd St. East, Malta, MT 59538 or [L=mailto:email brhodes@blm.gov]email brhodes@blm.gov[EL].

Comments must be received by April 30 to be considered.

Region 6 Volunteer Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructors Honored
Friday, March 27th 2015
Photo Caption: Dwain “Fritz” Prellwitz received 10-year Bowhunter education and 35-year Hunter education awards. Shown left to right is Sara Smith, Administrative Assistant of the state Hunter Education program (Helena), Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager (Glasgow), Dwain “Fritz” Prellwitz, hunter and bowhunter education instructor (Malta), and Wayde Cooperider, Outdoor Skills and Safety Supervisor (Helena).
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks honored the service of its Region 6 Hunter and Bowhunter Education volunteer instructors at the annual workshop held on Saturday, March 14th, at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow.

The workshop is an annual event that invites all the volunteer instructors across the region for a day filled with visiting, updates to the program, possible legislative changes, demonstrations of new equipment, and most importantly, honoring years of service.

Receiving special awards at this year’s workshop were numerous instructors with service ranging from 5 to 35 years (please see the list below). All service award recipients receive a plaque, and some reaching certain milestones received gifts of appreciation including engraved knives and belt buckles.

“As evidenced by the decades of service our instructors give to our programs, there’s an incredible amount of dedication and commitment out there in our communities,” said FWP Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager Marc Kloker. “These volunteers play a key role in shaping future Montana hunters by providing training in safety, ethics, conservation, and the proper use of firearms and archery equipment. They all work very hard to pass the state’s rich hunting heritage on to the next generations. Please be sure to thank your local hunter and bowhunter education instructors when you see them.”

In addition to the awards, many door prizes were also given away. Donations from Glasgow businesses Markle’s Ace Hardware, D&G Sports and Western, and Shop-Ko made almost everyone a winner. The grand door prize, donated by FWP, was a special framed print depicting a group of elk.

FWP is thankful to have hundreds of qualified instructors across the state, and always welcomes new additions. For information on becoming a Hunter or Bowhunter Education instructor, please contact Wayde Cooperider, FWP Outdoor Skills and Safety Supervisor, at 406-444-9947, or go to the website http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/instructors/ to learn more and apply.

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Unemployment Rate Falls To 3.8% In February For Valley County
Friday, March 27th 2015
– Montana’s unemployment rate continued its decline in February, down 0.1 percentage points to 4.3 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 5.5 percent in February.

“With strong job creation in the first two months of this year, Montana’s economy continues the growth we saw throughout last year,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “I’m committed to building on our economic strength to ensure all Montana communities feel the benefits of our growing economy.”

“Job creation in the state continues to be good news for Montana,” said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. “Two years ago, our focus was to find jobs for workers. With our strong economy, our task is now to find workers for jobs.”

The unemployment rate for Valley County was 3.8% which is down from the rate of 4.1% in January of this year. The total labor force was 4443 for February which is down from 4490 in January.

Montana’s total employment levels increased by 2,921 jobs in February. Over-the-year employment growth of roughly 7,700 jobs indicates strong job growth of 1.6 percent. Total employment estimates include payroll employment, plus agricultural and self-employed workers. Payroll employment estimates indicate a gain of 2,000 jobs over the month.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in February with stabilization in energy prices after several months of sharp decline for gasoline prices. The CPI-U is at the same level as February 2014, indicating no inflation over the past year. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, rose 0.2 percent in February.

Unemployment Rate Falls To 3.8% In February For Valley County
Friday, March 27th 2015
– Montana’s unemployment rate continued its decline in February, down 0.1 percentage points to 4.3 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 5.5 percent in February.

“With strong job creation in the first two months of this year, Montana’s economy continues the growth we saw throughout last year,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “I’m committed to building on our economic strength to ensure all Montana communities feel the benefits of our growing economy.”

“Job creation in the state continues to be good news for Montana,” said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. “Two years ago, our focus was to find jobs for workers. With our strong economy, our task is now to find workers for jobs.”

The unemployment rate for Valley County was 3.8% which is down from the rate of 4.1% in January of this year. The total labor force was 4443 for February which is down from 4490 in January.

Montana’s total employment levels increased by 2,921 jobs in February. Over-the-year employment growth of roughly 7,700 jobs indicates strong job growth of 1.6 percent. Total employment estimates include payroll employment, plus agricultural and self-employed workers. Payroll employment estimates indicate a gain of 2,000 jobs over the month.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in February with stabilization in energy prices after several months of sharp decline for gasoline prices. The CPI-U is at the same level as February 2014, indicating no inflation over the past year. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, rose 0.2 percent in February.

3 Person Race For Glasgow School Board
Thursday, March 26th 2015
The list of candidates who have filed for the Glasgow School Board has now grown to 3 with the filings of Shawn Andersyn and Nick Dirkes.

Alison Molvig had filed her paperwork last month as she is seeking another 3-year term on the school board. Dirkes is also seeking another 3-year term while Andersyn is a newcomer to the school election process.

The election is set for May 5th.

North Dakota oil rig count drops below 100 for first time in 5 years
Thursday, March 26th 2015
ISMARCK, N.D. — The number of drill rigs in western North Dakota’s oil patch has slipped below 100 for the first time in five years due to the sagging price of crude.

There were 98 rigs drilling in North Dakota on Wednesday. That’s exactly 100 fewer than on the same day one year ago and the lowest since March 2010.

North Dakota is the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas. North Dakota has been producing about 1.2 million barrels of oil daily.

Industry officials say about 115 rigs need to be drilling to keep that level of production.

State Representative Austin Knudsen Sponsors Bill Funding Charter Schools In Montana
Thursday, March 26th 2015
HELENA (AP) – House Republicans on an education panel passed a bill funding charter schools Wednesday night.

Speaker of the House Rep. Austin Knudsen said charter schools offer a free and inclusive option for students who want or need a more rigorous public education. After hearing testimony, members of Montana's House Education Committee voted 9-6 along party lines to put House Bill 596 on the floor of the House.

The Culbertson Republican said some Montanans desire primary, elementary and secondary schooling outside the jurisdiction of the state Board of Public Education, which adopted the federal Common Core standards in 2013.

"I won't deny that one of the main thrusts of this is to remove significant oversight from the Board of Public Education," Knudsen said. "I think, in exchange of that, what you're getting is a system that can function both more efficiently and with a lot more accountability than traditional public schools."

Charter schools have been established in 43 other states. They are privately managed and typically hold students accountable through goals outlined in a contract with the state.

Opponents on Wednesday said charter schools would divert public dollars to educational institutions over which the state would have little control.

Dennis Parman, deputy superintendent of public instruction, said HB 596 would allow public charter schools to adopt preferences for admittance, including siblings of previous students and children of board members. "Charter schools do not ensure equal access," Parman said.

Opponents also said charter schools have been shown to attract fraudulent activities since they were first established in 1991. Earlier this month, the founder of a charter school in Michigan went to trial on fraud and tax charges.

Dan Nicklay, principal at Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy in Idaho, said fraud is the exception to what he has seen to be a successful school system.

"But they're high profile of course," Nicklay said of charter school fraud cases. "There are a lot of people out there who want them to fail and want there to be scandal."

Jim Molloy, senior policy adviser to Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, said that, on the whole there, there is no persuasive evidence that charter schools perform better than public schools.

"These are experimental schools," Knudsen said. "It hasn't been done in the state of Montana before, and if they don't live up to our expectations, we can close them down."

The Governor's Office of Budget and Program Planning estimates that funding charter schools would cost about $1 million annually.

Knudsen's proposal is a revised version of his 2013 charter school plan and another proposed in 2011. Republican Rep. Debra Lamm of Livingston said she wrote those three proposals while working at the Montana Family Foundation, finishing the latest bill before she was elected this year.

St. Marie Man Arrested On Drug Charges By Valley County Sheriff's Office
Thursday, March 26th 2015
On January 30th, 2015 the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force, assisted by the Valley County Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at the residence of 234A Country Club in St. Marie, Montana. During the search eleven (11) marijuana plants, marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription Adderall pills, and various items of drug paraphernalia were seized.

As a result of the evidence seized during the search warrant, a felony District Court arrest warrant for Raymond Scott Smith was obtained.

On March 23rd, 2015, Raymond Scott Smith was arrested by the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force and remains in the custody of the Valley County Detention Center on $5,000.00 bail. Smith was charged with the following offenses:

Count 1: Criminal Production or Manufacture of Dangerous Drugs, marijuana, a felony
Count 2: Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Marijuana, a misdemeanor
Count 3: Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor
Count 4: Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Methamphetamine, a felony
Count 5: Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Adderall, a felony

Nashua Man Facing Federal Drug Charges To Receive Mental Evaluation To Find If He Is Fit To Assist With His Defense
Wednesday, March 25th 2015
JEFFERY JOHN HELM, a 60-year-old resident of Nashua is facing charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and morphine, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and morphine, and distribution of oxycodone and morphine.

Helm was arraigned in Great Falls on February 10th. He had been arrested by the Valley County Sheriff's Office on February 9th and turned over to the DEA. Helm is currently incarcerated in Great Falls.

Helm allegedly distributed the drugs in a period from July of 2014 to November of 2014. Helm allegedly sold the prescription drugs in Nashua and Billings.

At his arraignment, Helm pleaded not guilty to the charges. But a plea agreement was reached where he will plead guilty to the first count of the six count indictment. Helm will plead guilty to the charge of possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone and Morphine.

Federal Judge Brian Morris vacated the change of plea hearing on March 16th and instead granted a motion which will allow Helm to undergo a Psychiatric or Psychological Evaluation.

The evaluation will determine whether Helm is suffering from a mental disease or defect which renders him incompetent to assist property in his defense. Helm will be evaluated at a federal facility and then a report will be made to Judge Morris.

Longest Dam Race Is June 20
Wednesday, March 25th 2015
Tired of the long winter? Then think Summer! Think of getting into shape by taking a walk or run enjoying the sounds and smells of the great outdoors with family and friends. Think about a day at Kiwanis Park at Fort Peck Lake, MT. Think about signing up for the 21st Annual Longest Dam Race to be held June 20, 2015 at Fort Peck Dam, Fort Peck MT.

The race offers something for everyone. The race begins with the 10k run and will cross 1.8 miles of the Fort Peck Dam. The 5k run/walk begins at the top of Fort Peck Dam, which participants are bused to the start, and will go down a gravel road for approximately 1K and finish at Kiwanis Park. The one-mile run/walk will be will be on the Nature Trail at Kiwanis Park, which is a flat course that is paved. This course is perfect for all ages and is very fun for the whole family.

The bike route begins at Kiwanis Park. The novice bike route is an out and back course over flat terrain for approximately 10 miles, and finishes at Kiwanis Park. The bike course has flaggers in the front and rear to ensure safety on the road.

All races are assisted by FMDH EMT’s, local law enforcement, the Montana Army National Guard and dozens of volunteers.
The race concludes with an awards ceremony at Kiwanis’s Park. Early Bird registration is $20.00 for each participant and $5.00 for each additional event, and must be postmarked by May 31, 2014. The entry fee is $22 starting June 1st.

Participants 14 years old and younger the fee is $10.00. The first 75 entries will receive a free ticket for the Saturday June 20th performance of One Man Two Govnors at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Fort Peck offers other activities for families and visitors, fishing, the Fort Peck Interpretive Center, Warm Water Multi-Species Fish Hatchery, swimming and watchable wildlife tours.

The Longest Dam Race is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture. For more information call 406-228-2222 or http://www.glasgowchamber.net

Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture announces launches the annual Longest Dam Race T-Shirt Contest
Wednesday, March 25th 2015
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is launching its annual Longest Dam Race T-Shirt contest. The 21st Annual Longest Dam Race will take place on June 20, 2015 at Kiwanis Park in Ft Peck, MT. The annual logo contest is meant to spur the imaginations of the young and old alike in the area.

The Chamber is calling all artists to create a concept design that uses the events of the longest dam race along with the power houses as the theme. The events of the race include a 5 mile bicycle race, 10K & 5K run, along with a 5K walk and 1mile walk/run. The logo must include the race name & date: 21st Annual Longest Dam Race 2015, Fort Peck, Montana.

We encourage all entrants to be as creative as they wish and use a hand drawn logo. We will accept computer art, however, the design will be limited to two colors. The winner of the contest will receive a free t-shirt and a complimentary entry to the race. The final t-shirt design consideration will be at the discretion of the Chamber. May 1st @ 3:00p.m. is the contest deadline.

For more information contact the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture at 406-228-2222 or chamber@glasgowmt.net.

New Report Has Valley County Ranked In The Middle For Being Healthy
Wednesday, March 25th 2015
An new report rank Valley County near the middle for Montana counties when it comes to being healthy.

The 2015 County Health Rankings, an annual collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, were released Wednesday and include detailed health rankings of counties across the United States.

For the complete report visit http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/

New Montana law could mean clemency for Barry Beach
Tuesday, March 24th 2015
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bill signed by Montana's governor could pave the way to clemency for Barry Beach, who is serving a 100-year prison sentence for a 1979 murder he says he didn't commit.

Gov. Steve Bullock signed the measure Friday after it passed the Legislature with wide bipartisan support. It allows the governor to grant clemency to prisoners even if the state parole board recommends against it.

Beach's attorney Peter Camiel said Monday he plans to apply for a clemency hearing on the first day possible. The law takes effect Oct. 1.

Bullock has voiced support for commuting Beach's life sentence and giving him a chance for rehabilitation outside prison.

The governor declined to comment specifically on Beach's case Monday. But he said in a statement he takes the new responsibilities seriously and will exercise them judiciously.

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Montana SBDC Hosting Conference April 29-30 In Helena
Tuesday, March 24th 2015
The Montana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network will be hosting their sixth annual Invest in Success small business conference on April 29 and 30, 2015 in Helena at the Great Northern Hotel. The Montana Small Business Development Centers are a statewide network of ten regional centers serving all 56 counties in Montana. The SBDC staff offer professional business counseling to emerging and growing small businesses in all stages of business.

The Montana SBDC Invest in Success conference’s theme “Be the Best at What Matters Most” will focus on what effective leaders do and how they think to create and sustain success. The diversity and number of renowned speakers lined up for the 2015 conference should make the event very appealing for small business owners, who are often limited in the amount of time spent on professional development.

One of the highlights will be the Shark Tank Competition on April 30 where entrepreneurs will pitch their business idea to a panel of investors, lenders and business consultants. The first prize winner will receive $5,000 and the second prize winner will receive $2,500.

The Montana SBDC is excited to have Joe Calloway, business author, consultant and international speaker for 30 years, as the keynote speaker for the conference. Joe has worked with companies like Coca Cola, IBM, Cadillac, and American Express as well as with small to mid-sized business groups including franchisees, medical practices, law firms and a range of professional services groups.

On April 29, the conference will kick off with a behind-the-scenes tour of Boeing, the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners. There will be a networking reception that evening at the Holter Museum of Art. Space is limited, so attendees should register in advance to ensure a spot.

Brandon Orr, Conference Committee Chair and SBDC Director at Helena College in Helena, is excited to host the 2015 conference. In particular, Orr feels that “Joe Calloway is a great choice as a keynote presenter since all business owners need to master the habits of effective leadership to grow their businesses.” Orr comments that the 2015 conference will “focus on building small businesses and providing resources that will help bring entrepreneurs to the next level of business.”
The Montana SBDC continues to build on the success of past conferences in Butte, Great Falls, Billings and Missoula, and has high hopes that this will be the most exciting conference yet.

Interested individuals are encouraged to register early to take advantage of the early bird registration discount. Early bird deadline is April 15, 2015. For more information, visit the conference registration website at http://www.regonline.com/investinsuccess2015 or contact Brandon Orr at 406-447-6376.

Pictures Of Construction Of New Glasgow Elementary School
Tuesday, March 24th 2015
Construction continues on the new k-4 elementary school being built in Glasgow. The new school is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year in August.

Here is a link to pictures of the construction of the new school which is located adjacent to the current Irle Elementary School.


"Slam The Dam" Is A Success
Monday, March 23rd 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015 dawned sunny and clear with temperatures in the mid-30’s. The "SLAM THE DAM" walk/run committee quickly determined the wind to be coming from the east. The registration and starting set-up was at the east end near the shafts at light pole “88”. Finish line was on the west end, near light pole “1”.

Sixty-plus brave walkers and runners began registering at 9:00 a.m. Participants were from as near as Fort Peck and as far away as South Carolina and Idaho. The youngest participant was just eight weeks old (attached to mom’s chest in a carrier); older participants were close to eighty. Law enforcement from McCone County and Valley County were present to help with traffic control. Numerous Fort Peck Senior Citizens Association members were on hand to register people, monitor participants, hand out goodies at the end, and drive participants back to their vehicles upon completion. Two porta-potties were set up—one in the parking lot above the shafts, and one midway on the dam. Those who walked or ran were glad those were there☺ Participants received a special "SLAM THE DAM" bumper sticker, water and mandarin oranges.

By the time the walkers and runners were halfway across the dam, the wind had died down and most were shedding gloves, hats, and extra coats. It was a beautiful morning! At the finish area, people cheered as others completed the four miles and stayed around to visit with each other. It was an awesome accomplishment for those involved—now when they look at the dam they can say they have walked or run that distance. Many were heard to say how much fun it had been and want another one…some even said there should be a walk/run on the fall equinox, also. One ambitious person finished the 4-mile route, turned around and ran back, so got an 8-mile run in.

As for the Fort Peck Senior Citizens, they were thrilled that the inaugural event went so well. Over $400.00 in entry fees and donations was raised toward their current table/chair project to purchase 8-foot tables and chairs for the Rec. Hall that can be rented for personal use. A special thanks to all involved with making the 1st “SLAM THE DAM” (Run With the Wind) event a success!

Valley County Annual Child Find Screening
Monday, March 23rd 2015
The Valley County Comprehensive Child Find Screening will be held March 31st and April 1st, at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. Hours of the screening will be 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 3:00.
The Glasgow School District will work in conjunction with other county schools and Hi-Line Home Programs to screen children and determine their health needs and developmental progress.

The screening is for all children from birth to school entry age. The purpose of this screening is to find children who may need special help at an early age and enable educators and health care professionals extended time to assist those children and families with special needs.

*ALL children who will be entering kindergarten in the Glasgow School District this fall will be required to attend this child find screening/registration.

The screening assessments include the following areas:
Vision for children four years old and older.
Hearing for children of all ages
Speech for children three years old and older.

The Valley County Health Department will be giving preschool immunizations at the health department on the days of preschool screening, Tuesday, March 31stfrom 9:00-5:00, and on Wednesday, April 1st from 9:00 – 3:00. Though immunizations are also available Mondays from 2:00-5:45, the health department would like to give kindergarten immunizations on the days of preschool screening, if at all possible. It is mandated that children entering kindergarten have these immunizations prior to the start of school. Please bring your child’s immunization record and insurance card to the health department. No one will be turned away due to the inability to pay.

The Irle School will be taking appointments for the Child Find Screening beginning March 23, 2015. The phone number is 228-2419. We look forward to seeing you at the screening.

MDT proposes sidewalk improvements for the Valley County Fairgrounds in Glasgow -Valley County
Monday, March 23rd 2015

Glasgow -The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to improve handicap and pedestrian accessibility within the Valley County Fairgrounds in Glasgow, MT, Valley County. The proposed project includes:
. constructing new handicap parking along the southwest side of the commercial/grandstands building; and . constructing approximately 1900-lineal ft. of sidewalk within the fairgrounds.

Proposed work includes a network of sidewalk that will connect the main parking lot and new handicap parking area to the main grandstands, commercial building, office, stage, concessions, restrooms, needlework bldg., culinary bldg., 4-H building, livestock barns and existing sidewalk leading to the Valley Event Center.

The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2015 depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding.

No new right-of-way or utility relocations will be needed.

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