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BLM Reminds Recreationists about Rules as Spring Returns
Wednesday, March 4th 2015
(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) – As whispers of spring grow louder public lands will experience an increase in activity from fishermen, floaters, recreational vehicle users, hikers, campers and other users.

Americans of diverse backgrounds from a variety of locations around the country will be forging lifelong memories while enjoying their public lands in the rugged beauty of Montana. Some people have a longstanding, multi-generation family tradition of recreating on public lands, others may be venturing out for the first time. Knowing the right way to enjoy BLM Managed lands can ensure a satisfying experience, however some users may not know the rules.

The increased activity on public lands during the spring and summer seasons often leads to increased incidents of unauthorized off-road vehicle travel, unattended campfires, camping over established time limits, littering and other associated resource damage.

Generally, dispersed camping is permitted on Bureau of Land Management managed public lands that have not been developed as a campsite. Campers must have legal access to the campsite. Campers may drive up to 100 yards off-road to establish their campsite. The maximum stay in a dispersed site is 16 days. After 16 days the camp site must be relocated at least a half-mile away from the previous campsite.

In Montana off-road travel for recreational purposes is prohibited on Bureau of Land Management managed public lands, unless you are recreating in a specific area designated as open to off-road motorized vehicle use. Vehicular use is limited to roads and existing trails. Off-road travel is not legal for shed antler hunting, game retrieval or any other recreational use on public lands.

If you observe any violations on public lands, please contact any BLM Field Staff Ranger near you:

Billings (406) 896-5266

Butte (406) 441-1115

Dillon (406) 683-8006

Glasgow (406) 228-3777

Lewistown (406) 538-1939

Malta (406) 654-5112

Miles City (406) 233-2830

Missoula (406) 329-3825

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (406) 622-4017

Get as much information as you can; include the date, time, location and a description of the suspected violation along with a physical description and a license plate number. Please do not contact the user, but instead make observations and report them to the appropriate ranger as soon as possible.

Major Drug Bust In Williston Area
Wednesday, March 4th 2015
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a trooper who stopped an erratic driver on U.S. Highway 2 in the Williston area made a large drug bust.

Authorities say a search of the suspect car on Saturday yielded more than half a pound of methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia. The street value was estimated at $45,000.

The 25-year-old Williston man was jailed on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and for driving with a suspended license.

Man Rescued From Ice Of Fort Peck Lake After Falling Off Bicycle
Monday, March 2nd 2015
The Valley County Search and Rescue had to use their air boat to rescue a man who had fallen off his bike on the ice of Fort Peck Lake.

Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix93 News that the man, who was not identified, was riding his bike on the ice of Fort Peck Lake and headed to the Pines Recreation Area when he fell of the bike. He then had to call 911 and search and rescue efforts were mobilized.

Valley County Search and Rescue used the air boat to get to the man and then transported him to the Duck Creek Area. Sheriff Meier said the man apparently fractured his hip and was transported by ambulance to FMDH.

Sheriff Meier said BLM, FWP and the VCSO assisted in locating the man on the ice of Fort Peck Lake. The man was riding his bicycle with studded tires and apparently was headed in the direction of the Pines Recreation Area of Fort Peck Lake.

Two Openings On Glasgow School Board
Monday, March 2nd 2015
The annual school election will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2015. There will be two three-year openings for the Glasgow School District Board of Trustees this year, as Alison Molvig’s & Nick Dirkes’ terms are set to expire.

Petitions are available at the School Administration Office located at 200 7th Street North. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. For further information regarding the election, contact Kelly Doornek at 228-2406.

BNSF To Build Double Track Outside Of Glasgow
Friday, February 27th 2015
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/bnsf-to-spend-million-on-montana-track-in/article_2c79d723-0c3e-5c00-a3fe-d693e037fe94.html#ixzz3Sx8fHnXF

BNSF Railway will spend $124 million on track and improvements in Montana in 2015, pushing its infrastructure investment in the state to a half-billion dollars over four years.

"This is a long-term investment for future growth. These investments aren't being driven by short-term fluctuations in volume," said Matt Jones, BNSF spokesman. "Overall, we see potential for growth in all our broader business categories."

Announced Tuesday, the investment includes four more miles of double track from the Glasgow region to Minot, N.D. BNSF has spent several years constructing 114 miles of double track between those communities so that trains traveling the route connecting Seattle to Chicago can pass without pulling over. Oil, crops and freight containers have driven up demand on the nation's northernmost line.

Traffic volume is trending upward for all BNSF freight, Jones said. Most recently, a nationwide shortage of truck drivers has diverted interstate freight to BNSF.

All told, the railroad will resurface 1,227 miles of track, replace 52 miles of rail and 345,000 railroad ties, Jones said.

Along BNSF's southern Montana line, the railroad will replace 70,000 ties and remove track irregularities in the Forsyth area so trains can safely travel faster. The Big Horn rail line from Hardin into Wyoming will receive 89,000 new rail ties.

Coal trains are the primary use of the Big Horn line, and despite plummeting coal prices, BNSF shipments of coal in 2014 increased 3 percent year over year.

The railroad will also upgrade its Sidney line connecting its north and south routes across Montana. The route includes a depot for loading oil tankers in Dore, N.D.

The Sidney line includes sections of rail that are bolted together, an old technology that's been replaced by 1,600 foot sections of rail that are welded into a solid piece for a safer ride. The company will also improve several bridges along the route, which runs between Sidney and Glendive.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/bnsf-to-spend-million-on-montana-track-in/article_2c79d723-0c3e-5c00-a3fe-d693e037fe94.html#ixzz3Sx8fHnXF

BLM Glasgow Field Office Fence Modification Project Aids Pronghorn
Friday, February 27th 2015
Jason Snellman (on ATV) and Rich Hayner unspool smooth wire to replace the bottom row of barbed wire during a fence modification project February 10, 2014. The purpose of the two-week project was to make the fence wildlife friendly for pronghorn antelope, which negotiate fences by crawling under them. (BLM Photo by Jonathan Moor)
(GLASGOW, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management Glasgow Field Office conducted a fence modification project over a two-week period during February 2015.

More than five and a half miles of fence was modified by Wildland Firefighters Jason Snellman and Rich Hayner along a section of Highway 2, west of Glasgow.

“They replaced the bottom barbed wire with smooth wire and modified the fence bottom wire height to 16 inches off the ground,” explained BLM Glasgow Field Office Wildlife Biologist Abel Guevara. “Replacing the bottom barbed wire with smooth prevents the pronghorn antelope from rubbing and losing any hair that would expose their skin to frostbite or injury.” Pronghorn antelope most often negotiate fences by crawling under them.

In 2009 a pronghorn antelope migration study was conducted in this area. Data from pronghorn antelope fitted with GPS radio collars showed significant migration within the Buggy Creek and Chapman Coulee areas west of Glasgow.

Most fences in the area were 5-wire with a barbed bottom wire often no more than 12 inches off the ground.

Because the work was being done within the Highway 2 right-of-way BLM coordinated the fence modification project with Montana Department of Transportation (MDT).

“This project was coordinated with our local MDT contacts Kevin Gower and Carson Buffington as well as MDT Wildlife Biologist Larry Sickerson,” said Guevara.

“We had some great consultation with our partners on this project and we would not have been able to be get this work done without the support of MDT and BLM permittees,” Guevara added.

About $2,500 of wire and fuel was purchased locally for the fence modification project.

Approximately two more miles of fence along Highway 2 are slated to be modified later this summer with a Montana Conservation Corps crew. Additionally, other fences that are immediately adjacent to the highway will be considered for modification to maintain connectivity across the migration corridor.

School Elections Set For May 5
Friday, February 27th 2015
The annual school election will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2015. There will be two three-year openings for the Glasgow School District Board of Trustees this year, as Alison Molvig’s & Nick Dirkes’ terms are set to expire.

Petitions are available at the School Administration Office located at 200 7th Street North. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. For further information regarding the election, contact Kelly Doornek at 228-2406.

Effort to acquire Nebraska land for pipeline remain on hold
Thursday, February 26th 2015
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The company trying to build a pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast says its efforts to force Nebraska landowners to agree to the project remain on hold because of several pending lawsuits.

Earlier this month, a Holt County judge blocked TransCanada's eminent domain efforts there. Company spokesman Mark Cooper says TransCanada will agree to a similar order in York County at a hearing Thursday.

Cooper says TransCanada plans to ask judges in seven other Nebraska counties to delay action on its other eminent domain cases until the lawsuits are resolved.

The proposed pipeline needs presidential approval before it could be built across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska to connect with existing pipelines. It would carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day
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Montana Supreme Court Rules On Glasgow Kidnapping Case
Thursday, February 26th 2015
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has rejected a Glasgow man's arguments that he should not have to pay restitution for his kidnapping victim's mental health counseling because it is being paid for by state-assisted programs.

The court, in a 5-0 ruling Tuesday, found that Richard Joseph Jenkins should be held responsible for $18,000 in potential counseling costs for Connie Sharp.

Jenkins was convicted in April 2012 of kidnapping, assault with a weapon and intimidation for cutting Sharp with a knife, burning her with cigarettes, tying her up and threatening to throw her into the river if she refused to drive him to Kalispell.

Sharp was able to escape in Havre.

The court ruled that when Jenkins starts paying restitution, the state programs that covered Sharp's counseling costs can seek to recover that money from Sharp.

Hunter Education Classes Offered in Malta and Saco
Thursday, February 26th 2015
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Malta and Saco areas. To be eligible to hunt during the 2015 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2016. To be eligible for certification, students must be at least 11-years old on the first day of the class.

The first class in Malta will be held the week of March 9-13 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Malta High School cafeteria.

The Saco class will first meet on Wednesday, March 18, from 4:00-4:30 pm at the Saco Fire Hall. Other dates and times for the rest of the course will be set on the 18th.

For the Hunter Education classes, please go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov to register. 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” and follow the directions from there.

Please make sure to print out all necessary material, and sign all necessary forms! If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill
Wednesday, February 25th 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate on Tuesday, shortly after the bill was received at the White House. It's the third veto of Obama's presidency.

The move puts a freeze on a top GOP priority, at least for now. It also reasserts Obama's authority over a project that's become a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change.

Congressional Republicans may try to override Obama's veto, but have yet to show they can muster the two-thirds majority in both chambers that they would need. Sen. John Hoeven, the bill's chief GOP sponsor, says Republicans are about four votes short in the Senate and need about 11 more in the House.
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Employers Offer Scholarship
Wednesday, February 25th 2015
Scholarship applications are now available from the Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) to any Valley County high school senior who is going on to college, technical school or other training after completing their high school education or equivalency.

Funding is provided by Valley County employers who share the JSEC desire to educate future workers. Applications can be picked up from any high school counselor or the Job Service Office at 74 4th Street North. You can also download an application here.

Applications are due in the Job Service Office by 5:00 pm Monday, March 2. Award amounts vary depending on donations received, but typically are about $500 according to Stacey Amundson, JSEC Chair. For more information, contact Stacey at 228-2476 or the Glasgow Job Service at 228-3926.

Farm Bureau Scholarship
Wednesday, February 25th 2015
The Valley County Farm Bureau will be awarding a scholarship(s) to a graduating senior whose parents are members of the Montana Farm Bureau. In addition, two Valley County applications will be submitted to Bozeman to compete for two (2) Montana Farm Bureau $1,000.00 scholarships.

Applications can be obtained from the Guidance Counselor or Principal/School Administrator in Hinsdale, Glasgow, Nashua, Lustre, Opheim and Frazer.

Applications must be postmarked April 1, 2015, and mailed to Scott Cassel, P O Box 772, Glasgow, MT 59230.

Please contact Robyn Cassel at 367-5145 for further information or any questions.

Oil patch murder defendant to be sentenced in April
Tuesday, February 24th 2015
SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man who pleaded guilty to killing a Montana teacher in an oil boom town will be sentenced this spring.

District Judge Richard Simonton scheduled an April 17 sentencing hearing for 25-year-old Michael Keith Spell of Parachute, Colorado.

Spell pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide for the January 2012 death of Sidney High School math teacher Sherry Arnold. Her body was found more than two months later in a shallow grave in North Dakota.

Spell told Simonton in October that he and co-defendant Lester Van Waters Jr. had smoked crack cocaine before grabbing Arnold while she was jogging and that he wasn't sure who killed her.

Spell's attorneys have said they will seek a sentence to the state health department, which could allow him to serve his time in a facility for the mentally disabled. Waters is serving 80 years.
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Montana House Votes Down Bill That Would End Capital Punishment In Montana
Tuesday, February 24th 2015
HELENA (AP) – Representatives have voted down a bill that would end capital punishment in Montana.

Members of the House of Representatives voted 50-50 on Monday to fail House Bill 370 on second reading. Three Democrats and 47 Republicans voted against the measure and 12 Republicans joined 38 Democrats in voting for it.

Republican Rep. David Moore of Missoula introduced the proposal in the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 13. Committee members passed the bill 11-10.

State Representatives Austin Knudson and Mike Lang who represent Valley County voted against the legislation that would end capital punishment in Montana.

Representatives debated the repeal for more than 20 minutes. Supporters called for life imprisonment over death. Opponents said repealing the death penalty would be unfair to victims.

Similar bills have survived the Senate, but in the last two sessions have failed in the House.

Two men currently imprisoned in Montana have been sentenced to die.

FWP News
Tuesday, February 24th 2015
SPRING TURKEY PERMIT APPLICATIONS DEADLINE IS MARCH 5
Montana's spring male turkey hunting season begins April 11 this year. The deadline to apply for a Montana spring turkey permit available in some Montana counties is March 5.

Applicants, must have a 2015 conservation license to be eligible to apply, will find the spring turkey permit areas in FWP Regions 2, 3, and 4 listed on the application. There is a $5 application fee.

Resident and nonresident spring turkey permit application forms will be available Feb. 23 on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Go to the Hunting page, click "Licenses and Permits" then "Paper Applications".

ELK AND DEER PERMIT APPLICATION DUE MARCH 16
March 16 is the deadline to apply for Montana's 2015 deer and elk hunting permits. An easy-to-use application packet is available from all hunting license providers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and online at fwp.mt.gov.

FWP urges hunters to apply online. "It's fast, convenient and accurate," said Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman in Helena.
Resident hunters need a 2015 conservation and elk license to apply for a special elk permit but everything else needed to apply is in the application and information packet, Aasheim said.

Hard copies of the hunting regulations will be on the shelf at FWP offices and local license providers in April.
Nonresidents who wish to apply for big game combination, elk combination or deer combination licenses and deer and elk permits for the 2015 Montana hunting season can also apply online or download an application from FWP's website.

To request an application by mail, write to: Licensing Section; Montana FWP; P.O. Box 200701, Helena MT; 59620-0701; or call: 406-444-2950. The application deadline is March 16.

Aasheim said May 1 is the deadline to apply for moose, sheep, goat and bison licenses and June 1 for antlerless deer B and elk B licenses, antelope and antelope B licenses.

HUNTERS' BEAR IDENTIFICATION TRAINING REQUIRED
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds all black bear hunters of the responsibility to avoid mistakenly shooting a grizzly bear during the state's upcoming spring black bear hunt. Montana's spring black bear hunting season begins April 15.

Before first-time bear hunters can purchase a black bear hunting license, they must be certified by successfully completing FWP's bear identification training. FWP offers a bear identification training course on its website under the Education tab at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Hunter Education," and then "Bear Identification Program".

FWP urges bear hunters to take advantage of the free bear identification training and to ensure they have the required certification before purchasing a hunting license. There are multiple ways to obtain and take the test—go online or pick up a mail-in test from any FWP office. Bear identification tests can also be obtained by writing to: FWP Bear Test, 1420 E. 6th Ave., Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Hunters may purchase black bear hunting licenses online at fwp.mt.gov, at FWP license providers, or download and print a paper license application and mail it to FWP. Licenses issued through the mail may take two weeks to process.

ONLINE HUNTER EDUCATION AVAILABLE TO ADULTS
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers hunter education on the Internet to anyone 18 years and older.

State law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985 to take a hunter education course and complete a field course before purchasing a hunting license in Montana. The $25 online course allows adults to take the required hunter education course at their convenience.

Following the online coursework, students must sign up for a scheduled field day. There are field days available throughout Montana every spring and fall.

For more information go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click on the Education tab and then click "Hunter Education".

AT TAX TIME REMEMBER YOUR FAVORITE WATCHABLE WILDLIFE
Montana's annual income tax check-off fund for wildlife benefits the state's small wildlife species including birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and it provides a fast, convenient tax break.

The wildlife income tax check-off fund also goes to activities that encourage awareness and enjoyment of birds and small mammals—think wildlife monitoring, habitat improvement projects and the publication and distribution of educational materials.

Every $10 one donates is matched up to three times with federal dollars.

For details on the ways FWP uses non-game check-off funds to help small mammals and birds, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov and look under the Fish & Wildlife tab.

.62 pound perch worth $2000 at Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Tourney
Monday, February 23rd 2015
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture held its 18th Annual Ice Fishing Derby at the Dredge Cuts Trout Pond at Fort Peck Lake on February 21st, 2015. It was a diehard day for the fishermen & women who chose to participate despite the low temperatures and 25 mph wind gusts. The contest had 41 participants and 111 pre- drilled ice holes were sold. The contestants came from Glasgow, Jordan, Miles City, Brockway, Poplar, Wolf Point, Froid, Nashua, Fort Peck, Westby, McCabe, Park City, and Frazer. An estimated 80 more people came to observe the tournament and enjoy one of Chefs Mike & Paul’s Famous brats & onions.

A total of over $3,750.00 in cash, prizes and raffles were awarded to the participants. The 50/50 was won by Ricci Olson in the amount of $200.00. The derby consisted of a sole .62 lb. perch caught worth $2,000. The rest of the cash prizes were done on the lottery system with all participants getting a shot at some cash.

The results were:

1st-$2000.00 Travis Kittleson & Josh Palm/Glasgow-.62 perch -
2nd $500.00-Chris Mortenson/Glasgow,
3rd-$200.00 Joe Panburn/Miles City,
4th-$50.00 Rick Viste/Nashua.

Additional prizes were provided by the tournament sponsors.

The cash and prizes were awarded at The Gateway Club in Fort Peck following the derby. The 2015 Ice Derby was sponsored by: Edward Jones, JR’s Party Store #24, Cottonwood Inn, Nemont Telephone, Coca-Cola, KLTZ/KLAN, First Community Bank, D & G Sports & Western, Thompson & Sons, Reynolds Foods, Ezzie’s Wholesale, Nemont Beverage, Hi-Line Ford, Northern Prarie Auto, The Gateway Club, Newton Motors, Pacific Hide & Fur, NorthWestern Energy, Valley Bank, Scottie Car Wash, Cellular Plus and the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture. The 19th Annual Ice Derby will be held February 15, 2016.

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year
Monday, February 23rd 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades.

The projection was contained in a Department of Transportation analysis from July. It says the derailments could cause more than $4 billion in damage and possibly kill hundreds of people if a serious accident were to happen in a densely populated part of the U.S.

The study took on new relevance last week after a train loaded with oil derailed in West Virginia, causing a spectacular fire and forcing hundreds of families to evacuate.

Monday's accident was the latest in a spate of fiery derailments. Senior federal officials say it underscores the need for stronger tank cars and other safety improvements.


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Nashua Man Charged With Drug Offenses In Federal Court
Monday, February 23rd 2015
JEFFERY JOHN HELM, a 60-year-old resident of Nashua, appeared in Federal Court in Great Falls on 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 pleaded not guilty to the charges.

If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, HELM faces 20 years in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Jordale Redwolf Arrested And Charged With Drug Offenses in Valley County
Monday, February 23rd 2015
26-year old Jordale Redwolf has been arrested by the VCSO and charged with several drug offenses according to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier.

Sheriff Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that a concerned citizen in Nashua reported a suspicious vehicle and upon responding to the vehicle the VCSO obtained a search warrant and arrested Jordale Redwolf.

Redwolf was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended or revoked license and no proof or insurance.

The VCSO impounded the vehicle and found allegedly stolen property including knives, guns and a sword.

Additional charges are expected in the case according to Sheriff Meier. Redwolf is being held on $50,000 bond in the Valley County Jail.

Redwolf is listed as a resident of Wyola, Montana.

Reminder: Hunter Education Classes Offered in Glasgow and Hinsdale
Monday, February 23rd 2015
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow and Hinsdale areas. To be eligible to hunt during the 2015 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16th, 2016. To be eligible for certification, students must be at least 11-years old on the first day of the class.

The first class in Glasgow will be the week of March 2nd-6th from 5:30-8:30 pm at Eastside School, with the field day on Saturday, the 7th, from 8:00-11:30 am.

The second class in Glasgow will be the week of March 23rd-27th from 5:30-8:30 pm at Eastside School, with the field day on Saturday, the 28th, from 8:00-11:30 am.

The Hinsdale class will be held the week of March 16th-20th, from 3:30-6:30 pm at Hinsdale Schools, with the field day on Saturday, the 21st, from 10:00-12:30 pm.

In addition, a tentative date for a Bowhunter Education course has been scheduled for the 6-11th of April. A prospective bowhunter may still apply for special archery permits (due March 16th) and take the bowhunter course in April. Stay tuned for further information on the Bowhunter course.

For the Hunter Education classes, please go to the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov to register. 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” and follow the directions from there. Please make sure to print out all necessary material, and sign all necessary forms!

Parents, please have students pick up the Hunter Ed manual from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks office in Glasgow. Students are to read each chapter AND complete review sections before class! If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

TBID Photo Contest Underway
Friday, February 20th 2015
Glasgow, MT (December 2014) The Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District invites all photographers to enter the 2014 Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District “Get Out Photo Contest”. The Grand Prize winner will receive $200.00. The contest, which is open now, has an entry deadline of April 1, 2015.

Contestants may submit their photographs of their favorite way to Get Out in Valley County in any or all categories: Glasgow Chamber Events, Sense of Place, Outdoor Sportsman, and Scenery. For official rules visit www.glasgowchamber.net.

Throughout the contest photos will be showcased on the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture website,

The Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District markets our region as a preferred travel destination. Through our marketing efforts we entice visitors to explore our playground in northeast Montana. Each category winner will receive photographer recognition each time their photograph is used.

For more information please contact the Glasgow TBID at tbidglasgow@nemont.net or 406-480-2819.

BLM Glasgow Field Office Hires New Administrative Support Assistant
Friday, February 20th 2015
Stacie Canen is the new Administrative Support Assistant at the Bureau of Land Management Glasgow Field Office. (BLM Photo by Jonathan Moor)
(GLASGOW, Mont.) – Stacie Canen became the new administrative support assistant at the Bureau of Land Management Glasgow Field Office Jan. 25, 2015.

“We are very pleased to be able to hire someone of Stacie’s caliber with solid ties to the local community,” said BLM Glasgow Field Manager Pat Gunderson.

Canen transferred to the BLM from the U.S. Postal Service. “I had a 16 year career with USPS starting as a carrier. I have been a clerk, supervisor and postmaster,” Canen explained.

“My most recent position was postmaster of the Glasgow Post Office, which is also the Administrative Post Office for Hinsdale, Nashua, Fort Peck and St. Marie,” she added.

Canen is a native of Valley County. “I was born in Glasgow and raised in Hinsdale, Montana, which is 30 miles West of Glasgow. I still live there with my husband, Ray, of 26 years and my Yorkie. We have two adult children, a son and a daughter. Our son was just married this past August.”

According to Gunderson, Canen’s life-long experience and knowledge about Glasgow and Valley County are invaluable assets. While serving as the administrative support assistant, Canen is often the first person to interact with members of the American public when they visit the BLM Glasgow Field Office.

“I am very excited to be a member of the BLM team and part of the great crew in the Glasgow Field Office,” said Canen.

Oil found in Glendive fish; consumption advisory remains
Friday, February 20th 2015
BILLINGS — Detectable levels of petroleum were found in tests of fish pulled from the Yellowstone River downstream from a broken petroleum pipeline near Glendive last month. This week Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks advised fishermen to use caution when deciding whether to eat fish caught in the area affected by the oil spill.

On Jan. 17, 2015, the Bridger pipeline broke where it crossed the Yellowstone River upstream from Glendive, dumping crude oil into the water. FWP advised anglers not to eat any 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 – has been difficult because ice covers most of the river downstream from the spill site. FWP fisheries biologists were able to catch shovelnose sturgeon, sauger, channel catfish, goldeye, burbot and shorthead redhorse suckers at sites downstream from the break. The fish were sent to laboratories in Billings and Wisconsin, which tested the edible muscle tissue as well as various internal organs for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – or PAHs.

Trevor Selch of Helena, FWP’s pollution control biologist, said this week that the laboratories have tested some of the tissues and returned results showing detectable levels of PAHs in some of the sauger, goldeye and shovelnose sturgeon muscle tissues. FWP is waiting for results from the other tests.

Published research indicates that petroleum compounds can accumulate in fish for 40 or more days after a spill. FWP will resume catching fish after the ice leaves the river and test tissues for PAH accumulation. Petroleum compounds can also be passed on to fish through the food chain when micro-organisms, insects, worms, crustaceans and other aquatic animals absorb petroleum compounds then are eaten by fish.

Until all of the tests are complete and the data is analyzed, Selch advised anglers to continue to use caution
when deciding whether to eat fish.

The advisory was issued as a precaution, advising anglers to tend toward conservative decisions and prudent practice when it comes to the health effects of the oil spill.

Glasgow named one of safest cities in Montana
Thursday, February 19th 2015
According to the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, Glasgow has been named one of the "Ten Safest Cities In Montana."

The Safewise security company released the list on Wednesday, which is available here.

SafeWise combined data from recent FBI Crime Reports with their own research to create a list of the safest communities in Montana.

"To create our list of Montana’s 10 safest cities we evaluated communities with a population over 1,500 residents in 2012 and researched the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics. Our next step was examining the number of Violent Crimes, consisting of murder, robbery, aggravated assault, and forcible rape, as well as Property Crimes, which include burglary, arson, motor vehicle theft, and larceny-theft. Finally, to create a level playing field, we determined the chance of these crimes happening out of 1,000 people."

These are the 10 safest cities in Montana.
1. Colstrip
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .88
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.18
2. East Helena
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.78
3. Dillon
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .96
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.38
4. Glasgow
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.80
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.63
5. Conrad
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.03
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.28
6. Lewistown
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.88
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.73
7. Livingston
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.42
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.23
8. Miles City
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.58
Property Crimes per 1,000: 23.53
9. Libby
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.52
Property Crimes per 1,000: 24.71
10. Columbia Falls
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .84
Property Crimes per 1,000: 27.63

Montana Listed As #5 In "Well-Being"
Thursday, February 19th 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Alaska residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2014, reaching the top spot for the first time since Gallup and Healthways began tracking well-being in 2008. West Virginia and Kentucky rank 50th and 49th, respectively, for the sixth consecutive year. Hawaii and Colorado are on the top 10 list of highest well-being states for the seventh consecutive year.
State - Rank
Alaska - 64.7
Hawaii - 64.5
South Dakota - 64.3
Wyoming - 63.9
Montana - 63.7
Colorado - 63.2
Nebraska - 63.1
Utah - 62.9
New Mexico - 62.8
Texas - 62.8
CMR Group To Meet Today
Thursday, February 19th 2015
The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR NWR) Community Working Group will meet Thurs. Feb. 19th at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center from 10a.m. – 3p.m. The discussion will be on the keys to sustainability for the region surrounding the CMR & the potential for community led conservation efforts. Lunch is available for $7 per person. The public is encouraged to attend & provide input as the group seeks to influence the vitality & sustainability of the 6-county region surrounding the CMR NWR. For more information, call Rachel Frost, 406-454-0056 or visit CM-Russell-NWR-Community-Working-Group on Facebook.
Right-to-die opposition bill fails in Montana House Of Representatives
Wednesday, February 18th 2015
HELENA (AP) – A bill that would allow doctors to be criminally prosecuted for prescribing life-ending medication to terminally ill patients who ask for it failed Tuesday by a narrow vote in the House.

House Bill 328 was rejected 51-49 after a lengthy debate.

State Representatives Austin Knudsen and Mike Lange voted for the legislation which would allow doctors to be criminally prosecuted for prescribing life-ending medication to terminally ill patients who ask for it.

The Legislature has struggled to clarify that the practice is specifically legal or illegal since the Montana Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that nothing in state law prohibits physicians from giving aid in dying. The high court also said at the time that doctors could use a patient’s request for the medication as a defense against any criminal charges.

Rep. Brad Tschida, R-Missoula, sponsored the bill and said it would not take away a person’s choice to die, but it would disallow a doctor’s involvement in the process. “Suicide is a solo act. But if another person takes part it is a homicide,” he said, referring to Montana law.

Opponents said the Legislature should not interfere in decisions made by a doctor and a patient. “Dying is very difficult and sometimes painful, and as a Legislature we have no business interfering with this very personal process,” said Democratic Rep. Tom Woods of Bozeman.

A competing bill aiming to prohibit the prosecution of doctors who prescribe such medication and give doctors guidelines in these situations has been tabled in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 202, introduced by Democratic Sen. Dick Barrett of Missoula, also would give terminally ill patients the right to request medication to end their life. It’s the third time Barrett has introduced legislation to delineate parameters for aid in helping a person to die.

Without formal laws guiding the procedure, no state reporting is required in Montana, and it is unknown how common the practice is. A Missoula doctor said in a public hearing at the Capitol earlier this month that he has been involved in about 10 cases.

Gasoline Prices Edge Upward
Wednesday, February 18th 2015
The price of gasoline is starting to edge upward after the price of regular unleaded gasoline nationwide had fallen below $2.00 a gallon in many locations.

AAA is reporting that the nationwide average is now $2.26 a gallon which is up 5 cents in the last week and up 20 cents in the last month.

Montana continues to have some of the lowest priced gasoline in the nation. AAA is reporting that Montana has a price of $1.98 per gallon which is up 4 cents in the last week but is down 4 cents in the last month.

Only 3 states have gasoline below $2.00 a gallon. Montana, Utah and Idaho are all below the $2.00 threshold.

No Candidates For Glasgow School Board
Wednesday, February 18th 2015
The Glasgow School District will have their annual school election on May 5th and voters will have an opportunity to elect 2 Trustees to the Glasgow School Board.

As of February 17th, there were no candidates who had filed the necessary paperwork to be a candidate for the Glasgow School Board.

The two incumbents whose terms are ending this year are Alison Molvig and Nick Dirkes.

The deadline to file for the Glasgow School Board is March 26th.

Employers offer Scholarship
Saturday, February 14th 2015
Scholarship applications are now available from the Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) to any Valley County high school senior who is going on to college, technical school or other training after completing their high school education or equivalency.

Funding is provided by Valley County employers who share the JSEC desire to educate future workers. Applications can be picked up from any high school counselor or the Job Service Office at 74 4th Street North. Applications are due in the Job Service Office by 5:00 pm Monday, March 2.

Award amounts vary depending on donations received, but typically are about $500 according to Stacey Amundson, JSEC Chair. For more information, contact Stacey at 228-2476 or the Glasgow Job Service at 228-3926.

New FWP License Year Begins March 1
Saturday, February 14th 2015
Montana's 2015 hunting and fishing licenses—including conservation, fishing, spring black bear and turkey, upland game bird, deer and elk hunting licenses—are available now at all Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and license providers.

March 1 begins the new 2015 license year for Montana hunters and anglers. The new license year is especially important for early-season anglers, and for those who enjoy ice fishing.

Most 2015 licenses are also available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Buy A License".

Resident deer and elk permit applications and information—and nonresident big game, deer and elk combination licenses and permit applications—are also available now online at fwp.mt.gov; click March 16: Deer & Elk Permits.

The application deadline is March 16.

May 1 is the deadline to apply for moose, sheep, goat and bison licenses and June 1 for antlerless deer B and elk B licenses and antelope and antelope B licenses.

Ice Fishing Safety Reminders
Saturday, February 14th 2015
While ice fishing is a popular outdoor sport in Montana this time of year, anglers must be aware of local conditions that can impact the stability of the ice from one day to the next.

For some potentially life-saving ice saftey tips, visit Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' website at fwp.mt.gov; click the Recreation tab, then Snow & Ice under Stay Safe Outdoors.

Here are some safety reminders for ice anglers:
• Before you leave home, tell someone where you plan to fish and when you plan to return.
• Go with a friend and walk apart when going to and from fishing spots in case one of you falls through the ice.
• Wear ice cleats to avoid falls.
• Test the ice ahead of you with an ice spud bar.
• Carry a pair of long spikes or commercial ice-fishing picks on a heavy string placed around your neck. If you break through the ice, use the spikes to grip the ice and pull yourself out of the water.
• Carry a rope to throw to someone who falls through the ice.
• Don’t leave children unsupervised on the ice.
• Blue ice is usually hard. Watch out for opaque, gray, dark or porous spots in the ice that could be weak, soft areas. Ice also tends to thin more quickly at the shoreline.
• Watch for pressure ridges—areas of open water or thin ice where the ice has cracked and heaved.
• Most unsafe ice usually occurs early and late in the season, when the weather is warmer.

FWP Seeking Public Comment on Fresno Reservoir WMA Grazing Proposal
Saturday, February 14th 2015
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on a proposal to modify and extend the existing grazing lease on the Fresno Reservoir Wildlife Management Area near Havre for six more years.

The grazing system on the WMA would be expanded to include adjacent private and leased property. The proposed expansion examined in an environmental assessment would decrease the time WMA pastures are grazed in a given year and increase the number of years when pastures receive year-long rest.

A public hearing to discuss the proposal and take public comment is set for 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Hill County Electric Hospitality Room, 2121 U.S. Highway 2 West in Havre.

Comments are due by 5 p.m. on March 5. For more information, or to comment online, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov, click the "News" tab then click "Public Notices."

Comments can also be emailed to Scott Hemmer at shemmer@mt.gov or mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Attn: Fresno Reservoir WMA Grazing Lease Extension; 2165 U.S. Highway 2 East; Havre, MT 59501.

A copy of the EA can be obtained by contacting the FWP Havre Area Office at 405-265-6177, or by emailing
shemmer@mt.gov.

The primary goal of the Fresno WMA is to manage wetland, riparian and upland habitats for the benefit of wildlife, and to provide public opportunity for outdoor recreation, including hunting, trapping and bird watching

Planning A Snowmobiling Trip? Remember To Be Cautious
Saturday, February 14th 2015
Traditional winter snows heading to Montana over the coming weeks and months will likely be accompanied by avalanche danger due to fresh and unstable snow.

Snowmobile riders, cross country skiers, and other participants in winter recreation need to be cautious. Safety tips include:
• Only one snowmobile rider should be on the slope at a time.
• Learn to recognize and understand avalanche-prone terrain—including any slope steeper than 30 degrees.
• Observe the slope orientation with respect to the sun and the wind.
• Be cautious of cornices.
• Travel with a partner and carry the appropriate rescue gear.
• Practice using an avalanche beacon.
These online avalanche centers are popular places for outdoor adventurers to visit for continuous updates on conditions:
Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC)
Glacier Country Avalanche Center (GCAC)
Missoula Regional Avalanche Advisory

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks also offers a handy online guide to avalanche resources on its website at fwp.mt.gov click the Recreation tab, then Snow & Ice under Stay Safe Outdoors.

Canada's U.S. ambassador sends Kerry letter bemoaning Keystone 'distortions'
Thursday, February 12th 2015
WASHINGTON — The Canadian government has accused a U.S. federal agency of a dishonest intervention in the Keystone XL pipeline debate, voicing its displeasure in a combative diplomatic letter.

Ambassador Gary Doer said the Environmental Protection Agency used out-of-date data, worst-case scenarios, and erroneous comparisons in its submission on the pipeline.

"One is left with the conclusion that there has been significant distortion and omission to arrive at the EPA's conclusion," Doer wrote in a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry, the cabinet member in charge of the file.

The missive was released as the pipeline saga opened a new chapter Wednesday: the U.S. Congress passed a pro-Keystone bill for the first time, setting the stage for a possible showdown with the Obama administration.

Doer urged the administration to consider the project on its merits — and treat the EPA claims with skepticism.

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Montana Legislative Committee Kills Bill That Would Have Tightened Montana's Indecent Exposure Law
Thursday, February 12th 2015
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana legislative panel has moved to kill a bill that would tighten the state's indecent exposure law and consequently ban some provocative clothing.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365 Wednesday. Republican Rep. David Moore introduced it on Tuesday.

The proposal would have expanded the definition of indecent exposure to include garments that give the appearance of a person's buttocks, genitals, pelvis or female nipple. Moore said the bill could outlaw some provocative clothing, and later said he thinks yoga pants should be illegal in public.

The bill was drafted in response to a naked bicycling event in Missoula last summer.

Montana Legislative Committee Hears Bill That Would Allow People With Concealed Weapon Permits To Take Concealed Guns Into Bars And Banks
Thursday, February 12th 2015
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers have proposed three bills in the House Judiciary Committee to augment Montana gun laws.

Rep. Kerry White's House Bill 371 would allow people with concealed carry licenses to take concealed guns into bars and banks. Opponents say the measure could also allow for guns in schools.

Rep. Bill Harris' House Bill 298 would nullify Montana's concealed carry permit system.

The least contested of the three, Rep. Carl Glimm's House Bill 320, would remove an existing requirement for school boards to automatically expel any student who takes a gun to school. It aims to protect young hunters who leave guns locked in their trunks.

Committee members took no immediate action on the bills Wednesday. Last week they passed a bill that would prohibit enforcement of federal gun laws in Montana.

Wanted Man From Roosevelt County Apprehended In Valley County
Wednesday, February 11th 2015
The Montana Highway Patrol and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office yesterday captured a man who was wanted in Roosevelt County for resisting arrest and was on felony probation after fleeing the county in late December of 2014. Jason Daniel Daugherty was arrested in Frazer on Tuesday evening after fleeing from officers of the Valley County Sheriff's Office and Montana Highway Patrol.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that Daugherty was charged with obstruction of a peace officer, failure to register as a viloent offender, resisting arrest and Montana Probation and Parole also had a warrant for him out of Roosevelt County.

Daugherty was convicted in 2010 on the felony charge of criminal possession of precursors to dangerous drugs in McCone County and also operation of a clandestine drug laboratory in Roosevelt County in 2010. . Also, in 2001 he was convicted in McCone County on the felony charge of burglary.

Daugherty is currently incarcerated in Valley County Detention Center.

Montana Legislator Seeks To Strengthen State's Indecent Exposure Law
Wednesday, February 11th 2015
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana lawmaker is seeking to strengthen the state's indecent exposure law, stopping just short of his wish to outlaw yoga pants.

Rep. David Moore on Tuesday introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee in response to a group of naked bicyclists who rolled through Missoula in August.

The proposal would expand indecent exposure law to include any garment that "gives the appearance or simulates" a person's buttocks, genitals, pelvic area or female nipple.

The Republican from Missoula says tight-fitting beige clothing could be considered indecent exposure under his proposal. He says he wouldn't have a problem with people being arrested for wearing provocative clothing but that he'd trust law enforcement officials to use their discretion.

Moore says he believes yoga pants and men's Speedo-style swim briefs should be illegal in public.

New Elementary School Will Be Ready Students In August
Tuesday, February 10th 2015
Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors told Kltz/Mix-93 that construction on the new elementary school is on schedule and will be ready for students the first day of school in August of this year.

Connors said that the new school will be ready for students and abatement of the old school will be completed in August. The old school will be demolished and a parking lot and playground will be built on its present location.

The new elementary school will be a k-5 school while the East Side School will hold grades 6-8 and the high school will go back to holding grades 9-12.

Glasgow School District voters will vote on the naming of the new elementary school during the May school election. Voters will have the choice of keeping Irle Elementary or changing to Glasgow Elementary.

Governor Bullock Announces Grant Awards to Montana Communities to Help Plan for Growth and Development
Tuesday, February 10th 2015
HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary announced the award of $169,750 to nine communities across Montana through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program at the Montana Department of Commerce.

“These grants help Montana’s cities and counties plan for future growth and development in their regions,” said Governor Bullock. “The projects we are funding will help our community leaders create long-term solutions to critical housing and infrastructure needs.”

The CDBG planning grants will help cities and counties throughout Montana conduct various housing and public facility planning activities, such as the preparation of and updates to local growth policies, housing plans, capital improvement plans, and similar long-range planning documents. Several of the grants awarded will go to communities to complete Capital Improvements Plan and Growth Policies.

“These planning activities are essential for economic and community development success,” said Director Meg O’Leary. “We are glad that the Bullock Administration is able to continue to fund these efforts throughout Montana’s communities and ensuring responsible and resilient growth for the state as a whole.”

RECIPIENTS OF CDBG GRANT FUNDS:

· Town of Columbus, $30,000, Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)
· Sanders County, $20,000, Completion of PAR for Noxon Senior Housing
· Mineral County, $15,000, Update Growth Policy
· Phillips County, $30,000, PAR for Senior Center & Transit Facility in Malta
· Town of Dodson, $5,000, Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)
· City of Harlem, $30,000, Housing Study for Harlem, Malta and Chinook
· City of Chinook, $15,000, Housing Study for Harlem, Malta and Chinook
· Teton County, $9,750, Growth Policy Update
· Judith Basin County, $15,000, Growth Policy

“We are grateful to receive these funds from the State of Montana and appreciate their continued support of critical infrastructure planning elements for our community,” said Lesley Robinson, Phillips County Commissioner. “Because of this grant we will be able to examine the feasibility of a new senior center and transit facility in Phillips County.”

CDBG planning grants are made available annually for award by the Montana Department of Commerce through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Community Development Division at the Montana Department of Commerce awards planning grants to local government applicants. Each eligible entity may receive up to $30,000 in CDBG planning grant funds, which require a 1:3 match with local or other funds.

More information on CDBG planning grants can be accessed through the Community Development Division website at www.comdev.mt.gov/CDBG, or by contacting Gus Byrom, Program Manager, at (406) 841-2777.
Senator Tester Secures Funding For Dry Prairie Water System In Northeast Montana
Monday, February 9th 2015
Senator Jon Tester today secured additional funding for the Dry Prairie Water System in Fort Peck and the North Central Montana Regional Water System in Rocky Boy’s.

Dry Prairie Water System in Fort Peck will receive an additional $6.6 million and the North Central Montana Regional Water System in Rocky Boy’s will receive $6.8 million from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR).

“There is no need more critical to the health of our communities than access to safe, reliable drinking water,” said Tester, Vice Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. “These vital investments in our water infrastructure will improve wellness, boost economic development, and put more folks to work.”

Tester, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, already secured $3.2 million for the Dry Prairie Water System in Fort Peck and $4 million for North Central Montana Regional Water System in Rocky Boy’s for fiscal year 2015. The additional funds came from BOR’s rural water account.

The Bureau of Reclamation provides local water systems additional funding to construct new water infrastructure and improve water quality for communities in western states.

20th Annual Glasgow Kiwanis Club Science Fair Results
Monday, February 9th 2015
The 20th Annual Glasgow Kiwanis Science was held Saturday and Monday February 7 and 9, 2015 at the Glasgow Eastside School. 35 students presented 23 projects from grades 5, 6 and 8 which were judged by three teams of judges. Students could present projects alone, or as a team of two. Projects were to demonstrate the scientific method by performing an experiment by comparing things. Students could be judged on Saturday or Monday.

Judges were from the Kiwanis Club, National Weather Service, Fish Wildlife and Parks, and local Businesses: Bill Martin, Jeff Remus, Ted Jamba, Rich Malianco, Marc Kloker, Steve Dalbey, Jennifer Fewer, Amber Swindler, Sam Fallang, Heidi Fallang, Pete Helland, and Arnold Hill.

Dr. Charles Wilson was the fair coordinator, assisted by Sam Fallang of CHMS. Judging was difficult since there were so many excellent projects exhibited as always. The top finishers were:

Fifth Grade:
Kate Parks, first place for Nice Ice
Blake Lloyd and Bergen Miller, second place for Match – Got a Light
Kodi Schulz and Nora Neumiller, third place for Potato Battery Experiment
Sixth Grade:
Meranda Bechel and Hannah Toavs, first place for Can Bacteria Eat Oil Stains?
Calvin Bengochea, second place for What Wood is Best in a Baseball Bat?
Emma Miller, third place for Goin' the Distance
Eighth Grade:
Adele Chalmers, first place for Plant Life


Thanks also go to school personnel, teachers, and parents for their support. The Kiwanis Club awarded ribbons. The first three winning projects in grades 5 and 6 received $60 , $40 and $20 in Glasgow Chamber “Big Bucks” courtesy of the F. M. Deaconess Hospital and the Glasgow Kiwanis Club, shared if a team. The eight grade winner received $100 in “Big Bucks”. The winners will present their projects to the Kiwanis Club at the Eastside school on Wednesday March 25 during the noon hour. The school selects those students which they will send on to compete at the regional Science Fair at Havre. The judges' comment sheets can be used to improve their projects for those who go on to a higher level of competition.

Hunter Education Classes Offered
Friday, February 6th 2015

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow and Hinsdale areas. To be eligible to hunt during the 2015 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16th, 2016. To be eligible for certification, students must be at least 11-years old on the first day of the class.

The first class in Glasgow will be the week of March 2nd-6th from 5:30-8:30 pm at Eastside School, with the field day on Saturday, the 7th, from 8:00-11:30 am.

The second class in Glasgow will be the week of March 23rd-27th from 5:30-8:30 pm at Eastside School, with the field day on Saturday, the 28th, from 8:00-11:30 am.

The Hinsdale class will be held the week of March 16th-20th, from 3:30-6:30 pm at Hinsdale Schools, with the field day on Saturday, the 21st, from 10:00-12:30 pm.

In addition, a tentative date for a Bowhunter Education course has been scheduled for the 6-11th of April. A prospective bowhunter may still apply for special archery permits (due March 16th) and take the bowhunter course in April. Stay tuned for further information on the Bowhunter course.

For the Hunter Education classes, please go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov to register. 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” and follow the directions from there. Please make sure to print out all necessary material, and sign all necessary forms!

If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Local Senators Support Legislation To Allow People To Carry Concealed Weapons On College Campuses In Montana
Thursday, February 5th 2015
HELENA — The state Senate narrowly endorsed a bill Wednesday that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses in Montana.

Sen. Cary Smith, R-Billings, said with some exceptions, the measure would prohibit restrictions on guns on state university property.

Under Smith's Senate Bill 143, Montana's board of regents would keep the authority to regulate the firing of guns and possession at campus events where alcohol is served. They also could regulate guns in dorms if a gun owner's roommates don't give permission to keep a gun there. It would also allow some regulation on taking a weapon out of a holster, pointing it at a person and how weapons are secured.

"People say you can't have guns on campus because it causes shootings," Smith said. "I would argue it prevents some of these tragedies."

Sen. Kristin Hansen, R-Havre, said women should be able to carry guns on campus for protection.

"College campuses are full of dark pathways and large parking lots," she said. "I don't think there are a ton of women who want to carry a gun, but I do think there are some, and the Constitution gives them the right to do so."

Opposing senators said college is not the place for guns.

Sen. Mary McNally, a faculty member at Montana State University Billings, said current regulations put in place by the board of regents work.

"I find campuses to be quite safe," the Democrat said. "I think women know how to take care of themselves."

Sen. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, said he's taken a thumping on his NRA rating over opposing similar previous bills but he remains in opposition.

"When there is a shooting on campus and the SWAT team comes in ... SWAT don't know who friendlies are and they're going to go down," he said about armed students who try to handle a situation themselves.

Senators endorsed the measure 25-24, making it unclear whether it will pass and move to the House upon a final vote expected this week.

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a similar bill in 2013, saying guns and college campuses don't mix.

Seven states — Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin — allow the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Attorneys: Beach should be re-sentenced with age considered
Thursday, February 5th 2015
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for a Montana State Prison inmate serving a 100-year sentence without the possibility of parole in a 1979 homicide are arguing he should be resentenced under U.S. Supreme Court rulings that found juveniles can't be held to the same standards of moral culpability as adults.

Peter Camiel asked the Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday to find that a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring judges to consider mitigating factors before sentencing a juvenile to life in prison without the possibility of parole applies in Barry Beach's case. He asks that Beach be re-sentenced for the 1979 death of Kimberly Nees of Poplar.

The state argues that a pre-sentence investigation adequately considered those factors, including that Beach was 17 at the time of the murder.

The Supreme Court took the arguments under advisement.

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Wolf Point man sentenced for stomping death
Wednesday, February 4th 2015
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A 42-year-old Wolf Point man has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for stomping and beating a man to death.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris sentenced Mervin Hale Jr. on Tuesday. Hale previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the March 2014 death of 47-year-old Laramie Wallace. Wallace died of internal bleeding due to a lacerated liver two days after the beating that left him with a shoe print on his face.

Court records say Hale was reportedly upset because Wallace owed him money and because Wallace's girlfriend had complained about Wallace hurting her in some way.
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Two Place At State Speech & Drama
Wednesday, February 4th 2015
Two competitors for the Glasgow Speech & Drama team placed at the state meet in Ennis last weekend.

Mariah Holter took 4th in Pantomime and Andrea Hansen took 8th in Extemporaneous Speaking

Rachel Overby, Ethan Jamba, and Amy Nelson all made it to the semi-finals, but didn't quite make it to finals.

All friends, family and parents of Speech and Drama competitors are invited to the awards dinner on Thursday, February 5th at 6 p.m. at the GHS cafeteria.

Grain Bin Bursts In Wolf Point
Tuesday, February 3rd 2015
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 40,000-bushel grain bin split open in northeastern Montana, spilling about half of its contents on the ground.

Jeff VanPevenage, the senior vice president and general manager for Columbia Grain's Montana Division, says the bin split open during the night Saturday.

He tells The Billings Gazette that no one was at the Gavilon Grain facility in Wolf Point when the nearly full bin broke. No injuries were reported. A cause of the failure has not been determined.

VanPevenage says the wheat on the ground is valued at about $6 per bushel. He says the company likely will vacuum up the grain and run it through its cleaning facility, limiting the loss.

He did not have an estimate of how much it would cost to repair or replace the grain bin.

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Advocates: Dams put dinosaur-like river fish at risk
Tuesday, February 3rd 2015
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates say an endangered, dinosaur-like fish is at risk of being eliminated from key habitat in two rivers in Montana and North Dakota because of dams that disrupt spawning.

Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council on Monday filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge in Montana to order new steps to protect pallid sturgeon.

Representatives of the groups say Fort Peck Dam on the Missouri River and Intake Diversion Dam on the Yellowstone River prevent sturgeon from successfully breeding.

The suit names several federal agencies as defendants.

Pallid sturgeon can live up to 50 years and reach up to 6 feet in length. They survived millions of years before a series dams built along the Missouri River system drove them into decline.

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"Backpacker" Magazine Edges Out "Outdoor Life"
Tuesday, February 3rd 2015
Backpacker magazine took home the Columbia Journalism School National Magazine Award at a presentation Monday night in New York City. Outdoor Life magazine, whose Editor-In-Chief is Andrew McKean, was nominated for a National Magazine Award in the "Leisure Interests" category.

The National Magazine Awards honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise and imaginative art direction. Established in 1966, the awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and are administered by ASME.

January Climate Report
Tuesday, February 3rd 2015
National Weather Service Glasgow Mt
Climate normal period 1981 to 2010
Climate record period 1893 to 2015
The month ofJanuary was both warmer and wetter than normal. The average temperature was 19.5 degrees, 5.7 degrees above normal. The average high for the month was 29.3 degrees, with an average low of 9.7 degrees.

The high temperature reached 40 degrees or warmer on eleven days, the warmest being on the 26th and 27th when the high reached 51 degrees. Only eleven days had low temperatures of zero or colder. The coldest day was the 4th, with a low of 19 below. Three records were set during the month. On the 4th the low of 19 degrees below zero surpassed a record minimum for that date. On the 26th and 27th record maximums were set when the highs reached 51 degrees.

0.80 inch of moisture fell in Glasgow during January...which was 0.43 inch above normal. The month was the 20th wettest January on record. Measurable precipitation fell on eleven days during the month. The most fell on the 31st with a measurement of 0.17 inch.

20.5 inches of snow fell during the month, making it the 6th highest total snowfall in January on record. A daily snowfall record was set on the 5th when 6.7 inches was recorded. Average snowfall for the month of January is 8.0 inches.

The wind gusted to 30 mph or greater on nine days. The peak gust for the month was 55 mph on the 8th.

Looking ahead to February, normal highs for the month begin in the mid 20s and end in the lower 30s. Normal lows for the month start out around 6 degrees, winding up the month in the mid teens. Average moisture of the month is 0.26 inch, while the average snowfall is 4.4 inches.

Applications Now Available For This Year’s VCCF Grants
Monday, February 2nd 2015
The Valley County Community Foundation will award its annual grants this spring, grant committee chair Sam Waters announced this week. The average dollar amount for last year’s grants was just over $1,700, with grants ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $3,553.

Applications forms and guidelines are available at the VCCF website, www.valleycountycf.net, and at First Community Bank in Glasgow. Hard copy applications must be postmarked by March 13. Only applications that are complete and received on time will be considered. Following completion of the project, grantees are required to submit a summary report that includes receipts for purchases and pictures of the project.

VCCF provides grants to non-profit organizations working on projects in five areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, economic development, education, and natural resources and conservation. Grants have been awarded to projects in all parts of Valley County, Waters said, adding that over the years, competition for grant dollars has increased.

Annual grants are funded by earnings from the VCCF endowment, which is invested with the Montana Community Foundation. MCF is a statewide organization that helps local communities and non-profit organizations raise and administer charitable gifts.

In addition to grants to the community, VCCF is caretaker of two scholarship funds. The Feda Scholarship for the Trades will be awarded in May to a 2015 graduate of a Valley County high school. The Charlotte and Clarence Fuhrman Memorial Scholarship will be awarded this summer to Valley County graduates who have completed one year of post-secondary study. Check the VCCF website for application requirements and due dates on both of these scholarships.

Hi-Line Gobblers Conservation Banquet Slated For Feb. 21
Monday, February 2nd 2015
Glasgow, MT — The Hi-Line Gobblers ninth annual fundraising banquet is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, at the St. Raphael’s Parish Center gymnasium on Glasgow’s north side.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and a prime rib dinner catered by the VFW and the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary will follow at 6 p.m.

The annual banquet presented by the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is the premiere upland bird event of the year in northeastern Montana. A wide variety of wildlife art, wildlife-themed home furnishings and décor, and over two dozen firearms will be auctioned or raffled at the event, all to raise funds to support wildlife conservation along the Hi-Line and upland bird habitat across Montana.

The NWTF, both nationally and locally, is committed to wildlife habitat, beginning hunters of any age, and ensuring that recreational access remains accessible.

All dinner tickets include an annual membership in the NWTF. Single tickets cost $55, couples tickets $75, and youth tickets cost $20. Or you can buy a sponsor couples ticket for $300. Sponsor tables for 8 cost $1,000.

In addition to a wide variety of hunting guns, the NWTF will auction or raffle a number of handguns, tactical firearms, and even airguns for the youngest members.

For the second year, a special gun will be raffled to raise funds for the annual Barb Marsh Memorial Scholarship. The late Barb Marsh and her partner Joe Younkin have been supporters of the Hi-Line Gobblers from the group’s inception, and proceeds from the firearm funds an annual scholarship to a college-bound Valley County student.

In all, more than 25 guns will be available at the banquet. This is the 9th annual fundraising banquet for the Hi-Line Gobblers, a volunteer conservation organization committed to improving habitat for turkeys and other upland game birds, opening hunting access, and promoting 2nd Amendment rights and our hunting heritage.

The early-bird deadline for ticket purchases is Feb. 14. Tickets may be available at the door, but to ensure a spot, reserve advance tickets from any Hi-Line Gobblers committee member.

As Canadian dollar drops, concerns rise for Montana economy
Monday, February 2nd 2015
(Information in the following story is from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The tumbling value of Canada's currency has business owners and communities in northern Montana concerned.

Plagued primarily by plummeting oil prices, the Canadian dollar reached its lowest value in six years recently. That means Canadians must spend more on American goods and services.

The Flathead Beacon reports that more than 913,000 Canadians visited Montana annually in recent years, collectively spending $275 million on average.

Concerns about reduced Canadian spending cast a cloud over this past week's annual Flathead Valley Economic Forecast event at Flathead Valley Community College.

Brad Eldredge is director of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning at the college.

Eldredge described the situation as one of the largest risks facing the local economy in 2015.

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