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Severe Weather Pounds Northeast Montana
Friday, July 25th 2014
A line of severe thunderstorms that brought hail and strong winds passed through northeast Montana on Thursday evening.

The top wind gust in Glasgow was officially reported by the National Weather Service as 60 m.p.h. but a trained spotter 6 miles northwest of Fort Peck reported a gust of 73 m.p.h. Many tree limbs were down in Glasgow, and a power line was downed on 7th street north.

Near Circle, golf ball size hail was reported, which was enough to break vehicle windshields.

Widespread hail was also reported in northern Valley County.

Northwest Energy was reporting on Thursday that power poles were down with power outages in Malta.

MSU Scholarships Awarded
Friday, July 25th 2014
BOZEMAN -- Twenty-four Montana 4-H youth were awarded scholarships during the annual Montana 4-H Congress at Montana State University July 8-10.

Close to 400 4-H members, volunteers and staff attended the 4-H congress from 43 Montana counties, said Brett Schomer, 4-H program and events coordinator at MSU. Nearly $23,000 in scholarship funding was awarded.

Youth participated in competitive and social events, educational workshops and a service-learning project for Ronald McDonald Houses of Montana. More than 100 4-H volunteers and Extension staff helped to coordinate activities during the three-day event. Montana 4-H also welcomed delegations from Alberta, Canada, and the Idaho 4-H program to the 84th annual leadership event. Teen 4-H leaders worked in committees to plan program details, emcee the general assemblies, and manage the event technology.

During the event, 4-H Foundation Executive Director Sandra Germann and board members presented 4-H students with various scholarship awards.

Sadie Reddick, Gallatin County, won the Douglas A. and Nancy W. Dear Memorial Scholarship. Reddick has been in 4-H for nine years and plans to attend either MSU or Oklahoma State University. She participated in 4-H equine and beef projects.
Kourtney Schott, Stillwater County, earned the Carson Christensen Memorial Scholarship. She is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend Gonzaga University to pursue a business degree. Schott has played an integral part in directing annual Cloverbud Camps and 4-H Achievement Days.
Morgan Beckett, Mussellshell/Golden Valley County, received the Wilcox Family Scholarship. Beckett is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to pursue a degree in engineering. Beckett has been active in the market swine, electricity and shooting sports projects.
Layton Hrubes, Dawson County, won the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship. She is a 10-year 4-H member who is currently attending MSU, studying animal science and political science.
Ellen Guyer, Carter County, received the Miller Scholarship. Guyer is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to pursue a degree in psychology at MSU. Guyer has helped plan District Mini-Congress and hosted photography workshops.
Kyle Patten, Fergus County, won the Montana Agricultural Business Association (MABA) and the Montana Grain Elevator Association (MGEA) scholarship. Patten is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to pursue a degree in agricultural education.
Tanner Engle, Sweet Grass County, earned the Montana Meat Processors Association Scholarship. Engle is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to major in agricultural business at MSU.
Murdoch's Ranch and Home Supply sponsored $1000 scholarships to the following five 4-H individuals:

Katherine McCleary, Big Horn County, is a 12-year 4-H member who plans to attend Yale University to pursue an anthropology or archeology degree. Some of her projects have focused on history of the 18th century. McCleary was also featured in the PBS documentary “Six Montana 4-H Stories.”
Layne Oliver, Gallatin County, is a nine-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Oliver has been active in the swine program for eight years and was a barn supervisor at the Gallatin County Fair for two years.
Elizabeth Carlson, Lewis & Clark County, is a 12-year 4-H member who plans to attend Carroll College to study mathematics. Carlson has been active in the BioScience Montana project and was also accepted to work for the Montana Space Grant Consortium BOREALIS project.
Bethany Lacock, Valley County, is a 12-year 4-H member who plans to attend Carroll College to pursue a degree in pre-pharmacy. Lacock has also participated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Future Farmers of America.
Kendra Smith, Judith Basin County, is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend Carroll College to pursue a degree in health science. Smith has run a Cloverbud project for four years and volunteered with the Stanford Cage Camp basketball camp for grades 4-8 for four years.
The Montana 4-H Council established an endowment with the Montana 4-H Foundation to be used for leadership opportunities for Montana 4-H youth and volunteers. The $500 Montana 4-H Council Scholarship went to:

Justin Stilson, Fergus County. Stilson is a 14-year 4-H member who currently attends MSU and is pursuing an exercise science degree. Stilson continues to be active in 4-H as the president of Collegiate 4-H. He excelled in the photography project in 4-H and has taken photos for classmates, the 4-H Foundation and the 4-H state office.
The State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee sponsors a $500 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship for a student exemplifying leadership and mentoring in shooting sports. It was awarded to:

Barry Francis, Gallatin County, is a 12-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU-Northern in Havre to pursue a double major in Diesel Technology and Agricultural Operations Technology. Francis has represented Montana at three National Shooting Sports Foundation tournaments and volunteers on the Manhattan Volunteer Fire Department.
The Barbara Edens Memorial scholarship is awarded to 4-H members who have been active in the horse project and have strong leadership skills. It was awarded to:

Alyssa Morris, Missoula County. Morris is a 10-year 4-H member, who plans to attend the University of Montana to pursue a degree in speech pathology. Morris has coordinated local cancer support events.
The Bud Dawson Livestock Scholarship offers two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who have been active in livestock projects. The recipients are:

Brittany Wetstein, Carbon County, is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend Miles Community College to receive an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Wetstein has been active in her community through 4-H.
Christine Patten, Lewis & Clark County, is a 10-year 4-H member who will attend MSU to study mechanical engineering. Patten has taken an average of 10 different projects each year and is currently building a woodworking project.
The Cedric & Elfriede Maurer Memorial Scholarship was established by the Maurer family to honor their parents, who farmed and ranched in Teton County and were long-time 4-H leaders. The scholarship is awarded to 4-H members who show a dedication to 4-H, a history of volunteering and are involved in their community. Preference is given to residents of north central Montana, specifically Teton, Cascade, Choteau and Pondera counties:

Kelsey Smith, Cascade County, is a longtime 4-H member who is currently studying nursing at MSU. Through the state “Make It With Wool” competition, Smith earned an appearance at the national competition in Arizona. She also interned and will do research with the McLaughlin Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences.
The Montana Wheat & Barley Committee gave two $1,000 scholarships to the following 4-H members with an interest in the agriculture industry, especially as related to grain production:

Alyssa Riley, Powder River County, is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to study pre-veterinary science. Riley has been involved in sheep, horsemanship, quilting, vet science, hog, and beef projects and has worked with the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
Joshua Pecukonis, Cascade County, is an 11-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to achieve a degree in environmental horticulture science. Pecukonis has been active in livestock projects and maintains a flock of 50 Navajo Churro sheep.
The Anton and Helga Sundsted Pioneer Scholarship was established in 2011 by the Sundsted family in honor of the pioneers who settled over 100 years ago. This scholarship is for students who demonstrate entrepreneurship through 4-H projects and involvement in their community, church and school by embracing ideals of leadership, responsibility and integrity:

Kaitlyn Goroski, Wibaux County, is a 10-year 4-H member who currently attends MSU with a major in Agriculture. Goroski makes time for Collegiate 4-H and Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers, and has been active in 4-H leadership from the club to state level.
The $2,000 W. Doyle Stocks Scholarships benefit Montana students planning to attend MSU to study agriculture or family consumer science. The recipients are:

Jennifer Greger, Gallatin County – a nine-year 4-H member who helped start a 4-H club in Gallatin County and has also competed with her sled dog team across the Northwest and in Canada. She plans to major in animal science .
Trestin Benson, Lincoln Countys – an 11-year 4-H member who plans to major in natural resource and range ecology and pursue a career as an Extension agent. Benson has helped with the lamb project in her county and been part of the State Ambassador Officer Team.
Caleb Reichhardt, Silver Bow County – a 12-year 4-H member who plans to major in biotechnology in animal systems. Reichhardt is a junior leader in the rabbit and beef program and also raises shorthorn cattle.

Can-Am Fort Peck Lake Laser Regatta To Be Held On Fort Peck Lake
Friday, July 25th 2014
The first Can-Am Fort Peck Lake Laser Regatta will be held August 15th – 17th, 2013. The Sailing event will be held at the Fort Peck Lake Marina.

Come join the fun of seeing a great sailing event take its inaugural plunge into Fort Peck Lake. Fort Peck Lake Sailing will be the organizing authority for the sailing competition.

The Laser is a 14-foot, single-handed sailing dinghy. The Lasers are an Olympic Class and raced all over the world. The Laser is known for fast competitive racing. It is a very exciting sailboat. Fort Peck Lake’s great waters and Eastern Montana’s ever present monumental winds will be the perfect venue for epic sailing

All Laser sailboats and sailors are welcome.
This years’ sponsors for the 1st Can-Am Fort Peck Lake Laser Regatta are:
Sail Montana. http://www.sailmontana.com/
Fort Peck Marina
More sponsor opportunities are available and volunteers are Welcome!

The Fort Peck Lake Marina is the event headquarters.

For further information please contact Page Anderson at, pagebartowanderson@gmail.com 406-580-0487 or Julie Burke at, jg2burke@gmail.com 406-939-0280

North Dakota Lawmakers React To Oil Train Proposals
Thursday, July 24th 2014
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation say they're encouraged by proposed rules for rail tank cars that carry crude oil.

Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer say the issue of rail safety is important, though they also want commonsense rules that are workable. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp adds that it takes a comprehensive approach that includes government and industry in the discussion.

U.S. regulators are proposing to phase out thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude. It's the government's response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including one at Casselton in December that left an ominous cloud over the town and led some residents to evacuate.

Casselton Mayor Lee Anderson says anything that will make oil shipments safer is welcome news.

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

Rainfall Totals From Wednesday Night - Thursday Morning
Thursday, July 24th 2014
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GLASGOW MT
859 AM MDT THU JUL 24 2014


...LATEST RAINFALL REPORTS...

LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE
12 SSE OPHEIM 1.09 IN
7 NE THOENY 0.78 IN 0830 AM 07/24
16 N BROCKTON 0.76 IN
SCOBEY 0.70 IN
4 W BREDETTE 0.59 IN 0833 AM 07/24
OUTLOOK 0.50 IN
10 W MEDICINE LAKE 0.50 IN
MALTA 0.40 IN
21 N POPLAR 0.38 IN
20 N SACO 0.30 IN
5 WSW FORT KIPP 0.24 IN 0842 AM 07/24
MALTA WEATHER STN 0.23 IN 0800 AM 07/24
1 ESE MEDICINE LAKE 0.23 IN 0758 AM 07/24
FROID 0.22 IN 0830 AM 07/24
BAINVILLE 0.16 IN
POPLAR RAWS 0.09 IN 0818 AM 07/24
BUFFALO RAPIDS-GLENDIVE AGRIME 0.07 IN 0700 AM 07/24
1 WSW THOENY 0.07 IN 0844 AM 07/24
GLASGOW WEATHER STATION 0.06 IN 0800 AM 07/24
4 W WELDON 0.04 IN 0832 AM 07/24
2 ESE CULBERTSON 0.03 IN 0800 AM 07/24
1 E GLASGOW 0.03 IN 0845 AM 07/24
6 ENE SACO 0.02 IN 0800 AM 07/24
MANNING CORRAL DOGTOWN 0.01 IN 0841 AM 07/24

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

Large Grass Fire East Of Wolf Point
Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
Update: MDT reporting the incident below has been cleared.

According to the Montana Department of Transportation, there is a large grass fire burning out of control just East of Wolf Point, along US-2 at MP 596.0

A detour is being set up at this time to re-route traffic around the fire. MDT, Fire, EMT personnel and law enforcement are on the scene at this time.

Expect delays and slowed traffic.

Two Rivers Launches Its 2014-2015 Member Campaign
Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
TWO RIVERS LAUNCHES ITS 2014-2015 MEMBER CAMPAIGN

Two Rivers Economic Growth has launched its member campaign for the new fiscal year and invites you to participate.

Two Rivers—your local nonprofit development organization, has been serving the needs of Valley County for more than 22 years with the belief that northeast Montanans deserve stability, opportunity, and prosperity in their businesses, communities, and economy.
Members of Two Rivers are Valley County’s growth partners who share a common vision and mission. The vision: economic freedom and prosperity. The mission: to help make Valley County a better place to live, work, and play.

Two Rivers plans on accomplishing its objectives by focusing on the following areas that are critically important to members:
 Business Recruitment and Expansion
 Community Infrastructure
 Rural Economic and Community Development
 Advocacy
 Membership
 Public Awareness
 Establish relationships/partnerships with Western North Dakota,
Eastern Montana, and Canadian communities

Within these core areas, Two Rivers will work to create an environment that increases local jobs and tax base, retains and expands existing businesses, attracts new business, develops the downtown, and encourages collaborations and partnerships.

Two Rivers is actively recruiting new members and volunteers as well as seeking renewal dues from existing members who want to help grow Valley County. For more information about Two Rivers or to become a member, please contact Michelle Tade at (406) 263-GROW (4769) or email trg2@nemont.net.
Joining Two Rivers Economic Growth is a great way to grow your business and community. As a member, you join other businesses and colleagues who are dedicated to ensuring the economic stability and growth of Northeast Montana.

This year Two Rivers will be hosting the Annual Banquet/Membership Meeting the beginning of September. Details will be announced soon. We look forward to new members joining our team and sincerely appreciate continued support from our existing members.

Valley County Transit Awarded Funds To Purchase Dispatching Software
Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
Valley County Transit has been awarded federal funds to purchase dispatching software. That is a huge step toward giving you, our customers, better service. The dispatching staff just went through a week of intensive training and is ready to begin using the new system on Tuesday, July 29th.


There are many positive aspects to this new system, but that means there is the needed information gathering that must be accomplished first. So when you call for a ride, we will be asking every customer/rider for their name, address, phone number, birthdate, whether they need the wheelchair lift and their emergency contact information. This will be a one time entry of information.


Most importantly when you need a ride, you must call as much in advance as possible, give us your name, pickup location and dropoff location and if you have an appointment. Since this new system will be using GPS, and will have all passenger information, it can determine which vehicle will best serve your needs and which route the driver will take. This will cut down on wait time and the time you will be on the bus.


As before, when we are given a pickup time, you can expect the bus to arrive up to 10 minutes before or 10 minutes after this time. Please make sure you are ready and waiting as we will only wait for 1 minute prior to departing for the next stop.


A few other changes will be implemented...once you have boarded the bus, you will not be able to change your destination; we will not be able to wait while you are transacting business; you must have the correct fare when boarding (i.e. no charging); every person who will be boarding the bus must have a reservation.


The staff at Valley County Transit would like to thank you in advance for helping make this a smooth transition for everyone. If you have any questions, call Colleen Pankratz at 228-8744.

Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Includes “Walls Of Honor”
Tuesday, July 22nd 2014
The first phase of fund raising for the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park in Fort Peck has been a success.

“We have raised over $400,000 to date and have begun finalizing plans to complete the first phase of construction,”
Tom Markle said. He co-chairs the fundraising committee with Steve Page.

“People of Northeast Montana stepped up to the challenge to build a world-class memorial. After a very successful site dedication on Memorial Day at Fort Peck we are encouraged that support for this project remains strong,” he said.

The committee expects to break ground this fall for initial site preparations to establish the footprint for the park. Construction will also begin on the main memorial with a formal entry, access walkways and a flag park.

In addition, the planning committee approved “Walls of Honor” that will be a central feature of the park. Engraved tiles placed on the Walls will provide permanent recognition for Veterans from all parts of Northeast Montana. Expertly etched on select black granite tiles will be a veteran’s last name, first name, initial and branch of service.

Walls of Honor committee chair Mike Hughes explained that the Walls will honor all Veterans in all branches of the service who are honorably discharged, and those currently serving. “Custom-made tiles will allow families and friends to permanently recognize and honor any veteran special to their heart, or one who may be forgotten.”

The cost of each tile is $225 through Memorial Day 2015 when the cost increases.

Orders are currently being processed and forms are available at local vets clubs, http://www.VeteransMT.org, or by calling the committee at (406) 228-2223.

FWP Region 6 Mule Deer & White-tailed Deer Aerial Survey Findings Released
Monday, July 21st 2014
GLASGOW, Mont. – Aerial surveys of deer populations across northeastern Montana generally indicate a continuing increase in some numbers following several years of heavy weather-and-disease-related losses, state wildlife managers say.

For mule deer, 11 different trend areas in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 are typically examined each year from the air. While total deer counts tend to be variable, FWP Biologist Scott Thompson of Malta said the 2014 surveys generally indicate mule deer in most areas are approaching long-term-average (LTA) numbers again.

Region 6 mule deer, white-tailed deer and pronghorn antelope numbers took a big hit in the severe winter of 2010-11, and additional mortality -- especially among whitetails -- was caused by subsequent, scattered outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, commonly known as EHD.

Total mule deer observed across the region this year generally indicate deer population trend and status running about 10 percent below the LTA,” Thompson said. “The trend still shows an ongoing, gradual recovery across the Region.”

Thompson said mule deer numbers in the eastern third of Region 6 – meaning the Northeast corner-- are at or above the LTA. The center third of the Region – which includes the Glasgow and Malta areas – remains at or below the LTA. The same is true in the western third of the Region, which includes the Havre area.

Mule deer fawn-to-adult ratios, which indicate over-winter survival as well as recruitment into the population, this year have been pegged at 57 fawns to 100 adults across the Region, which is slightly above the LTA of 53 fawns to 100 adults. Thompson said the eastern third of Region 6 saw the highest number of fawns to adults.

“Figures taken from our deer surveys are only one factor in deer management recommendations,” Thompson explained. “Season-setting and quota-setting decisions made by the Fish & Wildlife Commission also consider prior year’s harvest, weather and habitat factors, as well as additional input gathered from landowners, hunters, the general public and other agencies.”

For the 2014 seasons, all Region 6 hunting districts will be managed under a restrictive mule deer season, which means only antlered mule deer bucks – or either-sex whitetails - can be taken with a “Deer A” license. Apart from some possible game-damage hunts where local populations are higher, antlerless mule deer “B” licenses will not be issued this year.

In regards to whitetails, Thompson said surveys have been completed in six areas across Region 6. This year’s surveys show that whitetail populations have decreased across the Region and are approximately 44 percent below the LTA. That means an average of six deer per square mile was found in these trend areas.

“Densities in the western portion of the Region are 42 percent below the LTA and are 44 percent below the LTA in the eastern section,” Thompson said. “In response to an EHD outbreak in the Havre area, a new whitetail trend area has also been established along the Milk River by Chinook to track trends in that area.”

A large peak in the Region 6 whitetail population was observed between 2008 and 2010, when numbers were observed to be 25 percent above the LTA. At the time, some whitetail densities hit an incredible 40 – 50 deer per square mile in some areas. But EHD outbreaks and other factors helped trim those numbers back considerably.

With whitetail numbers still relatively low, and in accordance with recent F&W Commission rule-setting, no antlerless “B” licenses will be available to hunters anywhere in Region 6 this fall.

Daines Secures Full Pilt Funding For Montana Rural Counties In Interior Appropriations Bill
Friday, July 18th 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Steve Daines today announced that following his request, the House Committee on Appropriations has committed full funding of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and other programs to address the needs of Montana’s rural counties.

The Fiscal Year 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which passed the committee on a bipartisan vote of 29-19, will fully fund PILT, which helps offset losses of tax revenues from federally owned land that fund critical services for rural communities.

“PILT is essential for the health and safety of Montana’s rural counties. I am pleased that the Appropriations Committee has committed to fully funding this important program that helps fund law enforcement, infrastructure and education for communities surrounded by federal lands,” Daines said. “I will continue to work to ensure these communities are reimbursed for lost revenues and also fight for sustainable long-term solutions that improve the health of our National Forests, help create good-paying jobs and grow our rural economies.”

Senator John Walsh Unveils Proposal To Improve PILT Program To Benefit Montana Counties
Friday, July 18th 2014
US SENATE)—Senator John Walsh today unveiled a new proposal to improve the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program so that rural counties receive fair payments for non-taxable federal land in their counties.

Walsh’s legislation consolidates the three major programs the federal government uses to pay counties for land ownership and management. The Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), Secure Rural Schools (SRS), and Refuge Revenue Sharing (RRS) programs would merge into one expanded PILT program that will provide full, permanent, and mandatory funding, giving local governments the certainty they have lacked under the current programs.

“Our local governments deserve predictability and simplicity when receiving payments they are owed,” Walsh said. “Montanans rely on our local governments to educate our children, plow our roads, protect our families, and pick up our trash. This legislation provides more certainty and predictability for our local officials as they budget for the essential services we count on.”

Under the current payment programs, rural counties often wait each year for Congress to act at the last minute to reauthorize county payments, throwing off local budgets and disrupting services. This legislation would provide permanent funding, ensure part of the payments corresponds to Congressional land designations and historic revenue sharing, and ensure that rural counties in the most need receive an adequate share of payments.

PILT payments are made to counties to offset the loss in property tax revenue from federally owned public lands in the county. SRS and RRS payments have been made to counties based on historic timber receipts and refuge land value. The combination of stable PILT funding and higher timber harvests, especially under a new Farm Bill program championed by Walsh for forests affected by mountain pine beetle, will help forest communities and keep jobs at mills in Montana.

Senator Walsh strongly supports passing a temporary extension of the payment programs in order to provide continued funding while the Senate considers his bill.

In 2014, Montana counties received $29 million in PILT payments and $19 million in SRS payments.

Montana officials: bison strategy by 2015
Friday, July 18th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials say they're aiming to come up with a strategy to manage bison in the state by 2015.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks chief of staff Mike Volesky says a draft plan will be out later this year, followed by a final document by this time next year.

An advisory committee met in Billings this week to make management suggestions. The plan has been in the works since 2010, but the process has faced repeated delays over concerns from the livestock industry about bison competing with cattle.

The advisory committee has been discussing alternatives for creating new, wild herds outside of Yellowstone National Park. Those range from a pilot project of about 100 bison on public land to a 1,000-animal herd on tribal or private land.
(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

MDT Proposes A Storm Drain Outfall Pipe Repair On MT Highway 42 – Glasgow – Valley County
Friday, July 18th 2014
Glasgow - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to repair a storm drain outfall pipe and replace a manhole on Montana Highway 42 southeast of Glasgow. The project is northwest of the reference post sign 75, near the Market Place and Gallery Gifts.

Proposed work includes replacing both the deteriorated storm drain outfall pipe and manhole in the roadway. Minor roadwork will complete the project to address settling caused by the failed outfall pipe.

The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in the fall of 2014, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding.

No new Right-of-Way or utility relocations will be needed.

For more information, please contact Glendive District Administrator Shane Mintz at (406) 345-8212 or Project Design Engineer Kevin Gilbert at (406) 4446230. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (406) 4447696 or 1-800-335-7592, or call the Montana Relay at 711. Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Glendive office at PO Box 890, Glendive MT 59330-0890, or online at

http://www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml

Valley County Transit Awarded Federal Funds For Dispatching Software
Friday, July 18th 2014
Valley County Transit has been awarded federal funds to purchase dispatching software. That is a huge step toward giving you, our customers, better service. The dispatching staff just went through a week of intensive training and is ready to begin using the new system on Tuesday, July 29th.

There are many positive aspects to this new system, but that means there is the needed information gathering that must be accomplished first. So when you call for a ride, we will be asking every customer/rider for their name, address, phone number, birthdate, whether they need the wheelchair lift and their emergency contact information. This will be a one time entry of information.

Most importantly when you need a ride, you must call as much in advance as possible, give us your name, pickup location and drop-off location and if you have an appointment. Since this new system will be using GPS, and will have all passenger information, it can determine which vehicle will best serve your needs and which route the driver will take. This will cut down on wait time and the time you will be on the bus.

As before, when we are given a pickup time, you can expect the bus to arrive up to 10 minutes before or 10 minutes after this time. Please make sure you are ready and waiting as we will only wait for 1 minute prior to departing for the next stop.

A few other changes will be implemented...once you have boarded the bus, you will not be able to change your destination; we will not be able to wait while you are transacting business; you must have the correct fare when boarding (i.e. no charging); every person who will be boarding the bus must have a reservation.

The staff at Valley County Transit would like to thank you in advance for helping make this a smooth transition for everyone. If you have any questions, call Colleen Pankratz at 228-8744.

Fort Peck Summer Theatre presents SHREK!
Thursday, July 17th 2014

A high energy musical based on the Oscar winning film, SHREK The Musical, takes the Fort Peck Summer Theatre by storm for 3 weeks only! In a far away kingdom, chaos ensues as an ogre is sent to rescue a beautiful princess from a dragon guarded tower. Throw in a motor-mouthed Donkey, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a Ginger Bread Cookie with an attitude, and a plethora of fairy tale misfits and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily there is one on hand – and his name is SHREK!

SHREK is a massive technical achievement for the theatre, as it features multiple elaborate costumes, special effects make-up and magical transformations. A 25 foot dragon puppet, built by the staff of Missoula Childrens Theatre, is voiced by Cassandra Norville Klaphake, the Artistic Producer at Arizona Broadway Theatre.

The production stars Glasgow natives Quinn Vaira, Hailey Stone and Tommi Prewett as Princess Fiona at various ages, and FPST Artistic Director Andy Meyers as Shrek, as well as Jerome Jaymes (Donkey), David Brumfield (Lord Farquaad), Em Laudeman (Gingy) and FPST Performing Arts Director Morgan Phelps (Pinocchio).

The cast is rounded out by Josie Braaten, Alex Bradford, Chanel Bragg, Nick Dirkes, EJ Dohring, Daniel Dunn, Debra Griebel, Dan Hance, Sydney Hayward, Mikaela Loya, Rachel Lynn Pewitt, Tayte Prewett, Jay Roberts, Mike Rukstad, Bridger Sanders, Ayla Stone, Elle Stone, Eva Stone, Colton Swibold, Harlan Taylor, Nancy Vaira and Megan Wiltshire.

SHREK is helmed by Mark and Lynzee Foreman, award winning directors from Phoenix, AZ, who are making their FPST debut, along with Joseph Martinez, Artistic Director of Missoula Childrens Theatre. The design staff is Sarah Bell (Costumes), Kurt Alger (Hair & Make-Up), Shy Iverson (Scenic), Spencer Perry (Lighting), Mike Rukstad (Sound) and Paige O’Neill (Props).

Performances are July 25 – August 10: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm.

For tickets and more information call the Fort Peck Box Office at (406) 526 – 9943. Reservations are strongly encouraged, as SHREK is sure to pack the houses, as did standing-room-only productions earlier this season.

Following SHREK, the 2014 season concludes with Rodger and Hammerstein’s A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING (August 15 – August 31).

Renovations Continue At Glasgow Schools
Wednesday, July 16th 2014
Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors gave Stan Ozark of Kltz/Mix-93 Radio a tour of the renovations at the East Side Elementary and Glasgow High School on Wednesday.

The renovations at the East Side Elementary include the construction of 4 new classrooms, a multi-purpose room, new administrative offices and a new entryway and additional bathrooms.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of July and the school will be ready for students in August for the first day of school.

Renovations at Glasgow High School include a vestibule for the main entryway, construction of the central kitchen at the high school, renovations in the gym locker rooms and the addition of a referee locker room in the gym.

Superintendent Connors said that work should be completed at the high school before start of school but all is depending on delivery of equipment for the district kitchen.

The big construction project is the construction of a new K-5 school and Connors said that work is ahead of schedule. He said that the roof of the building should be on by October and the school will be ready for students in August of 2015.

Connors said the building projects have gone extremely smooth and he complimented all the parties involved in the process.

Once the new elementary school is constructed, grades K-5 will be located in that building while grades 6-8 will be at East Side and 9-12 at high school.

More pictures of the renovation:

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Groups Asking Department Of Transportation To Ban Shipments Of Oil In Older Railroad Tank Cars
Wednesday, July 16th 2014
SEATTLE – Two environmental groups are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing recent explosive oil train wrecks and the department’s own findings that those accidents pose an “imminent hazard.”

The petition filed Tuesday by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics seeks an emergency order within 30 days to prohibit crude from the Northern Plains’ Bakken region and elsewhere from being carried in the older tank cars, known as DOT-111s.

Accident investigators have reported the cars rupture or puncture even in wrecks at slow speeds.

The Obama administration has said it will propose a new rule this month governing tank cars, which could include retrofits of older models cars and tougher standards for new ones.

But that “will take too long to address the imminent hazard posed by use of dangerous DOT-111 tank cars to ship crude oil,” according to the petition, which the law firm Earthjustice filed on behalf of the two groups.

It could take a year before a rule is finalized. In the meantime, the shipments are putting small towns and major cities along the rail lines at risk, the petition said.

Transportation Department spokesman Ryan Daniels said the agency cannot comment on whether an outright ban is under consideration, because a formal rule-making process for the older tank cars already is underway.

Since 2008, derailments of oil trains in the U.S. and Canada have seen the 70,000-gallon tank cars break open and ignite on multiple occasions, resulting in huge fireballs. A train carrying North Dakota crude in DOT-111s crashed into a Quebec town last summer, killing 47 people.

“We need to get them off the tracks as soon as possible. I’d like to see a moratorium,” said Ben Stuckart, city council president in Spokane, Washington, where as many as 17 mile-long oil trains pass through the county in a typical week.

In New York, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said he wants to see those older tank cars replaced with safer models. “They really should ban them across the board, and go with the newer models,” he said.

Problems with the older tank cars have been cited by safety advocates since the mid-1990s. In April, outgoing National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman urged quicker action on pending tank car rules. She warned that a “higher body count” could result from further delay.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in May advised companies to avoid using the older cars to carry the volatile oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada. But the step was voluntary, and the older tank cars continue to be used.

Shippers in North America use about 65,000 so-called “legacy” tank cars to carry flammable liquids, including more than 25,000 for crude, according to industry representatives.

The vast majority of those cars deliver their shipments safely, said Tom Simpson, president of the Railway Supply Institute, which represents the companies that make, own and use the tank cars.

“They are not rolling time bombs. They are not Pintos on rails,” said Simpson said, referring to the older model Ford cars known to catch fire in accidents.

Since 2011, more than 10,000 tank cars with more protective shells and other improved safety features have been put into service under a voluntary industry standard. Simpson said further upgrades could be made over the next decade, and older cars found to be unfit for service eventually will be retired by their owners.

Regulators in Canada have moved more aggressively on the issue than their U.S. counterparts. In April, Transport Canada ordered railroads to phase out older cars within three years.

Wolf Point man charged in fatal beating
Wednesday, July 16th 2014
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Wolf Point man faces federal charges for a series of fights in March that left one man dead, another severely beaten and a third with a broken nose.

The Great Falls Tribune reports 42-year-old Mervin Clarence Hale Jr. pleaded not guilty Monday to second-degree murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injuries.

Court records say witnesses told investigators that Hale beat, kicked and stomped on Laramie Wallace repeatedly early on March 19, leaving a shoe print on his face. The next day, Wallace went to the hospital, where he was treated for the assault and checked for head injuries. Court records say Wallace died the next day of blood loss due to a lacerated liver.

Hale is charged with beating another man so badly he needed plates in his forehead and his jaw wired.

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Estimated 30,000 Additional Montana Residents Now Have Health Insurance
Wednesday, July 16th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State officials say about 30,000 more Montana residents are enrolled in a health insurance plan than before the Affordable Care Act enrollment period took place.

State Insurance Office Deputy Commissioner Adam Schafer told a legislative panel Tuesday his office surveyed the state's largest insurance companies to learn whether the number of uninsured decreased after the federal health care overhaul.

The total number of uninsured people in the state was estimated at 195,000 in 2013. With 30,000 of those people now enrolled in a health insurance plan, Schafer said that represents a 15.4 percent reduction in the total number of uninsured.

Schafer presented the preliminary findings to the Economic Affairs Interim Committee. He called the increase significant, saying people now have access to more than just emergency care.

Meth-Contaminated Properties List
Tuesday, July 15th 2014
The Bozeman Chronicle on Tuesday published a list of properties in Montana that are listed as meth-contaminated.

The map is available
here.

Independence Bank Relay Madness Final Is Set
Tuesday, July 15th 2014
The Semi-Final round of the Independence Bank Relay Madness is finished and the final two teams are set. The Scottie Cross Country team defeated Strides of Hope and will be set to defend their title from last year. In the other semi-final round Crafter's Haven edged out the Skeleton Crew and will take on the Cross Country team in the final. Crafter's Haven had the most sales for the round and earned the bonus money for their team total. These teams will have until noon on July 18th to get their luminaria sales in to one of the Independence Bank branches in Glasgow, Malta, Poplar or Scobey.

In other Relay news, the annual Gas Day will be held on Friday, July 18th. For every gas purchase made on that day, the participating gas stations will make a donation to the Northeast Montana Relay For Life. (it doesn't cost you anything, just fill up as normal, and the gas stations will make a donation). Those set to participate are: Ezzie's Westend, Ezzie's Midtown and Holiday.
KRTV-TV Interview On Shirley's Elvis Collection
Tuesday, July 15th 2014
KRTV stopped by our studios last week and took time to sit down with our manager, Shirley Trang, to discuss her Elvis Presley collection.

You can view the interview here.

“Kids to Fish” Program Allows Youths to Borrow Gear & Tackle for Free
Monday, July 14th 2014
GLASGOW, Mont. – A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows children to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year.

The “Kids to Fish” program lets youngsters check out fishing rods and reels and basic tackle at 48 different sites across Montana’s Hi-Line. Nationally known rod and reel manufacturers and tackle retailers D & G Sports & Western in Glasgow and Stromberg’s Sinclair and the Big R store in Havre give FWP substantial discounts that help keep the program sustainable. New loaner sites have been set up this year at the Ag Land Co-op store in Wolf Point and the Tire-Rama store in Rudyard.

Youngsters are required to sign out the equipment and return it in good working order within a reasonable amount of time. About 400 of the fully-rigged rods are available for free public use.

Fishing rods and tackle are currently available to check out at these locations:
GLASGOW
FWP Region 6 headquarters
City-County Library
Cottonwood Inn
Ezzie’s West End Conoco
Glasgow Recreation Department
FORT PECK
Downstream (Kiwanis) Campground
Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
Lakeridge Store & Tackle Shop
Fort Peck Marina
Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Rock Creek Marina
CIRCLE
· Circle County Market
HINSDALE
· Gouse Engraving & Gun Sales
SACO
R & C’s Daily Grind
MALTA
Phillips County Library
DODSON
Al’s Town & Country Store
FORT BELKNAP AGENCY
Kwik Stop store
HARLEM
EZ Mart store
CHINOOK
Finley’s Food Farm
HAVRE AREA
FWP Havre Office
Stromberg’s Sinclair
Hill County Library
The Walleye Tavern (near Fresno Reservoir)
GILDFORD
· Gildford Mercantile
HINGHAM
· Spencer’s Hi-Way Bar & Grill

RUDYARD
· Tire-Rama store
BOX ELDER
· Jitter Bugs store
ROCKY BOY AGENCY
Chippewa-Cree Tribal TANF office
BIG SANDY
The Grocery Store
LOMA
Midway Mercantile
NASHUA
B&B Foods
Bergie’s ice cream store
FRASER
· Fraser School
WOLF POINT
Cenex West station
Ag Land Co-op store
POPLAR
Tribal Express store
BROCKTON
B & S Quick Stop
BAINVILLE
· Bainville School (Chuck Hyatt, 769-7111)
CULBERTSON
Culbertson Library
FROID
· Froid Grocery
MEDICINE LAKE
Lake Pit Stop store
PLENTYWOOD
Sheridan County Library
Ace Hardware
FLAXVILLE
· Grain Growers Oil Company store

SCOBEY
Grain Growers Oil Company store
TruValue Hardware

PEERLESS
· Dutch Henry’s Club
OPHEIM
Pro Co-op Ag Center
Bow Hunter Education Field Day Certification Event set July 19 in Glasgow
Monday, July 14th 2014
GLASGOW, Mont. -- A free bow hunter education field day certification event will take place at the archery range off Skylark Road in Glasgow from 9 – 11 a.m. on July 19.

In Montana, completion of a hunter education course is required for all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1985. In addition, all first-time bow hunters must complete a bow hunter education course and mandatory field day testing before they can purchase an archery license in the state. Each year there is a July 31 deadline for completing certification for first-time archery hunters who want to hunt during the fall season.

Hunter and bow hunter education courses are available in traditional classroom settings, as well as online through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov for students who are over 18.

Registration for the Glasgow bow hunter field day event -- where practical skills will be tested -- is only taking place online through the FWP website, and students are required to sign up in advance. To register on the website, click on the “Education” section, then “Bow Hunter Education,” then the “Field Day Registration” section. Students attending the certification event can bring their own bows. Practice arrows will be provided.

For more details about the field day event, check the website or call FWP at 406-228-3704.
Washington Post Story Maps Out Amtrak Delays
Friday, July 11th 2014
An article in the Washington Post has mapped out the delays of Amtrak trains across the country.

The story compared Amtrak's performance with the major airlines, noting that flights on time in 2014 so far were at about 76%. Amtrak's on-time trains across the country were at just 72%.

The Empire Builder, which runs along the Montana Hi-Line, fared much worse: only 20.9% of trains were on time between Seattle and Chicago over the last 12 months. That was by far the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals for any of Amtrak's routes.

The story cited the right of way between freight and passenger trains, and out of date infrastructure as the two major causes of the delays.

From the Washington Post

Severe T-Storms Pass Through Northeast Montana
Friday, July 11th 2014
Severe thunderstorms popped up on Thursday evening, and continued overnight in the early morning hours on Friday.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Northern Phillips & Valley Counties at 7:37 last night.

At 9:49 p.m., a trained spotter reported heavy rain of .85 inches 17 miles north-northwest of the Frenchman Reservoir.

Another round of thunderstorms started rolling through after 2 a.m. Friday. A trained spotter reported penny-size hail (about 3/4 inch diameter) 3 miles north-northwest of Duck Creek at 2:33 a.m., with hail drifts up to 3 inches deep.

Another report came in from the public at Fort Peck: hail quarter size (about 1 inch diameter). That was reported at 2:45 a.m.

Unofficially, Glasgow had received .25 inch of rain in the past 12 hours as of 6 a.m.

Montana approves sage grouse hunting closures
Friday, July 11th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has barred sage-grouse hunting in all or part of 32 counties and shortened the hunting season from two months to one.

Thursday's vote revises an earlier plan that would have closed the entire state to hunting the game birds due to their low numbers.

Instead, all or part of 13 counties in central Montana and six counties in the southwestern part of the state will be open to hunting from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30.

The state's management plan calls for an area's closure if sage grouse numbers drop below 45 percent of the long-term average for three years.

Officials say hunting did not cause the low numbers, but can contribute to further decline once the population reaches that point.

Revised federal land report to be released
Friday, July 11th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A revised draft report on federal land management problems in Montana will be released to the public after some lawmakers complained of a "hidden agenda" to transfer management of federal lands to the state.

The Environmental Quality Council voted Thursday to release the amended report, which now says the Legislature should not pursue a management transfer until all other options have been investigated.

Some Democratic members of the council complained Wednesday that the report was slanted toward the idea of the state taking over the management of federal lands in Montana.

The revised report recommends reducing wildfire fuels, maintaining or increasing access for multiple uses, and increasing economic production associated with natural resources. The report will be available for public comment in the next month.

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

Montana considers scaling back sage grouse hunt
Thursday, July 10th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife regulators are considering severely limiting this year's sage grouse hunting season.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission votes Thursday on the plan to close hunting in all or parts of 32 counties across northern, eastern and southern Montana.

That would leave a swath of 13 counties across the central part of the state and six southwestern counties open from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30.

This spring's count of birds on sage-grouse breeding grounds was the lowest since 1980. The federal government is considering listing it as a threatened or endangered species next year.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks initially proposed canceling the 2014 hunt, but reconsidered after pushback from hunters and analyzing the final population data.

Hunters say the population declines are largely driven by loss of habitat, not hunting.
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White House singles out oil patch in drug strategy
Thursday, July 10th 2014
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The White House has singled out the oil patch of northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana as part of its 2014 national drug control strategy.

The report released Wednesday says dramatic increases in crime in the Bakken oil-producing region has overwhelmed state, local and tribal agencies working with limited resources.

The document says the FBI and other federal agencies will continue to work with state and local police on "law enforcement, quality of life, women's safety and tribal issues" in oil country.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) says it's appropriate to be listed in the report because drug crimes in the state increased nearly 20 percent in the last year.

Stenehjem says he's preparing a budget for the next Legislature that includes a "robust oil patch crime initiative."

National Geographic also did an expose' on Bainville's struggles to deal with the oil boom issues. The story is available here.

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

Indian land buy-back program extends to 3 Montana tribes
Thursday, July 10th 2014
HELENA — The U.S. government has signed agreements to extend a land buy-back program to three Montana reservations.

The agreements announced Wednesday between the Interior Department, and leaders from the Crow, Fort Belknap and Fort Peck reservations pave the way for the government to buy fractionated land parcels from their multiple owners and give them to the tribes.

The $1.9 billion program is the largest piece of a $3.4 billion settlement of a lawsuit claiming Interior Department officials mismanaged trust money held for hundreds of thousands of Indian landowners.

The program began with the South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation and so far has spent $72 million to restore 203,000 acres of land to tribes.

This spring, Interior Department officials said the program would expand to 21 reservations, including the three named Wednesday.
From The Missoulian

Independence Bank Relay Madness Semi Final
Thursday, July 10th 2014
The Semi-Final round of the Independence Bank Relay Madness is finished and the final two teams are set. The Scottie Cross Country team defeated Strides of Hope and will be set to defend their title from last year. In the other semi-final round Crafter's Haven edged out the Skeleton Crew and will take on the Cross Country team in the final. Crafter's Haven had the most sales for the round and earned the bonus money for their team total. These teams will have until noon on July 18th to get their luminaria sales in to one of the Independence Bank branches in Glasgow, Malta, Poplar or Scobey.

In other Relay news, the annual Gas Day will be held on Friday, July 18th. For every gas purchase made on that day, the participating gas stations will make a donation to the Northeast Montana Relay For Life. (it doesn't cost you anything, just fill up as normal, and the gas stations will make a donation). Those set to participate are: Ezzie's Westend, Ezzie's Midtown and Holiday.
Blood Drive In Glasgow Wednesday And Thursday
Wednesday, July 9th 2014
Montana (July 8, 2014) — The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve and help save a life with a blood donation.

With blood donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

Patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood. The need is constant. Donated blood is perishable. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days, so they must constantly be replenished. There is no substitute for donated blood.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. Donors can feel good knowing that by donating blood through the Red Cross they may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO Southwest Blood Services Region. “A blood donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

Blood Drives are set for Glasgow:

Glasgow
7/9/2014: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: VFW, 1222 Us Highway 2 W
7/10/2014: 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM: Frances Mahon Hospital, 621 3rd St. South

Flat Lake Recreation Area To Be Closed For Paving Beginning Monday July 14th
Wednesday, July 9th 2014
The US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Peck Project Office will be closing Flat Lake Recreation Area beginning Monday July 14, 2014, to accommodate paving of the Flat Lake Road.

This closure will take effect at 7:00 AM and will include all public access to the boat ramp, camping facilities, and the Flat Lake Fishing Pond for the duration of the road reconstruction project.

Public access to Fort Peck Lake within the dam area will remain available at the Fort Peck Marina and Duck Creek Recreation Area. Questions regarding this closure may be directed to the Fort Peck Project Office at 406/526-3411.

Air Quality Lower Today
Wednesday, July 9th 2014
According to the National Weather Service office in Glasgow, the air quality will be only moderate throughout northeast Montana today, and poor in east-central Montana.

Smoke from fires in northern Canada has been moving into the area since last night, dropping air quality and lowering visibility down to 1.75 miles at times.

Those with asthma or other breathing conditions are urged to use caution when outdoors today.

Missouri River Basin runoff remains above normal; Corps announces increase in navigation service level
Tuesday, July 8th 2014
Omaha, Neb. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division reports runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa for the month of June was 8.3 million acre feet (MAF), 153 percent of normal. The 2014 runoff forecast is 33 MAF, 131 percent of normal. Average annual runoff is 25.2 MAF.
“June precipitation was generally above normal across much of the Missouri River Basin causing above normal runoff into the reservoirs. The exception was the below normal precipitation in western and central Montana that contributed to lower than expected runoff into Fort Peck Reservoir,” said Mike Swenson, team leader in the Missouri River Basin Water Management Office. “Repeated rains in the lower basin also increased tributary flows, below the system of reservoirs, resulting in lower releases from Gavins Point Dam.”

During June, releases from Gavins Point Dam were reduced to as low as 10,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). “Releases from Gavins Point were cut by 20,000 cfs to lessen flood risk downstream. Those reductions lowered peak river stages 3 to 4 feet in most areas,” explained Swenson. “Following the flood crest, releases have been gradually increased to 25,000 cfs to meet the navigation flow targets downstream, as the flood flows continue to recede.”

The melting of the mountain snowpack is nearly complete. In the reach above Fort Peck Dam, 6 percent of the normal peak snowpack remains, and in the reach from Fort Peck to Garrison dams 3 percent of the normal peak snowpack remains. View mountain snowpack graphic here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/snow.pdf.

The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System is currently 60.5 MAF, occupying 4.4 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. “The reservoirs remain well positioned to capture additional runoff should further reductions in releases become necessary,” stated Swenson.

The Missouri River Mainstem System Master Manual sets the navigation service level for the second half of the season and the season length based on the July 1 system storage. The July 1 storage check called for an increase in the service level for navigation flow support, as well as a full, eight-month season. “Flow support, which had been 3,000 cfs below full service from April to June, was increased to full service in July,” said Swenson. Flow targets for the second half of the season will now range from 31,000 cfs at Sioux City, Iowa, to 41,000 cfs at Kansas City, Mo. The increase in service level will provide a navigation channel 9 feet deep and 300 feet wide.

The Corps will continue to monitor basin conditions and fine tune the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information.

Reservoir Forecasts

Gavins Point Dam releases averaged 22,800 cfs in June, ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 cfs. Releases will remain near the current rate of 25,000 cfs in early July, and will be adjusted, as necessary, to meet downstream flow targets as tributaries' flows drop. The reservoir behind Gavins Point Dam ended June at elevation 1206.8 feet. The reservoir will remain near elevation 1206 feet during July.

Fort Randall Dam releases ranged from 2,000 to 27,000 cfs during June, averaging 19,000 cfs. Fort Randall releases will be adjusted during July, as necessary, to maintain the desired elevation at Gavins Point Dam. The reservoir ended June at elevation 1356.9 feet, up 1.6 feet during the month. The reservoir will remain near elevation 1357 feet during July.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 18,200 cfs during the month of June. They are expected to average near 22,000 cfs this month. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420 feet during July.

Oahe Dam releases averaged 19,300 cfs during the month of June. Releases are expected to average 21,000 cfs this month. The reservoir ended June at elevation 1612.4 feet, up 4.5 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to rise approximately 2 feet during the month of July.

Garrison Dam releases averaged 29,700 cfs in June. Releases were reduced from 30,000 to 29,000 cfs in early July. Releases will be reduced to 28,000 cfs around mid-July. Garrison ended June at elevation 1845.2 feet, up 5.4 feet. It is expected to rise about two feet during July.

Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 8,900 cfs in June. Releases were cut from 9,000 to 7,000 cfs in early July. Releases will likely remain near 7,000 cfs in July, but may be adjusted to provide adequate irrigation support below Fort Peck.
The reservoir ended June at elevation 2230.0 feet, up 1.7 feet. The reservoir is forecasted to rise less than 1 foot
during July.

The forecasted reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation, or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.

The six mainstem power plants generated 752 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity in June. Typical energy generation for the month of June is 843 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 9.3 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the normal of 10 billion kWh.

To view the detailed three-week release forecast for the mainstem dams, go to: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/twregfcast.pdf.

Hazy Conditions Expected Over Next Couple Days
Tuesday, July 8th 2014
The National Weather Service in Glasgow was reporting on Tuesday morning that smoke from fires in northern Canada will be moving into northeast Montana over the next couple days.


The National Weather Service says to expect hazy conditions over the next couple of days before a westerly flow pushes it out by midweek.

Valley County Sheriff's Office Investigating Alleged Theft Involving Fort Peck Fine Arts Council
Monday, July 7th 2014
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that his office is currently investigating an alleged theft involving the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council.

Sheriff Meier said his office has been investigating the alleged theft since March and a suspect has been identified. Meier said that felony charges will be filed as soon as a report is completed by the VCSO.

The Fort Peck Fine Arts Council is the governing organization of the Fort Peck Summer Theatre.

Montana Officials Reviving Efforts To Craft Statewide Bison-Conservation Plan
Monday, July 7th 2014
Montana officials are reviving efforts to craft a statewide bison-conservation plan that stalled amid a backlash from ranchers worried about new herds competing with cattle.

A broad strategy for managing bison in Montana has been in the works since 2010. Concerted opposition from ranchers has slowed the initiative, and officials recently scaled back expectations for bison in new areas.

Gov. Steve Bullock told The Associated Press he has no plan to introduce large numbers of bison across the state. But he says it's appropriate to continue evaluating the animals' future in Montana.

A two-day forum on bison is scheduled for July 14 and 15 in Billings. State officials originally planned that meeting for April in Lewistown but canceled it after ranchers pledged to turn out in opposition.

Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors To Recommend Brenner Flaten To Be New Vice-Principal At Glasgow High School
Thursday, July 3rd 2014
Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors is recommending Brenner Flaten to fill the position of Vice Principal/Activities Director/Transportation Director at Glasgow High School.

Flaten is a 2002 graduate of Glasgow High School and received his teaching degree at Dickinson State University and high school administration endorsement from South Dakota State University.

In a notice to Glasgow school board members, Connors said Flaten's interview was impressive and he will be a great addition to the leadership team.

Flaten will replace Willie Thibault who has accepted a position as a school administrator in the Glendive School District.

The Glasgow School Board will take up Flaten's recommendation at the July 9th school board meeting.

North Dakota Amber Alert Cancelled
Thursday, July 3rd 2014
UPDATE: Law enforcement have found Jayvani WhiteEagle safe.

...THIS IS AN AMBER ALERT...

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE NORTH
DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL.

ON JULY 2...2014...AT 9 PM...JAYVANI WHITE EAGLE IS BELIEVED TO
HAVE BEEN ABDUCTED OR OTHERWISE ENDANGERED.

CHILD INFORMATION.

JAYVANI IS DESCRIBED AS A NATIVE AMERICAN FEMALE...AND IS THREE
YEARS OLD. SHE HAS LONG BLACK HAIR...BROWN EYES...AND WEIGHS
APPROXIMATELY 35 POUNDS. JAYVANI WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A WHITE
T-SHIRT...PINK UNDERSHIRT...WRANGLER BLUE JEANS...AND SILVER
SKETCHER SHOES WITH A BOW TIE ON TOP. SHE WAS LAST SEEN AT KING
COIN LAUNDROMAT...2125 EAST THAYER AVENUE...IN BISMARCK. JAYVANI
MAY BE WITH JACQUELINE WHITE EAGLE...AND CURTIS OLSON JUNIOR...WHO
MAY BE DRIVING A BLACK 2000 TOYOTA TUNDRA PICKUP TRUCK...WITH
HEAVY FRONT END DAMAGE...NORTH DAKOTA LICENSE...
J...V...C...2...2...3.

SUSPECT INFORMATION.

JACQUELINE WHITE EAGLE IS DESCRIBED AS A NATIVE AMERICAN FEMALE
WITH LONG BLACK HAIR...BROWN EYES...AND APPROXIMATELY 24 YEARS OF
AGE. JACQUELINE`S DATE OF BIRTH IS DECEMBER 29...1989.

CURTIS OLSON JUNIOR IS DESCRIBED AS A NATIVE AMERICAN MALE...5
FEET...11 INCHES TALL...200 POUNDS...WITH BROWN HAIR AND BROWN
EYES...POSSIBLE SHAVED HEAD...A BROW PIERCING...PIERCED LEFT
EAR...AND FACIAL HAIR. CURTIS OLSON`S DATE OF BIRTH IS FEBRUARY
27...1986.

CURTIS OLSON JUNIOR IS POSSIBLY DRIVING THE TOYOTA PICKUP FOR
JACQUELINE WHITE EAGLE...BOTH INDIVIDUALS ARE FROM
PARSHALL...NORTH DAKOTA. JACQUELINE IS JAYVANI`S BIOLOGICAL
MOTHER...BUT DOES NOT HAVE CUSTODY OF THE CHILD.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CHILD OR SUSPECT...CALL THE
BISMARCK POLICE DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY AT...701-223-1212.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPROACH OR APPREHEND THE
SUSPECT. AMBER ALERT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE BY CALLING 5 1 1.

Fireworks Show Set For Friday Evening
Thursday, July 3rd 2014
There will be a fireworks display the evening of the 4th of July in Glasgow with the fireworks being set off at the Northeast Montana Fairgrounds. The display will start at dark with local firemen setting off the fireworks.

Just a reminder that fireworks are illegal within the city limits of Glasgow.

Feds identify 10 potential sites for bison relocation
Tuesday, July 1st 2014
Federal officials said Monday that 20 parcels of public lands in 10 states could be suitable for bison from Yellowstone National Park, although it's likely to be years before any animals are relocated to the sites.

The locations include areas as diverse as Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park, an Iowa wildlife refuge and a North Dakota national historic site.

They were identified in a long-awaited Department of Interior report that looked at using Yellowstone's bison herds to further the restoration of a species that once ranged most of the continent.

Tens of millions of bison occupied North America before overhunting nearly drove them extinct by the late 19th century.

Yellowstone was one of the last holdouts for the animals in the wild, and had roughly 4,600 bison at last count. During their winter migrations, the animals periodically spill into neighboring Montana, triggering large-scale bison slaughters to prevent the spread of brucellosis.

A pilot bison relocation program in Montana has struggled to overcome opposition from ranchers. They worry both about the disease and the possibility of bison competing with cattle for grazing space.

The pilot program quarantined Yellowstone bison for several years before they could be moved, to protect against disease transmissions. Even so, many within the livestock industry remain wary and most of the animals in the program have not yet been relocated.

Those animals are in control of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, which is considering proposals from tribes, government agencies and private groups that want to take the bison.

If the park service were to revive the quarantine program and make it permanent, federal officials said it could be five years to a decade before more animals were relocated.

"If we were to do this, where would you place these bison? This report gives us a head-start on that question," said Jorge Silva-Banuelos, an official with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

That could help relieve population pressures that led to the slaughter of thousands of migrating Yellowstone bison during the last decade, under an agreement between Montana and federal officials.

Conservation groups welcomed Monday's report. But the National Wildlife Federation said it did not include enough collaboration with American Indian tribes interested in getting Yellowstone bison.

Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar first issued a directive for his agency to come up with a relocation plan for Yellowstone bison in May 2012.

Yellowstone's chief scientist, Dave Hallac, said planning for a bison quarantine program is expected to begin in late summer or early fall. Public input will be part of that process.

"Within a five-year-period there may be the possibility of moving some brucellosis-free bison," Hallac said.

10 potential sites

The states and locations identified Monday as potentially suitable for relocated bison were:

--Arizona: Grand Canyon National Park

--Colorado: Baca National Wildlife Refuge, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

--Iowa: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

--Kansas: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

--Montana: Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, National Bison Range

--Nebraska: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

--North Dakota: Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, Theodore Roosevelt National Park

--Oklahoma: Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

--South Dakota: Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park

--Utah: Book Cliffs, Henry Mountains

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Fort Peck Summer Theatre presents the popular CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
Tuesday, July 1st 2014
A family friendly American comedy based on the novel of the same name, Cheaper by the Dozen follows the Gilberth family: Father, Mother, 12 Children and a dog! Frank Gilberth is one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency, and applies his methods of management to his large family. The results are funny, embarrassing and extremely effective!

While situations are often uproarious, the heartwarming story of family love, understanding and growing up, will delight audiences of any age.

Leading the cast are Colton Swibold and Brittany Archambeault as Mr. & Mrs. Gilberth, along with Glasgow native Sydney Hayward as their oldest daughter, Anne.

The rest of the Gilberth clan is portrayed by 2 rotating casts. Appearing on July 4, July 6, July 12, July 13 & July 19: Vincent Chappell, Lily Helland, Christian Menge, Cerenity Olsen, Takayra Prescott, Devyn Salsbery, Ranielle G. Santos, Tarin Vandall and Clara Waters. Appearing on July 5, July 11, July 18 & July 20: Mariah Cathey, Isabelle Griffin, Kell Hellmuth, Ethan Jamba, Lauren Kolstad, Ali Kuka, Kaitlyn Miller, Jaycie Rogenes and Ranielle G. Santos.
Completing the cast are Dan Hance, Shy Iverson, Becky Johnson, Ryan Luwe, Darrin Schmidt, OJ Taylor and Megan Wiltshire.

Cheaper by the Dozen is directed by Morgan Phelps, who is the also the coordinator for FPST’s annual Performing Arts Camp. Design staff: Zack Aschim (Scenic), Gwen Mann (Costumes), Spencer Perry (Lighting), Mike Rukstad (Sound) and Wiltshire (Props).

Performance times are July 4 – July 20: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm.

For tickets and more information call the Fort Peck Box Office at (406) 526 – 9943.

Following CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, the 2014 season continues with:
SHREK (July 25 – August 10)
Rodger and Hammerstein’s A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING (August 15 – August 31)

Citations Issued In Friday Morning Crash
Monday, June 30th 2014
According to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier, on Friday, June 27th, at 5:25 a.m. the Valley County Sheriff's office received call of a one-vehicle crash on the intersection of West Hanson Road & Johnson Road, north of Glasgow.

The driver of vehicle Anthony Otten, a 25 year old Glasgow resident, and 3 passengers received medical attention at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. Otten was charged with careless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to carry insurance, failure to wear seat belt, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, and unlawful transaction with children.

Anthony Grandchamp, Brittany Hagerman, and Paulette Wilson, all residents of Glasgow, were each charged with unlawful possession of an intoxicating substance.

The incident remains under investigation by the Valley County Sheriff's Department & the Montana Highway Patrol.

One Person Dies In Vehicle Rollover Near Scobey
Monday, June 30th 2014
One woman died and a man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover early Saturday near Scobey.

The crash involved a Dodge pickup driven by a 45-year-old man from Peerless, with a 41-year-old female passenger from Conrad. The Montana Highway Patrol responded to the accident on Secondary Highway 248 at mile marker 39.1, at 5:45 a.m.

The pickup, which was pulling a trailer, was traveling eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and went off the road, the MHP said. The trailer detached and rolled.

The pickup returned to the roadway, then crossed to the south side of the highway, went off the road and rolled halfway over. It came to a rest on its roof, facing north.

The driver was injured in the wreck, and the passenger died from her injuries. Alcohol was a factor in the crash, the MHP said, and neither person was wearing a seat belt.

from the Billings Gazette

Relay For Life Madness Update
Monday, June 30th 2014
The Quarter final round of the Independence Bank Relay Madness has ended leaving four teams left to battle it out. Relay Madness is a competition sponsored by Independence Banks in Glasgow, Malta, Poplar and Scobey.

The object of the competition is for the registered teams for the Northeast Montana Relay For Life to sell more luminaria in the given time than the team they are pitted against.

In the quarter final round it was last year's top team, Scottie Cross Country, knocking Team Jan & Friends out of the competition. Crafter's Haven squeaked by Opheim Cares #2; the Skelteton Crew beat up on GHS Student Council, and the big guns were firing as Strides of Hope demolished the Re-Lei-ers. Strides of Hope sold the most luminaria and will receive the bonus money for their team total.

In the Semi-final round it will be Scottie Cross Country team taking on Strides of Hope and Crafter's Haven will face off against the Skeleton Crew. The deadline for getting your sales slips in to one of the sponsoring Independence Banks is noon on July 8th.

Disclosure shows oil trains frequent in Montana
Thursday, June 26th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Railroad records show more than a dozen volatile oil train shipments traverse Montana weekly en route to out-of-state refineries.

The information was released Wednesday by state officials in response to a request from The Associated Press.

BNSF Railway had submitted the information to the state under an order from the U.S. Department of Transportation following several explosive oil train derailments in the U.S. and Canada.

The railroad is the primary crude oil-by-rail carrier in the western U.S.

Its disclosure documents show oil trains have passed through at least 30 of Montana's 56 counties. Roosevelt County topped the list, with 20 trains in a single week.

BNSF asked Montana officials not to publicly disclose the information. Gov. Steve Bullock's office refused, citing the state's open records law.

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

Valley County Treasurer Jenny Reinhardt To Retire On July 31st
Wednesday, June 25th 2014
Valley County Treasurer Jenny Reinhardt will retire on July 31st. The Valley County Commissioners voted to accept her resignation on Wednesday.

Reinhardt has served as Valley County Treasurer since 2001 when she was appointed to replace Marla Debray.

She was elected to the position on her own right in 2002, 2006 and 2010 when she ran unopposed every time.

The Valley County Commissioners are expected to appoint a person to fill out the remainder of her term which expires December 31st of 2014.

Brenda Anderson, a long time employee in the Treasurers Office, is running unopposed in the General Election for the position.

Anderson would appear to be the front runner to be appointed by the Commissioners to fill out the final 5 months of Reinhardt's term.

Oil train info shows heavy traffic
Wednesday, June 25th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast.

The Associated Press obtained details on the shipments Tuesday under public records requests filed with state emergency agencies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered railroads to give up the information after several fiery accidents, including an oil train derailment last July in Quebec that killed 47 people. Very little crude moved by rail several years ago, prior to the domestic oil shale boom.

Railroads had sought to prevent the public disclosures of shipment information, citing security concerns. Federal officials say it's not security sensitive, but some states have agreed not to give up the information.
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Christine Gamas Files As Declared Write In For November Election For Valley County Justice Of Peace
Wednesday, June 25th 2014
Christine Gamas has filed paperwork to become a declared write-in candidate for Valley County Justice of the Peace for the November General Election.

Gamas finished in 3rd place in the six person race in the June Primary Election. Dave Gorton received the most votes with 806, Christina Hillman had 452 and Gamas finished with 437.

Gorton and Hillman will appear on the November ballot and Gamas will have to have her name written in for her vote to count.

In other election news, Floyd Hopstad has withdrawn as a candidate for the Montana Legislature in House District #33. Hopstad was the Democrat candidate on the ballot.

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