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Latest On Flooding From Last Weekend
Saturday, August 30th 2014
from the Billings Gazette

A deluge that soaked much of the Montana Hi-Line with as much as eight inches of rain earlier this month caused record flooding that had some areas still under water on Friday.

"The good news is things are not getting worse," said Tanja Fransen, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Glasgow. "They are gradually improving."

From Aug. 21 through 25, heavy storms dropped four to eight inches of rain from Glasgow to Malta, swelling streams and rivers to the point of spilling over their banks and into the surrounding areas, including over roads and into homes and buildings.

"As far as the flood goes nothing tragic happened that I know of except for lots of dollars in damage," said Paul Tweten, Valley County road supervisor.

The flooding on the Milk River started in tributaries before spreading to the river itself.

According to the NWS, Beaver Creek at Hinsdale set a new record when it reach 19.52 feet, breaking the old record of 19.44 feet set in 2011.

Fransen said that the Milk River at Nashua normally flows at about 250 cubic feet per second this time of year and that the record before this year was 2,240 cfs, set in 1990.

"This week we saw it hit 12,400 cfs," she said. "We're at about five times what the previous record was."

While the flood waters blocked and washed out roads across the region and damaged numerous bridges, officials said that most residents could, in one way or another, access their property by Friday.

Tweten said that a number of roads remain closed in Valley County, especially ones that aren't paved.

On Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management issued an assessment of damage in Blaine, Phillips and Valley counties with a focus on road conditions.

"Roads are wet, but drying has improved with sunshine the last few days," said Stanley Jaynes, BLM field manager in Havre. "To prevent getting stuck or stranded, motorists should avoid dirt roads a few more days, if possible. This will also reduce further road damage."

Fransen said flooding hit at least 13 roads in Fergus County, although most have since reopened.

In Petroleum County, Sheriff Bill Cassell — who is also the county Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator — spent much of the week scouring county roads, searching out flooded areas, helping residents and assessing damage.

As of Friday, he'd counted at least 22 road sites impacted, along with four bridges that were either damaged or destroyed, and said some roads were so bad that he couldn't even get through them in a full-sized Humvee.

"If a stream crossed underneath the road, it went over the top of the road with the rains," he said. "And that's the whole county. This is pretty much a countywide flooding event."

Past the roads, the rain and flooding also filled basements and crawlspaces with water, damaged crops and isolated livestock.

Fransen said that the state weekly crop report indicates that 80 to 90 percent of the Montana's wheat crop hasn't been harvested, meaning that plenty of the expected annual yield expected in northern Montana was exposed to the storm and floods.

"The huge impact could be on the crops," she said. "When you put five inches of rain on top of your wheat crop, what does that do to it?"

Officials in each county said on Friday that it was too early to get an exact estimate on the damage, with portions of many roads still under water and inaccessible for evaluation.

However, at least two of the counties — Valley and Petroleum — have already submitted a request to Montana Disaster Emergency Service for Gov. Steve Bullock to declare it a disaster.

Steve Knecht, deputy administrator of the state DES, said that early, rough figures estimate damage in Valley County at around $250,000 while it could be between $500,000 and $750,000 in Petroleum County.

"There's still a lot of water out there," he said. "It's fairly flat so it takes a while for that water to flush through. We're hoping by early to mid next week we'll be able to make some final determinations and lay it on the line for the governor's office. When you get up to eight inches of rain in just a couple of days, it just takes a long time for that water to go down."

Officials said that while the flooding is severe, it's not quite up to the levels of 2011, when record rains and higher-than normal snowpack combined with late, quick spring runoff to chew the region for much of the spring and parts of the summer.

Cassell said the floods have cause plenty of damage and headaches but that people the region mostly know how to deal with them. However, he cautioned everyone to still be careful, and patient, on the roads while advising ones impacted by flooding be avoided if possible, especially since many are in rural areas without cell phone service.

"There's a lot of basements flooded but no houses lost or anything like that," he said. "A lot of farmers lost some crop or have critters stranded. Please be careful driving around on the county roads.

"It's all manageable. We're kind of practiced in this. We've had several years of it now. But it takes time to get stuff built back up after something like this."

from the Billings Gazette

Judge asked to toss statement in oil-patch slaying
Friday, August 29th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge will decide if a suspect's alleged confession to his involvement in the slaying of a woman jogger should be suppressed because the defendant is mentally disabled.

District Judge Richard Simonton has scheduled an Oct. 1 hearing in Sidney in the case of 25-year-old Michael Spell of Parachute, Colorado.

Spell is accused of killing 43-year-old Sherry Arnold during an attempted abduction. The high school teacher disappeared while jogging in Sidney in January 2012. Her body was found more than two months later in North Dakota.

Spell's attorney says he was not mentally capable of waiving his rights to remain silent and have an attorney present for the FBI interview.

Prosecutors say Spell's statements were lawfully obtained.

A second defendant has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.

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

Officials say oil ill effects reach MT reservation
Friday, August 29th 2014
POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — Tribal officials say eastern Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation is feeling the adverse effects of the drilling boom on the nearby Bakken oil fields.

Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes chairman Rusty Stafne says crime has increased but the reservation isn't seeing the economic gains of neighbors in North Dakota and far eastern Montana. He spoke at a listening session hosted by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

Several members of North Dakota's Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation attended the meeting. Their Fort Berthold Indian Reservation produces 300,000 barrels of oil a day. The oil has brought money to the reservation, but Jodi Lee Spotted Bear says it has also come with violence and drugs.

She says the impact on Fort Peck is now just "a drop in the bucket" of what it could be.
(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Valley County Passes 2-Mill Disaster Resolution
Thursday, August 28th 2014
On Wednesday the Valley County Commissioners passed a resolution to levy 2 mills during fiscal year 2014/2015 for expenses incurred due to the recent flooding.

This will allow Valley County to generate $44,394 to be used as a fiscal match to acquire financial aid from the state and federal government to repair county infrastructure damaged due to the flooding.

The resolution states that the county has committed all available resources, taken all possible action to combat and to alleviate the situation, and local resources are not adequate to cope with the situation. Expenditures for road and bridge repairs necessary to protect life and property continue to be beyond the financial capability of the county.

Valley County passed another 2-mill levy in 2011 to cope with the record flooding and extensively used state and federal resources to repair county infrastructure damaged by flooding.

Verda Hoffarth Stewart Honored by Grandsons with Gift to GHS Educational Trust
Wednesday, August 27th 2014

Drew (Ashley) and Dirk (Bonnie) Markle’s recent gift to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust in memory of their beloved maternal grandmother Verda Hoffarth Stewart does more than honor her many talents and life achievements. It reflects her lessons on family and community, learning and service, hard work and responsibility, values that the brothers are carrying forward in their own lives.

Verda Torgerson Hoffarth Stewart was born and raised on a farm near Dagmar, Montana, and graduated as valedictorian of her class at Medicine Lake High School in 1941. She married Roy P. Hoffarth in 1942, and together they farmed in Raymond, Montana, before moving to Plentywood. Like so many of her contemporaries, Verda’s experiences during the Great Depression and World War II remained vivid throughout her lifetime and shaped the woman she would become--resilient, determined, and devoted.

Roy passed away after a long illness in 1961. Verda then moved her family to Glasgow where she worked for the J.C. Penny Co. from 1962 through 1979 in the business office and as the catalog supervisor. During these years, three of her children (Shannon Hoffarth, Vernita Hoffarth Ares, and Jeanine Hoffarth Markle) graduated from Glasgow High School. In 1979, she transferred with the company to California, where she worked until her retirement.

Although Verda resided in California for the remainder of her life, her roots in the Montana prairie and her love of her extended family and large circle of friends who live there brought her back to the state as often as possible. Always curious and engaged, she enjoyed interests from gardening to ballroom dancing to writing to sewing, and shared them enthusiastically with all she met.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is honored to add Verda Hoffarth Stewart’s name to its permanent list through the love and generosity of her grandsons, extended family, and friends.

Whenever the trust receives donations in honor, recognition, or memory of a particular individual or group that total $500 in value, a gift is made to a student or the school in that name. Donations that total $10,000 in value provide an annual naming opportunity in perpetuity.


The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established in 1964 by members of the GHS Class of 1938. Their dream 50 years ago was to establish a fund that could significantly help GHS graduates pursue higher education and thereby a better way of life. With assets now totaling over $4.2 million dollars, it is safe to say that their dreams have been realized.

Since its inception, the trust has granted 2026 gifts to hundreds of different GHS graduates to help pay tuition, fees, and other expenses. The overwhelming majority of students receive multiple gifts. To date, the total value of student gifts is $1,728,650.20.

In addition to the gifts made each year to individual students, the GHS Educational Trust also makes gifts to GHS to purchase enrichment programs and equipment that cannot be financed within the regular school budget. Every department of GHS has received such gifts, which benefit all students as well as members of the community at large when they attend events at the school or use its resources. Ninety-nine gifts totaling $190, 308. 33 have been granted to the school.

Drew and Dirk both benefited from the gifts made to GHS to support all students, and they appreciate the trust’s mission. Their mother, Jeanine Hoffarth Markle, a trustee since 1985, is the current Chief Executive Office of the trust, and their paternal grandmother, Lois Wilson Markle, was a founding trustee and administrator for 36 years. The brothers have observed firsthand what a difference 50 years of devoted community service can make.

GHS graduates who are pursuing higher education at the baccalaureate or vocational/ technical level may apply for financial assistance through a semi-annual application process administered by the trustees. All applicants must have completed at least one year of college or one semester of vocational school, be full-time students in good academic standing, and fulfill other requirements listed on the application available on the trust’s website at www.ghsedutrust.org. Financial need has always been a primary consideration. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year. The next semi-annual meeting will be held in November. The trustees would like to encourage all qualified graduates of Glasgow High School to apply.

At its regular semi-annual meeting, the trustees reviewed 35 applications for gifts from students and three requests from the school. It was the consensus of the Board that more students should be applying. Trustees awarded the following gifts for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters:

First Time Recipients:

Danielle Belleau – Dakota College at Bottineau – Fall - IHO Everett & Elizabeth Breigenzer – Spring – IHO Everett & Elizabeth Breigenzer
Griffin Bengochea –Bismarck State College-Fall- IMO Verda Hoffarth Stewart – Spring – IMO Verda Hoffarth Stewart
Alaina Cole-Montana State University-Bozeman – Fall – IHO Bill and Peggy Pattison – Spring – IHO Bill and Peggy Pattison
Debra Griebel – University of North Dakota – Fall – IHO – Men’s Morning Fellowship Group – Spring IRO Tom and Flora Coghlan Family
Jami Johnson – Montana State University – Bozeman – Fall – IMO James “Jamie” Fewer – Spring – IHO Class of 1958
Jessica Mehling – University of Great Falls – Fall – IHO Class of 1992 and Friends – Spring – IMO Cecil and Chloe Toftness
Taylor Odenbach – Montana State University-Bozeman – Fall – IRO Valley Bank – Spring – IMO Peter J. Grobel
Alex Page – University of Montana – Fall – IMO Arthur and Audrey Parke – Spring – IMO Arthur and Audrey Parke
Rachel Pewitt - Montana State University - Bozeman - Fall 2014 - IHO Charlotte Bruce - Spring 2015 - IRO Willard & Charlotte Bruce
Kristina Rauscher – University of Great Falls – Fall – IMO Rosalie Holding – Spring – IHO Stan Andersen Family
Taylor Strommen – Western Governors University – Fall – IHO Beryl Pehlke – Spring – IRO Herb & Lucille Friedl Family

Second Time Recipeints:

Devyn Bell – Gonzaga University – Fall – IHO Ken R. Gilbert – Spring – IRO Russel & Arlene Heacox
Kirsten Bense – Montana State University-Northern – Fall – IMO Robert “Bob” Farrell – Spring – IMO Robert “Bob” Farrell
Emily Etchart – University of Montana – Spring – IMO Dr. F. M. & Bernice Knierim
Joshua McIntyre – Carroll College – Fall - IHO Randy Andersen – Spring – IHO Mitch McCleery
Samantha Arneson Metcalf - Carrington College – Fall – IMO Lila Moen Sanders & IHO Phyllis Moen Sanguine – Spring – IMO Maxine Fiedler
Tyana Rasmusan – Montana Tech UM – Fall – IHO Dorothy Kolstad – Spring – IHO Dorothy Kolstad
Samuel W. Smith – University of Utah – Fall – IRO Glenn & Carolee Grina Wallem – Spring – IRO Paul & Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson
Shelby Stormer – University of Montana – Missoula – Fall – IHO James & Ailene Dokken Olk – Spring – IMO Erik Walstad
Melissa Unger – University of Montana – Missoula – Fall – IHO O. E. & Lois Markle Family – Spring - IMO Marsha Cotton Hall

Third Time Recipients:

Sarah Cassel - North Dakota State University – Fall - IHO Sever & Esther Enkerud – Spring – IHO Sever and Esther Enkerud
Sienna Dailey – Minot State University – Fall – IHO Bill & Peggy Pattison – Spring – IMO Leonard H. & Kathryn L. Langen
Marina Hansen – Montana State University – Bozeman – Fall – IMO Dr. Nancy Lee Etchart – Spring – IMO L. J. & Jean Baker
Jeffrey Irving – Montana State University - Bozeman – IRO Ione & Phyllis Kleppin - Spring – IRO Stannebein Family
Ethan Kliewer – UM-College of Technology – Fall – IMO Richard “Dick” & Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals – Spring – IRO Beatrice Trites Family
Dara Morehouse – University of North Dakota – Fall – IMO Carla Leistiko Murphy – Spring – IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman
Ashley Roness – University of Montana – Fall – IMO Ivy and Millie Knight – Spring – IRO Vern & Edna Richardson Family
Tiffany Wetzel – Montana State University – Billings – Fall – IMO Arthur & Audrey Parke – Spring - IRO John & Catherine Etchart Family

Fourth Time Recipients

Walter Belleau – Montana State University –Billings – Fall – IMO Horace O. & Emma C. Gamas – Spring – IMO Harry Rybock
Alacia Cole – UM Skagg’s School of Pharmacy – Fall – IHO James F. & Anne Hoffmann – Spring – IRO LeRoy & Bess Lockwood Family
Simon Helland – University of Montana-Missoula – Fall – IMO Cecil and Chloe Toftness – Spring – IMO Cecil and Chloe Toftness

Gifts to Glasgow High School

Scanner for Science Department – IRO James & Eleanor Wedum Family
PLTW Laptop for Industrial Arts Department – IMO Ron Combs
Adobe Creative Suite Software for Business Department – IHO of Class of 1972.

Former Glasgow Resident Daniel Burns Dies In Montana State Prison Infirmary
Tuesday, August 26th 2014
A man serving a 25-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of children has died.

Montana State Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry said Daniel Burns, 76, died Monday at about 6:30 a.m. from an extended illness. Burns was housed in the Lewistown Infirmary when he died.

Burns was serving a 60 year prison sentence, with 35 years suspended, for the offense in Roosevelt County. He was eligible for parole in November, and his discharge date was 8-18-2033.

Valley County And City Of Glasgow Pass Emergency Resolution Due To Flooding
Monday, August 25th 2014
The Valley County Commissioners and Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson have signed off on a emergency resolution due to extensive flooding in Valley County and the City of Glasgow. There have been reports of 5 to 7 inches of rainfall in Valley County for a period from August 21-24. Glasgow reported 5.26 inches of rain for that period which is the most total rainfall that Glasgow has seen in a 4 day period in the history of weather reporting from the National Weather Service.

The resolution passed by the Valley County Commissioners and Mayor Erickson will allow Valley County and the City of Glasgow to work with other governmental agencies to obtain equipment to help mitigate the damage occurring because of the flooding.

The Milk River at Glasgow is currently flooding and the Milk River at Nashua is expected to hit flood stage on Tuesday. Beaver Creek near Hinsdale is also flooding.

Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson said that the levee protecting the City of Glasgow from the flood waters of the Milk River was in no danger of failing but the emergency was declared so the city will be prepared if flood waters continue to rise.

Valley County Commissioner Bruce Peterson told Kltz/Klan that the county had 13 county maintained roads that either had or have water running over the top.

Peterson said county road crews are currently assessing the damage to present to Montana Disaster and Emergency Services.

Valley County Sheriff's Office Confiscates Marijuana With A Street Value Of $80,000
Monday, August 25th 2014
The Valley County Sheriff's Office along with the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on August 22nd at 43 Mallard Drive in the cabin area of Fort Peck Lake. Officials found a marijuana growing operation and confiscated marijuana with a street value of an estimated $80,000.

No arrests were made but Sheriff Glen Meier said the investigation continues by the VCSO and the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force.

Roads Closed In Valley County Due To Flooding
Sunday, August 24th 2014
ATTENTION!!! The following roads in Valley County are CLOSED!! Please do not drive on roadways that have running water over them!! If you find a road that has water on it and is not on the list please call Dispatch.

Nelson Road
Riverside Drive
Kirwin Road
Billingsley Road
Cherry Valley Road
The old Tampico Road 3 miles east of Vandalia
Whatley Road
Larb Creek Road
The dirt track going under the tracks east of the crossing in Nashua
Cutacross Road
Skylark Road
Granada Road

Flood Watch In Effect Through Sunday Afternoon
Saturday, August 23rd 2014
The National Weather Service in Glasgow has issued a flood watch for a portion of northeast Montana, including the following counties: Central And Southeast Phillips- Central And Southern Valley- Daniels- Dawson- Eastern Roosevelt- Garfield- Mccone- Northern Phillips- Northern Valley- Petroleum- Prairie- Richland- Sheridan- Southwest Phillips- Western Roosevelt And Wibaux.

The watch is in effect through sunday afternoon.

Newly forecasted widespread moderate to heavy rain along with previously saturated grounds could lead to various forms of flooding across northeast Montana. Local creeks and streams are expected to rise over the next 36 hours. Bankfull and potential overflow along with nuisance flooding in low lying areas is possible. Heavy equipment will have trouble moving through fields.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Montana's Winter Wheat Crop Almost All In The Bins
Wednesday, August 20th 2014
Montana’s winter wheat crop is almost all in the bins, ahead of what is typically harvested at this time of year.

Farmers report that 86 percent of the state’s winter wheat crop is harvested, compared with a five-year average on this date of 68 percent, according to the survey by the state field office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service.

Montana’s spring wheat crop is 23 percent harvested, the barley crop is 38 percent harvested and the dry bean crop is 69 percent harvested, with each ahead of the five year average.

Farmers rated the spring wheat crop as 48 percent good, 38 percent fair and 9 percent excellent.
For barley, farmers report the that 12 percent of the Montana crop is in excellent condition, 43 percent good and 41 percent fair.

The durum wheat crop is rated at 61 percent good and 28 percent fair and the state’s dry peas are rated at 11 percent excellent and 52 percent good.

More than half, 58 percent, of the second cutting of Montana’s alfalfa hay crop is complete, as the state’s pasture conditions continue their seasonal decline despite decent precipitation in many areas of Montana.

Valley County Unemployment Rate At 3.1%
Tuesday, August 19th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.6 percent in July.

The state Labor Department says the national unemployment rate also increased by 0.1 percentage points last month, to 6.2 percent.

More than 12,000 jobs have been created in Montana since the beginning of 2014 and the unemployment rate has fallen by 0.7 percentage points over the same time.

Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says strong job creation and more Montanans returning to the workforce shows increasing optimism about the state's economy.

Officials say payroll employment estimates suggest Montana added 3,100 jobs in July, but total employment — including agricultural jobs and the self-employed — left that increase at 159 jobs. State officials say 577 people joined the workforce last month.

The unemployment rate in Valley County fell to 3.1% in July compared to 3.2% in June. The total workforce in Valley County was 4,329 in July compared to 4,104 in June.

The total workforce in Valley County in July was the largest since 1998.

Update On Roosevelt County Robbery
Friday, August 15th 2014
From the Billings Gazette

According to the Billings Gazette, two men who robbed a good Samaritan in Roosevelt County on Wednesday morning still are on the loose.

According to Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers, a man who works in the Bakken oil field was driving on county road 2054 on Wednesday morning, when he spotted a 2000's model black Ford pickup on the side of the road. The pickup's hood was up, so the man stopped to offer help. When he approached, he was threatened with a pistol and told to hand over his wallet.

Summers said a significant amount of money was taken.

The Ford pickup reportedly has a large bullet hole in the tailgate. One of the suspects was wearing blue jeans and a gray sweater, while the other was wearing a red shirt.

A vehicle matching the description was spotted on a county road in McKenzie County, North Dakota at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday. The vehicle sped away before the witness was able to get a license plate number.

If you sight this pickup, please do not approach. Contact your local law enforcement office, or dial 9-1-1.

Fort Peck Summer Theatre Costume Shop Floods
Friday, August 15th 2014
The Fort Peck Summer Theatre continues working on funding for a new building, and that point was brought home even more last week.

According to artistic director Andy Meyers, during the last day of performing arts camp, on Thursday, the pipes backed up and burst, spewing forth about 2 inches of water. Thousands of dollars of costumes were stained, ruined and had to be thrown out.

The goal is to break ground on a new building this fall. Donations are still welcome - even if you bring an extra $5 or the change from your vehicle when you come to the play, it will be greatly appreciated.

School Immunizations Must Be Current
Thursday, August 14th 2014
Children entering Kindergarten and 7th grade are required to be current on all immunizations before they can attend classes.

The Valley County Health Department will have school immunization clinics on Monday 8/18 from 2:00pm to 6:15 pm, Tuesday 8/19 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, and Wednesday 8/20 from 7:45am to 11:45am.

Upper Missouri River basin runoff remains high
Thursday, August 14th 2014
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Runoff continues to be above normal in the upper Missouri River basin, but it isn't leading to any flooding concerns.

The Army Corps of Engineers says runoff above Sioux City, Iowa, in July was 33 percent above normal. Water management chief Jody Farhat says July precipitation in the region was below normal but high runoff persists in some areas because of heavy rains in June.

The reservoir system still has three-fourths of its flood storage capacity available. Farhat says water in flood control zones will be released during the rest of the year to serve water supply needs and downstream navigation. The corps earlier announced a full-service eight-month navigation season downstream.

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

Roosevelt County Sheriff's Department Searching For Armed Robbery Suspects
Wednesday, August 13th 2014
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate 2 robbery suspects. They robbed an individual on the side of county road 2054 North of Culbertson, Montana. Suspects are driving a black Ford pickup with temporary tag in the back window and has a large bullet hole in the tailgate.

Suspects were reported to be white males in their mid 20’s one wearing Blue jeans and a Gray Sweater, the other male wearing a red shirt. The weapon used is a pistol and the suspects headed southbound on the Lanark road towards MT Highway 2.

This incident happened around 8am on Wednesday, 08/13/2014. If any contact with this vehicle, do not approach as suspects are considered armed and dangerous. If this vehicle is sighted please contact the Fort Peck Tribes/ Roosevelt County 911 Center at 406-653-6240 or if you are in our calling area, 911.

Social Slated For East Side Remodeling Preview
Wednesday, August 13th 2014
There will be a social on Thursday, August 14th from 10:00a.m.-Noon at the Eastside school in Glasgow to let the public take a look at the remodeling.

Glasgow Schools Superintendent Bob Connors dropped by our studios to talk about Eastside as well as all the school construction projects, and the school district's major emphasis this year.

You can catch Connors' comments during our local newscasts this week.

FWP will hold public meeting on wolf stamp proposal
Wednesday, August 13th 2014

GREAT FALLS - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a series of public hearings this week on a proposal to establish a voluntary wolf management stamp. The stamp would allow anyone to make a donation to Montana's wolf management program.

The proposed rules would direct FWP to establish a $20 wolf stamp and would define how the voluntary donations would be allocated to wolf management activities.

Money received from the sale of wolf management stamps would be considered a donation and would be used to pay for the cost of administering the stamp program as well as livestock loss reduction program grants, wolf monitoring, habitat projects, scientific research, public education and outreach, and law enforcement.

The meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. at FWP offices in Great Falls, Billings, Kalispell, Missoula, Bozeman, Helena, Glasgow, and Miles City.

FWP will be accepting comments on the proposal through Friday, August 22.

You can send written comments to: Wolf Stamp Comments; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Communication Education Division; P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701; or Fax to: 406-444-4952. Email comments can be sent to: fwpwld@mt.gov.

Rocky Erickson To Give Presentation Wednesday
Wednesday, August 13th 2014
Rocky Erickson of Billings will be giving a presentation of his trip to Poland accompanied by a Holocaust survivor, at the Glasgow Kiwanis Club general meeting Wednesday August 13th at the Cottonwood Inn Banquet room.

Erickson said he has always been interested in history and, after helping his kids work on school projects, became even more interested in learning more.

The presentation will start at 12:30p.m. & the public is welcome to attend. It will last approx. 30 minutes.

Library Wraps Up Summer Reading Season
Wednesday, August 13th 2014
Our summer reading program drew to a close last Friday with a celebration of everyone’s accomplishments. There was drink, cake, snacks and prizes. The free summer reading program, FIZZ BOOM READ, kicked off in June with over 200 registered participants excited to explore science, technology, engineering, math and art though hands-on programs and reading. Our goal was to keep kids reading through the long homework free drought that we call summer break. Studies show that children who do not read over the summer loose 3-4 months off their end of school year reading level. Karen Anderson, organized and ran the summer reading program with support from Mykenzie Eliason, Sheila Storlie and Heather Losleben-Zeller. In addition to summer reading, Heather ran a young adult book club that met once a week at the library. Also to be thanked is Janet Eidson who, while everyone one was exploding 2 liters of pop and playing games, focused on keeping up with the daily tasks here at the library.

With significant support from our local businesses and organizations, the kids were winners not only for keeping their minds active and their reading levels up, but with prizes. A list of our “Read Team” local businesses and organizations that made the summer reading program bigger and better than ever is available on our website www.glasgowlibary.org as well as posted at the entry of the library. Without their support our program would not have been such a great success. Our grand prize winner of a brand new bicycle was Sadie White. Age group winners were Emmerly Allen, Ava Runner, Molly Whitmer, James Seekins, Zora Holt, Taylor Laumeyer and Christine Seekins.

With over 500 hours of library staff time and generous donations, our 2014 reading program was a great success! If you missed this year, please don’t miss the fun next year! Thank you, and have a well-read day.
Paulo Reservoir Drawdown Postponed
Tuesday, August 12th 2014
GLASGOW, Mont. – A water drawdown planned to begin Aug. 15 at Paulo Reservoir south of Glasgow has been postponed, Bureau of Land Management officials said Tuesday. The postponement will allow more management options to be considered as Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and BLM staff work to enhance fishing opportunities at the popular impoundment.

The drawdown had been scheduled to begin on Aug. 15 due to unauthorized introduction of common carp into the pond.

Questions or concerns about the fisheries improvement project can be directed to FWP’s Region 6 headquarters at 406-228-3700 or BLM’S Glasgow Field Office at 406-228-3750.

St. Marie Man Arrested On Drug Possession Charge
Monday, August 11th 2014
A St. Marie man, Antonio Hernandez, was arrested on Friday by officers of the Valley County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol and charged with Felony Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The 31-year old Hernandez is currently incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center of $200,000 bond.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that Hernandez is a major player in the methamphetamine trade in Eastern Montana, Western North Dakota and the Baaken Region.

Meier said that his arrest will at least temporarily inhibit the drug trade in the region.

This case was investigated by the Valley County Sheriff's Office, Tri-Agency Drug Task Force, Fort Peck Tribes and the FBI.

A Grand Night for Singing
Monday, August 11th 2014
Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals are amongst the most requested titles at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre, and in return, the company is pleased to present A Grand Night for Singing, featuring nearly 30 of their greatest songs, from such shows as South Pacific, The Sound of Music and The King and I. This magical evening of song and dance debuted on Broadway to critical and audience praise in 1994.

The production marks the return of Shannon McMillan, whose many FPST roles include Rusty in Footloose, Roxie in Chicago and Penny in Hairspray, along with Jerome Jaymes, Em Laudeman and Mikaela Loya, all recently featured in Shrek and Artistic Director Andy Meyers. Joining the 5 person cast is Lizzie Hatfield on piano, who also serves as musical director.

A Grand Night for Singing is directed by Heather Adams, who choreographed last season’s production of The Music Man.

The design staff is Mike Fink (Scenic), Sarah Bell (Costumes), Spencer Perry (Lights) and Mike Rukstad (Sound). Megan Wiltshire serves as Stage Manager for the production.

Performances are August 15 – August 31: 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.

A Grand Night for Singing concludes the record breaking 45th Season, but the staff & board is looking forward to a huge line-up of new and exciting productions for the 46th season.

BNSF head says company catching up on grain cars
Friday, August 8th 2014
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The executive chairman of BNSF Railway says his company is making progress on clearing out a backlog of grain cars in advance of the harvest.

Matt Rose told a group of agriculture producers and shippers Thursday that the number of past due cars should be down to 1,000 in a week, from 4,000 in mid-July. Rose says if predictions of a later-than-normal harvest pan out and farmers aren't selling, the railway should be completely caught up.

Rose told the group that complaints about the railway failing one industry over another are unfounded. He says the backlog for the private tank fleet is the same as the ag fleet.

Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation, which sponsored the meeting with Rose, plan to meet with Canadian Pacific officials next week.

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Demo Derby Winnners
Wednesday, August 6th 2014
The Northeast Montana Fair 2014 Derby was a success put on by Milk River Motorsports.

Total to the winners was $6,513.00! The winnings come from added money from the fair commission, 50% of entry fees, wrist band money collect for pitman from previous derby, and 5% of Calcutta.

We had 8 contestants:

John Pankratz from Opheim
Brad Olsen from Glasgow
Tanner Solberg from Richland
Chris Moore from Glasgow
Garrett Powell from Chinook
Tim Potter, Jr from Glasgow
Kyle “Pinto” Bilger from Glasgow
Willy Lauckner from Nashua

1st Heat was won by Willy Laukner
2nd Heat was won by Brad Olsen
Consolation winners were Chris Moore and Kyle Bilger
Mad Dog award was given to Garrett Powell which also put him in final heat

Final results:
1st Place – Brad Olsen
2nd Place – Garett Powell
3rd Place – Kyle Bilger
4th Place – Willy Lauckner
5th Place – Chris Moore

Other notes:
Best Paint Job chosen by audience was John Pankratz
Hard Luck trophy was awarded to Tim Potter, Jr.
Kentucky woman dies in crash near Fort Peck
Tuesday, August 5th 2014

(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in northeastern Montana have identified a 27-year-old Morehead, Kentucky, woman who died in a weekend rollover crash near Fort Peck.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Glenn Quinnell tells The Billings Gazette that Samantha J. Conn died just after 8:30 a.m. Saturday when she was thrown from a minivan as it rolled.

The patrol says Conn's sister was northbound on Secondary Highway 24 when she became distracted by deer on the side of the road.

The minivan drifted off the road. The driver overcorrected and the van went across both lanes of traffic and ended up in the ditch, where it rolled.

Conn's 29-year-old sister, who is from St. Marie, was taken to a Glasgow hospital for treatment of her injuries.
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Robert L. Irwin Identified As Man Killed In Job Related Accident North Of Glasgow
Monday, August 4th 2014
A 53-year old Glasgow man was killed on Saturday in what is being described as job related accident at the Fossum Ready-Mix Gravel Pit north of Glasgow.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier identified the man as Glasgow resident Robert L. Irwin.

Few details were made available but Sheriff Meier said the incident was job related and it was an accident.

Kentucky woman killed in crash on Highway 24
Monday, August 4th 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in northeastern Montana have identified a 27-year-old Morehead, Kentucky, woman who died in a weekend rollover crash near Fort Peck.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Glenn Quinnell tells The Billings Gazette that Samantha J. Conn died just after 8:30 a.m. Saturday when she was thrown from a minivan as it rolled.

The patrol says Conn's sister was northbound on Secondary Highway 24 when she became distracted by deer on the side of the road.

The minivan drifted off the road. The driver overcorrected and the van went across both lanes of traffic and ended up in the ditch, where it rolled.

Conn's 29-year-old sister, who is from St. Marie, was taken to a Glasgow hospital for treatment of her injuries.

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