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AgLand Coop, Glasgow

Valley County COVID Update

Friday, June 24th 2022

COVID update from Valley County Health Department:

Since our last update on 6/1/22 at 5:30 pm, Valley County has had:

39 new COVID cases reported (11 of these people attended reunion activities)

1 death from COVID complications

Currently we have 20 active COVID cases.

Free take-home COVID tests are available at the front door of Valley County Health Department.

If you have tested positive for Covid at home, please contact VCHD for help to determine your infectious period, how to protect those around you, or if you have any other questions. Seek medical care if needed!

Stay home if you are sick or have any COVID symptoms. PLEASE do not go in public places or seek a COVID vaccine while you are infectious.

Stay healthy, Valley County!

USS Montana Submarine To Be Commissioned On Saturday In Virginia

Friday, June 24th 2022

The newest Virginia-class attack submarine, the future USS Montana (SSN 794), will be commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. It will be the third of the Block IV Virginia-class attack submarines to be delivered.

Gov. Greg Gianforte of Montana will deliver the principal address. The ceremony will be live-streamed at: https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/28926. The link will become active at 9:45 a.m. EST on June 25.

The submarine's sponsor is Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the United States Department of Interior. Montana was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Virginia, on Sept. 12, 2020. Mrs. Jewell will give the order to "man our ship and bring her to life."

The future USS Montana (SSN 794) honors the Treasure State. This will be the second commissioned warship bearing the name. The first USS Montana (ACR-13), an armored cruiser, was also built at Newport News Shipbuilding and commissioned July 1908. ACR-13 served in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, landed Marines during unrest in Haiti in 1914 and escorted convoys during World War I. The first USS Montana was decommissioned in 1921, and two other vessels named after the state never saw commissioned service. BB 51, under construction at the time, was scrapped according to the Washington Treaty limiting naval armaments, and BB 67 construction was cancelled before the keel was laid down.

As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the submarine can operate in both littoral and deep ocean environments and presents combatant commanders with a broad and unique range of operational capabilities. Montana is a flexible, multi-mission platform designed to carry out the core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare, antisurface warfare, delivery of special operations forces, strike warfare, irregular warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and mine warfare.

Hinsdale School Asking Voters To Approve New Boiler And Ventilation System

Friday, June 24th 2022

Hinsdale School Voters are being asked to approve two levies dealing with the school boiler and ventilation system.

According to the Hinsdale School, the present boiler and ventilation system is becoming obsolete. The current boiler was installed in 1968.

The election is set for July 12, 2022 and ballots need to returned by that day.

The Hinsdale Building Reserve Fund for the high school is $805,975. Elementary Building Reserve Fund is for $332,561.

Wolf Point Man Sentenced To Prison After Admitting To Fatally Shooting Another Man In The Back

Wednesday, June 22nd 2022

A Wolf Point man who admitted to fatally shooting another man in the back on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was sentenced today to 16 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Doratello “DJ” Juan Fischer, 37, pleaded guilty in November 2021 to second degree murder as charged in an information.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.

The government alleged in court documents that on Nov. 27, 2020, Fischer shot the victim in the back with a .22-caliber rifle, killing him. Fischer had been driving around Wolf Point drinking alcohol with his girlfriend and other person that evening. While driving down an alley, Fischer told his girlfriend to stop the car and he then got out. The victim was standing outside of a residence near the alley. Fischer shot the victim in the back with a .22-caliber rifle, back, got back into the vehicle with his girlfriend and sped away. The rifle was never found.

The victim was transported to Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the back.

The shooting occurred following a Nov. 24, 2020 incident at a Wolf Point bar where law enforcement responded to the victim brandishing a firearm and pointing it at Fischer. The day before Fischer shot the victim, Fischer used social media to communicate with another individual about the victim pointing the gun at him. Fischer said that he was planning on “coming to town to go hunting.”

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lori Harper Suek and Jared C. Cobell prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation and Wolf Point Police Department.

Glasgow City Council Meets Monday

Tuesday, June 21st 2022

The Glasgow City Council Met on Monday and here the notes from the decisions made at the meeting:

The council awarded the city's gas and diesel for fiscal year 2022-2023. Total cost for the package was $75,373. This is an increase of approximately $16,000 from the previous year.

Approved a request to advertise for qualifications for city attorney services. Current City Attorney Anna Rose Sullivan will be leaving the job later this year.

Approved the hiring of Ashley Beyers for a position as contracted grant writer for the City of Glasgow.

Valley County Unemployment Rate 2.3% In May

Monday, June 20th 2022

Both Montana’s labor force and total employment continued to set historic records in May, with the state’s labor force growing by an estimated 2,168 workers and total employment posting gains of 1,559 workers. Both key indicators are at their highest point in Montana’s history.

“We continue to see more and more workers joining Montana’s labor force, an encouraging sign as Montana businesses seek to fill needed positions,” said Laurie Esau, Montana’s Commissioner of Labor & Industry. “Expanding our supply of workers – and ensuring they’re trained with the skills employers need -- will be key to continuing the strong economic growth Montana has enjoyed over the last year and a half. More Montanans are working than ever before, and its labor force today is the largest ever.”

Montana’s unemployment rate ticked up 0.1% in May to 2.4%, as labor force growth slightly outpaced total employment. Payroll employment declined slightly by 1,900, with declines primarily in the retail trade and construction industries.

The unemployment rate in Valley County was 2.3% in the month of May compared to 2.7% in May of 2021.

Sign-Up Opening For Surplus Drawing Licenses And Permits

Monday, June 20th 2022

Hunters interested in signing up for licenses or permits left over from the special license and permit drawing can do so from June 20th through July 20th. This new process for the sale of surplus licenses began in 2020 in response to issues in years past. The old process was vulnerable to long lag times, confusion and a perception of inequity for those unable to use the first-come, first-served online option starting at 5 AM.

Hunters can sign up for leftover licenses and permits that were not distributed by the drawing through MyFWP on the FWP website. The resulting Surplus License List will be randomized with hunters at the top of the list contacted via email with instructions to finalize their purchase within a specified time.

To be placed on the Surplus License List, resident and nonresident hunters can sign up through the MyFWP portal: https://myfwp.mt.gov/fwpExtPortal/login/login.jsp. This new process requires hunters to keep their email address current in their ALS record. Payment of the license fee is not required to sign up on the Surplus License List. Obtaining a license from this list has no effect on your existing bonus points.

Hunters must finalize the purchase of the license/permit within the timeframe specified in the email, otherwise, your opportunity will be offered to the next hunter on the randomized list. FWP may offer opportunities that have not sold out through the Surplus License List to over-the-counter customers at our internal and external license sale providers.

The timeframes to sign up for the various Surplus lists are as follows:

Deer and Elk Permits, Deer B and Elk B License: June 20 – July 20
Antelope, Antelope B, Crane, Special Mountain Lion: Aug. 9 – Aug. 23
Nonresidents who hold a NR Native License, Youth Combo License, or NR College Student Combination License may purchase Deer B and Elk B licenses at half price.

For more information, contact the FWP licensing office at 406-444-2950 or fwplic@mt.gov.

Glasgow City Council To Meet On Monday

Saturday, June 18th 2022

915 GHS Graduates Registered For GHS All-Class Reunion

Friday, June 17th 2022

915 GHS graduates registered and a head count of 1367 for this weekends All-Class Reunion. Here is the schedule for this weekend:

Friday June 17th
During the Day - Open schedule, class gatherings, tours

8:00 AM
Breakfast available for purchase. Valley Country Hope Project: @ The Connection Food Booth at the Fairgrounds

11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Lunch available for purchase @ Senior Citizens Center: Sloppy Jos & Chips & Fruit, Melons.

4:00 PM
Tour of GHS given by Brenner Flaten. Transportation to GHS NOT provided.

6:00 PM
BBQ Beef dinner. Music @ Event Center 6 PM to 1AM, and @ Beer Gardens 8 PM to 1AM. Adult beverages available for purchase wrist band and drink tickets required. Drink ticket sales STOP at midnight, last call 12:30 AM.

7:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Valley County Sheriff , Search & Rescue, Long Run Fire, Departments will be providing FREE transportation from the Event Center to your place of lodging or home. Buses will leave the Event Center every hour and half hour. Please play it safe don’t drink and drive!

8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Auzzy Austin food truck original HI-Hat burgers and other food. Food and beverages available for purchase at the Fairgrounds by the Beer Garden.
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Saturday June 18th
During the Day - Open Schedule, class gatherings, tours

7:00 AM
28th Annual Longest Dam Race @ Kiwanis Park @ Fort Peck. Check in 1 hour prior to your race event. Registrations excepted up to 1/2 hour before race time.

7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Breakfast available for purchase @ St. Raphaels Church Parish Center.

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Breakfast available for purchase @ Senior Citizens Center. Casserole with Fruit & Berries.

9:00 AM
Golf Tournament

9:00 AM
Flatland Cruisers Car Show on 2nd Ave. S @ the Elks Club.

12:00 PM - 1:30 AM
Auzzy Austin food truck original HI-Hat burgers and other food. Food and beverages available for purchase Downtown Glasgow.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cross Country Reunion @ Steve & Vonnie’s home #10 Riverview Rd. Glasgow MT. RSVP with Mark @ 406-363-8269 or Lisa @ 406-263-0027.

1:00 PM
Tour of GHS given by Brenner Flaten. Transportation to GHS NOT provided.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Open house @ First Lutheran Church.

3:00 PM
Scottie Wrestling Reunion at the Glasgow Wrestling Center

4:00 PM
Alumni Baseball Game @ Reds Baseball Field. Sign ups at 3:30 PM game at 4 PM.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
There will be a reception during the All Class Reunion on Saturday, June 18th @ 4 to 5:30 P.M. Everyone is invited to attend, especially the Class of 1977. Wheatgrass Art Gallery presents an art show featuring the watercolors of the late Nancy Etchart. This exhibit showcases Etchart’s resilience and love of life through her art. The exhibit can be viewed at the Wheatgrass Arts and Gallery, at 523 2nd Avenue South, for the months of May and June.

8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Street Dance downtown Glasgow.

7:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Valley County Sheriff , Search & Rescue, Long Run Fire, Departments will be providing FREE transportation from Downtown Glasgow to your place of lodging or home. Buses will leave the downtown area every hour and half hour. Bus Pickup locations are in front of the Stockman’s Bar, Eastside of the Elks Club on 3rd Street, intersection of 3rd Ave. and 5th street, and FCB parking lot. Please play it safe don’t drink and drive!

9:30 PM to 3:00 AM
Late Night Breakfast @ Milk River Activity Center @ 219 2nd Ave. S.
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Sunday June 19th
We are promoting the use of local church services instead of Cowboy Church

View Church Locations and Times

7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Breakfast available for purchase @ St. Raphaels Church Parish Center.

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Till we meet again Coffee & Doughnut Social @ Event Center.

Delegates Of Montana Constitutional Convention Gather In Helena To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Constitution

Friday, June 17th 2022

Remaining delegates of the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention and their families gathered Wednesday in the House of Representatives chambers at the state Capitol to celebrate the document’s 50th anniversary.

It was the opening day of a two-day celebration and included a roll call in which each delegate or a family member could say a few words.

Many did.

Some talked of serving as a delegate and some, including the relatives, said the experience was a highlight of the delegate’s life.

“It feels like family always when the convention delegates get together,” Gene Harbaugh, 1972 convention delegate from Poplar, said in his invocation.

“Each of us had our faults, yet in an artful way you brought us together … so that a foundation for community could be forged,” he said.

Participants say provisions in the new constitution of a right to a clean and healthful environment, a right to privacy and the public’s right to know were ahead of their time. The delegates included a unique mandate to teach in the classroom about American Indians.

The new Montana Constitution has 15 sections and defines the powers of the three branches of the government. It was adopted by the Constitutional Convention on March 22, 1972, and ratified by a vote of the people, with a 2,532 vote margin, on June 6, 1972.

Gov. Greg Gianforte welcomed an estimated 200 attendees in a recorded message and noted “Montana had a profound impact in making government more effective.”

Among those attending Wednesday was delegate Mae Nan Ellingson, who, along with delegate Bob Campbell, wrote the preamble.

She believes the document has performed “brilliantly” since its passage.

Ellingson said people are much in agreement that it has held up well.

“It serves the people of Montana and can continue to do so for future generations,” she said.

In 1972, 100 delegates -- 58 Democrats, 36 Republicans and six independents -- met in Helena to hammer out a new state constitution. Calls had been brewing for years to change the 1889 constitution pushed through by Copper King William Clark. But by the 1960s people in Montana were ready for change, and the copper kings no longer had their grip on the state.

Marshall Murray, president of the Montana Constitutional Convention Society, said preparation for the convention began in 1967 and for five years dominated the state. He said it was that preparation that helped the convention run smoothly.

”We were lucky because we were able to come in here and then do our job,” he said.

Murray said all meetings were open to the public and notice was given for each meeting.

“We started not knowing each other very well," he said. “One hundred people formed and did something together and that was significant in my opinion.”

On Wednesday the delegates and their families met in the chambers in the same seats they had 50 years ago.

Bob Campbell’s daughter, Elizabeth, spoke to the crowd.

“He would have wanted to be here so much,” she said, adding he died a few months ago and the Constitutional Convention was a big part of his identity.

She urged people to protect the rights of the constitution for future generations.

Shannon Cate-Schweyen spoke of her father Jerome Cate and how proud he was of the work that was done at the convention. She said later it was her first time attending a reunion.

“It was important to my dad and for me to be here,” she said.

George Harper Jr. remembered his dad, who served as a delegate from Helena. He came up with “Praise the Lord and pass the constitution,” which he said became the “bumper sticker slogan” of the convention. He brought a bumper sticker to show the crowd.


Arlyne Reichert, 96, the oldest living delegate, said delegates came from all walks of life.

“The one thing we had in common was a love for the state of Montana,” she said. “We forgot about party affiliation, we forgot about everything else. The important thing was Montana.”

Ellingson, who sat next to Reichert in 1972 and was known as Mae Nan Robinson, stood to comment, but said she was “still stinging” from 1972 notes from Convention President Leo Graybill Jr. that said “You can wrap it up now, Mrs. Robinson.”

Phillip Johnson, 75, was among the relatives who attended. His dad, Torrey B. Johnson of Busby, had served as a delegate.

“I love it — just the fact my dad served this way,” he said in his seat on the sidelines of the House.

The day continued with a lunch that included a speech by former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer and several panels.

It continues Thursday with more panels and ends with a discussion at 5 p.m. featuring Ellingson and former Govs. Marc Racicot, a Republican, and Steve Bullock, a Democrat.

The 10 remaining delegates from the original 100 are: Frank Arness, Mae Nan Ellingson, Gene Harbaugh, Lynn Kelley, Jerry Loendorf, Lyle Monroe, Marshall Murray, Arlyne Reichert, Bob Vermillion and Roger Wagner.

Wagner, from Nashua was one of four delegates elected in 1971 to represent Sheridan, Roosevelt, Daniels and Valley County at the Constitutional Convention. The other delegates included Mark Etchart of Glasgow, Magnus Aasheim of Antelope and Gene Harbaugh of Poplar.

90% Of Voters In Valley County Primary Election Chose To Vote Absentee

Friday, June 17th 2022

In a recap of the June 7th Primary Election, 90% of the voters in Valley County chose to vote absentee. Only 203 voters cast their ballots on election day while 1983 Valley County voters chose to vote by absentee.

Voter turnout was 44.9 percent which is the lowest turnout for any election since the 2012 Primary Election in Valley County.

77% of the voters in Valley County chose to vote in the Republican Primary, 21% in the Democrat Primary and 2% in the Libertarian Primary.

Here is a rundown of voter turnout in Valley County since 2012:

2022 Primary- 44.9%
2020 General- 84%
2020 Primary- 60%
2018 General- 80%
2018 Primary- 56%
2016- General- 83%
2016- Primary- 56%
2014- General- 72%
2014- Primary- 49%
2012- General- 82%
2012- Primary- 44%

Dog/Cat Clinic In Glasgow On Saturday

Friday, June 17th 2022

Dog/Cat clinic for your pet licenses and shots!

Come on up to the Glasgow Police Department, Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M.
Glasgow pet licenses are $5 per pet if they’re spayed or neutered. $20 per pet if they’re not. You must provide proof of rabies vaccine to purchase a pet license.

Valley County Pool Campaign Releases New 3D Design Of Proposed Pool

Thursday, June 16th 2022

Our NEW 3D Design of the pool is finally here!

Fun features that our current pool doesn't have:

Drop-Off Lane for safety of the kids
Designated Handicap Parking Spots (off the road)
Zero Depth Entry (ADA compliant)
Fence to protect the kids in the beach entry area from going into the deep end
Family bathroom
Community bathroom for families in the park
And SO MUCH MORE!

If you're here for the All Class Reunion, be sure to check out our table at Registration on Thursday, June 16th and Friday, June 17th along with our Informational Window at Markle's Hardware!

Alive At Five Returns This Wednesday

Wednesday, June 15th 2022

The Glasgow Downtown Association is holding its first Alive @ Five of the season tonight. The event has be moved indoors to the Elks Lodge due to wet and windy weather.

Come down from 5-8 and enjoy live music from Hannah Jo Lally, food, drinks, games, a hot dog eating contest, and family-friendly fun. Hot dog participants: it’s Dr. Andy Fahlgren v. Officer Josh Ames v. Marc Wethern in our first “Down the Dog” Challenge!

The event coincides with “Hump Day” promotions at various businesses. Shop locally and bring those receipts to the Glasgow Chamber for a chance at winning a Chamber Big Bucks prize.

Future Alive @ Five events will be held the 3rd Wednesday of each summer month.

Rides Offered During All Class Reunion

Wednesday, June 15th 2022

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Search & Rescue & the Long Run Fire Department are providing sober rides during the All Class Reunion Friday & Saturday.

Rides will be given from event headquarters to your lodging.

Friday call Randy Isakson-406-263-2193 or Shyanne Isakson-406-263-2505; Saturday call Dustin Brunelle-406-230-2689, Brianne Brunelle-406-839-4348, or Shyanne Isakson-406-263-2505.

Fort Peck Summer Theatre Continues 53rd Season With Iconic Musical The Bridges Of Madison County

Tuesday, June 14th 2022

Based on the best-selling novel and subsequent Oscar winning film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question, “What if…?”

Winner of multiple 2014 Tony Awards, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross, will leave audiences breathless.

Jaclyn Gonzalez Stapp and Royce McIntosh star in the roles of Francesca and Robert. Last season at FPST, Stapp starred as Mona Kent in Dames at Sea, and McIntosh was a member of the 50th Anniversary 2019 company, playing Sam in Mamma Mia and Tito in Lend Me a Tenor. Francesca’s family is played by Glasgow’s Tommi Prewett, Benjamin Wambeke and FPST Artistic Director Andy Meyers, with Brittany Archambeault, Alicia Bullock-Muth and Versee Damien also in principle roles. The ensemble features Hinsdale’s Codi Donniaquo and Saco’s Chayten Pippin, along with Sydney Hayward, Shy Iverson, Jay Michael Roberts and Bryan Songy.

Musically directed by Scott Koljonen, the live band is comprised of Luree Green-Chappell, Bergen Miller, Taylor Noll, Jayden Ostler and Ben Sellers.

Shelby Mariah Art and Meyers co-direct the production.

Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, selected Saturday, 2 pm matinees and Sundays at 4:00pm. For tickets go to www.fortpecktheatre.org or call 406-228-9216. Theatre Box office opens May 26, 1-5 pm, Thursdays-Sundays, 406-526-9943.

The rotating schedule continues with Forever Plaid, The Compete History of America (Abridged!) and The Bridges of Madison County until July 10, followed by:
• Always…Patsy Cline: July 15 – 24
• Seussical: July 29 – August 14
• Wait Until Dark: August 19 – September 4

Update To Montana National Guard Flooding Response

Tuesday, June 14th 2022

Fort Harrison, Mont. – At the request of local officials, the Montana National Guard is continuing to assist with Search and Rescue operations due to significant flooding in South Central Montana.

Starting at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, the Montana National Guard began receiving requests to rescue stranded civilians using our military aircraft with hoist capability. Two helicopters were dispatched to assist.

The first helicopter rescued two people in Roscoe, Mont. and a further two in Fromberg, Mont.

The second helicopter recovered eight people in Cooke City, Mont.

At the conclusion of these missions, the aircraft pre-positioned in Billings to be prepared for any follow-on missions. Monday evening, two additional helicopters joined them.

On Tuesday, the Guard received a third request, to assist with a Search and Rescue in the vicinity of East Rosebud Lake.

The Montana National Guard is also sending a group of Soldiers to Red Lodge, Mont. to establish a command center to assist with coordinating further Search and Rescue activity in the region.

During these Search and Rescue missions, aircrews were able to safely capture photos of their missions. These photos have been posted to the Montana National Guard Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MTGUARDOFFICIAL.

Potential further deployments of helicopter and ground support are being examined. The Montana National Guard can provide assistance at the request of and in support of our local and state partners.

Glasgow High School All Class Reunion Schedule

Monday, June 13th 2022

Thursday June 16th
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Registration and Social Hour (music) at the Event Center. Adult beverages available for purchase wrist band and drink tickets required.

5:00 PM
Supper available for purchase Valley County HOPE Project: @ The Connection Food Booth at the Fairgrounds. Traveling Tacos.
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Friday June 17th
During the Day - Open schedule, class gatherings, tours

8:00 AM
Breakfast available for purchase. Valley Country Hope Project: @ The Connection Food Booth at the Fairgrounds

11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Lunch available for purchase @ Senior Citizens Center: Sloppy Jos & Chips & Fruit, Melons.

4:00 PM
Tour of GHS given by Brenner Flaten. Transportation to GHS NOT provided.

6:00 PM
BBQ Beef dinner. Music @ Event Center 6 PM to 1AM, and @ Beer Gardens 8 PM to 1AM. Adult beverages available for purchase wrist band and drink tickets required. Drink ticket sales STOP at midnight, last call 12:30 AM.

7:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Valley County Sheriff , Search & Rescue, Long Run Fire, Departments will be providing FREE transportation from the Event Center to your place of lodging or home. Buses will leave the Event Center every hour and half hour. Please play it safe don’t drink and drive!

8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Auzzy Austin food truck original HI-Hat burgers and other food. Food and beverages available for purchase at the Fairgrounds by the Beer Garden.
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Saturday June 18th
During the Day - Open Schedule, class gatherings, tours

7:00 AM
28th Annual Longest Dam Race @ Kiwanis Park @ Fort Peck. Check in 1 hour prior to your race event. Registrations excepted up to 1/2 hour before race time.

7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Breakfast available for purchase @ St. Raphaels Church Parish Center.

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Breakfast available for purchase @ Senior Citizens Center. Casserole with Fruit & Berries.

9:00 AM
Golf Tournament

9:00 AM
Flatland Cruisers Car Show on 2nd Ave. S @ the Elks Club.

12:00 PM - 1:30 AM
Auzzy Austin food truck original HI-Hat burgers and other food. Food and beverages available for purchase Downtown Glasgow.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cross Country Reunion @ Steve & Vonnie’s home #10 Riverview Rd. Glasgow MT. RSVP with Mark @ 406-363-8269 or Lisa @ 406-263-0027.

1:00 PM
Tour of GHS given by Brenner Flaten. Transportation to GHS NOT provided.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Open house @ First Lutheran Church.

3:00 PM
Scottie Wrestling Reunion at the Glasgow Wrestling Center

4:00 PM
Alumni Baseball Game @ Reds Baseball Field. Sign ups at 3:30 PM game at 4 PM.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
There will be a reception during the All Class Reunion on Saturday, June 18th @ 4 to 5:30 P.M. Everyone is invited to attend, especially the Class of 1977. Wheatgrass Art Gallery presents an art show featuring the watercolors of the late Nancy Etchart. This exhibit showcases Etchart’s resilience and love of life through her art. The exhibit can be viewed at the Wheatgrass Arts and Gallery, at 523 2nd Avenue South, for the months of May and June.

8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Street Dance downtown Glasgow.

7:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Valley County Sheriff , Search & Rescue, Long Run Fire, Departments will be providing FREE transportation from Downtown Glasgow to your place of lodging or home. Buses will leave the downtown area every hour and half hour. Bus Pickup locations are in front of the Stockman’s Bar, Eastside of the Elks Club on 3rd Street, intersection of 3rd Ave. and 5th street, and FCB parking lot. Please play it safe don’t drink and drive!

9:30 PM to 3:00 AM
Late Night Breakfast @ Milk River Activity Center @ 219 2nd Ave. S.
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Sunday June 19th
We are promoting the use of local church services instead of Cowboy Church

View Church Locations and Times

7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Breakfast available for purchase @ St. Raphaels Church Parish Center.

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Till we meet again Coffee & Doughnut Social @ Event Center.

Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust Scholarship Applications Available

Sunday, June 12th 2022

Applications are now available for the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust Scholarship. These scholarships are for Valley County graduates who are past their first year of education with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 and considered full-time status in a college, university or vocational technical institution.

Applications can be picked up from Ruth Ann Hutcheson, 54231 Highway 2 East or from Edward Jones, 317 Klein Avenue. An electronic version can be requested at hannah.barris@edwardjones.com. Applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than July 11, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

Theo and Alyce Beck were northeast Montana people who cared about the communities they lived in whether it was Baylor where they farmed, or Glasgow where Alyce spent her retired years after Theo passed away.

Alyce was active in 4-H and Homemakers Club, as well as entering plants, sewing projects and homemade baked goods in the Northeast Montana Fair, all most every year. Shortly before Alyce passed away, she generously decided to set up the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust for the benefit of people in Valley County.

Grobel Scholarship Recipients 2022

Sunday, June 12th 2022

The 2022 Grobel Scholarship Recipients were announced last week.

Elizabeth Page, Glasgow High School - University of Mary
Tori Rae Kaufman, Glasgow High School -Montana State University Bozeman
Ali Cunningham, Glasgow High School - Dickinson State University
Meagan Fast, Lustre Christian High School - Bismarck State College
Paige Stanton, Opheim High School -Walden University

The Grobel Scholarships, each $2,800, are awarded annually by the Lynn D. Grobel family in memory of Mary Grobel Honigstock, a nurse and a 1970 Glasgow High School graduate.

FWP Seeks Elk Management Input

Thursday, June 9th 2022

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will be hosting a series of public meetings this summer and fall to gather ideas about local elk management issues and population objectives.

FWP began developing a revised statewide Elk Management Plan in 2020. The first step in the process was to convene a citizen’s group to develop guiding principles for revising the plan. The next step is to gather input on current elk population objectives and other local challenges that could be addressed in the revised Elk Management Plan.

“Revising the statewide Elk Management Plan is a critical step for improving elk management to meet both hunter and landowner expectations,” said FWP Wildlife Division Deer/Elk Coordinator Lindsey Parsons. “Public input from the beginning is critical and we’re hoping hunters and landowners alike will provide comment during this scoping period.”

A public comment period will be open from June 20 to Oct. 15. Beginning June 20, comments can be submitted online or emailed to FWPWLD@mt.gov.

Input gathered during the local process will be used with information obtained at the statewide scale to develop a draft Elk Management Plan. The Region 6 meeting, covering Northeast Montana, will be held August 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Malta High School.

Once the draft Elk Management Plan has been developed and released, there will be additional public comment opportunities offered.

Valley County Approves Valley View Levy, Sets Primary Vote

Tuesday, June 7th 2022

With a voter turnout of 44.98% for Valley County, the Montana Secretary of State shared these primary election results from Valley County voters Tuesday evening:

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE - 2ND DISTRICT - REPUBLICAN
Matt Rosendale, 77%
Kyle Austin, 13%
James Boyette, 6%
Charles A. Walkingchild, 4%

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE - 2ND DISTRICT - DEMOCRAT
Penny Ronning, 51%
Mark Sweeney, 31%
Skylar Williams, 17%

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE - 2ND DISTRICT - LIBERTARIAN
Sam Rankin, 40%
Roger Roots, 33%
Samuel Thomas, 27%

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1 - REPUBLICAN
Randy Pinocci, 69%
K. Webb Galbreath, 31%

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE #1 - NON-PARTISAN
Jim Rice, 82%
Bill D'Alton, 18%

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE #2 - NON-PARTISAN
James Brown, 42%
Ingrid Gustafson, 40%
Michael F. McMahon, 18%

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 31 - REPUBLICAN
Arlie W. Gordon - 98%

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 31 - DEMOCRAT
Frank Smith, 53%
Kaci Wallette, 47%

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 33 - REPUBLICAN
Casey James Knudsen, 99%

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 33 - DEMOCRAT
Jordan Ophus, 100%

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 34 - REPUBLICAN
Rhonda Knudsen, 98%

VALLEY COUNTY - COMMITTEE PERSON PRECINCT 31 REPUBLICAN FEMALE
Sarah R. Swanson, 99%

VALLEY COUNTY - COMMITTEE PERSON PRECINCT 33 REPUBLICAN MALE
Jeffrey L. Pattison, 99%

VALLEY COUNTY - COMMITTEE PERSON PRECINCT 34 REPUBLICAN MALE
Cody Cornwell, 99%

VALLEY COUNTY - SPECIAL LEVY TO FUND VVHHD
For, 55%
Against, 45%

For full results, head to https://electionresults.mt.gov/Default.aspx

Primary Election Day Today

Tuesday, June 7th 2022

Montana's Primary Election is being held today across the state and here in Valley County, the polling place for the entire county is the Valley County Courthouse. The polls are open today from 7am to 8pm at the courthouse.

55% of the absentee ballots mailed out have been returned in Valley County. There are an estimated 1500 ballots yet to be returned and an estimated 1500 registered voters who don't vote absentee and will vote at the courthouse. With just the absentee ballots counted, voter turnout in Valley County is at 38%.

Glasgow City Council Seeking To Increase Water And Sewer Rates

Tuesday, June 7th 2022

The Glasgow City Council took the first step in increasing the water and sewer base rates for customers in the City of Glasgow at Monday's meeting.

The council approved a 2% increase in the base rate for water and sewer customers in the city. The base rate for water for a residential user will increase from $28.15 to $28.71 and the base rate for residential sewer customers will increase to $45.75 from $44.85.

A public hearing will be held on July 5th and if the increases move forward they would go into effect in October.

Other action taken by the Glasgow City Council:

Passed a resolution increasing the bulk water rate in the city of Glasgow. This will begin in January of 2023.

Approved the hiring of Paul Skubinna as the Director of Public Works. Skubinna will begin his job near the end of July. He comes from Great Falls where he was the Director of Public Works for the City of Great Falls.

The council accepted a request to terminate the contract between the City of Glasgow and City Attorney Anna Rose Sullivan effective August 31st, 2022.

Glasgow School Board Meeting

Tuesday, June 7th 2022

The Glasgow School Board met for their regular June meeting on Monday.

Action taken by the board:

Approved a 2.25% pay increase for school bus drivers. This will increase the starting wage for a school bus driver from $21.85 an hour to $22.34 per hour.

Approved a request from the Hinsdale School District to pick up students living in the Glasgow School District but attending school in Hinsdale. This approval will allow a school bus from Hinsdale to enter the school district to pick up students.

Approved a contract for Speech Therapist Services with Jillian Stieg for 70 hours a month at $65 per hour.

Approved negotiated agreements with school Principals with a 2.25% base wage increase.

Approved negotiated agreement with Classified Staff with a 2.25% base wage increase.

Approved agreements with Classified Supervisors: Katie Potter- 8% base wage increase and Justice Steele- 14% base wage increase.

Glasgow School Board To Meet Tonight

Monday, June 6th 2022

Glasgow City Council To Meet Tonight

Monday, June 6th 2022

Primary Election On Tuesday, June 7th

Monday, June 6th 2022

Voters across Montana will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 7th for the Montana Primary Election.

In Valley County, as of Monday, nearly 49% of the 3330 absentee ballots have been returned to the Election Office. There are 4853 registered voters in Valley County with turnout now at an estimated 34%.

Those Valley County voters who did not receive an absentee ballot will vote at the Valley County Courthouse on Tuesday. The polls will be open from 7am to 8pm.

FMDH Board Proudly Announces New CEO

Thursday, June 2nd 2022

Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Board proudly announces the appointment of Nickolas Dirkes as the Chief Executive Officer at FMDH, after an extensive nationwide search.

FMDH has over a 100-year history of providing the very best in healthcare to the community of Glasgow and the surrounding area. With over 15 years of operational healthcare experience and strong ties to the community, Nick will direct the mission, vision, values, and culture of FMDH and will continue to promote excellence, accountability, and superb patient care.

Nick will assume the role of CEO on October 1, 2022, following the retirement of the current CEO, Randy Holom.

Bergen Miller Receives Montana University System Scholarship

Thursday, June 2nd 2022

The Montana University System has announced their 2022 honor scholarship recipients, and the list includes several local residents.

Amiya Griffith of Big Sandy, Tatyana Rohrer of Conrad, Jaden Swan of Fergus County, Aedan Hanson of Fort Benton, Bergren Miller of Glasgow, Hiram Cammon and Riley Klein of Havre, and Jazzmyn Ewing and Emma Taylor of Shelby.

These are renewable scholarships that waives undergraduate tuition for up to 8 semesters at any MUS campus, as well as Dawson, Flathead Valley, and Miles Community Colleges.

237 scholarships were offered statewide, and awardees must have a GPA of at least 3.4 and meet several other requirements.

Glasgow Middle School Students Collect Coins For Valley County Pool Campaign

Thursday, June 2nd 2022

Students of GMS, way to support the Valley County Pool Campaign!!!

It’s time for change!

6th grade $303.76 (24.1 pounds)
7th grade $473.30 (37.8 pounds)
8th grade $640.85 (62.6 pounds)
GRAND TOTAL = $1,417.91 (124.5 lbs)

Opportunity Bank Of Montana Acquires First Community Bank

Thursday, June 2nd 2022

Upon acquisition of First Community Bank, Opportunity Bank expanded into the communities of Ashland, Culbertson, Froid, Glasgow, Hinsdale and Three Forks. These communities have all seen external signs changed however the focus is still on strong customer relationships and quality banking products and services with the same people working inside. Opportunity Bank of Montana is celebrating their 100th year in businesses and like First Community Bank, is a Montana community bank, headquartered in Helena.

"We are thrilled to welcome First Community and its employees to the Opportunity Bank team," stated CEO Peter J. Johnson. "First Community is an experienced agriculture and commercial lender with a 130-year operating history in Montana and deep roots in the communities it serves. This transaction expands our presence across the state of Montana and builds on our reputation as an experienced and preferred agricultural lender across the state."

Johnson also announced that Sam Waters, the chairman and president of First Community Bank, joined the boards of Opportunity Bank of Montana and Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc., the holding company of Opportunity Bank. Kris Simensen, the CEO of First Community Bank, will serve as the Northeast Montana Regional Market President.

Customers of all First Community branches have been mailed conversion guides to help ensure a smooth transition. The data conversion of customer accounts will take place the week of June 17 through 19, however until then it's business as usual at all branches. Following conversion, some branches will be consolidating. The First Community Bank branch in Wolf Point and the First Community branch on Prospect Avenue in Helena will cease operations as of close of business June 17, with the employees from those branches relocating to existing Opportunity Bank locations.

Opportunity Bank of Montana has been in business since 1922 and offers a full line of personal, commercial, and agricultural banking products with online and mobile banking services. The bank employs over 450 people, all working in support of the mission "To Provide Strong Financial Futures For Montanans."

Northern Plains Independent Reports Wolf Point Education Association Files For Mediation In Contract Negotiations With Wolf Point School District

Thursday, June 2nd 2022

Story credit to https://www.northernplainsindependent.com/

The Wolf Point Education Association has filed for mediation in its contract bargaining process with the Wolf Point School District.

“We want to move things along, and we feel having a mediator is the best thing,” Patricia Toavs, co-president of the Wolf Point Education Association, said.

She said several dates have already been offered for mediation.

“We’ve done this before and this helps you to resolve differences,” Toavs said.

The Wolf Point Education Association submitted its second salary proposal during contract bargaining with the Wolf Point School District on Tuesday, May 10.

The second proposal called for a 9 percent increase to the base salary in 2022-2023, a 4 percent increase to the base salary in 2023-2024 and a 4 percent increase for the 2024-2025 school year.

Previously, the education association proposed a 10 percent increase to the base salary for 2022-2023, a 5 percent increase to the base salary for 2023-2024 and a 5 percent increase to the base salary for 2024-2025.

The proposal would put the base salary at $35,973 for 2022-2023, $37,412 for 2023-2024 and $38,908 for 2024-2025.

The Wolf Point School District proposed two salary schedules to the Wolf Point Education Association on Tuesday, April 26.

The Plan A package offers a 2 percent increase to the base salary for 2022-2023, a 1 percent increase for 2023-2024 and a 1 percent increase for the 2023-2024 school year.

The Plan B package proposed by the Wolf Point School District features increasing the base salary to $38,000, an increase of 15.14 percent, for the 2022-2023 school year, increasing the base salary to $39,000 for the 2023-2024 school year and increasing the base salary to $40,000 for the 2024-2025 school year.

Representatives of the Wolf Point Education Association feel that the Plan B proposal doesn’t provide suitable increases for the school district’s more experienced teachers.


Gasoline Prices Jump 5 Cents Per Gallon Nationwide

Wednesday, June 1st 2022

Press Release From https://gasprices.aaa.com/

A dip in gasoline demand provided drivers with a bit of stability at the pump, as the national average for a gallon rose less than three cents over the past week to reach $4.62. But this respite could be brief. Crude oil has moved above $115 a barrel due to fears of further global supply constraints caused by a European Union (EU) ban on Russian oil exports. And domestic gas demand may again start to climb as drivers fuel up for the three-month-long summer travel season, which began this Memorial Day weekend. AAA forecast nearly 35 million travelers hit the road for Memorial Day. It’s the highest number since 2019, despite record prices at the gas pump.

“So far, the pent-up urge to travel caused by the pandemic outweighs high pump prices for many consumers,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “But 67% of drivers recently surveyed told us they would change their driving habits if gas hit $4.50 a gallon. That number rises to 75% at $5 a gallon. If pump prices keep rising, will people alter their summer travel plans? That remains to be seen.”

According to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 500,000 bbl to 219.7 million bbl last week. Gasoline demand also dipped from 9 million b/d to 8.8 million b/d, approximately 700,000 b/d lower than a year ago. The softening of gas demand helped minimize price increases ahead of Memorial Day. However, gas demand may spike this week after drivers took to the roads for the holiday. But pump price increases could be limited if demand slows again following the holiday weekend.

Today’s national average for a gallon of gas is $4.67, which is 50 cents more than a month ago, and $1.63 more than a year ago.

The average price in Montana is $4.46 in Montana according to AAA.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council Meets Today

Tuesday, May 31st 2022

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) will meet from 10a.m. - 4p.m. Tues. May 31st, at the Multispecies Fish Hatchery in Fort Peck. The morning focus is on statewide & local fisheries management, including the new review cycle on fishing regulations, followed in the afternoon by a roundtable discussion with CAC members & tour of local boat ramps on Fort Peck Reservoir.

The public is encouraged to attend the morning session to review the new fishing regulation process & comment on possible changes to the fishing regulations that would be implemented in 2023-2024.

Hill County Man Pleads Guilty In Unlicensed Outfitting In Hill County

Tuesday, May 31st 2022

HAVRE – Jody K. Hansen (52), from Rudyard, plead guilty to two counts of outfitting without a license in Hill County.

In 2019, wardens began investigating Dogwood Hunting, the private lands outfitting business run by Hansen south of Rudyard, under the suspicion that Hansen was illegally taking some of his hunting and fishing clients on related activities outside his private land.

During the investigation, wardens found that Hansen and his associate, Robert Spicher (56) of Hingham, outfitted fishing trips along the Marias and Missouri Rivers and hunts on adjoining private and public properties, in pursuit of deer and waterfowl, that they did not have the proper (off property) outfitting license for.

Hansen was ordered to pay $2,760 in fines and restitution, lost his fishing privileges for six months, and hunting privileges for twelve months.

Spicher plead guilty to one count of guiding without a license. He was fined $135 and ordered to pay restitution of $100.

This investigation was a cooperative effort between wardens in FWP Regions 4 and 6. Wardens would like to thank the Hill County Attorney’s Office for their work on this case.

Anyone with information about crimes involving fish, wildlife or park regulations is encouraged to call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668) or report to https://myfwp.mt.gov/fwpPub/tipmont. People providing information may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Glasgow High School Educational Trust Scholarship Reminder

Tuesday, May 31st 2022

All Glasgow High School graduates who are attending trade school or college full time, either on campus or online, are encouraged to log on to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust website at www.ghsedutrust.org to see if they might be eligible for financial aid from the trust.

Since 1964, the trust has given financial aid to over 770 different GHS graduates who have been enrolled in very diverse fields of study. The total dollar value of these gifts exceeds $2.7 million dollars.

The awards are based primarily, but not fully, on financial need, and all students in good academic standing are encouraged to apply if they meet all of the other requirements.

Students should log on now in order to complete the application by the July 1, 2022, deadline.
REMINDER:
If students completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), their GHS Educational Trust application must include a signed and dated copy of their acceptance letter indicating what aid they have accepted.

Applicants should contact Danielle Anderson at daniander@nemont.net or (406) 230-0153 if they have questions or need clarification.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Fort Peck Summer Theatre Continues Season With The Complete History Of America (Abridged)

Tuesday, May 31st 2022

What do George Washington, Betsy Ross, Lewis & Clark and Madonna all have in common? They are ‘appearing’ at Fort Peck Summer Theatre! 600 years of American history in 6000 seconds! Performed by 3 actors, this comedic rollercoaster ride, spoofs and revels our nation’s chronicle and pop culture. This comedy is accompanied by Patriotic Musical Selections featuring American standards.

The 3 actors are Taylor Noll who starred as Percy in last season’s The Spitfire Grill, alongside newcomers Versee Damien whose film/television credits include Central Intelligence, Castle Rock and Defending Jacob, and Bryan Songy who was recently featured in the National Tour of A Christmas Carol.

Returning director Rob Watson, previously staged FPST’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and played Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor and Hennessey/Captain in Dames at Sea.

Our rotating schedule continues: Forever Plaid runs from June 3 – July 2. The Complete History of America (Abridged) runs June 3-July 2. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, selected Saturday, 2 pm matinees and Sundays at 4:00pm. For tickets go to www.fortpecktheatre.org or call 406-228-9216. Theatre Box office opens May 26, 1-5 pm, Thursdays-Sundays, 406-526-9943.

On June 17, The Bridges of Madison County will joining Forever Plaid and The Compete History of America (Abridged!) in the rotating schedule until July 10. The season then continues with:
• Always…Patsy Cline: July 15 – 24
• Seussical: July 29 – August 14
• Wait Until Dark: August 19 – September 4

Water Levels Low in Some Area Reservoirs

Thursday, May 26th 2022

The Bureau of Reclamation announced that projected water levels and releases at most Reclamation-managed reservoirs in eastern Montana will be below desired levels this Memorial Day weekend.

“Delayed runoff with drier than average conditions extending from last year have led to below average reservoir levels at most facilities,” said Ryan Neman, Montana Area Manager.

Despite low reservoir levels, there are usable boat ramps at Reclamation reservoirs east of the Continental Divide during the Memorial Day weekend.

“We encourage water-based recreationists to check for the most up-to-date water level conditions at Reclamation’s website https://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html before heading to your favorite reservoir,” Newman said. “We hope visitors to our reservoirs have a good time while prioritizing safety over the holiday weekend.”

Current conditions at Reclamation facilities include:

Clark Canyon Reservoir – Most boat ramps are usable. Storage peaked in early May and is currently 18 feet below normal full pool levels. The reservoir is expected to draft throughout the summer as releases are being made to meet irrigation demands.

Canyon Ferry Reservoir – Goose Bay and Yacht Basin boat ramps are currently useable.The reservoir level is 18 feet below the top of normal full pool and minimum releases to the Missouri River below Holter Dam are near 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to conserve storage in Canyon Ferry Reservoir. Releases have been at minimum levels since last June due to ongoing drought conditions. April inflows were the lowest on record, since 1961, therefore the reservoir is not filling as normal. The reservoir is not expected to fill to full pool this summer and could be 4 to 10 feet from full in late June.

Gibson Reservoir – The boat ramp at Gibson Reservoir is not anticipated to be usable for Memorial Day weekend. Gibson Reservoir is 44 below normal full pool but is expected to fill in June.
Lake Elwell (Tiber Reservoir) – Boaters can launch at most boat ramps. The reservoir level is about 7 feet below normal full pool. The reservoir is expected to fill to full pool levels this summer. Releases to the Marias River are currently near 500 cfs with increases expected in early June.

Fresno Reservoir – All boat ramps at Fresno Reservoir are currently usable. The reservoir level is about 14 feet below normal full pool and is expected to draft throughout the summer. Releases to the Milk River are currently near 1,000 cfs to meet irrigation demands.

Nelson Reservoir – Boaters should be able to launch at all locations around Nelson Reservoir. Nelson Reservoir is approximately 10 feet below full pool which is below average for this time of year and is expected to draft throughout the summer.

Bighorn Lake (Yellowtail Dam) – All boat ramps at Bighorn Lake are usable and are maintained by National Park Service. The reservoir level is about 16 feet below normal full pool, which is above average for this time of year. The reservoir is expected to fill to full pool levels this summer. Releases to the Bighorn River are average and are currently 2,500 cfs. More information can be found at the National Park Service’s website https://www.nps.gov/bica/index.htm

Gasoline In Montana Priced At $4.36 Per Gallon According To AAA

Tuesday, May 24th 2022

Story from https://gasprices.aaa.com/

The national average for a gallon of gas has not fallen for nearly a month. Gasoline has either remained flat or risen every day since April 24 and has set a new record daily since May 10.That was the day gas eclipsed the previous record high of $4.33, set earlier this year on March 11. The national average for a gallon of gasoline is now $4.59 and all 50 states are above $4 per gallon.

“Gasoline is $1.05 more than it was on February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “That sent shock waves through the oil market that have kept oil costs elevated. Domestically, meanwhile, seasonal gas demand is rising as more drivers hit the road, despite the pain they face paying at the pump.”

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 4.8 million bbl to 220.2 million bbl last week. Meanwhile, gasoline demand increased from 8.7 million b/d to 9 million b/d. Tighter supply and increased demand have pushed pump prices higher. This supply/demand dynamic and volatile crude prices will keep upward pressure on pump prices.

Today’s national average for a gallon of gas is $4.59, which is 47 cents more than a month ago, and $1.56 more than a year ago.

The average price for regular unleaded gasoline in Montana is $4.36 per gallon and $4.22 per gallon in Valley County.

Glasgow City Council Meeting Notes

Tuesday, May 24th 2022

The Glasgow City Council met in regular session on May 23rd. Decisions made by the council:

The council agreed to assist the Glasgow Downtown Association in watering trees planted in downtown Glasgow. The GDA recently planted several new trees in downtown Glasgow and the city will provide the equipment and manpower to help the association water trees.

The council instructed city staff to seek bids for gasoline and diesel fuel for 2022-2023. The city will seek bids for approximately 12,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline, 5,000 gallons of No. 1 diesel fuel and 5,000 gallons of No. 2 diesel fuel.

Appointed Patrick Beer as a firefighter with the Glasgow Fire Department following completion a term of probation.

Agreed to raise the cost of bulk water sold by the city from $.25 for 60 gallons of water to $10.00 per 1000 gallons of water. The increase will also include a $30.00 annual bulk water card fee. This will begin on January 1st of 2023.

Glasgow Mayor Rod Karst announced that the city has reached a tentative agreement with a new Public Works Director. The PWD will replace Robert Kompel who resigned the position in February. It's expected the new employee would start the job in July.

Glasgow City Council To Meet Today At 4:30pm

Monday, May 23rd 2022

Roosevelt County To Vote On Establishing Local Option Tax On Marijuana

Monday, May 23rd 2022

Story Credit To Northern Plains Independent.

Roosevelt County residents will have the chance to vote on June 7, to establish a special local option tax on medical marijuana and non-medical marijuana in the county.

One vote is to have a 3 percent tax on the retail value of all medical marijuana and medical marijuana products. The other vote is a 3 percent tax on the retail value of all non-medical marijuana and non-medical marijuana products sold within the county.

County commissioners don’t know the exact additional funding the taxes could bring to the county. Funds are split up with 50 percent going to the county, 5 percent to the state and the rest divided among the cities.

Commissioners estimate the amount could be about $60,000 a year.

Commissioners say they know of three dispensaries in Wolf Point and one starting on the edge of Culbertson.

If the measures pass, commissioners will then decide where to use the funds. Public safety is the probable area for funding, they said.

In the first year of legal recreational marijuana sales in the state. monthly sales have been fairly steady in Roosevelt County and throughout Montana.

According to the Montana Department of Revenue, Roosevelt County experienced $174,625 in estimated cannabis sales to adults during March. In addition, there were $204,364 medical sales for a total of $378,990.

Those figures are significant increases in relationship to the previous two months. Roosevelt County had estimated cannabis sales to adults of $117,303 and medical sales of $214,698 during

January. The figures were $137,921 in estimated adult sales and $201,388 in medical sales during February.

For Roosevelt County, adult use sales amounted to $161,600.86 during April. Medical sales were $158,324.45.

During the month of April, adult use sales amounted to $25,374,623 and medical sales were $9,062,420 in Montana.

16 % Of June 7th Primary Election Absentee Ballots Returned

Monday, May 23rd 2022

540 or 16% of the absentee ballots sent out for the June 7th Primary Election have been returned to the Valley County Election Administrator.

3328 ballots were sent out by the Valley County Election Administrator to all registered voters in Valley County who are signed up to vote absentee.

There are 4843 registered voters in Valley County. 68% of registered voters in Valley County are signed up to receive their ballots in the mail.

Glasgow Memorial Day Program To Be Broadcast On Kltz

Monday, May 23rd 2022

The Memorial Day Program will be broadcast on Memorial Day at 10:00am May 30, on KLTZ. The program will be in the same format as when they were held in the Civic Center. Scot Renville will be Master of Ceremonies as well as guest speaker. He is an Iraqi Freedom veteran and current Quartermaster of VFW Post 3107.

Saturday May 28, volunteers will meet at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow to place American flags on nearly 1000 veterans’ grave sites beginning at 9:00am. All volunteers are welcome. The flags will be removed Monday, May 30 at 3:00pm.

FMDH Commits To Matching Valley View Levy

Friday, May 20th 2022

Story credit to Glasgow Courier:

Valley View Nursing Home (VVNH) administrator Wes Thompson spoke to the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Board on April 27 requesting consideration to aid the nursing home financially in their operating expenses. In 2019, the home was cash flowing positive, however as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nursing home was $1.2 million short in 2020 and $1 million short in 2021. In addition to asking the FMDH board as well as other entities, Valley County voters are also being asked to support a three-year, $300,000 levy to help keep the nursing home open. Absentee ballots were mailed out last week for the June 7 primary election.

According to meeting minutes from the meeting, as of April 27, 71 percent of the residents are on Medicaid, and VVNH’s cost per resident per day is $370 to $390, however the state reimbursement is only $211 per day. However neighboring states have a higher Medicaid reimbursement, with Washington currently at $350 per day reimbursement while Oregon has a $400 per day reimbursement. At this time, the Home has resources to remain open for approximately one year and three months, due to Valley County gifting the home with $500,000 and the county has committed to giving an additional $500,000 after July 1. If the nursing home were to close however, Thompson anticipates only being able to find placement for 15 of their 55 residents, as most facilities are not accepting bariatric patients, patients who have experienced abuse or those with mental issues.

Thompson reiterated the main issue is state and federal reimbursement and any financial help from FMDH will aid in sustaining them until “there is light at the end of the tunnel with state and federal support.” He also continues to check the Provider Relief Phase 4 Funding on a weekly basis to see if they qualify.

After hearing Thompson, FMDH CEO Randy Holom stated he would recommend trying to help Valley View as it would be very expensive if it were to close and then try to open it back up again for the community. “We have a role to meet that need if VVNH is not there and this would buy us time in hopes that they can make it,” he stated. In order to incentive the tax levy to pass by Valley County voters, Holom would like FMDH to match the tax levy, $300,000, for up to three years. It would max at three years and then financials would be looked at every single year thereafter to decide on the continued gifting. “Our contribution would be dependent on the vote passing through,” he stressed.

Board member Don Fast then made the motion, based on Holom’s recommendation to mirror the three-year tax levy and if it passes, FMDH would give VVNH $300k for up to three years with an annual evaluation of VVNH and a report of how they are doing. The motion was amended by Patrick Menge, stating at the end of two years, FMDH leadership will make a plan and present it to the Board of how to meet the need for long-term care for those who reside in VVNH should their facility cease to be able operate financially. Board member Fast was agreeable to the amendment and the motion to match the tax levy funding for $300k for up to three years was unanimously approved.

In addition to helping fund the nursing home, it was decided the hospital’s Governance Committee will continue to pursue advocacy in the legislature and the Board is committed to address the lack of funding that state government is failing to address.

“Valley View Home did a tremendous job in establishing a balanced budget in 2019. It was a success story that was years in the making. Then the rug got pulled out from beneath the skilled nursing facility as the pandemic took hold. The Board, administrator and staff have poured their hearts and souls into tackling every challenge that arises whilst maintaining a high quality of care for our loved ones, but they are facing a near-term fiscal battle. It’s our goal to bring back the stability of 2019. We have a road map in place. Now we are asking for our community to give us a fighting chance to bring it to fruition,” stated Haylie Shipp, with the Vote Yes Valley View campaign.

“The Valley View Board has been working tirelessly to come up with funding options for the facility and are aware that the only chance we have of surviving long term is through increased Medicaid reimbursement through our state government. We are working with the state legislators to bring awareness to this problem, not only for ourselves, but for all nursing homes. We are requesting another tax levy, which will be on the June ballot. The hospital board has agreed to match the tax levy funds, if the levy is approved,” stated VVNH Board President Lisa Wiltfong.

The FMDH Board of Trustees stresses that, in their opinion, the situation VVNH is in is due to policy problems, not management or COVID, and that the responsibility for the situation rests firmly with the state representatives “who have so far refused to adjust the reimbursement rates for nursing home to a viable level and have left additional federal match on the table in the process. They are forcing taxpayers and local businesses, your local hospital, to step in where they have refused to act.”

The FMDH Board of Trustees encourages those who want to do something to help, in addition to voting, to contact Senator Mike Lane at mike.lang@mtleg.gov and Representative Rhonda Knudsen at rhonda.knudsen@mtleg.gov.

Scottie Booster Club Awards Seven Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarships

Friday, May 20th 2022

Seven Valley County high-school graduates have received Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarships to enable their studies at colleges and universities in Montana and neighboring states.

The scholarships are awarded annually by the Scottie Booster Club in memory of the late Jeff Jurgens, Glasgow student and rabid sports fan whose namesake basketball tournament is the source of the funds. The Jeff Jurgens Memorial Tournament, presented by the Scottie Booster Club and widely supported by the community, is held annually in March and attracts dozens of youth basketball teams in grades 4-8 from across northeastern Montana.

In order to be eligible for the Jeff Jurgens scholarship, students must have graduated, or be graduating this spring, from a Valley County school and either played varsity basketball or are entering a medical or health-related field of study at a college or university in Montana or a neighboring state. This year, the Scottie Booster Club selected six scholarship recipients with a wide range of accomplishments and future plans.

Applicants’ sports backgrounds are considered, along with academic achievement, community service, citizenship, and financial need.

The seven 2022 JJMT Scholars are:

Hadynn Adkins – A 2022 graduate of Nashua High School, Adkins plans to attend Montana State University-Bozeman in the fall to pursue a pre-med undergraduate degree. Adkins played three years of basketball for the Nashua Porcupines and also played in the Jeff Jurgens Tournament for a Nashua team. She’s been involved in volleyball and track in addition to basketball and has been active in FCCLA, National Honor Society, and served as class president for three years.

Mandy Fuhrmann – Opheim High School graduate Mandy Fuhrmann will attend Montana State University-Billings this fall where she plans to pursue a degree in elementary education; she’ll also compete in track-and-field for the Yellowjackets. Fuhrmann played Vikings basketball for two years, has been a standout in track and field, and also participated in the JJMT. Fuhrmann has been deeply involved in FFA and 4-H.

Tyann Graham – Scottie basketball standout Tyann Graham will continue her basketball career at Miles Community College, where she’ll be pursuing a degree in elementary education. Graham played four years of basketball at Glasgow High and suited up for both Glasgow and North Country in many years of JJMT tournaments. She’s been active in G-Club, student council, National Honor Society, and the Scottie trading card program. Athletically, she competed for the Scotties in volleyball and track, where she’s an all-state pole vaulter, in addition to basketball.

Klaire Krumwiede – A 2022 graduate of Glasgow High School, Klaire Krumwiede plans to pursue a nursing degree at the University of North Dakota. Krumwiede participated in four years of Scottie volleyball, served as basketball manager, was involved in band, and has been in integral part of both hockey and swim teams in Glasgow. She has served as president of National Honor Society and a member of BPA, Key Club, G-Club, and student council. Outside of school, she’s worked as a lifeguard, EMT, and CNA. She also served as a page in the Montana State Senate.

Iris McKean – McKean, a 2022 graduate of Glasgow High School, will attend the University of Montana this fall, where she intends to pursue a degree in wildlife biology while running track and cross country for the Griz. She played a year of high school basketball and was on seven JJMT teams. McKean is a multiple all-stater in both cross country and track and served as vice-president of student council, a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, G-Club, and has volunteered for a number of community events, including Warriors on the Water, Glasgow Paint Run, and the Montana Governor’s Cup.

Trey Johnson – Hinsdale High School graduate Trey Johnson plans to attend Carroll College, where he will play football for the Saints while pursuing a degree in anthrozoology (study of the interaction between humans and animals). Johnson played high school basketball for both the Hinsdale Raiders and North Country Mavericks and played several years in the JJMT. As a co-op athlete, he also played football for the Scotties. Johnson has been active in FFA, 4-H—where he’s held most leadership positions—and volunteers to play taps during funerals and community events. He’s active in many church and community functions.

Blaire Westby – Glasgow High School basketball standout and 2022 graduate Blaire Westby is undecided on her collegiate plans, but she intends to pursue either biology/pre-vet or engineering degrees. Westby played all four years of varsity basketball for the Scotties and also played on a number of JJMT teams. She’s been a leader in volleyball and track and has also played in both honor and pep bands. She’s a member of G-Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, student council, and has been a class officer. She’s also been a top placer for four years in Business Professionals of America competitions.

BNSF Changes Controversial New Employee Attendance Policy

Friday, May 20th 2022

Story credit www.montanafreepress.org

Montana’s largest railroad company is making changes to a controversial new employee attendance policy after receiving pushback from railroaders and unions. But even with the changes, labor officials remain unimpressed and said BNSF Railway’s new policies could lead to unsafe working conditions on the railroad.

Railroaders already lead chaotic work lives — one day they might go to work at 9 a.m. and the next at 5 p.m. — but BNSF employees alleged that the company’s new “Hi-Viz” attendance policy made it even worse by penalizing them for taking time off for a family emergency, illness or fatigue. Union officials say more than 700 railroaders have quit since the policy was implemented in February. Among those who walked was Brady Wassam, a Columbia Falls man who came from a family of railroaders and worked for BNSF for eight years.

“It felt offensive,” Wassam told MTFP last month. “I gave so much to this job, and this new system made it seem like it wasn’t enough.”


Under the Hi-Viz system, every employee was assigned 30 points, with points deducted for unplanned time off. The exact number of points deducted depends on the type of absence and where it falls on the calendar (weekend days and holidays cost more points). An employee can get four points back if they’re available to work 14 days in a row. If an employee loses all their points, they can be disciplined. If they lose their points multiple times they can be fired.

Union officials have called Hi-Viz “the worst and most egregious attendance policy ever adopted by any rail carrier” and threatened to go on strike earlier this year until a federal judge stopped them. But that ruling hasn’t stopped railroaders from expressing frustrations with the policy, and last month union members protested the policy at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting in Omaha. BNSF is owned by Berkshire.

BNSF officials said they planned to review the attendance policy after three months, and on Friday announced that the company will make some changes starting June 1 in response to employee feedback.

“Over the last three months, you have raised concerns about the program’s details. We hear you,” said Matt Garland, BNSF’s vice president of transportation, in a video posted to YouTube. “We are grateful for the constructive feedback we have received.”

Starting next month, employees will not be penalized for taking an unplanned day off before or after a scheduled vacation or personal day. Because railroaders often overnight at an away terminal, they’ll sometimes need to call out of work before a scheduled day off so that they can make appointments or meet other commitments.

“Over the last three months, you have raised concerns about the program’s details. We hear you.”

The railroad is also introducing more ways for employees to earn points under the Hi-Viz system. For example, those who do work on the day before or after a paid leave day will earn one point. Points can also be earned by employees who work on “high impact days” (holidays and other dates on the calendar that people traditionally want off) or who report to work on the weekend between 12 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. Sunday. Finally, the top 10% of employees at a terminal who are available more than their co-workers can earn an additional seven Hi-Viz points per month.

The railroad also announced that it is changing the points limit so that employees will be able to earn up to 37 points.

BNSF officials said they believe the revised system will help employees better manage their time off and help the railroad achieve the staffing levels it needs to move freight. But union officials were not moved by the changes.

“BNSF Railway’s newly announced changes to its Hi-Viz attendance policy are little more than fluff,” said Dennis Pierce, national president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. “Hi-Viz has been an abject failure. This unreasonable policy [that] keeps locomotive engineers and other railroaders on call day after day, around the clock, has caused hundreds of BNSF’s employees to quit and it has made recruitment of new employees a nightmare.”

“Hi-Viz has been an abject failure. This unreasonable policy [that] keeps locomotive engineers and other railroaders on call day after day, around the clock, has caused hundreds of BNSF’s employees to quit and it has made recruitment of new employees a nightmare.”

Union officials said the railroad has brought its labor woes on itself by making deep staffing cuts to appease shareholders. According to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, America’s largest freight railroads have reduced their workforce by a combined 45,000 people, or 29%, in the last six years.

Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, called BNSF’s attendance policy changes “unimpressive” and worried that instituting a points system was incentivising employees to work while fatigued, a practice that could lead to dangerous mistakes and accidents.

“It is appalling that BNSF’s response to widespread reports of worker fatigue is to incentivize this exhaustion,” Regan said. “BNSF’s proposal to reward the ‘top performers’, or those who have the top 10% of work hours, is a clear attempt to incentivize these fatigued workers to double down.”

Nationwide Average Price For Gasoline Now $4.59 Per Gallon As Demand Increases

Friday, May 20th 2022

Since Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by 11 cents to $4.59. According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 4.8 million bbl to 220.2 million bbl last week. On the other hand, gasoline demand increased from 8.7 million b/d to 9 million b/d. Tighter supply and increased demand have pushed pump prices higher. This supply/demand dynamic, combined with volatile crude prices, will likely continue to keep upward pressure on pump prices.

At the close of Wednesday’s formal trading session, WTI decreased by $2.81 to settle at $109.59. Crude prices dropped yesterday as market concerns about the likelihood of a recession increased. If a recession occurs, crude demand would likely decrease amid decreased economic activity and cause crude prices to decline. Additionally, crude prices decreased despite EIA reporting that domestic crude supply decreased by 3.4 million bbl to 420.8 million bbl. The current level is approximately 13.4 percent lower than during the second week of May 2021.

The nationwide average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $4.59 per gallon. In Montana, the average price is $4.34 per gallon. In Montana, diesel fuel is $5.50 per gallon.

Irle Elementary School Recognized As A Project Lead The Way Distinguished School

Friday, May 20th 2022

Glasgow School District announced today that it has been recognized as a 2021-22 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished District for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through its PLTW programs. It is one of just 282 districts across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

The PLTW Distinguished District recognition honors districts committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Irle Elementary had to meet the PLTW Distinguished School Program criteria for the 2020-21 school year.

Through PLTW programs, students develop in-demand knowledge and skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. As PLTW students progress through grades PreK-12, they are empowered to engage in problem-solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, build communication skills, and explore career opportunities. The Glasgow School District offers PLTW Launch (K-5).

“We are honored to recognize Irle Elementary for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the last two years having been some of the most challenging in recent history for students and educators across the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. David Dimmett, Interim President and CEO of PLTW. “Irle Elementary should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.”

Tester Announces $13.6 Million For 19 Montana Airports

Wednesday, May 18th 2022

Department of Transportation funding will be used for expansions, repairs

(U.S. Senate) – Today, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced $13,602,102 in Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for 19 Montana airports to expand and repair facilities.

“Montana is booming, and it’s critical that the Treasure State has up-to-date infrastructure to support our growing economy,” said Tester. “This funding will allow our airports to expand operations and support the increasing demand for reliable, affordable flights in and out of Montana. Improved facilities will pave the way for more flights to the region, allowing Montana to stay connected and support good paying jobs here for years to come.”

The funding awarded by the DOT will be used for a wide variety of facility expansions and repairs. Recipients and intended uses include:

Great Falls International: $4,800,519
· Construct deicing pad with associated facilities, construct taxiway

Missoula Montana: $2,149,521
· Construct terminal building

Lewistown Municipal: $1,780,000
· Rehabilitate taxiway

Helena Regional: $1,150,000
· Acquire aircraft rescue & fire fighting safety vehicle and equipment

Cut Bank International: $600,000
· Construct/modify/improve/rehabilitate hangar, improve/modify access road, seal apron pavement surface/pavement joints, seal runway pavement surface/pavement joints, seal taxilane pavement surface/pavement joints, seal taxiway pavement surface/pavement joints

Wokal Field/Glasgow-Valley County: $503,575
· Seal apron pavement surface/pavement joints, seal runway pavement surface/pavement joints, seal taxilane pavement surface/pavement joints, seal taxiway pavement surface/pavement joints

Scobey: $450,000
· Install miscellaneous navigational aids, install weather reporting equipment, reconstruct or replace airport lighting vault

Stanford/Biggerstaff Field: $443,655
· Construct taxiway

Mission Field: $354,102
· Construct taxilane

Conrad: $192,510
· Construct taxilane, install miscellaneous navigational aids, reconstruct airfield guidance signs, reconstruct apron, reconstruct runway, reconstruct runway lighting, reconstruct taxiway

Big Sky Field: $183,678
· Construct terminal building, construct/rehabilitate/modify/expand snow removal equipment building

Lincoln: $171,161
· Acquire snow removal equipment

Harlem: $166,500
· Install apron edge lights and/or flood lighting, install runway vertical/visual guidance system, install taxiway lighting, rehabilitate access road

Choteau: $150,000
· Reconstruct airfield guidance signs, seal apron pavement surface/pavement joints, seal runway pavement surface/ pavement joints, seal taxiway pavement surface/pavement joints

Plains: $150,000
· Install weather reporting equipment

Shelby: $150,000
· Install weather reporting equipment

Thompson Falls: $106,000
· Reconstruct access road

Billings Logan International: $50,881
· Conduct or update miscellaneous study

L M Clayton: $50,000
· Seal apron pavement surface/pavement joints, seal runway pavement surface/pavement joints, seal taxilane pavement surface/pavement joints, seal taxiway pavement surface/pavement joints

Tester recently secured an additional $28,610,817 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Fiscal Year 2022 funding for 69 Montana airports as part of his bipartisan infrastructure package for repairs and upgrades. The funding is a part of approximately $144 million secured by Tester that will be awarded over five years to Montana airports through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program, which can be used to construct or repair runways and taxiways as well as make terminal and gate improvements.

Tester worked across the aisle for months to negotiate this agreement with a group of five Republicans, four Democrats, and the White House, and he was the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation to vote for it. Tester’s law is projected to create more than 800,000 American jobs and lower costs for businesses by making targeted investments that will strengthen our nation without raising taxes on working families

Daines Discusses Impacts Of Cancelling Keystone XL

Wednesday, May 18th 2022

U.S. SENATE – At a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Tuesday. U.S. Senator Steve Daines questioned Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on the widespread effects of the Biden administration’s cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline on energy security, the economy and the United States’ relationship with Canada.

Daines said, "That’s why Alberta filed a suit against the United States seeking $1.3B in damages. Let me just read a line from that filing: The Biden Administration’s decision to revoke the Keystone XL Pipeline ‘resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs, caused systemic harm to the American, Canadian and Albertan economies, and diminished the highly integrated North American energy system..."

Vote "Yes" For Valley View Campaign Continues

Wednesday, May 18th 2022

More evening sessions with Valley View administrator Wes Thompson and Haylie Shipp continue this week into next.

The meetings include information on the upcoming ballot measure to extend the previously approved $300,000 annual levy.

For more information, visit voteyesvalleyview.com

VCCF Taking Scholarship Applications Now

Wednesday, May 18th 2022

Deadlines are coming soon for two Valley County Community Foundation scholarships that will be awarded this summer. Students studying for degrees beyond a bachelor’s are welcome to apply for the Thomas and Cynthia Markle Scholarship for advanced Degrees. This year’s recipients will be the first to receive the Markle scholarship, according to VCCF Chair Doris Leader.

The Charlotte and Clarence Fuhrman Scholarship is available to those seeking bachelor or trade school degrees.

Requirements vary for each scholarship so please visit www.valleycountycf.net for details and application forms.

The deadline for both scholarship applications is June 17, 2022. Only mailed paper copies of the application will be accepted. They must be postmarked by the June 17 due date. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information, contact Maggan Walstad at 724-7163

12 COVID Cases Reported In Valley County

Tuesday, May 17th 2022

Valley County Health Department has received reports confirming twelve (12) positive COVID persons. Symptoms began May 7 through this past weekend, which means that these persons were contagious in our community beginning May 5. Each of these twelve (12) persons have been sick enough to seek medical care.

Please - if you have any symptoms, if you think it's just a cold or allergies - stay home. COVID is transmitted by breathing - everyone breathes and ANYONE can easily catch this highly infectious disease.

VCHD has MANY free tests to give away - pick one up at any time during our regular business hours. Test yourself, stay home, and seek medical care if your symptoms worsen. Please continue to assess your own risk before attending events.

Remember our prevention measures - hand washing, 6 feet social distancing, hand washing, limit exposure to non-household members, hand washing, and don't forget that pesky mask is still an effective option. Stay healthy, Valley County!

UM Tourism Institute: Visitors To Montana Return To Near Pre-Pandemic Levels

Tuesday, May 17th 2022

MISSOULA – About 12.5 million nonresidents visited Montana in 2021 and spent around $5.15 billion in the Treasure State, according to estimates by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana.

The number of travelers visiting the state in 2021 increased 12.5% from 2020, bringing the number nearly back to the pre-pandemic visitation levels. This recovery performance far exceeded most of the nation.

Those 12.5 million travelers made up 5.6 million travel groups in Montana during the year. Nearly half of those travelers were here during the third quarter from July through September.

“Overall for 2021, slightly larger group sizes, longer lengths of stay and higher daily average spending per group resulted in the significant increase in spending compared to previous years,” said Jeremy Sage, ITRR interim director.

As is generally the case, money spent on fuel is the highest category, accounting for nearly a quarter of average daily spending for travel groups. Restaurant and bar spending and accommodations make up another third of the average daily travel budget for nonresidents.

Visitor spending during 2021 supported an estimated 47,800 jobs directly. Associated with those jobs is $1.3 billion of labor income directly supported by nonresident spending.

An additional $734 million of labor income is indirectly supported by nonresident travel spending. These travelers contributed more than $387 million in state and local taxes in 2021.

All information and reports published by ITRR are available online at http://www.itrr.umt.edu.

American Lung Association Receives $200,000 Grant To Support Children's Environmental Health

Tuesday, May 17th 2022

“Breathe Well Learn Well” project will assist schools in Tribal communities on the Fort Peck, Blackfeet, and Crow/Northern Cheyenne reservations in Montana

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2022)— To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the landmark Executive Order Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks signed in 1997, today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of the first four cooperative agreements under the Children’s Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities competition. This $2 million grant program competition was funded by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to support children’s environmental health by building capacity through activities that identify and address disproportionate environmental or public health harms and risks in underserved communities.

“We know children are especially vulnerable to environmental health risks as they grow, and we also know not all children face the same risks – black and Latino children still have higher rates of asthma compared to white children and have higher rates of lead exposure,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “It’s time to focus on addressing those disparities so that all children, no matter their race or income, have a safe, level playing field.”

The four grantees who have been awarded $200,000 each are:

Health Resources in Action whose project, “Healthy Environments Advance Learning (HEAL): Building Capacity for Resilient Schools in Massachusetts,” will build knowledge and capacity to improve environmental health conditions within schools across Massachusetts, optimizing outcomes related to healthy childhood development particularly for districts where students are most burdened by asthma and extreme heat. HEAL will provide training and technical assistance on policies and practices to address environmental asthma triggers, extreme heat, and ventilation to 5-7 school districts in low-income communities. HEAL will also leverage partner networks to disseminate resources to all MA public school districts and across New England.

Women for a Healthy Environment whose project will complete over 200 eco-healthy assessments and offer solutions and technical assistance to address environmental risks at childcare centers in low-income and minority communities across Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Additionally, childcare center staff across Philadelphia will participate in webinars focused on relevant environmental health topics. Through this cooperative agreement, Women for a Healthy Environment will form a statewide partnership with childcare centers to strategize bringing additional resources and mitigation strategies to centers across the commonwealth.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston whose project will conduct “Outreach for Healthy Learning Environments in West Texas.” Through this project, UTHealth will partner with the Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health to build capacity for healthier learning environments within low-income schools in the Paso del Norte Region. The main objectives are to provide culturally relevant information for school decision-makers to identify health risk drivers, demonstrate best practices for maintaining an environmentally safe school, and share preparedness procedures in anticipation of an adverse event.

The American Lung Association’s “Breathe Well Learn Well” project will build awareness and capacity for schools in Tribal communities on the Fort Peck, Blackfeet, and Crow/Northern Cheyenne reservations in Montana to establish lung-friendly schools (LFS) policies and practices, thereby reducing children’s exposure to environmental health contaminants. These tribal communities are on the front-line of climate change-related health impacts and face disproportionate environmental health hazards from intense wildfire smoke episodes. Bolstering the role of schools to provide a clean air respite based on their own priorities will improve the health of everyone at the school. Many of the mitigation strategies and trainings available through the ALA provide evidence-based and best practice efforts that also help reduce COVID-19 transmission risk. Montana also has naturally high levels of radon, prompting the need for education and awareness on this EH hazard that can work to improve public health.

EPA is currently processing six additional cooperative agreements of $200,000 each from the competition which will fulfill the objective of funding one cooperative agreement per EPA region. EPA is pleased to announce that the following recipients have been selected to receive funding to support children’s environmental health in learning environments. EPA anticipates it will award these organizations cooperative agreements of $200,000 each once all legal and administrative requirements are satisfied.

Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (U.S. Virgin Islands)
University of Mississippi Medical Center (central Mississippi)
Milwaukee Public Schools (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Wichita State University (Kansas)
Northern Arizona University (Cocopah Tribe)
Child Care Aware of America (Oregon)

This grant program is part of EPA’s funding to address environmental health disparities head on; in addition, EPA also used ARP funding to support the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units across the country, a network of health care practitioners who address children’s health issues that arise through environmental exposures. PEHSUs work to “address historical injustices and ongoing environmental racism and address the existential threat of climate change.”

In 1997, EPA established the Office of Children’s Health Protection (OCHP). OCHP leads the Agency’s work to ensure that all children, especially those in underserved communities, thrive by living, learning, and playing free from environmental exposures like hazardous chemicals, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and unsafe drinking water that contribute to harmful health effects. Watch this video to learn more about the importance of children’s environmental health and EPA’s role in protecting it.

Last October, EPA issued its first-ever revision to the Policy on Children’s Health. The 2021 policy expands the definition of children’s environmental health to include not only conception, infancy, adolescence, and early adulthood, but also the impact that early exposures may have later in life. This policy also reinforces the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to equity and threats to children’s health caused by climate change.

Background

The 1997 Executive Order instructed all federal agencies to “make it a high priority to identify and assess environmental health risks and safety risks that may disproportionately affect children;” and “ensure that its policies, programs, activities, and standards address disproportionate risks to children that result from environmental health or safety risks.” This order brought increased federal focus on the crucial topic of children’s health, the foundation of all people’s growth and development.

The Executive Order also established the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children, a cabinet level group of 17 agencies and departments co-chaired by EPA Administrator Regan and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. The principals of the Task Force met in October 2021 to renew the federal commitment to the goals of the interagency workgroup. The Task Force leverages each Agency’s unique expertise to address issues such as childhood asthma disparities, lead poisoning, and climate and disasters, and exposure of children to pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

To commemorate the past 25 years of children’s health at EPA, OCHP Director Jeanne Briskin published an EPA Perspectives article on children’s environmental health. It includes resources for parents, caregivers and teachers on protecting children from environmental threats where they live, learn and play. Director Briskin also hosted a discussion with former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, current deputy EPA Administrator Janet McCabe and Ramona Trovato, the first OCHP Director, to discuss EPA’s work to protect children’s health. The discussion highlighted key milestones that influenced how EPA protects children from environmental exposures, actions to protect children’s health in the future, and emerging children’s environmental health issues. View the discussion broadcast.

America’s Children and the Environment, a useful tool for evaluating children’s environmental health, was recently updated with the latest data and enhanced the online features. The update features a modernized digital format to analyze trends, download data, inform decisions to improve children’s health, and identify ways to minimize environmental impacts on children. EPA has maintained this data for nearly 20 years and will continue to add additional updates in the years to come.

USDA to Provide Approximately $6 Billion To Commodity And Specialty Crop Producers Impacted By 2020 And 2021 Natural Disasters

Tuesday, May 17th 2022

The U. S Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and value losses.

Montana FSA: USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Costs of Organic, Transitioning Producers in Montana

Tuesday, May 17th 2022

Agricultural producers and handlers who are certified organic, along with producers and handlers who are transitioning to organic production, can now apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Organic and Transitional Education Certification Program (OTECP) and Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), which help producers and handlers cover the cost of organic certification, along with other related expenses. Applications for OTECP and OCCSP are both due October 31, 2022.

New $1.25 Million Endowment Will Forever Benefit Valley County

Monday, May 16th 2022

Helena, Mont., May 13, 2022 – The Montana Community Foundation (MCF) announces a new fund to benefit the community of Valley County forever. The Valley County Masonic Endowment Fund was established through a $1.25 million gift from the Nemont Manor Foundation, Inc. Grants from the fund will support charitable organizations making a positive impact in Valley County.

The Valley County Masonic Endowment Fund was established with proceeds from the sale of Nemont Manor, an affordable housing facility in Glasgow that has 100 housing units available to HUD qualified individuals. The Manor was built more than 40 years ago and managed by the Valley County Masons that provides subsidized housing units to qualified tenants.

The Nemont Manor was purchased by Silver Tree Residential, a group that acquires, rehabilitates, and permanently preserves affordable housing units which were originally developed under HUD programs. Their goal is to ensure the long-term affordability of units for current and future residents. They have also extended the Section 8 contract with HUD for an additional 20 years.

“After running the Nemont Manor for more than 40 years, we were ready to pass the baton on management of the Manor but also wanted to ensure the proceeds of the sale would continue to make a lasting impact in the community,” says James Rector, secretary and treasurer of Nemont Foundation. “We look forward to supporting our community forever in this way.”

As an endowment, the fund will generate returns each year forever that can be used for community grantmaking in the areas of economic development, conservation, education, arts and culture, and support of basic human needs. The first grant cycle for the fund will be in 2023.

“We are honored to partner with Nemont Manor Foundation on this fund that will provide lasting support to the Valley County community,” says Mary Rutherford, MCF president and chief executive officer.

The mission of MCF is to cultivate a culture of giving so Montana communities can flourish. Founded in 1988, MCF has reinvested more than $90 million in Montana through grants and services to charitable causes across the state. MCF manages more than $175 million in assets and administers more than 1,400 philanthropic funds and planned gifts. Learn more at mtcf.org.

Tester Secures $15 Million To Clean Up Montana Pollution Sites, Support Economic Growth Through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Monday, May 16th 2022

EPA’s Brownfields Grant Program to award funding to 11 Montana projects

(U.S. Senate) – As a part of his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, United States Senator Jon Tester today announced that he secured $15,148,199 in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields grant funding for 11 Montana projects to clean up pollution and spur economic development.

“When industries change and communities develop, Montana’s towns and cities are often left to foot the bill on cleanup efforts,” said Tester. “My bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is helping change that by reinvesting in the communities that have been most affected by leftover contamination and pollution. By working across the aisle with five Republicans and four other Democrats, I was able to secure critical funding to repurpose old or abandoned properties in the Treasure State and create good paying Montana jobs in the process.”

EPA’s Brownfields Program provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, Tribes and others to assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse contaminated properties. A Brownfield is a property, which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Funding for Montana’s Brownfields projects will be delivered in the form of Assessment grants, Cleanup Grants and Programs, and Revolving Loan Funds.

Montana recipients include:

Snowy Mountain Development Corporation; Hilger, Winnett, Roundup, Fergus and Lewistown: $3,900,000 Revolving Loan Fund
· Snowy Mountain Development Corporation, on behalf of the Central Montana Brownfields Coalition, plans to perform several cleanups throughout a six-county area in Central Montana. Cleanups will help clean up legacy contamination, provide affordable housing and eldercare and stimulate economic development in the towns of Hilger, Winnett, Roundup, Fergus and Lewistown. A priority site will be the Crowley Block in Lewistown, which when completed will provide 14 affordable housing units. SMDC has already leveraged revolving loan funds to clean up asbestos at the Crowley Block with $4.5 million in state, local, and federal resources to bring the One Health Community Health Center into the formerly vacant building. The project will result in the creation of 132 new jobs while addressing two critical housing and rural health care needs. Over the past 10 years, EPA has provided SMDC $3.8 million in funding to complete 23 cleanups throughout Central Montana.

Great Falls Development Authority; City of Great Falls and Cascade County: $2,650,000 Revolving Loan Fund
· Great Falls Development Authority plans to use supplemental funding under the Brownfields RLF program to provide cleanup loans and grants at multiple properties throughout the City of Great Falls and Cascade County. A priority site for the funding is the Baatz Building, a historic vacant downtown building planned for a multiuse development with permanent, affordable supportive housing. Two cleanups currently underway include a $50,000 subgrant to clean up the Great Falls Rescue Mission Women’s Shelter and a $424,000 subgrant for the Rocky Mountain Building. After 12 years of vacancy, Alluvion Health will clean up and begin a complete restoration and remodel of the Rocky Mountain building for their Health Care Center. Over the past 16 years, EPA has provided GFDA $2.9 million in funding leading to the completion of seven loans and 12 subgrants for cleanup. A few highlights include the West Bank Landing, True Brew Coffee Shop, Miracle Mile, Arvon Block and the Great Falls Community Food Bank.

Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana; Havre, Chinook and Chester: $2,150,000 Revolving Loan Fund
· Utilizing RLF Coalition grant funds, Bear Paw plans to perform cleanups in Havre, Chinook and Chester.

Headwater Resource Conservation & Development Council; Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Butte-Silver Bow, Granite, Jefferson, Madison, and Powell counties: $1,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund
· Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development Council (HRDC) plans to capitalize a revolving loan fund from which the HRDC will provide loans and subgrants to support cleanup activities. HRDC will use funds to oversee site cleanups, plan redevelopment, and conduct community involvement activities. RLF activities will focus on the seven-county region in southwest Montana that includes Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Butte-Silver Bow, Granite, Jefferson, Madison, and Powell counties. Priority sites are located in old, blighted commercial corridors and include former gas stations, auto repair shops, a former hotel building, and a former junkyard located in a federally designated floodplain. Coalition members are the Butte Local Development Corporation and the Anaconda Local Development Corporation.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality; Anaconda, Billings, Libby: $2,000,000 Assessment Grant
· Funds will be used to conduct 38 Phase I and 19 Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to develop ten community brownfield site inventories and five reuse plans or market studies. The target areas for this grant are the town of Anaconda, the City of Billings, and the Town of Libby. Priority sites include the 20-acre Anaconda Railyard, a 45,000-square-foot underutilized former paper company building in Billings, and the Libby Food Pantry.

Big Sky Economic Development Authority; East Billings: $500,000 Assessment Grant
· Funds will be used to conduct nine Phase I and seven Phase II environmental site assessments and develop four cleanup plans. Grant funds also will be used to prepare a Community Involvement Plan, conduct public meetings, and conduct other community outreach activities. The target area for this grant is the East Billings Urban Renewal District (EBURD). Priority sites include eight brownfields within the EBURD in old commercial and industrial areas, including an auto repair shop, a trucking business, steel facilities, and a warehouse.

Fort Belknap Indian Community: $500,000 Cleanup Grant
· Funds will be used to clean up a former school in Lodgepole, a former Water Treatment Plant and the Sacred Heart Catholic School in Harlem, and the Old Agency Dump on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. The former Lodgepole School is a vacant 16,225-square-foot building contaminated with metals and inorganic contaminants. The former Water Treatment Plant was closed in 2010 and is a vacant 3,750-square-foot building. There are vault tanks and drums inside and near the building containing known and unknown chemicals. The Sacred Heart Catholic Church is a 3,322-square-foot building contaminated with inorganic contaminants. The Old Agency Dump is a 24-acre site that became an unofficial dump for debris such as concrete, pipes, and cars after its closure in the 1980s; its soil is contaminated with organic contaminants. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community involvement activities.

Harlowton: $500,000 Cleanup Grant
· Funds will be used to clean up the Harlowton Roundhouse and Railyard located at 308 A Avenue in the City of Harlowton. The cleanup site was a former railyard and depot that included a 17,000-square-foot roundhouse, an office, switching yards, track, and repair and refueling operations. The 180-acre vacant brownfield is contaminated with metals and organic and inorganic contaminants. The condition of the site restricts access to the Musselshell River. Grant funds also will be used to develop a community relations plan, update an existing project website, and conduct other community involvement activities.

Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development; Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Butte-Silver Bow, Granite, Jefferson, Madison, and Powell counties: $1,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund Coalition Grant
· The grant will be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund from which the HRDC will provide loans and subgrants to support cleanup activities. Grant funds also will be used to oversee site cleanups, plan redevelopment, and conduct community involvement activities. Priority sites are located in old, blighted commercial corridors and include former gas stations, auto repair shops, a former hotel building, and a former junkyard located in a federally-designated floodplain. Coalition members are the Butte Local Development Corporation and the Anaconda Local Development Corporation.

Missoula County: $500,000 Assessment Grant
· Funds will be used to conduct seven Phase I and 11 Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to develop three cleanup plans and one reuse plan and to support community outreach activities. The target areas for this site are the neighborhoods of East Missoula, Bonner, West Riverside, Milltown, Piltzville, and the Fort Missoula/Target Range. Priority sites include the East Missoula Town center complex, which includes former fueling stations, a truck repair facility, and a junk vehicles yard; a former school building that has been vacant since 2004; a 108-acre former sawmill and industrial landfill; and an 86-acre former gravel mine complex.

Northern Cheyenne Tribe: $448,199 Assessment Grant
· Funds will be used to inventory sites and conduct eight Phase I and eight Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to develop three cleanup plans and support community outreach activities. The target areas for this grant are tribally-owned lands within the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Priority sites include three vacant and unutilized fueling stations in the Town of Lame Deer that contain underground storage tanks, and a site consisting of 16 residential units donated by a military base.

Tester worked across the aisle for months to negotiate the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act with a group of five Republicans, four Democrats, and the White House, and he was the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation to vote for it. Tester’s law is projected to create more than 800,000 American jobs and lower costs for businesses by making targeted investments that will strengthen our nation without raising taxes on working families

Bowhunter Education Classes Scheduled In Northeast Montana

Monday, May 16th 2022

GLASGOW – Volunteer instructors are hosting Bowhunter Education in-person courses in Wolf Point, Malta, Glasgow, and Sidney.

Wolf Point: May 21-22
Malta: June 1-3, 6
Glasgow: June 6-8
Sidney: June 10, 16, 17, 18

Students can sign up for Hunter and Bowhunter Education courses by visiting fwp.mt.gov/hunt/education and look for an in-person course. Students MUST be registered before the class begins. Please print, sign, and bring the documents listed on the registration page. All hunter and bowhunter education courses are free of charge.

Who needs bowhunter education?

All first-time bowhunters in Montana must complete a Bowhunter Education course or show proof of a prior year’s archery license from another state or province. Students must be at least 12 years old by Jan. 16, 2023, to take a Bowhunter Education class (either in-person or online) and be fully certified to hunt during an archery-only season.

It is recommended that students only take this course if they are ready to bow hunt (already have equipment and are physically capable and ready to hunt with a bow) so they can incorporate the valuable lessons learned in the field. Otherwise, students should wait to take the course until the year they are planning to start bow hunting.

Bowhunter Education classes are taught by skilled volunteer instructors and offer hands-on learning experiences, mentoring opportunities, and the ability for students to ask questions of experienced hunters.

Students learn how to handle archery equipment safely, various archery tactics, basic survival skills, hunting ethics, wildlife management, game identification, landowner-hunter relations, and Montana hunting laws and regulations.

Some of these courses require the student to pick up and complete the student manual before class. For more information and details on the courses, refer to the course registration page or contact the course instructors listed on the registration page.

Law Enforcement Educating Motorists And Enforcing Montana's Seat Belt Law

Friday, May 13th 2022

For many Montanans, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of summer travel, culminating with Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, these summer months can also be some of the deadliest on Montana’s roads due to increased motor vehicle crashes. As part of a nationwide “Click It or Ticket” mobilization running from May 23 through June 5, 2022, Valley County Sheriff’s Office, Glasgow Police Department, and the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) will be out to educate motorists and enforce Montana’s seat belt law statewide.

Before you make plans to travel this Memorial Day weekend, commit to always buckle up before you go, and insist your friends and family do the same. Using your seat belt is your best defense against serious injury or death in the event you’re in a crash.

“There are no excuses for not wearing your seat belt,” said Chris Richter, Undersheriff. “At the end of the day, we want all Montanans to make it to their destination safely, and the best way to increase your chances of surviving a crash is by wearing your seat belt. It’s simple: Seat belts help save lives.”
In recent years, Montana’s seat belt usage has improved. However, still almost half of the people killed in crashes each year were not wearing their seat belts (2011- 2020 average 49% ). Remember to buckle up – every person, every trip, every time. There’s plenty of reasons to wear your seat belt, and no excuse not to buckle up!

This is a Vision Zero Message from the Montana Department of Transportation. As the summer driving season kicks off, MDT would like to say “thank-you” to our fellow Montanan’s and visitors to Montana that help keep themselves and their passengers safe while traveling by remembering their reason for buckling up every trip, every time.

Glasgow School Board Meeting Notes

Thursday, May 12th 2022

The Glasgow School Board had their organizational meeting and regular May board meeting on May 11th.

The board canvassed and approved the May 3rd school election results which included electing Stan Ozark to a Trustee position and the rejection of a general fund levy request.

Mona Amundson completed her 9th year on the school board and attended her last meeting as a Trustee.

Ozark was sworn in as a Trustee and will serve a 3-year term.

Angie Page was re-elected Chairman of the Board and Ryan Fast was elected Vice-Chair.

Kelly Doornek was appointed Clerk of the Board.

The board then adjourned and opened up their regular May board meeting.

The board approved a request to add Opheim to the Glasgow/Nashua/Hinsdale Wrestling Cooperative which will allow Opheim students to compete in wrestling in the Glasgow School System.

The school district will conduct a obsolete property sale in the month of June after the board approved a resolution allowing this to happen.

Valley County will conduct the 2023 school election in May of 2023. Valley has conducted the elections for the Glasgow School System since 2019.

The board gave tentative approval to a negotiated agreement with the Glasgow Education Association. The GEA is currently voting on the agreement. The agreement will provide an increase of 2.25% on the base salary for Glasgow educators. The school district will provide up to $26,000 in leftover general fund monies (if available) for the GEA to distribute to its members. The contract will be for the 2022-2023 school year.

Valley County Long Run Fire Department Battles Along Milk River

Wednesday, May 11th 2022

Press Release From Valley County Long Run Fire Department:

If you’re going to have a campfire please make sure it’s completely out. The fire Tuesday was contained to 6 acres but crews didn’t get back until 9:30pm. There was extensive mop up that needed to be done.

The fire was back in heavy trees along the Milk River, it was almost inaccessible. Crews had to walk in with water backpacks, hand tools and chainsaws. We responded with 5 trucks and 18 fire department members. Thompson & Son’s also sent a crew along with heavy equipment. It was a great group effort Tuesday!

Daily Amtrak Service Back On The Hi-Line Later This Month

Tuesday, May 10th 2022

(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement celebrating the news that Amtrak will restore daily service to the Empire Builder line across northern Montana beginning May 23:

“This announcement is long overdue, and it’s great news for folks living on the Hi-Line who depend on daily Amtrak service to support our state’s rural economies and to stay connected to family and friends. I’ve been fighting to defend Montana from attempts to cripple Amtrak service in rural America, and I have been proud to lead the fight to return full, daily service to our state, which will grow our economy along our Northern Tier.”

Today’s announcement reverses system-wide service reductions imposed in January due to COVID-driven workforce shortages.

Wolf Point School Board Negotiating On New Contract With Wolf Point Educators

Monday, May 9th 2022

According to the Northern Plains Independent, the Wolf Point School Board and the Wolf Point educators are negotiating a new contract which could increase the starting salary for a teacher in the Wolf Point School System.

A proposal put forth by the school board would increase the base salary to $38,000 which is an increase of 15.14%. For the 2023-2024 school year, the base salary would increase to $39,000 and to $40,000 for the 2024-2025 school year.

Wolf Point Superintendent Loverty Erickson said the proposal would make the base salary the highest for the Montana's nine reservation schools and 19 Class B schools of similar size.

According to the Northern Plains Independent, representatives of the Wolf Point Education System argued that the proposal doesn't provide suitable increases for the school district's more experienced teachers. Teachers are also concerned that the amount of pay percent increases isn't consistent across the board in the proposal.

The Wolf Point Education System plans to submit a new salary proposal a the next meeting on Tuesday, May 10th.

The Glasgow School Board and the Glasgow Education Association last week reached a tentative agreement that needs approval of the membership of the GEA and the Glasgow School Board. The tentative agreement posted on the school website would provide a 2.25% salary increase to the base salary of educators in the Glasgow School System.

Montana FWP Updating Fort Peck Fisheries Management Plan

Monday, May 9th 2022

The 10-year fisheries management plan for Fort Peck Reservoir will expire in 2022, prompting Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to begin updating the plan for next 10 years. FWP is seeking anglers’ assistance with this plan, starting with an online survey.

This will be the fourth 10-year management plan for the popular reservoir. Each of these plans have been developed with regional and state-wide public involvement to establish clear management direction for the Fort Peck fishery.

The current management objective states that the fishery will be managed primarily as a walleye fishery while also setting goals to maintain a quality multi-species fishery.
The biologically-based components for fisheries management of the Fort Peck fishery include relative abundance targets for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, sauger, lake trout, chinook salmon, shoreline forage, and pelagic forage (cisco). In addition, there are guidelines for fishing tournaments on Fort Peck.

During 2022, FWP is providing several opportunities to obtain public input for the plan. The first step is conducting an online user survey. Anglers interested in providing input are encouraged to visit the FWP website and look under the conservation fisheries-management tab. The home page for the plan can be found directly here: https://fwp.mt.gov/conservation/fisheries-management/fort-peck-reservoir

After the survey, there will be several other opportunities for anglers to contribute to the Fort Peck Plan, including public meetings, to ensure that everyone has a chance to comment.

Over the last decade, walleye populations and other gamefish species in Fort Peck Reservoir have been at or slightly above their long-term average. Favorable runoff from higher elevation snowpack and generally increasing reservoir water levels has resulted in very good habitat and forage conditions. These conditions have greatly benefited the sportfishery and have led to Fort Peck becoming a destination fishery for large walleye, lake trout, Chinook salmon and smallmouth bass.

Those interested in the planning process or that have any questions about the fishery are encouraged to call FWP in Glasgow at 406-228-3700.

Marijuana Sales Jump To Nearly $100,000 In Valley County In April

Monday, May 9th 2022

The Montana Department of Revenue has announced that marijuana sales in Valley County jumped to $98,839 in Valley County in the month of April.

There were sales of $65,472 for adult use marijuana in April and $33,366 in medical sales.

This compares to $82,000 in sales for both adult use and medical in March and $65,000 in sales for February.

The state of Montana has recorded over $98 million in sales for 2022 and the total amount of tax revenue generated at $13.5 million.

Gasoline Prices Increasing According To AAA

Friday, May 6th 2022

Since Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by seven cents to $4.27. According to new data from the Energy Information Administration, total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 2.2 million bbl to 228.6 million bbl last week. However, gasoline demand increased slightly from 8.74 million b/d to 8.86 million b/d. Increasing gas demand and rising oil prices have pushed pump prices higher. Pump prices will likely face upward pressure as oil prices remain above $105 per barrel.

At the close of Wednesday’s formal trading session, WTI increased by $5.40 to settle at $107.81. Crude prices rose after the European Union announced a proposal to ban Russian oil imports within six months, while refined product imports would be prohibited by the end of 2022. It’s not clear if the plan will be approved as some members of the 27-nation bloc, such as Slovakia, have stated they will seek exemptions because they need more time to find alternatives to Russian oil. However, given that global crude supply remains tight, crude prices will likely remain volatile amid the news that supply could get tighter if the ban is implemented.

The average price for regular unleaded gasoline is now $4.27 per gallon which is an increase of 12 cents from last week.

In Montana, the average price is $4.20 per gallon which is an increase of 8 cents from last week.

In Glasgow, the average price is $4.13 per gallon.

Valley County Board Vacancies

Friday, May 6th 2022

State Of Montana To Scale Back Daily Reports Of COVID-19

Thursday, May 5th 2022

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials announced today that due to the low level of COVID-19 transmission in Montana at this time, updates to the COVID-19 cases and vaccine dashboards will move to a weekly reporting cadence effective Friday, May 6.

Updates to both dashboards will now be posted every Friday beginning May 13 to include updated data of cumulative cases, new cases, hospitalizations, total deaths, vaccine doses administered, etc. from the previous week. After the Friday, May 6 update, the next update will be on May 13.

The COVID-19 weekday emails will also conclude this week, with the last one to be sent on Friday, May 6.

Additionally, the CDC COVID-19 community levels will be displayed on the COVID-19 dashboard. The COVID-19 community levels are a tool to help communities decide what prevention and mitigation steps to take based on the latest data.

DPHHS also recently scaled back or discontinued various data reports that have been posted on the COVID-19 webpage regularly over the past two years.

Changes to the following reports include:

The weekly surveillance report will continue. The report provides a weekly snapshot of COVID-19 activity in Montana. However, the report now include long-term care (LTC) and assisted living facilities (ALF) data.

DPHHS will pause on publishing updated separate weekly reports of COVID-19 cases in schools, LTC and ALF, and the hospital occupancy report. However, as mentioned above, information related to LTC and ALF will be included in the weekly report.

The demographic tables will now be updated on a weekly basis instead of daily.

The vaccination report by county will now be updated every other week.

These changes do not mean that public health officials have scaled back COVID-19 surveillance efforts. DPHHS will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Montana. Local public health officials will continue to investigate COVID-19 outbreaks and cases in settings which may expose individuals at high risk for severe outcomes. Health officials request that the public follow COVID-19 precautions recommended by the CDC given their community’s COVID-19 transmission and hospitalization levels, including being current on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.

Drought Conditions Improves Slightly In Eastern Montana

Thursday, May 5th 2022

Good news from the drought monitor this morning! The D3 category for extreme drought went down from 39% of the state last week to 19% this week.

Here in Glasgow, we're at about 64% of normal for 2022. The monthly outlook for May has our drought remaining but improving.

Drought Conditions Persist In Missouri River Basin

Thursday, May 5th 2022

Dry conditions in April resulted in well-below average runoff in the upper Missouri River Basin. April runoff was 1.5 million acre-feet, which is 51% of average. The updated 2022 upper Basin runoff forecast is 17.8 MAF, 69% of average, which, if realized, would rank as the 23rd lowest calendar year runoff volume.

“Despite recent snow and rainfall events, 84% of the upper Basin continues to experience abnormally dry conditions. Current drought conditions, dry soils, and below-normal mountain snowpack, resulted in the below-average 2022 calendar year runoff forecast,” said John Remus, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’, Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center indicates increased chances for cooler and wetter-than-normal conditions for most of the Basin for the month of May, potentially providing much needed moisture to the area. However, long range forecasts for the months of June, July, and August indicate warmer and drier-than-normal conditions.

System storage is currently 48.3 MAF, 7.8 MAF below the base of the Annual Flood Control and Multiple Use Zone. System storage is expected to remain in the Carryover Multiple Use Zone during 2022.

Mountain Snowpack:

The mountain snowpack appeared to have peaked in late April, but recent storms and cooler temperatures have resulted in additional snowpack accumulation. Snow over the weekend increased the snow water equivalent in both reaches, with the May 1 snowpack in the reach above Fort Peck and in the Fort Peck to Garrison reach at 86% and 94% of their normal peaks respectively. The late season mountain snowpack has slightly increased runoff projections for May, June, and July in the Fort Peck and Garrison reaches. The mountain snowpack graphics can be viewed at: http://go.usa.gov/xARQC.

Navigation:

Gavins Point Dam releases will provide minimum-service navigation flow support at all four target locations (Sioux City, Omaha, Nebraska City, and Kansas City) through July 1. Flow targets may be missed to conserve water if there is no commercial navigation in a given reach. Minimum-service flow targets range from 25,000 cfs at Sioux City, Iowa to 35,000 cfs at Kansas City. Flow support for the second half of the navigation season, as well as the navigation season length, will be based on the actual System storage on July 1. The current forecast indicates that minimum service flow support will be required throughout the navigation season and flow support may be shortened by about 2 weeks.

Fort Peck Dam
Average releases past month – 5,700 cfs
Current release rate – 6,000 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 8,500 cfs
End-of-April reservoir level – 2222.6 feet
Forecast end-of-May reservoir level – 2222.1 feet
Notes: Releases will be increased to 8,500 cfs in mid-May.

Valley County Election Results

Wednesday, May 4th 2022

Valley County School Elections:

Glasgow School District Election:

Trustee Election (One 3-year term available)
Donald Pansegrau 73
Erin Aune 412
Stan Ozark 618
Larraine Eiland 252

Levy Election:
$49,116.48
Yes: 692
No: 706

Frazer School District Election:

Trustee Election:

1-year term:
Lillie Cox- 44
Michael Cole- 53

3-year term:
Yancy Beston-47
Mary Sue Jackson-57
Adeline Smoker-68

Hinsdale School Election:

Hinsdale Elementary levy request is $27,906
Yes:102
No:17

Nashua School District Election:


Two candidates for one trustee position.
Michelle Fromdahl 179
Joe Laumeyer 120

North Valley County Water & Sewer District (Top 3 are elected)

Director: Nick O Chiechi 36

Phillip DeFelice 46

DeLee Hustad 64

Russell Kolpin 59

Carl Millerick 61


Montana Public School Enrollment Increases

Monday, May 2nd 2022

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen released the final 2021-2022 public school enrollment data. Montana public schools are required to send enrollment data, per Montana statute, to the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) to calculate school funding. These enrollment numbers are part of the Average Number Belonging (ANB) calculation, through our state public school funding formula.

During 2020-2021, school year enrollment numbers dropped by 2.4% due to COVID. The final fall enrollment number shows that public school enrollment has returned to pre-COVID levels:
• The final fall Montana public school enrollment is 149,198, a 2.5% increase over last year
• Public K-8 enrollment is 103, 836, an increase of 7% over last year
• Public high school enrollment is 44,588, an increase of 4% over last year

“Our Montana students and families are returning to our public schools, which reinforces the priority of learning,” said Superintendent Elsie Arntzen. “Last spring’s test scores in math were 34% proficient and in reading were 46% proficient. These test scores don’t reflect the true learning of our students, and as we return to the classroom we must prioritize the basics of math and reading.”

Montana’s K-8 grade levels grew the most, with kindergarten being the highest growing single grade, while grades 6 and 7 had slight drops.

The Glasgow School Enrollment for 2021-2022 came in at 802 compared to 788 during the 2020-2021 school year.

Public school enrollment over the last eight years reflects the population movement level of Montana.
• Student enrollment in Gallatin County since the 2014-2015 school year has grown by 15.3%
• Flathead County public school enrollment has grown by 9.4% since the 2014-2015 school year
• Rosebud County public school enrollment dropped 6.5% since the 2014-2015 school year
• Toole County public school enrollment dropped 5.4% since the 2014-2015 school year

Governor Gianforte Visits Malta And Glasgow On Friday

Monday, May 2nd 2022

At the Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center in Valley County, Governor Greg Gianforte Friday met with patients, staff, and providers as he continued his 56 County Tour.

“For too long, there’s been a stigma associated with mental health challenges and seeking treatment,” Gov. Gianforte said. “Facilities like the Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center in Glasgow have helped reduce that stigma, helping Montanans overcome mental health or addiction challenges.”

While at the health center, the governor met with patients and heard their deeply personal stories about seeking help and working to overcome mental health or addiction challenges. Through the Montana Assertive Community Treatment (MACT) program, Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center is helping patients recover and regain their health.

“MACT allows us to provide an array of services to help people remain in their community, access networks of healthy support contacts, find employment, and get back on their feet,” Office Manager Mary Hughes said. “Thanks to the immense support of the Glasgow community, we’re seeing people blossom and begin reaching their full potential.”

Confronting the drug epidemic, expanding prevention programs, and increasing access to mental health and treatment services are central elements of the governor’s Montana Comeback Plan.

While at the Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center, Gov. Gianforte proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Montana. The governor’s proclamation can be viewed here.

Also in Glasgow, the governor met with high school students participating in a workforce training program at Valley View, a licensed skilled nursing home facility. Through a partnership between Miles Community College and Glasgow School District, the program provides Career and Technical Education (CTE) students hands on-training opportunities while they serve their community and begin health care careers as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

In Malta earlier Friday, the governor joined business owners for breakfast to discuss local economic development efforts as well as the administration’s work to spur job creation and economic growth.

After leaving Montana for five years, Derek Davis returned to Malta and launched his business, Davis Glassworks. Davis emphasized the importance of community in his decision to move back to Malta.

“I wouldn’t trade what our family has in Malta for the world. The community supports one another by shopping local, our business is growing, our family is together, and we’re raising our kids in a tight-knit community that truly feels like home.”

After breakfast, the governor toured Family Matters Inc., a co-op clothing store in Malta that serves customers along the Hi-Line and from Saskatchewan. Family Matters Inc. also works to promote business and recreation in Phillips County.

“Family Matters is a community staple, providing practical and quality clothing and footwear for the entire family, not only in Malta but all across the Hi-Line,” said Family Matters Inc. store manager Avery Sorensen. “With the community in mind, we keep prices within reason to help provide an affordable shopping experience.”

Glasgow School Board Candidates Give Views On Four Day School Week

Friday, April 29th 2022

The Glasgow School District is finishing up a school year in which they are using a four-day school week. The District is planning to stay with the 4 day week for at least the next 2 years. Here are how the four candidates for the Glasgow School Board view the 4-day school week calendar for the Glasgow School System:

Larraine Eiland: https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/lorraine-eiland-four-day-school-week?

Stan Ozark: https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/stan-ozark-four-day-school-week?

Erin Aune: https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/erin-aune-four-day-school-week?

Donald Pansegrau: https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/donald-pansegrau-four-day-school-week?

Drought Outlook Shows Improvement For Southeast Montana

Friday, April 29th 2022

From National Weather Service:

The latest drought outlook is out and it shows a significant improvement for SE Montana while areas north of the Missouri have largely maintained their current drought status.

Most of our locations are approximately 1 to 3 in. below normal for this time of year.

Glasgow High School JMG Competes At State Event In Helena

Friday, April 29th 2022

Glasgow High School JMG (Jobs for Montana Graduates) showing up and showing out at STATE in Helena!

Results:
Harley Edwards 10th Grade
2nd Meme
2nd Career Exploration
Addison Zoanni 11th Grade
1st Critical Thinking
1st Career Exploration
Hailee Richardson 12th Grade
Individual Civics award
Mason Donaldson 11th Grade
3rd Critical Thinking
1st Meme
2nd Career Exploration
Brielle Partridge 11th Grade
3rd Career Exploration
Chairmans Recognition Award
He’Lena Stulc 12th Grade
Sang the National Anthem received the challenge award from Mrs. Page for tackling this for the first time
Isabelle Hood 12th Grade
Round 2 Qualifier in Employment Prep

GHS JMG class took 2nd this year in the Chapter Civic Award. This is an award for our service hours during the school year. Some of the projects they support are as follows: Red Cross Blood Drive, Snack Pack or Cole’s Pantry, meals at Christmas or Thanksgiving, Super Hero and Pennies for Patients.

GHS Grad Amy Nelson was a guest speaker at the event.
The group also toured Boeing in Helena.
GREAT job kids and Mrs. Page!

Glasgow School Board Candidates Express Views On Levy Election

Thursday, April 28th 2022

This year's Glasgow School election is a poll election and the polling place is at the Valley County Courthouse Community Room. Voting will take place from noon until 8 pm. Absentee ballots were mailed on Friday, April 15, 2022. There is still time to vote absentee by contacting the Valley County Clerk & Recorder's Office no later than noon the day before the election.

The election has both a trustee position and a general fund levy proposition. The four candidates for the one 3-Year Term are:

Erin Aune, Larraine Eiland, Stan Ozark, & Donald G Pansegrau.

The general fund levy is asking for $49,116.48 for the purpose of operating and maintaining the schools. This will increase the taxes on a home with the market value of $100,000 by approximately $4.21 and on a home with a market value of $200,000 by $8.42.

All 4 candidates for the Glasgow School Board explained their position on the levy request:

Stan Ozark: https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/stan-levy?

Erin Aune: https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/erin-aune-levy?

Donald Pansegrau: https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/donald-pansegrau-levy?

Larraine Eiland: https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/lorraine-levy?

Woman Arrested In Connection With January Murder Of Sidney Man

Wednesday, April 27th 2022

A 51-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday in Miles City in connection with the January murder of a Sidney man, police in Sidney announced Tuesday.

Lyndsee Colette Brewer was arrested in connection with the homicide of Christopher Arthur Wetzstein, 50, whom police described as her friend and business associate.

She was booked into the Richland County Detention Facility in Sidney. She has not been formally charged. Bail was set at $500,000.

Police said in a news release that Wetzstein was found dead Jan. 28 at his apartment with a gunshot wound to the head. Police had responded to a welfare check because he missed work.

Sidney police said authorities found a 9mm handgun later determined to have fired the fatal bullet at the Forsyth home of Brewer, who had been identified as a person of interest early in the investigation.

The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation assisted in the case.

Brewer is scheduled to make her first court appearance 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in district court in Sidney.

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