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2 Additional Students In Glasgow School District Test Positive For COVID-19

Thursday, October 29th 2020

On October 28, 2020, the Glasgow School District was notified that two students had tested positive for COVID-19.

The positive tests were confirmed on October 28, 2020. According to the Valley County Health Department, the District’s staff and students were not in contact with the student during the period of possible exposure. However, the student last attended in-class or had person-to-person contact with fellow students/staff at the GHS and GMS on October 14, 2020. Working with the Valley County Health Department, we do not need to close down the school at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.

School officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information if and when it becomes available.

At this time we will not be closing the school or the district. The classroom(s)/students(s) involved will begin remote learning on Monday, October 26, 2020. If there are any questions concerning remote learning at GHS, please call Mr. Huntsman at 406.228.2485 or Mr. Zoanni at GMS at
406.228.8268. If there are any other questions please contact Wade Sundby at the central office at 406.228.2406.

Currently, we have 3 active cases, 41 recovered for a total of 44. Contacts of positive cases are 53 released and 47 not released from quarantine for a total of 100.

Valley County Reports Additional Death Due To COVID-19

Thursday, October 29th 2020

Report from Calley County Health Department:
Valley County confirms the death of a woman in her 80s. Our sympathies are extended to her family.
10/29/20 at 5:55pm
COVID-19 update
Active cases: 73
Recovered cases: 289
Total cases: 367
Death due to COVID-19 and/or COVID-19 complications: 5
20 positive persons since 10/26/2020 -- Cases 348 -- 367
ACTIVE CASES ONLY:
Age less than 10: 0
10-19: 3
20-29: 1
30-39: 2
40-49: 3
50-59: 3
60-69: 4
70-79: 3
80-89: 0
90-99: 1
Female: 10
Male: 10
Towns involved in Valley County:
For cases 1-350: 67% reside in Glasgow, 15% reside in Frazer, 10% reside in Nashua, the remaining 8% are from Hinsdale, Fort Peck, St. Marie, Larslan, and Richland. Our COVID situation can change overnight with an increase or decrease. Of these 350 cases, we have a 10% hospitalization rate, and it will be years before all of the long-term effects, disease complications, or disabilities of this virus are known or understood.

Valley County Board Of Health Considers Enforcement Of Phase 2 COVID Restrictions

Thursday, October 29th 2020

The Valley County Board of Health met on Wednesday to discuss enforcement of restrictions in place to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Stan Ozark has the story:

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/board-of-health-10-29

2nd Avenue South Paving Project To Begin Thursday

Wednesday, October 28th 2020

Due to a break in the weather, Century Construction will begin work on the 2nd Avenue South paving project Thursday and progress thru Wednesday, November 4th.

Weather dependent, the company hopes to do milling work thru Saturday and asphalt paving to start on Monday, November 2nd.

Work will start on the south of the Avenue and progress across the street, only one side of the street will be open to traffic, with no parking while the work is progressing.

The project includes 2nd Avenue South from D&G to Western Drug. It's a 2 block project.

CFAP 2 Program Pays Out More Than $7 Billion To Agricultural Producers Including $145 Million In Montana

Wednesday, October 28th 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that in the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

7139 applications have been approved in Montana and a total of $145,632,409 has been paid out to agricultural producers in Montana under the CFAP 2 program. This includes over $66 million to cattle producers and over $45 million to wheat producers.

Festival Of Trees Cancelled For 2020

Tuesday, October 27th 2020

The organizing committee of the Festival of Trees regret to announce that the 16th annual Dinner and Tree Auction has been cancelled.

This event has typically started the holiday season in Glasgow, and has been a staple fundraiser for the Valley County HOPE Project. Tax deductible donations can be made to the HOPE Project by visiting our website (www.valcohope.com) or our Facebook page.

Thank you for your past support, and we look forward to being back in 2021!

Northern Lights 4-H To Hold Virtual Halloween Party

Tuesday, October 27th 2020

The Northern Lights 4-h club has made the hard decision not to host their annual Halloween party this year due to recommendations from FMDH and the Valley County Health Department. In hopes of still creating some fun for the kids the club will have goodie bags to hand out and will do their costume contest , cake decorating contest , and pumpkin carving contest virtually. Photos can be submitted via text or email by 5 pm Sunday evening November 1 to any of the following:
Britt: 406.209.0915 brittanyallestad@hotmail.com
Jody: 406.581.9297 Fossumjo@hotmail.com
Lori: 406.724.7179 loriwestby@hotmail.com

Goodie bags will be handed out Thursday the 29 after school. School age students will also be given bags for their siblings. Winners of the contests will be contacted and announced Monday November 2 and prizes will be handed out after school for the following categories:
-Best costume boy and girl:preschool and under
-Best costume boy and girl :K-2
-Best costume boy and girl :3-6
-Best costume boy and girl: 7-8
-Best costume boy and girl: 9-12
-Best costume boy and girl :adult

-Best Cake 9th-adult and 8th and under
-Best Pumpkin 9th-adult and 8th and under

We are excited to see everyone's submissions!
Northern Lights 4-h Club

FMDH With 9 Inpatients As Of 10/26

Tuesday, October 27th 2020

Current FMDH Inpatient Status 10/26/2020 ????
+ 9 Inpatients Total
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+ 7 Confirmed Covid Positive Inpatients
+ 2 Confirmed Covid Negative Inpatient

Valley County COVID-19 Update

Monday, October 26th 2020

10/26/20 at 5:55pm
COVID-19 update
Active cases: 66
Recovered cases: 277
Total cases: 347
Death due to COVID-19 and/or COVID-19 complications: 4
32 positive persons since 10/23/2020 -- Cases 316 – 347
ACTIVE CASES ONLY:
Age less than 10: 2
10-19: 0
20-29: 2
30-39: 1
40-49: 8
50-59: 3
60-69: 10
70-79: 4
80-89: 2
90-99: 0
Female: 24
Male: 8
Towns involved in Valley County: 6

Strommen Sentencing Postponed Again

Monday, October 26th 2020

Former Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen was set to be sentenced on October 27th but Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer announced the sentencing has been postponed. No new date has been scheduled for the sentencing.

This is the 3rd time that Strommen's sentencing has been postponed. He was originally set to be sentenced August 28th. That was postponed to October 7th and then was postponed to October 27th.

Strommen remains incarcerated in the Roosevelt County Detention Center in Wolf Point.

A Valley County Jury found Strommen guilty on the charge of Sexual Intercourse without Consent on July 17th.

He faces life in prison or a sentence of no more than 100 years or no less than four years.

Valley County Board Of Health To Meet On Wednesday

Monday, October 26th 2020

The Valley County Board of Health has set a special meeting for Wednesday, October 28 at 5:15pm through Zoom. No Zoom invitations will be sent. The Zoom meeting will allow 1,000 attendees. The meeting will also be aired on KLTZ AM 1240.

This meeting is open to the public. It’s intention is for the betterment of Valley County residents and their health. We ask that persons who are not residents of Valley County stream this meeting through the KLTZ AM 1240 website or app. Thank you.

Agenda:

Board of Health Special Meeting Agenda October 28, 2020 at 5:15pm

1. Call to order – Chairman Clay Berger

2. Roll Call of Board of Health Members to establish a quorum – Chairman Clay Berger

3. Approval of previous minutes deferred to regular meeting 12/8/2020 (6/9/2020 quarterly meeting and 10/21/2020 special meeting)

4. Current status of Valley County related to COVID issues – Update from 10/21/2020 Special BOH meeting if needed at this time. Each representative will “raise their hand” in Zoom, must state their name for the record, and will be allowed three (3) minutes for their update.
a. Trends in Valley County – Health Officer, BOH, VCHD
b. City of Glasgow
c. Medical – FMDH, VVH, PRV
d. Responders – StatAir, Law enforcement, Jail, EMS, Fire, Mortuary
e. Schools in Valley County – Frazer, Glasgow, Hinsdale, Lustre, Nashua, Opheim
f. Chamber of Commerce and/or businesses since last meeting

5. Review authority of Health Board – County Attorney Dylan Jensen

6. Review the Governor’s Directive: Phase 2 – County Attorney Dylan Jensen

7. Abatement measures.
a. Review current county abatement measures – County Attorney Dylan Jensen
b. Discussion of additional abatement measures – Board of Health members and Health Officer

8. Call for a motion to set time and date for a meeting to vote on additional abatement measures.

9. Call for motion(s) outlining detailed abatement measures on which the Board of Health will vote at the date and time set in agenda item #8.

10. Public Comment: Each public participant may “raise their hand” in Zoom, must state their name for the record, and will be allowed three (3) minutes for their comment.

11. Adjourn

Further public comments specific to abatement measures will be accepted in the following formats:
• Through the Zoom Chat room during the meeting until the end of agenda item #10 public comment.
• Email to lmiller@valleycountymt.gov until 5:00pm the day prior to the next meeting.
• Mail comments to Valley County Health Department, 501 Court Square Box 11, Glasgow, MT 59230. Mailed comments related to abatement measures must be received prior to the next meeting.
• Fax to (406) 228-6242 by 5:00pm the day prior to the next meeting.

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GHS Students Trick Or Treating For Food Bank

Monday, October 26th 2020

Glasgow High School students (Student Council, Key Club and Leadership Class) will be trick or treating for the Food Bank on Saturday, October 31st from 5 - 7 pm.

They ask that if you have food items to donate, then please put them in a bag and leave them on your doorstep.

This will eliminate any face to face contact with the public.

Thank you for your support.

Irle School Student Tests Positive For COVID-19

Monday, October 26th 2020

On October 25, 2020, the Glasgow School District was notified that a student had tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test was confirmed on October 25, 2020. According to the Valley County Health Department, the District’s staff and students were in contact with the student during the period of possible exposure. However, the student last attended in-class or had person-to-person contact with fellow students/staff at Irle on October 7, 2020.

Working with the Valley County Health Department, we do not need to close down the school at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.

If any staff or students are at risk of exposure, the Valley County Health Department will be in contact with that person to determine a safe and appropriate course of action. It is still recommended that any person who feels sick or ill, seek out their medical provider for specific instructions. The School District is in contact with the Health Department and reviewing the Centers for Disease Control guidance to complete cleaning the school and other related facilities. The other steps taken by the School District include temp checks, handwashing stations, sanitization of classrooms, and a deep clean of the room(s). Contact Wade Sundby for details about these measures.

School officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information if and when it becomes available.

The Glasgow School District along with the Valley County Health Department will be reaching out to families involved. Please follow the guidelines presented. At this time we will not be closing the school or the district.

The classroom(s)/students(s) involved will begin remote learning on Monday, October 26, 2020. If there are any questions concerning remote learning at Irle, please call Mrs. Erickson at 406.228.2419. If there are any other questions please contact Wade Sundby at the central office at 406.228.2406.

Currently, we have 2 active cases, 40 recovered for a total of 42. Contacts of positive cases are 38 released and 54 not released from quarantine for a total of 92.

Respectfully submitted,

Wade O. Sundby
Superintendent

56% Of Valley County Voters Return Ballots

Monday, October 26th 2020

56% of Valley County Voters have returned their ballots in advance of the November 3rd General Election.

4998 ballots have been issued with 2611 ballots returned to the Election Administrator in Valley County.

1950 ballots have yet to be returned to the Election Administrator.

Irle School Back To Resume In-Class Instruction

Thursday, October 22nd 2020

In a letter from Glasgow School Superintendent Wade Sundby, it's been announced that Irle School will resume in-class instruction on Monday, October 26, 2020. Click on the image to read the full letter.

Amtrak Urged To Reconsider Temporary Reductions Made To Daily Rail Service

Thursday, October 22nd 2020

Story from www.greatfallstribune.com

A business leader from the Hi-Line joined Montana's two senators on Wednesday in urging a top Amtrak official to reconsider temporary reductions made to daily rail service in the Treasure State, saying it is a critical lifeline for rural residents.

And they got some help from a “neighbor,” a senator from Washington who argued that daily train service is a big benefit to help people enjoy Montana’s Glacier National Park.

But Amtrak President William J. Flynn told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, that the current ridership rates, which took a 97% hit in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, could not sustain service levels and also said the passenger rail provider was seeking $4.89 billion in COVID-19 relief funds from Congress to reassess the situation in February and hopefully return service levels.

“But I want to be very clear, these adjustments are temporary, there is no plan or agenda to make these adjustments permanent,” he said. “Many of your states benefit from long distance service … I have heard the concerns very loud and clear.”

He said the board is 100% committed to the long distance network and its future.

They both said the Empire Builder is “essential” to Montana’s local economies and access to health care. They were joined by Paul Tuss, executive director of Havre-based Bear Paw Development Corp., a 17,811-square-mile economic development district that includes five counties and two Indian nations. He said many of the communities the district serves are not only rural, but considered frontier.

“And running through it all, is the Empire Builder, one of Amtrak’s most successful long-distance routes,” Tuss said.

The Empire Builder has stops in 12 communities and has proven to be a lifeline for residents. He said it is used for access to advanced medical care in Minnesota and Washington. He said it also takes people to work and brings families together.

Tuss said it also brings out-of-state residents to Montana for vacations and other reasons that significantly help Montana’s economy.

He said it hauls 55,000 people annually to Whitefish, which is the busiest stop for the Empire Builder in the state, adding to the area’s tourism trade. He noted the stop’s proximity to Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake.

Tuss said in 2019, the 12 stations handled 121,429 passengers who boarded or disembarked from the Empire Builder.

“This level of activity is significant, especially for a rural state,” he said.

Tuss said it has been estimated that the Empire Builder adds $327 million to the economies of the states in which it operates and the federal government spends about $57 million to keep it running.

He said that is a $270 million return on the investment.

He said the reduction in service would hurt Montana residents, making few options available and he feared the route would not return to its pre-pandemic level. He said the cuts will be reflected in less ridership and justify future cuts.

“Our real concern at this juncture is that the current reduction in service will become permanent and Amtrak in our state and elsewhere will be a less reliable and more inconvenient travel option for Americans,” Tuss said.

“Now is not the time to shrink from a commitment this nation has historically had to connect our people and places through a robust passenger rail system,” he said.

William Flynn, president and chief executive officer of Amtrak, testifies Wednesday before a Senate subcommittee.

Flynn said Amtrak carried 80,000 daily passengers in February, and by April it was 4,000 a day. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, Amtrak was on its way to a record year in 2020. He said on Tuesday there were 17,000 passengers.

He said the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Ac helped Amtrak get through 2020.

Flynn said Amtrak expects needing $4.9 billion in 2021 to invest in the network and address congressional priorities as employee furloughs and daily long-distance service.

He said Congress has not passed an FY 2021 appropriations bill. He said the House has provided $2.4 billion for Amtrak, but it awaits Senate approval.

“However, given that nothings has been enacted, we need to be prudent and address the situation at hand,” Flynn said, adding the company is adjusting service and workforce levels.

Flynn said Amtrak is committed to returning furloughed workers as soon as possible and has provided no-cost health coverage during this period.

At the beginning of the hearing, Tester called the Empire Builder the backbone of Montana's rural communities.

"The truth of the matter is our state cannot afford to lose the critical services that Amtrak provides," he said.

He said the Trump administration "fought to end long-distance service which would have meant the end to the Empire Builder in Montana. Since then, they have attempted to cut the budget in half, leading to where we are today as Montanans lose service. This is unacceptable and is hurting our economy.”

Daines said he also was concerned about the impact of the reductions.

“In Montana, the Empire Builder is essential to the local economy and provides folks along the Hi-Line their only access to the national transportation network," he said.

He said he led a bipartisan effort opposing the reductions in June, which included support from both labor unions and passenger associations.

Daines said he sent a letter to Senate leadership last month noting the Empire Builder is essential to providing Montanans access to world-class health care and is critical to local economies.


Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said she was at a Glacier National Park hotel and saw a group of people come in the door.

"Where are all these people coming from?" she wondered. "Oh they just got off Amtrak."

"So, if you don't have Amtrak service to Glacier National Park you're going to have a problem," she said, adding she would not like to see service cut and then it takes 15 years to reestablish.

The committee did not take a vote Wednesday.

Valley County Board Of Health Considers Additional Restrictions To Curb COVID-19

Wednesday, October 21st 2020

The Valley County Board of Health received a recommendation from Dr. Anne Millard to implement additional restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. In a virtual meeting on Wednesday evening, Dr. Millard told the Board of Health that Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital is getting overwhelmed with COVID patients and is starting to restrict non-emergent services in some of their departments in order to redeploy staffing to support needs due to the current COVID surge.

Millard, who is the County Health Officer, said patients are coming in very sick and in some cases need to be hospitalized up to 10 days due to COVID-19. FMDH in some cases is unable to fly patients to other facilities because many other facilities are also full and aren't accepting additional patients.

Dr. Millard is recommending that the Board of Health impose additional restrictions in Valley County including going back to Phase 1 restrictions or to a stay at home order similar to what was imposed back in March and April of this year. Valley County has been in Phase 2 since May of this year.

The Board of Health heard many people speak last night who opposed additional restrictions particularly on businesses who feared getting shut down again for an extended time.

The Board of Health agreed to hear additional comment from the public before a decision is made and will meet in the near future to consider additional restrictions.

Members of the Valley County Board of Health:

Clay Berger
Megan Walstad
Bronwin Hanshew
Amber Swindler
Darcel Wesen
Mary Armstrong
Dr. Anne Millard
Public Health Director Lynn Miller

Valley View Nursing Home COVID Update

Wednesday, October 21st 2020

COVID-19 Update
Valley View Home is still experiencing an outbreak.
Residents confirmed: 10
Residents recovered: 2
Resident pending: 1
Staff confirmed: 11
Staff recovered: 7
Staff pending: 1
Hospitalizations: 0
Deaths: 0
Our isolation unit is currently full. Staff and resident testing is every 3-7 days.

FMDH COVID Update

Wednesday, October 21st 2020

Current FMDH Inpatient Status 10/21/2020 ????
+ 15 Inpatients Total
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+ 11 Confirmed Covid Positive Inpatients
+ 2 Suspected Covid Positive Inpatients (awaiting results)
+ 1 Confirmed Covid Negative Inpatient
+ 1 Suspected Covid Negative Inpatient (awaiting results)

Amtrak Cuts Service To 3 Days A Week For Empire Builder Long Distance Route

Wednesday, October 21st 2020

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting decrease in travel demand, most Amtrak long distance routes will operate tri-weekly beginning this October.

The Empire Builder had provided daily service between Chicago and Seattle with stops along several Montana communities including Glasgow. But effective this week the service will go to 3 days a week.

Effective Week of October 19, 2020

Empire Builder
Train #7 (Westbound) departs Chicago Monday/Thursday/Saturday
Train #8 (Eastbound): departs Seattle: Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Train #27 (Westbound) departs Chicago: Monday/Thursday/Saturday
Train #28 (Eastbound) departs Portland, OR: Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday

Montana Judge Denies Request By Native American Tribes To Halt Construction Of Keystone Oil Pipeline

Wednesday, October 21st 2020

A federal judge has denied a request by Native American tribes to halt construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada over worries about potential spills and damage to cultural sites.

Work started this spring on the long-stalled pipeline that would carry oil sands crude from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska.

The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Community in Montana and Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota have challenged President Donald Trump's 2019 permit for the project.

The tribes say Trump's permit violated their rights under treaties from the mid-1800s.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said in an Oct. 16 ruling that the tribes did not show they would suffer irreparable harm from the work that's been done so far.

Morris said he had "serious questions" about the legal claims being made by the tribes. He did not make a final ruling, and invited further arguments.

More than 1,000 people are working on the $9 billion project including building 12 pump stations for the 1,200-mile line, said Terry Cunha with TC Energy, the Calgary-based company behind the project.

However, work on much of the pipeline itself remains stalled. That's because the U.S. Supreme Court in July upheld a lower court ruling that invalidated a permit needed for the pipeline to cross hundreds of rivers and other water bodies along its route.

Keystone XL was first proposed in 2008 and rejected under former President Barack Obama. It was revived by Trump as part of the Republican's efforts to boost fossil fuel industries.

Hunter Check Stations To Be In Operation Across Montana Beginning This Weekend

Wednesday, October 21st 2020

GLASGOW, HAVRE – Hunter check stations will be in operation across Montana beginning this weekend and continue through the general rifle season with a few changes in protocol related to COVID -19 safety.

The only continuous hunter check station in Region 6 (northeast Montana) is located a few miles east of Havre on Highway 2 and operates during daylight hours on Saturday and Sunday throughout the general season. In addition, wardens may also occasionally set up hunter check stations throughout the region at any time. Please remember that all hunters are required by law to stop as directed at all designated check stations on their way to and from hunting, even if they have no game to be checked.

General big game season runs from Oct. 24 through Nov. 29. At check stations, public safety as it relates to the spread of COVID-19 will be important. FWP staff will be working to reduce crowding at the stations this season and for hunters the check station process will be streamlined as much as possible.

However, each check station may handle this process a bit differently, depending on staff, check station logistics and traffic flow. Please follow all directions and signs from FWP staff as they work diligently to check game, answer questions and get you on your way. If social distancing is difficult, please be ready to wear a mask.

Additionally, in the northwest, eastern and southwest parts of Montana, FWP will be operating CWD sampling stations where staff priority will be collecting samples rather than the traditional game check station process. Again, please follow site-specific directions and signs from FWP staff. Locations near northeast Montana include:
• Flowing Wells Junction of Hwy 200 and Hwy 24- Fri and Mon, 10 am.-dusk
• Sidney, Town Pump on the South side of town- Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
FWP is also ready to help hunters sample their deer, elk or moose for CWD at our offices:
• Glasgow Region 6 Headquarters-M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (406-228-3700)
• Havre Region 6 Field Office-M-F, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (406-265-6177)
For more information on CWD, and to find other CWD sampling stations across the state, please look online at fwp.mt.gov/cwd.

Montana Unemployment Rate At 5.3% In September

Tuesday, October 20th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate returned to a near-normal level of 5.3 percent in September after dropping from 5.6 percent in August. Economists typically consider normal unemployment levels to be between 4 percent to 5 percent.

“While Montana’s unemployment rate continues to decline, this public health crisis is far from over. We must come together to get our hands around this virus by following the public health measures already in place to keep Montanans safe and healthy,” Governor Bullock said. “If we do so, we can keep businesses and schools open and support parents in the workforce to maintain our economic recovery.”

The national unemployment rate has remained higher than Montana’s, at 7.9 percent for September. Montana has the 9th lowest unemployment rate in the nation.

In September, total employment posted strong employment gains of 4,250 over the month. Total employment includes payroll, agricultural, and self-employed workers. Total employment has regained over 48,000 jobs since the April recession low. Payroll employment also posted gains of 3,100 jobs over the month, with retail and leisure activities, which saw some of the most significant impacts from the pandemic, posting the largest gains and adding 1,200 jobs each. Payroll employment has increased by 42,600 jobs since April.

The unemployment rate in Valley County is 3.6%. This is an increase of 0.4% over the previous year.

Senator Tester Protests Cut In Amtrak Service

Tuesday, October 20th 2020

(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester Monda released the following statement as Amtrak’s cuts in service to the Empire Builder line, which crosses the entire state of Montana along the Hi-Line, go into effect. Those cuts reduce the number of trains running along the route from seven days a week to three.

“I’ve been sounding the alarm for months that this reduction in service will be devastating to Hi-Line communities, economies, and families who use the train to visit family across the country. It’s unacceptable, and I will be pushing Amtrak for clear answers about why they’re cutting service and when it will be returned during my oversight hearing in the Commerce Committee on Wednesday.”

Tester’s Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing on Amtrak will be held on Wednesday, October 21st at 8am MT. Havre’s Paul Tuss, Executive Director of Bear Paw Development Corporation, will testify before the panel.

Tester personally requested the hearing in a letter sent to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) earlier this year, urging them to listen to community members who have been devastated due to service cuts, low ridership, and decreased revenue. The hearing will discuss the oversight of funding allocated to Amtrak in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the future of long-distance rail services across the country.

Amtrak operates 15 long-distance routes in 47 states across the country, connecting rural and urban centers and providing inter-state mobility to underserved communities and populations. Earlier this year, Amtrak announced that it would cut jobs and reduce service in rural communities on the Empire Builder Long-Distance Line beginning in October, which includes 12 stations along the Montana Hi-Line that served 121,429 passengers who boarded or disembarked in the state in 2019.

Dr. Millard Addresses COVID-19 And Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital

Monday, October 19th 2020

Dr. Anne Millard appeared on a Facebook Live program on October 19th and talked about the impact COVID-19 is having on Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

On October 19th, FMDH had 10 in-patients all with COVID-19.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/dr-millard-update

U.S./ Canadian Border To Remain Closed Until November 21st

Monday, October 19th 2020

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA, Oct 19 (Reuters) — The United States' land borders between Canada and Mexico will remain closed to all non-essential travel until Nov. 21, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said Monday.

The extension comes as the United States remains one of the worst affected countries in the world and is reporting the second highest number of new cases daily.

"To continue to limit the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Nov 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to identify safe criteria to ease the restrictions in the future & support our border communities," said U.S. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Twitter.

Canada's Public Safety Minister Bill Blair earlier disclosed the latest one-month extension on Twitter, confirming a policy put in place in March to control the spread of COVID-19.

"We'd love to have the border open ... but we can't do that unless we're comfortable that Canadians are being kept safe," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an interview on AM 900 CHML Hamilton radio earlier on Monday.


"Right now, the situation in the United States continues to be of concern," Trudeau added.

Last month, on the day the border extension was confirmed, U.S. President Donald Trump said it would open "pretty soon" because Canada wanted the restrictions lifted. But Canada's government has made it clear it does not want the restrictions removed until COVID-19 is under control in both countries.

The restrictions are particularly painful for U.S. and Canadian towns along the border that are tightly intertwined.

Statistics Canada said earlier U.S. visits to Canada by automobile had plummeted by more than 95% in August compared with August 2019.

COVID-19 Testing Site Moves To Glasgow Senior Citizens Center

Sunday, October 18th 2020

Message From Valley County Health Department:

NEW COVID-19 TESTING SITE:

Beginning Monday, the test site is moving indoors.

We cannot thank Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital enough for their commitment to testing!

# The Glasgow Senior Center is located at 328 4th Avenue South. BEHIND the Senior Center, on East Court Street, you may park in the gravel parking lot. FMDH staff will be at the marked door.

# Five (5) people are scheduled each 15 minutes. DO NOT ARRIVE more than five (5) minutes early. Five (5) people will be allowed inside to have their nasal swab obtained, those five (5) people will leave, and then the next five (5) people will be allowed to enter.

# FMDH staff will not test anyone who does NOT have a lab form filled out in advance by the Valley County Health Department.

No drop-ins will be allowed.

Irle Elementary School To Continue Remote Learning For Another Week

Saturday, October 17th 2020

Statement from Glasgow School Superintendent Wade Sundby

In visiting with Lynn Miller and the pressure the Valley County Health Department is having with the uptick in positive COVID cases. We will be closing the doors and moving to our remote learning platform for another week at the Irle School grades K-5 only, due to the increase in COVID positive students and staff as well as quarantine. We will continue remote learning on Monday October 19, 2020.

A possible date to return will be Monday October 26, 2020 this will be dependent upon the COVID positive/negative test results returning to the Valley County Health Department.


Students will be expected to logon to the Google Meets at the beginning of the day, as well and follow the teachers directions on how to proceed in their own classroom.

Admin, Teachers, paraprofessionals, and secretaries will be able to return to the building on Monday October 19, 2020, to continue instruction from their classroom if they are not quarantined.


Students are expected to check their Google Classroom and email daily. Teachers need to invite students to the classes (Google Meet/Hangouts) through their email.

The Glasgow School District does understand the strain that this puts on families during this time. We are working diligently to make sure our staff, students and community are safe. We continually evaluate the situation to make the best possible decision we can during this time. We are running into a situation where our teachers and paraprofessionals are becoming limited because of exposure to COVID. We are unable to fully staff our school for in class instruction. If you have any questions please contact Rachel Erickson at 406-228-2419 or Wade Sundby at 406-228-2406 or email wsundby@mail.glasgow.k12.mt.us. Thank you and stay safe.

Respectfully submitted,

Wade O. Sundby Superintendent

St. Mary's Project Completed

Friday, October 16th 2020

https://www.ktvh.com/news/montana-and-regional-news/completion-of-milk-river-project-celebrated

With the sun shining on the Milk River, a ribbon was cut Thursday to mark the official completion of the Milk River Project.

"This is a huge celebration for everyone,” said Jennifer Patrick, the Milk River Joint Board of Control program manager.

The project, which cost about $8 million dollars, rebuilt the fifth drop in a canal that carries water from the St. Mary River into the Milk River. The drop collapsed in May, leaving the more than 100,000 people who rely on the river for water without a sustainable source of water.

"We have storage facilities. Milk River Alberta had enough storage to get them to where they're at right now. We have Fresno Reservoir for Havre, Chinook, Harlem and the Fort Belknap Agency. But everything else, all the stock water and everything this canal supports, and the land owners and the ranchers up here, they were completely without water for the season,” Patrick explained.

She explained, “It's huge because all of the commodities coming out of this Milk River basin also depend on it. It goes down to Nashua. So, we're running this 700-mile stretch of river for all of these different entities, the fish, wildlife, everything. When you talk about the Hi-Line, this is the lifeline of the Hi-Line.”

Blackfeet Tribe Water Department Director Jerry Lunak said the completion of the project brings new opportunities for the reservation along with the water. "We have 5,000 acre-feet of water within this project we can use for future marketing," said Lunak.

U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, and Montana Lt. Governor Mike Cooney were all at the celebration and say perhaps just as important as the life the project brings is the message it sends.

"It's a testimony to federal government, state government, tribal government, Canadian government coming together,” said Daines.

"This is a prime example of folks working together,” said Tester.

"Back in Washington, I've been saying the St. Mary Project is the number one infrastructure project that needed repair in the state of Montana,” Gianforte said.

"I have to say, the people in this part of the country just really stepped up,” said Cooney.

Valley View Home Experiencing Outbreak Of COVID-19

Thursday, October 15th 2020

Valley View Home is currently experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19. We currently have residents and staff confirmed positive in our facility. All symptoms at this time are mild and closely monitored. Valley View Home initiated a lockdown to prevent further spread of the virus. We are happy to say that at this time our staff and residents are doing fine. Valley View Home is able to maintain good staffing during this outbreak while sharing optimism. All staff and residents are tested every 3-7 days until we have gone 14 days without a positive test result. Until then we will remain in lockdown. Window visits are allowed but the window must remain closed. Only other visits allowed at this time are FaceTime visits. Please call 228-2461 and ask for DeVon Palmer, social services director, and schedule a FaceTime visit today!

In the meantime, we at Valley View Home are preparing to introduce our new resident visitation that is authorized from CMS. We already placed a temporary parking lot in the back of the facility for access to our new visitation room where families can visit their loved ones safely, privately and with the ability to hold hands and hug one another! This process is not going to be easy however and the visits will be appointment based only due having to dedicate staff members for visitation facilitation. The new visitation procedure will commence once our isolation lockdown is complete and we thank you all for your patience.

Montana State University Poll Finds Major Races Close

Thursday, October 15th 2020

BOZEMAN – Montana State University on Wednesday released the results of its Treasure State poll weighing Montana attitudes for the 2020 general election set for Nov 3. The poll, one of the most extensive publicly available polls on the state’s voter preferences for the upcoming election, is administered by members of the MSU Department of Political Science.

All the major races are close and the poll has a 3.9% margin of error, according to David Parker, MSU political science professor and one of three architects of the poll, which was conducted between Sept. 14 and Oct. 2.

In all, 1,787 Montanans responded to the mail-in poll that consisted of about 80 questions. Parker termed the return rate of about 20% as a good return rate. The professors weighted the responses to ensure the survey sample accurately represented the population of Montana’s registered voters. He said, per industry practice, they weighted the responses by gender, education, age, 2016 vote for president and place of residency. The Treasure State poll of the 2018 U.S. Senate election between Jon Tester and Matt Rosendale closely aligned with final results.

“Who turns out will be a key to these elections,” said Parker, who led a team that also included fellow MSU political science professors Eric Raile and Elizabeth Shanahan. Data analysis was provided by the MSU HELPS Lab, which Raile directs.

“For instance, younger voters disproportionately prefer Bullock to Daines,” Parker said. “If there is not a high turnout of younger voters, the GOP will win some of the races.”

Poll results by race follow.

U.S. Senate

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock leads incumbent Sen. Steve Daines by two points in the race for the U.S. Senate with 49% from likely and active registered voters compared to 47% for Daines. Only 3% were undecided.

The pre-election poll found that Bullock is the only Democrat to lead in the key races on the Montana ballot for 2020.

A key statistic in the race is that of loyalty from the two voting bases, Parker said. Bullock received 97% of support from Democrats compared to Daines’ 88% from Republicans. Another 67% of independent voters also said they preferred Bullock, compared to 29% for Daines, a margin that Parker called “overwhelming.”

“For the Democrats to win this race, they need to have their base behind them, a big solid lead from independent voters and hope for Republican defectors, all of which we see,” Parker said. “Bullock has gained some ground. That’s why the race is close, and he is in the lead.”

Parker said that the race between Bullock, a Democrat who has termed out as Montana’s governor, and Daines, a Republican freshman senator who was previously the state’s lone U.S. House Representative, has all the signs that it will be the most expensive race in state history.

Presidential race

The Treasure State poll found that while Donald Trump leads Democratic challenger Joe Biden, 51% to 44%, that 7-point lead is considerably less than the 20-point margin Trump carried the state with in the 2016 election.

The poll showed President Trump’s support remains strong among Montana Republicans with 94% of GOP voters favoring him. Similarly, Biden’s support among Democrats is 97%. However, Montana’s independent voters prefer Biden 56% to 29% for Trump, a nearly 30-point disparity.

Parker called President Trump’s 20-point Montana lead in the 2016 election falling to a 7-point margin in the 2020 election “an incredible cratering of support” in the state. Parker said that could have down-the-ballot implications in Montana.

“Voters don’t seem excited with the record of the Trump administration,” Parker said. However, he pointed out that since 1948, Democratic presidential candidates have won Montana’s Electoral College votes only twice, and it looks likely that Montana voters will again support the GOP candidate in this election.

U.S. House of Representatives

In the race for the open seat for Montana’s U.S. Representative, Matt Rosendale leads Kathleen Williams by two points, 48% to 46%, with 5% undecided. Parker said the results break down largely along partisan lines.

“However, more Republicans intend to vote for Williams (8%) than Democrats who intend to vote for Rosendale (1%),” Parker said. He said independents and voters with other partisan affiliations favor Williams by large margins of 28% and 33%, respectively.

However, Raile pointed out that independent voters often prefer not to vote a straight party ticket, and a ballot with strong Democratic candidates in other races could serve as a detriment for Williams.

“I do think independents like to split their ticket and vote for a GOP candidate somewhere on the ballot,” Raile said.

Montana Governor

Current U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte leads Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney by five points, 47% to 42%, with 7% of voters undecided.

Parker said the state’s governor race is the contest on the ballot with the most potential for upset.

“Lots of independent voters (14%) don’t know whom they’ll vote for, so there’s potential for movement,” he said.

Republicans support for Gianforte is 88% while 95% of Democrats are aligned with Cooney.

“It is likely that voters still don’t know who Mike Cooney is, while Congressman Gianforte has spent considerably not only in this race but in three previous statewide races and is well known as a result,” Parker said.

“Cooney cannot win without a high voter turnout and levels of support among young voters similar to those enjoyed by Gov. Bullock in the Senate race,” Parker said.

Legalized marijuana initiatives

In the two ballot initiatives pertaining to marijuana legalization, 49% of respondents said they would vote to support the initiatives supporting legalization, and 39% said they would oppose. Another 10% were uncertain how they would vote on this issue.

There are two initiatives that deal with marijuana legalization on the ballot (CI-118 and I-190), so the poll asked the following question: “The state ballot will ask about legalizing recreational marijuana in Montana. Will you vote to support or oppose legalization?”

Raile said of all the ballot-related questions in the poll, the response to this question was the only one outside the poll’s 3.9% margin of error. Seventy percent of Democrats said yes to legalization compared to 27% of Republicans. However, 13% of voters in each party were undecided or did not intend to vote on the issue. A majority of voters from ages 18 to 59 favor the measures with a majority of voters age 60 and above saying they will vote no to legalization.

Parker said the marijuana initiatives could draw young voters to the election, which would help Democrats all the way down the ballot.

“I think it is important to think about a ballot as a complete organic entity,” Parker said. “Young voters strongly are in favor of the measure, and they tend to be Democratic leaning.”

Elected official approval ratings

The Treasure State Pre-Election Poll also asked respondents to rate five elected officials: President Trump, Gov. Bullock, Sen. Daines, Sen. Tester and Rep. Gianforte. Bullock’s approval rating of 60% is the highest among the group. Tester follows with 55%, Daines with 52% and Trump with 51%. Gianforte is fifth with a 47% approval rating.

“Gov. Bullock’s job approval ratings clarify why Daines is trailing in the race,” Parker said, noting the 8-point difference in the pair’s approval ratings. “It’s not that the voters don’t like Daines, they just like Bullock more.”

Both Parker and Raile say that Gallatin County will be a key to this year’s elections. The county is the home to candidates running in races for the Senate, House and governor. It is also the fastest growing in the state with rapidly changing demographics.

“We know how Yellowstone and Missoula counties will vote,” Raile said. “Gallatin is a little less certain. Gallatin is going to matter a lot.”

American Association of University Women Decides To Discontinue

Thursday, October 15th 2020

The local branch of the American Association of University Women decided at a September gathering of membership to cancel its long-standing annual Community Bazaar. Begun in the early seventies, it has been held at the Civic Center the Saturday before Thanksgiving for more than thirty years of its existence.

Although Covid-19 and the ability of hosting the event safely and productively were the pivotal reasons, the small, and for the most part, aging membership rendered it more ambitious than they could execute well.

The women also regrettably decided unanimously that the viability of the group had come to a conclusion. The group will meet once more after researching the necessary steps to dissolve the organization that has been a Glasgow force for women for at least sixty years.

At that final meeting, assets will be distributed to worthwhile community projects and scholarships. The scholarships have been a part of its existence since its origin in Glasgow.

David Leininger, Westby and Terry Linn Fast, Wolf Point To Be Inducted Into Montana Cowboy Hall Of Fame

Wednesday, October 14th 2020

Tuesday the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) announced the 13th class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public. Inductees are honored for their notable contributions to the history and culture of Montana.

“The Hall of Fame exists to honor those who have made an impact in their part of the state and represent Montana’s authentic heritage for future generations,” said Bill Galt, MCHF & WHC President. “Our volunteer trustees around Montana vote on nominations that come from the district in which they reside. This process gives the local communities a strong voice in who will represent them in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.”

The MCHF & WHC board of directors has designated 12 trustee districts across the state from which up to 20 trustees may be appointed. Nomination criteria established by the board for the Class of 2020 inductions allowed the election of one Living Inductee and one Legacy Inductee from each of the 12 districts.
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The 2020 inductees into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame are:
· District 1 (Daniels, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan, & Valley Counties): Living Award – Robert David Leininger, Westby. Legacy Award – Terry Linn Fast, Wolf Point.
· District 2 (Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Richland, & Wibaux Counties): Living Award – William ‘Bill’ Dutton, Jordan. Legacy Award – Deane William Copping, Glendive.
· District 3 (Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud, & Treasure Counties): Living Award – Wallace ‘Wally’ McRae, Forsyth. Legacy Award – Tooke Bucking Horses, Ekalaka.
· District 4 (Blaine, Chouteau, Hill, & Liberty Counties): Living Award – Lzetta Martha (Combes) Halingstad, Turner. Legacy Award – Duane Daniel Werk, Chinook.
· District 5 (Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, & Toole Counties): Living Award – Lewis & Roselynn Carroll, Sun River. Legacy Award – Forrest ‘Scotty’ Zion, Great Falls.
· District 6 (Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, & Wheatland Counties): Living Award – Leland ‘Red’ Cade, Lavina. Legacy Award – Jesse Calvin & Ruth (Lane) Garfield, Ryegate.
· District 7 (Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, & Yellowstone Counties): Living Award – Peter E. ‘Pete’ Olsen, Molt. Legacy Award – Walter F. ‘Walt’ Linderman, Belfry.
· District 8 (Broadwater, Jefferson, & Lewis and Clark Counties): Living Award – Kent Mosher, Augusta. Legacy Award – Gary Murphy, Wolf Creek.
· District 9 (Gallatin, Meagher, & Park Counties): Living Award – Calvin Hochstrat, White Sulphur Springs. Legacy Award – Arthur W. ‘Spike’ Short, White Sulphur Springs.
· District 10 (Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, & Sanders Counties): Living Award – Berniece Arlene ‘Lady Long Rider’ Ende, Trego. Legacy Award – Wilderness Worn – A Government Packers Legacy, Eureka.
· District 11 (Mineral, Missoula, & Ravalli Counties): Living Award – Raymond Paul ‘Ray’ Rugg, Superior. Legacy Award – Leonard Moore, Condon.
· District 12 (Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison, & Powell Counties): Gary Donald Clark, Ennis. Legacy Award – Lee Martinell Co., Dell.

The MCHF & WHC tentatively plans to honor these inductees during the MCHF Annual Induction Ceremony & Western Heritage Gathering February 12 - 13, 2021, in Great Falls at the Heritage Inn. More information on this event will come later in the year.

Full biographies for past inductees are available on the MCHF & WHC’s website, http://www.montanacowboyfame.org. This year’s inductees will be added to the website soon.

Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration To Shut Down 2020 Census Ahead Of Schedule

Wednesday, October 14th 2020

https://www.krtv.com/u-s-supreme-court-allows-halt-of-census-count
By: Mike Dennison

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Trump administration can shut down the 2020 Census ahead of schedule, possibly leaving part of Montana undercounted.

If Montana is undercounted – and it’s not clear yet whether that will occur – the state could lose its chance to gain a congressional seat, during reapportionment.

“It was worrisome to begin with, and (this decision) makes it more worrisome,” said Sheila Stearns, chair of the Districting and Apportionment Commission, which draws new legislative districts in Montana according to the Census.

The Supreme Court order Tuesday overruled a lower-court decision, which had extended the counting effort until Oct. 31 – the original deadline before the Trump administration announced it planned to stop counting on Sept. 30.

Montana officials had hailed the extension and said it allowed Census workers to visit many undercounted rural areas in the past two weeks.

“The extra 13 days has been hugely helpful for counting Montana,” said Kendra Miller, a member of the Districting and Apportionment Commission. “None of our seven Indian reservations were done on Sept. 30, or huge swaths of eastern Montana. We’ve made a ton of progress in those 13 days.”

But Census workers just received authorization to begin working Wednesday on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, the last area of the state where numerous non-responding households remained, Miller said.

It’s not clear if Tuesday’s order will stop that effort, she said.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., denounced the ruling and said the Senate needs to take up his bill that would extend the counting period.

“This is a disappointing act of judicial activism from the Supreme Court, which will allow this administration to undermine the Census and disadvantage Montanans and rural America for the next decade,” he said. “Every Montanan needs to be counted because funding for our schools, hospitals, emergency services—even a second congressional seat—hangs in the balance. Congress must step in and prevent this abuse of executive power.”

State Commerce Department spokeswoman Emilie Saunders said Tuesday that Montana’s self-response rate is 60.3 percent, below the national average of 66.8 percent and among the lowest of the states.

The Census Bureau has been following up with non-responding households since August, she said.

Saunders also said that if you haven’t been counted, you still may be able to self-respond by going to www.my2020census.gov.

Glasgow City/County Library Temporary Closure

Wednesday, October 14th 2020

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Valley County, the Glasgow City-County Library will temporarily close on the inside. They will be offering curbside services starting October 14th. They want to continue to serve the public as safely as possible, with as many resources as we can. To contact the library to set up arrangements for curbside services, email through the website: www.glasgowlibrary.org, or call 228-2731. For Online Holds, patrons may place holds on materials for pick-up through their online account, they will fulfill online holds & contact patrons when items are ready.

Roosevelt County COVID-19 Update

Tuesday, October 13th 2020

Roosevelt County COVID-19
October 13, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Patty Presser, Director, Roosevelt County Health Department.
406-653-6227
Roosevelt County COVID-19 Update

Wolf Point, Mont - On Monday, October 12, 2020, the Roosevelt County COVID-19 Task Force met again as they continue to provide coordinated guidance for the region’s COVID-19 response. The Task Force consists of representatives from key healthcare institutions across the County and Fort Peck Tribes.

Roosevelt County Health Department posts daily updates on COVID numbers. Please note that the discrepancy between the County and State numbers are due to lags in reporting on the statewide Montana database. The numbers provided by the County are currently the most accurate for Roosevelt County, including the Ft. Peck Tribes. It is not possible to report the number of currently hospitalized county residents as all residents needing hospitalization are transferred out of the County. This can include transfers outside of the State of Montana due to the current lack of adequate hospital beds across the State.

At this time there are multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 in Roosevelt County directly related to certain facilities and communities. These outbreaks are being jointly managed by health officials and the Roosevelt County COVID-19 Task Force.

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the public is encouraged to conduct business online, by telephone, or by fax. Please continue to follow the Governor’s directive by maintaining social distance, practicing proper hand hygiene, wearing a mask, and staying at home if you have any symptoms related to COVID-19. COVID-19 symptoms can include cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and a new loss of taste or smell. Per the governor’s July 15th directive, since Roosevelt County has 4 or more active COVID cases, face masks are mandatory in any indoor space, open to the public, for people ages 5 years and older. For children 2-4 years of age, face coverings are strongly encouraged. A drape may be used for babies. Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. All positive cases will be required to isolate and all close contacts will be required to quarantine. These are official public health orders and are enforceable by law.

If you are concerned about residents of local nursing homes, please contact the nursing homes directly to find out if visitors are allowed or to obtain more information on their specific COVID-19 situations. Roosevelt County Senior Centers remain closed until further notice. Senior meals are available on usual days at each center for pick-up. Roosevelt County Health Department is open. Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center is open and can be reached at 653-1872 to set up an appointment. Other Roosevelt County Buildings are open.

IHS is open at both Wolf Point and Poplar (Chief Redstone and Verne E. Gibbs). IHS is conducting COVID testing at the Poplar IHS Monday through Friday 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Wolf Point IHS Monday through Thursday 1:00 to 2:00 pm and Friday 9:00 to 10:00 am.

For more information please visit the RCHD Facebook page or visit the State COVID-19 website at covid19.mt.gov. The Roosevelt County Task Force is available to answer your questions. Please reach out to us via the RCHD Facebook page, email covid19taskforce@rooseveltcounty.org.

GHS Student Tests Positive For COVID-19

Monday, October 12th 2020

Valley County Commissioners Issue COVID Statement

Monday, October 12th 2020

The following statement was issued Monday, October 12 by the Valley County Commissioners:

It’s time……..

Our county is experiencing a large uptick in active Covid-19 cases. It’s in the schools, the nursing home and FMDH, in addition to our businesses and government offices.

It’s time to take social distancing recommendations seriously. Mask up, stay six feet away and wash your hands. If we can all do that, we will contain this virus and allow our essential service personnel to continue to provide our residents with the critical services we all need.

When our hospital and clinic personnel contract the virus, or are required to quarantine, it leaves medical service providers short to deliver critical services to us to and to our loved ones.

When our educators and students contract the virus, it requires partial or full school closures. This means our children are required to get online to get their education which most of us agree is not a good long-term solution. Many parents are forced to stay home to care for their kids, and many of these parents perform essential services for all of us.

When our nursing home staff get the virus, they cannot come to work to take care of our most vulnerable citizens. Our parent, grandparent and other loved ones are not getting the care they need, besides being already being deprived of our presence regularly at their side.

And finally when our business and government employees get the virus, they cannot open to provide the basic services we need to avoid further disruption to our lives.

So, Valley County residents, it’s time. It is our responsibility to get this virus under control by following social distancing recommendations every day, every place, every time.

Paul Tweten
John Fahlgren
Mary Armstrong

Glasgow School District To Limit Spectators At Football And Volleyball

Monday, October 12th 2020

Do to the recent surge in Covid cases within Valley County, the Glasgow School District will be limiting spectators for at least the next 2 weeks at Football and Volleyball events.

Home athletes/coaches will receive 4 ticket vouchers each.

Visiting schools players/coaches will receive 2 ticket vouchers each.

We will not be limiting student attendance. Glasgow High School (and co-op) students will NOT need a ticket voucher. Pre K to 8th grade WILL need a ticket voucher.

If you’re attending to watch from your vehicle or to sit in the grandstands/gymnasium you will need to present a ticket voucher to our ticket sellers in order to gain admittance.

Following Tester Demands, Farm Service Agency Promises Relief Details for Montana Farmers Facing Quality Losses

Monday, October 12th 2020

(Big Sandy, Mont.) – Following an aggressive push last week by U.S. Senator Jon Tester to secure answers for Northeastern Montana farmers who have waited nearly a year for disaster relief for last year’s quality losses, Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce today announced that FSA will soon provide details about how they can apply for relief.

“Better late than never, but when it comes to providing relief to Northeastern Montana farmers who have been waiting nearly a year for FSA to get its act together, this is unacceptable,” said Tester. “I shouldn’t have to hold FSA’s feet to the fire just to get them to follow the law and do right by folks in production ag, but you better believe I’m keeping the coals hot and ready so Montana farmers don’t get left out in the cold. Disaster relief needs to make it into the pockets of these producers immediately—no more delays.”

Late last week, Senator Tester blasted the USDA in a letter to FSA Administrator Fordyce for delaying payments to Montana farmers for more than a year and demanded answers about when Montanans could expect payments.

“What is the latest date that Montana farmers should expect payments from the WHIP+ program related to 2019 quality loss, excessive moisture, or drought?” Tester wrote. “I am disappointed in Farm Service Agency’s inability to administer this program as Congress intended, and deliver WHIP+ payments to producers impacted by excessive moisture. I look forward to receiving your action plan as to how FSA can correct this situation for Montana farmers, and ensure that going forward WHIP+ does not experience a one-year delay before paying producers.”

Since September 2019, Tester has been fighting to get relief for producers in Eastern Montana facing quality losses due to excessive rain and flooding in the region, and he repeatedly pushed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to use his authority to support these farmers through the existing WHIP+ guidelines. When Secretary Perdue refused, Tester used the 2019 omnibus appropriations bill to expand the WHIP+ program to include quality loss, drought, and excessive moisture and increased its funding by $1.5 billion to cover the new categories.

Tester was the only member of Montana's delegation to vote for the legislation containing the fix.

Following Tester’s fix, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a disaster declaration for 17 Montana counties, including Cascade, Chouteau, Pondera, Glacier, Teton, Dawson, Prairie, Toole, McCone, Richland, Roosevelt, Wibaux, Daniels, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, and Valley. The FSA opened signup for disaster assistance on March 23, 2020 for producers to apply for eligible losses of drought (D3 or above) and excessive moisture, but this sign-up did not include folks who faced quality losses.

Governor Bullock Announces Montana’s Minimum Wage for 2021

Monday, October 12th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.75 per hour beginning January 1, 2021.

"By tying the minimum wage to inflation, we can ensure Montanans earning the minimum wage see a modest increase and have the same buying power, instead of falling further behind,” Governor Bullock said. “We must continue to do more to help working families succeed by bringing in quality jobs, supporting Montana businesses, and investing in education and workforce training, especially as we continue to work toward economic recovery due to the pandemic.”

In 2006 as a private citizen, Bullock led ballot initiative I-156 to raise the minimum wage and require that it be adjusted annually for inflation. Approved by Montana voters, Montana Code Annotated 39-3-409 requires the Montana Department of Labor & Industry to adjust the Montana minimum wage for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Montana workers, or 2 percent of the workforce, received hourly wages less than $8.75 per hour in 2020 and are likely to receive higher wages due to the 2021 minimum wage increase. In 2019, the industry with the largest number of workers earning minimum wage was the accommodations and food services industry. Many minimum-wage workers are front-line workers who are at the greatest risk of COVID-19 exposure.

The minimum wage is determined by taking the current minimum wage of $8.65 and increasing it by the CPI-U increase from August of 2019 to August 2020. The CPI-U increased by 1.31% (unadjusted) over the year ending August 2020. To keep the minimum wage at the same purchasing power as the prior year, the wage should increase by $0.11 per hour. However, since state statute requires the wage to rounded to the nearest 5 cents, the 2021 minimum wage rate will be $8.75.

In 2020, the District of Columbia and 29 U.S. states, including Montana, have minimum wage rates that exceed the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.

Prairie Ridge Restrictions

Monday, October 12th 2020

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, Prairie Ridge has decided to stop all visitation for their residents to ensure their safety. All deliveries must go through the front door. Prairie Ridge understands how difficult it is for family members but their concern is for the health and safety of their residents.

Valley County Health Department Message On Contact Tracing

Saturday, October 10th 2020

VCHD has been unable to reach four (4) positive persons from Thursday and Friday we have ten (10) more. We simply can't keep up.

We are going to try a new process for the contacts to a positive person:

If you have been notified by your doctor that you are positive for COVID-19, please direct your close contacts (15 minutes or more at 6 feet or less) from two (2) days prior to onset of symptoms through today to this link:

https://valleycountyhealthglasgowmt.formstack.com/forms/contacttracinginformation_1?fbclid=IwAR0vUf8nyWwcYM2H2kettgV8FMu8MMUjvVOwUM4sgwMx-OBTMspUNYjkVUk

This will provide the information needed to complete the lab form so that your family and close contacts can get tested. Information for quarantine and how to protect your family and others can be found in our photos.

The close contact will receive instructions for testing after the form is filled out.

We will trial this online method. Please be patient with us; we want to get your results to you as much as you want to receive them.

FMDH Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

Friday, October 9th 2020

Over 5000 Ballots Mailed Out Today To Registered Voters In Valley County

Friday, October 9th 2020

HELENA (AP) — A final effort to block most Montana counties from mailing general election ballots to active voters was denied Thursday, a day before the ballots are to be mailed.

Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan rejected a request for an emergency injunction filed by Republican state House candidate Joe Lamm of Livingston, the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee and Republican voters.

They wanted to block a Sept. 30 ruling by U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen that upheld a decision by Gov. Steve Bullock to give counties the option to hold the Nov. 3 election mostly by mail due to the pandemic.

Forty-five of Montana's 56 counties decided to do so. People also can vote in person early and on Election Day in all counties.

Lamm argued that Bullock overstepped his authority. Bullock said he had the authority, under the emergency declaration made for the pandemic, to suspend a state law that says regularly scheduled federal elections cannot be conducted by mail ballot.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied a request for a similar emergency order to block Christensen's order, pending appeal. The court said it would still hear the appeal and set a schedule for filing briefs starting in January,

Attorney Emily Jones of Billings, who is representing Lamm, did not answer a phone call Thursday seeking comment.

The re-election campaign of President Donald Trump and several Republican Party groups also challenged Bullock's suspension of the state election law but have not not separately appealed Christensen's ruling.

Valley County will send out over 5000 ballots today to registered voters in the county. Already, 36 ballots have been filled out in Valley County and turned over to election officials. Montana law allows you to vote in person at the Election Office if you don't want to wait for your ballot to arrive in the mail. Montana has already seen 3,863 ballots cast in the 2020 election.

Trump's campaign argued a mail ballot would be subject to widespread voter fraud. Christensen said the plaintiffs could not offer any evidence of voter fraud in Montana in the past 20 years and that the June primary had been held via mail without any reported fraud.


Water Again Flowing Through St Mary System

Friday, October 9th 2020

Story courtesy:
https://hilinetoday.com/water-once-again-flowing-through-st-marys-system/

CUT BANK, Mont. (NMB) – 22 weeks after the catastrophic collapse of Drop 5 of the St. Mary Canal and Conveyance Works System, water is once again flowing through the system.

Milk River Joint Board of Control Project Manager Jennifer Patrick says water began running through the system at around noon on Thursday.

“We started Sherburne Reservoir on Monday, and then we started diverting into the actual canal (on Thursday). It takes about 2 1/2 days to get to the drops, so we’ll see that over the new structure. Then we’ll see water probably into Fresno Reservoir and the Milk River in 10 days, is usually the travel time. It’s a little bit dryer than normal years when we do start up, so it may be a day longer, but we should be seeing it in the Milk River soon.”

A small amount of work is still being completed, including seeding work on drop 2 and drop 5. All work on the current project will be done by next week, allowing the flow of water to increase to 600 cubic feet/second.

Patrick says this moment is the culmination of months of hard work, but it’s not over quite yet.

“It’s kind of one of those pretty cool moments. But once it gets over the structures, then I’ll take that sigh of relief and see how our structures do. But I’m confident the engineering team and the contractors nailed it. We’re just excited to see them run.”

As of Thursday afternoon, Fresno Reservoir was at 15,664 acre-feet, or 16.9 percent capacity. The pool elevation was 2,547.7, or 27.3 feet below full pool. Patrick says they are projecting that they will be able to double the current acre footage before having to turn the system back off at the end of the month.

“It’s going to bring up the elevation of Fresno going into winter, and we’re pretty excited about that possibility and being able to run water for the next couple weeks.”

The St. Mary Canal and Conveyance Works System provides supplemental irrigation water along the Milk River, as well as water to the Fort Belknap Indian Community, the Blackfeet Nation and many towns along the Hi-Line.

Fossilized Tyrannosaurus Rex, Nicknamed Stan, Sells At Auction For $31.85 Million

Thursday, October 8th 2020

A fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex, nicknamed Stan, sold at auction for $31.85 million, becoming the most expensive dinosaur fossil ever sold.

The 67-million-year-old specimen, one of the most famous T. rex fossils because of its good condition, crushed its original sale estimate of $6 million to $8 million.

The anonymous buyer at Tuesday’s auction conducted by Christie’s was a telephone bidder. The sale showed broad interest among rich collectors of dinosaur bones and reflected a strong market for rare trophy works despite the global coronavirus pandemic.

Stan is one of only about 50 T. rex fossils ever discovered, with most displayed in museums. It has been on display for years at the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in Hill City, South Dakota. It is one of the most complete T. rex fossils ever found, with 188 bones, its head in pristine condition and over 11-inch long teeth. It has often been used as the model for T. rex figurines and depictions.

The last complete T. rex to come to auction was in 1997, when a specimen nicknamed Sue was sold by Sotheby’s for $8.36 million. It was sold to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, with funding help from Disney, McDonald’s and other companies and individuals.

The fossil that sold Tuesday was found in 1987 by amateur paleontologist Stan Sacrison, hence the fossil’s name, in the Hell Creek Formation, part of an area known as the Cretaceous Badlands.

Initially, the bones were misidentified as a more common triceratops. But in 1992, paleontologists from the institute recognized it as a T. rex. It took more than 30,000 hours to carefully excavate, and it was later installed and displayed at the institute.

Paleontologists say Stan would have weighed 7 to 8 tons at his peak and showed signs of a difficult and violent life. He suffered a broken neck, with two of his vertebrae bonding together and a third immobilized. He also had a puncture in his skull and ribs.

Below Average Runoff Continues In The Upper Missouri River basin. Fort Peck Reservoir Water Levels Expected To Drop Just Over A Half Of A Foot

Tuesday, October 6th 2020

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September precipitation was well-below normal in the Missouri River Basin. As a result, September runoff in the upper Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa was 69% of average.

Since January 1, precipitation in the upper Basin is well-below normal. The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting that below-normal precipitation will continue in October. The 2020 calendar year runoff forecast for the upper Basin, updated on Oct. 1, is 30.2 million acre-feet (MAF), 117% of average. Average annual runoff for the upper Basin is 25.8 MAF.

“Upper basin runoff was below average in September. We expect runoff to be below average during the remainder of the calendar year. Lower basin runoff has been below average as well,” said John Remus, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. “Releases from Gavins Point Dam are being made to meet full service Missouri River navigation flow targets”, Remus added.

The navigation flow support season ends on December 1 at the mouth of the Missouri River.

As of Oct. 5, the total volume of water stored in the System was 58.6 MAF, occupying 2.5 MAF of the System’s 16.3-MAF flood control zone. System storage peaked at 61.8 MAF on July 16 and will decline during the fall. All 16.3 MAF of flood control storage is expected to be available prior to the start of the 2021 runoff season. If fall and winter runoff continues to be below average as forecasted, System storage will be about 0.8 MAF below the base of the annual flood control zone by the start of the 2021 runoff season.

According to the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), drought conditions continue to worsen across much of the upper Basin. Wide-spread areas of drought classified as Extreme are evident in Colorado and Wyoming. Moderate to Severe drought conditions are present in large areas of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

Navigation

The July 1 System storage check indicated flow support for the second half of the navigation season would be at least at the full service level for a full-length 8-month flow support season. Full service flow support is designed to work in tandem with the Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project to provide a 9-feet deep by 300-foot wide navigation channel from Sioux City, Iowa to the mouth of the river near St. Louis, Missouri. Gavins Point releases will be reduced to winter levels beginning around Nov. 22.

Reservoir Forecasts:

Gavins Point Dam
Average releases past month – 32,200 cfs
Current release rate – 32,500 cfs (as of October 1)
Forecast release rate – 33,000 cfs (month of October)
End-of-September reservoir level – 1207.5 feet
Forecast end-of-October reservoir level – 1207.5 feet
Note: Releases will be adjusted as necessary to meet all downstream navigation targets.

Fort Randall Dam
Average releases past month – 30,500 cfs
End-of-September reservoir level – 1353.5 feet
Forecast end-of-October reservoir level – 1344.6 feet
Note: Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point. The Fort Randall pool is normally drawn down to 1337.5 feet in the fall to provide space for winter hydropower generation at Oahe and Big Bend. The annual drawdown will continue in October and November.

Big Bend Dam
Average releases past month – 28,500 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 20,200 cfs
Forecast reservoir level – 1420.7 feet

Oahe Dam
Average releases past month – 28,900 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 20,300 cfs
End-of-September reservoir level – 1610.4 feet
Forecast end-of-October reservoir level – 1608.5 feet
Notes: Oahe will undergo a full powerplant outage during the day on October 13 to conduct scheduled maintenance. Zero releases, though not unusual from Oahe, will be scheduled during the daylight hours so that the work crew can complete maintenance in the tailrace area.

Garrison Dam
Average releases past month – 17,900 cfs
Current release rate – 14,000 cfs
Forecast average release rate – reduce to 13,000 cfs on 8 October
End-of-September reservoir level – 1839.7 feet
Forecast end-of-October reservoir level – 1839.3 feet

Fort Peck Dam
Average releases past month – 8,400 cfs
Current release rate – 6,000 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 6,000 cfs
End-of-September reservoir level – 2237.7 feet
Forecast end-of-October reservoir level – 2237.1 feet


Hydropower:

The six mainstem power plants generated 875 million kWh of electricity in September. Typical energy generation for September is 905 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 10.1 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the long-term average of 9.4 billion kWh.

2020 Scottie Pride Button Winners

Tuesday, October 6th 2020

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture has announced the winners of the Scottie Pride Homecoming Button Drawings:

Congratulations to our Scottie pride button winners for Homecoming 2020

Monday $200 each- Josh Sillerud & Michelle Ozark

Tuesday $200 each- Paul McColly & Sam Waters

Wednesday $200 each - Rhonda Evenson & Mandy Rasmussan

Thursday $200 each - Mary Falhgren & Shelby Stormer

Friday $500 each - Cody Donniaquo & Christine Donniaquo

The Chamber started this fundraiser in 2019. With the proceeds, 120 Scottie flags and poles were purchased to be place within the business community. New buttons can be purchased at the Chamber for $10, or you can renew your previously purchased button for $5. Winners do not need to be present to win and any age can purchase a button.

Irle School to Move to Distance Learning Wednesday

Monday, October 5th 2020

In a press release from Glasgow Superintendent of Schools Wade Sundby, new plans are unfolding for Glasgow's Irle School. According to the release, Tuesday will be used to prepare students for a temporary move to distance learning.

Valley View Nursing Home Has Confirmed Positive COVID Case

Monday, October 5th 2020

This is a press release from Valley View Nursing Home:

Valley View Home regrets to inform Valley County that we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 with one of our staff members and that we have a preliminary COVID-19 positive case with one of our residents.

We are standing by for the County Health Department to test and confirm this case. Due to these unfortunate events we are currently in isolation protocols with an end date to be determined later."

Federal Judge Orders Census To Continue Until October 31st

Monday, October 5th 2020

A federal judge has issued an order to clarify that, for now, the U.S. Census Bureau must continue counting for the 2020 census through Oct. 31 after finding the bureau made multiple violations of an earlier order that extends the national head count's schedule.

The latest ruling by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh — who issued the order late Thursday in California — comes after days of confusion sparked by a one-sentence tweet from the Census Bureau that Koh called "[perhaps] the most egregious violation" of the preliminary injunction order she issued last week.

The bureau released the tweet minutes before the judge began a virtual conference Monday for a lawsuit over the Trump administration's push to cut the census short. It said that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the bureau, had announced Oct. 5 as a "target date" for ending all counting efforts.

Internal emails and other documents show that Ross chose that date to deliver the first set of census results, the latest state population counts, to President Trump by Dec. 31 — even though the judge issued an order last week that prohibits the administration from implementing Dec. 31 as a deadline.

Earlier this week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Trump administration's request to set aside Koh's preliminary injunction while it is on appeal. A hearing has been scheduled for this Monday, and the administration has signaled it's prepared to go to the Supreme Court if the appeals court does not rule in its favor.

In her new order, Koh spelled out that last week's ruling suspended Sept. 30 as the bureau's revised end date for counting until Trump officials "cure all the legal defects" specified in the previous order. That, in turn, required the agency to reinstate Oct. 31 as the end date it had previously announced in response to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

3 Additional Students Test Positive For COVID-19 In Glasgow School District

Monday, October 5th 2020

On October 4, 2020, the Glasgow School District was notified that three students have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive tests were confirmed on October 4, 2020. According to the Valley County Health Department, the District’s staff and students were in contact with the students during the period of possible exposure. However, the students last attended in-class or had person-to-person contact with fellow students/staff at Irle on September 28/October 1, 2020. Working with the Valley County Health Department, we do not need to close down the school at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.

If any staff or students are at risk of exposure, the Valley County Health Department will be in contact with that person to determine a safe and appropriate course of action. It is still recommended that any person who feels sick or ill, seek out their medical provider for specific instructions. The School District is in contact with the Health Department and reviewing the Centers for Disease Control guidance to complete cleaning the school and other related facilities. The other steps taken by the School District include temp checks, handwashing stations, sanitization of classrooms, and a deep clean of the room(s). Contact Wade Sundby for details about these measures. School officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information if and when it becomes available.

The Glasgow School District along with the Valley County Health Department will be reaching out to families involved. Parents, please check your email for more important notifications and material pick up time and procedure. Please follow the guidelines presented. At this time we will not be closing the school or the district. The classroom(s)/students(s) involved are remote learning. If there are any questions concerning remote learning at Irle, please call Mrs. Erickson at 406.228.2419. If there are any other questions please contact Wade Sundby at the central office 406.228.2406.

City Of Glasgow Prepares For $138,000 Downtown Paving Project

Monday, October 5th 2020

The City of Glasgow will be rehabilitating and resurfacing a 2 block stretch of downtown Glasgow on 2nd Avenue South this month.

The paving project is the two city blocks on 2nd Avenue South, between 4th Street South and 6th Street South. Weather dependent, the work on 2nd Avenue South is scheduled to begin on October 14th and occur through the following week of October 19th. During that period of time, while work is occurring, travel will be limited to one-way traffic and limited access as necessary. A traffic control plan will be released to the surrounding businesses so they can plan accordingly.

The 2 block project is estimated to cost $138,000 depending on if any subgrade issues come up during the work.

Contact Tracing Information From Valley County Health Department

Sunday, October 4th 2020

Due to the very large volume of contacts to the many positive COVID-19 persons at this time, Valley County Health Department will be sending the following text message to named contacts to a positive:

"This is the Valley County Health Dept. You have been named as a contact to someone who is positive for COVID-19. Please refer to our Facebook page for instructions about testing and quarantine."

If you receive this text message from 406-263-8194, please arrive at the Health Department, 500 4th Avenue South, on October 5, 8:00 - 8:45 am. STAY IN YOUR CAR. We will fill out paperwork, including a lab form. From there you will get tested for COVID-19 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital beginning at 9:00am.

You must have your lab form from the Health Dept. to be tested at that time.

Testing is recommended for all named contacts. Quarantine is required. Do not go into any public place during quarantine. Protect others, including those with whom you live. Wear a mask, stay more than six (6) feet away from everyone, hand hygiene over and over, and disinfect all surfaces.

Thank you for your efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

2 Glasgow School District Staff Members Test Positive For COVID-19

Friday, October 2nd 2020

On October 1, 2020, the Glasgow School District was notified that 2 staff members had tested positive for COVID-19. The positive tests were confirmed on October 1, 2020. According to the Valley County Health Department, the District’s staff and students were in contact with these staff members during the period of possible exposure. However, the staff members last worked in person-to-person contact with fellow students/staff at Irle on September 25, 2020, 6 days prior to the diagnosis.

If any staff or students are at risk of exposure, the Valley County Health Department will be in contact with that person to determine a safe and appropriate course of action. It is still recommended that any person who feels sick or ill, seek out their medical provider for specific instructions. The School District is in contact with the Health Department and reviewing the Centers for Disease Control guidance to complete cleaning the school and other related facilities. The other steps taken by the School District include temp checks, handwashing stations, sanitization of classrooms, and a deep clean of the room(s). Contact building principals for details about these measures. School officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information if and when it becomes available.

The Glasgow School District along with the Valley County Health Department will be reaching out to families involved. Please follow the guidelines presented. At this time we will not be closing the school or the district. The classroom (s) involved will begin remote learning on Monday, October 5, 2020. Mrs. Erickson will be contacting those families involved. If there are questions concerning remote learning please contact Mrs. Erickson at Irle School 406.228.2419. For other questions please contact the central office 406.228.2406.

Voting Starts Today In Montana

Friday, October 2nd 2020

Those wishing to vote early in the November 3rd General Election may cast their ballot starting today. Valley County will mail ballots on October 9th but voters may go to the Valley County Courthouse and cast their ballot in person starting October 2nd.

Those who choose to vote in person will not receive a ballot in the mail. If you choose to vote in person after ballots are mailed you will need to bring your mail ballot to the courthouse so elections workers can void the ballot.

Ballots will be mailed on October 9th, if you don't receive your ballot within a week you need to contact the Valley County Election Administrator in the Valley County Courthouse.

Strommen Sentencing Postponed To October 26th

Friday, October 2nd 2020

Former Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen is now set to be sentenced on October 26th after a sentencing date of October 7th was postponed by court officials.

This is the 2nd time that Strommen's sentencing has been postponed. He was originally set to be sentenced August 28th. That was postponed to October 7th and now postponed to October 26th.

Strommen remains incarcerated in the Roosevelt County Detention Center in Wolf Point.

A Valley County Jury found Strommen guilty on the charge of Sexual Intercourse without Consent on July 17th.

He faces life in prison or a sentence of no more than 100 years or no less than four years.

Valley County Commissioners Implement Burn Ban For Valley County

Thursday, October 1st 2020

With the return of cooler weather, local management has rescinded Stage I Fire Restrictions effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020, for all lands within Blaine and Valley Counties.
Easing of restrictions means that public land visitors can again use campfires outside of developed campgrounds and posted recreation sites. Burn bans will be in effect for any debris or agricultural burning and may have additional limits. Check with your local sheriff’s office for fire department for information on burn permits.

A burn ban would mean: no open burning or burn permits, campfires would still be allowed if they are attended, fire pits and charcoal are also allowed. No open field fires or junk pile burning would be allowed.

The public is reminded that we are still in fire season and vegetation is dry as fall approaches. Please carry a shovel, water, a bucket or a fire extinguisher when recreating outdoors. Campfires and vehicles are two primary causes of preventable fires. Always drown and stir fires to ensure they are dead out before leaving camp and keep vehicles in good working order. Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damages and suppression costs.


Recreational Marijuana Could Raise Up To 52 Million In Tax Revenue For Montana

Wednesday, September 30th 2020

If Montana voters approve the ballot initiatives that legalize recreational marijuana this November, it could raise between $43.4 and $52 million dollars in tax revenue for the state.

That’s according to a new report by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, or BBER.

The report, authored by BBER director Patrick Barkey and associate director Robert Sonora, found that legalized recreational marijuana could bring in over $236 million in tax revenue in the five years between 2022 and 2026.

The total market sales for retail marijuana, if legalized, could be as much as $217 million in 2022 and increase to $260 million in 2026. Those figures follow trends set by other states that have legalized the drug.

The report was commissioned by New Approach Montana, the group behind CI-118 and I-190, the initiatives to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Montana.

BBER does not endorse or oppose any ballot initiatives, including the marijuana initiatives. The report, the authors said, exists to answer the financial “what if” questions that arise from the potential implementation.

“Our independent research utilized the extensive survey-based data that is publicly available, detailing the frequency of cannabis use of both Montana residents and visitors to give us a good understanding of potential tax revenue on legalized retail cannabis sales,” Barkey said in the news release.

The two initiatives would set the minimum age for buying marijuana at 21 and would set the tax rate for marijuana purchases at 20%. That 20% tax is what could bring in millions of dollars in tax revenue, potentially even more than the tax on alcohol.

BBER assessed the way the recreational marijuana markets began and evolved in states that have legalized to inform the report. It also used information from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to predict how many people, both residents and tourists, would be potential customers of recreational marijuana.

According to the NSDUH, adults in Montana use marijuana recreationally at slightly higher rates than adults nationwide. In its 2017-2018 survey, 14.3% of Montanans over 21 said they used marijuana in the past 30 days. That’s higher than the national rate of 9.8%.

Those figures don’t differentiate between medical marijuana, which is legal in the state and has grown exponentially since 2016, and recreational marijuana, which is not legal. Medical marijuana has a 4% tax, which is expected to drop to 2% in 2021.

The report found that more than 15% of adult tourists are likely to visit dispensaries when visiting states with legal recreational cannabis sales. The legalization of recreational marijuana in Montana could also support other adjacent industries, like marijuana-cooking classes and weed-friendly bed and breakfasts, as it did in states like Colorado.

Montana Supreme Court Rejects Lower Court's Order Requiring Any Ballot With An Election Day Postmark To Be Counted

Wednesday, September 30th 2020

The Montana Supreme Court has stayed a lower court's order requiring any ballot with an Election Day postmark to be counted.

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton had argued that the shift away from counting only ballots election officials receive by Nov. 3 would cause confusion. For 35 years, Montana law has required that ballots be in the election official's possession by the time polls closed.

"Having reviewed the District Court's order, the Court agrees with the Secretary that the injunction disrupts the status quo, is likely to cause voter confusion, and interferes with the ability of the State to administer an orderly general election process already underway," the seven justices concluded unanimously.

The lower court's ruling was less than a week old. Yellowstone County District Judge Donald Harris ruled Sept. 25 that ballots in the mail by Election Day should be counted regardless of whether elections officials received the ballot when polls closed.

A similar ruling concerning postmarked ballots in Montana's June primary election was also rejected by the Montana Supreme Court for the same reason.

Additionally, the secretary of state has informed the Supreme Court he intends to appeal both the postmark ruling and a ruling removing the state limits on how many ballots one person can deliver to the elections office on behalf of others. However, Stapleton isn’t asking that the lower court’s collection ruling on ballot gathering be stayed.

The safe bet is to plan on mailing ballots not later than 7 days before the Nov. 3 general election, said the Brett Rutherford, Yellowstone County Elections officer. The United States Postal Service doesn’t guarantee delivery by Election Day of ballots mailed with less than a week go spare, the same terms USPS used for the June primary.

“If you still don’t trust the Postal Service, you can drop off your ballot at the Metra,” Rutherford said.

Other reasons for getting a ballot returned early are numerous. They include election workers concerns about handling freshly licked ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic. For safety reasons whenever possible ballots were allowed to sit for a couple days during the spring primary before being handled by election staff Rutherford said.

People are still getting used to pandemic safety precautions. It wasn’t unusual for a voter to lick their election ballot shut at the counter of the elections office and submit the envelope wet.

In counties that settled on all-mail ballot elections, early voting starts Friday. A person with valid identification can go to their polling area, request a ballot and vote on the spot. Doing so with nullify the ballot that in-person voter receives in the mail.

In Montana, it’s important to remember that mail ballots be submitted in a signed signature envelope, so election officials can compare the signature to the one on record for that voter. Ballots submitted without a signed envelope don’t count.


Hi-Line Sportsmen seek participants for Valley County mentored hunting and venison donations; public sight-in day is Oct. 9

Tuesday, September 29th 2020

Members of the Hi-Line Sportsmen are seeking beginning Hi-Line hunters of any age and experience who are interested in teaming up with experienced mentors to learn the basics of deer hunting this fall.

The initiative is part of Hi-Line Sportsmen’s “Field to Freezer” campaign designed to harvest deer and contribute venison to hunt participants as well as the local food bank.

The mentoring portion of the project will pair volunteer mentors from the Hi-Line Sportsmen with beginning hunters of any age. The beginning hunters are welcome to do the harvesting themselves, with the assistance of their mentors, or they may simply tag along on a hunt with a mentor to observe a hunt in action. Mentors will help educate the beginning hunters with everything from gear to shot selection to field dressing and butchering of the harvested animals.

The first-time hunters are encouraged to take their meat home, or they can donate their harvest to the local food bank for distribution to local households in need of wholesome, organic protein. As part of the project, participants are required to submit their animals to Fish, Wildlife & Parks for chronic wasting disease testing.

“Deer densities in our portion of Region 6 are currently in really good shape, especially mule deer,” says Drew Henry, Valley County wildlife biologist for FWP and also a member of the Hi-Line Sportsmen. “Both FWP and Hi-Line Sportsmen encourage beginning hunters to pick up antlerless deer licenses and to connect with a mentor who can get them started deer hunting.”

The Field to Freezer campaign is designed to capitalize on the abundant deer in the county this fall. Hi-Line Sportsmen members (or apprentice hunters) can donate venison taken on surplus tags to the Valley County Food Bank; HLS has dedicated $1,800 to cover commercial processing of the donated deer.

The mentoring campaign takes the initiative one step further, serving as an invitation to beginning hunters who might not have the means or assistance to get out in the field by themselves this season.

“On a national basis but also locally, we’re seeing the number of hunters in decline,” says Andrew McKean, a founding member of Hi-Line Sportsmen. “The number one reason people don’t hunt or stop hunting is that they don’t have someone to take them or show them how. We hope to solve that by helping with both of those needs. Glasgow and other Hi-Line communities are full of hunting mentors, and it’s our goal to help them help a new generation of hunters.”

If you are interested in participating, either as a mentor or as a hunter, contact either Andrew McKean at 406-263-5442 or Drew Henry at 406-230-0133 or post on Hi-Line Sportsmen’s Facebook page. The Hi-Line Sportsmen will be compiling rosters and pairing mentors with hunters over the next month. Mentors will be in contact with their apprentices to schedule sight-in and hunt days. Additionally, the Hi-Line Sportsmen and Fish, Wildlife & Parks plan a community sight-in day from 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 9 at Valley County Rifle & Pistol Club to ensure that hunting rifles are in working condition and accurate and that all participants can demonstrate safe gun-handling skills.

For information on the sight-in day, contact Hi-Line Sportsmen president Jack Medlicott at 425-760-5828.

State Of Montana Has Awarded Over $2.5 Million In Coronavirus Relief Funds To Valley County Entities

Monday, September 28th 2020

The State of Montana received $1.25 billion in federal funding from the CARES ACT. This legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Trump is to be used to alleviate impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic in each state.

Governor Steve Bullock's administration has put together several programs to disburse the federal funding and entities in Valley County have received $2.58 million in state funding for everything from schools to businesses to non-profits.

Examples of funding include $25,000 for the Valley County Emergency Food Bank and $149,000 for the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council.

The City of Glasgow has received $105,139 and Valley County $313,665 in local government reimbursements.

A full listing of disbursements made by the State of Montana can be found here: https://commerce.mt.gov/Montana-Coronavirus-Relief/Awarded-Grants

Montana Voter Registration Increases By Nearly 23,000 Since June

Monday, September 28th 2020

According to the Montana Secretary of State website, the number of Montana registered voters has increased nearly 23,000 since the June Primary.

There were 696,262 registered voters in Montana in June but that number has increased to 719,469 on September 28th.

The number of registered voters typically increases during a General Election, specifically a Presidential Election. But if you compare the number of registered voters to the last Presidential Election in 2016, there were 694,262 registered voters in Montana.

Yellowstone County has seen an increase of nearly 3400 registered voters since June while Gallatin County has seen an uptick of nearly 3500 registered voters.

Valley County had 4924 registered voters in June compared to 4999 registered voters on September 28th.

Montana typically achieves a voter turnout of 80% for a General Election so there is the possibility of over 575,000 votes cast in the November 3rd Election.

2 Additional Glasgow School students Test Positive For COVID-19

Monday, September 28th 2020

On September 27, 2020, the Glasgow School District was notified that two students have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive tests were confirmed on September 27, 2020. According to the Valley County Health Department, the District’s staff and students were in contact with the students during the period of possible exposure. However, the students last attended in-class or had person-to-person contact with fellow students/staff at Irle on September 22, 2020. Working with the Valley County Health Department, we do not need to close down the school at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.

If any staff or students are at risk of exposure, the Valley County Health Department will be in contact with that person to determine a safe and appropriate course of action. It is still recommended that any person who feels sick or ill, seek out their medical provider for specific instructions. The School District is in contact with the Health Department and reviewing the Centers for Disease Control guidance to complete cleaning the school and other related facilities. The other steps taken by the School District include temp checks, handwashing stations, sanitization of classrooms, and a deep clean of the room(s). Contact Wade Sundby for details about these measures. School officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information if and when it becomes available.

The Glasgow School District along with the Valley County Health Department will be reaching out to families involved. Please follow the guidelines presented. At this time we will not be closing the school or the district. The classroom(s)/students(s) involved are remote learning. If there are any questions concerning remote learning at Irle, please call Mrs. Erickson at 406.228.2419. If there are any other questions please contact Wade Sundby at the central office 406.228.2406.

Governor Bullock Announces $4.2 Million of Additional Coronavirus Relief Funds Awarded through Meat Processing Infrastructure Grants

Thursday, September 24th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced $4.2 million in additional funds have been awarded through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant (MMPIG) program to aid small and medium-sized meat processors in responding to the COVID-19 crisis through the adaptation and advancement of meat processing infrastructure and capacity in Montana.

“The meat processing infrastructure grant program received an incredible amount of interest, which goes to show just how crucial these investments are for Montana,” Governor Bullock said. “Our hardworking producers need to have viable markets for selling their livestock. These grants allow meat processors to expand their capacity to meet increased demand for local meat and protect consumers from future supply chain disruptions.”

The grant program previously awarded $7.5 million to 62 different processors across the state in early August, making the total awards for meat processing nearly $12 million.

Meat supply chains across the nation were stressed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MMPIG program builds community resilience and bolsters food security statewide. Businesses are using the grants to purchase equipment to immediately increase their storage and processing capacity. Many are modifying their facilities to include slaughter floors and other business adaptations that give producers the option to sell their meat locally rather than shipping them out of state.

Funding for the MMPIG program is derived from the state’s allocation of federal relief dollars made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, with a maximum award of $150,000. The 40 businesses awarded had already submitted applications to the MMPIG program. As with all coronavirus relief programs, funds must be utilized before December 31, 2020. Due to this confined timeframe, the application process for meat processing will not be reopened.

The Montana Department of Agriculture and Department of Livestock worked together to ensure projects adhered to meat processing rules and regulations. A list of additional recipients is included with this release and a full list of MMPIG program recipients is available on the Montana Department of Agriculture’s website.

Additional Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant Recipients from Kltz listening area:

Burger Boys – Malta, MT
$150,000 to assist with equipment purchases and facility modifications to increase cold storage and processing capacity.


Hi line Meats – Glasgow, MT
$150,000 to assist with equipment purchases to for a new processing facility.

Smith Wild Game Cutting – Malta, MT
$7,918 to assist with equipment purchases to increase cold storage and processing capacity.

Valley County Opens Job Search For New Clerk And Recorder

Thursday, September 24th 2020

Valley County Clerk and Recorder Taryn Aberg announced her resignation earlier this week and now the Valley County Commissioners have announced they will take applications for the job.

Aberg will complete her job on December 2nd.

The Commissioners voted unanimously to solicit applicants for the position of Clerk and Recorder for 2 weeks.

Aberg was elected to a 4-year term in 2018 and her term is set to end December 31st, 2022. The person selected to replace her will fill out the remaining 2 years of her term.

If you are interested in applying for the position of Clerk and Recorder you may contact the Valley County Commissioners for more information.

Glasgow School District Confirms 2 Additional COVID Cases

Thursday, September 24th 2020

On September 23, 2020, the Glasgow School District was notified that two students have tested positive for COVID-19.

Glasgow City Council Approves Purchase Of Pumper Fire Truck

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

The Glasgow City Council approved the purchase of a 2008 Pierce Enforcer Pumper Fire Truck at a meeting on Monday.

Glasgow Fire Chief Brandon Brunelle told the council that the Pumper Truck would replace a 1988 model Pumper Truck currently in use by the GFD.

With the purchase of the 2008 Pierce Enforcer Pumper, the GFD will now have a lineup of a 1997 Becker Pumper, 2009 Pierce Pumper and the 1997 Ladder Truck.

The cost of the Pumper Truck is $275,000 and with money set aside by the GFD for the purchase of capital equipment providing a down payment of $75,000, the GFD will finance the remaining balance of $200,000.

The Glasgow City Council gave approval to shop locally for the lowest interest rate on the financing for the Pumper Fire Truck.

2020 Scottie Homecoming Royalty

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

Your 2020 Scottie Homecoming Royalty:
King—
Colten Fast
Cooper Larson
Aden Zoanni

Queen—
Erika Blake
Rachelle Glaser
Aubre Hartsock

Scottie Homecoming Guidelines

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

Deadline to Apply for 2021 Non-insurable Crop Disaster Assistance

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

The Farm Service Agency would like to remind producers that Wed. Sept. 30th is the deadline to apply for 2021 Non-insurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program for all 2021 annual fall-seeded crops, perennial forage, & grazing. NAP coverage is available only on crops for which Federal Crop Insurance is not available with the exception of pilot programs such as pasture, rangeland, & forage for hayed & grazed crops. If you have any questions, please contact the Valley County Farm Service Agency at 228-4321 prior to September 30, 2020.

Gilbert Mogan And Dedee Hicks Awarded Yard Of The Week Recognition

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

Gilbert Mogan and Dedee Hicks were awarded Yard of the Week for the week by the Glasgow City Council. They reside at 1209 3rd Avenue South.

GHS Student Tests Positive For COVID-19

Monday, September 21st 2020

Press Release From Glasgow School District:

On September 21, 2020, the Glasgow School District was notified that a student had tested positive for COVID-19.

The positive test was confirmed on September 21, 2020. According to the Valley County Health Department, the District’s staff and students were in contact with the staff member during the period of possible exposure. However, the student last attended in-class or had person-to-person contact with fellow students/staff at GHS on September 10,2020. Working with the Valley County Health Department, we do not need to close down the school at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.

If any staff or students are at risk of exposure, the Valley County Health Department will be in contact with that person to determine a safe and appropriate course of action. It is still recommended that any person who feels sick or ill, seek out their medical provider for specific instructions. The School District is in contact with the Health Department and reviewing the Centers for Disease Control guidance to complete cleaning the school and other related facilities. The other steps taken by the School District include temp checks, handwashing stations, sanitization of classrooms, and a deep clean of the room(s). Contact Wade Sundby for details about these measures. School officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information if and when it becomes available.

The Glasgow School District along with the Valley County Health Department will be reaching out to families involved. Please follow the guidelines presented. At this time we will not be closing the school or the district. The classroom(s)/students(s) involved will begin remote learning on Monday, September 21, 2020.

The students will need to contact the teacher(s) at Glasgow High School to begin remote learning. If there are any questions concerning remote learning at GHS, please call Mr. Huntsman 406.228.2485. If there are any other questions please contact Wade
Sundby at the central office 406.228.2406.

Respectfully submitted,
Wade O. Sundby

Superintendent

Aberg To Resign As Valley County Clerk And Recorder/Superintendent Of Schools/Election Administrator

Monday, September 21st 2020

Here is the resignation letter provided to the Valley County Commissioners:

09/21/2020



Dear Valley County Commissioners,

I am writing this letter to inform you that I plan on resigning from my elected office as Clerk and Recorder/Superintendent of Schools and Election Administrator effective December 2, 2020.

I have decided to dedicate more time to my children and family. Due to relocation, I am unable to fulfill my term as Clerk and recorder.

I have been working for Valley County for the past seven years. I must say, it has been the most educational, rewarding, and worthwhile years of my life. I have gained exceptional experience and a tremendous amount knowledge, that I hope to carry forward in future endeavors.

I cannot begin to express the gratitude I have for everyone who has supported me and instilled their trust by electing me as the County Clerk and Recorder.


Sincerely,

Taryn Aberg

Aberg To Resign As Valley County Clerk And Recorder/Superintendent Of Schools/Election Administrator

Monday, September 21st 2020

Here is the resignation letter provided to the Valley County Commissioners:

09/21/2020



Dear Valley County Commissioners,

I am writing this letter to inform you that I plan on resigning from my elected office as Clerk and Recorder/Superintendent of Schools and Election Administrator effective December 2, 2020.

I have decided to dedicate more time to my children and family. Due to relocation, I am unable to fulfill my term as Clerk and recorder.

I have been working for Valley County for the past seven years. I must say, it has been the most educational, rewarding, and worthwhile years of my life. I have gained exceptional experience and a tremendous amount knowledge, that I hope to carry forward in future endeavors.

I cannot begin to express the gratitude I have for everyone who has supported me and instilled their trust by electing me as the County Clerk and Recorder.


Sincerely,

Taryn Aberg

Frazer School Board Votes To Return To Distance Learning Due To High Concern Of Recent Positive Cases And High Quarantine Numbers Of Staff And Students

Monday, September 21st 2020

Governor Bullock Orders All Flags Flown In Montana To Be Flown At Half-Staff To Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Saturday, September 19th 2020

Governor’s Proclamation



I hereby order all flags flown in the state of Montana to be flown at half-staff on Friday, September 18, 2020 until the day of internment to honor Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a torch-bearer and a champion of justice and equality. Justice Ginsburg’s peerless work spanned over half a century, and will continue to serve as an inspiration to so many attorneys, activists, and young women who look up to her as their hero, including my own daughters. She devoted herself to safeguarding our democracy, keeping her watch on the bench until the very end of her life.


Dated this 18th day of September, 2020.

STEVE BULLOCK
Governor

The Glasgow School District has released the following related to a positive COVID-19 case within the staff.

Friday, September 18th 2020

The Glasgow School District along with the Valley County Health Department will be reaching out to families involved. Please follow the guidelines presented. At this time we will not be closing the school or the district. The classroom (s) involved will begin remote learning on Monday, September 21, 2020. Mrs. Erickson will be contacting those families involved. If there are questions concerning remote learning please contact Mrs. Erickson at Irle School 406.228.2419. For other questions please contact Wade Sundby at the central office 406.228.2406.

Friday Is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Friday, September 18th 2020

(Pictured - official setting for POW/MIA)

Friday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, at Thursday night's regular meeting of the American Legion Post 41 and Auxiliary a small ceremony was held to honor them.

Valley County Unemployment Rate At 4 Percent

Friday, September 18th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend in August, dropping by 0.9 percentage points to 5.6%. Montana’s unemployment rate is well below the national rate of 8.4% for August.

“Montana continues to outperform the national economy in our economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “If we continue to come together to fight this virus, we can keep Montana’s workers and business owners healthy and safe and further our economic recovery.”

Montana has the 7th lowest unemployment rate in the nation. August total employment levels were 713 jobs higher than July. Total employment includes payroll, agricultural, and self-employed workers. Payroll employment increased by 400 jobs in August. The largest gains in payroll jobs occurred in federal government employment due to hiring for the U.S. Census.

The unemployment rate in Valley County is 4 percent compared to 2.9 percent in August of 2019.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.4% in August with a broad-based increase in prices across all goods. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, rose by 0.4%. Although these metrics suggest inflation is higher than in the past year, the increase in the all items less food and energy has increased by only 1.7% over the last twelve months, remaining below the Federal Reserve’s inflation target. Inflation below the target suggests accommodative monetary policy will continue in the upcoming months.

Montana Posts Information About Positive COVID-19 Cases In Schools

Friday, September 18th 2020

Story from KRTV.COM

Governor Steve Bullock announced Wednesday that the State of Montana will be posting information online about positive COVID-19 cases in schools.

Data will be provided on K-12 and higher education schools in the state, including private institutions, on the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services website each week.

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Bullock says it is critically important for the State to be transparent about cases in schools for the safety of families and educators. “Keeping safe and healthy during these times also means that parents and staff have access to information should there be cases of COVID-19 at their kid’s school,” said Bullock. “This is a system that protects student data in small schools while also providing a basic level of information and the transparency and the trust that parents in our community need.”

According to the State, there have been 60 schools in Montana that have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in either a student or staff member since the beginning of the school year. Bullock also noted that as of Wednesday there had been around 50 K-12 students that have tested positive for the virus during the school year out of the 147,000 students in the state.

For schools that have more than 50 students, the school’s name, number of positive student and staff cases and the county the school is located in will be posted. For schools that have between 11 and 50 students, the number of cases won’t be distinguished between students and staff. Bullock says there will be no reporting on schools that have fewer than 10 students attending in order to protect individual privacy.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen criticized the action of the governor on social media. Arntzen wrote: “Today’s decision by the Governor goes beyond displaying data at the county level as is currently being done for general COVID-19 case reporting. Montana’s many rural schools have few students and staff... Displaying data for these individual schools will increase the risk of exposing personally identifiable medical information. I again ask the Governor to reverse this decision and display aggregate data only at the county level.”

For the last two months Arntzen and Bullock have been publicly trading verbal jabs over the reopening of schools during COVID and the role of the Governor’s office.

The Superintendent has complained about a lack of communication from the Governor’s Office on the matter and being cut out of decision making regarding schools. The Governor has denied those claims, saying regular opportunities to meet with his staff were available.

USDA Announces An Additional $14 Billion For Agricultural Producers

Friday, September 18th 2020

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020.

“America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump is once again demonstrating his commitment to ensure America’s farmers and ranchers remain in business to produce the food, fuel, and fiber America needs to thrive,” said Secretary Perdue. “We listened to feedback received from farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations about the impact of the pandemic on our nations’ farms and ranches, and we developed a program to better meet the needs of those impacted.”

Background:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use funds being made available from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and CARES Act to support row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture and many additional commodities. USDA has incorporated improvements in CFAP 2 based from stakeholder engagement and public feedback to better meet the needs of impacted farmers and ranchers.

Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices. This program provides financial assistance that gives producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Producers will be compensated for ongoing market disruptions and assisted with the associated marketing costs.

CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities – Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities.

Price Trigger Commodities

Price trigger commodities are major commodities that meet a minimum 5-percent price decline over a specified period of time. Eligible price trigger crops include barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton, and all classes of wheat. Payments will be based on 2020 planted acres of the crop, excluding prevented planting and experimental acres. Payments for price trigger crops will be the greater of: 1) the eligible acres multiplied by a payment rate of $15 per acre; or 2) the eligible acres multiplied by a nationwide crop marketing percentage, multiplied by a crop-specific payment rate, and then by the producer’s weighted 2020 Actual Production History (APH) approved yield. If the APH is not available, 85 percent of the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option (ARC-CO) benchmark yield for that crop will be used.

For broilers and eggs, payments will be based on 75 percent of the producers’ 2019 production.

Dairy (cow’s milk) payments will be based on actual milk production from April 1 to Aug. 31, 2020. The milk production for Sept. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020, will be estimated by FSA.

Eligible beef cattle, hogs and pigs, and lambs and sheep payments will be based on the maximum owned inventory of eligible livestock, excluding breeding stock, on a date selected by the producer, between Apr. 16, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2020.

Flat-rate Crops

Crops that either do not meet the 5-percent price decline trigger or do not have data available to calculate a price change will have payments calculated based on eligible 2020 acres multiplied by $15 per acre. These crops include alfalfa, extra long staple (ELS) cotton, oats, peanuts, rice, hemp, millet, mustard, safflower, sesame, triticale, rapeseed, and several others.

Sales Commodities

Sales commodities include specialty crops; aquaculture; nursery crops and floriculture; other commodities not included in the price trigger and flat-rate categories, including tobacco; goat milk; mink (including pelts); mohair; wool; and other livestock (excluding breeding stock) not included under the price trigger category that were grown for food, fiber, fur, or feathers. Payment calculations will use a sales-based approach, where producers are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales.

Additional commodities are eligible in CFAP 2 that weren’t eligible in the first iteration of the program. If your agricultural operation has been impacted by the pandemic since April 2020, we encourage you to apply for CFAP 2. A complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap.

Eligibility

There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Applicants who are corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships may qualify for additional payment limits when members actively provide personal labor or personal management for the farming operation. In addition, this special payment limitation provision has been expanded to include trusts and estates for both CFAP 1 and 2.

Producers will also have to certify they meet the Adjusted Gross Income limitation of $900,000 unless at least 75 percent or more of their income is derived from farming, ranching or forestry-related activities. Producers must also be in compliance with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions.

Applying for Assistance

Producers can apply for assistance beginning Sept. 21, 2020. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 11, 2020.

Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap. Documentation to support the producer’s application and certification may be requested. All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded from farmers.gov/cfap/apply. For existing FSA customers, including those who participated in CFAP 1, many documents are likely already on file. Producers should check with FSA county office to see if any of the forms need to be updated.

Customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with the team at the FSA county office.

All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Our program delivery staff will be in the office, and they will be working with our producers in the office, by phone and using online tools. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

Glasgow School District Meal Distribution Starts Sept. 21

Thursday, September 17th 2020

Glasgow School District will be distributing our summer food program meals for children beginning Monday,
September 21, 2020. Meals will be distributed at the respective school.

1 breakfast and 1 lunch each day will be distributed to enrolled Glasgow School District students on a free basis regardless of free/reduced/paid status as the district has been temporarily qualified to do so.

The Glasgow School District was approved retroactively to September 1st and you will receive credit to your mealtime account for meals served in September.

This waiver will expire at the end of December 2020.

There will be the option for grab and go meals on Fridays. More information on that will follow. We will start the grab and go meal option on Friday, October 2, 2020.

If you have any questions, please call 406-228-2406.

Montana Department of Commerce Launches Census State Championship

Thursday, September 17th 2020

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Commerce today launched the 2020 Census State Championship to encourage counties and tribes in Montana to compete for the highest increase in self-response rates to the 2020 Census from now until September 30. With only 15 days left in the 2020 Census count, the Commerce Department and the Montana Complete Count Committee are urging every Montana resident to respond to the 2020 Census before the shortened deadline of September 30.

“This is the final countdown for the 2020 Census,” said Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, the Chair of the Montana Complete Count Committee. “The counties and tribes that win the 2020 Census State Championship will get not only bragging rights with a trophy to prove it, but will also receive their fair share of federal funding for the next 10 years, accurate representation in the state Legislature, and the knowledge that they contributed to the possibility of Montana regaining a second seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Game on, Montana!”

There will be two winners for counties and two winners for tribal nations based on the percentage increase in self-response rates, as well as for the increase in the number of households that respond to the 2020 Census from today until September 30. To enter the championship, Montana residents who have not yet responded to the 2020 Census can do so at MY2020CENSUS.GOV, by calling 1-844-330-2020 or by mailing in the paper form if they received one. Track each community’s progress here. Valley County rate as of Thursday was only 40.7%.

The U.S. Census Bureau suspended all field operations from March to early May to slow the spread of COVID-19, and then cut short the deadline to September 30 to respond to the Census. As a result, Montana’s self-response rate is below the national average, with 59.2 percent of Montanans having self-responded to the 2020 Census, compared to the national average of 65.9 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Even with door-to-door counting by U.S. Census workers, Montana’s overall response rate is below the national average, and tribal nations and rural counties in Montana are at risk of an undercount.

The federal government is responsible for counting all households every 10 years, while the state supports the effort to educate and promote the importance of the Census. In June, Governor Steve Bullock allocated $530,500 to the Montana Department of Commerce to continue Census education and outreach efforts.

The Montana Department of Commerce is using that funding to partner with the Montana Nonprofit Association, Western Native Voice, Forward Montana Foundation and Missoula-based marketing agency Windfall to conduct targeted outreach aimed at low self-responding areas of the state to encourage residents in those areas to fill out the Census.

For every Montanan not counted, the state stands to lose an estimated $20,000 in federal funding over the next decade. Census information is also used to draw local voting and school districts, and it determines whether Montana will receive a second seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

You can track your community’s progress in the 2020 Census State Championship here.

And respond to the 2020 Census today at MY2020CENSUS.GOV , by calling 1-844-330-2020, or by mailing in your paper Census form if you’ve received one.

Hump Day And Alive At Five Are Today

Wednesday, September 16th 2020

Wednesday is Hump Day for Glasgow-area businesses. Save your receipts when shopping locally Wednesday & bring them to the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture by Friday for your chance at winning $50 in Chamber Big Bucks! Several businesses are also featuring sales.

Along with Hump Day, Alive at Five is back! Join the Glasgow Downtown Association outside of Shippwrecked from 5 – 8p.m. & enjoy live music from the 4th Street Band, pizza & drinks from the Oasis, sweet treats from the Jump-N-Buck Ice Cream Truck, & family fun.

The GDA has worked alongside the Valley County Health Department to help ensure a safe event for our community.

Chinook Man Facing Vehicular Homicide Charge After Single-Vehicle Crash

Tuesday, September 15th 2020

Hiline Today

CHINOOK, Mont. (NMB) – The victim has been identified and the alleged driver is facing charges after a single-vehicle crash in Blaine County on Saturday evening left one person dead.

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as 19-year-old Payton Jones of Chinook. Jones was ejected from the front passenger seat of a Ford Crown Victoria that rolled over at least 1.5 times on Saturday night on Redrock Road north of Chinook. He was declared dead at the scene.

The driver, 21-year-old Raja Singh of Chinook, is facing pending charges that include vehicular homicide. Other charges include lack of insurance, failure to give notice, leaving the scene of an accident, expired registration and a seatbelt violation. He was not injured in the crash.

The other occupant of the vehicle, a 17-year-old male from Chinook, who was uninjured, is not facing any charges at this time.

None of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts.

The crash remains under investigation, and excessive speed and alcohol are suspected factors.

GHS Educational Trust Application Reminder

Tuesday, September 15th 2020

Glasgow High School graduates who are attending college or trade school are reminded that the application deadline for financial aid from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust is October 15, 2020. All students who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, are in good academic standing, are attending full-time, and are showing progress toward the completion of a degree may apply. Students enrolled in on-line or correspondence programs full-time (12 credit minimum) also may be eligible. The application is available on the trust’s website at www.ghsedutrust.org. The site also lists certain other requirements that must be met, such as the inclusion of a student’s signed Financial Aid Acceptance letter (FAFSA) if the student applied for financial aid.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the trust will accept reference letters submitted electronically as long as they include the reference’s email address for verification. Also, if students have difficulty getting paper copies of their official transcripts sent to them, they may request that the institution send them directly by email to daniander@nemont.net.

Applications must be complete and submitted on time to be considered. Students should contact Danielle Anderson at daniander@nemont.net or at 406-230-0153 if they have any questions.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established by the GHS Class of 1938. Since its inception in 1964, it has awarded a total of $2,529,500.00 to 749 different students. Students who receive grants may reapply for up to a total of eight semesters if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

Now, more than ever, with so many families facing unprecedented economic pressures, the costs of higher education escalating each year, and student debt at all-time highs, all eligible students should apply for this generous opportunity made possible through the contributions of hundreds of faithful trust supporters.

Notice From Malta Public Schools

Monday, September 14th 2020

Notice from Malta Public Schools:

Late Saturday, September 12th, 2020, Malta Elementary School was notified that individuals associated with the District had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the Phillips County Health Department, some of the District’s staff and students were in contact with these individuals during a period of possible exposure. The individuals last had contact with others in our school on September 9th, 3 days prior to their diagnosis. Since September 10th no staff or students have been exposed to these individuals. If anyone associated with the District is at risk of exposure, the Phillips County Health Department will be in contact with that person to determine a safe and appropriate course of action.

It is still recommended that any person who feels sick or ill seek out their medical provider for specific instructions. The School District is in contact with the Health Department and reviewing the Centers for Disease Control guidance to complete deep cleaning of the school. Due to the timing of this diagnosis Malta Elementary will be closed September 14th and 15th to allow the Phillips County Health Department and the school to complete a thorough contact tracing.

Malta Middle School and Malta High School will still operate with a normal schedule at this time. Contact the elementary office for details about these measures. School officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information if and when it becomes available.

Northwestern Energy Customers To See Slight Decrease In Monthly Bills

Sunday, September 13th 2020

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NorthWestern Energy customers will see a slight decrease in their monthly bills beginning in October.

Typical residential customers will see a decrease of about $2.34 a month, according to the utility. The rate reduction stems from lower-than-expected costs during a 12-month period ending June 30. Montana’s Public Service Commission will take up the rate reduction sometime in the next year to determine whether the single-year rate decrease is adequate.

State law allows NorthWestern to adjust costs for a previous year, either by increasing rates or cutting them. This year, the adjustment is to the customer’s benefit. The utility over-collected by about $3.5 million for power it expected to purchase from some third party renewable energy sources. That money will be part of the credit NorthWestern proposes.

A year ago, the utility sought a $23.8 million single-year increase to recoup unexpected expenses from the second half of 2018 and first six months of 2018. Replacement power costs for a summer of mechanical problems at Colstrip Power Plant were among the expenses. The average residential customer experienced a rate increase of $37.08 to cover those expenses.

Montana’s utility regulator is about five weeks away from determining whether last year’s increase was appropriate.

Governor Bullock Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff In Honor Of Lives Lost On September 11th

Friday, September 11th 2020

Governor’s Proclamation

I hereby order all flags flown in the State of Montana to be flown at half-staff on
Friday, September 11, 2020, in honor of all those who lost their lives on
September 11, 2001 and in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of
Service.

Each year, September 11th reminds us of how much we lost, but also what
brought our nation together in the face of tragedy and what binds us all as
Americans. May this year’s commemoration of 9/11 serve as a reminder that our
strength lies in our unity and of our resilience in the face of adversity.

Additional $400 In Federal Unemployment Benefits Has Ended

Thursday, September 10th 2020

Story from www.ktvh.com

HELENA — After just two weeks of distribution in Montana, the $400 Lost Wages Assistance Program from the federal government will be ending. The last payment will be for benefit week ending on Sep. 5.

The program was created by an executive order from President Trump to assist individuals who had lost their job as a result of the pandemic. It directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide $300 in lost wage assistance to states that made a $100 copay, making the total payment $400. Montana used CARES Act money to cover the state's $100 obligation.

Montana was one of the first states to take advantage of the program, with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) issuing the first payments on Aug. 26. The program retroactively covered payments from benefit week ending Aug. 1 through Aug. 19.

A total of six weeks were covered by the program, with jobless Montanans receiving around $59 million in total.

The duration of the Lost Wages Assistance program was dependent on the terms of the President’s Memorandum. DLI says most experts estimated funding would not extend beyond seven weeks.

DLI made nearly 51,000 Unemployment Insurance payments totaling almost $27M for the week of August 31 through September 4.

Huff Fire Now 100% Contained

Wednesday, September 9th 2020

Message from Garfield County DES on Huff Fire:

Tuesday the Huff Fire reaches 100% containment. This would simply not have been possible without all of the mutual aid received from neighboring areas sending firefighters, EMTS and LEOs. Our school of 154 students fully evacuated in less than 8 minutes. But the next day, they all came back to write their thank yous. And one recommendation involves statues for you all.
List of Responding Fire Departments who sent both wild land and structure engines (if we missed you PLEASE let us know)


Petroleum
Prairie
Dawson/West Glendive
Fallon/Baker
Richland/Sidney
Roosevelt
Fergus/Grass Range/Heath
Custer
Rosebud
McCone/Circle
Wibaux
State of North Dakota

McCone & Prairie Co EMTs who aided in ambulance runs and served on standby

Sheriff Offices who sent personnel to help
Roosevelt
Sheridan
Petroleum
Rosebud
McCone

Federal Agencies:
Bureau of Land Management
US Forest Service
Dept of Natural Resources
US Fish & Wildlife Services
From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU
8:46pm 9/8/20 ALM

Glasgow City Council Sets Taxes For Fiscal Year 2020-2021

Wednesday, September 9th 2020

The Glasgow City Council approved taxes and assessments for Fiscal year 2020/2021 at a regular meeting on Tuesday.

The Council approved assessments for the costs of maintaining and electrical power for 29 Lighting Districts in the City of Glasgow. The amount assessed to those living in the lighting districts is $189,252.07. This is the same amount assessed in the previous fiscal year.

The Council approved $330,475 in assessments for the collection and disposal of garbage in the City of Glasgow. This assessment is used to pay for the collection and disposal of garbage by T & R Trucking. This is the same amount as the previous fiscal year.

The Council approved $506,369.92 in assessments for the cost of street maintenance in the City of Glasgow. This assessment pays for street maintenance and is paid by all property owners in the city. This is an increase of 5% over the previous year.

The Council also approved funding for the General Fund. The General Fund pays for the general operation in the city of Glasgow. This includes the Glasgow Police Department, Glasgow Recreation Department and Glasgow Fire Department.

The Council approved levying 289.41 mills which will generate $1,367,311.76. This is an increase of $14,366.76 over the previous year.

Glaser Family Receive Yard Of The Week!

Tuesday, September 8th 2020

Todd and Wendy Glaser have the Yard of the Week for this week! Todd and Wendy reside at 103 Heather Lane in Glasgow!

Fort Peck Marina Boat Ramp Will Be Upgraded

Tuesday, September 8th 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans to upgrade the Fort Peck Marina boat ramp.

The existing boat ramp consists of concrete and asphalt. High water over the last few years caused the base material under the asphalt to fail. The planned upgrades include removing the asphalt and extending the concrete an additional 100 feet above the existing concrete and above the high-water mark.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday and will continue through the month, depending on conditions. Viking Construction of Nashua, Montana received the competitive bid.

The ramp will be closed during construction. Boaters can launch 2.5 miles west at Duck Creek Fishing Access Site or seven miles east at Flat Lake Recreation Area.

All other services at the marina remain open during construction including fuel, bait shop, restaurant and RV park.

For more information, call USACE at (406) 526-3411.

Governor Bullock Declares Fire Emergency In Montana

Friday, September 4th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock Thursday evening issued an executive order declaring a state of fire emergency due to extremely hazardous wildland fire conditions throughout Montana.

“Local, state, and federal partners, and the brave men and women on the front lines are working together to take on this fire season and we are prepared to use every resource available to protect Montana lives and property,” said Governor Bullock. “At the same time, I know that Montanans will continue to take this seriously and stay safe, stay informed, and continue to support our firefighters and our communities impacted by fires.”

Many factors including above-average temperatures, unpredictable winds, and low humidity have resulted in extreme fire conditions. On Wednesday, seventeen new fires burned over 100,000 acres. Moderate to severe drought conditions continue to exist throughout most of the Central and Eastern portions of Montana. The hot and abnormally dry conditions are predicted to continue through the middle of September, and under current conditions, new wildland fire starts are likely throughout the state.

This declaration allows Governor Bullock to mobilize additional state resources and the Montana National Guard to combat the fires to protect life, health, and property, and to expend funds to meet the contingencies and needs that may arise from them.

The emergency order also suspends hours of service regulations for drivers of commercial vehicles while providing support to fire suppression activities and temporary fuel permits normally required for vehicles providing supplies to help support response to the emergency. Commercial motor vehicle carriers cannot require or allow fatigued drivers to operate a motor vehicle.

Additionally, the emergency order suspends the brand inspection permit fee requirement and the brand inspection requirement prior to removal, as well as allows the Montana Department of Livestock to issue transportation permits by phone when necessary to cope with the emergency.

In August, Governor Bullock doubled the state’s fire fund, reaching its statutory maximum of $101.5 million or enough to cover nearly five average wildfire seasons. State wildfire suppression costs as of August 30 are estimated to be at $4.5 million.

Huff Fire Update From Garfield County Disaster And Emergency Services

Friday, September 4th 2020

Posted from Garfield County Disaster and Emergency Services.

Thank you all for patience as we gathered fire intelligence Thursday

Huff Fire is 46,829 acres with 15% containment. Another source for information is here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7137/

Crews continue to secure the perimeter. Thursday engines responding through mutual aid from surrounding counties were also assigned to several landowners to aid in pulling apart hot spots such as outbuildings, corrals and equipment. The helicopter utilized to fly the fire for mapping was also briefly used to drop more water. Safety of crews remains a top priority- including the need for rest.

National Weather Service Forecasting Hot Temperatures Then Possibly Snow For Eastern Montana

Friday, September 4th 2020

Wide variety of weather expected for eastern Montana through Wednesday


Saturday: Hot, highs in the 90s. Cold front will move through Saturday afternoon with southeast winds of 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph possible. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Southern Petroleum and Southern Garfield Counties for Saturday afternoon and evening. Humidities will drop to near 10 percent in the fire weather watch area, and be in the teens and lower 20s in the rest of NE Montana.

Sunday: Cooler, highs in the 70s to lower 80s. Windy, northwest winds of 15 to 30 mph with higher gusts. Rain will move into the area from Canada on Sunday evening. A lake wind advisory will likely be issued for Sunday.

Monday: Chances of wetting rain through the day, especially west of a line from Glasgow to Miles City. Highs only in the 50s, temperatures likely dropping through the day. Monday evening, temperatures will drop below freezing across NE Montana. Some snow could be mixed in with the rain, especially north of Highway 2.

Tuesday: Rain/Snow moves southward, highs in the 50s.

Wednesday: Warming into the 60s.

Trump Campaign, National And State Republicans Sue State Of Montana Over Mail Ballots

Thursday, September 3rd 2020

Story from KXLH.COM

The Trump campaign, national Republicans and the Montana Republican Party filed suit Wednesday to overturn Gov. Steve Bullock's August order allowing Montana counties to conduct the Nov. 3 election with mail ballots.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Helena, asked a judge to block Bullock's Aug. 6 order and declare it unconstitutional.

Bullock issued the order under his emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic, and at the request of Montana county election officials, many of whom said they feared they could not safely or efficiently conduct the election with traditional polling stations. The order gave counties the option to conduct the election by mail or with polling stations on Election Day.

The Governor provided the following statement in regards to the lawsuit:
“This template lawsuit appears to be part of a pattern of lawsuits across the country by Republican party operatives to limit access to voting during the pandemic. Voting by mail in Montana is safe, secure, and was requested by a bipartisan coalition of Montana election officials seeking to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and keep Montanans safe and healthy. This is the same directive that the Republican President of the Senate and Republican Speaker of the House said was the right thing to do for the June primary. Today, we have many more active cases of COVID-19 than we did back in June.”

Julia Doyle with the campaign for Senator Steve Daines, Bullock's incumbent rival for this year's Montana Senate race, responded to the lawsuit with a statement claiming Bullock made the mail ballot order for personal reasons:

"Governor Bullock has obvious personal interest in changing election laws in Montana - he is the last person who should be making unilateral decisions that put into question the integrity of Montana's elections."

As of Wednesday, about 40 counties have announced that they intend to go to all-mail ballots, including seven of the eight most populous counties. Ballots would be mailed to all registered voters in those counties on Oct. 9. However, voters would still have the option of dropping their ballot off in person, at county election offices or drop-boxes.

Update From Glasgow School Superintendent Wade Sundby

Thursday, September 3rd 2020

Valley County Community Foundation Awards Clarence And Charlotte Fuhrman Scholarships

Thursday, September 3rd 2020

Doris Leader of Nashua, who chairs the Valley County Community Foundation, has announced the recipients of the Clarence and Charlotte Fuhrman Scholarships for 2020. The three recipients are doing undergraduate work at Montana universities.

Kiauna Barstad is a 2017 Glasgow High School graduate. In her fourth year at Rocky Mountain College, she studies biology and psychology for her majors with chemistry minor. Her parents are Bruce Barstad and Kelly Barstad of Glasgow.

Bethany Lacock Legare will begin her third year at the University of Montana, studying physical therapy. The 2014 Hinsdale High School graduate is the daughter of Steve and LaMae Lacock of Hinsdale.

Garrett Lloyd begins his second year at Montana State University studying mechanical engineering. He is a 2019 Glasgow High School graduate and the son of Duane and Ellen Lloyd of Glasgow.

The Fuhrmans farmed near Opheim and provided the scholarship to benefit graduates from all of the high schools in Valley County. Among the requirements are a three-year residence in Valley County, graduation from a Valley County high school, home school or GED, participation in school and civic organizations, completion of at least one year of study beyond high school and a 2.8 scholastic average.

The first Fuhrman scholarships were awarded in 2011. Since then, 23 students have received over $28,150. More information is available through the VCCF website, www.valleycountycf.net. A notice of the 2021 application due date will be available next spring through local media and the website.

Governor Bullock Announces FEMA Funding For Costs Associated With Wildfires Burning In Eastern Montana

Thursday, September 3rd 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that the state has secured Federal Management Assistance Grants (FMAG) from FEMA to assist with costs associated with fighting the Huff Fire burning in Garfield County, the Bobcat Fire burning in Musselshell and Yellowstone Counties, and the Snider and Rice Fires burning in Rosebud County.

“I’m grateful to all of the incredible folks who stepped up quickly and diligently yesterday to work to contain the threatening wildfires we saw emerge around our state from gusty winds and warm temperatures,” said Governor Bullock. “As firefighters continue to work around the clock to keep Montanans and their property safe, we ask that Montanans take seriously warnings and evacuation orders from local officials and follow all precautions.”

Yesterday Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) submitted the requests for firefighting assistance, with two of those requests approved yesterday evening and the third this morning by FEMA. The FMAG makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs. Eligible costs include materials and supplies, mobilization and demobilization, equipment use, and expenses for field camps. Additionally, each FMAG is eligible for over $450,000 in federal mitigation funding.

The Huff Fire, which started on September 2, has burned over 30,000 acres and threatened over 900 structures, including a school and hospital. The Bobcat Fire, which started on September 2, has burned over 20,000 acres and threatened between 500-700 homes and a coal mine. The Snider and Rice Fires have burned over 48,000 acres and threatened over 1,050 structures.

Nashua School To Begin Distance Learning 9/3 And Will Resume In Person Learning 9/14

Thursday, September 3rd 2020

This news released by the Nashua School on September 2nd:

The Nashua School will be resuming our distance learning model beginning 9/3 and continuing to 9/10. All extra-curricular activities and events have been cancelled during this time.

This closure has been necessitated because a Health Department mandated quarantine was not adhered to. This resulted in our staff and students potentially being exposed to the COVID-19 virus inside our school. I would like to reiterate to our parents/guardians that we do not have a confirmed positive case in our school. This is precautionary action to ensure the health and safety of our students.

The Nashua School administration and school board representatives worked in conjunction with the Valley County Health Department to determine the best course of action for our school to take to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

The Nashua School will resume extra-curricular activities on 9/11 and school will resume in person on 9/14.


Nashua High School Graduate Elmer Mayhew Receives Purple Heart Medal

Wednesday, September 2nd 2020

This story was posted on social media from the 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade. Mayhew is a graduate of Nashua High School:

34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade

Yesterday, we recognized the service and sacrifice of Sgt. 1st Class Elmer Mayhew and Sgt. Jared Fossek, Soldiers with Delta Company, 1-189th GSAB Vigilante_Javelin. Both Soldiers were presented the Purple Heart medal and received this distinction for their injuries sustained during rocket attacks on March 14, 2020, while stationed at Camp Taji, Iraq. Please help us in thanking them for their service.

GHS Art Club Painting Windows For Homecoming 2020

Wednesday, September 2nd 2020

The GHS Art Club is painting windows for Homecoming 2020 as a fundraiser. The goal is to have them done the week of September 21st with Homecoming on October 2nd & 3rd.

The students will bring their ideas to you to decide what design you want. The cost is small windows $50 each and large windows $100 each. Any questions and to get on the list, call GHS Art Teacher-Cat McIntyre at 406-671-0659. Show your Scottie Pride!!

Valley County Reaches 9 Active COVID Cases

Tuesday, September 1st 2020

The following information was released from the Valley County Health Department at 11:54 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2020:

Valley County COVID-19 update:

Active cases: 9
Recovered cases: 37
Total cases: 46

Case 41: A female aged 10-19 who is not hospitalized. The investigation and contact tracing are ongoing.

Case 42: A female aged 60-69 who is not hospitalized. The investigation and contact tracing are ongoing.

Case 43: A female aged 30-39 who is not hospitalized. The investigation and contact tracing are ongoing.

Case 44: A male aged 30-39 who is not hospitalized. The investigation and contact tracing are ongoing.

Case 45: A female aged 10-19 who is not hospitalized. The investigation and contact tracing are ongoing.

Case 46: A male aged 40-49 who is not hospitalized. The investigation and contact tracing are ongoing.

Face coverings or masks are recommended in public places at all times, regardless of the number of active cases in Valley County.

Kaiser Family Earns Yard Of The Week Designation

Tuesday, September 1st 2020

The Yard of the Week for this week belongs to Mike and Jan Kaiser at 640 5th Avenue South in Glasgow!

Glasgow Man Will Graduate From Montana Highway Patrol Class And Is Set To Be Stationed In His Hometown

Tuesday, September 1st 2020

HELENA – Thursday morning, eleven student officers will graduate after successfully completing 20 weeks of training, and will begin careers as Montana Highway Patrol Troopers. Members of the press are invited to attend Thursday’s graduation ceremony for MHP Class #68. A roster is below. Attorney General Tim Fox is scheduled to address the graduates.

Name: Mickey Doherty
Hometown: Butte
Initial Station: Bozeman

Name: Christopher George
Hometown: Glasgow
Initial Station: Glasgow

Name: Tori Harris
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Initial Station: Kalispell

Name: Jacob Jukkala
Hometown: Fernandina Beach, Florida
Initial Station: Great Falls

Name: Andrew McFarland
Hometown: Susanville, California
Initial Station: Hamilton

Name: Noah Pacheco
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Initial Station: Havre

Name: Jacob Patton
Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana
Initial Station: Bozeman

Name: Thomas Renz
Hometown: Butte
Initial Station: Butte

Name: Zachary Sommerfeld
Hometown: Sidney
Initial Station: Sidney

Name: Mary Strumpfer
Hometown: Seeley Lake
Initial Station: Seeley Lake

Name: Nicholas Wade
Hometown: Lebanon Township, New Jersey
Initial Station: Dillon

Immediately following the graduation ceremony, three Captains will be promoted:
Justin Braun: Captain Braun will be promoted to District VI Commander in Kalispell.
Conner Smith: Captain Smith will be promoted to Administrative Captain at Headquarters.
Derek Werner: Captain Werner will be promoted to District VIII Commander in Havre.


Glasgow Man Dies In Motor Vehicle Accident Sunday Morning

Monday, August 31st 2020

A Glasgow man died in a crash in Valley County on Sunday morning.

Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer identified the man as 36-year old Daniel Rogenes.

Montana Highway Patrol received a call about the crash at 7:33 a.m.

A 1999 Ford Ranger was traveling southbound on Highway 24 south just past the Milk River Bridge when the vehicle exited the roadway on the right hand side. The driver overcorrected and began to slide-slip to the right.

The vehicle rolled off the roadway, went into the ditch and continued to roll, MHP reports.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected in the crash.

The 36-year-old driver died at the scene.

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