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Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board Enacts Curfew

Posted (Thursday, September 21st 2023)

From The Missoulian

The Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board last week issued a state of emergency due to “recent juvenile violence.”

Citing an “influx of violent crimes committed by juveniles,” the executive board enacted a 10 p.m. curfew for young people and stated parents and guardians will be held accountable for the actions of youth. The board also requested that the public report suspicious activity to authorities and assist with relevant investigations.

Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure and tribal law enforcement did not respond to requests for comment.

The declaration, issued on Sept. 15, came one day after two brothers were reportedly stabbed on the reservation by a group of young people. A few weeks prior, the juvenile detention center on the reservation shut down after youth in custody damaged the facility.

Courtney Martell said both her brothers were hospitalized in Billings after the attack, and one will likely need surgery.

No Federal Oil And Gas Lease Sales In Montana This Year

Posted (Thursday, September 21st 2023)

From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle

There will be no federal oil and gas lease sales in Montana this year.

The BLM Montana-Dakotas State office will wrap up 2023 with a December lease sale in North Dakota. This was the first full year of federal leases offered under regulatory reforms championed by President Joe Biden, who steered oil and gas leases toward competitive bidding, while also increasing royalty payments from 12.5% to 16.67%, on par with the Montana state rate. Required amounts for cleanup bonds were increased for the first time in 63 years, up from $10,000 to $150,000.

There were concerns in the fossil fuel industry ahead of the new rules that tougher leasing standards would discourage interest in low-production areas, like Montana.

Wild Montana, which earlier this year successfully challenged two dozen nominated parcels, estimated that more than 220,000 federal acres in Montana had been leased noncompetitively in the past decade.

In June, Montana parcels nominated for a September sale were withdrawn following public concern that the new lease terms were being ignored. Yet lease sales continued to be scheduled for North Dakota, which is part of the same district as Montana, headquartered in Billings.

“North Dakota doesn’t have a Judge Molloy or a Judge Morris, either” said Alan Olsen, Montana Petroleum Association director. Olsen was referring to Montana U.S District Justices Donald Molloy and Brian Morris, both of whom have ruled against federal agencies for not performing environmental reviews required by law.

Big Turnout For Final Alive At Five Of The Year

Posted (Thursday, September 21st 2023)

There was a big turnout at the Glasgow Downtown Association's Alive At Five on Wednesday night, held in the Bank of Glasgow parking lot.

Zach Moser won the hot dog eating contest while onlookers enjoyed their own food, music and visiting.

Scott Cook Reaches Plea Agreement On Charges Of Sexual Abuse Of A Child

Posted (Tuesday, September 19th 2023)

Scott Edward Cook has reached a plea agreement with the Valley County Attorney on a felony charge of Sexual Abuse of a Child.

Cook was arrested in Glasgow on December 2nd of 2022 when he encouraged a female he believed to be 14 years of age to meet with him for the purposes of engaging in sexual intercourse.

The Valley County Attorney originally charged Cook with 2 counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child. As part of the plea agreement, he will have one count dismissed.

The plea agreement states that Cook be sentenced to the Montana State Prison for a term of 15 years with 10 years suspended. He will also be required to complete Phase 1 of sex offender treatment programming prior to his release.

This is a plea agreement and Judge Yvonne Laird will conduct sentencing in November. Judge Laird has the authority to change the plea agreement if she wishes.

Cape Air To Provide Essential Air Service To Eastern Montana For Another Four Years

Posted (Tuesday, September 19th 2023)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has reselected Cape Air to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at five eastern Montana communities: Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Sidney, and Wolf Point. Cape Air has been serving these communities since 2013 and will continue to provide service between the communities and Billings Logan International Airport (BIL) for the four-year term from January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2027

“We are excited to provide dependable air service for eastern Montana for years to come, and look forward to continuing to be a strong community partner,” Cape Air’s President & CEO Linda Markham said.

“Cape Air has provided valued service for over 10 years to these Montana communities. Cape Air provides high-quality customer care, interline service with major airlines, and has a proven track record for operating in Montana’s harsh climate. I look forward to continuing the fantastic relationship our communities share with Cape Air, ” Chairman Walt McNutt of the Montana EAS Task Force said.

Cape Air’s fares in Montana start at $39 each way, including all taxes and fees. The service schedule for Havre, Glasgow, Wolf Point and Glendive includes two daily round trips. The Sidney – Billings route is flown five times daily.

Tickets can be purchased on Cape Air’s website or by calling 800-CAPE-AIR. Interline tickets for itineraries connecting beyond Billings may be purchased by contacting Cape Air’s partners Delta, United, American and Alaska Airlines.

2023 Theo And Alyce Beck Foundation Trust Scholarship Recipients

Posted (Monday, September 18th 2023)

The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust is pleased to announce its 2023 scholarship recipients. There were a total of twelve scholarships awarded.

Isaac Braaten, son of Patrick and Nancy Braaten, in his junior year at South Dakota School of Mines majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Abigail Engstrom, daughter of Jon Engstrom and Gail Fast, in her sophomore year at University of Montana majoring in Political Science.

Rachelle Glaser, daughter of Todd and Wendy Glaser, in her junior year at Montana State University- Billings majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Business Marketing.

Jesi Kennedy, Daughter of Lori Badger, in her sophomore year at University of Washington majoring in Medicine.

Klaire Krumwiede, daughter of Bryan and Dena-Marie Krumwiede in her sophomore year at University of North Dakota majoring in Biology.

Ellis McKean, son of Andrew McKean and Lih-An Yang, in graduate school at University of San Francisco majoring in Public Health.

Iris McKean, daughter of Andrew McKean and Lih-An Yang, in her sophomore year at University of Montana majoring in Wildlife Biology and Microbiology.

Merlin McKean, son of Andrew McKean and Lih-An Yang, in his senior year at Montana State University majoring in Financial Engineering.

Victoria Pehlke, daughter of Mike and Jessica Pehlke, in her junior year at University of Montana Western majoring in Business Administration and English, with a minor in Literature, Professional Writing and Pop Culture.

McKenna Strommen, daughter of Luke and Tara Strommen, in her junior year at Montana State University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology.

Trevor Toavs, son of Terry and Tammy Toavs, in graduate school at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University majoring in Doctor of Medicine.

Timothy Wageman, son of Gary and Annette Wageman, in his final year at Montana State University majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Theo and Alyce Beck were Northeast Montana people who cared about the communities they lived in, whether it was Baylor where their lives began and where they farmed, or Glasgow where Alyce spent her retired years after Theo passed away. Alyce was active in 4-H and Homemakers Club as well as entering plants, sewing projects and homemade baked goods in the Northeast Montana Fair. This is the fourteenth year the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust has awarded scholarships.

Valley County Combined Campaign

Posted (Monday, September 18th 2023)

The Valley County Combined Campaign is celebrating its 42nd year of giving with an invitation to Valley County non-profit organizations to join the 2023-2024 campaign.

There are two openings available this year for member positions. Consideration will also be given to applicants for an available permanent position on the campaign. Any Valley County non-profit organization interested in applying is required to have their own 501(c)3 non-profit status and will not be allowed to do any other soliciting for contributions during the year(s) they are a member of the campaign.

Please submit a letter of interest indicating your organization’s mission and needs to: Valley County Combined Campaign, PO Box 224, Glasgow, MT. or drop it off at The Loaded Toad located at 527 2nd Ave S, Glasgow. This letter must be received no later than October 5th. Any organization interested in applying for the available positions will be asked to give a brief presentation about their organization, including what specifically they will be designating their monies toward at the October 10th meeting of the Valley County Combined Campaign board of directors at 5:30pm at The Loaded Toad.

If you have any questions you are asked to contact Candy Lagerquist at 406-263-4512 or lclager@nemont.net, or Kerry Hentges at 406-672-6347 or k.hentges@aemt.org.

The VCCC was formed in 1982 so that community members and businesses would only be contacted once during the year for donations. VCCC would like to Thank the Valley County residence for their generosity for the last 41 years, you have greatly impacted the participating organizations.

Glasgow School District Faces Bus Driver Shortage

Posted (Friday, September 15th 2023)

The Glasgow School District is at risk of having to cut more bus routes due to the bus driver shortage. In the past three years, the District has gone from nine route drivers, down to just four regular drivers. This mirrors the nationwide bus driver shortage. Starting September 18th, the Saint Marie will be down to one very full route, driven by the Transportation Coordinator/Mechanic. Strategies employed this year to recruit new bus drivers include the purchase of an “E” Bus, which is used on the Nashua/East route and doesn’t require a CDL licensed driver. A paraprofessional aide is currently driving this route in addition to her regular duties. Also, for this school year, driver wages were increased to $23.01 - $28.02 (depending on experience). The most recent strategy, a $1,500 sign-on bonus for new drivers, was approved by the Board of Trustees at their September school board meeting.

Now would be the time for an individual to obtain their CDL license to drive bus, because effective January 1, 2024, new CDL applicants will be required to do an estimated 80-hour training course as a requirement before taking the CDL test. Glasgow School District will provide this training at no charge for new hires, and will also be available to the general public for a fee. Anyone interested in driving bus for the Glasgow School District is encouraged to call Justice Steele at (406) 263-7085 for more information.

Fort Peck Tribal Elections

Posted (Thursday, September 14th 2023)

The Fort Peck Tribes will have their Tribal Elections the last Saturday of October. The filing deadline as Wednesday. Four candidates for Chairman and 42 candidates for the Tribal Executive Board lead the way as the candidates start campaigning for election.

Chairman Candidates
1. John Morales
2. Floyd G. Azure
3. Justin GrayHawk, Sr.
4. Barry Bighorn, Sr.

Vice Chairman Candidates
1. Charles “Charlie” Headdress
2. Patricia “Patt” Iron Cloud

Sgt at Arms
1. Bruce ”Cubby” Damon
2. Jolynne Bad Hawk

Tribal Executive Board Candidates

1. Terry “Melvin” Rattling Thunder, Sr.
2. Dana “Sam” Buckles
3. Stacey Summers
4. Carolyn Bighorn-Brugh
5. Bryce Kirk
6. Lawrence Hamilton
7. Wayne Martell
8. Shannon Dionne Martell
9. Marva Chapman
10. Don Laroque
11. Ennis Russell
12. Leonard “Bighorn” Crowbelt
13. Jestin Dupree
14. Francine Boxer
15. Leslie Longhair
16. Michael “Mike” Doney
17. Garrett Big Leggins
18. Angela Matthews
19. Tatum Evenson
20. Charles “Chug” Knowlton
21. Melissa G. “Melton” Buckles
22. Perry Lilly
23. Vernette “Susie” Perry
24. Mary Follett
25. Michael J. Youngbull
26. Dylan Rain Youpee
27. Roxanne Gourneau
28. Ona Vee Windchief
29. Rita Weeks
30. Kristopher FourStar
31. Dalonna Youngman
32. Kristian Youngman
33. Benjamin “BJ” Johnson
34. Jason Gray Hawk
35. Vernice Chopper
36. Melvin D. Scott, lll
37. Georgia Gibbs
38. Darren Long Hair
39 Louella Douglas-Contreras
40. Helen Daniels-Bighorn
41. Sandi Hamilton-Azure
42. Rick Kirn

Chief Judge
1. Stacie Smith-Fourstar

Associate Judge
1. Michael Headdress
2. Marvin Youpee Jr.

Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Pledges $250,000 to Glasgow School District Bond Projects if Passed

Posted (Wednesday, September 13th 2023)

Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital is pleased to announce a pledge of $250,000 to the Glasgow School District Bond Projects contingent upon the bond passing. If passed, the money would be donated towards the entirety of the projects listed on the Glasgow School District Bond ballot being mailed out September 29th. This commitment reflects Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital's dedication to caring for what matters most - the health and well-being of our community and its residents.

As the leading healthcare provider in northeast Montana, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital understands the importance of a strong and vibrant community. The infrastructure of our community is vital to those who live here, as well as to the hospital's ability to recruit and retain the best medical professionals to provide high-quality healthcare services. By investing in the Glasgow School District Bond Projects, we are not only ensuring the improvement of educational and recreational facilities, but also contributing to the growth and success of our community as a whole.

The Glasgow School District Bond Projects aim to repair and enhance educational and recreational facilities, providing students with a safe and conducive learning environment. FMDH’s potential pledge of $250,000 demonstrates our commitment to the prosperity of our community. Our Board of Trustees and Administration firmly believe that investing in education and infrastructure will not only improve the lives of current residents, but also pave the way for a brighter future for Glasgow. This pledge serves as a testament to our core values and dedication to the health and well-being of those we serve as well as the future generations of our region.

The success of the Glasgow School District Bond Projects is dependent upon the support of our community, and we encourage all residents to exercise their right to vote. Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital looks forward to helping build a strong foundation for the growth and prosperity of Glasgow.

More than 88,000 watercraft inspected for aquatic invasive species

Posted (Tuesday, September 12th 2023)

HELENA – So far this year, FWP and its partners have inspected more than 86,000 watercraft for aquatic invasive species. Of those, 45 were mussel-fouled and more than 400 were found with aquatic weeds.

FWP and partner agencies, which include tribes, counties and conservation districts, operate more than 17 road-side watercraft inspection stations across the state. To find a watercraft inspection station or to learn more, go to fwp.mt.gov/conservation/aquatic-invasive-species or call the FWP Aquatic Invasive Species Bureau at 406-444-2440.

In the last few weeks, the following was detected:

• A ski boat recently purchased in Minnesota was intercepted with mussels at the Wibaux watercraft inspection station (operated by Garfield Conservation District). The boat was decontaminated, locked to the trailer and released to its final destination in Pend Oreille, Idaho. Idaho was notified to allow for follow-up.
• The Wibaux station intercepted a wakeboard boat that was recently purchased in Minnesota with mussels in the sea strainer. The boat was decontaminated, locked to the trailer and authorities at Lake Tahoe, its destination, were notified for follow-up.
• The Broadus inspection station (managed by the Powder River Conservation District) intercepted a recently purchased mussel fouled ski boat from Minnesota heading for Big Sky. Staff decontaminated the boat, locked it to the trailer and FWP staff followed up with the owner for a full decontamination.

No Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) has been found in Beaver Lake near Whitefish this season following three comprehensive surveys. Another follow-up survey will be conducted in October.
As the boating season winds down, inspection stations will be closing. The St. Xavier and Sula stations are now closed. Other stations will be closing in the coming weeks.

Emma Mix Of Glasgow One Of 25 Men And Women Selected For Merit Heifer Program

Posted (Tuesday, September 12th 2023)

The NILE Merit Heifer Program was developed to help youth get a start in the beef cattle business. Selected recipients that are awarded a heifer are chosen based on merit, future goals and ability to care for the animal.

This year 25 young men and women were selected for the Merit Heifer Program. They will receive heifers from their gracious donors this fall. After a year of monthly reports, monthly meetings with industry professionals, breeding the heifers, and completion of other requirements these recipients will show at the 2024 NILE and then take full ownership of their heifers.

We’re excited to see young people interested in agriculture, and especially the beef cattle industry! Below is the list of recipients and their donors.

Recipient Name — Donor

Olivia Corman of Bridgeport, NE — Kovarik Cattle of Ord, NE

Aspen Courtney of Missoula, MT — Wagon Wrench Cattle Company of Philipsburg, MT

Stephen Gamble of Banner, WY — Quarter Circle Livestock of Laramie, WY

Jack Gillette of Roy, MT — Streamside Cattle of Manhattan, MT

Aspyn Hamilton of Worland, WY — LB Farms of Powell, WY

William Head of Richey, MT — Christensen Red Angus of Park City, MT

Lilly Johnson of Froid, MT — Mac Tooke of Ekalaka, MT

Maddi Johnson of Susanville, CA — Select Cattle of Charlo, MT

Elizabeth Jordan of Alva, WY — Doug Booth Family Angus of Torrington, WY

Baylee Kraft of Powell, WY — L Bar W Cattle Company of Absarokee, MT

Kaylee Lierman of Filer, ID — RYMO Cattle Company of Bonners Ferry, ID

Mickenzie Marks of Hermiston, OR — Kessler Angus of Milton-Freewater, OR

Reagan Mayfield of Roundup, MT — Sidwell Ranch of Columbus, MT

April McCabe of Plentywood, MT — Knaub Cattle Company of Lodge Grass, MT

Emmah Mix of Glasgow, MT — Walborn Cattle Company of Hardin, MT

Elizabeth Moke of Hysham, MT — K2 Red Angus of Wheatland, WY

Claire Murnin of Pompey’s Pillar, MT — SidBar Cattle of Hardin, MT

Avrie Pauley of Miles City, MT — Haven & Shelby Meged of Miles City, MT

Tierrah Rigby of Drummond, MT — Prickly Pear Simmental Ranch of Helena, MT

Janae Roberts of Kevin, MT — 3C Cattle Company of Stevensville, MT

Blair Sanchez of Burns, WY — Triple 3 Cattle of Byers, CO

Melodie Starman of Carter, MT — Diamond S Ranch of Ismay, MT

Jakob Thoeny of Brockway, MT — Redland Red Angus of Hysham, MT

Lexie Wichman of Moore, MT — Beery Land & Livestock of Vida, MT

Tassyn Wright of Roberts, MT — Sokoloski Shorthorns of Pompey’s Pillar, MT

The 2024 NILE Merit Heifer Show will take place Friday, October 20 in Billings at the MetraPark Expo Center.

Superintendent Arntzen Releases 2022-2023 Montana State Assessment Results for Math and Reading

Posted (Tuesday, September 12th 2023)

Superintendent Arntzen released the 2022-2023 federally mandated end-of-the-year summative assessment scores for Montana today. The summative Math, Reading, or English Language Arts (ELA), assessments for grades 3-8 and 11 are required through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

“It is gratifying that more students took all of the tests, which recognizes the importance of getting back to the basics,” said Superintendent Elsie Arntzen. “These scores are promising but we have more to do. The success noted in the high school ACT indicates more students are focused on Montana Ready, which is college and career readiness.”

The federal government requires 95% participation for the summative assessment. In the 2022-2023 school year, 98.5% of 3-8 grade students participated in the Reading assessment and 98.2% of 3-8 grade students participated in the Math assessment.

Reading proficiency for grades 3-8 was:
• 2022-2023 – 45%
• 2021-2022 – 46.1%

Math proficiency for grades 3-8 was:
• 2022-2023 – 37.5%
• 2021-2022 – 36.5%

During the 2022-2023 school year 92% of high school juniors completed the ELA portion of the ACT and 93.4% completed the Math portion. The average score for Montana was 19.4. Traditionally the national ACT college readiness average has been 22 out of a maximum of 36.

ELA proficiency for grade 11 ACT was:
• 2022-2023 – 53.4%
• 2021-2022 – 42.1%

Math proficiency for grade 11 ACT was:
• 2022-2023 – 30.3%
• 2021-2022 – 25.1%

The ELA and Math scores for grade 11 were the highest since the pandemic and ELA proficiency was at a historic high.

Glasgow School Enrollment Increases

Posted (Tuesday, September 12th 2023)

The Glasgow School District K-12 enrollment increased 7 students from the last day of school in May to the first week of school in August.

Enrollment increased to 770 students in August compared to 761 students in May.

Glasgow High School enrollment was 232.

Glasgow Middle School enrollment was 175.

Glasgow Irle Elementary School enrollment was 363.

A large kindergarten class of 65 students helped with the increased enrollment.

Filing For Fort Peck Tribal Offices Continues

Posted (Monday, September 11th 2023)

The Fort Peck Tribes will have their tribal election the last Saturday in October but filing continues for positions on the Tribal Executive Board, Judge positions, and Tribal Leadership positions.

The final day to file is September 13th.

Glasgow City Council Meets Monday

Posted (Monday, September 11th 2023)

The Glasgow City Council will meet Monday at 5pm in the Council Chambers at the Glasgow City Center.

Former Valley County Commissioner Art Arnold Passes Away

Posted (Monday, September 11th 2023)

Former Valley County Commissioner Art Arnold passed away September 3rd in Albany, New York.

Arnold was elected two terms as Valley County Commissioner serving a total of 12 years.

Here is the full obituary.

Arthur Allen Arnold passed away Sunday, September 3rd surrounded by members of his family in Albany, New York. Art was born March 3, 1945, to Maurice and Hattie Arnold of Hinsdale, Montana. He was raised on the home place north of Hinsdale along with his siblings Johnnie, Richard, Joan, and Eugene. Art attended grades 1 through 8 at the Snake Creek School. Upon graduating Hinsdale High School in 1963, Art attended Northern Montana College in Havre.

After college, Art put his mechanical skills to use at the Service Station in Hinsdale. It was during this time that he met his wife Carol Hoskamer who was teaching school in Saco. In April of 1967, Art and Carol were married in her hometown of Great Falls, Montana. Family and friends joined in the ceremony and continued the celebration at a local bar where they were treated to a surprise performance by Charley Pride.

In 1969, Art became an Equipment Operator and worked road construction throughout the state of Montana. By 1976, Art moved back to Hinsdale full-time with his family to help operate his father’s farm. In 1980, Art and his brother Johnnie took over their father’s farm/ranch. Art chose to farm the land while his brother Johnnie chose to run cattle on the ranch.

With his belief in community involvement, it was no surprise that Art once again followed in his father’s footsteps and ran for County Commissioner of Valley County. Art won two elections (12 years) and served as both member and chairman as a Valley County Commissioner.

Throughout his personal and professional life, Art participated in many community organizations:
• Chair and Officer of the Local and County Farmers Union Organization
• Volunteer for the Hinsdale Fire Department
• Member of the Operating Engineers Local 400
• TV District Board
• Elks
• Montana Association of Counties
• Member & Chair of the State and Local Youth Advisory Council for the Department of Family Services
• State Council for Job Training Partnership Act
• Community Representative for Regional Human Resources Development Council and Council on Aging
• Montana Association of Counties

In 1989, his son Jerry made Art a grandfather. His first-born grandchild was Kelcey. A few years later her sister, Tori, was born. Some years later, his daughter Amber gave him three more grandchildren Ashley, Chase, and James. Chase was Art’s first grandson and was given the name Chase Arthur to honor Art.

There were hard years in Art’s family with the passing of his wife and the care and passing of his mom. Circumstances led Art to a conversation with his high school sweetheart, Georgia Bowman. This conversation led to a renewed happiness in life for Art. In March of 2013, Art and Georgia married in Saugerties, New York. Art’s family grew the day he married Georgia. He then had more children and grandchildren to love and enjoy!

In February of 2016 his eldest grandchild Kelcey made Art a great-grandfather! Kelcey and Jake Knaff gave their first-born Art’s middle name, once again honoring him, Colt Allen. Art’s great-grandson blessings are Colt, Newt, and Flint.

Most people who knew Art, would say Art was kind and gentle, smart, funny, and great with kids. If you asked most people what they believed his passions were, they would say farming and his service to his community. If you ask those close to him, what Art’s passions were they would tell you “Caterpillar equipment”!

Whether it was blading new roads with a Cat motor grater or Cat dozer or summer fallowing with his Challenger, Art was like a young child on Christmas morning! Any day that he could drive or tinker with a Caterpillar was a great day for Art!

Another passion Art enjoyed was flying. He had nearly achieved his pilot’s license when the challenges of adult life steered his attention elsewhere. He loved flying with Daniel Jensen and the Jensen boys in their Cessnas at their airfield in Hinsdale.

Art also loved Model A cars! His latest joy was driving his new Model A in parades with his wife Georgia and his great-grandchildren.

No one enjoyed a good story like Art and no one told a better story than Art! With a cup of coffee in his hand, he would take us back in time with stories of his Father’s days or his own days growing up at the Home Place. There were stories of his Grandma making home-made bread and soap in the wood stove, lamb legs doctored by Uncle Howard, Grandpa, and his pals being chased out of Canada in an old Model A, the ‘ol horse who pulled him and siblings up the hill so they could ski down it. So many stories that just had the “darndest things” happen.

Art is survived by his wife, Georgia Arnold; sons and daughters: Jerry (Debbie) Arnold of Hinsdale, MT; Amber (Jim) Cummings of Falmouth, MA; Jennifer (Jeremy) Engelin of Catskill, NY; David (Jenn) Ricci of Troy, NY; Vick Ricci of Saugerties, NY --grandchildren: Kelcey (Jake) Knaff of Glasgow, MT; Travis Austin of Glasgow, MT; Ashley Sherman of Providence, RI; Chase Sherman of Rochester, MA; James Cummings of Falmouth, MA; Xavier Engelin of Catskill, NY; Gabriella Engelin of Catskill, NY-- great-grandchildren: Colt, Newt, & Flint Knaff of Glasgow, MT—Siblings: Johnnie (Linda) Arnold of Hinsdale, MT; Christine Arnold of Shoshoni, WY; Joan (Bill) Hill of Hermiston, OR; Eugene (Sherri) Arnold of Laurel, MT—nephews and nieces: Mark (Deanna) Arnold of Hinsdale, MT; Michael Arnold of Perkins, OK; Jeff (Nancy) Caldwell of Hermiston, OR; David (Brenda) Caldwell of Hermiston, OR: Scott (Krista) Eaton of Florence, MT; Amy (Nick) DeTienne of Laurel, MT.
Art was predeceased by his wife Carol Arnold; father Maurice Arnold; mother Hattie Arnold; brother Richard Arnold; and granddaughter Tori Arnold.

Art has asked that donations be made to the Hinsdale Lutheran Church in his honor or a charity of your choice. The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 14, 2023, from 5-7:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services are Friday, September 15, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church in Hinsdale, Montana, with burial following in Hillview Cemetery. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in Hinsdale.

Remains Of Missing Roosevelt County Man Found In Missouri River

Posted (Friday, September 8th 2023)

Press Release From Roosevelt County Sheriff:

At approximately 1130 hrs on Wednesday, September 6th, 2023, searchers from the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team located the remains of Stonehail Moccasin approximately 16 river miles east of where he was last seen.

The cause of death will be released once autopsy results are available.

All of us at the RCSO extend our heartfelt condolences to the Moccasin family during this extraordinarily difficult time.

We would also like to express our gratitude to several agencies that provided personnel and resources to assist us in the search:

Stillwater County Sheriff's Office
Gallatin County Sheriff's Office
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office
Cascade County Sheriff's Office
Park County Sheriff's Office
Valley County Sheriff's Office
Rosebud County Sheriff's Office
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
Glasgow Police Department
US Customs and Border Protection
Badlands Search and Rescue (Watford City, ND)
Fort Peck Tribes

Again, thank you to everyone who helped bring Stonehail home.
- Sheriff Jason Frederick

Scottie Field Recharged Daily Tidbit

Posted (Friday, September 8th 2023)

Day 11 Tidbit

When was the last "activity-based" bond passed by Glasgow School District Voters?

25 years ago! On November 3rd, 1998 over 60% of 2,033 voters elected to support a school facilities bond that would largely see improvements to the school's athletic facilities. The bond was for $1.115 Million and included:

-Construction of a brand new Weight Room
-Construction of Handicapped Gymnasium Bathrooms
-Replacing ALL the wooden bleachers in Scottie Gymnasium
-Renovating Scottie Gymnasium Lockerroms from two to four to better accommodate tournament teams
-New Lockers for ALL of GHS (locker rooms and main hallways)
-Rubberized resurfacing of the Track at Scottie Field

A project that surely highlights the crazy differences in cost inflation. What does this project cost today? This was very extensive and is similar to the project in front of our voters this fall.

Question And Answer Session On Upcoming Bond Election

Posted (Friday, September 8th 2023)

The Glasgow Schools Board of Trustees will hold a Question and Answer Session on the upcoming School Bond next Wednesday Sept. 13th in the GHS Cafeteria. 5:15 to 6:00 PM.

Glasgow School District Voters will vote on a proposed $8.58 million dollar facility bond in October. The bond will pay for roof improvements at the Glasgow High School and Middle School, Boiler at the Glasgow High School and new football field and track at Glasgow High School.

The election will be a mail ballot election with ballots mailed out on September 29th. Ballots must be returned by October 17th.

GHS Educational Trust Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Posted (Thursday, September 7th 2023)

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

Since 1964, the trust has given financial aid to over 791 different GHS graduates who have been enrolled in very diverse fields of study. the total dollar value of these gifts exceeds $2.9 million dollars. The awards are based primarily, but not fully, on financial need, and all students in good academic standing are encouraged to apply if they meet all of the other requirements. Students should log on now in order to complete the application by the October 15, 2023, deadline.

If students completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), their GHS Educational Trust application must include a signed and dated copy of their acceptance letter indicating what aid they have accepted.

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

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Scottie Field Recharged Daily Tidbit

Posted (Wednesday, September 6th 2023)

Day 10 Tidbit
What would have the last "activity-based" bond paid for in 2013 and what is that cost difference today?
In March of 2013; the Glasgow School District had the opportunity to pass a secondary facilities bond in the amount of $2 Million. That bond called for these same Scottie Field improvements. Including a NEW All-Weather Track, Artificial Football AND Softball Field. It also included full paving of the High School Parking Lot and the enclosure of the courtyard commons area at the front of GHS (surrounding the Scottie Dog statue).

That bond 10 years ago failed with 41% out of the 2,082 voters voting in FAVOR of the project.
Now in 2023; the amount is $5 Million for a NEW All-Weather Track, Artificial Football Field, and LED field lighting. (58% of current proposed bond)

Due to the ever-rising cost of materials, labor, and equipment costs. (Overall inflation) This same project from 2013, not including a softball field, a paved parking lot, or an enclosed courtyard now comes with a price tag that is two and a half times higher. Punting these projects down the road will not save money and it becomes increasingly difficult to make it a reality. What does this cost become by 2025?

Fort Peck Summer Theatre Announces 2024 Line Up

Posted (Tuesday, September 5th 2023)

Fort Peck Summer Theatre proudly announces 2024 Line Up, celebrating 55 Seasons of live professional theatre

May 31 – June 9
Hurray! At last Neil Simon’s hit comedy will make its long-awaited FPST debut, after being canceled just 3 days before opening night in 2020 due to COVID. Rivalry, memories, and lots of laughs are certain to resurface when a former vaudeville team grudgingly re-unites for a CBS Television Special! The classic comedy will star original Fort Peck Summer Theatre company member Neal Lewing.

June 14 – June 30
An international hit, this modern entertaining and inspiring spectacle musical tells the age-old Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. As a young dreamer, Joseph rises from being outcast by his jealous brothers to becoming an advisor to the Pharoah, a kaleidoscope of song and dance bursts onto this stage.

Theatre For Young Audiences Tour: Various Dates and Venues in June / July
5, 6, 7, 8! Inspired by the Grimms’ fairytale Town Musicians of Bremen, a colorful quartet of rural animals dream of migrating to metropolitan Bremen with hopes of joining a world-renowned dance crew and finding fame. As their travels present surprising adventures, the motley group’s diverse styles of music & dance are equaled by their enthusiasm for sharing with each other, while discovering that to be the next great dance crew, all they really need is each other.

July 5 – July 21
The tale of Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow, two of the most infamous criminals of America’s Great Depression and the subject of much speculation and fascination. The couple took the country by storm, reaching celebrity status as they robbed banks, shops, and even funeral homes. This is their rebellious love story, complete with a suite of stunning, jazz-and-gospel-infused show tunes.

July 26 – August 11
The treasured fairytale comes to life in this magical stage production. Featuring all the famous songs from the televised specials, originally starring Lesley Ann Warren and later Whitney Houston, including: ‘Impossible’, ‘My Own Little Corner’, ‘Do I Love You?’ and ‘A Lovely Night’. Full of special effects and beloved characters, it is the perfect time to share this ageless story and music with a new generation.

August 16 – September 1
When Lana Mae Hopkins, proprietress of the Wishy Washy Washeteria hires Katie to help out, they soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds, gossip, and cheatin’ hearts. Watch these two country angels join forces to turn their good ole laundromat into a boot-scootin’ honky-tonk. Featuring the music of Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and many others! Written by FPST Alum Roger Bean.

The Annual Performing Arts Camp will be held July 30 – August 8, culminating in a Showcase performance.

*Local Auditions will be held in early spring. A variety of opportunities are available in all shows, especially the large cast of Joseph, plus two leading roles for kids in Bonnie & Clyde.

2024 Season Passes will be available November 24, 2023

Air Quality Alert And Dense Smoke Advisory In Effect

Posted (Monday, September 4th 2023)

An air quality alert and a dense smoke advisory were issued on Monday as smoke from Canadian wildfires spread across northeast Montana.

The nearest air quality station is in Malta, and levels there were reported as Very Unhealthy on Monday morning.

When air quality is Very Unhealthy, state and local health officials recommend that people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should avoid any outdoor activity; everyone else should avoid prolonged exertion.

Visibility was less than one mile at times due to the dense smoke.

The air quality alert is in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday and the dense smoke advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Search Continues In Missouri River For Missing Roosevelt County Man

Posted (Saturday, September 2nd 2023)

GREAT FALLS — The search continues for 18-year-old Stonehail Moccasin near Wolf Point after he jumped into the Missouri River to help others in distress.

Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick said in a news release that early on Saturday, August 26, 2023, deputies and Fort Peck Tribal Officers were dispatched to the Missouri River just south of Wolf Point for a report of a missing person, later identified as Moccasin.

Several people were at the river when witnesses reported that several people were in the water and were caught by the current.

Moccasin and another man helped those people out of the water, but Sheriff Frederick said that Moccasin was unable to get back to shore and has not been seen since.

The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Peck Tribes initiated a search of the river and surrounding area, and since then, searchers have been utilizing boats, helicopters, and airplanes to try to find him.

Searchers and boats from Roosevelt County, Fort Peck Tribes, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, and U.S. Customs & Border Protection have been in the water and in the air since Saturday and will continue.

Tester Secures Funding For 3 Local Energy Infrastructure Projects

Posted (Friday, September 1st 2023)

As a result of his Inflation Reduction Act, U.S. Senator Jon Tester this week secured $1,375,897 in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for 35 renewable energy infrastructure projects in Montana.

Tester was the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation to support the Inflation Reduction Act, which increased REAP grant amounts and increased program funding by $820 million through Fiscal Year 2031 (FY31).

“Montanans know we need to increase energy production here in our state, which is why I fought to secure investments like this to help ensure folks have reliable access to affordable energy,” said Tester. “We've got more work to do, but these investments will create good paying Montana jobs, lower costs for families, and ensure we can keep the lights on for generations to come.”

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) helps farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses install renewable energy infrastructure or improve their energy efficiency. Senator Tester has been a longstanding supporter of this program, which runs through USDA Rural Development.

35 projects were funded across Montana. Here is a list of the projects that received funding locally:

$31,400 in Glasgow – This Rural Development investment will be used by Matthew Poole, owner of a small commercial rental business in Glasgow, Montana, to purchase and install insulation in the roof of his property. These energy efficiency improvements to this rural small business will save approximately $1,600 in annual energy costs and decrease energy use by more than 22,000 kilowatt hours (kWh).

$30,895 in Glasgow – This Rural Development investment will be used to install exterior doors, energy efficient windows, and HVAC units in a small 13-room rural motel operated by Pankratz Properties in downtown Glasgow, Montana. These improvements annually are expected to save more than $4,700 in energy costs.

$12,312 in Glasgow – This Rural Development investment will be used to assist Sather Ranch in Glasgow, Montana, to complete energy efficiency upgrades with spray foam insulation in an agriculture building on the ranch. This family-owned farming operation also uses earthworms in a vermicasting process to break down organic waste. The project will generate an annual energy savings of approximately $3,500 for the Sather family’s rural small business.

Montanans: Plan for a Sober Ride This Labor Day Holiday

Posted (Friday, September 1st 2023)

Montana Law Enforcement planning increased patrols in Valley County and City of Glasgow over the holiday weekend.

Residents encouraged to plan for a sober ride home.

Local law enforcement and the Montana Highway Patrol are increasing their presence and patrols during the Labor Day weekend

Montana has the highest share of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the U.S. at 45%. In 2021, 63% of all fatalities were the result of impaired driving

To ensure the safety of communities across Montana, law enforcement encourages residents to make a plan to get a sober ride home before they start drinking and celebrating during the Labor Day weekend

Labor Day marks the end of the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period where most traffic fatalities occur in Montana and nationwide

As Labor Day weekend approaches, Valley County Sheriff’s Office, Glasgow Police Department, and the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) are encouraging Montanans to plan a sober ride home before they celebrate. Labor Day weekend is the final three days of the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period where most traffic fatalities occur. MHP will be increasing patrols across the state and making DUI arrests to ensure every Montanan gets home safely this holiday weekend. MHP and the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) are committed to reducing fatalities and severe injuries on Montana’s roadways.

According to MDT, if drivers have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, they could receive a DUI charge and other serious consequences, including having their driver’s license revoked, being required to take mandatory classes, and receiving possible jail time, as well as up to $10,000 in fines and legal fees.

“We want everyone to enjoy the holiday weekend, so make sure you plan for a sober ride home,” Under Sheriff Chris Richter. “Labor Day weekend is full of travel and end-of-summer get-togethers. To make sure we’re all able to have fun safely, start your weekend by making a plan. Whether you’re hanging by the river or going to a BBQ, always use a sober ride.”
MHP is on high alert during the holiday weekend because of Montana’s sobering statistics:

Montana has the highest fatality rates in the nation for the number of deaths caused by impaired drivers per vehicle mile traveled

The state has the highest share of alcohol-related traffic deaths at 45% (2021)

63% of all traffic fatalities in Montana are the result of impaired driving (2021)

1,268 people were killed in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver from 2012-2021

“By designating a sober driver or using a rideshare or taxi service, you’re making our community safer,” said Under Sheriff Richter “Make sure you celebrate responsibly as you gather with friends and family for the end of summer. Together we can keep our community safe.”

Glasgow School Facilities Bond

Posted (Thursday, August 31st 2023)

Supporters of the Glasgow School Facilities Bond are releasing daily "tidbits" regarding the proposed bond issue with a cost of $8.58 million. This election will be a mail ballot election with ballots mailed to district voters on September 29th and the last day to return ballots on October 17th

How long have plans been in place to address the facility concerns listed in the upcoming school bond?

- For Scottie Field it was 12+ years ago, the spring of 2012, when planning began for a March 13th, 2013 bond election to address a deteriorating athletic facility.
- For the boilers it was spring of 2023 when one of our two boilers at Glasgow High School failed while the weather was still cold.
- For the roofs it was spring of 2023 when the School District contracted with McKinstry to complete a facility needs assessment that produced alarming information about GHS and GMS.

Please take a minute to click on the attached picture and read a “Bond Informational Letter” directly from the five members of our Glasgow School Board:

Recent Report Gives Montanans A Look At Recent Allegations Against Montana Law Enforcement

Posted (Thursday, August 31st 2023)

Story credit to www.ktvq.com

BILLINGS- The recent release of the newest integrity report from the Montana Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council is giving Montanans a peek at recent allegations against Montana public safety officers in Montana.


Located in Helena, POST trains and certifies dozens of Montana officers, including police, dispatcher and corrections officers every year.

This latest report covers October 2021 to August 2023 and includes investigations of drinking and driving offenses, inappropriate sexual behavior, excessive force and ethics violations.

The report is released every two years, giving a summary of conduct investigations that ultimately cost officers their certification or placed them on a suspension or probation. Many officers remained on the job.

Timothy Allred, the executive director of POST, says this report is 15 pages long and includes summaries of 84 incidents, which contains descriptions but does not identify individual officers or agencies.

Allred says by the time it lands in the POST integrity report, it’s already been through a very thorough process.

The process is intense, involving a 13-person council, where interviews are conducted with the officer and their agency. The officer is given time to respond to the allegations and often that’s sorted through probation or suspension.

Allred says when the officer doesn’t respond, their license to police in Montana is pulled.

Many times, it’s the agency sending in the complaint or allegation toward the officer, sometimes it’s also from a member of the public.

“It shows the accountability and the transparency that POST has,” said Allred

Allred says POST is a small agency, made up of just four employees, but that doesn’t stop them from investigating each case fully and concluding agreed upon by all parties.

“POST is a very small agency but has such a huge impact in the state of Montana,” he said.

Allred put these complaints into perspective, saying the officers investigated or who lose their certification is a small percentage.

“So out of those almost 6,000 public safety officers, we only received complaints of about 2 percent all year,” he said. “And out of that 2 percent, only 1 percent will move to the part where we open an investigation.”

At POST, Allred says they receive roughly 119,000 hours of training. But POST takes the allegations seriously because they involve the reputation of Montana law enforcement.

“There are repercussions for individuals that violate any grounds of sanctions a code of ethics, use of force... and there is a way that we work with officers,” he said.

The POST integrity report is a process aimed at holding law enforcement accountable, even though many know little about it.

How Old Is Scottie Field?

Posted (Wednesday, August 30th 2023)

Supporters of the Glasgow School Facilities Bond are releasing daily "tidbits" regarding the proposed bond issue with a cost of $8.58 million. This election will be a mail ballot election with ballots mailed to district voters on September 29th and the last day to return ballots on October 17th.

How old is Scottie Field? When was it last updated?

Construction began in 1976; but funding was an issue and slowed its overall process to a virtual standstill. 1978, the Glasgow Sports Club, accepted the challenge to sponsor the project and assist the district in its completion.

The dream was not realized, however, until the grandstands were erected when a Bond Levy was passed by the voting public in the spring of 1982. On April 10th, 1982 the Scottie Invitational Track Meet was the first event held in the new complex. By fall of 1982 the Scotties were playing Football adjacent to Glasgow High School.

There have been NO updates made to the Football playing surface other than routine maintenance and upkeep since its inception.

An Asphalt base for the Track at Scottie Field was completed on September 1st, 1981. There have been NO updates to the asphalt base of the Track since its inception. The track has received two rubberized resurfaces in its lifespan; one on Oct. 10th 1990 and the other on Sept. 18th, 2000. The only other repairs on record are a rubberized surface patching on Oct. 31st, 1997 and a Re-Spray/Re-Stripe on Sept. 10th, 2006.

2023 Big Game Hunting Forecast

Posted (Wednesday, August 30th 2023)

Are you ready for hunting season? FWP can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management Program, which provides hunting access to more than 7 million acres of private land.

FWP’s interactive Hunt Planner is a mapping tool that allows users to look at information for various species, including hunting districts and regulations. The hunt planner interactive map is a great way to access our block management information. If you’re planning a hunt in a certain region of the state, you can see if there are Block Management Areas available to expand your opportunity.

Remember, regulations may change a bit from year to year depending on hunting district. Double check the regulations to be sure.

FWP’s Hunter FAQ is another great resource to help you prepare to go out into the field.

And, as always, you can contact our helpful staff at any of our regional offices around the state. They’re happy to help and can often get you pointed in the right direction with just a few simple tips.


A couple years of drought and the hard winter in 2022-23 had impacts on population and recruitment for many big game species, and populations vary region wide. Quotas were adjusted in many districts as needed.

However, habitat conditions in much of northeast Montana have considerably improved. Abundant winter snowfall and spring summer rainfall this year has resulted in recovery of range plants, but abundant vegetation also means increased fire danger as grass dries out.


Surveys in the Missouri River Breaks in 2022 (this survey is done every-other year) were 43 percent below the long-term average, from 1995 to 2022. Cow licenses were reduced in these districts to adjust to the lower numbers observed.

The 2023 elk survey in the Bears Paw area of HD 690 was 63 percent above the long-term average.

Most elk hunting opportunities are allocated through limited permit or B license drawing in the region, except for HD 690, where general licenses are valid for antlerless elk during the general season. A few districts where elk habitat and numbers are very low and difficult to find offer either-sex harvest on a general license. Please see the current hunting regulations to learn more.

Mule deer

Populations vary widely depending on the hunting district. Overall, numbers during spring surveys showed the region-wide population at 25 percent above long-term average, but 4 percent lower than 2022.

Generally, mule deer populations remain above average in the eastern third of the region as well as the areas north of Highway 2 and adjustments in quotas reflected those numbers, including reductions in HD 690 and increases in HDs 600 and 640.

In HDs 621 and 622, where observed mule deer were 70 percent below long-term average, more restrictive measures were put into place. Buck-only harvest and no B licenses will be valid in these districts. The 620-00 antlers mule deer B license will only be valid in HD 620 for the 2023 hunting season.

White-tailed deer

The 2023 spring survey showed white-tailed deer density averages of 6.2 deer per square mile across the deer trend areas, which is 40 percent below the long-term average of 10.4 deer per square mile, and 15 percent below 2022.

Although white-tail densities across the region remain lower, larger numbers remain in some areas of the far northeast corner and the western end of the region. In addition, lower densities may mean that riparian areas have had time to recover.

Obtaining antlerless deer B licenses

Antlerless mule deer B licenses were allocated through the drawing, and some went into surplus. Surplus licenses were allocated through the surplus license list and over-the-counter sales.

Region 6 antlerless whitetail B licenses will again be available for over-the-counter purchase, with a limit of four per hunter. These licenses are valid across all of Region 6 to allow hunters to use the license where whitetail numbers may be higher.

Hunters may possess a total of seven deer B licenses in any combination. Game damage and management deer B licenses do not count toward this total.


In general, pronghorn populations have been slowly increasing during the past 12 years across the region from historic lows in 2011. While some survey areas have observed increased numbers and have been at or above their long-term averages in recent years, the recent drought and long winter have reduced numbers in some districts, and fawn ratios were below the long-term average in all districts. Buck ratios were near to above average in most districts.

In response to lower levels of recruitment seen during surveys, conservative numbers of pronghorn licenses were distributed through the drawing system. Those who have drawn licenses should still have a good opportunity to harvest an antelope.

Bomb Threat At Dodson School

Posted (Tuesday, August 29th 2023)

Press release from Philips County Sheriffs Office.

Daily Information On Glasgow School Facilities Bond

Posted (Tuesday, August 29th 2023)

Supporters of the Glasgow School Facilities Bond are releasing daily "tidbits" regarding the proposed bond issue with a cost of $8.58 million. This election will be a mail ballot election with ballots mailed to district voters on September 29th and the last day to return ballots on October 17th.

When would construction begin? What is the timeline for completion of each school bond project?

--Boiler Installation is currently underway at Glasgow High School, under an emergency loan, and is expected to be completed before this winter hits!

--Crews would begin Scottie Field renovations as early as May 23rd, 2024. The turf field would be ready for our first Home Football game on Friday Sept 6th, 2024. The Track would be completed before the snow flies and it would be ready for the Scottie Invitational on Friday Apr. 4th, 2025. Fall and spring athletes would NOT miss a season on the home facility.

--Both the GHS and GMS roof repairs would be completed in the spring/summer of 2024 and be ready for students the first day of school on Monday Aug. 26th, 2024.

--With the available funding; architectural work on the Irle School traffic circle would begin in the winter of 2024-25 with a goal of beginning construction in June of 2025.

Press Release From City Of Glasgow

Posted (Tuesday, August 29th 2023)

Glasgow Public Works would like to notify City of Glasgow residents and businesses that emergency sewer repair work along 6th Ave North, near 8th Street North and 9th Street North will begin today, August 29, 2023 and continue through the end of the week (September 1).

There will be impacts to traffic and access in the area. The City asks residents to avoid traveling through the work area as much as possible and use 6th Ave North for local access only. Please obey traffic control measures and barricades, and slow down to help keep everyone safe. There will not be impacts to sewer services; however, the City requests residents to minimize activities that generate wastewater as much as possible. Thank you for your cooperation

Daily Facts Of The Glasgow School District Facilities Bond

Posted (Monday, August 28th 2023)

Supporters of the Glasgow School Facilities Bond are releasing daily "tidbits" regarding the proposed bond issue with a cost of $8.58 million. This election will be a mail ballot election with ballots mailed to district voters on September 29th and the last day to return ballots on October 17th.

Day 1 Tidbit
What will the proposed $8.58 Million Dollar Facility Improvements Bond include?

#1 – Replace the failed 80-year-old boiler at Glasgow High School to ensure our students will have adequate heat in the Winter months.

#2 – Extensively repair damaged roofs at Glasgow High School and Glasgow Middle School to ensure that we can keep the inside of our buildings free from the outside elements and avoid partial or potentially complete structural collapse.

#3 – Replace the failing Asphalt Track with a Post-Tensioned Concrete All-Weather Track at Scottie Field to ensure we can continue to hold annual regular season events and large postseason events for the community of Glasgow.

#4 – Replace the unsafe natural grass Football Field with Synthetic All-Weather Field Turf at Scottie Field to assure player and officials’ safety and turn the complex into a “Community Bowl” that can be used year-round by the youth and elderly of Valley County.

#5 – Replace the partially failed incandescent lights with cost-effective LED light technology at Scottie Field to ensure the facility can be used for school and community events in the evenings.

#6 – Fix the traffic circle in front of Irle Elementary School to alleviate student and parent concerns and make the area safer and more efficient during high-frequency travel times (AM drop off and PM pick up)

Three Vehicle Crash In Roosevelt County Saturday Evening

Posted (Monday, August 28th 2023)

Three vehicles were involved in a crash Saturday around 8:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 2 near Wolf Point, Montana. One person was killed and two others were left with injuries.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, a Mazda car was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane around mile marker 584, while a Chrysler car and an SUV were traveling east on Highway 2.

The Mazda car struck the SUV head-on and caught on fire, then the Chrysler car struck both the Mazda car and the SUV, according to the Highway Patrol.

The Mazda car was totally burned and the unidentified male driver of the car was pronounced dead on scene, the crash report says.

The Highway Patrol reports the 43-year-old male driver and 46-year-old female passenger of the SUV, both from St. Cloud, Minnesota, were injured and transported to a hospital. Both were wearing seatbelts.

Officers say the 25-year-old male driver of the Chrysler car from Williston was also wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Alcohol and speed are suspected factors in the crash, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

Glasgow High School Educational Trust Announces Dillon Cassel Memorial and Recent Awards

Posted (Monday, August 28th 2023)

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust gratefully acknowledges the recent donation of $10,000 to the trust from Scott and Robyn Cassel in memory of their son Dillon. In making the donation, the Cassels wrote that their family wanted “to express a sincere thank you to the community for its love, kindness and concern following Dillon’s death. We are truly blessed to live in such a caring community. May we all keep his memory alive by living our lives to the fullest.”

Dillon was a proud and enthusiastic Glasgow Scottie, graduating in the Class of 2008. With his easy-going personality, artistic ability, and curiosity about the world and life’s possibilities, he easily formed friendships that continued after graduation, throughout the years and across the miles of separation. His talent and interest in art, writing, economics, and many other subjects motivated him to participate actively in discussions with his teachers, as well as his peers, and earned him their respect and admiration.

These characteristics continued into Dillon’s adulthood. He never stopped learning or acquiring new skills. One of his favorite quotes was written by Robert Heinlein: “A human being should be able to …” It was a guiding principle in Dillon’s life, and he did, indeed, become very able.

Following his graduation from GHS, Dillon attended Montana State University – Bozeman for one year. He then enrolled in Montana State University – Northern in Havre, where he earned a two-year degree in plumbing and sustainable energy, with certificates in welding and electrical, as well.

He returned to Glasgow and was employed by Dale’s Plumbing. He found the trades to be a satisfying and practical way of expressing his creativity.

Believing that “the first order is to take action; the direction can always be corrected later,” Dillon literally changed direction in 2013 when he traveled to Thailand, the center of the Marshall Arts world, to pursue his passion in exercise science and nutrition. Eventually, he became a co-owner of a gym in Bangkok called New Moves, which specializes in training world-class athletes. Dillon’s specialty was in preparing high level jujitsu athletes for international competitions. Through his hard work and determination, the business became very successful and just celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Dillon Cassel was one of 791 different GHS alumni who have received financial awards from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust since its inception in 1964. The trust’s primary mission then and now is to help GHS graduates pay for their post-secondary education. To date, the trust has awarded over $2.9 million dollars to students attending hundreds of different schools across the nation. Many students have received multiple awards over their courses of study.

The application, which lists all requirements that must be met, is available at www.ghsedutrust.org. Financial need has always been a primary consideration; therefore, the trust has established levels of support to meet students’ diverse needs, and it distributes the funds available accordingly. Trust awards are not traditional scholarships only for those with very high grade-point averages. All students in good academic standing are given equal consideration. This includes students in trade schools and vocational/technical programs. The application must be completed properly, thoroughly, and submitted on time to be considered. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year.

In addition to student gifts, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust, as a secondary mission, also uses the earnings on its corpus (now over $11 million) to purchase enrichment programs and equipment for Glasgow High School that cannot be financed through tax revenues, levies, or bonds. Every teacher at GHS may make a request from the trust. Those requests are then prioritized by the principal and submitted to the trust for consideration. Funding for the requests is at the sole discretion of the trustees. The trust awards are not and never have been intended to replace traditional, official funding sources. Over the years, every department of GHS has received such gifts, benefitting all students and the public at large when it attends events at the school or uses its facilities. The total dollar value of these awards to date is over $316,000.

Whenever the trust receives donations that total $500 or more in the name of a particular individual, a one-time gift is given to a student or to GHS in the name of that person. Donations of $10,000 or more in the name of a particular individual allow for an ongoing naming opportunity on a regular basis. Large donors may specify whether they want their memorial to support student gifts or school gifts or either. Recent donations are trending to student gifts only.

At its recent semi-annual meeting, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust made the following awards for the 2023-2024 academic year to 22 students in honor, recognition, or memory of the individual(s) whose name(s) are listed after theirs. This list includes the first award made in memory of Dillion Cassel, a young man who exemplified the best aspects of Scottie Spirit – kindness, intelligence, diligence, and loyalty.

First-time recipients:
Abigail Engstrom, University of Montana, IRO Willard & Charlotte Bruce Family – fall semester, IMO Maxine Fiedler – spring semester; Klaire Krumwiede, University of North Dakota, IMO Horace O. & Emma C. Gamas – fall semester, IMO Gary & Idella Mott – spring semester; Kylie Lagerquist, Dakota College at Bottineau, IMO Marsha Cotton Hall – fall semester, IMO Karen D. Newton, spring semester; Blake Lloyd, Gallatin College, IMO Dillon Cassel – fall semester, IMO John & Dolores Wesen – spring semester; Iris McKean, University of Montana, IMO James F. & Anne Hoffmann – fall semester, IMO Dr. F.M. & Bernice Knierim – spring semester; Abrianna Nielsen, Dickinson State University, IMO the Hoveland Family – fall semester, IMO Audrey & Arthur Parke - spring semester; McKenna Strommen, Montana State University, IRO Paul & Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson, - fall semester, IMO James “Jim” A. Parke, spring semester; Tarin Vandall, University of Idaho, IMO Verda Hoffarth Stewart – fall semester, IMO L. J. & Jean Baker – spring semester; Mitchell Winchester, Montana State University, IMO Leslie L., Lillian, & Mary Margarette Hanson – fall semester, IMO Richard “Dick” & Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals – spring semester.

Second-time recipients:
Rachelle Glaser, MSU-Billings – IMO Stan & Eva Kalinski – fall semester, IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman – spring semester; Emmalynn Page, South Dakota State University, IMO Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr., - fall semester, IMO Harold H. & Irene W. Smith – spring semester; Victoria Pehlke, University of Montana-Western, IMO Dean Rusher – fall semester, IHO James & Ailene Dokken Olk Family – spring semester; Eli Sisson, University of Cincinnati, IMO Vern & Edna Richardson, - fall semester, IMO Phyllis E. Moen Sanguine – spring semester; Kayla Wilson, Western Governors University, IMO Harry Rybock – fall semester, IHO Charlotte Bruce – spring semester.

Third-time recipients:
Isaac Braaten, South Dakota School of Mines, IMO Michael “Mike” C. Kaiser – fall semester, IMO Cecil & Chloe Vincent Toftness – spring semester; Salomon Hansen, Montana State University, IMO Judith “Judy” Rorvik Saindon – fall semester, IMO James “Jamie” K. Fewer – spring semester; Tanner Overby, BYU-Idaho, IRO Beatrice Trites & Family – fall semester, IRO 1966 Scholarship Gift to Karen Anne Swenson – spring semester; Lauren Padden, Montana State University, IMO Wallace L. Johnson – fall semester, IMO Lila Moen Sanders & IHO Phyllis Moen Sanguine – spring semester; Brennan Peters, Minot State University, IRO Stannebein Family – fall semester, IHO Everett & Elizabeth Breigenzer – spring semester; Timothy Wageman, Montana State University, IRO Glenn R. & Carolee Grina Wallem – fall semester, IMO Ronald A. Combs – spring semester;

Fourth-time recipients: Merlin McKean, Montana State University, IHO Gayle Wagenhals Sage – fall semester, IMO Aaron “Chappy” Chatten, - spring semester; Cordelia Nickels, Montana State University, IMO Cass of 1972 -Deceased Classmates – fall semester, IHO of Sever & Esther Enkerud – spring semester.

In addition to the awards to students, the trust purchased the following equipment for GHS:

New furniture for the library – IRO Herb & Lucille Friedl Family
Audio equipment for the Drama Department – IMO O. E. & Lois Wilson Markle
Floor covering for the gymnasium – IMO Donald “Don” J. Baker.

Furhman Scholarship Awarded To Three Valley County Students

Posted (Friday, August 25th 2023)

Since the inception of the Clarence and Charlotte Fuhrman scholarship in 2007, over $44,000 has been awarded to Valley County students pursuing secondary education. The Fuhrman scholarship was established to support Valley County students who have completed a minimum of one year of secondary education to assist them financially in obtaining their degrees or certificates of trade.

The Valley County Community Foundation who administers the Fuhrman scholarship is excited to announce the 2023 scholarship winners.

Cordell Younkin is a 2020 Hinsdale High School graduate currently pursuing a degree in Welding and Plumbing at MSU-Northern. After high school, Cordell entered the Army National Guard where he is still an active member. He maintains a part-time job while attending college and volunteers with the VFW in his community. His long-term goals are to own and operate a welding and metal business.

Kathleen Brandt is a 2016 Glasgow High School graduate actively pursuing a doctorate in Occupational Therapy through Rocky Mountain College. Kathleen has obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance through MSU-Billings while working a part-time job and volunteering for several organizations in Billings. Her long-term career goals are to work with people who have been affected by trauma and help them to move past the trauma to live a successful and happy life.

McKenna Strommen is a 2022 Glasgow High School graduate currently enrolled at Montana State University in Bozeman pursuing degrees in Political Science and Sociology. McKenna escalated her college education by capitalizing on dual credit programs during high school which will allow her to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in only 3 years at MSU. Her long-term goals are to attend law school and obtain her Juris Doctorate.

The Fuhrman Scholarships are awarded annually. 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. Applicants must also establish a monetary need for the scholarship.

More information is available through the VCCF website at www.valleycountycf.net.

Arrest Warrant For Frank Hank Baker By Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office

Posted (Thursday, August 24th 2023)

Press Release From Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office:

There is currently an active $25,000 warrant for the arrest of FRANK HANK BAKER for failure to comply with the conditions of his suspended sentence.

BAKER was originally convicted of Endangering the Welfare of Children, a felony.

BAKER is a white male, approximately 6' tall/190 lbs, with a prominent scar between his eyes.

He was last known to be in Billings but has ties to the Roosevelt County/Wolf Point area.

DO NOT approach or attempt to apprehend the subject.

If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact your local law enforcement immediately. Roosevelt County dispatch can be reached directly at 406-653-6240.

Letter From Glasgow School Board To Residents Of Glasgow School District

Posted (Thursday, August 24th 2023)

Earlier this month the Glasgow School Board voted to put forth to the voters in the Glasgow School District a Bond Request in the amount of $8,580,000. If passed, the bond proceeds would be used for roof repairs at the Glasgow High School and Glasgow Middle School. The proceeds would also be used to replace the current football field and track complex at Scottie Field and boiler replacement at Glasgow High School.

The Glasgow School Board issued this letter to the residents of the Glasgow School District:

Bond Informational Letter

To the community members of Glasgow,
As members of the Glasgow School Board, we would like to address our voting members regarding the proposed bond that will benefit our students and community for years to come. The bond will allow our school district to repair the roofs at the high school and the middle school, repair the failed boiler at the high school, and provide an outdoor athletic facility that will benefit our students and community. Bonds are used by school districts to finance needed capital expenditures that are not supported by the school budget. The Glasgow school administrative team and the school board have spent many hours reviewing information and deciding on the best course of action for our school district.

The proposed bond is for a total of $8,580,000 with the building improvement costs and athletic facility costs each representing about half of the total. The bond will run for 20 years and will cost $4.88 per month for a homeowner with a residence value of $100,000, $9.75 for a home value of $200,000, or $14.63 for a home value of $300,000. A calculator will be placed on the school website to calculate rates for larger property owners.

Early this year, we contracted with McKinstry to complete a facility needs assessment. Some of our school structures are aging, and we wanted to be aware of any areas that needed attention and improvement. During that assessment, we were presented with many more immediate needs than we anticipated. The condition of portions of the roofs at both the high school and the middle school was startling. The roof over the classrooms at the high school is a sealed foam roof. The foam has multiple depressions where water pools and areas that are not well-sealed, resulting in rainwater entering the foam. Once water enters the foam, it not only negatively affects the insulation value, but is often unable to escape. As the foam takes on water, it becomes heavy and there is a risk of collapse. It is vitally important to the longevity of our high school to replace this portion of the roof. The section of the roof at the middle school has aged beyond repair. It has multiple areas where snowmelt and heavy rains result in water leaking through the roof and into student learning areas. Every time the roof leaks, there is more damage that occurs internally, which leads to costly repairs.

One of the boilers at the high school failed this spring while the weather was still cold. We thankfully have two boilers and one remained functional, allowing time to replace the failed boiler. The new boiler is more compact and much more efficient than the old boilers that were installed when the high school was built. The energy costs to run our schools are astounding; please see our budget reports for the monthly bills that are paid to utilities. Any improvements we can make that will lower our energy costs will lower our operating costs. The general fund for any public school is very limited and funds saved can be used in other ways to promote student learning.

Consider if this was your home and the roof was leaking, not well-insulated, or at risk of falling in. What if the heating system failed? What would you do? We feel the only answer is to fix the problems well and soon.

The track and field at the high school is also in need of attention. Because it does look nice at a distance, it is easy to think that it can be managed with some minor updates. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The ground under the Scottie track and field is unstable. Leveling the soil and replacing the sod will not fix the problem. We could do that, but in a few years' time, the ground would heave and cause the same problems that we are having now, including large depressions in the field and cracks in the track. These issues pose risks to athletes who are competing on our track and field. With the passage of this bond, the soil will be amended, and drainage added to ensure the stability of the track and field for years to come. We chose a turf field because of the cost savings over the years of use. Teams will be able to practice on the field, so a practice field will not have to be maintained. We will eliminate the need to water and mow the field. Overall, after 10 years' time, the turf field will be saving the district money.

We understand that this is a large bond to fill a great need, but we feel that it is important to share our school's needs with the community and make a significant step forward, rather than allowing our structures to age and potentially fail. Please ask any questions that you may have to a school board member or any member of the administrative team. We are asking that you carefully consider the needs of our school district when you receive your mailed ballot for this bond at the end of September. Thank you.

Your Glasgow School Board: Angela Page, Ryan Fast, Blaine White, Stan Ozark, and Chrissa Nelson

FWP seeking comment on statewide fisheries management plan, fishing regulation proposals, and Fort Peck Management Plan

Posted (Wednesday, August 23rd 2023)

GLASGOW – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 will host two informational meetings on several fish-related topics, including proposals for the 2024 Fishing Regulations, the Statewide Fisheries Management Plan, and the Fort Peck Management Plan.

The meetings will be held in Glasgow starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, at the FWP headquarters Quonset room (1 Airport Road), and in Havre at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Best Western Great Northern Inn (1425 US Hwy 2).

Montana’s famed fisheries provide amazing recreational opportunities, from blue ribbon trout streams in the west, to the world-famous Fort Peck Reservoir in the east. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks provides abundant fishing opportunities, while protecting native fish species, and critical aquatic habitat. This includes managing fisheries under drought conditions.

A new draft comprehensive statewide fisheries management plan is a key piece of that management and is now out for public comment.

“The intent of the statewide management plan is to let people know not only what FWP does but also why FWP does it,” said FWP Fisheries Division administrator Eileen Ryce. “The tremendous fisheries resources of the state do not happen by accident. This includes working with a long list of private and public partners.”

The plan outlines the six main fisheries programs at FWP, including aquatic habitat; aquatic invasive species and fish health; fish propagation, allocation and distribution; fish management tools and techniques; youth and family fishing; and species management.

The plan also proposes fisheries management direction for 40 drainages in Montana. Each drainage section of the draft plan includes a map, fisheries management information, and special management issues, among other things. FWP’s fisheries management philosophy is focused on wild fish management, meaning that fisheries are sustained through wild fish reproduction as much as possible. This management philosophy takes a comprehensive approach to fisheries management requiring adequate water quality, complex and connected habitat, protection from pathogens and invasive species, angler management, and stocking of quality and appropriate fish species only where and when necessary.

The first statewide fisheries management plan was implemented in 2013. This is the third edition of the plan. The plan will be updated every four years with extensive input from the public.
Public comment on the draft statewide management plan and accompanying environmental assessment (EA) will be taken until Sept. 25. FWP staff are looking for the public to comment on all aspects of the draft management plan. For the EA, staff are looking for comment specifically on the environmental impacts of adopting the plan.

Public meetings are scheduled around the state as follows:
• Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Region 6 Headquarters Office, Glasgow
• Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Region 4 Headquarters Office, Great Falls
• Aug. 29, 6 p.m., Region 7, Miles City Community College
• Aug. 30, 6 p.m., Region 3 Headquarters Office, Bozeman
• Aug. 30, 6 p.m., Region 6, Havre, Best Western Great Northern Inn
• Aug. 31, 6 p.m., Region 3, Butte Forest Service Office
• Aug. 31, 7 p.m., Region 4, Lewistown, Yogo Inn
• Sept. 5, 6 p.m., Region 5 Headquarters Office, Billings
• Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m., Region 2 Headquarters Office, Missoula
• Sept. 7, 6 p.m., Region 1 Headquarters Office, Kalispell

To view and comment on the management plan and EA, including the Fort Peck Management Plan, go to fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/public-comment-opportunities/fisheries-mgmt-plan.

FWP will take comment on the fishing regulation proposals through Sept. 19. The Fish and Wildlife Commission will make a final decision on the regulations at their Oct. 19 meeting.

For more information and to comment, go to fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/public-comment-opportunities/fishing-regulations.

Glasgow City Council

Posted (Tuesday, August 22nd 2023)

The Glasgow City Council met on Monday for their regular session.

Action items taken up by the City Council:

Approved a motion to levy 320.4 mills for the current fiscal year to fund city government. This will generate $1,562,702.94 in taxes from city property taxpayers. The city will also use $38,531.07 in tax money to fund the Fire Relief Association which is used to make retirement payments to retired volunteer firefighters.

Approved a motion to levy 4.61 mills for the Permissive Medical Levy. This is used to fund increased costs of insurance premiums for city employees.

Approved a 5% increase in street maintenance assessments for fiscal year 2023/2024.

Approved a motion to designate 2nd Avenue South for diagonal parking. The street currently uses parallel parking. Business owners requested the change to add additional spaces for customers on 2nd Avenue South.

Frazer Educator A Finalist For Montana Teacher Of The Year

Posted (Tuesday, August 22nd 2023)

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen congratulates the four finalists for the 2024 Montana Teacher of the Year award. The selected finalist will represent Montana during the 2024 National Teacher of the Year Program in Washington. Catherine Matthews was Montana’s 2023 Teacher of the Year. She currently teaches Early Childhood Special Education Preschool at Hyalite Elementary School in Bozeman, Montana.

This year, 41 teachers from across the state were nominated by community members, teachers, administrators, and parents. Of those nominated, 19 teachers successfully applied to be the 2024 Teacher of the Year. The process is framed by two committees of stakeholders. This first committee reviewed and narrowed the applications to these four finalists. The committee to choose a finalist will be represented by the Governor’s Office, the Board of Public Education, the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, the Office of Public Instruction, the School Administrators of Montana, the Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education (MACIE), and Catherine Matthews.
All four finalists teach at schools located on reservations, received their degrees from the Montana University System, and have between 12 and 28 years of classroom experience.

The finalists are:
• Teresa Heil, a K-12 Visual Arts teacher at Frazer Public Schools
• Jacob Turcotte, a 7th-grade English teacher and the lead teacher for the Buffalo Unity Project at Poplar Middle School
• Tamara Fisher Alley, a K-12 Gifted Education Specialist for the Polson School District
• Kevin Kicking Woman, a Blackfeet Language and Culture teacher at Browning High School

“These four finalists reflect the qualities found in all of our Montana teachers,” said Superintendent Elsie Arntzen. “I am very appreciative of the dedication these teachers have to our Montana students, families, and education system. We are all Montana proud of the finalists! Best of luck to you all in the final interview process.”

The National Teacher of the Year Program provides professional learning and development to increase teachers’ leadership skills. The program focuses on bringing attention to the importance of excellence in teaching.

On September 12, 2023, a committee will meet to interview the finalists and choose the 2024 Montana Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Arntzen will announce and honor the finalist during a celebration ceremony at their school.

Tommy Sanson II Sentenced To Prison On Charges Of Sexual Abuse Of Child

Posted (Tuesday, August 22nd 2023)

Tommy Sanson II was sentenced in State District Court in Glasgow on Monday. Sanson was convicted on two felony counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child, by a jury in Glasgow on June 9th.

Sanson was given identical sentences for each count, to run concurrently with one another, of 25 years in the Montana State Prison with 15 years suspended. Judge Yvonne Laid limited his parole eligibility contingent on completing at least the educational phase of the sex offender treatment program utilized by the prison.

Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen had requested a 25-year prison term with no time suspended,
Sanson had requested a 25-year prison term with all time suspended.

According to charging documents, on Aug. 17, 2022, Sanson II made contact with a female on a social media app. When the individual responded a few weeks later, he expressed a desire to meet with her. The two continued to communicate even after the female stated she was in fact under the age of 16 and she had lied about her age.

The discussions between Sanson II and the female became more explicit over time and he made plans to meet with the girl in person. On the date of the arranged meeting Sanson II was intercepted by law enforcement and placed under arrest.

Sanson is incarcerated in the Valley County Jail awaiting pickup from the Montana Department of Corrections.

Glasgow City Council To Meet Monday

Posted (Monday, August 21st 2023)

The Glasgow City Council will meet Monday at 5pm in the Council Chamber of the Glasgow Civic Center.

Valley County Commissioners To Meet Wednesday

Posted (Monday, August 21st 2023)

Valley County, Montana
Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 10:30 am

1. Additions/Deletions

2. Public Comment on agenda items

3. Action on Employment/Termination Notices.

4. Taxpayer comment relative to budget requirements and increases for FY2024 per public notice published in the Glasgow Courier on July 5th and July 12th, 2023.

5. Action on $2,500 lease request by Agri Industries for approximately 1 acre of County property in Opheim for use as a storage yard for pipes for approximately 400 days. Agri Industries shall pay $2,500 in advance to Valley County for the lease of the property.

6. Action on requests for Local Assistance Tribal Consistency Fund (LATCF) funding for:
• Library $ 16,000
• Hinsdale Fire District Fire Truck $186,000
• City of Glasgow Pool $230,000

7. Action on purchase option on 4 motor graders for the Road Department.
• three motor graders purchased with Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)
• one motor grader purchase coming from the Road District budget.

8. Action on Resolution #25-2023 to put $500,000 Annually in a Capital Improvement Fund for future purchase of motor graders

9. Public Comment on non-agenda items.

10. Adjourn

Marijuana Sales In Valley County Surge In July

Posted (Friday, August 18th 2023)

The Montana Department of Revenue is reporting that marijuana sales in Valley County surged to $160,362 in the month of July.

Adult-use sales totaled $127,106 in July, while $33,257 was made in medical sales in Valley County.

This compares to $151,594 in sales in June. The July sales were the biggest month of 2023 to date.

Marijuana sales in Montana in July totaled $28,552,001 in July which was the biggest month in sales in the state since marijuana sales began in 2022.

FMDH Donates $30,000 For Glasgow Skatepark

Posted (Friday, August 18th 2023)

By Tess Fahlgren of Siding 45 Skatepark Organization:

The Siding 45 Skatepark organization wants to thank Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for their generous donation of $30,000 to support building a permanent, professionally designed and built concrete skatepark in our community. In my presentation to the board, I talked about the benefits of a skatepark for the mental and physical health of our young people. Investing in the wellness of our young people is the most valuable thing we can do to help our community grow and thrive.

Thanks to Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, comparable towns across Montana have state-of-the-art skateparks. Ament’s Montana Pool Service has already granted Siding 45 a matching grant of up to $75,000. With the matching grant, we have raised $112,791.16! Now that we have established our nonprofit and have local support, we are able to apply for the many grants available to reach our $300,000 goal.

Join us for free skateboarding lessons and open skate day on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the old skatepark at the fairgrounds, sponsored by United Insurance. Although the old ramps will not be replaced, the skatepark will be open all day and we will be there from 2 to 6 p.m. to give beginner skateboarding lessons. Helmets required, pads recommended. Thanks to local generosity, we have four skateboards, two helmets, a pair of roller blades and a set of pads for anyone to borrow and we welcome more donations! We will raffle off a skateboard and some other goodies. Thank you for all the support you've shown.

Bat Walk Scheduled For Friday!

Posted (Friday, August 18th 2023)

The bat walks scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12 was cancelled due to weather, and has been rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 18 at 8:30 p.m. Join Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Army Corp of Engineers for an evening presentation and walk, learning about and observing these fascinating creatures.

To kick things off, FWP Region 6 biologist Nikie Hussey will deliver a presentation on bats and their importance in our ecosystem. This will be immediately followed by a “bat walk” around the Downstream Nature Trail in search of bats as they begin their nighttime hunting. Staff will provide a variety of “bat detecting” devices so you will be able to “hear” the bats hunting and navigating, and other equipment to “see” their echolocation calls on iPads!

Everyone is welcome to the bat walk, but we encourage any youngsters under the age of 12 to be accompanied by an adult. Some suggested items to bring include a flashlight/headlamp or glow sticks, bug spray, and sturdy walking shoes. We will see you there!

Increased West Nile Virus Activity In Montana

Posted (Thursday, August 17th 2023)

State and local health officials are reporting increased West Nile virus (WNV) activity in several counties across the state this week, including the first three human cases for 2023, which have been identified in Dawson, Rosebud, and Yellowstone counties.

These three cases range in ages from the late 30s to early 70s, including two males and one female. All cases were hospitalized for their illnesses. Additionally, this week, two horses were diagnosed with WNV infections in Hill and Pondera counties. Mosquito pools also tested positive for WNV in Glacier, Lewis and Clark, and Toole counties.

Mosquito pools have been tested in Valley County but no positive results have been found as of this week.

Earlier this summer, mosquito pools tested positive in Blaine, Hill, and Phillips counties.
WNV infections can occur in humans or horses after a bite from an infected Culex mosquito. Increased risk of WNV transmission to humans and horses is expected to continue through October – or as long as mosquitoes are active in the state.

“With West Nile virus activity occurring in so many areas of the state right now, the best thing you can do to prevent infections is to protect yourself from mosquito bites,” said DPHHS Vectorborne Disease Epidemiologist Devon Cozart.

Preventing mosquito bites is especially important while spending time outdoors in the summer, and during peak feeding activity times for female Culex mosquitoes, which are dusk and dawn.
Permethrin is an insect repellent that can be utilized to treat clothing and gear, including tents. The Environmental Protection Agency search tool [https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-repellent-right-you] offers EPA-registered insect repellents that can be applied to the skin.

Most people who become infected with WNV will not experience symptoms, but 1 in 5 do experience minor illness causing headache, rash, body aches, joint pains, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea. Fatigue and body aches from WNV may persist for months following infection.

Unfortunately, about 1 in 150 WNV infections result in severe WNV disease, referred to as neuroinvasive West Nile. When neuroinvasive, WNV can cause severe neurological symptoms including disorientation, stupor, coma, paralysis, vision loss, and convulsions. WNV can be fatal or lead to long-term neurological complications. WNV can also cause severe neurological complications and death in horses.

“All three human WNV cases reported this year were hospitalized, which shows just how serious this disease can be,” said Cozart. “If you are concerned you have a West Nile virus infection, please see your doctor.”

Currently, there is no vaccine, treatment, or other targeted medication for WNV in humans, aside from supportive care for cases. A vaccine is available for horses. The vaccine is typically administered in the spring to provide optimum protection during mosquito season. Horses cannot transmit the disease to people, but because of the severity of the disease in horses, the vaccine is a recommended core vaccine and should be given annually. Montanans are encouraged to contact their local veterinarian for questions about horses and WNV.

The mosquitoes that carry WNV rarely travel more than one mile from where they breed. So, to keep mosquitoes away from the home, it’s important to empty standing water at least once per week. For items such as rain barrels, a screen can be applied to the opening to restrict mosquito access.

Valley County Commissioners Approve Purchase Of New Motor Graders

Posted (Thursday, August 17th 2023)

The Valley County Commissioners voted on Wednesday to move forward with the purchase of 4 new motor graders for the Valley County Road Department.

The commissioners voted to spend $1.6 million on the new motor graders from RDO Equipment. The new equipment is John Deere.

Valley County moved forward with purchasing the new equipment after the cost of leasing the motor graders doubled in cost. The commissioners said they plan to buy back 4 leased motor graders at a cost of $288,000 each when their leases expire next year.

Valley County Special Response Team Responds To Incident In Phillips County

Posted (Wednesday, August 16th 2023)

Montana Homeowners Can Now Apply For Property Tax Rebate

Posted (Tuesday, August 15th 2023)

Starting Tuesday, Montana homeowners can apply to get back up to $675 on their property taxes.

The Montana Department of Revenue will open claims Aug. 15 for the property tax rebate approved by the state Legislature and signed off on by Gov. Greg Gianforte earlier this year. The deadline to apply is October 1.

“Property taxes are too high, which is why we prioritized and secured immediate property tax relief for Montanans this legislative session,” Gianforte said in a statement. “I encourage folks to get online tomorrow and claim their rebate.”

Homeowners can apply online at getmyrebate.mt.gov, or by submitting a paper form. Revenue says filing online is the fastest way to get your rebate.

Taxpayers must have owned and lived in their home for at least seven months last year to qualify. They will receive a rebate for their 2022 property taxes on that home, up to a maximum of $675.

To apply, you will need your home’s physical address, geocode, amount of property taxes paid last year and the names and Social Security numbers of the owner, spouse and dependents. Revenue has tools on the website to help taxpayers compile this information.

Leaders say they’ll process returns as they are received, and they plan to have all rebates distributed by the end of December. You can receive the rebate by direct deposit or a paper check.

Homeowners will be eligible to claim a second rebate of up to $675 in 2024 for this year’s property taxes.

Poplar man sentenced to prison for sexual abuse on Fort Peck Indian Reservation

Posted (Tuesday, August 15th 2023)

A Poplar man who admitted sexually abusing a woman on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was sentenced Monday to four years and eight months in prison, to be followed by 30 years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Shane Daniel Freemont, 33, pleaded guilty in February to sexual abuse.

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

In court documents, the government alleged that in September 2020, Freemont was at his residence, drinking with a group of individuals. One of the individuals, identified as Jane Doe, was drinking with Freemont and blacked out from intoxication. Despite her level of intoxication, Freemont had sex with Jane Doe. The victim was physically incapable of declining to participate in or to communicate unwillingness to engage in sex.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case. The FBI and Fort Peck Department of Law and Justice conducted the investigation.

Valley County Commissioners To Meet Wednesday

Posted (Monday, August 14th 2023)

Valley County, Montana
Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 10:30 am

1. Additions/Deletions

2. Public Comment on agenda items

3. Approve Employment/Termination Notices.

4. Taxpayer comment relative to budget requirements and increases for FY2024 per public notice published in the Glasgow Courier on July 5th and July 12th, 2023.

5. Approve purchase of four new motor graders for the Road Department for $400 - $450K each, including a 5-year, 5,000-hour warranty using the cooperative purchasing process, with PILT, LATCF, and Road Capital funds.

6. Appoint Board of Adjustments
Term Expires
Kristi Brabeck 3 years 6/30/25
Joe Reyling 3 years 6/30/25
Russell Leader 3 years 6/30/26
Darrell Morehouse 3 years 6/30/27
Jayson Nelson 3 years 6/30/26

7. Sign Compensation Agreement between Valley County and Glasgow Public Schools for regular pick-up and delivery of students to and from school. Schools shall reimburse Transit at the rate of $1.00 per passenger per day that are within a distance of 2 miles of the city limits and $5.00 per passenger per day that are outside this range.

8. Public Comment on non-agenda items.

9. Adjourn

Poplar Man Pleads Innocent On Alleged Bank Robbery Charge

Posted (Monday, August 14th 2023)

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday that a Poplar man was arraigned and appeared this week before a U.S. Magistrate on indictments handed down by the Grand Jury or on criminal complaints.

The charging documents are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Appearing in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnson and pleading not guilty on Aug. 8 was:

Henry Gabryl Youpee, Jr., 20, of Poplar, on charges of burglary. Court records say Youpee broke into Independence Bank of Poplar on Oct. 30, 2022 for the sole purpose of committing theft.

A trial for the defendant has been set for October 10, 2023 in Great Falls.

If convicted of the most serious crime, Youpee faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $50,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Youpee was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Peck Tribes’ Department of Law and Justice investigated the case.

Montana Child Care Business Connect Announces Inaugural Fall Summit to Support Child Care Business Owners and Child Care Solution Seekers

Posted (Monday, August 14th 2023)

Montana Child Care Business Connect (MCCBC), the statewide hub for childcare business development and innovation, is excited to announce its inaugural Fall Summit. This milestone event is designed to provide professional development opportunities for existing childcare providers, as well as inspiration and education for employers and community leaders to invest in and support childcare systems in their communities.

Taking place on September 13-14, 2023, at Fairmont Hot Springs, the MCCBC Fall Summit is set to deliver a transformative experience for attendees. This event will serve as a way to empower childcare business owners, employers, and community leaders with practical knowledge and skills to elevate and support Montana's childcare industry.

The MCCBC Fall Summit aims to address the pressing needs of the childcare sector by offering a wide range of tailored tracks for different audiences. Topics of focus will include Board Governance, Solutions for Communities, Child Care BusinessModels, Insurance and Risk Management, Onboarding Staff and Sustainable Staffing, Boosting your Benefits Package, ChildCare in Tribal Communities, and many more.

According to Zero to Five Montana Executive Director, Caitlin Jensen, this milestone achievement marks a critical step forward in transforming Montana's childcare ecosystem. "With this gathering of Montana's child care champions, we are taking a bold step in empowering public and private sector partners alike to work together on an issue that has a profound impact on our state. This milestone is an important opportunity for childcare providers, employers, and community leaders to come together, learn from industry experts, and collaborate on innovative solutions that will support our state's children, families and local economy."

The 2023 MCCBC Annual Summit will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14.

Participants can look forward to engaging in interactive sessions, learning from industry-leading experts, and networking with like-minded professionals. The MCCBC Fall Summit holds the potential to provide attendees with new strategies, best practices, and innovative approaches that will drive positive change and growth in their respective roles.

Zero to Five Montana's Child Care Business Connect program has been at the forefront of childcare business development and innovation throughout the state. As the statewide hub for childcare business support, they offer resources, guidance, and programs designed to help providers.

Visit the event website here:

Live "Bat Walk" Scheduled At The Downstream Campground In Fort Peck August 12th

Posted (Friday, August 11th 2023)

FORT PECK – What do bats do at night? Aerobatics! Join Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Army Corp of Engineers for an evening presentation and walk, learning about and observing these fascinating creatures.

The Bat Walk will take place beginning at the Downstream Campground Amphitheater, starting at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 12.

To kick things off, FWP Region 6 biologist Nikie Hussey will deliver a presentation on bats and their importance in our ecosystem. This will be immediately followed by a “bat walk” around the Downstream Nature Trail in search of bats as they begin their nighttime hunting. Staff will provide a variety of “bat detecting” devices so you will be able to “hear” the bats hunting and navigating, and other equipment to “see” their echolocation calls on iPads.

In addition, the Fort Peck Interpretive Center will have other bat-themed activities going on from Friday, August 11 through Monday, August 14, so come on down and enjoy the fun!

Everyone is welcome to the bat walk, but we encourage any youngsters under the age of 12 to be accompanied by an adult. Some suggested items to bring include a flashlight/headlamp or glow sticks, bug spray, and sturdy walking shoes.

Sarah Swanson Appointed To Lead Montana Department Of Labor And Industry

Posted (Thursday, August 10th 2023)

Governor Greg Gianforte today announced his appointment of Sarah Swanson to lead the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).

“As a proven leader in both the private and public sectors, Sarah is a champion for reimagining workforce development and building sustainable public-private partnerships to empower hardworking Montanans,” Gov. Gianforte said. “I look forward to partnering with her to build a stronger future for our state.”

Swanson assumes the role of commissioner after serving as the Director of Strategic Engagement for DLI, where she focused on bridging the gap between education and workforce needs.

Prior to government service, Swanson served as an owner and General Manager for Farm Equipment Sales, Inc. (FES), a four-store John Deere dealer organization headquartered in northeast Montana. Sarah’s tenure at the company saw record growth with the addition of three locations, over 100 new employees, and 1300 percent growth in company sales.

After overseeing the successful sale of FES, Swanson helped design and lead Build Montana on behalf of the Montana Contractors and Equipment Dealers Associations, which helped open access to John Deere’s proprietary training platform to Montana high school students. Swanson then served as chief of staff for the Montana Office of Public Instruction before joining DLI.

“As a lifelong Montanan, I am honored to serve the people of Montana and am humbled by the confidence Governor Gianforte has placed in me. As a former small business owner, I personally understand the significance of meeting payroll, caring for employee needs, helping rural communities survive, and struggling to find qualified employees,” Swanson said. “I look forward to working hand-in-hand with DLI’s dedicated team, industry partners, and Montana workers to continue to address the long-standing disconnect between employers and education, to modernize IT systems, and to deliver meaningful red-tape relief to Main Street.”

A native of Valley County, Swanson assumes the role of commissioner on Monday, August 14.

Christoffersen Files Complaint To Remain Roosevelt County Attorney

Posted (Thursday, August 10th 2023)

Story credit to Northern Plains Independent:

Janet Christoffersen, who was removed by the Roosevelt County Commissioners from the position of county attorney at the end of June, has filed a complaint against the county. Christoffersen is seeking a declaration from the court that she remains the Roosevelt County Attorney because commissioners don’t have the authority to remove her from office.

She is requesting a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring Roosevelt County from any action prohibiting her from performing the duties of Roosevelt County Attorney.

Commissioners voted by a 2-0 vote, with Commissioner Gary Macdonald abstaining, to not extend Christoffersen’s four-month contract on June 29.

In the court filing, it’s argued that there’s no legal avenue for commissioners to force such a removal.

The document states, “under the law, as the appointed county attorney, Christoffersen could only be removed from the position of county attorney upon certain circumstances pursuant to certain processes. Those circumstances do not exist and no process was followed.”

The court documents noted that she was installed as the Roosevelt County Attorney by appointment and not pursuant to a single employer/ employee relationship or as an independent contractor. There was never any contract between the parties, her appointment was done pursuant to governing statues. “Importantly, the Roosevelt County Commission did not hire, employ, or contract with the plaintiff. The Roosevelt County Commission appointed the plaintiff to the position of Roosevelt County Attorney.” Christoffersen is being represented by the law firm of Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry and Hoven.

Court documents state that, as Roosevelt County

attorney, she took an oath to perform the duties and she is being preventing from completing the duties. The document claims that the real harm is the prevention of Christoffersen to work to protect the public safety of the people of the State of Montana.

The county has 21 days to respond to the complaint when the complaint is officially served.

“It was pretty clear that it was an interim position,” commissioner Gordon Oelkers said during the meeting on Thursday, June 29.

Fort Peck Tribal Election Set For October 28th

Posted (Thursday, August 10th 2023)

Story from Northern Plains Independent:

Candidates are beginning to file for tribal executive board positions on the Fort Peck Reservation.

Megan Gourneau, tribal operations officer/secretary accountant, reports that the last day to register as a candidate in the 2023 election is Sept. 13.

The last day for new voter registration is Oct. 13, and the final day to return or accept absentee ballots is Oct. 23.

Election day is Saturday, Oct. 28.

Cost to file for an office is $450.42 for chairman, $426.19 for vice chairman, $401.96 for sergeant at arms, $401.96 for TEB member, $499.10 for chief judge and $443.46 for associate judge.

Legislative positions up for election are tribal chairman, vice chairman, sergeant at arms and 12 members to the tribal executive board.

Positions on the tribal court to be elected are chief judge and associate judge.

Candidates who have filed as of the end of July have included John Morales as chairman, Don LaRoque for TEB, Ennis Russell Sr. for TEB and Melvin “Terry” Rattling Thunder Sr. for TEB.

Floyd Azure is currently in his fifth term as the tribal chairman.

“I’m pretty sure that I will,” Azure said when asked if he will seek re-election.

Charles Headdress is current vice chair. Bruce Damon is sergeant at arms.

Other executive board members are Carolyn Brugh, Terry Rattling Thunder Sr., Shannon Dionne-Martell, Grant Stafne, Lawrence Hamilton Jr., Stacey Summers, Bryce Kirk, Wayne Martell, Alex Smith, Marva Chapman, Patricia Iron Cloud Runs Through and Justin Gray Hawk Sr.

Glasgow School Board Approves Bond Election

Posted (Wednesday, August 9th 2023)

The Glasgow School Board on Tuesday approved a bond election for the Glasgow School District which will be held in October.

The bond election will ask Glasgow School District Voters to approve a $8,580,000 bond to pay for facility improvements in the district.

The improvements include replacing the Glasgow High School track and football field with synthetic surfaces and amenities, replacing or repairing sections of the Glasgow High School roof and Glasgow Middle School roof, replacing boilers at the Glasgow High School and if monies are available, improving the traffic area in front of the Irle Elementary School.

The cost of the bond is $8,580,000 and would be paid off in 20 years. The estimated monthly cost to a homeowner with a residence valued at $100,000 would be $4.88. The estimated monthly cost to a homeowner with a residence valued at $200,000 would be $9.75 and the cost for a home valued at $300,000 would be $14.63 per month. The Montana Department of Revenue estimates the median market value of a residence in Valley County to be $95,000.

The election will be administered by the Valley County Election Administrator and will be a mail-ballot election. Ballots will be mailed out on September 29th and must be returned by October 17th.

Glasgow City Council Meets Monday

Posted (Tuesday, August 8th 2023)

The Glasgow City Council met in regular session on Monday.

The Council held a public hearing on a proposed rate increase for solid waste collection in the city of Glasgow. The city is proposing a 10% increase in the collection rate which is levied on property taxes paid by city residents. The current garbage collection rate is $175 for a residential home in Glasgow. The proposed increase would move that to $192.50 per year. There was no testimony for or against the collection rate increase.

Other action by the City Council:

Approved a 2-year contract for City Attorney Lee Pekovitch. The contract will pay $11,000 per month for Pekovitch's services as City Attorney.

Appointed Kathy Smith to the City-County Library Board for a 5-year term.

Appointed Lucas Locke to the Housing Authority Board for a term which will end September4, 2024.

Glasgow Police Department Press Release

Posted (Tuesday, August 8th 2023)

Glasgow Police Department Press Release:

On August 06, 2023, at around 03:05 a.m. Officers with the Glasgow Police Department responded to a residence on the south side of town upon receiving a report of an assault.

Once Officers arrived, the caller stated that the suspect, identified as John Sipe, 59 of Fort Peck, had strangled her mother during an altercation.

After completing the investigation, Sipe was placed under arrest and remanded to the Valley County Detention Center for Partner/Family Member Assault and Strangulation of a Partner Family Member.

Tester’s Bipartisan Bill to Keep AM Radio in All New Cars and Trucks Clears Key Senate Hurdle

Posted (Tuesday, August 8th 2023)

U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s bipartisan legislation to keep AM radio in all new cars and trucks recently passed through the Senate Commerce Committee, setting it up for a full vote on the Senate floor. Tester’s bipartisan AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act would require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a rule that requires all new motor vehicles to have devices that can access AM broadcast stations installed as standard equipment.

“The big car companies and folks in Washington D.C. may not get this, but as a third-generation Montana farmer, I know firsthand that folks in rural America rely on AM radio to stay informed on everything from local news to severe weather warnings,” said Tester. “My bipartisan bill will make sure that all new vehicles come equipped with AM radio to ensure automakers don’t strip Montanans and rural Americans of this critical source of real-time information. I look forward to our bill getting a full vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate.”

Tester’s bipartisan AM for Every Vehicle Act will:

• Direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue a rule that requires automakers to maintain AM broadcast radio in their vehicles without a separate or additional payment, fee, or surcharge;
• Require any automaker that sells vehicles without access to AM broadcast radio before the effective date of the NHTSA rule to clearly disclose to consumers that the vehicle lacks access to AM broadcast radio; and,
• Direct the Government Accountability Office to study whether alternative communication systems could fully replicate the reach and effectiveness of AM broadcast radio for alerting the public to emergencies.

Tester is Montana’s leading champion for connectivity in rural communities and has delivered critical investments in high-speed internet across the state. Tester worked across the aisle for months to negotiate his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) with a group of five Republicans, four Democrats, and the White House. Tester secured significant wins for Montana in the legislation, including $65 billion to deploy broadband to areas across the country that lack internet access and additionally make online connectivity more affordable.

Lee Enterprises Names FMDH A Winner Of Two Montana Top Workplaces 2023 Awards

Posted (Monday, August 7th 2023)

Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital (FMDH) has been awarded two honors by Montana Top Workplaces 2023. FMDH CEO, Nickolas Dirkes, is the top leader for large companies in Montana and FMDH placed second overall for large companies in Montana. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a survey administered by the employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The confidential survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization – including alignment with company values and direction, connection to meaningful work and feeling appreciated, and performance with innovative and open-minded leaders.

“Earning a Top Workplaces award is a badge of honor for companies, especially because it comes authentically from their employees,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “That's something to be proud of. In today's market, leaders must ensure they’re allowing employees to have a voice and be heard. That's paramount. Top Workplaces do this, and it pays dividends.”

Nickolas Dirkes, CEO of FMDH, shared what receiving both awards meant to him. “Our incredible staff’s dedication to a supportive work environment has a profound impact on patient care. Their passion and engagement create a place where every voice matters, leading to exceptional care and positive outcomes. Join us in honoring these extraordinary individuals who show that kindness at work means better care for all!”

Glasgow City Council Agenda

Posted (Monday, August 7th 2023)

The Glasgow City Council will meet on Monday at 5pm at the Glasgow Council Chambers in the Glasgow Civic Center.

Northeast Montana Housing Summit Set For September 14th

Posted (Monday, August 7th 2023)

Are you passionate about creating thriving communities? Do you dream of a brighter future where everyone has a safe and comfortable place to call home? Then get ready to be part of something truly transformative!

Dynamic Panel Discussion: We are assembling a diverse and inspiring panel of individuals working in the housing and related fields. These experts will share their insights, experiences, and innovative solutions for addressing housing challenges in our communities. Get ready to be inspired by their
passion and commitment to building a better tomorrow!

Empowering Training: Knowledge is power, and that's why we'll be hosting a training session on housing and homelessness. Gain valuable expertise that equip you with the tools to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Community Asset Map: One of the most exciting highlights of the day will be the interactive development of a Community Asset Map. This collaborative masterpiece will serve as a guiding light, charting the course for future collaborations and housing development initiatives.

Together, we'll lay the groundwork for stronger partnerships and more effective solutions. The Northeast Montana Housing Summit isn't just a conference; it's a call to action! By attending this transformative event, you become an essential part of a movement working to address housing challenges head-on. Our collective efforts will reshape the landscape of housing in our region, ensuring that no one is left behind. Together, we can transform the lives of our neighbors, friends, and families, providing them with the secure and stable homes they deserve.

The event will be held September 14th from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the GND Conference Room at 233 Cascade Street in Wolf Point.

Please RSVP to Jayme at info@gndc.org or by calling 406-653-2590 ext 203

Missouri River Basin Drought Conditions Persist

Posted (Thursday, August 3rd 2023)

July runoff in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, Iowa was 3.3 million acre-feet (MAF), 99% of average. Runoff was near or above average in all reaches except the Fort Peck reach, which was 68% of average.

“Soil moisture conditions deteriorated in Montana, North Dakota, and northern South Dakota over the last month and improved across southern South Dakota and into the lower basin,” said John Remus, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

Precipitation was below normal over most of the upper Missouri River basin last month except for small areas in Wyoming and southern South Dakota. The lower basin saw a mix of above- and below-normal precipitation.

The annual runoff forecast above Sioux City, Iowa is 28.5 MAF, 111% of average.

System storage peaked on July 22 at 56.6 MAF. System storage on August 1 was 56.3 MAF, 0.2 MAF above the base of the Annual Flood Control and Multiple Use zone.

Fort Peck Dam
Average releases past month – 8,800 cfs
Current release rate – 9,000 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 7,500 cfs
End-of-July reservoir level – 2230.4 feet (down 0.2 feet from June 30)
Forecast end-of-August reservoir level – 2229.0 feet
Notes: Releases will be maintained at 7,500 cfs through mid-September.
The forecast reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.


The six mainstem power plants generated 877 million kWh of electricity in July. Typical energy generation for July is 956 million kWh. The power plants are expected to generate 7.8 billion kWh this year, compared to the long-term average of 9.4 billion kWh.

Keep Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention In Mind When Recreating On Water

Posted (Thursday, August 3rd 2023)

HELENA – So far this year, FWP and its partners have inspected 66,000 watercraft for aquatic invasive species. Of those, 35 were mussel-fouled and more than 200 were found with aquatic weeds.

FWP and partner agencies, which include tribes, counties and conservation districts, operate more than 17 road-side watercraft inspection stations across the state. To find a watercraft inspection station or to learn more, go to CleanDrainDryMT.com or call the FWP Aquatic Invasive Species Bureau at 406-444-2440.

A July survey for Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) in Beaver Lake near Whitefish found no EWM. Another follow-up survey will be conducted later this month. Eradication of EWM is the goal for Beaver Lake through persistent survey and removal.

Eurasian watermilfoil in Nilan Reservoir (near Augusta) was treated with herbicide by FWP in 2022. Surveys conducted last month found no evidence of EWM in the lake. Nilan is the only location of EWM on the Rocky Mountain Front and EWM eradication is the objective for that system.

All boaters and other water recreationists need to follow the rules to prevent aquatic invasive species from affecting Montana’s waters.

Those rules include:

All boats must stop at all open watercraft inspection stations they encounter. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to $500.
Always be sure to clean, drain and dry your boat.
All watercraft entering Montana are required to be inspected for aquatic invasive species. An inspection is required before launching on Montana waters.
Non-residents transporting watercraft into Montana must purchase a Vessel AIS Prevention Pass before launching. The fee is $30 for motorized and $10 for nonmotorized watercraft. The pass is valid until Dec. 31.
Inspection is required for Montana residents before launch IF: the boat is entering the state, crossing west over the Continental Divide or entering the Flathead basin.

Victims' Attorney: Amtrak, BNSF Both Responsible For 2021 Montana Derailment

Posted (Thursday, August 3rd 2023)

From KTVQ.com

BILLINGS — Next month will mark two years since an Amtrak derailment on Montana's Hi-Line killed three people and sent nearly 50 more to the hospital. Just last week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its investigation findings.

Now, one of the lawyers representing victims in a lawsuit believes both BNSF and Amtrak should be held responsible.

The derailment occurred on the afternoon of Sept. 25, 2021. Ever since, it's left many worried about the condition of Montana’s rail lines, even more so after the NTSB’s investigation pointed to track conditions as the main culprit.

Long Run Released From CMR Fire On Monday

Posted (Wednesday, August 2nd 2023)

Long Run Facebook Page

7/31/23 1600 update: local fire crews were released from the scene around 2200 hrs. CMR will stay on scene for the next couple days. They were able to map the fire and get exact acreage. Its currently 50 acres in size and it is not expected to grow. We were very fortunate to receive a considerable amount of rain to help slow the fire's progress.

A fire was burning south of Fort Peck on Sunday, mostly on CMR land. Strong winds were making it tough on fire-fighting crews. Here's the update log from Long Run:

7/30/23 2030 update: air support is currently on scene making water drops. The fire is estimated to be 80 acres and in very heavy timber. There are currently 16 fire personnel on scene. The wind is still very erratic making this very challenging.

7/30/23 1745 update: fire is roughly 25 acres, burning mostly on CMR land and growing. It’s headed into heavy timber and air support has been requested.

7/30/23 1520 hrs: several fire crews are en route to a grass fire south of Fort Peck. Fire is estimated to be a couple acres with erratic winds. More updates to follow as crews get on scene.

July Climate Summary For Glasgow

Posted (Wednesday, August 2nd 2023)

Glasgow July Climate Data from the National Weather Service
The high temperature in Glasgow in July was 107 degrees on the 24th. The low was 46 on July 5th.
On July 25th, the minimum temperature was 73 degrees, which was the warmest minimum ever recorded on that date, and only 4 degrees cooler than the all-time warmest minimum temperature for a day.

The average monthly temperature in Glasgow was 73 degrees, which was one degree ahead of the average.

Glasgow received only .56 hundredths of an inch of precipitation in July. The normal is 1.95 inches. The day with the highest precipitation total was July 10th, with sixteen hundredths.

There were 16 days with average speeds of ten mph or higher in July.

More Damage Reported In Roosevelt County From Sunday Night Thunderstorms

Posted (Monday, July 31st 2023)

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1201 AM TSTM WND GST 9 SSW LUSTRE 48.27N 105.96W


Agenda Released For August 2nd Valley County Commissioners Meeting

Posted (Monday, July 31st 2023)

Valley County, Montana
Wednesday, August 2, 2023

1. Additions/Deletions

2. Public Comment on agenda items

3. Approve Employment/Termination Notices

4. Taxpayer comment relative to budget requirements and increases for FY2024 per public notice published in the Glasgow Courier on July 5th and July 12th, 2023.

5. Approve agreement between Montana State University and Valley County MT for funding and operation of Extension services for FY 2024 in the amount of $163,542.36.

6. Public Comment on non-agenda items.

7. Adjourn

Strong Thunderstorms Blow Through This Weekend

Posted (Sunday, July 30th 2023)

From the National Weather Service in Glasgow

Several rounds of strong thunderstorms moved through eastern Montana over the weekend, causing damage in isolated areas.

Wind gusts around 60 mph occurred at St. Marie in the early morning hours of Sunday.

According to a Facebook post at 6:24 p.m. on Sunday evening, 10 miles south of Lustre a member of the public reported quarter-sized hail. At 5:19 p.m. a National Weather Service employee reported thunderstorm wind damage when the hardcover of a pickup bed lifted into a back window. Estimated gusts were 80 mph. A remote National Weather Service site recorded a wind gust of 91 mph before the instrument failed.

At 6:56 p.m. ten miles southwest of Lustre, a member of the public reported house siding was blowing off and a tree windbreak was blown away.

At 9:39 p.m. in Richland County, a member of the public reported quarter-size hail and that a neighbor's horse trailer had been blown over.

More severe thunderstorms were expected to continue overnight.

NTSB says ‘poor track conditions’ led to fatal Amtrak derailment

Posted (Friday, July 28th 2023)

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Thursday that “poor track conditions” led to an Amtrak derailment near Joplin in September 2021, killing three and injuring scores more.

On Sept. 25, 2021, Amtrak’s westbound Empire Builder, which connects Chicago with Portland and Seattle, derailed on a curve near Joplin while traveling 77 miles per hour, two miles per hour below the posted speed limit for that section of track. The train was operated on track owned by BNSF Railway.

According to the NTSB report, 11 other trains, including 10 BNSF freight trains and one Amtrak passenger train, had traveled over that stretch of track the same day. Most trains have outward-facing cameras onboard, and footage from the three previous trains showed that the track was slowly being knocked out of alignment throughout the course of the day. By the time the westbound Amtrak train arrived at approximately 4 p.m., the rails had moved about 2.9 inches.

But investigators found that was not the only issue with the track at that location. The rail on that section of track was also worn down, meaning the inside flange of the wheels was more likely to hit the joint bar, a metal bar that connects two sections of rail. Finally, the track subgrade, essentially the rock and soil foundation the tracks are built on, was unstable. While some vertical movement of the track is normal when a train passes over, NTSB investigators observed that the track was moving more than it should even after the rail line had been repaired and reopened after the derailment.

Ultimately, the NTSB found that no single issue caused the derailment, but rather a combination of factors. In fact, none of the individual defects violated safety measures set by the Federal Railroad Administration. Investigators wrote that there is a “long history” of derailments caused by a combination of factors, and encouraged the federal government to come up with new standards to prevent such derailments in the future.

Given how rapidly the track conditions deteriorated on the day of the derailment, investigators said it was unlikely the regular regimen of track inspections would have caught the defects that led to the accident. BNSF regularly inspects the tracks twice a week, as required by law, and had inspected the specific stretch of track just two days before the derailment. However, investigators said that if all the trains that passed through the area been outfitted with autonomous track monitoring systems, the deteriorating track conditions might have been noticed and the railroad notified of a problem. That type of monitoring equipment is not required by law, but the NTSB has encouraged its use in the past and the board once again reiterated the recommendation at the end of its accident report.

Besides the autonomous inspection equipment, the NTSB recommended that the federal government come up with new standards, specifically in regards to how worn a piece of rail can be before it must be replaced. It also recommended that BNSF do more to stabilize the subgrade beneath the track at Joplin.

“This tragedy is a powerful reminder that there’s no substitute for robust track inspection practices, which can prevent derailments by identifying track conditions that may deteriorate over time,” NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said in a press release. “I implore track owners, who are responsible for the safety of their routes, to ensure inspectors have the time, support, and resources needed to do their work, which is essential to rail safety.”

In a statement to the Montana Free Press, BNSF said it is still reviewing the NTSB report and is already making improvements to its infrastructure, including beginning to install autonomous track inspection equipment on locomotives.

“While we haven’t had a chance to fully review the findings yet, we are committed to safety across our system,” spokesperson Lena Kent wrote.

Amtrak officials said they also were reviewing the report on Thursday.

“Amtrak appreciates the opportunity to participate in the investigation and we will review the recommendations. Amtrak will continue to work with all stakeholders to improve rail safety for the traveling public,” spokesperson Marc Magliari wrote.

The NTSB’s final report comes as the nation’s rail system has faced increased scrutiny in recent months following a series of high-profile derailments, including in Montana. In April, a BNSF train operated by Montana Rail Link derailed near Quinn’s Hot Springs, spilling cases of beer into the Clark Fork. In June, another train on MRL derailed when a bridge collapsed over the Yellowstone River near Reed Point, spilling asphalt into the water. And in the last week, two different trains derailed on BNSF Railway tracks near Havre, about 50 miles east of the site of the 2021 wreck.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, more than 1,000 trains derail every year in the United States.

Christmas in July At The Fort Peck Summer Theatre!

Posted (Friday, July 28th 2023)

Christmas in July! Based on the beloved film starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, this heartwarming, tap-dancing musical extravaganza features Irving Berlin’s beloved songs. Following their service in WWII, veterans Bob and Phil have a successful song-and-dance act. With romance in mind, they follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by their former army commander.

Starring in Crosby and Clooney’s iconic roles are Jay Michael Roberts as Bob Wallace and Darci Monsos as Betty Haynes, alongside Ben Wambeke as Phil David and Renee Ross as Judy Haynes.

After attending FPST’s Performing Arts Camp, Culbertson youth Harper Anderson makes her FPST debut, as Susan Waverly.

Also featuring Dan Hance as General Waverly, Alicia Bullock-Muth as Martha, Jon Svingen as Ezekiel, and Cameron Fehring as Sheldrake, the cast is completed by local talent Carolyn Bachtold, Codi Donnaiquo, Lizzie Peters, Abby Peterson, Carter Pippin, Tommi Prewett and Chase Tarum, with company members Brittany Archambeault, Chae Clearwood, Rachel Franke, Sydney Hayward, Shy Iverson, Mathias Oliver, Rachel Lynn Pewitt and Chayten Pippin.

The production is directed by Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Rob Watson with choreography by Lauran Stanis (FPST’s Dames at Sea) and musical direction by Scott Koljonen.

White Christmas runs July 28 – August 13: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 4:00pm.

For Tickets and info 406-526-9943 or visit fortpecktheatre.org

Roosevelt County Commissioners Vote To Change County Attorney Position To Part-time Position

Posted (Thursday, July 27th 2023)

Story Credit: https://www.northernplainsindependent.com/

After deciding not to renew the contract of interim county attorney Janet Christoffersen a few weeks earlier, Roosevelt County Commissioners agreed to change the county attorney position to a part-time position during a meeting on Tuesday, July 17.

Commissioner Robert Toavs made the motion to change the position to part-time and cited MCA 7-4-2706, which reads, “In a county with a population of less than 30,000, the county commissioners may, with the consent of the county attorney, by resolution effective July 1 of any year, establish the office of county attorney as a full-time or part-time position.”

Commissioner Gordon Oelkers said by making the position parttime, it might create more interest from attorneys who work in other counties.

“It opens up our options,” Oelkers said.

Commissioner Gary Macdonald said the intention is to have the position moved back to full time when the next county attorney is elected.

The motion passed by a 3-0 margin. Oelkers said after public notice is given, commissioners will vote on a resolution in a couple of weeks.

During a meeting on June 29, commissioners voted by a 2-0 margin not to extend the contract of Christoffersen as interim county attorney.

Macdonald abstained from voting after hearing comments by staff members from the county attorney’s office in support of Christoffersen. She was appointed as interim attorney during a meeting on Feb. 9 for a four-month period.

Oelkers explained that the working relationship between commissioners and Christoffersen hasn’t been very good. He said there were some “little issues.”

Also during the meeting on July 17, commissioners approved a resolution requesting prosecutorial assistance from the attorney general’s office in a local case. The individual will serve as a special deputy county attorney in the Joseph Dale William Miller case. Miller is facing 10 charges including five felonies.