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  • City Snow Removal Ordinance Passes First Reading

    A.J. ETHERINGTON, THE COURIER|Dec 30, 2020

    The Glasgow City Council has advanced an ordinance to expand the city’s current snow removal ordinance to include measures for the city’s removal of snow from residential and business sidewalks and bill the property owners. Ordinance No. 973 passed unanimously at the council’s Dec. 21 meeting and will head to second reading in January. The ordinance, according to council president Rod Karst, is modeled after the city’s weedy lot ordinance which was passed earlier this year. That ordinance aimed to encourage the grooming and maintenance of city...

  • COVID Vaxing to Begin in Valley County

    A.J. ETHERINGTON, THE COURIER|Dec 23, 2020

    Valley County Health Department director Lynn Miller announced at a special meeting of the board of health on Dec. 21 that the county will receive 200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to frontline health care workers. Miller said the doses will be divvied up between Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, STAT Air and local ambulance services. She also explained that the county received the Moderna version of the vaccine which requires less in the way of transportation and storage. The Pfizer vaccine, which was available first, requires a...

  • Board of Health Appoints Interim Health Officer

    A.J. ETHERINGTON, THE COURIER|Dec 23, 2020

    The Valley County Board of Health has appointed Daniels County Health Officer Mary Nyhus to serve as the interim county health officer for up to six months. The move comes after Dr. Anne Millard resigned from the position effective Jan. 1, 2021 after three years on the job. Nyhus is a registered nurse who has served as the Daniels County health officer for a number of years. The board of health decided after a closed meeting on Dec. 21 to discuss Nyhus' credentials to hire her as health officer and Malta-based Family Nurse Practitioner Christy...

  • Weinmeister Receives DNRC Director's Award for Dedication to Dept.

    A.J. ETHERINGTON, THE COURIER|Dec 23, 2020

    When Pam Weinmeister's career at the Glasgow office of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation began over 37 years ago, it had a familiar start for some in northeast Montana. "I needed a job," she explained. "My husband was a farmer and we just weren't making it." So, she applied to work as a compliance technician in the water rights division of the local DNRC office, and she never left. After 34 years in the role, she took a promotion as Water Rights Specialist and she even...

  • Millard to Resign as Health Officer in January

    A.J. ETHERINGTON, THE COURIER|Dec 16, 2020

    Dr. Anne Millard has formally announced her resignation from the position as Valley County Health Officer effective Jan. 1, 2021. She will remain a primary care provider at Frances Mahon Deaconess. Millard gave notice to the board of health before Thanksgiving and officially informed them at their regular meeting on Dec. 8. She has been in the position for three years. Millard spoke to the Courier the evening of Dec. 9 about her resignation, the COVID pandemic and her time in the position before...

  • Strommen Sentenced to 40 Years

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Dec 9, 2020

    Ex-Valley County undersheriff Luke Strommen was sentenced to 40 years in the Montana State Prison on Dec. 8 for the crime of repeatedly raping a 14-year-old girl. Missoula District Judge John Larson handed down the sentence while allowing for the possibility of parole after ten years served. Strommen was found guilty after a jury trial found that he had initiated a non-consensual sexual relationship with the victim when she was 14 and that he continued raping her for years while as a Valley...

  • COVID Deaths Climb To Eight Last Week

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Dec 9, 2020

    The number of deaths in Valley County caused by COVID-19 rose to eight last week as cases climbed to nearly 600 confirmed infected with the coronavirus. According to the Valley County Health Departmen.t there were 41 active cases in the area as of Dec. 7. Of the 599 total cases reported, 550 had recovered and eight had passed away as of Dec. 1. Accompanying the Dec. 1 weekly report on countywide COVID cases, the Health Department added, “A man in his 50s and a man in his 70s have died from COVID-19 and its complications. These two men are l...

  • Governor Tightens COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Nov 25, 2020

    Less than 24 hours after the Valley County Board of Health issued an updated health order tightening COVID-mitigating measures in the county, Governor Bullock further tightened his own health measures limiting business capacities and decreasing crowd sizes at almost all events and venues. The governor’s order issued on Nov. 17, will limit capacity in bars, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and casinos, limits public gatherings to 25 individuals where social distancing is not possible, and requires face coverings in all counties r... Full story

  • VCHD Passes New Health Order

    A.J. ETHERINGTON, THE COURIER|Nov 18, 2020

    The Valley County Health Board passed an updated health order on Nov. 16 expanding on orders issued by the governor of Montana and tightening COVID-19-prevention restrictions on crowd sizes regardless of setting, ability to social distance and whether the venue is outdoors. The order came after four public meetings spanning more than a month. In each meeting public comments, updates from local health care institutions, government and businesses dragged out a debate about what the county could do to curb what, in October, appeared to be a... Full story

  • Law Enforcement Train on Overdose-Reversing Drug

    A.J. ETHERINGTON, THE COURIER|Nov 18, 2020

    There have been over 700 opioid overdose fatalities in Montana since 2000. Many of those deaths were not the result of illicit drugs, but rather due to the use of prescription drugs for pain. In response, the state has sought to field overdose-reversing drugs and put them in the hands of EMTs, law enforcement and care providers to prevent those deaths. One way Valley County is doing this is through a grant administered by the Valley County Care Coalition that funds training and prescriptions...

  • Valley County Man Drowns After Falling Through Ice

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Nov 18, 2020

    The Valley County Sheriff is reporting part-time Valley County resident Carl Mann drowned the morning of Nov. 20 after falling through the ice covering the Trout Pond near Fort Peck, Mont. He was 71 years old. Sheriff Tom Boyer told the Courier, Mann was out hunting when his dog traveled out onto the ice and fell through. After the dog was unable to self-rescue, Mann attempted to retrieve the dog and fell through the ice as well. After several failed attempts to rescue the dog and himself, Mann eventually succumbed to the cold and slipped...

  • County Failed Strommen Victims, Suit Alleges

    A.J. ETHERINGTON, THE COURIER|Nov 11, 2020

    A pair of lawsuits filed in Federal Court in Great Falls in early November allege Valley County failed to act in protecting the then-underage victims of ex-Undersheriff and convicted sex offender Luke Strommen when he sexually abused and raped them while on duty as a Valley County Sheriff’s Deputy. The two women, now adults, filed separate lawsuits through the same attorneys last week seeking to hold Valley County responsible for what they see as a failure to protect them. The complaints stated that the county should have been aware that Stromm...

  • A Legacy of Completing the Story

    A.J. ETHERINGTON, THE COURIER|Nov 11, 2020

    Sherri Turner's decades-long career at the Valley County Sheriff's Office is coming to a close this November after Turner announced her retirement earlier in the year. When she leaves her job as the VCSO administrative assistant this month she will have worked a total of 37 years for the county and served a total of seven different sheriffs-starting with Dan Taylor and ending with current Sheriff Tom Boyer. Turner had never intended to end up in Valley County. She was originally from Omaha,...

  • Votes Fly the Coop

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Nov 4, 2020

    It became the comically contentious subject of 2020, but a two-year effort to change the law in Glasgow to allow for the raising of chickens has failed after being placed before the voters of Valley County. With a 329-vote margin, the people of Glasgow rejected Glasgow City Ordinance No. 971 for hens to be raised in the city limits. The total votes were 1,049 voting against and only 720 voting in favor. The ordinance was spearheaded by Madelyn House, who moved to Glasgow and had hopes of...

  • County Votes Are In

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Nov 4, 2020

    A lot will have changed between press time and the arrival of this newspaper, but Valley County's votes have been tallied and counted and the results are in. In total, 4,327 people cast their ballots across all three of the county's precincts out of 5,136 registered voters. That puts the county's turnout rate at just over 84 percent. As of election night the race for President between incumbent Donald Trump and Joe Biden had not been called in favor of either candidate. In Montana's race for...

  • Valley County Hits 400 Cases of COVID-19

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Nov 4, 2020

    The Valley County Health Department reported the 400th case of COVID-19 in the county on Nov. 2. The total case count is a sharp increase from the beginning of October when the county was reporting just over 140 cases on Oct. 7. Of the total number of cases, 338 have recovered, 57 are active and five have passed away. Out of the total 400 cases, the county has hospitalized 36 patients, making the rate of hospitalization nine percent. As of Oct. 2, 9 people were hospitalized in Valley County. Seven were positive for COVID and two awaiting test...

  • Predicting the Weather to Fight Fires Down Under

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Nov 4, 2020

    It wasn't as simple as packing a bag and getting on the plane like years before. In fact, getting to Australia as a National Weather Service Incident Meteorologist-IMET for short-required a good deal of preparation, not least of which was applying for an official passport to work as a US government employee overseas. But after answering the call from the Australian Government, filing the paperwork, getting said passport, packing a bag and saying goodbye, NWS IMET Patrick Gilchrist was on his...

  • Health Infrastructure Feeling Effects of COVID-19

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Oct 28, 2020

    During a public meeting of the Valley County Board of Health, alongside representatives from Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, STAT Air Ambulance, Prairie Ridge, Valley View Home, the Chamber of Commerce and county health officer Anne Millard, one issue became clear—health infrastructure in Valley County was starting to feel the pressure brought on by an increase in COVID-19 cases. Board of Health chair Clay Berger presided over the meeting on Oct. 21 and opened by stating the meeting’s purpose to “one, establish an open line of commu... Full story

  • Cold Wind Blows Hard At State XC Meet

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Oct 28, 2020

    The Glasgow Scottie boys brought home seventh and the girls claimed eighth at the Montana State Class B Cross Country Meet on Oct. 23 in Kalispell. The two-day all-class event was spread out over the course of two days and spectators were limited to accommodate the global coronavirus pandemic that has struck Montana hard over the last few weeks. But viruses were not the only natural event to put added pressure and to change things up on this year's runners. As of Friday afternoon, an October...

  • Inside Valley View's Fight With Coronavirus

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Oct 21, 2020

    It has been over two weeks since coronavirus was detected at Valley View Nursing Home on Oct. 5. In that time cases have spread among staff and residents as the home implemented policies, lockdowns and isolation to combat the spread of the virus through the home’s residents. According to Wes Thompson, the home’s administrator, so far, there have been 11 residents confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus all aged between 63 and 98 years. Of those, none were showing serious symptoms and six were expected to be recovered by next week. Fou... Full story

  • FMDH Fills With COVID Patients

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Oct 21, 2020

    In a digital townhall on Oct. 18, Valley County Health Officer, Dr. Anne Millard, gave an update on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the county calling on its residents to “take this more seriously” and urging people to follow mandatory mask requirements, social distancing and hand hygiene protocols to slow the spread of the disease locally. The news of increasing hospital patients was accompanied by the tragic news that the county experienced two more COVID-19 deaths. The two individuals were a woman in her 80s and a man in his 90s. As... Full story

  • Irle to Continue Distance Learning

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Oct 21, 2020

    Glasgow Public Schools extended distance learning for elementary-aged school children this week pushing back a hopeful date of resuming in-person instruction from Oct. 19 to Oct. 26. The announcement was made in a letter to staff from Superintendent Wade Sundby. The Glasgow middle and high schools are continuing their in-person classes. In the letter Sundby wrote that after conversations with the Valley County Health Department about the stress the uptick in cases has put on department staff, he decided to delay resuming classes for another... Full story

  • Scotties Have Strong Showing at Nemont Invitational

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Oct 21, 2020

    The Scottie girls cross country team claimed a first-place spot at the Nemont Invitational on Oct. 15 in Fort Peck. The girls finished with a score of 62, over half the score of second place Poplar at 131. Iris McKean continued to shine, leading the Scotties with a first place run of 19:32. Freshman Emily See logged a fourth-place finish at 21:00. Rounding off the Scottie top five were Haylly Turner (11th), Eve Stone (19th), and Kira Beck (27th). Girls runner Shanice Laugerquist said the meet wa...

  • Scottie Cross Country Team Claims First In Frazer

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Oct 14, 2020

    The Glasgow Scottie boys and girls cross country teams had a pretty good week overall. After dominating a small field of competitors in Frazer, the Scotties claimed a first-place boys finish and a second-place girls finish in Plentywood against a deeper and faster pool of competitors. Speaking on Frazer’s Oct. 8 meet, Scottie runner Elizabeth Nyquist said, “Not a lot of people were there. We all got medals. We all placed really good.” In fact the Scotties claimed eight of the top nine slots for the boys with only 10 total runners at the meet. T...

  • Scottie Harriers Face "Good Competition" in Miles City

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Oct 7, 2020

    The Scottie Girls cross country team placed fourth in Miles City on Oct. 3 as the boys’ team claimed a fifth-place finish facing their largest and most competitive meet so far this season. For both teams, much of the competition were from Class A schools. As a result of the fast competition over half of the Scottie runners (seven of 13 to be exact) set new personal records on the course. “It went really good,” said Scottie runner Lane Thompson describing the races. “It was one of our biggest meets we’ve had this year. It’s a really fast course...

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