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  • No New Vote to Limit Marijuana Business in Valley County

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Feb 16, 2022

    While Valley County currently no limitations on the types of marijuana businesses allowed, some residents of smaller communities have voiced concerns about allowing businesses to set up shop. "My understanding was there was some concern specific to Hinsdale," County Attorney Dylan Jensen said during the regular Feb. 2 commissioner meeting. "There is no way to petition the commissioners specifically to decide whether they would put it up for a vote. They would just decide they could provide...

  • Glasgow Senior Citizen's Center in Need of Traffic Regulations

    CHRIS McDANIEL, THE COURIER|Feb 16, 2022

    With safe access for members a continuing problem at the Glasgow Senior Citizens Center, representatives have approached the city council to help find a resolution. “We have a parking problem over in front of the Senior [Center], and we wonder if we can find a solution to take care of it,” Sherry Richardson told the city council during their regular Feb. 7 meeting. “We have had a couple of accidents around there. We’ve had people who are coming and going in wheelchairs, walkers and canes, and the speeding of the people going by [in...

  • IRS Reverses Course on Facial Recognition

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Feb 9, 2022

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reversed a decision to required taxpayers to provide facial recognition data through a third party vendor to access some tax services. Instead, the IRS announced it would work toward providing an alternative form of verification. The announcement came after Senator John Tester (D-MT) sent a letter to the IRS opposing the planned requirements. “I don’t know where it came from, but it is a bad idea,” Tester told The Courier during a telephonic press conference late last week. And, I am being generous...

  • 'I can't catch a break...'

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Feb 9, 2022

    Norm Sillerud, of Glasgow, waits on a a fish to bite Saturday afternoon during the 24th annual Ice Fishing derby at the Dredge Cuts Trout Pond. He sat waiting patiently most of the tourney, spanning from noon to 3 p.m., without a bite.... Full story

  • Nemont Manor Purchased by Silver Tree Residential, LLC

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Feb 9, 2022

    Nemont Manor has been purchased by Silver Tree Residential, LLC, of Memphis Tennessee. Nemont Manor, located at 1100 4th Ave. S., in Glasgow, mostly serves seniors 62 and older of Valley County. The facility offers one bedroom apartments, income-based rent, on-site staff and maintenance, and all paid utilities. James Carmichael, owner of Silver Tree Residential, declined to disclose the price of purchasing the facility, although the closing process lasted about eight months. The price of the sal...

  • The Power of the Free Press

    Chris McDaniel, Courier Publisher|Feb 9, 2022

    A few weeks back, I wrote about a new initiative announced by the Internal Revenue Service to begin requiring visitors to its website to register with third party app, ID.me — providing their email address, Social Security number, photo ID and take a “selfie” so their face can be scanned to ensure they are who they say they are. Because many red flags were swirling, in my opinion, over this issue, I promised to bring up the matter with our Senators at the next available opportunity. I got that opportunity last Thursday during a monthly... Full story

  • 'All I am Asking For is a Fighting Chance'

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Feb 2, 2022

    During their regular meeting Jan. 26, the Valley County Commissioners threw a much needed lifeline to Valley View Home of Glasgow, a licensed 96-bed nursing home facility. Both Board President John Fahlgren and Commissioner Paul Tweten voted in favor of providing $500,000 to the nonprofit facility from American Rescue Plan Act Funding (ARPA) acquired by the county. Mary Armstrong abstained from the vote due to a conflict of interest. Valley View has been facing potential insolvency due to...

  • Tyrannical Trudeau vs. The 'Freedom Convoy'

    Chris McDaniel, Courier Publisher|Feb 2, 2022

    Canadian truckers on Saturday answered a big 10-4 to gathering in Ottawa, Ontario to protest against cross-border vaccine mandates. As of Jan. 22, the Biden administration has required all truck drivers who cross US borders to be fully vaccinated. The mandate applies to all essential, nonresident travelers crossing US land borders, including government and emergency response officials, according to Insider. As of Jan. 15, the Canadian government has planned to mandate all Canadian truckers seeking to cross the border from the United States to... Full story

  • Well Hello There, Big Brother...

    Chris McDaniel, Courier Publisher|Jan 26, 2022

    As if tax season weren't already a hassle, now the IRS has gone full on "Big Brother." As of this summer, visitors to the IRS website needing to access the Child Tax Credit Update Portal, check online accounts, get their tax transcript, receive an ID Protection PIN or view an online payment agreement will be forced to create an ac accounts, which require an email address and password to access, will no longer be accessible as of this summer. Now, taxpayers will be forced to provide ID.me with... Full story

  • 'Always on Call'

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Jan 19, 2022

    Firefighters early Sunday morning responded to reports of a house fire on Meadow Court Cul-de-Sac. Upon entering the home, the firefighters found a smoldering chair. A resident of the home was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.... Full story

  • Holt to Compete at National Competition

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Jan 19, 2022

    Zora Holt, 15, of Hinsdale High School, is preparing for the 75th annual Society for Range Management (SRM) High School Youth Forum (HSYF), where she will compete against teens from across the nation. The youth activity is held jointly during the 75th Annual SRM annual meeting, which takes place this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico from Feb. 6 through Feb. 10. This year's meeting theme is "Sustainability through Culture and Innovation." High School delegates to HSYF are chosen by each of the 22...

  • New Chili Champs Reign in Valley County

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Jan 19, 2022

    BrandyLee Loran and her mother Dawna Spaulding have earned the title for best chili in Valley County. They went head to head with several other teams Saturday during the 4th annual Elks Chili Cook-off at the Elks Lodge in Glasgow. Second place went to Rocky Thompson, third place went to Team Porcupine Road Kill: consisting of Zak, Linsey and Mia Peterson, and the peoples' choice award went to Erika Bengochea. The teams began cooking at 1 p.m. "Everybody starts and you bring in your whole...

  • A Win For Civil Liberties

    Chris McDaniel, Courier Publisher|Jan 19, 2022

    The Jan. 13 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to block the Biden Administration from implementing its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private businesses with 100 or more employees is a huge win for civil liberties. The ruling was 6-3. Still, it could have been better. In a separate 5-4 ruling, SCOTUS has allowed the Biden Administration to implement its Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID-19 vaccine mandate on healthcare workers in facilities that... Full story

  • Keystone Pipeline Lawsuit Tossed

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Jan 12, 2022

    Citing an amicus brief filed by TC Energy, a federal judge on Jan. 6 dismissed as moot a 23-state case filed against President Biden over his decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline cross border permit on his first day in office. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown wrote, “...the court takes TC Energy at its word that Keystone XL is dead. And because it is dead, any ruling this court makes on whether President Biden had the authority to revoke the permit would be advisory. Thus, the court has no jurisdiction and the case...

  • Natural Gas Prices are Ridiculous

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Jan 12, 2022

    Well I opened my gas bill for December today... Cuss words. I had expected the bill to be larger than normal because I keep my thermostat at around 65 degrees, which is about 90 degrees warmer than it has been outside on those -30 degree days. Still. Holy shiitake mushrooms. Even running the air-conditioning in Arizona on 120+ degree days during the summer months pales in comparison with what this costs. That led me to think about why the bill is so high. I don’t crank the thermostat up to unholy temps. I wear a jacket and socks in my living...

  • Studying Pigeons on Cocaine...

    Chris McDaniel, Courier Publisher|Jan 5, 2022

    “And how about the Federal government? Well, unsurprisingly, it managed to keep spending money we don’t have on things we don’t need,” U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) says in the 2021 “Festivus”’ Report on Government Waste, an annual compilation of how the federal government wastes taxpayer money on often absurd programs. So how much did our esteemed representatives and senators waste this year? A whopping $52,598,515,585 in government waste, according to the Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight (ETSO) Subcommittee for the... Full story

  • Knights of Columbus Donate 100 Hams for Christmas

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Dec 29, 2021

    About 100 families waited patiently in line the afternoon of Dec. 21 to receive a food bag from the Valley Community Food Bank. Because it was the week of Christmas, the bags included a few extra goodies, including Christmas hams. About 100 hams were donated by the Knights of Columbus (KC) from St. Raphael Catholic Parish in Glasgow. "We give to a lot of different organizations, but we started this a couple of years ago," Grand Knight Jon Bengochea told The Courier. "KC is a fraternal...

  • From Glasgow to Hollywood

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Dec 29, 2021

    A graduate of Glasgow High School who found his life's calling in Hollywood has recently released his first fiction novel, and will be in Glasgow on Dec. 31 and Jan. 3 for two in person book signings. Doug Stebleton recently completed "It's a Wonderful Time" with co-author Reinhard Denke. The book tells the story of Evan West, who "lives, breathes and exists for everything film." West, who works in modern day Hollywood, is mysteriously transported from the present day back to 1946 Hollywood...

  • The Gift of Family

    Chris McDaniel, Courier Publisher|Dec 29, 2021

    In modern society, the institution of marriage has been and continues to be, under attack. What was once a sacred and holy joining of man and wife has become something people dabble in and abandon when the going gets tough. Perhaps vows should be changed from "For better or worse, until death do us part" to "until things get hard or I don't like your face anymore." Such a holy union has become a cheapened commodity, almost like purchasing a car. Don't like the way the transmission is acting up?... Full story

  • Mr. and Mrs. Claus bid Adieu to Kids of Valley County

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Dec 22, 2021

    After about 15 years of bringing Christmas cheer to kids and adults alike at public events, Mr. and Mrs. Claus (AKA, Arthur "Art" and Becky Johnson) will ride back to the North Pole one last time, never to return. "Glasgow is the best" Becky told The Courier. "It has been so amazing how the kids have always been so grateful and say thank and you please. They are so polite. We just love this town and we are grateful they have allowed us to do this." Now, it will be up to a new Mr. and Mrs. Claus...

  • Rod Karst, New city of Glasgow Mayor, Councilmembers Sworn In

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Dec 22, 2021

    Rod Karst was sworn in as Mayor of the city of Glasgow during the regular council meeting Monday at City Hall. Councilmembers Stan Ozark (Ward 1), Doug Nistler (Ward 2) and Dan Carr (Ward 3) also performed an oath of office for their upcoming terms. "I guess it is 'official, official,'" Karst told The Courier following the oath of office. "I am excited about it, maybe a little nervous. But, I have been involved since 2006, so I think I know what I am getting into." Karst won his bid for office d...

  • GMS Art Club Has a Blast with Local Cops

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Dec 22, 2021

    The Glasgow Middle School (GMS) Art Club has been busy placing the final touches on a new mural in the Glasgow Police Department Squad Room. "We like to do a community service project every year," said Libby Weber, arts teacher at GMS. "This is our way of getting out. Josh Nolan contacted me about this, and we have been having a lot of fun." The mural is of the GPD patch, in yellow and blue. "I think it is really cool, because we get to do something together that will be here for a long, long...

  • 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas'

    Chris McDaniel, Courier Publisher|Dec 22, 2021

    Growing up in the desert sands of Arizona, there was no such thing as a "white Christmas." One particular Dec. 25 within the last decade or so was in the upper 80s or lower 90s. That was a strange and hot day. The only "snow" we ever got was from a wealthy family living down in the valley who imported tons of shaved ice to their property once a year and invited area kids to come and sled and play. Now, I live in opposite land. As I write this, it is a balmy 14 degrees outside, according to the... Full story

  • Sen. Tester Nominates Two Valley County Students to Military Academies

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Dec 15, 2021

    After graduating from high school in the Spring of 2022, Dalton Sand of Glasgow and Cole Taylor of Opheim will soon head off to a military academy, thanks to nominations from Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, and Congressman Matt Rosendale. "I would like to thank Congressman Matt Rosendale and Sen. Jon Tester for nominating me," Sand said. "That was a huge milestone in my life." A "big thank you to Senator Steve Daines, who has given me a principle nomination for West Point and again to...

  • Married Couple Killed at Liberty Road Train Crossing

    Chris McDaniel, The Courier|Dec 15, 2021

    After recently relocating to Valley County from Thailand, husband and wife Dillon Lee and Baika (Puengudom) Cassel were killed when their pickup truck was T-boned Dec. 6 by a BNSF train about eight miles west of Glasgow. Dillon, 31, was born in Glasgow and moved to Thailand after graduating form Glasgow High School to pursue his passion for martial arts. While living in Thailand, Dillon met Baika, 27 of Bangkok, and the two were married in June 2018. They operated businesses in Thailand, but...

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