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  • Vets Take Flight With Honor

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Nov 13, 2013

    The annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Civic Center in Glasgow had an added feature this year. In addition to beautiful music, the VFW honor guard and a thoughtful speech, four World War II veterans who went on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., spoke about their experiences. Joe Carson of Fort Peck was accompanied by his daughter, who chauffeured for him. He said he really enjoyed the trip, especially the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Maury Graham said they were... Full story

  • Daines Visits Glasgow, Fort Peck

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Nov 13, 2013

    Congressman Steve Daines made two stops in Valley County on Veterans Day, capping off a long day that began with appearances in Crow Agency and Billings. Daines greeted local Republican supporters at Sunnyside Golf Club at 4 p.m. He talked about shipping Montana coal with Ben Unterseher, a BNSF conductor who is the state legislative director for the railroad union, and called the natural resource issue our opportunity for jobs and national security. "I'm working with union members and tribal...

  • Farewell To The Hi-Line

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Nov 13, 2013

    Twenty-two years ago, a retired Army doctor and his wife rolled into Glasgow, wondering if a cow town on the prairie was really a good choice to set up a new practice and a new chapter in their lives. It turned out to be a wonderful decision. Glasgow has been very good to Mike and me, and it is a real wrench to uproot ourselves from the place we have lived the longest. Only the pull of family in Colorado could be stronger than the love of good friends here and life in the beautiful Milk River... Full story

  • Glasgow, Nashua Get New Mayors

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Nov 6, 2013

    In Tuesday’s municipal elections, voters in Glasgow and Nashua decided to change the names at the top. Glasgow Mayor Dan Carney, looking for his third term, lost to Becky Erickson, an 18-year veteran of the Glasgow City Council. The vote was decisive, 724 to 519. Erickson led Carney in all three wards. In Nashua, Mayor Pat Hallett was defeated 81 to 38 by Allan Bunk, who has been Nashua’s mayor before. There were contested races in two of Glasgow’s wards. With Neil Chouinard retiring, three new people were fighting for a seat on the City Counc... Full story

  • Fast Spreading Blaze Destroys Glasgow Home

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Nov 6, 2013

    A wind-driven fire burned Brandon and Misty Hendry out of their home on Monday. Glasgow Fire Chief Brandon Brunelle said 20 firemen from the Glasgow and Long Run fire departments answered the call to 1009 2nd Ave. S. at about 10 a.m. Fire was coming out of the attic on the east side of the building when they arrived. It spread rapidly and there was no saving the house, he said. Everyone got out safely and there were no injuries. Firefighters were done at the scene by 3:30 p.m. The cause of the...

  • Valley County To Operate Glasgow Airport

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Nov 6, 2013

    The Valley County Airport Commission has considered its options and recommended that the county assume management and services at Glasgow International Airport/Wokal Field with county employees, following the announcement by Choice Aviation that the company will terminate management and fixed base operator (FBO) services on Dec. 22. The recommendation was voted on at an Airport Commission meeting on Monday and accepted by the county commissioners on Tuesday. “It will be our job to support them in their endeavor,” said Valley County Com...

  • City Judge Riggin To Resign Jan. 1

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Nov 6, 2013

    At its regular meeting on Nov. 4, the Glasgow City Council accepted the resignation of Judge Dave Riggin, effective Jan. 1. Riggin was appointed city judge in April 2007. According to City Clerk Stacy Amundson, the judge said he was “just ready to retire.” The Personnel Committee will meet on Thursday to discuss finding a successor to Riggin. In other business, the council pre-approved the hiring of temporary employees if they are needed for snow removal. In 2011 there was a lot of snow to be moved, but last year the city didn’t need any extra...

  • Two Men Busted On Drug Charges

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 30, 2013

    Two Valley County men were arrested Monday on various drug charges. Mark Alan Wagoner, 51, of Glasgow faces five counts, four of them felonies. Douglas Michael Turner, 25, of St. Marie has one felony charge against him. Acting upon information received, Valley County sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop as Wagoner and Turner were coming into Glasgow on Sept. 8. Search warrants were served and the vehicle was seized. The two men were released at that time. The vehicle was searched and a large amount of what the deputies suspect is m... Full story

  • Cape Air Set To Fly In Montana Dec. 10

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 30, 2013

    Cape Air, the nation’s largest commuter airline, will begin serving eastern Montana with Essential Air Service beginning Tuesday, Dec. 10. From its hub in Billings, Cape Air will operate daily, year-round flights to five regional communities, Glasgow, Wolf Point, Sidney, Havre and Glendive. Each community will have two daily round-trip flights except Sidney, which will have five daily round-trips. All seats are priced at $49 each way, and include all taxes and fees. While service does not begin until early December, reservations can be made n...

  • Big Guys With Big Hearts

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 30, 2013

    A Glasgow boy has had a couple of great experiences with the Bobcat football team of Montana State University. Kolt Cornwell, age 10, was taken to watch the team practice in August. Kolt is the son of Kirk and Britney Cornwell. He uses a wheelchair and this was noticed by the players. The linemen came over and introduced themselves, and the quarterbacks made a visit. After practice he was invited on the field and the players gave him some gloves and a ball signed by the whole team. "This is the...

  • Hinsdale Woman Dies In U.S. HWY 2 Accident

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 30, 2013

    A Hinsdale woman was killed Friday evening in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 2, 6 miles east of Hinsdale. Denise Kuki, 36, was outside of her disabled van, trying to get it moved to Hinsdale. Another person with a vehicle was helping her. According to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier, a Fergus County vehicle coming from the east was not able to see the two stopped vehicles and ran into them. Both lanes of traffic were obstructed after the crash. Another motorist called 911 at 8:40 p.m. Ambulances from Glasgow and Hinsdale were called, as well...

  • Glasgow's Johnnie Appleseed

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 23, 2013

    More than 20 years ago, when he was a trustee on the Glasgow School Board, Rod Ost wrote a successful DNRC grant for trees. He planted 50 trees of different varieties around all the schools and at Alumni Park. Recently, he rescued one of them at East Side School, where a major construction project is going on. The tall blue spruce at the school entrance was supposed to be spared, but Ost got word that a contractor was going to cut it down. On Oct. 6 he rented a track hoe and with his daughter,... Full story

  • Airport Operator Pulling Out

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 23, 2013

    The Valley County Airport Commission called a special meeting Monday to discuss their options since Choice Aviation has asked for termination of its management and fixed base operator (FBO) contracts with the Airport Commission, effective Dec. 22. Under these contracts, which were signed March 1, 2012, and supposed to run until June 30, 2017, Choice Aviation runs the Glasgow airport with two full-time and two part-time employees. Choice Aviation also operates airports in Ennis, Hamilton, Stevensville and Cody, Wyo. About 25 people attended the...

  • Workers Catching Up After End Of Shutdown

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 23, 2013

    When the federal government shutdown ended last Thursday, local federal employees returned to work and tried to catch up after 16 days of furlough. Mike Hagfeldt, the chief of the USDA office, said they were trying to get back into the swing of things. “On Oct. 1 we just had to up and leave,” he said. The bad part was they were just about to send CRP payments, and then the DCP (direct countercyclical payments) were going to go out. He estimated that $7 million in payments were delayed but hoped that by Monday this week that everything wou...

  • Council Says Yes To Long Run Fire Department

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 23, 2013

    The Glasgow City Council voted Monday to allow the Long Run Fire Department to proceed with plans to build a new building on the city land they already occupy on Lasar Drive. They must bring their plans in for approval and follow state building codes and city ordinances, according to City Clerk Stacey Amundson. She said no timeline for the project was mentioned. It will be built in phases as Long Run receives money from Valley County. Long Run can tear down an old building on the property to make room for the new fire hall addition if the...

  • Libby Woman Dies In U.S. 2 Rollover

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 16, 2013

    A 43-year-old woman from Libby died Thursday in a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. 2, 4 miles west of Glasgow. This was the first vehicle fatality in Valley County this year, according to Sheriff Glen Meier. Sandra Danielle Cook was pronounced dead at the scene. Cook was traveling east at about 8:30 a.m. when she lost the right rear wheel of the 2001 Chevrolet pickup she was driving. The vehicle left the road, rolled several times and Cook was ejected. According to Montana Highway Patrol Officer Matthew Finley, she was not wearing a seatbelt. The... Full story

  • Glasgow's Mogan Releases 5 Songs

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 16, 2013

    Seven years after moving to Los Angeles, Glasgow native Kenyth Mogan is taking his first steps into the musical spotlight with the release of his debut EP, “Fall Apart.” The five-track EP consists of two covers and three original songs with the title track co-written by producer Tony Rodini and Mogan. Other songs on the EP include “One Worth Losing,” written by up-and-coming pop singer Todd Michael Shultz, and a cover of Julie Brown’s 1987 novelty hit “I Like ‘Em Big and Stupid.” “I had a good t... Full story

  • Next Up: Work At Irle

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 16, 2013

    At the Oct. 9 meeting of the Glasgow School Board, Shane Swandal, one of the school district’s owner’s reps in the building project, said contracts will be available soon for the design and construction teams working on the new Irle School. Trustee David Irving said the board got all the protections in the contract that they wanted. The Glasgow Fire Department will visit Irle School on Monday and stage a fire drill in the cafeteria, said Principal Rachel Erickson. Events are planned at East Side...

  • New Valley View Program Aims To Empower CNAs

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 16, 2013

    Valley View Home has launched a new program of inspiring options designed to empower the certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who are so vital to patient care. The CNA career ladder options include CNA II (peer mentor), CNA III, job coach and medication aide II. Qualifying CNAs will be progressively trained in a manner designed to foster the kind of peer-to-peer mentoring that can make a positive difference and enhance job satisfaction and fulfillment, as well as provide an increase in monetary compensation. “I believe a CNA is one of the m...

  • Nov. 5 Election A Mixed Bag

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 9, 2013

    The upcoming municipal elections are featuring contested seats, write-ins and shoo-ins. Glasgow Mayor Dan Carney, who is seeking a third term, has competition from an 18-year veteran of the City Council, Becky Erickson. Glasgow Wards 1 and 2 are both having three-way races for the City Council. Incumbent Neil Chouinard will not run again in Ward 1, but Nancy Schoenfelder, Stan Ozark and Shawn Andersyn are vying for the job. In Ward 2, incumbent Melanie Sorensen is facing challengers Doug Nistler and Curt Clampitt. Dan Carr is the shoo-in for... Full story

  • No Driver's License Required? St. Marie Man Makes His Case

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 9, 2013

    City, county and state officials received a 25-page “memorandum of law” from a St. Marie man on Monday that painstakingly outlined legal reasons why the government has no right to require that he have a driver’s license. Terry-Lee, as he styles himself, quoted scores of legal opinions that he said established his unfettered right to travel on public roads as long as he was not using the road for gain (engaged in business for profit). He concluded that applying for a license is forfeiting the basic right to travel. Along the way his memor...

  • Council Discusses Proposed Fire Hall

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 9, 2013

    The Glasgow City Council agenda Monday night included a new building for the Long Run Fire Department and two water issues. Long Run firefighters have been shuttling between the City Council and the Valley County commissioners, trying to get permission to add a new building at their current location on Lasar Drive. Long Run is a county fire department, but it has a long-standing agreement to maintain its fire hall on this piece of city land. According to Mayor Dan Carney, Long Run was formed in 1988. Dan Taylor acquired a 40-by-100-foot buildin...

  • Man Charged In Fort Peck Office Burglary

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 9, 2013

    A man is in jail in Glasgow, charged in the burglary of the Fort Peck Post Office last year and for damaging the rest area west of Glasgow. David Michael High, 39, is facing one count of felony theft, two counts of misdemeanor theft and two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief. He has made an initial appearance in Justice Court and the case will be sent to District Court. He was brought to Glasgow last week after he finished serving a sentence in Missoula on felony charges of theft and forgery. A number of mailboxes were broken into at Fort...

  • Commissioners Set County Levies For 2013-14

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 9, 2013

    The Valley County commissioners set all county levies in September. This year the total county-wide levies are 85.74 mills, slightly more than last year, which was 84.3 mills. According to Commissioner Bruce Peterson, the increase is due to two things. The new county-wide taxable valuation came in at $25,891,793, which is $122,000 higher than last year. Also there was an increase in the three-year average of the Consumer Price Index, which counties may divide by two to increase the mills without going to the voters. The value of one mill in...

  • Federal Shutdown Hits Here

    Samar Fay, Courier Editor|Oct 2, 2013

    There’s no one answering the phone at the Glasgow Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management. “No one is available to take your call because of the government shutdown,” a recorded message says. A recording at the USDA office intones, “This office is currently closed due to the lapse in federal government funding.” The voice says you may leave a message. “Your voice mail will be returned as soon as funding is restored.” There might be no posted county commodity prices in The Courier, which the FSA provides, for the duration of the shutdown.... Full story

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