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  • Valley Event Center Offering Cash Reward for Information on Vandalism

    Kelly Siefert, For the Courier|Dec 14, 2016

    On Dec. 11, someone rammed their vehicle into the Valley Event Center fire escape, tearing it completely loose. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first incident of vandalism at the VEC, according to Tim Volk, as there have been instances of garbage being dumped out, railings torn out which have had to be replaced, and dead animals being thrown on the roof. According to Del Hansen, the big steel building has dents on the side from kids backing into the building. Unfortunately, these acts of vandalism have been escalating, according to Volk, and i... Full story

  • Non-Profit Director Accused of Theft, Wire Fraud

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Dec 14, 2016

    Toni Louise Plummer-Alvernaz of Glasgow pleaded not guilty Dec. 7 in U.S. District Court in Great Falls to the charges of theft in excess of $5,000 and wire fraud. She was charged alongside Brady Lynn Funk of Billings. The two allegedly schemed to steal money from the Montana Native Women’s Resource Coalition (MNWC) and the Montana Native Women’s Resource Center, non-profits dedicated to Native women’s victim’s advocacy in Glasgow, Mont. Alvernaz was the executive director for the MNWC and the resource center. Funk was the administrative assist... Full story

  • County Commissioners: In Brief

    Dane Osen, The Courier|Dec 14, 2016

    During their regular session held on Dec. 7, Valley County Commissioners met with Mayor Becky Erickson and Director of Public Works Robert Kompel. The county commissioners passed a motion to accept a request from Sheriff Glen Meier to retire from his position on Dec. 31, leaving behind a legacy that Commissioner Dave Reinhardt recalled as being unique. According to Reinhardt, there were high levels of cooperation between all departments during Meier's tenure which resulted in the good of the... Full story

  • DUI Crackdown in Effect this Holiday Season

    For the Courier|Dec 14, 2016

    The Valley County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorists that they will be participating in the annual “drive sober or get pulled over” crackdown during the course of the holiday season. Law enforcement agencies across Montana will deploy extra patrols for the specific purpose of deterring and detecting impaired drivers. Saturation patrols for DUI enforcement are set for Dec. 14 through Jan. 1. Remember to buckle up, slow down and move over during your approach to an emergency vehicle, and don’t be afraid to report unsafe or unreaso... Full story

  • Eugene's Does 'Good Turn' for Local Boy Scouts

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Dec 14, 2016

    Glasgow's own Boy Scout Troop 861 spent the mornings of Dec. 10 and 11 at Eugene's Pizza, baking over 220 pies for their recent drive to raise money for their canoe expedition to the Minnesota Boundary Waters. The trip is scheduled for early June and will require a lot of funds and gear to complete the bulk of the expenses, of which the troop is looking to raise themselves. The challenge of completing such a high number of pies required a lot of teamwork, and the expertise, facility and... Full story

  • Zinke and Trump Talk "Montana Priorities"

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Dec 14, 2016

    In what was reported to be a meeting pertaining to a cabinet appointment by the Associated Press on Dec. 12, Montana's Rep. Ryan Zinke's meeting with President-elect Donald Trump was reportedly void of any such direct conversation, according to a message released by his office. In a message to the Courier, Zinke said, "President-elect Donald Trump and I had a very positive meeting where we discussed a wide range of Montana priorities. We are both hopeful for the future." The same message listed... Full story

  • GHS Christmas Night Live!

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  • Courthouse Square Gets Ready for Christmas

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  • Defining 'Puffery'

    Virgil Vaupel, Thanks for Listening|Dec 14, 2016

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decreed that - in law, Puffery is a promotional statement or claim that expresses subjective rather than objective views, which no “reasonable person” would take literally. Whaaat? Seem that the FTC says it is perfectly ok if your Italian BMT doesn’t look anything like the picture of the one hanging on the wall menu. See, the one on the wall shows about a half pound of meat along with a whole garden salad of veggies and a huge assortment of cheese. The thing is so stuffed with BMT that the bun gapes open...

  • One Special Child

    Mark Douglass, Covering CASA|Dec 14, 2016

    There are many lenses to witness the magic of Christmas, but the most important focus is on the Christ child. Central to the Christmas story is that Jesus entered the world as a helpless infant, born into a soon-to-be-refugee family, who would live in the shadow of danger his entire life. Looking at the trauma surrounding his youth, is it any wonder that Jesus spoke out for the child? Of course, Jesus had an extraordinary mother, always nearby and ready to protect him…but there are children in Valley County who aren’t so lucky. Abused and neg...

  • On the Road to Health

    Sandy Laumeyer, Just a Thought|Dec 14, 2016

    For those who have been wondering about why my column hasn’t been in the Courier: My husband and I left on Nov. 16 for Iowa to spend Thanksgiving with my brother and to visit with other family members and friends. We returned on Nov. 29. But by the time we did I was fighting a really nasty cold. A clerk at a checkout counter in a store I was in was sneezing and coughing and not covering their face or turning their head. Consequently, I was infected. For the past several weeks I have been sleeping a great deal and now feel I am on the road to be...

  • The Key Word is 'Paid'

    MSU News, Montana Medical Care|Dec 14, 2016

    Opening a Montana medical care savings account by Dec. 31 to help with medical expenses not covered by a health insurance policy or flexible spending account can help individuals save on taxes, according to Marsha Goetting, a family economics specialist with Montana State University Extension. “Up to $3,000 of a deposit into the account, per taxpayer, is deductible from an individual’s 2016 Montana adjusted gross income, thus reducing taxes,” Goetting said. “This tax advantage does not apply to your federal income taxes, however, and should...

  • Please Consider CASA

    A.J. Etherington, Valley County Voices|Dec 14, 2016

    In working the articles the Courier has published on the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, I have felt compelled to push hard for those considering volunteering to really discern their decision. I hope maybe to inspire some of you to truly reflect, and take the time to be that person who helps a child through their hardest time. Mark Douglass makes a compelling case for how much of an impact a single CASA can have in helping children by advocating for them and truly being a strong voice for those so often misunderstood and...

  • Borghild "Borgie" Marie Skyberg

    Dec 14, 2016

    Borghild "Borgie" Marie (Hove) Skyberg, age 89, of Fort Peck, Mont., passed away Friday, Dec. 9,, 2016, at her son's home in Greenville, S.C. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. A luncheon will follow services at the church with burial taking place in the Fort Peck Cemetery following the luncheon. Borgie, the first daughter of Andrew and Mabel Hove, was born on June 19, 1927, in... Full story

  • Linda Lou Olson

    Dec 14, 2016

    Linda Lou (Mullen) Olson was born in Glasgow on April 12, 1947, as the youngest of four children born to James and Olive (Hopstad) Mullen. They lived on the family farm until 1956, when they moved into Glasgow. In her younger years, if you saw Linda, you also saw Susie and Maryann at her side, causing trouble. They were cousins first and sisters second. She met and married Darrel Synan in Glasgow. Through this marriage they were blessed with three children, Terry, Wayne and Charlene. After 17... Full story

  • Dorthy Paden

    Dec 14, 2016

    Dorthy Bell (Butcher) Paden, 88, formerly of Glasgow, Mont., wife of the late Walter Paden, passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at the home of her son, Burt Paden, in Lawrenceburg, Ky. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. at the Lawrenceburg Church of Christ, 558 S. Main Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342. Born April 13, 1928, in Brownfield, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Pauline (Jeter) Butcher. Mrs. Paden was a former Tupperware manager in Northeast Montana.... Full story

  • Fred Baker

    Dec 14, 2016

    Fred Baker, 79, passed away Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Seattle, Wash. He was the youngest of seven children, born Dec. 5, 1936, in Nashua, Mont., to Forest and Ruth Baker, with five brothers and one sister. He grew up in Hinsdale, and soon after high school, he went into the Army where he served in the 234th Signal Corps based out of Fort Ritchie, Md. Unfortunately, he was injured in his right eye and was honorably discharged. He was a teacher and salesman. He held a wide variety of jobs from Fuller Brush salesman to running a dance club (the... Full story

  • Scotties Face Roundup and Baker in Season Openers

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Dec 14, 2016

    Glasgow vs. Roundup The 2016-2017 Scottie basketball season opened with contests against Roundup and Baker. The Scotties hosted Roundup at GHS Dec. 8. The boys hit the floor first, with Tyler Hersom, Trent Herbert, Luke Breigenzer, Cade Myrick and Brayden Ross completing the starting lineup. Also seeing some playing time during the contest were Ellis McKean, Bryce Legare and Alec Boland. Despite a hard-fought battle, the Scotties were unable to make much progress toward a win, outscoring the... Full story

  • Scotties Open Season Against Roundup Dec. 8

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  • Four Games, Four Wins for 14U Ice Dawgs

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Dec 14, 2016

    The 14U Lady Ice Dawgs earned four wins in home games held at the Valley Event Center Dec. 10 and 11. Glasgow 11, Miles City 1 In their first game of the weekend, the 14U girls faced Miles City and came away with an easy win over the Generals. The Ice Dawg's defense held Miles City to just seven shots for the entire contest, and goalie Lizzie Nyquist denied all but one of those. Offensively, Glasgow dominated as well. Defenseman Klaire Krumwiede started things off for the Ice Dawgs with the... Full story

  • Glasgow Hosts Wrestling Invitational

    Georgie Kulczyk, The Courier|Dec 14, 2016

    The 21st annual Scottie Wrestling Invitational was held Dec. 10 at GHS. Glasgow hosted 19 other teams for the event, and with four wrestling mats being utilized throughout the day, Scottie Gymnasium was buzzing with activity. With hundreds of competitors at the event, there was a continual rotation of matches taking place at all times. It was organized chaos. The Scotties placed just second behind Dawson County, and four individual wrestlers finished in the top three in their weight classes. Alt... Full story

  • Glasgow Ice Dawgs Mite Team Traveled to Dickinson

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  • Calendar of Upcoming Events in the Area

    Dec 14, 2016

    WEDNESDAY – DEC. 14 The Nashua Lion's Club Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree in the Nashua School Library. 1 p.m. - Nickel Bingo at the Nashua Senior Center. Everyone welcome. 1-4 p.m. - Veteran service officers for MT Veterans Affairs will be in Glasgow at the VA Clinic to meet with veterans applying for benefits. Please bring a copy of your discharge paperwork (DD214). THURSDAY - DEC. 15 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Veteran service officers for MT Veterans Affairs will be in Malta at the Malta City Hall to meet with veterans applying for ben... Full story

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