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  • NWS Flood Projections Look Good for Glasgow

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    The National Weather Service in Glasgow is projecting a mild flood season for Spring, 2019. According to meteorologist Patrick Gilchrist, the projected flood risks for the area are minor flooding at 35 percent, moderate flooding at five percent and major flooding at less than five percent. Gilchrist told the Courier that the projections are favorable for a number of reasons. First is that the snowpack that does exist is low in water content. Gilchrist called this the “snow-water equivalent” which changes based on the temperature when the sno...

  • STAT Ambulance Service Receives Distinguished Designation

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    Stat Ambulance Service in Glasgow has been recognized for their commitment to pediatric care by receiving the Level IV Gold Pediatric EMS Service with the Safety Plus Endorsement by the Montana Emergency Medical Services for Children’s Program (EMSC). In a press release, MT EMSC/Child Ready MT Pediatric Liaison stated, “Congratulations to the STAT Ambulance Service. They are formally recognized at the highest level-a “Gold” Pediatric Service with a Safety Plus Endorsement.” Stat Ambulance is one of 11 EMS services in the state to receive the de...

  • Irle Second-Graders Embody Important Figures

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    Ms. Melissa Hlad's and Ms. Denise Winchester's second-grade reading challenge groups embodied past and present heroes and figures from American history for the Living History Museum at Irle School on March 7. Twenty-seven students picked a famous person to personify, had to research that person and then become that person by dressing the part for the event. Providing presentations at the press of a paper button on their table, each student became the person they selected, speaking in first...

  • Valley County Friends of the Library Introduces New Character

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    The Valley County Friends of the Library has introduced a new character this year: Michelle Bigelbach. She took over as chair of the organization in January when Mary Armstrong, the prior chair, stepped down after being elected as county commissioner and sworn in at the beginning of the year. Bigelbach had not previously served on the board, but has been volunteering her time since September. She has helped staff sort through donations provided by the community, shelved books that have been returned by patrons, assisted patrons, and supported...

  • Search Leads to Positive Outcome

    A.J. Etherington, The Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    It was close to midnight Sunday, March 10, when Sheriff Tom Boyer received a call concerning two snowmobilers stranded near the Canadian border. According to the Sheriff, the father of one of the stranded men had called to tell him that they had become stranded and needed assistance. Boyer said he reached out to Josh Thompson with Valley County Search and Rescue and they put a crew together consisting of Rocky Thompson, Randy Isaakson and Bryce Lawrence to go look for the two men. The crew made their way to a ranch in northeast Phillips County...

  • Sunnier Days Ahead

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    "I remember walking behind Dad with my plastic golf set when he was mowing the lawn." That is how Andy Newton describes the beginning of his lifelong love of the game. At age seven, he picked up his first real set of clubs and began to play in earnest. Now he is parlaying that love into a new career: Newton took over as club manager at Sunnyside Golf Course at the beginning of the month. He has hit the ground running, diving deep into the minutia of his managerial duties. Newton is spending...

  • Opheim Port of Entry Affected by Proposed Cut of Hours

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection proposed recently to cut the hours of a handful of Montana’s ports of entry, including Opheim and Scobey. Under their proposal, the port of Opheim would be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., year-round compared to their current schedule of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the summer months. The port of Scobey would also change hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round compared to the hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. between June and September to accommodate increased travel in the summer. The ports of entry in Raymond and Morgan, Mont. w...

  • Setting the Record Straight

    Mar 13, 2019

    Dear Editor, Mr. Justin Schaaf is shooting before he knows the target. Your Letter to the Editor in the Courier [Feb. 27, 2019 edition] is off target. SB 174 was heard in Senate Fish and Game committee. I was in another committee the day exec. action was taken on SB 174. Yes my proxy was voted as a yes. However this was a mistake as my proxy was registered as a no on 174. On the floor of the Senate, I voted no on [the] second and third reading of this bill. SB 174, the crossbow bill, died on...

  • Medicaid Expansion

    Mar 13, 2019

    Dear Editor, It's helpful to be at the same line of work long enough to be able to be proven wrong. I've been working with NAMI Montana to improve Montana's mental illness treatment system for the past 10 years. We've been really active on the local, state and national levels. That amount of work has brought plenty of opportunities to be wrong and we haven't been able to avoid them all. One of the biggest times that I was wrong was on Medicaid Expansion during the 2015 legislative session. NAMI...

  • To the Constituents of SD17

    Mar 13, 2019

    Dear Editor, While we cannot control the weather, it has been harsh here in Northeast Montana, you have selected me to be your Senator for SD 17. It is my responsibility as your Senator to help manage our State government with knowledge and respect with "Progress from Conservative Common Sense". Your 66th Legislature is on transmittal break, the halfway point of a 90-day session. One part of the legislative process is to debate and revise present law while repealing laws or passing new...

  • Need Systems of Protection for Montana Children

    Mar 13, 2019

    Dear Editor, As chairman of House Human Services committee, I realize that there is a need for a good system of protection for our children in Montana. As many news sources opine, and as we know, there are children that need to be removed from their homes, at least for a time and sometimes permanently. We also know that due process is not being met at times for some families. Montana has an opioid and methamphetamine problem. The statistics are roughly the same for the surrounding states: North...

  • Shopping "Out of Town"

    Gwen Cornwell, Remember When|Mar 13, 2019

    Do you remember a time before Amazon? I personally try to do my shopping at home, but sometimes we just think we need something we cannot find in our small community. With the media and politicians making noise about Amazon and others, it brought to mind that we have always shopped “out of town.” I remember as a child sitting at the kitchen table paging through the catalogs. The Alden’s catalog comes to mind. Why Alden’s when we lived within 60 miles of a Sears and Montgomery Wards, I have no clue. I am sure that catalog shopping was for the...

  • On Time

    Sandy Laumeyer, Just a Thought|Mar 13, 2019

    Time. We talk about a long time, a short time. What is a long time? A month? A year? Fifty years? A short-time could be a week, two weeks, a month. Time is dependent upon the situation we are in, what we are waiting on, plans for a vacation, attending a family reunion, or a wedding. My husband and I celebrated our Golden Wedding anniversary in October of last year. It was difficult to believe we had been married 50 years. But looking at our five children, their spouses and our grandchildren, it was easy to see where 50 years had gone. Seeing...

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events in the Area

    Mar 13, 2019

    The Valley County Pioneer Museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For further information or special arrangements call 406-263-7344. THURSDAY – MARCH 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. - Veteran Service Officers will be at Malta City Hall. Please bring a copy of your discharge paperwork (DD214). 10 a.m. - Books and Babies Story Time at Glasgow City-County Library. 5 p.m. - Opheim School Regular Board Meeting in the ITV room. 6:30 p.m. - Winter Livestock Seminar at the Valley County Courthouse Community Room. 7 p.m. - Veteran’s Compa...

  • Fifth Annual Slam the Dam

    Judy Jones, For the Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    The Fort Peck Senior Citizens are sponsoring the fifth annual fun walk/run, “Slam the Dam 5 (Run with the Wind)” across the face of Fort Peck Dam on Saturday, March 16. Registration starts at 9 a.m., with the cost being $5 per person. The event is for all ages, however bikes or dogs are not welcome. Students under the age of 18 must have a parent sign the registration/release form. Every year we have had a great turnout—even last year when it was foggy and cold to start. Our goal this year is to have 100 participants. Will you join us? The e...

  • Valley County Conservation District Meeting

    For the Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    The Valley County Conservation District will hold its monthly board meeting on Friday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at the USDA Service Center conference room in Glasgow. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 228-4321, ext. 101....

  • Raffle at Valley View Home to Benefit Employee and Family

    For the Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    Valley View Home employee Samantha Youngman and her son were residing at the apartment building that caught on fire on Feb. 12. Unfortunately, they lost all of their clothing and personal belongings in this unfortunate accident. Valley View Home is hosting a 50/50 raffle to provide assistance to the family. Tickets are $1 per ticket or $5 for a book of six. The drawing will be held on Friday, March 29, during lunch time with the residents. You do not need to be present to win. To purchase tickets, stop by the main office or the main nurses...

  • Frazer Schools Book Sales

    For the Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    Frazer Schools is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Monday, March 18 through March 21 at the schools’ library. The book fair is open daily from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m., and will also be open the evening of parent/teacher conferences, Wednesday, March 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m....

  • Matthew Levi Ersland

    Mar 13, 2019

    With deepest sorrow, we announce that Matthew Levi Ersland, age 51, passed on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital (FMDH) in Glasgow, Mont. Funeral service will be in Nashua, Mont., at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Thursday, March 21, 11 a.m., with a luncheon following with burial in the Nashua Cemetery. A hug, a handshake, and "My name is Matthew and my birthday is Sept. 3rd" was how most people will remember being greeted by Matthew. He was the son of...

  • Rita Mae Zeller

    Mar 13, 2019

    Rita Mae (Stein) Zeller, age 71, of Glasgow, Mont., passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, from a brief battle with cancer. She was born on Sept. 1, 1947, in Glasgow, the daughter of Raymond and Anna Mae (Zimmer) Stein. She grew up on a small farm east of Glasgow on the Fort Peck Highway and later moved to town. Rita attended St. Raphael's Catholic School and graduated from Glasgow High School in May of 1966. She moved up north to help her Uncle Leo and Aunt Dorothy Zimmer with the children...

  • Anna 'Mae' Tootell

    Mar 13, 2019

    Anna "Mae" (Brookes) Tootell, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 16, with her grandson Patrick by her side. She was 92. She was born on May 22, 1926, in Chestnut, Mont. She was the third of five children born to Elizabeth (Maykuth) and James Brookes. In Chestnut, she lived the childhood that most can only dream of surrounded by her aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. Family meant the world to Mae. She...

  • Shirley Marie Fuhrman

    Mar 13, 2019

    Shirley Marie (Engstrom) Fuhrman, 88, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Mont., with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. A visitation will be held with family and friends from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. Food will be served at the First Lutheran Church following graveside services at...

  • Sean R. Heavey at Western Art Week

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Mar 13, 2019

    Sean R. Heavey will be a featured artist next week at the Jay Contway & Friends Art Show, part of the Western Arts Week in Great Falls. The show will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at 2520 14th Street SW, and will run Thursday through Saturday, March 21-23, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. New pieces showcase the new resin finish process he has been perfecting. “It’s the best work I’ve done,” he says. For those who can not make the show in Great Falls, Heavey is offering a sneak peak of his work at the Sean R. Heavey Gallery, 529 2nd Ave. S,...

  • Jay Conlon

    Mar 13, 2019

    On Friday, March 8, 2019, Jay G. Conlon (aka Uncle Jay), 73, passed away at his home of natural causes. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. in the Hillcrest Mausoleum Chapel in Great Falls, Mont., with a luncheon to follow at Schneider Funeral Home, 1510 13th Street South, Great Falls. He was born Feb. 1, 1946, to Dorothy R. (Verry) and Glenn M. Conlon in Saco, Mont., and always said he'd be six feet tall if it weren't for the mosquitoes. He gradated from Saco High...

  • Milton I. Barstad Services

    Mar 13, 2019

    Milton I. Barstad passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019. Services will be held Thursday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Valley County Museum, Alzheimers research of your choice or the swimming pool....

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