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  • Probing the Project

    James Walling, The Courier|Aug 26, 2015

    A representative from the American Prairie Reserve has responded to questions from the Courier regarding local frustrations about large-scale bison release efforts. APR Communications & Outreach Manager Hilary Parker was in contact with this publication following questions posed in writing to Fish Wildlife & Parks representatives on Aug. 20. Parker's answers beg questions about the efficacy of FWP and other regulatory organizations in controlling bison release in the state. Asked what APR's... Full story

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    Classifieds for the week of August 26, 2015....  Website

  • Locals Say 'No Action' to Bison

    Mark Hebert, Phillips County News|Aug 26, 2015

    Over 300 people gathered at Malta High School last Wednesday night during a public hearing hosted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to comment on a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for bison conservation and management in Montana. The EIS gives four possible alternatives for how to deal with bison in Montana and of the nearly 40 citizens who spoke, mostly people from Phillips County, all but three said that they would be in favor of the "no action" alternative and asked that there... Full story

  • STAT Air's New Plane Takes to the Sky

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Aug 26, 2015

    With her maiden voyage on Aug. 24, from Malta to Great Falls, the newest addition to Northeast Montana STAT Air Co-Op's fleet takes off to the delight of her pilots and flight crew. The Pilatus PC-12 was purchased in early June of this year, and went into service with three flights the first day. The PC-12 replaced the Co-Op's old Cessna-421. Russ Dahl, pilot, said, "The old airplane was approaching a point where it would need two new motors put in. We felt it would be more cost effective to...

  • Accidents Highlight Need for Vigilance

    Patrick Burr, The Courier|Aug 26, 2015

    Two separate highway accidents inflicted injurious damages on vehicles and occupants alike last week in Valley County. The first occurred on Aug. 19 at 8:05 p.m. A 54-year-old Glasgow resident was piloting his 1997 Harley-Davidson northbound on Highway 24 South near the intersection with Highway 117 when, according to Sergeant Jeffrey W. Kent, a deer jumped onto the road, striking the bike on its left side. The driver lost control, and the motorcycle fell on its side. “The driver was not wearing a helmet, and suffered incapacitating i...

  • Attendance and Graduation Matter

    Denise Juneau, MT Superintendent of Public Instruction|Aug 26, 2015

    Montana’s students have one of the most important jobs in the state: showing up to school each day. Students who attend class every day are more likely to succeed academically and later on in life. These students will perform better in reading and math, they have a greater chance of graduating from high school, and they’ll be better prepared for college and a meaningful career. Still, for some students, the simple act of showing up to school each day may not be that easy. Students who miss just 18 days each year, that’s two days per month...

  • Open Letter on PRMP/FEIS

    David Pippin, Valley County Voices|Aug 26, 2015

    Dear Governor Bullock: I, David Pippin, a lifelong resident of Valley County (political subdivision of the State of Montanan), do here by protest the “HiLine Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS)" on foundation herein. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), contrary to the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and the Data Quality Act (DQA) have ignored many pertinent facts, previously published in a BLM sponsored study publications, and not preformed the requirements for a document of this magnitude... Full story

  • Fire Truck Levy

    Becky Erickson, Letter To The Editor|Aug 26, 2015

    “Fire Truck Levy” To Glasgow Residents, The proposed city resolution to create a special improvement district to fund a portion of a used fire truck has raised the question of how long the levy will be in place. The intent of this levy is for the yearly payment of $25,601.28, be paid for 15 years, until the amount of $350,000.00 is paid in full. At that time the levy will cease. If this resolution is passed, property owners will be assessed .0020 per 100 square feet on their property. An example: our family home at 640 6th Ave. North has 9,1...

  • What's In a Name?

    Ron Stoneberg, Letter To The Editor|Aug 26, 2015

    “What's in a Name” How did that line go? What’s in a name? A rose would smell as sweet . . . It seems MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is following Shakespeare’s musings. We no longer hear about ‘wild, free-ranging’ bison. Now they are being labeled as a ‘native species’ and FWP is looking for, “somewhere in Montana where animals (bison) could be managed as a native species”. Apparently, FWP does not know the meaning of either ‘species’ or ‘native’. All plains bison in North America (federal, private and Indian Reservation herds) belong t...

  • It's Time to Free Barry Beach

    Bob Brown and Jim Elliott, For The Courier|Aug 26, 2015

    “It [is] more a duty [of an Attorney General] to save an innocent than to convict a guilty man.” We know we do not live in a perfect world where only the guilty are convicted and the wrongly accused go free, but prosecutors can sometimes seem more interested in winning convictions than in remembering these words of Thomas Jefferson. Kimberly Nees was 17 years old in 1979 when she was brutally beaten to death near the town of Poplar. Barry Beach, also 17, was one of several classmates who were interviewed in her murder. No charges were bro...

  • Lloyd Humphries

    Aug 26, 2015

    Lloyd Humphries, 59, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was born Aug. 6, 1956, in Glasgow, Mont., to William and Frances Humphries. He attended Glasgow schools, where he was very active in band and received numerous awards. He graduated in 1974. After school, he worked for a seismograph crew and traveled the United States until settling in Helena in 1982. There he attended the Vo-Tech School where he studied computer science. His job was with the Blue Cross in...

  • June Corrine Ziemke Farr

    Aug 26, 2015

    June Corrine (Leach) Ziemke Farr will be interred at the Greybull Cemetery in Greybull, Wyo., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, at a family service. Anyone who knew her is welcome to share memories, food and fellowship at a luncheon following at the Greybull Elk's Club. She was born in Tracy, Minn., June 28, 1918, to Winnie (Olsen) Leach and John Beatty Leach. Her parents later divorced and her mother remarried Ernest Ziemke, a farmer, who June always considered her father. After this second...

  • Lawrence 'Larry' Hughes Benson

    Aug 26, 2015

    Lawrence “Larry” Hughes Benson, 74, died on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Valley View Home after a long battle with cancer. He was born on Feb. 3, 1941, in Glasgow, Mont., to Eugene and Mildred (Yandell) Benson. He attended high school in Glasgow and college at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he married Charlotte Elaine Ulrigg in 1964. He spent the majority of his professional life in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he managed movie theaters. He later returned to Glasgow, where he worked as the ward clerk for Valley View Home. Upon ret...

  • William 'Bill' Luther Schultz

    Aug 26, 2015

    William "Bill" Luther Schultz, age 85, passed away with his family by his side on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at the Big Sandy nursing home. Visitation was held on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel in Malta. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the American Legion Hall in Hinsdale, followed by burial at Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale. He was born to Luther and Hattie (Yeska) Schultz on Jan. 15, 1930, the fifth child of seven. He was born a couple of blocks from the...

  • Green Spaces in Rural Places

    Mary Honrud, For The Courier|Aug 26, 2015

    Last week I talked about harvest interfering with my gardening. On top of that, I managed to catch pneumonia, which I know nobody wants to hear about. Even medical professionals only listen to one's litany of ailments because they get paid to listen. It just means that I haven't been able to take advantage of my couple hours each morning before I've had to head out to my "office" in the Trac. Yesterday, one of my pretty maids (our eldest daughter, and now my copy editor) came up to visit us,...

  • Book Review: Andy Weir's The Martian

    Tess Fahlgren, For The Courier|Aug 26, 2015

    “Mankind flung its advance agents ever outward, ever outward. Eventually it flung them out into space, into the colorless, tasteless, weightless sea of outwardness without end. It flung them like stones.” ― Kurt Vonnegut As a teenager, my brother got me hooked on reading Kurt Vonnegut. Novels like Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World fixed themselves on my list of favorites. Yet, over the years I somehow forgot all about science fiction. Then I picked up Andy Weir’s novel The Martian, and I remembered what it’s like to fall into that kind of w...

  • Versatile Athletes Brave Elements to Compete in Fort Peck Triathlon

    Patrick Burr, The Courier|Aug 26, 2015

    It didn't feel like a mid-August Saturday morning at the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts last weekend – winds whipped upwards of 50 miles per hour, chilling the already-cold clime to its deepest bone. But the festivities, scheduled to begin just hours after sunrise, beat back the frigidity. The show went on. Contestants, most clad in wet suits and swim caps, wrapped thick towels and parkas around themselves as they huddled together at the top of the stairs leading down to the beach, awaiting instruction....

  • Scottie Football's Red & White Scrimmage Ushers in New Season

    Patrick Burr, The Courier|Aug 26, 2015

    As Saturday's late afternoon sun dipped lazily towards the western horizon, the Glasgow Scotties stormed onto the manicured sod of Scottie Field for the annual Red-White Scrimmage. "It's what we call a zero-week game," says coach Greg Liebelt. "It gives us a quick snapshot of where we are with our offense, [and] allows us to look and see what some of the areas for improvement are leading up to game one." The 43-man roster was split in two, and the teams, which together will face the Colstrip...

  • Glasgow Girls' Volleyball Bounds Towards Season

    Patrick Burr, The Courier|Aug 26, 2015

    Prior to the football team's hour-long intersquad scrimmage on Scottie Field, the Glasgow High girls' volleyball team hosted its own Red & White Day in the school's gymnasium. A dense crowd filled the bleachers to watch the girls kick off their season; they chatted amongst themselves, occasionally nodding in approval at each well-timed set and hard spike as the young women darted through a succession of drills. The squad graduated four seniors, and this year invites five new faces into the...

  • Upland Game Hunting Forecasts

    John Vore, FWP Game Management Bureau Chief|Aug 26, 2015

    For wild upland birds—grouse and pheasants and such—it’s all about the hatch and chick survival. Well, almost all. A really bad winter can knock things back for a year or two but generally, if there is a good hatch and good survival among the chicks, especially a few years in a row, there will be great hunting. Looking back a few years, Montana’s seen good hatches and good survival for game birds. So, at a state-wide scale, things should be pretty good for hunters this fall. Conditions for nesting and brood survival, however, can vary widely...

  • Upland Game Bird-Hunting Season Dates

    Marc Kloker, MT FWP|Aug 26, 2015

    Opening day for most of Montana’s upland game bird hunting seasons occur on the same day every year—Sept. 1. The exception is for pheasants. The 2015 general pheasant season opens Oct. 10. Here are the statewide hunting-season dates for upland game birds: Sept. 1–Jan. 1, 2016 Mountain grouse, Partridge, Sharp-tailed grouse, Turkey (fall season) Sept. 1–Sept. 30 Sage grouse. Closed in much of the southern and northern portions of Montana. Sept. 26–27 Youth Only: Special Pheasant Weekend Oct. 10–Jan. 1, 2016 Pheasant... Full story

  • Bow Hunters: Gear Up for Archery Season

    Marc Kloker, MT FWP|Aug 26, 2015

    Montana’s archery-only hunting season for deer, elk, antelope, wolf, mountain lion and black bear begins Sept. 5. The bighorn sheep archery season also begins Sept. 5. A $10 bow and arrow license, plus the proper hunting license, is required during the deer, elk, antelope, black bear, wolf, mountain lion and bighorn sheep archery only season or to hunt in areas limited to only archery equipment. Depending on the species and hunting district, some licenses were available only by special drawing. For details on legal archery equipment and the d... Full story

  • Free Youth Outdoor Skills Event Set for Sept. 2 at Glasgow Trap Club

    Marc Kloker, MT FWP|Aug 26, 2015

    A free youth outdoor skills event is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Glasgow Trap Club. The event is organized and funded by donations and volunteers from the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, The Glasgow Trap Club, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The event - which will include clay pigeon, turkey silhouette and pellet-gun shooting stations, a casting clinic, as well as an archery range with 3-D hunting targets - is open to all youths up to 18 years old. Due to safety concerns, youths 9 and under can participate... Full story

  • Resident Juvenile, Non-Resident Charged for Poached Bull Elk Near Big Sandy

    Marc Kloker, MT FWP|Aug 26, 2015

    Zachary Morgan (29) of Prineville, Ore., and a juvenile (17) of Harlem were separately charged in an incident involving a poached elk in Choteau County. On Sept. 28, 2014, the juvenile illegally shot and killed a bull elk east of Big Sandy on Coal Mine Road. The juvenile did not have a license and initially left the area without taking the elk. When the juvenile returned to the site of the kill, Morgan, who possessed a state issued special permit for hunting district 680, had tagged the elk and...