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  • Valley County Commissioners Vote To Reduce Amount Of Mills Levied On Valley County Residents

    For the Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    The Valley County Commissioners voted on Oct. 4 to reduce the amount of mills levied on Valley County taxpayers which will reduce the tax amount paid by $500,000. Valley County joins virtually every county in Montana in reducing the amount of mills levied for the State Equalization Fund, County Elementary Equalization Tuition Fund and County High School Equalization Tuition Fund. This will save Valley County taxpayers $500,000 and reduce the amount of money that is passed on to the State General Fund. The commissioners said they believe the...

  • Glasgow NWS Undergoes Upgrade To Radar

    Glasgow National Weather Service, For the Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    The NWS weather radar in Glasgow is currently undergoing the last of four major upgrades that are part of a multi-year project known as the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). "Wholesale replacement of weather radars is cost-prohibitive, and as such it was determined that the best way to ensure that the current aggregate of 158 radars across the U.S. (including island sites in the Pacific and Atlantic) are fully functional for another 30 years is to take on these four individual projects to...

  • Glasgow City Council Met In Regular Session

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    The Glasgow City Council met on Oct. 4 in the Council Chambers located inside of the Glasgow Civic Center. Starting the meeting off, the Council approved the consent agenda items which included payment of claims in the amount of $259,210.83; payment of Valley Court apartment claims in the amount of $1,841.70, the minutes for the Sept. 18, regular council meeting and Resolution No. 3146, establishing budgetary authority in the City-County Library fund for the receipt and expenditure of a donation received from Nemont Telephone. With a motion...

  • Hands Of Hope Brings Light To Those Struggling

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    While commuting down 4th Street South in Glasgow, it's hard not to notice the serene landscape behind the Glasgow City-County Library and the mural of hands on the back of the building. Over the past month, Glasgow artist Cathryn McIntyre has been working on the Hands of Hope Mural while volunteers with the Valley CARE Coalition clean up the area to make it a place for community members to have a change of scenery and be inspired in their battle against mental health. The vision of the project...

  • Scottie Super Fan

    Oct 11, 2023

  • Clarifying Misinformation In MTSBA's Update Regarding 95 Mills

    Oct 11, 2023

    Dear Editor, Montana School Board's Association Executive Director has issued a memo to his membership on the 95-mill issue. It appears he is looking to garner support for the administration to litigate this issue (asking for the Department of Revenue or the Governor to seek injunctive relief), and he makes a few statements that need corrections. First, counties have been given the calculated levy authority BY THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE indicating the current levy authority is 77.89 mills. That...

  • Opposing The School Bond

    Oct 11, 2023

    Dear Editor, I am opposed to the 8-million dollar school bond, for several reasons. Combining "nearly emergency" measures for roof and boiler maintenance with a multi-million sports facility overhaul is disingenuous in the least. I do not appreciate my loyalty and community spirit used as a tool of manipulation. The plant repairs are a need. The artificial turf football field is a luxury; they should be separated. The bond is money borrowed against my (and everyone else's) real property, which...

  • Increased Taxes Due To Glasgow Bond

    Oct 11, 2023

    Dear Editor, We were told that if you have a $200,000 home your taxes would be $5 to $10 per week. In November your taxes would go up $250 to $500. If we look at the businesses in our school district, their taxes will go up. Will they have to pass it on to us? How much will gasoline go? What about rent? What about food? What about the farmers and ranchers that we get to go hunting and fishing on their land. A small farmer told me his taxes would go up $2500 to $3000 per year. The Bond is over...

  • Outdated Federal Oil And Gas Leasing Programs Affect Public Lands

    Oct 11, 2023

    Dear Editor, Montana's public lands are central to our way of life and our outdoor businesses, but outdated federal oil and gas leasing programs have long exploited these landscapes, harming our communities and economies. Thankfully, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently proposed reforms to improve this broken system, ensuring a balanced approach to our public lands' use and providing taxpayers a fair return. The BLM's reforms balance the many uses of our public lands and prioritize...

  • Glasgow Scottie Upcoming Facilities Bond Tidbits

    Oct 11, 2023

    The election will be administered by the Valley County Election Administrator and will be a mail-ballot election. Ballots will be mailed out on Sept. 29 and must be returned by Oct. 17. Tidbit 1 What will the proposed $8.58 Million Dollar Facility Improvements Bond include? #1 – Replace the failed 80-year-old boiler at Glasgow High School to assure our students will have adequate heat in the winter months. #2 – Extensively repair damaged roofs at Glasgow High School and Glasgow Middle School to assure that we can keep the inside of our bui...

  • The Ice is Calling!

    For the Courier

    Glasgow Learn to Skate is preparing for its 20th season. Skating instruction is available for preschool through adults using a curriculum endorsed by US Figure Skating and USA Hockey. Each class is 40 minutes long which includes a lesson and practice time. Cost is $50 per six-week session for kindergarten-adult lessons and $30 for preschoolers. Skate rental for all ages is $15 per session. Parents may skate at the same time as their children for $17, with no charge for rental skates. Preschool skaters must have an adult on the ice with them....

  • Home Run Pond Drawdown Proposed To Revive Fishery

    FWP Marc Kloker, For the Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fisheries staff are planning to drawdown Home Run Pond in Glasgow to revive the fishery. A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project is currently out for public comment. Home Run Pond was constructed over 20 years ago, primarily as a kid’s fishing pond. While the City of Glasgow owns the pond and surrounding property of Sullivan Park, the fisheries resources are managed by FWP as a “put-grow-take” rainbow trout fishery with a management goal of achieving high angler catch rates. High-water events in 20...

  • Calendar Of Upcoming Events In The Area

    Oct 11, 2023

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Deadline for calendar additions is Mondays at noon. Please email your event to [email protected] or submit in person at the Courier office, 531 2nd Ave. S., Glasgow. The Valley County Pioneer Museum is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Nemont Manor has activities scheduled throughout the month for the entire community as well as the residents of Nemont Manor. If you would like a calendar, please contact 406-228-4306 or e-mail [email protected] and they will mail one to you. Visitors can call for an appointme...

  • Valley County Transit Now Operating On Monday Evenings

    For the Courier

    Valley County Transit will once again be operating on Monday evenings, but only until 9 p.m. This began on Oct. 9. The 8 p.m. trip to St. Marie will also start up with a half hour notice. All other times of operation will remain the same....

  • James 'Jim' Chaffee

    Oct 11, 2023

    Jim was born in Glasgow, Mont., and attended the Glasgow Schools. He was the son of Kenneth Chaffee and Katherine Beck Chaffee Jankus. Jim was born July 10, 1938, in Glasgow. He moved to Las Vegas, Nev., in the early 60s. Jim loved classic cars and owned several over the years. He was a great handyman and always ready to help friends or family that might need it. He loved to travel and saw many countries such as Israel, Russia and Australia to name a few. He was truly the example of never...

  • Duane 'Bud' Johnston

    Oct 11, 2023

    Bud passed away at home in Belgrade, Mont., on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. Bud was born to Ida and Clifford Johnston on Jan. 8, 1943, in Glasgow, Mont. There will be a celebration of life luncheon at the Vets Club in Glasgow on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11:30 a.m. Bud is preceded in death by his parents, Ida and Clifford Johnston; sisters Judy (Johnston) Taylor and Betty (Johnston) Neumayer; brothers Dick, Gary, and Allen Johnston; and children, Ernie and Clifford. He is survived by his wife, Rita;...

  • USDA To Begin Issuing $1.75 Billion To Agricultural Producers Through Critical Emergency Relief Programs

    Farm Service Agency, For the Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will begin issuing more than $1.75 billion in emergency relief payments to eligible farmers and livestock producers. These much-needed payments are helping farming and ranching operations recover following natural disasters in 2020, 2021 and 2022. “USDA provides substantial economic support for America’s farmers and ranchers through its critical farm program payments. These payments are reflective of the incredible and cumulative financial hits brought on by devastating nat...

  • Bureau Of Land Management To Host Virtual Opportunity To Learn About Restoration Landscapes

    BLM Montana-Dakota State Office, For the Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    The Bureau of Land Management Montana/Dakotas is giving the public an opportunity to learn about Montana’s restoration landscapes through a virtual town hall on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Mountain Time. The BLM is slated to invest $26.9 million from the Inflation Reduction Act for ecological restoration and resiliency of critical wildlife habitats and watersheds on public lands in Montana. This funding will be focused in three restoration landscapes: The Blackfoot-Clark Fork Restoration Landscape managed by the Missoula F...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Market Report

    For the Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards as of Oct. 5, show 549 cattle sold. Cows and bulls steady. Utility and commercial cows brought in $95 to $112; canner and cutter cows $85 to $96; and bulls $104 to $118....

  • Take Care Of State Trust Lands, Eliminate Wildfire Starts During Hunting Season

    DNRC, For the Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    With the start of hunting season, many people will turn to publicly accessible lands to pursue game animals. That access is accompanied with the responsibility to care for the land and understand the varied rules and restrictions across ownership types. “State Trust Lands are a unique holding within state-managed lands in Montana,” said Jessica Hoag, recreation use and access coordinator. “These working lands help generate revenue for schools and other public institutions in our state.” Managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Oct 11, 2023

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach The Courier 10 Years Ago 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. Also during the meeting, in a heads up for the board, Glasgow High School's new principal Shawnda Zahara-Harris said the computers in the library are "dying by the day." They are old and...

  • Scottie Cross Country Eyes Regular Season Finish Line

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    The Scottie cross country teams hit their penultimate meet of the regular season this past weekend, running the Sidney Invite Oct. 7. Glasgow's girls team placed third with 91 points and the boys earned fourth with 106 points. "We held out a few athletes with some minor issues just to be safe. Overall we didn't have a tremendously good great day. We had some very good performances but also are inconsistent with our middle pack for the girls," head coach Tim Phillips explained. "We're down to...

  • North Country Volleyball Notches Win In Hinsdale

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    The North Country Mavericks defeated the Lustre Christian Lions Oct. 7 in Hinsdale, in the Mavericks' lone match up last week. North Country started slow in the first set but played stronger and faster in the following two games to win the match in three, 25-22, 25-10, 25-13. North Country had 15 aces, 27 kills, 28 assists, 28 digs and six blocks. Paige Wasson and Teagan Erickson led in aces with six and four, respectively. Erickson had 10 kills followed by Wasson with seven and Kendall...

  • Scottie Football Brings Home 41-6 Win From Conrad

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    The Scottie football team kept their conference momentum flowing on the road Oct. 6 with a 41-6 victory over Conrad, putting a damper on the Cowboys’ homecoming game. Glasgow received the ball first and while they didn’t score on their first possession, they made the most of the remaining five drives in the first half while the Scottie defense owned the field. By the end of the first 12 minutes, Glasgow had established a 21-0 lead. The Scotties increased their lead 35-0 at the half, scoring on 5-of-6 first half drives. Quarterback Khye Gam...

  • Scottie Volleyball Improves To 5-2 In Conference Play

    Gwendolyne Honrud, The Courier|Oct 11, 2023

    The Scottie volleyball team was on the road last week: in Sidney Oct. 5 to take on the Class A Eagles and in Harlem Oct. 7 for a conference match up against the Wildcats. Glasgow fell to Sidney in three before coming back Saturday to down Harlem in three sets. The Scotties now hold a 5-2 conference record, 6-5 overall. The Scotties lost 13-25, 14-25, 22-25 to a strong Eagles squad. Head coach Brooke Martin said, “Sidney was another tough match but a really good growing experience to learn how to judge when to be aggressive and when to make s...

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