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  • Valley County Property Taxpayers To See Increase

    For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    Last week, the Valley County Commissioners passed a resolution amending the county mill levy for state equalization, county high school equalization and the county elementary equalization mill levy authority for this fiscal year. The Montana Supreme Court sided with the Gianforte administration in December when it ruled that counties must calculate 95 mills for the states school equalization fund. Most counties including Valley County levied 77.9 mills, as opposed to the full 95 mills, as part of a local solution to help homeowners with...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    10 Years Ago Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 Whether the Nashua School have a four-day or a five-day school week was first addressed two years ago. But because of the superintendent at that time leaving and a new superintendent coming in, the board voted to table the issue. At the school board meeting, a motion was made that the board have the ability to explore and adopt a four-day or modified four-day school week. Whether a four-day school week at Nashua will actually transpire remains to be seen....

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 24, 2024

    10 Years Ago Wednesday, January 22, 2014 With a new school funded by local taxpayers, along with tight city and county budgets, it seems like squeezing more funds from somewhere could be an uphill battle. Tight budgets have left some concern to those who enjoy going to the City-County Library in Glasgow. Library board members and other community members attended a meeting with the sole purpose being to figure out what the library's long-term needs are, and what to do with the library in the...

  • Two New Sheriff Deputies Join Valley County Sheriff's Department

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    At the conclusion of the Valley County Commissioners regular Discussion and Decision meeting on Jan. 10, Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer introduced the newest sheriff deputies to the Commissioners. Kyle Goodman and William Charbonneau were then sworn in as official Valley County deputies after starting in their new role earlier in the week on Jan. 8. Both deputies came from the Wolf Point Police Department and decided to serve Valley County as a way to further their impact in helping people. "I...

  • VC Commissioners Approve Resolutions For 2024

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 10, 2024

    In their last meeting of 2023, on Dec. 20, the Valley County Commissioners approved six resolutions establishing 2024 tasks such as Commissioner meeting dates and office hours, daily rate for incarceration, fees for services provided by the Sheriff, establishing a fire season, establishing a location for posting public notices and changing the standard mileage rate. Resolution No 1-2024 established Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the Commissioners meeting days to conduct official county business in Room 110 of the Valley County Courthouse....

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Complied by Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Jan 10, 2024

    10 Years Ago Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Arctic Weather Settles In – Dangerous situations in our area were the warmer temperatures that hit, along with freezing rain, right before the deep freeze hit. Ice also caused some issues at the Glasgow International Airport – flights for Cape Air didn't run along with a few other flights on Dec. 29 through Jan. 2. Prairie Ridge resident Robert "Bob" Rorvig celebrated 100 years of life last week while friends and family gathered to wish him well. He...

  • Year End Review 2023

    Jan 3, 2024

    It Happened in December 2023 • •. Governor Gianforte Contributes Salary To Serve Hi-Line Families and Children • Winter Wonderland Kicks Off Holiday Season • Block Of Bucks Donations Down This Year • Law Enforcement Plunges For Special Olympics • Glasgow City Council Discusses Proposed Skate Park At Bundy • Record Breaking Highs For December • Erickson Named Montana Coach Of The Year • Glasgow Places First In Speech Sweeps at Medicine Lake/Froid And Fort Benton Meet ...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach|Dec 20, 2023

    The Glasgow Courier 10 Years Ago Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 A new addition has been welcomed at the Valley County Sheriff's office in Glasgow. Deputy Christopher Richter began work for the county on Monday, Dec. 16. As Richter settles in, he said he's excited to work for this department and glad to be part of a smaller community. While bringing sports tournaments to town might be a nuisance to those who end up waiting in line at a restaurant, the positive effects far outweigh standing in line....

  • Glasgow City Council Discusses Proposed Skate Park At Bundy

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Dec 13, 2023

    The regular City Council meeting was filled with a variety of emotions by all of those in attendance, from the City Council members to the proponents and opponents to the proposed skatepark at Bundy Park. The committee behind the development of the skatepark was also in attendance to express their desire to utilize Bundy Park as a location for the revamped community skatepark. “We have a lot of community support. It’s really important for us to get a location confirmed as soon as possible, because not having one is holding up our...

  • School Equalization Mills

    Dec 6, 2023

    The following was written to Governor Gianforte from the Montana Association of Counties (MaCO) on Nov. 28. Valley County is a member of MaCO. Governor Gianforte: The Montana Supreme Court clarified the State's ability to accrue 'banked mills' when the calculation required under MCA § 15-10-420 results in mills above the cumulative cap of 95. While that opinion was directly in contrast to the position of many counties, and the Montana Association of Counties in our defense of our membership, we...

  • Montana Supreme Court Sides With Governor Gianforte In Property Tax Dispute

    For the Courier|Nov 29, 2023

    After most of Montana’s counties tried to lower your property tax bill, arguing the state was levying too much, the Montana Supreme Court unanimously said Nov. 22 the state had it right after all. The Montana Supreme Court ordered counties levy the amount calculated by the state for schools in a ruling Nov. 22, the full 95 mills, after most county commissions had decided en masse to levy less than that amid concerns over high property taxes statewide. “Counties have authority to levy mills according to local interests. They also have...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 22, 2023

    The Courier 10 Years Ago Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2023 At least half a dozen burglaries have taken place in Valley County and Glasgow over the last few weeks. At Monday's City Council meeting, Lt. Trint Gamas said that investigators had one possible suspect in custody – but there may be another. "We just need to remind people to lock their doors on their car doors and their houses," Gamas said during the council meeting. A painful but important reminder was placed at Sullivan Park this week. The...

  • Calendar Of Upcoming Events In The Area

    Nov 15, 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 to the Fort Peck... Full story

  • St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group Update

    For the Courier|ERROR

    The St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Working Group will be providing a public update on Monday, Nov. 20. They will be speaking to the Valley County Commissioners at 2 p.m., in the Board of County Commissioners located inside of the Glasgow Civic Center. They will also be speaking at the Glasgow City Council during their regular council meeting at 5 p.m., in the Council Chambers located inside of the Glasgow Civic Center. The public is invited to attend both meetings.... Full story

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 15, 2023

    The Courier 10 Years Ago Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2023 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 Course, talking about shipping Montana coal with Ben Untersecher, a BNSF conductor. After about an hour and a half, Daines went on to the Fort Peck Hotel to join in a potluck dinner and speak with veterans enjoying a deer hunting...

  • Law Enforcement

    Nov 15, 2023

    For the week of Nov. 1 through 9, there were seven motor vehicle stops, 13 accidental dials/prank calls, five reports of loose livestock, one report of loose dogs, one report of a barking dog, and one report of a missing dog. Wednesday, Nov. 1 2300 – An officer served the warrant on the arrestee. Booking video was pulled and copied to flash drive. Thursday, Nov. 2 0232 – Reporting party called and said someone was honking their horn outside his door. He believes the horn honking is in retribution for speaking with her about her barking...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 8, 2023

    10 Years Ago Wednesday, 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. In Nashua, Mayor Pat Hallett was defeated by Allan Bunk, who has been Nashua mayor before. The Valley County Airport Commission has considered its options and recommended that the county assume management and services at Glasgow...

  • Valley County Breaking Direction From Administration Of Governor

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    Valley County is one of the 49 counties who have chosen to not follow a directive from the administration of Gov. Greg Gianforte by scaling back their collections of a state-level school funding property tax. These 49 counties will levy 77.9 mills of school equalization tax for 2023, as opposed to the full 95 mills ordered by the Montana Department of Revenue. The Montana Association of Counties (MACo) indicates that only Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Glacier, Madison, Meagher, Teton and Toole counties will levy the full amount. The dispute comes...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Nov 1, 2023

    10 Years Ago Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 Frazer Elementary School District No. 2 and Frazer High School District 2B will conduct a bond election by mail ballot on Dec. 18. The Elementary School wants to sell $445,000 in general obligation school building bonds and the High School District proposes selling $980,000 in bonds. The total of $1,425,000 is to pay a portion of the costs of repairing, restoring and replacing certain parts of the district buildings; demolition of the existing...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled By Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Sep 27, 2023

    10 Years Ago Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, brought in over 250 community members to celebrate Frazer School's adequate yearly progress (AYP) accomplishment for the 2012-13 school year. The school made a 20 percent gain in reading and math and also was above the AYP attendance threshold of 80 percent, with the elementary at 87 percent and the junior high and high school at 81 percent. There's no one answering the phone at the Glasgow Field Office of the Bureau of Land...

  • Yesterday's Memories

    Compiled by Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Sep 20, 2023

    10 Years Ago – Sept. 25, 2013 Nashua residents had a chance to ask questions and voice concerns about the building of an overpass to alleviate the problem of the village's railroad crossing being blocked by trains. Approximately 40 people were at the meeting held Sept. 24. A presentation of four options for construction of the overpass was presented by Tim Erickson of HDR Engineering in Billings. Also present at the meeting to field questions were MDT officials. Crown bearers Bode Barnett and...

  • Commissioners Support Questioning Of Mill Levy Process

    Michelle Bigebach, The Courier|Sep 13, 2023

    In response to growing concerns regarding property tax increases resulting from high residential reappraisals, in August Beaverhead County reached out to Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen seeking an opinion on the interpretation of laws related to property tax levies. This request is supported by the Montana Association of Counties (MACo), of which Valley County is a part of, demonstrating a unified concern amongst county officials across the state. The request seeks clarification on the calculation of statewide school equalization mills,...

  • Transit Employees Obtain Longevity Pay

    Michelle Bigelbach, The Courier|Sep 6, 2023

    The Valley County Commissioners met during regular session on Aug. 30, where they took action on the Transit Boards recommendation for longevity pay. The Transit Board recommended a longevity pay of $10 per pay period for one to two years of service; $15 per pay period for two+ to five years of service; $25 per pay period for five+ to 10 years of service; and $40 per pay period for anyone with over 10 years of service. During the meeting, Commissioner John Fahlgren amended the Board’s recommendation stating the employee must have worked...

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