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  • Healthy Bison, Healthy Grasslands

    Sep 6, 2023

    Dear Editor, It's been a busy and productive first-half of 2023 for our bison team at American Prairie. The biggest cause to celebrate has been the remarkable turn-around in range conditions thanks to the moisture that has fallen over Montana so far this year. In addition to greener pastures, our team is pleased to report several milestones regarding our bison herd. Healthy Herd This spring American Prairie welcomed 65 new bison to its herd. These bison originated from the Laramie Foothills herd...

  • Glasgow Scottie Upcoming Facilities Bond Tidbits

    For the Courier|Sep 6, 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...

  • Tester And Daines Oppose Biden Administration's Staff Mandate For Rural Nursing Homes

    For the Courier|Sep 6, 2023

    Following the announcement on Sept. 1 that the Biden Administration is proposing a federal mandate dictating staffing levels at nursing homes, which would place an undue burden on rural and underserved facilities that are struggling with severe staffing shortages, U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D) and U.S. Senator Daines (R) issued statements opposing the mandate. “At a time when rural states like Montana are experiencing challenging staffing shortages, it’s completely unacceptable for the Biden Administration to impose a one-size-fits-all sta...

  • Prescription Drug Price Cuts for Montanans Announced

    For the Courier|Sep 6, 2023

    Montana seniors will see cheaper prescription drug prices on 10 common medications as a direct result of the Inflation Reduction Act. The law will lower the prices of 10 prescription drugs for Montana seniors by securing price negotiation power for Medicare, by allowing Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. The negotiating process will begin Aug. 29, with cuts scheduled to go into effect in 2026. “Montanans should never have to make the choice between life-saving medication or putting food on the t...

  • Bond Informational Letter

    Aug 30, 2023

    To the community members of Glasgow, As members of the Glasgow School Board, we would like to address our voting members regarding the proposed bond that will benefit our students and community for years to come. The bond will allow our school district to repair the roofs at the high school and the middle school, repair the failed boiler at the high school, and provide an outdoor athletic facility that will benefit our students and community. Bonds are used by school districts to finance needed...

  • Camp Lejeun Marine Base Toxic Exposure

    Aug 30, 2023

    Dear Editor and Veterans, The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was passed as part of the PACT Act Aug. 10, 2022. Anyone who resided, worked, or was otherwise exposed, including utero, for 30 days or more between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987, and diagnosed with a serious illness or condition, may be eligible to file a claim under this act. This includes surviving family members of individuals who suffered harm from Lejeune water on behalf of their deceased loved ones. Toxic materials were released...

  • Support Your Free Press

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Aug 23, 2023

    Dear Editor, Police raiding a newspaper and confiscating reporting material seems like something one would expect to find in a banana-republic, or in a scene from a dystopian novel. Yet, that is exactly what happened recently to the Marion County Record. The Record is a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas, serving a population of approximately 1,900 and known for its dogged reporting on various issues affecting the community. On Aug. 11, the newspaper office was raided by the Marion Police...

  • Funding Gives Montana A Plan To Reduce Vehicle-Wildlife Collisions

    Aug 23, 2023

    Dear Editor, Anyone driving Montana's highways knows the risk of colliding with deer and other wildlife. Hardly a mile goes by without the gruesome reminders of hit animals, broken bumpers, or smashed headlights scattered on the shoulder. According to the Bozeman-based Western Transportation Institute, collisions with wildlife can be reduced by up to 85 percent with the installation of wildlife crossing infrastructure such as fencing and under and overpasses. Such installations have been...

  • Governor Gianforte Encourages Montana Homeowners To Apply For Property Tax Rebate by Oct. 1

    For the Courier|Aug 23, 2023

    Beginning Aug. 15, eligible Montana homeowners may claim their property tax rebate up to $675 at getmyrebate.mt.gov. Claims must be filed by Oct. 1, 2023. “Property taxes are too high, which is why we prioritized and secured immediate property tax relief for Montanans this legislative session,” Gov. Gianforte said. “I encourage folks to get online and claim their rebate.” To qualify for the rebate, taxpayers must have owned and lived in their home for at least seven months during 2022. The amount of the rebate is the property taxes paid on...

  • Commissioner Troy Downing Encourages Montanans To Prepare For Fire Season

    For the Courier|Aug 23, 2023

    Wildfire season is real and is now. It is threatening homes, businesses, and property. Insurance Commissioner Troy Downing advises Montanans to be prepared for loss due to wildfire and to take steps now to mitigate risk and protect their property. Before a Wildfire: Ensure there is defensible space around your property by trimming or removing trees and bushes and by removing combustible material away from structures. Make sure you have an evacuation plan and that your family knows what to do and where to meet in case of fire. Make and keep an...

  • Burma Shave Signs - Fire Season

    Gwen Cornwell, For the Courier|Aug 23, 2023

    Back to Burma Shave signs. Chaperone your cigarettes! They should not go out alone. I think this signage along the highways was, and still would be, very appropriate, especially with the fire season that we have had. I have seen several grass fires. Not horrible fires like we are hearing about on the news but devastating enough to make me very fearful of them. Say your prayers, knock on wood, or whatever you feel brings you luck, but be prepared the best you can and take extreme care. None of us want that as a “Remember....

  • Sen. Tester and Rep. Rosendale Urge To Delay TSA Employee Screening Policy

    For the Courier|Aug 23, 2023

    On Aug. 17, Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) sent a letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske demanding his Agency retract their Airport Security Program National Amendment (TSA-NA-23-02) that requires airports across Montana to increase the physical screening of employees and install expensive explosive protection equipment with zero financial support. “Aviation security screening and safety at our airports is a national priority; however, this amendment imposes unreasonable requirements on Montanan airports which already contribute s...

  • Tester's Bipartisan Bill To Keep AM Radio In All New Cars And Trucks Clears Key Senate Hurdle

    For the Courier|Aug 16, 2023

    U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s bipartisan legislation to keep AM radio in all new cars and trucks recently passed through the Senate Commerce Committee, setting it up for a full vote on the Senate floor. Tester’s bipartisan AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act would require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a rule that requires all new motor vehicles to have devices that can access AM broadcast stations installed as standard equipment. “The big car companies and folks in Washington D.C. may not get this, but as a third-generation Monta...

  • Cut Your Medicare Prescription Drug Costs With "Extra Help"

    Aging Services Specialist Lisa Baxter, For the Courier|Aug 16, 2023

    Great news: thanks to the new prescription drug law, the Inflation Reduction Act, in 2024 people with Medicare may qualify for even more savings through the Extra Help program. This program helps some people pay their Medicare drug coverage (Part D) costs, like premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, and other costs. In 2024, the program will expand and you may qualify. How does Extra Help lower my costs? In 2024, everyone who qualifies for Extra Help will pay: • $0 for your Medicare drug plan premium. • $0 for your plan deductible. • A reduc...

  • Tester Introduces Bill To Restore Hours Of Entry, Open Northern Ports For Trade

    For the Courier|Aug 9, 2023

    Following months of pressuring the Biden Administration to reopen Montana’s northern ports of entry to pre-pandemic hours, U.S. Senator Jon Tester on July 27 introduced a bipartisan bill requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s hours of operations at northern ports to match or exceed pre-pandemic hours. “Folks along Montana’s northern border rely on consistent trade and commerce with Canada to make a living and support their families,” said Tester. “Our northern ports have been operating at reduced hours for far too long, and it’s time f...

  • DPHHS And GCCHD Provide Final Summary On Foodborne Outbreak Linked To Morel Mushrooms

    For the Courier|Aug 9, 2023

    Anyone eating, selling, or serving morel mushrooms should use caution when doing so. The toxins in morel mushrooms that may cause illness are not fully understood. However, it is known that using proper preparation techniques, including cooking, can help reduce toxicity and risk of illness when consuming mushrooms. There are varieties of poisonous wild mushrooms that look very similar to morel mushrooms. Public health officials recommend those preparing morels should confirm the identity of each individual mushroom, and consult with a...

  • Block Management Program Information Available Aug. 10

    Montana FWP, For the Courier|Aug 9, 2023

    Block Management Area (BMA) Program information for 2023 will be available to hunters beginning Aug. 10. Hunters can request their BMA Access Guide online and can print individual BMA property maps and rules at fwp.mt.gov/hunt/access/blockmanagement. The Block Management webpage allows hunters to download the Access Guide, up-to-date BMA maps and rules for every individual BMA enrolled in the program. These individual BMA property maps and rules are important for hunters to know and understand for each property they plan on hunting. Not all...

  • Correction

    Aug 9, 2023

    In the “Montana Department of Revenue Property Appraisal Meeting” story published Aug. 2, 2023, it was incorrectly stated that the Property Tax Rebate application window closes on Aug. 15. The application window will open on Aug. 15. The Glasgow Courier apologizes for the error....

  • Delivering Income and Property Tax Relief for Montanans

    Aug 2, 2023

    Dear Editor, As I meet with Montanans in every corner of our state, I hear the same concern often –taxes are too high. And they're right. Taxes are too high and need to be reined in. Two years ago, we enacted a fiscally responsible budget, and as a result, the State of Montana today has a historic budget surplus. Ultimately, that means you overpaid your taxes, and we're giving it back to you. When we released our Budget for Montana Families last November, we again held the line on spending, a...

  • Montana Department Of Revenue Property Appraisal Meeting

    Reece Hunsley, The Courier|Aug 2, 2023

    The Montana Department of Revenue (DOR) held a meeting July 25, at the Valley County Courthouse, to discuss the details of the income tax rebates and the property tax rebates. They also took time to discuss the guidelines and methods they use to appraise property in the Property Appraisal Department of the DOR. The two rebates are coming. The income tax rebate is already processed and there is no need to apply. If you qualify, they are either in the mail or still in the process of being mailed. The property tax rebate, however, you need to...

  • Riding The Train

    Gwen Cornwell, For the Courier|Aug 2, 2023

    I am struggling to make train reservations today. Do you remember when we had a staffed depot and you could purchase your tickets at the train depot? Much simpler than trying to do it online, especially if you belong to the older generation. Of course, back then you could always call the depot to get times for departures and arrivals also. I have not traveled by train for some years and am well aware that I see many changes from the days my family or myself used the train to travel a distance. Got to meet some really nice porters and...

  • Heroes and Horses

    Jul 26, 2023

    Dear Editor, I was reading in the Montana Senior News (April-May issue) about how veterans can go to the Double-H Ranch in Bozeman, Mont., and start getting their lives back on track after they get out of the service. Now young people should take note of this when you are fooling around with your idle time getting into trouble. These veterans have all kinds of problems and want to heal themselves and have something to look forward to. A lot of you young people are healthy or were healthy and...

  • Remember When

    Gwen Cornwell, For the Courier|Jul 26, 2023

    I am sure that many of you guys out there can remember getting a summer job picking up bales. It seemed like many of the young high school football players liked to get the job as they got to “keep in shape” over the summer. When I go outside to help, I can’t help but remember my days in the hay field and I got to run air-conditioned outfits. I can’t imagine what it would be like picking bales the hard way on those 90-degree days. Thankfully, modern equipment and bale size has brought about many changes in that respect. For those of you loo...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jul 19, 2023

    From The Valley County Sheriff's Office Dear Editor, The recent showing of the movie Sound of Freedom has caused a buzz across the country. The movie, about child and human trafficking, takes a two-hour dive and offers a tiny glimpse into a world that we pretend does not exist. The immense problem seen worldwide is aptly portrayed in this feature film that pulls at your heartstrings. If you have not seen the movie, I would encourage you to do so. When you leave the theater, your mind replays the...

  • Celebrate Healthy Homes Month With Smoke Free Air!

    Teri Meche, Valley County Health Department|Jun 28, 2023

    Dear Editor, Each June, National Healthy Homes Month raises awareness on housing-related health hazards and the steps to take for safe, healthy homes. This year's theme is "Connecting Home, Health, and YOU" to highlight the important relationship between housing quality and health. One substantial way to maintain a healthy home is to keep it smoke free, whether it's a private home or an apartment. There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke exposure, and the home is the main place many children...

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