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Public Invited To Missouri River Operations Meeting At Fort Peck Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division will hold a public meetings to discuss the draft 2014-2015 Annual Operating Plan for the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System in the Fort Peck Lake Interpretative Center, Monday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m.
The Corps will hold four similar meetings in late October in North and South Dakota, Missouri and Iowa.
The public meetings will include a presentation from the Corps regarding 2014 operations and plans for managing the reservoir system in 2015, followed by a question and answer session.
There will also be an opportunity for members of the public and stakeholders to speak one-on-one with Corps officials.
The reservoir system will start the 2015 runoff season at the base of the annual flood control pool, providing the full 16.3 million acre-feet (MAF) of flood control storage. The base of the annual flood control pool is the desired operating zone for the system because it allows the Corps to provide good levels of service to all eight of the congressionally authorized purposes.
“As a result of this fall’s increased water supply, the Missouri River navigation season length has been extended by 10 days and the service level increased in accordance with the guidelines in the Missouri River Master Manual,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Missouri River Water Management Division. “Current releases from Gavins Point Dam will evacuate the stored flood waters in the reservoirs and fully prepare the system for the 2015 runoff season.”
The draft 2014-2015 Annual Operating Plan anticipates serving all of the authorized project purposes, including flood control, navigation, hydropower, water supply, water quality control, irrigation, recreation and fish and wildlife, including threatened and endangered species. The draft Annual Operating Plan is available on the Corps’ website at:  http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/pdfs/draftAOP2014-2015.pdf
Comments on the draft plan will be taken during the series of public meetings. Written and email comments will be accepted through Nov. 21. Email comments should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
View daily and forecasted reservoir and river information on the Water Management section of the Northwestern Division homepage at http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc.

Guilty Plea Entered In Drug By Deception Case

One half of the Michigan couple, accused of attempting to obtain narcotics by deception in Culbertson, withdrew not guilty pleas he entered in July and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs under a plea agreement.
Jesse Allan Gottschalk, 22, of Algonac, Mich., and North Dakota, also signed a waiver of extradition. Gottschalk has been free on bond since August.
He admitted allegations against him in court
Judge David Cybulski found Gottschalk guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing report.
Gottschalk and Shelby Rider, 22, also of Algonac, Mich., and North Dakota, are alleged to have attempted to obtain drugs from Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson by making false claims.
Both entered not guilty pleas to felony possession of dangerous drugs, attempting to fraudulently obtain dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia in 15th District Court Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Rider is also free on bond. She had not withdrew her not guilty pleas as of Monday, Sept. 29.

Hwy. 2 Association Meeting Next Week

The Highway 2 Association fall meeting has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17, at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow.
Montana Department of Transportation director Mike Tooley will be the speaker.
“We are pleased that Director Tooley will be the guest speaker as he is our connection to Governor Steve Bullock,” Highway 2 Association president Bob Sivertsen said.
The Highway 2 Association has been a strong proponent of 4 For 2 [four lanes on U.S. Hwy. 2] since its inception in 2001. The purpose is to achieve the upgrading of U.S. Hwy. 2 to enhance economic development and improve safety.
“An adequate transportation system has never been more important than now. Energy development and a strong ag sector has increased traffic dramatically on Hwy. 2,” Sivertsen said.
A prime rib sandwich with grilled asparagus, potatoes, salad and dessert, will be served at noon. There will be a fee for the meal.
Those attending should RSVP by Monday, Oct. 13, by calling 262-2346. More information is available at www.Hwy2MT.org.

Flu Shots Next Week At Culbertson School

Roosevelt Medical Center will offer the flu vaccine to Culbertson School students and the community, Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 9-11 a.m., at the school.
The cost is $30 per injection, which will be payable at that time.
Parents need to fill out forms that should be returned at the time the shots are given.
Contact the clinic at 787-6400 for additional information.

Community Fund Drive Planned

The Community Fund Drive will be held the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 12.
The Culbertson Women’s Club, along with the local 4-H Club, will be distributing information about the Community Fund Drive to Culbertson residents.