Written by The Herald-News
Tom Flowers, a 25-year veteran of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, has been named as the agency’s new region 6 supervisor.
In his new position, Flowers, 54, will supervise about 40 full-time employees in an administrative area that spans from the North Dakota and Saskatchewan borders to Sidney, Circle and Loma and the Liberty County line west of Havre.
The sprawling and diverse region includes a wide variety of fish and wildlife habitats, the Missouri River and Fort Peck Reservoir and the Fort Peck, Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy Indian reservations.
Flowers most recently served as FWP region 4’s criminal investigator, a post he held since 2008 in the Rocky Mountain Front community of Choteau.
Flowers is a native of Clovis, N.M. Being in an Air Force family resulted in being raised in a variety of places ranging from Taiwan to North Carolina. He studied at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., before transferring to the University of Montana in Missoula in 1977. At UM, he studied botany and philosophy and graduated in 1981.
Once out of college, Flowers started outfitting in the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness areas with the Ovando-based Sundance Ranch. He then worked four years in some of the same backcountry areas for legendary Missoula-based outfitter Arnold “Smoke” Elser.
Flowers started with FWP as a warden in Miles City in 1988. He then became the agency’s first resident warden in Jordan before being transferred to Shelby, where he served as an area warden until 1993. He then was the area warden in Choteau before being promoted to the regional investigator position.
Flowers and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 30 years and have a daughter, Anne, 24, a recent theater and biology graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University.
Lisa Flowers holds a master’s degree in science teaching and a doctorate in conservation education from UM - Missoula. She currently works for the Montana State University Foundation and previously was the longtime research and education program director for the Boone & Crockett Club’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch outside Dupuyer.
Flowers replaces Pat Gunderson as the region 6 supervisor. Gunderson moved to the federal Bureau of Land Management office in Glasgow late last year.
“I’m excited about being here and having new challenges,” Flowers said. “Members of the public should come on by our office and say hello.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:28
Written by The Herald-News
Veterans who are looking for help can go to the fourth annual Eastern Montana Veterans Stand Down, which will take place at the Cultural Center in Poplar Sept. 14.
The event, sponsored by five eastern Montana Job Service offices and the Fort Peck Tribes, will include a job fair with several employers who are looking to hire veterans and representatives who will be on hand to answer questions about a variety of services including vocational training, disabilities and health services.
The opening ceremony will take place at 9 a.m., following a breakfast and registration at 8 a.m.
Veterans can also bring their families. There will be activities for children provided by the Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana. There will also be music, door prizes and a ventriloquist. Lunch will be provided by the Fort Peck Tribes.
In a press release, Glasgow Job Services manager Shawn Andersyn said the Fort Peck Tribes and Job Service offices have been working hard to plan the event.
“We are looking forward to serving hundreds of veterans and their families,” Andersyn said.
Andersyn also said organizations who want to participate can still reserve a booth.
Free transportation will be provided from Sheridan and Valley counties. If anyone needs to reserve a ride, they can call 765-1018 from the Plentywood area and 228-8747 if they are coming from the Glasgow, Nashua or Frazer areas.
Anyone looking for information on how they can help at the event or just general information, can contact the Glasgow Job Service at 228-9369.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:10
Written by Al Stover
An altercation ensued on Saturday, Sept. 7, resulting in gunshots being fired in Froid.
According to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office, sheriff’s deputies departed for Froid after receiving a call from 911 Dispatch regarding a report of gunshots at approximately 5:47 p.m.
The caller worked for an oil field company and had been going to get a company-owned van from a former employee, who had been fired. When he arrived to pick up the vehicle, the altercation ensued and the alleged shooter took out a shotgun and fired several shots into the air.
Deputies arrived and arrested Nicholas Davidson of Muskogee, Okla. He was later booked and processed at the county jail.
Davidson was originally charged on two felony counts of criminal endangerment; however the charges were reduced to misdemeanor charges of discharging a firearm in city limits and disorderly conduct. Penny Hendrickson, Justice of the Peace in Culbertson, also filed an order to allow Davidson to have his gun returned to him.
The shotgun was seized and put into evidence. No one has reported getting hit by shotgun pellets, as of press time.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:07
Written by Jaimee Green, NEMHS
The Roaring ‘20s ushered in a lawless decade. It was time of bootlegging, prohibition and Tommy-gun toting Bonnie and Clyde-type gangsters; a golden jazz age complimented by economic prosperity, social and cultural dynamism. It was the time of zoot suits, fedoras, boas, dancing flapper girls, noisy speakeasies and excitement!
On Sept. 28, attendees of the ninth annual Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation Spikes and Spurs Gala will have an opportunity to step back in time while enjoying this year’s Roaring ‘20s-themed fundraising event.
The gala is taking place at the American Legion Supper Club in Poplar, beginning at 5 p.m. with cocktails, followed by an evening of dinner, dancing,n silent auction, live auction, lottery and 50/50 drawing.
The event is the single largest fundraiser for NEMHS and provides funding for needed medical equipment while allowing them to keep up with continually changing innovations in technology.
“Without the generosity of the community, NEMHS would not be able to provide the area with the high quality of healthcare it deserves,” said Beth Pickthorn, executive director for the foundation.
This year’s entertainment will include the energizing band, “10 Foot Tall, 80 Proof,” of Bozeman.
In an effort to keep with the time period, dinner will include a four-course meal with entrées taken from the Waldorf Astoria’s menu when President Calvin Coolidge visited New York in 1924.
Transportation will be provided to anyone who would like a ride to and from gala.
“Our gala committee has worked hard to create an elegant evening for our donors to enjoy, while taking them back to an exciting era that was unlike any other,” Pickthorn said.
What began in 2005 as the Northeast Montana Charitable Foundation has grown into a vibrant non-profit organization that has risen over $150,000 dollars for capital projects and equipment for the Northeast Montana Health Services Poplar and Wolf Point campuses.
In the last two years, money raised through the event has been used to fund the purchase of plasma-thawers, laboratory refrigerators, Bair Paw warmers, a drug analyzer, an additional comfort room, hover mat transport and cabinetry. Some of this year’s fundraising efforts will be directed toward the 4D ultrasound/echocardiogram machine which cost nearly $200,000. The foundation gave $40,000 last October and has pledged an additional $20,000 this year.
The fundraiser helps enable NEMHS to bring services to the community they would otherwise have to travel to receive.
For information, contact Pickthorn at 768-6148.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:05
Written by The Herald-News
Construction has begun on the greatly anticipated Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority rural water project.
In an attempt to supply water as quickly as possible, DRWA has begun looking into construction in phases.
The first phase is officially under construction now south of Sidney and is expected to be completed and online in September. DRWA and the City of Sidney have entered into an agreement in order to supply water to the first DRWA users.
The first phase is being funded by Richland County and will be turned over to DRWA for operation once completed.
DRWA is grateful to Richland County and the City of Sidney for their willingness to support and assist DRWA in providing the much needed water to rural users.
For the second phase, DRWA is working with engineers on planning and analyzing a route to service the city of Fairview and rural users in that area.
Next steps plan to include looking into alternate routes to supply water to residents along Montana Hwy. 200.
DRWA expressed their gratitude that the communities and rural residents in their service area for being patient and for the continued support.
DRWA is excited to be under construction and plans to move forward on future phases as quickly as possible.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:57