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Correction: The Lincoln-Reagen Dinner Flier Was Incorrect


In the April 12, 2024 issue of MT43 News (Volume 2, Edition 40) inadvertently ran an incorrect flier for the Lincoln‐Reagen Dinner.

The date and the location of event was correct but the speaker information is not correct.

Please see the correct announcement of the event in this issue.


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Final Decision Signed for Wood Duck Project in Big Belt Mountains


Chiara Cipriano

Public Affairs Officer

TOWNSEND, Mont. – April 5, 2024 – Today a final decision was signed for the Wood Duck Project located on the Townsend Ranger District of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

“The Wood Duck Project utilizes active forest management treatments to manage widespread tree mortality,” said Townsend District Ranger Aaron Webber. “This project will bring conditions closer to what is desired in the Forest Plan.”

The Wood Duck Project area encompasses a total of 69,876 acres in the Big Belt Mountains, east of Townsend, Montana and north of U.S. Highway 12. The project takes place in both Meagher and Broadwater counties between the Confederate Gulch and Ray Creek areas. Proposed treatments encompass a total of 1,241 acres, including 936 acres of intermediate harvest, 42 acres of regeneration harvest, and 263 acres of pre-commercial thinning.

A larger-scale map and other documents providing information about this project are available on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest website project page:


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Highway 287 Rest Stop Opens Without Fanfare


MT 43 News Staff Reporter

The Headwaters Rest Area near Three Forks on US Highway 287 opened Friday promptly at 9 a.m. Friday. A maintenance person reminded people who stopped by early that the facility would not open before 9:00 a.m. The facility was soon busy with cars and semis parked and people visiting the site.

The well-appointed rest area features reader boards explaining the history of the surrounding area. Three single bathrooms each serve the men’s and women’s areas. Each area has an American Disabilities Act (ADA) restroom. Picnic tables for visitors’ use are protected from the wind and a designated animal area is well-marked.

According to a January 31 email from Lisa Olmsted, public involvement manager for the Montana Department of Transportation, the facility, the first of its kind in Montana, has a law enforcement office space for use by Broadwater County Sheriff’s Department, Montana Highway Patrol and Motor Carrier Services employees. The facility will better serve the southern end of Broadwater County.


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Headwaters Rest Area To Open April 5


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

406-444-6021, nstout@mt.gov

Headwaters Rest Area to Open

Natalie Stout

Public Involvement Specialist, MDT

THREE FORKS, Mont. - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is excited to announce the opening of the Headwaters Rest Area near Three Forks at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 5.

The new rest area is located on US Highway 287 (US 287) near the Interstate 90 (I-90) interchange. It includes modern design features, safety enhancements, and a Law Enforcement Office that will be available for use by the Broadwater County Sheriff, Montana Highway Patrol (MHP), and MDT Motor Carrier Services (MCS).

"MDT appreciates the public's patience as this project took longer than expected," said MDT Interim Director Larry Flynn. "This has been a long process. We look forward to opening the Headwaters Rest Area to better serve the needs of the traveling public."

The public is encouraged to contact acting Public Information Officer Kim Vietz at 406-444-6821 with questions or comments about the project.

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Bill Garwood Closes Common Sense Bookstore


The Final Chapter of Common Sense Bookstore

MT43 News Staff Reporter

Bill Garwood’s Common Sense Bookstore is closing for good. He began calling his regular customers last week to let them know. He says some of them cried when he told them. Then they came out in droves to buy up his books.

“It is what it is,” he said in an interview on the first day of his half-off sale. “It’s time to do something else.”

Bill was euphoric and speaking in his familiar way with shoulders lifting and hands flying. He said people had come from all over to buy books. Some came from Bozeman, Three Forks and Helena. His collection in the airy, bright space on Broadway Street included all kinds of Bibles, five shelves of the Classics and a shelf of books in various languages. Books of poetry filled an entire shelf. He has a “Son of Tarzan” antique book published in 1917. And of course, cookbooks.

His children’s book collection was on display. “You never know what kind of books people want, but they will always buy a children’s book, for their grandchildren, you know. They sell the best,” he said.

Bill can always find comedy in life. He said an older lady came in when his store was earlier in the Betsy building. He asked if he could help her. Nope. She went through each aisle carefully. “Can I help you find what you are looking for?” Nope again. Finally, she came to the counter. “I told my friends, if I find shelves and shelves of romance books, I’m outta here!” She did not find any romance books.


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Boy's Science Project Discovers Arsenic Surprise


Boy's Science Fair Project Delivers Surprise Results

MT 43 News Staff Reporter

A 12-year-old Townsend school boy’s science project has triggered special monitoring for arsenic in the city’s water supply.

It all started as a simple experiment on water that sixth grader Isaiah Lowry drew from a school drinking fountain. His experiment started with the hypothesis that water filtered through filter paper and sand and rocks would do a better job of purification than water filtered only through filter paper.

Sure enough. His hypothesis was correct, and Isaiah, a Winston resident, was awarded 38 points out of a possible 40 by the science fair judges.

Isaiah’s samples were tested by the State Department of Health’s environmental laboratory in Helena. Surprisingly, they found an elevated level of arsenic contamination. Arsenic was measured at 10 parts per billion, which the State Department of Environmental Quality said is the maximum allowed by federal standards for drinking water.

In an e-mail letter to Mt43 News, DEQ Public Policy Director Rebecca Harbage said, “Repeat samplings at the fountain and at the water source confirmed this detection.” It continued, “At this time, the water does not exceed drinking water standards for arsenic. Therefore, there is no required action for the public water system to reduce arsenic levels.”


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USDA Value-Added Producer Grants


USDA Value-Added Producer Grants

USDA

STAKEHOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT

USDA Seeks Applications to Help Farmers and Ranchers Venture into New and Better Markets

Bozeman, Mont., Jan. 17, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help agricultural producers maximize the value of their products and venture into new and better markets.

USDA is making the grants available under the Value-Added Producer Grants program. The grants help farmers and ranchers generate new products, create marketing opportunities, and increase their incomes through value-added activities.

Eligible applicants include independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures.

USDA may award up to $75,000 for planning activities or up to $250,000 for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product.

Planning activities may include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans. Working capital expenses may include costs associated with processing, marketing, advertising, inventory, and salaries.

USDA is particularly interested in applications that will advance Biden-Harris Administration priorities to:

• Reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.

• Ensure all rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development (RD) programs and benefits from RD-funded projects; and


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"It's Scholarship Time"


"It's Scholarship Time"

Cullen Gilbreath

Reach Higher Montana

Reach Higher Montana Invites Students to Reach New Heights with "It's Scholarship Time" Application

[Helena, MT] – Reach Higher Montana, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education and empowering Montana students, is excited to announce the launch of the "It's Scholarship Time" application for high school and college students across the state.

The "It's Scholarship Time" initiative simplifies the application process by offering a single, comprehensive application form that allows students to apply for multiple scholarships simultaneously. This innovative approach aims to streamline the application experience, providing students with a more accessible and efficient way to access financial support for their education.

"We understand that the cost of education can be a significant barrier for many students. With 'It's Scholarship Time,' we aim to break down those barriers and empower students to pursue their academic and career goals without the burden of overwhelming financial constraints," said Kelly Cresswell, Executive Director at Reach Higher Montana.

Key features of the "It's Scholarship Time" application include:

1. Single Application, Multiple Opportunities: Students can complete one application form to be considered for a variety of scholarships, saving time and effort in the application process.

2. Tailored Scholarships for Diverse Needs: The scholarships available through this initiative cater to a wide range of students, recognizing academic achievement, leadership skills, community involvement, and various other criteria.


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Proposed chip seal on US 287


Proposed chip seal on US 287

Natalie Stout

MDT Public Involvement Specialist

TOWNSEND, TOSTON, and THREE FORKS, Mont. - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to seal and cover (chip seal) US Highway 287 (US 287), from Townsend ending south of Three Forks. The purpose of the project is to preserve and extend the service life of the roadway.

The first project begins near Elm Street in Townsend, and extends southeast for approximately eight miles, ending near Flynn Lane.

The second project begins one mile south of Toston and extends southwest for approximately six miles, ending south of Hossfeld Lane.

The third project begins south of Three Forks near Hilltop Road and extends for approximately seven miles, ending just north of the US 287 with the Three Forks Frontage Road junction.

Proposed work at all three project locations includes crack sealing, chip sealing, and upgraded pavement markings.

Construction is tentatively planned for 2025 depending on the completion of the design and the availability of funds. No new right-of-way or utility relocations will be needed.

Partnering with the community is an important part of properly planning for future projects. MDT welcomes the public to provide ideas and comments on the proposed project. Comments may be submitted online at http://www.mdt.mt.gov/contact/comment-form.aspx or in writing to the Montana Department of Transportation, Butte office, PO Box 3068, Butte, MT 59702-3068. Please note that comments are for projects UPN 10258000, UPN 10259000, and UPN 10260000.


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Proposed Resurfacing on I 90 near Three Forks


Proposed Resurfacing on I 90 near Three Forks

Natalie Stout

MDT Public Involvement Specialist

THREE FORKS, Mont. - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to resurface about five miles of Interstate 90 (I 90), near Three Forks. The project begins west of the US 287 Interchange, Exit 274, and extends east, ending near the Three Forks Interchange, Exit 278.

Proposed work includes milling the existing surface, applying a new overlay, and finishing with a seal and cover (chip seal), upgraded pavement markings, signage, and guardrail. The purpose of the project is to extend the service life of the roadway and enhance safety features.

Construction is tentatively planned for 2025 depending on the completion of the design and the availability of funds. No new right-of-way or utility relocations will be needed.

Partnering with the community is an important part of properly planning for future projects. MDT welcomes the public to provide ideas and comments on the proposed project. Comments may be submitted online at http://www.mdt.mt.gov/contact/comment-form.aspx or in writing to Montana Department of Transportation, Butte office, PO Box 3068, Butte, MT 59702-3068. Please note that comments are for project UPN 10254000.


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