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Climate Change Causing Buggy Trends in MT
MISSOULA, Mont. (NMB) - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Montanan.

NWF senior scientist Doug Inkley emphasizes that hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and watch for stinging and biting insects - but he says the risks are multiplying as seasons arrive earlier and later.

"I'm talking about deer ticks, we're talking about poison ivy. These species that are so bothersome to us are actually able to now proliferate because of the changing climate."

The report notes garden and crop pests are also growing in numbers, with certain types of stink bugs and other non-natives munching vegetables and other plants.

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Customs and Border Patrol Offers Travel Tips
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations is reminding travelers planning trips across the U.S.-Canadian border this holiday weekend to plan ahead and anticipate increased traffic.

CBP encourages travelers to obtain a valid, acceptable travel document such as a passport, permanent resident card or enhanced driver's license. They are also suggesting all foreign travelers obtain their required documents as early as possible instead of waiting until the day of their travel.

Border traffic volumes increase significantly due to the observance of Labor Day in both Canada and the United States.

Here is a complete list of traveling tips:


1. Check out the new CBP informational website at www.cbp.gov
The CBP site has been completely redesigned to help users quickly access the content they need. It also is optimized for access by smart phones and makes use of a new content delivery network that will improve access internationally.

2. Beat the border rush
Cross during off-peak times, such as before 6 a.m. or after 3 p.m. Most lines at the border start building in the morning and carry on into early afternoon.

3. Keep travel documents handy
Make sure each passenger has the correct travel document accessible and ready to give to the CBP officer.
If you are a frequent international traveler and have not already become a member of a trusted traveler program, sign up now. For more information, please visit CBP's Trusted Traveler site.

4. Know the contents of your vehicles and be prepared to declare all items
Travelers are required to declare all items being imported into the United States from Canada. If you are not sure about what to declare, do not hesitate to ask the CBP officer.

5. Know what food products can be imported
Many fruits, meats, dairy, and poultry products are prohibited from being imported into the United States from Canada.

6. Declare all firearms
Travelers are reminded that specific requirements must be met to import or export firearms and ammunition to/from the United States. For more information on the importation or exportation of firearms and ammunition visit ATF, State Dept., and Commerce Dept. websites or contact CBP at 406-453-7631.

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Havre Woman Arrested After High Speed Chase
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - A 19-year-old Havre woman was arrested Friday evening after leading local law enforcement on a high speed chase throughout the city of Havre. Dakota Greshock is currently being held at the Hill County Detention Center without bond on a charge of Criminal Endangerment.

A press release from the Havre Police Department says that at 4:39 PM Friday, a female called 911 to report that she was a passenger in a motor vehicle that was being driven recklessly at excessive speeds. The passenger told the 911 operator that she believed the driver was attempting to kill herself or somebody else.

Officers located the vehicle in the 500 block of 16th Avenue West and initiated pursuit. The pursuit traveled through the city of Havre and ended in the parking lot of Gary and Leo's IGA at approximately 4:56 PM.

The Havre PD, Hill County Sheriff's Department, Montana Highway Patrol and Montana Fish and Game were involved in the pursuit, which concluded without injury and was resolved peacefully.

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Liberty County Transit Starting Service to Havre
CHESTER, Mont. (NMB) - Starting in September, Liberty County Transit will be offering trips to Havre as part of their service. Currently, the Transit makes one trip a week to Great Falls on Wednesdays. As Liberty County Transit Coordinator Glenda Hanson explains, the trip is made only if someone has a medical appointment scheduled.

"And basically how that works is as long as someone has a medical appointment, we make a trip. And then others can go on for other purposes too, if they choose."

Hanson adds that the trip to Havre will work the same way and will be offered on Thursday each week. Residents who live in communities between Chester and Havre can be picked up along the way, provided they call and make an appointment first. For more information or to schedule a ride, call 759-5244.

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MHP Increasing Presence over Holiday Weekend
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The Montana Highway Patrol will be putting more troopers on the road statewide this holiday weekend. The increase is in conjunction with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Campaign, which began on August 13th and runs through Labor Day weekend.

The focus of the campaign is to target those who are driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of both.

In a press release, MHP District 8 Commander Duane Bowers says, "Far too many people still don't understand that alcohol, drugs and driving do not mix. Impaired driving is no accident-nor is it a victimless crime. Our goal is to stop as many impaired drivers as possible and get them off the roadway before they become or create another tragic statistic."

The Highway Patrol also encourages all travelers to buckle up and have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

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BLM Urges Drivers to use Caution on Secondary Roads
LEWISTOWN, Mont. (NMB) - Bureau of Land Management offices across the Hi-Line are warning drivers to be cautious this weekend when traveling secondary roads en route to or on BLM-managed lands, due to the damage caused by last week's multi-day rain event. Preliminary assessments by BLM personnel of Blaine, Phillips and Valley Counties' non-paved roads revealed a range of damage and dangerous situations.

Havre Field Manager Stanley Jaynes says that in Blaine County "Roads are wet, but drying has improved with sunshine the last few days. To prevent getting stuck or stranded, motorists should avoid dirt roads a few more days, if possible."

In Phillips County, Malta Field Manager Vinita Shea says staff members have been attempting to assess road damage, but access is an issue.

Here is a more detailed look at travel conditions:


BLAINE COUNTY

Road conditions in Blaine County continue to be wet but are slowly drying out with warmer temperatures the area is receiving.

All hazard class dams are holding but access continues to be an issue.


PHILLIPS COUNTY

Damage to the Alder Gulch and Pony Gulch Roads in the Little Rockies has been confirmed.

The Regina and Sun Prairie Roads have been closed by the Phillips County Road Department.

Hazardous areas have been marked along the Content Road.

Dry Fork Road is open and has been maintained by the BLM since the multi-day rain event.


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Greg Kegel Named Interim Dean at MSUN
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Montana State University-Northern Dean of the College of Technical Sciences Greg Kegel has been named Interim Chancellor at MSUN.

Montana State University President Waded Cruzado made the selection one day after former Chancellor Dr. James Limbaugh announced his resignation. In a press release, she stated that Kegel will serve as Chancellor for the "forseeable future."

In the same release Kegel states, "I'm humbled and honored to be asked to lead Northern. I love Northern and have made it my home. I look forward to working with our faculty, staff and proud community members to make Northern the best it can be for our students"

Kegel has been at the University since 1982, and will assume his new responsibilities effective August 30th.

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Kindergartners Get Ready for First Day at Highland Park
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Wednesday marked the first day of school for everyone within the Havre Public Schools District, with the exception of kindergarten students. Their first day starts today, although on Thursday most parents brought their child in for a half-hour conference with their teacher. As Highland Park Principal Maureen Odegard explains, the later start date helps those first-time students adjust to their new surroundings.

"It offers them an opportunity just to be more relaxed when they come in on that first day, which is Friday, which gives them 1 day of that separation before they go into that long weekend. And then they start the next week with a short week, so it kind of eases them into the process."

She adds that the popular Kindergarten Prep class is full once again, with 20 students signed up. Odegard says Kindergarten Prep is a great program for those parents whose children aren't quite ready for kindergarten.

"They realize that their child's old enough to be here at kindergarten, but they're just maybe not quite ready academically, emotionally or socially. So, Kindergarten Prep students are students that are 5 (years old) by that September 10th date, but just aren't quite ready to make that transition to kindergarten."

Overall, there are 160 kindergarten students enrolled at Highland Park this year.

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Liberty Co. Finds Superintendent in Nick of Time
CHESTER, Mont. (NMB) - School officially began for students in Liberty County last Wednesday, and the new year almost began without a County Superintendent of Schools in place. Incumbent Republican Superintendent Rachel Ghekiere ran unopposed during June's primary election. However, as Liberty County Commissioner Larry Hendrickson explains, those plans changed this summer.

"The Superintendent of Schools filed to re-run for the position, and then she chose to take a teaching job during the summer. And so she was hired as a teacher for C-J-I and then she vacated her position."

With an empty position to fill, the Commissioners advertised for the position and found a candidate last Wednesday just before school started. Hendrickson says Kathy Armstrong formerly taught in the Chester-Joplin-Inverness School District and stepped forward.

"School's already started, so she was put on the ballot to fill the Republican spot for the County Superintendent of Schools, and then the Liberty County Commissioners will appoint her then to fill out the term."

Armstrong will complete the remainder of Ghekiere's term, which expires on January 1st, 2015. She is running unopposed in November's election, and will begin her "official" term on January 1st.

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MSUN Chancellor Limbaugh Resigns
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Montana State University-Northern Chancellor Dr. James Limbaugh has announced his resignation. Montana State University Spokesman Tracy Ellig says that Limbaugh made the announcement to MSUN staff at 9:50 this morning. Dr. Limbaugh's resignation is effective as of Friday, August 29th.

In a letter Limbaugh shared with students, faculty and staff he states, "For almost three years, I have had the privilege to lead Montana State University-Northern as your Chancellor, working toward a shared vision of excellence in post-secondary education...However, continuing controversy on campus and in the community has become a significant distraction to the achievement of our common goals and has hampered severely our ability to move forward. Therefore, for the sake of this institution, I am resigning as the Chancellor of Montana State University-Northern."

In a press release, MSU President Waded Cruzado thanked Limbaugh for his dedication and service.

Here is the complete press release from Montana State University:


HAVRE - Montana State University Northern Chancellor James Limbaugh announced his resignation from the university's top post effective Friday, Aug 29.
Limbaugh shared the following letter with students, faculty and staff today:
Colleagues:

For almost three years, I have had the privilege to lead Montana State University-Northern as your Chancellor, working toward a shared vision of excellence in post-secondary education. Our students deserve our full attention in this endeavor; our community deserves a university of which it can be proud.

However, continuing controversy on campus and in the community has become a significant distraction to the achievement of our common goals and has hampered severely our ability to move forward. Therefore, for the sake of this institution, I am resigning as the Chancellor of Montana State University-Northern, effective Friday, August 29, 2014.

I wish each of you the best as you lead MSUN into its second century of service to the citizens of Montana.

Sincerely,

James Limbaugh

Montana State University President Waded Cruzado thanked Limbaugh for his dedication and service to Northern and its students.

"Chancellor Limbaugh is a life-long educator and he has always striven to do the best for students. Even in his resignation, he is putting students first so MSU Northern can continue to move forward," Cruzado said. "I want to thank Chancellor Limbaugh for his dedicated service to MSU Northern and for his collaboration with the MSU campuses."

Limbaugh came to MSU Northern in January 2012 from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where he had served as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.

During his tenure at Northern, Limbaugh was able to increase enrollment at Northern in the fall of 2013 after the university had experienced many years of enrollment decline. He also received praise from the Montana Board of Regents for fulfilling its request that campuses conduct academic prioritization reviews to determine which programs should be grown, maintained, combined, or eliminated.

He also advanced campus renovations that include a stabilization project of Donaldson Hall, the rebuilding of the campus' tennis courts, an extensive remodel of student dining facilities, the conservation and display of an impressive collection of Native American artifacts, as well as an extensive renovation of the gym floor and bleachers in the Armory Gym.

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