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Havre City Council Takes Action on Several Items
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - At Monday night's Havre City Council meeting, three separate items regarding the city's stormwater system were passed unanimously. They adopted the Preliminary Engineering Report and Environmental Assessment created after an inspection by Great Falls-based Great West Engineering. They also approved applying for a Treasure State Endowment Program grant to help pay for some of the $3.2 million improvement project. Havre Public Works Director Dave Peterson says the city won't find out about grant money until the 2015 state Legislative Session.

"The next step for us is to apply for the TSEP grant which is due end of April, first part of May (2015). Bear Paw Development will put that application together for us, and give that to the state during the next legislative process."

Also Monday, Bear Paw Development Corporation Executive Director Paul Tuss made a presentation on the company's annual report. Bear Paw Development helped coordinate more than $8.9 million in 2013. He says the City of Havre is a major partner with Bear Paw Development, and thanked the Council for their cooperation.

"There's not an older relationship in all of Montana than the City of Havre and Bear Paw Development Corporation, anywhere. It's been a pretty successful relationship. So once again, for all you do for Bear Paw Development, thank you very much."

The Council also approved a request by the Havre Eagles Club to block off 2nd Avenue between 1st and 2nd street on May 24th. They would close the area to host a street dance as part of their annual Eagle Riders Charity Ride.

Three awards were also given out by Recycle Hi-Line Chair Candi Zion for members of the community who helped strengthen Havre's recycling efforts. The awards went to Walt Ball of the Eagles Manor, Bob and Kathy Doney of Bob's Greenhouse and the MSU-Northern Sustainability Program.

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Havre Town Pump Experiences Gas Problems
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The Havre Town Pump recently experienced a problem with its' gasoline and is now working to correct the issue. At 10:00 Monday morning, the state Department of Labor and Industries received a complaint concerning the quality of gasoline from the Havre Town Pump. The Department of Labor and Industries regulates gasoline through its Weights and Measures Bureau. Town Pump's Corporate Office in Butte told the Weights and Measures Bureau Chief that phase separation had occurred.

Phase separation occurs when water in a gas tank exceeds a certain threshold. The water and ethanol then separate. Weights and Measures officials say the problem is rare and only two cases have been reported in the past three years. However, Tilleman Motors in Havre has been making repairs related to the problem for several weeks.

A contractor was working to pump out the affected gasoline on Monday.

Town Pump's Supply and Distribution Manager Jim Kenneally says surface water entered the tank on a fuel delivery March 31st. Several repairs were made to the tank by an independent third-party.
The tank was then placed back into service without incident until April 19th when customers begin receiving water in their gasoline. They anticipate Havre Town Pump will again be selling gasoline out of the good remaining no-lead tank by Wednesday.
Until then premium gas is being sold at the same price as regular no-lead gas. Town Pump is taking full responsibility for the accident and will reimburse customers for their expenses. Customers can call the Havre Town Pump store at 265-9577 or the corporate office at 497-6700.

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Deadline Approaching for LIEAP Assistance
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The deadline for residents of Hill, Blaine and Libery Counties to apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program is fast approaching. LIEAP helps low income families pay their heating bills from the previous winter. HRDC Energy Specialist Sarah Singer says the deadline is 5:00 PM on April 30th. She notes that only the application is due at that time, and any additional paperwork can be filed at a later date.

"If someone wants to submit their application on April 30th, and they don't have all the information, that's fine, as long as we get their application date stamped no later than 5:00 April 30th."

She adds that individuals who do qualify for LIEAP assistance won't actually see the money from the program.

"The benefit is paid directly to the vendor, meaning if NorthWestern Energy is their utility vendor, that benefit amount is paid directly to that vendor, not the household."

For more information about LIEAP, call 265-6743 and ask for the Energy Program.

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Eastlick Pleads Guilty To Helping Embezzle Federal Aid
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to helping a former state legislator embezzle federal money meant for the Chippewa Cree tribe.

James Howard Eastlick appeared in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on Monday to plead guilty to aiding and abetting theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal funding.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris set sentencing for Aug. 15.

Prosecutors say Eastlick, his daughter and her husband kicked back hundreds of thousands of dollars to Chippewa Cree Construction Corp. CEO Tony Belcourt.

Belcourt, a former lawmaker, awarded Eastlick's family contracts for a Rocky Boy's reservation water pipeline project.

Belcourt has pleaded guilty to theft, bribery and tax evasion. Four other defendants have pleaded not guilty.

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Time to Register for Spring Community Ed. Classes
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Registration for the spring batch of Community Education classes begins next week. 26 different courses spanning 7 separate categories will be offered. Registration begins on Tuesday, April 22nd and ends Friday, April 25th. Havre Public Schools Community Ed. Coordinator Robyn Lewis says there are three different ways to sign up.

"You can give me a call at 265-4356. You can stop in here at the Robins Admin. Building, which is at 425 6th Street. Or you can shoot me an email at communityed@havre.k12.mt.us."

You must be 18 or older to sign up and take a class. As for the courses themselves, a few old favorites like Body Sculpture, Computer Basics and the Bear Paw Hike will be offered once again. Lewis says there are also a number of new courses this spring as well, such as a Cardio Kick, Jab and Jump class.

"It combines the basic fundamentals of kickboxing, along with simple cardio moves like jumping jacks to keep you moving burning intense calories."

Another new course of note involves a one-day trip to Great Falls.

"On Saturday, April 26th, we will be heading to Great Falls to visit the C.M. Russell Museum and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Interpretative Center. Transportation is provided. We will all meet at the high school parking lot at 8:00 AM."

Other popular courses offered include Aqua Aerobics, Juicing and Smoothies, and iPad Basics.

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Woman Killed in Crash Near Havre UPDATE
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Highway Patrol says a woman was killed and two men were injured when a minivan crashed east of Havre.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the Dodge Caravan drifted off U.S. Highway 2 shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday.

The highway patrol says in a statement the vehicle traveled down a steep embankment.

A 50-year-old Harlem woman was killed. The patrol says she was reportedly not wearing her seatbelt correctly.

The 29-year-old driver and a 21-year-old passenger were injured.

The patrol did not release their names. It was not immediately known whether speed or alcohol were factors.


GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) - The woman who died after a one-vehicle crash early Sunday east of Havre has been identified as 50-year-old Marcella Has The Eagle of Harlem.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the Dodge Caravan drifted off U.S. Highway 2 shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, and traveled down a steep embankment.

The patrol says Has The Eagle was reportedly not wearing her seatbelt correctly.

Two men from Harlem, the 29-year-old driver and a 21-year-old passenger, were injured.

It was not immediately known whether speed or alcohol were factors.

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