- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Bainville Town Council held a short meeting discussing fees regarding the budget for the next fiscal year and the pending local government study commission report Monday, Aug. 3.
“The council reviewed various fees and will make possible recommendations during the next public council meeting,” town clerk Nikki Rogers said.
Questions were asked by the Council regarding the government study commission report and answers were given by Dan Clark, Local Government Center director.
Two additional members will be added to the town council.
The public council meeting, where more information will be released, is slated for Monday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Bainville Town Hall.
Sivertsen Pessimistic Of Senate’s Six-Year Highway Bill Following House Passing Three-Month Funding Band-Aid
- Written by John Plestina
The president of Montana’s Highway 2 Association remains pessimistic of the Senate’s six-year highway bill that passed on the heals of a three-month fiscal band-aid approved before the 435 House members left for a six-week recess, leaving Congress unable to vote on the Senate bill until after Sept. 8.
The Senate voted 91-4 to pass the House’s three-month extension in order to avoid a transportation construction shutdown. It only ensures that funding is not halted for current infrastructure projects.
After the House passed the short-term fix Wednesday, July 29, Congress adjourned for the six-week recess without taking up the Senate’s long-term bill.
The Senate bill, a bipartisan six-year plan for highway, bridge and transit construction, passed 65-34 Thursday, July 30. If passed by the House and President Barack Obama signs it into law, the measure would provide about $47 billion in additional highway funding for the first three years. It authorizes infrastructure projects for six years, leaving proposed projects unfunded from 2018 to 2021.
The Senate bill would not result in a tax increase at the gas pumps. Funding would come from a variety of means, including the sale of oil from the government-owned Strategic Petroleum Reserve, reducing dividends paid by the Federal Reserve to member banks and extending various user fees and improving tax compliance.
The plan is the first long-term highway bill approved in the Senate since 2005. The short-term extension is the 34th that Congress has passed since 2009.
“The Senate did this because they say it will give them a head start when Congress reconvenes on Sept 8. Fact of matter, it will not be approved by the House, therefore more wrangling and time wasted,” Highway 2 Association President Bob Sivertsen of Havre told The Herald-News. “The people need to demand a clean highway bill.”
He said both funding proposals [House and Senate] are bad ideas and that the public needs to pressure Congress to step away from the proposals.
“The House passing a three-month extension is nothing more than kicking the can down the road,” Sivertsen said. “The House like the Senate doesn’t have a plan that will fly.”
He added that politicians in Washington are not being honest and forthright.
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., released the following prepared statement: “The Senate just passed a six-year Highway Bill. That is good news for Montana ― a state that has 75,000 miles of road. We need to address our infrastructure challenges in a state like Montana where we have $60 billion worth of goods that move over those highways. It is unfortunate that the House did not stick around to give our Department of Transportation, our contractors and the people of Montana the certainty they need to know that we’re going to have a good highway system that supports our economy, not only this year, but well into the future,”
Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., voted in favor of the temporary extension. He called on the leadership in the House and Senate to craft a long-term plan before the senate passed the six-year plan.
“The Highway Bill is one of those ‘must-do’ bills, and I believe infrastructure is a fundamental role of government. Infrastructure is an investment, not simply an expense, that will prepare Montana for the future,” Zinke said in a prepared statement. “A long-term highway bill that is paid for with the right priorities is certainly at the top of my list, but right now Congress has no clear path forward. I am pleased that our veterans and highways remain a priority, but I look forward to both chambers coming together on a fiscally responsible way to build our roads and bridges.”
“Today the Senate took an important step in moving forward a bipartisan, multi-year bill to address our nation’s infrastructure needs. Montanans deserve a long-term solution that provides needed certainty, improves our infrastructure country, and most importantly, helps create jobs,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said in a statement.
Sivertsen called for a hike in the gas/fuel tax. He said it is the only legitimate way to fund the Highway Trust.
“It’s the fairest tax, because it’s a user tax, if ya don’t drive, ya don’t pay,” he said.
“I have been an advocate for raising the gas/fuel tax for sometime now. Former Sen. Max Baucus told me some years ago, ‘As unpopular as it is, we need to raise the gas/fuel tax,’” Sivertsen said.
He said he is pleased that some representatives in Congress are advocating for the increased tax.
Sivertsen submitted a proposal to Congress that would fund the highway trust and address other related issues.
Sivertsen called a funding proposal by presidential candidate and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., “a devious political scheme. Using repatriation to collect money from corporations doing business overseas is a bogus scheme, at best.”
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Roosevelt County Extension has announced the following Roosevelt County Fair 4-H Indoor Conference judging results.
Dept. B – Animal Science: Judge’s Choice Awards, Kendra Romo, plaque; Tiara Whitmus, plaque; Quinn Whitmus, $5; Katie South, $10; Carson Solem, $5.
Dept. C – 4-H Engineering & Technology: Judge’s Choice Awards, Quinn Whitmus, plaque, Brett Stentoft, $10; Solomon Grainger, ribbon; Macala Adkins, ribbon; Quinn Whitmus, trophy.
Dept. E – 4-H Family & Consumer Sciences: Judge’s Choice Awards, Patrick Kjelshus, plaque; Kaylee Olson, $10.
Dept. G – 4-H Communications & Expressive Arts: Judge’s Choice Awards, Paytyn Wilson, plaque; Allie Romo, cheeseburger, fries and pop donated by Wild West Diner.
Dept. I – 4-H Health: Kaitlyn Adkins, oven mitt; Tiara Whitmus, plaque; Katie South, bread mix.
Dept. J – 4-H County Projects, Cake Decorating: Sierra Machart, plaque; Trinity Whitmus, bread mix; Sierra Machart, Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating.
Dept. K – 4-H Miscellaneous: Carly Bowker, plaque; Macala Adkins, $10; Lucas Oelkers, $10; Carson Solem, $5; Carly Bowker, plaque; Cloverbuds – Elsie Wilson, $5.
Dept. L – FFA: Tessa Larsen, plaque, Logan Nickoloff, plaque; Mc-Kade Mahlen, $10; Mariah Marchart, $10; Lucas Oelkers, $5.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Montie Montana, who was from Wolf Point, was among the 2015 inductees into the eighth class of inductions in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Montana, 1910 to 1998, is remembered nationally as a rodeo trick rider, actor and stuntman. He was inducted with a Legacy Award for deceased cowboys.
In addition to Montana, inductees from the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame’s District 1, which is Roosevelt, Daniels, Sheridan, Valley and Phillips counties, were Miles “Bud” Geer of Nashua receiving a Living Award and the Circle C Ranch of Zortman with a Legacy Award.
Chappel Brothers Corporation of the Prairie Elk area south of the Missouri River in McCone County received a Legacy Award in District 2, which includes McCone, Dawson, Garfield, Prairie, Richland and Wibaux counties.
Other District 2 inductees were Marvin K. Ley of Glendive with the Living Award and C.A. “Bud” Kramer of Jordan with a Legacy Award.
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center announced the inductions, Monday, Aug. 3.
The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public. Inductees are honored for their notable contributions to the history and culture of Montana.
“The board of trustees, our volunteer network from around the state, has reviewed this year’s nominations and completed the voting process,” said Bill Galt, White Sulphur Springs rancher and MCHF and WHC president. “This process gives local communities a strong voice in who will represent them in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame exists to honor those — famous cowboy or not — who have made an impact in their community and serve as a symbol of Montana’s authentic heritage for future generations.”
The MCHF and WHC board of directors has designated 12 trustee districts across the state from which up to 20 trustees may be appointed. Nomination criteria established by the board for the Class of 2015 inductions allowed the election of up to one living inductee and two legacy inductees from each of the 12 districts. In the case of a tie, winning nominees are jointly inducted.
The remainder of the 2015 inductees are:
•District 3, Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud and Treasure counties, Jack L. “Slug” Mills of Boyes and Doug Wall of Miles City, tie for the Living Award, Charles G. Patten of Broadus and Manly Anderson Moore, Sr., of Broadus, Legacy Awards;
•District 4, Blaine, Chouteau, Hill, and Liberty counties, Robert “Bud” Boyce of Big Sandy, Living Award, Larry Kane and Harry Stuart Green of Big Sandy, and Miller Brothers Land and Livestock of Chinook, tie for Legacy Award;
•District 5, Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton and Toole counties, Jay Joseph Contway of Great Falls, Living Award, Alfred Bertram “Bud” Guthrie, Jr., of Choteau and Mary “Stagecoach Mary” Fields of Cascade, and Dr. Ernest Bigalow Maynard of Choteau, tie for Legacy Award;
•District 6, Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum and Wheatland counties, Eldon H. Snyder of Lewistown, Living Award, and Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous of Lewistown and Merle J. Boyce of Winifred, Legacy Award;
•District 7, Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass and Yellowstone counties, Henry Albert “Hank” Scobee of Hardin, Living Award, Malcolm S. Mackay of Roscoe and Charlotte “Rusty” Linderman Spaulding of Belfry, Legacy Award;
•District 8, Broadwater, Jefferson and Lewis and Clark counties, – Joseph W. “Joe” Enger of Helena, Living Award, Auchard Creek School of Augusta, Legacy Award;
•District 9, Gallatin, Meagher and Park counties, Robert “Bob” Shiplet of Clyde Park and Thomas R. “Tom” Hunter of Clyde Park, and Robert Anderson “Bob” Haugland of Belgrade, tie, Legacy Award;
•District 10, Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders counties, Richard B. “Dick” and Patricia B. “Tricia” Vinson of Thompson Falls, Living Award, C.R. Williams of Kalispell, Legacy Award;
•District 11, Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli counties, Frank R. Mason Jr., of Corvallis, Living Award, Vernon Woolsey of Stevensville and Clarence Barron “C.B.” Rich of Seeley Lake, Legacy Award;
•District 12, Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison and Powell counties, Edward Francis “Butch” O’Connell of Butte, “Gunner” Gun Again, of Dillon and John W. “Jack” Briggs of Dell, three-way tie, Living Award, Melvin R. Icenoggle of Ennis, Legacy Award.
Since the initial round of inductions to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008, including this year’s inductions, 240 inductees have been honored. Full biographies for past inductees are available on the MCHF and WHC’s website, http://www.montanacowboyfame.org.
In July, the MCHF and WHC commenced its first phase of construction in the central location of Big Timber, with modifications to the Hall of Fame headquarters and the creation of a world-class outdoor arena. The arena’s programming will allow the MCHF and WHC to highlight and celebrate the many traditions of our western heritage and cowboy way of life through quality western sporting events.
- Written by Jaimee Green
Roosevelt Medical Center will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive \Thursday, Aug. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The single-day event will take place in the Telemedicine Room at RMC.
Generally, donors must be in good health, at least 17-years old and weigh more than 110-pounds. Walk-in patients are welcome.
“When you work in healthcare you realize just hour important having a constant and viable source of blood is for saving lives. People who choose to donate are truly making a difference in the outcome of a patient’s health,” RMC laboratory director Joann Smith said.
According to the Red Cross, every 27 minutes, someone in the Montana service area needs blood. The Red Cross strives to collect over 700 pints of blood each week, in that same service area. Nationally, someone is in need of blood every two seconds.
During the last blood drive hosted by RMC, a total of 28 area residents gave blood. This time, the Laboratory Department hopes to collect 22 draws.
Before donating, it is important to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and fatty foods.
To schedule a donation appointment, or for more information, contact Smith at 787-6214.