- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Montana Department of Revenue is mailing out classification and appraisal notices to all owners of residential, commercial, industrial, agriculture and forest land properties, with the department’s determination of a property’s market and taxable values.
“We ask you to review the information thoroughly,” said Mike Kadas, director of the Montana Department of Revenue. “Although this is not a tax bill, it is important information that your county treasurer’s office will use when calculating your property tax bill.”
New this year, property owners can access additional details about their property characteristics and values online by visiting revenue.mt.gov/property-assessment.
If property owners disagree with the department’s determination, they can submit a Form AB-26, request for informal classification and appraisal review, to the department. The Form AB-26 must be submitted within 30 days from the date on the classification and appraisal notice. To obtain a Form AB-26, property owners can contact their local department office located in each county or go online to revenue.mt.gov/appeal-process.
Instead of submitting a Form AB-26 for an informal review, property owners may choose to make a formal appeal directly to the county tax appeal board, also within 30 days of the notice date. However, the department does encourage taxpayers to file a Form AB-26 as most property taxpayer concerns are resolved informally with the department through the AB-26 process.
Montana law requires the department to send a classification and appraisal notice to property owners at the beginning of each appraisal cycle and whenever a change in ownership, classification or value has occurred. Under new state law, residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial properties are now classified and appraised every two years. The reappraisal cycle for forest land remains at six years.
The public can find contact information for local Department of Revenue offices by visiting revenue.mt.gov/contact-us or by calling toll free (866) 859-2254.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Pictured are some of the folks that attended the July 4 celebration in Froid having their faces painted. (Submitted photo)
- Written by John Plestina
“Buster” has been missing since June 14 from north of Wolf Point near mile post 15 on Montana Hwy. 13.
The act of stealing livestock is called duffing in Australia and rustling in Montana and throughout the American West. Whatever people want to call it, taking stock amounts to theft, and the recent suspected pilfering of a horse from a ranch a few miles north of Wolf Point is an example.
Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers told The Herald-News a horse that answers to “Buster” has been missing since June 14 from the area of Montana Hwy. 13 near mile post 15.
The eight-year-old male sorrel colored [chestnut coloring] gelding has white sox on both rear hoofs and a white hairline on the right front foot.
It is unbranded.
“He [owner] was yet to brand it,” Summers said.
“It’s worth at least $2,300,” he said.
“The family that owns the horse was away and found it missing when they returned. They searched with no luck,” Summers said.
The horse got out of its pen and was last seen on Hwy. 13 about 17 miles from Wolf Point after a
Scobey man tied the horse to a fence post and called 911. The horse was not there when an RCSO deputy arrived.
“We’re trying to do our best to find it. It’s a felony theft,” Summers said.
“For ranchers, it’s pretty serious if someone steals your cows or horses, or kills them,” he said.
Montana Department of Livestock enforcement officer Monte Simonsen contacted Summers during the last week of June about the missing horse.
Simonsen investigates thefts and abuse of livestock, and trespassing by livestock on grazing lands in several Hi-Line counties.
He said last week that there was no solid evidence of a theft.
“At this point in time it’s a horse disappearance. It isn’t a theft,” Simonsen said.
“It’s not a stolen horse as of yet, but it has tendencies to go toward a stolen horse,” he said.
“We’re looking for it and we have some ideas of where it went or where it might be,” Simonsen said.
“What we see is a lot of disappearance of cattle. You can’t really say they’ve been stolen. They may not be in the area where they are supposed to be,” he said.
Simonsen said there is a similar situation with a missing horse in Chinook.
As for modern-day rustling in Montana, he said, “We’ve had cattle stolen as much as a 1,000 head at a time.”
Simonsen described cattle and horses as social animals that might follow herds they don’t belong in just as humans follow other people.
“You have to put a human aspect on where the animal might be,” Simonsen said.
- Written by John Plestina
The 92nd annual Wild Horse Stampede and the Wolf Point Centennial Celebration kick off this week and will be held Wednesday through Saturday, July 8-11.
Several of the High Plains Drifters gunfighters were to be in costume Wednesday, July 8, to promote their two shows on Saturday. The Wolf Point Old West reenactment group will perform in public for the first time with seven skits during the two performances. At least two members of the group have experience with Old West reenactment groups.
Wednesday activities included a tri-tip barbecue at 5 p.m. at Marvin Brookman Stadium, followed by the annual KVCK Country Showdown at 7 p.m.
Several first-time contestants were among the 10 who signed up to compete in the annual KVCK Country Showdown. The popular talent contest returned to the Stampede grounds this year after being held in the Wolf Point High School auditorium the last five years.
Ten contestants signed up for the Country Showdown. They included Parker Jo Brunelle of Bismarck, N.D.; Al Bets His Medicine of Poplar; DeLaura LaFaye of Dagmar; Sarah Morales of Opheim; Natasha Richter of Butte; Brian Salveson of Williston; Rachel Sigmundstad of Glasgow; Mikela and Alissa Smith of Wolf Point; Pieter VanHeerden of Wolf Point; and Trinity Whitmus of Wolf Point.
A dance followed at the Stampede grounds with the Colorado-based band Ryan Chrys and the Roughcuts playing from 9 p.m. until midnight.
The Centennial Committee and High Plains Motors provided a courtesy car to drive people home from the dance as a means to keep intoxicated drivers off the road.
The ever-popular Catholic Hamburger Stand opens at 11 a.m. Thursday on Main Street.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday will include three days of the annual Stampede parade at noon with the theme “Do You Remember When.” Ten historical-themed floats will be featured and showcased in Marvin Brookman Stadium before each PRCA-sanctioned rodeo performance, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. each night.
Street dances on Main Street will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
The Stampede Roundup Tough Enough To Wear Pink Golf Tournament will be held at the Airport Golf Course Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, will kick off with the Human Stampede, sponsored by Fort Peck Community College. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at Sherman Park.
From 7 to 11 a.m. will be the annual WolPoint Museum pancake breakfast at the museum on U.S. Hwy. 2, with the dedication of the new building taking place at 10 a.m.
Cowboy Church featuring The Petersons will be held at the Marvin Brookman Stadium, starting with coffee at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the service at 10 a.m.
Art in the Park will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Sherman Park.
Wolf City Rods and Rides will have a Show and Shine at 1 p.m. on Main Street.
Also on Saturday will be the wackiness of bed races with several heats with four-person teams pushing beds on wheels through downtown streets and a fifth team member on the bed wearing pajamas, starting on either Benton or Custer Street and ending on Second Avenue South, just south of Anaconda Street. The first heat will be at 2:15 p.m.
Registrations for the bed races will be at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Courthouse North Annex, the building on the 100 block of Custer Street that houses the Roosevelt County Health Department and the Wolf Point Senior Center.
The Stick Horse Rodeo by Miss Rodeo Montana Hanna Heckman at Sherman Park will take place at 2 p.m.
The long ago tradition of Wolf Point pie-eating contests will resume Saturday in Sherman Park at 3 p.m. and will feature several heats for various ages as well as a celebrity heat.
The High Plains Drifters will present two 45-minute skits in Firemen’s Park at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m., before and after the bed races and pie-eating contest are held. Each show will be a different skit.
Former KVCK announcer David Arndt will emcee the Saturday afternoon events.
Saturday and Sunday will see the first Moto Cross events in Wolf Point with the Lone Wolf XC Races.
- Written by John Plestina
The man who showed up drunk for his sentencing in 15th District Court in May returned sober Wednesday, June 24, and was sentenced on eight misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident that occurred in November.
Alexander Phillip Jiron, 33, of Rapid City, S.D., and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota was arraigned in November 2014 and pleaded not guilty on all nine original charges. Felony criminal endangerment was dismissed under a plea agreement.
District Judge David Cybulski sentenced Jiron to 30 days in the Roosevelt County Jail and a $1,000 fine for DUI second offense, 45 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for fleeing or eluding a peace officer, seven days in jail and a $250 fine obstructing a peace officer, two days in jail and a $250 fine for driving a motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked, a $100 fine for speeding on a non-interstate highway, two days in jail and a $250 fine for operating without liability insurance, a $250 fine for operating with expired registration and a $50 fine for an open container law violation. The sentences run concurrently and Jiron received credit for 57 days served in the Roosevelt County Jail.
Jiron appeared intoxicated when he appeared in court for his first scheduled sentencing on May 27.
At that time, Cybulski gave him leniency, not revoking Jiron’s bond and allowing him to be released. Cybulski told Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies to perform a preliminary breath test, also known as a field sobriety test. Jiron blew a .158, nearly twice the legal limit to drive a motor vehicle.