- 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.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
District Judge David Cybulski heard several cases during Law and Motion proceedings in 15th District Court Wednesday, June 24.
Tina Lee Houim, 50, of Tioga, N.D., was sentenced to three years deferred imposition of sentence and a $1,000 fine for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, 24 hours in the Roosevelt County Jail and $800 fine for misdemeanor DUI first offense and a $200 fine for misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Houim withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty in January.
Nicodemus Andrew Kupka, 19, of Watford City, N.D., appeared for an arraignment and pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
He has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail since his arrest June 15, held on $25,000 bond.
Sheriff Jason Frederick identified the drug in Kupka’s position as methamphetamine.
Kupka was arrested on U.S. Hwy. 2 near Bainville with Dhara L. Zinke, 23, of Kalispell, the sister of Congressman Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. She was charged in Roosevelt County Justice Court with misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, first offense. Zinke posted $1,170 bail and bonded out.
Randall Lyle Lehner, 55, of Wolf Point was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony partner or family member assault.
The Wolf Point Police Department reported Lehner’s arrest at the Homestead Inn on April 12 following a report of a domestic dispute.
John Michael Mincey, 47, of Poplar withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded Nolo Contendre [no contest] to misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle during a change of plea hearing.
He pleaded not guilty to felony theft, first offense, during his arraignment in May.
Mincey was sentenced to six months in the Roosevelt County Jail with four months suspended and credit for time served since his arrest on April 10. The defendant will pay a $500 fine.
The original felony theft charge is dismissed.
David Mahlon Rogers, 54, of Oregon was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony DUI fourth or subsequent offense and misdemeanor counts of driving while license is suspended or revoked, operating a motor vehicle that has not been properly registered, driving without insurance and a seatbelt violation.
Rogers made an initial appearance May 27.
Zachary Rory Everett Shay, 23, of Rock Springs, Wyo., appeared for a disposition hearing on a petition to revoke a sentence that was imposed July 22, 2014.
The court revoked Shay’s previous sentence and committed him to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with three years suspended and a recommendation for the boot camp or connections corrections programs. Shay receives credit for all time served.
Shay was arrested earlier this year on an out-of-county warrant and returned to Wolf Point where he has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail. He appeared in court May 13 on a petition to revoke a five-year deferred sentence.
Shay pleaded guilty in 2014 to criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
He admitted in court in May that he went to Minot, N.D., in violation of probation terms, and admitted that he drank alcohol in violation and that he was charged with driving under the influence in Rawlins, Wyo.
Wesley Clarence Stearns 42, of Williston, N.D., was sentenced to a five-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, six months to run concurrent for misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. He also received a $25,000 fine with $15,000 suspended.
The court also sentenced Stearns to a five-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony issuing bad checks, common scheme. The sentences will run concurrently.
Stearns admitted during a previous court appearance to possession of methamphetamine and issuing four bad checks on July 4, 2013.
He has been free on bond.
Scott Austin Varner, 22, Crawfordville, Fla., was sentenced to a four-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a $4,000 fine.
Varner withdrew a previously entered not-guilty plea to a charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs on Feb. 25.
Varner admitted in court at that time that he was in possession of marijuana in excess of 60 grams.
He was arrested by the Montana Highway Patrol Oct. 13, 2014.
Jarod Joseph Weyrauch, 30, of Wolf Point, appeared for a disposition hearing on a petition to revoke a sentence that was imposed March 26, 2014.
The court revoked the deferred portion of the Weyrauch’s sentence, so he is sentenced to the DOC for five years with three years suspended, a recommendation for the Nexus program or corrections connections plus credit for about two months time served.
Weyrauch has been in jail since April 24.
He appeared for a revocation hearing on May 27 for violations of conditions of a sentence for a drug charge that was imposed March 26, 2014.
Weyrauch admitted to three violations in court. They were: failure to seek and maintain employment; purchasing, possessing or consuming illegal drugs; and failure to submit monthly reports.
Wolf Point Police officers arrested Weyrauch April 24 on a warrant following a foot pursuit on the 300 block of Custer Street.
The WPPD arrested Weyrauch in July 2013 with a substance that was identified as methamphetamine.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
(Editor’s note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday, July 6, 16 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center Was Holding three females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, June 29, and Monday, July 6:
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, and resisting arrest;
•Edward Jermaine Edwards, 43, Columbia Falls, S.C., driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked and out of county warrant, released;
•William Flynt, 36, Tucson, Ariz., fail to remain at accident scene, fail to carry proof or exhibit insurance, felony DUI;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Nicodemus A. Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out of county warrant;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Cody Masterson, 23, Billings, seatbelt violation, stop sign violation, DUI and driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
•Zachary Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out of county warrant;
•William Sprouse, 33, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked;
•Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•Sam Vigoren, 40, Culbertson, out-of-county warrant;
•Amanda Walton, 32, Poplar, violation of a protective order, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, transferred to Valley County Detention center;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation.
Montola Plant Near Culbertson Will Become Oilfield Brine Treating Facility -- Prediction That Area Is Another Williston In 10 Years
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Montola oilseed crushing plant in Culbertson will soon be used to process oilfield brine and produce potable water. (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)
An additional speaker was added to the Froid Research Farm Field Day Thursday, June 25, to discuss Sionix Oilfield Services’ recent purchase of the former Montola oilseed crushing facility east of Cul-
According to Dr. Rex E. Crick, president of Sionix Oilfield Services and professor of geology at the University of Texas for some 30 years, equipment has been arriving this week to the location, where in 30 days there will be an up-and-running oilfield brine treating facility that can also operate as a water treatment plant, able to produce drinkable and potable water.
“Whether we like it or not, within the next 10 years this area will look like another Williston,” Crick said.
The 55-acre site will serve the Bakken fields of Montana and North Dakota and is situated with convenient highway access where U.S. Hwy. 2 and Montana Hwy. 16 meet. The site includes heated tank storage, enclosed process and laboratory buildings, on-site water wells, tank flushing and extra truck parking. Once up and running, the facility will be capable of storing two-and-a-half million gallons.
Crick spent time explaining how SOS uses patented dissolved air flotation technology in combination with pH control, chemistry, filtration and processes to recycle both flow-back brines from fracking as well as produced and maintenance brines from existing wells.
“We’ll be on the ground floor of this when the oil comes this way,” he said.
Water is treated to customer specifications for “enhanced heavy brine for drilling or can be treated water suitable for reuse in fracking,” according to the company’s website. Both products will be available either heated or at ambient temperatures.
Explaining that 85 percent of the cost of water is associated with the cost of trucking it, Crick said oil companies will save on fuel and travel costs because SOS can clean the trucks in as little as 10 minutes and send them on their way reloaded, rather than empty.
Trucks delivering brine to SOS will be off-loaded, cleaned, filled with treated, heated brine to the customer’s specification and returned to the well site. This process also negates the need for permanent oilfield production into deep saltwater disposed wells.
“Our customers will have a lower total water cost and have the environmental benefits of reclaiming, reusing and recycling their brine to conserve the Bakken’s limited fresh water resource,” Crick explained.
Mayor Gordon Oelkers said during a May 2014 Culbertson City Council meeting that Sionix would employ between five and 20 employees in Culbertson.
He said at the time that Sionix would reclaim frack water and production water at the site and sell it back as heavy frack water.
Sionix is a Houston, Texas-headquartered company that designs mobile water treatment systems for use in oil and gas fracking, housing developments and commercial projects.