Wolf Point Herald

Pedestrian Hit By Motor Vehicle

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, at around 5:12 p.m. Barbara Antonson of Wolf Point was hit by a motor vehicle while walking east on Hill Street near the intersection with Fourth Avenue North.
A 2011 Subaru Outback was traveling southbound on Fourth Avenue North when Antonson attempted to cross the street at the intersection of Hill Street. The right headlight of the vehicle struck the pedestrian, causing severe injuries.
Antonson was flown to Billings with critical injuries, but survived.
The driver of the SUV has not been cited. The Montana Highway Patrol stated she was driving to the best of her ability. The pedestrian had walked in front of the vehicle in what turned out to be a freak accident.

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LEPC Continues Planning School Tours

Roosevelt County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee met Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Poplar’s District Building where several decisions were made on moving forward with the county school tours involving first responders and updates were reported.

Lee Allmer, LEPC chairperson, spoke in the absence of Lindsey McNabb, DES coordinator, reporting that together they attended the State Emergency Response Commission meetings and workshops in Helena. 
They were informed the Emergency Alert Board is concerned with Integrated Public Alert Warning System. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration reportedly will no longer be involved in getting emergency alerts out to the public when they are not weather-related. 
Through the Emergency Management Performance Grant funds, the state proposed IPAWS as an alert system, but discovered it was not cost effective to roll out to the counties.
At the meetings, they also learned of costly new requirements that will be imposed by the FCC on towers over 50-feet-high and their lighting and painting requirements. Fines will eventually be handed down to non-compliant entities.
The State Emergency Response Commission asked attendees what their respective LEPC committees wanted the SERC to provide them. It was reported that of the 42 counties that responded, only 35 percent regularly have a media presence at their meetings. 
Allmer received two bids for the potential purchase of a vinyl cutter. Both came within $5 of each other, but he was informed by the county commissioners that he needs to get another bid, for a total of three. 
This purchase would be made in an effort to move forward with creating a uniform system of signage for all of the schools’ outer doors to ensure emergency responders can respond effectively in an emergency. 
Often, responders are directed to areas that have slang names not known to everyone. By creating this uniformity, it is the LEPC’s hope that responders will be better informed of locations, even if they have never been to that facility. 
It is the LEPC’s intention to eventually get other large facilities within the county to also adopt this signage. 
Allmer said McNabb has not been able to put together a schedule for meeting with the schools within the incorporated communities.
A lengthy discussion ensued on what uniform design would be most effective. Chuck Hyatt, attendee, was concerned with who would be responsible for putting the letters on the buildings. 
Allmer said he would work with the schools, but that it would most likely have to fall on the maintenance department of each school. He also said after the first letters were put up, it should then be the responsibility of the school to purchase more vinyl. The county would then cut them for free.
A motion was made by Lyle Lambert, LEPC vice chairperson, to create a system that will include eight-inch block lettering on white, reflective vinyl with buildings numbered per building and lettered per door, beginning at the main school entrance and moving clockwise around the building. For example, 1A, 1B and 1C. Other buildings located close to the main building would then follow suit with 2A, 2B, 2C and so on.
Halvar Olstead, attendee, asked for an update from the committee on the media campaign to inform the public about what the sirens mean. Allmer informed him that until Jeff Wozniak, dispatch manager, determines what information he wants to put out, the LEPC cannot assist that effort.
The pre-disaster mitigation grant is in its finalization and comments stage.
The next LEPC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Culbertson.

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ATV Crash Claims Man’s Life

On Friday, Nov. 11, at approximately 6:40 p.m., Jay Johnson, 63, of Wolf Point was driving his ATV northbound on Fourth Avenue Southeast towards Montana Highway 25 in Wolf Point.

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Frontier School Board Discusses Empty Board Seat

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Frontier School board held their regularly scheduled meeting which included reports from superintendent Christine Eggar and principal Greg Gourneau as well as discussion about what to do about the empty fifth seat on the board.

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Wolf Point School Board Approves Frontier Bus Route, Food Service Items

On Monday, Nov. 14, the Wolf Point School Board held their regularly scheduled meeting for the month of November in which they approved the bus route agreement with Frontier school district, various food service items and some new hires.

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