Written by Herald-News
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center announced the seventh class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame, Saturday, June 7.
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.
“Our Hall of Fame voting process is organized around our volunteer trustees across the state and the election process gives the local community volunteers a direct voice in who from their area is being inducted,” said Christy Stensland, executive director of the MCHF and WHC. “Many assume that to be inducted into the Hall of Fame you would have to be a famous cowboy, when in fact, the Hall of Fame exists to honor those who have made an impact in their local community and serve as a symbol of this way of life for future generations. This is truly a celebration of our authentic Montana heritage and those who pass it forward.”
The MCHF & 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 2014 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 2014 inductees into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame are:
District 1 (Daniels, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan, and Valley counties): Living Award – John Russell Cloud, Wolf Point/Great Falls. Legacy Award – Don H. Lee, Dodson and Edmund N. “Neil” Taylor, Scobey.
District 2 (Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Richland and Wibaux counties): Living Award – Donald Glen Weeding, Jordan. Legacy Award – Patrick Thomas “Spud” Cremer, Jordan/Big Timber and Berney Kempton, Terry.
District 3 (Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud and Treasure counties): Living Award – Mary Margaret (MacKay) Ketchum, Plevna. Legacy Award – Odis Oren Harkins, Ekalaka and John Henry “Johnnie” Gilman, Miles City.
District 4 (Blaine, Chouteau, Hill and Liberty counties): Living Award – Loren Jenkins, Big Sandy. Legacy Award – Warrick Rodeo, Warrick and Roger Henry St. Pierre, Sr., Box Elder (tie) and Fred Charles Henderson, Warrick (tie).
District 5 (Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, & Toole counties): Living Award – (three-way tie) Chief Earl Old Person, Browning, Gary J. (Lone Bull) Schildt, East Glacier and Truman “Mouse” Hall, Valier. Legacy Award – Ira E. Perkins, Bynum and Lyall Sturgeon Crary, M.D., D.D.S., Choteau.
District 6 (Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum and Wheatland counties): Living Award – William W. “Bill” Lewis, Grass Range. Legacy Award – Peter “Pete” Vann, Geyser and Hazel Hash Warp, Harlowton.
District 7 (Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass and Yellowstone counties): Living Award – Lonnie Bell, Billings. Legacy Award – William C. “Bill” Huntington, Billings and John W. Moreland, Jr., Big Timber.
District 8 (Broadwater, Jefferson, and Lewis and Clark counties): Living Award – Charles Robert “Bob” Masolo, Townsend. Legacy Award – Helena Trail Riders, Helena and Keith William Herrin, Helena.
District 9 (Gallatin, Meagher and Park counties): Living Award – Arlene Haugland, Belgrade. Legacy Award – Raymond Andrew Kannegard, Wilsall.
District 10 (Flathead, Lake, Lincoln and Sanders counties): Living Award – Charles E. “Charley” Lyons, St. Ignatius. Legacy Award – William “Ed” Schall, Arlee.
District 11 (Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli counties): Living Award – Dewaine Carlsen, Florence. Legacy Award – Hartley Lee Lambert, Stevensville and Oral Harris Zumwalt, Missoula.
District 12 (Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison and Powell counties): Living Award – Jay Frederick Nelson, Jackson. Legacy Award – Jack and Ann Hirschy, Wisdom and Hubert Latimer “Tex” Smith, Dillon.
Since the initial round of inductions to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008, including this year’s inductions, 201 inductees have been honored. Full biographies for past inductees are available on the MCHF and WHC’s website, http://www.montanacowboyfame.org.
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The Poplar Middle School History Club took a road trip to Lewistown to view Bear Gulch Pictographs Friday, May 16.
The site is home to an estimated 2,000 pictographs (paintings) and petroglyphs (etchings) dating back as far as 1,000 years ago.
The site is located about 25 miles from Lewistown, near the town of Grass Range. It is on private land, owned and operated by Macie Ahlgren. She and her son, Ray, are happy to give tours of the site, believed to be a traditional Native American vision quest location. The pictographs and petroglyphs depict many Native American scenes such as medicine wheels, warriors with shields and fertility scenes.
Six Poplar Middle School students took the field trip: Raven Mathison, Isabelle Four Star, Rachel Diaz-De Leon, Maria Youpee, Caleb Klinger and Jacob Werner. Also attending were Poplar Middle School teachers Ja’net Goss, Greg Gourneau and Dana Block.
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This year, the Poplar High School branch of National Honor Society continued its long history of giving back through community service. Members who were active included AnXuan Tran, Tomee Escarcega, Shawna Hagadone, Jessica Pipe, Layne Gorder, Lane Headdress, Jordan Grainger, Myltin Bighorn and Brittany Whiteman. Together, this group of students spent time with the residents of the retirement center in Poplar playing games with them and keeping them company. They also volunteered their time with the Poplar Elementary School kindergarten carnival assisting with a face painting booth. In addition to other worthy causes, NHS members also helped to raise money for a community member who needed help. (Submitted photo)
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The World’s No. 1 jukebox musical explodes onto the Fort Peck Summer Theatre stage for three weekends only. Following the record- breaking All Shook Up and Ring of Fire, audiences are sure — and encouraged — to dance in the aisles at Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, featuring over 30 of rock-n-roll’s biggest hits, including Johnny B Goode, Chantilly Lace, La Bamba, That’ll Be the Day and Rave On.
The family-friendly musical, bursting with energy, follows the career of Buddy Holly, who at just 19 years of age, was credited for inspiring the careers of The Beattles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, among many others.
Directed by FPST artistic director Andy Meyers, alongside musical director Luree Green-Chappell and choreographer Megan Wiltshire, Buddy features a cast of 25 who also double as the production’s onstage band.
Leading the company is Patrick Cook as Buddy Holly, who directed The 39 Steps during the 2012 season. He is surrounded by many iconic personalities of American music, including Evan Goldhahn, Colton Swibold and Morgan Phelps as The Crickets, John Knispel as Ritchie Valens, Stephen Brunson as The Big Bopper, Maria Miller as Buddy’s wife Maria Elena, and Nick Dirkes and Green-Chappell as music producers Norman and Vi Petty.
Also featured are Jamie Parnell, Quinn Vaira, Chanel Bragg, Megan Wiltshire, Jon Svingen, Sydney Hayward, Cheyenne Beckner, Lachlan Vaira, Arielle Siebold, Lauren Kolstad, Jade Jones, Hailey Stone, Debra Griebel, Lily Helland, Trevor Toavs and Amanda Kresal.
Performance times are June 13-29: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.
For tickets and more information, call the Fort Peck box office at 526- 9943.
Written by John Plestina
With concerns about potential impacts to well water in Roosevelt County from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and other oil industry activity, the Roosevelt County Conservation District is offering a well sampling program.
Fracking is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressure to fracture shale rocks. The practice has been increasing in the Bakken formation in eastern Montana and North Dakota.
The RCCD in Culbertson through the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a baseline well water sampling program to determine if current water quality is potable or usable and to identify wells where there might be a presence of oil and gas development impacts.
“The purpose of this is with all this oil activity and of course you hear about the fracking, and the fracking might hurt wells, so we want some baseline data on the wells,” NRCS district conservationist Rob Brae said.
He said landowners in the Wolf Point area should consider the program.
“There hasn’t been as much oil activity in the Wolf Point area yet, but if the oil activity moves west in the county, it would be nice to have this baseline data before the oil activity got started,” Brae said.
The cost to property owners is $35 per well and there will be a limited number of wells tested. The deadline sign-up is July 1. Sampling will be done at a later date.
For more information, contact the RCCD in Cul-
bertson at 787-5232.