Wolf Point Herald

Daniels County Resident Fleas Hospital Parking Lot With Biting Dog

Wolf Point Police responded to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus for a report of a nurse bitten by a dog while helping a discharged patient into a car in the hospital parking lot on Tuesday, July 14.
Lt. Brian Erwin said police received a report at 1:40 p.m. that a black Labrador retriever that was inside the vehicle the patient was getting into bit the nurse. Then, the dog owner refused to comply with the animal control officer and fled.
Erwin said the dog owner lives in Peerless.
He said the dog should be quarantined by city animal control, but Montana law allows the owner to quarantine the animal at home.
As of Monday, July 20, — six days after the report of the bite — the owner had not cooperated with authorities and the exact whereabouts of the dog was not known.
The investigation of the incident was turned over to the Roosevelt County Health Department.

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Wolf Point Village Could Be Revived Cape Air Seeks Funding Hike

Mayor Chris Dschaak told the Wolf Point City council that Cape Air is seeking a 3 percent raise from the Federal Aviation Administration during the monthly Council meeting Monday, July 20.
The federal Essential Air Service program subsidizes Cape Air to operate air service between Billings and Wolf Point, Glasgow, Sidney and Glendive.
Cape Air will bring a proposal to a committee of the council in August and will then take the proposal to the FAA for approval.
The cost of operating scheduled service between Wolf Point and Billings would be considerably higher and fares would increase significantly if they were not subsidized.
“We realize how essential Essential Air Service is,” Dschaak said.
The city also wants an additional flight. Some people have to drive to Glasgow to get on a plane to go to Billings.
In other business, Dschaak told the council that the Wolf Point Village apartment complex development proposal could be revived.
Developer Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed & Associates of Colorado Springs, Colo., worked with municipal officials and Great Northern Development Corporation to develop the proposed 24-unit rental complex near the hospital, that could have provided affordable rental housing, through most of 2014 and nearly half of this year. Reed withdrew from the project and it appeared it would not be built.
“A new developer has come to us asking to continue the project Mr. Reid wasn’t able to,” Dschaak said.
The developer was not identified.

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MDT Uses Right-Of-Way Authority To Nix Protecting Downtown Sculpture

The Montana Department of Transportation has nixed a request by the artist who created the bronze monument of a horse and rider in the triangle in downtown Wolf Point, leaving the city council powerless to act on it because it is in the MDT right-of-way.
Mayor Chris Dschaak told the council Monday, July 20, that there is no more the city can do to address the request by Floyd Tennyson “Tenny” DeWitt of Bozeman to raise the base of the monument higher and place a low fence to protect it.
Dschaak said the MDT will not allow fencing or any alteration, including a higher base, but would support moving the sculpture to a different location, which DeWitt has said he opposes.
“It’s a non-issue for us. There is nothing more we can do,” Dschaak said.
DeWitt, 81, was born and raised in Wolf Point and was a Wolf Point Police officer during the 1950s. He has not lived in Wolf Point for many years.
DeWitt recently told The Herald-News he is hoping more will be done to protect and promote his sculpture of a rider who has taken his hat off as a reverent gesture to all who shaped the community Wolf Point became.
The bronze cast monument has stood 39 years near the point of the triangle between Anaconda and Main streets near the Wolf Point Café.
Dschaak said he has contacted DeWitt with the information about the MDT decision.

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Frontier School Board Authorizes Purchases

The Frontier School board approved authorizing an increase for purchases by superintendent Christine Eggar from $4,000 to $7,500 without prior school board approval during the monthly meeting Tuesday, July 21.
In other business, the trustees approved hiring Michelle Hilkemann as a substitute teacher.
The board also approved a contract for returning counselor Dave Riggin, an independent contractor.
In another matter, the board approved hiring former Brockton teacher Jeanine Granada to teach kindergarten at Frontier.
The board also increased the district credit card limit from $20,000 to $30,000.
In other business, the trustees accepted a quote from A-Core of Missoula for $3,887 to cut cement due to a sewer drainage problem.
The board also approved nine kindergartners, two first-graders, one third-grader, three fourth-graders and one sixth-grader from outside the district and reapproved most returning out-of-district students. Four are on hold until the Aug. 18 meeting to determine if the school will be able to accommodate them.

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Armed Man Threatening Officers Prompts Call For Heightened City Hall Security Measures

An incident in late June where Wolf Point Police officers confronted an armed man who is alleged to have threatened police prompted a discussion of city hall security during the Wolf Point City Council meeting Monday, July 20.
Officers disarmed and arrested Tyrule Davis, 43, of Los Angeles, Calif., on June 26, on the 200 block of Fourth Avenue South after Davis allegedly made threats with a handgun. He is held in the Roosevelt County Jail facing a felony charge of assault on a peace officer or judicial official.
Police chief Jeff Harada said most police and sheriff’s offices, and municipal and county buildings require people entering to be buzzed into buildings.
Metal detectors are in place for people entering many courtrooms.
“Things are changing. They’re not the locals anymore,” council woman Tina Bets His Medicine said of the high number of arrests in recent years of felony offenders from out of state.
“I think that a secure building is something that should be looked at,” she said.
Mayor Chris Dschaak said he wants the council to discuss security for entrances to city hall and the police department on Monday, Aug. 17, the next  council meeting.

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