Written by John Plestina
Culbertson area residents that are concerned about a proposed landfill that would accept oilfield waste, including naturally-occurring radioactive materials, have an opportunity to express their opinions to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality during a public meeting, at town hall Thursday, June 11, from 6-8 p.m.
“Within a two-mile radius there are 18 homes,” Culbertson Mayor Gordon Oelkers said.
They finally got a completed permit with DEQ, so now DEQ is doing their public hearing on it,” he said.
MDEQ began the permitting process for the proposed radioactive Bakken Oilfield waste dump in February 2014
A permit would allow Clay Butte Environmental, a Minnesota company, to establish the landfill on 149 acres of a 160-acre site on the west side of Montana Hwy. 16, about five miles north of Culbertson.
The landfill also would accept contaminated soil from oil spills and would have a capacity of nearly 10 million cubic yards.
According to an MDEQ study, waste would be tested for radiation and levels exceeding a maximum threshold would be rejected.
North Dakota produces the majority of oilfield waste in the region, but lacks a radioactive waste facility.
Montana allows higher levels of radioactive waste than North Dakota.
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point High School Class Of 2019. (Photo Courtesy Shelley Ferdina)
The Most Outstanding Eighth Grade Boys and Girls and the runners up were awarded during the junior high graduation. Pictured are: (from left to right) Lauren Crawford, runner-up; Hailey Brunelle: most outstanding eighth grade girl; Brendan Wagner and Tyson Weeks, co-most outstanding eighth grade boys. (Photo by John Plestina)
Forty-eight eighth-graders received diplomas in the Wolf Point High School gymnasium Tuesday, June 2, making them the WPHS class of 2019.
Honor student speaker Paisley Ferdina told her classmates graduation does matter.
“We’ve heard this several times throughout the school year because it does matter,” she said.
Brendan Wagner, the second honor student speaker said he hopes the class will get over their obstacles and achieve great things.
Honor student speaker Lauren Crawford told her classmates they are taking the next step to the transition to high school.
“What you do will impact your future greatly,” she said.
Matthew DeWitt, an honor student speaker, reminded the eighth grade class that most of them had been together since kindergarten.
“The past two years have been a time for change for us,” he said.
“It’s better to fail at something you love than to succeed at something you hate,” DeWitt said.
The final honor student speaker was Hailey Brunelle.
“I challenge each and every person in this gym to give someone else a compliment,” she said.
The graduates are Elmarie A. Adams, Alyssa D. Archdale, Morgan K. Bauer, Mary S. Bighorn, Jessica M. Blankenship, Caleb J. Blount, Chevy W. Boos, Hailey E. Brunelle, Jakeb P. Bushman, LaKeesha M. Comes Last, LaTesha M. Comes Last, Lauren G. Crawford, Laresa R. Dale, Matthew J. DeWitt, Cheryl C. Eagle, Thai G. Eggebrecht, Paisley J. Ferdina, Justin J. Fields, Jayde P. Four Star, Trey M. Four Star, Rayce M. Hamilton, Jayden A. Headdress, Annette M. Henderson, Danielle J. Henderson, Logan J. Heser, Haley R. Jackson, James W. Jackson Jr., Sky A. Johnston, Abby L. Juve, Trisetan A. Kemp, Kassandra A. Kirkaldie, Jaclynn L. Lewis, Shikyra M. Medicinestone Smith, Zachariah L. Morales, Antonio D. Nation Jr., Tyson J. Nelson, Theophile I. Nelson-Bruguier, Kayden C. Roubideaux, Kobe J. Silk, John P. Smoker Jr., Hailey N. Steele, Avah C. Talks Different, Tra A. Taylor, Dani J. Vine, Brendan M. Wagner, Tyson T. Weeks, Semarah G. Wells and Joseph K. Williamson.
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Masonic Loyalty Lodge No. 121 of Wolf Point and the Montana Masonic Foundation donated nine Kindle e-readers to student in each Northside Elementary School homeroom. The Kindles were awarded by drawing Thursday, June 4, the last day of school. The donation of the Kindles recognizes student dedication to reading. Pictured are (front row, from left to right) Aurora Adams, Isabella Jones, Christian Bissonette, Savanah Baker, Semone Martell, (back row) Masonic Lodge member Tom Smail, Northside principal Hannah Nieskens, Wayne Eagle Boy, Rayven Damon, Jesse Fourstar, Hannah Vandall, Masonic Lodge member J.T. Szymanski and Masonic Lodge secretary-treasurer Jeff Harada. (Photo by John Plestina)
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Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department Chief Shawn Eggar (right) and assistant chief Dave Parsley present the first annual Volunteer Firemen’s Ball Association Scholarship check to Mecaila Martin, a 2015 Wolf Point High School graduate and the daughter of Cam and Jodi Martin. The $500 scholarship is for graduates going into medical fields or training to become first responders. Martin will study nursing at Minot State University in North Dakota. (Photo by John Plestina)
Written by John Plestina
When the annual Wild Horse Stampede parade in July includes the Wolf Point’s Centennial Celebration and increases from two to three days, a few floats might take the annual parade just a bit outside the box.
The Wolf Point’s Centennial Committee discussed parade floats Monday, June 8.
Showcased floats from the parade that will depict decades in Wolf Point’s history and significant events before and after 1915 will be paraded around Marvin Brookman Stadium during grand entries before rodeo performances. Announcer Randy Schmutz will tell a little about each of the floats.
The Fort Peck Tribes will present what might be the most unusual parade entry, the “Herd Bull” bronze sculpture of the largest buffalo head in the world on a float. The float theme is Native Americans.
Oswego artist Benji Daniels created the 8-foot tall, 15-foot long bronze replica of an iron sculpture he created 35 years ago that sits in front of the Montana Historical Society in Helena. The bronze replica was recently cast in Billings.
Also guaranteed to turn heads of spectators lining Wolf Point streets will be the Wolf Point Lions Club’s trailer-size replica of the 85-year-old Lewis and Clark Bridge riding on a float.
Construction of showcased floats is funded in part by a $3,000 grant the Williston, N.D., Star Fund.
Also featured in the Centennial Celebration will be the first public performances of the “The High Plains Drifters,” an Old West gunfight reenactment group that several Wolf Point residents recently formed. Scripted gunfights will be staged in public places during the Wild Horse Stampede and Centennial Celebration.
The Centennial Celebration/Stampede will include four nights of live music and three street dances downtown.
A return of Good Neighbor Days, which has been absent from Wolf Point summers since the 1960s, will take the celebration another step outside the box with a bed race in downtown Wolf Point. So far, seven teams have expressed interest in participating in the unusual sport that has become an annual event in places as diverse as Twin Falls, Idaho, and Key West, Fla. At the very least, it creates a wacky sight with teams of four people pushing beds on wheels through downtown streets with a fifth team member on the bed wearing pajamas.
Other Good Neighbor Days events will include a pie eating contest with whipped cream filled pie crusts for various age groups. The first to finish in allotted time wins.