Written by John Plestina
With Wolf Point’s centennial celebration during the 2015 Wild Horse Stampede just over a half year away, plans have been formulating during monthly meetings of the centennial committee.
The committee considered entertainment, food, street dances, pie-eating contests and more Monday, Dec. 1.
Four nights of live music and three street dances downtown are likely. The Billings-based band “Downtime” is committed to perform one or more nights.
Other plans for the celebration that have been discussed during recent months include an old-fashioned “gunfight,” use of the old bridge for a yet undetermined event, a large public feed and homemade old-fashioned ice cream.
Wolf City Rods and Rides will put on a car show and possibly a poker run during the Centennial/Stampede celebration.
Mayor Chris Dschaak said the former site of Gysler Furniture and Appliance on Anaconda Street could be used as a site for a car show or other event because the cleanup and leveling of the two lots should be completed well before July. The two Gysler buildings were destroyed by a fire in March.
The committee also discussed the possibility of offering early morning cleanup for pay to Wolf Point High School sports teams. The Wolves football team cleaned up the streets during the 2014 Stampede.
Period floats depicting historical scenes of Wolf Point are likely during what could be as many as three days of parades.
The committee also discussed asking Wolf Point native Kate Bryan to serve as an emcee.
The next Centennial Committee meeting will be Monday, Jan. 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Northern Development Corporation building on Cascade Street.
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The Montana Department of Transportation is making it easier to prepare for holiday travel and winter roads with a free mobile application that provides road conditions, weather, incidents, highway closures and roadway camera images. MDT's Travel Info mobile app is available in Google play, the iTunes App Store or on Amazon.
Road conditions are reported based on first hand observations by MDT’s experienced plow drivers and are updated as conditions change. Weather and road conditions change rapidly so motorists should use caution and be prepared.
Travelers are also reminded, “Don’t Crowd the Plow.” These vehicles are large and use a lot of room to operate. Snowplows typically travel slower than posted speeds while removing snow and ice from the roads and drivers’ field of vision may be restricted. Many snowplows are rear-ended each winter so remember to slow down, stay back and be prepared for winter maintenance materials spread from the back of the truck.
To ensure a safe and happy holiday season motorists are also reminded of the following:
•Turn off cruise control in the winter.
•Expect ice or frost on bridge decks and shaded areas.
•Always have a sober driver, and always buckle up.
Plan ahead and stay aware of current conditions when traveling. Remember to check MDT Mobile, call 511 or visit mdt511.com/ to check road and weather conditions.
Montana’s Vision Zero is moving the state toward zero deaths and zero injuries on all Montana roads through education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical response.
Written by John Plestina
For most, it would be easy to say, “Not me,” if asked who pays the highest taxes in their counties.
For Roosevelt County, the oil industry in the eastern part of the county pays the lion’s share. Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railway, Montana-Dakota Utilities and Nemont are among the top taxpayers.
Topping the top-10 list is Northern Border Pipeline at $5,136,106, according to Roose-velt County Treasurer Betty Romo. The second through 10th largest taxpayers are: BNSF, $1,345,490; Bridger Pipeline, $498,129; MDU, $494,368; Basin Electric Power Cooperative, $403,166; Nemont, $207,612; Hiland Operating, $204,088; ONEOK Bakken Pipeline, $195,806; United Grain Corporation of Oregon, $193,994; and Sheridan Electric Cooperative, $152,467.
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Placing at the Roundup speech and drama tournament were (from left to right) Jami Welch, eighth in humorous oral interpretation; Haron Eymard, seventh in serious oral interpretation; Jaki Harada, first in pantomime; Jeremy Birkoski, fourth in humorous oral interpretation; Jacob Boysun, sixth in humorous oral interpretation. (Submitted photo)
The Wolf Point speech and drama team competed at the Roundup Speech, Debate and Drama Tournament Saturday, Nov. 15.
Speech events were held at Roundup High School. Debate and drama events were held at Central Elementary School. For all events, class B/C rules applied. Competition comprised of 13 schools from classes AA, A, B and C.
Competing for the first time in serious oral interpretation was sophomore Haron Eymard. She chose a monologue titled How I Got My Superpowers by John C. Havens. In the preliminary rounds, she scored third, fifth and fifth, for a score of 13, qualifying her for finals. In the final round, she scored sixth, seventh and eighth, for a final score of 34. Eymard took seventh-place.
Competing in humorous oral interpretation were freshman Jacob Boysun, senior Jeremy Birkoski and, for the first time, freshman Jami Welch. Welch chose a comedy monologue titled College Applicant From Mars by Deborah Karczewski. In the preliminary rounds, Boysun scored third, first and first, for a score of 5; Birkoski scored third, third and third, for a score of 9; Welch scored fourth, fourth and fifth, for a score of 13.
All three qualified for finals. In the final round, Boysun scored seventh, seventh and sixth, for a final score of 25, taking sixth-place.
Birkoski scored third, third and fourth, for a final score of 20, taking fourth- place.
Welch scored eighth, sixth, and eighth, for a final score of 35, taking eighth-place.
Again, the lone wolf in drama was freshman Jaki Harada competing in pantomime. In the preliminary rounds, Harada scored first, first and third, for a score of 5, qualifying her for finals. She dominated the final round by scoring first, second and first, for a final score of 9. Harada took first-place.
Despite all five Wolves placing in the finals, the Wolf Pack did not place. Shepherd took third with 54 points. Columbus took second with 57 points. Huntley took first with 64 points. The Wolves did great for their first two meets.
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(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, Dec. 1, 18 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding one female inmate and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Nov. 25, and Monday, Dec. 1:
•Robert J. Armstrong, 27, Wolf Point, partner/ family member assault;
•Malinda Bibb, 31, Minot, N.D., arrested on a warrant for bail condition violation, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Anthony Delvane, 34, Frostrooper, Fla, out-of-county warrant, bonded out;
•Joshua J. Fish, 27, Brockton, out-of-county warrant, bonded out;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Clint W. Hansen, 25, Post Falls, Idaho, partner/ family member assault;
•Daniel G. Hutchison, 53, Salmon, Idaho, partner/family member assault;
•Alexander Jirone, 33, Rapid City, S.D., criminal endangerment, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, speeding on non-interstate-exceed night speed limit, operating with expired registration, operating without liability insurance;
•Jennifer Johnshoy, 29, Crookston, Minn., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer;
•Dakota Kinzie, 23, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer;
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, Chat-toroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of- county warrant;
•Michelle Parker, 41, San Diego, Calif., arrested on bench warrant;
•Derek Reed, 32, Seattle, Wash., criminal contempt warrant;
•Jerry D. Schumacher, 63, driving under the influence, speeding exceeding day limit;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Kalob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer.