Written by John Plestina
The nation dodged a bullet Wednesday, Sept. 30, with congressional passage of a 10-week funding bill that averts a government shutdown, keeping federal agencies operating and services in place until Dec. 11.
If Congress does not pass a budget by then, another shutdown would cripple government services and force the furloughs of thousands of federal workers across the nation at the end of this calendar year.
If the threatened shutdown had not been avoided last week, local impacts would have halted recreation and federal programs.
The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge would have closed to hunting, fishing access and other recreational uses at all of Fort Peck Lake and parts of the Missouri River, the federal Food Stamp program and other government programs and services would have been suspended, and most federal employees would have been furloughed and others required to work without pay.
President Barack Obama signed the funding bill into law about four hours before the midnight Sept. 30 deadline, which was the end of the fiscal year.
The Senate passed the bill 78-20 earlier on Wednesday. It does not include a controversial provisions to defund Planned Parenthood. Funding Planned Parenthood in the federal budget has irritated some conservative senators, including Tea Party members.
During the October 2013 shutdown that lasted 15 days, about 3.3 million federal law enforcement and other essential employees across the nation remained on the job without pay. According to Standard & Poor’s financial services company, the shutdown cost the U.S. economy about $24 billion.
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point High School Indian Club members introduce themselves to the Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board. They are (from left to right) Aeryn Martin, Cameron Brock, Chelysa Owens-Cyr, Celeste Johnston, Keelia Brock, Morty Manning and advisor Carrie Manning. (Photo by John Plestina)
Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board will help the Wolf Point High School Indian Club financially to attend the Denver March Pow-wow, also known as the Youth Enrichment Pow-wow.
Indian Club advisor Carrie Manning brought several club members to the executive board Monday, Oct. 5.
Manning said the financial goal is $5,000 for the club members to attend the powwow in Denver, Colo., in March.
Executive board member Roxanne Gourneau said she supports helping the students but she wants them to figure out the costs and write a budget for the trip.
She asked about fundraising.
Manning said the students made a little money selling funnel cakes during a recent football game and plan to sell tacos in a bag during the Class C tournament at WPHS in February.
Gourneau said children need more activities for them and that the Indian Club could put on play dates once a week at the tribes’ community center in Wolf Point.
“You’re an ambassador of this tribe. You’re just like us [Executive Board members]. When we travel. We do it with dignity and respect,” Gourneau said.
“We know you’re going to get something out of it,” she said.
Written by Herald-News
(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. Names on the jail roster are those of everyone incarcerated and persons booked into the jail during the previous week and does not necessarily mean there is a new charge or conviction. Some individuals might be serving time for a previous conviction.)
As of Monday, Oct. 5, 12 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center Was Holding three females to alleviate overcrowding. The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Sept. 28, and Monday, Oct. 5:
•Robert Baird, 24, Anchorage, Alaska, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, and resisting arrest;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Juan Guzman, 50, Pharr, Texas, probation and parole violation;
•Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out of county warrant;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Anthony McClendon, 56, Culbertson, aggravated assault;
•Roy Allen Murray Jr., 30, Portland, Ore., arrested on Oregon felony warrant, DUI-drug, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, operating without liability insurance, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Jose Perales, 45, Edinberg, Texas, theft;
•Jesse Rodriques, 21, Wolf Point, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
•Jared Thompson, 39, Ogden, Utah, partner or family member assault;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Written by Herald-News
(Editor’s note: The blotter is a partial list of incidents involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4.)
At 8:08 a.m., officers took a report at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office on an assault. The incident remains under investigation.
At 11:06 a.m., officers responded to a report of a missing 14-year-old female in the 200 block of Eureka Street. The juvenile was located later that evening and returned to her guardian.
At 9:01 a.m., officers responded to a report of vandalism at Gysler Furniture and Appliance. The incident remains under investigation.
At 9:39 a.m., officers arrested 21-year-old Michael McKenzie of Wolf Point on suspicion of felony theft and simple assault in the 100 block of Fairweather Street.
At 11:54 a.m., officers responded to a report of shoplifting at Albertsons. The incident remains under investigation.
At 4:20 p.m., officers arrested 31-year-old Joey Olson of Wolf Point on a warrant in the 200 block of Eureka Street.
At 3:30 p.m., officers took a report in the 200 block of Eureka Street on a stolen vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
At 8:10 p.m., officers responded to a restraining order violation in the 100 block of Idaho Street.
At 1:57 a.m., officers arrested 35-year-old Leroy Friskey on a warrant in the 500 block of Dayton Street.
At 2:31 a.m., officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a male operating a four-wheeler in the 100 block of Third Avenue South. Officers terminated the chase due to safety concerns. The driver has been identified and charges are pending.
At 3:02 p.m., officers cited a 15-year-old female on suspicion of driving without a license and insurance at Lucky Lil’s.
At 4:39 p.m., officers arrested 23-year-old George Ryder-Flynn of Wolf Point on suspicion of simple assault in the 400 block of Helena Street.
At 7:43 p.m., officers arrested 31-year-old Kerby Follett of Wolf Point on suspicion of disorderly conduct at Lucky Lil’s.
At 11:11 p.m., officers arrested 61-year-old Dale Fowler of Wolf Point on suspicion of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
At 1:51 a.m., officers responded to a report of vandalism in the 400 block of Eureka Street.
In addition to the mentioned incidents, the police department responded to the following reports: unfounded report, 21; public assistance, 20; removal of an unwanted individual, 17; driving complaint, six; civil stand by, five; alarm, four; assist other agency, three; domestic disturbance, two; motor vehicle accident, two; animal complaint, two; medical assistance, two; and fireworks complaint, one.
Written by Michael Neubauer
Kudos to Amanda.
I recently visited Minot State University on a recruiting trip with my daughter. We were hoping to see Amanda Sansaver, but she was out on a camping trip, bonding with her basketball team.
It was OK though because she was everywhere. She was on the walls at the field house, the hallways and in the Minot State University magazine. Everytime I saw her I got chills up and down my spine. She was like a legendary ghost.
Wherever I went everyone knew who she was. I don’t know when I have ever been so proud to say that I was from Wolf Point, Montana, for that matter.
This hound girl has made a name for herself and for Wolf Point, Montana, in the most positive way.
Thank you and congratulations to Amanda and the Sansaver family.