Wolf Point Herald

Fort Peck Summer Theatre Celebrates Buddy Holly

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.

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Well Water Sampling Offered To Determine If Fracking Damage Occurs

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.

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Poplar Indian Club Active During Year

The Poplar High School Indian Club had hoped to raise enough money to travel to the Gathering of the Nations in Albuquerque, N.M., for a summer trip. Unable to raise enough money, the club opted for an in-state trip to Missoula to attend the Montana Indian Education Association conference.
The club sold pretzels at home basketball games and provided dinners at JOM meetings. The club hopes to incorporate Dakota words of the day into morning announcements at school. The club also hopes to attend the Montana Indian Education Association conference in Bozeman next year.
Club members are Racheal Azure, Ethan Three Stars, Orlando Young, Justin Greyhawk, Myltin Bighorn, Franny Youngman, Courtney Martell,  Jessica Shields, Janaeya Sutherland and Kylee Stump. Greg Gourneau is the advisor.

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FPCC Receives Grant From First Nations Development Institute for Language Project

The First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colo., has awarded Fort Peck Community College a Native Youth and Culture Fund grant for its language preservation work.
The grant cycle will begin this month and will conclude in May 2015. A seven week summer language program will begin the first phase of the project which begins Tuesday, June 17, at the Dumont Building in Wolf Point and will end on Aug. 1. Classes will be Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and are open to all youth ages six and up.
This summer, two of the primary objectives will be to provide an apprentice type language setting and to also provide assistance to community elders with yard cleaning, gardening, and other miscellaneous work needed by elders.
A 15-year-old student who has been with the program since its inception in 2011 will be guided by an adult female and male instructor to provide instruction to other S.L.P. students. The value of generosity will be fulfilled by assisting community elders each week and also by cleaning designated areas throughout the community. Family members are encouraged to volunteer and an evening introduction language course will be offered for parents to help create a family language environment.
The second phase of the grant will begin in September by offering evening gatherings for community members who would like to share and learn more of the language. F.P.C.C. will be attempting to communicate with Canadian Reserves and the Lodgepole, Montana community via its Polycom program (VisionNet) to provide speakers, who are separated by distance, an opportunity to visit in their respective language. These gatherings will be provided to the community at no charge and will take place at the Dumont Building in Wolf Point.
This is the fourth summer F.P.C.C. has offered the summer language program. The first summer was partially funded by the First Nations Development Institute with the following summers funded by grants received from the Endangered Language Fund and the National Endowment for Humanities.
Donations were also received from the Fort Peck Housing Recreation Department, Center for Native Health Partnerships, and the Safe on All Roads program. Receiving the First Nations grant helps F.P.C.C. uphold its philosophy that it is, “committed to preserving Indian culture, history, and beliefs, and to perpetuating them among the Indian people of all ages.”
For further questions about the Summer Language Program or the evening gatherings slated for September, call 768-6300 or 653-3900.

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Sex Offender Receives Suspended Sentence For Failure To Register

A convicted sex offender who appeared in 15th District Court on a felony charge of failure to register as a sexual offender received a suspended prison sentence as a result of a plea bargain, Wednesday, May 28.
Judge David Cybulski accepted a plea agreement from Michael Everett Bos, 45, who is listed as living in Culbertson on the National Sex Offender Registry.
Cybulski sentenced Bos to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections, with all prison time suspended, a fine of $25,000 with $15,000 suspended, and other fees and conditions.
According to the National Sex Offender Registry, Bos has lived in Florida, Louisiana and Michigan, has a past conviction for three-degree criminal sexual conduct and is required to register as a sex offender. Specifics about the out-of-state offense were not stated on the national registry or 15th District Court court documents.
A bench warrant had been issued for Bos. Cybulski quashed the warrant when he voluntarily appeared in court, Wednesday, May 14. He was ordered to return to court Wednesday, May 28.

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