Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point High School conferred diplomas to 38 seniors during annual commencement exercises Sunday, May 29.
Twin sisters LaRae and Christina Dahl were the valedictorian and salutatorian respectively. The sisters, that were the top two in their class, are the daughters of Wayne and Connie Dahl.
Written by The Herald News
The Wolf Point City Council made no decision on a request to develop a trailer court at the former site of Gospel Fellowship Church on the corner of Hill Street and Second Avenue North Monday, May 16.
The planning board and board of adjustment will hear the full proposal by Mark Armstrong Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m. and make a recommendation to the council.
Written by Bill Vander Weele
With the goal of working together to reduce criminal activity on the Fort Peck Reservation, tribal chairman Floyd Azure organized a meeting for area law enforcement that took place on Tuesday, May 10.
“There was a lot of discussion,” Azure said about the meeting. “We all realize there is a drastic need for more police officers.”
Attending the meeting were representatives from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Wolf Point Police Department, tribal law enforcement, highway patrol, the mayors of Wolf Point and Poplar, Brockton Town Council and other tribal council board members. It was agreed to have meetings on a monthly basis.
“I want everybody on the same page. I want the right hand knowing what the left hand is doing,” Azure said.
After an abduction of a young girl in Wolf Point during late February and the believed murder of a 13-month-old in Poplar during April, Azure received the backing of the tribal committee to talk with area law enforcement and try to curb the drug problem.
“Basically, the meth problem is the center of it,” Azure said at the meeting. “But other crimes also pop up because of the meth problem.”
The tribal chairman was very pleased with the attitudes of the people at the meeting.
“It was very positive,” Azure said. “Everybody is of the same opinion that we need to do something and the only way to do it is to work together.”
Wolf Point Chief of Police Jeff Harada noted, “The agencies agreed to work cooperatively and aggressively to eliminate the number of drug dealers in our communities.”
Harada said it’s a positive to increase communication among the agencies. He feels the officers on the street do a better job of communicating with other agencies.
“It went well,” Harada said of the meeting. “Improving lines of communication is always a positive.”
Written by Bill Vander Weele
The Roosevelt County Local Emergency Planning Committee planned upcoming events during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 10, in Wolf Point.
Lee Allmer, chairman of the committee, made sure that participants knew that Lindsey McNabb is the county’s new disaster and emergency services director.
“We try to make it the right environment for everyone to have a say,” Allmer, deputy DES director, said.
McNabb said DES didn’t receive the homeland security grant this year, partly because she didn’t have much time to complete the grant after being selected as director.
She hopes that she can spend more time on the grant in future years.
Allmer urges all officials to be pro-active and get a head start before grant items come up.
Summer activities for the committee include having booths at the county fair, Wolf Point Stampede and other events. Allmer explained volunteer hours at such activities translate into more funding through the pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant and less burden on taxpayers.
The hospital in Culbertson will have a health fair on Saturday, July 23, at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.
Another important upcoming event is crisis management training for school-based situations. Rusty Boxer, the Fort Peck Tribal DES coordinator, is organizing the event to be held in Poplar.
Allmer said he’s pleased that school officials from Wolf Point, Frontier, Froid and Bainville have attended recent LEPC meetings. “They know we’re out there and trying to do something,” Allmer said.
Lori Reed, FEMA, EPA preparedness unit, spoke about how outreach group has plans to become more available in eastern Montana.
She said she is willing to answer any questions dealing with grants. “We don’t want to leave any of the money on the table,” Reed said.
The next LEPC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, at 2 p.m. in Poplar.
Written by Bill Vander Weele
Rob Osborne, the current superintendent of schools in Broadview, has agreed to become Wolf Point's new superintendent of schools.
Wolf Point School Board chairman Mark Kurokawa said he was told of Osborne's decision late Thursday, May 12. Kurokawa said they just needed to agree to final contract terms early this week.
Osborne has seven years of experience as superintendent in Broadview. Osborne previously served as a teacher, coach and athletic director in the Lockwood School District. He received his bachelors degree from Eastern Montana College in Billings and earned his master of education in administration from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.
When asked during the interview process what makes him the best candidate, Osborne mentioned his track record in Broadview where test scores improved greatly during his tenure.
"The people who know me, I think, will tell you I'm professional. I expect that in return," Osborne said. "I support teachers, I support staff. I guarantee you that you won't be disappointed."
During the public interview, Osborne said school board members shouldn't be involved in day-to-day operations unless if there's an issue. "That's why you hire good people." The school board should play a key role, however, in long-term planning such as facilities and curriculum.
When asked how to handle a negative situation, Osborne answered, "You can always take a negative and make it a positive." He says he gets his ducks in a row before making decisions.
He said a superintendent's work can vary from day to day and could regard child discipline one day and bus repairs the next. "I think the most important thing is just being the best leader. You have to make decisions that some people aren't going to like."
Osborne said not being afraid to make decisions is a strength for him as an educator. "They aren't hard decisions when you do your homework. Decisions should be based on what's best for kids."
He said a professional weakness of his is that he handles stress well on the outside but inside it can tear him up. He noted his strengths as a person include being caring and loyal.
Osborne will replace Gary Scott, who came out of retirement to serve as the school district's superintendent for one year. Scott is resigning from the position effective June 30.