Wolf Point Herald

FPCC Students Participate In Science Research Program

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Pictured are Kaitlyn Tapaha, David James, David Smith and Marcus Decoteau


Fort Peck Community College students participated in the National Science Foundation Sustainable Building Research and Mentoring Program with mentors from the Fort Peck Reservation, Haskell University and Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
The summer research program created four weeks of research activities for 16 American Indian students from tribal colleges and high schools and participants to conduct field and laboratory research on new, sustainable building wall materials and systems, as well as synthesize and present their findings at relevant conferences.
This year’s program began June 13 where student participants traveled to the University of Colorado - Boulder and began classroom/laboratory research activities including straw bale workshop, presentation by American Indian Science Engineering Society faculty and professionals, solar panel installations and library research initiatives.
The FPCC students returned to the Fort Peck field site, Wednesday, June 25, and began a series of field research activities, including working with tribal professional engineers. The final stage of the project included student presentations at FPCC’s GTD, Monday, July 7.
Students were:
Kaitlyn Tapaha, 20, of Wolf Point, is seeking a degree in computer and web design and plans to graduate in the spring of 2016.
“I am interested in the Sustainable Building Research Project because I would like to learn more about engineering and I feel like I can contribute to this project with my current knowledge in computers. Also I feel like this would be a great experience for me and would benefit me in the future should I pursue a career in engineering. This would broaden my horizon and help me to better the Fort Peck Reservation,” Tapaha said.
David James is Assiniboine and Hunkpapa Sioux. He graduated with a 3.7 GPA in business administration and also was the student senate president and FPCC board member.
“I was selected by the school to be the American Indian College Fund student of the year for 2013-2014. I will be moving on to my bachelor’s degree at Sitting Bull College next fall to continue my education,” James said.
David Smith graduated with a certificate in welding technology and made dean’s list for fall 2011 with a 3.8 GPA. He has participated in various college courses including, completing a 10-hour occupational safety health administration course, pipefitting certification and is starting a building trades associates of applied science degree. He hopes to graduate in the fall of 2015.
Smith is very knowledgeable about various tools and equipment and has worked for Fort Peck Housing Authority during the summer of 2013 that sharpened his skills in different areas of carpentry. He loves to work with his hands and enjoy helping others in need, and believes that with the knowledge he learns from the research and mentoring program, that he will greatly help the environment, his community and himself by gaining more experience in the vocational field.
Marcus Decoteau is a current FPCC student who likes to design and build. He enjoys math and since he was young he liked to calculate situations such as the earth’s weather patterns, rotation or the forces of gravity.

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Ground Water Sampling Program Offered In McCone County

McCone Conservation District recently announced a new ground water sampling program. Rural water users have voiced concerns about the potential effects on their water supply from oil development. People are worried about chemical storage, waste management accidents at well heads or injection pits, and accidents/spills during chemical and product transportation.
Further uncertainties of production water disposal, frack water injections and large withdrawals of ground water have also been revealed.
The purpose of this new monitoring program is to establish baseline groundwater quality and availability in advance of oil and gas activity in our area. McCone Conservation District will prioritize and select domestic and stock-water wells to evaluate based on the proximity to a potential source of contamination such as active or abandoned oil/gas wells, injection wells, waste or chemical management areas. Selected wells must be registered with the Ground Water Information Center
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Montana Salinity Control Association are assisting the McCone Conservation District with this program. Each well selected will be evaluated on-site for field parameters and water availability. Well samples will be analyzed for drinking water quality and for indicators of contamination specific to energy development activities.
Well sampling and lab fees total approximately $1,200 per well, but a DNRC grant covers most of the expense so McCone County residents can participate in this program for $120.00 [10 recent of total cost].
Contact Mary Hendrix at 485-2744, ext. 100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to begin the sign-up process. Sign-up ends July 25.

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DUI Task Force Considers Another Alcohol Server Training In Culbertson

The Roosevelt County DUI Task Force discussed recent alcohol server training in Wolf Point and a need to offer the class in Culbertson during the monthly meeting, Tuesday, July 1.
Twelve people attended an alcohol server training class in Wolf Point, Tuesday, June 2. The Glasgow/Wolf Point Workforce Center presented the class at no charge. They offered to present the same training in Culbertson if requested to do so by the DUI Task Force.
County commissioner Gary Macdonald said the same training program should be offered to alcohol servers in Culbertson. He said if there isn’t a good turn-out, have a sheriff’s deputy conduct compliance checks on Culbertson establishments that serve alcohol.
Task force member Mary Vine suggested purchasing drink coasters for bars with the DUI Task Force name and a “drink responsible” message. Vine’s suggestion was received favorably and she was asked to obtain prices.
Task force member John Carlbom asked if there were statistics on a recent law enforcement sobriety check stop. Vine said she would ask for numbers of DUI arrests.
The DUI Task Force will next meet Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m., in the conference room across from the Roosevelt County health department.

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster

(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office will periodically distribute an inmate roster with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
Last week, the RCSO transported three prisoners to a Glendive correctional facility but gained new inmates, leaving the jail at or near capacity. The jail roster was reported at 18 inmates during the afternoon hours of June 30 and July 7.


The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail as of Monday, July 7: Joel Campos, Las Cruses, N.M., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia; Dale Cooper, Bremerton, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs; William Debbs, Casper, Wyo., probation violation; Jarrett Frazer, Longview, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; April Frost, Evansville, Wyo.,  criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Jesse Gottschalk, Algonac, Mich.,  criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Gary Jones, Mesa, Ariz.; assault on a peace officer with injury; Jason Knight, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Darryl Lewis, Powell, Wyo., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Nicholas Marino, Williston, N.D., carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon, sale of dangerous drugs; Kandace Poole, Williston, N.D., out-of-county warrant; Shelby Rider, Algonac, Mich., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia; Carlos Rodriguez, Wolf Point, partner family member assault; Jeremy Sepanski, Plentwood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer; Zachary Shay, Williston, N.D., driving while privilege to do so is revoked; Christopher Shields, Fort Kipp, two justice court warrants for a traffic violation and driving under the influence; Kyle Stevens, Tomball, Texas, felony theft; and Amber Taylor, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

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Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For July 10

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department between June 30 and July 6. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
June 30
4:24 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Fourth Avenue South and Custer Street for a single-vehicle motor vehicle crash that took down a light pole, brought down a power line and sent a 27-year-old Poplar woman to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus by ambulance. She was later released. The male driver fled the scene. Charges are pending.
6:02 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Granville Street and arrested Dorrance Clark, 25, of Wolf Point, on an outstanding warrant.
July 2
1:20 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a gas theft and cited Chelsea Chase, 22, of Wolf Point, for theft.
12:47 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of an assault with minor injuries to a Wolf Point female. Officers cited Shantelle Scheafer, 30, of Wolf Point, for simple assault.
7:34 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of an assault with minor injuries to a Wolf Point female. Charges are pending.
July 3
1:23 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report of a suspicious individual in the area. The investigation continues.
4:05 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Second Avenue South for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Royce Birdsbill Sr., 45, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
10:50 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Fairweather Street for a report of vandalism to the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
4:19 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of vandalism to the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
4:07 p.m., firefighters responded to Seventh Avenue North for a grass fire with one truck and two firefighters. Misuse of fireworks is the suspected cause.
5:07 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of an assault with minor injuries to a Wolf Point male. Charges are pending.
9:53 p.m., officers responded to Seventh Avenue North on a request by another law enforcement agency for a report of a disturbance in progress with a firearm brandished and arrested Raymond Casaraz, 31, of Wolf Point, for aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. No injuries were reported.
11:20 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Second Avenue South for a report of unauthorized entry to a residence with the resident inflicting minor injuries on the man who entered the home. The investigation continues.
July 4
12:54 a.m., firefighters responded to Eighth Avenue North and Eureka Street for a dumpster fire with one truck and two firefighters.
2:21 a.m., firefighters responded to the 300 Block of East Dawson Street for a dumpster fire with one truck and two firefighters.
11:35 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Dawson Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
12:13 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Fourth Avenue North for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
3:18 p.m., firefighters responded to Seventh Avenue North for a grass fire with one truck and two firefighters. Firefighters returned to the station at 3:35 p.m. Misuse of fireworks is the suspected cause.
4:54 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Blaine Street for a report of a domestic disturbance in progress with minor injuries to a Wolf Point female. Officers cited Harris Mc-
Connell, 49, of Wolf Point, for domestic abuse.
5:45 p.m., firefighters responded to mile marker 590 on U.S. Hwy. 2 west of Wolf Point for a grass fire. Firefighters returned to the station at 6:11 p.m.
9:12 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Hill Street for a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area. The investigation continues.
9:20 p.m., firefighters responded to Rodeo Road for a grass fire with one truck and two firefighters. Firefighters returned to the station at 9:34 p.m. Misuse of fireworks is the suspected cause.
10:13 p.m., firefighters responded to the 600 block of Eureka Street for a tree fire with one truck and two firefighters. Firefighters returned to the station at 10:21 p.m. Misuse of fireworks is the suspected cause.
11:28 p.m., firefighters responded to the 200 block of Idaho Street for a grass fire with one truck and two firefighters. Firefighters returned to the station at 11:43 p.m. Misuse of fireworks is the suspected cause.
July 5
2:33 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Helena Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Daniel Schauer, 23, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
11:18 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Fourth Avenue South for a report of vandalism to the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
10:30 p.m., officers located a male who was discharging fireworks illegally on the 500 block of Fourth Avenue South and cited Ronald L. Kemp, 30, of Wolf Point, for discharge prohibited.
July 6
12:31 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Benton Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and cited a 15-year-old Wolf Point female for criminal trespass and a curfew violation and a 15-year-old Wolf Point male for a curfew violation.
8:13 a.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of theft from the store. Charges are pending.
2:06 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a male harassing customers and cited Breon Dupree, 31, of Wolf Point, for public intoxication.
3:07 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass and timber fire along the Missouri River about 10 miles west of Wolf Point with three trucks and nine firefighters. Misuse of fireworks is the suspected cause.
Other Calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between June 30 and July 6: checks of wellbeing, 12; civil standby, one; domestic disturbance, 12; public assistance, 13; removal of unwanted individuals, 16; animal complaints, four; medical assistance, two; fire assistance, one; alarm, two; assist other agency, four; unfounded report, 13; fireworks complaints, four; and driving complaints, eight.

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