Written by The Herald-News
Jason Mitchell of the outdoor program Jason Mitchell Outdoors recently filmed a fishing segment on Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana. The show will highlight the trophy walleye fishing for which Fort Peck is famous. "For trophy walleyes, Fort Peck remains one of the top destinations in the country and one of the best places I can think of for walleyes that are over 30 inches," explained Mitchell. Mitchell fished with Glasgow angler Ken Schmidt. "Ken and I grew up fishing together and actually used to fish some tournaments together so we go back a long ways," added Mitchell. The anglers worked deep main lake structure with bottom bouncers and live bait rigs in 20 to 28 feet of water. Several giant walleyes were landed on camera.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:33
Written by The Herald-News
Registered absentee voters have received an official ballot for the Wolf Point School District #45-45A Mill Levy Propositions election, to be held on Monday, Aug. 12.
The Elementary School District is asking for $100,000 to support general operations. This means a contribution of $36 a year, or $3 a month, from the good citizens of Wolf Point. The High School District is asking for $50,000 to support general operations. That means $10 a year or $0.80 cents per month. These are based on assuming $100,000 value for a property.
I ask the good folks of Wolf Point to vote for the mill levy $4 a month investment in our community and schools for the three following reasons:
1. As a government run “by the People, for the People” local control means local investment in the future of a community. Local schools operate on money generated locally which pays for new teachers to replace retirements, pays support staff salaries, supplies, building and maintenance costs, etc. The costs for all of these increases every month while the Federal government greatly cut money sent to Native American (and military) schools, known as “874 Money” or “Impact Aid Money”. This reduction was called Sequestration. Whichever side of the aisle we are on does not matter, our schools, a.k.a., our children, our staff, our families, our community lost a large amount of funding for basic operation costs this year.
2. “Oil is coming” we hear daily. We want to encourage economic growth in our community during the next few years. We desire new jobs, new businesses, new homes, new infrastructure projects, growing economic prosperity to arrive and build our community of Wolf Point — not “leap frog” over us to surrounding towns.
Voting for this meager mill levy will tell folks, who may want to move here, buy a home here, get a new job here, start/manage a business here … that Wolf Point supports and promotes excellence in education. It will send a message that Wolf Point takes care of our teachers, students, and facilities and values them. Failure to pass these reasonable mill levies will send the opposite message and reduce growth.
3. Our kids are growing up here, living here and raising families here. We see them every day working at the hospital, health clinic, nursing home, grocery store, retail stores, banks, restaurants, utilities companies, construction/home improvement companies, post office, lumber yard, hardware store, gas stations, automotive repair businesses, police forces, emergency medical technicians, volunteer firefighters, parcel delivery companies, oil rig workers, teachers, secretaries, bookkeepers, farmers, ranchers, welders, electricians, plumbers, etc.
We want to continue living in a community where workers perform quality jobs, learn and improve as technologies change. This means our children must obtain the education and job skills required, locally. Reading, writing, mathematics, science, and technology must be supported in the Wolf Point School District by you and I, now.
For $4 to $8 a month, the cost of one meal at McDonald’s or one iced coffee latte, we can build a better future! Let’s send a message to our schools, families, and our future community members that we support quality academic education at all levels in the Wolf Point School District.
Our children’s education is our responsibility, not Washington, D.C.’s.
An estimated 30 years is long enough of failing to approve an increase in local funding for the education of our children.
Please join me in voting for the Elementary and the High School General Fund mill levy propositions for the Wolf Point School District #45-45, on Aug. 12. The time has come to move ahead and begin working positively toward a better tomorrow for the people of Wolf Point, Montana.
Wolf Point, MT
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:27
Written by The Herald-News
Horticulture Tours To Be Held
Here is your chance to visit with other gardeners, landscapers, horticulturists and tour their masterpieces.
The MSU Extension Service will host two horticulture tours in Culbertson and Wolf Point.
The first tour will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Culbertson. Those interested are to meet at the Roosevelt County Complex parking lot in Culbertson.
The second tour will be on Friday, Aug. 16, in Wolf Point and will meet at the Roosevelt County Courthouse at 10 a.m. The tour will run until 12:30 p.m.
Featured stops will include some demonstrations, presentations, unique techniques and traditional gardening and landscaping. Each tour will have four or five stops and lunch is included.
For more information, contact the Fort Peck Reservation Extension office at 768-3431 or the Roosevelt County Extension office at 787-5312.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:20
Written by The Herald-News
The Montana Legislature, in recognition of increasing demands on our state's limited water resources, directed the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to transform the current State Water Plan into a dynamic guide that will be responsive to the varying needs of residents and water managers in four major river basins: Clark Fork, Yellowstone, Upper Missouri, and Lower Missouri.
Before a plan is crafted, an advisory council of volunteers will be appointed in each of the basins to ensure that all constituents with an interest in water use have an opportunity to participate in the crucial first step of identifying issues that should be addressed in the plan.
The ultimate goals of the process, known as the Montana Water Supply Initiative, are to document current supply and demand for water; estimate increases in demand for water; identify possible sources of water to meet those demands while protecting existing beneficial uses; and make recommendations to the 2015 Montana Legislature on alternatives for meeting future water needs.
DNRC staff members responsible for implementing the Montana Water Supply Initiative recognize that the BACs must serve as a strong foundation for the entire process, because a plan that lacks public support is not likely to serve any useful purpose.
The Lower Missouri River BAC will include representatives from as many basin geographical areas and water interests as possible. The Lower Missouri River Basin includes all watersheds that empty into the Missouri River from the confluence of the Marias River downstream to the North Dakota border.
Members are being solicited from agricultural producer associations, irrigation districts, water user associations, petroleum organizations, real estate interests, economic development councils, recreational user and sportsmen organizations, watershed groups, conservation districts, counties, cities, tribes and others.
The deadline for application is Aug. 21.
Members of the BAC will be expected to attend a number of meetings within the basin and will be reimbursed for travel expenses.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:19
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According to the data, in general Montana is a good place to raise kids. The latest edition of the Montana KIDS COUNT Data Book was released recently and details information such as access to education and health insurance coverage for children in Montana’s 56 counties.
“Overall, Montana’s children face good conditions across the spectrum,” said Thale Dillon, director of Montana KIDS COUNT at the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
Among the information included in the report, data shows:
•A growing number of Montana residents attain some level of post-secondary education, and more children live in families headed by someone with at least a high school diploma;
•more than two-thirds of families with children are married-couple families;
•teen births are well below national levels;
•juvenile offense rates, child abuse, infant mortality all are on a downward trajectory;
•motor vehicle crashes where the driver is under age 18 also are declining, and fewer youth under age 21 are involved in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes;
•and the percentage of Montana children who do not have health insurance continues to decrease.
However, though the data shows the rate of child deaths also is on a downward curve, that curve is not steep enough, Dillon said. For decades, Montana has had one of the highest child death rates in the nation. Combined with high rates of alcohol and drug abuse among youth, this distinction caused Montana to be ranked last among all the states in terms of child health in the national KIDS COUNT data book, which was released a few weeks ago.
“While there is more to child well-being than just health, when our children die at a rate that’s almost twice as high as the national average, it trumps other indicators,” Dillon said.
Montana children die at a rate of 45 per 100,000 children, while the national average is 26 per 100,000. Among the state’s many youth deaths, a large portion are preventable, with 70 percent of the deaths a result of either accidents or suicide.
The largest contributors to Montana’s accidental death rate are traffic-related deaths. Further, the majority of suicide victims are males in their late teens who take their own lives using firearms.
“Simple actions such as using a seatbelt or child-safety seat or temporarily removing the means by which someone can commit suicide make a difference in the final outcomes,” Dillon said.
Research shows that strong family connections and relationships play a vital role in keeping children safe. The Montana KIDS COUNT Data Book provides results from the bi-annual Prevention Needs Assessment survey, which indicates that communication and closeness within Montana families have improved during the past 10 years.
When children know that their parents or guardians care about them and what they do, and when there are clear rules and expectations regarding behavior, they are less likely to see risk behavior or suicide as viable options.
“This is why it’s encouraging to see a significant increase in the percentage of Montana youth who report that their parents are strongly involved in their lives,” Dillon said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:16