Wolf Point Herald

Extension Hosts Trowel And Error Horticulture Tour August 19

The 2014 Trowel and Error horticulture tour was held in Culbertson Tuesday, Aug. 19, as well as the Rain Barrel Workshop Thursday, Aug. 21.
Participants got to see landscaping ideas, grapes growing, gardening in small and large spaces, unique container gardening and companion planting.
Tour stops this year included Jo and Mark Nelson, Bob Larsen, Don and Myrna Oelkers, Sharon and Gene Schmitz, Latisha Logan, Melba Anderson, and Kim and Clint Jacobs.  
Observers were delighted with the beautiful gardens and unique ideas that everyone has, but also hadthe chance to ask questions as to why they do what they do and if they have any issues with their plants.
The second part of this horticulture week was a rain barrel workshop. Both tours were sponsored by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant obtained by Wendy Becker, Fort Peck Reservation Extension agent, and Ann Ronning, Roosevelt County Extension agent.
The rain barrels were constructed in a hands-on workshop to conserve water and use the rain water for plants and landscaping.  They were given all tools needed to construct the barrels. Each one in the group was helped with the process.
Becker taught them how to set them up at their locations and begin conserving water.
For more information on how to construct your own rain barrel, contact the Fort Peck Reservation Extension office at 768-3431.

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Public Meeting Will Address Closure Of Bridge Park Shooting Area



An unoccupied mobile home sits behind the berm people shoot at. There is also trash dumped at the site. (Photo by John Plestina)

The public will have an opportunity to weigh-in on a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ plan to close a shooting area on MWP-managed land adjacent to Lewis and Clark Park at a public meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m., in the Dumont Building at Fort Peck Community College.
The public will also have an opportunity to comment on the need for a new public shooting area in Roosevelt County.
The shooting area is just outside what most local people call Bridge Park, near the Montana Hwy. 13 bridge on the Missouri River that separates Roosevelt and McCone counties.
Neighbors of the shooting area are saying they are not safe and errant bullets have strayed into at least one nearby resident’s yard, nearly hitting his house.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has managed the site that includes the Lewis and Clark Fishing Access Site since 1999.
The shooting range has also been the site of parties, drunken individuals shooting, and illegal trash dumping.
“That shooting range, that I have been wanting to close for years, has had a lot of people having parties and people who are drunk and shooting,” Woody Baxter, FWP Region 6 fishing access site manager, said.
“I want to tell the public why we’re closing it down,” he said.
“I want to have this public meeting to see how many folks might be extremely upset because they want to shoot,” Baxter said.
He said the site will not be closed prior to the meeting, but might be in late September.
Baxter said he wants to address the need for a public shooting range at another location.
He said FWP has a shooting range grant program that could fund a site in Roosevelt County.
Another issue is that Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies qualify at the shooting range that will soon close.
Baxter has contacted the RCSO about the planned closure and to request assistance to keep the site closed.
Sheriff Freedom Crawford has asked FWP to turn the shooting area over to the county. Now, the RCSO knows that will not happen.
“We don’t have a choice,” Undersheriff John Summers said. “I talked with the tribes and they said we can share their range with them.”
Deputies will qualify at the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice range in Poplar until a new location is found.

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High Water


The Missouri River remained high three days after the recording-breaking four-day rain event ended. This picture was taken at the boat ramp in Bridge Park late morning, Wednesday, Aug. 27.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Laura Krauth


Retired Wolf Point School District counselor Laura Krauth joined Northern Prairie Realty in Wolf Point in June as a licensed real estate agent. She also works for Warren Land and Livestock, a real estate appraisal company that recently relocated from Billings to Wolf Point. Krauth has been a teacher in Box Elder, Harlem and Rocky Boy’s Reservation. (Photo by John Plestina)

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Congressional Candidate Visits Wolf Point



John Lewis, Democratic candidate for Montana’s at-large congressional district, stopped in Wolf Point and Poplar, Friday, Aug. 29, while on a tour of eastern Montana.
Lewis, 36, of Helena, was born in Billings and raised in Billings and Missoula.
He visited Wolf Point and met with former mayor Dewayne Jager about two years ago during a mayors’ tour while he was a staff member for former Sen. Max Baucus. Lewis worked for Baucus 12 years.
Lewis said his grandfather moved from Oregon to Montana to work for the BIA and his family remained in Montana. He said his father is an enrolled member of an Indian tribe in Oregon.
Lewis said he supports the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, largely because of the tax revenue it would bring to Montana. He acknowledged that there is substantial opposition to the proposed Canada to Texas oil pipeline within the Democratic party.
Other issues Lewis supports include water project infrastructure and maintaining the Constitutional right of United States citizens to own firearms.
Lewis also supports fighting crime associated with the Bakken Oilfield development and said Bakken-related infrastructure problems must also be addressed.

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