Written by John Plestina
The expansion of the Wolf Point Area Museum is expected to be built this fall and ready to open when the museum opens in May for the 2015 season.
Herman Shumway, chairman of the museum board, said the addition will open well ahead of the Wolf Point Centennial, which will be held during the 2015 Wild Horse Stampede.
The new building will be 12 feet from the existing building and both will be the same color.
Aldrich Lumber of Billings will build a 50- by 80-foot pole barn-style building with laminated trusses for cold storage of antique cars and trucks and tractors. An eight-foot sidewalk down the middle will have vehicles and tractors parked on both sides. The building could be insulated in the future.
“Eventually, we hope to hook the two buildings together,” Shumway said.
The Roosevelt County Commissioners recently authorized a county crew to level the ground for the expansion, which has been done.
The museum was originally the Wolf Point Historical Society Museum, which was in the basement of the Roosevelt County Library from 1941 until July 2010 when the museum moved into the current building on U.S. Hwy. 2. The museum building formerly housed a farm implement sales business.
The name was changed to Wolf Point Area Museum in 2011.
“[The new building] is funded, but we can always use more money,” Shumway said.
“The people have been great in our area [in support of the museum],” he said.
The museum holds two major fundraisers; a pancake breakfast held during the Wild Horse Stampede in July and a wine tasting, art auction and dinner in November.
The museum is located at 203 U.S. Hwy. 2 and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 15 through Sept. 15.
More information is available by contacting the museum at 653-1912.
Written by Ann Ronning
Following the tragic deaths of Carlie and Ty Anderson in April 2012, an outpouring of emotions swept through Roosevelt and Sheridan counties. One positive outcome from this tragedy was the raising of funds for youth seeking post-secondary education. So far, over $5,000 has been awarded in the last two years.
At the Roosevelt County Fair livestock sale, another $24,000 was raised for the scholarship fund. Farmers Elevator purchased a steer donated by Tony Anderson. Native Energy purchased a market hog also donated by Tony Anderson and Handy Angus purchased a market hog donated by Eldon
Krogstad of Plentywood.
Due to this additional generosity, a total of $5,500 will be awarded to eight scholarship applicants this fall. Recipients include Kaylee Eggen and Brady Osksa of Plentywood, Cassidy Bummer and Nicole Kirby of Reserve, Renee Oelkers and Elizabeth Hendrickson of Culbertson, Melissa Clark of Froid and Russell
Bowker of Bainville.
The number and the amount of scholarships awarded varies from year to year depending on the financial need of the applicants, the number of quality applications received and the amount in the scholarship fund. Applications must be postmarked on or before July 1 of each year. Graduating seniors and college students from Roosevelt or Sheridan counties who were or still are members of 4-H and/or FFA may apply.
Written by Herald-News
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center is seeking nominations for the 2015 Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame induction round. Every year, the MCHF honors living and historical figures that have made notable contributions to Montana’s western heritage.
“The Hall of Fame nominations are open to the general public,” said Mark Larson, MCHF director, and chairman of the board of trustees. “We encourage all to reflect on notable contributions to our western heritage and help us celebrate by nominating those from your community you believe serve as an example for next generation.”
2015 will mark the fifth year the MCHF will honor living historical figures and the eighth year of honoring legacy (non-living) inductees. One living inductee and two legacy inductees from each of the MCHF’s 12 trustee districts will be chosen from votes cast by the MCHF board of trustees based on nominations from the public. Nominees are assigned to a trustee district for consideration based on the local area where their notable contributions were made.
Nominees can be men, women, ranches, stage coach lines, animals, hotels, etc. — anyone or anything that has made a notable contribution or serves as a notable example of our Montana western heritage.
A full listing of inductees from 2008-2014, the 2015 nomination criteria, and more about the Hall of Fame induction process can be found online at www.montanacowboyfame.org.
The 2015 Class of the MCHF will be announced by press release by June 30. Winning inductees will be honored at the 2016 qnnual Circle the Wagons Gathering.
Written by Herald-News
Not all wilderness in Montana is high in the mountains. The Montana Wilderness Association is leading outings to explore some wilderness-quality backcountry right here in eastern Montana.
Sept. 13-14, the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act will be celebrated at Fort Peck with hikes, barbecue, local landscape artists, poetry and music. The event is co-sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Montana Wilderness Association.
Starting on Saturday, Sept. 13, volunteers with the Montana Wilderness Association will guide hikers to Sand Arroyo, an area known for its unusual rocks and fossils. It provides a rare example of a continuous record of the end of the dinosaur age and the beginning of the age of mammals.
Sand Arroyo is located southeast of Fort Peck and includes land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the CMR National Wildlife Refuge.
The hike is free, but to participate, hikers will need to register on the Montana Wilderness Association website, www.wildmontana.org. Hikers will also be treated to a barbecue upon their return.
“Since 1964, the Wilderness Act has helped Montanans conserve our most special places for hunting, hiking, horseback riding and camping,” said Guy Bateman, a volunteer with the Montana Wilderness Association from Poplar. “Some of Montana’s public wildlands are famous, like the Bob Marshall Wilderness, but prairie wildlands have a quiet, timeless, and scenic allure all their own — and places like the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge provide some of the best elk hunting in the state.”
In the evening, entertainment will be provided by Montana’s award winning troubadour/story-
smith Jack Gladstone from the Blackfeet Nation, who has created 15 critically acclaimed CDs.
Joining Gladstone will be Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland who grew up near Rudyard.
The evening concert will be held at the historic Fort Peck Theatre and is free and open to the public. The event will also feature the work of local landscape artists courtesy of Wheatgrass Arts and Gallery in Glasgow.
On Sunday, Sept. 14, hikers will head to the Burnt Lodge Wilderness Study Area, located southwest of Glasgow. In this remote and scenic river breaks country, the eroded terrain is covered with scattered stands of pine and broken up with exposed sandstone, sheer walls and castle-like formations.
To learn more about the event, call Mark Good, Montana Wilderness Association, at 406-453-9434.
The Jack Gladstone tour is sponsored by The Wilderness Society, U.S. Forest Service, Montana Back Country Horsemen, Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front, and Montana Wilderness Association.
Written by Herald-News
(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between Aug. 25 and 31. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
2 a.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a report of a man causing a disturbance and refusing to leave, and arrested Ocean Deserly, 20, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.
12:15 p.m., police responded to a request by the district juvenile probation officer to locate a 16-year-old Wolf Point female who had violated conditions of probation. She was charged Friday, Aug. 29, and given notice to appear.
7:04 p.m., officers responded to the parking lot at Town Pump for a report of a juvenile male with no driver’s license driving a vehicle. Police conducted a traffic stop on the 300 block of Front Street and cited a 15-year-old Wolf Point male for driving without a license and unlawful possession of dangerous drugs [marijuana]. Two other Wolf Point males, ages 16 and 17, were cited for unlawful possession of dangerous drugs.
10 a.m., officers took a report at the police station of a stolen and forged check that a local business had cashed with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continues.
5:05 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of people about to fight. Officers dispersed the individuals.
7:37 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Fairweather Street for a report of juveniles throwing rocks at a garage with no reported damage. Officers transported four male juveniles, ages nine and 10, to their guardians.
5:09 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Helena Street for a report of a former spouse attempting to gain entry into a residence. The investigation continues.
11:30 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Shannon Bigleggins Jr., 23, of Wolf Point, for severe domestic physical abuse.
10 a.m. [time approximate], firefighters responded to a fire that destroyed a combine and 146 acres of grain off Montana Hwy. 13, a little less than 30 miles north of Wolf Point with one truck.
11:20 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Main Street for a report of a theft of a tool box from a vehicle and vandalism to another vehicle belonging to the complainant with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continues.
6:20 a.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a theft with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continues.
2:24 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continues.
3:27 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on the 300 block of Fifth Avenue South and arrested Keith Higgins, 32, of Wolf Point, for driving under the influence.
2:45 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a person laying in the street and getting up when vehicles would stop and attempting to panhandle. Officers cited Nathan Dumont, 46, of Wolf Point, for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
4:40 p.m., officers responded to the railroad crossing on Sixth Avenue South for a report of a person sitting or laying on the tracks and arrested a 15-year-old Wolf Point female for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and minor in possession of alcohol.
5:18 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Idaho Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continues.
8:28 p.m., an intoxicated 16-year-old Wolf Point male walked into the police station with a belligerent and uncooperative attitude and was arrested for disorderly conduct and minor in possession of alcohol.
2:38 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop at Third Avenue South and Main Street, and cited Mark Charette, 41, of Oswego, for driving without a driver’s license, driving without insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia and Evelyn Bottoms, 36, of Oswego, for possession of drug paraphernalia.
10:40 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a person sleeping on the steps of The Nook and cited Steven Douglas, 35, of Wolf Point, for public intoxication.
3:10 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 700 block of Second Avenue North for a report of a domestic disturbance and arrested Isaac Irizarry, 43, of Wolf Point, for partner/ family member assault.
4:09 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Garfield Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continues.
4:26 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of a 13-year-old Wolf Point female who left her residence saying she would not return. Police located her Monday, Sept. 1, and arrested her for youth in need of supervision and aggravated disorderly conduct.
6:05 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Second Avenue South for a report of an assault on a 34-year-old intoxicated Wolf Point male who was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services Wolf Point Campus. The investigation continues.
9:18 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 200 block of Granville Street for a report of a juvenile female not returning home. The investigation continues.
10:58 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Helena Street for a report of a cell phone with a loss valued at less the $1,000. The investigation continues.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Aug. 25 and 31: checks of wellbeing, one; civil standby, one; domestic disturbance, four; public assistance, 15; motor vehicle accident, one; removal of unwanted individuals, 17; animal complaints, one; medical assistance, eight; alarm, eight; assist other agency, one; unfounded report, 11; fireworks complaint, one; and driving complaints, one.