Wolf Point Herald

School Board Candidates' Forum And Meet-And-Greet Planned

Wolf Point voters will be afforded the opportunity to meet the 14 candidates vying for six seats on the Wolf Point School Board during a meet-and-greet and candidate forum, Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m., in the high school library.
If a large crowd attends, the event will be moved to the WPHS auditorium.
The Wolf Point Education Association is sponsoring the event.
Each candidate will be asked to answer three questions.
Five of the trustee positions are newly redistricted single-member districts within Wolf Point and there is one single at-large position that includes all of Wolf Point and Frontier School districts.
Redistricting came as a result of a federal court mandate in 2014, forcing the election for all board seats.
All six current trustees were elected at-large.
The new trustees elected in the upcoming election will serve one-, two- and three-year terms. All school board members will be elected to three-year terms in future elections.
Ballots will be mailed to all eligible registered voters and ballots must be returned to the school district office located inside Wolf Point High School by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.
The candidates by district are:
District 45-1, two-year term: Yvonne (Smoker)
Bashay, Corey E. Reum;
District 45-2, one-year term: Jaronn R. Boysun [incumbent], Linda L. Hansen;
District 45-3, three-year term: Mark Kurokawa, Gib R. Medicine Cloud;
District 45-4, three-year term: Paul K, Gysler,
LaRae Hanks, Lawrence “Larry” Wetsit;
District 45-5, two-year term: Lanette Clark, Mary Vine;
At-large district 45A, one-year term: Brandon Babb, Roxanne Gourneau, Glenn Strader.
Boysun is the only incumbent seeking reelection. Strader is a former member of the WPSD and Frontier School boards. Babb is a Frontier School board member.

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GNDC Working To Get Stalled Eastern Montana Infrastructure Bill Passed

An infrastructure bill that would benefit eastern Montana and is stalled in the Legislature, along with talk of eastern Montana being left out when it comes to state appropriations, highlighted the Great Northern Development Corporation quarterly board meeting, Tuesday, April 14.
“This past quarter has been busy with travel, mostly to testify in Helena,” said GNDC executive director Martin DeWitt, who is resigning for a new position in Billings.
DeWitt’s last day will be Friday, April 17.
DeWitt said the month of January was spent keeping up with the pulse of the Legislature.
“I also traveled to Helena to testify on House Bill 402, which is an infrastructure bill for eastern Montana that will provide funding totaling $55 million into energy impacted communities,” DeWitt said.
HB 402, which affects all of eastern Montana, passed the third reading with a 59-39 House vote and was been transmitted to the Senate, where the Senate Finance Committee tabled it.
Roosevelt County Commissioner Gary Macdonald said HB 402 was tabled because it is similar to Senate Bill 416 by Sen. John Brendan, R-Scobey, but Brendan’s bill is more of a statewide bill that doesn’t focus on eastern Montana.
“Brendan’s bill doesn’t address eastern Montana like 402 does,” Macdonald said.
He said he will be going to Helena soon and that an effort must be made to get HB 402 off the table.
Several reports were presented at the GNDC meeting. No votes were taken as the board lacked a quorum.

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Commissioners Approve Subdivisions Near Bainville

The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved two small subdivisions about 11 miles north of Bainville Monday, April 13.
Glenn and Lloyd DeTienne requested approval of two adjoining identical minor subdivisions of five residential lots each, carved out of 80 acres.
Subdivisions exceeding five lots are classified as major subdivisions and require planning board approval.
In another matter brought to the commissioners, Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel  made a second request that the county pay for an indigent burial of a woman who died in Faith Home in March.
The commissioners approved the request.
When first brought to the commission in March, Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen said he had not seen any solid evidence that the woman was indigent and recommended that the commission delay a decision.

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Back-To-Back Fires Destroy Two Poplar Structures

Two fires early Saturday, April 11, destroyed two structures in the Poplar area.
The first fire, reported to the Roosevelt County/Fort Peck Tribes 911 dispatch center at 1:11 a.m., completely destroyed a single-family unoccupied house just east of Poplar.
Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department chief Shawn Eggar said the house had only been vacant a short time.
The WPVFD and firefighters from Brockton had responded as a mutual aid call. Eggar said the Wolf Point firefighters had barely returned to their station when the second call came in at 3:30 a.m. and they returned to Poplar.
The structure fire at Second Avenue West and D Street West in Poplar completely destroyed a mobile home and displaced a family.
Eggar said there were no injuries.
The causes of both fires remain under investigation.

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Former Gov. Babcock Dies

A Montana governor from eastern Montana who served five decades ago was laid to rest in Helena Saturday, April 11.
Gov. Tim Babcock, 95, who died in Helena Tuesday, April 7, grew up in Dawson County near Glendive. He previously served as lieutenant governor, became Montana’s chief executive in 1962 when Gov. Donald Nutter died in a plane crash en route to Cut Bank, and remained in office until 1969.
Babcock was a decorated World War II veteran and owned a trucking company. He was the oldest delegate at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Florida.
Babcock’s body laid in state at the Capitol Rotunda on Friday. His funeral was in Helena Saturday.

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