Written by Sheridan Shumway
The Wolf Point City Council met Monday, July 15, for its regular monthly meeting.
It was noted that the housing rehab project is almost finished with the last house being completed in the next few weeks. This will allow the city to pursue new grants for similar projects.
The council was informed that the city received official notification that Silver Airways will not seek the Essential Air Service contract; however, the company is supposed to continue with service until either a new company takes up the contract or it is no longer "financially feasible" for Silver Airways.
Councilman Chris Dschaak informed the council that fireman Doug Hopson retired as of July 3 after providing Wolf Point with 23 years of service.
According to the police and animal control report, the department responded to 581 complaints and 99 citations were issued during the month of June by the Wolf Point Police Department. There were 13 animals impounded and 21 animals licensed in the month of June. Police chief Jeff Harada said he felt the 'Summer Fury' tornado drill went well and the department did as well as could be expected in such circumstances. It will likely be three months before the final report is released.
The city landfill had its Department of Environmental Quality inspection on Thursday, July 11, but the city has yet to receive the findings.
The council voted to keep the street maintenance levies the same as last year. These levies bring in approximately $53,900 per year, so growth is slow. This is the fund that was utilized to fix Front Street.
The street dance was a point of concern for the council. Councilman Rollie Paulson stated in past years he was thoroughly impressed with the clean up job done before business hours on Friday morning, but that this year it was a mess. He spent over a half hour picking up in front of his business. Paulson stated he didn't want to be a "stick in the mud," knowing that many people enjoy the festivities, but he felt that downtown business owners should not be "penalized" just because of their business location. Councilman Dschaak concurred that this year the town was amuch bigger mess than in past years. Overall sentiment of the council seemed to be that the Tavern Association should be held more responsible for the clean up. When asked if extra dumpsters are provided downtown, public works director Rick Isle said they were but people seemed to refuse to use them as they were often empty when picked up Monday after Stampede.
The council approved the spending of up to $36,600 with committee approval for a new police car and a used four-wheel-drive for the police department.
Mayor Dewayne Jager noted in his mayor’s comments that, in the July 3 edition of the Fort Peck Journal, it was stated that "Chairman Azure was authorized to write a letter to the Mayor of Wolf Point outlining the Tribes concerns about the City of Wolf Point denying assistance to the Fort Peck Tribes during the recent water crisis (in Poplar)."
Jager stated that no such request by either the tribes or the City of Poplar was ever made. Dschaak stated that no request was made to the fire department about hauling water over either.
Jager stated that he had contacted Azure and the City of Poplar letting them know that the City of Wolf Point never received a request for help and that he was also seeking a retraction to be placed in the Fort Peck Journal. Had a request been made the City of Wolf Point would have helped in any way they could.
The next regular meeting will be Monday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. A public hearing about the budget will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., followed by a special meeting to adopt the budget on Monday, Aug. 12, also at 7 p.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:19
Written by Al Stover
The Roosevelt County Commissioners met July 11 to approve three new hires, six pay raises, purchases and meetings from previous meetings
The meeting began when commissioner Jim Shanks made a motion to approve the minutes for June, then Macdonald made a motion to approve the minutes of the CTEP public hearing, which took place July 8.
Macdonald made a motion to discuss the solicited quotes from three local car dealers for a new county vehicle. According to Macdonald, only one of those quotes had been turned in. Duane Nygard asked if the discussion should be moved until the next meeting to which Shanks and Macdonald agreed.
The commissioners approved the claims for July 5 in the amount of $184,032.06 and for July 8 for the amount of $45,545.48.
When it came time to approve the new hires, Nygard turned the meeting over to Macdonald, due to a conflict of interest. The new hires include Lindsey Nygard, who will be working as a seasonal full-time employee for the road department, Alan Engelke, who will also be working for the road department in a temporary/part-time capacity and Helen
Brzozowske, who will be working as a seasonal museum curator for the Poplar Museum. Nygard abstained from the first two votes.
The commissioners approved annual pay raises for Traci Kjelshus, Julie Back, Miracle Spotted Wolf, Lorene Hintz, Beth Hekkel and Sheri Harvey.
The commissioners also approved the lower bid to purchase a RIDGID drain cleaning machine for the maintenance department for $596.40.
Macdonald asked why maintenance felt they needed this. Maintenance supervisor Craig Karge replied that inmates in the jail have been plugging up the drains and he has had to rent equipment from the Swap Shop. He also said the drains in the jail kitchen have been known to clog up, as have the sewer drains. He added that the kitchen at the senior center could also clog.
Karge also said the drains on the south side of the courthouse are plugged and, if it rains, the parking lot will flood. In the past, his predecessor would hire someone to clean the drains. Karge said he feels he can do it himself.
The commissioners closed out the meeting by discussing the bids for the removal of the asbestos tile in the basement office and conference room where the welfare department was before it moved to the post office. The two bids were from Abatement Contractors from Missoula and Associated Cleaning Supplies Inc. from Wolf Point. The bid from Abatement Contractors was for $10,730 while the bid from Associated Cleaning Supplies was for $9,078.50.
Macdonald said it was a “no-brainer” that the bid go to local company, who underbid the Missoula company by over $1,600. Stacks said the company from Missoula could be “real hungry” coming from the west side of the state and Macdonald said it seemed high for a local bid.
Bill Juve asked if the bid included disposal. Duane Nygard said it did, as well as the removal of the carpet over the tiles, though Macdonald said the county probably couldn’t remove the carpet because it may be contaminated.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 17:43
Written by Al Stover
I have accepted an editor position at The Herald-News.
I originally came from Spokane, Wash., and am a recent graduate of Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in visual communication design. I spent the last two years as a section editor for The Easterner, EWU’s college newspaper. Journalism was not my first choice of a career, but over the last six years I have grown to love all of the different aspects of the field. There are few careers in the world where you get the opportunity to be a part of history, meet interesting people and write about the experiences.
When I was offered the opportunity to come work for The Herald-News, I said goodbye to my friends, packed up what I could and left my old life behind. Although there was a snag or two in my initial plans that forced me to take a 14-hour train ride to Montana, I got the chance to soak up some of the scenery that is uncommon in the Pacific Northwest.
From 2012-13, I ran the Eagle Life section, which is the The Easterner’s foods, arts, culture and feature section wrapped under one brand. Before I was the Eagle Life editor, I was in charge of the newspaper’s sports desk where I spent long hours covering games and interviewing future professional athletes.
During my time on at The Easterner, I covered several topics and interviewed all sorts of characters including drag queens, gamers and cage fighters. At one particular mixed martial arts event, I watched as one of the fighters delivered a soccer kick to his opponent’s face, which ended up shattering the man’s jaw.
Prior to my time at The Easterner, I worked at The Communicator, the student newspaper at Spokane Falls Community College, from 2007 to 2010. I was a section editor for The Communicator’s Sidelines, Flavors and Focus sections.
In addition to my collegiate journalism career, I was an intern with Spokane Faith and Values, an online publication that covers all faiths and religions in the Spokane area. I have also written for Rant Sports and currently contribute columns to both Cagepages.com and Fansided.com.
I also maintain several blogs including From the Red Corner, which is about combat sports, and Ale Stover’s Brewing Thoughts, which focuses on anything beer-related. I enjoy watching all kinds of sports, especially boxing and cage fighting.Although I have only spent a few days in Wolf Point, I have grown to like the community and the people around here. I even got a chance to attend my first Wild Horse Stampede. It was dirty and, by the end of the night, my scalp had become a resting place for flies, but it was also a lot of fun.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 17:41
Written by Samantha Stanich, NEMHS
Northeast Montana Health Services will be partnering with the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede Committee and Mike’s Hard Lemonade to sponsor the annual “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event during the Thursday night rodeo at the 90th Wild Horse Stampede in Wolf Point.
“Tough Enough to Wear Pink” is ready to rope breast cancer to the ground and hog tie it in six seconds flat.
NEMHS is raising money to help support digital mammography in the radiology department at their Trinity campus.
Mike’s Hard Lemonade will be donating a dollar for every person who wears pink to Thursday night’s rodeo, which will go towards digital mammography.
“Tough Enough to Wear Pink” shirts can be purchased at Bryan’s and Hi-Line Sports as well as Thursday night at the Stampede grounds through Sew Dew It.
“Digital mammography gives higher contrast imaging for improved images of dense breast tissue and the image can be reversed from black to white to help detect anything out of the ordinary,” Kristi Iman said. Iman works at the Trinity campus and is a radiology technician (R) (M).
Northeast Montana Health Services was the first northeast Montana hospital to offer digital mammography, the most effective tool to detect breast cancer. Exam times for digital mammography are usually faster than traditional film-based exams as well as more efficient and require fewer retakes.
Statistics say that digital mammography is 5 to 80 percent more effective than standard film exams and the images give better visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line and chest wall, and in women with dense breast tissue.
Digital mammography alone is responsible for the increased number of cancers detected in patients with dense breasts that were not previously found using film screening.
The technology also provides a more enjoyable experience for patients while allowing the radiologists to retrieve an enhanced and accurate image to review on a monitor without needing to wait for film to process.
It is recommended that everyone over the age of 40 receive an annual mammogram.
NEMHS is also sponsoring an event for the local youth on Saturday during Art in the Park.
This event will take place at Sherman Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year, youth will have the opportunity to decorate a breast cancer t-shirt that they can save and wear next year at “Tough Enough to Wear Pink.”
Pictures will be taken to be displayed at the hospital.
Children will be asked to sign a health pledge and jump ropes will be given out to help jump-start an active lifestyle at an early age.
“Tough Enough to Wear Pink” is an event that has really grown in size and magnitude over the years and we are grateful for the willingness of the community to help make this event the success it has become. It’s inspiring to come to the rodeo Thursday night and see everyone wearing pink to show their support,” said Peg Norgaard, CEO of NEMHS.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:08
Written by Darla Shumway
Three wild men, one wild animal and a crowd of thousands cheering on the live debauchery. Sound like fun? It certainly should 1 considering it’s the premise of the crowd-favorite Wild Horse Race that steals the spotlight each year during Stampede weekend.
The delicate balance of chaos and finesse keeps spectators coming back for more.
Each group is made up of three wild men — two to wrangle and one to ride.
The Wild Horse Race is no doubt the highlight of the weekend and Stampede chairman Clint Long offered some insight as to why.
“They are actual wild horses. They are not pros,” Long said. “The contestants are local which makes everyone feel more in touch with them and it’s very exciting.”
The 90th annual Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede’s wild horse race will see many familiar faces.
The yellow team, sponsored by The Freez, will be Easton Copenhaver, Morris Tattoo and TJ Kerr.
The light blue team of Mike Birdsbill, Jimmy Wittet and Bobby Overton is sponsored by Farmers Elevator.
Garrett Long, Pat Jackson and Chase Casterline will represent the orange team, sponsored by Hentges Trucking.
Wearing purple in this year’s event will be Mike DeWitt, Jamie St. Marks and Matt Ayres. Their team is sponsored by DeWitt Trucking.
The turquoise team, sponsored by A-Plus Construction, is Brockie Standing, Fletcher Clampitt and Jordan Moran.
Milo Jackson, Jordan Jackson and Emmett Jackson will represent Montana Bar and sport grey shirts.
The gold team of Brickie Jackson, Boy Jackson and Michael Jackson is sponsored by Mitch and Tina Clark Sr. in memory of Calvin Clark.
Members on the lime green team, sponsored by Linda Melbourne, are Michael Thomas, Sheldon Smoker and Lyle White.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:09