Wolf Point Herald

New School Board Sworn In


New Wolf Point School Board members are (from left to right) Corey Reum, LaRae Hanks, Mark Kurokawa, Lanette Clark, Linda Hansen and Brandon Babb. (Photo by John Plestina)

The six newly-elected Wolf Point School board members took the oath of office and held a mandatory reorganization meeting following the monthly board meeting Monday, May 11.
The entire six-member board was up for election May 5 due to federal court mandated redistricting creating five single-member districts and one at-large position. Five of the six former board members did not seek election in single-member districts. Former assistant board chair Jaronn Boysun was unsuccessful in his bid for reelection.
The new board members are Brandon Babb, Lanette Clark, LaRae Hanks, Linda Hansen, Mark Kurokawa and Corey Reum.
The board elected Kurokawa as board chair. Babb nominated him. Clark nominated Reum, who declined the nomination.
Babb defeated Hansen 4-2 for vice chair.
District officers will remain the same. The new board approved Cheri’ Nygard as district clerk and Naomi Erickson as board secretary.
The board also chose Clark, Hansen and Reum as the new district negotiations committee for collective bargaining negotiations with the two unions representing teachers and non-certified staff.
A negotiations committee comprised of superintendent Joe Paine and three members of the former school board did not reach agreements on health insurance and wage issues with the unions and a state mediator was also unsuccessful.
Dates for future meetings between the new negotiations committee and the unions have not been set.
Also at issue for the new board is Paine’s departure at the end of June for a new position and unsuccessful attempts by the former school board to hire a new superintendent.
Kurokawa scheduled special school board meetings Thursday, May 14, and Monday, May 18, to address recruiting and hiring a new superintendent, appointing head football and volleyball coaches and possibly other issues.

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Head Start Pow Wow


Fort Peck Tribes Head Start held the annual pow wow Saturday, May 9, in the new cultural center in Wolf Point.  (Photos by John Plestina)

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Wolf Point Junior High Music Festival

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Wolf Point Junior High Music Festival
The WPJHS Band. (Photos by John Plestina)

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Old West Reenactment Group Ready For Wolf Point Centennial Celebration


“Sheriff” Dan Hutchinson is locked and loaded with his powderhorn in hand except he left his side arm in his car because he had stepped into a public building for a meeting of the “High Plains Drifters,” a Wolf Point-based Old West reenactment group Saturday, May 9. Hutchinson’s sidearm is a colonial replica flintlock pistol.   (Photo by John Plestina)

An Old West gunfight reenactment group that was recently formed in Wolf Point will stage scripted gunfights during the Wild Horse Stampede and Wolf Point Centennial Celebration in July.
The “High Plains Drifters,” not to be confused with High Plains Drifter, the 1973 Clint Eastwood movie, is a growing group of Wolf Point “gunslingers” with eight members so far.
At least three members of the group — Dan Hutchinson, John “Johnny O” Olson and Lester Warby — have experience as “guns for hire” with Old West reenactment groups. Olson and Warby, who have lived in New Mexico and Arizona respectively, have both performed with gunfight groups.
Olson moved to Albuquerque, N.M., after he graduated from Wolf Point High School and lived there about five years. It was in Albuquerque that he met other people who were involved with a gunfight reenactment group and he joined the group, learning his trade.
Now, decades later, Olson wants to put that trade to use on the streets of Wolf Point.
About two weeks after the 2014 Stampede, Olson and Hutchinson brought a proposal to the Wolf Point Centennial Committee to stage gunfights on downtown streets as a sanctioned event of the Centennial Celebration.
“We have several skits that we’ve put together,” Hutchinson said Saturday, May 9.
“High Plains Drifters” hope to become “guns for hire” throughout the year.
They are seeking a few more good “gunslingers” to join the group.
Olson said he would like to see at least 30 members in the group.
Anyone who is interested should contact Hutchinson at Montana Job Service in Wolf Point,  Warby at Wolf Point Federal Credit Union or Olson at 650-5247.

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Threats Lead To Bainville School Lockdown


Threats made to a psychiatrist to kill people in Bainville resulted in the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office locking down Bainville School Monday, May 11.
The RCSO responded to the school following information from the Williams County, N.D., Sheriff’s Office that an “unstable male” who lives in Bainville had made threats that included using a gun or knife, said RCSO Chief Deputy Corey Reum.
Reum responded to Bainville.
“I locked down the school as a precaution,” he said. “This guy has been in prison for threats.”
In the end, Williams County deputies arrested the man. He was reported to be lodged in the Williams County Jail in Williston, N.D.
Attempts to gain information from the Williams County Sheriff’s Office were unsuccessful.
RCSO undersheriff John Summers identified the man as Brian G. Corntassel. His age is listed as both 49 and 54. Corntassel is believed to be from Missoula and information obtained online shows previous addresses in Montana, Washington, Arizona and California.
Summers said Corntassel has been living with a girlfriend in Bainville.
“He had a meltdown in Williston. He told a psychiatrist in Williston he was going to start killing people in Bainville,” Summers said.
He said the Williams County Sheriff’s Office is holding Corntassel on a Missoula County warrant.
“He threatened to shoot a judge in Missoula four months ago,” Summers said.
In addition to that, a report published in The Spokesman-Review, a daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash., in 2010, Corntassel threatening to kill a Spokane judge and appeared in Washington Superior Court on a single felony charge of intimidating a judge. The Spokane newspaper reported that Corntassel threatened to shoot the judge in the head.

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