Wolf Point Herald

Doggie Bus To Ease Transportation Needs For Pound Puppies


Robert and Jeri Toavs pass the keys to the doggie bus to Wolf Point Pound Puppies administrator Tina Bets His Medicine (right), Monday, Jan. 5.   (Photo by John Plestina)

The dogs will ride the short bus as the wheels of the bus go round and round to Bozeman and other locations, allowing Wolf Point Pound Puppies to transport more dogs to organizations in larger cities for adoption.
Robert and Jeri Toavs donated a 19-passenger [or eight adult] former school bus to Pound Puppies Monday, Jan. 5. The Carpenter mini school bus is built on a Ford chassis.
Wolf Point Pound Puppies administrator Tina Bets His Medicine accepted the donation for the organization that has saved about 500 dogs in a little over two years.
“Every one of them would have been put down,” Bets His Medicine said.
The city’s pound has a six-day hold and many dogs have been euthanized in the past because of a lack of space to keep them beyond the six days. Few are put down now because Pound Puppies takes as many dogs that have reached the six-day limit as they can accommodate at their homes or can find foster homes for. Many are taken to organizations in cities in Montana and North Dakota for adoption. The bus will make transportation easier and safer.
Until now, Bets His Medicine and other volunteers have transported dogs in their personal vehicles. Bets His Medicine took two trips to Heart of the Valley Shelter in Bozeman during December 2014 with dogs in kennels in the back of her pickup truck. One other volunteer also took dogs to Bozeman for adoption in a personal vehicle.
Heart Of The Valley Shelter has taken about 350 dogs from Wolf Point Pound Puppies since late 2012. Other dogs have gone to Billings and other locations. Several dogs were adopted by local people.
Dogs remaining in the pound beyond six days are at risk of being euthanized.
The nonprofit Wolf Point Pound Puppies has survived since its inception in late 2012, through donations from the Wolf Point Lions Club, other donations from organizations and individuals, and financial contributions by Bets His Medicine and other volunteers.
Roy and Kathy Toavs began driving a school bus route north of Wolf Point about 40 years ago. They purchased their first bus in 1985 and began contracting with the Wolf Point School District. Their son Robert and his wife, Jeri, took over the contract route about 15 years ago. They stopped driving the 1996 bus in 2013. It remained licensed until January 2014.
The bus passed Montana Highway Patrol safety inspections each year.
All but one front passenger seat will be removed to allow for dog kennels to be lined up and stacked.
“We’ll probably leave one seat for Rocket so he won’t have to sit on the floor,” Bets His Medicine said. Rocket is her 10-year-old son.
AgLand Co-op eased the burden for Pound Puppies with the donation of $600 worth of gas cards and oil changes for the bus.
Cash donations are needed to offset veterinarian bills and to purchase dog food. Donations for Wolf Point Pound Puppies may be made at First Community Bank.

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2014 Ends With Two House Fires In Wolf Point

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Fires displaced two Wolf Point households during the last 30 hours of 2014.
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department responded three times within 11 hours with several trucks and firefighters.
There were no injuries reported at either fire.
The first fire severely damaged what Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department chief Shawn Eggar said he believed was either a modular or prefabricated home near the airport on County Road 1070. It was reported to the 911 dispatch center at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30.
Eggar said that home is owned by Marion Shields and occupied by her and members of her family.
Shield’s house remains standing with considerable damage to the interior.
“I would imagine it’s a total loss due to smoke and water damage; a total loss to the structure,” Eggar said. “There may be some personal items that may be savable.”
The WPVFD responded with four trucks and command and nine firefighters.
Just a few hours after firefighters cleared the fire near the airport, another fire was reported in a single-wide mobile home on the corner of Second Avenue South and Fairweather Street. It started about 3 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, and was reported to the dispatch center at 3:11 a.m. Firefighters from the WPVFD extinguished the fire with part of the mobile home still standing. The fire flared up again and was reported to the dispatch center at 5:55 a.m. What remained of the trailer was destroyed and continued to smolder with firefighters still mopping up at the scene at 9:30 a.m.
The fire is believed to have started at a fireplace.
Weston Smith lived alone in the mobile home. He said he had dogs he was able to evacuate from the house.
Eggar said he did not know who owns the mobile home Smith was renting.
“There’s nothing suspicious about either one. They’re not under investigation,” Eggar said.
He said that while there was no reason to suspect any suspicious activity, he could not release the cause of either fire.
The Wolf Point Police Department assisted with traffic control at the fire at Second Avenue South and Fairweather Avenue. The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice assisted at both fires.

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County Swearing In Ceremony

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Eight Roosevelt County officials took the oath of office from Wolf Point Justice Court Judge Tracy Harada at the courthouse, Wednesday, Dec. 31. Pictured are: (from left to right) Betty Romo, treasurer; Tracy Juve Miranda, deputy clerk and recorder; Dave Block deputy treasurer; Allen Bowker, commissioner; Cheryl Hansen, clerk and recorder; Renee Eggebrecht, deputy treasurer; Jan Pankratz, deputy clerk and recorder; and Penny Hendrickson, Culbertson Justice Court Judge.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Many Ideas Tossed Around For Centennial Celebration

Wolf Point’s first bed race and pie eating contest will possibly be additions to the Centennial Celebration during the 2015 Wild Horse Stampede in July.
The Centennial Committee discussed the inclusion of those events during their monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 5.
An arm wrestling tournament, Wolf City Rods and Rides car show and three-day parade are also possible.
The committee discussed asking community clubs and organizations to each sponsor a themed parade float by adopting a decade and decorating a float. The Catholic Hamburger Stand will possibly sponsor a float.
Dan Hutchinson talked about the plan for one or more gunfights and the group that he and John Olson have organized.
There was also a discussion about painting a large historical-themed mural or placing a large banner on a downtown building.
People will be able to purchase commemorative centennial beer steins.
The Wolf Point High School football team will clean up downtown streets each night of Stampede/Centennial.
Four nights of live music and three street dances downtown are likely. The Billings-based band “Downtime” is committed to perform one or more nights.
Use of the old bridge for an as-yet undetermined event, a large public feed and homemade old fashioned ice cream have been discussed during recent meetings.
There was also a discussion about a denial by the Roosevelt County Commissioners to donate to the Centennial Celebration because the commission has not contributed to other community events. The county funds the Roosevelt County Fair held in Culbertson each August. There were suggestions that the commissioners could contribute in-kind, possibly with a parade float.

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Commissioners Again Discuss Oil Royalties

The Roosevelt County Commissioners again delayed any decision about researching possible county ownership of oil royalties and mineral interests, and costs the county could incur to find out during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6.
The issue came up during at least three commission meetings during late 2014.
The commission remains undecided whether to hire an employee or consultant for the research. Questions remain of what the cost would be to the county.
The project that could take three or four years to complete could cost as much as $400 per day for a contracted consultant, which could be as much as $104,000 per year.
“One found royalty would probably pay for it,” commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said.
“Different royalties pay different amounts. How do we know
that’s accurate?” commissioner Gary Macdonald asked.
But the future of Bakken oil exploration could be in question.
“With oil activity dying off,  [potential consultants] may be hungry,” Macdonald said.
In other business, Nygaard said the county is preparing to go out to bid for an architect for the new jail that voters approved in November.
“We will start advertising for that in 10 days,” Nygaard said.

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