Wolf Point Herald

Junior Optimists Clean Up

HN.4.10.14.CLEAN.SWEEP.JR.OP-1Staying ahead of the curve for Clean Sweep, members of the Northside Elementary School Junior Optimist Club picked up trash in a vacant lot on Highway 2 Thursday, April 3, several days ahead of the Clean Sweep clean-up project of Wolf Point and Poplar.

The clean-up was held in Poplar Monday and Tuesday, April 7-8. The project moved to Wolf Point Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-10.

Western Bank presented movie tickets to each of the fifth- and six-graders for doing their part in cleaning up Wolf Point. Pictured  (front row, left to right) Tia Owens, Hailey Longtree, Darnelle Fourstar, (back row) Aaron Kurokawa of Western Bank and Northside teacher Barbara Olson.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:25

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Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For Week Of April 17

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police department and fire department between April 7 and 13. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
April 7
2:50 p.m., officers responded to Wolf Point High School for a report of delinquent youth and arrested a 13-year-old Wolf Point female for disorderly conduct and youth in need of supervision and cited a 13-year-old Wolf Point male for disorderly conduct.
5:21 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of a burglary with a reported loss valued under $1,000. The incident is under investigation.
April 8
8:39 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Benton Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a reported loss valued under $1,000. The incident is under investigation.
5:38 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire on Windy Hill Road with two trucks and six firefighters. The WPVFD reported that 1½ acres of prairie  burned.
7:10 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Idaho Street for a report of an attempted burglary. Officers arrested Don Sharp Jr., 24, of Wolf Point, for criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia.
9:27 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Granville Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a reported loss valued under $1,000. The incident is under investigation.
April 9
12:45 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street and cited Delano Longtree, 43, of Poplar, for littering and public intoxication.
2:07 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street and arrested James Brown, 21, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
8:09 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Third Avenue South for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a reported loss valued under $1,000. The incident is under investigation.
5:51 p.m., firefighters responded to a small fire involving wood scraps on BIA Route 1. Three trucks and six firefighters responded.
6:45 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of theft from a vehicle with a reported loss valued under $1,000. The incident is under investigation.
8:50 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of a delinquent youth and arrested a 13-year-old Wolf Point female for disorderly conduct and criminal contempt.
10:51 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a reported loss valued under $1,000. The incident is under investigation.
April 10
7:02 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Third Avenue South and Helena Street as a result of a complaint called into dispatch. Officers arrested Eric Bush, 29, of Poplar on a warrant.
12:15 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of West Blaine Street and arrested Daryl Buckelk Jr., 20, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
4:27 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Front Street and arrested Arianna Black Dog, 19, of Brockton, on a warrant.
5:22 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a reported loss valued over $1,000. Charges are pending.
6:51 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Second Avenue South for a report of a theft from a residence with a reported loss valued under $1,000. The incident is under investigation.
8:15 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Granville Street for a report of an assault with a 13-year-old female sustaining minor injuries. Charges are pending.
April 11
12:32 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Fairweather Street for a report of a residential burglary with a reported loss valued under $1,000. The incident is under investigation.
3:41 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Edgar Street for a report of suspicious activity by several individuals. As a result of the police department responding to an area where several individuals were walking and entering unlocked vehicles, officers arrested Kaylob Trowbridge, 22, of Wolf Point, for theft, criminal mischief, criminal trespass to a vehicle, unlawful transactions with children and disorderly conduct; Valen Manternach, 19, of Wolf Point, for theft, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and contributing to the delinquency of minors; a 13-year-old Wolf Point male for theft, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and curfew violation; a 13-year-old Wolf Point female for theft, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and curfew violation; and a 15-year-old Wolf Point male for theft, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and curfew violation.
10:55 a.m., officers responded to D&J’s Trading for a report of a shoplifter and cited Joshua McGeshick-Higgins, 20, of Wolf Point, for theft.
12:55 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Garfield Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Journey Wienke, 19, of Wolf Point, on a warrant.
10 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Edgar Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with a reported loss valued under $1,000. The incident is under investigation.
10:03 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Fairweather Street and located and cited Keaton Wolff, 19, and Mervin Garfield Jr., 18, both Wolf Point males, for minor in possession of alcohol.
10:13 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a shoplifter and cited Brett Morales, 20, of Wolf Point, for theft.
11:47 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of a minor traffic accident and cited Michael Vandall, 30, of Wolf Point, for driving without a license and failure to carry insurance.
April 12
2:21 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Fourth Avenue South for a report of criminal trespass to a vehicle. It remains under investigation.
2:28 p.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a report of an unwanted individual and arrested Nathan Dumont, 46, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
April 13
12:06 a.m., officers responded to The Water Hole for a report of a fight with minor injuries to two local males. The incident remains under investigation.
2:14 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a reported loss valued under $1,000. The incident is under investigation.
7:14 p.m., officers responded to Stockman’s 220 Club for a report of a theft and cited Don Sharp Jr., 24, of Wolf Point, for theft.
Other calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between April 7 and 14: checks of wellbeing, seven; civil standby, seven; domestic disturbance, 12; public assistance, 12; motor vehicle accidents, three; removal of unwanted individuals, eight; animal complaints, six; fire assistance, one; alarm, two; assist other agency, three; unfounded report, eight; driving complaints, four; and school-requested assistance, one.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:19

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Clean Sweep Clean-Up

HN.4.17.14.CLEAN.SWEEPService organizations including Junior Optimists fromk Northside School, school groups and others took part in the annual Clean Sweep laast week, this year in Poplar and Wolf Point during the same week.
In the picture is Nicole Huber, who along with several Sherman Inn employees, picked up trash along Rodeo Road east of the Sherman Inn.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:17

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Commissioners Approve State Plan To Realign Roadway Near Bainville

CS.4.17.14.COMMISSION WEBAfter decades of off-and-on discussions about repairing and realigning Secondary Hwy. 327 in and near Bainville, the Roosevelt County Commissioners finally approved a Montana Department of Transportation memorandum of understanding Tuesday, April 15, that will allow the project to move forward.
The project will include paving, a bypass of Bainville and bridge replacement over Little Muddy Creek from U.S. Hwy. 2 to the North Dakota state line.
The commissioners delayed a decision Tuesday, April 1, in part because the full three-member commission wasn’t present.
With the MOU now signed, all phases of the project will be completed in one project with expected completion in 2017. If the county hadn’t signed the MOU, the project could have been done piecemeal and be spread out over far more than three years.
‘That was one of our concerns that they would try to split the project,” commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said.
“[The agreement with the MDT has] everything in there I wanted to see,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said.
Discussions during the April 1 commission meeting included that current and projected heavy truck traffic from the Bakken Oilfield has made the project urgent.
Highway 327, also known as the Bainville-Snowden Road, runs from the North Dakota state line southeast of Bainville into the town with access to U.S. Hwy. 2. The roadway also connects to a North Dakota state highway that goes to Williston, N.D.
Oasis Petroleum is planning to drill at least 50 new oil wells south of Bainville, according to Oasis spokesman Larry Skaare.
Bainville resident Wagner Harmon expressed concern about the current condition of the road and bridge and a projected increase in heavy truck traffic due to planned drilling during the April 1 meeting.

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Oasis Petroleum Looks To Drill More Than 50 New Wells

The boom might be about to get louder in eastern Roosevelt County as Oasis Petroleum prepares to drill about 50 new wells south of Bainville.
“We’ve got 98 wells in Montana at the present time. Most of them are in Roosevelt County right around Bainville and a few in Richland County,” Oasis’ Williston, N.D.-based spokesperson Larry Skaare said.
“We’ve got two rigs that are drilling over there [in the Bainville area] now. One rig will drill between 12 and 24 wells. We might be able to get two wells a month,” he said.
“This will be ongoing for next two years for sure,” Skaare said.
“That would be close to 50 more wells over two years,” he said, adding that it could be more than 50 wells.
Some people said Oasis plans to drill several hundred new oil wells south of Bainville during a recent Roosevelt County Commissioners’ meeting.
Skaare placed the number of future wells much lower.
How many total wells?
“It all depends what happens in the ground,” he said, adding that hitting good oil production would drive a need for continuing drilling.
Other companies are also drilling in eastern Roosevelt County.
Increased drilling and production in the Bainville area translates to more jobs and people relocating to Bainville and Culbertson.
“It will allow people to move in [to eastern Roosevelt County] or commute from Sidney or Williston,” Skaare said.
Both communities lack available rental housing.
We put an average of 100 men to take care of one well, Skaare said. He was referring to the drillers, truck drivers, pumpers and roustabouts.
“It depends on the size of the field,” Skaare said.
“It’s always fun to grow and the company loves to grow. We’re trying to do it right,” he said.
“We don’t want to get into a position where it would cause problems for landowners or anyone else. We just want to do it right,” Skaare said.
Texas-based Oasis Petroleum raised $400 million of long-term debt during November 2011 to fund the company’s drilling program and operations, according to information on Oasis’ website. The company purchased a substantial amount of land in eastern Montana during 2010.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:08

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