Wolf Point Herald

Commissioners Approve Purchase Of Sheriff’s Car

The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved the purchase of a 2015 Dodge Charger for the sheriff’s office from Northern Prairie Auto Sales for $25,448 Tuesday, Feb. 24.
The commission passed a resolution allowing the expenditure of grant funds by the sheriff’s office for a vehicle purchase and employee overtime. The grant is for $50,852.
The commissioners also authorized the purchase of a chest freezer for the sheriff’s office from Gysler’s Furniture and Appliance.
The commission also approved an agreement with Great Northern Development Corp. to administer a grant to fund an architect for a senior center in Poplar.
The commissioners authorized the county to hire Montana Grafix of Chinook to design a new website for the county. The county will own the domain.
The commission appointed Lindsey McNabb and John Plestina to the county’s mosquito board.

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Six Spelling Bee Winners

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Six Wolf Point Junior High students were winners in the Wolf Point City Spelling Bee, Feb. 17,  at Wolf Point High School. Pictured are (from left to right): Brendan Wagner, first place, eighth grade; Hailey Brunelle, second, eighth grade; Trey Fourstar, third, eighth grade; Dominique Gourneau, fourth, sixth grade; Kyle Pederson, fifth, seventh grade; Willow Flom, sixth, seventh grade.  (Submitted photo)

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Letter About Confederated Salish And Kootenai Tribes Compact

Dear Editor:
In response to the legislature report in the Feb. 19 Herald-news, I don’t think it was thought out completely because the [proposed] Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Compact was not something that was put together in a hurry. Six years ago, when the Fort Belknap Compact was approved, the legislators could see that it would take a lot of time to do the CSKT Compact because the treaties were written different than the rest of the reservations and would take a lot more time, and passed a bill to appropriate money and set up a committee made up with the governor’s office. The committee was comprised of four legislators, two from the Senate, two from the House, and equal parties of two Democrats and two Republicans, members from the CSKT Reservation, county commissioners from all counties and members from all parts of the state. There were a lot of local citizens who attended and had input.
When I chaired the State-Tribal Interim Committee, we held one meeting in Pablo and requested more time because if it was not done right, every thing would have to go through a federal court at landowner expense and take a lot more time. After reading the final draft, everyone gave some, which is like most agreements. And finally, after checking the records of the meetings, I did not see the good senator’s [John Brenden] name on any of the minutes and it seems the state has done about all it can to reach the agreement with the CSKT Compact. After Montana passes it, it will go to the U.S. Congress for more hearings.
Frank Smith

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

President Barack Obama vetoed the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Tuesday, Feb. 24.
It was the third time he used his veto power in the more than six years of his presidency.
Obama bucked the Republican majority in Congress in taking the action he did preventing construction of the pipeline that has become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate about environmental policy and climate change.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the veto a national embarrassment and was reported as saying the Republicans were not giving up the fight for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The move sends the politically charged issue back to Congress, where Republicans haven’t shown they can muster the two-thirds majority in both chambers needed to override Obama’s veto. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, the bill’s chief GOP sponsor, was reported as saying the Republicans are about four votes short in the Senate and need about 11 more in the House.
The $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project was proposed more than six years ago and has awaited required federal permitting because it would cross an international boundary. The pipeline would connect Canada’s tar sands with refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast that specialize in processing heavy crude oil.
Proponents of the project say it would create jobs, spur growth and increase America’s independence from Mideast energy sources.

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Firefighting For Your Neighbors

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation will conduct two courses for wild-land firefighting for local farmers and ranchers.
It will provide insight on firefighting safety, strategies, tactics and working together with firefighters.  
The course will be held in Culbertson, Thursday, Feb. 26, and Wolf Point, Friday, Feb. 27. Both courses will begin at 6 p.m. at local fire stations.  
The training will be free and a meal will be provided.  
Sign-up as soon as possible by contacting Wolf Point Fire Chief Shawn Eggar at 939-5769, Culbertson Fire Chief Alan Aspenlieder at 790-0888 or Roosevelt County Fire Warden Steve Harada at 650-2222.

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