Written by The Herald-News
A memorial dedicated to fallen soldiers born in Montana is set to be built in the town of Fort Peck in the future.
According to their website, the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Project, a non-profit organization based out of Glasgow, is planning to create a monument for all veterans, including those from northeast Montana, specifically from the counties of Phillips, Valley, Daniels, McCone, Garfield, Dawson, Sheridan and Roosevelt. The project is a collaboration of the Veterans of Foreign War and American Legion. These groups formed a committee three years ago to start the project.
The memorial will be located at Flag Pole Park and will have several features, including a five-sided monument with a list of soldiers killed in action from each county, a family vigil area and an American eagle on a pedestal. The central monument, walkways and landscaping will be built in the first phase of the project. The recognition walls, sculptures and vigil area will be added in the future. The costs for the initial plans are $250,000.
The project hopes to fund, construct and maintain the memorial with funds from sponsors and local residents instead of using state or federal money.
According to a press release, Steve Page announced that groundbreaking is scheduled for Memorial Day.
More than 9,000 men and women from northeast Montana have served in uniform and more than 300 gave their lives. The park will be a reminder of the freedom we have today thanks to their sacrifice and service. Northeast Montana residents have a long history of military service. It began when the First Montana Volunteers organized in 1894, continued through all conflicts, including today’s War on Terror.”
Anyone wanting more information on the Veterans Memorial Park can contact the committee at 228-2223 or visit the website at www.VeteransMT.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:39
Written by The Herald-News
Average retail gasoline prices in Montana have fallen 11.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.05/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 615 gas outlets in Montana. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.20/gal, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Montana during the past week, prices Sunday were 46.3 cents per gallon lower than one year ago and are 42.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 17.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 26.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
"Gas prices across many communities are now the lowest since they've been since the Libyan crisis in February of 2011. Nearly 15 percent of all stations in the U.S. are now selling gasoline under the psychologically important $3/gal. level," said GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan. "States that saw the largest declines last week were Montana, Ohio and Indiana, all where prices declined at least 15 cents per gallon. Several stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which features the cheapest gas in the U.S. are selling at a mere $2.45/gallon, a number so low that had you said that just six weeks ago, motorists would have been shaking their heads in disbelief. Prices nationally could drop to as little as $3.05 a gallon by Christmas," DeHaan said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:37
Written by Al Stover
Roosevelt County Commissioners Gary Macdonald, Jim Shanks and Duane Nygaard held a public meeting at the Roosevelt County courthouse Nov. 7 to discuss several matters.
The meeting began with the commissioners approving the minutes for the Oct. 31 public meeting.
During public comment, Nygaard announced that Dry Prairie Rural Water requested a public meeting at the Roosevelt County Aging Services office, 124 Custer St. on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. There will be representatives from the project in regards to the water easement.
In administrative issues, Nygaard brought up the easements for intersections from the state to Roosevelt County. Macdonald explained that the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation requires the county buy the right-of-way on roads that intersect school land.
Although Macdonald went through and finished the paperwork with the help of Clayton Vine, he had some questions about the secondary road system. Nygaard asked if they should table the issue until deputy county attorney Jordan Knudsen can look at the documents. Macdonald made the motion to table the issue and Shanks seconded it.
Nygaard presented clerk and recorder/treasurer’s request to purchase three computers for the office. Macdonald explained the office buys three computers every year. He made the motion to approve the purchase and Shanks seconded it.
The commissioners also approved the half-step six-month pay raise for Jeff Adkins. Shanks made the motion to approve the raise and Macdonald seconded it.
Macdonald announced he had some training in Helena about a DUI task force. He will be approaching people at the next business meeting for a resolution to approve a task force for Roosevelt County. He asked the other commissioners to think about approving a task force.
Shanks asked if there is any money for a task force. Macdonald explained that whenever someone is charged with a DUI and have to pay $200 get their license back, $100 goes to the state general fund and $100 goes to the county. The money that goes back to the county can be used not only to fund the task force, but also for things like compliance checks and advertising.
Macdonald added that he liked what Richland County was doing with their DUI task force which focuses on educating individuals on drinking sensibly as opposed to stopping people from drinking altogether.
The commissioners received a request from Culbertson to appoint a representative from the county commissioners office to their fire/fair/community center committee. Nygaard made a motion to nominate Shanks for the position. Macdonald seconded it.
The commissioners approved Terry Cody returning to the Wolf Point TV District board. Macdonald made the motion to approve appointing Cody to the board and Shanks seconded it.
The commissioners also approved Joy Owen’s resignation from the fair board. Shanks made the motion to accept the resignation. Prior to seconding the motion, Macdonald expressed his appreciation to Owens for her time served.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:35
Written by The Herald-News
The Department of Public Health and Human Services has confirmed the first influenza cases of the season in Gallatin and Flathead counties. Both counties have reported two cases each.
Public health officials say that these first cases are a great reminder for the public to get vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible. State, tribal and local public health authorities indicate vaccine is widely available and recommend taking advantage of the vaccine.
“Even if you received the vaccine last year, you should still get vaccinated this year, as the circulating viruses change,” said DPHHS director Richard Opper. “With the options available, getting vaccinated is easier than ever. We’d like to make sure everyone can stay healthy this winter.”
Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone older than six months. Annual vaccination is the safest and most effective method to prevent influenza infections. The composition of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and updated to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be the most common during the upcoming season.
Individuals seeking vaccine have many options, including a new quadrivalent shot that covers four different influenza viruses. Other options include a high dose flu shot approved for people 65 and older, a “short needle” intradermal flu shot approved for people 18 through 64 years of age, and the regular and nasal-spray vaccines. Public health officials recommend Montanans consult with their healthcare provider regarding the best option.
Protection provided by vaccination lasts throughout the entire flu season, even when vaccine is given in early fall. A new dose is needed every year to keep up active defense against viruses.
“Individuals with asthma, diabetes and many other chronic medical conditions, the elderly, pregnant women and young children can become very ill if infected by influenza", said Jim Murphy of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Bureau. “We urge people to get vaccinated now to protect themselves and others who are vulnerable.”
People wanting to get immunized, or have their children vaccinated, should consult their health care provider. Vaccinations are available at doctor offices, county or tribal health departments, and many pharmacies.
More information can be found at the DPHHS web site, www.dphhs.mt.gov.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:18
Written by The Herald-News
Officials Seeking Information In Case of Missing Sidney Woman
On Feb. 14, Nicole Waller left Fairview to return home to her three young children in Kalispell. When Waller, 32, didn't return, family members reported her missing; Waller's vehicle, a maroon 1999 Ford Expedition, was eventually found on the side of U.S. Hwy. 2 outside of Poplar. Although an extensive search was conducted, Waller was never found. Nearly 10 months later, Waller has still not been located and investigators are asking anyone with information to contact them.
“Mothers traditionally don’t abandon their children,” noted agent Mark Hilyard of the Montana Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation. “This is clearly not normal behavior and has every indication of a homicide.”
Although law enforcement won’t go into details of the investigation, a number of factors point to foul play. Hilyard references Waller’s abandoned car as an example.
“Someone witnessed suspicious activity taking place. It also appeared odd that her children’s pet guinea pigs were still in the vehicle when it was recovered,” Hilyard said. He urged the public for assistance with the missing woman’s disappearance, pointing out that often a single observation that someone may consider unimportant can break a case open.
Anyone with information regarding Waller’s disappearance may anonymously contact Hilyard by calling 406-791-2709 or the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office at 406-758-5600.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:13