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The Wolf Point Elks Lodge #1764 served a free meal prior to the Country Showdown and Talent Korral Wednesday, July 9, on the lawn of the Wolf Point High School. The free meal was made possible by grants the lodge applied for and received from the Elks National Foundation. (Photo by John Plestina)
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A rider got on the horse, but doesn’t appear to be having much luck riding it. (Photo by John Plestina)
Milo Jackson, his son, Jordan, and nephew, Emmett Jackson, all of Frazer, accept their buckles with sponsor Lee Redekopp, of Curtis Farm and Auto/Carquest. (Photo by John Olson)
Let the mayhem begin.
A 26-year veteran of the wild and wacky wild horse race at the Wild Horse Stampede won buckles along with his son and nephew once again this year.
Milo Jackson of Frazer, with his son, Jordan, and nephew, Emmett Jackson, both 23, were the winners in the eight-team playing field Thursday, July 10, and Saturday, July 12. The horses won Friday night.
Winning two of the three nights, Jackson said, “I wish we had all three nights.”
Milo Jackson has competed in the Wild Horse Race at Stampede since 1988 and has won several times.
The Jackson’s Orange team was among eight three-man teams that competed for buckles during each of the three Wild Horse Stampede performances.
His son and nephew have competed several years.
The Wild Horse Race is a favorite at the Stampede rodeo, because everyone knows that untamed and unbroken horses that are bred for wild horse racing are usually less than hospitable to any two-legged critter who tries to saddle them and climb onto their backs.
It is a sport with few rules and the odds are in favor of the 1,000-plus pound wild horses, not the three men who might collectively weigh half to one-third as much as the horses.
Wild Horse Racers can be kicked, dragged, run over, run into and thrown off.
One man holds a rope attached to the halter, another holds the horse and the rider saddles the uncooperative horse, and then tries to mount it and -- if he’s lucky enough to get a saddle on it — ride around the track, if he makes it that far. If more than one team finishes with a ride across the finish line, the first across wins.
The other teams were: Lavender, sponsored by Nemont Weedbusters, consisting of Easton Copenhaver, Brock Copenhaver, Keith Norlund; Blue, sponsored by Plum Crazy Trucking, consisting of Sheldon Smoker, Lionel White, Mike Birdsbill Jr.; Tan, sponsored by A-Plus Construction, consisting of Brock Standing, Jordan Moran, Fletcher Clampitt; Pink, sponsored by Horseshoe Bar, consisting of Beanzie Azure, Anthony Archdale, Harlen Burshia; Yellow, sponsored by DeWitt Trucking, consisting of Jamie St. Marks, Mike DeWitt, Garrett Long; Gray, sponsored by Gourneau Construction, consisting of Frank Bosh Gourneau III, Nate Moran, Matt Ayers; Lime Green, sponsored by Mitch and Tina Clark Sr., in memory of Calvin Clark, consisting of Brickie Jackson, Elvis “Boy” Jackson and Mike Jackson.
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Roosevelt County Commissioners delayed a final decision for one week after discussing offering all county employees a stipend between $200 and $300 monthly — above and beyond their salaries — as an incentive to remain on the job during the weekly commission meeting.
“What we’re looking at is it’s been real tough to keep employees, especially on the east end of the county,” commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said.
He added that it is difficult to compete with oil industry salaries and very low unemployment in the Culbertson, Bainville and Froid areas.
The proposal is to offer the monthly stipends as bonuses to all employees ‘about 100’, working in all departments and in all parts of the county. Fourteen people work for the county on the east end, including sheriff’s deputies. The stipend for part-time workers would be prorated.
Oil and gas severance revenue would fund the stipends.
“If that [severance funding] goes away, this would go away,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said.
“If our oil and gas revenue drops below a certain point, the stipend would go away,” Nygaard said, adding that if that happened the oil boom would be over and the stipends might not be necessary in that event.
In response to a question about county employees in the Wolf Point area, Nygaard said, “We have several positions that are open on this end of the county, too.”
Nygaard responded to a question that the commissioners would also receive the stipend.
“We based this on what the Culbertson School District has done with their employees,” he said.
Tina Bets His Medicine, a Sheriff’s Office employee, said a deputy employed on the east end of the county had to move because a rental house was sold and an affordable rental cannot be found. That deputy has four children.
“A deputy’s salary is not going to be enough,” Bets His Medicine said. “It’s $2,800 a month for a house [on the east end].”
The commissioners will make a decision Tuesday, July 22.
In other business, the commissioners approved a Fair Board request to accept the lowest bid to build a new wash bay for animals at the fairgrounds in Culbertson.
Bainville Concrete Construction submitted the low bid of $5,650, with the understanding that volunteer labor would help. The highest bid was $9,500.
The commissioners also approve a planning department request to life agricultural only restrictions on the Lodahl property near Froid.
The commissioners must approval lifting agriculture only restrictions every time such a property is slated for development.
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Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a resolution, Tuesday, July 15, that increases salaries for all county department heads.
That includes the board of commissioners, who have been earning $48,000. Their increase will put their compensation at $53,000.
The commissioners acted on recommendations from the Roosevelt County Compensation Board.
All raises are effective July 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year, and will include retroactive pay from July 1.
“They [Compensation Board] didn’t do a percentage. They don’t like to do percentages. They passed a motion to give clerk and recorder a $1,500 raise,” commission administrative assistant Brenda Redfield said.
The new salaries were set at: clerk and recorder/public administration, $53,000; clerk of the district court, county superintendent of schools, $54,000; treasurer/assessor, $53,000; sheriff/coroner, $56,000; justice of the peace [posts No. 1 and 2], $38,250 for their three-quarter-time position.
The commissioners approved second resolution setting the county attorney’s salary at $101,053 for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. The deputy county attorney will receive $85,895.
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After repairs to McCabe Road north of Culbertson had been put off for about 20 years, the Board of County Commissioners voted, Tuesday, July 15, to call for bids to make the road once again
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said the road should be saved. It remains open, but in poor condition.
The plan is to use recent technology where a milling machine would grind removed pavement, emulsions would be added and it would be put back on the roadway. A chip seal would be needed.
The commissioners said this could be an affordable solution to a problem the county otherwise couldn’t afford to fix.
There is heavy truck traffic on the already damaged road and new oil wells are going to be drilled in the area.
There was also discussion of a weight limit and, according to Culbertson area residents who were at the meeting, weight limit signs have been removed.
“We need to get out to bid right away. The longer we put it off, the less likely we are to get it done this year,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said.