Written by Mike Hughes
During this holiday season, the board of directors of the Northeast Montana Veterans Fund, Inc. extends appreciation to everyone who has supported the memorial. We are coming closer to our goal, thanks to the combined efforts of our patron donors, local businesses, in-kind professional assistance, all VFW/American Legions and auxiliaries and generous contributions through various fundraisers. It is a privilege to work on a project that honors the courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country of northeast Montana veterans.
With help from so many over the past four years, the goal to build a world class veterans memorial at Fort Peck is now in the final stages of engineering. We hope to negotiate plans for contractor bids this winter and break ground in Fort Peck as soon as the frost is out this spring.
The memorial will be built with private contributions from northeast Montana citizens, businesses and organizations, and we are confident that we have most of the money necessary to complete phase one. This currently includes the Walls of Honor, all preliminary surveys, soil tests, design engineering, construction plans, the main monument, an entry sign, foundations for the flag parks, flatwork - retaining walls - walkways - vigil foundations, initial electrical - lighting and basic landscaping. Completely finished, the memorial will also have appropriate KIA/MIA/POW recognitions, sculptures and busts, artwork, murals, static displays and seating, which will have costs approaching $1 million. We have successfully raised over $500,000 or approximately half what we are eventually going to need.
We are proud to assure you that there are few administrative expenses deducted from any contributions and that the board of directors is dedicated to devoting all donations to the memorial. We have hired no employees and paid no salaries.
We would welcome year-end giving to this project and we are a 501(c)19 non-profit qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions. Donations to worthy causes during the holidays are a part of the season. Helping to build this memorial can add to the quality of the life of your family. Freedom is a precious gift.
The Walls of Honor remain a central feature of the park and will be self-funded by the sale of exquisitely etched black granite tiles, currently available for your holiday giving considerations. The wall, like the memorial, is for all veterans, all branches of the service, including National Guard and Reserves.
Our goal is to ensure that no northeast Montana veteran is left off the Wall of Honor. Until Memorial Day 2015, we will be able to group families and friends together on the walls. After that, we expect the cost of the tiles to go up and it will not be possible to group names. For additional information on the tiles, visit www.VeteransMT.org.
Here is an opportunity to give a present with a future, take a qualified non-profit tax deduction, permanently honor your family and friends by recognizing a veteran’s legacy and help us finish this park.
Phase one will establish the park for immediate viewing and enjoyment. For the remaining phases, we have plans to raise more donations with targeted grant applications and corporate requests. Tile sales are critically important at this time to help us finish the project right.
Based on current engineering estimates we expect costs for phase one to be higher than original estimates. The board decided to capture savings on the completed memorial by doing all basic infrastructure work during the initial construction. This includes landscaping, irrigation, electrical and foundations. This only seems to be good business. We have hired a landscaping architect who has experience with other memorials to help finalize site plans. We should have everything in place to start awarding work sometime after the first of the year.
It is our hope that in this season of giving you will consider a gift. Rest assured, any gifts or tiles purchased for this Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park will make a huge difference. Contact any of our board for additional information or specific bequest desires.
Steve Page and
Tom Markle, co-chairs
keeper of the tiles
Written by Herald-News
(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday, Dec. 8, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding one female inmate and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Dec. 2 and Monday, Dec. 8:
•Robert J. Armstrong, 27, Wolf Point, partner/ family member assault;
•Malinda Bibb, 31, Minot, N.D., arrested on a warrant for bail condition violation, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Eric Elton, 38, Watford City, N.D., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of drugs, driving while suspended, released;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Clint W. Hansen, 25, Post Falls, Idaho, partner/ family member assault;
•Daniel G. Hutchison, 53, Salmon, Idaho, partner or family member assault;
•Alexander Jirone, 33, Rapid City, S.D., criminal endangerment, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, speeding on non-interstate-exceed night speed limit, operating with expired registration, operating without liability insurance;
•Jennifer Johnshoy, 29, Crookston, Minn., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer;
•Cletus Keiser, 27, Wolf Point, arrested on federal warrant, transferred to federal custody in Great Falls;
•Dakota Kinzie, 23, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer;
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Patrick Lally, 36, driving under the influence, bonded out;
•William Lambert, 42, Poplar, arrested on federal warrant, transferred to federal custody, Billings;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, Chattoroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of- county warrant;
•Michelle Parker, 41, San Diego, Calif., arrested on bench warrant;
•Derek Reed, 32, Seattle, Wash., criminal contempt warrant;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Gerald Strader, 39, Wolf Point, driving under the influence, released;
•Kalob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer.
Written by Herald-News
(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between Dec. 1 and 7. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
11:35 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Seventh Avenue North for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
12:25 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 2 and Fourth Avenue North for a report of a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident with no reported injuries and minor damage. The investigation continued at press time.
1:40 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
1:45 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Second Avenue South at Edgar Street and cited Joshua Edward Franke, 21, of Wolf Point for driving with a suspended license.
5:35 a.m., officers responded to the Homestead Inn for a report of an assault. Further investigation was referred to the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.
2 p.m., officers cited Carol Hentges, 50, of Wolf Point for a previously reported incident of criminal trespass.
11:40 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on the 400 block of Blaine Street and cited Alicia Covington, 24, of Wolf Point for driving with an expired license.
12:26 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a possible drunk driver. Further investigation was referred to the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.
7:34 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Hill Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
6:13 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Fallon Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
10 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Johnson Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
8:07 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Johnson Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
9:56 p.m., officers responded to the Wolf Point High School parking lot for a report of vandalism to a vehicle. The investigation continued at press time.
2:57 a.m., officers responded to the Wolf Point High School parking lot for a report of an intoxicated male and arrested Zachary American Horse, 19, of Lame Deer for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
8:40 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Hill Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
9:15 a.m., officers responded to the Homestead Inn for a report of theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
8:25 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Helena Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. Charges are pending.
10:13 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Front Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested a 17-year-old Wolf Point male for disorderly conduct and minor in possession of alcohol.
11:08 p.m., officers responded to Stockman’s 220 Club for a report of a theft from a person with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
6:59 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of First Avenue North for a report of a disturbance in progress. Further investigation was referred to the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.
1:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a car fire on the corner of Custer Street and Fifth Avenue South. The 1987 Toyota was a total loss. There were no reported injuries.
8:03 p.m., officers responded to the downtown area for a report of suspicious individuals in the area with no reported injuries or damages. The investigation continued at press time.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Dec. 1 and 7: checks of wellbeing, four; civil standby, five; domestic disturbance, two; public assistance, seven; motor vehicle accidents, four; removal of unwanted individuals, nine; animal complaints, one; medical assistance, three; alarm, one; assist other agency, one; unfounded report, four; and driving complaints, two.
Written by John Plestina
Suzan Cobb, an RN/EMT, and Wolf Point emergency services coordinator John Carlbom set up the EMT “Surviving the Holidays” tree in the Wolf Point Elks Club that Elaine Clausen decorated for Northeast Montana Health Services EMS. (Photo by John Plestina)
Now in its third year, the Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation Festival of Trees will be held for the first time at the Wolf Point Elks Club on the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue South Friday, Dec. 5, with visits from two holiday favorites: Santa Claus and The Grinch.
The festival, which will be held on the first floor of the Elks Club, will have 15 trees that will be used as a fundraiser, two more than last year and six more than 2012, the first year the festival was held. The event was held in 2012 and 2013 in the former Bryan’s store location that is now the home of Gysler’s Furniture and Appliance.
Decorated trees are displayed around the dance floor on the first floor of the Elks Club all this week.
“People can come enjoy lunches and dinners and view the trees this way and also Christmas parties that are held down there can view them,” NEMHS Charitable Foundation executive director Beth Pickthorn said.
The NEMHS Charitable Foundation will sell tickets at the Elks Club Friday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. until the drawing at 7 p.m.
There are two trees that are unique and different. One is a picture-framed antique crystal tree, that will not displayed until Friday, and the other is a wall-hanging diamond willow tree, she said.
“There’s even an EMT ‘Surviving the Holidays’ tree. McDonald’s is doing two trees, both Happy Meal toys for a boy and a girl. There will be a Native American tree too. Lots of different ‘looks’ this year,” Pickthorn said.
She said the event is like a Chinese auction where people purchase tickets and then put their tickets on a tree of their choice.
In the bar area upstairs, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and The Grinch will greet the young and not-so-young from 4 to 7 p.m. Photos with Santa will be available by photographer Nicole Huber.
The original plan was to have the Festival of Trees in the bar area upstairs as well.
“We are assisting the Optimists this year and having one of their Angel Trees at the event also,” Pickthorn said.
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point’s first “Get Lit In Wolf Point, Festival Of Lights And Stroll,” slated for Friday, Dec. 5, will replace the Parade of Lights, breaking a long tradition.
The Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture wants to take the kickoff of the holiday season in a new direction this year because of a lack of participation in the parade last year.
“Get Lit In Wolf Point, Festival Of Lights And Stroll” along with the annual Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation’s Festival of Trees will both open the holiday season Friday, Dec. 5.
The chamber is asking that all downtown Christmas lights be turned on at 5:30 p.m. The public can stroll the downtown area, viewing the lights and holiday displays.
The gazebo and large tree in Sherman Park will be lit up and the Wolf Point Lions Club will sell chili in the park. The Junior Optimist Club will sell hot chocolate.
The chamber is encouraging everyone to come downtown to view the lights and support the businesses.
“We’re trying to transition from a parade to a stroll,” Aaron Kurokawa said.
The chamber is also seeking volunteers to build stationary holiday displays that could be set up in Sherman Park.
Other holiday activities include the Wild Horse Stampede Committee’s annual Christmas tree sale, which began Monday, Dec. 1. Trees will be available for sale at Marvin Brookman Stadium on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.; on Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon to 5 p.m.; with the last chance to purchase a tree being Monday, Dec. 22.
The Optimist Club of Wolf Point’s annual Angel Tree radio-thon will be Friday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. on KVCK.
The Optimists will hold their annual bazaar, cookies by the pound and salad bar at the Wolf Point High School gym on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.