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Western Bank of Wolf Point employees donated $1,000 to the Wolf Point Centennial Committee, raised by the Western Bank Jeans Fund, Friday, Oct. 10. Bank employees donate $1 for the privilege of wearing jeans on Fridays. Mayor Chris Dschaak accepted the check on behalf of the Centennial Committee. The Centennial Celebration will be held during the Wild Horse Stampede in July 2015. Pictured are (from left to right) Diann Gibson, Clorissa Poitra, Nancy Hopson, Dschaak, Mary Nelson and Loriann Hoch. (Photo by John Plestina)
Written by Jaimee Green
The results are in and the community has once again been generous.
This year’s Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede Tough Enough to Wear Pink event brought in $3,371, with proceeds benefitting Northeast Montana Health Services' digital mammography department.
“The Stampede Committee supports the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Project with the volunteer help of the community because many of us have been affected in one way or another by a loved one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Christy Stensland, a committee member.
Since the local participation began in 2009, a total of $15,001 has been raised. During the first year, in 2009, a total of $880 was raised, followed by $2,772 in 2010, $2,604 in 2011, $2,328 in 2012, and $3,044 in 2013.
This year, The Stampede Roundup TETWP Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jan Bryan, brought in $800.
Mike’s Hard Pink Lemonade, by Blue Rock, donated $1,000 in honor of each attendee wearing pink to the Thursday night event.
Volunteers from Northeast Montana Health Services greeted rodeo-goers at the gates with give-aways and pink buckets, netting a total of $574 in free-will donations.
Hi-Line Sports also donated $112 from the sale of their pink products. Arden DeWitt, of Sew Dew Itt, gave a donation of $80 taken in from their Wild Horse Stampede T-shirt and hoodie sweatshirt sales.
An additional $800 was raised through the rodeo’s Lucky Cowboy Bonus Program after no contestants received a qualifying score in the events of tie-down roping, the wild horse race, bull riding, team roping or bare-back riding. The program was sponsored by NEMHS, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Paul’s Glass & Works, CHMS, Hi-Line Wholesale, and Way-Out-West Car Rentals.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink of Montana is based out of Missoula and supports our local fundraising program by sponsoring the TETWP barrel racing barrel covers, arena banner and flag while also supplying the event with logoed products to give away.
“This is such a great event that receives support from the entire community. Everyone who attends the Thursday night rodeo wears pink. The support just radiates from the stands. The community’s generosity is what makes the fundraising event such a dramatic success,” said Peg Norgaard, CEO, for NEMHS.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink was created in 2004 by Karl Stressman of Wrangler and Terry Wheatley, a breast cancer survivor. The organizers sought to rally the western and rodeo communities to team up in the fight against breast cancer. The Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign has raised more than $17 million nationwide since 2004.
Written by John Plestina
A Wolf Point man faced a federal magistrate judge in Great Falls Tuesday, Oct. 7, following a three-count federal indictment alleging methamphetamine distribution.
Raymond Eugene Russette, 38, pleaded not guilty to the three charges before Magistrate Judge R. Keith Strong.
According to the charging documents, Russette is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent of distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, Russette faces a maximum of 40 years in prison, $5 million in fines and four years supervised release.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case.
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The Wolf Point Educational Support Staff Association recently donated $500 to the local Wolf Point Pound Puppies organization toward expenses it occurs while working with the local animals in our area. WPESSA president Jennifer Zimmerman (left) presents the donation to Tina Bets His Medicine, administrator of the Wolf Point Pound Puppies, with “Boo,” one of the rescues. (Submitted photo)
Written by Bill Juve
The county commissioners are planning several presentations [that began Tuesday, Oct. 14] on the need for a new jail and upgrade to the existing building. This issue was on the primary ballot, but it failed due to voter turnout so they were fully aware of the need.
Then, they took $455,000 a year that could have been used on the jail to give themselves and others a second generous pay raise. They had already received a cost of living raise.
The bond request for the jail is a 20-year deal and the almost $12 million needed is only an estimate at this time. The money the commissioners removed from the operating budget over 20 years amounts to $9.1 million. The second raise they approved is ongoing as long as the oil severance tax remains stable at the current level or increases. However, the commissioners have the sole power to change the use of this money.
If the need for a new jail was and remains so critical, why wasn’t this $455,000 put toward that use?
The Montana Code Annotated 15-36-332 (3) states in part: “... oil and natural gas production taxes for each county must be used for the exclusive use and benefit of the county.”
Was a raise for a privileged few the best use of our tax dollars or should it have gone to more pressing needs? The three county commissioners must have thought so.