Wolf Point Herald

Commissioners OK Salary Hikes For Themselves, Department Heads

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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County Seeking Bids To Fix Long-Rutted McCabe Road

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.

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Lawmen Report Few Stampede Arrests

With packed bars, people drinking outdoors in the downtown area, a street dance and three nights of dances in the Elks Club parking lot during the Wild Horse Stampede, police reported fewer incidents than during previous Stampedes and few arrests.
That might be in part due to a high presence of police uniforms and marked vehicles on the downtown streets all three nights of Stampede. The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Peck Department of Law and Justice and Poplar Police all provided officers to assist Wolf Point police.
WPPD Sgt. Ryan Michaelsen said much of what officers did was disperse crowds and remove intoxicated individuals and juveniles from areas of the outdoor dances.
Marvin Brookman Stadium and the carnival were outside the city limits.
Undersheriff John Summers said RCSO deputies had minimal problems to address. They did, he said, remove several intoxicated individuals from the rodeo grounds and assisted children who had gotten separated from their parents at the carnival.
“We assisted the city police downtown,” Summers said.
“It was one of the most peaceful Stampedes that I can remember,” he said.

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Rodeo Announcer Recognized

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The Stampede Committee recognized rodeo announcer Randy Schmutz for 20 years of service to the Stampede with the presentation of a star quilt to Randy and Amber Schmutz.   (Photo by John Plestina)

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Mesa’s Got Her Ride

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Mesa Fleming, three, of Wolf Point gets a ride to the Wolf Point Lions Club Pancakes For Cowboys breakfast with a little help from her dad, Jesse Fleming.   (Photo by John Plestina)

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