Wolf Point Herald

Only Four School Board Candidates In Waning Days Of Filing Period

With time running short to declare candidacy for newly redistricted school board seats, just four people had declared their candidacy in three of five districts at the close of business Monday, March 23.
The deadline for candidates to file is Thursday, March 26, at 5 p.m.
The election by mail for school district trustees will be May 5.
Corey Reum and Yvonne Smoker-Bashay are running in District 1, which is the western part of the north side of Wolf Point.
Incumbent Jaronn Boysun was the only announced candidate in District 2, which is south of Fairweather Street.
Paul Gysler was the only declared candidate in District 4, which includes the eastern part of the north side of Wolf Point and a small part of the south side to Benton Street.
All six current board members are at-large trustees.
Earlier this month, board chairman Martin DeWitt and trustees Edward Bach, Tracy Juve-Miranda and Brent Nygard all said they would not run in single-member districts. Boysun, who is the vice chairman of the board, was undecided about running two weeks ago and Janice Wemmer-Kegley is yet to say if she will seek a term in a single-member district.
Federal court-mandated redistricting is forcing the election for all board seats with five of six in single-member districts and one at-large position.
Voters will elect two districted trustees to three-year terms, two to two-year terms, and two to one-year terms.
After the 2015 election, all trustee elections will be for three-year terms.
Ballots will be mailed on April 16 to all registered voters. Ballots must be returned to the school district office by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.

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Missouri River Flooding Unlikely

The prospects for flooding on the Missouri River in eastern Montana are very low this year unless there is substantial rainfall.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Peck Dam operations project manager John Daggett said flooding this year appears unlikely at this time.
“Not right at this point. Based on the snow pack today [Monday, March 23] and with what we have in the reservoir, it’s unlikely,” he said.
Snowpack water content in Fort Peck Lake is lower than at this time last year and substantially lower than it was in June 2011, when flooding impacted several communities along the Missouri River, including Wolf Point and Poplar. That flood damaged the spillway at Fort Peck Dam, resulting in a $42.9 million repair project.
Fort Peck Dam, built between 1933-1940, is the largest hydraulically filled dam in the nation and the oldest of the six dams along the main stem reservoir system of the Missouri River Basin between Montana and St. Louis, Mo., and the second largest in capacity.

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Poplar Store Broken Into

The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office reported that someone broke into Treasures, a small retail business located in the Independence Bank building in Poplar, during the overnight hours of Monday or Tuesday, March 23-24.
Sheriff Jason Frederick said Tuesday morning that no arrests had been made and the break-in remained under investigation.

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Commissioners Delay Decision To Repair Culbertson Airport Fence

The Roosevelt County Commissions delayed a decision to make needed fencing repairs at Big Sky Field, the county-owned airport in Culbertson, saying the airport is over budget, during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday, March 24.
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said the airport has far exceeded the budget for the current fiscal year.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald said the airport committee did not submit a budget last year for the airport, so a budget was prepared without airport committee input.
Culbertson’s airport is about $27,000 over budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
Nygaard said the commission could approve repairs to or replacement of the fence with a rider that no money be expended until after July 1, which would be the beginning of the next fiscal year.
Commissioner Allen Bowker of Culbertson said he wants to discuss the matter with members of the airport committee.
The commissioners voted unanimously to reject funding for a fence and will revisit the issue in the near future.
In a related matter, the commissioners approved a request by Dustin Harmon of Bainville to build a hangar on the south side of the ramp area at the airport.

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Rumors Of NFL Player Buying Hi-Line Sports Dispelled

Rumors that Buffalo Bills’ place kicker Dan Carpenter purchased the Hi-Line Sports stores in Wolf Point and Plentywood are incorrect.
Hi-Line Sports Plentywood manager Bridget Chase said Carpenter decided not to go through with the purchase.
“The deal is off the table,” she said.
“It was super exciting,” Chase said of the prospect of working for an NFL player.
She said she did not know if negotiations for a sale are continuing.
“It’s been going back and forth for about a year or so,” Chase said.
Carpenter, 29, was a Montana Class AA All-State wide receiver when he played football for Helena High School. He later played for the University of Montana Grizzlies before signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2008. He has since played for the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets before signing to the Bills.
Carpenter married Kaela Clawson, who is from Plentywood, in 2011.
Hi-Line Sports opened the Plentywood store in 1981 and the Wolf Point location in 1991.

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