Wolf Point Herald

Fourth Of July Festivities Abound In Northeast Montana

Several events will mark the Independence Day holiday weekend in Wolf Point, Poplar and Sco­bey.
Poplar will celebrate the July 4 holiday with the Poplar Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Family Fun Day.
The Independence Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Main Street.
Registration for the Barbecue Cook-off Competition begins at noon. Beef will be handed out at 1 p.m. There are hamburger and steak categories and prizes will be awarded.
A horseshoe tournament begins at 3 p.m., with registration at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top four teams.
Other events include a cookie decorating contest for children at 3 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.
Wolf Point’s fireworks begins at 10 p.m. and will be shot off in the carnival parking lot, two blocks east of the Sherman Inn. No parade or other events are planned in Wolf Point Friday, July 4.
Shakespeare in the Park’s As You Like It will be presented in Faith Home Park, Sunday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Scobey’s Fourth of July celebration will be fun for the whole family the whole day and includes a fun run/health walk beginning with registration at 6:30 a.m., flag presentation at noon at the Main Street stage, children’s games at 1 p.m., car/truck/motorcycle show from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., two-person Rescue Races with a calcutta at 2:30 p.m., open mike singing contest at 7 p.m., fireworks at dusk and street dance from 9 p.m. to midnight.

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Centennial Committee Moves Forward With Paid Staffer, Event Planning

The centennial committee moved forward with hiring a part-time person to assist with planning and promotion of the Wolf Point centennial celebration, which will be held during the 2015 Wild Horse Stampede.
The committee hired Linda Twitchell, who will also accept incoming telephone calls for the centennial.
The position will entail more hours as the celebration nears.
In other business, the committee discussed bands for the centennial and whether a name band should be hired or a band that is at least known locally at a lower cost.
The committee also discussed possible location for a street dance with Main Street between Third Avenue South and Fourth Avenue South a possibility or holding it at the Stampede grounds.
In another matter, the committee discussed linking the centennial website to the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture website and creating a Facebook page for the centennial.
The committee decided to have a centennial float in this year’s Stampede parade Friday and Saturday, July 11-12, to help promote the celebration.
The centennial committee will raise funds with a 50/50 drawing during the Stampede rodeo, Saturday, July 12. Tickets are available at numerous Wolf Point businesses.
The possibility of having an ethnic tasting event was also discussed.
There was also a brief discussion of a proposed wagon train for the centennial but no decision has been made.
For additional information about the centennial celebration, to contact the committee, volunteer or donate, contact Twitchell at 650-8748 [call or text], or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Trash Talking: Clean-Up Planned

A clean-up project before Stampede is planned for Monday, July 7.
The Beautification Committee and others will work together to clean all public areas in and around Wolf Point during the day and into the evening.
Efforts will include weed removal as well as trash pick-up. This will be a great way to show visitors to the Wild Horse Stampede that Wolf Point has community pride, while making the community a clean, safe place for residents.

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A Few Good Firefighters Needed

With numbers declining, the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department needs a few more volunteers.
The roster has dropped to 13 officers and firefighters, a number fire chief Shawn Eggar said is too low.
One member of the department will soon move away from Wolf Point, dropping the number to 12.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter should talk to any member of the department and ask for an application.

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Understaffing Of Public Defender’s Office Results In Six Lawyerless People Appearing For Arraignments

With the office of the Montana State Public Defender underfunded and understaffed, six people appeared for felony arraignments in 15th District Court Wednesday, June 25, but no pleas were accepted because no defense attorneys were present.
All were new cases and all but one qualified for a public defender, but a lack of adequate staffing with the Public Defender’s Office left some of the six people waiting for attorneys to be assigned to them, even after arraignments had been scheduled. The Public Defender’s Office appointed a Glasgow attorney to represent two of the people, but he was not present in the Wolf Point courtroom.
Judge David Cybulski
read each individual’s charges and explained their rights. He recommended against anyone entering pleas without attorneys present to represent them. All will remain lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail and all will reappear Wednesday, July 9, to enter pleas.
One of the six people, Zachery Rory Everett Shay, said in court that he is guilty of all nine charges that have been filed against him and requested that Cybulski accept guilty pleas on all charges, waive a presentencing report and pass sentence immediately.
Shay did not qualify for a public defender.
Cybulski instructed Shay to meet with assistant county attorney Jordan Knudsen. He did not plead after that meeting.
Shay will reappear Wednesday, July 9, with a defense attorney present to enter pleas on the nine charges.
Shay is charged with separate felony and misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving with a license that has been suspended or revoked, displaying fictitious plates, driving with no insurance and a seatbelt violation.
Five other people appeared for arraignments. They were read their charges and rights, and ordered to appear and enter pleas Wednesday, July 9.
One of them was Andrew Dale Cooper, 38, of Bremerton, Wash., charged with separate felony and misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, carrying dangerous drugs on a train and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cooper is accused of possessing drugs onboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder passenger train. Wolf Point Police arrested him Friday, June 6.
Four other people who appeared for arraignments and must return to enter pleas were: Joel Tarango Campos, charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Jarrett Thomas Frazer, charged with separate felony and misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; April Dawn Frost, charged felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; and Darryl James Lewis, charged felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI and driving with a license that has been suspended or revoked.
William B. Debbs Jr., appeared on a petition to revoke probation on a suspended sentence. He also had no attorney present and will reappear Wednesday, July 9.

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