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Montana Lottery winner Willow Grandchamp of Wolf Point showcases her winnings with her husband Doug Grandchamp and sons Miguel Barrera (left) and Keynen Grandchamp (hiding behind check). Daughter Ashtyn Hentges is not pictured. (Submitted photo)
Willow Grandchamp of Wolf Point claimed a $297,373 Wild Card jackpot from the Wednesday, Sept. 24 drawing, with a ticket purchased in Billings.
Grandchamp works as a medical records technician for IHS and is an active Montana Lottery player. She typically plays both Lotto and Scratch games.
This was her first big lottery win, matching all five numbers plus the Wild Card on her Wild Card ticket. Her winning numbers were 5, 6, 25, 27, 32 and the King of Spades.
Grandchamp was still in disbelief about her win even after the clerk double checked her ticket and told her she had a winner.
Her husband, Doug Grandchamp, was gathering cows when she told him, and even then she still didn’t quite believe the news was true.
While standing at Lottery Headquarters in Helena with her family, she said, “It feels real now and I am finally getting excited.”
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Judge Tracy Harada administers the oath of office to new Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick (right) and undersheriff John Summers for his new term with the new administration, Thursday, Oct. 2. The county commissioners appointed Frederick to take office about one month prior to the election following the resignation of Sheriff Freedom Crawford that was effective Wednesday, Oct. 1. (Photo by John Plestina)
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Each year, The Herald-News interviews and introduces teachers new to Wolf Point’s schools. This week, we feature new staff at Northside Elementary School. Southside Elementary School did not have any new staff members this year.
Two new teachers have joined the staff at Northside Elementary School for the 2014-2015 school year. They are sixth-grade teacher Jana Elliott and fifth- grade teacher William MacDonald.
Elliott, who made a career change to education a few years ago, comes to Wolf Point after teaching in Colorado three years.
She has worked with the People to People Student Ambassador Program that arranges student group travel. She visited Europe, Australia and New Zealand with student groups before relocating to Wolf Point with her husband, Ken.
“We’re excited to be here,” Elliott said.
First-year teacher MacDonald was raised in Wolf Point and went to high school in Brockton, where he played basketball. He returned to Wolf Point this year after graduating from Salish Kootenai College, a tribal college in Pablo on the Flathead Reservation about 60 miles north of Missoula.
He offered a quote from Sitting Bull, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has selected the Fort Peck Tribes as one of just four entities in the nation and the only one in Montana for an environmental assessment to receive bison.
FWP chose four proposals for the environmental assessment.
The tribes have requested 130 bison to augment an existing herd.
FWP is seeking public comment on the draft environmental assessment proposing the relocation of brucellosis-free bison to create or augment existing wild bison herds.
The wild bison were part of the Bison Quarantine Feasibility Study, a research project that began in 2004 directed by FWP and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The research was conducted at a facility near Corwin Springs, north of Yellowstone National Park, to determine if quarantine was a feasible method to produce wild bison free of brucellosis, a disease that can cause some pregnant bison, elk and domestic cattle to abort their first calf. Bison in the program have been repeatedly tested over the course of their quarantine and are brucellosis-free. Results of the QFS were published recently in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association.
In March, state wildlife officials requested proposals from agencies or organizations capable of permanently caring for bison for conservation purposes. The bison have been held at the Green Ranch, west of Bozeman, during their five-year monitoring period.
A group of state and federal scientists with technical expertise in bison health, genetics and management evaluated 10 proposals and determined five would fit the overarching goal of the bison study to use verified disease-free bison for conservation purposes. After further examination, FWP chose the four proposals for the environmental assessment.
In addition to the Fort Peck Tribes request for 130 bison, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has requested 30 bison to expand existing herds at Henry Mountain and Book Cliffs. The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma requested 35 bison to establish a herd on tribal lands in northeast Oklahoma and the Wildlife Conservation Society Zoo Consortium requested 30 bison to be shared between the Bronx Zoo and Queens Zoo in New York and the Wilds Conservation Park in Ohio.
The animals would be used to further the conservation and genetic diversity of the species.
While a fifth proposal from the American Prairie Reserve demonstrated strong qualifications for managing bison for conservation purposes, officials said that request wasn’t included in this environmental assessment because a statewide bison conservation strategy environmental impact statement for bison in Montana hasn’t been completed.
American Prairie Reserve could, however, be considered for future bison relocations to its private lands south of Malta pending the results of a statewide bison environmental impact study.
For more information, or to comment online, visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov and click on recent public notices. The draft environmental assessment will be available for public comment through Thursday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. Comments can be mailed to: Bison QFS EA; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.
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The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved several changes for the sheriff’s office Monday, Oct. 6.
The changes included an agreement for the Fort Peck Tribes to provide animal control services throughout much of the county.
Tribal animal control would be certified to provide services off the reservation, including in the Culbertson, Bainville and Froid areas. The agreement allows Sheriff Jason Frederick to deputize tribal animal control officers to work in non-reservation areas in the eastern part of the county.
The agreement includes tribal animal control services for the Roosevelt County Health Department.
Other approved changes for the sheriff’s office included the promotion of Corey Reum to chief deputy and several other promotions and new hires. Reum will work under Frederick and undersheriff John Summers.
In other business, the commissioners approved an easement allowing Oasis Petroleum to bore water, gas, oil and communication lines under Montana Secondary Hwy. 327.
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said Oasis is aware that the Montana Department of Transportation plans construction to realign and repair Hwy. 327 with expected completion in 2017.
The commissioners also approved a request by ONEOK, Inc., a Tulsa, Okla., based natural gas company, to bore gas lines under County Road 1018, also near Bainville.
In another matter, the commissioners signed an agreement with the Fort Peck Tribes for shared use of the Jim Shanley Public Library in Poplar.