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Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Allen Richard puts out a small grass fire that burned around a light pole on Seventh Avenue North about 4 p.m., Thursday, July 3. This fire was one of six fires between Thursday, July 3, and Sunday, July 6, where the WPVFD said misuse of fireworks was the suspected cause. (Photo by John Plestina)
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The Wolf Point City Council approved a call for bids for the Wolf Point Village apartment complex construction project during a special council meeting Wednesday, July 2.
City clerk/treasurer Marlene Mahlum explained that the city is acting in a pass-through capacity with the project and the council must approve the call for bids because the city received a $750,000 HOME grant through the Montana Department of Commerce. Great Northern Development Corporation is project manager for the city.
“We’re still working on bid specs to come in from the architect on July 14,” Brianna Vine, housing specialist and marketing officer at GNDC, said.
Collaborative Design Architects of Billings is designing the complex.
Bids will be due Wednesday, July 30.
Vine said about 15 contractors have expressed an interest in the project.
She said a groundbreaking is planned for Friday, Aug. 15.
The project is funded in part by the Montana Board of Housing Low Income Housing Tax Credits. A developer loan from Western Bank of Wolf Point will pay $390,000 of the cost, while $10,000 will be a deferred developer fee.
The 24-unit rental complex, that is slated for construction at a site off Fourth Avenue North near Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus, will provide rental housing opportunities to households earning less than 60 percent of the area median income in Roosevelt County.
Plans are to build four one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units and eight three-bedroom units. Rent will range from $354 to $767 monthly. The apartments will include energy efficient air conditioning, heating and appliances and single-car garages. The complex will include common area with a barbecue, gazebo, computer learning center and library.
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A Wolf Point man told the Roosevelt County Board of County Commissioners, Tuesday, July 2, that they didn’t honor a promise to repair Rodeo Road before the end of spring.
Bill Juve referred to the minutes of the Oct. 31, 2013, commission meeting where he said the board had promised to repair holes on Rodeo Road, just east of the city of Wolf Point.
“Spring is come. Spring is gone,” Juve said.
“We’ve been down this road and back for four or five years now,” he said.
Juve said potholes are causing wear and tear to vehicles.
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said asphalt and a provider for oil are available.
“We are projecting that, after Stampede, we will get that patched,” he said.
Juve responded with a question of which year’s Stampede.
“Before freeze up,” Nygaard said.
In other business, the commissioners approved a purchase of two computers for the sheriff’s office for dispatch services for a little over $3,000.
The commissioners are required to pre-approve purchases exceeding $500, which had not been done.
A representative of the sheriff’s office told the commissioners the 911 board approved the purchase.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald told him the commissioners ultimately have the power to make decisions.
The commissioners discussed hiring one-fourth of a human resources employee to share with Valley, Daniels and Sheridan counties. A meeting with commissioners of the other counties will be held at a later date.
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Pictured are Kaitlyn Tapaha, David James, David Smith and Marcus Decoteau
Fort Peck Community College students participated in the National Science Foundation Sustainable Building Research and Mentoring Program with mentors from the Fort Peck Reservation, Haskell University and Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
The summer research program created four weeks of research activities for 16 American Indian students from tribal colleges and high schools and participants to conduct field and laboratory research on new, sustainable building wall materials and systems, as well as synthesize and present their findings at relevant conferences.
This year’s program began June 13 where student participants traveled to the University of Colorado - Boulder and began classroom/laboratory research activities including straw bale workshop, presentation by American Indian Science Engineering Society faculty and professionals, solar panel installations and library research initiatives.
The FPCC students returned to the Fort Peck field site, Wednesday, June 25, and began a series of field research activities, including working with tribal professional engineers. The final stage of the project included student presentations at FPCC’s GTD, Monday, July 7.
Kaitlyn Tapaha, 20, of Wolf Point, is seeking a degree in computer and web design and plans to graduate in the spring of 2016.
“I am interested in the Sustainable Building Research Project because I would like to learn more about engineering and I feel like I can contribute to this project with my current knowledge in computers. Also I feel like this would be a great experience for me and would benefit me in the future should I pursue a career in engineering. This would broaden my horizon and help me to better the Fort Peck Reservation,” Tapaha said.
David James is Assiniboine and Hunkpapa Sioux. He graduated with a 3.7 GPA in business administration and also was the student senate president and FPCC board member.
“I was selected by the school to be the American Indian College Fund student of the year for 2013-2014. I will be moving on to my bachelor’s degree at Sitting Bull College next fall to continue my education,” James said.
David Smith graduated with a certificate in welding technology and made dean’s list for fall 2011 with a 3.8 GPA. He has participated in various college courses including, completing a 10-hour occupational safety health administration course, pipefitting certification and is starting a building trades associates of applied science degree. He hopes to graduate in the fall of 2015.
Smith is very knowledgeable about various tools and equipment and has worked for Fort Peck Housing Authority during the summer of 2013 that sharpened his skills in different areas of carpentry. He loves to work with his hands and enjoy helping others in need, and believes that with the knowledge he learns from the research and mentoring program, that he will greatly help the environment, his community and himself by gaining more experience in the vocational field.
Marcus Decoteau is a current FPCC student who likes to design and build. He enjoys math and since he was young he liked to calculate situations such as the earth’s weather patterns, rotation or the forces of gravity.
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McCone Conservation District recently announced a new ground water sampling program. Rural water users have voiced concerns about the potential effects on their water supply from oil development. People are worried about chemical storage, waste management accidents at well heads or injection pits, and accidents/spills during chemical and product transportation.
Further uncertainties of production water disposal, frack water injections and large withdrawals of ground water have also been revealed.
The purpose of this new monitoring program is to establish baseline groundwater quality and availability in advance of oil and gas activity in our area. McCone Conservation District will prioritize and select domestic and stock-water wells to evaluate based on the proximity to a potential source of contamination such as active or abandoned oil/gas wells, injection wells, waste or chemical management areas. Selected wells must be registered with the Ground Water Information Center
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Montana Salinity Control Association are assisting the McCone Conservation District with this program. Each well selected will be evaluated on-site for field parameters and water availability. Well samples will be analyzed for drinking water quality and for indicators of contamination specific to energy development activities.
Well sampling and lab fees total approximately $1,200 per well, but a DNRC grant covers most of the expense so McCone County residents can participate in this program for $120.00 [10 recent of total cost].