Wolf Point Herald

Shrine Circus Offers Two Shows Tuesday

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The Northeast Montana Shrine Circus will be in Wolf Point Tuesday, July 1, for two shows, 2 and 7 p.m.   (File Photo)

The mesmerizing anticipation of trapeze performers flying through the air, tightrope walkers, trained tigers and elephants, and clowns have people waiting in awe for the circus to come back to Wolf Point.
The Eastern Montana Shriners are sponsoring two circus performances at Marvin Brookman Stadium in Wolf Point, Tuesday, July 1, with show times at 2 and 7 p.m.
The annual visit of the Shrine Circus is a tradition in Wolf Point for more than 50 years and is guaranteed to keep children and adults awestruck with amazement.
Jordan World Circus of Las Vegas, Nev., owns the circus and is one of North America’s premier traveling circuses.
Featured performers include aerialist Tess Emerson from New York, The Flying Cortes, an aerial act originally from Columbia, animal trainer Laura Herriott and her exotic animals and clowns Kampanita and Kampanilla.
All proceeds from the Wolf Point shows will benefit Eastern Montana Shriners.

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‘The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly’ On Parade In Poplar

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People wore their wackiest costumes, or put on their Western duds and saddled their horses for the “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” parade in Poplar. The parade was part of the annual four-day Wild West Days celebration, that included two days of rodeo performances, pig mud wrestling, a dunk tank and other fun. More photos can be found on page five of this issue.  (Photos by John Plestina)

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Red Bottom Celebration


The oldest powwow on the Fort Peck Reservation, the annual Red Bottom Celebration was held at Frazer Thursday, June 19, through Sunday, June 22. Stories vary about how and when Red Bottom started, but organizers of the event said it dates to either 1902 or 1903. Some people say annual powwows in Frazer date to the 1880s. Celebrating Native American culture and traditions through dancing, food, crafts, fellowship and a feed where over 100 pounds of roast was served, the four-day event attracted dancers and others from several reservations throughout Montana, Colorado, South Dakota, and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada. The Montana Office of Tourism took pictures of native dancing for use in a statewide tourism brochure. Additional photos can be found on page 12 of this issue.   (Photos by John Plestina)

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Column: From The Editor's Desk

(Editor’s note: This is a column that will run occasionally about various subjects. Opinions expressed here may not reflect the opinions of The Herald-News.)
Phantom Booms? Not Quite.
Things that go boom in the night this time of the year are not phantom occurrences. After all, it’s fireworks season; not just the July 4 weekend. Unlike people do in other places I’ve lived, which is shoot off fireworks for about a week before July 4, fireworks season in Wolf Point is the months of June and July, and at least the first part of August.
Fireworks are illegal in Wolf Point, but not for everybody. Discharging fireworks has been prohibited in the city limits of Wolf Point for many years, but local ordinances that prohibit fireworks apply to less than half the population of the city because there are two separate jurisdictions. City ordinances only applies to non-tribal members.
The WPPD asks people for cooperation on a first call. Police may take a stricter approach on subsequent complaints from the same location and will act accordingly to address acts where fireworks could endanger another person or if the discharge is late at night.
Nuisance violations, including disorderly conduct, can be filed in municipal and tribal courts.
The Fort Peck Comprehensive Code of Justice neither restricts the use of fireworks, nor places a curfew on the times fireworks may be discharged, but enforcement of a tribal disorderly conduct and a noise law do apply.
Perhaps with fireworks being available for sale outside the city limits after June 1, the light ‘em and pop ‘em toys had their greatest appeal the first week. The Wolf Point Police Department reported the highest number of fireworks complaints the week of June 2-8, with seven. The numbers of calls about fireworks have decreased since.
Fireworks are legal for everyone in unincorporated areas of Roosevelt County.
The fireworks we see here are a lot safer than a tradition in rural Alaska.
Cocked and loaded, revelers in many small towns in Alaska blast their way into every new year and sometimes celebrate Independence Day by firing shotguns into the air. Local ordinances prohibiting discharging firearms within city limits isn’t much of a deterrent in many of those communities.
I lived in Bethel, Alaska, for three years during the 1990s. That’s a place you fly in an out of that is 400 miles off the road system and closer to Russia than to Anchorage or Fairbanks.
A police chief told me during the time I was editor of the newspaper in Bethel that he was concerned that someone would get shot because he knew that so many people would be drunk while blasting in 1996.
Last Dec. 31, a reveler in Tanana, Alaska, blasted a fiber-optic cable with a .410-gauge shotgun, rendering his town internet free for several weeks. The cost of the single shotgun blast was about $10,000.
All that said, I can step down from my soap box because I know I’m not hearing phantom booms, including when some of my neighbors are lighting fireworks after midnight.

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Feeding Her Babies

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This mother puts a worm into the mouth of one of her babies while her other children wait for theirs in this nest in the announcers’ booth at the Red Bottom Celebration in Frazer, Sunday, June 22.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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