Wolf Point Herald

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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Wolf Point Woman To Serve 15 Months For Meth Distribution

The Wolf Point woman who faced a 16-count federal drug indictment in September, was sentenced to 15 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons in U.S. District Court in Great Falls Monday, March 16.
Judge Brian Morris included three years supervised release with conditions and a $100 special assessment for Cheryl Lee Culbertson-Nygaard, 45.
According to U.S. District Court documents, Culbertson-Nygaard agreed to a plea agreement and pleaded guilty in November to Count II of the indictment, which is possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine between 2010 and 2013.
The other 15 counts were dismissed. All were alleging similar incidents of methamphetamine distribution on different dates during the three-year period.
Culbertson-Nygaard was arrested Sept. 22 in Wolf Point and pleaded not guilty to all 16 charges during an arraignment in Great Falls.
She was free on bond and faced potential maximum penalties that included up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine.

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