Written by John Plestina
A man illegally burning without a permit for a controlled burn caused a wildfire that burned about 57 acres and caused power outages Saturday, April 18.
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 11:30 a.m. to what became a wildfire off BIA Route 1 about seven miles west of Wolf Point.
The fire burned two power poles and caused outages for rural customers of McCone Electric Co-op and Norval Electric Co-op.
WPVFD fire chief Shawn Eggar said the man could be cited for charges related to burning without a permit. The man has not been identified.
Conditions, including wind, were bad for burning.
“There was no red flag day, but there’s no way they would have issued a burn permit that day,” Eggar said.
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District Judge David Cybulski heard several cases during Law and Motion proceeding in 15th District Court Wednesday, April 15.
Joel Campos, 37, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with two years suspended, credit for 403 days served in the Roosevelt County Jail and screening for inpatient treatment followed by possible prerelease center during the two years of incarceration.
He withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony possession of dangerous drugs on Feb. 11. At that time, he admitted to felony possession of dangerous drugs in Roosevelt County on Dec. 27, 2013.
Campos said in court last week that he would like to go to substance abuse treatment. He also said it is easier to get a good job if he is on probation and not on parole.
He said he has four children and three live in Idaho. He asked the court if he could be sent to Idaho under an interstate compact.
Robert Lindquist, 41, of Chattoroy, Wash., was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with three years suspended, and substance abuse treatment and prerelease.
During a preceding in February, Lindquist withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs. At that time, he admitted in court to possession of methamphetamine in Roosevelt County in November 2014.
He was originally charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.
During December 2014, Lindquist was sentenced for the DUI to six months in jail with 60 days suspended, credit for 65 days previously served in the Roosevelt County Jail and a $5,000 fine with $4,000 suspended.
Lindquist was arrested with Jennifer Lea Johnshoy, 29, of Crookston, Minn. and Williston, N.D., Nov. 1 following a traffic stop in Wolf Point by the Montana Highway Patrol. The Wolf Point Police Department assisted.
Johnshoy pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. She is free on bond and has not yet gone to trial.
Dakota Kinzie, 23, of Wolf Point withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea to attempted assault of a peace officer and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted assault under a deferred prosecution that is contained in a plea agreement.
Cybulski sentenced Kinzie to 10 days in jail and a $100 fine, both suspended.
According to charging documents, Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick and Chief Deputy Corey Reum arrested Kinzie in the courthouse lobby Nov. 11 after a county employee told Reum that Kinzie placed a bat inside the clerk and recorder’s office and said he would wait for Justice Court Judge Tracy Harada. Kinzie then sat in the lobby.
Kinzie has been free on own recognizance release since December 2014.
Robert Yohe, 64, of Bainville appeared to an extradition hearing on a fugitive complaint out of Williams County N.D., for failure to appear.
He signed a waiver of extradition in court.
Yohe is lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail.
North Dakota authorities have two weeks from April 15 to pick up Yohe or he will be released from jail.
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The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department doused a fire that thought to be suspicious in origin before it could cause any major damage in an abandoned house on the corner of Granville Street and Second Avenue South Monday, April 20. The fire was reported shortly after 5 p.m. No injuries were reported.
(Photos by John Plestina)
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I am compelled to express the following points as per the school board meet and greet sponsored by the local WPEA last night [Monday, April 20] at the WPHS library.
School boards are a governing body. When the meeting is called to order by the board chair, the board is a functioning unit, which is responsible for paying the claims and payroll, making and following policy, hiring and firing, expulsion [permanent expulsion of a student through due process], following federal law, state law, board policies and make policies based on those points.
School boards should not be in the business of the day-to-day functions of the school. That is the job of administration.
School board members operating outside of the parameters open up the district, the board and the respective member to legal issues, as well as creating a lack of trust by the staff and public.
The administration, superintendent, principals and district office personnel are in the day-to-day function of the running of the school.
Administration, to be professional, needs to communicate, cooperate, coordinate, and be considerate of all staff, students, the board and public.
At all meetings held in public, Montana is most specific about public meetings or meetings held in public. No secrets.
Budget, expenditures, etc., are printed out by the business manager for visual inspection and questions.
Having a personal agenda, or saving the day really is not effective for board members.
Holding administration accountable is effective boardsmanship.
Strategic planning, and developing the plan and following the plan is effective boardsmanship.
And last, grants are not always the answer in public education. First off, grants and funding sources were moved out of public education [K-12] about eight years ago and given to the community colleges and higher education. Grants, as we had at one time here in Wolf Point were good/bad. Good for services to students, and bad as what people did not see was the sustainability clause in grants. That being, when the grant ran out, the district had to fund the program(s).
All students have the right to a free and appropriate education and no one has the right to deny said education.
A heartfelt thanks goes to The Herald-News and Janna Hoehn of Maui, Hawaii, for last week’s article on Roosevelt County’s Vietnam War casualties.
Born on June 12, 1948, in Wolf Point, 1st Lt. Emil John Naasz was the second of five sons born to the late Jake and Betty Naasz. He was an incredible young man with a big heart and a never-ending smile who loved to tease me about my weekly letters being another chapter on life back home.
He had enlisted in the Army to insure his older brother would remain in college and not be drafted. However Elmer was killed in a fiery accident while driving Emil’s car less than five weeks after Emil’s death in Vietnam. There mother took comfort knowing her two boys were together again after having been inseparable growing up.
His father was the older brother of my mother, Elaine Walley of Choteau. Emil was more of a big brother to me than just a first cousin. His death affected me deeply. Rather than dwell on the anniversary of his death, I have chosen to celebrate his life each year on his birthday. He is gone but not forgotten. Sadly, our country is dealing with the after-effects of Vietnam on our surviving veterans, even today.
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Fort Peck Community College faculty member Loy Sprague traveled to Seattle, Wash., recently to present at the University of Washington’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being, Mindful Families, Schools and Communities Conference.
Sprague was part of a panel of speakers invited to present on Mindfulness in Indian Country. The presentation included applications of mindfulness in U.S. Tribal and Urban Indian populations and described successes, barriers, and challenges to adapting an intervention based on a “spiritual” tradition into communities traumatized by cultural genocide and historical trauma.
Other research-to-practice presentations included cultivating mindfulness in high risk youth, mindfulness-based relapse prevention in a juvenile justice setting, school-based mindful yoga, mindful parenting, healing trauma through relationship, enhancing resiliency and cultivating compassion, and promoting mindfulness in diverse populations.