Written by John Plestina
There will be no shortage of things to do this weekend with Wild West Days in Poplar, Frontier Days in Culbertson and the Red Bottom Celebration in
Rodeos are planned at the events in Poplar and Culbertson.
Wild West Days
Poplar’s annual four-day Wild West Days celebration kicks off Thursday, June 19, at 11 a.m.
The rodeo begins at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 21, and Sunday June 22.
Events Friday, June 20, include: kids’ parade at 10 a.m., kids’ day races, kids’ carnival games, duck pond, bike rodeo, dunk tank, children’s crafts, petting zoo, face painting, bounce house, magician, horseshoe tournament, magic show and pig mud wrestling at 6 p.m.
Events Saturday, June 21, include: rummage sales, street vendors, community pie social, arm wrestling tournament at 6 p.m., and the Poplar High School class of 2004 reunion and dance.
Sunday, June 22, events include: Cowboy Church service at 9 a.m., and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” parade at 11 a.m.
The 52nd annual Frontier Days rodeo will be this Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, in the Culbertson Saddle Club arena.
Performances are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday and 7 p.m., Saturday.
The estimated purse is $18,000.
Slack will be at 9 a.m., Saturday and the parade will follow at noon.
Red Bottom Celebration
With more than 100 years of celebrating native culture and traditions through dancing, food, crafts and fellowship, the annual Red Bottom Celebration in
Frazer is the oldest pow wow on the Fort Peck Reservation.
The four-day event opens with a feed at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 19, followed by a youth pow wow beginning about 7 p.m. Festivities begin at 7 p.m., Friday, June 20. The hours for Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, will be 1 to 7 p.m. Each day’s events will open with a grand entry. Intertribal contests will be held.
The Red Bottom Celebration will be held along U.S. Hwy. 2, east of Frazer, beside the highway.
The public is welcome.
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The Frontier School board recognized Patience Muth for being a regional first place winner in the Montana Police Protective Association essay contest during the monthly board meeting, Thursday, June 12.
The 17th annual MPPA essay contest for Montana eighth grade students educates youth abuse of prescription drugs, which has become a growing problem in schools and communities throughout Montana. The students wrote about ways to prevent prescription drug abuse.
Muth won a $300 prize for finishing first in region 4, which is northeastern Montana.
Muth, who graduated from Frontier Thursday, May 29, will be a freshman at Wolf Point High School this fall.
Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point School board authorized superintendent Joe Paine to expend up to $20,000 for repairs to the high school parking lot during the monthly meeting, Wednesday, June 11.
The parking lot of the 45-year-old school has not been resurfaced for many years and is laden with potholes, some large creating safety concerns.
Voters in November rejected two school district levies, one of which was a $250,000 levy that would have run for one year only and would have increased the building reserve and provide funding for parking lot and gym floor repairs at the high school.
Allowing Paine to expend up to $20,000 for parking lot repairs was one of several recommendations the district’s facilities committee made when they met immediately prior to the school board meeting. While $20,000 would not repave the parking lot, it is hoped that dangerous potholes could be filled.
Board member Jaronn Boysun said the committee took a list of needed repairs and improvements from each school with safety and order of need being the highest priorities and came up with the top two or three for each building.
Replacing a water heater and security needs led the list for the high school. Funding is not currently available for replacement of the gym floor, which is also needed.
The lawn at Northside Elementary School will be reseeded.
In other business, the trustees authorized a $68,793 payment to the American Civil Liberties Union, with a stipulation that the check not be cut until July 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year.
The payment complies with an amended judgment in a civil lawsuit filed in August 2013 against the school district and Roosevelt County on grounds that voting districts used to elect trustees were apportioned in violation of one person, one vote. The ACLU argued that school district elections favored white voters in the district with a majority of Native American enrollments.
A U.S. District Court judge ordered the school district and county each to pay $68,793 to the ACLU for court fees and costs in the settlement of the lawsuit that redistricts the board of school trustees.
The Board of County Commissioners approved the county’s payment Tuesday, June 3.
In another matter, the board discussed the Indian Education Committee. The board has discussed outdated bylaws of the IEC and failure to post the time and locations of some meetings during the last two school board meetings.
School board chairman Martin DeWitt asked what is in place to insure compliance.
Paine said he contacted the Montana School Boards Association and was advised to continue to allow the IEC to meet on school property, but to make recommendations to that board regarding proper posting of meetings and bylaws and to try to work with the IEC.
In other business, the board authorized independent contractor agreements for the 2014-2015 school year for school psychologist Nancy Joscelyn at the rate of $450 per evaluation plus mileage and special education services at $75 per hour, and occupational therapist Nancy Braaten at the rate of $590 for each four-hour period she works.
The trustees also approved a contract not to exceed $6,000 with API Systems Integrators of Missoula for installation and programming of the key card access for the north door at Northside Elementary School.
The board approved the following purchase orders: Riddell/All American Sports Corporation of Chicago, Ill,; $6,632, for 25 football helmets, and shoulder pads; Northwestern Scholastic Insurers, of Helena, $8,226, for accident and catastrophic insurance; and Success For All Foundation, of Baltimore, Md., for books for Southside Elementary School, $5,725.
In another matter, the board met in a closed executive session for less than five minutes and then voted in open session to follow a recommendation of high school principal Kim Hanks to expel an unnamed student for the 2014-2015 school year.
The board also approved a property and liability insurance renewal for the 2014-2015 with the Montana Schools Group Insurance Authority for $83,828.
The trustees appointed Superintendent Joe Paine as authorized representative for all projects and Title IX representative.
The school board does not have any scheduled meetings during July and will only meet if a special meeting is warranted. The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point City Council approved a $1,000 contract for services to the Wolf Point High School football program for cleanup of the downtown area all three mornings of the Wild Horse Stampede.
Several council members expressed disappointment that the Wolf Point Elks Lodge opted to hold a dance during Stampede in the parking lot beside the Elks Club and not a street dance as was planned. The Elks did not agree to a city mandate to cleanup the entire downtown area of the Stampede if a street dance were held on the 300 block of Main Street.
In other business, Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officer Eric Johannasen asked the council for more speed limit signs on city streets, which he said would make speed enforcement easier.
Mayor Chris Dschaak said the city would look into it.
In another matter, Wolf Point Police Chief Jeff Harada presented his activity report for May that showed a 58 percent increase in arrests, citations and civil documents over May 2013.
The report included police response to 464 complaints and 103 arrests and tickets, an increase from 65 for the same period last year.
For animal control, 34 dogs were impounded during May, 29 of which were released to owners after fees were paid and five were euthanized. Fifteen were adopted by new owners. The animal control officer collected $795 in impound and dog license fees.
Jennifer Zimmerman, who identified herself as a Cape Air employee at L.M. Clayton Airport, asked the council for $1,000, the estimated cost of replacing chairs and a television in the passenger waiting area of the terminal.
Dschaak said the budget for the next fiscal year that will begin July 1 is not finalized and the city could look into the matter. The city appropriating the funding and seeking one-half from Roosevelt County was discussed.
Written by John Plestina
The Frontier School board is likely to consider a counter offer for co-op athletics with the Wolf Point School District during the next Frontier board meeting Monday, July 14.
Several Frontier trustees and others expressed concerns about a WPSD board decision that would affect Frontier during a work session following a Frontier board meeting, Thursday, June 12.
Wolf Point trustees approved developing a co-op contract with Frontier Elementary School for all junior high sports for an estimated savings to the WPSD of $8,500. That includes charging Frontier a $400 fee per sport totaling $2,800 and splitting travel costs with Frontier to scheduled events for a cost savings of $5,200.
The WPSD board decision was part of nearly $300,000 in budget cuts approved Wednesday, May 28, that included athletic and extra-curricular spending cuts totaling $51,050 and more than $20,000 in fee increases.
A copy of a list of finance committee recommendations to the WPSD board was distributed to the Frontier board. It included a statement that if Frontier does not accept the terms, the WPSD would discontinue allowing Frontier students to participate in WPJH athletics.
Frontier and the WPSD have co-oped for junior high football, wrestling and track for many years.
Several Frontier board members said they wanted to leave the co-op agreement as it has been and retain some Frontier Mustangs’ teams.
“All seventh graders would become Wolves [with a full co-op agreement]. That would mean no Mustang sports,” Frontier superintendent Christine Eggar said.
She said she met with Wolf Point superintendent Joe Paine since the WPSD board decision.
“When I talked to Mr. Paine, he said that’s not firm,” Eggar said.
Frontier teacher Louise Peterson suggested a one-year trial, but said she had a problem with no Frontier Mustang sports.
She said some parents might not send their children to Frontier if they are playing sports as Wolf Point Wolves.
Eggar said of a scenario where Frontier students would only participate on Frontier teams, “Football, we’re half the team. [Wolf Point Junior High is] going to be hard pressed without us.”
There were concerns that Frontier athletes would be playing on larger Wolf Point teams than they would be if they were on Frontier teams.
“I have a concern for our kids that they will not get the playing time,” Eggar said.
Frontier board chairman Brandon Babb made a similar comment that Frontier students might not play as much on WPJH teams.
Other issues included Wolf Point schools being on a four-day week and different eligibility requirements for athletic participation.
The Frontier district does not allow any “D” grades for eligibility while Wolf Point does.
“This whole thing was money motivated for that school district,” Babb said, and added that what is best for Frontier students was his concern.
“Every time [Wolf Point] have been in a bind for transportation, we have stepped up,” dean of students Jeff Whitmus said.