Wolf Point Herald

High-End Swap Meets Proposed For Sherman Park

A Wolf Point resident asked the city council Monday, June 16, to consider allowing him to establish weekly swap meets in Sherman Park.
Eric Johannasen said he envisions more high-end merchandise, services being showcased and clientele than are available at flea markets. He said he is considering music at the swap meets and providing portable restroom facilities.
Johannasen said he would like to start having swap meets, possibly about the beginning of August, as a test for his proposal for monthly swap meets in Sherman Park. He also said he plans to ask the Fort Peck Tribes for the use of the new activity center during winter months.
“We’re always looking for economic stimulus in the city,” Johannasen said. “It’s always good to bring people in for business purposes.
Mayor Chris Dschaak said Johannasen’s proposal could be doable, but there would be required fees and proof of liability insurance.
Dschaak said the parks, recreation, cemetery and tree committee will consider the proposal. That committee will then make a recommendation to the council.

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Bullock Proposal Would Fund Preschool Statewide

In the wake of a recent decision by the Wolf Point School board to discontinue the preschool program due to funding not being available, school trustees discussed a proposal by Gov. Steve Bullock for the state to fund preschool programs statewide Tuesday, June 10.
Bullock unveiled his “Early Edge” proposal in January to fund early-childhood education in Montana and seeks public support. He plans to submit the proposal to the 2015 Legislature.
Montana is one of only nine states with no significant publicly funded preschool or early-childhood education program.
Bullock’s proposal calls for expanding access to pre-kindergarten programs among low-income families, improving standards for early-childhood education providers, strengthening the early-childhood workforce and preparing all children for kindergarten.
In 2013, the Bullock administration and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau applied for a $37 million federal grant from the Obama administration, to help fund early-childhood education. Montana was not one of six states that were awarded grants totaling $280 million.
Wolf Point School board chairman Martin DeWitt praised the Bullock’s efforts during the school board meeting Tuesday, June 10.
DeWitt cast the sole vote to keep the district’s preschool program during a special school board meeting where the trustees were cutting the budget.
Ninety percent of brain development occurs before age 5 and early childhood education programs aid in development.
According to state statistics, at-risk children who do not participate in high-quality early education are: 25 percent more likely to drop out of school; 40 percent more likely to become a teen parent; 50 percent more likely to be placed in special education; 60 percent more likely to never attend college; and 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.
There is an online petition for public support of Bullock’s proposal at http://earlyedge.mt.gov.

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Local Man Sentenced For Glass Bottle Stabbings

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, June 6, before U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris, David V. Chaser of the Fort Peck Reservation was sentenced to a term of 54 months imprisonment, three years supervised release and a special assessment of $200.
Chaser was charged with and pleaded to three counts of assault after hitting a man over the head with a glass bottle at a house, then taking its jagged remains and stabbing a woman in the face and neck with it. The injuries barely missed her jugular vein and an important artery, which could have led to massive blood loss or death. Chaser then ran to a nearby gas station where he reported to law enforcement that he had just stabbed someone.
The court sentenced Chaser to 54 months of imprisonment, with three years of supervised release to follow. Because there is no parole in the federal system, the truth in sentencing guidelines mandate that Chaser will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, he does have the opportunity to shorten the term of custody by earning credit for good behavior. However, this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.      
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. 

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Downs Elected To MNA Board

The 129th annual convention of the Montana Newspaper Association was held June 12-14 in Butte.
At the annual meeting, Cindy Sease, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, was elected president; Matt Bunk, The Western News, of Libby, was elected first vice president; Jacques Rutten, Lewistown News-Argus, was elected second vice president and Darla Downs, The Herald- News, was elected third vice president.  
Jeff Martinsen, Choteau Acantha, was elected president of the Montana Newspaper Advertising Service.
Jim Strauss, editor and publisher of the Great Falls Tribune was honored with the Master Editor-Publisher Award for his significant contributions to the Montana newspaper industry and Montana Newspaper Association.
Verle L. Rademacher, 1937-2008, was inducted into the Montana Newspaper Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established by the Montana Newspaper Association and the University of Montana School of Journalism, and honors Montana journalists who have made outstanding contributions to the profession, the arts, and their community.
The mission of the Montana Newspaper Association is to advance and sustain the news publishing industry in Montana.
The association has 85 member newspapers and was established in 1885.

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School Board Approves Teachers For 2014-2015 School Year

The Wolf Point School District board of trustees approved teaching and support staff assignments Tuesday, June 10.
The board approved Wolf Point High School principal Kim Hanks serving as summer school coordinator and approved summer school teachers Melissa DeWitt, Emily Hamilton, Karla McGill and Lee Vandall. Hanks was also approved as half-time special education director.
The board also approved high school agriculture teacher Martin Toavs Jr. and special education teacher Danielle Solberg.
Dawn Garfield was approved as adult education coordinator; and Lynne Monson was approved as high school and junior high band, chorus teacher, high school pep band and Madrigal director.
Other approvals were: Patrice MacDonald, high school drama productions; Mike Erickson, high school activities director, transportation director; Patricia Toavs, half-time special education director, concessions; Carrie Manning, Indian Club advisor; KD Madison, junior class advisor; Melissa Cromwell, high school and junior high student council advisor; Eric Peterson, traffic education director; and Michelle Harada, high school speech/drama coach.
The trustees accepted the retirement of Northside Elementary School head custodian Ed Tubby.

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