Wolf Point Herald

Hwy. 25 Crash Injures Two

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The Montana Highway Patrol believes this pickup truck struck the rear of an SUV carrying a family, injuring two people. The crash remains under investigation.    (Photo by John Plestina)

What authorities believe was a rear-end crash on Montana Hwy. 25 near the Wolf Point airport, Friday, Sept. 19, sent two people to the hospital.
Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kent said the MHP, a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officers responded to the crash that was reported at 1:24 p.m.
Kent said a white 1997 Ford F150 pickup truck driven by a 29-year-old Wolf Point man struck the rear of a black 2013 Lincoln Navigator driven by a 63-year-old Brockton woman. MHP has not identified either driver.
Kent said Monday, Sept. 22, that the accident remained under investigation and citations had not been issued.
A 28-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies, Fort Peck Department of Law and Justice officers and NEMHS EMS
volunteers responded.
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department responded with several firefighters and two trucks and cleaned up a small fluid spill.
The Wolf Point Police Department’s animal control officer was called to the scene where he picked up a dog that had been riding in one of the vehicles.

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Crash That Injured Woman, Child Remains Under Investigation

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Two people were injured when a Ford Freestar minivan that was traveling westbound on U.S. Hwy. 2 crossed the eastbound lanes and struck a sign pole at Peters’ Auto, Thursday, Sept. 18. Pictured are Wolf Point Police Sgt. Ryan Michaelsen and NEMHS EMS volunteers tending to two injured people inside the minivan.   (Photo by John Plestina)

Wolf Point Police Department officers and EMS volunteers responded to Peters Auto on U.S. Hwy. 2 for a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident with two people injured, Thursday, Sept. 18.
Wolf Point Police Sgt. Ryan Michaelsen said a westbound Ford Freestar minivan crossed the eastbound lanes at 1:19 p.m. went onto the Peters’ Auto property and struck a sign pole, knocking it over.
The WPPD identified the driver as Holly Toavs, 29, of Wolf Point.
Toavs and a 4-year-old Wolf Point male were transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus were they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Michelson said the accident remains under investigation and charges are pending. He was not specific about what possible charges might be or what is suspected but he said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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Dumpster Arson



The latest of several intentionally set fires in city-owned dumpsters was reported to the 911 dispatch center Monday, Sept. 22, at about 7:15 p.m. Wolf point Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Kahlil Wehbe hits the burning, melted dumpster with the first blast of water. Wolf Point Mayor Chris Dschaak, who is also a firefighter, said the plastic dumpsters cost the city over $300 and the total cost of the fire department’s response and dumpster replacement is about $1,000. Wehbe is the newest member of the WPVFD, which is building its membership and needs new firefighters.  (Photos by John Plestina)

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First Cobell Checks


The first checks from the nearly $950 million Cobell Indian Trust Settlement were mailed Monday, Sept. 15, and delivered two days later. Filed in 1996, it is the largest class action settlement against the federal government with about a half million Native American beneficiaries nationwide. Wayne Martell holds his check in the lobby of the Wolf Point Post Office, Wednesday, Sept. 17.    (Photo by John Plestina)

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Column: From The Editor's Desk -- Mosquitoes On Steroids

Mosquitoes on steroids.
At least it seems that way.
Sometimes we want to have a swatfest with the blood-sucking pests, especially when they follow us in swarms and fly in our faces.
The recent monsoon that brought significant rainfall and left pooling water has compounded the problem.
The little pests are horrific on the Wolf Point High School football field, greatly outnumbering the human fans, possibly attracted to moisture from the grass being watered. Being on the sidelines taking pictures the three times the Wolves have played at home so far this season, I couldn’t help but wonder if the annoying little pests had been doing pushups, getting in shape for game nights at Lowry Field.
I felt like mosquito bait with nothing to fight back the first two game nights. I bought a can of bug spray with deet before the third home game, Friday, Sept. 19, so I hit the sidelines cocked and loaded with my sidearm of bug spray in the right side pant leg pocket of my cargo pants, waiting for my quick draw the first sign of a mosquito landing on me. The result was definitely better than the previous two games I attended.
The next night, I covered the Culbertson Homecoming game for The Searchlight. Only one shot of bug spray before the opening kick-off took care of the situation for four quarters, unlike having to reload my exposed skin with bug juice every 20 minutes at the Wolf Point game. I will stop short of saying Cul-
bertson has kinder, gentler mosquitoes.
Hopefully not offending the opposite gender, the female really is the deadliest of the specie when it comes to mosquitoes. The males do not bite. Female mosquitoes bite with a vengeance needing blood to develop fertile eggs.
Typically, females lay their eggs in standing water, including puddles and pooling water in some of our back yards [mine!], or near the edge of a lake, river or large pool of water.
So what really happens when a mosquito bites and we end up with a red, itchy “bug bite?” The female mosquito coats the surface of the skin with her salivation while piercing our flesh and sucking blood, causing the irritation, welt, and the itching and scratching that goes with it.
What’s worse, mosquitoes can transmit diseases. Mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus in six Montana counties in 2013. Sheridan, Phillips and Blaine were three of those counties.
Are you mosquito bait?
We wonder why a swarm of mosquitoes follows us when we’re enjoying a game or a barbecue. Then we have that swatfest, but they are unfazed. That begs the question: Do mosquitoes prefer some people over others? Yes, they can be finicky [blood] eaters and not to be mistaken for finicky cats and some humans.
According to webmd.com, mosquitoes don’t like all of us. They are attracted to about 10 percent of us.
So what is an ideal hunk of human flesh?
Webmd.com reports that the surface is barely scratched with research into what scents or compounds people emanate that attract mosquitoes. However, genetics account for about 85 percent of our vulnerability to mosquito bites. Some elements of body chemistry attract mosquitoes. Carbon dioxide attracts mosquitoes. The presence of generous amounts of steroids and even cholesterol on the skin attract mosquitoes. So does eating healthier by woofing down fewer greasy burgers and fries lead to less vulnerability to mosquito bites? Maybe.
But that’s not the entire story.
What might even be a little scary is that mosquitoes can smell their dinner from as much as 50 meters. That’s 164 feet or half the football field plus nearly five yards.
When temperatures became cooler recently, dipping to the low 30s some nights, the mosquitoes survived. You’d almost think the little critters were in overcoats. The truth is they don’t go away for the winter. They just hide, stay inactive and we don’t see them. Mosquitoes lay robust eggs that hatch when conditions become favorable with warmer weather and moisture from rainfall or melting snow.
Mosquitoes are a type of fly and like all flies, go through four stages in their lifecycles: egg, larva, pupa [transformation stage] and adult, when they become flying, biting pests.
The name “mosquito” comes from both Spanish and Portuguese meaning “little fly.”
Now we may ask why other summer nuisances, non-bloodsucking flies, keep coming back for more when we shoo them away or swing our fly swatters at them.
The truth is flies like us, but for different reasons than mosquitoes. According to my online research, our bodies are attractive to flies because we radiate a sense of warmth and nourishment just as their favorite foods, feces and rotting flesh. Unbeknownst to us, flies sitting on our forearms might be sucking up oil, salt and dead skin with their straw-like tongues. They might also be looking for a warm place to poop, puke or lay eggs.
Gross enough for you?
So swat on brother and take the shovel out of the basement because winter is almost here and we will have something different to complain about.

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