Written by The Herald-News
Tobacco Prevention Billboard
Brett Mudgett (left to right) Winona Runs Above-Meyers, Bev Azure and Ramey Growing Thunder of the newly formed tobacco prevention coalition stand before a new billboard featuring the group’s new logo. The newly formed adult tobacco prevention coalition has developed a logo to identify the coalition. Programs involved in the coalition are Fort Peck Tribal Health Tobacco Prevention Program, Brett Mudgett and Brittany Martell; Wolf Point Boys and Girls Club, Winona Runs Above-Meyers; Roosevelt County Health Department, Bev Azure; and Fort Peck Tribes Language and Cultural Department, Ramey Growing Thunder. Artwork for the logo was done by well-known artist Darryl Growing Thunder. This artwork is featured on a new billboard outside of Wolf Point. Not pictured are Del First and Jackie Christian.
Destin Wise received a 2013 Outstanding Student Technology Award from Kansas Infinitec Coalition. He will be presented the award at a ceremony on Friday, Dec. 13, in Wichita, Kan. He is the son of Mayme Tattoo Wise and Glen Wise and the grandson of the late Morris Tattoo Sr. and Viola and Larry Wood.
The American Legion Post 22 will be conducting their meetings on the last Tuesday of every month. These meetings will be held at 7 p.m. in the Homestead Inn conference room.
Family Night at the Roosevelt County Library will be on Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. This month is our annual ornament night. Get in the holiday spirit and join us for an evening of ornament making and fun. You’ll have your choice of making up to four different kinds. The night will be capped off with the singing of Christmas carols. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact the Roosevelt County Library staff at 653-2411.
Please join family and friends of Frank and Doris Whitmus Jr. In celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary Saturday, November 30 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Vida School House Vida, MT
It’s A Girl
Briana Lee Vandall was born Nov. 12 at 8:40 a.m. at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow to Kaytlin Nation and Michael Vandall of Poplar. She weighed eight pounds, two ounces and was 20 inches long. She joins two sisters, Layla and Vanessa Vandall.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:51
Written by The Herald-News
Fort Peck Community College will be holding GED testing and instruction on both their Poplar and Wolf Point campuses in November.
In March of this year, the Board of Public Education supported a recommendation from Superintendent Juneau to enter into a contract with Educational Testing Service to develop a new Montana High School Equivalency Exam, HiSET, to replace the GED test.
Dec. 21 will be the last day for GED testing in Montana as the state moves to the new HiSET exam. Beginning Jan. 2, test takers will be able to combine individual GED subject test scores from 2002 to 2013 with HiSET scores if they are unable to complete all five sections of the GED test in 2013.
Test takers should contact the testing centers nearest them to find out the last testing date in their area for the GED.
Test takers can find Montana-specific information, test preparation materials and practice tests and schedule an appointment at: http://hiset.ets.org.
Registration and testing will be held in the War Eagle Vision Building, located below the library, on the Poplar campus Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Wolf Point campus, also known as the Dumont Center, will be holding registration and testing Nov. 26 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Applicants are required to bring a photo I.D. for registration and testing or they will not be allowed to take the test.
The initial cost of the test is $55. Students can retake different portions of the test such as writing for $14, and science, social studies, reading and math for $7 each. Tribal members should contact Rhonda Mason at 768-6345. The Fort Peck Tribes Education Department will pay for tribal members test and retakes.
GED instruction at the Poplar campus will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the South Room of War Eagle Vision Building Learning Center. Students can contact the volunteer instructors: Elder Watchman and Elder Meraz, at 647-7831 or contact Student Support Services at 768-6345.
GED instruction at the Wolf Point campus will be in Room 103, every Tuesday and Friday; from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students can contact volunteer instructors Elder Villejo and Elder Mamea at 653-3900.
Resources for GED review and information can be found at www.khanaacademy.org. Information on testing can be found at bpe.mt.gov/default.mcpx.
Anyone who would like more information should contact Mason or Paula Firemoon at 768-6331.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:30
Written by Jaimee Green, NEMHS
The Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation’s Festival of the Trees began last year as an event to support the foundation in raising funds for the hospitals of NEMHS.
Additionally, it’s also a festive addition to the holiday lineup of events taking place in Wolf Point during the Christmas season.
“The foundation would love to see this event grow to become a significant holiday tradition in our community, with adults and children coming to see the beautifully decorated trees that are donated and sponsored by individuals and businesses,” said Beth Pickthorn, executive director for the foundation.
This year, talented local designers and volunteers will again transform the former Bryan’s building on Main Street into a winter wonderland of exquisitely decorated Christmas trees that will be drawn for at the end of the evening. The proceeds from the fundraiser drawing will benefit the foundation and the hospitals of Poplar and Wolf Point.
The foundation has received over a dozen trees and wreaths from businesses, organizations and individuals that will be part of the display and raffle event. Those who donated an entry will have their tree or wreath displayed with their name on it and have their names recognized in the local newspaper as a charitable sponsor.
Donated entries should to be ready for setup anytime between Nov. 22 and Dec. 4.
Tis the season of giving and this year the foundation has added one more specialty to their event. This year there will be a toy drive with a “Giving Tree” set up at the Festival of Trees. The foundation encourages the public to assist them in gathering gently used or new, unwrapped toys and items.
Once collected, they will be given to the local Child Family Services office for Roosevelt County. Ages for items range from zero to 17 years.
“As a group, the board members of the NEMHS Charitable Foundation wanted to give back to the community this Christmas. Our mission statement is “Bridging Healthcare and Community” and what better time to do that than Christmas. We would like to spread joy with a toy to every child” said Rosie Kurokawa, vice chairperson for the NEMHS Charitable Foundation.
This holiday extravaganza is held in conjunction with the City of Wolf Point’s Christmas “Parade of Lights” held on Friday, Dec. 6. It will offer a fun-filled kaleidoscope of holiday sights, sounds and scents, you won’t forget. There will also be an opportunity to have photos taken with Santa. Photos will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. with ticket sales and toys for the Giving Tree starting at 1 p.m. that same day.
Nemont is once again donating their photography services to the foundation. The foundation would like the community to know that Nemont does not benefit financially from these photos, but that the fee for the Santa photo assists the foundation in reaching their yearly charitable goals.
The decorated trees will be on window display downtown for people to see the week before the parade.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:29
Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point School District board of trustees held a meeting Nov. 12 to discuss several items.
Southside School Recovers From Fire, Broken Windows
During her administrative report, Southside Elementary School principal Susan Brown mentioned the Nov. 3 fire that took place in the building.
Brown said the windows that were damaged in the fire are boarded up, the air from inside of the building has been cleaned and the carpet that was damaged by the fire has been removed. Brown added that some technology items were ruined and she is looking for a carpenter to repair the outside of the school.
The cause of the fire is under currently under investigation.
In addition to the fire, 10 windows were broken at Southside School on Nov. 10. Police have cited a juvenile for criminal mischief.
Browns said the school is in the process getting new quote on the damaged carpet and windows.
Strader Resigns From Board
Wolf Point School superintendent Joe Paine read a letter from board member Glenn Strader, who resigned from his position on the board due to health issues.
In his letter, Strader wrote that he wants to enjoy his retirement from teaching, continue to work on an exercise plan and finish an online computer course. He thanked the board members for allowing him to serve on the board and said that he enjoyed learning how school boards work.
Strader’s resignation from the board leaves an open position. Board chairman Martin DeWitt said they will discuss the matter on the next agenda.
DeWitt announced that parent/teacher conferences started Nov. 11 and he hopes there will be an increase of parent involvement from the previous year.
Prior to Paine reading Strader’s letter, Patricia Toavs, Wolf Point Education Association president, said she had hoped for more participation for the blood draw and hopes the administration encourages more teachers to fill out the health form, which they can still do if they missed the blood draw.
Toavs also mentioned that Nov. 18-22 is American Education Week.
The board approved minutes for the regular meeting held Oct. 8 and the special meeting and the special meetings held Oct. 22 and Oct. 28. The board also approved warrant and register claims against the districts.
The board approved the purchase of industrial art supplies and equipment from Brodhead Garrett. Paine explained the funding for the supplies will come from the Carl Perkins Grant.
The board approved the bid from Wolf Point Glass/Sansaver Construction for a door replacement for Southside Elementary. Paine explained that one of the doors does not latch and will not close all of the way.
The board approved the hires of Shawn Boysun as a part-time facilities director and Mike Erickson and Wyatt Whitmer as adult education instructors. Erickson will be doing a crossfit adult program while Whitmer will be doing adult education for basketball. Both of these positions are paid for by the adult education program. The board also approved the hire of Ku’u-lkaika Koa’l Edmunson-Shook as a volunteer speech and drama coach.
The board approved the Yellowstone Ecology Project trip, which is scheduled for June 13-20. Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School principal Kim Hanks explained that funding is set aside to take 10 students and two adults to Yellowstone National Park. Hanks stated the explained there has been funding set aside to take 10 kids and two adults to Yellowstone National Park. Funding for the trip was paid for through Title 7.The purpose of the trip is for credit recovery.
Following her announcement about the damages to Southside Elementary building, Brown mentioned he National Relief Charities will come to the school, Nov. 19, and will donate a pair of shoes to every student and staff member. The school has also started implementing Student Data Notebook.
Brown said Southside began a Success For All Family Support Program, a schoolwide program to implements problem solving methods to help families.
Northside Elementary Principal Hannah Nieskens announced the school will host a family involvement holiday singalong with cookie and hot chocolate, Dec. 5.
In addition to the upcoming family event, Nieskens mentioned that MSU Bozeman Nursing students, under supervision of their professor, came twice to the school and presented health education projects. The nursing students also presented hearing and vision screenings.
During her report, Hanks mentioned the school is working on getting their quarter incentives complete. There were 39 junior high students that qualified for Honor Roll, three for Breakfast of Champions and 52 for Upward Bound. Hanks added that 60 high school students qualified for Honor Roll.
Hanks said the high school volleyball team finished their season at Divisionals, Nov. 7-8. She also mentioned that junior high girls’ basketball and boys’ wrestling have started.
In his report, Paine said the administration team met to develop a district-wide safety inventory. He said the team will prioritize needs and bring some of them to the board.
Paine said he visited all of the buildings and thought teachers parent-conferences went well.
The board motioned for adjournment. The next meeting will take place Dec. 10.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:22
Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point City Council held their monthly public meeting Nov. 18 in the city council chambers.
Special Committee Reports
After the council approved the minutes for the Oct. 12 regular meeting, Tory Matejovsky, of the Great Northern Development Corporation, announced that Jonathan Reed, developer for housing project, purchased the land and was getting everything filed and recorded before traveling to Helena to talk with Low Income Housing.
The developer will be available Thursday to finalize the closing of the deal. The GNDC has almost finished the home application, except for land appraisal.
City Council Election Results
Mayor Dewayne Jager announced the results for city council elections held, Nov. 5. Councilman Christopher Dschaak won the Wolf Point mayoral election.
Councilman Travis Braaten (Ward 1) and Rollie Paulsen (Ward 2) were reelected for four-year terms. Councilwoman Laurie Evans (Ward 1) was selected for an unexpired two-year term.
David Block (Ward 3) and Tina Speed (Ward 4) were elected as write-in candidates.
The new mayor and council members will be sworn into office on or before Jan. 1. With Dschaak taking the position of mayor, there will be a vacancy of his seat (Ward #) on the city council.
According to the airport committee, Cape Air is scheduled to begin service Dec. 10.
The Assiniboine and Sioux Rural Water Supply easements are in for review for the city and county. Roosevelt County Deputy Attorney Jordan Knudsen is curretly looking at the documents.
The airport committee is also in the process of drafting a grant application for the drainage project. After the drain tile was installed for the new runway, water began seeping through underneath the runway. Public works director Rick Isle explained the issue is waterfoul wanting to land close to the runway, which could damage the airplanes.
Jager announced that Joe Paine had spent the weekend painting over the graffiti in Borge Park. The mayor asked the Wolf Point Police Department to heavily patrol the area.
In light of the recent vandalism at Southside Elementary School, Jager asked WPPD Chief Jeff Harada to have the department patrol around the schools.
Paulsen brought up the police and animal control monthly activity report. In the report, Harada wrote that Scott Swain resigned as animal control officer; however the Pound Puppies group is assisting with animal adoptions.
When Harada was asked about the cross-deputization program, he noted that he attended a cross-deputization meeting with other agencies from Valley and Roosevelt counties, the City of Poplar, Montana Highway Patrol and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. Harada mentioned that two-thirds of the tribal police have been commissioned for cross-deputization.
In regards to the blight cleanup, Harada said he spoke with the tribal prosecutor’s office, who referred him to the tribal health safety officer. The WPPD will show the officer several locations around the city.
The council approved the authorization to hire Noberto Aguilar as solid waste maintenance worker II.
The council approved Swain’s resignation as animal control officer, effective Nov. 7. The council also approved the authorization for city clerk/treasurer Marlene Mahlum to advertise for the open animal control officer position and the two open maintenance workers II positions.
Mahlum presented her monthly activity report. She announced the city received another payment of oil severance money. The council approved the treasurer’s cash report for October and the financial reports for September and October.
The council approved the interlocal agreement between the city and Roosevelt County for using the county’s attorney office for legal services to the city, effective Dec. 1. The agreement is subject to approval from the Roosevelt County Commissioners.
Knudsen explained if the county commissioners and city officials have a conflict on an issue, the county attorney’s office is forced to represent the county in the conflict.
If the agreement is approved by the commissioners, it will be effective until June 2014. Jager welcomed Knudsen to the city council and said it is nice to have legal representation at the council meetings.
Public Works Report
Isle presented his monthly report, noting that city maintenance has been trimming trees to prevent the same trouble they had last winter with snow removal.
The council approved the claims and payroll.
The next regular city council meeting will take place Dec. 16.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:11