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The Wolf Point Southside Elementary School’s Alta Care Program was awarded the Eastern Region Program of the Year. JaNell Knowles Good Iron and Ellen Sievers brought back the award from their training in Butte. Both Good Iron and Sievers work in the school to provide mental health services for students struggling in the classroom. They also work with other programs outside of the school. In addition to their work during the school year, Good Iron and Sievers run a summer program that uses cultural and community events to help children enhance their self-esteem and encourages them to participate in the community.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:56
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Each week, the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School chooses Students of the Week. The honorees for last week are Ronnel G. Santos and Darnell Yazzie.
Santos, 14, an eighth- grader, was selected by the history and S.F.A classes as the Student of the Week.
He is the son of Nerissa and Patrick Walton. He has three siblings: Ranielle G. Santos, 15; Cameron Walton, 20; and Akeisha Earlyne Walton, 1. His role model is Youtube star Markiplier, his favorite teacher is Mrs. Hernandez and his favorite subjects are algebra and S.F.A. His hobbies are reading, gaming and music.
Yazzie, 15, a freshman, was selected by the Native American Studies. He is the son of Rolinda and Zane Lewis and has two siblings; Jaclynn, 12; and Myklynn, 9. His favorite teachers are all of them. His hobby is creating things in his mind. He wants to attend ITT Technical Institute and is interested pursing robotics and artificial intelligence as a career.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:52
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The Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture held their directors’ meeting, Oct. 16, at the Sherman Inn to discuss several items.
President Jeff Presser began the meeting by welcoming everyone present.
Larry Corns made the motion to approve the minutes of the Oct. 2 meeting. Jan Bryan seconded it and the motion carried. Bryan also made a motion to approve the outstanding bills. Travis Medlock seconded it and the motion carried.
Presser said he will be talking to public works director Rick Isle about cleaning up the highway. Bryan said the one of the main problems is the dirt along the highways that cannot be swept or removed.
Medlock also talked about touching up and revamping “Welcome to Wolf Point” signs.
Nicole Huber said she talked to Wolf Point High School teacher Mike McDonald and assigns community service hours the junior and senior classes. She said the project could be presented to his classes. Bryan said they will make a list of projects and present it to the class.
The chamber also presented several plaques to local businesses. They awarded the First Dollar Award to Western Precast, owned by David Bruce Knerr. They will also present plaques to Western Bank, Federal Credit Union, Frontier School and Hi-Line Wholesale for their years of service to the community. .
The chamber is also seeking volunteers to help at the Volleyball District 1C Tournament, Nov. 1-2, at Wolf Point Junior/High School. The chamber will be working with the Lions Club and high school clubs at the event.
Medlock asked if he could change the marquee outside of the Elks Club to advertise the volleyball tournament and the Wolf Point Museum’s Annual Wine Tasting, Art Auction and Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser Nov. 8.
In addition, the chamber also discussed upcoming events the Christmas Parade, the Town-Wide Open House and the Parade of Lights.
The chamber also named new directors for committees: Presser and Huber for stadium; Clint and Arlyss Long for Stampede; Bryan, Keri Sansaver and Larry Corns for events; Medlock and Nathan Lee for website development; Jerald Petersen, Lee and Presser for tournament; Medlock, Huber and Kelly Cranford for beautification; Peter-sen, Medlock and Bryan for fundraising/bed tax; and Sansaver, Corns and the chamber executive secretary for community relations.
Presser suggested it would be good for committees to meet regularly in addition to the directors’ meeting. He also suggested it would be good to bring other community members into the committees.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:14
Written by Al Stover
The Fort Peck Tribes Family Violence Resource Center, at 629 Seventh Ave. S. in Wolf Point, held an ice cream social Oct. 18 in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
According to Patti McGeshick, director of the resource center, the event was to raise awareness about domestic violence and the mental effects on children who witness abuse.
In addition to the ice cream, staff members were on hand to answer questions. The resource center also provided information relating to domestic abuse.
McGeshick said the social was also about bringing the community together. Volunteers from around the city came to help at the event.
Advocates And Volunteers
The resource center offers emergency services to victims of physical, psychological, economic and sexual abuse.
Helen Belcher, volunteer advocate at the resource center, said it is important to raise awareness about domestic abuse because people are quiet about it and by raising awareness it allows victims the chance to get help.
“It gives victims a chance to talk to someone about it,” Belcher said. “These young girls in relationships do not realize that a boyfriend’s abusive behavior is not normal behavior.”
The role of an advocate is to assist the police with emergencies and take care of the victim, male or female, Native or non-Native, and make sure they are safe and healthy.
Advocates at the resource center also help with restraining orders and transport victims to an emergency shelter at an undisclosed location. They also transport victims to long-term shelters at another branch and develop safety kits for victims.
There are 10 to 12 volunteers who work during the week and weekend emergency services.
Counseling For Children
Michelle Trottier is a forensic intimate and crisis counselor. She works with tribal criminal investigators, as well as state and federal law enforcement.
Trottier also works with victims of child abuse and neglect and will sometimes do interviews and conclusions and recommendations to courts and monitor a child’s progress before, during and after a trial through counseling or home visits.
She also accompanies sexual abuse victims to medical exams to reduce trauma and advocates resources for victims and non-offending family members in an upcoming trial.
In addition to helping victims, Trottier goes out to the schools and does mandatory reporting for staff. She coordinates with the school on safe and unsafe touching presentations for grades kindergarten through five.
Trottier said by educating children they will be knowledgeable on what is safe and whom to tell.
“It lets them know they can call 911 no matter how young they are,” Trottier said.
Bruce Bauer is a compliance officer with the Fort Peck Assiniboibne and Souix Sex Offender Registry and SORNA Team. He and fellow officer Jeremy Christensen are in charge of monitoring all sex offenders convicted of any kind of sex crime on the Fort Peck Reservation.
The compliance officers keep offenders compliant with federal and state law. They also do random checks where offenders live and do reports on them.
The compliance officers have a memorandum of understanding with other agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service. Offenders have three days to get in contact with officers, even if they are from another state. They also have to comply with tribal and state law. When an offender registers on the reservation, they have to register for life.
Bauer said there are 89 registered sex offenders on the reservation and they do random checks on them at any time.
Bauer and Christiansen also update the offender’s information on the Fort Peck Tribal Court website. Transients must also fill out registration forms.
If an offender has not made contact, officers can call the marshals, who will issue a federal warrant and officers can arrest them.
Bauer also said compliance officers go to the schools and pass out a list of sex offenders in the area, along with their photos. They also alert the neighbors living around the residence of the offender.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:07
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The Wolf Point City Council held their regular meeting, Oct. 21, in the city council chambers.
During public comment, attorney Terry Toavs introduced himself and said he was here to present a couple of options for the city attorney position.
After the retirement of former Wolf Point city attorney Jerry Schuster, Toavs, who is also the Poplar City attorney, had been helping the city with civil matters until the city could recruit a new city attorney.
The Roosevelt County Attorney’s Office has served to prosecute city criminal cases through an inter-local agreement between the city and the county where the city contributes some of money to the county and the county commissioners would task the county attorneys with the criminal prosecutions for the city.
Toavs said he would be interested in continuing to work for the city in civil matters, but he said he would like to be more engaged with the city council and come to the council meetings. He would like to be hired on an hourly wage.
Roosevelt County deputy attorney Jordan Knudsen, representing the county attorney’s office, said the office would like to continue helping the city in criminal matters. He also said the county attorney’s office would be willing to assume the civil duties, through a similar inter-local agreement between the city and the county, if the city was interested.
Councilman Chris Dschaak asked Knudsen if the county attorney’s office had any idea of what it would cost for both criminal and civil matters.
Knudsen said he and county attorney Ralph Patch had discussed some options. He said because there was an increase in prosecuting criminals, there would need to be an increase in the compensation the city pays the county. In regards to civil work, Knudsen said Patch was in favor of an hourly fee; however, the office would also be willing to work for a flat fee. He also said both options would be negotiable.
Toavs suggested to the council they go with the county attorney’s office as it would be a cheaper option for the city. Knudsen said there would be similar rates with Toavs, but the county attorney’s office would be cheaper.
Mayor Dewayne Jager asked if they had a hardline number. Knudsen said they would have to double the current cost for $1,000 for criminal. He said Patch wanted to do a $200 per hour for civil, but the flat rate would be $1,000 for a total of $3,000.
Knudsen said there would be representation from the county attorney’s office at the city council meetings.
Dschaak asked if they could get some numbers brought to the council so they can start negotiations. Wolf Point Police Department Chief Jeff Harada urged the council to go to the Roosevelt County Courthouse and seek advice there. Knudsen invited the council to come to his office at any time.
Dschaak motioned to negotiate with the Roosevelt County Attorney’s Office for criminal and civil issues. Toavs said the city was doing the right thing and thanked them for being allowed to serve them in a limited capacity.
Jager asked the council members if any of them would like to sit on a special committee with him to negotiate with the attorney’s office. City clerk/treasurer Marlene Mahlum, Dschaak and Laurie Evans volunteered to go with Jager to the county attorney’s office.
Public works director Rick Isle said that Silver Airlines will end Dec. 9 and Cape Air will start service Dec. 10, meaning there will be no interruption of service.
Jed Kirkland said the Assiniboine Sioux Rural Water Supply combined four easements into one document. Kirkland also said once the company has finished adjusting the easements and it is acceptable, he will bring it to the board to be approved.
Isle said he will meet with the FAA to see what kind of grants are available to help with drainage issue at the airport.
Mahlum said the planning board had met to discuss the future land use map. She also said the mayor will solicit requests from citizento join the planning board. The board must be comprised of seven members: one city council representative, one city employee, one county representative, two city residents and two residents from outside the city limits.
Dschaak said they reviewed the cooperation agreement with the Fort Peck Housing Authority about fire protection for the housing area. He also said the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department celebrated their 100th Firemen’s Ball Oct. 12. He said they served dinner for between 175 to 190 people.
Although the total numbers have not come in, Dschaak said the fire department raised more money “than we could have ever imagined.” He said the depart ment was thankful for the generosity of the donors for making the event a success.
Judy Page read the Wolf Point Police Department’s report for September. She said the department issued 93 citations, which is 29 more than last September. Page also mentioned that officer Joey Olsen received excellent performance evaluations and high written test scores from the training staff at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in Helena. Olsen will graduate Dec. 6.
In regards to the street dance during Stampede weekend, councilman Craig Rodenberg said the streets and alleys committee met and they are proposing setting aside an area to clean up. They also said they were looking to draft a letter to go out to the tavern association, letting them know the requirements of the policy. Mahlum said that is in the development stage.
Dschaak said he talked to the tavern owners and, while they were accepting fault, they were not limiting the fault to themselves and that there are other vendors who sell food during the dance. He suggested they include all vendors in the policy.
Mahlum said some vendors go on private property to avoid paying a permit to sell food on public property. Dschaak said they may need to talk to the property owners. He suggested having a broad expectation of all vendors and said it’s better to charge everyone as a whole. Harada said the majority of the trash is not coming from the taverns, but instead coming from people bringing their own food and bottles.
Dschaak said if they put a broad expectation on the whole event, it’s better than targeting one group. Mahlum suggested charging all vendors and bars a fee for Stampede cleanup and then hire a crew to clean up the trash.
Mahlum presented monthly and quarterly activity reports. The council approved the treasurer’s cash report for September 2013 and the quarterly securities report.
Isle presented his monthly activity report. He said the city maintenance has cleaned up of a lot of patches in the city before the weather turns bad.
Mahlum reminded everyone it was flu and shot season.
The council approved the minutes for the special meeting Aug. 12 and the minutes for the regular meeting Sept. 16. They also approved the claims and payroll.
The next regular city council meeting will take place Nov. 18.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:05