Wolf Point Herald

Governor's Cup Winners




Governor's Cup No. 1

Monica Reuter and Jesse Reuter, of Sidney, were the first place finishers in the 2014 Governor's Cup walleye tournament held at Fort Peck Lake, Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12. The Reuters recorded 30.55 pounds on the first day and 13.5 on the second day for a total weight of 44.05 pounds and $10,825 in prize money.

(Photos by Darla Downs)

Kyle Vine, of Vida, and Colby Tocnetti, of Bismark, N.D., finished in second place in the Governor's Cup, with 15.74 pounds of walleye on the first day and 26.3 on the second for a total weight of 42.04 pounds and $8,150 in prize money.

Marvin Johnson, of Fort Peck, and Donald Johnson, of Great Falls, were the third place finishers in the Governor's Cup. with 11.06 pounds recorded on the first day and 26.11 on the second day for a total of 37.17 and $4,900 in prize money.

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Brothers Play On Glasgow Legion Teams



Markell Blount (left) and Korbin Blount-Cole


Brothers Markell Blount and Korbin Blount-Cole, of Frazer, are the only players from the Wolf Point area on the Glasgow Reds Legion Baseball teams.
Blount is going to be a senior at Wolf Point High School this fall. He plays for the Reds A Team, which begins the district tournament in Sidney as No. 1 seed against the Miles City Mavs, Wednesday, July 23, at 10 a.m.
Blount-Cole, a student at Frazer High School, plays on the Reds B Team, which travels to Hamilton this week for the state tournament.
The first game will be Friday, July 25, at 9 a.m., against the Medicine Hat Majestics.
Both boys started practice with the Glasgow Reds program April 1 and have been playing games since mid-May.
They are the only enrolled Fort Peck Tribal members on the Glasgow teams.
The Wolf Point Yellowjackets have not been fielded Legion teams due to declining numbers. There is a possibility of reinstating the program next year.

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Missouri River Basin Runoff Above Normal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division reports runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, for the month of June was 8.3 million acre feet (MAF), 153 percent of normal. The 2014 runoff forecast is 33 MAF, 131 percent of normal. Average annual runoff is 25.2 MAF.
“June precipitation was generally above normal across much of the Missouri River Basin causing above normal runoff into the reservoirs.  The exception was the below normal precipitation in western and central Montana that contributed to lower than expected runoff into Fort Peck Reservoir,” said Mike Swenson, team leader in the Missouri River Basin Water Management Office.  “Repeated rains in the lower basin also increased tributary flows, below the system of reservoirs, resulting in lower releases from Gavins Point Dam.”
Dring June, releases from Gavins Point Dam were reduced to as low as 10,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). “Releases from Gavins Point were cut by 20,000 cfs to lessen flood risk downstream. Those reductions lowered peak river stages three to four feet in most areas,” explained Swenson. “Following the flood crest, releases have been gradually increased to 25,000 cfs to meet the navigation flow targets downstream, as the flood flows continue to recede.”  
The melting of the mountain snowpack is nearly complete. In the reach above Fort Peck Dam, 6 percent of the normal peak snowpack remains, and in the reach from Fort Peck to Garrison dams 3 percent of the normal peak snowpack remains. View mountain snowpack graphic here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/snow.pdf.
The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System is currently 60.5 MAF, occupying 4.4 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. “The reservoirs remain well positioned to capture additional runoff should further reductions in releases become necessary,” stated Swenson.
The Missouri River Mainstem System Master Manual sets the navigation service level for the second half of the season and the season length based on the July 1 system storage. The July 1 storage check called for an increase in the service level for navigation flow support, as well as a full, eight-month season.  “Flow support, which had been 3,000 cfs below full service from April to June, was increased to full service in July,” said Swenson.  Flow targets for the second half of the season will now range from 31,000 cfs at Sioux City, Iowa, to 41,000 cfs at Kansas City, Mo.  The increase in service level will provide a navigation channel 9 feet deep and 300 feet wide.   
The Corps will continue to monitor basin conditions and fine tune the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information.
Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 8,900 cfs in June.  Releases were cut from 9,000 to 7,000 cfs in early July.  Releases will likely remain near 7,000 cfs in July, but may be adjusted to provide adequate irrigation support below Fort Peck.  The reservoir ended June at elevation 2230.0 feet, up 1.7 feet.  The reservoir is forecasted to rise less than 1 foot during July.
Gavins Point Dam releases averaged 22,800 cfs in June, ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 cfs.  Releases will remain near the current rate of 25,000 cfs in early July, and will be adjusted, as necessary, to meet downstream flow targets as tributaries’ flows drop.  The reservoir behind Gavins Point Dam ended June at elevation 1206.8 feet.  The reservoir will remain near elevation 1206 feet during July.
Fort Randall Dam releases ranged from 2,000 to 27,000 cfs during June, averaging 19,000 cfs.  Fort Randall releases will be adjusted during July, as necessary, to maintain the desired elevation at Gavins Point Dam. The reservoir ended June at elevation 1356.9 feet, up 1.6 feet during the month.  The reservoir will remain near elevation 1357 feet during July.  
Big Bend Dam releases averaged 18,200 cfs during the month of June.  They are expected to average near 22,000 cfs this month. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420 feet during July.   
Oahe Dam releases averaged 19,300 cfs during the month of June.  Releases are expected to average 21,000 cfs this month.  The reservoir ended June at elevation 1612.4 feet, up 4.5 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to rise approximately 2 feet during the month of July.
Garrison Dam releases averaged 29,700 cfs in June.  Releases were reduced from 30,000 to 29,000 cfs in early July.  Releases will be reduced to 28,000 cfs around mid-July.  Garrison ended June at elevation 1845.2 feet, up 5.4 feet.  It is expected to rise about two feet during July.
The forecasted reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive.  Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation, or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.  
The six mainstem power plants generated 752 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity in June.  Typical energy generation for the month of June is 843 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 9.3 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the normal of 10 billion kWh.
To view the detailed three-week release forecast for the mainstem dams, go to: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/twregfcast.pdf.

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Flat Lake Road, Boat Ramp Closed At Fort Peck Lake

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Peck Project Office will be closing Flat Lake Recreation Area beginning Monday July 14, to accommodate paving of the Flat Lake Road.  
This closure will take effect at 7 a.m., and include public access to the boat ramp, camping facilities, and Flat Lake Pond.
Public access to Fort Peck Lake within the dam area will remain available at the Fort Peck Marina and Duck Creek Recreation Area.

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FWP, Anglers Work Together To End Illegal Fish Introductions

Montana fisheries officials and major statewide angling groups signed an agreement recently aimed at curbing the spread of illegal fish introductions into state waters.
The agreement includes a pledge from angling groups for an additional cash reward of up to $3,250 for information leading to the conviction of persons responsible for an illegal fish introduction.
"Since the 1980s, more than 500 illegal introductions have occurred in Montana lakes, reservoirs, ponds and rivers," said Bruce Rich, chief of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' fisheries division in Helena.
"The outlaw dumping of fish has caused irreparable harm to Montana waters and ruined several existing fisheries,” he said.
Rich said the rewards offered by Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana, Invasive Species Action Network, Montana BASS Nation, Montana Pikemasters, Montana Trout Unlimited, Montana Wildlife Federation, Walleyes Forever of Montana, and Walleyes Unlimited of Montana are intended to supplement the cash reward of up to $1,000 made available by FWP's 1-800-TIP-MONT violation report hotline.
The combined TIP-MONT and angling groups' rewards mean that a caller could receive as much as $4,250 for information.
Outlaw fish introductions, commonly called "bucket biology," displace existing fish, resulting in a loss of fishing opportunity.
"It's expensive and often impossible to remove illegally introduced fish," Rich said. "And it's difficult to catch these law breakers after the fact. That's why FWP is honored to enter this partnership with anglers and angling groups—the people who have the most to lose."
One of the hot spots for illegal introductions is northwestern Montana.  According to Mark Deleray, Region 1 fish manager in Kalispell, lakes in the Flathead Valley are of particular concern.
"We have seen illegal introductions of walleye, crappie and smallmouth bass in recent years," Deleray said. "We ask the public and people living on lakes to be especially observant of behavior that suggests someone is dumping fish."
In 1997, the Montana Legislature increased the fine for an illegal fish introduction to $5,000 and tacked on potential jail time. In 2011, lawmakers doubled the fine to $10,000.
Call 800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668) or visit fwp.mt.gov. Click "Enforcement," then click "TIP-MONT.”

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