Written by Herald-News
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.”
Written by Jaimee Green
From tee-off to dinner, the Northeast Montana Health Services' Charitable Foundation annual benefit golf tournament was a success. The event took place on June 28 at the Wolf Point Airport Golf Club. The windy weather didn’t stop 18 four-person teams from participating in the day-long tournament. The annual competition helped to raise money for the NEMHS Emergency Medical Services Department.
"We are so appreciative of the support we receive from our community which enabled us to host another successful golf tournament. It assists us to reach both our mission and our annual goals for funding the added medical needs of NEMHS," said Rosie Kurokawa, foundation vice chairperson.
Nemont sponsored the complimentary menu that was offered throughout the day and 15 additional sponsors made it possible for the foundation to offer a variety of skilled hole prizes and games around the course for everyone’s enjoyment.
A game of chipping was held, in which golfers bought chances to hit their golf balls into a floating raft in the pond. Nine golfers were lucky enough to secure a ball into the raft for a chance to enter the final chip-off at the end of the tournament. The winner of the pool in the Pond Chipping Contest was Easton Copenhaver, who received a 47” LED TV.
In the last 2½ years, the foundation has raised a total of $65,000 to go towards the purchase of a 4D Ultrasound/Echocardiogram machine. Because of community donations received through events, memorials and sponsorships, the foundation has been able to fulfill their committed pledge in a short period of time.
Now, in 2014-2015, their focus is geared toward raising money for the EMS Department.
One needed item is Lifebook laptop computers situated in each ambulance. The laptops would be connected to vital monitors which would transmit essential health information in real-time to the emergency room providers via wi-fi capabilities. In doing so, the hospital personnel could observe and identify the patients cardiac and other system functions before they arrive through the ER door. The emergency room provider would be able to give the EMT’s further instructions for patient care while en route, and potentially, be able to contact a provider at a higher-level-of-care facility if air emergency flight is required. This will save critical time and ensure better outcomes for patients in life-threatening situations.
Two Stryker battery- powered cots are also needed to help ensure emergency personnel can lift patients safely. Risk of injury to the spine can be a recurrent issue for medical personnel. Battery packs allow the cot to be raised and lowered with a touch of a button. Patient care and safety can be better accomplished with a cot that can be powered to make each transition smooth in any weather situation or terrain.
Total cost for the two computers and two cots is close to $30,000. All proceeds from the golf tournament and other foundation events will go directly toward this purchase.
“A successful tournament such as this really helps us achieve our yearly goal,” said Beth Pickthorn, foundation executive director.
Overall winners of the tournament were:
First gross: Easton Copenhaver, Nolan Harris, Keith Higgins and T’Elle Evans.
First net: Walter Smith, Kurt Smith, Sam Smith and Jared Smith.
Second net: Brock Copenhaver, Lee Loendorf, Kelsey Haugo and Erin Fosland.
Third net: Jordan Smith, Roxann Smith, Judy Ogle and Arnie Bighorn.
Wildcard: Jay Kirk, Chris Dschaak, Mike Fox, Lawrence Zazzo.
Written by Herald-News
The Bushwackers, the Circle Rifle Club’s junior competition shooting team, traveled to Grand Island, Neb., to participate in the 4-H national shooting sports completion June 24-29.
They had qualified for this event with their placements at the state three position competition in Boze-man earlier in the year. Team members Chase Breitbach, Emily Richardson, HaYoon Rush and Tio Brody along with coach Perry Breitbach joined 43 other youths from across Montana at the match. Archery, pistol, black powder, shotgun and rifle teams were there from 34 states.
The first day of competition was Metallic Silhouette. This was the weakest event, and it proved to be even more challenging than anticipated. They finished 17 out of 18 teams.
The second day was CMP rim fire sporting class, another event they had never competed in. However in spite of that, they finished fourth winning ribbons and a place on the stage. They missed third-place medals by one point.
Breitbach finished 12th, Richardson and Brody finished in a 16th place tie and Rush placed 28th out of 77 shooters.
The third day was NRA three position. Brody finished in 10th place out of 77 shooters, which earned him a ribbon and a place on the stage. Richardson placed 12th, Breitbach 13th and Rush 22nd. The team won bronze medals for a third- place finish.
The shooting team also toured the Hornady bullet manufacturing factory.
The Bushwackers are sponsored by Ron and Denise Hinther, Russell and Paula Pederson, Forsyth Rifle and Pistol Club, Mike Gibbs, Trails End Rifle and Pistol Club, the McCone County 4-H Council and the Circle Rifle Club.
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point’s Deshon Smoker-DeWitt beats the tag and is safe at third during the Hi-Line District Tournament. The second photo is Wolf Point’s Bryor Smith is safe at second in this collision with a Glasgow FES player in the opening game. There are a few others photos from the tournament. (Photos by John Plestina)
The Wolf Point Mosquitoes finished the 2014 Babe Ruth baseball season at the Hi-Line District Tournament Friday through Sunday, June 20-22, at Burke Field in Wolf Point.
The six-team, double-elimination tournament included the Mosquitoes and teams from Culbertson, Scobey, Plen-
tywood and two from Glasgow.
Scobey beat Plentywood 13-3 in the championship game for the title.
Wolf Point lost to Glasgow FES 12-6 Friday and to Plentywood 15-5 Saturday, eliminating the Mosquitoes from the tournament.
Wolf Point head coach Bruce Knerr remained optimistic.
“It was a good year. We’re young,” he said, of the team that has mostly 13- and 14-year-old players.
“There’s a lot to teach,” Knerr said.
Four Wolf Point players are 15 years old and will age out of the Babe Ruth program.
“Nine are coming back. The pitching staff will be six deep. I’m expecting a good year next year,” Knerr said.
Results Of All Games
Game 1 — Plentywood 10, Culbertson 9.
Game 2 — Glasgow FES 12, Wolf Point 6.
Game 3 — Scobey 7, Plentywood 3.
Game 4 — Glasgow FES 8, Glasgow Coke 7.
Game 5, losers’ bracket — Plentywood 15, Wolf Point 5.
Game 6, losers’ bracket — Glasgow Coke 13,
Game 7, semifinal —
Scobey 10, Glasgow FES 0
Game 8, losers’ bracket semifinal — Plentywood 14, Glasgow Coke 3.
Game 9, losers’ bracket final — Plentywood 19, Glasgow FES 7.
Game 10, championship game between winner of semifinal and losers bracket winner — Scobey 13, Plentywood 3.
Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point Mosquitoes are ready for the Babe Ruth District Tournament that will be held at Wolf Point’s Burke Field, Friday through Sunday, June 20-22. Pictured are (front row, from left to right) Nick Page, Bryor Smith, Deshon Smoker-DeWitt, Karson Wortman, Trevor Bushman, and Raymond Knerr, (back) coach A.J. Allen, Jeremiah Paine, Zeke Zimmer, Dillon Wetsit, Chevy Boos and coach Bruce Knerr. Not pictured are Raymin Keiser, Xander Little Thunder, Sander St. Marks, Orlando Young and Boy Youngman. (Photos by John Plestina)
Wolf Point catcher Deshon Smoker-DeWitt tags out a Glasgow FES player at the plate during the first game.
Wolf Point will host the Hi-Line Babe Ruth District Tournament Friday through Sunday, June 20-22.
Six teams including the Wolf Point Mosquitoes and teams from Culbertson, two from Glasgow, Scobey and Plentywood will participate in the double-elimination tournament. Four games are scheduled for Friday night, four Saturday and two Sunday. The Mosquitoes (3-6, 4-14) are going into the tournament.
FES At Wolf Point
The Mosquitoes hosted Glasgow Farm Equipment Sales for a doubleheader Sunday, June 15.
FES took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the first game of the doubleheader and kept going from there, adding two more runs in the second inning and another in the third. The 5-0 FES lead stood until Deshon Smoker-DeWitt scored for Wolf Point in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Mosquitoes added one more run in the sixth. A seven-run seventh and final inning sealed the deal for a 12-2 FES win.
The first game of doubleheaders counts toward district standings and tournament seeding.
The Mosquitoes had an early 5-0 lead in the second game that eroded to a 5-4 lead in the second inning. FES took a 7-5 lead in the third inning and went on to win 14-5.
“We started good. We were up 5-0. [FES] shut the gate on the pen,” Wolf Point head coach Bruce Knerr said.
“We’re super young,” Knerr said of the Mosquitoes, which are largely 12- and 13-year-olds.
“We have nine kids coming back next year. No other team has that many coming back,” he said. Fifteen is the maximum age for Babe Ruth Baseball. “They’re young. They’re competitive.”
Knerr noted that the Mosquitoes have beaten Scobey, which is the best team in the district.
During a previous doubleheader with FES that was played at Glasgow, Wolf Point lost both games after taking leads. The Mosquitoes recently split a doubleheader with the Oilers at Culbertson.
Plentywood visited Wolf Point for a doubleheader Monday, June 16. The results were not made available.