Wolf Point Herald

Takes First At Hell Creek Walleye Tournament

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Jordan Dasinger and Kris Keller took first place at the Hell Creek Walleye Tournament July 26-27 with 39.26 pounds of walleye. Others placing included Clint Thomas/Layne Thomas, 34.44, second; Greg Carstens/Brad Carstens, 33.13, third; Doug Quast/Cody Martinez, 28.76, fourth; Wendi Ross/Stacey Montgomery, 28, fifth; Todd Dooley/Randy Hurst, 27.89, sixth; Kyle Vine/Tyler Vine, 26.69, seventh; Bill Dasinger/Bridger Dasinger, 26.26, eighth; and Ron McNary/Jerome Papineau, 26.24, ninth.

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Circle Shooters Win Medals In Billings

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Members of the Circle Rifle Club practice readying themselves to participate in the Big Sky State Games in Billings.   (Submitted photo)


Eleven members of the Circle Rifle Club traveled to the Big Sky State Games in Billings, Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19.
All were shooting in the smallbore and air rifle events.
The events were: smallbore three position, 60 shot; smallbore prone, 40 shot; air rifle three position, 30 shot; and air rifle standing, 40 shot. Air rifle is further broken into precision class, and sporter class.
Medal winners were: Abby Belus, two gold, one silver; Anica Wagner, three gold, one silver; Angie Belus, coach, two gold; Cassi Wagner, two gold; Chase Breitbach, two gold, two silver; Emily Richardson, one gold, one silver; HaYoon Rush, two gold, two bronze; Lucas Shefflebine, one bronze; Perry Breitbach, coach, one gold, one bronze; Shelby Breitbach, two gold, one bronze; Tio Brody, two gold, two silver.
The following shooters won a medal in each event entered. Chase Breitbach, Abby Belus, Angie Belus, Perry Breitbach, Tio Brody, HaYoon Rush, Anica Wagner and Cassi Wagner.
The total medal count for the event was 19 gold, six silver and five bronze.
The day before leaving for Billings, the club received six Anschutz air rifles through a grant from Friends of the NRA.

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Governor's Cup Winners

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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

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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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