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Listings for high school sport- ing events, plus public events that are free to anyone and aren't fund-raisers or aren't family or business invitations, can be pub- lished free of charge in this col- umn Billings County School Board work session at DeMores School, 5 p.m., Monday, April 23. The purpose of the session is to discuss policy changes, open enrollment and tuition waiver guidelines, staff housing con- cerns, bus routes and other issues. No decisions will be made or action taken at this session. Billings County School Board special meeting, 5 p.m., Friday, April 27, at DeMores School. The board is to act on the first reading of new and amended policies. Billings County School Board and teaching staff meeting, 5:30 p.m.. Friday, April 27. at DeMotes School: a supper is planned, followed by contract negotiations. Belfield Zoning Board meet- ing, 7 p.m., April 23, council room at City Hall, proposed amendments to the Belfield Zoning Ordinance will be dis- cussed. High school track meet, Bowman County Booster, Bowman, 3 p.m., April 26. High school track meet, Badlands Conference, location to be announced, 1:30 p.m., May 3. Matt Gerving and Lucas Buchholz act in another haunted house scene, (Courtesy Photo) riest By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter The senior class of Beach High School will be performing the comedy, "Scariest Play - Ever!" on Sunday, April 22. and Monday, April 23. beginning at 7 p.m. The play will be held at Lincoln Elementary School. Beach. "The kids have been working hard. which is particularly difficult as most of them are in track, golf. drama or FBLA, which keeps them busy," said Diane Szud ra. the play's director. The play tells of movie produc- er, C.C. Bellows. who is looking for a new horror film. and five directors are waiting to pitch their ideas. Bellows knows that audi- ences only really like what they've seen before, so each of the direc- tors has tweaked a famous horror film for him. "The Calamityville Horror" tells the story of a family that Play (Continued on Page 8) in By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter The Beach City Council earlier this month decided to increase the fine for trucks operating off the truck route to $100. The council has been discussing making changes to the route. But meanwhile it's known that some trucks that are too heavy for city streets have been found off of the route, said City Auditor Kim Nunberg. The result can be street damage, and it's a safety issue if trucks are being driven off of the route, said Nunberg. A part of the problem may be that truckers are driving their trucks to the places where they are living in town. Other issues the city has been dealing with: Cagle to perform in August By Jane M. Cook Reporter The Spirit of the West Committee has announced its headline performer for this sum- mer's celebration will be Chris Cagle. Cagle will be performing Saturday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. at the Golden Valley County Fairgrounds. with the gates sched- uled to open at 7 p.m. Cagle was born in Louisiana, and after moving to Texas with his family while in grade school, had taken piano lessons in high school before switching to guitar. He later began performing in nearby nightclubs in Texas, according to his biography. Cagle moved to Nashville in 1994, and for the next five years worked odd jobs while working on his music career. While work- ing at a restaurant, he was discov- ered by an agent of the newly- formed Nashville division of Virgin Records, and was signed to a recording deal with the label in 2000. Cagle made his debut on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) with the single "My Love Goes On and On," the first single from Chris Cagle his debut album "Play It Loud." The album also produced the top 10 hit "Laredo," and "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out," his number one hit. "Play It Loud" followed in 2002 and was released on Capitol Records. Also a gold album, it produced the hits "What a Beautiful Day" and "Chicks Dig It." His third album followed in 2005, and a fourth album, titled "My Life's Been a Country Song" was released in 2008, with its leadoff single, "What Kinda Gone," peaking at three on the country music charts in early 2008. After exiting Capitol in 2008, he signed with Bigger Picture Music Group in 2011. By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter An oil drilling company was recently penalized $3,500 for its role in a July 24, 2011, oil and gas well explosion north of Sentinel Butte. The proposed penalty for Cyclone Drilling Inc. of Gillette, Wyo., was $7,000, but it was changed to the lesser amount after the matter was re-evaluated, accord- ing to a settlement agreement reached earlier this year involving Cyclone and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Three workers received burns in the explosion. Jeff Morton had sec- ond- and third-degree bums cover- ing his arms. Andrew Rohr had sec- ond- and third-degree bums over 80 percent of his body, and Timothy Bergee had second- and third- degree burns covering nearly 70- percent of his body, according to a statement that a Texas attorney, Robert Hilliard, released in August 2011. Cyclone "did not adequately monitor and control underground well activity during the drilling process that could release potential- ly high levels of explosive gases and liquids following the unexpect- ed failure of swell packers during the process of laying the drill string," the settlement agreement ~id. A feasible and acceptable means would be to revise and extend well control and monitoring procedures through the process of laying drill string. A drill string is a column, or string, of drill pipe that carries drilling fluid. Several factors are taken into consideration when a penalty is pro- posed, said Tom Deutscher, OSHA's area director for North Dakota and South Dakota. OSHA rules describe four types of violations: serious, with $7,000 maximum per violation; willful, with $70,000 maximum per viola- tion; repeat, up to $70,000 maxi- mum per violation, depending on how many times they repeated; and other, $7,000 maximum per viola- tion, which is usually associated with paperwork or lesser type con- ditions, said Deutscher. Penalties can also be adjusted according to factors such as the number of employees a company has and its history. Patrick Hladky, president of Cyclone, who signed the settlement agreement for the July 2011 explo- sion, couldn't be reached for imme- diate comment on Monday. Jeff Moron, Andrew Rohr and Winnie Rohr have a lawsuit pend- ing against eight oil companies, excluding Cyclone Drilling, in Northwest District Court in Williams County in connection with the 2011 incident in Goldeti Valley County. Reportedly, Cyclone Drilling was already part of a Workforce Safety & Insurance claim, and therefore is not a part of the District Court case. The Golden Valley News and Billings County L icn were unable to determine the connection between Andrew Rohr and Winnie Rohr as of press time. Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in a prepared statement that it has cited Cyclone Drilling with two repeat, five serious, and one other than serious violation of safety and health standards for exposing workers on an oil drilling rig to electrical, fire and fall haz- ards, among others, in an oil field near Ray. Proposed penalties total $65,600. Cyclone Drilling was inspected under the OSHA Bismarck Area Office's Problem Solving Initiative. which aims to prevent injuries and fatalities while also raising the safe- ty and health awareness of employ- ers in the oil drilling and construc- tion activities of North Dakota's western region, according to OSHA. The repeat violations allegedly include exposing employees to a potential 26-foot fall hazard as they worked on the drilling floor next to an open V-door, the area where drill pipe sections are brought onto the drilling floor, and a nonfunctional Explosion (Continued on Page 8) in - Single family homes being used as residences for multiple people. "That's something we're trying to get a grasp on," said Nunberg. "They have no place to go." Nunberg said it would be possible to issue a citation for violations of the zoning code, but on the other hand the city wants to work with new residents. - There has been an increase in the weight of garbage that the city has been handling. It's believed that people are bringing in garbage from outside of the city and placing it dumpsters. The result is increased disposal costs for the city. Trash from outside of the city can be dis- posed of by the city, but those bring- mg in the garbage are asked to pay for the disposal. - There are more stray animals in the city. A city ordinance requires people to have their pets licensed. They should have their pets vacci- nated for rabies first, and bring a copy of the rabies vaccination paper- work to City Hall so that a license can be issued. The license cost is $6 if the animal is spayed or neutered. and $10 if it is not. When pets are not licensed it's difficult to locate their owners, and having animals put down comes with a cost to the city. Awelcome sight : A thundershower on April 12 brings some welcome rain tothe area. Above, a vehicle drives by on Central Avenue in Beach. (Photo by Richard Volesky) Child To It's never too early to start teaching children good savings habits. One of the best ways is to help your child open a savings account. Teach your children how to save money when they are young and they will thank you when they get olden