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lnszdei Sports .................. Page 2 Opinion ................ Page 3 Classifieds ............ Page 4 Legal notices ......... Page 6 Comics ................. Page 7 Sports action, page 2 Capitol notebook Greetings from your state Legislature as we reach crossover and are taking a short break from heating and voting on legislation. By the time you read this we will have started the second half of the session with hearings on bills that made it through their respective chambers. Some of the more interest- ing bills included allowing students to have guns in their college dorm room and build- ing a new veterans home in Lisbon. I generally support the gun bills but this came down to safety of other stu- dents. It's true that to have the gun in the first place they must have a concealed license per- mit, but it is also true that dorm rooms are not well pro- tected, that more than one stu- dent lives in one and that young people are emotional and can make mistakes. Add in alcohol and you could get a deadly combination. Full story on page 3. Conclusion of Region 7 High School Girls Basketball Tournament, Thursday, Feb. 26, Knights of Columbus Activities Center, Dickinson, TBA. Public meeting regarding Theodore Roosevelt National Park's draft elk management plan, 2-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, Medora Community Center. District 13 High School Boys Basketball Tournament, Feb. 27-28, March 2-3, at Dickinson State University, TBA. Girls Class B High School State Tournament, March 5-7, Grand Forks, TBA. Billings County Commission monthly meeting, courthouse, 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 4. Golden Valley County Commission monthly meeting, courthouse, 9 a.m., Thursday, March 5. Region 7 High School Boys Basketball Tournament, March 9-10 and 12, Knights of Columbus Activities Center, Dickinson, TBA. State wrestling action Above: Devin Steele wrestled his way to a seventh place finish. Below: Scorpio Fields entered the tournament unranked but finished in third place, (Photos by Jason Nordmark) Agency pushes for sixth alternative By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter MEDORA - Gov. John Hoeven and the N.D. Game and Fish Department (NDG&F) continue to push for a sixth alternative in any upcoming effort to reduce the num- ber of elk in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. In December, the National Park Service (NPS) released its draft Elk Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, which listed five alternatives for addressing the park's elk popula- tion. The herd is estimated at 900 animals. One of the Park Service's alter- natives involves volunteer sharp- shooters, who would help thin the herd. However, they would not be hunting for the elk, or keeping the meat from the animals. Federal law does not allow hunting within park boundaries, therefore such is not being considered among the NPS alternatives. The NDG&F plan would allow "certified volunteer sharpshooters" to remove elk from the park, and citizens who volunteer considerable time and expense to help the remove elk would keep a portion of the meat. "We have always believed that the elk are a resource of the state and therefore state citizens should be directly involved in the popula- tion management process inside park boundaries," Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand said in a prepared statement. "We have reviewed the EIS and do not sup- port lany of the options the Park Service is now considering because there is no alternative that allows qualified people a chance to partici- pate and keep a portion of the elk meat." Hoeven has personally dis- "We have always I believed that the I elk are a resurce [ I of the state and l therefore state citi- zens should be directly involved in the - population management process inside park boundaries." Terry Steinwand Game and FishDirector cussed the issue on several occa- sions with the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington D.C., in an effort to allow North Dakota hunters to participate, according to the NDG&F. The Game and Fish Department views the Park Service alternatives as too expensive, too complex and not sustainable over time, Steinwand said. "We believe the EIS should be amended to allow for the Game and Fish alternative," he added. He said they support con- gressional ation to change the law or agency policy so the NDG&F alternative can be included. Recently, both the North Dakota Senate and House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting the alternative prOmoted by Hoeven and developed by the NDG&F. A meeting regarding the draft plan is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. Agency (Continued on Page 8) Fire hall plans are being rewritten By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter Work toward a new fire hall in Beach seems to be back on track. Earlier this month, the Beach City Council returned the three bids it had received for the project because council members weren't happy with the designs. Council members had said the problem was that the plans didn't follow the council's wishes and that the build- ing was over designed without con- sidering practical cost constraints. Problems included specifications for an electrical panel that was oversized beyond what is needed, and there were questions about bonding requirements, among other issues. Since the council members did- n't agree with the plans on which the bids were based, they decided it would be better to not open the bids. The bids were returned to the bid- ders. An architect with the firm of Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson has been designing the building. City Auditor Kim Nunberg, in a recent report to the council, said she has since spoken with a KLJ man- ager about why the building's spec- Plans (Continued on Page 8) [ cog ized fo Winter taking!ts toll on wildlife .()Wl lan re n r North DakotaGame i reporting 75 percent fewer birds Department biologists indicate the than they did in the beginning of helping start national event By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter SENTINEL BUTTE A Sentinel Butte man helped mark the recent Silver Anniversary of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev. Rancher and cowboy poet Bill Lowman is among the event's founders. In 1985, folklorists from around the western states put together, after several years of research and groundwork, the first- ever gathering. "They sought to convene on the last week of January in the most remote cowboy country on the atlas to ensure that only the true working cowboys and cowgirls would attend," said Lowman. Elko, Nev., was chosen. The Western Folklife Center was then created at Salt Lake City by Hal Cannon and later moved to several Elko locations before finding a permanent home in downtown Elko, thanks to Western Folklife Center board member George Gund's gift of the three-story Pioneer Hotel, according to Lowman. Lowman (Continued on Page 8) final 4-6 weeks of winter will be critical to the health of the state's wildlife. "Depending on how the rest of the winter plays out, the cumulative impact could be significant," said Randy Kreil, wildlife chief. Reports of pheasant losses con- tinue, especially after the statewide rain experienced in early February. "Reports across the state vary from birds doing okay to areas with con- siderable losses," said Stan Kohn, upland game bird supervisor. "In some instances, landowners are winter." The Game and Fish Department receives phone calls on a regular basis from hunters inquiring about what this winter will mean in terms of pheasant hunting opportunities next fall. "We've even had people ask if we are going to lower the bag limit," Kreil said. "At this point it is far too early to make any such pre- dictions. We will closely monitor the results of the spring pheasant Wildlife (Continued on Page 8) First State Bank" Beach 872-4444 Golva 872-3656 Medora 623-5000 24 hr. ATM in Beach & Medora lobby Medora Hours: 9 a.rn. to 4 p.m lk Member FDIC I Get in the Game...Open your IRA today! A recent survey shows that 29% of adults in the United States are not saving for their retirement. With today's longer life spans, it's important to begin saving on a regular basic, as early as you can. Come in soon and visit with us about opening an Individual Retirement Account. When you open your IRA with us, it's FDIC insured up to $250,000.