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Thursday, June 29, 2006 Golden Valley News & Billings County Pioneer 5 Obituaries Tamala Curtis Tamela A. Curtis, age 47, of Wibaux, Montana, died on Thursday, June 15, 2006 in Wibaux. Memorial Services were held at 2:00 P.M Wednesday, June 21, 2006, in the Wibaux County High School Gymnasium in Wibaux. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Wibaux was entrusted with arrangements. Tamela was born January 7, 1959, "in Owasso, Michigan, a daughter of Robert Perkins and Audrey Bartlett. Tamela was raised and educated in Owasso. Tamela married William Curtis on April 30, 1996 in Wibaux, Montana. She has resided in Wibaux since 19941 Tamela was employed at the Wibaux County Nursing Home in Wibaux and at the Glendive Medical Center extended care in Glendive, Montana. She loved working with elderly and raising her (and everyone else's) grand- children. Tamela was very atten- tive to her parents and enjoyed when her extended family were all home. She especially" loved to-cook and spend time with her family. Tamela enjoyed collecting can- dles and knick knacks. She was a mother to many young people in the community of Wibaux and surrounding areas. She will be missed by many. Tamela was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert Perkins and one brother, Gary Bartlett. Tamela is survived by her hus- band, William Curtis of Wibaux; four sons, Faron Taylor II of Butte, Montana; Jesse Perkins of Beach, North Dakota; Johnathon Taylor of Wibaux and Zachary Curtis of Wibaux; one daughter, Sammi Reneau and her hus- band, Derek of Baker, Montana; her parents, Robert and Audrey Perkins of Wibaux; three broth- ers, Jim' Perkins of Arizona; Robert Perkins Jr. of Tampa, Florida; Tim Perkins and his wife Lacey of Baker; four sisters, Llonda Bebe and her husband, David-of Indian River, Michigan; Polly Babbitt and her husband, Murray of l~ederic, l~Iichigan; Brenda Laca and her husband, Jim of Miramar, Florida; and Shanna Perkins of Mancelona, Michigan; two special friends Julie Rogers and Marlene Bailey both of Wibaux. Remembrances and condolences maybe shared with the family at: www.silver- nale-silhafuneralh0me.com. Ethel Vivian Walker Ethel Vivian Walker, age 94, the State School for the Blind of Park Rapids, MN, formerly of and continued her teaching the Beach, ND area, passed away career in Portland, OR until her on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at St. - retirement in 1964. Joseph's Area Health Services in She was a devoted teacher Park Rapids. for over thirty years and loved Ethel was born on February working with children. 2, 1912 in Sentinel Butte, ND to After her retirement she Ernest and Martha Ann (Smith) moved to Park Rapids, MN to be . Walker. near her sister, Lottie McGrane She graduated from SentinelShe was a member of the Butte High School and then Seventh Day Adventist Church Dickinson Teacher's College. and enjoyed volunteering in the She taught elementary school church school. in various counties in western In 2001, Ethel was the first North Dakota before moving to resident in Heritage Manor Oregon where she received her Assisted Living Complex in Park teacher's degree from Monmouth Rapids. College in Oregon. She will be lovingly remem- She taught for two years atbered by her sister, Lottie McGrane and her brother, Joe Walker both of Park Rapids as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ethel was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Walter and Eugene Walker. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, June 23, 2006 at the Heritage Living Center Chapel in Park Rapids with Reverend Erik Galenieks officiating. Dr. Vern Erickson and Clair Erickson provided spe- cial music. Interment was at the Beach Community Cemetery in Beach, ND at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, June 26, 2006. ~11 I I I I I I I I ' l I I I I I I I I I I~ Golden Valley News and Billings Count Pioneer L l l ii l i i l i iiii l iiii i i l i i i i ill IS a By Lloyd Omdahl As the North Dakota Board of Higher Education contemplates the authority of its "chancel- loft' before the July 11 meeting, Chancellor Robert Potts would be well advised to be exploring all options. At its June meeting, the chancellor issued an ultimatum: North Dakota State University President Joseph Chapman gets in step or the Board should start negotiating for Potts departure. The roller coaster started when some Board member told a legislator with loose lips that Potts was on his way out. (Loose lips seem to be a pre- requisite for serving in the Legislature.) This comment was repeated to the media, forcing the Board to respond by giving Potts a vote of confidence. That was in May. In June, Bruce Christianson proposed that the Board respond to the Chapman ultimatum by amending the chancellor's contract to give him the neces- sary muscle to bring Chapman around, But the motion failed when a couple of other Board members expressed concern about grant- ing the authority. Potts then asked that the Board grant its president author- ity to negotiate for his departure. The Board left that proposal hanging. Christianson pointed out that there shouldn't be any question about who's in charge. It's the Board, he said, l~ecause the chancellor and the umversity presidents are all appointed by the Board. Well, that happens to be the @ crux of the problem. The Board has an unworkable chain of com- mand. Molding the institutions into a unified state system has been an elusive objective since the Board was created in the 1930s with a chief administrator carrying the title of"commis.sioner'. When the institutions contin- ued their independent ways, the Board decided to lower the boom in 1990 by declaring that higher education would be a one-univer- sity system headed by a strong administrator with the title of "chancellor". However, the authority neces- sary for a strong administra- tor was never delegated so the chancellor could be chancellor. In fact, he still looks very much like a commissioner. The Board is faced with a sim- ple truth. The chancellor can't be ~i chancellor if the presidents of the institutions are going to be appointed by the Board. The problem Potts is now hav- ing would be solved very quickly if he had the authority to hire and fire presidents. But that idea is frightening to the Board - and most of the people involved in higher educa- call 406-345-8925 tion. Vesting the chancellor with such authority would violate North Dakota's political culture. We are a state ofequals~ in or out of office. For validation of our egali- tarianism, we need only look at our executive and legislative branches of government where power is structured so that no one person - not even the gov- ernor - rises too high ann. ong the officeholders. Potts said that he was recruit- ed to be a strong chancellor. That is very likely true. He didn't know that we've been kidding ourselves about chancellors since the title was created. We want them to have the authority to manage the system but we don't want them to have the authority to manage the sys- tem. Ambivalent is the word. Because North Dakotans instinctively do not like concen- tratibns of authority, even when necessary, it would be logical to assume that the Board would rather have Potts leave than deal with the politics of giving him the authority to deal with wayward presidents. Potts has no political base; Chapman has the North Dakota State University, its alumni and the City of Fargo. 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