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ILLINGS C OUNTf / i ..... L !?~.. C P~4 ~ ~.~ .IL) .-~ _ . :- 3EZ ~.! "Z THIS Y 1815: Napoleon is defeated at the Battle of Waterloo. 2000: Golfer Tiger Woods wins the lOOth U.S. Open by 15 strokes. the largest margin ever for a major golf tournament. I -~cial newspaper of Billings County, North Dakota USPS 056-180 Vol. 92, No. 39 Burning Hills singer Ken Quiricone of Stratford, Conn., shows one of the shoulder patches that the singers wear in tribute to Wade Westin, who had been a Medora Musical host and was the marketing and public relations director for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. (Photo by Jane M. Cook) Changes in tourist MEDORA - The weather coop- erated very well this year on June 11 in giving the media a nice day to enjoy one of North Dakota's most favorite sites to visit - Medora. Representatives from the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF), Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP), the Chateau deMores State Historic Site, Medora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame were on hand to greet members of the media and to inform them of the events that will be happening in and around Medora. Annette Schilling, marketing director for TRMF, welcomed the guests as they came in, along with intern Tyrel Brown from Miles City, Mont. 75 cents June 18, 2009 On parade Medora Mayor Doug Ellison and his wife, Mary Ellison, take part in the Flag Day and All- Horse Parade on Sunday, June 14, in Medora. (Photo by Richard Volesky) hotspot reviewed ' Se D rg nti By Jane M Cook MedoraMusical, which started 45 n. O an CO nues Reporter years ago. It began in 1958 as "Old Four Eyes," a dramatic play about Theodore Roosevelt's years inr~ H.. sh for elk alternative Dakota Territory. It was then ___ _ renamed in 1964 as "Teddy p, Roosevelt Rides Again," which was Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of TRMF, commented on the loss of some of the Medora mem- bers/leaders who had passed away, such as Harold Schafer, Rod Tjaden, and just recently, the sud- den death of Public Relations Director and "Gentleman" Wad~ -Wibaux 'Ski Festival, July Westin and how it had made him 3-5. wonder if Medora could continue without such strong leadership. But Medora always manages to move on, and will continue to do so. As one example, he cited the Public non-denominational worship service, Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora, 9:30 a.m, Sunday, June 21. Music will be performed by the Burning Hills Singers, Medora Coal Diggers along with special guest artists. Beach Centennial Celebration, July 29-Aug. 2. Quarterly meeting of Southwestern District Health Unit board, 1:30 p.m., Armstrong I, Elks Lodge, Dickinson, Thursday, June 18. The Belfield Senior Citizens Activity Club announces the fol- lowing schedule of events: June 21, 12:30 potluck. M- Z serving. June 29, 1 - 3 pan., bingo, pool; birthday party following. the forerunner to the Medora Musical. Opening night this year was one of the best, and rainouts average about three per season. Unfortunately, three rainouts have already occurred this year. But prospects are hopeful there won't be any more. Members of the media were invited to tour the newly renovated Rough Rider hotel. This past winter the frame was left up, but the inside was completely gutted. The inside was completely redone and a lounge was added, which hadn't been included in the previous build- ing. Three stained-glass windows were donated by Jim and Joanne Kack, former TRMF board mem- bers. The windows had once been in an old church in Duluth, Minn., and are antiques. One now adorns a por- tion of a wall that separates the lounge from the restaurant area. The other two will be put in at the front and registration desks. Now comprising the fireplace in Hotspot (Continued on Page 8) By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., says he has secured commitments for a "common-sense' solution for the elk population within Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Dorgan's office says he recently secured support for a solution not only fromthe secretary of the Department of the Interior, but also from the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the department. Dorgan brought up the issue of the elk herd at a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hear- ing. Dorgan told Secretary Ken Salazar that the National Park Service has mishandled the decision- making process for an issue that would have taken a much shorter time on which to reach a conclusion. "Can you help us get to a conclu- sion that just allows the federal gov- emment to get the elk herd thinned without spending federal money, and allows qualified hunters to come in and take the meat home?" Dorgan said. Salazar replied that he would work with Dorgan to find a "com- mon sense" solution to the issue. Elk (Continued on Page 8) TRNP to host fee free weekend Visitors will get free entrance into Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Father's Day weekend, June 20-21. The weekend is the first of three fee-free weekends offered in America's national parks this summer. "Due to tough economic times, the National Park Service is inviting people to come to the national parks for free in order to relax, have some fun, view wildlife, and learn more about the nation's history," said TRNP Superintendent Valerie Naylor. All national parks in the country will waive entrance fees on June 20- 21, July 18-19, and Aug. 15-16. There will be interpretive pro- grams going on throughout the day in both the North and South Units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The park also offers scenic driving, wildlife watching, hiking and camp- ing. Regular camping fe~es will be charged. The other two national park units in North Dakota -Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site near Williston, and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton - are among the more than 200 national parks that never charge entrance fees. Fort Union Trading Post will be hosting its annual Fort Union Rendezvous on June 20-21. "The first weekend of summer should be a great time to visit the national parks of North Dakota," said Naylor. "We hope that people who have not visited the national parks in awhile will take advantage of the fee free weekend and the many activities being offered." Council wants to Spray for mosquitoes Improvements to the city's animal impound facility, mosquito-spraying equipment, and charges for the new fire hall were among the items addressed by the Belfield City Council at its June monthly meeting. The council agreed to purchase a large and small pet crate, water bowls and miscellaneous supplies in the amount of $400 for the animal impound. Council Member Alantson Hurt said he might have a window the city could use to install in the pet impound area. Council Member Sharon Dorval and Mayor Leo Schneider will meet with contractor Andy Prociw to discuss the installa- tion of the window and other improvements for the pet impound facility, according to unofficial min- utes of the council meeting. In other business, according to the unofficial minutes: - The council approved the sec- ond and final reading of an ordinance establishing a new $5 monthly charge on city utifity bills. Funds col- lected are to be used to pay off USDA loans for the new fire hall. - The council learned that several individuals have contacted the audi- tor about filling a police officer posi- tion. Interested persons are welcome to submit a resume at City Hall, but council members tabled this until they are ready to advertise the posi- don. Police Chief Larry N. Johnson is retiring in November. Myra Gregory and Ryan 'Hugelen presented questions to the council about the purpose of pro- ceeds from the city lodging tax and the,council advisory committee for administering the proceeds of the tax. It was suggested that Ryan and Harold Hugelen and Myra and Steve Gregory serve on the advisory com- mittee. City Attorney Bob Keogh will review state law regarding advi- sory members to councils and will report back to the council at the July 6 meeting. 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