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NORTH DAKOTA OIL

ND NORTHERN AREA
$30.75, UP $1.25

ND LIGHT SWEET
$30.75, UP $1.25

WEST TEXAS INTERMEDIATE


$40.83, UP $1.32

BRENT CRUDE
$43.10, UP $1.30

ND ACTIVE
RIG COUNT: 33

BUDGET
BALANCED

NDSU
FOOTBALL

ND LEGISLATURE ENDS
SPECIAL SESSION
ADDRESSING $310
MILLION BUDGET GAP

SENIOR LINEBACKER
LOOKS AHEAD TO HIS
4TH AND FINAL SEASON
WITH THE BISON

NEWS, A2

SPORTS, A10

FRIDAY
August 5, 2016
75 cents

Williams Countys Newspaper of Record

117th Year Number 42 Williston, ND

www.willistonherald.com

Oil impact projects still waiting in the wings


Access to funds needed sooner, rather than later, to address safety concerns
BY RENE JEAN
RJEAN@WILLISTONHERALD.COM

Rene Jean Williston Herald

A truck drives down 58th Avenue, which was to be paved this year with oilimpact funds. Its one of about $2.2 million in projects that are on hold until the
fund accumulates enough money to pay for $7.3 million in suspended projects.

There are two new


hotels sitting along 58th
Street in the Missouri
Ridge Township, along
with a string of oilfield
companies. Its all relatively new for that area,
but with an old twist
uncharacteristic of a new
development.
The new commercial
developments are sitting
along a gravel, washboard road something

that would be more


common to a rural countryside with no hotel in
sight.
Youll shake your
teeth out driving on
it, said Doyle Hughes,
chairman of the township board. Its hard on
equipment. Its abusing a
lot of the company trucks
that have to travel that
route.
A better 58th Street to
alleviate that situation is
just one of a dozen or so
infrastructure projects
waiting in the wings for

Williams County from


oil impact funds suspended after revised projections showed just $28.6
million coming in toward
the $140 million appropriated for the state fund.
Oil has done better
than those projections
suggested, and that could
speed money to 58th
Street and other suspended projects here, totaling
$2.2 million. The projects
range from safety gear
for the Epping Rural Fire
District to funds for improved highways, as well

as $604,476 to hire two additional drug task force


officers and purchase
vehicles and other equipment for them.
The latest projections
show that the states
oil impact fund could
instead receive $73.4
million, which would be
enough to cover $48 million in projects statewide
that were already committed and begun, as well
as the $7.3 million in
suspended grants that
SEE IMPACT, PAGE A9

Cement truck
driver dies in
1806 rollover
BY MELISSA KRAUSE
MKRAUSE@WILLISTONHERALD.COM

WILLISTON A one-vehicle rollover in McKenzie


County claimed the life of
a 42-year-old from Hebron,
N.D., on Wednesday.
The man, who has yet to
be identified, was driving
a cement truck north on
Highway 1806, 14 miles
north of Watford City,
around 2:30 p.m. when another vehicle entered the
east shoulder. The driver
overcorrected, causing the
truck to roll into the ditch
before coming to rest on its
top, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.
The truck driver was
wearing a seatbelt but died
at the scene, the patrol said.
An investigation continues
regarding the crash.

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North Dakota Game and Fish


Department
Pronghorn licenses by unit
1-A
2-A
2-B
3-A
3-B
4-A
4-C

110
60
40
35
110
300
75

Melissa Krause Williston Herald

Kurt Luttschwager is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's wildlife resource section leader.
It's a small team, but together they survey thousands of miles to help preserve North Dakota's natural
resources, driving anglers and hunters to the state.

Rise in pronghorn numbers opens 7 units for hunting


McKenzie County also saw rise,
but not enough to open hunting
BY MELISSA KRAUSE
MKRAUSE@WILLISTONHERALD.COM

WILLISTON More than 8,000 square miles were


evaluated via an aerial survey that estimated a 34
percent increase in the pronghorn sheep population since last year. Although the numbers are still
rebounding from harsh winters that reduced the
population, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department designated seven units open to harvesting
pronghorns.
Game and Fish teams are typically at a study site
before daybreak to survey pronghorn sheep. This is
because the animals are crepuscular, meaning they
are mostly active during twilight hours. Information is meticulously recorded to give an index of the
spring breeding populations and to determine the
severity of winter, according to Kent Luttschwager,

wildlife resource section leader.


Once pronghorn data was compiled this year and a
population summary generated, the turnaround was
swift before the proclamation came before Gov. Jack
Dalrymple on July 8, who signed the proclamation,
firming the pronghorn season dates. Within the seven open units, 730 licences were made available for
this years weighted lottery.
Numbers are responding to the die-off we saw in
2010-2011, Luttschwager said. We found a decent
number (of pronghorns) in the Watford City area but
not enough to open in McKenzie County yet.
With numbers rebounding, NDGFD opted to remain conservative and reserved zero harvest locations to bolster pronghorn numbers.
Overall, our pronghorn numbers are up 34 percent from last year, with better fawn production of
66 fawns per 100 does compared to 52 per 100 in 2015,
said Game and Fish wildlife chief Jeb Williams, in
a press release. With an average winter, the foundation is set for an even larger increase next year,
as many other units are doing well and are close to
opening with the observed population levels. But we

are continuing to be conservative to ensure steady


population growth throughout the pronghorn range.
Found within the units map on the pronghorn gun
licence application, a total of 110 licenses are available in unit 1A, 60 in unit 2A, 40 in unit 2B, 35 in unit
3A, 110 in unit 3B, 300 in unit 4A and 75 in unit 4C,
which are valid for all pronghorn.
Each unit will have a split hunting season for bow
and gun for anyone who draws a licence. The bow-only portion of the season is from Sept. 2 (noon) Sept.
25, with the gun portion running Sept. 30 (noon)
Oct.16.
Its the science, thats the backbone of how were
setting out seasons, Luttschwager said. Were using science the best we can, and sometimes thats not
popular with hunters but we try to navigate how to
equitably distribute a finite resource. Its to help preserve the amazing resources we have.
When one survey ends, another nears completion,
creating constant work for the NDGFD. Luttschwager anticipates the waterfowl and pheasant surveys
will conclude within the month, and regulations will
follow.

Multiple groups support pipeline opposition lawsuit


BY LAUREN DONOVAN
BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Mandan. Construction is underway.


BISMARCK -- A broad, multistate
Joye Braun, an organizer with
coalition of tribes, landowners and
the Indigenous Environmental
environmental groups has joined
Network, says the corps rubberin support of a legal challenge to
stamp approach to the easement
the Dakota Access Pipelines easeundermines the Clean Water Act,
ments to cross the Missouri River
the National Environmental Policy
in North Dakota.
Act, the National Historic PreserThe U.S. Army Corps of Engivation Act, along with the Native
neers approved the water easeAmerican Graves Protection and
ments July 26, sparking a federal
Repatriation Act.
court challenge led by the Standing
The Standing Rocks position
Rock Sioux Tribe, asking for an inis now supported by Honor the
junction while the court examines
Earth, Bold Alliance of Nebraska,
whether the corps failed to conduct
Oklahoma and Louisiana, Modern
a full environmental impact stateDay Warriors, Fort Berthold Proment and conduct proper tribal
tectors of Water and Earth Rights,
consultations.
100 Grannies for a Livable Future,
The 1,100-mile pipeline carrying
Dakota Rural Action, Science and
Bakken
crude
to Illinois will be
Environmental
Health Network,
Williston
Downtowners
Association
Farmer's Market
bored under the Missouri River/
Womens Congress for Future
9:00 Oahe
a.m.,within
Saturday,
July 23of
Lake
a half-mile
Generations, Center for Biological
the
reservation
south of
Diversity, Sierra Club, Rainforest
Parking
lot at boundary
110 W Broadway

Generally, we think we
should be moving away from
fossil fuels and toward
renewables. This affects their
sacred land and the water.
Wayde Schafer
Sierra Club, Dacotah Chapter
Action Network, Environmental
Action, Food and Water Watch and
Daily Kos.
Lisa DeVille, member of the Fort
Berthold Protectors, says the pipelines crossing upstream of that
reservation and downstream at
Standing Rock represents an act of
oppression by the government and
was approved by the tribal council
without input from tribal members.
This pipeline could have been
rerouted, but, as usual, communities of people of color are always

first for sacrifice, DeVille said.


Sierra Club members joined the
opposition out of awareness that
all pipelines eventually leak, its
just a matter of when, said Wayde
Schafer, head of the clubs Dacotah
Chapter.
Generally, we think we should
be moving away from fossil fuels
and toward renewables. This affects their sacred land and the water, he said.
Braun said the corps ignored
letters from the Environmental
Protection Agency, the Department
of the Interior and the Advisory
Council on Historic Preservation
requesting a full-blown EIS, rather
than a less rigorous Environmental
Assessment.
A spirit camp at Cannonball, on
the reservation, will be occupied by
protesters and supporters while the
opposition continues.

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IMPACT: Theres a lot of looking ahead
FROM PAGE A1

Its important for the safety of all those


new drivers who are going to be on it.
Kalil said news the oil impact fund
could have enough money in it to fulfill
its obligations sooner than expected is
encouraging.
We are short on the project, so that is
good news, he said. All of these projects put together are a great shot in the
arm for the county. I hope they come
through on the funding. I hope all the
dollars show up.
In addition to the suspended grants,
the $73.4 million would be enough to
cover an additional $2 million the legislature had designated for domestic violence shelters, one of them in Williston.
The grant for that project isnt technically suspended, because grant round
activity had already been halted and it
hadnt been officially approved. However, it would have been the next step in
the grant round process, and would have
been virtually guaranteed approval due
to the legislatures designation.
Gerry Fisher is the director of the
Claims and Grants Division for the
North Dakota Department of Trust
Lands.
The suspension of grants is not expected to be lifted until the grant fund
has received adequate funds to support
all existing commitments, he said.
Given the significant fluctuations in
the price of oil, the fund is not expected
to reach adequate funds until sometime
in 2017.
That is much earlier than expected,
and welcome news to township directors, who say there are indicators that
things are getting ready to pick back up.
Theres a lot of looking ahead,
Hughes said. Im seeing a lot of water
trucks rolling, he said. If you go toward Tioga and Watford, its crazy unbelievably busy. A lot of pipeline work is
still available.
Hughes runs a construction business.
We are getting calls from people looking to get things in line for when it does
pick back up, he said.

had a thumbs up but were suspended before they were begun.


Missouri Ridges two suspended grants
were for $500,000 and $100,000, both going
toward paving 58th Street and making
it more appropriate to the traffic it is
experiencing, as well as the new developments that now reside along it.
In Pherrin Township, theyre waiting on $300,000 in grant money for 54th
Street and $200,000 for 133rd Avenue.
Joe Trumpower, chairman of the the
Pherrin Township board, said they are
doing what they can in the meantime to
improve the safety of those roads while
awaiting funds for more appropriate
measures. That interim work includes
widening the roads and adding culverts.
We are doing what our finances will
allow, he said. Its not getting done
the way it absolutely should be, but it is
better.
The Pherrin Township projects have
safety in mind, Trumpower said.
That way we dont take a chance on
kids getting hit by trucks, he said. We
will be reducing our traffic through our
housing developments. This is extremely
important for us.
Williston Township has a suspended
grant of $205,00 toward the rebuilding
of 52nd Street NW. That was one of two
oil impact grants directed to the project.
The first, for $300,000, had already been
started and has been partially reimbursed.
Williams County Commissioner Dan
Kalil is the Williston Township Boards
chairman.
Thats been a gravel road forever, he
said. We built that in 1988 for $22,000.
Now we are in the middle of a $4 million
project to concrete it.
Once complete, the route will become a
main connecting point between the west
side of Williston and the truck bypass, as
well as linking to a new high school.
We are pushing hard to have it done
before high school starts, Kalil said,

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016

WILLISTON HERALD

A9

Reuters

Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Portland, Maine.

Trump allies urge him to get back on track


WASHINGTON/PORTLAND -- Supporters
of Republican Donald Trump urged him to get
back on message on Thursday after a week of
dropping opinion poll numbers and a war of
words with ranking Republicans over his U.S.
presidential campaign.
In response to the criticism, Trump pledged
to focus more on Democratic candidate Hillary
Clinton, who emerged from last week's Democratic National Convention with a lead in the
polls and who has been consistently attacking
him as temperamentally unfit for the presidency.
At a rally in Portland, Maine, on Thursday,
Trump kept his attention on trying to undermine Clinton's candidacy. He said the fact that
she has moved past a scandal over her use of
a private email server as President Barack
Obama's secretary of state was "probably the
greatest accomplishment that she has ever had
in politics."
Since formally accepting the Republican nomination two weeks ago, Trump has exasperated
many supporters by getting bogged down in a
public spat with the parents of an American soldier killed in Iraq and some fellow Republicans.
Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross said he still
backed Trump, but urged him to stop engaging

in exchanges that benefit the Democrats and


make the real estate mogul's behavior the issue
in the campaign.
"This election is Donald's to lose and so far
the Democrats have been clever about baiting
him and he generally has bitten," Ross said in an
email to Reuters late on Wednesday.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul
Ryan, who has endorsed Trump but has not received a reciprocal endorsement from the New
York businessman in his re-election bid, told
WTAQ radio host Jerry Bader in Green Bay,
Wis., that Trump has "had a pretty strange run
since the convention."
"You would think we ought to be focusing on
Hillary Clinton, on all of her deficiencies. She
is such a weak candidate that one would think
we'd be on offense against Hillary Clinton, and it
is distressing that that's not what we're talking
about these days," he said.
Michael Caputo, a former Trump adviser who
still supports him, said Trump still has time to
right the ship.
"Staying on message is absolutely key," Caputo told Reuters. "After 30 years of speaking
his mind, Mr. Trump has to understand that
the general election for president of the United
States is all about staying on message."

Hoeven backs Trump, though they dont agree on everything


BY DUSTIN MONKE
FORUM NEWS SERVICE

DICKINSON, N.D. -North Dakotas Republican


senator said Wednesday
that he is maintaining his
support of Donald Trumps
presidential campaign.
Sen. John Hoeven, following a roundtable with
Dickinson business and
city leaders, lived up to his
promise to support his partys presidential nominee
despite being relatively
quiet about Trumps candidacy.
I support Trump as our
nominee for the party,
Hoeven said. I dont agree
with everything he says,
but I agree that he would
be better for our state and
our country than Secretary
Clinton, who would continue the kind of big regulation, big government, big
tax approach the current
administration has.
Hoeven has long been
an opponent of the Obama
administrations regulatory policies and said he
believes a Hillary Clinton

Dustin Monke Forum News Service

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., right, speaks at a roundtable with Dickinson business and city leaders on
Monday at the Dickinson Area Public Library. To Hoeven's right is Dickinson Mayor Scott Decker.
presidency would mean
more of the same.
Nonetheless, Hoeven has
been tight-lipped about
Trump since the New York
businessman accepted the
Republican nomination
for president and was the
states highest-ranking

GOP official who didnt attend Trumps speech at the


Williston Basin Petroleum
Conference last May in Bismarck.
Hoeven, who is seeking
re-election in November,
also responded to criticisms
by his opponent, current

state Rep. Eliot Glassheim.


On Tuesday, the Grand
Forks Democrat called for
Hoeven to withdraw his
support of Trump following
what he called the presidential candidates demeaning
insults about Kazir Khan,
a Muslim-American father

of a fallen soldier.
Glassheim said Hoeven
should condemn Trumps
statements.
Whats more, Sen. Hoeven should explain to North
Dakotans precisely why he
continues to support Donald Trump while refusing to
condemn, distance himself
from, or even comment on,
Trumps outrageous behavior, Glassheim stated in
a release. If Sen. Hoeven
cannot honestly offer such
an explanation to voters,
he should have the courage
to withdraw his support
for Trumps candidacy for
president.
Hoeven said hes more
focused on his own re-election campaign and issues
pertaining to North Dakotans than the presidential
election.
I tell the people what Im
about, what I believe in,
what I believe can help our
state -- a positive vision for
the future of North Dakota,
the vision of our country
-- and then its up to them,
Hoeven said. Its an honor
to serve North Dakota, but

people decide. Thats how


Ive always approached it.
Thats how Im approaching
it now and as long as Im
in office, thats how I will
approach it. Thats whats
important.
Hoeven did, however,
say that everyone should
support Gold Star families,
the designation for families
who have lost a member
during military service in
wartime.
The senator added that
while he knows Libertarian
Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson well and
considers him a friend, he
wont be backing his campaign.
Johnson was born in Hoevens hometown of Minot,
and served as New Mexicos
governor at the same time
as Hoeven was governor of
North Dakota.
Hes an interesting guy,
a good guy, Hoeven said.
I agree with him on some
things but obviously not
others. Were good friends
and its always interesting
to see what hes going to
offer.

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