“White Earth” Earns Oscar Nomination

A documentary shot in White Earth starting in the fall of 2012 has been more than well received and now “White Earth” has gotten a nod from the Academy as it earned a nomination in the Documentary Short Subject category. The Academy Awards will be broadcast and announced on Sunday, Feb. 22. Filmmaker Christian Jensen started his filming in the fall of 2012 as winter was setting in with production continuing through February of 2013 as he continued to return to do more research and filming for the 20 minute documentary that tells the story of the oil boom from the perspective of three children and an immigrant mother. Jensen says that White Earth resident Justin LaBar had a huge affect on where he ended up in filming this documentary. He didn’t even know White Earth existed until he met him and was invited to his home. He says that he found White Earth to be a little town, a little forgotten, but yet even experiencing massive change with the oil industry and he could see the RVs and trailers that had popped up. He says that like the subjects of his film, he felt the town told the same stories of change. It was also where his primary character, James, lived. The film “White Earth” was Jensen’s thesis documentary film at Stanford University. He had chosen to come to North Dakota to film as he was hearing about the exodus from his home town of St. George, UT. People were leaving there because of the economic crisis and going to North Dakota to find work to try and save their own homes in Utah. He decided he was going to fly to North Dakota to see what stories could be told and looked at this from a different perspective. The documentary tells the story of the boom from the perspective of the three children and the mother, weaving these different perspectives together to create a broad portrait. The story is told through Leevi Meyer, whose family has lived in the area for generations and watched the change around them; James McClellan, who came from North Carolina to live with his dad in the oilfields; and Elena Guadalupe Loaiza, a little girl in Leevi’s class and her mother Flor Loaiza. Elena and Flor are part of an immigrant family from California who came as a family of  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Ribbon Cutting and Open House Set For Sunday, March 29th

Even Mother Nature hasn’t been able to substantially slow down the clinic expansion project at Mountrail County Medical Center. Jim Clark, Director of Plant Operations for the medical campus, says the various contractors are staying on track for an early February move in date of the T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic. “We are not installing many of the built-in furnishings and electrical work will soon be completed,” said Clark, “and then we start finishing up the long list of little things that need to be taken care of before we can open.” Once the new section of the clinic gets opened up, work will begin on the remodeling of the current clinic to make it more efficient. “As soon as we can get moved into the new side we will start demo and remodel on the old side . . . and that part of the project will take another 60 days, said Clark. We are planning to have the Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the entire new clinic project on Sunday, March 29th so the community can come and tour the new facility.” Interim Administrator Mike Hall says that once the project is completed it will help to get people in to see the medical providers more quickly. “The challenge we face every day is that we don’t have enough exam space to see all the patients as quickly as they want to be seen,” said Hall. Hall noted that the existing clinic, and even the new clinic space by itself, will only allow for two providers to work at the same time. This situation won’t improve until both the new clinic and the remodeled area are available. “Once we have more than twice the number of exam rooms we can increase the number of providers available at any one time,” noted Hall, “and that means more people being seen more quickly.” Chief of Staff Dr. Mark Longmuir indicates that the current operation is limited by lack of space in the current clinic. “The challenges created by such a small space include privacy and waiting times,” said Longmuir, “and when we are   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Stanley Police Department Warns About IRS Scam

Police Chief Kris M. Halvorson states that it has been brought to the Stanley Police Department’s attention of an IRS Tax Scam in the area. You may receive a call from a male or female claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service on your residential phone line or on a cell phone line that you owe the IRS a certain amount of money. With technology they can make the calls seem that they are calling from the 202 area code which is Washington, DC. You will be threatened with being arrested if you don’t take care of the amount owed the IRS immediately. The caller may give you a bogus case number, identify themselves with a bogus name and badge number. The caller will try and keep you on the line and not want you to call anyone else. The caller might state that they placed a tax notice on the door of your home or apartment and have pictures of it. The caller may ask you to give them a credit card number, bank information, have you purchase prepaid credit cards, or take cash out of the bank account and meet them somewhere. While this is going on again with the use of technology you may see calls on your caller ID on your phone from your local Police Department or Sheriff’s Department. If you contact your local Police Department or Sheriff’s Department they will not have any knowledge of this as they have not called you. If you answer, the person will say they are with the police department or sheriff’s department and give you a bogus name, badge number, or rank and that they have a warrant for your arrest and that it looks like you are getting to run and not pay   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Jump Rope For Hearts Kicks Off

Stanley elementary school kicked off their “Jump Rope for Hearts” campaign for the American Heart Association at an assembly on Friday, Jan. 23. Mary Reiser, the youth market director from the American Heart Association in Bismarck, chose to attend Stanley’s kick off in recognition of their efforts last year. Of the 150 schools she works with, Stanley Elementary was the number two school in fundraising last year making them in her words “a heart hero school”. As part of the assembly, some of Stanley’s elementary students also showed off their jump roping skills. Reiser talked about the association’s goal to spread the word that a strong heart is a healthy heart as they work to reduce and eliminate heart disease. As part of the presentation, students watched this year’s video that features a return of the ducks from last year with a theme of “It Takes Heart To Be A Hero”. It also featured this year’s survivor Vivian and her family. Vivian had her first heart surgery at two weeks old and a second at the age of two years old. She also gave students tips on how to stay heart healthy including exercise and diet. She talked about the importance of taking care of your own heart. The heart is a muscle that works all day long in the body, pumping 100,000 times a day. Keeping it healthy means eating right with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, drinking more water and less sugary drinks. They can also then go home and tell the people they love how to take care of their heart and encourage them to end behaviors that cause heart problems. They also help with their fundraising efforts which in turn helps other kids with heart problems. The fundraising envelopes went home   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Oil Leakage Leads To Afternoon Cleanup

Stanley City Police Department responded to a call on Friday, Jan. 23 of oil leaking from a vehicle parked in the lot behind the building at 115 S. Main. Chief Kris Halvorson and Officer Chris Jenkins responded to the scene and placed the call to Mountrail County Disaster Emergency Coordinator Don Longmuir who also responded. According to Longmuir, five to ten gallons of crude had been placed in pails in the back of a pickup owned by the company, ULM Oilfield Services. The crude was being transported from another spill for disposal, but had started leaking from the pickup. Longmuir says that due to the fast action of the city crews who also responded, they were able to set up primary and secondary dykes to contain the spill. About eight barrels of liquid and sand were taken to Secure’s disposal site and properly disposed of. The liquid included water runoff from the parking lot. The afternoon clean up included spreading floor dry which was also swept up and hauled away properly and vacuuming up the oil and water residue. The cleanup was completed by 5:00 p.m. The incident was reported to the appropriate state agencies as well.  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.