BISMARCK -- Drilling can resume, at least temporarily, at a controversial oil site near Lake Sakakawea, a federal judge in Bismarck ruled this week. Slawson Exploration, which is developing a multi-well oil pad near the Van Hook recreation and boat ramp near New Town, recently had to halt operations after the federal government ordered drilling to stop.
BISMARCK -- A man accused of dumping radioactive oilfield waste at an abandoned gas station in northwest North Dakota more than three years ago has been placed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of criminal fugitives. James Kenneth Ward, 55, faces federal fraud charges connected with illegally disposing waste known as filter socks in the small town of Noonan. Hundreds of filter socks, which contain radioactive oilfield waste, were stockpiled in the former gas station in Divide County.
MEDORA, N.D. -- Two fires in Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit are 90 percent contained, and all trails have reopened. A crew of three continues to monitor the burned areas, but all other firefighting resources have been released, said Eileen Andes, chief of interpretation and public affairs. “We’re just keeping an eye on things to make sure they're really out,” Andes said.
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION -- Standing Rock Tribal Councilman Mike Faith led the primary race as 1,380 tribal members cast their votes for tribal chairman this week. Faith received more than 24 percent of the vote, followed by sitting Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault.
BISMARCK -- The man who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an hours-long standoff was Steven Vance, 32, of Bismarck, police said Friday. Vance was sought Thursday for a search warrant related to federal child sexual exploitation, according to a statement from Homeland Security Investigations.
BISMARCK -- A 32-year-old man is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he barricaded himself in an apartment on the southeast side of Bismarck, said police.. Metro Area Narcotics Task Force members were executing a federal homeland security warrant at about 12:15 p.m., when the man erected a barricade in his apartment, according to Bismarck Police Officer Pat Renz. Police called in a SWAT team and a crisis negotiation team to respond to the incident.
BISMARCK -- A 31-year-old Mandan man is accused of punching a store clerk as he tried to shoplift clothes and accessories from a Bismarck store. An affidavit in support of a criminal complaint against Joseph Ramirez claims he set off a door alarm as he tried to leave Runnings, 701 S. Washington St., around 3:19 p.m. Monday.
GRASSY BUTTE, N.D. -- The raging fire in the Little Missouri National Grassland in western North Dakota is estimated to be 70 percent contained, officials said Friday. Many of the 106 firefighters on scene planned to be on their hands and knees seeking out and extinguishing hot spots Friday, according to an update from the interagency team that's responding to the fire.
BISMARCK -- Areas of severe and extreme drought expanded this past week as excessive heat depleted soil moisture and further stressed rain-fed crops, pastures and rangelands, according to the United States Drought Monitor. In North Dakota, extreme drought conditions increased from 30 percent to nearly 36 percent of the state during the past week. More than half of North Dakota now lies within an area of severe drought.
BISMARCK — A 29-year-old Bismarck man was arrested early Wednesday, July 12, for allegedly trying to sell fake weed. He was booked into jail for intent to deliver an imitation controlled substance. The man was standing on the 2400 block of East Main Avenue offering to sell grass clippings from a plastic bag, which could have been mistaken for marijuana, according to Bismarck Police.