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Wounded Warriors Come To Culbertson

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Scott Aspenlieder and State Representative Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, recently hosted a hunting trip for the Wounded Warrior Program for the third year. Each year a Wounded Warrior Foundation Board Member and two members of the program have come to Culbertson and stayed with the host family, Alan and Raedelle Aspenlieder, for a weekend of bird hunting. This year only one member was able to make the trip. Pictured are (from left to right) Scott Aspenlieder, Montana Wounded Warrior Foundation board member Mark Boardman, Wounded Warrior veteran Steve Beaty and Knudsen.  (Submitted photo)

Fire Hall Donation

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Wes Portra, from SM Energy, presented a check to Alan Aspenlieder, Mike
Machart and Pat Dresher for the Culbertson Fire Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The firefighters are hoping to raise money for a new fire house and community center.  (Photo by Nancy Mahan)

Story Hour Halloween

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Story Hour attendees had Halloween Fun at the Culbertson Public Library. Children were invited to dress in costume if they wished. They visited office personnel in the Roosevelt County Building, listened to Halloween stories, played games and enjoyed a spider cookie treat furnished by Ashlee Anderson. (Submitted photo)

Culbertson Woman Faces Charges After Alleged Intoxicated Jail Visit To Husband

It is not often that a person who is deemed a victim by the prosecutor ends up in jail, but that’s what happened to Heather Fuchs, 29, of Culbertson when she attempted to visit her husband in the Roosevelt County Jail in Wolf Point while under the influence of alcohol, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office reported that a detention officer told Fuchs, Friday, Oct. 17, at 8:15 p.m., that she could not visit her husband in the jail because he could smell alcohol on her breath. The RCSO provided The Herald-News with a narrative Sgt. Patrick O’Connor wrote. O’Connor stated that he approached Fuchs and detected a strong odor of alcohol, that her speech was slurred and she appeared to have difficulty with her motor skills and coordination. The RCSO narrative also states that Fuchs is on felony probation in Devil’s Lake, N.D., for assaulting a peace officer. “When I discussed her probation status with her previously [when O’Connor responded to an incident at Fuchs’ home], Heather wasn’t clear on whether she had permission to live in Montana. She did tell me she wasn’t permitted to drink, however,” O’Connor wrote. He also wrote that Fuchs refused to provide a breath sample, refused to divulge the name of her North Dakota probation officer and that her demeanor became angry and belligerent. O’Connor wrote that he arrested Fuchs for obstructing a peace officer because she attempted to hinder his investigation of her probation status. Fuchs was charged with a single misdemeanor count of obstructing a peace officer. She was booked into the jail and was lodged there several days. Fuchs has since pleaded not guilty before Judge Traci Harada in Wolf Point City Court and bonded out. A trial date has not been set. The Roosevelt County Attorney’s Office has accused her husband, Kyle Fuchs, 32, of threatening her with a shotgun, Sunday, Sept. 28, during an alleged domestic dispute at their Culbertson home. He was arraigned in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Oct. 15, for disorderly conduct, partner family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint and criminal endangerment. He pleaded not guilty to all five charges. Heather Fuchs was present for the arraignment in district court and asked Judge David Cybulski for permission to visit him in jail. Supervised visits only were authorized.

Both County Commission Candidates Respond To Election Questionnaire

Allen Bowker of Culbertson and Frank Smith of Poplar are running for the District 1 Roosevelt County Commission seat currently held by Jim Shanks, who is not running for reelection. The district covers the eastern part of the county. Both Bowker and Smith responded to a questionnaire. Do you intend to be a full-time commissioner? If you are unable to be at the Courthouse in Wolf Point four or five days each week, how do you intend to do the job? Bowker: I intend to be whatever I have to be, as best I can, to do the job effectively. With technology [smart phones, go-to-meeting.com etc.], this can be helpful but does not really take the place of actually being there. We have recently hired great help and other logistical changes in our sanitation business that will free me up to be an effective commissioner. I guess to sum it up, I’ll work as smart and as hard as I can while still keeping my modified day job. Smith: I believe that the Commissioner job is a full-time job and they should be at the office whenever possible. When the position was first set up, they could handle most business in one day a week but now with mandates from both federal and state governments, and demands from the public, it takes up more than the five-day week. Why did you declare yourself a candidate for commissioner? Bowker: I feel it would be beneficial for District 1 to be represented by someone a little further east in the county. I have had to deal with these changes and have been in tune with a large percentage of people in this area on a regular basis. Smith: I declared myself as a candidate because of my experience in both the state Legislature and federal government as an elected official and being on several statewide committees that are in our best interest on roads and schools. What are the three most important things you hope to accomplish on the commission? Bowker: 1. Roads, roads, roads! It’s more than an inconvenience, it is a serious safety issue. 2. Let the people know where the money comes from and how and when it is spent. 3. Establish better communication within the road department. Smith: There are a lot of important things that need to be addressed and hope to be accomplished. The main one is the roads that were never built for the traffic we now have. Next is to get the drug enforcement money back if we can and lobby our Legislature to get a better flow of money [tax money] back to the communities that need it because wherever there is an increase in population there is a increase in all public services including schools. What areas do you feel are the most in need of improvement? How would you address those areas? Bowker: Roads are my main concern at this point because that is what I have been dealing with in our sanitation business. To take care of the problem, the money needs to be tracked. Where is our money going that should be spent on roads? Communicate this to the people of District 1, pressure and work with the people who can solve the problem. Also, we, [area commissioners, everyone in the county] need to organize and let the legislature know what’s going on here. It’s going to take more than a few people to tell the legislature our concerns, whether by emails to a central website, in person or by phone. Smith: All the programs are important and I can’t comment on the spending or possible shortfall without reviewing the budget and talking to the directors of the programs. What areas do you feel have the most and least needs for spending? Bowker: The area most in need of spending is obviously the roads. It’s more than just an inconvenience, it is a serious safely issue. Smith: I feel all of our needs are important. That’s why I endorse a good planning board. If any programs need to be cut in the future due to a budget shortfall, what would you cut first, second and third? Bowker: To answer that question for me at this point would be not truthful. Any budget cuts, need to be looked at from both sides of the story. Smith: At this time, I don’t want to comment on possible cuts in programs until I take a good look at our finance records and have the input from the public because all of the programs got where they are for a reason.