- Written by John Plestina
The first two pictures show damages in Culbertson. The third photo is a branch of a tree in front of Wolf Point City Hall blown down about 12:15 p.m. Police Chief Jeff Harada and other city office staff pulled the large branch out of Fourth Avenue South. The fourth is two toppled power poles behind Silver Wolf Casino in Wolf Point Tuesday, July 28, about 2 p.m. A Montana Dakota Utilities employee calls in to MDU after surveying the damage. (Wolf Point pictures by John Plestina and Culbertson pictures by Angela Rose Benson)
Windy conditions toppled utility poles and trees throughout Roosevelt County Monday and Tuesday, July 27 and 28.
The National Weather Service in Glasgow reported 52 mph winds at the Wolf Point Airport Tuesday afternoon, July 28.
Winds at Glendive were reported as high as 90 mph with damages reported.
“All straight line winds. We didn’t have any reports of tornadoes,” NWS meteorologist Patrick Gilchrist said of high winds Monday night.
The Glendive airport had a wind gust to 90 mph before the anemometer was blown off the roof.
“Glendive got it the worst. There were downed power lines, trailers blown over and roofs ripped off buildings,” he said.
Gilchrist said winds were reported upwards of 60 mph on the east end of Roosevelt County.
“We got some reports of one-inch hail and heavy rain out toward Frazer,” he said.
Gilchrist said the wind and rain was expected to end Tuesday night.
“It should taper off pretty quickly as we get toward the afternoon and evening hours,” he said.
“There will be a warming trend tomorrow [Wednesday] and it will be pushing 90 [degrees] by Friday,” Gilchrist said.
Temperatures around northeast Montana are cooler than normal today. The high temperature at the Glasgow airport as of 2:30 p.m. was 60 degrees. The old low maximum temperature of 69 degrees set in 1918, which means a new record will be set today.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
Every year, Culbertson hosts the Roosevelt County Fair from July 30 to Aug. 1. While the fair board, volunteers and staff exhaust their efforts to make this event possible, community members anticipate the opening of the annual fair for their enjoyment.
“We enjoy what we do and we love bringing the community together,” said fair manager Angela Miller.
This year’s theme is “Grow It. Sew It. Show It.”
The fair kicks off Thursday, July 30, with the opening of the indoor open class exhibits and the flag salute presented by Tumbleweed and Up-N-Atom 4-H clubs and the Froid Future Farmers of America chapter.
The rest of the day has much to offer, including youth entertainment, horse judging, 4-H conference judging and the 4-H/FFA silent project auction. The Midway Band will provide afternoon entertainment, as well. There will be a free corn feed and the FFA Alumni barbecue at the fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Evening fun is offered at the Saddle Club rodeo grounds where O-Mok-See children’s horse events will take place starting at 6 p.m.
Roosevelt County Fair has added something new to the Thursday agenda by planning a grain bin safety workshop available to the public.
Friday, July 31, is Cooperative Day at the fair. Culbertson FFA and Missouri River Rats 4-H will present the morning flag salute and immediately following will be the livestock judging. With small animal judging and showmanship to follow, youth entertainment is also available throughout the day.
At 5 p.m., the Culbertson Chamber will sponsor a free meal. After the meal, the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction will kick off, while the 4-H/FFA silent project auction closes.
Entertainment for the evening will be the Tigirlily concert starting at 8 p.m. Kendra, 19, and Krista, 17, are a sister duo from North Dakota. The sisters are singer/songwriters, musicians and performers who have performed all over North Dakota and surrounding states including Nashville, Tenn. At the 2015 North Dakota Music Awards, Tigirlily was awarded best original country band, best song, best video, best stage show and the U Rock award.
The final day of the fair, Saturday, Aug. 1, will begin with Bainville FFA and Frontier 4-H presenting the flag salute. Next on the schedule is livestock showmanship where community members young and old will present their animals.
Youth entertainment continues, the rib cook-off begins at 1 p.m. and the Dollar in the Straw, sponsored by First Community Bank, will follow at 1:30 p.m.
The fair display areas will begin the closing process at 3 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m. will be the ranch rodeo calcutta at the Culbertson Saddle Club and the ranch rodeo will begin at 6 p.m.
- Written by Jaimee Green
Pictured from are (from left to right): Teresia Moorem, EMS director; Bev Raaum, EMT; Debbie Heckmun, EMT; Aaliyah Moon, lifegaurd; Tiffany Marchwick, teacher’s aide; Renee Oelkers; and Jaycee Lambert. The patient on the backboard is Carter Nickoloff. (Photo by Jaimee Green)
It was a typical day at the Culbertson Pool. Attendees were splashing and swimming, enjoying the cool, watery reprieve from the hot summer sun. Suddenly, a distressing whistle pierced the air and several lifeguards jumped into action. One quickly grabbed a noodle-like floatation device and dove into the water toward an outstretched youth floating face down. Another ushered everyone out of the water.
This was all part of a planned emergency water rescue conducted by Roosevelt Medical Center Emergency Medical Service responders and the pool’s lifeguard staff, Tuesday, July 21. Several dozen people participated.
The hour-long staged aquatic drill consisted of EMS personnel giving pool staff an opportunity to test their rescue skills while being observed, then working hand-in-hand with them to demonstrate and critique.
“This was a great way for us to test our response system, polish up on our skills and practice multiple scenarios. Repetition is a great way to refine these lifesaving skills. By having the opportunity to do planned, rescue scenarios, it gives all rescue staff the chance to practice,” said Teresia Moore, EMS director for Roosevelt Medical Center.
During the drill, several injury scenarios were practiced, including spine and neck injuries, giving personnel an opportunity to practice handling medical equipment in the water and getting the patient safely out of the water.
“We learned and practiced putting a patient onto a floating backboard while also becoming more comfortable working together with the ambulance crew,” said Renee Oelkers, a lifeguard and assistant pool manager. This drill was successful in furthering the cooperation and cohesion between the lifeguards and the EMS staff to ensure positive outcomes in these emergencies,” she added.
Moore stated that the success of the drill has prompted discussion about making the event an annual practice session.
According to the national Center for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2005-2009, there was an average of 3,533 fatal, unintentional drowning in the United States, an average of 10 deaths per day. About one in five people who die are children ages 14 and younger. Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children ages one to four, than any other cause, except birth defects.
- Written by Nancy Mahan
The Culbertson School Board met for regular session on July 21, and addressed requests by three teachers to be let out of their signed 2015-2016 school year contracts and possible financial penalties for teachers failing to fulfill contracts.
They are Stacia Herson and Jim Herson, eighth grade science and sixth grade, and Lanette Bidegaray, third grade.
With the late notice of intent to not fulfill their contracts, the school board discussed a potential need for penalties for staff members breaking their contracts after they are signed.
Superintendent Larry Crowder said the Bainville School District penalizes staff members $4000 to negate their signed contracts. He also said using a stair step penalty rate, which would depend on when the request to negate the contract was given, might be a better fit for Culbertson. This matter was tabled for the next meeting as was the request of a rate hike in the breakfast and lunch prices for full price participants.
Crowder said there is a possibility of three teachers coming from Michigan to fill these vacancies pending background checks.
In other business approved by the board, Crowder will send a request to the Montana High School Association to allow eighth grade girls to compete with high school girls for volleyball and basketball due to low participation numbers at the high school level.
The graduation day for the 15-16 school year will be Saturday, May 21, 2016.
The Lambert and Froid school districts have requested to renew the transportation and student attendance agreements allowing families living in the Culbertson school district to go to the Lambert and Froid schools.
Mike Jasper was hired as a custodian, the school is still looking for a kitchen helper.
Construction is still in the works for the second story of the elementary addition. The weight room is not available for the public use yet.
Sheridan Electric quoted a cost $40,000 to replace the bank lights on the football field and $90,000 if the bank lights and poles were done at the same time. The board suggested doing the bank lights now and pole lights in the future.
The school key card system will be upgraded soon with a cost of seven to eight thousand dollars.
The construction crew that worked on widening the corners of Montana Hwy. 16 and U.S. Hwy. 2 will need to come back and resolve the “swimming pool” by the Wild West Diner due to inadequate drainage and create a drive out at the east end of the parking lot exiting onto Hwy. 16.
The coal delivery contract was also approved by the board.
The next board meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m.
- Written by John Plestina
The man who authorities say was drunk and caused the death of another man riding on a towed deck near Culbertson June 21, pleaded not guilty to five charges in 15th District Court Wednesday, July 15.
William Flynt, 36, of Tucson, Ariz., pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide while under the influence, driving under the influence - fourth offense, criminal endangerment and failure to remain at accident scene involving another person or deceased person, all felonies and misdemeanor failure to carry proof of insurance.
District Court Judge David Cybulski granted a bail reduction from $40,000 to $10,000 and permitted him to return to Arizona.
An arrest warrant will be issued if Flynt fails to sign up for the court services in Arizona and he was required to sign a waiver of extradition.
David Penski, 30, of Vail, Ariz., fell off the deck. He was transported by ambulance to Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson. From there, he was flown to a Billings hospital where he died.
Montana Highway Patrol trooper Seth Adams said in June that the single-vehicle accident happened near the rodeo grounds. He said alcohol and drugs are considered a factor in the crash and that the deceased man was riding on a deck for a house that was being towed with a chain by a 2013 Ford F150 pickup.
Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick said Penski died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Adams said Flynt and Penski worked for a construction company in Culbertson. Both are listed as Arizona residents.