- Written by John Plestina
There were no public comments during a special public meeting Thursday, Feb. 27, as the Roosevelt County Commissioners adopted a resolution calling for a special bond election for renovation and expansion of the nearly four-decade old Roosevelt County Jail that includes 109-year-old cells and other infrastructure.
Voters participating in the primary election on June 3 will ultimately decide whether to approve the measure, which is a simple yes or no question.
The preliminary cost estimate for the 30-bed facility is $11.86 million. That includes the costs of designing, building, equipping and furnishing the jail and office space for the sheriff’s office that would be included. The proposed facility would include master control center, booking area, medical isolation area and several Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant cells.
- Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners voted to approve a request by the fair board to modify a long-standing agreement during a special meeting Thursday, Feb. 27.
The agreement previously applied only to buildings located on the fairgrounds.
“They are adapting it to fit the fair a little better,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said.
- Written by John Plestina
The Culbertson Town Council voted to offer dust suppression on a road near the Culbertson Museum during the March council meeting Monday, March 3.
In addition, the town will continue dust suppression as long as needed to reduce dust in the area near the museum, even if the roadway eventually becomes a county road.
The town is hoping Roosevelt County will take over the road.
Town officials previously thought the road was a county road. The council discussed asking property owners to sign off on portions of the road that cross private lands. There are concerns about increased traffic creating dust in the area of the museum.
In other business, the council discussed a letter of intention from Dry Prairie Rural Water to discontinue receiving water from the city April 15 because Dry Prairie is now receiving water from Wolf Point via a pipeline.
- Written by Vicki Viall
Steve Burns and John McCain of Carlson McCain Inc. addressed the Roosevelt County Commissioners on the proposal to build a special waste landfill on Highway 16 north of Culbertson during the commissioners’ weekly meeting Monday, March 3.
McCain noted that the application has been completed and submitted. He gave a copy of the application to the commissioners for their use. The commissioners were assured they would be kept updated on the status of the approval.
The current entrance to the proposed landfill borders the property of Cliff Thompson and is most convenient for McCain, Inc. as its entrance will be right off Highway 16.
When questions began to arise, the two representatives assured the commissioners that due to the number of special waste landfills located in North Dakota, they don’t expect much to be shipped to the Culbertson area from North Dakota.
- Written by The Herald-News
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, in collaboration with Carroll College and Montana State University, has confirmed this season’s first signs of West Nile Virus-positive mosquitoes in Cascade, Blaine, Prairie, Sheridan, Phillips and Teton counties.
In addition, an American White Pelican near the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Sheridan County tested positive.
Although no case of human infection has been reported in Montana, 174 cases of WNV have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from other states. The highest rates reported this year have been in North and South Dakota.
“Montana has been fortunate in recent years with relatively few cases of WNV reported,” said DPHHS director Richard Opper. “However, recent activity in neighboring states is a concern. We want to remind everyone that WNV is preventable and taking simple precautions can make a big difference.”
In 2012, six human cases of WNV were reported in Montana, including one death. Nationwide, there were 5,674 cases of WNV in 2012 and, of those, 286 were fatal.
According to Joel Merriman of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Control Bureau, a seemingly late summer has stalled the increase in numbers of C. tarsalis, Montana’s common mosquito WNV vector. “This may explain the absence of reported human disease, to date, this season,” Merriman said.
Mosquito trapping, sampling and testing began in mid-June and will continue until approximately the end of September.
Most people who become infected with WNV experience no symptoms. Some individuals may develop a mild illness, called West Nile fever, which may last for three to six days. Generally, no treatment is needed. Other individuals, fewer than one of 150, may become severely ill with West Nile encephalitis or meningitis. Symptoms of this disease include headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, tremors, convulsions, coma and paralysis. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their health-care provider.
DPHHS reminds Montanans to take precautions and protect against West Nile Virus by following the five Ds for WNV prevention.
•DUSK/DAWN - Mosquitoes are most active during this time. If possible, stay indoors during the early morning and evening hours.
•If you must be outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, DRESS in long sleeves and pants.
•Before going outdoors, remember to apply an insect repellent containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). DEET is recommended by the CDC and is the most effective and best studied insect repellent available. Use a repellent containing 25 percent to 35 percent DEET when it is necessary to be outdoors. Children ages two to 12 should use repellent with 10 percent DEET or less. Products containing picaridin and permethrin have also been found to be effective in repelling mosquitoes, as has oil of lemon eucalyptus.
•To keep the mosquito population at bay around your home, DRAIN standing water in old tires, barrels, buckets, cans, clogged rain gutters and other items that collect water. Change water in pet bowls, flowerpots and birdbaths at least twice a week.
For more information about WNV protection and detection efforts, contact your local county health department or visit www.dphhs.mt.gov.