- Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a special prosecutor, Tuesday, May 12, for a case in 15th District Court against an oilfield worker from Florida accused of multiple counts including kidnapping and rape.
The commissioners voted to appoint a special prosecutor through the Montana Attorney General’s Prosecution Services Bureau to provide technical assistance to the Roosevelt County Attorney for the case against Joseph Martin Laturell, 52, of Florida and recently of
He pleaded not guilty in March to felony charges of sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated kidnapping and partner or family member assault, third offense.
Laturell has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail since March 8, held on $50,000 bail.
In other business, the commissioners approved a joint resolution that was also passed by the Culbertson City Council that will pave the way for a federal FAA grant for expansion of Big Sky Field, the county-owned airport in Cul-
The federal grant will cover 90 percent of costs. The total cost of the project is estimated at $152,000.
With the joint resolution, the county and municipal governments can secure the loan and put the project out for bids.
The project that is estimated to be completed in 2020 includes several land acquisitions.
- Written by Jaimee Green
Julie Johnston (left), a Maude Schuetze Foundation committee member, presents Jaimee Green, marketing and foundation director for Roosevelt Medical Center, with a grant certificate. (Submitted photo)
Roosevelt Medical Center is one step closer to replacing the window in the resident’s Sun Room, after its’ Foundation recently received $1,525 from American State Bank and Trust of Williston, N.D., through the Maude M. Schuetze Foundation.
The Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation made the application request last month in an effort to continue to reach their goal of $18,000 to complete the window project. To date, about $10,000 has been raised.
“The Foundation is continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of our local communities who continually answer the call to give. That generosity is what makes it possible for RMC to continue offering the very best in local healthcare” said Jaimee Green, marketing/foundation director for RMC.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Several area high schools will hold graduations in the coming week.
Bainville’s seniors will graduate Saturday, May 16, at 1 p.m., in the gym.
The class motto is, “Be proud of how far you have come and have faith in how far you will go.”
The graduates are Carly Bowker, Patrick Butikofer, Justin Freed, Mikayla Lambert, Michael Miller, Elizabeth Rabbe, Somer Reidle, Collin Ryder and Gabe Walch.
Brockton will hold graduation Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m., in the gym.
The class motto is “Each of us has different talents, different dreams and different destinations, but we all have the same power to make new tomorrows.”
The graduates are Wayan Bear, Laney Boadle, April Brown, Tyler Craft, Kensey Keil, Ellyn Plain Bull and Defender Walking Eagle.
The Culbertson graduation will be Saturday, May 16, at 2:15 p.m., in the gym.
The class motto is, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” — Ernest Hemmingway.
The graduates are Hannah Bawden, Angela Benson, Rayneese Bets His Medicine, Hannah Boyd-Weinberger, Samantha Fellman, Dominica Granada, Joseph Hanson, Mariah Machart, Zandalie Martell, Sheridan Martin, Michael Melbourne Vandall, Emily Nielsen, Madalynn Raab, Garret Reid, Thomas Scott, Tristan Sun Rhodes, Cody Van Why and Tony Williams.
Culbertson School announced the following eighth grade graduates. Brooke Bowland, Joseph Boyd, Chris Colgan, Kaitlyn Furukawa, Tristan Labatte, Chase Lambert, Lauren Lambert, Carter Nickoloff, Noah Nickoloff, Lucas Oelkers, Bryan Pederson, Gus Spradley and Camille Ward.
The Froid graduation will be Saturday, May 16, at 1 p.m., in the gym.
The class motto is, “In our hands we hold the future.”
The graduates are Cole Hofman, Patrick Kjelshus, Emmitt Reiland, Jeannie Schneider, Tessa Slater and Jordan Smith.
- Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County DUI Task Force discussed ways to use an expected $18,000 windfall during their meeting May 6.
Gov. Steve Bullock signed House Bill 132 into law in April, paving the way for the Roosevelt County’s task force to receive about $18,000 in funding by July 1.
The new legislation allows reallocation of unspent special revenue funds to Roosevelt County and 35 other counties that have DUI task forces or other county drinking and driving prevention programs, by allowing for the county portion of driver’s license reinstatement fees collected in counties that do not have task forces to be distributed on an equal basis to the 36 counties that have task forces on July 1 of each year.
County commissioner Gary Macdonald said what is likely to be $18,000 has averaged about $2,400 annually from DUI fines and fees. He said about $500,000 is being divided among the counties that have task forces.
Macdonald said the amount Roosevelt County receives in future years will not be as much.
The task force looked at the budget for the next fiscal year which will be about $21,000.
During the May 6 meeting, the task force discussed using part of the funding to establish one county-wide scholarship for a graduating high school senior in 2016. They also discussed establishing an essay or poster contest for junior high and younger students next year with first-, second- and third- place financial awards.
In other business, Macdonald said the Northern Tribes DUI Task Force has been created that includes the Fort Peck Reservation and others along the Hi-Line.
Another alcohol sales and service training will be held in Wolf Point June 9. Several have been held in Wolf Point and Culbertson during the past year.
Employees, managers and owners of bars, restaurants, convenience stores and other retail stores that sell or serve alcohol must take an alcohol sales and server training class that is mandated by state law and become certified within 60 days of being hired. After 60 days, employees cannot legally work without certification and owners of establishments could face fines for not ensuring that themselves and all of their employees are certified.
“They have to have it within 60 days [of being employed] or they’re breaking the law,” Macdonald said.
The task force is a citizens group appointed by the county commissioners that includes representatives of several law enforcement agencies and members of the public plans and funds public education, awareness and enforcement projects to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related crashes and deaths in Roosevelt County.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Culbertson School is participating in the “Jeans For Troops” fundraising drive to benefit the GI Go Fund for returning veterans.
The GI Go Fund is nonprofit organization that helps veterans returning home find employment, go to college, access their health care and financial benefits, and link to housing.
During the drive, which has schools and companies from all across the country participating in Culbertson School will honor Memorial Day and the men and women who have died defending our country by raising funds for military veterans and their families.
Culbertson School gave its employees and students the opportunity to wear jeans in exchange for a $5 donation to the GI Go Fund.
The organization did tremendous work in 2014 helping veterans obtain greater access to health care services, working with members of Congress in the wake of the VA scandal to implement legislation that gives veterans the ability to use their VA benefits to receive private health care.
Proceeds from this program will go to help the organization further its mission for veterans. The organization is currently looking to provide veterans with the tools and resources they need to find a steady job, from providing veterans with career mentorship to helping them access job training resources that will help them find employment with companies looking to hire veterans.
For more information about the GI Go Fund, or to see all the schools and business that are participating in the “Jeans for Troops” drive, visit www.gigofund.org.