- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Roosevelt County Fair and Culbertson Rural Fire Department are working in collaboration for a new building that would be an event center and fire hall to be utilized year round by both parties.
Culbertson Rural Fire Department has doubled the amount of calls in the past five years. The department responded to 34 calls in 2009, and 71 so far this year.
Of those fire calls, only 20 percent were oilfield related. Oilfield calls averaged two per year per town. At present time, Culbertson RFD travels from Brockton to Williston, and Froid to the flashing light at the intersection of Hwys. 16 and 201 to Fairview with one hazmat truck, eight fire trucks and 24 volunteer firefighters.
Roosevelt County Fair currently hosts the annual county fair each summer and the building/grounds are also rented out for reunions, weddings, funerals, and other large functions or occasions. Because none of the buildings are winter weather friendly, the grounds are only utilized between May and October. The new building will lay approximately at the same point where the current quonset/4-H buildings stand at the fairgrounds, and will be the same size, but because there is presently approximately 12 feet of unused space between the buildings, space will be gained. A goal for seating will exceed 500 people.
From east to west the building would be 225 feet. Half will be split by a wall for each department to have equal sides. From north to south the building will be 100 feet. There will also be an awning off the back of the building on the north side, which will gain more access for outdoor vendors and activities. This bare structure has been bid at $900,000 or $40 per square foot. That includes ground source heating.
For a finished building, the collaboration is looking at approximately $1.5 million. That would include lockers, storage, washing machines, showers, a maintenance bay and a training facility for the fire department. The fair would also need a storage room, kitchen, and year-round office, as well as restrooms.
Nonprofit tax exempt 501C status has been set up at First Community Bank for anyone who would like to donate to the development of the project. There is also a GoFundMe account titled “Roosevelt County Fair and Fire. For additional information, visit www.gofundme.com/rooseveltfairfire.
- Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners discussed hiring an employee or consultant to research possible county ownership of oil royalties and mineral interests Tuesday, Dec. 9.
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said the county might not be getting all royalties it is entitled to and research could lead to the county recovering royalties it might be entitled to.
The research could be a lengthy process, possibly taking two or three years.
Assistant county attorney Jordan Knudsen said the research should begin with the eastern end of the county where there is the most oil exploration and work westward.
Knudsen called the research “specialized borderline legal work.”
No decision was made on whether to hire an employee or a consultant.
The commission will revisit the issue at another meeting later this month.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Culbertson High School speech and drama team traveled to Hardin over the weekend and did an amazing job of representing Culbertson, as they competed against 24 schools and over 400 students.
Placing were: Nica Granada, first in memorized public address; Garrett Reid, second, memorized public address; and Michaela Cathey, third, mime.
Several of the students finished within the top 10, and all the students had excellent scores throughout the day.
Overall, the team once again won first-place in both speech and drama sweepstakes.
- Written by Macy Kirkaldie
Science Olympiad is a great learning opportunity for our youth. This contest is a very interesting and fun experience, which includes many beneficial characteristics. This year, our Culbertson team competed competitively.
Science Olympiad is a highly anticipated event which occurs once each year.
Typically, the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving is when the competition is held.
About 40 high school and junior high students load a bus and set off towards Bozeman. The event is hosted on the Montana State University campus. There are roughly 28 events, with around 88 teams. This year, 1,031 students participated in this state-wide competition.
A student who attends and participates in the contest learns many beneficial characteristics. Once the rules for each event are released, competitors only have about two months to prepare. Having a deadline forces students to put in their own time and gives them a glance at the demanding real world. Science is not always a student’s favorite subject, but these events really make science fun with over 1,000 other students in Bozeman.
Science Olympiad is a great place to make new friends with common interests. If students do well in their competition and advance to the next level, many scholarship opportunities are offered.
Students from Cul-
bertson who competed this year have accomplished team and personal bests. Everyone who endured the nine-hour bus ride competed very hard the next day. Each had put in many long, brainstorming hours, and had high hopes of doing well. Nearly half Culbertson High School’s duos placed in the top six. Hannah Bawden and Samantha Fellman placed second, receiving medals in Disease Detectives. Joey Bawden and Macy Kirkal-die placed first in Geologic Mapping.
As a team, Culbertson brought home their first trophy.
High school students placed first in small schools, as did the junior high competitors. Overall, against all the large and small attending schools, Culbertson High School placed fourth, missing yet another trophy by only one placing.
Everyone who attended had a great time at Science Olympiad. Next year, this time will come around again and students will be ready to work hard. Students learned many new interesting facts and science ideas.
Hopefully Culbertson can do just as well, if not better, next year. This competition is a wonderful learning experience as well as a fun time for creative, adventurous students.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday, Dec. 8, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding one female inmate and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Dec. 2 and Monday, Dec. 8:
•Robert J. Armstrong, 27, Wolf Point, partner/ family member assault;
•Malinda Bibb, 31, Minot, N.D., arrested on a warrant for bail condition violation, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Eric Elton, 38, Watford City, N.D., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of drugs, driving while suspended, released;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Clint W. Hansen, 25, Post Falls, Idaho, partner/ family member assault;
•Daniel G. Hutchison, 53, Salmon, Idaho, partner or family member assault;
•Alexander Jirone, 33, Rapid City, S.D., criminal endangerment, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, speeding on non-interstate-exceed night speed limit, operating with expired registration, operating without liability insurance;
•Jennifer Johnshoy, 29, Crookston, Minn., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer;
•Cletus Keiser, 27, Wolf Point, arrested on federal warrant, transferred to federal custody in Great Falls;
•Dakota Kinzie, 23, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer;
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Patrick Lally, 36, driving under the influence, bonded out;
•William Lambert, 42, Poplar, arrested on federal warrant, transferred to federal custody, Billings;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, Chattoroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of- county warrant;
•Michelle Parker, 41, San Diego, Calif., arrested on bench warrant;
•Derek Reed, 32, Seattle, Wash., criminal contempt warrant;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Gerald Strader, 39, Wolf Point, driving under the influence, released;
•Kalob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer.