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Letter About Confederated Salish And Kootenai Tribes Compact

Dear Editor:
In response to the legislature report in the Feb. 19 Herald-news, I don’t think it was thought out completely because the [proposed] Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Compact was not something that was put together in a hurry. Six years ago, when the Fort Belknap Compact was approved, the legislators could see that it would take a lot of time to do the CSKT Compact because the treaties were written different than the rest of the reservations and would take a lot more time, and passed a bill to appropriate money and set up a committee made up with the governor’s office. The committee was comprised of four legislators, two from the Senate, two from the House, and equal parties of two Democrats and two Republicans, members from the CSKT Reservation, county commissioners from all counties and members from all parts of the state. There were a lot of local citizens who attended and had input.
When I chaired the State-Tribal Interim Committee, we held one meeting in Pablo and requested more time because if it was not done right, every thing would have to go through a federal court at landowner expense and take a lot more time. After reading the final draft, everyone gave some, which is like most agreements. And finally, after checking the records of the meetings, I did not see the good senator’s [John Brenden] name on any of the minutes and it seems the state has done about all it can to reach the agreement with the CSKT Compact. After Montana passes it, it will go to the U.S. Congress for more hearings.
Frank Smith

Letter From Froid Pastor

Dear people of the larger Froid community:

I have realized that I am the only clergy that lives in town. I also am part of the fire and EMS system. As part of my training, I have served as a chaplain and have completed almost all of the requirements to be nationally certified as a chaplain. I haven’t had the final interview yet. To that end, I would like to offer to serve as a chaplain to anyone in the community. A chaplain doesn’t try to convert anyone to their way but rather becomes someone who walks beside anyone they serve. I am not a professional counselor but I am available to listen and offer resources that I do have. Personally, I have been through the infertility work-up, adoption, children who had presented challenges including jail time, death of parents from cancer, Alzheimer’s, natural causes and a grandmother who has a grandson in our home for 21 years as a result of his father, an undocumented alien, being deported back to Guatemala. I am a breast cancer survivor as well. I can listen with empathy.

Pastor Alvina Olstead
Ebenezer and Froid
Lutheran congregations

Culbertson School Science Fair Held

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The Culbertson Science Fair Wednesday, Feb. 11, was considered a huge success, despite needing to be rescheduled after school was closed for bad weather on the original date.
This year, 126 projects were submitted by students in grades one through eight. Students in kindergarten through third grade are not required to participate, but can if they would like to. Twenty-two students in first- through third-grade participated.
There were 20 students who won blue ribbons at the science fair this year.
The fourth-grade blue ribbon winners were Alicyn Ator, Megan Granbois, Trevor Green, Brianna Miller and Kayli Olson.
Fifth- through eighth- grade blue ribbon winners have the opportunity to present their projects at the regional science fair in Havre.
The students eligible to go to Havre are: fifth- grade, James Kirkaldie, Saydee Lambert, Lexi Parham, Wyatt Snyder, Kahlela Thornton; sixth-grade, Chloe Burks, Bela Tibbs, Clayton Toavs; seventh- grade, Ashtyn Ator, Mariah Cathey, Rachael Gilbert; eighth-grade, Tristan Labatte, Chase Lambert, Lauren Lambert and Lucas Oelkers.
The school expressed gratitude to the Wild West Diner for supporting the Culbertson Science Fair and all the judges and other volunteers.

Williston Couple Accused Of Possessing Meth Released On $5K Bail Each

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District Judge David Cybulski agreed to reduce bail for a Williston, N.D., couple with companion felony drug cases from $25,000 each to $5,000 with waivers of extraction Wednesday, Feb. 11, allowing them to return to jobs in a Williston tattoo and piercing business. Both were freed on bond the following day.
Joshua Wayne Jones, 36, was arraigned on a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Melissa Ann Jewett, 32, was arraigned immediately after Jones on felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer.
Both pleaded not guilty to all counts.
According to the Roose-velt County Attorney’s Office, the business that employs Jones and Jewett is Skinful Pleasures, a Williston tattoo and piercing parlor.
Both have tattoos on their necks and Jones has what is clearly a swastika on the right side of his neck.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick O’Connor and Deputy Chelbi Brugh arrested Jones and Jewett Monday, Jan. 19, after making contact with them inside the State Line Casino near Bainville. Casino staff had requested that the RCSO remove Jones and Jewett from the establishment.
The RCSO had prior contact with the pair when the Gold Dust Casino, also located near Bainville, called Dec. 31, 2014, telling deputies that Jones was making employees nervous. At that time, deputies told Jones and Jewett to leave the casino. According to the RCSO, Jewett had given a false name and birth date. The RCSO dispatch data center was not operational for checks of suspects.
Jewett’s true identity became known Jan. 19, as well as Jones being on federal probation for a counterfeiting conviction. It was later learned that Jones was off supervised probation.
“Deputies had received criminal history information about Jones violent tendencies and his prior arrests for drug possession and weapons possession,” a narrative from Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers read.
The narrative also stated that Jones tried several times to put his hands in his pockets and was told not to by O’Connor and Brugh at the State Line Casino. Jones had to be secured in handcuffs.
Methamphetamine and a knife were found in Jones pockets.
One hydrocodone pill was found on Jewett that she did not have a prescription for.
The car Jones and Jewett were driving when they were arrested was towed to the RCSO in Wolf Point and a search warrant was secured. More hydrocodone pills, a pill bottle with a name on it other than Jones’ or Jewett’s and several cell phones were found in the car and secured as evidence.
The car was released to Jones when he and Jewett bonded out of jail Thursday, Feb. 12.
May 11 trial dates are scheduled.

Commissioners Approve Hiring Lobbyist, Vehicle Purchases

The Roosevelt County Commissioners authorized the hiring of a legislative lobbyist in Helena at a cost of $12,000 to push for approval of bills that could have financial impacts locally Tuesday, Feb. 17.
E.J. Redding of the Helena firm of M & B Strategies will focus on bills that could make funding available for road repairs and the new jail.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald said if grant funding could be secured for part of the cost of the jail, the county would not have to bond for as much money.
“It’s think it’s a good move,” he said.
“That’s going to be money well spent,” Commissioner Allen Bowker said.
In other business, the commissioners approved the purchase of a 2005 Chevrolet 3500 extended cab flatbed truck from High Plains Motors for $13,500.
The commissioners also authorized the purchase from Acme Tools of a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle for the weed board for $18,291.


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