- Written by John Plestina
Accumulating snow was predicted for this week across the Hi-Line Monday, Nov. 23.
According to the National Weather Service in Glasgow, a cold front was expected to bring falling temperatures Tuesday afternoon with rain quickly turning to snow and spreading eastward from Phillips County to the rest of northeast Montana. The bulk of the snow was expected to exit the area by Wednesday night.
“As we get closer to the upcoming storms system Tuesday through Thursday, some rough numbers and placements have started to appear in the magic crystal ball we use. Accumulating snow and lower temperatures are indeed likely across the whole of northeast Montana,” NWS Glasgow meteorologist Grant Hicks said in a statement.
Hicks’ rough guess Monday morning called for ½ inch to 2 inches north of U.S. Hwy. 2 and 2 to 5 inches south of Hwy. 2.
High temperatures on Wednesday were forecasted to be in the 20s with falling temperatures likely throughout the day. Once the center of the cold air mass settles into the region Wednesday night, overnight lows may reach into the lower teens to single digits.
North to northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts are possible Wednesday, with the possibility of blowing snow and reduced visibility. Winds are expected to calm slightly overnight but still be high enough to generate wind chills in the single digits above and below zero.
Hicks cautioned that accumulating snowfall might make for slick driving conditions leading into the Thanksgiving holiday with possible blowing and drifting snow reducing visibility and producing a stiff wind chill.
One week earlier winds exceeding 50 mph Wednesday, Nov. 18, toppled a few trees, caused power outages in some areas and fanned flames from a house fire in Wolf Point that threatened several neighbors’ homes.
Blustery winds wind plummeted wind chills to the single digits when a strong cold frontal system made its way through eastern Montana. Gusts were reported as high as 65 mph. Winds were reported at 56 mph in the Froid area. The highest wind speed reported for Poplar was 59 mph, and 43 mph for Culbertson.
In contrast, wind gusts from the same storm system ranging from 75 to 115 mph were reported in Spokane, Wash.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
Culbertson was preparing for Thanksgiving feasts one-hundred-years ago; many local items in the Nov. 26 publication of The Searchlight consisted of businesses reporting that they are selling their turkeys. There seemed to be some shenanigans happening as well.
“A bold bad man broke into the Farmers Store Tuesday night, probably the same one that tried to burglarize the Moen Store. He tapped the cash register containing between $18.00 and $20.00. The burglar made his entry by carefully taking off the back window, then he reached thru a small hole which was already broken in the window, and turned the catch, raised the window and entered. Just like that. H.M. Smith, the manager of the store, thinks the man was a local thief and knew how to make his way around the store.”
“Don’t forget the Thanksgiving Dance tonight (Friday). Come one come all and have a royal good time at the Ball.”
“The movies are better than ever before. The three reel feature on Tuesday night was certainly a dandy and the one last night was equally good.”
“The weather has warmed up somewhat, just enough to make it muddy underfoot, but not enough to thaw the ground for plowing.”
“Many farmers were in town Tuesday, buying turkeys and other delicacies for their Thanksgiving dinner.”
“A new school house is being erected at Andes.”
The Nov. 26, 1915 publication of The Searchlight reported on the passing of a horse belonging to a newspaper employee, along with many other local items based around news, entertainment and businesses around town advertising in the hopes of gaining a few more customers nearing the Christmas season. Local items are listed below.
“The famous driving mare belonging to the Searchlight editor took a fit, threw her foal and then died last Saturday. We have a harness and buggy for sale.”
“Buy your Christmas presents at Ortschied’s and get a ticket on the diamond ring with every dollar purchase. Ortschied’s Jewelry store, Culbertson, Montana.”
“The Olson photo studio will be open every Sunday from now until after New Years.”
“Come early to the Movies at the Princess Theatre. A Victrola concert will be given each evening before the show starts.”
“The party who stole the cutter from the Mathews farm east of town is known. Prosecution can be avoided by returning the cutter to the farm.”
“The Thanksgiving dance in the Opera Hall netted the Royal Neighbors the neat sum of $100 of which about $30 is clear.”
“The twin reservoirs at the water works station have been sealed inside this week to keep them from freezing during the winter.”
“The power ferry has quite a time making its last trip Monday evening. It drifted down the river about two miles, and landed on the sand bar. The trip was finally completed and then the boat quit for the season.”
- 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. Names on the jail roster are those of everyone incarcerated and persons booked into the jail during the previous week and does not necessarily mean there is a new charge or conviction. Some individuals might be serving time for a previous conviction.)
As of Monday, Nov. 16, 12 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding four females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Nov. 16, and Monday, Nov. 23:
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Tyrell “TJ” Connor, 30, Wolf Point, federal warrant - probation violation, transported to Great Falls jail;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer and resisting arrest;
•Aaron Etner, 33, Fresno, Calif., partner or family member assault;
•Isaiah Follet, 33, Wolf Point, federal warrant for a probation violation, transported to Great Falls jail;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Orrin Hernandez, 33, Reserve, federal warrant for a probation violation, transported to Great Falls jail;
•Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of-county warrant;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•John Kramer, 31, Williston, N.D., disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer;
•Lavern Knoble, 53, Poplar, felony theft;
•Morgan Long, 29, Frazer, out-of-county warrant. Transferred to Valley County Detention Center;
•John Menz, 31, Poplar, driving under the influence, criminal child, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal endangerment, driving under the influence - detectable level of intoxication and driver under the influence of any drug [narcotics.];
•Jim Simpson, 47, Culbertson, driving under the influence - first offense;
•Adam Stephan, 42, Plentywood, 72-hour hold;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order - first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Culbertson School held a Veteran’s Day Program for the students Wednesday, Nov. 11. The second picture is music teacher Lana Hekkel preparing her elementary students to perform for the program. (Submitted photos)
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Froid School Board discussed a board vacancy during a heavily attended regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Chairperson Scott Westlund declared a board vacancy due to the resignation of Greg Sunwall, saying that an ad will be placed in The Searchlight and the Sheridan County News asking for individuals that are interested in the position.
Persons interested should send a letter of interest and reasoning to the school board by Friday, Dec. 4, for review at the December scheduled meeting.
The vacancy must be filled within 60 days of the declaration of vacancy, which is Jan. 9, 2016.
Roosevelt County Superintendent Jeri Toavs will appoint someone to fill the vacancy if no individual fills the position.
Following the resignation of district superintendent Felecia Kleven, Ken Taylor has been promoted to interim superintendent. The board has approved the district pay the entire premium for his health insurance, some $2,500 for his superintendent internship and $500 for the SAM mentoring program.
The superintendent job description was discussed, with Taylor telling the board that he will look it over and mark which items he feels are more for a principal rather than a superintendent.
Michael Reiter has been hired as an aide, receiving $12 per hour for the month of December, with a teaching housing rent set at $200 for the month of December should he choose to move in. Once Reiter has completed his OPI certification, the board has approved to hire him as a teacher. His duties will be assigned by the superintendent and his salary will be base salary prorated for the second semester.
Taylor reported that the TEAMS, CSIP, Transportation and Title IIA- teacher quality reports are complete.
“Parent teacher conferences went well with most parents in attendance,” he said.
School was released at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, for teachers to participate in CPR and first aide training.
Ashley Weaver is now the bus driver for Route 3A west of Froid.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre will be at the school the week of April 18, 2016, involving younger students in the performance of “Jungle Book.”
The senior class of Froid High School participated in college application week, which waives or defers application fees for in-state colleges.
The stage for the gym has been ordered, a security camera and doorbell for the main school entrance have been ordered and will be installed and the top oven in the school kitchen has stopped working and parts will be ordered to fix it , according to Taylor. He will provide a list of needed repairs and fixes for all school buildings and present it at the next board meeting.
A letter was sent to Taylor from the Opheim Public School, inquiring about Froid’s possible interest in enrolling and providing transportation for a student from Opheim. He plans to send a letter to Opheim school stating that Froid will not enroll and provide transportation for the student due to the long-distance.
Duane Larsen, athletics director, gave the athletics report to the board, saying that district and divisional volleyball tournaments are completed, with the Froid/Medicine Lake team finishing in third place at the district tournament, which advanced them into divisionals. Football season has also finished and Larsen has begun forming the schedule for next year’s season. Junior high basketball for boys and girls has begun and will end in December. High school basketball’s first game of the season is slated for Friday, Dec. 18.
High school speech and drama has commenced with their first meet falling on Nov. 14.
Bailey Christoffersen, student council president, presented the student council report to the board, mentioning that several classes are fundraising and the Christmas party will be held on Dec. 22, though, the student council is still planning activities for it. Tracie Smith is now the student council advisor.
After much discussion, the board approved to pay an additional $4,000 to finish paying for the electronic sign. Westlund, in his capacity at Sheridan Electric Co-op, is attempting to find matching funds for the sign.
A discussion was held on the demolition of an old building on school property. The board decided to have any items in the building removed responsibly. Once the items are removed, the superintendent will contact someone to tear down the building.
Taylor presented a revised copy of Policy 2320 that addresses field trips to the board. It reads: “Field trips that will take students out of the country or in excess of a 120-mile radius from Froid must be approved in advance by the board; building administration may approve all other field trips.” This was the first reading of the policy revision.
Taylor also reported that he is in contact with several companies about providing new door entry systems for all outside doors of the school and replacing the traditional locks.
The board approved to put the recently received oil and gas money into the respective Flex funds. The district received $12,846 for the elementary school and $8,509 for the high school.
Thomas Buses and Hartley Bus Company will be at the December meeting to discuss the purchase of a new bus.
Final formation of four possible committees will occur at the December board meeting. The four possible committees that will be established are as follows: safety, faculty, personnel and technology. Taylor suggested the following make up for each committee: safety will have one board member, one community member and one staff member; faculties will have two board members, one administrator, one staff member and one maintenance staff person; personnel will have two board members, one administrator and the clerk, Joyce Harvey; technology will have two board members, one administrator, one elementary staff member and one high school staff member.
Board members in attendance were Melissa Elvsaas, Andrea Miller and Lynda Labatte. Other attendees were Jennessa Parenteau, Lisa Salvevold, Conrad Luft, Jill Davidson, Michael Reiter, Allison Krogedal, David Krogedal and Shele Christoffersen.