Written by John Plestina
The polling site at Mona Hall is being discontinued, leaving the Culbertson School gymnasium the sole place for voters to cast ballots in the May 6 school district election.
School trustees approved absentee ballots Monday, April 21, for people who would have voted at Mona Hall and requested the ballots.
In other business, the school board accepted a resignation from business teacher Deanne Weeks.
The trustees also approved the 2014-15 school year teacher assignments, which are the same as they are for the current year.
In another matter, the board approved the $113,341 technology budget for the 2014-15 school year that will fund a new computer lab with 30 computers in the school. The funding includes maintenance.
The board also approved the school calendar for 2014-15.
In other business, the trustees renewed the MUST Insurance Cooperative for employee health insurance for the next school year.
The board also approved a contract with Interquest Detection Canines a dog drug search service for two random drug searches next year.
In another matter, the board approved MHSA athletic activities for the next school year.
The trustees also discussed facility updates including bus storage and teacher housing. Those issues will be referred to a committee.
Written by Culbertson Searchlight
eEmergency is part of Avera eCARE™, a suite of innovative technology applications developed to improve patient safety and support the rural health care workforce.
This innovative service, now available at Roosevelt Medical Center, links two-way video equipment in the local emergency room to emergency-trained physicians at a central hub in Sioux Falls, S.D., 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This provides patients immediate access to board-certified ER physicians in our community. Our physician and physician’s assistants will still be on call and respond to provide emergency room care, but will have specialty support when needed.
“Board-certified emergency medicine physicians take a team approach,” says Dr. Don Kosiak, Avera eCARE Services medical director. “It is best when one of us does the critical thinking and one of us is doing, so eEmergency is a play out of this team approach in the rural setting,” Kosiak explains, noting the access it gives rural providers, who often practice alone.
Avera’s unique partnership model makes possible a wide range of medical services through the expertise of specialists, sophisticated technology and cutting-edge research to meet the health care needs of local communities and providers. Roosevelt Medical Center is Avera’s 86th emergency room remote support site.
Funding for the eEmergency project comes from a three-year grant from the Helmsley Foundation, which provides the communication equipment and installation as well as cost-sharing for licensure and subscription costs for the grant period.
The partnership Roosevelt Medical Center has with Avera and the Helmsley Foundation will help patients and families in several ways:
•Providing the availability of physician-rendered emergency care 24 hours a day, regardless of location.
•Streamlining access to specialists for better outcomes for patients with trauma, heart attacks and other emergency care issues.
•Supporting activation of emergency transport teams as early as possible, saving seconds.
•Providing support when the local facility experiences multiple emergency cases at once.
•Reducing unnecessary transfers.
•Assuring patients’ families access to a specialty consultation at home.
“eEmergency gives us the ability to extend and enhance the level of health care in our community,” says Audrey Stromberg, RMC administrator. “It elevates the level of care that we can support in our emergency department to where we are able to give better care in our community and keep patients here because we have a great support team standing right beside us at all times — at our fingertips when we need them.”
Written by Angela Miller
Planning is well underway for the 2014 Roosevelt County Fair and the board is excited about what is in store.
Back for the second year is the popular rib cook-off. A new category, “Anything But Ribs,” was added. Not only can grillmasters show off their rib skills, they can also enter other creations.
Headlining Friday night is the Charley Jenkins band. Jenkins was a top 12 finalist on the hit NBC show Nashville Star. Jenkins will perform Friday night after the livestock auction.
Fair books will soon be distributed. Visit the fair’s Facebook page and website, www.rooseveltcountyfair.com, for information about how to obtain fair books.
Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Lower Missouri River Basin Advisory Council has completed a draft report of recommendations it will forward to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at the end of May.
Before the report is submitted, however, a series of meetings, including one in Wolf Point, will be conducted around the basin to allow the public to comment on the recommendations.
Comments will be considered by the council as the report is finalized.
The Montana Water Supply Initiative project began during the summer of 2013, when Basin Advisory Councils were established in the Clark Fork, Yellowstone, Upper Missouri and Lower Missouri river basins.
The councils conducted public scoping meetings in the fall, and winnowed issues raised by the public down to the most pressing to guide the work of recommendation development.
In January, the councils began the difficult process of finding solutions to water resource issues that exist now, and may arise in the future.
The final recommendations development reports adopted by each of the four Basin Advisory Councils will assist DNRC staff in preparation of a state water plan that will be presented to the 2015 Montana Legislature.
Draft recommendations crafted by the LMR BAC include: requesting legislative funding support for additional research on the state’s aquifers; urging accurate completion of the ongoing water rights adjudication process; investigating water resources such as new off-stream storage sites to help meet future demands for water; seeking funding partners for expanding and maintaining the network of streamflow gages in all the watersheds across the state; and encouraging measurement of water wherever it is used.
Public meetings will be held in Harlowton at the Kiwanis Youth Center Tuesday, April 29; in Lewistown at the Yogo Inn Wednesday, April 30; in Havre at the Great Northern Inn Tuesday, May 6; and in Wolf Point at the Elks Club Wednesday, May 7.
All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately two hours.
Written by John Plestina
The Great Northern Development Corporation website might have gotten a little more user friendly.
GNDC grant administrator Brianna Vine said during the GNDC board meeting Thursday, April 10, that the new website is now online.
The site had been outdated. The improved version is smart phone compatible and uses the same web address at www.gndc.org.
“This year is our 20th anniversary and it hadn’t been updated in that time,” Vine said. “We want to make it a tool and an asset.”
It includes links to GNDC projects completed within the last five years, all programs GNDC works with, the newsletter and an archive of past newsletters. The business of the year is showcased on the website, which is Glasgow Floral and Gifts.
“It’s not very exciting, but it’s necessary information for people trying to get a loan,” Vine said.
GNDC also has a Facebook page.
Other business included a possible expansion and or remodeling of the GNDC building.
The 16-county GNDC provides services to businesses, which include assistance when applying for grants.
The board also discussed the annual meeting in July and possibly making it a golf event.