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Kim Francis' kindergarten class at Culbertson School displays the gifts they received from Kenny Smoker of HPDP.   (Photo by Mary Machart)

Commissioners Consider Cost Of Researching Oil Royalties

The Roosevelt County Commissioners continued a discussion of hiring an employee or consultant to research possible county ownership of oil royalties and mineral interests and costs the county could incur, Tuesday, Dec. 16.
The project that could take three or four years to complete could cost as much as $400 per day for a contracted consultant, which could be as much as $104,000 per year.
“If the price of oil tanks, is it worth the cost to the county,” Roosevelt County Attorney Jordan Knudsen asked.
The only way we could afford to do it is to advertise for a county employee and establish a good hourly wage,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said and added that the county cannot afford $400 per day.
Macdonald said some oil people have contacted the commissioners about the possibility of oil royalty research.
He said one recommendation is to start researching existing wells to ensure that the royalty information is correct.
Another suggestion discussed at the meeting was to start the research with the highest producing wells and work down to lower producing wells.
The commissionrs will revisit the matter in January.
In another matter, the commissioners approved a future purchase of body cameras for sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff Jason Frederick said he has not finished researching types of cameras and costs.

MDT Proposes An Overlay Project For Highway 16 Near Froid

The Montana Department of Transportation  would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to overlay about 7.5 miles of Highway 16, north and south of Froid in Roosevelt County. The project begins south of Froid and just north of county road 2044, at reference post 81.4 and extends north for 7.5 miles ending near county road 2051, reference post 73.8.  Proposed work includes applying a new overlay, and finishing with a seal & cover (chip seal), upgraded pavement marking, and signage. The purpose of the project is to extend the service life of the highway and take a cost-effective action to preserve and maintain the existing highway.
The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2015, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding. No new Right-of-Way or utility relocations will be needed.
For information, contact Shane Mintz at 406-345-8212.

11 Culbertson Kids Score In Top 10 At Science Olympiad

Eleven of 15 participants from Culbertson at the Junior High Science Olympiad scored in the top 10 in at least one event.
Abby Ator placed third in disease detectives, sixth in anatomy and physiology; Ashtyn Ator, third in disease detectives; Mackenzie Blair, third in Picture This; Kaitlyn Furukawa, third in Picture This; Mariah Cathey, third in Picture This; Aaliyah Moon, third in Write It, Do It; Lauren Lambert, third in Write It, Do It; Eli Williams, 10th in meteorology; Jacob Crowder, 10th in meteorology; Jacob Martin, sixth in solar system, sixth in anatomy and physiology; and Lucas Oelkers, sixth in solar system.

CHS Brings Home Medals From Billings

The Culbertson High School Speech and Drama team competed at Billings Central Catholic High School Saturday, Dec. 13.
They competed against over 300 students from 24 AA, A, B and C schools.
When the day was done, Dominica Granada placed first in memorized public address, Garrett Reid sixth in memorized public address, McKade Mahlen first in impromptu, Emma Pederson fifth in humorous solo and Michaela Cathey fifth in mime.
The speech team brought home the gold, placing first amongst all class B and C schools, and the drama team took first for class C schools.

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