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Annual Labor Day Trail Ride Held



The Culbertson Saddle Club hosted the annual Labor Day weekend trail ride through the countryside near Culbertson. Here, Brett Finnicum is seated on his wagon and Kenneth Arneson is in front of the horses.


Enjoying lunch during the Labor Day weekend trail ride are (from left to right) Bella Tibbs, Kylie Portra and Chloe Burks.


Taylor Bridges rides away during the annual Culbetson Saddle Club Labor Day weekend trail ride.   
 (Submitted photos)

Extension Hosts Trowel And Error Horticulture Tour August 19



This year’s Trowel and Error horticulture tour was held Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Culbertson as a cooperative effort of the Fort Peck Reservation Extension and Roosevelt County Extension offices. (Submitted photo)

The 2014 Trowel and Error horticulture tour was held in Culbertson, Tuesday, Aug. 19, as well as the Rain Barrel Workshop, Thursday, Aug. 21.
Participants got to see landscaping ideas, grapes growing, gardening in small spaces and larger spaces, unique container gardening and companion planting.
Tour stops this year included Jo and Mark Nelson, Bob Larsen, Don and Myrna Oelkers, Sharon and Gene Schmitz, Latisha Logan, Melba Anderson, and Kim and Clint Jacobs.  
Observers were delighted with the beautiful gardens and unique ideas that everyone has, but also had the chance to ask questions as to why they do what they do and if they have any issues with their plants.
The second part of this horticulture week was a rain barrel workshop. Both tours were sponsored by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant obtained by Wendy Becker, Fort Peck Reservation Extension agent, and Ann Ronning, Roosevelt County Extension agent.
The rain barrels were constructed in a hands-on workshop to conserve water and use the rain water for plants and landscaping.  They were given all tools needed to construct the barrels, each one in the group was helped with the process.
Becker taught them how to set them up at their locations and begin conserving water.
If you have any questions on how to construct your own rain barrel, contact the Fort Peck Reservation Extension office at 768-3431.

Alonzo Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

Adam Lucatero Alonzo, 31, of Williston, N.D. and San Bernadino, Calif., withdrew a not guilty plea and pleaded guilty in 15th District Court to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, Wednesday, Aug. 26, after signing a plea agreement.
Judge David Cybul­ski accepted the plea and found Alonzo guilty.
Alonzo testified that he had methamphetamine, syringes, small plastic bags, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, digital scale, 10 cell phones and $991 in cash and paraphernalia in his possession.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Alonzo and Hilario Velasquez, 34, of Williston, N.D., and Riverside, Calif., Sept. 25, 2013, following a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 2 eastbound, between Bainville and Culbertson. Alonzo was driving.
A jury convicted Velasquez, of two drug charges in 15th District Court, Friday, Aug. 1.

Brockton Woman Arraigned On Federal Embezzlement Charge

Jana Nygard, 28, of Brockton appeared for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Thursday, Aug. 21, on charges of embezzlement of government property and theft of mail by an officer or employee.
She pleaded not guilty.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, Nygard  faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
A grand jury indicted Nygard.
The United States Postal Service investigated the case.

Bigham, Crush, Jones Appear In District Court

Brandon Bigham, Kyle Travis Crush and Gary Ray Jones appeared in 15th Judicial District Court, Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Bigham, 30, of Minot, N.D., charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute appeared on a petition to revoke bail. He was also recently charged with criminal contempt.
Police in North Dakota arrested Bigham.
Judge David Cybulski added $20,000 to $10,000 bond Bigham previously posted for a total of $30,000.
Bigham also withdrew a plea agreement.
A trial is scheduled for Nov. 17.
Crush, 50, of Bainville, pleaded not guilty to assault with a weapon, intimidation, felony criminal endangerment and disorderly conduct during an arraignment. He is free on bail.
Undersheriff John Summers said the incident stems from a bar fight July 28 and that a complainant said Crush had a shotgun outside a bar.
Jones, 44, of Mesa, Ariz., appeared on a petition to revoke bail and signed a plea agreement in court.
He pleaded guilty to assault on a peace officer and felony driving under the influence for an incident that is alleged to have happened April 29.
A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy was reported injured.
Cybulski accepted the plea agreement and found Jones guilty.
Jones was brought into court on Wednesday, Aug. 13, on a bench warrant to answer a petition to revoke bond due to failure to comply with bail conditions.
He had been free on $40,000 bail, which Cybulski said no longer applies. Jones would have to put up an additional $40,000 bond to get out of jail.
Darryl James Lewis of Powell, Wyo., was scheduled to appear on a petition to revoke bail. He is incarcerated in North Dakota.
Lewis pleaded not guilty to five drug-related charges in July.