- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
This past year has been a real test for the volunteers at the Culbertson Food Bank. With the reduction in government subsidies and SNAP or Food Stamp program, people with small children, the elderly and unemployed are finding their food in short supply.
Recently, the Montana Food Network of Missoula published that one in five children in Montana are starving.
The Culbertson Food Bank has been depending on the communities of Culbertson, Bainville, Froid, the Fort Peck Tribal Council and area churches to help with food and finances. The volunteers of Culbertson and Froid are joined by people from Bainville and rural Brockton to stock and distribute food to those in need.
Children from Culbertson School and two area 4-H groups brought in several boxes of canned goods, fruit and personal care items.
The food bank is looking for some organization or a group to come up with a donation of turkeys to support families during the holidays. Now is the time that turkeys have to be ordered in time to supply those needy people.
The Culbertson Food Bank is the only food bank in Roosevelt County and it is only with the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that serve so generously with their time and labor that keep the doors open.
The food bank is always in need of money and food, and donations are appreciated. Checks may be sent to Hometown Market in Culbertson or Froid Grocery and mark checks for the Culbertson Food Bank. Checks may also be sent to The Culbertson Food Bank, P.O. Box 189, Culbertson,
- Written by Bill Juve
The county commissioners are planning several presentations [that began Tuesday, Oct. 14] on the need for a new jail and upgrade to the existing building. This issue was on the primary ballot, but it failed due to voter turnout so they were fully aware of the need.
Then, they took $455,000 a year that could have been used on the jail to give themselves and others a second generous pay raise. They had already received a cost of living raise.
The bond request for the jail is a 20-year deal and the almost $12 million needed is only an estimate at this time. The money the commissioners removed from the operating budget over 20 years amounts to $9.1 million. The second raise they approved is ongoing as long as the oil severance tax remains stable at the current level or increases. However, the commissioners have the sole power to change the use of this money.
If the need for a new jail was and remains so critical, why wasn’t this $455,000 put toward that use?
The Montana Code Annotated 15-36-332 (3) states in part: “... oil and natural gas production taxes for each county must be used for the exclusive use and benefit of the county.”
Was a raise for a privileged few the best use of our tax dollars or should it have gone to more pressing needs? The three county commissioners must have thought so.
- 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 to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Tuesday, Oct. 14, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding two female inmates and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 14:
•Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell;
•Malinda Bibb, 31, Minot, N.D., arrested on a warrant for bail condition violation, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Brandon Bigham, 30, Minot, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Scott Crain, 27 Froid, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing a peace officer and misdemeanor criminal mischief;
•Kyle Crush, 51, Bain-ville, driving while suspended and driving without insurance, bonded out;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer;
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of-county warrant;
•Julie Olson, 41, Boise, Idaho, driving under the influence, bonded out;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Kelly Severson, 47, Saco, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•William Earl Thomas, 31, Bakersfield, Calif., failure to drive on the right side of roadway; driving while suspended, driving while suspended or revoked, bonded out;
•Kalob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer;
•Scott Varner, 22, Crawfordville, Fla., criminal possession with intent to distribute;
•Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Wolf Point Justice Court Judge Tracy Harada administers the oath of office to new Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick (right) and undersheriff John Summers for his new term with the new administration, Thursday, Oct. 2. The county commissioners appointed Frederick to take office about one month prior to the election following the resignation of Sheriff Freedom Crawford that was effective Wednesday, Oct. 1. (Photo by John Plestina)
Commissioners OK Tribal Officers To Be Deputized For Animal Control In Culbertson, Bainville, Froid Areas
- Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved several changes for the sheriff’s office Monday, Oct. 6.
The changes included an agreement for the Fort Peck Tribes to provide animal control services throughout much of the county.
Tribal animal control would be certified to provide services off the reservation, including in the Culbertson, Bainville and Froid areas. The agreement allows Sheriff Jason Frederick to deputize tribal animal control officers to work in non-reservation areas in the eastern part of the county.
The agreement includes tribal animal control services for the Roosevelt County Health Department.
Other approved changes for the sheriff’s office included the promotion of Corey Reum to chief deputy and several other promotions and new hires. Reum will work under Frederick and undersheriff John Summers.
In other business, the commissioners approved an easement allowing Oasis Petroleum to bore water, gas, oil and communication lines under Montana Secondary Hwy. 327.
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said Oasis is aware that the Montana Department of Transportation plans construction to realign and repair Hwy. 327 with expected completion in 2017.
The commissioners also approved a request by ONEOK, Inc., a Tulsa, Okla., based natural gas company, to bore gas lines under County Road 1018, also near Bainville.
In another matter, the commissioners signed an agreement with the Fort Peck Tribes for shared use of the Jim Shanley Public Library in Poplar.