- Written by John Plestina
Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a $300 monthly stipend for all permanent non-elected county employees, Tuesday, July 22, but excluded themselves and all elected officials following a citizen complaint.
The stipends are above and beyond the employees salaries and are intended as an incentive to remain on the job. The county has had difficulty retaining sheriff’s deputies and employees of other departments, especially on the east end of the county where the cost of housing is high.
Wolf Point resident Bill Juve said if the commissioners and other elected officials receive the stipends, the county’s compensation board should approve the stipends before the commissioners vote on them.
Juve cited roads that need repair, an issue he said should come ahead of stipends. He mentioned Rodeo Road several times. Juve has asked for repairs to Rodeo Road in the past.
Two compensation board members’ terms expired July 1 and the commissioners must reappoint them before that board could meet with a voting quorum. The earliest date that could happen is Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Assistant county attorney Jordan Knudsen will research whether the law requires the compensation board to make a recommendation on stipends for elected officials. If Knudsen determines that the compensation board does not have to weigh in on the decision, the commissioners could revisit the stipends for elected people as soon as Tuesday, July 29.
The stipends are tied to oil industry severance revenue funding. If the county’s revenue from the oil severance tax drops below an average of $400,000 per quarter, the stipend will cease.
“This will give our employees a very much deserved raise,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said. He added that the commissioners have the ability to discontinue the stipends if the severance revenue decreases.
A decision on the stipends had been delayed from Tuesday, July 15.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Bainville EMTs -- One of the Bainville EMT crew, Shellie Pacovsky was recently honored for 20 years of service to the community. (Submitted photo)
Roosevelt Medical Center emergency medical technician Shellie Pacovsky was recently recognized by the board of directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for achieving 20 consecutive years as a nationally registered EMT.
This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs across the nation.
To maintain her status as a nationally registered EMT, Pacovsky completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for EMTs in America. She not only completed courses to refresh her fundamental knowledge and skills but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance her knowledge on new lifesaving skills.
Pacovsky was first nationally registered as an EMT in 1994 and has been serving the Bainville community for the 20 years since then.
- Written by Nancy Mahan
Bus Fleet Grows -- Culbertson School District 17 purchased another bus this summer increasing the fleet to three buses. (Photo by Nancy Mahan)
The Culbertson School board addressed student absences during the monthly meeting, Tuesday, July 15.
Changes include that students missing five periods in any one class during a trimester, excluding school-sponsored events and activities, will receive a letter informing the student and family of the absences and concern for academic future.
Parents will be notified after the fifth and 10th absences. After the accumulation of the 10th absence, the student will have to earn a passing grade on the final assessment for that class to earn credit. Any student with 15 or more days absent will be recommended for expulsion.
Absenteeism was one of several changes in the student handbook. Other changes include college-level courses and valedictorian/salutatorian requirements.
The wording for the valedictorian/salutatorian guidelines read: “for a senior to be eligible for either the valedictorian or salutatorian award, he or she must have been in attendance at Culbertson High School during the final three consecutive trimesters. Valedictorian and salutatorian candidates must successfully complete either one or both trimesters of the following college prep curriculum by the conclusion of the second trimester of their senior year. 1). Either physics or chemistry and; 2). Two of the following three math classes; algebra II, trigonometry or calculus.”
The board also discussed students participating in the correspondence/college level courses. Those students will be required to maintain a full schedule of classes with all five periods of the school day being filled unless approved by administration. Students will be required to take offered classes at CHS but may be eligible for correspondence course on a case-by-case basis upon approval by the administration.
Only high school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity of taking college level courses with all costs for these courses born by the student. Courses may be eligible for transcript credit with approval by the administration and a letter must be signed by the student indicating if the college class will be put on the transcript for credit and GPA prior to taking the course.
The courses will be completed on the CHS campus, the student must have all materials needed for the course prior to the start of the trimester and the student must have an on-staff supervisor pre-arranged before the start of the trimester and before enrolling in the correspondence course.
The board also discussed bus barn construction plans that continue to develop with requests for color choices of the building, what type of heating to use inside the barn and how to design the drainage system. These requests were tabled for the next meeting.
Principal Mike Olson said the computer desks are to arrive in August for the computer lab. These desks come equipped with motorized screen compartments.
Superintendent Larry Crowder confirmed the current construction on the high school additions won’t be ready in time for the Aug. 20 start of school but closer to an October finish.
It was announced at the meeting that the high jump pad at the school track was formed and poured allowing for the rubber pad.
In addition, old athletic uniforms and smartboard projectors were approved for disposition.
The next school board meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the school.
- Written by Nancy Mahan
From a footprint in time to handprints in the cement.
It was decades ago that a visionary group of people created the Culbertson-Froid-Bainville [C-F-B] Healthcare Corporation to build the current building to continue to have hospital services in eastern Roosevelt County and to add nursing home services.
The Culbertson Hospital District Board operated the Culbertson Hospital in its location on Culbertson’s west side.
When the building no longer met code, the board dissolved the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Corporation and turned ownership over to the C-F-B Healthcare Corporation.
Eugene Larsen was chairman of the C-F-B and signed that agreement between the two entities, binding the C-F-B Healthcare Corporation to operation of a hospital and nursing home.
- Written by John Plestina
A convicted sex offender from Wyoming appeared in 15th District Court, Wednesday, July 16, for probation violations that include failing to register as a sex offender in Roo-sevelt County and for failing to register as a violent offender.
William B. Debbs Jr., 43, of Casper, Wyo., is listed on the National Sex Offender Registry as a Level 3 sex offender and a “sexually violent predator.”
He was convicted in Wyoming of sexual assault, first-degree and indecent liberties with a minor. The female victim was seven years old at the time of the assault, according to the registry.
The registry also lists Debbs with a Butte address.
Debbs said he was admitting allegations during the admissions hearing, but defense attorney John Wheatcroft said he was reluctant to allow him to do that. Debbs then denied the allegations.
Alleged probation violations also include alleged alcohol and drug use.