- 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.)
As of Monday, June 15, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, June 8, and Monday, June 15:
•Tyler Bostick, 22, Lustre, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked. Bonded out;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jeffery Christoffersen, 61, Froid, driving under the influence, bonded out;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer and resisting arrest;
•Cody Green, 19, Indianapolis, Ind.; criminal contempt;
•Amelia Hackman, 32, Scobey, contempt of court from Sheridan and Daniels counties;
•Aimee Jacobs, 38, St. Ignasius, warrant for probation and parole violation;
•Randy Knoble, 37, Froid, driving under the influence, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, speeding, exceeding night limit;
•Nicodemus Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D.; criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out of county warrant;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•John Mincey, 47, Poplar, theft, first offense;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
•Zachery Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out of county warrant;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation.
•Dhara Zinke, 23,
Kalispell, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, first offense;
•Zach Zilkoski, 23, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, bonded out.
- Written by Jaimee Green
Callie Hendrickson, a certified nurse’s aide, (left) and Kyla Traeger, trauma coordinator for Roosevelt Medical Center, are pictured with the certificate RMC received re-designating the facility as a trauma receiving hospital. (Photo by Jaimee Green)
Roosevelt Medical Center recently received its’ re-designation as a trauma receiving facility from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Emergency and Trauma System, in Helena.
Staff of RMC voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Montana’s statewide trauma system. The process included an outside review of the hospital’s emergency room resources and capabilities to care for a trauma patient. They also participate in a continuous, performance improvement process.
“Our only motivation is improving patient care. It’s about us constantly raising the bar and getting better so that the patient has the best possible chances for a positive outcome. We live in Frontier America, and we serve our community on the front-lines of patient care. We have to have those life-saving skills. There’s no other option,” RMC Trauma and Disaster Coordinator Kyla Traeger said.
This designation helps ensure RMC staff is trained to assist patients suffering from traumatic injuries that can include head injuries, burns, penetrating injuries and pelvis fractures.
“For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving emergency care is the most important predictor of survival. A trauma system enhances the chances for survival regardless of proximity to a larger hospital. Best practices standards guide each stage of trauma care to ensure those patients are promptly transported to and treated at facilities appropriately prepared and equipped to care for the severity of their injuries,” RMC EMS director Teresa Moore said.
The hospital received its’ first three-year designation in 2008 and then again in 2011 and 2014. They received notification of their qualifying status last week.
“The performance improvement process we operate guides us toward addressing issues we need to improve to better the quality of care. The process is ongoing and we are always looking for ways to enhance and further develop our trauma care capabilities. This includes continual review of policies and procedures and maintaining and updating our medical equipment,” Moore said.
Even after the designation is received, RMC continually trains and prepares for the next trauma patient, further developing their trauma education and skills.
“Our staff are excited about continuing to develop our trauma services while being part of a statewide effort to treat patients with traumatic injuries to the very best of our ability,” Traeger said.
Currently, Dr. Don Helland serves as the trauma medical director.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The 53rd annual Culbertson Frontier Days rodeo will be this Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, in the Culbertson Saddle Club Arena.
There will be a parade downtown on Saturday at noon, a street dance night Friday night at Montana Bar and a barn dance at the Saddle Club grounds Saturday night.
Rodeo performances are scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
The estimated purse is $18,000.
Contact Luke Anderson for additional rodeo information at 787-5860.
- Written by John Plestina
Culbertson area residents that are concerned about a proposed landfill that would accept oilfield waste, including naturally-occurring radioactive materials, have an opportunity to express their opinions to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality during a public meeting, at town hall, Thursday, June 11, from 6-8 p.m.
“Within a two-mile radius there are 18 homes,” Culbertson mayor Gordon Oelkers said.
They finally got a completed permit with DEQ, so now DEQ is doing their public hearing on it,” he said.
MDEQ began the permitting process for the proposed radioactive Bakken Oilfield waste dump in February 2014.
A permit would allow Clay Butte Environmental, a Minnesota company, to establish the landfill on 149 acres of a 160-acre site on the west side of Montana Hwy. 16, about five miles north of Cul-
The landfill also would accept contaminated soil from oil spills and would have a capacity of nearly 10 million cubic yards.
According to an MDEQ study, waste would be tested for radiation and levels exceeding a maximum threshold would be rejected.
North Dakota produces the majority of oilfield waste in the region, but lacks a radioactive waste facility.
Montana allows higher levels of radioactive waste than North Dakota.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Culbertson Town Council adopted a resolution on June 1 to increase sewer rates.
The town currently anticipates issuing approximately $3,521,000 of sewer system revenue bonds to fund part of the cost of designing and constructing improvements to the municipal sewer system and the costs of issuance of bonds.
The town is proposing to increase sewer rates to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds, to pay the costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the system and to establish appropriate reserves. Costs of the Phase II Improvements will be paid from the bonds that will be purchased by USDA Rural Development, as well as various grants and funds of the town.
The town uses an equivalent dwelling unit methodology for imposing rates and charges, which is based on the size of the meter servicing each connection. A ¾-inch and 1-inch service, which is the standard service for single family residential users, equals one equivalent dwelling unit.
The town currently charges sewer users a $40.90 monthly flat rate for each equivalent dwelling unit plus a usage charge of $3.46 per 1,000 gallons of water used per user per month.
The base charge will increase to $58 effective Aug. 1.
The town also intends to continue the current usage charge.
In the event that water service is shut off at the curb, the town proposes charging those inactive connections a $50.46 base rate.
A public hearing on the proposed rate increase will be held on July 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the town hall, 210 Broadway Ave.
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