- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The fourth quarter honor roll for Bainville junior and senior high school students has been announced.
Seniors: Russell Bow-ker, Anthony Curtis-Lozano, Rhett Harmon, Caylee Holcomb, Chance Hyatt [4.0 GPA], Don Johnson [4.0 GPA], Haakon Jorgenson, Aaron Knudsen, Bree Rhodes and Daniel Wendt.
Juniors: Carly Bowker, Patrick Butikofer, Mikayla Lambert, Elizabeth Rabbe, Somer Reidle [4.0 GPA], Collin Ryder and Gabriel Walch.
Sophomores: Mariah Becker, Samantha Holte [4.0 GPA], Beau Hyatt, Andri Rhodes, Brandon Ross, Katelyn Sandvik and Austin Strickland.
Freshmen : Cheyla Bruce, Mackenzie Butikofer, Trustin Holcomb, Gracie Jorgenson, Dylan Rabbe, Abby Reidle, Austin Romo, Elijah Romo and Cathryn Russell.
Eighth Grade: Macala Adkins, Taylor Mayer, Joely Picard, Elise Romo, Jasmine Russell [4.0 GPA], Jaden Strickland, Coltin Thompson and David Winn.
Seventh Grade: Morgan Holte, Bonny Krogedal [4.0 GPA], Lextyn Portra [4.0 GPA], Allie Romo [4.0 GPA], Summer Romo, Kataryna Ross and Paytyn Wilson.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Culbertson Lions Club will accept scholarship applications until Aug. 1 for the school year 2014-15.
This is an annual scholarship for post graduates from CHS that have finished one year of college/tech school.
There will be two or more $500 scholarships given to selected applications.
Applications can be obtained from the Culbertson School guidance or superintendent Larry Crowder or any Lions Club member.
This is an annual Lions Club Scholarship since 1987, the Centennial Year Belt Buckle project.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The 2014 Froid Research Farm Field Day is set for Thursday afternoon, June 26, and kicks off with a tour of United Grain Corporation’s recently completed 1.4 million bushel capacity elevator in Culbertson.
The tour begins at 1 p.m. and field day participants are asked to meet at the elevator located at 111 First Ave. SW in Culbertson. Following the UGC tour, activities will move to the Froid Research Farm for the remainder of the day. The farmsite is located eight miles north of Culbertson on Montana Hwy. 16.
The United Grain Corporation was established in 1969 and is now one of the leading wheat export companies in the Pacific Northwest. Its export terminal located in Vancouver, Wash., boasts the largest storage capacity of any west coast grain export facility with over seven million bushels of storage. In addition to Culbertson, the company has elevators in Bucyrus, N.D., and Conrad, Moccasin and Pompey’s Pillar.
Also featured at this year’s tour are research talks on: microbial controls for wireworm; oilseed / cover crop mixes as fallow replacements in two-year durum rotations; plant breeding / market development of Ethiopian mustard, Russian olive removal/ restoration success and cost; diversified cover crop mixes demonstration plots; a thirty-year study of tillage and cropping sequence impacts on yields and soil properties, and more.
The day concludes with the annual free steak dinner at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Sheridan and Roosevelt county conservation districts. Other event sponsors include the Sheridan and Roosevelt County Extension offices, and the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney.
Pesticide points are pending. More tour details will be available shortly. For more information on the day, contact Beth Redlin at 406-433-9427.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The public safety bonding measure that would have funded a replacement for the aging Roosevelt County jail failed at the polls Tuesday, June 4, but not in votes. It received 57.93 percent [986-716] but failed because 34.88 percent of registered voters cast ballots, slightly fewer than the state mandated 35 percent minimum turnout for passage.
In contrast, the percentage of registered voters who cast ballots in neighboring McCone County was 54.71 and 48.80 in Valley County. The county with the highest percentage was Wibaux with 69.54. The statewide turnout was 33 percent.
In the hotly contested race for sheriff, Jason Frederick finished first with a landslide 1,515 votes for 77.85 percent with two-term incumbent Freedom Crawford finishing a distant second with 229 votes. Mike Matthews received 142 votes and Don Tomsic, 59. There was one write-in vote. Crawford and Frederick will face each other in the November general election.
In State House District 31, incumbent Bridget Smith will likely serve another term after defeating Bill Whitehead 452-378 in the Democratic primary. There was one write-in vote on a Democratic ballot and 22 on Republican ballots. There is no declared Republican challenger and no write-in candidates have publicly emerged so far.
In State House District 34, incumbent Austin Knudsen received 353 votes to four write-ins in the Republican primary. Gene Hartsock received 131 votes in the Democratic primary with one write-in.
In Roosevelt County Commission District 1 [east side of the county], Allen Bowker received 395 votes and Frank Smith 254. They will face each other again in November. The position is currently held by Jim Shanks, who is not running for reelection.
Republican Steve Daines will face Democratic incumbent John Walsh for the U.S. Senate in the November election.
Daines received 110,236 votes for 83.15 percent in the Republican primary. Susan Cundiff was in second place with 11,896 votes and Champ Edmunds trailed with 10,078.
In Roosevelt County [100 percent of votes counted]: Daines received 700 votes for 84.34 percent; Cundiff. 90; and Edmunds, 39.
In the Democratic primary, Walsh had received 48,348 votes for 63.93 percent. John Bohlinger was second with 17,087 and Dirk Adams was third with 10,026.
In Roosevelt County: Walsh received 546 votes for 57.41 percent; Bohlinger, 283; and Adams, 122.
Democrat John Lewis will face Republican Ryan Zinke for the U.S. House at-large seat that Daines currently holds.
Lewis received 42,286 votes for 59.59 percent. John Driscoll finished second with 28,387.
In Roosevelt County: Lewis lost to Driscoll 470-405.
Zinke received 43,525 for 33.09 percent in the five-way race. The other results were: Corey Stapleton, 38,481; Matt Rosendale, 37,896; Elsie Arntzen, 9,034; and Drew Turiano, 2,275.
In Roosevelt County: Zinke finished third with 156 votes, behind Rosendale with 321 and Stapleton with 175. Arntzen received 78 and Turiano 28. There were three write-in votes.
Incumbent clerk and recorder Cheryl A. Hansen received 1,641 unopposed with 16 write-in votes.
Incumbent county attorney Ralph “Jim” Patch received 1,459 votes unopposed with 39 write-in votes.
Incumbent county treasurer Betty Romo received 1,672 unopposed with eight write-ins.
Supreme Court Justice No. 1: Jim Rice, 129,515; W. David Herbert, 39,859. In Roosevelt County, Rice received 1,141 and Herbert, 350. There were four write-in votes.
Supreme Court Justice No. 2: Mike Wheat, 102,216; Lawrence VanDyke, 63,488. In Roosevelt County, Wheat received 917 to 501 for VanDyke. There were five write-ins.
Public Service Commissioner District 1: Republican Travis Kavulla received 19,358 votes unopposed. In Roosevelt County, Kavulla received 652 votes and three write-ins on Republican ballots. There were 40 write-ins on Democratic ballots.
Other ballot questions
Roosevelt County local government review was defeated 852-809.
Wolf Point local government review was defeated 280-204.
Poplar local government review was approved 131-37.
Brockton local government review was approved 18-8.
Culbertson local government review was approved 74-73.
Bainville local government review was approved 23-12.
Froid local government review was approved 22-18.
Justice of the peace Post 1: Traci Harada received 1,603 votes unopposed with 20 write-in votes.
Justice of the peace Post 2: Penny Hendrickson received 1,545 votes unopposed with eight write-ins.
- Written by John Plestina
The first photo is is Barbara Hamilton, a veteran, accepting two of the 49 Congressional Gold Medals from Fort Peck Tribes Chairman A.T. Rusty Stafne on behalf of two deceased relatives who served as code talkers during World War II; Matt Adams and Charles Adams. The second photo is Keith Bear of New Town, N.D., a Vietnam veteran, holding the medal he accepted on behalf of his late father, Everett Bear. The other photos are from the grand entry and of traditional music. (Photos by John Plestina)
Wartime heroes who were sworn to a lifetime of secrecy and not given the full extent of the welcome they deserved when they returned home nearly 70 years ago were honored posthumously during a ceremony in Poplar’s American Legion Park, Saturday, May 31, the traditional date of Memorial Day.
Forty-eight enrolled members of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation have been identified as World War II code talkers, soldiers who used their native languages as a means of wartime secret communication that enemies could not decode. The U.S. Department of Defense has estimated that the service of code talkers shortened the length of World War II by two years and saved an unknown number of American lives.
All of the local code talkers are now deceased. They were each awarded a Congressional Silver Medal. Fort Peck Tribes Chairman A.T. Rusty Stafne presented the medals to families of the veterans.
The silver medals that were awarded in Poplar were part of the presentation of more than 200 medals to the few surviving code talkers and families of those deceased in all parts of the country.
So far, efforts to identify all code talkers and locate their families continue. It is believed there were about 400 who served during World War II. About one-eighth of all code talkers hailed from the Wolf Point and Poplar areas.
The existence of code talkers from tribes other than Navajo remained classified for 63 years following the end of the second world war until Congress passed the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008, and then President George W. Bush signed it into law.
The reason given for keeping the existence of code talkers from numerous tribes secret is that the military did not want any potential future enemy to know what languages were used.
The service of Navajo code talkers was featured in films long ago. President George W. Bush awarded medals to Navajo code talkers at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in 2001.
The 2008 legislation also authorized the United States Mint to strike a Congressional Gold Medal for each tribe and the silver duplicate medals that were presented to the families of the code talkers. Duplicate bronze replica medals are available from the U.S. Mint online catalog at http://www.usmint.gov.catalog.
The Assiniboine and Sioux are among 33 Native American Tribes the U.S. D.O.D. has identified since 2008 that are eligible to receive a gold medal with a unique design. Twenty-five of the tribes were honored during a ceremony, held in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center., Nov. 20, 2013.
“It’s an honor for your father, uncle, grandfather who participated in a war many years ago, who used his native tongue to win the war,” said Stafne, a Korean War veteran.
Then he reminded the crowd that the U.S. government forced those men as children to go away to boarding schools and tried to eradicate their native languages.
“They found out it helped win a war using their native languages,” Stafne said.
Jeff Berger, who has worked to identify local code talkers for the Fort Peck Tribes, said a lot of hard work went into research for the project.
He said there are more to be identified.
The earliest reported use of code talkers by the U.S. military dates to 1918 when the Army used Choctaw Indians to baffle the Germans some 95 years ago during World War I.
The next recorded use of code talkers came when the Marine Corps recruited Navajos to serve in the Pacific during World War II. Also during the second world war, Comanches developed a secret language-based code for the Army. Members of other tribes, including Assiniboine and Sioux, were assigned to native language communication duty.
Code Talkers from the Fort Peck Reservation were members of Company B, 163rd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division.
Members of the Fort Peck Tribes acknowledged as code talkers who are identified as members of the Assiniboine Tribe are identified as Jesse Mason Jr., Charles Adams, Matt D. Adams, Joseph R. Alverez, Archie M. Cantrell, Joseph Hamilton, Adam Redd, Lawrence Red Dog, Jay H. Kirn, Duncan Dupree and John Cantrell.
Identified as Sioux are Anton Hollow, Joseph O. Reddoor, Herman Red Elk Jr., Clyde Standing Bear, Herman Belgarde, Arthur Belgarde, Dominick Belgarde, James J. Eder, James M. Melbourne Jr., Shirley Q. Red Boy, James Black Dog Jr., Matthew E. Black Dog, Lloyd Half Red, William Hawk, Earl Jones, Frank Jones, Ralph N. Jones, Barney Lambert, Louis E. Longee, Mark Long Tree, Raymond L. Ogle, William G. Ogle, Gerald Red Elk, William J. Red Fox, Joseph E. Russell, Gregory B. Swift Eagle, Winfield Wilson, James T. Yellow Owl, Douglas Young Man, Everett D. Bear, Richard Left Hand Thunder, Ben Little Head, Archie Red Boy, Fred R. Shields, Joseph Lambert, Harvey Buck Elk and Julian Shields.
A 49th medal was awarded to Gilbert Horn, Sr., of Havre, an Assiniboine member of the Fort Beknap Reservation. He is the only one of the medal recipients during the Poplar ceremony who is living and one of few code talkers across the nation who is alive. He was not able to attend.
There were medals for North Dakota code talkers who were attached to Company B.
The Fort Peck Tribes hosted a feed and traditional Powwow following the ceremony.
The names of any code talkers are sought who might have been overlooked. Anyone with information should contact the Fort Peck Tribes.