- Written by Nancy Mahan
The Culbertson School board of trustees met to conduct their regular June meeting Wednesday, June 17.
The board approved the budget amendment resolution to expend the remaining oil and gas revenues for this budget year.
The board also voted to offer the following extra-curricular contracts for the 2015-2016 school year: high school golf head coach, D.J. Hauge; and high school track head coach, Dave Solem.
Other coaches hired for the next calendar year were: Valli Hauge, high school girls’ basketball head coach; and Brian Manning, high school football assistant coach.
The board also approved the Nemont television contract for televising sporting events during the 2015-2016 school year. The board also conducted their annual review of the impact aid policy, approved offering the classified staff a 30 percent impact stipend for the 2015-2016 school year, and approved a list of old and antiquated property to be sold at auction sometime in July.
The Accelerated Reading Program was a huge success this year. The board gave $5,000 to fund the 24 book sets, four kindles and three HP Stream computers used on the last day of school as random names were drawn from a bucket to award a lucky reader with a prize. Students’ names were put in a bucket every time they reached their goal, so students could have their names on several tickets. The AR goal was 9,500 points for the year. Elementary and junior high students reached that goal themselves while the high school students earned 1,792.3 points.
Librarian Jill Herness declared the program a huge success and said she looks forward to doing it again next year.
The board also approved the Indian Education Equal Participation policy that Indian children participate in all school programs on an equal basis with all other children educated in Culbertson School District.
- 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 Monday, June 25, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center Was Holding one female to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, June 15, and Monday, June 22:
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•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;
•William Flynt, 36, Tucson, Ariz., fail to remain at accident scene, fail to carry proof or exhibit insurance, felony driving under the influence;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Amelia Hackman, 32, Scobey, contempt of court from Sheridan and Daniels counties;
•Aimee Jacobs, 38, St. Ignasius, warrant for probation and parole violation;
•Nicodemus A. 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;
•Carlos Maynard, 43, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so is revoked, failure to have rear view mirror, bonded out;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Olyn Payne, 35, Wolf Point, U.S. Marshal’s warrant;
•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;
•Patrick Tomlinson, 24, unknown hometown, Kan., warrant for parole violation out of Kansas;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation.
•Zach Zilkoski, 23, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, bonded out.
- Written by John Plestina
The Fourth of July fireworks display in Wolf Point will be the biggest pyrotechnic show to date with about $7,000 to $8,000 worth of fireworks that will be shot off from the parking lot beside the site of the annual Stampede carnival.
The show begins at 10 p.m., lasts about 30 minutes and will be visible from throughout Wolf Point and the surrounding area.
The man behind the annual fireworks stresses two main reasons he and his family do it year after year.
“It’s for the kids. It’s all about the kids,” George Blount said of the annual family-oriented show.
“It’s a drug and alcohol free event. It’s family oriented,” he said.
Blount is a clinical supervisor Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center in Poplar.
He puts on the show with a display crew of eight-to-10 volunteer helpers. Several are from his family.
“Between 2,000 and 3,000 people witness the event,” Blount said.
“People park up and down Hwy. 2 and they fill the Wadopana [pow-wow] grounds parking lot, the casino parking lots and are parked along Rodeo Road,” he said.
Blount started helping his mother put on the fireworks in Frazer when he got out of the Army in 1983. He eventually took over the Frazer fireworks and started putting on the shows in Wolf Point when he moved 17 years ago.
“We have had excellent outstanding participation from the community and tribal entities. There’s a really good response from the public,” Blount said. “It seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year.”
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Missouri River Rats 4-H Club donated fans to the food bank in Culbertson during the May meeting. Pictured are (from left to right) Zack Miller, Trevor Miller, Brooks Solem and Carson Solem. (Submitted photo)
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
Over 60 community members gathered at the town hall in Culbertson Thursday, June 11, to weigh in on the pros and cons of a proposed radioactive waste disposal landfill.
The proposed landfill would be located seven miles north of Culbertson and be situated on 149 acres of a 160-acre site on the west side of Montana Hwy. 16 near 18 homes located within a two-mile radius of the proposed site.
“The biggest concern is that this landfill is in their backyard. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality says it is going to be a contained landfill with no leakage, but 40 to 50 years from now, we do not know what it will be like,” mayor Gordon Oelkers said.
If the MDEQ issues a five-year permit to Clay Butte Environmental of Minnesota, the company would be able to accept low radiation soil, salt water waste and petroleum dirt at a capacity of some 10-million cubic yards.
Oelkers stated he is not concerned about the science behind the landfill, but rather, is concerned about the close proximity to a largely populated area.
“I would say relocate the landfill three to four miles into the prairie, as opposed to around those homes, and move it away from the highway where people want to live,” he said.
Several attendees were also concerned with the potential for fumes coming off the landfill that might lower those resident’s quality of life. At the meeting, the MDEQ addressed this issue citing that any fumes present should not reach the residential home sites.
The MDEQ stressed that ground water and surface water would be contained safely through proper soil liners and disposal procedures. They would periodically test for radiation levels to ensure they are not exceeding maximum thresholds.
Oelkers acknowledged there is always a benefit to bringing more businesses to the area, noting, the landfill would bring two or more employees that would be paying taxes. He noted there are always economic benefits that come with new businesses.
“Are the drawbacks bigger than the benefits? That’s the question,” he said.
If the MDEQ determines the landfill would be safe to the environment, they will issue a permit within the next 30 days. Clay Butte Environmental has up to five years to get the landfill up and running. Oelkers noted that with little drilling currently taking place, there would not be a large demand for its use.
At this time, no further meetings are slated on this issue.