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Commissioners OK Tribal Officers To Be Deputized For Animal Control In Culbertson, Bainville, Froid Areas

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.

Big Muddy FFA Livestock Results At Sidney



The first photo is the first-place livestock team, Ashton Handy, Emily Nielsen, McKade Mahlen and Chase Kilzer. The second picture is the third-place JV team, Tessa Larsen, Dakota Shelton and Jacob Martin. The third photo is Samantha Fellman receives first place for agronomy. (Submitted photos)

Culbertson FFA had a good day in Sidney for the Big Muddy FFA Livestock and Agronomy Career Development Event.
The varsity livestock team received a first-place plaque with individual pins going to: Ashton Handy, second; Emily Nielsen, eighth; McKade Mahlen, ninth; and Chase Kilzer, 20th.
The JV livestock team received a third-place plaque consisting of: Dakota Shelton, third place; Tessa Larsen, fifth; Jacob Martin, sixth; and Cassie Lucas, 10th.  
The varsity agronomy team did well with a second-place plaque and individual pins going to: Samantha Fellman, first; Renee` Granada, fifth; Adam Buxbaum, 12th; and Wyatt Shelton, 20th.
The junior varsity agronomy received a first-place plaque and individual pins go to: Abby Ator, first; Macy Kirk­aldie, second; Sierra Machart and Ty Schneekloth, tied for fifth.

RMC Recognizes Physician’s Assistants


Roosevelt Medical Center honored Jay Lambert and Elizabeth Kleppen on National Physicians Assistant Day, Monday, Oct. 6.
Physicians assistants are recognized during the week of Oct 6-12 for the contributions they make to medical care. PAs work under the supervision of a physician to conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications and counsel on preventive heath practices.
Lambert graduated from  Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, Calif., and began his career as a PA at RMC on March 1, 2005.
Kleppen, a graduate of the University of North Dakota, has been a stabilizing force at RMC since July 24, 1996.
The profession of physician’s assistant was created in 1965 by Dr. Eugene Stead at Duke Medical Center. The first physician assistants graduated from Duke University on Oct. 6, 1967.
Roosevelt Medical Center’s staff and board of directors have expressed their gratitude to Lambert and Kleppen, and supervising physician Don Helland, and their families for the support and care they give to our patients and communities.

Jury No-Shows Tell The Judge Why They Were Not There

Four people appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Sept. 24, ordered to show cause why they didn’t show up for jury duty.
They were among the 60 people who had been called for jury selection for a scheduled trial for Malinda Bibb, Thursday, Aug. 14. Too few showed up and Cybulski declared a mistrial. A new trial for Bibb has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16.
Numerous others who had been called for the same jury pool could not be located.
Cybulski did not fine any of the four people but ordered them to fill out the questionnaires that are required of all perspective jurors and to furnish current addresses.
Some said they didn’t receive the letter and one said he forgot.
Jury pools are chosen randomly from voters, driver’s license and state identification card lists.
The Montana Code allows for a maximum fine of $50 for people who are summonsed for jury duty who willfully [and not excused by the court] fail to show up.
The jurisdiction of state courts does not include tribal members, but tribal members are called for District Court jury duty.

Trio From N.D. Facing Drug Charges Appear In Court

Three people from Minot, N.D., facing related charges, appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped a car carrying Malinda K. Bibb, Brandon J. Bigham and Jamie D. Vert on U.S. Hwy. 2, near the North Dakota state line, Sept. 20, 2013. Vert was driving, according to the charging documents.
Methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and weapons [no firearms] were found in the vehicle, according to charging documents.
All three were subsequently arraigned on felony charges.
Malinda Bibb
Bibb, 31, pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and was released on $20,000 bond, Wednesday, May 28.
Bibb was scheduled with an original trial date of Aug. 14. Fifteenth District Judge David Cybulski declared a mistrial because not enough potential jurors showed up for jury selection. A new jury trial is scheduled for Thursday Oct. 16.
Bibb faces new charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, carrying dangerous drugs on a train, both felonies, and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from her arrest by Wolf Point Police Department officers onboard the Amtrak Empire Builder train, Monday, Sept. 8, on a warrant for alleged bail condition violations. According to charging documents, she was attempting to travel to Washington. She appeared before Cybulski, Wednesday, Sept. 24, to answer a petition to revoke bail.
“I’m not inclined to squash the warrant,” Cybulski told Bibb.
He denied a defense request to reduce bond and kept it at $50,000.
Brandon Bigham
Bigham, 30, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs, felony criminal possession with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Police in North Dakota arrested him recently while out on bail. Cybulski added $20,000 to $10,000 bond Bigham previously posted for a total of $30,000 during a recent court appearance.
Bigham withdrew his previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony possession of dangerous drugs intent to distribute. The county attorney has agreed to recommendation that other charges be dismissed. The recommendation in the plea agreement is for eight years confinement to the Montana Department of Corrections with four years suspended.
Bigham entered his plea behind closed doors in Judge David Cybulski’s chambers with his attorney and Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen present.
Jamie Vert
Vert, 36, entered a change of plea under a plea agreement.
She withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
The original charges contained in the charging documents were felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and required motor vehicle insurance.