- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The deadline for candidates for school trustee positions passed Friday, March 27.
The following is a list of candidates by school district.
In Bainville, four running for two positions. Ron Butikofer is the only incumbent seeking reelection. He is opposed by John Gilligan, Michael Keefner and Tyler Traeger.
Current board member Chanon Romo did not file for reelection.
In Brockton, incumbents Leonard Boxer and Rodney Burshia are opposed by Darren Long Hair. The top two finishers will serve on the board.
Culbertson does not have a contested race with incumbents Paul Finnicum and Cheryl Kirkaldie running for reelection unopposed.
In Froid, three people are running for two positions. Lynda Labatte, Scott Westland and Rick Williams are seeking election to the seats currently held by Rod Luft and J.D. Anderson. Neither are running for reelection.
- Written by Deanna Buckles
Area students attending the 2015 REACH camp were (bottom center): Brooke Boyd, Poplar High School; Andri Rhodes, Bainville High School; Drew Reum, Poplar High School; (top row, from left to right) Courtney Hagadone, Culbertson High School counselor; Samantha Youngman, Poplar High School; Roxanne Smith, Brockton JMG; Andy Schiedermayer, Poplar High School counselor; Charlee Lemay, Culbertson High School; Quentin Failing, Poplar High School; Skyler Tibbs, Culbertson High School; Kensey Keil, Brockton High School; Ellyn Plain Bull, Brockton High School; Ian LaBounty, Brockton High School; Austin Strickland, Bainville High School; Sarah DeWitt, AHEC representative; and Thane Longtree, Poplar High School. (Photo by Deanna Buckles)
Eight area high schools were invited to attend the 2015 REACH camp held at Northeast Montana Health Services this past month.
Students went behind-the-scenes to experience a day in the life of a nurse, lab technician, first responder, mental health therapist and a radiologist. Students received their own scrub tops and rotated between the Poplar Community Hospital and Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
NEMHS, in conjunction with the Area Health Education Center, co-host the career camp every year, which is sponsored through a grant provided by the Montana Health Association and North Eastern Montana AHEC.
“We all have a common goal and that is to recruit a workforce committed to rural communities, such as ours, that are usually underserved,” said Robin Warren, director of staff education for NEMHS.
One new aspect added to the REACH camp this year, by request, was a mental health section. More people in rural areas are living in poverty than urban areas and poverty is a risk factor to all sorts of health problems including depression.
“People often get stuck in the feelings of sadness and loneliness and feel like they can’t get out of it,” said Amy Tipton, mental health therapist for NEMHS.
Tipton was part of a three-year grant focused on suicide awareness and support to the area. Prior to joining NEMHS she worked as a mental health therapist and case manager for Billings Clinic and the Yellowstone County Detention Facility. She is now private and working full-time at Riverside Clinic.
Derived from the topic of depression was a student dialogue on how the younger generation is more compelled to interact socially via the internet and gaming.
“Technology is changing and it allows you to socialize in a controlled environment such as your home,” said Andri Rhodes, a junior at Bainville High School. “If something goes haywire during the conversation you can just turn it off and be done.”
In another module, students were introduced to “Pat,” a manikin brought in by the Area Health Education Center. “Pat” simulated various basic human functions, including breathing and speaking. Students used a stethoscope to listen to a patient with normal lung sounds versus a patient that has pneumonia. They also performed vitals and checked themselves for strep. They assisted with an ultrasound, learned what it takes to become a first responder and participated in lab tests.
“They loved the camp,” said Courtney Hagadone, school counselor for Culbertson. “Our students that attended this year are going to present to their classes to encourage other students to attend next year’s camp.”
Not only does the career fair expose students to the variety of jobs in the health care field, but it also shows them that you don’t need to be a doctor or a nurse to work in a health care setting. NEMHS employs over 300 people from medical coders to billing clerks to midwives to administrators. It takes a number of people doing a lot of different things to keep
NEMHS’s seven facilities running smoothly.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Several people appeared before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, March 25.
Jason Daniel Daugherty, 37, of Wolf Point was denied a bond reduction on his second request within a two-week period.
Cybulski denied a request for a bond reduction to $20,000 for both cases two daces against Daugherty. Cybulski also denied a bond reduction on March 11. Bail is set at $50,000 for each case totaling $100,000.
Assistant Roosevelt County Jordan Knudsen objected to a bond reduction due to Daugherty’s past history and said the alleged assault on a police officer justifies high bail.
Daugherty is alleged to have physically struck a Wolf Point Police officer and attempted to run from a Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officer and a Valley County deputy in Frazer.
Daugherty was arraigned March 11, and pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. In a second and separate case he was arraigned for, Daugherty pleaded not guilty to felony attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Both cases were from December 2014.
Defense attorney Mary Zemyan argued that Daugherty has ties to the community.
“I’m not giving him more rope. I think he’s burned himself. I’m not going to reduce it,” Cybulski said.
Mark Steven Ebmeyer
Mark Steven Ebmeyer, 38, of Eugene, Ore., signed a waiver of extradition during an extradition hearing.
He is also charged locally with obstructing a peace officer.
Ebmeyer asked Cybulski if he was facing extradition to Oregon or Washington.
The response was Oregon.
An online search for Ebmeyer revealed numerous past addressed in Oregon and Washington, and one in Arizona.
Oregon authorities have until April 20 to pick up Ebmeyer, who is lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail.
The Circuit Court Clackamas County Ore., issued an arrest warrant seeking his return.
Ebmeyer is wanted in Oregon for driving while suspended or revoked, a Class B felony.
Joseph William Frederick, 43, of Poplar was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony DUI fourth offense, driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating without liability insurance and failure to stay on the right side of the roadway.
A trial is scheduled for June 11.
Christopher Hovey, 25, of Lansing, Mich., did not appear on a bench warrant revoke bond for failing to comply with bail conditions.
Hovey pleaded not guilty in January to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
It was stated in court in January that Hovey was wanted for parole violations in North Dakota.
Brian B. Suggs, 33, of Mesa, Ariz., sought a second bail reduction or own recognizance release during an omnibus hearing.
Suggs, an oilfield worker wanting to return to his job in Williston, N.D., could be released and participate in the North Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program in Williston, N.D., with a S.C.R.A.M. alcohol monitor bracelet.
Cybulski agreed to reduce bail from $50,000 to $10,000 on Feb. 25, to allow Suggs to return to work in North Dakota. Suggs has remained lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail.
RCSO deputies arrested Suggs a few miles west of Bainville on Jan. 31, after initiating a traffic stop and performing a field sobriety test.
Suggs pleaded not guilty on Feb. 25, to a single felony count of criminal endangerment and six misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, operating a vehicle while the privilege to do so is suspended or revoked, failure to carry proof of insurance, failure to remove injurious material from a highway following a motor vehicle crash, failure to give information to the other driver in a motor vehicle crash and failure to give notice by the quickest means of apparent damage over $500.
According to the RCSO, Suggs was driving with a suspended Arizona driver’s license.
Carroll Gregg Wells, 34, of Fairview withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to a single count of theft.
He entered not-guilty pleas to charges of burglary and theft on Feb. 25.
Wells is alleged to have stolen a pickup truck in Culbertson and damaged it.
Wells had been wanted in Roosevelt County on a warrant and was transferred in early February from the jail in Dickinson, N.D., where he had been held for about a year for a North Dakota case.
- Written by John Plestina
The merger between the James E. Shanley Tribal Library on the Fort Peck Community College campus and the Poplar City Library is completed, giving the community a substantially larger library with a superior collection.
James E. Shanley Tribal Library is now an affiliate library of the Roosevelt County Library System.
Roosevelt County Library director Andrea Hayes told Roosevelt County Library trustees meeting in Wolf Point Saturday, March 29, that it had been hoped that the merger would have been completed by late December.
The majority of books from the former city library were moved into the FPCC library and the remainder was transferred to Wolf Point.
“They took between a quarter and a third of the collection. The rest, we put in bags and brought here,” Hayes said.
She said library staff will determine which books to keep and which will be included in a future book sale.
“I gave the keys [to the former library in Poplar] back to the city at the end of January or beginning of February,” Hayes said.
The Roosevelt County Commission approved the merger during summer 2014.
In other business, Hayes said Tamra Fossetta has been hired as Culbertson Branch Library librarian and was scheduled to start work Thursday, April 2. She is replacing Beck Hekkel, whose last day was March 5.
Hekkel extended her notice to resign to allow more time to hire a replacement.
Leona Colvin, library trustee from Culbertson, said Fossetta is a former municipal planner from Washington.
In other business, Hayes said Montana State Librarian Jennie Stapp of Helena visited Roosevelt County a few weeks ago and toured the James E. Shanley Tribal Library in Poplar, and the libraries in Culbertson and Froid.
Gloria Mason, trustee from Froid, took Stapp on the tour of the library in Froid.
The trustees also approved by-laws for the county libraries.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Motivational speaker A’ric Jackson was a guest speaker at Culbertson school, Monday, March 23. Surrounding schools were invited to attend the assembly. He also had community members on their feet. Pictured are the Culbertson Student Council, their adviser Chris Olson and Jackson. (Photo by Nancy Mahan)