- 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, Aug. 17, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center Was Holding two females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Aug. 10, and Monday, Aug. 17:
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal mischief, bonded out;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Amanda Broyles, 41, Lexington, Mo., felony theft, being held in Glasgow;
•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;
•Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•Jeffery Devlin, 26, Polson, out-of-county warrant;
•Kellen Forbregd, 33, Culbertson, driving under the influence, fourth offense, bonded out;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Daniel Imlay, 40, Plentywood, operating without liability insurance, turning when unsafe to do so, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked; and operating without liability insurance, released;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Jay Kaylor, 46, Tacoma, Wash., violation of a protective order;
•David Korkowski, 46, Pittsburgh, Pa., out-of- county warrant, released on own recognizance;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Jerry Mills, 53, Fallon, Nev., out-of-county warrant;
•Thomas Ross, 58, Dickinson, N.D., driving under the influence and driving without a license, bonded out;
•Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
•Shannon Temmel, 40, St. Louis, Mo., felony theft, being held in Glasgow;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Water from the Dry Prairie Rural Water/Assiniboine and Sioux Regional Water System was finally delivered to Plentywood on Wednesday, Aug. 5. There for the momentous occasion were (from left to right) Plentywood city clerk Kelly Thiel, councilman Randy Rice, municipal foreman Brian Tommerup, Dry Prairie manager Joni Sherman, and Dry Prairie board members Jon Bolstad and Jim
Tande. (Submitted photo)
Dry Prairie Rural Water recently reached two milestones for the regional water project with the Assiniboine and Sioux Regional Water System.
Delivery of water from the
ASRWS treatment plant near Wolf Point to the Dry Prairie system on July 27, marks the historic first delivery of water off the reservation for the joint water project.
In its service area on the east side of Roosevelt County and in Sheridan County, Dry Prairie currently delivers water to over 700 rural customers and the communities of Fort Kipp, McCabe, Bainville, Froid, Medicine Lake, Homestead, Dagmar and Antelope. Each of the communities and all of the rural services were slowly converted to the new water source during recent weeks.
Culbertson had been the water source for the Dry Prairie Project on an interim basis during construction of the water treatment plant. The sale of water from Culbertson began in 2006.
Water was finally delivered to Plentywood on Wednesday, Aug. 5, ending a struggle to maintain groundwater wells and a failing water treatment plant. Plentywood is the largest community to date to receive water from Dry Prairie, with an estimated average water use of 10 million gallons per month.
As part of the Medicine Lake to Plentywood Pipeline Project, Dry Prairie constructed two 300,000 gallon reservoirs just east of Plentywood for additional water storage capacity.
West Of Wolf Point
Dry Prairie is ready to go to bid at the end of August with two new projects. The Nashua Connection Project will consist of one mile of eight- to 14-foot pipe that will connect the ASRWS project in Valley County to the Dry Prairie Project at Nashua. The Valley County Area B Project is located north and west of Glasgow and will consist of 38 miles of pipeline ranging in diameter from two- to 8-inch. The project has the potential to serve about 153 rural services. When completed, this will bring the total number of rural users to almost 600 in Valley County in addition to serving Nashua.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Other Place in Culbertson will be closing after many years in business. (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)
One of Culbertson’s most frequently visited and long-lasting businesses is closing up shop for good. The Other Place, owned by the Finnicum family of Culbertson, is officially closing and having an “everything must go” sale.
The old building in Culbertson, which The Other Place is currently located in was not always used as a dry goods store. It was once a hotel, barber shop, restaurant and lounge and the upstairs room spaces and basement were once rented out as apartments. After a fire took place inside the building, damaging most of its interior, the Finnicum family bought and restored the structure in 1980.
At the time, the Finnicums were running a separate dry goods store called Skogmos, which was located downtown at the silver colored building next to First Community Bank. The family had planned to relocate their business to their newly purchased building, and at one point, both locations were operating and selling merchandise. If a customer walked into Skogmos asking where to find a product, and that object was located at “the other place,” employees would send their customers down the street to make their purchase. The name for the new location was born from this simple, yet comical inquiry of which store location had what customers needed.
“I think what the community will miss from us the most is being able to come in last minute when they’re in need of something,” said Suzette Houle, who has been an employee at The Other Place for nearly 20 years. “If a community member is in need of a white shirt by tomorrow, we have been here to get them what they need without the commute.”
The Other Place is currently the only clothing store located in Culbertson.
The Finnicums intend to use the soon to be vacated building as a secondary site for Finnicum’s Furniture. There, customers can view larger sized furniture items and other household decor.
Following the closure, Houle intends to continue her alterations business in her home. The store will continue to host its discounts and does not have a specific day of closure.
- Written by John Plestina
(Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a two-part series addressing the recent vote by the Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board to legalize medical marijuana, potential roadblocks in federal law, whether the tribal law would compliment or clash with Montana’s 11-year-old voter-approved measure that allows medical marijuana and attempts to overturn the Montana statute.)
With the Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board voting 6-4 in late July to legalize medical marijuana, the decision evokes questions of federal legality.
The action by the executive board does not legalize recreational usage.
It would recognize Montana medical marijuana cards carried by enrolled tribal members.
The change would go into effect Oct. 1.
The executive board approved a resolution by a 7-4 vote in January to legalize medical marijuana on the reservation. Further action was not taken at that time, largely due to gray areas with federal law.
Questions remain of whether the approval of medical marijuana complies with federal law and, if not, whether federal funding to the tribes could be jeopardized.
It remains illegal in the view of the federal government to possess, distribute or cultivate any amount of cannabis. Though at least one federal judicial decision, federal authorities can disregard state law and federal law does not shield medical marijuana users from federal prosecution.
Essentially, Montana’s state law passed by voters in 2004 that legalizes medical marijuana does not apply to the seven Indian reservations within the state and other federal lands. It has been interpreted that non-Indians living in Wolf Point, Poplar and elsewhere on the reservation cannot legally use medical marijuana.
The tribes’ law includes a one-ounce limit, lists illnesses that qualify for a medical marijuana card and states that only legal providers may provide marijuana. Patients may not grow their own plants.
In addition, Indian Health Service issued a memo saying the federal agency does not recognize medical marijuana, that it would not allow health care providers it recognizes to issue cards and that IHS pharmacies would not provide marijuana.
It is not clear whether the tribes would operate a dispensary. There is a risk that federal agents could raid the facility, seize marijuana and arrest people in the facility. That has happened elsewhere in Montana.
Billings attorney Majel Russell represents the tribes and presented a medical marijuana code to the executive board.
She did not respond to attempts to reach her for comment at her office and on her cell phone.
Executive board members Ed Bauer, Dana Buckles, Marva Firemoon, Roxanne Gourneau, Terry Rattling Thunder and Stacey Summers voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana and Charles Headdress, Pearl Hopkins, Rick Kirn and Grant Stafne voted against it.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Elizabeth Hendrickson of Culbertson performs on stage at the Medora Musical in Medora, N.D., on Sunday, Aug. 2. (Submitted photo)
Elizabeth Hendrickson of Culbertson performed on stage at the Medora Musical in Medora, N.D., on Sunday, Aug. 2, to an audience of about 2,000 people.
She performed as part of the pre-show just before the start of the Musical. She was asked to sing there as the 2015 Teddy Talent Trek winner from the competition which was held in Williston, N.D., on March 28. She sang two songs, Inside Your Heaven by Carrie Underwood and Anyway by Martina McBride.
Hendrickson also performed in Williston on Aug. 8, at the Annual Chokecherry Festival which was held at Harmon Park. She sang seven selections including I Will Always Love You [Whitney Houston’s version] and concluding with a powerful performance of How Great Thou Art.
After the show Hendrickson attended the Martina McBride concert at the Richland County Fair in Sidney, which included a backstage pass to meet and have her picture taken with McBride, who just happens to be her musical idol.