- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Culbertson School will officially open its doors to students on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 8:30 a.m.
There are several new teachers and other staff the district is welcoming. The teachers are: Leslie Dendy, junior high science and social studies; Hayley Swain, K-12 Spanish; Jennesy Taberna, grades 5-12 instrumental music; and Karli Larsen, speech and language pathologist.
Other new staff are custodians Erica Counts, Justin Vasquez, Brooks Rattling Thunder and Mike Jasper, and cook’s helper Genny Nordmeyer.
Returning teaching staff for the upcoming year will be: Erin Solem, kindergarten; Wendy Nickoloff, first grade; Dianne Larsen, second grade; Theresa McDonald, third grade; Amy Berwick, fourth grade; Chelsey Ligon, fifth grade; Jimie Lou Marchwick-Wix, sixth grade; Tara Adams, Title I; Brad Adams, Title I; Lana Hekkel, K-8 vocal music; Jill Herness, librarian; Christina Olson, health and physical education; Joy Johnson, art; David Solem, social studies; Janelle Ator, special education; Jeri Gustafson, high school Title I; Karen Toavs, high school English; Lori Roys, high school mathematics; Paula Schledewitz, high school science; Shawn Harkins, grades 7-12 business education; Ashley Copple, junior high English and mathematics; Jens Nielsen, grades 7-12 agriculture education; and Courtney Hagadone, K-12 counselor.
Returning support staff include: Lora Finnicum, district clerk; Doreen Martin, assistant clerk; Rhonda Larsen, administrative secretary; Cassie Williams, activities secretary; Paula Dehner, aide; Jennifer Lambert, Title I aide; April Deen, Title I aide; Tiffany Marchwick, special education aide; Sande Marchwick-Wix, special education aide; Krysia Traffie, special education aide; Elizabeth Harkins, special education aide; Tifney Kempton, special education aide; Mary Machart, JMG coordinator; Steve Larsen, maintenance director; Norine Haugland, custodial director; Candy Thorpe, custodian; Pam Zieman, JOM/Title VII home-school coordinator; Nancy Mahan, head cook; LaRetta Jones; assistant cook; Darnell Craig, cook’s helper; Arne Iverson, bus route driver; Larry Birch, bus route driver; Larry Hekkel, bus route driver; Paul Finnicum, bus route driver; Leo Waldhausen, bus route driver; and Christian Hekkel, bus route driver.
The administration includes district superintendent Larry Crowder and K-12 principal Mike Olson.
Coaches for the fall sports seasons include: Tiffany Marchwick, high school head volleyball; Kayla Sherman, high school assistant volleyball; Chelsey Ligon, junior high volleyball; Dave Helmer, high school head football; Brian Manning, high school assistant football; DJ Hauge, junior high head football; Jeff Nickoloff, junior high assistant football; Larry Crowder, junior high assistant football; David Solem, high school cross country; and Erin Solem, elementary/junior high cross country.
Information packets have been mailed to all parents of Culbertson students. This packet will include the school calendar, supply lists and lunch information.
Junior high and high school students are encouraged to come to the office to sign up for lockers and schedule classes for fall semester prior to the first day of school.
School pictures will be on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with preschool starting at 8 a.m.
If anyone has any questions, they may contact the school at 787-6241.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Bainville Town Council met Monday, Aug. 10, to approve the city budget, get an update on the public works project and meet with Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick to discuss a county dog ordinance.
The water change is complete on the public works project and all working hydrants have been flushed. The next task is to begin total chlorine testing. Public works plans to install 20 new water meters around the town of Bainville and a conference call will take place to insure these meters are installed properly.
The Roosevelt County Commissioners recently approved an ordinance regulating vicious dogs countywide. Past incidents have brought this issue to the table and now an owner of a vicious dog will be held accountable for incidents. In order for a dog to be considered vicious, it must attack and bite someone.
“No matter what, if a dog bites someone, that dog will be impounded for 10 days,” Frederick said. “The owner will have to pay all impound fees and make the decision upon either getting a chip placed in their animal or having the animal destroyed.”
This ordinance will be effective after Aug. 28.
The council adopted a resolution fixing the annual appropriations for the town for the fiscal year of 2015-16.
The next town council meeting is slated for Monday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Bainville Town Hall.
- Written by John Plestina
Roosevelt County is going to lofty heights in the cloud as the county commissioners voted Tuesday, Aug. 11, to back up county files with cloud technology.
The county’s IT manager Cole Hanks told the commissioners the 500 gigs of memory would be adequate and offsite storage with cloud technology would add protection in the event of a fire or other disaster at the Courthouse.
The cost will be $899.
The commissioner earlier approved a $9,997 request by sheriff Jason Frederick during an administrative session to purchase 11 body cameras for deputies.
The commissioners also approved a contract with Interstate Engineering of Nashua to engineer an overlay project for Rodeo Road. The cost of the project will not be known until after the engineering is completed.
George Budak of Poplar asked the commissioners to grade the county road near Chelsea Church between U.S. Hwy. 2 and the railroad tracks.
- Written by John Plestina
The Bike & Build cyclists who stopped in Wolf Point last week after riding through Culbertson and Poplar enjoyed hospitality at First Lutheran Church on Johnson Street. The Optimist Club provided a potato bar and dessert supper. The church and Optimists provided hospitality to the annual coast-to-coast bicycle ride for seven years. (Photo by John Plestina)
None of the 24 mostly east coast cyclists that rode into Wolf Point Wednesday, Aug. 5, had ever been here and few had heard of the city in northeastern Montana.
The group that range in age from 18 to 26 had arrived after peddling 104 miles through Culbertson and Poplar from their last overnight stay at Brush Lake State Park, east of Plentywood.
Promoting affordable housing and community service, the group of college students and recent graduates taking the northern U.S. route of the national nonprofit Bike & Build’s annual coast-to-coast bicycle rides to raise money for affordable housing programs were treated to two nights of meals and lodging by the Wolf Point Optimists Club and First Lutheran Church for the seventh consecutive year. Friday, the cyclists rode to Glasgow.
This year was the 13th year Bike & Build cyclists have stopped in Wolf Point.
Nineteen hail from eastern states, mostly from New England, and five from the South.
They began the 76-day, nearly 4,000-mile ride on June 13 at Portsmouth, N.H., an Atlantic coast city at the state line between New Hampshire and Maine. The trip will end Aug. 26, at Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The rider’s typical day averages about 70 miles.
While most of the cyclists plan to fly home from Vancouver, 76 days won’t be the end of the summer trek for a few.
“A few people are going to bike to Alaska,” Michelle Marrocco of North Adams, Mass., said.
Bike & Build is a Philadelphia, Pa.-based philanthropic organization, which each summer sends eight groups of cyclists across the northern, central and southern United States.
Along the way, they volunteer with affordable housing projects, including Habitat for Humanity.
The 24 cyclists made several stops where they worked on service projects, including Habitat for Humanity projects in Rugby, N.D., and Duluth, Minn.
“The mission is two parts. First to encourage young people to become involved in civic engagement. The second is to support affordable housing,” Marrocco said.
“That is a way to encourage people to engage in careers that are service orientated,” Alyssa Solomon of Andover, Mass., said.
Marrocco said each participant must raise $4,500 before they begin the trip. There is no prescribed way to raise the money.
“Each of us did it a little different,” Marrocco said.
She said one girl knitted nose warmers and sold them. Another had a karaoke fundraiser.
“We all find out about it [Bike & Build] differently,” Marrocco said. “I found it through a friend of a friend of a friend. It’s largely word of mouth.”
The group is not religiously affiliated but frequently stays at churches, a means of not spending any more money than they need to.
To its credit, Bike & Build has more than $4.5 million in donations over the past 11 years and over 160,000 volunteered labor hours.
Safety of the cyclists is stressed and most Bike & Build rides are completed without mishaps. One of the cyclists said a motorist who was texting while driving struck two riders on a southern route trip in Oklahoma on July 30, resulting in the death of one of the cyclists.
- Written by Jaimee Green
The Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation will sponsor its annual fall fundraiser in an effort to raise money for an updated $80,000 chemical analyzer to benefit the laboratory department of Roosevelt Medical Center.
The casual attire event is taking place Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Culbertson School gymnasium.
This year’s Fall Fest event takes the place of the formally named Pheasant Phest and Harvest For Health, yet promises to offer the same lively atmosphere with a steak dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by entertainment, a silent auction and live gun auction, $25 Gold-Bar Bonanza and Montana Baskets fundraiser drawing.
“We wanted to create an evening that everyone would enjoy that would appeal to our community members as well as those who visit our area to enjoy hunting during the opening week of pheasant season,” said Jaimee Green, executive director for the foundation.
Entertainment by the Cold Hard Cash Show will get the crowd moving on the dance floor as Merle Travis, the lead singer, takes the audience on a chronological journey of Johnny Cash’s songs throughout the decades. Now based out of Las Vegas, Nev., the band has performed on the David Letterman Show and nationwide.
By participating in the Gold Bar Bonanza, one lucky winner will receive a trip to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in October, while others will win hotel lodging at the Deadwood Gulch Gaming Casino in Deadwood S.D., or a Billings shopping spree and evening at the Billings Symphony’s Celtic Christmas performance.
The silent auction includes items such as art by local artist, Ray Cheek, an original pastel chalk of a bull elk from Teddy Hines, a centennial bronze, an eagle carved from tree bark, jewelry from Harmon’s Agates, Dar’s Designs quilt, floating bobber cooler, metal artwork and more.
Foundation members donated money to purchase a white YETI cooler to be raffled off during the event.
A large, wooden thermometer will soon be placed at First Community Bank and will be updated weekly to show the community how much money has been raised by sponsorships leading up to the event.
Tickets are available at Richland Federal Credit Union, in Culbertson, First Community Bank in Culbertson and Froid. They can be purchased at RMC, downstairs in the marketing department.
They are also available from board members: Amanda Alandt, Chuck Hyatt, Steve Baldwin, Kim Knick, Dave Solem, John McNeil, Lana Engelke, Jennifer Kessner, Sharon Salvevold and Sharon Schmitz.