- Written by Angela Rose Benson
In times of tragedy, it is no surprise that community members come together. Following the sudden passing of Joseph “Joe” Hanson, 19, of Culbertson a GoFundMe account has been created to assist the family with the financial hardship of this tragedy.
“Joe was like one of my own children. Joe and my son became very close during football season,” said Leslie Bengochea, the community member who set up the account.
Community members can donate by logging on to their personal Facebook profiles and searching “The Culbertson Searchlight,” where the link to “Celebration of Life Fund for Joe” has been added. The secure site enables you to donate funds with a major credit card. On the site, you will click the “Donate Now” button. From there, you will have an opportunity to leave a message or remain anonymous.
Hanson recently graduated from Culbertson Public Schools and lost his life last weekend in an auto accident.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
A Culbertson High School student recently took advantage of an educational opportunity and in the process, overcame one of her biggest fears.
Lindsay Reid of Poplar, a junior at Culbertson High School, attended the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program in Helena from May 30 through June 5. She was the only local student in attendance. The program was held at Carroll College and was attended by some 200 high school junior girls from across the state to participate in a five-day workshop, which included teaching how government works while developing leadership skills and an appreciation for your rights as a citizen.
“One of the biggest challenges for me was writing and giving a speech,” said Reid. “Public speaking is a fear that I’ve always wanted to overcome and this opportunity allowed me to do that.”
While there, Reid met Miss Montana, Miss USA, and after three rounds of elections, she was elected as the Public Service Commissioner. With that honor, Reid was able to tour the Public Service Commissioners office in Helena and speak on the radio.
“Hundreds of people were able to hear me on the air, which was intimidating, but it was fun and I gained a lot from the experience,” Reid said.
She also toured the Montana Supreme Court building, where she met Supreme Court judges Beth Baker and Jim Shae following a tour of the Capitol Building where she met Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean.
“It was such an honor to have the opportunity to meet everybody, and I was surprised at how comfortable Montana’s lieutenant governor made me feel while I visited with her,” Reid said.
The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program began in 1938 and is considered by some to be one of the most respected experiential learning programs in the United States. According to the website, “The program epitomizes the Auxiliary’s mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom by continuing to train young women to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism.”
- Written by Jaimee Green
A community farewell barbecue has been planned at Roosevelt Medical Center to bid farewell to Jay Lambert, a long-time provider who has treated thousands of local youngsters, adults and elderly community members. He has made the decision to leave the area after a decade of service, which began in 2005.
The free event is taking place Thursday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m., on the patio at RMC.
Lambert made the announcement several months ago that he and his wife Kayleen made the decision to return to their home state of Utah to be near their aging parents, while enabling Kayleen, to pursue and complete a degree in occupational therapy.
His last day of employment with RMC is July 15.
“There is no doubt that I have learned and grown tremendously during my time here. I am profoundly thankful to my patients and honored for the trust they have given me with providing for their healthcare needs,” said Lambert.
Since making that decision, Lambert has been hired at the Huntsman Cancer Institute located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he will be working with hospitalized cancer patients.
“We are sad to see him go. His reputation for commitment to excellence and quality-based care to the hospital and clinic patients and to our long-term-care residents has been outstanding,” said Audrey Stromberg, Administrator for RMC.
Leadership at RMC immediately began an aggressive search for a replacement mid-level provider, recruiting through national medical recruitment agencies and locating traveling providers to cover patient needs while that process continues.
“Several people have shown an interest in our facility and we are looking into hiring someone who is, not only a good fit for our facility, but also a good fit for the community we proudly serve,” Stromberg said.
Lambert and his wife grew up near Salt Lake City, Utah, and will relocate near the area, along with their six children once they find a place to live. Until then, his family will stay in Culberson and he will commute back and forth.
Lambert first came to the area after graduating from Samuel Merritt College, in Oakland California, in 2004. After receiving his degree, he returned to Utah to study for his Medical Boards and began searching for a job that could assist him with student loan reimbursement. Of the locations he was interested in, Culbertson was his first choice.
- 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 29, 14 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, June 22 and Monday. June 29:
•Frank Hank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal mischief, misdemeanor, released;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•John Buckmaster Johnson, 61, Wolf Point, operating with alcohol concentration of .04 percent, released;
•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, Moreno Valley, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•William Flynt, 36, Tucson, Ariz., fail to remain at accident scene, fail to carry proof or exhibit insurance, felony DUI;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•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;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Adan Luna Pantoja, 25, Salamanca, N.Y., driving without a valid driver’s license, released;
•Adrian Parker, 26, San Bernadino, Calif., partner of family member assault, first offense. released;
•Jamie Lynn Piegen, 32, Regina, Sask., Canada, speeding on a non-interstate exceed night limit of 65 MPH, released;
•Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
•Zachery Rory Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out of county warrant;
•Patrick Tomlinson, 24, unknown hometown, Kan., warrant for parole violation out of Kansas;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Over 150 people attended the first annual Kid’s Fun Day hosted by Roosevelt Medical Center Saturday, June 20. RMC staff planned the event and donated time in an effort to offer area families an opportunity to enjoy some family fun. Some of the activities included a bouncy house, miniature petting zoo, water balloon toss, sack races, tile art painting and a hand canvas for youth to leave their handprint and signature on. The canvas will be displayed in the clinic for the community to see. Breakfast was served and the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office stopped by to provide some sirens and lights. (Submitted photo)