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Commissioners Unsure About County Employee Travel Pay To Work Sites On East End Of County

The Roosevelt County Commissioners rescinded a motion to not allow county employees to be paid for travel to work sites, Tuesday, Aug. 26, pending finding the best way to address staffing needs on the east end of the county.
Six days earlier, commissioner Gary Macdonald said he wanted to keep all county departments in compliance with an existing policy and shields the county from a potential of employees asking for pay to job sites if other workers receive that compensation.
At issue is an employee who lives in Wolf Point receiving pay for time traveled to operate a machine in Bainville.
Macdonald said the machine in Bainville is the job site.
Commission chairman Duane Nygaard said he was not opposed to compensation for employee between Wolf Point and
Bainville.
“It’s one way to keep up with Bainville roads,” Nygaard said Wednesday, Aug. 20. “Now, we’re not going to be able to do that.”
Revisiting the issue this week at Nygaard’s request, the commissioners discussed a grader the county is leasing and keeping on the east end for use in the Culbertson and Bainville areas, but that the grader is not getting used more than six hours per day, therefore the county is losing money on the lease for the grader.
The other side of the issue is that the roads on the east end are getting graded.
An operator who would work full-time on the east end is slated to start work Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Commissioners Nix Lifting Fire Restrictions

The Roosevelt County Commissioners decided to keep Stage 1 fire restrictions in place, Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Roosevelt is currently one of two Montana counties with Stage 1 restrictions.
“Were No. 1 in the state for fires, all caused by machinery [used for harvesting] and cigarettes,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said.
The commissioners issued the restrictions, Thursday, July 24, and set them to remain in place until further notice.
The following are prohibited until the restrictions are lifted: building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except within a recreation area; smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren or cleared area at least three feet in diameter.
All land within the city limits is exempted from the restrictions.
Other exceptions include: persons with a permit authorizing an otherwise prohibited act; those using liquid petroleum or LPG fuel devices that can be turned on and off; where otherwise prohibited activities are posted as allowed; and wildlife or law enforcement officers, firefighters or rescue workers in the performance of an official duty.
Other restriction or exemptions could be posted.
The county commissioners will continue to review the restrictions.

Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Aug. 28

(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 illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday Aug. 25, 12 inmates were incarcerated, Valley County Detention Center was holding two females and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding three males to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail as of Monday, Aug. 25: Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; Michael Conant, 34,  McCabe, partner family member assault, felony criminal mischief, felony assault on a peace officer; William Debbs, 43, Casper, Wyo., probation violation; Gary Jones, 44, Mesa, Ariz., assault on a peace officer with injury; Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Nicholas Marino, 25, Williston, N.D., carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon, sale of dangerous drugs; Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of-county warrant; Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentwood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer; Kyle Stevens, 36, Tomball, Texas, felony theft; Amber Taylor, 29, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Cameron Watson, 19, Malta, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [marijuana], criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Summer Reading

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The Culbertson Library Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” was successful with 79 children signed up for the program, which ran July 1- 31. Pictured are the top readers logging 17-51 hours. They are Cole Hofman, high school senior; Sophie Brown, 11; Brooks Solem, six; Carson Solem, nine; and Gwendolyn Norton, 10. Each received a book of their choice from Amazon.com. Students logging 1-16 hours on their charts were: Harper Anderson, Brandon Basaraba, Lola Bender, Anissa Bengochea, Justice Bengochea, Tally Berwick, Tenley Berwick, Larry Big Leggins, Sandra Big Leggins, Elijah Brown, Joy Brown, Naomi Brown, Adam Ellerkamp, Rebekah Ellerkamp, Stella Fox, Abbey Furukawa, Kaitlyn Furukawa, Domanic Gallegos, Paige Gallegos, Courtney Hofman, Jayden Jones, Mason Knight, Trenton Knight, Connor Knudsen, Leah Knudsen, Reagan Knudsen, Kaylee Kohl, Saydee Lambert, Callista Lambert, Clayton Marchwick, Drae Nelson, Kayli Olson, Jordan Purvis, Kahlela Thornton and Millie Thornton. (Photo by Nancy Mahan)

'Ace' Gets His Vest

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Roosevelt County Deputy Sheriff Clay McGeshick is pictured with his K9 partner “Ace,” who was awarded a ballistic vest from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s. Headquartered in Taunton, Mass., the group’s mission is to provide protective vests for law enforcement dogs. Each vest costs $950. The organization has raised over $1 million and provided about 1,100 vests for dogs in 39 states since 2009. The K9 vest campaign will provide over 350 vests for law enforcement dogs nationwide in memory of ‘Rocco,’ a Pittsburgh, Pa., canine that sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January. All vests are embroidered with the sentiment, “In memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.” For more information about Vested Interest in K9s and to learn how to make tax-deductible contributions, visit www.vik9s.org.  (Photo by John Plestina)