- Written by Jaimee Green
A retirement party March 31 will honor Betty Fordyce, a business office staff member who has given many years of service to Roosevelt Medical Center. Her departure caps a distinguished career in healthcare that has spanned two decades and touched the lives of the community’s long-term care residents and patients.
The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the RMC dining room. The public is welcome to attend. Food will be served and a gift of appreciation for her years of service will be presented.
Fordyce made the decision to retire, citing it was time to slow down her daily pace and enjoy more time with family.
“It was difficult to make this decision to leave. It was easy to stay all of these years because I enjoyed working with all of my co-workers and I loved the patients,” Fordyce said.
With a quiet demeanor, she is described as a person who brings an encouraging and optimistic perspective to every situation. “Besides her smile, I will greatly miss Betty’s positive approach to her work. She is warm, compassionate and always has the patients best interests at heart,” said Sharon Schmitz, RMC better health improvement specialist, and business office manager.
Fordyce began her career at RMC as a certified nurse’s aide in 1983, moving to the area from central Montana after her husband John was hired to manage a local farming corporation. She worked in that position for nearly five years, tending to the needs of the residents.
“Those years on the floor providing direct patient care gave me the opportunity to get to know all of the residents so well,” she said.
In 1988, she transfered to the business office as billing clerk and medical coder. For the next 15 years, she retained that position, working alongside patients and helping maintain accurate record keeping within the department.
Before joining RMC, Fordyce stayed at home to raise her three children, Brian, Adam and Krista, while cooking in the summer for the farmhands working for her husband. Once the children were old enough, she was excited to go back to work so she could contribute to saving money for her children to attend college.
Over the years, Fordyce has seen many changes in healthcare and cites the use of electronic health records as one of the most challenging and industry shaping evolutions she has witnessed.
Fordyce plans to catch up on household chores she has been putting off, garden and travel.
- Written by John Plestina
The prospects for flooding on the Missouri River in eastern Montana are very low this year unless there is substantial rainfall.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Peck Dam operations project manager John Daggett said flooding this year appears unlikely at this time.
“Not right at this point. Based on the snow pack today [Monday, March 23] and with what we have in the reservoir, it’s unlikely,” he said.
Snowpack water content in Fort Peck Lake is lower than at this time last year and substantially lower than it was in June 2011, when flooding impacted several communities along the Missouri River, including Wolf Point and Poplar. That flood damaged the spillway at Fort Peck Dam, resulting in a $42.9 million repair project.
Fort Peck Dam, built between 1933-1940, is the largest hydraulically filled dam in the nation and the oldest of the six dams along the main stem reservoir system of the Missouri River Basin between Montana and St. Louis, Mo., and the second largest in capacity.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Culbertson Public Schools have released their winter semester honor roll.
Principal’s Honor Roll (4.00 - 3.50)
Seniors: Hannah Bawden, Samantha Fellman, Dominica Granada, Emily Nielsen, Tristan Sun Rhodes, Mariah Machart and Sheridan Martin.
Juniors: Renee’ Granada, Alexi Bidegaray, Mc
Kade Mahlen, Cameron Lambert, Adam Buxbaum, Eric Hendrickson, Ethan Hendrickson, Wyatt Sheldon and Ashton Handy.
Sophomores: Joseph Bawden, Macy Kirkaldie, Jaycee Lambert, Sierra Machart, Skyler Tibbs, Michaela Cathey and Emma Pederson.
Freshmen: Abigail Ator,
Jacob Martin, Mackenzie Blair and Aaliyah Moon.
Eighth-Grade: Lauren Lambert, Lucas Oelkers, Kaitlyn Furukawa, and Augustus Spradley.
Seventh-Grade: Ashtyn Ator, Mariah Cathey, Debbie Scott, Clayton Marchwick and Kelsie Williams.
Honorable Mention Honor Roll (3.49 - 3.00)
Seniors: Garrett Reid, Angela Benson and Michael Melbourne Vandall.
Juniors: Lindsay Reid and Christopher Melbourne Vandall.
Sophomores: Parker LaQua, Tessa Larsen, Chase Kilzer, Charlee LeMay and Logan Nickoloff.
Freshmen: Christian Boyd.
Eighth-Grade: Carter Nickoloff and Tristan Labatte.
Seventh-Grade: Fallon Sun Rhodes, Julianna Granbois and Eli Williams.
- 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.)
As of Monday, March 23, 12 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between March 16 and March 23:
•Henry Aiken, 49, Greenville, S.C., driving while revoked and speeding, released;
•Doreen Blackdog, 51, Brockton, driving under the influence;
•James Brown, 22, Wolf Point, driving under the influence;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•John Dagenhart, 33, Andrews, Texas, and Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, bonded out;
•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;
•Mark Ebemeyer, 38, Eugene, Ore., obstructing a peace officer and out-of- county warrant;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernardino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner/family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Courtney L. Madoche, 28, Olympia, Wash., obstructing a peace officer; fail to carry proof of insurance, fail to dim lights within 1,000 feet of an oncoming vehicle, fail to yield, bonded out;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Wesley Stearns, 42, Havre, contempt of court;
•Brian B. Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and fail to stop immediately at property damage accident.
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, felony theft and burglary.
- Written by Nancy Mahan
Participants in the “Pray 4 Shay” fundraiser are pictured (front row, from left to right) The parents of Shay Bridges, Kevin and Melinda Portra, Bridges, Chris Azure, (back row) Lindsey Reid, Taylor Olsen and Justin Gray Hawk. Ty Schneekloth is not pictured. (Photo by Nancy Mahan)
After learning that Culbertson High School junior Shay Bridges has a brain tumor a few months ago, his classmates and friends were concerned and wanted to help.
Shortly after learning their teammate has a brain tumor, the Culbertson Cowboys took to the basketball court with “Pray 4 Shay” written on their shoes.
The following Monday, in Culbertson’s Jobs for Montana graduates [JMG] class, Bridges’
classmates were still in shock. They wanted to do something but didn’t know what. They decided to make Pray 4 Shay wristbands and sell them. Many other schools followed suit and had their own fundraisers to support Bridges.
The fundraising efforts were driven by students.
Soon, donations, cards and letters were coming from all across Montana. Many people sent money from out of state.
Several people who purchased bracelets said, “keep the change” for the cause.
Bridges has played on the CHS football and basketball teams.