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The Searchlight Transitioning To New Size, Format

The Searchlight readers will see a new, larger size newspaper next week as we are transitioning to a broadsheet format from the traditional tabloid format that The Searchlight has used for many years.
To accommodate the new size, The Searchlight will be printed in Great Falls Tuesday evenings and transported back to Wolf Point for the weekly mailings to subscribers on Wednesdays.
Several weeks ago, we changed the deadline to Tuesday at 9 a.m. in preparation for this change. While some last-minute submissions after 9 a.m. Tuesday may be able to be accepted for that week’s issue, we encourage everyone with news items or advertising to ensure that we have them by the deadline.
Changing to the new size will also allow The Searchlight to print full color ads for our advertisers at under half the cost.

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Law Enforcement Responds To Gun Calls In Area

Several firearms calls  last weekend kept law enforcement busy on the east end of Roosevelt County. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.
Two calls came in nearly simultaneously at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday, June 22, in Culbertson.
The first call was to the Montana Bar for a report of a male with a weapon. The establishment was not open, but patrons were standing outside. A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded and no charges were filed.
The second call was to Twight’s Bottom, a local party/fishing spot south of Culbertson on the Roosevelt County side of the Missouri River. The caller reported that a male had been threatening others with a shotgun, but that they were holding the male down and had taken the firearm away.
The RCSO arrested Cody Twomey of Culbertson for felony assault with a weapon and possession of an intoxicating substance under the age of 21 but over the age of 18.
At 6 a.m., the RCSO assisted the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice with a possible domestic violence call with a weapon in Brockton. No charges were filed and no one was taken into custody.
Later that evening, the RCSO assisted the Brockton City Police and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.
Three male suspects had gotten into an altercation and had barricaded themselves, reportedly with a firearm, into a residence on Circle Drive in Brockton.
Two males came out of the house and were not arrested. The third was located by law enforcement and was arrested on a tribal warrant.
The incident reportedly started over a fight call a short distance away from the home. No firearm was located by law enforcement.
Additional charges are pending.

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Fort Peck Tribes Mourn Death Of Annette Lambert

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The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation were saddened by the death of Tribal Executive Board vice chairwoman Annette “Ann” Lambert, Friday, June 20.
Lambert, 62, was in her second term on the board. She was reelected in October 2013.
A prepared statement from the Fort Peck Tribes said Lambert dedicated her life to the service of her people, including as one of the founders of Fort Peck Community College, working for the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C., as a 20-year volunteer member of the Tribes Higher Education board of directors, director of A&S Oil and Gas, as assistant to the tribal chairman, and managing a joint venture construction company which assisted in the construction of facilities on the Northern Border Pipeline which runs through the Fort Peck Reservation, various highway projects, and the construction of the Chief Redstone Clinic in Wolf Point.
Fort Peck Tribes chairman A.T. Stafne expressed his thoughts on Lambert’s passing:  “Ann was our friend and colleague. Her leadership and commitment to the advancement of our tribal members has been an inspiration to the young men and women of our reservation. Today is a sad day. We extend our condolences to Ann’s family. Ann was a great lady and helped her tribes all her life.”
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement: “Ann was a good friend and a strong leader for her Nation. She served as a role model for many in the Fort Peck Tribes and throughout Indian Country.  Ann’s legacy of increasing economic development and education for all Native Americans will live on in children and the people of the Fort Peck Reservation. I want to express my condolences to Ann’s family and the entire Fort Peck Tribe.”
Lambert held degrees in business and education from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

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Law Enforcement Responds To Gun Calls Sunday

Several firearms calls  last weekend kept law enforcement busy on the east end of Roosevelt County. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.
Two calls came in nearly simultaneously at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday, June 22, in Culbertson.
The first call was to the Montana Bar for a report of a male with a weapon. The establishment was not open, but patrons were standing outside. A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded and no charges were filed.
The second call was to Twight’s Bottom, a local party/fishing spot south of Culbertson on the Roosevelt County side of the Missouri River. The caller reported that a male had been threatening others with a shotgun, but that they were holding the male down and had taken the firearm away.
The RCSO arrested Cody Twomey of Culbertson for felony assault with a weapon and possession of an intoxicating substance under the age of 21 but over the age of 18.
At 6 a.m., the RCSO assisted the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice with a possible domestic violence call with a weapon in Brockton. No charges were filed and no one was taken into custody.
Later that evening, the RCSO assisted the Brockton City Police and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.
Three male suspects had gotten into an altercation and had barricaded themselves, reportedly with a firearm, into a residence on Circle Drive in Brockton.
Two males came out of the house and were not arrested. The third was located by law enforcement and was arrested on a tribal warrant.
The incident reportedly started over a fight call a short distance away from the home. No firearm was located by law enforcement.
Additional charges are pending.

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Peru Trip Called Amazing Experience

Nearly 5,000 miles and over 15 hours of flight time from Culbertson, 24 local people toured Peru on a 10-day excursion.
The group of 24 adults and Culbertson High School students joined six people from Minnesota on the 30-person trip that was sponsored by Education First, which arranges educational travel for student groups.
The group left Culbertson lMonday, June 9, and flew to Lima, Peru’s capital. From there, they toured several cities in the South American nation and the Amazon basin. They returned home Thursday, June 19.
Tara Nickoloff took the trip with her two oldest daughters, Bailey, who is a junior in college, and Erica, who just graduated from Culbertson High School.
“Short of having my children, it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever done,” Nickoloff said.
“We walked and walked and walked,” she said, and added that it was so hot and humid.
“We had to raise our own money,” Nickoloff said.
“It was $3,000 for everything; really an amazing price,” Culbertson Mayor Gordon Oelkers said.
That included airfare, hotels and tours.
Oelkers and his daughter Renee, also a 2014 Culbertson graduate, took the trip together.
“It was a good experience for [the students} to see people who don’t have toilets or good water,” he said.
Oelkers said the average income in Peru is about $400 per month.
Other people from Culbertson who took the trip included CHS teacher Jeri Gustafson, Laura Kristofferson and her daughter Emily Nielsen.

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