- 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, July 6, 16 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center Was Holding three females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, June 29, and Monday, July 6:
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•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;
•Edward Jermaine Edwards, 43, Columbia Falls, S.C., driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked and out of county warrant, released;
•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;
•Cody Masterson, 23, Billings, seatbelt violation, stop sign violation, DUI and driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
•Zachary Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out of county warrant;
•William Sprouse, 33, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked;
•Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•Sam Vigoren, 40, Culbertson, out-of-county warrant;
•Amanda Walton, 32, Poplar, violation of a protective order, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, transferred to Valley County Detention center;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation.
Montola Plant Near Culbertson Will Become Oilfield Brine Treating Facility -- Prediction That Area Is Another Williston In 10 Years
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Montola oilseed crushing plant in Culbertson will soon be used to process oilfield brine and produce potable water. (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)
An additional speaker was added to the Froid Research Farm Field Day Thursday, June 25, to discuss Sionix Oilfield Services’ recent purchase of the former Montola oilseed crushing facility east of Cul-
According to Dr. Rex E. Crick, president of Sionix Oilfield Services and professor of geology at the University of Texas for some 30 years, equipment has been arriving this week to the location, where in 30 days there will be an up-and-running oilfield brine treating facility that can also operate as a water treatment plant, able to produce drinkable and potable water.
“Whether we like it or not, within the next 10 years this area will look like another Williston,” Crick said.
The 55-acre site will serve the Bakken fields of Montana and North Dakota and is situated with convenient highway access where U.S. Hwy. 2 and Montana Hwy. 16 meet. The site includes heated tank storage, enclosed process and laboratory buildings, on-site water wells, tank flushing and extra truck parking. Once up and running, the facility will be capable of storing two-and-a-half million gallons.
Crick spent time explaining how SOS uses patented dissolved air flotation technology in combination with pH control, chemistry, filtration and processes to recycle both flow-back brines from fracking as well as produced and maintenance brines from existing wells.
“We’ll be on the ground floor of this when the oil comes this way,” he said.
Water is treated to customer specifications for “enhanced heavy brine for drilling or can be treated water suitable for reuse in fracking,” according to the company’s website. Both products will be available either heated or at ambient temperatures.
Explaining that 85 percent of the cost of water is associated with the cost of trucking it, Crick said oil companies will save on fuel and travel costs because SOS can clean the trucks in as little as 10 minutes and send them on their way reloaded, rather than empty.
Trucks delivering brine to SOS will be off-loaded, cleaned, filled with treated, heated brine to the customer’s specification and returned to the well site. This process also negates the need for permanent oilfield production into deep saltwater disposed wells.
“Our customers will have a lower total water cost and have the environmental benefits of reclaiming, reusing and recycling their brine to conserve the Bakken’s limited fresh water resource,” Crick explained.
Mayor Gordon Oelkers said during a May 2014 Culbertson City Council meeting that Sionix would employ between five and 20 employees in Culbertson.
He said at the time that Sionix would reclaim frack water and production water at the site and sell it back as heavy frack water.
Sionix is a Houston, Texas-headquartered company that designs mobile water treatment systems for use in oil and gas fracking, housing developments and commercial projects.
- Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a renewal of a contract with Roosevelt Medical Center on Tuesday, June 30, for the purchase and delivery of 700 daily Meals On Wheels meals in the Culbertson area at a cost of $7.30 per meal and $2 delivery.
The approval came one week after the commissioners approved a contract with Northeast Montana Health Services for the purchase and delivery of 2,000 Meals On Wheels meals in Wolf Point and 100 in Poplar at $12 per meal and $2.50 for each delivery.
In other business, a woman from Culbertson who said she is a volunteer for the fair board asked the commissioners for help to stop what she called slander posted on Facebook against her related to her duties as a fair volunteer. She said she has volunteered for the fair for almost 50 years.
No action was taken.
In another matter, the commissioners voted to move a fire hydrant at the fairgrounds in Culbertson into the parking lot at county expense because it is a safety issue.
The commissioners also established the courthouse in Wolf Point and the county building in Culbertson as locations for posting public notices.
- Written by John Plestina
A vicious dog ordinance moved a step further to eventual enactment with the Roosevelt County Commissioners asking Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen to look at three state laws and determine if they could be incorporated into a dog ordinance during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday, June 30.
The Roosevelt County Attorney requested the ordinance after several people asked for stricter laws addressing vicious dogs.
The ordinance would impose penalties of $250 for first offenses for owners of dogs that bite and break skin. Second offenses would carry a $500 fine.
Vicki Bell, director of the Roosevelt County Health Department, told the commissioners the ordinance is well written but requested that it address public health issues associated with biting dogs.
Bell said she would like to see language included in a county ordinance that would require isolation of biting animals. She also said she wants biting dogs quarantined for 10 days because of risks of rabies and would like euthanasia sooner than 10 days permitted with dogs showing signs of being sick.
“I know we’re making a lot of people angry,” Bell said, but added that the action is necessary.
Bell presented copies of three state laws she hopes would be incorporated into an ordinance.
Two existing state laws address rabies exposure and mandate that local health departments investigate reports of rabies exposure and gather information about the person exposed, quarantine animals for 10 days with a requirement for evaluation of signs of illness.
Another law requires that dogs and cats being transported from other states be vaccinated against rabies and be free from evidence of infectious, contagious, communicable or parasitic disease.
Bell said she wants to meet with officials of Fort Peck Tribes and would like to see an agreement with the tribes following Montana law with dog regulations.
“If they don’t, it’s putting everything back on us,” she said.
“That’s a whole other issue trying to do a M.O.A. [memorandum of understanding] with the tribes. Right now, we want to do a vicious dog ordinance,” commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald said Knudsen should look at the three state laws and determine what action the commissioners should take.
“If there is no rabies, I still want to prosecute for vicious dogs,” Knudsen said.
The Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board approved a resolution May 26 to restrict ownership of dogs classified as dangerous breeds, specifically pit bulls, wolf hybrids and rottweilers on the Fort Peck Reservation, but it only applies to enrolled tribal members.
- Written by John Plestina
The failure of infrastructure funding legislation to pass during the recent legislative session prompted the Highway 2 Association to call on Gov. Steve Bullock to bring the Legislature back for a special session to address highway and other infrastructure funding during a meeting at the Elks Club in Wolf Point Friday, June 26.
Two bills with local sponsors that failed during the recent session were House Bill 402, sponsored by House Speaker Austin Knudson, R-Culbertson, and Senate Bill 416, sponsored by Sen. John Brenden, R-Scobey.
HB 402 was a $55-million oil and gas impact bill and SB 416 was a $50-million infrastructure and capital spending bill.
“We’re hoping this legislature calls itself into a special session to address highway infrastructure,” Highway 2 Association president Bob Sivertsen of Havre said Monday, June 29.
A recommendation was made during the Wolf Point meeting that if the Legislature wasn’t willing to call itself into a special session, to address infrastructure funding, the Highway 2 Association, in consort with county commissioners and mayors from within the oil and gas impacted counties, should schedule a meeting with Bullock to encourage him to call the Legislature into a special session.
“This has to be a joint effort from within the oil and gas counties. Gov. Bullock has expressed disappointment that the Legislature failed to act. We have a great opportunity to connect with Gov Bullock,” Sivertsen said.
Several people at the meeting offered to help get signatures on a letter urging Bullock to meet with the Highway 2 Association.
Needs that were cited for a four-lane U.S. Hwy. 2 included increased heavy truck traffic due to Bakken Oilfield development in western North Dakota and eastern Montana, including Roosevelt County.
In other business, Sivertsen said the group should be concerned about the future widening to four lanes of Montana Hwy. 16 from the Port of Raymond border crossing south to Culbertson and U.S. Hwy. 2 east to the North Dakota state line, as Montana’s portion of the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway, a proposed four-lane trade corridor serving Saskatoon and Regina in Saskatchewan, Culbertson, Williston, N.D., and Rapid City S.D.
Backers of the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway say it would enhance business and tourism in several states. It would be comprised of several existing highways between Texas/Mexico border and the Port of Raymond, passing through Culbertson.
Sivertsen cited two studies that recommended four-lane roadways.
He said if Montana does not show an effort upgrading the roads, Saskatchewan will bypass northeast Montana by widening Saskatchewan Hwy. 39, which runs diagonally from Moose Jaw to Weyburn and Estavan.
The association members present at the meeting voted to ask Montana Department of Transportation director Mike Tooley to help arrange a meeting in Regina, Sask., with Minister of Highways and Infrastructure Nancy Hepp-ner.
Several people told Tooley a four-lane divided U.S. Hwy. 2 is needed for safety and economic development during a Highway 2 Association meeting in Glasgow in October 2014.
In another matter, Sivertsen said the federal highway bill was extended until July 31.
“Congress just keeps kicking the can down the road,” he said.
“It’s time to pass a five-to-six-year highway bill with a funding mechanism.
Since it’s inception in 2001, the Highway 2 Association has been a strong proponent of the “4 For 2” campaign to build a four-lane U.S. Hwy. 2 across the 666 miles that crosses Montana, for an adequate transportation system along the Hi-Line with safety, tourism, agriculture and the enhancement of energy and other economic development cited as reasons for the need.
More than one-quarter of Hwy. 2 is in Montana. The route dates to 1926 and spans 2,571 miles across the northern continental United States in two segments.
The western portion begins in Everett, Wash., near Seattle, continues through Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and ends in Michigan at the Canadian border.
The eastern segment begins in New York State about 45 miles south of Montreal, Canada, and continues through Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, ending at the border between Maine and New Brunswick, Canada.