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CACF Awards Grants To Organizations



Pictured are (from left to right) Tom Nelson, Culbertson Area Community Foundation foundation board member; Ken Arneson, Culbertson Saddle Club president; and Genny Nordmeyer and Buzz Mattelin, foundation board members.  (Submitted photo)

The Culbertson Area Community Foundation met at the RC Complex, Monday, March 16, to recognize endowment donors and present awards to this year’s grant recipients. The community organizations receiving $1,000 grants this year are the Culbertson Museum and the Culbertson Saddle Club.
The Culbertson Museum will use the grant money to upgrade security and fire system at the museum.
For the past 25 years, the museum has opened its doors on Mother’s Day weekend and has closed them near the end of September.
The museum provides information to travelers and provides tours for groups of students from area schools.
Museum visitors come from near and far to view the 10 rooms and new barn area that house many unique items from this area, some of which are nearly 200 years old. The Culbertson Museum strives to keep up with the current regulations while preserving the past.
The Culbertson Saddle Club will use the grant funding to purchase new tables and chairs from a local business, that will be used in the barn for people who rent the facility for wedding receptions, family reunions, and other events so that they will not need to get tables from outside resources.
The tables and chairs will be an improvement for all to use during the annual Frontier Days rodeo.
The club carries on traditions a half a century old to the community of Culbertson, with the mission to keep the West alive for future generations.
The Culbertson Area Community Foundation board has expressed its appreciation to community members and businesses for recent contributions that help build the community foundation.

Ice-Breaker Fundraiser Winner

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Guy Salvevold of Culbertson was this year’s winner of the first annual Ice-Breaker Fundraiser, sponsored by the Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation. He received a check for $727.50 from the 50/50 fundraiser. The ice broke three miles south of Culbertson on March 18 at 11:25 p.m. according to a clock-device observed continually by Steve Baldwin, an RMHF board member. Salvevold guessed March 19 at 1:15 a.m., which was the closest estimate to the actual time the ice broke. The foundation will use their $727.50 portion of the fundraiser to help with the replacement of the cracked window in the resident’s Sun Room. “I think it’s important for the community to support these kind of fundraisers because many organizations depend on them to make needed improvements that can’t always receive a line-item in the budget, but are still greatly needed,” said Salvevold. The window will cost an estimated $18,000 to replace. To date, a total of $8,543 has been raised toward the project. The foundation hopes this new fundraiser will become something the community will look forward to each year and that it will grow as it gains popularity.

Bainville School Gets Computers From U.S. Senate

Bainville School is one of four Montana schools that will soon receive computers from the United State Senate’s Computers for Schools Program.
Bainville and a school in Sidney will each receive five computers, a total of 25 computers will be donated. The other schools are in western Montana.
Sen. Steve Daines announced Tuesday, March 24, that he helped facilitate the donation of the computers.
The schools will receive HP8000 computers to enhance and encourage education and learning.
“As someone who spent 12 years in the technology sector, I know firsthand how important it is for students to develop and maintain their computer skills to succeed in this increasingly global economy,” Daines said. “I hope these computers help students to connect with the world beyond their classroom walls, explore new topics and advance their education.”

Governor Signs Bill That Will Give County DUI Task Force $18K

Gov. Steve Bullock signed House Bill 132 into law last week, paving the way for the Roosevelt County DUI Task Force to receive about $18,000 in funding by July 1.
The new legislation allows reallocation of unspent special revenue funds to Roosevelt County and 35 other counties that have DUI task forces or other county drinking and driving prevention programs, by allowing for the county portion of driver’s license reinstatement fees collected in counties that do not have task forces to be distributed on an equal basis to the 36 counties that have task forces on July 1 of each year.
DUI Task Force secretary Mary Vine said the exact amount is unknown, but it is believed to be about $18,000.
The bill was introduced for the current legislative session at the request of the Montana Department of Transportation.
During the monthly DUI Task Force meeting, Wednesday, April 1, there was a discussion of what to do with funding.
Possibilities include establishing a scholarship and purchasing monitoring equipment for monitoring non-tribal DUI offenders through the Fort Peck Tribal Court DUI Court program.
The county commissioners approved a resolution that formally established the task force in April 2014. A group had held organizational meetings since late 2013. The task force meets monthly and includes representatives of the Wolf Point Police Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol, Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice, Fort Peck Tribal Court and members of the community.
In other business, the task force discussed two more alcohol sales and service training classes ― one in Wolf Point and one in Culbertson ― before the current fiscal year ends June 30.
Employees, managers and owners of bars, restaurants, convenience stores and other retail stores that sell or serve alcohol must take an alcohol sales and server training class that is mandated by state law and become certified within 60 days of being hired. After 60 days, employees cannot legally work without certification and owners of establishments could face fines for not ensuring that themselves and all of their employees are certified.
The DUI Task Force also discussed possibly paying the Wolf Point Police Department to cover overtime for officers to do compliance checks at bars for certification of all servers and observance of state laws, including not over serving intoxicated patrons and not serving minors.

Bullock Signs Clemency Bill, But Beach’s Fate Is Unknown

Former Poplar resident Barry Beach’s freedom might have been legislated in the halls of the Montana State Capital with the passage of House Bill 43 that Gov. Steve Bullock penned his signature to less than two weeks ago, granting him final authority in clemency decisions.
The new law that will take effect Oct. 15 will grant the Montana governor clemency powers similar to those held by a majority of governors and allow the governor to release state prisoners, even if the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole previously denied clemency applications.
Currently, Montana’s Board of Pardons and Parole is one of only eight in the nation that have the final say on clemency petitions.
Bullock wrote to that board in April 2014, while a clemency application was pending for Beach, saying he believed Beach deserved an opportunity for rehabilitation outside of prison.
Bullock has not made a statement on pardoning Beach since the passage of HB43.
The measure passed the House in late January on a vote of 88-12 and passed the Senate unanimously March 20, after receiving a unanimous endorsement from the Senate Judiciary Committee in February.
Beach, 53, has languished in Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge for most of the last 31 years since he was sentenced in April 1984 at age 22 to a 100-year term without parole for a 1979 murder he was convicted of that happened in Poplar when he was 17. A court decision granting a new trial freed Beach for a little more than a year a few years ago, but a Supreme Court decision denied the new trial and sent Beach back to prison.
While October is the earliest that Bullock could pardon Beach, the Montana Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a petition Beach’s attorneys filed in October 2014, asking that Beach be re-sentenced for his conviction of a 1979 beating death, a crime Beach denies any guilt for. Montana’s highest court heard arguments for Beach’s petition Feb. 4.
The central point of the hearing was not whether Beach killed Kim Nees nearly 36 years ago, but rather on the constitutionality of his 100-year sentence without eligibility for parole for a crime that occurred when he was a juvenile.
If that occurs, a likely outcome would be a decision to send the case back to district court for re-sentencing before 7th District Judge Katherine Bidegaray of Sidney.
Fifteenth District Judge David Cybulski recused himself from a hearing for Beach several years ago because he had denied a petition for post conviction relief and was reversed on appeal.
Beach has never wavered on his assertion of innocence in the 1979 murder of his Poplar High School classmate.
His 1984 conviction in 17th District Court in Glasgow was based on Beach confessing to the crime following an interrogation by investigators from a Louisiana sheriff’s office. He has maintained that the confession was coerced with aggressive tactics.
Other people have claimed responsibility for the murder and some have said they witnessed people other than Beach killing Nees.
In June 2014, the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole rejected an application for a full clemency hearing for Beach.