- Written by Nancy Mahan
The Culbertson school board met in regular session Tuesday, Jan. 20.
The student council started the meeting off with a request to hire a guest motivational speaker, A’ric Jackson, to speak at the school March 23.
Other schools in the area will be invited to attend the assembly.
Principal Mike Olson and counselor Courtney Hagadone are preparing for the Montana Smarter Balance and ACT Tests for third through eighth graders, and 11th graders. The testing window is mid February with the majority of the testing starting in March.
The resignation of Chris Dunphy was accepted and Desiree Bain was hired to take over his JOM home-school coordinator position.
Superintendent Larry Crowder’s contract was approved for the next three years with no changes to salary or benefits.
Elementary basketball is in full swing with 16 girls and 15 boys participating.
In construction news updates, the bus barn now has overhead doors and they are waiting on the electrician to start. The north gym addition has trim work done and they are still waiting on the flooring. The elevator and fire alarm subcontractors should finish their work soon. The south elementary addition is waiting for the steel to be delivered.
The next regular board meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m., instead of the normal third Tuesday date due to conflicts with the district basketball tournament dates and times.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Judge David Cybulski heard several cases during a four-hour long Law and Motion proceeding in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Christopher Steven Baumann, 36, of Medicine Lake withdrew several not guilty pleas he had entered in August 2013 and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, second offense and driving while privilege is suspended, both misdemeanors. Other charges are dismissed under a plea agreement.
Baumann received a minimum sentence and time served for the entire sentence.
Seventeen months prior, Baumann pleaded not guilty to felony criminal endangerment, driving under the influence, third offense, violation in a construction zone, driving while suspended or revoked and unlawful possession of open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.
Baumann admitted in court that he drove under the influence and was without a valid driver’s license at the time of his arrest in July 2013.
A Montana Highway Patrol trooper arrested Baumann after a traffic stop in a construction zone on U.S. Hwy. 2 near mile marker 642. A child was present in the pickup truck Baumann was driving. A North Dakota driver’s license was under suspension.
Kyle Travis Crusch, 50, of Bainville withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony criminal endangerment.
He previously pleaded not guilty to assault with a weapon, intimidation, felony criminal endangerment and disorderly conduct.
Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers said the incident began with a bar fight July 28, 2014, and that a complainant said Crusch had a shotgun outside a bar.
Crusch testified that the incident started inside a bar and that two men confronted him at his vehicle where he said he felt that he was in danger. He admitted having the shotgun and being under the influence of alcohol.
Melissa Lynn Gould, 34, of Minot, N.D. was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
A trial is scheduled for April 16.
Stuart Hamman, 26, of Pensacola, Fla., being held for contempt of court, appeared on a petition to revoke a deferred imposition of sentence from a 2011 conviction for forgery and theft.
Hamman admitted violations in court that included that he used alcohol on two occasions, used methamphetamine on two occasions, did not pay fines or restitution, had telephone and personal contact with a person he was ordered not to have contact with.
Cybulski found him in violation. A disposition is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28.
Tina Lee Houim, 50, of Tioga, N.D., withdrew previously entered guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence - first offense.
The drug found in her possession was identified in court as methamphetamine.
Cybulski found her guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation report.
Christopher Lee Hovey 25, of Lansing, Mich., charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs appeared for an arraignment, which was continued until Wednesday, Jan. 28, because he said he has never spoken to the public defender assigned to his case.
Hovey is on parole in North Dakota.
Jason Jackson Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
The drug was identified in court as methamphetamine.
A pre-sentencing investigation and report was ordered.
Delynn Ray Richards, 48, of Sidney and Idaho Falls, Idaho, charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia appeared for an arraignment.
Cybulski agreed to release on own recognizance allowing Richards to return to work.
The arraignment is continued until Wednesday, Jan. 28, when pleas will be entered.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Culbertson High School speech and drama team traveled to Plentywood Saturday, Jan. 24, to compete in the Eastern B-C Divisional Tournament.
Placing and qualifying for state competition were: Dominica Granada, first in MPA; Garrett Reid, fourth in MPA; McKade Mahlen, second in Impromptu; Chase Kilzer, first in Original Oratory; Michaela Cathey, first in Pantomime; and Tessa Larsen, fourth in Humorous Solo.
Wyatt Shelton tied for eighth place in Humorous Oral Interpretation, and Emma Pederson and Austin Furukawa were in a four-way tie for 10th place.
The team also brought home first-place in Class C Speech Sweepstakes for the sixth consecutive year and first in Class C Drama Sweepstakes.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
A spill of almost 3 million gallons of saltwater drilling waste near Williston, N.D., Tuesday, Jan. 6, has been called North Dakota’s largest since the oil boom began.
According to reports, the pipeline’s operator — Summit Midstream Partners — discovered the spill Jan. 6, but North Dakota officials were not aware of the size of the spill until last week.
Brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of fracking operations that is much saltier than sea water, leaked from a ruptured pipeline in Williams County, N.D., which borders Roosevelt County, has affected two creeks north of Williston, but was reported to not currently pose a threat to drinking water or public health.
The spill near Williston was one of many that have been reported in North Dakota since the oil boom began nearly nine years ago and was reported to have been nearly three times larger than a similar spill that fouled a portion of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in July 2014.
- Written by Jaimee Green
Tucked between sofa cushions. Stuck to the floorboards of vehicles. Tossed into jean pockets. Thrown inside purses. Sitting in jars, laying in wait. Pennies can make a difference.
That’s exactly what Roosevelt Medical Center is counting on during their annual Lost Penny Days competition set to begin Sunday, Feb.1.
During the month of February, Culbertson, Bainville and Froid Schools will rally to raise the most money for RMC through penny jars placed at their campuses.They are also competing for the chance to bring home the traveling trophy for the next year. Currently, the trophy is held at Bainville School.
“This has always been a great opportunity for local youth to realize they too can make a valuable contribution to their community while instilling in them the importance of philanthropy, a lesson which hopefully stays with them the rest of their lives,” said Audrey Stromberg, administrator for RMC.
Other jars will be placed throughout the communities to enable supporters to participate in the friendly competition, while supporting both their school and local healthcare.
This year, RMC is fundraising to replace a badly cracked window that needs replacing in the Sun Room, a room the residents who call RMC home, hold dear. It is where they sit, relax, watch television and enjoy listening to the birds chirping in the aviary.
“This area serves as their living room. It’s a place they can gather and visit with one another, while enjoying the view outside,” Stromberg said.
Currently, with the window in its present condition, the residents have to sit away from the window and be covered with lap blankets because of the draft created by the cracks in the window pane.
Window replacement will cost an estimated $18,000.
In previous years, funds raised have gone toward supplies for the Activities Department for reminiscence activities through music, and crafts as well exercise equipment to assist residents with range of motion activities for flexibility, balance, and strength and endurance development.
For more information on how you can participate or donate to the Lost Penny Days competition, contact RMC Marketing and Foundation Director Jaimee Green at 787-6476.