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First Phase Construction Beginning On Fort Peck Veterans Memorial

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Members of the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park committee and board of directors are (from left to right) Art Widhalm, Don Gudgell, John Lamb, co-chair Tom Markle, Jed Kirkland, Les Scanlan, John Jones, Jim Rector, Mike Hughes, Dale Bender, Kenny Newton, Tracy Stone and Reid Coldwell. Committee and board members not pictured include co-chair Steve Page, Lee Murch, John Kolstad, Jerry Collins, Ann Kulcyzk and Connie Schultz.
(Photo by Bonnie Davidson/Glasgow Courier)

The first phase of construction on the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park is set to begin with completion this fall and Phase No. 1 fully accessible and functional by Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
Roosevelt County is one of nine northeast Montana counties participating in the project at Fort Peck.
Phase No. 1 includes the walls of honor, the main monument, a grand entry with an identification sign, one vigil site, concrete walkways, an Americans With Disability Act compliant entry from the south and extensive flag displays. There will be room for benches and other amenities as determined and approved by the planning committee.
Project co-chairman Steve Page announced last week that LSC Construction Inc. of Fort Peck was awarded the contract for all construction. The Fort Peck office of Interstate Engineering will oversee the project.
A construction coordinator from the Memorial Committee will regularly monitor the work and coordinate with LSC until the work is completed. Page also said that former Glasgow resident Don Baker of DBA Architects of Oakdale, Minn., provided architectural work.
The Memorial Park Board of Directors began meeting five years ago setting as a goal to build the memorial with private donations, using no government funding.
“We have kept expenses to a bare minimum, paid no salaries or administration fees and worked hard to dedicate all donations to the memorial,” co-chairman Tom Markle said.
“To date, all funding has been private. A grant-writing plan is currently underway which includes public funding alternatives. Funding support has come from each of the nine counties in northeast Montana,” he said.
Sales of tiles for the Walls of Honor, a major fundraiser for the memorial, exemplify the depth of the support. The walls will feature 4-inch by 8-inch, polished, black granite tiles, each engraved with the name of a veteran and their branch of service. All veterans can be honored with a tile.
“While this first phase will not complete the project, we feel it provides a solid footprint for future enhancements, pending additional donations and tile sales, which will enable our team to pay as we go,” Page said.
“We are grateful for the work and encouragement of so many over the years, and to our dedicated team of volunteers assisting in helping this project move along,” he said.
The site work that began in April prepared the ground for basic landscaping and electrical requirements for this and future needs. The planning committee plans to address these future needs soon, Page said.
“Many ideas have been discussed including KIA and family vigil areas, sculptures, benches, monuments to various conflicts, branches of service, special operations, Wall of Honor legends and landscaping enhancements. The committee welcomes ideas, he added.
Page also expressed appreciation for everyone’s patience in seeing this project become a reality after so many years.
“It is a privilege to work on a project that honors the courage, sacrifice and duty of the thousands of northeast Montana veterans who stepped up with uncommon patriotism in defense of our freedom whenever they were called to do so,” he said.
To date, over 400 tiles have been purchased to honor loved ones who served in all branches of the military. Through Memorial Day, the cost of a tile is $225 and by request, names of family and friends may be grouped together on the walls. After Memorial Day, tiles will be added as sold. Order forms are available at most banks, VFW or Legion Clubs, online at www.veteransmt.org or by calling 228-2223. Tile purchases are deductible donations. The Memorial is a 501 c19 non-profit organization, eligible to receipt tax-deductible donations.

Matejovsky Takes Helm At GNDC

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The torch has officially been passed at Great Northern Development Corporation with Victoria “Tori” Matejovsky named executive director earlier this month.
She replaces Martin DeWitt, who resigned for a new position in Billings. His last day was April 17.
Matejovsky, 33, served as resource coordinator from when she began working for GNDC in November 2012 until early this month.
“My dad is a Moran. He grew up here. I was born in Glasgow,” Matejovsky said.
She moved to Bellingham, Wash., with her family when she was a little girl and grew up there.
She is married to Dana Matejovsky and they live in Wolf Point.
“We’ve had two previous directors that have had great vision. I’m looking to continue that vision,” Matejovsky said.
She said she wants to reach out to all of the communities GNDC serves and advocate for improved infrastructure and programs to better serve the communities.
The United States Economic Development Administration and the state of Montana have certified GNDC as a nonprofit regional development corporation that serves a six-county economic development district, consisting of Roosevelt, McCone, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan and Garfield counties. The Fort Peck Tribes is also a member.
GNDC was incorporated in October 1995 and has remained in continuous operation. Garfield County was included in GNDC later than the other five counties.

Museum’s Silver Anniversary

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The Culbertson Museum is celebrating its silver anniversary in 2015. The public is encouraged to participate and visit their local museum.
(Submitted photo)

Roosevelt County DUI Task Force Launches Membership Drive

The Roosevelt County DUI Task Force needs your support and participation in planning and implementing strategies and activities to help reduce alcohol-involved traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.  
One of the primary goals of the Roosevelt County DUI Task Force for 2015 is to expand its membership and partnerships.
Montana has historically had one of the highest alcohol-fatality rates in the nation. On average each year, alcohol/drug-related driving has been a factor in 10 percent of all traffic crashes, roughly 20 percent of all injuries, and almost 50 percent of deaths on Montana’s roads.
The single most important factor in the overall success in making our roads safer in 2015 is a membership that represents the entire community.
Your views, concerns, passion, energy and fresh ideas are imperative. You need not be a law enforcement officer, alcohol counselor, or even hold a degree to be a DUI Task Force member.
Some desired skills include ability to communicate, problem solve, organize, analyze data, write, stuff envelopes, hang posters, distribute brochures, staff a display booth at a safety fair, work with media, facilitate groups and do long term planning.
Task Force membership provides an opportunity to do something in the public interest and make a difference by reducing traffic crashes, saving lives, preventing injuries and enhancing safety on our roadways.
Members are needed to represent the following sectors of the community:
•Community Residents (parents, day care providers, students, seniors, crash victims)
•Business (AAA, chamber of commerce, insurance agents, morticians, tavern owners)
•Education (student counselors, school resource officers, principals, PTA presidents)
•Faith-based (pastoral leaders, campus ministries, chaplains)
•Civic Groups (Elks, Lions, American Legion, VFW, Exchange Clubs)
•Health Care (addiction counselors, nurses, physicians, trauma coordinators)
•EMS (ambulance and fire department)
•Law Enforcement (police, sheriff, highway patrol, campus security, probation and parole)
For more information about the Roosevelt County DUI Task Force, contact  Mary Vine, Roosevelt County DUI Task Force coordinator, at 406-653-6228 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Roosevelt County Jail Roster For May 21, 2015

(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 May 18, 13 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 Monday, May 11, and Monday, May 18:
•Martin Berwick, 42, Bainville, driving under the influence, out-of-county warrant, operating with expired registration, speeding, failure to carry proof or exhibit insurance, driving while privilege to do so revoked, bonded out;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•Adam Blue Colgan, 34, Poplar, federal probation violation warrant, transferred to Great Falls;
•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;
•Donald Fowler, 52, Wolf Point, 48-hour sentence for Montana State Probation and Parole;
•Shannon Freeman, 47, Norwalk, Calif., out- of-county Montana Highway Patrol warrant, bonded out.;
•Amelia Holly Hackman, 32, Scobey, contempt of court from Sheridan and Daniels counties;
•Aimee Jacobs, 38, St. Ignasius, warrant for probation and parole violation;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
• Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•John Mincey, 47, Poplar, theft - first offense;
•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;
•Jeri-Ann Salazar, 22, West Covina, Calif., disorderly conduct, bonded out;
•Zachery Rory Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out-of-county warrant;
•Tyler Taberna, 31, Culbertson, driving under the influence, bonded out;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, felony theft and burglary;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation;
•Austin J. Zugg, 38, Plentywood, warrant for probation and parole violation.