- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
September is National Preparedness Month and the National Weather Service in Glasgow notes a major change in the weather; a big storm off the Pacific Northwest coast that will be moving inland as the week moves on.
The NWS reports that meteorologists are confident that there will be a big change in the weather through the coming weekend with wet and colder weather, but not so confident in the timing of when or where the precipitation will fall.
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, the NWS offered the following predictions for the evening hours of Wednesday, Sept. 2. A slow moving cold front will be pushing across central and northern Montana. It should be through most of northeast Montana by sunrise on Thursday. Expect breezy conditions during the day Thursday behind the cold front. Northwest winds of 15 to 30 mph are likely during the daytime hours. Breezy east winds are possible on Saturday.
Temperatures should drop from the 90s on Wednesday with a big contrast on Thursday to low to mid 80s in Glendive to about 70 at Malta.
By Friday, Saturday and Sunday, expect highs in the 60s, or about 15 degrees below normal. Overnight lows look to stay in the upper 30s and 40s, but if we get some clearing, it wouldn’t surprise the NWS to see frost in areas along the Canadian border.
Rain is expected could exceed an inch, maybe even two inches across northern and eastern Montana. Showers and thunderstorms can be expected Thursday night, and again Friday night and Saturday. But, the main core of moisture will come in Saturday night into Sunday. One of the models moves things out by Monday morning, while the other holds onto the moisture into Tuesday morning. Meterologists also need to take into consideration where the dry slot may set up, which means much less moisture for the area it sets up over.
Impacts including hunting season starting this week, and many people trying to take advantage of the three-day weekend. Roads could become problematic, so hunters should be prepared to stay an extra day or two if they get caught in “gumbo.”
There is a slight chance of thunderstorms possible Friday night during football games.
Cross country meets on Saturday could become pretty wet with gusty east winds of 15 to 25 mph.
Frost possible in low lying areas from Whitewater to Opheim on Sunday or Monday morning.
- 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, Aug. 31, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding two females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Aug. 17, and Monday, Aug. 24:
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Evan Beston, 28, Wolf Point, arrested on federal warrant, hold for U.S. Marshal;
•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;
•Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Terry Holben, 46, Harlem, partner or family member assault - third offense;
•Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Jay T. Kaylor, 46, Tacoma, Wash., violation of a protective order;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Anthony McClendon, 56, Culbertson, aggravated assault;
•Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
•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.
- Written by John Plestina
With an unanticipated vacancy in the District 1 seat on the Roosevelt County Commission, applicants are sought for an appoint for an interim term.
Allen Bowker submitted his resignation from the commission Monday, Aug. 17, just over nine months after he was elected in November 2014. The resignation is effective Monday, Aug. 31.
Bowker, 52, of Culbertson was elected to a six-year term, defeating Frank Smith of Poplar 645-368 in the general election for the seat formerly held by Jim Shanks of Brockton, who did not seek another term.
District 1 covers the eastern part of the county from the east end of Poplar to the state line.
“I have been thinking about it for the past several months,” Bowker said. “Between my garbage business and the farm, I have bitten off too much.” Bow-ker owns Bowker Sanitation & Roll Off of Culbertson and a farm east of Culbertson.
“I wanted to get things done but I didn’t have enough time,” he said.
“Everybody on this end [of Roosevelt County] already knows. I pretty much spread the word around,” Bowker said.
He said he wanted to get roads improved on the east end of the county when he ran for the commission seat.
“I’m still looking forward to working with the commissioners down here on road issues,” Bowker said. “Just because I’m not a commissioner doesn’t mean I can’t work with them.”
Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen said the person the commissioners appoint would serve through 2016. If the person appointed chooses to run for the seat, that individual would have to run for a four-year term [to complete Bowker’s six-year term] in the June 2016 primary and win the November 2016 general election.
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said Bowker’s position will be advertised for two weeks. Interested persons will be interviewed and the commissioners will make an appointment on a undetermined date, likely in mid- or late September.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The annual Fort Kipp Celebration, a long-standing tradition on the Fort Peck Reservation, celebrates Native American culture and traditions through dancing, food, crafts and fellowship. It was held Thursday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 23. (Photos by Angela Rose Benson)
- Written by John Plestina
Twin sisters (from left to right) Trinity and Serenity Poitra, eight, and older sister Geni, nine, of Wolf Point push a big broom as volunteers cleaning inside the new food pantry. (Photo by John Plestina)
More volunteers are needed for the new food pantry set to open Monday, Sept. 21, in the former Boys and Girls Club building on the corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue South.
It will fill a void as Wolf Point has been without a food pantry for several years. Some local residents have sought services from a food pantry in Culbertson, the nearest location to Wolf Point.
Services from that food pantry might not remain available for Wolf Point residents.
Renovations began nearly a year ago on the Fort Peck Tribes-owned Boys and Girls Club building after a lease had been signed by Fort Peck Tribes and Food Pantry Inc.
Food Pantry Inc. will serve anyone living in Wolf Point and the surrounding area with a need that would be based on income levels of 150 percent of the poverty level.
Rose Neumiller Green has envisioned a food pantry in Wolf Point with a friendly grocery store atmosphere where people could come into a waiting room where they would be registered on a computer and then given a grocery list in which they would go around the shelves and put their own food items the cart.
Physical renovations are nearing completion in the building.
Walk-in coolers/freezers are still needed.
The food pantry had been slated to open in early September, but delays in getting food delivered has moved the opening date to Sept. 21.
Northeast Montana Health Services’ Emergency Medical Services will host a Halloween haunted house with donated food as the admission price. All the food will be donated to Food Pantry Inc.
Green said in February that she expects to feed between 600 and 1,000 families each month.
The food pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday each week and would serve all surrounding communities.
Blue Earth Boxing Club occupies the second floor in the building.
The club teaches boxing to youth and competes against other boxing clubs from Montana and surrounding states.
To volunteer for Food Pantry Inc., or for more information, contact Green at 650-5667.