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Culbertson FFA Places At Big Muddy


The Culbertson FFA chapter received a first place Overall Sweepstakes banner at the Big Muddy FFA District Leadership CDE in Richey. Individual placements include: McKade Mahlen, first, Extemporaneous Speaking; Chase Kilzer, first, Prepared Speaking; Parliamentary Procedure Team, fourth; Jacob Martin, fourth, Greenhand and Creed Speaking; and Job Interview, Samantha Fellman first, Mariah Machart fifth, Garrett Reid sixth, Lindsay Reid seventh, Emily Nielsen ninth and McKade Mahlen 10th.

Goody Bag Donation



Goody bags were created and donated by local youth from the First English Sunday school of Bainville and given to Roosevelt Medical Center to be distributed to young patients who have to visit the emergency room. "These bags are a great comfort and distraction for children who can feel very nervous and scared when they are in an emergency situation. It's also such a great way for those who made the bags to give something back to their community," said Vickie Grimsrud, activities director for RMC. From left to right are Vickie Grimsrud, Terrie Turbiville, LPN, Carol Weeks, LPN,  Chris Dunphy, CNA, and Kyla Traeger, CNA.  

Dry Prairie, Tribes Announce Historic Water Agreement

The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and the Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority recently announced an historic agreement for the delivery of water from the Tribes’ intake and treatment facilities near Wolf Point to Dry Prairie customers throughout Montana’s northeastern corner.
Praising the agreement, Fort Peck Tribal Chairman A.T. Stafne said, “We are very proud. This agreement represents decades of cooperation between the Tribes and its off-reservation partners and is a first of its kind in Montana.”
As a result of this three-party agreement between the Tribes, Dry Prairie and the United States, the tribal and Dry Prairie rural water systems will be connected later this spring. Once connected, the tribal intake and treatment facilities will begin supplying water to Dry Prairie at a delivery point near U.S. Hwy. 2 on the eastern side of the reservation. This eastern connection will allow Dry Prairie to immediately serve some 700 of its rural customers, as well as the communities of Culbertson, Bainville, Froid, Medicine Lake, Plentywood and Antelope.
“Access to clean water is critical to the health of our communities,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D. Mont., said. “Connecting families to the regional water system strengthens communities in northeast Montana, invests in our infrastructure, and puts more folks to work. I applaud the leadership of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, Dry Prairie and local communities for their work to make this historic agreement happen.”
In addition to the eastern connection point, the Tribes and Dry Prairie hope to also establish a connection between the two systems near Nashua in the upcoming year. This western connection will allow Dry Prairie to deliver water from the Tribes’ facilities to its customers west of the reservation. A third connection is also planned along the northern boundary of the reservation, near Montana Hwy. 251. Eventually, the combined rural water systems will consist of 3,000 miles of water pipeline servicing approximately 30,000 residents throughout all of Roosevelt County, the eastern half of Valley County, and Sheridan and Daniels counties.
“I’m glad to see this important project moving forward. This historic agreement will ensure hundreds of families on the Fort Peck Reservation and throughout northeastern Montana will have access to clean and safe drinking water. I commend the Tribes and the Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority for their work, and will continue working to ensure that this important project receives the funding it needs to move forward,” Sen. Steve Daines, R. Mont., said.
Congress originally authorized the two water projects in 2000 under the Fort Peck Reservation Rural Water System Act. The water for both projects is diverted from the Missouri River to a single treatment facility constructed and operated by the Tribes under an Indian Self-Determination Act agreement between the Tribes and the United States Secretary of Interior.
“Dry Prairie and the Tribes have worked together over the past two decades to bring safe drinking water to northeastern Montana,” Dry Prairie chairman Rick Knick said. “Working together, we can accomplish great things.”
The Fort Peck Tribes and Dry Prairie will be co-hosting a signing ceremony to celebrate this agreement at the Tribal headquarters in Poplar on Tuesday, March 31, at 10 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public.

Lamberts Sentenced To Prison

Four members of a Brockton family were sentenced to federal prison terms Thursday, March 5, for their role in the embezzlement of over $130,000 from the Brockton town government, the latest development in the ongoing probe into public corruption involving federally funded programs known as the Guardians Project.
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris sentenced Desiree Lambert, 59, Bernard Lambert, 66, Kaycee Lambert, 35, and Kayla Lambert, 30, to prison.
A federal grand jury indicted the Lambert family in August for wire fraud, public corruption and aggravated identity theft.
During a hearing for plea changes, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon outlined the embezzlement scheme spearheaded by Desiree Lambert, then the business manager for the town, where she handled municipal finances, books and records. Beginning in December 2012, she began writing illegitimate checks to herself, her husband [Bernard Lambert], and her daughters [Kaycee and Kayla Lambert] and forging the signature of the mayor of Brockton.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the embezzlement scheme netted the Lamberts $132,563 over a period of about 1½ years. When interviewed, the Lamberts admitted to spending the money on gambling and household items.
Weldon requested stiffer prison sentences for Bernard and Desiree Lambert due to their previous criminal history. In 2006, the pair embezzled $12,000 from the Department of Education while Bernard Lambert was the superintendent of the Brockton School District and Desiree Lambert was the director of the Fort Peck Department of Education. She authorized four payments to her husband for writing 10 grant applications on behalf of the Fort Peck Department of Education. The alleged grant applications were for grants from various corporations and a 21st Century Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Investigation revealed, through contact with the various corporations and the DOE, that none of the grant applications that Bernard Lambert was paid to write were ever received or funded. As a result of their past fraud, Bernard and Desiree Lambert each served a year in federal prison.
After the pair was released from federal supervision in 2011, Desiree Lambert was hired to handle the finances of the Brockton town government.
Weldon told the court, “this time the Lamberts regrouped and increased their criminal efforts with more vigor. As a result, they embezzled $132,563.95, many times more than that of the first conviction.  Worse yet, they used their children to move money and feed their gambling addictions.”
Morris sentenced Desiree Lambert to 44 months of prison and Bernard Lambert received 20 months of prison. Desiree Lambert received an increase in her sentence, in part, because she abused and used her position with the town of Brockton in order to embezzle public funds.  Morris also ordered both to serve three years of supervised release and to repay $132,563.95 in restitution.
Kayla Lambert and Kaycee Lambert facilitated the embezzlement and public corruption scheme by cashing fraudulent checks on behalf of their parents.  
Morris sentenced Kayla Lambert to five months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Of the two years on supervised release, she must spend five months in home confinement.
Kaycee Lambert was sentenced to one more month in federal prison than her sister. As a result, she received a federal prison sentence of six months, which will be followed by two years of supervised release. Of the two years on supervised release, Kaycee Lambert must spend six months in home confinement.
Kayla Lambert was ordered to pay $93,656 in restitution and Kaycee Lambert was ordered to pay $39,774 in restitution.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice investigated the case.

February Runoff Higher, But 2015 Missouri River Forecast Still Slightly Below Normal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division reports runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 2 million acre feet during February, 186 percent of normal. The increased runoff was caused by above normal temperatures in the upper Missouri Basin that limited river ice build-up, and melted both plains and low elevation mountain snows.
However, the 2015 runoff forecast in the same reach is 24.6 MAF, 97 percent of normal, and the March runoff forecast is about 1 MAF less than in February.
“The reservoirs are designed to capture spring runoff that is stored and released during the summer and fall to provide water for navigation, hydropower, water supply for municipalities and power plants and other uses. Essentially, runoff that would normally arrive in the regions above Fort Peck and Garrison dams during March and April occurred early this year,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.
The lower runoff forecasted in March is a result of slightly below normal mountain snowpack above Fort Peck and Garrison dams, drying soil moisture conditions and light plains snowpack. As of March 1, mountain snowpack was 88 percent of normal in the reach above Fort Peck Dam and 97 percent of normal in the reach between Fort Peck and Garrison dams. Typically about 80 percent of the peak mountain snowpack accumulation has occurred by early March. View mountain snowpack graphic at http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/snow.pdf.
The total volume of water stored in the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System is 57.1 MAF, occupying 1 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone.  “The Corps will continue to monitor snowpack, rainfall-runoff and basin soil conditions to fine tune the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information,” said Farhat.
Beginning in mid-March, releases from Gavins Point Dam will be increased approximately 3,000 cubic feet per second  per day until navigation target flows are reached. Based on the March 15 system storage check, full-service navigation flow support will be provided for the first half of the Missouri River navigation season.  Full-service navigation flow support is generally sufficient to provide a 9-feet-deep by 300-feet-wide channel.  Flow support for the second half of the navigation season and the season length will be determined based on the July 1 system storage check.  The navigation season opening dates are as follows: March 23, Sioux City, Iowa; March 25, Omaha, Neb.; March 26, Nebraska City, Neb.; March 28, Kansas City, Mo.; April 1, Mouth near St. Louis, Mo.

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