Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Bainville EMTs -- One of the Bainville EMT crew, Shellie Pacovsky was recently honored for 20 years of service to the community. (Submitted photo)
Roosevelt Medical Center emergency medical technician Shellie Pacovsky was recently recognized by the board of directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for achieving 20 consecutive years as a nationally registered EMT.
This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs across the nation.
To maintain her status as a nationally registered EMT, Pacovsky completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for EMTs in America. She not only completed courses to refresh her fundamental knowledge and skills but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance her knowledge on new lifesaving skills.
Pacovsky was first nationally registered as an EMT in 1994 and has been serving the Bainville community for the 20 years since then.
Written by Nancy Mahan
Bus Fleet Grows -- Culbertson School District 17 purchased another bus this summer increasing the fleet to three buses. (Photo by Nancy Mahan)
The Culbertson School board addressed student absences during the monthly meeting, Tuesday, July 15.
Changes include that students missing five periods in any one class during a trimester, excluding school-sponsored events and activities, will receive a letter informing the student and family of the absences and concern for academic future.
Parents will be notified after the fifth and 10th absences. After the accumulation of the 10th absence, the student will have to earn a passing grade on the final assessment for that class to earn credit. Any student with 15 or more days absent will be recommended for expulsion.
Absenteeism was one of several changes in the student handbook. Other changes include college-level courses and valedictorian/salutatorian requirements.
The wording for the valedictorian/salutatorian guidelines read: “for a senior to be eligible for either the valedictorian or salutatorian award, he or she must have been in attendance at Culbertson High School during the final three consecutive trimesters. Valedictorian and salutatorian candidates must successfully complete either one or both trimesters of the following college prep curriculum by the conclusion of the second trimester of their senior year. 1). Either physics or chemistry and; 2). Two of the following three math classes; algebra II, trigonometry or calculus.”
The board also discussed students participating in the correspondence/college level courses. Those students will be required to maintain a full schedule of classes with all five periods of the school day being filled unless approved by administration. Students will be required to take offered classes at CHS but may be eligible for correspondence course on a case-by-case basis upon approval by the administration.
Only high school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity of taking college level courses with all costs for these courses born by the student. Courses may be eligible for transcript credit with approval by the administration and a letter must be signed by the student indicating if the college class will be put on the transcript for credit and GPA prior to taking the course.
The courses will be completed on the CHS campus, the student must have all materials needed for the course prior to the start of the trimester and the student must have an on-staff supervisor pre-arranged before the start of the trimester and before enrolling in the correspondence course.
The board also discussed bus barn construction plans that continue to develop with requests for color choices of the building, what type of heating to use inside the barn and how to design the drainage system. These requests were tabled for the next meeting.
Principal Mike Olson said the computer desks are to arrive in August for the computer lab. These desks come equipped with motorized screen compartments.
Superintendent Larry Crowder confirmed the current construction on the high school additions won’t be ready in time for the Aug. 20 start of school but closer to an October finish.
It was announced at the meeting that the high jump pad at the school track was formed and poured allowing for the rubber pad.
In addition, old athletic uniforms and smartboard projectors were approved for disposition.
The next school board meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the school.
Written by Nancy Mahan
From a footprint in time to handprints in the cement.
It was decades ago that a visionary group of people created the Culbertson-Froid-Bainville [C-F-B] Healthcare Corporation to build the current building to continue to have hospital services in eastern Roosevelt County and to add nursing home services.
The Culbertson Hospital District Board operated the Culbertson Hospital in its location on Culbertson’s west side.
When the building no longer met code, the board dissolved the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Corporation and turned ownership over to the C-F-B Healthcare Corporation.
Eugene Larsen was chairman of the C-F-B and signed that agreement between the two entities, binding the C-F-B Healthcare Corporation to operation of a hospital and nursing home.
Written by John Plestina
A convicted sex offender from Wyoming appeared in 15th District Court, Wednesday, July 16, for probation violations that include failing to register as a sex offender in Roo-sevelt County and for failing to register as a violent offender.
William B. Debbs Jr., 43, of Casper, Wyo., is listed on the National Sex Offender Registry as a Level 3 sex offender and a “sexually violent predator.”
He was convicted in Wyoming of sexual assault, first-degree and indecent liberties with a minor. The female victim was seven years old at the time of the assault, according to the registry.
The registry also lists Debbs with a Butte address.
Debbs said he was admitting allegations during the admissions hearing, but defense attorney John Wheatcroft said he was reluctant to allow him to do that. Debbs then denied the allegations.
Alleged probation violations also include alleged alcohol and drug use.
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 illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail as of Monday, July 21: Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; Frank Baker, 32, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruses, N.M., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia; William Debbs, 43, Casper, Wyo., probation violation; Jarrett Frazer, 27, Evansville, Wyo., criminal possession of dangerous drug; April Frost, 36, Evansville, Wyo., criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Jesse Gotschalk, 22, Algonac, Mich., criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Wayne Hamilton, 49; Indianapolis, Ind., criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Gary Jones, 44, Mesa, Ariz., assault on a peace officer with injury; Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Darryl Lewis Jr., 45, Powell, Wyo., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Nicholas Marino, 25, Williston, N.D., carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon, sale of dangerous drugs; Kandace Poole, 26, Williston, N.D., out of county warrant; Shelby Rider, 22, Algonac, Mich., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia; Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer; Zachary Shay, 22, Williston, N.D.; driving under the influence, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Kyle Stevens, 36, Tomball, Texas, felony theft; Amber Taylor, 29, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; and Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.