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Drilling Waste Spill Near Williston Called N.D.’s Largest

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.

Roosevelt Medical Center Brings Lost Penny Competition Back To Area Schools

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.

Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation Scholarships Now Available For Seniors

It’s no secret. Getting an education these days doesn’t come cheap.  But, for area students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare, Roosevelt Medical Center’s Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation is currently offering two, $500 scholarships to graduating students from the Culbertson, Froid and Bainville School Districts.
Students must be attending, or planning on attending a two, or four year accredited college or university. The scholarship is also available to current college or graduate students in the healthcare field of study who are seeking higher education.
The RMHF Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications until the March 15, 2015 deadline.
Applications will be available through the high school counselor’s offices and at the front desk at RMC. Applications can also be emailed to interested students.
“One of the greatest challenges for healthcare organizations in frontier America is recruiting professional staff that will come here and want to stay. Ideally, through these scholarship opportunities, we hope our local youth will someday want to return home and use their professional talents in our area,” said Jennifer Kessner, CFO for RMC. “However, the scholarships are a great way for us to assist local students with achieving their educational goals, wherever their professions take them,” she added.
Since the program began in 2010, a total of $3,000 has been given in scholarships.
“The generosity of our donors allows the Foundation to invest in the future of healthcare. It’s the Foundations way of giving back to the community through educational support of the next generation of healthcare professionals,” said Audrey Stromberg, Administrator for RMC.
For more information, contact Jaimee Green at (406) 787-6476, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.
Applications should be mailed to: RMHF Scholarships Program, P.O. Box 419, Culbertson MT., 59218.

Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Jan. 29, 2015

(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster with charges and communities of residence.)
As of Jan. 26, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding one female inmate and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male.
The RCSO reported that the following were incarcerated at the jail between Jan. 20-26:
•Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•Misha Canon, 48, San Bernardino, Calif., arrested on a federal warrant, transferred to federal custody.
•Cierra Clark, 24, Poplar, arrested on U.S. Marshal warrant, transferred to federal custody;
•Dale Cooper, 38, Wolf Point, arrested on Roosevelt County warrant;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Culbert-
son, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Melissa Gould, 34, Minot, N.D., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Amelia Hackman, 32, Scobey, issuing a bad check warrant, bonded out;
•Stuart Hamman, 26, Pensacola, Fla., contempt of court;
•Matthew Hofer, 26, Great Falls, out-of-county warrant;
•Christopher Hovey, 25,
Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Melissa Jewett, 32, Williston, N.D., obstructing a peace officer, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Joshua Jones, 36, Williston, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Dustin Kinzie, 21, Wolf Point, contempt of court warrant;
•Jason Knight, 37; Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist,  Chat-
toroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest;
•Caleb Pendleton, 24, Wolf Point, driving while suspended and Wolf Point City Court warrant;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Ronnie Smith, 42, Poplar, U.S. Marshal warrant. Transferred to federal custody;
•Marion Runsthrough, 23, Poplar, arrested on U.S. Marshal warrant.

Oil Well Fire Near Culbertson


A fire broke out at an oil well site just north of Culbertson, Tuesday, Jan. 20, during the afternoon, pluming thick black smoke toward the sky. Further information was unavailable as of presstime.   (Photo by Nancy Mahan)

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