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Culbertson School Board Discusses Athletics, Lunch Prices And Growing Class Numbers

The Culbertson School District Board of Trustees held their last summer meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18, in the Culbertson Public Schools lunchroom to discuss varying items of for the upcoming school year.
The meeting began with David Solem, athletic director, reporting fall sport participation numbers. A total of seven female students are joining the junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams. Eight students are going out for high school cross country.
Some 26 male students have joined the junior varsity and varsity football team. Due to the large amount of interested athletes, head football coach Dave Helmer has requested the addition of a second assistant coach.
For this school year, the cost for school breakfasts and lunches will remain the same with breakfast costing $1 for K-12 students and $1.75 for adults. Lunch costs will remain at $1.25 for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, $1.50 for students in grades seven through 12 and $2 for adults. For the fiscal school year of 2016-2017, lunch prices will go up to $1.75 for K-6 students, $2 for seventh through 12th grade students and $2.50 for adults.
The new weight room is very close to being opened up for use by the public. As for the old weight room equipment, currently located at the old armory, the board decided an auction will take place to dispose of the old equipment. Whoever buys the equipment will be responsible for removing it from the armory. The auction date is tentative.
Superintendent Larry Crowder reported on the oil and gas tax payment that has arrived for the first quarter of 2015, saying that it was sharply less than their total from last year. Crowder said the loss of revenue may cause a delay in the ability to finish the upstairs gymnasium of the elementary addition. The exterior brickwork on the elementary addition is going up on the east side of the building.
With construction moving forward, several projects have been postponed, including a playground equipment upgrade, bell/clock upgrade, telephone system upgrade, additional security cameras for classrooms at several teachers’ requests, football field lighting upgrades and an all-weather track.
To remain competitive with pay rates within the area, the master agreement pay scale was adjusted from $31,181 to $31,789 for starting pay wages.
Several grade levels have seen increases in student enrollment with the seventh grade having 31 students. The school anticipated having 276 students arrive on the first day of school, but recognizes that number could fluctuate following Labor Day weekend.
According to the technology report, the Technology Committee is working on a three-year plan that will begin next year. The school was approved for the E-rate grant to assist with the technology needs of the south addition. This will help pay for switches, rack, and wireless access points to the new classrooms. The school is also working with Gaffaney’s to streamline their Sonic Wall and help with connection issues with non-domain devices.
Five guest teachers have been hired to substitute throughout the school year. They are: Gwenie Nelson, of Homestead; Danielle Helvie-Juarez, of Culbertson; Jackie Hatch, of Froid; Dawn Bjorge, of Culbertson; and Virginia Bjorge, also of Culbertson.
“I am currently working with new staff members to get them into our system and up to speed,” said Mike Olson, principal.
The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is slated for Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Culbertson Public Schools lunchroom.

Roosevelt County Gets One Of 10 New Montana Highway patrol Troopers

The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned 10 new troopers last week — one to begin his career in Culbertson — at the 59th Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony in Helena.
John M. Metcalfe from Normandy Park, Wash., was among the 59 graduates and will begin his career stationed in Cul-
bertson. He was also a recipient of the academic award for exemplary standards during the academic curriculum at the academy.
Attorney General Tim Fox addressed the graduates and emphasized the responsibility that comes with a career in law enforcement, telling the graduates, “You, as much as anyone in public service in Montana, are responsible for whether your neighbors can fully enjoy their lives and their freedoms in this special place. This is a heavy responsibility, but the rewards and satisfactions for doing your jobs well are enormous,” Fox said.
In addition to Met-
calfe, the other graduates were: James J. Beck, from Butte, to be stationed at Butte; Michelle D. Buchanan-Frost, from Helena, to be stationed at Billings; Travis A. Dillon, from Rocky Mount, Va., to be stationed at Harlowton, recipient of the Michael Haynes Memorial Grant [end of watch: March 27, 2009], awarded in loving memory of MHP trooper Michael W. Haynes by his wife Tawny Haynes Norton; Brianna M. Fox, from Havre, to be stationed at Chester; Brandon A. Kelm, from Miles City, to be stationed at Miles City; Grigori F. Neils , from Kalispell, duty station to be determined; Dylan J. Nordell, from Manti, Utah, to be stationed at Roundup, recipient of the physical fitness award for exemplary standards during the physical fitness curriculum; Tyler S. Swartz, from Missoula, to be stationed at Sidney, recipient of the academic award for exemplary standards during the academic curriculum at the academy; Katherine A. Trewick, from Sauk Rapids, Minn., duty station to be determined, awarded for exemplary standards and performance observed by the camp commanders.

Locals Arraigned In U.S. District Court

Three residents of Roosevelt County were recently arraigned and pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate John Johnston in U.S. District Court in Great Falls.
Dave Victor Fast Horse III, 27, of Wolf Point appeared on a charge of burglary Wednesday, Aug. 19.
If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, he faces up to 20 years in prison, $50,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice investigated the case.
Shanley Leonard Bighorn, 30, of Brockton appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm not registered in the national firearm registratry and transfer record Wednesday, July 29.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case.
Paul Darrell Red Eagle Sr., 27, of Poplar appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine Wednesday, July 29.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, he faces a maximum of life in prison, $10 million in fines and five years supervised release.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case.

Culbertson Woman Makes Dozens of Diapers for Babies in Haiti

Infants and children around the globe have many needs and, unfortunately, their resources are often limited. When it comes to helping a child in need, many will step up and donate items such as blankets, clothes, bottles and, in this case, diapers.
Babies are dependent on diapers and orphanages in Haiti are often in need of a supply of reusable diapers for their infants. With this being an issue overseas, Ramona Ross of Culbertson comes to the rescue and answers the call to give.
In March 2011, the craft of sewing diapers was brought to Ross’s attention by an acquaintance.  The woman received a letter from the Church of the Brethren in Council Bluffs, Iowa, that was accepting diapers. Enclosed in the letter was a pattern on how to make the diapers.
“I wanted to try it. I thought to myself, ‘I can do that,’” said Ross. “The church in Council Bluffs that was shipping these diapers was right along the way to pick up my grandkids for the summer, so I figured I could make some diapers and drop them off on the way.”
Ross set a goal of making 450 diapers by summertime and ended up being more than 12 times over her goal. She dropped the diapers off in Council Bluffs and from there, the diapers were shipped to the Sacred Heart Haiti Mission in Rochester, Minn., packaged and sent to Haiti. Currently, Ross ships the diapers she sews to Minnesota herself.
The fabric Ross uses to create the diapers is from 100 percent cotton t-shirts and other materials including elastic, thread for sewing and Velcro. Light-colored fabric, such as white and pastels, is placed on the inside of the diaper, with darker-colored and designed fabrics on the outside. The elastic is placed around the leg area so the diaper fits snug and the Velcro is placed on the hips so it is adjustable. The crotch area is padded with thicker materials, though, Ross does not use sweatshirt materials because it is too thick. All diapers are made into a modified hour-glass shape.
“I followed the pattern on how to make the diapers and the first one I made took forever, but overtime I learned easier ways,” Ross said.
All the t-shirts Ross recycles into diapers are donated to her.
“The shirts come in from all over. Whether it’s two to three shirts or two to three bags of shirts; it is all useful,” said Ross. If there are any materials she cannot use, Ross sends them to local areas that are in need of rags. “Not much goes in the dumpster afterwards. I even use t-shirts with stains or holes,” she said.
Three hundred shirts will make an average of 400 diapers.
The diapers that Ross creates ship to three separate orphanages in Haiti, where 100 babies reside at each location. Each orphanage changes some 800 to 1,000 diapers daily. Every evening, each used diaper is washed out and hung to dry throughout the night. The average life of these diapers is three months.
Most of the diapers Ross has made ship to Haiti, but others have been sent to other locations such as Africa.
Over the years, Ross has sewed some 468 dozen diapers for children in need.
“As long as I can sew and people continue bringing me shirts, I will keep making diapers,” Ross said. “This is a good project. I can’t donate a thousand dollars but I can donate a thousand diapers.”

Four New Froid School Faculty



New Faculty at Froid Public School are (from left to right) Lee Ann Stangeland, student teacher Michael Reiter, Angela “Angie” Stuart and Ken Taylor.  (Submitted photo)

There are four new additions to the Froid Public School faculty.
Lee Ann Stangeland is the new third grade teacher. She and her family moved to Froid from  Brockton, where she previously taught.
Student teacher Michael Reiter, a hometown boy, returned to do his internship in history and physical education with Janessa Parenteau.
Angela “Angie” Stuart is heading up the first grade. She, along with her husband, came to Froid from Great Falls.
Ken Taylor, who also graduated from Froid, will be the principal/counselor. he completed his educational leadership degree at Montana State University Bozeman this past spring.