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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Aug. 14

(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.)
As of Monday, Aug. 11, 14 inmates were incarcerated, two females had been transported to the Valley County Detention Center and three males to the Fort Benton Detention Center to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail as of Monday, Aug. 11: Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; Michael Conant, 34,  McCabe, partner/family member assault, felony criminal mischief, felony assault on a peace officer; Kyle Crush, 50, Bainville, assault with a weapon, intimidation, felony criminal endangerment, disorderly conduct; William Debbs, 43, Casper, Wyo., probation violation; Jesse Gotschalk, 22, Algonac, Mich.,  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; Nicholas Marino, 25, Williston, N.D., carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon, sale of dangerous drugs; Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out of county warrant; Shelby Rider, 22; Algonoc, Mich., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia; Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentwood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer; 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.

County Fair Kicks Off Wednesday


The 2014 Roosevelt County Fair opens Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the fairgrounds in Culbertson.
Thursday is horse judging in the morning. A free succulent planting workshop by Friesen’s Floral of Wolf Point follows at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to bring 3- to 5-inch pots.
There will be children’s entertainment and kids zone all day Thursday and a free corn feed sponsored by the Roosevelt County Commissioners, music by the Midway Band, and a dunk tank to support non-profit groups in Roose-velt a County. The Cul-
bertson FFA alumni will take their spot in the dunk tank from 2 to 4 p.m., and the Culbertson Women’s Club is up for dunks from 4 to 6 p.m.
The FFA alumni will host a barbecue dinner at 5 p.m.
Friday has a full schedule, beginning with livestock judging in the morning, followed by a leather craft workshop at noon by Featherston Leather of Culbertson. Culbertson Jobs For Montana Graduates takes the dunk tank from noon to 2 p.m. and the small animal judging takes place at 1 p.m.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor a bicycle safety program at 3 p.m.
Also on Friday, will be the “The Amazing Farm Race” where four teams will embark on a journey throughout the fairgrounds to compete for the fastest time and grand prize. Sign-ups to participate will be in the open class building. Each four-person team must have at least one female and one person over the age of 14.
The Culbertson Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a free feed at 5 p.m., along with the new buyers’ reception.
The livestock auction is also scheduled for Friday. Bidders must come early and register.
Charley Jenkins will close the evening with a night of free entertainment. Children’s entertainment will be provided all day.
Saturday wraps up the fair. The day begins with livestock showmanship. Children’s entertainment is open until 3 p.m. First Community Bank will sponsor the annual “Money in the Straw” for kids after the rib cook-off, which begins at 1 p.m. A few spots are available for the cook-off. Contact the fair manager for more information. Bainville Main Street Restoration will be in the dunk tank over the lunch hour.
The fair will conclude with the ranch rodeo at the Culbertson Saddle Club. A calcutta is planned for 5:30 p.m. and the ranch rodeo starts at 6 p.m.
For additional information about the fair, contact Angela at 478-1124.

Commissioners Send Jail Initiative Back To Voters

The bonding issue for a new Roosevelt County Jail that failed at the polls two months ago will be before voters once again for the Nov. 3 general election.
The Roosevelt County Commission voted unanimously, Tuesday, Aug. 5, to place the measure back on the ballot.
The need to replace the aging jail is critical due to overcrowding and outdated facilities. The county is at risk of being forced to close the facility because of potential liability. If that happens, the cost to taxpayers could be substantially higher than a mill levy increase that would be necessary to fund construction and operational costs.
The bonding issue received 57.93 percent [986-716] of the votes cast on primary election ballots in June but failed because it did not receive a minimum of 60 percent, a state requirement when voter turnout is between 30 and 40 percent of registered voters. The voter turnout was 34.88 percent.
The bonding measure will again ask voters to authorize the commissioners to issue and sell $11.86 million in general obligation bonds to be repaid within 20 years with an estimated annual fixed interest rate of 10 percent.
The costs to taxpayers for construction-related costs would be $46.06 per year for residential properties valued at $100,000 and $11.18 annually for operational expenses.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald said in June that one problem he saw with the language on the primary election ballot was that it did not explain the cost of the new jail to voters.
All three commissioners said they are expecting a larger voter turnout for the general election.
“We are going to get some more information out and have a reasonable turnout,” commission chairman Duane Nygaard said.
“It’s going to carry if we get that 40 percent voter turnout,” Macdonald said.
The proposal is to remodel the existing sheriff’s office and jail facility behind the Roosevelt County Courthouse with an addition, a less expensive option than building a completely new facility at a different site because it would reduce construction expenses and eliminate site acquisition costs. It would also retain the jail in close proximity to courtrooms, minimizing transportation costs
The addition would provide a 60-bed jail that would be compliant with all standards.
The bonding includes the costs of designing, building, equipping and furnishing the jail and office space for the sheriff’s office that would be included. The proposed facility would include an “eyes-on” master control center, booking area, medical isolation area and several Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant cells. An E-911 communications center would be included in the facility.
The larger jail could generate revenue by accepting inmates from other counties and would be large enough to handle a much higher volume of local offenders as increases in crime are projected.
The current 17-bed jail has a rated jail capacity, per state standards, of only 11 beds. The jail averaged 15 inmates per day in 2012, with occasional peaks as high as 20.
The approval of the placement of the bonding measure on the November ballot meets a filing deadline with the county clerk’s office by six days.

Froid Summer Reading



Froid Library’s summer reading program, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” met for the last time, Tuesday, July 22. Twenty-nine children participated during the five-week program. Each week, students listened to a story, did an experiment and an art project, and had treats. The top readers [pictured] were Brielle Britton, Jacob Martensen and Haven Martensen. These three readers received a gift certificate for a year of National Geographic Kids and a backpack. Also reading several books was Kash Ator who received a year of National Geographic Kids. The teen program, “Spark a Reaction,” will continue through Thursday, Aug. 7.    (Submitted photo)

New Elementary Classrooms


Construction has started on new elementary classrooms at Culbertson School, one of several projects of the Culbertson School District to address growth in the district due to the oil boom.   (Photos by Nancy Mahan)