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Culbertson School Board Renews Principal Contract, Hires Staff

The Culbertson School board renewed principal Mike Olson’s contract for another year as well as an increase in wages to reflect the technical work he does for the school, during the monthly board meeting Thursday, Feb. 12.
The JOM  position was vacated by Chris Dunphy last month leaving a void to be filled. The board approved reassigning Pam Zieman from the Title I assistant and lunchroom monitor to the vacant JOM spot. Taking her place in Title I and lunchroom monitor will be new hire Sabrina Parham.
All certified staff contracts were approved for renewal for the next school year.
The teacher report was given by health and physical education teacher Chris Olson, with news about what the high school students are starting on. They will be entering a unit on nutrition, and playing mat ball. The elementary students are working on their ball handling skills through juggling and tag games.
In music, the elementary students are hard at work learning their pieces for Music Festival, Thursday, March 19, while the high school musicians are preparing for their music festival in April.
In science, there were 126 presentations created by the students for the science fair held on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Fifteen students were awarded blue ribbons and will travel to Havre on March 10 for the Regional Science Fair.
The students have earned 7,247.2 points which is over 76 percent of this years goal in accelerated reading. Boasting a score of 1,086.1 AR points, the seventh grade class is in the lead with the fifth grade class right behind them with 956.4 points. And, seven out of the 10 elementary classrooms have surpassed their goal and are working towards a second goal.
English finds juniors preparing for the ACTs. Juniors and seniors are learning about research writing.
BPA rocked their competition held last week with several of the students placing in the top 10. The Presentation Management Team of Alexi Bidegaray,
Renee Granada and Nica Granada placed first in their contest while Adam Buxbaum placed fifth for his management, marketing and human resource management. McKade Mahlen placed sixth in legal office procedure and third in prepared speech.  Garrett Reid placed fourth in human resource management. Ethan Hendrickson placed fifth in parliamentary procedure concepts. Eric Hendrickson placed fourth in computer servicing and troubleshooting. Austin Pederson placed 10th in computer troubleshooting and sixth in information technology concepts.
The secondary class staff has been working on developing curriculum involving activities the teachers can do as a whole to help the students be more successful.
Superintendent Larry Crowder said the electrical wiring for the bus barn is in progress.
The district is still waiting for building materials to arrive so the structure can be finished.
The board also approved a calendar for the next school year with a start date of Aug. 20 and an end date of the last day of May 2016, depending on winter weather and flex days used.
The next regular board meeting will be March 12.

Olson Receives Firefighter Commendation

American Legion Thomas Mann Post 81 awarded Mike Olson of Culbertson a Firefighter Certificate of Commendation for outstanding public service benefiting the community, Thursday, Feb. 12.
The post also submitted Olson, who is principal of Culbertson School, for state firefighter of the year.

Several Appear In District Court Feb. 11

District Judge David Cybulski heard several cases during Law and Motion proceeding in 15th District Court Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Joel Campos
Joel Campos, 37, of Las Cruces, N.M., withdrew a previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony possession of dangerous drugs.
Campos admitted to felony possession of dangerous drugs in Roosevelt County on Dec. 27, 2013.
Cybulski found him guilty and denied a request by Campos to waive a pre-sentencing investigation and report and be sentenced immediately. Campos said he wanted to go to treatment for substance abuse.
Cybulski said he could not waive the PSI because the plea agreement calls for a five-year sentence to the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with two years suspended.
Scott Crain
Scott Crain, 27, of Froid was released from the Roosevelt County Jail on his own recognizance after he withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
He had pleaded not guilty Sept. 24 to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Crain admitted in court that he possessed methamphetamine in Froid Aug. 27.
Bruce Johnson
Bruce Johnson, 57, of Poplar was sentenced to a commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections for 653 days and taken into custody immediately.
Johnson had appeared for an disposition hearing for alleged probation and parole violations during late January. At that time Cybulski found him in violation and continued the hearing to allow Johnson to get his affairs in order.
Johnson was originally sentenced in 2008 and had numerous violations during 2014 that included the Montana Highway Patrol charging him with driving under the influence and other incidents where he was caught with marijuana, methamphetamine and other drugs, and driving on a suspended license.
Kandace Poole
Kandace Poole, 26, of Williston, N.D., withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
She admitted in court that she was in possession of methamphetamine and a glass pipe in Roosevelt County on Dec. 27, 2013.
She had entered her not guilty pleas in May 2014.
Cybulski found her guilty.
He ordered that she be released on her own recognizance following a defense motion for release.
Cybulski had denied a defense request for a reduction in bail nine months ago, that had been set at $50,000.
At that time, Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen cited a previous drug offense in North Dakota as a reason the request should be denied.
Carroll Wells
Carroll Wells, 35, of Fairview appeared for an arraignment on felony charges of burglary and theft. He said he had not spoken to his defense attorney. He will enter pleas Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Wells had been wanted in Roosevelt County on a warrant and was transferred last week from the jail in Dickinson, N.D., where he had been held for about a year for a North Dakota case.

Oil Well Blows Near Watford City

A Whiting Petroleum well near Watford City, N.D., blew Friday, Feb. 13, and was reported to have spilled 200 barrels of oil per hour by the next morning.
No injuries were reported.
According to the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources the cause was a failure of the bottom piece of a three-part blow out preventer.

Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Feb. 19, 2015

(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence.)
As of Tuesday, Feb. 17, 17 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Feb. 9, and Monday, Feb. 17:
•Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•Dale A. Cooper, 38, Wolf Point, arrested on Roosevelt County warrant;
•Ben Deacon, 24, Anchorage, Alaska, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Rebecca Deacon, 22, Anchorage, Alaska, driving under the influence, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;  
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Christopher Hovey, 25, Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Bruce Johnson, 57, Poplar, sentenced and awaiting to be transported to Montana State Prison;  
•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,  Chattoroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Anthony Miller, 22, Wolf Point, contempt of court, bonded out Feb. 14.
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, awaiting transfer to the Montana Department of Corrections and Sheridan County hold;
•Brian B. Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and fail to stop immediately at property damage accident;
•Deneen Swifteagle, 39, Wolf Point, driving a motor vehicle while suspended; and South Dakota warrant;  
•Kouchi Wagner, 44, Kalispell, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;   
•Carroll G. Wells, 35, Fairview, criminal contempt warrant.

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