- Written by Angela Rose Benson
U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., (at right) visits with local people at Me Too Pizza in Culbertson Tuesday, Oct. 13. (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)
Between Monday, Oct. 12 and Thursday, Oct. 15, U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., traveled 1,004 miles to visit with towns across the state, including Culbertson and Bainville.
He made 15 stops and hosted 12 public events.
“There is a lot of frustration across Montana and there is a lot of frustration across rural America. It’s our country and we are all stakeholders. My job is to get out there and listen to people and be honest,” Zinke said.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, Zinke visited Glasgow and Wolf Point, and then stopped in Culbertson where he held a brief meeting heavily attended by locals at Me Too Pizza.
During his stop in Culbertson, Zinke spoke on statewide issues such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget and the forest service budget.
He also discussed how important it might be to lift the ban on crude oil exportation.
Zinke both spoke to and listened to all those in attendance.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Roosevelt County-Fort Peck Tribes 911 Center received 738 domestic violence related calls from October 2014 through this September. That is an average of more than 60 calls per month, or two calls per day.
October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Roosevelt County Health Department says domestic violence needs to be seen for what it is — violence — and never accept it as something that is OK.
According to the RCHD, humans tend to gravitate to what is familiar, even if that familiarity is abuse and our community has a responsibility to each generation to teach young men and women what a healthy relationship looks like.
Anger should be discussed, and not expressed with violent words or actions. Unfortunately, 50 percent of men who frequently assault their wives also frequently abuse their children, according to evefoundation.org. Studies suggest that between 3.3 and 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually, also according to evenfoundation.org. These statistics are startling and it could be argued that up to 10 million children are being set up to become either victims or perpetrators of domestic violence. Domestic violence is a cycle that can be broken.
Domestic violence tends to be a silent crime. Only about 55 percent of all domestic violence incidents are reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Often called a crime of shame and guilt, domestic violence victims are embarrassed and ashamed by their abuse. Often they protect their abuser and blame themselves for causing the abuse. Abusers are often remorseful and promise to never do it again — until the next time.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than three women and one man are “loved to death” by their intimate partners in this country every day.
Abuse is about power and control, and never about love.
If you, or someone you know, are a victim of domestic violence, help is available.
Victims should know that abuse is not their fault and there is no need for silence.
Immediate help during an incident of domestic violence is available from the Wolf Point Police Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice by calling 911.
The Family Violence Resource Center in Wolf Point is available for help at 653-1494. After hours, victims or people knowing victims of domestic violence may call 911 to be connected to a victim advocate.
The Domestic Abuse Hotline is also available by calling (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or visiting their website at www.thehotline.org.
Teens can call the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline at (866) 331-9474, or visit their website at www.loveisrespect.org.
- Written by John Plestina
In what was called a shake up of the Roosevelt County Museum Board, county commissioners accepted two resignations and appointed three new board members Tuesday, Oct. 20.
Keith Bryan and Joann Stensland resigned from the board.
No reason was given for the resignations.
The commissioners then appointed David Arndt, Jim Marmon and Ralph Rigsby to the board.
The commissioners also accepted the resignation of long time county sanitarian Ron Smith and expressed appreciation for his years of service.
The commissioners also accepted the resignation of road department employee David Toavs and thanked him for his years of service.
In other business, the commissioners accepted three bids for new vehicles for the Sheriff’s office.
Two pickups will be purchased from Northern Prairie Auto for $38,700 each. They are fully equipped including light bars.
The county will also purchase a Ford Expedition SUV from Fox Ford for $42,800.
All three Wolf Point new car dealerships, one dealership in Bozeman and one located in Illinois submitted bids.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald said he prefers to buy from local businesses.
- Written by John Plestina
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program director Jessica Davies introduced herself to the Roosevelt County Commissioners Tuesday, Oct. 20.
She said she is based in Sidney and has been in the director position for six months. Her supervisory area includes Roosevelt, Richland, McCone, Sheridan and Daniels counties.
The RSVP works with people age 55 and older and matches them to employers.
Davies said wants to revamp the program to work with people of all ages.
Davies said the RSVP program work site in Roosevelt county continues to be the Roosevelt County Senior Center in the Courthouse Annex on the 100 block of Custer Street. Food Pantry Inc., has invited RSVP to move into the Food Pantry building, which is the former Boys and Girls Club building.
Macdonald praised RSVP and the work the program is doing with older residents of Roosevelt County. He said RSVP could grow substantially in Roosevelt County.
- 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 help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility. Names on the jail roster are those of everyone incarcerated and persons booked into the jail during the previous week and does not necessarily mean there is a new charge or conviction. Some individuals might be serving time for a previous conviction.)
As of Monday, Oct. 19, 11 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding two females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Oct. 12 and Monday, Oct. 19:
• Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
• Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
• Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, and resisting arrest;
• Donald Fowler, 53, Wolf Point, probation/parole violation;
• Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
• Juan Guzman, 50, Pharr, Texas, probation and parole violation;
• Christopher L. Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out of county warrant;
• Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
• Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
• Angel Ramos, 54, Wolf Point, partner or family member assault;
• Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
• Jared Thompson, 39, Ogden, Utah, partner or family member assault;
• Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Loren Warmbrod, 43, Wolf Point, probation/parole violation.