- Written by John Plestina
County Road Department workers will soon have new wheels as the county commissioners accepted a low bid of $115,400 from Fox Ford of Wolf Point for four new pickups.
The funding will come from the road department’s equipment fund.
Several people were appointed and reappointed to county boards. They were: Robert Peterson, airport board; Tracy O’Connor, airport board; Ruth Jackson, health board; Shelly Isle, health board; Mike Christoffersen, fair board; Dave Wemmer, compensation board; Zane Panasuk, compensation board; Gerald Petersen, planning board; Larry Burshia, planning board; Terry Traeger, weed board; and Gary Hansen, weed board.
The commissioners also voted to approve commissioner Gary Macdonald as acting presiding officer for an absence of presiding officer Duane Nygaard later this month.
The commissioners approved a $7,000 contract with Fusion Communications for fleet mapping for the county’s communication system, which will allow it to work with others in Montana.
In other business, the commissioners voted to approve recertification of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office’s K9 Unit.
Sheriff Jason Frederick said the recertification must be annual and a trainer came to Wolf Point for that purpose.
- Written by John Plestina
Former Brockton Post Office employee Jana Nygard was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Great Falls Friday, Jan. 23, to 14 months incarceration followed by three years supervised release.
Nygard was accused of stealing $50,392 from the Brockton Post Office between May and August 2013 while working in the position of post master relief.
U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ordered Nygard to serve the first seven months in prison and the last seven months in home detention, allowing her to begin paying restitution. Full restitution was ordered.
Nygard had entered into a plea agreement to plead guilty to embezzlement of government property. Seven charges related to the post office embezzlement case were dismissed.
According to charging documents, the U.S. Attorney accused Nygard of embezzlement by issuing about 145 money orders for personal use and to customers, and failing to provide payment for the money orders. Nygard was also accused of stealing $1,606 in stamp revenue.
She pleaded not guilty in federal court in October.
“The majority of U.S. Postal Service employees are dedicated public servants who take great pride in ensuring the sanctity and security of U.S. Postal Service property and its funds,” U.S.P.S. Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Pete Gately said. “Unfortunately, Jana Nygard betrayed the trust placed in her by the Postal Service and the public she was sworn to serve. Her actions resulted in deserved consequences for such behavior.”
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Laura Weiss prosecuted the case.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Culbertson High School seniors visit the Nemont headquarters in Scobey for Nemont Career Day. (Submitted photo)
Culbertson High School seniors visited the Nemont headquarters in Scobey for Nemont Career Day, Wednesday, Jan. 28, along with teachers Courtney Hagadone and Mary Machart.
Students were afforded the opportunity to experience not only a professional interview at Nemont, but to also learn more about their local telephone cooperative.
Prior to attending, each senior was asked to review the many job descriptions offered at Nemont. This alone was an eye opener to all of the career positions available. Once chosen, they were to create a resume and a cover letter tailored to that specific position and to the department head and send them off to be reviewed.
Upon arrival, students were greeted and taken to the large board room to prepare them for the day. Dionne Nieskens and Ashley Stentoft introduced various employees who provided great insight into Nemont as well as a new view on a variety of the jobs.
Divided into two groups, the students either went off to tour headquarters or were greeted by the respective department heads who would conduct the interview. As adults, we can all recall that first interview, the interview that we nailed or the interview that went south from the very beginning.
By offering this experience, the students are treated as an adult applying for the job and yet encouraged and given pointers along the way giving them a great sense of accomplishment upon completion.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Thirteen Culbertson High School students traveled to the District 12 and 13 Honor Music Festival in Glasgow, Monday, Jan. 26, along with about 100 band students and 150 choir students from several northeast Montana high schools. Representing CHS were: Joey Bawden, bass; Mackenzie Blair, soprano; Michaela Cathey, soprano; Jaycee Lambert, alto; Raven Martell, alto; Emma Pedersen, soprano; Garrett Reid, bass; Abby Ator, percussion; Lance Bengochea, tenor saxophone; Cameron Lambert, tuba; Mariah Machart, alto saxophone; Sierra Machart, trumpet; and Jacob Martin, bari saxophone. The musicians rehearsed all day and performed an evening concert. The mixed choir sang Ave Verum Corpus, Prettier Far Than These, Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel, Pretty Saro, and Shenandoah. The concert band played Children of the Shrine, Benediction, Canterbury Tales, and Critical Mass. Pictured are Culbertson’s honors musicians.
- Written by Jaimee Green
For the first time ever, Roosevelt Medical Center’s Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation is hosting a fundraiser that gives participants a chance at guessing when the Missouri River will breakup on a designated area of the river near Culbertson.
The first annual Ice- Breaker Fundraiser kicked off Feb.1 and guesses will be accepted until March 31 at 11:59 p.m.
The person who guesses the correct date and time that the river begins to flow three miles south of Cul-
bertson, near the Highway 16 bridge, will win half of the proceeds.
“The board felt this was a fun way to get the community involved with the foundation. This is the time of year when people are starting to get anxious for spring to arrive and this fundraiser gives them a reason to really keep an eye on how that’s going,” said board member Steve Baldwin.
So, how do you play? It’s simple. Pick up and pay one or more tickets at one of several locations, make guesses based on Mountain Standard Time, and then give the ticket to a board member, or mail it in.
Tickets to make guesses are available at Hometown Market, the Wild West Diner, the marketing Department downstairs in the clinic at RMC and from any board member.
Tickets will also be available to cut out of an advertisement in The Searchlight and The Roundup of Sidney during the last week in February and the third week in March.
The funds raised for the project will go toward replacing the window in the sunroom, a place where the 25 residents who call RMC home, gather to relax, socialize, watch their favorite shows on television and enjoy the birds in the aviary.
The current window consists of an all metal frame with cracked and broken panes which causes clouding between the double panes. In the winter, the metal frame radiates cold into the room and makes it difficult to maintain a comfortable room temperature.
Cost for the window and installation is estimated at $18,000. To date, about $5,000 in funds has been raised following a donation mailing sent out to the community through the mail in December.
The river breakup will be monitored by a non-participating board member and determined by a clock attached to a tripod on the river. Once the water begins flowing and the tripod falls in, it will trigger the clock to stop. The time recorded on the clock will be the time used to determine the winner.
If no one guesses the exact time of breakup, the participant with the closest time will be the winner.
Board members include Kim Knick, David Solem, Sheri Gossage, Karla Forbregd, Steve Baldwin, Sharon Salvevold, John McNeil, Lana Engelke and Laura Bergum.
For more information, contact 787-6476.