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Commissioners Again Discuss Oil Royalties And Again Delay Decision

The Roosevelt County Commissioners again delayed any decision about researching possible county ownership of oil royalties and mineral interests, and costs the county could incur to find out during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6.
The issue came up during at least three commission meetings during late 2014.
The commission remains undecided whether to hire an employee or consultant for the research. Questions remain of what the cost would be to the county.
The project that could take three or four years to complete could cost as much as $400 per day for a contracted consultant, which could be as much as $104,000 per year.
“One found royalty would probably pay for it,” commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said.
“Different royalties pay different amounts. How do we know that’s accurate?” commissioner Gary Macdonald asked.
But the future of Bakken oil exploration could be in question.
“With oil activity dying off,  [potential consultants] may be hungry,” Macdonald said.
In other business, Nygaard said the county is preparing to go out to bid for an architect for the new jail that voters approved in November.
“We will start advertising for that in 10 days,” Nygaard said.

The Searchlight Remembers May To August 2014 News

May
One person was injured when two Amtrak train cars derailed near Bainville.  
DEQ began process to allow a radioactive dumpsite north of Culbertson.  
Culbertson, Froid/Medicine Lake and Bainville placed at the Glendive track meet.  
Roosevelt County Sheriff Deputy Joe Moore and his police dog in training, Akicita, visited the Culbert-
son school and the Missouri River Rats 4-H Club.
The Knights of Columbus and St. Anthony's church held their annual Mother's Day brunch.
Lenore Haase of Homestead celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by over 150 family members and friends.
Roger Britton, Froid School superintendent, retired from his position.
Culbertson music students and their adviser, Lana Hekkel, headed to Denver, Colo., to perform at the Children's Hospital and to hear a symphony at the Boettcher Concert Hall.
Froid junior Jordan Smith was one of 31 students from around Montana chosen by the Montana Office of Public Instruction's Superintendent, Denise Juneau to serve on the 2014-2015 Student Advisory Board.
June
'Code Talkers' were honored posthumously with medals at ceremony in Poplar.
A mobile vet offered free spay and neutering for eastern Montana pet owners.
Jail bond failed in the primary election. Jason Frederick and Freedom Crawford to run for sheriff in November election.
Frontier Days, rodeos and pow-wow were on tap for the month of June.
Commissioners approved the plat for Prairie South Subdivision to include a 16 duplex unit north of Bainville.
Barry Beach's clemency bid was rejected by the parole board.
Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board vice chairwoman Annette Lambert died.
The Searchlight transitioned to a new size and format.
July
Pat Stennes of the Roo-
sevelt County clerk of court retired after 41 years; Jeri Toavs took her place.
Paul Finnicum was selected as Montana School Boards Association president.
Montana received $5.125 million U.S. Department of Labor job training grant.
Culbertson's Elizabeth Hendrickson took top honors in the KVCK Country showdown in Wolf Point.
Shear Chicness Hair Salon opened in Culbertson.
Commission approved county worker stipend of $300 per permanent non-elected county employee.
Bainville EMT Shellie Pacovsky was honored for 20 years of service to the community.
Proposed refinery in Roosevelt County to serve Bakken.
August
Roosevelt County Fair livestock sale deemed a success for buyers and youth.
Cal Oraw and Hoch Meat Processing named to the 4-H Hall of Fame.
An Amtrak train hit a pickup near Bainville. The driver was injured and flown to a Bismarck, N.D., hospital.
The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved the second pay raise in five weeks for county elected officials.
Ace, the canine partner of R.C. Deputy Sheriff Clay McGeshick, was awarded a ballistic vest by the nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s.
Three of the 14 new Montana Highway Patrol  troopers who recently graduated from the academy were assigned to Roosevelt County.

Apprentice Bakers

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Chris Olson and her baker apprentices rolling out 372 sugar cookies for Santa'a arrival at the Culbertson School, Thursday, Dec. 18. Pictured are Chris Azure, Tony Williams, Madalyn Raab, Kayli Olson, McKade Mahlen, Lance Bengochea, Logan Nickoloff and Colby Olson.

Elementary Children Participate In Christmas Concert

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Lana Hekkel directed the elementary classes for Culbertson’s annual Christmas Concert. Songs included Jingle Bells, My Dreydl, Gizmo and Now it is Yule.

Cutbacks On Days At Culbertson Food Bank

Due to finances and a lack of food bank volunteers, the Culbertson Food Bank will be cutting back on the days of food distribution.
Several area churches, generous organizations and individuals have helped keep the doors open financially. The Culbertson Schools also had their annual Cats/Griz food collection competition which collected a couple hundred pounds of food just before Thanksgiving.
With the Culbertson Food Bank being the only food bank in the county, the monthly demands have nearly tripled from previous years.
During the month of November, the food bank fed 180 families.
The volunteers distributing food are aging and it is difficult during the winter months to find enough people to adequately man the food bank as some volunteers move to other areas during winter months and others safely avoid walking on icy streets etc.
The food bank is very grateful for the wonderful volunteers and generous donors, but are having to cut back to Tuesdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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