- Written by Angela Rose Benson
By joining a high school sports team, student-athletes put themselves at risk for a number of different injuries, no matter which sport they have chosen to participate in.
Head injuries, including concussions, are amongst some of the most frequently diagnosed sport’s injuries, and the Culbertson School District Trustees are considering investing in Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, a virtual program to benefit student-athletes, coaches and medical staff if a concussion should ever occur.
- Written by Jaimee Green
In healthcare, you can never be too prepared. As part of Roosevelt Medical Center’s disaster preparedness program, a small, fully-functional drill is planned for early October, which will simulate an armed intruder has entered the building.
Of course, an actual weapon won’t be used and participants will be wearing bright orange posters that signal they are participating in the drill. Staff will be also stationed at the main entrance locations, letting patients and guests know the drill is taking place.
“The goal of this is not to scare people. It is to really get staff thinking and more familiar with their surroundings. It’s also an opportunity for them to receive some really concrete tips on how to preserve life during these extreme circumstances,” said Kyla Traeger, Trauma and Disaster Preparedness Coordinator.
Leading up to the drill, RMC created an armed intruder policy, based on best practices and has spent several months educating staff on safety issues and procedures.
A handful of local law enforcement officers will be involved in the drill, helping to apprehend the pretend intruder and also moving throughout the facility to give staff members the “all-clear” signal. A briefing will take place following the drill to discuss what went well and areas for improvement.
The date of the event is not going to be announced to staff, other than that it will happen during the week of Oct. 4 – 10.
The drill will not include every area of the hospital and will be as quiet as possible, in an effort to not disturb the 22 residents who call RMC home, or the flow of patient care.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Senator Steve Daines today announced that Cape Air has been re-approved as the Essential Air Service provider for airports in Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Sidney and Wolf Point.
“Cape Air provides Montana’s community airports in Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Sidney and Wolf Point with critical transportation services. It has proven to be a reliable and badly needed service for a number of Montana’s rural communities,” Daines stated. “As a commuter air carrier, Cape Air makes it easier to do business and travel in eastern Montana. I’m pleased by the Department of Transportation's excellent decision to renew Cape Air as the Essential Air Service provider for these communities.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation selected Cape Air to continue to provide EAS for Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Sidney and Wolf Point at a three percent increase in annual subsidy for each year of the four year EAS contract. The current annual combined DOT subsidy is $11,950,426.
- Written by Audrey Stromberg
After months of planning, the Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation is set to host their annual fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 11.
Fall Fest, formerly known as Harvest for Health and Pheasant Phest, will take place at the Culbertson High School gymnasium and will include a steak dinner, set to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by the Cold Hard Cash Show, a tribute to the late, great Johnny Cash. There, Merle Travis, the band’s lead singer, will take the crowd on a chronological journey through Cash’s music, telling his story throughout the decades. The band, based out of Las Vegas, Nev., has performed across the country and was featured on the David Letterman Show.
Tickets to the event cost $75 and are available at the door or at First Community Bank in Froid and Culbertson; in Culbertson at Wild West Diner, Hometown Market and Richland Federal Credit Union; in Bainville at Rustic-N-More; and in Plentywood at Hi-Line Sports.
The fall-themed event will include a silent auction featuring artwork by local artists such as Ray Cheek, a pastel chalk of a bull elk from Teddy Hines, a centennial bronze, an eagle carved from tree bark, jewelry from Harmon’s Agateshop, Dar’s Designs quilt, metal artwork and more.
Robert Toavs, a well-known local auctioneer will host the live gun auction where guests can bid for a black, boys and pink, girls Crickett gun and custom Savage 22-250 varmint rifle.
This year, attendees can participate in the Gold Bars Bonanza. By purchasing a $25 ticket, they can win one of four grand prizes which include a three-day trip to the Pro Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada, a two-night stay at the Deadwood Gulch Gaming Casino, in Deadwood South Dakota, or an evening at the Billing’s Symphony’s Celtic Christmas performance and mini shopping spree. This includes restaurant and store gift cards. There will also be a Ray Cheek print. Everyone who participates will win something. Some of the prizes include restaurant gift cards and small household items.
The Culbertson High School football boys will be helping sell tickets where guests can win Montana baskets that include themes such as a children’s dinosaur basket, hunting, hiking, baked goods, spa, CHS school spirit, golf and more.
A YETI-50 cooler fundraiser drawing will also take place.
Several lucky winners will win apparel sponsored by Hi-Line Sports, of Plentywood, just for attending.
The money raised during this year’s event will go toward the $80,000 purchase of an updated chemical analyzer in the laboratory department. The machine is used to detect blood alcohol levels, abnormalities in liver functions and check heart enzymes, which can help detect heart problems.
“These fundraising events are about so much more than just raising money for a certain machine that is needed in a department. They are about sustaining local healthcare in our community. Where would you go if your child was in a life-threatening emergency situation? Or, your spouse was having a heart attack? You wouldn’t want to make a 38-mile trip to another facility when every second counts. What If your parent needed to be placed in a long term care facility? You wouldn’t want to have to travel for hours just to visit them regularly. These are just some of the scenarios that make it necessary for healthcare to stay local and be supported by the community,” said Jaimee Green, marketing and foundation director for RMC.
To date, about $21,000 has been promised through incoming sponsorships for the event.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls.
According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
This year, Fire Prevention Week will be from Oct. 4-10 and Culbertson’s volunteer Fire Department plans to take action in their community and work to prevent fires.
Last year’s Fire Prevention Week theme was “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month.” This year, smoke alarms are continuing to be the main topic of discussion, as the 2015 theme is “Hear The Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”
Culbertson’s volunteer firefighters plan to host an assembly at Culbertson Public Schools during Fire Prevention Week in an effort to educate students on fire safety and prevention.
“Our fire department will travel around town and talk about smoke alarms with Culbertson residents. If the community member would like us to, we will even go into their homes and take a look at their smoke detectors, fixing them if they’re broken, changing the batteries or even installing them,” said Mike Olson, volunteer firefighter. “Last year we covered the east side of Culbertson and this year we will cover the west side of town. When we go in to homes checking out the smoke alarms, we usually do find quite a few broken ones.”
Culbertson residents who are interested in having the fire department investigate their smoke detectors can contact the Culbertson’s city office, leaving their name and phone number. The fire department will be in contact with any community member interested, according to Olson.
Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms and when smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead, according to the National Fire Protection Association website.