Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners appointed two people to finish the terms of both Brockton City Council members who resigned during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday, May 26.
The commissioners did not reveal the names of the people who resigned or the reason for the resignation.
The commissioners appointed Rodney Burshia and Stacy Stangeland to fill the vacancies.
Neither were available for comments.
Brockton has a mayor who remains in office.
In other business, the commissioners voted to hire Interstate Engineering of Nashua to seek bids for a scrub seal of McCabe Road at a cost of $47,000. The county cannot afford a complete reconstruction of the eight miles of paved roadway.
The commissioners also again discussed the use of McCabe by truckers from North Dakota to avoid state scales. The commissioners discussed adopting a county ordinance closing the road to through traffic.
Sheriff Jason Frederick said he was not aware of the problem and said he could provide some patrol of McCabe Road.
In another matter, the commissioners voted to seek bids for the relocation of several hydrants in Culbertson for the fair board.
Questions were raised of whether engineering is needed.
The commissioners also denied a request by the Fair Board to create a new position of assistant supervisor and put that position at a higher pay scale.
Written by John Plestina
A young woman died after being injured in a single-vehicle crash near Poplar Friday, May 22.
She has been identified as Barrie Jones, 23, of Poplar. Jones was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Poplar Campus, where she died later that day.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Corey Reum said RCSO deputy Eugene Culbertson responded to the scene about 3 a.m. The Montana Highway Patrol responded shortly after.
Reum said Jones, who was alone in the vehicle, was traveling southbound on a two-track trail near the powwow grounds north of Poplar, lost control and was ejected from the vehicle. He said she was coming out of a turn.
Reum said Tuesday, May 26, that the crash remained under investigation and it was unknown whether alcohol or speed were factors.
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point Police have reported the arrest of a man accused in the May 17 shotgun shooting at a Wolf Point residence.
Lt. Brian Erwin said he arrested Nolan Birdsbill, 33, of Wolf Point later on May 17. He has been charged into Fort Peck Tribal Court for aggravated assault.
Wolf Point officers responded to a 911 call at 6:16 p.m. that a man had been shot at a residence on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue South.
Erwin said Brad Fourstar, 23, was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus with a chest wound from a shotgun blast. From there, he was flown to a Great Falls hospital. His condition is unknown.
Erwin said further charges could be filed upon completion of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Written by Herald-News
Justiss Firemoon of Poplar is one of eight young women, ages 17 to 24, from Montana that will compete in the three-day Miss Montana Outstanding Teen contest in the Dawson County High School auditorium in Glendive, beginning Sunday, June 11.
Contestants will compete for scholarships with each Miss Montana contestant receiving at least $850 and a chance to represent Montana at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., in September. The winner crowned Friday, June 12, advances to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando, Fla., in August.
Written by Deanna Buckles
Summer is here and can prove to be a challenge for emergency vehicles. When you see flashing lights on an emergency vehicle, what should you do?
“You should slow down for any approaching emergency vehicle and move over to the next lane for the safety of emergency responders,” stated Lori Ryan, public information officer for the Montana Department of Transportation. “We are working in conjunction with first responders and law enforcement around the state to bring awareness forward for the Move Over Montana law.”
In 2005, Montana implemented the Move Over Montana Law. According to the Move Over Montana Facebook page, 71 percent of Americans have not heard of “Move Over” laws and 90 percent of Americans believe traffic stops and roadside emergencies are dangerous for Law Enforcement and First Responders.
“We get cut off all the time in town,” said Nonette Brown, VP of clinical support for NEMHS. “There’s an issue of people being in the way, not paying attention to our emergency lights.”
Not long ago, NEMHS installed a new sound system called “The Rumbler,” so that you can not only see the ambulance but you can hear them. “The Rumbler” gets the attention of drivers whose hearing can be impaired by loud music or by the distraction of a cell phone. It emits a low, stomach-thumping grumble that makes it more noticeable than the high-pitched wail of the traditional siren.
“When we get behind a vehicle that isn’t moving we can hit a switch and it sends a low-pitched sound that vibrates the vehicle,” said John Carlbom, ambulance supervisor for
NEMHS. “We want people to be safe and we want to be safe as well.”
According to Kadee Peterson, local representative for Department of Transportation, the new signs will be posted on the Montana and North Dakota border and at the port of entry from the Canadian border into northeastern Montana.