Written by The Herald-News
This year’s Roosevelt County Fair Style Show will feature entertainment from Elizabeth’s Dance Expressions from Williston, N.D.
Elizabeth Falcon has been teaching dance for over 23 years and will showcase a variety of performances from her students.
Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the program getting underway at 7 p.m. at the downtown Armory in Culbertson on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
Come and enjoy the entertainment and support the area youth and adults who will be modeling the newest fashions from area businesses.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:29
Written by The Herald-News
The National Newspaper Association recently greeted a comprehensive bill to reform the U.S. Postal Service as a welcome step toward new legislation.
Merle Baranczyk, NNA president and publisher of the Salida (Colo.) Mountain-Mail, said NNA hoped Congress would complete work on a bill this year to avoid disruption in the mail and the threat of substantial postage rates increases.
“We appreciate the leadership of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa in pulling together a legislative package that reaches out to all postal stakeholders. It is a daunting job to reform an organization with 490,000 employees and underpinning more than $1 trillion in private sector economic activity. More importantly to community newspapers, it provides the network we count on to deliver the news,” Baranczyk said.
The bill would prompt numerous changes in the way USPS operates, including:
•Gradually end “to the door” mail delivery and replace it with cluster or curbside boxes;
•End Saturday delivery of newspapers, First-Class mail and advertising but continue package delivery and would require opening rural mailboxes for publishers’ use on Saturdays;
•Prohibit no-layoff clauses in new workforce agreements and reform workers compensation rules;
•Ban Negotiated Service Agreements that would cause “unreasonable disruption of the marketplace; and
•Mandate 2 percent annual increases above inflation for mail currently not covering at least 90 percent of costs, such as Periodicals, but only after adjustments have been made for costs created solely by excess postal capacity.
NNA Postal Committee chairman Max Heath said the Issa bill is a welcome catalyst toward postal reform.
“This bill is a stronger piece of legislation than the one marked up in the House last Congress, and we welcome the progress. The enormity of what must be done to save universal service and keep the Postal Service running is not lost on any of us. Everyone is going to be affected. In fact, newspapers have already been deeply affected. We are looking for legislation that helps USPS management get costs under control without destroying service, and that is a very tall order. We also recognize that Congress has to stop the federal government from spending postage money that may not have been rightly put into some of the workforce funds, and Chairman Issa is taking some steps in that direction. There are still some major concerns that our Postal Committee will be raising after we examine the bill more closely,” he said.
NNA has long expressed concern about the effect upon weekend newspapers if Saturday delivery ends. In addition, it has objected to the Postal Service’s direct interference in the local advertising marketplace and is a party in a federal court proceeding challenging discounted rates offered by USPS to Valassis, Inc.
“We appreciate Congressman Issa’s recognition that the Negotiated Service Agreement can be a disruption to the marketplace,” Baranczyk said. “That is an important step in getting to fairness while also permitting the Postal Service to support new business lines. I think we will have more work ahead of us in this area before we arrive at rules we consider fair. We are gratified to have had a role in shaping this bill so far, including the new mailbox access. Our board, composed of community newspaper publishers around the nation, is looking forward to productive conversations with Congressional leadership this year. This is the time to get a law passed.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:27
Written by The Herald-News
Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation recently received a donation from Chenega Global Services LLC. Accepting the donation are (left to right) foundation board members Lee Loendorf and Rodney Paulson; Leonard Karge, representing Chenega; Brad Moran, board member; Phil Sievers, Che-nega; Rosie Kurokawa, foundation vice chairperson; and Beth Pickthorn, foundation executive director.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:06
Written by Jaimee Green, NEMHS
In northeast Montana, it is through the volunteerism and charitable giving of others that rural healthcare is able to maintain its innovative edge while keeping up with ever-changing technology. Donations, memorials and estate planning help non-profit healthcare organizations carry out their missions of providing their communities with the best local healthcare possible.
Through Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation, a recent donation made by former community members with strong ties to Wolf Point will help NEMHS continue bringing quality healthcare to the area.
Phil Sievers and Leonard Karge, both formerly of Wolf Point, recently donated $1,500 after being contacted by Brad Moran, a foundation board member. Together, they donated the money on behalf of their employer, Chenega Global Services LLC, a professional services firm specializing in environmental logistics, facility operations and medical services. Located in San Antonio, Texas, with eight subsidiaries, the firm holds strong ties to the Chenega people of Alaska and assists companies with professional staffing, support services and planning.
The donation was presented to the foundation when the two men returned home for a visit during the 90th annual Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede. The money will be used to help offset the cost of current and future medical equipment.
“We understand medical equipment and other resources are constantly changing and improving and require upgrades to stay innovative. These changes aren’t cheap but they are important for ensuring the community is able to receive the most up-to-date care possible. We want to be a part of that,” Sievers said.
Both Karge and Sievers grew up in Wolf Point. Karge is the son of Eileen and Carl Karge and Sievers is the son of Ellen Sievers and Daryl Sievers.
“The foundation was very happy to receive this donation. We have been so fortunate to have the support of the community and it always impresses me to see how giving people can be, even when they no longer live within the community. People truly never forget their roots,” said Beth Pickthorn, foundation executive director.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:04
Written by Al Stover
Leslie Ferguson appeared in the Montana 15th Judicial Court for his arraignment, July 24. Minutes later, Faye Ferguson, who confirmed to be Leslie Ferguson’s wife after being asked by Judge David Cybulski, sat in the same seat for her arraignment.
Leslie Ferguson pleaded not guilty to both the felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and the misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Faye Ferguson pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and the misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
According to charging documents, on July 4 Lynwood Bateman of the Montana Highway Patrol, noticed a maroon Chevrolet Silverado pickup, which had a Montana license plate, with a tint infraction.
Bateman made contact with the driver, who did not have a valid driver’s license and identified himself as “Les” Ferguson. The individual in the passenger seat identified herself as Faye Ferguson.
The trooper smelled burnt marijuana coming from the Silverado. He learned that both the driver and the passenger had misdemeanor warrants. Bateman arrested Leslie Ferguson for his warrant from Prairie County and was placed in the rear of Bateman’s patrol vehicle.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Corporal Avis Ball, who works with the Big Muddy River Drug Task Force, arrived on the scene and approached the Silverado with Bateman and made contact with Faye Ferguson. Bateman noticed a can of Mike’s Hard Lemonade in the center console and asked Faye Ferguson to hand it to him. When she was asked about the marijuana smell, Faye Ferguson explained that on the way to Williston, N.D., she had smoked a “doob,” which is slang for marijuana. She then smoked another one in between the state line and Culbertson. She also said she extinguished the marijuana in the can of hard lemonade.
Faye Ferguson was arrested for possession of marijuana and the outstanding warrant. Both she and Leslie were transported to the Roosevelt County Detention Center for arrest processing and the vehicle was seized as evidence and towed to the sheriff's office.
Documents stated that after Leslie Ferguson had posted bond, he gave consent to search the Silverado, though both Ball and Bateman advised him he could withdraw consent at any time.
Bateman searched the vehicle and located a hidden compartment where he found a white sock, which contained two glass pipes with residue and burn marks. Leslie Ferguson became nervous and asked Bateman what was found. He then stated that whatever the trooper found belonged to his son.
Leslie Ferguson then withdrew his consent to the search and officers terminated the search. The Silverado was re-secured and the officers prepared a search warrant. Leslie Ferguson was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to documents, Ball obtained a search warrant for the vehicle, July 5. Both she and Bateman executed the search and found several items that were seized as evidence, including: two glass pipes with residue, a digital scale and an Altoids container with suspected burnt marijuana cigarettes.
Roosevelt County Attorney Ralph Patch agreed to have Faye Ferguson’s bond reduced to $15,000.
Both Fergusons are scheduled to have their omnibus hearing on Aug. 14. Leslie Ferguson’s trial date is scheduled for Sept. 17 and will sign a voluntary waiver of extradition. Faye Ferguson’s trial date is set for Oct. 17.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:02