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Culbertson Budget Work Session For FY 2017-18 Held

Culbertson’s Town Council met at the town hall Monday, July 24, at 6 p.m. for a budget work session for fiscal year 2017-18.

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Froid Youth Places At State Trap Shoot

Hunter Krogedal, 16, of Froid won the junior championship at the 132nd Montana State Trap Shoot in Billings July 5-9.
He is the son of David and Allison Krogedal and began competitive trap shooting two years ago.

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As Drought Continues, Risk Of Wildfire Increases

Wildfire Roars South Of Culbertson
Miller's cattle graze while wildfire roars east of them during the Yooper Fire in northern Richland County south of Culbertson.
(Photo courtesy Whitney Klasna)

Anyone can tell just how dry northeast Montana is as they drive along the many milers of highways and county roads that criss cross the area. Miles and miles of prime pasture has turned brown from lack of rainfall.

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Commissioners Promote Two Sheriff’s Deputies

At a brief regular public meeting, July 25, the Roosevelt County Commissioners approved promoting two Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies.

Orin Cantrell and Lowell Boyd, both deputies with the RCSO, were promoted to the rank of command sergeant effective July 1. These two were promoted via the recommendation of sheriff Jason Frederick who was present at the meeting. The reason for the retroactive date of effect is due to paperwork on the county’s end, according to commissioner Gordon Oelkers. 
The inter-local agreement between Roosevelt County and the City of Wolf Point for attorney services was approved. The agreement comes after the resignation of deputy county attorney Anna Rose Sullivan. Sullivan, who resigned to go into private practice with Toavs Law Office, prosecuted both criminal and civil cases for the City of Wolf Point prior to her resignation. 
Her resignation left Wolf Point without an acting city attorney. County attorney Jim Patch said that he no longer wanted to prosecute civil cases for the City of Wolf Point following Sullivan’s resignation. 
The problem this created was that civil cases make up the majority of the legal work that the City of Wolf Point needed. 
According to Wolf Point Police Chief Jeff Harada, at a prior city council meeting, criminal cases make up a very small number of what Wolf Point needs in legal services. As of July 17, the city had two criminal cases being prosecuted via the Roosevelt County Attorney’s office, which was high for Wolf Point. 
This caused an issue with Patch’s request that Wolf Point pay $2,000 per month for legal services. Prior to Sullivan’s resignation, the city payed approximately $3,000 per month for all legal services. 
The city renegotiated with Patch’s office for a $1,000 per month fee which was approved at this commissioners’ meeting. The City of Wolf Point will reassess this cost at the end of the 2018 fiscal year as they are unsure they have $1,000 per month worth of criminal cases. 
Sullivan, via Toavs Law Office, will continue to prosecute the City of Wolf Point’s civil cases at an hourly rate. 
The commissioners also approved the investments and securities report via the treasurer’s office. Presiding officer Duane Nygaard said that there were no notable changes in the report.
Other items approved at this meeting include:
•Pam Clark in the aging department was granted her yearly raise.
•The health department was approved to hire Brittney Deavila as a new receptionist. 
•Claims for July 14 in the amount of $393,034.50 were approved.
•Minutes for a special administrative meeting, July 14; regular public meeting, July 18; and road union negotiations, July 19, were approved.