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! OA WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1, 2014 From page one SIDNEY HERALD COURTESY I MAKENZIE JOHNSON Lambert native MaKenzie Johnson, right, does volunteer work for Engineers Without Borders in Santa Tomas la Union, Guatemala during December. Company,: FROM PAGE 1A fields that have been work- ing there and are kind of problem solving, and they just don't know what to do," Stock said. Stock has seven years of oilfield work experience and a degree in finance from the University of Montana in Missoula. He began his oilfield experience at age 16 in Prudoe Bay, Alaska, a ma- ture oilfield. He is originally from the Seattle, Wash. area. The last three years of his oilfield experience was in the Bakken. Prior to joining Bakken Business Invest- ment Company, Stock was a field worker for Sanjel, a global energy services company with a field office in Williston, N.D. He has worked for "five or six" different oil companies and contracted with "50 or 60" to work for. Although Director of operations impressed with area hesitant to use the term "gamechanger," Stock said the Bakken shale will shake up the energy scene. "We're watching the U.S. begin to have more of a say at the table on oil in hopes that we're going to be com- pletely independent," Stock said. Since moving to the Bak- ken, Stock said he has "met amazing people.., whether they've lived here for 30 years or 30 days coming here to work in the oil and gas industry." During the holidays Stock volunteered with Gifts from the Heart; a community project in Sidney that brings together goods and gifts for the less fortunate. "One of the things that attracted me to the state of Montana is people were willing to give the shirts off their backs, it's not the large metropolitan areas where you just don't know who's your neighbor," Stock said. While there is some criti- cism with the social change that come with the oil boom, the pros weigh out the cons in Stock's perspective. "You are going to get your bad apples when it comes to the oil and gas industry, but there's great people as well who are just families trying to build up their households. So if there's one thing our company can do it's building that relationship between oil and gas leaders and communities themselves because it's all for the same mission," Stock said. Anyone interesting in Bakken Business Invest- ment Company may contact Paul Stock at 406-243-6930 or rep0rtesidneyherald.c0rn Year: Summer features state swim FROM PAGE 1A miles southeast of Sidney. Fairview saluted the Hotel Albert during its old-timers reunion and summer festi- val. A 47-year-old Sidney man, Eric V. Sayre, died in a roll- over accident near Grenora, N.D. U.S. Sens. Jon Tester, D- Mont., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., heard about the area's drug abuse problems during a conference in Glendive. State Sen. Matt Rosendale, R-Glendive, told the Herald that he is thinking about running for national office. Lambert's Bryan Prevost got a once in a lifetime experience when he flew with the Canadian Force Snowbirds. AUGUST The Montana Highway Patrol announced a new detachment and two new troopers will be based out of Sidney. The Sidney Tiger Sharks earned second place at the state swim meet held in Sidney. The Richland County Fair enjoyed good attendance, but fans were disappointed when the Montgomery Gentry concert was can- celled due to a heavy storm. Gloriana did complete its concert. The maximum number of 100 students was reached in a couple hours of registra- tion at the Boys & Girls Club Of Richland County. Wind and hail knocked out power and did damage during a series of storms in Richland County during August. "It was nothing left of the crop. It was quite a mess," farmer Chuck Lar- son said. Lester Waters, one of the two men charged with murdering Sherry Arnold, changed his plea to guilty for the amended count of Accountability to Deliberate Homicide as part of a plea agreement. The agreement, which has to be approved by District Judge Richard A. Simonton, includes Waters having a sentence of 100 years in the Montana State Prison with 20 years sus- pended. Fairview elementary student Allison Jensen continued her battle with kidney cancer while receiv- ing strong support from the community. "She's been a rock star. We can't ask for a better attitude," Shaun Jen- sen said of his daughter. The Montana Department of Justice reported that Lana Swensrud died of an accidental methamphet- amine overdose. Commissioners from Rich- land County and Dawson County appointed Rich- land County Republican Scott Staffanson as a state representative to complete the term of the late David Halvorson. The area was shocked to learn that 8-year-old Brodie meet in Sidney Gorder passed away from injuries suffered in an ATV accident. James Fugate, 44, died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Fairview. The "Bakken Boom Towns" TV crew spent sev- eral days shooting footage in Sidney and Williston for a possible show. After fil4ng more than 40,000 tax returns through many years, staff at Sid- ney Tax Service decided to retire. edit0sJdneyherdd.c0m II Student from Richland County helps build school in Guatemala BY SUSAN MINICHIELLO SIDNEY HERALD With bumpy roads and pollution a common sight on the streets, Guatemala isn't exactly like the United States. MaKenzie Johnson, a Lambert native and a junior at Carroll College in Helena, took a trip to the Central American country Dec. 15-23. She helped build a school and find clean water sources. "It was amazing. It was probably the trip of a life- time," Johnson, 22, said. The trip was organized through Engineers Without Borders, an international national volunteer orga- nization with a chapter at Carroll College, which holds meetings every two weeks. The organizations wel- comes non-engineering ma- jors to participate in their volunteer trips. Johnson is double majoring in sociol- ogy and biology with an em- phasis on pre-medicine. She hopes to be a pediatrician. According to the Engi- neers Without Borders Carroll College Student Chapter's website, the orga- nization "envisions a world where all people have access to adequate sanitation, safe drinking water, and the resources to meet other serf-identified engineering and economic development needs." On Johnson's trip there were eight students, out of which four were pre-medi- cine students and four were engineering students. An engineering professor also attended. The group flew into Guate- mala City and then headed into Santo Thomas la Union. Although Johnson has had experience abroad, with previous trips to Italy and Australia, there were still some culture shocks she experienced in Guatemala. On culture shock came when building the school. There were no power tools and mortar was mixed by hand, an antiquated method compared to how construc- tion is done in the U.S. "It was probably one of the most difficult things I've ever done," Johnson said. The school Johnson help build had to be rebuilt be- COURTESY I KENZIE JOHNSON MaKenzie Johnson, right, helps build a school in Guatemala. cause it wasn't earthquake proof. With her volunteer group, she build two earth- quake proof support walls in three days. Another project during the trip was locating a new clean water source. Johnson hiked into the jungle with her group to survey the area and ended up finding three water sources. She describes the trip and her work in Guatemala as "rewarding." Her favorite part of the trip was immers- ing in Guatemalan culture and picking up some Span- ish. While she was there, there was a big celebration of Santo Tomas's birthday, and she played soccer with the city's soccer team. For any college students interested in working with Engineers Without Borders, Johnson recommends get- ting invoIved right away and to learn some language skills. Overall, it was a fun trip and Johnson said she would "go back in a heartbeat." Western Tire 406-433-3858 1601 South Central, Sidne..Lv,.i/ Living Room Furniture We would like to thank everyone that has donated, volunteered or has done anything for u - at Crestwood. All Seffa / t , t t