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4A SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012 Around our area ] . _ SIDNEY HERALD , itr  BILL VANI)ER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD Chamber b0drd The Sidney Area hdfiber of Commerce&apos;s board of director includes, front from left, second vice president David Garland, first vice presi- dent Dan Pers'li president David $eitz and president Cami Skinner; back, executive director Wade VanEvery, director Benjamin Clark and treasurer Lorilee Norby. Not pictured are directors Jay Frank, Nick Lonski, Greg Miller, Kathy Nicholson, Marci Albin, Kathy Jensen and CathR6berson. Oct. 15 - Bryan Prevost and Castle Cundiff Oct. 31 - Chris Hayden and Faye Meissel Oct. 31 - Stephen Anderson and Casden Hermann Nov. 1 - Daniel Rhodes and Anna Norman Nov. 1] -James Keely end Michelle Wendel Nov. 11 - Matthew Markwald and Kendra Nelson Nov. 17 - Jeffrey Arndt.and Darci Jahnke Dec. 8 - John Macomber and Barbara Francis Dec. 9 - Travis Jones and Brittany Marriages Holly Dec. 10 - Austin Panasuk and Darcy Peters Dec. 11 - Brand0n Ler and Stephanie Lachapelle Dec. 14 - Derek Wise and Kelly Byrd Dec. 17 - Justin Nuveman and Boonsiree Prasit Dec. 21 - Ryan Gunther and Bethany Backhaus Dec. 28 - Matthew Wiseman and Kelsea Jansen Dec. 31 - Elias Frisk and Rochelle Schow Jan. 5 - Nathaniel Williams and Holly Johnson LIKE THIS GUY. 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The U.S. rate fell by 0.2 per- cent to 8.5 percent in Decem- ber. "Montana's employment growth has gained momen- tum in the last half of 2011, posting large job gains and a sizable drop in the unemploy- ment rate, due in part to the strong agriculture economy .. and the oil activity on the ",", eastern part of the stgtt," La- bor Commissioner Keith Kel- ly said. "The strong employ- ment growth in the second half of the year improves our outlook for 2012 and signals an even stronger economy ahead." The drop in the unemploy- ment rate is due to an in- crease of about 1,660jobs over the last month. December's job counts show over 7200 jobs added in the last year, which is faster job growth than expected based on De partment forecasts. The num- ber of unemployed fell 1,787 over the last month. These to- tal job counts include payroll, self-employed, and agricul- tural workers. Payroll employment esti- mates indicate no change in jobs over the prior month, and a gain of 5,000 payroll jobs over the last year. The Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation industry posted job losses of 800 jobs, likely due to the slow start of the winter season, which coun- tered job gains in other indus- tries. Both total and payroll job estimates are preliminary and may change during the beeliinaling process that is;< completed at the end of each year to improve accuracy The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) yeas unchanged for December, marking two straight months of stable prices. Declines in the energy index offset increases in oth- er prices. The index for all items less food and energy (al- so called core inflation) in- creased by 0.1 percent, ending the year with an annual in- crease of 2.2 percent. The family of Gloria Gross would like to .ay a heartfelt thank you for all the cards, flowers, ; donations, food and especially prayers every- one has sent, We would also like to say a special thank you to Pastor Kelly Sloan and the wonderful people Of Hospice, yo u helped to comfort us all during her last days. God bless! Gas plant opens near Watford City IIY DANIEL WOODS WILUSTON HERALD A natural gas processing plant outside Watford City, N.D., is now operational. The Garden Creek Natural Gas Processing Facility can process up to 100 million cu- bic feet of natural gas per day. This should reduce flar- ing significantly, according to Terry K. Spencer, presi- dent of ONEOK Partners, the company who built the plant. "One of the issues for the producers here in the Willis- ton Basin is the continued flaring of natural gas," Spencer said. "These pro- cessing plants will reduce that dramatically, if not elim- inate it," The Garden Creek Facility in McKenzie County is the second constructed in the re- gion by Tulsa, Okla. based ONEOK Partners. Two addi- tional processing facilities and a natural gas pipeline are slated to be complete within 18 months, Spencer said. Along with the existing Grasslands natural gas pro- cessing facility, the new con- struction will nearly quadru- ple ONEOK's processing ca- pacity in the region, accord- ing to a press release. At a grand opening lunch- eon for the Garden Creek Fa- cility last week, Gov. Jack Darymple said, "North Dakotans by their nature do not like waste. When they see flares, it's unsettling." Once construction is com- plete each processing facility will require 15-20 workers for operation, and as the Bakken and Three Forks formations are developed, ONEOK may continue to build processing plants, Spencer said. "The total estimate for nat- ural gas to come out of this region over the course of the next couple years is in excess of 500-750 million cubic feet per day. So there is a lot of potential for future growth and we're obviously very in- terested and excited to be in a position to continue to grow," Spencer said. Bakken and Three Forks gas, after being processed in the North Dakota facilities, still requires further pro- cessing. After being cooled and condensed to separate gas from liquid, a liquid mix of propane, butane and gaso- line is piped to other facili- ties to be separated and re- fined. In a press release, ONEOK Partners said it plans to in- vest in all approximately $1.5 to $1.8 billion in the region. Also in attendance at the grand opening were North Dakota Senators Kent Con- rad and John Hoeven. In speeches, both thanked ONEOK Partners for invest- ing in North Dakota. "People used to ask, 'I--Iow's the weather up there, how's the weather up there (in North Dakota)? Now they ask, 'How's the business cli- mate?' "Hoeven said. Deadline approaching for three Montana scholarships The Student Financial Ser- vices Office (SFS) within the Montana University System would like to announce that the 2012 application process has begimfat te Montana ', '. University System (MUS) ..... Honor Scholarship, the Gov- ernor's Best and Brightest Merit Scholarship and the Governor's Best and Bright- est Merit-at-Large Scholar- ship. Applicants can fred more information and may apply for these scholarships by vis- iting www.scholarship.mt.gov. MUS Honor Scholarship- Four-year renewable scholar- ship that waives the recipi- ent's tuition when used at an eligible campus. The Student Financial Services office of- fers up to 200 MUS Honor Scholarships annually to graduating High School sen- iors that meet the eligibility requirements. Governor's Best and Brightest Merit Scholarship - Graduating seniors from accredited Montana High Schools may apply for this scholarship. SFS offers one scholarship per school with an eligbie/applion. ..... l Governor's Best and Brightest Merit-at-Large Scholarships- Graduating high school students, stu- dents already attending col- lege, non-traditional and home schooled students are encouraged to apply. A com- mittee evaluates applicant essays and activity lists to de- termine the recipients. Governor's Merit and Mer- it-at-Large Scholarships are awarded to students who plan to attend an eligible two or four year institution. A student attending a four-year campus will receive $1,000/semester ($2,000/year) for up to eight semesters. Stu- dents who attend a two-year campus will receive $1,000/semester ($2,000/year) for up to four semesters. Purchasing 8, Leasing II Minerals 0il & Gas Inc. 701-751-3141 Timothy Furlong tim@irishog.com ank Lower Yellowstone Chapter of ABATE (American Bikers Aiming Towards Education) like to thank everyone that helped with our 18th Annual Toy Drive. We are part of the Christmas Coalition, and this year through your we helped 107 families with 280 kids. After gifts from the heart, we helped another five families with 14 more kids. We would like to thank the following businesses and please forgive me if l missed someone. ECS, B&B Builders, ElectricLand (RadioShack), Johnson Hardware & Furniture, Sidney Big Sky Siding & Windows, Interstate Engineering, NAPA Auto Parts, Mitchell's Oil Field Service, Landtech Enterprises, Thermal DriUing, Terry & LuAnn Williams Wild Cat Trucking, Hotel Albert, Sidney Red-E-Mix, IIS Services, CHS Farmers Elevator, Agri Industries, Franz Construction, Western Tire, Jerry Zoanni, Richland Pump & Supply, Advanced Communications, B&J Heating, Sunrise Motel, Montana Turf 'N Wheels, Frontier Heating, Path, Big Dog Trucking, Tom & Maria Henderson, Prairie Electric, Security Abstract, Pat & Stacy Gustafson, FT Reynolds, Rachelle Sparks with Mary Kay products, Sidney Cleaners & Laundry, Seitz Insurance and State Farm Insurance.