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]ate delig00l. Page i'; 00DMESDAY FEB. 17, 2010 102rid year, No. 14 Sidney, Monlono www.sidneyherold.com 75 CENTS SERVING RICHLAND COUNTY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA FOR OVER 100 YEARS Bulletin Board Volunteers needed Volunteers are needed to help sell tickets at the Dis- trict 2-C girls basketball tour- nament in Sidney Wednes- day through Sunday. Call the Sidney Chamber at '433-1916. Dinner theatre The Sugar Valley Commu- nity Theatre presents "ff It's Monday, This Must Be Mur- der," at 6 p.m. Monday at the Sidney Country Club. Cost for the dinner and show is $25 in advance. Call 488-5109 or e-mail iarch@midrivers.com. il)affodils : The Sidney High School :Leo Club is taking orders :for daffodils for the Ameri- can Cancer Society. Contact advisor Brad Faulhaber at 433-2330, or a Leo Club mem- ber to place an order. Senior commodities Commodities for seniors will be distributed from 8-11 a.m. Tuesday at Central School at the south door. Fish frys Sidney Knights of Colum- bus will have fish frys Fri- days during Lent from 5-7 p.m. at St. Matthew's Parish Center. Cost is $8 for adults and $30 for families. The first fish fry is Friday. Recreational funding The Richland County commissioners will pro- vide $150,000 for recre- ational funding to be avail- able in July. These funds are to he used for capital improve- ments for recreational fa- cilities used by volunteer recreation programs. For more information, call Terry Meldahl at City Hall, 433-2809, or Blinda Larsen, 488-4366. Newsmaker Earning certification County commission- ers from 21 Montana counties in- cluding Loren Young of Richland County at- tended the recent County Commissioners Certification School in Helena. The Montana State Univer- sity Local Government Cen- ter provides the program on behalf of the Montana Asso- ciation of Counties. Commis- sioners earn certification af- ter completing the 40 hours of instruction over a two- year period. The curriculum includes classe on budget, fmance and taxation, intergovern- mental relations, human re- . source management, special bQards governance, court- house relations, reappraisal, and disaster declarations and mill levies. Inside ii!m!i!lulw Around Town ...Z Homespun ..... 7A Births ......... 3A Opinion ....... 8A Classifieds ... 3-5B Public Notices...5B Dial an Expert..6B Sports ....... I-3B ' ' BILL VAiOEI WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD Coming through Alexis Smith goes through the line of Fairview's girls basketball team during a recent game in Fairvlew. Before each home contest in Fairview, younger students are intmducted prior to the starting line-up. Technology in the classroom Computers, Srnc rt Boards play roles in 000000,00mentary ses BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD These days the classroom just isn't what it used to be. Nope. It's far more ad- vanced, at least technologi- cally, than it was just 15 years ago. Just observing a first- grade classroom atWest Side Elementary School, one can easily get the pic- ture. Computers and Smart Boards are used the most and in verysimilar ways. At the beginning of class on a Friday morning in Barb Dornfeld's first-grade class, a few students head over to six computers at the back of the classroom and log in with a password to access their individual ac- counts. They begin working on a program called "Accelerat- ed Reader," software that al- lows access to thousands of comprehensive tests for books from the school li- brary. Students choose a book, read it and take a test online to see how well they read and understood. The program, or 'R" as stu- dents call it, gives points ac- cording to how well they do. They keep track and even- tually earn prizes. "It's a way to get kids reading who wouldn't read on their own," Dornfeld said. Periodically, some of the students print out their results for her. "It keeps track of all kinds of infor- mation for us too so that even though the kids are in- dependent, we can adjust levels," she said. A sheet of paper reports the books a student has read, the percent of ques- tions correct, whether they've met a reading goal, number of words read, quizzes taken and passed, points earned and their LOUISA BARBER I SIDNEY HERALD Students in Barb Dornfeld's first-grade class use a Smart.Board to access the Weather Channel's Web site to learn about the .weather. book leveI, fives, as the coins are Other programs used on dragged across the board. the computers involve That lesson vas also print- videos. Dornfeld said she ed off, just like a computer. plans to use new videos All lessons are done on about the weather, a subject the computer. Teachers the class has been studying, make up lessons using the And another program teacher's manual and called "Imagine It" uses an Smart Board program. online suite to access any They somtimes e-mail them reading lesson and do vari- to each other. Lessons in- ous activities to help sup- clude learning "sight" port what they're learning, words (common words they The program is new this need to recognize quickly) year. and games so students can While Dornfeld's class be interactive rather than works on reading, one stu- having the teacher read to dent uses the Smart Board- them, something done not which is basically a giant too long ago. computer- to write the date .For Dornfeld, a veteran and a message to practice teacher of 36 years, technol- sentence-writing skills. The ogy is a tool for monitoring class will then read togeth- a student's progress and er, followed by a brief look not as useful for grading. at the Weather Channel's Furthermore, Dornfeld Web site to see the weather said te.chnology is much in Sidney and also work on like a calculator that "can counting money. Students " take the drudgery out of also used a digital "Coin some tasks so students can Jar," to count pennies and dimes, grouping them into SEE TECHNOLOGY I PAGE I OA The whok00 townis going Hog Wild for Class C Basket'| dl Study shows state would suffer from cap-and-trade BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD Montana's future looks grim ff federal climate change legislation is enacted. On Thursday, the Bozeman- based think tank Montana Policy Institute and the American Council for Capital Formation released a study that revealed Montana could lose between 4,964 and 6,761 jobs by 2030. Carl Graham, president of the in- stitute, told the Herald earlier this week the econo- my would falter sharply due to the state's heavy dependence on manu- facturing plants and energy development, a couple prime targets of cap-and-trade. "It shows that there's no free rides when it comes to re- ducing greenhouse gases," Graham said. Montana will be disproportionately affect- ed and a "definite net loser" ff legislation goes into effect. Graham said that, as a manufacturing state, the economy will hurt because as the cost of energy rises, so Will the cost of manufactur- ing, therefore there'll be less money coming into the state. Proposed legislation will also hit pocketbooks because as one of the poorest states, in- creased energy bills take more from Montanans, which results in less disposable in- come. That will hit "especial- ly hard." Cap-and-trade itself seeks 'It's clear from these findings that the impact would be devastating for our economy.' Carl Graham Montana Policy Intute president to cap and reduce greenhouse gases significantly over the next 40 or so years and in- crease the cost of fossil fuels. Companies that emit green- house gases the most, like oil and coal, would purchase "credits" if they go over the amount of emissions al- lowed. The recent study shows some startling figures. In a press release by the institute, among the fmdings include: .By 2030, the average Montana family could ex- pect the price of electrici- tytoin- crease by up to 61 percent, gasoline 27 per- cent and natural gas 78 per- cent. Low income families and the elderly, who spend a disproportionate amount of their income on energy, will be especially hurt. Dispos- able income in Montana would fall by $414 to $764 in 2030. Under this legislation, Montana would experience a sharp decrease in manufac- turing output, especially in nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing and primary metal manufacturing, impor- tant sectors for the Montana economy. The higher energy prices, fewer jobs and loss of industrial output under this legislation are estimated to reduce Montana's gross state product by as much as $900 million to $1.2 billion in 2030. SEE STUDY I PAGE IDA VFW, Ladies Auxiliary make tradition of honoring patriotism BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD It's a time of year for the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary VFW to thank the community for its patriotism. On Monday, the organiza- tions will keep their long tra- dition going by presenting its community service awards. "We thank the community for its patriotism and helping the veterans," Louise Troudt, one of the event's organiz- ers, said. "To me, it's one of the biggest things of the year." During the event, the VFW , presents Gold Meda awards and honors groups for their dedication. Stu- dents are awarded for doing well in a variety of contests, Among the groups who are awarded often are the Leo Club for its Veterans Day pro- gram, the Girl Scouts for helping with the Buddy Pop- py campaign and the Sidney Jaycees for putting flags up at local businesses during holi- days. Each year, The VFW Citi- zenship Education program award is afinounced. A highlight of this year's Program is the announcing which area students earned honors in a coloring contest of poppies and an American- ism poster contest. Troudt says there were 89 enfries in the coloring contest. "We give support to the kids in any endeavor," Troudt said. Another highlight is. usual- ly the introduction of the Voice of Democracy winders. The Voice of Democracy scholarship program was cre- ated in 1947. National scholar- ships can. range from $1,000 to $30,000. The pro- gram is designed to foster patriotism by allowing stu- dents the opportu-. nity to voice their opinion in a three to five minute es- say based on an an- nual theme. Troudt explains her husband, Lar- ry, was at a national conven- tion years ao when former heavyweight boxer champion George Foreman announced he was giving $100200 to the scholarship program because of what VFW did for Fore- man's father. Louise Troudt is disap- pointed there was only one scholarship entry from the area this year. "To me, it's sad. There's a lot of money in- volved. It's a marvelous op- portunity for the kids." edJtosidneyherald.com Register at participating businesses to win a $125 Pork Certificate! 310 2nd Ave. N.E., Sidney,