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52‘. ..V. SIDNEY HERALD Around our area SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019 Voice your opinions regarding health care in Richland County Community members in Sidney and Richland County may soon be receiving a survey form in their mailbox. This survey will be sent to a random sample of homes and will help Sidney Health Center identify the health Services needed in the community. This information will be used for strategic planning, grant applica- tions, new programs, and by community ‘groups interested in ad- dressing health issues. ! The Montana Office of “Rural Health is assisting jV‘Sidney Health Center the analysis of local Community needs, use of local health care servic- "es and overall commu- nity health. This process was devel- oped to maintain quality health care to serve the {continuing and future f‘needs of y the community. ‘ i The community health [care assessment process promotes healthcare as local affair. ' Citizens of rural“coun- ties can take responsibil- ity forthe health of their community by complet— ing the survey they receive in their mailbox. Most communities face a large number of com- plex issues in providing high quality health care, but fortunately, Richland County can engage in effective. problem-solv- ing, which is the most important factor in the survival of rural health services. An accompanying goal of this process is to keep health care dollars within the local com- munity. While the vast majority of health care can be provided locally, rural citizens often drive to large medical centers for care, spending money on health care and non- health care purchases that could be spent locally. It is estimated that within a typical rural community, millions of dollars of revenue is lost in this way This revenue could be retained in the local community with stronger community- health care provider linkages. Sidney Health Cen- ter’s campus includes an acute care (ZS-bed) hospital, clinic area, cancer care center, certified sleep center, retail pharmacy and an extended care facility of- fering a complete range of services from birth through end-of—life. These primary areas are complemented by several outpatient ser- vices including radiolo- gy, laboratory and rehab services to name a few. “The purpose of the survey is to obtain information from a wide range of participants to assist in planning our programs, services, and facilities to best serve the needs of our commu- nity and the surround- ing area,” Jen Doty, Sidney Health Center CEO, said. “We are pleased to be able to bring some of the best community health resources to Sidney Health Center. The goal of this initiative is to assist forward-thinking rural hospitals and communities in aligning their resources, to ad- dress their present and future needs in the best way possible,” said Nata- lie Claiborne, assistant director, Montana Office of Rural Health. FSA provides reminder for livestock inventory records Montana livestock producers are reminded to keep updated livestock inventory records. These records are necessary in the event of a natural disaster. When disasters strike, the USDA Farm Ser- vice Agency can assist producers who suffered excessive livestock death losses and grazing or feed losses due to eligible natural disasters. To participate in livestock disaster assis- tanceprograms, pro- ducers will be required to provide verifiable documentation of death losses resulting from an eligible adverse weather event and must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent. For grazing or feed losses, producers must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA of- fice within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent and should maintain documentation and receipts. Producers should. record all pertinent information regard- ing livestock inventory records including: - Documentation of the number, kind, type, and weight range of livestock Beginning inven- tory supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts For more informa- tion on documentation requirements, contact your local FSA office at (406) 433-2103 and at 2745 West Holly in Sidney, MT and visit wwwfarmers. gov/ recover. Deadline nears for Crop Disaster Assistance Program Montana producers have until March 15, to sign-up for FSA’s Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage for all 2019 spring crops excluding spring seeded rye, speltz, triticale, wheat and mixed forage. NAP provides a catastrophic level (CAT) coverage based’on the amount of loss that exceeds 50 percent of the expected production at 55 percent of the aver- age market price for the crop. In order to meet eligi- bility requirements for NAP, crops must be non- insurable, commercially- produced agricultural commodity crops for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available. If the Risk Management Agency 1"” open . [mp (RMA) offers coverage for a crop in the county, NAP coverage is not available for that crop. For questions regard- ing insurability of a crop, please contact your local crop insurance agent. For information on whether a crop is eligible for NAP coverage, please contact your local FSA office. The NAP service fee for all coverage levels. ” \:cllcir\sl() e y lnmpraclic (Ilmic 406—433-4757 l i«866—433-4757 ONLINE OLY fiE® is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per pro- ducer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farm- ing interest in multiple counties. FSA will waive NAP service fees for under- served, limited resource, and beginning farmers. For questions regarding NAP, please contact your local FSA office. DR. RYAN lAQUA l 222 2ND AVE. SW, SIDNEY BID NOW ENDS: MAR 19 Starts Closing 2:00 PM MDT Fdllllllll ...oouer@@@5 OPENING BID: $2500 Per Acre B'd M t Reserve I Old Ni f Frances C'qplm Farm County Roads Easy Access Water Rights Terms‘ 10% Down Balance at closing Closing: Apr 18 Bid onln @ bau‘ Musser Bros. Inc 0 (406) 652—2266 lions at the lodge KELLY MILLER l SIDNEY HERALD Sidney Lions Club members Libby Berndt and Enid l-luotari visit with Lodge residents during a pie social on Monday night. Tester talks about improving eastern Montana’s BY Blll VANDER WEElE SlDNEY HERALD With rural Montana facing challenging economic times, US. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., noted steps that the fed- eral government should take to help Montanans in the future. During a conference call with statewide media this week, Tes- ter discussed Richland County’s situation including MDU’s plan to retire three coal—fired electric generation units including the one at the Lewis and Clark station in Sidney. The facility’s retirement, scheduled to occur around the end of 2020, leads questions regarding the future of Savage’s coal mine. Tester said he has been a proponent for carbon capture technology for ‘ , years. The technology ‘ captures carbon dioxide emissions so it doesn’t enter the atmosphere. “It’s time we do research on the way we burn coal,” Tester said. “It would be more efficient for our environ- ment and consumers.” The senator noted that the new farm bill features many elements that will benefit rural Montana including fund- ing for water projects and rural economic development. Tester especially stressed the importance of $550 million for a new rural broadband program that will bring high speed internet to rural areas. The broadband will allow people to stay in rural Montana, because it connects them with» people all around the world, Tester said. WICK126154 The senator added that, at large partly because of tariffs, more farm are struggling in Montana now than any- time since 2008. “Mon- tana’s people are seeing their bottom line shrink to the point that it’s a problem,” Tester said. Another avenue where rural Montana might be helped is to reinstate country-of-origin label- ing for beef and pork. The Montana House Agriculture Committee held a hearing this week regarding the issue. Tester noted he’s a strong supporter of country-of—origin label- ing. "The reason is I believe US. beef is the best in the world, and we should be able to tell consumers that it’s US. beef.” He added that people who don’t want country- of—origin labeling materi- als on meat products economy are those representing multi-nation companies. “If I had a choice, I would pick U.S. meat all the time,” Tester said. “If consumers receive information, they would make the right deci- sions.” Tester is also pleased that the budget benefits rural Montana in other ways such as fully fund— ing the Essential Air Service program that makes flights possible in eastern Montana cities including Sidney, Am— trak’s Empire Builder line across the northern tier of Montana and $900 million for BUILD grants to benefit transporta- tion and infrastructure programs. “This budgetalso includes important af— . fordable housing and law enforcement resources that will make a'big l impact in our communi- ties,” Tester said. ' wasmmawmmwamm E E E i 3 wombat/xcom/mrwva-yaumpm-Ju. Tickets $90 Includes dinner for 2 plus a tax deductible Pheasants Forever membership. Tickets available at the door. Funds raised at our annual banquet are used for habitat improvement in our county. For more information, Coafition flgainst flamestic ‘Vioknce announces that the pro am temporarily re[ocate¢f to bird/[acgrady Construction fluiflfi near the [ivestocEyar . The program wiff announce the fixation of our new sfieIter faci[i in t/ie upcomiry Weeks. Moocates wi continue to he avaiflzfiferfiy calliry 433 - 421 Sony, the o wifl not be able to meg: donations untif t new facility opens. t i i E This project was supported by Grant No iBV0l92236 awarded by the Montana Board at Crime Control through the Office otlustice Programs, US Department of Justice. Points of new in this document are i those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies at the US Department of Justice. i Annual'Banquet Saturday, March 9 . A Richland county Event Center Social Hour 5:00 p.m. - Dinner 6:00 p.m. Catered by The Itanger“New Ownership” . Prime Rib and Shrimp Dinner Rattles Live Auctions including 19 guns Kyle Garter (President) to call or text 701 -310-5966 on 10tfllflve 5f. 'cymvue‘x’Mw-am-:-m«/Awwfie'lw</w'wwwqu