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SIDNEY HERALD .............................................................................. rnie Clifio at wwwfulkersonscom. Services for Ernie Clifton, 67 , of Sidney are pending at the Fulkerson- Stevenson Funeral Home of Sidney. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family Ernie passed away, Friday morn ing, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Sidney Health Center. Raymond “Roy” Christianson Funeralservices for Raymond Chris tianson, 74, of Sidney, are at. 10 am, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at the As- sembly of God Church in Sidney. Interment will take of Sidney. place in the Sidney Cem- etery, Sidney, under the care of the Fuikerson Stevenson Funeral Home Remembrances, condo- lences and pictures may be shared with the fam- ily at wwwl‘ulkersons. com. Raymond “Ray” passed away on Saturday morn . ing, Jan. 26, 2019. at the Eastern Montana Veter— ans Home in Glendive. County experiencing increase in STls BY NICOLE lUClNA SIDNEY HERALD Recently the Herald ran a story about different illnesses that have been going around our area. Things like colds and flu are always an issue this time of the year But what about other things that are making their way throughout our county? Lesley Thiessen at the Richland County Health Department explained that there are other risk factors than just the common cold or flu. S'I‘Is are one of the problems our county faces. Thiessen said, “Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STI in our area.” After a person tests positive for chla- mydia, it's required by the state that a follow up is done with any sexual partner they may have had. Thies- sen explained that while that can be a tough thing for someone to do, the health department will make the calls for you. “We’ll call their partners for them so they don’t have to, and we keep it anonymous so it’s not known who could have potentially passed along an STI,” Thiessen explained. In 2018, there were 28 reported cases of chlamydia in Richland County. Thiessen said that often times people go undiagnosed since there aren’t always symptoms with chlamydia. That’s part of why it’s one of the more common STIs around. It‘s easy to pass around when you aren’t aware of any symptoms. Thiessen explained that women, age 24 or younger who are sexually active, are most at risk for chlamydia. “It can cause infertility and pelvic pain,” Thiessen said. While women are most at risk that doesn’t mean that it’s not found in men. For many years, men were tested for chlamydia by having a swab done of their urethra, causing men to be scared or nervous to take the plunge and get tested. However, things have changed over the years and all that’s required is a simple urine sample. For women to be tested for chlamydia, it requires a vaginal swab. Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics and it’s recommended that you abstain from sex for seven days. It’s also a good idea to go back and be retested for it after three months. Thiessen noted that those with mul~ tiple partners are typically at a higher risk for any STI. She added that herpes and gonorrhea have also been issues in our area. The difference between chlamydia and herpes is that there is no required follow up with herpes. You can be tested for these STIs at the health department by making an appointment. ’l‘hiessen noted that each test costs different amounts, but that some things can be taken into consideration that may lower the cost, making it easier to be tested. ' While they don’t always protect from S'l‘Is, using condoms are always a good choice and can help lower your risk for unplanned pregnancies and STI‘s. Thiesse‘n noted, “Just because there are no symptoms'doesn’t mean. there’s no STI. If you’re sexually active, get tested.” DON’T FORGET VALENTINE’S DAY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY ‘14 SUNDAY, no.3. 2019 County in process of purchasing armory BY Bill VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERA“) Although the process is taking a while, plans still are for Richland County to purchase the former armory facility Tom Halvorson, Rich— land County’s civil at- torney, said that a draft has been revised and sent to the Department of Military Affairs about the proposed purchase. “We’re waiting on ' the response to that,” Haivorson said. During a meeting in late 2017, commissioners discussed the possibil- ity of using the building Starts 1/23/19 Stall 3: flflifli for the transportation department. The Montana National Guard Armory in Sidney closed at the end of 2017. Instead of having Sidney its home, Detachment 2, 260th Engineer Company transferred to Culbert- son Rocky Mountain College is pleased to announce the 2018 fall semester dean’s list which includes students who maintained a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average (GPA). High honors students w, morin verae ’ HIE! GOPY (If “I! i * a SIM“ IIEIIMII! , ‘ Tuesdays and Saturdays! * SpOnSored by- , Each déy‘vyhile supplies last! ; Richland County com- missioners said they were told at that time that'the move was taking place because more sol- diers were located in the Culbertson area rather than in Sidney. rl‘he Sidney armory was built in 1.957 . Students earn honors at Rocky \ who maintained a 4.0 GPA will be noted with an asterisk (*). Area students include Kaelyn Volk* of Sidney, Rebecca Torgerson of Lambert and Ryder Rice of Savage.