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2A SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2019 Info center SIDNEY HERALD Tami Christensen How long have you been a council member and why did you choose to join? I have been a member of the City Coun- cil since February 2014. I was appointed to fill Mayor Norby’s spot when he became mayor. I chose to get on the City Council to get involved with the changes Sidney was facing at the time. My primary pur- City Council 0&A Why do you think it’s impor- tant for people to attend council meetings? pose for wanting to serve was to continue to improve our infrastructure needs and to continue to make Sidney a better place to live. What do you like most about being on council and what do you like least? What I like most about City Council is the political aspect. I can stay involved with the legislative process but can stay in Sidney. Making decisions in the best interest of the-city are difficult sometimes due to the impact it has on our constitu— ents. Mon , Feb. H The Rich and County commis- sioners are in their office from 9 am. to pm. in the courthouse. The Sidney School Board meets at pm. at the administration building. Thursday, Feb. 14 The Sidney Kiwanis Club meets at noon at the Elks Lodge. Friday, Feb. IS The 70's class will have lunch at l l:30 am. at the Sidney Country Club. Saturday, Feb. 16 The Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner is scheduled at the Sidney Elks Lodge. Social will start at 6 pm. and the dinner will begin I think it is important for people to attend City Council meetings so they can see first hand what is go- ing on and why we do the things we do. Sometimes people don’t under- stand why we have to increase fees. What advice would you give to someone with a problem with city government or services? Around town at 6:30 pm. Jeff Laszlotly from. the Montana Family Foun- dation will serve as guest speaker. Wednesday, Feb. 20 The Richland Red Hatters meet For lunch at l l :30 am. at the Pizza House. RSVP by Feb. 18 to Sylvia, 798-3882, or Margaret, 488-4613. Thursday, Feb. 21 The Sidney Kiwanis Club meets at noon at the Elks Lodge. Senior meals Meals at the Sidney Senior Center are “:30 am. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Meals at the Fairview Senior Center are ll:30 am. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Meals at the Savage Senior My advice to someone that has a problem with city government or services is first call City Hall, we have qualified, dedicated staff that can get them to the people they need to talk to or they can call any city council person and we will relay the message. Center are at noon on Thursda 5. Meals all e Lambert Senior Center are at noon on Tues days. Around Town The Herald’s Around Town runs events a week in advance, so each calendar item submitted will appear at least twice (it submitted in time). Deadlines are Monday at noon tor the Wednesday issue and Thursday at noon for Sunday. All items should include a brief description oi the event, date and time, location, admission fees or charges (it applicable) and a person to contact for ad- ditional information. Sidney schools to hold screening program Sidney Public Schools is sponsoring a Child Find/ Preschool Screen- This is an annual‘event through which officials hope to identify any children (birth to age 6 — excluding kindergar- ten students) within the Sidney school district who may be having developmental problems or delays. This screening will be held at Central School (200 3rd Ave. SE) on the following dates: Feb. 25:41pm 2:30-7:30 pm. . , Feb. zetrOm 2:30-7:30 pm. March 4 from 2:30-7:30 pm. March 5: 2:30-7:30 pm. The purpose of the preschool screening is to identify those children who may need educa- tional, medical, or other ' , . I, )fl/I Bob would like to thank everyone for coming to his benefit. The ones that donated stuff and the men and women of the Moose for putting it all together. The ones that came out in the bad weather that night, it meant a lot to him to see everyone. May god bless all of you. Bob and Shirley Kukus Sinner; itleraih 310 2nd Ave NE, Sidney MT 59270 Phone: 406-433-2403 www.sidney_herald.com editor@sidneyherald.com Itell Miller Publisher Bill VanderWeele Managing Editor H rlei hlloth Mualtt—Megla Sales Tami O’Toole Matti-Media Sales Periodical postage is paid at Sidney; MT 59270 The Sidney Herald (USPS 495-760) ls published two times weekly, Sundays and Wednesdays, except when certain holidays fall on these days. In that case the publication will publish the day prior. The Sidney timid is a member of the Montana Newspaper Assodation. Premium Issues: All subscriptions may indude up to four premium isuues per year. for eadr premium issue, your account balance will be charged an additional fee of $1.00 in the billing period when the section publishes This will result in shortening the length of period. Premium issues of your billing scheduled for the 2019 months: March, May, Moist November, 2019. These months will have the etiect of reducing the length of delivery'service otherwise covered by your payment Months are subject to drange without notice. POSTMASTER: Send address correctrions to: Sidney Herald 310 2nd Ave NE Sidney, MT 59270 Single Copy Price ........................ ..$1.00 To subscribe call 406-433-2403 With the purchase attire paper, you can have free access to the e-Edition on our website: madneyhemldcom e—Edttion Only 2 Days ............................................ ..$2.00 lMonth... ..$6.00 6Months $36.00 1 Year . . . . . . . . . . .. $69.00 (All subsc advance) © 2019 Sidney Herald, a Widr (ornmunlcations Company All rt hts reserved. types of assistance for problems or handicaps that may not have been detected. To have your child included in the screen- ing, appointments are necessary. appointments will be taken by calling the Administration Office at 433-4080 during school hours. You are encour- aged to bring your child even if they attended last year. The screening is provided at no cost as a public service of the Sidney Public Schools. For further information, call Michelle Monsen at 433-4251. Petrik, Hughes earn honors at Nebraska - More than 5,300 Univer- sity of Nebraska-Lincoln students have been named to the deans’ list/ Explore Center List of Distinguished Students for the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year. Qualification for the deans’ list/List of Distin- guished Students varies among the eight under: graduate colleges and the Explore Center. Listed below are the minimum requirements for each en- tity and the name of its respective dean or direc- tor. All qualifying grade- point averages are based on a four-point scale and a minimum of 12 graded semester hours. Area students earning recognition included: - Garrison Anthony Hughes, freshman, dean’s list, College of Business, finance. O Ethan Jacob Petrik, freshman, dean’s list, College of Journalism and Mass Communica- tions, sports media and communication and broadcasting. www. sidneyherald. More about Tami Christensen Age: 55 Occupation: Business owner, Tri—County Imple- ment Hometown: Grew up in Choteau, moved to Sidney 31 years ago Family: Husband Lar- ry, daughter Andrea, son Tyler and wife Nichole, granddaughter Everly. Hobbies: Reading the traveling. Poplar man admits guilt in 6-month-olcl baby’s death Poplar resident Dennis Lloyd Red Boy, 28, plead- ed guilty on Tuesday in federal court to invol- untary manslaughter for the death of a baby, US. Attorney Kurt Alme said. Red Boy faces a maximum eight years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of super— vised release. U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presid- ed at the hearing. Morris set sentencing for June 5. Red Boy is detained. Prosecutors said the evidence would show that on Aug. 15, 2017, Red Boy was taking care of children in Poplar, on the Fort Peck Indian Reser- vation, when a 6-month- old baby would not stop crying. After several interviews with investi- gators, Red Boy admitted he put the baby on her back, but she would not stop crying. He then flipped her over, with her face into the bed, and put a heavy blanket on her. He returned to find the baby was not breathing and immediately sought help. He acknowledged that his actions were the proximate cause of the baby’s death. Assistant US. Attorney Ryan Weldon is prosecut- ing the case, which was investigated by the FBI. Late January snowfall not enough in some river basins Periods of high- pressure during Janu- ary resulted in sunny skies and above average temperatures in Mon- tana, causing snowpack percentages to decline in many river basins, ac- cording to snow survey data collected by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). . I . This pattern broke down late in the month, and significant snowfall occurred across most of the state of Montana. This much needed system of storms added 1.5 to 3.5 inches of Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) to the snowpack, helping some basins in central, south-central and south- west Montana to remain , or improve to near to above normal for Feb. 1. Although the basin-wide snowpack percentages in Gallatin and Upper Yel- lowstone indicate near to above normal snowpack conditions, there are some areas in southern Montana that have been largely missed by this winter’s storms. “The late month storms really helped some of the towns in southern Montana where tourism from snowmobiling is critical to the local economies,” said Lucas Zukiewicz, NRCS hydrologist for Montana. “The snow- pack in both Cooke City and West Yellowstone was the lowest it’s been in quite a few years in mid-January, and news gets out.” Fortunately, he said, the storms helped these areas to recover some by Feb. I, although snowpack remains below normal. Almost all basins east of the Divide have improved snowpack percentages from Jan. 1, but some regions remain below normal for snow- pack on Feb. 1. The western half of the state also benefited from the late January storms, but the river basins experienced decreases in snowpack percentages since Janu- ary 1 and remain below normal for this date. “The storms just weren’t enough in the western half of the state to make up for the deficits we’d experienced early in the winter,” Zukiewicz said. “Even with the impres- sive totals from the late month storms, snowfall ended up being below normal for the month of January.” River basins in the northwest region of the state typically experi- ence their “wettest” months of the year from early November through the end of January. Below normal snow totals in these areas for this date make recovery to “normal” snowpack conditions before runoff begins less likely. “For . example, the Flathead River basin would need to receive around 135% of normal snowfall between now and when the snowpack reaches peak accumulation, which typically occurs sometime in April,” Zukiewicz said. “While that’s not impossible, it would certainly take a major pattern shift from what we’ve seen so far this winter.” Similar to last month, mountain temperatures were above average in January, and cd'ttld be one of the impacts the region is experiencing from the weak El N ino that is occurring this year. 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