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m Check it out! Sclentlet explains Mormon cricket, grasshopper research - page lB. are currently in the final stages y rehabilitation at the Sid- 'surfaces are unraveling and losing high traffic areas, said Airport Henderson. This problem is caused of the porous friction course The pavement structure itself Condition. The loose aggregate has hazard for aircraft and increased rough surface texture that has The last airport runway repairs were 1984. The objective is to correct and provide a serviceable paved all aircraft using the airport. start date is June 16 with complet- ~by Sept. 16. this is during the peak spraying sea- l Work to get them in and out of here," "We will make sure we have a the air." cost of the project is $2,479,000, engineering and testing costs• "The runways will basically be returned to like i ,, new conditions• The base is excellent, which is good news," Henderson said. "The runways will basically The Federal Aviation Administration will pro- be returned to like new condi. vide 90 percent of the funding• The Montana Aero- nautics Office and local funds will secure the lions, )) remaining 10 percent• "This is a big project for - Bill Henderson Sidney," said Richland County Public Works Director Russ Huotari. ' .... The Sidney/Richland Airport has been at its round use. The area is questionable for use by air- present site since the early 1950s. Runway 10-28 craft taxiing across it other than small aircraft• was constructed at that time. The main runway 1- The runway rehabilitation will cause temporary 19 was constructed in 1969. The terminal building inconvenience to local airport users, as well as air- was built in 1982. The facility is a non-hub com- line service and itinerant users. Minimum disrup- mercial service airport, with runway 1-19 being tion for a project of this scope shall be considered 5,705 feet long and 100 feet wide. With more than for a period not exceeding four weeks per runway. 10,000 takeoffs and landings, the Sidney/Richland Some phasing of the work will shorten the period Airport is ranked number eight in terms of airport of inconvenience, but it cannot be avoided, Hen- activity and operations in the state of Montana. derson said. During certain phases, the airlines The parallel taxiway D is 11 years old and in will have to operate from other area airports. need of a surface seal to prolong its useful life and The proposed improvements will require the reduce maintenance costs, construction to be accomplished in two phases. The easterly portion of the apron area is in poor The first phase will be the rehabilitation of runway condition• The existing apron will not support, 10-28 with the one end of runway 1-19 displaced heavier aircraft or maintenance equipment for year approximately 800 feet. This will leave approxi- mately 4,500 feet of runway 1-19 available for take off in the one direction and up to approxi- mately 5,100 feet for take off in the 19 direction. The second phase will include closing runway 1- 19 except the intersection near the one end which would remain open for cross traffic using runway 10-28 for aircraft operations. The work on runway 1-19 will take place during this phase along with any maintenance work scheduled for the parallel taxiway D. Phase two w~ll again take between three to four weeks to complete• Prior to reopening run- way 1-19 to .aircraft operations, the runway mark- ings for the entire length of the runway will be applied• After completion of the pavement resurfacing on each runway, the pavement will be allowed to cure for a period of 30 days prior to installing the fric- tion surface treatment. During this phase each run- way will again have to be temporarily closed for approximately three or four days. The closure will occur on only one runway at a time in order to keep the other open for operations. The Sidney Richland Regional Airport Authori- by is planning to bid the airport improvement proj- ect starting sometime within the next few weeks. ) EITZ recently regarding the bathroom/office cost ver- cost came under taxpayers. County fairgoers with a new public restrooms Summer, but some the question of obligation County Commis- the new office the 2002 At budgeting tile facility to cost $100,000. Pro- at that time included fair office. further architectural fUnction discussion, decided to restroom office building. restrooms were and would replaced eventually. with Disabilities in 1990 to of discrimina- of disability. were Out of the Richland rand Rodeo account "Back in the wasn't as big an Mark , Wde didn't question would be paid boom ended." County Fair fund would have been available the facility could have been build in 1990," Rehbein said. "So those funds should have been there to begin with." The $219,000 was used to pay off the bank note due on the MonDak Heritage Center, com- missioners reported. The commissioners said in the long run the construction of the restroom facility was actually a cost-saving decision to address the immediate ADA problem at the fairgrounds. The total project bid for $192,600. Funding from the Friends of the Fair, a capital improvement fund and the petro- leum fund covered the addition- al $92,600. Architectural costs of approximately $30,000 were slightly higher than anticipated, but were also covered by those sources. Kris Weltikol, fair manager, said funds from the Friends of the Fair and capital improve- ment fund were utilized in their entirety prior to approaching the Richland County Commission- ers for funding. Commissioners said there was not a fax increase to pay for the building. Weltikol said $190,004 of the $192,600 has been paid to date. She also said the year- round facility has already proven beneficial. The 2002 County Treasurer's Convention could be held at the fairgrounds due to the construction of the new facility. The new office features office space, a boardroom and ticket office. The new restrooms include four units per sex as well as three handicap accessible units. The old restrooms will continue to be used, but will also have to undergo renovation. Sara Farr, left, and Becky Huskamp show the 31 teddy bears being donet sen ears BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader In time of stress, a nice, fuzzy teddy bear can be a great comfort for a youngster. That's why the Sidney High School Trad- ing Cards Program has purchased 31 teddy bears to donate to the American Red Cross• Sara Farr, president of the Trading Cards Program, approached the other 60 students in the group about the idea a cotlple of months ago. Sara's mother, Lynette, read in the Sidney Herald about the American Red Cross's desire for teddy bears. "My morn found the article and said it would be great for one of the school's clubs to do," Sara said. I II I I I "I think it really shows the character of the program, and the kids in the program." - Becky Huskamp iu |llv.l,,i ii i el I So,. the group took its savings and pur- chased the teddy bears. "It's a fun project as well," Farr said. She said the cute bears would be donated to the American Red Cross. to children in sUch cases as fires and other disasters. The Trading Cards Program stresses an anti-substance lifestyle• Through the pro- gram, high school students mentor Central Intermediate School students. One of the program's new goals is to become more active in the community. "We want to reach out to the community as well," said Becky Huskamp, secretary. Students are pleased with the result of the teddy bear drive• "I think it really shows the character of the program, and the kids in the program," Huskamp said. announces BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader , For more than 23 years, Red Lovec has served the area as a Montana State University Extension agricultural agent for Richland County. That will soon come to an end when Lovec retires June 30. Before taking his position in Sidney in Decem- ber 1979, Lovec worked as an extension agent in five other counties. In all, Lovec has worked in extension service for nearly 37 years. I II IIII )1 I "It wasjusi a good job and a good place to raise a family. We liked it here so we stayed." - Red Lovec "It was just a good job and a good place to raise • . t . . a family," Lovec said of why he stayed m Sidney. "We liked it here so we stayed." As far as his accomplishments in Sidney, Lovec includes being a guiding force in the area's annu- M Ag Days and Trade Show. "A lot of things have changed (in the office)," Love(: said. "Probably the biggest change is the computer world and using that information." Lovec notes about 50 percent of the Internet material isn't valuable. "There's a lot of not usable information out there," Lovec said. As far as his business clients, Lovec said there are fewer farms in the area than were in 1979. "Farms have gotten bigger, and farms have got- ten smaller," Lovec said. "We have kind of lost the middle-size farms." Lovec feels the area's agriculture future is prom- ising, but facilities will be larger and have higher management. "The survival rate will be less," Lovec said. As far as Lovec's replacement, he says that will depend on the state's budget. "Unless the Legislature comes up with some money, there wouldn't be money to replace people for some time," Lovec said. He took advantage of a retirement incentive, which is currently being offered. "But retirement was in the near future," Lovec said. "It's time for new blood." Other extension agents in Richland County are Fred Barkley and Judy Johnson, who works on a half-time basis. According to the organization's Web site, "The Montana State University Extension Service is an educational resource dedicated to improving the quality of people's lives by providing research- based knowledge to strengthen the social, eco- nomic and environmental well-being of families, communities and agricultural enterprises." The site reads, "MSU Extension continues to use its roots at the county level to get input from the people of Montana, find out what they need, what major issues are affecting their lives..." Lovec said he plans to keep active in some local projects and do a variety of things. On his agenda are hunting and camping. "I might even go fishing," Lovec said. PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE Rlchlend County Extension Agent Red Lovec has announced his retirement effective June 30.