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A6 SIDNEY HERALD, WEDNESDAY.APRIL 3, 2019 AROUND THE AREA a 9 e Damage doesn't meet monetary threshold for disaster declaration people are hurting," cials taking a helicopter Halvorson said, "So it ride to get a birds-eye BYREN[EJL N ration, he explained, is Richlfind County's por- should be checked out." view of the flooding. only for a future, fore- tion of the recent flood- Halvorson said 99 per- "As of now, we are seeable event or an on- ing is too small to meet cent of the flooding was very fortunate that we Richland County going one, while a disas- the monetary threshold in North Dakota, withdidn't lose any lives," Commissioners are ter declaration is for an for such a declaration, about 1 percent in Rich- Gorder said. "That is looking at limited op- event that has passed. "The disaster part island County. huge. I know it is a loss tions when it comes to The emergency decla- really focused on dam- "For the five fami- to some ofthesehomes." getting state or federal ration allows the county age to public property," lies in the 1 percent, for Gorder indicated he assistance to homes on to control the movement Halvorson added. "Thethem it is 100 percent," had heard four or five the Montana side that of persons into and out road, the culvers, the he said. "A total wipe- homes were affected on were also affected bythe of a designated area bridges and stuff like out for them. If there is the Montana side, but recent flooding in the and things like that,that." a lawful way to get them added that commission- Fairview-Cartwright but does not really ad- Halvorson said there help, I'm going to try to ers will work on getting area. dress the damage leftmight be a long-shot help show you where an accurate count Ci.vil Attorney for behind by flooding. For option under the inter- that is." Halvorson agreed that the Richland Board of that, commissioners jurisdictional section Commissioner Shane many county personnel County Commissioners must turn to the disas- of the state's disaster Gorder said county per- were involved in moni- Tom Halvorson went ter part. Unfortunately, declaration law, and he sonnel have been mon-toring the situation, and over the available legal a disaster declaration is going to look at that itoring the situationsaid that some person- options with commis- stipulates in the state carefully, to see if that since it began, nel worked around the sioners on Friday. law something wide- can be invoked. Deb Gilbert, DES coor- clock. An emergency decla- spread, Halvorson said. "It is a long shot, but dinator, was among offi- "There was no such thing as off-duty for any- one while this was going on," he said. Commissioner Duane Mitchell told the Sidney Herald on Monday that a total of 12 roads were closed. But only three or four of those were di- rectly due to the river. The rest were due to runoff. "We feel very terri- ble and sorry for those who are being flooded," he added. "And we as a county are going to do all that we can to help them." Among the assistance, Mitchell said, will be use of the landfill to get rid of construction wastes. Regional Bishop talks about United Methodist Church policy changes BYNICOLELUCINA gional Bishop for our Sidney Herald area. When asked what type of discussions she Recently, delegates was having regard- from the United Method- ing the potential pol- ist Church have decided icy changes she said, to change their policy on "The vote at General same-sex marriage as Conference has rock well as LGBTQ clergy. The United Methodist Among the local groups Church. This vote ap- that are watching the proved the Tradition- issue closely are mem- alist plan which had bers of the Lonsdale already been deemed Church in Sidney. largely unconstitution- Pastor Sione Funga- al not one, but twice by lei did not want to talk the Judicial Council, about the matter yet, our 'supreme court.' pointing out there will In fact, it has been re- likely be another con- ferred back to the Ju- ference next year, and dicial Council to see things could change be- how much of what was tween now and then. voted on is still uncon- The most recent meet- stitutional. The whole ing was held in St. Louis vote may be deemed to discuss the changes unconstitutional. and to provide insight "This is why there into where the church has been such an outcry sees things going. Mem- from across the denom- bers were asked to look ination; the Traditional at two options; the Tra- plan, under the guise of ditional Plan and the restricting the church's One Church Plan. ministry with, for and Karen Oliveto is Re- by LGBTQ people, ac- BY NICOLE LUCINA/SIDNEY HERALD Sidney's United Methodist Church. tually moves us away from our ethos as United Methodists.". According the the UMC website, Oliveto is the first openly lesbi- an bishop at The United Methodist Church. Her wife, Robin Ridenour is a nurse anesthetist and is also a deacon in The United Methodist Church. The Traditional Plan is the only one that fully respects traditional United Methodist views, according to materi- al posted online at the church's main website. It also supports the de- nomination's current policies disapproving of homosexual practice. The Traditional Plan has five basic parts. These include screen- ing for new clergy, ac- countability for clergy, accountability for bish- ops, accountability for annual conferences and lastly, gracious exits for congregations. The Tra- ditional Plan says, "the practice of homosexu- ality is incompatible with Christian teach- ing." This has been the church's stance since 1972. "We are not biblical literalists -- we UMs rely on scripture but then turn to tradition, iiiiiiiii ~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~iiiiiiiiiiiiiii~i~ O~!i~EHL~iI~OST LOD ::i23 SW, BEAN AMERICAN LEGION P SENCE IN: :THE SIDNEY AREAl ALL INTERESTED VETERANS OF THE SIDNEY COMMUNITY ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. IF YOU SUPPORT AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL, THE BOY SCOUTS OR ANY OTHER YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS COME TO THE MEETING AND FIND OUT WHAT AN AMERICAN LEGION POST IN SIDNEY CAN DO FOR YOU. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO INVITE ANY FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN REORGANIZING AN AMERICAN LEGION POST IN YOUR COMMUNITY. Sidney Fire Deportment experience, and reasonor be married by the when doing our theol- church. ogy. The debate at Gen- The One Church eral Conference relied Plan is favored by the on a very literal inter- church's bishops, but pretation of the Bible delegates disagreed which is not true to our during the conference tradition," Oliveto said. held in St. Louis. Voting "We also are grounded to pass the Traditional in an understanding of plan came out at 438 to God's generous grace. 384. This vote could lead The stipulations of the to a major split within Traditional Plan, how- the denomination. ever, move us away from Fungalei, meanwile, this grace and how we said that his door is resolve our differences always open and that in grace-filled reconcil- the church welcomes iation and moved us to anyone. rigid rules and harsh "I'm really looking punishments." forward to working She said there are with the Boys and Girls discussions occurring Club," Fungalei said across the denomina- with a smile. "I love this tion about how to move place, Sidney. And I love forward, the people here." She added, "Many Throughout the ren- of us, particularly ovations of Lonsdale in the US, are clear Church, they have been that the Traditional- holding services at Peo- ist Plan is unjust and ples Congregational unacceptable." Church. The One Church Plan "I just want to say would leave questions of thank you to the pas- LGBTQ ordinatibn up tor and the church for to conferences. It would allowing us to hold our also leave the question services there," Funga- of same-sex marriage lei said. weddings up to the local He went on to add churches and each indi- what a wonderful com- vidualclergy, munity Sidney is and The Traditional Plan that he appreciates how challenges the One welcoming and support- Church Plan saying ive everyone has been that homosexuals can- in the eight months that not be ordained minis- he's beenliving here. ters, serve in the church "I enjoy the ministry and love to serve God. I'm happy to work with the community and will do my best to work to- gether," he said. Oliveto explained that )mon res to report! PLEASE BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS, IT'S ALMOST MOTORCYCLE WEATHER. the next step is to wait and hear what the Ju- dicial Council will rule regarding the consti- tutionality of the plan. This decision will be made at the end of April. When asked if the con- gregation has supported the LGBTQ community, Oliveto said, "We are celebrating a reconse- cration of the Sidney church at Easter. The congregation is excit- ed to get back into their own building. There is a willingness within the congregation to dis- cuss their different opin- ions regarding LGBTQ people. They welcome all per- sons into the life of their congregation. Oliveto went on to ex- plain the voting at the conference saying, "The Western Jurisdiction, of which our area had delegates, voted in favor of the One Church Plan at General Conference -- this one allowed for conscience to determine a church's and pastors' willingness to engage in ministries (including doing weddings) with/ for LGBTQ people. "No church or pas- tor would be required to do weddings, nor would they be prohibit- ed. LGBTQ candidates for ministry would have been judged by their call and their gifts for minis- try, rather than requir- ing a heterosexual orien- tation before being con- sidered for ordination," Oliveto said.