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LAMBERT Prom- IB FAIRVIEW Prom- !1A1 WEDNESDAY, APRIL Published for Richland County and subscriber Dennis & Mande Taylor 15, 2015 ~ 107TH YEAR, NO. 30 ~ SIDNEY, MONTANA ~ WWW.SIDNEYHERALD.COM ~ 75 CENTS Bulletin Board Kindergarten Sidney Public Schools is requesting that all parents with a child who will turn 5 on or before Sept. 10, stop in Central School to register your child for fall kinder- garten. Student numbers are criti- cal when planning teachers and supplies for the upcom- ing year. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring a copy of your child's birth certificate and current immunization records. Brats, burgers Burgers and Brats with Business Professionals of America is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sidney High School cafeteria. There will be more than 30 themed silent auction gift baskets offered. March for Babies The March for Babies starts is at Veterans Memo- rial Park in Sidney Saturday The event in Sidney starts at 9 a.m. with registration and then the walk at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. For more information about how to register, visit Funds raised will sup- port lifesaving research, education and advqcac~ for. stronger, healthier babies. In 2014, March for Babies events across Montana raised $290,000 and had 1,300 walkers. Bakken Brew Fest An acoustic band from Bozeman and more benefits for VIP attendees are some of the highlights of the fourth annual Bakken Brew Fest to be celebrated Satur- day at the Richland County Fair Event Center. General admission tickets at the Sidney Chamber cost $50 each. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Holler N' Pine, Bozeman, will play at the event. The band has been playing together for more than four years. Gymnastics The Sidney Gymnastics Club has its season-ending program starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sidney High School gym. Commodities Distribution for senior commodities will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 24 at the back door of the Nutter Building at 123 W. Main. Deaths Wilmer "Tiny" Buxbaum, 83 Dale Eugene Hajek, 59 Page 3A Inside AroundTown 2A NIE : 6A Classifieds 3-6BOil report 9A Deaths 3A Opinion IOA HeWs My Card 6B Sports 2B 7 I1!!!!! !1!!!1!1 91111111 Cute couple Later in Monday's com- mittee meeting, one com- mittee member asked Norby Sidney Mayor Rick Norby regarding about how coun- and City Clerk Jessica ties like Fallon and Rich- Redfield spoke to the House land are financially strong appropriations committee while cities like Baker and Monday on SB 416, encour- Sidney are struggling. The aging changes that would legislator asked Norby if he benefit eastern Montana. has been in conversations "(SB 416) does not aide with county commissioners. Sidney in any way," Redfield Norby said conversations said. have been taking place. The Redfield noted the sub- county has committed about stantial growth in popula- $5 million to the city. tion in the area and the "As of right now, we are damage it has done to infra- trying to work things out," structure. She questioned Norby said. "I'm not joking, why money granted to Sid- if we don't get any help here ney from Richland County 'I'm energy development is 1/10 not joking, if we of I percent, although the county brings in 5 percent don't get any help here of the state's revenue. This money is also due to disap- we are going to sink.' pear because of the drop in oil prices, she noted. "Triggers aren't neces- Rick Norby sary for the state to take our oil money, so why are they Sidney mayor necessary to get our money back?" she inquired. "We have all of our skin in the game." we are going to sink." Norby applauded Red- Another committee mem- field's fiery speech and con- ber'asked the bill's sponsor tinued to push for more help Sen. John Brenden, R-Sc- in eastern Montana, noting obey, about a way to change the bill to direct more fund- ing to oil-impacted az s. could do some good. Brenden said there's not "I still look at it as not any time left in the session having much for Sidney," to make that big of a change he said. "It is for the whole in the bill. He explained state, that's why I'm for it. the bill came about when But I don't know if we can legislators showed no other wait for another legislative infrastructure bill was go- session." ing to be passed. "When we Norby said he appreci- saw there wasn't going to be ates any help the state can any compromise." give, but noted the funding Brenden said, "Do you Sidney would receive from want something or do you SB 416 is "a start." want nothing? If we say it's SB 416 is a bipartisan my way or the highway, we bill that combines cash, will get nothing again. It's bonding and lending to like a baby taking its first municipalities and counties step, you have to take that to help with infrastructure, first step first." It was created in response The hearing lasted about to the lack of support for threehours. The commit- infrastructure bills pushed tee didn't take any action at by either party. However, SB that time. 416 does not set aside money for eastern Montana that HB 5 and HB 402 provided. BY MIKE FRANCINGUES SIDNEY HERALD BILL VANDER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD Fairview's princess and prince Kyra Umback and lsiahFuuline valk down the ahtleul= help ha was prigi!lplly ske4.1t-ical crown the and queen SatUrday night:Both the prince and prJnc6s are in kindergarten, of the bill, saw that it BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD After a key education funding was tabled Friday, Sidney Superintendent of Schools Daniel Farr was pleased the bill passed unanimously through the House's educa- tion committee Monday. Farr noted it took a lot of effort from resi- dents sending emalls to legislators and the governor's office to keep the bill alive. Next step for the bill is the House's appropria- tions committee. Senate Bill 260 would keep a form of con- centric circles alive, where when one school district reaches its maximum allowed for oil and gas revenue, the additional money goes to a neighboring district. Farr also told trustees during Monday's school board meeting that a teacher who was hired in March to teach in Sidney next school year has now withdrawn from the position. The primary reason was the cost of housing. "That's a message we have to get to our legislators, recruiting and retention in this area are not easy/' Farr said. Trustees approved the recommendation to rehire the coaches back for winter activities including boys basketball, wrestling and speech/drama. After that decision, resident and parent Vince McGlothlin explained his feelings about Sidney's athletic programs. He espe- cially doesn't like comments that the stu- dents aren't working hard enough. He also SEE BOARD, PAGE 12A on comml BY MIKE FRANCINGUES The topics discussed at we re going to find of the Richland County The complex is currently SIDNEY HERALD the community conference Health Department. "It all in "the groundwork" phase. included health, recreation, fits together. There can be Fundraising efforts are .The Richland County safety and education. If out what can allof swimming lessons year being made to help pay Steering Committee decided the community complex round, to prevent drowning for a planning study that at last week's meeting to achieves its goals, it has the these different action deaths. Hopefully there will will help determine final focus its efforts on a project ability to affect all of these be childcare inthere." numbers as well as what that has the potential to issues positively in Richland groups contribute to The early childhood group direction the project needs encompass all of the topics County, complex proponent could help toward the over- to be put together and what discussed at last month's Lisa Gorder said. this agenda item to help all project by helping write entities need to run it. community conference, "The mission statement a grant to help pay for the "This study will tell us the Richland Community for the RCC is to support the daycare, Gorder said as an Complex. mental, physical and spiri- move it forward.' what will work and won't example, and other groups work," Gorder said. "Right "One of the frustrations tual health of our commu- can help move forward on now, we're going around from previous conferences nity," Gorder said. "I think parts of the.project that help meeting with small groups is we have a tendency to it can be educational. This Les Anderson their goals, to get their input on what gather huge amounts of is going to do some amazing Steering c0mmi,ee "We have a responsibilitywe need in this building. It's data and information," Les things." to make sure we're getting a work in progress." Anderson, steering com- The complex hopes to have something done," AndersonThe committee will focus mittee chair, said. "Rather recreational aspects, such as Corder said. Everyone from said. "We don't want to have on getting the word out for than trying to do everything a theater, swimming pools, churches to FFA to child meeting after meeting to the project by setting up an all at once, let's see if there athletic fields and exercise and adult sport leagues will talk about the same thing, official website and getting are one or two key projects, areas, as well as educational benefit from the proposed If we have a specific focused the community involved via activities that we can all facilities that can be utilized complex, activity, we're going to find social media. Richland resi- throw our weight behind by nearby schools or groups. "It's not like we are go- out what can all of thesedents can help by following and for the next six months There is no one area of the ing to stop what we (early . different action groups con- and sharing the Richland or a year this becomes our communit!} that will ben- childhood action group) are tribute to this agenda item Community Complex Face- project together." efit most from the project, doing," said Kathy Helmuth to help move it forward."book page. PROM PHOTOS AND MORE 310 2nd Ave. NE, SIDNEY 406.433,2403 Fax: 406.433.7802 we are your story! J