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m ROBINSON The ignition interlock device costs $70 to install and $30 a for drivin month to maintain. It's up to the arresting agency to determine are being enforced which course of action should be taken. vere passed in the past "I'm sworn to uphold the con- session that increased stitution and due process. The and other penalties for public needs to know what has the influence of changed and what will happen to them," Judge Greg Mohr said. and maximums The legal alcohol limit was raised. On the first lowered from .10 to .08. the penalty was "I don't believe that this will the minimum of increase the number of drunk $300, and driving arrests in Montana. An $500 up to a officer must have probable of$1,000, cause to pull someone over," Molar said. atgnlaJes'---a'eJ "One should understand the a difference in reasonable suspi- surely it will cion and probable cause. Rea- . sortable suspicion is a set of facts that when reasonably looked at -Judge Mohr uppers like something else may be going on. Probable cause is a offense prices rose set of facts that when looked at of $300 up to a by a reasonable person one $600, and the max- wou!d think something more is $500 up to the max- probably going on. Each word in a law is very important," Mohr offense minimum said. r was raised from $500 up An officer should state to the of $1,000. The person being pulled over why he third offense pricesor she is being pulled over. Cit- up to the max- izens are responsible for know- ing their rights and the laws. the second'conviction, "Pay a designated driver, sure- states the court shall ly it will cost less," Mohr said. Seize each vehicle regis- In 2000, 40 percent of all fatal that or subject crashes in the United States motor vehicle to involved alcohol. In Montana, a of an ignitiontotaLof.4fi.5 percent of fatal device, crashed alcohol. VANDER WEELE head coach since the 1998-99 school year. Sidney School BoardIn other business: Voted to look for anoth- Sidney Superintendent of basketball coach Schools Doug Sullivan monthly meeting announced transfers of staff members to other schools in the time came to vote district. Consent agenda, trustee Transferred to Central Inter- Lorenz motioned to mediate School were Shelly the consent agenda Averett for special education, exception - not Donna Sullivan for library and the recommendation Chuck Buxbaum for head custo- head boys basket- dish. Transferred to the middle Bill Ackley seconded school were Betty McGarvey The motion to not for special education, Jim Shee= Rogers as coach hart for custodian and Richard 5-0 margin. Hambro for custodian. meet- Transferred to the high school no visitors voiced were Brenda Kiamas for custo- or disapproval about dian and Rich Munoz for head custodian. program's See School, page 12A PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE Bruce Druliner, Interpreter from the Fort Union National Historical Site, pretends to shoot an arrow during s stop at Central Intermediate School Friday. Druliner por- trays from the 1 It! p iod. The pre wsllt part of Rhmre-of Time 4 Festival In Sidney. .... BY ELLEN ROBINSON Herald-Leader Four-month-old Frank Kunda keeps battling despite having undergone five surgeries at the Denver Children's Hospital o:er the past month due to an intestinal infection. A free-will roast beef dinner, along with a bene- fit auction, is scheduled June 8 at the Sidney Moose Lodge. "We are all astounded by his progress. His .chances of surviving all of this were less than 5 per- cent, but like his mom and dad (wh6 are at his bed- side around the clock) Frank is a fighter," Dr. Denis Bensard of the Denver Children's Hospital said. Frank was born Jan. 21 to Ron and Tammy (Nevins) Kunda with some medical problems. After he wasn't gaining weight at home, he was admitt l to Si#ney Health Center on March 18. From there hd was flown to Billings for testing and then flown to the Denver Children's Hospital April 11. The baby continues to improve slowly and cur- rently does not appear in danger any longer. "His condition is improving and doctors are optimistic. But we just do one day at a time," Grandmother Trudy Nevins said. Kunda at any one time has had 20 or more doc- tors and nurses doing all that they could to help him survive. "I want to say thank you for all the prayers, hugs, calls and cards. We hope for continuing commu- nity support. We are very thankful, this is a great community," Trudy Nevins said. As of April 30, Kunda is off antibiotics without signs of infection. He has been taken off the breathing machine as well. "I hope in 9-12 months, after he has fully recov- ered, we can return him to the operating room for taking down his ileostomy (intestinal opening reanastomosis (steriliza- Denis Bensard said. After bein8 to Denver, his condition significantly worsened overnight. The morning of April 12 he was taken to the operating room in shock and critically ill.. See Kunda, page 12A BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Richland County is closer to becoming safer for rural resi- dents. County officials continue to work on a rural addressing sys- tem for 9-1-1 emergency calls, Butch Renders, director for the County's disaster and emergency services, explains the system would help direct dispatches with what personnel is closest to the emergency. Enhanced 9-1-1 systems allow dispatchers to access telephone companies' databases. The Auto- matic Numbers Indicator will provide phone numbers while the Automatic Locator Indicator will provide addresses. Officials can see on a computer the phone number and address of each 9-1- 1 call. To achieve the full bene fits of a 9-1-1 system, rural addressing is assigning an address to every rural residence, Area officials are currently working on obtaining addresses for rural resi- deuces "Helping as well people in an as the towns of emergency Is Crane, the ' driving Lambert and Sav- force behind age. this." The county is - Butch Renders going to use a Den- ver firm to provide a master street address guide. Summer employees may also be used to determine addresses in the coun- ty's smaller towns. Renders adds that census reports can't be used because they only concern incorporated cities, "Lambert doesn't have physical addresses," Renders said. Information also being com- piled regards which emergency personnel responds to what county residence. Renders has sections marked off for Poplar, Culbertson, Savage, Lambert, Fairview and Sidney crews. Although some may be reexam- ined, Renders said fire chiefs made the current boundaries based on who could arrive the fastest to an emergency. Once all the information is completed, county law enforce- ment needs to update its 9-1-1 equipment. Funding received through phone billing is expect- ed to cover the costs. Officials hope to have a plan completed by the end of sum- mer. They're hopeful residents can view the program during the Richland County Fair. Renders said to be certified, the county-based program must have at least 95 percent of cor- rect addresses. "Helping in an emer- gency is the driving force behind this," Renders said. M BY BILL VANDER WEELE culty of the project," Merritt High Herald-Leader said. "He had to make several class will Since 1951, excellence in Sid- doors and drawers. Some don't hey High School's woodworking have either, some have one or program department has been acknowl- the other." Sunday at the Sid- School auditorium, edged with the "Golden Hammer Since Merritt arrived in 1985, ' Award" at the annual Howard the winner received a Golden Eicholtz Spring Exhibit. Hammer plaque and is listed on "It's been carried on since that another plaque in Merritt's time," said current industrial arts office. graduation cere-teacher Roger Merritt. "It gives "It's an incentive," the teacher the students something to shoot said. (3 for as far as the product and The winner is decided by three and design." or four adults. The panel usually includes staff members and area residents. "There were a lot of Areas of consideration feature projects and student dis. craftsmanship, design of the plays. We received a lot of project and appearance. Concert good feedback." The 52nd annual spring exhib- led -. Roger Merrittit was successful Thursday and High School Friday at Sidney High School. Concert sched: "There were a lot of projects May 12 has been and student display s," Merritt for May 19 in the said. "We received alot of good p.m. feedback." Tim Lorenz was the winner of VICA's gun cabinet raffle. choir conce . This year's winner was junior Tony Hanson, with his entertain- ment center. "He was kind of set apart from the others because of the diffi- Tony Hsnson, Friday. a lunlor, shows the gol Hammer PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE, Award he won at the spring exhibit