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A8 SIDNEY HEI~LD, WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 e Communities and school districts impacted by the growth or decline of natural resource development can now apply for a portion of $21.5 million in funds for needed infra- structure investments. The Deliv- ering Local Assistance Program was created as part of a $400 mil- lion infrastructure investment package passed by the 2019 Legis- lature and signed by Gov. Bullock. Delivering Local Assistance fo- cuses grant dollars to local gov- ernments and school districts for a range of infrastructure projects in- cluding water, sewer, bridge, public safety, government administration and schools. The Community Development Di- vision at the Montana Department of Commerce is administering the new infrastructure program. In- terested communities and school districts can apply for grant funds until Sept. 30, 2019. Awards will be made in the fall of 2019. F&W Commission accepting public comment on ARM rule proposals At its June 19 meet- ing, the Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed to adopt an administrative rule pertaining to two- way communication The commission is also proposing to repeal ARM 12.6.301 pertaining to tagging carcasses, as the penalty language of the rule is while hunting, an ad- ministrative rule per- outdated and unnecessary. In taining to animal kill addition, the re"u"emen+u,' t ,*kat site verification, and proposed to repeal tags on animals must be visible is administrative rule 12.6.301 pertaining to not entirely clear as tags are often tagging of carcasses. On July 30 at 6p.m not immediately visible due to the a public hearing will tape used to affix the tags and the be held at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks position of the animal. Further, the Headquarters, 1420 rule will not be applicable when E. 6th Ave, Helena, on the proposed adoption of a new rule pertain- ing to two-way elec- tronic communication while hunting. Based on recommendations from the Hunting and Trapping Regula- tions Review Working Group, the commis- sion is proposing to add clarifying lan- gtmllefrom what was previously adopted to describe the circum- stances where the use of two-way communi- cation is prohibited. The proposed lan- guage clarifies when and how this rule ap- plies to hunters. On July 31 at 6 p.m a public hearing will be held at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Headquarters, 1420 E. 6th Ave Helena, on the proposed adoption of a new rule pertain- ing to animal kill site verification. Based on recommendations the use of electronic tagging begins. from the Hunting and Trapping Regula- tions Review Working Group, the commis- sion is proposing to add clarifying lan- guage from what was previously adopted to make it clear that this rule applies to ani- mals that are hunted and/or trapped. The proposed language also clarifies when and how this rule ap- plies to hunters and trappers. The commission is also proposing to repeal ARM 12.6.301 pertaining to tagging carcasses, as the pen- alty language of the rule is outdated and unnecessary. In addi- tion, the requirement that tags on animals must be visible is not entirely clear as tags are often not immedi- ately visible due to the tape used to affix the tags and the position of the animal. Fur- ther, the rule will not be applicable when the use of electronic tagging begins. Details of these pro- posed administrative rules and the oppor- tunity to comment on- line are available on the News - Rules sec- tion of the FWP web- site. Written comment can be submitted to Ran Howell, Depart- ment of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 1 Airport Road, Glasgow, Mon- tana, 59230; or e-mail rhowell@mt.gov. All comments must be re- ceived no later than August 2, 2019. : !iii!iii ii!!!%i!ii~i!i!i!i!ii~ iiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiii:i ~i:i ~ ,i~i~;' ;i,i< i~!,;'!~ii:ilil VETERANS ~EMORIAL PARK 1 SIDNEY, MT Thank you to outevent sponsors: XTO Energy I Action Auto I AutoVaMe Parts Store I B&8 Builders I Best Western I Big StY Embroidery BOSS Office Products I (ape Air I Doorbust'n Portables & Septic I Eagle Country Ford I Electdcland I High Caliber Sports I Interstate Engi.eering Lower Ydlowstone Rural [iec~k I ManjWs & Hefman~ CarWash I Meadowlark Public House I MonDa I NAPA I Hurt- n-i~tter Ice Cream Shop I Party Cen~al Richiand County Fair & Rodeo I Sidney Eyecare I Sonda's f~lutions ] Stockman Bank I Sunrise Women's Clinic I Rich~and Federal Credit Union IYellowst ne Bank PHOTO BY KELLY MILLER On Monday, July 8, Sidney Lions member Kristen Kennedy, left, sponsors newly induct- ed member Kathy Nicholson and Raleigh Peck, second from right, sponsors newly inducted member Larry Christianson, right. Montana 2019-20 waterfowl and'webless' migratory bird regulations released Waterfowl and we- bless migratory bird regulations are com- plete for the 2019-20 hunting seasons. The regulations are online at http://fwp.mt.gov/ hunting/regulations, and hard copies will be available soon at li- cense providers. Of special interest to some hunters will be the upcoming dead- lines for applying for special licenses for sandhill cranes and swans. There are two changes this year. The deadline for both crane and swan applications is July 26. For swans, this is a month earlier than in past years. An- other change is that no paper applications will be accepted by mail this year. An applica- tion will be available on the website for your use or to be taken to an FWP office to be en- tered over-the-counter. Check the regulations for application details. Sandhill Crane, Mourning Dove and Snipe (webless migratory bird) regulations Mourning dove sea- son dates will be un- changed, Sept. 1 -- Oct. 30, with the same bag limits as last year, while snipe season will be Sept. 1 -- Dec. 16. For sandhill cranes, the over-the-counter permit season in the Central Flyway (CF) will be Sept. 28 - Nov. 24. For crane seasons regulated under special drawing permits, sea- son dates will be Sept. 1 - Oct. 27. Waterfowl regulations Hunting seasons for ducks, geese, swans, and coots have been set as well, for both the Pa- cific Flyway (PF) por- tion of the state (rough- ly the western half) and the Central Flyway (CF) portion (the east- ern half). Regulations will be similar to last year, but one import- ant change is that the daily pintail bag will be decreased from two to one. In the PF a split sea- son for both ducks and geese, with dates of Sept. 28 -- Jan.5 and Jan. 11-15, will allow an additional weekend of hunting. PF swan season dates, for those areas open to swan hunting, will be Oct. 5 - Dec. 1. In the CF, for Zone 2 (Big Horn, Carbon, Custer, Prairie, Rose- bud, Treasure, and Yellowstone Counties), duck season dates, will be Sept. 28 -- Oct. 6 and Oct. 19 - Jan. 14, with goose season dates We can help with your new home purchase or refinance/ Janet Sergent ~ c=~r~ ~ Real Estate Loan Officer NMLSID #525727 www.richlandfcu.com 201 West Holly St. Sidney, MT 406-482-2704 WEEKDAYS SATURDAY 7:00AM - 6:30PM 9AM - 12PM liiNiiiiiiiiNN$~ ~i !iii iii ii iii~ iiiiill lii iii!i!!i!!i!!i!i!iiiiiiii i i i! ii }iiii! ii iiiii!ii iiiiiii! i !i iiii!iii ii] Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 and Oct. 19 - Jan. 22. Zone 1 (the remainder of the CF) will have a duck season Sept. 28 - Jan. 2 and goose season dates of Sept. 28 -- Jan. 5 and Jan. 11-15. The CF tun- dra swan season will be Sept. 28 - Jan. 2. Other than the de- creased pintail daily bag, duck and goose bag limits in both the PF and CF will be iden- tical to last season. In the CF, a "bonus teal" bag will allow two addi- tional blue-winged teal in the daily bag for the first nine days of the season, Sept. 28 - Oct. 6. Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt Youth 10 to 15 years old may participate in a special statewide two-day early hunt for waterfowl Sept. 21-22. This is a great time to get the kids out, when they're the only ones who can shoot, as well as giving your retriev- er a tune-up prior to the regular season. Consult the regulations for details. Record or near-re- cord duck numbers the last two years meant that a lot of ducks re- turned to breed this spring. Ducks found excellent water condi- tions in nearly all of Montana this spring, the best in several years, and there will be a lot of ducks pro- duced in Montana this year. Another reason the water in Montana is great news for wa- terfowl hunters is that there will be more areas to hunt, as the water in many plac- es is likely to last into the fall, more so than in most years. Some major duck produc- tion areas in southern Saskatchewan and Al- berta have been quite dry this spring and summer, which will de- crease duck production in those areas. Canada goose numbers remain high in Montana and surrounding areas. By about mid-August, the U.S. Fish and Wild- life Service website (http://fws.gov/birds) will have the Waterfowl Status Report (based on the May breeding duck surveys) giving the overall duck esti- mates and estimates by species. Survey results will also be found on the Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl websites when they are available. These survey results are anticipated by duck hunters and will be used in setting regulations for next year.