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Cutting Edge at Nationals. A4 SMALLTOWNPAPERS 927 W RAILROAD AVE SHELTON WA 98584-3847 HIGH 78 LOW See More Weather. A1 _4 N EXT Sports physicals by Dr. Laqua and Dr. Fink will be held at the Elks Lodge Monday, July 22, and Tuesday, July 23, from 5-8 pm. Fee is $30 and all proceeds will be donated to Sidney Public Schools. Parent’s signature is required. MonDak Heritage Center will host a Summer Art Camp for ages 2-4 starting Tuesday, July 23, through Friday, July 26. To sign up, stop by the heritage center or call 433— 3500. Wednesday, July 24, Sidney Chamber of Commerce will host "Sales Across Sidney,” a sidewalk sale throughout downtown businesses during normal operating hours. Sidney Country Club is featuring a Glow Ball Tournament on Saturday, July 27, from 3:30 pm. — 1:30 am. Non— club member fee is $100. Club members fee is $80. Monday, July 29, is hunter education ‘, orientation, 6 p.m., Richland County Extension office. Online registration is at https://register~ed.com/ events/view/131521. No late registration, class is limited to 75 people. If under 18, a parent or guardian must be present at orientation. Must be 10 years old by orientation date to register. Contact Larry Christensen ' at (406) 489-0589, Ron Sorenson at (406) 488-7664 orJim Miller at (406) 489-1653. INSIDE Around Town 2A , Classifieds A6-A Deaths A3 Religion A10 Sports A4 DEATHS Nicholas M. Perigan, 28 Source: Rocky Mountain Oil Journal Sponsored by: Except nal Cara ‘yr‘Life' Community members weigh in on frustrations with coal plant closure BY MY EFTA Sidney Herald If one thing was made clear at the Montana-Dakota Utili- ties (MDU) meeting Monday afternoon, it’s that MDU’s de- cision to close the Lewis and Clark Station was made a long time ago. That notion left Rich- land County Commissioners, Sidney Mayor Rick Norby, Fairview Mayor Brian Bieber, Rep. Joel Krautter, Montana Public Service Commissioner Randy Pinocci and Sen. Steve Hinebauch feeling frustrated with the premise of the meet- ing, which came through as too little too late for most those in attendance. “When we look at the Hes- ' kett and Lewis and Clark sta- tion, they served our customers very Well for over 60 years, but they’re no longer economical to MDU meeting aims to find solutions .4 P o:-' Sidney Mayor Rick Norby, left, and Fairview Mayor Brian Bieber weigh in at the community meeting hostedby MDU on Monday, July 15. run as compared to other alter- natives we have available to us,” said Darcy Neigum, director of system operations and planning at MDU. “The decision has been made to close the Lewis and Clark station and Heskett units at the end of their current coal supplier agreements.” After a presentation See MDU,Page14 LEMONADE STAND CONTEST . 'Winning the Lemonade Stand Contest at Sunrise Festival of the Arts on July 1 3 were the siblings Danica Denowh, 10, Cambree Denowh, and Peyton Denowh 4 (not pictured). Defense requests own report of fitness in Hinds case BY NICOLE lUClNA Sidney Herald Sasha Hinds, 30, appeared via video from the state hospital in Billings for an omnibus hearing held Monday, July 15, in Richland County District Court on charges of deliberate homi- . . cide. Her attorneys were present in the courtroom. The defense will be filing a motion to ex- tend court deadlines, with no objection from the state, who is still in the discovery process. The state hospital issued a report on fitness but the de- fense plans to do their own report of fitness with a psychologist. The time of that has yet to be determined but will be in the next 30 days. There is a motions deadline of July 29 and a court date will be set after motions are filed. Hinds is additionally facing charges for assault with a weapon in the stab- bing of Brendan Sheehan . Ifconvicted of assault with a wea - on, Hinds could face up to 20 years im- prisonment and fine of up to $50,000 or both. If convicted of deliberate ho- micide the maximum penalty is death and up to life in the state prison. ASHA HINDS Request for crosswalk spurs debate at city council BYAMYEFTA SlmeyI-leald A potential crosswalk at Holly and 3rd Avenue sparked a long conversation at Sidney City Coun- cil at the July 15 meeting, with Shane Mintz, Glendive district ad- ministrator for Montana Depart- ment of Transportation (MTDOT), and citizen Diane Sorenson pre- senting arguments against and for, respectively. “We can’t just put them up ev- erywhere or anywhere," Mintz said, who has jurisdiction over the crosswalk because it’s over a high- way. “They lose their emphasis. “Obviously the best place to cross pedestrians on a busier street is at 0. Knee. Hip Sho ulder «- Arthroscopyof-the Knee & Shoulder o Rotator Cuff Surgery 0 Sports Medicine. and More a signalized intersection.” The intersection in question doesn’t have a traffic signal and the issue brought to council in- cluded the ability of handicap pedestrians to cross Holly. City council is working on adding more “sidewalks on Holly and is doing so as the budget allows. Eventually, the goal is to have solid sidewalks from east to west. The state is re- sponsible for some of those side- walks. An ADA compliant cross- walk exists on Central Avenue and Holly Street,ra few blocks down from the intersection in question. Diane Sorenson attended the meeting to advocate for her grand- son, who is in a wheelchair. “What people don’t seem to re- ,is that for a handicap person in this town, we walk two block to your one block,” Sorenson said. She explained how difficult it can be to navigate throughout Sidney, using alleys and frequently back- tracking just to have an accessible route. “He’s entitled to be out just like any other little kid,” she said. “I think there needs to be\crossing at 3rd and Holly. I’ve talked to a lot of walkers and people that bicy- cle, women with strollers, that is where people are crossing.” Many locals use that back street and intersection to getout to Fox Run, Sorenson told council. “1 think there should be a way to make it so that there’s a crosswalk painted on that crosswalk there,” she said. “The state has met all the requirements — they put in the ramps, they’re all painted with yellow on either side of them. And ‘ now you’re telling us we can’t use them.” Sorenson said eventually, some- one is going to get hit trying to cross the street and using the stop- light is too far out of the way. Mintz again addressed the issue of crosswalks losing their empha- sis if implemented too often. He agreed people want to take the shortest route and won't always utilize safer routes if they are a bit , farther, ,but wanted to focus on en- couraging people to do so. " Seetguuai. Page 14 ORTHOPEDIC CLINIC 14th Ave- SW Sidney. MT Call: 406.488.2504 SiclneyHeultlwrg