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NEWS . SIDNEY HERALD.SUNDAY.JULY 2|.20l9 All Rural Montana airports prefer Cape Air as federal contract runs out BY COURTESY OF TOM lUTEY Billings Gazette Eastern Montana airports are hopeful the US, govern- ment will keep Cape Air as its' contract airline for rural parts of the state. Since late 2013, Cape Air, of Hyannis, Massachusetts, has been offering the round-trip flights between Billings and five rural airports: Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Sidney, and Wolf Point. Federal subsidies from the Essential Air Service make the flights possible, keep- ing customers’ share of airfare down to $49 a flight. Butte and West Yellowstone also use Es- sential Air Service subsidies to connect to Salt Lake City. More than 46,000 people flew to and from Montana’s rural communities on Cape Air’s 8-passenger planes in 2018, according Montana Depart- ment of Transportation data. Cape’s contract with the feder- al Department of Transporta— tion expires later in 2019. The company, which would like to keep flying the routes, is one of three bidders to service rural Montana. “Their ridership is up 188%. They’re on-time departures are in the 98% range. Each of the communities, as the repre- sentatives, have found no fault with Cape,” said Walt McNutt of the Richland County Airport Authority. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Essential Air Service uses fees collected from com- mercial airlines combined with federal general funds to subsi- dize flights to rural airports that lost commercial service when the airline industry was Cape Air recently unveiled their new Tecnam P2012 Traveller, which will replace current commuter planes by the end of next year. deregulated more than 30 years ago. In that move to deregulate, airports like Sidney lost com- mercial service in Sidney’s case fromFrontier Airlines, McNutt said. At the other end of rural EAS flights there’s always an air- port with commercial flight connections. For Eastern Mon- tana, that connecting airport is Billings Logan Internation- al, where Cape Air boards more passengers in a year than American Airlines does. Those rural flights have helped Bill- ings hold steady as Montana’s second-busiest airport. Boze- man is first, with about 670,923 annual boardings, when com- pared with Billings’ 440,733. “The subsidy cost per seat has really spiraled down be- cause of increased boardings,” Mid-Rivers 5 . « “Oddnsrobocaiu free of charge said ‘McNutt, who is also a member of the state EAS advi- sory board. “There’s a magic number 1— it’s as high as a $1,000-a-seat subsidy. If you get over that, you’re too high,” and EAS program looks to cut service. The lowest subsidy per seat in Montana right now is $216 be- cause Cape Air is averaging six passengers a flight. The overall cost of Montana EAS service is in the millions. Cape Air’s con- tract to service six Montana communities is $13.3'million a year. SkyWest receives $1.5 million to service Butte and West Yellowstone, according to Federal Department of Trans- portation data. The total cost of EAS service in Montana has increased about $1.5 million since 2014. Last year, Congress agreed to fund EAS for five years, but there have been numerous at— tempts by lawmakers to elimi- nate the program since its cre— ation 30 years ago. Mid-Rivers Commu- nications has added Robocall Blocking, a feature available» with its landline telephone service, to all customers’ local service lines free of charge. The an- nouncement follows a Federal Communi- cations Commission (FCC) vote on June 6 to allow voice service providers to aggres- siVely block unwant- ed robocalls before those calls reach consumers. FCC ruling allows voice service provid- ers to block unwanted calls based on reason- able call analytics, and to apply these fea- tures as the default, as long as their cus- tomers are informed and have the opportu- nity'to opt out of call blocking. Previously, the blocking services could only be Offered on an “opt in” basis, . meaning customers had to request the service. “We worked with our industry organi- zations to help pro- mote the idea of a de- fault, opt-out system for robocall block- ing,” stated Mid-Riv- ers General Man- ager/CEO Michael Candelaria. “Our Co- operative members have been asking for it, and now that it’s possible, giving them this feature to help prevent annoying and potentially dangerous robocalls is just the right thing to do.” The new feature has been added by default to Mid-Rivers land- lines effective July 12. Customers can opt out of the service by calling 1-800-452- 2288, chatting online, with acustomer ser- vice representative at midrivers.com, or emailing customer- services@midrivers. coop. More informa- tion is available at midrivers.com/robo- ’ call-blocking.htm1. All 39380" Firearms 8. MDIOI‘SDDHS 123 7th St SW, Sidney, MT 59270 22 Years of Service 406-433-671 2 0 Chair w/ ottoman DES to hold emergency preparedness seminar BY NICOLE LUCINA Sidney Herald Richland County Disaster and Emer- gency Service (DES) along with the North- east Montana RSVP (Retired Senior Vol- unteer Program) will be hosting a semi- nar on emergency preparedness. “We want to make sure that the commu- nity knows there is a plan in place in case of emergency,” said DES Coordinator Deb Gilbert. Red Cross, Nation- al Weather Service in Glasgow, RSVP, law enforcement, EMS, MDU, LYREC and pub: lic works have been invited to participate in the seminar. The county plan, what to do before and . after an emergency, where to evacuate, when or how to get ahold of Red Cross and how to donate or volunteer help with be discussed during the seminar. “We’re hoping to have a few seminars on this, maybe three or four," Gilbert said. The first seminar will be held July 23, at 9 am, at the Elks. Gilbert said the goal of the seminar is to educate the public on what the roles of emer- gency responders are as well as the impor- tance and responsibil- ‘Sidney, From Lincoln Ave tetra Good . left On Road 134 for’1.2niiles.‘Firom Fa ‘ ity of individuals to be prepared. “We want the com- munity to know how to donate or volunteer too,” Gilbert said. This seminar is open to the public and Gilbert urges commu- nity members to at- tend. She stressed the importance of people knowing what to do in case of an emergen— cy. Gilbert noted that while there aren’t any emergency shelters in Sidney, in the case of an emergency it would be necessary to bus people to Fairview to their shelter. “There isn’t a shel- ter in Sidney that fits ADA compliance,” Gil— bert said. The school in Fair- view is a designated shelter for Richland County. While the seminar is open to the public, there is a spe- cial invitation to area seniors, organizations who work with seniors and functional needs, law enforcement, county and city offi- cials, the public hous- ing authority, com- mission on agin and emergency personnel. The second seminar will focus on being fire ready while the following seminar will focus on being evacuation ready. For any questions call the Disaster and Emer-' gency Services at 406-433-2220. Take Hwy 201w tot 5.7 miles, turn on Read 359110: 1.35me turn right on Road 134 for 1.2 miles. I Lunch will be available Real Estate sells at Noon , Warren 07, a be available, at their request, to T. ship 24R, Range 59E j. /prospective buyers for inspectionprior +l-20 Acres in SESE This 4,512 square foot home WA 288 sq ft bgsement. The home has an open kitchen, formal dining room, living room and a large master bedroom upstairs. Downstairs there is a family room, 2 other rooms w/closets, bathroom and a large storage room. There is a 864 so it detached 2 car garage. Three open face livestock sheds and a couple of smaller out buildings. M335; Gary and Constance Jackson are offering the following property to the public at auction. The final bid will be subject to their approval. The owners reserve the right to accept or reject any and all bids. . iiétiiid 0 (2) Couches - Refrigerator Tall Couch Table - (2) End Tables - Storage Cali 0 Dart Board - Rocking Chair 0 Football Toss - Corner Entertainment Stand ' China Cabinet w/lights - Glass Hutch ' Oak Bookcase o 5-light Corner Lamp 0 (2) Oak Tables o (8) MT Silver Sets . - Oak Table w/B Chairs 0 Computer Desk \. - Area Rug 0 Queen Bed 0 Bedside Table - Viking Bar Set 0 Misc. Viking Memorabilia - King Bed w/canopy 12-drawers in base - Dresser w/mirror o (2) Badrawei Dressers 0 Glass Vanity w/mirrorB stool 0 Stair Stepper - (3) Sashelf Storage Bins to sale day. The above may or may not be the proper legal description; it was taken from the Richland County bax receipts-The above does describe the property to be sold. Mineral Rights: No mineral rights transfer. Wateritightsmll water rights held will transfer 9 meghxes will be pro-rated from the day of closing. Title insurance: Standard owners’ title insurance will be provided by the seller through Richland County Title, 1050 S Central, Sidney, MT 406-433‘8584 balance due at closing approximately 30 days from the Auction at the offices « .- were 0 Quilt Rack 0 TV w/sound system a Bench - Coat Hanger 0 Antique Dresser - Antique Dresser wlmirrur - Antique Childs Desk 0 Jim Bean Bottle Collection 0 Floor Scrubber - Bissel Shampooer ' Universal Weight Set a (2) Tread Mills There will be some Shop, . Lawn & Garden items not listed AUCTIONEER'S NOTE This is a" lovely home nestled in a peaceful surrounding on 20 acres. It is a "must see" house. There is a nice variety of household items and consigned estate guns at this sale. We hope to see ‘l teeters timeshares: STATEWIDE you July 27th! ~ Rick AUCTION (406)435-2548 sancngss Tl-tE_UNiT£D sures ' of Richland County Title, 1050 S Central, Sidney, MT 406433.8584. Buyer's PremigmzA 2% Buyers premium will be added to the winning bid price to arrive at the total contract price paid by the purchaser. Your bid is considered acceptance of the terms of this auction. If you, the Buyer fails to close, the down payment is non-refundable. It the Sellers tail to close. 100% of the down payment will be returned. At this time, there is no known reason that the Sellers would not be able to close. All funds are held in the escrow account of Richland County Title. 1050 S Central. Sidney, MT 406— All information is from sources deemed reliable but is not guaranteed by the Sellers or the Auctioneers. ' satisfaction ot’any prospective buyer. It is every potential bidder/purchaser’s sole responsibility to accomplish his or her due diligence in whatever manner he or she deems advisable. Announcements made sale day take precedence over any printed materials. 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