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m $ O q ,q O !!: / .... PHOTO BY DEBBE ANDERSON "rutela, San Diego, Calif., grooms a Clydesdale at the Richland County Fair ntornlng. BY ELLEN ROBINSON Herald-Leader The Budweiser Clydesdales were a popular attraction at the Richland County Fair. "Clydesdales were picked by Budweiser because they are mellow and showy. They like the people," Kendra Lewkon, horse supervisor, said. The group of 10 horses that came to the fair is from San Diego, Calif. Eight of them per- form at a time while two rest, and they rotate every perform- ance. There are five traveling Clydesdale teams, which are based in St. Louis, New Hamp- shire, Menifee, Calif., San Anto- nio, Texas, and San Diego. Each team travels more than 100,000 miles and appears in over 500 events. Ceremony set Aug. A ceremony for the official opening of the Busch Ag bar- ley handling and storage facility in Sidney is sched- uled for Aug. 12. Although no one from Busch Ag has announced the exact date, the Montana gov- ernor's office has confirmed that Gov. Judy Martz is scheduled to be in Sidney Aug. 12 for the ceremony. When Busch Ag announced it was coming to Sidney last November, Martz along with other state offi- cials were in attendance. They travel in a caravan of three custom-built vans, with rubl~r flooring, air sue. pension and vent fans to ease long hours on the road. The first two vans carry the Clydes- dales, and the third van trans- ports the red brewery wagon, feed, portable stalls, harnesses and other gear. Expert handlers who care for and show the PHOTO BY ELLEN ROBINSON Holly Papineau, left, and Chelsea Shirk make friends with a Clydesdale. team, the supervisor, hitch driv- er, assistant driver and several chauffeur grooms travel with the horses. "It takes about an hour to hitch them all up. We braid their hair and put ribbons on them before the shows," Lewkon said. The weight, range of the Clydesdale is 1,800 to 2,300 pounds. They consume 50 to 60 pounds of hay, 20 to 25 quarts of feed and 50 gallons of water each day. The full-grown Clydesdale stands 18 hands (one hand equals 4 inches) tall at the withers. The Budweiser Clydesdales are bay in color, have blazes of white on the faces, black manes, and tails and most importantly, white feather on all four legs and feet. "It takes about an hour and a half to fully groom each horse," Lewkon said. PHOTO BY DEBBE ANDERSON A crowd gathers around the wagon at the fairgrounds Thursday night. O for can call (F_Aitor's note: This story is a part of a series on cancer survivors in support of the Relay for Life in Sidney Friday and Saturday.) BY ELLEN ROBINSON Herald-Leader Cancer is an experience Charles Dowse never thought that he would experience. "No one who gets cancer thinks they will get cancer. It is an experience that I never expected, my advise is be prepared," Dowse said. Dowse supports the Relay for Life for many reasons. "The Relay for Life is important because it shows humans care for each other. It helps raise awareness and helps raise money to find a cure. It is an investment in the future. Sup- porting the Relay for Life shows you care for people. Never stop caring for other people; the rewards are great. It gives me satisfaction in my life," Dowse said. From having cancer, Dowse learned the importance of reaching out to others. "There are people hurting. Why do we have to have cancer to reach out to people? When I see people that are going through cancer treatments, even strangers in the air- port in Billings, I will go up to them and talk to them. l see needs and I reach out. They might need that conversation. Sometimes they look at you funny and then just start talking. I am their sounding board. Some- tim~ all it takes is just a smile. Cancer can be very lonely," Dowse said. "I use to be in my own world, but having cancer opens you up to see things different- ly," Dowse said. Dowse said the Relay for Life shows peo- ple care for each other. "You are giving your time, life and effort towards caring for others when you partici- pate in the Relay for Life," Dowse said. Cancer has changed Dowse's outlook on many things. "I see life like this. You take.out.day at a time. Yesterday was great and today is even better. If we don't have tomorrow, that is OK. Having cancer made realize how pre- cious life is. It is a gift from God, and when we are healthy we sometimes take that for granted. I am now more concerned about other people. I have seen what can happen in just a short time," Dowse said. Dowse's experience was through a nine- month period. Dowse was diagnosed with Lymphoma after he discovered a lump two and a half years ago. "I thought it was a tumor. It was not in my lymph nodes, but in a small sack. It was not all through my system," Dowse said. Dowse did not have an operation, but took See Dowse, page 8A ares BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Dr. Jim Hall, the new superin- tendent of schools in Richey, is glad to be back in eastern Mon- tana and the prospect of being around students. Hall was living in Idaho before coming to Richey. Area resi- dents may remember him ms the superintendent in Brockton for eight years ending in 1996. Hall and his wife, Betty, didn't want to sit around. He laughs that at 75 he must be the oldest superintendent in Montana. "We missed the kids and those, sort of things," Hall said. While in Brockton, both Jim and Betty Hall also taught evening classes at the Fort Peck Community College. "We have a lot of friends in this area," Hall said. Betty has served as a school nurse for 30 years. She has taught microbiology and nurs- ing. She is currently writing a book. Hall believes his wife will Q Dr. Jim Hall update the medical records at Richey School. "She's doing that free, as a gift for the school," he said. Both expect to travel to sup- port Richey's athletic teams. After being in Brockton for eight years, the Halls need to get used to cheering for the Royals. "I told Betty, don't you jump up and say 'go Brockton,'" Hall joked. When Richey's school board tes trustees interviewed him, Hall stressed schools are for the stu- dents. "They aren't for me, they aren't for trustees, they aren't for parents or teachers." Hall said, "We need to make sure kids are treated like human beings. They need to enjoy school and learning." He said it wouldn't be uncom- mon for him to be out of his office and instead taking over for a half an hour inside a class- room. "I'm an educator first," Hall said. One change will be the length of school board meetings. Hall believes in a limit of two hours. He hopes by providing informa- tion to trustees, the time of the meetings can be cut down, Hall believes in an open-door policy as far as people coming to his office with comments and suggestions. 'Tve been pleased with how the community has graciously accepted us," Hall said. "Richey is a nice community." BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Amtrak's future may have a new format after President George W. Bush announced a restructuring plan this week. Highlights of the plan include: States would form multi- state compacts to invest in and run passenger railroads. States would submit propos- als for capital investment and operations to the Transportation Department. States would need to pay for operating costs instead of the federal government. But the fed- eral government will pay 50 per- cent of infrastructure costs. Amtrak, over a time of six years, will become three compa- nies: a private passenger rail company that runs trains under contract to states; a company that operates and maintains the Northeast Corridor; and a gov- ernment corporation that would retain Amtrak's rights to use freight railroad tracks and its corporate name. PHOTO BY ELLEN ROBINSON Charlle Dowse says Relay for Life shows humans care for each other. The event is Friday and Satur- day at the Sidney High School track. "Our nation's current system of intercity passenger rail has failed to deliver on its promise for American travelers," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta in a state- ment this week. "Business as usual is a recipe for failure." I I]!1 . ]1 i to(, Amtrak offers us options that are not: there otherwise, and these options are extremely important to maintain." - Sen. Burns -- -- El __ J.)j ..... :; ; :::= m U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana, meanwhile, helped introduce the American Rail Equity Act during a press con- ference Thursday. He said the legislation will reauthorize Amtrak for six years and make significant infrastructure