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| 2B SUNDAY, AUG. 26, 2012 montana SIDNEY HERALD Board approves subdivision near Crane Officials warn of debit card scam BY LOUISA IIARBER SIDNEY HERALD Richland County com- missioners have a decision to make shortly after the county planning board ap- proved a new major subdivi- sion near Crane. River View Estates Subdi- vision sits on 28.49 acres of land owned by Buck Dabill, Savage, about a half-mile north of the unincorporated town on Montana Highway 16 and overlooks the river valley. The subdivision is designated for 15 lots of single-family residences with lot sizes ranging from one acre to almost three acres. Each will have its own water well and on-site waste water system. The planning board held a public hearing Tuesday dur- ing which they heard from nearby residents concerned with the water and sewer system among other things. Resident Calvin Clemmer claimed the land is rocky, sandy and water makes the ground move. The Montana Department of Environ- mental Quality, however, had given its approval after specified plans were met. LOUISA BARBER I SIDNEY HERALD The lot near Crane being proposed for a subdivision. Don Steinbeisser Jr. and Lowell Larson worried about the drain ditches - used to collect extra irriga- tion water- overfilling and who would pay to clean it up. Larson said the ditches caused problems with water filling residents' homes. "We haven't had a problem for several years now," he said, though that's because irrigation practices have changed. He hopes he won't have to deal with water in his basement again. In addition to the wells and waste water system, each lot is allowed two dogs and two cats, which S, tein- beisser bristled at. He's troubled with the thought that dogs would disturb his cattle a quarter-mile away and worried they would run around in his fields. But without any major significant impacts to the natural, surrounding land, agriculture, wildlife, and public health and safety, planning board members gave their stamp of approval for the county commission- ers to consider. The board approved it with 16 condi- tions. AUCTION Gene & Ethel Wilkerson Estate Saturday Sept. 8th, 2012 11 am Preview 10 am Richland County Fair Grounds Event Center 2118 West Holly Street Sidney, MT 59270 Attorney General Steve Bullock and the Billings Po- lice Department are warn- ing Montanans - particu- larly those in the Billings and Whitefish areas - of a scare targeting banking and credit union members with credit or debit cards. The scam artists call Montanans claiming to be from the citizen's bank or credit union. The scammer says the individual's credit or debit card has been can- celled and the person must call a number to rectify the situation. When the victim calls, they are asked a list of questions soliciting their personal financial infor- mation - information that can be used to assume the identity of the victim and use their funds to make unapproved purchases. "People think they're talking to their own credit union; they give out sensi- tive, personal information they would never otherwise share," Bullock said. "When it comes to stopping scams, knowledge is power. I en- courage Montanans to share this information with their friends and family and to call my Office of Consumer Protection if they have any concerns at all." The Office of Consumer Protection is within the At- torney General's Office and has also received multiple reports of the scare. The office can be reached at 1-800-481-6896. Tracking down the scam- mers behind the con is next to impossible, said Billings Two Montana hc00r',;es infected with Montana's state veteri- narian is advising equine owners to consult their veterinarians about West Nile vaccination after two horses turned up positive for the disease. "We have two positives and know there are positive mosquito pools, so it's pru- dent for equine owners to consider vaccination," said Dr. Marty Zaluski, Montana Department of Livestock. Equine owners should also be familiar with clini- cal signs of the disease, he said, which are variable and may include: Loss of appetite and de- pression; Progressing lameness and/or weakness/paralysis of limbs; Loss of coordination; Muzzle twitching; Impaired vision; Antiq ' Bronzes, ue and New Furniture, Primitives, Coins.. I I I I I I I I 1 1 I I1 1 II 1 1 1 I I III II Ill I I I 1 I1 I 1 1 ll ll 1 1 I 1 ml I 1 I I U Auctioneers Note" These are items from the Wilkerson Estate 489-0915 Service 433-7586 Office 433-7596 Fax Sidney, MT IRAs Maximized retirement income. Flexibility. Tax advantages. AA meetings Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday 7 p.m. all at Trinity Lutheran Church Auto Home Life Business College Retirement Thursdays at 8 p.m. Millers' Corner Young Mondays at 7 p.m. Need to call for location in Fairview at 489-2544 some other small estates that did not have enough items to run their own auctions. Including like new tools framed'& matted pictures (s.ome with certiticates) by renowned artist, wes.tem..bronzes, antique and new tu. imre, antique col.l.ectibles, primitives, hqme lUmlshings, several box lots or-miscellaneous, costume jewen'y, used saddles, used tack. You name it, It might be here! iii i i Terms: Cash, Good Check, Visa, Master Card. 10% Buyers Premium Auction Conducted By: National Auction & Sales MGMT (406) 259-4730 See Complete List and Pictures at www. n atio nalau ctio n usa. co m Convulsions; Inability to swallow; Behavioral changes; Coma. WNV mimics other seri- ous neurological diseases like sleeping sickness, equine encephalitis and rabies and should be im- mediately reported so that a licensed veterinarian can make a diagnosis. Although most equines recover from the disease, WNV kills about a third of the horses infected. There is no specific treatment for WNV in equines, although supportive care consistent with standard veterinary practice for animals with a viral infection is recom- mended Vaccination is an effec- tive and inexpensive way to prevent the disease, Zaluksi said, and is recommended as a core vaccine by the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Con- sult your local veterinar- ian to develop a preventive health plan that includes WNV vaccination. WNV Was first found on the East Coastof the U.S, in 1999; Since then, the disease has spread westward, ar- riving in Montana in 2002. WNV knows no boundaries within the state and has been found statewide. The two infected horses, lo- cated in Carbon and Powder River counties, are the state's first since 2009, when 14 positives were reported. / Police Det. Brett Lapham. The scammers use either disposable cell phones or utilize a computer technol- ogy generating fake tele- phone numbers, making it virtually impossible to tell where the calls are really coming from. Like Bullock, Lapham urged people to know and share the details of the scam and be wary of phone calls that sound similar. "The more we spread the word about this, the less power the scammers will have," Lapham said. So far, the scare has been known to involve members of two Billings credit unions and a third in Whitefish. It is nearly identical to a scare that went through the state earlier this year. West Nile Virus Earlier this year, re- searchers at Montana State University expected the worst when unusually high numbers of mosqui- toes were found around the state. Greg Johnson, veterinary entomologist at MSU's Department of Ani- mal & Range Sciences, says mosquito numbers have dropped the past couple of weeks but that concerns remain. "Mosquito season can last through September and even into October, so we're not out of the woods yet," Johnson said. Effective mosquito control helps decrease the potential for spreading the disease. Watering troughs should be cleaned thoroughly and regularly, and standing water where mosquitoes breed should be managed if possible. A variety of water treatments that kill fly and mosquito larvae but are nontoxic to animals are commercially available. Montana has also had one case of WNV in humans this year.' An informational FAQ on WNV in horses is available from the Centers for Dis- ease Control, as is addition- al information on human aspects of the disease. The state Department of Public Health and Human Services also has recommendations for limiting human expo- sure to WNV. Cara Nelson 302 W Main Street Sidney, MT 406-433-4416 www.agentcaranelson.com Call today to see how we can make it simple to help you save for retirement. 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