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;commendation. Page 12A. WEDNESDAY AUG. 29, 2012 1045 year, No. 70 Sidney, Montana 75 CENTS SERVING RICHLAND COUNTY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA FOR OVER 1 O0 YEARS Bulletin Board Girl Scout registration Fall registration for Girl Scouts is set for Sept. 4 at West Side Elementary School from 5:30-7 p.m. No peaches THe Chapter W PEO regrets to inform its custom- ers that its peach supplier has had an unexpected crop failure and cannot deliver the peach order for 2012. The group appreciates your past support and is hopeful for a better crop in 2013., Happy birthday The Sidney Herald wishes happy birthday this week to friends Kimberly Reidle Connolly, Scott Lamson, Heather Camrud, RaeLeigh Palmer, Heather Hin- ners, Lisa Sanden, Matt Rauschendorfer, Tess Hurley, Jesse Johnson, Mavis Sheehan Smith, Jody Dynneson Herk, Thomas Thompson, Brooke Lea, Coleton McIntrye, Steve Vanderhoof, Michael Jens Bender, Leslie Jellum Torgerson, Rayne Romo, Lindsey Jellum, Dez Miller, Shaylyne Fisher, Marceil Kringen, Greg Huft, Lois Nielsen-Johns, Dave Goiter- man, Debbie Weyer, Shawna Fisher, Rihand Davidson, Paula Sue Tasker, Mary Friesz, Lacey Steinbeisser, Beau ,e-;-Casie Lev< ........ Barbara Olson, Willie Cast- erline Plouffe, Ann Arm- strong, Karla Hunter, Stacie Hilderman-Fellingham and Lana Linde. nil i Newsmaker Celebrate Ralston J.K. Ralston will be inducted into Mon- tana Cow- boy Hail of Fame. Come celebrate with the MonDak Heritage Center the life and art of J. K. Ralston Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m. Immediately fol- lowing the MonDak annual meeting, an open house will be held with representatives from the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. This event is free and open to the public. The museum is also seek- ing additional artworks to display during the celebra- tion, such as Ralston's paintings, painted signs, even illustrated letters. Contact the museum soon to make the necessary ar- rangements. Plans are still coming together, and there is still room for more of Ralston's art. Deaths Stanley G. Levno, 79 Olive Harriet Qainnell, 92 Alice Schields, 94 Mir'mm Lorraine Weitz, 95 Page 3A Inside AroundTown ..... 2A Clasfieds ....... 2-6B Deaths ............... 3A DialanExpert.4-SB Oil report ......... 11A Opinion ............ IOA Sports ...... 9A, 1B IIUH!VW !1!!!1!1 , i11100'5111 BILL VANDER WERE I SIDNEY HERALD Powerful driver Jacobl Dore works hard during the pedal pull competition in the 8-9 age division at the Richland County fairgrounds Saturday. Officials ply for nsaster funding BY gILL VANDER W[ELE SIDNEY HERALD Richland County com- missioners met with local USDA Farm Service Agency officials Monday to prepare information for a request for federal assistance from the disaster program. In early August, com- missioners sent a request to Gov. Brian Schweitzer to proclaim a secretarial declaration of disaster for Richland County. The next step was for the local Farm Service Agency to provide information to the secretary of agriculture. The commissioners' letter featured how the county was hit hard by weather factors including frost, low mois- ture, high winds and hail storms in 2012. Commissioner Don Step- pler noted little spring rain and cold temperatures dam- City, D reach agreement BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD .... Sidney city leaders have agreed to enter into an administrative order on con- sent with the Department of Environmental Quality to fix the non-compliant sewer lagoon. A high-ranking DEQ of- ficial visited last week and in a meeting told Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser, among others, because the state can not find any records that the original system was ap- proved as designed, the city must enter into an adminis- trative order either by force (non consent) or working together with the state. Records show annual state inspections but never a paper trail or "anything that says we looked at it," DEQ oil and gas coordina- tor Steve Kilbreath told city authorities. In a sense, the city of Sidney has agreed to sur- LOU)SA BARBER I SIDNEY HERALD Consultant Pat Murtagh, left, and Steve Kilbreath of the DEQ discuss what the administrative order on consent will mean far the city of Sidney during a meeting last week. render and allow the powers that be to lead the direction so the problem- being out of compliance with state regulations - is solved. Consequently, to begin the process, the city will be issued a violation letter that cites why it defies state regulations and demand- ing the city work toward a solution. WHAT THIS MEANS "What we want is to get you participating in that so you spell out what your needs are, and we get to that point," Kilbreath told a concerned group of city officials who worry about getting in serious trouble. At this point, however, the ' : city doesn't appear.tobe in any danger, as evidenced by the conversational tone. After the city is issued the violation letter, authori- ties work with DEQ, set- ting reasonable timelines that authorities can meet without having the state "breathe down their necks" as it were. Most timelines will be determined by avail- able funding, which at this point is in critical need. Smelser has hopes that the three bills - cities being written into state statute for off revenue, federal mineral royalties bill and $3 sur- charge on hotels - will come through, but "at the end of the day we're going to have to plan and operate as if we're not going to get any revenue," he said. The mayor said he was frustrated with the notion SEE AGREEMENT, PAGE 11A aged grass, alfalfa fields and grains. "The farther west you go (in the county), the worse it gets," Steppler said. "It's definitely affecting the cattle producers because they are going to have to buy hay." Because of the dry condi- tions, farmers are now deal- ing with additional pests. "The hoppers are nuts now. They have really started appearing in the last two to three weeks," Commissioner Loren Young said. Officials discussed the affects on various crops in the area such as barley, corn and oats. Steppler feels some grow- ers have a 70 percent loss for mixed forage compared to last year. "That was on the good fields," Steppler said. Other fields may have suf- fered 90 percent losses. Growers of wheat also were greatly challenged by weather conditions. "There just wasn't enough moisture there," Young said. "I haven't heard of any continuous crop this year." Steppler added he knows of a stretch SEE FARM, PAGE 12A Pheasant Run subdivision hitting the ground running BY LOUISA BARBER Dirt began moving Aug. SIDNEYHERALD Seventeen months af- ter Chris Storm's initial visit to the MonDak region, construction has begun at the 20-acre Pheasant Run Subdivision as crews make way for 250 apartments. "I'm excited!" Storm said Thursday afternoon dur- ing a post-groundbreaking ceremony at the site just north of the Northview Subdivision. "I'm glad to be in the city of Sidney, and I'm happy to have this under way for the city and the community." In February 2011, the de- veloper took a week to drive through the Bakken region and look around at some opportunities. It didn't take him long, he said, to figure out housing is hard to come by. So he met with Nick Jones Real Estate through an architect and one thing led to another. By January 2012, an agreement was reached between Storm's Sable Realty and landown- ers Gene and Judy Sondeno. 16, foilowing the property's annexation into city limits earlier this year. Work moves forward, now, on the first of three phases leading to 58 units on four acres expected to be completed and ready for oc- cupants by early April 2013. Pheasant Run apartments come with one, two or three bedrooms available for lease immediately. Along with the apartments comes 264 enclosed garages. Construc- tion is being handled by Billings' Langlas & Associ- ates. The subdivision includes workout facilities, a com- munity game/party room and landscaped picnic areas, all part of the next phase of construction which is scheduled to begin spring 2013, along with an addition- a154 apartments. The third and final phase, with 138 apartment units, should be finished by the end of next year. Pheasant Run, Storm said, is meant to be a safe, family-friendly community for people to thrive. LOUISA BARBER l SIDNEY HERALD On hand at the post-groundbreaking ceremony were, from left, developer Chris Storm; farmer landowners Judy and Gene Sondeno; David Sail-z, Seitz Insurance; Krisfin Larsen, Nick Jones Real Estate; Dennis Dion, Schan Altringer, and Dan Holwegner, Investors Management and Marketing of Minot, N.D.; Wade VanEvery, Sidney Chamber; Brian Milne, Interstate Engineering; Deb Gilbert, city of Sidney; Adam Smith, Interstate Engineering; Nick Jones, Nick Jones Real Estate; and Connor Backer, Langlas & Associates. He says he and his com- pany, which originates in Amarillo, Texas, but has an office in Red Lodge, have a lifetime of experience doing business in the oil field. Leasing and manage- ment of the property is being handled by Investors Management and Market- ing of Minot, N.D. Those interested in the apartments are asked to call 701-852-3648 ext. 0. Land acquisition was handled by Nick Jones Real Estates while financing for the project is provided by First Interstate Bank of Bill- ings with arrangement by Quadrant Realty Finance of Dallas, Texas. David Hurl- burt of Ackerly-Hurlburt Associates of Billings is the architect. Interstate Engi- neering handled the civil engineering portion. "It's going to be a nice place to live," Storm said. Carriers Needed Several Routes Available For more information contact Dawn, 433-2403. we ore your storyl 310 2rid Ave. NE Sidney 433-2403 w,wv.sidneyherald .cam