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m WEELE 50 concerned residents at the VFW Hall Tuesday about the Neighborhood Mohr answered questions and Richland County Hecker also provided thing is to get the ball determine the interest," . lie was impressed by Tues- the law enforcement is limited by its amount of manpower• More ears and eyes can be beneficial. "What you're doing is watching out for yourselves as much as possible," Mohr said. He told audience members although law enforcement officials support the program, "You guys own it. You can take it the direction it's supposed to go." Sign-up sheets were handed out to asked participants their level of interest and also ask tor block captain nomina- tions. "You live in a neighborhood. You know where your neighbors are," Mohr said. "You watch for anything that's out iqtomNma iN of the norm." Things "out of the norm" can range from speeding vehicles to suspicious people on the street to a strange smell from a neighbor's house• "If that smell makes you stop what you're doing and think twice, then it's a suspicious smell," Mohr said, He mentioned grants might be avail- able for McGruff homes where children can go to for safety in case of an emer- gency. If Neighborhood Watch participants question whether they should call law enforcement, they can ask their block captain or other members. "Neighborhood Watch gains the ben- efit of more heads," Mohr said. Carmen Miller, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program director, said, "Neighborhood Watch gives neighbor: hoods the chance to decide what they will or won't put up with." Other meetings are being planned fea~ turing local officials• The hope is to have sign-ups completed by Oct. 1. Residents are now urged to recruit neighbors for the program. Program officials wish to have at least 50 percent participation in each neighborhood. "We need to get the ball rolling by getting the community and neighbor- hoods involved," Miller said. For more information, call 433-6946. e w, . , . ,. !: i! PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE Anderson, 10, rides one of her family's "Green Machines" at the parking lot across from White Drug dur- Day afternoon. Her family has five of the vehicles. Anderson enjoys the toy's levels, which enables the and brake. r, spice val set and Spice from 1-4 Memorial Sugar Pageant 2 p.m, Miss Montana, will crown : 2:30 p.m. plans event six are invited to Rangers and at the Sidney God Church 7-8 p.m. party rview patty from Friday at is for a ha8 its of the Burgess displays Country Store will be open prepare e BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Sidney High School student Tara Rauschendorfer says the Miss Montana Teen USA pag- eant, held in Billings Sunday, was a great experience for her. Rauschendorfer, 17, didn't place in the top 10 of the 49 young women in the pageant, but she was pleased with her performance. "At this point, I don't even know where my score was," she said, adding that she might have been llth or farther down the charts. She did finish in the top 10 for online voting prior to the pageant. Rauschendorfer said the main instructor told the girls, "I would hate to be a judge. You all have something special to you." The event's categories includ- ed swimsuit, evening gown, interview and white outfit fash- ion walk. "I've never done runway at all, and it was all runway (model- ing)," Rauschendorfer said. She said some runway walks would take up to six minutes to com- plete. She said, "It's fast and upbeat. You can get pumped. It gets you going•" The interview process fea- tured girls talking to each of the nine judges for nine minutes. Rauschendorfer was asked about her piano playing back- ground and her work in graphic design. says SUBMITTED PHOTO Tars Rauschendorfer at the Miss Montana Teen USA pageant. "The interview was awesome because that's when you get to know the judges," Rauschendor- fer said. In addition, there were photo shoots of the young women in their swimsuits and also wearing their pageant T-shirts. "I had a blast. It was so fun," Rauschendorfer said. "I met a ton of awesome girls." Autumn Miller, Harlowton, was the pageant's winner. Rauschendorfer is excited because many modeling agen- cies in Montana now have her See Pageant, page 12A BY ELLEN ROBINSON Herald-Leader The annexation of the nine businesses north of town passed four to two Monday night at the Sidney City Council meeting. The annexation will be a five- year phase-in for the taxes. Every year for the next five years, 20 percent of the city taxes will be added. The area will be a part of the city in five years. Council members Wayne Swigart and Cal Oraw opposed the motion. Lower Yellowstone REA and Sunrise Equipment protested the annexation at earlier meetings. The nine businesses that are being annexed have received sewer and water from the city for 20 years, ~h~n they began receiving ~~watcr 20 years ago~ncss signed a contract n~protest. "It will cost us nearly $10,000 in taxes. We are located up there to be out of town, out in the county. The mayor at the time we signed the contract said that this would never happen," man- ager of member service at LYREA, Kelly Knaff, said at a previous city council meeting. "The only service provided to the property by the city of Sid- ney is sewer. They only support one sewer bay," Margie Ming, property ,O~ner of Sunrise Equipment, said at the Aug. 4 City Council meeting• In other news at Monday's meeting: • Terry Averett, CPA of Bren- ner, Averett and Co., presented the city's audit report. "Overall it was a good year. The revenues were higher than projected and the deficit was lower than projected. Anytime you can say that, it is good," Averett said. • Clay Moran, new owner of Quillings Market, asked the City Council for a permit to have a kill floor for slaughter at the market. The current zoning does not allow livestock in the area of Quillings Market. The facility would be built behind the store. The structure would be 20 feet by 28 and 1/2 feet with 12 foot supporting coolers. "We would be killing maybe five cows per week all in one day. There would not be any overnight holding• The waste from the blood and offal, inter- nal parts, will be stored in sealed 55-gallon containers and dis- posed of daily," Moran said. He added it will be a state- inspected facility, and there will be minimum blood going into Sidney sewer because of a con- taining drain system. "We are going to put that in the hands of sanitation• We will get back to you on that in the next City Counsel meeting," Mayor Bret Smelser said. construction project on time BY ELLEN ROBINSON Herald-Leader Big Sky flights returned to Sidney this week after comple- tion of a $2.4 million runway construction project, which began June 30. The first Big Sky Airlines' flight back at the Sidney/Rich- land Airport was Sunday at 8:17 p.m. "The surface was unraveling. The airport never closed. Big Sky elected to schedule no Sid- ney stops because of the safety concerns for the construction workers. People who flew on Big Sky out of Williston or Glendive were given a dis- count," said Airport Manager Bill Henderson. New lighting systems should be in place by the end of Sep- tember. "The construction was com- pleted six days ahead of sched- ule. Approach light systems, runway identification lights, a groove top and permanent strip- ing of runways, taxiways and the apron will be done by the end of September. This will not inconvenience air traffic," Hen- derson said. Both of the runway surfaces were unraveling and losing sur- face aggregate in high traffic areas, Henderson told the Her- ald earlier. This problem is caused by oxidation of the porous friction course releasing aggregate. The pavement struc- PHOTO BY LIBBY BERNDT Big Sky Airlines unloads passengers at the Sidney-Rich- land Airport Tuesday night. ture itself is in good condition. The loose aggregate has become a safety hazard for aircraft and increased tire wear due to the rough surface texture that has developed. __ I IIII I ! _ "It is better than it has ever bee , It is a superi. or product. The pilots have bsen commenting on how smooth the new surface is." - Bill Henderson The last airport repairs were completed in 1984. "It is better than it has ever been. It is a superior product. The pilots have been comment- ing on how smooth the new sur- face is, They did a good job with the construction. It all went real well," Henderson said. The objective was to correct the problems and provide a serv- iceable paved surface for han- dling all aircraft using the air- port. The Sidney/Richland Airport has been at its present site since the early 1950s. Runway 10-28 was constructed at that time• The main runway 1-19 was con- structed in 1969. The terminal building was built in 1982. The facility is a no-hub commercial service airport with runway 1-19 being 5,705 feet long and 100 feet wide. With more than 10,000 passengers and cargo per year, it is ranked the number eight airport in terms of airport activity and operations in the state of Montana. i :!i •i ii¸ :!