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A I 0 SIDNEY HERALD, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 J Connect Americans Now we can't fully tackle this problem without removing barriers to in- supports innovation and better novation," said Shelby DeMars, u,ugLr'J-e Ulylt iJ:-:*a' divide a spokesperson for CAN. "We're data to excited to be expanding CAN's broad-base of support on behalf of A national organization that the thousands of Montanans who aims to completely eliminate the remain on the wrong side of the digital divide in rural America digital divide." over the next five years has ex- Montana Chamber of Commerce panded its presence in Montana. is the latest in a growing number of The Montana Chamber of Com- Montana organizations who have merce has joined Connect Ameri- joined CAN, including Montana cans Now (CAN), a coalition that Rural Education Association, Mon- advocates for a mixed-technology tana Farm Bureau Federation and approach to bridging the rural Montana Stockgrowers Associa- broadband gap, particularly by en- tion, among others. couraging policymakers to clear "Broadband access is no lon- the barriers so innovative technol- ger a luxury, it's a necessity," said ogies like TV white space can be Bridger Mahlum, government af- pursued, fairs director of Montana Chamber "This country has been work- of Commerce. "Access to reliable ing to close the rural broadband broadband is a necessity for our gap for nearly two decades, but Montana businesses, it's critical for our residents and students in rural areas that need to access the inter- net for online education resources and job training, and we owe it to our farmers and ranchers to make the latest and best technology available to them. In an evolving, high-tech marketplace we can't let Montanans be left behind by not addressing the digital divide/' CAN also encourages the Feder- al Communications Commission (FCC) to fix how it measures broad- band availability in rural states. FCC has admitted the current methodology is flawed, an issue CAN notes impacts both private and public investments in broad- band deployment. "We should at least know the full scope of the challenge and right now the FCC's methodology does not reflect the true lack of broad- band in rural areas," DeMars said. remains "They've identified areas as hav- ing broadband access where none actually exists" In 2018, Microsoft conducted a study comparing usage data to the FCC's broadband availability sta- tistics. The study found that while the FCC claims 77 percent of Mon- tanans have access to broadband internet, just 33 percent actually access the internet at broadband speeds. The disparity is particularly large in Wheatland County. The FCC suggests 92.9 percent of the county has broadband connectivi- ty, while the Microsoft study found just three percent of county resi- dents access the internet at broad- band speeds. Connect Americans Now has over 200 members nationwide. More on the coalition and its mission can be found at connectamericansnow. MDT reminds drivers reasons why remain we have seen a positive consistent; impaired trend with lower fatal- toput safety first driving, lack of seatity and serious injury belts and vehicles leav- rates, but 2019 has been Labor Day weekend ing the road. This year brutal. My hope is that marks the end of the Montana has seen a people are taking traf- 100 deadliest days on significant increase in fic safety seriously and Montana roads, and deaths from crashes in are being vigilant, no as the summer winds town and city areas, one wants to put their down, travelers still "The increase in family and friends at need to remember that deaths from crashes risk." every day can be this summer is alarm-Busy holiday week- a deadly day on the ing," said Montana De- ends can be especial- road. As of Aug. 26, partment of Transpor-ly risky with the in- 122 people have died tation Director Mike creased numberofvehi- this year, and the top Tooley. "In recent years cles on the road and end Union Gateway Agency, inc. 202 3rd Ave NW, Sidney MT 59270 Phone: 406-488.4366 Fax: 406-630-4433 www, uniongatewayinsurance,com 5:00 - Sidney Health Center Canc 214 14th Ave Tours of the Cancer Care Suite Information about the latest Remodel LUMINARY LANTERNS honoring lives touched by cancer $10 HER LANTERN Available Now at the Foundation for Community Care diagnostic services Learn about Genetic Color Testinc Luminary Lanterns in honor of those touched by cancer Refreshments and Appetizers of the summer celebra- tions. Over the last ten years, a total of 43 peo- ple died over the Labor Day holiday (Wednes- day through Tuesday), and more than half of the lives lost involved an impaired driver. According to the Na- tional Highway Traffic Safety Administration age can be a particu- larly risky factor over Labor Day Weekend: nationally among driv- ers between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in crashes over the Labor Day holiday period in 2017, 42 per- cent of those drivers were drunk, with BACs of .08 or -higher. With these numbers in mind, MDT will be working with local law enforcement and the Montana Highway Pa- trol to make the holiday safer. There will be in- creased patrols across the state looking for unsafe driving, which includes impaired driv- ing. To keep your holi- day on the right track plan to have a sober driver, call 911 if you suspect an impaired driver, and always wear your seat belt. This is a Vision Zero message from the Mon- tana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement and educational cam- paigns are strategies to reach Vision Zero -- zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. For more information about Vision Zero, con- tact Janet Kenny, Mon- tana Department of Transportation, (406) 444-7417, jakenny@ 2020 Bear struck, kiHedbycar nearVo]borg Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Re- gion 7 has received some inquiries about a black bear that was struck and killed by a vehicle near Volborg recently. According to FWP Warden Kyle Queer of Broadus, a larger male bear weighing in at 185 pounds was struck by a small ve- hicle on Highway 59 South around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 18. The impact disabled the vehicle, but there were no injuries to passengers. The bear was killed on impact. "It was a rather large bear," Queer said. Queer responded to the incident just in- side of Powder River County, collected the bear, weighed it and extracted a tooth for aging purposes. Bear fatalities are entered into a statedatabase. The bear measured just under six feet in length. Region 7 has seen increased black bear activity this spring and summer. Bears also may be out and about more in com- ing weeks as they up their food intake ahead of winter. Peo- ple are advised to secure any bear at- tractants to avoid encounters with the animals, who can be- come conditioned by easy access to food and lose their natu- ral fear of humans. If you see a bear in close proximity to people, please contact Fish, Wildlife & Parks at 406-234-0900 or 1-800-TIP-MONT. y o, pick your date and your evenL You personalize your day by calling Kristin and reserving your date. Any date, first come, first served. Private Pad.Date B usinds Said Date uanners lorePcn ivlonm WOpe B cf each Month s20 s35 s40 sl5:Pri 310 2nd Ave NE, Sidney }/