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4A SUNDAY, OCT. 5,2014 From page one SIDNEY HERALD PREVENTION: shuttle provides force's message 'do not drink and drive' was a tough sell," Sundheim said. "We can now say with confidence that there is absolutely no reason why anyone should get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive after drinking." Some of the local Sidney and Fairview bar owners and businesses have stepped forward by making contri- butions such as Cattle-AC Lounge, Rau Designs and Blue Rock Distributors, which helps with advertis- ing costs for alternative transportation, like the Sid- ney Shuttle, to and from the drinking establishments. Some businesses have opted to directly sponsor al- ternative transportation like Lee's Tire Center, Ranger Lounge, South 40, Water Hole 3, Eagle 93.1 and M & C Beverages, while others pay for safe rides home for those in need straight out of the till like the Club Tavern, or through a credit account with the local cab company, like the Water Hole 3. "There's absolutely no reason why anyone should get behind the wheel of a ve- hicle and drive after drink- ing," Pat Knaff, owner of the Water Hole 3, said. "We'll give you a free ride home, at no cost to you, no questions asked, all you have to do is talk to one of our bar ten- ders, they'll make the phone call for you. We'll make sure you get home safe." "Get a designated driver or a cab and keep your drivers license, your money, your job and possibly your life," Jim Kelly, owner of the Sidney Shuttle said. "The last thing anyone wants to hear after waking up in a jail cell with a hang-over is 'you killed someone last night.'" For those lucky enough to live after being a victim of a drinking-and-driving accident, there is little to no sympathy for DUI recipi- ents. "I wore a halo and almost lost my life because of a drunk driver," BBQ Ray of Sunnys Restaurant, said. "There is a cab service in Sidney...use it. There is no reason why anyone should have to go through what I did." There is concern for safer roads as well as keeping good employees by a grow- ing number of Sidney businesses and oilfield companies. Reducing the number of company trucks in bar parking lots while one after-dinner-drink turns 'There's absolutely no reason why anyone should get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive after drinking.' Pat Knaff, owner Water Hole 3 into three or four is reason for the following initiative. Erickson Contract Survey- ing (ECS), along with Sidney Shuttle, have implemented a "safe rides" program in which employees get a ride in a cab instead of a ride in a police car. There are a number of ways to make "safe rides" work: the supporting busi- ness can supply their em- ployees with ID cards, which when shown to a cab driver, along with a signature en- titles, the employee to a safe ride home; "safe ride" cards or vouchers can be distrib- uted to employees which can be traded for a ride home and billed later; or pre-paid card packets may be pur- chased and individual free ride cards can be distributed to employees. "Tailoring the program to needed service fit the needs of any and all is a small price to pay for safer roadways," Jim and Michelle Kelly, owners of the Sidney Shuttle, said. There are other ways to contribute to the cause. ' comprehensive and community-wide approach is a start at improved safety," Pastor Jordan of the Fellowship Church, said. "I would ask for prayer, especially in the late hours culminating at establish- ment closing times." "Prayer is very much ap- preciated," J. Kelly added. "The scariest time to be out driving is at closing time heading back to the bars, facing those who decide to drive themselves home head-on." While prevention of such reckless behavior is key in helping these issues, the lo- cal police are right there to penalize those who contrib- ute to the problem. "The Department is now reviewing policies that allow people to bond out after an arrest, with an eye on keeping offenders from getting back on the streets immediately while still under the influence of alcohol." Sidney Chief of Police Frank DiFonzo said. "If you're caught, you are going to pay the price. The best advice I can give is if someone offers you a ride or can get you a ride, take it. Don't be offended, and understand that they're only trying to help you." Sundheim would also like to remind the community of their responsibility, The RADD campaign to "report a drunk driver" allows our community to take action and prevent injuries and deaths associated with individuals getting behind the wheel and driving after drinking, Sundheim added. By calling 911 and reporting a DUI you may save the life of someone you know and love. ]or Apphances On Sale Now $3ggigg ea, JOHNSON  tYZl: .............................................. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 406-433-1402 111 S. Central Ave., Sidney, MT I,C.O.I. Implant Fellowship :: :: : : A.S.D.A.Anesthesia Fellowship ;i : .... The Implant & Maxillofacial Sugical Center, soeialize$ in complex procedures of facial and jaw deformities, dental implants, reconstructive surgery of the face resulting from trauma, tumor, missing teeth and long term denture wear. ,iiiiiH!iii!iiiii STUDENTS: Gr0000(luation Matters Program FROM PAGE IA tendent's office. Instruction. "When I first came into office, we had too high of a dropout rate for the size of our state," with about 2,000 students a year, Juneau said. Based on a model crafted by schools in Missoula, the program seeks to link schools, local businesses and non-profit organiza- tions as well as their communities at large to examine their area's unique situation and draft plans to assist students. As a result, each participating school dis- trict has their own approach to the Gradu- ation Matters Montana program, with the statewide office acting a stewards of good practices, and introducing successful efforts to other districts across the state, Juneau said. The schools that are set to receive funds from Thursday's donation exemplify the diversity of the program with a variety of planned activities, such as "partnering with local colleges to offer or expand dual credit opportunities, offering financial literacy courses, expanding career exploration op- portunities, creating programs that allow students to graduate with a certification or a two-year associate's degree, reducing credit deficiencies, and supporting smooth transitions from junior high to high school," according to a statement from the superin- While in the area, Juneau said she met with local school district superintendents to hear about the issues they face in the Bak- ken region. "There are a lot of unique educational challenges going on in this area," she said. Rising housing costs coupled with budget caps are straining the already daunting task of teacher recruitment and retention. It's a problem her office is well aware of, but with no simple answer. "It's a hard issue to really remedy because it is about teacher salaries and the high cost of living in these areas," she said. The public-private partnerships that the Graduation Matters Montana program help to foster are one way to attempt meaningful improvement that can is beneficial state- wide. For instance, the number of student dropouts have decreased by 700 when com- pared to just three years ago. "We can determine that is a $4.3 million increase every year to the state of Montana, just as a result of them staying in school," and businesses recognize that too, Juneau said. "The BNSF Railway Foundation is proud to support Graduation Matters Montana and the innovative efforts these four communi- ties are making to prepare today's youth for tomorrow's workforce," said BNSF spokes- person Matt Jones in a statement. SPELL: Judge Simon FROM PAGE IA evaluation included the administration of a test designed specifically to determine an individual's ability to understand and appreciate his or her Mi- randa rights. While Spell fell within the average range in some por- tions of the test, in others the results were mixed or below what would be ex- pected of him, Beaver said. In the portion of the test that covers the comprehen- sion of the vocabulary used when informing someone of his or her Miranda rights, for example, Spell showed "significant difficulty. Even adjusting for his intellectual limitations and age, he still was below what you normal- ly expect people to be able to do," he said. Spell also scored below average when tested for his ability to communicate with an attorney and in his un- derstanding of his right not to speak to law enforcement. Another test indicated that Spell had a high degree of susceptibility, namely, that he would change his recollection of an incident in order to conform to au- thority, even if it contradict- ed his previous recollection. Judge Simonton said he would take the testimony, oral arguments and written arguments into consider- ation while contemplat- ing the defense's motion to suppress the interview. Simonton said he expected to make a ruling on the mo- tion within a week of the hearing. Several other motions from the defense were presented in court on Wednesday, including attempts to preclude the ,n to make ruling within a w ELLEN WZNICK I SIDNEY HERALD AI Avignone, attorney for murder suspect Michael Spell, argued at a motions hearing on Wednesday that an interview conducted with his client by an FBI agent investigating the disappearance of Sherry Arnold should be suppressed. testimony of the opinion of certain witnesses. Simonton ruled that he would make a determination during the trial whether to allow State Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Dale to testify as to opinions not contained in his autopsy report of Arnold. Simonton also ruled that a U.S. Border Patrol agent will only be allowed to testify as to what he observed at the crime scene and not as to any opinions he may have formulated. Finally, the judge ruled to allow testimony regarding observations made by in- vestigators concerning soil found during the autopsy of the victim, leaving it to the defense to deal with upon cross-examination any al- leged connections between that soil and that of the crime scene.