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IOA SUNDAY, OCT. 6, 2013 Around our area SIDNEY HERALD Odds are one in 65 Montana drivers will hit deer this year The odds that a driver will crash into a deer dur- ing the next year declined by 6 percent in Montana. However, Big Sky Country comes in second behind West Virginia on the list of states where a deer collision is most likely to occur. The one in 65 odds for Montana is much greater than the national average. Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation's leading auto in- surer, calculates the chances of any single American mo- torist striking a deer over the next 12 months at one in 174, compared with one in 167 the year before. Montana drivers face a much higher likelihood of striking a deer than the national average. Among the 41 states where these confrontations are most likely, the decline in likelihood is particularly notable in North Dakota (24.8 percent) and Nebraska (22.0 percent). The probability of deer-vehicle collisions dropped 6y 12.6 percent in South Dakota. Michigan had the fourth largest descent (11.4 percent). Kansas (11.3 percent decline) rounds out the top five. For the seventh year in a row, deer-vehicle confronta- tions are most probable in West Virginia at one in 41. Iowa (one in 73) comes in third, South Dakota (one in 75) fourth and Pennsylvania (one in 77) rounds out the top five. In each of the top five states, the probability of a deer-related collision for any given vehicle is less than it was a year ago. The state in which deer- vehicle mishaps are least likely is still Hawaii (one in 6,787). The odds of a driver in Hawaii colliding with a deer between now and 12 months from now are approximately equal to the odds of a middle- of-the-pack National Football League team running off 13 wins in a row. State Farm estimates 1.22 million collisions caused by the presence of deer between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, a 3.5 percent decrease from a yearago. And while the number of deer-related collisions in the U.S. over the last five years has increased by 2 percent, when you account for the in- crease in the number of driv- ers on the nation's roadways over that period, the likeli- hood of any one of those drivers being the victim of a deer-vehicle confrontation has dropped 2.5 percent. "This data is encourag- ing," Brad Hilliard, State Farm spokesman, said. "We would like to think the at- tention we call to this issue each fall has had an impact. Obviously there are other factors at play as well." State Farm's data shows that November, the heart of the deer hunting and mat- ing seasons, is the month during which deer-vehicle encounters are most likely Approximately 18 percent of all such mishaps take place during the 30 days of November. Deer-vehicle collisions are three times more likely to occur on a day in Novem- ber than they are on any day between Feb. 1st and Aug. 31. October is the second most likely month for a crash involving a deer and a vehicle. December is third. The average property damage cost of these inci- dents during the final half of 2012 and the first half of 2013 was $3,414, up 3.3 per- cent from the year before. Here are tips from the Insurance Information Institute on how to reduce the odds of a deer-vehicle confrontation: Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds -- if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer cross- ing areas. Remember that deer are most active between 6-9 p.m. Use high beam headlam- ps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways. If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle. Don't rely on car-mount- ed deer whistles. Livestock Feeders Poly Stock Tanks Fiberglass Stock Tanks Galvanized Stock Tanks Metal Gates Squeeze Chutes Maternity Pens Head Gates Retired Navy officer announces his campaign for Senate seat in Montana the prin- ciples of the Republican Party and Tea Party conserva- tives." He added, Leaser "I intend to sup- port more freedom for individuals and families through less gov- ernment, lower taxes and the reduction of cumber- some rules and regulations that prohibit business and the creation of jobs." Leaser is a 1981 gradu- ate of Lincoln Community High School in Lincoln, Ill. He received a bachelor of science degree in profes- sional aeronautics and a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is married to the former Kelly Stricklan, Milpitas, Calif., and has two daughters and one grand- daughter. Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and current air traffic manager at Glacier Park International Airport announced this week that he is running for the U.S. Senate seat cur- rently held by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). David W. Leaser will be running as a Republican. "I have served my coun- try with honor and loyalty for over 22 years and been a resident of Montana for 10 years and eagerly look forward to earning the trust and support of the citizens of Montana," Leaser said. "I believe it is time for a representative in the U.S. Senate who has the courage to stand up for the conser- vative values of Montanans. I believe in supporting the rights given to Americans by the United States Con- stitution, practicing open and honest government and proudly advocating for active duty forces and veterans. I strongly support In 2003, after 22 years in the U.S. Navy, the couple moved to Kalispell, and he took a position as a federal contract tower air traffic control specialist. In 2008 he was promoted to his cur- rent position as Air Traffic Manager. "I know what it is like to be an employee and mili- tary member who have had to live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to make ends meet," Leaser said. "I have seen first-hand how govern- ment interference works against its citizens and will do my best to alleviate these difficulties. I will fight against any infringement on American Citizen's Con- stitutional rights. The citi- zens of Montana deserve a voice in the U.S. Senate that honors our values and will fight for limited govern- ment, individual freedom and fiscal responsibility, I intend on being that voice of reason and conserva- tism." Williston State College selected as military friendly Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transi- tioning into civilian life, has named Williston State Col- lege to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, uni- versities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. "Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Williston State's commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students," said Scan Collins, vice presi- dent at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. "The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transpar- ent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools." The 1,868 colleges, uni- versities and trade schools on this year's list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, aca- demic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served. Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friend- ly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. 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