STAGE AREA — From the seating area, this view shows where a control panel will be and the work being done in the stage area of the old high school gym. The make-over of the new auditorium is coming along at a good pace. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Conrad High School Principal Ken Larson announced to some 40 people on Wednesday, at the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce meeting, that the school district is ready to bid on post season tournaments.
Larson said the recently completed gym at the high school is, “a fantastic facility.” Work is still to be done on a few bugs, namely the sound system, nevertheless at MHSA meetings the district is going to bid on divisional Class B volleyball and later will submit bids for Class B district basketball.
If a successful bid is received the school district hopes to get some business sponsorship and the help of tournament volunteers such as ticket takers, team hosts, hospitality room help to name a few areas where extra help will be needed.
“We’re learning all about this and we’re going to get our feet wet,” Larson said, in hopes of getting three or four tournaments next year. Conrad will be bidding against Choteau, Cut Bank and Shelby for tournaments.
A basketball bid went for $5,000 last year for Cut Bank and $4,000 in Shelby. Harold Olson of the EDC committed the Economic Development Corporation for a sponsorship.
He added in a related item from the EDC, that the organization had added $350 to their Dollars for Scholar’s scholarship fund.
In other reports, Chief Gary Dent was on hand to say a new police officer, Scott Holbrook, from Napa, Idaho had been hired. He is a graduate of Carroll College and played on the offensive line of their championship team. He’s a big boy at 6’-7”. The Chief also showed off a new uniform patch the department had just received.
Mayor John Shevlin told the group that papers had been signed for an easement and right of way for the new Industrial Park in conjunction with the I-15 overpass project and the city is working on a health insurance program for employees.
In another report, it was noted that unemployment in Pondera County stands at 6.1 percent and that Rocky Mountain Contractors out of Helena are hiring and looking for about 150 people for jobs on the MATL line. These are union positions. Contact the job service for more information.
It’s that time of the year, tax preparation, and 1st Liberty Credit Union will help you with your taxes as they have in the past. Contact Kelly Greer at 1st Liberty for more information, 278-3020.
The library is gearing up for their “Afternoon of Chocolate Delight” on Feb. 10. Their teen board is working on putting out a bench for use in front of the library.
From the museum, they have received a donation for a fall exhibit on the NASA space program that will be out of this world. Watch the I-O for more details later.
Keynote speaker for the meeting was Lisa Schmidt who is giving a series of workshops on proven business strategies for struggling businesses, to be held in February and March. One is “Plan Your Success” and the other is “Business Planning for Real Life.”
The ninth annual Wine and Food Festival will be Jan. 30 at the Pondera Golf Club with proceeds going to the IGA Dollars for Scholars fund.
The Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce banquet will be on Feb. 24 at Norley Hall with featured speaker, Mark Staples. Contact Judy Larson at 271-7791 for information and table sponsorships.
On March 10, the CofC will meet at Coaches Corner at noon with Youth Dynamics being the featured speaker.
Editor’s note: Conrad entered and won a bid for a divisional girls’ Class B volleyball tournament for next fall. There will be more on this soon.