By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Blizzard-like weather doesn’t discourage annual meeting
YUCKY DAY — Sunday was not a particularly good day to be out and about as most of Montana was hammered with a winter storm, dropping several inches of wet snow. It caused several roadways to be closed and visibility for driving was almost zero. Barely visible here are the elevator grain towers in Conrad. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   It may have been frightful  outside, but it was warm and cozy inside as the Pondera County Conservation District (PCCD) had a celebration breakfast at the Moose Lodge on Sunday.
   The purpose of the event was to go over the NRCS annual report which was given by Stacy Eneboe, pass out two very coveted awards and take in a program presented by Extension Agent Dan Picard and his wife Marliss, and County  Commissioner Cyndi Johnson and her husband Ken.
   They were part of a group that earlier in the year went on a trade mission to China.
   A slide show, “Follow the Grain-Trade Mission China,” for those who hadn’t seen or read about it before, was an eye-opening experience to the Asian country on the Pacific Rim.
   Before the slide show presentation, George and Wyatt Wood were presented with the unparalleled PCCD Conservationist of the Year award and Paul Kronebusch  was given a special distinguished service plaque for 30 years of service.
   The annual report covered the activities and accomplishments of the PCCD for the year, and they were many.
   Along with other entities on some, there were five educational events they hosted, including outdoor workshops, the Montana Range Days, and the giving of a $250 scholarship to Lane Judisch.
   The PCCD administered three grants totaling close to $200,000 and board members attended key meetings in and out of the local area.
   Some other activity during the course of the year included updating Pondera County ownership maps, monitoring weather stations and collecting data for drought information, coordinating tree orders and publishing a quarterly newsletter for the public so they can be kept updated on what is happening with the PCCD.
   At this juncture, I’m taking a little editor’s license. I really didn’t expect to eat breakfast at the meeting, arriving a little before the awards were handed out and the annual report was given.
   However, a hearty morning meal was brought out to me and I have to tell you, the cooks did a super job. It was scrumptious and appreciated.