Pondera County Treasurer Jeanne Moon announced this week that property tax payments are slow coming into her office.
For more than 200 years, local governments have levied taxes against real estate.
At the county level of government, these property taxes fund a number of services, including public schools, ambulance, senior citizens, county health department, law enforcement, rural fire, road maintenance and the library to name a few.
When the taxes are not paid, the county does not have the operating capital needed for these and other programs.
Moon tells the I-O, “Things didn’t seem as busy during the second half tax collections, so I decided to run reminder letters to those who missed making the May payment.”
This weekend, June 24-25, Lynn Knobel will be the featured Chief Ring Steward at the Electric City Kennel Club show in Great Falls.
The show will be the 54th annual for the kennel club which is the oldest club in Montana.
The show, free and open to the public, will take place at the Expo Center in Great Falls starting at 9 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday.
The Expo Center is located on the State Fairgrounds across from Sam’s Club on the Northwest Bypass.
The group rings and Best in Show will be on Friday at 3:15 p.m. and Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
Olivia Knobel will be showing a wirehaired Terrier that she has also prepared for the dog show.
There will be over 1,000 dogs from all across the country, all vying for the Best in Show ribbon.
The Chief Ring Steward hires the other ring stewards who assist the judge and keeps track of the placing, and hand out arm bands and ribbons.
For more information or if you would like to help with the dog show, contact Knobel at Knobel Grooming in Conrad, 576-7297.
On June 17, the Toole County 911 center received a call that a Harlem school bus transporting 38 students and two adults had rolled on U.S. Highway 2 near mile marker 296.
Approximately two miles west of Devon the bus negotiated a gradual left curve. As the bus was coming out of this curve, it went off the right (south) side of the highway. The driver, 39 year old Felicianao Hoguin of Harlem, steered the bus back onto the highway and the bus traveled into the oncoming traffic lane. Hoguin counter steered the bus back to the right, which caused the bus to go into a clockwise rotation. Once the bus was sideways on the highway, it tipped over onto the driver’s side and skidded on the highway until it came to rest, facing south and blocking both directions of travel. Hoguin stated that the bus was pushed by a gust of wind, which caused the bus to initially go off the south side of the highway.