Little girl OK after fall from balcony
By David Murray, New-Argus Reporter, Special for the I-O
The simple, wide-eyed joy of children on Christmas morning is, perhaps, a parent’s greatest holiday blessing. Excited squeals roust mom and dad their slumber. Groggily, they rise and shake off the night’s weariness - then watch as bright packages are excitedly torn asunder, revealing the long anticipated treasures concealed within. It is one of the most cherished rituals of this festive season.
In a hospital room in Denver this Christmas, one Montana family gathered to give prayerful thanks for a gift far more precious than anything that could have been hidden in a box or stowed beneath a tree – the life and continued improving health of their little girl.
Dec. 18, 20-month-old Lahren Fowler tumbled from a second floor balcony at the Yogo Inn and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The accident happened in a split second – a moment’s distraction while her family hurried to board the Polar Express Christmas train. In the first hours of the crisis, Lahren’s parents, Kelli and Shawn Fowler, feared their daughter’s life could be lost. Lahren had a fractured skull and had to be resuscitated, then raced by ambulance to the Central Montana Medical Center and flown by chartered jet for treatment at the Denver Children’s Hospital.
RACKED UP — Right now these bikes are not getting a lot of use on the streets of Conrad, not after a strong winter storm dumped a new white blanket of snow in the area. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor and Deanna Wakkinen, I-O reporter
JULY – The Conrad Centennial Committee gathered to discuss how to disperse left-over funds, approximately $13,000, after the big centennial celebration. Funds went to the Conrad Main St. Beautification Project, the Conrad Volunteer Fire Department, the Pondera County EMTs, the Pondera County History Association and the Conrad Recycling Project.
The Culpepper and Meriwether Circus made its way to town.
Pondera Medical Center’s Board Trustee, Jim Nelson, retires after 21 years.
The Pondera Golf Club hosted the ‘Cup’ and Conrad, Shelby and Cut Bank faced off for a weekend of competition. Conrad came out the victor.
The Rocky Mountain Riders Club hosted the 6th annual Rocky Mountain Ride and many Conrad riders were successful in taking home some gold. Winners from Conrad included: Devin VandenBos, Blayne Underdahl, Cody Preitauer, Eli Knobel, Luke Fowler, Tristen Diedrich, Tyler Huber, Owen Ostberg and Andrew Fowler.
PMC purchases Dr. John Taylor’s optometry practice on 403 S. Delaware. Taylor stays on as optometrist until his retirement later in the year.
SWEARING IN — County elected officials were given their oath of office on Thursday. It was administered by Commissioner Cyndi Johnson, far right. From the left, is Public Administrator Bill May, Clerk and Recorder Janis Hoppes, Sheriff/Coroner Tom Kuka, Treasurer Jeanne Moon, County Superintendent of Schools Jo Stone, County Attorney Mary Ann Ries and Justice of the Peace Audrey Brown. All terms of office are for four years. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
The big talking point Monday evening at the city council meeting centered on the city moving their Main Street offices to Norley Hall, Blue Sky Villa.
George Gibson, an architect working with KLJ, an engineering firm, was on hand to give a presentation on the proposed project.
Mayor John Shevlin emphasized that the $343,000 (estimated cost) project is “just being explored” at the present.
A committee, comprised of council members Wendy Judisch and Sandy Syvertson, along with Chief Gary Dent and Public Works Director Rich Anderson have yet to enter into a discussion or meeting with representatives of Horizon Lodge.
Gibson told council members that the building is in a good location, but will need some work.