A LITTLE TIPSY — Earlier this week a BNSF train pulling out of Valier had two grain cars go off the tracks. There were no injuries. The train was moving along at 5 mph at the time. An elevator crew cleaned up the spill. Photo courtesy of Jimi Hughes
There was a minor train derailment of grain cars in Valier on June 14 in the afternoon.
A BNSF train pulling out of the industry track in Valier derailed and two cars of grain landed on their side.
BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas tells the I-O that the train was going west from the grain elevator at about 2:45 p.m. when the accident occurred.
“About one quarter of their load was lost and elevator crews will vacuum the spilled product,” Melonas said.
THE CHAMP — Nan Robison in her canary yellow Model T is the defending race champion in the Montana 500 Model T road race. Gen Peters is flagging Robison off the starting line. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Monday morning 23 Model T cars along with four touring cars rolled out of Conrad to kick off the 51st annual Montana-500.
This year the 500 is being called the Bud Peters Memorial in honor of the five-time champion from Ledger.
The Montana 500 was officially started in 1961 to give Model T owners a chance to get together and share their interests in Model T’s.
This is a timed event, which may be unique in that Montana is one of the last places to allow timed events on public roads. The Model T’s for the race must be stock, although they can have aluminum pistons, reground cams and the heads may be milled.
The first race ran out of Missoula and went all the way to the North Dakota border. The run became very popular and had drivers from all across the U.S. and Canada.
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.”