NICE DONATION — Representatives from 3 Rivers Communications, Cheryl Sawyer and Mike Mills present a check for $2,500 to Adele Stenson MSU-Pondera County Extension Agent and three 4-H members from Pondera and Teton counties who are enrolled in the Robots 4-H Project. 3 Rivers awarded the grant to help build the robotics program in Pondera County. The grant purchased several robotics kits. Courtesy Photo from 3 Rivers Communications
Submitted by Adele Stenson P.C. Extension Office
When you think of 4-H, you might think of “cows and plows” but like everything else, 4-H has evolved over time.
Agriculture is still an important component of the program, but 4-H now offers a variety of other projects to meet a myriad of interests.
One of the newer 4-H projects available in Pondera County is Robotics.
The program got its start a couple years ago with two kits purchased from local donations. This year, 4-H parent Lisa Schmidt and her son Will teamed up with MSU Extension in Pondera County to grow the program with additional resources.
Schmidt wrote a grant proposal to 3 Rivers Communications to purchase additional Robotics kits, including some geared toward elementary age children and some geared for middle school age youth.
With open burning season beginning March 1, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reminds those who conduct open burning that only clean, untreated wood and plant material can be burned.
It is illegal to burn waste generated from residences such as tires, baling twine, plastic, treated or painted lumber, dead animals or animal waste.
The DEQ regulates open burning to protect public health and the environment from air pollution. The possible release of toxic emission is harmful to people, plants and animals - especially sensitive people like the young and elderly.
Prior to open burning, obtain a Pondera County Burn Permit and contact the Pondera County Sheriff Office (PCSO 271-4060) for notification of when you will be burning allowable materials. The PCSO will monitor whether county restrictions exist.
SPRING TIME IN THE ROCKIES — Cowgirl Shanae Newmiller raps out a base hit in play during the Conrad Challenge tournament. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The weekend girls fast pitch softball tourney was being touted as the Conrad Softball Challenge.
And it was, one heck of a challenge to juggle games and times at the last minute, all the while playing contests in snow, sleet, some rain, a dash of sun and just about anything else Mother Nature could dish up.
Conrad moved their overall record to 6-3 with two wins and one loss over the weekend.
With a big win, Rashelle Johns moved her pitching record to 2-2. She has 13 strikeouts and 11 walks so far in the season.
Kara Bandow has been stellar on the mound this season with a 4-0 record, 16 strike outs and only three walks.
Kasey Brownell came back this week and was 0-1 with a loss to Columbus. She had six strike outs and two walks in her loss on Saturday.