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.
CENTENARIAN — Rep. Roy Hollandsworth (HD-28) presents his mother Esther Turk with a special certificate from Gov. Brian Schweitzer at the PMC/ECU on Sunday. She was born on April 24, 1911 in South Dakota. She celebrated her birthday with family and friends on Sunday. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Esther Weikum Hollandsworth Turk celebrated her 100th birthday at the Pondera Medical Center-Extended Care Unit on Sunday.
She was born on April 24, 1911 in Tyndal, S.D., the third of nine children to George and Katherine Weikum. She was the first of the nine children to be born in the U.S.A.
She grew up on the Weikum homestead at Aznoe, Mont. and went to school at the Aznoe country school.
Later the family moved to a farm near Brady. She went on to become a graduate of Brady High School in 1928.
She married Glenn Hollandsworth on Aug. 28, 1933 and they traveled to Chicago for the World’s Fair for their honeymoon. It was her first time outside of Montana and she was impressed by what she had seen and talked about that trip for many years. She was also intrigued, at the time, how the hunt was on for John Dillinger in the Chicago area.