By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
New alderman Ron Widhalm, age 56, is ready to serve the city where he has been a Main Street business owner for over 22 years.
Born and raised in Valier, he graduated from Valier High School in 1973.
Widhalm has been a Conrad resident for 36 years and owner of Conrad Tire Company for 22 years, where he and his wife Bev were named the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce Business Leader(s) of the Year in 2002.
With that he tells the I-O, “I know most of the people in town and the surrounding area and have heard their concerns over the years.”
He is also a long-time member of the Conrad Lions Club, the Moose Lodge and is retired from the Conrad Volunteer Fire Department after serving for 20 years.
The draft growth policies for Conrad, Valier and Pondera County, released last week for public review, are full of information.
The “Plan” part of each document is about 30 pages and includes the future vision for each jurisdiction, and the goals, strategies and objectives to help reach the vision over the long-term. The appendices include detailed information and maps created just for this planning project.
According to the draft plans, both Conrad and Valier will work toward future development in a pattern consistent with traditional town-type densities and layout.
The proposed long-term goal for both is to develop within municipal limits before annexing or expanding city services beyond municipal limits.
Bruce Allen Castillo, a white male, age 56-Tier-3 sex offender is living in Conrad.
He resides at 6 North Montana. He is 5’-5”, has gray hair, brown eyes and weighs 158 pounds. Castillo has several scars on his arms and legs.
He was convicted of sexual assault, a felony, and incident exposure, a misdemeanor and was just recently released from prison.
He is authorized to, and may be driving, a 1993 Ford half-ton pickup, license number 26-8982 or a 1995 blue Subaru station wagon, license plate number 26-9406.
A Tier-3 offender is considered a high risk to repeat offenses and may be a threat to safety.