ALL THE RIGHT COLORS — Rita VanDyke, who lives on the Sollid Road, took this photo of Old Glory behind a rainbow after a recent rainstorm passed through the area. Photo for the I-O courtesy of Rita VanDyke
“We didn’t make too many changes, we needed to keep our belt tight and budget conservatively,” said Commissioner Cynthia Johnson as the budget for Pondera County was passed on Wednesday morning.
Clerk and Recorder Janis Hoppes added, “Everybody took a cut in every department.”
Levied funds totaled $5,705,734 and non-levied funds were at $3,361,303 for a bottom line total of $9,067,037.
NEW SIGN — Vivian and Choppy Keil and members of the Sandrocket 4-H Club, on Monday, pose around a new sign the club made and donated to park. The Keils had donated the land to the city for the park. Sandrocket Club members include from the left; Steven Peters, Kaylee Taule, Justin Salois and Brett Peters. New playground equipment for the park has arrived and will be installed shortly. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Members of the Sandrockets 4-H Club donated the materials, constructed and installed a new wooden sign at the Keil Park.
The land for the park was donated by Laverne “Choppy” and Vivian Keil. “We were pleased to be able to have them in for the photo,” commented Karen Burditt
This is the beginning of the makeover for the park. The city crew has removed most of the equipment and soon the new playground will be installed.
HOT PEPPERS — Kelci Watterud shows off some hot peppers she just roasted for a salsa dish for her Foods and Nutrition Class. In the background are Courtney Anderson and Bryce Watterud performing sous chef duties. Photo courtesy of Tammy Jones-CHS
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
Reports from all four schools included this year’s school populations. The total population for the 2010-11 school year for all schools is 598 students. Craig Barringer, elementary and middle school principal, who reported second, presented enrollment predictions up through school year 2013-14. His prediction for that year is a total population of 539. To reach this prediction he used the average number of students incoming the school system.
Barringer commented that the average number of incoming kindergarteners is 36, however, this year they experienced a much higher amount of 53. He also expressed his joy for the newbies and all the diversity they bring each year.