RURAL TEACHER — Lydia Mild, pictured here in her one room class at the Dupuyer School where she instructs seven students, was named the Montana Rural School Teacher of the Year. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
If Dupuyer wasn’t noticeable before, it will be now with Dupuyer School teacher Lydia Mild being named Montana Rural School Teacher of the Year.
There is no higher award for a Montana teacher than to be named Teacher of the Year!
The program honors the contributions of Montana teachers.
It creates a visible and articulate community of award-winning educators who represent the best of the best in the teaching profession.
As the Montana Rural School Teacher of the Year, Mild will serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession and represent Montana in the National Teacher of the Year event later in Missouri.
The Montana Department of Transportation would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to rehabilitate a portion of State Secondary 218 (Sollid Road) which will include a cold-in-place recycle of the existing plant mix followed by a seal and cover (chip-seal).
The project begins approximately 18 miles east of Conrad (reference marker 18.8) in Pondera County and extends east to the end of the pavement at the Pondera/Liberty County Line (reference marker 25.7).
The proposed work includes a full width cold-in-place recycle of the existing plant mix. A cold-in-place recycle includes pulverization of the existing asphalt roadway, injection of a recycling agent, followed by paving, and rolling the recycled material. The cold-in-place process is followed by a fog seal and a seal and cover.
SPRING SEEDING — Like most other area farmers, Mark Orcutt is busy seeding some ground west of Conrad. Orcutt is planting a Metcalf strain of barley. I-O Photo by Adam Jerome
Pondera County Commissioner Sandy Broesder told the I-O on Monday that the county was the recipient of a block grant.
The Montana Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) had selected a grant application, authored by Broesder, to receive funding in the amount of $200,000 under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.
Broesder said that the grant paperwork had been submitted in late January. The energy grant will be used for new windows, heating and cooling units and insulation at the new Senior Community Center on Virginia St.