WHITE FROST — Also known as hoarfrost, this beautiful white tree is covered with a whole bunch of minute ice needles, formed from the atmosphere at night upon the ground and exposed objects when they have cooled by radiation below the dew point, and when the dew point is below the freezing point. The white color comes from tiny air bubbles trapped in the ice crystals. Photo for the I-O by Colleen Moritz
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
Bradford Huffman, of Conrad, recently discovered that one acre of his farm property had been deeded to the Conrad High School back in 1921. The board decided, on Jan. 11, to complete the paperwork to award the land back to Huffman.
The Superintendent’s mass meeting pinpointed issues with substitute teachers and unemployment. Currently, any substitute teacher that worked for three days can apply for unemployment during the days they are not needed. The board is looking into using different contracts to avoid this issue.
The Federal Audit requirements have gone up for the Conrad School District. The audit has exceeded $500,000 so an additional audit must be performed for a cost of $1,000. Afton Lamoreaux, clerk, commented that the additional funds for the Title 1 program put them over the usual audit amount.
Members of the Growth Policy Committees (GPC) and a consultant will be available in Conrad, Dupuyer and Brady during the week of Jan. 24 to provide information, answer questions and listen to residents.
“The committee members want to provide an opportunity for persons throughout the county to share their thoughts in an informal local setting,” Anne Cossitt, a GPC consultant, tells the I-O.
The committees will consider the information from these sessions in their recommendations.
Committee members invite anyone interested to show up at the following times and locations:
Jan. 26, 7:30 – 9 a.m. at Home Café in Conrad; Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m. at the Dupuyer Cache in Dupuyer; and Jan. 27, 8 - 9 a.m. at Mountain View Co-op in Brady
The 2011 MAGIE (Montana Agricultural and Industrial Exhibit) is scheduled Jan. 20-22, in Great Falls at the 4 Seasons Arena on the State Fairgrounds.
MAGIE is Montana’s largest farm and ranch trade show, with over 200 exhibitors scheduled to attend. You’ll see the latest in farming technology: including irrigation technology, guidance systems, implements, business management, livestock handling equipment and wind power just to name a few.
MAGIE is also hosting several workshops, which will all be held in the Paddock building on the State Fairgrounds. Jim Sargent of KMON tells the I-O, “Thursday will feature three tremendous speakers beginning with 2010 National FFA officer candidate, Karrisa Floerchinger, who will be discussing the National FFA convention.”