LOTS OF FUN — Jenna Rodriguez leads her horse in a freestyle event, decked out as The Pink Panther. She won Reserve and Grand champion awards at the Marias Four County Fair.
(Second picture) CHAMPION — Jayleen Harris, Grand Champion Livestock Showman, poses with reserve Champion Showman, Hanna Manley, following competition at the Marias Fair. She also received a check for $300 from Marias River Electric.
(Third picture) HAPPY CAMPER — Kenny Habets is all smiles as he and his dog show off some of the hardware he won at the county fair in the Dog Events. He took a first place in Novice A, overall Grand Champion in Showmanship, and Hi-point awards in Dog Project and Dog Project overall. Photos courtesy of Dan Picard
Special to the I-O By Adele Stenson, Pondera County Extension
The Marias Fair kicked off with cool temperatures, some stiff wind gusts and a few rain showers, but that didn’t dampen spirits of 4-Hers or fair goers, as they participated in a week of fun, learning experiences, and competition. Many 4-H families moved into the fairgrounds on Tuesday night and didn’t leave until Sunday afternoon. A handful of families stayed until the fairgrounds were all cleaned up on Monday morning.
Pondera 4-Hers made a good showing throughout the week. Whether they earned a top award or not, each one had the opportunity to demonstrate concepts they learned throughout the year, make new friends, and gain confidence in their ability to interview and to perform before an audience and judge.
At Wednesday’s regular meeting the commissioners met with John Stokes, the road and bridge supervisor who requested approval to purchase an asphalt zipper with a heavy duty drum.
The unit will be used for road repairs and utility trenching. It can “zip” open a 300 foot trench, 30 inches wide and six inches deep in 20 minutes, a job that would normally take two days. On a road it can repair 6/10th of a mile with three inches of asphalt, 20 feet wide in seven hours, replacing the normal time of four days.
Commissioner Cyndi Johnson made a motion, seconded by Sandy Broesder to pursue the purchase of the Asphalt Zipper. Cost of the machine is $153,000. Motion passed on a vote of 2-0.
The commissioners set Aug. 25, 10 a.m. in their office for a public hearing on the proposed county budget for FY-2010-11.
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
In what is almost seemingly commonplace, Chief Gary Dent, in his monthly report to the city council said a urinal at the ball field complex was once again blown up.
The ludicrous act of vandalism took place on Sunday afternoon. Three individuals, one adult and two juveniles are under investigation. More information will be forth coming as soon as it is available.
Dent went on to report that the CPD received 231 calls in July. In part, there were seven domestic situations, seven rides home from taverns, two shop lifters picked up, six accidents, 18 warnings given, 14 assists to the ambulance crew and one to the CVFD.