RELIC FROM A PAST DAY — This photo taken by Mark Bergstrom is just one of the many Montana landscape pictures that Bergstrom is selling to benefit the poverty stricken country of Haiti. Photo Courtesy of Mark Bergstrom
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Mark Bergstrom of Conrad is continuing his relief work for the impoverished, earthquake shaken country of Haiti.
Bergstrom has traveled to Haiti on three separate occasions with the relief organization Project 81, which is a humanitarian organization started by his college roommate and his family.
Haiti is only 600 miles from the United States, yet in a different world. The poverty and destruction is unfathomable. These people endure and persevere through a life that is hard to imagine.
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere with a population of 10 million. Three million of these people are still affected by the earthquake that rocked the country in December.
This weekend Conrad is hosting the state swim meet at the Conrad Lions Club Swimming Pool Park.
Residents are reminded that for the first time, Seventh Ave. between Delaware and Virginia Streets will be closed to through traffic from Friday afternoon until after the swim meet.
Also, the block between Maryland and Virginia Streets, as in the past, will be closed.
And don’t forget, the family National Night Out will be in the park from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 3. There will be lots of events and free food in the second annual event sponsored by the Conrad Chamber of Commerce.
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Asking when the Montana Alberta Tie Line (MATL) will begin construction in Pondera County will get you a nebulous answer, at the present.
Material for the project is sitting at a staging site near Shelby. Construction slated earlier this month with phase one being an electrical substation at Cut Bank and moving on north to Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
And while construction has begun, going north, the time table for Pondera County is still uncertain. However, it is estimated the line construction in this segment is scheduled for early 2011.
The MATL line is a 300-megawatt electrical transmission line that will allow movement of power between Alberta and Montana