By Jim Anderson
The 62nd Legislature is underway. With 38 new legislators and the Republicans in control, it will be interesting to see what happens over the next 90 days.
Even though most of the new freshmen were elected by the Tea Party, the leadership of this session is not all conservative. The more liberal Republicans moved quickly to gain control of both houses.
One can see that change isn’t going to come easily. Government is one of our biggest employers and it doesn’t want to be trimmed or cut.
On the left we have the Democrats who say let’s create jobs by increasing the size of government. On the other side we have the Republicans who say let’s decrease government and increase jobs in the private sector through small business growth. In the middle are those who intend to make money off both sides.
In addition, the Quit Line is reducing the monthly co-pay for Chantix from $50 to $25 (for up to three months) and Buproprion will be available for three months at a $5 co-pay per month.
“The reduced costs are meant to encourage successful New Year’s resolutions to quit for Montanans who use tobacco,” says Anna Whiting Sorrell, Director of the Department of Public Health and Human Services.
MOVIE GOERS — Fourth and fifth graders line up to get in the Orpheum Theatre just before Christmas to see the movie Despicable Me. Students from Sunburst School also came down to view the flick. All the students donated food items for the Food Pantry in order to see the movie. Photo courtesy of PVS Principal Greg Jensen
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor and Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
JANUARY: The New Year kicked in with city official, Mayor John Shevlin and Councilwomen Wendy Judisch and Karla Breding taking the oath of office.
Icy tracks caused a BNSF grain train to derail in Conrad. There were no injuries, train or track damage.
Katie Waldner, born Jan. 11, at 1:45 p.m. was the Pondera County New Year’s baby. She is the daughter of Lydia and Will Waldner.
It was announced that former assistant county attorney and entertainer Mark Staples would keynote the annual CofC banquet in February.
LCDR Blake Tornga is serving aboard the carrier US Nimitz, contributing to the effort of the war in Afghanistan. He is the son of George and Cheryl Tornga of Conrad.