SWEARING IN — County elected officials were given their oath of office on Thursday. It was administered by Commissioner Cyndi Johnson, far right. From the left, is Public Administrator Bill May, Clerk and Recorder Janis Hoppes, Sheriff/Coroner Tom Kuka, Treasurer Jeanne Moon, County Superintendent of Schools Jo Stone, County Attorney Mary Ann Ries and Justice of the Peace Audrey Brown. All terms of office are for four years. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
The big talking point Monday evening at the city council meeting centered on the city moving their Main Street offices to Norley Hall, Blue Sky Villa.
George Gibson, an architect working with KLJ, an engineering firm, was on hand to give a presentation on the proposed project.
Mayor John Shevlin emphasized that the $343,000 (estimated cost) project is “just being explored” at the present.
A committee, comprised of council members Wendy Judisch and Sandy Syvertson, along with Chief Gary Dent and Public Works Director Rich Anderson have yet to enter into a discussion or meeting with representatives of Horizon Lodge.
Gibson told council members that the building is in a good location, but will need some work.
She stayed at the store when Fooshee sold in 1981 to Harold Olson, who changed the name to Olson’s Drug. Olson sold the store to Pete McKeone in 1989. Olson continued working at the store as bookkeeper, clerk and became a Pharmacy Technician.
She married Harold Olson in 2002. She is on the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church council and as president, was director on the board of Conrad Chamber of Commerce and was President in 2003 and 2004.
Olson is the newly elected vice president of the Montana Pioneer and Classic Auto Club, the first woman to be elected to that position. She also served on many civic and benefit committees.
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.