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.
The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is encouraging Montanans with asthma and diabetes (ages six months and older) to get vaccinated against influenza.
“Annual influenza vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and the complications that can be caused by influenza infection,” says Cynthia Grubb RN, CLC of the Pondera County Health Department.
Persons with chronic diseases are at high risk for these complications which include hospitalization and death.
It is especially important for persons with diabetes or asthma to be protected by vaccination. Thousands of Montanans have been diagnosed with asthma or diabetes. Unfortunately, in 2009, less than one-half of adults with asthma and just over half of adult Montanans with diabetes were immunized against influenza.