While this is supposed to be a festive and memorable time, it is good to remember that the holidays are also a prime time to be victimized by criminals.
You can help make this holiday season safe by following these simple tips provided by Chief Gary Dent.
As you shop, be aware of your surroundings. Be cautious of people asking you questions, such as the time or directions or bumping into you.
This is a common practice to distract you. Pick pockets use distraction techniques to steal your belongings.
THANKSGIVING TURKEYS — With help from the community, the local Food Pantry was able to assemble 144 food-boxes for Thanksgiving. There were 150 turkeys purchased and for each one a Holiday Cash card was given and one produced a wild card. The bill at IGA was over $2,100 but the wild card covered the amount of the purchase. Shown here are Jamey Byrnes, IGA manager, and Elmer Philipps of the Food Pantry with a Thanksgiving turkey. I-O Photo by Barb Endler
By Diane Tipton, FWP/PIO
For those wild turkey hunters who tucked their spring or fall harvest into the freezer with good intentions, Thanksgiving is a call to action.
If that bird was properly wrapped and sealed it is not too late to make it into a feast your guests will relish–even if it has spent more time in your freezer than it did in the wild.
Consider this Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks warden sergeant’s experience.
“This summer I ‘found’ a whole, frozen, wild turkey in my freezer from two years ago,” said Randy Arnold, of FWP in Billings. “Fearing the worst, I thawed it out to discover very little freezer burn.”
TWO PLUS TWO — These two nice bucks were captured by the camera just west of town. In the foreground are two pheasants sharing their ground break with the deer. There was also a doe and fawn, but that pair were camera shy and stayed back in the break behind the bucks. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Tom Hoover of Valier met with the county commissioners at their regular business meeting on Wednesday morning.
Hoover was representing the mayor of Valier regarding the possibility of the county and Valier entering into an agreement whereby the county could grade the gravel streets in Valier a couple of times each summer.
Hoover noted that if an agreement could be worked out, Valier could avoid the expense of purchasing or leasing a grader and the county would receive extra revenue for the road department.
The commissioners suggested he meet with John Stokes from the county road department regarding the expenses involved and have the Town of Valier submit a proposal for consideration by the commissioners.