Conrad and an area from here to Dutton were without power for almost four hours on Sunday.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., just when many were settling in front of TVs for football games, the lights went out, and stayed out.
Claudia Rapkoch, a community communications director for NorthWestern Energy, told the I-O on Monday that the outage was caused when a bird flew into a substation in Conrad.
She noted that while there is animal protection up, if there is a way, birds can find a way to get around it. Or, in this case, into it.
Power was restored a little earlier to Dutton and Brady, about 1:20 p.m. with Conrad getting power about 2 p.m.
The Pondera Medical Center along with Pondera County has recently purchased a new state-of –the art ambulance to replace the rig that was purchased in 1985.
The old ambulance was given to the Pondera County Search and Rescue.
The new ambulance has a bigger box providing more space for patient care and is equipped with a cardiac monitor/defibrillator and fluid warmer. Another new safety feature is the reverse back-up monitor.
RECYCLERS — Prairie View students help build a Recycling Center sign for their building. Fifth grade students, from the left, Dylan McKinley, the son of Scott McKinley, Kale Larson, son of Ken and Sandi Larson and Austin Stephens, the son of Jeff and Bobbi Pruttis. They helped smash pop cans and lay out the lettering for the new sign at the recycling center. The picture below is the completed sign that is hung on the Recycling Center. Photos courtesy of Carey Monahan
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
The Pondera County Recycling Coalition (PCRC) met recently.
The Treasurer’s report approved for approximately $242 for supplies to build two recycling signs for the recycling building.
The tonnage report stated that 1,846 pounds of aluminum have been hauled while more aluminum, tin and paper are at Mike Townsend’s salvage yard.
Headwater’s Recycling Cooperation contacted the PCRC and stated that their hauling cost is $4.50 a mile. They strongly recommended that the PCRC purchase its own baler.
Ron Collyer mentioned at the meeting that a new baler is about $20,000. Mayor John Shevlin reported that Cindy Fuson is not interested in selling her baler as she may want to pursue her own recycling business.