Special to the I-O by Cindy Habets Peterson
Approaching the gates of the Taj Mahal is definitely an event for the memory archives. In the cool, crisp light of pre-dawn in Agra city, the heat and sweat and chaos that are India fell away. We were about to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
As we walked hand-in-hand towards the gate, two stern guards barred our way. Each eyed us as if we were potential international terrorists. Machine guns in hand, one of them spit out:
“Taj Mahal is closed.”
But there must be some mistake. We traveled all the way to India, rode around in 100-degree heat for the last two-weeks and this – the climax of our first journey through India is closed? But here I am, getting ahead of myself, and giving away the end of the story. We had better start at the beginning.
RURAL TEACHER — Lydia Mild, pictured here in her one room class at the Dupuyer School where she instructs seven students, was named the Montana Rural School Teacher of the Year. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
If Dupuyer wasn’t noticeable before, it will be now with Dupuyer School teacher Lydia Mild being named Montana Rural School Teacher of the Year.
There is no higher award for a Montana teacher than to be named Teacher of the Year!
The program honors the contributions of Montana teachers.
It creates a visible and articulate community of award-winning educators who represent the best of the best in the teaching profession.
As the Montana Rural School Teacher of the Year, Mild will serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession and represent Montana in the National Teacher of the Year event later in Missouri.
The Montana Department of Transportation would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to rehabilitate a portion of State Secondary 218 (Sollid Road) which will include a cold-in-place recycle of the existing plant mix followed by a seal and cover (chip-seal).
The project begins approximately 18 miles east of Conrad (reference marker 18.8) in Pondera County and extends east to the end of the pavement at the Pondera/Liberty County Line (reference marker 25.7).
The proposed work includes a full width cold-in-place recycle of the existing plant mix. A cold-in-place recycle includes pulverization of the existing asphalt roadway, injection of a recycling agent, followed by paving, and rolling the recycled material. The cold-in-place process is followed by a fog seal and a seal and cover.