By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Much to the relief of a number of city employees, the city council on a 4-0 vote, passed a permissive medical levy Monday evening.
By law, the city may raise funding for a medical levy after a public hearing without having a city-wide election.
The cost for the health insurance policy is estimated to be $450 a month for which eligible employees will have to kick in $25 out of their pocket.
A number of city residents showed up to speak out or ask questions at the 8 p.m. public hearing, one being Tom Farrenkopf who said he was against the levy to insure a small group of people within the city. He also felt it was poor timing with the bad economy and opposed it for economic reasons.
SING IT OUT! — From the left, Dania Jones and Sheridan Johnson lead the singing of God Bless America at the closing of the Pondera Glacier-Toole County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at the Pondera Golf Club on Sunday. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Like moths drawn to a candle flame, candidates and constituents alike filled the Pondera Golf Club for a Sunday afternoon fest, and oh by the way, there was plenty of political conversations as well at the Pondera-Glacier-Toole Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner.
House Representative Llew Jones had the duty of Master of Ceremonies. Everett Snortland gave the invocation and members of Boy Scout Troop 1513 presented the colors.
House Representative Denny Rehberg drove up from Billings to give the keynote address.
In his short address, he reminded the crowd that it is the private sector that creates business, not the government and that you don’t raise taxes in a recession.
LIKE THIS — Tennis Coach Kendal Griggs shows Cowboy tennis players from the left, Calen King, Johnny and Luke Schlosser how to return a forearm shot during the opening day of spring sports practice on the tennis courts Monday afternoon. Coach Griggs was recently recognized by the United States Tennis Association for having a “no-cut” policy for the high school tennis team. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that Kendall Griggs from Conrad High School is being honored as part of its national recognition program for high school tennis coaches across America who implement a “no-cut” policy for their high school tennis teams.
Coach Griggs commented on the honor, “Conrad has had a “no-cut” policy for over 25 years. It’s nice to allow any student to learn the lifelong game of tennis.”
A no-cut policy ensures that every student who wishes to play is welcomed as a member of the team. Some of the programs being recognized have more than 100 official members of their high school tennis team. Since the start of this initiative in 2006, the USTA has recognized over 2,700 high school tennis coaches and programs.