Burning your household garbage is dangerous to your health and our environment, and generally against the law in Montana.
If you’re still using a burn barrel, wood stove, or fire-pit for your trash, it’s time for a change. Stop burning your garbage.
Household burn barrels, fire pits, wood stoves, or similar homemade devices produce low-temperature fires. They receive very little oxygen and produce a lot of smoke. Under these conditions, a variety of toxic substances is produced.
Garbage has changed. Today’s household trash contains a lot of plastics and paper treated with chemicals, coatings, and inks.
Pollutants produced by backyard burning of trash are released primarily into the air and close to ground level where they are easily inhaled—with no pollution controls!
Special to the I-O by Cindy Habets Peterson
I often get questions about what I pack when I’m headed on a trip.
When you travel for 14 months with a maximum of two pieces of luggage – in my case a daypack and a larger traveling backpack – you quickly learn what is dead weight and what items you simply can’t live without.
I thought I would share the latter with you - my top 10 essential travel gear list.
Coming up with my list was easy. I sat down and scribbled out the list of gear that would cause the most panic if I were to lose them while on a trip. The list also consists of, with a few exceptions, items that are difficult, if not impossible, to replace while in a foreign country, hence the panic. I can guarantee each of these items has thousands of miles behind it and a special place in my travel heart:
LOTS OF FUN — Jenna Rodriguez leads her horse in a freestyle event, decked out as The Pink Panther. She won Reserve and Grand champion awards at the Marias Four County Fair.
(Second picture) CHAMPION — Jayleen Harris, Grand Champion Livestock Showman, poses with reserve Champion Showman, Hanna Manley, following competition at the Marias Fair. She also received a check for $300 from Marias River Electric.
(Third picture) HAPPY CAMPER — Kenny Habets is all smiles as he and his dog show off some of the hardware he won at the county fair in the Dog Events. He took a first place in Novice A, overall Grand Champion in Showmanship, and Hi-point awards in Dog Project and Dog Project overall. Photos courtesy of Dan Picard
Special to the I-O By Adele Stenson, Pondera County Extension
The Marias Fair kicked off with cool temperatures, some stiff wind gusts and a few rain showers, but that didn’t dampen spirits of 4-Hers or fair goers, as they participated in a week of fun, learning experiences, and competition. Many 4-H families moved into the fairgrounds on Tuesday night and didn’t leave until Sunday afternoon. A handful of families stayed until the fairgrounds were all cleaned up on Monday morning.
Pondera 4-Hers made a good showing throughout the week. Whether they earned a top award or not, each one had the opportunity to demonstrate concepts they learned throughout the year, make new friends, and gain confidence in their ability to interview and to perform before an audience and judge.