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.
At Wednesday’s regular meeting the commissioners met with John Stokes, the road and bridge supervisor who requested approval to purchase an asphalt zipper with a heavy duty drum.
The unit will be used for road repairs and utility trenching. It can “zip” open a 300 foot trench, 30 inches wide and six inches deep in 20 minutes, a job that would normally take two days. On a road it can repair 6/10th of a mile with three inches of asphalt, 20 feet wide in seven hours, replacing the normal time of four days.
Commissioner Cyndi Johnson made a motion, seconded by Sandy Broesder to pursue the purchase of the Asphalt Zipper. Cost of the machine is $153,000. Motion passed on a vote of 2-0.
The commissioners set Aug. 25, 10 a.m. in their office for a public hearing on the proposed county budget for FY-2010-11.