Special to the I-O by Dianna Kersey
This past April the Montana Digital Academy, a fully accredited virtual online school designed in conjunction with the University of Montana, was created to give students a statewide learning program.
“House Bill 459 of the 61st Legislature states that the purpose of Montana Digital Academy is to: make distance learning opportunities available to all school-age children through public school districts in the state of Montana; offer high-quality instructors who are licensed and endorsed in Montana and courses that are in compliance with all relevant education and distance learning rules, standards, and policies, and; emphasize the core subject matters required under accreditation standards, offer advanced courses for dual credit in collaboration with the Montana University System, and offer enrichment courses.”
CONRAD SOFTBALL BENEFIT — Nate Pruttis intently watches a softball game on Sunday morning. Over the weekend, 11 teams from all over the area gathered to play in the tournament. All proceeds from the event went to help defray the medical costs that Pruttis has accumulated during his recovery from a spinal tumor. I-O Photo by Adam Jerome
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Over the past weekend the Conrad Benefit Softball Tournament was played at the Conrad Sporting Complex.
With games being played on Saturday and Sunday, 11 teams were put together, all vying for first place.
This year the tournament proceeds, which included profits from concessions, a potluck and silent auction, team entry fees, 50/50 tickets, a rifle raffle and other donations went to the family of Nathan Pruttis.
Pruttis is a student at CHS and has undergone surgery in Seattle for a spinal tumor. He arrived home in April but still has a long road of recovery ahead of him, not to mention medical bills. The tournament was put together to help defray some of the costs.
Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
Special to the I-O by Cindy Habets Peterson
The tour of our very own Western United States (first stop San Francisco) continues this month in Utah.
With no fewer than six National Parks scattered across the southern half of the state, Utah conveniently provides enough spectacular scenery to while away as much vacation time as you can squeeze into one trip.
For many, Utah conjures up images of the Rockies, powder-skiing, Sundance Film Festival or the Great Salt Lake. An altogether different Utah lies several hours south of Salt Lake City.