OIL SPILL — An individual opened a valve on this oil tank on the Valier-Cut Bank Hwy. The spill that let out about 400 gallons was contained in the berm built up around the oil tank. Photo courtesy of LeAnn Hermace, DES county coordinator
A valve on an oil storage tank was opened sometime on Sunday near the Valier-Cut Bank highway.
It is located on a hill about three quarters of a mile from Medicine Creek. The oil did not get into the creek.
LeAnn Hermance Pondera County DES Coordinator estimated that about 400 gallons of oil had spilled out of the storage tank.
Clean up crews from the oil company were using a vacuum truck and a backhoe to remove dirt soaked with oil.
The board is comprised of elected officials and two citizen members; Commissioners Cynthia Johnson, Sandy Broesder, Joe Christiaens, Clerk and Recorder Janice Hoppes, Sheriff Tom Kuka, Treasurer Jeanne Moon, Dan Majerus from Stockman Bank and John McFarland from CBC. County Attorney Mary Ann Ries was excused from the public hearing.
At the beginning of the meeting Hoppes explained, by law, county governments are required to appoint a county compensation board to prepare a salary schedule for the elected county officials for the fiscal year.
Hoppes presented a worksheet showing salary compensations to other counties as well as the City of Conrad and the Clerk of the Conrad School District and other demographics of the other counties.
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.”