PELICANS IN MONTANA — Contrary to popular belief, Pelicans do live in Montana. These were captured on camera down at the Marias River early last Wednesday morning. I-O Photo by Barb Endler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Some good news for swimmers came out of the city council meeting on Monday evening.
A proposal by new pool manager, Becky Rammell, to raise swim lesson rates up to $35 or $40 did not meet with approval of the council and for this season swimming lesson rates will remain the same as last year.
Rammell noted that there had been no change in rates in a number of years. Councilwoman Wendy Judisch recommended that, “We have to be careful and go slow, lets wait and think about it.” Alderman Sandy Syvertson echoed those sentiments.
On a related pool issue there was some discussion on why the pool wasn’t open, yet swim team members had use of the pol.
THE BAG PIPERS — Members of the Great Falls Shriners Club made another successful appearance at the Conrad Lions Club 70th annual Whoop-Up parade on Saturday. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
With two days of Chamber of Commerce type weather the Conrad Lions Club put yet another Whoop-Up Trail Days Celebration in the books.
Club President Dan Wilcox noted, “We are at the mercy of the weather and it turned out great for both days and the community was a huge support for us.”
Everyone likes to know how the numbers look but they won’t officially be known until all the bills come in and get paid.
Kit Finlayson who headed up the Rhubarb Festival echoed that sentiment noting that a lot of volunteers made things run smoothly for the festival.
JINGLE WINNERS — Landon Lee, third from the left, Ethan Thompson, far left, Daniel Coburn and Kara DioGuardi are the winners of the new Folgers coffee jingle. They were flown to New York City where they competed in a competition that lasted about two hours, including short videos about each of the five finalists, a live performance of each jingle. Folgers will likely use their jingle in a future commercial, but as of press time further details were unavailable. The group of four were picked up at the airport in a limo and stayed in the Double Tree Suites which overlooked Times Square. They were introduced to the original writer and singer of the Folgers jingle and many executives from Folgers and their advertising company. Lee is the son of Roland and Karen Lee of Conrad. Photo Courtesy of Karen Lee. Editor's Note: Although the picture is not related to the story, The I-O thought it was important to recognize the feat these college students have accomplished.
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
On June 7, the County Commissioners held an informational session at the court house regarding the commercial health and public safety issues of the Medical Marijuana industry on the residents of Pondera County.
The Medical Marijuana law (I-148) passed by voter initiative in 2004 and has become an increasingly controversial topic statewide.
Carl Suta of the Pondera County Sheriff Department commented on the issue, “This law is very vague and we have had some serious problems because of that.”
He goes on, “Montana has by far the vaguest Medical Marijuana law of all the Medical Marijuana states.”