Dr. Shawn Nesbo of Conrad was one of the, less than 100, lucky hunters who was able to harvest a wolf in Montana’s first season.
On Nov.1, he and a friend were retrieving a bull elk he brought down west of Augusta. This gray and white wolf, all of sudden, popped up in a clearing about 60 yards away from them. The male wolf weighed in at about 72 pounds and was checked in at the Augusta station.
The wolf hunting season came to a close on Monday. Ron Aasheim of FWP said that 15,600 licenses had been sold and all but 89 went to Montana residents, raising a little over $325,000.
If you hold a license for a wolf and haven’t bagged one yet, you will have to wait for the next season.
Wolf hunting in Montana closed statewide Nov. 16, at one half-hour after sunset.
The order halting the hunt came after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest quota for wolves in WMU-2 had been met and was expected to be met in WMU-1.
WMU-3 was closed on Oct. 26. Montana’s statewide quota was 75 wolves.
For more information, visit FWP’s web site at fwp.mt.gov click “Montana Wolf Hunt,” or call the toll-free number at 1-800-385-7826.
Incumbent Mayor John Shevlin handily won a write-in campaign in the Nov. 3 city election and will serve his constituents for another four-year term.
The mayor faced a challenge from new comer Keith T. Melhus, but a race never developed and he walked away with 367 votes to 42 for Melhus. This was the total from Wards 1 – 2. (219-22 – 148- 20).
Karla Breding in Ward 1 was elected, running unopposed, to a four year term on the council with 309 votes.
Incumbent alderwoman Wendy Judisch, Ward 2, also ran unopposed and was elected to a second four year term with 233 votes.
There was a 41 percent voter turnout for the mail-in ballot election.
The reason Breding had so many more votes is that Ward 1 is bigger than Ward 2 and has more voters 735 active voters to 554 active voters in Ward 2.
Some people spent their vote on other individuals. Others receiving write in votes included Mark Leys, Dale Sheldon, Mayor Larry Bonderud of Shelby, and former mayors Thomas Hammerbacker and Byron Grubb.
In Valier all the candidates (3), one for mayor and two aldermen were all declared write-in candidates.
Mckenzie A. Graye is the mayor with 29 votes from Wards 1-2. In Ward 1, Rodney J. Christiaens is an alderman with 40 votes and in Ward 2, Kory Kovatch will be seated on the council with 29 votes.
There was a 30 percent turnout in the mail ballots for Valier.
In other city business, at the Conrad council meeting on Nov. 2, the issue of allowing backyard chickens within the city limits was not on the agenda, therefore there was no discussion.
The council is in the process of gathering, still more, information so that they can make a wise decision as to allow, or not, the raising of chickens.
Alderman Wally McHenry should be back for the next meeting, Nov. 16, the council should have their homework done and with all their ducks in a row, the issue may be laid to rest.
In actual action, the council approved three building permits; one at 107 S. Maryland for a shed; one at 412 1st Ave. NW for a deck; and a third at 607 N. Main for fencing.
Councilwoman Judisch requested $5,000 from the Genevieve Reiken Anderson trust fund for the library which was approved by the council.
Plans on the 1-15 overpass project are proceeding nicely with the approval of R-1011.
The city, as noted before, intends to put in an Industrial Park for which it will need to provide water and sewer services.
Tom McCracken Ranches will donate 4.28 acres of property to the Montana Department of Transportation so the project can proceed.
The Ranch would like to connect to the city water services once they are available. They would also have to be annexed into the city. The Ranch has agreed to pay the cost of installation of water and sewer line from the city mains to their property.
Council committee members met again with Blue Sky Villa representatives for talks concerning the BSV lease.
The city needs to do more research the committee felt it would be good to extend the negotiations for one year, giving time for more talk and communication.
The employee health insurance plan is again being revisited and a committee is looking at various insurance plans to present to the employee committee.
There was some talk on the issue of noxious weeds. There is consideration to drop the word “noxious” and go with height, such as six (6) inches. An update on a weed ordinance will be coming at a later date.
It was noted an isolation valve is needed for the wastewater project. The oversight was an error on the engineering firm’s part and the city will not be charged for time spent in correcting this.
Chief Gary Dent reported that there were 207 calls to the police department in October.
A few of those included four thefts, three vandalisms, security checks, 36 public assists and nine rides home from local taverns.
He also informed the council that as interviews for a new officer were about to start, he was notified that an officer serving overseas might come back and his position had to be held for at least 90 after separation orders were issued.
Hiring of a new officer has been put on hold for now.
The next regular meeting of the city council will be on Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. in city hall, 411-1/2 S. Main St.
World War II veteran Harry Arvidson, former Home Café owner, will be part of nation-wide PBS TV WW II documentary,
It is also slated to be on the National Geographic TV. The exact dates for viewing are not yet known. You will have to watch our local listings for when it will be shown.
In January, Spy Pond Productions Co. out of Boston flew Arvidson and two other WW II submarine veterans to Washington D.C., to be interviewed.
The story revolves around one of the best kept secrets of WW II, a Japanese submarine, the I-400, which was so huge; it had the capability to carry three airplanes in a hanger storage tube which was part of the submarine.
At the end of the war in August of 1945, Arvidson was part of a select few chosen to be a member of a Prize Crew consisting of about 40 Navy personnel.
“The first time seeing the submarine, I knew it was much bigger than our subs and I wondered why it had such a big super structure and why the forward deck was so long. After getting on the sub and finding out about the three airplanes, my questions were answered,” he said.
Arvidson was a crew member of the USS Proteus, a submarine tender, which spotted the I-400 sub 170 miles northeast of Japan, flying the black flag of surrender.
The I-400 had surrendered to the Prize Crew. They rode aboard the submarine as it made its way into Tokyo Bay following its surrender.
Arvidson tells the I-O, “As the sub came into the harbor, we were all down inside the sub. We finally came up top side and tied up alongside the Proteus. Our first real view of Japan was Mount Fuji.”
This massive aircraft-carrying submarine, 396 feet in length, was capable of traveling around the world to deliver its deadly attack bombers against land-based targets.
Each I-400 carried state-of-the-art bombers in their hanger on the deck of the sub.
When the sub surfaced, the bombers would be catapulted off for their mission. On their return they would land in the water near the sub and be hoisted back on board with a crane.
Arvidson was just 17 when he joined the Navy and chose to serve on submarines. “After finishing cooks and bakers school, we were offered different schools we could go to. I thought submarine duty would be interesting and also sub-pay at that time was 50 percent more than regular pay.”
He and his wife Lola Arvidson moved to Conrad in 1956 from Alexandria, Minn.
He operated the Home Café until 1983 when he retired to Lincoln where the couple spend their summers. During the winter months they go down to Arizona.
Today, the Home Café is operated by his son, Scott and his wife Pam.
The program is slated to be shown on The Secrets of the Dead, on PBS in the fall of 2009.