CHECKING IT OUT — From the left, Rob Cook of ITB, keynote speaker Bruce Vincent and Rep. Llew Jones work on a few policy details after the Coalition for Common Sense Use fundraiser at Conrad’s Shooting Sports Complex Saturday night. “The issue is the environment and we have to offer the solution,” said Vincent. Photo Courtesy of Lisa Schmidt
Special to the I-O By Lisa Schmidt
Men and women from across Montana, and even Alberta, ponied up more than $30,000 Saturday to stand united for multiple use on Montana’s public lands.
The newly-formed Coalition for Common Sense Use invited ATV, snowmobile, four-wheeler, bicycle and horseback riders to the $100-a-plate fundraiser. Bruce Vincent, a third-generation logger from Libby, Mont., and reluctant yet passionate activist, keynoted the fundraiser with his advice.
“These people are intelligent. They are trying to make the right choice,” said Vincent of people who want to eliminate logging, livestock, mining and motorized recreation from public lands.
CofC SPEAKER – Mark Staples, former assistant Pondera County Attorney and top notch entertainer will be the keynote speaker at the CofC annual banquet, Feb. 24. The theme this year is "Musical Entertainment."
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Jot down Feb. 24 on your calendar. That is the selected date for the 45th Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet and awards night.
The seasonal event, one of the biggest social affairs of the year, takes place at Norley Hall and will have a jovial hour at 6 p.m. with the banquet and dinner to start at the 7 o’clock hour.
Special presentations at the CofC dinner include the Business Person of the Year and of course the Unsung Hero award, which is kept as secret as possible right up to the presentation.
The year 2010, regardless of how you say it, will bring with it another federal election cycle, says election administrator and Clerk and Recorder Janis Hoppes.
Although January may seem early to be preparing for June and November elections, the Pondera County election office is busy with early preparations.
Many voters in Pondera County, and throughout Montana, have chosen to be placed on the permanent absentee list.