I-O MITTEN TREE — This year, due to the generosity of many folks, the Mitten Tree pulled in 123 pairs of mittens and gloves, 14 scarves and 19 hats. This will all help in keeping hands warm for youngsters who otherwise wouldn’t have a pair of gloves. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The Independent-Observer will be closed at noon on Dec. 24 and, of, course, all day on Dec. 25 so our staff can be with family and friends.
The newspaper will also be open until noon on Dec. 31 and closed all day on Jan. 1.
Everyone at the I-O wishes all our friends and neighbors the very best during this Christmas season and may you all be safe and prosper in the New Year.
If, for some reason, you need to get a hold of someone from the newspaper, dial up 271-3864.
WINTER WONDERLAND — Welcome to the first “official” day of winter! Conrad and the surrounding area was hit with a freezing rain storm along with some snowflakes on Monday ... just in time for Christmas! I-O Photo by Chelsey Anderson
At their regular Wednesday business meeting the county commissioners moved and passed a new snow removal policy.
The first priority for snow removal will be school bus routes Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday as emergencies may dictate.
The second priority will be mail routes during daylight hours, Monday through Friday and on the weekend for emergencies only. The third priority will be county roads other than (those) above will be done on a first come basis expanding from county road shops during daylight hours, Monday through Thursday except for life threatening emergencies.
No plowing or sanding will be done at night on any roads except for life threatening emergencies.
The Pondera County Health Department (PCHD) in cooperation with Montana Department of Health and Human Services is now able to offer H1N1 vaccine to anyone who desires it., Cynthia Grubb, RN, CLC at the PCHD tells the I-O.
The state has assessed the availability for high risk groups and found the supply to be adequate to expand vaccination efforts. H1N1 vaccination is available through the PCHD, 809 Sunset Blvd. in the basement of the Pondera Medical Clinic Building. Their phone number is 271-3248.
“There is no cost of this vaccination it’s free,” says Grubb. While H1N1 disease activity has waned, CDC reminds people that influenza is unpredictable. Some previous pandemics have included a third wave. “We are in a window of opportunity to increase the number of people who receive the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination lessening the possibility of a third wave as more people gain immunity to the 2009 H1N1 virus,” she said.