By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter
Front Range CASA/GAL, Inc is a nonprofit organization in Conrad which serves children in northcentral Montana.
The CASA mission is to provide trained CASA volunteers for every abused and neglected child in the 9th Judicial District that may need one.
CASA currently has 12 volunteers serving for over 40 children in our region.
Anyone interested in being a volunteer, please contact Kiersta Sullivan, Executive Director. If you are interested in serving on the board, contact her or any current board member.
The all-volunteer board consists of people from all four counties in the region, and funding comes from donations and grants.
CLOSE-UP WITH CONGRESSMEN — On March 20, the Close-Up students went to Capitol Hill and spoke with Congressmen Jon Tester, Max Baucus and Steve Daines. They had a brief question-and-answer session on current National and State policies, laws, and other political issues. Above is Congressman Daines and the Close-Up students from Conrad. Photo courtesy of Congressman Steve Daines' office
Submitted and written by Rebecca Brown
This past week 13 Juniors at Conrad High School got the amazing opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and learn more about the government that runs this great country.
We went to Arlington Cemetery, the Holocaust Museum, the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Korean War Memorial, Gandhi Memorial, the National Law Enforcement Memorial and the National Japanese-American Memorial.
We also went to the Pentagon, the White House, the Library of Congress and the Eastern Market.
We visited the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Museum of American History, National Gallery of Art, Museum of Natural History and Portrait Gallery.
At last Wednesday’s business meeting, after much discussion on the pros and cons of the request of United Grain Corporation (UGC), the county commissioners on a 3-0 vote moved to approve the application for UGC for a tax relief.
The tax relief is for a period of 10 years on the new shuttle grain elevator facility constructed just off the Pendroy Road.
The Montana Department of Revenue currently has an initial investment value on the facility of $14,500,000. The county will still gain about $777,000 in additional tax paid by UGC. Even in granting the incentive, the result is a larger tax base to share the total bill, resulting in lower taxes for current taxpayers.