By Melissa Huber, I-O Reporter
When Jesse Parks and his wife Sharon settled in Conrad 42 years ago, they may not have known what an impact they would have on the community many years later. Now, in the wake of their retirement as Village Drug’s owners, no one can deny they did their part to serve the citizens of Conrad the best they could.
Parks’ path to becoming Village Drug’s owner and pharmacist began at the University of Montana School of Pharmacy, where he graduated in 1968. His first out-of-school experience in the pharmacy world was in the service of Don Vaupel who owned the Western Drug chain. Parks served in four of Vaupel’s stores, often working over 50 hours a week.
The Gauntlets of VAQ-136 conducted a Change of Command on Jan. 14.Commander Brent Tornga relieved Commander Scott Hardy in a ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.The guest of honor for the event was Captain Jeffery Czerewko, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Two. Captain Darryl Walker, Commodore, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet was the guest speaker.
Tornga takes the helm with ample aviation experience.He has achieved over 500 carrier arrested landings and 2,200 flight hours. Tornga started his career flying the EA-6B Prowler and transitioned to the EA-18G Growler as the Gauntlet’s Executive Officer. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal with numeral 4, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and several campaign and service awards.
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Montana native Kody Farkell is seeking to be elected to a full term as the Pondera County Clerk & Recorder in the November General Election.
Running on the Republican ticket, the 33-year-old was raised in Livingston and graduated from Park High School in 1999. She went on to attend MSU-Bozeman, earning a BS degree in Ag-Business Management in 2003.
During her college years she worked in the accounting field for MSU-Bozeman as well as doing an internship with Northwest Farm Credit Services in Conrad.