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.
MILEAGE COUNTS — Prairie View students Elle Buhl and Amber Johnson show off their awards, two Mileage Club backpacks. Buhl and Johnson were the school’s top walkers with 51 miles each. Photo courtesy of Prairie View School
Every year at Prairie View School, students begin walking. They walk starting after New Year’s Day and go until St. Patrick’s Day.
Greg Jensen, Prairie View Principal said, “The students set a goal of 400 miles this year. As of March 7, we are at 585, so we have gone way past our goal.”
The students seem to enjoy getting outdoors and Jensen said, “The students are very excited and are very driven this year. They are able to walk during their lunch and afternoon recesses.”