On the heels of Whooping Cough, another virus has arrived in Pondera County: Influenza A 2009 H1N1.
Though influenza like illness has been noted regionally for over a month, Pondera County confirmed its first case of influenza with the Montana State Public Health Lab just before Christmas.
With 14 positive rapid influenza tests now reported to the state, one hospitalization, and several more cases of influenza like illnesses, Pondera County and the state of Montana anticipate an upgraded designation of widespread activity soon.
At the last regular meeting of the commissioners, they received a draft job description for the Pondera County Extension Service Administrative assistant position from Pondera County Extension Agent Wendy Wedum.
The job description will be approved once all the commissioners have had an opportunity to review it.
A crime control grant was approved. Commissioner Janice Hoppes moved to approve a grant for $5,396, plus a $600 county match for the Sheriff’s Department so they can purchase new Tazer guns for the department.
Doris Ida Mooney Neu died Jan. 3 at her home in Missoula.She was 95.
Vigil service was held on Jan. 5 at Blessed Trinity Catholic Community, l475 Eaton St., and funeral mass on Jan. 6. Interment will take place at an undetermined time at the family plot in Philipsburg overlooking the Flint Creek Valley. Garden City Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Doris was born May 15, 1918 in Conrad, the first of four children to Earl Edwin and Mary Almira (Sanders) Mooney, pioneer homesteaders on a small farm near the community of Manson. She graduated from Conrad High School in 1936 and worked at the Federal Land Bank office and Pondera County Abstract Company before enrolling in the fall of 1937 at Montana State University in Missoula.