A recent ruling in a seven year old water law suit by Gene Curry of Valier went against the Pondera County Canal & Reservoir Company (PCC&RC).
In part, the water judge, Hugh McFadden, ruled that the PCC&RC had been trading, selling, and exchanging water rights wrongly for 40 years.
The City of Conrad purchased 43 percent of their (water) shares after 1973, prompting the water judge to reduce the city’s shares from 2,180 to 1,239.
Judge McFadden ruled that municipal water could be used within the city limits and also one mile outside the city limits.
Those that are beyond one mile from the city limits and received municipal water would be impacted.
The PCC&RC held a meeting Tuesday evening and a more in depth story will be in next week’s Independent-Observer.
County commissioners had a light agenda to complete during their regular Wednesday business meeting.
One piece of business approved was an encroachment agreement requested by the North Central Montana Regional Water Authority to install a new waterline(s) under county roads.
The new lines will be at the Midway Road on the west side of Furlough Road; On Furlough Road, 1,000 feet east of the Primrose Road; On Primrose Road, 3,950 feet on the south side of Sollid Road, at the Brady Road, 1,550 feet north of Chance Road and on Old Shelby Road at the intersection of Legacy Road.
Commissioner Sandy Broesder made the motion to approve, Janis Hoppes gave a second and the agreement passed on a 3-0 vote.
REACH FOR THE SKY — Cowgirl Taryn Erickson hopped, skipped, jumped and leaped 28-11 at the Cut Bank meet in the triple jump. Photo courtesy of Loni Judisch
The Cowboy and Cowgirl track teams were able to beat the weather and get time in at a track meet this past week.
The teams were in Cut Bank for the Booster Invitational.
On the girls’ side, team scores and places looked like this:
1. Chinook 113, 2. North Star 107, 3. Shelby 87, 4. Chester-JI 59, 6. Cut Bank 59, 6. Browning 24, 7. Fort Benton 23, 8. Simms 17, 9. Valier 12, 10. Conrad 10, 11. North Toole County, 6.
Taryn Erickson raced to a third place in the 800m in 2:52.5 and Jayde Richardson went over the bar at the high jump at 4-8 to gain a fourth place.