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September 17, 2014

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Commodities distribution Distribution for Senior Commodities will be on Friday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at 123 W. Main the back door of the Nutter Building. Message phone is 406-433- 4353. Poppy drive Ladies Auxiliary & VFW Annual Poppy Drive The Sidney VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW will have their annual Poppy Drive the week of Sept. 22-27. Members of the organiza- tions will be visiting busi- nesses in Sidney, Fairview, Savage and Lambert asking for donations. Youth groups will be at various locations on Sat- urday to ask for individual donations. All proceeds form the Poppy Drive will be do- nated for only veteran needs as outlined in the national bylaws; such as hospitals, packages overseas, travel and food for needy veterans, VFW National Children's home and National Military Services. Representing the Ladies Auxiliary VFW are Presi- dent Louise Troudt and Secretary-Treasurer Violet Tharp. Red Hatters The Richland Red Hatters Club will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Country Club to celebrate its 12th anniversa- ry. RSVP by Sept. 28 to Sylvia at 406-798-3882. Church activities With so many people moving into the community, Sidney Assembly of God wants to help meet the need of having a place to go to relax, meet new people, and simply have a fun time. Every Monday night throughout the football season, they will be opening their doors for everyone to come watch the game and enjoy some great food. They have four large TV screens. The food includes vari- ous dishes, from hot dogs to meatballs to pizza and more, plus all the snacks people love to down during games. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Monday nights and there is no charge. Sidney Assembly is located at 414 East Main St. in Sidney, next door to White Drug. For more info, call 406-433-2550. 310 2ND AVE. N.E. SIDNEY • WWW.SIDNEYHERALD.COM 406-433-2403 • FAX 406-433-7802 Your Sales Team Debbie Crossland heraldsales@sidneyherald.com Patti Tornabeni adrep@sidneyherald.com XNLV170287 310 2ND AVE. N.E. SIDNEY • WWW.SIDNEYHERALD.COM 406-433-2403 • FAX 406-433-7802 Bulletin Board Death Thomas Tarnavsky, 80 Page 3A Inside Around Town .....2A Classifieds .......3-6B Milestones ..........3A Here's My Card ...4B Opinion ..............5A Sports .............1-2B Death .................3A SportS highlights - 1-2B EngagEmEnt Garland-Johnson - 6A XNLV137813 1914 2014 Published for Richland County and subscriber Dorothy Barber WeDnesDay, sePt. 17, 2014 ~ 106th yeaR, no. 75 ~ siDney, Montana ~ WWW.siDneyheRalD.CoM ~ 75 Cents By Bill VAndeR Weele Special to the herald The Fairview School Dis- trict will be operating with- out an elementary principal for an undetermined amount of time. Fairview Superintendent of Schools Luke Kloker told the Herald that elementary principal Ruben Moreno has been placed on paid admin- istrative leave because of "professional differences." No time frame has been placed on the leave. During the time that the school doesn't have an elementary principal, other staff members will assist in various areas. Kloker will handle all administrative responsibilities. When the Herald contacted Moreno, the first-year prin- cipal said, "At this point, I've been advised not to say anything." After teaching history at Sidney High School since 2008, Moreno started his new position in Fairview this fall. Kloker said that the admin- istrative leave is not re- lated to Moreno resigning as By Bill VAndeR Weele Special to the herald The State has filed its list of expert witnesses for its case against Michael Spell, one of the two men charged with the murder of Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold. The list of experts include several from the FBI based in Quantico Marine Base, Va. Among the witnesses scheduled to testify from the FBI include Juliet A. Rolando, who is from the Nuclear DNA Unit. She is expected to testify con- cerning the results of the analyses of samples submit- ted to her for examination. Susan N. Cropp, from the FBI's Mitochondrial DNA Unit, will provide her expert forensic opinion concerning the results on the samples submitted to her. Other witnesses from the FBI will include: Shannon E. Prince, of the FBI's Latent Print Opera- tions, who will provide her forensic opinion that among the samples submitted to her for analysis, latent prints were detected and compared to individuals associated with the investigation. Jodi Blakely Webb, of the FBI's Trace Evidence Unit, who will provide testimony and compare geologic ma- terials including soil, glass, SuSan Minichiello | Sidney herald Board member Margaret Bradley baked this cake to celebrate the MonDak heritage Center's 30 year anniversary. 30 years Mondak heritage center celebrates anniversary By Joel eBeRT Sidney herald Sidney could play host to Montana's congressional candidates if things go according to plan, the Chamber of Commerce told Richland County com- mission on Sept. 8. While the chamber has already scheduled one political forum, which will gather candidates for local elections, Jessica Davies, executive director of the chamber, said they are hoping to bring Republican Congress- man Steve Daines and Democrat Amanda Curtis to the area for an October debate. Both are candidates for Montana's U.S. Senate seat. Davies said she is working with cam- paign officials from both candidates to solidify plans. She is hoping to hold the event sometime in October at the Richland County Fair Event Center. With a debate planned in Bozeman in early October, the Sidney event would be a regional candidates forum. Commissioner Duane Mitchell encouraged Davies to not only invite the two Senate candidates. He said he would like to see the event turned into a congressional forum and would like an invitation extended to Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke, who are running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, in addition to Libertarian Roger Root, who is running for Senate. "You'd have a big turnout, I guaran- tee it," said Mitchell. "They don't come to the east that often." The local forum will be held on Oct. 23 at the MSU Extension office and will be co-sponsored by the Farm Bureau Association. The forum will host John Dynneson and Joe Renders, who are running for Richland County Sheriff, District 35 House of Representative candidates Scott Staffanson and Rob Knotts, along with district judge candi- dates Katherine Bidegaray and Janet Christofferson. Davies said she is hoping the Farm Bureau Association will also be able to co-sponsor the potential congressional forum. In addition to the political events, Davies said the chamber is working on plans to bring a zombie run to Sidney, as well as a potential revamp of the annual Christmas stroll. The zombie run would take place in October, although Davies said the ex- act details have yet to be determined. She said discussions are ongoing on whether the run will be a 5K or pos- sibly longer. The Christmas stroll, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 28, is being re-worked this year in an effort to connect downtown businesses with storefronts located at Fox Run on North Central Avenue. Ideally it would be best to come up with a tractor or sleigh ride that would help transport people between the two areas, Davies said. Davies also said the chamber is working on holding a winter version of the Bakken Brew Fest and possibly even a summertime brew fest next year. Although plans are still tentative, Davies said the chamber is hoping to schedule the summer event in the park, with a focus on music. Davies told the commissioners all events will be posted on the newly finished chamber website, which will provide information on commu- nity events and meetings, as well as chamber-sponsored events. Sidney possible host to congressional candidates Fairview elementary principal on paid leave By Mike FRAnCinGueS Sidney herald Richland County commissioners decided Monday to move forward with civil and criminal actions against landowners who have not responded to cease and desist letters regarding RV parks on their properties that county officials believe are out of compliance. County Compliance Officer Terry Murphy has delivered more than 50 letters to landowners regarding illegal RV parks he detected on flyovers of the area, he said. "We're being as aggressive as we can," he said. "The majority of people have already complied. Some have even thanked us." However, a smaller of number of landowners have not responded, he said, and it's these people the city is looking to have brought into compli- ance. The landowners are charging high rents to the people in the illegal camps, said Commissioner Loren Young. "We've resolved as many as we could in other ways. Now, we're just dealing with the group that isn't responding," said Tara DePuy, a lawyer working with the county on the issue. "Making people respond is going to take time and money." Commissioner Shane Gorder said he thought it was best to go ahead despite the cost, to help prevent the problem from growing out of control. "Right now we're looking at 10 (land- owners)," he said. "If we wait it could be up to 30 or 50." The cost of the cases has been bud- geted for, according to County Attorney Mike Weber. Commissioners Young and Duane Mitchell both agreed .with Gorder, and the council gave DePuy the go ahead to move forward with civil and criminal actions if necessary. "It's really a matter of health and safety," said Young, noting most of the illegal operations did not have proper access to water and sewer utilities. "They could spread diseases from the water and sewage if (they're) not prop- erly handled." Another safety issue is that many of the camps are in the Yellowstone River Floodplain, Murphy said. "It's one thing to move your RV in for the weekend to go fishing, but when they're living there, that's the issue," he said. "You know, I hate to see come next June a bunch of RVs floating down the river." State releases witness list for Spell trial See WiTneSSeS, page 4a See CoACH, page 4a By SuSAn MiniCHiello Sidney herald The MonDak Heritage Center celebrated its 30th an- niversary on Sunday during its annual board meeting. To celebrate, there was dessert and entertainment following the board meeting. Singer Erin Espeland sang and played guitar. "I can't believe it's 30 years old, it seems so fresh and modern," Espeland said as she took the stage. Former executive director Bert Sawyer attended the celebration. Sawyer cur- rently lives in Glendive. "It's really fun and inter- esting," Sawyer said of the program additions to the museum since he worked there from 1991 to 1995. In his report, Board Presi- dent Joe Bradley announced a new executive director, Kimberly Simmons, will assume her duties at the museum in mid-October. The position has been vacant since late June, following the departure of former execu- tive director Benjamin L. Clark. Other updates Bradley mentioned included $30,000 raised in a year-end giving county buckles down on rV parks compliance campaign last December, alone with grants from PPL Montana, the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Bakken Brew- fest, the Williston Star Fund and the Montana Cultural Trust. Bradley also noted around 3,000 more community mem- bers were reached through the museum's educational programs. He acknowledged former outreach and educa- tion coordinator Jenny Baker for her effort. Four board members were reelected uncontested: Jennifer Blekstad, Candy Markwald, Dave Branson and Joe Bradley. The MonDak Historical and Art Society celebrated its 47th anniversary. Its en- dowment fund is currently at around $650,000.

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