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January 28, 2015

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Concert The Northeastern Arts Network presents Tumble- down House on Feb. 5 as part of its Big Sky Concert Series. Don't miss this unique and exciting per- formance to be held at the MonDak Heritage Center at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door: adults $15, senior $13, and students $10. For additional concert information contact Candy Markwald 406-488-4155, Jill Hill 406-489-4304, or Karen Boehler 406-433-4375. Bootleggers Ball The fi rst Bootleggers Ball, sponsored by the Sidney Elks Lodge, with funds go- ing to the Boys & Girls Club of Richland County, will provide a unique opportu- nity to support the youth of Richland County. This fundraising event, held at the Elks Lodge, will feature premium whiskey and spirit tasting. National distributors as well as boutique distilleries from throughout the West will present a wide range of tast- ings to choose from on Feb. 6 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets for the event are on sale now at Sidney Liquors for $100 per person. Space is limited so it is advised to purchase them as soon as possible. You also may reserve your tickets by calling Jodi Leland at 406- 480-1999. Hunter education Orientation/Walk-in registration for the spring bow hunter education class is 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern Ag Research Center. Online registration is available at http://fwp.mt.gov. Print all forms and bring to meet- ing. Class is Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You must be at least 11 years old to register. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must be present on the fi rst night. For more information, call Larry Christensen, 406-489- 0589, Jim Miller, 406-489- 1653, or Charles Osborn, 406-925-1302. Blood drive The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regu- lar blood donor this year, A blood drive is planned at Fairview High School from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday (today). You can schedule an appointment to donate by calling 1-800-695-7258 or go to www.redcrossblood.org. Bulletin Board Deaths Harold Buxbaum, 88 Roger Campbell, 84 Robert Leslie Knopp, 68 Michael Kraai, 60 Victoria Tomlinson, 55 Page 3A Inside Around Town .....2A Classifi eds .......4-6B Deaths ...............3A Here's My Card ...5B NIE. ...................3B Oil report ...........3A Opinion ..............6A Sports .............1-2B SPORTS highlights - 1-2B Published for Richland County and subscribers James & Sandy Miller WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015 ~ 107TH YEAR, NO. 8 ~ SIDNEY, MONTANA ~ WWW.SIDNEYHERALD.COM ~ 75 CENTS SPEECH & DRAMA places at divisional - 7A BY MIKE FRANCINGUES SIDNEY HERALD The regional conference for this year's northeast Business Professionals of America, held Wednesday at Sidney High School, was a great success for the stu- dents involved as well as the companies that volunteered their time. "We probably have about 65 different events," said Elaine Stedman, who has run the BPA program in Sidney for 17 years. "We have 200 students here from the northeast region, which ranges from Chinook to Sidney. They can participate in events such as presen- tations, videos, websites, parliamentary procedure and several computer pro- grams." This year a number of oil companies who operate in the Bakken came together to help sponsor the event including companies such as ONEOK and Wood Group. "We're telling the students what all there is for career opportunities in the Bak- ken," said Chad Steffes of ONEOK. "A number of us have been judges for events. Each one of was on a dif- ferent team, presentation management, interview skills. I did small business management." Steffes said he was ex- cited to be back at a BPA event. He was member of the group when he was in school, he recalled, and noted it felt good to now be one of the professionals involved. "It gives students a chance to put on professional attire and get a taste of the real world," he said. "It's nice to give back to the students and provide some insight into what they will be ex- periencing in a few months or a few years. Overall it sounds like there has been a good turnout. It seems like a very positive interest from the students." Darcy Bouchard of Continental agreed that the program was great for students and their futures in the business world. "I think it's a great pro- gram, especially in regards to scholarships," Bouchard said. "It opens them up and gives them great skills, es- pecially public speaking. It boosts their confi dence." Michael Munion, a junior, and Tyrone Hageman, a sophomore, of Jordan Public Schools, said even though they had to wake up 6 a.m. to drive to Sidney, they were really enjoying the event. "I'm liking all my events. I had interview and human resource management and they were both really fun," said Hageman. "I haven't been in it very long and its already helped me a lot." "I did fi nancial analysis team," added Munion. "I think the criticism they give us is really good. They keep working to make us better." Beth Lawrence, Garfi eld County High School's busi- ness teacher and the BPA advisor, said she likes the events because they give students a chance to use the skills they've learned and show off what they've done academically. "It gives them a chance to see how useful the skills they're learning are in the real world," she said. "It gives them an opportunity to work with numbers, see how businesses are run and gives them public speaking experience they'll need no matter what they go into." The Sidney BPA program has grown from a mere six students when it started to more than 50, Stedman said. Sidney hosts the regional tournament every year, as the biggest school in the northeast region. From here, students will go onto the state competition in Billings. MIKE FRANCINGUES | SIDNEY HERALD BPA students visit with residents of the Lodge during their time at the convention in Sidney last week. BPA students learn many lessons during time in program BILL VANDER WEELE | SIDNEY HERALD Classical duo Sidney High School students Kyle Topp, left, and Scottlyn Anglesey perform during the school's speech and drama team's dessert theater held Sunday at Pella Lutheran Church. BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD A challenge is coming soon for indi- viduals who feel a community complex is needed in Richland County. Lisa Gorder, a member of the project's steering committee, says the "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is" challenge will help get residents to start donating funds as well as in- crease their ownership of the project. All the details haven't been ironed out yet, but the challenge will take place on Facebook so make sure you keep track of the Richland Community Complex page. Gorder said the fundraiser will be similar to the ice bucket challenge in some aspects. She hopes area clubs and businesses challenge each other to make donations. "It will be a chain reaction to get ev- erybody involved," Gorder said. "We're also trying to get them more involved through social media." She said she has heard a large amount of positive comments about the community complex's plans. Some individuals are excited about the entire plan, while others are very interested in specifi c segments. The entire project is estimated at this point to cost $55 million, but people should remember that the complex can be built in portions and the committee is very open to suggestions of how to improve the proposal. The proposal features the public library in the front of the complex. The facility is also expected to feature an auditorium, an eight-room daycare with kitchen, a senior citizen center, a gymnastics area, a walking track, meeting rooms, a rodeo space, a swim- ming pool and a three-court basketball area. The courts can be divided into three areas for basketball or volleyball contests or matches. On the outside, plans are for three soccer fi elds, two baseball fi elds and three softball fi elds. The facility is projected to be located between the Candlewood Suites and the ARS ag research station. For more information, contact Gorder, 406-480-3193, or any committee members. The committee consists of Gorder, Dan Peters, Julie Brodhead, Ross Hall, Pat McWilliams, Roger Byer, Connie Sturgis, Colten DeVries, Jessica Davies, Travis Peterson, Billie Hillesland, Jessica Kostelecky, Serena Everett, Andrew Shiffer, Jolene Baxter, Dan Earle, Angie Olson, Danielle Diede, Libby Knotts, Joe Bradley, Joe and Leslie Russell and Mark Martin. Community complex committee challenges residents BY MIKE FRANCINGUES SIDNEY HERALD Scientists with Montana State University and the U.S. Geological Survey have identifi ed dammed reser- voirs in the Missouri River as the cause of spiraling pal- lid sturgeon numbers in the wild, according to a paper published in the journal. Or more aptly, the dead zones created by the artifi - cial reservoirs that prevent young pallid sturgeon from reaching maturity. The study was built on previous work showing that there was not enough drift distance between the reservoirs for hatched pallid sturgeon embryos before entering the reservoirs in the upper Mis- souri River. "Before dams, hatched pal- lid sturgeon embryos would drift for hundreds of miles, eventually settling out of the river's current in areas with low fl ow where they matured enough to negotiate the river's fl ow," said a prepared statement from a USGS spokesperson. These artifi cial reservoirs have restricted fl ow earlier in the river, which prevents the pallid sturgeons from drifting long enough to reach maturity, where they would be able to swim up and out of dead zones created by high microbial activity at the bot- tom of these reservoirs, said Eric Scholl, a Ph.D. student at MSU and a co-author on the study. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates there are fewer than 175 adult pallid sturgeon living in the Mis- souri River above Lake Saka- kawea. These fi sh can live as long as humans, more than 70 years, and take nearly 20 years to reach sexual maturity. The size of these reser- voirs will make any recovery effort very diffi cult, said Steve Dalbey, fi sheries pro- gram manager for Montana Scientists offer new research on sturgeon SEE FISH, PAGE 8A XNLV195976 XNLV195976 "Let me help you nd the market value of your home." Amanda Seigfreid Third Generation Sales Associate • Phone: 406-433-3010 • Email: amandas@midrivers.com www.missouririverrealty.com SPECIALIZED IN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES. GIVE ME A CALL! MISSOURI RIVER REALTY 120 2nd St. NE, Sidney, MT 59270 • In the Seigfreid Agency offi ce

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