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What's your opinion on the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act?

“My kids don’t get any smoke out of it.”

Jake Bowling

“Definitely happy that no one allows that here anymore.”

Anastasia Williams

“I smoke and I’m in favor of it.”

Linda Moore

“I think it has had plenty of benefits in downplaying the need to smoke.”

Grant White

“I smoke and it means I have to go outside to do it, I’m fine with that.”

Kendall Samuels

Commissioner Gorder assumes role as president of Montana Association of Counties

Richland County Commissioner Shane Gorder was recently appointed president of the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) after serving as second vice president and then vice president. He was sworn in Monday, Sept. 23, for his one-year term.

“I had a lot of support from other counties and county commissioners that thought I would do a great job,” Gorder said. “I am going to continue the what the past presidents have done. Be open minded, listen to the concerns, whether it’s from eastern Montana, western Montana or central Montana. I’m going to be the voice to carry those concerns.”

Gorder’s duties will include working closely with MACo and the staff, looking into legislation and bills, modifying bills and working with various boards like worker’s compensation. The commissioner said his transition from vice president into president has helped him to be well-prepared for the new role. Gorder’s elected-official career began in 2011 when he was elected as a county commissioner. He is currently in his second six-year term.

“It started with a lot of open discussion with friends of mine in the county,” Gorder said. “I was working at the county in the road department. I was a blade operator for just about seven years, so I was constantly following the role of the leadership.”

Gorder follows in the footsteps of past Richland County Commissioner Bob Mullen who also served as MACo president in the 1980s. Mullen is now a commissioner in Jefferson County, but Gorder said he still keeps an eye on Richland.

“He keeps close ties on what’s going on in Sidney,” Gorder said.

Richland County has a rich history of leadership, Gorder said, with examples like Sandy Christensen, who served as president of the Montana County Treasurer’s Association, and Stephanie Verhasselt, who served as the president of the Montana Association of Clerk and Recorders and Election Administrators.

“I believe we’re working hard as elected officials in Richland County,” Gorder said. “We’re stepping up and taking roles of leadership at state positions. I’m proud to say we’ve got good leadership in Richland County and we’re also doing our best to help the state of Montana.”

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Montana Submarine Veterans

Montana Submarine Veterans gathered in Sidney on Oct. 3-6 for their biannual meetings. The group enjoyed the Best Chicken Fried Steak of Richland County from the Ranger Lounge on Friday, Oct. 4, for a catered meal at the VFW. Submarine veterans are, front from left, Bill Henderson, Val Kearney Keaveny Sr., Don Hix and Ron Martini. Back row: Bill Caton, Dan Hutchinson, Monte Weisser, Wyatt Burr, Roger Knoell, Chris Severson, Hank Raaum, John Chaffey, Jeff Holmes and Forrest Kartevold.

A topic at the meetings this year was the May 2020 completion of the Virginia Class nuclear fast attack submarine, the USS Montana. Henderson said the sub will likely drop in the water sometime in 2021.

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Sidney resident Sally Nelson blazes Maah Daah Hey Trail with record-breaking run

The facts

Sidney resident Sally Nelson recently broke the Maah Daah Hey “Buck-Fifty” Ultra Run record by completing 152 miles on a single track course with a time of 52:09:58 on Monday, Sept. 23. That’s 52 hours, nine minutes and 58 seconds. It’s Nelson’s 17th ultra run completed (ultra runs are classified as anything over a marathon, which measure 26.2 miles).

The story

Nelson said she hasn’t been a lifelong runner and picked up the hobby in 2005 to lose weight and get healthy. Since then, she’s maintained her runner status by setting different race goals and accomplishing them. In preparation for the Maah Daah Hey run, Nelson trained with races and a personal running regiment.

“I did my first 100 [mile run] in 2018,” Nelson said. “I’ve been running like 50-60 mile weeks since then. I ran a series in Moab, Utah, over the winter. I did a 50K in November, a 50-miler in January, another 50K in March, and then I did another 50K in June and a 100-miler in June, and a 50-miler in July. Those were my races leading up to that one.”

With all the preparation, Nelson said she didn’t experience a low-point in her most recent race, but that doesn’t always keep the pessimism at bay.

“On this one, the first morning I asked myself, ‘Why don’t you just run 10Ks?’ Nelson said.

With longer races, Nelson had a chance to stop at intermittent stations, with the shortest distance being 3.4 miles and the longest being 15 miles. She made sure to take a break when she needed.

“The clock doesn’t stop from start to finish,” Nelson said. “I think probably minimum [rest] time I spent was 10 minutes, but I slept the second night, Sunday night, for five and half to six hours.”

Feeling refreshed from her rest, Nelson set back out on the trail, with her husband and daughter cheering her on along the way. Looking back on the experience now, the seasoned runner said she hardly remembers large portions of the race. Toward the end, there were miles she walked, fought through nauseousness, chills and her the feeling of her body wearing down. Ultimately, Nelson said, it boils down to a mental battle and new runners need to remember to start small first.

“You can do it. It’s mental,” she said. “If you can run a marathon, you can run a longer distance. At that point, it’s mental. Making yourself keep going when you don’t want to.”

What’s next

Nelson will be hitting the trail again soon, with an ultimate run measuring 240 miles in a year from now in Moab, Utah. The loop goes over two mountain ranges, topping out around 11,000 feet in elevation, and drops into the desert. On Jan. 31 through Feb. 1, she will run a 120-mile race in Florida.

Her next big goal? Going the distance while tackling elevation, humidity and heat.

Photo by Caysi Johnson

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The Savage Warriors faced the Garfield County Mustangs for their homecoming game, coming out with a loss and a final score of 68-19.

Savage Warriors

The Savage Warriors faced the Garfield County Mustangs for their homecoming game, coming out with a loss and a final score of 68-19.

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Sidney Eagles football shutout in loss to Dawson County

Sidney Eagles were finally back on the football field Friday night, Oct. 4, at home against the Dawson County Red Devils. For the Eagles, comes off from not having played their last game since Sept. 20, where they took on the Fergus Golden Eagles in a loss of 12-0.

Sidney opened the game on offense after the Red Devils deferred to the second half. Jaxson Franklin got out to roughly midfield on the opening kickoff return setting up solid field position for the Eagles to start their drive. On the very next play, Aden Graves took the handoff and ran for a first down, appearing to have offensive momentum. But a high snap over quarterback, Cooper McGlothlin’s head would go on to cost them field position and an eventual turnover on downs.

The Eagles and Red Devils would continue having back and forth three and outs throughout the first quarter, as no team would find the endzone tied at 0-0 heading into the second quarter.

With 10:58 left in the first half, with the Red Devils sustaining a promising drive down the field, would get in for six points from the 1-yard line on a handoff. That would lead to an extra point conversion and a 7-0 for Dawson County.

From there, the first half would end as the rest of the quarter continued with more three and outs for both teams, with stout defenses on both sides, making an impact. At the end of the first half and heading into the locker room, the score was 7-0.

The second half remained the same as the first half with a lot of defense and less offense. Either team scored any points for the rest of the game. The Eagles had two chances to tie the game with six seconds left in the game from the opponent’s 25-yard line, and both Hail Mary’s would fall incomplete, resulting in a Red Devils victory of 7-0. Sidney has now fell to 2-3 on the year.

Sidney’s next game will be away on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. against the Hardin Bulldogs.

5 things to know about Oct. 7-12

1. A ceramic gnome painting class will take place at the MonDak Heritage Center on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. In this pottery glazing class, each participant will get to paint their own pair of ceramic gnomes. All ages welcome. Tuition $30 for non-members, and $25 for MDHC members.

2. The grand opening of Emersyn Lane, a children’s boutique above Meraki, will be Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

3. Also on Saturday, Oct. 12, is a MedSpa Fall Social, Meadowlark Public House upper room, 10 a.m. — 12 p.m. Dr. Shari Twigg, board certified in aesthetic medicine, will be discussing the benefits of micro-needling including live demonstrations. Stop by and enjoy a morning of exclusive offers on treatments, spectacular specials on skincare products, and a chance to win fabulous door prizes. Hot beverages, pastries and fresh fruit will be served.

4. Community day of service will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. Members of the Sidney Ward invite the community to join with them in a Day of Service to the City of Sidney, followed by a soup potluck at the church. Bret and Lorraine Allen have been working with George Bieble and the Parks & Recreation board to come up with a list of various projects around the city that community residents can help with.

5. On Sunday, Oct. 13, is the St. Matthew’s fall dinner, Parish Center, 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. Turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. Cost is $12 per plate, children under 6 eat free.