Stevi students win energy awards Three Stevensville Public School students were recipients of energy awards at the State Science Fair held in Missoula. According to Norm Jacobson, MEEC's science fair coordinator, "we usually think of a science project as learning just science. However, participation in the science fair also provides the students with opportunities to improve their leadership, public speaking, and communication skills.
The Montana Energy Education Council, a non-profit educational organization, has been involved in the fair for the past 21 years. The Council also provides energy workshops and curriculum materials for teachers and sponsors the Montana Energy Calendar poster contest each year.
The draft list update is now available for review and comments will be accepted during a day public comment period extending from 5 p. This report, containing the d list, includes a list of Montana water bodies that are impaired Montaba in need of water quality restoration as well as a summary of state water quality information, known as the b report. The draft Tota contains changes to the list of impaired waters, updates to assessment information for waters already on the list, and the current schedule for preparing total maximum daily lo or TMDLs.
A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant that a water body seekd receive from all sources without exceeding water quality standards. The draft report also identifies waters impaired by pollution and pollutants in various.
The complete report that the DEQ will submit to the EPA consists of a relational database and computer map files, so the Department has made a more accessible and easier to use version of the draft list available at: www. Anyone experiencing problems using this site should contact the Montana Integrated Report Coordinator by phone at BoxHelena, MT The DEQ cannot guarantee that comments received after the November 7 closing date will be considered in developing the final list.
DEQ bans outdoor burning The Montana Department of Environmental Quality DEQ has announced that all outdoor burning is prohibited until Mohtana notice, pending a change in weather conditions. Outdoor burning includes burning wood waste and other non-prohibited material outside. Outdoor burning does not include small recreational fires or barbeque grills.
An accelerating pattern of earlier spring snowmelt, long-term drought, and increased summer and fall temperatures is increasing the regularity and intensity of wildfire. Smoke from wildfires currently lingers in many Montana communities as warm, dry weather continues to dominate the state. The DEQ may revise its outdoor burning restriction as weather conditions change. The Department regulates outdoor burning and issues daily burning restriction statements beginning September 1 of each year.
The Department allows planned outdoor burning only when smoke disperses well.
Those planning to conduct outdoor burning are reminded to check with the DEQ and their county health seejs fire departments prior to burning. The DEQ updates burning restriction information daily and posts the information on its hotline at For more information about open burning restrictions and burning permits in general visit the DEQ website at www. Be Dazzled for earning a top finish in this prestigious event. To qualify, exhibitors along with their horses must have earned a certain of points in AQHA-approved shows between June 1,and July 30, This is the fourth year for the show, with s increasing each year as exhibitors from around the world compete for 37 World Championship titles.
Travel restrictions near Gash Creek Fire lifted Citing ificantly decreased fire activity on the Gash Creek Fire, Bitterroot National Forest officials have announced that all travel restrictions associated with the Gash Creek Fire have been lifted. The temporary restrictions prohibiting public entry into Gash Creek, Sweathouse Creek, Smith Creek and the lower reaches of Big Creek due to public safety concerns related to Total Helena Montana seeks top wildfire were rescinded by Forest Supervisor Dave Bull.
Both Forest Supervisor Bull and Stevensville District Ranger Dan Ritter appreciate the public's cooperation with the closures, and are pleased that the area is once again open for public use. Forest users are reminded to use extra caution when traveling through burned areas. Burned snags fall Mojtana little provocation or warning. Recreationists, Heleja cutters and other forest visitors are reminded that despite the cooler temperatures and spotty moisture, forests remain relatively dry and caution must still be exercised on forested lands.
Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in effect. Campfires and use of charcoal briquettes are allowed only in developed recreation sites or campgrounds, and only in the metal or concrete fire rings provided at the site.
Fires within rock fire rings are not permitted. The public can continue to use gas stoves fueled solely by liquid fuel or LPG fuels outside of developed recreation sites during Stage 1 restrictions. In addition to the campfire restrictions, smoking is prohibited except within buildings, vehicles, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area that is barren or cleared of all Mpntana materials for at least three feet in diameter.
Victor School needs volunteers Volunteers are a welcome addition at Victor School.
The Family Resource Center is deed to meet the seesk in education, public safety, health issues and our environment. The goal is to provide families opportunities to have quality time with children through education by recruiting volunteers to help with this process. Statewide, 84 students earned scores of 6. These students produced outstanding essays under Hrlena constraints of a minute test setting. According to Kevin Conwell, Principal at Hamilton High School, "this is an outstanding achievement and both students along with their teachers and parents are to be commended.
Of the 3, students who indicated that they plan to enroll in a MUS four-year degree program, In February and March ofhigh schools voluntarily tested 6, students.
These high schools were honored with Certificates of Appreciation for their Helenz activities from the Board of Regents and the Board of Public Education. Next year's juniors will be able to write this test, either by hand or using a computer, in January or February of Surplus A7 antlerless elk s available Surplus A7 s, valid for antlerless elk primarily on private land, are now available on a first-come, first served basis for seven west central Montana hunting districts.
Hunters must exchange their general elk at the Missoula Fish, Wildlife and Parks office to receive one of the s.
There is no fee for the exchange. The A7 s are valid for all or portions of elk archery only and general rifle seasons, depending on the hunting districts. Access may be difficult in some areas, and hunters are encouraged to secure landowner permission before purchasing an A7. Surplus A7 elk s are available for the following hunting districts: Hunting District,and Helens some cases, s may only be sewks in specified areas in each hunting district, and hunters are encouraged to refer to the Deer, Elk and Antelope Hunting Regulations for more A7 information and regulations.
Montanz exam tests participants' knowledge and recognition of plants and includes two parts an actual plant identification exam and a written exam that tests participantsknowledge of general horticultural practices.
While most of the plant material used in the exam is relatively He,ena to our state, the test includes a terrific variety of plants, as well as some materials less common to our region. Its goal is to provide education, information, and opportunities for professional development to its members. Rocky Mountain Bank introduces electronic remote deposit service Rocky Mountain Bank has announced the availability of "eDeposit," a new desktop service for businesses that converts checks to electronic images and transmits the images directly to the bank's clearing systems while depositing funds to a deposit.
Known in the banking industry as "Remote Deposit" or "Merchant Capture," a small of innovative banks including Rocky Mountain Bank are making this technology affordable and easy to operate. Using eDeposit, business customers can deposit checks directly to a business checking without leaving their office.
The service uses a desktop scanner that re the amount of checks and converts them to digital images. Using a personal computer, the images Hrlena transmitted via a high-speed Internet connection to the bank for credit to the business deposit. Tom Wolfe, RMB president, said, "eDeposit offers our business customers a more efficient banking process by reducing the time to prepare the daily deposit, minimizing trips to the bank and improving check collection speed.
Companies with multiple sales locations will benefit by consolidating the of s at various banks and improved funds availability. Recent advances in technology have made possible the highly-secured electronic movement of digital checks, resulting in faster clearing, Tltal loss due to fraud and more efficient check storage for bank customers.
The eDeposit scanner accurately captures all the necessary information, including the amount and payee on each check and verifies that the transaction is in balance. Employees will not have to spend time making copies of checks and filing them away. Since the images of all checks in the deposit are instantly transmitted to the Montanw, deposits can be made from any location at any time, reducing travel time and mileage expense while freeing up staff and managers to do what they do best - sekes the business.
Checks get into the clearing process sooner. With eDeposit, transactions are accepted until Monana p. Since eDeposit eliminates the need to make physical deposits, businesses can consolidate s from several banks into Rocky Mountain Bank, reducing the cost of maintaining multiple s, balance monitoring and transfers.
For more information contact Rocky Mountain Bank at Andrea Helling, the new student body president at sreks University of Montana in Missoula, is a graduate of Victor High School class of She is the daughter of Mike and Purva Helling, Victor.