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Page 10 Du_Los Timm - Wednesday. December 30 2015 Be prepared for winter weather emergencies The combination of snowy conditions, chilly temperatures and frequent travel during the winter holiday season increases the chance of winter emergen- cies. Staying warm and safe in frigid temperatures can become a challenge with serious or even life -threatening implications. Being prepared is your first 1: ne of defense against cold - weather emergencies. You should set up an emergency kit in your home stocked with several days worth of food that needs no refrigeration or cook- ing, such as bread, crackers, cereal, canned foods, and dried fruits. Remember baby food and formula if you have young children and pet food if you have pets. Also include other special needs items, such as diapers, hearing aid batteries and medi- cines, if necessary. Have water stored in clean containers or purchased bottled water (five gallons per person) in case your water pipes freeze and rupture. Think about an alternate way of heating your home if the power goes off. Have dry firewood for a fireplace or wood stove, or kerosene for a kerosene heater. Think about furnace fuel, too. A battery -powered radio, clock or watch can be very use- ful to keep track of time and to get important information regarding the emergency. Ex- tra batteries are a must. Make sure fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters are properly vented to the outside. During a winter power outage, never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline-, propane-, or charcoal -burning devices inside your home, even in basements, garages, carports, or near windows or vents. They can produce a deadly amount of carbon monoxicle-an odorless, colorless gas that kills more than 500 Americans each year. You can further protect yourself by installing a battery -operated CO detector in your home. Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls in your home so your water supply will be less likely to freeze and to protect your pipes from burst- ing. Further weatherproof your home by adding weather-strip- ping, insulation and insulated doors, along with storm win- dows or thermal -pane windows. With increased travel this time of year, you should safe- guard against serious problems by having your vehicle's ra- diator system serviced. Check the antifreeze level. Replace windshield -wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture that will keep it from freezing. Replace any worn tires. Check your tires' air pressure levels, as they will fluctuate with the changes in air temperature. Keep the gas tank full to help avoid ice forming in the tank and fuel lines. Use common sense about travel. Listen for radio or televi- sion reports of travel advisories. Don't travel in low -visibility conditions and avoid traveling on ice -covered roads, overpass- es and bridges. Have tire chains available and always take a cell phone with you on out-of-town trips. Let someone know your destination, planned route and your expected time of arrival. Always be prepared with extra supplies in your vehicle. Blankets, extra warm clothing, booster cables, a bag of sand or cat litter, tire chains, a collaps- ible shovel, water, high -calorie foods, a flashlight and extra batteries, and a brightly colored cloth are some of the essential items that you should always take on winter car trips. If you do get stranded in your vehicle during a winter storm, the following steps will increase your chances of getting out of the situation safely: • Do not leave the vehicle to find help. Rescuers can find a vehicle easier than they can find a person walking. • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the vehicle's antenna as a signal to rescuers and raise the hood of the car (if it is not snowing). • Move anything you need from the trunk into the passen- ger area. • Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspa- pers. • Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold -related health problems than you would be if you fell asleep. • Run the vehicle's motor and heater for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. • As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and to stay warmer. • Do not eat un-melted snow because it will lower your body temperature. • Huddle with other people for warmth. Hypothermia is a serious problem, especially with in- fants, young children and the elderly. When exposed to cold temperatures, the body begins to lose heat faster than it can be reproduced. Prolonged ex- posure to cold will 'eventually use up the body's stored energy. Body temperature that is too low affects brain functions, leaving a person unable to think clearly or move well. Infants lose body heat more quickly than adults do; and infants cannot produce enough body heat by shivering. Infants less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room. Provide warm cloth- ing and a blanket for infants and try to maintain a warm indoor temperature. Don't use blankets ---dress them in warmer clothing such as footed pajamas, one-piece wearable blankets, or sleep sacks. Pillows and other soft bedding can present a risk of smothering and Sud- den Infant Death Syndrome, so remove them from the area near the baby. The elderly are also at great- er risk for health problems during winter emergencies. Older adults often produce less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. They may need remind - Ice skating at Bannack The ice skating pond at Ban- nack State Park will remain open every day through New Year's Day from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and for those hours on Saturdays and Sundays in 2016 as long as the ice remains safe. You can get more information or confirm ice conditions on the pond by calling 406-834-3413. BCHS JV ball Mon. The Dillon Beavers junior varsity basketball teams will host their counterparts from Butte High on Monday, January 4. The JV girls tip off at 5:30 p.m. and JV boys follow at 7 p.m. For more information, call 683-2361. Hoops camp deadline Thurs. The SouthWestern Montana Family YMCA K-1 Grade Bas- ketball lets currently enrolled kindergartners and first graders can learn the basics of basket- ball through drills, challenges and games in a fun environment in the Dillon Middle School Gym 9-10 a.m. on Saturdays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 6 (excluding Jan. 23). Registration is $15 for Y members and $20 for non-mem- bers and must be completed at the Y by Thursday, Dec. 31. For more information, call 683-9622. YMCA holiday hours The SouthWestern Montana Family YMCA will close New Year's Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, at 4 p.m. and remain closed through New Year's Day, with the Jan. 2 resumption of regular hours (weekdays, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m., with the pools closing a half hour earlier each day). For more information, call 683-9622. Free yoga restarts Mon. After a two-week holiday hiatus, the free one -hour 6:30 p.m. Yoga Class sessions will return on Jan. 4 at Patagonia, 16S. Idaho St. in downtown Dil- lon. For more information, call 683-2580. Sunday run Jan. 10 The University of Montana Western Cross -Country Team hosts its next Second Sunday Run on Jan. 10. People of all fitness levels are encouraged to attend, with post-run stretching and refueling at the Bulldog Athletic & Recreation Center. For more information, call 683- 7418. Sage grouse meeting Jan. 11 The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team will host a meeting in Dillon on Jan. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the local Bureau of Land Management office, 1005 Selway Dr. The purpose of the meeting is to gain public comment on a proposed rule for implementation of the Sage Grouse Stewardship Fund Beavers Continued from page 9 ton off -balance. In the half - court, the Beavers alternated between their 1-3-1 and 2-3 zone. The Beavers will play their home and conference opener on Jan. 7 against Butte Central. The game, part of a doublehead- er with the girls, is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. DILLON 57, LIVINGSTON 48 Diane +coring -Carson Hntsco 9, Nate Simkins 13. Michael Havertield 2, Jamey Richardson 0. 'troy Andersen 7, Nick Huber 8. Tanner Havertield 13. R.J. Fitzgerald 0, Logan Wilson 5. Clay Allison 0. Halt.- 31-18, IhIlon. Three-point. era ($.1111) - lirtisco 3-5. Simkins 1-2. M. Haverfield 0--1. Andersen I 4. Iltiher 1-1. T. Havenfeld 2-6 Rebounds i241; - Wilson 10, Huber 8, I Ilaserheld ' Blocks (5) - Andersen 3. Steals Si1 I Haverfield 5 Taraovers 1151. IS) - Andersen 4.1 Havertield - • tilar -- • :AP • (NOTE: The wrong card was published in the 4. Dec. 23 Holiday Card Contest section. Offered here today with apologies.) z Eden Kindberg, Age 10 5th Grade - Jeff Edwards Bank of Commerce Grant Program. Comments may also be submitted by mail online. For more information, call Caro- lyn Sime, program manager for the Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program. at 406-444-0554 Dog workshops start Jan. 16 The Barn Hunt Workshops will test dogs' hunting abilities, including their tracking, climb- ing and tunneling skills, in a series of semi-weekly events in January and February. Dogs of all breeds and ages and prior training levels (even ones with no previous training) are welcome to attend, provided they are not aggressive. The workshops convene on four Saturdays -Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 -from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call Linda Lyon at 683-2878 or email her at Ilyon99163@yahoo.com, or go to www.happy-hound.com. Preteen bball league starts Jan. 16 A league for boys and girls in grades 2-6 looking to learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun, positive setting, the West- ern Basketball League (WBL) will begin play Jan. 16 on the University of Montana Western 1 4 1 twoik*I0 )1k( SCHOOL ip Lunch Menus Dec 30 Jan 5 Dillon Elementary WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30 FIVE days till we get to go back to school' 'THURSDAY. Dec. 31 FOUR days till we get to go back to school' FRIDAY, Dec. 32 Ile ' Gosh we get to go back to school in lust THREE days' P li k ii 1 1 HAPP (Jan. 1)Y NEW YEAR! MONDAY, Jan. 4 Cold cereal. toast Fruit. yogurt. milk Beefy Noodle with biscuit fruit. Veg , Milk Chet Salad Bar 4th 8th TUESDAY. Jan. 5 Hot cereal toast AKIO. juice. milk Beef Ravioli french bread fruit. veg., Chicken Salad Bar 4th 8th High School Adt)ii $1 HS Student n Your Choice of... 1 Salad Lunch: Salad of the day reshFroNeg Cookie Milk/Juice 2. Llt• Lunch: Yogurt Bread Product Fresh FruitAteq Cookie Milk/lure 3. Sub Sanclwleh: Sub sandwiches I Ham 8 1 Turkey) Chips, Fresh FruitNeg Cookie Milk/Juice This menu it; brought to you by the Dillon Tribune. 0004 campus. Games and pregame practices will take place on Saturday mornings through Feb. 20 and starting Jan. 16, when an 9-10:15 a.m.; orientation ses- sion for players in grades 2-4 and another 10:15-11:30 a.m. for grades 5-6 will also take place. Registration costs $35 per player (and another $15 for each additional player from a family) and will also get players a free team t -shirt they can wear to gain free admission to UMW men's and women's basketball games. Registration forms are available in the UMW Bulldog Athletic and Recreation Center (BARC) and once completed can be dropped off by Jan. 15 at Room 217 of the BARC or at Parkview Elementary Of' Dillon Middle School. For more infor- mation, call Lindsey Woolley at 683-7317 or Kevin Engellant at 683-7404. Avalanche seminar Jan. 19 The University of Montana Western's School of Outreach will host a free Avalanche Awareness Seminar in Room 202 of the Lucy Carson Library 6:30-8 p.m. on Jan. 19. Admis- sion is free and open to all for this Friends of the Gallatin Na- tional Forest seminar. For more information, call 683-7537. ing to wear warmer clothing. No matter what your age is, when going outside in cold temperatures be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven, and preferably wind resistant, to reduce body -heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton. Wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm. Do not ignore shivering. It's an important first sign that the body is losing too much heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors as quickly as possible. Don't forget your pets. Bring them indoors or provide them with adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure that they have access to unfrozen water. When the mercury drops below freezing, most dogs and cats can only endure 10 or 15 minutes outdoors -less than that if it's windy. Cold tempera- tures can cause frostbite and hy- pothermia. Pets that are young, old, ill or thin are particularly susceptible to cold and should never be left outside in the cold weather or in a cold vehicle. This information and much more on cold weather prepared- ness can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web - site at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/ disasters/wintert ...fre:eessosenek.., Authentic Timberframe Residential e- Commercial Barns Premium Douglas Fir Reclaimed Timber Barnwood Complete Packages Installed bitterroottual,rf ratarl., am 406-581-3014 Besides your fine clothes, our cleaning services include blankets, I comforters, pillows and area rugs. Drop -Off Service TUESDAY DILLON: The Mini (by 830 a m ) ALDER: Alder Market SHERIDAN: Serendipity's TWIN BRIDGES: Silver Lining Boutique WEDNESDAY WHITEHALL: Tri-County IGA THURSDAY VIRGINIA CITY: Rank's Drug JOHN'S WORDS OF WISDOM Nothing is easy to the unwilling. 'ENNIS 682 11933 Ruby 'Valley Medical Clinics Services Offered Office Visits Well -Woman Exams DOT Physicals Sports Physicals Well -Child Check-Ups Life Insurance Exams Acute & Chronic Health Care Also Pleased to Offer Sliding Scale Program (based on income) Payment Plans Accepting Most Insurance including Medicare iS Medicaid Chris Hartsfield, FNP-8C • Katherine Tetrault. PA -C • Drew Chambers. PA -C Dayna Leavens. CPNP • Dr Roman Hendrickson • Or. Molly Biehl Sheridan Twin Bridges 210 E. Crofoot 104 S. Madison (406) 842-5056 (406) 684- 5546 The Ruby Valley Hospital is an equal opportunity , provider www.RubyValleyHospital.com Southwestern Monpana, Wednesday Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow Cold LOW 0 HIGH 18 Valid for Wednesday December 30, 2015 Wisdom -8 / 17 Jackson -1 / 15 • • • Grant -5 / 15 Thursday Mostly sunny. Cold temperatures. LOW 4 HIGH 17 Mainly sunny. Below normal temperatures LOW -2 HIGH 23 •2015 MaMaJor 90.41 0 . •••••••111h.lor rrsh ••• o r g , osel Twin • • Bridges .1 tri l / 17 Sheridan -2 / 15 Mainly sunny Near normal temperatures LOW 2 HIGH Mainly sunny Near normal temperatures LOW 7 HIGH 31 Forecast Details for Southwestern Montana A cold front moving across the region will bring cloud and occasional light snowfall at the start of this forecast period Expect a change to sunnier skies and drier conditions which should remain for Thursday. New Year's Day and the weekend Temperatures will rise from cold to near normal Today s State Forecast • • /23 4.41 Heron. S'19 Banos 7:7 6 / 21 !IT 1/20 3 / 19 Mlles City Glend▪ ive Great Fells / 25 Climate Summary (observed and recorded at Dillow Historical Records for Wednesday December ln 20 I ‘, NORMAL TEMPS WARMEST Low 12 IRO 33 55 In 1990 COLDEST -32 In 1979 MAX. MOP. 0 45 inches In 104 S11/1/1‘0 , and Stinspi Daylight on Din -ember '10 7015 la.ts tot 8 hours and 48 min Sunrise 8:06 R m Sunset 4:56 pm Advertise your business on the Dillon Tribune's Weather Forecast! •