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4 - FALLON COUNTY TIMES FRIDAY, JULY 22,2016 Thirty-one riders saddle up to end childhood cancer as they raise funds for the St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. Photo by Kim Plummer Saint Jude's Trail Ride held in Baker By Sherry Vogel Thirty-one riders saddled up for the 2016 St. Jude's Trail Ride on Father's Day, June 19. A beautiful day greeted adult and children riders as they rode to help end child- hood cancer. The event is an annual fundraiser for St. Judes Hospital, a medical facility that understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases. The local St. Jude's Trail Ride drew horse lovers from as far away as Colorado. Par- ticipants enjoyed a seven mile ride through the badland areas north of Baker. The group ended the day at the Fred and Ann Hoff ranch where they enjoyed a potluck lunch. Local coordinator, Doug Bruha reported collecting $3,850 from riders and area sponsors. St. Jude's Hospital, a medical facility and re- search hospital, turns no child away due to lack of money. In fact, many families never re- ceive a bill because St Jude's believes that all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Owners of property damaged by wildfire, other natural disaster may qualify for tax relief The Montana Department of Revenue en- courages Montana property owners whose homes or other property are damaged or de- stroyed during wildfire or other natural disaster to apply for property tax relief. A property or land owner whose home, out- buildings or forest land are partially or totally destroyed by natural disaster, making the prop- erty unsuitable for its previous use, may be el- igible for property tax relief. Businesses whose equipment is destroyed may also qualify. The tax relief is prorated based on the num- ber of days in the tax year that the property is unusable. The relief is available for the current tax year. The department asks property owners to complete a natural disaster application to apply for the property tax relief. Property own- ers need to complete Form AB -25. Forest land owners should do Form AB -26. Application forms are available at all Depart- ment of Revenue local offices and on the de- partment's website at revenue.mt.gov. You can find the department's local office contacts, phone numbers and addresses for your area at Marcus Continued from page 1 The fight wasn't all fun and games, as all those who fight cancer can attest. Across the Roger Schmidt Amphitheater, cancer survivors, their care- givers, families and friends lis- tened as they related to receiving chemo treatments and bouts of radiation. Then Brooke surprised many when she stated, \Really. if you asked me today. I would tell you that the good days I had out- weighed the bad days.\ She took a few seconds, then continued, \Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you make of it,\ a quote by Charles Swindell. She continued, \Sometimes life gives a really bad 10%, but I hilly hope you always make the best of the 90%. I hope that, whether il is you, a family mem- ber. or a friend fighting this dis- ease, you remember to forget the odds and go forward. I hope you fight every day and enjoy every day.\ This remarkable young per- son concluded her presentation with a very sincere and solemn tribute. \I'd also like to ac- knowledge and take time to re- member that not everyone survives cancer, which is why we are here today.\ Iler eyes brightened as she enthusiasti- cally shared the essence of her soul, \Even still, there is no way for cancer to win; because it cannot steal family, love or eternal life.\ She boldly stated, \So no matter what, everyone wins their fight with cancer. Every day you are supporting, loving, and fighting, you are winning.\ She concluded, \I hope you all enjoy this night of Relay for Life, remembering, celebrating and walking for a cum.\ http://revenue.mt.govicontact-usi/Contact-In- formation-By-County-919. \Wildfires and other natural disasters can be devastating and we are sorry for Montanans who may lose homes and other property to nat- ural disaster,\ said Montana Revenue Director Mike Kadas. \This tax assistance can be sig- nificant and help provide some relief as prop- erty owners recover from destruction.\ The state's natural disaster property tax relief also covers properties damaged by flood or wind. Montana property owners who experience a natural disaster -related loss of a dwelling also may be eligible for an income tax deduction. In addition, the department can issue replace- ment copies of property records, past -year in- come tax returns, or other revenue -related information that is lost in a tornado. For more information, contact your local De- partment of Revenue office. You can also phone the call center toll free at (866) 859- 2254, or visit the department's website at rev- enue.mt.gov. Fair Corner By Alicia Knapp Time to gather your handi- work and get it entered in the fair! You can do needlework, culinary, canning, art, crafts, photography, quilting, and more. Check out the fair book and sec the many different lots in each category—literally hundreds of options. Judging is done according to age group. Children's divi- sions are judged Danish every entry gets a ribbon. Adult divisions give three places in each category. Of course, each ribbon is worthy money, so gather up all you can and bring it to the fair. Bake a cake or cookies, can some beans or pickles, sew a dress or handbag, make a cen- terpiece, crochet, knit, or quilt something. Take some photos of our beautiful area, or draw or paint a picture. Any and all entries are appreciated. Support your County Fair! PtA) 1 , t - f - r •olk f2) , Jui.v 2 2 & 2 3 .. *. ',.. \ : ‘Sponsored by Baker Cham r rAf Commerce & Agriculture, 0 ,,,,,„.rfs 4 % FEMA officials visit Baker By Sherry Vogel Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency (FEMA) of- ficials were in Baker on July 12 - 13 to complete a prelim- inary disaster assessment (PDA) in the aftermath of Fal- lon County's tornado that caused havoc in Baker and the surrounding area on June 11, 2016. The U.S. Federal Emer- gency Management Agency is the government organization that assesses natural disaster sites after floods, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural or man-made disasters. Their mission state- ment reads: FEMA is to sup- port the citizens and first responders to promote that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, re- cover from, and mitigate all hazards. Contrary to popular belief FEMA employees do not ac- tually 'have boots on the ground' getting involved with the actual manual labor of clean-up, moving in trailers etc. Instead they are a federal agency that comes in to docu- ment impact on communities as a whole. They consider damage that effects the pub- lic/community. They assess damage done to public build- ings, roads, parks and water- ways. They can provide assistance to remove debris and they tally cost of disaster measures taken. The PDA is only one step of many steps to receive federal funds in the af- termath of a natural disaster. A FEMA assessment was re- quested by local Disaster Emergency Services, under the direction of Chuck Lee in conjunction with Montana Department of Disaster and Emergency Services director, Tim Themnis of Helena. FEMA was tasked with as- sessing Fallon County's tor- nado site, attaching a monetary figure to disaster damages and them brain- storming, with the Environ- mental Protection Agency in conjunction with the Core of Engineers to derive a solution and a price tag to recover damages to public buildings. Jess Johnson Sales 406-939-1182 Visit Jess in our Eastern Montana office located at American Ford Glendive, MT .-AeM/ Roger Jacobs Broker 406-698-7686 Call today to list and sell your farm or ranch. Check out our listings at ivii - is:piprnonlana. COM Super Saving Sale Saving $1,000's ON MANY of our sale priced Homes. fillr\111111 Save $20,000 on this 2130 Sq. Ft. Modular Home for Fall Delivery. Featuring 9' ceiling, Solid Pine Doors and Trim thru-out, Hickory cabinets, Fireplace, Walk -out covered deck, 3 bedrooms & 2 full baths, 7/12 Roof, Perfect for that country setting! Give Us a Call Today! 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He has till next week to make a request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration or can ask for an extension of appli- cation.\ She disclosed that she doesn't think an extension will be filed. \State and local' agencies will have to come to an agreement on what num- bers to put on the damages,\ Hassell added. The Governor's office may deny to request the declara- tion if they decide the disaster in Fallon County doesn't meet their \threshold\ or \indica- toe' to qualify for a Presiden- tial Declaration and disaster funding. Chuck Lee, DES, shared, \Fallon County must prove a need of 1.4 million dollars in losses before a Pres- idential decree will release FEMA monies to this area.\ Hassell disclosed that they noted involvement with roads and parks, but the biggest issue recorded was the debris in the Baker Lake. Hassell praised Fallon County landfill manager, Tom Kachel and his crew for the excellent job they did in keep- ing \such thorough records of where and what amounts of debris were transported to the land fill.\ Fallon County and City Of- ficials also had the proper pa- perwork in place before FEMA arrived. For instance, local officials had to apply for a Montana State Disaster Declaration from the gover- nor before applying for fed- eral aide through FEMA. Local officials also had to ap- peal to taxpayers for a 2 -mill levy to be passed or take money from already existing budgets. \Baker has a unique set of circumstances with the lake situation.\ commented Chuck Lee, Fallon County DES co- ordinator. He continued,\FEMA is explor- ing just what the best solution is to getting it back to its pre - disaster status.\ Officials from the Environ- mental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Corp of Engi- neers (USACE) accompanied FEMA on their visit to con- tribute input on the entire area including the lake situation. Issues ranging from the pro- tection of fish, wildlife and the eco system, to proper dis- posal and routes taken to transport massive amounts of debris, were taken into con- sideration. From a Fallon County per- spective the preferred clean-up method would include dredg- ing the lake bottom to remove all debris including nails, sheet metal, insulation, etc. Past history with the E.P.A. and U.S.A.C.E., in regards to prior clean-up efforts of the Baker Lake were also being taken into consideration. Whether the lake will be drained and dredged is any- one's guess. Publishing the history of Fallon County since 1916 ... 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