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1773: The Boston Tea Party took place. 1944: The Battle "of the Bulge dur- ing Wo{ld War H began in Belgium.: .'}, Golva School holiday pro- gram, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17. Belfield High" School Christmas concert, 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19. Belfield Elementary School Christmas concert. 1:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 20. Senior Citizens Activity Club of Belfield. Dec. 19, 12:30 p.m., potluck. Senior Citizens Activity Club of Belfield, Dec. 27.1-2:30 p.m.. bingo, pool. Wii: birthday party following. Hettinger Research Extension Center's 27th Annual Western Dakota Crops Day, Thursday, Dec. 16, beginning at 9 a.m.. at the Hettinger Armory. Beach Area Chamber of Commerce meeting, noon. Tuesday, Dec. 21. LaPlaya Mexican Restaurant's green room. FSA details local payments USDA Farm Service Agency has made over $967 million in payments to farmers and ranchers in North Dakota in 2010. which includes $10.2 million paid to Golden Valley County producers. FSA State Executive Director Aaron Krauter said those pay- ments are having a big effect on rural economies. "These payments aren't just benefiting the farmers and ranch- ers that participate in FSA's pro- grams," Krauter said. "These are. real dollars that are coming into North Dakota and helping the main street businesses and com- munities as a whole. Getting those payments out is really a tes- tament to the hard work of the staff in our county offices: with- out them this just wouldn't hap- pen." Paymentg were made to Golden Valley County producers through many different FSA pro- grams, including $5.3 million through the Disaster Trust Fund. which includes the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program, Livestock Forage Program and Livestock Indemnity Program; $2.2 million through the price support programs including loan deficiency payments and market- ing loans: and $1.7 million through the Direct and Counter Cyclical Program. including ACRE. Disaster Trust Fund pay- ments include payments for losses in the 2008 crop year. First_visit with.. Santa Rosslyn Keohane seems to be enjoying her first Santa visit at First State Bank of Golva's recent open house. (Photo by Lynne Wojahn) Deer A mule deer taken in November during the deer gun season from unit 3F2 is the second deer in North Dakota to test positive for chronic wasting disease. The first was a mule deer taken during the hunting season in 2009. also from unit 3F2. Dr. Dan Grove. North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian, said a hunter shot a doe in western Grant County and submitted the head for testing as part of the hunter-harvested surveil- lance program. "As a collaborative effort with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and die Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Game and Fish Department. a total of 633 samples were collected from unit 3F2 this fall, and all but one tested negative for CWD." Grove said. "Although we hoped the one positive from 2009 was an isolated incident, it was not unex- pected that another one surfaced." The two deer testing positive for CWD were taken 10 miles from each other, which Grove said is not surprising because of the same gen- eral area. "Hunter cooperation was tremen- dous," Grove said. "We can't thank them enough, and we look forward to their continued support with this important issue in the future." The hunter-harvested surveil- lance program annually collects samples taken from hunter-harvest- ed deer in specific regions of the state. In addition to unit 3F2, sam- ples during the 2010 deer gun sea- son were collected from units in the eastern third of the state. The entire state has already been sampled. twice. "Michigan State University will be testing approximately 3,600 samples over the next several weeks from deer taken in the eastern third of the state," Grove said. "Those results should be available by spring." In addition to hunter-harvested deer. the Game and Fish Departmerrt has a targeted surveil- lance program that is an .ongoing, year-round' effort that tests animals found dead or sick. Since the department's sampling efforts began in 2002, more than 16,000 deer, elk and moose have tested negative for CWD. CWD affects the nervous system of members of the deer family and is always fatal. Scientists have found no evidence that CWD can be transmitted naturally to humans or livestock. Annual Bird Count to be h Theodore Roosevelt NatioM1 Park welcomes volunteers to par- ticipate in the nationwide Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 19-20. The Medora Area Count will take place on Sunday, Dec. 19. Volunteers wishing to take part should meet at the South Unit Visitor Center at 8 a.m. on Sunday. The North Unit Count will be held on Monday, Dec. 20. Volunteers should meet at the North Unit Visitor Center at 9 a.m. CST. Volunteers will be assigned to groups and survey areas before they go into the field. Participants arriving later in the day should call in advance for guidance. The annual event, now in its 1 l lth year, is the world's longest- running citizen science event. Information gathered during the event helps scientists learn more about how birds are faring throughout North America. "The bird count is enjoyable for those new to birding as well as experienced birders," said TRNP Superintendent Valerie Naylor. "Everyone is encouraged to par- ticipate. Beginners can learn from experienced birders and those keeping annual bird check- lists can add onto them. This is a fun winter event, and we hope many people will join us." The areas to be covered encompass a. 7 -mile radius around Medora, and a 7 1/2- mile radius from the North Unit Visitor Center. Observers will work in Id at TRN teams to drive and walk these 177-square-mile areas to observe and record bird sightings. This will be the 34th year for the Medora Count and 29th year for the North Unit area: A total of 67 species have been sighted during the Medora Counts and 60 species for the North Unit Counts, including many species that can only be found here in the winter. Birders need to bring their own binoculars and warm clothing. Hot drinks will be provided at the park visitor centers. The event is free courtesy of the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association, the park's non-profit partner organization. For further information, contact the park at (701) 623-4466. Shown, from left, are Tom Lehmkuhl, Jennifer Abels, Amanda (Schaa|) Kille and Jason Lambert, members of a Rotary-sponsored team that will be going to India next year. (Courtesy Photo) osen ional uslness. Amanda (Schaal)Kille, who grew up in Beach, will travel early next year to India, part of a four- week Group Study Exchange pro- gram sponsored by Rotary. Kille, currently of Lead, S.D., and her teammates will visit the Uttar Pradesh in northern India from Jan. 4 to Feb. 3. They will experience the host country's insti- tutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and pro- fessional relationships, and exchange ideas. District 5610 Rotary, which includes South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, western Iowa, and northeast Nebraska, recently announced the members o~ this year's Group Study Exchange team. After an extensive application, essay and interview process, four members were selected, including Kille. She is the senior graphic designer and media planner for TDG Communications Inc. in Deadwood, S J). She graduated from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., with majors in mass commumca- ange tions and commercial art. The Group Study Exchange pro- gram of the Rotary Foundation is a cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 and in the early years of their profes- sional lives. It is designed to develop profes- sional and leadership skills among young people to better prepare them to address the needs of their com- munities and an increasingly global workplace. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits between paired areas in dif- ferent countries. BILLINGS, Mont, - Bonus bids at the Bureau of Land Management's Dec. 9 oil and gas lease sale in Billings totaled $36.34 million. The highest bid at the sale was $8,352,000 submitted Lodgepole Land Services L.L.C. of Bozeman, Mont., for leasing rights on a 720-acre Forest Service parcel in Billings County. That was also the highest per-acre bid at $11,600 per acre. Of the 222 parcels offered, 53 of 119 Montana parcels received bids (33,257 acres), 96 of 96 North Dakota parcels received bids (47,231 acres) and one of seven South Dakota parcels received bids (77 acres). Oil and gas leasing is driven by consumer demand, and competitive oil and gas lease sales are conduct- ed several times per year at BLM's Montana State Office. Receipts from federal oil and gas leases are shared with the state or county where the lands are located. All leases are issued for a 10-year term. Potential environmental effects that could result from exploration and development are analyzed before any leases are offered for sal6, according to the BLM. All leases come with conditions on oil and gas activities to protect the environment that can include limits on when drilling can occur or restrictions on surface occupancy. Once an operator proposes exploration or development on a BLM-issued lease, further envi- ronmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act is conducted to determine the site-specific need for various types of impact-limiting or mitigation measures. In addition, many oper- ators routinely use "best manage- ment practices" such as remote monitoring of producing wells to minimize surface impact.s, accord- ing to the BLM. I Beach 872-4444 Golva 872-3656 Medora 623-5000 24 hr. ATM in Beach & Medora lobby Medora Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Member FDIC ! Of Banking With Independent Community Bank You receive personal service from people you know and trust. Since all decisions are made locally, we're able to quickly respond to your loan requests, j We keep your money working in this area. l