In this cynical and strident climate in which we perceive we live, with verbal shots thrown daily and the bullying finger-pointing of accusations, I was reminded directly on Oct. 16 that we do in fact live amongst hard-working, respectful people who go about an honest day's work with no expectation higher than getting the job done well.
On this day it was horribly windy and as I drove down the county road to my home in Roberts (Carbon County) after work in Billings, I came upon a humongous cottonwood that had blown over from our property on to the county road. Having no skills on how to use a chain saw and no help at home that night, I called the neighbors to apologize for the mess and asked for a day to get it cleaned up. One neighbor suggested that I call the county, so I did. I ended up on the phone after-hours that evening with County Commissioner John Prinkki. He thanked me for the call, and told me the road crew would be there the next day to clean up the road.
The next morning, I was outside feeding my animals at o'dark thirty a.m., when I heard chain saws out on the road. Who cleaned up the mess and removed it all before 8 a.m. but John Prinkki and his fellow county employee Greg Spencer. Thanks to these gentlemen. They represent the many hard-working men and woman whose conscientious and earnest teamwork may seem to go unnoticed by many but truly appreciated by all!