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Gazette Staff

Thursday, July 26, 2001

Shiloh Road open again Shiloh Road has reopened between Rimrock Road and Grand Avenue.

The section of road had been expected to remain closed through Saturday while Edward T. Copps Construction worked on installing arch pipe for a bike/pedestrian underpass.

Storm spotter training tonight at courthouseThe National Weather Service will conduct a SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Session in conjunction with the Yellowstone County Department of Disaster and Emergency Services tonight at the Yellowstone County Courthouse.

The training session takes place at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of the courthouse, 217 N. 27th St.

County road crews, law-enforcement officials, National Weather Service spotters, firefighters, ham radio operators and others interested in severe weather are invited. The training session is open to the general public, and no previous training is required.

Topics to be discussed include severe thunderstorms, large hail, tornadoes and flash floods. Other weather-related questions will also be answered.

For information call Steve Kuhl, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service at 652-0851 or Jim Kraft, director of Yellowstone County Department of Emergency Services, at 256-2775.

Park road closure continuesYellowstone National Park officials are continuing work on a chip seal project for a 10-mile section of road between Bridge Bay and Arnica Creek in the park. Chip sealing will be done from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Thursday, with up to 30-minute delays. A pilot car will lead traffic through the construction.

Chip sealing roads is a process of placing a layer of oil and a layer of chips or aggregate and then rolling it. Chip sealing is standard procedure once a new roadway has cured for two to three years, and is also used to provide a wear surface on older roads until road reconstruction can be accomplished.

The chip sealing process must be done during warm weather, and adverse weather could delay the chip sealing and require rescheduling. Park visitors are encouraged to call the park headquarters at (307) 344-7381 for current information on road projects and closures.

Car seat check slated at Kmart The Yellowstone County Safe Communities Coalition will hold a free Child Safety Seat Check Up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Kmart on 24th Street West and Central Avenue. Parents, grandparents, foster parents, care givers, teachers and anyone else who transports young children will have an opportunity to find out more about properly installing and using child safety seats.

If possible, bring your car seat and child with you, but experts can answer general questions for people who can’t bring their child. For information, call Dianne Stanley from Yellowstone County Traffic Safety at 256-2724.

Road work slated for next weekThe Yellowstone County Public Works Department will conduct several road-construction projects next week.

The department will widen Grand Avenue near the Peter Yegen Golf Course, starting Monday, July 30.

Asphalt-overlay work is scheduled on Rimrock Road from the Billings city limits to Molt Road on Tuesday, July 31.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, 54th Street West between Grand Avenue and Rimrock Road will be closed to all traffic for an asphalt overlay.

Farmer’s market set in LaurelLAUREL – A Farmer’s Market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 29 in Laurel.

The market is on the corner of First Street and First Avenue. Farm produce and crafts are available, and new vendors are always welcome.

For information, call Brenda, 628-6603.

Elk tooth dress demonstration set at parkLorena Walks Over Ice will demonstrate how to make the Crow elk-tooth dress and the Crow dancing roach.

Her free presentation is part of the Crow Lifeways programs sponsored by Friends of Chief Plenty Coups Association this year. The programs feature speakers and demonstrators of Crow traditions.

Walks Over Ice will be available for questions after the presentation, which will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Chief Plenty Coups State Park.

The park is three-fourths of a mile west of Pryor, below the Pryor Mountains.

Jazz clinic this weekend for musiciansStudents or musicians who have at least four years of piano training are invited to a free jazz clinic at 10 a.m. Saturday at All About Pianos, 1116 Grand Ave. The clinic will be conducted by Kerry McCoy. To register, call 254-7000.