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Snowmobile, trailer stolen from Lincoln yard
Roger Dey A snowmobile and trailer were stolen from a yard on Lincoln’s west side late Sunday night or early Monday morning, leaving behind only tire and boot tracks in the fresh snow. Mark and Bonnie Christian, who live on B Street just west of Leeper’s Motel, discovered their 2004 Polaris Vertical Edge snowmobile and the trailer to was on had disappeared sometime in the night, although they didn’t notice it was missing until later in the morning The snowmobile and trailer had been parked next to their garage because it had only recently been hauled back from Seeley Lake, where it had been in the shop for some $800 in repairs. The theft appeared to have happened after the snow stopped falling that night and they were able to see tire and boot tracks in the new snow. Christian said you could see where they drove up to check if anyone was awake before backing up, hooking onto the trailer and driving off. Lewis and Clark County Deputy Sheriff Jason Crum responded to their report and photographed the tire tracks and boot prints. Crum said the tire tracks looked to have been made by a mudding type tire. He said a deputy in Helena is checking with tire dealers to determine the tire’s make and model. The boot prints appeared to come from a size 10 ½ boot, Christian said. Christian posted pictures of the sled on Facebook and is asking people to keep an eye out for the distinctive silver, black and yellow machine. “It’s a pretty unique looking sled,” she said. “You don’t see many Vertical Edges around Although no suspects have yet been identified in the theft, information on the missing snowmobile and trailer has been sent on to Seeley Lake and beyond. “The entire state is looking for it,” Crum said. For Christian the theft is an indication that people in Lincoln need to be more vigilant these days. “Lock your stuff up,” she said. Obviously we’ve got some stuff going on in Lincoln here. Watch your neighbor’s stuff.” Anyone with information on the theft can contact the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office at 406-447- 8293. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crimestoppers at 443-2000
Lewis & Clark County Job Posting POSITION: EQUIPMENT OPERATOR DEPARTMENT: PUBLIC WORKS PAY RATE: $18.87/HR STATUS: SEASONAL, AS NEEDED, NON-EXEMPT BARGAINING UNIT: MPEA CLOSING DATE: NOVEMBER 13, 2015 GENERAL STATEMENT: Under general supervision of the Assistant Road/Bridge Operations Supervisor, this position performs road and bridge maintenance and repair. EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Perform road maintenance and repair including patching, crack sealing, chip sealing; road grading, sweeping, snow plowing, equipment transport, drainage work and dust control; operates heavy equipment including plow trucks, dump trucks, hot asphalt patching truck, roller, loader, backhoes, sweepers, dozers, water trucks, motor graders, performs routine maintenance and minor repairs of equipment; performs bridge installation and repair using excavators, backhoes, bobcats, boom trucks, pneumatic tools and laser levels; performs culvert maintenance and repair; installs and repairs fences using tractor with hydraulic post pounder; performs maintenance in right of way including brush and tree removal; seeding; sign installation and repair; performs traffic control using hand signs and installing cones, signs and barricades; may assist in flood control operations; performs other duties as assigned. TO APPLY: Submit a completed Lewis and Clark County application and cover letter thoroughly documenting relevant qualifications and experience, together with a current resume, to the Human Resource Office, 316 North Park, Room 303, Helena, Montana, 59623, no later than 5:00 P.M. on the closing date. For additional information, (406) 447-8316 or www.lccountymt.gov. Faxes and electronic material will be not accepted. Incomplete application materials will not be processed. The County may use the following factors to determine whether an applicant meets the qualifications for this position: review of application materials, past work performance, reference checks, and structured oral interview. BENEFITS: Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation package! Upon date of hire, employees are eligible for county health, vision, and dental benefits. Dependent coverage and supplemental options are also available. Employees earn 15 working days of annual leave, 12 days of sick leave and 10-11 paid holidays each year. Membership in a Retirement System with a county contribution begins upon the first day of employment (vesting criteria applies). SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to operate heavy equipment; plow trucks, dump trucks, hot asphalt patching truck, roller, loader, backhoes, sweepers, dozers, water trucks, motor graders; ability to operate chain saws, compactor, jack hammers and various minor tools as needed; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors, and citizens. QUALIFICATIONS: The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation and one (1) year road maintenance or road construction experience. Completion of an established apprenticeship program will be considered equivalent to the educational requirements and consideration will be given to the years of experience required for apprenticeship graduates. Must possess a valid Class A commercial driver’s license. AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER