With only six out of the seven Teton County Board of Health members present on Friday, the board deadlocked, 3-3, on whether to allow a small, open rodeo in Choteau on Aug. 15. The board agreed to meet again on July 14 with all seven members present to reconsider the request from Charley Yeager of Choteau and Black Eagle Productions, a Browning stock contractor.

The one-day rodeo, which would have limited events, contestants and spectators (capped at 200), would be held at the Choteau Rodeo Grounds, following the same written plan that was used for the Choteau High School Rodeo in May.

At Friday’s meeting, board members Barbara Shaffer of Dutton, Lin Wright of Fairfield and Elaine Sedlack of Choteau, all nurses, voted not to allow the rodeo because Teton County now has 12 active cases of COVID-19 and that number could rise as the summer progresses. Board members Jim Hodgskiss, a Teton County commissioner, Ken Bassmann, a county EMT, and Randy Morris, a Choteau businessman, all voted against the motion to prohibit the rodeo. Tim Sinton of Choteau, a physician assistant, serves as the chairman of the board and the county’s medical officer, but was unable to attend because of his work schedule in the emergency room of the Great Falls Clinic hospital.

The Board of Health will take up the matter of the rodeo again on Tuesday, July 14, at 1 p.m. The board will hold its meeting at the Teton County Courthouse Annex conference room in Choteau, and will allow board members, media and rodeo organizers to attend in person. All other people are asked to attend via GoToMeeting software on their phones or computers.

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