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•4 _ . •••■; ' M W e d n e s d a y , Oct. 6 1993 Learnmg...p 2 Volume 113 No. 40 Following Beaverhead Trails Since 1881 50 Cents D illo n , M o n ta n a 1 ft The Parent/Teacher Council is looking for new new ideas on rede signing a new play- grou nd and is looking for ideas, parents concerns and thoughts about the project. Sketches of possible playground features, or comments, should be mailed to Corrie Dorrington, 811 East Orr, Dillon by October 19. Additional informa tion is also available by calling Dorrington as 683-2271. United Way seeks new members... Theboardof directors has several openings on i t, and voi un teers to take the posts are being sought by the United Way o f Beaverhead County. Board members take part in the annual fund drive for United Way, and may serve on other committees as well, in cluding allocating funds to the community orga nizations that utilize the group’s donations. For more informa tion, con tact United Way Executive Director, Susie Bramlette, 683- 4269. WRC sets assertiveness course... The Dillon Women’s Resource Center is of fering n free assertiveness training course for the public. The class will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Octo ber 11, at the center. It will be taught by Dr. Roberta Ray o f Montana Tech. Call 683-6106 for more information. County ticked over new rules By Mark Heinz The Beaverhead County Commissioners are not pleased with new regulations being proposed by the Department of Health and Environmental Sciences Water Quality Bureau. On October 4, the commis sioners sent a letter to Governor Marc Racicot asking him to in tervene and stop the DHES from implementing rules they feel are strict enough to discourage any progress in Beaverhead County. Commissioner Robert Peterson said the proposed regulations are far stricter than federal EPA standards and would “shut things down\ if passed. For example, current EPA standards set a maximum limit of 10 parts per million of ni trates in water for new subdi visions. The DHES standards would demand that new small subdivisions meet a standard of 1 part per million for nitrates, while larger subdivisions could have no more than 2.5 nitrate parts per millon in their water. The commissioners letter urged Racicot to keep the DHES from “stopping any progress” with unreasonable regulations, Commissioner Spencer Hegstad said. The commissioners also met with County Planner Don Chance on Monday to discuss the need for a planning board. “We’re just in the talking stages” right now, Hegstad said, adding that the board, if formed would handle zoning and other land use issues throughout the county. Forming a zoning board now would be a good idea because it would give the county a jump on an expected influx of people in the near future, Hegstad said. “Twenty years from now, we PI m m turn to page A-14 Laws tougher on DUI, minors Blast off... Steve Mock, assistant science professor at Western Montana College (right) supervises rural elementary students during a rocket launching project at the college. The project was part of a multi-event activity last week at WMC, where students from Reichle and Pofaris schools took part. Photo by John Barrow* Bannack road upgrade urged By Mark Heinz The idea of paving the road from Highway 278 into Bannack State Park received much sup port at a public hearing Monday evening. Doug Monger from the Fish, Wildlife and Parks office in Helena said money gathered from the recently implemented gas tax has been allocated to state parks for road improve ment and repairs. The Bannack road is high on the FWP’s list of priorities because there are frequent complaints from tour ists about its poor condition, Monger said. Dale Tash, the former man ager of Bannack State Park, said fixing the road now would be a good investment because Southwest Montana will get lots of traffic during the upcoming dedication of the Nez Perce Trail and the 200th aniversiary of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Tash also pointed out that Yellowstone Park expects to double the number of applica tions for visitors there by the year 2000. Kevin Redmond, the FWP project manager for the Design and Construction Bureau said the most expensive part of paving the road would be wid ening it. The road is currently 18-24 feet wide, and would have to be 28 feet wide in order to be properly paved, Redmond said. The cost of paving the road for the three miles from High way 278 to the park gates and improving the road and parking lot within the park would be about $1.3 millon, Redmond said. To simply widen the road and cover it with a 6-inch im- Please turn to page A-14 Beaverhead County drivers who have a penchant for drinking and driving are facing stiffer penalties than ever be fore, with a new state law that went into effect state-wide Oc tober 1. In addition, persons who are faced with multiple convictions of driving without insurance, face harder penalties, as do those who attempt to dodge child support payments. And underage persons who attempt to purchase alcohol il legally also face prosecution under another law recently passed by the Montana State Legislature. All of these laws also went into effect October 1. Drivers who are tagged with a third conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol, or Blood Alcohol Con tent (BAC) violations will face the seizure and sale of their ve hicles under that new law. According to the notice issued by the Department of Justice Motor Vehicle Division to city Homecoming Royalty... With Beaverhead County High School's Homecoming just a few days away, the royal court has been chosen, ready for the final crowning on Friday night during the halftime ceremonies of the Dillon vs. Lewistown football matchup. Pictured are sophomore candidate Andrea Oldendorf and her escort, Jess Alberl; junior Shonda Love and escort Cody Birkenbuel; senior Carmen Boyd and escorts Abe Queen and Scott Blomquist, and B-Club candidate Kristi Meine and esoort Nate Schuler, jotmB«/Tow«p<wo w m Alm anac.......A-3 Business/Ag ..A-9 Classified .... B-6 Community .A-5 Entertainment.. A-8 Sports Life...B-l V ignettes .... A-2 Ruby Valley ...B-8 Viewpoint ....A-4 Hawaiian Royal Court... During Saturday's halftime ceremonies at the girl's basketball game, in which BCHS meets Anaconda, a Hawaiian King and Queen will be crowned. Chosen as delegates are, freshmen Dawn Shafer and Kyle Hildreth; sophomores Cammi Vezina and Mike Rice; juniors Jill Welch and Brett Morehouse and seniors Shanna Schuler and Nolan Rice, . b » w ptm and municipal court judges, a person convicted for a third time of DUI or BAC will have their vehicle seized and sold by the arresting agency within 10 days of the conviction. Proceeds from the sale will first be given to any lien holder, with the re mainder going to the arresting agency. The only way a person can avoid the sale of their vehicle is to prove that they were not convicted o f a third subsequent alcohol offense. It is not a de fense that a person convicted owns a motor vehicle jointly, according to the department. To calculate the second and third offenses for DUI or BAC, or a combination of the two, courts will consider any convic tion within five years from Oct. 1, 1993. Tougher penalties will also be enforced against persons with insurance violations. Sentencing guidelines issued by the department for first of fense on a conviction of no in- PI m m turn to page A-14 Two Dillon men charged in drug case By Mark Heinz Two Dillon men were ar rested on drug charges on Sep tember 28 after an investigation and undercover operation in volving the combined efforts of the Beaverhead County Sheriffs office and the Dillon Police. Harvey Dean Lott, 40 and Jeffrey Michael Later, 19, were caught in possession of mari juana after Beaverhead County authorities were informed by a drug task force involved in an ongoing investigation in the Southern United States that a shipment was headed this way. Beaverhead County Sheriff Harold Foreman said his office and the Dillon Police used the information given to them by the southern task force to coor dinate the investigation that resulted in the arrests of Lott and Later. He added that he expects more arrests to come from the case. Officers from both the police and sheriffs office worked un dercover to coordinate a con trolled delivery to Lott and ar rest him in Dillon, Foreman said. Lott had in excess of a pound o f marijuana in his pos session when he was arrested. Further investigation re vealed that another package of drugs was due to be delivered to Later in Missoula. The Mis soula Police were informed and . staged a controlled delivery of Please turn to page A-12