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Wednesday, Oct. 20 1993 ( M' i l l uogs... p £ Volume 113 No. 42 Following Beaverhead Trails Since 1881 50 Cents Dillon, Montana 1 N E W S IN B R IE F Apple time again... The Dillon Kiwanis Club, the BCHS Key Club and WMC Circle K Club are conducting their annual apple sale this fall. Prices for the apples are the same as last year, according to the Ki wanis, a 10 pound box for $9; a 20 pound box for $15 and a 42 pound box for $24. The club is working through the Wenatchee, Washington Kiwanis Club to obtain the extra fancy red delicious apples. The deadline for or ders is November 1 so delivery can be made before Thanksgiving. To obtain applesrcall 683-6391, 683-5340 or 683-5657. State MS workshop in Sheridan... The Montana Chap ter of the Multiple Scle rosis Society is planning a workshop for health care givers and interest community members. The workshop will be held at the Sheridan grade school lunch room at 1 p.m., Thursday, October 21. There is no charge for the workshop, although small dona tions are appreciated. Main speaker for the event is Sue Pencoske, Service Director the Montana Multiple Scle rosis Society. Ingram returns... Julie Ingram, a certi fied medical assistant, recently returned from the 1993 convention of the American Associa tion of Medical Assis tants in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she rep resented Montana in the House of Delegates. Ingram, president of the Montana Society of Medical Assistants, is employed by Drs. Hunt and Wilson of Dillon, affiliates of the Western Montana Clinic of Mis soula. WEATHER W A T C H IN THIS Sitting up high... Jessica Burwell, daughter of Pete and Cathy Burwell, is enjoying her tour of the Dillon fire truck during the annual Fire Prevention visit to Dillon schools. Dillon firemen visited Mary Ennis School last week, showing off the truck and working with the children on fire safety. Photo by John Barrows School levies might trigger tax hike By Mark Heinz One thing that may cause some increases in area property tax bills is a hike of local school levies. Beaverhead County Assessor Rick Hartz said there is an overall increase in the tax bills, which will be out by November 1. Still, some people may find no change, or even a decrease, in the amount of money they owe. Hartz said the biggest in creases came from school tax levies. In many areas they have nearly doubled since last year, and rural districts have seen even bigger increases. For example, the school levy for Dillon went from 48 to 72 mills, while the Jackson levy went from 22 to 65 mills. The Wise River levy went from about 13 to 44 mills. Hartz explained city levies have decreased, while county tax figures have stayed the same. Overall property values in the county went up this year, he said. Beaverhead County Super intendent of Schools Dorthy Donovan said there are two reasons for the increase in school levies. First, there have been large cuts in state funding to schools, especially for smaller rural dis tricts. Also, Donovan said, there is much less reserve money going back into the general school fund this year. Previously, schools were re quired to return half of their reserve money to the general fund at the end of the year. A law passed last year, states that only up to ten percent of the reserve money needs to be re turned. The Grant School District sent $7,000 back last year and only $2,400 this year. Dillon elementary returned about $249,000 last year and $24,800 this year. Beaverhead County High School, which sent $126,000 back to the general fund last year is returning no money this year. Donovan said the special session of the legislature may bring even more cuts in state funding to schools. She said there has been some discussion of program cuts in the school district. If cuts come, some items such as special music classes and gifted student programs may go. No specific plans to cut any programs have been made yet in the district, Donovan said. use public domain scripts or would produce original shows. He would also bring a theater organ sound to the theater, Krouse said. The group would be for profit, Krouse said. “We will not vol unteer our time.” From four to six professional actors would be employed in the theater, he said. Please turn to page A-14 Awright, Dawgs! The Western Montana College mascot helps lead cheers during the homecoming bonfire last week. Western heeded the advice, defeating Montana Tech. A homecoming pictorial appears on page A-2. j P Piun Phoio Professional theater seeks use of depot facilities for summer a professional theater com pany, operated by two former Dillon persons, Curtis Krouse and Adelle Hansen, has asked to lease the Old Depot Theater for the summer season of 1994 from the Beaverhead County Museum. The theater is currently leased by the Short Line The atre Company, a local commu nity theater with unpaid actors and workers from the area, who donate their time to the theater each summer. The community theater lease formally ends in March. Krouse and Hansen both have professional theater expe rience, including the Virginia City Players; and Krouse has worked for the Great American Melodrama Company in Cali fornia. Their company, Krouse said, would be summer stock, playing six days a week, and would produce two or three shows each summer. The new company, Krouse said, “would follow the old for mat of the Virginia City Players, including variety acts following the show. Music would also be an integral part of the show, Hansen said. “We want to create something intrinsic to the area, a nostalgic flavor,” Krouse said, and would Will Big Hole ranchers join in land closing protest move? No clear decision made at Wisdom gathering Monday By Mark Heinz On October 18 in Wisdom, Big Hole ranchers contemplated joining their peers from eastern Montana in closing their land to hunting as a protest to a change in state lands policy. No clear resolution came from the evening meeting in the Wisdom Community Building, but it was clear the ranchers are not pleased with the State Land Board’s decision to allow hiking and birdwatching on Montana lands leased out for grazing. “Right now we’re so overrun with elk, we can't afford to lock anybody out,” Fred Hirschy, a rancher who helped organize the meeting said. Still, ranch ers have been pushed too far by political setbacks, such as grazing fee increases, and are willing to take drastic action to get help, Hirschy said. Sportsmen and ranchers have had good relations in the past; and ranchers hope that closing their land might moti vate sportsmen’s groups to get behind ranchers in the effort to change the state land policy, Hirschy explained. Previously, only fishermen and hunters could buy $5 per mits that allowed them to go on to land leased by ranchers for grazing. In September, the State Land Board opted to al low birdwatchers and hikers to buy the permits as well. Bill Garrison, a member of the Montana Stockgrowers Board of Directors, explained the year-round access to leased lands is what bothers ranchers the most. With the old rules, stockgrowers had to worry about people coming on to the lease lands only during hunting and Please turn to page A-14 Red Rock gets key fund vote Montana Congressman Pat Williams announced late Tues day afternoon that land acqui sition funds for Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge has won “critical support” of a key U.S. House-Senate conference committee. The conference agreement, which applies to fiscal 1994, covers Interior Department ap propriations and sets aside $400,000 for buying parcels of private land within the refuge boundaries, according to Wil liams. Williams originally sought the funding for the ref uge. That conference agreement “is the last critical hurdle for the Red Rock Lakes funding,” Williams said. The funds, he explained, were needed for the Please turn to page A-14 Governor speaks in Dillon for hospital foundation fundraiser dinner Thursday Governor Marc Racicot will be the main speaker for the annual meeting of the Barrett Hospital Foundation Thursday, October 21. Racicot will speak on “Focus on Health Care,” outlin ing changes that may be be coming to the health care system. The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Lewis and Clark Room of Western Montana College. Reservations are required for the dinner, and as of Monday only a few tickets remained. Reservations can be made by calling Ruth Haugland or Rita Eberline at the hospital, 683-2323. The land raffle drawing will also be held at the dinner. At stake is a parcel of land south of Dillon which is being raffled off to help raise money for the foundation.