Dillon Tribune (Dillon, Mont.) 1989-current, September 17, 1997, Image 1

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j : i'Cv / V ' \ 0 10 7 9 8 D A 0 h - h i s t o rical library OF MO il TARA S''E^LtL2, ' 'xL.l ... HE=-l-£NPt m s?6oi b W e d n e s d a y , S e p te m b e r 1 7 ,1 9 9 7 Volume 118 N o ¿38 F ollowing Beaverhead Trails Since 1881 75 Cents Weather The Week in Review Date Sept. 9 Sept. 10 Sept. 11 Sept. 12 Sept. 13 Sept. 14 Sept. 15 HI 85 85 76 73 71 79 68 Lo 43 50 46 48 41 42 40 Pcpt. .42 .02 Almanac ........ Business/Ag Classifieds .... Entertainment Lifestyle ......... r \u *» __ : - - \*/LriteJai ltp£t ..... P l L/ '-Jz Zy ... Sosrts ........... . A-14 ...B-1 ... B-4 A-8 ... A -5 A-14 B-2 ... A -3 ...Â-4 The Russian connection Tribune’s home makers school set next week Plans for the upcoming cooking school in Dillon are taking shape and looking exciting, according to Home Economist Betsy Kern. Kern recently visited Dillon to discuss details of the annual pro­ gram. \It's going to be an informative, fun event and we are expecting a good crowd,\ Susie Bramlette, ad­ vertising manager of the Dillon Tribune, sponsor o f the event, sai d. Homemaker Schools of Greendale, Wisconsin, will present the cooking demonstration at the Beaverhead County High School auditorium Thursday, September 25. The doors for the event will open at 6:30 p.m., and begin at 7 p.m. There is no charge for the program. The two-hour cooking clinic in­ cludes on-stage demonstrations of food preparation, new food prod­ ucts aijd kitchen shortcuts, along with lots o f prizes. Each person attending receives a free cookbook, and a gift bag with coupons and gifts. Dozens o f free prizes, including bags ofgroceries, will be given away at the program as well, Bramlette said. Blood drawing planned here A blood drawing will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Saint Roses Family Center. Hours for the clinic are 11:30 atm. to 6 p.m. . BEA plans open houses in Dillon Local elementary s'cKooI^stu- dents, their parents and families are invited to an open house this Wednesday, September 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mary Innes Elementary School. On Tuesday, September 23, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. there will be a second open house at Park- view Elementary. The open houses are sponsored by the Beaverhead Education As­ sociation. Red Rocks water rights reservation hearing set The Reserved W ater Rights Compact Commission will hold a public meeting Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Lima High School Multi­ purpose room in Lima, regarding theU. S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to settle the federal re­ served water rights on the Red Rocks Lake National Wildlife Ref­ uge. Sen. Charles Swysgood is chair­ man o f the commission's negotiat­ ing team, which is responsible for negotiating federal water rights as part of a statewide adjudication that will settle permanently the water rights of federal agencies. Restoration project A Western Montana College professor, Andrea Easter-Pilcher, recently returned from Kazan, Russia, where she took part in a beaver restoration project designed to improve a declining ecosystem. Western profs help in Russia project By Paul Stewart ogy. “I was surprised how unfa- Two Western Montana College miliar they were with some o f the professors have recently completed equipment and techniques that we a wildlife research project which take as n matter of course,\ said took them deep into the heart of ^.Brinn. Russia. AflftlflMrqnd Bri^ujEaster- Pilcher, both,biologists, left Dillon last July, and headed to the Volga- Kama National Nature Preserve, which is located about 475 miles east of Moscow, near the city of Kazan. The preserve , one of 90 others is regarded in Russia as a national treasure. Andrea had been approached by Yuri Gorshkov, the preserve director, who asked her to work in collaboration with the Russian sci­ entists on a wetlands restoration project. The prqject involved the réintroduction of beavers to the area, in the hope that their activ­ ity would contribute to the resto­ ration of the preserve’s ecosys­ tem. Brian explained that the pre­ serve is effectively an island sur­ rounded by agricultural land. Farming, and irrigation practices have Jed to waterways and lakes being gradually filled in by car- ried-down silt and mud. “ One lake has been filled in at a rate of one foot a year for the past 30 years,” he said. One possible mitigating effect, beaver draws catching and back­ ing up pools of water, was lost more than 200 years ago when the beavers were trapped out. It is hoped that the réintroduction program, involving a family group of eight, with an additional two adults, will raise the water levels both within the preserve and on adjacent land. Andrea had completed a study of beavers for her Masters degree. As such she was able to bring to the project a knowledge of colony site selection, population dynam­ ics, food and forage preference, and a host o f other pertinent elements. The couple took up residence in a bunkhouse, living and work­ ing with Gorshkov, his wife Tatiana, their two sons, and other preserve scientists and workers, an experience which they enjoyed immensely. While they noticed some minor differences of ap­ proach to the work at hand, the found the Russian team to be, “ extremely hardworking and very dedicated people.” The language barrier was eased by the presence of Tatiana who served as inter­ preter. The trip was funded by the Lundberg Foundation, and with some o f the money, the couple were able to take along some telemetry equipment,. Transmitters would be affixed to the beavers allowing the scientist to track them more effi­ ciently. This delighted {?:■■■ Rus­ sian ho-*s, v.'ho v/ere simp y i:r- oKr to a .Tord that level of L cbn:.’- He explained thaï situation in 't W l K I taken science o ff the ties. “People tend to more con­ cerned about just making it through the winter.” people, the shops now are well stocked, but goods are very hard to afford for most people. ff, Things are changing since Gorbachev. There is a lot of rebuilding and a lot of com­ mercialization... \ Away from the rigors of the project, the Andrea and Brian thoroughly ei\joyed their exposure to a fascinating and they stressed changing culture. They spoke of their increased familiarity with one of the great Russian exports, vodka, describ­ ing it as “very good.\ “And when you toast someone with it, “ explained Andrea, “you must be very careful to look at them directly in the eyes as you clink glasses. Shy, downward or sideways glances are not appro­ priate.\ They found the people to be very improved as the city is qow, for most people isn’t very conve­ “Things are changing since Gorbachev,” she said. \There is a lot o f rebuilding, and a lot o f com­ mercialization. However much life very con nient.\ Brian observed that they only came across one dwelling with an adequate hot water supply, all the time they were there. One aspect o f Russian life they heartily approved of was the cul­ ture o f the Banya. A Banya is a kind o f Russian steam bath where house guests are regularly and fre­ quently invited to relax, normally Preparing for anniversary Attending Western Dmitri Mitya, 19, returned from his native Russia with Western professor Andrea Easter-Pilcher, where he met her in a beaver resto­ ration project. He will attend Western this year. generous, though it was clear that with the accompaniment o f vodka they had so little. Before the dra- or beer. The Easter-Pilchers had matic changes which took place a standing invitation to use one under Gorbachev’s governance, elderly couple’s banya whenever one commqn complaint was thafc- • they,wrshed;*'\\'\ ' :ai\ ‘ ik after they arrived ussmn national tele­ vision, when she discovered what she thought was a brown bear track. Gorshkov at first poo-pooed the notion saying that there had been no sightings of bears in that area for years. Further investiga­ tion however revealed more tracks, confirming the first such discov­ ery in the preserve since 1983. The Director then enjoyed good- naturedly ribbing his Russian col­ leagues who had allowed the new­ comer to get first dibs on such an important find. The local Kazan newspaper thought it notable too, asking in a headline,\What will she find next...the Loch Ness Mon­ ster?” Collaboration will continue be­ tween the Easter-Pilchers and the Existing zoning laws found By Paul Stewart Contrary to the belief of almost everyone in county government, Beaverhead does in fact have some zoning regulations on the books, explained County Commissioner Spence Hegstad. He was referring to the discov­ ery of a document signed in 1976 that provides for zoning regula­ tions on the Beaverhead Acres subdivision, located north of town. Last Monday at the commissioner’s regular meeting, they met with Planner Rick Hartz, Sanitarian Larry Laknar, and County Attorney Tom Scott to dis­ cuss the regulations which said Hegstad, have never been enforced since the document was signed. \No one has ever enforced them...\ He explained that the matter came to light after a number of people asked the commission to define the status o f the zoning rules. “It was brought to our at­ tention that though there have been specific prohibitions and ex­ clusions in place, no one has ever enforced them,” he said. It seems that the regulations designate the area only for single , family residences. No structures above two stories, no barns, out­ buildings, or garages with room for njore thaq three cars, are per­ mitted. Hegstad noted that some people in the area are currently out of compliance with the regulations. “There are a number of ques­ tions we have to answer here,\ he said. “ We can’t arbitrarily decide not to enforce the regulations that are in place. I f we do enforce do we have to go back and confirm who has been in violation? Can we grandfather these things in, and enforce the regulations from this point on? There’s a lot to con­ sider.\ Scott is currently researching the legal issues raised, and Hartz and Laknar will survey the area to establish how widespread are the instances of noncompliance. “We need to get a clearer, more complete picture o f the situation,” said Hegstad. At the moment however, the options before the commission in­ clude: F •strictly enforce the regulations and apply them retrospectively; •vacate the 1977 decision and drop the regulations entirely; and •grandfather in existing viola­ tions and begin enforcement as of now. Clearly, the first option is not practical, but legal considerations could hamper the grandfathering alternative. In addition, Hegstad noted, one o f the zoning provisions state that any additional construc­ tion on the tracts can only be com­ pleted after the issuance o f a build­ ing permit “Anyone who has built, is not in compliance,” he said. Hegstad explained that the regulations were adopted after one resident announced plans to con­ struct a dipping vat for cattle and sheep, prompting hiB neighbor to take action. The regulations pro­ hibit any commercial activity in the area, encompassing, vehicles, tools, machines and equipment. However, dentists, lawyers doctors engineers and other similar pro­ fessionals are not excluded. An­ other provision limits residents to keeping only one large animal per 25,000 square feet of area within the tract. Chickens, pigs and goats are excluded, while horses, sheep, and cattle are deemed legitimate. After all the available informa­ tion is gathered said Hegstad, a public meeting . ill tx held to more fully examine both the situation, and the options before the com- micsinn. Getting ready Beaverhead County V.ueeum volunteer BY Tayne and Directe' ci Operation? C 'r : nn e xL b i for the 5C;h anniversary o‘ the mu'cum, wiroh wf! be celebrateci next v.c\' : V . ' r ;rih, p .-.--.re On other business, the commis­ sion considered bids for a nev vc- hicT fr.~tv- r - r ifi's H :;. riment. Corvi:-':-.' ,------------ r. _ .-'a

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