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G o o « i : ■ T - M n 9 T )aw2s ? ave a great homecoming! ^Countyi kCoürí¿ oSit_ The Daring Dawgs meet ,fSi the Battling Bears of Rocky See Page A-9 and A-16 for details \\ I D M S I ) \ V , 0 ( K I R I E 6 , 2004 • V o l u m e 123 , N l M B E R 40 M a k in g H e a d l i n e s S ince 1881 • D il l o n , M o n t a n a • 75 C k n ' i n I n B rief Debate set here for county commissioner candidates, others The two candidates for county commissioner, Republican incumbent Mike McGinley and In­ dependent challenger Mike Klakken, will \battle it out\ during the traditional Dillon Tribune and KDBM/KBEV Great Debate. The debate is set for 7 p.m. Thursday,-Octo­ ber 21, at the Old Depot Theater. Moderator for the debate will be Dick Storey, new Chancellor at the University of Montana-Western. '' In addition to the two candidates, other, un­ opposed, candidates will also be given a chance to give a brief message at the debate. • The debate is open to the public, and backers of candidates are urged to attend and lend their support. Questions will be prepared in advance, as well as taken from the floor during the de­ bate. Block Hall dedication Ceremony set Saturday ’« Formal dedication ceremonies for Daniel G. Block Hall are set for Saturday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the south entrance of the building, weather permitting. The building, formerly known as the \Office-Classroom Building\ or \O.C.\, is located near the Swysgood Technology Center on the campus of the University of Mon­ tana-Western. The ceremonies will formally dedicate the building and recognize the contributions of Dr. Daniel G. Block to Western and to higher educa­ tion. A recpetion and tour of the hall will follow. Block was a Professor of Biological Science from 1961 to 1985 at Western. He was an pioneer in outdoor classroom teaching and was an inte­ gral part of the growth of programs at the Birch Creek Outdoor Education Center. During the' 1970’s, Block secured a grant to establish an Emergency Medical Technician pro­ gram on the Western campus. He also estab­ lished the first Drug Education class at Western. Block was instrumental in establishing a four- year Natural Heritage degree program at West­ ern. Dan and his wife Gerayne have been mar­ ried for 57 years. They are the parents of two sons, Garth and Bryan. Vigil honors survivors A candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday, Octo­ ber 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Dillon. The vigil is in cel­ ebration of survivors of domestic violence. To participate, meet at the Women's Resource Center in Dillon at 7:00 p.m., and march to the Beaverhead County Courthouse for the vigil. Bea­ verhead County Attorney Marv McCann will speak at the event. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Lima hosts Festival All aboard for the second annual Fall Festi­ val, sponsored by the Lima Historical Society, located on Bailey & Main Streets, Saturday Oc­ tober 9, 2004 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. „. The event will include a Soup Supper, a Wild­ life Presentation, and free pumpkins for deco­ rating. Raffles will also be part of the fun. . The meal will include Homemade Chili and homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, homemade breads and pies, and beverages Cost is $5 for adults and $3.50 for children under the age of 10. I nside A lm a n a c ............................. .....................A-10 C la s s if ie d .......................... ....................... B-5 E n t e r t a in m e n t ............... ....................... B-3 D f e s t y l e ........................... ....................... A-5 L iv i n g ................................... ....................... B-1 O b it u a r ie s ........................ ........................... A-10 O p in io n ................................ ........... A-4 & A-6 R u b y V a l l e y .................... ....................... B-4 S po r t s ................................ .....................A-15 Grace comes in big packages This moose gracefully climbs a fence, especially considering its enormous size, at a ranch near Glen last week. Nice fall weather resulted in many game sitings during the week. David Delist Photo Obo Addy's Okropong African musical history comes to life when master drummer Obo Addy and his Okropong step onto the stage, performing traditional music and dance from Ghana, Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Montana- Western Beier Auditorium. The concert is the first in a se­ ries of three performances in the 2004-05 Southwest Montana Arts Council Showcase Series. Season tickets cost $20 for adults, $12 for students. Individual concert tickets, costing $11 (or adults and $7 for students, will be available at the door, as will sea­ son tickets. Net-based learning nears By Elaine Spicer Internet-based learning may not be far on the horizon for Beaverhead County primary education students, with the recent decision of the Dillon Elementary School District Trustees to enter into an \interlocal coopera­ tive agreement\ with the Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) and the Montana Rural Education As­ sociation (MREA). A discussion of the distance-learn­ ing idea by several school districts throughout the state was recently hosted by the two organizations, according to the MREA website. The idea revolves around establishing a non-profit, sell- funded, member-governed distance learning program in the state of Mon­ tana, with the MTSBA and MREA go­ ing forward with facilitation of the pro­ posed program. According to MREA, the plan is to move ahead with the program in steps, focusing first on creating \administra­ tive and curricular support structures and professional development oppor­ tunities for pro- spective teach­ ers of dis- t a n c e learning\. The \ulti­ m a t e plan\ a c - pared by MTSBA and MREA, and handed out by Dis­ trict 10 Superinten­ dent Melinda Berkram at the re­ cent trustee meet­ ing, is to “recruit an assign qualified in­ structors and have quality course work developed and available\ to Montana children by next fall. Berkram says about 250 children will be offered the opportunity to par­ ticipate in the program on a \first come, first-served\ basis. A portion of the trustees discussion on the topic centered around other op­ tions for provision of distance learn­ ing, including one implemented by the University of Montana. According to the MTSBA and MREA, that program, successfully implemented with a state grant in the amount of $250,000, will soon be serving K-12 students through­ out the state. However, the two groups suggest that funding for the UM grant is \limited\ and that \there is a real question as to bow the program will succeed after the grant monies run out.\ Another program recently estab­ lished in Missoula is the World Wide Independent Distance Education Acad­ emy (WVVIDEA), which previously formed a program in Galena, Alaska ir. the 1990’s. \The U of M pilot program was enormously successful,\ says Dis­ trict 10 Board of Trustees Chair Gail Barnhart. \It reached out all across the state. However, the MTSBA felt it was happening in the w rong place because they wanted the decision-making to be local. The U of M program took local control away from the local school boards.” See NET LEARNING on page A-3 Mayor, council prexy refute letter By John Barrows Two city officials, Mayor Marty Malesich, and chairman of the city council, are taking exception with a letter written by a former council member that accuses the mayor of exceeding his authority on the pur­ chase of new w'ater meters and ques­ tions the validity of the arrangement by which the city attorney is paid. The letter, w ritten by Jean Bergeson, who resigned last year from the council to become a full-time stu­ dent at the University of Montana Law School, was sent to council members, the mayor and Dillon residents. It is printed in its entirety, starting on page A-6 of this issue of the Dillon Tribune. Bergeson's letter specifically at­ tacks the mayor's actions concerning ordering additional units for modern­ izing the city's water system, and what she refers to as \cost overruns\ in the city attorney office. She also made accusations that the mayor’s office has not been truthful with taxpayers on a number of other issues, including the proposed con­ struction project on Montana Street South and the cost of engineering ser­ vices. In her letter she urged the council to stop the new water meter replace­ ment program and a one year study, which she maintains had been previ­ ously ordered, be completed, before any further decisions are made con­ cerning the meter program. Malesn h and Turner, who re-re- senl the city's administration and the council, respectively, both criticized Bergeson's letter, expressing concern over what they termed misrepresen­ tations and misunderstandings of what has actually transpired. \I appreciate her concern,\ Male­ sich said, \but there are a number of misconceptions and inaccuracies to her letter, and the misinformation in it challenges not only the integrity of the mayor, but of the members of the council, the finance committee and the city staff.\ \The last time I discussed any city matters with Jean Bergeson was prior to her leaving office.So many things in the letter are incorrect.\ Malesich noted that while Bergeson had re­ signed in October, she had not at tended meetings regularly since July 2003 \The true fact is every penny is reviewed by the Finance Committee and presented to the council for ap­ proval,\ the Mayor added, explaining the Finance Committee reviews each warrant on the city prior to its final approval.” \I'm proud of the council and the staff. We have a lot of projects ac­ complished in the past two years \ Turner, who was elected by bis fel­ low council members as Council Presi­ dent, concurred with the Mayor's as­ sessment of the letter and to the alle­ gations raised in Bergeson's letter. \We have a lot of council people who serve over and above what is re­ quired and are fiscally responsible. But there a few,\ he said, referring to several both on, or had been on the council, \who tend to beat a dead horse to death.” In response to specific points raised in Bergeson's letter, Turner and Malesich ticked off responses to each of those raised by the former council See CITY on page A-6 St.ti t vouv stihsci ipiioti to tin- Dillon Tribune tml.iv T.iH 6S3-2331 * binail us with v our news at ilillinitribuneTbint.net

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