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Sevalstad trial now set for May By David Delisi County Commissioner Donna Sevalstad's le gal troubles are dragging through court at what some may call a very measured pace. On Tuesday, October 12, a status conference took place in Dillon, with several members of the necessary parties, including the court in Mis soula and the prosecution's attorney, George H. Corn, participating in the discussion over the phone. The upshot of the discussion, as summarized in court documents, is that the attorneys from both sides must prepare an updated proposed ominibus hearing order. This is the document which outlines the information each side has and is prepared to use in the event the case goes to trial. The Judge has the authority to disallow evidence prior to trial. The Court will also rule on any pre-trial mo tions and set a trial date' which the court docu ments state will be targeted tentatively for Feb ruary. The lawyers were instructed to inform the Court of any potential scheduling conflicts so that the Court may select a suitable date. In a document filed with the court on Novem ber 3 by the District Judge presiding over the case, Douglas G. Harkin, the date of Sevalstad's trial was pushed out even further. The judge ordered a final status hearing on Tuesday, May 3, 2005. This hearing will be held telephonically. The dates of the trial were set for May 16-19, with jury selection beginning at 9:00 a.m. on May 16. Sevalstad faces a felony charge on possession of methamphetamine, a misdemeanor on drug paraphernalia possession and two felony counts of witness tampering. BCHS faces spiraling natural gas expenses By John Barrows When the administration at Beaverhead County High School opened their natural gas bills you could probably hear a giant \whoosh\ as they sucked in their breath. They knew it was coming, at least later this summer they did, but not before they the administration's budget had been accepted by the school board. Starting July 1, the cost of natural gas zoomed upward a staggering 82 percent... as price con trols came off as a result of earlier deregulation efforts. Coupled with recent increase in power charges and distribution, the school district, like those around the state, is being faced with a major dilemma of how to keep all the expenses in line in face of skyrocketing energy costs. This year will be all right, Superintendent Fred Chouinard said, Monday night, thanks in part to a retiring teacher who is not being re placed. That will go a long way, Chouinard said, to mitigate thé expected $45,000 increase in natu ral gas bills alone. Noting that for a number of years public enti ties like schools were getting a break in their bills, \they've called in the cows\ and now the district must pay full price. In other matters before the school board Mon day, Anna Cossel of Talbot Insurance, presented the district with a $250 scholarship made pos sible by the school's insurance carrier. Bill Wagner gave a presentation to the board on the video production class at the school and the news-style programs the students are pro ducing. The board also heard praise from the Ana conda High School for the conduct of its stu dents while at a volleyball tournament in Ana conda. The board also hired Lois Woodard as head tennis coach; Jeff Koslosky as assistant tennis coach, and Zhiqun Qian as a translator for three Chinese-speaking students who are attending the school and learning English. Program honors area veterans Nov. 11 The Beaverhead White Hat Coalition will hold its fourth annual Veteran’s Day Program this Thursday, at 7 p.m. in the Old Depot Theater. Music will be performed by Joe Morstein, w ith patriotic cowboy poetry by Rick Kuntz and a special flag presentation by Skip Bybee of the American Legion and Charlotte Kistler of the American Legion Auxiliary. Rev. Gino Griffin will provide a prayer and the American Legion Color Guard will perform the flag ceremonies. The program has been held by the Coalition See VETERANS on page A-3 Fixing the light A camera crew from the History Channel's Saving History program fixes a light reflector to bring sunlight on to Tom Lowe, the assistant park manager at Bannack State Park recently. The film crew taped a segment on gold rush towns to be aired in June. At right, the crew pauses for a snapshot of themselves as well in front of the Meade Hotel. F i l m i n g . . . Bannack, Montana's first gold rush city, first ter ritorial capital and the home of vigilante and road agent alike, will be getting some world-wide public ity next summer. Bannack is one of several ghost towns of the west to be featured in a special History Channel produc tion of its \Save Our History\ series. Titled \Gold Rush Ghost Towns,\ the program will highlight efforts to preserve a number of west ern gold towns, and give the history of the gold rush as well. Among the ghost towns slated for features in the program are Bannack, Garnet, Virginia and Nevada Cities and Bodie, California. See FILM on page A-3 United Way shoots for $120,000 goal of helping area organizations Helping groups and organiza tions help others is what the United Way of Beaverhead County is all about. In the 15 years it has been in existence it has distributed a whop ping $1.5 million in checks to doz ens of organizations that have been working hard to help the people of Beaverhead County. You name it, at some time the United Way has probably been a major player in helping it come about. From Girl Scout camps to Habitat for Humanity, from fire halls to emergency medical teams, United Way has been there in helping make dreams reality. That's how United Way President Sharon Rice puts it. Making dreams come true. And this November, as every November, United Way kicks its fund-raising campaign into high gear to do just that. The campaign features several ways to give, according to campaign co-chairman Tom Scott. Payroll deductions are available at some businesses, and some businesses actually help out by matching the donations made by its employees, like Barretts Minerals, a continu ing major partner with United Way of Beaverhead County. Other options are one-time gifts, quarterly gifts, and auto matic bank withdrawals on a quar terly or monthly basis. Giving has never been easier, Scott noted, and the need has never been greater as well. Executive Director Kendall Larson explained the re quests for funding increase every year so the need for extra generosity is greater, too. Other officers for United Way this year are vice presi dent Merrie Dreyer; secretary treasurer Mary Breen and campaign co-chaimran Dick Auchter. For more information about the United Way, or to ob tain help in arranging for a donation schedule or a visit from a United Way volunteer to speak before a group or business, contact Larson at 683-4269. Donations may be mailed directly to United Way, Box 263, Dillon, MT 59725. United Way McGinley wins re-election for county commission post No one could say that Beaverhead County voters didn't turn out in mass for the election last week. They did. By the thousands, and with a turnout that exceeded 75 percent in many precincts, voters frequently faced a short age of ballots. Runners took extra ballots to the poll and by the time the voting closed, Clerk and Recorder Rosalee Richardson said she felt everyone who wanted to vote had done so. The results of the balloting in the county generally followed much of the rest of the state, except occasion ally, where Montana went for Brian Schweitzer for gov ernor, but locally, voters preferred the Republican candi date, Bob Brown. County voters also favored passing I- 147, an initiative that would have repealed an earlier effort that banned cyanide heap leaching as a mining technique for new mines. While Montana's handily beat back the challenge to the law, Beavehread County voters approved it 2,774-1,380... a 2-1 margin that was opposite of those results in many other counties. The only local race, be tween incumbent county com missioner Republican Mike McGinley and his independent challenger, Mike Klakken, was decided decisively with a 2-1 margin for McGinley, 2,755 to 1,429. Only one person ran for a position on the city study com mission, Paul Pilgrim, who was elected. Additional members will now be appointed for the See ELECTION on page A-3 S m o k e f r e e c i t y h a l l ? It could happen as council eyes banning the weed By John Barrows * The hallowed halls of the city are among the last bastions for smokers. Already most public buildings, including schools, the courthouse, hospital, federal and state offices are all classed as smoke free. And if the city's Health Com mittee has its way, City Hall will soon follow. That very topic was the subject of a recent city health committee meeting and the outcome was a rec ommendation that City Hall be come smoke free and that smoking be banned within 25 feet of any entrance to the building. The committee, chaired by council member Swede Troedsson, with Dan Svoboda and Mark Krank as members, spoke with city em ployees and also reviewed a letter from the Beaverhead County Pub lic Health Director, Sue Hansen, supporting a move to make City Hall smoke free. The request for the 25 foot ban on outside smoking came from city judge Virginia Compton, who told the committee she felt there was 3 problem when members of the pub lic who were waiting to come be fore her court smoked outside, near the door. Two smokers, both city employ ees, said they felt there would be no problem with a smoke free fa cility. Dillon's mayor, Marty Malesich, told the committee that although he was a former smoker, he sees \the handwriting on the wall,\ that the building will become smoke free but did not want smokers in City Hall \to feel they are being treated as second hand citizens.\ At last week's city council meet ing, councilman George Warner called it \a big issue. There should be a public hearing,\ and attempted to table the issue, an attempt that failed. Warner cited problems with a city wide ordinance that has brought legal challenges in Helena, but both the mayor and council chairman J. S. Turner noted the law provided for smoke-free gov ernment buildings and that this ordinance would not apply to any buildings but those owned by the city. A motion to allow an ordinance to be drafted for later review and vote was approved, with Warner casting the lone \no” vote. City eyes sewer work project The Diilon City Council ap proved the engineering proposal of D.J.&A. Engineering for the Dillon Sewer Main Project. That project would provide sewer connections to the Thomsen, Franklin and Barnett Street areas, Mayor Marty Malesich said, and covers the project that was part of $15,000 Community Development Block Grant. The proposal outlined the work but the law does not require prices to be listed. If the prices for the engineering work should prove to be unreasonable, Malesich said, the council could go to a second pro posal that was submitted by an other firm. The council accepted the pro posal of D.J.&A. The council also approved a resolution on SID35 with Dillon Elementary School District 10 for paving. Problems with the Helena Street Crossing, and especially the con- See CITY on page A-3 Stitt I wmr >uh>cripti«n to the Dillo?} Tribune rodai - Call 6S3-233! * Email u* with y our tie« - at i l i l l u m r i h t m t . ■ h i n t m t ) Ù )