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Patty White of Helena gets good response from Dillon Middle School students during a recent talk she made there concerning relationships among young people. Counselor works on twin themes ofmeth use, getting along in local schools - By John Barrows When Patty White talks, kids listen. And teachers. And parents. White is an independent counselor, with a long background at Carroll Col­ lege, and over the years she has devel­ oped an expertise in delaign with a hot of student-related problems. Today the two biggest are relation­ ships, and combatting bullying, and the ever-present scourge of methamphet- amine. Last week White worked with stu­ dents in Parkview Elementary and Dil­ lon Middle School about working with each other, and avoiding putdowns. Citing a number of influences, in- cluding violent video games that give a false sense of appropriate behavior among younger children, White worked to talk, virtually one on one during groups sessions, with the stu­ dents. Her talk centered on how language can hurt and how the students can help to overcome that hurt. That night White spoke with teacher at Beaverhead County High School, outlining some of the facts of increas­ ing methamphetamine use among teens and how to recognize sings of use in students. Additional work on the subject is planned, BCHS Superin­ tendent Fred Choulnard said. Judge files suit against city, mayor By John Barrows City Judge Virginia Compton and Dillon Mayor Marty Malesich are in complete agreement. To disagree. Both called Friday's filing of a law­ suit by Compton against the Mayor and the City of Dillon a way to solve what has become a major difference in the way they look at how a em­ ployee, Sam Yetter, should be handled. Compton filed a petition for Writ of Mandamus or Prohibition and asked for summary judgement to make Male­ sich and the city stop what she calls interference with her elected office as city judge. Filed in District Court, Compton alleges that Malesich, as Mayor, has interfered with the way she is direct­ ing Yetter, who Compton says, is a full-time Clerk of Court. Malesich, on the other hand, in an interview this week, maintains that the employee is classified as a clerical as­ sistant, that there is no such office as Clerk of Court for the city, and that by the budget set by the City Council, Yetter should work only halftime for the court. While he has no disagree­ ment, he said, with Compton directing the work of Yetter during the time she works with the court, he emphasized he feels she remains a city employee subject to the policies of the city. The council confirmed her halftime status during the budget process this summer, he said, when Compton's re­ quest to put Yetter full time with the court, and increase the judge's posi­ tion to full time, was not approved in the budget. Compton, in her suit, maintains that October 4, under her direction and con­ trol, Yetter attended the Montana Courts of Limited Jurisdiction Clerks Conference in Bozeman. Compton, as city judge, said she approved Yetter’s hours at the con­ vention, the time she spent at the con­ ference and time off upon her return. Malesich objected and in a counsel­ ing session required verification of her time at the conference. On Oct. 27, de­ spite notification by Compton that she felt he was in violation of state law, Malesich required Yetter to be charged with 20 hours of annual leave, instead of regular pay. Through a grievance procedure with the Dillon City Employees Asso­ ciation, that was reduced to 12 hours. In her suit, Compton requests the court order a show cause hearing why the city and the mayor don t have to comply with the state law, and asks the court to issue a Writ of Prohibition to keep Malesich and the city from inter­ fering with the administration of her court. She also maintains the mayor lacks the authority to supervise, con­ trol or direct the employee. She asks for a declaratory judgement on the is­ sue and that her court costs be paid by the city. The city, Malesich said, is prepar­ ing answers to the suit and it is ex­ pected they will be sent to the court sometime next week. Barretts employees choose to remain non-union Charges filed in area ranch vandalism case By Elaine Spicer An area ranch has been vandalized and charges of criminal mischief and obstructing a peace officer have been filed against two female juveniles, according to Beaverhead County Sher­ iff Bill Briggs. Briggs said that on November 13, his office received a complaint of trespass and vandalism in regards to damages which occurred on ranch property east of Dillon in the Sweetwater area. The owner of the property had discovered most of the windows broken out of a house, along with other damage typical of random vandalism. The property owner was able to assist the Sheriff's Office in recovering personal items left at the scene by the vandals, which led officers to identify the two suspects. The following investi­ gation resulted in two juvenile females being cited on several counts of criminal mischief. The office is pursuing restitution to the land- owner for a substantial amount of damage to the ranch buildings, with damage estimates exceed­ ing $750, said Briggs. Holi-Daze decoration signup ends today The annual Christmas Holi-Daze decoration contest, sponosred by the Dillon Garden Club, closes registration today, December 15. Actual judging will be Friday and Saturday. Thee are three divisions this year including residential, neighborhood and business, institu­ tions and organizations. Businesses, institutions and organizations have two categories, outdoor and window. To enter the contest call 660-2884 and leave a'message by December 15. BCHS concert tonight The Choral department at Beaverhead County High School will present a winter concert Wednesday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. All choral groups will participate in the con­ cert that will include music of the holiday sea­ son. The public is invited to attend. Great Harvest says thanks to community Once again, the Great Harvest Bread Com­ pany will celebrate the holiday season by saying \thank you\. As a holiday gift to the Dillon community, and to show appreciation for the community's sup­ port of its 2004 Bake Days, Great Harvest Fran­ chising will open its Dillon bakery on Friday, December 17. Great Harvest staff will be giving away free loaves of bread (one loaf per family, please) from 10:00 a.m. until all the bread has been given away. Since the fall of 2001, Great Harvest has been hosting Bake Days to benefit local non-profit organizations. Over $15,000 was raised in 2004 to benefit the Beaverhead Valley Artist Cooperative, Guardian Ad Litem, Beaver­ head County High School scholarships, Pioneer Youth Home, Dillon Elementary Educational Foundation, and the YMCA. Visitors to the bakery will have their choice - of Honey Whole Wheat, Old-Fashioned White, Cinnamon Chip, Nine Grain, and Cranberry Or­ ange breads. Bread varieties will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. The bakery is located at 25 East Glendale Street, next to the Dilmart, in Dillon. Correction... In last week's paper it was incorrectly re­ ported that Dillon City Councilman H. S. Turner had voted against the Montana Street South im­ provements. In fact he had voted for the im­ provements. The negative vote actually was cast by Councilman Mike Klakken. The Tribune regrets the^error. A fter H o u r s ..............................................B-3 A lmanac N ews of R e c o r d ................ A - 10 C lassified .....................................................B-5 L ifestyle ......................................................A-5 L iving A rea F ea t u r e ............................... B-1 O bituaries .................................................A -10 R uby V alley ...... . ........................................ B-4 S p o r t s ....................................................... A-15 Employees at Barretts Minerals Plants, of Minerals Technology, Inc., voted in a National I,abor Relations Board election December 2 to decide whether they would be represented by the International Brotherhood of Boiler­ makers. The petition for the election was made in October to the NLRB, who conducted the secret election. Employees voted, 41-15, not to be represented by the union. Concerns about food safety and human health are prompting consumers to question how their food is raised. The University of Montana-Westem's Fourth Annual Ag Conference and Expo, January 6-7, 2005 features sev­ eral speakers who promote food safety through sustain­ able agricultural practices. Jo Robinson, Jim Garrish and Courtney White will talk about how local sustainable practices enhances health ben­ efits for people, livestock and the land. Sustainability and increasing profits are the key themes of this year's ag conference and expo. The conference features five general sessions, six breakout sessions and a vendor expo that is open to the public. Jo Robinson, best selling author, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Robinson is the featured speaker at the event's banquet and will also conduct workshops. RobLnson has written several books on the benefits of The results of the election are unofficial until formal certification is made by the NLRB. \We are pleased that the work force has chose to work directly with MTI, and not through a third party, Rocky Smith, Barretts Minerals Plant Manager said Tuesday. \We believe the employees have made the best decision for their future, for our business and our customers. We sin­ cerely appreciate the participation of our employees in the election process.” pasture-raised animals: Pasture Perfect and Why Grassfed is Best. Pasture raised beef has many of the health benefits of wild game and studies show that animals raising animals on pasture is good for the animals, the environment, farm families and consumers. Robinson is a New York Times best-selling writer and she regularly talks to ranchers and sustainable agricultural groups about the benefits of raising pasture fed animals. Pasture raised beef has many of the health benefits of wild game and studies show that animals raising animals on pasture is good for the animals, the environment, farm families and consumers. Over 30 speakers will cover topics ranging from drought to sustainability to increasing profits to estate planning. Conference meals feature Montana food products. For conference information visit “http:// www.umwestern.edu” on the Internet or contact the UM- Westem School of Outreach at 683-7537. Ag conference highlights farm, ranch issues Sheriff forecasts changes in office Promises details of changes soon By Elaine Spicer Within the next few weeks, Sheriff Bill Briggs says, some \structural changes\ will be imple­ mented within the ranks of the sworn officers of the Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office. Briggs notes the changes are a result of more than a year of study and plan­ ning on his part. B b il l BRIGGS Though Briggs declined to ac­ knowledge the exact nature of the changes he is planning, he stressed that the restructuring \will be an effort to enhance and prepare our office for the future and in no way will it reflect any discredit upon any officer involved.\ He added that he will announce the specifics of the changes at what he described as \the appropriate time\. \Every year, on average, the de­ mand that is placed on the Sheriff's Office for services becomes greater,\ said Briggs. \There comes a point when you must respond to that demand and make changes in the way you are doing things to become more effective. That time has come for us.\ \I consider myself a proactive thinker and I keep an eye on the horizon. I would like to think that the dike around the house should be built when we see the water beginning to rise, not after it has filled the basement.\ Briggs noted he feels that if the Sheriff's Office is to remain effec­ tive in the coming years, \we must make some changes and redirect the assets, talent and training that we have currently in our roster at the tide coming in. As much as we might want to continue to operate at the same level as vve did in 1980, I believe we must face the fact that we live in a different time.\ See BRIGGS on page A-3 No call up yet for Guard unit Although there has been local speculation about whether or not the local National Guard unit is being called up for active duty, as of Tuesday there has to date been no mobilization order. Major Scott Smith, Public Affiars Officer of the Montana Army National Guard in Helena, said late Tuesday that there has not been a mobilization order cut for the local guard unit, although nearly one-third of the guard, both army and air branches, have been activated and are on federal active duty. The Dillon unit, is Detach­ ment 2 of the 3669th Maintenance Company, and is trained in equip­ ment maintenance. A total of more than 1,100 men and women are currently on ac­ tive duty, many of them as part of Operations Iraqi Freedom and En­ during Freedom, Smith said. Smith noted that a unit would first be put on alert, which notifies it may be subject to call up. The final stage would be actual mobili­ zation, which sets a date for acti­ vation. The local unit, he said, has not received neither an alert nor an actual mobilization order. He did not discount , however, that either could occur in the fu­ ture. 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