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PageA-11 I) ü h >\ I' k ih m Wednesday. February 16. 2005 scene News from the District Court Garcia faces felony charges By Dave Delisi Kurt Steadman did double duty as both defense attorney and translator while representing Roque Garcia in Beaverhead County District Court on Tues­ day, February 1. McCann expressed concern about the safety of the victims, high­ lighted Garcia's lack of ties to the community, and alleged that Garcia previously fled to Mexico when he was charged with crimes in California. Steadman countered that the current amount was already more than Garcia could afford and that, therefore, $75,000 was excessive. Tucker sided with the State and Garcia's bond was set at $75,000. Attorney Kurt Steadman confers with Roque Garcia Garcia is charged with the felonies of sexual intercourse without consent and incest. Docu­ ments filed with the Court allege that Garcia has molested both his minor step-daughters. The alle­ gations were first brought to the attention of the Beaverhead County Sheriff's department by the mother of one of Garcia's step­ daughter's friends. Each of the alleged victims was later interviewed by Detec­ tive Sergeant Jay Hansen and each corroborated the allegations. Garcia and his family moved to Dillon from Tehachapi, Cali­ fornia, court documents state. In District Judge Loren Tucker's court, Garcia's arraign­ ment proceeded smoothly thanks to Kurt Steadman's fluency in Spanish, Garcia's native tongue. Tucker was careful to wait for Steadman to translate each ques­ tion, comment, or explanation to Garcia, and to watch for the cues, both verbal and non-verbal, that indicated Garcia understood the proceedings. Tucker entered a not guilty plea on Garcia’s behalf to each of the charges. The discussion of bond amount produced arguments from the ptate in favor of raising the cur­ rent amount from $50,000 to $75,000. In explaining his ratio­ nale, vCounty, Attorneyi Marvin Samuel Varney Varney changes pies Samuel Dave Varney changed his plea Thursday ir. District Court and received a five-year sentence for criminal possession of danger­ ous drugs. Varney, 41, originally faced the three charges of possession, pos­ session with intent to distribute, and possession of drug parapherna­ lia. As a result of the plea agreement reached with the State, the latter two charges were dropped. Varney's sentence stems from events that occurred in July of 2004. Court docu­ ments state that Varney and a compan­ ion checked into a local motel at approxi­ mately 3:00 a m. The next day, after they had checked out, the person cleaning the room noticed a box behind the TV. The box, police later determined, con­ tained a digital scale, a funnel with resi­ due of methamphetamine, and several small bags. The plea agreement recommended Varney be committed to the Department of Corrections for five years, with these five years to run concurrent with another drug-related sentence Varney received in Gallatin County. Further, the plea agreement recom­ mended that Varney pay $300 into the Dillon City Drug Fund, that he repay the cost of his court-appointed counsel, and that he pay the mandatory surcharges levied by the Court. During the court proceedings on this day, Varney's attorney, Mike Larson, said that \for the better part of his life, (Varney) has been law abiding.\ He indicated that Varney has \fallen into a quagmire\ in the past few months. Should the court accept the plea agreement, Larson said, Varney hopes to go back to school and become a productive member of society upon release. Varney's mother was in the courtroom for the sentencing hearing, and District Judge Loren Tucker thanked her for showing her sup­ port. Given a chance to speak, Varney described the circumstances of his life at this point. He indicated that he fell in with the wrong group of people, but stated that he knew he was responsible for his deci­ sions. \Since then,\ Varney said, \I've lost all I own. My wife commit­ ted suicide,\ he said. All his belongings were confiscated and sold at a sheriff's auction, and all Varney is left with, he said, \is some kids to raise.\ The objective of the plea agreement, McCann said, is to get Varney some treatment. Tucker accepted the lawyers' recommendations with only a few modifications. He imposed the requirement that Varney complete a chemical dependency program before he will be eligible for parole. Tucker also eliminated the $300 fee to the Dillon City Drug Fund, noting that Varney's $500 monthly child support, coupled with the fees of up to $1,600 for his court-appointed lawyer, will be challenge enough. \It's all up to you,\ Tucker told Varney before wishing him good luck. Varney was led from the cdurtroom In handcuffs. Sunny skies. Cool. LOW 10 HIGH 32 W e a t h e r F o r e c a s t I2ES3 Wednesday g Thursday Partly cloudy. Normal temps. LOW 15 HIGH 38 Partly cloudy Mild LOW 17 HIGH 40 Saturday Mostly cloudy. Near normal temperatures. LOW 22 HIGH 36 Sunday Mostly cloudy. Near normal temperatures. LOW 23 HIGH 37 Valid lor Wednesday February 9. 2005 AXrti iVéJH'tì' If* Forecast Details tor Southwestern Montana A sunny high pressure area will move over Montana this week to bring fair weather Temperatures will vary from cool to milder than usua< tor the second week of February No precpitation is expected, except for a tew snow showers on Monday Historical Records for Wednesday, February 9. 2005 NORMAL TEMPS. WARMEST COLDEST MAX. PRECIP. Low 13 55 •16 0.11 Inches High 37 in 1987 In 1959 in 1998 Climate Summary (observed and recorded at Dillon) Sunrise and Sunset Daylighi on Fob u. 2005 lor 10 hours and 10 mins. 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J im ' s A uto Body L.L.C. 1500 Hwy 9 1 N. • DM o h , MT 59725 Day; 0 8 3 -284« • Night 683-6233 NRCS offers $400,000 in Conservation Innovation Grants lished in the Jan 11 Federal Register, and applieations for the na­ tional grants are due by March 28, 2005 You can find the CIG final rule and other information at http://www.mt.nres.usda.gov/programs/ cig/ or contact Erik Suffridgc at 406-587-6849. Lion hunting closes in area The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 323, 324, 32.5 and .127, which include purl ions of Madison and Beaverhead counlies, closed at one-half hour after sunset on Wednes­ day, February 9, 2005. The order halting the hunt came shortly after Montana Fish, Wildlife ft Parks officials received word that the pre- esiahlished harvest quota for the districts combined had been met For more information, visit l-'WP’s web site at www.fwp.mt.gov, click on \Hunting\ then under \Hot Topics\ click on Mountain Lion Status,' or call the toll free number at 1-800-385- 7826 C h a m b e i C o m e r The Dillon Jt Fiddlers & the UM-Western Rodeo Club present Saturday, February 19, 7:30pm UM-Western Beier Auditorium $15 at the door, $10 in advance ■s'. Bert's C D 's . UM W Foundation Office/ Beaverhead Co. Chamber of Com m e rce, Fiddlers. & Rodeo Club Mem b ers The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $400,000 available in Montana for Conservation Innovation Grants. This is a grant competition for farmers, ranchers, and others who have innovative ideas for addressing some of Montana's most pressing natural resource conservation needs. \These grants offer seed money to look at innovative technologies and approaches to environmental solutions on working agricultural lands,\ said Dave White, NRCS state conservationist for Montana. The 2002 Farm Bill established these grants as pari of the Environ­ mental Quality Incentives Program, and the first national grants were awarded in 2004. This year, Montana along with 12 other states, will offer a statewide grant competition. Applications should demonstrate the use of innovative technolo­ gies or approaches to address at least one of the five natural resource concerns identified by NRCS in Montana: water resources, soil re­ sources, atmospheric resources, grazing land and forest health, and wddlife habitat. Applications are due by April 11,2005 Details can be found on t he federal eGrants website at http://www.grants.gov and on the NRCS website at http://www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig/. The grant program is offered to a diverse set of potential appli­ cants, including state and local agencies, nonprofit or ganizations, for- profit companies, and tribes and individuals to help develop, test, implement and transfer innovative environmental solutions. Projects may be from one to three years in length (¡rants will fund projects targeting innovative on-the-gmund conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations Selected applicants may receive grants up to 50 percent of the total project cost Applicants must provide nonfederal matching funds for at least 50 percent of the project cost, of which up to 50 percent may be from in kind contribu­ tions. An exception allows for beginning and limited resource farm­ ers and ranchers, tribes and community-based organizations repre­ senting these groups to obtain up to 75 percent of project matching funds from in-kind contributions. The NRCS contribution may not exceed $75,000 for a single project NRCS is also offering a national grant competition to fund larger projects. The final rule was pub- Women Resource CenfèP Mardi G rtt 1005 Featuring New Orleans Style Buffet Silent Auction, Raffles, Mimes, Palm and Tarot Card Reading face Painting, Dixieland Music M WS FROM IMI Iti \U Kill \l>( HWIIII KOI ( OMMI Kl I U\ ( tirh t iidcrsoii. I x i i u l n r l>tn t lor Come visit on Wednesday My first full week of being the new Beaverhead Chamber Execu­ tive Director has been an exciting one. Tuesday night we had our Charnner Social and Awards This casual ft- fun event was very suc­ cessful and was enjoyed by many Decadent desserts and yummy appetizers provided by Board of Directors, Mrs Barnes' Culinary Arts Classes, and local restaurants were out of this world delicious Congratulations to our Chamber Award winners, you deserved it! Please come to the Chamber of ( ommerce tonight from 4-6 p.m. to say good-bye to our outgoing Chamber Executive Director Judy Sir­ ing and meet me. T hankf ully Judy will just lie working a few blocks away and will still be involved m many community activities. I wish her luck. Don't forget to attend the Bar .1 Wrangler concert at UM-W Beier Auditorium on Saturday at '.30 p.m Tickets are going fast. This concert is sponsored by the Dillon Junior Fiddlers and the L'M-W Rodeo Team. Cow b o y M u s ic & Variety Show Th e U n iv e rsity o f M o n tana Western Sunday, February 20, 2005 4:30 — 8:30 Elk's Lodge ' g A^^*12pe rpe reO fL^2fo rtw c ). Children 10 and under are free, i No Host Bar Available. Tickets available a t the WRC or a t the door. ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE VIGILANTE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE'S 67th Annual Meeting will be held in the Lewis and Clark Room on the campus of University of Montana Western. Dillon. Friday, February 25, 2005 • Registration begins at 12:00 Noon. • Dinner by reservation will start at 12:30 p.m. ¡Reservation cards must be mailed by February 18th.) • Annual Meeting will commence at 1:15 p.m. GUEST SPEAKER Mike Logan Photographer and Cowboy Poet \

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