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Page A-16 - Unios I kiium - Wednesday, February 16. 2005 A t t h e C h a m b e r S o c i a l . . . Area businesses, individuals honored The Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce presented its annual awards to its members at an appreciation social held recently at the Beaver­ head Golf Course Country Club. Guests enjoyed appetizers donated by local restaurants and deca­ dent desserts made by Beaverhead County High School Culinary Arts Classes along with chamber board members and their spouses. Awards were presented and a total of 20 new businesses were recognized. Business awards were presented to the following: Large Business of the Year: R.E. Miller & Sons. Inc. Customer Service Award: Stephens Greenhouse and Floral Beautification Award: Tyler Hoerning Motors Small Business of the Year: C&C Farm and Ranch Supply Medium Business of the Year: Quality Supply Community Service Award: Kiwanis Ag Producer of the Year: Centennial Livestock/Cross Ranch Small Business of the Year-C&C Farm Community Service Award-- Kiwanis Club and Ranch Supply Large Business of the Year-R.E. Miller & Sons. Inc. Beautification Award- Tyler Hoerning Motors Ag Producer of the Year-Centennial Livestock/ Cross Ranch Medium Business of the Year: Quality Supply Customer Service Award: Stephens Greenhouse and Floral Officer Continued from page A-1 The sole reason for the Resource Officer, Hansen said, is \not to detect criminal activity,\ hut to enhance communication between the students and law enforcement.\ Bob Forrester, the student representative to the school board, said he felt Livingston hud more problems on campus than Dillon and that \it's going to look like a cop is here.\ Chouinard said security is definitely being strengthened and that the officer would be tu rned. Hansen noted that \opening chains of communication\ was his main goal. \Anything we can do to foster relationships, we want to do it,\ Briggs added. The board voted unanimously to use a Special Resource Officer on a trial basis. In another matter, the hoard approved granting a retirement in­ centive to Ken Kolski, and reviewed the increasing utility bills the school is facing, with the gas bill for December alone reaching $11,778. The school is experiencing a 40 percent increase in energy and fuel costs, Chouinard said. Victims Continued from page A-1 program and Donovan. The Cookseys noted that \The Victim Witness Advocate (Donovan) is unable to serve the victims in Beaverhead County be­ cause she receives zero informa­ tion and cooperation from you and law enforcement,\ but then noted that while McCann implied she is not available to the county, he has her office phone number in Vir­ ginia City, her cell phone num­ ber, her home phone number in Butte and access to her fax and e- mail, but do not use them. They also accused McCann of trying to divert funds from the program, which is funded through June of this year. In Donovan's letter last week to the commissioners, Donovan claimed McCann refused to work through a \mediation\ with Donovan and District Judge Loren Tucker in December. She also said told the commis­ sioners to \please feel free to call the Madison County Commission­ ers, Madison County Attorney Bob Zenker, judges, law enforce­ ment and victims in Beaverhead or Madison that I have worked with and ask them about the work I do. It works extremely well in Madison County, why is that if I'm so irresponsible, unaccount­ able and without supervision. McCann noted in his letter, and in an interview Monday regard­ ing the letter from the Cookseys, that \I fully support the concept of the Victim Witness Advocate program, and greatly appreciate the value of these necessary ser­ vices.\ In fact, McCann notes, he has worked with the program in five jurisdictions and was responsible for establishing the program in Musselshell County. McCann became County Attor­ ney on October 2003, coming from Billings to take the position after the resignation of then County At­ torney Mike Riley. McCann explained that Donovan had established the Bea- verhead/Madison County Victim Witness Advocate Program in 1997, but that \the relationship between Ms. Donovan and the various criminal justice agencies in Beaverhead County has dete­ riorated over the years for rea­ son I am not aware of.\ McCann stated the Victim Wit­ ness Program has not been func­ tioning in the county, nor provid­ ing any services for the County Attorney’s office since he came to Dillon, and express the belief that \as far as I can tell (it) exists only on paper.\ McCann praised the staff at the Women's Resource Center for going \above and beyond\ in help­ ing with cases requiring victim services. Currently the Center is rent­ ing an office to Donovan, but un­ der the plan advocated by McCann, would be part of a col­ laborative grant with the County Attorney's office to serve both Beaverhead County and the City of Dillon. Donovan, he noted, has also applied for the same funds from the Board of Crime Control, which will have to make a deci­ sion and ward the grant in June. The City of Dillon, Mayor Marty Malesich said Tuesday, is also in favor of the joint grant with the Women's resource Cen­ ter, saying he felt the city would be best served under that ar­ rangement. The immediate talks of funds, referenced in an article in the Dillon Tribune last month, is not related to the grant funds, but rather with the $25 victim advo­ cate surcharge paid by every per­ son convicted of a criminal of­ fense or DUI charge. That money, McCann main­ tained, can be retained by the county or city to pay the expenses of victim advocacy program, \in­ cluding a program operated by a private, nonprofit organization that provides the services...\ which would allow the money be­ ing given to the Women's Re­ source Center. The commissioners, he noted, agreed and voted to keep that money in the county. Last year, he noted, the com­ missioners tabled the motion for a letter of support and Donovan received the grant without the blessing of the county commis­ sioners. The grant includes ap­ proximately $20,000 that would come to Beaverhead County, McCann said, in addition to the surcharge fees. If the county's grant request approved, next year's grant would go to the county and then to the Women's Resource Center to pay for vic­ tim advocacy services. U M W c o u n t u p ag a in University of Montana-West­ ern Chancellor Richard Storey announced an enrollment in­ crease for the 2005 Spring Se­ mester. As of the Montana Uni­ versity System's official 15th day census, Western's headcount of individual students was 1,094, a 3.2 percent increase over the 1,060 figure for Spring 2004. In announcing the spring en­ rollment increase, Storey con­ gratulated the college for its col­ lective efforts in recruiting and retaining students. He paid par­ ticular attention to the admis­ sions staff including the student orientation advisors as well as the faculty and staff who helped recruit new students, and advise and work for the success of cur­ rent students. “Clearly the move to Experi­ ence One and faculty commit­ ment to experiential learning and teaching are factors in recruit­ ing and retaining students,” said Storey. “So is our enhanced stu­ dent advising center.\ Quality Lube Center OIL SPECIAL^ MOST CARS MOST TRUCKS til. ■■ ■ ' . --Ü-. - f i 683-8884'1035 SELWAY DR •TIRES • SHOCKS • BATTERIES • FRIENDLY SERVICE l < <

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