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VOL 96 l i e B i g Centennial Year Edition *** BIG TIMBER, SWEET GRASS COUNTY, MONTANA — WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19,1983 NO. 7 COUNCIL ONE STEP CLOSER TO NEW TENNIS COURTS VOLUNTEER FIREMAN Chuck Hauge (right) was on hand at the Fire Prevention Week Open House last Thursday to help show off the department's equipment. In the center on the truck is Mike Moulden, son of Phil and Nancy Moulden, and at left is Erica Hauge. GRAZING LAND PRICES SOUGHT How much do you charge for rental of your grazing land? The government wants to know. Bob Leonard, Field Appraiser representing the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Ser vice will be traveling about Sweet Graca-County from Mw-uaiil November asking property owners how much money they receive for leasing their private grazing land. The purpose of the National Grazing Fee study is to establish a “ fair market rental value\ for BLM and Forest Service grazing land fees and permits. Currently the' going price to a priva* individual hS 1 ,40^ an animal unit each month. Releasing the information Leonard is seeking is completely on a volunteer basis. According to Leonard the study is a periodic undertaking to upgrade leasad grazing land rates. The in formation wtttbe submitted to Con gress for an expected updated sche dule. The last time a similar survey was undertaken was 10 years ago, Leonard said Both cattle and sheep producers will be queried In Sweet Grass County 300,000 to 400,000 acres (of BLM and Forest Service range- «1und are leased to private stockmen New tennis courts was the main topic of discussion at Monday eve nings City Council meeting. City-County Planner Andy Epple quoted figures from Big Sky Paving Co. for the construction of two tennis courts which will replace the old ones in the Lions Club City Park. The total estimated cost of the project is approximately $26,000. The State’s Land and Water Con servation Fund will provide half the required monies if the application for the grant funding due November 1 is approved The City “ Force Account” will defray another$3,422 by providing city equipment, gravel and labor for the preliminary work of removing the existing tennis courts, excavat ing the new base and supplying a 10“ pit run base plus a 3” cushion of crushed gravel This leaves the City with an ao- tual cash outlay of $9,483. Park Board members Phil Moul den, Marie Cowen and Darla She pard attended the meeting which was also a public hearing on the proposed project Lights, fences and a third court were discussed The Council felt these items should be left for future projects due to financial considera tions However, it was the consensus of the Council to try to get as much for the allotted funds as possible when bids are let which likely will not be until spring making a third court an outside possibility. Though the City does not have the required funds budgeted for this fiscal year, they can be budgeted for the next fiscal year which begins July 1, 1984. A sample application stated the City must have matching funds on hand at the time the application is submitted. City Attorney Tom Big len suggested rewriting the applica tion to say that matching funds will be available July 1, 1984. It was decided Planner Epple will contact Land and Water Conserva tion Fund Director Gretchen 01- heiscr to get her thoughts on the proposed language of the applica tion. If she felt there will be no objection to the language, the Councilmen indicated they will pass the necessary resolution to apply for the grant at a special meeting to be held at noon on Thursday, October 20. The application due November 1 will probably not receive approval until March or April according to Epple. Bids will then be let and by the time all the details are worked out it will be close to July 1 before con struction begins. The whole project hinges on the approval of the application by the state. NEWS BRIEFS COUNTY 4-H’ERS GIVEN RECOGNITION Members of Sweet Grass County 4-H Clubs, 4-H Leaders, parents and interested patrons met at the Moose Hall on October 9 for the annual 4-H Recognition Program. The special day was the culmina tion of the y eafs endeavors for the clubs, members and leaders. Re cognition was given for work and accomplishments of both individu als and groups. The program was opened with the flag ceremony conducted by Bobbi Jo Halverson, Kandi Peterson, Sean Dalbey and Clint McConnclL Jan Beley, President of the 4-H Leader's Council, gave the wel come and was Master of Cere monies. Event Reports were given on the Montana Winter Fair by Robert Booth, Congress by Chris Bigelow, Little I Judging by Bert Plaggc- meyer, State Horse Show by Eric and Matt Amcson, NILE by Matt Dalbey, Wheatland Range Ride and Montana Range Days by Rob bie CosgrifT, MSU Horse Judging by Elise Bigelow and Trip to Na tional 4-H Congress by Marlys Drangc. Olaf Brekkc presented Club Pao- kets. Member Awards were pre sented by Jan Beley and Linda Berg Leader Awards were given by Olaf Brekkc. Marlis Amcson and Shirley Halverson handed out the National 4-H Awards and the 4-H Council Awards were presented by Judy CosgrifT and Don Kinsey. Olaf brought attention to the Citi zens Bank continued support to4- H by contributing to the Montana 4- H Foundation along with other Mon tana Banks. The Porcupine Butte 4-H Club was the winner of the Lions Club Plaque and the \I Dare You” Awards were awarded to Robbin Wilson and Ken Hoffman The Porcupine Buttc4-H Club’s Dillard Bryce Memorial Award was pre sented by Olaf to the First Place winner, Ronnie Halverson. Ronnie received a trophy, a rosette and a certificate for this award. All other Dillard Bryce applicants received an achievement certificate and a purple rosette. Trophies, donated by Judy Hill- ncr and Wyoma Tcrland, for Most Improved Horse Project were a- warded to Chris Bigelow and Joel Schwcrs. Matt Dalbey was the recipient of the centennial belt buckle from the Felton Angus Ranch for the top Angus 4- H breeding project award. This was the second year Matt has won this award This year a potluck dinner was served before the Recognition Pro gram. After the awards presenta tion, Olaf showed some slides on the past year's 4-H activities and the weighing of the animals for the fair Join in th* Cantata Anyone who wishes to sing is urgently invited to join in preparing the cantata “ God So Loved, A Celebration of Christmas’’ by Larry Mayfield and Deric Johnson. This cantata is being jointly sponsored by the Evangelical Free Church and the Evangelical Church of North America and will be di rected by David Roys. The next joint rehearsal will be held Sunday, Octobcr23 from 5:30 to7:00 p.m at the Evangelical Free Church at the comer of 4th and Everett Later rehearsals will be determined as needed This cantata consists of many familiar carols and includes a chil dren’s choir, audience participation and concludes with “ Hallelujah” from Handers Messiah. “ We are looking forward to the challenge and enjoyment of per forming this excellent work Please join us,\ Roys said For more information call him at 932-2037. Huntinf closur* Big Horn sheep area 500 (up the Boulder Valley in the Independence area) has reached the quota oi >. n legal rams. The area will be closed to sheep hunting one-half hour after sunset today, Wednesday, Oct 19. WantMk Qhosts A damons The Jaycccs are in need of ghosts, demons, and scaly things. If you would like to help with the Haunted House, traditionally spon sored each Halloween by that or ganization, come to the Jaycec Clubhouse on McLeod Street at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 19. Helpers must be 17 years or older. THE DAY GOD MADE MONTANA By ALICE MON 1 IN Reprinted from The Plainsman, Plains, MT The day God made Montana He was feeling a little sad He looked down from His great white throne in Heaven at His world washed clean and new from the Flood And He thought of how beautiful Eden had beca \If only Adam and Eve had been obedient,” He thought, “ then the Garden and My whole original world could have been preserved\ Now He looked to the cast, where the receding waters had left great plains. There He could imagine wheat waving rhythmically m the breeze in future years. And He looked to the West, where a great river wound its way to the ocean through wide valleys and rolling plains and He visualized fields of grain and fertile farms in centuries to come. He looked to the North, where snow capped mountains and blue-white glaciers glistened in the s u a And He looked to the South, where the Flood waters had left a variety of mineral bearing rocks and a mixture of soils. And He decided \ Today I shall make another Eden, only this one will be larger and even more beautiful than the original one o f Adam and Eve” So God breathed upon the waters and upon the land still drying out from the flood And behold there rose up great mountains like those of the North, but they, for all their grandeur, were sheltering mountains enfolding broad fertile valleys and spectacular little canyons. And God thought, \ I shall sprinkle these mountains with wealth so the people who live here shall never want for anything\ So with the touch of His fingers he planted copper and iron and gold Silver and c oal lead zinc and many other minerals, He did not omit And He cut channels for crystal streams to flow down the mountains and across the valleys. And when all was done He looked at it and behold it was very good The day God made Montana He rested awhile and thought. “ I must make food for the people who will inhabit this new Edea” So He breathed on the earth again and behold there was grain sprouting in the fields and meadows, herbs and plants of every hue, and large and small fruit- bearing trees and vines. Then He filled the sparkling streams with every kind of fish that loves fresh flowing water And He made the wild geese and ducks and many other kinds of birds and all manner of animals, both great and small to roam the plains and live in the forests and beside the streams. And God said “ The people who will live here will need shelter \ So He planted trees o f many kinds; straight and tall and spreading trees to provide lumber and precious woods for building houses and bams and all the many things that men would need down through the ages. And He laid down bcaunful stone that could be quamed for great buildings or monuments or the many purposes for which it might be needed The angels who surrounded God’s throne looked from one another and were unhappy. At last one of them bowed low so that his wings touched the golden floor of Heaven, and he said \ Great God of the Universe, Maker of Heaven and Earth, this new land you have made today is too beautiful too perfect. It is just like heaven. Ordinary mortals are not worthy of such a paradise Wc fear they will succumb to its beauty and sin as did Adam and E ve.\ But the day God made Montana He smile patiently and answered “ I have considered that So I shall put in this new paradise no ordinary mortals, but a special breed of mankind They will be people with hearts just a little bit bigger, with souls a little more sensitive to My presence, with ears more tuned to the cadence of birds and rippling streams, with eyes open to sec the wonders 1 have given them and hands more willing to help one another. And through the centuries to come I shall delegate the task of finding such people to My angels who shall bring from the E a s l W esl North and South, people with helping hands and hearts tuned to lofty thoughts and spiritual things.\ The day God made Montana had not yet ended for it was summer and the days were long And God looked from one of His angels to another, as they still murmured among themselves and were not satisfied And God said \ It is not the normal behavior of angels to be disquieted\ And the angel who had spoken before bowed low again and replied \W e arc pleased Great Father of Lights, God of the Universe, that you have asked us to find the special people who shall dwell in your new Edea But wc feel that even a special breed of men will not be enough to safeguard this new paradise of earth. There must be something more. Even the noblest of men will sin when everything is so perfect So we beseech you, Great Father, to put some imperfections, some flaws, some difficulties in your new gardea Otherwise there will be no incentive for its inhabitants to obey you nor to aspire to eternal life in Heaven with us.” The day God made Montana had almost come to a close. But God looked down upon His creation and realized that His angels spoke aright And He considered Then His glorious face lit up with the light that never was on land nor sea, and He said “ My blessed angels, I have the answer. Nothing I have done shall I change All this perfection shall remain as it is. But into this great expanse of earthly Eden I shall send the most unpredictable weather, with unseasonal storms of cold and heat and rain and haiL There shall be great blizzards in some places in winter. And there shall be deluges of rain and sleet; even an occasional snowstorm in the middle of summer. Then the people who dwell there will be reminded that it is not the real eternal heaven, but only a foretaste of what heaven will be. And they will stop and think and know that indeed I am G o d and that I am all powerful and in controL” The day God made Montana was ending The golden sun was setting in the W est And the angels looked from one to another and smiled And all together in a great chorus, as they looked down upon Montana, they said “ Behold, Lord it is very good\ — Submitted by Ansof Hanson