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f ^ i - H o n a n n o N n The Bill Timber Pioneer ‘ • r*mmm G«<— \V. »>••». •*«.. ' •*> , laawad E w y W a d a a a d a y s i Big T im b e r, S w uet G r e a t County, M o n ta n a D A L E C . O B E R L Y P u b lishe r B E C C Y O B E R L Y Editor F . m N h h t d in 1897 / The Official Paper \ of Sweet Grass Co. ' r Awwtl Wi»«*n N»«iy»p«r -t Subscription Price \ Sweet G n u County J Owe y ear . . . . . . 110.50 / O u t of County J O n e y e a r .......... $13.30 Entered i t the Pottofficc at B it T imber, Mon U n i a i Second C last M a i M atter PIONEER VIEWPOINTS NEW FIRE TRUCK NEEDED H o w confident w o u ld you feel entrusting your fam ily’s safety to a c a r that is 2 5 years old? A vehicle w h o se parts, w h en it breaks dow n , are difficult i f not im p o ssible to replace? T h e question does not p r e sent a very desirable scenerio, d o e s it? B u t that is e x a c tly the p o sition those o f u s w h o work and live in B ig Tim b er are in. T h e F ire D epartm ent w o u ld like t o replace their 1957 G M C pum p er with a new c it y truck. T h e o ld truck has sim p ly o u tlived it’s u sefulness. Protection from i t i s n o t a t the m axim u m because tim e and e m p lo y m ent have taken their toll. O u r p ersonal safety and the safeguarding o f o u r p roperty is too im p ortant to neglect. B e s id e s , if a new city fire truck is not secured, our insurance rates w o u ld m o st likely increase. T h e m oney w o u ld g o o u t o f our p o c k e t into the com p a n y ’s , and we s till w o u ld have no better fire protection for the increased a s s e s s m e n t B e tter to put those dollars into a n ew truck w e think. T e ll the C ity C o u n c il you think s o to o n e x t T u esday. V o te for the purchase o f a new c ity fire truck. And g iving the authorities the option o f a longer than five year lease w o u ldn’t hurt cither. Apology I can’t believe I actually did what I did! Did you notice? Three of last week’s photo captions of Dean Hendrickson’s football pictures were mislabeled. I have absolutely no excuse! Not only do 1 KNOW Joe Montana plays for the 49'ers (and not the Rains, like I said) but he had a big SF totally visible on his helmut LETTERS TO THE EDITOR EXPLANATION FROM CHIEF Dear Editor This coming Tuesday the voters of the City of Big Timber are going to be asked to approve the purchase of a new city fire truck to replace the present 1957 GMC City truck now In use. In order for one to be an informed voter one must have the com et facts. I feel compelled to give the voters the correct facts and also to correct some of the information reported in the article in last week’s Pioneer. When the original need for a replacement city fire truck arose some few months ago, it was the consensus of the members of the department to look at possibly securing a truck that could be used both in the city and as a rural truck also. We later found that this was not very realistic due to the costs involved and the distinct differences found in a city type truck versus a rural truck. We also came to the conclusion that the risk is too great to have the City Fire Truck respond to fires outside its jurisdiction. Due to these facts a new city fire truck would most likely be similar to the present truck with a few major modifications; bigger pumping capabilities, more compartmentstioo for some of the newer type equipment now carried, more horsepower for the added pumping capabilities and other new capabilities built into fire equipment of today. The City of BigTimber cannot afford to be without a Class I City Fire truck. This is the only truck the City has, plus it is the only truck available for handling major structure type fires that can occur in a city. Presently we have a 1957 GMC 750 gallon per minute pumper to fill this need. This truck is over 25 years old. Parts are getting harder to g et What used to take a few days to get now may take weeks to get, and in some cases has been found unobtainable. Fire insurance premiums that are paid on property in the city are derived from what is called a Fire Protection Class. This is done on «scale from 1 to 10. The higher the number on the scale, the higher the premiums to be paid on insurance. The City of Big Timber presently has a fire rating of 5. The rating is computed by many different factors. Two of the key factors are the quality and type of fire fighting equipment available to handle major structure type fires and the availability of an adequate water supply. Presently the City of Big Timber has not one piece of fire equipment adequate to maintain our present class 5 rating. We have one city fire truck in service and it is over 20 years old. After« truck becomes 20 years old it can no longer be classified as a Class I fire truck. Presently we are able to get by because we have a county fire truck that is a 1966 7 50gallon per minute pumper. Also we have not been tested by the state for a number of years. If we were tested tomorrow, we would most likely loose our class 5 rate and go to a class 7. The savings alone in the insurance premium increase between a 5 and7 would payfor the cost ofanew truck in a few years. I cannot guarantee that by purchasing a new truck we will see a reduction in the fire rate o r a reduction in insurance premiums property owners now pay, but I frel that we do stand a good chance of losing our class 5 rate, causing a substantial rate increase if we do not replace the 1957 fire truck soon. Please, voters of BigTimber, no matter how you vote, do vote. We believe that we can maintain the utmost protection at the lowest possible cost to the property owners by replacing the 1957 GMC City Fire Truck. Douglas D. Lowry Fire Chief To make matters worse, I not only put Joe on the rival team, but Vince Ferragamo and Jack Young blood were mixed up, too. Believe me, there's no consolation in being consistently wrong! My apologizes all the way a- round. —Beccy Oberiy, Editor TRiÀNQtBRÂTESCOULD SKYROCKET Dear Ms. Ofceriy: • _ - j . 1 an'writing .about kgislatirm being dabsSsd in Congress to combat the Faderal Communications Commission’» “ a ccess charge” directive . The artier directs local telephone compan i ii like ours to iacream baric service rates starting January ! , 1984. This increase along wfch tbs increase in your tslsphone rates due to the cutovcr to one party underground service win be substantial in your area. Under the current system, AT&T and other “ tooglinet” com panies pay an estimated $ 5 to $ 9 billion in coats c a d i year for local telephone companies to shift that coat directly to subscribers b y adding an access charge onto their monthly telephone bills— regardless o f how much or how little the subscriber u ses tong- distance service. If legislation is not passed, “ toeglines” companies w ill b e given a much cheaper “ ride” at the expense o f the more than 5 0 percent o f all subscribers who make few, if any, long distance c a lls. Rural areas will be hit particularly hard. A s we have fewer subscribers, each must shoulder a proportionately greater share o f the burden than will the urban users who divide the c o st among many. At first, it will only be a few dollars, but only at first The Rural Electrification Administration estimates that by the end of the decade, basic rural telephone service will top $30 per month in 36 states and will exceed S3S per month in 20 of those states—just to get a dial tone. Since the Communications Act of 1934, Universal Telephone Service—affordable phones for Americana wherever they live— has been the national policy. This new directive changes that for many in rural America. And it could spread silence over great sections of the American landscape. The aged on fixed incomes, the rural poor (and even not so poor), the unemployed—people who cannot afford to pay two, three and four times their am ent telephone bill—will be cut out o f what is now a “ universal” system. They will be disconnected from friends, relatives, emergency medical, fire and police services and from local businesses. > According to Representative John Dingell of Michigan, “The access charge role of the FCC is going to cause startling in creases...which are going to hurt the poor, the people with limited income in the cities and the rural areas.” To rectify this problem, legislation has been introduced by a number of members of Congress. If passed, this legislation would correct the FCC’s decision and help preserve universal telephone service. Sincerely, Harold C. Ebaugh General Manager, Triangle Telephone Cooperative Assoc., Inc. Havre. MT (Editors note - Triangle Telephone urges their subscribers to contact the members o f M ontana’s congressional delegation voicing theif opposition to access charges a n d support o f uni versal telephone service. The appropriate addresses are: —Rep. R on Marlenee, House o f R epresentatives, 4 0 9 CHOB, Washington, D.C. 205J5. —Rep. P a t W illiams, House o f Representatives, 1512 L H O B , Washington, D.C. 10515. 1 — Sen. M a x Baucus, U.S. S e n a te /1 107 DSOB, Washington, D.C. 20510. —Sen. John Melcher, U.S. Senate, 2 5 3 R S O B , Washington, D.C. 2 0 5 1 0.) BACK TO BIG TIMBER To the Editor I am writing this tetter to you because someone was very surprised to see me back in Big Timber so I deckled it was time to write you a tetter about my summer. On the 26th of September at 7:00 a.m., I waved goodbye to the Atlantic Ocean and my wonderful summer on that beautiful island and at 3:30 p.m. that same day 1 said “ hello” to the spectacular Rocky Mountains and the Yellowstone River at Billings. I spent that night with my daughter Mardi Davis and her family in their new home on Old Sorrel Drive. The next day Mardi drove me to my home in Big Timber and it was (as always) a thrill to see the Crazy Mountains. Martha’s Vineyard is a fascinating island with so many, many things to do there in the summer. There are six lighthouses and the one near my home is the West Chop Light. It really tells us when the ocean is fog bound. The lighthouse at Gay Head (at one end of the island) has done a great deal for many years to save ships from foundering on the rocks and it is one of the best on the New England coast These houses really do help guide the many ships that sail here during the summer months. The New York Yacht Club and the American Cup Defenders used to come to the island every summer and stay for two days, one day at the Vineyard Haven Harbor and one day at the Edgartown Harbor. These are both very well protected harbors. I can remember years ago standing on the Edgartown Dock and being almost able to touch the Cup De fenders as they sailed the very narrow inlet into the Harbor. The race has been called “America’s Cup” because we have had it for 132 years when we acquired it from England. It differs now as all the sailing is done from Newport, Rhode Island. I am very happy to be back for eight months in this nice community near the Crazy Mountains and the Yellowstone River. Barbara Hart PICTURES WANTED Dear E ditor I would have loved to s e i'a full page of pictures of our own Herder football team. Especially pictures as good as Mr. Hendricksons! 1 Sincerely, Sandra Todd LIKE A LETTER FROM! FRIENDS The Pioneer Just a note to renew and hope I haven’t missed a single issue. Always eryoy the old hometown newspaper. The Centennial articles were eryoyable and quite interesting. Of course the news about the local folks is always welcome, a little like a letter from friends. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Herbert H. Holen Clovis, N.M. 88101 j'-rv-y-s.- •; AS D ear Baccy, / What a d e l i c t aad surpriMk was to hear from you and see the . . paper with my article rsp r ir iii oa the froat paps ( “Cahfornia Writer Likes Sheriff’s Report, O c to b e r ! 2 , 1983). I ’m highly honored and pteased. Theak you. ~ , I love the “ Montana Territory” and havc gone up to Big Timber the test four y e e n to fish the YcUowstooe and the Boulder. I was reared in the country and am a country boy at heart. You can be sure I’ll stop in to say belto the next time I’m in Sw eet Grass Country. , ■■ I don’t know i f y o u know, but Stockton has one o f the worst crime rates in the nation. The teat Kne o f the article intends that comparison to the \quiet” life in Big Um b er. Thanks again, B e c c y , and my very b est to you. Richard Dokey Lodi, CA THANKS FOR COURSE Dear Editor. To all that gave the Hunter Safety Course to the young people: I appreciate you doing so and the time you spent doing so. My son enjoyed it and is proud that he did! Thanks again, Karon N. Kougioulis A Tim Bowen “WHO IS TO BLAME?” We read in the papers and hear of killing and stealing and crime everywhere. We sigh and say, a t we noticed the trend, \this young generation...where will it end?” But can we be sure that it’s their fault alone? Are we less guilty, who place in their way; Too many things that lead them astray? Too much money, too much idle time; Too many movies of passion and crime. Too many books, not fit to be read; Too much evil in what they hear said. Too many children encouraged to roam. Too many parents who won’t stay at home. Kids don’t make the movies, they don’t write the books; They don’t paint gay pictures of gangsters and crooks. They don’t make the liquor, they don’t ran the bars; They don’t make the laws, and they don’t make the cars. They don’t peddle the d rop that muddle the brain; That’s all done by o ld sr Iriks, greedy for gain.Delinquent .’ teenagers—oh, How wé condemh! F or the sins of the riitiorf, ’ * and blame iron them. By the lews o f the Nameless,*.. < m The Savior made known: Who is there among us to cast the first stone? For in so many cases-it’s sad but it’s true— The title “DELINQUENT’ fits older folks, too. —Author Unknown Submitted by Berte Breck YARNS FROM THE YELLOWSTONE Proteges o f the D e v il By BYRON GROSFIELD Some years ago John Green of Melville and I did some painting for the Bair Ranch out of Martinsdale, working on the buildinp at the North Fork outfit. Everything went well until we started putting putty on the windows at the main house. Then we had problems. As soon as our backs were turned, the magpies would sit on the window sills and gobble up the putty we had applied around the window panes. What they didn’t eat, they messed up so badly that we couldn’t even paint it and make it look right. Our next thought was to paint the putty right away. Maybe the magpies would dislike the taste of paint and leave the whole thing alone. We came back the next morning to find that our putty job was ruined for the second time. Evidently the magpies liked the taste of paint too. Then we really scratched our heads trying to figure out a way to finish our job. As we stood there cudgeling our brains and thinking hard, we watched half dozen or so of those black and white demons fly into the chicken house to steal wheat from the hens. We looked at one another and made a quick run for the henhouse door, thinking to trap them inside, kill them and hang up the bodies for scarecrows. This should surely frighten the rest We made it to the door only to be met by the magpies on their way out. We whooped, hollered, and waved our hands and only stopped one. We had been so close as to touch several on the way out. “ We’ve got ooe anyway,” said John and he pointed to one desperately flying around the peak o f the ceiling looking for a way out While we were wondering how to do away with him, he flew to a window and crawled through a broken pane we had not noticed. I’ve never been so frustrated in my life! About that time, Dave Lamb, the manager, came by and we explaned our predicament. “ I’ve got a magpie trap you can use and I’ll have one of the boys bring in an old pelter for b a it” The next day John and I ate our lunches in a hurry and started cutting up the old ewe. We could hardly wait to trap those cussed magpies. We began to cut on the old sheep and as we worked Dave Lamb strolled by on his way from the cookhouse. “ Say,” he remarked without cracking a smile, “ If I ’d knowed you boys was that hungry, I’d of invited you in to e a t” When we finished laughing, we felt better and set about to bait the trap. It didn’t work any better than anything else we had tried. I had to talk to Dave about not being able to do a pretty job on the putty. He said, “ Just do the best you can.” This we did but I still get the feeling a magpie has supernatural powers—a protege of the devil to Diacue mankind.