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I • % ■ ■. UOHÍXJÍHA HISTORIC^ u m s f c & r . . ■ *- ,;> í '■ Centennial Year Edition “ * VOL 96 BIG TIMBER, SWEET GRASS COUNttf MONTANA — WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16,1903 NO. 11 No. 10 ú m \ •. ■■■ ■■■ ’ü t m - * ■ 1 * v ' ; ' A WHITE-MULE DEER? TOM AEVIN has said it all along - under certain condi tions Mule and Whitetail deer will cross As proof, he went hunting for one last Sunday and shot this example 8 miles south of Utica, Montana Tom estimates this buck is about two years old Note the tail looks like a Whitetail tail but is shorter, and the back of the animal is colored like a Mule deer The antler pictured on the left resembles a 4 point White- tail, the right antler I ooks like a three-point Mule deer. Fish and Game Biologist Claire Simmons noted a cross between a Whitetail and Mule deer is rare Some such ani mals have been documented He believes the crossbreeds can be found up the Boulder Valley Whether they can re produce is unknown THE BTGS morning and afternoon kindergarten classes visited The Pioneer last Thursday, accompanied by their teacher Alice Carter. The tour including seeing how a newspaper is put BIG TIMBER YOUTH ¿OIL KIDNAPPER JENNIFER FIKE ESCAPES UNHARMED By BECCY OBERLY Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Fike was bouncing her basketball down McLeod Street on her way to a game about 4:30 last Wednesday afternoon when a vehicle pulled up beside her. Jennifer recognized the car. She had seen it twice before earlier in the week, once at the Post Office and once at Big T grocery store. A stranger, a man, got out and came towards Jennifer. What happened next is hard to believe. That such an event could take place in the quiet community of Big Timber is a surprise to alL Mabel Grotfield and her sister were driving on McLeod when they noticed a basketball rolling in the street They looked to the sidewalk and saw two people struggling. Across McLeod Street near the David Roys residence, four teenage boys were listening to music in a parked pickup truck. They heard noises out of the ordinary. Someone was screaming They looked about and saw a man forcing another person into his car. It took only an instant for the passers-by and the young men, Mike Mauland, Jesse Berg Dan and David Roys, to realize Jennifer's struggle with John R. Crighton was not just “ horsing around“. Jennifer was fighting for her life. The assailant a convicted sex offender with records in Idaho and California, was intent on kidnapp ing the SGHS freshman. As Jennifer fought to free herself the four boys crossed the street to come to her aid Crighton reached into his car and pulled out his gua He turned the rifle on the young mca Realizing the danger, the boys stopped and backed up The distraction was enough. While Crighton was getting his gua Jennifer was able to free herself She ran from the man and collaspcd on the gound Crighton re-entered his vehicle and drove off The two women driving by saw the gua saw Jennifer had escaped and saw the would-be kidnapper leave. It wasn't until the boys reached the girl, crumpled in a heap and hysterical, they recognized her as their schoolmate: They took her inside nearby Starr Ford The Sheriffs office was called Onlookers watched the 3 1-year-old Idaho Falls man drive away while Starr Ford employee Jim Esp got one of the company’s trucks: Esp and a fellow worker, Bill Kinsey, followed Crighton through town. The pursued and pursuers drove to the west edge of Big Timber and eventually both vehicles stopped Esp and Kinsey pulled in front of Crighton’s car to prevent him from leaving They waited for Sheriffs deputies to arrive. But before the officers came, Esp and Kinsey heard a shot Crighton had taken his rifle, put it to his head, and pulled the trigger. The ordeal was over. A special event to recognize the four boys and two men who came to the aid of Jennifer and chased the criminal is being planned “The good Lord knew what he was doing that day when he had everyone at the right place at the right time,\ Mike's mother, Doris Mauland said “ I’m just so thankful*” Jean Fike, Jennifer's mother, summed up. So arc we alL HOSPITAL GETS OKAY FOR SWING BED ARRANGEMENT For many years people in this community have questioned “ Why can’t the Sweet Grass Community Hospital, with all its empty beds, keep patients that no longer need care in the hospital, but are unable to care for themselves at home making it necessary they go to a nursing home?” At times the local nursing home has had no vacant beds so that these people had to go to a nursing home in a neighboring town. This was logical thinking but due to federal regulations, medicare and medicaid would not reimburse the acute care hospital for patient care there. About a year ago legislation was finally passed so now this is pos sible. A feasibility study was done for the Sweet Grass Community Hospital last January. A Certificate of Need applying for licensure of six of the 17 beds as” Swing Beds\ was sent to the State Board of Health. A swing bed is defined as one in a hospital that may be used by a patient needing a nursing home bed while awaiting a vacancy in the local nursing home. This was approved then policies and procedures were submitted for approval. A letter was received by Hospital Administrator Lois Williams this week from the Denver Regional Office that the local hospital has met the eligibility and program re quirements and may now partici pate in the program. So far this concept has not been approved by the Medicaid Program so will be restricted to medicare and private pay patients. They will be permitted to stay or be admitted to the hospital for 20 days only and then other arrangements will need to be made. \It is hoped that this will be of financial help to the hospital and will certainly be to the advantage of our community enabling our people to be kept at home near family and friends,” Mrs. Williams said The new policy became effective November 1, 1983. MORE DEER B LICENSES AVAILABLE Administrative Region 5 cf the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks will issue 900 dccr\B” licenses in 9 hunting dis tricts throughout the region Hunt ing districts involved arc areas 500 (100 permits). 502 (125 permits), 511 (75 permits) and 514. 530, 570, 571, 581 and 590 (all 100 permits). These permits allow the taking of antlcrlcss deer only (doo fawn) of cither species Permits will be sold on a first- come-first-served basis at the BiF ling headquarters office on Lake Elmo Drive starting Friday, No vember 18. Of interest to local sportsmen is the fact that half the permits being offered for areas 570, 571 and 581 (a total of 150) will be sold at the f Fish llaiUieiy in Big Timber from 9:00 a m to 2:00 p.m on Friday, November 18. Prospective buyers must possess a valid 1983 conser vation license and cannot already possess a\B\ tag Individuals will be restricted to one permit per license. These permits will be valid for the period November 19 to December 4, 1983. together, turning off the lights in the \darkroom\, and having their picture taken. Upon arriving, we asked the youngsters if they knew where they were. One little one, having the right answer, replied. We re here!