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Wednesday. January 18, 1984 Volume 96 No 20 Serving Big Timber and Sweet Grass County, Montana 250 • A new mobile home park in Big Timber is a possibility. Details on page 3 • The Fish Hatchery Manager had requests for the City Countil Monday. Page 6 • New owners at the Economy and a new director at Citizens. See stories inside. The water e n d the weather were cold this week as temperatures d ip p ed below zero again. Changeover signals progress, Ebaugh says First steps taken to finish SGHS gym Board will hire architect to draw up plans Harold Ebaugh, General Manager for Triangle Telephone, said late Tuesday afternoon the company’s changeover went smoothly, r'.i noon yestcidsy, Jan uary 17, Big Timber and the sur rounding area were switched to the new telephone numbers. The only snag Triangle hit was that the new listings were not recorded in Mountain Bell’s inlor- malional listings. That meant if a caller dialed the operator to get a new Big Timber number, the infor- maUon was not on hand. To combat the problem, all information calls were transferred to Triangle’s Havre office and employees there were giving out the correct new telephone num bers. Ebaugh said Mountain Bell had been given the new Triangle numbers last September. The larger telephone company made arrangements for the new listings to be entered into their records between3 andò am. this morning Wednesday, and by 6:00 all was expected to be in order. The General Manager com mented he was pleased with the progress his firm has made in telephone service to this ex change, particularly in upgrading the rural areas and providing more and better telephone service to those customers When asked about the pro blems with the new directories Ebaugh said there are no plans to repnnt the books The next issue of the company’s newlcttcr will con tain corrections to the errors Ebaugh underwent open heart surgery with four bypasses just six weeks aga “ But I said I was going to be here today (for the change over) and I made it Now I can retire!” Local telephone users will no- ucc a different sounding dial tone when they pick up their phones Also, old habits are hard to break and it takes some getting used to dialing the “93” on every calL Duane Long outlined his mo ney-raising plans to complete the new Sweet Grass County High School gymnasium to the school’s board of trustees last Thursday night. Long’s goal is to gather the estimated $325,000-$350,000 re quired to finish the gym through private and business contribu tions. Long asked the board to take the first step of hiring an architect to determine how much money will be needed and to draw up plans to complete that portion of the new high school building. Only the shell of the gym was completed at the time the school was built in 1980 at a cost of $400,000. The board agreed to solicit an architectural firm for a fee less than S10,000, thus eliminating the need to put the job out for bids. Long’s plan to raise the money includes contacting major taxpay ers in this county for contributions as well as talking with out of county corporations, utility com panies and others who pay taxes in Sweet Grass County. Long will also personally call upon people that do'business with or derive business from this county but do not pay local taxes. Long presented the board with a letter outlining his plans to raise the money. Special aspects of the project include a proposal that a large plaque be located in the gym listing all the people that contri bute $300 or more. Also Long suggests a system be devised granting free admission to all athletic events and reserved seats for donations of $500 or more. Long and his wife have com mitted to donating $10,000 to wards the gym completion project. “Even if I don’t raise another cent, you’ll have that,\ he told the SGHS board. The couple will also personally furnish plaques or cer tificates to everyooe that donates over $100. The trustees thanked Long for his interest and were enthusiastic about his plan. “This is the only way I see (the completion) could be done right now,’’ board member Don Kinsey said. Long and his family live up the Boulder Valley 30 miles from Big Timber. Their home is in Park County. He indicated Thursday they intend to buy land and build a home in Sweet Grass County in the near future. Long owned and operated a con struction business in Billings be fore moving here four years ago. The Long's son is a freshman at SGHS. The father learned of the incompleted gym when he asked his son how football practice in the new facility was working out. The money given towards this project will be earmarked in a special fund to be need only for completion of the.gym — when ever that occurs. The possibility that only a portion of the needed funds would be raised through donation« and that committing for the remainder would be presented to voters via a bond issue was briefly mentioned at the meeting. Long told the board, “ My goal is to raise all. I don’t know if I can do <t, but I’ll guarantee I can raise at least half of i t ” The man heading the project is anxious to get started. Long con cluded, “I believe that with the cooperation of all the people in Sweet Grass County the money can be raised and the gym com pleted and in use by next fall.\ An interesting sidelight to this story is that 70 years ago this week the present SGHS gym was ini tiated by a local basketball game Details appear in today’s “ Pioneers of the Past” 932- INFO is now on the line SG Community Hospital group holds annual session Monday Can the old school be save? Effort underway to find upgrading grant money Stop reading this article, put your newspaper down, and go to the telephone. Now dial the num ber 932-4636 and listen. If you did as suggested, then you know what 932-INFO is. If not, we’ll tell you. 932-INFO is a brand new way to get the news. When you dial that number (and you must dial the letter “ O” which is the same as the number “6” on your phone, instead of the last digit “0” for “Operator\) you will hear a recorded message. The message will tell of current news in our community, emergency situations, pertinent cancellations, sports scores, - in short, anything people need or want to know immediately. Additionally, 932-INFO will bring you news from advertisers allowing the caller to hear of timely sales, special items, or scheduled events they may wish to note. 932-INFO is the creation of Pioneer publisher Dale Oberly. “A news service of this type has been needed in this community for a long time,” Oberly said this week. The INFO line will provide the means to notify people of things which happen on a day-to-day basis, something our weekly news paper cannot do.\ The local cable system does gives messages but Oberly points out that only cable subscribers can take advantage of this medium. Also, the cable system operates primarily within the city limits and county residents cannot receive the service. “ 932-INFO will reach anyone who has a telephone. Callers can dial from anywhere at anytime to get the news,” Oberly said. The newsline will be recorded at least once a day, but more likely as often as news breaks. The 932- INFO line will be available 24 hours a day seven days a week to callers. Advertising spots will be sold to recover costs of gathering the news, telephone service, and e- quipment. Special introductory rates are now available. News items and ads may be placed on 932-INFO by contact ing The Pioneer during business hours or by calling 932-4232 after hours and on weekends. Now you can’t say you didn’t know about i t Sweet Grass Community Hospital. Inc. will hold it’s annual meeting at the courthouse court room beginning at 8:00 on Monday night, Jan. 23 The meeting is open to the public but only members of the association can vote on issues. Are you a member? Check the listing in today’s Pioneer to find out. A lifetime membership in the How do you like the new Triangle telephone books? There are a lot of people who don’t. If you perfer the phone book which divides Big Timber into it's own special section, Fronteer Pub lishing Company of Bismarck, North Dakota says those books, “The Big Sky Central Directory” will soon be available. A Fronteer spokesman said Friday his company plans to again circulate the second telephone book in this community, as they organization can be secured by contnbunng S10 In the recent past attendance at the yearly function has been slight. Annual reports and an overview of the past activities plus future pro jects are traditionally presented at the January session Also, one di rector will be elected Monday night. The Hospital board meets several time a year to discuss matters which need their atten tion. have for the past two years. Work on the 1984 Big Sky Directory will be completed soon, although no specific time frame has been de clared. The Pioneer and Triangle Tele phone have received numerous complaints about the Triangle telephone book including in stances of wrong numbers listed, old numbers listed, names omitted, and difficulty in finding the Big Tunbr. listings among the com bined community listings. Besides hearing plans of the intended project to gather funds to complete the SGHS gymnasium, the board of trustees was told of efforts to save the old high school building at their Thursday night meeting. Mimi Cremer and Eleanor Hawks announced plans to form a non-profit organization to take over the responsibility of the building. Mrs. Cremer also ex plained the pair’s efforts to obtain grant monies to be applied towards upgrading the heating facilities and wiring at the school. Specifically she mentioned an alternative energy grant, now being researched, which would utilize wind or solar power to make the old building leu expensive to heat , Another idea being looked into is having the structure declared an historical she by the Montana His torical Society. No money is in volved but such designation would mean some federal codes, such as providing access for the handicap ped, would cot be applicibie. As yet no set ideas, except for community use of the building. have been seriously explored. Organizers believe any dona tions from the community towards the project will be more in the form of time spent rather than monetary’ contributions. Should a non-profit group be able to operate the old high school, legal requirements are such that the building would have to be deeded back to the county. The county could then lease it to the organization. The high school board asked to be kept informed of the project’s status. The trustees did proceed with preparing bids to advertise the old school building for sale. Publica tion wiB be in the near future. The board also instructed County Attorney Tom Biglen to contact some demolition firm and ask for a “ ball park figure” o f the cost involved in tearing down the building. With the news of a non-profit organization possibly taking over the old school, the fate of the former SGHS, which has senti mental value to a great many people, is even more uncertain than it ever has been. Another phone book for Big Timber