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» B I G T I M B E R ' Wednesday, Januaryi4f5T 1984 Volume 96 No-20' Serving Big Timber and Sweet Grass County, Montana 25C P I O N E E R The Herders are hot! An account of this week’s games is on page 4 The FHA’crs cleaned all day Saturday. There's proof on page 5 Details of the March of Dimes organization and how the chanty affects us in Sweet Grass County is presented on page 10. The first baby bom at the Sweet Grass Community Hospital in 1984 arrived last Thursday evening, January 19, around 6:00. Little Julie Kate was bom to Pat and Jean Clark. She weighed in at 7 lbs, 6 oz. Grandparents are Bo and Helen Clark o f McLeod and Larry ar.d Pat Towe o f Hampton, Iowa Congratulations to the new family1. Board hasn’t hired architect. . . yet Some Sweet Grass County High School officials are concer- cd that a headline in last week's Pioneer story on the proposed project to complete the new SG H S gymnasium gave the impression the trustees have hired an archi- tect While that appears to be their intention, at this point the board has not allocated any money to hire such a firm. The board is now in the process of obtaining pnees to see what such services would cost SGHS Pnncipal Garret Franks said last week he expects an architect’s fee to finish the new gym will be around S3.000 Franks explained the plans for that portion of the high school have been done. What is sought from an architect is to secure estimates on the needed work. Those figures have been tentatively estimated at between S325-350,000. One firm has said they will do the cstimaung work for nothing provided they are awarded the job should the board decide the project will be undertaken, Franks said. School officials are still waiting for answers to their inquiries from other architectural firms and plan a meeting with the Billings firm of Johnson and Graham next week. Public meetings to discuss finishing the new gym, changing the school day hours, and the upcoming proposed General Fund budget have been scheduled around the county Check the ad in today s newpaper for the date and location of the session closest to you Pat Hansen’s story of endurance is published by youth magazine Pat Hansen has written a story of endurance, drive and reliance on God\s help that has been published in High Adventure magazine Hansen's story, prepared with the help of former Big Timber residents Terry and Linda Ryaa tells of the 28-year-old paraple gic's journey over Grouse Creek Trail to reach the West Boulder Ranger Station Believing he wouldn’t make it Pat was en couraged to keep going by his traveling companion Kathy Estes. As night fell and with God-s help he says, the trek was completed and Pat's goal accom plished High Adventure is a magazine for young boys published quarterly by the General Council of the As semblies of God in Springfield MO Ride for March of Dimes Saturday Dan Halverson needs cross links If horseback nding is your thing, and the March of Dimes your cause, then you have a chance to combine the two this Saturday, January 28 at the 20th Annual Sweet Grass County March of Dimes nde. It was 20 years ago that the late Don Todd Sr. and veteran radio broadcaster Lonnie Bell started the March of Dimes Horse Ride. Don’s son. Sonny Todd is heading up this year’s event and Lonnie BcIL with the horse he rode on the original nde- Tom Thumb- will be here to participate. Sonny explained the events which led to the start of this tra ditioa His dad had given Bell the horse Tom Thumb, and when the two men discussed how to get the animal to Billings an idea was born The men decided to nde to the eastern city “ Pony Express Style\ and collect for the March of Dimes along the way. The first ndes started at the Todd's Work Creek ranch and ended at the Billings Livestock Commission a 75-mile trek which took about 12 hours. In the be ginning a great deal of publicity was generated by the nde and two to three thousand dollars was col lected through outnght donations and pledges. Bell has continued to devote many hours to the chanty and has generated at least S 100.000 for the worthy cause through the years. Sweet Grass County boasts two ndes this year The Melville group will leave Big Sky comer at 8 a m Saturday morning and travel down Highway 191 to Big Timber. If you're planning on making that trip, bnng a sack lunch. The second group will leave from 4 Winds between 9 and 10 am. and follow Highway 10 They estimate amving in downtown Big Timber at 2:00 pm. Fifteen to30 nders are expected along this route accompanied by one wagon. Riders Bell and Todd expect to make the tnp irregardless of the weather \ T ve ridden m 20 below before.\ Sonny remarked. Donations will be accepted by the ndcr> at any location along their routes, in addition to the horsemen and horsewomen being sponsored Anyone seeking further infor mation or wanting to sponsor a rider may contact Sonny at 932- 6626 or932-4447 or Mike Cowen at 932-4645 There is still plenty of room for more nders to make the tnp If you’ve got any old. worn out tire chain cross links you have no use for, Dan Halverson needs them The Big Timber man is creating a sculpture tocommcmor ate Big Timber's Centennial and will use the cross links to depict sheep s wooL Anyone with links to donate to the cause may contact Halverson or leave them at 4 Winds Inn or at The Pioneer Power goes oflj SO phones stop ringing Community needs to be assessed The Big Timber City County Planning Board has been recently directed by the City Council to conduct a \Community Develop ment Needs Assessment\. The purpose of which will be to deter mine what the City of BigTimber’s current and future needs arc in “We are more than pleased by the overwhelming success of our INFO line,*’ Pioneer publisher Dale Oberly said Tuesday. The 24 hour a day, 7 days a week tele phone newsline has received an average of 40 calls an hour be tween 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. in it’s first week of operation. One problem encountered was that due to heavy use. some callers could not get through terms of: 1) public facilities; 2) housing and 3) economic develop ment The Needs Assessment process will begin with a public mceung to be held by the Planning Board next Thursday night. February 2, 1984 at 7-30 pm in City HalL The Planning Board*s goal will Also, newsline users are mis- dialing the 932-INFO number, which is 932-4636. Instead of dialing the final 6, some callers dial \O ” for operator and reach the John Hcrries home. Mrs. Herries said she received over 50 wrong numbers the first two days the news service was on the line. Other callers are dialing the “ 1 ” instead of the “ 4\. or “ I” , which also gives them a wrong conncc- bc to establish a pnonuzed list of Big Timber's development needs based on public input and the seventy of identified problems. The resulting list could be used by city leaders as a basis for allocat ing scarce funds to future projects, as well as a basis for applying for federal CDBG funds. tion. Through the cooperation of SGHS basketball coach Al Buerkle and the team statistician. INFO is able to announce the basketball scores immediately fol lowing the conclusion of the game This enables those who can’t attend the home games to team the score and will be particularly de sirable information when the team travels out of town. “ Public involvement is the key to a useful needs assessment pro gram.\ comments Planning Board Chairman Doug Lowry. \We’re hoping for a good turnout at the February 2 meeung so that poten- Ual projects can be discussed with more than just a few concerned individuals\ If you call 932-INFO and get a busy signal, then someone is on the line. If you call and the phone continues to ring after the first or second time, one of two things is happening. Either the telephone lines are being transferred at the time, or a new recording is being made. In either case, calling back in about 10 minutes will hopefully get you through. The power went out in the Big Timber area shortly before 9 p m Monday Power lines near the Burlington-Northern Highway 191 underpass were downed by high winds. The town and sur rounding homes had electricity restored a little over an hour from the initial black out. The lines w ent down at the Dale O’ocrly residence north of tow a When the wires touched the ground, they sparked a small grass fire, which the wind began to blow- in the direction of the Oberly house. Dale Oberly. seeing the flames, attempted to call the 911 emer gency number to report the loca tion of the downed lines and the need for possible help should the fire spread. But upon dialing he discovered the telephone line was not ringing into the Sheriff s office. The regular Sheriff s line was also inoperable. Luckily, the strong breeze fan ned out the fire soon aftei it started Oberly was able to eventually make contact with the Sheriff s office by staying on the line and letting the phone ring Dispatcher Bee Willson periodically picked up the receiver to check if anyone was on the line. Undcrshcnff George Ames explained the phones in the Sheriff s office did not ring automatically because the depart ment employs a “ keyboard\ sy stem. In the past the office has utilized an additional ringer, which is triggered when the power is off and allows the dispatcher to hear the calL However, when the911 number was enacted last week, the special nngcr was not hooked u p thus, the reason for the silent telephone Ames said Tuesday Triangle employees have resolved the pro blem and both the 911 and the regular Sheriff s department nunv bers will nng when the pow cr is off Montana Power workmen switched the incoming power to turn electricity back on in tow a then concentrated in restoring scr vice to the outlying areas. 932 -INFO goes over big