The Big Timber Pioneer (Big Timber, Mont.) 1983-current, December 26, 2003, Image 13

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«ssivxÿim*- '* i~tt».v&4vtv!ì< R e in etri ber when the Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Department received a call on Saturday. August 16. alerting authorities to smoke rising from the Stephens Hill area The team was recalled and the battle began again A piece o f equipment called a •probe-eye\ was used to test the temperatures at different hot spots The last report issued by the Incident Management Team indicated the fire hail burned approximately 38.32b acres and containment costs had i limbed to over $2.500.000. Four residential structures were destroyed by the fire, all cabins that were not full time residences. The Brundage lire, ignited by an extraordinary lighting storm Friday. August 18, forced Sweet Grass County resident Lawrence Allestad io evacuate 3.(XH) head o f sheep he had been pasturing in the mountains near Jardinc Ranchers and friends throughout Sweet Grass County and Paradise valley assisted in the move Approximately two semis and 50 horse trailers were volunteered by a group o f earing men and women willing to help a ranching family in need. Elaine Allestad. wife o f Lawrence, and family friend Mike Atkins organized a phone tree to let people know transportation was needed The volunteers then met Vllcstad, his son B illy, and -.hccphcrdcrs Pete Clark, Keagen Kruger, and Charles Oberly in Gardiner where the sheep were utrrallcd at the Rodeo grounds until being brought home to graze on the Allestad property near the Sweet Grass County Fairgrounds. Rivers Across. Sweet Grass c o u n t y 's ' L e w is and Clark bicentennial Commission sponsored Manifest Scrutiny\ an entertaining . vening o f food and fun that tested the Knowledge o f three local scholars ■>1 I ewis and Clark - Helen Pcdula, \tin Slcne. and Jim Sargent The Big Timber City Council i as presented with two ideas lor a permanent memorial to replace the > memorial trees in front of the ( aincgic I ibraiy had been Idled , a her Betty Chut. a membei ot the \ m enean Legion i ommitiee nerseeing the memorial, sin prised í o'uncil members by saving the * inimitlee would not be using wood • om the trees as had been earlier .y ,>lanned Little wood was salvaged. '•! Mted Clair, and so two othet ■ m e m o rial plans were being misidered Dave Hodges and Dale ■ W<»od, both local artists, had ( evented ideas to the committee -* Hodges' idea was a life-size eagle ming on a glohe with a rock base. . iruling eight to nine feet high Wood's plan was for a fountain esign that would he appropriate for he community. Estimates for the memorials range from $10.000 to sAO.OOO. T he council meeting was also die scene o f disagreement among mic members concerning a storage 1 u-iliiy to be erected on the site o f ie lagoon to house county quipmcnt Hazel Ewan was named s.ieet Grass County Senior Citizen ' the Year, an honor she also won 1096. ¡Jack to school information i \ mi each ol the area schools was \m t e d in the Pioneer listing the iculty at each, daily schedule, and nis routes, among other things. Members o f the Buekroostcrs docked to the Langworthy cabin up me Boulder for their 56th roost filled vs uh B a r b e r s h o p sin g in g , horseshuz” . cribbagc playing, and storytelling. \ugust 29-Scptembcr 4 Sweet Grass County Treasurer '•'icki U e h lin g announced Northwestern Energy owes the •ounty approximately $222,547.88 \i delinquent property taxes. Touch i America, once part o f the now ; im-cxistcnt Montana Power, was ; also listed as owing the county >29,887.81 in delinquent taxes. The Week of Dec. 26 , 2003 - Jan. 1, 2004 — BIG TIMBER (MT) PIONEER — Page 13 Carnegie Library Director Lauren McMullen is excited by the options a new system offers to patrons. Big Timber City Council heard from a resident having a problem with a neighbor’s barking dogs The Reed Point Community Club announced the Hobble Fire would not prevent the The Great Montana Sheep Drive 2003 from being held m their city The drive is held every year as a fundraising event for the tiny town east o f Big Timber The National H isturic Register Marker was dedicated at the Carnegie Library, which was built m I9I3. An accident in the city resulted in the arrest o f one man. Dwayne Norsl.og. on a charge of Negligent End.mgermeiu and Driving Under the Influence The accident scene coveted several blocks and also resulted in damage to two vehicles and a camper trailer, as well as injuries to a passenger in the vehicle The Pioneer pirhhshed pictures taken at the Sweet Grass County Fair during the finals of the Greased Pig Contest sponsored In the Otter Creek 4-H Club SEPTEMBER September 5-1! Lev i Bryan. 11 and a resident ol Big Timber brought home Illinois ftom the Black Ponder Cattndge Silhouette National Sliool held in Raton NM August 11-14 Brian competed against close to 400 othet shooters and heat out some who were older by three times his age on his way to breaking two national records City resident Dave Moore asked the Big Timber Cits Council to give 20.000 gallons of water to each resident so they could afford to watei trees and lawns in light ol the drought The council turned down the request The council also heard local businessman Ron Barron’s request for approval to build a vehicle storage facility along Highway 19!; the request was approved Five generations o f one family got together for a graduation celebration for the grandson o f Big Timber resident Pearl Erickson September 12-18 In a surprising move, the Big Timber City Council approved a measure allowing city residents to sign up for up to 10.000 gallons of lice water to try and stive the trees o f the city In another council story, a disagreement continues over a proposed weed ordinance that could adversely impact the rights of properly owners, according to C'ouncilmen Cory Conner and Randy Rembold The ordinance was first proposed as a way to force properly on nets to keep their weeds and grass cut in an effort to avoid a lire hazard situation. As written, however, it addressed other areas besides vegetation. A story in this edition told of the confusing relationship between (he Pioneer Medical Center and Sweet Grass County m light o f the liteiliti's request for a null levy to InnJ operations Although the PMC opoi,ites on names generated by tees lot icivi.C '. its employees are employee- ■>! the county Banned Books Month was noted locally tor the second year by the Big Timhei Carnegn* I ihiatv s Bag Lunch Das September 19 25 Linda Mlekush. a longtime resident ol Big Timber, was severely injured m an accident m which her ear ran over her She was taken to and Thank You to all our customers From all the employees at the B I G T I G A W ishing you a N e w Year Jilled with jo y , p e a c e a n d prosperity C o n n e r ' s C o n c r e t e St Vincent's Hospital m Billings alter suffering injuries to her chest, abdomen, pelv is. and legs Two city residents. Vickie Wigen and Mark Ketehuin. were able to help Mlekush and prevent her injuries from being even more severe A support group for visually unpaired persons was announced to be held at the Senior C’cntcr/I lospua lily House Caregivers and family members of the usually impaired were also urged to attend Northwestern Fnetgy paid $209.950 57 in delinquent ptopetty taxes to Sweet Grass County The Big Timber City budget recently approved by the city council was published and noted an increase o f $16.737 over last year's budget City resident Owen Boktna told the city council, at a regular meeting, he fell one city employee. Ed CmciUo. Code Enforcement OlJiccr. was guilty o f “citizen harassment\ September 26-Oetober 2 Sweet Grass County voters approved the special null levy to fund operations of the Pioneer Medical Center. The approval means the facility w ill receive up to $334.750 to subsidize the financially strapped PMC The Sweet Grass County High School Homecoming King and Queen. Scan Jacquay and Anna Ferguson, were featured in a front page photo. The Big Timber City Council was asked if they would be giving more free water during the months of October, November and December so more trees could be watered, they declined. Big Timber Grade School students ranked above the national average when given the Jowa Achievement Test. The Billings Opera Company announced they would he presenting Hansel and G r c t e l at the grade school gym September 30 Pictures o f the SGHS Homecoming Parade were published in The Pioneer. The game was won by ihe SGHS Herders by a score of 47 - 29 over the Red Lodge Redskins Leah PJaggemcycr. daughter o f Jack and Shannon Plaggemoyer o f Big Timber, was W ishing Y ou A V ery H appy N ew Y ear ! BIG TIM B E R VETERINARY CLINIC V T < * T ? - * HAPPY HEW YEAR (Sill. Èvcl^n. Silly if Sen if Jennifer named the 2002-2004 Western Defensive Player ol the Year tor college basketball OCTOBER October 3 - 9 The Carnegie Library announced it was going high tech with the addition of computerized library cards and on-line service-, through the Montana Library Network Crystal C o ffey--\\ey said response from the recently published outstanding warrants list lus more than paid lor the cost of printing the information m various newspapers The Brundage Fire in the Hellroaring Drainage o f the Abasorka Boariooth Wilderness continues to burn and officials were expecting to see an increase in activity over the next week October 10- 16 Approximately 400 out of 740 city water customers took advantage of the Big Timber City Council's offer o f up to 10.000 gallons o f free water in September. Customers who signed up were credited with approximately 3.600.000 gallons of water, at a cost to the city o f $3,600. A judgment was handed down in the ease of feuding neighbors. Bob and Judy Faw and George Williams have been at odds over the Williams properly right o f way being encroached upon by a portion of ihe Faw's fence. Things came to a head in June when Williams knocked dow n some of the fence with a front end loader. Williams was fined and placed under house arrest for three days as part o f his sentence Ron Bairon received final approval from the Big Timber City Council for a vehicle storage lot that had been a point of contention at Continued on page 14 F L I E S « » » And now our New Year's greetinss are headed your way! Sweet Grass Conoco & Tire j Cheers to all our friends! Hopeyou havethe best holiday ever! K - W F E E D & G R A I N Paula, Jennifer, Jane, J e rry, Kevin

The Big Timber Pioneer (Big Timber, Mont.), 26 Dec. 2003, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.