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A Y e a r T o R e m e m b e r February 28. 2003. Cody Lungbehn. Chief lixeculive Officer, commenied on the I actors contributing to the shortfall and the steps being taken io compcnsttle for them. Stillwater Mining Company released its annual repott. revealing the company had approximately half the net income in 2002 as it had m 2001. II SMC con tinues to operate m Sweet Crass County the county can expect more revenue, if the mine closes in the near future, the funding delicit w it1 likely affect everyone who pays taxes here. A plea agreement, proposed in the Sweet Glass County District Court case between the State of Montana vs. Janies A. Tullcy, stated Tullcy would plead guilty to one of the two counts o f sexual intercourse without consent and. i f accepted, the second charge would he dropped. Big Timber residents Bill Schwartz and Levi Duncan traveled to Texas to help search for debris from the space shuttle Columbia, and Renae Dorvall was also a patt of the recov ery project in an administrative tolc The Big Timber Livestock Judging team of Tara Beley. Caitlyn Beley. Samantha Plaggemeyer ami Gary Todd placed first for their divi sion at the Rcdland Ranch Livestock Judging Contest m Hysham. Several Big Timber 4-H teams competed at the Northwest College Regional Judging contest mi Powell. Wyoming, with the Meals Judging learn of Gary Todd. Codv Wilsey Bonny Lellon and Saia Hiliner plac ing first Three Big Timber Destination Imagination learns com peted iiwhe st.tie Dl tournament held m Belgrade April 11-17 According lo SNOT!:!, figures found on the internet, snow accumu lation in the Upper Yellowstone area was near the annu.il average amount ar. of April 8. Care packets for active duty troops with a connection to Sweet Oi.iss County were to be assembled ova the weekend The BigTunhei C ny Coumii approve'.! a $200 donation to he made to the Livingston Humane Society McLeod native I.lovd Rue an engi neer in the federal Highway Adimiusti.uioiTs (TMW A) Helena office, was the recipient ol a 2002 PHWA Engineering bAcellence Award The monthly segment ot the Lewis and Clark series provided background information on William Cluik. Hie SCillS Thespians gave three performances of the play \Switching Principals\ over the weekend. Honor roll bsts for the third quarter for Big Timber Grade School and Christian Liberty Academy were published While- West Nile virus has tin exotic name, and no one wants to gel sick, state and fedeial health officials said there was no reason to panic. With wood ticks alteadv being active in parts ol Montana, health officials wanted residents to be aware the ^¡nasties could he carrying a new type of dis ease. April 6-12 was designated as National Crime Victims' Rights \typek. April 18-24 Sweet Grass County High School was asking for a 0 87 mill general fund levy in the May 7 school election, and Big Titnbct Grade School was asking for a 3.99 levy. McLeod School a 6 15 mill levy and Greychff School a 9 04 mill levy. The annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Ninety-one SGHS students participated in 47 events at the- 2003 District Music- Festival in Billings Ron DcButcs was installed as American Legion district command er and Jamie Debates as district Auxiliary president at the Spring District 7 meeting in Manhattan. The Big Timber FFA chapter placed Week of Dec. 26 . 2003 - Jan. 1, 2004 — BIG TIMBER (MT) PIONEER - Page 9 second in Team SuccpM.ikv. at the state I I-A I cadc'i'ship Convention held April 2-3 SGI IS seniors l-rtt/ Baud and lain Beley were a owned King and Queen at the Junior I’lom belli April I2 I he Big Timber sixth grade gills won the championship game lor then illu s io n at the Western Montana College •Western C hissu ’ Basketball fournameni held in Dillon on April I 2 Is April 25 - May I A Diabetic Support Group was being formed in Big Timber l.oeal resident Steve Dempster asked the City Council for a waiver of $75» m lees the city was requiring for hint lo receive water and sewer services. Dave Christensen spent two weeks in North Korea delivering seed corn he had spent 3! years developing. Erin Dolicrwcieh of Reed Point was named a United States National Collegiate Award winner in art. The Mail Halter Saloon was recently pur chased by Brien anil Judy Pynn of Livingston The play \Faith County\ was being presented tit the American Legion. Big Timber Grade School and the Stillwater/Swect Grass Cooperative were sponsoring a Child Find Clinic MAY May 2-8 SAKS was ¡1 major health con cern which indicated \we need a a ii'tant and diligent surveillance system world-wide for the emer gence of new viruses\ Stillwater Mining Company announced a lirst quarter loss o f $ i 8 million A stock holders meeting was scheduled m Denver on June 16 fur shareholders lo vote on the proposal by the Russian firm Norilsk Nickel to pur chase the controlling interest. 51 percent, in SMC. An alternative to the Norilsk deal proposed a rights offering, with newly created com mon stock to be offered lo qualify ing stockholders. Former Sweet Glass County Deputy County Attorney Jint Tullcy pled guilty to otic- of two counts of sexual inter course without consent: the second count was dismissed The Big Timber Post Office was one of K),000-plus communities and post offices participating in the annual Icttci carnets' and postal food drive A photograph of the Natural Bridge Falls, located south ol Big Timber on the Boulder River, was used .is the cover of a new hook featuring the photography of Salvatore Vasapolh The first ol a The Sons of Norway were among the lively participants in the Rodeo Parade where the theme was “Fiesta Montana”. A participant of the Sheep Drive in Reed Point had his hands full during the parade. 9 scries of loin lectures and events sponsored by Rivers Across, the Sweet Grass County Lewis and Chirk Bicentennial Commission, featured John Phillips as Captain Ciaik and Dan Woerncr as Sergeant Pryor. Two new greenhouses opened lor business, the Grcycliff Nursery, owned and operated In Harold Gelincrl. and the Devenny Greenhouse, owned and operated by Jim and Lola Devenny The Big Timber City Council unammouslv approved the new sewer rate resolu tion, effective July I May 9-15 The 9lh Annual Big Timber Bull-a-raina promised lo be an action packed, fast paced event. Cody Langbchn, Chief Executive Officer at the Pioneer Medical Center, told Sweet Grass County Commissioners the PMC has select ed a new insurance carrier. Utah Medical Insurance Association, at a savings of $27,800 over the current AIG premium. The May segment of the Lewis and Clark series contained part one on compiling the Corps of Discovery The Big Timber FFA Chaplet held their annual banquet, with awards being given out based on individual achievements Darlene Sanders was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. A ir Force and was being transferred to Japan in the summer. School elec tion results were published, with all levies being passed. Big Timber res ident Ty Molzahn voiced his dis pleasure with being issued a parking ticket to the City Council. May 16-22 Recent storms had boosted state moisture levels, bringing mountain ureas in the Yellowstone River basin to 76 percent of average A article about National Dog Bile Picvcniion and Safely Awareness Week prov'id- Continued on page 10 M erry CM rîstmas Thanks for a great year—Sec yon again in 2004 ! LRUERELL’S SEPTIC W i s h i n g Y o u A n d Y o u r s A H A P P Y N E W Y E A R ! £j£y) J à j P E M O T O R S P R O P A N E S A L E S & S E R V I C E Have a HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON and a prosperous NEW YEAR! THE FORT Jeff, L a u ra & Crew Wishing all of our friends and acquaintances a prosperous and joyful New Ysar We look forward to your continued friendship and support. TOM ROE and SON CONSTRUCTION TOM , CHIP and CREW