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F.A.1„1,0 County LA cIj fctimes@midrivers.com 406-778-3344 VOLUME 100 ISSUE 14 BAKER, MONTANA 59313 $1.00 Z (1 cr. g Fr\ FRIDAY, APlilL 1, 20% Fallon County Vet Service welcomes new veterinarian By Sherry Vogel Don Beck and Liam Robbins owners of Fallon County Veterinary Service, welcome Nathan Beck, DVM on board the team as a new veterinarian. Nathan joined the team Jan. 31,2016. Beck, a 2007 graduate of Baker High School, at- tended MSU-Bozeman to study animal science. He then went on to attend St. Kitts -Nevis in the Virgin Islands for two years. He finished his clinical year at the University of Minnesota. Beck, a general practi- tioner, enjoys bdth large and small animal care. He shared he really likes ultrasound and calving seasons. Nathan was a member of New Horizons 4-H Club growing up in Baker. He showed steers in his project work. He always enjoyed ranch work and working cattle. His dream is to own his own ranch. He joked. \But to be able to afford that. I will have to work everybody else's animals.\ Nathan is glad to be back in Baker around family. He is enjoying getting to know his niece and \lots of nephews\. Fallon County Vet Service is located at 3616 high- way 7 North, Baker. MT. To make an appointment with the new Dr. Beck. dial 406-778-3532. Senator Daines visits Baker By Sherry Vogel Montana Senator Steve Daines graced our city with his presence at an early morning meet and greet. March 21, as he traveled through on his Made -in Montana Energy Tour. Among the 28 area people in attendance were county and city administrators as well as representatives from the private sector. Industries present were farming, ranching, com- merce, oil field, and power companies. The meeting that was held in the Big Game Casino, was part of the Senator's ten day city tour \to promote made - in Montana energy and the good paying Montana jobs it supports.\ The Senator was greeted by County Commis- sioner Steve Baldwin with appreciation for Daines' efforts to help guard air space regarding issues here in Fallon County in the designated Powder River #3 Training area. Senator Daines, who has gone on record that he feels the Obama administration is \pulling the rug out from under\ the coal industry, began a segment of his address with statements such as, \I'm here to say Obama won't be president, which is good news for us\; \Presidential predictions are as bad as March Madness picks\. Daines met opposition from a local resident when John Beach took t floor and boldly stated President Obama has act ally done quite a bit of good while he was in office. He said it takes two parties to have a conversation. and Congress wasn't willing. Daines' eyes nar- rowed and he mentally re -grouped. The atmosphere in the room changed to one of equal exchange be- tween speakers and participants. The Senator, who is on a quest to save the coal plant in Colstrip, took his energy fight out on the road. He began his address to Baker residents by sharing familiar rhetoric shared by Congressman Zinke and gubernatorial hopeful Gianforte on sepa- Senator Steve rate tours through Baker in recent months. He in March 21. - formed those present that with recent regulations imposed by the EPA, the aging coal plant in Colstrip is in danger of being shut down. He then added that its shut down would cost Montana a total of 7,000 jobs; incur a loss of more than $500 million in annual income re- ceived by Montana households; and cost the state $140 million in lost tax revenue. * In part, Daines was citing slats that have been published by the Bure Business and Economic Research (BBER), a research depart- ment within the School of Business Administration at the University Baines tours Diattond Willow wind farm east of Baker on Photo by Sherry Voge of Montana -Missoula. For more information, visit: http://www.bberaimtedu. Senator Daines also stated there was a likelihood that residents could possibly face a double digit increase in utility bills. (*In the most recent release this week of a settlement reached between MDl officials and the Public Service Commission, the latest rate increase was accepted at 13.1 percent compared to the 21.1 percent failed pro- posal they were seeking in June.) Upon contacting MDU officials. SEE DAINES, PAGE 6 Unusual wildlife sighted in city limits \I spotted what I thought was the largest rabbit I'd ever seen\ stated Eckert. Submitted photo Welcome to the Baker Jam! In the wee hours of March 29, here in Baker, Mrs. Henry Eckert at 7 S 2nd St W.. one block off of Railroad Ave., was enjoy- ing a cup of coffee and decided to step out on her back step to view the small band ot young mule deer that were in the habit ot grazing in her backyard. \Although I was quiet,\ she said. \I disrupted them and they quickly began to disperse.\ To her surprise. she noticed a smaller deer among them that seemed to 'stumble along'. She hadn't no- ticed him before and was concerned that the poor animal had been injured and was in pain. \but he didn't seem to have a difficult time moving quickly\. She added, \I went about my business that morning and didn't think much about it.\ Then later in the af- temxin, she noticed that her little black dog was hesitant to go out when she tried to lei him out the back door to 'do his duty'. \I feel badly now because I just opened the door and impatiently pushed him out. Thinking about it now, FiFi was moving a , full speed when he came back in.\ Mrs. Eckert said, \It wasn't till later that SEE WILDLIFE, PAGE 7 Tipr- Fallon County Fire Resolution Resolution No, 2016-8 Whereas, high winds including small amounts of precipitation, low humidity, and unseasonably high temperatures have oc- curred within the County of Fallon recently, Whereas, wildland fires have occurred, with continued conditions will continue to occur in Fallon County and throughout Eastern Montana, and Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Fal- lon County Commissioners that a Burn Ban is in effect immediately March 21,2016. It Is Further Resolved, that Fallon County is imposing a Burn Ban N1 hich restricts burning of all agricultural, burn barrel and garbage pits on land nithin the boundaries of Fallon County. Open burning shall cease immediately until Further notice. Useept, within the limits of the town of Baker and Bureau of Land Management and State of Montana lands. These lands shall be governed by the rules and regula- tions of their respective agencies. Be It Further Resolved, that copies of this resolution be.filed with the Fallon County Clerk and Retorder, and the Montana Dis- aster and EtiOrgency Services Division in Helena. Copies will also be sent to the De- partment of Natural Resources and Conser- vation as well as the Bureau of Land Management. Be It Further Resolved, this resolution will become effective at 08:00 AM March 22, 2016. Passed and Adopted by the Fallon County Board of Commissi llll ers this 21st (lay of March, 2016. Fallon County -Baker, MT Board of Commissioners s/Steve Baldwin, (7hairman s/Deb Ranum, Member s/William L. Randash, Meniber (SEA1A Attest: s/Brenda J. Wood, Clerk and Recorder Superintendent Walker appointed to ESSA system Jule Walker, Plevna K-12 Schools. Did' let Su- perintendent, was one of 33 individuals appointed by Superintendent Juneau to assist the Office of Public Insiniction in developing Montana's educa- tion accountability systems. The agency has created two work groups that will develop accountability systems under the newly -authorized federal education law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This lass replaces No Child I elt Behind. The Office of Public In , truction will transition horn No Child Left Behind to ESSA during the 2017-2018 school year. Bingo Baker Lions Club Bingo will be held Sunday. Apr. 3, and Sunday. Apr. 17. at the Baker Senior Center from 2-4 p.m. Bring the family for an afternoon of fun. 3+1 DRINK SPECIALS FRIDAY & SATURDAY Visit Our Website at www.FallonCountyExtra.com

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