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-’■“»'VtJgZ'very MONTANA HISTORICAL 1J3RARÏ Serving Big Timber and Sweet Grass County, Montana A NEW RECREATION p n p w i tor yewa* «dak« M eveatuaBy pirw i ef ad i | h ] to betag tovabpto to Mg U n b a r. Story af page 8. JOHN BAIRD, Mg Unbar utbar aed editor, ia U—rbtog iato aevaral aew veatares related to flba- naldag. Storto« aa page 10. IF YOU HEAR SOME tow-flytog plane« to tira fatare, dent warry, we area Y being attacked, k'« aH part af an Air Farce tr aia tog pregran. Story aa page 8. ■re THE QUESTION OF renedeltog tbe bal waa again diacnaaed by the city night. Story an page 3. THE FIRST BOULDER anew earvey baa bean taken, and affidato aay tbe a n e « t and water «entent to aba at ‘toenaaT. Story an page 7. S W E E T G R A S S W g b Scbeel Medente are . _ far tbair Pap« Cancart, acbeddad next weak. S tory and «elect tone to be ** N I * T. C h a n g e s i n s t o r e f o r a i d s e r v i c e s A change in the staffing of emergency services for Sweet Grass County is in the process of being worked out by county commissioners. Officials last week applied for, and expect to receive notification of approval this week, of federal funds to employ a full-time fire chief for the Big Timber Fire Department Funds, which will come through the Emergency Em ployment program, will en able the county to hire a full-time chief to service equipment, and to enlarge the city and county fire program. Ray Esp, chairman of the commissioners says although the program has been dis cussed for some time, officials had to act rapidly last week after they were notified funds could be available to the .eounty.- “If -we hadn't acted, the’money would have gone elsewhere.\ Under the plan presented to state officials, Dennis Beer, Big Timber fire chief, will be employed immediately as full-time chief. The federal program will pay for his salary until the end of the year, when the county will assume responsibility for the position. Beer will be in charge of working with businesses and officials in mapping a fire prevention program, will do maintenance work on city and county fire equipment, and later will assume direction of the county ambulance pro gram. THE COUNTY now has an agreement with LoWry Fun eral Home to operate the ambulance service. Under tentative plans. Beer will assume responsibility for the program effective July 1, 1975. Between now and then Beer and others who will work with the program will undergo Emergency Medical Techni cian (EMT) training to qualify them to operate the ambu lance. Commission*»- Ed Sell says although the change will not mean an immediate savings (although Beer's salary until the end of the year will be paid by the federal govern ment), he is convinced the plan will result in tax and insurance savings for prop erty owners “in the long run.\ The county now pays $1,200 a month for the operation of the ambulance service. Ve hicle maintenance and gaso line costs are in addition to the bai>:c fee. By law, commissioners are now levying the maximum amount^onc mill— for opera tion of the ambulance service. The money, about $7,500, is about half of the cost of the operation of the service under the existing payment sched- ule. Although ambulance fees do help pay for a portion of the program, Esp said that money received does not come close to making the ambu lance service a break-even proposition. From July 1, 1974, until March 1. 1975, $2,536 was collected from the ambulance. By utilizing the fire chief as the director of the service, Esp says additional funds can be saved. Money he says should be set aside to provide for the eventual replacement of the existing ambulance, which was obtained for the county through the federal govern ment. Replacement funds are not available, and Esp says the county cannot ignore the eventual need to replace the unit Officials also have considered the possibility of obtaining a second unit for use when the orte ambulance is out of the county. ALTHOUGH the federal funds for the program have not been approved, commis sioners were told last week that the final authorization would be routine. Beer already is beginning to start planning for his new responsibilities. He says he hopes to get at least three other persons to take the EMT training between now and the July 1 deadline. 2 5 0 M o o s e , a u x i l i a r y e x p e c t e d f o r m e e t i n g More than 250 Montanans are expected to attend the annual Mid-Winter Conven tion of the Montana Moose Association in Big Timber this weekend. The two-day meeting of Moose Lodge and Women of the Moose members will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Moose Halt. Hosts for the meeting will be Big Timber Lodge 1196, Loyal Order of the Moose. Bernard Rembold is governor of the local lodge. Presiding over the conven tion will be Harold Bush, Livingston, president of the association. Saturday afternoon acti vities begin at 1 p.m. with the Association meeting. The convention's official opening will be at 3 p.m. and a banquet will be served at 6 p.m. ALLEN FURROW The dinner will be followed at 8 p.m. by an enrollment ceremony for new members, and at 9:30 p.m. with a dance. Sunday activities will begin at 10 a.m. with a final business session. A luncheon and farewell is planned at noon. Among special guests at the convention will be George Young, Spokane, a past supreme governor of the order, and Allen C. Furrow, director of the State of Montana and province of Alberta for the membership enrollment department of the Loyal Order of the Moose. DURING THE two days, the Women of the Moose also will hold their two-day con vention. Donna Goosey is general chairman of the event, and officer in charge will be Deputy Grand Regent GEORGE W. YOUNG Alice Miller, Sidney. Women’s convention activ ities open at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and a 10 a.m. opening session. After a noon luncheon, a 2 p.m. ritual session is planned. Sunday activities will include a 9 a.m. registration and 10 a.m. informal closing session. YOUNG, a Spokane attor ney, has been active in work of the fraternity for more than three decades. He joined the Moose while studying for his LLB degree at Gonzaga University and progressed through the chairs of Spokane Moose Lodge 161 to become governor. He then advanced to be come Grand North Moose of the Legion of the Moose, the fraternity’s second degree; president of the Northwest Moose Association; president cf the Washington State Moose Association; and Jus tice of the Moose Supreme Forum. FURROW became affiliated with the Moose in 1962 when he joined the Glasgow lodge. He transferred to Billings in 1963. where he served as secretary and membership chairman until he resigned in 1970 to become state director. The degree of honorary past governor was conferred on him July 1, 1970. Active in all phases of the Mooee program. Furrow was a member of the Legion of the Moose, had served as west and east Mooee, and was South Moose when he re signed. SWEET GRASS HIGH SCHOOL Herder Chech Reedy Morrises gee« ever plena with six members o f his atetoheend team—seniors who will play their last high school game« thia «reek. Players tod ode [from left) front: Terry Blair and Ron Stief; hack: Lyle Stesberg, Mark G o H e r d e r s T a k e s t a t e ! Badges part of paper Show them that you care... That will be easy for Pioneer readers, who this week will receive a special “supplement\ to their paper. Included is a four by five inch yellow stick-on label to identify readers as Herder Boosters. The stickers identify the wearer as being from “Big Timber, home of the Sweet Grass County High School Herders.\ Also included are the words “Take State.\ Printed as a public service by The Pioneer, stickers are included in every copy of today's paper. A limited supply of additional stickers are available at The Pioneer, and a supply has been given to Sweet Grass High School. The gummed back of the stickers will allow it to be fastened to the bumper or windshield of a car, or they may be pinned on the lapels of fans attending games in Billings. Ai-ge*bright, Mike Heathera and Jim Graham. Story about tbe upesmiaggame, pictmes of players and a leek at seasoa statistics are to a special faar-p^e tabtoid section with today's Ptoaeer. [Pioneer Photos] WEAR YOUR Herder booster sticker at the state teuraameat this week. Although the backing is self adhesive, you can pia it ea to make it tost laager. Only a limited supply of tbe stickers are available. Mrs. Plaggemeyer begins ( v / • ■ new duties as treasurer new Pioneer look A new county treasurer began duties Monday at the Sweet Grass County Court- Marg a r e t Plaggemeyer. former county clerk and recorder, took office at the first of the week. Assisting Mrs. Plagge meyer «rill he Ruth Sheen, who eommia«ioneri this week. appointed deputy. Work in the office is familiar to Mrs. Sheen, who was elected treasurer in 1966. After her term, she continued to serve as deputy under Margaret Buaha, whose term expired last week. Because of a state law, county treasurers take office the first of March, rather than at the first of the year, as do other elected county officials. Again this week. The Pioneer has a new look...we're sporting a new \flag the nameplate of the paper. The new flag was designed especially for The Pioneer by Jack Hines, whose art and graphic arts experience and familiarity with this area, have produced what we consider an outstanding de sign for the paper. The design simply refers to the paper as “The Pioneer,\ although the official name will continue to be The Big Timber Pioneer. The change was made primarily to reflect the community's general refer ence to the paper, and to provide for graphic simplicity. Inrnrporntcd into the de sign is the notation that the paper serves Big Timber and Swce;. Grass County, Mon tana. The new design also provides space for an index of features in each week's paper. We hope readers «rill like the changes. We think they not only more accurately reflect the community, but help make the paper easier to read.