The Pioneer (Big Timber, Mont.) 1975-1982, December 29, 1982, Image 1

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^ xxìtaùìa historic \ l u v . m <{ 2 5 « Heme ofScett B r m i n t - *W/JM tW / ***** O * « / Serving Big Timber, and Sweet Grass County, Montana H a p p y N e w Y e a r ! ♦ 77/£ GOLDEN AGE WARBLERS are always a hit! They played and sang at the Wild West Roundup celebration last fall. Pictured from left to right, front row: Clela Manley, Mrs. A rt Aalgaard, RuthKunesh, Gladys O'Leary, Evelyn Woodhomse, lone Bristor (sitting) and Violet Widdecomhe. The men in the back row are Arne Hoem, Norris Langston, Clifton Booth, Henry Berg, Bob Brownlee, and Johnny Johnson. Eight members were missing when this photograph was taken. 1 9 8 2 The Year In Review BIG TIMBER COWBOY Scott Brading was named NRA Rookie of the Year and NIRA Ball Riding Champ in 1982. The year 1982 may not be re­ membered as outstanding in the history of our community, but there were some significant events that took place during the past twelve months. A review of the year follows: JANUARY The engineering firm of Chris­ tian, Springs, Seilbach and Asso­ ciates requested from the City Council an additional $7,000 for their part in Big Timber's Sewer Lagoon project. A portion of their request was later approved. The project was completed in 1982 with three-quarters of the cost being paid by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Bud Jones and Connie Keller took over Ferdinand's Restaurant from Larry and Donna Rostad at the beginning of the new year. The County Comissioners ap­ proved the authorization to sell Agricultural Development bonds for low interest loans to local ranchers and farmers. Also, the ownership of the county's snow- mobiling equipment was discussed, with the machinery later being turned over to the Sweet Grass Recreation Association. Justin Todd was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Football game in August. Another Todd in the news was Justin’s father, Sonny, who was elected president of the Montana Quarter Horse Associa­ tion. Kenneth Winters, son of Tom and Beth Winters, was the first baby bom at the Sweet Grass Com­ munity Hospital in 1981. January 13th is his birthday. It was mid-January when John Schoffstall proposed Che building of a C Sharps Arms manufacturing plant in Big Timber. The proposal met with much support and led to the development of an Industrial Park on the east side of town plus the community receiving a $334,000 grant for construction of the Park and a low interst loan to the gun-making firm. Bill Harmon was honored as the Pork All-American for 1982 by the Montana Pork Producers Council. Also, Scott Breding was named NRA's Rookie of the Year. Two people died as the result of a one car accident on 1-90 three miles west of Big Timber and a third person was seriously injured. All SGHS Girls Basketball Coach Wes Wagenaar was named Class B Coach of the Year for that sport for the second year in a row. He was also nominated for the distinguished Montana Coach of the Year award. FEBRUARY Four new antennas were installed by the Sweet Grass TV Booster Association to serve the area. Later in the year a new tower to bring in the Hardin station was erected by the group. Sam Morris and Ruby Holt were honored by Secretary of State Jim Waltcrmire for being longtime voters in Sweet Grass County. The concept of a new canal between Springdale and Deer Creek was introduced. Hydro- power would be produced as a part of the proposal, which was deter­ mined the most feasible out of 32 studied and is still being discussed. The Martin Stenc family and others presented a Country West­ ern “ Hee Haw” Show with pro­ ceeds going to the local Mental Health Association. MARCH Jim Rost of Bozeman was hired as the new government trapper for this area. The local Wool Market­ ing Association had initiated a petition drive to bring a resident trapper here. The program is fi­ nanced in part with PILT monies and assessments. Tony Ferguson of Springdale was a Jefferson Award winner. The contest, sponsored by the Montana Television Network, honors Mon­ tanans for significant public service, predominantly without recognition. The SGHS Herder boys traveled to the State Toumment and won the first go-round against Poplar but were defeated by Lodge Grass and Bigfork. Mike Little was given an Indian blanket by one of the op­ ponents. Tunna McCann won the local Beef Cook-off contest with a Beef an* Stufiin dish. Lance LaFond won the County Spelling Bee. The Pioneer Home hosted an Open House and named King and Queen for the day were Olga Muir and Roger Moschelle. $ 15,000 was presented to Sweet Grass County by Stillwater PGM Resources for work on the East Boulder Road. The cost-sharing pn'gram amounted to approximate- ly $17,350.____________________ Top news stories of the year The top news story of this community expands the twelve months of 1982 and promises to continue to reveal new chapters in the months and yean to come. T hat story is the proposal to build a C Sharps Arms manufacturing plant in Big Timber and the subsequent receipt of a $334,000 government grant for an Industrial Development Park here. C Sharps Arms president John Schoffstall fmt approached the Big Timber City Council last Jaunary. His idea was to build a manufacturing plant within the city limits. In the following months, primarily through the efforts of the Council and Commissioners, the City-County Planning Board, County Planner and City Attorney, Sweet Grass County applied for and received a $334,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce to construct an industrial park on the east side of town. Monies were also earmarked in the grant to offer a low interest loan to the gun company to help them get started. The Industrial Park is designed to hopefully entice other small manufacturing businesses to locate here. As Big Timber’s Centennial year unveils, work on the Park and the new plant are expected to progress. Other top news stories of 1982 are: •T h e general and primary elections, including the interesting local contested races and the defeat of 18-year-veteran District Judge Jack Shanstrom to Livingston Attorney Byron Robb. •T h e Lower Deer Creek Canal proposal, which has been studied by the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation with their findings to be presented to the upcoming state Legislature. •T h e proposed closure of the public fairgrounds to 1983 Boat Floaters, a decision made by the Sweet Grass County Fair Board. A New Year’s prediction — this subject is by no means closed and we expect more community-wide discussion on the Fair Board’s action will continue in the months to come. • PGM’s decision to postpone their exploration last summer, and the suspension of the preparation of the EIS — both reflect the slowdown of the nation's economy and the uncertain future for platinum and palladium mining in the East Boulder Valley. Year in Review continued on page 3 ran for the Democratic nomination to the office of Eastern District Congressman. Tulley was defeated in the Primary by Howard Lyman, Marlene« was re-elected in No­ vember. Senator Max Baucus visited Big Timber to solicit support for the Democratic ticket. MAY The SGHS golf team earned their way to the State Meet where they placed fourth. The Herder boys captured the divisional track title and Melville school was the rural track champion in a close bout with McLeod. JUNE Terry Ryles competed in the National Pork Cookout King Con­ test m Des Moines, Iowa. A Centennial logo contest was announced with the winner, Chris Bassett, picked in the fall. The Economy Store was pur­ chased by Mr. and Mrs. John Oner. The Primary Election was held with Svend Mauland (Sheriff), Bjame Bjomdai (Commissioner), aim r a t a aiw jr a C M I o r j winning local The Big was organized with Steve Simpaon, a seminary student, doing much of the work, The Jack Snyder family moved to Big Timber and took over the ownership of Klindt’s Pharmacy from retiring Hank and Carol Klindt. Scott Breding won the NIRA bull riding championship and was a participant in the Big Timber rodeo. The 1982 Big Timber Rodeo and Parade was dedicated to the me mory of Spike Van Cleve. Lorraine Brien was crowned the Rodeo Queen. The Pioneer was the top com­ munity service award-getter in the Montana Press Association’s Bet­ ter Newspaper Contest The local paper also placed second in two other divisions, feature picture and feature story. JULY A sem i loaded with canteloupe wrecked near town and everyone in the community was eating the fruit. An estimated 40,000 melons were A new beauty shop. The Hair Corral, was opened by Bobbie Boysun. APRIL The Forest Service approved PGM’s exploration plan but work scheduled to begin in the summer was cancelled indefinitely by the company in June. New school trustees elected were Don Kinsey and Donna Holman (SGHS), Marlis A me son and Helen Pcdula (BTGS), Wyoma Terland (Grey Cliff). Dale Schott (Bridge), Jim Ellison (McLeod), and Bill Carroccia (Melville). All mill levies in the county passed. Caine Kane joined the Sheriff's Department with Undersheriff George Ames his master. Nora Hanson was elected vice ^ president of the Montana Mental Health Association. Later in the year she was named Outstanding Member of that group. With the Primary Election not far away, candidate Ron Marience came to town. A fund raising dinner was also held for Jim Tulley, who f . BROWNIES TAKING part in last summer’s Girl Scent Camp were Amy J e Thomas, center and Tanya Nevin, right, while young Trent Chapel, left, is interested in his bottle.

The Pioneer (Big Timber, Mont.), 29 Dec. 1982, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/sn84036124/1982-12-29/ed-1/seq-1/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.