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; / American Red Cross + blood drawing Dec. 28,12 to 6 p.m. Choteau LDS Church X X XXXxXOvX X XX X X-XX-KX XXX- Ü - D i U l I 59& 0 1 t, wö-00-00 ISP 4Ü lir HISTORICAL SOCIETY, LIBRARY £¿5 N ROBERTS ST HELENA HT 59&01-4OÌ4 CHOTE, 1 \ 1 □ CHS hoops teams each notch pair o f non-conf w in s ..... ... P age 7 W E D N E S D A Y D E C E M B E R £ 9 S O 1 O Dutton EMS eyes rejoining county system By Nancy Thornton Acantha reporter ___________ T w o members o f the Dutton Emergency Medical Services and Training Center Inc., attending the Dec. 6 Dutton T o wn Council meet­ ing, announced that they are explor­ ing the feasibility o f merging with the Teton County EMS. “ T h e community has been more supportive than anyone could hope for,” began Dutton EMS Board President and crew chief Shawn Ostberg as he described the chal­ lenges the four-member crew has faced after losing two long-time crewmembers, Sue Dunning to re­ tirement and Tim Tharp to reloca­ tion during the past year. Ostberg and Colleen Campbell told Mayor Susan Fleshman and councilmen Tom DeMars, Bob Dauwalder, Lanny Christman and Chuck Proff that they wanted the blessing o f the council and the com­ munity to explore the idea, which they said would position the medi­ cal emergency and ambulance ser­ vice for the long-term and might have huge benefits if the-merger were to work out. Four local residents, Ostberg, Campbell, Lora Bryant and Gwen Larson, are trained emergency medi­ cal technicians-basic with endorse­ ments. They respond to about 30 to 35 calls a year in the area from Larson’ s home east to the Teton County line including Interstate 15 accidents. O s tberg said the interstate’ s crossing at the Teton River and the rest stop there are prone to having deer-vehicle wrecks. Dutton EMS founders Dunning and Larson were members o f the M idway Quick Response Unit and the Teton County EM S a decade ago. They made a decision to break away from the county EMS organi­ zation “ to remove themselves from the politics that have, in their opin­ ion, stressed the county EMS sys­ tem,” according to an Oct. 22,2003, Acantha article. Together, the women established an IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit corpora­ tion a month later, calling it the Sutton Emergency Medical Ser­ vices and Training Center Inc. The crew had eight members at the time and stored the ambulance in the heated Dutton fire hall garage. In M a y 2007, the Dutton EMS purchased an old teacherage and triplex apartment building from the * ■ S e e EMS, page 2 Acantha photos by Vonnie Jacobson Choteau Elementary Christmas program Choteau Elementary School music teacher Jeanette McCormick leads the kindergarten through sixth-grade student body in a Christmas song during their school holiday program on Dec. 21. Busy elves make toys in Santa’s Workshop. Greenfield program Greenfield students wished the audience M e rry Christmas during the holi­ day production held in the school gym just before the holiday break. Acantha photos by Vonnie Jacobson M r s . Sahta Claus, Berit Bedord, helps out a couple o f the elves, as part o f the Christmas program held at Greenfield School. County seeks public comment on plan By Melody Martinson Acantha editor The Teton County Community W ildfire Protection Plan Commit­ tee is taking comment until Jan. 10 on the proposed boundary designat­ ing the county’ s “ wildlànd-urban interface” or W U I in the draft plan. The committee members, who are working with the consulting firm o f Northwest Management Inc. to revise the county’ s CW P P , unveiled options for the proposed boundary at public meetings in Choteau and Fairfield earlier this month and are seeking input from potentially af­ fected landowners along the Rocky Mountain Front. The committee’ s next regular meeting w ill be Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. in the U S D A Building, Farm Service Agency meeting room, in Choteau. The Teton County commission­ ers sent letters to more than 74 land- owners along the Rocky Mountain Front whose property could be af­ fected by the establishment o f the W U I in the new plan, and about 14 landowners came to a public meet­ ing on the draft plan held in Choteau on Dec. 9. An earlier meeting in Fairfield drew only a couple o f fire­ fighters and no landowners. Northwest consultant Tera K ing presented an o v erview o f the Com ­ munity W ildfire Protection Plan update process and invited land- owners to give their comments at the meeting o r to send written com ­ ments on file plan to the cüüttty Under state and fédérai law, the county is required to update its C W P P every five years, and T eton County is going through that pro­ cess, she said. The new plan w ill help the county and allied agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and Montana Department o f Natural Resources and Conservation pro­ tect businesses and residences from the threat o f wildfire. When completed, Kingtoldland- owners, the plan will.identify risks to forest and rangeland, increase public awareness, comply withstate law, and help bring money into the county for equipment, training and fuels reduction projects. This plan, she said, will help the county do as much as it can to be prepared before' a wildfire happens. “ A nything we can do ahead o f time to lessen those impacts will be a good thing.” ■ S e e PLAN, page 10 “Casino N ight” bash Dec. 31 to raise funds for Lions pool By Melody Martinsen Adantha editor _______ I The CJjoteau Lions Club with help from ’the Soroptimists is put­ ting on a “ Casino Night” fundraiser for the new swimming pool on New Y e a r ’ s Eye at the Choteau Pavilion. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and various poker, cribbage and bingo games will be played, starting at 7 p.m. and concluding at 11 p.m. '< A l l the proceeds from this event Will go into the p ool fund. The Li- qns have raised more than $500,000 so far on their way to a goal o f nearly $1 million needed to replace tlje ..75-year-old public swimming p6ql in Choteau. The fundraising effort for the pool started about two years ago. D ie new pool will be located on city-owned property just north o f the existing pool and bath house. ' ' The Casino Night entry fee is $ 10 per person, which entitles play­ ers to $10, imitation money (chips). The entry Jee includes tick­ ets fo r door prizes and raffles. Cash • prizes w ill not be g iven to winners. Instead, merchandise prizes will be ■ Swarded through raffles. Additional p h ip may,he purchased separately.' Chips from winnings at the games ; may b e exchanged for raffle tickets ¿t any time. Prizes w ill b e displayed; firound th^ room and raffle-tickets . tnaj' be deposited, into contahias ; Acantha fH* photo Workers with Talcott Construction pour concrete at the new pool site this fall. placed in front o f each prize. At 11 p.m. prizes w ill be drawn for lucky ticket holders. ' , Many prizes have already been obtained, mostly from local busi­ nesses: Their generosity is greatly appreciated because they are con­ tinually asked to donate to nearly every cause that comes along. Ev­ eryone who attends Casino Night will have a chance to win some- thing.-The more raffle tickets a per­ son .has, the better the odds to be a , winner. ' » C - } . / T h epurpbseqf this Casino Night isto’pro vide a few hours o f funand; v v : i . \ \ .W - c .., 1 Gov, fórfrading in :;'inajqliÌÌ!E ? p l^ , quaìifyfor frmlinginthe~20Ì entertainment on New Year’ s Eve for people o f the local areaas w e ll as - raising funds for a much-needed new swimming pool. It is not meant to be a big payout for those lucky in the games. • • ’ • ' ! Casino Night is meant for adults/ • (18 years and older). Those w h o d o : not play cards or bingo-'can still purchase'raffle tickets and have a chance at winning prizes. A portion'' o f the area w ill - have - tables and ¿Hairs fo r those who would like to ‘ sit and visit. Snacks will be.prcE vided throughput the evening and . are part o f the SlO.entry fee'.. V . ■ v By Nancy Thornton Acantha r e p o r t e r ‘ . Montana W a ter Court Senior .W a ter Master Douglas Ritter w i l l ; not predict an end date for-the,, adjudication o f the Teton/River, / blit in a recent e-m a il he said, “ A l l , the easy stuff is completed,\ which amounts to m ore than 50 percent o f the cases he is managing.' ■ T h eTeton R iver basin has m ore ’ than 2,500 claims o f water r igh ts. that have a date o f first use b e fore the state’ s 'n e w .water law went ; in t o e f f e c t o n J u I y l , 1973. T h e ' Montana Water Court issuedatem- porary preliminary decree o f the pre-July 1, ^ -in - the Teton basin in December 2005! cases, that w ill probably go to a • - Since that time Ritter, who is ^ hearing.\Giyen the nature o f these / based in Bozeman, has been using cases; it may take some, time to get telephone conference*calls, and in- . through this jxocess. A U o f the cases .;, person.cpnferences with claimants are m oving forward, sonie are m o v - ; to resolve “ issue remarks” 6r‘prob>-\,-ing better thanothersTAll in 'all,T -- lenis, withfyarious claims and; (bethink it is going fairly well;” Ritter gather information'on the natureofCj said.:;^ ?.>.; l / the objections that claimants have . - Anwhgtberecentdeveiopments, -. to o ^ r claimS;bn tite.itreams ’A a t .; W a terCourt Judge B rticelxibleafr fio w ^ i n ^ 2 0 0 - M l e - 1 6 n g b u i n ? , f i h ^ ^ i ^ y r K l 6 [ > t ^ iKittCT’s'.decif / through Tetort County' a n 'd 'q ^ Y js io n r e ^ ^ thiragh Chouteau County : , X X -(m d ieu {^rTeton W v e r ,th ^ * .ofti^ J- .‘T h e next 30 percent is w e ll un- i Choteau Cattle Co.' 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