FIRST DEER — Cooper Dailey, 12 years old, completed a Hunter Safety course and while hunting with his grandfather Dick Dailey, west of Dupuyer near Swift Dam, brought down his first deer, a nice 5x5 mulie. He used a Savage .270 rifle and one shot from 100 yards. An uncle, Bob Dailey and a cousin, Bo Dailey were part of the hunting party. For the I-O courtesy of the Cooper family
By Bruce Auchly, Region 4 PIO
It’s that time of year when hunting talk centers around antlers or “horns.”
It happens throughout the fall, but in spades during Montana’s five-week deer and elk general season. Probably because there are so many people afield now: about 240,000 gun hunters versus maybe 40,000 archers back in September at the peak of archery season.
Also, everyone, it seems, wants a trophy rack to hang on the wall at sometime in his, or her, life. Even many meat hunters profess a desire for one big bull elk or buck deer before they head to the happy hunting grounds in the sky.
Maybe that yearning explains why there are misperceptions about what it takes to grow antlers and why not every deer and elk that reaches maturity will sport massive headgear.
FIRST DAY TO RETIREMENT — Dr. John Taylor stands by his sign on his first day of work 38 years ago and poses the same way just before retirement. Original photograph courtesy of Marianne Taylor – Current photograph by Barb Endler
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
Dr. John Taylor made his appearance in our community on July 5, 1972 as a young optometrist looking to start a general practice.
Taylor was born to Elrod and Ruby Taylor of Cut Bank and he continued his education there until his departure to Montana State University in Missoula for Pre-med. He finished as a Doctor of Optometry in 1967 from Pacific University.
He began working in Choteau with Dr. J.R. Crabtree but soon joined the U.S. Army as a captain in 1968. Taylor was stationed in Fort Sill, Okla., and then he was sent to Vietnam to be chief of the eye service for the First Air Cavalry.
After one year he was assigned to Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio, Texas as assistant chief of the optometry section.
CRUMBLING — This view of the walkway into the Pondera Medical Center shows the deterioration underneath the bridge that is fast becoming unsafe. The PMC board would like to replace the walkway with a new one, similar to this artist’s rendering shown below the bridge. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
County commissioners, Cynthia Johnson and Joe Christiaens, met with Pondera Medical Center (PMC) trustee chairman Ted Kronebusch on Wednesday.
The purpose was to discuss a proposal for a new walkway into the main entrance of the PMC.
The original cement walkway at the front entrance is deteriorating to the point that it is almost a safety issue and needs to be replaced.
The PMC building is owned by the county and Kronebusch was requesting approval for the hospital board to move ahead with the project and was asking for county approval for the work to be done without going out for bids.
Since the building is (essentially) owned by the public, the board was not certain if they could run with the project without going through the bid process.