The Billings Gazette from Billings, Montana on September 6, 1998 · 5
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The Billings Gazette from Billings, Montana · 5

Billings, Montana
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Sunday, September 6, 1998
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V I INSIDE: Montana mental health system appears doomed Page 4B Air monitoring project awaits approval Page 6B Section J2) Hie Billings Gazette THE SOURCE Sunday, September, 1998 Rl c T MEDICAL PIONEERS EE mil SING WITH THE 0UN TYS ATE 4th Annual Montana Jam concert to benefit Montana Hope Project I to 9 p.m. Oscar's Dreamland, corner of Wise Lane and Story Road, $5 for those 13 and over and free for those 12 and under Powered Parachute and Ultralight Fly-In tonight through Monday, best viewing times sunrise to 10 a.m., 6 p.m. to sunset, Skyrider Flightpark, on the road to Roundup, turn left just before mile marker 12, red hangar, for information, call 259-8039 Mental health meeting is open to the public - Montana Community Partners board of directors has a public meeting scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Park Plaza Hotel in Helena. This is a time change from an earlier schedule. , Despite last week's move to dissolve Montana Community Partners, board members were planning to meet to discuss the state's mental-health-care situation, according to Libby Artley of Deaconess Hospital in Billings. ' Artley, who chairs the boards strategic planning committee, said that committee session, which had been planned for Thursday and Friday, is canceled. Newcomers Club sets meeting for Tuesday The Billings Newcomers Club will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Petroleum Club. For a reservation, call Dena at 254-8804. The club will also meet for coffee at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23. For information and directions, call Ha at 248-1614. Seniors' activities include historical walk, dances - . Billings-area senior-citizen centers and meal sites will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday. " ' Seniors who usually eat their noon meal at one of the spots should make other arrangements for that day. i On Friday, seniors can learn about opportunities to help the community through volunteer work. ',5 An orientation meeting will beheld so that people can find out about changes in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, see a short video and ask questions that members may have. The meeting will be at 9 a.m. at Billings Community Center, 360 N. 23rd St., in Room No. 1. "t ' RSVP volunteers help community programs. Some of the current openings include a need for volunteers to act as positive role models for teens at the Youth Services Center by playing games, helping with homework or just talking; to be friends to homebound individuals by phone or visits through the Senior Helping Hands program; to brighten hospitalized children's days at St. Vincent Hospital; and for a variety of other positions. Call RSVP at 245-6177 to volunteer or for information. '.. . On Wednesday, seniors will take a Historic Downtown Walking Tour of Billings. The tour starts at 9 a.m. at Gainan's downtown and will follow a 1.2-mile route. 1 Renee Christiansen, of Fun Adventures, will offer bits of history about sites from the Castle to Pioneer Sculptures. Cost is $5 a person. Call 657-3050 to sign up. MONTANA LOTTERIES Powerball 8-10-16-26-49 PB: 40 Montana Wildcard 3-5-11-18-34-35 WC: 8 Spades Cash 4 Life 51r52-92-94 Montana Cash 20-22-27-31-36 Gazette photo by Bob Zellar Powered Parachutes pass in the sunrise-painted sky at Skyrider Flightpark Saturday morning during a fly-in and open house. Skyrider Flightpark is four miles west of Highway 87 on the Shepherd- Acton Road. The fly-in continues today and Monday. The best time to see the aircraft flying is between sunrise and 10 a.m. or between 6 p.m. and sunset. On the way to Roundup, turn left just before the 12-mile marker. V LEFT FOR DEAD Paper carrier raped and stabbed Billings woman, 33, in satisfactory condition after undergoing surgery By ROBERT STRUCKMAN Of The Gazette Staff The worst of nightmares became brutal reality for a Billings woman who was raped, stabbed and left for dead early Saturday, Billings Police Sgt. Kevin Unruh said. The victim, a substitute newspaper carrier who was delivering The Gazette, was assaulted at about 5:45 a.m. as she finished her newspaper delivery route, Unruh said. The 33-year-old woman had dropped a newspaper on the doorstep of a business in the 2200 block of Broadwater Avenue when she heard a man running up behind her. She turned and he grabbed her and dragged her between two buildings, Unruh said. There, the assailant raped her at knifepoint and then tried to kill her by stabbing her in the neck and face and her hands, which she raised to defend herself, Unruh said. Then the rapist left the scene, leaving his victim for dead, Unruh said. The victim managed to walk up Broadwater to 24th Street West. She sat down on a curb until a passerby found her and called police and an ambulance, Unruh said. The woman was taken to St. Vincent Hospital where she underwent surgery. By late afternoon Saturday, she was listed in satisfac- (More on Attack, Page 2B) ; pHPfiwiuiwip!i,i! . II JIM , I fn-v" no V n u Gazelle REWARD The Gazette is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Anyone with information on the incident can call the Billings Police Departmental 657-8200 or Crimestoppers at 245-6660. ' St I ft :i - Billings Detectives Blake Richardson, left, and Trevor Helderop pick up evidence markers Saturday along the sidewalk on Broadwater Avenue. photo by David Grubbs By PAT BELLINGHAUSEN Of The Gazette Staff This is a year of firsts for Rocky Mountain College's physician assistant program. The private, liberal arts college will graduate its first PA class Saturday, awarding 12 degrees to students who have completed 24 months of study, including a year of clinical practice. To practice as PAs, the students must pass national board exams in October. For RMC to continue training PAs, the program must attain full accreditation, a feat that may be later this month when the Commission of Allied Health mm. Programs meets to consider a summer review team's report on Rocky. The program's mission involves quality education and, in particular, training students to work in rural areas of the region. Three of the first five grads to Gazette photo by James Woodcock Student physician assistant John Vipperman and Nadine Hart, a Billings PA who was recently named Montana Physician Assistant of the Year, talk to one of Hart's patients recently at St. Vincent Hospital's geriatric medicine clinic. 7 E. MONTANA FIRES WINDING DOWN Historic Glacier Park chalet threatened by forest fire HELENA (AP) A blaze that threatened homes and burned a path seven miles long and a mile wide east of Plains held top priority Saturday as an army of firefighters continued to battle forest and range fires across Montana. The Boyer fire, one of at least 13 fires being fought in the state as others were only monitored, increased slightly to 4,200 acres. It had sent at least 22 families from their homes, but no structures burned. Near GRAND . 'f u Gazette photo by David Grubbs Ben Cloud of Billings, left, fixes the headdress of his grandson Josiah Harjo, 5, before their dance Saturday at Chief Plenty Coups Days of Honor in Pryor. Rocky Mountain College will graduate its first physician assistant class in ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Billings Studio Theater. Gov. Marc Racicot is scheduled to speak. The graduates are: Greg Clark, Powell, Wyo. -Jane Folgert, Billings Janee Gillette, Billings Kelly Heiberger, Westminster, Colo. Randy Holland, Miles City Debra Houde, Billings Naomi Laird, Billings Chrys Landrigan, Billings J. Eldon LaTray, Browning Cathie Osmun, Columbus Rebecca Pestle, Billings John Vipperman, Billings land jobs will be working in small Montana or Wyoming towns. Randy Holland will be working in internal and family medicine at Holy Rosary Health Center in Miles City. J. Eldon LaTray will return to (More on Graduates, Page 2B) t 1 Tr-"-- '( ' (I- .... Darby, some of the 30 families evacuated at midweek because of forest fires still waited to learn when they could return home, after others got the go-ahead Friday. Other fires in Montana included seven in Glacier National Park, where workers were dispatched to install sprinklers on the roof of the historic Granite Park Chalet as a precaution. Park officials empha- (More on Fires, Page 2B) TRADITION 1 ' .- mi J

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