30 Years Ago

From the Examiner Files


August 9, 2018

Thursday, August 11, 1988

Customer appreciation day again huge success

The Powder River Commercial Club’s annual Crazy Day, Customer Appreciation Day celebration observed Saturday, was another huge success according to reports. Following a full day of bargain shopping, contests and games, around 300 residents gathered for the club’s free barbecue.

Barbara Rosencranz, Laurie Jergesen and Dave Lockwood were awarded $10 gift certificates as winners of the “craziest dressed” contest.

A new and popular event added this year was an ugly dog contest. Young Gene Gatlin’s dog won first place with Megan Rogge’s animal taking second. Parents of the youngsters are Ward and Rhonda Gatlin and Don and Valli Jo Rogge of Broadus. Tammy Schoenbeck dressed in a dog costume and took third place. The trio, in order of placing, received $20, $10 and $5 gift certificates from contest sponsors KMJ’s and Copps True Value.

About thirty youngsters competed in various kid’s games, organized by Earl Mainwaring and Sharon Williams. The contest was arranged so that each participant received at least one Susan B. Anthony as a prize.

Winners were, in order:

FOOT RACE: three and under, parent/youngster race, Clint and Meri Mainwaring, Sandy and Kori Williams and Marshall and Brian Williams; four-year-old foot race, Colt Burley and Bridgett Pertuit; five-year-olds Patrick Emmons and Keegan Wilson; six-year-olds, Oliver Pertuit and Thomas Pertuit; seven-year-olds Philip Emmons and Doug Ullrich and Jack Crane (tie); eight-year-olds, James Pertuit and Kelda Wilson; nine-year-olds John Pertuit and Amos Williams, and 10-year-old, James Ray.

SOFTBALL THROW: two-year-olds, Brian Williams and Jamie Sanburn; three-year-olds, Clint Mainwaring and Kori Williams; four and five-year-olds, Patrick Emmons and Nicholas Pertuit; six and seven-year-olds, Jack Crane and Thomas Pertuit; eight and nine-year-olds, James Pertuit and Erin Sanburn, and 10-year-old, James Ray.

HARD LUCK FOOT RACE: Jodi Larson, first; Aspen Schoenbeck, second; Beth Mainwaring, third; and Michael K. Williams, fourth.

THREE-LEGGED RACE: Patrick Emmons and Nicolas Pertuit and Bridgett Pertuit and Katie Dailey; six and seven-year-olds, Jack Crane and Nicole Esser and Thomas Pertuit and Oliver Pertuit, and eight, nine and ten-year-olds, Amos Williams and James Pertuit, Rakki Richards and Amber Schoenbeck.

Around 20 competitors were on hand for the singles and doubles horseshoe contest, organized this year by Delbert Riter, who filled in for an absent David Gardner. Glen Wetherelt, Don Johnstone, and Allen Wetherelt took top money in the singles competition. Winners in the doubles competition were, in order, Keith Bogner and Don Johnstone, and Allen Wetherelt and Delbert Riter.

Included also this year in the day’s activities was the third annual “goat drop” contest, again sponsored by the Big Sky Bar. Squares in an enclosed area were marked off and sold, with top money going to the owner whose square the goat used as a privy. The well-fed animal was most cooperative... so cooperative in fact that two boards and six squares were filled. Winners of the first board were Larry Collins and J.O. Washington. And, a four-way “split” (or splat) left the second board pay-off going to Leona Neate, Marty Branum, Buntsey Burley and Rick Turnbough.

Broadus Rainbow officers installed

Broadus Rainbow Assembly Number 75 held public installation on July 10, at the Masonic Lodge in Broadus.

Vanessa Richards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Richards, was installed as Worthy Advisor. Trina Bieshuevel, outgoing Worthy Advisor was the installing officer, assisted by Pat Phillippi as Marshall, Judy Mellor as Chaplain, John Davidson as Musician and Mary Dell Ellis as Recorder.

Other officers are: Melinda Borla, Worthy Associate Advisor; Kathy Ivester, Charity; Shannon Rhodes, Hope; Cheryl Wash, Faith; Ronna Denny, Chaplain; Talana Traub, Drill Leader; Linda Olson, Love; Nicki Perkins, Immortality; Ginger Ridenour, Treasurer and Kristee Diebel, Recorder.

Vanessa introduced members of her family and gave special thanks to her sister, Rakki, for taking care or the tape deck, JJ McDowell for chairs, Jeannie Richards for handling the guestbook and Shirley Russell and Karen Gaskill for supervising refreshments.

The installing officers and new officers were given gifts by the new Worthy Advisor.

Mother Advisor Agnes Davidson presented the girls with various awards and also presented the outgoing Worthy Advisor and the new Worthy Advisor with small gifts. Vanessa was presented with the Worthy Advisor’s pin and Trina, with a Past Worthy Advisor’s pin.

Michelle Richards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Richards, was presented the Grand Cross of Colors, the highest award a Rainbow Girl can receive. The award was presented by Mrs. Davidson.

Men arraigned on drug charge

Two men charged with felony possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to sell pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in the District Court of Judge A.B. Martin here last Wednesday.

Jody and Ron Ameline, both of Great Falls, were charged in connection with the mysterious cache of abandoned marijuana found along the Boyes to Belle Creek Road in Eastern Powder River County on June 28. The total weight of the cache was about 800 pounds, making it one of the largest amounts of marijuana seized in Montana’s history.

At Wednesday’s arraignment, Judge Martin reduced bond for Jody Ameline from $100,000 to $50,000. Ameline’s attorney had requested that the bond be reduced to $10,000 while Powder River County Attorney Daniel Schwarz recommended that it be left at the original amount.

Judge Martin ordered bond for Ron Ameline to be left at $100,000.

Martin went on to schedule an omnibus hearing at Miles City for 10 a.m., Thursday, August 24. The purpose of an omnibus hearing is to hear pre-trail motions and to set a trial date, according to Schwarz.

Both of the men were transported to Miles City following the arraignment where they will be held in lieu of their respective bonds. They will remain incarcerated in Miles City for security purposes, Schwarz said. “They have stepped-up security system there,” the attorney explained. “Their dispatchers are enclosed behind bullet-proof glass and they have the man-power to take care of anything that might come up.”

Because of the monetary worth of the marijuana, placed at nearly one million dollars, officials fear for the safety of the two men.

Also, necessary paperwork is expected this week to clear the way making possible the destruction of all but small samples of marijuana. Schwarz said that the hot weather is causing the marijuana to give off a powerful odor at its undisclosed storage site in Billings.

Officials fear that the odor might give away the location of the marijuana, leading to additional security problems.

Information as to the site the marijuana is being withheld and the proposed date of its destruction is being withheld by authorities.

Both Jody Ameline (who goes by the last name of Mitchell) and his half-brother Ron were arrested by interjurisdictional authorities last week, after the investigational tied both directly to the scene where the marijuana was found. Jody was arrested at a construction site near Kalispell and his brother turned himself in to Great Falls authorities when he learned a warrant had been issued calling for his arrest. Neither of the men resisted when arrested.

Jody Ameline apparently admitted that their vehicle, a rented U-Haul truck, was carrying the marijuana, but said that he didn’t know about its contents until the two had reached Alzada, after traveling from the Phoenix, Arizona area. Ameline allegedly told officers that he thought they were hauling furniture.

Further information alleges that the two men were en route from the Phoenix area to Buffalo, NY. They allegedly came north, then turned west due to mechanical problems with the vehicle. They may have become alarmed and dumped the marijuana after spotting local sheriff’s officials, who were in the general area at the time investigating a possible stolen vehicle report.


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