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r j--iH * T r ’r , i r p- i -, ? * ' / / ■* » * 1 ^ •V ;-'^ v P - 4 * > -• ' i < > ■fifa1 /h’U *. ,'COMP ------ A ¡m m srnm - The voice of Southwestern Montana since 1881 Voi. 87, No. 235 Dillon, Montana Thursday, December 9, 1971 ■ * • Livingston Gets 105 mph Gusts High Winds Blast Western Montana By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A rampaging blizzard with winds reaching 105 miles per hour at Livingston blasted into Montana Wednesday night, knocking down trailer houses and power lines and stifling normal activity throughout the southwest portion of the state. The storm closed several mountain passes in the Bozeman- Butte-Livingston area and stranded dozens of motorists. The Montana Highway Patrol said no reports of injuries had been received and delayed travelers were housed in motels and hotels in Bozeman, Livingston and Big Timber. In Livingston, where winds whistled continually for 12 hours and reached speeds better than 100 miles per hour, several trailer houses were knocked from their foundations, a roof of one house was blown away and billboards were knocked to the ground. Some $3,000 worth of new Christmas lights and decorations were blown down and destroyed by the wild weather which one SANTA CLAUS IS COMING—to Dillon Saturday at 1 p.m., when he will ride through the streets on a Dillon Volunteer Fire Department truck, then stop at the intersection of Bannack and Idaho streets to distribute treats and talk to the youngsters. Following the stop down town, Santa and his helpers will go to Parkview Acres Nursing Home and visit the residents there. Should there be any youngsters.-confined at Barrett Hospital he will go there. In addition, if the parents of any children who are sick and can’t see Santa down town, can'.call the secretary of the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce at 5511 and he will try to make it possible for a personal call from Santa. U.S. Calls Off Weekly Talks Industrial Plants Power Lowered Ice Jams Slow Water BUTTE (AP) — Three major Montana industrial plants were restored to full electrical power WednesdayjNght.&sice jajris in the First Jury Service JUNCTION, Tex. (AP) — Mary Knox is to appear for petit jury service here Dec. 14 for the first time. Mrs. Knox will be 102 next March 5. Missouri River loosened and Montana Power Co. reached for help from other power sources. Ice jam s in the Missouri, south west of Great Falls had reduced the flow of water and Montana Power Co. cut back on power to three “interruptible users,” the Ancaconda zinc operations in Great Falls, Humble Oil Co. in Billings, and the Hoerner-Waldorf pulp mill in Missoula. George O’Conner, president of the utility, said the flow of water was cut to “1,500 cubic feet per second from 5,500 cubic feet per second.” use and reduced the amount which is normally available té Montana Power, and the utility tyas unable PARIS (AP) - The United States today called off the next weekly meeting of the. Vietnam peace talks. It said the action was taken to give the Communist delegations time to seek new in structions from Hanoi. North Vietnam and the Viet Cong promptly rejected the proposed postponement and denounced it as an attempt to “sabotage” the three-year-old deadlocked talks. As a result, the meeting ended for the first time without agreement on a date of the next session. U.S. negotiator William J Porter The, “interruptible customer,” 4 s . thus' J°ld newsmen at the end of the 4Mr . •• • ■' ' f i l l * ' - , ‘ L'L .. * 1 I . h A itn 1 4 Q l h tv r n n l l h a i Il A i a n n Hearings Over On Rate Hikes HELENA (AP) — The Montana Public Service Regulating Com mission faces the task of poring over thousands of pages of testimony now that it has con cluded its 2M>-month hearing into Montana Power Co.’s request for higher utility rates. The commission ended its session Wednesday after taking the hearing to most of Montana’s major cities. The three-member commission will study the testimony, exhibits and legal briefs before making its decision, probably next spring. Montana Power wants per mission to raise its natural gas rates by between 28.8-34 per cent and its electricity prices an average of 17 per cent. After a slow start in Helena, when the utility presented its case to mostly industrial and organizational opposition, the hearing began listening to oppo sition from Montanans of all walks of life; those for the request seemed almost non-existent. Montana Power has not been without support, but it has come Flu Epidem ic Is N o t Likely WASHINGTON (AP) - A' government disease detective says Hong Kong flu probably will strike certain regions of the United States in the next few months, but a nationwide epidemic is unlikely. Hie regional outbreaks could affect persons in as much as one- fourth of the country, said Dr. Michael Gregg of the National Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, But there will “not be a big, nationwide epidemic like we had in 1968-1969...an epidemic that caused lens of thousands of excess deaths,” Gregg said in a telephone interview. /'Chances are slightly better than 50-50 that we’ll experience more than a quiet year as far as influenza is concerned and that we'll see some schools closed and absenteeism of from 10 to 15 per cent in,'some factories,?’ he added. mainly from persons or interests hired to present expert testimony, such as economist Leon H. Keyserling. The hearing ended with Montana Power attorneys quizzing the commission's rate expert, George F. Hess of Minneapolis. Hess earlier had little praise for Mon tana Power’s - financial presen tation as shown by exhibits the utility listed in part of its case. He termed portions of it “crude” and chided the utility for its “less than hay’seale precision.” Wednesday, Montana Power attorneys countered by recalling its expert, John B. Gillett, associate engineer and manager of Valuation and Depreciation with Whitman, Requardt and Associates of Baltimore. Md. Gillett refuted much of what Hess had to say in the technical field of indexes and trending. Before the commission closed its books on the rate hearings, Helena attorney William Leaphart Jr., moved to have the entire hearing dismissed on the grounds that Montana Power “has not proven its case and it has not been proven that the applicant is qualified itself on the economic policies of the current administration.\ Leaphart also said UUlett's testimony had been “totally cut to pieces” by Hess and has been proven “valueless.” “It would be more than wrong to all the rate payers and customers of Montana Power Co.” to go ahead with a rate increase. Leaphart, who represented Helena’s School Dist. 1, among others, noted that “many budg eting authorities have not been in a position to budget and make payments” since the utility has asked for an increase. “It would be an unnecessary increase to the already burdened Montana economy.” J. E. Corette, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Montana Power, told the commission that inflation and the increased coats of doing business in Montana Have caused the firm to seek higher prices. a major industrial firm with a contract calling for an electrical load up to a certain rate, but all power over than can be curtailed. O’Conner said it is very rare when electric service has had to be curtailed to the interruptible customers. A Montana Power official at Missoula reported Wednesday night that the company had reached to other power sources to get the supply back to normal for the three industrial plants. He did not specify where the power was obtained. “There are still some problems, but the situation has improved,\ said the spokesman. The utility’s contract has a two- hour stipulation that requires the major industrial user of power to adjust its power consumption to the requested level within two hours when a crisis occurs. “This is the first time this has happened to us,” Dan Potts, manager of engineering main- tenence at Hoerner Waldorf said. “We’ve had some gas curtailments before but never a cutback in power.” “Normally we can handle such 'an emergency without reducing power, but we just happened to hit a time when power consumption in northwest was at a peak,” Donald Gregg, manager of power for Montana Power said. He said a snow-storm in the Seattle area increased electrical Officers Views On U.S. Deaths WASHINGTON. (AP) - Fifty U.S. medical officers in Viet nam have written Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mans field blaming the staged with drawal of American troops for continuing , non-combat deaths and injuries in Vietnam. The letter, signed by Medical Corps officers attached to U.S. Army hospitals in Saigon and nearby Long Binh Army head quarters, said Americans “are dying or getting hurt, or wreck ing their lives in Vietnam with out help from an enemy.\ Mansfield said Wednesday the officers told him most of their casualties now are vic tims of automobile accidents, self-inflicted wounds, “ in-fight ing amongst our own troops,” tropical diseases or drugs. ■ Heroin, thé letter said, is used “on a scale for wider than is commonly thought because of boredom, frustration and want of an escape.” Mansfield, ' who did not dis close the officers’ names, is the sponsor of the Senate’s end-the- war-in-six-months : amendment that has deadlocked House and Seriate foreign aid bill confer ees. falling back 'on the two-hour clause. Gregg said that dynamite and even aerial bombardment have been used in the past to break up ice jams, but that experience has found that the most practical means is to wait and let the water cut a channel through the jams. “We can only wait and let nature take its course,” Gregg said. The major ice jam appeared to be in a gorge between Cascade and Great Falls. A Montana Power spokesman said the situation alleviated somewhat and power was restored to the three plants about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night. hour 138th meeting that liaison officers of the two sides would consult on the date for the next meeting, the 139th. North Vietnam’s Xuan Thuy angrily denounced what he called “the U.S. government’s attempt to sabotage the Paris conference and prolong the war.” Thuy asserted that the next session “will take place as usual” on Dec. 16. Under long-established rules of procedure, however, the meeting dates require agreement by both sides, although any delegation can call off a meeting. During the meeting Porter had urged North Vietnam to let American prisoners write to their families through foreign diplomatic missions in Hanoi. Thuy ignored the proposal and devoted most of his speech to his familiar denunciation of the Vietnamization policy. Money Awarded In Erwin Case DILLON—A Beaverhead County jury awarded $8,392.15 to the plaintiff in a personal injury suit here yesterday afternoon. The jury deliberated for nearly two hours before returning a verdict in favor of the Myrl Erwin estate vs. Donna Wallace. Hie case stemmed from an accident in which a car driven by Miss Wallace struck Miss Erwin at a Dillon intersection in November of 1969. The trial began Monday before District Judge Frank Blair. Six witnesses for the plaintiff were called to the stand and two for the defense. Dillon attorney W. G. Gilbert, Jr. represented the Erwin estate in the trial and defense attorney was Carl Davis, also of Dillon. resident said was the worst she had witnessed in her 25 years in the wind capital of Montana. Hie resident, Mrs. Alice Erd mann, said power lines were knocked down \all over the place\ with Montana Power Co. bringing in crews from Bozeman and Big Timber. Telephone service was spotty at times this morning in southwest Montana and a spokesman for Mountain Bell Telephone said crews were patching lines. The National Weather Service said travelers warnings were continued today and tonight on both sides of the divide. At Great Falls, the Montana Power Co. said it restored to full power to two energy plants forced to shut down Wednesday because of a massive ice jam on the Missouri River. The company had curtailed some of its service to industrial customers when ice flows pre vented machinery from func tioning in two Great Falls plants. The blizzard paralyzed most of the southwest portion of Montana, stopping traffic for more than 100 miles on highways. Authorities feared for motorists who may have been caught and stranded in the vicious storm. The highway patrol said pa trolmen were searching the south west for delayed motorists, but had found none. “The storm hit at night, just the right lime when not too many persons were on the highways,” a patrol spokesman said. Interstate 90 and U.S. 10 from Big Timber to Bozeman was closed to all traffic early this morning, but crews opened the roadway by mid-morning. Travelers warnings were con tinued by the National Weather Service today as the agency re ported an unusually low-pressure center accompanying the Pacific front. Sea-level barometric pressures fell below 29 inches of mercury this morning over a large area of northern Montana and southern Canada, the agency reported. Havre reported an inch of snow Continued on page 4 Local Pilot In Forced Landing DILLON—Andy Morris, owner- operator of the Dillon Flying Service, and a passenger, Dick Carpenter of the Montana Predator Control, made an emergency landing in the Flying Service Super Cub about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on the Sweetwater Road east of Dillon. The Super Cub air breather froze, forcing oil by the front seal, creating the necessity for the emergency landing. Morris, who was piloting, said there was very little snow on the road and the landing was made without problem except for being so far from the home airport. Morris and Carpenter walked about nine miles on the Sweetwater Road before meeting Joe Helle of Dillon, who was in the area checking sheep, and returned the hikers to the Beaverhead County Airport. Morris made repairs on the plane Wednesday, and flew it back to the hangar at the airport without further mishap. U.S. Troop Casualties Second Low Announded FIREMEN IN ACTION—prevented any damage to the record room of the Beaverhead County Assessor’s office Wednesday evening. The Dillon firemen were on the scene in less than three minutes, when a light fixture in the storage area caught fire in the ceiling, causing flame, sparks and smoke. It was quickly extinguished with no damage reported.: SAIGON (AP) - American casualties in the Vietnam war last week were the second lowest since the U.S. Command started keeping weekly totals nearly seven years ago, the command announced today. Headquarters said four Americans were killed in combat and 14 were wounded. Another 11 men died from nonhostile causes, the command said. This total presumably did not include any of the 34 men who died in a helicopter crash Nov. 28. Their bodies were not recovered until this week, and until then they were listed as missing in action. The South Vietnamese Com mand reported 314 men killed in action, 125 less than the week before, and 630 wounded. The two allied commands claimed 808 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong killed, a sharp drop from the previous week’s claim of 1,333. Last week was the ninth in a row that the U.S. Command has reported less than 10 men killed in action. The lowest American casualty toll of the past seven years was reported three weeks ago, five killed and four wounded during the week of Nov. 14-20. Hie allied commands now have reported these total casualties for the war: American—45,617 killed in ac tion, 302,297 wounded, 9,965 dead from nonhostile causes. South Vietnamese—136,725 killed in action, 295,783 wounded. North Vietnamese and Viet Cong—785,572 killed. Sears Reminds 19 SHOPPING DAYS I« TILL CHRISTMAS ■ Í \ ‘ !> ré Ufa