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State Historical Society Helena, Montana 1, C 1 (ifflOAL sootErr wcri rda PiA H &LENA • Sanders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County Vol. 54 No. 10 THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, May 14, 1959 Single Copy 10c SEEPAGE CONTROL—Extra men and machines are being employed on the Noxon Rapids pro- ject in an effort to minimize seepage, which has developed in the left wing and under the switch- yard. The left bank is at right in the above picture with the switchyard out of sight. Ad- ditional earthfill is being placed in front of the left bank and below the switchyard, which has experienced some settling. Above photo was taken last month after gates to the dam had been closed and reservoir started filling. Firm Buys Two Large Superior Timber Sales The Clark Fork Logging Co., the logging firm formed by the three major lumber mills in Sanders county, has purchased 27 million board feet of timber in the Superior ranger district in the past week, Forest Dobson, general manager, announced yesterday. The timber involves 18 million feet purchased in one sale on Second creek, seven miles east of Superior, and nine million bought on Sunrise creek, also in the Superior district of the Lobo National Forest. Saddle Club Plans Division Ride Here June 14 Plans for a Western Saddle Club division ride to be sponsor- ed here Sunday, June 14 by the Thompson Falls Saddle club were made at a meeting of the organization Thursday night. Committees for the various phases of the ride were appoint- ed. The committee in charge of arrangements for camping by visiting riders includes Dr. Richard Thiegs, chairman, Kelly Green and Jack Kistner. Mrs. Elvin Eldridge is chair- man of the food committee and the committee in charge of send- - ing out invitations to all clubs in the western division is com- posed of Mrs. Kistner, Mrs. Hugh Hearing, Mrs. Thiegs and Mrs. Elinor Eldridge. Lunch will be served on Clark's peak at noon the day of the ride. It was announced that about 10 members of the Thompsore Falls club are planning to parti- cipate in the annual National Bison range ride May 24 and some members will ride in the parade that day. Summer Baseball Practice Starts Baseball practice for boys nine years old and up was initiated this week by Bob Clark, assisted by Bob Larson. About 20 boys showed up at Ainsworth Field Monday and Tuesday for prac- tice, Clark said. \If enough older boys are in - interested, we will divide the group into boys from nine thr- ough 12 years and boys from 13 to 17,\ he added, \Otherwise we will use boys from about nine through 14.\ Another practice is scheduled for tonight at 6:15 and any boys interested who have not come out are welcome to bring their gloves and come, he added. After a week or two of practice the boys will be divided into teams for regular play. Dobson said both areas could be logged the year around and that timber would be shipped to Q ueen Contest Sanders county mills by rail. The three mills involved in the To Climax Go Clark Fork Logging Co. are the Thompson Falls Lumber Co., ■■• Western Dance Flodin Lumber Co. and Diehl Lumber Co. Dobson said about 3 1 / 2 miles of main access road would have to be constructed in each sale area. By species, the timber sales involved predominately ponder- osa pine. Bidding with the Clark Fork Logging Co. for the larger sale on Second creek was the Dia- mond -Gardner Corp., which has mills at Superior and Coeur d' Alene, while the Pitts Lumber Co. of Ravalli bid for the nine million feet on Sunrise creek. Dobson made no estimate as to when logging, operations would be started in either sale. Monday the Clark Fork Log- ging Co. started construction of a main timber access road into the Nancy creek timber sale, A queen contest was added to the festivities planned for the Spring Roundup and Go Western dance to be staged at the Vet's club Saturday. May 23 for the benefit of the Community Swim- ming pool project. Bob Clark, publicity chairman, announced Tuesday. Each class of the Thompson Falls High school will select a candidate for queen with the winner to be crowned at mid- night at the Go Western dance. The activities for the Spring Roundup will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a parade down Main street to be followed by a pancake supper at the Vet's club start- ing at 6 p.m. Entertainment is scheduled during the pancake northwest of Plains, which the I feed, Clark said. firm purchased last June. The Following the supper, several sale involves nine million feet. Dobson said plans are to start logging in Nancy creek this sum- mer. About eight miles of ac- cess road will be built. One bull- dozer currently is at work and plans are to add a second bull- dozer later. Conservation Day Winners Named Miss Janice Repp and John Duffield have been awarded first prizes in their divisions in the conservation essay contest sponsored by the Green Moun- tain Soil Conservation District and the Thompson Falls-Noxon Chamber of Commerce. Winners were announced Sat- urday night by C. H. Weisman - del, contest chairman, at the chamber's spring banquet. Miss Repp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Repp, won first the case in April 1958. prize in the high school division Total non-agricultural place - and Duffield, son of Mr. and rnents for April were 68 per cent Mrs. C. R. Duffield, first in the above April 1958 and 22 per cent elementary division. Second prize in the high school division went to Sandra Miller and second in the elementary to Ray Babcock. Essays receiving honorable mention in the high school divi- sion were entered by Frances Scott, Donna Smail, Wally Page, Louis Dufresne and Marilyn Gardner. Honorable mention in the grades went to Laura Huff- man, Mickey Clark and Karen Repp. Miss Repp and Duffield were guests at the banquet and read their essays after receiving their awards. booths will be open in the Vet's club and will be operated by various organizations participat- ing in the fund-raising event. The Go Western dance is sche- duled to start at 9:30 and will be interspersed with floor shows and entertainment. Voting for the queen candidates will be conducted also during the dance. Another feature of the dance will be a drawing for beef and other prizes, Clark said. Seepage Situation Improving At Noxon, Engineer Declares Heavy earthmoving equipment brought into the area over the! weekend is being operated two! 10 -hour shifts daily at the Nox-; on Rapids dam project to protect I the switchyard of the dam and to minimize seepage at the project. However, the Washington, Water Power Co. told the Ledger I today that \The seepage prob- lems encountered at Noxon !Rapids dam were not entirely I unexpected and at no time has the safety and stability of the dam been in question.\ \Rumors feed on rumor,\ said Karl Strenge, chief civil en- gineer for the WWP, \and that certainly seems to be happening in this case.\ Strenge said the amount of seepage is considerably less than the 100 cubic feet per sec- ond that was calculated or thought probable when Noxon Rapids was designed. \Naturally we had hoped for almost no seepage at all,\ Strenge said, 'but at the same time we knew that it is a com- mon event in the construction of earth filled dams. The total amount of seepage has not in- creased at all since it was first noted baci‘ on April 27, and the turbidity has decreased. The see- page has been examined by sev- eral experts, including geo- logists and steps are being taken to minimize it. Right now I would say that things look very good.\ Strenge said that most of the seepage has be6o concentrated April Busy Time For Job Office The Thompson Falls Employ- ment Service office reports that April was the most active hiring month since August 1957, ac- cording to A. Koenen, manager. Forty per cent more employers used the local office to fill their hiring requirements than was above April 1957. Eighty-four jobs applicants were placed on non-agricultural jobs and four on farm jobs in Sanders county. Eleven job applicants were sent ,to jobs in other areas, three in 'non-agricultural jobs and eight I on farm jobs, including one farm couple. Thirty were placed on con- tract construction; 25 in woods and sawmills; one in public uti- lity; 11 with retail trade; three in -private household, and 14 on various government jobs. Fifty-nine new job seekers were registered during the mon- (Continued on Back Page) Vandals Damage Glass Blocks On New School A bid of $275 by S. P. Olson, Missoula brick contractor, to re- place 50 broken glass blocks in the south wall of the multi -pur- pose room was tabled Monday night by the board of trustees of School Dist. No. 2 and a deci- sion made to obtain additional bids for the work. The glass blocks have been broken by vandalism. In other business before the board, Mrs. Stephen Babcock, board chairman, reappointed Lloyd Johnson as the district's representative on the county school transportation committee. Permission was granted to John Baever to use a triangular projection of school land behind the grandstand at Ainsworth field as a lawn and to keep the plot mowed and free of weeds. Supt. Everett W. Long an- nounced that the newly order- ed sun screens for windows in two rooms of the elementary school on the south side arrived Monday and are being installed this week. He also reported that the 1959- 60 school year will start Monday, Aug. 31. Displays Mark Spring Banquet in one small area and that this may have contributed to the set- tlement of the switchyard area on the southwest side of the dam. Heavy equipment is being used to place an earth fill be- tween the river bank and the switchyard area. Additional tests wells are also being drilled for sub -surface ex- ploration and 3 temporary re- lief wells are being drilled along the downstream toe of the south- west embankment. These relief wells will remove water from the coarse gravel and rock for- mation below the clay strata and should eliminate the tur- bidity of the water. \I want to repeat again,\ Strenge said, \that the seepage has never been a serious ques- tion. This problem was encount- ered at Cabinet Gorge and at numerous other hydro projects. It presently appears that all con- struction work at Noxon Rapids will proceed on schedule.\ From other sources, the Ledg- er has learned that around 50 pieces of heavy earthmoving equipment is being operated seven days a week on two 10 - hour shifts daily. The trucks and equipment are placing the fill along the south bank down- stream of the dam. Settling in the switchyard area has resulted in the temp- orary removal of one or two transmission towers because of cracking of the concrete tower footings. Much of the heavy earthmov- Eyecatching displays by in- dustries of Western Sanders county exhibiting new products drew widespread praise from the approximately 140 persons attending the annual spring ban- quet of the Thompson Falls- Noxon Chamber of Commerce Saturday night in the multi -pur- pose room. The banquet had as its theme, \Past. Present and Future.\ Delivering the main address at the banquet, Dr. C. C. Wendle, amateur historian of Sandpoint, told the chamber members and guests that \David Thompson was the world's great carto- grapher and certainly the En- glish speaking world's best geo- grapher.\ He said Thompson, (Can't on Back Pogo) DELEGATE—Bob Cluzen, a junior at Noxon High school, has been selected as Noxon's delegate to the 1959 Boys State to be held on the campus of Western Montana college at Dillon in August. Paul Bierbrower has been named as alternate delegate. Noxon PTA sponsors the Noxon de- legate through the Thompson Falls American Legion post. Lions to Initiate New Members Initiation of new members and the nomination of officers for the 1959-1960 season will be the order of business tonight when the Lions club meets at the Woman's clubhouse at 6:45. Presenting the slate of nomi- nees will be the three immedi- ate past presidents, A. L. Libra, E. H. Mahoney and Irwin Pup- hal. To be initiated are William J. Oliver, Charles J. Waterman, Don Campbell, John Britt and Hardy Rojan. ing equipment brought into the area over the weekend is being rented from the Bud King Con- struction Co. of Missoula and McLaughlin Contracting Co. of Misoula. Some of the equipmeht was taken off the interstate high- way project at Drummond, which the two contracting firms are building as a joint venture. The earth -fill activity at the dam contributed to a raise in the number of men employed on the project this week. The total is, now 290 men, up 40 from the 250 persons employed on the t project for the past several, weeks. Clay blanketing work to eli- minate seepage is continuing in the old river channel above the of 2309 feet. Work has been started also on relocating the railroad spur to the powerhouse. Meanwhile, routine work con- tinued on the project. Placing of the concrete wearing surface on the powerhouse roof is con- tinuing. Adjustments are being made in internal parts of the unit 1 turbine and installation of the governor for units 1 and 2 was started. Setting and winding of stator sections on units 1, 2 and 3 con- tinued as did installation of air, oil and water piping in the pow- erhouse as well as electrical wir- ing and control panel installa- tions. Main transformers and oil dam and additional blanketing circuit breakers are being made was started near the end of the ready for service. southwest embankment. Erection of partitions continu- The flow of the Clark Fork, ed in the electrical bay. river is being passed over the , Finish work is continuing on spillway section and the reser- the operators' housing. voir is holding near an elevation FALLS MPC PERSONNEL WIN SAFETY AWARD The Thompson Falls plant of the Montana Power Co. Friday became the first in the utility's system to win the J. E. Corette Safety award. The plaque was presented to C. R. Duffield, plant manager, and employes by V. V. McDonnell of Butte, safety director, and Harry Mc- Cann. Missoula division manag- er. To win the award for 1958, personnel of the power com- pany plant here worked 31,034 Cuts No Show Engravings of Montana Pow - •r Co. personnel receiving the safety award and of the new city administration failed to arrive on schedule for this issue of the Ledger, necessitat- ing their use next week. The engravings were mailed from Kalispell Tuesday morning and should have arrived here Wednesday noon but, \the mail didn't come through.\ WANT ADS provide extra cash! largest number of safety -free hours for any of the 13 generat- ing plants in the Montana Power Co. system for 1958. Duffield said the local plant has had no lost -time accident since Jan. 20, 1954 and during that period has worked 162,215 man-hours. The Corrette safety award is new and the Thompson Falls plant is the first to win it. The presentation was made Friday noon at a safety meeting hours without a reportable in- of most of the plant's person - jury or lost -time accident—the I nel. TIMBER SALE TO OPEN NEW LOGGING AREA One of the more important timber sales in recent years in the Thompson Falls ranger dis- trict will be held June 15 when 9,580,000 board feet will be of- fered for sale in the Beatrice creek drainage area. The sale will be important, according to District Ranger Irwin Puphal, because it will open up an entirely new drain- age to logging The Forest Service plans con- struction this fall of two bridges and an intervening road to pro- vide access into the timber sale area. One of the bridges will be across the main Fishtrap creek and the other across Beatrice creek, which drains into the former. The sale in June will also open a second sale of smaller volume projected for the future in the Beatrice creek drainage, and will also open private tim- Kindergarten Graduation Set Graduation for the kinder- garten pupils of Mrs. Stephen D. Babcock will be held Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m. in the kinder- garten room in the grade school, Mrs. Babcock has announced. Parents and grandparents only of the pupils are invited to at- tend the program. Songs, poems and dramatiza- tions of \The Little Red Hen,\ \The Three Little Pigs,\ and \The Three Bears\ will be pre- sented by the boys and girls. Participating are Derry Con- klin, David Cross, Mary DeLong, Colleen Green, Jannine Green, Ramona Heater, Ray Hoff, Ron- nie Hoff, Bary Moore, Mike Craddick, Bobby Taylor, Janice Hagerman, Larry Vulles, Eddy Lacy, Theresa Stipe, Carol Turk, John Shear and Cynthia Baker. berland owned by the Northern Pacific Railway Co. and the Ana- conda Co. The June 15 sale will be by sealed bids only and will follow a new policy adopted for sales in the Lob o National forest eliminat- ing oral auctions following the opening of the sealed bids. Volumes by species involved in the Beatrice creek sale in- clude 4,500,000 board feet of ponderosa pine: 4.950.000 feet of Douglas fir and larch, 53,000 feet of lodgepole and 75,000 feet of white fir and hemlock. Banister Says Future 'Rosy' Glenn H. Larson, president, and P. B. Banister, cashier of the First State Bank, both ap- peared on the program for the Group III meeting of the Mon- tana Bankers Assn. held at Hamilton Saturday. Banister presented the \Key Banker Report,\ which provided a summary of economic condi- tions and the outlook for the future for the eight western Montana counties comprising the district. Banister told the group that the economic conditions for the future appeared optimistic based on prices and demand for small grains, beef and lumber, the major products of the area. Larson appeared on a panel discussion and spoke on \Safety Deposit Boxes, Rentals and Con- tracts.\ Other topics of the panel were: \Life Insurance Loans,\ \Bank Automation Pro- grams\ and \Service Char.'s and Other Bank Fees,\ R. B. Johnson of the Fizot National Bank of Plains loos elected vice president of the group.