Sanders County Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.) 1959-current, June 02, 1977, Image 1

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PAUL ALEXANDER displays headboard, chairs, table and lamp he is furnishing for the Rimrock Motel. Chairs were purchased knocked down and \\usesa 4 . a Paul assembled and finished them, but he built headboards, lamps, tables, vanity benches and nightstands from scratch. (Ledger photos) Firemen inn out graimistand fire Thompson Falls firemen extinguished a blaze in the grandstand at Ainsworth Field Sunday night. FINISH for headboards for the Rim- Alexander's two helpers --Bonnie rock Motel beds was applied by Paul Alexander and Bobbi Greenough. Rimrock Motel 'locally made' The new Rimrock Motel, scheduled to open for business by mid -June will have the distinction of being built and equipped almost entirely by local firms utilizins„ insofar as possible, local manufactured products. John Lawrence, owner, said the first six of the motel's 12 units will be opened by mid month and the six units on the top floor opened two or three weeks later. \Almost everything used in the motel has either been produced locally or purchased from local firms,\ Lawrence stated. Nolan Parker is the general contractor. Tuell Electric has the electric contract and Everett McKenzie is instal- ling the plumbing. Cedar siding for the exter- ior of the building has been supplied by the Watters brothers Lumber Co, mill. The shake shingles were made by It and It Industries, the local firm that also supplied the moulding for trim. Furniture beds, tables, mirror frames, night stands, lamps and vanity benches --are being built by Alexander Furniture, a new firm owned and operated by Paul Alexan der, local artisan. Alexander said the furni- ture is being constructed of Idaho whitepine supplied by Walters Brothers. The furni- ture is watersealed and stained and then coated with Varathane. The top surface of the tables is also finished with a polymer coating. Alexander is building two double beds for each unit. \All of the furniture is put together with dowels,\ Alex- ander said. The night stand contains one drawer and will be attached to the wall between the two beds. Alexander has been build- ing beds, both water and conventional, for several months. In addition to making beds and tables, he also constructs cabinets for instal- lation in homes. Other local suppliers for the Rimrock Motel are: Perfataping and glitter ceilings, Woody Hermann; painting, Doris Edwardson; exterior fencing posts and rails, Les and Dede Hodges; room television sets, Gam- bles; framing of interior wall pictures, Green Mountain Manufacturing of Trout Creek; topsoil, Louie May- field. The rooms are fully carpet- ed and air conditioned. The motel will have electric heat with each unit controlled individually. A PBX tele- phone system is being instal- led that permits occupants to dial direct. Dixie Aldrich, manager of (Please turn to p.2) LIBRARY . MONTINA FIF:1•ORTAL SOCIFP Hete , r3 Monti na 59601 Sanders County David Thompson Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County THOM PSON FALLS, MONTANA )9 June 2, 1977 Single Copy 15 Strike affects 60 Noxon workers NOXON-All new construc- tion work at the Noxon Rapids Hydroelectric Project is at a standstill as a result of Judge sets county visit Gov. Thomas Judge's office has announced that he plans to visit with voters in Thompson Falls Tuesday, June 14. The location and time of Govenor Judge's listening session will be announced later. County extends nursing contract After consiierable discus- sion at their meeting Thurs- day. the Sanders County commissioners voted unani- mously to extend the contract with the Clark Fork Valley Hospital for providing public health services for the county through the month of June in the amount of $1100, l'rior to the decision, Margery Hubbard and Alice Dettwiler, registered nurses, gave report of their activities during the past three months. Supt. Neil Hellickson of Plains and Principal Walt Clark of Thompson Falls stated they were pleased with ther service their schools had received during the three month trial period. In other business Thursday, Sheriff A.H. Cheney and Jim EnAtham. coordinstor for the EMS Council. and District Ranger Tom Squ:7e discussed the EMS program in Sanders Count y. Discussed in p trticular was the possible installation of an ambulance communications system to be erected on Green Mountain at a cost of $8,124. EMS funds would finance 75 per cent of the cost and the county the remaining 25 per cent. The commissioners delayed formal action on the proposal until additional information is available and the county's budget for next year is more firm. Sheriff Cheney and Jack Zechman also met with the board to discuss radio equip ment for the county. Appraisal work begins A team of four property appraisers employed by the State Dept. of Revenue was scheduled to begin appraising residences this week in the towns of Thompson Falls, Plains and Hot Springs. The team is coming here from Missoula. Ed Hartman, Sanders County appraiser, said the team is expected to be working in the county about six weeks. The team is scheduled to appraise resi- dences in Thompson Falls first. Hartman said the appraia ers may also value some small businesses. The new housing values are not expected to be placed on the tax rolls until all property in the state has been re evaluated. Town to sell land today 1 he Town of Thompson Falls will sell two surplus parcels of land at an oral auction tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall with proceeds earmarked for the new city swimming pool. To be sold are Hougland Park, lots 6 through 11 ii block 24 on Preston Ave., the site of the old swimming pool. and a tract containing 2.01 acres located south of the Clark Fork River near Prospect Creek. The latter site was once ti: , m1 as a town dump about a half a century ago. Hougland l'ark has been appraised at $8,500 and the old dump site at $6,500. Only persons submitting written bids will be eligible to participate in the oral bidding. Written bids must be for at least 90 per cent of the appraised value and must be accompanied by a 15 per cent deposit. the strike by laborers against contractors in Montana. A- bout 60 workers employed on the project to install a fifth generating unit at Noxon Rapids are affected by the shut down, according to Alan Smith, project superinten- dent. The laborers began their strike Wednesday, May 25. Only a few supervisory and office employes. who are non-union, are remaining on the job. Striking laborers are pick- eting the Noxon Rapids site. The strike has affected operating engineers, iron workers, carpenters, electric- ians and all other construction employes. Smith said most of the concrete work on the $19 million job is completed. When the strike is settled, work will resume on assem- bling the turbine. The fifth unit is scheduled to be completed and under test by Nov. 1. Noxon Rapids originally was built to house five generator units Lut only four were installed at the time the dam was built. The bay for the 120,000 kilowatt generator and turbine was installed at the time the dam was built. Tax relief forms for homes ready Application forms for quell fication under the state funded Homestead Tax Relief Act are now vitilable in the Sanders County d Nsessor's office. Any person who owns the dwelling in which he or she lives is eligible to apply for this property tax relief. The Homestead Tax Relief Act is available to homeowners, mobile homeowners, condo- minum owners and all other persons who own and live in their own dwelling. This includes persons who own apartment houses, duplexes, and other multi family dwel lings as long as the owner lives in one unit of the structure. The relief granted ia LIB se ca 11,1.0 - .J on the value of the single unit occupied by the owner. No one may qualify for this tax relief who has rented or leased the dwelling to another person for more than three months during toe period June 30, 1976 to June 30, 1977. Applications must be com- pleted and returned to the county assessor's office prior to 5 p.m. June 30, 1977 No late applications will he accepted. All Sanders County residents having questions concerning the applieation form or qualifications under the Homestead Tax Relief Act are invited to contact the County Assessor's office. \Applicants should also bring their social security numbers to the assessor's office so the form may be completed there. Please if possible have your correct discription where your dwel- ling is located. This can be found on the yellow assess- ment sheet that y Nu received in the mail from the assessor's office.\ said Mrs. Brauer. County dads list courthouse needs The need for additional office and vault storage space in the Courthouse and a new jail complex was discussed by Sanders County Commission- ers George W. Wells, chair- man, hi nry L. Gill and Norman E. Resler with members of the Thompson Falls Chamber of Commerce at a Thursday noon luncheon at the Rimrock. Chairman Wells told the group. \We must get more vault space and we would like to have a new jail complex.\ He noted that Courthouse records now are being stored on the floor and in the aisles of the vault, because all of the space on shelves and in files are filled. In addition, some records are being stored in a room with other equipment that provides no fire pro- tection. Even though the clerk and recorder's office now uses microfilm this does not reduce the requirement for additional storage space. The commis sioners pointed out that original records must be retained and that microfilm ing is used primarily because it is faster, more convenient and easier to use than searching through old re cords. The meeting Thursday was arranged by Chamber Presi- dent Gerry Petersen to offer to the commissioners any help the chamber could provide in achieving the Courthouse' addition. Commissioner Gill pointed out that the State Dept. of Health and Environmental Sciences is continuing to place pressure on the county to provide modern and adequate jail facilities. He noted that unless the county builds a new jail soon, the state may force the jail to be closed and force the county to take prisoners to jails in other counties and pay for their transportation and keep. Gill also stressed the need for additional office space. Particularly crowded at pre sent are the treasurer's and clerk and recorder's offices. \We are constantly being forced to turn down requests for additional office space,\ Gill pointed out. \The driver license examiner now has to be stationed in the courtroom. A request last week for office space for four state appraisers coming to Thomp- son Falls this week was rejected because none is available. Wells noted that the county has its architect, Howland and Associates of Hamilton, pre- paring preliminary plans for a proposed addition to the Courthouse to be added to the east side of the building. Vault storage space would be located on the ground or basement floor and additional office space on the main floor. The county expects to file an application this month on a renewed request for an EDA grant of about $100,000 to finance the addition. However, the commission- ers noted that the EDA funds would not be sufficient to build a jail and that other funds will be needed for that. The county has allocated to date about $83,000 in revenue sharing funds for county buildings and this money along with possible other grants could be used for the jail with a supplemental bond issue, if needed. \Our No. 1 priority is more space for the Courthouse,\ Wells stated. The commission- ers +aid the building additions would probably have to be built in two stages -vault and office space in one and the jail complex with offices for the sheriff's department in the second stage. Sheriff All. Cheney noted that several days a month. both he and the undersheriff are forced to vacate their offices when the parole and juvenile officers come to Thompson Falls and need a private office to interview prisoners and juveniles. Sheriff Cheney said the new jail should provide facilities to separate adult and juvenile prisoners and males from females. He said it is also (Please turn to p.2) 4

Sanders County Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.), 02 June 1977, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.