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4 Melvin Hoy heads handicapped unit HOT SPRINGS --At a regional council meeting at Allentown Tuesday, June 19, it was decided that from July 1 for a period of four months the Little Bitterroot Special Services will be the governing board for the program in Hot Springs formerly governed by the corporation, Sanders County Services for the Handicapped. In four months it will be determined if community support is being the new board and if it is not new decisions will be made by the state. The new board consists of Melvin Hoy, chairman; Wilbur Rehmann and Vernon Beaver. Citizens are urged to contact their regional delegates for Sanders County regarding their questions or needs. Delegates for Sanders County are Vivran Balison and Richard Prongua, both of Hot Springs. LAMBS from this year's crop appearances occasionally near At a meeting earlier. Rehmann and Hoy were nominated for election as delegates to the regional post but were not elected. The action in turning the contract over to the Bitterroot board represents an about-face from what state officials had advited the two groups earlier. State officials stated that an entirely new group was to be formed. Sen. George McCallum attended the Allentown meeting and proposed a third board to be formed. McCallum asked that whichever group get the contract resign in favor of the third board. Su!lender agreed to this proposal, while by declined. July 1 the Little Bitterroot Special Services went into effect. Directors reinstated Don Dorsey as director. He in turn hired Jan Cole, secretary -bookkeeper, who had resigned earlier. are making their the Floyd Veach residence at the LHC shop near the mouth of Thompson River. Four of the youngsters were seen grazing with their mothers and a couple of other River flow real low Flow in the Clark Fork River is only about half of what it was during another recent dry year--1973--accord- ing to information supplied by Lyle \Tufty\ Smith of the Montana Power Co. June 27, the flow of the Clark Fork River was measur- ed at St. Regis had dropped to 3,850 cubic feet per second --a rate that would be considered normal for late August. A year ago, June 27. 1976, the flow was 19,800 cubic feet per second and in 1975. the flow on that same date was 41,100. The year 1974 could be considered about average. Smith said, and that year on June 27 the flow was 36,000 cubic feet per second. On the same date in 1973 --an ex- tremely dry year --the flow on June 27 was only 7,150 cubic feet per second, but still almost twice of the flow in the river this year on that same June date. ewes Saturday morning. When the flock is concerned, the lambs arc the first to head for the rocks and are the last to come down. One ewe usually acts as a baby sitter for all of the lambs. (Ledger photo) Sanders County David Thompson Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County THOM PSON FALLS, MONTANA 59873 Moose on the loose A moose was on the loose in the residential area near the Forest Service Mule pasture Sunday. Mrs. Faith F'ranck said her husband, Claude \Spud\, was surprised as he stepped out the rear of their home and saw the young cow running through their yard, its tongue hanging out and being pur- sued by dogs. The moose ran towards the home of M&M Norman Knudsen and then to the Harold Young residence. Residents have reported seeing a moose in the mule pasture earlier this summer. Max to run for Senate Western Montana Repre- sentative Max Baucus an- nounced his candidacy Mon- day for the U. S. Senate seat now held by Lee Metcalf. Baucus, in Butte for the Mining City's Independence Day parade, made his an- nouncement at a special early irthrning \press breakfast.\ Book shows Hill work TROUT CREEK -The work of woodcarver Don Hill of Trout Creek is included in a new book on wood working just issued by Taunton Press of Newtown, Conn. The book is entitled, \Fine Woodwork- ing Biennial Design Book.\ A photograph of a wood carving by Hill is one of 600 included in the slick paper volume. The editors note that the 600 photographs included in the book were chosen from among 8,000 submitted by wood workers all over the nation. The book seeks to \show the highly creative and incredibly varied work being done today,\ the author notes. Minister to s isit here The Rev. Howard Hunt of Fresno. Ca. will arrive in Thompson Falls Friday and will conduct services Sunday at both the Community Congregational Church here and the Trout Creek Com- munity Church. The Rev. Hunt is a candidate for the position of pastor of the two churches. • property line of the mill adjoining Highway 200. SOLAR PANELS on roof of McCarthy residence Plans are to stain the fence. (Ledger photo) cause some persons to think the roof is under July 7, 1977 Single Copy I5 County dads buy six patrol cars Six 1974 Plymouth Montana Highway Patrol cars have been purchased by the Sand- ers County commissioners with federal revenue sharing funds and are being assigned to the sheriffs office, accord- ing to Chairman George W. Wells. Wells and six other county employes went to Missoula Thursday to drive the vehic- les home. The cars were purchased for $975 each. Wells and Commissioners Henry L. Gill and Norman E. Resler explained that the purchase of the used vehicles is a \pilot program\ for Sanders County in an effort to reduce mileage costs in the sheriffs office. Up to now, officers have furnished their own cars and been reimbursed at a rate of 15 cents per mile for using their car. With the county owning the cars, savings can be achieved on insurance, on gasoline since the county does not have to pay state taxes and by buying tires at the state price. Wells said the county plans to contract with service stations in each community for the purchase of gas for the county patrol cars. The cars will be covered by the county's blanket liability insurance policy. No collision insurance will be carried on the cars. The commissioners noted that Sheriff A. H. Cheney had requested $25,000 for travel costs for the 1977-78 fiscal year. The sheriffs office for the past few years has requested that money be included in its AT McCARTHY HOME budget for purchase of coun- ty-owneti patrol cars in an effort to achieve mileage savings. The commissioners stated that the purchase of the used patrol cars is being accomp- lished with revenue sharing funds and the money is not being taken out of the sheriff's budget. Wells said the commission- ers would assess the program pod determine how long the cars should be kept. It may be necessary for the county to replace them next year or they may be kept for two years, depending upon how well they stand up. Wells said. Wells said the sixth car was purchased as a standby replacement in the event one of the others breaks down or needs repairs. Sun cuts cost of heating pool PLAINS --Having a home heated swimming pool in western Montana now in a time of a water shortage and during a drive to conserve energy might seem like an extravagant luxury, but not for Larry and Peg McCarthy and their family. The water in their pool was initially put in in the fall of 1976 and most of the heat used to warm the water is provided by solar power --and it's free. The McCarthys and their daughters --Colleen. Erin and Meghan-'enjoy their outdoor pool from April through October. During the sorer:ET months, Larry estimates that 90 to 95 per cent of the heat used to warm the water to a 72 degree temperature comes from the solar panels installed on the roof of the McCarthy residen v. An oil -fired heater supplements the solar heat in the spring and fall months. The 16 by 36 -foot pool contains 18,000 gallons of water, all of which is filtered evey eight hours. The pool loses some water each day-- the water that is splashed over the sides when someone dives in or when a swimmer leaves and some water also is lost to evaporation, but the amount is only small. The water that is replaced to bring the pool back up to full is the only new water added. The pool was filled originally in the fall of 1975 and because the water is filtered every eight hours, some of the original water is still in the pool. \We never empty it.\ explains McCarthy. \Even during the winter months, the water remains in the pool.\ Solar panels installed on the ri,of of the McCarthy home can raise the temperature of the water about eight degrees during a sunny day. During the summer months, the solar system must be turned off to prevent it from heating the water above the 90 -degree limit. The solar system consists of the black panels on the roof, a pump to pump the water in a thin film under the solar panels and the pool, which serves as the reservoir. A photo -electric heat sensor on the roof opens a valve and starts the solar system to work when the heat from the sun reaches a certain tem- perature. The solar system cost McCarthy an extra $1.000 to install. This cost was reduced because the pool serves as the reservoir and thus a water storage tank is not needed. Also, the same pump that is used for the water filtering system also serves to circul- ate the water up to the solar panels. The pool is a fiberglass shell made in Spokane and was transported in one piece to the McCarthy home. A crane lifted it into place. The insulated shell was placed above ground and then gravel and sand backfilled around It and a concrete deck poured around the pool edge. The investment for pool and solar system plus the (Please turn to p. 6) • r - tor uram - z sr r se • au III NIP • U, IMP IR. IK 311 ii 11111 • IL la EL NM MN A NEW RAIL FENCE is being installed at the Thompson Falls Lumber Co. by Bill Keller, left, and Chuck Draszt. The fence is being built along the repair. A