Sanders County Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.) 1959-current, October 06, 1977, Image 1

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STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HELENA, EONTANA 59601 BISON RANGE COWBOYS drive a herd of buffalo at full speed toward the corrals Monday as part of ROUNDUP always attracts a crowd of adults and students. Here visitors crowd around one of the ANNUAL BISON RANGE ROUNDUP was directed by Babe May, foreman, the annual National Bison Range roundup. (Ledger photos) holding pens as range personnel haze an animal to- ward an inspection pen. and Bob Brown, new manage , of the range, right. This was May's 31st roundup. Buffalos stage 'wild show' MOIESE-- The best \wild west show\ in western Mont- ana was proceeding on sche- dule here this week as the staff at the National Bison Range conducted their annual roundup of the approximately 400 head of buffalo. The roundup got underway Mon- day morning and was sched- uled to be completed Wednes- day, providing the bison cooperated. And their cooper- ation is always a question mark. Among the interested spec- tators Tuesday - were eighth grade students from Thomp son Falls Elementary School. The group was lead by teacher John Stone and chaperones Lorraine Du - (Please turn to p. 6) Plains VFW sets opening PLAINS -Saturday, Oct. 22 has been chosen as the date which the Plains VFW Past is shooting for to stage the grand opening of its new club building, according to Corn mander Mike Scott. The new building replaces one destroyed by fire early this year. Facilities in the steel building will include a bar, eight bowling lanes in the basement, a club meeting room, kitchen and banquet facilities. Flodins get thither sale The Flodin-Bryce Logging Corp. has purchased the first timber sale in the Lolo National Forest to qualify under the new small business clause which became effective July 1 that permits the Forest Service to build necessary logging roads and then bill the purchaser as the timber is harvested. Flodin Bryce was the suc- cessful bidder at $312,677 for the Weeksville Creek sale of 3.1 million board feet. The sale necessitates the construc- tion of 10 miles of new road and 9.5 miles of reconstructed road. Road costs are estimat- ed at $155,000. The sale had been advertis• ed at $253.279. Other bidders were Plum Creek Lumber Co., Champion Timberlands, Missoula Whitepine & Sash Me weather Sept. 27 57 35 .01 Sept. 28 55 47 .28 Sept. 29 54 48 .56 Sept. 30 53 41 0 Oct. 1 58 43 0 Oct. 2 62 35 0 Oct. 3 60 32 0 Precipitation for the month • 3.08 Sanders County Do vid Thompson Single Copy 20c /Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County FALLS, MONTANA 59S73 Thursday, October 6, 1977 City may over take Falls golf course The Rivers Bend Golf Course may soon become a Thompson Falls municipal golf course if a proposal by golfers approved by the City Council Monday night wins approval from the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation for matching funds. Speaking for directors of the golf club corporation, Jim Cunningham outlined to the council in detail the request and proposal being made by the golfers. In effect, the golf club proposes deeding the golf course land to the city so that it would qualify for BOR matching funds equal to the appraised value of the land to be used for improvements and then having the council lease the golf course back to the golf club corporation to maintain and operate. No city tax funds would be involved. As Cunningham, explained, essentially what the club proposes is merely an ex- change of land ownership from the priva..e golf club corporation tc the city. Operation would continue as in the past. Ron Anaheim, BOR coordi- nator for the State Parks Division of the Montana Fish and Game Dept. answered questions by Mayor David Haase and other aldermen pertaining to the city's obliga tion. Aasheim said a similar arrangement now is in effect in about a dozen cities in the state, including Kalispell, Poison, Whitefish and Hamil- ton. lie said the city does accept an obligation to keep the land in perpetuity for a golf course or other recreation use once 11011 funds have been granted. It was pointed out that expenditure of 11011 grant funds would be handled through the city office, but that the operation and main tenance of the golf course would continue as present, and that the city would not be involved in hiring of mainten ance people, the purchase or care of equipment or any other golf course matters. While no appraisal has been made of the value of the golf course land and improve- ments, Aasheim twice used the figure of $200.000 in his comments to the council. Cunningham pointed out that the Hamilton golf club's course on 80 acres with a clubhouse was appraised at $450,000. Aasheim said that if the project received BOR authori- zation, when the land has been deeded to the city, BOK will provide the city with a check for one-half of the appraised value. \For in. stance,\ Aasheim said, \sup- pose the land is appraised at $200,000. When the course is deeded to the city, BOK will issue a check for $100,000. When that money has been spent for authorized course Improvements, and paid bills are supplied to the BOR, we would in turn reimburse the city for half of the amount spent, and so forth until the city obtains the full appraised price in BOR funds.\ Cunningham outlined a priority list of three improve- ment projects the golf course officials are proposing to make with the funds: I. Install a nearly automatic sprinkler irrigation system, using existing underground pipes and valves where possible and drill a well to provide potable water and for use as an alternate irrigation water source. The automatic system would cut the present maintenance work load about in half and permit more effort to be directed toward main- taining the course and im proving the greens and fairways as needed. 2. Reconstruct as many of the present greens as possible with the funds available. 3. Construct a storage building and clubhouse for storage of equipment and members clubs. Cunningham and Mrs. Mar- gie Rohwer, club pri-sident, pointed out that use of the golf course by non -club members has increased dra- matically during the past four years. Cited were the number of non-members registering to play golf during the peak months of July -August as being: 1974, 209 non-member golfers; 1975, 244; 1976, 328; 1977, 562. \The golf course is benefi- cial to the town not only as a recreation facility but also as an economic factor in that an increasing number of tourists are stopping to play a round of golf at Rivers Bend,\ said Cunningham. To minimize the city's bookkeeping work, a golf club committee will assist in keeping track of bills to be paid and other financial records regarding the BOR funds and expenditures. Cunningham said in order to obtain a 11011 grant, a government unit must act as sponsor project. He said the county had not been ap- proached because it was felt the town of Thompson Falls has a greater interest than the county as a whole. Action to approve the proposal was urged Monday night because of the necessity (Please turn to p. 4) County to require roadway permits Sanders County commis sioners have adopted a resolu tion to control the construc- tion of approaches to county roads and in some cases to require removal or changes in approaches which do not \contribute to the public safety and maintenance of the county roads.\ The resoltuion states in part: \ approachway or access from private property onto a county road or highway shall be constructed or per muted to remain in place. unless its placement shall have been first approved in writing by the commissioner in whose road district the proposed approach is locat- ed.\ Another paragraph of the resolution reads: \Existing approaches which have been constructed without authori- zation by the commissioner in whose road district they are located shall be removed or rebuilt in accordance with the directions of the appropriate county commissioner in rea- sonable time after notice is given to the affected land owner.\ The commissioners stated the action has been necessi- tated by placement of mobile homes and approaches in ways as to create a problem of TODD COMMERS has the ribbon he received at the o-mok-see Sunday tied on by his dad, Steve. Todd partici- pated rares drainage and encroachment on road right of -ways. In other action las* week, the commiss:oners discussed with Mike Barton of Missoula the possible public works grant to finance an addition to the Courthouse. Barton asked that if the grant is awarded to Sanders County that he be employed to administer the project. County Sanitarian Dave Marshall discussed the budget for his program. Jim Parker, pyschologist with the Community Mental Health program. discussed the program with the CORM114 stoners. in the tire and national flag

Sanders County Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.), 06 Oct. 1977, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.