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DOORS for new Plains VFW Club were opened Monday noon by Harry Scott, second from right, first commander of the Horse Plains Post, VFW, 3596. Among those on hand for the occasion were BAR in new VFW Club at Plains was built from a part of an old bowling alley from Missoula. Grand opening of the Plains club is scheduled Saturday, NOXON CHEAPEST Maurice Helterline, Mike Scott, present post com- mander, Margaret Scott and Otto Lehman, senior vice commander. Harry recalled first VFW club, which burned earlier this year, was opened in 1947. Oct. 29 with a dance as a part of the festivities. Only the bar opened Monday. (Ledger photos) Most tax bills lower in county For most Sanders County property owners, tax bills will be less this fall, but Noxon residents will pay the least and, as usual, it continues to he most expensive to own property within the city limits of Plains. Noxon residents will pay a total of $127.88 per $1.000 of taxable valuation while Plains city residents will be billed $243.56 for each $1,000 of taxable valuation. The figures include levies for schools, county government. Montana University System, soil districts, cemetery, rural fire districts and other special improvement districts where applicable. Noxon, as the lowest taxed area, succeeds last year's No. 1 location the Camas Prairie-Perma school district area. Primarily because the Washington Water Power Co. pays such a large share of the county's total tax hill, western Sanders County's Noxon and Trout Creek areas are the most economical, from a tax standpoint, areas in which to own property. Plains city residents have high tax bills because they are paying off bonds for their new city water system and new school buildings. Likewise, the new high school at Thompson Falls helps give that city area the second highest tax rate --$217.17 for every $1,000 of taxable valuation. Property owners in only two political subdivisions of the county will pay higher tax bills this year. They are the city of Thompson Falls and the Paradise school district area. Tax bills within the city of Thompson Falls will be $2.08 more per $1,000 taxable valuation. Camas Prairie-Perma property owners will pay $2.19 more. On the other hand, residents of Dixon will enjoy a reduction this fall of $45.71 per $1,000 taxable valuation. The Plains rural area tax bill drops $35.82. Hot Springs rural property owners get a tax cut of $24.45 and Hot Springs city residents a drop of $23.45. All of the reductions are based on the assumption that taxable valuations for both years are the same for an individual property owner. Contributing to the lower tax bills are reduced levies required this year in all of the county's high school districts. Dixon's sharp decline is due primarily to the closing of its high school lowering the tax levy needed to send its high school students elsewhere to attend high school. TAX levies for the 13 subdivisions per $1000 of taxable valuation for 19'77 and 1976 and the rankings for each year: Noxon II. Springs rural Trout Creek Perma Cam. Pr. Dixon Paradise T. Falls rural Whitepine Plains rural Ileum IL Springs city T. Falls city Plains city 77 Rank 2 77 Levies $127.88 130.18 135.41 138.13 5 141.31 6 153.88 7 161.71 162.28 9 168.67 10 172.86 11 193.18 12 217.17 13 243.56 76 Rank 3 4 2 1 9 7 6 6 10 8 12 11 13 Croup elects TC clerk The annual meeting of the Montana Assoc. of School Board Officials was held in Billings last week in conjunc- tion with the Montana School Board Assoc. meeting. Outgoing President Jack Zerr of Whitefish conducted the meetings. Newly elected president is Jack Ruddy of Libby. Mildred Fleming, district clerk of Noxon Public Schools, attended and was elected director from Dist. 1. The association is now divided into six districts. As chairman of the commit- tee to prepare a handbook for 76 Levies $145.77 154.63 138.59 136.03 187.03 170.69 167.33 168.33 197.49 173.98 215.51 215.09 259.49 the pegboard accounting sys tent for school districts, Mrs. Fleming presented the final draft to the assembly, who approved the printing of the handbook for distribution. Mrs. Benita Hansen of Plains was on the committee also. The weather Oct. 11 62 26 0 Oct. 12 65 28 0 Oct. 13 62 40 0 Oct. 14 63 34 0 Oct. 15 66 32 0 Oct. 16 69 35 0 Oct. 17 65 32 0 STATE HISTORICAL HELENA. HONTANA SOCIETY 59601 Sanders County Dovsci Thompson Single Copy 20' Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County THOM PSON FALLS, MONTANA 59873 Thursday, October 20, 1977 Big game season to open Sunday Game is where you find it and if Sunday is like opening days of the big game hunting seasons of the past, hunters will be everywhere in western Sanders County seeking elk and deer. The hunting season officially opens one-half hour before sunrise Sunday and will close in Sanders County one half hour after sunset Oct. 30 for the hunting of either sex elk and deer. Antlered bull and buck hunting will continue to be open Oct. 31 through Nov. 27. As usual, hunters will face early season problems of an abundance of cover from trees still retaining their leaves and noise the leaves create under- foot. September rains, however, have reduced the fire danger. The creek drainages in western Sanders County are expected to be filled with camps for out -of -area hunters. A review of carrent hunting regulations in brief follows: It's the magical time of year for Montana hunters with all sorts of seasons underway or soon to begin. Still others have run their span for the year. With the flurry of openings and closings, there's some confusion as to what can be hunted and what can't. Following is a summary of game seasons for 1977. Hunt era should check complete regulations for details. Hg Game Black bear: General black bear season is open now and runs through Nov. 2'7. Black bears are still roaming about but will begin hibernating as the weather cools. As a rule of -thumb, most have hol- ed up by mid November. Grizzly bear: Deer elk dis- tricts 150 and 280 are now open to grizzly hunting. District 101 east of Highway 93. districts 110, 130, 131. 140. 415, 424, 441 and 442, all in northwestern Montana will open Oct. 23. All will close no later than Nov. 27. The season will close earlier if a quota of 25 grizzlies is reached by any method, hunting or non -hunt- ing. To date, the latest revised figures on grizzly bear harvest show live taken by non -hunting and one taken by hunting. Deadline for purchasing grizzly hunting licenses was July 1. Deer and Elk: Most deer - elk hunting seasons have the same opening and closing dates. General firearm season is Oct. 23 through Nov. 27. Mountain goat: General season is Sept. 15 - Nov. 27. Licenses are not available. Mountain lion: General sea son is Dec. 1 through April 30, 1978. Hunting districts 150 and 280 open Sept. 15 and close Nov. 27. Deadline for purchasing lion licenses was July 1. Moose: Openings vary and are Sept. 15 or Oct. 23. Season closes Nov. 27. Licenses are not available. Bighorn Sheep: Season closes no later than Nov. 27. District 301 is now closed; districts 300, 500, 501, 502 and 503 close on 48 hours notice if quotas are neared. Licenses not available. Game Birds Mountain grouse 'blue, ruffed, Franklin's grouse): Season is Sept. 10 through Nov. 27. l'artridge (Hungarian and Chukars): West of the Conti- nental Divide (excepting Ra- valli County which is closed to partridge hunting) Oct. 23 through Nov. 27. The remain- der of the state, excepting closures, open now through Dec. 4. Ringnecked pheasants: West of the Continental Divide, open noon Oct. 23 through Nov. 27. East of the Continental Divide, noon Oct. 23 through Dec. 4. Waterfowl (See complete regulations for closures and exceptions) Pacific Flyway portion of Montana: Ducks, geese and Wilson's snipe, Oct. 1 through Jan. 1. Exceptions include parts of Flathead, Lake and Sanders counties, October 1 - Novem- ber 27. FS closes some roads With the arrival of hunting season and wet weather, local forest travelers may notice the closure of several roads on the Thompson Falls Ranger District. Roads closed will be the same as those restricted last year. Wilkes Ridge road 2142. Coyote Gulch road 1026. West Fork Crow Creek road 877, Buster Brown road 7644, tipper Lucky Boy 16190, Cougar Peak road 403.2 that mile) and the Eddy l'eak road 7600 (last mile) will be the specific closures. More details of the closures are outlined in the Lolo National Forest Travel Plan available at the Thompson Falls Ranger Sta lion. There are some printing errors on the maps so County employs new county agent Barry Bowles, a native of Lewiston. Id., has been employed as a new Sanders County Extension agent by the county commissioners and will assume his duties in mid November. Bowles is a graduate of Montana State University and has also done graduate work at MU. This is his first assignment as an extension agent. For the past 16 months he Leaf disposal area listed Da%e Marshall. Sanders County sanitarian, advises a place has been set aside at the Thompson Falls landfill for disposal of leaves, garden, and other compost material. This organic material will be available to anyone interest- ed. Use of the area set aside for compost material is volun tary. Marshall requests that no garbage, limbs, boards, pine needles or sawdust be dumped in this area. The organic matter may be hauled away whenever the dump is open, has been employed by the Montana Bank of Belgrade. Previ only he worked for the Navy Co. in Minneapolis and for the NGrthern Pacific Railway Co. as an assistant signal maintainer. Bowles and his wife. Mar- garet, have one daughter. He is a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, where he was a weather observer. Bowles has been active in civic organizations in Bel- grade. lie was a member of the Belgrade Fire Dept., treasurer of the Belgrade Jaycees and past chairman and member of the board of directors of the Belgrade Rodeo. Falls schools get holidays Friday and Monday will be holidays for Thompson Falls schools RN some teachers attend annual sessions of the Montana Education Assn. in Kalispell. The Montana School Ad- ministrators Assn. will con duct its annual meeting in Butte today and Friday also. in area everyone planning to get one is urged to check with the district if there is a question about an area. said Ranger Tom Squires. Roads are closed or restrict ed for a variety of reasons. Numerous roads in vast open areas cause an unbalanced encounter between man and animal resulting in smaller and smaller animal popula- tions. During the fall and spring, there is more road use at a time when the roads are wet and soft which increases maintenance costs not to mention the safety aspect. Another factor is the increas ing vandalism seen each year to Forest Service structures. The decision to close a road is not one strictly made by the Forest Service. Public input has gone into the travel plan to help make it what it is. It should be added that public input is still very important insofar as reporting violations that may occur. Violations on this district have been relit tively minor which points to good public cooperation on all aspects of the closures,\ said Squires We will he patrolling our areas to insure the closure is enforced Permits will not be issued to snow access into an area to retrieve game by using a motorized vehicle. \Again we urge people to ask questions if they are not certain and should anyone witness a violation of closure please cooperate by contact- ing the Forest Service or the Sanders County sheriffs of- fice. \Another area of closure will be the Forest Service mule pasture directly north of the city of Thompson Falls. The 360 -acre area is closed for hunting or shooting of any firearm or fireworks because of an increase in use of the area for hiking or jogging. The area is also leased as a horse pasture and borders the northern edge of the city. In short, we are afraid of a stray bullet and don't want to wait until something happens to take the appropriate action.\ said the district ranger. A formal notice and map of the closure will follow in the Ledger. TF High to again offer adult education program Thompson Falls High School will again offer an Adult Education Program this year beginning Nov. 1. The free daises will be held in the English room at Thompson Falls High School Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. The program will seek to attract and offer opportuni ties for participants ranging from beginning reading for the nonreader to attaining a high school equivalency certi- ficate. The program will offer concentrated practice studies to improve basic skills in English. math and the com- munication arts necessary for students preparing to coin plete requirements for a high school equivalent diploma. For those meeting the re quirements as set by the trustees of School Dist. 2 regular credit for secondary courses will also he offered. These classes will empha size individual instruction, informally conducted on a one to one basis. All grade levels will be served with materials emphasizing prarti cal work, whether it be for the purpose of a refresher course for the student, or an introduction to new informs tinn. Ed Longin and Blaine French will be the instructors Educational counseling will be available for those individuals who may require it. Persons may sign up for the classes, starting at whatever level is appropriate To Great Falls Bobbi Crawford, accom ;wiled by her husband. Harold, her daughter, Kathy Gregg and grandchildren. Eric and Lori. left Tuesday morning for Great Falls where Mrs. Crawford WM to attend Girl Scout training sessions.