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WITH THE BIG GAME SEASON at an end, several motorists were surprised to see this herd of cow elk grazing alongside Highway 200 east of Thompson Falls Sunday evening. Herd of about 17 cows has been roaming in the area between the highway and the Clark Fork River in the vicinity of the Thompson Falls Airport for the past several days, according to Wally Talsma. (Ledger photo) Now that was wet year for county That last great flood in Western Montana was more recent than you may have thought. It was only 13,000 years ago, not 20,000 as previously thought, when that great ice dam across the Clark Fork River canyon east of Clark Fork, Ida. \broke\ and unleased the water from Lake Missoula, which covered Thompson Falls by 200 feet. The , great flood of Western Montana, northern Idaho and east- ern Washington occurred when the ice age Lake Missoula, pooled up over much of western Montana by an ice dam east of Clark Fork, suddently collapsed. Water estimated at half the volume of Lake Michigan suddenly poured across the Columbia Plateau. leaving scars still visible. The flood probably lasted only a matter of days and apparently was the last and the biggest in a series of floods caused as ice advanced and retreated over the millennia. Previous estimates of the great flood, based on glacial evidence rather than direct dating, averaged about 20.000 years ago. nonal R. Mullineeux of the Geological Survey's Denver office in early November told the Geological Society of America convention in Seattle that the ash layers in the flood sediments matched ash found nearer Mt. St. Helens which could be dated by organic material under it. He said St. Helens' ash is particularly useful as a time marker because it alone among the volcanic Thompson Falls Hamilton Poison Missoula WESTERN MONTANA Missoula Glacial Lake Falls firms plan Yule drawings More than $600 in cash prize certificates will be given away in pre -Christmas drawings to be conducted the next three Saturdays by Thompson Falls area merchants, Gerry Petersen, president of the Thompson Falls-Noxon-Trout Creek Chamber of Commerce, announced Tuesday. The first drawing will be conduct- ed Saturday at 2 p.m. on Mill St. adjacent to Gambles if permission is obtained from the city to use the street, Petersen said. Saturday's drawing will be for $75. At the second drawing to be conducted Saturday, Dec. 10, the cash prize will be $160. The grand (Pleaseturn to p.8) The tveather Nov. 22 Nov. 23 Nov. 24 Nov.25 Nov. 26 Nov. 27 Nov. 28 21 11 0 26 18 .17 36 23 .18 36 26 .44 52 33 .47 43 31 .05 43 33 .01 ash layers found in the area is rich in a mineral known as cummingtonite. Lake Missoula stretched from Clark Fork, Ida. to almost Hot Springs on the north, into the Bitterroot Valley on the south and to a point east of Missoula. When the flood occurred, one geologist has stated that all of Spokane was submerged and that only the tip of Mount Spokane was likely visible. Shoreline marks, left by the lapping water, are still visible on Mount Jumbo on the east side of Dornblaser Field in Missoula and on the Camas hill which separates Hot Springs and Camas Prairie. Another great volcanic event in the Pacific Northwest, the Glacier Peak eruptions of 11,000 to 12,000 years ago, ha.s enabled a University of Washington geologist to map the retreat of the ice -age glaciers at that time. Stephen C. Porter says he has determined that where the ash fell on it, it would have been carried away when the ice melted. Where it fell on the ground, it remains today as a buried layer. The Glacier Peak eruption, which could have occurred after humans were in the area, laid down six feet of ash as far as 12 miles from the mountain. It threw half-inch pieces of pumic into Lake Chelan and sent flour -like ash over much of Washing- ton and parts of Idaho, Montana and southern Canada. STATL I;IS1011Ca. SOCIETY !!FtI7, rr:ITANA 59601 Sanders County Dos•.(1 Thompson edger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County THOM PSON FALLS, MONTANA 3987:1 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1977 Single Copy 'toe County to open bids Friday on addition A hearing on a proposed subdivis- ion, questions concerning insurance coverage for a new ambulance to be acquired by Thompson Falls and a pre -bid conference with prospective bidders on the addition to the Courthouse occupied Chairman George W. Wells and Commissioners Henry L. Gill and Norman Resler last week. Robert L. Fletcher and Conrad Peterson, who are proposing the Woodside Park Subdivision on Dry Creek, were present to explain and answer questions concerning their project at the hearing. Mrs. Harold Young questioned if the subdivision would generate enough tax base for the county to justify its authorization. It was explained that all roads in the subdivision must be completed to standards acceptable to the commiss- ioners before they will be approved and accepted for county mainten- ance. The commissioners took the plans for the subdivision under advise- ment. Wayne Hightower of Hightower & Wallace Construction Co. of Missoula and Mark' Rolfson of the Rolfson Co. of Polson were the only contractors attending the pre -bid conference. Also attending the conference was Lonnie Johnson, representing the architectural Firm of Howland and Associates of Hamilton. The commissioners will open bids Friday on the Courthouse addition. Work on the project must be underway by Dec. 9 to meet federal government deadlines. R. J. Trevithick advised the commissioners that the Thompson Falls EMT group plans to purchase a used ambulance from Arrow Ambu- lance of Missoula. He asked if the current insurance policy on the county -owned ambulance could be transferred to the new vehicle. The commissioners explained that since the federal government still holds title to the old ambulance, it cannot be disposed of and the insurance would have to be retained on that vehicle. They said they thought it possible that the new ambulance could be included in the county's blanket vehicle coverage and that this would result in a premium savings. BIDS WILL BE OPENED Friday for construc- tion of a new three-story addition to the Sanders County Courthouse. The addition will extend the full length of the building and will provide much needed additional vault The ambulance which Trevithick said the EMTs plan to acquire is a 1973 van -type ambulance, capable of transporting four patients. It has air conditioning in both rear and front and is equipped with suction and oxygen plus considerable cabinet space. In other business, Sidney Cross made the final payment to the county on the old Sanders County General Hospital building in Hot Springs. New County Agent Barry Bowles discussed weed policy in the county with the commissiohers. Health Nurse Sandra Paulson discussed a county health problem. The commissioners interviewed Shirley Sdao for the position of secretary to the board of county commissioners. Wages for a secre- tary are included in the EOP grant of over one half million dollars for the Courthouse addition project to pay for a secretary. The project will involve maintaining numerous re- cords and filing many reports during the course of construction. Exxon drills on Cougar Geologists for the Exxon Oil Co. have been conducting mineral exploration on several claims the firm has along the face of Cougar Peak for the past several weeks, according to Tom Squire, Thompson Falls district ranger. The drillers have been using portable drills carried as backpacks to accomplish the exploratory drilling, said Ken Shaffer, forester on the Thompson Falls DIM. The exploration work started around Oct. 1 and was discontinued, at least temporarily last week when snow and cold weather made the work difficult. Squires said the geologists are conducting a search for minerals. The exploratory work has been conducted from Deep Creek along the face of Cougar Peak. Squires said Exxon has several claims staked on Forest Service land on the peak. State given federal pass road funds WASHINGTON -The Federal High- way Administration has allocated $1,988,000 to complete highway improvements on the Thompson Pass Short-cut route in Sanders County west of Thompson Falls, Montana's democratic congressional delegation advised the Ledger Tuesday. Senators Lee Metcalf and John Melcher and Congressman Max Baucus said the funds were allocated to the Montana Dept. of Highways for grading, paving and bridge construction in the Thompson Pus and Prospect Creek areas. Reconstruction of the two remain- ing four -mile sections of the highway is expected to get underway in the spring. One bridge is to be erected across Prospect Creek and another on Cooper Creek. TT lira -777 Ill ow •••••••,... • • -- storage and office space. Construction work must get underway by Dec. 9 to protect the EDA grant of more than one half million dol- lars to the county. (Ledger photo) • • • '• . • a