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be '7 ler • • • . • ... • • ...... 0011101.0 MM. 4.11.1•1 MOW Olin, Minn WON --- ...... ••••••• • ..... • ....... . . ................... VW* 1*. •ikee• It • - SANDERS COUNTY scenes, wildlife and activities are featured in today's Holiday Pic- torial printed in blue ink. The annual Ledger edition contains holiday greetings from Sanders County firms and businesses. This is a scene of the bridge across the Clark Fork River on the Paradise -St. Regis cut-off road. Backers, foes equal on Clark Fork dams Support and opposition to con- struction of hydroelectric projects on the Flathead and Clark Fork rivers in Lake and Sanders County is just about equally divided, according to a summary of statements from the public reported by the Corps of Engineers in a Studygram mailed to interested persons last week. Among organizations and indivi- duals expressing clear-cut opposition or support for the projects, the opponents outnumbered supporters 19 to 18. Twelve organizations favored development while only three organizations expressed op- position. However, among indivi- duals, the opponents outnumbered dam supporters 16 to 6. Several orminizations expressed no preference yet and 13 asked that they be supplied with additional information before making any decision. Knowles Dam drew the most opposition --five to one. The lone supporter was from St. Ignatius. Quartz Creek drew mixed com- ments - : some favoring and others opposing it. The Eastern Sanders Conserva- tion Dist. wrote the Corps of Engineers stating it opposes Know- les Dam. John D. Welch, study manager for the Flathead -Clark Fork River Basis Hydropower Study, states in the studygram, \Our preliminary econo- mic, engineering and environmental studies are continuing. However, power studies conducted so far indicates that hydroplant capacities Bank to extend daily lobby hours The First State Bank of Montana will be remaining open longer hours, Bill Manley, president, announced this week. The new schedule of lobby window service becomes effective Monday, Dec. 19. The new hours will see the lobby remaining open until 4 p.m. Monday Tuesday and Thursday. until 5 p.m. Fridays and as usual, until 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The bank will open each day at 9 a.m. \Because of these longer hours, it will become more difficult to meet our deadlines for handling the volume of paperwork generated each day,\ Manley pointed out. \Because of this, our tellers will close their windows for the business day around 2 p.m. This will be done on a staggered basis and deposits and payments arriving after 2 p.m. may not be posted until the following business day. \We hope that the increased hours of service to our customers will more than make up for any inconvenience caused by posting late afternoon deposits the following day,\ Manley stated. would be less than what was indicated in our December 1976 studygram. We are in the process of verifying the power studies and are developing cost estimates to deter- mine the economic feasibility of the hydrosites. The information will be published in the next draft of our public brochure late this winter or in the early spring of 1978. A public meeting will then be held to discuss results of our preliminary studies and the desirability of conducting more detailed studies of any hydrosites that show develop- ment possibilities.\ STATE HISTCRICa. HELE::A, EOliTAUA Choir to give cantata at TC TROUT CREEK -The Trout Creek Community choir will present the John Peterson cantais, \Love Transcending\ Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Trout Creek Community Church. All area residents are invited to attend. Carols will be sung following +he cantata. :*•%.01409.41. , 604001040 ..\ 9 .04411110 1 4.00.16009400010.0twis gma*.a4di two *1 liolidat.4 Pictorial sectic\) 35 1410 This Issue Only Sanders County ()arid Thompson ct- Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA 59873 Single Copy 20e Commissioners, weed board talk. policy A discussion of a new general policy concerning weed control, conditional approval of a subdivision and appointment of nine directors of various county boards occupied Sanders County commissioners at their December session. The commissioners discussed with members of the Sanders County Weed Control Board the general policy concerning methods of weed control along county and state rights -of -way to meet changes in the new state weed control laws. The state law stipulates that the use of mowing and other methods of weed irradication should be utilized on a selective basis in addition to a chemical spraying. The law states the weed control board should be selective in use of weed control methods and that weed control Cabinets lure more visitors NOXON--Outdoor recreation visits to the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness are increasing, and have doubled during the past 12 years, according to statistics supplied by the U. S. Forest Service. During 1976, the Cabinets recorded 19,600 visitor days, compared to 9,600 in 1965. A visit day consists of one person staying in the area for 12 hours; 12 people for one hour each or two persons for six hours each. Total visitor days recorded for the six wilderness regions in the area in the Northern Region in 1976 are 502,400 compared to 262,700 in 1965. Wilderness areas for which visits were recorded in addition to the Cabinet Mountains included the Anaconda-Pintler, Bob Marshall, Gates -of -the -Mountains, Mission Mountains and Selway-Bitterroot. Visitor days use in climbing for the national forests of the Region. In 1965, the visits for the 13 forests of the region totaled 8.9 million. In 1975, the total had grown to 10.7 million days. In the Lolo National Forest, visitor days more than doubled in the 12 -year period --from 404,000 in 1965 to 1,416,600 in 1976. The weather Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec. 8 Dec. 9 Dec. 10 Dec.11 Dec. 12 25 32 42 40 32 24 .72 41 28 .30 30 16 .07 18 .10 20 .38 ao .44 32 .2o ‘,4 1 4101606164 .- 41141 4 i :4441# GIRL SCOUTS caroled throughout the city last week amidst a snowstorm. Stopping in front of the Ledger office were, front row from left, Marissa Brauer, Niki Douglas, Lisa Zook, Debra Ouitt, Geneva Brotherton, Naomi Morkert and Jodi Palmer; middle row, Serina Jellison, Angela Payola, Shelly VanNieuwenhuyzen, Marie Jo Tuell, LaTanya Elliott; back row, leaders Vernette Brauer, Faith Tuell and Jackie Akins. (Ledger photo) should not be dependent solely on roadside boom chemical spraying. Weed board members meeting with the commissioners were Don Naegeli, Ed Magera, Loyal White, Joe Holland, County Agent Barry Bowles, Mary Wheeler, board secretary, and Delbert Vannice, working supervisor. The commissioners voted to give conditional approval to Robert Fletcher of a preliminary plate of the Woodside Park subdivision on Dry Creek. The nine board appointments made include: Sanders County Fair Board --Carl Clark and State Sen. George McCallum, two-year terms; Hot Springs TV Dist. -Emil Marsh, three years; Thompson Falls Refuse Disposal Dist -Norman Williams, Robert H. Butte, two years; Thompson Falls TV Dist. --Louis Dufresne, three years; Paradise Refuse Dist. --Agnes Og- den and Robert Stephens, two years each; Plains TV Dist. --Bert Proctor, three years. Maplids*alb.pilms Pyw o d a p d . pip, pa, cr,.. Is\ Santa schedules visit Saturday Santa Claus will make his annual visit to Thompson Falls Saturday afternoon to provide goodies to young- sters who attend the free show being sponsored Satur- day afternoon by the Thompson Falls-Noxon-Trout Creek Chamber of Commerce at the Rex Theater. The movie scheduled to precede Santa's visit is \Jack the Giant Killer.\ It will start at 2 p.m. and be out at 3:35 p.m. Admission to the movie Is free for all youngsters of the Thompson Falls area. Santa's visit has been arranged through Ron Calvird, according to chamber president, Gerry Petersen. e>ak lbw& v.s& o, ism C da a dlik Cs JO I• Puirbisikailhookaighailbdoslia MAGGIE HIETALA of Thompson Falls was the winner of last Saturday's cash certificate drawing sponsored by the Thomp- son Falls-Noxon-Trout Creek Chamber of Commerce. Maggie won the $175 in cash -certificates she displays here. Certificates are spendable in all stores or firms participating in the drawings. Final drawings will be staged Saturday at 2 p.m. with three prizes offered: $275, $175 and $75. Tickets are available at any participating firm and no purchase is neces- sary. (Ledger photo) ; 1