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state .stort. soci.ety Sanders County Ledger Helena, Montana - Vol. 54 No. 28 Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA. Thursday, Sept. 17, 1959 PLOT STRATEGY—Plotting strategy for the ting guard, Norman Allen, assistant coach, W. Blue Hawks' conference opener here Saturday J. (Buck) Prueninger, head coach, Jeff Wollas- against Ronan are Everett McKenzie, hard hit- ton, fullback, and Quarterback Arden Davis. THE LINEUP—These 12 Blue Hawks along with David Holt and Roger Curran, not pictured, will draw starting assignments against Ronan Satur- day. In the line, left to right, are Wally Page, Gary Hanson, Jim Crabtree, George LaFriniere, Everett McKenzie, and John Long. Arden Davis, Jeff moyer. (Ledger photo) HAWKS TROUNCE TROY, FACE RONAN SATURDAY With a 25 to 14 conquest of the pass snatching of Wally Troy tucked under their wings, I Page and the hard tackling of the Thompson Falls Blue Hawks open their Northwest Division class B competition against the Ronan Chiefs e at Ainsworth field at 2 p.m. Saturday. Coach W. J. (Buck) Prueninger said Tuesday that overall he was pleased with the squad's perfor- mance against Troy, \although we found some weak spots.\ He singled out the work of Everett McKenzie as the \out- standing lineman of the game,\ Swimming Pool Closed for Season The new community swim- ming pool has been closed for the season because of the con- tinuing cool and rainy weather, Mayor M. C. Sutherland an- nounced Tuesday. He pointed out that consider- able cost to the city is involved in keeping the pool's water heat- ed and ready for use on warm days and that the little use that youngsters are getting from the pool the past few days does not warrant keeping it open. The pool drew heavy use Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week when the sun shone brightly and the mercury climb- ed well into the 80s. Mayor Sutherland expressed the city's appreciation to indivi- duals who donated their time as lifeguards and added that city officials are also pleased with the patronage the pool received and the nice comments made by in- dividuals concerning the project. Mrs. John Perry Joins Faculty Mrs. John Perry of Columbia Falls has been employed as an additional second grade teacher for the Thompson Falls elemen- tary school, Supt. Everett W. Long reported Tuesday. She be- gan teaching Tuesday. Mrs. Perry received her bach- elors degree in education from Montana State university in June. Prior to last year, she taught four years in the Colum- bia Falls grade school and also in the Havre school system. She obtained her two-year certificate from EMC, Billings. Fullback Jeff Wollaston for special praise in Saturday's game. Page caught two passes, the only two thrown to him as the Hawks completed four of five aerial attempts. The Hawk mentor also said he was pleased with the showing the inexperienced linemen made —Ronnie Sands at end, Jim Crabtree and Gary Hanson at tackle and David Holt at guard. He predicted a tough game with Ronan Saturday. \They'll be heavier and more experienc- ed than us.\ Ronan's outstanding back is George White, the boy who lost a hand and two fingers from his other hand in a chem- istry accident in his home last winter. Slated for starting assign- ments against the Chiefs are: Roger Curran or Arden Davis, quarteback; Jeff Wollaston, full- back; Ernest Schmoyer and David McKenzie or Curran, half- backs; Wally Page and Ronnie Sands or John Long, ends; Jim Crabtree, Gary Hanson or Mike Marich, tackles; Everett McKen- zie and David Holt or Davis, guards, and George LaFriniere, center. The Hawks overpowered the Trojans in the last half at Troy Saturday after the Trojans held a 14-12 lead at the intermission. Troy scored first in the initial quarter on a seven -yard burst by Johnson, who also ran the extra point. Thompson Falls came back late in the period on a 40 -yard sprint by Schmoyer. The conversion attempt failed. Troy scored early in the second frame when Walen went over from the 12 after a sustained drive. Just before the half Wol- laston capped a 45 -yard march for the Blue Hawks going over from the four. Again the extra point try failed. In the third period, Schmoyer hit pay dirt for the second time from 18 yards out. Brauer kick- ed the extra point. Thompson Falls held Troy in check for the rest of the half, and picked up a final td late in the fourth on a one -yard plunge by Brauer. His place kick for the extra point went astray. Troy. 7 7 0 0-14 T. Falls Mike Marich, Ronnie Sands Backs are David McKenzie, Wollaston and Ernest Sch- The Weather - Date Max. Min. Sept. 9 76 33 Sept. 10 83 37 Sept. 11 89 -49 Sept. 12 90 44 Sept. 13 84 57 Sept. 14 72 57 Sept. 15 67 51 Prec. .16 .26 .66 Bob Dubia Hurt By Falling Tree Bob Dubia, young Thompson Falls logger, was believed to be recovering as well as could be expected this week from severe jaw and leg injuries received in a logging acident on Fishtrap creek Saturday morning. Dubia suffered a crushed left jaw, broken right jaw and a fractured left leg when he was struck by a tree. He was found by John Woods of Hot Springs, who along with Rush Balison, also of Hot Springs, were log- ging with Dubia in the area for Lyle Fisher, Hot Springs log- ging contractor. The three men fashioned a splint for his leg and then im- provised a stretcher from poles, a pair of pants and a jacket to carry him several hundred yards to their pickup. On the road they met a Flodin-Bryce Logging Co. superintendent, who had a radio in his vehicle and was able to notify the sheriff's office of the accident. Sheriff Wally Britton and Dr. C. E. Rosdahl reached them on the Thompson river road and rushed Dubia to the Sanders County General hospital. Sheriff Britton said the ac- cident occurred when a tree Dubia had cut down lodged in another. While attempting to cut down the second tree, the tree fell without warning and struck Dubia. \He never knew what hit him,\ commented Sheriff Britton. A metal denture cut and damaged the inside of Dubia's mouth. Physicans had to cut the denture in two pieces to remove it. Dubia was moved to a Mis- soula hospital this week for special treatment. T(RK)Al._ SOCIETY OF moNTANA HELENA Single Copy 10t Dam Tour Set Monday night, directors of the Thompson Falls-Noxon chamber will tour the Noxon Rapids pow- er plant with John Graham, sup- erintendent, before conducting 6 6 7 6-25 a business meeting. Sanders to Become State's Most 'Powerful' County Soon Sometime early next year Sanders county will become the \most powerful\ county in Mon- tana from the standpoint of elec- trical energy produced within its borders. The moment that it achieves that title will come when the third generator at the Washing- ton Water Power Co.'s Noxon Rapids hydro -electric develop- ment is placed on the line. The third generating unit is sche- duled to be placed in operation March 1, 1960. Currently, with only one of the four generators in operation at Noxon Rapids, the county ranks fourth in electrical power production among Montana's 56 counties—behind Flathead. Cas- cade and Lake counties. Another distinction due to accrue to the county next year will be that of reaping more pro- perty tax payment from private enterprise electric power plants than any other county in the state. And once Sanders county achi- eves the title of Montana's \most powerful county\ and the state's largest recipient of pro- perty taxes from electrical gen- erating plants, it is highly pro- bable that Sanders county will retain the distinction of being No. 1 in these two categories for years to come. Future hydro -electric con- struction programs being plan- ned or proposed for Sanders county will even more firmly establish the county's top status as a power producer and tax re- cipient. Redevelopment by the Mon- tana Power Co. of the Thompson Falls plant will increase its cap- acity to 75,000 kilowatts from the present 40,000 and also re- sult in a large increase in taxes paid by the utility. Montana Power now has a request OVER MILLION TROUT PLANTED IN RESERVOIR More than one million Rainbow trout have been planted in the Noxon Rapids lake this summer, J. J. (Bud) Gaffney, Montana Fish and Game Dept. biologist in charge of the Noxon Rapids re- habilitation program, reported this week. The trout ranged in size from 1 1 / 4 1 to 5 inches. The fish plants in Noxon Rapids weighed almost three tons—totaling 5858 pounds. The fish were raised at the Arlee and Hamilton state hatcheries and at the federal hatchery in Bozeman. In addition to the Noxon Rapids lake plants, an addition- al 162,885 Rainbows weighing 1,468 were planted in the Cab- inet Gorge lake, Gaffney said. Trustees Approve City Library Plan for Students Trustees of School Dist. No. 2 approved a proposal to pay $75 to the city library to permit all high school students full use of the --- etty library during the school year. The proposal is subject to approval by the city council. Since discontinuation of the bookmobile program, the city library no longer receives state and federal funds and as a re- sult restricts free library priv- ileges to residents of Thompson Falls. Supt. Everett W. Long pointed out that more than half of the high school students re- side outside the city limits and would be in -eligible to use the library without purchasing a loan card. In order that all stu- dents have equal opportunities to use the city libiary, board members felt it would be desir- able to enter into a contract with the city. For the past several years, the city library board and school librarians have coordinated their book purchases to avoid duplication and to permit the volumes in both the city and school libraries to cover a broad- er field. Superintendent Long told the trustees that this program has given Thompson Falls students access to above average library facilities for this size community. In the short business session, board members also discussed briefly a proposal to purchase stage curtains for the multi -pur- pose room. The curtains would cost about $1100. No action was taken nor is contemplated in the near future on the proposal. Returns Home Ray Long, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Long, returned here last weekend after working on an eastern Washington ratrch for his aunt this summer. He will be here about a week before leaving for Havre where he will be a sophomore at Northern Montana college this fall. The Cabinet Gorge fish were as- signed here from the Bluewater and Lewistown state hatcheries and the federal hatchery at Creston. Similiar plantings in the Noxon Rapids lake are scheduled again next summer under an agree- ment between the Fish and Game Dept. and the Washington Water Power Co. Fishing in Noxon Rapids has exceeded expectations this summer and has been good par- ticularly at the mouths of small- er streams. Some anglers have been successful in trolling, parti- cularly in the bays. The first fish were planted a year ago following rehabilitation of the Thompson Falls and Noxon Rapids reservoirs Labor day weekend. FS Road Talk Slated Tonight A. L. Anderson of Missoula, new Forest Service Region I engineer, will discuss Forest Service road funds at a dinner meeting of the Sanders County Chamber of Commerce at the Ranch tonight. Anderson's informal talk will concern funds as related to road building in this area. Members of the Plains cham- ber will report on a recent meet- ing with the Mineral county chamber concerning the St. Re- gis cut-off bridge and Don Saint will report on a recent Spokane meeting - concerning the Thomp- son pass short-cut. before the Federal Power Commission for a renewal of its 50 -year license on the plant and a permit to re- build, remod.1 and increase its capacity. Tht ' 4 1ity's engineers in Butte currently are working on plans for the redevelopment project here. Construction of either Para- dise or Knowles dam would boost the county's generating capacity tremendously, although neither of the public power pro- jects would contribute directly to a major increase in tax recei- pts. The power plants of either Paradise or Knowles would be located in Sanders county. Still another Montana Power proposed project—the Buffalo Rapids dam on the Flathead riv- er ---would tighten Sanders county's grip on the title of be- ing the No. 1 power producer and No. 1 tax recipient from private power. In a statement to the legislature in 1957, Montana Power estimated Buffalo Rapid's tax benefit to Sanders county at $218,000 per year. • If Congress authorizes either Paradise or Knowles, Buffalo Rapids could not be built since the former dams would flood the site of the latter. While the Buffalo Rapids site straddles the Lake -Sanders county boundary, County Gallatin Plant Ilebgen Granite Flint ,Creek Lewis & Clark Hauser, Holter Canyon Ferry* Madison Madison Missoula Milltown Stillwater Mystic Valley Port Peck' * Government project the powerhouse would be locat- ed in Sanders county and thus Sanders would receive the maj- or share of tax benefits. Flathead county with two hydro plants—Hungry Horse and the small plant at Bigfork owned by Pacific Power and Light Co.—currently rates as the state's top electrical energy producing county. However, be- cause Hungry Horse is a public power project. Flathead county ranks only ninth in tax receipts among the state's 12 counties having hydro -electric plants within their border. Ranking sec- ond in power production and first in tax receipts now is Cas- cade county with five Montana Power plants—Black Eagle, Rainbow, Cochrane, Ryan and Morony. The five plants have a total generating capacity of 220,000 kilowatts compared to 289,150 kw -capacity in Flathead county. Cascade received $483,- 009 in 1958 in property tax pay- ments from these plants. Third in power production is Lake county with its 180,000 - kw Montana Power Kerr plant. The county ranks second in tax receipts of $338,606 in 1958. Sanders ranks third in tax receipts with payments of $221,- 237 in 1958 from the Thompson Falls and Noxon Rapids plants. Other counties: Total Capability Taxes None (station power only) 1,100 KW 65.600 50,000 8,500 3,400 11,500 85,000 $26,640 1,684 167,646 None 39,876 16.558 33,796 None HIGH ALTITUDE LAKES TO GET GOLDEN TROUT A program to stock rare gold- where Montana received its on - en trout in mountain lakes inIginal supply of golden trout. western Sanders county is being: The species is similar in ap- undertaken by the Montana Fish jpearance to rainbow trout. An - and Game Dept. in cooperation !other feature of the golden trout with the Thompson Falls Rod accordingto Kelly Green, club and Gun club, Game Warden A. !president, is its ability to adapt H. Cheney has announced. The its spawning habits to either an stocking program is expected to outlet or inlet of a lake. Other be completed later this fall. trout, Green pointed out, will spawn exclusively in one or the other depending upon the habits of their particular breed. Since only a supply of brood stock is being planted in each lake, Green said rod and gun club members urge all sports- men not to fish the lakes this fall in order to give the goldens an opportunity to establish them- selves in the lake for future fish- ing. The four lakes scheduled to receive fingerling golden trout as brood fish are Arrowhead, Duckhead, Imagine and Goat lakes. Engles and Elk lakes will be stocked with native trout. The golden trout is especially adapted to high altitude lakes and is a native of the high Sier- ras in California. The species has done well also in mountain lakes of western Wyoming, STUDENT OFFICERS—Presidents all are these five popular Thompson Falls High school stu- dents. Arden Davis, center, was elected last spring to head the student council. Class of- ficers were selected last week as students or- ganized for the coming year's activities. Miss Phyllis Newell, left, is president of the fresh- man class, Lynda Moore heads the sophomores while Gary Hanson is president of the senior class and Leon Bennett is the juniors' top of- ficer. (Ledger photo)