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i if A % ■ V rr,.. v V ■ "--*1 HUNGRY HORSE NEWS PHOTO ,near-old Martin City held first services in its new log church Tr"Sunday. The 28 by 40-foot squared log building, a project oj Presbyterian board of missions, was built by John O'Connell, Co ,, p a iis contractor. From its windows can he seen Glacier na , rk peaks, and five miles away is site of Hungry Horse dam. is Rev. James B. Schofield, six-foot, former army chaplain. ùister is llate Water Improvements »veral prospective buyers have about Columbia Falls 12 sale of $100,000 worth of bonds to re uired ril neral obligation ud and extend the water sup r system. . . , . . loday the town is advertising o alternate bids for opening iril 15. One provides for sup labor and materials to build system, and the other be fumish ling new that labor only Required will be excavation of |20 feet for the supply line, and |050 feet for the distribution Inches in the town itself. Also led are 6,000 feet of 12-inch te, and 5.400 feet of 8-inch pipe; ■000 of 6 inch and 4,650 of 4 inch, ■tings, valves and hydrants Eke up the rest of the bid. [Columbia Falls water source [e the ample Cedar creek springs L miles distant and 158 feet love the town. The present eight ph supply line is inadequate. On tbruary 27, the town approved Be of the $100,000 worth of bonds [ 137 to 1. The water bonds may not be Light by the state land board. isk Martin City itar Route Bids A permanent contract for two | ars effective June 30 is being ered for carrying mail from j Columbia blumbia Falls to bights, Hungry Horse and Mar li City. The contract over the eight-mile lute calls for six days a week irvice, once a day, with bids to ose April 22 in Washington. Mrs. L. R. Smith, Hungry Horse Mage, was low bidder on a tem irary contract that started the resent route last January 16. er bid of $1,175 per anum is msidered "below a reasonable rofit.' Previously the Martin [ity mail was dispatched from pram by messenger with Hun ky Horse and Columbia Heights Bving no service. [The contract now being adver ted calls for no change, though events have forwarded peti ts asking for seven day a week ervice with better train connect ms. ■ark Rangers Take ■* as t Snow Measure Returning from the last snow 'easurement trip to Cattle Queen 1 Glacier national park probablv fflday will be District Ranger ^°yd Henderson, Ranger Paul >ebb, Fred Bussey, and M. E. ac y, Whitefish photographer. The men left Wednesday for the " to the center of the park - 1 the continental divide between hdson bay, Missouri and Col fobia river drainages. A month P> snow depth at Cattle Queen inches, 3% inches under year ago. Henderson with District Ran Hugh Buchanan and Ranger Berger measuerd snow at ■'shenehn near the Canadian line Monday. It was 24.6 inches ee P w >th a water content of 5.5 "hes. On March 30, 1947 snow 8 27.2 inches deep with a wa °ontent of 8.7 inches. er er Jalls Post Office Shows ' Per Cent Mail Gain Columbia r r ce ht mail volume increase du _ ? January, February and March the same period of 1947, ac Cfeen^ Postmaster Dudley jj* n 'Hie two i o°, rse däm preconstruction, the *** P a Hs post office mail has nearly doubled. Falls showed a 27 years of Hungry It Back or Else . by 3^ tire and rim stolen Woo< i saw on street. Owners hrt 6 t0 move saw or saw wood. y is known who took tire ntn ' Mrs. Joe Hula. wan lad Hufflne's Mountain Goat Not Expected To Make the Grade The Rocky Mountain goat that had winter refuge at the Dan Huf fine home near Essex won't pull through. The nanny was found in mid February too feeble to walk, and possibly the victim of a snowslide. ! For nearly six weeks, the animal has been caredj'or by the Huffines who live just across the Flathead's middle fork from Glacier national park. Last report is "she won't make the grade." Rocky Mountain goats, there are an estimated 866 in Gla cier, seldom go far from the ab ove-the-tree- line alpine areas ev en in winter. They are rare in captivity. Half Moon to Build Swimming Pool Plans are underway to build a community swimming pool at Half Moon. In charge of arrange ments is Curtis Chagun, who sta ted it would be a free pool for use 1 the public, i Dimensions of the pool will be 66 by 30 feet with a six inch ce ment wall. Water depths will range from two to nine feet. Starting the donations were the Stoltze Land and Lumber com pany, who promised use of their bulldozer and a man to bulldoze the site. The Home Lumber com pany, Whitefish, have donated the board. Material, money, and labor will be donated for the pro ject. Assisting will be the Half Moon home demonstration club. Tickets will be sold to help raise funds. Seven lucky ticket holders will be given five free swimming lessons for any mem be for the afmily. Also awarded will be $5.00 worth of Watkins products to four other holders. Clear Way for Purchase Of State Land in Park 1 Action by the Montana state legislature is necessary before the remaining 10,000 acres of state owned land in Glacier national park can be turned over to the park service. President Truman has signed House Resolution 4980 introduced by Congressman resolution provides for the nation al park service to acquire the state-owned land. Money from the sale of this pro will be turned over to the D'Ewart. The perty state school fund; however, a fe deral appropriation and Montana agreement to the sale Is necessary before it can become completed. Spring Training Program Slated for Park Rangers Glacier national park rangers hold their annual spring April 12 through 16. will be Chief Ran N. Fladmark with as will conference In charge ger Elmer sistant chief rangers, Jack Alton, Cannavina and Elmer Ness. getting sea Dave Glacier's 20 rangers, ready for the vacationers' son, will take part in discussions that range from accounting trails and trail signs to checking stations, new developments m fire fighting and communications. There are 27 topics in all. To Discuss Telephones from Coram Representatives . and Martin City have been mvit the next Monday at 8 p. — of the Hungry Horse the teleph one situation. Meeting is in the Log Cabm cafe, and wUl also mclude a dis cussion of water problems. ed to meeting Builders to talk over All Set for Wednesday Bid Opening Hungry Horse News 10 cents a copy Friday, April 2, 194S Vol. 2, No. 35 Columbia Falls, Montana Big Vote Expected for School Election » mmm [ •• f i » 'l :• - v' • ; ■ i n : ; r sjj i-v. lii il f ^ ■■ Sf ;v : -, ' » HUNGRY HORSE NEWS PHOTO Grass and dry land on the west side of Columbia mount ain at Barnards was found Sun day for Martin City's Easter egg hunt. Sponsored by the Boo mtown Builders, the affair in volved a scurrying after S23 eggs. Tickets ,fo the. Royal thea tre went to special egg finders, ^ean Graham and Carol Probert, both 5; David Culver, 7; Fred McMurdo, 12, and Deila Probert, V t . f IF % m *■ 9 I % m Ù : I 4 II flk K v % s 19 * É h ■ / £ i ioto " HUNGRY HORSE NEWS „ , th „ faster ena roll Martin City children presented an Easter pageant "Testimony of Before the Easter egg rou m ram y ^ ^ and /rom leJt t0 right are the T ™e V me ™ bers of the cast; Edythe Humiston, Nancy Biss ell, Lynn Douglas, Elaine Holl ingsworth, James Baines with Lloyd Mason and Lanny Lading, kneeling. Photos by Mel Rude ^ Northwest Airlines Seek Route Change Flathead county's airport board Tuesday meeting objected to by Northwest Airlines that put the county airport on at a a move may feeder run. 8 Civil Aeronautics When the board in Washington tast Novem ber authorized the Northwest stop at the local port, six miles from Columbia Falls, they specified direct Spokane to that it be on a . , Great Falls run, and definitely include Missoula Butte or any circuitous route. The Flathead has been expect ing air passenger and mail ser vice by Northwest sometime this summer. A $70,000 administration building is now being built at the which already has hard-surfaced runways. made by not other county port modem, The present Northwest last Friday may be an attempt to substitute a feeder ser vice into Missoula. President of the airport board is g. A. Miller, Kalispell. Mem bers are Chet Seymer, Columbia Fails; H. B. Markus, Whitefish; Fred Brinkman, Kalispell, and E. j. O'Brien, Bigfork. County clerk, A. J. Shaw is secretary. move S. H. Larson Takes Over Flathead Timber Sales in charge Stanford H. Larson management and sales Flathead national forest 1945 returned to his of timber for the from 1942 to old job Monday. He succeeds District Ranger John Castles, who held the job temporarily after the transfer of j L Emerson, who left January 1 to become supervisor of St. national forest, St. Maries, Joe Idaho. state university, Assistant Supervisor _ joined the forest service 1923 After leaving the Flat head he was assistant supervisor Kaniksu national forest, regigning in May> ^ enter the pole busmess, A Montana graduate Larson in Nein Club Offers Free Show Each Month for All Eligible Members Every youngster between the of 6 and 12 residing in the ages area is eligible for membership in the town's newest club and a free show once a month at the Park theatre. Organization meeting of the new club has been called by Ernie Massman for 2:30 this Saturday «.fternoon at the theatre. Dues are 5 cents a year, and all members in good standing may select one free show a month, ex cepting on Sundays. To be in good standing, mem bers must refrain from whistling and talking while the picture is on; keep their feet off seats and dispose of gum Ernie believes the new club will result in a quieter showhouse. and he's throwing in free, show as a birthday present with care. an additional to each member in good standing. Strawberry Lake Snow Measures 136 Inches Snow measurements taken at Strawberry lake, just over the top of the Swan range and south of Columbia mountain show 136 inches of snow. Making the trip Flathead national forest ran Art Whitney and Walter Pe was ger terson. On a snowmobile trip to Spott ed Bear .Desert mountain and Lo gan creek in the Tally lake dist rict this week were Ted Paullin and Les Darling. Their reports were not in at Flathead national forest offices Friday morning. Columbia Heights Gets New Commercial Club Homer Carter, Tuesday, was el ected president of the newly or ganized Columbia Heights Com mercial club. Archie Steele was named vice president, and Joe Cada, secretary-treasurer. Two miles from Columbia Falls, the new community is at the junc tion of highways No. 2 and No. 37. Announce District Ranger Forest Posts District ranger assignments for and summer have been spring completed for the Flathead nat ional forest, fourth largest in the United States. Supervisor F. J. Neitzling an nounced the promotion of Ray Gardner to become district ranger at Big Prairie, 40 miles from road's end at Spotted Bear, and in the heart of a size-of-Rhode Island primitive area. He will re port to his station as soon as tra vel permits in mid-May. Former Big Prairie ranger, Russell Clon inger has been promoted to the Yakt district of the Kootenai. Arthurs, Deer Lodge, Aubrey will succeed Clarence Stillwell, transferred to the Couer d'Alene national forest, as district ranger for Upper Swan lake, also a re mote station. Other Flathead national forest district rangers are: B. A. Beal ey, Coram: Harley Hartson, Tally lake: Virgil Eastman. Bigfork, all at their stations year around. Castles will open the North Fork district station at Big Creek by mid-April. Charlie Shaw will report to Spotted Bear in May, and Earl McConnell will the Schaefer station about John open the same time. State Fire Marshal Inspects and Teaches On inspection and holding clas ses in the Columbia Falls Hun gry Horse and Martin City area Monday and Tuesday were State Fire Marshal Jack Camey and Frank Hollenbeck, Smith Hughes representative on the fire training program. A fire school was held in Colum bia Falls Monday evening; a fire drill held at the high school was termed shal. Inspected were the veterans' housing project, the school build ings and several downtown struc tures in Columbia Falls as well fire fighting equipment here and up-the-line. excellent" by the mar as Folks aren't agreeing about questions on tomorrow's school ballots, but fair and square it will be decided between the hours of 12 and 8 p. m. Saturday. Martin City bursting with town enthusiasm and proud of a new church want their own school. Their present class is in a rent ed store building, and the rest ride the bus through busy Bad Rock canyon to overcrowded class rooms in Columbia Falls. Coram also asks for a school building. The present building is inadequate, and the church base ment being used is the poorest classroom in the district. Columbia Falls present grade school building this week was termed hazardous by Jack Car ney, state fire marshal. Most opposition to the $55,000 buildings at Coram and Marr.in City is in the Falls, nor is their much support in the other new In addition to deciding bond iss ues to build and completly equip the Martin City and Co ram sch ools, voters will be asked to appr ove a special grade school levy of 25 mils as compared with last ye ar's 13. This is in addition to the 10 mil levy that the board can make without the voter approval, and will result in grade school taxes being 34 percent higher than a year ago. Most school boards have found the mil maxium as provided by state lawi completely inadequate. This district needs more funds to provide for expansion and increas ed operating expenses. District 6 grade school enroll ments have increased from 214 in 1944 to 588 last fall. One mil in the district raises $2,045. The high school asks 12 mils with approximately 5 to be used to purchase, erect and equip a 40 by 60-foot quonset structure for manual training and shop in struction. The remaining 7 mils will be used to help operate the high school. Five candidates have also filed for the two vacancies on the school board: Chairman Otto Fehlberg, Coram, up for re-election; Herman Byrd, Martin City; Attorney Ja mes Gumming and Lee Dickey, both of Columbia Falls, and Comp ton Corbett, Coram. Holdover members of the board Hut are: Dwight Henry chings, Belton, and Ted Rogers, Columbia Falls rural. For the first time, Columbia Falls does not have a majority of the district 6 voters. Of the ap parent 517 registered, taxpaying voters in the district, about 225 are residents of Columbia Falls. While only registered, taxpay ing voters will decide the issue of bonding for new schools and the mil levies, any qualified voter can cast a ballot for school board members. A qualified elector is generally any citizen who has resided in the district for six months and in the state for a year. Saturday's election will deter mine what communities are most interested in schools. There's a much abused word, "Democracy," but in the matter of the public schools you're the boss. Polling will be at Columbia Falls grade school; Co ram and Belton schools and at the Izaac Walton hotel, Essex. Saturday's vote on school ques tions may equal the last general election in November, 1946 when about 500 persons in the district voted. After all the 500 can run the schools, but they only help run the county, state and nation. MR Effective with this issue the Hungry Horse News will not have news stand sales in Columbia Falls. Extra copies may be ob tained at the newspaper office which lis open Monday morning through Saturday noon. March Chalks Up Snowy, Cold March snowfall at Kalispell to taled 19.3 inches compared to a normal of 6.3 inches making it the second snowiest March, in 50 years. Worse was 1929 with 19.5 inches, reports E. S. Mark, obser ver. The month saw winter's coldest day of 9 below at Kalispell on March 10, and it was the fifth coldest March in 50 years. Pre cipitation totaled 1.24 inches com pared to a normal of .95. At Hungry Horse cooperative observer, N. H. Olson recorded Bids to build Hungry Horse, the world's fourth largest con crete dam. are still scheduled for opening next Wednesday morning at 10. The public opening by Clyde H. Spencer, Hungry Horse project engineer, is expected to be witness ed by more than 200 contractor representatives, equipment and supply salesmen and other inter ested persons. Largest bureau of reclamation project since before the war, Hun gry Horse will be 2,115 feet ac and 520 feet high, backing ross up 3,500,000 acre feet. Its con struction will take six or seven years and peak employment is expected to be 4,000 men in 1951. Hearings in Washingtfon before a house subcommittee are believed to be in progress. President Tru man in his budget address recom mended $9,850,000 for Hungry Horse during the next fiscal year. No definite information as to how the request for funds is far ing is available. Some word is ex pected this coming week. Don Tre loar of the Flathead Citizen's committee is in Washington. While the bid opening is Wed nesday, the contract will not be awarded before May. In circulation Wednesday and Thursday loos a spring crop of rumors about Hungry Horse. This story contains the latest authentic information available by Friday 11 a. m. There will be both good and bad news in the next two months; ithe complete score will not be known perhaps until June, just as it was last year. At the Wednesday morning op ening on the prime contract to build the dam itself, groups of contractors are expected to sub mit two bids. Meanwhile there is interest in the Denver opening to day of bids to furnish the 2,900, 000 barrels of cement needed to build the dam. Specifications call for delivery of 500,000 barrels in 1949. Allis Chalmers offered the low bid Wednesday of $2,285,000 to furnish four 105,000 horsepower turbines and governors for the dam. Bids for installation of four 75,000 kva generators have been delayed from April 8 to April 22. Specifications have been re leased for the construction and furnishing 24 two bedroom and 22 three bedroom prefabricated hou* ses at Hungry Horse village with opening in Denver April 20. Hungry Horse village now has 25 duplexes and 50 prefabricated houses completed. Copies of spe cifications for the new residences will be available at the local bu reau of reclamation offices by Monday. Meanwhile Guy F. Atkinson company employing 136 men this week have completed 850 feet of the 1,180 foot long 36-foot In di ameter diversion tunnel at Him gry Horse damsite. This Is a $643,400 contract. Total cost of the dam and pow erplant is set at $100,000,000. Schedule Planting 96,000 Pine Trees Planting 96,000 small ponderosa pine trees is scheduled for the Flathead national forest late this month. District Ranger John Castles will have charge of planting 48, 000 of the little trees on 55 acres one section on Fool Hen ridge and the other on Teakettle mountain both up the Flathead river's north fork. District Ranger B. A. Bealey at Coram will supervise planting another 48,000 of the pines on a 60 acre tract on Desert mountain. This will be the first Flathead national forest artificial planting since 1946 when 68,630 small Dou glas fir trees were started on Crystal creek above Columbia Falls and near Teakettle mount ain. Last year the Crystal creek trees showed 97 per cent surviv al and the Teakettle planting, 77 per cent. Three new business places are in prospect for Columbia Heights as the result of lot purchases. Carl D. Evans, Bayview, Idaho, bought two lots from Rex Worrall for a shower house; the Pauline family of Kalispell have a self-service laundry in mind, and B. B. Kelly, San Francisco, a recreation hall. snowfall of 31.5 inches with 5 inches remaining on the ground at the station. The year's first hearing of thunder was Monday afternoon. At Belton, Assistant Chief Ran ger Dave Cannavina measured March snowfall totaling 24.7 inch es compared to a normal of 13.5 There is still 15 inches of snow on the level at Belton. Spring work in the fields is not expected to start generally for two weeks. The season is about two weeks late. Ground is bare at Columbia Falls.