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A " v w ■ ft ' mt % -A hungry horse news p Bock canyon through which run the Flathead river rT%° .„mi No.'2 and the main line of the Great„Northern railroad is Ground for this picture of a part of Hungry Horse village The ment town now includes 2b duplexes, 50 prefabricated houses ^SStration building, cement testing laboratory and ^e d Columbia Falls in the Flathead valley is three miles on other • canyon, and mountains, Columbia left and Teakettle? ngh[ , Ä /"N 1/ CäL ää L I • ûters V/ l> OCnOOIS, Levies — ' use of eligible voters stayed at district 6 ci , e Saturday ' elected two board memb thorized bond issues of each for new schools at and Martin City; approv special 25 mil levy ($50,000) grade schools, and 12 mils J mu 000) for the high school. Apparently [er ed voters of the district ball ed on the bond and levy issues, die the board member race (two cancies) attracted 508 voters, not required to be tax as st au of 5,000 tie »ram 425 of the 517 reg io were yers. ■ otto Fehlberg, Coram, was re jected to the school board receiv ■„ 221 votes; Attorney James tuning, Columbia Falls, by vir t of 252 votes succeeds Bud Barling, who was not a candidate. ■ Also in the close race were Lee Hickey, Columbia Falls, 208; Her Ln Byrd, Martin City, 203, ana Kmpton Corbett, Coram, 113. ■ Official canvass by the school ■card Tuesday night showed the ■ond issue for building a Martin |ity school edged through 145 to |39; Corams new school carried to 114, while the elementary jigh school levy, 242 to 175. This h mils in addition to providing Er additional high school costs till build and equip a quonset (tructure for shop and manual [raining instruction. Columbia Falls voted : Martin Sty school, 31 for 95 against; Co am school, 48 for, 80 against; cl mentary levy, 88 for, 85 against; igh school levy, 97 for, 86 ag inst. Gumming 187; Dickey 177; 'ehlberg 33, Byrd 20 and Corbett ben»7, ■ Coram-Martin City voted: Mar Hin City school, 80 for, 10 against; ■brara school, 86' for, 6 against; Hlementary levy, 120 for, 28 ag Hinst: high school levy, 91 for, ■3 against. Byrd 157, Fehlberg ■22, Corbett, 63, Gumming (31 and Hickey 16. I Belton- Apgar voted: Martin Hity school, 31 for, 19 against; Co mm school, 37 for, 13 against; ■elementary levy, 54 for, 15 ag pinst; high school levy, 50.for, 20 Kamst. Fehlberg 48, Gumming 30, Byrd 19, Corbett IT and Dickey 13. I Essex voted: Martin City school, |3 for, 15 against; Coram school, pfor, 15 against; elementary levy, B for, 14 against; high school levy, H for, 16 against. Fehlberg IS, Corbett 16, Byrd 7, Gumming 1 and Dickey 2. [ At their mid-April meeting, the school board will reorganize, and take up the matter of advertising ,and selling the $55,000 bond is Presented at the board meeting catBTusday was a request from Bad residents for a high school bus service running south of Col ?l»umbia Heights. sues. Warm Spell Could Cause Spring Flood teil Possibility that a spell of w arm leather would cause a rapid mel ting of snow in the mountains and ® 00<bn g in further south and west areas became likely this week. Delayed spring this year has re sulted in the Flathead river not carr ying as much snow melt now ss it was a year ago. Some idea of the water that will «ome down, when the thaw ac tually starts snow Week. , N t ® ar the top of Swan range just Columbia mountain, lake ( South Fork can. be gained from measurements of the past south of Strawberry wL inage) had 1111 average of 122 wi th the deepest 136 inch Wa t er content of this snow av Tv; i 6< * Inches. Further south, fnnkus lake a ee depth of 131 water content Between Desert had a snow aver _ inches with a of 47.6 inches. Coram and Belton, mountain had 53 inches, ""ter content 14.7 inches. Up the South Fork, ^ches inches. f Glacier national park rangers "und a snow depth of 95 inches a*™ a water content of 31.2 ic p", 011 the continental divide at Cattle Queen. There Trout lake had 49 with water content 14.6 was somewhat more snow leant winter > hut spring was at t two weeks earlier. last ,_ _Inaction, Li. S. Nauy Telescope To Watch for Goats Instead of Submarines From watching for Japanese submarines in wartime to looking for Rocky Mountain goats America's continental divide will be the history of one U. S. Navy telescope. Obtained through war surplus, the big telescope will be mounted on Glacier national park's Logan Pass just off Gomg-to-the-Sun highway. It will be fixed on Mt. Oberlin, where Chief Park Naturalist M. E. Beatty says "there's at least a 50-50 chance of seeing a few of the park's estimated 866 moun tain goats." near List Hungry Horse Finished Contracts Pre-construction contracts al ready completed at the Hungry Horse project, which will result in the world's fourth largest con crete dam, include: Olsen construction company, Salt Lake City, on March 24 fin ished building the 3.9 mile trans mission line from Hungry Horse village to near the aamslte, ana the town's distribution system, both for $49,154.50. Dudley construction company held two contracts, the 101 by 45 foot office building for $43,502 and the block-sized project ware house for $91,288. Montana engin eering company erected the 25 duplexes for $225,000, and the concrete testing laboratory for $14,510. Green Lumber company, Laurel, Miss., furnished materials for the 50 prefabricated houses at $131,537.35. Local contractors, Benson, Dou glas and Bissell excavated ex ploration tunnels at the damsite for $16,928. Steel Buildings Inc. Redlands, Calif., have provided steel sheeting for the project fire station and a garage for $11,187. Puget Sound Painters, Inc., Se attle painted the 50 prefabs for $13,090; Arnold's Paint shop, Ka lispell, completed a $2,500 paint ing contract for floors and walls of the duplexes. The American Bridge company furnished mat erials for the warehouse at $44,760 while the Milwaukee Crane and Service company provided a tra veling crane for the warehouse at $6,950. 67, both not yet erected. Completed March 11 was the million dollar powerline of the Bonneville Power administration from Kerr dam to Hungry Horse. The new line carries 33,000 volts 115,000 volt capacity. and has a UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OP THE INTERIOR OF RECLAMATION BUREAU HUNGRY HORSE PROJECT i ri MONTANA VARIABLE SCALE r\ DATA k-^ '' DAM \ .920 Fit! 2,1 OO FEET H E IOH T—. CREST LENGTH.. VOLUME (DAM ONLY) 2,000,000 CUBIC YARDS k \ \ POWER PLANT 4 0CHERITORS_ 4 TURRIHE«. RESERVOIR AREA_ CAPACITY., -_T5.000 RVA EACH ..109,000 HORSE ROWER EACH °4 r. \ -/A or \ : Of _JIT,000 ACRES _5,900,000 ACRE FEET r 'o •f v$! 4 \ 4* *0 4 0 < « 4 » "V \ ir. J) 3 * v I Jtd iü > * * \ '// % y/A r >0TTE0 BEAR ELK PARK-Oj INI PARK -access HlGHl HORSE V si y VVJN v °'ff */ T SHOR A < » ui - 1 a. oc O ct ec. cl o X o 3 X X < POWER PLANT SERVICE ROAD rv a *Ea _APPROXIMATE LENGTH_ 40 MILES / I bi \ rl O I s 3 fy % r 1 W ui > <n oc • o z I w s r * Cl Ui X > 3 O X O S» Genera I-Shea- Morrison Place Low Bid The General - Shea - Morrison company was low at this ing's opening of bids to build the world's fourth largest dam, Hungry Horse. This ation of 12 $43,431,000. Other bidder was Allied Dam Contractors who asked $51729 - 073. Representing 19 companies Allied was headed by J. C. Mc morn concrete combin companies asked 2 Uire ' Los An S el es- and included * R Atkinson . San Francisco. u e f tlmated 5 °0 ' ° n A 0 at the bureau of recla . matl ° n new block ' lon g warehouse 5 °^ ^ "* ** ^ ■ Hun ^ Horse P r °i' \ Culver 0«^ eSeer E. Chambers, chief, clerk. ;The General-Shea-Morrison I Panyismadeupof General Const Seattle; the Shea persons were com company, I Alhambra, Calif.; Morrison-Knud sen home office, Boise; Henry J. Kaiser. Oakland; F and S, Butte; J. L. McLaughlin, Great Falls; Pa cific Bridge, San Francisco; Walsh Construction, San Francisco; Birch and Sons, Great Falls;'Pe-i ter Kiewitt, Omaha; J. C. Boesp flug, Seattle, and Gilpin construc tion, Portland. S. No explanation was available Wednesday morning for the big spread between the two bids. It is believed that the low bid is somewhere near government engi neer estimates. Total cost of the Hungry Horse project will be ab out $100,000,000, and it is expec ted to take six or seven years with a peak employment of more than 4,000 men in 1951. Bids will be forwarded to Den ver offices of the bureau of rec lamation, and from there to Wash ington. Contract awarding is pre dicted for late May. Holding local interest is the Ap ril 20 for bids to be opened in Denver for construction and fur nishing of 24 two bedroom and 22 three bedroom prefabricated houses at Hungry Horse village. There are now 50 prefabricated and 25 four-rooms on a side dup lexes in the government town. Bids are also expected to be opened late in April for the 36 by 128-foot Hungry Horse office an nex, doubling the siz e of the pre sent building, and for construct ion of a dormitory with 24 rooms. Five bids were opened in Den ver last Friday to furnish the 2,900,000 barrels of cement need ed to build the dam with a require ment of 500,000 barrels for deliv ery in 1949. No further informa tion on this opening was avail able Wednesday morning. Bid ab stracting has delayed publishing of the low bidder's name. Allis Chalmers offered the low bid of $2,285,000 March 31 Denver for the four 105,000 horse power turbines and governors, while bids for delivery and instal lation of the four 75,000 Hungry Horse generators have been de layed from April 8 to April 22. There is no further authentic information on the Hungry Horse request for $9,850,000 for the next fiscal year. The subject is now be fore a house subcommittee. m Town Council Takes Up Streets, Water At their April meeting, Monday evening Columbia Falls town coun cil discussed water and streets. Bids for the sale of $100,000 in bonds to finance rebuilding of the water system will be opened next Monday. On the following Thursday bids will be opened for pipe, valves, fittings and labor to install the new water system. was I Friday to tell you about it. The Hungry Horse News is pub lished Wednesday just after the bid opening this week. There purpose in waiting until no 10 cents a copy Hungry Horse News Vol. 2, No. 36 Columbia Falls, Montana Wednesday, April 7, 1948 M I I I 1 . . m V - r j 5 V v ; S ' ' ÎÀJ nJUt V ■ ■ !.. mm til \<,Ut HOliSL TX AM .A.VO VOWXUM.WT 0 $ ! ~2|| Bids were opened today for building Hungry Horse, the world's fourth largest concrete dam. The 520-foot high structure will be 2,115 feet across and back up a 3,500,000 acre .foot lake. Water from this reservoir will generate 300,0 00 kilowatts of ]electrical power at Hungry Horse, and then flowing downstream will pe used over and over again at Grand Coulee Bonneville and the other installations enroute to the ; Pacific, and will relieve already existing shortages. Note size of cars. Bureau of Reclamation artist's drawing. Spring Calendar Includes Big Road Job Employment at Hungry Horse is expected to equal last Septem ber's peak of 489 before the dam's prime contractor moves into the area. On the spring calendar is ac tual starting of the 14-mile long Spotted Bear forest service road relocation out of the reservoir ar ea. This $632,448 contract is held by F. R. Hewett, Spokane. Also slated for early May is completion of the S. Birch and Sons Hungry Horse village streets and utilities installations. Oiling of village streets will complete this $401,377.60 contract. C and F construction company : working with Birch and McLaugh ! lin, Inc. are also expected to oil and finish the 3.9 mile access road from highway No. 2 to the dam site. This was awarded at $479, 494. Meanwhile tîie biggest winter time employer at Hungry Horse, Guy F. Atkinson company this past week averaged 144 men wor king three shifts on the $643,400 diversion tunnel. The 36-foot in diameter tunnel will be 1,180 feet long; 860 feet has been dug, and completion is scheduled for mid summer. R and S construction company who have the contract to clear 1,335 acres at and about the dam site for $408,320, are 20 per cent completed. They averaged 30 men last week, but as weather imp roves total employment on this job will pass 150. Among the smaller contracts scheduled for this spring Is er ection of the 150,000 gàllon steel water tank for Hungry Horse vil lage. It is held by Minneapolis Tank and Manufacturing company for $6,250 with materials furnish ed by Lacy Manufacturing com pany, Los Angeles, on a separate bid for $7,980. L-'' : i--' À Hit : : X> * i .. ' & -»öji " * v -, ,■ » , ; 4** ■ r • '1 Jk ■ C - v 7 ■ S' - aPr l /f %***'£*& ' / ; 1 .. i f w s Mrs I 3 ; : 4 - •'V'> V K I " A W. A tW-r. / 1 •Ss ■«r* ..*2 HUNGRY HORSE NEWS PHOTO Here will rise the 520-foot high Hungry Horse dam. The narrow V valley of the Flathead rivers south fork widens out upstream into more of a U shape, and the reservoir will extend for j f 0 miles through completely uninhabited forest land. In the distance are mountains that form the continental divide. White area is part of the R and S 1,335 acre timber clearing contract. Delay Emery Timber Sale _ Sale of Emery creek's block H totaling 3,277,000 board feet of Flathead national forest timber is scheduled for early May. It was originally scheduled for late Ap ril. Now dated for June is the sale of an additional 7,000,000 board feet up Emery creek, termed blocks P and Q. Emery creek Is a headwater of Hungry Horse creek, and these are all the sales of Emery timber now contemplat ed. Emery creek has been the lar gest single cutting area in the Flathead which this last year had a cut of 54,239,000 board feet pass ing northern Idaho forests. Ralph Thayer Returns To Big Creek Station For 35 th N. F. Season It will be Ranger Ralph Thayer er's 35th season up the North Fork this year as he helps re open the Flathead national for est's Big Creek station, Monday. Big Creek, 22 miles north of for the North Fork district of 354, 000 acres just west of Glacier na tional park. Sixty per cent of the land is spruce forest, with much of the other being covered with larch, fir and pine. There are less than 50 people living year around in the entire mountain area, while the adjoining section of Glacier na tional park has a permanent popu lation of two rangers. Two exploits of Ranger Thayer have become forest service hist ory. During the last week of De cember, 1946, he was stopped by a blizzard at Fool Hen hill, 16 miles north of Columbia Falls. Thayer dug a hole in the snow; put up a blanket for a door; found a stump that served as wood supply; built a fire, and lived through 2V 2 days of 20 below weather with no ill effects. In a previous year, Thayer had an encounter with a grizzly bear while out on trail. He didn't get up the tree fast enough, and re ceived leg injuries. Also reporting at Big Creek Monday will be District Ranger John Castles; John Stentz, dist rict dispatcher; Clinton Spindler, headquarters fireguard; Pete Dan ielson, fireguard at Ford station; Charles LaRance and Robert Vick ers, road maintenance men, and Harold Holmquist, packer. Summer staff will total about 45.