The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on June 1, 1976 · Page 1
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t. nociEtr or «OMTA?IA H E L E N A . U T 59601 ..-.-** COIf. Montana in primary spotlight By ASS(X:iATH PRESS Rhode Island, South Dakota and Montana took their turns today in the 1976 presidential primary sweepstakes with the spotlight on the continuing effort to keep Jimmy Carter from the Democratic nomination. The early voter turnout was light in Rhode Island and South Dakota, election officials said. Polls opened later in Montana. The Republican race between President Kord and Ronald Reagan also continued in the three states, where the primaries provide a warmup for the big ones next week in California, Ohio and New Jersey. There were 56 Democratic delegates and 59 on the Republican side at stake today, compared to 540 and 320 next week. Ford and Reagan in particular toned down their campaigns over the Memorial Day weekend in preparation for a bigger effort for next week. But Sen. Frank Churchjof Idaho, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. of California-andVep. Morris K. Udall of Arizona all made substantial efforts to halt Carter, who went into today's contests with 883 of the 1,505 delegates needed for nomination. Udall, who is second, had 301.5. Church and Brown concentrated on Rhode Island, which had 22 Democratic delegates at stake, although Brown could count only on write-in votes in the popular vote contest and uncommitted slates in the separate JMwrwA ·Sj^^^^l^^ H -*'^t OJyQj^ Inter Lake Vol. 69, No: 41 Kalispell,Montana, Tuesday. June 1, 1975 delegate selection. Udall campaigned in South Dakota, which has 17 votes at the Democratic National Convention. Church said he hoped to win in Rhode Island and added: "I fee) a surge coming my way and I know I'm gaining strength." He said Carter's trip into the state was indicative of that. But Carter said Monday he came to Rhode Island to see his wife, who was stumping the stale, and in what * C C»«l«Mtl»«y . I f Pita It Lou*! ·«,», he said was an effort to increase the turnout and thus increase his vote. "Although the state is small, it's a key state as far as the timing of the primary is concerned," he said. Udall said much the same thing about the timing of the South Dakota primary, where he hoped to score his first clear-cut victory in a year that has seen him finish second seven times, most often to Carter. Udail was endorsed by both South Dakota senators, George McGoveni and James Abourezk, and said: "If I win in South Dakota I'll have the momentum to w'n in Ohio, and if I win there, we'll have an open Democratic convention." Church, meanwhile, was expected to do well in Montana, next door to his home state of Idaho, where he won last week with over 80 per cent of the vote. The Republicans award delegates according to a formula that rewards states that have voted for the party in the past, and smaller and more rural states often get bonuses from it. South Dakota and Montana have 20 delegates each and Rhode Island 19. Neither Ford nor Reagan campaigned in any of the three, Reagan concentrating on his home state of California and Ford remaining in Washington. In other political developments Monday: --McGoveni, the party's 1972 presidential nominee, fired two top staff aides who were identified as leaders of a movement to stop Carter. McGovern said he wanted no part of such a movement and added: "The fact that I have endorsed Congressman Udall in the Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Michigan and South Dakota primaries does not mean I will permit my office to become involved in an 'Anybody but Carter' movement." --Thomas B. Curtis, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, said he is endorsing Reagan for president because of Ford's action in signing new FEC legislation which Curtis found faulty. One half of voters expected HELENA (AP) - Voters trooped to the polls throughout Montana today to nominate party candidates for state, congressional and legislative offices. Voters also were to signify their choices for U.S. President and nominate nonpartisan candidates for two seats on the state Supreme Court. Even though the election marked M o n t a n a ' s f i r s t p r e s i d e n t i a l preference primary in 20 years, only about half the state's 411,000 registered voters were expected to turn out. Most polling places opened at 8 a.m. Voting in precincts with fewer than 100 voters was to begin at 1 p.m. Polls close and the counting starts at 8 p.m. Voters in 18 areas were deciding whether to change the structure o! their local governments as recommended by local-government study commissions. At the top of the ticket, Republican voters chose between President Ford and challenger Ronald Reagan. In the Democratic presidential- preference column were Jimmy Carter of Georgia, Sen. Frank Church of Idaho, Sen. Henry Jackson of Washington, Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona and Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Results of the presidential balloting will not be binding on the state Republican party when the party picks 20 delegates later this month to send to the GOP national nominating convention. The state Democratic party, on the other hand, will divide its 17 national delegates in proportion to the number of votes each candidate receives. For the first time in Montana h i s t o r y , Montanans were to nominate governor and lieutenant governor candidates as a team. Republicans seeking the state's highest office were Atty. Gen. Robert L. Woodahl and former state Sen. John K. McDonald. Woodahl's running mate is state Sen. Antoinette Resell of Billings, while McDonald was teamed with Garfield County Atty. Douglas B. Kelley. I n c u m b e n t Democratic Gov. Thomas L. Judge and running mate Ted Schwinden were w i t h o u t primary opposition. The Democratic party ticket for U.S. senator had only two candidates -- three-term U.S. Rep. John Melcher and Joplin farmer Ray Gulick. Democratic i n c u m b e n t Max Baucus of Missoula and Republican challenger W.D. Diehl of Helena were unopposed in bids for nominations to the state's western district seat in the U.S. House. PCT. NO. I 2 3 4 7 Primary electors These Kalispell voters cast their ballots early this morning ir the Cornelius Hedges School gymnasium. They joined other Montanans in voting for local, state and national candidates and contenders in the state's first presidential preference p'imary in 20 years. All polls in Flathead County will be open until 8 o'clock tonight. Voter turnout was light this morning, but was expected to pick up later today and tonight. Photo by Mary Picket! Primary polls open until 8 p.m. A total of 52,425 voters are registered in Flathead County for today's primary election. There are 34 precincts and 38 polling places in the county. Pollings plr.ces with less than 100 registered voters will be open from noon to 8 p.m. ar.l the other polling places will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The follwoing is a list of the polling places and the number of voters registered in each precinct. POLLING PLACE Edgerton School Gym Lir.derman School Gym KCFW TV Station Korn Buick Garage Pacific Power Service Bldg. Bad Rock Fire Hall East Side Grange Hall Lakeside School VFWHall City Hall Park Service Training Center Isaac Walton Hotel City Hall Veterans Home North Fork Community Hall Smith Valley Grange Hall Batt:? Butte School Evergreen Jr. High Library Marion School Pleasant Valley School Somers Fire Hall Saddle Club Bldg. Peterson School Gym High School Foyer Western Auto Showroom The Armory High School Foyer Masonic Temple Bigfork School Gym Olney School Hedges School Gym Russell School Gym Moose Home Citv Hall Saddle Club Bldg. High School Foyer Viking Lodge Evergreen Fire Hall 11 13 14 16 17 20 21 24 25 26 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 37 38 39 40 41 45 46 47 48 49 50 PRECINCT NO. NAME REGISTERED Kalispell Kalispell Kalispell Kalispell Stillwater Badrock Creston Lakeside Martin City Columbia Falls West Glacier Essex Whitefish Columbia Falls North Fork Sedan Eudora Evergreen Marion Pleasant Valley Somers Kalispell Kalispell Kalispel! Riverside Ashley- Columbia Falls Whitefish Bigfork Olnev KalispeU Kalispell Whitefish Columbia Falls Whitefish North Whitefish Rig Mountain Kvergretn 633 440 690 621 766 673 868 696 720 396 242 73 697 1103 ,41 398 18 883 178 40 493 709 843 950 1031 962 490 387 1195 191 567 665 779 461 766 379 126 755 ^ Criminal code Paperwork cut minimal bill may be dead WASHINGTON (AP) - Bill SI, the massive attempt to overhaul and codify federal criminal law, is dead for this session of Congress because of a deadlock between liberals and conservatives over key issues. This is the conclusion of the bill's chief sponsors, Sens. John L. McClellan, D-Ark., and Roman L. Hruska, R-Neb., and others closely involved in the long struggle over the measure. About two months ago McClellan and Hruska offered concessions in an effort to overcome liberal objctions, but they have had no response to indicate any agreement can be reached. McClellan and Hruska have not abandoned all hope for Senate passage of the bill this year, but they see no chance for House action before the adjournment of Congress. Senate passage would enhance the possibility of final action in the next Congress, but there also is growing doubt that it is feasible to pass a bill of this magnitude. One sponsor, Republican Leader Hugh Scott, said such controversial issues as government secrecy, the death penalty, wiretapping and obscenity may have to be handled on a piece-meal basis. The bill marks the first attempt to consolidate federal criminal law into a single code, updating it in the light of court r u l i n g s , e l i m i n a t i n g inconsistencies and obsolete and overlapping provisions. The 799-page bill was approved last fall by the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on criminal laws chaired by McClellan. WASHINGTON ( A P ) - Some government agencies are reducing their public questionr?ires in response to White House orders to cut such paperwork, but other agencies actualy have increased the number of their forms. Over-all, about 50 departments, independent agencies and other offices are involved in the White House c a m p a i g n t o r e d u c e p u b l i c paperwork 10 per cent by June 30. Last Oct. 31. these units were regularly circulating 5,133 such forms. The goal is to reduce them to 4,637. But a recent report by the Office of Management and Budget in the White House said that by March 3l the reports still totaled 5,012 or a reduction of only 2.7 per cent from last fall. When Ford announced his campaign last fall to reduce the reports, he said that "American citizens are understandably exasperated by the complexity of reporting to the federal government." The President directed that agencies produce "prompt resul'?" in reducing the volume of re«rts. One reason that progress has been slow is that new reports keep cropping up. For example, the OMB analysis said t h a t in March some 147 forms- were abandoned hy the federal bureaucracy. But between March 16 and April 15, 79 new ones were put in operation. According to the OMB report, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare had the most questionnaires when the campaign began. Coalition appealing EIS Notice of intent to appeal the recent Environmental Impact Statement regarding oil and gas leases in the Flathead River drainage has been sent by Flathead Coalition cochairman Gei;° Albert to Flathead National Forest Supervisor Ed Corpe. In his letter, Albert said the intent of the Coalition is "to appeal for reconsideration of your (Forest Service's) recommendations announced in the final environmental statement for oil and gas lease applications for exploration and development." The final EIS was filed with the Federal Council on Environmental Quality on April 30, 1976. Thirty days from the date of filing, the Bureau of Land Management may be empowered by Secretary of Interior Thomas Kleppe to issue leases. In its EIS, the Forest Service recommended for conditional lease 59,000 acres in the North and South Fork drainages of the Flathead River. The Forest Service recommended outright denial of leasing on another 53,000 acres, issuance without surface occupancy on 32,000 acres and deferral of action on 92,000 Albert has been informed by a government attorney that an appeal of the recommendations is valid. He told Corpe that the Coalition would furnish a detailed statement of objections on or before June 30. "The Endangered Species Act states that development cannot endanger cricital habitat," Albert said. "In section B of the EIS, the Forest Service has stated the entire North and South Fork areas are grizzly habitat. "Our question is. if they can defer part of it. why can't they defer all of it?" Albert said the appeal is being lodged because of the grizzly habitat conflict and other deficiencies found in the final EIS. Corpe said today he didn't doubt the legality of an appeal. But he said he was unsure just what procedure might follow release of appeal specifics by the Coalition. Busy man Flathead High School instructor Dan Hodge had a busy job Monday night, helping the 439 seniors in the class ot 1976 line up for the graduation ceremonies. Hodge is a f a c u l t y sponsor ol the new graduating class. The FHS gym was f i l l e d t o c a p a c i t y f o r t h e ceremonies, which were moved Irom the Flathead C o u n t y Fairgrounds due .to inclement weather. Photo by Marlin Hanson

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