The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on June 10, 1976 · Page 1
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: local Area youth drowns A 18-year old Bigfork. youth drowned in (he Swan River yesterday afternoon, after be apparently fell from a dock into the river. Dead is Robert Eastman, KM of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Eastman of Bigfork. Flathead County Sheriff Al Riersoo said the accident occurred about 7:27 p.m. when the youth was palying with friends on a dock just Math of the Echo Lake Store on the Swan River. Attempts by William Sharp of Bigfork to revive the boy were unsuccessful. ·national 'Narcolepsy' wins WASHINGTON ( A P ) - Tim Kneale, an eighth grader from Nedrow, N.Y., won the 49th annual National Spelling Bee today by correctly spelling "narcolepsy," a compulsive tendency to fall asleep. Kneale, 13, edged out runnerup Rachel Wachtel, an eighth grader from Wooster, Ohio, who misspelled "yarborough," a bridge hand containing no card higher than a nine. Kneale correctly spelled "yar- borough" and then went on to win by spelling "narcolepsy." world Ceasefire begins BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Syria and its Palestinian and leftist Lebanese foes agreed on a cease-fire today. But one Lebanese Christian leader, President Suleiman Franjieh, opposed creation of an International Arab force to end the 14- month-old war in his country. There was a marked reduction in fighting on ail fronts. The Palestinian guerrillas said there had been no shelling or shooting since Wednesday. opinion Three letters to the editor focus on the June 15 vote on alternative forms of government in Kalispeli and Whitefish, while Washington correspondent Lee Roderick takes a hard look at the sex scandal surrounding Ohio Congressman Wayne Hays. See page 6. family Carrie Justus makes debut in a 1812 wedding gown originally owned by her great-grandmother. The gown and many others will be modeled during the Christian Business and Professional Women's Council dinner meeting Tuesday. Other highlights on the family page, 4, include speech winners of the Dale Carnegie course and names of delegates for the Disabled American Veteran's convention. sports You'll find results of all Kalispeli youth baseball games (above) in today's sports section, pages 8 and 9. There are also Major League results and the balloting for the NBA Ail- Star team. weather Weather in the Flathead Valley has changed from sultry to showery but a brighter outlook is forecast with dry conditions and highs in the 65-75 degree range for the weekend. Even thogh conditions will be dry in the valley anyone planning on hiking in the mountains better bring an umbrella since scattered showers are predicted in the mountain areas for Saturday and Sunday. The high today will be in the 70-75 degree range with a low of 45 tonight and high Friday of 65. The extended outlook shows highs in the 85-75 degree range with lows in the 40-50 degree range. CM** ft. la ...1? . . . 1 I - 1 J 13 ..... 1J { 4 . M onta , I3 59601 HISTORtCAI. SOCtBTT OF KOKTMU COW. HKLMA.MT 59601 ^ \ Carter near tipping point · ., AfiC4"W*Y AYttn nnrcc »i_*t i « _ . _ _ _ _ * . _, · «. . . . . By ASSOCIATED PRESS It'i all over but (be counting. Delegates by the dozens are joining the Jimmy Carter juggernaut, making it neariy certain the Georgia peanut f a r m e r w i l l be the Democratic presidential nominee. Carter saw his delegate totals climb Wednesday to all but assure his first-ballot convention nomination, and a legion of bigname Democrats added their endorsements in a show of party unity. Many of his primary opponents -George Wallace, Henry Jackson, Frank Church and Morris Udall -proclaimed Carter a certain winner. The scorecard at the Democratic National Committee towed Carter with 1,514 delegates, aloe more than needed for a convention victory in July. A landslide victory In the Ohio primary Tuesday, and second-place finishes in New Jersey and California, catapulted Carter to the fabled tipping point; by today the opposing field had dwindled away. As dozens of uncommitted delegates pledged support for Carter, he was within, grasp of hundreds more now officially committed elsewhere or still uncommitted. While the delegate roundup continued, Carter's tasks became the ·election of a .Mooing mate, MUdify- iag party unity, and planning a general election campaign against either Gerald Ford or Ronald Reagan. According to the Associated Press survey of publicly committed delegates, Carter already can claim a definite 1,206, with enough more to bring him the nomination expected to Join the bandwagon in the weeks before the mid-July Democratic national convention in New York. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, barred from the 1*72 Democratic convention, studied the Ohio results and said he'd vote for Carter. Adlai Stevenson III released the bloc of 96 index 13 1M1 .2 14 M 7 County investigator appointed by Syl Missoula a t t o r n e y Michael Milodragovich has been, appointed as special prosecutor charged with inv e s t i g a t i n g a n y p o s s i b l e malfeasance in office by Lincoln C o u n t y S h e r i f f M i c h a e l R . McMeekin. Eleventh Judicial District Judge Robert C. Sykes made the appointment Wednesday. Sykes said Milpdragovich's appointment will be limited to "any violation resulting from Sheriff McMeettin's investigation of various and sundry people, including Lincoln County Attorney (William) Douglas." Last week, Sykes appointed Whitefish Attorney Leif B. Erickson as special prosecutor "for the purpose of prosecuting ail persons, including William A. Douglas, for alleged violation of certain laws in Montana." The Judge said it would be "inconceivable" for Erickson to in- vestiage possible offenses committed by Sheriff McMeekin and his staff since his appointment is limited to violations brought to light by McMeekin's investigations. He said Erickson and McMeekin have been cooperating fully in the first investigation. The hiring of the two prosecutors is Uie result of allegations from a citizens' group calling itself the Concerned Citizens of Lincoln County, and a request by Sheriff McMeekin himself. The group alleges Douglas smoked marijuana and ate illegal venism at a 1975 party, and that McMeekin sought to suppress the information. As a result of the latter allegation, McMeekin asked for a full investigation of himself and his office on May The Concerned Citizens of Lincoln County originally had asked for a grand jury investigation of the al- Red Cross and Kalispeli join to help Idaho Flathead County Red Cross and the City of Kalispeli are rallying to help their neighbors in Idaho, devastated by the collapse of the Teton Dam last week. Kalispeli Mayor Norma Happ declared en a live radio program Wednesday her city would be a sister municipality to Rexburg, stricken by Teton fioodwaters. "I can envision the horrors.this city to the south of us must be enduring. 1 am appealing to every citizen of our town to donate everything they possibly can," she said. "We could be in the same unfortunate position," Happ said, noting that a break in the Hungry Horse Dam about 12 miles northeast of here could flood Kalispeli and possible the entire Flathead Valley. Contributions corning in since the broadcast include a trucking firm's promise to deliver all clothing and donated supplies to Rexburg, a department store's offer of free warehouse space to hold the donations, a $30 water pump and new clothing. Money was donated by several lumber firms and the local dumber of commerce, said radio show host Lee Pickett. Mrs. Piekett said special donation telephone numbers, 755-2290 and 755-1431, would remain open through today. Flathead County Red County Red Cross has sent two case work supervisors, Mary Workman and Toni Wells, to Idaho to help victims of the flood. The Red Cross also is raising $624 as its quota for Idaho and typhoon-stricken Guam. Recognizing the Red Cross efforts in the Teton Dam disaster, Idaho Gov. Cecil B. AmJrus said that the agency was the primary voluntary group meeting the immediate needs of individuals and families affected by the flood. "I urge all individuals and g r o u p s a n d o r g a n i z a t i o n s wherever located desiring to make contributions for the relief of disaster victims, to send their contributions to their local Red Cross Chapter," Andrus said. niiooii delegates committed to him aad moat were likely to go to the former Georgia governor. George Wallace, crippled by a gunman while seeking the nomination four years ago and routed in the early Southern primaries by Carter, endorsed Carter and asked bis IM delegates to follow suit. Sen. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, seeker of the presidency since 1960 who hoped the party would come to him this year, refused to authorize a campaign in his behalf, laying Carter was "virtually certain" to be nominated. Sen. Henry Jackson of Washington, well financed as the cam- paign began but badly drubbed by Carter in U* Pennsylvania primary, told supporters be will endorse Carter and try to deliver nil 241 delegates. Sen. Frank Church of Idaho and Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona, who also challenged Carter, as much as acknowledged the race was over. Liberal party leaders, such as Sens. George McGovem and Edward Kennedy, also noted Carter's victory and pledged support. Wallace, cool to previous party nominees, said all he asked of Carter was "to try to make all the people of his country one of the finest presidents we've ever had." legations, but Sykes dismissed the idea. He said grand jury testimony must be kept secret, and citizens wouldn't receive full information on the results of the investigations. Both attorneys will be paid from Lincoln County funds. Sykes said it is possible that any charges resulting from their investigations will have to be handled by another court, because of the extensive involvement the llth Judicial District already has had in the matter. Aid bill nearing approval WASHINGTON (AP) - A revision of the revenue sharing law, extending massive federal aid to local and state governments for 3tt- years, is headed for final action in the House, where approval is expected. If the program is extended through Sept. 30, 1980, the end of fiscal 1980, as called for in the bill, it would distribute $24.9 billion with few federal controls on how the money could be spent. A vote on the measure is expected today. Liberal opponents have little hope of defeating the extention, but they are fighting attempts to water down a series of amendments which include federal controls they say would correct deficiencies in the program. The House was faced with alternatives offered by Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Tex., chairman of the House Government Operations Committee, and Rep. Frank Horton of New York. CHERRIES GROWING Cherry lovers won't have to wait too much longer before being able to munch down on this year's crop. Photo by Sarah Taylor Growers watch cherry crops By DAVE KNADLE8 Inler Lake Slalf Writer No news is good news as far as the Flathead cherry crop is concerned. So it's with a pleasant tone that Flathead Lake Cherry Growers President Chuck Goligoski reports there's little to report concerning the crop. "We expect the crop to come in around July 20," Goligoski said. "Although the poilinizer cherries may come in a little earlier so the stand may be open a few days before the 20th." Last year, the crop harvest was for several days because of unseasonably cool weather. Goligoski said cherry pickers should start arriving in the area anytime after July 15. In the meanwhile, a light staff has begun work at the cherry warehouse in Kalispeli, readying equipment and building boxes to accommodate the expected flood of cherries. Goligoski said the Montana State Employment Service in Kalispeli now is accepting applications for work in the warehouse. He said the warehouse does all its hiring through the employment service, and persons seeking a job must be 16 years of age or older. Telephone hearings scheduled A follow-up of studies on phone service provided by Northwestern Telephone Systems (NTS) in the Flathead will be the objective of a fact-finding committee during several meetings scheduled for next week. The committee has been .dispatched by the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) to present q u e s t i o n a i r e s t o t e l e p h o n e customers in the area and then relay the results to NTS with a deadline for compliance. A spokesman for the PSC in Helena today said the primary reason for the fact-finding committee is to gather specific objections of telephone users in black and white for a presentation to the company. Representing the commission on the committee will be George T u r m a n , c o m m i s s i o n e r , J i m Watson, utilities engineer and Dave Burchett, telephone technician. The committee will be in Poison at the First Citizens Bank at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday; in Whitefish at thi First State Bank at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday; in Kalispeli at the city Council Chambers at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday; in Columbia Falls at the Glacier National Bank at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday; and at the Flathead Bank of Bigfork at 10 a.m. Friday. Economic gains may slow down WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford's top economic adviser said today that a midyear review has prompted the administration to stick with its original forecast for 1976, including that of continued high unemployment, despite the nation's "sustained and durable" recovery from recession. Chairman Alan Greenspan of the President's Council of Economic Advisers said that the nation should not expect the large gains in economic output of the last nine months to continue at such a high level. Despite substantial improvements in recent weeks, lie said the administration still believes the Jobless rate may be 7 per cent or more at the end of the year. "As of midyear... there did not appear to be compelling reasons to make major changes in the over-all outlook for 1976," Greenspan told the Joint Economic Committee. However, Greenspan said the rate of inflation probably would be slightly better than the 5.9 per cent increase forecast by the council last J a n u a r y . And the increase in the nation's Gross National Product likely would be somewhat greater than the council's earlier forecast of a 6.2 percent gain, he said. Although he did not mention specific forecasts for the year, he said the nation's underlying rate of inflation probably has been reduced to a range of 5 to 6 per cent. Greenspan said the gains in employment and the drop in unemployment, from the recession's high of 8.9 per cent to 7.3 per cent last month, have been dramatic. Even so, he offered no change in the earlier official forecast of a jobless rate of from 7 per cent to 7.5 per cent at the end of 1976. While the economy may not match the gains of past nine months, when over-all economic output increased at an annual rate of 8.4 per cent, Greenspan said most evidence points tc a sustained and durable recovery in the year ahead. He said the nation needs to exercise restraint in its money and spending policies.

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