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Archives from 130 years 0fthe Philipsburg Mail Philipsburg Mail - Thursday, June 15, 2017 15 May 21, 1992 Due to low snowpack and unseasonable warm weather, both roads to Garnett Ghost COULD BE Town are open about a month earlier than usual, according to Delon Potter of the Bureau "Water, water everywhere, but of Land Management office in not a drop to drink" is not an Missoula. adage that will be heard in Garnet, which lies in the Granite County this year. It Garnet Mountain Range north will more likely go "Water, wa- of Drummond, can be reached ter nowhere, not even a drop via the county road that runs to drink", up Bear Gulch from U.S. In- Water wars are not uncom- terstate 90 or via the Garnet mon in the county, but they Range Road from Montana usually don't begin until July Highway 200. or August. However, this year The visitor center at Garnet the first war began last week. is open on weekends. Now The Lower Valley water users that winter is over, there are typicallybegin to irrigate three no longer cabins for rent in to four weeks earlier than the Garnet. Upper Valley users, due to the Potter said there is very difference in elevation and little snow on either road. He climate between the two areas, added that the streets in Gar- This year, though, has seen net, usually a "quagmire" at unusually dry, warm weather this time of year, are now dry. and the Upper Valley water The BLM requests that visi- users began to irrigate earlier tors to Garnet follow the signs this month, and park only in the parking Members of the Flint Creek lot. Water Users Association in the Lower Valley who have June 8, 1967 purchased water from the East Fork Reservoir project should have seen watering their irri- DOES NOT PAY gation ditches last week, about FOR BREAKING two days after the fates were open to the "state" ditch. How- ever, an Upper Valley water The government is not mak- user diverted the water for his ing payments to farmers and own use and not enough water ranchers for breaking our flowed to the lower valley, grassland for crop producton, The Board of Directors of the Department of Agriculture Flint Creek Water Users As- spokesmen said today. sociation met at the Granite The statement was made to County Courthouse on Mon- clarify misunderstandings that day. may have a risen from discus- sion of agricultural programs May 21, 199 at a recent meeting of live- DRY ROADS TO stock producers. A.V. Linford, state conserva- GARNET GHOST tionist for the Soil Conserva- Adorable Father's Day Contest Ad 1967 tion Service, and Douglas G permanent vegetation to con- Smith, executive director for trol erosion. the Agricultural Stabilization ASCS has requested autho- and Conservation Service, said rization to offer cost-sharing there are neither payments at reduced rates for applying nor penalties for breaking, contour and wind strip crop- Smith and Linford pointed ping erosion control practices out that the government has when sod is being broken. It no control over the actions of is more economical to leave landowners and operators who erosive areas in grass than it is may have grassland they want to allow the areas to erode and to turn to crop production, then later reseed to a protec- The agencies encourage tire grass cover, the spokes- farmers to apply needed soil man said. conservation practices to Operators planning to con- control erosion. Landowners vert land from grassland to planning to break out grass- cropland are urged to consult lands are urged to maintain with their local SCS and ASCS waterways and buffer strips in offices before breaking to grass. They are also encour- determine soil conservation aged to lead steep lands and practice needs that will pro- other unproductive areas in tect the soil resources. mmutl :lng But we need to know about them so call us: 406.859.3223 Or email: Or stop in our office at 410 West Broadway in Philipsburg if we're not open, just drop it in our mail slot.