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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Thursday, April 12, 1973 Speedskating oval ivill provide community winter playground By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer Local officials planning the 1975 Canada Winter Games propose a post-Games com- munity winter playground cen- tred around the proposed 400- metre speedskating oval. The possible future uses of a speedskating oval in South- ern Alberta were studied bv Bob Bartlett, city community services director, Dean Coop- er, chairman of the Winter Games committee, and an ar- chitect for the arena ova! complex during a trip to Ho'- land last week. A report prepared by Mr Bartlett suggests the local oval could be used for pubbc skating, freeing more time the indoor rinks for figure skating and hockey. That's the way it's done In Holland, where nine of the 14 regulation ovals in the world are located. The oval planned for Lethbridge, to be built adjacent to the Sportsplex near the Lethbridge Commun- ity College, will be the only one in Western Canada. "It is not uncommon to have to skaters at a regular session" on one oval w Holland, Mr. Bartlett said- Provision should be made here for skaters to take ad- vantage of areas in the main arena to warm themselves, to have skates sharpened or to buy coffee at a concession, he suggested. At all the ovals in Holland, he said, restaurants overlook the skating surface. Special events such as skat- ing parties and competitions are held frequently at the ovals. At one in The Hague, Mr. Bartlett said, a large car- nival is held with the oval decorated as a canal. Motor- cycling on the ice surface has been started on a regular basis. Once the 1975 Winter Games have been completed, "Leth- and Southern Alberta can look forward to more than (he odd speedskating event. We will have a good outdoor fitness and recreation Mr. Bartlett said. The weather here could pcje problems for the ice sur- face, but Holland has poorer over-all conditions and over- comes them, he added. House calls by school staff approved By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer A plan for personal visits to the homes of Catholic school students, by a specially train- ed employee, was approved Wednesday by Lethbridge sep- arate trustees. Complete details on the pro- posal are expected to be an- nounced before September by board superintendent Ralph Himsl. "I think this is a tremendous thing. Schools used to do this rears ago. before we made the school a separate unit. "This should be done as a matter of urgent business to see if we can't get something going by Sept. 1." board chair- man John Boras said. Mr. Himsl said funds for the sendee might be provided by the provincial government, as "upgrading of per child per year. "I think this is one of the best things that has ever come out of the present government over there at Edmonton." Mr. Boras told the board. Mr. Himsl said the project be designed to improve communication between par- ents, teachers and students. "Parents are no more eager to come to the school now than they before. "For decades, schools have struggled with parents about the children and the progress they made with the courses offered by the schools. "The pace of change in the 2-province conference recommended A conference of Catholic school officials from Alberta and Saskatchewan was rec- ommended Wednesday by Fa- ther W. H. Kelly of Leth- bridge. Kev. Kelly, in a report to lo- cal separate trustees, said a two province meeting would best serve teacher goals in religion and would co-ordin- ate efforts of Catholic educa- tors. His suggestion was accept- ed by local trustees, who will forward the idea to a May 12 meeting of the Alberta Catholic School Trustees' As- sociation at Calgary. Rev. Kelly said professors and experts in religious stud- ies cannot be brought into the Lethbridge area on a continu- ing basis. "It can't be done through the University of Lethbridge. The number of educators reached is too small, the im- pact would probably be low.'' he said. Other alternatives to a Prairie conference were dis- regarded by Rev. Kelly as too complicated, too costly or too ineffective. schools, and the society in which they function, demands more and newer fonus of com- Mr. Himsl said. He said personnel trained in communication could work full- time, relating the school pro- gram and student progress to parents. "They would provide a fre- quent communication from home to home, as well. The principal of the school would direct their activities." Mr. Himsl said. He said persons employed for such work would receive spe- cial training and would work under a "carefully developed job specification." Trustees authorized further study on the project and ap- proved development of a detail- ed proposal for the "creation of the position cf schools' home visitor according to the criteria set by the (provincial) Educa- tional Opportunity Fund." Student gets Calgary trip A Grade 10 student from Catholic Central High School will represent Lethbridge at a Canadian studies forum this month in Cateary. Michaela Kinahan was se- lected by the department of education from a list of sev- eral Alberta region students. Onlv one ether Lethbridge student, from the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, was nom- inated. Separate trustees Wednes- day issued formal congratu- lations to Miss Kinahan and reaffirmed their agreement to finance costs of her trip to Calgary April 29 to May 5. Speakers at the spring meeting, to be held at the University of Calgary, will in- clude former state secretary Judy LaMarsh, former post- master-general Eric Kierans and Norman Ward of the versity of Saskatchewan. Twenty-one high school stu- dents and their chaperones from across Canada, the Yukon and Northwest Terri- tories will take part in the conference. Participating with Miss Kinahan will be two students from the Edmonton system, one each from the Edmonton and Calgary separate systems and one student from Med- icine Hat and Red Deer. Delegates will be billeted with families of Calgary high school students. A regis- tration fee, plus transpor- tation costs, are expected to be paid for Miss Kinahan by Lethbridge separate trustees. The conference has been de- signed to examine'Canadian goals, culture and future na- tional aims. Easter flotver BILL GROENEN pnotoi Daffodils waving their yellow flags over a sea of green signal that spring is in full flower in Southern Alberto. These bright harbingers of Easter were spotted in a garden at 1607 6th Ave. S. Plans, building controls approved for west side By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The Municipal Planning Commission Wednesday gave the West Lethbridge stage one development control plans its seal of approval and passed the ball on to city council. But if the MPC meeting was any indication, council could find itself in for a good stormy session when the guidelines come to it in res- olution form for approval. The West Lethbridge plan- ning team was questioned closely by commission mem- bers on several of the pro- posed guidelines -which spell out in fairly specific terras what builders and owners will and will not be able to do in West Lethbridge. Everything from exterior color of the homes to of fence, will be controlled with- in certain limits to meet the neighborhood concept the planners envision. Fears have been voiced in several quarters that there are too many restrictions, but the planners continue to say there will be enough lati- tude to meet most individual needs. Native friendship centre still looking for home The native friendship cen- tre, much travelled of late, may find a new home in the phase two urban renewal area. The Friendship Society was before 'he Municipal Plan- OFY project gets school use The use of school facilities for an Opportunities for Youth Project was approved Wednesday by Lethbridge separate trustees. A request for use of class- room space in all but St. Basils School was received from Maria Padula. who satd government approval of the 38.000 program is expected af- ter April 20. "The project consists of non-classroom orientation for the 350 incoming Grade 1 stu- dents. A survey will be car- ried orjft by v i s i t mz student homes 1o identify factors that influence the child's adjust- ment to school. "We wouH like to request of classrooms for three hours per effpcliie in helping sru- donls In other business Wodncs- dav. Irvflew T.-.blod a report on rlu'irfhiirrf education in the hoard rcpre- ion iit a maintenance workshop May 2 to 4 at Banff M't in secret session In apjwrnlmcTjt an to secretary -treasurer N L Reilandcr. the request only because j< is a volunteer project, was not impressed with j-oais ci'tfeed by Miss Padula." "Pm not that enthused over a deal like this. I wonder aiwrt oreanizing farther and farther down Uw ladder. "Next thing you know, well have an organization to help spoon feed a Mr. Boras said. Directing Ihe project with Miss Padula -will be Kathy Sawicki. another University Ijethhridge student, and local lush school Cudcnts Gloria Pigal. Barbara Himvl, Tina Padula and Pan] Feath- wslonc Ix- 'm two three de- pending on the (hild's nee-ds lo help the parent afopt the ehiM's sleeping frhodulcs and eating habits lo school ''A questionnaire ?nd tory of the family will be carried out in a man- rcr to identify in- fluencing n fhf-d progress in Miss PsduJa said. ning Commission Wednesday with an application to estab- lish a centre at 306-303 2nd Ave. S. Members of the society ex- plained to the MPC that while they could legally move into J25 13ih St. N- next to the Old Country Sausage Shop, there was too much neighbor- hood and customer nressure on owner Hufjo Mueller, and they had decided against moving in there Mike Kccwatin. executive director of the Friendship So- cie'y toid the commission the building now being sought by the socelv was to be sold pending MPC approval of its use as a centre. Trie pro-pec- tne owner had agreed to rent Jbe society for per Commission chairman AM. Bill Kergan asked the society would do aboul the several Chinese people living in the part of the building at -TOR 2nd Are. S Mr. Kcewalin said the Friendship Centre would be started in other half of the brildinc and the people would be given notice. The society "5 request was tor one week for fur- ther study In otbcr business the com- mission okayed a apartment ai 1623 Scenic Heights, turned dovn a p3ci! at 335 2Stn S srd approved a duplex al Nor- mandy Rd. More land sought by area rancher as petition grows By RIC SWIHART Hci.-ald Staff Writer PINCHER CREEK Only 45 narnss have been signed on a petition calling for gov- ernment control on large land holdings in the Municipal Dis- trict of Pincher Creek. District ranchers and fanners at a public meeting in Pincher Creek March 24 unanimously approved a mo- tion aimed at stoppiing the expansion of Julien De- shorties, and other large land holders. Mr. Deshorties has suc- ceeded in buying 8.425 acres cf deeded land and has con- trol of acres of lease land about 10 miles south cf Pincher Creek. He has es- tablished a cattle raising op- eration and has signed a million contract to supply Eu- ropean markets with red meats. The Herald learned Wed- nesday that Mr. Deshorties now has an option to pur- chase an additional 4.800 acres of deeded land from C. O. Murray and his brother of Fincher Creek. This would bring the land holdings of Mr. Deshorties to acres, including lease land. He now has formed four companies Pincher Creek Ranches Ltd., Creek Ranch Ltd., Marelemi Ranch Ltd. and Benjamin Ranch Ltd. According to Pincher Creek municinal district secretary Ken Phillips deeded acres and the lease land were secured from the Burlington Northern Railroad, formerly the Great Northern Rail Road which purchased the land years ago while devel- oping the national parks in Canada and the U.S. The rest of the 'and Mr. Deshorties now holds was purchased from ranchers in the area. Mr. Murray told The Her- ald there is a time limit on the option and that he is wait- ing for word from Mr. De- shorties. As far as Mr. Murray is concerned, the land transac- tion, if it is completed, will be a strict business deal. "We're in business to make money." he said. Farmers in the region Wed- nesday through rumor al- ready had Murray's land sold, the price set and what Mr. Murray is going to do. Some BersoES speculated that the selling price was per acre. Mr. Murray said that sounds like a ''prcuv famas- tic" price although he "cer- tainJy wouldn't mind if the price was that Dave G'cn Sr. a retired ranrher who is circulating part of the petition, said he was sure he could get the list of names up lo Jofl by today. Mr. GJen said the petition doesn't carry enough weight as far a? he is COT corned. The pelitJon. directed at the Roloff Bern honored Photographer Holnff Beny of Jjeihbridge was invested Wednesday an officer of the Order of Canada by G-m Gen Poland MirbcTier Mr Bcmnv was amonj; i9 installed in the order in a cercnwny in Oltnv.a Others invested included .1 F. Ijeddy. of Windsor. Ont president and vice-chsnrr'jlor of Ibc of Windsor. jsrr. Of car of Dr Xnlbimrje Mrljcarnan M Sydncv. JC S boiwrary curator if 1he Iw- trass o{ legislative assembly in Alber- ta, states: petition of the under- signed citizens of the Munici- pal District of Pincher Creek No. 9. tlie purchase of sev- eral large land holdings in the Municipal District of Pincher C r e e k No. 9 by persons or corporations with vast finan- cial resources, with which local residents are unable to compete, is cause for a grave concern that the rural way of life will be drastically dis- rupted. r'Aad that the problem is very acute as interests of for- eign investors are actively pursuing the acquisition of additional large holdings of land in the Pincher Creek area. "Therefore your petitioners humbly pray that your Hon- orable Assembly may pleased to impose controls on the sale and purchase of land holdings involving purchases and sales that are large enough to be detrimental to the remaining community in- volved." Mr. Glen said he would rather the land was made available to young, qualified people through government financing than to have large holding established. Dave Glen Jr. of Lundbreck said such large land holdings are bad for the people, espe- cially the businessmen in the surrounding communities. He said with the formation of large land holdings, the purchasing power of the com- munity is diminished and businesses will be unable to survive if the expansion of the land holdings isn't halted. Gophers cause i ranch damage PINCHER CREEK-Pock- et gophers are once again dig- ging mounds of dirt through- out the western portion of the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, causing an increasing concern for area ranchers. The pest has become such a bother ranchers have start- ed building huge rolling ma- chines to flaten the fort-high mounds and the agricultural service board is now demon- strating how to get rid of the pest. Doug Kettles, former agri- cultural fieldman for the dis- trict, said the pocket gopher, a burrowing rodent, "is a real, continuing problem." He said it has been trou- bling ranchers, primarily in the pasture areas, for the past 15 or 20 years. Mr. Kettles said the gopher lives in burrows. While it digs, it eats the roots cf plants. While making its bur- rows, the gopher displaces the dirt causing mounds which can become two feet in diameter. He said the black-soil re- gion in the western portion of the district is affected worst. The mounds become hin- drances to haying and crop- ping operations because they interfere with the machines. Ed Bums, a rancher 15 miles south of Pincher Creek, has had a large roller made. He claims that when the soil is soft, he can roll Ms ma- chine over the mounds enough to be able to work in the fields. Mr. Kettles said the mu- nicipal district is showing ranchers how to probe the ground for the pests. By inserting probes into the ground, the burrows can be found. Poison is then poured into the burrows, killing the gophers. He said the action is easier when ranchers work the land with an implement first to clear the fields of any mounds. In the morning, two or three new mounds can be found and the barrows more easily distinguished. Park policy' applies only to Edmonton., Calgary Herald Ix-sKlatnrr Burran EDMONTON Lands and Forests Minister Allan War- rack Wednesday tnM Ivc'h- bridge West MLA Dick Gruemvnld that the new pro- vincial parks policy for cities applies only to Edmonton and Calgary the throne speech open- current ssssion of the Ir.'si-'l-'i'rc. the Loushecd gov- i announced a new pnl-cy cf providing nrcvincia! parks wiihin the centres. Dr War rack told Mr. a private eon- rcrssJinn 13wt only Calgary Edmmlon qualify as ircSro centres. Mr Gruenwaid told the Chamber cf Com- merce Monday that Leth- hridrc should make applica- tion tor finxfc under the new Assessor Don Simpioi, 37, h c 5 appointed Ic'hbridgs ossessmem supervi- sor. Mr. Simpson, who ihe municipal assessor 'for ihc -c o u n J y of Foremost smcs 1967, will also be ihc municipal assessor for the municioal dislrid of Trabsr, His officp will be in provincial administration building here. V.lnlr fo rnrk within Ibe niy Ijrthbridge are not r.vcilable, Dr Warrack said Ixjlhhridpe could apply fnr rmrjcy the corrmi- 1 rrrrealion ijrant VT Grurnwald had sug- perhaps a oroposerl park and lake envisaged for the university area on tJe side of the river, might qualih a provincial park. Dr Warnu-': s-aid tisrol rcrrestion funds are ,-nailrMc inr that projcd it is up to local government bow to spend tiioss funds, ;