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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 TW LttttMIDGI HttAlD April 21, WO Milestone Is Reached By Electric Department A sdestae ta the history rf the dry's electric deportment was citjr last year into a with Calgary who the Lid. Under the entrust the tiry win but load from Calgary Fever ride peak- load power titm the ad pawcr mi fn- look nor than two yean of study Mi aetorialiai before the dedsjoi was made teenier into the contract vrth Calgary dtr at the time "purchasing add- The Region's Livestock Industry the Mark Buying And Selling Somewhat Of A Gamble In 1969 Wide Fluctuations In Beef Prices generating facfli- which would bare east 1> excess 4 mflhoa. The nirsf} last year became the city'i power pUot was aper I atiag aear peak load capacity 'belfciridge 'still -purchase additional power generatinj equipment in the future but al this time it is not the dtj. wffl hkrij route. out light As the power plant had anly one machine, power had be fnm adjacent nine power plaits when the City plant was inoperative and was Mt DMtible to Mppty the whole town m this way. Light was sappbed OB the basil of cents per month for candle power carbon lamp. Customers frequently changed their eight or U candle power lights for larger ostts. This practice hastened the ion of electric In 1M the City purchased he conupny's power plait and holdings. Construction of a arc power plart was started in the riverfcrtom area and hold- By STEVE BAREHAM HeraM Farm Writer Alberta livestock producers saw a year of substantial live- stock price increases in 1969, over 1968, but wide fluctuations made buying and selling some- what of.a gamble from month to month throughout the year; The baD got rolling early in the spring, when'a shortage of feeder steerS, butcher steers and good cows skyrocketed beef prices. This period lasted through April, May and June when everyone was trying to get into the feeding business be- cause of the grain glut. Listings phnn meted on feed- er and butcher steers after an approximate SO day finishing period, and Lethbridge stock- yards were flooded-with grain finished beef for sale, out the summer months. This sudden influx of beef was to keep prices on a steady de dine until I ale 1969 when people began buying with grain finishing still in mind. A new concept came into the livestock business in the form "rail during Febru ary of 1969, as part of a cur- rent program initiated by the cattle industry to bring about more standardization in buying and seumR prices and proce- dures. Another grading system came to the fore in early 1969 when bog carcass evaluation came into effect. This method of grading did away with the old A, B and C grades and re- placed them with backfat meas- ifements and carcass weights. This is a definite incentive to pork producers to finish better quality hogs, and the benefits are also passed on to the con- umer. Two new livestock handling firms opened in Lethbridge early in Ihe year, C. E. French livestock Ltd. and Southern Alberta Co-op Livestock Ltd. There was some anxiety in southern Alberta .last summer, when an outbreak of anthrax was discovered in the Foremost area, and 13 calUe died of the contagious disease. A passible epidemic was prevent- ed by action .on the part of Alberta veterinary services, who gave credit to improved Market Rundown Total marketings and estimated- values al the Lethbridge public stockyards and packing plants throughout 1969 were as follows: Number Value Sheep.................... vaccines and antibiotics for the jffective cuntiul of UK dnense. Teletype hog marketing came to Alberta in November of 1968, giving producers a new setting method on a more competitive market. Under the new system, Ms of tt hogs-are sold to the highest bidder among Alberta's eight pacting pUnta. Lett- bridge was designated as the assembly point for'the sooth, and 1H present, show that the system is work- ing 'weU. Buyers make pur- chase by pushing a teletype but- ton which stops bidding, giving them the bogs. The Alberta Cattle Commis- sion was organized in Decem- ber of the year.. The commis- sion was designed to improve and increase the economic well being of the province's cattle in- dustry. The commission is pres- ently under a two year trial period, after which its works Till be examined to determine any progress made; The commission has a check- off system oh afi cattle sold to gather finds to promote the beef business. A general trend to increased beef production is expected for Canada through the 70s, as an estimated 3.5 million more beef cattle will be in demand by 1980. Officials caution a beef flood, but with the re- duced wheat acreage, Canada will have some 20 million acres available for beef feeding over the next two seasons. A moder- ate calf increase is forecast for the fall of 1970, and hog pro- duction a expected to increase substantially. The establishment and culti- vation of foreign markets would be a tremendous lift to Canada's livestock industry, as Canadian meat is much in de- mand throughout the eastern world. that In view of this milestone, a history, of the electric depart ment'aod power plant with aa ndtcation of to coine las been prepared by OtiKtje Director Oh' Erdos. BACK TO 1H3 In isb a privatery-ownK company installed the firs electric plant in Lethbridge consisting of two single phase 30 kilowatt, 1MO vok generators driven by a bouepower Robb engine. Steam was sup- plied by the Alberta'Coal and Navigation Co. v Later the company a building and converted it into t. boiler bouse and engine room. The new plant had its own hoi ers, a 550 horsepower engine and 290 kilowatt generator. It was common in those' days for generators to bura up. .Tto happened so often that i rec ord was kept in order to deck whose turn 'it was to do wit noes both steam turbine entars and gas turbine geaer- The units intfilVd i follows: Yrv Rabat Installed Type MO Steam Ita Steam KW 1X3 Steam KW Gas XW 1961 Gas CT The steam units are with additions, the present City power plant PLANT BUKN8 On New Year's Ere, 190, he old power plant was burned to the ground. The new plant was under way, but far from completed and al! possible haste was made to bring this' plant into operation.-.Meanwhile, the City had the Alberta Railway and Coal Co. ta depend upon for light and power. While shifts were working, the mine could supply only a small per Son of the City with electricity The new plant bad. one 309 KW and one 900 KW generator driven by-steam engines. Din- ing 1912 a turbine and .a kilowatt generator were metal led, and in 1919 another turbine and generator of kilowatts capacity was added. .la 1932 a turbine and. gener aior of KW capacity was added and this machine, gefher- with the orat installed in' supplied the Cit through the depression years Since that time the KW unit, has been disposed of, two KW steam.turbines, and two KW gas turbines have been installed. The present power plant, in- la the old portion of the plant, aad the turbines are an extension, WS7. AH generators are rated volts, and electricity supplied ta the City distrfjo- tioa system at this voltage. Both and use natural gas fuel about worth a year. A supply of beating oil is storage tanks north of the power plant as he standby, fuel for mmgtnty use in both the steam boilers and gas ik bines; The electric toad of the City is increasing rapidly and at the rate of load growth established since the Second World War, the electrical load ap- proximately every seven years. If this rate of growth canthnes, the City will have to, provide for twice.the present load seven'years. STAFF The staff of the power plant is under the supervision of the chief engineer Host of the em- ployees are highly skilled and many have studied for years following high school to obtain the necessary government cer- tificates required to jnsuie they are Qualified to perform then- work. In spite of the fact that the powu plant is much larger than it ns -15 yean ago, the staff has not increased, sod now. totals between B and 30 employees upon the time of year. HERFS mon mmm P.S.i dependable top flight service from Canadian Western included! Canadian western natural gas company limited When you're in Alberta you're in "Clear Sky" country thanki to Natural HENRY HOMES LTD. Subway Ttrrau (Cor. 2nd and North Mayor Maootti Drive) Henry Homes has grown from a small builder of custom homes to one of Lethbridge's major construction firms. Wt are proud of this progress and are looking forward to a bright future for South Alberta and Henry Homes Ltd. v HENRY HOMES LTD. Developer of: SUIWAY TERRACE LUXURY APARTMENTS PARK ROYAL ESTATES SUIWAY SHOPPING CENTRE HENRY HOMES LTD. 2018 2nd Awmw North Phora 328-1900 ;