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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Third Seclioii Herald LcLlibrklgc, Alberta, Wednesday, April 1972 Pages 3IWO Change seen transportation pattern Jl_ K_ KDMOXTOX (CP) The for rush shipments of m WHERE TWO HAGS FLY Two HOTS, one American ana" olhcr Canadian, fly over farm land near Okoloks. Aibevlo is starling lo join Ontario pnd Drllish Columbia as a prime markel for land spoculalion by Prime jtiurkel for speculation. United Slates interests land i out hern A be r ID'S Pine her Creek area. Ir airport ati'in put lei n of tli western Arctic appears to be on the thic'shuld of the liiggesL change si me I tie airplane ended the lonn. isolation of winter MIII aci u.vi the Delta forecast s tin; reopening rj[ traditional Irans- porUilion Irom tlic south by river barge ami ocean freight- nori !i L- r u e r s urn dreaming of another kind of transport They d r e ;i in of being plugged inln vehicular world of MimluTii Canada, no longer dcpiTiik'ni on barges or ship.1) in a briel scramble lor summer transportation or on j costly air freight foi' supplies in winter. They want hichuay.s, like llu- rest of Ciinuda. Tiic dR-aminy blarled in t'ja'tiC'iit This vsheii Hie first IricKIc ol" vehicles from Ihe south staggered into Itui- vik. jiojiulation and tho "argest eoinjmmity in the western Arctic- of Canada. Sonic of the trucks bud made hisiory--Lbc first ovcr- luiiil snipivitinl Iiuin Udmon- lori to the Mackenzie Delta, a rough 1.70D-mile journey. The last section v-, -is over a crude trail acru.ss frozen rivers and for equipment loi lo go iry plane. What northern be- licve will be a more praclical I Crown it's more than anyone handle Ijy barge or 11 tick." ha id I.yle Monlpetil, executive vice-president of Ihe route has advimeed to :JOO miles of Inuvik. Il's called Uic Dempster scheduled for completion in two years. 4-30 mile-" m o n n t a i n s, inuskep and permafrost. 'Ihe highway will link Dau.sun in the Yukon to Inuvik and possibly Tukloyali- tuk on the Ai ctic Coast. A road from Damson leads (o the Alaska Ilitfhuiiy con- iiei'tinii uilli southern or In Ihi- While ll.iilv.ay ;il Triickmu oificiitK Ihe voulc vMH be rmiKli ;nul ex- pensive for their vehicles Hul northern residents say i' mean a lol Uu-ni to re- lieved ol dependence on air freight HI uinlei .STILL "H'S going 10 plug MS JlllO the vehicular says Richard Hill, head of the Inu- vik Research Laboratories "The highway allow people io liavcl Ihe re- gion, il v.-ill facilitate travel to areas ovilsule Ihe legion ami it will in people from the outside. "Also, the rJeinpsU-r High- way will serve to bring gooc throng h uninliahHcd scrub I into northern tuinmunilie-s hush country. i tlirough Llic year at a Umer 1 cost than at present availa- ble.'1 Mr land AlhcrLa, long regarded hy American investors ns merely barren prairie, is starting lo join Ontario and Hritish Col- umbia ns a prime mark el for land spccukilioii by United Slates interests. Real estate iijjenlfi frnm all over tlic province report a mounting intcrc.sl among Americans in AlberUi land in the lost six mmilhs, "Many of them arc dumb- founded to find land at an said an agent in Grande Prairie who sc'llb un- developed properly in tlic Peace Hiver coimlry of north- western Alberta. The greatest U.S. interest, however, is centred on llic prime ranching hind around Pinchcr Creek. west of Leth- bridge and within 75 miles nl the international boundary. A Lcllibrklgc rt'iil osttile agent who specializes in ranch and farm sales said he is aware of a lotal of five major property sales in that area in the last 12 months. All five went to Americans. The largest ranch In be '.old was acres. Together, the five ranches comprised more than 3.000 acrc.s that had been worked by Alberta ranching families for generations, AMLiHICA.VS PAY AlOIli; "On a Canadian market, all acres could have de- manded a price of about SGO an acre." the agent said. "T h e American interests didn't hestilatc in paying an average of SKXi an He said there is no dnulil that the Americans influlcd tlic lantl price Inr boyoml Uie reach of any Canadian who wanted to buy it (or ranching. At an acre, a nmchiny ojHiralion uoulc! lie financially disastrous, "You can't blame Hit? Canu- dian owners They wanted out and sought the best price for their land." None of llic new landlords liab taken up residence on his land. Three of the ranches are vacant. Hie fourth has a lew riding horses for runt mul Hie fifth has been leased back lo (lie original owner. "It's o b v i o u s Uiat they bought it foi' investment pur- poses. One buyer intends lo subdivide it into ID- or 20 acre parcels, put houses up and then sell to other Americans unhappy with the urban cli- male in their country.'1 Oilier owners, he said, in- tend to do no'hing vith their ianri. They will hold on until (hoy get a heller offer, most likely from n fellow Ameri- can, lake llioir profit and probably invest in more The agent said one of the five landlords1 is believed to have a vision of a huge recre- ational development on his properly. Included would bo luxury accommodations, ski hills, pools and a polf eonr.se. "And they aren't worrying about lime. H it lakes ji while they can always lease the laud back In Canadians al six per cent of the selling pi ice. by the prospective owners. They have no inU'iition of fanning U themselves, but. only want to buy it and then lea.se it back al the heal per- centage they can pel.1' WANT MOlir. LAM) Heal estate ageiHs say more and started investing heavily in land surrounding the city. Many land developers now lincl llicy are dealing wilh. non-Canadians when attempt- ing lo purchase land for new developments near the city. Americans r.re also starling Americans would be buving in I lo n b'B Play for unde- Alhcrla if Ihe land was availa- vccrcalion land in I Ijle in suitable quantities. AljouL half of all farm and ranch land in the province is owned by ihe provincial gov- ernment and leased to Canadi- ans. Americans cannot lease Alberta, land. Real estate agents in Medi- cine HnL also report thai, Americans have just started lo make a play for ranches and farms in their area of southeastern Alberta, "There was n flurry of ac- tivity about four years during the race riots and Viet- nam il fadiid until six uvjnlbs a Medi- cine II.'il agent said. ''Land sales still are rave. However, we are receiving a lol of writ- Leu inquiries from Americans. have slarlcd lo adver- tise in American [arm and ranch journals and occasion- ally fhrow an ad into one of the larger (T S. papers. It's coining hut aren't sure Peace River country, said llic Grande Prairie agent Ho said most of Hie pur- chases are speculative al- though sonic arc for commer- cial recreation developments or private "In most cases, money doesn't seem (o a serious concern.'1 Several trucking companies have started regular service along this Mackenzie Valley loll road, mainlained by Bain Brothers Construction of Kr.l- monlon. Bain Brothers charge truckers Tom cents a mile per 1 yvoss von along the Tfrti miles I from Port ere the government roads Inuvik. But Inn-king officials say the toad N payable only dur- ing UK; v inler the mu- i is fi OVUM and ers bridged H can he clij.swl hy Moims for at a lime and Hie trip from Ed- I monlon is con.sicii'icd loo ex- pensive to be practical except Ilill said, ho v. ever, that barges will remain lor long time the clieape.st of freighting in hulk The C r o w n coiporuLion operates llie "up and douti the M v ie lUvcr docs not predivl inncii initiiil com pel it ion from (he li ucking route.--. In fact. Xorlliorn hitioii Co. says be the year in il- his- tory, mainly hocaiiM? n: in- tieastd oil exploration in tli? Art-lie. ''The amount of traffic mov- ing norlli i.s growing so much Nnrlhcrn Traiisjtortation handled tons of cargo lust from for Arctic outposts lo drilling for the oil fields. IL cJ-pi'cts to increase business to tons this summer in the f L- c r i -s h race againsl lime. Mountains of cargo must or moved from r ;L i I v, a y and trucks to 'lie barges for ship- ment along the sys- tem winch ojiL-n until a ij n u t "lit- end of May. is ill Mv. MoniiK'tit. sanl fuvccasls calIt'll for improved lev- els along Hie system this vpear and a "n u i :n a I'' .spring While Hie Irucfcs rumble into the nc.-Meii, Arctic in win- ter and I hi- luga chug m wilh biirgcs in (he, suinmui'. rcM of N'orthei n Canada rc- nuiins brisically in iis Iradi- (ioiial The Lvntnil inlcriur north of CUK! .Saskidchcvvaii re mains lisygely Hmnhnbiled, even hy nahvc peoples who c buen moved by ilic gov- einmcnL lo communi- ties. Tin i e m e almost no roads and tio real plnns for any. It Hip Arctic Pi nnc MimsJor Ti u- deau coiK'L'iili'iited on in a re- cent speech about his north- ern usinn m vvliicii "a Irans- portal inn sv.stL'iu is Ihe key.11 Flis speech dealt wilii ihe of a network driving into Canada's the Aiciic. within a decade. Pail of the system, "v.iih- OILI inclurio an oil and gas pipeline corri- dor and nll-wcMhcr highway llirougli the Mackcimr ir> the Arctic ConM, Uic prima The eastern Arctic would remain m silence. That's not a had investment when ihey will start buying. when you consider thai lln land value is increasing by as much as Iff per cent eacli year." The agent, who did not want his name published, said fhiil while ranch land holds FI greater American interest, (arm land is into Us own. ''I have an H.UDO acre farm deal under way with Ameri- cans right now and I jus! re- I CL'nlly sold a farm. The li.OiMi-acre deal is looked upon as a straight investment The only tiling we are sure of Is that the market, of buyers in the U.S would be unlimited if an extensive advertising campaign ever under- taken." PHKPKIt TO I.KASK Manv farmers feel il is morn profitable lo opera ie on leased land and I here fore welcome U.S. bids. It is nol uncommon lo [ind a group of them chuckling PUBLIC HEARINGS On ihe Conservation of Historical and Archaeological Resources in Alberta T CON.SLH VATJON qvJS. 197? cornier, Knr Communil v ColT .y M. '07? comirr. irfjly Rnom of tup 1. '07? nq norirn of En 107 Sli ws Dklg of liniih. [Inefs rnri'i' br or In tinier lo assist in tchctluling, wrjltcn roUco ol an JiUcnlion to present o would be npprcciaind. Flcriunsts for eiJclilionril Of OlHcr >ce jJi AHinl.7 -r'.t the land was worth. Probably (he greatest con- centration of U.S.-owned land is around [he perimeter o[ Calgary. C'ircunislances there are slightly different, how- ever, since ownership of tins hind has been in foreign hands for several years. Calgaryi s (he homo of scv- end llinusaiid Americans who Merc by Ihe oil and j pas industry. Many of Uicm I have since become Canadians and others intend lo change 1 When (hoy (ir.sl arrived they M-ere quick to rcrognize Ihr prowlh polenlial of Calgary I Twins, 6, suicide i DIUSTOL, Knfiland UicnteiO .luli.'ina Kiss M'as depressed after (he death nf her scvcn- year-old lasl year and I wauled In commit .suicide. Tier six-year-old (win sons they l-wnnlcd (n die with lier ,so ail i Ihrec a heavy dnse of sleeping pills. The lioys died Mil j Mrs. Kiss siiruvcd. Tn cour! sht1 pleaded nuilly lo and was put on probation Mon- day for three years, OSLO 'Al1 Alxml ii persons inarrlird ouLsiflr A tn eric a n cmli.issy M in a demnn.sti alirm ai U.S. irivolvcmeiil in Indo I There vscrc1. no incidents. t h r i upon winnin for the graphic excellence of its women's page Tlic John A, M.'icLijren