Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD August 1973 Drivers miss park feeling By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer WATERTON The chal- lenge as Waterton Lakes Na- tional Park naturalist Duane Bamis sees is to get park visitors out of their cars and into the park. no he people can get the true feeling of the part by just driving on the park roads and in the everyone takes that step out of their my job is not To help people take the Mr. an assis- tant naturalist and seven sea- sonal naturalists conduct a summer long interpretive program that Mr. Barrus says has produced the best results of all Canada's national parks in terms of numbers of peo- ple reached by the program. It includes nature wilderness evening slide presentations at three of the park and something labelled a once-a-week catchall in- volving many of the activi- ties carried out by the natur- alists and wardens. CAR CARAVAN Oddly for a pro- gram that's trying to get peo- ple out of their there's even a car caravan. But peo- ple do dismount from their vehicles at points of interest along the tour. willing to try almost anything to entice people to see what's around Mr. Barrus explains. Last about people or 20 per cent of the park visitors participated in the program in one way or another. As the head naturalist sees the park is a vast ares saturated with informatioa which must be chewed up and spit out in such a way that the layman can understand. information is there if only people will take the time to find out about he says. they'll enjoy their -visit The parks interpretive pro- gram has evolved over the last 15 years as the park ser- vice looked for ways to find out what the visitor would be most receptive to. It started oyt like the camp- fire programs in the Untted says Mr. Barms GLOOM AND DOOM went through a gloom doom stage about five years ago when the pollution outcry was bat we found the public did not want The approach is less simply inviting people to look at their heri- and the program is pre- sented in an informal man- ner that seeks to leach all age groups. A slide presentation last week at the townsite camp- ground for dealt with the general theme of but included pic- tures of all the lakes irt the park and ended with photos of the disastrous 1964 flood that left most of the townsite under conlud- mg that far from controlling man often exists at nature's whim. Most of the activities like the evening slide shows and the nature walks are conduct- ed by the seasonal natural- most of whom are uni- versity students or recent graduates. Competition for the jobs is tough there were 900 ap- plications for the 40 seasonal openings in the national parks mountain region this A degree in natural history is now required to obtain permanent work as a park Mr. Barrus says. He believes that wilderness is necessary to maintain the quality of life that is talked about so much these days. tire national parks there would be prac- tically ro wilderness Canadians are slow to real- ize he accustom- ed as we are to thinking of the vastness of the country and the necessity to develop our natural resources. For so many years we've been told that it. is a land to be that wilder- ness is an that now it is tough to put the brakes Canada is far more fortunate than the United States we can learn from their mistakes. U.S. parks system was suffering years ago from what we are now facing over- crowding. They have had to limit visitation to some of their parks before they were trampled into the Mir. Barrus said Yosemite Park in California faced this fate and the parks after agonizing over what to do about finally decided to limit access except by foot cr public were worried to death about the public reac- tion to but the support was he said. told them they should have done it years Mr. Bar- rus probably not going to learn from their mistakes. can't afford to make a mistake when we're dealing with our But rain systems absent 'Drought conditions not here to stay' Going up Construction on the Heidelberg House hotel on Mayor Mogroth Drive is continuing after delays since the structure was started last November. Originally planned to rise nine it will now be seven storeys high and will have 56 rooms. It is expected to be completed by next spring. Fire cause still unknown All natural causes have been ruled out but the cause of Sunday's fire which almost totally destroyed the Hender- son Lake stadium remains unknown. Fire inspector Doug Ko- metz said Tuesday he sus- pects the fire was either set or with but is unable at this time to confirm his suspicions. The fire burned from the centre of the bleachers to- ward both he and apnarsntly started on the in- field side. His investigation is hamper- ed because the fire burned almost everything in its including any possible evi- dence to explain what Leth- bridge Fire Chief Wilf Rus- sell described as the circumstances sur- rounding the blaze. By AL iSCARTH Herald Staff Writer Meteorologies can tell us why Sauthern Alberta is ex- periencing drought conditions while Northern Alberta is drowning. In the weather sys- tems that bring the ram have moved north. But they can't explain why they moved or where they will move next. a selection of meteorologists Tuesday ex- pressed confidence that those systems were not deserting the South. They said it was impossible to discover a trend that was taking the rain consistently elsewhere. The weather sys- tems would continue in their usual unpredictable patterns. In the present year certainly not the driest we've said Uni- versity of Lethbridge physi- cist Dr. Joseph Rood. do think it is also true that we forget the good he added. SEVENTIES DROUGHT Dr. Irving Krick who heads 3 California group of weath- er engineers said in a tele- phone interview from Palm Springs this year's dry spell will continue into August and that normal precipitation will not be seen until September. His company correctly fore- cast the summer drought last Spring. feel there will be a periodic drought throughout the seventies in the Pacific he said. So far he has been unsuc- cessful in convincing farm or govern ment organizations here to implement a clcud- seeding program. His com- pany has initiated such pro- grams with great success in other he said. is a normal dry pe- riod that has been overdue.'' said soil and water special- ist Dick Heywood of the pro- vincial irrigation division. Ke cited a of good in the sixties. storm track this sum- mer has shifted to the explained federal meteorolo- gist Ted head of the Lethbridge weather office. we would get storms coming through to the south but we haven't been getting them. As they we normally get an easterly moist upslope flow which cools the air mass and the vapour condenses with resul- tant precipitation. ''But a long-wave ridge pressure has be- come established over Alberta and the northern United States. When the storms come in from' the they have tended to track around this ridge to the north. other sources of pre- cipitation for us are the thunder storm and the show- er. Those things bumble along through the country end no one knows where they are going to go. It's the luck of the can't explain claimed bio meteorologist Dr. W. 0. serving with Lethbridge Research Sta- tion. is no basic reason for these shifts in the pat- terns. The jet stream is loop- ing around the northern hem- isphere and if the looping changes and takes all the storm centres that of course means less precipita- But he cautioned that a drought in French West Afri- now in its fifth was caused by the same shift of weather patterns as being ex- perienced here. Some weather experts have said recently that such droughts may be here to stay because of the most signifi- cant climatic change in sev- eral centuries. A worldwide cooling espec- ially over the past 25 has brought on shifting pat- they argue. Some places are getting drier and others wetter. They say there are signs an inter- glacial period is ending and changes could be seen in dec- ades or less. But Dr. Haufe says thai while there are such are no experiments to prove them. Nor would this theory explain the common occurrence of droughts at shorter intervals. A worldwide c imatic shift would up in polar re- gions too and one expert lias reported a cli- matic in the Canadian Arctic. The chief climatologist for the Canada Weather Service in Morley was asked to comment. the there have been unusually severe ice he confirmed. been the coldest in 40 to SO years. Shore ice remained all Since he there has been a cooling _trend across southern Canada. ''But these fluctuations keep rippling like waves on a beach and you can't predict As for .the Edmon- ton weather office head Don Currie tend to be very it is practically impossible to come up with a definite trend. is no sound evi- dence to believe this is the start of a period of dry Only 10 years added University of Alberta mete- Dr. Erhard some were claiming a warm- ing trend was under way. might say there is a trend but they can't back it Some relief in sight Temperatures in the Leth- bridge region will reach 75 to 85 degress for the remainder of the the weathsr of- fice said today. A high of 94 degrees Tues- day matched a record set in while a temperature of 93 in Brooks broke a record of 92 degrees set in 1943. The weather will remain hot and dry with a possible cool- ing trend expected tonight- The cool air from the north- west may bring scattered thunder storms to the region. Terrorism meet held About 100 Alberta and Am- erican policemen attended a seminar Tuesday on terror- ism and sponsor- ed by the Lethbridge Police department. Chaired by Bob Spe- cial Agent in Mon- tana and Idaho Fed- eral Bureau of the seminar was addressed by three all FBI agents stationed in Montana. The terrorism seminar was attended by police officers from Medicine Leth- and members of Cio KCMP. The conference was closed to press and public and in- formation on specific topics discussed was not released. Business world rejected for art's sake By JOANNA MORGAN Herald Staff Writer Nothing is as sure as change. And nothing can be as unsure es seeking changes. Edward Faiers and his- wife Leona are in Lethbridge for the first time since 1952. Twenty years ago Mr. Faiers left a successful city business career at the age of 43 to study in New York and be- come a full-time artist. The department head at the Memphis Academy of Arts makes his gamble sound easy after two decades of painting and teaching. He's had at least 28 one-man shows in galleries in the Edward Faiers from Lethbridge to Memphis via a New York brown- stone. United States land com- peted in more competitive ones. Mr. Faiers was raised in Winnipeg and studied com- mercial art there. The onset of the Depression coincided with and so he looked for employment in something practical. Between 1932 and 1938 he worked in a department store setting up stores in Calgary and Lethbridge. With Western Canada Hard- ware between 1939 and Mr. Faiers became advertis- ing manager and a little clos- er to the things that really interested him. U of A extension courses in and summers at the Banff School of Fine Arts were spliced between business hours- Mr. Faiers was active in the Lethbridge Sketch Club. he taught extension courses for the U of A. The old YMCA building or. 4th Avenue was used for art classes after the war. and it was there in 1948 that Faiers taught and met his wife. Lecna Faiere is the daughter of M. L. the well-known district agricultur- ist who became head of the Provincial Horticultural sta- tion in Brooks in 1936. was said Mr. we felt we had to make a Once the decision was the Faiers exchanged their home on 13th St. S. in Lethbridge for a brownstone in New York City. Mr. Faiers attended the prestigious Art Students League. On their own Mr. Faiers was a janitor when he wasn't an artist and his wife became a receptionist at a school of ''social It they a invigorating time. The Ail Students League was pop- ulated by ex-G.I.'s. New York's art world had the force of expression- to contend with. A style that he it was not ons that Mr. Faiers emulated. He explained why. An artist's style will come about basically from his es- sential and his earJy training. Accepting the post to the Memphis Academy in 1952 was a culture shock for bath the family and the ar- tist. The landscape of the Deep South seemed tame after the prairies. had no feeling for what was around said Mr. Faiers. Before his paint- ing had dealt with landscapes o.- figure but began to The Memphis where Mr. Faiers has about 180 students enroll- ed full-time and another 150 in part-time studies. Paint- interior and fabric and advertising are taught there. The artist has taught ex- tension courses and summer schools in Tennessee and Mis- sissippi. He taught at the Pratt Graphic Centre in New York City in 1966 and was the artist-in-residence at the Uni- versity of Mississippi in the summer of Last year Mr. Faiers as- sembled twenty years' work into two exhibitions of pstot- ings and in Mem- phis. He scrutinized his own work in a retrospective for- ward to the exhibition cata- logue. He sees a gradual re- turn to interest in the prob- lem of the human and a greater fascination with the organization of the painting. And as an outsider and a the overcoming of reluctance to comment on so- cial problems around like race relations. A satiric vein underlies seme of Mr. Faiers' work. He caricatures gently people like Jackie Tiny Tim and the late Senator Everett Dirksen. His wife Says people some- times take these paintings too striously but Mr. Faiers says. haven't learned to laugh at them- selves. Canadians are more willing to acknowledge their He dismisses fashions in art as cyclic When abstractionism was in he his own thing was greeted with dis- Approval now is not all that itnoortant. Rather than be influenced by every running the definite risk of becoming derriere of the avant- he suggests paint- er worth his salt will beat his ovvn Since 1969 the artist has been explonng the sculptural possibilities of painting. He constructs mask-like frames puts canvas over them. The result is a painting witil the third dimension depth usually only intimated in paint and explicit in sculp- ture. The Faiers return to their home in Memphis next the' city where says Mrs. Faiers with a didn't intend to stay so 3-dimensionfil painting These the buses for some of Edward Faiert' recent pointings. Once the bases are covered with canvas end pairUed. The results ore three-dimensional tnat combine sculptural facets with the paintad canvas surface.