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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Cottage owners dispute Blackfeet lease hike on St. Mary Lake lots By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Twenty-one Lethbndge residents leasing lakefront cottage lots from the Blackfeet Indian tribe in Montana are disputing substantial rental increases they claim are illegal Blackfeet tribal lawyer Philip Roy says the tribe is acting within United States federal law in hiking annual rental fees from to But 21 local residents holding leases on waterfront property on Lower St Mary Lake, 19 miles south of Carway, don't agree with their landlord A deal is a is the position of the cot- tage owners Although many say a year is a bargain rental fee for waterfront land and agree the Blackieet are entitled to a better return on their land they are adamant about lease-breaking Lethbndge developer Art Batty says the agreements between the Blackfeet and the Cana- dian cottage owners are valid and cannot be touched by the Blackfeet tribe until they expire in 1987 Blackteet lawyer Roy claims the leases cite the Code of Federal Regulations which "permit the tribe to review on a five-year basis all leasehold payments He describes negotiations between the tribe and Canadians at St Mary Lake as "very tnendlv and "not abrasive He says the tribe is not singling out Canadians, but is conducting a comprehensive review of all tribal land The substantial leasehold fee increase, he adds, will compensate for many years of conservative ren- tals on'some 'very very fine lots The Blackfeet lawyer and tribal council met 10 days- ago with Lethbndge lawyer Dick Williams, who acts as spokesman for his fellow cottage owners He says both parties to the leases will meet following more legal research by the Blackfeet The first meeting he adds, was amicable and 'not a confrontation The 25-year lease agreements were signed 13 years ago bv the Blackfeet and St Mary Development Corporation Canadians roving south of the border for recreational land signed sub-leases with the Montana real estate firm Though low the annual fee was 'fair at the says one cottager But five years ago the Blackfeet lease with St Marv Development Corporation was cancelled All sub-leases held by Canadians were then honored by the Blackteet tribe Developer Batty, who says 'leasing is my business, suggests the Blackfeet had the oppor- tunitv ago to review leases and adjust rentals but did not Meanwhile Canadians at St Mars Lake are sending their usual rental to the tribe whic h has accepted some payments without argument Some payments have been returned according to Mr Williams There s certamlv no animosity between the tribe and ourselves savs Mr Battv Canadian cottagers also pav the tribe nominal fees for fishing and boating privileges According to an agreement with the tribe Indians are hired by cottagers for construction and maintenance work Indians also suppK Canadians with grain and hay for horses ORIGINAL RECRUITING POSTER USED. IN 1914 The Herald Less urgent call to arms Sixty years have passed since the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry first sought recruits for the Canadian and Imperial forces on the First World War front The contemporary PPCLI was on display near City Hall this week. Here, Dave Dunster and Ken Miller view PPCLI equipment everything from rations to land mines. SECOND SECTION Lethbndge, Alberta, Friday, August 2, 1974 Pages 15-28 City gas users to see increase in bill of 20% By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Lethbndge natural gas users will see a hefty 20 per cent increase in their August billings The increase affects about city consumers, all customers of Canadian Western Natural Gas Com- pany Ltd The company ob- tained the interim increase from the province's Public Utilities Board Whether it becomes a per- manent increase will be decid- ed by the board after hearings in Calgary ooen Sept 16 The last rate increase granted Canadian Western was in 1971 Spiralling costs of wages, materials, interest rates and other operating expenses necessitated the increase, a company spokesman said today It would not mean an increase in profits The com- pany serves 160 000 customers in 100 Southern Alberta com- munities including Lethbndge and Calgary If the PUB turns down the request for a permanent Pickets continue rounds Pickets remained in force this morning as the carpenters' union strike against Prebuilt Industries Ltd went into its second day Hartley Phillips, spokesman for Local 2998 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, said about 50 per cent of the public was respecting the picket lines A negotiation meeting tentatively set for Tuesday had been cancelled because the union's chief negotiator was at the international convention in Chicago, 111 he said increase, the extra money earned will be rebated to customers For the average residential consumer, this is how the increase will be felt If the consumer used cubic feet of gas in a year the average it would have cost before Aug 1, Thur- sday It will now cost 02, an increase of 44 for the year or 20 per cent The increase in an average monthly bill will be about One of the benefactors of the increase will be the City of Lethbndge The city takes off eight per cent of the com- pany s gross sales as a fee for allowing it a franchise here Alhster Findlay, city manager, said today that the price increase also means an increase to 10 per cent of gross sales for the city coffers, or about more a year Mr Findlay said city costs for electrical and water works were climbing "All our costs have escalated so dramatically, it has had a profound effect so I can cer- tainly sympathize with the company While some of the city's electric power is produced by natural gas. electric bills won't go up Ollie Erdos, city utilities director, said today Only a small proportion of Calgary Power's electricity is produced by gas, he said, and Calgary Power is as of today sole provider of electricity for the city Even when the city operated the gas-powered river valley plant the price increase for fuel would not have been large enough to pass on to con- sumers, he said It would have amounted to about per cent of the system's million in annual revenues He said the city would probably have delayed an increase until costs cut into surpluses to a larger degree Approach cut today To allow water to drain Canal washout forces families to flee homes Donkeys., Popeye. holiday headliners Rodeos, fairs dot South over long weekend Southern Albertans won't be officially celebrating Alber- ta's first Heritage Day Mon- day but there will be plenty to do during the long civic holi- day weekend The province's annual civic holiday was designated as Heritage Day as well during the Spring session of the legislature But official functions first time around are centred in Calgary and Edmonton, where recreational events such as a children's fishing derby, art exhibits and ethnic concerts have been organized, a spokesman for the depart- ment of culture, youth and recreation said Thursday Further south, rodeos and fairs spot the landscape this weekend, including ones at Milk River and Coaldale where strange games of baseball will be played on donkeys In Lethbndge, a cultural event of some significance will materialize Saturday at the public library with six hours of old Popeye cartoons However, residents of the Crowsnest Pass who were looking forward to finishing off the weekend with the addi- tion of a new channel of televi- sion entertainment will be dis- appointed CFCN's rebroadcastmg sta- tion on Bluff Mountain, slated to go into operation Monday probably won't be on the air until at least mid-August Ron Norquist, director of engineering and operations tor the station, said in a telephone interview from Calgary Thursday that there are problems in getting a power supply to the new broadcaster Many Pass residents may gam their first view of the new channel, CFTV 1, with the help of batteries installed to run the station if a power line is delayed much longer, Mr Norquist said Holiday entertainment in Lethbndge will include regular Sunday evening schedules at ail theatres including the one drive-in with the addition of a Monday matinee feature at the College Mall Cinema Most restaurants