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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta SPECIAL EXCURSION FARES CAIOARY LAS VEGAS 153.84 RTN. CAIOARY LOS ANOEUS 171.90 RTN. CALGARY PHOENIX 187.17 RTN. (Add lax to above farts) ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL VILLAGE MALL PHONE 326-3201 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, August 17, 1973 PAGES 13 TO 22 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE lowtr Level 7th Street Shopping Lethbridge, Phone (403) 32B-7411 FILING Drought negates farmer's planning, scheming Crop insurance, loans in precarious balance Dismal outlook Leon Archibald surveyst crop Leon Archibald has chosen fanning to earn a living for his family. Four years ago when he started, he didn't have 000, or even needed to buy his way into the farm- ing business. Being a think- ing man, he didn't want to borrow vast sums to gamble his way. So Leon rents land. He also bas crop insurance. And operating money is borrowed by the year. He's working, scheming, culating. But the terrible drought perhaps the worst in Southern Alberta in 40 years has him spinning his wheels. With acres rented from individuals and the Pei- gan Indian Reserve and "a type of partnership" on anoth- er acres owned by his father, Leon faces fall har- vest hard on the heels of two consecutive years of very dry weather. "I never get into a loan situation that isn't covered by he says. Under the Alberta Hail and Crop Insurance Corporation, he has the choice of how many bushels par acre he would like to be assured pay- ment for and a choice of three prices for the grain, whether it be wheat or barley. The premium for the in- surance policy depends on the combination of crop yield and price he wants protec- tion for. Calculating Insurance pre- miums, seedbed preparation, seeding and labor costs, he feels he has and per acre tied up, depending on the land rental price. This money conies from his loan. And tbis is even before he considers harvest. Harvest adds another per acre from his crops to even come close to breaking even. second year in a row, the drought conditions- have hurt. The acres for which he gets payment from the insurance corporation generally don't require har- vesting. This saves per acre. Through good management and adequate crop insurance Leon claims he has been able to stay ahead of loan pay- ments. During the drought years, he just hasn't been aible to get ahead. Little wonder he looks en- viously at farmers who have their land paid for and have new equipment. The establish- ed farmers aren't as affected by the dry years when crops are poor. Tlhese farmers can use their built-up stocks of grain as a type of insurance program, says Leon. The hard years mean non- farm jobs during the winter months to get money to live. Leon didn't get into farm- ing out of necessity. He did it because he wanted to, be- cause it offered more of a chance to make good money despite the added risk. This year the risk won out but there's always next year. INTERIM POLICY 80-acre subdivision limit set for region BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS Custom Mi. 3284372 2716 12 Ave. S. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC chwdrfi BMg. 522 5th St. S. Phone 328-4095 PHARMACY FACTS FROM O. C. STUBBS So it's only a.m., and already feeling like you've 'got a cold'? You see, with all of the research don on 'how to cure a cold' maybe the comedian's wise- crack about, don't they [learn what won't :cure a isn't really so sil- ly after all. We know that a cold is a virus di- sease that one cold does provide only short term immun- ity for the next that chil- dren under five years of age are at their most susceptible stage of development, and that they are what is commonly- called 'carriers'. Of course, you should avoid chilling and wet feet and becoming over-heated. The best advice is (always) to see your doctor when you feel a cold coming on. Here at Stubbs Pharmacy, the filling of your presription is our main reason for being in business. 1506 9th Ave. S., is the address where we're always glad to be of service ta you. Open daily a.m. to p.m. Sundays and 13 noon to p.m. Small-town attitudes changed? Small town life in Southern Alberta could be making a comeback, a University of Lefchbridge professor told a meeting of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commis- sion Thursday. Geography professor Dr. Frank Jankunis said atti- tudes of small town inhabi- tants appear to have changed in the last three or four years. Where before people didn't seem to care about their towns and were content to flow with the tide, they're now almost militant about ASTRO REALTY LTD. Hurray, Hurray, we sold a home today, let us yours. PHONE 328-7748 FEW THINGS IN LIFE RUN AS WELL AS A VOLKSWAGEN 1971 VW 100% warranty on motor extra clean unit 1971 MAZDA 1200 1967 SUNBEAM Alpine Convertible with hardtop 1965 FORD 2 DOOR HARDTOP 5595 1958 FORD Vi TON New tires and battery RAEWOOD MOTORS LTD. VOLKSWAGEN PORSCHE AUDI SatM 328-4539 3rd Ave. and 14th St. f. their towns succeeding, he said. And there are indications that young people who grew up in the small towns and uniformly left for the cities are beginning to come back to their home towns if they can find jobs even in the vi- cinity, Dr. Jankunis said, citing Raymond as a clear cut example of this trend. "The 1960's may have been the decade of the cities, but the idea of the small town seems much nicer now." Dr. Jankunis, Dr. Bahir Bilgin, U of L economics de- partment head, and four U of L students are conducting a study of small towns in the region, to attempt to find why some are growing and others are experiencing growth problems. Dr. Jankunis told the com- mission members, that on the basis of findings so far, Southern Alberta small com- munities don't have as many problems as most small com- munities elsewhere. He said the study will take at least a year to complete. In the first part of the study this summer, 20 people in each of 10 communities are being interviewed, and Dr. Jankunis said he hopes to ex- pand the study to 10 more communities. The study team tries to find two civic officials, two traditional leaders, two new- comers, two oldtimers, two merchants, two teachers, two young people and so on to answer a four-page question- naire to try and pinpoint what people think of their community, he said. The study will attempt to determine how successful communities grow, or at least maintain their size. This information will be passed on to communities that are having problems. Dr. Jankunis'jsaid the inter- views are proving very inter- esting. The people in Claresholm, for example, seem to know how to make their town grow; they know where the dollars are, and how to get them, he said. Barons is another example, lie said. "It has no reason to still exist, but people are happy there and are very de- fensive about their commu- nity." "They're Informally took- Ing at ways to keep the com- munity from declining and our preliminary investiga- tions show they're successful at it." AKROYD'S PLUMBING, HEATINO AND GASFITTING 24-HOUR SERVICE WORK New Installations Phone 328-2106 BEATTY LIQUID MANURE SPREADERS Spread over 4000 gals, per hr. The all new 800 and 1400 gallon Beatty Liquid Manure Spreaders are the most versatile machines available. Besides being a vacuum pressure spreader, a pressure hatch at the top rear of the tank allows loading with a separate pump. This special feature is not available in other vacuum spread- ers. As it only takes a few minutes to fill and spread with the Beatty Liquid Manure Spreaders, as many as six loads an hour have been drawn off and spread in the field. This is only a fraction of the time and effort required by other methods. Distributed by Oliver Industrial Supply Ltd. 236 36th ST. N. LETHBRIDGE Phone 327-1571 803 46fh AVE. S.E. CALGARY Phone 243-5551 E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX (Leth.) DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Dental Phone 327-6565 By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The Oldman River Region- al Planning Commission adopted an interim policy Thursday of limiting subdi- visions of agricultural land to a minimum of 80 acres. The move to increase the minimum subdivision from 40 acres is recommended in the preliminary regional plan, under consideration by the commission, and is designed to prevent the removal of prime agricultural land from production. Anything less than 80 acres is considered too small to farm economically and such parcels of land end up being used for other purposes, most often for country residences. This has occurred with great frequency in recent years in the County of Leth- bridge, which earlier this year adopted a development bylaw of its ownxlimitmg sub- division to 80 acres, commis- sion executive director Law- rence Smith said. Because there weren't enough small holdings avail- able to meet the demand for country residences, the coun- ty ended up with several 40- acre country residences when that was the minimum subdivision allowed. Mr. Smith suggested the 80-acre minimum be adopted as an interim measure in the rest of the region because the demand for smaller subdivi- sions had increased since word of the 80-acre proposal became public. The proposal itself is cre- ating demand as people want to get smaller parcels of land before it is adopted, he said. The 37 commission mem- bers, representing all local government in the region, have set up committees among themselves to discuss various aspects of. the plan. In the meantime, it will be used as a guideline. There are exceptions to the interim subdivision policy allowing intensive agriculture, which includes farming operations that may be practical on less than 80 acres, such as irriga- tion farming and poultry or INSURANCE HOME-BUSINESS-FARM AUTO and LIFE WE CAN SAVE YOU MONEY See us soon fORSTf R flGtNCY 706 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-2793 IF1NAI DAY SATURDAY! CAMM'S SUMMER SHOE SPECTACULAR LADIES' SANDALS All sizes. Reg values to SUMMER SELL OUT 5 and NATIONALLY ADVERTISED Joyce Shoes Discontinued patterns Reg. to PRICE CHILDREN'S SHOES Short and discontinued lines Reg. to TEENAGE TIES Chunky and fiat heels. Reg. to SUMMER SELL OUT..... Open tonight 'til 9 Saturday 9-6 CAMM'S 403 5th Street S. SHOES pig raising. Applications for subdivision below 80 acres for such purposes will be considered on their own merits. The move to an 80-acre minimum did not meet with the full approval of commis- sion members and adopted on an 11-7 vote. Some members felt the de- mand for smaller parcels of land was not as great in their areas as it was in the County of Lethbridge and not a seri- ous probelm. Woodward plans to build Jan. 1 The city is hustling to pro- vide services to the down- town redevelopment area in time for Woodward Stores Ltd. to start construction Jan. 1, 1974 and open its depart- ment store and shopping complex by Aug., 1975. Pavement in the area of 4th and 5th Avenue S. is be- ing torn up so the services necessary for a construction start can be installed. In the meantime the mil- lion bridge that will connect West Lethbridge to the rede- velopment area via 6th Av- enue S. will be completed by the fall of 1974, Mayor Andy Anderson said today. "We an- ticipate construction will start before the end of Septem- he said. While no discussions have been held with other commer- cial developers expected to move into the six-square block area, redevelopment committee chairman Cam Barnes estimated the city gain a year. The city held a news con- ference today to announce sod-turnings for the other major tenant of the develop- ment scheme, the provincial government administrat ion builing, and the bridge. The double ceremony will take place at a.m. Sept. 18 at the corner of 6th Av- enue and 2nd Street S. Taking part in the cere- mony to mark the beginning of bridge construction will be Premier Peter Lougheed, highways minister Clarence Copithorne and Mayor Ander- son. Minister of Public Wroks Winston Backus will join the mayor and premier to turn the sod for the new provin- cial building. The cabinet is meeting in Lethbridge on the 18th as part of a Southern Al- berta tour. AIR CONDITION NOW with the ROUND ONE Carrier ALCON REFRIGERATION LTD. FURNACES, SHEET METAL and HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING 2214 43 St. S. Ph. 327-5816 Certified Dental Mectamic CLIFF BLACK, MACK DENTAL IABB I MWICAl DENTAL BLDO. lower Level Just Arrived! QUEEN ANNE BONE CHINA CUPS AND SAUCERS Assorted Patterns ONLY 4 EACH Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN TOMORROW Aug. tm. ANTIQUE AND AUCTION BLOCK 2508 2nd Ave. N. Ph. 327-1222 Sale Goods May Be Viewed Tonite! ONE OF A KIND DEMONSTRATOR SAVINGS UP TO Outstandln9 Savings on display merchandise only... Stereo components and systems. cameras, lenses, flash units, etc. ANGLO STEREO and PHOTO 419 5TH STREET S. PHONE 328-6661 ;