Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THI IITHBRIDOI HIRMD Friday, August 17, 1973 Decrease felt locally U.S. gasoline scare cuts tourist count The gasoline shortage scare !n the United States has re- sulted in a decrease of Am- erican tourists in this area, according to some business- men and tourism officials. American visitors to the Nikka Yuko Garden in July of this year is down over 2.500 from July of last year, states the monthly report of Victor E. Meech, manager of the gardens. The report also mentions that there are very few visit- ors from the southern portion of the U.S. The decrease is attributable to the alleged gasoline short- age there, Mr. Meech surmis- es. A spokesman from the Lethbridge Travel and Con- vention Bureau said there is a definite decrease of tourists from the southeastern states and California. Greg Royer of the Park Plaza Motor Hotel said busi- ness is about the same there this summer. The gas short- age in the U.S. has not affect- ed the Park Plaza, he claim- ed. But Margaret Peterson, head desk clerk of the El Kancho Motel, said there are not as many visitors from dis- tant points in the U.S. this year. People are frightened by the apparent gas short- age, she thinks, and are not willing to take vacations to distant points. Some service stations are aiso noticing a difference this year. Bill Loran, owner of the Chinook 66 Service on Mayor Magrath Drive, feels there is a direct relationship between the decline in visit- ors from the south and the gas scare. His gas sales are down this summer, and he feels the situation in the U.S. has at least a partial effect on his business. Ken Barrett, owner of Dun- dee Texaco Service on 3rd- Avenue, said American visit- ors at his station have prob- ably increased, but that most of them come from the North- west. Fewer tourists have come from the southeastern states this year, he thinks. Although Chick Mcmtosh. owner of Lakeview Texaco Service, has not noticed a particular decrease in tour- ists, be has observed that American motorists are mak- ing more stops for gasoline. "We have them in here buy- ing and worth of gas, and they're filling he said. "It seems they're afraid to be caught out of gas at a place where they can't buy he said. Rain dance interest high County council may not get its Indian rain dance but it's request last month for Southern Alberta Indians to stage one caused continent- wide interest in the action. Coimty councillors at Thursday's meeting regaled one "another with Tories of newspapers and television stations in Canada and the United States calling them for details. Even the sensationalist National Enquirer cafled from Miami, Fla. And although Southern Al- berta native people may have forgotten the ceremony, council received an offer from an Edmonton roan of specific amounts of rain on specific days. However, the urban rain- maker's name on the bottom of the letter was illegible and he failed to provide the parched council with a re- turn address. "I just read in The Ed- monton Journal that you need some rain that I can give the letter says. Tlie hopeful rain maker then sets out a schedule for the period Aug. 8 to 20 indi- cating Lethbridge would get 5% inches if they retained him. And with a damp flourish, he closes with: "I hope that will be enough. I ant pleased to help you out." Meanwhile, the dry weath- er continues. Light beer given edge by ALCB Low alcohol beers have been given an advertising edge over their more potent competitors by the Alberta Liquor Control Board. The board, which does not normally allow any advertis- ing in its stores, has permit- ted the display of colorful placards promoting the light- bodied brews. "It is our policy to encour- age low alcohol contents and we wouldn't allow it for regu- lar says deputy board chairman K. E. Baker. The board also puts a smaller mark-up on table wines as opposed to fortified wines such as sherries or ports as part of the same policy. New offices This shot taken from the fourth floor of a addition to the first floor of jhe addition will be available for occupancy Sept. 1. The Professional Building shows work on the project in its final stages. The project has added three storeys to the two constructed four years ago. U of L choir prepares for 73-74 concert series A Dec. 5 Christmas concert, being considered by CBC ra- dio for network broadcast, and a spring concert in the Yates Memorial Centre are on the agenda of the Univer- sity of Lethbridge Choir for its 1973-74 season, it was re- ported by the U of L Wed- nesday. Rehearsal will take place each Tuesday beginning Sept. 11 at the Assumption School Auditorium, 14th Avenue and 24th Street S. The university requests In- terested and reasonably ex- perienced choral singers to apply for membership by con- tacting its music depart- ment. Prof. Lucien Needham will conduct the U of L choir and Louise Chapman, pianist, will be the accompanist for the coming season. Rotary strives for world peace WILLIAM CARTER SPECIAL HOG SALES PLANNED Prairie Livestock of Taber will hold special weekly hog sales starting Sept. 19. Market hogs will be assem- bled in the auction market and sold Wednesday morn- ings. Feeder hogs and wean- er hogs will be sold in the af- ternoon, followed by baby calves on offer. Hogs and cattle are sold on Mondays with brf er hogs assembled Tuesdays. Gary Jensen, manager of Prairie Livestock, says with the special day for hog sales, producers will be able to sell hogs for slaughter in the mor- ning and buy replacement weaner and feeder hogs in the afternoon. Cattle will not conflict with their hog operation. Cattle sales will remain on Mondays. Rotary International, with its non-political and non-sec- tarian basis, is a positive force for world peace, the or- ganization's inter national president said in Lethbridge Thursday. William C. Carter of Wind- sor, England, is finishing up a three-week tour of Rotary clubs in Canada. He recently visited clubs in Kenya, Zam- bia and Tanzania. At a conference Thursday afternoon, Mr. Car- ter outlined some of the pro- jects and activities of Rotary which lead to interaction among different countries. Rotary is, he an in- ternational organization of men seeking to find what each has in common with the Doubles in recent weeks More cattle rustling Inevitable' By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer A solitary sharp crack re- sounds throughout the valley. Tlien silence chokes off all sounds, everything is quiet. The rancher, slumber car- rying him to greener pas- tures, is confident nature and markets will allow him to continue earning a good liv- ing for his family. But the sharp crack, heard only by birds and other ani- mals, was a signal for instant activity by rustlers, a grow- ing plague to cattlemen throughout North America. Within minutes, a dead steer's throat is slashed, the entrails are dumped in a pile and the cow hide is neatly de- posited on top, a testimony to the efficiency of the "team." The beef cargo, regarded almost as gold these days, is headed for a freezer or sev- eral freezers. The rancher's dreams are now turning to nightmares as midnight butchering activi- ties and other forms of rust- ling have almost doubled in recent weeks. Andy Russell o; Pincher Creek, president of the Foot- hills Protective Association, the high price of beef in the supermarkets for the marked increase in cattle theft. He feels so strongly about the correlation that he terms increased rustling "in- evitable." The actual number of cattle whisked off ranches is nebu- lous, says Mr. Russell. A lot of cattle will be reported missing but many will be found. Ranchers will have to wait until the end of the year to calculate numbers of live- stock and dollars and cents in the bank before they will feel the full impact of the rustlers. He estimates that rustling In Alberta and Saskatchewan has gone up 30 to 40 per cent. Montana Livestock Depart- ment officials have reported a 30 per cent increase this fall. Even with the high price of beef in supermarkets, many of the animals are stolen alive and are being resold as breeding stock, he says. At or for a breeding cow, the temptation is high. But domesticated animals aren't the only target of rus- tlers. Wild deer, elk and moose can-fill the bill for a meat-eating public just as well as cattle, says Frame Sommerville, head of the Lethbridge office for the Al- berta Department of Fish and Wildlife. Mr. Sommerville says there have been no problems yet with wildlife hunters that he's aware of although he has been "rather expecting" an increase in the out-pf-season slaughter of wild animals. He said there definitely will be an increase in the number of hunters this fall because of high beef prices. An in- crease in hunters adds to the problem. Mr. Sommerville says there are always one or two hunt- ers who jump the hunting season and poach for wild animals. Penalties for rustlers and poachers, to protect both wild and domestic animals, have long bean a bone of conten- tion for wardens and ranchers feel they may be too light. Mr. Sommerville says the fine for poaching ranges from to with provision for a jail sentence at the discre- tion of the judge. If the poacher kills wild animals for the purpose of trafficking the meat, the mini- mum fine is A meat trafficker could also find the to fine ap- plied to each animal he was guilty of killing. This makes poaching a very expensive business but still it doesn't always stop the Mr. Russell claims his or- ganization dnd the Western Stock Growers Association has been pushing for tougher penalties for rustlers for years. "There is a clause in the Criminal Code which allows the penalty for rustling to in- crease with the increase in the value of he says. "But too many times a rus- tler will get off with a sus- sentence." The recommendations for rancners to protect them- selves are similar from both men. "Carry a pencil and notepad and write down all licence plate numbers of strange vehicles." Then if any slaughterings take place, ranchers will be able to help police with the investigation. Mr. Sommerville says the biggest problem is proving the act of rustling or poach- ing. So cooperation of cattle- men is important. Mr. Russell says all ranch- ers should maintain a strict watch of all grazing stock. Homeowner grants ready City should not meddle says county By WARRE'N CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge city council should stop meddling hi County of Lethbridge affairs, a county councillor said Thursday. "The city of Lethforidge has no business running County of Lethbridge Jim Nicol said during a discus- sion of changes to the de- velopment bylaw during the monthly county council meet- ing. The discussion was necessi- tated by the transfer of busi- ness operations of Marshall Auto Wreckers 'from its pres- ent city location to a new site east of city on county- controlled land. County Reeve Dick Pap- worth said the provincial government "wants us to other. Racial, political and ethnic barriers are ignored by the clubs as they commu- nicate with each other. There are two clubs in Bel- fast which maintain commu- nication with each other, he said, despite difficulties there. Israeli and Arab clubs have contact with each other, he said, as do clubs in Pakistan and Bangladesh, black Afri- can countries and white-ruled African countries. "Rotary can't stop the he said, when the fighting stops, we can actively promote peace and understanding." Youth organizations spon- sored by Rotary actively pro- mote international under- standing and goodwill, the Briton explained, and Rotary itself sponsors an exten- sive international exchange program. The youth are important, he said, because they need to be prepared for when "the mantle slips from our shoul- ders to theirs." Mr. Carter explained he was interested especially in visiting as many Common- wealth countries as he could. He described the Common- wealth as "the greatest ex- periment in human living." Southern Alberta homeown- ers who have applied for the education tax refund will be- gin getting cheques in the mail next week. The deputy minister of municipal affairs, W. D. Is- bister, said in Edmonton the cliques are to be accompan- ied by a memo from Muni- cipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell explaining the refund is "possible by the additional revenues which resulted from your government's new oil and gas policies." The Alberta Property Tax Reduction Act allows a maxi- mum rebate of change our bylaw to accom- modate Marshall's and it's the city that's been pushing as much as anyone because they want to get him out." The new auto wrecking site, just east of the city, is within one-half mile of High- way 3. In a letter to Lethbridge Mayor Andy Anderson, High- ways Minister Clarence Cop- ithorne has stated that his department would not grant a permit to Marshall's un- less the county amended its zoning bylaw to exclude com- mercial development within one half mile of primary highways. However, most county councillors felt slighted by the minister because they re- ceived only a copy of the let- ter and were never officially contacted by Mr, Copithorne. More city lobbying Coun. John Murray re- marked the situation is an- other example of the city doing more lobbying than the county. Under present department of highways regulations, commercial development near primary highways is prohibited. However, the minister rec- ommended the county change its bylaw to conform with department policy to prevent future developers from using the Marshall Auto Wrecker's case as a precedent for skirt- ing provincial regulations. Coimty Development Offi- cer Don Wingfield told the councillors that if they didn't amend the bylaw, making the auto wrecking site a non-con- forming use, "how are you going to turn down the next guy." Before the measure was passed, as requested by Mr. Copithorne, Mr. Wingfield said the amendment to the bylaw would only set out what's already in affect, as the highways department has jurisdiction within a half- mile of highways. Council also referred the matter of a feedlot east of the city to the health inspec- tor for his comments. Councillors were told bv Mr. Wingfield that for the past several months, a cat- tle-feeding operation owned by Herb ChrisMe has been in violation of the couEity's zon- ing bylaw. 300 head on 153 acres Under an addition to the bylaw, a fsedlot is defined as any operation with more than 50 head of cattle on a quar- ter section, and two weeks ago, Mr. Wingfield said, Mr. Christie had about 300 head on 153 acres. County regulations do not permit a feedlot within a two-mile radius of the city. However the Christie feed- lot was in operation before the county amended its bylaw. Under provincial health regulations, a business is de- fined as a feedlot if tore are more than 99 head on 160 acres. As the motion to refer the matter to the health inspec- tor was voted on. Reeve Pap- worth commented the move ''will keep Mr. Christie alive for a while." In other business, the coun- ty will call a meeting be- tween residents of the Fair- view sub division east of Lethbridge, the health in- spector of the Barons-Eureka health unit, the provincial plumbing inspector, and county officials to discuss a possible sewage system for the community. The action was taken after council received a letter from K. J. Blom, senior health inspector with the Barons Eureka health unit suggesting such a meeting. Sewage system needed Sub-division plans for the area have been approved but in his letter Mr. Blcm states that further development without a proper sewage-dis- posal system would be wrong, adding to the "very many serious health hazards existing in the area due to the lack of proper facili- ties." Therefore, Mr. Blom states, development will be condi- tional on either providing for a sewage disposal system or increasing the size of the lots to allow for private sew- age systems. Council also hired new county development officer and assessor. Maurice Snel- grove, now employed as as- sistant assessor with the County of Lac Ste. Anne, north of Edmonton, will fill the position to be vacated Aug. 24 by Mr. Wingfield. The county council con- tinues its monthly meeting today. Annex sale near The County of Lethbridge gave its approval Thursday for the purchase from the city of the old city hall an- nex. However, county council re- to accept a condition of sale added by the city which would require the county to build a new office building at the site within three years of date of purchase. Instead, prompted by Cpun. John Murray, Lethbridge council will agree to have a new building completed with- in four years. he said, "three years isn't out of line. If we have expensive property we should probably put up a new building as soon as possible. "But four years gives us a little more time." Negotiations on the annex sale between county and city have been underway for several months in an attempt to provide the county admin- istration with an alterative to its crowded quarters at 214 13th St. S. v At a city council meeting, AUB 7 aldermen approved the sale of the property, set- ting a purchase price of 000. to be paid in full by Dec. 31, 1972. The sale was made condi- tional on three points: that ths county tear down an-" ncx building by Oct. 15, 1974; that no exchange of proper- ties be involved in the trans- action; and that the county have a new office building ready within three years. The county is planning to rent space in the new build- ing to the Oldman River Re- gional Planning Commission and the Lethbridge Northern Irrgation District to help off- set construction costs. If the city accepts the building commitment exten- tion, as county Reeve Dick Papworth thinks it will, the county will continue operations at its present site until a new building is complete. No plans have been drawn for the building, but it is likely an architect will be re- tained immediately, if, and when, the purchase is bv citv.