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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, August 17, 1974 PAGES 19-36 Child's world Christine Marker, 8 (left) and Charlene Burton, 9, found a lawn filled with hundreds of tiny mushrooms after the week's ram. Some were as graceful and delicate as a lace handkerchief, others grouped in colonies and still others banded together into a fairy ring. The mushrooms may have been good to eat, but well a girl didn't know for sure But the visual delight was enough for a smile WALTER KERBER photos Elf in vegetables popped out after rain By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge yards literally sprouted mushrooms following heavy rains last week but not everybody was rushing out to harvest, cook and eat one of nature s vegetable delicacies The reason of course is that mushrooms, a fungus growth, range from edible to deadly poisonous And it takes an expert to tell the difference Phil Blakeley, information officer at the Lethbridge Research Station, supplied The Herald with information about mushrooms but because of the chance of incorrectly identifying the various species and types of mushrooms growing in Lethbridge yards without running exacting tests, he asked that the names of the plants not be published A look at some history behind the mushroom verifies Mr Blakeneley's concern Although the first use of mushroom as a food isn't known, Romans used the vegetable both as a delicacy and a daily food Early records show they were collected in Russia, China, Hungary and Italy and were sold publicly in many cities It has also been known for more than years that certain mushrooms are poisonous to man Some of the more famous victims of poisonous mushrooms include the Greek poet Eunpedes, Pope Clement, Emperor Claudius and King Charles VI of France Old wives tales thought useful to determine mushrooms that are safe to eat are now considered misleading They include an edible fungus peels, edible species don't tarnish silver, poisonous species change color when exposed to the air or change the color of onion or parsley in cooking, fungi nibbled by rabbits squirrels or slugs are edible and edible species don't bite or burn the tongue One must be able to correctly identify a mushroom to pronounce it safe and then it should be eaten only when fresh or carefully preserved Mushrooms have been classified into seven groups according to the type and degree of poisoning they cause Even the poisonous substances in mushrooms are different and cause different effects of poisoning If poisoning is suspected, a person should be taken immediately to hospital for preventive care Prior to treatment, it is important to know what type of was eaten A dish remnant should be taken to the doctor if available Vomited remains can also be used for diagnosis j Area farmers I promised big I corn profits Southern Alberta gram corn growers will again reap one of the highest prices in the world for their crop following announcement of industry and government incentives to ij encourage production of the crop in the area David Hyde manager of Palhser Distillers Ltd in i Lethbridge told The Herald Friday his firm will offer all farmers in Southern Alberta a special incentive based on quality production The government incentive will be aimed at encouraging increased production The industry incentive will provide Southern Alberta growers with 60 cents per bushel for all corn graded No 2 CW and higher No 3 CW corn will bring an incentive of 45 cents per bushel with No 4 CW corn worth 30 cents per bushel extra The base payment for grain corn grown in the South will again be the Chicago December futures on the day the corn is delivered to the Canadian Government Elevator in Lethbndge in the account of Pioneer Grain Co Ltd the sole buying agent for Palhser Distillers Mr Hyde said the distillery will also trv to buy grain corn grown in the area which grades sample In addition, all growers holding a growers contract with Pioneer Grain are eligible to a trucking allowance similar to last year If the farm is 25 to 50 miles from Lethbndge five cents per bushel will be paid. 50 to 75 miles seven cents and more than 75 miles, nine cents per bushel The Alberta government incentive takes two forms this year In addition to the guaranteed incentive of 30 cents per bushel for all crops which average up to 60 bushels per acre the government will pay an extra three cents per bushel for every bushel more than the base rate of 60 bushels per acre Every farmer will receive the guaranteed 30-cent incentive but only the farmers with yields exceeding 60 bushels per acre will collect the per-bushel incentive of three cents The guaranteed incentive is part of a provincial government four-year program In 1973 farmers received 40 cents per bushel for all grain corn produced Next year the guaranteed incentive will drop to 20 cents per bushel with 10 cents per bushel paid in 1976 Mr Hyde said the announced incentives were made early to make sure all farmers can choose the method they want to market their corn Grain corn is harvested with a combine to get only the kernel Silage includes the entire corn plant from about six inches above the ground including stalks, leaves, kernels and cob Mr Hyde said there are many farmers in the south who planted cross hybrid varieties which are equally adapted for gram or silage use Ranch ends rides as powerline harms natural 'Pass scene By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer COLEMAN Crowsnest Guest Ranch near here may abandon guided trail rides through mountain scenery and offer unguided tours of high-voltage power lines through defoliated rights-of-way Three years ago, when Joan Ann and Chester Allen bought their dude ranch four miles west and a mile and one half north of Coleman, a power line ran along the southern boundary of their ranch So the Aliens' wrangler guided trail rides away from the transmission lines, into timber reserves to the north A year ago, Calgary Power asked the provincial government for permission to route its 240 kV power line through Phillipps Pass, beside the existing line Instead of approving Calgary Power's proposed route, the Energy Resources Conservation Board ruled August 12 that the massive power line will go just north of the Allen's 600-acre ranch Now Chester Allen is looking apprehensively at his pocketbook and his horses "What we're selling is scenic he says "To an engineer 100-foot steel towers are beautiful But as a guest ranch operator they detract from what we're trying to do When the ERCB held public hearings earlier this year in Blairmore to discuss power line routes the guest ranch operator asked the board to consider using Racehorse or Deadman Mountain passes, both north of Phillipps Pass Allen, who is also a professional engineer, says Calgary Power's argument that the northern route would unduly disturb forests is a "crock of prunes It all boils down to money, he says, and the cheapest route is through scenic Philhpps Pass "As an engineer, I'd probably do the same thing I know what they're he adds ruefully The right-of-way for the new line will follow the northern boundary of the Allen ranch through forest reserve The new line, to be strung at quarter-mile intervals on single mast towers attached to the ground with steel guy wires, will be within a half-mile of ranch buildings The new power line will disrupt trail riding to the north, because of its noise and physical appearance Allen says he and his wife are considering eliminating horse riding because it isn't profitable enough now The prospect of another transmission line, he says, "is one more nail in the coffin "But a guest ranch isn't a guest ranch without horses When the Aliens bought their ranch it was "remote" and secluded Now Alberta Gas is planning to loop a trunk line through Phillips Pass and the Department of Highways is planning to upgrade Highway 3 His hopes for seclusion a thing of the past, the 'Pass dude ranch operator talks about converting to dune buggies in summer and snowmobiles in winter The power line "will open the country here up for ski-doos "What we lose in the summer, we may make up in the he adds optimistically The ERCB approved route for the power line, he says, "doesn't affect 99 per cent of the people in the 'Pass "We're the one per cent that will have to suffer "But I don't like to he says ;