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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, August LETHBRIOGE addition to be built soon at Cranbrook CRANBROOK (Special) City council has approved a square foot addition to city hall estimated to cost The cost is based on figures of per square foot for new construction, 000 for renovations to the existing building and for consultants' fees According to Mayor Ty Colgur After looking at all the alternatives, this seems to be the best manner in which to proceed "If it were possible to find other space, leasing costs would still amount to about the same as construction over the 10 year period The extension will be to the north side of the present city hall It will have a ground level entrance This will provide easier access for those having difficulty with the stairs Architect Shigeru Amano says the working drawings will be completed in 10 to 12 weeks It could take one year to build The new space will relieve the congestion and crowding in the basement Engineering and public works departments will be given new offices The existing building will be renovated to provide more space for council functions including an aldermen s office and consultation space for the public The monev for the addition will be taken from a reserve fund obtained from the sale of the citv electric power svstem to B C dro Dr. Horner pledges to aid cattlemen RICK ERVIN photo Goose lover weeps for giant birds as poachers slaughter flocks Vanishing summer Watching ripples expanding from a stone thrown into a pool is a time-honored occupation for a sunny late-summer day. An irrigation ditch serves well as any- thing for water But for David Seiller, 8, of Kipp, and thousands like him, all this will be ending soon, as schools in both the city and County of Lethbndge re-open this week and next EDMONTON (ACN) Members of the Alberta cattle community represented by the Canadian Cattlemen s Association and the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association met Friday with Dr Hugh Horner deputy premier and minister of agriculture to discuss the problems facing Alberta cattlemen After a discussion of views on the cattle and grain industries Dr Horner said 'the department of agriculture appreciates the difficult time that the cattle industry is going through We are taking all possible steps to stabilize gram prices in relation to cattle feeding and to get that information out to farmers He added the chairman of the grain commission will be in Winnipeg today for further discussions with both the commodity exchange and the Canadian wheat board to see if improvements can be made to the grain pricing and supply svstem In addition the government will be using all of its facilities to assist the cattle producer MISSION BC Wilson holds a dying Canada goose in his arms against the backdrop of one of the no- hunting signs posted on his property Quite possibly the death of the goose also represents the death of a dream This is no ordinary Canada goose but a representative of the sub- species branta canadensis absolute mon- arch of a regal breed, a spe- cies believed extinct until its rediscovery in 1962 I would like to see the gi- ant Canada restored in the area so it would be alive in the (Fraser) Valley for years to come Mr Wilson says "But its discouraging, teinbly discouraging Heartsick, Mr Wilson de- scribes the recent slaughter of birds on his 130-acre farm and wildlife sanctuary at Mission, BC Alarmed by a volley of shots one Thursday afternoon, he arrived just in time to see two groups of poachers hightailing off his property after blasting at waterfowl resting and feeding near the brook that runs through his land When you hear shots, the first thing you do is run out- side to stop any more shoot- ing You re not concerned with catching you ve got to stop the shooting Because they were pi- nioned or incapable of flight, Mr Wilson's flock of eight gi- ant Canada geese took the brunt of the barrage BIRDS DYING The geese were dying and the poachers were taking them out by the says Mr Wilson "They were shot in the back and they were shot at close range The toll was four Canada geese immediately killed and two critically wounded, plus the wounding of a barnacle goose and two greater snow geese Now hopes for carry- ing on the painstaking breed- ing program are bleak Although two of the Canada geese escaped unscathed Mr Wilson says "We don't even know if the remaining two are a pair and therefore we don't know if we can propagate the species here in Mission The giant Canada geese, also known as chinstraps be- cause of their distinctive head markings, were rediscovered by Harold Hanson a research biologist with the Illinois Nat- ural History Survey By waterfowl standards they are giants weighing as much as 20 pounds with a wing span of six feet or more Mr Wilson began his breed- ing program with four birds obtained in North Dakota and two others from Connecticutt He is not only concerned about his recent personal loss, but also about what the future holds for waterfowl in British Columbia I'm from Quebec and I lived in Quebec most of my life he says And in Que- bec vou do not have much in the way of wildlife any more, it s finished When I moved to B C I was amazed at how much wildlife was still here But it is shocking how much it has gone down just in the seven years I've been here Poor housing construction brings grief Articles from the past displayed at B.C. fishing and ferry museum DELTA, B C (CP) If Mi- chael Duncan could figure out an excuse for the presence of topless go-go dancers in his museum, he would willingly hire them to bring in more people Even the lively imagination of the curator of the Delta Historical Museum may be unequal to the task of finding an appropriate setting for the performers in an institution devoted to the history of the fishing industry and the Brit- ish Columbia ferry service But the old municipal hall has other attractions Mr Duncan, who also runs a drama and art school, has taken the eight-room building, built in 1912 and turned over to the historical society in 1969, and, with the help of vol- untary labor, transformed it into a living collection of an- other era For example, Mr Duncan has put together a lady's and gentleman's bedroom from the early 1900s "The bed in the man's bed- room was concave in the middle and the society direc- tor thought it should be Mr Duncan said "However, I thought the sign over the bed, 'Prepare to meet thy dispelled like- OPENING SOON! in CENTRE VILLAGE MALL lihood of anything of a carnal nature' A parlor with a pump or- gan, a back kitchen and a room which will show an out- door Indian family scene have also been hacked out of the bureaucratic squareness of the old building When Mr Duncan started, he wanted to establish a fish- ing museum on the con- demned second floor His idea was met with little en- thusiasm, but he went ahead and hauled old boats down the street and up to the second floor with rope pulleys As well as the room dedi- cated to the ferry service, he has a sea-life area under con- struction He has also created a chil- dren's area where his drama students enact plays Mr Duncan said he likes visual and audio displays because "children must be intrigued before you can teach them Mr Duncan not only teaches drama, but the com- bat and kung fu He also trains militia and works in television He has two sailing classes, sculpts, builds his own furniture and hauls bricks and stones around the Lower Mainland for rockeries and fireplaces Mr Duncan has to be ver- satile Four years ago, the museum was paying him a week He has, he said, since received a raise Mr Duncan has started work in the museum's base- ment on a centre for senior citizens and training seminars to assist local groups 'Museums are not just housing and collections of ar- tifacts, but places for people "I would like to see sound effects in all is nothing like sound to add to the strength of visual effects I want to see the people who brown-bag it spend their lunch hours here But the lack of funds is holding Mr Duncan back 'There are no really big busi- nesses out here and we need in excess of a year just for taxes and utilities without giving any thought to improvement and expansion VOLUNTEERS PLENTIFUL However, labor costs are low "Because most of the men work in the city (Van- the women have free time They are interested, curious and talented and we put them to work He did a series of pen-and- ink sketches of old Delta which the volunteers framed and sold "They were sometimes cleaning glass until 1 a m but we had some wine and cheese parties to make up for the fatigue "The sketches sold like were lucky that it was around Christmas in 3 Ms months we made "That's a record No small provincial museum has ever raised that much and none has the more than 45 volunteers we have per month By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor CRANBROOK (Staff) Mrs Richard Burgett of 1112 llth St S Cranbrook, Friday said she hopes city council will provide a lane soon because the curb and gutters at the front of her house are creating a problem The curb and gutters are 2Vz feet above the driveway 'The solution is a back alley says Mrs Burgett So we can park at the back Her husband recently presented a petition for lane access to city council He acted on behalf of residents on lots three to six on llth Street S The size of the lots and setback requirements do not permit construction of carports toward the fronts of the properties The petition evoked sympathy from council and spurred a sharp rebuke to developers and builders Mr Burgett said the construction of sidewalk and gutters in the front of his property had raised the street level to about 2lxz feet above his present driveway He ways the cost of building a new access is too high He requested construction of a lane at the rear of his land as an extension of the present Officials quit at Cranbrook CRANBROOK, B C (HNS) Employee unrest at city hall has again left two major offices vacant City Engineer R P L Daniels has set an effective date for quitting on August 30 The post is now being advertised with August 23 the deadline The engineering and works department is faced with problems of expansion and maintenance The resignation was followed by that of City Administrator Bland Hoover August 2, effective September '13 Mr Hoover joined the city staff from Saskatchewan as assistant city clerk treasurer He then became treasurer, and was named to the office of administrator a year later His resignation, also accepted with regret by city council at the meeting which followed, outlined no reason or future plans This position is also being advertised with an August 23 deadline lane to the rear of lots about four houses away At present the land required for such a lane is part of two The Herald' The profiles for such lots are available to developers and builders in our he told council District get these kind of problems straightened out before they happen He said 'We become the goat in these situations it is grossly unfair to purchasers to be saddled with these kinds of problems It results in unnecessary costs to the citv Most subdivisions require the dedication of both road and lane allowances but this particular one only included the road allowances, said Mayor TV Colgur lots owned by Westbrook Developments of Langley These lots are not occupied The city has an easement in the lane area for storm and sanitary sewers City engineer Rav Daniels says he can't understand how this house could have been built so low on the property Mr Daniels said the lane presents no physical problems and recommended the city investigate buying the land necessary for its construction I sympathize with this owner said Mr Daniels Aid Alec Demchuk said, We must sit down with development companies and WATCH AND WAIT FOR SHELDONS PROMOTION SALE 1 Day Thursday, Aug. 22nd 51S-3rd AVENUE SOUTH Next Door to Bank of Montreal STEREO Si PHOTO R 41 9-5th Streets. Phone 328-6661 CLOSED MONDAYS Attention All Camera Owners! ONE DAY ONLY! TUESDAY SPECIAL! WHILE STOCK LAST ALL ELECTRONIC FLASH UNITS MANUFACTURER'S SUGGESTED LIST ;