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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, August LETHBRIDGE HERALD -IP WALTER KERBER photo Sunset behind power pylons The setting sun throws diminished light on a Calgary Power substation about five miles north of Lethbridge. The Herald" District Comments on proposed zoning measure withheld by Cranbrook district CRANBROOK Directors of the Regional District of East Kootenay. have reserved comment on measures that allow two homes on a single farm parcel after subdivision a practice the B.C. Land Commission wants to end. The RDEK directors won't comment until they meet ear- ly in September with members of the commission. The commission has asked for comments on proposed regulations that would allow a farmer, on turning over his land to a son or other relative, to remain in the farmhouse and allow another house to be built by the new owner. Under present legislation, only one residence is allowed on a single farm parcel, ex- cept under certain provisions of the municipal act. Those provisions allow sub- division of the land so that the original owner may retain a parcel of land and his home. Land Commissioner William Lane, in a letter to the RDEK, says, "The dif- ficulty is that the process of subdivision could go on endlessly (in theory at least) with the ultimate breaking down of the reserve." A LITTLE TIME WITH OUR PEOPLE IS A LOT MORE'VALUABLE THAN YOU THINK! UFA Bulk Petroleum cies sell only top quality products. If you're not sure what your requirements will be for the coming season, dis- cuss it with your Petro- leum Agent. The advice he'll give you comes from having years of experience in the petroleum industry, dealing with people like yourself who have experi- enced much the same prob- lems. If you need delivery service, your petroleum agent can de- liver whatever you need, wherever and whenever you need it. Do business with your UFA Bulk Petroleum Agency and you can count on getting good service year round. HARVEY WILLAMS......Cardston. JOE KONYNENBELT Nobleford DICK SABEY ...........Milk River JACK WILLAMS Lethbridge R. L. LEISHMAN Hlllsprlng FARfflCRS 140 Petroleum Agencies throughout Alberta The commission proposes a leasehold arrangement and provision by regional and municipal authorities for building of another house on the property without sub- division. However Kimberley direc- tor Ron Johnston recalled that "the planning committee felt the measure is not consistent with good planning and would produce a hodgepodge for ad- ministrators." The matter will be discuss- ed at a meeting at Trail, arranged by the commission for a number of regional dis- tricts whose land reserve maps have been adopted. The RDEK land reserve map has not yet been adopted by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and it may have to meet with the commission when that does happen. Rancher faces nightmare of anthrax contamination By D'ARCY R1CKARD Herald District Editor BROOKS (Staff) Roy Hamilton of the B-Bar-B ranch 75 miles northeast of Brooks turned two calves into a pen with a cow this week and said, "We're got nine other calves that need mothers too." Nine of his Hereford cows dropped dead in about a month from anthrax. Some cows dropped dead within one-half of a mile of each other. They were buried where they died and the graves permanently fenced. The as Mr. Hamilton calls them, are spread over a four-mile area, the nearest one about IVz miles from his ranch home in the Big Stone area 25 miles south of Youngstown. "They had calves at their he said. "The calves weren't lost. But they might be before fall if we don't get some supplement in them." The clean-up operation was, and is, a headache. All vehicles had to be disinfected when they returned from the fields. "We had to wash all the tires down with a form of iodine dis- said Mr. Hamilton. "We have to keep our boots washed down." The whole thing is a mystery to Mr. Hamilton and his partner Tom Wigg. "The last time I rode out there and found two dead, I couldn't figure what the Sam Hill was says Mr. Hamilton. "We started looking for help and more help." It started with a thunderstorm. "Lost one in this says Mr. Hamilton. "We thought it was lightning because at the time we had a severe thunderstorm." It took them about three weeks to finally realize it was anthrax. When the federal health of animals people were brought in, tests proved it was anthrax within 24 hours. "Technician from Stettler came says Mr. Wigg. "He did the ear tagging and recording." He says the anthrax spores are "just like wild plow wild oat seeds under for 20 or 30 years then turn them up and they will grow again." His partner says the right weather conditions seem, to generate the spores. "We had a cool spring, then came that hot said Mr. Wigg. "The spores may lay dormant until weather con- ditions are right." Trying to figure out the source is a nagging problem for the two Brooks area ranchers, Asks Mr. Hamilton: "Would they get it in the water? Would they get it in the grass? From some stream? Is there an old badger mound, some dirt a cow may have eaten? It could be brought up by badgers, gophers, worms." Ducks can carry it to water. Authorities say the spores from long buried anthrax victims can be brought up by digging animals or even by crews laying pipelines. However, a cow must have an internal sore to contract the disease. Says Mr. Hamilton: "Quite often a cow will have a sore on its tongue or maybe it lost a tooth. An old cow may grab a bone, stick or something and puncture itself internally. Dr. Wickert said very rarely does a horse get the disease." Mr. Hamilton keeps running over the water system on his ranch, trying to pin down a likely spot where the spores could have been picked up. "A draw runs out of Cabin Lake into Blood Indian Creek. Blood Indian Creek runs into the Red Deer River." "Two watered at the creek. Some watered at the lake, others in says Mr. Hamilton. Mrs. Hamilton says the neighbors have offered assistance with the clean-up chores. "For quite an area around, everybody is out checking their cows." Anthrax can be difficult to spot. Says Mr. Hamilton: "How can you take the temperature of a cow's Animals ap- parently healthy one night may drop dead the next morning. Meanwhile, there is a quarantine sign on the gate of the Hamilton-Wigg ranch. "That sure stops everybody dead." says Mrs. Hamilton. Animals can't move in or out for a 30-day period. And the fencing problem hangs over Mr. Hamilton's head nine graves of anthrax victims, nine feet deep, that have to be fenced permanently to mark the location of anthrax spores. The rancher has contacted his neighbor, MP Jack Homer about the fencing. He is hoping concrete pads might be accepted over the graves rather than fences. Lake road construction still opposed CRANBROOK (Special) the B.C. Forest Service is again considering construc- tion of a logging road along the south side of St. Mary Lake. Robert M. Brock, district engineering officer with the forest service at Nelson, has dismissed opposition to the road expressed at a public meeting at Kimberley last April as "purely emotional" arguments. Fish and wildlife interests contend the road would permit access to a wildlife reserve, thus pushing animals away from land that is designated for their use. Mr. Brock has recommend- ed that the southern road be built, sayinf "there is no documented basis to justify the expenditure of an extra of public money to avoid construction of a road on the south side of the lake." Besides a clear consensus at the April meeting against the project, the Regional District of East Kootenay also Opposes the road. Crestbrook Forest In- dustries will use the road, if built, but it has pledged to "act on the majority decision." Crestbrook originally made the proposal to build the road about three years ago. The company wanted to open up logging operations in areas assigned to it on Hellroaring, Meachen and Redding creeks. A section of the road, from south of Wycliffe bridge to Hellroaring Creek, was finish- ed last year but further building was held up until the findings of the Purcell Study were clear. It was .finally released in July after the provincial government had declared a square mile conser- vancy in the Purcell area, reducing Crestbrook's log Supply. Even before that, Crestbrook had been trying to get the road issue resolved so it could get on with work and keep its mills running. It had suggested the southerly route mainly because of the poor condition of the existing road, north of St. Mary Lake. The new route would also partially solve the problems created because the north road is used by both logging trucks and residents in the St. Mary area. Complaints by residents of the St. Mary road area have been received for years, protesting the dust and the traffic hazard because the road is narrow and winding. However, the proposal to build a southern road met with strong opposition from area residents and the fish and wildlife branch of the government. Other groups that opposed the southern road at the April meeting at Kimberley were the Interior Loggers" Association, the RCMP, Kimberley Wildlife and Wilderness Club and the department of highways. One group said research has established that access roads are detrimental to wildlife and said the proposed route would disrupt a waterfowl and wildlife reserve on St. Mary Lake. Fish and wildlife said it had already made concessions in letting the road go in to Hellroaring Creek. It was not prepared to let a road go through the wildlife reserve "where wildlife and recreational use was still in- tact." One Regional District of East Kootenay director com- mented: "We need to destroy the second side of the lake like we need a second hole in the head." B B CONFECTIONERY "Serving Raymond and District" BOTTLE DEPOT Will Be Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday p.m. to p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. I South in Short Green beasties get hay BROOKS There has been aphid damage evident in alfalfa, says Jennette Coote, district agriculturist, but cool weather should reduce the effectiveness of the pest. John Neufeldt, County of Newell agricultural fieldman, suggests that caution should be exercised before applying pesticides for aphid control because the chemical also effects benevolent insect life. Potato crops and alfalfa seed are described as good by Miss Coote in her recent crop report. There appears to be ample forage and grains generally are good with wheat yields of 65 bushels per acre expected; oats at 70 bushels, barley. 75 bushels; and flax about 25 bushels. Rapeseed is fair to good with an outlook of 30 bushels. Grasshoppers from the prairie are now invading crops but cold nights and wet weather will slow them down, says Miss Coote. WE'RE PASSING THE SAVINGS ON TO YOU! The Federal Government has abolished the 12% Sales Tax on clothing and in an effort to curb inflation we are REDUCING OUR PRICES ON Paving lo be priced COALDALE (HNS) Town council will establish a price for custom paving Monday at its regular meeting. Custom paving has been requested by the International Truck Body Manufacturing Company Ltd., the Coaldale Men- nonite Brethren Church and the Coaldale Municipal Hospital. Council is expected to give street paving first priority. It is progressing well, says Coun. William Martens. About feet will be laid. and Lee Blue Denim Jeans Formerly Priced at Our Price NOW S15 Save a Pair We carry the largest stock of western wear in south Alberta WESTERN WBIK 308 5th Street South Phone 328-4726 ;