Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 3, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Fridoy, December 3, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 3- SIGHTING OF THE STAR OF THE PLAINS - Western illustrator and fine artist Gerald Tailfeathers of Standoff designed this Christmas card for the Calgary Indian Friendship Centre. Ifs a good example of Mr. Tailfeathers' fine sense of composition. He has won fame for his sweeping landscapes which depict the plains Indians. The artist has been chosen to design. Canadian postage stamps. He will depict various Indian tribes in the new series. Tailfeathers to design stamps fThis is quite a thrill9 By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald Staff Writer BLOOD INDIAN RESERVE - Western illustrator Gerald Tailfeathers said come over. So we did. He lives at Standoff. He has a wife, three daughters, son, huskey dog, couple of other dogs, riding horses, separate studio house and an artesian well. "It's been flowing like that for three years," he told me. On the way up the mountains looked great. You could see the whole line of them. "Now I know how Alberta got its shape," said my daughter Christine. As we drove along, I looked at the colors. The colors were warm. The light yellow stubble fields were warm. There was a cool light from the sky. A long stream of blue fog hung close to the land and behind it was a warm Milk River ridge. Sheep grazed over the stubble fields. I thought of Tailfeathers' paintings and how pure and clean his colors are. His skies are very cool, sometimes green and often blue-purple. He keeps away from violent action. He doesn't try too hard to be great. He has restraint. His Indians sit on their horses and survey a calm, cool, tranquil world. We got to Tailfeathers' place. His son Laurie was outside playing with the huskey. A friend sent it down from White Horse. Tailfeathers showed me the cage it was shipped in. "Try to get him in there now," he chuckled. We went inside and watched Schools expansion planning proceeds NATAL' (HNS) - Trustees of the Fernie school district heard superintendent Percy Pullinger present a brief on intermediate ; range planning of secondary ; school accommodation at Spar-wood and Fernie. The brief was prepared as a result of studies made by secondary school administrat o r s which were presented earlier. The tremendous growth in elementary enrolments in the district will have to be accommodated in the secondary school system. Because of the magnitude of the need the board decided at the earlier meeting to seek the opportunity to send a delegation to Victoria to talk with ad-: ministrators in the department of education and to determine if money can be included in the proposed new referendum for sites and plans. In this way proper expansion of the existing facilities can be planned along with required new structures. The board felt that without this intermediate range planning new rooms would simply be added to the existing schools as needed. The result could be an overtaxing of certain facilities and awkward room arrangements. The delegation of administrators along with trustee Bruno Bevilacqua are to present the brief in Victoria. In respect to the Sparwood Secondary School the brief projects student enrolment by 1975 of 827 students. The present school, when the new rooms are added in the next few days, will have a capacity for 513 students. The brief proposes that the additional rooms be added to the present school in a planned way. The anticipated schedule would be for September, 1972, the addition of a commerce room, a science room, a textile room and a wood construction shop, two industrial education teaching areas, expansion of shower rooms and administrative area. In September, 1973, the additions would include an art room, a commerce room, a science room, a home economics room, an industrial education shop and am industrial education teaching area. Further additions would be required for physical education equipm e n t storage and in the administrative area. In September, 1974, there would be no additions required, but the following year, September, 1975, there would have to be an addition to the library, one more commerce room, two additional science rooms and a drafting room. In respect to Fernie the brief recommends that a new building to accommodate 520 students at the senior - secondary level be built by September, 1974, and the present secondary school be used as an elementary - junior secondary school when the new facility is available. A preliminary proposal for cuts to the referendum as required by the department of education was presented to the board by Mr. Pullinger. The board hired Mrs. Lee to serve as secretary at the Elk-ford Elementary School. The board was also told that salary negotiations with teachers in the district rs throughout the East Kootenay have gone to arbitration. the Grey Cup game. I sent my kids outside to play with Laurie and Heather. Later Tailfeathers told me about his new assignment: stamps. "It's quite a thrill," be said.^ "I've had some thrills in my life but, boy, this is quite a thrill." He was going to Ottawa next week to leam more about it. He told me he's going to start with the plains Indian. "I'm going to buy a full sheet when it comes out," I said. M r s. Tailfeathers (Irene) served roast beef. We talked about the Indians and their problems. Their youngsters are doing well in school at Fort Macleod. Later my wife and Irene left to drive around. The game ended and the fog settled in. I watched headlights going down the road. I waited for a pair to turn in. I was getting worried. "I wonder where they went," said Tailfeathers. We went out to feed the horses. We dropped three bales over the poles. "I usually give them oats. I don't think I'll give them any tonight. I'm running out of oats." We walked over to the trough where the water from the artesian well never stops running. The horses plodded over the frosty ground toward the trough. "They think they're getting oats," Tailfeathers said. He laughed at his horses. I envied him laughing at his horses and wished I had some horses to laugh at. I wished I had an artesian well, too. I wished a car would turn in at the gate. The lights just kept sailing by in the fog. "We'll give them a few minutes, then we'll go look for them," he said. I thought I'd like to see the painting in his studio. We looked at his painting of a plains Indian by the light coming in from the yard pole. Tailfeathers lifted a buffalo skull. He showed me a shoulder blade. He said he knows a buffalo jump that no one else knows. "No I don't think you better give that one to me," I said. "When Indians give, we give!" "No, I think I'll come back in the summer and dig one out for myself." Then a pair of lights turned in. We left soon after that. Hildegard said she saw some new homes built by the Indians at the Kainai Industries plant. They went over to Good-striker's place. Someone joked with Nicoline, calling her Nicoline Dum Dum. She thought it was funny. The same guy was rooting for Toronto. Nicoline thought this was funny too. We made our way home in the fog. Leaking roof still problem BUFFALO SKULL - Gerald Tailfeathers holds a big buffalo skull he found at a buffalo jump on the Blood Indian Reserve. He has made numerous paintings featuring the shaggy beasts. _' NATAL (HNS)'- At a special meeting of the board of School District No. 1 (Fernie), Paul Schwab, contractor for the Sparwood Elementary School attended the meeting to tell the board that he could not be held responsible for the leaking roof at the school. He reminded the board thai the roof was ordered direct and that, on that basis in May, 1970, he withdrew his guarantee on the roof. The board at that time accepted the guarantee of the supplier of the roof. Building program co-ordina-tcr, Frank Basarab, also reported to the board that the guarantee from the supplier of the roof had expired and that, in his opinion, most of the problems with the leaking roof were the result of vandalism. The board asked Mr. Basarab to bring to the next meeting some cost estimates and proposals for a solution to the problem of the leaks in this building. Projections of population at Elkford were presented to the board, and it became evident that a larger bus will be required early in the new year to accommodate the number of secondary school students from lElkford who will have to be bused to the Sparwood Secondary School. Accordingly, the board decided to ask for Victoria approval to purchase an additional 73-passenger forward control school bus. The 73-passenger designation is based on three elementary school students per seat, so the new bus would accommodate 49 secondary school students. Third and final reading was given to School Loan Bylaw No. 25 which authorizes the issuance and sale of a debenture in the amount of $200,000 for school construction projects authorized by taxpayers in Referendum No. 6. The referendum passed a couple of years ago. Total of referendum was slightly over one million dollars. The debentures sale authorized by the new bylaw is dated November 10, and it is payable on November 10, 1991. Interest rate on the loan is 7.14 per cent. The repayment rate is slightly over $20,000 per year until maturity in 1991. Aftel this adoption of the bylaw, approval of the minister of education is required, as is the issuance of an order-in-council. Taber council report, Town-owned property for sale TABER (HNS) - Two pieces of town-owned property are being put up for sale, following decisions reached this week by the town council. Tenders will be received up to 8 p.m. Dec. 28 for the land formerly occupied by the Gor-bich Hatchery on 46th Ave. east of 52nd St. The council has set up a reserve bid on the 125-foot front by 150-foot tax recovery land complete with existing buildings. A second property formerly occupied by the town shop and now set out for truck parking, north of 50th Ave. on 53rd St., was priced out at $8,500 for the 132-foot frontage. The clothing bank on the north end of the otherwise va-vant land will be moved off, future location undecided. Council also discsussed its pricing policy on commercial sites east on Highway 3, formerly confirmed at $60 per front foot which the industrial development committee suggested as being too" high. While no decision was reached, it is expected that a look will now be taken at the land cost plus costs involved in subdividing and servicing the former Barton property now owned by the town. In other business, council approved conditional sales of residential properties on either side of 50th Ave. west of 47th St., bringing to four the number of new residences (out of 12) to be located adjacent to the new golf course. Approva] was also given for the relocation of Taber Scorpion Sales to the old Johnson Drug Store building, south side of 48th Avenue midway be^ tween 53rd and 54th streets. MATTER REFERRED After more than two years representation to the Department of Highways and Transport, and a change of ministry, Hon. Clarence Copithorne has acceeded to local requests for a median crossing and access from Highway 3 to the Long property south of the highway between 50th St. and Highway 36. Coming before council, the matter was referred back to industrial co-ordinator R. F. Gibb following council's approval of an application. Development of the former California Standard property for motor hotel and dining facilities has long been delayed because the Oldmam River Region Planning Commission's refusal to approve a proposed subdivision, on the grounds of no suitable access to tlie land in question. Planning commission approval is now assured when the necessary paper work has been completed, and the project should proceed early in the new year. A 10 single room addition to Taber's Clesrview Lodge was given council's blessing following presentation of plans by Mayor Arthur Avery. The addition will be constructed across the southwest open end of the now horseshoe shaped lodge, enclosing a secluded area which will convenience residents. Taber's business closing bylaw was amended by council on the recommendation of the Taber Businessmen's Association. There was no opposition to three readings of a motion to set closing hours at 6 p.m. on two Wednesdays, Dec. 15 and 22, and 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23. Friday, the 24 stores will close at the 6 p.m. conventional time, and everything will be closed on Monday, Dec. 27, a statutory holiday. Lack of a civic bylaw covering the operation of snowmobiles within the town limits was the reason for representation of the Taber Flatland Snowmobile Club at this week's meeting of council. Frank Spanbauer and Roy Sassa presented a proposed bylaw for council's consideration, suggesting that about 50 machines are owned by Taber Hope Community Club holds Christmas party TYRRELL'S LAKE (HNS) -The Hope Community Club held its December meeting in the form of a husband and wife Christmas party at the home Logging soars CRANBROOK (Special)-Nelson forest district November sawlog scale for East and West Kootenay, compiled by the B.C. Forest Service, soared compared to the scale for the corresponding month of 1970. November measure was 39,-136,258 cubic feet, triple the 13,-362,967 cubic feet for the previous November. Spruce was runaway leading species and doubled at 15,860,-076 cubic feet, which exceeded Hie entire tally for the previous November. Balsam more than tripled to 5,759,973 cubic feet, while almost even in third place were hemlock and lodgepole pine. "Reject" class was minor, 112,480 cubic feet, turned to other uses than sawlogs. Total for 11 months now stands at 156,764,884 cubic feet, compared with 144,849,276 cubic feet for the corresponding period of 1970. of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Fletcher of Lethtoridge. Supper was served and the evening was enjoyed by playing games and visiting. Mrs. Fletcher showed a few snaps of her father, Doctor Ten-ney, showing the mode of farming in 1912. The January meeting will be held at the home of Maizie Ja-cobson, Jan. 5, 1972 residents. Council referred the recommendation to its police committee, and for individual study by council members for consideration at the Dec. 13 meeting. The bylaw would limit travel of snowmobiles to alleys, using streets only for crossing from alley to alley in moving to the town boundaries. Maximum speed would be 15 mph, and hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. PROTEST DECISION "We don't ask or want any special privileges," said Butch O'Donnell, heading a three-man delegation, in protest to council over a recent decision to install bumps in the lanes at 52nd St. and 58th Ave., Block C, to.slow down "youthful" traffic. Mr. O'Donnell represented five residents of the area who objected to the council's proposal. However, council also had before it a letter with signatures of 15 other residents who lauded council for the decision to cut out fast traffic in the sometime dusty lanes. The five hour council meeting ended at 1 a.m. with no final decision. District doings Buy new truck NOBLEFORD (Special)P-Th Village of Nobleford has purchased a 1960 model, one-ton truck for the foreman, John Warmink, to use for village public works jobs. The truck is a replacement for the original village maintenance truck. Four installed NOBLEFORD Special) - Four Nobleford boys were installed as officers in the Leth-bridge chapter of the Order of Demolay. Richard Sanderson was installed as senior deacon; Duane McCurrach as chaplain; Alex Hann as marshall and Kevin Lucliia as senior steward. Ed Sanderson was among the installing officors as senior deacon. Game meeting COALDALE (HNS)-A meeting of the Coaldale and District Fish and Game Association is scheduled for the John Davidson School Tuesday night at eight o'clock and all junior members are welcome. Monday meeting COALDALE (HNS) - Election of officers will highlight the Coaldale Hospital Women's Auxiliary meeting Monday night at eight o'clock. The meeting will be held in the hospital board room and a good attendance is requested. Turkey supper IIILLCREST (CNP Bureau) - The women of the Hiilcrest United Church .will sponsor a hot turkey supper, with all the trimmings, in the church annex at Hillcrest from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. A fee of $1.50 for adults and $1 for children under 12, will be charged. A family rate is planned. AH are invited to attend. Twelve study NATAL (HNS) - Twelve Kaiser Resources Limited employees are studying for their master's degrees in business administration at a special course arranged by the company. A professor from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, travels once a month to Fernie to conduct a weekend study session which begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends Sunday at noon. Between classes the group holds study sessions to review projects and view movies pertinent to the course. Part of the cost to each man will be paid by Kaiser Resources Limited upon completion of the course. SUPERB FARM LAND FOR SALE 960 Acres - One Chunk Vh mil�i by 1 mil* NO BUILDINGS Priced to Sell! To see this property Contact - GIBBS REALTY Phone 757-3820, BARONS False alarm empties school in 63 seconds NOBLEFORD (Special)-The Members of the Nobleford volunteer fire department sounded a "false alarm" at Noble Central School recently as a test on the effectiveness of fire drill held in the school. The 292 students were out of the school in one minute and three seconds. Also out were the 14 teachers and the sec r e t a r y and the school records. Fire chief Bill Hofman would like to congratulate principal Paul Goldade and the teaching staff on the excellent job in fire drill training given all students. ... THE LIQUOR LICENSING ACT (PART 3) (SECTION 90 (4) ) NOTICE OF HEARING OF LIQUOR APPLICATION The following notice is published in accordance with the provisions of The Liquor Licensing Act: 1. The area comprising VILLAGE OF FOREMOST has been designated as a local option area for the purposes of the above Act. 2. The TWELFTH day of JANUARY 1972, has been set at the date upon which the Board will consider applications for licences under the above Act, unless prior to thai date the Board has received a petition signed by 500 electors of the above described local option area or 10 per cent of the number of persons named on the latest lists of electors for an election of a member or members to the Legislative Assembly from the area comprising the local option area, whichever is the lesser number, requesting that the Lieutenant Governor in Council submit to a vote of the electors of the local option area a question in respect of the class of licence applied for. Dated at Edmonton, this TWENTY-SIXTH day of NOVEMBER 1971. A. D. ELLIOTT Chairman, The Alberta Liquor Control Board NOTE: Petitions requesting a plebiscite vote must be on the official petition forms which may be obtained from The Alberto Liquor Control Board, 12360 142 Street, Edmonton, together with instructions for the submission of a petition.