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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, 6, 1974 THE LtTHBRIDQE HERALD 'Pass lakes considered in Blairmore water plan BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Town council will ask department of the en- vironment engineers to study a proposal to tap Crowsnest Lake to provide water for Crowsnest Pass towns DR. LOTTA HITSCHMANOVA SHOWED HUTTERVILLE CHILDREN CLOTHING FROM BANGLADESH TT 11 Europeans may buy coal fields j thankedfc NATAL (HNS) A group of, European investors have been" taking helicopter rides up Elk Valley to examine the coal fields Reliable reports say the investors are looking at the Scurry Rainbow property near Weary Creek, north of Elkford The visitors represent the German firm of Exploration and Vergbau, a group of com- panies from West Germany and Italy The property drawing their interest is known corporately as Elk River Coal Mines, which is 50 per cent owned by Scurry Rainbow and 50 per cent by Morrison Knutsen DIMITRI PURE MEAGHERS Charcoal and more charcoal. That's what purity is all abput. Dimitri Vodka is filtered thr6ugh more charcoal for ultimate smoothness and sparkle. Try Dimitri. It's now in a HQW bottle that's worthy of its contents. The sources said the Europeans are attempting to purchase the holdings of Morrison Knutsen Construc- tion Co whose headquarters are in Boise, Idaho It was also reported that while the consortium has no definite program in mind of its own for the time being, Scurry Rainbow will begin a drilling program either this month or in November near Weary Creek It is also reported that Scurry's parent company, Home Oil, has given the com- pany a mandate to develop the property within a year, but several important steps have to be taken before this can be undertaken One of the most contentious problems facing the Elk River Coal Mines is the diversion of the Elk River, which at this point is a relatively small creek It is expected there will be a long, hard fight to get permission from the provin- cial government to do this Another problem Elk River Coal faces is that Scurry is a subsidiary of an American company, and so is Morrison Knutsen's Canadian branch Some arrangements will have to be made to set up a Cana dian corporate identity Even if the go ahead is given within a year's time, it will take another four or five years to get the mine into production If the Elk River Coal pro- ject, which adjoins the Fording Coal operation above Elkford, does get the signal to prepare for production, it will mean an "explosion" in the size of Elkford Village officials are concerned about the ad- ditional influx, but they are far from being dismayed at the possibility They feel that given enough warning by the company they can make arrangements to handle the influx of new workers Until more information is received, officials at the village hall in Elkford are hesitant to discuss the reports If the mine goes ahead, it will also have a decided effect on both Sparwood and Ferme, and it could mean a highway to Calgary, through the Kananaskis Lakes would become feasible The Weary Creek property, about 25 miles north of Elkford, is reached by taking the forestry road out from Elkford to Round Prairie, where the B C Forest Service has a picnic site From that locality, the road follows the westerly bank of the Elk to the crossing, where it joins a hydro right of way The road then turns south for a couple of miles until the little creek is reached The last development work done on the property was in the fall of 1971 when Scurry set up its camp on land crown to Cominco and Fording Coal It is not known what markets or shipping arrangements the European consortium has in rrind, but it is known that European steel manufacturers have nade en- quiries about eastern BC coal deposits The Elk River Coal proposal is not the only one standing in the wings waiting for the "go" signal from boards of direc- tors Crows Nest Industries Ltd of Fernie has hinted it might be planning to go ahead with development of the Line Creek deposits between Sparwood and Elkford To the south, near the inter- national boundary in the Flathead country, Rio Tmto Mines of Toronto has been do- ing extensive exploration work on two hillsides at Sage Creek This had already run into criticism from en- vironmentalists in Montana, who fear the Flathead River might become polluted, but at best it will be a couple of years before the giant mining concern makes up its mind Waiting word from Ontario Hydro and, reportedly, On- tario steel mills, is Byron Creek Collenes, of Blairmore This company is already shipping a tramload a week of coal from its Corbin mines for testing by Ontario Hydro who is afraid their supplies of coal from Pennsylvania could be cut off at any time due to the energy crisis in the United States cup of milk support MAGRATH (Staff) Dr Lotta Hitschmanova of the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada visited the Hutter- ville Colony of Huttenan Brethren during her recent visit to Southern Alberta She thanked Huttentes for their strong support of the Lethbndge Herald's Cup of Milk Fund She spoke to children in the school who listened in silence as Dr Hitschmanova talked about the long suffering peo- ple of Bangladesh Then she thanked the Huttentes for their strong support of the Cup of Milk Fund "You're welcome1" erred the Huttente children in un ison This year the goal is Last year the fund received wide support and the goal was surpassed by South In short Man charged in death CLARESHOLM (HNS) Hugh MacOldrum of Claresholm has been charged with criminal negligence following the death of motorcyclist Terry Mark in an accident here last Sept 6 A preliminary hearing will be held at 2 p m Jan 28 in dis- trict court here Turkey bingo Saturday COALHURST (HNS) The Coalhurst school board will hold a turkey bingo at 8 p m Saturday in the local high school Rooster brings GRANUM (HNS) Joe, an eight year old rooster with four inch spurs was auctioned at the recent Granum Elks' anti- que, bygone and useable items auction in the Blunden Memorial Hall here The rooster, donated by Charles Wesley, was purchased by the Elks lodge for He was then returned to his original owner and is now enjoying life on the farm Auctioneers Roy Fjordbotten and Don Walper donated their time and equipment for the sale The women of the Order of the Royal Purple served coffee to about 100 people Proceeds will be used for community betterment Sparwood pledges gathered NATAL (HNS) Teams are now canvassing Sparwood to obtain pledges for blood donations The operation is headed by Sparwood banker Dave Parker It will be the first blood donor clinic here In the past blood donors have travelled to Fernie to support the Canadian Red Cross clinics Mr Parker said Thursday about 150 pledges, the minimum required for a clinic, have already been obtained "It looks like we will have enough donors to have a clinic here, either in the spring or fall of he said New Dayton concert Dec. 20 NEW DAYTON (HNS) The annual community Christ- mas concert will be held at 7 30 p m Dec. 20 in the New Dayton Stadium Everyone is welcome Delegates named to Uniform IRON SPRINGS (HNS) The Iron Springs local of Unifarm has named Ben Lomen, Ed Zalesak and John Zemstra to attend the provincial Unifarm convention at Edmonton Mon- day to Thursday Council wants to find out if the proposal is feasible and what it will cost Council has suggested the provincial government es- tablish an authority to sell water to 'Pass towns Blaze may end after 38 years NATAL (HNS) A fire which has been burning in a coal seam at Aldndge Creek, north of Elkford, since 1936 may be coming to its end soon Cominco engineers are con- sidering plans to extinguish the blaze It is close to the border of Commco's Fording River claims and those of Scurry Rainbow It is not known how the fire started It could have been caused by a forest fire As early as 1904, the CPR had driven several adits, into the sides of the Aldndge Creek valley It is believed the wooden portals of one of those entries could have caught fire during the forest fire No development has been undertaken at the property in recent years by Cominco Scurry Rainbow had its camp in the area until the fall of 1971 In 1942, Cominco sent a par- ty to the scene of the fire by pack train from the old Nordstrum ranch There wasn't much they could do about the fire It burns along a foot seam It advances south about 25 feet a year The blaze is about feet above Aldndge Creek It has been a kind of tourist attrac- tion for years Rocks near the fire are hot Smoke can be seen rising from the burning coal and the smell carries some distance Cominco engineers may decide to cut into the overly- ing rock A 35 foot wide cut would expose coal that is not burning It could be moved by dozers Then the fire could be checked The burning coal under- mines the overburden and causes the ground to cave in DEATH RATE HIGHER In Canada the infant mortal- ity rate among Indians is twice the national average and life expectancy of Indians is below national average Blairmore will have to go it alone if a new auxiliary well is to be drilled in west Blair- more to provide an auxiliary supply of water for the con- sumers Mike Yakemchuk, engineer of the department of the en- vironment, advised the town that it was not eligible for a grant for this purpose under the Alberta waterworks assistance program since the town was not far enough in debt in its water department to qualify for a grant The well and building would cost about The town hopes to replace feet of wood stave mams from the dam downstream to the town limits where metal pipes have been installed Again the town was advised it was not eligible for grants but could borrow the money The Village of Frank has been authorized to hook the Juniper Motel into the Town of Blairmore sewer system Rates will be set at a later date Council indicated that electrical energy rates for local consumers will be increased to offset the increase set by Calgary Power Council authorized a dona- tion of to the CNIB through the Blairmore Lions Club YAMAHA ORGANS New and Used COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 fircstonc STORES 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