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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta IS THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, December 10, 1974 Bigger provincial irrigation cheque proposed to save farm land front development By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Land use zones in Alberta have been recommended by Unifarm as a method of retaining agricultural land for the production of food. Traffic safety week loses punch Safe Driving Week is losing its impact as a safety cam- paign, says Lethbridge's chief traffic inspector. Insp. Bill West made the observation Monday as fatalities in Alberta during the week surged to 14, compared with six dead in 1973. Lethbridge retained its fatality free record for the week which ended Saturday. In recognition of its record, as a city with more than people and no traffic deaths the city will again receive a scroll from the governor general, Insp. West said. There were 38 accidents causing more than damage or personal injury, 19 minor accidents and 14 traffic mishap injuries in the city during the week. In 1973, there were 37 major accidents, 25 minor ones and 11 injuries during the week. "I'm afraid the week doesn't seem to have the im- pact it used Insp. West said. "I'm not saying away with it, but years ago we had better response. People seem- ed to recognize it more than they do now." ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz St. S. Phone 328-4095 Bicor Pistol Grip Professional Style HAIR DRYER With super thrust motor and hair styling attach- ment Reg. SPECIAL 18" Call Housawaros 327-5767 DOWNTOWN About 330 delegates to the 5th annual meeting of Alber- ta's largest farm organization included this request to the Alberta government as part of the land use policy for the group. With land use zones throughout the province, only land of lesser agricultural value could be developed for urban, recreational, transpor- tation and other needs. A further section of the policy requested that all soils classed as one, two, three, four, five and six in the Canada Land Inventory be included as agricultural land, adding the last three classifications to bring a wider spectrum of land under the policy. While not being specific, Unifarm also wants a max- imum size for a farm opera- tion that may be owned or operated by one owner or a corporation. To meet this maximum size, Unifarm called for a moratorium on major-sized operations acquiring ad- ditional land until proper legislation has been developed. In any case, Unifarm demands that retention of controlling interests in cor- porate farms be in the hands of Canadian residents. It wants representation to the Canadian and Alberta governments to prohibit the sale of private and public land to all corporations and in- dividuals who aren't Canadian or "willing and able to become Canadian citizens." Taking a leaf from several briefs presented to the Land Use Forum from the Pincher Creek area, Unifarm included in its land use policy the right of a user of deeded, rented or leased land for agricultural purposes to charge a fee for access to that land. With land use predicted by several delegates and Unifann officials to be the main agricultural topic in Alberta for the next year or two, the delegates passed several new sections to the land use policy, including: Location of industry on poorer agricultural land and greater diversification of in- dustry to that land; A sharing of society of the obligation of holding land for agriculture, Future decisions on land zoning and future land use to be made in consultation with the farming community in- volved by the regional plann- ing boards and commission. While not included in the land use policy discussion, delegates passed a motion voicing strong opposition to the provincial department of highways building roads diagonally across any farm. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.O.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. ICE OFF Thermal Activated ICE MELTING PELLETS MELTS SLIPPERY ICE 30 TIMES FASTER u You will be glad you used it on your steps, sidewalks parking lots, anywhere there is SLIPPERY ICE In handy cases of 6x10 Ib. poly bags BE PREPARED ORDER NOW FOR SAFETY FIRST-CALL Mel Godlonton 2219-2nd Ave. N., Lethbridge 327-740O ALMOST EVERYWHERE YOU GO! ClHlWlOI B 'Sanitation for the Nation' A resolution calling for the doubling of the million provincial government contribu- tion to irrigation district cost-sharing programs is to be presented to the annual meeting of the Alberta Irrigation projects association in Lethbridge Wednesday. Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District Manager Rick Ross said in an interview Mon- day that sponsors of the resolution believe the best method of increasing production is to rehabilitate some of the land destroyed by irrigation systems. Land that has been lost through erosion and high salt concentration from water seepage could be rehabilitated if the dirt canals were lined, Mr. Ross explained. The additional 12 million in government funding would be used to help finance the cost of lining and repairing canals and to rehabilitate the land. Another resolution proposing a total takeover by the counties and provincial government of the responsibility for road crossings of irrigation canals is also to be presented to the meeting. The province now must inspect and make sure the roads and bridges are operative and the irrigation districts are responsible for the maintenance and repair work. Mr. Ross advised the co-ordination problem that exists between inspection and repair of the roads could best be eliminated by the province and counties absorbing responsibility for the two areas. In addition to other resolutions and regular annual meeting business, three resource per- sons are to speak Wednesday. Dave Blackburn, of Herder Canada Ltd., will discuss a new method of irrigation canal and drainage maintenance. Alberta government irrigation division branch head, R. L. Francis is to speak on soil and water management and explain how farmers might best prepare for soil drifting next spring because of the dry winter. Local insurance agent Don Stephenson is to discuss insurance liability for irrigation. Interested water users have been invited to attend the annual meeting at the Park Plaza Hotel at 9 a.m. Hurlburt ranch case appealed An elderly Fort Macleod ranch family will appeal an Alberta Supreme Court deci- sion which transferred their ranch to Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt. The 25 point appeal will be heard early next year in Calgary by the appellate divi- sion of the Alberta Supreme Court. In October, Mr. Justice W. K. Moore ordered the Hunter family, three brothers and a sister, to honor a deal they made in 1972 to sell their acre ranch west of Fort Macleod to the MP. The Hunters claimed that Mr. Hurlburt misrepresentsd the deal and that they only intend- ed to give him a first right of refusal. The appeal claims that Mr. Justice Moore erred "in blanket acceptance of the plaintiff's evidence in the light of all the evidence It also claims the judge erred "in failing to give proper weight and considera- tion to the fact that the defen- dants were not given the benefit of legal representation at the time of entering into the agreement." Donald Chernichen, lawyer for the Hunters, "s also apply- ing for a stay of Mr. Justice Moore's judgment which ordered the Hunters to vacate the ranch immediately, with the exception of their home, which was to be vacated by next June. Members of the family are Martha Hunter, 74, and her brothers Howard, 67, Charles, 71, and Joseph, 79. CITY BUS BARN FULL ON SUNDAYS City Scene Cardston MD approves grants CARDSTON (Staff) Grants of Monday were approv- ed by the Cardston Municipal District council for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Wood's Christian Home for Un- married Mothers, Salvation Army, Canadian Mental Health Society and the Canadian Red Cross Society. Christmas lights ripped off Lethbridge city police had three complaints Monday at 8 p.m. of Christmas light thefts. Gus Fromradas, 1519 13th St. N., reported 30 lights, worth stolen from a tree in front of his house. Police checked the area but found nothing. B. A. Kristiansen, 1035 Henderson Lake Blvd., reported 12 lights, worth stolen. He told police he saw about five boys run from his house, across the street and climb into a station wagon. He then noticed the lights missing. Gary Adams, 1236 31st St. S., reported the theft of 10 lights, worth from the front of his house. Judge questions drinking test Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson has reserved to Jan. 30 his decision in the case of a Waterton man charged with driving with a blood alcohol level greater than .08 per cent. Evidence from the Crown and from the defence witnesses conflict and there is confusion over time elements, the judge said. Defence counsel Roman Scholdra has claimed a city police officer coerced his client, James William Lerner, 40, into taking a breathalyzer test. Mr. Scholdra maintained Constable Norman Whepley told his client he had to take the test. Mr. Lerner testified he took the test once and the constable said he didn't blow hard enough into the machine. The officer said he "didn't get it. Do it again." Judge Hudson said he wondered about other breathalyzer cases. "In court we only see one test. Do the officers keep repeating the tests until a sufficient reading is Theft of fur reported Theft of a muskrat fur coat from the Betty Shop in Centre Village Mall was reported to city police af the weekend The Herald was incorrect in its report Monday that the theft took place in the College Mall. City bus transit fleet outgrows 1969 garage The city transit garage, built in 1969 for is too small and should be replaced, says the city utility department. A report from the depart- ment in the capital budget says the transit fleet, which numbers 30 buses including school buses has outgrown the garage at 420 4th Ave. N. It was designed for 23 buses, including four in the maintenance section, and for buses smaller than those used today. Bus lengths of 30 feet were used in planning the facility, but the 52 passenger buses purchased in recent years are 40 feet long, while school buses are now 36 feet long. The department recommends a new garage be constructed in the industrial park at an estimated cost of and suggests the money could come from the provincial government urban transportation grant. A relocation of the transit garage should be part of the terms of reference for the transportation committee that will study how to spend the government funds, the department says. Relocation rather than ex- pansion of the existing garage is recommended because of traffic congestion at the city services complex where the transit garage is located. A move to the industrial park would relieve the conges- tion problem and place the transit garage in a more favorable position with regard to bus movements, says the report. The urban transportation grant to Lethbridge is a year for six years. Two-dog limit said ineffective Ambulance costs boggle Cardston MD By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor CARDSTON Last September the Cardston Municipal District council promised Cardston Municipal Hospital board chairman Theron Smith the MD would consider a grant if it is needed to ease the cost of ambulance operation. Monday, Mr. Smith return- ed to the MD council chambers to ask the MD to keep that promise. The coun- cil took no action pending further discussion. "We are in trouble so I am said Mr. Smith. He told the MD council B and R Service (Cardston) Ltd has agreed to pick up patients in town for a standby fee of from Oct. 1, 1974, to Oct. 1, 1975. Patients outside the town will be charged plus per mile. Prior to this, the agreement was for a standby fee per annum This covered ser- vice in town, in the Cardston hospital district, in the Cardston MD, Blood Indian reserve, as far west as Waterton and as far south as St. Mary, Mont. The firm was paid about for special trips to Calgary and about for trips to Lethbridge. It will now cost more like to transfer patients to Calgary, said Mr. Smith. Said the hospital board chairman: "At the hospital we don't have any money at all for the ambulance. The commission won't allow us any money for it." Mr. Smith said the town and MD councils are being asked to provide each to sub- sidize the service. "We are hopeful of getting some money from the Blood Indian he said, adding that discussions have not been fruitful to date but the band has paid its share in the past. "Our problem is that we can't get the Indians thus far to said Mr. Smith. "They have par- ticipated up to 1974 but so far this year we haven't been able to get any money from them at all." He further suggested- "If there was any way we could cut them off we would do it but there is no way we can do it." In 1973 the ambulance was used 143 times, said Mr. Smith. This included 72 trips for Indians and 71 for whites. Coun Bob Molcak of Leavitt took a lone stand when he said it is time to stop sending the ambulance out to accidents that involve Indians. "The department of Indian affairs has got to realize the need for better he said. The Indians, he said, can af- ford to pay for an ambulance. "I think we have carried them far said Coun. Molcak. The councillors were divid- ed as to whether the MD has the responsibility of providing ambulance service to its ratepayers. Councillors Bob Arnold of Del Bonita, Ken Woolford of Cardston, Mike Schneyder of Magrath and Ken Beswick of Spring Coulee agreed that people in rural areas are used to using a station wagon to get the sick and injured to hospital. However, Coun. Bryan Smith of Hillspring said, "I think most people out there want it I have seen these ac- cidents where people don't want to touch them re- quired an ambulance to come. I think the people would want that service out in our area." Coun. Arnold favored a possible mill rate increase on the entire MD to spread the added burden, rather than having the ratepayers in the Cardston hospital district bear the entire levy for am- bulance service. The secretary-treasurer said formation of an am- bulance district may be ad- visable. "Do you want to provide that service to your asked Mr. Legge. Said Coun. Woolford: "The only time I have seen it used, the guy was dead already." Said another hospital of- ficial: "The government just wants no part of an am- bulance, but I think it is an es- sential part of health ser- vice." Council learned the provin- cial government is studying the possibility of taking am- bulances under its wing province-wide. Some coun- cillors feared it will benefit the north. Reeve Sheiton Ririe said, "Lethbridge is one of the points they were going to have it a helicopter service. This is what they were talking about, strictly a helicopter service with the plane landing right at the hospital." B and R Service stands by 24 hours a day for 365 days a year, Mr. Smith told council, the operator, Stan Johnson, has completed St. John Am- bulance courses. There is no complaint with his service, said Mr. Smith. Restricting the number of dogs per household has not proven effective in curbing the city's stray pet problem. The bylaw is not en- forceable, Poundkeeper Glen Anderson said at a meeting of the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club Monday night. He blamed "ambiguities" within the law for its weakness. Few of the city's problems with pets result from the animals of breeders and keepers of valuable purebred dogs, he said. Many of the club members have more than two dogs, members said. The provision limiting the number of animals is being revised and is not currently enforced, he said. Most of the city's pet problems result from in- discriminate breeding of less valuable animals. The puppies are given away, are often bad- ly cared for and often are found on the streets, he said. According to Sharon Derrick, 622 6th St. S a breeder and club member, improperly managed dogs create community problems for which the kennel club members are blamed. In October, the animal shelter picked 69 dogs off the streets. Only 30 were redeem- ed by their owners. Another 24 were sold. Another 30 dogs were killed, as were more than 100 cats during the month. Mr. Anderson said Oc- tober was unusually busy. He theorized that many families take a puppy from spring litters and decide they don't want the dog when tall comes. Some of the animals are not redeemed when they are caught and others are brought to the pound by their owners. Cats are not picked up un- less they are hurt or sick, as the city has no law governing felines. Most cats which go to the pound are taken there by their owners or other persons, he said. An effort is made to sell the dogs and cats, but many animals must be destroyed. Kennel club members suggested that barbiturates be used to kill dogs instead of the present practice of gassing the animals in a box connected to the exhaust pipe of a pickup truck. Mr. Anderson agreed an overdose of barbiturates would be more humane. He said he has looked into the barbiturate method but found it more expensive. The chief of police feels Lethbridge has reasonably good dog control and thinks the city has better control than Edmonton or Calgary, Mr. Anderson said. But as Lethbridge grows, the pound will have to be expanded to maintain that quality of ser- vice, he noted. Some dogs allowed to roam in Lethbridge simply can't be caught because they are too wise, Mr. Anderson said. Two he mentioned were Amos, a Basset hound owned by a city businessman and Spot Jones, a dog which follows a postman on his rounds. Kennel club members com- plained about the latter dog, alleging the animal is dangerous and that their children are afraid of him. Members also complained that postmen protect Spot, but the poundkeeper surmised that postmen will likely end their protection, as the dog recently bit one of them. Amos has a steady round downtown and regularly visits Gait Gardens, the Safeway store and the brewery, members said. But the dog is too intelligent to be caught and won't even come home when the pound truck is parked nearby. "When I see Amos, I don't even try to catch Mr. Anderson said. "Instead, I go. (to the dog's And when he sees me there, he'll turn around and leave." PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209-2nd Ave S. Phone 327-4121 Certified Dentil Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Live! PHONE JJ7-I122 AUTOMOTIVE PARTS WHOLESALE National branded manufacturer of automotive parts requires distribution for the Lethbridge market. Either a totally independent wholesaler or a merger with an existing business is acceptable. Capital investment required with inventory assistance available. Reply to: B.WEIGHTMAN AUTOPAR 2108 HOME RD. N.W. CALGARY, ALTA. T3B 1H7 CLEARANCE OF AMPLIFIERS AND PA'S 530 5th Street South "PRUEGGERS MUSIC" Phone 329-3151 ;