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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta id THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, December 12, 1974 million irrigation loan fund promoted by Socred MLAs By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Social Credit MLAs from Southern Alberta Wednesday reiterated the need for a million provincial loan fund to upgrade irrigation systems and reclaim farm land lost through seepage. Socred leader Werner Schmidt told 75 managers and directors from the province's 13 irrigation districts that his party's interest free loan scheme is not a "lollipop" or "handout" program Speaking at the annual meeting of the Alberta Irrigation Projects Association, the 42 year old candidate for the Taber-Warner riding in the next provincial election said the proposed 10- year loan fund would bring to acres of alkaline farm land back into production. He noted the meeting was conspicuously without representation from the provincial government. Mr. Schmidt's plea for more money to upgrade irrigation systems was chorused by Lit- tle Bow MLA Ray Speaker, who pointed to the million Alberta Opportunity Fund for In- dustry as an example of "discrimination" against the irrigation industry. "I don't see why some surplus funds can't be diverted into irrigation Mr. Speaker said in an interview. "Nobody's ever going to leave but industry may come and go, he added. He said Alberta's irrigation districts will need "at least" million next year to improve water distribution systems. "Our feeling is that if we made this million available to local districts they will look after local problems much faster than the provincial government Mr. Speaker said. "In 1974, farmers in Alberta spent million on irrigation equipment. "I think it's rather embarrassing, the govern- ment says it can put only million into irriga- tion districts for he added. Retiring Taber Warner MLA Doug Miller told the AIPA meeting, "all we need is more water." While, Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer "keeps telling us to dry land farmers in the Taber Warner riding reply, "all we want is water." At their meeting, AIPA members ratified the following proposals to go to the provincial government: Agriculture department should initiate a property damage insurance fund to compensate flood victims through the newly-established Disaster Services Act; Provincial highways department should assume responsibility for all bridges and culverts on irrigation canals; Provincial authorities should cancel the three year payment schedule announced earlier this year by Environment Minister Bill Yurko and make available immediately the million from the federal government for rehabilitation of secondary irrigation works; Amendments to the Water Resources Act should upgrade the status of water for farming purposes, giving it higher priority than water for industrial use. City Scene Fire damage guessed at A "really rough" estimate of has been attached to fire damage at the Wilson Junior High School. Mack Crumley, secretary treasurer of the Lethbridge Public School Board, says officials guess that the Monday fire destroyed about one quarter of the school. He placed the total value of the school at million to reach the damage figure. It will be months before the in- surance adjuster places an exact figure on damage. The school is insured for its full replacement cost, except for a deductible clause in the insurance policy. Classes end during Games Evening classes at the Lethbridge Community College will be cancelled during the Canada Winter Games, the college has announced. Doug Scotney, assistant director of the school of continuing education, said most courses will start early in January and February rather than run late in April and May. Missionaries to carol in city Soloray 4 Gallon Table Top HUMIDIFIERS Perfect for pinpointing dry areas in apartments, of- fices, or homes. Provides up to 3 days of moisture Adjustable control. PRICED AT 195 24' Call Housewares 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Sixteen Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saint missionaries serving in the Lethbridge area have formed a Christmas carol chorus and will be performing in the city from now until Yuletide. The young men, all from the western United States, will make their first appearance at the College Mall Friday evening. Over the next two weeks they will sing there and at the Centre Village Mall. They also have plans to visit hospitals and nursing homes in the city. Director of the chorus is Kenneth L. Hicken, of the University of Lethbridge music department. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phone 328-4095 UNIROYAL ZETA Mileage Guaranteed Tires ZETA iM RADIAL Ironclad Guarantee EHEEH MILES I'.V 75% MORE HAZARD PROTECTION' 20% MORE CAR CONTROL' 12% MORE AND YOU ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY ON GAS. And to be extra sure of safety let oilr Service Department give you a Safety Check on: BRAKES SHOCKS BALANCE ALIGNMENT All work is performed by experts to assure complete safety and satisfaction. CONVENIENT TERMS AVAILABLE OR USE YOUR CHARGEX KIRK'S TIRE SALES LTD. LETHBRIDGE TABER' CALGARY 1621 3rd AVI. S. 6201 50th Ave. 1210 45th AVI. N.E. Phone 327-5J85 Phom 223-3441 276-5344 LCC disputes tax bill Lethbridge Community College was served with a bill for 1974 city tax- es this week that city officials say the college owes on its science building College officials meanwhile dispute the tax claim as contrary to the Municipal Taxation Act and say they'll appeal the assessment at the next sittir g of the court of revision, likely in February or March. Ordinarily educational institutions are exempt from local property taxes, but the city is claiming the science building, near- ly all of which is rented to !he provincial environment and agriculture departments, is not being for educa- tion and should not be exempt. City officials said they expected the college to appeal and in fact advised the college to do just that. "It gets down to an interpretation of the tax said one tax man. Dean Cooper, LCC director of finance, said Wednesday if the court rules the college must pay, the college will ask the province to make up the cost. The rent revenue the college gets from the province is taken into consideration and the college's operating grant reduced correspondingly, he said. Farm stability may come through better planning By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Proper planning is the only safe way to get stability in agriculture, says the re-elected president of Unifarm. Dobson Lea of Jarvie, re- Drunk drivers may walk longer A Lethbridge provincial judge is cracking down on drinking drivers. Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson told court Wednesday there have been a large number of impaired drivers appearing in court but fines never seem to be a deterrent. "The thing that deters a driver is Provincial Judge Hudson said. He an- nounced he would be increas- ing the length of suspensions of drivers licences following convictions for impaired driv- ing and driving with a blood alcohol level greater than .08 per cent. There is an automatic six month suspension with these charges but Provincial Judge Hudson increased this to nine months for two people who pleaded guilty to impaired driving Wednesday "This might work and it might Provincial Judge Hudson told the court. He emphasized he would be try- ing this on an experimental basis. "Impaired drivers are com- ing in fives and he added "It's for the protection of the public." All automatic six month suspensions will be increased to nine months, Provincial Judge Hudson told The Herald later There may be some ex- ceptions for people who make their living by driving. Meeting set The regular meeting of the Dr. F. H. Mewburn QBE Chapter, IODE, will be held today at 8 p.m. at the home of Mrs. F. E. Quittenbaum, 1903 14th St. S. COMPUTER ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT LTD. Data Processing Services 201 CANADA TRUST BUILDING TELEPHONE 328-7883 i Announcing the Best I Way of 1 Christmas Shopping. We offer many exciting ways to solve Christmas gift giving problems. I elected by acclamation to his fifth term as president of the farm organization, told The Herald Wednesday stop-gap methods of helping farm incomes will be needed until proper plann- ing can be developed for all commodities. He said he can accept the use of marketing boards in conjunction with government stabilization programs on the short run, but all commodities must become self-sufficient. By managing the supplies for each commodity to more closely match the consump- tion, producers won't face the boom and bust cycle evident in almost every sector of agriculture today. Pointing to the Alberta Broiler Growers Marketing Board as a successful operation, Mr. Lea said production has been kept to within less than 1 per cent of the consumption. Because of this, the producer makes money and government controls are not needed. Because commodities differ, various methods for planning will have to be developed. Cattle producers must regulate production two or three years ahead because that is how long it takes to breed, raise and bring processed meat to the con- sumer, he said. In the case of hogs, a supply discrepancy of one per cent above the market demand results in a loss of four cents per pound for the producer. In this case, planning is even more critical, he said. In other elections held dur- ing the third day of the Unifarm meeting, Harold Falkenberg of Camrose was returned by acclamation as a vice-president from the com- modity sector of Unifarm. Erling Nilson of Irma was returned as vice-president elected from the delegate body. He defeated Herman Schwank of Coronation. PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209 2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-4121 I FRACHE'S 1 CHRISTMAS SPECIALS I I I CHRISTMAS GREETER FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-8MS E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL SLOG. Playground design aid sought by board The separate school board agreed Wednesday to approach the city for professional assistance in developing creative playgrounds at all separate elementary schools that want them. An Assumption School com- mittee asked the trustees to request such assistance and a joint use agreement with the city community services department so it could receive provincial funding for the construction of a creative playground. The department of youth, culture and recreation has allocated to the city for the development of joint community school projects. To qualify, both the city and the school boards must agree to share the facilities. Since the school board is an- ticipating similar requests from two or three other elementary schools, it decided all schools should have the op- portunity to seek the funds Show, concert Saturday An art show will be opened with a concert of the Lethbridge Madrigal Singers Saturday night at 8 at the Lethbridge Public Library. The show is compiled of selections from the Glenbow Alberta Art Gallery and is titled: Scenes of Snow and Ice. The singers will perform madrigals and medieval Christmas music. They per- form under the direction of Prof. D. G. Blair of the University of Lethbridge. Ad- mission is free. available from the province. The Assumption School committee audio visual presentation to the board described the creative playground as an area design- ed to stimulate the physical, emotional and social growth of children through the use of imaginative apparatus. The creative playground equipment would help the students gain a more fully developed understanding of their physical capacity as well as develop balance, co or- dination and upper body muscles. Socially, the playground ap- paratus is designed to promote co operation among students and develop play as a meaningful experience. Emotionally it is to stimulate a sense of ac- complishment, help the stu- dent accept personal challenge and understand the limitations that fear provides and foster leadership growth in children. The creative playground proposed for Assumption School would cover about 000 square feet, about seven per cent of the total play area. The closest equipped playgrounds to Assumption School are one-half and three quarters miles away. The school board agreed to remind Education Minister Lou Hyndman of their request in early November for construction of a cafeteria at Catholic Central High School. The board met the minister during the first week in November and then, upon his request, sent him a letter out- lining its need for a cafeteria. He was to investigate the situation and reply. Superintendent Ralph Himsl was instructed to contact the minister. Certified Dtnttl Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BUCK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. 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