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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Oil exploration probe asked by RDEK board Friday, December 20, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 CRANBROOK (Special) Further government investigation into the propos- ed exploration plans of the Texas Pacific Oil Company in the Bull River-Quinn Creek area has been called for by the Regional District of East Kootenay. In a recommendation approved Saturday, the board also urged government departments to keep the RDEK informed well in ad- vance of any decisions regarding resource uses for the region. The resolution followed dis- covery last month that the oil company, owned by the Seagrams Distillery cor- poration, was attempting to gain exploration permits in the Quinn Creek area. According to the com- missioner of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Branch of the Department of Mines and Petroleum Resources, the company had received the go- ahead to carry out exploration work, provided it received tree cutting permits from the B.C. Forest Service. In a report prepared for the recent RDEK meeting, it stated that an application to the forest service, was denied. The proposed exploration work by the company would have involved the construc- tion of several new roads through an area which is prime wildlife habitat. The thrust of the RDEK report, although not an in- depth study, says the roads proposed by the company are unnecessary. Eugene Lee, RDEK planner, said four access roads proposed by Texas Pacific would duplicate ex- isting roads. "The proposed access road up the north fork of Galbraith Creek is considered to be un- said Mr. Lee. "There is already an existing road along Quinn Creek up to the proposed seismic explora- tion area." Page of history went up in smoke By NANCY MILES Special Correspondent CRANBROOK A great old building has been demolished and burned under city orders, and with it, part of Cranbrook's history. The 65-year-old original Railway YMCA, later the Ar- mories and still later the Boys Club, burned brightly for 36 hours, the flames as high as Moir Park. The building presided on Van Home St., over the length Catholic schools to close TABER The Southern Alberta Rural Catholic School board here upheld a decision it made earlier in the year to close schools for the entire duration of the Canada Winter Games when it met this month. The board held to its early decision despite the recent ac- tion by the Taber public schools altering their earlier decision to close schools. Taber schools will' now re- main open for the first week of the Winter Games and close for the final few days. The change will force the Taber school buses to operate for an extra week this year since both boards use the same bus system. The separate school students will attend school for an extra week in June to gain some of the instruction time lost because of school closure during the Winter Games. of Baker St., with the strange street number of 00. Under city orders she was demolished, hauled over toward the cemetery on Cobham St. and burned. The building was originally on railway property just out- side city limits. The three- storey structure served railway crews as stop-over ac- commodation. Cranbrook was then the railway divisional point, later moved to Nelson, and then the building served as a YMCA. Later it was bought by the federal government as head- quarters for pre-war non- permanent militia. When the volunteers were disbanded in the 1950s, the building was sold to the city for one dollar from riches to rags, so to speak. The department of national defence was rid of it. Marathon Realty was later unsuccessful in trying to buy the old structure back for the CPR and it became the Boys Club. Now the site could become a parking lot. Program set COALDALE (HNS) The Coaldale United Church Children of Joy, under the direction of Joanne Munroe, will appear on Channel 7 for a half hour program at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. CHEC, a Lethbridge radio station, taped the perfor- mance at the recent Coaldale Carol Festival and will be broadcasting it on Christmas Day. Give... This Book! He said the proposed 19- mile access road is one of the major points of contention, due to its location in a now un- disturbed wildlife habitat. Mr. Lee also said that another 3.6 miles and 4tt and five mile stretches of seismic roads are not needed. The latter two roads would be built in a future timber area of the Galloway Lumber Company. Mr. Lee said it will be some years before the lumber company will be work- ing in that area. Trees cut by Texas Pacific might rot before they are retrieved, he said. The report suggested that consideration be given to other methods of gaining ex- ploration access, into areas where no roads exist. RDEK director Don Sherl- ing said helicopters can be used to do much of this work. Along with the environmen- tal concerns, the other point which disturbs the regional government is the lack of communications between the board and government departments. RDEK administrator Frank Bertoia said the criticism can- not be levelled personally at Mines Minister Leo Nimsick but at his and other govern- ment departments. Mr. Bertoia said Mr. Nim- sick has always co-operated fully but in this instance he was not aware of the authorizations given out by other members of his department. Mr. Nimsick told the regional board that Texas Pacific will have to re-apply for exploration and reclama- tion permits before it will be allowed to proceed with work next year. Director John Daigle of Kimberley said there are now enough roads creating problems in the area and "Victoria is unfamiliar with the local situation." He said decisions of this nature should be processed through local governments such as the RDEK. "It is the feeling of this of- fice that the entire problem associated with this matter could be avoided if the Regional District of East Kootenay could have been consulted ahead of said Mr. Lee's report. "It has been stated by this Regional District that resource use decisions of the provincial government has profound effect on the local areas and affect the local and regional community planning activities. It is important that resource use decisions and local planning activities can be properly co-ordinated." The resolution called for the department of mines, and department of lands, forest and water resources to further investigate the ac- tivities of Texas Pacific and keep the regional board posted before any decisions are made. Texas Pacific, a wholly- owned subsidiary of the Seagrams corporation, is registered in Delaware and has its head office in Dallas Tex. The company has authoriz- ed capital of million and is licensed to prospect, develop, mine, and market oil and gas or any other product derived in processing. Seagrams owns one other company in the oil field, Seafort Petroleum Ltd. In its 1973 financial statement the distillery showed the net worth of its oil and gas proper- ties at million, with total corporation assets of billion. The Seagrams corporation, including all its subsidiaries recorded total sales in 1973 of billion. South In short Council meeting Monday night CLARESHOLM (HNS) Town council has approved a mo- tion by Coun. Stan Stoklosa that the town engineers proceed with designing Highway 520 within the town. The highway has been upgraded and widened from the town limits to the industrial airport. The road will be widened to 40 feet from 8th St. W. to 5th St. E. Work on the road has been halted to accommodate installa- tion of services. Salary increases granted ELKFORD, B.C. A mid contract salary adjustment to meet increased living costs has been jointly announced by the Association of Commercial and Technical Employees local 1702 and Fording Coal Ltd. Salary increases of from 12Vz to 17 per cent were granted the approximate 95 office, technical and first line supervisory employees in the ACTE bargaining unit at Forcings coal opera- tion north of Elkford. Effective Nov. 1, the new rates change the starting salary for an inexperienced steno from per month to per month while a first line supervisor's salary goes from per month to The contract expires Feb. 15, 1976. Pilot's licences received CLARESHOLM (HNS) Jim Kindt of Parkland, Rita Green of Nanton and William Morkin, Sean Goodwin and Roger Andersen, all of Claresholm, have received their private pilot's licence after completing the Claresholm Flying Club training course here. The club will sponsor another course in February if 10 students enroll. Christmas party Sunday BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) The Elks will hold their an- nual Christmas party for members' children at 2 p.m. Sunday. Council asks for town routing CLARESHOLM (HNS) Town council will hold a special meeting Monday night to deal with the five-year capital budget and employee salaries and benefits. Elks donate toward bus BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Blairmore Elks have approved a donation to help repair the local senior citizens' bus and for the Canadian Mental Health Association to help provide Christmas gifts for patients. Newport Customs officials at Chief Mountain will be moving in to their new building this spring. The customs office at Waterton Park Chief Mountain port-of-entry was rebuilt during the summer and fall months and will be in operation in the spring. All that is left to do at the new office is furnishing and some land- scaping. The building, larger and more modern than the old building, was built by the federal government. From Lethbridge to Lucerne OnlyVQisVQ Canada'sYQ the world's largest selling CanadianWhisky Coalhurst overcrowding may end READY FOR FAMILY GET-TOGETHERS? Overcrowding at Coalhurst Elementary School is ex- pected to be relieved early in January with the arrival of a portable classroom for the school. A County of Lethbridge of- ficial said Tuesday a site has been prepared for the por- table, which the county has ordered from a trailer manufacturer. Some elementary students in the hamlet are currently us- ing the school library as a classroom. EACH Published by The Lethbridge Herald, the book is an account of the conception of the University of Lethbridge Canada's Centennial University (born January 1, It is a must for every Southern Al- bertan's library and is now once again available in a very limited quantity. Please order early to avoid disappointment! Use this convenient order form! The Lethbridge Herald P.O. Box 670, 11 Please Mail copies of the book "Come I Hell or High Water" to: [Name (Address I (Enclosed please find cheque or money order in the! [amount of for books plus each forl (handling charges. j NOMINATION MEETING Cyprus Social Credit Constituency will be held FRIDAY, JAN. 17th, 1975 at p.m. Medicine Hit Public Library Guest Speaker: WERNER SCHMIDT Provincial Party Leader. Registration begins at 7 p.m. V? Over the Christmas Season, your slide or movie projector will be getting a lot of use. Burnouts are a big disappointment. But you can avoid those unhappy endings by picking up a spare Sylvania Projector Lamp. Sylvania manufactures over 60 varieties, so they're sure to have exactly the lamp your slide or movie projector needs. Woolco keeps a large stock on hand. And, if you need a special type, we'll order it for you promptly. Remember Sylvania because the show must go on ICO DEPARTMENT STORES 4 DIVISION Ol fWWnfllWHRTHCn lit) College Shopping Mall 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive Monday, Tueaday A Wedneaday a.m. to p.m. Thuraday Friday a.m. p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. SATISFACTION GUARANTY ;