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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 1, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Public support for agriculture called 6vitaP Public support to finance agricultural research and sup- port of the farm community in the use of knowledge is vital to scientists. A better public relations job must be done to help meet these needs, according- to Leonard Haney, co owner of Haney Farms Ltd. at Picture Butte. He made the remark at a Lethbridge Research Sta- tion seminar this week. He said through promotion, researchers can make the public realize the importance of food production research, loosening the purse strings on federal spending through public pressure. Mr. Haney disagreed with a federal government plan to have more research done by private sectors. "I can't agree. Integrity doesn't Cow camp gains support HERALD LEGISLA- TIVE BUREAU-A so- cial worker at the province's Ponoka Treatment Unit for Troubled Teenagers has voiced support for the threatened Cow Camp School northeast of Brooks. Wayne Barre, 30, said he would be pleased to see teens under his jurisdiction attend the outdoors school. Deputy Premier Hugh Homer has said cow camp operator Jeff Smith, 32, is a very good "public relations man" and that supporters of the school are "being conned." "Wilderness and sur- vival camping is very important for teenagers and we need these facilities Mr. Barre said in a telephone interview. "I would be willing to place kids there who wanted to go. I'd be very pleased to see them go Mr. Barre said. Earlier this week, the supervisor of a govern- ment group home said that while Alberta may even lead Canada in facilities to deal with teenage problems, "we could stand about a hundred there is a great lack in that area." always prevail as it he said. When the research is done by a public group, there is some protection for the public, he noted. Another problem facing the researchers is getting the in- formation from the research station to the farming com- munity. Mr. Haney said construction of the new federal provincial complex which will join the research and extension arms of government should help. The provincial regional agriculture office will be located in the same building as research scientists. The regional people are in charge of disseminating information to farmers, directly and through district agriculturist offices in the province. Mr. Haney said as better educated young farmers get into the- business, the job of getting information from the research station to the farmer will become easier. Better educated farmers will active- ly seek information rather than waiting, sometimes with skeptisism, for the informa- tion to come to the farm. Saturday, February 1, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 St. Mary's Road agreement reached CRANBROOK (Special) Following another meeting and further reassurances from the B.C. Forest Service, the Regional District of East Koolenay board has endorsed a proposal to reroute part of a logging road along the south side of, th'e SI: Mary's River; RDEK directors originally opposed the plan, until the forest service confirmed it would reclaim the present portion of the road once the new section is built. The forest service informed the RDEK late in 1974 it was planning to reroute part of the St. Mary's road between mile 10.6 and 13.1. Presently this section runs adjacent 'to the river and is built on a poor soil base. The forest service proposed to reroute this section, farther away from river, to more stable ground. The RDEK was reluctant to endorse the plan, because it was feared the forest service was suggesting there be two roads through the area. However a letter from R. M. Brock, forest service engineer stated that only one road will be left. Brock told the board in a letter Saturday, that once the new section is completed the old portion will be torn-up, culverts removed and the area re-planted in an attempt to return it to a natural state. The engineer said although it is going to cost more approximately total to reroute the road, rather than upgrade the present one, it is felt the new location will be better in the long run. RDEK administrator Frank Bertoia said he and planning department representatives met with Brock Jan. 17 to dis- cuss the road proposal and are in support provided the reclamation work is done. VERN DECOlIX photo Crowsnest Mountain A fresh fall of snow in Crowsnest Pass lent ex- ceptional beauty to Crowsnest Mountain this week. Most of the hikers and other recreationists who use the area for summer recreation are absent and the pristine whiteness is left to fewer persons.. Ice arena vote set FERNIE PLAN DEFEATED Feb. 22 at Cranbrook Development right sale proposed to save farms A system of establishing a fair agriculture value for farmland to maintain it in food production has been Suggested as a solution to land use problems in Alberta. Janet Main of the Pincher Creek district, in a brief to the Alberta Land Use Forum Thursday, said governmental purchase of development rights from present agricultural landholders would maintain that land in food production permanently. Under the system in opera- tion in some states in the United States, landowners would be paid a set fee for the development rights to his land similar to the purchase of mineral rights by the federal government before 1900. Once the development rights (subdivision, recrea- tion and other non agricultural uses) are sold, the value of the land remains the value set by agricultural buyers. Mrs. Main said the land would continue to produce food or forest products. But the tax paying base would re- main virtually intact, since most land is not now assessed at a value which includes development potential. Once development rights are sold, at the discretion of the landowner, his family would benefit from reduced transfer taxes, making it easier to maintain the family farm. Besides purchase of development rights, Mrs. Main feels identification of land to be protected from more intensive development is needed. She said policy con- siderations to preserve agricultural and forest lands should encourage food produc- tion, establish scenic open space, allow private land ownership, maintain family farms and compensate fanners for rights taken away. FERNIE (Special) The City of Fernie plan to ex- pand its area by incorporating 300 acres of land northeast of the city failed last week when ratepayers rejected it by a margin of'47 votes. A total of 477 votes, from both within the city and within the area to be incorporated, were cast. It resulted in 262 against and 215 for the measure. The city mill rate, if applied, would have jumped the new area rate by about 50 mills or per of assessed value. Zoning changes okayed Equestrians ask land be opened High tax rates to stop sub- division of land for country residences should be stopped to allow efficient mini farm- ing practices to be under- taken, says Bill DesBarres, president of the Southern Alberta Equestrian Council. Speaking to the Alberta Waste facilities planned FARM FOR SALE ENCHANT DISTRICT Seven deeded half section grazing leaw adjoining. Fully modern 3 bedroom dwell- ing; steel quoniel 40'xBO'. Pos- session immediately. GIBBS REALTY GIBB Phone 757-3820 CRANBROOK (Special) Acting on a report prepared by Associated Engineering of Cranbrook, the Regional District of East Kootenay will explore the possibilities of es- tablishing a system of septic tank disposal sites in the region. The report, which zeroed in on the need for the waste facilities and possible locations, called for the construction of six sewage lagoons, costing an estimated each. The six lagoons to be PLEASE NOTE: In order to give better service to our customers with full staff for the bal- i ance of the week we will be Closed Mondays Effective February 3rd Open Tues. a.m. to p.m. Wednesday a.m. to p.m. Thurs. ft Fri. a.m. to p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. it's new and it's western, you'll find it FIRST at located near the communities of Edgewater, Winderraere, Wasa, Cranbrook, Elko and Sparwood are to be developed in a scheduled construction program. They will primarily serve the needs of homeowners in rural areas, although the RDEK board will make cost- sharing arrangements if municipalities wish to use the facilities. Along with investigating the cost aspect of establishing the system, RDEK administrator Frank Bertoia will also have to determine if the region can assume the function under its present letters patent. Bertoia said he felt the 000 cost per lagoon can be reduced Land Use Forum at the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion Thursday, Mr. DesBarres said small lan- downers, many who bought to afford rural living styles and ownership of animals, are punished by such regulations. He said such regulations are discriminatory. Representing more than 000 amateur horse enthusiasts, Mr. DesBarres said the sport is growing so fast, it is past time it was given more formal recognition. He said horse owners need systems of arteries to and from urban and rural centres, river valley corridors and scenic areas as well as equestrian centres strategically located by utilization demand. He said rather than using prime agricultural land, the horsemen would like to use railroad and utility rights of way, irrigation canal banks; highway ditches, fire and seismic roads and govern- ment owned range and forest land that provide natural horse places if properly designated and signed. CRANBROOK (Special) The Regional District of East Kootenay board has endorsed three zoning changes, follow- ing public hearings in Cranbrook, Wasa and Radium. The changes, which were recommended by the board's planning department, pretty well reflect the wishes of the residents within the zoning areas. The zoning change in the Cranbrook area involves the Cobham Ave. district which is presently zoned R-5. The original plan was to switch the entire area from the G. E. Motel to Okanagan Helicopters to a light in- dustrial classification known as A-l. However, at a public meeting in Cranbrook in mid December, residents living along Cobham Ave. protested the change saying they prefer to stay within the present R-5 zone. To reach a compromise in the situation, the planning department recommended the residential area of Cobham Ave. be left as R-5, while the undeveloped portion (most of which is owned by Crestbrook Forest Industires) be changed Eugene Lee, RDEK planner, cautioned that any in- dustries established in the area will have to be pollution free enterprises. There are two pieces of property which will have zon- ing changes at the request of the owners to allow for development, now stalled by a non conforming zoning status. These changes were unopposed at the Wasa zoning hearing. In Radium two zoning changes were also considered, with one approved by the board and one denied. The first zoning change in- volved a gas station grocery store business which is presently in a highway com- mercial zone. According to the bylaw, the grocery store is non corn- forming since the bylaw does not allow retail enterprise. Since there was no opposi- tion to the change, the RDEK will put the business venture under a general commercial zone. The second zoning change request involved a lot in the centre of Radium where the owner wished to build a motel. The property is presently zoned general commercial which does not allow for motel development. Because of objections from many of the residential property owners surrounding the proposed motel site, the RDEK board decided against a zoning change. All three zoning change bylaws were given third reading by the board and wil be sent to the Department o Municipal Affairs. Home, school group elects NOBLEFORD (HNS) Francis Shultz.has been elected president of the Nobleford Home and School Association. The new executive includes Frank Bartosek, vice president, Lorna Erickson, secretary, and Betty Groenenboom, treasurer. Frank Jankunis, Dale Imeson, Pat Imeson and Francis Schullz comprise the building committee. PSS gets house cleaning CLARESHOLM (Staff) Town council this week gave this town's Preventive Social Service department a thorough house cleaning. Council also entered, into an agreement with the Town of Stavely for Preventive Social Service department sharing. DR. GARY L PACK OPTOMETRIST Wishes to announce the opening of his office, for the practice' of his profession FAMILY MEDICAL DENTAL CENTRE Crowsnest Pass Bureau NEWS-CIRCULATION-JOBPRINTING VERNON DECOUX, Roiidtnt Rep., 562-2149 Hear more clearly without irritating background noise. Zeniths new Directional Hearing Aid 1ESTEEH WEIR 308-Sth SUM! S. PhoiM 329-45M 2931-20th If you find that much of the sound you hear Is harsh, irritating noise, then our new Directional hearing aid, tne "Royal D" could be jusl right for you. This com- fortable aid brings you clear, rich sound at a pleasant level as it softens and reduces harsh unwanted back- ground noise from the side and rear, Come in for a demonstration of the "Royal D" or any other aid from Zenith's line of more than 20 quality aids a; no cost or obligation. Batteries for all makes of hearing aids. fhe quality goes in before the name goes on, FOR APPOINTMENT CALL 329-02OO Helping Ihe hard of hearing since 1943 taMMl TfcMlri Mf, 3214410, 327-2272 CRANBROOK (Special) Voters in the Invermere area will go to the polls Feb. 22 to determine if they want the Regional District of East Kootenay to provide funds for a covered ice arena. The residents will decide if they want to support the cost of the project, which the RDEK has offered to un- dertake. If the referendum passes, it will be the first arena and sports facility in the region to come under the construction, operation and maintanance of the regional government. Although the project is es- timated at it is ex- pected that only of that will be raised through local taxes. Approximately one third of the cost will be met through a provincial government Community Recreational Facilities Fund Act grant. The RDEK became involv- ed in the project following a request from the Windermere District Sports Society asking the board to provide the facility. Inveremere presently has an outdoor artificial ice rink and plans, if approved in next month's vote, are to enclose this facility and create a sports complex. Inveremere council has agreed to turn its facilities over the regional government for a token fee of Since the Invermere com- plex serves the surrounding area, the vote will be put to residents in an area extending from Fairmont, Dutch Creek to just south of Edgewater. Although the RDEK expects to receive the one third grant from the province it is asking in the referendum for the authority to borrow to cover costs of construction un- til the grant is actually in the bank. The net total expenditure of will be paid back over the next 20 years by par- ticipating taxpayers in the three areas of electoral areas F, G and village of Invermere. The annual repayment will not exceed three mills. PLENTY OF SUGAR Hawaii's sugar plantations occupy acres of land on four islands. Mid Provincial Drilling Services Water Will Drilling lor Agriculture Domestic Industrial Pump Sales and Service Henry Steffensen Vulcan Ph. 485-2339 WATCH AND WAIT FOR SHELDONS PROMOTION SALE 1 DAY ONLY-THURSDAY. FEB. 6th 516 3rd Avenue South Next Door to B.nk of Montreal FORUM WED. FEB. 5 SHELBY GYM A.M. HEAR THE NATION'S BEST Dr. Clayton YeuUer, Ass. Sec. of Ag., Washington, D.C. Tom Smith, Ag. Comm., American Banker Association, Marslialltown, Iowa WillarH Sparks, Sr. Vice Pres., Cook Industries, M einpltis, Tenn. Guy Larson, Exec. Mgr., Cooperative Area Development. Maudlin. N.D. David Slroiid, Pres., National Livestock Meat Board, Chicugo, III. EXHIBITS DOOR PRIZES DISPLAYS FREE LUNCH AO. EXPERTS Free Tickets Needed To Attend, Available From Merchants Displaying Farm Forum Posters. ENJOY A GREAT DAY ;