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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, February Trickle irrigation tested for farmers9 fields and urban gardens Increased food production and quality and decreased water consumption is the aim of a continuing research partnership with trickle irrigation systems set for 1974. With details ironed out between the Alberta irrigation division and the Alberta Horticultural Research Center at a meeting in Lethbridge Friday, several research projects- were put through the final planning steps. The partnership involved allows for irrigation division personnel to test various types of trickle systems under varying ground and crop conditions. The men from the horticultural centre are interested in research data from the crops and plants watered by the tricle systems. Tricle irrigation has been used in California extensively but sparsely in Canada. With trickle systems, plastic pipes lead from a source of water directly to the plants needing water. In long rows of plants, the pipe is laid along side the row, utilizing the water- saving principles behind trickle irrigation that allows only the amount of water needed for a particular area to be emitted Welcome sign removed Lougheed mum on Fernie issue FERNIE, B.C. (CP) Bill Prankish, a member of the Fernie Board of Trade which wants this coal-mining town of to secede from British Columbia and join Alberta, said Friday he is "quite optimistic" that the secession would become a reality. But a spokesman for Premier Peter Lougheed in Edmonton, while acknowledging that a letter from the board seeking annexation by Alberta has been received, declined to comment on the matter. The town council has not yet whether it supports or opposes the move, but Mayor Vern Uphill said the feeling of being ignored by Victoria is real and strong in the East Kootenay region. The board will meet Wednesday to discuss how to proceed with the secession, Mr. Prankish said. Mr Frankish also blamed FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.O.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL UB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLD6. Crown Lynn Ironstone All White "Apollo" Pattern Open stock available on special order. 20 PIECE SETS 14" 45 PIECE SETS CALL CHINA 327-5767 DOWNTOWN GUARANTEED SERVICE To SONY, LLOYDS, PIONEER, NORESCO, and most makMof ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT 2 MchnicuMW to you ANGLO PHOTO SERVICE DEPT. 411 StraM South NORTH PLAZA FLOWERS 618-13thStN. PttOM 327-1212 FtO LOVE BUNDLE Fresh flowers arranged in a Valentine Vase with a suplise-Joie de Reur F.T.D.s exclusive new perfume. 12 so HEARTS FLOWERS Mixed arrangement Fresh Rowers a VaJ-" entine. 00 Spiess, irrigation systems specialist with the irrigation division in Lethbridge, says the research from his> point of view is to determine if trickle systems can be applied to Alberta conditions and if so, what types are the best Trickle irrigation systems can be adapted for large commercial agricultural operations or for the urban landscaped yard. But because of a relatively high installation cost, it is limited to fanners with high producing crops. For the urban gardener, trickle irrigation is worth the cost because with it a yard can be maintained with little effort and in a more esthetically approved condition, says Mr. Spiess. In the case of an urban yard, says Mr. Spiess, there is a great variety of plants in various parts of the yard. With the traditional sprinklers used for watering, all parts of the yard get the same amount of water too much for some parts and not enough for others. With trickle irrigation, the amount of water can be regulated for various parts of the yard according to the needs of the various plants. Mr. Spiess says any area hooked up to a municipal water supply would be able to use trickle irrigation systems. Because the water has to be clean to keep from plugging the small holes in the plastic pipe, it has to be filtered before use. Municipal water stocks are clean enough but farm stocks require filtering equipment. More water is saved because trickle irrigation requires little water pressure, he says. He calculates that less than half the water normally used for yard sprinkling would be needed with a trickle system because only the true root zone of the plant is watered. Steve Molmar, vegetable specialist at the centre in Brooks, says a trial at the centre in 1974 wiii test four different trickle systems on four different types of crops. Carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and strawberries will be tested. He is interested in finding what advantages trickle irrigation holds for vegetable production. Initial tests have shown that vegetables' are of better quality and more abundant when water is applied when it is needed at the rates the plants need something which can be closely controlled with trickle irrigation. He says 1974 will provide the final evaluation of trickle irragation systems for vegetable production. He is so confident of the value of the system, he is going to install trickle systems in his own yard in Brooks this spring. Maha Mahadeva, a pomologist at the horticultural centre, is overseeing two research projects in Alberta in 1974 involving trickle irrigation systems. In the Peace River district, four-acre plots of Saskatoons, chokecherries and rosehips will be irrigated with a trickle system. Research at Brooks has convinced Dr. Mahadeva that controlled water application when needed is what determines the amount and size of berries for both domestic and wild varieties. With trickle irrigation, the researchers will try to obtain optimum fruit production on a continual basis. In another project, Dr. Mahadeva will test 42 varieties of ornamental bushes and small fruit trees with a trickle system. the B.C. highways department for the disappearance of a sign saying "welcome to Alberta" on Highway 3 about 10 miles west of here. Someone, who obviously wants Fernie to be part of Alberta, erected the sign a few days ago but it disappeared overnight, he said. Construction association choses officers A new executive and board of directors has been elected by the Lethbridge Construction Association. Gordon Davidson, a draftsman at Western Metal Fabricators, was elected association president, joining vice-president Brian Quitten- baum, Crestline Builders Market; and 2nd vice- president James Hill, Charlton and Hill Ltd. Past president of the organization is Dick Rittenhouse, Rittway Heating and Air Conditioning. Members of the board of directors are Doran Johnson, Jack King, Charlie Morrice, George Surbey, Pat Tompkins, Heinz Goebelhardt, Casey Schalk, Clare Malmberg, Art Atkinson, Bill Taylor, Walter Moroz, Conway Cameron, Andrew Saly, Jake Van Dyk, Derk Getkate, Lucas Bosch. Planner knocks move from local autonomy Winter Carnival Queen Seventeen-year-old Kathy Wilson, 1615 21st St. S., was crowned Winter Carnival Queen for Catholic Central High School Friday night during the "A" Boys' basketball game between LCI and CCHS. Miss Wilson will reign over the winter activities scheduled for next week. 'Hat mayor fined Upholstering The mayor of Medicine Hat was fined and costs in provincial court Friday for failing to comply with an order from the provincial board of health. SMILEY'S PLUMBING GLASS LINED WATER HEATERS INSTALLED PIMM CUFF HACK. BLACK DENTAL LAB mCU. DENTAL MM. PHONE Harry Veiner, owner of the Highcraft China plant, pleaded guilty to the charge June The charge was the culmination of a long effort by the board of health to remedy unsatisfactory working conditions at the plant. Veiner's sentence was ad- journed until Friday to give him time to comply with provincial regulations. The severity of the sentence was to be determined by how much he did to correct the poor conditions, reported to be high concentrations of dust in the air. Dr. Rodney May, director of industrial health for Alberta, said Veiner has "done better than what was required of him" by the board of health. it took him 10 years to do he added. Dr. May said the dust content of the air in the plant is seven per cent lower than the minimum set out in provincial regulations. The board of health issued Veiner an order May 4, 1971, which required him to correct the poor conditions by Nov. 1, 1971. The work was not done at that time and another order was issued Jan. 19, 1972, with a completion date set for Sept. 1. 1972. The charge against Veiner arose from failure to comply with the second order. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer A suggestion that responsibility for regional planning be given to the provincial government is a dangerous move away from local autonomy says, the executive director of the Oldman River Regional Planning 'Commission. Lawrence Smith said in a Herald interview that while he supports most of the proposals for change made in a government white paper on the provincial planning act, he disagrees with a recommendation made by one of the authors of the paper that regional planning commissions be relieved of their jurisdiction over regional plans. "The government is a little far away to prepare a regional he said. If a plan was done at the provincial level, people in the region would feel they were being legislated from above, the commission director said. A section of the working paper drawn up to make suggestions for amending the present planning act, last revised in 1963, states planning commissions have neither the staff nor the funds to develop good plans for their regions. In addition, the document says, many policies needed to implement a regional plan are made at the provincial level. "The agency that is capable of making the plan happen should be the agency to adopt the plan." The white paper also proposes that regional plans, whether prepared at the local or provincial level, receive cabinet approval. One of the weaknesses of the present legislation, Mr. Smith said, is there is little co- ordination between the regional commissions. Provincial government involvement could correct this, he commented. "There haven't been enough guidelines from the province on regional planning so it would fit in with provincial plans." Mr. Smith welcomed one of ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phone 32B-4095 SPECIAL I EKMWMT ____ FWEnryPtfr 37Tnh street South BERGMAN'S I COVBNNK Open Thum. and Fit Phone 320-0372 12th Aw. S. Family FOR 2 ADULTS AND 2 CHILDREN end S or Ptnwpplt CWdwn CMekwi Frtotf AU. FORONLY Delivered to Your Home Piping Hott USED BOBCATS FOR SALE AT C and J EQUIPMENT RENTALS SALES ft SERVICE Phone 328-4765 1410-2nd. Ave. South OPEN WEEKDAYS 7A.M. TO 2 A.M. CloMd for ttw Winter PHONETHE 327-0240 327-2217 LOTUS Acrow From CPU Depot Harry Lubbers ACCOUNTANT wishes to announce the opening of his office at No. 1277 TMrd Avenue S. Alberta T1J OK3 the paper's recommendations that duties of the provincial planning board be spread among several bodies. The board now is responsible for both planning in areas outside districts covered by commissions and hearing appeals made under the subdivision regulations. Under changes proposed, the board would be relieved of its role as tribunal in subdivision appeal a role now taking most of its time and would be given a more agressive stance in establishing planning guidelines. He said a new act based on what the authors called a blueprint for legislative revisions would strengthen the concept of planning. The working paper will be discussed in detail at a Lethbridge workshop sponsored by the commission in early April. Dairy co-op incorpora ted The Windmill Dairy Co-op Ltd. of Vauxhall has been incorporated as a co-operative in Alberta. It is the first group to be officially formed in Canada to operate a dairy cow co- operative. Its operation in the Vauxhall district will depend on the outcome of a feasibility study now underway to determine whether an all-purpose cheese factory can successfully be operated in the area, said the chairman of the co-operative. A group of men in the Glenwood district has also started study on the construction of a dairy cow co-operative to supply milk for the new Glenwood Cheese Factory but this group hasn't been incorporated. To finance a dairy cow co- operative that would handle cows for milking would require about million. The members of the co- operative, about 20 farmers from the Vauxhall district, would have to invest themselves. 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