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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, February 4, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 Winter way You sled it, momma in this weather buggy won't make it. Benjamin Nlllsson, Stirling, gets a ride on the sled that his mother Carol, is pulling. Benjamin's brother, Bradley, 3, has to hoof it. Trophies presented Fort Macleod sportsmen South in short Past comes to life at Taber TABER (HNS) A glimpse at the past surfaced at a recent meeting of the Taber municipal district council when approval was sought for a gas pipeline crossing over the Oldman River directly north of the Chin railway station. The application was made by Gulf Oil of Canada whose proposed line is within 100 feet of a registered right-of-way, thus requiring MD approval. In the days of the Noble Foundation Farms north of the river, roadway grades were built on each side of the river for freighting grain to to the Chin station. Crossing at the river was made by cable car, the grain be- ing unloaded from wagons onto the car, then reloaded on the south side of the river for further shipment of six miles or so. The cable car has long since disappeared, the dugways re- main in a disused state, and there is little evidence of the former transportation system except the registered right-of- way on the books of the Land Titles Office. The Gulf Oil application was approved. Radio repeater to be built TABER (HNS) The federal department of justice has purchased 2.68 acres of land from the Taber Municipal District as a site for an RCMP radio repeater station. v The land is in the southeast quarter of section one, township 12, range 18, about 16 miles northwest of .here. It is about midway between Retlaw and Turin. The MD council also approved an access road to the proper- ty-- Council approved an agreement between the MD and the department of agriculture to obtain grants under the agricultural service board program. The agricultural service board has an budget this year. The agreement provides for the earning of in grants. If approved, these wiU be for the control of weeds, warbles and other pests in the Taber and Bow River irrigation districts within the MD boundaries. Summer studies scheduled TABER (HNS) Taber School Division 6 teachers will work on curriculum materials during the summer holidays. The division has approved a one-year trial period for the project. Teachers will receive stipend for working in such areas as audio visuals, multi-media kits and individualized learning materials. There is insufficient time for this work during the regular school term. Protective group meets Thursday PINCHER CREEK The Foothills Protective Association will hold a reorganizational meeting at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Pincher Creek Municipal District Building. Dr. Dixon Thomson of the department of environmental design, University of Calgary, will speak. He is a task force member of the Alberta Land Use Forum. Several of the Foothills Protective Association members have contributed papers to hearings on the eastern slopes Watershed. The association feels its communications with people of the district should be improved. Kootenay hospital budget set CRANBROOK (Special) The preliminary budget for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital District board calls for expen- ditures of this year. Actual expenditures last year totalled The preliminary capital budget has been estimated at involving a expenditure for a hospital site at Sparwood. The remainder represents in professional fees, 850 for construction and for equipment. The capital budget fluctuates from year to year, depending on the region's building program. Last year was allocated in the capital budget. The costs are more or less fixed, involving the repayment of loans and debt charges. FORT MACLEOD (Special) Norm Van Tol and Boyd Loyst won president's trophies and Bob Burke received a life membership at the recent seventh annual Absentee 'frequent' CRANBROOK (Special) There are many absentee landowners in the Baynes Lake area, says a study com- pleted by the Regional District of East Kootenay planning department. The report investigated the need for Crown land develop- ment in the area. It said "a significant portion of the total private land holdings are own- ed by absentee landowners." "It is known that some of the absentee landowners have never visited this the report says. About 50 people own a total of 161 parcels in the area. Twenty four are absentee landowners. The "quality environment" attracts people to acquire land in the area, says the report, but there is "no economic base to provide suf- ficient local employment op- portunities." Bigger Hoodoo park proposed CRANBROOK (Special) Regional District of East Kootenay director John Daigle has recommended that when the provincial govern- ment considers buying the Columbia Valley hoodoo's as a provincial park, it consider purchasing the entire natural phenomenon. Mr. Daigle said the most easterly portion of the hoodoos, next to the highway, was not included in the original recommendation to the government. He.says the government wants to buy the Hans Rbeck section it might as well add the Jeffrey property. RDEK directors Henry DeLasalle of Invermere and Eric Rasmussen of Edgewater opposed the move. They said the East Kootenay already has enough parks. Fort Macleod Fish and Game Association's trophy night. A scroll and gift were presented to retiring presi- dent Julius Moltzahn. Mrs. Moltzahn also received a gift. MLA Leighton Buckwel! urged conservationists, recreationists and fish and wilidlife officials to work together. By co-operation they would assure preservation of the ecology, he said. Lethbridge fish and. wildlife officer Frank Sommerville praised game associations for briefs submitted to Alberta Land Use Forum meetings. Mr. Sommerville urged sportsmen to use the new toll- free service to make com- plaints to wildlife officials on instances of mismanagement. A list of trophy winners follows: BIO GAME: Antelope Ken Rothc, Walter Collar, wliitetail deer Walter Collar, Wilt Williamson; non typical whiletail deer Dennis DeBoer; moose Dennis DeBoer; mule deer Larry Warmink, Roy Bester; bighorn sheep Steve Kubasek. BIRDS: Pheasant Ken Nowicki, Brian Roberts; mallard duck Norman Davis, Jack Wharton; Canada Goose Jamie Bourassa, Andy Nowicki. FISH: Cutthroat stream trout Ken Rothe; mackinaw trout Charles Price; lake rainbow trout Charles Warmink; Collette Mensingcr; stream rainbow trout James Price, Henry Breidigam; stream walleye Norman Parker; lake walleye William Collar; northern pike William Collar, Henry Remkema: Rocky Mountain whitefish Bertha Breidigam, Tim Ashley; Dolly Varden Norma Anderson; goldeye Norman Parker. JUNIORS: Rocky Mountain Whitefish Tim Ashley: pike Tim Ashley. Alberta 'missing tourist claims former travel executive By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Alberta is "missing the boat" by not placing more emphasis on its history in all areas of the province, says a Southern Alberts authority on tourism. Staring at a map outlining the various tourist zones in the province, Frank Smith reminisced his seven year struggle, with its frustrating and rewarding experiences, to promote tourism in southern Alberta. It all ended for the Friday when he cleaned out his desk after resigning because of internal problems in the Southern Alberta Travel and Convention Association, the organization he served as ex- ecutive vice president for almost three quarters of a decade. His resignation was includ- ed with those of the three other staff members who ad- ministered the association business. Mr. Smith's resigna- tion was followed by those of three directors and rumours of resignations of others. Mr. Smith believes tourism in Alberta took somewhat of a new look last summer during the centennial celebrations of the RCMP arrival to this province in 1874. However, he feels the province didn't do enough dur- ing the celebrations to bring the history of Alberta alive "in living fashion." The 2.4 million promotion of the centennial put "a lot of plaques on rocks" and left behind many new buildings marking the occasion but it didn't really tell "the story of a he says. 'If there is a common denominator in tourism, Mr. Smith construes it to be an "interest in people." This interest could be developed in Alberta by bring- ing "our historic past" with its colorful characters to life in every part of the province. Mr. Smith quickly points out that he is not advocating the promotion of the "classical wild west" by distorting our history to make it more of a fantasy than a realistic view of the way it was. "Our folk, heroes don't have to take a back seat to including the movie characterizations of people who pioneered the West. They are he emphasizes. By promoting the history and the people of this province, Alberta would not only be rewarded with ad- ditional financial revenue generated through tourism, it would also be developing a sociological understanding of Albertans among the many people who visit. There are people in other parts of the country and the world "that are surprised that we put our pants on the same way as they he says from his experience with tourists over the years. "I think this aspect of tourism is too often downplayed." Whatever approach Alberta does take toward tourism it must, "do its own Mr. Smith contends. "The last thing we need in this province is a Disneyland. We must not tramp on somebody else's ground." Option secured Tourists are interested in seeing scenery and activities that are different from the area in which they reside or from highly promoted tourist spots in other parts of the world. The long time promoter of tourism sincerely believes this province is "in its infancy stage" in the promotion of tourism. For example, he says, very few tourists "ever get north of Edmonton" and other than the promotion of a few tourist hot- spots such as Banff and the Calgary Stampede little is done to encourage visitors to flock to other parts of the province. With the sophisticated advertising material and methods available to tourist promoters today, it is possible to encourage tourists to visit an area that needs more tourist's and decrease the tourist traffic in areas that are being smothered by people, Mr. Smith points out. Tourism offers this province a potential resource that could replace the revenue Alberta will lose as its energy supply decreases. The provincial government should begin preparing to take advantage of this resource by appointing a minister of tourism to the cabinet. Alberta is the only province that doesn't have a minister whose major area of concern is tourism, claims Mr. Smith who presented the province with a brief about two years ago advocating the new port- folio. Much has happened in the tourist business in southwestern Alberta since he came on the scene in April, 1968, but( Mr. Smith believes much is still to be done. "It is a good community based thing he says of the tourist association that has business representation from throughout the zone that offers visitors everything from barren coulees to snow capped mountains. During Mr. Smith's stay the association went from an organization with a budget and a debt to a budget and no debt. He recalls he and co or- dinator Kitty Dunlop having to wait six weeks one time and eight another for their monthly wages when the organization was at a stage where a few directors had to take out personal notes at.a bank to keep it operating. While the wolf has vanished from the door of the small hut on Highway 3 where the association offices are located, Mr. Smith believes the province and this area is still not treating tourism as the big business it is. "If we are to improve our competitive position in a very competitive industry, we have .o get out and tell our in tourism, Mr. Smith We must also begin his staff have been ng attractions of us doing audio visua own thing that arc designed on the -tourisl iroduce overnight in this zone anc fiercely for "Unless we give and package reasons to stop, they are to this area. to go right through and con- tinue to use this area as a "e suggests the association place to stop for a cup of survive the loss of its en-coffee on their way to Banff or staff andu British Columbia" strlve to reach lls To illustrate the it will continue to be a business aspect of tourism, slow Process unless Mr. Smith said a "little better province recognizes than 10 per cent of all taxes fs f b'8 buslness w'th are attributed to tourism." tlal everv Part of A conservative estimate of .ourist income in zones only received southwestern zone, says Mr. about .037 of one per cent Smith, has been established money the province spent about million. He believes on tourism last year. "I t to be as much as twice track record has been pret- sad" in the development of He claims tourism is total province as a tourist 'greatest single employer he suggests. Canadians in that he has left the 300 It is for this reason he member organization relieves the province must Serves about begin spending more money -m southwestern Alberta, on the promotion of tourism in smith says he will all areas of the province so the assume some type of tourist associations can begin relations position since operating in a fashion that can now nas about 17 years best take advantage of the perience in the ratential business available has no position in mind them- at this time but admits that For the first time this welcome the opportuni- le says, the to remain in the promotion zone will be producing Of tourism because it is brochures promoting this business." and it should be producing what was it like being an ex-between three and five times ecutive vice president in that number. tourism business? "It's The energy crisis has bei jn a dothes dryer with created a new direction for the heat turned ;ourism to take which Mr. Smith calls People are beginning to ticipate more in tours now and :hey must be reached travel organizations, and buslines instead SALE through DISTRICT associations and quarters deeded half The financial return to grazing lease adjoining. Fully modern 3 bedroom dwell- area is much greater steel quonset 40'x80'. Pos- jeople travel as a immediately. jecause they are not quite so mobile when they do REALTY and they tend to stay for GIBB east one night, he 757-3820 To capitalize on this __________ Crowsnest Pass NEWS-CIRCULATION-JOBPRINTING VERNON DECOUX, Phoni 562-2149 J WATCH AND WAIT FOR SHELDONS PROMOTION SALE 1 DAY ONLY-THURSDAY. FEB. 6th 516 3rd Avenue South Door to Bunk of Montreal ADVANCE PLYWOOD PINCHER CREEK (Special) Town council this week decided to acquire a six months option on land on the north hill as a possible site for the new hospital. 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