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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Centennial raises her hopes Mrs. Martin (Helen) McDougall of the Blood Indian Reserve hopes the Fort Mac-leod Centennial set to begin this fall will bring her people and their white brothers even closer together. Mrs. Helen McDougall 'We were turned away' By JEAN SWIHART Special Correspondent FORT MACLEOD - Mrs. Martin (Helen) McDougall is representing native people on the executive of the Fort Maclecd Historical Association. Born on the Blood Indian Reserve, Helen Weasel Head received her schooling on the Blood reserve. In Grade 12 she was stricken with rheumatic fever and was unable to write her final examinations. She went to business school at Lethbridge. They needed a kindergarten teacher at St. Mary's School and she was accepted. In September, 1956, she took a job teaching at Brocket and stayed for three years. She married Martin McDougall. After the birth of their first child sho worked for the .Peigan Agency as a secretary. Teaching was much more enjoyable to her so she went to Cluny and taught 46 students. Living conditions were poor so the family moved back home to the Peigan reserve. In October, 1970, Mrs. McDougall came to the F, P. Walshe School here. She is a teacher's aide. Her chief duties are to help native children. She must have a qualified teacher in the room with her. She enjoys teaching and she feels that she can help Indian pupils adjust to the ways of the white world. "I feel the Indian child has a greater challenge than the white child. The majority of white children don't know how to integrate, they don't know discrimination. I never see white or Indian. I just see people." She and her husband live on the reserve and their five children come to town on the "white van." It's better training for them. She related the story of her family participating in a skate-a-thon here. The weather turned bad and they were forced to sbay in town for the night. With a sad expression she said, "We were turned away at two local motels. I felt sorry for my children." . .Brenda Lou,4, stays with a white family in town while Mrs. McDougall is at school. Mrs. McDougall, besides working for the betterment of her people and keeping their modern farm home, has the job of squiring children to music lessons, minor hockey and catechism classes. She is fighting a valiant battle with rheumatoid arthritis. Fellow workers, say that despite constant pain, she is always cheerful and never misses work unless in hospital. She feels that 1973 is the beginning of a better atmosphere and that maybe Fort Macleod's centennial will bring her people and their white brothers even closer together. "I think it's exciting." 'We don't want to stop these developments' Coal leases probed NATAL (HNS1 - The fish and wildlife branch recently completed a review of all coal leases in the valleys of the Elk and Fording Rivers with a view to confining coal development to specific areas until there is a definite need for expansion into new zones. Femie - based conservation officer Jack Williams said lie and wildlife biologists complet- ed the review, concentrating on the valleys of the two main rivers. Greatest potential for additional coal development is in the valleys of the Elk and Fording, where six leases are in various stages of activity. One of the most ambitious proposals is that of Emkay Canada Resources Ltd., which, should it get a contract for FORD DOUG DUNLOP LEASING LTD. 1510 Mayor Magrath Drive Specializing in: INDIVIDUAL or FLEET LEASING CARS or TRUCKS CALL BOB DAVIDSON (Leasing Consultant) Phone 328-8861 "PROFITS EARNED THROUGH THE USE . . . NOT THE OWNERSHIP"  SHORT TERM  LONG TERM Insurance and Maintenance Provided on RequeMl sale of coal, proposes to divert the Elk River into a new channel for some seven miles. The company, says Mr. Williams, has had the B.C. Research council working in the area for two years to study possible effects on the environment. Air. Williams said he anticipates there could be serious damage to the upper Elk River. The Emkay coal field is north and west of Fording Coal and covers an area about 12 miles long. The proposed dam would divert the Elk River away from its present channel so the company can more easy get at coal beneath its present bed. The river would be diverted up to a mile westwards to the base of the mountain. "We don't want to stop these developments," said Air. Williams, "but we would like to see them undertaken with as little damage to the environment as possible." Growsnest Pass News 'Pass gov't hit by Holyk FRANK fCNP Bureau) -The Crowsnest Pass local government study committee will ask the department of municipal affairs to complete an economic analysis and suggest an alternate form of government for the area. The study committee will ask the department to work in conjunction with the Old-man River Regional Planning Commission, the study committee, and other resource people. Problems concerning institution of a unified government for the Crowsnest Pass towns were aired at a meeting here. It was attended by 30 representatives from 'Pass towns, Improvement District 5, the department of municipal affairs and engineering firms. - Although the other areas of the 'Pass appeal' to favor formation of a local government, Mayor John Holyk of the Town of Coleman said his council is 100 per cent against the move. He said Coleman is in a very lucrative position through owning its light and water utility company, its own natural gas system, and has the lowest mall rate in the 'Pass. The town has paved streets, sidewalks and curbs and sewer service. Mayor Holyk and Coleman townspeople would gain nothing by a move to one 'Pass government. "We arc not against local government but show us where it would be advantageous to Coleman." Some informafflion gathered by Underwood, McLellan and Associates Limited, commissioned by the provincial government to make the unified government study, was presented at the meeting. It was incomplete due to the various methods of bookkeeping and inventories used by thtt towns concerned. W. D. Isbister and Jack Fleming of the department of municipal affairs said the matter is a difficult one to deal with and conclude. I5i7TTERMENT They said that those concerned will have to look for the betterment of the people of the Crowsnest Pass. Mr. Fleming suggested that a plan be prepared by the local study committee that would be acceptable to the concerned councils. Advantages to citizens of the areas would be listed. The plan would be presented to the government when the areas are prepared to amalgamate. The government would then be asked what it is prepared to do. MLA Charles Drain said unless a plan is prepared the area will never get substantial provincial and federal help. District News In Brief Wins certificates SPARWOOD (HNS) - Eleven persons were presented with Saint John Ambulance First Aid Certificates recently. The first aid classes were held at the Sparwood Secondary School. Instructing was Bernard Keeling. Dr. Ernest Luzod was the examiner for the test. Earn ing certificates were John Cameron, Wayne Beckitt, Mrs. Kay Bohanna, Bal B i r Dhillon, Henry Eberts, Bernard Keeling, Ronald L a r e n z, Charles Nickerson, Lori Schaumcher, Linda Rodrique and James Reynolds. See big storm STIRLING (HNS) - Mr. and Mrs. Charles Perrett of Stirling were in Texas recently when more than 100,000 head of cattle were killed by the worst snowstorm in that state's history. "These cattle died down towards the Panhandle country," says Mrs. Elsie Perrett. "The blizzard was the worst they've ever seen." They travelled through four provinces and 15 states on their trip, visiting their daughter Mrs. Frank (Gwen) Mrazek at Amprior, Out., and touring Palmyra, N.Y., and the Hill Cumorah, central in the LDS religion. It was a four-week journey. Rescue papers SPARWOOD (HNS) - Eighteen Kaiser Resoources Ltd, employees have qualified for open pit mine rescue papers. Receiving certificates were Keith Kopert, Tom James. L, G. Clarke, Gordon Irons i d e, Horst Gander, Albert Desjard-in, Hank Louwerse, Neil Char-land, and Fred Vcnzie. Herb Forsyth, Jack Beard, Bill Hurst, Gilbert Grocutt, Tony Freeman, Wally Kerr, Don Auger, Ed Plessis and Gerrit Von Ander. Crowsnest 3 TAB Eli (HNS) - The Tabor Chamber of Commerce was represented by its transportation' committee chairman, 11. George Meyer, at a High- way 3 committee meeting recently at Fernie. He was one of 18 representatives at the promotional session. Decisions were reached to rename the highway from Southern Trans Canada to Crowsnest 3, with the group to be called the Crowsnest 3 Committee. Boys play hockey COWLEY (HNS) - Something of a first occurred in the Cowley - Lundbreck area observance of Minor Hockey Week recently. Thanks to the spreading of recreational opportunities around Pincher Creek and in the 'Pass there were about 12 boys in minor hockey teams at Pincher Creek. This means training, practice and fun for the lads who, up until now, have been deprived. Spots crocus FORT MACLEOD (Special) - Mrs. Andy deKok, living on Willow Creek just six miles north of Fort Macleod, spotted a crocus in full bloom. Oldtimers' trip COALDALE (HNS) - A senior citizen's bus trip to the University of Lethbridge and the Golden Mile Senior Citizen's Centre at Lethbridge will take place Tuesday, Feb. 13. All senior citizens in the south County of Lethbridge area may register at the Coal-dale recreation office or by phoning 345-3746. The bus will leave -the Coal-dale recreation office at 10 a.m. and return about 3:30 p.m. Wolf Cubs study CLARESHOLM (Special) -Fifty enthusiastic Wolf Cubs are attending a junior conservation course sponsored by the Claresholm Fish and Game Association. The boys have been addressed by George Thorbum a n d Robert Aril, on bird and animal identification; by Dr. L. Hoogeveen on first aid a n cl drugs; Vincc Clairhout, free identification; and Ken Dahl, big game identification. Friday, February 9, 1973 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Leaves iiiiiies After 47 years of work jn llic mining industry, 45 of -these underground, Pete Gas-kcll retired recently. On the day of the Balmcr Mine explosion, April, 1S67, he was supposed to work overtime but, with other members of his crew, left the mine at the end of his regular shift, escaping unharmed. W. R. Myers concert set TABER (HNS) - W. R. Myers High School's eighth annual mid-winter concert will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 14 and 15, in the high school auditorium. Wednesday evening junior high musicians and singers will perform. The Grade 7 band, junior high band, and the junior high chorus will also perform. Thursday evening the senior high symphonic band and high school choruses will perform. A feature of Thursday's concert will be the appearance of the 50-member Taber Community Band. It draws members from Coaldale and Burdelt. N. Milton Iverson will conduct bands and the choruses will be under the baton of Malcolm V. Edwards. COFFEE HOUSE SPARWOOD (HNS) - A meeting was held recently to plan an ail-ages coffee house which operate Sunday evenings following the 7 p.m. mass. Amber and Perry Haywood, Jan and Phil Chapman, Andy Per-rault, Margo Brault, Sherry and Ric Gris, Miss Charlotte MacLean and Rev. Joe Smith are involved. SPEAKS AT MASS_ NATAL (HNS) - Ed Zarow-ny of Cranbrook, a representative of the Canadian Catholic Development and Peace Fund, recently addressed the parishioners of St. Michael's Parish in Sparwood at both Sunday masses. SPRING CANVASS FORT MACLEOD (Special) - The executive of the Fort Macleod branch cof the Canadian Cancer Society met recently to plan the spring canvass. A meeting will be held March 26. A film will be shown. Lilly Middleton, Janet Tilbe, Grace Huntley, Hillie Hedley and Jean Swihart are involved. RETURN HOME FORT MACLEOD (Special) - Mr. and Mrs. Norman Payne have returned to their native England to retire. They lived here for 25 years. Mrs. Payne was district correspondent for the Lethbridge Herald and wrote for the Macleod Gazette and Star Weekly. Peepers has this thing about grizzly bear?. He's afraid of- them. I laughed at him recently. "Ha, ha," I laughed at him. "You're balky over bears! Ha! Ha!" But Peepers, rolling his glass eye like me, has the last laugh. Because I'm afraid of bear rugs. And when we're out riding the Birdseye Ranch irrigation ditches and we spot a bear track in the mud banks, we usually high-tail it back to the cookhouse. 1 have a coffee to calm my nerves and Peepers has a cup of cocoa. Just a few miles southeast of Birdseye Ranch, at the Chief Mountain Highway Port of Entry, a grizzly was rude, ill-mannered and just plain nasty recently. Finding the buildings all closed up and nobody home, old grizzly made himself right at home, sitting in all the chairs that weren't his, tasting all the porridge that wasn't his, and smashing hell out of every tiling else. C. P. Bell of Lethbridge, collector of customs, told me and Peepers about it. Peepers says he wants to leave Birdseye and go and work for the circus. Talk about being afraid! Leonard Gladstone of Waterton says the same grizzly broke into the Goat Haunt Ranger Station in the upper Waterton Lake area, then moved east, breaking and entering as he ambled across the mountains. He smashed up things pretty well at the Belly River Ranger Station, just as a sort of warm-up for what was to come. At Chief Mountain Highway Port of Entry, old grizzle-guts crashed his way through the office and five residences, going in and out the window without opening same. The rangers never did see him, let alone trap or shoot him. Fortunately, big bear didn't see them either. And he was big. He broke up cupboards eight feet above the floor, crashing dishes and canned food down like bowling balls going down laundry chutes. The rangers believe he managed to pull out a three-inch sliver that had been bothering him. They found the splinter and other evidence of cuts and bruises suffered while breaking things like doors and windows. "Generally speaking," says customs collector Bell, "He was mad and just ran havoc. There was a can of catfood, with a plastic top, sitting on the counter. He didn't touch it. But he did mangle a freezer door on a fridge." I'm glad I wasn't there. And I hope he doesn't visit Birdseye. "You know those kitchen containers for flour and sugar? He clamped his jaw on one and punched a three-quarter of an inch hole into it with one tooth." Peepers says he wants to sleep in the cookhouse tonight. And a special goodnight to everyone who's afraid of bear rugs in the dark like me. NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that a meeting of the Electors >of the VILLAGE OF FOREMOST will be held in the Community Hall oro Monday, th� 26th day of Feb., 1973 at 8 o'clock p.m., for the dii-cusison of Municipal affairs for the year ending December thirty-first, 1972. Dated at Foremost this 22 day of Jon., 1973. A. H. RATZLAFF __ ___ __ Secretary-Treasurer Morel. 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