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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, February 21, 1875 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ..T Cold vigil A pier stands watch over Keho Lake southeast AttGtlClQ.TlCG of Barons. The recreation spot is frozen and nearly deserted in the winter. City game group to fight gun law The president of the Lelhbridge Fish and Game Association proposed an alter- riattve plan to national registration of rifles and shotguns in an interview Wednesday. The plan would be more effective in controlling crimes of passion with firearms and would not prove as restrictive to legitimate outdoorsmen as federal Bill S-14, which would "outlaw pistol ownership and require registration of rifles and he said. Meanwhile, the association has begun a letter writing Library grant advice to be sought FOREMOST (Special) The Forty Mile County school committee will seek the ad- vice of its schools on how a new Library Assistance Grant of per pupil, recently an- nounced by the department of education to improve school libraries, should be spent. It will enable schools to ob- tain a variety of much need- ed materials and im- provements to existing facilities The main emphasis of a guideline materials list is im- proved Canadian content. It features such areas as the metric system, consumer education and environmental conservation. Two new trustees will at- tend a trustee orientation seminar March 24 and 25 at Lethbridge. John Stanley of Medicine Hat has been hired to Leach at Senator Gershaw High School at Bow Island. He replaces Edgar Anderson who resigned recently as the junior high social studies and guidance teacher. Pat Geldreich of Bow Island will assume the position as special education and learning disabilities teacher at Gershaw School, replacing Brian Lindstrand who resigned. Mrs. Geldreich is now teaching mathematics in the school. A budget meeting.has been set for March 3. campaign in an effort to defeat the bill, which they see as a preliminary step to bann- ing firearms entirely. Sponsored by Sen. Donald Cameron, the bill is designed to lessen the number of shootings in Canada by restricting the number of firearms in circulation, Mr. Vair said. It would not accomplish its purpose, he added, because crimes of passion may be committed with a registered gun as easily as with an un- registered gun if the arm is available at the proper moment. Many sportsmen fear that gun control proponents would call for total bans on firearms when they tind the proposed law ineffective in curbing the problem. To les.sen the number of deaths caused by guns, Mr. Vair proposed restricting fhe sale of firearms to those who have been certified as having outdoor skills. As it is now, many hunters purchase a new gun the day or even hours before going hunting for the first time. "They don't know where it is he said. Furthermore, many novice hunters are without outdoor skills and wound animals. Sometimes, when the hunt proves unsuccessful, the gun is banished to a dark closet where it languishes until it is needed again. But the gun may later be used to settle an argument or to rob a gasoline station. The gun owned by an active sportsman is less likely to cause trouble for society because an educated shooter is much less likely to have an accident, Mr. Vair said. The- sportsman is also more aware of the lethal potential of a firearm and thus is less likely to use it to settle an argument, he added. Mr. Vair contends that sportsmen are not like the "orangutangs" who fight with, their wives and destroy private property. Instead, the association members are often victims of vandalism. The group's rifle range at Lethbridge has been vandalized and "shot up" several times, he said. New Crop Insurance District Office NOW OPEN IN LETHDRIDGE PROVINCIAL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING 3rd Ave. 9th St. North PHONE 328-4471 Ext. 22 LETHBRIDGE This service office will be open daily on a year- round basis to provide farmers with information oh crop insurance, to take applications for insurance and to handle all claims. Though Fieldmen will endeavour to contact all farmers in your area prior to April 30, this office will serve as your permanent contact with Crop Insurance. Make a puint of dropping in to find out how Crop Insurance can better serve your needs in 19TS. REMEMBER, Crop Insurance is Pay-Day Insurance ALBERTA HAIL AND CROP INSURANCE CORPORATION CALGARY fllRFRTfl may hit 450 at ag meet About 450 participants are expected in Lethbridge Feb. 25 to 27 for the Provincial Agricultural Service Board annual conference. Ben Nyhof of Picture Butte, agricultural fieldman for the County of Lethbridge, says the conference is booked to capacity at the Holiday Inn. Opening day activities will feature Alberta Deputy Minister of Agriculture Glen Purnell. C. S. Clark, regional director for the department of agriculture in Lethbridge, will introduce the conference theme, Land tor All. Speakers opening day include Mike Goldberg of the faculty of commerce and business administration at the University of British Colum- bia and Larry Lutwick, a soil scientist at the Lethbridge Research Station. A panel discussion on what should or will happen to farm land will include Bill Toews, supervisor of the soils branch of the. ADA, Dallas Schmidt, reeve of the County of Wetaskiwin, V. W. Hembroff, Lethbridge alderman, and L. 0. Smith, director of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission. Walter Trost, chairman of the Environment Conserva- tion Authority, will discuss the status of the public hearings into herbicide and pesticide use in Alberta on Feb. 26. Tours of various agricultural outlets in Southern Alberta have been established for the afternoon session. Art Olson, head of the plant industry division, Charlie Gor- don, director of the animal in- dustry division and John Calpas, director of the exten- sion division, all for the Alberta department of will discuss the inputs of the ADA toward work of the agricultural fieldmen on the final day. Resolutions will be dealt with during the three-day conference. Dance set tonight FORT MACLEOD (Special) the Midnight Squares square dance club will hold a round dance practice at 8 p.m. tonight with the regular dance following at in the local elementary school. South in short Gas construction past halfway TABER (HNS) Two thirds of the Chin Coulee Natural Gas Co operative Ltd. construction program has been com- pleted, says George H. Leahy, secretary treasurer. When fully completed in early spring it will comprise 380 miles of pipe and serve about 300 outlets. Some customers in the Foremost area will be connected as soon as the weather moderates The co op's annual general meeting will be held at p.m. Tuesday at the Sherburhe Community Hall, eight miles south of Purple Springs. Alberta Farmers' Advocate Helmut Entrup will speak. LDS dance at Raymond RAYMOND (Special) The LDS Church here will hold its Club 200 dance Friday, Feb. 28, with the first course of an eight course meal scheduled to be served at p.m. Music will be by the Four Ks. It is tagged a Club 200 dance because only 200 tickets are sold. Macleod lot policy considered FORT MACLEOD (Staff) Town council's municipal property committee, Mayor Charles Edgar and councillors Margaret Moses and Ian Bennett, Monday night decided to dis- cuss a new information policy on the sale of lots. Meanwhile, Town Administrator Roy White will list all lots that are now available for sale. He said that lots on 26th St. will not be available until next summer at the earliest. Mr. White emphasized that when en- quiries are received at town hall about available lots, he provides full information on all present and future developments. Coun. Margaret Moses spurred these actions when she said people have complained to her they haven't been informed that certain lots are available. "They say some are getting in on the ground said Coun. John Viens. "This is comjfj up because there are very few lots available." said Coun. Phil Hodnett. Loan applications soaring CARDSTON (Staff) A total of 279 applications have been approved in the Cardston Municipal District under the provin- cial government's cow calf program for government guaranteed loans totalling secretary treasurer R. W. Legge told the recent council meeting. "That's a lot of money to be loaned out in this district on said Mr. Legge. Said Reeve Shelton Ririe: "Yes, considering the auctioneer went down to on calves and nobody would take them so he passed." Teaching staff to be cut TABER (HNS) Reduction in teaching staff to compen- sate for an anticipated decrease in enrolment is expected to "balance the budget" for Taber School Division No. 6 this year The projected total enrolment for September, 1975, of students is a drop of 108 from the previous year, and to maintain a student teacher ration of the teaching staff will be reduced by a total of 10. Staff reductions will be made as follows: W. R. Myers High School, two; Taber Central, two; Dr. Hamnian School, two; Vauxhall Elementary, one; Vauxhall High, one; Hays, one; and Barnwell, one. Every effort will be made by the board to provide satisfac- tory transfers for those teachers whose present positions are being phased out. Taber fires numbered 30 TABER (HNS) There were 30 fires and losses totalling in the Taber Municipal District last year. By municipal jurisdictions, the figures are: town of Taber, 15 fires, loss; village of Grassy Lake one fire, loss; and Taber municipality, 14 fires for The MD figures include highway vehicle losses amounting to The figures were contained in the provincial fire com- missioner's report. Smorgasbord to be March 8 IRON SPRINGS (HNS) The Iron Springs United Church Women will hold the annual smorgasbord at p.m. March 8 in the church. NELSON, MENDERS and HAWCO BARRISTERS SOLICITORS will continue the practice of S. H. NELSON Q.C. it Office Hours: Saturday a.m. to p.m. Pincher school payment expected next week The grip the department of education applied to the purse strings of the Pincher Creek school board is to be released somewhat in about a week. Pincher Creek school of- ficials say the department in- formed them this week that an interim payment will be 1 forwarded to them. The department has withheld that was to go to the board in mid December as the final founda- tion grant payment for the operation of schools in the Pincher Creek School Division. Under the department of education foundation grant program, provincial support for the operation of'schools is forwarded to the school boards twice a year, in June and December. Since the Pincher Creek school board has not received the December grant, it has depleted cash reserves and borrowed money to operate its schools. The deadlock between the department and the school board was broken when department officials agreed to ask all school boards to sub- mit a new enrolment count, taking into consideration changes made in the founda- tion regulations last November. Students over 23 years and those attending school after 6 p.m. no-longer qualify for the foundation grant since the cabinet passed an order in'- council amending the regulations. The Pincher Creek board had refused to submit another recount unless all school boards were required to do the same. The Alberta School Trustees Association checked with some school boards Tuesday and confirmed that the department has now asked other school jurisdictions in province to submit another student count. As a result, the Pincher Creek school division will also submit a recount and the department will forward an interim payment covering a portion of the money it owes the board. ASTA associate executive director Stan Maertz said in a telephone interview Wednesday, the association is still keeping close tabs on how the department applies the order in council to founda- tion funding. The association argues that it may be illegal for the' department to attempt to make the order in council retroactive to June. By doing so, the department would' be reducing its foundation grant payments for the period June December by the number of students who were-.dis- qualified by the change in regulations in November. The department had previously indicated such reductions in the case of Matthew Haiton community school and another communi- ty school in St. Paul would be applied retroactive to June. It now has its position under review. Mr. Maertz said the depart- ment also has implied it will provide school boards with ad-' vance notice of regulation changes in the future that directly affect board revenue. Pincher Creek School Divi- sion was receiving the regular per student foundation grant for students over 23 years and students of all ages attending school in the evening and was acting within the regulations in doing so, the ASTA official points out. Suddenly, after two years of operating with the additional funds obtained through providing instruction for adults and for students of all ages in the evening, the department suddenly changed the regulations without warn- ing all school jurisdictions. It is a "matter of the department establishing a lit- tle bit better communication" with the boards before making decisions, he says. Chopper firm eyes 'Pass as potential air base BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Crowsnest Helicopters Ltd. has applied to the Canadian Transport Commission for authority to operate a commercial air ser- vice based here. Town council has reserved its decision on whether to sup- port the application. Crowsnest Helicopters wants the town's backing on its application to operate a class four, group A-RW charter commercial air service to transport persons and goods within this country. Other business at council's Cranbrook board to aid college CRANBROOK (Special) The Cranbrook school board has endorsed a resolution to participate in financing for 1975 and 1976 of the East Kootenay extension of Selkirk College if at least two other school districts also contribute. The extension college, with six resident academic staff members, has an enrolment of nearly 250 in the junior college subjects it offers. Last September, the full cost of the extension, qualified for a department of education grant. Now the department is willing to pay only 60 per cent of the exten- sion cost. East Kootenay school dis- tricts of Fernie, Lake Windermere, Kimberley, Golden and Creston must now decide if they are willing to finance the remainder. This 40 per cent is mostly defrayed by course registra- tion fees. Extension Co ordinator Paul Sims says the cost to East Kootenay boards is only 24 per cent of the total. Credit courses can win the student second year standing. Notre Dame University ser- vices can allow him to win hi! degree without having t( leave the East Kootenay. meeting this week included: Proper red, green and amber traffic lights have been ordered for installation on the Blairmore main street, Highway 3, at the Grant Hall Pharmacy intersection to control four way traffic. A single operated crosswalk red light has proven unsatisfactory. Blairmore accepted the Preventive Social Service budget, as presented by direc- tor Allan Wilcke. Blairmore's requisition is Town foreman John Gibos reported that the maximum number of electrical outlets in the Blairmore arena have been installed without im- proved wiring. A recent report on the condition of the electrical facilities in the arena recommended that an exhaust fan be placed in the ice plant room to expel any gas that might be produced. The problem is being investigated by council. It is anxious to bring the wiring to code standards. Consideration is being given to installing a 400 ampere panel. Chairman of council's police committee, Malcolm MacQuarrie, reported that crime in Blairmore has dropped as the police report showed only in fines. Blairmore will appeal to Canadian Western Natural Gas Company to install the Canada Winter Games torch light at a location in Blair- more. All towns participating in the Games and serviced by CWNG will be receiving a gas torch. Council commended foreman John Gibos and the town work crews for their good work in keeping streets open during a blizzard. Approval for payment of towards the cost of hiring a project co ordinator for the Crowsnest Pass was 'given. Each of the five. Pass com- munities will contribute an equal amount and the govern- ment will contribute The money is earmarked for -Rural Development Project No. 3. A bylaw to donate to the Salvation Army was approved. Notice of ANNUAL MEETING PICTURE BUTTE R.C.S.S.D. No. 79 Take Notice that the Annual Meeting of the Electors will be held in St. Catherine's School, Picture Butte, Alberta Monday, March 3rd, 1975 MRS. M. WOJTOWICZ Secretary-Treasurer New Crop Insurance District Office NOW OPEN IN CARDSTON PHONE 653-3022 SERVING THE M.D. OF CARDSTON OPEN HALF DAY ONLY! This service office will be open daily on a year- round basis (o provide farmers with information on crop insurance, to take applications for insurance and to handle all claims. Though Fieldmen will endeavour to contact all farmers in your area prior to April 30, this office will serve as your permanent contact with Crop Insurance. Make a point of dropping in to find out how Crop Insurance can better serve your needs in 1975. REMEMBER, Crop Insurance is Pay-Day Insurance ALBERTA HAIL AND CROP INSURANCE CORPORATION CALGARY A. ALBERTA ;