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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, February 23, 1974 THE LCTHBRIOQE HERALD 21 Glory discovery well Donovan Keyes of Bow Island recently found and restored this old photo, taken in 1909, of the Bow Island well site. First gas drilled 65 years ago BOW ISLAND A key event in the development 'of Alberta's natural gas industry was a stubborn driller's decision to ignore his boss' order and keep drilling. It was 65 years ago this month that Bow Island No. 1, or Old Glory, as it was called, blew in and subsequently led to the development of Alberta's first commercial natural gas field. Drilling was started in 1908 by Eugene Coste, founder of Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd He was searching for petroleum for the Canadian Pacific Railway and a well, which later became Old Glory, was drilled on the south bank of the South Saskatchewan River near Bow Island, 80 miles east of Lethbridge. The driller, W. R. "Frosty" Martin, recalls that when the well reached the foot level, finances ran out and Mr. Coste wired him to abandon the well. "After waiting a day or two I wrote a lot of alibis instead of Mr. Martin says, "thereby gaining time. A few days later we were at the foot level and the well was producing about eight million cubic feet a day." Old Glory was finally abandoned in 1931 but of the 32 wells drilled in those early days, 14 are still in service. In 1912 CWNG built a 170- mile transmission line to take natural gas from the Bow Island field to Lethbridge, Calgary, Nanton and Okotoks. When reserves began to decline, the Bow Island field changed roles and became the first major storage field in Canada. The first compressor station went into service in 1930. It is still an important field, acting as a storage reservoir to meet winter peak demands in Southern Alberta. CWNG now serves about customers in 99 communities. Maximum advantage from winter works Early start suggested on county building If maximum advantage is to be made of federal winter works funding, the shell of the new Lethbridge County administration building should be complete late this fall. The comment was made as county council this week discussed a report from architect George Robins, of Robins, Watson and Associates, showing the county could make a considerable saving if it builds a two-storey building and rents out the second floor. The cost estimate anticipates a federal government winter works subsidy in the case of the larger building of about The total cost of the structure to be built on the present site of the city hall annex, across 4th Avenue from city hall is estimated at But rental income from tenants on the second floor MD residents will get preliminary plan resumes PINCHER CREEK (HNS) The Pincher Creek Municipal District Council will send out a resume of the Pincher Creek schedules road-oiling program PINCHER CREEK (HNS) The Pincher Creek Municipal District council has ambitious plans for oiling roads throughout the area. With an extensive program for oiling in 1974, council hired Ray Goasdove to administer it. When there is no oiling in process he will be checking the maintenance of roads. Plans are to have 40 miles of roads oiled. This does not include the road from Pincher Creek to Beaver Mines, which will be paved this year. Crowsnest Pass Bureau VERNON OCCOUX, Buldint ftap- M2-214I iAMVWVVVVWVWWVWVWtAMVWVVWWVIMVW I Report your news to, The Uthbridge Herald Correspondent in Your Area ETZIKOM MRS.PIUSEHNES WV-2157 ENCHANT FERNIE MAS. RICH AHOWILUAMS 423-74M FOREMOST M7-3M1 FORT MACLEOD WWS. TEOSWIHAHT 2M-M12 GRANUM MRS. ED CESAR Contact fetM pwpto for your District preliminary regional plan with the 1973 financial report. The idea of sending the plan out is to inform the public of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission's purpose. The Oldman River region, which covers an area of miles in southwestern Alberta, with a population of more than people, is governed by a body of representatives from the municipal districts in the region. With the change of population from rural to urban areas and the spread of urban residents into non-urban areas the plan outlines the problems, opportunities and proposed solutions. The development of the region must be balanced by; the conservation of the water supply and quality, which includes protecting the key watersheds in the mountains and foothills; halting water pollution; the preservation of prime agricultural land; development of a system of recreation areas; co- ordination of community and social services such as hospital, fire and ambulance to better serve Hie public. Establish high standards of subdivision design. Land controls are proposed to protect prime agricultural lands from urban oriented use and country residences. Unplanned unregulated subdivision of rural land may inflate market values to the extent that agricultural land is priced out of the market for agricultural land. The preliminary regional plan is being reviewed by M.D. councils, government agencies and the commission. Before coming into effect, the plan must be adopted by the commission, receive an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members approved by the provincial planning board. Telltale signs of spring Rose Warnock, 9, of Iron Springs heard a meadowlark in her fir trees one day this week. Donalda and Bruce i Erickson of Lethbridge spotted a flock of ducks flying in a northwest direction, looking for spring in the north country. School division meetings set PINCHER CREEK (HNS) The Pincher Creek School Division will be holding annual meetings for all subdivisions. The first will be held March 8 at 8 pm. in the Canyon School Auditorium, Pincher Creek. On March 9, at 2 p.m. the second one will be held at the Livingstone School, Lundbreck. Dog pound may be shared COALDALE (HNS) The Town of Coaldale is willing to share its dog pound with Lethbridge County. The request from the county was recently accepted by town council. On the matter of cost-sharing for (be pound, council referred it to the police commission for a recommendation. could be as high as bringing the annual operating cost of almost including amortization of the capital cost, to about For its present location at 214 13th St. S. the county is paying about half that figure about The Oldman River Regional Planning Commission and the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District are both considering renting space in the new building. Council decided before moving on to the next stage in the building program it would check with the commission and irrigation district to find out if they would accept the proposed rental rate of either or a square foot. In other business, council: a court of revision to hear appeals against the current taxation assessment. The hearings will be held May 2 and 3. for a report from the county solicitor on whether or not a development permit issued by a county official can be revoked by council. Browning-Ferris Industries, a Calgary-based waste disposal company has a permit issued last year to develop a sanitary landfill site northeast of the city. But council says it doesn't want a landfill at that location and wants to revoke the permit. Browning-Ferris is proposing to dump packing plant wastes at the site. a committee to review the 10 applications received for county utilities officer. The committee is empowered to recommend one of the applicants to council for appointment. MD workers get wage hike PINCHER CREEK (HNS) The employees of the Pincher Creek Municipal District will receive an across the board wage increase of 35 cents per hour. Sick leave benefits will be one and a half days per month, starting from the first day for new employees. Council will go back three years so that long-term employees will have accumulated at least 54 days of sick leave and not more than 60 at any one time. Sick employees will be paid fall pay based on their regular hours. Temporary summer employees will not come under this, but a man on a leave of absence for up to five months will benefit the same as others. The Herald District Consumer rates adjusted Water improvement bill up million CRANBROOK (HNS) Approaching the wire for early March call for tenders, city council published public notice this week upping the authorized expenditure on water improvements from voter-approved million to million without further referendum. Amount is for the new reservoir on the Joseph Gold Creek systems and piping and distribution at the third rather than second recommended phase. Third phase will ser- vice adequately a population of according to- the original engineering report. Second phase was for smaller water pondage, and a lower and shorter spillway to be raised at a later date for the third phase. City notice corrects the cost to the consumer. At present, domestic service averages A voter approved bylaw of million would put rates at average, plus annual tax bill frontage levy of 45 cents a foot, amounting to for a 50-foot lot. The published amendment for million expenditure will put the average domestic charge at monthly and frontage tax at 65 cents a foot, amounting to on a 50- foot lot tax bill. The notice allows individual petitioning against the extra amount and Municipal Act requirement is five per cent opposition to require a city council second look. A quirk has arisen here under the 1973 Municipal Act amendment on voter qua- lification. 'All existing municipal voters lists in the province were cancelled as of December 31, and June 30 deadline was established for new municipal voters lists. Former qualifications were ratepayers, to whom money bylaws were limited and a variety of electors. New qua- lifications allow municipal voting on all matters to all residents 18 years and over who are British citizens. Requirement of a vote could delay this essential overdue water improvement start by months at considerable expense The city's contract engineering firm on the project is Environmental Planning and Engineering Consultants Ltd. now in the final weeks of drafting ana specifications ready to call tenders early in March. City Clerk Robert Watson reports delivery of worth of pipe has been assured. EPEC project engineer Richard Fletcher had previously recommended advancing immediately to stage 3 in considering the steady and steep increases in material and contracting costs. District calendar The Barons-Eureka Health Unit is sponsoring the following infant and pre- school clinics: Pictuie Butte, Tuesday in the Picture Butte High School from 10 a.m. to noon and to 4 p.m. Taber, Tuesday in the health unit office, in the administration building, from 10 a.m. to noon and to 4 p.m. Nobleford, Wednesday in the school from to p.m.... Vauxhall, Wednesday in the elementary school from 10 to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Coaldale, Thursday in the health unit office, in the town office building (upstairs) from 10 a.m. to noon and to 4 p.m. Taber, Thursday in the health unit office, in the administration building, from 10 a.m. to noon and to 4 p.m. The annual meeting of electors for the purpose of discussion of the affairs of Noble Central School, Nobleford, is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in the art room at the school.. The Blairmore Lions' annual Crowsnest Pass Musical Festival will be held in the Isabelle Sellon School, Blairmore, March 11, 12 and 13 and will feature three sessions daily at 9 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. with admission set at 30 cents for adults and 25 cents for students the Coalburst parent-child development program is sponsoring a public meeting Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. at the high school. Dr. Doug McPberson will speak on learning and health Crop agency set for Taber TABER (HNS) Agencies under the Alberta crop insurance program are to be set up at Taber and Hays in the Taber Municipal District Robert Peterson of Lethbridge will be the Taber agent, while resident insurance agent Ernest Tilleman will handle crop insurance at Hays. County to study water line cost to subdivision Lethbridge county will give residents of Rollag subdivision some help in their struggle to get running water in the tiny community just south of the Lethbridge city limits. A delegation representing most of the 17 families in the subdivision asked the council this week for some assistance and councillors replied with a motion to investigate the costs of running a city water line to Rollag. "I feel they deserve some said Ccun John Murray, who represents the area including the subdivision. The community is only several hundred yards outside the city limits which curve around Rollag to include the Lethbridge Community College on the west and Green Acres Drive-In on the east. Ralph Penney, spokesman for the group, told council people living in the subdivision have to truck their water and now that a city water supply station has been closed because of vandalism, residents must travel to Fairview, on the east side of Lethbridge, to get water. Mr. Penney said if water lines can't be extended into the people living there would settle for a dug- out which could serve as a summer water supply. The dug-out could be filled from a nearby irrigation canal. But should the city agree to service the community with water. Rollag residents will find it an expensive proposition Irv Fraser, city sewer and waterworks engineer, has said lines could be extended, but the total cost of the project would have to be levied against people living in the subdivision. The city might consider over-sizing the main water line to increase water pressure to Rollag homes, but because a final plan hasn't been prepared for the area yet, it is doubtful the city would want to spend any money, he said. Rollag would be considered in the same light as Hardieville or Fairview if they spend the money, we'll allow the Mr. Fraser said. He also said the water supply station at the Skyline Trailer court, the former source of most water trucked to Rollag, will be opened again as a new coin-box for the vending machine is shipped. The automatic vending station provides 200 gallons for 25 cents. COMPLETE HOME OWNERS' INSURANCE AT LOWER RATES HUNT INSURANCE AGENCIES LTD. 1201 3rd Ave. S. Phone Itewlj eufernf, Twenty Minute Film Showing! CAN I.D.B. HELP YOU? Mr. G. H Petersen, one of our representatives will be showing a 20 minute film and providing general information concerning I D.B., between 12 noon and p.m. at the Town Office Meeting Room on Tuesday. February 26th, 1974. Sandwiches and coffee will be provided. M any bus i n Agriculture Manufacturing Tourism Construction Wholesale and Retail Trades, have obtained loans from i O 8 to acquire land, buildings and machinery, to increase working capital, to start a new business and for other purposes. H you need financing for a business proposal and are unable !o obtain it elsewhere on reasonable terms and conditions, perhaps i D B can help you Appointments may be arranged at the time of the the office at INDUSTRIAL DMOPMENTBAHK ;