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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 25, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, February 25, 1975 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD 15 Birds ate 40 per cent from some South fields RDEK ice arena approved CRANBROOK (Staff) Voters in the Inverraere area Saturday gave overwhelming approval to a covered ice arena to be constructed, operated and maintained by the Regional District of East Kootenay. The unofficial vote count was 220 for the project and 85 against. Although the project is es- timated at it is ex- pected that only of .that will be raised through local taxes. About one third of the cost will be met through :'L a provincial government Com- 'munity Recreational Facilities Fund Act grant. Granlea Dam idea set back FOREMOST (Staff) For- ty Mile County plans to turn a day reservoir, Granlea. Dam, into a summer picnic, boating .and water skiing spot will not materialize, says Wilf Langen of the water resources management division of the department of environment. Mr. Langen said Monday a 92 foot lift over five miles would cost This makes the plan to take irriga- tion water to the Granlea Dam highly impractical. Coun. Marg Dragland has been pushing for the im- provement. Nomination Lunbreck's RCMP Century Hall was the scene of a cheery political meeting at the weekend. One hundred people turned out Sunday to nominate incumbent Social Credit candidate Charlie Drain to contest the March 26 election in Pincher Above, Coleman auctioneer Lome Schlender lends a hand at the fund raising. Several elaborately decorated cakes were auctioned off, one of them going to Calgary Mayor Rod Sykes, in the background under the exit sign, for Few deadbeats use B.C. plan By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Direct losses from bird damage in certain fields of Southern Alberta of up to 40 per cent were recorded in 1974 by Bio Scientific Consultants Ltd. of Edmonton. While two or three techni- ques tested to try to reduce the damage in the field crops worked to a degree, none were successful in providing lOOper cent protection from the birds, says Dale Alsager, study director for the consul- tant firm. Contracted by the Alberta government to undertake an in depth investigation of the significance of bird damage to field crops in Southern Alber- ta, Bio-.Scientific Consultants found in its first year of research direct losses to corn cobs in fields was as high as 28.5 per cent. During the three year study, the firm will document and assess the damage, assess the biological and ecological role of the bird species in- volved, assess current bird control programs and develop research to arrive at new and biologically sound preven- tative method to control bird damage, says Mr. Alsager. An important part of the first year of study was collec- tion of basic biological infor- mation on the species, number of birds involved and analysis of timing and pattern- of bird damage to corn crops. In 1974, the consultants determined only three species of blackbirds were serious offenders brewers, yellowhead and redwinged. These birds restricted their damage to corn crops to selected areas within the irrigated regions of Southern Alberta, says Mr. Alsager. "Our diet analysis date in- dicates that these birds play an important role in the con- sumption of insects and weed said Mr. Alsager. "With the exception of a relatively short period during the late summer when they feed exclusively on milk stage corn, inflicting serious damage." This information will allow the firm to determine to some extent the course of action needed to develop new control measures. In all cases, control methods developed will perpetuate the important biological and beneficial func- tions of these species, he said. This wilL mean the develop- ment of devices or repellants which will function as a physical or chemical carrier, discouraging birds from eating corn. An evaluation of control methods included field research on shotguns, traps, scare cannons, chemical repellants, diversionary feeding stations, artificial predators placed strategically in certain fields and highly sophisticated electronic devices emitting .distress cries to scare the birds. One particular control method utilized a special chemical which was applied to baited corn creating a natural distress signal from the few birds which ate the bait. Other chemical repellants were tested in caged feeding trials on birds and one. material which showed definite potential- will be the subject of further investigation, says Mr. Alsager. 6Supertree' found at altitude VANCOUVER (CP) -Most people using the provincial government's new debtor as- sistant plan are not "dead- beats." Harry Atkinson, 'who spent eight years with the Alberta debtor assistance board be- fore developing the B.C. pro- gram last summer, says, "People have a bad image of the debtor." "Ninety-eight per cent of them are honest people who just don't know when to stop buying. What people forget about credit is that you can't use it to subsidize diminishing income in times of inflation. "It will just snowball on you." His cases are not confined to laborers, waitresses or the uneducated. He has files on stockbrokers, lawyers and doctors asking for help to straighten out financial mes- ses. In a rather typical case, he cites a fed two teen-age sons, paid her monthly rent on a suburban duplex and paid a month on furniture payments, all on the salary of a secretary. With the help of a loan from her boss, she managed this for six months. Then the letters from creditors started to pile up. When, her file landed on Mr. Atkinson's desk, it looked like a perfect case for bankruptcy. Under federal consumer af- fairs department supervision, a personal bankruptcy is ob- tained easily and for only Then Mr. Atkinson met the Woman. "She just kept push- ing herself because she feels morally bound to he said. "Bankruptcy for her- would be a cop-out." "She tried like hell to pay a month when her ability to pay is He persuaded the finance company, to which Ruth owed and the bank to hold off for 60 days so counsellors could work out a plan. They will try to find a for- mula that allows her to make some payment and still feed and clothe herself and her family properly. "She hasn't had any new clothes for five years and last year her oldest boy ran away from home because he was tired of being laughed Mr. Atkinson said. He said the counsellors are combination father confessors. and financial analysts. While they don't necessarily sympathize with the people they see, the counsellors can put their problems into a clearer perspective because they aren't involved. They also are tough enough to suggest that a wife go out to work if she's just sitting around home watching tele- vision while her husband goes deeper into debt, or to collect the family credit cards, Mr. Atkinson said. "People seem to be afraid to go to the creditors and say: 'Look, I'm really in a bind this month. I've been sick, laid off, just had an operation, or he said. "These people aren't ripoff artists. It's just that they've committed their incomes and if they get sick or laid off they're up against it because they don't have any savings to fall back Mr. Atkinson said. Pat Hutchinson, deputy di- rector of the program, said the credit industry was the first to admit the need for the program and more education in the field. In a bankruptcy, the creditor gets very little. She said the counsellors work closely with small claims and family courts but they want to get involved be- fore a situation gets to that point. This means working closely with community groups to reach the citizens who may be having problems. VANCOUVER (CP) A University of British Colum- bia forestry professor has dis- covered a type of lodge pole high on the mountains of the Yukon Territory. The tree survived while whole forests at lower eleva- tions were obliterated by the devastating glacial force dur- ing the last great ice age, said Dr. Oszkar Sziklai. He said it takes a tough tree to survive at the level in the Yukon, where temperatures reach 97 de- grees in summer and drop to 80 below zero in winter and where perhaps only six to 12 inches of soil are free of per- mafrost. Dr. Sziklai is trying to de- velop genetically superior trees whose progeny will one day help populate commercial forests with tall, relatively knot-free trees containing 10 to 15 per cent more wood than present forests. Dr. Sziklai made the dis- covery by accident when he Grant to defray backsloping costs FOREMOST (Staff) The Forty Mile County will receive a provincial govern- ment grant of to defray costs of its road backsloping project, Agriculture Fieldman Vern Arnold told the county council Friday. The per mile grant is actually for a road cleanup program, although the grant forms designate it as road backsloping. Total costs are about a mile with an expenditure of foreseen. Coun. Marg Dragland of Conquerville was told fences 'CO'OP1 COALDALE Phone 345-4441 FREE RUMPUS ROOM ESTIMATES IN-STOHE DEMONSTRATION applying Z-BRICK Saturday, March 1st 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Garden classes set TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE SPECIALS I MISMATCHED MAHOGANY (PANELS 14x8'. Each LIGHT MAHOGANY PANELS 4x8'. Each ROTARY MAHOGANY SLAB DOORS From 3" RIBBON CMHOGANY SLAB DOORS From.................. I EMBOSSED DARK (CHESTNUT PANELS 14x8'. Each ROTARY MAHOGANY BIFOLD DOORS From 12MI 13'" PLYWOOD ft Selection of 12 wood grain patterns. 4x8' Each ASPENITE ASPBNITE Sheet RIBBON MAHOOOANV BIPOLD DOORS From MAHOGANY DOOR JAMBS 1x5. Set SPRUCE SHEATHING Sheet.............. 5" 3" SPRUCE SHEATHING Sheet CARDSTON (HNS) The executive of the Cardston and District Horticultural Society felt that their first public meeting was a success when about 45 people attended. Dr. Keith Shaw of Cardston spoke on nature and trees and shrubs in landscaping. The society will sponsor a four week home landscaping course beginning Feb. 26 at p.m. in the M.D. building. The first session will deal with the selection of woody or- namentals by B. Casement of Brooks. The March 5 session will be instructed by Miss Arline Chesney of Edmonton. Her topic will be the selection of herbaceous ornamentals. On March 12 she will deal with the principles of land- scaping. March 19 has been set aside as a work session. Anyone wanting more infor- mation should contact Mrs. Morris Shields at the district agriculturist's office. SCHEDULED APRIL 9 The Arkansas Derby at Oak- lawn Park is scheduled for April 5, a month before the Kentucky Derby. are seldom disturbed but the farmer assumes the cost of moving a fence, if necessary. "We don't as a rule backslope unless the farmer asks for it to be said Coun. William Kenneth Babe. Mr. Arnold said he will point out areas to be done when the county .councillors make their annual road tour. The program will bury rocks that were piled up on the borrow pit ridge when roads were built some decades ago. 'We haven't in the last 18 or 20 years done any of that pushing rocks back into the said Coun. Babe. In other news, the agricultural service board will carry on with the same wild oats control program it had last year a control program involving farmers who draw up individual plans to battle the pesky weed. It is not a chemical subsidy program, council was told. The county has beon designated a feed freight assistance area retroactive to July 15, 1974. The U.S. corn tour was over subscribed and county farmers who applied were re- jected. New Foremost District Home Economist Diana Koss has been welcomed by the community. A furniture refinishing school will be held soon at Bow Island, date and place to be announced. The agriculture advisory committee has increased its per diem rate from to The province has' rejected the county's idea to install seed bins at seed cleaning plants as a wild bats control measure. The idea had merit but funding cannot be provid- ed because the bins could be used for other storage, rather than just as seed bins. Council learned a mosquito control seminar will be held at Lethbridge March 6 under the auspices of the department of the environment. accepted the use of a helicop- ter from the Yukon Forest Service. Lodge pole pines are not supposed to grow at eleva-- tions higher than feet. "We were flying at feet and I spotted lodge pole pine and I said there must be some mistake. Then we saw the same thing at feet. The pilot landed the helicop- ter and I was able to confirm that this was lodge pole pine. It was very exciting. The trees covered, an extensive area. While normal lodge pole pines have double needles, the needles on these trees grew in clusters of three. Dr. Siklai said he has never heard of such a tree. "A botanist would probably call it a separate species." The professor took samples of the branches, cones and timber from these trees and is arranging to ship them to Sweden where the research work will be completed by the scientists of two major forest companies who have funded Dr. Sziklai's work on lodge pole pine since 1970. The idea of special, tough or was developed in Sweden in 1930, said Dr. Sziklai. Much work has been done in British Columbia since 1957 when 450 plus trees were selected. The work had been done jointly by the B.C. forest service, forest com- panies and the University of B.C. forestry school. Because plus trees may be located in difficult terrain and may be hard to find again, a system has been' developed where cuttings are taken from certain trees and grafted onto trees in nursery areas. The initial work of selecting Douglas fir plus trees in B.C. has not been completed and the second stage of hybridiz- ing them and testing their progeny is being started: Ear- ly results indicate that this work will give excellent results and lead to superior forests in the future, said Dr. Siklai. Dr. Siklai came to B.C. with 214 other students and faculty members of the Sopron For- estry School who fled from the.ir native Hungary in 1956 during the Soviet invasion. He had completed his under- graduate studies in Hungary but went on to earn his mas- ter's degree and PhD at the University of B.C. Coaldale to pay some centre costs COALDALE The Town of Coaldale will pay toward the cost of the Coaldale Drop-In Centre for Native Migrant Labor, more than four times the amount the Lethbridge County will contribute. The provincial government will pay 80 per cent of the net costs, a total of says John A. Boon, director of the Barons Eureka Health Unit Social Services and Preven- tive Social Services departments. The Lethbridge County council has approved a grant of This is less than last year. The county council refuses to "outdo the sugar beet growers." The county council has suggested to Mr. Boon that the Coaldale Sugar Beet Growers are well able to pay more than the they have been asked for. Said Cpun. Jim Nicol: "The sugar beet growers can pay on a do at-the end of a growing season'." He said "the people who are going to benefit the most are only donating JUST RECEIVED ANOTHER SHIPMENT OF KILN DRIED SPRUCE STUDS 2x4-8' Prime Utility Grade 59 each We novv also have a limited quantity of INSULATION ADVANCE LUMBER CO. LTD. 2m- Aw. A 131k 81. Sulk. "Your Pioneer Lumber Dealer Since 1925" nm 328-3301 ;