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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, February 28, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 BILL GHOENEN pholo WILDLIFE OFFICER CLIFF LONGMAN SHOWS A 'CANNON' WHICH SCARES ELK South In short University asks theatre action A letter will be sent to Ad- vanced Education Minister Jim Foster outlining the history of the University of Lethbridge's proposal for a multi purpose theatre, and asking for immediate action on it. The decision was reached Wednesday at the first open meeting held by the U of L board of governors. University president Bill Hunley stumps 'Pass BLAIRMORE Alberta Solicitor General Helen Hunley campaigned Tuesday in the Pincher Creek Crowsnest constituency on behalf of Progressive Conser- vative candidate Fred Bradley of Blairmore. Speaking to about GO people Tuesday evening, Miss Hunley said the Heritage Trust Fund, depository of Alberta's oil millions, is important to future generations. She said it is important for constituencies like Pincher Creek Crowsnest to have a "serious representative in Ed- monton to effectively voice the area concerns regarding resource development, land use, housing, agriculture and recreation." Stopping off at Pincher Creek Tuesday morning, Miss Hunley and Mr. Bradley visited oldtimers in the Crest- view Lodge and patients in St. Vincent's Hospital. Miss Hunley is the incum- bent member for Rocky Mountain House. Beckel said a request for for the project was not approved Another in capital programs was approved by the board at the meeting. Physical plant co ordinator Bob Comstock reported the request was made so design work, and possibly tendering and the first .stages of construction, could be done in 1975 and 1976. Dr. Beckel said a letter from the advanced education department said the govern- ment has two policies on cultural recreational facilities. The culture, youth and recreation department will help pay for facilities and make them available to the community. The advanced education department will make money for facilities available if there is optimum use by the community, he said. The department also said money would be available if a joint use proposal involving the City of Lethbridge was provided, said the president. The administration thought this was already done. It was the reason the U of L sought city support for the proposal, although Lethbridge Com- munity College said it was satisfied with current facilities for the time being, he said. The city will again be approached for support, he in- dicated. "What is apparently not front and centre in the minds of department officials is-that this is mainly a teaching said Dr. Beckel. On a 40 hour week, the un- iversity could put 100 hours of programming in the theatre, including drama, music and continuing education teaching. Notice of ANNUAL MEETING Butte R.C.3.S.D. No. 79 Take Notice that the Annual Meeting of the Electors will be held In St. Catherine's School, Picture Butte, Alia. Monday, March 3rd, 1975 p.m. Mri. M. Wojtowrcz, StcrtlaryTrMiurtr 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 81. Catherine's School, Picture Butte, Monday, March 3rd, p.m. MRS. M. WOJTOWICZ SecreUry-TreMurer Cowman-critter battle peaks as hay price soars, elk eat By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The traditional battle of ranchers against wild game animals ravaging livestock feed in Alberta's foothills, fired by record high hay prices, has reached a new peak. But, aided by a relatively mild winter, ranchers throughout the Pincher Creek Burmis region have been co operating with fish and wildlife officials in the use of various methods of keeping the wild animals away from the valuable hay slocks. The co operation, exten- sive for the first time ac- cording to several ranchers in the area, comes following a flood of complaints as hay priced at to per ton has been devoured and destroyed by deer and elk forced out of the Waterton Lakes National Park and the high country by heavy snows and cold weather. The use of Indian hunters, allowed by law to hunt wild game year round, has been resorted to as a means of driv- ing the herds of up to 200 animals away from feed- stocks. While this practice has not been widespread, both ranchers and wildlife officials say such action has been used more as a lever to get relief from government agencies. Ed Mitchell, who ranches across Highway 6 from the Twin Butte General Store, said enlargement of the F300 hunting zone this season has done as much to help ranchers from the Waterton Park boun- daries north to Yarrow Creek as has any other government action. While the normal big game hunting season is closed at the end of November each year, the hunting season for elk in the F300 zone will remain open until March 23. Frank Somerville, head of the fish and wildlife office in Lethbridge, said officials found elk have been ranging further north of Waterton Park in search of feed and to escape the extended hunting season in the original F300 zone. He said the extended hunting harassment in the enlarged F300 zone has work- ed two ways helping ranchers in the area protect their feed and control of the elk herds which enter the park area when spring arrives. Mr. Somerville said had the zone not been enlarged and the elk been allowed to breed naturally, population control would likely have had to be un- dertaken within the park. Mr. Mitchell said while his feed has not been bothered as much since the F300 zone was enlarged to include his land, neighbors directly north of Yarrow Creek are getting the problem now as the animals range again north of the ex- tended hunting zone. Bcrwyn Pisony of Lundbreck has had problems only with deer on his ranch while his neighbors further north along the foothills have been bothered by what he says are the more damaging elk. He claims the deer only tear open bales of hay, contenting themselves with a good meal while elk tend to climb on the stacks, wasting more than they eat by tramping the hay into the ground and defecating on it, rendering it useless for livestock. Mr. Pisony recognizes the work of the fish and wildlife officers who have installed a new type of scare device on his land to protect his hay. The new gas fired machines, are exploded regularly by a timing device. The department has also provided him with shell crackers, loud exploding shells fired from a shotgun. Mr. Pisony feels more than just scaring the wild animals is needed. Mr. Somerville agrees, claiming the scare tactics are only "stop gap" measures. Mr. Pisony feels good quali- ty hay should be stashed away in the high country so the wild game will not bother the hay stacks near ranch buildings. But because the wild animals cause as much economic loss throughout the year when they graze the limited pastureland in the region which is the lifeblood of the cattle industry in the area, more must be done. For this reason the fish and wildlife officials feel a buffer zone is needed along the foothills, higher up than the ranches, but still low enough that the wild animals can find feed throughout most of the year. Mr. Somerville said this buffer zone would have to be off limits lo cattle in order to ensure sufficient feed to keep the wild animals interested. But his is "pretty expensive said Mr. Somerville. Until a buffer zone can be established, the scare ladies will have to do, said Mr. Somerville. These methods, combined with a type of fen- cing, should do the job for the time being. Mr. Pisony, who has fenced some of his stacks, said this can cause more problems than it saves, especially in years of heavy snowfall. He claims as the stack'is diminished, the remaining fence causes snow drifts which make the stack inaccessable. He said chain link fences or similar structures could be erected in a large area sur- rounding the hay stacks. But again the problem of cost enters the picture. While hay prices were low, ranchers put up with the wild animals, grinning and bearing at their losses, said Mr. Pisony. But it is "a little too much" to feed the wild animals at today's prices. COALDALE (HNS) Gerry Yamamoto of Hardieville, Norm Ober of Coaldale and E. P. Miller of Readymade have been reappointed to the Lethbridge County southern regional recreation board. Russ Henderson of McNally is the board chairman. New- comers Ed Richards, Jr., of Coaldale and Matt Hansing of Sun- nyside replace Doug Campbell of Coaldale and Francis Wright of Sunnyside on the board. Pincher tax session set An income tax question and answer session is set lor March 24 in the Pincher Creek Mathew Halton Community School. Department of national revenue and taxation public relations director for Southern Alberta Rick Boyack will give a short presentation prior to the 7 p.m. question and answer session. Mr. Boyack will also be available at the school the morning of March 25 to answer individual tax questions. Complex nears construction CRANBROOK (Special) The proposed {7 million Cloverleaf Investments Limited shopping complex has been approved in principle by the highways department. The firm hopes to start this project in June on Cranbrook St., arterial highway north of 12th St. N. Cloverleaf's land assembly covers some 30 acres. Its eastern extremity is still in the land freeze ordered by the B.C. Land Commission. Two proposed highway access roads will be at 12th St. N. and at 20th Ave. N. The centre will cover square feet and there will be a 700 car parking lot. Fernie school job approved FERNIE (Special) The district school board has won approval from the department of education to go ahead with a million renovation of the Fernie Secondary School. It will provide square feet for a library resources area. Board chairman John Betenia says the job will take 20 months lo complete. Gas seminar set at Taber hall TABER (HNS) Olie Hammerstedt, utility officer for the MD of Taber, has announced a natural gas seminar for members of the Chin Coulee Gas Co op for Sherburne Hall at 2 p.m. Monday. The seminar will deal with the proper installation and conversion of natural gas burning appliances used inside a residence or other farm building. Sherburne Hall is located two miles east and eight south of the community of Purple Springs. Coleman credit union to meet COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) The annual banquet meeting of the Coleman Savings and Credit Union will be held at p.m. Saturday in the Catholic Hall here. It will mark the 25th anniversary of the credit union. It grew from 10 members in 1950 to members and has assets of million. Stirling Lions choose officers STIRLING (HNS) Donald Christensen has been named president of the Stirling Lions Club. Other officers are: Kenny Peterson, first vice president; Hank Nilsson, second vice president; Boyd Hirsche, secretary; and Andy Kupecz, tail twister. The club has applied for a department of culture, youth and recreation grant to resurface the village swimming pool. Legal aid office opens CRANBROOK B.C. The Cranbrook Legal Aid of- fice has been opened her? by lawyer Lucian Gallinari at 2510th Ave. above Kootenay Realty. Particular purpose is to serve those unable to pay legal ad- vice costs. Clients can determine whether their particular dif- ficulty could and should be pressed through court and if so how to accomplish this. Office secretary is Sharon Brownlce of Cranbrook Initiative passes to B.C. land group On the hustings A Socred not? CARDSTON Women members of the Social Credit Party here have decided, a bit reluctantly, to form a women's aux- iliary. "Considering Women's Liberation and all that, why can't we be part of the entire organization, why not just a Social Credit asked one potential member when the proposal was broached at a nomination meeting Wednesday. The women's auxiliary is "certainly not a segregation" of women, but a convenient vehicle for political participation, replied Doris Oliver of Lethbridge, past president of the aux- iliary. "Women have a very unique way of helping out their can- didates knocking on doors, wrapping bundles, Mrs. Oliver said. She coaxed Clara Matkin, Rea Jensen and Ada Blackmore to fill the posts of president, first vice president and secretary. CRANBROOK (Special) It is now up to the B.C. Land Commission to make the next move as far as designations of agricultural land reserves for the East Kootenay are concerned- Regional District of East directors agreed Saturday the commission has either to enact land reserves against the wishes of the RDEK or begin new com- munications to reach a more harmonious compromise. "In all respect of the authority of this board, the Commission has the authority to establish'agricultural land reserves regardless of whether it pleases the direc- tors or said RDEK ad- ministrator Frank Bertoia. "I would suggest it is now up to the Commission to make the next he said. The statement follows a decision of the board two weeks ago rejecting a proposal made by the Com- mission for agricultural land reserves in the region. The regional government, in 1974, submitted its land reserve proposal to the Com- mission, calling for two land reserve classifications. One reserve showed land which had h'igh agricultural capabilities, while a second reserve showed land with some agricultural capabilities, but greater potential for other resource use. After reviewing the RDEK proposal the commission presented the directors with another plan allowing only one land reserve classification. Following a special com- mittee of the whole meeting the RDEK publicly announced it rejected in total, the proposal made by the com- mission saying the reserve designations will create more concern than the provincial cabinet's agricultural land freeze. Acting RDEK chairman Don Sherling, in recapping the background of the land reserves proposal, said the regional government's solic- tors told the board the Land Commission Act did permit the establishment of two land reserves designations. Sherling said according to Bill Lane Land Commission chairman and A, D. Crerar, director of the Environment and Land Use Committee Secretarial, the Land Com- mission Act does not allow for two reserves. The chairman said one of the parties must be wrong, but which one is unknown, A REGULAR GUY Delivering newspapers isn't the toughest part of a carrier's job. But, collecting for those papers and paying his bill on time simply because he has no control over his customer's response when he comes to collect. He wants to keep his collections on a regular basis, but if you make him call back two or three limes, his schedule is disrupted, and he can't do his job right. You can help him be a regular guy by having the money ready when he comes to collect the very first time. And, after all, shouldn't we be setting an example for these young people when it comet to paying bills on lime? The Uthbndge Herald ;