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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-11,Lethbridge, Alberta Elk feed on ranchers^ haystacks Wildlife branch has hands tied A Commentxry By ANDY RUSSELL SMckI to The Herald Elk are grand game animals, most ranchers along the front of the Rockies in southwest Alberta will agree — Just as lone as they stay where they Mlong. Right now they are ninning completely out of control in the Twin Butte area and feeUngs are running high. Farther north in the Beaver Mines area and in country adjacent to the Porcupine Hills, some ranchers are also having problems althoa^ not as acute. Hie troublesome elk in the Twin Butte area are Waterton Park elk part of the year, when the^ take sanctuary there during the open hunting season. The rest of the time, they spend most of their lives on private limds. At this time of year, when snows are deep and temperatures low, they are seriously threatening stacked hay — even that which is stacked in one rancher’s yard. Bill Tichler has been having trouble with them for 15 ■s, but recently they ive been coming to stacks close to his door. The Dave Davies ranch is also playing host to a herd threatening feed stacks. A bit farther south the Wellman ranch' had some trouble in spite of high board fences built at con-' siderable expense around their stacks. John Welhnan has said without doubt they would not be able to stay in business at their location without these fences, for their ranch borders on the Park. The Cloudy Ridge Ranch has also had elk in stacks very close to its buildinp. , , Zones differ while the Wellman ranch enjoys' considerable protection from the allwinter open season on both sexes tlUt is allowed in Zone F300, the other ranchers are all in Zone F3Q2 where the season is now closed. One night this week, Bill Scarecrows fail io keep elk away from hay Tichler was kept up all night by elk, which he could not drive away. When hay is worth t?0 a ton and a man has only enough to see his herd through the winter after one of the driest summers in history, this is not something anybody takes lightly. On top of elk trouble, Bill Tichler has had health problems over the past year and his neighbors are sympathetic. If something isn’t done soon to correct this problem by the Fish and Wildlife Branch, there is talk of organizing a hunt and driving the elk back into the Park where they have good wintering range. No results Most of the ranchers are members of the Foothills Protective Association and breaching the law even to save feed is not that organization’s policy. With a membership of about 300 and closely affiliated with Unifarm and the Western Stockgrowers Assodation having a total membership of about 30,000, the executive feels that no drastic action should be taken until every alternative avenue is tried. So far the directors haven’t had much luck. Several letters have been written to the minister of lands and forests and several plibne calls'have been made with no results other than some va^e promises that something will be done. This has been proceeding in orderly fashion for two years, while the ranchers involved have been footing , the bill. The Fish and Wildlife Branch knows the problem and would like to do something, but their hands are tied. They advocate the iiuilding of high board fences of the same kind that are used with some success on the Wellman ranch, but these are very expensive at best and now the slabs are almost impossible to obtain. The members of the Foothills Protective Association feel that it is extremely unfair for a few ranchers to stattd the expense of this phase ot elk management concerned with animals belonging to the province when they are out of the Park. The executive of the Association forwarded a recommendation to the government to open Zone F302 in that portion lying between Zone F300 and Drywood Creek for both sexes until March 15 as has been practised now for years in Zone F300. This would not result in a heavy kill, for the elk would be all back in the Park within two days. But the government has done nothing beyond some polite and vague acknowledgement of the ranchers’ correspondence. Compensation What the government has consistantly failed to recognize in> the general view is that the ranchers are becoming increasingly unwilling hosts. Elk, more than any other big game, require understanding and firm management, not just in winter, but also in summer when they damage crops and graze. There is no way management authorities can con- tinue to overlook this fact, and some kind of arrangement for compensation when such damages occur is necessary. Wildlife ranging on >rivate lands do so at the andowners' expense. Most landowners enjoy having game on their property, but when it threatens their living the welcome wears thin. And that is what is happening at Twin Butte. Little study Present posting of land on many ranches has been interpreted by some'as a contradiction, but really it is an indication of the landowners’ concern for land management. It is not a move against the desirable kind of sportsman but more a request for cooperation. Very few ranchers turn down requests of entry and most sportsmen agree the treatment is fair. Good land management is also good wildlife management. Peter Lougheed’s government Inherited something of a dog’s breakfast from its predecessor where good fish and wildlife management is concerned and Albertans are unfortunately still looking for the required improvement, particularly iti priorities. The budget allotted to the fish and wilflife department is completely ina^uate and nowhere near in line with revenue enjoyed by the province from this valuable resource. Consequently, very little real study is made of impacts of various kinds of developments on wildlife Noisemaker is designed to simply scare the animats Fencing around the stacks is expensive, but effective Pincher Creek park board offers gynt^ dance program PINCHER CREEK (HNS) — The Pinclier Creek parks and recreation department is offering a gymnastic program and dance lessons for town residents.Leisure classes set A total of 18 adult leisure education courses are being offered to people residing in the County of Lethbridge. These include mens and ladies keep fit, yoga, social dance, figure skating, upholstery,' painting and basic sewing. Anyone interested in registering is asked to call the recreation office at 732-4774. The program will be held at Twin Butte, Livingstone School, and at Pincher Greek. The instructors will be provided by the recreation department. Fees will be per child or per family, paid at registration Jan 29, Livingstone School, for boys and girls five years of age and over; Jan. 31; Twin Butte Hall, for boys and girls five and over; Jan. 28, Canyon School, for boys and girls 5 to 8 years; Jan. 30. Valleyfair School, for boys and girls 12 years and over. The recreation department has hired Dorothy and Henry Hammond as instructors in ballroom, Latin American, square and round dancing. Sessions may be held in Pincher Creek and in Cowley. Wildhorse Ranch purchase considered Fort Steele is meet topic Pridw. i«NMry 11. 1t74 - TM LITHBmOOi HfRALD-17•The Herald District First coal to east expected by May By VERN DECOUX CrowiMeit Pats Bareau BLAIRMORE - The first shipment of what is hoped to be a long'term contract for coal to Eastern Canada will move from the Byron Creek Collieries Corbin open^pit mine by May. President of the firm, Jack Diskin and vice president, Eugene Pabro are encouraged by the 250,000 ton initial test order of hi^ heat bituminous coal. Tlie coal will be mined by open pit methods, and will, during the first year, be moved by coal trucks to the McGillivray lo(^. Should long term developments result from the first year test shipments a rail line would be extended from the or their true numbers and movement. Proof of this is the proposed open season on grizzly bear this coming spring, something certainly not justified by dimishing numbers of these animals and one more step in the direction of their extinction. Another example of the lack of knowledge and resulting poor management is the down-grade picture of the ringneck pheasant — a condition aggravated by the totally unjustified ben allowance. Over the past 10 years, the pressures on all fish and wildlife have vastly increased, yet fewer game wardens are on staff and those are underpaid. Royalties The province is making millions more out of the wildlife resource than is realized from the miserable 10-cents-a-ton royalty on coal exports through the sale of licenses and tourism taxes. So the obvious neglect and shortchanging on wildlife management doesn’t make ecwiomic sense. It is a contradiction and could be a very expensive one. Some decently viable policy where fish and wildlife is concerned must be forthcoming, and forthcoming soon. If there is one thing that all Albertans are interested in, it is outdoor recreation. Eight now the Twin Butte ranchers feel as though they are being very unfairly asked to stand expense that should be the responsibility of all. Instructional materials centre will be moved TABER (HNS) - Taber School Division’s instructional materials centre is to be moved from its present location in the civic administration building to one of the divisicHi’s unused teacherages north of 54th Avenue on S2nd Street. Trustees agreed to move the I.M.C, after a presentation by co-ordinator Ken Anderson that the already inadequate space in the administration building is intensified by a recent decision to move into more local production of instructional materials for which photographic and printing materials have been bought. The new equipment will enable the co-ordinator to make film strips, slides, and other materials for learning packets. He said that loc^ prepared visual aids can be more directly tailored to the teachers’ requirements than are commercially produced materials. In preparation for the move, alterations are being made for adapting the teacherage to its new use, including a dark room for photographic work. The vacated space in the divisional office will be allocated to storage, shipping and receiving depot. Industrial development committee members named TABER (HNS) - Appointments for 1974 to Taber’s industrial development committee and municipal planning commission have been made by town council. To the industrial development committee, incumbent members H. (5eorge Meyer, Dr. N. Stuart Boyle, Colin T. Oddie, Kenneth McDonald representing the tomi council and MD reeve Clarence M. NATAL, B.C. (HNS)-Fort Steele's future wilt be among the topics of discussion in January at the meeting of the B.C. Historic Sites advisory board. Specifically, the matter ot purchase of the Wildhorse ranch across the road will be considered. Assurance of this and that the views of the Regional District of East Kootenay Storm sewer plan discussed TABER (HNS) - A four-stage proposal for providing storm sewers for Taber's business and residential areas, prepared by consulting engineer and former town superintendent Bent N. Madsen, has been referred to a special council meeting. Stages 1 and 2, scheduled for possible 1974 construction, would provide storm sewers in the business area and drainage for low-lying land west of 55th Ave., at an estimated cost of $390,000. Stage 3, which would extend the drainage system into north areas, would be completed in 1^5 at an estimated cost of $112,000, and stage 4 was a further extension both of the system and the time to be accomplished. DUNLOP FORD’S ^ SELL-OUT Exhibition Pavilion Jarujary 23rd to 26th Lane closures near TABER (HNS) - A bylaw has been given two readings for the closing of lanes and S9th Street in Blocks 10 and 27 bounded by SAth and Sflth Streets and by 58th and <l2nd Avenues. ■ Replotting of the area will open S7th Street into cul-de-sacs from 60th Avenue, and will provide a number of new resideMial sites as well as mme ind''Stri«i property east of a green buffer strip. The proposition will now be presented to the provincial government for ministerial approval prior to third and final reading of the bylaw. To provide operating funds pending receipt of tax money, council gave approval to a bylaw providing for the temporary borrowing of up to $500,000 during 1S74 from its banking institution. would be made known was made to RDEK directors in a letter from L. J. Wallace, deputy provincial secretary. Mr. Wallace’s letter was a reply to a report on the proposed acquisition prepared by regional planner Eugene Lee and forwarded to various government departments with an interest. The ranch has been ottered for sale for $450,000 and the purchase is under consideration by Fort Steele officials. Mr. Wallace said, however, that another possibilitv would be that part of the ranch, if purchased, would be designated as a park rather than as part of the Fort Steele complex. In his report, Mr. Lee strongly- urged that a longterm plan be adopted for Fort Steele’s development. * * * In Regional District of East Kootenay briefs, an extension has been granted the Elk Valley Consumer Co^>p, now renting a building in Natal from the Michel-Natal urban renewal project till May 31. By that time the co-op ^xpects to be able to move to iis new building, and then it will demolish the property and clean up its present location. Ratepayers’ meetings set TABER (HNS) - Annual ratepayers meetings for the Taber public school system have been set for March 12 and 13 — the flrst at Vauxhall and the latter at Taber. Both will begin at 8 p.m. In addition to the auditor’s financial statement, which is normally presented at these meetings, there will be a pictorial explanation of some of the financial statistics as well as comments on new programs recently instituted in the schools. All ratepayers, parents, and high school students are invited to attend, according to school superintendent James L. George. Hospital board head appointed BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) — Godfrey Hungar, Bellevue representative on the Crowsnest Pass General Hospital board of trustees was named chairman of the board the last meeting. Robert Elliott of Hillcrest was named vice-chairman. Committee members will be appointed at the Jan. 16 meeting. Mr. Hungar replaces Mel Cornett of Coleman who served as chairman for two years. Plans for the official opening of the Senior Citzens and Nursing Home were completed. The opening will be held on Jan. 25. Neil Crawford, minister of health and welfare, will attend the opening, to begin at II a.m. A luncheon for invited guests will be held in the Blairmore Elks’ hall at 12.30 p.mGym open Gym time programs are again being offered in schools throughout the North County of Lethbridge. Barons, Nobleford, Tijrin and Picture Butte Dorthy Dalgleish Schools will i»e opened for recreational activities each Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. * Elementary school children eight years and older are invited to participate in games and sports activities beginning Saturday. Jespersen. New appointees Bent N. Madsen and Roy How replace Dr. Peter Bergen who has moved out of Taber, and Kenneth Williams now on holiday. Municipal Planning Commission members were all reappointed. They are Dale E. Clifton, Joan Paradee, Claude A. Leeks and Paul Rakos. Council also named councillor Mike Powell to replace Mrs. Helen Wentz as the town’s representative on the native drop-in centre committee, conditionally that committee meetings would be held in evening hours. McGillivray loop to the Corbin property, a distance of 13 miles. Tlie coal will be primarily cleaned (raw coal prepartion) on the site, which is located where the former Corbin tipple or coal cleaning plant was built years ago. Mr. Diskin said the mining of the coal would be subcontracted for the first year, making it difficult to determine the amount of men that would be used by the contractors. Mr, Fabro said the company has more than 90 million tons of proven reserves of the high grade bituminous coal. Should long-term contracts result from the test shipments, coal would be moved to the eastern market on a unitrain concept. Annual shipments could range from 600,000 to 690,000 tmis per year. He said the company has no plans for a permanent townsite and no plans to reestablish the former town of Corbin, B.C. Corbin, a once flourishing coal town, is located about 15 miles south of Highway 3, midway between the Alberta-B.C, border and ^rwood, B C The coal from Corbin would move by rail to Thunder Bay and from there by lake boats to points designated by Ontario-Hydro for fuel for thermal power plants to produce electrical energy. In 1972, Ontario Hydro purchased and used more than 8 million tons of United States coal from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. One of the fac-,tors that make the Canadian coal desirable is the lower sul-ihur content — resulting io esser air pollution from the thermal plants. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDYmeTIIICH CartHM Oantal M*«h*ntc CapHM rwMtiH* BMg. 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