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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Jmmry 11. IfTJ 1M UIHMMDM HMAU [Highways, trucks move southern Alberta with few problems; improvements planned Highways and By JOG MA SUH Writer UK vehicles which use Item are perhaps Hie matt important transporta- tion considerations in southern Alberta. HIGHWAYS AND SEC- roidi In all fairness, the highways in southern Alberta are general ly satisfactory. Recommenda ttons for the upgrading of high- ways include: Highway 3 from FincasUe to Hat Highway 3 from Monarch to Fort Maeleod Highway 23 from Monarch to Champion Highway 35 from Wreo- thflm to Chin Lakes Highway 5 from Magrath to Oardston The- recommendations for the above sections of highways are (or paved shoulders, four lane traffic and a maximum speed of 65 m.p.h. Starting last summer, all secondary road construction in Alberta is to be financed 100 per cent by the provincial gov- ernment. "The secondary road sys- tem is under active said Monty McGregor, assis- tant engineer of the depart- ment of highways and trans- port. "The primary road sys- tem is quite satisfactory." department construction and maintenance costs in Irri- gation Districts 5 and 6. On the other hand, only the trans- Canada highyay was in any The provincial finances all road way financed by the federal government. Back in November 1967 the then Alberta highways minis- ter Gordon Taylor blasted Ot- tawa for "favoritism treat- ment" toward the Maritime provinces. "It ia not surprising tha Western Canada sometimes gets the shorter md of the new1 Highways Minister Clarence CopMhome said. "Don Getty (minister Inter governmental affairs) is making closer contacts with the federal government." Negotiations to tuild and Im- prove secondary roads on the Blood Indian reserve were un- successful due to disagreemenl on ownership, right of way, land and location, It is not cer- tain when these negotiations will be resumed. The provincial department said the secondary road sys- tem on the Peigan Indian re- serve is considered quite satis- factory. If OP Rail succeeded In abandoning some of the branch lines in southern Alberta, then the farmers would like to see the secondary road network strengthened, says Bill Nicol, a director of Unifarm. i One observation Greyhound's Bill Seattle made is that "the secondary roads are kept cleaner than the main high- ways." TRUCK All communities in southern Alberta are being served 'by trucks. Truck operators com- pete freely, and as their rates are determined by the inter- Jay of market forces. Alberta Motor Ttansp o r t Association, of which most of he truck companies are mem- lers, is working with the gov- ernment to increase the weight oad of the highways and ac- cording to Bob Drinnan, AMTA executive secretary in Cal- gary, some progress has been made. "Two sections of highways, No, 5 from Waterton to Leth- brklge and No. 25 from Coal- hurst to Picture Bute, recent- ly had their maximum toad? Increased to Mr. Drinnan said. He said AMTA wants to see the following sections of high- ways, currently having maxi- mum toads under pounds, increased to 2 from Carway to Fort Macleod Highway 62 from Del Bonita to Magrath Highway 36 from Taber to Chin Lakes Highway 61 from Stirling to Manybemes Highway 25 from Picture Butte to Enchant One interesting thing is that of all the trucks registered in Alberta, only seven per cent are for hire. More than 50 per cent are farm trucks. Private companies own the rest. Trucks in Alberta started ong haul in 1950, and competi- tion forced the railways to low- er their rates. Fresh meat for nstance, was charged a lundredweight to Ontario in 1950, but by the mid 50's it went down to 53.49 by both rail and truck, and this freight cost remains today, which is im- portant for southern Alberta. "The association also wants o cut down the red tape for nter provincial Mr. Drinnan said. It is important to have better lighways, he said, because bet. er highways will "increase the industry's productivity." The AMTA is also working on safety training, noise abate- ment and the number of hours operators should work in long- distance travel, Mr. Drinnan said. Whether it is economical to transport by rail or truck varies from commodity to commodity. OTHER TRANSPORT In addition, the major com- munities in southern Alberta are serviced by ,taxicabs and rent a care. According to Steve Kotch, c o m m unities which have taxi services in- clude: Lethbridge, High River, Claresholm, Coleman, Blair- more, Frank, Bellevue, Pinch- er Creek and Taber. Communities with rent-a-car services: Lethbridge, High River, Buurmore and Water- ton Pat. ANSWERS COULD COME With sufficient points in its favor, Southern A1 b e r t a's transportation system could easily be left to itself, complete with its problems. Hopefully, however, this will not be the case. Mr. Copithorne said "all these matters are under con- sideration" when The Herald interviewed him by telephone. He called some shortcomings 'ridiculous." "Sometimes when yon to do something, the economy doea not permit he said. "However, thin government will be more positive In its ap- proach and we will not ihirk our responsibility." Deane R. Gundlock, Conser- vative Lethbridge MP, also said he will personally take to Ottawa the campaign to Im- prove the transportation situa- tion "as soon us I can." The ministry of transport lni> Ottawa said it Is interested in the southern Alberta situation and Is prepared to receive a submission. Research Station scientist discusses sheep ranching Hog marketing board reacts to accusation of slowness BURDETT (Staff) The Al- berta Hog Producers Market- ing Board Thursday bared it's claws in defense against alleg- ations levelled at it by princi- pals of the proposed ?25 mil- lion hog slaughtering and pro- cessing plant for southern Al- berta. Fernando E. Ricafort, direc- tor and technical manager of North American Integrated Food Processing Co. Ltd., told a standing room only crowd here that the marketing board was very slow. Mr. Ricafort appeared before the board Dec. and ask- ed the board if it was in any position to enter into a contract. The board Is still not in agree- ment or disagreement with the project, but has cleared the way for producers to enter into con- tract with the company for the supply of hogs. At that time also, the board would not permit Mr. Ricafort to record the proceedings of the meetings on tape. By R1C SW1HART Staff Writer Sheep are a major agricul- tural industry in both Australia the United States, but the reasons for the existence of the Mushy varies greatly, says James Gallagher, a scientist at the Lethbridge Research Sta- tion. All sheep operations in Aus- tralia are extensive spreads they are completely de- pendent on the forage crops- there is no band feeding. "The sheep's job is to har- vest the forage he said. On a National Research Council one year post-doctor- al fellowship to Lethbridge, Mr. Gallagher said the emphasis in Australia is on wool produc- tion rather than on lambs and meat. While studying at the Texas A and M University, he was able to see first-hand the sheep operation in the U.S. "In Texas, they have inten- sified Hie sheep breeding oper- ations with three lamb crops in two be said. "They combine breeding with reedlot operations which have a strong tendency toward meat production." He said the U.S. breeders do much more hand feeding of grains, with the resulting ani- DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC ROSS A. HOSACK Certified Denial Mechanic Suit! 1-304 5lh St. S. Ph. 327-7144 Lethbridae mals much larger at a young- er age. The lambs bred in Australia weigh about 35 pounds but be- meat, the U.S. is producing the lambs in the U.S. weigh as much as 100 pounds. He said the typical sheep op- eration in Australia is head on acres of land. There might be 30 head of cat- tle on such a ranch. He said there are many areas in Australia where there is no grain grown, so it would cost a lot of money to move to grain reeding. "The only time grain is fed to sheep is when drought he said. New Zealand, which has shipped large quantities of meat to Canada, also faces a forage sheep situation, be said, although with more rain- fall than Australia, New Zea- landers have gone to high-en- ergy, legume specialized crops. "Like the U.S., New Zealand has gone to meat production with sheep rather than wool he said. Mr. Gallagher also mention- ed a growing Angora goat in- dustry in Texas. There are 80 million acres of brush country in Texas, and the Angora goat is used to harvest this area so the ranchers can get some ben- efit from it. He said the Mexican popula- tion likes to eat goat as much as beef, so (here is a good mar- ket for the product. Sheep are still sold on a per- lead basis in Australia. The buyer and seller decide on a price and the total flock will be j sold for the same amount per animal. j He said Canadians are far ahead in this aspect. Sheep in Canada are sold on a cost-per- pound basis. Each animal is sold individually according to weight. Meat production from sheep in Australia is limited tb local consumption. In New Zealand, it Is used mostly for export. In Australia, the sheep are raised in the choice climatic- regions. "Cattle are raised where sheep can't be Mr. Gallagher said. When he returns to Australia, Mr. Gallagher will teach agri- culture. Mr. Ricafort said rather than wait for "doomsday" for a re- port from the board to the pro- ducers in the province, he set up fact finding meetings at Bur- dett and Taber. Wayne Smith, a director o the marketing board, respond- ed to the accusations immedi- ately. "I am disappointed in the im- said Mr. Smith. He said the board would not permit the recording because in any democratic organization there is freedom of speech and there should be some privacy within that organization to de- bate in order to come up with the best possible solution. Without a recording, the members are freer to speak their minds on any issues, he said. He also implied that there is a possibility of misrepresenta- tion by the use of only parts of a recording. Without pointing any fingers, Mr. Smith told the 250 farm- ers that all the board was try- ing to do was to represent the hog producers of Alberta. He said the board had asked reopens The north branch of the Leth- bridge public library was re- opened today after being closed since Wednesday when a water pipe burst. The branch In the Westmin- ster shopping centre off 13th St. N. was closed while staff completed sorting and cleaning after a pipe in the roof froze and broke, sending a cascade of water through the ceiling into the office and reference library desk sections. "I'm still sorting things out and I can't really say at this point what is beyond said chief librarian George Dew. Missionaries to speak Two missionaries from the Orient will speak at both ser- vices at the Pentecostal Taber- nacle in Lethbridge on Sunday. Sadie McLeod and Blanche Pardo worked in Hong Kong, where the Pentecostal Church is responsible for more than 000 school students. In 1970 they moved to Bang- kok, Thailand to direct a stu- dent centre for high school and university students and a bible school. by the company to send data about the number of hogs slaughtered in Alberta last year. The figure of about 000 hogs was sent to the com- pany office in Saskatoon. He said the board had asked Mr. Ricafort to send a sample of the proposed contract to be used by the producers so the board could study it. "We haven't received the copy said Mr. Smith. "We also asked for a finan- cial statement and this was also asked for today. "We have waited long enough. Mr. Smith cautioned the crowd that the marketing boarc is not satisfied with the "full validity" of his (Mr. Ricafort's) program. He said Ihe board had not received enough information. Late bus planned A three month extension o Hie bus service for about one hour each evening Mon day through Saturday begins next week. Two buses CE the side and one on the north side wil make additional runs after 10 p.m. on a limited route basis The evening schedule for las runs from downtown follows: 1 to Lakeview, 10 o'clock; 2 to Lakeview via Parkside Drive, 3, south Lethbridge west of Mayor Magrath Drive 10 o'clock; t, north Lethbridge, 10 o'clock; 5, north Lethbridge, Tyson retires as bank Doug Tyson, manager of the downtown branch of the Toron- to Dominion Bank since 1968, lias retired after more than 44 years of service with the bank. He joined Toronto Dominion in September, 1972 and was transferred to Lethbridge in June, 1968. He will continue to reside in Lethbridge. Ken Elrose, 41, took over as manager of the bank Jan. 6, on ris 25th anniversary with the rank. Prior to moving to Leth- xidge the end of December, he was in the Edmonton divi- sional office. He is married and has three children. Wolfe sentenced to 18 months Julius Vincent Wolfe, 26, of Lethbridge has been sentenced to IB months in jail for par- ticipating in a break In at the northside Alberta Liquor Control Board store early Christmas morning. Wolfe and two other men, Francis Zugo and Carl Des- jarlais were arrested and chars ed by city police about 15 min- utes after the crime, as they were unloading worth of stolen liquor at a home in Uar- dieville. Zugo and Desjarlais pleaded guilty Dec. 28. Zugo, 20, re- ceived a two year sentence and Desjarlais, 24, received a three-year sentence. Wolfe pleaded not guilty. His only defense was that be had rad a lot to drink and had been asleep in the back seat of the oar when the crime was com- mitted. Police testimony reveal- ed Wolfe had, in fact, been the Iriver of the car. service for trial At last count, an average of 10 passengers per route each night was taking advantage of the extended service. That count was based on the num- ber of paying passengers. To get an accurate count of the number of people using the buses after 10 p.m., the bus drivers have been instructed to count every passenger, includ- ing those using passes. According to the transit de- partment, the flat 10-cent has encouraged more people to ride the buses on a regular ba- sis throughout the day, 'al- though a precise count: has not yet been made. The fare reduction has caus- ed a marked increase In the use of buses to the university, the transit system spokes man said. hey misterl your lights are on! Thit'tiDodlOptometriini recommend wine hu4> llghtt on tha niftnoy, even In tht WHY Tht dlionci it which other driven m yni Is grutly Inerautd reductd Tnrnportib'on com- piny statifticf prow thit on- policy ptyi ALBERTA OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION NOTICE Effective Monday, January 24th, 1972, the late avert- ing bui service will be as Regular service on all routei will continue till p.m.; after p.m. tha following service will CM provided: MONDAY through SATURDAY ROUTE l.-Loit complMa run will downtown at p.m. ROUTE trip will downtown p.m. ROUTE trip will leave downtown p.m. ROUTE 4.-Last trip will klve downtown p.m. ROUTE S.-Lait trip will leove downtown p.m. Effective tha lame date Routei 4, 4A and 5 will inter the Centre Village Parking Lot and provide a di- rect to bui iheher lituated it Eait en- trance of the Mall. BUS FARES ARE NOW GO WITH US RIDE THE BUS Frr further Information pleaw contact Irw Traniit Office 327-2JBS enerson 7th janua exhibi Wide Open 'til Midnight! 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