Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Charlie's keeping tabs on Winter Games volunteers By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Today they're cards in a computer at the University of Lethbridge, but in two weeks they'll be the people that make the Winter Games come alive. They're young, they're old. Some are students, others are housewives. Some are laborers, others are professional people. But they're all volunteers. All 500 of them. During the Canada Winter Games, they'll make beds, answer telephones, clean athletes' quarters, drive cars and perform thousands of tasks. Maureen Co'utts is the Games organizer in charge of accepting volunteers and passing names on to Charlie the computer, a resident of Uof L. Calling for volunteers is a difficult job in any organization. But the Winter Games admits it has had phenomenal support from residents of Southern Alberta. Volunteer boss Coutts says her of- fice in Action Central on 3rd Avenue S. will probably receive some names before the Games are over. The only areas still looking for help are the athletes' village, which needs people to do janitorial work; the press 'centre, which needs secretaries, and the security corps, which is still looking for men and women to make patrols. Many volunteers, she says, are youngsters who are too young to be of much assistance. "I don't know what we're going to do about them." "The athletes village is the most important she says. Now that Charlie the computer has some names as grist for the Games mill, Action Central workers are going through the names and assigning chores. Many people are being asked if they will accept work in an area other than that for which they volunteered; "People are quite willing to do anything that will help the Games volunteer boss says. The LctMnidgc Herald District Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, January 29, 1975 Pages 13-20 Young or old, they all want to become involved FRANCIS BURR Francis Burr is one of the oldest Games volunteers. He's doing his bit for the Games "just for the fun of it." A retired master printer, who operated Medieval Printers in Lethbridge for many years, Francis has hand lettered a dozen il- luminated manuscripts and 500 invitation cards for visiting VIPs like Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Premier Peter Lougheed. Says the 74-year-old craft- sman: "When I went to school 70 years ago, there was no such thing as a ball point pen. We learned to write with a steel nib." Francis estimates he has spent two weeks exercising his time honored craft for the Games protocol com- mittee. "I can do about 50 or 60 copper plates a day and it takes an hour or so to do the il- luminated writing." Wade Sillito has lived in Lethbridge for six months, but he says he knows a good thing when he sees it. It's not Lethbridge he's referring to, although he likes it here. LORI McALISTER "I think the Winter Games is a tremendous thing When will the Games ever come here asks the 31-year-old chiropractor who submitted his name as a volunteer worker three weeks ago. Despite his medical background and daily work in physiotherapy, Wade signed on as a volunteer driver. Why did a doctor volunteer to drive cars? "I didn't really know what to put down, but I'd like to do some driving. I don't care what I do, but this way I can .work during the day and drive on weekends and at night." Lori McAlister, nine, says she "doesn't know what I'll be doing during the Games." Lori volunteered for the Games through her aunt, who works in Action Central, the Games information centre in the old library. "I enjoy skating a says the Grade 4 student who has skated with the Lethbridge Figure Skating Club for the last four years. "I'd like to do something for the skating adds one of the Games youngest volunteers. The Games are attracting lots .of interest among her classmates at Lakeview Elementary, Lori says. Going to Games events is rivaled in popularity only by the prospect of two weeks' holiday, she adds. At Action Central Doreen Venechuk operates computer printer, while Maureen Coutts mans Games' volunteer phone. Ranchers fear end of grazing reign MEDICINE HAT (Staff) Agriculture may be the loser in a battle with recreation in the acre Cypress Hills Provincial Park, 40 miles east of here, if a firm policy on park use doesn't emerge soon, claim officials of three graz- ing associations. Les Brest of the Irvine dis- trict Tuesday told the hearings into land use the three main uses for park land recreation, wild game management and cattle graz- ing are co existing amicably despite increased recreational pressure. Mr. Brost said the beginning of the end for cattle grazing in the park could be in sight. The grazing tradition of 60 families was responsible for the production of poiuds of beef in 1974, making Hospital conciliation report pends A conciliation report is ex- pected this week in affecting Alberta hospital workers. Conciliation talks between the Alberta Hospital Associa- tion and the Canadian Union of Public Employees broke off last week. Tom Grothen, an AHA labor relations consultant, said in a telephone interview from Ed- monton the two sides were "a long way" apart when talks broke off. Ian Downie, a Lethbridge based CUPE field represen- tative, said he hopes no strike or lockout will take place. A strike or lockout is the next step if conciliation does not result in an agreement. A con- ciliation award is not binding on either side, and the con- ciliator does hot have to make one if the parties are too far apart, he said. The union is asking for pari- ty with its British Columbia membership. a gross income of he added. He said government has proposed to limit the grazing rights of three associations to three months each summer from the five now enjoyed. He said government has told the associations they can run more cattle at one time but not for as long a period. This will put added pressures on the park resource, he said, causing more damage to existing grass stands. He said shortening the graz- ing duration in the park will severely hinder smaller operators in the three associations who depend on the extra pastureland to main- tain economically viable un- its. "The lack of a community pasture would make all the said Mr. Brost. The cattlemen's plea for continued consideration in use of the parkland was struck a blow by Bill Plotsky of .the Medicine Hat Fish and Game Association who requested the park be restricted to recreational and conser- vational uses only. He claimed the ranchers are overgrazing the park lands, pressuring wildlife in the area set up to preserve it. He said areas outside the park should be set up for graz- ing pastures for cattlemen. When asked by land use forum chairman V. A. Wood of Edmonton if he personally wanted cattle excluded from the park, Mr. Plotsky said, "The association feels this. I don't want to get shot. There are too many ranchers here." In other matters covered in .the fish and game association brief, Mr. Plotsky said leased land should also be opened to use by "responsible sportsmen." He cited lakes, reservoirs and creeks capable of sustaining fish populations and bush areas, coulees and ravines which harbor wildlife which are denied hunters and fishermen because they are on lease land. for opening, closing Synchronized swimming appears to be a real crowd pleaser in Lethbridge. Winter Games ticket boss Pat Berti says Games spectators have grabbed up all available seats in the Stan Siwik Pool for the last two nights of synchronized swimming events. She says tickets for opening and closing ceremonies are selling briskly from Action Central on 3rd Avenue S. "We've already sold 50 per cent of the tickets available for each of the two she says. Farm majority possible in water council measure Special school stalls despite chronic problem A -proposal calling for a special school in Lethbridge to deal with problem junior high school students was stalled by the public school board Tuesday. The decision to delay action on the proposal was taken despite warnings from school officials the hostile attitude of some students toward school was "a chronic problem" at the junior high school level'. The problem student was described as one who is re- quired to be in school by law, but often skips school and is not achieving full academic potential because the student possesses a negative and hostile attitude toward school. The proposed one- classroom non-graded school would allow the students to progress at their own rate in a school atmosphere with .stan- dards that may be stricter or more lenient than in a regular junior high school. The trustees indicated they wanted more information about the type of student creating the need for such a school and a detailed descrip- tion of similar programs that arc said to be operating successfully in other cities. They questioned the need to take the students "out of the main stream" of the school to isolate them with other problem students. Director of student per- sonnel services Fred Cartwright pointed out that the students causing the severe problems for -the school are already out of the main stream of the education system. 30 CHILDREN "These youngsters have seen failure all their lives. They don't know what success is. They must learn he told the board. School officfals estimate that there are about 30 children in the school system now who could use the in- dividualized attention the proposed school could provide. Mr. Cartwright suggested selecting 15 of the problem students and placing them in a learning environment outside the regular school under the instruction of a teacher who specializes in counselling. In reaction to a suggestion that the schools should be able to handle the problem students in the school, Supterintendent Bob Plaxton said the "deviant" students are being dealt with by the schools: The proposed school is for students who are beyond help in the school, he explained. "These students are highly disruptive within the schools" By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Irrigation farmers may be given a majority voice on the powerful Alberta Irrigation Council under legislation introduced Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer says the move is in accordance with statements he made to the Irrigation Projects Association in Lethbridge recently. His department follows recommendations from the council on what to do concerning requests from Alberta's 13 irrigation districts. The Irrigation Amend- ment Act introduced Tues- day increases the membership of the council to seven members from five, a majority of which must be irrigation farmers. In an interview, Dr. Homer said future councils may some time be elected by the dis- tricts. He now appoints the members. The legislation also gives irrigation districts more power to demand that farmers who benefit from their systems become members of the districts. Jack Brewin of Purple Springs, chairman of the irrigation advisory committee which supplements informa- tion going to government'from the Irrigation Council; Tues- day welcomed news of the legislation. Mr. Brewin said the ad- visory committee was formed about two years ago to advise Dr. Horner. The members of the majori- ty farmer committee include vice chairman Ed Shimbashi of Barnwell, C. W. Friesen of Lethbridge, Walter F. Boras of Picture Butte, Russell Macleod of Travers, Jim Ha- jash of Brooks and Mr. Brewin. Civil servant members include Jay Purnell of Lethbridge, director of the irrigation division of the Alberta department of agriculture, and Walter Solodzuk of Edmonton, deputy minister of the environment. and are not only harming themselves but other "Dr. Plaxton told the board. The proposed school would operate in such a location as an old office space in an effort to break down the hostility some of the students have toward the regular schools. Many of the problem students have attended every junior high school in this city and some in other areas. It is also hoped the teacher would become the one person with whom the students could identify so the learning process might continue as the student- acquires a new at- titude.toward education. Mr. Cartwright pointed out to the board "you can't do a darn thing if a student won't come to the school" and tracking them down and forc- ing them back to school doesn't help. COST The board agreed to take another look at the proposal during budget discussions in March and asked for ad- ditional information on the proposal to be provided. The cost of the proposed program is with the cost to the school board es- timated at about The difference would be funded by special government grants. Irrigation issue divides producers By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer MEDICINE HAT To irrigate or not to irrigate was a question facing the Alberta Land Use Forum here Tues- day when farmers and ranchers on acres of land in the Redcliff Ronalane region jumped to opposite ends of the food production spectrum. Shifting gears from the traditional sod buster versus rancher conflict of the 1800s to modern day agriculture, the ranchers contend irrigation development on acres of land in the region will alter successful operating methods, seriously changing a life style developed over the'past 65 years. In a brief presented to the government appointed land use forum, signed by 50 area residents, the ranchers claim others not directly concerned with the region, not residents or land owners, want the shift to irrigation. George Thacker of Bow Island, the only farmer operating in the Redcliff Ronalane Irrigation Project area, expressed disappoint- ment at the attitude of the ranchers. "They refuse to accept the fact that irrigation could bring untold increases in productivity to the land and a security from the ravages of the arid he told the first of IS public hearings on land use in Alberta. "The obvious complaint is that their comfortable livelihoods, using vast amounts of Crown-owned land, may somehow be threatened by whatever changed irrigation may bring to the area." About 85 per cent of the Redcliff Ronalane area is Crown land. Mr. Thacker pointed to the area's hot summer 'days which make Redcliff Ronalane appear to be the best regions for the produc- tion of corn, beans, peas, carrots, potatoes, hay and oilseeds. The easy and relatively cheap access to unlimited amounts of natural gas to operate irrigation sprinkler units further makes the ex- pansion of irrigation land in the region feasible, he claims. With the area in the heart of fertilizer manufacturing country, irrigation on the Redcliff Ronalane land could boost meat production to as much as 700 to 900 pounds per acre from 16 pounds per acre raised under dryland con- ditions, Mr. Thacker forecast. The region, starting six miles north of Medicine Hat and extending west and south to the Bow River, has a canal operating in the area. But to make the irrigation project feasible, a weir would have to be built on the Bow River near Calgary to divert more water through the McGregor Reser- voir near Brooks. TOO EXPENSIVE The ranchers claim the pro- ject is too expensive at this time, especially since the ma- jority of the residents and land owners are against it. The ranchers also claim opening a new irrigation tract would be against present provincial government policy of upgrading existing irriga- tion projects to better utilize water supplies.