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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, July 9, 1973 Dancers on the lawn Lethbridge visitors end residents alike were treat- ed to a half-hour display Sunday evening of festive Japanese dances in t4ie Nikka Yuko Centennial Gardens. The annual event sponsored by the Honpa Buddhist Church, was of- fered without charge to regular' garden visitors. Balmy summer breezes and warm temperatures added to the colorful tradi- tion of Southern Alberta's Oriental exhibition. RICK ERVIN photo Friendly and efficient Observations of a masquerading tourist By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge residents and the girls representing the city at the tourist information bu- rsaus are downright coumry friendly. Playing the role of a tour- ist Saturday, this reporter asked 30 people of all ages on downtown streets for di- rections and information. In all cases the reception w a s exceptionally friendly and some people even took the time to give block by block descriptions on how to locate some of the city's tourist attractions. However, tourists would be well advised to just ask for the general direction and then drive on a main route and ask directions again fur- ther down the route if need be. Some of the friendliest peo- ple will go through great pains to offer tourists detail- ed descriptions but the ex- planation is often so detailed it confuses and isn't always accurate. "Go down 3rd Avenue until jou reach 13th Street and a traffic thing. "Follow it around until you come to Mayor Magrath Drive. Turn down Mayor Ma- grath Drive and follow it un- til you see a tourist bureau and a ball park and just across from them you'll see the one woman vol- unteeretl as the directions to the Japanese gardens. Twenty of the 30 persons interviewed on city streets were asked if there was a downtown tourist bureau. Three didn't know if there was a tourist bureau in Leth- bridge, five weren't sure if there was a bureau downtown but were able to give direc- tions to the bureau at the west entrance to the city, 10 said there was no bureau downtown and gave direc- tions to the west entrance bu- reau, two persons said there was no bureau and correctly located both the west en- trance and tha Henderson Lake tourist information bu- reaus. "Hi, can I help This warm, friendly .greeting conies from the lips of a pretty young face and a male tourist is in love with Lethbridge for the rest of his life. White their pretty faces may be impressing some people, the attitude and ser- vice offered by the gals greet- ing tourists at the city's two information bureaus will like- ly leave a lasting impression in the minds of all Lethbridge visitors. Unless Saturday was not a normal day to judge the effi- ciency of the city's informa- tion bureaus, one can con- clude that the two informa- tion girls, one in each bureau, provide visitors a quick and informative introduction to the city. At about 2 p.m. Saturday there was a one-minute wait for service and four tourist's cars in the parking lot at the tourist bureau at tb? west en- trance on Highway 3, and, at about p.m., at the Hen- derson Lake tourist bureau, there was no waiting period and no tourists. The information given a visitor wishing to view the tourist attractions in the city was more detailed at the Highway 3 bureau than at the Henderson Lake bureau. The girls at both locations provided the visitor, with a map of Lethbridge and South- ern Alberta and 'marked in the tourist attractions in the city and the easiest route to them. Both described Fort Whoop- up, Indian Battle Park, the Sir Alexander Gait Museum, the University of Lethbridge campus, the Sicks Lethbridge Brewery Garden, the Canada Agriculture Research Station, the Nikka Yuko Garden, Hen- derson Lake and Whoop-Up Days. The girl in the west entrance bureau added the railroad Bridge and the Stew- art Game Farm. The girl in the west en- trance Highway 3 bureau also gave out a LetHbridge Herald Vacation Guide and an A'berta 1973 visitors guide which offers tourists informa- tion on the recreation and ac- commodation facilities in Lethbridge and Alberta. In addition, she gave out a litbar bag and two complimentary cup of coffee tickets redeem- able at Phil's steaks and pancakes restaurant. Project to establish wild turkeys may he province's final effort By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald .Staff Writer The Lethbridge Fish and Game Association has donated to a project that hopes to establish, for the first time, a large population of wild turkeys in Alberta. The money was banded over to the provincial fish and wildlife division of the lands and 'forests department last week. The decision to make the donation was made about one and a half months ago. Provincial wildlife biologist in Lethbridge, Moriey Barrett, says the wild turkey is not native to Alberta but the ro- ject hopes to start a popula- tion. More than 80 birds were re- leased tins spring in the Por- cupine Hills area, west of Claresholm. The Merriam wild turkeys are being introduced as a re- sult of interest and promotion by sportsmen and naturalists, Mr. Barrett says. The wfld turkey has been introduced successfully in cer- tain mid-western states and Mr. Barrett hopes it will be able to adapt to the Alberta climate. Most of the birds "the best ones" have been brought from Nebraska. "The wild trapped birds are better than those raised at Brooks they survive ex- plains Mr. Barrett. This is not the first time a project of introducing new birds to Alberta has been undertaken. The most suc- cessful has been tie introduc- tion of the pheasant in 1908. The transplanting of wild turkeys is not new either, however success has yet to be realized. In the early 1960s the birds were introduced in the Cy- press TBUg area. The trans- planted birds did poorly and their numbers dwindled to al- most zero because unlike Por- cupine Hills, Cypress Hills has a Very high snowfall with no chinook effects to offset this, Mr. Barrett adds. At Porcupine Halls 12 birds were introduced over two years and like tine Cypress Hills project it failed. Mr. Barrett says be believes, bow- ever, that the Porcupine Hills are the best available habitat for birds of this type. If the present project is successful birds will be taken from Porcupine Hills and transferred to other areas in the foothills the primary habitat of the wild turkey. Also if the turkey popula- tion expands rapidly it could justify hunting them in three to four years, although hunt- ing is not of concern to the fish and wildlife branch. Mr. Barrett explains that they want first to establish a population then conduct a de- tailed study the question of hunting is not even being considered at tins time. The department will assess the population in early winter and decide if more birds should be introduced in the spring. If they are it could be the last introduction of the birds to Alberta whether the plans succeeds or not. Computer freeze lifted A two-year provincial gov- ernment freeze on Alberta Health Care Insurance Com- mission computer claim pro- cessing was lifted this month. The freeze was initiated to build in safeguards to pre- vent the quick payment com- puter from being misused, says a member of the three- man ad hoc Committeee on A.H.C.I.C. for mag tape and pre-punched claim submis- sions. Roy L. Montgomery, man- ager of the Haig Clinic hi the city, says fundamentally tie computer service allows a doctor to put a health care claim in one side and take the cheque out the other end. The 40 computer sstems activated prior to the gov- ernment freeze were allowed to continue processing claims via the computer during the past two years, but everyone elss had to use the manual method of filling out cards and mailing to Edmonton .to receive payment by return maiL Only two Lethbridge medi- cal clinics are using comput- ers at the present time, but the number is expected to in- crease. Lethbridge winds foil balloonist's display By GEORGE STEPHENSOX Herald Staff Writer Attempts by Cunada's top balloonist to inflate his hot air balloon were foiled Sat- orday by Lethbridge much to the dismay of some 150 spectators. The balloon, in Lethbridge as part of a program to pro- mot? bet air baUxming, was b'otcn about so violently in the 20 m.p.b. gusts that it was impossible for pilot Larry Horsck to turn on the 'baQoons propane burners. Tfae burners, mounted be- low the balloon, were sup- posed to force hot air into tte "baf after it had been partially fined with cold air. The 23-year-oH Whitby. On- tario flier, said the tsmds knocked much of the cold air cut and bkw the balloon so fiercely that if the burners rod been turned on they may fcsve melted parts of ths moving nylon envelope The balloon, sponsored by Macdonald's Tobacco, has been travelling across Can- ada, putting cm demonstra- tions in an attempt to restore interest in hot air ballooning, Mr. Horacfc explained. Tt was booed the dem- onstrations at Henderson Park Saturday morning and College Mall in the afternoon promote interest in up-coming hot air balUra races in Calgary and Ed- monton, Shirley Brown, a Mscdonald's representative added. The races, Sept. l In Cal- gary and Sept. 2 in Edmon- ton, be of the "hare and braid'' variety, said. This involves seeding up a "hare'' balloon and after a few minutes have elapsed the rest of the bafloonists enter- ed pursue it Points are awarded on the basis of how far from the hare balloon each "hound" lands, she ex- plained. Mr. Horack. top Canadian in February's World Hot Air Championships in Al- buquerque, New Mexico, will fly "bare" in the bright green "Export A'' balloon during ths labar day weekend races. In other races be has proved to be an elusive hare once landing in Toron- to harbor. Keeping the bag inflated he let the winds blow him "like a boat" towards the shore. At the last minute he gave it more heat, rose out of the water and landed in a parking lot gear the wharf. The Macdonalds sponsored racjs have drawn entries from 11 balkxmists from va- rious countries, bat as yet no Canadians. The Alberta Free Ballon- ists Society, however, has in- cUcated it is trying to get its balloon ready for the races. The Calgary based group was formed much the same as most baJJoooing dobs. A few together find bay one balloon. Th> cost of a balloon varies from to Hot air balloons differ from the traditional gas-filled bal- loons which involve dumping off sand bags to rise and off gas to descead. Tbe hot air balloon moves up and down by increasing and decreasing the beat blast irom the burners between the envelope and basket. The lateral direction of a balloon is completely controJ- ied by the winds. The propane burners can the balloon aloft for hours and provide enough en- ergy per hour to beat 10 six- storey apartment blocks. The Export balloon, which steixls 65 feet high, with a diameter cf 55 fest. was to fly over the stampede pa- rade Monday. Soaking it down City firemen had a relaxed weekend with their most urgent fire- end had stacked frit dd Jumber be haulsd away and destroyed. fighting dirties calling for exiinguishing of an old wood pile of 1328 of the is unknown. Ave. N. George Lotwat hod torn down an old shock on his property ;