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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 TMI lETHMIDCf HttAlD TiMMtoy, My 10, 1 V. THE IIRBV DAM Photos and report by WARREN CAPAGATA B.C. cattlemen fight a long, losing battle as the water slowly Soon to be flooded Anton ftossicfcy looks over his fond that will be at the bottom of Loke Koocanusa. About 75 ranchers in south- eastern British Columbia were standing in the way of American progress they were removed. In their eyes some of the best farmland in the East Kootenay acres of it is being flooded out to provide flood control and electric power for the United States. The physical culprit to the massive mniion Lob- by Dam, 50 miles inside the American border southeast of Cranbrook, B.C., which to backing the waters of Koote- nay River back into Canada, forming a 92 mile reservoir named Lake Koocanusa in the spirit of international co- operation and goodiin. But to toe displaced ranch- ers of the pondage, the real culprit is their own gov- ernment which through the Columbia River Treaty will- ingly allowed the Americans to flood the Kootenay River Valley. Ranchers mad The ranchers are mad damn mad and although they have lost the battle to get what they considered a fair price for their land and a chance to relocate in the same area where most have lived for 19 to 60 years, the bHtemeaB stffl remains. _TJhe department of high- ways, wliich was given the Job negotiating the ranch- CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 ;