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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Mr ww UINMIOOI f More land would be economical, but CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 crates belongs to his 87-year- old father, Henry. Together they have been farming in the Kootenay Valley sinoe 1917. Ponders future The borne Henry Sharpe and his wife have lived in since the 40s will soon be on the bottom of Lake Koocan- usa, while bis son tries to decide.if be has a future as a rancher in the Kootenay Val- ley. About 760 of bottom land in the Sharpes' Island Ranch wiU be affected by the reservoir, land which Lloyd Sharpe says is irre- placeab'e. It was the bay land and fall pasture which provided the main foundation for their herd of about'MO cattle. They are now running about 130 head and can mam- tain them on the land they have left, if they ade- quate grazing land. Mr Sharpe has- a lettar from B.C. director of lands, Walter Bedel, datefl Feb. 18, which states thaf the ranchers could lease Crown land of the same acre- age or value as that flooded, BO Mr. Sharpe bought 100 acres on the west side of the pondage. This spring be applied for a lease on lands adjacent to the 100 acres and was re- fused. It was reserved for highway relocation. Two directions "Everything we've tried to get has been a 'IMMIO' the politicians do this and (he civil servants do he says. "If I cant get more land, I could stay but H wouldn't be the economical unit it was before and it doesn't look food for getting more land." The LSbby Dam project was sold to Camdtans on the basis that ft would, in addi- tion to providing kilo, watts of power, control flood- ing in the Cnston fiats. The Kootenay River entem Canada near Cteston, after looping througi Montana an d Idaho. Creston fe 70 miles southwest of Cranbrook. Mr. Sharpe says the last bad flood in Creston was in 1948 and the dikes now in place are capable of keeping the Kootenay River in its channel No benefit The dam should never have been be says. "It didn't benefit Canada White Mr. Ifintak general- 4r agrees with Mr. Sharpe's position on Creston flood- ing, be says ft is not incon- ceivable that the 1948 situa- tion could OCCW again "I don't say the probability It great but ft could be says, adding that Mr. Sbarpe is attempting to mira- nize the dam's importance to Canadians. Doyle Reay baa a small ranch north of Sharpes', rancb he cleared himself. When he found oat 35 of hto be flooded Doyle Reay was ready to set- tle completely ?nd leave. But the government just wanted the 35 acres. Now he says he's decided to stay and the government wants to buy him out entire- ly. He's built a new home and has cleared 42 acres of new land and now the govern- ment wants him to leave. and blood, clearing the land with a team of horses and a block and tackle and building his home with the togs he cut down. "I got 'er the hard way and now it looks like I'm gonna lose 'er the hard way." Doyle Reay is still waiting, but at least he still has some land. Sells trailers Leo Traska wasn't made to be a businessman, sitting in his .trailer in Fernie waiting for people to come and buy trailers from him. Most of his ranch land went t under water last fall, forc- ing the move into town he's not happy about It but there was little else he could do. He says he doesn't want money for his flooded land wants it replaced "but the prices they are offering CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Short end "I've been sftHn' here wiat- ing for 20 years but you can bet your life I poin' to come on the of the horn not like they prom- ised. "Twenty-five vears ago. they said there'd be no bick- ering over a few dollars and the States to pay us. "But Waofcv fBennett, the premier) you pay me and I'll nav and the people that's settled cot a screwing vou deal with the government you're beat before you start.'' He says be opened up the ranch with his own sweat SECRETARIES AREN'T MAGICIANS So the next rime they make a boo-boo, make sure they have seme of these supplies. PENCIL INK TYPE ERASERS LIQUID TAPE ERASER LIQUID PAPER WHITE OUT TAPERASER TAPE SELF ADHESIVE CORRECTION TAPE LIQUID CORECTETTE KO-REC-TYPE SHEETS moo I Si PHONE 327-4591 Your Southern Alberta, Office Supply Headquarters -Still a Good Stock of TORO cut above tho rest. LAWN MOWERS REMEMBER WE TAKE TRADE-INS With Generws Allowances: CHOOSE FROM REGULAR OR RIDER MODELS TORO MOWERS ARE PRICED FROM, ONLY 139 Just Soy "CHARGE IT" Open a convenient Hoyt Charge Account or use your Chargtx] The choice b all an ordinary mower wM art your grass but a Tore will help shape up yowr lawn to lush beauty you never dreamed possible. Hew? exclusive wind-tunnel action lifts all tho gran to shear H smoothly and evenly. And there's tin anil-scalp disc so you dont shave too dose on em- bankments. Maybe you coirt afford a professional landseopsr, but how about tho next host thing? OPEN TILL 9 P.M. THURS. and FM. NIGHTS! DOWNTOWN 60S.3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-5767 NORTH IETHBRIDGE 324.13th ST. N. PHONE 32t-4441 ;