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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta July M, 1970 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAtD 15 Priorities Considered YE OLD HITCHING POST But at least the city commissionaires Franks, girls 13-15; Gus feduc, Vernon, boys 13-15; Kothy LaRose, Stirling, weren't giving out parking tickets when 38 of the 1970 Whoop-Up Trail girls 16-18; David Payee, Vulcan, boys 16-18; Leon Orr, Courts, men's Riders gathered downtown Tuesday ond Mayor Andy Anderson presented open; Bran-da Archibald, Glenwood, women's open; Leslie Franks, the riders wilh trophies and awards. Kathy LaRose, Stirling, was named all round rider; John Shatz, Foremost, family award; Darla Philips, nard- Ihe all round trail rider; Grace Snow, Milk River, oldest female rider; luck award.-The riders were judged throughout the 10-day ride, on the Father Louis Rostaing, Foremost, oldest male rider; Darcee LaRose, Stirling, basis of horse care, care of tack, horsemanship, discipline, sportsmanship youngest rider; Brian Seward, Foremost, boys and girls under 13; Leslie and co-operation. ______________________________________ German Chemist Addresses NATO Institute Potent New Pesticide Said Harmless A German chemist said in Lethbridge Monday he has de1 velopcd a pesticide as potent as DDT but completely harmless to all warm-blooded animals in- cluding man, and also to cold- blooded marine life. Dr. F. W. Korte, of the In- stitute fuer Okologische Chemie in Birlinghoven, West Ger- many, said the chemical, term- ed dihydroheptachlor, acts as a selective pesticide, in that it af- fects the enzymes created by in- sect biology, 'but has no effect on animal biology. In humans and other mam- mals, and also in fish and all forms of micro-organisms, the chemical goes, quickly and harmlessly through the system and is excreted in the same form in which it entered. The chemical, a derivative of synthetically produced chlor- dene, is more expensive to pro- duce than is DDT, but Dr. Korte said if it was mass-pro- duced the cost would be almost comparable. Dr. Korte was one of 75 inter- national scientists gathered in Lethbridge for the institute on toxicity and pesticides used on livestock, organized by the Lethbridge Research Station and sponsored by NATO. He said dihydroheptachlor could be sprayed in the same fashion as DDT, would affect the same pests including mos- quitoes, houseflies and other in- sects, and has the same long- lasting and persistent qualities as DDT, so would offer long- range protection. .It takes the chemical about as long to deteriorate (20 years) as it takes DDT, but since it is not harmful to any of man's food chain, it can do no dam- age to human life. The chemical has no affect on plant life, fish or water bac- teria, so it would not be dan- gerous if it entered the rivers and lakes through city sewer systems. Dr. Korte said there is abso- lutely no evidence to show that DDT is harmful to man except in the most extreme cases. However, as DDT breaks down into other compounds, some of the break-down prod nets can be harmful "to the quality of man's Dr. Korte said. One such product, callet DDE. has been shown to cause damage indirectly to wildlife For instance, it affects the thickness of egg shells produced by birds which absorb the break-down chemical into their systems, thus affecting the birds' reproductive capacities 'Under most circumstances today chemicals like DDT are used safely and can cause no ill effects to human Dr. Korte said. "So long as they are used as directed and I emphasize, as directed they are not causing any damage. :0n the other hand, some side-affects can occur from use of many of the chemicals (as with the egg shells) .and we must strike a balance find an acceptable risk-benefit equa- tion if we plan to use them extensively. "If any chemical is used in Bike Bug Hits City By MARGARET LUCKI1U11ST Staff Writer The bicycling bug seems to have bitten Lethbridge. According to one bike shop in town, it can't keep a big enough supply of adult bikes on hand to fill the demand. "It must be the current health Benny Kempenaar of Bert and Mac's Cycle Ltd., said recently. "Apparently cycling is second or third on the list of recommended exercises after jogging and walking so the bike is regaining some of its lost popular! tj'." The rage began about a year ago and has been increasing in fashion ever since. Whole fam- ilies are getting into the act, and after supper it's not un- common to see mum, dad and the kids riding around Hender- son Lake. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328-4095 Mr. Kempenaar said that a couple of bikes have recently been sold to local doctors, and travelling salesmen, bored with watching TV in the evening, are carrying around bikes in their cars in order to have a ride and get in some exercise. There is a big demand for 10- speed bikes among the univer- sity crowd, Mi'. Kempenaar said, but unfortunately they can't get their orders from the suppliers. "We have 50 bikes on he said, "but we have no idea when they'll arrive because the bike craze is nationwide and all bike dealers are screaming at suppliers for more bikes. They can't provide them." The dealers agree that apart from the health viewpoint, eco- nomics enters into the sudden interest in reverting to less so- phisticated means of travel. They say that students can't af- ford the upkeep of a car and find a 10 speed bike a good investment. They range in price from to ?260, the higher priced model being lighter in weight. "Adults too are getting fed CAREER OPPORTUNITIES HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES ROYAL BANK A limited Number of Openings Are Still Available In Our MANAGEMENT TRAINING PROGRAM If You Are Socking a Challenging Career, Offering: Salaries Promotional Opportunities Based on Merit Arrange To Discuss Your Future With Us By Contacting Any Branch Manager Or Apply Direct To: B. K. WERSHtFR EMPtOYMENT OFFICER 335 8lh Avo. S.W.. (23rd Floor) CAIGARY 2, Alberta Telephone S48-34M up with paying outrageous prices for Mr. Kempen- aar said, "and the down pay- ment is only the beginning; after that they have insurance and parking problems, and the fight against traffic congestion. The bike solves some of these problems." "A few years ago bike deal- ers just about went broke try- ing to sell Mr. Kempen- aar said, "but the sales now are terrific. We're just complaining because we can't get the bikes the public wants." very large amounts and its break-down products get into the environment, they can have some effects on the quality of the Dr. Korte said. He added that dihydrohepta- chlor would be an .exception: "It's less toxic to most life than common table salt." Dr. Korte said DDT and other j pesticides are not the only i chemicals which can do harm to man's environment if they are over-used: many substances are harmless in their normal forms, but when they break down (rot or degrade) into their constituent parts, some of the parts can be harmful and this happens today with many compounds. By HERB JOHNSON Staff Writer The NATO-sponsored Institute on the tojiicity of pesticides used on livestock Tuesday afternoon considered priorities for future research. In a wide-ranging discussion delegates touched on public re- lations between the scientific community and the public, the need for better methods of ap- plication and better manage- ment, the problem of resistance to current pesticides an'd the need for new compounds, the need for genetic markers in re- search and whether there was a lack of evidence to make a case for the use of pesticides. Dr. W. 0 Haufe, head of the veterinary-medical entomology section of the Re- search Slatio- delegates he felt tiiey ne to the end of the session without real- ly making a case tor the use of pesticides, and noted the lack of factual evidence in this area. He added the whole question of pollution is reaching the stage where discussions have become polarized. This polariz- ation is at least partly caused by the fact that the question is an emotional one for many peo- ple. He pointed to more factual re- search as a means of putting discussions of pollution on a more rational and less emotion- al basis. He also touched on the need j for accurate cost-benefit ratios, that is, the cost of a pesticide program compared with the ac- tual benefit gained by the user. This, he said, should include some consideration erf the haz- ards involved. The question of public rela- j tions brought out several points of view. One i said the scientific community was doing "a lousy job of public rela- tions." The public was not be- ing poisoned by pesticides, he said, and it was up to the scien- tists to show them how drastic- ally food costs would rise if their use was discontinued. j Another area of concern was the education of the younger generation. It was pointed out that few young people have any first-hand knowledge of the consequences of a major infes- tation. It will be difficult to convince future generations of the importance of pesticides if they have never seen the dam- age that can be done by some of the pests now controlled by modern scientific methods. There was also comment about communications between scientists and the livestock in- dustry. Figures quoted indi- cated th'at only 25 to 33 per cent of persons in the industry made regular use of pesticides. Dr. Henry Hurtig, research co-ordinator with the Canada department of agriculture, said this lack of use might be re- lated to another problem, the need for new compounds. He noted that many of the pesti- cides today have too narrow a range between the effective and toxic dosage ano' perhaps the livestock industry simply didn't want to take chances. Dr. 0. H. Graham, of the entomology research division, U.S. department of agriculture, said that cost lias always been a factor, affecting the number of persons using pesticides and the type used. He noted effective and safe types arc of- ten not used because cheaper kinds are available. The afternoon session also in- cluded a presentation by Dr. H. C. Bushland, director of lira metabolism and radiation re- search laboratory in Fargo, North Dakota, on the sterile male approach to insect control. The rather technical presenta- tion dealt with research in genetics on methods of sterili- zing male flies, which then be released into the wild population. An important aspect of the research is the develop- ment of genetic maskers or traits used to identify particular mutants developed in the labor- atory. Shows For Kids Side shows at the exhibition grounds this year are named to stir the imagination like Macumba, Taranza, The Little People and the Spooks Castle. The shows are orientated to- ward the youngsters and the price is 25 cents. Macumba is apparently a two- headed voodoo child rescued alive from a Pagan alter, but now enclosed in a glass jar. Taranza man or beast, you're left to draw your own conclusion. With Taranza are two chim- panzees, Chico and Julie. Both of them can eat with a spoon, and wear clothes. The Little People were ap- parently unearthed in Australia in 1912 and are estimated to be about year's old. They are about 18 inches long wilh three inch feet and one- inch wide hands, and are claim- Ed to be the world's smallest people. The Spooks Castle is great for the kiddies. The tour through the castle takes about a minute and a half and there's a monster behind every corner. Besides these shows, the [air offers a Playland with road rac- et's, fortune tellers, rotary mer- chandisers and test your skill machines. For the over ]6 crowd the Cotton Club and tlie Coco Club are offered ai the exhibition j grounds for Lethbridge fairgo- ers. Two Bikes Won Tuesday Two boys won bicycles a t Children's Day at Whoop Up Days Tuesday. Andre Leffingwell, 5, of Win- nipeg, Man., won a bicj'cle nated by E a t o n' s of Canada. Andre is here vJsiting his grand- father Lyle Leffingwell of 1231 6th Ave. A S. Also lucky was Peter Emard of 957 15th St. S. Peter is 8. He won a bike donated by Don Wil- son's Juniors Shop. Jim Elliott was master of cer- emonies at the grand stand show where' the bikes were drawn. Lucky tickets were drawn by the princess of the day, Wilda -Snyder. Two thousand children enjoy- ed the show. WHOOP-UP Truck Overturns Leedert Both, from Holland, escaped injury Tuesday after- noon when the half-ton he was operating left the road and overturned in the ditch on a district road, one and a half miles north of Broxburn. Damage to the half-ton amounted to WHOOP-UP ALL THE WAY Even many of the traditionally conservative banks in the city have been caught up in the Whoop-Up Days atmosphere. Wickets have been made over and the staff has gone western in several of the banks. The above photo shows the interior of the main branch of the Bank of Montreal. Renovations In Engineering AI City Hall Tenders will close Aug. 5 [or an addition to the city hall engi- neering department. The department, on the sec- ond floor, will be extended out over the first floor treasury department on the east side of city hall. The renovations will allow an enlarged drafting room, with more space for draftsmen and records. Room will also be provided for a traffic technician and the sewer and water engineer. The city's building inspector will have a private office when the work is complete and_ there will be room to consolid ate texts and journals in one loca- tion. INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 lower Floor 517 4th Ave. S. Phone 327-1541 Grow More Corn Sewer Work Under 'Way The city engineering depart- ment work program this sum- mer includes installation of an interceptor sewer on 5th Ave. N. to relieve the load on the 2nd Ave. A N. sanitary sewer. Work is also under way on the installation of sanitary sew-' crs on St. Edward Blvd. and St. Andrew lid. in the St. Paul subdivision. By STEVE Farm Writer "If Albertans start growing more of their own corn for silage, they can also finish their own This was the statement given by Eric Anderson, Londes- bord, Ont., president of the Huron County 'Beef Improve- ment Association while on a tour Tuesday of southern Alber- ta's fccdlot establishments. It appears the federal gov- ernment's rulings on "operation may strike fields further away than many people realize. Ontario beef feeders are quite concerned about the sudden surge of diversity which has come to Alberta as a result of the wheat acreage reduction. The tour involving 39 Ontario feeders and their wives was designed to enable them to see first hand operations here. Adaptability is the main con- cern of the Ontario cattlemen and if ideas gained from the tour can aid tbcm in cutting costs, then they feel Ilic trip worthwhile. As they sec it, Alberta has all the prerequisites for a calf to market cattle operation, with the exception of a large urban population. "We see no reason in the world why Alberta could not i grow all of its own cattle fin- ishing feed, namely said Mr. but if they do we in Ontario will have to util- izze another cattle feeder mar- ket, probably the southern states." Western Duds A I. City Hall Blue jeans, western ties, cow- boy boots and old style frocks are the order of the day at city j hall this week. Many of die staff members have switched to western garb during Whoop-Up Days, while others have simply abandoned such things as tics and jackets. In keeping with the western flavor, the piped music system has begun playing old-time western dance music. THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE Requires Listings of Off-Campus Accommodation FOR THE FALL SESSION if ROOM AND BOARD if ROOM ONLY LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING if BASEMENT SUITES (MANY ARE NEEDED) if APARTMENTS if HOUSES TO RENT To List Please Call The Housing Office 327-2171 EXT. 288 OR 289 your Assisluncc Is Very Much Appreciated ;