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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Bummer's Flats reclamation project Bummer's Flats land reclamation project may provide a guide for rehabilitation of other nonproductive property. Nesting islands in the marsh pro- vide a place for Canada geese and other waterfowl to raise their young Bridges over a creek in the project's picnic area were shifted by floodwaters. WALTER KER8ER photo Hospital air cooler Council to hear water issue fate FERNIE Water has been spilling from the new Fernie District Hospital air causing flooding on lands near the Fernie Motor Inn The water is apparently coming from the hospital's refrigeration air conditioning system and city ad- ministrators are asking why the professional planners would recommend installation of a system which requires such a heavy runoff of water as opposed to a where a fixed amount of water would circulate. Mayor Vern Uphill told council he is very disturbed to dear of the heavy flow of water out of the new complex md that it simply not CLARESHOLM Town council will hold a special meeting at noon Wednesday to consider third reading of a bylaw that would authorize council to proceed with an estimated water services expansion Two readings of the bylaw were given at a re- cent council meeting but it was not passed as Coun. Paul Andersen voted against the measure on the second reading. He said he could not support the bylaw because of the ex- penditure involved. The local authorities board earlier instructed the town it could proceed with either the storm sewer or the water ex- pansion but not both. The town's financial standing was given as the reason for the council voted to proceed with the storm sewer and drop the water pro- ject Preliminary work on the sewer along 43rd Ave W is necessary prior to the widen- ing and upgrading of the road to the airport Coun. Willard Henker told a recent council meeting that provincial of- ficials have now approved both projects on the condition the town did not plan any ma- jor expenditures in 1975. Coun Stan Stoklosa then produced a file memorandum of the recent Edmonton prepared by secretary treasurer Dennis which stated the town could proceed with the water project condition the town's financial position showed an improvement at Game habitat area wins over continues operation BC It took a record flood to prove that the dike system protecting a land reclamation project near here would hold back the Kootenay River's an- nual crest The dike was 16 feet un- derwater at the downstream end of the Bummer's Flats and water poured over the fiats behind the mam river dike Dave research of- ficer for the fish and wildlife branch of the British Colum- bia told The Herald the only dikes which failed to hold were new ones that hadn't had time to settle The older dikes all he says If the newer ones had had they would have too know for sure now that the system will says Mr Phelps The dikes were built to hold all previous record but the area had 33 per cent more snow than usual this he says The flood damage should be repaired by early and the land dried out a couple of weeks after he adds Bummer's covering about acres about 10 miles from Cranbrook. is be- ing rehabilitated by the federal and provincial the Cranbrook Rod and Gun the East Kootenay Fish and Wildlife Club and Ducks Unlimited Canada the project may prove a model for rehabilita- tion of uneconomic ranches in the area The southern end of the Rocky Mountain from B.C to the United Stales border is noted for its variety and number of says Mr. Phelps Before 1928 or most of the trench was being or had been logged. In 1929 a major forest fire in the area destroyed trees and a tremendous accumulation ot since there was no slash burning by the industry he says Grass and shrubs took over after the and the area became a good range for both wildlife and cattle. The de- mand for range for both grew and reforestation occured at the same time That led to a resource he says Four or five years provincial resource managers decided the only way to stop the or at least reduce was to buy key blocks of land and rehabilitate them Bummer's Flats was one of three East Kootenay ranches bought last year by the provin- cial government on the advice of the fish and wildlife branch ranch was for sale and was listed with a real estate company when we bought it for says Mr Phelps The land was not doing well because the annual flood sat on it too he says Salts deposited by the river created an alkali problem in the soil And the annual flood occured just before the goose reduc- ing the hunting potential as well The next step was to achieve what Mr Phelps calls balanced resource use consis- tent with the wishes of the publ'c The rod and gun club obtain- ed a Local Initiatives Project grant for 333 weeks of work on the Ducks Unlimited financed eight miles of dikes and the fish and wildlife branch recruited sup- port from the forest Canada Manpower and the department of agriculture was opposition to the project from some local ranchers when we started and the department of agriculture expressed some but everyone came said Ray regional wildlife in a Cana- dian Press interview Don director of the rod and gun in a Canadian Press about 35 men worked on land improvement schemes last year and about 40 this with labor supplied by the local Canada Manpower of fice started out to help wildlife and we ended up rehabilitating said Mr Sherling year we employed eight or 10 men who had never held steady jobs before Robert a representative of the Cranbrook manpower said in a Canadian Press interview some of the men who worked at Bummer s Flats had just come out of jail and the project gave them a chance to learn skills and establish good job records The LIP funds have run out but work on Bummer's Flats continues with students under the province's Careers 74 summer employment program Mr Phelps says the dikes are the key to the project With the floods the land can be developed for agricultural and wildlife uses There will be public access from two places on the says Mr Phelps The South In short Picnic slated NOBLEFORD The annual Manitoulin Island pic- nic will be held at Keho August 11 at 1 p.m. It is open to all original pioneers and their descendants. Couple married 58 years PICTURE BUTTE Mr and Mrs. Reyer Gnsnich celebrated their fifty eighth wedding anniversary last month. Before coming to Canada they lived in the Netherlands where they operated a mixed farm and sold milk from door to door After World War II the Amsterdam airport site was ex- thus annexing a portion of the Gnsnich and leav- ing them with only a few acres As many of the Dutch families had done before them came to Canada in search of a new way of life in a new land The all except for two came to Canada on a troopship B.C. schools locked FERNIE After five months of contract the B C School Trustees Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees has reached an impasse at Cranbrook This has resulted in the BCTA issuing a lockout notice to about 160 employees of the Windermere and Creston school districts. Employees involved are engaged in maintenance and bus driving tasks A union spokesman said that CUPE cannot see any justification for its membership having to fall a further 63 cents ppr hour behind workers employed by industry in the area Said the spokesman costs are exactly the same as workers in industry Storekeepers don't consider that we are school board emplovpp'' and charge us less Fernie awaits bids FERNIE The City of Fernie has received one bid on the annex sewer installation project and is awaiting other bids Mayor Vernon Uphill has informed city council that another firm will make test holes in the area within the next few days and will then submit a bid Money offered PINCHER CREEK TheCapt McPhail Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire has an- nounced it is offering a bursary of to a vocational student or a nurse in training from St or Matthew Halton high schools Mrs John educational is in charge It will be awarded to a student who plans to begin post secondary studies this fall Convention set PINCHER CREEK The annual convention of the Alberta Provincial Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organiza- tion will be held at 9 30 a m in the Pincher Creek Community Hall It is expected 200 delegates will attend from Southern Alberta centres Greetings will be expressed by Mayor Juan MP Ken MLA Charles Nathan past president of the national association Effie president of the Alberta council on will speak Ride to be at Pincher PINCHER CREEK The Pincher Creek and District Agricultural Society is sponsoring the RCMP Musical Ride here Aug 25 It is under the auspices of the Alberta RCMP Century Celebrations Committee and there will be two at 1 and 6pm It will be held at the agricultural society grounds here. FARMERS AND TRUCKERS Don't Be half Safe install a brand new engine and re- power your truck for the busy Harvest season. Avoid costly tie-ups and breakdowns. Restore like-new performance and efficiency. Picture Butte jamboree set for this weekend The 7th annual Picture Butte and District Jamboree Days celebration is scheduled for Aug 4 and 5 Costume set for the Picture Butte swimming pool from 2 to 4 p m will kick off the festivities Aug 3. an open mens' and open ladies' golf tournament will begin at 2 p.m. at the golf course At the Picture Butte ball diamond a ladies' slow pitch team will play a team con- sisting of Picture Butte merchants. The big day is Monday starting with the Lions breakfast at the skating rink from 7 to 10 a.m. Novelty bike races will start at 9 a m on main street. The Jamboree Days parade will kick off at 11 a.m. It will assemble at the high school A dairy cattle show will start at'12 30 p m. at the rodeo show is set for the same time and location The senior horse show and rodeo will be conducted at the rodeo grounds starting at 1 30 pm. The high school is the scene of the vegetable and food fair and handicraft display and tea starting at 4 p.m A bake sale will be held at 7 p m A bingo game will be held in the Happy Oldtimer's Drop In Centre starting at 8 p.m The Knights of Colombus set for the Elks Hall and featuring the Four Hits and a will start at 9 p.m. The Jamboree Days Queen will be crowned at p.m. during the dance. Admission is and is covered with the purchase of a booster button. It entitles the bearer entrance to the dairy ball fair and display Children 12 years and under TRUCK MOTOR SIZES and 427 cu. in. Our experience hat proven that complete or bttic drop-In are more economical than a major engine over- haul. Engine HOUM of MM South PARTIAL ENGINE ASSEMBLIES ALSO AVAILABLE All work done by our qualified factory tralmd experts Let us give you an estimate on your motor needs. Beny Chevrolet Oldsmobile QM Parts Distributor 2nd Avenue and 8th Street South Phone 328-1101 ;