Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THE UTHBR1DGE HERALD Monday, May 14, 1973 Quarter horse track being upgraded over five-year program PROVINCE or ALBERTA Bj JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The old town of Standoff is taking on the look of a modern bustlaig joung com- munity. New schools, bank, post office, administration and shopping centie complex and sporting facilities will com- bine to give the residents of Standoff and area a big city approach to life. The Standoff Kindergarten School is now in operation and the Standoff Elementary School is near completion. The large adminis- tration and shopping centre complex is scheduled for com- pletion June l, and is expect- ed to be in full operation by mid-July. The administration portion of the complex will facili- tate Blood Band operational and community services per- sonnel. The shopping centre will in- clude a bank, post office, arts and craft shop, restaurant, large food outlet, medical clinic, public hall, and sev- eial variety and specialty stores. The centre still has 1595 square feet of floor space available to lent to anjone interested in starting a small business. A 10-year lease is optional "We're hoping for a shoe shop, cosmetic store, laundry, beauty parlor, barber shop, ard women's clothing outlet but we'll welcome all enquu- said Geraldme Holland, administrator of the econo- mic and industrial depart- ment for the Blood Reserve The arts and craft shop will sell products made by the Blackfoot Indians. "This should be quite an attraction for tourists travel- ling in Southern Mrs Holland said A fiie hall for Standoff is also in the planning stage with construction hoped to begin this summer The threat of fire in Standoff and area has forced the town lo consider developing a more effective fire fighting system There ha-'e been several grass fires this spring with the worst fire burning everything over a two-section area. Marvin Fox said he hoped a fire prevention course would be taught at Standoff to train a volunteer fire- fighting brigade for the town The economic and indus- trial department for the Blood Reserve is also inves- tigating the possibility of building a police station in Standoff One of the best quarter horse race tracks in Alberta is also being developed over a five-year period. The track will sport a con- ditioned racing surface, elec- tric clocks, special thorough- bred training facilities, photo finish equipment, and mod- ern betting machines. Two livestock barns cap- able cf handling 40 head of horses are presently under construction With improved betting faci- lities the calibre of racing is expected to improve be- cause horse owners will have a chancs to run their horses against others with equal qualifications. In past races at Standoff, the horses haven't been classified and a maiden horse would often find itself in a field of proven runners. The track should help to create interest in quarter horse racing in Southern Al- berta, says Floyd Fox, secre- tary cf the Kainai Racing As- sociation at Standoff. "People will have more in- centive to improve their stock for competitive racing be- cause they will have excel- lent training facilities near- by.'' he said. The association hopes to rent its facilities to people off the reserve for quarter horse training and rodeo rid- ing preparation. Mr. Fox says the associa- tion plans to develop its pre- sent one-day fair into a two- day race meet and agricul- ture fair. This jear the Kainai Race Track will feature a race meet in June and another in August. Standoff is also the home of the Kainai Industries' house manufacturing plant and a large sporting complex that includes an ice arena. The new shopping and re- creation facilities should en- courage Indian pscple to stay on the reserve, says Marvin Fox Shopping centre aiming for mid-July openi ig JVo LCC plans Schmidt bubbling over nomination By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer With personal house calls under his belt in the Calgary Foothills constituen- cy, the leader of the Alberta Social Credit party is predict- ing a win in the pending by- election Werner Schmidt, who va- cated his position as academ- ic vice-president at the Leth- bridge Community College when he won the leadership of the Socred party last Feb- ruary, is bubbling with confi- dence following his unoppos- ed nomination Wednesday to contest the election for Cie Social Credit party In an interview in his fas- hionable south Lethbridge home Saturday, Mr. Schmidt said he has put all his energy into the byelection. Date of the byelection has not yet Some media brand him 'Bible-punching preacher' Some of the msdia have tncd to portray him as an old togcy and "Bible- punching Social Credit Leader Werner Sch- midt said Saturday in icme Hat Mr. Schmidt said in an in- terview that he did net want to single out any particular newspaper or broadcasting outlet for criticism "However it has been ap- parent that some of the news accounts have been slanted to try to bring both the party ard myself as an individual into disrespect." Some of these reports, he said, have tried to create the impression that he is an old fogey who doesn't know what is going en. "Such reports are unfair and inaccurate. Nothing could be further from the truth." Mr. Schmidt said he feels "there is nothing old-fashion- ed about believing in such basic principles as honesty, integrity and reliability Professor lauds Central grads Students from Catholic Cen- tral High School enter the University of Letiibridge set the intellectual pace for students at the U of L, the ]06 graduates of Catholic Central were told Saturday. W B Lambert, assistant professor of English at the U of L, said he has always found that Catholic Central graduates are a credit to and a distinction within uni- versity community "It has been my exper- ience, since coming to the U of L seven years ago. that Catholic Central graduates are more thoughtful, arti- culate, industrious and better prepared than the average en- trance students we Mr. Lambert said. Mr. Lambert who is also a faculty advisor for arts and Agriculturist appointed for county A University of A1 b e r t a graduate has been named as- sistant district agriculturist for the County of Lethbridge Dennis Stretch will replace Roger Moore, who has re- turned to farming. An announcement is ex- pected soon on the appoint- ment of two more agricul- turists in the area, for the Lethbridge and Warner coun- ty offices. Dann Mattson of Manyber- nes, a fourth year student at the University of Alberta, will do general assignment and orientation work through tre summer months in the Leth- bridge office science at the U of L said be believes any student who wants to give academic stu- dies a try should be allowed to do so. Referring to the question of possibly doing away with departmental exams and set- ting up qualifying examina- tions for university entrance, Mr. Lambert said he would be wiling to take the word of the teachers at Catholic Central High School as to the quality and ability of their students. Mr. Lambert to'd the grad- uates, parents and guests who filled the Yates Memorial Centre that Christian human- ism is alive and well and underlies the separate school system. "It is the force that re- minds the whole world that each of the three billion souls living on this planet are de- serving of respect and digni- ty "In a world that is dominat- ed by materialistic values and problems there Is litt'e time or importance given to the belief that the individual is the creation of a loving God" "People who have been ex- posed to Christian humanism as it is brought about by Ca- tholic education are less sus- ceptible to material values and are more critical, more knowledgeable and more Mr. Lambert said. The chairman of the Leth- bridge Catholic School Board, John Boras, told the graduates "there are no good old days." He said there are only today's good days and advised the graduates to use the individualistic ap- proach. "Do it your way and not as a cog in the he said. Mary Anne Farrington who gave the valedictory address said "it's only in trying that we develop as people We must strive for perfection or we won't achieve anything been set. It will elect a mem- ber in the riding left vacant by the death in February of Conservative Len Werry. Mr. Schmidt silenced rum- ors that the Lethbridge Com- munity College is waiting for the outcome of the byelection before filling the vacated aca- demic vice-president's posi- tion. He said he has had no dis- cussions with the LCC board of governors. "I haven't ap- proached the board of gover- rors and I won't. The election is all that I am thinking about Mr. Schmadt is carrying a major five point platform into the e'ection battle: pre- ration of the family unit, iimortsncs cf the individual, a credible government alter- rative, an effective role for all TILAs and a return to basic principles of Social Cre- dit While contesting an urban constituency. Mr. Schmidt pointed to several issues in agriculture and natural re- sources development. He feels government should get more input from fanners as a basis for a review of land uses ard ownership questions "Too often the Progressive Conserva'ave governm e n t makes a decision and then dves the impression it wants to listen to the he Scad. "Orien the decision has already been made." He a'so called for a review of the crop insurance system. Although the crop insurance piogram isn't as vital in Southern Alberta, he feels it isn't adequate in Northern and Central Alberta. Mr Schmidt pointed to an epparent delay in processing farm loans through the Al- berta Agricultural Develop- ment Corporation. He said he has heard of applicants waiting for more than a jear for a loan. Pointing to issues he would face as a representative in an urban riding, Mr Schmidt singled out the freeze on school construction "Some psople have moved into Calgary Foothills under the impression they would ba closs to he said. "They then bought a house and found out no schools would be available "This amounts to a freeze on equities. Some parents have access to schools xvhile others don't" Mr. Schmidt said Social Credit will show the people of Alberta some effective al- ternatives at the next sitting cf the legislature. He wouldn't e'aborate at this time, claim- ing more thought and plan- ning would be needed. He feels proud of his party's actions during the springs sil- ting of the legislature, claim- ing it demonstrated an effec- tive opposition. Since taking over the reigns cf the party, he feels he has stressed the ability rf the Eoered MLAs to assert themselves "Eacl- person added his unique individual; approach and then added to> the entire he said. The MLAs were encouraged' to go in and "make a good case for themselves and the party, not to act as a stumfol-; ing block or filabuster, and- to recognize gocd legislation! when introduced J "This is the dual role of opposition ard the Social dit party displayed that; ro'e Patrollers to Ottawa It's off to Ottawa for two local young people who will be representing Southern Al- berta at the 14th National School Safety Patrol Jambor- ee this coming weekend. Danny Kuzkoff, 10, of Sen- ator Buchanan School and Joan Radford, 11, of Isabelle Sellon School in Blairmorc, also each received an Al- berta tartan jacket and a tro- phy at the Annual School Safety Patrol rally Saturday at the Paramount Theatre Mayor Andy Anderson pre- sented Danny with his trophy for best patrolman of the year for the City of Lethbridge. The mayor said he felt the Lethbridge branch of the Al- berta Motor Association and the city police were playing an effective role in prevent- ing children from being in- volved in accidents. Bill Skelton, chairman of the traffic safety committee for the Lethbridge branch of the A.MA. presented Joan with her trophy for best pa- trolman in rural Southern Al- berta. He said he was impressed with the statistic that since school safety patrols were introduced in Canada 37 years ago, there has never been a fatality in any school area where patrols operate. Danny, who has been a pa- trol member for one year, and Joan, who has been a msmiber for two years, will be leaving Lethbridge May 16 for Ottawa. Their trip will be paid for by the A.M.A. Several other awards were given out at the rally. Agnes Davidson School won the city police trophy for mast improv- ed patrol of the year, and Im- mamiel Christian School re- ceived the A M A. trophy best patrol of the year. The trophy for the best pa- trol for the month of May went to Agnes Davidson School and the banner for the most outstanding patrol tor May was received by Im- manuel Christian School. Plaques were presented to. John Davidson School, Coal- dale, and Isabelle Sellon School, Blairmore, for patrol, services.