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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBP.IDGE HERALD TuC.doy, May 16, Coutts a border town with little difference me SWIIIAKT Jlrrald Staff Urilrr Life in a border town these days isn't like Hie good old day.1; when looters just barely made it hack across the river in the nick of lime. The closest example of a bor- der town is Coults. a lazy, sprawling town of 400 people Mrs. A. C. Furlong try to make a dollar situated GO miles southeast of LeLlibridge. The town is quiet and peaceful, like most small centres, with (.lie bare essen- tials and a surrounding agri- cultural co mm unity. CouLLs is a reality simply be- cause of the border which it lays against, separated from Montana by only t sirip of no man's land. There are Ihree garages, two general stores and one cafe which is open all the time Six customs brokers and one ware- house for all incoming froight complete the business scclor. Coutts School ranges to Grade 9 and serves the town and rural students. High school students are bused to Milk River each day. There are about fi5 people who can attribute their liveli- hoods to the border. Customs and immigration all of whom except one in Coutts. The six customs brokers em- ploy another 25 with eight more working in the warehouse. The Canada department of agricul- ture employs a few more. Taking two children per fam- ily as an average, the citizens of Coutls directly attributed to the border amounts to about 65 per cent of the total population. Taking into consideration that the garages and cafes serve not only the townspeople but the tourists and businessmen who cross the border either way, Coutts could be considered as living off the busines's of the border. It boasts the only truly inter- national Lions Club in North America and has an active chamber of commerce. Youth activities include 4-II clubs. Whatever the reason for a town's location, people arc dif- ferent, have different reasons for living there and have dif- fering feelings about living in a border town. Mrs. A. C. with her husband, has operated Fur- long's General Store since they were married 44 years ago. "We've been here so long that living here isn't different to us. We just carry on trying to make a dollar in this business." She suggested that people vis- it just the same in a border town, but "when you go across the border, just make sure you don't bring anything back with you." All the townspeople have to clear customs just b'ke any citi- zen, even just to visit friends or "just go over for a cool one." She said Sweetgrass appears BrrUia Burrows no influence quite a bit different for shop- ping and visiting. It is more free with dancing in the bars and different liquor laws in the taverns evident, although she doesn't frequent thorn. Joe Granl, president of the Coutts Chamlrer of Commerce and president of the Coults- Sweelgrass International Lion's Club, runs one of the three ga- rages in lown. Besides being agent for Al- berta Government Telephones and Greyhound Bus Lines, he is a font for tourist information. "One meets far more people here than if he lived said Joe. "I've met people from 40 states in the union." The Coutts volunteer fire de- partment protects Sweet- grass as well as Coutts. The airstrip which serves both towns is situated in no man's land just west of the Coutta School. Bcrlha Barrows works In the Coutls museum. She doesn't have time to worry about the border, does her shopping in Milk River, about -10 miles to the north because she would have to drive a lot further into the U.S. to get compara b 1 0 savings and generally likes Coutts. She hardly ever goes into the U.S., having been to Sweetgrass once in eight years. She feels the U.S. isn't really influencing Coults because of it's close proximity. "We havo U.S. lourisLs here, but there are also Canadians going the other way Jim Ihme, who has lived all his life in Coults, likes the small town and friendly people. "It is the best place to live." He is the only one in town whoso name begins with an I. Stan Sibley. who works for Joe Grant, thinks there Is real- Rocky Moutain wood tick hazard in British Columbia Dong Fvors theatres for By DR. P. It. WILKINSON LcLlibricIgc Research Station The Rocky Mountain wood tick is a serious hazard lo live- stock in British Columbia be- cause i( causes tick paralysis. In on one ranch u20 cattle suffered from lick paralysis out of a herd of 700. Tliirly of the stricken animals died. Rocky Mount am wood ticks arc also abundant in parts of southern Alberta and Saskatch- ewan but here their effect on cattle is less obvious and has received limited study. Most of the cattle (about in the areas of British Columbia where the tick is prevalent are being protected by spraying with benzene hexa- Keep country elevators from grain buying giants A Saskatchewan senator says that efforts must be made to keep small Prairie grain elevator companies from falling into the hands of two "grain-buying plants." SiMialor'A. II. Mi-Donald, for- mer Saskatchewan I, i 1) o r a 1 leader, was speaking last week on debate to establish a Senate agriculture committee. lie said the United Cr a i n Growers and Mic three Prniric Wheat Pools arc; gradually tak- ing over all Prairie grain buy- ing operations. The Pools and the Udd need all Mic competition possible to ensure lop elevator .service, he said. Most grain buying com- panies hnd refused to moder- nize their operations In the past "God what they lg would do without competi- he said. The recent purchase of Fed- eral Grain Co. by the Pools was bad enough in itself, be said, but Federal over the yean; had bought out 21 smaller firain buying companies. The purchase of Federal meant 22 operations had been combined intn one. lie said Saskatchewan Wheat Pool runs a good elevator ser- vice, "but Must's no reason for it lo run them all." Senator McDonald supgeslod thai a Sc-nalc agriculture com- mittee could look inlo such am- algamations. It could also con- sider grain handling problems such as those that have held up shipments through the West Coast this year. chloride or lindanc when they are turned out in the spring. New insecticides are being tested lo determine the maxi- mum efficiency of single treat- ments. Methods of Raising thou- sands of ticks on laboratory plots, in place of wild-caught licks, have assisted in the screening of increased num- bers of chemicals for practical application. Annual applications of in- secticides lo livestock cannot provide a final solution lo the problems of tick control. The abundance of ticks depends on the presence of several species of rodents on which the young licks Iced; for instance, ticks were collected from ac area occupied by a porcupine the year before. The lick thrives in environ- ments offering favorable con- ditions of temperature and hu- midity that enable it to com- pete a long life-cycle. As a re- sult of these environmental and host factors, areas with shrub growth are greater sources of infestation for livestock than open grassland and dense for- est. Research is proceeding on methods of modifying environ- ments to make them less suit- able to the tick. Ranchers should consider locating and fencing-off places with high lick concentrations as a mea- sure For avoiding heavy infes- tations on cattle in spring. It is known Mint yearling rnt- tlo arc the ago group most sus- ceptible Lo tick paralysis. In- vestigations arc in progress to determine whether differences in susceptibility among callle can be used to reduce in- cidence of lick paralysis, as an alternative to spraying. ly nothing different about llv- iiig in a border town. Doug Evers, 10, whose father Is a school teacher in Coutts, thinks nothing is different. Ho plays sports and does the things most other young boys do. Milk River is the closest place lo go to a theatre, skating or curling though, but this is tho downfall of most small towns. Francis Torschcr, who oper- ates another of the garages, said the novelty of living in a border town wears off after awhile. Now it is no different than living in Lethbridge. He said there is nothing dif- ferent about how he runs his business because of living in a border lown. SLan Sihley no difference ;