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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Brooks town hall Howard Snyder and wife Michele outside Cardston home Needed friendly town Damned-animal-party man makes parkas Howard Snyder may some day be remembered as the man who started the animal and changed the nature of politics. Or he may go down in history as the founder of a manufacturing down filled parkas and sleeping bags. Or as an author and well known moun- taineer who moved to Cardston after climb- ing Mt. McKinley. Howard Snyder seems like a character out of The Boy's Book clean cut. and interested in little furry animals. And the story he tells sounds like a fiction piece from the same Born in Boulder. under the shadow of the Rocky he started climbing at 8. made his first major ascent at 16. He was one of five people who made it to the top of Alaska's Mt. McKinley in 1967 a climb that cost seven people their lives. He first met his wife Michele on a glaciological expedition on Axel Heiberg Island in the far Arctic. After finishing their respective classes at McGill University in the Snyders decided to move to a small town either or' close the Rockies. The town had to be small and friendly with easy access to 'the mountains. It also had to provide the services and transportation con- nections necessary to start their parka and sleeping-bag called Northern Light. Northern Alberta where the Snyders would like to live couldn't meet the re- quirements of their and after some their choice was narrowed down to Cardston. and High 30 miles south of Calgary. Revelstoke was too far out of the way. High River was too so they set up shop in Cardston. 4Kook' gets along Mr..Snyder says that most of the people in the town get along with even those consider him a And he laughs at some of the stories going around about him. One rumor circulating Cardston is that he fed all his requirements into a computer and it selected Cardston. Not true. Another is that he and Michele are health food nuts. Again not true. And one Cardston after hearing of Howard's interest in environmental protec- walked up to him and asked if he believ- ed in ecology. Ecology exists whether you believe in it or he explained. His appreciation of nature is one of the reasons that led him to adopt a sport that many people consider in a romantic way to be foolhardy. When asked why he he almost gave the now classic it's As an he said that which has become a statement of was first made to a reporter by one of the first persons to climb Mt. Everest. The who had been asked once too often why he climbed replied it's But one of the serious reasons he gave for his involvement in mountaineering is the beauty undiluted by in- terference from He said that many people really don't un- derstand nature. Respect nature In Waterton National for the businessmen want to get rid of those to make more room for people. But is the way things are intended to be. earth has supported given us everything we have. We should at least respect In any he there is so much to look so much that can contribute to people's if they only know what to look for. Like a of that can turn out to be a couple of or flock of swans. One of the things that Howard Snyder gets upset about is the proliferation of machines that do people's work for them. Pointing to a television he said we even have machines to do our intellectual exer- cise. And motorcycles and campers have taken the exercise out of going into the country. Machines will even help people climb mountains. But he says thaf he would never .use motorized sleds and helicopters on a climb. It would be he says. He said that climbing has become an It's a bit too hazardous for people to do because they feel they have to. In any mountain there are many ac- cidents where people just didn't have the ex- perience to realize what they were up he says. During a there are objective dangers all but with proper training and the dangers can be handled in such a way as to make a climb relatively safe. But he has had little success convincing his parents that mountain climbing is a safe sport. When he was he'went to Europe on a climbing tour. As he was preparing to scale Mt. 23 experienced guides died on the mountain during an avalanche. And the next letter from his parents reminded him of the mishap. And his parents probably still remind him of the 1967 Mt. McKinley when seven- people in the party Howard Snyder was died. The if measured from the is the highest on rising over feet. Mt. while just over rises from a foot plateau. Climbing Mt. McKinley is not technically Mr. Snyder said. It is just a long climb 36 miles from the base to the sum- mit. Winds at the high levels can reach 130 or 140 miles an hour. Book on climb Mr. Snyder's first The Hall of the Mountain published this is the story of that climb. The name 6f the he is taken from the musical accompaniment to the play Peer Gynt. The first person to reach the McKinley summit was reminded of the music when he saw the upper glacial now called Harper Basin. Harper Basin is the site of most of the book's action. Hall of the Mountain King is pure adven- but Mr. Snyder promises that another book is on the a book that will describe the way he feels about the es- pecially the northern environment. Because the ways of nature is a little of what Howard Snyder is all about. ll be replaced BROOKS Town council has approved demolition of the present town hall and building of a new town hall and library complex on the present site at a cost of The present town built in was designed to serve a population of Brooks' population has more than doubled since then. Council decided to house the fire department in the present town shop and build a new at a cost of about The shop will be east of Calgary Power in the Greenbrook subdivision. It is Herald- District Three hired to prepare E. Kootenay land map NATAL An agricultural a soils specialist and an urban planner will be the three prin- cipal members of the con- sulting team hired to prepare a land reserve map for the East Kootenay. The required under the B.C. Land Commission will likely be done by January of next year. It will be funded by the Regional District of East largely through funds allowed by the Land Commission. KDEK directors received in writing the approval of W. T. chairman of the com- to spend in preparation of the as well as an additional because of the special position of the East Kootenay. was suggested by one of the commissioners that since the East Kootenay faces a combination of resource Beef club executive elected MAGRATH -Cathy Schneyder was recently elected president of Magrath 4-H Beef Club. Other officers vice- president. Michael Diane Pat Johnny club reporter Colette social Debbie Hillmer and Mary Club Norm assistant Heber Chr.istiensen. The new president explain- ed 4-H work to new members. Meetings are held on the se- cond Wednesday of each month at p.m. in the Lions Hall. Weigh in day is Nov. 10 at Austin Feed Lots between 9 and 12 a.m. conflicts more severe perhaps than in most regional dis- especially in that wildlife is of paramount im- portance and mining is a ma- jor resource there was justification for en- couraging the East Kootenay Regional District to take a look at this aspect of the problem as a pilot The RDEK at first asked for approval to s'pend up to based on study costs of nearly and ad- ditional costs for public hearings. wish to emphasize in our the regional district could not possibly resolve the resource conflicts for a study even of and there is absolutely no expecta- tion on the commissioner's part that the agricultural reserve plan will resolve these says Lan's letter. The RDEK will assume costs over the approved by the commission. The three principle members of the project team hired by the are employees of Acres Con- sulting Services Ltd. of Van- couver. They are Michael ian agricultural economist with experience in production economics and regional Edward a soils specialist with experience in soil and vegetation and Roman whose main function will be to evaluate the non-agricultural portions of the study. In the study the RDEK says key issue at hand is the preservation of farmland through land use planning and zoning controls. will be part of a com- prehensive land. development policy and will set aside all potential agricultural land in the region based not only on its physical attributes but also upon economic con- to be completed by the end of December. The new town hall-library designed by architect Norman Fooks of Lethbridge. will cover square feet. A total of square feet will be allocated to the library. Grants available under Winter Works projects reduce the cost from to Cattle prices decrease B.C. Cranbrook Sales Com- munity Auction Sales Ltd. sale last week reflected beef market uncertainty in the face of current beef-import policies and high winter feed prices. Drop in price was 10 to 12 cents from the recent record 75 cents-plus for good steer but much less in other classifications. Turnover was 417 head with an unusual number of turn- and return from the sale was to bring the 1973 total to head at well ahead of 1972. Good steer calves at 450 pounds sold 57 to 61 good heifer calves 51 to yearling steers 46 to yearling heifers 40 to butcher cows 22.25 to feeder cows 25 to 27.50 and baloney bulls 31 to 33.75. Entries in this mixed sale came from Slocan and Lemon Creek in West Creston. Briscb and the immediate Wasa- Cranbrook area. Some animals remained in East Kootenay but most went to southern Alberta. Next scheduled sale of stock. is Tuesday with an calf and yearling sale Friday. Citizenship awards set TABER Nominations for the Taber Chamber of Commerce an- nual of the award are now being accepted by committee chairman Mrs. Joan Box Taber. The award will be presented at the chamber's annual dinner Nov. -16. Nominations must be received by Nov. 9 and must give the reasons for the nomination for guidance of the panel of judges. Concert season to begin TABER The concert season at W. R. Myers High School here will resume Wednesday and Thursday. At 8 p.m. junior high both band and will perform. Added to the program will be selections by the Grade 7 band and the Barnwell School band. At 8 p.m. Thursday the senior high musical organiza- tion will all at the high .school auditorium. the symphonic band and the each with more than 100 will present a program of varied selections. The Vauxhall Viking Band is being invited to participate on this program. 11 run for Sparwood council PUBLIC NOTICE A Very Important MEETING WillbcHcMatttw CANADIAN WESTERN NATURAL GAS COMPANY AUDITORIUM Nov. 7 p.m. COUNTY OF LETHBRIDQE RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION NATAL Eleven men are seeking three seats on the District of Sparwood council. Nominees are incumbent Frank Philip Max Gilbert Thomas Charles Paul Chala. George H. Victor Wilfred John Abraham James Peters and Keith Robert Tatt- man. Harry Eberts and Anthony DeLuca are not seeking re- election. Two candidates will contest the seat as Sparwood's representative on the Fernie district school board as trustee for a two-year term. Ann Lundgren is seeking re- election and will be opposed by Bruno a former trustee on board. Three candidates will contest the seat as Sparwood's representative on the East Kootenay Regional District as regional board member for1 a two-year term. Contesting this are Frank George H. Fedorek and John Myles. The municipal elections will be held Nov. 17. Memories John Kubas of a residenfcof the Crows- nest Pass Senior Citizens looKs on intently as Clarence Wesley puts the finishing touches to miniature tipple he fabricated and carved. Game association to meet FORT MACLEOD The annual meeting of the Fort Macleod Fish and Game Association will be held in the knights of Columbus Hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The nominating committee will bring in a slate of officers for the coming year and other nominations will be accepted from the floor. Trophy Night will be held Jan. at the Elks Hall. A Stag Night is expected to be held in April. Rebekah Lodge has visitor CLARESHOLM Mrs. M. Hawkes of vice-president of the Rebekah Assembly of recently visited the Foothills Rebekah Lodge No. 106 here. introduced Mrs. Hawkes and other Mrs. D. Mrs. R. Wallace and Mrs. F. all former past- presidents of the Rebekah Robins of GOSPEL MEETINGS Win IWM Nov. 6th tbraiili to Nov. 9th it p.n. EACH EVENING HUM dwrek of tin NozoroM PICTURE BUTTE THE GUEST SPEAKER will be REV. A. BALDEO WILL MOUOHT tV TNI KlMMOO FoWnly We wish to extend our Canada Safeway Limited On the opening of their fine new modern store on 3rd Ave. S. It was our pleasure to supply the TREES AND SHRUBS Lacombe Nurseries Ltd. CMMMt wytmty 9 MUM of Lethbr M OpM TWM. Mid M PIMM MI-4 ;