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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta. Tuesday, November 12, 1974 Pages 13-24 Lively PC nomination expected One of the most contentious nominations in the province will be held by Progressive Conservatives Wednesday in the Cardston constituency. Meanwhile, Conservatives in the Cypress riding nominate a candidate tonight to contest the next provincial election. The Cypress meeting will be held in the Medicine Hat library at 8 p.m. Alan Hyland, 29, a Bow Island farmer, and Roger Moore, 37, a farmer at Seven Persons, have entered the race. The winner will be up against an as yet unnamed Social Credit candidate, as former premier and incum- bent Socred Harry Strom plans to retire. Bill Yurko, minister of the environment, is to address the meeting. Four candidates in the Cardston race have taken out memberships to sell to supporters for the nomination at the "Big Gym" in Magrath Wednesday. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 8 p.m. Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, is the featured speaker. Preliminaries to the contest "could have got too nasty but a PC association of- ficial said Monday. Glen Purnell, provincial deputy minister of agriculture, Robert Graham, mayor of Raymond, Lawrence Kearl, a Cardston rancher, and John Thompson, a Spring Coulee farmer, are all cam- paigning. From 800 to people are expected to turn out, Robert Campbell, association president, says. The winner will contest the next election against a successor to incumbent Socred Ted Hinman, who is retiring. Lethbridge artist to show here The Lethbridge Public Library will exhibit recent works of Lethbridge Artist Bill McCarroll from Nov. 15 to Dec. 12 in the Theatre Gallery. The show will open at p.m. Nov. 15. Mr. Carroll is an art instruc- tor at the University of Lethbridge. Trustees ponder push for safety Jack Frost cometh The first ice of the fall appears on a beaver pond in the Porcupine Hills, 45 miles west of Lethbridge. The city hasn't seen much fall weather yet, but the Kenyon Field weather of- fice predicts changeable weather for the next few days, with various systems passing through rapidly from the Pacific Coast. The Lethbridge separate school board will ask the public school board today to co-operate with it in preparing a brief to show the need for safety precautions at the school crossing on Mayor Magrath Drive and 5th Avenue S. The letter of request suggests that facts and figures on the current situation and recommendations for alter- natives to an overpass and un- derpass at the crossing could Motorcycle operation course eyed The highway traffic board should be contacted to deter- mine the feasibility of es- tablishing a training program for operators of motorcycles, a recommendation to be presented to the separate school board Wednesday states. In sponsoring the recommendation, Superinten- dent Ralph Himsl points to the large number of accidents in- volving young people on motorcycles. "I note too that Alberta has no program on instruction or training for motorcyclists, although licensees do have to meet some test requirements of knowledge and skill before they can obtain permanent the superintendent reports. The Alberta vehicle licenc- ing branch now issues learn- ing permits to the 14 to 18 years age group for the opera- tion of a motor vehicle or motorcycle providing their parents consent. By law, the holder of a learning permit must be followed by a person with a licence in a car or another motorcycle when operating a motorcycle. Before gaining a licence, a motorcycle operator must pass a special motorcycle 10- question test and successfully operate the bike with a provin- cial driver examiner following in a vehicle. Mr. Himsl will also suggest to the trustees the prospect of reduced insurance rates for drivers who have taken driv- ing instruction proves a tangi- ble motive for many persons to take driver training. be presented jointly to city council by the two boards. In response to the letter, Bob Plaxton, public school superintendent, is to recom- mend to a meeting of the public trustees today that the study should include all "safe- ty problems" and the two boards initiate safety programs based on education, enforcement and engineering. He notes that public school principals have expressed concern about traffic safety around their schools. "Concerns have been ex- pressed about the need for crosswalk guides, the safety of students alighting from school buses, bicycle safety, motorcycle and car he explains. The Gilbert Paterson School also expressed concern about pedestrian and traffic safety in a recent letter to parents. "Our hope is that the parents of our students will try to convince their children of the need for good habits in pedestrian and vehicular traf- fic. We hope that this won't just be a talking to. A good ex- ample might be the best way." The letter states that teachers and administrators in the schoool talk with small and large groups of students about the need for pedestrian and bicycle riding safety. The school has also asked the city police to "intensify their watch over school areas. If they are forced to enforce the law with tickets to offenders that might be a way of making our children aware of the seriousness of the situation." ATA chief proposes co-operation The many problems facing schools today could be more easily solved if trustees and teachers co operate when seeking the solutions, the president of the Alberta Teachers Association suggests in a letter to be presented to the separate school board Wednesday. "Let us hope this is the beginning of a co operative era for all who are concerned about education in the province of Pat English's letter states. A copy of the letter is being circulated to all school boards in the province. Ms. English has recommended to the presidents of the various locals of the ATA throughout the province that they attempt to meet with their school boards to discuss the quality of education as it applies to their area. She recently took a province wide jaunt to promote the quality of education in schools. Her letter also congratulates the trustees on being elected in the Oct. 16 civic election. "It requires a strong belief and interest in education to become involved at this critical time and I wish you she says. Canadian standard test results to be released The results of a test cf all Grade 4 and 6 students in Lethbridge public schools and their implications to the school system are to be released by the school board today. The Canadian standard test was administrated to determine the level of basic skills the Grade 4 and 6 students have ac- complished and how their skill level compares to students in the same grades in other school districts. Bob Plaxton, superintendent, said prior to administrating the tests, that the schools would "in a rough way" provide public schools with an indication of how they compare to schools in other systems. The test results, administrators say, will assist teachers to set minimum standards of basic skills for students in their school. Small business economic yeast for dormant towns in South By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer A little-noticed economic ferment is bubbling through the villages and towns of Southern Alberta, according to a study by two University of Lethbridge geographers. The yeast of the brew is small businesses establishing themselves in dormant communities, say Frank Jankunis and Thomas Menard. The same or a similar process could be applied to other parts of the Prairies, they say, even those without Southern Alberta's growth trends. The geographers studied nine businesses in four towns Bow Island, Claresholm and Milk two villages (Barons and Nobleford) and a hamlet (Welling) within economic region. Some of the communities are stable, some growing and some declining, they say- Most smaller settlements in Southern Alberta declined from the 1950s to the late 1960s. The situation has changed, with most communities All the enterprises studied were founded and developed without help from outside agencies, hut small businesses do need aid, says the report. Most ran into "reams of red tape" and concluded the whole process of ob- taining funds Is one long lesson in frustration." growing, and others at least halting the effects of population decline. Introduction of the new businesses has been a part of the growth, and has caused more growth to follow. Declin- ing communities have at least been stabilized by new business. Most small centres are more viable now than they were 10 years ago, say the geographers. Towns and villages are amenable as sites for a wide variety of businesses, and for some concerns they are choice sites, they report as their most impor- tant finding. Many small companies can't afford the cost of locating in a major city, since land, licences, transport and wages cost more than in towns. Larger centres are more restrictive to businesses in a variety of ways. "Most of these (restrictions) have particular importance in the general order of urban life, but they are seen as impositions by small says the report. Because of the decline, most towns and villages have unused, barely tax- ed buildings ranging from empty stores to empty warehouses. Rent is low. and utilities are available since most centres have systems designed for former larger populations Civic officials and townspeople are also helpful, since new industry adds jobs, additional businesses and increased property values. Initial costs and wages will be lower than in cities, and the co-operative at- mosphere of smaller places may give small businesses advantages. Smaller businesses do not require the massive expenditure on new utilities, schools and housing that a new large industry does. "Absorption rather than expansion is the keyword." All the enterprises studied were founded and developed without help from outside agencies, but small businesses do need aid, says the report. Most ran into "reams of red tape" and concluded the whole process of obtaining funds is one long lesson in frustration." Lending, technical and consultive services already exist businessmen need help finding the right agency in the bureaucratic maze. The geographers call for more ef- fort by federal and provincial agen- cies aiding small businesses to com- municate with businessmen at their level. Lending, technical and con- sultive services already exist businessmen need help finding the right'agency in the bureaucratic maze. "This rneans-a minor governmental contribution can produce major results throughout the province." they say Small towns can capitalize on their space available for small enterprises. Facilities exist, the transport systems in the South are adequate for supply and distribution and labor with sufficient adaptability is available." But firms requiring skilled labor, a large market or specialized technical services might not survive outside a city The small business surveyed had to develop their own services. The businesses surveyed ranged from a hydroponics farm to an es- tablished grocery store under new ownership. The towns and villages they are in have "more in common than not." says the report. All the communities established as agricultural service centres on railways, or highways. Half of the firms were more than 50 miles from Lethbridge, and the rest within the city's immediate com- muter- ring. One major change in Southern Alberta since the Second World War has been the development of commuter zones around Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Many people live in towns or villages within 30 miles of the cities and commute to work in the city. Significant numbers of people feel the advantages of city life have been eroded lately, and prefer to live in a small centre and commute. Genie Gardens, started in 1973 in Barons, is unique in Alberta, says the report. It is a hydroponics farm, where con- tainers of gravel and water with plant nutrients added replace the usual growing medium of water, soil and fertilizer. It uses gallons of water in winter and in summer Production involves tomatoes and cucumbers to a total of 230 pounds a day during the twelve-month growing season. The two greenhouses cost Some construction work and supplies were obtained in the South, but costs of Canadian products made special water fittings and heaters from the United States cheaper even after customs charges Fifteen people are employed part- time. Produce is sold to food stores in Champion. Carmangay. Vulcan and Lethbridge. Chief Mountain Industries was founded in 1971 in Spring Coulee and moved to Magrath later. It started out to develop an all-terrain vehicle, but found it virtually impossible to com- pete with multi-national corporations One partner had experience in plastic molding and the company switched to making examination tables and x-ray viewing boxes for doctors and chiropractors. The com- pany sells its products in Alberta. British Columbia and the United States. It employes three people full time and two part time. Centra-Flow Systems makes integrated vacuum-cleaning systems in Welling- The systems are dis- tributed as far south in the United States as Kansas. The firm employes seven to nine people, and makes 500 to 2.000 units a year. It is located in Welling because of the founder's loyalty to the settlement. Significant numbers of people feel the advan- tages of city life have been eroded lately, and prefer to live In a small centre and commute. The Bow Island Commentator is a weekly newspaper started in 1971 to serve Forty Mile County. The response was favorable, says the report, since the nearest rural paper is the Taber Times, 35 miles away. The Commentator publishes and distributes the county minutes and does job printing as well. The report says Bow Island. 65 miles from Lethbridge. has increased in population and importance with the decline of Burdett, Grassy Lake and Winnifred. The Sunland Theatre and Bowladrome in Milk River was bought in 1973 by a Vancouver man who wanted to live in a small town. The theatre runs two nights a week, showing movies about eight months after they are released in Calgary. It breaks even, but draws a wide audience only 20 per cent of the customers come from Milk River, the remainder from the outlying district The bowling alley provides about 80 per cent of the receipts, since bowling leagues are very active in the area, say the geographers. Billiard tables have been added and a confectionary is planned. Milk River has been Josing people, but seems to have stabilized. Other business in the survey are the. Flying N restaurant in Claresholm. the Fort Family Restaurant in Milk River, and the Nobleford Family Market and Nobleford Lumber in Nobleford The two Nobleford businesses were both established concerns bought by new owners The fiSlage itself is both within the Lethbridge commuter ring and the site of a major industry (No- ble Cultivators) "Significantly, the village has retained hits high school while most other villages and many towns in the province have lost says the report ;