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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta fj p. V f t x r (Vfr. V 'i tts, LetWmdge THIRD SECTION Lethbridgo, Alberta, Wednesday, November 17, 1071 PAfJKS 31-38 production soaring Coal is making com DEMONSTRATION FAILS Spectators a, a beach Cloned on the beach but i, foiled end against along Ihe shore of River Plate, near Montevideo, scatter some rocks, exploding in the process. A second helicopter, ch after a helicopter crashed, killing eight right, also caught fire in the accident. long and bathers wat persons and injuring 40. The plane was to hoist up a jeep Tourist bonanza til anniversary? or bust, once again liy JOHN BURKE Hews, who wears gold nug- l.omlon Observer Service.- gets in her ears. Her pilot hus- DAWSON CITY The cry I band says the lure of the north "Klondike or will be heard again next summer, three cmarters of a century brought them out from Van- couvsr. There is a gravel landing- strip outside Dawson, and a population In 1961 only S4G peo-; each summer. Pin up girls of pie Jived there. the naughty nineties can be HIGH AND DRY seen in Dawson Hardware Shop, Today's first impression is a now a fine museum with all eho't -'town with lopsided shops kb.ds of oddments and 1111 c r fronting the rickety boardwalks i found in deserted buildings: and tumblsdown cabins sur- j cash registers with a slot ior ,11 r-_______j rrnVI-rlncf Wnllt; Pfl which all but the lough-: Creek where George W. Car- steamer SS Keno is high and Opposite were once lie cat- i he winler of 1M7-9'! 'mack made his historic strike dry. But as the dull morning houscs of Paradise Alley, and Put is me MO 000 in gold-, in 18S6. The date. August 17. misl clears above the there are still two surviving 111 as Diseov- reak of the Midnight Dome, madams in a Yukon home for mi-Vis Ihe certain prize for j is celebrated locally as Discov- Ihc first man into the Klondike, i 017 Day and belated credit is Competitors will sail halfway I given to Bobert Henderson, left up the Alaskan coast in a rep- i in the birch after lipping Car- lica of the steamship Portland j mack off. which in July 1897 brought .Se- attle first news of a big gold- strike 2.000 miles north. Disem- barking at Skagway, they will bike over the snowbound Within two years a few min- peal: of the Midnight Dome, the one time Klondike capital looks less bleak. There are now 700 inhabitants and this in- cludes 200 school children. The Flora Dora Hotel fam- a .-----_-._--..--- _ shacks had become a ed for the original dance-girl: booming city with 10.000 inhabi has been renovated behind its tants plus the Indian squaws clapperboard front and nise over me of "Louse Town" on the oppo-] Sourdough S'aloon does a roar- Chilkoot Pass which separates site bank of the Yukon. Apart, ing trade Patrons include a the Alaskan coastal strip from i from Canadians, there w e r c posse of Ottawa officials, who the Canadian town of White- i many prospectors from Britain i have a five year plan to re- horse Up river each man will: and 'Ireland as well as Euro-' create Dawson's heyday atmo- build'a raft to float 400 miles peans. but the majority were sphere, along the Yukon to its conflu- "ICTr" with the Klondike River. Americans. There was remark- able law and order, thanks to HISTORIC SIGHT It was declared a Canadian In summer the trek from the Mounties. historic site as far back as 1962 Skagwav to Dawson takes two But Dawson rapidly declined, and already they have restored weeks "but it is a journey of i as Bonanza, Eldorado and oth-! the cabin of pioneer poet Kob-, Kafw> mlv a few hours aboard an i er claims became exhausted.! ert Service and rebult the pine-. out t bound Dakota, with The First World War and a; wood Palace Grand which mcta, lir hostess "Klondike Kalhy" steamboat tragedy hastened de- puts on the Gaslight Follies akos'. old people. But another kind of entertainment was revived with the recent reopening of Dia- mond Tooth Gertie's gambling saloon. "Dawson could be de- veloped into the Las Vegas of says local politician Clive Tanner', who comes from Berkshire. Already the Yukon Territory gels an annual 156.000 tourists ar.d for this reason White-horse, the capital since 1051, offers language courses which include Japanese. Gold rivals game as the main attraction and at Dawson one A Little concern can pay a dollar to pan in the j Yukon" scooping up the Rclb" earthy gravel and swilling it till only the dull yellow remains. Many "Cheech- akos" (greenhorns) go home cheerfully with the shiny fool's gold that is quartz. Big-time prospecting stopped in I96fi. when Yukon Consoli- dated Gold Corporation beach- ed its last dredger. But there is a revival in placer mining, especially after two visitors made SI .500 out of an old-tim- j er's abandoned claim last sum-1 mer. It costs only to stake a claim, but the Federal Assay j Office decrees that 200 cubic] near too worried garlic, both popular local sea- j eluding morphine and heroin." yards of earth be removed an- "Ifll nnlv drive im Ihe scnings tor soups and salads. I Special provisions allow hill nually for upkeep. i no red o e art-no user in The National Assembly voted tribesmen over 40 who have tra- j Jack Brcmncl. now has. o inn capital "Since in the law. but it is commonly ditionally planted and puf.ed u, claim opium dens are illegal ihcv just i aceepled lhal Ihe United Sates opium to carry-on so long lcf, CaUhncss in His ha cop v If mere ami mike -which pumps eight limes the 1 one but they themselves get into and Haugh-1 ium banned in Laos VIENTIANE 'An In Law.1 Ihal's not a serious problem. U prohibits "cultivation, fla- I') i.1, __ [1 1 [UK li MM J'l UUlt III. LL [II ill I V.L.V. i. where'life itself'is a little like i The new law, passed in laio j voring, taking or smoking, pur- tripping out r.pium is finally j September, doesn't m c n t i on i chase, sale, and having in pos- banned But Ihe legions who j marijuana, which remains on session opium or opium grow it and smoke it don't ap-1 sale in the market next, to the j compound or opium tailing, it more expensive." i-cuntry's budget inlo the eeon- ler-in-law make, gold jewellery As Vpipcful of opium had cosl omy eaeli year-was directly i and the family can afford to .angle wa, nconlc really know how much is still another "Sonrdon Klondiker who has seen the Yu- kon freeze at -7n dee.' has hardly lefi Dawsun i-hice her birth'shortly after the Gold Rush, which brough her par- ents here. Mrs. 'Margrelta dian evening dress at Dawson Oily Museum, says the Klon- dike still hides rich gold clepos-1 its despite an estimated -100 i million taken oui. "Even in the i INTRODUCOYOURSetF TOOUR RICH fte! OrVRSDDRY CAST! P WINKS LI'VITEO grown in the battlefield hills of Northern Laos. "The Meos have been moved so many times they can hardly even plant rice, much less opium." said one U.S. official who figures that opium hns been dying a natural death in Laos anyway. Cat and mouse operations i with Communist forces, backed by steady pounding from U.S found the planes, have made Ihe lulls ol Laos unhealthy for farming. _ But there is obviously a Inl left. And, perhaps more impor- .antly, Laos is smack on the route from the poppy fields of Northern Thailand and Burma lo the drug uses in Vietnam. In Vientiane, the law theoreli- cally closes nearly opium dens where thousands of addiels pass away Iheir eve- nings.-and a f I e r n o o n s and mornings--lying by an old lamp on a wooden slab. Kvon when il was legal. Vim lianc. veterans say, scores of tin- licensed dens stayed open sim- ply by nKistoring the compli- syslcm of bribery ihal helps make wheels i go round here. Thoi'gh a light- ening would certainly have some cffeel. many believe slricl enforcement is unlikely or im- WAMKI! KHEVEXCIIUK KDMONTON1 (CP) Coal is making a comeback in Al- hcrla. It's too late for some com- j decayed and were bulldozed out of exist- ence-bill things arc begin- ning to stir again in towns that became ghostly witnesses to coal's grudging surrender to natural gas and diescl fuel in the early 1950s. There's "even a spanking rew town at Grande Cache, in the Smoky River field 200 miles west of here. Blazing furnaces in Japa- nese steel mills ar.d steam- driven power plants have sent Alberta coal production soar- ing a record nine million tons is expected in 1972, about 4'-; times Ihe IWI figure when production plunged lo its low- est level in 50 years. But something has been lost in the process of decline and i n s t e a d of men, are doing most of the work. In 1951, with men, the province's mines produced 1.044 tons of coal per man. In 1970. with men, they pro- duced tons per man. VANISHING BREED The coal minor became a vanishing breed in Alberta with the appearance of the o' i e s e 1 locomotive. Railway p u r ch i s es of coal, which reached 2.4 million tons in 1951, dropped rapidly to tons in i960. The exodus from the coal fields was accelerated when clean-burning natural gas in- vaded the home-healing mar- ket, knocking domestic con- sumption of coal down from 1.4 million tons in 1051 to 791.000 in 1961. Coal-dependent centres like East Coulee. Wayne and Nor- degg became roar ghost towns. A prison farm now oc- j cupics the few remaining j buildings in Nordcgg. 110 miles northwest of Calgary. East Coulee and Wayne are ui the Drumheller field 60 miles northeast of Calgary. A handful of towns, includ- ing Mountain Park and Lus- ear, 140 miles southwest of Edmonton, were razed and bulldozed by forestry depart- ment crews. Also affected, to a lesser de- gree, were Drumbeller, Ca- domin, B e 11 e v u c. Frank, Blair mo r c, and Hillcrest Drumheller got an economic reprieve when a penitentiary was constructed in the city of in 1967. REVIVED BY JAPAN Hillcrest, in the Crowsnest Pass area 60 miles west of Lethbridge. was "getting nm down but is showing signs of new life with Coleman in bet- ter said Philip Mel- son, Alberta's director of mines. Mr. Melson said some of the (owns would have died in any case, "because old mines pe- tered out and new mines are located far from transporta- tion and roads cost a for- tune to build in mountain areas." T w o unconnected factors combined to bring the prov- ince's coal industry out of its depression. Fuel-short Japan found Al- berta coal suitable for its growing steel industry and in Ihe late 1950s signed several long-term contracts. Exports lo Japan shot up to 2.3 million Ions in 1970 from 40.000 in 1957. The Japanese wanted hard, biuiminons coal, which still U i't the problem of disposing of millions of Ions of soft, sub-bituminous coal. This was partly solved when Cnlgary Power Ltd., the prov- ince's major supplier of elec- tricity, built coal-fired power plants at Wabannm, Seba Beach and Furcstburg, west of Edmonlon. The three planls used most of Ihe million Inns of coal consumed in Alberta in 1970. Most ol the soft coal is strip- mined in the Pcinbina field, j 45 miles west of Edmonton, and owned by Calgary Power. HIT WARTIME 1'EAK Coal was first mined in what now is Alberta in 1880 and production reached a peak in million tons worth 544.6 million. The oldest operating mine in the province is Canmore No. 2, which opened 50 miles west of Lethbridge in 1891. Production dipped gradually to two million tons, worth S10.4 million, in 1961 and then climbed to 6.7 million tons, worth S26.7 million, in 1970. Mr Meson said the dollar- amount should be higher, but Calgary Power places a value of only -SI or sit a ton on its coal. Private producers sell their soft coal for between S4.50 and S6 a ton. The Japanese demand for coal has accomplished two things, increasing exploration activity and leading to elimi- nation of a federal subsidy on Alberta coal which had been in effect for 40 years. In the early 1900s the subsidy amounted to S4.50 a ton but CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION COMMISSION tlir Oinndo-Mi PnHirt-li Irvi'.inn Conimi'MOn tin' (nllDwing rlf-xtivr on !hp following onto: November 4, 197I Decision CRTC 71-347 Lclbbritlgo, Allei.-7 104029 ApplirJIion by Cobkvision totllbridrjc ttd., for mithorily to llie monthly snrvio? fllarqrt of iK cable tele- vision brondcnMinci utuli Makinci nt Alia., from 10 wilh a tliMounl of il paid hy Ilip of fttilowinn monlli. Drcision AI'PriOVED 81 1 MONIODE COUPAI, Aclnifl Seaolory was down lo 79 cents when il slopped early in 1971. CITES DANGERS The subsidy applkd only t'i mines thai had been in opera- tion for at least 10 years ar.d did no; benefit Mclmyre Por- cupine .Mines Ltd., one of the major exporters to Japan. Mclntyre Porcupine, which gets about a ten for iu coal, has three mires at Grande Cache, two strip one underground operation will tunnel under straight through a mmmtain. Mr Melson said under- ground mines in Alberta have r own peculiar problems. the rock is yciing. it le ca it 'ill cave in on you." Gas was .'tno'.her danger, re- quiring bigger far.s for biUer ventilation. In contrast to petnjleuin and natural gas. which have been a bonanza for Alberta, ccal does little for the provincial treasury. There is a royalty of 10 cents a ton on coal, but it applies only to Crown reserves and amounted to in fiscal 1970-71. eratiin in the last year :-'.-ven i'. which produced Ki pi" c.' UK- coal. In 1953 some r.'i produced ccal. r.ivcr field, one of rjVCi1. bi'.uir.inous c'j.'il. picduced one million ions, fi.Jlov.i'l by tha Crows- r.cs! field v.iili CIT.iiOO tons. Tin' r.rc'iueer among the '2> fieki.s IVmbina. v.ith 2.5 million loiis. by Castor's ore ROML Police said that wlien officei-s went to Ihe home ci Halo M arrest him, his wife saic! was em. The offi- cers to wait, sat down on a couch and discovered the wanted man hiding between the springs and tiie cushion. LUXURIOUS MINK" Now is the time to choose the elegant mink you have always dreamed of from Canadian Furriers outstand- ing collection of three quarter length and full length coats in the majestic beauty of Pastel, Demi-Buff, Sapphire, Dark Rancli, Lavender and many more. From to Play it fashionably warm this winter Choose a Magnificent FUN FUR from Canadian Furriers A truly great collection in Muskrat, Nutria, China Mink, Racoon, Fox and many more. From to Canadian Furriers convenient budget terms for your most cherished possession. SHOP THURS. and FRI. TILL 9 P.M. Paramount Theatre Bldg. "IN A TRADITION OF QUALIiV <1tli Avc. S. ;