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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta New hospital predicted for Pincher LAMAR WINDBERG WEIGHS IN WITH YOUNG ANTELOPE Pronghorns being tested for virus A program to determine what's bugging pronghorn antelope is in its fourth year in Southern Alberta. Antelope belonging to the provincial fish and wildlife branch are being kept at the Stewart Game Farm and tested to find out what virus and bacteria antelope in the South are carrying around, according to Morley Barrett, regional wildlife biologist. A couple of weeks ago the animals on test were treated with a drug that would activate any virus or bacteria in their bodies for easy recovery. Then last week wildlife authorities ewere at the farm taking blood samples and nose swabs for testing. Weight of the animals is also checked during the test period. Later this fall the wildlife authorities will head southeast to Manyberries to carry out similar tests on wild pronghorns. The biologists are trying to determine what factors beside weather might account for the turnover of animals. They also hope to learn if the antelope are carrying any virus that might have a detrimental effect on domestic livestock. The study will probably last another two years. TECHNICIAN SONJA MARSHALL HELPS GORDON CHALMERS TAKE BLOOD SAMPLE Photos by Bill Groenen By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The provincial government will probably choose to build a new hospital in Pincher Creek instead of expanding the existing facility, Pincher Creek Mayor Juan Teran said Tuesday. Dr. Teran, said in a telephone inter- view, discussions between himself and Jack Bradley, chairman of the Alberta Hospitals Services Commission, in- dicate the government favors a new facility. Dr. Bradley told the mayor that he feels there will be a new hospital built in the town, Dr Teran said. "I am confident now there will be a new hospital he added If a new hospital is constructed it will end a long dispute between the majori- ty of residents of this town of and the provincial government. When a decision was passed by the AHSC last year that the existing hospital, St Vincent's, be renovated, townspeople began holding meetings and signing petitions to overturn the government decision Spearheading the citizen action was Mayor Teran who said he felt the ex- isting hospital was inadequate. Dr Teran is a member of the hospital staff Since then, the government has been wrestling with the problem and Dr. Bradley told The Herald last week an official decision would be announced before Christmas. Dr. Teran, during a trip to Edmon- ton, met the chairman and was told the AHSC favors construction of a new hospital Dr. Bradley was unavailable Tuesday for comment. The Uthbridge Herald Second Section Lethbndge, Alberta, Wednesday, November 20, 1974 Pages 13-24 Coleman council blasted for highway suggestions By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer PINCHER CREEK Financial burden and a loss of homes for up to 300 families has been predicted for Coleman area residents if a proposed route for a new highway 3 corridor through the town is given the green light, the Alberta Land Use Forum was told here Tuesday. Three briefs presented to the forum criticized Coleman town council for pursuing alternate routes for Highway 3 through the town when a 'route surveyed by the provin- cial government five or six years ago is favored by many citizens. Edna Ondrus, representing the Committee for Environ- ment of Coleman and Area, told about 60 people a plan to route Highway 3 through the river valley floor and through the mam street of Coleman would be the death knell for the town except for expansion of industry. It would also mean reloca- tion for about 300 families who would not be able to afford to maintain or buy housing to WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST MORLEY BARRETT TAKES NOSE SWAB Warranties 'not to boost' home prices When Lethbndge builders hold their annual home show next year, all houses will probably come with a warran- ty, says Lethbridge Housing Association President Keith Bickerton. The cost of homes carrying the warranty, he predicts, will not be noticeably increased by the warranty plan, adds the recently elected director to the Alberta New Home Cer- tification Program. Bickerton said Tuesday that the new home warranty scheme, announced Monday by Consumer Affairs minister Bob Dowling. should come into effect by mid -1975. He said the warranty, which will give buyers a one year warranty against major struc- tural defects and refund buyers with deposits lost through bankrupt- cies, won't affect the price of homes in Lethbridge. "As far as Lethbndge is concerned. I don't think builders will have to change the quality of construction that much But it will make builders more aware of their liabilities." The warranty program, to be administered by a non profit company which plans to collect funds from "nominal" builders" registration fees, is modelled after a national warranty drafted by the Hous- ing and Urban Development Association of Canada. While other provinces are moving in the same direction. Bickerton said Alberta will probably be the first to in- stitute new home warranties While the New Home Cer- Jificalion Program will "work closely with the provincial government" no funds have been requested from Edmon- ton, he added The impact of the program on consumers, he added, is that "people finally have someone to turn to without go- ing through courts" to recover expenses incurred by construction defects or builders' failure to return deposits because of insolvency or liquidation replace homes now con- sidered adequate, homes which are owned by the residents without mortgages Mrs Ondrus said the sur- veyed route north of the Con- solidated High School between Coleman and Blairmore, north of the Crowsnest Pass General Hospital and north of a present residential subdivi- sion would present the fewest problems to the fewest people She said outside the meeting Coleman town council wants to stop the highway from pass- ing on the surveyed route so it can expand into another residential subdivision at the expense of serviced land in the developed area. John Sanyshyn, representing the Ratepayers Citizen Commiftee of East Coleman, said there would be about 150 families disrupted in East Coleman in a time of already tight housing con- ditions. Pointing to the proposed route for Highway 3 through what is now Blairmore Road, Mr Sanyshyn said if the highway passed through the centre of Coleman, residents would lose all chances of federal NIP grants to renovate their homes. He said this is important because the majority of the people that would be affected by relocation are low income families who couldn't even af- ford to maintain new housing. He termed the Highway 3 relocation question "eight years of burden on the com- munities that has resulted in fighting among the com- munities and organizations" in the Pass. In a private brief, Mrs. Ondrus said town council hasn't even made representa- tion to the citizens about their opinion on the location of the highway. She said council's proposal would pose a safety hazard since students would have to cross a busy highway to get to school and noise pollution would affect the hospital as well as residential area and town centre. She blasted the council for what she termed "limiting noise pollution" in the new Coleman subdivision but for- saking similar restrictions for the established part of town. Mrs. Ondrus said she has been unable to confirm that residents relocated by the move would "receive a home for a home." She said she could get no satisfaction from Socred MLA Charlie Drain when she asked for clarifica- tion on the policy of new hous- ing for residents forced to vacate their homes At the meeting Mr Dram said his understanding of the act provided for a home replacement plan to give a resident a home of equal value if forced to move to make room for a highway in defence of town council John Holyk said in a brief the provincial government proposal was being opposed because it would disrupt prime residential land north of the present subdivision, one of the few areas left for Coleman to expand Outside the meeting, Mrs Ondrus said the surveyed route was "up the side of the mountain" and not in prime land Mr Hohk said if the highway followed Ihe mam street, only worth of assessed land would be dis- rupted, with lesser amounts for two other alternatives running through the present town centre East Coleman landfill used despite closure PINCHER CREEK The Town of Coleman has been asked to stop using a sanitary landfill 300 yards from the centre of East Coleman East Coleman residents fear a possible health hazard. In a brief to the Alberta Land Use Forum. John Sanyshyn, representing the Ratepayers Citizen Com- mittee of East Coleman, said the landfill has been condemned by public health officials but the Town of Coleman continues to use it He said East Coleman has stopped dumping garbage into the landfill and residents want it taken out of use so the land can be used to expand the residential area of the community He termed Coleman's continued use of the landfill a "flagrant disregard for the rights of East Coleman residents." He then called for a designated landfill site in The Pass for all communities to use This would remove a potential health hazard and allow expansion for East Coleman. Coleman Town Councillor Ted Kryczka, in another brief concerning the landfill, said the Town of Coleman refuses to accept a suggested site at Allison Creek, one of the prime recreational areas in the 'Pass. He said a site at Passburg east of Coleman could be used for all communities from Bellevue to the British Columbia border. In this area, several gravel pits, already scars on the land, could be utilized, he said. Recreational land use with ranchers PINCHER CREEK Soil classifications for ranching areas near here must be changed to alleviate the com- petition from recreation for the use of the land, says rancher Kay Hoggland. Presenting a brief to the Alberta Land Use Forum. Mrs. Hoggland said 80 per cent of the ranch land in the Beaver Mines area, 20 miles southwest of here is classified as marginal which invites other uses for the land. She said ranchers on the "marginal" land are self sup- porting and while much of the land can't be hayed, it can be used for summer grazing instead of recreational uses If the land were reclassed to ranching from marginal, prices due to competition from recreation would not be driven up and people could continue to ranch the land, she explained. Mrs. Hoggland said the public must be re-educated to use public facilities instead of trying to utilize agricultural land This would be helped if officials would enlarge pre- sent campgrounds, build new ramp sites, improve public areas and refuse to allow any commercial recreational developments. United Way drive ahead of last year The Lethbridge United Way has collected 73 3 per cent of its goal of executive director Dave Wilson said Tuesday A total of 5335.573" has been pledged or collected far. com- pared with at the same point in last year's campaign, he said She said if this were done, the public would benefit and there would be no disadvan- tages to ranchers. The problem of hunter- rancher relations was handled by another Beaver Mines area brief. Doug McClelland said all hunting on private land without the owner's permis- sion should be stopped. He said hunting seasons are opened too early, not leaving sufficient time for ranchers to remove their livestock from areas which might be hunted Mr. McClelland said all- terrain vehicles should be restricted to roads since they destroy land when driven into fields after game. To protect the rancher, he asked that the term occupied land, over which the land owner has jurisdiction, be enlarged from one mile from the home buildings to include all deeded land Use of Crown land for ranching purposes drew another brief from Beaver Mines Cecil Shenton said if cattle and wild animals are not allowed 10 graze together in grazing reserves and Crown leases, ranchers will be hard pressed to maintain viable economic operations He said callJe numbers have been lowered 25 per cent in Ihe public lands by order and this restriction should be removed He said a return to cattle- wild animal use of public lands would result in added stability to the ranching in- dustry through assured future gracing rights for ranchers The question of foreign ownership was raised near the end of the meeting Elva McOlland of Beaver Mines loo much land was being nor.ghl bv foreign interests, driving up the price oHand She said it is celling to thr point loral tenners can't afford to enlarge the family farm ;