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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, November 22, 1974 Pages 15-28 Radburn compromise in sight Hard work by a resident committee appears to have averted a neighborhood confrontation in the Radburn subdivision in southeast Lethbridge A happy ending to the months long dispute largely over location of fences and trees and shrubs along rear walkways in the laneless sub- division, was predicted by Aid. Vaughan Hembroff following a committee meeting Thursday It would appear the com- mittee members will get un- animous agreement on three of the cul de sacs; they hope to get it on the fourth, and to arrange some minor com- promises, on the fifth, said Aid Hembroff who chaired the committee of four residents, two aldermen and city administration officials "I was surprised and said Aid Hembroff who Monday had told council it might be necessary for the city to go to court for residents who wanted to protect the original open space concept of the subdivision He praised the work of the four residents on the com- mittee John Allan, Dave Craiggs, Fred Clarke and Archie Wilson. They went door to door and explained the whole thing to each family, he said A uniform setback for fences, and trees and shrubs of 10 feet from the walkways is provided in the proposed agreements Where residents' fences don't meet the rules, people are prepared to help one another comply with physical labor to move them, Aif. Hembroff said The new agreement will be drafted into new contracts and sent out for study, he said. "We'll go door to door to get it signed and then re register the neighborhood plan It will have to get council ratification, but that won't bey any Aid Hembroff said. Winter traffic toll WALTER KERBER photos Lethbridge's first good snow of the winter took the highway from the river valley, on the southern leg .ts toll as motorists took to the slippery streets. A car of the road just past the turnoff to North Lethbridge. left the road near Lethbridge Community College, top, Bottom right are cars abandoned on the same road while at bottom left is the aftermath of an incident on when they could go no further. Bloods re-elect Chief Shot Both Sides STANDOFF Jim Shot Both Sides Sr. has retained the chieftainship of the Blood band, a position the popular, 77- year-old chief has held for all but two years since 1956. In a heavy election turnout here Thursday, of eligible voters re-elected Chief Shot Both Sides and turned most of the previous council out of office Topping the polls for council were two women. Priscilla Bruised Head, an incumbent, and Olive White Quills Two council seats are still undecided. as a three-way tie for the last two positions on council has forced a recount. Tied for the last two seats on council are: incumbent councillors Ray King and Floyd Many Fingers and new- comer Ben Scout. Returned to council are Jim Wells and Frank Eagle Tail Feathers Sr. Newcomers elected to council are: Raymond Young Pine, Roy Fox, Levi Black Water, Wayne Wells, Pete Standing Alone and Harley Frank. Returning officer Jack Dixon of In- dian affairs said today that another vote will be held if today's recount fails to break the three-way tie for the last two seats on council. Mr. Dixon said appeals are likely and must be filed in 30 days. Chief Shot Both Sides, a grandson of Crop Eared Wolf and a great grandson of Red Crow, easily outran six challengers for the Blood chieftainship. The chief, who succeeded his father At- sotoah as band chief 18 years ago, received 416 votes. His closest com- petitor, Mike Devine Sr., received 170. Early vote sought on potato board By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer CALGARY Alberta potato growers will be given a second chance to vote for a marketing board for their product following passage of an unopposed resolution at the annual meeting of the Alberta Potato Growers Association here Thursday. The marketing board concept, to replace the Alberta Potato Commission, was defeated this summer although more than 60 per cent of producers casting votes were in favor. Under legislation governing the Alberta Agricultural Marketing Council, a majority of all registered potato growers was needed and with about half of registered growers failing to vote, the plan failed Potatoes sell for per ton CALGARY Potato producers in Alberta received a record per ton for their product in 1974 to bring returns in line with other agricultural crops but more will be needed to offset in- creasing production costs, says a member of the Alberta Potato Growers Association Noris Taguchi of Picture Butte said here Thursday at the association's annual meeting the price in 1974 was 100 per cent increase com- pared with 1973 but was still below the returns for sugar beets He said potato growers should receive about 20 per cent more for their product than sugar beet producers because of higher production costs and lower yields. While farmers won't know until ear- ly in 1976 what they will receive for beets grown this year, predictions place the figure at per ton plus. E E. Butch O'Donnell, president of the association, told The Herald in an inter- view the new vote is being sought because a marketing board is the key to the success or failure of the potato in- dustry in Alberta. He said the industry position could be in jeopardy as soon as 1975 without acceptance of a marketing board which will pring potato producers together to set prices for their product. He said price hasn't been a problem in the past. Price has no bearing as far as the trade and wholesale buyers are concerned. They are interested in supply Mr. O'Donnell said acreage in Alberta has dropped to 000 acres and if processors in the province work at capacity, they would require the entire production from Alberta. But growers can't fill the needs of processors because of a lack of acreage and this puts processors in an insecure position with the trade, not because of price but because of uncertain supplies With a marketing board, which would have powers to set price not available to the commission, producers would be able to gurantee a supply of potatoes because they would be guranteed a satisfactory price for their product. This increased supply would also help to ensure consumers in Alberta would continue to have cheap potatoes, said Mr. O'Donnell. Because wholesalers could be guaranteed supplies, the margin between the consumer price and producer price wouldn't have to be as high as it now is to provide protection for the retailer and wholesaler. The vote for the marketing board has been requested before March 1, 1975. This time, instead of mailing ballots out to registered growers, district agriculturist offices throughout the potato growing regions will be used as polling stations for growers to vote Mexican labor praised CALGARY A labor im- portation program with Mex- ico has received full blessings of the Alberta Potato Growers Association and the farm-help program is expected to be increased in 1975 E E. Butch O'Donnell of Brooks, president of the association, told 120 persons at the group's annual meeting here Thursday the workers were "terrific, just terrific" and so far he sees no problems for the program to continue unless the federal government decides farmers can't bring workers in again. Mr. O'Donnell said while the Mexicans worked hard and were tidy, they liked to be pranksters "They felt it made their work fun Because they didn't mind starting work at 4 a m or working later in the night, the Mexicans were "a far cry" from what we've had to put up with in the past "And I have not been told where to put my farm either." he said. With 33 Mexicans brought into Southern Alberta potato and vegetable fields in 1974. Mr O'Donnell urged producers to pursue the program "Use it but don't abuse it." He said farmers, who had to pay return air fare for the Mexican workers, could save money in 1975 if sufficient workers are needed so the association can" charter a plane He criticized having to use an Ontario travel firm to bring the workers to Calgan in 1974. While not elaborating on this point, he said there are lots of travel agents right in Calgary National parks limited resourse: economist Today's 'wilderness buffs9 may leave legacy of plastic trees Canada's national parks are a nice place to holiday, but keep it under your hat. Too many people are choosing a park vaca- tion already, according to a Lethbridge ex- pert on national parks economics Many more people, and Canada's park wilderness areas are going to wear out. Another generation will have to make do with plastic trees. Bernd Ebel. a professor of Canadian regional economics at the University of Lelhbndge. said in an interview he believes it would be economically wise for the federal government to curtail development in the national parks until it has established its goals for the parks. "I would suggest we not do anything that would change the present environment to a man-made environment Dr. Ebel is concerned that the country is still promoting tourism in the national parks even though they may now. in many areas, be occupied to capacity. The demand on park facilities is outstripp- ing the supply without promotion, he points out As an economist. Dr. Ebel views the national parks as a natural resource of relatively fixed supply- On one hand there is a fixed supply of parkland and on the other there is an ever- inrreasmg demand on the national parks by a Canadian population that is flocking to the outdoors to escape the continued urbanization of their lives, he explains. If the government continues to satisfy the demand by increasing the supply of man- made tounsJ facilities within the parks. it will only be making it easier for people to the parks until the demand again sur- passes 1he supply The eventual result is a totally developed national park that is void of a wilderness ex- perience. Dr. Ebel maintains He compares the development of the national parks to the freeway situation in some of the larger American cities. When the traffic load became too great on the existing freeways, the cities simply buiit more freeways They have now found that building more freeways only postponed the solution to the traffic problem The federal government is caught between its responsibility to the "unborn" generations" and a large portion of today's electorate who appear to favor increased development, when it sets policy on future national park development. Dr. Ebel points out. Even though there is an increasing number of people who prefer the preservation of national parks in their natural state, there are still people today who want more facilities in the national parks and want easy access to them. If their demands are met. the national park experience of future generations may be in a plastic instead of a natural environment, the professor forecasts. By Jim Grant Herald Staff Writer It may be a difficult task for the govern- ment not to meet the demands placed on them today because many people tend to con- sider their current needs much more impor- tant than the needs of future generations Basically, the government has two alter- natives: supply more facilities to meet the demand of the current camping and travell- ing craze or curtail development and preserve the national parks in a natural state, according to Dr. Ebel. It could be people will adapt to an artificial environment with plastic trees and waterfalls because they may learn to see the wilderness experience in a different way than raany peo- ple do today. If the government decides that its national park goal will be to preserve the parks in their natural state, there are many alter- natives open to it. according to the economic viewpoint of Dr. Ebel. Commercial development could be moved outside the park to minimize the number of vehicles in the park, he says. Any new roads that are built into certain areas in the park should maybe be built by manual labor instead of machines. If consideration for the environment was included in the process of road building, there would be less chance of the road; designed to allow people to gain a wilderness experience, destroying the environment they came to see. he adds. Should there be a road that is not being used extensively in the national parks and is dis- rupting the environment, it should be remov- ed if economically feasible. Dr. Ebel says there are at least three alter- natives open to the government if it should decide to control the number of people visiting the parks. He suggests the admission price to the parks could be increased substantially, thus eliminating the many people who could not afford it. Dr. Ebel calls such a step regressive and undersirable. A maximum capacity for each park could be established so people are only allowed in until the carrying capacity is reached. The economics professor believes such a move would discriminate against park visitors who had to travel from a distance. However, a reservation system could be es- tablished for entrance to the parks This step is "one of the feasible solutions" to the overload problem, according to Dr Ebel. Other solutions, he suggests, include limiting the supply of facilities and charging cost price for park facilities instead of sub- sidizing them Since Canadians are paying for the national parks, they should have first choice of the park entrance reservations, he suggests. Visitors from foreign countries should also have to pay more to enter the parks, he adds "When we go abroad, we can only par- ticipate in their environment by paying cer- tain prices He compares the national parks in Canada to some of the tourist-attraction monuments in older countries. The man-made traditional monuments provide people with one type of experience while Canada's national parks provide another. Many of Dr Ebel's suggestions call for some type of price being set on the national park experience and he realizes it is difficult to set a price on such an experience For example, he says, it "is impossible to find out how much it is worth to look at the mountains." A number of economists think a price can- not be fixed on such an experience, but Dr Ebel believes some type of price must be worked out by comparing it Jo other e.x- penence available to people Improving Crowsnest route 4could rescue Banff, Jasper' Highway 3 through the Crowsnest Pass should be studied as a possible alternate Trans Canada route to relieve some of the traffic overload in some areas of Banff and Jasper National Parks, an expert in the economics of national parks suggests Bernd Ebel. University of Lethbridge professor of Canadian regional economics, says the Rogers Pass route through Banff National Park is congested and may not be economically efficient as a transportation corridor There are "extremely heavy demands" on 1he Rogers Pass route and as a result there are economic pressures for it to be increased from a two lane to a four lane highway Since the Rogers Pass is "not just a tourist highway" but is also a transportation throughway. it may be wiser to seek an alter- nate Trans Canada route widening the highway through the pass, the professor suggests. If the Crowsnest Pass was developed as a major transportation corridor and other economic adjustments were made to en- courage transport and through traffic to use it. the congestion of vehicular traffic in the Banff and Jasper National Parks might be reduced substantially, he says Dr Ebel, who has presented the federal government with the economic viewpoint of national park development on several oc- casions, says the transportation corndors through Banff and Jasper are no longer need- ed to stimulate economic growth in Calgary and Edmonton The two major cities have reached what many residents and officials in ihose cities say should be their maximum level of growth On the olher hand, he says, "it would be wise" for the government to stimulate growth in Southern Alberta to make it ec- onomically attractive to those now using the Rogers and Ycllowhead passes as a transpor- tation corridor between the coast and this province He warned that to just encourage industn and business to establish in Southern Alberta and develop Highway 3 is not enough Housing and services must also be planned and developed to meet the needs of the pop- ulation increase that accompanies economic growth While Dr Ebel is not an advocate of un- limited growth, he suggests Lelhbndge could "well accommodate additional growth Its population is just 'not high enough to support" certain activities and facilities that people in larger communities now enjoy The degree of inter governmental ro operation on national park matter'; should be increased and the federal government should provide money to the Western province? for the construction of an alternate Trans Canada route ;