Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
16 THE LETHBR1DGE HERALD Tutiday, Npv.mber it, 1971- Coutls, the main gateway lo Al- berta, Yukon and Alaska, is nestled against the U.S. border 60 miles from Lelhbridge and aside from being a border town, is a typical provin- cial community. The village has laken the slogan because between it and Sweetgrass, Montana only a stones throw away, is situated Alberta's only 24-liour port entry to and from the United States. The village office is manned by one of the two full-time employees, sec- retary-treasurer Gwen Robinson. Vil- lage foreman Madison Barrows takes care of the town maintenance prob- lems and when needed, acts as vil- lage police officer and welfare offi- cer. The RCMP from Milk River po- lice the village itself. The 429 residents pay taxes at the rate of 89 mills. Garbage hauling is contracted out. For their money, the residents have good water facilities, with water pumped seven miles over country from the Milk River. The vil- lage installed a booster pump this year to double the capacity of the output. This was necessitated in part be- cause Coutts supplies water to Sweet- grass. It turns out to be almost an even exchange since Southern Utilities Co., a Montana company, supplies natural gas and electricity to the village. The company has offices established in Coutts and bills the residents directly. School Coutts School, operated in the Coun- ty of Warner, is the focal point in the village. It is located on a slight hill about in the center of the village. The playground joins Uic wide no mans land between the.two countries. The school has 159 pupils attending lo Grade 9. Eight full-time and one part-lime teachers serve the school. A travelling teacher instructs in art, physical education and music. Prin- cipal Leo Lisowski keeps a tight rein. .Students from Coutts of high school age are bussed lo Milk Itivcr, 12 miles to the north. The school has an active baseball, basketball and floor hockey program for the students. The civic government is run liy Mayor Walmer J. Gaits, deputy May- or Leom Orr and councilor E. E. Thiessen complete the council staff. These men run the village with two employees. Casual labor is hired when necessary. The village hired some persons in 1970 and 1971 under the provincial government program to as- sist the unemployment picture. Last year, the village didn't have any per- sons employed under the program. Clubs The Southern Alberta Outdoorsman Club is the most active group in the community. The facilities are located six miles north of Coutts. The 175 members from the district engage in activities ranging from trap shooting to snowmobile and motorcycle racing. The Coults-Sweetgrass Lions Club, the only true international Lions club in Canada, holds regular meetings under the guidance of President Harold Anderson of Milk River. There are 40 members. The Coutts and District Chamber of Commerce is a very active group with 50 members. President Joe Grant presides. The International 4-H Light Horse Club is led by Arthur Furlong. Both village and district boys and girls at- tend regular meetings in the Coutts Civic Centre. Women from the village and dis- trict gather regularly lo attend Bridge Club. Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Cubs are active groups for the young people. II is hoped the village will be able lo revive the Scout activities by Christmas. Three churches serve the district residents in the village of Coutts. The LDS are planning a new church building. An active Relief Society op- erates as the women's auxiliary for the church. The United Church of Canada is located near the school and has an active United Church Women group. The Roman Catholic Church at Coutts was built in 1970 and an active Catholic Women's League operates as the auxiliary. Businesses The business sector of Coutts is con- centrated near the border. Tlie custom brokerage business is the main interest in the border town activities. H. H. Smith Ltd H. T. Hig- imbotham Ltd., Maze Hickey and Redman Ltd., Border Brokers Ltd., Lawrence Customs Brokers (1970) Ltd. and Allan Johnston Ltd. are the concerns. Three service stations and two bulk stations serve tlie fuel needs of the residents, farmers and tourists. To indicate the wide range of busi- nesses in Coutts, there are two gro- cery stores, two china shops, two freight companies and two storage warehouses and one hairdresser, cafe, sufferance warehouse, sports shop, hotel, motel, welding shop, trucking firm and mechanic. The Altamont Museum, open from May to October, has a cafe and con- cession service when open. The tourist information booth oper- ates from Jane to September. Recreation Tlie Coutls Recreation Board has established two baseball diamonds and bleachers and camping facilities and playgrounds will be in operalion this spring. A nine-hole golf course offers swing- ers the opportunity lo play their game. Residents of the community have bowling and curling facilities at Milk River, can skate and play hockey in Warner, 23 miles north and can swim in Sunburst, Montana, nine miles south. Tlie Coutts Volunteer Fire Depart- ment, under the direction of Chief Henry J. Hacke, serves Coutts and the rural area as well as the Northern Toole County in Montana. There are 21 members who operate three fire fighting units. Coutts also boasts a full eight-man rescue team and unit. Tlie team has won the pro- vincial Emergency Measures Organ- ization competition four of the past six years.