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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Magrath sheep breeder joins agriculture hall of fame By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor MAGRATH (Staff) Lalovee R. Jensen, internationally-known breeder of registered sheep and leader of various farm organizations, has been admitted to the Alberta Agricultural Hall of Fame, Deputy Premier and Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer has announced. "May I extend congratulations on behalf of all Albertans for your out- standing contribution to the minister said in announcing Alberta Agriculture's highest award. Mr. Jensen will be honored along with four other Alber- tans by Alberta Agriculture at the Agricultural Hall of Fame dinner to be held Oct. 1 during Agriculture Week. Said Mr. Jensen today at his Happy Valley Farms Ltd. operation five miles northwest of Magrath: "You work with some real good boards. These men have a lot on the ball and they make you look pretty good. No man achieves by himself." In recognition of his farm- ing and civic contributions, Mr. his wife Lasca Lee and their four children were members or the first group of five farm families in Alberta to be honored by receiving the Master Farm Family Award in 1949. Mr. Jensen is now heading three national agricultural organizations: Canadian Sugar Beet Producers, Cana- dian Co-operative Wool Growers and the Canadian Sheep Marketing Council. He is, a member of the senate of the University of Lethbridge. He has won international recognition for his achievements in a 37-year breed improvement program which has resulted in a strain of polled Rambouillet sheep. Me. Jensen attended Brigham Young University where he studied animal science. "I love he says. "At university I studied genetics. There were certain things I wanted to do with Rambouillet sheep. Others did it by cross-breeding. I wanted to do it within the breed itself. "We made a hornless breed out of them They were wool blind. We bred the wool back of their eyes. Rambouillets were probably the best breed in the country but they had defects. We bred the wrinkles off them so they weren't so difficult to shear. We put a better mutton body on them. "You have to know the history of every animal. You must first find what is known as a 'true sport.' There are polled (hornless) individuals that show up in a flock all the time. When you find a polled ram that will breed true, throw more polled rams than other rams do, then you are on your way. "It is difficult with four characteristics. It isn't an easy thing. I didn't have enough sense to know it was that tough. It has taken us 37 years to do this. It's a proven success. Our stock is in very keen demand." Happy Valley Farms Ltd. is now one of the largest, if not the, largest, breeder of registered sheep in the nation. Fifteen or 20 of them, bound for Spanish Fork, Utah, mov- ed around the corral. They are big, alert and magnificent. His production has been sold in every province in Canada, many states in the United States and many other foreign countries. He supplied founda- tion flock for the Hebrew University in Israel. As everyone knows, farming is a gamble. Working to take some of the risk out of sugar beet produc- tion, Mr. Jensen was the dominant figure in negotiating over the years a contract for beets with the Canadian Sugar Factories that returns to Alberta producers more money per ton of beets than does the contract of any other group of growers in the South. The Alberta producers, through the terms of this contract in conjunction with the Canadian Sugar Factories, control their product from the beet fields to the shelves of the supermarkets something other farm producers would like to be able to do. Mr Jensen has always been a civic-minded individual. "I guess you could say my father and mother always taught me you owe to society in general a certain he says. "The only way you can pay that debt back is to put the future in debt to you." He was a Magrath School Board member for one term, a St. Mary's School Division board member for three terms, a director representing sugar beets, sheep and wool in the Alberta Federation of Agriculture for 20 years, 1950 to 1970, and vice-president of the same organization. He was a member of the founding board of directors of Unifarm which succeeded the Alberta Federation of Agriculture. In this organiza- tion he represented sugar beet growers from 1970 to 1974. He has been a director of Alberta Sugar Beet Growers from 1944 to the present and was vice-president and acting president for two terms, 1952 and 1953. He served as presi- dent from February, 1954, to the present. He was first president and founding director of the Cana- dian Sheep Marketing Council from May, 1972, to the present. His farm consists of about acres west of Magrath with a balanced operation of grain, hay, specialty crops and livestock. Part of these holdings have been in the hands of the Jensen family for 72 years. His father, the late Chris- tian Jensen (for whom the Jensen reservoir south of Magrath is named) bought the land in 1902, sight unseen. "He came up from Utah; brought sheep up with him. My son is now in sheep with me. We no longer have a big range operation. All the big range operations are gone. We run a sheep Mr. Jen- sen says. Second Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, October 1, 1974 Pages 13-24 Strap policy takes licking at school candidate forum Sex education rears during school session An issue that has been hashed and rehashed during the past decade surfaced again Monday as a major item of discussion in the 1974 school board elections. Sex education was introduced as a contentious issue at a public forum of separate and public school candidates held in the Lakeview School under the sponsorship of the Lethbridge council of home and school associations. Separate school board candidate Ron Scott told the forum he firmly opposes any type of birth control information in the schools. He suggested the home was the proper place for sex education. Taking the opposite view was Grant Fletcher, public school candidate He suggested sex education be taught in the schools by a competent councillor on a one to one basis. Public school candidate Morley McGffl also told about 85 people at the forum that he favors sex education within the context of a family life program. Parents and the schools must work together to develop a family life education program that "is best for children and the school system." he continued. Later in the meeting. Mr. McGill told a questioner "it was ridiculous" to even consider distributing birth control informa- tion to the high schools. It would be much wiser, he added, to make the Lethbridge Birth Control Centre a place where mothers can take their daughters for birth control instruction. Gary Bowie, public school candidate, is a firm supporter of sex education being taught in the home. However, he said if there is evidence that the home is failing to provide children with sex education, then the home and school should jointly undertake such teachings. But first. Dr. Bowie continued. "I would want to see facts to surport" the need for sex education to be taught anywhere else but in the home. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The public school board decision to abolish the strap, all other forms'of- corporal punishment and verbal abuse earlier this year, received more opposition than support at a candidates'- forum at Lakeview School Monday. When asked their stand on discipline, nine of the 15 public and separate school board candidates who replied opposed the school board discipline policy to the moans, groans and hisses of a few of the 85 people who attended the Lethbridge home school council sponsored forum. However, many of those who spoke in opposition to the abolishment of the strap indicated they disapproved of teachers using other methods of physical abus'e for disciplinary purposes. Two of three public school board incumbents at the meeting, Dorothy Beckel and Doug Card, stood firmly behind the policy they helped introduce, while incumbent Carl Johnson said he will stand with the decision made by the board even though he believes the strap has a place in the school. Matthew Lipton, candidate for the public school board, said he is totally against physical abuse of children. The children need direction rather than physical punishment, he suggested. Public school candidaw Bronic Kasperski opposes both physical violence and verbal abuse in' schools. He admitted to having hit his children at times. But such an act is not acceptable, he added, "I did it because I am ignorant and don't know how to respect their rights.'" Separate school incumbent Steve Vaselenak said the rules of the school should be clearly identified to the students when they first enter the school and then be enforced in whatever way is necessary. "Children want organisation and discipline aid we are too soft to tell them they'll have to the former principal stated. Mr. Vaselenak also suggested some of the blame for undisciplined children lies with the mothers. "Schools can't start doing what the parents should have done." Separate school candidate Ian Whishaw questioned the type of society that has to resort to violence to discipline children. Schools also terrify children by making them fear failure. Students should want to study because they like to learn instead of "doing it because they are frightened of failure." Dr. Whishaw said, while denouncing all forms of physical or mental abuse in schools. Grant Fletcher, public school candidate, said trustees must "untie the hands' of teachers" so discipline can return to the schools. He noted having knocked on about doors during his campaign and discovering that about two-thirds of the people he contacted want the discipline policy reviewed again. v According to public school candidate Mabel Byam, "all children need discipline to a point." She supports the use of the strap in the public schools. Separate school candidates Robert Kolesar and J. G. Poirier said they would oppose the abolishment of the strap in the separate schools and expressed a need for the strap in schools. However, they indicated a desire to be informed by the teacher that a discipline problem exists with their children before the strap is used. Ron Scott, another separate school board candidate, said because he supports corporal punishment doesn't mean he condones giving the teacher a "free hand to smack my child on the head." Morley McGill. candidate for public school board, doesn't believe in any type of physical abuse of children. Election issues flare in campaign After a dull two weeks of school board electioneering, separate and public school board candidates were put on the firing line in a public forum Monday. The action at the Lethbridge Home and School Council forum was an indicator to candidates that parents do care about election issues and are only going to vote Oct. 16 for candidates whose views they sup- port. Incumbents who were prepared to rest on their laurels without defending their policies and new candidates thought they could obtain trusteeship simply by show- ing a willingness to serve the public had a rode awakening. About 85 people attended the three-hour seminar Monday and many took turns flaying candidates with questions on everything from sex education to school busing. The ma jor concern most new can- didates voiced prior to the question period was the lack of communica- tion between the home and schools. New public school candidate Bronic Kasperski led the attack on present home-school com- munications by suggesting it is time for "some of the power" of educational decision making to be given to parents. He called for the establishment of school councils and suggested such councils be "given the power to run the schools." Representatives on the council, he said, should be elected by parents, teachers and students. Another public school candidate, Gary Bowie suggested the school must be considered an extension of the home with each having specific responsibilities. Because the school is an extension of the family, communication is ab- solutely necessary. Separate school trustees Gil Poirier and Robert Kolesar suggested that the school board set up meetings or a series of meetings to consult parents about major issues confronting local schools. Such meetings, Mr. Kolesar suggested, would eliminate many of the frustrations parents have about the enucation of their children and would also eliminate the necessity for parents to go in delegations to the school board to have their concerns heard. Mr. Poirier, a letter carrier, told the forum the separate school board would be able to communicate more effectively with all its parents if it bad representation from other walks of life. Three of the five members on the separate school board during the past five years are lawyers, one is a retired school principal and the other is an optometrist Public school candidate Morley McGill called for a greater voice for home and school associations in the decision-making process. "How can you effectively offer something to the child without the co-operation of he questioned. He also denounced closed meetings. "I do not believe in closed meetings of any kind." Better communications between the home and school will result if board members are completely open and frank with parents on all matters, he insisted. Speaking for her husband, a separate school candidate, Margaret Bowden pointed out a dis- tinct need for improved com- munications between the school and home so parents nave "a better un- derstanding of the methods and goals" of their children's teachers. Workshops and short courses to in- form parents what is happening in the schools may create a better at- mosphere for communications, her speech suggested. David Bowden was out of the city on business and unable to attend the forum. The only incumbent to challenge the new candidates and a couple of questioners' demands for better communication, public school trustee Dong Card, said parents already have a mechanism for com- munication and they're not using it He was referring to home and school associations. Home and school associations are having a hard time obtaining enough members to stay operative, he pointed out, while claiming the school board would gladly attend meetings of home and school associations if asked to. Steve Vaselenak, separate school board incumbent told the forum he is in sympathy with those who seek better communications with the community. Too often, be said, people become "all-knowing, over-bearing and arrogant" when they are elected as trustees. Sheep breeder Lalovee Jensen .with registered Rambouillet at farm near Magrath Pioneer in South irrigation among five honored today One of the key innovators in irrigation in Southern Alberta will be honored posthumously today when he is admitted into the Alberta Agricultural Hall of Fame. William H. Fairfield, first head of the Dominion Ex- perimental Station, later the Lethbridge Research Station, joins four other agricultural giants in the hall of fame. Others admitted to the hall of fame today are Carl Anderson of Brooks; Win- nif red Ross of Millet, 40 miles south of Edmonton; Frank W. Maddock of Entwistle, west of Edmonton, and Jensen of Magrath. Dr. Fairfield started his agricultural career on an irrigation farm in Colorado prior to 1900. With a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in agriculture, he join- ed the University of Wyoming staff as assistant professor and superintendent of the agricultural experimental station. In 1901, be managed a successful model irrigation farm at Lethbridge in co- operation with the Canadian North-West Irrigation Com- pany.. He served as head of the research complex at Lethbridge for the federal Wayward bus fails to appear here The Book Bus stood up the Lethbridge Public Library Monday. Librarian Duncan Rand was expecting the bos. full of books written and published by Canadians to be parked out- side the library Monday dar- ing its Lethbridge stop on a tear of Western Canada. The tour is sponsored by the Canada Council and the Independent Book Publishers Association of Canada. Mr. Rand said today he's heard nothing of the bos. government from 1805 to 1945, wbtn he retired. He was active in the introduction of trash cover and strip farming to protect against wind erosion and developed the system of crop rotation to better utilize the soil nutrients for optimum crop growth.. He also played an important role in the establishment of alfalfa crops in Southern Alberta and introduced winter-hardy strains of alfalfa. He participated in irrigation projects, including the 1922 Survey Board for Southern Alberta, the M. L. Wilson Commission and the 1935 Ad- visory Committee on Water Development and Land Utilization. He was active in the Western Canada Irrigation Association and represented Canada at the International Dry Fanning Congress. He served the Committee on Western Grains Standards from 1907 to his death in 1961. In 1930. he was given the honorary doctor of law degree from the University of Alber- ta. He received King George VTs Coronation Medal and was made an additional of- ficer of the Order of the British Empire, Civil Division. United Way on its way Did yon know There were 1.909 Brownies. Guides. Rangers and Cadets in the Girl Guide movement in Lethbridge last year? Support the Girl Guides through the United Way. 1974 campaign results to date: Professional National Selected Local Education Civic Provincial Federal Banks financial............1635 Real estate firms......... District...............V Agency staffs UW bd Total Objective 190.000 Unifced way ;