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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Hail fighters continue test By FRANK DABBS Calgary Herald PENHOLD (CP) For two decades, a co- operative group of farmers in central Alberta has been claiming success in reduc- ing crop-losses to hail through a weather modification program. Most of the time the farmers, who live in one of Canada's most hailed-upon agricultural areas have bewildered weather research scientists, who refuse to endorse the results ot the program, because of insufficient meteorological evidence. After a long neutrality between those who believe it is possible to use chemicals to break up hailstones and those who consider it a waste of money, the Alberta govern- ment has stepped into the "rainmaking" field Hail causes between million and million a in crop damage in Alberta Hardest-hit areas are the Lethbridge-High River corridor, the Ponoka-Penhold corridor, and the area bounded by Drumheller. Three Hills, Airo'rie. Dili-bury and Calgary, known as "hailstone alley" among scientists Formed last December, the interim weather modification board started a five-summer program ul- timately aimed at province-wide hail suppression. The board, whose func- tions will be taken over by a Crown corporation to be created by legislation next year, already projects that present technology can reduce crop losses to hail by 10 to 25 per cent. Board chairman Gordon Sterling says if a program could reduce crop losses by 10 per cent, crops saved would be worth million One of the foremost proponents of hail suppres- sion in Alberta is Jim T. Bishop, a Three Hills farmer whose advocacy dates back to 1954. Mr. Bishop told the story of Bill Conner, a Delrain. Man., farmer who, on a chance holiday in 1951. drove through a small town in the midwestern I'nited States and stopped lor gas. Mr Conner noted that the the town seemed greener than in other parts 'he midwest thai summer, and gas IDC gave all ihe credit to Or Irving P Knck, iMir.nuker tor hire who had This Winter TAKE A BREAKI Cruise n' Fly Holidays to Hawaii Emoy the fest of both worlds A carefree cruise "to Hawaii plus a week or so to enjoy the sun and surf of Waikki Beach. From Call 328-7921 For Details Winter Break in Sunny San Diego Leave from Calgary 22 Dec. 29 Dec. 1973 19 Jan. 2 Feb. 16 Feb. 1974 2 Mar. 16 Mar. 12 April Via Western Airlines Champagne and First Class Leg Space Direct. ONE WEEK HOLIDAY. 937B. TWO WEEK HOLIDAY (Reduction for accompanying spouse and children) Includes Air Fare Calgary San Diego and return Accommodation lor 7 or 14 nights at Bahia Hotel Welcome breakfast Cal state taxes and porterage Transfers tickets for fun night on stern Paddle Wheeler Plus other extras Call 328-7921 for brochure Christmas Tour to Disneyland Book early for your week in the "Hub of Happiness" leave Calgary 22nd Dec Return 29th Dec 1973 NEW YEAR AND ROSE BOWL GAME AND TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE Calgary 29th Return 5th Jan. Call World Travel Agency 328-7821 for and your tree brochure. A.M.A. World Travel Service 605 5th Ave. S. Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 All enquiries welcome. Office open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Ample free parking at rear of building. been Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's weather ad- visor for D-Day in 1944. EXPERT HIRED Delrain farmers subse- quently hired Dr. Knck from i953 to 1955. Alter a major hail dis- aster in "hailstone alley" June 28, 1956, a committee of farmers chaired by Mr. Bishop got in touch with Mr. Conner, and. through him. Dr. Knck. Within three weeks. Dr. Krick had set up his ground generators and began spewing silver iodide into the clouds. Funds for the operation were raised per quarter section for farmers in the townships to be covered, and per quarter section for farm- ers in surrounding townships who might benefit. Hail suppression, like rainmaking. is carried out by injecting nucleating agents into clouds around which raindrops gather-drops which might otherwise never fall, caus- ing drought, or drops which might bounce around in cooled clouds until they did fall, as hail. PROJECTS APPROVED In 1957, a plebiscite, the first of a series in the late 50s and throughout the 60s, approved tax support for the program in the municipal district of Kneehill and the county of Rockyview. But in 1959. the hail- suppression area was severely damaged. Skep tical farmers, especially those in lower-risk portions of the rural a d ministrations taxed for the program, began to oppose further taxation to support it After the plebiscite of 1969, when farmers in the four rural administrations of Wheatland and Rockyview counties and the municipal districts of Kneehill and Mountainview voted out the Alberta weather modification co- funds, the Krick opera- tion withdrew to the U S. Mr. Sterling said "honest information" about hail suppression should be available to farmers in 1977 or 1978 Tuesday, October 2, 1973-THE LETHBRIOGE S Blissville folk find giant turtle BLISSVILLE, N.B. (CP) Big turtles are not rare. But in New Brunswick's Sunbury County they are. Recently Mrs. Judy Charlton encountered a large snapping turtle on a neighbor's lawn. No one knows how old it is but it weighs 60 to 70 pounds. It is believed to have been living in a nearby pond. Dr. Brian Cowan of University of New Brunswick biology department in Fredericton said snapping turtles similar to Blissvillc's newest known resident often live until they reach about 150 pounds. That usually takes about 150 years. Lloyd Carter, a long-time community trapper, hunter and mink rancher said he had never seen such a large tur- tle in all his years in the bush. A former Blissville resident said he had seen a turtle as large or larger. Don Fraser said it was as big as ihe bot- tom of an oil drum he was carrying it in after he found it. He gave it to a wildlife biologist. The turtle is making a new home in a nearby animal farm where he will have a lake all to himself. "Where GOOD SERVICE is AUTOMATIC" AUTOMATIC Phono 3H7-0910 1520 3rd Ave. S Gu.ifant'jed Sc'ivi.jng Ri "LTD. WE MAKE IT EASY AT Corner 3rd Ave. 8th St. Phone 327-8543 L CREDIT PLAN. 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