Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, October 8, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 New Claresholm plant opens this November CLARESHOLM (HNS) Claresholm's newest industry hopes for November produc- tion, according to Ken Bailey, president and manager. fhe industry, Tech Timber Ltd., Claresholm, will be located in a square foot plant now under construc- tion under a department of regional economic expansion loan. The industry is the first to locate at the Claresholm In- dustrial Airport which constructed its own plant. The other industries were housed in former R.C.A.F. hangers or the other buildings left behind when the air train- ing base closed. The cost of the land and building will be more than and the p'ant will employ about seven people per shift. Production will con- sist of dimentional lumber by a special process of finger jointing of kiln dried lumber. The lumber would be jointed at the ends and run through a radio frequency oven to cure the joints in a continuing process. Bailey said "We can produce boards up to 29 feet long. The process is new in Canada. Ken Bailey is a 37 year old native of Winnipeg with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and is a former consultant for B.A.C.M. Industries. Tech Timber is a private company with head quarters in Claresholm. Bailey said he looked at other locations but felt Claresholm was the best. The South outdoors All predatory birds now protected here as numbers fail By CLARKE HUNTER Herald Staff Writer Due to a drastic decrease in numbers in recent years, all species of predatory birds are now protected in Alberta un- der the Wildlife Act. The possession of any bird of prey or any portion of such a bird is also prohibited The Fish and Wildlife Division of the provincial Department of Lands and Forests feels that the precautions are necessary to protect and ensure the con- tinued survival of these ma- jestic birds in their wild state. Birds of prey, which include ospreys, falcons, and eagles, are at the end of the natural food chain. As a result, they have suffered from toxic chemical accumulations, affecting reproduction as well as the limiting factors facing all wildlife populations, such as habitat loss. In addition, poisoned rodents picked up and eaten by the adults or fed to the young have reduced their numbers. Although ospreys, falcons, and eagles are members of different families, they share a characteristic common to all birds of prey in that the female of the species is nor- mally one third larger than the male. The osprey will eat only fresh fish. The bird dis- appears entirely beneath the water to emerge with its prey, always held head foremost in its claws. Although fishermen are resentful of this com- petition, most of the fish taken are of the kind found distasteful to man. A beneficial service is per- formed by eagles, the large counterparts of the broad winged hawks, which feed mainly on carrion. Unlike the eagle, falcons will not eat carrion. Their prey is taken in the air or on the ground with a sharp blow of their feet. The male of this species is known as a tiercel while the term "falcon" refers to the female. Where falconry was practiced as the "sport of the peregrine and gyr falcon were most commonly trained. The sport is illegal in Alberta. The Fish and Wildlife Divi- sion reveals that Albertans can play an important part in protecting these birds in four ways. Everyone is encouraged to prevent iUegal hunting of rap- tors at all times and to protect nesting areas from public harassment. Farmers are ad- vised to use chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides carefully and only when necessary. In addition, educa- tion is needed in order that others will respect birds of prey and, as importantly, re- tain their natural habitat. Peregrine falcon The peregrine population in Alberta and other parts of the world has declined so much as to be considered an en- dangered species. Although many factors are involved, the effects of toxic chemicals and notably DDT appears to have been responsible for the problem. This falcon is probably the fastest and most skillful flier of all birds In a dive, it may attain a speed of 200 miles per hour and all its prey are killed on the wing. Its primary diet is made up almost entirely of other birds to the size of pigeons. The peregrine is a large falcon with a heavy black moustache patch and a dark crown, hindneck. and face The wings, back and tail are grey blue and the throat and upper breast are a creamy white, changing to a pink buff color with black markings on the lower breast and ab- domen. In North America, the peregrine falcon breeds in an area extending from Alaska to Baffin Island and south to Mexico and Tennessee. Winters are spent in -the southern portion of the range. Three to six reddish brown eggs are laid in a shallow depression in dirt or sand on cliff ledges overlooking a body of water Gyrfalcon The gyrfalcon, the largest member of the falcon family, visits Alberta only as a rare wanderer during the winter months. It is an Arctic bird with a circumpolar range. In the summer it inhabits Arctic and subarctic regions nea. cliffs or mountains, either in- land or along the coast. Winter range includes open or lightly wooded terrain. Several color variations from white to near black ex- ist but most are classified simply as light or dark phases. Light gyrfalcons may be pure white, or white with black spotting on the crown, back and sides with black bars on the primary wing feathers. Dark gyrfalcons may be black, or more commonly as TOURONS-EUREItt HEALTH UiT Will accept quotes on the following described vehicle until p.m. Oct 1-4 Dr. Passenger car 1974 or 1975; Side Mirror; H.D. springs shocks; Spare tire, extra wheel equipped with ground grips; H.D. battery; Block heater; H.D. heater defrosters; State colour choices; Automatic transmission; 2 speed electric wipers; Four way flashers State engine H.P. and guarantee; With radio without With power steering without; Itemize other options. Lowest or any quote not necessarily accepted. Sub- mit to E. Foxsll, Box 150, Cosldsle. NOW ON THE AIR FARM NEWS pm and SrIS pm wHhVERNKOOP ash grey with white streak- ing on the undersides. The white or light phase is com- monest in the eastern high Arctic while the darkest birds are found in the northern Labrador area. Lemmings, hares and ptar- migan are the major sources of food in the tundra. In Alber- ta, voles, rabbits and game birds make up the gyrfalcon's winter diet Pigeon hawk A fairly common summer resident of the wooded coulees in Southern Alberta, the pigeon hawk is a small, dull brown or bluish falcon that can be readily identified by the absence of facial markings, pointed wings, and a tail with strong black bars. Nesting occurs in trees, usually in abandoned nests of crows, magpies or other large birds, where four to six red- dish brown eggs with dark brown markings are laid. Pigeon hawks are fairly tolerant of humans and many will nest close to cities or farms. However, if the nest is approached too closely, the nesting pair will defend it vigorously. Prey is killed in the air in the same manner as the large peregrine falcon. Small birds are caught and often eaten on wing. Prairie falcon Prime prairie falcon habitat is the typically dry and open country of the West in the vicinity of cliffs, coulees, canyons, badlands, or rock outcroppings, although the bird breeds and winters throughout western North America. The prairie falcon is a light brown falcon, as large as the peregrine, but with much paler plumage. The adult is light brownish grey above and white or cream streaked with dark brown on the under- side. From below, it is most easily distinguished by the long dark feathers under each wing base. Prey includes rodents, young'rabbits and birds. The low. swift and strong flight enables the prairie falcon to be an adept hunter. Sparrow hawk The sparrow hawk is widely distributed throughout most of Alberta, as in most parts of Canada and the northern United States. It is commonly observed on telephone lines where it rests between hunting forays into nearby ditches. A small falcon, the male of this species is very distinctive with reddish brown on the tail and back and blue on Uie head and wings. The female is less conspicuous, being generally reddish brown banded in black. Aside from ditches, sparrow hawks may hunt in more open country such as fields, meadows and prairies. It is a hole nesting species, commonly using an abandon- ed wood pecker or flicker nest Four to six creamy white eggs marked with red- dish brown are laid on the floor of the nesting cavity without the benefit of a protective nest Season's reminder The department of highways installs new snow fencing south of Fort Macleod in an effort to reduce the size of drifts on the highway. The fall activity is a reminder that the days of white loom on the horizon, despite some balmy afternoons. ATA pledges 21 teachers in Foremost ceremony The Herald" District FOREMOST (Special) Twenty one teachers pledged allegiance to 'the Alberta Teachers Association code of ethics Wednesday evening Teachers from the County of Forty Mile' were on hand for a banquet and dance which welcomed their new colleagues into the teaching profession and the school dis- trict. Guest speaker Mel Spackman of Lethbridge, gave tongue in cheek advice to the new teachers on ad- justing to such occurences as obnoxious students and in- quisitive superintendents In a humor filled address, Mr. Fort square dancing Wednesday spademan spoke briefly of the FORT MACLEOD (HNS) The Midnight Squares square dancing club will hold its regular dance at 8.30 p.m. Wednesday in the Fort Macleod elementary school. There will be a round dance practice at 8 p.m. South in short work of the A.T.A., and par- ticularly of his own role as communications consultant for southwest Alberta. Two educators from the county were honored. Dave Pickard, who recently retired to Lethbridge after more than 40 years of teaching in the northern part of the county was presented with an engrav- ed silver plate to mark the oc- casion Mr. Pickard began his teaching career in 1931 at Whitla, and won the respect and admiration of student and colleague alike for over four decades, ending his teaching career at Senator Gershaw High School in Bow Island Also honored for 15 years of service to the County of Forty Mile was Yosh Kabayama of Foremost Mr. Kabayama was presented with his ser- vice pin by school board representative Gil Mehlen, who paid tribute to the recipient's service to both school and community Mr Kabayama retired recently as principal of Foremost School, but still remains on the school staff as senior high school guidance counsellor. YAMAHA ORGANS New and Used COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 Taber groups helping fund tour TABER (HNS) Taber organizations are assisting the W. R. Myers chorus and band to raise money for a concert tour of England next year.' Students are selling Legion Ladies Auxiliary pay what you pull raffle tickets. A share of the profits will be retained by the Spirit of '75 band and chorus The Kinsman Club has made a similiar arrangement with Grey Cup pool tickets. Rehabilitation groups organized MAGRATH (HNS) Steward Norton cf the department of social development told members of St. Joseph's Catholic Women's League here recently the department is trying to es- tablish rehabilitation groups in outlying centres. The main rehabilitation centres are at Lethbridge, he said. Blairmore lodge initiates six HILLCREST (CNP Bureau) Alberta Moose Association president Don McLeay of Lethbridge witnessed six new members being initiated into the Blairmore lodge recently. It was held along with a banquet and dance. New Dayton couple honored NEW DAYTON (HNS) Mr. and Mrs. Alex Karpuik were honored here recently with a surprise party for their 25th wedding anniversary. They received a silver tray and two silver goblets from Leif Trockstad on behalf of the guests. New pastor installed MILK RIVER (HNS) Rev. Paul Shaw has been installed minister of the Milk River, New Dayton and Coutts pastoral charge of the "United Church of Canada. Trap shooting Sunday NEW DAYTON (HNS) The New Dayton Rod and Gun Club will hold a trap shoot at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct 13, at the New Dayton Golf Course. Tipple bypass route planned MICHEL (Staff) The highways department branch is working on a Highway 3 change at Michel to route traffic to the east for better clearance under the ctfel tipple. It will require a slight bend in the highway For many years traffic has been going under the coal tipple. 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