Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
r District The LetKbtidge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, October 21, 1974 ALAN BERGEN, RANCH CATTLE MANAGER, SURVEYS DAMAGED CABIN Vandalized ranch closed to hunters By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer PINCHER CREEK One of the prime elk and deer hunting ranges near here has been closed to hunters without written permission following discovery of the latest of several instances of damage to ranch property. Alan Bergen, cattle manager for Pincher Creek Ranches Ltd. 10 miles southwest of here, said a smashed house trailer, a toppled refrigerator and damaged power plant were found deep in the foothills late last week The damage, which could total is the latest in a series of "misfortunes" that have hit the ranch this year. It is owned by former French businessman Juhen Deshor- ties. LAND POSTED Because RCMP and ranch officials can't put a finger on the person or persons respon- sible, all land operated by Mr. Deshorties has been posted to keep hunters out The season for elk, whitetail and mule deer opens Nov. 3 in the ranch area. Involved in the large tract is acres of deeded land and acres of land leased from Glacier Park Co a sub- sidiary of Burlington Northern Railroad Co. Dr. Bergen, a Pincher Creek veterinarian until hired by Mr. Deshorties about one year ago to manage the large cattle herd, said some work has been done to turn the leas- ed land into a game reserve. But because Glacier Park Co. doesn't want the land turn- ed into a game reserve, the entire tract owned and leased by Mr. Deshorties has been posted to keep out hunters without written permission. And that permission will be hard to get, said Dr. Bergen. The damage occurred on the leased land, about 12 miles back in the bush through trails and over pothole-marked land. Windows were smashed in a trailer used as headquarters for an artificial insemination camp. A refrigerator used to store medicines and supplies was overturned and the power plant was upset Previously, fences were cat and cattle were allowed to range on Deshorties land. On June 25, the night of a rain storm, two separate in- cidents with two tractors proved harmless but poten- tially expensive pranks. TRACTOR STARTED One tractor was started, moved into a large mud bog and left running, tires slowly spinning until the unit ran out of gas. A similar tractor was driven across the main road three times, driving through a fence each time. It was then moved through another fence, down a hank and. through another fence until it stopped. RCMP were called when the tractors were discovered and again last week. Dr. Bergen said if the public will co-operate with ranch of- ficials and stay away from ranch property, there will be a better chance of catching the person or persons responsible. "Anybody found in the vicinity of the property will be he said. The ranch has taken a further stand against snow- mobilers. Much of the damage to fences early this spring was blamed on them. Dr. Bergen said fences would be cut next to a gate or "just where the snowmobilers wanted to go." No snowmobilers will be permitted on the deeded land. No restrictions will be placed on the lease land because it would be impossible to police it anyway. Dr. Bergen said some of the damage looks like the result of petty spite, some from plain carelessness and some other from a lack of consideration. Const Bruce Coates of the Pincher Creek subdivision of the RCMP said elsewhere only one abandoned farm house was reported broken into in his region. No other reports of cut fences have been turned in but other ranchers have reported cattle missing. CATTLE COUNT Dr. Bergen said be doesn't know of any missing cattle but roundup time in the next month will tell. He feels that while the posting of land will limit the hunting areas some, it will help wildlife. Carcasses and hides of wild animals have been found on the ranch. WINDOWS SMASHED IN TRAILER HOME Lifting city burning law makes firemen unhappy Quick action by firefighters kep losses to a minimum in 11 fires the department blamed on the relaxation of the burn- ing bylaw between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15, a spokesman says. Only four fires were caused by burning refuse during the same period last year, before the burning bylaw was enacted. Fire Prevention Of- ficer Doug Kometz said in an Little seeks PC nod in Lethbridge East Rex Little has become the first candidate to of- ficially announce be will contest the Lethbridge East Progressive Conservative nomination Nov. 4. The former alderman is administrator of the Campbell Clinic in the city. "My strongest motivation in running is that this government is looking says Mr. Little. "I simply think this attitude is terrific and I want to see that we're represented on the government side." Mr. Little, 41, is a chartered accountant He has been president of the Lethbridge Kinsmen Club, a director and former executive member of die chamber of commerce, and served in the RCAF. Walter Mitson, 52, an optometrist, may also an- nounce bis candidacy this week. Steve Kotch, 31, former alderman, is also con- sidering the race. Winner of the nomination will contest the next provincial election against incumbent Social Credit MLA John Anderson. interview. Mr. Kometz said the burn- ing bylaw is essential and in his opinion, shouldn't be lifted at any time. "According to the politicians the bylaw has to be lifted to allow people to burn leaves and garbage, but does it really have he asked. He said people could just as easily take the leaves and rub- bish to the dump. In doing so, they perhaps could save their property from fire damage. At least half of the 11 fires were left unattended and spread, Mr. Kometz said, "which just goes to show how careless people are." At one fire Oct. 8, a man on South Parkside Drive was try- ing to burn some leaves and twigs but couldn't get the debris to bum so be poured gasoline on the leaves and the fuel can also caught fire. Another fire, on Oct 9, on 19th Avenue S., caused about damage to a fence. Mr. Kometz said no one wanted to admit who started the fire, which began in a pile of grass and rubbish. Pages 11-20 I Portable classroom granted Coalhurst elementary school Provincial education authorities have given the County of Lethbridge unofficial approval to purchase a portable classroom for Coalhurst elementary school. County School Superintendent Chick Burge said today the county has received a "green light" to seek quotations from manufacturers of portable classrooms. Mr. Burge said the provincial school g: buildings board will defray most of the cost of the portable, paying up to a square foot The on site cost of a portable classroom to relieve overcrowding in the Coalhurst school is expected to be roughly a foot. Coalhurst elementary students are now without a gymnasium, as the library is now being used as an instructional room, and the gym converted to a library until the portable arrives. Arrowwood man killed in auto crash One man was killed and another two were injured Saturday in a single vehicle accident near Vulcan, 60 miles northwest of Lethbridge. Killed was Gary Gordon Williams, 20, of Arrowwood, 40 miles southeast of Calgary. Seriously injured when the vehicle faded to negotiate a turn and struck an approach in a ditch on the secondary highway were Gordon S. McLean, 17, of Vulcan and Joseph Holoboff, 20, of Arrowwood. Both are receiving treat- ment in the Vulcan hospital. Coroner A. D. Tompkins, of Vulcan, has ordered an in- quest but has not set a date for it. Also killed on the weekend Coleman set to build hall COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) Council hopes construction on the new town hall and library complex can begin immediately. Town Secretary Treasurer John Kapalka says the town will receive a labor forgiveness federal winter works grant if the work is done between Dec. 1 and May 31. The town's plan to borrow for the project has already been approved by provincial authorities. It is hoped construction can begin before heavy frost con- ditions set in. The, department of environ- ment air pollution division has installed four high volume air sampling devices here to check on pollution. The devices have been plac- ed on the arena roof, the town garage, sewer lift station and the water pumphouse in the western section of town. The devices will check the amount of falling dust and other air pollutants. was Rodde Joseph Fulkerth, 21, of Edmonton, who died from injuries received after his half-ton truck left the road Saturday and crashed into a ditch near Hobbema, 25 miles south of Edmonton. There were two fatalities in Calgary. Eight-year-old Irisa Bloomental of Calgary died in a four-car accident Sunday and a 16-year-old girl, whose name nas not been released, was killed Saturday when the car in which she was riding rolled over. Stephen John Usselman, 46, of Edmonton, drowned Sunday at Wabamun Lake, 45 miles west of Edmonton, when his small boat capsized. The Alberta deaths were among at least 15 accidental deaths on the prairies during the weekend as a Canadian Press survey from 6 p.m. Fri- day to midnight Sunday recorded seven fatalities in Manitoba, including five who were killed in a house fire and a drowning and there was a traffic fatality and a fire death in Saskatchewan. RCMP at Churchill said an overheated stove was the probable cause of the fire ear- ly Saturday which claimed the lives of Eliza Redhead, 46, Howard Redhead, 21, four- year-old Edmund Redhead, Gordon Spence, 22, and Ed- mund Spence, 37. The two other Manitoba fatalities occurred in a car- truck collision Saturday near the west-central Manitoba town of Ste. Rose. Killed were two occupants of the 'car: Raymond Joseph Guibdche and Daniel Richard, both 43, residents of nearby Dauphin, Man In Saskatchewan, Walter Dodd, 57, of Southey, Sask., drowned when he fell from a boat Saturday afternoon on Long Lake, near Southey, 35 miles north of Regina. Alvin Frank, 21, of Bruno, Sask., was killed Saturday when his car went out of control and crashed near Bruno; and a woman, whose name was not released, died in a house fire Saturday night on the Fishing Lake Reserve near Wadena. PWA purchase 'weakened PC bargaining position9 Alberta Liberal Leader Nick Taylor said in Calgary today the provincial government has weakened its bargaining position for the federal-provincial air transportation conference that starts today in Saskatoon. He believes the Alberta government had lost its position of impartiality because of its recent purchase of Pacific Western Airlines. "How can our provincial government bring a strong bargaining position to the conference when the Alberta government itself controls the major regional air carrier in the he asked in a prepared statement Mr. Taylor said be feels that the corporate thinking of the conservative government is geared to maintain a profit for PWA but he added that "what is good for PWA is not necessari- ly good for toe Alberta taxpayers." Johnston will seek recount City council candidate Dick Johnston, who was nosed out for the final council seat by 10 votes Wednesday, said today hell almost certainly ask for a recount He has 15 days from Friday's official declaration of ballotting results to- file an application at the dis- trict court house asking for a recount. He must also deposit and swear out an affidavit alleging irregularities in accepting or rejecting ballots or that they were improperly counted. Tax sale date set by Taber MD TABER (HNS) Reserve bids have been established on lands being offered on the auc- tion block under the provisions of the tax recovery act. The sale, involving eight parcels of land and three lots in hamlets, will be one of the smallest in recent years and will take place at the Taber Municipal District office at 2 p m Nov. 28. Reserve bids are per acre for irrigated land, per acre for dry land, and tax arrears and costs for residen- tial lots Sales made on that date are subject to approval of the minister of municipal affairs and a one year delay during which time the owner may redeem the property before the municipality applies for ti- tle to the land. Poppy drive in progress The Royal Canadian Legion's 1974 poppy campaign is under way, the campaign chairman said. Wyonne Odney, president of the legion's ladies' auxiliary, said business will be canvass- ed to buy wreaths beginning today. Poppy Day, and the bouse canvas, will be Nov. 2, she said. The money raised will go to needy veterans and their families. Students learn science from fiction in new University class Mr. Spock energizes the transporter and Cap- tain Kirk disappears from the bridge of the United Starship Enterprize, reappearing on a planet light years away The location is not a television sound stage, but a classroom at the University of Lethbridfe. Gene Roddenberry's futuristic adventure series. Star Trek, is one of the teaching tools be- ing used in the university's physics 2090 course science fiction. Course instructor Earl Milton explains his department was prompted to initiate the coarse in response to criticism of physics classes in a report from the Commission on College Physics. According to the report, university physics classes were only reaching science majors. The U of L department felt the science fiction course might help remedy this situation. "We thought science fiction might be a good course as we bad a number of students on this campus looking for a more speculative type of class than we were explains Dr. Milton. Although the course is listed under physics in the university calendar, Dr. Milton admits it could easily be listed under English, psychology, sociology or a number of other disciplines. "The course is a physics credit but most of tbe students who take it aren't physics students." Tbe course is intended to cover a wide range of fields and conM eventually be cross-listed under a number of disciplines, according to Dr. Milton. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic science fic- tion reader himself, Dr. Milton feels students can benefit from tbe controlled speculation of UK course. During an average class, discussion is free- wheeling and wide-ranging. Using a Star Trek episode or a science fiction story as a springboard, discussion can cover everything from blackholes in space to women's liberation. Author and bio-chemist, Isaac Asimov described as tbe only form of modern literature which can deal with tbe problems of society. Dr. Milton agrees that science fiction and bis class deal with science's effect on man and Ins society. But although tbe course is not intended strictly as a science class, it does by tbe nature of science fiction, deal with scientific problems, says Dr. Milton. "For those who are scientifically oriented, I hope they learn to use their imagination in their approach to science. And the course helps non- scientists to realize tbe immense scope of events today's scientists must deal with." The course was offered for tbe first time two years ago and experience at Out time has led to tbe changed format for this year's course. This tbe course is divided into four sec- tions. In tbe first section, students must write a short critical essay on a Star Trek episode. For the second and third sections, students must write critical reviews of a selected science fiction novel and one of several snort stories studied during tbe year. Students must also either write a science fic- tion story, of if they are more scientifically inclined, criticize tbe scientific concepts con- tained in tbe stories covered in class, Marks are also giver .or classroom discussion. Dr. Milton feels tbe course has proven to be a valuable addition to tbe U of L curriculum. "Although we made some changes in tbe for- mat of tbe course this year, we had no fear regarding tbe value of tbe be explains "An tbe students wbo took it two years ago in- dicated there should be a place in tbe university calendar for this sort of course."