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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, October THE LCTHMIDQE HERALO 18 CNI timber cutters t stalled for season FERNIE (Special) Crows Nest In- dustries will close its bush operations today, affecting about 150 people direct employees of CNI, contractors and their employees and some service personnel. CNI president M. B. Pepper says the closure will likely last until after the spring breakup. He said CNI mill operations will continue. "There is no present indication that any further curtailment at the mill will be he said. The company previously curtailed its mill operations from two shifts to one. At that time about 200 employees were laid off. A smaller layoff, affecting a few employees, took place early in October. There are enough logs on hand to keep the mill running until spring. "Our mill was designed as a high produc- tion he said, adding "it has always been our intention, once we achieved our production targets, to produce higher value products. Instead of producing only dimen- sional lumber, we are now turning our atten- tion to other lumber products such as ties, tongue and groove material and also some lamination stock." 'Pass airport contemplated CRANBROOK (Special) The Regional District of East Kootenay may become involv- ed in the administration and operation of small regional airports. Directors have recommend- ed that RDEK probe the Taber groups may revamp main street TABER (HNS) Calgary's Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations has drawn the interest of two Taber associations, each without knowledge that the other was interested. At its recent meeting, the Taber Businessmen's Associa- tion heard a discussion by Robert J. Bogle of Milk River on the possibility of entering into a main street improve- ment program, for which the foundation would provide for every raised locally in the operation. For the past year, the chamber of commerce has been in communication with the Devonian Group, having applied early in February for inclusion in the program which was introduced to eight Alberta communities in 1974. In a' letter August 29, foun- dation associate D. E. Lewis told the chamber of the inclu- sion of Taber in the successful program, suggesting a com- mittee be set up to recom- mend proposals for a local im- provement program. Earlier tins week, Devonian representative Elmer Ostlund met here with chamber and town officials, setting out the terms of reference for such a program, and certain questions raised regarding the program which Mr. Ostlund will clarify. The question of becoming involved in the Main Street Alberta project also came to light at this week's council meeting, when it was propos- ed that Cenotaph Park might qualify for such grants. Council was advised of the interests of the TEA and of the chamber, and agreed it would recognize the chamber in its involvement with Devonian. The chamber consequently set up a committee to meet with TBA representatives for further investigation of im- provement possibilities. The committee comprises past president Gordon S. Saunders chairman, along with members Cyril J. Brown, Norman A. Long, and Merv Natrass who have expressed interest Further meetings will be held on receipt of additional information from Mr. Ostlund. TRAVELLED 25.IW MILES The longest voyage record- ed for a message in a bottle was .miles from the Pacific to the snore of the Island of Syl tin the North Sea in 1968. The bottle was dropped hi 1947. possibilities of this function with the ministry of transport. If the RDEK does assume this responsibility, the first task at hand may be construc- tion of a new air port to serve the Crowsnest Pass area. RDEK administrator Frank Bertoia says the need for a new airport in the Fernie area is becoming greater. Director Vern Uphill of Fer- nie says the present air ter- minal is inadequate and the people "would be only too pleased to have a proper siz- ed airport." Director Don Sherling of Cranbrook says there is need for better weather reporting from the Cranbrook Airport. Along with a new facility at Fernie, he said Cranbrook should also look at a satellite type weather system to assist all pilots flying through this area. Mr. Sherling added that many pilots who would like to go to Elk Valley are landing at Cranbrook and driving to Fer- nie because of inadequate facilities at Fernie. Director D. R. Johnston says that the RDEK should meet with the East Kootenay pilots' association to deter- mine its needs. Mr. Bertoia the ministry of transport will assume construction costs of runways and other facilities up to for small air- ports. The ministry will par- ticipate with 80 per cent of runway construction costs and SO per cent for buildings to for a local industrial airport. The land purchase would be the responsibility of the RDEK. The RDEK board backed the idea of further meetings with the ministry for airport planning. School bus rates increased nickle FOREMOST (Special) An increase of five cents per mile over the regular mileage rates was approved for school buses used for extra and co- curricular activities at the Oc- tober meeting of the County of Forty-Mile school committee. The increase was in response to a request made by county school principals. The committee also approv- ed mileage for extra- curricular activities totalling about miles for the school year. Approval was given to par- ties of high school students at Foremost and Senator Gershaw High School in Bow Island to undertake educational visits to England during the 1975 Easter break, at the students' expense. A similar program visiting France was- undertaken last year. Approval was given for co- operation with neighboring school districts in the southeast in providing better and more varied services for learning disabled students. The County of Forty-Mile will join with the Medicine Hat, Brooks, County of Newell, Redcliff and Acadia school divisions in a program under which learning disability funds from the department of education will be pooled to purchase additional services from the Medicine Hat Mental Health Services. These will include diagnostic, prescriptive and remedial assistance for children with learning dis- abilities. A tentative policy was outlined that would en- courage County of Forty- Mile students to purchase their own band instruments. However, in the case of very costly items, the school committee expressed a willingness to purchase these and then rent them out to the students at a cost of or per month, depending on the size of the instrument At pre- sent band. programs are offered in two of the county schools, at Senator Gershaw High School, Bow Island, and at Foremost School. Approval has been received from the school buildings branch of the department of education for a ren- novation grant for the Bow Island Elementary School. The money will be used to convert an existing classroom in the new building into a library and resource centre. A semester break for senior high school students has been set for Jan. 23 and Superintendent of schools Cliff Elle reported that the following county students were attending schools out- side the county for vocational education or completion of the regular Grade 12 program not offered at Manyberries School: Valerie Bohnet, Stephen Mastel, Ronald Lanz, Larry Flaig, Carol Dunlop. Sherryl Dunlop, Ben Mastel, Genevieve Gogolinski, Phyllis Hobbs, Leroy Yanke, Harvey Yanke and Lawrence Voeller. Mail school provides challenge NOBLEFORD (HNS) Correspondence courses provide a challenge not pre- sent in the usual classroom environment, Noble Central School.students Kathy Jankunis and Leslie Urvold told a recent meeting of the Nobleford Home and School Association. Along with students Nella Gioia and Kevin Luchia, they discussed the significance of the high school diploma with reference to special projects, work experience programs and correspondence courses. Students in the special pro- jects and work Crowsnest Pass Bureau NEws-aKuumM-Jommnm VCflNON OCCOUX, Stt-ttW Aviilibli for Inmediite Daliviry ft. iww 1O-W O.O. StMl Bin n. if pUsticcnin' ft. Prtew F.O.B. AJbwta Wistcin Irrigation ft Pump Co. Ltd. programs can obtain 25 credits or one quarter of the reqnu diwnts for a nigh school diploma. Miss Gioia, who spent more than 300 hours making a bed spread, said patience and perseverance is learned in special projects. Mr. Luchia said work ex- perience was "training on the job." He said it helps when the student goes on to business college or a vocational school. A committee comprising association president Pat Imeson, Miss Jankunis and Miss Urvold was named to prepare a brief to toe depart- ment of education on UBS sub- ject. INSTRUCTOR PARREL PALMER, SECOND FROM LEFT, INSPECTS WORK BEING PERFORMED BY TRAINEES AT THE MOUNTAIN VIEW VOCATIONAL CENTRE AT COLEMAN. Vocational Centre now open COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) The Mountain View Vocational Centre here for the mentally retarded recently completed a remodell- ing and tool purchase program. Students are taught woodworking under Farrel Palmer, formerly of Lethbridge. The free centre is housed in a building donated by the Coleman Lions Club. Students are paid a modest wage, and manufacture fur- niture including sewing cabinets, small tables, magazine racks and desks. Coaldale bazaar set COALDALE The Coaldale Community Hospital Ladies Auxiliary will hold a bazaar, tea and bake sale from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 in the hospital board room. South In short Association carries surplus TABER (HNS) The Taber Exhibition Association, formerly the Taber Agricultural Society, completed its second year of operation with a cash surplus of which represents organizational and membership fees collected over the two years. TEA's two major projects during the year ending Sept. 30 failed to show a net profit. However, government grants ac- cording to published schedules are expected to more than offset the deficits. The July race meet expenditures of exceeded receipts by about due mainly to late publicity, though the pari-mutuel booths returned from which government taxes and charges were paid. The August community fair was less successful financially, though it was an outstanding success. Government grants are expected to exceed the deficit of incurred in expenditures of Cash on hand, together with grants receivable, will be but a drop in the bucket in financing the accepted project of a new ex.-" hibition building at the grounds on which a special committee has been' working. The TEA annual meeting, scheduled for the Taber Centre blue room, will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 ac- cording to president Gordon S. Saunders who is heading a nominating committee. Hall, library funding approved COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) Council has approved a bylaw to borrow to build a new town ball and library complex. Tenders are to be studied next week and construction may start soon. Council received approval from the department of municipal affairs on its winter works project in the amount of a laborforgiveness grant. Council approved payment of an additional Crowsnest Pass General Hospital requisition in the amount of for land- scaping. Council will not recognize Oct. 30 as "gate night" and van- dals will be prosecuted. Additional police will put on to patrol the town. The town received a donation of from Saratoga Processing to aid the town in paying for the installation of the rebroadcast station. Mayor John Holyk will deliver a speech at the Remembrance Day Services Nov. 11 and councillor Bob Liddell will place the wreath on behalf of the town. Secretary-treasurer John Kapalka is attending the 68th an- nual Alberta Urban Municipsiiiiss Association convention this week at Edmonton. Sugar price discussed TABER (HNS) Price protection policies and agreements letween exporting and importing nations are among factors which influence the price of sugar, Dwigbt W. Purdy, Canadian Sugar Factories general manager here, said recently. Speaking to members of the Lethbridge branch of Alberta, Professional Engineers ata company luncheon, Mr. Purdy said I climate results in shortages or surpluses and this also affects the price. Another factor is the "vagaries of the world sugar market" He said that because sugar is a non-perishable food item, it may be stored without deterioration for long periods. Ac- cumulated Surpluses above contracted sales, averaging about 10 per cent of world sugar production, may be "dumped" on the open market Prices skyrocket during periods of short supply, and the bot- tom falls oat of the market when surpluses are high and are "sold at any price." Mr. Purdy noted that the open market London price, per 100 pounds of raw sugar at in 1963 had dropped to in 1966. Prices have remained low and have recovered only dm ing the past 12 months. As a result of these fluctuations. Alberta wholesale prices dropped from in 1963 to in 1966. rising to last May and to this month. The price of sugar-is now double the 1963 level, disturbing Canadians who for the past 10 years have enjoyed the cheapest sugar in the world. A gradual increase over the past years, com- parable to other foodstuffs, would not have been felt Sugar is now finding its proper level, be said. Gas employees honored ETZIKOM (HNS) Two employees of the Canadian Mon- tana Gas Company were honored recently. Arnold Stromsmoe was presented with a 26-year loyal ser- vice pin. He has been working with the company as a gas ?ieM operator since 1954. Alvin Flexhaog was presented win a' 15-year loyal service pin. He has been employed since 1959 as a field office High line canal project may aid Taber MD users TABER (HNS) Two thirds of 275 landowners sur- veyed are in favor of ex- tending the irrigation area via the "high line" project initiated several years ago, says Ernie Frache of the irrigation division, depart- ment of agriculture, at Lethbridge. He says just about everyone surveyed favors sprinkler rather than flood irrigation. The "high line" project will put another acres un- der the ditch. Speaking to representatives of the Taber Municipal District, agricultural service board, agricultural develop- ment committee, Taber Irrigation District and members of the district agriculturist's staff, he said of the acres in the Taber MD south of the present main canal, owners of 60 per cent of the land west of Highway 36 favored the extension. Bow Island clinic set to open soon BOW ISLAND The only veterinary clinic in the County of Forty Mile should be in operation before the end of the year. Phil Bryant, new mayor of this' town 65 miles east of Lethbridge and local veterinarian, expects to open the doors on his facili- ty located on Highway 3 within town boundaries. The clinic, which will have hospital facilities to keep large and small animals for observation, is the only one between Medicine Hat and Taber. Dr. Bryant said he plans an outside facility behind his clinic which will allow animals to be acclimatized during cold weather after they have been hospitalized in warm conditions for some tune. This will prevent stress. With the new clinic and the hospital facility, another veterinarian will be hired to provide more complete care and observation. Because he considers it un- economical for both himself and his customer if he has to go more than '30 miles from Bow Island, he feels the new clinic will make more ef- ficient use of everybody's time. South of Taber, those in favor totalled 50 per cent and in the eastern area the percen- tage rose to 72. In the County of Forty Mile where acres are involv- ed in the proposed system, about 87 per cent want the "high line" system. Mr. Frache said that a lan- downers' petition would be re- quired to initiate action toward the development of the system, though a redesigning and cost study of the system is now under way by the department. A petition in this regard taken in 1962 seemingly died in its tracks, as nothing came of the action taken at that time. The "high line" canal when constructed would benefit both the Taber and St. Mary River irrigation districts by providing additional water for the expansion of irrigation in those districts. The study was made on the assumption that adequate water is available, the sugges- tion being made that the Chin reservoir would be filled off season, and the water from Ridge Reservoir would be diverted to the "high line" via jyphon across the west end of Jhin during the growing season. The farmers will have to want the system, said Mr. Frache, who indicated that speculation was evident in the interest of some of the lan- downers interviewed. THREE LANCERS ;