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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Conservatives setting out to crack solid Socred South By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Hopeful Progressive Conservatives are flocking to enter nomination races in Southern Alberta. The rush by PC s to contest what were solid Social Credit provincial ridings will probably make acclamations at Conservative nominations as rare as southern Liberals. Only one PC nomination has been decided by acclamation Taber-Warner where Milk River teacher Bob Bogle, 30, was again named to contest the seat. He lost an election to Socred Doug Miller in 1971, but by only 710 votes. Mr. Miller does not play to run again. His opponent this time around will be Socred Party Leader Werner Schmidt, also named by acclamation a short time ago. In other constituencies, Conservative action is much more frantic at least one Lethbridge alderman, Steve Kotch, 31, believes he can wear an MLA's hat atop his civic one. He is giving serious consideration to contesting the PC nomination in Lethbridge West, after the aldermanic elections in Oc- tober. If he wins both an alderman's and an MLA's seat, his combined salary would be more than a year. The legalities have not been cleared up, but Mr. Kotch says he doesn't think he will have to resign as an alderman to become an MLA. Fellow alderman Cam Barnes, 46, a Conser- vative, has not denied he too may have provin- cial ambitions this fall. A minimum of two and as many as five or six candidates may hoist their PC banners by nomination time. Only a few hundred votes separated PC hopefuls from Socred victors in several ridings in 1971. This is the known line-up as parties organize nominations in anticipation of an election call by the Conservatives next summer: BOW VALLEY: Jim George, 62, a farmer and rancher at Gem, northeast of Bassano, is considering seeking the PC nomination at a meeting Nov. 9. Donald Mundy, 31, a Bassano doctor, has declared he will contest the nomination. He is president of the local Tory association. Paul Bartlett, 50, a Duchess storekeeper, won't say publicly whether he will seek the nomination but is said to be consider- ing it. Roland Eastman of Rosemary has also considered the race. The New Democrats and Liberals have not named any possible candidates at this point. In- cumbent Socred Fred Mandeville beat the PCs in 1971 by votes. CARDSTON: Glen Purnell, 43, deputy minister of agriculture, is considering trying for the PC nomination at a meeting Nov. 13. John Thompson, 50, president of the local PCs, has announced he will contest the nomination. Cardston rancher Lawrence Kearl is consider- ing the race, as is Dennis Burt, 59, former mayor of Cardston. New Democrats have not named any possible candidates and a Liberal association official said local hopes are as "dead as a dodo." With the recently announced retirement of incumbent Socred Ted Hinman from politics, the Socreds have not named any possible can- didates yet. They held the seat in 1971 by only 439 votes. CYPRESS: Dave Berntson, 38, a Foremost farmer, who lost to former premier Harry Strom in 1971 by votes, is considering PC nomination again. So is Allan Hyland, 29, a Bow Island farmer. The nomination is ex- pected to be held in November. For the Socreds, Frank Romeike, 58, who farms at Seven Persons, is considering the nomination, now that Mr. Strom intends to retire from politics. Burdett farmer John Vos is also reported to be considering it. A third un- named person was being courted by the local Socred association. The nomination is expected in October. Allen Eng, 41, Manyberries teacher, has been nominated by the New Democrats in the riding. No Liberal possibles are in sight. HIGH WOOD: Only 152 votes separated Tory candidate Eldon Couey, 43, farmer and auc- tioneer at Cayley, from Socred incumbent Ed Benoit in 1971. Mr. Couey is considering another try for the PCs this year. George Wolstenholme, 57, mayor of Nanton, who lost the nomination to Mr. Couey last time, has an- nounced he will seek it again. Don Tannas, 36, of High River, PC association president and graduate student of the University of Calgary, is also considering the contest. Federal NDP candidate in the July election, Muriel McCreary, has been nominated to contest the seat for the New Democrats. No Liberal candidate is expected. Liberal associa- tion president Doug Dube says he was the only person to turn out for the last association meeting some years ago and elected himself president. Mr. Benoit, a Church of Christ minister in Nanton, has been nominated again by the Socreds. LETHBRIDGE EAST: Rex Little, 41, medical clinic administrator and former alder- man, will decide soon whether to seek the PC nomination. Michael Sutherland, 31, manager of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, is considering it, as is Walter Mitson, 52, an op- tometrist. Jim Anderson, 38, principal of Winston Churchill High School and a former alderman, has not ruled out the race and Gary Bowie, 36, chairman of the university physical education department, was still said to be con- sidering the nomination. The nomination is set for Nov. 4 instead of Oct. 9 so it won't conflict with civic election ac- tivities. The Liberals and New Democrats expect to run candidates but none have surfaced yet. The seat is held by incumbent Socred John Ander- son, who defeated Tory Richard Barton by 967 votes in 1971. LETHBRIDGE WEST: Mr. Kotch is one of the strong Conservative possibles who might try to unseat incumbent Socred Dick Gruenwald who won against PC Dick Gray by votes in 1971. Stan Maciura, 45, a bookstore operator, intends to run. Other possibles include some of those considering Lethbridge East who have yet to make up their minds. Gordon Colledge, 31, information of- ficer at the community college, hasn't ruled out the contest. It will follow the Lethbridge West race. The New Democrats and Liberals both plan to run candidates, as yet unnamed publicly. LITTLE BOW: Two possible candidates have surfaced for the Conservative nomination, ex- pected late this year. They are Lee Anderson, 43, a Claresholm chiropractor, and Merv Liebreich, 52, a Lomond farmer and teacher. No New Democrats or Liberals are in sight yet to enter a contest against incumbent Socred Ray Speaker. He defeated Conservative John Green by votes in 1971. MACLEOD: John Walker, 46, a Fort Macleod physician, has been named by the PCs after a two-man race to contest the seat against Socred incumbent Leighton Buckwell, who won the 1971 election by 591 votes. The New Democrats are approaching S. J. Cornish, a Claresholm physician, to contest the seat. No Liberal candidate is expected. MEDICINE HAT-REDCLIFF: Jim Hor- sman, 39, a Medicine Hat lawyer who lost to in- cumbent Socred Bill Wyse by votes in 1971, may seek the PC nomination again. Chuck Meagher, 43, former Medicine Hat mayor, is also considering the nomination, as is George Renner, former Medicine Hat alderman. David Hart, administrator of the Medicine Hat hospital, is also said to be eyeing the nomination, expected next January. Gary Grimm, 27, a teacher in Irvine and president of the NDP association, is consider- ing the nomination The Liberals are confident of running a candidate, but no one is visible yet PINCHER CREEK-CROWSNEST. Mrs. Owen Gyulai, 37, operator of the Buckhorn Guest Ranch and a free-lance writer, has declared her candidacy for the Tory nomina- tion Oct. 21 Fred Bradley. 24, Blairmore store manager and association president, is con- sidering the race, as is Ron Zukiwsky, 30, a Pincher Creek teacher. New Democrats expect to run a candidate after a nomination meeting this fall and there may be a Liberal in the race against incumbent Socred Charlie Drain who beat Tory Morgan Johnson by 588 votes in 1971. Farther to the north, an interesting race should develop in Hanna-Oyen where incum- bent Socred Keith French, 66, is retiring after 16 years in the legislature. He won the seat in 1971 by only 15 votes His defeated PC opponent. Jack Butler, a Youngstown rancher, has been nominated over two other candidates to contest the seat again. No Socred candidates have yet surfaced public- ly for a nomination meeting expected this fall. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, September 4, 1974 Pages 13-22 i BOB PUMPS GRAVEL INTO SLUICE Gold is there but be prepared to sweat for it KIMBERLEY. B.C. Take the highway south from Kimberley as far as Wycliffe Bridge then follow a logging road up into the hills to the KC lease. That's a placer mine where Joe Rollheiser and Bob Williams take gold from the banks of Perry Creek. The banks of Perry Creek are 190 feet below the cabin, reached by a narrow, switch back- ed trail hacked out of the cliff. Joe. a 72-year-old Cominco pensioner, says it took three days, working with ropes for support, to gouge out the trail. The East Kootenay area has been prospected and mined since 1867, and the cliff has tunnels dating from earlier operations, Joe has worked the lease for 15 years, and Bob. a 19 year old Cominco employee, has been his partner for five. Joe works his least full time during the summer. Bob is usually weekend help but the Cominco strike has given him lots of free time this summer. They may soon sell their interest in the workings. They're asking for the lease. The area was once heavi- ly mined, says Joe, pointing out the existence of Old Town, now a ghost settlement, but once a thriving mining centre. Old Town, a few miles down the road, hit its peak about a century ago. At one time it had three hotels but the last one burned down in the 1940s. The cabin at the top of the hill dates back some time and there's a barn on the property that was built in 9903. Bat in spite of Ihe years of activity in the district, there's still gold to be found. "This country is so big, there are places where you'd never find all of says Joe. The gold they sweat to find on Perry Creek is alluvial gold. It has washed down and settled through lighter material and come BOB WILLIAMS LOOKS FOR COLOR IN GOLD PAN to rest on the bedrock. In the placer mining method, water is used to separate the gold from the other rocks. Joe and Bob dig the gravel by hand and dump it into the sluice box. Part of Perry Creek is diverted through the sluice and heavy gravel is separated from light gravel. The water flowing through the sluice is cut off. and the remaining heavy graved is panned for gold. Gold pays these days. Joe says. He declined to say how much. The gold chips produced are sold, or go into the jewelry Bob makes as a hobby. His last ring has a gold chip surrounded by finer dust particles. It is mounted in a black piece of plastic which sets off its color The KC Lease is even something of a tourist spot in the area, says Joe. Many visitors to the area want to see a placer mine, and they are often directed to the KC. Some have come as far distant as West Ger- many, Joe says. One thing the visitors have in common, if they get to the bottom of the frail, they're not afraid of heighls. Those who are view Perry Creek from the top of the JOE ROLLHEISER LOADS GRAVEL Story by Murdoch Macleod BIN Groenen photos ALL THAT EFFORT TO TURN UP THIS ;