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Fori Apache Seoul Official Newspaper, White Mountain Apaches Vol. 1. No. 2 r \ '. .- .. ..**’• 1 - '* v*t£i 1 jKfcyhhrf WET WORK Summer rains fail to stop work on new Alchesay Springs Fish Hatchery as contractor, Robert Adams, shows Agen cy Superintendent, A1 Hawley, raceways under construction. SOMETIME IN OCTOBER Alchesay Hatchery Slated For Completion In Fall ALCHESAY SPRINGS - Con struction on the new $950,000 Alchesay Springs Fish Hatch ery is progressing rapidly with completion of the raceways, rearing ponds and pipelines scheduled by October. Located 7 miles north of Whiteriver on the North Fork, the project is being built by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service and will be the second largest hatchery in the state when fin ished, officials declared. Robert Thoesen, Superinten dent of the Williams Creek Hatchery, reported the 10-acre site on which the new hatchery is located was provided under an agreement between the Gilbert Accepts Seminole Post WHITERIVER James G. Gilbert, former BIA and Re creation Enterprise employee, has accepted a new position as Arts and Crafts Advisor with jMi White Mountain Apache Tribe and the Fish & Wildlife Serv ice. Linder the terms of the agree ment, the Tribe will be allo cated two-thirds of the fish pro duced at the hatchery in return for the use of the land. It is expected that the hatch ery production will be suffi cient to provide game fish to other tribes in the state in addi tion to other markets. Contractor for the project is Robert R. Adams, Phoenix, who stated this week that work on staff buildings and homes for personnel to be employed at the site is expected to get under way following the completion of the present construction. the Seminole Indian Agency in Hollywood, Florida. Gilbert, 29, took over his new duties last week and has moved to Florida with his wife Emily, and their two children, Jon Gary, 4, and Elizabeth, 2. He was employed as a game technician with the White Mountain Recreation Enterprise in 1961 and most recently work ed as a scaler with the forestry division of the Bureau of In dian Affairs at Whiteriver. He is a graduate of the Uni versity of Arizona, Tucson, where he majored in wildlife management. He is the grand son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Amos, Sr., of Whiteriver and received his early education in the reservation schools. His wife is the daughter of John O. Crow, Deputy Commis sioner of Indian Affairs, Wash ington, D. C. July, 1962 Snowflake Firm High Bidder on Timber Contract WHITERIVER Western Lumber and Moulding Company of Snowflake were high bid ders for the Canyon Creek No. 1 Logging Unit, it was an nounced here this week by Harry Kallander, Agency For ester. Western was awarded the contract on a high bid of $18.05 per MBF for pine; $7.50 per MBF for Douglas Fir and $5.00 per MBF for White Fir. Kal lander reported the price was the highest bid ever received on a unit this size. The unit is located in the northwest portion of the reser vation, north of Chediski Look out, and comprises almost 15- million board feet of timber. A total of five firms submit ted bids on the unit with Chlar son-Reidhead Logging Company, Show Low, submitting the next lowest bid. Cutting on the timber is to be completed by December 31, 1964 with sawing to be done at the Western company mill at Heber. Green lumber will be processed at Snowflake. Kallander reported the num ber of White Mountain Apaches employed by Western Lumber and Moulding is not known at this time. up> • rr Ernie The White Mountain Apaches lost a valuable friend when Ernest Becker was killed recently in a plane crash near Blackriver. Ernie perished with a Forest Service employee and the pilot of the small plane when it crashed while circling a small forest fire. Cause of the crash was not immediately known. Ernie Becker was a lifetime resident of Spring erville, Arizona and a member of the pioneer Beck er family. His uncle, Julius Becker, was a close friend of Chief Alchesay and many times express ed his admiration of the Apache people. Active in numerous civic endeavors, Ernie made many notable contributions to the cause of conservation and wildlife protection. He was in strumental in the construction of several White Mountain lakes and spent many months in assisting the Tribe in gaining approval for the new Federal Fish Hatchery at Alchesay Springs. He often remarked, “What is good for the Ap aches is good for the entire White Mountain area.” Yes. Ernie is gone but he will not be forgotten. His tracks across the mountains and along the streams will be seen and followed for many years to come. 10c Tribal Officials Will Meet Udall WHITERIVER - A delegation of tribal officials will meet in Washington early next month with Secretary of the Interior, Stewart L. Udall, and other government officials for final approval of the construction plans for the new golf course, ski run and lodge to be built at Hawley Lake. Tribal Chairman, Lester Oli ver; Agency Superintendent, Albert M. Hawley, Tribal At torney, Barry Deßose and Vice Chairman, Fred Banashly, will fly to the nation’s capital for a five-day business session which will include a review of the feasibility study made last year on the $750,000 resort project, reportedly the largest resort project ever planned on any reservation. Two other tribal council members reportedly will be in the delegation but their names were not available at press time. During the week-long visit, members will also confer with Commissioner of Indian Af fairs, Philleo Nash; James Offi cer, Special Assistant to Secre- Fort Apache Indian Reservation Whiteriver, Arizona FOR HAWLEY LAKE PROJECT tary Udall; John Crow, Deputy Indian Commissioner, and oth er government heads to obtain approval for immediate con struction of the Flawley Lake Project. Chairman Oliver reported he was enthusiastic on hopes for the Tribe being able to begin work by early fall on the lodge and ski run, with construction of the 18-hole championship golf course scheduled shortly after. His views were echoed by Superintendent Hawley and other officials who declared the resort development will open up an entire new source of reve nue for the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Funds for the construction have already been appropriated as part of a $4-million loan made to the Tribe through fed eral funds for economic devel opment of the natural resources on the Reservation. Included in the loan are funds for the new Tribal Saw mill, already under construc tion; new housing on the Res ervation and other develop ments. Turn to Page 7 Revision Due In Gome Code WHITERIVER A revised game code for the White Mount ain Apache Tribe is now under study and will be presented to the Council soon, it was report ed here this week. Lydo Harvey, chief game warden and chairman of Recrea tion Enterprise board of direc tors, pointed out that the pre sent code was adopted 14 years ago and many sections are now unworkable and difficult to en force. “Mainly because of conflicts with other ordinances and reg ulations adopted later,” Harvey declared. The new code would be de signed to permit the maximum harvest of surplus game animals by tribal members and still in sure the preservation and con servation of the herds, he said. Recent surveys indicate the reservation deer herds are at the highest level in many years and winter ranges appear to be suffering damage in some areas from over-use. Elk numbers are up about 12 percent over last year, Harvey declared, and a good fawn crop is expected from the antelope planted on Bonita Prairie two years ago.