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Fori Apache Seoul
Official Newspaper, White Mountain Apaches
Vol. 1. No. 2
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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.
Alchesay Hatchery Slated
For Completion In Fall
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
Gilbert, former BIA and Re
creation Enterprise employee,
has accepted a new position as
Arts and Crafts Advisor with
White Mountain Apache Tribe
and the Fish & Wildlife Serv
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
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
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.
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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
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.
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
Two other tribal council
members reportedly will be in
the delegation but their names
were not available at press
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
tary Udall; John Crow, Deputy
Indian Commissioner, and oth
er government heads to obtain
approval for immediate con
struction of the Flawley Lake
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
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
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
“Mainly because of conflicts
with other ordinances and reg
ulations adopted later,” Harvey
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.

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