Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 19, 1973 · Page 29
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 29

Greeley, Colorado
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Thursday, April 19, 1973
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Thun.. April l», 1173 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 2* Sheep, horses outnumber people on Falkland Isles By KOBEKT D. OHMAN Associated Press Writer PORT STANELY, Falkland Islands, (AP) -- Herein these, cold and treeless islands in the South Atlantic the sheep, with its !;: wool, is King, and even horses outnumber the humans. ,.Jhe Falklands, a British colony iince 1832 but also claimed by-Argentina, have never been KospHable and life is hard and sjijyjje. Many of the young people, bored, or unable to get jobs they like, back and leave and the population has declined over recent years; A peak of 2,392 inhabitants Wcfe'"reached in 1931, but last December's census registered only-1,957 islanders. Of these, 1^079 have chosen the more refined life offered in this capital city on Stanley Bay. The others live in sheep settlements of isolated shepherd houses scattered across the islands. In comparison, British government figures report the gale-swept islands have 634,000 sheep, 10,000 cattle and 3,094 horses. Stanley may appear attractive to youngsters raised in the "camp" --countryside --'but it has no newspapers, cinemas or television. A movie is-shown Sunday nights at the community hall and a single government radio channel, known as the box, broadcasts for two hours in the morning and three at night. Fruit must be imported, making the price so high oranges and apples are rare. Vegetables aren't sold commercially so each family tends its own garden of cabbages, potatoes, carrots and unions. The meat is mutton, delivered to the door. To place an order the Stanley housewife hangs a sign reading "meat today" on the gate and the traveling butcher will leave either the hindquarter or forequarter of a sheep hanging inside the porch. Poultry and pork are scarce, and so is beef, despite the 10,000 cows. Most are dairy cattle. A chartered cargo ship brings supplies from England once every three months, and if the four small stores run out of some articles before the ship's next arrival the customer can only wait. Most of the natives like Hie place and they point out. that crime, also, Is scarce. Fuel is free, but it's peat and the men have to gather it. The government gives each homeowner a section in the peat bogs and the men, after completing their day's work, go to their sections to cut out cubic yards of the soggy rich sod. It has to be rickled -- stacked to dry -- and later hauled into town and stacked in the family's peat shed. For one season, each family must have 150 cubic yards, of about 150 tons, stored to keep the fires burning. There are only 12 miles of road in the islands and overland travel is by four-wheel- drive vehicles, tracking across the countryside .brown with marsh grass and short scrubs of the diddle dee bush. A single-engine amphibious plane of Uie government-oper- . ated air service makes daily hops between the settlements, .wind permitting. The -island's only link with the South American mainland is a twin^ngine Fokker operated by the Argentine air force that makes a round trip each Monday between Stanley and Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. It began the service last November when the island's first landing strip was completed. The Fokker can carry about 30 passengers and the weekly flights "have changed life here enormously," said T.H. Layng, chief secretary to the royal governor. "Now people are just popping in. We are suddenly accessible to the determined traveler." He added that from January through March 74 tourists and 86 businessmen visited the islands, spending a week here because of the flight schedule. Most of the visitors settle in Mr. and Mrs. Desmond King's Upland Goose Hotel -- the only modern hotel in the islands. It also has one of the four pubs that serve Stanley's drinking population and the hours are English. The pubs are open from 10 they open at noon and close an vises treatment for' ailinf a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to hour later. . patients at the lonely sheep sel 10 p.m. weekdays. Sundays There is little nightlife and tlements. - . . .... occasional dart throwing con- While the inflow of touris SCflOOf Mil tests or wedding dances are so- money helps, the island econo !A!IM#A avna**a«J cial evenls - More than 200 my stands or falls on the pric 06DQrB eXpeCreO spectators gathered in Stanley of wool. Last year was ex j I j community hall on a recent cellent, with wool selling at $ Oil lUeSQQj Saturday night where 80 men per pound and the islands ex DENVER (AP) -- House and women tossed darts for the ported 4.3 million pounds. Th Speaker John ' Fuhr told . the first prize of three bottles of year before the price was hal rules committee Wed. he ex- whisky. that and the economy was suf peels debate on the $312 million Whisky helps some islanders fering. school finance bill to begin next P ass the lon g nights but Dr. Falkland sheep are growr Tuesday. Deryk' Cox said alcoholism is only for their wool, and not for Fuhr made the statement as no more common in Stanley their meat like their cousins in the rules committee was setting than in a similar village in Australia and New Zealand. up a calendar of work for the Scotland or England. The only sheep killed for con rest of this week and next Cox is here from Scotland on sumption are for the islanders week. ' a two-year government con- themselves. Last year, 51.00C The school finance bill, tract and is one of the islands' old sheep that were no longer which has been in (he drafting two medical doctors. productive were killed and process since (he early days of Each morning over the gpv- skinned and their carcasses left (he session, was on (he House ernment wireless station he ad- on land for fertilizer. ule for this afternoon and was expected to be reported out. .Al his Tuesday afternoon news conference Gov. John Love (old newsmen he wanted the work on the bill to proceed as quickly as- possible. The school finance measure, a massive land policy act and no fault insurance are generally regarded as (he most important legislative measures to be considered this session. TOWN OF KERSEY NOTICE - TO ALL RESIDENTS Thirty gallon galvanized cans with lids are now required for trash containers. Other than thirty gallon cans will be picked up A P R I L 21, 1973. Thank you. 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