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Mail Tribune 100, May 17, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

May 17, 1920


Chief of Police Timothy and Fire Chief Lawton made the rounds of the city in midday Sunday, during the hours in which it is illegal to irrigate lawns and gardens, and found 17 water users in various parts of the city violating the city ordinance in various ways in addition to using water during the prohibited hours. Some were wasting water by allowing it to run in the gutter and others were using open house hose.

All have been technically placed under arrest and notified to appear before Police Judge Taylor. Despite the fact that the water ordinance has been published in large type in advertisements in The Mail Tribune and appeared no later than Saturday, there seems to be some confusion on the part of a minority of water users as to when they can use water and other deliberately do not care and try to get away with their violations. The city authorities intend to enforce the irrigation ordinance strictly this year, and several prominent citizens were caught in yesterday’s raid.

On Sunday all irrigating is prohibited between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Capt. Burghduff, the newly appointed state game warden, and Ed Clanton, master fish warden, were at the Ament dam yesterday to inspect the new fish way. Local game wardens and a group of sportsmen and citizens deeply interested in the bettering of fishing conditions in the river, piloted by Representative Ben Sheldon, met the party at the dam.

The visitors expressed themselves as satisfied that the new fishway would serve the purpose intended and that the upper river, and the hatchery at Trail would see better conditions than heretofore. Some of the local men were more skeptical. “The fishway is just being completed and has not been tested under operating conditions,” said Mr. Sheldon upon his return, “so it is not fair to condemn it. I hope it fulfills its purpose. But I am frank to say that I fear that further effort must be made before the conditions to which we are entitled in the upper river are secured. Both Capt. Burghduff and Mr. Clanton are disposed to do everything in their power to remedy our conditions and stated that if this new work did not do the business, they would welcome complaints and take further steps to that end.”

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