Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Prairie grain growers worried about lack of moisture JIM NEAVES Canadian Press Staff Writer Prairie grain growers, ex- pecting a season of good prices for all they produce, are wor- ried about lack of moisture in thr> soil. Tte exceptionally mild winter and light snowfall raises the fcpectre of drought, which could reach into every area of farm production and, ultimately, to the consumer. In Saskatchewan, an official of the Prairie Farm Assistance Administration says unless the province receives a foot of heavy wet snow or heavy spring rains, fanners face the worst drought since 1961. The average annual winter snowfall is 45.1 inches In Re- gina, but only 27 inches fell this winter. Spring rains can help crops by providing reserve moisture in the soil, but the lack of run- off from snowfall to fill dugouts could be critical for livestock producers who already are con- cerned about consumer reaction to high meat prices. COULD LOjSE MILLIONS In Manitoba. D. K. Friesen of Altona, secretary of the Lower Red River Valley Water Com- mission, said unless there are heavy spring rains the area will face disaster. He said farmers would "be forced to sell their livestock and losses even in a single, year could run to tens of millions of dollars." v Precipitation in southern Manitoba was well below the 30- year average for November to March. Winnipeg recorded 2.33 inches oi snow compared with the V910-1970 average of 4.84 inches. I n Alberta, agricultural spokesmen say It is a little early to panic, but lack of ade- quate spring rainfall could be serious. The Alberta agriculture de- partment said that despite a comparatively wet fall, which held up last year's harvesting, there is little sub-soU moisture holdover and the moisture situ- ation could be serious if rain COULD GET BETTER But, Dr. D. A. Rennie, head of the University of Saskatche- wan's soil sciences department of Saskatoon, said farmers should not become unduly alarmed at the small amount of moisture in stubble fields. He said moisture stored in the soil of all crop districts is the lowest in 10 years but the situ- ation could change overnight. In 1954, stored moisture was lower than this year until yond spring seeding time and then record rainfall during the growing season produced an ex- cellent crop. A regional agriculturalist at Red Deer, whose territory stretches across Alberta from Rocky Mountain House to the Saskatchewan boundary said farmers and businessmen In the Castor, Coronation and Stettler areas are "deeply concerned." They vividly remember drought conditions in the range country not long ago. Snowfall was well below the normal winter average at Ed- monton, Lethbridge and Medi- cine Hat, slightly below at Cal- gary, Red Deer and Prairie. The LetHbndge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 97 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 1973 10 CENW THREE SECTIONS 42 PAGES Highway plans under attack By IAN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The controversial Mackenzie Valley highway has been pushed ahead without adequate en- vironmental information, with "minimal" design plan- ning and sometimes in the wrong place, according to minutes of the committee directing the project. The minutes which were leaked to a B.C. opposi- tion MP recently, also indicate that right-of-way clear- ing went alread following the announcement of the high- way by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau even though there is no target completion date. The earliest possible date for completion of the highway north to Inuvik is 1976-77, according to the minutes of the MacKenzie Highway Committee. John Fraser (PC-Vancouver South) who obtained a copy of the document, said Tuesday that it shows that the project was announced for political reasons by Trudeau last year, and that political and economic considerations weigh heavier than environmental con- cerns. "These people in the government have not operated according to any sound he charged. "With all this talK about environmental protection, when they think there will be political or economic advantage go rigfrf ahead In a meeting of the Commons committee on Indian Affairs and Northern Development Tuesday Fraser pressed Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien to reveal what environmental studies made before Tru- deau's announcement last months before be announced the Oct. 31 ejection. The minister replied that the southern sections of the highwav had under construction for some time and environmental studies made in case a pipeline is !o be buiJi ui> the Mackenzie ValJey were "applied lo !he road Tough grind RICK ERV1N photo Agriculture fairs can be fascinating, but the sand man can catch up after hours of eating and sightseeing. Jana Weisse, 4. daughter of Fred and Jean Weisse of 1106 Lakeview Drive, finds the seat on this David Brown 1212 more than a wel- come spot to rest her weary bones. Officials estimate more than people toured the four buildings at the Exhibition Grounds during the first day of Ag Expo. tonnage questioned in gun-running drama HAMBURG (Reuter) Doubt persisted today about the exact tonnage of arms carried by the tiny coaster Claudia seized in an international gun- running drama off the Irish coast. The size of the consignment of weakens and smmurlSon re- mained unclear following con- flicting reports about the cargo. Sources close to the crew of the 290 ton vessel, which docked in Hamburg Monday, put the fig- ure at 50 tons. They ssld the arms were loaded aboard the Claudia in Tripoli harbor under the watch, ful eye of two Irish Republican Army members who later ac- companied the crew on the voy- age. Cunther Leinhaeuser, 40, managing director of the com- Police officials consulted before new act drawn up pany owning the Claudia, ear- lier suggested that 10D tons were put aboard and 95 tons were dumped at sea. But Irish the master of the Claudia, Captain Hans-Ludwig Fluegel. nied this. "We espected 100 he said, "but there were only five tons when we loaded uo in TriooH harbor." CARGO SEIZED He said no weapons were thrown overboard during the voyage from Tripoli to southern Irish waters where Irish navy vessels arrested the Claudia last Wednesday and seized its cargo of arms destined for the IRA. Inside Classified CcmScs 36 Comment A District 3, 19 Family 30-22 NCTTS 17, IS Markets 24 Sports 10-12 Theatres 7 TV 6 WeaHfaor 2 'fr Mr. Turner.' TONIGHT 30, HIGH THURS. 51: SCNNY PERIODS EDMONTON The new Polics Act, which received criticism from police officials in Alberta ciiies. was drawn up after con- sultations with police commis- sions and senior officers from all over the province. AJ- tcrney General Mcrv Leitch Tuesday. He tok! the legislature that durusg the last year he has spent as much as a week in consultations xvilh police offi- cials and municipal representa- tives abooil the terms of the Po- lice Act The minister said he went over a "discussion of the bill with Mayor Ivor Dent of Edmonton and representatives of municipal governments in Calgary, Lethbridge and Medi- cine HaL Officials in his de- partment held other meetings wijh police and municipal rcp- resentativcs. The Police Act, introduced Monday in the legislature, abolish the Albarta Po- lice Commission and replace it with a tfces-maa "Jaw enforce- ment appeal board. "Police of- ficials complained that the civilian review board was un- workable. and heard About town II 1 IXDA JENSEN responding "Yes. I have children. I don't carry this baby pack around for exercise." Leona Pratt claiming the seed competition sca'es "aren't heavy enough for me.' .Thelma Corner caught cat- napping aflcr driving home tvilh what she thought was cat Mlsi. Alberta firm on gas prices Boycott forces layoffs NEW YORK (CP) The United States-wide meat boycott started to bite into jobs today as wholesale beef, pork and lamb sales plunged to about 50 per cent below normal. But prices remained as high as ever. In New York, one meat in- dustry spokesman estimated that between and men were either laid off or given early holidays because of the boycott. The New York meat industry employs about 10.000 persons. The situation was similar throughout the U.S. as shoppers showed no signs of giving up the boycott. LITTLE EFFECT In Canada meanwhile ac- tivity at the Toronto stock- yards picked up Tuesday as farmers, apparently less alarmed about Canada's meat boycott than they were Monday, increased their shipments. The boycott was chiefly the idea of a small group of To- ronto women banded together in a group called Women Against Soaring Prices. The group called for the week-long boycott of meat-buying and suggested the boycott be extended in- definitely on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting next week. But the boycott appears to have had little effect on butch- ers and food chain stores across the country. Don Lavender, a livestock of- ficer in charge of marketing at the Edmonton public stock- yards, said the boycott had pro- duced some caution on the part of producers and buyers. "Producers are holding back on their fat cattle, but this is a normal procedure when prices go down slightly.'' He said beef cattle were sell- ing at 42 cents a pound, down from 43 last week. P. H. Hodsman, secretary- rnanager of the Alberta Cattle Commission, said the boycott was "unfair and quite unneces- sary." and suggested it might prompt .producers to boycott consumers if the beef price falls bcbw the cost of production. Power failure hits Florida in heat wave MIAMI (AP) A massive power failure, more widespread than a six-hour outage than hit the area a day before, over a 170-mile stretch of Flor- ida's GoM Coast today as power facilities were taxed by another day of JtS-c'egrce temperatures snd heavy tourist crowds. Cambodia air strikes defended Vwfc Timrs WASHINGTON A key ad- ministration official said Tues- day that North Vietnam "fu'.'y underslood" in the last hours of the Vietnam negotiations that the United Slates would continue bombing in Cambodsa }f support the regime of th-nl LOT No! until a cease-fire is achieved in that country. The official, who asked to be identified, participated in the Paris negotiations, and said that Henry Kissinger read a statement into the record on Jan. 23, the day he and Le Due Tbo ini jailed the Vietnam ccasc-f re agreement, NO OBJECTION In f-sl sla emcnt. reportedly said that the United Stales would observe fares in ilans and Camtodia once thry were reached, but thai un'J3 then, Washington feU justified, under the terms of the Vietnam agreement, to continue the military activity in those countries. According lo the administra- tion official. Tho, Hanoi's chief negotiator, did not an ob- jection lo the Kissinger state- ment This historical (nwtnWlc lo 1h9 Vjcfcnam negotiations was pro- vided by Jhe official in a pri- vate interview lo juslify the administration's co n t c m 15 on that the continued bombing of Cambodia hsd been legitimiz- ed by the V ietoam negotiations and was necessary to prod the Communist side irrio reaching a cease-fire m-ili Ibft LOT Nol Rail line report soon Herald Legislature Bureau and Canadian Press EDMONTON Alberta will co-operate with Ontario in pressing for new national energy policies, but has no intention to alter plans to raise the price of natural gas, Premier Peter Loug- heed said today. Mr. Lougheed was comment- ing at a news conference on a proposal Tuesday night by On- tario Premier Bill Davis in a speech at Calgary that a na- tional energy conference b e called. The Alberta Premier said Al- berta is prepared to co-operate with Ontario in developing new energy structures such as a re- constituted National Energy Board. "We do not intend to alter our resolve to assure that the people of Alberta receive fair value for the natural gas that leaves this province and which is owned by the Prem- ier Lougheed said. "We are not today receiving fair value for our natural gas." He added: "We're not pre- pared to go to a national en- ergy policy conference and ar- gue over NO CAPSULE ANSWER Asked about the danger of Al- berta exports of gas to the Unit- ed States threatening industry hi Ontario by raising prices generally, the premier said "I have no capsule answer to that, but I intend to deal with that issue at some length during speaking engagements across the country." He declined comment on an Ontario suggestion of a three- price policy for gas an Al- berta price, a Canadian price and an export price. Referring to Mr. Davis' charge that increased Alberta gas prices would harm Ontario industry. Mr. Lougheed said really don't think that what we're requesting is going to have that significant an effect on Ontario." Alberta has announced plans to raise the price of natural gas currently averaging 16 cents per 1.000 cubic feet in the range of 10 to 20 cents more. The increase would involve both the proposed price for Al- berta and non-Alberta con- sumers, said Mr. Lougheed, adding "we've established a range, but we won't set the price exactly." The increase won't come into effect likely until early 1974. Rather than harming Ontario, increased Alberta prices would "be a positive measure in spreading new industrial devel- opment throughout our said Premier Lougheed. CONFERENCE USEFUL..... Premier Lougheed agreed with Premier Davis that a na- tional energy conferejce to discuss oil, gas and coal would "be useful in creating a beUer understanding by all Canadians of the fact that Al- berta's new energy policies are not only in the Alberta public interest but also in the Cana- dian public interest. COAL QUESTION "Such a conference cowW also be useful 5n focusing on the lack of national benefit in the Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The provin- cial government will have a re- port on rail line abandonment hi Southern Alberta hi six months, Industry Minister Fred Peacock told the legislature Tuesday. Bill Wyse (SC-Medieine Hat- Redcliff) asked if the province will ask the Canadian Trans- port Commission- to extend a freeze on the abandonment of rail lines when the freeze ex- pires in 1975. CP Rail has applied to aban- don "unprofitable" line, but the CTC froze such applications in 1967. Hearings are expected by the CTC ha 1975 before such applications will be considered. LOSS OF JOBS Mr. Wyse told the legislature the discontinuation of railway lines will result in the loss of jobs to Southern Albertans. Mr. Peacock said "We are seriously considering the im- pact this will have on commun- ities and analysing the cost as well as the number of people it will affect." He said the province will have a responsibility to supply other services when rail abandon- ment takes place. Patterson case ruling CALGARY (CP) Judg- ment was reserved Tuesday on an appeal by former mayor Er- nie Patterson of Clareshotn, Alia., against his removal from office. The Alberta Supreme Court disqualified him from the posi- tion in January, ruling there was a conflict of interest when he voted on a bylaw to allow access to a shopping centre in he owned a coin laun- dry. Counsel for Mr. Patterson told the appellate division of Alberta Supreme Court there was no evidence the former mayor was acting other than in good faith when he -voted. No date was set for a ded- sion. The original ruling required a special ejection to be bdd in Februaiy to EH the mayor's post and Leonard Bach -was successful candidate. Home-coming base for PoWs province oT Ontario importing job from the United Stales in ex- J cess of 13 minimi tons annually nf coal rather than from West- ern Canada." He said "A new frcigM rate structure could make Western Canadian coal competitive and hence provide jobs in the The Alberta premier said Mr. Davis had accepted that a high- er price for natural gas nrast and will occur "although be Jo be concerned aboul the timing and extent of such increases." CLARK AIR pines (API Operation Home- coming closed its indoors at Clark Air Base today after shepherding IT.S. prisoners of war through their first taste of freedom. The of extracting the PoWs from captivity in Viet- nam and of reluming them in the United Stales ended with the departure of the Jaj.1 pris- oner. Capt Robert T. White of Newport Nero, Va.