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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THI IETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, April 7, Driest March in 10 years had 25 per cent of normal precipitation Last month was the driest March in the Lethbridge area in 10 years, reports weather- man Ted Wilson- The .23 of an inch of pre- cipitation which fell during the month compares with the normal precipitation of 1 rm Inches and last year's 2 inches. There were only three inches of snowfall last month com- pared with 26.6 inches in March, 1972 and the normal of 9.8 inches. The greatest amount of precipitation last month was recorded March 22 when an inch of snow and a trace of rain resulted in 9 of an inch of precipitation. The record March snowfall of 32.3 inches was recorded in 1967. The least amount of snowfall, .3 of an inch, was recorded in 1915- Last month's highest tem- perature of 61.9 degrees on the 16tb compares with a normal of 59.8 degrees and 64 degrees in March. 1972. The record high of 76 de- grees was established March 31. 1906 Last month's low of 12.6 de- grees on the 18th compares with the normal of 13.5 de- grees below zero and 21 below in March, 1972. The record low of 36.1 below was established March The mean temperature of 37.2 degrees last month com- pares with 31 degrees the previous March and the nor- mal of 27.6. Last month there were 1801 hours of bright sunshine com- pared with the normal of 162, the record high of 230.9 hours in 1912 and the record low of 101 hours in 1940. A year ago March had 155.9 hours of sun- shine. Pincher Creek had a high temperature of 58 degrees, a low of 14, a mean tempera- ture of 35.4, snowfall of 9.7 inches and precipitation ol .59 of an inch. Medicine Hat had a high temperature of 65 degrees, a low of 11. a mean tempera- lure of 37.9 degrees, .3 of an inch of snowfall for .03 of an inch of precipitation, and 215.7 hours of bright sun- shine. Agriculture thrust for markets sought By RIC SflTHART Herald Staff Writer Canada must start an ex- tensive agricultural market- ing thrust soon if the indus- try is to be viable in the tu- ture, according to the federal agricultural critic. Jack Murta, chairman of the Progressive Conservative agricultural committee, told about persons at the wind-up festivities to the four-day Ag Expo show that Canada must follow the ag- gressive market thrust dis- played by Alberta. He said Canada is now at a cross roads in agriculture. "We can go the route of oth- er provinces, and to an ex- tent, the federal government, end continue the supply man- agement system. "Or we can go the other route and find markets for the expanding agricultural production. This is the best." Mr. Marta, also a member of the food price enquiry board, said the image of the food hearings has been one of trying to find the culprit in the food industry. He said he doesn't think Compulsory settlement threatened Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Labor Min- ister Bert Hohol has threaten- ed a compulsory settlement to end the teachers dispute if a voluntary settlement isn't reached by midnight Sunday, The Herald has learned. The minister has the au- thority under the Alberta La- bor act to impose a final set- tlement. Dr. Hpbol has left Edmon- ton until Tuesday and offi- cials in his office here would say only that he will return Tuesday. Deputy Labor Minister Don Gardner said in an interview Friday the Alberta Teachers Association and the Southern Alberta School Authorities Association were given one week on Monday to end the dispute which began with ne- gotiations almost a year ago. "We don't want to impose compulsory arbitration if at all possible, but it may be the only way he said. It will be at the sole dis- cretion of the labor minister how he decides to end the dis- pute Monday, said the dep- uty. there is a culprit, especially the producer. "It is a matter of supply and he said. "There hasn't been enough production to meet the de- mand of the consumer." Dave Durksen, Alberta ex- port marketing officer for the department of agriculture, said countries all over the world are looking to Canada for help. He said countries like Ja- pan and South Korea are looking for buckwheat and mustard crops in particular. Both these crops can be grown well in Canada and Alberta in particular, he said, and they are crops which offer a high return per acre. He questioned the farming community, asking if it was getting the message that these markets are available. "He said farmers must start production of crops for mar- kets which are there. And the crops which are needed are the ones which will give the farmers more return per acre. Soil testing lab established in citv A modern soil and feed testing laboratory has been established in Lethbridge. Agri-A n a 1 y s i s Ltd., a v, holly owned subsidiary of Cameo Agricultural Invest- ments Ltd. of Lethbridge. is in the process of equipping its testing laboratory just north of the subway on Mayor Magrath Drive. Ranging from atomic ab- sorption machines to test soil and feed nutrients to probes lor taking soil samples, Agri- Analysis employs six full- time laboratory and field per- sonnel. The laboratory can handle 300 soil samples and 200 feed samples daily. Results will be available to a farmer 24 hours after the sample has reached the laboratory. Nutrieut fertility in soils nutrient availability to live- stock in feeds is the purpose of the test. "This factor in today's agri- cultural industry makes soil and feed testing a valuable tool for the farmer and J says Lynn Edge, general manager for Agri- Analysis. "Knowledge of what is in the soil allows a producer to co-ordinate fertilizer require- ments to his individual farm needs." He says there is a growing variability in the choice of feeds for livestock and prop- er testing allows the pro- ducer to select the feeds which will give the lowest cost per pound of gain. Aside from soil and feed testing, Agri-Analysis is in- volved in water analysis, plant tissue analysis and wa- ter application management for the irrigation area in Southern Alberta. It is the only laboratory west of Manitoba which offers this complete sendee. Although the company is involved in assisting the agri- cultural community at the producer level, urban garden- ers will be able to use the ser- vices in the future once the system is fully established. Alberta's rural students to get holiday June 8 June 8 will be a school hol- iday for Alberta rural stu- dents and the end of the school year for their counter- parts at Lethbridge. The provincial cabinet has declared the annual farmers' day celebration -will not apply to studen-ts at Edmonton, Calgary. Red Deer. Leth- bridge or Medicine Hat. Students will begin their summer holiday in both Leth- bridge school divisions June 3, the last day of school. Students in the County of Lethbridge end the school term June 22. Classes in the Taber School Division end June 18 and in the Willow Creek Division June 15. Action song appears to be the -fastest merry-go-round in the world is redly a time-exposure photo of action at the 43rd Annual Kiwanis Music Festival. St. Paul's Sister P. Derbyshire and her grade 1 students are performing end action song called "Somebody Waiting." Council to get 1973 budget The 1973 operating budget and a new policy for devel- opment in West Lethbridge are among the more pressing items schedule for city coun- cil consideration Monday- Although the amount of the mill rate for this year has not been released, City Man- ager Tom Nutting has said he will recommend a slight increase over last year's 70- mill budget- There will be provision, however, for coun- cil to cut back to the 1972 level, he said. Even if the increase is ac- cepted, the city will have no trouble staying within the per cent increase guide- lines proposed by the provin- cial government in its tax re- duction plan, Mr. Nutting said. The city manager has ask- ed council to adopt the bud- get no later than May 4. con- sidering three of the four weeks following the budget presentation sufficient time for council to give it a thorough going-over with the administration. One week, April 16 to 20, has been reserved by Mr. Nutting for dealing with de- velopment on the west side, in particular, more talks with local housing contractors. A revised plan was re- leased Monday calling for 100 houses, a major park and lake to be built in the new sub- division this year. The plan projects construc- tion of an additional 325 house in the area just west of the University of Lethfaridge dur- ing the next two years. Mr. Nutting said the first lots, which average in cost and 63 front feet in size, could go on sale before the end of April. Guidelines, which are in- tended to provide some de- velopment freedom, will exist also to control ways in which homes are situated and con- structed on lots. The park will surround a lake one-third to one-half the size of Henderson Lake and will be landscaped with dirt excavated from the lake- Council has been asked to approve the plan at Monday's meeting- Consideration will also be given to: A request from rep- resentatives of the Leth- bridge Minor Soccer League that the city provide two soc- cer fields for the league's use. A letter from Dr. C- D. Stewart requesting 43rd Ave. to be renamed Game Farm Road. Allowing the owners of Ashgroye Apartments to park a mobile home on the prop- erty for recreation unit space. Recommendations from the community services advi- sory committee that the city provide in grants to va- rious community groups for 1973. The meeting will be held in council chambers at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. Man fined after fatal crash Another trip to Boston for 9-year-old fire victim '9 Br JFM GRANT Herald Staff Writer H was a miracle that a five-year-old lire victim lived following a home accident said hospital officials. That lictiaj is now nme- years-o3d and sSill receiving specialized treatment. ILanks to a benevolent Lethbridge Shriners dub. Friday, Stacey of Fort Madeod embarked on her sixth Journey to the Bos- ton Shrine Hospital where she received plastic surgery and other specialized skin treatment The cheerful young S'acc} she forward to tbr and enjoys looking at Ire clouds gs durir.g tor flights to Boston. Slacey suffered bums to per cent of her -ahm her nightgown caught rm fire while she -was trying to warm milk on the stow. "She got up 31 about 6 30 a m and tried to be a moth- ers-little-helper by warm i n g milk lor her younger said Mrs. Pat Manser. The youngster's screams wake Mrs. Manser and she rwshed downstairs find Stacey in names. "It was just a torturous frignt." she said. "Doctors say she went into shock and wouldn't have felt the total .Mrs. Manser pul tnr fire out by wrapping the %oung- stcr in blankets only area? of body undamaged were her upper face, shoulders, and tiMi tcrnfjing mom- ing, six operations for con- traction of skin were under- gone m Calgary, parts of the lingers cm her left hand amputated, and several trip? to Bo-ton for complex sur- gery have been necessary Contraction of scar tissue nas hindered Uie healing pro- cess and in turn Siacey has hao to make more trips ior .specialized treatment in Bos- ton than other burn victims. As Stacey grows her skin breaks out. This process, doc- tcrs say. wilJ continue until is about 16-years-old, an age when roost girls stop growing. Mrs. Munser. mother of four children, said the Shnn- ers have given Stacey hope. The 53.000 a trip wwaW have been too much for her In absorb, she said. "They paid for for their work smong crippled children, the fhriners have built 20 chil- dren's hospitals, including Ihe specialized treat menl hos- pitals in Galveslon. Cincin- nati, and Boston The Letnbridge Shrine club builds up help crip- pled children like Staoey by conducting TH i TI e v raising vpntures A 53-year-old Coaldale man had his driver's license re- stricted for six months and was fined and costs Fri- day for driving with a blood- alcohol level over .03. Edwin Schmidt reversed his March 3 not-guilty plea to guilty in provincial court. Mr. Schmidt was charged following a fatal motor ve- hicle accident Jan. 20 near Chin. After the accident, Mr- Schmidt was given a breath- alyser test by the RCMP which showed a blood-alcohol level of .21. Killed in the collision William Girbov of Coaldale A 23-year-old Cardslon man who had pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing bodily harm, was remanded to June 6 for sentence. sion ing for a light to change at the corner of 3rd Ave. and 5th St. S. As a result of the attack Mr. Burton received a broken yrm and required stitches to the nose and hands. A Calgary man pleaded to a charge of posses- of the drug MDA for purposes of trafficking. Edward Gordon McCaw. 20, of Calgary was charged in Lethbridge Jan. 2 after police carried out a search and seizure at a New Year's party. Sixty-two capsules of MDA Mere found in a leather jack- et owned by Mr. McCaw. A pre-sentence report was set over to April 27. Frosty Friday killer By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer Thurs d a y's snowfall didn't cause any critical problems for local gardeners but when the mercury dipped to 11 degrees above zero Friday, it was a killer. May Day trees which were coming out in leaf and sev- eral early plants and bulbs were damaged by the over- night frost, reports Bill Brown, parks superintendent. "Most of the stuff under snow cover should still be he said, but how they fare in the next while will de- pend entirely on the weather. "When the mercury drops below 28 degrees, you start getting he said, and when it drops as low as 11. there's bound to be consid- erably more damage. Some flowering trees will not have flowers this year as a result of Friday's mercury dip and growth will be put back awhile. If there is a fast thaw, fur- ther diamage could also re- sult to trees and plants, ha said. The local weather office forecast highs of 35-40 today and 45 Sunday for the Leth- bridge area. The low of 25 tonight could spell further frost damage. The three inch- es of snow on the ground this morning is expected to be nil by Monday, leaving plants and bulbs with no protective insulation. The 3.9 inches of snowfall since Thursday which result- ed in .33 of an inch of wa- ter, is welcomed by farmers. March was the driest month in the area in 10 years. Champion gladiolus grower Jim Archibald said there is a definite threat to some trees and plants in the area. H there is a prolonged frost, "some trees are really going to get it." he said. Mr- Brown said people wlfl just have to let the larger trees go but if a sharp tem- perature drop is indicated, smaller trees could be bur- lapped. Lilac bushes are the most likely to be damaged by frost, he said. They suggested plastic used to cover plants, especial- ly at night, when the mer- cury drops the most. Make sure the plastic doesn't touch the plants because it will transfer the cold and damage thsm. When the temperature warms up. uncover the plants. Don't rush the season and don't encourage plants to grow at this time of year, they advise. Temperature and plant life run hand in hand. Don't uncover roses, ad- vises Mr. Archibald- Be sure to mound the bushes if they are planted now. If a sharp drop in tempera- ture is forecast, both men suggest putting out the water sprinkler. The water will freeze on the plants and trees and provide some insulation against the cold, they say. Irvin Heavy Runner charged after an assault on Fred Burton, 86. of Cardston while Mr. Burton was wait- Cancer Society donations runnin ahead of 1972's Indian course likelv HrraM Legislature Bureau EDMONTON TTbc pro- iincial government is consid- ering a native American studies course for the Univer- sity of LeO.ibridge, Ihc minis- ter for advanced education. Jam Foster said Friday in the legislature. Replying Jo John Anderson fSC Lethfaridge Mr Foster said, "The officials ihe department are review- ing il and I expect will be pm-Hing me with their opin- ion and comment in due course." U of L officials say proposed course would pre- sent the Indian point Contributions to the Can- cer Society's fund raising campaign are running SS30 ahead of last year. So far. of the society's goal of has been re- ceived. The meraH in- cluding memorials, is The drive got under way at the beginning of Ihe week and trill reach its climax with a door-to-door residential blitz this Sunday. Prize winners in the cicly's annual school poster contest were annosroc c d Thursday. The contest designed for students to de- pict cancer prevention fca- runng progress in research, early diagnosis, and treat- ment. Winners in the elemen- tary school division were Dean GaJlinwe, 10. of Coalhurst School, Coaihurst E'pmcntary School, Laurc! Hanna, Shvaghncssy School, third, and Joanne Taniguchi, 11- Agnes Davidson School, hon- orable mention. Grade and 8 division win- ners were Heather bcad. 14. Hamilton Junior High, first: Harold Reimer. 53. R. I. Baker School, Coal- dak, second: Karoline Pbil- jpp. 13. Hamilton Junior High, third; and Shan Nicholas. 13. 'Hamilton .Junior High, honor- able mention Winners in the Grade S and 19 division were Brenda 54. Hamilton Junior High, Helen Morely, 34, Ham- ilton Junior High, second: and Seltiya, 14. Hanul- lon Junior High: third. Winning posters in tJhe heal contest will new be advanced 1o compete in Uie provincial cancer school poster contest at 1bc division head- ;