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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta April 10, W4-THC LETHBRIDQE Rating not quite 'stellar' Radio station seeks listeners in outer space GREEN BANK, W.Va. (NBA) After nearly two decades of round-the-clock listening, the director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory here reports no communications from inhabitants of outer space. Plenty of natural signals from the sun, othei planets, even galaxies but nothing yet from the Martians, nary a word from any living creatures out there. The news may seem like an admission of failure, since many casual observers of the Green Bank facility believe its primary purpose has been to receive beep-beeps from other life, if indeed other life is sending beep-beeps. Local residents call the observatory's huge 300-foot disc antenna "The Big Ear'' and muse over the possibility of communicating with someone who has a Plutonian accent But apparently the Big Ear has not failed. Facility director Dr. David Hogg says the observatory's purpose has never been married to the detection of outer-space life. He says that when the observatory was commissioned in 1957, contemporary thinking then was that other civilizations did not exist, therefore there wasn't much speculation about such communications. "Actually, our purpose has been to receive signals from such'thmgs as gas clouds and thereby do our part to advance astronomical he said Dr. Hogg admits that listening to gas clouds is not nearly as exciting as listening for the Uranian morse code But the work crews have their moments: "We've received some interesting signals from such things as pulsars." There has been speculation the Big Ear also has tuned in Russian satellites, but Hogg denies it The Green Bank observatory is one of three interrelated observation and listening posts in America which are partly funded by the National Science Foundation. The federal government also contracts project work out to various universities Dr Hogg says the three facilities are budgeted at million annually. Radio reception at Green Bank is excellent, but not in the way of normal household receivers Signals from the sun are gathered by electronic machines; humans seldom hear the input. all is not scientifically remote at Green Bank. Despite the facility's main goal, the possibility continues that one day something man-made, or rather Mercury-made, will activate the reception tubes. Dr. Hogg, for one, "speaking as an individual rather than director of this believes other life prevails and that there is a reasonable chance of communications And if the Venusians do not soon weigh in with some blips, it is_ possible some prankster will. Dr. Hogg says there is always the chance "someone on earth might send out signals to try to fool us." His crew are ready for it If they ever receive a signal that reads "Help, we are interterrestrial streakers held prisoner on the Big Ear technicians are pledged to tune it out. Crown prosecutors' salary criticized I i I I I CALGARY (CP) Alberta's Crown prosecutors want to negotiate their salaries directly with the provincial treasury board to bring their salaries and prestige closer to the rest of the legal profession the Kirby Commission has been told. Although the provincial lawyers have opted out of the Civil Service Association, Calgary chief prosecutor Ed Adolph said they still are regarded as the second-class citizens of the legal profession. 'A high level of competence, integrity and ability is demanded of us and these are things I expect from professional Mr Adolph told the re-convened law reform commission. "I dislike the idea of Crown counsel heing regarded in any way as the second-class type of professional." He said there were people coming into the Crown attorney's profession with a particular talent for the work. "Money is not the whole factor for them, but it has got to be at a level in keeping with legal colleagues outside the HEAR A PIN DROP The quietest place on earth is the "dead room" in the Bell Telephone System laboratory in New Jersey where 99.98 per cent of reflected sound is eliminated. government service. We got out of the CSA but we are still attached to the civel service and we wish to be removed from it." When wages are negotiated, all other government workers are born in mind by the Public Service Commission. Commission Chairman Mr Justice W. C. J. Kirby said he would like a statement from the provincial prosecutors setting out salary scales. Independent counsel in courts make salaries of six figures, he said "Anyone in the public sector must know they are not going to earn that, but salaries must be comparable. William Henkel, provincial director of criminal justice for the attorney general's department, said some judges were "abusing young counsel in public" with sarcastic statements. "I want to stress that this does not apply to all judges but some make life miserable for young prosecutors." He told the commission that in Edmonton in pre-sentence and probation reports there was the "Crown version" and the "accused's version" of the facts. "This is said Mr. Justice Kirby. "A man has already been found guilty or pleaded guilty and his defence counsel has had a chance to challenge the evidence of the police report. This is the first time this has been brought to our attention." gallon for That's any four 40 fl. oz. bottles of Coke, Fanta, or Sprite. Mix and match at this special low price. Offer is good at participating dealers for a limited time only in the area served by your bottler of Coca-Cola. PURITY BOTTLING (1967) LTD. 2920 9th Ave. N., Lethbridge, Alta. 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