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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Coal-use proposal received cautiously Lethbridge city officials re- acted cautiously today to an Alberta Energy Resources Con- servation Board recommenda- tion that coal be used for ther- mal power plants to meet future electrical energy needs. City manager Tsm Nutting Baid the cost of converting the existing Lethbridge plant would be "very, very high" if such a move is needed. Mr. Nutting said he expects to study the local affect of the board's recommendation after he has received complete de- tails on us study. Erdos, Lethbridge utili- ties director, said coal still "has an cage on economy over gas" but heal conversion costs vill depend, a large extent, on the availability of coal in this area. The board, in a report re- leased without comment from the provincial government, said ooal probably will provide addi- tional electrical energy at lower cost than gas during the next 30 years. During the 1972-2001 period AlBerta's requirements for elec- tric energy will grow by eight per cent to more than gigawatt hours from gig- awatt hours, the board said. "The total 30-year require- ments will be 1.6 million giga- watt hours." The board said the Alberta government's announced policy to increase the price of natural gas at the wellhead, including a rebate system for provincial users, will influence future Al- berta gas requirements in those industries "where the cost of gas is relatively important." "Although most of the prov- ince's electric energy require- ments will be generated at therms! plants, additional hydro capacity wi'l become at- tractive for development dur- ing the latter half of the fore- cast period "Most of the electric energy generated from thermal plants will be derived from coal and gas with coal being the pre- ferred fuel because of the like- lihood of lower energy costs and greater over-ail benefits to the province." The board said the use of coal in generation will also piovide an opportunity to de- velop the sub-iwUiminous coal industry "without detract- ing from the continued devel- opment of the gas industry." The board recommended that the cabinet adopt as policy the use of coal rather than gas the energy resource for future thermal power plants. The Lethbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 106 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 76 PAGES RISK LIM1TED-LOUGHEED Tory gas price stand legal' Canada, backs infiltration claim by V.S. ASSOCIATED PRESS SAIGON Canada's peacekeeping contingent has backed up the United States and charged North Viet- nam with sending troops into the South in violation of the ceasefire "We strong reason to believe that non- South Vietnamese troops are stationed, or are infil- trating, South Vietnam for the purpose of supporting one of the two parties in South said Michel Gauvm, head cf Canada's delegation to the Inter- national Commission of Control and Supervision While Gauvm did not mention North "Vietnam by name, officials said he clearly was referring to Hanoi. He spoke at a meeting of the four-nation peacekeeping force Friday. It was the first time Canada had made such a charge. The United States charged previously that Hanoi has sent troops and armor into South Vietnam since the ceasefire went into effect Jan 28. Meanwhile, Indonesian Defence Minister Maraden Panggabean said Indonesia may withdraw as a cease- fire observer "if the situation in South Vietnam gets worse and our troops become victims of the conflict." Canada also has indicated it might withdraw from its peacekeeping role. Hungary and Poland are the other members of the peac'e force The Viet Cong, meanwhile, warned Scuth Vietnam against a military intervention in neighboring Cam- bodia There has been increasing speculation in Saigon that President Nguyen Van Thieu may send his troops across the border to assist the hard-pressed Cambodian government forces. Meanwhile a helicopter shot down in Vietnam last Saturday, Killing a Canadian ceasefire observer, may have been off course, External Affairs Minister Mitch- ell Sharp has indicated. He told the Commons he has yet to receive an official report but there is reason to believe that press accounts, which sav the helicopter strayed more than 15 miles off its flight path, are broadly accurate A companion helicopter had been fired on and landed two miles away. News reports since have quoted the head of an ICCS investigation team as saying the aircraft went down almost exactly where the Viet Gongs said it a patch of jungle more than 15 miles from, the flight corridor where safe passage has been guar- anteed. A new road, unmarked on ICCS maps, is believed to have confused the helicopter pilots and led them off course, the reports said. Even if the aircraft were off course. Mr. Sharp ?aid Monday, "the penalty for losing one's way in the cause of peace should not be wath at the hands of one cC the signatories of the Paris peace Two-year-old Aaron Tay- lor re-enacts his attempt to eat the income tax refund cheque of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard t. Taylor of Nitro, West Virginia, Fri- day. There was enough left that a bank still honored the cheque, but its enough of a reason why they carry a notice that they should be cashed immediately. EDMONTON (CP) Alberta has a "sound constitutional po- sition" in demanding higher prices for natural gas and in stating that no additional gas will leave the province until the price is raised, Premier Peter Lougheed said Friday. The province's constitutional authority stems not just from its jurisdiction in the area of such resources, but from its ac- tual ownership of the gas re- serves, he told the legislature "There may be some citizens within this province who have timid views with regard to these actions, but we feel very strongly that it is important for us to take the position, even though some challenge may oc- cur as a result of the action, and the resultant effect upon other parts of Canada." The Ontario government has opposed the Alberta plan to raise gas prices and has had experts examining the con- stitutionality of the move. The premier told Grant Notley, New Democratic Party Snow checks shoiv streams to be low Southwestern Alberta streams will be unusually low this summer, accordng to the annual spring snow checks con- ducted by Canadian govern- ment water authorities. Based on observations made UD to early this month, the Water Survey of Canada office at Calgary has issued three forecasts for run-off from Apnl to October. The outlook, based on sncw survey data, 57 per cent of normal for the Oldman at Leth- bridge. and 81 per for the St Mary River at the US. border Based on mountain storage gauge data, the figures are 56 and 76 per cent respectively And based on winter precipi- tation recorded at climatc'ogi- cal stations, the figures are 57 and 89 per cent. Figures far below normal are also seen for the Bow, Red Deer and South Saskatchewan rivers. The snow surveys haxe been taken for veight to 10 years in southwestern Alberta. Following are water content figures in inches, as of approxi- mately April 1. with the long- term average in brackets: West Castle (open) 8.7 (15.91 West Castle (bush) 14.0 (21.4) A'feon Pass 17.4 (21) Blue Lake 70 (14) Middle Drywood 0 (23) Wilkinson Summit (open) 57 (87) Wilkinson Summit (bush) 7.5 (9 6) All of the above are on the Oldman River basin. Hudson Bay Divide, in the St. Mary basin, had 111 inches of water equivalent, compared with a normal of 19.5. Cominuiiists closing in Oil Capital Mental health leader, that Alberta also has ob- tained expert advice on the con- stitutionality of the matter. The experts were virtually unanimous in their opinion, he said. "The constitutional posi- tion that we have taken can al- ways be challenged, but in our view, we are on a sound con- stitutional position with regard to the action proposed Mr. Lougheed noted that own- ership of gas reserves was transferred to the provinces from the federal government in 1930. Private industry drills the gas wells ana processes and dis- tributes the gas, but the depos- its are owned by the province. Mr. Lougheed suggested that Ontario's complaint that its residents would not be able to afford an increase in gas prices appears to be irrelevant. Ontario had complained that Albe'-ta's proposed 15-per-cent increase in wellhead prices would mean an additional a year for residential consumers, he said. But Thursday night, the On- tario Budget included a seven- per-cent sales tax on Alberta Gas which will mean an addi- tional a year to residents, the premier said. "Hence, I think with that one step we have seen pretty clearly that our proposals with regard to gas are not going to have an adverse impact upon the residential consumer in the province of Ontario. The premier said Alberta has three can con- tinue selling gas for what it be- lieves to be less than fair value, it can stop selling it. or it can press for higher prices. There was strong support among Albertans for the prov- ince's position that "no further gas will be removed from the province unless we get value for it" "And we are prepared to take think it is risk is involved and we're determined to press on with our action." CROWN WON'T APPEAL The Crown has decided not to appeal the acquittal last month of David William Threinen of a charge of non- capital murder. Defence counsel Vaughan Hembroff said Friday he has been advised by the agent of the attorney-general in Lethbridge that thers would be no appeal Mr. Threinen had been charged in the June 27, 1972, death of 16-year-old Angela Huemer. He was acquitted March 8 after a trial in Al- berta Supreme Court in the city. About 20 hours after he was cleared of the charge, Mr. Threinen was arrested and informed that his parole, arising from another charge, was being suspended, pend- ing a review of his case by the federal parole service. A final decision from the parole service has not yet been reached. Rural no-toll areas enlarged EDMONTON (CP) The government will spend mil- lion to eliminate long-distance telephone charges between many adjrcent rural areas, Tele- phones Minister Roy Farran announced Friday. Under the program, residents of many rural areas will be able to telephone within about a 30-mile radius without pay- ing long-distance charges. Rural residents now general- ly pay toll charges when call- ing other exchanges, regard- less of the distance the call travels. Mr. Farran told the legisla- ture the extended area service program, now being resumed, was abandoned by the form- er Social Credit government in 19S9 "for financial considera- The new program will also aim at establishing a flat rate for fringe areas around Ed- monton and Calgary. In addi- tion, the government Intends to complete a program of re- placing overhead telephone wires in rural areas with bur- ied cables. The first phase of the pro- gram, involving 187 routes or 374 linked areas, is estimated to cost million and in- volve an increased annual cost of S3.7 million. Some areas will be later than others in joaning the system "due to the obvious desira- bility and cost savings result- ing from simultaneous conver- sion to direct distance dialing as planned." The program is designed to allow less costly and more convenient calling between a rural area and neighbor- hood market area. Mr. Faran said the program will probably encourage larg- er volume of calls and mora equipment will be added to the linked exchanges. "Big vengeance" threatened for killing of guerrillas Inside Classified 24-27, 29 Comics........21 Comment 4, 3 District......3. S Fami3y 16-25 _____ Local News 15. 16 (__ Markets 22. 23 Sports 32. 13 1fhinlt we're getting i VC have agreed to boycott" Weather....... 2 LOW TONIGHT HIGH SUNDAY 43; M SUNNY Sikkim peaceful again New York Times Service NEW DELHI Sikkinu the Indian protectorate in the Him- alayas, returned to peace Fri- day as abruptly as it plunged into a state of strife two weeks ago. Reports reaching New Delhi sasd the chdlgyal. or niter, of djn, PaldeTi Thwndup Xam- J. emerged from a week of isolation in TIT; cold- jialace armcnjnce a' s nrws conference thai he had reached a settlement, vrith the Indian government The setUemeirt in- volves a drastic change of pol- itical states for his tiny king- dom to meet with the demands of his PHNOM PENH (Reuterl About 40 Communist battalions of 300 men each are closing in on this Cambodian capital." al- readv in the grip of a worsening supply crisis. Jfilitary sources said the bat- talions, mostly Cambodian Communist with a few hardened North Vietnamese and Viet Cong sappers, have al- ready massed in the military region wire11 surrounds the city. The sou- said some of them have set up rocket sites range of capital. Government defenders area also on the alert for a sapper attack during the current new year hoUday. The concentration of 12.000 Communist troops within one day's journey from here is the greatest ever seen since the war broke out three years apo They almost equal in numer- ical strength Use government forces protecting the citv. Holidays and the period just before and after are tradition- ally the moment for the Com- munists to mount a psy- chological blow against Phnom Penh. ond nociro About town officer queried Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Health Min- ister Neil Crawford told the legislature Friday he'll check into why a mental health co- ordinator hasn't yet been ap- pointed for the Lethbridge re- gion. John Anderson (SC Leth- bridge East) asked whet pro- gress had been made in the matter since co-ordinators have been appointed in many of the other six regions in the prov- ince. New York Times Service BEIRUT Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian guerrilla, was quot- ed by two Lebanese newspap- ers Friday as threatening "big for alleged collab- oration by the United States with Israel in the killing of three Palestinian leaders by Israeli commandos here this vieek. Arafat, reportedly claimed that a station wagon with dip- lomatic license plates belong- ing to the US. embassy was parked at a gasoline station near the homes where the Pal- estinians were killed. The same vehicle was later seen transporting four persons, one of whom had "a broken left shoulder.'' Arafat report- edly said. Also that some of the arms used by the Israeli raiders, which were found here, had been manufactured in the United States. The stories included an ac- cusation by Arafat that a form- er U.S. ambassador to Leban- on, Armin Meyer, who is now with the state department in Washington, was recently ap- pointed head of a US. intelli- gence team to "co-ordinate w i t h Israeli intelligence against Palestinian guerril- las" This morning, two huge oil tanks were blown up and set ablaze at a US-owned refin- ery and a Maoist group claimed responsibility and to keep up the at- tacks. Officials said the two tanks were not full when the fire, broke out and contained a to- tal of 30.000 barrels. Their capacity was 100.000 barrels each. The Lebanese government said 18 of the 23 tanks at the refinery had been wired but army demolition teams were able to disarm the other 16 charges. The refinery is owned by Mo- bil Oil and Caltex, and the two tanks blown up belonged to the Mediterranean Refinery Co. and t o Trans-Arabian Pipeline Tapline said it tem- porarily had halted pumping and loading operations. Meanwhile at the UN. Foreign Minister Mobamed Hassan El-Zayyat of Egypt was organizing a stepped-up United Nations offensive against Israel and the United States today over the Israeli raid into Leba- non. The Security Council had scheduled another session on the Middle East today but post- poned it until Monday, appar- ently to allow him time to con- fer with Lebanese and other delegates. Zayyat arrived Fri- day night. Old trees threatened? Beaver 'murders protested brought li to of an- archy. t IBCHAL Boras aloud w5iy he finds hiin-elf agreeing with mwe aTvi more legislation. approved by the Pder Long- heed government Ches- ter Mool. offering 10 hold buna! services for n f c I. J o b i o tA plant, clairrun i1 the TwAing plant west of Winni- peg. Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Opposition MLAs Friday criticized the government for the of beavers at Indian Battle Park in Lethbridge this week. Hjwever, Lands and Forests Muuster Allan Warrack de- fended the action saying the beavers threatened valuable old trees and could not be captured alive because Ihey had to be Itpl in deep water away from 1'Y puMjc and wmiM drowned Grucnwald Wpsll said "I csn'1 bc- 1 an thk technological ace beavers cant be removed alive Diaries Drain Pancber said "I'm hen 1hc trildlifc jv> Ihc facilities for 3nc trapping that they used brutal slaughter instead." Art Dbton Jfil- licanJ said he'd received a tele- phone call from a constitu- ent in CaJgary who'd heard aixwtf Ihc killing of beavers in LrthbrKige and was angry. Dr. Warrack objected to Ihc term "slaughter" saying t h e beavers had been " "Murdered" shouted an oppo- sjlion MR A. Dr. Warrack 'oV! Ihc IrciOa- lure Ins department Iwn t abandwrcd the practise of trap- ping animals alive, hut thai SK headers wenc killed in Ldh- bridgc after other ajlematnes were considered. Because the animals had to in the water awav from 1h" public. 1Vj wo ild have drowned if wildlife officers had used leg traps or tranquilirers, be said. Acting en a request from the City of LeJhbridge, the beavers were killed with quick-kill corn- bear traps, he said. "They had been culling down some of the few trees that are an that part of Alberta these arc lives thai arc in the order of 70 to 90 years of age said Dr. Warrack. Mr Drain what r-tncd to 1be pells wwih alxiut S40 each and the meat which is "an epociirian? delight Speaker bal happened lo ;