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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXV1 No. 118 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY APRIL 30, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 24 PAGES Raihvay line plan killed REVELSTOKE, B.C. (CP) Premier Dave Bar- rett killed Kootenay and Elk Railway plans for a line to the United States border by announcing here Satur- day night that ths British Columbia government will not allow tracks to" be laid across crown land. Premhr Barrett said the line cculd go as far as the Elk Forest, an area of crown land that lies on the route of the proposed 80 mile line from a point near Sparwood. B.C.. at Rocsvilie, at the U.S. border. "Then they have to apply for a special use he said. "And I say to the Kootenay and Elk. let them be the first railway to and from the Elk Forest because they're sure as hack not going to build it to the American border.'1 he told 350 persons who greeted the announcement with hearty applause. The Kootenay and Elk began preliminary construc- tion on the line last week, and about two weeks ago made application for rights-of-way through provin- cial land. The company wants to build a line from the rich East Kootenay coalfields to link up with the Burlingtoa Northern rail system. Ccal would be carried into and through the U.S. to the west coast, then returned into B.C. for overseas shipment from Rcbsrts Bank south of Vancouver. Coal now is shipped by CP Rail from the Sparwosd tod !v Kcvclstoke, then through the B.C. interior to the coast. Revclstokc. where a large percentage of the work force is employed by CP Rail, was concerned that jobs would be lost if the Kootenay and Elk line were buih. AUoraey General Alex Mscdonald had said on Thursday thai the B.C. government would continue to oppose and Elk plans for the spur line, but he gave no details. Bruce Pepper, president of Crows Nest Industries Ltd.. which owns the railway, said Wednesday the com- pany would be violating its provincial pjrmit if con- struction did not begin immediately. I'ndcr a charter given the company by the Social Credit administration in 1SS7, construction must bs completed by July i, 1975. Police free bodies Two Calgary youths are dead and another youth is in hospital following a two-car head-on collision near Coleman Saturday. Police are shown attempting to free the bodies of Ihe victims. The Calgary youths were in ihe car pictured at top. Immediately above is the vehicle which carried Mike Ogvsuku cf Blairmors who is in serious condition ;n hospital. Full weekend fatality stories on pages 2 and 13. VERN DECOUX ICCS helicopter said off course Inside 30-23 6 Classified Comics Ccmmrrt 4 Distort 3. l.i r.-.nnly ]s. 13 IAKZ] News K, 14 Markets......17 Srorts 8-jfl Theatres R W WeaUw V TONIGHT 25. HIGH TIKS. 31; SAIGON (CP) Spokesman for Canada's delegation to the Vietnam peace observer force ssid today they believe an ob- server helicopter was off course it went down April 7 and tnat the wreckage not moved. The comment was made by Gen. Duncan McAJpine, ssnior Canadian military delegate to the International Commission of Control and Supervision a-fier a 12-man delegation vis- ited tha site where the helicop- ter went down. The helicopter inspected by liie delegation one which carried 11 persons and landed without serious damage. An- c.her helicopter involved in ths same incident was hit by a mis- sile and all nine persons rbcard. including Capt. Charles LavioIeUe of Quebec City, were The helicopters went down in Viet Cor.g-cor.trolled territory in northwest corner of South Vietnam. The Viet Cing has de- it shot down Ih; aircraft. Aficr the incident. I'.S. sources quoted ss saying the Viet Ccng might have moved the helicopter wreckage to back up robhery pair remanded ilieir statement that it was off ccurse when it went down. CANADIAN ON TEAM The inspection team included survivors of the helicopter which was downed by gunfire, including Capt, Ray Parsons Red Deer. Alta. The side of the crashed helicopter in which all nine occupants were killed was net inspected. "Surely this was no excuse for an attack on a helicopter bearing personnel whose mis- sion is to assist both parties (South Vietnam and the Viet Ccng) in the problems they said Gea. McAfoine in referring to his belief the heli- copter was off course. In Ottawa, an external affairs department spokesman reiter- ated the government's view that even if the helicopters were off ctarse the attack was unjusti- fied. Key Nixon aides quit in Watergate scan New Brunswick flood damage in millions FREDERICTON (CP) The swollen St. John River held steady today as Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) volunteers made another sweeo of a 100-mile stretch of the river in central New Brunswick and cheeked for residents stranded by the highest flood waters in 50 years. Premier Richard Hatfield and members of his cabinet were to hold an emergency session to begin mapping plans for a re- turn to evacuated areas once the water begins to recede. Damage is expected to be in the tens of millions of dollars but it will be several days be- fore ?n accurate assessment can be made. The flooding contributed to at least one death. A 22-year-old was killed near Grand Falls when the car she was in struck an obstacle on a water- covered highway. Jeanne d'Arc Gagnon was thrown from the car and killed when it rolled over on her. The rampaging floodwaters, touched off by torrential week- end rains, reached unprece- dented levels late Jjunday. This capital city was virtually, iso- lated and communities were in- undated along a 100-mile stretch of the river, starting in the heart of the potato belt at Har- land, 75 miles north of here. In downtown Fredericton, the city's largest hotel was closed aiter 50 guests were evacuated when the water reached the ground floor. An art gallery on the riverbank. containing scores of valuable artworks, was sur- rounded by water, and base- ments in several large build- ings, including the legislature and the four-storey government office, were flooded. The city itself was virtually cut off from commercial trans- portation. FLATTENING OUT In the U.S. meanwhile major sandbagging efforts on levees along the 'Mississippi River north of the St. Louis area have halted for the first time, in days as the mighty river began "flat- tening out" along southeastern Missouri and cresting south- ward. More than 10 million acres of land, much of it prime farm- land, remained under water along the Mississippi's mile route and thousands of families were left homeless. The U.S. Army Corps of Engi- neers said persons have been evacuated along the Mis- sissippi from the area between Hannibal, Mo., to the Gulf of Mexico. Some were being placed in federal and state housing projects. WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon announced today the resignations of Richard G. Kleindienst as attorney-general and three key White House aides. He namsd Defence Secre- tary Elliott Richardson to be acting attorney-general and top co-ordinator of all federal inves- tigations of the Watergate bug- ging conspiracy. Resigning from the White House staff were H. R. Halde- man as chief of staff, John D. Ehrlichman as domestic policy assistant and John Dean as presidential counsel. After making these announce- ments press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said Nixon has asked for 7 p.m MDT radio and tele- vision time to talk on the Wa- tergate case which involves the bugging of the Democratic party's headquarters at the Wa- tergate Building here during last year's presidential election. In Canada, both the CBC and CTV television networks said they would carry the planned Nixon telecast. CBC ssid it would be carried approximately during p.m. MDT. Rural teachers get 6.4 p.c. salarv hike Seen and heard About town Albert Baldco umvit- tingly drinking from a brewery soda pop bottle after preaching against the con- sumption of alcohol in Alber- ta Bob Simmons answer- ing the telephone this morn- ing with "Merry cancer fund chainnan Cecil Gordon opening a con- tribution containing a blank piece of paper after he had paid for the insufficient post- age on the envelope. A provincial arbitrator has awarded a 6.4 per cent salary increase for 1.300 Southern Al- berta rural teachers involved in a three-week strike March 12 to April 2. The award, from Edmonton lawyer Eric Lefsrud, was pre- sented during the weekend to the department of labor, the Albsrta Teachers' Ass cciation and the Southern Alberta School Authorities Association. Sacamento blast fire still burns SACRAMENTO, Calif. (API was in the service, but tlua is the closest I ever got to said brakeman Allen Wetter of tha explosion of navy bombs loaded on railway cars in a switching yard near here. Wetter was aboard a train in the sprawling Roseville yard about 15 miles northeast of Sac- ramento at the time of the first explosion Saturday morning. Fire still burned todaj. ham- pering efforts to clear Ibv area of unexploded bombs and to de- termine why the munitions train erupted 5n flame, smoke and shrapnel. Fifty-two persons were in- jured, rone seriously. About 400 homes were damaged and 30 destroyed with an estimated loss of S2 million. There was damage of ''untold millions" to tire railway yard, largest of its kind in California. More than elementary and secondary school students had an unscheduled holiday when the rural teachers struck March 12 in protest over a 6.2 per cent conciliation board sal- ary hike. The 6.2 per cent award was based on a 12-month contract. Today's binding 6.4 per cent Increase covers a 16-month contract from Sept. 1, 1972 to Dec. 1973. n e g o t i a tor Russ Purdy said the award is "not really something to fall in love with. "It's one of the poorest set- tlements for Southern Mr. Purdy said. He said" the 1973 wage pack- age will cost taxpayers in 18 rural districts, about mil- lion. Mr. Purdy said it is differ- cult to say if the three-week teacher strike was beneficial. tire short term did get some of our insurance contribu- tions, which is something we didn't have he said. SASAA chairman Ray Clark was not available for comment today on the arbitrator's award. SASAA chainnan Ray Clark said the arbitrator's award is as realistic as passible. "The settlement hurts a little and there, but it's ore trustees can live with. We real- ire the prob'sms facing the ar- bitrator and feel he did the best he could. "Taxpayers Southern AI- bsrfa can fesl their baards have served them Mr. Clark said. CTV said it planned to accom- pany the telecast with com- mentary from its Washington correspondent. Nixon in a statement said Kleindienst ''asked to be re- lieved as attorney-general be- cause he felt that he could not appropriately continue as head of the justice department now that it appears its investigation of the Watergate and _ related cases may implicate individuals with whom he has had a clcsa personal and professional asso- ciation." Saying he would nonsnate Richardson as attorney-general, Nixon said that pending Senate sction to confirm his choice, "I have asked him to involve him- self immediately in the in- vestigative process surrounding the Watergate matter." He went on: "As attorney-general, Mr. Richardson will assume full re- sponsibility and" authority for coordinating all federal agencies in uncovering the whole truth about this matter and recommending appropriate changes in the law to prevent future campaign abuses of the sort recently uncovered. He will have total support from me in getting this job done." CASE WIDENS Since the bugging, the Water- gate case has widened into broader charges of political es- pionage. The president drew a dis- tinction in describing the resig- nations of Ehrlichman and Hal- of my closest friends and trusted assistants in the White that of White House counsel Dean. Nixon said he had "today re- quested and accepted" Dean's resignation but made no refer- ence to having forced the de- parture of Ehrlichman and Hal- deman. In fact his statement suggested they had initiated the step. He said: "I know that their decision to resign was difficult; my deci- sion to accept it was difficult; but I respect and appreciate the attitude that led them to it." Effective immediately, Nixon said, special consultant Leonard Garment will "take on addi- tional duties as counsel to the president and will continue act- ing in this capacity until a per- manent successor to Mr. Dean Is named." Ziegler said Kaldeman and Ehrlichman had asked to confer with Nixon at Camp David, Md., where the president has been since Friday, and met with him there Sunday. The press secretary said Kleindienst and Garment also met with Nixon at Camp David on Sunday. Kissinger o to Moscow WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dential adviser Henry A. Kissin- ger wili go to Moscow May 4 for discussions with Soviet lead- ers on a variety of matters, in- cluding tha scheduled United States visit pf Communist party leader Leonid Brezhnev, it was learned today. Gimderson discloses campaign Company linked with sex education SAINT -TOHN. N.B. cniplo5-ccs of Brink's Can- ada were arraigned here loiay on 1hcTt charges in the rfisapjicaranre torf of more than from the eompa'aj's -lohn offiT. James Oommey. .72. a Brink's driver-guard, and Mel- vin Buwand 37. an as- sisiant eashier, were charged v-ilh 1Mt. TTv- pair h'd fll sn international manhtint tveek following She dis- appearance of the money. They appeared in a jammed cr rlnx-m very ivmanrW jmtil Wcdncs- By 1IERB LEGO Herald Staff Writer There is njw enough evi- dence lo link at Jcsst one Ca- rmaceutical com- v.ith a Iciby for JCK education in AJbcrta scraook, (for provincial school Jnaslces" said Saturday. brad of ccnvince former education minister Bob Clark, and other members of the legislature. that a conoieraai JoKjy for sex education docs exist. "We have unsolicited mat- erial mailed to teach- ers on contraceptive devices in a Jf cnr; at Crip: TV. IJe tb? mat-rials from "At