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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The only way to go Ken Lumley and his family, who live in the Oldman River valley on Highway 3A, go for a leisurely ride in their of an ab- breviated version of what was called a Ben- nett buggy back in the 1930s. The Ben- nett buggies flourished when old autos and various combinations of auto parts broke down and couldn't be repaired because of the expense or when gasoline was unavail- able. But that's all ancient with the so-called en- ergy shortage exper- ienced in some parts of the world Kathy and Rob Lumley perched here and ob- viously enjoying them- selves. BILL GROENEN photo The Lethbridge Herald news SECOND SECTION Kirby proposes officer on RCMP-Indian liaison FORT MACLEOD An RCMP-Indian liaison officer may be the solution to the increasing friction between Indians and the police, Alberta Supreme Court Justice W. J. C. Kirby said Monday. "Obviously there is not a good relationship between the Indians and the said the chairman of the inquiry into the province's lower court system. "This has come out time and time again as we listen to briefs." Mr. Justice Kirby made, his remarks following presentation of a brief to the inquiry by the Blood Indian band in which the RCMP were severely criticized. "Th'ere has been a brekdown in communications on both he said. "The breakdown in communications on both he RCMP don't understand the Indians and many Indians don't seem to understand the role of the Police." He said an RCMP liaison officer has been employed in British Columbia for several years and seems to work effectively. A liaison officer in Alberta would investigate any complaints made by Indian bands concerning the RCMP and would make it a full-time job to improve relations with the Indians, he said. Ray Many Chiefs, Blood band councillor, said he thought such a proposal was a good idea. "Something has to be he said. "Our relationship with the RCMP is very poor." District probation officer, Roy Scout, told the commission that Indians have a negative attitude towards the law and the RCMP. "It's become a cat-and- mouse he said. "The Indians and the Mounties are always hassling one another." "You should remember that, most RCMP officers are just like Mr. Justice Kirby told the band councillor. "They are married, have families and salary problems just like the rest of us." i Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, April 30, 1974 PUBLIC SCHOOL PUPILS PLAN CLEAN-UP WEEK Students in Lethbridge public schools will be cleaning up their schools and school grounds, writing poems and drawing posters with a "don't litter" theme and listening to anti-litter messages in honor of Outdoors Unlimited Week in the province, beginning May 6. A representative from the department of the environment and outdoors unlimited, Mayor Andy Anderson and Dorothy Beckel, public school board chairman, will speak at an assembly of students at Fleetwood-Bawden School and Westminter School May 7 as part of the litter week ceremonies. Pages 13-24 Nothing to it They are putting on a good front here, but reg- ular observers of the noon jogging ritual at the Civic Centre track know the participants aren't normally quite so casual about it all. These are but eight of usual 20 or 25 that pound the track three days a week in the name of physical fitness. Other even more enthusiastic joggers run the track more often than that. MLA grills alcoholism chairman Anthony By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A tense legislature sub-committee Monday night at times resembled a courtroom as the chairman of the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission faced intense questioning. Chairman Richard Anthony, a former chief Crown prosecutor in Edmonton, was grilled about the philosophy of the commission by lawyer Ron Ghitter (PC Calgary Mr. Ghitler pressed his questions until Mr. Anthony declared that he was not under cross-examination. At odds with the commission over a stoppage of funds to the Calgary Drug Information Centre, Mr. Ghitter managed to have the chairman concede that he could not remember one recommendation of the 1969 Blair Report on mental health discussed by the commission. Mr. Ghitter had been questioning what the commission was doing to set out a general philosophy as a British Columbia commission had done. Mr. Anthony shot back that the commission has been rushed off its feet and has been dealing with immediate problems. It didn't have six months and 250 people to sit around and write a report. Mr. Ghitter wanted to know whether the commission considered itself an innovative, or policy-making body or just a rubber stamp for government. Health Minister Neil Crawford said even the question was misleading, that the commission inaugurated policy and innovations, but was not a rubber stamp. When Mr. Ghitter claimed British Columbia granted million to organizations in the field in fees for service compared to the commission's grants of Mr. Anthony said assistance 'in Alberta came by other routes The commission's budget is about million. The Chairman also outlined a saga of constantly renewed subsidies to the Collingwood Acres alcoholism treatment centre west of Edmonton until it closed finally in March. He said the government funneled into the private institution for the treatment of 58 patients. But he said he did not think the money was mis-spent. Most of it was paid on a fee for service basis as patients received treatment. A new centre run by the- commission is due to open in May in Claresholm, Mr. Anthony said. The 20-bed unit run in conjunction with the town's medical centre will take a load off the Kenwood centre, he said. To employ 250 Heavy equipment firm moving here By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Dresser Industries Inc., a world-wide New York-based heavy equipment manufacturer will move into the Horton Steel plant in the city, eventually employing more than 250 people, it was announced Monday. The government came following approval by the federal government of a million DREE grant covering about 15-per-cent of the estimated million capital expenditure by the firm here. Earl Geiss, general manager of the firm, said in a telephone interview from New York the plant will manufacture heavy gas engines and turbines, centrifugal compressors, large pumps, valves and blowers and other heavy equipment to service the petrochemical and gas transmission industries. The firm has several plants in Canada but none capable of producing the heavy equipment that will be manufactured here, Mr. Geiss said. Proximity to the Western Canadian market was a consideration in locating the plant here rather than Eastern Canada, Mr. Geiss said, but added that it will eventually serve a world-wide market if the right contracts are obtained. Dennis O'Connell, director of business development and pulic relations, termed the announcement "the most exciting news to happen around here in a long time." It will greatly broaden the city's economic base from one largely agriculture to include the energy field; he said. Mayor Andy Anderson said the plant will have a very favorable impact on the city phones back in service Alberta Government Telephones reported late Monday that nearly all the telephones in the city knocked out by the weekend storm were back in service. The wind-driven rain and snow took out overhead lines and caused water seepage, shorting out underground lines, an AGT official said. Several communities around Lethbridge including Glenwood, Magrath, Foremost, Wrentham, Manyberries, Raymond and Etzikom were without long distance service for varying periods of time on the weekend. "We're certainly pleased at getting an industry of this size and he said. The Horton Steel Plant at 2902 5th Ave. N., has been empty since 1971 when Horton Steel Works closed its doors Mr. Geiss said the plant played a part in the firm's decision to locate here because it will reduce the time required to get production under way. Rumors had been circulating for some time concerning a new tenant for the plant. A Herald story in February speculated a major industrial firm that would create 250 jobs was interested in the olant. Mr. Geiss said the firm will begin moving equipment in almost immediately but heavy machinery of the type to be installed in the plant takes a considerable time to acquire and move. "The plant should be in limited service in three to four months and we'll continue to build over the next two he said. Local economic surge predicted Dennis O'Connel, director of business development and pulic relations for Lethbridge predicted Monday the city and area will enjoy an increased economic growth this year and next. It is evident, he said in announcing a distribution date of May 8 or 9 for the Lethbridge Fingertip Facts publication, that any forecast of an increase in economic activity in W4 and 1975 is likely to be conservative in view of past experience. "Even the most superlative and optimistic forecasts will probably fall short of figures that will be reported this time next year." Mr. O'Connell said new wealth production increased by 29.7-per-cent to in 1973, farm production was up 30-per-cent to bank debits increased by 36 8- per-cent to manufacturing production increased by 21-per-cent to and retail trade was up by 13-per-cent from 1972 to "Fingertip Facts" is an annual compilation and review of economic activity in Lethbridge and district. Museum grant program boosted Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Lethbridge and Fort Macleod museums are among those which could benefit substantially under a dollar-matching program announced Monday. If museum supporters chip in their own funds, the program will match their dollars up to a maximum of Small communities which formerly could obtain only maximum now become eligible for up to in matching grants. Horst Schmid, minister of culture, youth and recreation, told the legislature. "The government appreciates the outstanding voluntary efforts of the people of this province in the preservation of our Mr. Schmid said. He said the budget for heritage resource grants this year would be compared with for the previous year. ;