Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
BOOK NOW FOft YOUR CHRISTMAS IN ENGLAND Special 22 45 day excuriion Colgary London Only ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PHONE 328 3201 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION August 1973 PAGES 11 TO 22 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lower Level 7th Street Shopping Mall Alberta Phone 328-7411 HOME AND OFFICE SAFES City construction surge continues Building permits worth were issued by the city in July bringing the total value of permits issued to date to over While the monthly total was above last the year's total to date is nearly above last year's. Permits for new residential development including 32 three duplexes and four apartment buildings ac- counted for of the July total. There were also 50 new homes completed dur- ing the month- Building permits were also issued for a potato processing plant addition to the Alberta Canning plant at 2711 2nd Ave. a bottling plant at 222 12 B St. in renovations to the Dorothy Gooder and renovations to the Civic Ice Centre and the Elks Club. At the Municipal Planning Commission meeting Wednes- day approval was given lo build a four-suite apartment building at 1319 23rd St. N. and to the Monte Cristo Dance Academy to establish a dance school and club at 426 13th St. N. Alberta Housing Corp. increases loan limits The Alberta Housing Cor- poration has announced an increase in the maximum amounts they can lend to people seeking to build or buy their own homes. The corporation is increas- ing the level of loans from a maximum of to for new housing as well as an increase for the purchase of existing dwellings from to The interest rate will re- main at per accord- ing to an announcement made Weednesday by Dave minister of municipal affairs and chairman of the AHC board. The increases were neces- sary because of the increased cost of housing in the prov- ince within the last 18 Mr. Russell said. The previous maximums were not adequate to provide reason- able financing for the aver- age priced home in most localities of Alberta. s... Saying it with FLOWERS from FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322 6th St. S. Ph. 327-5747 Have on Holiday Lake weed control completed The major part of the city's weed control program on Henderson Lake this year has been completed. The results of the chemi- cal applications were not as spectacular as they have been at times in the accord- ing to parks superintendent Bill but were accept- able. Major portions of the lake that weren't open before for boats have now been cleared of he said. The program was concen- trated around the west end of the lake .this year- About one third cf the lake is treat- ed each year to but not kill all the weeds in the lake as some growth is neces- sary for aquatic life. Mr. Brown said some fol- low-up work may be done be- fore the summer season depending on algae build- up. SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phone 328-2176 E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Dental Bldg. Phone 327-6565 DR. R. S. FABBI OPTOMETRIST 314 8th Street South APPOINTMENTS PHONE 327-3331 Saturday Sunday DINE DANCE THIS WEEK FEATURING THE MOONGLOWS WESTWINDS DINING ROOM to p.m. NO COVER CHARGE phone 328-7756 for Reservations FAMILY DAY SUNDAY BRUNCH 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live Dinner Music from 6 to 8p.m. menu family testaulattt Motel business drops despite tourist rise Sun screen Black with Terry Richardson works to clean up the debris from the Sunday fire which destroyed the wooden grandstand at Henderson Lake Stadium. No damage from storm trend for weekend The weather for the week- end will be slightly cooler than it has been during the week with high temperatures in the 80's forecast by the Lethibridge weather office. Isolated t h u n d e rshow- such as the one which Chile to get area potatos A shipment of pounds of Alberta potato granules is on its way from Vauxhall to a donation from the Alberta government to the Chilean government- The donation is intended to promote good relations be- tween Chile and and also to introduce Alberta po- tato products into Chile to develop a market in Latin America. Hugh Alberta Min- ister of said this type of endeavor is one of the many aspects of inter- national marketing which the recently-formed Alberta Ex- port Agency will be pursuing to bring Alberta products to the forefront in world mar- kets. sprinkled .05 inches of rain on Lethbridge Wednesday are forecast for after- noons and evenings for the next few days. Last night's storm was a perfect example of isolated a weather office spokesman said. It set- tled the dust in the but the where the office is didn't get a drop. The Lethbridge Research Sta- tion also recorded .05 inches of moisture. The Lethbridge Fire De- partment reported no dam- age was caused by but said they answered a false alarm at the airport which was triggered by lightning. The city's swimming are likely to be well-populat- ed over the weekend. The Henderson Lake pool closed Wednesday when a seal on the pool's main circulation pump but the pool was By JIM LOZERON Herald Staff Writer Business in Lothbridge mo- tels is down this summer from a Herald survey of nine motels and motor hotels on Mayor Magrath Drive shows. At the same there has been a 40 per cent increase in the number of tourists who have stopped at the tourist information at Henderson Lake and at the west entrance to the city. Figures to July 15 show that the bureaus have registered more persons this year than per- sons compared with Tne reason far the appar- ent according to motel is two- an increase in the num- ber of motel facilities in the city and the fact that more tourists are providing their own accommodation in the form of campers or mobile homes. occupancy rate during the month of July is down 15 to 18 per cent from a year one motel manager said. It was down about 20 per cent in June from the same month in 1972. The man- ager are in a mid-summer slump that has been going on for more than a There are too many motels on the strip for the amount of business that is he said. Since 1972 the number of available rooms on Mayor Magrath Drive has in- creased to 240 with the addi- tion of two new motels. Another owner said his oc- cupancy rate for May of this year was 62 per com- pared with 72 per cent of a year ago and the June fiffire was 65 per cent occupancy compared to 83 per cent in 1972. July is usually the big month at his motel. In 1972 the occupancy rate was 91 per cent but he believes the fig- ure will not be equalled this year. July we've been lucky if we've been filled at bought this place that it would be filled at 6 p.m. dur- ing the summer but we've been lucky if we are filled by 11 Another motel manager blamed the decrease in busi- ness on a number of factors. One was the absence of signs at the east entrance to Mayor Magrath Drive directing tour- ists to the motel strip. A lot of tourists he because there are no dir- ections on the east to mo- tels. drive around the city looking for he but many people come back to the city and how many drive straight out when they can't find the motel There was a sign at the in- tersection of Mayor Magrath and 3rd Avenue S. but it was removed last said city traffic co-ordinator Pete Bowkett. It was located at the intersection and was distract- ing to drivers approaching the traffic light. Mr. Bowkett said at the time the city suggested to a sign company spokesman re- sponsible for the sign that an- other sign could be erected a distance from the traffic light if arrangements were made by the company for the pur- chase of the property on which the sign would be lo- cated. He said the city was will- ing to consider erecting traf- fic direction signs east and west of Mayor Magrath Drive if it were shown that they were needed. One manager said he had received a letter from a dissatisfied tourist and would be making a presenta- tion to council. He also complained about the lack of advertisement for Whoop-Up which he said could have brought him more business. come from the east to see a rodeo and don't know there is a ro- deo going he said. banner should be erected at the east and west ex- its advertising the As it said the there was no indication that there was a fair going on. Spokesman for another mo- tel said her business was down slightly this July from last year although final fig- ures for July were not avail- able. The past was particularly a little more than half her units were rented Friday through Sunday. Increased competition was blamed by another operator for his but he said there were other reasons for the 11 per cent drop this July. Business is down said another motel operator. He pointed out three the gas shortage in the U.S. people are reluctant to come north or travel south because of the shortage of the number of campers and trail- ers on the and increas- ed competition. there are too many motels for the amount of business on the said snother owner. has been an increase in the num- ber of suites avialable but not an increase in the number of tourists coming to Lethbridge. Another operator blamed 'her decrease on what she calls a shortage of money to travel and speculated that some may be saving their money to travel to the World's Fair in Spokane next year. year the motel was full every but this year with the exception of one week it has been only half full since May. Parolees' half-way house approved for downtown to reopen today after repairs. whereas July Missing girl found in B.C. Police have located a 17- year old Dela- girl missing from Hen- derson Lake campg round since July 23. Sandra Greer was found in the small coastal town of north of Van- couver. Her parents have been notified. Miss Greer apparently left Lethbridge with a male com- travelling with him to the coast. A Salvation Army run half-way house to serve as a temporary home for day-pa- rcle prisoners on their re- lease was approved by the Municipal Planning Commis- sion Wednesday. The approval requires that the building to be at 102 5th St. meet city fire however and it is believed this may necessi- tate extensive renovations to the old structure. Salvation Army Capt. R. W. Butcher told the MFC when the application was original- ly made the big problem most day-parolees faced on release was accommodation and many quit their day-parole job because they can't find a place to often ending up back in jail. Capt. Butcher said the men BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS Custom Installations Ph. 328-0372 2716 12 Ave. S. Beat The ADMIRAL B.T.U. AIR CONDITIONERS While They Last LETKBRIDGE APPLIANCES 3rd Avenue South Phone 327-4456 YOUR BUSINESS ASSOCIATES KNOW THE THREE SISTERS MOTEL IS THE BEST ACCOMMODATION IN THE CROWSNESTl DO 3 fflord COLOR TV FREE LOCAL TEL CALLS D.D. 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