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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridae Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 1974 15 CENTS 24 Pages ERCB orders Calgary Power to skirt 'Pass By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer A transmission line, which would link Calgary Power's Peigan substation with B C Hydro at Natal, B.C has been approved by the provincial Energy Resources Conserva- tion Board In its 80-page decision made public this morning, the ERCB ruled in favor of Calgary Power's proposed 240 kV line from Peigan substation to Lundbreck, but rejected the company's proposed route west from Lundbreck through the most pop- ulated areas of Crowsnest Pass The decision, which needs cabinet assent, orders Calgary Power to build the 25-mile Lundbreck-Natal leg of the line north of populated areas of the 'Pass The board's ruling also orders the power company to co-operate with the provincial departments of the environment and and forests in siting steel transmission pylons Surveying to start soon Meanwhile, Calgary Power officials said this morning that surveys for the new line will begin as soon as possible, with construction of the Peigan-Lundbreck section beginning by December Bob Keyes, transmission design manager for Calgary Power, said "We have the maximum number of men we're allowed to employ working for us now He said most of the men are work- ing on the Sundance-Edmonton transmission line which has priority over the southern line The approved route for the Lundbreck-Natal section follows an alternative course suggested at an ERCB public meeting in Blairmore in January by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission and one local resident, J R Kerr The approved transmission line route runs due west from Peigan substation to within two miles of Lundbreck Instead of turning southwest and following the existing 138 kV line up the valley of the Crowsnest River as proposed, 240 kV line will con- tinue due west across the Livingstone Range of mountains, to the eastern end of the Blairmore Gap Calgary Power has permission to extend the line west, just north of the Gap to extend 240 kV service into the Pass Follows Gold Creek The approval route of the 240 kV line then swings north and west as it follows Gold Creek, turning due west on the north side of Bluff Mountain The approved route continues due for 10 rriles, cross- mg the Ka Highway northeast of the Towirof Coleman and traversing the southern slopes of Saskatoon, Wedge and Crowsnest Mountains The route then veers south to parallel the existing 138 kV transmission line running west through the Rockies in the Philhpps Pass In its decision, the board gave its blessing to the most northern alternative route for the following reasons proposed route would not be as visible from Highway 3, completely avoids having to cross the Crowsnest River valley with the transmission line would have a lesser impact on the flora and cause less physical damage than the southern route, northern route is estimated to be less expensive to build and less expensive to maintain because of available access roads new industry in the 'Pass will likey build north of the river the northern route avoids having to cross the valley with an additional transmission line in the future The ERCB ruling deals with two separate applications by Calgary Power The first application which met with general agreement from the board sought permission to connect and exchange electric power with B C Hydro Calgary Power told the board at the Blairmore public meeting that such an interconnection would increase reliability of service to Southern Alberta customers and provide energy at times of peak load or emergency outages Total cost of the interconnection, including the Peigan-Natal transmission line was estimated at million, considerably less than the cost of installing a gas turbine with similar generating capacity In approving the hookup with B C Hydro, the ERCB report notes that no civic groups or individuals contested the need for 240 kV service in Southern Alberta In approving the second application, regarding construction of the Peigan-Natal transmission line, the board approved the eastern half of the line, running from Peigan substation, 10 miles west of Fort Macleod, to within two miles of Lundbreck The 28-mile leg will be built on 70-foot wooden H-frames spaced about 700 feet apart, at an estimated cost of million Nixon suspect in tape erasure WASHINGTON (AP) Columnist Jack Anderson says Watergate prosecutors are investigating the possibility that Richard Nixon may have erased an 18Vz-minute segment from the tape of his White House conversation June 20.1972, with then chief of staff H R Haldeman. "The evidence strongly suggests that the culprit was an amateur who had access to both the tapes and Miss Rose Mary Wood's Anderson said "As a practical matter, this would eliminate almost everyone except Mr Nixon, Miss Woods and White House assis- tant Stephen Anderson added Rain 4late' for top crop BILL GROENEN photo Inside Wet harvest Workmen cut grass at Fort Whoop-Up By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Better late than never is the feeling of agribusiness in Southern Alberta about a week long wet spell which has dumped up to 2'z inches of rain regionally Agriculture experts in Lethbndge claim the rain is about one month too late to make a bumper crop in the South because as crops ripen moisture can t help their development The ram has halted harvest operations on fall rye and winter wheat crops throughout the region and stopped harvest of some spr- ing seeded wheat and barlev crops in the southeastern por- tion of the province Only farmers with late cereal grain crops and farmers with corn, sugar beets potatoes hay and pastureland will benefit, says Sherry Clark regional direc- tor for the Alberta depart- ment ol agriculture The ram is likely a future blessing since the time to plant winter wheat and fall rye for next year is fast approaching says Mr Clark The rain will provide ex- cellent moisture conditions for these crops to be seeded the first part of September and more acres than had been planned could be seeded Cyril Noble chairman of the board of Lethbndge Northern Irrigation District, claims the rains have helped irrigation farmers as much as drvland farmers Mr Noble says the board had been planning to shut LNID down this week to allow Keho Lake north of Nobleford to fill up again to assure suf- ficient water for late irrigation The rains lessened the strain on the LNID system s Mr ithout the ram we would have been in trouble Ford asks restraint in wages, prces Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News Markets Sports Theatres TV Weather 20-24 18 4 15 19 10-12 7 6 3 Phone call rescues Cyprus peace talks LOW TONIGHT 50; HIGH TUES. 65; SHOWERS, COOL. Blast destroys Calgary cop car CALGARY (CP) A bomb which was planted underneath a Calgary city police car ex- ploded early this morning, destroying the police car and causing extensive damage to a Calgary police sub-station. No one was injured but a police spokesman said if someone had been standing near the car they would have suffered "serious injury The bomb was described by police as a six inch by four inch device, armed with nitrogylcerme, a detonator, battery and alarm clock The blast tore a hole through the floor of trunk of the police car and blew the back seat out Damage was estimated at about The explosion was detonated outside the Forest Lawn district police sub- office, a facility used by zone, or neighborhood, police of- ficers as an office in which to write and store reports. The police spokesman said the car was parked in front of the police sub-office about a half hour before the explosion ____L ASSOCIATED PRESS As artillery fire rumbled again in northern Cyprus, Greek-Cypnot troops late Sun- day began evacuating the Tur- kish enclaves they occupied after the Turkish invasion be- gan July 20 The Cyprus government also freed 13 Turkish prisoners of war in exchange for Friday's release by the Turks of five Greek-Cypnot prisoners In Geneva, peace talks were reported to have been kept alive by a telephone call be- tween U S State Secretary Henry Kissinger and Turkish Premier Bulent Ecevit The Greeks pulled out of four Turkish villages in eastern Cyprus, and United Nations troops moved in to keep peace A UN spokesman said the Greek-Cypnots would evacuate four more Turkish communities in the southern coast cities of Larnaca and Paphos today The occupation of Turkish villages by Greek-Cypnot forces has been a major issue at the Geneva talks and many Turkish-Cypnot villages re- main under Greek control The sound of artillery fire Sunday night broke three days of quiet on the Mediterranean island The shooting appeared to come from the Kyrenia mountains about 10 miles north of Nicosia, where the in vadmg Turkish army and Greek-Cypnots fought until late Thursday In Geneva the peace talks among the foreign ministers of Britain Turkey and Greece came near collapse over Tur- kish demands to divide Cyprus among its Greek and Turkish populations The three countries guarantee Cypnot independence under a 1960 treaty Kissinger was reported to have telephoned Ecevit in An- kara and urged him to keep the talks alive Seen and heard About town Helen Sullivan doing an em- barrassed doubletake on a city bus when her granddaughter Megan told everyone. "We're late cause Grandma forgot her teeth WASHINGTON (APi President Gerald Ford, in the first economic statement of his infant administration, declared that in this critical period it is essen- tial that industn and labor exercise restraint in their wage and price actions Ford expressed specific dis- appointment at a 10-per-cent price increase announced last week General Motors and voiced hope this, will not be used as a signal b% other auto companies or other industries In this critical period, the president of the United States cannot call on others to sacri- fice if one or more parts of the econonn decide to go it alone Ford said in a state- ment read White House press secretarv Jerald terHorst It is essential particularly at this time that all segments of the economy industry and labor exercise restraint in their wage and price Ford said The statement preceded Ford s address to Congress tonight on fresh efforts to con- trol inflation Inthe9pm EOT broadcast address terHorst said Ford will give inflation very high prionU and indicate to Congress and the American people he will be taking very specific action in the very near future The presidential spokesman indicated that Ford's views were relaxed to GM and other major firms Long separation over for Chinese-Canadians PROPOSED ROUTE OF 240 KV TRANSMISSION LINE NORTHERN ALTERNATIVE ROUTES SOUTHERN ALTERNATIVE ROUTES APPROvrD ROUTE OF 240KV TRANSMISSION LINE Transmission line to pass north of 'Pass Calgary Power's proposed 240 kV power line will bypass populated areas of Crowsnest Pass. Special to The Herald PEKING A young woman on her way to Toronto to marry her fiance walked across the covered bridge that separates China from Hong Kong Sunday She is the first of thousands of Chinese citizens expected to emigrate to Canada under a new program agreed here last year bv Premier Chou En Lai and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau For the woman. Szeto York Ching, and for the thousands of Chinese Canadian families who have waited for it since 1949, it was a very special moment Yet it was accomplish- ed entirely without fanfare or sentimentality, with Miss Szeto a shy and anonymous figure among the hundreds of travellers making the tiam tup from Canton in south China to the border and hence across the famous bridge to the hubub of Hong Kong Word of Miss Szeto's impending departure came in a weekend phone call from Chinese officials to the Canadian embassy in Peking who have been co-ordinating the program since it was approved during Mr Trudeau's visit 10 months ago The embassy staff, who consider the program as perhaps the most important single by-product of Canada's recognition of the Peking regime, were delighted Whatever it may have meant to the great majority of Chinese, the advent of Com- munist rule a quarter of a century ago signall- ed the beginning of a long and sometimes tragic vigil for those with families overseas The Communists faced with the problem of rebuilding the country and fearful of losing the badly needed skills of the professional class all but turned off the tap of emigration Their message to the 15 million overseas Chinese around the world was essentially this If you have relatives in China and wish to be re-united with them, return to the motherland and join in the march to socialism Umvillmg to do so hundreds of thousands of families found themselves fac- ing an indefinite separation from relatives on the mainland To be sure there were still some emigrants, and at times like the famine of 1961-62 the trickle swelled to a flood But it was a haphazard business complicated for those with families in the west by the fact that most western countries had no embassies in Pek- ing a diplomatic hiatus that required a would-be emigrant to throw up his job and prospects in China with no certainty that he would be accepted by his chosen country once he had crossed over into Hong Kong For more than Chinese Canadians this was the central issue behind all the arguments that raged over the years as to whether Ottawa should sever its ties with Taiwan and recognize Peking, if the two countries established a harmonious relationship, so the argument went, maybe just mavbe the Peking government would relent and allow mothers to be re-united with sons, husbands with wives and so on It took three vears after recognition for these hopes to be realized and then it took the intervention of the two prime ministers to ac- complish it ;