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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FAIR WARMER HIGH FORECAST SATURDAY 80-85. The LetHkidge Herald it VOL. LXIV No. 206 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Hooke may run again A. J. HOOKE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE (CP) Alf Hooke, a Social Credit cabinet minister for 25 years, said Thurs- day night his party has been infiltrated by people "who have absolutely no idea of what Ecoaal Credit stands for." Included among the infiltrators were some of the 37 new faces running for election as Social Credit candidates in the Aug. 30, provincial election, Mr. Hooke told a public meeting. DECISION SATURDAY Mr. Hooke who has represented Rocky Mountain House for the Social Credit party since 1935, said he will decide by Saturday whether to seek re-election on Aug. 30. Deadline for nominations is Monday. Harvey Staudinger has already been nominated as Social Credit candidate in Rocky Mountain House. Mr. Jlooke said that if lie decided to seek re-cleclion there would be two Social Credit candidates in the con- stituency. He said the current system of nominations has been reduced to a "popularily contest." "Whoever sells tlie most votes wins the nomi- nations." lie said lhat if this is what the Social Credit party wants he will step down and "let these people take over." Another failure of the Social Credit Pally of Alberta was the fact that it had not fielded any national candi- dates, he said. The party had backed the idea between 19C2 and 1967 but then dropped the idea, he said. Mr. Hooke also said Alberta has more money per capita coming any other province, but still had lo borrow million in the last three years at an interest rate of nine per cent. Mr. Hooke was a cabinet minister under Premier Ernest Manning but was not re-appointed to the cabinet after Harry Strom, the current premier, took over in 1963. While. U.S. sits tight dollar sinks By JOHN LcBLANC LONDON (CP) While Washington sils light, the United Stales dollar sinlts slowly behind the facade of the Stars and Stripes. Many international experls feel devaluation of the U.S. dollar is long overdue. Is it likely? No. One British commentator says: "There is a cer- tain resemblance lo Hie oslrich in Hie allitude of the American authorities lo the plight of their currency." lie may not quite understand the U.S. nalional altitude toward the dollar, which slands about a jump ahead of mom's apple pie. The U.S. is bedevilled by the vast costs of Hie Vietnam war, shrunken gold reserves, an overseas trade deficit and a massive internal budget deficit for the year just ended. Spurn usual remedy This combination would be calculated ordinarily to send any country reaching for devaluation, to put its currency on a realistic basis. Bui Washington insists on continuing lo exchange dollars for gold at the below Ihe open-market an ounce. Tliis was all right when the American dollar was riding high. Is it all right now? European experls say no. Doubtless the U.S. is going to hold the line as long as possible, for reasons of politics and national pride more than economics. The British government did the same tiling in Hie fall of 1907. Eventually it devalued tlie pound. In- stantaneously and wilhoiil. warning to monetary allies, throning the norld currency market briefly into a (ail- spin. Devaluation helped the British economy and afler first hanging its British government look Uie line thai it was all part of a foresightwi plan. Tlie same kind of temporary humiliation could con- front the U.S. government, multiplied by American thinking thai the dollar is Ihe Gibraltar-like rock of world currencies. Of course it is not exactly thai. Thursday it was sagging again in world markets and, perhaps under pressure from speculators looking for devaluation, hit new lows in European markets. The latcsl wave of speculation against Uie revered U.S. dollar may he a response lo a U.S. congressional Milii'ommillco's suggestion rejected by Ihe adminis- it. should be devalued. Possibly a rclleclion of llw U.K. attitude is re> rout slalniiriil by thn chairman of the Federal seivc! Ilo.ud lhat "Iho rules nf economics ore not working in quite the way (boy used lo." This is fairly common knowledge, but it might help to explain some American puzzlement over the dollar's cold-shoulder treatment abroad. But, unless something catastrophic happens, do not hiok fnr devnlualion. With .'in oloclion year coming up, Dichnrd Nixon will ml lo face the voters as Ihe man who knock- a cherished symbol pff ils dispute settled plants Cranbrook nervous A million suit, field in 1965 by 15 Pinclier Creek fami- lies, has been settled out court for The dispute involved Shell Canada Ltd. and Gulf Canda Ltd. who were accused of caus- ing nuisance and damage to Pincher Creek residents. The families alleged that the gas plants in the area had pol- luted Ihe atmosphere causing a nuisance and in some cases, a threat to health. The plants involved were Shell's Waterton processing fa- cility and the gulf installation Food bill jumps OTTAWA (CP) The food bill jumped by more than two cents on a dollar's purchase last month, mainly because of unu- sualy sharp increases in fresh vegctabc prices. Statistics Canada said today the consumer price index in- creased to 134.1 from 133.0 in June and 130.5 in July last year. The index is based on 1961 prices equalling 100. In dollar terms, this meant that it cost S13.41 last month to buy what bought in June in a wide range of consumer goods and services. This was the July price for a parcel of goods and services that cost in 1961. A dollar's worth of food bought in the local market in June for consumption at home cosl last month. Across the broad range of more than 300 consumer ;ods aild services, the index reilect- ing the cost of living now is more than one-third higher than it was 10 years ago-. This means thai the 1961 dollar now is worth less than 75 cents. Food prices account for about one-quarter of the over-all con- sumer price index. Housing cosls, accounting for nearly one-third, also rose sig- nificantly last month, mainly because of higher new house prices, higher rents, higher charges for electricity and higher prices of textiles. Self-exiled Greek loses citizenship ATHENS (AP) Andreas Papandrcou, former Greek cab- inet minister now in self-exile in Toronto, was deprived of his Greek citizenship, the govern- ment announced loday. Papandreou served as minis- ter of economic co-ordination in his father's centre-union admin- islralion in 1964 until he was forced to resign following charges of letting out engineer- ing contracts to a friend. The ministry of interior's an- nouncement said lhat his cili- zenslu'p was withdrawn because of "anti-Greek It did not mention if his property holdings in Greece would be confiscated. He is head of the Pan-Hellenic Libcralion Movement, which works lo influence world opinion against the Greek government. After the military look over in Papandreou was jailed for eight months, then freed and permitted to leave the country, lie has been a billcr foe of Ihe regime ever since. His falher died in Greece in IOCS at INI Papandreou now is connected with York University in To- ronto. at Pincher Creek, about 65 miles west of Lethbridge. Both are eight miles apart on an east-west line in the path of prevailing winds. FAMILIES COMPLAIN Eight families who live be- tween one quarter and 16 miles from tl-e plans said sulphur dio- xide and trace gases given off by the plants "affected the en- joyment of their VV. G. Geddes of Edmonton, counsel for some of the fami- lies said in an interview today. It was not a constant prob- lem, Ir said, but the irrtation from the gases and odors "oc- curred periodically." Examinations for discovery were held between the claim- ants and the oil companies and ended more Ihan a year ago. Then, the parties negotiated for a voluntary settlement. In 1963-64, a provincial gov- ernment inquiry found there was no problem, which proml- ed the families to seek legal ac- tion. They said young children, livestock and pets were partic- ularly affected. The gases irri- tated nasal passages and af- feclcil appetities. The families also complained nf corrosion of wire fences and farm machinery. The lawyer said the area is subject to "unusual weather conditions" and he is convinced the companies were not aware that there would be any pollu- tion p oblem when the plants were built. Police views aired EDMONTON (CP) Mayor Frank LcBoldous of Himbey, said Thursday a meeting Wed- nesday between mayors o[ smaller communities and At- torney-General Edgar Gerhart shoiva that the government is sympathetic to their problems. The mayors received the im- pression that the attorney-gen- eral's depart' ;t will carry out re commendations by the police commission, Mr. Le- Boldous said. Tie communities said they should their own choice of policing and not be forced into h: vi-j the RCMP just be- cause ttr. less than 5W residents. Mr. LeBoldous said Uie at- torney agreed to the mayors' request that the po- lice commission visit all of the smaller communities in central Alberta lhat are concerned. Tne commission will listen to local views then make rec- ommendations. The mayor said the commis- sion's will include rec- ommendations on the jurisdic- tion of local constables. Many conmnnities have ask- ed to have the authority of the local constables extended so that the RCMP does not have to be called in to handle so many cases. S50 million airport terminal set CALGARY (CP1 Cunslnu.- lion of a S50 million terminal lor the city's international Air- poil is expected lo begin next May, Mayor Rod Sykes said Thursday. The work, in stages, is ex- pected lo take five years. as blaze smou FOREST FIRE DAMAGE A youlh ponders amid the ruin caused by a forest fire which came close to razing Ihe B.C. community of Lillooet, Many persons were left homeless when the fire ripped through the outskirts of the community and an adjacent Indian reserve. Health insurance plan extended EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan has been expanded to in- clude coverage of medical and hospital treatment that is not available within the province, the government announced Thursday. James Henderson, minister in charge of the Alberta Health Care Commission, said the fi- nancial assistance is in addilion lo that already provided by the plan and may consist ol all or part, of the expenses incurred. The program would also cover mediately. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of members from the Hcallh and Hospitals Commissions, Al- Maiiitoba crew wins canoe race VICTORIA (CP) Despite a lale challenge from New Bruns- wick. Manitoba Thursday won the British Columbia Centen- nial '71 canoe pageant which ended in n splsah of color and ceremony. berta Medicial Association and the department of health and social development. The program would also cover emergency treatment when a patient is temporarily absent from Alberta. FIRST HEALTH CENTRE Social Development Minister Ray Speaker announced Thurs- day that Alberta's first health and social service centre will open in High Level, 300 miles northwest of Edmonton, in Jan- uary of 1973. Mr. Speaker said Ihe centre will include a million 28-bed hospital, a public health clinic, a dental clinic and social work facilities. At Devon. Premier Harry Strom said Thursday that he is not prepared to leave Alberta's natural resources in the ground. Mr. Strom lold an election gathering that here in an emo- tional feeling among some peo- ple lhat development of re- sources should be slopped and land left in ils natural slate. Earlier Mr. Srom said in Grande Cache lhat Uie SiO mil- lion investment in that new lown was an example of w-hat can be accomplished by devel- oping rcsorces. CRANBROOK Forestry of- ficals were looking anxiously to the weather as an 80 acre fire which burned lo wilhin two feet of a dozen houses on the Jim Smith Lake Road, half mile west of here, lay dormanl this morning after Ihreatcning to engulf Ihis cily of on the Alberta B.C. border, 200 miles west of letlihridgc. The fire, believed caused by a spark from a passing diescl locomotive and fanned by sliff winds, flared up Thursday afler- noon in a limbered area and swepl over 40 acres before il was broughl under control. No homes were damaged in CTanbrook, though Ihc blaze penelrated within one-half mile of Ihc cily limits. NO EVACUATION About 50 men aided by five bulldozers and four water- bombers battled the fire. A chemical relardent was being dropped on Ihe flames. There was no move lo evac- uate the cily although Ihe file did cut power and telephone lines to some outlying homes. A forestry official said the blaze was under control this morning and crews were mop- ping it up. However, continuing easterly winds and warm tem- peralures expected this aflcr- noon were being viewed appre- hensively. MOP UP Meanwhile, a 600 acre fire was burning out of control in the Bull River districl, about 20 miles east of Cranhrook. It was located in steep, rocky terrain and not endangering any stands of commercial lim- ber. Thirty men and five bulldoz- ers were ballling the blaze al- tliough more men may be mov- ed !.o thu scene loday. A for- estry official described Uie ter- rain as "very difficult lo work- in." Two or three other small fires burning in the district were under control and being mopped up. HAZARD IHGH Two grass fires, one which covered 40 acres, broke out near Eikwater Park in south- eastern Alberta Thursday but were quickly extinguished as the fire hazard in all southern forests continued in the high to extreme range. Tlie weatherman offered no hope of relief with scattered thunderstorms in the East Kootenays and a relurti to warm weather in southern Al- berta today and Saturday. space HOUSTON (AP) The United Slates space agency today named Dr. Harrison H, Schmltt as the first scientist-as- tronaut selected for a space crew. Sclunit, a Harvard-trained geologist, will fly on Apollo 17, last of Ihe moon-landing mis- sions in the Apollo program. Commanding the flight will be Eugene A. Cernan of the U.S. Navy, veleran of space trips. The othp- crew numbers will be Honald E. Evans, a y commander v.'ho has now flown in space. Cernan and Schmilt will land on lie moon. Named backups for the mis- sion were the astronauts who last week completed the historic Apollo 15 F. Scott, James B. Irwin and Alfred M. Worden, all air force officers. The naming of Schmitt was victory for the space agency scientific community, which has long said the agency has given preference to long-time jet pi- lots in selecting space crews. Bumped from a chance to fly to the moon by the Schmitt selection was Col. Joseph H. Engln of tha air force, one-time XIS pilot who had trained for months with Cernan and Evans as the backup crew for Apollo 14. Syrian, Jordanian forces clash again By THE CANADIAN PRESS Syrian and Jordanian forces clashed again today, less than 24 hours after Syria cut diplo- matic ties with King Hussein's government in Amman. Damascus radio said Jordan- ian troops opened tank and ar- tillery fire on military and civil- ian positions, adding that five Jordanian tanks were destroyed. The Jordanian government said earlier it had inflicted heavy losses or an unidentified force which had attacked Jor- danian positions long the Syr- ian border. Meanwhile, there were ru- mors in Amman that Syrian air- craft were being used at the bolder against Jordanians. It was the Ihird straight day the (wo armies battled. Rela- tions started deteriorating last month when King Hussein cracked down on Palestinian Arab guerrillas in Jordan. LACKED CONTROL Jordan said the border clash Thursday thai led Syria to break relations was caused by Syria's failure to keep a tight rein en (he guerrillas. Ulster trouble simmers down lefuMiA Iv London'-' BELFAST (CP) Violence that has left persons dead appeared to be on the wane loday after four days of rioling, shooting and firebombing. Tlie Ulster capital's residents Ivgiin going work and lo shop in almost normal fashion. However, a now [error tactic hy the outlawed Irish Republi. can Army may ho unfolding, as more Unman Catholics flee In Ihe Irish Republic in the south and Protestants move to tlie quieter parts of Hie city or lo English. Police, in nn attempt fo stop Ihe flow of refugees, said Ihoy will denl harshly with nny cases rc niilitanl.s inl.iir.idnlccl res Brig. Marslcn Tickell. army chief of staff in Northern Ire- land, hailed the quiet loday us an outright defeat of the IRA. A man died in a shoo ing inci- dent, in night., and another was killed in fl gnnbaltle. with British troops in the Koman Catholic Hogsidc district. The .inuy iU troops ambushed and re- lumed the fire. A pislol was found beside the dead man, thu nrmy said. The violence erupted Monday afler a roundup of 300 suspected IRA members. Two i n ci d c n I .s in Belfast Thursday night caused (car Uiat (he 1RT may he a new type of terrorism. Gunmen broke into the homes cf Iwo Belfast businessmen and sprinkled gasoline over Ihcir fmiriliirp and set. il on firr. A fire dcparlmcnl spokesman said damage lo both homes was extensive. It was feared the two inci- dc.nls miglil be Ihc skirl of n campaign of personal intimida- tion by the IRA, who have found themselves outgunned by (lie British Army and ore re- ported to be short of arms nnd ammunition. Oibinol niinisler.s, judges, in- ilu.slritilisls nnd lop ranking army nnd police officers wcra rumored lo be on a bst for similar IRA action. Meanwhile, Joe Cahill, sclf- slyled chief of staff of the IRA's mill t n n t provisional wing, held n daring press con- ference loday in Ihe Catholic Ballymurpliy nrca of lo dispute claims that. Ihe IRA had been defeated by British troops. Cahill said bis very presence nf the news conference wns proof of Ihc failure of the gov- ernment's decision to intern suspected terrorists without, trial. lie said lire IRA had plenty of weapons, but was having dif- ficulty getting more into the country. Seen and heard About town CONSTABLE Vince Erdos wondering if Ihe heat had affected his vision as he observed a local bicyclist peddling along wearing a heavy winter coat Six- year-old Marlon Bessie, hear- ing his parents complaining about Ilie heat, singing "when you're hoi. you're hoi" Clifford Olcy, watching Ihe. weather on television, wait- ing to see the temperature drop. Falls feet CHICAGO (CP) Lonvmce Kowalski, 29, fell nearly fie. I lo tier death here from floor window nl Ihe John ILmwk Centre'. The building is the third hllrsl in the world nl 1.017 fool. ;