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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Bicycling on Mayor Magrath can earn cyclists education BY ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Ian Patterson, 20, was innocently riding his bike along Mayor Magrath Drive one evening recently when he was suddenly pulled over by a police cruiser. The surprised Mr. Patterson, who didn't have far to pull over since he was already hugging the curb, was handed a ticket for cycling on an "arterial road." "I never heard of that one, and I've been cycling in Lethbridge for said Mr. Patterson later. But it's on the books all right Section 4, Subsection 8 of Bylaw No. 3191, passed by city council Jan. 14. It reads: "A person shall not ride a bicycle on the carriageway of those highways in the city of Lethbridge which are designated in the Transportation bylaw No. 30000 as arterial roads." Arterial roads, according to Insp. Bill West of the city police traffic department, include Mayor Magrath Drive, Scenic Drive, 1st Avenue S., 3rd Avenue S., 13th Street and Stafford Drive. A number of tickets have been issued under that section of the bylaw, said Insp. West Monday. "We warned a lot of cyclists since the bylaw was passed and we felt it was time to start clamping he said. "It's dangerous a lot of times cyclists put automobile drivers in jeopardy trying to avoid the bikes." Mr. Patterson said he feels the section of the bylaw that cost him should be advertised, or the arterial roads posted as probhited to bicyclists. Insp. West said it's possible the roads may have to be posted in time, if cyclists continue to pedal where they're not allowed. "We've been warning them for several months." he said. District SECOND SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, August 20, 1974 Jack Homer 'backing phony ideological rift9 Monday finished wet BILL GROENEN photo By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Crowfoot MP Jack Homer is trying to create a "phony ideological struggle" within the federal Conservative caucus to bolster waning support from other MPs, says Rocky Mountain MP Joe Clark. Mr. Clark was reacting to statements by the controversial Crowfoot MP that Mr. Clark was a member of a group of "Socialist or "Red Tories" within the caucus. Mr. Homer made the statements in announcing he would form an organization to seek a leadership candidate who would provide an alternative for "conservative Conservatives." He has also sought an early leadership convention to replace Robert Stanfield and threatened to leave Conservative ranks, later deciding to remain. "Jack has lost a lot of influence lately because of a habit of being against what Mr. Stanfield is Mr. Clark said in a telephone interview from Ottawa. "It appears he will do anything he can to regain support for his credibility as a force in the party." The Rocky Mountain MP said he didn't consider Mr. Horner's contentions very- serious and that the debate could be healthy for the party. "I've regarded myself as being a progressive Progressive Mr. Clark said. "I think we can be a real agent of change. I've never considered myself a 'Socialist Tory.' As he (Mr. Homer) usually does, he was exaggerating." Divisions between Mr. Homer and the party are due to Mr. Horner's "oppositionist" stance to anything Mr. Stanfield favors, Mr. Clark said. "He is trying to create the appearance of a phony ideological struggle. "Jack Homer has some very real political Mr. Clark said. "I keep looking forward to the day he uses them positively." 200 children in district man school safety patrols Prebuilt talks to resume Negotiations between Prebuilt Industries Ltd. and its employees were to resume today, a union spokesman said this morning. Hartley Phillips, business representative for Local 2998 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, said talks, with a mediator present, were to begin at 10 a.m. The union wants to reach a settlement of the strike, he said. "I think we'll be sitting all today and possibly into the night if things go said Mr. Phillips. Fast water at bridge can surprise canoeists Canoeists out for a lazy trip down the Oldman River are in for a bit of a surprise at the 6th Avenue S. bridge crossing. The river has been narrowed to an 80-foot wide channel of rushing eddying water there by extension of dikes for the erection of steel girders for the bridge deck. The narrow gap is made even more dangerous by two columns of steel piles 50 feet apart supporting a temporary work bridge over the channel. Two canoeists apparently went through the gap Monday in a somewhat haphazard fashion; prompting Tom Brown, job superintendent for Cana Construction Ltd., builder of the bridge, to issue the warning. The situation will last until the end of October, he said, when crews move to the east side of the river to complete the deck. Local news Pages 11 to 20 LETHBRIDGE BANKS GRANT TO TRANSIT A cheque for this year's transit grant from the department of highways went straight to the bank after the city received it Monday. "These funds may be used by the transit system for almost any conceivable capital said Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne in a news release accompanying the cheque. "More important, because this is the first of six annual installments, the city can do softie long range planning with assuarance of having money to pay for it." The funds may be used for capital projects in public transit that have been approved by both city council and the provincial government. A unique feature of the grant is that until the funds are actually spent, any interest earned goes to the city, not the province. The funds were part of grants totalling million distributed to eight small cities in Alberta. Red Deer received Grande Prairie Lloydminster Camrose Medicine Hat Wetaskiwin and Drumheller Downpour stalls harvesting The old adage "it's raining cats and dogs" may give way to "it's wet enough for the fish to fly" following this bit of photographic sleight of hand. The saying may even become more common in Lethbridge if the city continues to be swamped with .62-inch downpours such as it experienced Monday. The 2.27 inches of moisture that has dropped on the city this month has greatly surpassed the 1.64 inch 30-year average for August in Lethbridge. Harvest ground to a halt throughout Southern Alberta Monday with rain reported at all stations, adding to precipation totals already- above the 30-year average for the growing season. Lethbridge received .62 of an inch to 6 a.m. today, the wettest area in Monday night's downpour. Warner recorded .5 of an inch, Cranford .32 of an inch. Reservation charge eliminated Don Hummel, president of the American chain which operates the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park, has officially authorized the hotel not to charge guests long distance tolls to Montana to make reservations. Mr. Hummel said last week that the chain was willing to pay the tolls for reservations which must be made at a central booking office in East Glacier, Mont. Central booking is necessary to prevent conflicts with tour groups staying at several of seven hotels in the chain. The policy change came on the heels of publicity surrounding a charge by the dean of environmental studies at the University of Calgary that the national park hotel was geared to handle American tour groups at the expense of individual Canadian guests. Meanwhile, an official in the national parks section of the department of Indian affairs and northern development was investigating the claim made by the dean, Bill Perks. Taber .25 of an inch. Purple Springs .17 of an inch, Grassy- Lake .10 of an inch, Pincher Creek .02 of an inch and Mountain View .06 of an inch. Delton Jensen, district agriculturist in Warner, said this morning swathing operations on cereal crops were interrupted while in full swing, leaving swathes lying in the fields. Concern about their condition is minimal at the moment since the swathes will have to lay in wet fields for more than a few days before damage will occur. If the swathes are kept wet, the kernels will begin to sprout and they will become discolored both criteria in the grading system. Mr. Jensen said the rain also beat the swathes into the stubble, making it more difficult to pick them up with combines once they are ready for harvest. Jamie Williamson, district agriculturist at P'oremost. said' this morning little rain fell in his area but the cool weather was slowing the drying process, halting harvest operations until Wednesday. He said a light rain during Monday morning contributed to the work stoppage. Ted Wilson, head of the Lethbridge weather office, said cloudy conditions were to continue this morning, slowly clearing late this afternoon and this evening. The temperatures Wednesday are expected near 70 with the cloud conditions returning Wednesday afternoon. A high risk of showers is forecast. Mr. Wilson said the wet conditions are being caused by a prevailing east wind which is blowing through Alberta from Saskatchewan. Anxious Time watches PWA's new boss Lethbridge's school patrols took up their duties for another year today as pupils returned to city schools after what seemed an all-too-brief vacation. Bill Skelton, safety committee chairman for the Lethbridge branch of the Alberta Motor Association, told the kick-off luncheon Monday there has never been a traffic fatality at a school crossing while patrols were on duty. School patrols in Canada got their start in Winnipeg in 1936, and the first in Alberta were in Calgary in 1938, he said, today there are boys and girls watching 500 schools across the province. Patrols involving 200 children operate at 11 Lethbridge and district schools, said Mr. Skelton. School zone speed limit is 20 mph. The speed limits are in effect from 8 to a.m., from to p.m. and from 3 to p.m. Monday to Friday, excepting school holidays. Mayor Andy Anderson gave the program a boost by donning an orange Sam Browne belt and taking part in a mock school crossing exercise. Mayor Anderson later told The Herald he thought the work of the AMA and the city police in conjunction with the patrols was an important factor in the city's going more than two years with no traffic deaths. With worth of aircraft on order and future expansion at stake, Time Air of Lethbridge is anxiously watching meetings this week in Edmonton between the provincial government and management of its newly-acquired Pacific Western Airlines. Time Air President W. R. Ross says he hopes one topic of conversation will be PWA's recent application to the federal air transport committee to run two flights daily between Calgary and Lethbridge. PWA's application to operate a 119-passenger Boeing 737 jet between here and Calgary was opposed by the provincial government, which intervened on behalf of Time. But now that the government owns PWA, Ross says, the cabinet finds itself in a "delicate situation." The Calgary-Lethbridge run is the backbone of Time Air's business, with Time planning to put a 40- passenger Fairchild F-27 turbo prop into service Oct. 27. The Alberta government opposed PWA's application, but that was before the government bough) PWA. The delicate situation government finds itself in, Ross says, is this: the government favors Time Air at the expense of PWA, Alberta taxpayers will be subsidizing private industry; if the government favors PWA, free enterprise can justifiably complain about government interference and unfair competition. "I feel reasonably secure that the Alberta government won't want to see us going down the Ross says. Premier Lougheed has said he will support private carriers like Time that operate without benefit of grants or subsidies, he adds. The government purchase of PWA, he says, "should more clearly define" Time's position. "We're still optimistic that it will benefit us in the long run." Time's president described PWA, once a competitor, as a "big brother." One possibility appears to be negotiation between "big brother" PWA and Time over the Lethbridge Calgary run, with regional and local airlines complementing each other's service. ;