Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Auguit 1973 Lumbered yard There's little left now at the corner of 8th Avenue and 6th Street S. but a pile of very old although two houses still remairn fo be re- moved trom ths site designated for the senior citizens apartment. The word is now that the 110-suite high rise will likely get ihe go-ahead following a Sept. 12 meeting of the Alberta Housing Corporation board of directors. Game farm may close over assessment fight 2 city paint stores pull spray adhesive from sale The Stewart Game Farm may close its doors if the County of Lethbridge doesn't co-operate. Dr. C. D. owner of the farm south of the said Thursday that his tax as- sessment on the farm prop- erty has almost tripled from last year because the coun- ty refused to assess the prop- erty as a farm. 2 V of L governors appointed A student and a graduate of the University of Lethbridge have been named to its board of governors for a one year term by the provincial gov- ernment. Gregory presently teaching in the and John acting-president of the U of L student were elected to represent their organizations last swing on the board of governors of the university. Their appoint- ment to the board was ratified by the government this week. Mr. Hales represents the U of L Alumni on the 16 member board. The quarter-section area also supports a farming oper- ation and only 15 to 20 acres are used exclusively for the game he said. Last county officials assessed the land as a com- mercial he said. An appeal to the Alberta Assess- ment Appeal Board ruled the property should be taxed as a farm. After the Dr. Stew- art's assessment was reduc- ed to with all buildings but two exempt from taxa- tion. This the assessed val- ue of the land and biddings has been set by the county at and county manager Bob Madill said today that if Dr. Stewart wants to be as- sessed as a he will have to appeal again to the provincial assessment board. doing it as a service to the Dr. Stew- wart it's things like this that disturb me. the county isn't going to support the game I may as well close it up. If I sold the it would be class- ed as a farm with no diffi- Dr. Stewart quest ions whether the county can ignore the ruling from the appeal board. no lawyer but I say it's illegal. I'm certainly going to appeal Mr. Madill points out that this year the county is doing a general reassessing all property in the county. ooard order men- tioned only last year's assess- but this is a new gen- eral The county last did a. gen- eral assessment in 1961. Dr. Stewart has 'already taken his case to the court of revision being held this in the county office but his appeal was turned down. He says he will now appeal to the provincial assessment board. Over 500 parcels of land are being appealed at the court of revision and county assess- ments this year have caused some controversy. A Lethbridge lawyer. Steve had indicated that he would ajpeal the assess- ments of the seven county in order to make them to the plight of small land owners who do not make a livelihood from the However. Mr. Denecky withdrew the appeals after he met the councillors and found them willing to listen. A meeting will be held Wed- nesday to form-a county rate- payers association which will Mr. Denecky pre- sent a brief to the provincial government asking them to change the assessment rate on small holdings. Spray adhesives have been taken off the shelves of two Lethbridge stores following publication in The Herald Thursday of possible genetic hazards related to the sprays. The manager of Canada Paint said he has pulled his 20 cans of Krylon Spray Ad- hesive from stock for sale. Roy manager of Lethbridge House of said be is taking his stock off the shelves immediately. The Canada Paint manager criticized government of- ficials for not informing the retailers of the tests being conducted on the products or their possible dangers so they could have cleared their stock earlier. Firehouse Theatre group to perform here Tuesday A music and drama presen- tation offered by 10 people employed on an OFY project will be staged Tuesday night at Yates Memorial Centre. Firehouse Theatre started in Grande Prairie and with an OFY grant has travel- led across the country pre- senting original drama and music material to audiences in jails and se- nior citizens' and uni- versity and community thea- tres. the group will be presenting its material to in- mates at the Lethbridge Cor- rectional Institution. beginning at 8 p.m.. Firehouse Theatre will stage three original one-act plays with the performance ending with a jugband mu- sic recital. The program at the Yates Is being sponsored by the Lethbridge Kiwanis Club. V of L gallery- opens sculpture and ceramic works displays marked the opening of the University of Leth- bridge art gallery today for t.'le 1973 fall semester. The exhibition features work by members of the U of L art department and shows changes in artists' style during the last 13 years. It will continue until Sept. 12. The art gallery is open from 9 a.m. to p.m. Monday through Friday and i to 5 p.m. Sundays. The public is admitted free. Man injured in collision A Lethbridge man received minor injuries in a two-car collision at 13th Street and 5th Avenue S. early this morning. Ronald Cecil 1027 13th St. was driving west on 5th Avenue at about 2 a.m. when he went through the in- tersection at 13th St. and was in collision with the car driv- en by Ronald Gary 532B 8th St. S. Mr. Bell was treated at St. Michael's Hospital for cuts to the head and face and releas- ed. Damage to t h e vehicles totalled Lethbridge schools have empty seats after 1 week By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer More than seats are sitting empty in Lethbridge public and separate schools as the first full week of the 1973-74' academic year came to a close a Herald survey disclosed. The number appears to be rather alarming until it is compared to the total Alber- ta picture. Using a formula of 30 saats per the province's school buildings board specula- ted this week that almost 000 of the available seats in Alberta schools will be empty this year. The actual number of empty seats in the province's schools won't be known until all schools are operating week. Lethbridge elementary and secondary schools opened last but most schools in Alberta don't begin class- es until next week. basing the number of empty seats on an allocation of. 30 seats to a classroom maximum allowed in the department of does not give an accurate assessment of the situation in in the schools claim local school system officials. rating of 30 is pretty especially in the lower grades. Ralph Himsl. superin- tendent of the Lethbridge sep- arate school remark- ed. Dr. Gerry the pub- lic school system's director of suggests the gov- ernment dIJ-n't pay attention to learning dis- ability and Grade 1 classes. Some classes are intention- ally kept below 30 seats to allow for a more workable student- teacher he claimed in an interview Thursday. Because some classes are purposely kept below 30 seats per room and several other classes are only slightly be- low the maximum number Lethbridge has very few rooms that could be classified as empty. If the maximum capacity of a classroom was reduced to 27 seats from 30 there would be only about 400 em- pty seats in the city's schools. Dr. Probe claims all class- rooms are being used for some type of instruction in the public system. of them are being used for small group instruc- he said. Some of the 686 empty seats in the separate school system and the 836 in the pub- lic may be filled in Septem- ber when several late reg- istrations are tabulated. It has been the habit of some students in the last two years to enrol in classes a week or so after the official registra- tion day. The government is under- standably concerned about the number of empty seats. In an interim report to Education Minister Lou the school build- ings board claimed the prov- ince is paving million a year for the unused capacity. Mr. in a govern- ment release this ex- pressed pleasure over recent reports some boards were making an effort to use space in underutilized schools and grounds. some of Mr. Hyndman's praise was direct- ed at the Lethbridge boards because of their low number of empty seats compared to the total provincial figure. Officials of the two local systems claimed the busing of students helped in balanc- ing school but they also suggested Leth- bridge hasn't had to face the population shifts experienced in Alberta's two major cities. Mr. Himsl says this city hasn't suffered the rapid ex- pansion nor the p o p u 1 a tion shifts caused by new housing developments and high rises that have caused problems for Edmonton and Calgary. Bat not lab tests show The bat which bit a Stir- ling woman Monday was not a doctor at the Animal Diseases Research Institute said Thursday. Dr. Bill Dorward said tests on all bats have proven nega- tive since three rabid bats were discovered Tuesday near Warner. On Bert Prins. a diagnostic technician with the and an official with the provincial fish and wild- life division went to the Warner area to capture more bats for testing- Mr. Prins said thev found about 10 or H In the attic of the Warner school and' brought back five. He said the bats were prob- ably the remnants of a col- ony which nested in the school. Most of the bats left in the area are likely the tail end of a migration he 'added. The Warner area could be in the bats migratory flight path. little is known about bats and this cannot be he said. Three other bats were brought back from the area and all will be tested today or early next week. Stores likely to follow lead of McGavirfs Lethbridge grocery stores are expected to increase the price of bread at least as much as the three-cent whole- sale price hike announced by McGavins Toastmaster Thursday. Similar price increases are expected to surface in stores right across Western Canada when the McGavin's new wholesale price becomes ef- fectiv- Sunday. The price of bread in Leth- bridge now varies from about 27-cents to about for the standard 20-ounce loaf de- pending on where it is pur- chased. Several stores and bakeries told The Herald Thursday they would likely follow Mc- Gavin's lead and would pass at least a three-cent increase along to the consumer. Mc- Gavin's is the largest bak- er in the area they and a price hike by McGavin's puts considerable pressure on them to follow suit. R. F. McGavin's manager in said Thursday the three-cent in- crease was necessary for sev- eral reasons. He claimed his firm 50 per cent more for its Sep- tember supply of flour than it paid in because of changes in the federal wheat subsidy in July. He also blam- ed increased costs of shorten- gasoline and distribution for the price in- crease. And he forecast a fur- ther increase in October as the cost of flour increased. Henry owner of Vienna Bakery said that would be forced to raise his price three cents a loaf next week. the big ones go he said referring to large have to go Paul of Quality said his prices went up with the first increase in the price of four and I ex- pect they will go up three cents Ted Vanden man- ager of the Centre Village IGA said he would have to wait word from the head office but would imagine it would go A spokesman at the F. W. W'Dolworth bakery also thought prices would go up there. Alex owner of North Side pointed out that the increased costs of flour are malting it difficult for the independent baker. Aug. 6 he has raised his price five cents for white bread but said that he would try not to raise his prices further. Light story UL type ecmsidered lo 'flht the way for future pedestrians In Wast Lethbridge are being tried out for style on front of city hall. One style will be installed along the walkways' that replace back alleys in the laneleu tub. divisions planned for the went tide. Carpenters vote on offer The results of a govern- ment-supervised vote by Lethbridge carpenters on a conciliation award m a y be known by Tuesday. About 40 of 45 members of Local 846 of the United Broth- hood of Carpenters and Joiners of America voted Local business manager Robert Coyle said today. If the members reject the an hour offer as is ex- the next step will be a strike again supervis- ed by tha Board of Industrial RrJations. Bus-pass exchange Turning the old for the a number of Ittri- bridges' senior citizens collect their 1974 bus passes. Today was the lost day for the old but there is no cut-off date for obtaining a new one. About who are eligible for the free passes have mnrU ineluHina thit left to M. E. Alec and Julia W. J. and John A. but there are many more to come as about 3.200 of the old passes hod been given out. City hull is urging senior citizens to come In and get their new passes as soon as possible.