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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Pedestrians warned away from intersection Signs will be erected at 2nd Avenue and 13th Street N. advising pedestrians there is no crosswalk at the intersection, city coun- cil decided Monday. The action was the opposite of that in- tended by Aid. Bill Kergan who had asked that signs be put up warning motorists of a crosswalk at the intersection. Pointing out that it will be next May before signal lights are installed at the in- tersection, Aid. Kergan said: "Let's do something before someone gets wiped out." "I know it's not a designated crosswalk but people have been using it for years and they'll continue to use he said. But Aid. Cousins argued pedestrian signs would not solve the problem at the intersec- tion. He said council should make sure there is no crosswalk and make people go down to the lights at 2nd A Avenue. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff agreed saying: "If Aid. Kergan had his way we'd have lights and crosswalks and policemen at jvery intersection in Lethbridge. "To put a crosswalk sign where there is no crosswalk is he said. "It's only a short half-block down, a nice light and a short half-block back. You just can't protect people from themselves forever." Aid. Bob Tarleck suggested going a step further and chaining off the crossing at 2nd Avenue, but he relented when Aid. Cam Barnes said just a sign would save council a lot of trouble. "I know how merchants get this time of year they get Aid. Barnes, a downtown shoe store proprietor, said. Aid. Kergan's motion was defeated 7-1 and a motion by Aid. Tarleck to put in the "no-crosswalk" signs was approved by the same margin. The signs will remain until next May when the city gets delivery of steel poles for the signal lights ordered installed at the controversial intersection by city council a year ago. District Lethbridge Herald news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, December 3, 1974 Pages 13-24 No pioneer names for west side B By AN 4 15 J975 GAMES Council may increase number of dogs allowed A resolution from Aid. Bob Tarleck asking for several changes in the city's dog bylaw won city council approval Monday after Aid. Tarleck agreed to redraft one change. It called for removal of the section in the bylaw limiting the number of dogs in a household of two. While other aldermen agreed that provision was un- fair to owners of purebred dogs who raise them for show, they hesitated to throw it wide open, and Aid. Tarleck agreed to take another look at it. Other changes assented to included ones dealing with dogs running at large, licen- sing, and penalties for dogs at large. Under Aid. Tarleck's proposal, dogs will be con- sidered to be "at large" if they are off their owner's premises and not leashed. The present section reaas: "off the premises of its owner and is not on a leash or under other immediate, continuous and effective control of some competent person." The latter part of that sec- tion made it un enforceable because it is a matter of opi- nion whether or not a dog is under control, Aid. Tarleck said. He also proposed raising the penalties for running at large from to on second offence, and from to on third offence. First offence would remain at Another change would reduce the licence fee in half after Aug. 31, while another would raise the annual fee of to for un neutered male dogs and unspayed female dogs. taken A break in was reported at Circle Mohawk, 502 Stafford Drive, today. Lethbridge city police were called to the station about a.m. They said a front window had been smashed as a means of gaining entry. About in small change was reported stolen from the station- WALTER KERBER photo We're waiting it out The Christmas lights are up in Lethbridge streets, the entrance to city hall has been decorated with Seasons Greetings, and Pharley Pheasant is waxing his skis. All this in expectation that one of these days winter's going to arrive in the South to stay. It could be this week, though the Kenyon Field weather office says the snow forecast for Wednesday evening is expected to be light. PCs choose Milo rancher School trucks to follow routes A plea from the separate school board to be exempted from the city truck bylaw fell on deaf ears at city council Monday. Aldermen voted simply to file the request and did not com- ment on it. The board said enforcement of the bylaw which restricts large trucks to specific truck routes was having it difficulties with some deliveries to its schools, adding time and costs at the taxpayers' expense. By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer VULCAN A 67-year-old rancher was chosen by Progressive Conservatives in the Little Bow constituency Monday to contest the next provincial election. George McMorris, whose family operates a ranch near Milo, 90 miles north of Lethbridge, won the nomina- tion on the first ballot over two other candidates. The nomination and one in Calgary Mountainview mark- ed the final PC nominations for the 26 constituencies in which the party does not have a sitting MLA. In-power in Alberta since 1971, the PCs ex- pect to have 52 candidates nominated by next week. There are 75 seats in the legislature. An election is ex- pected in' the spring. Mr. McMorris defeated Peter Stokes, 53, a farmer and former mayor of Lomond, and Lee Anderson, 43, Barons, a Claresholm chiropractor. He took the nomination with 91 of 145 votes cast. The rancher lambasted a provincial government aid program for young farmers. He said it is hard for farmers to get any help under the program. "The local review board knows the whole he said. "But it gets up to your bureaucrats in Camrose and Edmonton and it's tossed out." He said the local boards should have the final say on who gets help, but nine times out of 10 they are overruled. Mr. McMorris also said welfare programs rob integri- ty from people who want to work. He will contest the next election against incumbent Social Credit MLA Ray Speaker. Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne told the meeting held here, 60 miles north of Lethbridge, that tran- sportation was the key to the future of Alberta. The province was building a roadway system to take up the slack left by the railways and has acquired Pacific Western Airlines because Alberta is landlocked. "We haven't got a seaport so we have to move to other modes of transportation." Alberta is blessed with both food and energy. "We need to have the transportation to move them he said. "We're going to continue to flourish because we're going to fight for a better transpor- tation deal." Mr. Copithorne said other provinces are taking a different view of Alberta's stance in its energy fight with Ottawa. There isn't one other province that doesn't have resources to lose from federal intrusions, he said. "We'll put up the dagburndest fight for those resources that has ever been up in he said to a round of appause. Discussion set Monday A special meeting of city council to discuss the 1975 capital budget will be held Monday at 8 p.m The budget meeting is open to the public, but council may later go into a closed session to discuss administrative salaries, aldermen decided Monday. The capital budget submitted to council Monday recommends borrowing of million by the city in 1975, with about half of that already committed to the Sportsplex and 6th Avenue S. bridge. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City council said yes to Churchill Industrial Park and no to West Lethbridge pioneers Monday. Council voted 7-1 to accept a resolution from Aid. Bob Tarleck that the North Lethbridge In- dustrial park should have a name, but remembering the drawn out debate over the naming of the Stan Siwik Pool last year, decid- ed not to throw it open to suggestions. Aid. Tarleck had asked that the city business development officer submit a recommenda- tion on names and that Churchill Industrial Park be considered. But rather than get into another naming debate, coun- cil quickly agreed with one dissenting vote from Aid. Bill Cousins that the industrial park be tagged with the Churchill name. Aid. Cousins protested that the Churchill name was "out- dated and had no connotation in the Lethbridge area." On the matter of names in West Lethbridge, council voted simply to file a letter from E. S. Vaselenak suggesting names of pioneers of the area be considered. To impress upon the aldermen a sense of history of West Lethbridge, Mr. Vaselenak put forward the names of neighbors he remembered as a boy, who had homesteaded in the area before Alberta became a province, and others who farmed the area when it was known as The Bend. But council agreed by a 7-1 vote with Aid. Vaughan Hembroff that to start using names such as those suggested by Mr. Vaselenak would be to "open a real can of worms." "Regardless of the fantastic contribution these oldtimers made, we could get into a terrific mess with street names. "We've got a system out there, and we should stick to he added, referring to the naming of West Lethbridge streets after universities. That system apparently hadn't impressed Mr. Vaselenak much. He wrote that names like "Allen, Bailey, Davis, Excoffin, Firth, Grisak, Kreiger, McCaugherty, Neidig, Sheran, Russell, Stetz Van Teighan, Vaselenak, and Waxmund" should be used and the univer- sity names erased. "What contribution did names like McGill etc. make to this he asked. Aid. Bill Cousins was again the lone dissenter on the names vote. FRED GLADSTONE Hospital, motel in Blood plans By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer A new hospital and 35-unit motel and convention centre for Standoff are among long- term development prospects on the Blood Reserve, a band spokesman said Monday. Fred Gladstone, president of Red Crow Development Corp., the band's holding com- pany, told 30 people at a University of Lethbridge anthropology lecture the biggest obstacle facing economic development on In- dian reserves is a lack of collateral or security needed to finance such projects as Kainai Industries. Because all reserve land is held in trusteeship by the Canadian government, bands do not own their land and can- not use land as security to generate capital from outside investors. But, he added, "if Indian people had been able in the past to use their land for security purposes, they probably wouldn't have any reservations today." He said the Blood band's economic development branch is studying the feasibility of a new hospital for Standoff to replace and augment medical services available at the Blood Indian Hospital in Cardston. The hospital scheme, he said, "is getting a lot of opposition" from government. A 35-unit motel and conven- tion centre which would employ about 20 people is also being planned, Mr Gladstone said. A related scheme in- volves construction of a museum and cultural arts centre to promote tourism and culture, he said. Recent government approval of a 32-mile paved highway from Lethbridge to Standoff has spurred the band's hopes for a rental hous- ing development in the northeast corner of the reserve The subdivision, he said, would cater to students and faculty at the university and improve employment prospects for Blood Indians working in Lethbridge and liv- ing on the reserve. Economic development, he said, is needed to bring "self- determination" to reserves. But. he warned, social and community development is equally important. "None of these three can succeed LCC student protest wins building approval The placards may come down at Lethbridge Communi- ty College now that the department of advanced education has changed its at- titude toward providing students' union facilities. The students began their protest last week of a depart- ment decision not to allow renovations of the Fort Whoop-Up building. Student Council President Hal Gallup said Monday of- ficials of the department agreed to take another look at the students' request The LCC board of governors had agreed in November to spend to renovate the building it purchased in a land transaction last spring if the department would allow the expenditure to be taken from the college surplus budget. The department refused to do so until the master plan on future use of the academic buildings was completed. However, when Mr. Gallup informed the department of- ficials that the Fort Whoop-Up building would not be included in the master plan since it was to be a guide for future use of academic buildings and not the overall campus, they ad- mitted to misunderstanding the situation, he said in an interview. Mr Gallup said the depart- ment officials led him to believe that the minister would approve the proposal within two weeks of receiving it. Some counties without ambulance service for up to 18 hours By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer A study by the Okknan River Regional Planning Commission which includes Southern Alberta ambulance services has been completed, according to the executive director of the commission. Lawrence Smith said this week the study will include recommendations to the govern- ment on ambulance service in the South. Some rural hospital administrators told The Herald this week a change in ambulance services is needed, especially in the area of transferring patients to Calgary and Ed- monton from South hospitals. Patients needing more specialized care than is offered in rural or Lethbridge hospitals are transferred by ambulance to Calgary or Edmonton. This arrangement can leave whole counties without ambulance service for up to 18 hours. Frank Weins, administrator of the Coaldale hospital, said the transfer arrangement must be changed to ensure all communities are adequately covered by emergency services at all times. Mr. Weins said the Coaldale ambulance carries about two patients a mciiui Calgary. Figures obtained by The Herald show about 20 patients a month are being transferred from Southern Alberta rural hospitals to Calgary and Edmonton. INVESTIGATION Mr. Smith said the problem of transfer has been investigated in the study, which is being released to municipal councils. The study should be public within two weeks. Mr. Weins said he would like to see an air ambulance service made available to hospitals for transfer of both non-emergency and emergency patients. Existing services include the availability of an aircraft to transport emergency patients to Calgary from towns where an airstrip ex- ists. This service is used little by the rural hospitals, said admin' strators contacted by The Herald. Shirley Hansen, Border Counties Hospital administrator in Milk River, said that hospital rarely transfers patients directly to Calgary. The patient is usually taken to Lethhridge. A helicopter would be helpful but "we probably wouldn't use that she said. HELICOPTER Ernie Luini, administrator at Crowsnest Pass.General, said the helicopter idea would be "a very good system" for transferring patients from the 'Pass. The Blairmore hospital in 1973 transferred 51 patients to Calgary, two patients to Ed- monton, five to Ponoka and one to Black Diamond. "The time to Calgary is at least six to seven hours return and this leaves the area without an he said. "But we do have a back-up unit available from the local under- taker." Other rural areas indicated they also relied on vehicles ranging from hearses to ordinary station wagons for emergencies when the am- bulance is not available. Some communities have had to use such vehicles on a regular basis because of a lack of an ambulance near an accident. Taber is the only community that has a back-up ambulance. It recently bought a new venicie and still has the old ambulance. PORTABLE When a patient is transferred in the regular vehicle portable equipment is left with the old ambulance. But Taber Fire Chief Bill Lord said he doesn't know how much longer the old am- bulance will be available. The fire department in Taber, as in many communities, operates the ambulance ser- vice. Of Mr. Weins helicopter suggestion, Mr. Lord said, it would be "a good idea" for rural areas. "I have to agree with them there... the pre- sent system has he said. He noted one instance where a man with a broken back was transported from Vauxhall to Calgary (via about 190 miles, by ground ambulance. "It certainly couldn't have been very com- fortable for Mr. Lord said. Mr. Weins said another problem with the existing ambulance service is the danger in- volved to the volunteer fireman in having to drive to Calgary and Edmonton. The Coaldalc administrator has strong feelings on this point. In 1972 a Coaldale am- bulance got in a serious accident in Calgary. Taber hospital administrator Dave Turtle agrees. "Traffic can be a problem. If there was a collision, goodbye he said. "No doubt a helicopter would be a better system but priorities would have to be set on he added. "And this would be ex- pensive if it was only to be used as an am- bulance." NO PROBLEMS Andy Andreachuck, administrator of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital, said he has never seen any problems with the current system. He added if there is an alternative for the rural areas it could be regional ambulance service where service areas would always be covered if one ambulance was making a transfer. ;