Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetJibridge Herald VOL. LXVI 302 DECEMBER 1973 10 Cents 32 Pages 'COD WAR' OFFICIALLY OVER England Britain's cod war with Iceland ended today by deed as well as word. Two Icelandic trawlers unloaded a cargo of pounds of fis at English east coast port for the first time since the fishing limits dispute erupted 14 months ago. There were jeers and boos by a hostile group of young bystanders as the two vessels landed their worth from this peaceful protest we had a good said mate Pgarni Johnson of the trawler Haukafell. been fishing for 14 and until we sail again Friday we will spend our time Christmas shopping in Heavy gov't investment expected in oil project Mideast plan es in duel From AP-REUTER Israeli and Egyptian jet fighters battled over the Suez Gulf today and Israel military sources said the Egyptians were moving more forces closer to the front line near the Suez canal. Both Israel and Egypt claimed oneihit in the dogfight and no losses for its own forces. The incident contributed to mounting tension along the Suez where Israeli and Egyptian troops were station- ed within rifle range of each other. Military sources in Tel Aviv said the Egyptians had moved up forces into positions that could indicate a preparation to resume full-scale fighting in the southern Suez canal zone. Cairo radio said Egyptian fighters intercepted the Israeli planes over Ein southwest of Suez. enemy plane was de- stroyed and the rest of the Is- raeli formation fled eastward. All our planes returned safely to broadcast said. The Israeli military com- mand said Israeli planes were on patrol when they en- countered a flight of Egyptian planes. A Soviet-built MiG-21 was downed and all Israeli planes returned the command said. Cairo's claim of downing an Israeli plane was the second in two days. On Wednesday the Egyptians said they had shot down an Israeli jet but the claim was denied by an of- ficial Israeli spokesman. DAYAN IN TALKS The announcement was made shortly after Premier Golda Meir won a vote of con- fidence from the central com- mittee of Israel's ruling Labor a vote which came when Mrs. Meir accepted full responsibility for Israel's set- back at the start of the Oc- tober war. The vote was 291 to 33. where are BILL GROENEN photo Out in his long Johns to look for the 15-year-old Chris 1526 13 St. N. can retire his telescope. The comet Kohoutek is now visible to unaided observers at dawn In the southwest and will grow brighter until it is plainly visible during the day the brightest object in earth's sky. Kohdutek will round the sun about Dec. 28 and will gradually fade away into the depths of space in January. Arabs soften stance on oil embargo end Inside The United States govern- forced to approve a price increase to ensure supplies of heating has Clark requests royalty details EDMONTON Bob Alberta Social Credit house called on the Conservative government Wednes- day to disclose fully its plans for amending oil royalty legisla- tion in the Alberta legislature. Mr. Clarke Olds said changing circum- stances in the world oil market make it apparent oil royalties should be amended in but the current government proposal would take the responsibility of settling'oil royalties out of the hands of the legislature and give it entirely to Premier Peter Lougheed and his cabinet. It is'essential that MLAs and Alberta citizens be informed what royalty levels the government has been discussing with the oil Mr. Clark said. He said the Social Credit party supports the government's ef- fort to maintain control of the province's energy resources and its decision to approve the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands pro- ject. He rebuked the provincial government for breaking off dis- cussions with the federal government over energy issues last month and said Alberta should be bargaining to get a share of the funds gathered by the export tax. Truckers renew turnpike blockade been handed a sweetened offer by the petroleum- hoarding Arab States. The Saudi Arabian oil minis- ter said in Washington that his government would be willing to relax its oil embargo to the United States in steps phased with Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab lands. Sheik Ahman Zaki touring western countries to explain the Arabs' use of oil as a political lever against attended a 90-minute Washington meeting with State Secretary Henry William the head of the new federal energy and other officials. The which appeared to be extended to other countries as left open the possibility that some kind of Arab embargo would continue until all Arab including the eastern section of had been evacuated by Israel. But Yamani hinted that a relaxation of the total em- 'About tfiis James Bay Classified....... 26-29 Comics............24 5 District............19 Family........ 23 Local News 18 Markets...........21 Sports...... 14 Theatres........... 7 TV............... 6 Weather........... 3 Youth...........30 LOW TONIGHT HIGH FRI MILD bargo imposed on the United lldlUIdl gets states and the Netherlands to drive power plant Ohio Angry truckers renewed a blockade of the Ohio Turnpike barely an hour after they cleared a massive traffic jam which had closed the highway at another point for nearly 24 hours. drivers began easing a protest tie-up on busy Interstate 70 east of Colum- apparently avoiding a confrontation with scores of riot equipped Ohio highway patrolmen. More than 100 patrolmen ac- companied by heavy-duty Na- tional Guard tow trucks ordered the truckers to clear westbound lanes within five minutes. Drivers then began removing their heavy rigs as the officers stood by. The many of whom own their own are un- happy about increased fuel prices and lower speed which they say cost them ex- tra money. The turnpike stop- page appeared to have ended after Washington officials agreed to consider the drivers' EDMONTON The Alberta which has been trying to convince Ontario Hydro to use coal in its generating has approved use of natural gas in a power plant for the million Syncrude the legislature was told Wednesday. Natural gas also will be used to generate steam as part of the separation process for recovering oil from the vast Athabasca oil sands in northeastern said Utilities Minister Roy He told former premier Harry Strom that the first power plant at the to be built by Syncrude Canada Ltd. with 80 per cent of the financing from the government's Alberta Energy will use natural gas 'but in any great- The use of hydro power for could begin during the Geneva peace due to start Dec. 18. He also said the Arab states were not insisting on a com- plete Israeli withdrawal before relaxing the oil reduc- tions. think that when the Is- raelis decide to withdraw and there is a timetable for there will be a timetable to in- crease production step by step in a manner -which cor- responds with the timetable of the he told reporters Kissinger will call on Faisal next week. The state secretary will stop first in Egypt U.S. may have new vice-president tonight WASHINGTON An early-evening ceremony has been scheduled to swear in Gerald Ford as United States with confirma- tion by the House of Represen- his final view- ed as a near certainty Picket line RED DEER About 400 employees set up picket lines at the Alberta school hospital and Deerhome today to protest the provincial government's new policy on fringe benefits. The swearing-in which president Nixon was ex- pected to was to follow today's House vote on Ford's nomination. The House scheduled its dai- ly sitting for earlier than usual today to begin a debate which could last up to six hours before a confirmation vote. Ford's confirmation would mark the first use of the 25th amendment to the Constitu- tion to fill a vacancy in the vice-presidency The office has been vacant since Oct. 10 when Spiro Agnew resigned By PETER THOMSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Energy Minister Donald Macdonald today was expected to an- nounce creation of a national petroleum corporation as part of an evolving. Liberal oil policy. Also in the policy package will be an announcement of firm intention to proceed with the Sarnia-Montreal complete with starting and completion dates and a state- ment of federal participation. A third which may not be announced for a few is the federal government's intention to invest heavily in development of the Athabasca oil sands in NDP members of Parlia- ment have already been tipped off about the minister's pending announcement which is timed to ensure that the NDP will not combine with Conservatives to topple the government Monday. Establishment of the national petroleum to participate in purchase and distribution but not retailing of practically guarantees that the NDP will not support the Conservative confidence motion. The corporation has long been sought by Mr. Mac- donald. It was proposed to cabinet last spring but did not win approval until recently when economic and political pressures combined to give Mr. Macdonald the support he needed. Both major opposition par- ties have also demanded construction of the Sarnia- Montreal pipeline to ensure supply to the Eastern provinces at times when offshore supplies are as at present. The government announced Sept 4 that it would construct the pipeline but met im- mediate resistance from Quebec. Quebec's objections have diminished since the recent Arab-Israeli war and the sub- sequent cutback in Arab oil production. Gilles Minister of natural finally stated this week that the province favors construction of the pipeline. Mr. Macdonald indicated at a committee meeting last sources in the world are sketchy. Mr. Macdonaid made it clear last in answer to a question in the that it is now the federal government's inten- tion to return all revenues from the oil export tax to the province where the oil originated. About half of the money will be returned in cash to make up for revenues the provinces Alberta and Saskatchewan have lost due to the price freeze on crude oil which has been in effect since early September The balance will be return- ed in the form of federal investment in development of the provinces' resources. It would thus help to speed-up development of the oil sands Industry supplying oil tally TORONTO Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Wednesday that govern- ment forecasts of the severity of Eastern Canada's oil short- age are based on information from oil companies. He told about 600 financial analysts and oil men that if the predictions are not ac- oil companies will be largely to blame. Government forecasts of the shortage are based largely on reports from a rommittee represprkKg ttis oil he told a meeting of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts. Referring to a forecast that provinces east of the Ottawa Valley might be 20 to 25 per cent below the usual import he may be a bum figure but it is a figure that originated very substantially with the Canadian petroleum in- Questioners had said that the oil industry estimated the shortfall at only 11 per cent. Mr. Macdonald said any idea of banning petroleum ex- ports to the United States is an because the oil industry here is highly integrated with that in the U.S. week that construction would probably start the spr- ing in 1974. The 500- mile pipeline is expected to be 1Y 011 completed in late 1975 to tran- i sport western crude to the eastern market. Tn n V Capacity of the to U.11HJ1 be announced by Mr. Mac- is expected to be about barrels a day about fiff half of the Montreal market area's daily requirements. Details of the federal in- volvement in development of the Athabasca oil sands one of the largest known oil Seen and heard About town A. W. SHACKLEFORD suggesting he might get fewer tickets if Insp. Bill West is kept busy enough in his new position as a director of the exhibition association four-year-old Tracy Rempel scolding her cousin for putting so much candy on the table because it spoiled her dinner appetite. WASHINGTON The White House today firmly denied a rumor circulating in Europe that President Nixon was unwell or planned to re- sign. in good shape and has never felt presiden- tial spokesman Gerald Warren told reporters. The rumor influenced Eu- ropean financial markets for a time. The gold Napoleon coin soared to a record price in the Paris free gold market after the rumor circulated. Since trading in gold lasts only 30 minutes the rumor was not completely beaten down before the final and the Napoleon closed at 139.90 up from 137.90 Wednesday. Bangladesh tragedy haunts USC head complaint. future electrical generation in But Terry Mahoney of the oil sands area is being con- a driver who said he was among those who conferred with U.S. transportation department officials on the turnpike Wednesday said was He did not elaborate. Other drivers had said earlier they felt their protest had accomplished their aims. sidered at such places as Crooked Rapids and Slave Mr. Farran said. Premier Peter Lougheed has told the legislature previously that natural gas is ideally suited for use as a residential fuel and coal is ideally suited for large- quantity users. It's hard iu But it's Southern Albertans have really got the Cup of Milk Fund moving this Today the total is We're picking up speed and moving toward the goal. When we reach our ob- we'll buy 1.3 carloads of powdered skim milk. And the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada will send it to the hungry little children in Bangladesh sealed and delivered from the wonderful people of Southern Alberta and southeastern B.C. ThanK Canadian Calorie Counters of Claresholm for your gift. Thanks to Laura and Bobby from Claresholm. Special thanks to a Friend of the It's wonderful to read your notes and realize there are many thoughtful people in this world. Thanks a Medical Records Department of St. Michael's Hospital. And thanks to the Elks Charity and Fun Festival. What a great thing to know everyone is behind this fund. Thank Mrs. Grace Lickiss of Vauxhall. Your and the help of hundreds more like will bring new hope to the suffer- ing little children in Bangladesh. Tracey and Jodi Robinson of Pincher Creek your help means so much to Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova of the USC. If she she would thank each person individually. USC administration and fund-raising expenses stand at only 10.8 pc-r cent of total in- come. Dr. Hitschmanova says USC never overstays its time of USC will phase out of India in 1975. The USC withdrawal date from Korea is set for unless imperative reasons necessitate a longer stay. Last Southern Alber- tans sent barley to Korean children. This we hope to ease the suffering of the war widows and fatherless children of Bangladesh. tragedy I witnessed in Vietnam and Bangladesh can- not be described in cold words it is hidden deep in my heart and haunts me day and says Dr. Hitschmanova. It's a desperate need. We must help and we will help. Let's all pull together One dollar buys 35 cups of milk. USC purchasing cost FOB Red Deer is per pounds One ounce of milk powder and six ounces of water makes one cup of liquid milk Write Cup of Lethbridge Herald.