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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridgc Herald Local news Second Section TheLethbridge Herald, Monday, Decembers, 1974 Pages 13-24 Prepping for Games has Pincher mayor wearing 3 hats Community rink addition sparked by hockey competition By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer PINCHER CREEK Mayor Juan Teran normally wears two hats, but the up- coming Canada Winter Games have added a third. The energetic 37 year old physician, elected mayor of this town of two years ago, is in the contracting business as Pincher Creek races to complete an ad- dition, to the community hockey rink. "Unemployment in Southern Alberta is a says the stocky, affable mayor. A local shortage of building tradesmen and unex- pectedly high bids from contractors convinced town council to act as its own contractor for the ad- dition to the rink, this town's venue for Winter Games hockey competition. He admits the renovations "won't affect the Games if they aren't completed in but adds excitement generated by the Games has prompted some collective enthusiasm in the community. The addition, which includes dressing rooms, washrooms, lobby, first aid centre, concession stands and a new drop in centre for senior citizens, received 000 from the Winter Games capital improvements coffer. The MD of Pincher Creek is chipping in and the town will jiick up the rest of the The mayor doesn't fault the winter games society for its seemingly meagre contribution. "We Games planning made on schedule in most communities "Hunky dory." That's how Winter Games officials and venue organizers at 11 Southern Alberta communities describe preparations for the upcoming Games. While most event sites are ready to go, most venue managers have yet to finalize committees and recruit volunteers. But most local organizers say the push for volunteers won't occur until after Christmas when nearness to the Games will spur a general sense of urgency to tie up loose ends. As one recreation director put it: "You shouldn't organize too soon, because then you have trouble main- taining interest. "Sure, you can have everyone hot to trot now, but they don't have anywhere to trot." Here's how organizers at each venue describe Games preparations: BLAIRMORE The volleyball venue, Crowsnest Consolidated High School, is "ready to go right says phys ed teacher Frank Capron, a Games director. "Things were pretty slow for a while, but now things are really starting to jell. We're getting a lot of co- operation from people here." Mr. Capron predicts lit- tle difficulty finding 100 volunteers to help run volleyball events. CLARESHOLM In this town, where boxers will fight it out at Willow Creek Composite High School, an eight-member volunteer committee is going "great says Recreation Director Bill Eraser. While games publicity has purposefully been kept "low the local boxing committee has already found the 50 volunteers it needs. FORT MACLEOD "We're pretty well prepared, but curling is not that hard a sport to says recreation Director Leo Bourassa. While curling of- ficials from Macleod, Coaldale and Lethbridge "haven't all met he foresees no snags. "There's an awful lot of people volunteering. We'll probably have more than we need, but that's better than not having he says. Fort Macleod needs 100 volunteers, he adds. STANDOFF Blood band recreation officials have already found the 30 volunteers they need to help with hockey competition in Kainai Sports Centre. Recrea- tion Director Greg Eagle Plume says the band will shortly receive the ice-making machine it needs to prepare the ice surface. CARDSTON "We'll be says Hubert West, principal of Cardston High School, site of basketball and wrestling events. He says a good share of the 100 volunteers needed have already committed themselves. "I was at a Rotary Club meeting recently, and we even got some volunteers from that." MAGRATH The gym at Magrath High School is in "good shape" for basketball games, says David Lowry, Games director and teacher at the school. He reports "good communication" with games officials. Magrath needs 50 to 75 volunteers. RAYMOND Caldon Hill, vice-principal of Ray- mond High School and manager for basketball com- petition, says his venue needs 30 helpers. Games preparations are running smoothly, he adds. PICTURE BUTTE Basketball venue manager George Hanna, principal of Picture Butte High School, says "very little has been done" with venue organization, primarily because of a "lack of com- munication with the sports committee" of the Games. "I'm not sure what's going on Our contact hasn't been that effective to this point." But, he adds, "I don't anticipate any great problems." Picture Butte needs 30 volunteers. COALDALE The call for volunteers here won't go out for a while, says Buck Geldert, Games director and local recreation director. TABER "People are starting to get more concerned and says Recreation Director Roy Blais, a games director. Half of the estimated 100 volunteers needed have already been found to help with table tennis events at Myers High School and hockey games in Taber Community Centre. BOW ISLAND This community, along with Pincher Creek, is one of two venues being organized by members of the general community, and not recrea- tion directors or educators. Bow Island venue manager Roy Loney says there is considerable interest in the weightlifting competition scheduled for Gershaw High School because "this is quite a sporting community." He says annual summer games in Bow Island have sustained community interest in sports events. Finding 100 volunteers is no problem. "Just ask for help and bang, you've got it." didn't ask for he says ruefully. As far as the Winter Games go, he says, hospitality will flow through the streets of Pincher Creek. The town is leaving its Christmas decorations in place for the festivities and town crews will stockpile snow cleared from streets for a fun style ice sculpture competition. About 200 alpine and cross country skiers will be housed in Canyon School and travel daily to venues west of town. Slalom, giant slalom and dual slalom events will be held at Westcastle, 28 miles from Pincher Creek and cross country events will be staged six miles east of the ski resort. Ski venue boss Dan McKim, manager of Westcastle resort, anticipates few problems with the races. The race com- mittee, he explains, includes many ski enthusiasts from Pincher Creek who helped stage last winter's Can Am international meet and the re- cent Westcastle National. The resort has received the paved highway and telephone service it requested from the provincial government. The forest reserve road from Beaver Mines to Westcastle has been improved and paved and Alberta Government Telephones has installed a 25 pair underground cable to the resort lodge. "The contract we have (with the Winter Games) is a relatively good one It will work out quite Mr. McKim says. While athletes, coaches and officials will receive some special treatment, the lodge will be open to spec- tators. "The main purpose of the Games is to get people he explains. The resort manager concedes that favorable weather will strain on West- castle's "limited facilities." He expects about race spectators will buy visitors passes on weekdays. Atten- dance should jump to to for races Saturday and Sunday, he predicts. While a shuttle service to bus spec- tators from Pincher Creek to Westcastle has been dis- cussed, no decision has been made by Games officials. Bus drags woman, tot 50 feet A woman and child escaped serious injury Saturday after- noon when they were dragged 50 feet by a city bus. Chau Yuet Yip, 47, of 1806 20th St. S., was carrying 18- month old Frederick Tarn of 242 13th St. N. when her purse caught in the rear door of the bus. The two were dragged 50 feet on 13th Street North in the 200 block before she broke loose. They were treated for minor injuries at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and released. Complaints drawn by shelters BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) The new bus shelters are spurring com- plaints from miners, council learned this week. The shelters are said to be too small and in poor locations. They were erected away from main street because buses were double parking and the men were whistling at women and blocking store .entrances. Miners say they have to climb over deep snowdrifts to get into the bus shelters after snowstorms. PINCHER MAYOR JUAN TERAN IS CONTRACTOR FOR COMMUNITY RINK PROJECT Hotel furnishings go j Scenery mnks high in weekend thievery City police are searching for a stolen hotel room. S Thieves disappeared on the weekend with the contents of a room in the motel section of the Heidelberg Inn on Mayor Magrath Drive. :j: The stripped room was discovered by a maid Sunday morning. "We've got police said today. A color television set was among the items lugged A from the hotel. Contents of the room are valued at Gone are the television, television stand, lamp, x sheets, towels, bath mat, mattress pads, face cloths, bedspreads, radio and blankets. "The only thing left g was the a police spokesman said :j Meanwhile, someone walked out of the College Mall Betty Shop with a muskrat fur coat. The theft was discovered Saturday at noon John Nakamura of 114 15th St. N. was cleaned out of ft a sizeable portion of his wardrobe when he went to the laundromat Sunday night. A Police said Mr. Nakamura left his laundry for about two hours and returned to find the clothes gone. i among East Slope users By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Last of a series The Eastern Slopes of the Rockies provide a holiday for many people other than hunters, and anglers. A survey by the province's fish and wildlife division has determined that days of recreation were enjoyed by people visiting the Oldman Livingstone river region in each of the last two years. Many just went along to see the sights as their friends or relatives enjoyed the ex- cellent trout fishing offered in the area. The region is a triangle formed by the Livingstone River and northwest branch of the Oldman River Granby Mining of Vancouver is now exploring for coal in the area. The fish and wildlife divi- sion interviewed 500 anglers to come up with its finding about the region's recreational potential "One of the most important things that draws them is the spectacular and beautiful Scenery That influences them more than anything says Duane Radford, regional fishery biologist in Lethbridge, one of the report's authors On a scale of three, the un- spoiled beauty of the alpine triangle ranked as the biggest drawing card for visitors at 282. After scenery, the pure water in the streams was most important to anglers, receiving a rating of 2 80 on the three point scale Then came the chance to view wildlife in its natural setting 2.67 out of three At the bottom of the scale, last of 12 concerns queried, was ease of access at only 142. "To much access goes against what people says Mr. Radford. It would be difficult, if not impossible to successfully mesh any mining development with the recreational wants expressed in the survey, he says Welfare paperwork slow despite new computer Giving' still a scarce commodity, but another sure sign of Christmas appeared on city streets Friday. The Salvation Army's Christmas cheer campaign will bring "sunshine" bags of fruit and candy to hospital patients, nursing home residents and jail inmates; distribute 400-500 Christmas hampers, and provide turkeys for the Golden Mile Centre's Christmas and Boxing Day dinners. By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer It's said that every organization adopting com- puters makes the same mis- takes. But using a computer system to handle data is a big help once the novely wears off and the bottlenecks are un- plugged, says the Lethbridge regional administrator for the Alberta department of health and social development. With the bottlenecks un- plugged, the main problem is an unacceptable turnaround time from the computer, says Bob Rechner. The regions are dependent on human transac- tions on the way to the data centre in Edmonton, he says "We were quite disap- pointed as a department, perhaps naively he says. The turnaround time includes the period from when the data leave the regional of- fice with a government courier to the return of a com- puter printout. Data have to be handled manually to prepare them for the com- puter, and sorted after the computer run, he says. Turnaround averages two weeks. In some cases, a "fatal error" in a program makes data completely unacceptable to the computer. This lengthens the turnaround time. Health and social develop- ment began using a com- puterized information processing system earlier this year. Data are sent to a centre for processing, and social workers get back printout copies of what the system has in the appropriate case file The ultimate concept might be a terminal in each regional office, he says. The new data sheet contains more complete information than the old one When it does return, the social worker has a print-back copy of everything in the particular file says Mr Rechner Under the old system, the worker had a copy of the last additior to the file Computerization has left social workers free to do social work, sajs the ad- ministrator. It has cut clerical work for social workers, and allowed clerical staff more time for administrative organization and following up earlier work, he says. Clerical personnel used to be snowed under, and just managed to keep up. One item the computer didn't speed up was the time needed to get a long-term social assistance client off vouchers and on to the payroll system. That was improved just before the change-over, and the new system is as fast as the improved old system, he says. One improvement in the new system is that mistakes are spotted by the computer. Catching mistakes means the department can't pay too much or too httle welfare. The computer scans the in- formation comparing income, budget needs and other fac- tors It can spot errors, even in comparison with data from other parts of the same form. But the computer doesn't correct mistakes, says Mr. Rechner It just tells the social worker he made them. Previously, central office per- sonnel sometimes just cor- rected mistakes they found without referring to the social worker. The new system has increased staff responsibility, he says There is still a manual asessment of data sheets in the regional office Without it, the flood of errors might be impossible to deal with he says Some of the new factors on the data sheet could help social planning research. Connecting data from different areas could give a profile of the welfare pop- ulation, or at least of the un- employed who have applied for assistance, he says. Research potential is "somewhat limited" right now, but the kind of informa- tion used can establish assistance density in a location. ;