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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbrtdge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1974 15 Cents Wolf at door Index up 12 per cent in 1974 of westcastie j prjce jump fastest in 25 years ski resort I By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Directors of Westcastie ski resort, site of Canada Winter Games ski competition, are appealing to the provincial government to bail the resort out of its financial bind. The ski area, built nine years ago on Castle Moun- tain, 28 miles west of Pincher Creek, faces a lack of operating funds and almost certain seizure of assets by creditors once the ski season opens, one director has said. "Technically we're said Westcastie vice- president Joe Mongomery, a Lethbridge accountant. He said earlier this week that Castle Mountain Resort Ltd. is having little success in efforts to get financial and development assistance from the provincial government. Mr. Montgomery said a meeting between Westcastie directors and the cabinet "has been scheduled on and off since June 8." "Unless some help is given I would think Westcastie will be he predicted. The resort needs to operate this winter and pay its bills, he said. Castle Mountain Resort is also pressuring provincial authorities for permits to develop the ski area into a year-round recreational complex with accommodation at the ski hill. "If we can get that kind of approval, then it (Westcastie) becomes a viable he said. IN TROUBLE SINCE OPENING The resort, "in trouble since the day it will probably be plagued by seizures of assets once the ski season opens and the resort gets some cash in its tills. Sheriff Grey Cressman said in a telephone interview from Fort Macleod his office has completed an inven- tory of Westcastle's assets. While the sheriff says "I have no instructions at this time to make he adds, "there are several judgments against West- castle." Resort manager Dan McKim told The Herald the Fort Macleod sheriff's office made two cash seizures last winter. "As soon as I open the door, I'll be dealing with the sheriff. I don't want to go through that he said. The manager said Westcastie had a "good" winter last year, with skiers buying lift tickets and us- ing lodge facilities. Last year's cash loss totalled Depreciation on equipment amounted to Mr. McKim says Westcastie owes about to creditors and accounts with suppliers and contractors are up to two years in arrears. A request to the Alberta Opportunity Company for a loan was recently denied, he said. The AOC loaned Westcastie in September, 1971, allow- ing the resort to pay off an earlier loan with a private finance company. CONSIDERED WRITE-OFF Mr. Montgomery told The Herald the resort needs money to pay staff, operate the lodge and tows and plow snow off the Beaver Mines Westcastie road this winter. He said "many people may think the directors are getting fat on this but added that the 150 shareholders have failed to make any money on their combined investment of Instead, he said, "an awful lot of people consider it a write-off at this point." He said Castle Mountain Resort is hampered not only by a shortage of working capital, but also by government refusals to allow com- mercial development. Mr. Montgomery said Westcastie has fully serviced lots ready to sub-let as soon as the department of lands and forests will permit commercial development. The resort, built on Crown land in the Rocky Mountain Forest Reserve, currently leases land from the department. He said because land use in the eastern slopes is a political issue, Westcastle's requests for a year-round recreational area with overnight accommodation will probably be "sidetracked." Mr. McKim said recommendations in the Eastern Slopes report prepared by the Environment Conserva- tion Authority, favors development at Westcastie. Additional Westcastie stories on Page 13. Plummeting pickles A jar of pickles fell out of the sky in Lethbridge Tuesday, slightly injuring a pedestrian. Mrs. Tom Wilson of Foremost was the unlucky paserby when the pickle downpour occurred. The pickles were .contained in a jar which fell from the se- cond floor of the Marquis Hotel, occasioning a cut on the top of Mrs. Wilson's head. The freakish accident oc- curred when Jim Peterson of Libby, the jar on his hotel window sill. Mr. Peterson told city police that when he opened the door of the room, a draft suck- ed the drapes out the open window, knocking off the pickle bottle. Mrs. Wilson was treated for the injury at the Hunt clinic. Mr. Peterson was asked not to store any more pickles on his window sill. School to stay closed Wilson Junior High School, severely damaged by fire early Monday, will remain closed until January, public school trustees decided Tuesday. Cleaning up the por- tion of the building damaged by smoke and water will take longer than expected. Here city Fire Marshal Doug Kometz checks the wiring in a classroom as fire inves- tigators continue their search for the cause of the blaze. Additional Wilson pictures, stories on page 13, Turner rejects proposals from finance ministers Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Finance Minister John Turner and his western counterparts agreed on one point yesterday that Canada could be facing an urgent petroleum supply situation. Seen and heard About town City police Det. Sgt. Ed Chymboryk giving his short- clipped scalp a brush with his hand and allowing he didn't mind if folks called him "the fuzz" Two-year-old Jason Gough tripping the silent robbery alarm in the Mayor Magrath Bank of Montreal, then leaving with his mom before police burst in. supply situation. But none of them was pre- pared to do anything about it. Turner brushed aside argu- ments from nine of ten provin- cial finance ministers at the federal-provincial conference and stuck to his proposal to make royalty payments to provinces non-deductible in calculating federal taxes. Only Nova Scotia supported Timer's position. Turner flatly rejected a pro- posal by Ontario treasurer John White for a six-month or one-year moratorium on im- position of his new tax measures. He also rejected, as did the western provinces, a proposal by Quebec treasurer Ray- mond Garneau that the federal government compen- sate the producing provinces with a larger abatement of resource taxes collected. Garneau also stated that he is opposed to the principle of the federal government taxing resources. However, Turner stuck with his November budget proposals, and insisted that if the petroleum companies need more incentive to ex- plore and develop, it is up to the provinces to provide the incentive. British Columbia Premier David Barrett, who doubles as the province's finance minister, said the federal tax proposals have halted drilling of 38 natural gas wells. As a result, Barrett told a news conference, there is unemployment in the gas fields and there will be a shor- tage of gas to deliver to American customers next year. Workers give up party for milk fund Pretty wonderful, isn't it? We mean the employees of Johnson Bros. Sawmills of Cowley. You know what they did? They decided to help the Cup of Milk Fund. So they called off the staff Christmas party and donated to the hungry little children of Bangladesh. Right on! And right on, St. Aidan's Anglican Church Women of Cowley, for your donation. Every dollar buys 25 cups of milk. That's a pretty wonder- ful gift! Special thanks to Carl Dancek and his Grade 5 and 6 class of St. Michael's School, Pincher Creek. Your gift of means a lot to us here at the Lethbridge Herald. They held a candy sale and a cake raffle. Here's another fine dona- tion from the Parkside Manor Kindergartens of Taber. Many, many thanks. Tiny tots are helping too! Today we will go over the in our march to the goal. Hurrah for Jody Zobell of Vauxhall. Always nice to receive a letter from a five- year-old. Heaps of Christmas wishes to you Jody and you're right children do need milk to get strong. Let's put some meaning into our lives, we who live in this country of plenty. Let's realize the need And let's do something about it. How can we help but see the need? Bangladesh a journey into continuing hopelessness, confusion and frustration, past crying, dying, naked little children whose wrinkled skin hangs loosely from their bones; through streets where the sidewalks are littered with horizontal human debris, men and women without an ounce of fat on their bodies, lying on sacks waiting to die; and some families, mostly big families, huddling around a tiny single bowl of ugly yellow rire liquid, which is their meal for the day. Help them, please help. Think about it! Realize their need, their plight, their un- speakable suffering, and have mercy on them. We can help many. Write Cup of Milk Fund, Lethbridge Herald. Contributors' list on Page 2. OTTAWA (CP) The consumer price index rose by 12 per cent during the last 12 months for the fastest rate of gain since price controls were being taken off after the Se- cond World War, Statistics Canada reported today. During November the price index was up by 1.1 per cent. Higher prices for food and new cars accounted for about two-thirds of the increase in November. Household operation costs also were major contrib- utors. The last time there was a faster 12-month rise in the consumer price index was between October, 1947, and October, 1948, when it went up CALGARY (CP) Home Home Oil drops tar sands plans 12.2 per cent. The only price break last month was a decline of nine- tenths of one per cent in the public transportation index. This was due to cheaper train lower fares, but more economy-price days due to the end of the peak tourist travel period. The private transportation index was up 2.4 per cent, with more than half of this increase due to higher new- car prices. Sugar, fresh vegetables and milk price rises were major contributors to a 1.3-per-cent rise in the food index. These were partly offset by lower prices for fresh fruit and many meat products. The November index level was 174.1. Stated another way the mix of consumer items that could be bought for in 1961 cost last month, in October and in November of last year. The purchasing power of the 1961 dollar was down to 57 cents by last month. The consumer price index is based on a 1967 survey of fam- ily spending patterns and weights of major component indexes" are: Food, 25 per cent; housing, 31 per cent; clothing, 11 per cent; tran- sportation, 15 per cent; and other items, 18 per cent. The price indexes for November do not account for the effects of sales tax changes announced Nov. 18 in federal budget. These affected a variety of items, including cars, liquor, tobac- co, bicycles and building materials, and apply at the wholesale level. Statisticians said it will take up to two or three months for the impact of most of the tax changes to reach consumer prices. The November food index level was 15.7 per cent above a year earlier. The restaurant food index was 18 per cent higher while there was a gain of 15.3 per cent in the index for food eaten at home. The next largest 12-month gain was 13 per cent in the in- dex for household operations, followed by 12.4 per cent for the private transportation index. Oil prices account for a large share of these increases during the for cars and heating fuel for houses. During the last three months gasoline prices have dropped. enters 68th year The Lethbridge Herald to- day launches its 68th year of publication as a daily new- spaper. During that time it has not failed to publish a regular edition. The Herald started as a weekly newspaper in 1905 and soon thereafter was purchas- ed by the late Senator W. A. Buchanan. Two years later it was established as a daily newspaper and was published by Senator Buchanan until his death in 1954. In 1959 The Herald became a member of FP Publications Ltd., which also includes the Toronto Globe and Mail, Ot- tawa Journal, Winnipeg Free Press, Montreal Star, Calgary Albertan, Vancouver Sun, Victoria Times, Victoria Colonist and the Free Press Weekly Report on Farming. Oil Ltd. said today it has dropped plans for a billion oil sands extraction plant in northern Alberta because of rising construction and development costs. Home president R. F. Phillips said because of uncer- tainty over oil prices, es- calating costs, and the effects of federal and provincial tax proposals, the company was indefinitely deferring its 000 barrel per day plant Home holds an 87.5 per cent interest in the project, with the remaining 12.5 per cent held by Alminex Ltd The plant was to have been built starting in mid-1978, and would have gone into produc- tion in 1982 at a site about 30 miles north of Fort McMurray Home said last Friday that it was reconsidering its plans because of the pull-out of Atlantic Richfield Canada from the Syncrude oil sands project, and because of rising costs and general uneasiness in the Canadian petroleum in- dustry. Reporters bribed, Caouette claims OTTAWA (CP) Social Credit Leader Real Caouette pulled the Parliamentary Press Gallery directly into the uproar over conflict of interest Tuesday, accusing reporters of accepting bribes from politicians. "It happens. I have seen it with my own he said in an interview after making the allegation in the Commons, where he singled out the Cana- dian Broadcasting Corp. He refused repeatedly to name individual reporters or other news organizations and his statements were challeng- ed by the CBC and Stewart MacLeod, president of the 160- member press gallery. Mr. MacLeod, who said he has never known or heard of a reporter accepting a bribe, asked the Social Credit leader to back his claim with names. Area to get two homes for elderly New senior citizens' lodges for Lethbridge and Coaldale have been approved by the provincial government. A location for the million, 65-bed facility for Lethbridge has not been chosen but will probably be in the downtown area. In Coaldale, a 44-bed lodge will probably be located across from the town's sportspiex. Construction of both facilities should begin by the Spring. Both the city and Coaldale have been requesting more senior citizens' homes for several years. "We're very, very happy indeed, to say the Don Le Baron, administrator of the Green Acres Foundation, said today. The foundation will operate both facilities. Mr. Le Baron said there was a waiting list of 100 people in Lethbridge. In Coaldale, about 50 applications have been made for space in the lodge. The foundation will meet the city planning department Thursday to discuss a location for the Lethbridge lodge. "We have a few sites in Mr. Le Baron said, "but we would prefer the downtown area." There are now 153 places in lodges in the Lethbridge region. The additional facilities and a 10-bed addition to Golden Acres Lodge in Lethbridge will make 272 spaces available. In Lethbridge. a senior citizens' high-rise with 165 self-contained units is under construction, and the founda- tion has just asked the province to consider a second similar facility for the citv 'Election goodies' 'Beat it, The Progressive Conser- vative government in Alberta is handing out "election goodies" for local candidates to announce. The electioneering came south today when Tory can- didates in Taber Warner and Lethbridge East were handed the announcements of two new senior citizens' lodges. Neither are elected represen- tatives. "What do you expect in an election asked PC candidate Dick Johnston, running against incumbent Socred MLA John Anderson in Lethbridge East. In Taber Warner, PC can- didate Bob Bogle announced the Coaldale lodge. The sitting MLA is Socred Doug Miller. Inside 48 Pages Classified....... 32-35 Comics........... 28 Comment.......... 4 13-15, 20 Family 37-41 Markets.......... 29 Sports.......... 25-27 Theatres.......... 17 TV............... 16 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT 20, HIGH THURS. 40, CLOUDY, COOL ;