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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Vandals damage school Vandals broke into the Senator Buchanan 7th Ave. and 11th early this smashing windows and equipment and turning on a fire hose. W.C. surveys the damage in this left. Mr. Stefan had to cancel classes for today but hopes school can resume tomorrow. Damage has been estimated at City police are investigating. District SECOND SECTION The LetKbridge Herald December 1973 Local news Pages 13-24 POWER STUDY COMPLETED The study of the city's electrical power supply which could determine the fate of the river valley power plant will go to a closed meeting of city council Jan. 7. Deputy Mayor Vaughan chairman of council's power plant com- told council Monday the study prepared by the consulting firm of CH2M- Hill. Wash has been received in preliminary form and sent back for minor revisions The study was commissioned by council m June after Calgary Power which now provides much of the city's power re- quirements under a contract which runs to 1981. made an offer to buy the city power plant Convention-hotel proposal gets cool council reception Christmas songfest RICK ERVIN photo The hosannas and the hallelujahs rang out Monday night as 11 church choirs filled Southminister Church with the joyful sound of Christmas music. The occasion was the Lethbridge Rotary Club's 27th Annual Carol Festival. The festival was attended by over city residents who got into the spirit of the season by singing carols between choir performances. Japanese oranges cheaper by the box 'By ALSCARTH Herald Staff Writer The Alberta department of consumer affairs has ap- parently made a serious error in accusing Edmonton retailers of overcharging for Japanese Mandarin oranges sold by the box. A survey of Lethbridge stores has backed up a survey done by Woodwards food stores iii Edmonton after Bob Dowling. of con- Former Lethbridge man aboard missing plane A former Lethbridge man now employed by the Saskatchewan government is one of four men aboard a small plane which crashed Wednesday in-northeastern Saskatchewan. Nine military.and several civilian aircraft searched un- successfully Monday for the Cessna 185. leased by the Saskatchewan government for a flight to Cumberland House trom Lac la Ronge. At Canadian Forces Base where the search is be- ing a spokesman said the rescue operations will continue today with 10 military aircraft covering an extensive area from an altitude of 500 feet. On the downed craft is Rod son of Edward and Beatrice Morrison. 722 10th St. N. sumer charged that boxes of oranges cost more than the equivalent amount bought by the pound. The minister said the price dilterence was consistent at nearly every store in Edmon- ton A wooden box is not worth he said. Bill Monkhouse. a produce buyer for Woodward's four Edmonton said Mon- day than an official of the department has admitted an error was made. Mr. Monkhouse said a sur- vey of boxed oranges at Woodwards stores demonstrated that it was con- siderably cheaper to buy Man- darins by the box. A nine- pound box sold for while the oranges sold for 49 cents a pound. An equivalent amount would thus cost the consumer Lethbridge prices are about the some lower and others' by the box or pound. Consumer affairs officials Local woman seriously hurt A Lethbridge woman suf- fered serious injuries in a one- car accident south of the city Monday evening Golda 1610 13th St. N.. was northbound on Highway 4 about two miles south of Stewart Siding when her car went out of control and struck a guard rail. She suflcred broken ribs and a broken pelvis. Damage to the car totalled Lethbridge RCMP investigated. remained unavailable for comment Monday. It is thought that the depart- ment failed to weigh boxes of but relied only on a label stating less than 30 were inside. If the department investigators assumed about 30 oranges to the box. they indeed would have found that 30 or more oranges would cost less than the price per box if bought by the the boxes contain considerably more than 30 oranges the Woodwards survey showed four boxes at one store contained from 46 to 49 oranges and six at another contained 45 fo 48 oranges. The Herald determined that boxes contained nine pounds ot while 33 oranges only weighed six-and-one-half pounds in one test. Coutts Highway location sought for development By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A'n Edmonton alderman's proposal to build a million convention-hotel on the southern edge of Lethbridge got a cool reception from city L'uuiiCil Monday. Council first discussed a resolution to refuse sale of land to Aid. Ed Leger for the but then tabled he matter for an administration report Main objections to the proposal concerned the just off the Coutts Highway at_ about 36th Street and 24th Avenue S Planner Jim Stendebach of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission told council there would be no direct access to the proposed hotel if a freeway is built along 24th Avenue as is proposed in long-range tran- sportation plans. And as has been the-freeway is relocated to the then the site would be isolated in a residential he said. Mr. Stendebach said the planning commission is recommending in the neighborhood plan now being devised for the area that com- mercial development be on 43rd Street. Mr Leger toid council he felt the site was a good one for a convention hotel and added that he didn't believe the highway would ever be built. His proposal is for a 150- room hotel with multiple convention rooms capable of seating between 20 and 300 people. The hotel could be com- pleted before the 1975 Canada Winter Games and would employ 150 he said. Mr. Leger appeared before council to appeal a recommendation of council's land sales committee against selling him land for the pro- ject. He said he already owns property next to the city- owned land and purchase of the city land would give him a five-acre site. 'Two years ago I attended a .convention here and was sur- prised at the shortage of convention Mr. Leger told council The shortage still he Ed Leger proposes hotel but added that he's heard that some people feel Woodward Stores should get first crack at building a convention hotel in the city that kind of thinking does exist it would ensure that Woodward's would have a monopoly as far as convention hotels are concerned he said. A ISO-room hotel is included in plans for Woodward's Lethbndge Centre but development of the-hotel is said to depend on signing of a lease agreement. Mr. Leger said he didn't think his proposal would conflict with a convention hotel on Woodward's down- town site Local architect Sam Lune who spoke for Mr. Leger. told council the location is almost within walking distance of the Sportsplex and Lethbridge Community College and would enhance the value of both as convention facilities. Mr. Lune said it would be catastrophic to the city if a 250-foot wide freeway was built on 24th Avenue. it would cut off the college and the sportsplex. especially to pedestrians and he said. But if 43rd Street was up- graded as the city's eastern the Coutts Highway would be but an eastern exten- sion of Mayor Magrath Drive and there should be no objec- tion to allowing an access of this he added No refund for travelling dog owner A city who paid a tine after the family dog was picked up without a licence while the two were in got sympathy but no refund from city council Monday. In a letter to Beaulieu of 1222 6lh St N. explained they had left their pooch with friends were instructed to get him a licence. A The friends forgot to get the the dog was picked up two days before the Beaulieus returned and they had to pay to bail him out for no licence. for the and for running the dog at large Arguing that since they were out of the country and had made arrangements to have the dog the Beaulieus felt they deserved a refund and pursued the matter through the dog city licencing city solicitor and city manager and Imally to council. There they met a stone wall in the form of council's resolution While -the cir- cumstances evoke sympathy council cannot relax the penalty provisions of tbc bvlaw in anv ;