Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Deserter finds border officials difficult at Sweet grass By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer John Bersell returned to his native United States Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. Army deserter to cross the Southern Alberta border under President Gerald Ford's amnesty program. But it wasn't his first crack at the border, as both he and his wife Maureen left Lethbridge Tuesday morning with fingers crossed. The 25-year-old former medic, who went AWOL from duty in a San Francisco military hospital in the summer of 1970, was turned back from the Sweetgrass, Mont, border crossing Dec. 13 because his wife did not have a visa declaring her a landed immigrant in the U.S. But for the former medic, who won a bronze star and purple heart after stepping on a land mine in Viet Nam, his hassle at the border left an un- pleasant taste. "They (U.S. Immigration officers) were pretty hostile It sure seems funny they would want to make it dif- ficult for me to return when they also want deserters to take advantage of the president's amnesty Mr. Bersell said. The Bersells were met at the Sweetgrass office by im- migration supervisor Creed Davis, who refused to issue Maureen Bersell a visitor's permit and instructed her to apply to the U.S. consulate general in Calgary for a land- ed immigrant visa. Mr. Bersell told The Herald Monday he must report to Fort Benjamin Harrison in In- diana before Jan. 31 to qualify under the amnesty pledge of President Ford. Mr. Bersell said he became worried after Mr. Davis told the couple it would take six weeks for Mrs. Bersell to get her immigrant visa. The deserter then appealed his plight to his parents, who live in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Ariz. They were able to present Bersell's case to a top ranking justice of- ficial in the White House. By Monday afternoon, the Bersells had received an apology from the attorney general's department and been asked to renew their re- quest for a visitor's permit for Mrs. Bersell. "After I get the permit, I'm going to ask (Mr. Davis) for an Mrs. Bersell said Tuesday before leaving the city. "After I get the per- she added. Following the initial refusal by U.S. immigration, The Herald contacted Mr. Davis, who said his request for an immigration visa is "standard procedure." The U.S. vice consul in Calgary agreed with Mr. Davis that the request was normal policy. Lee Wenndorf said Monday that permission for Mrs. Bersell to accom- pany her husband into the U.S. is up to the immigration ser- vice. Meantime, the former medic, who deserted the army with 12 months left to serve, has 15 days to report to the In- diana military base. Then, it's back to Arizona for Christmas with his family. While in the state, he will report to his local draft board in Prescott to find the "alter- nate service" the president's amnesty program will re- quire. Once that's done, it's back to Canada. White Christmas may vanish in warm blast Clouds formed into a Chinook arch over the Rocky High temperatures expected this afternoon are 40 degrees, Mountains, a warning that another Chinook may soon melt and the sun is predicted to push the high temperature to 45. the snow at Lethbridge, lowering hopes for a white Christmas. ________________________ The overnight low tonight and tomorrow night is an expected 20 degrees. District Second Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, December 18, 1974 news Pages 13-20 Bloods to profit from hike New gas royalties recently approved by the federal government are expected to bring an additional million into the coffers of the Blood Band. Under the Indian Oil and Gas Act, gas royalties paid to the band by Shell Waterton Gas Plant will probably rise to million this year from for the current fiscal year. Pete Swartman, Indian af- fairs district superintendent, said Tuesday the million estimate for the 1974-75 fiscal year "came as a bit of a sur- prise." He said Indian affairs oil and gas minerals office in Calgary collects royalty payments on behalf of the band, depositing band money in an Ottawa trust account. He said the band can spend money from the trust only by band resolutions, which must be approved by Indian affairs as being "for the benefit of all members of the band." The federal government does not levy any administra- tion charges on Indian oil and gas royalties, he added. The Indian Oil and Gas Act, now before the senate, allows the federal cabinet to adjust royalties as petroleum market prices change. Dinner, talent show at friendship centre The Lethbridge Friendship Centre is planning a Christmas dinner Dec. 25 and a concert and talent show Sunday. Centre director Gordon Keewatin says the concert and talent show will be held Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. A raffle will be held to help pay for the Christmas dinner. First prize in the raffle is a rifle with case and a beaded vest. Second prize is a four piece luggage set and beaded dance mocassins and third prize, wrist watches and beaded vest. A Christmas tree with presents for children will also be set up for the afternoon concert. Anyone wishing to perform in the talent show or bring their children to the Friendship Centre concert may contact the centre, 324 4th St. S. Subcommittee to review regional health study Snow drought strikes at Waterton National Coal probe to be public Results of an investigation into the provincial government's conduct in granting coal exploration per- mits in the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies will be made public. Walter Trost, chairman of the Environment Conserva- tion Authority, made the statement Tuesday in a telephone interview from Ed- monton. The EGA will be touring coal exploration sites as part of the investigation into granting of permits during a moratorium on development imposed in 1973. Dr. Trost said legislation governing the operation of the EGA meant its findings would be made public. His statement contrasted with one made by Environ- ment Minister Bill Yurko in a Herald series on coal ex- ploration. Mr. Yurko said the investigation is not a "public examination" and that it was a "premature question" whether the results will be made public. Dr. Trost said the minister only has discretion as to the timing of the release. The authority expects to complete its report early next year. A shortage of snow is crimp- ing winter recreation at Waterton Lakes National Park. Operations manager Bill Henderson said today the park has received an unseasonably small anount of snow. Tuesday's snowfall in Lethbridge missed the park, he said and Waterton townsite has only a light dusting of snow. "It's a little he added, to have only a couple of feet of snow at Cameron Lake in mid December, when the area is normally buried under four feet of snow. But there is enough snow, he added, for limited snowmobil- ing on Cameron Lake Road. Roughly half of the 10 mile road is open to snowmobiles. There's enough snow for cross country skiing on Snowshoe Fire Road, at the end of Red Rock Valley. "Primitive" camping facilities at Pass Creek are open. Mr. Henderson said the main gate is open, and there is no admission charge. A Parks Canada employee will be at the gate on weekends to provide visitors with snow and recreation reports. No motels or hotels in the townsite are open, but car ser- vice is available from Park Transport. Prisoner gets more time A prisoner at the Lethbridge Correctional Institute who has pleaded guilty to 24 charges of false pretences was sentenced in provincial court Tuesday to one year in jail and given a two year suspended sentence. Dwayne Francis Murray, 24, from the Rocky Mountain House area pleaded guilty to the offences that occurred between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 in- volving The offences involved worthless cheques. Mr. Murray is serving one year for seven false pretence charges laid in the Medicine Hat area in September. He was convicted that month. Tuesday's sentence will be served after the one Mr. Murray is now serving ex- pires. Vote demanded on LCC fees The Lethbridge Community College students union council will hold a referendum early in 1975 to allow the student body to decide whether it wants to continue collecting fees for a students' union building. The council was forced to call the referen- dum when it was presented with a petition signed by 144 students. Since it was signed by more than 10 per cent of the college students, the council had to abide by a regulation in The Colleges Act that makes a referendum man- datory if called for on a petition signed by that percentage of students. The council has been collecting a fee from each student per semester and placing the revenue in a students union building trust fund. Student Council President Hal Gallup has observed that the recent provincial govern- ment approval of renovations to the Fort Whoop-Up building so it can be used as a students union facility is temporary solution. In 10 years, the students might find they need a new student building and they won't have savings required to finance it if the building fund fee is removed, he said. He said students must realize they will soon be able to use the Fort Whoop-Up facility because students before them paid into a fund that they would never receive benefits from. The same applies to the current building fees. Students at the college today won't benefit from their building fees, but future college students will, Mr. Gallup suggested. By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer A six man sub committee dealing with the regional health study is preparing a report on the areas it feels are lacking in that study, officials said Tuesday. The sub committee's docu- ment is expected to challenge various recommendations made in the initial study as well as strengthen other study recommendations. The initial report, compiled by a group of Toronto con- sultants, Peat Marwick and Partners, was reported in The Herald Dec. 12 and 13. Lethbridge Municipal Hospital Administrator Andy Andreachuck said the com- mittee will be taking sub- missions from various areas, including administration and medical staffs, to compile its report. Criticism of the consultants' study has come from various people since its release in The Herald. Regarding recommen- dations on psychiatric care, Alberta Mental Health Ser- vices regional director, Gary Rykee and Canadian Mental Health director, Jesse Snow, both expressed disappoint- ment that the report ignored their agencies' work. Neither of these offices were contacted by study con- sultants and both directors told The Herald their work directly involves mental health care and some study recommendations. Ms. Snow said CMHA, which is becoming more in- volved in psychiatric day care, "would have liked to provide input to the report" on where that organization could fit into the total plan for psychiatric care. The study recommends an increased emphasis for the hospitals on alternative types of psychiatric care such as day care. Both AMHS and CMHA are working toward that goal. Norm Cowie, regional director of the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission here, said his of- fice was not contacted by a consultant even though AADAC is mentioned in a study recommendation. The study recommends es- tablishment of a detoxifica- tion centre, to be run by the commission, in the city. "It would have been more satisfactory for a member (of the study group) to contact us and determine our relationship with the Mr. Cowie said. "There should have been closer contact with the people involved." Gerhard Driedger, a Lethbridge physician and chairman of the new sub committee, said his com- mittee will not approach any outside organizations during its "analysis" of the study. "We have the consultants' documents and will be view- ing them for our Dr. Driedger said. The documents from out- side health agencies listed in the initial report include a draft proposal from the former regional director of Alberta Mental Health Ser- vices regarding a psychiatric day therapy program. Almost all material review- ed by the consultants, and peo- ple interviewed were directly involved with hospital operations in the city although the study has been deemed "Lethbridge Regional Health Care Study." Dr. Driedger said his com- mittee will be commenting on the report and making ad- ditional recommendations but added it will not be a professional point of view although four of the six com- mittee members are physicians. "We are still working on it and will present it to the steering committee which will take the study and our comments and present it all to he said. Dr. Dnedger said the sub committee was formed because "we thought the study could be improved and elaborated on." All sub- committee members are on the 10 member steering com- mittee which co ordinated the study. The sub committee's report is expected to be finish- ed in January, he said. The sub committee is com- prised of Dr. Driedger, Frank Russell, chairman of the LMH board; Frank Byrne, chairman of St. Michael's board; and physicians Ray Kimberley, Ian Wright and John Etherington. Membership drive set The Lethbridge Housing Association, an organization of house-builders in the city, will begin iU annual membership drive Jan. 15. CUP OF MILK CONCERT FRIDAY AT YATES CENTRE The Buck Krispie Cup of Milk Fund Concert is set for p m Friday at the Yates Memorial Centre. Every dollar paid for admission will go to the Lethbridge Herald's Cup of Milk Fund to buy milk for starving children in Bangladesh. That could add up to if the performers get a full house. At pre-curtain time, Bruce MacKay will play ragtime piano. It's tagged Bruce MacKay plays Scot Joplin in the program. Three folk groups will perform Mike Sutherland and Tom Hudson; Ernie Bensler with friends; and Bob and Rick Blair and Bruce MacKay. The University of Lethbridge Madrigal Singers will per- form under the direction of Dean Blair Garry Kohn will play blue grass guitar music Mark Nelson will perform some classical guitar pieces. Government approves LCC union building Lethbridge Community College students will have a students union building early in 1975. The students received approval from the department of advanced education this week to begin renovations to the Old Fort Whoop-Up Building on campus. Separate contract delayed The separate school teachers will begin teaching in 1975 without a salary con- tract. The teachers' bargaining agent Charles Hynman met the Lethbridge Separate School Board Tuesday After reviewing the discussions of the previous two meetings between the trustees and a local teacher bargaining com- mittee, it was decided not to meet again until January. The teachers' current two year contract expires December 31. Talks here between teachers and trustees broke down Nov. 18 when teachers rejected a board offer and the board refused to reconsider its position The board of governors will spend about of its sur- plus funds to complete the renovations and the students council will contribute to furnish the building. Student Council President Hal Gallup has said he would like to see a study lounge with refreshments, a games area and a food outlet. All facilities would be designed for conver- sion to a cabaret. The students are in the process of forming a building committee that will have the responsibility of deciding what facilities are to be included in the students union building. The committee is to work during the Christmas break to speed the process of renovating the building eo it will be completed in time to host the annual college Chinook Winter Carnival. The college intends to utilize its maintenance workers to complete the renovations. Deer killed after crash A female mule deer was shot by Lethbridge city police early Tuesday morning after it was critically injured when struck by a car on the 5th Avenue North approach to Highway 3 East.