Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Letfibridae Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1974 15 Cent Winter roars in on 5-foot snow drifts ONE MOTORIST HELPS ANOTHER ON MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE Lang pledges rail protection OTTAWA (CP) Nearly two-thirds of the extensive railway gram-handling network on the Prairies will be protected against further abandonment until at least the end of this century, it was an- nounced today. Otto Lang, minister respon- sible for the wheat board, told a news conference that of the miles be pro- tected "to allay fears that the wholesale abandonment of rail lines m Western Canada is about to take place." Of the remainder, Dickie to retire CALGARY (CP) Alberta Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie said Sunday he will not seek another term m the Alberta legislature in the provincial election which is expected next spring. Mr Dickie said in an inter- view his cabinet position has forced him to spend too much time away from his family in Calgary. Mr. Dickie, a veteran ot 12 years in the Alberta legislature, represents the Calgary Glenmore constituen- cy. No Herald Christmas The Herald will not publish Wednesday or Thursday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Ads for Monday, Dec. 30, must be received before noon Tuesday. Classified adver- tisements taken up to a.m. Tuesday will appear Friday, Dec. 27. The Herald will not publish Wednesday, Jan 1. Adver- tisements for Tuesday, Dec. 31 must be received by noon Friday Dec. 27, and for Thur- sday, Jan. 2, by a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28. Classified ads received by a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, will appear Thursday, Jan. 2. miles will be protected for at least another year when the current freeze on abandon- ment ends Dec. 31 and 525 miles no longer in use likely will be abandoned. "There's been no traffic of- fered for those lines for a sig- nificant period of Mr. Lang said. He hoped to move "fairly quickly" on proposals for the miles of une that will be in limbo as of Jan. 1, saying, however, that it would take time to examine the alter- natives that must be con- sidered if any further aban- donment is proposed "Many of these miles will inevitably be re-allocated to the basic network following full consultations with provin- cial governments and other interested parties HOLD MEETING This would include the grain industry and farmers. Mr. Lang said there would be a series of regional meetings at which details would be work- ed out. An essential part of the review would be the effect the rail lines have, not only on transportation requirements of the region, but also on the social and economic lives of Prairie communities that de- pend on the railways. But grain transportation was paramount because "the gram farmer especially needs a modern, efficient transpor- tation and handling system and his well-being is fun- damental to prosperity in the Prairies." Mr. Lang said the transport department is studying ways to get the two national railways, which received million in federal subsidies because of a freeze on freight rates this year, to put more money into line improvement and maintenance. "The expenditures involved are going to be so very large we don't want to see them wasted in any way." The railways have long con- tended they lose money on gram movement. Statistics show that while the legislated rate of 5 cents a ton-mile make up about 10 per cent of railway revenues, the grain makes up about three times as much of the total traffic. came with the Inside 24 Pages Classified.........18-22 Comics................8 Family...............5 Markets.............I7 Sports..........10-12 Theatres.............7 TV..................6 Weather..............3 LOW TONIGHT 10, HIGH TUBS. 35; CHINOOK WINDS Bomb binge marks ceasefire start LONDON (AP) The Irish Republican Army (IRA) began an 11-day Christmas ceasefire today after a two- hour bombing binge in London and Northern Ireland. One target was former prime minister Edward Heath, who was returning from a Christ- mas concert when the bombers struck his home. Five blasts rocked down- town Belfast in Northern Ireland and another three hit the town of Lurgan, 20 miles to the southwest Police said there were no casualties. "We think the bombers wanted to dramatize the last hours before the a police source said. The IRA's Provisional wing said it was suspending its guerrilla war against Britain from midnight Sunday until Jan 2. David O'Connell, reputed to be the chief of the told a Dublin new- spaper the guerrillas might prolong the ceasefire if the British government made an acceptable peace response. But he said British cities would be devastated if the government did not respond "satisfactorily." Ottawa intensifies cattle inspection TORONTO (CP) The fed- eral government will intensify inspection of cattle imported from the United States, Seen and heard About town Christmas party-goer Deb Rakomsky blushing as red as her dress when family and friends pointed out her double entendres Nellie Sanderson ending another tradition to spend Christmas with Fort Macleod relatives for the first time Bishop Reed Erickson looking over his storm-decimated flock and observing that probably many are stalled but few are frozen. Charles Gracey, general manager of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, said today. Mr. Gracey said he met in Ottawa Friday with Syd Williams, deputy minister of agriculture, to discuss what Mr Gracey termed "violations of the intent and spirit of Canadian import quotas." Quotas imposed Aug. 11 re- strict import of U.S. cattle to animals under 700 pounds. The quota allows for the import of head between Aug. 11, 1974, and Aug. 11, 1975. The U.S government retali- ated with a quota which allows head of Canadian cattle across the border dur- ing the same time period. There were no weight limitations attached to the U.S. quota regulations. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The blizzard that swept Alberta on the weekend left Lethbridge residents digging out of about eight inches of snow and up to five foot drifts this morning. The only people smiling when the storm subsided at 6 a m today were those dream- ing of a white Christmas and Southern Alberta farmers who faced possible water Shor- tages come spring with snow levels in the mountains less than half of normal. The storm blew out a balmy 49 degree day when it struck with a vengance in the city Saturday evening. Winds were gusting to 55 m.p.h. and snow was falling at a rate of .5 of an inch an hour. Forty seven hours later, Lethbridge streets and highways throughout Southern Alberta were littered with abandoned cars and many workers were stranded at home waiting from half to three quarters an hour for a cab or over two hours for a tow truck. As city snow clearing crews used everything from graders and front end loaders to small tractors with buckets to clear blocked streets today, their counter- parts with the province were putting the final touch to highways they began clearing Saturday night. After working Saturday night and all day Sunday, the provincial snow clearing crews reported all highways in the South were clear this morning but very icy. The city transit system, taxi cabs, trucking companies, bus lines were all operating slight- ly behind schedule today after being forced to curtail service on Sunday. Time Air didn't operate any flights Saturday evening and completed only six of eighteen flights Sunday. Air service is back to normal today The Coulee Cruiser members and their four wheel vehicles were given joyous pats on the back today by administrators from the two hospitals for moving doc- tors and hospital staff to and from work Saturday evening and Sunday. The cruisers were also used to move laboratory specimens from one hospital to the other. Police were frustrated in their efforts to prevent snow- mobile enthusiasts from tak- ing advantage of the long- awaited major snowfall to il- legally operate their machines on city green strips. Accidents on Southern Alberta highways and the streets of rural communities were scarce as RCMP report most people adhered to war- nings to stay at home. One family was reported to have spent Saturday night in their stalled vehicle about four miles south of Coaldale. Rural public works ad- ministrators reported today that their efforts to clear snow were aided by the gusting winds which swept most roads and streets clear. The Crowsnest Pass was avoided by the storm and only received a light snowfall. Livestock operators were affected most by the driving storm which piled snow drifts in their pastures and corrals, making feeding difficult and BUSINESSMEN DIG OUT THEIR SHOPS ON 4TH AVENUE SOUTH impossible until noon Sunday for some. Sheep ranchers expressed fear of losses because of driv- ing snow causing animals to bunch in fence corners. However, no sheep and cattle losses have been reported by ranchers. In Lethbridge, about of the 3.854 ticket holders battled the near-zero visibility con- ditions to watch the Western Canada junior all stars trounce a Czechoslovakian junior team 8-2 The Friendship Centre had to cancel its concert and talent show Sunday and will now distribute its candy and gifts to those who visit the centre during the festive season While warmer conditions are predicted for the South, ctty officials still expect the snow drifts to disrupt garbage collection service which is already strained by a holiday- compressed work week. Front-end loaders were to go in ahead of garbage trucks to clear back lanes Lanes scheduled for garbage pick up today were the first cleared. "We're slugging away at it." said city engineering director Randy Holfield. "Our biggest headache is abandon- ed vehicles Anyone that can get his car out of our way will sure help Highway closure authority urged for disaster agency CLARESHOLM (Staff) Mayor Ernie Patterson said today Alberta Disaster Ser- vices personnel should be given the authority to close highways A fierce blizzard left about 500 people stranded here Sun- day afternoon Mayor Patterson said Alberta Disaster Services should have the power to co-ordinate local RCMP detachments and the department of highways in emergency weather con- ditions. "We had 200 people in local hotels and motels and another 300 were put up in private said Mayor Patter- son. "If the situation had gotten any worse, we would have had no place to put stranded motorists." He said today it took him three hours to get the highway closed Sunday. "The only way I succeeded to get it closed was to contact the district highways engineer at said the mayor "There is no provincial plan for closing highways in an emergency storm situation." Motorists started running into storm trouble here at 12 30 p m Sunday. The highway was closed at 5 p.m. and was reopened at about 8 p.m. Every available town workman was put out on snow removal chores Sunday. About 20 four-wheel-drive units and many snow vehicles took part in the campaign to get stranded motorists off Highway 2 and into town. in the town responded said Mayor Patterson. "But I think disaster services should be given some authority and should have a plan to close down a highway when re- quested by a local authority." He said "they couldn't seem to respond and were absolute- ly no help "The attitude we got from all these senior officials was can't be that bad, it's only a local thing Mayor Patterson says something has to be done because "this is the third snowstorm of disaster propor- tions in recent years." Others hit in 1967 and'l972 He said by closing the highway, motorists were finally held back at Calgary The mayor said he was quoted in The Albertan as be- ing critical of the RCMP He said today he is critical of K Division headquarters at Ed- monton, but has nothing but praise for the local detach- ment and "the way they work- ed and helped in the storm situation." Milk gifts express love of children You love children. We are so thankful. You have given the Cup of Milk Fund This is proof that you love children. And that is what this fund is all about, children. Wonder- ful, beautiful children. Little children with huge brown eyes with a kind of a fierce, intent expression. What do they think? Are the starving children of Bangladesh angry with the world? Think about them. Ever hear a child whimper in hunger? Ever see a mother cry because she has no food for her children? We're not talk- ing about people who can't buy Christmas presents. We're talking about mothers who hold starving children to their breast and wait helpless- ly for them to die. There are thousands of them, too many to imagine, too much suffering to com- prehend We can't hear them, or see them. We know about them. We can be blind about them. Or we can help. Let us walk together in the light today, tomorrow and Christmas. By God's grace we might learn something about love and joy and little children. We might, if we care about them. We've got two days and then Christmas will be upon us. It is that close. And we're close to our goal. If we push hard, in one final drive, we will reach our goal of enough to send cups of milk to those children we'll never meet. Let's muster all the love and compassion we can today and get the job done. Thank you, children of St. Mary's School. Carollers Adrian, Nicholas, Jane and Mark we're glad you care enough to help. Heaps of Christmas wishes to the Lomond Grade 4 pupils and many, many thanks for your gift of milk to the hungry children of Bangladesh. Stephen Vaile sums if up for the class wlren he writes: "Because we feel very, very sorry for the starving people around the world we decided to put money in your fund." Thanks for all the letters children. Write Cup of Milk Fund, Lethbridge Herald. List of contributors on Page 2. RICK ERVIN photo The first of eight Czechoslovakia goalie Jaroslav Rozsypal watches the first Western Canada Hockey League A.I-Star goa. f.y by him into the net. The All-Stars went ontcjwm the aame 8-2 but Rozsypal wasn't there at the end of the game. Czech coacn Miroslay Kubera replaced Rozsypal after the second All-Star goal with Peter Sevela. Two goals in two shots was more than the Czech coach could take.