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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, December 28, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 'Syncrude not alone9 Doubled costs plague many major projects Banffg0v'tstudied Dateline Alberta EDMONTON (CP) The troubled Syncrude project, whose estimated construction costs have doubled in six months to more than billion says it is merely in the same boat as the Montreal Olympic Games. The increases were partly responsible for the withdrawal of one member of the four company Syncrude consortium but are actually in line with price increases on other major projects, said company president Frank Spragins. Nevertheless, he agreed that the inflated costs of material labor and services are "tremendous." Last year the consortium told the Alberta government the oil sands project would cost million. This month's estimate is billion and Syncrude has lost the 30 per cent pai ticipation Winners sold shares in Sweepstakes tickets NANAIMO, B.C. (CP) Gerald Payne, 50, came to Nanaimo in 1957 with "a wife, three kids and Today Mr. Payne still has his wife, one son living at home and from a first place ticket on the Irish Sweepstake race run in Leopardstown, Ireland. Powell River office administrator Cliff Stewart also had a first place ticket. However, Mr. Payne and he will not be keep- ing all the money from the win because they sold a one half interest in their tickets earlier this week to Irish gambler Terry Rogers for In an interview today, Mr. Payne said he "still comes out all because he will keep half of the first prize, plus the and whatever his wife, Jeannie, gets for having sold him the winning ticket. Mr Payne, using the nickname Betsy, held a ticket on Comedy of Errors, the favorite in the race. His combined winnings will total about not including what Jeannie will win. Mr. Stewart said today he had no regrets about cutting his winnings by selling a share in his ticket. "I told the fellow at the time, I hope we both he said. Mr. Stewart used the nom de plume Sedco 1, the name of an offshore oil drilling rig off Newfoundland where his son Barrel, 23, died in a diving accident last year. Mrs. Adelene Evans of Chilliwack and Mr. and Mrs. William Devlin of Los Angeles will get each after selling one half their second place tickets on Lanzarote for each to gambler Patrick O'Donohoe. The fact that they sold made little difference to their take, since the second prize is The Devlins' ticket was a gift from Mrs. Devlin's brother, John Petcoff of North Vancouver. Lionel Doucette, a 19 year old Vancouver janitor, had not sold any part of his ticket on Mr. Straight and won the full third prize money of UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Weather SUNRISE SUNDAY SUNSET H L Pre Lethbridge...... 43 18 Pincher Creek 42 20 Medicine Hat 44 16 Edmonton 23 2 Grande Prairie.. 20 2 Banff........... 25 15 .21 Calgary......... 27 9 Victoria......45 28 Penticton....... 35 25 .03 Prince George 19 9 .30 Kamloops....... 34 10 .06 Vancouver...... 42 29 Saskatoon....... 23 22 .04 Regina......... 32 21 Winnipeg 29 23 Toronto......... 34 31 Ottawa......... 32 28 Montreal 32 28 .01 Chicago 35 33 New York...... 40 36 Miami.......... 76 69 Los Angeles ___ 59 44 .55 Las Vegas...... 47 36 Phoenix 61 40 FORECAST: Lethbridge, Medicine Hat regions Today: Sunny. Brisk westerly winds. Highs near 35. Lows tonight 10 to 15. Sunday: A few clouds. to Westerly winds. Highs 35 40. Calgary Region Today: Sunny. Brisk westerly winds this afternoon. Highs near 30. Lows tonight zero to 5 above. Sunday: Cloudy periods. Highs 30 to 35. Columbia, Kootenay regions Sunny today with cloudy periods in the Kootenays. Mostly cloudy with a few snowflurries in the Columbia district. Mostly cloudy Sun- day. Snowflurries in the mor- ning. Highs both days 25 to 30. Lows tonight 10 to 20. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Colder today with gusty winds and a few snow showers mostly southwest. Clearing and colder tonight Sunny skies Sunday. Highs both days 25 to 40. Lows tonight 5 to 15. .West of Continental Divide Colder today with gusty winds and a few snow showers mostly south. Clearing and colder tonight. Mostly sunny Sunday with high clouds by afternoon. Highs both days 25 to 35. Lows tonight 5 to 15. of Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd. Mr. Spragins said Syncrude is not alone in facing such huge increases. The Olympic Games in Montreal had increased in cost to million from the million originally es- timated. The Petrosar petrochemical project at Sar- nia had increased to million from million, the Alaskan oil pipeline to million in 1969 to billion, the James Bay hydro electric project to billion from about billion. Mr. Spragins outlined some of the specific costs increases faced by Syncrude. The heavy walled reactor required in the plant could not be built by any manufacturer in North America before 1980. Syncrude had to compete on the international market to get this work done, he said. The company was com- peting with other firms attempting to get similar equipment for nuclear plants, refineries and coal gasifica- tion plants. "We are not able to get all the construction workers we would he added. This shortage has pushed the labor cost, a several hundred million ingredient in the project, far above the original labor cost projec- tions. Moreover, labor on the Syncrude site is less produc- tive than had been an- ticipated, Mr. Spragins said. This was not necessarily the fault of the workers, but a consequence of installing complex equipment into a small area as well as the logistics problems associated with a construction complex which covers more than two square miles. Some aspects of the project are being redesigned at sub- stantially higher costs either because the blueprint designs are not practical or because material shortages force changes in design. Unexpected problems related to the geology of the site have also required costly additions. Mr. Spragins said one such problem relates to flooding in the oil sands pit which will require numerous wells and pumping facilities to maintain safe mining operations. "The extent of this problem was not encountered until a few months ago in our test pit he said. re hoping the holiday brings you many joys shared with loved ones. It has been a pleasure to serve you. From the Management and Stuff at UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD.. "Serving you over a quarter century" 302 3rd Ave. S. .Phone 327-2805 PORTS OF ENTRY opening and closing times: Carway 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Chief Mountain, closed; Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bonita 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgateopen 24 hours; Porthill Rykerts 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Rooseville 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Times Mountain BANFF (CP) The es- tablishment of an interim townsite administration board to determine a viable form of government for Banff town- site has been approved by Judd Buchanan, minister of Indian and northern affairs. Parks Canada officials say the board, consisting of three members representing the community and two members representing Parks Canada, is the result of recommen- dations made to the minister by the steering committee of the Banff townsite ad- ministration study. Greg Stevens, co ordinator of the study, said two distinct forms of government to be ex- amined by the board are the establishment of a local governing body within the scope of the National Parks Act, and the continuation of the administration by Parks Canada but with a strengthen- ed advisory council of com- munity representatives. Youth shot at party CALGARY (CP) Police said one person was shot and another stabbed at an early morning drinking party among a group of youths in northwest Calgary Friday. The youth who was stabbed received superficial injuries but the youth who was shot was sent to hospital, a police spokesman said. Lethbridge munitVYilg College place to be. No further details available. were Snowmobile trails set EDMONTON (CP) Five trails have been designated for power toboggan use in Jasper National Park this winter, says William Turn- bull, western regional direc- tor of Parks Canada. Power toboggans must be confined to these trails and special permits are required to use them, said Mr. Turn- bull. He also recommended that persons using power toboggans on the trails travel in groups and register their trips for safety. 'Layoffs may be permanent' GRANDE PRAIRIE (CP) The lumber company that last week laid off 900 employees says it does not ex- pect to recall the workers un- til at least the middle of 1975. There is a possibility there will be no recalls at all in 1975, said Roy Bickell, general manager of North Canadian Forest Industries The company this week blaimed a steadily deteriorating lumber market for its decision to close all its logging camps and reduce plant operations sharply. This eliminated 330 permanent jobs and 600 seasonal woodlands jobs. North Canadian operates sawmills in Grande Prairie, Grovedale and Hines Creek and a plywood plant in Grande Prairie. The move left Grande Prairie, a city of with only one other major employer, Procter and Gamble, which operates a new pulp mill. Grande Prairie residents often leave the city tem- porarily to work on oil in- dustry projects in northwestern Alberta. Mr. Bickell said, however, that the recent moves by the oil industry to slow down development work in Alberta have not helped economic growth in the area. "If the wood industry weakens at the same time that the oil industry is leaving, it could pose quite a bit of hardship for people around here." He said the company's cut- backs will likely result in some families moving away from Grande Prairie. DRINKING KILLS TWO INVERNESS, Scotland (Reuter) Two middle-aged Scotsmen dropped dead within minutes of each other today after a bar-room contest to see who could drink half a bot- tle of whisky in the quickest time. YAMAHA ORGANS I New and Used COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 'Employment opportunities are available when you successfully complete one of the short-term programs at the Lethbridge Community College. BASIC PLANT OPERATIONS This course is designed to introduce the student to the operation, maintenance and legislation governing basic plant utilities. The course covers 4th Class Steam, electricity, gas plant operations and automatic basic plant controls. Sufficient information will be presented to enable the student to successfully write the Provincial Government Department of Labour Fourth Class Power Engineer's Certificate Examination. In addition to the theory instruction the course includes a six week supervised work out experience. 16 weeks beginning Januarys, 1975 noon and p.m. daily, Monday thru Friday FLOOR TILE AND CARPET LAYING This program provides the necessary skills of the floor covering trade. The student will receive instruction in the theory of laying the different kinds of floor coverings as well as have the practical experience to reinforce this instruction. 12 weeks beginning January 13, 1975 noon and p.m. daily, Monday thru Friday. SEAMSTRESS AND TAILORING TRAINING This is a practical course designed for students wishing to find em- ployment in the following dressmaking; tailoring; fitters; alterations; finishing; sample makers; or garment sales. 12 weeks beginning January 13, 1975 noon and p.m. daily, Monday thru Friday GRADUATE NURSES REFRESHER This course is designed to provide an opportunity for nurses who have been inactive from the practice of nursing, to re-establish their nursing skills. It will also be helpful to the nurses who desire' to investigate areas of health service, other than the one in which they are presently practicing. 6 weeks beginning March 17, 1975 noon and p.m. Monday through Friday. AUTO BODY This course is designed to help the students acquire the necessary skills for employment in the auto body industry. Body work, painting, metal shrinking and the safe use of welding equipment will be the main areas covered in the course. 12 weeks beginning January 13, 1975 noon and p.m. Monday through Friday. UPHOLSTERY: This course will provide training in the designing and construction of furniture as well as the fitting of upholstery material. Project work in upholstery will be the major part of the course. 12 weeks beginning January 20, 1975 noon and p.m. Monday through Friday. FOR DETAILS REGARDING THESE COURSES FINANCIAL contact A9QI9TANPF THE SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION Telephone 327-2141 or fill in the IS attached application form for AVAILABLE further information. APPLICATION FORM SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Mr Mrs. NAME: Miss Telephone ADDRESS ...................COURSE lJ ALL CLASSES CANCELLED DURING THE CANADA WINTER GAMES Welcome to a career. Call 327-2141 and ask for Career Information. "THE SUNDAY HOUR" Presented by MARTIN BROS. FUNERAL HOMES LTD. 2nd Generation Funeral Directors and Administrative Counsellors for Pre-arrangements. (Authorized by the Alberta Government Security Commissions) Sunday, December 29th, 12 Noon to p.m. CJOC-TV Channel 7 McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH SENIOR CHOIR AND SENIOR GIRLS Director Henk W. Van Egteren, Accompanist: Mrs. C. Greene THE MEMORIAL CHAPEL 703-13th Street North THE TRADITIONAL CHAPEL 812-3rd Avenue South Serving Southern Alberta for Over Haifa Century! Members of A.F.D.S. (Associated Funeral Directors Service) A World-Wide Connection ;