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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 29, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta J2 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, December 1970 Mayor looks at year ahead West Lethbridge has top priority Development of West Lcthbridgc will be Ihe city's top priority in 1971. Mayor Andy Anderson told the Lelh- bridge Kotary Club Monday. With some hesitation, lie pre- dicted the 1970 mill rate would be held next year. The city's current expansion, which he termed perhaps r'se most successful in Canada, was attributed to: The conjunction of the One Prairie Province conference and the Financial Post supplement on Lethbridge. both of which brought massive publicity last spring; the 25 per cent improvement in tourist business; the publicity in Eur- ope from the Pernod spon- sored visits of French hunters to Southern Alberta; and the area incentives program of the federal government. Housing development west of the river will commence in April, he said, so units be available for occupancy when the new university cam- pus is occupied. The city will spend well over million on roads, utilities and other ser- vices, a good part of which will be recovered in frontage charges. The mayor said that while he could not be specific, downtown development by both private and government funds "is in the to a degree that w o u 1 d greatly stabilize the downtown business core. A new public library is on the priority list, he sain. Costs have gone up by half in the last three years, to a point requiring annual debenture pay- menls of more than to: cover the project. I More tourist facilities are needed, he said, but t h e y could be handled by private The mayor was definite that both the Shoppers' World and the Hull Block hotels would be built. He expressed pleasure thai the federal government was starting to talk directly with municipalities, instead of hav- ing the provincial governments as translators or interpreters City's response said slow in meeting needs of youth "The city of Lethbridge is pretty slow responding to the I needs of its youth. It has two i speeds, slow and Scott MacKinnon, detached worker j with the Alberta department of youth in Leui'oriuge, said last night. He was speaking to members of the Rotary Club of East Lethbridge on drug use. Mr. MacKinnon indicated the solution to drug use lies in creating other forms of activi- ties for youth so they will not feel compelled to take drugs. He suggested an organized youth centre may provide part of the solution. One Rotarian pointed out that there are hockey leagues, base- ball leagues and many other sports activities already offer ed in the city. Mr. MacKinnon said a sur- vey completed recently showed that only about 21 per cent of the city's youth utilize the available facilities. The other 79 per cent remain uninvolved "The tax dollar is being spent on a selective few." He suggested that the city planners' approach to youth is a policy where you only get something by force. "A recent request for a youth ELLESMERE ISLAND, LETHBRIDGE Who soys the art of building igloos Is almost lost? J. C. Scherger, of 935 19th St. S., took two days to build his own backyard igToo, complete with dome and funnel entrance. Shown left to right experimenting with iglbb life are Derek Scherger, 5; Lorri Filling, 9; and Mark Scherger, 3. The igloo should stay intact throughout the winter. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capitol Furniture Bldg. mi PHONE 328-7684 Blairmore business centre program by a North Lsthbridge citizens committee, was beaten down when a couple of dissenters complained that the committee was not representative of the city. "The parks and recreation committee did not even have the courtesy to advise the resi dent committee of its deci- sion." Mr. MacKinnon said the Ro- tary club should apply pressure on tlie city to provide faeili ties for its youth, giving them responsibility and constructive things to do. He added proper educa lion on drug use should start in the home, and suggested tha churches are apparently nol getting across to many adoles' cents, and would be better util- ized as recreation centres. "More kids are turning on to drugs than are turning on to God." He said as long as kids like using drugs, there is little any- one can do to stop them, and sending a teen-ager to prison certainly isn't the answer. "Mere often than not he will come out having gained the knowledge of profess i o n a j pushers and will start traffick- ing in harder drugs like heroin." Blairmore is the centre of commercial activity in the Crowsnest Pass. It hasv more than 44 per cent of the total commercial estab- lishments in the area, 45 per cent of the retail stores and al- most 60 per cent of the person- al service establishments. o o o o o OOOOOOOOOO O O 0 O 0 O o o o e o o SALMON FUNERAIHOME LTD. Gas hearing Jan. 6 The second session of a Pub- lig Utilities Board hearing into a natural gas rate increase that would result in a 13 per cent hike for Lethbridge users is scheduled to start Jan. 6 in Calgary. The first, session adjourned in late September after hearing evidence from Canadian West- ern Natural Gas Co. Ltd., which is requesting the in- crease effective Feb. 1. Lethbridge, which was repre- sented at the September hear- ing, has also prepared a brief outlining reasons why the in- crease should not be granted. The city's position is that a boost in natural gas prices is not warranted and would be in- flationary at a time when there is some hope of an end to the inflationary spiral. The city's brief points out that in addition to the direct 13 per cent hike, there would also be an indirect cost increase due to the increased gas cost for i hospitals, schools, civic build- ings and the city's power plant. The impact, it is stated, would be inflationary and beyond the six per cent guide- lines established by the federal government. It will hit the ma- jority of citizens with an im- mediate effect. Included is an outline of the financial situation of the aver- age wage-earner in Lethbridge, who earns a week com- pared with in Calgary and a national average of The brief claims a married person with one child earning this wage cannot make ends meet, even without the pro- posed increase. Persons on fix- ed incomes, it says, simply are not able to absorb the higher rates. Turning to the case of the fanner, the brief says: the sit- uation on the farm is even more serious, as the farmer is i'ue base of trie economy. A rate increase would be passed on in higher service or produce prices. The farmer cannot pass it on to anyone and must ab- sorb the total bill out of his al- ready meagre returns. Other reasons for objecting to Ihe increase are contained in tlie brief. Walter Knobbs, public utili- ties board chairman, said at the first session of the hearings the board would not be able to come to a decision before Feb. J. A system of interim rates will probably be introduced and if the increase is not granted a refund would be made to CWNG users. i BUT DOCTOR, I'M NOT REALLY SICK! This Brown bear at the Stewart Game Farm, Lethbridge, might have thought the photographer was a doctor as it responded o o quick "let me see your Or perhaps it just didn't, care for publicity or maybe its mother frightened by a flash bulb. The game farm, located a mile east and miles south of the Drive-In theatre, is open until sunset daily throughout the winter.________ Car accidents and deaths are doivn from last year Alberta Safety Council sta- tistics released recently showed a decrease in accidents, in- juries and deaths attributed to car use during November. The cumulative figures for the 11 month period this year showed the number of acci- dents and deaths were de- creased while the number of in- juries were increased. There were accidents in the province for the first 11 months, down from for the same period in 1969. The number of deaths for the same period this year is 374, down from 401 in 1969. The number of injuries has increased from in 1969 to this year. November totals with 1969 totals in brackets are: acci- dents injuries 830 deaths 28 There were 22 fatal accidents tlu's November resulting in 28 deaths. The cumulative figures for the first 11 months show 374 deaths from 296 accidents. Total property damage re- sulting from the acci- dents this year is estimated to be DRUNKEN PEDESTRIANS A substantial proportion of adult pedestrians hit by vehi- cles are under the influence of alcohol May we drive home a point? Winter driving, especially at holiday time, can be tricky. You keep your car in shape. You check your battery, fires, headlights and seat belts. But how about yourself? If toasting the holidays is part of the way you celebrate, enjoy your celebration, but enjoy it wisely. It's a good idea not to overeat. And the same goes for drinking, At The House of Seagram, we've been driving home that point since our first Moderation message in 1934. i! 3he Bouse of Seaatam iiicTiTTcuc ciMr-i: ice? DISTILLERS SINCE 1857 ;