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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY NfAK ZERO VOLTLXIV No. 47 The Lcthbridnc Herald 'LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY_s.J97i__ PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS SECTIONS-24 PAGES Spacemen seek moon secrets Landing nearly scrubbed by computer problem HOUSTON (AP) Two Americans who almost had their landing cancelled by a computer problem walked the dusty surface of the moon today, ghostly figures seeking the secrets of an alien land. Alan B Shepard, realizing a decade-old personal dream at age 47, became the fifth human to plant his footprints in the lunar soil, stepping from his lunar lander at a.m. MST. Edgar D. Mitchell followed him down the ladder 10 minutes later. "It's been a long way, but we're v.-ere Shepard's first words as his booted left foot tested the lunar soil. He described it as soft. "This is a Very rough Shepard remarked as he gazed at the surround- ing landscape of high ridges, craters and boulders as large as 20 feet across. Their initial steps, nearly an hour late because of a communications problem that delayed their exit from the capsule, were relayed to earth by a black-and-white television camera. After Shepard and Mitchell tested their ability to move about with antelope-like strides, they took out a television camera to give viewers miles away their first sustained color view of the lunar surface. here at Fra Shepard MOONWAlK-Artist's concept of Apollo U astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., right, and Edgar D. Mitchell.shows them making their first walk on the moon. Shepard is pulling a modularized equipment transporter, which contains cameras, lunar sample bags, tools and other equipment. Mitchell carries the Apollo lunar surface experi- ments package, barbell Arabs offer to unblock Suez Canal From KEUTER-AP CAIRO (CP) Egypt began observing a new 30- day truce along the Suez canal today after offering to start clearing the blocked waterway immediately in return for a partial Israeli withdrawal from the eastern side. President Anwar Sadat announced Thursday night he was prolonging the six-month-old military stand- still after an appeal by .UN Secretary-General U Thant and urgent efforts by UN Security. Council members. Sadat announced the decision to the National As- sembly hours before the existing ceasefire ran out at midnight Thursday night by Egyptian calculations. Is- rael and the United Nations believe it ends at mid- night tonight. Sadat proposed that the Israelis, entrenched on the other side of the 100-mile long waterway since the 1967 war, should start pulling out during the month. In return, he said, Egypt would start clear- ing the canal for international shipping. The canal has been blocked since the 1867 war, with 15 merchant ships rusting at anchor in the Great Bitter Lakes. The only attempt to clear the spring of in gunfire. Closure of the waterway has cost Egypt more than million annually in transit fees. This loss has been made up by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Libya. In hours, compensation to Egypt and Jordan has cost Saudi Arabia and Kuwait more than million each. Israel greeted with reserved satisfaction Egypt's decision to renew the ceasefire for 30 days and Pre- mier Golda Meir said she saw it as a green light for the Jarring peace talks to continue. No formal Israeli announcement on prolonging the ceasefire was forthcomng, but Mrs. Men: said she hoped the peace talks under UN special envoy Gunnar Jarring would continue beyond March 7. Speaking to labor union leaders in Tel Aviv, she also invited Arab leaders to meet with Israel at the conference table for quiet discussions "without threats and ultimatums." Bui Israel is determined that there should be a peace agreement first, she added. Sadat said his new move to unfreeze the Middle East impasse was a last effort and Egyptian forces would then liberate Sinai by force if necessary. Seen and heard About town V HIS' BLACKMORB and Cathy Thurber discover- ing pussy willows on their way home from Gilbert Pat- erson School Joyce Lan- caster testifying that her car grille wasn't really "that badly out of shape" after a meeting with the rear end of another vehicle Gene Wong explaining in detail why the Boston Bruins' are an absolute cinch to repeat 'as Stanley Cup champions. Horton plant to close doors A local industry with an an- nual payroll of will be closing its doors this year.. Horton Steel Works Limited, employing 34 permanent staff and paying annually in taxes is to be phased out, the firm's head office in Fort Erie, Ont. has announced. Bob -Johnson, general man- ager of the Lethbridge shop, said intentions are to com- Bombers attack missile sites From AP-Reuter SAIGON (CP) U.S. fighter- bombers attacked two anti-air- craft missile sites in North Viet- nam, the U.S. command an- nounced today. Meanwhile, small South Vietnamese recon- naissance units1 were making forays into southern Laos and other Saigon troops fought a hard battle in Cambodia. The attack on the missile sites Blair quits post CALGARY (CP) Dr. W. R. N. Blair, author of Alberta's study on mental health prob- lems, says he has resigned as chief adviser to the provincial government. The University of Calgary psychologist said Thursday he quit the "unofficial job" so he could have the freedom to speak when he wants to and apparently to protest inaction on a number of key proposals in his study, made public in the 1969 sitting of the legislature. Stating he had no quarrel with Health Minister James Henderson, Dr. Blair declined further comment on his deci- sion to quit the role of what he termed "an unpaid friend" to the government. Dr. Blair is scheduled to ad- dress tonight the opening ses- sion of the Alberta Mental Health Association's three-day convention in Banff. was the 10th "protective reac- tion" attack in North Vietnam this year to counter the threat of anti-aircraft fire against American planes bombing the Ho Chi Minh trail through southern Laos. Although South Vietnamese reconnaissance units of perhaps 150 to 200 men were reported moving into southern Laos, there was no evidence, that Sai- gon troops have crossed the bor- der in sizable numbers. About South Vietnam- ese troops are massed in the northwest corner of South Viet- nam, poised for a major thrust across the border if President Nixon orders it. President Ngu- yen Van Thieu is reported to have left the decision up to Nixon. Nine thousand U.S. troops are taking part in the big operation which has been named Dewey Canyon II, but U.S. officials have said repeatedly no Ameri- can ground troops will cross the border. plete the work to the shop which will take six to eight months. Head v.ffice says it intends to consolidate its manufacturing operations mainly at the Fort Erie plant with possible reac- tivation of its Vancouver manufacturing facility. "Every .effort will be made by the company to absorb as many as .possible of its Leth- bridge employees into other or to assist in the finding of other employment, the company said in a press release. OPENED IN 1955 The Lethbridge plant was opened in 1955 at a time when steel plate was in short sup- ply and the operation was based on the availability of U.S. plate materials. Horton Steel is a fabricator and constructor of pressure vessels, reservoirs, tanks and process vessels for industries and municipalities across Can- ada. Among other things the Lethbridge plant builds ele- vated and ground water stor- age structures and pressure vessels for the oil refining, pulp and paper and potash in- dustries. Product from Lethbridge has been shipped as far as Mexi- co, Vancouver, the Northwest Territories and eastern Sas- katchewan. Mr. Johnson said there is "very little chance" the Leth- bridge plant will be operating a year from now. CAMERA FAILED A color TV camera on Apollo 12 conked out after only a few minutes when its lens was burned by the sun. The third man in the expedi- tion, Stuart A. Hoosa, orbited some 70 miles overhead in the command .ship Kitty Hawk, awaiting the return of his com- panions Saturday. They had been on the surface more than an hour when Mis- sion Coctrol relayed a phoned message from President Nixon. The president congratulated the Apollo team and said he had been following the moon-walk- ers' progress on television. He invited the astronauts to dinner at the White House and a week- end at Camp David, Md. our thanks to the said. Shepard climbed down the nine-rung ladder to the surface after he guided the lunar ferry Antares to a landing only 60 feet from targets in the rugged Fra Mauro highlands. To get there he had to take over controls and fly his spidery said during the walk. "I think it's made all the more stark by the fact the sky is completely black." The excursion today was de- voted mainly to setting up the science station. Saturday, dur- ing another four- to Jive-hour exploration, they are to take a geology field trip to the rim of a crater named Cone. This crater is perched atop a 400-foot-high slope about three- quarters of a mile from An- taras. Here the astronauts hope to find the oldest rocks. Mitchell took a look at the Cone slope and reported: "We shouldn't have any trou- ble getting up there tomorrow. There are certainly a lot of boulders on the side. I'd say some are at least 20 feet in di- ameter. "It's an impressive sight, but we can make it to the Mitchell added. In a world where tempera- tures vary some- 500 degrees, from 243 degrees above zero at sunlight to 279 degrees below in shadow, the adventurers were kcAt comfortable by their space- suits. They moved about easily in the one-sixth gravity-field. Mitchell added emphasis to his words when he panned the color television camera to give viewers a look at tie surround- ing landscape. ALAN B. SHEPAHD Realizes dream EDGAR D. MITCHELL Rough Place Higher air rates application filed ship manually to override a computer that threatened to short the mission. ESTABLISH STATION On the surface, the moon walkers began their scientific mission, collecting soil samples and setting up a nuclear-pow- ered science station which is to relay data to earth for a year or more on such things as moon- quakes, meteorite hits, radia- tion, the solar wind and the lunar atmosphere. They walked with the knowl- edge that the dust they dis- turbed may have been laid down when the moon was bom 4.6 billion years ago. Scientists believe that the rocks of Fra Mauro hold secrets of the con- vulsive beginning not only of the moon, but also of the earth and solar system. "It certainly is a stark place MONTREAL (CP) Ah- Can- ada and CP Air announced today they have filed a new do- mestic rate structure with the Canadian transport commission that will increase Canadian pas- senger fares effective March 6. Under the new fares, the price of each economy-class ticket will increase plus one- tenth of a cent a mile. On some very short haul routes the in- crease will be limited to The airlines said the increases are being introduced because world-wide inflationary forces and rising costs continue to have strong negative influences on the aviation industry. The two airlines said the problem is especially acute in the area ol fixed costs, such as ground handling expenses and those incurred in takeoffs and landings. Such costs have a pro- portionately greater Impact on short haul flights, but the new fares are expected to narrow Strom says Ottawa policy Miik powder, hinders Alberta's growth cheese prices increased the gap between cost and in- come. Air Canada and CP Air also announced they plan to file for increased freight and express rates in the near future. Under the new passenger fare system a one-way economy- class ticket between Toronto end Vancouver will cost compared with the present Montreal to Halifax com- pared with Winnipeg to Ed- monton compared with and Toronto to St. John's compared with MADE OTHER CHANGES The airlines also announced other changes. A stopover charge will be dropped and fares involving stopovers will be calculated in the total of indi- vidual fares between cities. This will result in additional increases on some flights be- tween more than two points, al- though the elimination of the charge will compensate for this to some degree. Youth standby and senior citi- zen fares will be increased to 66 2-3 from 60 per cent of normal economy fares. There will be a slight increase in the charge made on each piece of luggage in excess of the free baggage allowance. OTTAWA (CP) Agriculture Minister H. A. Olson announced today the Canadian dairy com- mission is increasing its pur- chase price for skim mil'- pow- der and Cheddar cheese. Mr. Olson told the Commons the price paid to producers for skim milk powder will increase to 24 cents a pound from 20 cents. The price for cheddar cheese will rise to 51 cents a pound from 47 cents. EDMONTON (CP) The federal government was blast- ed today by Premier Harry Strom of Alberta for hindering the province's growth. "If the price of eliminating inflation is slowing the growth rate of the country, particu- larly of its rapidly-developing Canada relies on boom and cycles should now give way to a policy of regular and controlled expansion of the money supply." Mr. Strom said Canada's un- employment, now at ils highest point in 25 years, is rising alarmingly. Snowmobile in. collision jai.iv ui no i IMUIJ-ui. MJI-.I regions like Alberta, then the "The federal governments price is too he said in indiscriminate skirmish against a statement prepared for the federal provincial conference at Ottawa Feb. 8-9. "It is not now, and never lias been, in the national interest to retard the diversification of growing "The traditional emphasis in inflation has not left pensioners and others any better off. It has merly succeeded in push- ing hundreds of thousands of Canadians to the brink of dis- aster." He said Ottawa should be creating new job opportunities, encouraging business activity and developing an economic climate capable of fostering growth. -i. He called for: Operator U1CS An end to discriminatory measures against expanding and growing provinces; A re-orientation of federal programs away from regions and toward assisting individual Canadians; Abolishment of policies that lead to unemployment; and, Immediate development of co-operative ventures to stimu- late a climate which will create jobs. FAHLER (CP) Henri Thi- bault, 23, of this northwestern Alberta town was killed when his snowmobile was in collision with a light truck. Police said the accident oo eurrcd when the snowmobile was driven onto a municipal road from a field. No charges were laid. ;