Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, February 5, 1975 Fire pays second call, destroys Pincher home A faulty furnace has been blamed for a fire, which destroyed this mobile home a mile northwest of Pincher Creek Tuesday. Owner Ernest Bietz of Pincher, who had the home rented to three men, estimated the damage at No one was injured. The Pincher Creek Municipal District Volunteer Fire Department was first called to the place about a.m. to extinguish a blaze and though firemen thought they had it out, the home was on fire again about p.m. The firemen's second visit proved too late to save the building. At right, Fireman Al Haley wages losing battle. North bypass eyed for major truck route By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A northern bypass route Oat would utilize an upgraded 43rd Street and 26th Avenue N. and link up with the Pic- ture Butte Highway is being advocated by the city. Mayor Andy Anderson said Tuesday the north route would have several advantages' It would eliminate the need for the southern bypass route which many people feared would see LCC and the Sportsplex cut off from the city by a-four-lane divided highway; It would provide a direct truck route into the city's in- dustrial park and would also serve as a truck bypass around the city; It could downplay the role of tne 1st Avenue route as a main throughfare for trucks Film tonight at library The film, "Your will be shown at the Lethbridge Public Library theatre gallery this evening at I p.m. Sponsored by the library and the Women's Place, the free film depicts women's involvement in sports. travelling through the city on Highway 3. The mayor mentioned the new route in a speech to the Lethbridge Kiwanis Club at a luncheon at Ericksen's Restaurant Tuesday. He said later the proposal is only at the suggestion stage, but the provincial highways department has been made aware of it. More discussion with the county of Lethbridge and a lot of negotiations with the i highways department will have to be carried out, Mayor Anderson said. But he added: "I think the government might go for it. It's very logical and we're enthusiastic about this approach." The route would mean another bridge across the Oldman River in the general area of 26th Avenue N. It would link up with Highway 25 to Picture Butte and Highway 3 to Fort Macleod. City officials also told highways, department staff in a recent meeting in Lethbridge they would like to see the new Standoff Lethbridge road link up with Highway 3 in the same general area, rather than go- ing through West Lethbridge to the 6th Avenue crossing. One effect the north route could have is a scaling down of plans for the 1st Avenue ex- pressway, which the city plans to start building in ItTt. As currently envisooed toe expressway would be a four- lane "divided arterial road" similar to Mayor Magrath Drive. Fears hive been ex- pressed in some quarters that it would have the same effect as the railway tracks in splitting north and south Lethbridge. Planning also calls for a start on a portion of the 43rd Street upgrading project this summer, although it may also be delayed until 1S7S by com- plicated right-of-way ac- quisitions. Mayor Anderson suggested the north bypass route would also look after Picture Butte, although proponents of a Pic- ture Butte route envision a more direct connection runn- ing due north from the city. FIVE YEARS The mayor predicted the 26th Avenue erasing is at least five years off, but added: "It's hard to say. "There could be an updating if it comes about." The chief advantage to the city would be the re-routing of truck traffic around the city, he said. Elimination, of the south bypass would also mean no major highway would traverse the West Lethbridge residential area, he said. Pincher town employees consider strike action PCVCHER CREEK (Special) Eight town public works employees and four in the recreation depart- ment have voted in favor of a strike against the Town .of Pincher Creek if a mediator cannot solve the current wage dispute. Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees here voted 11 to one for the strike. Town council will decide this week if it wants to seek mediation through the department of manpower and labor, as requested by the union. Conciliation proceedings failed to bring the town and union into accord. The town offered its workers a 20 per cent increase and the conciliator suggested a 20.25 per cent increase over a one-year period. Town Secretary Terry Lyon said Monday "I am sure town council will agree to go to mediation-." Temperatures near -30 expected again tonight Cold Arctic air today con- tinued its icy grip on shivering Southern Albertans as Tuesday's overnight temperature plunged to -29. "Little change in sight" is now the federal Atmospheric Environment Service forecasts weather for the next few days. A high-pressure ridge of Arctic air stretching from Alaska to North Dakota now covers "90 per cent of the province." The ridge, which must move before warmer Pacific air can moderate temperatures, is "firmly a Kenyon Field AES spokesman says. A record low of 31 below was set at Brooks, breaking the previous low of -20, which was set in 1949 and IKS. The 'Hat tied its previous record low of 32 below, set in 1929 and 1936. Lethbridge's overnight low of -29 was well shy of the city's record low of -40, set in 1914. Today's high in Lethbridge is expected to reach -10. Tonight the mercury is ex- pected to drop to -30. GAMES OPENING, CLOSING TIME FINALLY NAILED DOWN Times for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Games have finally been nailed down, organizers said Tuesday. Dick Mells, opening ceremonies boss, said the official opening will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Doors at the Sportsplex will open about 6 p.m. The official opening was originally set for 6 p.m. but was changed at the request of the CBC. The official closing, although listed in the Games program as being on two different days, is set for Feb. 22. On one page of the program the closing is shown to be scheduled for Feb. 22 and on another it is shown to be scheduled for Feb. 23. Jim Dunstan, closing boss, said the com- mittee wortad to have the closing scheduled for Feb. 23 until a month and a half ago when it was switched to the 22. "But it is definitely Feb. 22 he said. The closing will follow the figure skating dance competition at 1 p.m., the final hockey game and medals presentation. Anyone wishing, to may attend all three events for the admission charge. Pincher plight considered Foundation grant payments pending By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A head-on legal confronta- tion between the province and the Alberta School Trustees Association over the government's attempt to recover grant funds from two school boards appears to have been averted. Education Minister Lou Hyndman said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Ed- monton his department and officials from the school boards have reached a solu- tion to the problem but "the details have yet to be ironed out. "If the solutions which were looked at can be worked out 0mfit 6 then we would be able to send the boards, at least an interim he suggested. He added that a solution may be reached soon. Since mid-December, the department of education has withheld the final school foun- dation grant settlement from the Pincher Creek and St. Paul school divisions in an attempt to recover foundation grants claimed by their com- munity schools for evening students, and for those older neSin tne Job of evaluating begin today The city's community ser- vices advisory committee will than 23 years. Pincher Creek school of- ficials say they had to borrow money this year at 11 per cent interest while awaiting the foundation grants. Grant cut The problem began for the -community schools last November when the cabinet passed an order-in-council amending the school founda- tion grant regulations. The amendment eliminated the per-student grant for high school students over 23 and for all students attending classes in the evening. The Pincher Creek Matthew Halton Community School was asked to produce a stu- dent enrolment count ex- cluding the students who no longer qualify for the founda- tion grant because of the amendment to the regulations. The order-in-council affected Matthew Halton because it has become the centre of education for the community where young and old can'attend classes during the day or evening. The financial setback to the preventive social services projects at a meeting today. Facing the five-member citizen committee are re- quests to fund 11 projects with budgets totalling Today, the committee will deal with recommendations' on the -projects from Bob Bartlett, community services director, but will make no decisions on its own recommendations to city council until a second meeting Feb. 26. The project requests give a little cause for concern, Mr. Bartlett indicated, although the community services school division as a result of department has received no the loss of the per student word from Edmonton yet on grant, is estimated to be the amount of money 000 if the department holds to available from the province, its earlier decision to make a along with the federal regulation change retroactive government, provides 80 per to the school year's beginning of PSS funding.. The city puts in the other 20 per cent. Mr. Hyndman said the Last year the total funding' retroactive demands of the department depend on the type of funding arrangement which may be worked out by the department and trustees. approved for Lethbridge preventive social service pro- i less than May be illegal The trustees association argues the government's attempt to recover grant funds that legally belong to the board may in itself be il- legal. The order-in-council can only apply to the foundation grants after its date of introduction in November, tne association suggests. The loss of the foundation grants does not mean the death of the community school concept as it now is known in Pincher Creek, the minister indicated. "We recognize they should have additional funding so we'll be working out special funding with them in order to insure that the viability of the program is be emphasized. The special grant that is "being worked out" will be in Mr. Bartlett said be hopes the situation that occurred last year, when city council ordered a reduction in PSS funding after the advisory committee had already cut the budgets of individual programs, can be avoided this addition to the monies the school division now receives for operating one of three ex-, year. perimental community school "We will attempt to give a programs that are partially sponsored by the department of education: "The general funding approach that Pincber Creek would be using will be the same for other boards in the province regarding the nor- mal Grade 1 to 12 situation (foundation per-student grants) but we would want other monies available to them over and above that to run the community Mr. Hyndman explained. Of the government's move to take the money with one hand and give it'hack with another, Mr. Hydman said it "is not so much the money hut the way in which, and the basis on which, the money is paid." priority evaluation, so if budgets are to be pared, it should be based on these priority ratings, Mr. Bartlett said. LCC governors to determine school's classroom needs Lethbridge Community College gover- nors will be asked to make some decisions today on the college master plan, Presi- dent C. D. Stewart said Tuesday. The report, prepared by Contract Education and Training Services Ltd. of Edmonton, may be referred to a com- mittee for study or to the whole board, he said. Master plan recommendations up for decision tonifht are: partitioning two tec- tire theatres in the Kate Andrews BMIdiaf; extending the welding workshop area and assigning classrooms strictly by flection. How efficiently space is wed at the college is a particularly importaat point, said Dr. Stewart, x Provincial government policy calls for 70 per cent time utilization and per cent space utilization, which multiplied together give a 94 percent time-space utilization figure. Figures are based on a coUtfe week and the number of studtsjt placet la each room. A room with 20 places uxd by average of 11 students per dan is N per cent used as regards spice. If it If wed for 25 boon a week, that is 56 per cent of the passible 45 boars. The room's space-time capacity is the msnber of seats times the number of pouible hours in this case a figure of NO Its actual use figure is MO, for a utilization rate of 33 per cent. Dr. Stewart said LCC should look at some larfer classes, and also check on the ran axe needed. It has 23 classes with up to students, but only five rooms with up to 15 places. There are 27 classes with between II and M students, but only 29 rooms with that number of spaces. There are five classes with between 30 and 45 students, and 15 rooms with between 30 and 45 places. There are 12 rooms with more than 45 places, and only two classes with more than students, be said. The president said the college has two lecture theatres in the Kate Andrews Building that could be partitioned into smaller lecture rooms, leaving a lecture theatre in the Science Buttdtaf for larger closes. It is administratively easier to assign rooms to specific schools or courses than treat them as a common pool, be said, but this can reduce the efficiency of usage. Dr. Stewart said he will abu recom- mend expanding the wekfof shop. The report said its space-time is per cent, and calls it "seriously overcrowded." The master plan .is the first the college's history, said the It will also last, because when the figures are out of date in three or Hour years, new data can easily be plugged in. Man fined in auto fatality A 43-year-old Lethbridge man was fined after pleading guilty in provincial court Tuesday to driving without due care and atten- tion. Frank Vandeligt, 2214 15th Ave. S. was charged with the offence following the Dec. 13 death of Leanna Heusdens, 4, 171115th Ave. N. The four-year-old girt was struck by a westbound pickup truck on 15th Avenue North as she crossed the street to at- tend kindergarten at Winston Churchill High School. The ac- cident occurred about a.m. The girt died later in hospital. Court was told the investigation of the accident showed Mr. Vandeligt should have seen the girl. Mr. Vandelift told Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson he didn't see the girl and didn't know anything bad happened until he beard a thump. Court was told be was travelling at 37 miles per hour.