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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta WINDY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 35-40 ABOVE The Lcthlnidcie Herald VOL. LXV No. 50 LETIIBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS 46 PAGES Gundlock bows out of political wars Alaska road WASHINGTON liciilor'i President Nixon liar abandoned for now any thought of spending money lo improve the Alaska Highway in Canada, which links (lie continental United Stales wilh Alaska. The Alaska Highway, runs through Canada for several bimdred miles, most of the way wilh a gravel surface. Nixon said in a message to Congress Tuesday that a U.S. offer to Canada lo share the cost of im- proving the road would not be justified at this time, and added the Canadian government has indicated it (lues not wish to undertake Ihc road improvement alone. "Underlying these conclusions are the facts that alternative transportation routes are now being de- veloped, especially in British Columbia, and that an- ticipated traffic volume on the Alaska Highway should not be sufficiently heavy to warrant reconstruction and Nixon said. A Canadian study in estimated it would cost slightly more than S200 million dollars to pave the highway which enters Canada at Cotitts, Alia. A U.S. government estimate put the cost at ?325 million. By .I01IN BEST OTTAWA 'CP) Canadian and United States negotiators have reached tentative agreement on a mammoth international program to halt pollution of the lower Great Lakes. Authoritative sources say there are good prospects that final agreement will be achieved by the end of next month, though some details of the document and its several appendices remain U> be negotiated. The pact, if concluded by March 31, will be about six months behind schedule in on sense. In. another, it be right on target. A Canadian source said I he "broad skeleton" of an agreement was out in two days of talks at. Washington in the last week of January. It was the second formal round of discussions be- tween high officials of the two governments since a Canada U.S. ministerial meeting agreed in principle last June 1. the two countries should jointly launch a cleanup operation on the lakes. After the ministerial meeting, held in Washington, Canada's Environment Minister Jack Davis told the Commons it was expected negotiations on the text would be finished in lime to allow signing "in the early autumn." Dis mswm araggi However, technical discussions took longer than anticipated. One of the chief complications was a dif- ference between Canada and the U.S. on the banning of detergent phosphates, identified as the main source of pollution which is threatening parts of tire Great Lakes system particularly Lake Erie with slow death. Canada has acted to reduce the contamination, re- quiring that phosphate content of all detergents be lowered to no more than five per cent by the end of 1972. The U.S., however, lias declined to take similar action si. the. federal level, on grounds that the pro- posed substitute for phosphates, nilrilotriacetic acid, is health hazard. A U.S. official, who dcs'Tibed the recent talks in Washington as "very fruitful." said a compromise has been reached on the question of phosphates but he did not elaborate. The Canadian source indicated each country will be Icfl free to decide for itself how to meet its obliga- tions under the agreement. The recent burst of progress places the negotiating teams in a good position lo meet a tacit deadline im- posed by a funding agreement worked out. between the federal and Ontario governments last August in Anticipation of a major Canada-U.S. effort. Time may run out Written into the agreement is a provision that pails of it. mil expire unless Canada and the U.S. con- clude an accord by March 31 this year. Under the federal provincial agreement, Central Mortgage and Housing. Corporation will advance On- lario million m additional funds for sewage treat- mcnt facilities by That represents Iwo-lhirds of the total cleanup co.'.l Ciiiuid.i will incur under the international accord. 'Ihc: lo the U.S. for similar treatment facil- ities on the American side of the border is estimated nt more than billion. Tlra C.w.da U.S. agreement will give the Inter- nal HUM] joint Commission the authority it. needs l.o ovci.-ce a cleanup operation. Its technical appendices will set agreed waler quality standards. recommended by the MAC, and, ollur I'lingn, will al.sii outline a contingency plan tin- cleaning up any Lake ICrie oil .-.pills thai Ilircali'ti tr.-iu.'.lioiindary pollution. D e an c li. Gundlock, 57, member of Parliament for Lethbridge since 1958, an- nounced Tuesday night he is retiring from federal politics. Robert Stanfield, leader of the federal Progressive Con- servative party, has announced he will be in Lethbridge March 25 for a testimonial dinner in Mr. Gundlock's honor. The Lethbridge Federal Pro- gressive Conservative Associa- tion announced Tuesday night, that a nominating meeting for the forthcoming federal clec- ton will be held Feb. 28. Mr. Gundlock has been in public life since 1940 when he was president of Ihc Alberta Farmers Union. He told the local association Tuesday that he regretted re- tiring but that he bad it in mind for a long lime. Timing of retirement is im- portant, he said. "One should DEANE GUNDLOCK try to retire at the proper time a nutshell, at the height of popularity." YOUNGER 'MEN Qualified younger men are showing an interest in taking over and "although none wants to go before they have to, I find it difficult to build up the physical thrust required. "I feel that younger men are interested, and that it is easier to get along without the po- litical experience than without the physical thrust." He said he felt the Conserva- tives increasing in popularity, not. only provincially, as evi- denced by the Alberta success, but also at a national level, even to the point of forming the next government. He was optimistic about the Conserva- tives forming the next govern- rneni. Hl'KLBURT CANDIDATE? Meantime, Ken Hurlburt, 43, mayor of Fort Macleod for four years, is expected to announce his intentions Monday to seek the Progressive Conservative nomination for Lethbridge. Born in Lethbridge and asso- ciated with the agricultural business all his life, Hurlburt is president of Fort Macleod Auction Market Ltd.; past president of the Alberta Auction Markets Association; organizer of Prime Feeders Ltd. of Fort Maeleod, a 5.000 head cattle feeding operation; and is a partner in MC Manu- facturing, which builds agricul- tural trailers which are mar- keted internationally. A press conference is sched- uled for Monday to announce his intentions to seek the Pro- gressive Conservative nrimina- liou. John Gogo of Lcthhridge has already announced bis inten- tions to .seek the nomination. Raked it in CARSON CITY, Ncv. (Ren- ter) Gambling casinos hi Ne- vada took in more than million in 1971, a 10.2-per-cenl. rise over the previous year, the Nevada gaming control board reported Tuesday. Price rise slows OTTAWA (CP) Food and housing costs continued to go up last month, but the rise in over- all living costs was cushioned by January sale prices for clo- thing, Statistics Canada re- ported today. The bureau said its consumer price index rose by less than half an index point, to 136.7 in January from 136.3 in Decem- ber. Based on prices equal- ling the index was 130.3 in January last year. The January increase this year was about average lor this time of year, and put the index up 4.9 per cent from a year ear- lier. Most economists believe prices should not rise more than two per cent a year [or reasona- ble price stability. January marked some easing of the pressures that had built up since last September, when the over-all index last showed a drop. The rate of increase ac- celerated through the fall months, and in December made one of its biggest monthly elrides in 2'.5 years. SLOWS A BIT Tlie rise in prices over 12 months also slowed a bit last month. January prices were 4.9 per cent higher than in January last year, but December prices had been a full five per cent higher than a year earlier. Meat, poultry and egg prices were higher last month, more than offsetting some price de- clines for other foods. Higher mortgage interest rates and wages for household help pushed the housing index up. Higher postal rates also were reflected in the housing index. There were generally lower prices reported in one field: Clothing, as Uie result of post- Christmas sales. This is usually a January occurrence in the price index. The bureau said the price changes last month were insuffi- cient, in balance, to make any noticeable change in Hie pur- chasing power of the consumer dollar. It remained at 73 cents in terms of the 1961 dollar, un- changed from December. In January last year, however, it was worth 77 cents. Another interpretation of the index is to say that it cost last month to buy the consumer goods and services that S13.G3 bought in December, an in- crease of four cents. That same lot of gods and services cost S10 in and 53.03 in January last vear. U.S. seeks close Canada Nixon BOOK PROBE CONTINUES Author Clifford Irving, left, and his wife, Edith, arrive at federal courthouse in York Tuesday to appear before a grand jury invest- igating Irving's "autobiogrophy" of Howard Hughes. Dock day's pay ACCRA, Ghana (Jleuter) Civil servants in central Ghana were warned Tuesday that they would lose a day's pay every time they arrive late for work. BELFAST (API D-for-Dis- ruption Day, a 24-hour- cam- paign by civil rights leaders to bring civic chaos to Northern Ireland, brought no extraordi- nary violence today. The British army was alerted for attacks by the Irish Republican Army anil police leaves were cancelled. At Newry, scene of the mas- sive march in 'silence on Sun- day, the main Belfast-Dublin road was blocked by barricades. Automobiles were set afire in Coalislancl in County Tyrone. In Belfast and Londonderry, promised protests on a mass scale did not materialize. Most Dock strike-ending goes ahead just in ease WASHINGTON (.AP) The United .States Congress is mov- ing abend with its own solution for the 124-day-old West Coast dock strike despite tentative agreement on a new contract hy negotiators for longshoremen and shippers. Concern in Washington that, the agreement might not be ra- tified by the dock workers caused I lie Senate to push t hrough a st rike-ending hill Tuesday and (he House of Rep- resentatives to schedule action on one today. The Senate hill, adopted 79 to provides for an immediate end jo the strike and the sub- mission of many unresolved is- sues to a three-member com- mittee empowered to settle them by binding arbitration within 40 days. There could be no strikes or lockout for 18 months. Tiie voir mine after thr an- nonnccmenl in San Kranciseo of tlio tentative bargaining agree- ment. A union commiltce is to meet Saturday lo set a dale for iiie ratification vote and deter- mine whether the men on strike return to work in the meantime. Tiie fact that the strike will continue at least until Saturday, and could go on after that, if rat- ification fails, prompted Con- gress In continue with its own legislative JSeen and heard About town ]VETV father Roman Schol- tlra buying the last box of cigars in a local tobacco store to celebrate the birth of his daughter Ted Cohen wondering if there is enough snow in t he coulees to go skiing Fisherman C y Circcn hoping ice fishing will be allowed on Henderson Lake so he won't have to drive so far to freeze his toes Impatient Blair Whihnan gnawing at the hit to get to and saying he has his dandruff up. Two-ballot election Great beer vole a weird affair IK. Onul. (CPi- The Great Barric Beer Vote ended ttxlay with a "landslide1' vie- lory for the "wets." In one of the smallest, recorded votes in Canadian history, farmer Harold Frank- l.'utd, and his 27-year-old wife Ann Margaret voted 100 per cent in favor of allowing Konuosa Spring Brewery to retail brer truni a new SI mil- lion plant in the southern enii