Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lcthbridgc Herald news Second Section Lethbrldge, Alberta, Monday, February 10, 1975 Pages 13-24 200 GAMES OPENER TICKETS LEFT Only 200 tickets were left this morning for Tuesday's Canada Winter Games open- ing ceremony. There's a good demand for Games tickets, and line-ups at the Action Central ticket office, ticket office worker Susan Baalim said today. Tickets are already sold out for the clos- ing ceremony, two wrestling sessions, and finals in hockey, gymnastics judo and synchronized swimming, she said. The Games' official opening will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with Sportsplex doors opening about 6 p.m. The official closing will be Feb. 22. CJOC television will carry the opening ceremony, at 7 p.m. on Channel 7. Games village ready Athletes arriving aboard air ferry BILL GROENEN photo MANITOBA ATHLETES ARRIVE AT GAMES VILLAGE THIS MORNING The first Winter Games athletes began arriving early today and about are ex- pected in the city by 2 a.m., Games' registration boss Roy Montgomery said today. The first participants to arrive, at a.m., were teams -from the Yukon Territory, aboard a CP Air 737 spent on equipment Almost all the sports equip- ment to be used during Winter Games is ready to be set up at sports' sites, the Games' equipment boss says. Ed Henderson says the chore of acquiring equipment, now in its second year, is nearly complete with all but a few minor supplies yet to arrive. Organizers of the 13-day event have purchased about worth of sporting gear for the 16 Games' events. Mr. Henderson says some equipment has been'donated or loaned including timing devices and weigh scales. The city will be purchasing and installing special timing at the speed skating oval for the Games, and future use. "Equipment was acquired from all over the Mr. Henderson says. "Weight lifting equipment came from Germany, judo mats from Japan and other equipment from other places." The equipment committee selected supplies from re- quests by technical advisers in each sport. The committee had three criteria for choosing what brand of equipment to. purchase, he adds. The first priority in selecting gear was quality, cost second and guaranteed delivery third. The equipment has been checked, since it arrived, by Games' technical advisers and is ready to be shipped to sport sites, Mr. Henderson says. Games organizers did not have much trouble in securing the equipment needed for each event. The only piece of gear that slowed the operation at all was finding the proper kind of badminton shuttlecocks because of a world-wide shortage of "bir- he says. WALTER KERBER photos Results equipment A-Okay The Winter Games results centre, left, and media centre undergo last minute preparations before clicking into operation Wednesday to carry sports' results to the rest of Canada. The row of telecopiers shown in the results centre are hooked to similar units at each sport site. The results will come through the tele- copiers from the sites, be validated at the centre, then sent out to the various news organizations covering the event. A test run of the telecopying equipment Sun- day proved a success, Xerox officials said today. All that remains to be tested is equipment used to transfer results from the centre to organizations such as the CBC, The Herald and The Canadian Press. More than 500 on Games medical team Westcastle will get a heavy Injection of medical personnel during Winter Games skiing events there to prevent any problems with serious injuries on the slopes. Tony Pomahac, a city physi- cian and Games' medical boss, says the ski site was diagnosed as the location where most sports injuries will likely occur. Medical coverage for skiing events will range from 24-hour infirmary service to a stand- by helicopter to whisk seriously injured skiers to Calgary, Dr. Pomahac says. The six-bed infirmary will be in the athletes' village in Pincher Creek. Two am- bulances, supplied by the Armed Forces, will be available to transport injured from Westcastle to Pincher. The slopes at Westcastle will be covered at the top of the hill, the middle and bot- tom, Dr. Pomahac says. A first aid trailer con- tinuously manned by a physi- cian and nurses at all times will be at the base of the slope, a ski patrol will be on duty in the middle and another doctor will be stationed at the top of the hill. Four orthopedic surgeons in Lethbridge will be on emergency call at various times if a skier receives a serious injury such as a frac- ture. The helicopter will be available in Calgary if any in- jury is serious enough to warrant taking a person to the Foothills Hospital. All sports' sites in the Games will be covered by more than 500 medical per- sonnel who have dovetailed with non-medical volunteers to provide total medical care. "We couldn't have done any of it (medical organizing) if it hadn't been for volunteer purchasing agents, drug com; panics who supplied free drugs and medical supply firms. "The professional part of it is he says.. The idea behind much of the medical plans is to take pressure off the emergency departments at the two local active treatment hospitals, he says. If possible all injuries will be treated at the first aid stations at each sport site or the 12-bed infirmary at the Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitute, athletes' village. "If a person must be treated at a hospital it is hoped he can then be moved to the infir- Dr. Pomahac says. "We would like to leave the hospitals to treat spectators." Two ambulances will be in the city strictly for use of the Winter Games. One will be stationed at the village and the other will he ex- plains. Professional trainers, including some from Win-' nipeg Blue Bombers, Saskatchewan Rough Riders and Calgary Stampeders foot- ball teams, will augment medical staff at various sites. The medical preparations have also included plans for action in case of anything from a flue epidemic to a ma- jor accident. "We are, I hope, prepared for Dr. Pomahac says. charter from the North. All other teams will be arriving in Calgary by com-, mercial flights and Time Air will ferry them to Lethbridge on special flights throughout the day, Mr. Montgomery said. More athletes are expected Tuesday and there should be more than in Southern Alberta for the official open- ing of the Games Tuesday evening. Volunteers worked through the weekend preparing the Games' athletes' village which involves Lethbridge' Collegiate Institute, Catholic Central High School and St. Mary's Schools. Classrooms were converted _into dormitories, the gym- "nasium of LCI into registra- tion and added cafeteria facilities and other rooms into visiting areas and Games' of- fice space. The Lethbridge Community College also underwent some changes Friday and Saturday as some of that facilitiy's rooms were converted to ac- commodate about 100 sports' officials. Both facilities are ready for the main influx of athletes and officials. Another operation under- taken during the weekend was a test run of the special equip- ment to be used in getting results from event sites to the Games' results centre, then to the media covering the Games. Luke Wells, production manager with Xerox, supplier of the equipment, said the test run "went beautifully" with results coming in perfectly from event sites. Each event location is supplied with a telecopier and a backup unit in the event the first fails. All pieces of equip- ment turned in excellent per- formances and the results centre is "ready to he said. Communication telephones, installed by ACT, are in operation, tying together the various communities and Games' officials. Pincher Creek, site of the athletes' village for the skiers participating at Westcastle, reported today that village is set and ready to accom- modate athletes. Ski events in Westcastle begin Wednesday morning. All equipment for first day events such as skiing has been delivered, the equipment of- fice said. Other equipment stored in the Palliser Distilleries Warehouse is be- ing organized and shipped to event locations a few days in advance of the time events begin. Games coins in vault The Winter Games Society still has Games coins sitting in its vault. Since coins went on. sale Nov. 18, all 50 of the gold pieces and all 230 of the silver coins have been sold. The Winter Games minted of the coins, legal currency in the Games area until March 15. Coin program boss Dick Rempel says the financial success of the coins "is almost impossible for us to calculate until we see how many are redeemed by March 15." Coins can be redeemed at any bank in the Games area. He estimates of the coins must stay in circulation after March 15 for the program to break even. Mr. Rempel has asked Lethbridge residents to re- quest Games coins from city merchants, and merchants to report any surplus of Games coins to 328-9532. Fire's cause still undetermined Cause has not been determined in a fire at p.m. Sunday that destroyed a garage at 1040 9th St. S., causing damage. The garage, owned by Dave Anderson, housed power tools and welding equipment which were lost in the blaze. An electric guitar valued at was reported stolen from the Garden Hotel late Saturday. Russell Madiejko, 6654 Chukor Drive, Kamloops, B.C., reported the instrument stolen from the bandstand while he was taking a break. Seven patrons of the Lethbridge Labor Club had chilly rides home Saturday night after their coats, valued at were stolen. Police are investigating. Try to find truth in game where each chip's worth million Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON-Whom can you believe these days when the stakes are measured in million-dollar chips? Can you believe the Syncrude partners they swore they would shut down their huge oil sands plant a week ago Friday without billion to keep it going. Can you believe the politicians to a man they said they weren't bowing to any such ul- timatum! Syncrude would have to wait at least 60 to 90 days. The plant is going ahead and the partners had to wait, not 60, not 20, not 10, but three days. Perhaps that is to be expected with such a huge project, that rapid decisions must be made, and changed. But it IMS still left the feeling "whom do you "It's nice to be able to believe someone once in a while. But truth is not a security blanket the par- ticipants in this Syncrude game felt obliged to clutch. It's not lying, said Social Credit Leader Werner Schmidt in the midst of the game, it's just negotiating. Commentary Be that as it may, Lethbridge witnessed the provincial treasurer arrive with dire war- nings about risking hundreds of millions of dollars when private enterprise itself was doubtful, and even heading for the hills. At the same moment, the attorney general was telling Calgary the same thing. But Syncrude has become a kingpin in the Alberta economy, offering, in the premier's words last week, probably the only bright employment picture in North America. As such, many tactics are used to keep it alive. Its construction value in sheer dollar terms is staggering. It was a neck-and-neck race fast week between the provincial budget weighing in at billion and Syncrude at more than billion. Alberta did not bow to any ultimatum from the three giant oil company partners running the Syncrude show to keep it alive, Premier Lougheed told a television audience Sunday. Not at all, said the premier. "We sat down Thursday night and we told them that if there was any more talk of a deadline (then due to run out the next forget it." The partners agreed to drop such talk. Then, and only then, did Alberta agree that it would work "with" the partners to try to insure that the project went ahead during this construction I It meant a hectic weekend poring over con- sultants' reports, Mr. Lougheed said, but by Monday the province was convinced. It was ready to pour in million as a new partner, another million in loans to two of the other partners, and build a pipeline and power plant all by itself for million. This, we learned, Alberta had always wanted to do anyway, because the pipeline and power plant are "non risk" investments. The breath taking speed of the decision, Mr. Lougheed explained Sunday, was more than justified.- The worst thing Alberta could do would be to delay and thus cast another un- certain cloud over the gloomy North American economic picture. It must be noted that publicly the premier was willing to take 60 to W to aisess the project only shortly before the negotiations, gloomy economic picture or not. Apparently the breath taking speed was made possible by a unanimity of opinion ex- pressed in the commissioned reports. The reports (commissioned when Syncrude said its costs had doubled to billion) concluded the project is still viable and that the Syncrude cost extimates were not out of line. But the bulk of them is still secret because of the agreement signed earlier with the partners. "To have a project of this nature go ahead with 10 per cent of the risk and 60 per cent of the profits is a fantastic Mr. Lougheed 1 told the legislature Friday. However, as the premier has repeated and repeated, we own the oil. And in the simplified terms he brought it down to Friday in that statement, we were taking zero per cent of the risk and 50 per cent of the profits already.