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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Energy crisis hasn't put squeeze on Montana yet By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer HELENA is Thrifty" say bumper stickers stacked on a window sill outside the information office at the Montana State Highways department building here. Sent to the department by the Delaware department of highways and transportation at the onset of the energy crisis in the United States last fall, they're free for the caking. And "quite a few people have taken according to a secretary in the information office. But out on the state'highways few drivers seem to be going 55 m.p.h. let alone 50 and there's still no daytime speed limit on most highways in the state. That bumper sticker seems typical of the energy situation in Montana there's been a barrage of publicity, it's still dark at 9 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time in January, and by most accounts people are driving a little slower and turning down thermostats. But as far as any real shortages in the state are concerned, there's little evidence of them. "Gasoline availability in the state seems to be at this point in time equal to that available at a similar time in says state Lt. Gov. Bill Christiansen The lieutenant governor heads the Montana Energy Advisory Council. He noted that the only product in January in substantially shorter supply than last year was heating oil, but there were no unanswered hardship cases. Gasoline was so available in fact that one Helena service station was advertising that it was giving away double the usual amount of green stamps to get nd of the supply of fuel it had Sunday closures and an eight cent hike in gasoline prices, bringing a gallon of regular gas Canadians have been reading about and listening to the energy shortage woes of the United States for almost a year. To attempt to put the situation in perspective for Southern Albertans, Herald reporter Andy Ogle spend a week observing and talking to MoBtanans in mid whiter when a shortage of energy should have Its most dramatic impact. His special report begins here aad is continued on pages 13 and 14 of today's HerakL (which is four fifths of a Canadian gallon) to 46.9 cents at many stations, are the only hardships facing motorists. Eight cents doesn't seem much of a deterrent to driving. "I just fill up and pay no attention to the said Helen Matteucci, who works in the Montana Auto Association office in Great Falls "I drive as much as I she said. "But if it gets up to a a gallon, maybe I'd pay more attention then." Some Montanans are even skeptical that gas stations will stay closed on Sundays once the tourist season hits, unless forced to do so by law. The reason that low winter traffic levels are the reason most gas stations have shut down on Sundays. Montana Governor Tom Judge, a Democrat, has promised tourists they'll be able to get their tanks filled this spring and summer. Tounsm is the state's third largest industry after agriculture and mineral resource extraction, bringing in an estimated in 1972 The state advertising department is aiming its tourist promotional campaign to draw visitors from nearby states and Canadian provinces and to encourage them to stay in Montana longer. And officials are hoping the state will get a certain number of spinoff visitors from Expo 74 in Spokane. Buck Boles, director of membership and community relations for the Montana Chamber of Commerce, says he believes the energy shortage will reduce tourism in the state somewhat but Expo 74 will bring it back up to the point where the industry generally won't suffer. Mr. Boles feels the biggest concern is the cost of petroleum products "Maybe we've been he says, tut adds that higher priced fuel will affect the buying power of people in other areas of the economy "The eight cent hike doesn't stop me from going anywhere, but maybe I'll spend less when I get he says. Thetethbridae Herald VOL. LXVII 51 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1974 10 Cents 24 Pages West German workers walk out FRANKFURT (AP) Millions of commuters got to work today in their own cars, by hitch hiking or oifbicycles as public service workers seeking higher wages went on "focal point" strikes across West Germany Airports, municipal transport, garbage collection and street cleaning were affected Streetcars and buses stopped in most major cities and in West Berlin Hundreds of thousands were late for work Passengers at the airports in Frankfurt, Europe's third largest, and other cities, had to carry their own luggage. Departures were delayed; some nights were cancelled. Janitors asked apartment dwellers to keep their garbage at home until sanitation workers returned to their jobs Commuter trains and railway buses were operating, and so were most postal services. But spokesmen for the workers on them said they also are planning to go on strike. Government negotiators planned to submit a new wage offer to union leaders today, and the walkouts originally were planned to last only until Tuesday. But the unions said if a settlement is not reached, office clerks and workmen on the autobahns will go on strike Tuesday There has not been an extended public service strike in West Germany since the Second World War. Government employees walked out in 1958, but the government met their demands and they were out only one day. Nearly a million unionized government workers voted overwhelmingly last week to go on strike against key public services after the government rejected their demand for a 15 per cent pay increase, with a minimum monthly raise of The government offered 9.5 per cent, or a minimum of Chancellor Willy Brandt has been trying to hold all wage increases to less than 10 per cent to help control inflation. Putting the wind to work A little ingenuity and a lot of wind takes 13-year-old Brad Galleny, 1131 29th St S., a long way on Henderson Lake. It's easier on the legs than skating. There's less friction than with water sailing. But stopping could pose a problem presum- ably, Brad has a way. If not, there's always the shoreline at the lake's east end, BILL GROENEN photo Nixon watchers testing climate for impeachment Inside WASHINGTON (AP) Supporters and critics of President Nixon are quietly trying to determine the chances of Senate conviction in any presidential impeachment trial. With the timing and nature of House of Representatives impeachment action still several months away, most Solzhenitsyn refuses prosecutor's summons MOSCOW (Renter) Dissident Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn said be received a second call to go to the state prosecutor's office today but would refuse to turn up A plainclothes policeman visited the apartment of Solzhenitsyn's wife in central Moscow Friday with a written request for the author to fo to the prosecutor's office. But his wife, Natalya Svetlova, refused to accept it because it did not carry a registration number required by law. Solzhenisiyn, 55, said today the same policeman called and presented a second request which had a registration number, although it did not indicate why he was being called The Nobel Prize-winning author said he gave toe man a reply to the summons in which he said be would not attend any questioning because of the "complete and general illegality ruling in our country for many years." He refused to "recognize the legality of your summons and shall not appear at an interrogation in any state Before asking citizens to obey the law "learn to fulfill it the reply added He called on the authorities to "release the innocent from captivity" and to punish those guilty of mass exterminations and "lying informers." Solzhenitsyn has been under attack by the Soviet official press because his books are published it> the West contrary to Soviet law. informed persons in the Senate say it is impossible at this point to predict the eventual vote. Even advocates of presidential resignation or impeachment doubt that current support for Senate ouster of Nixon is anywhere close to the necessary two thirds if all 100 senators vote. One informed guess puts it at less than 50. One factor complicating any accurate judgment at this point is the refusal of most senators to commit themselves. Most, including many who either publicy or privately favor the president's resignation, hope they never will have to vote on the issue. Many of the uncommitted are Republicans who fear a Republican disaster at the polls next November if Nixon still is in office. These other factors complicate any current assessment of the situation. House judiciary committee has yet to define what constitutes an impeachable offence, and it has drawn up an impeachment resolution on which the House and ultimately the Senate will be asked vote. judicial action is expected to result in large numbers of indictments of former top Nixon aides before the issue comes before the House. One key factor is whether the indictments will touch the president directly. "Than I said to Simon: 'HtocOonatd says jump' he Classified........20-23 Comics .18 Comment.......... 4 District.........15 Family........ 16, 17 i Local News Markets...........19; Sports...........Ml Theatres........7 TV............... 6 Weather 3 LOW TONIGHT 31; HIGH TUBS., tt; MAINLY CLOUDY Macdonald planning Middle East visit WASHINGTON (CP) Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Sunday he, will visit three Middle East countries Feb. 19-28 for talks with Saudi Arabian, Iranian and Lebanese officials. He said be will leave Wash- ington after this week's inter- national energy conference. first for a holiday in Cyprus then on to the three Middle East countries. Canada relied on the Middle East for about 30 per cent of the one million barrels of oil Canada imported daily before the Arab oil-producing countries placed an embargo on oil exputts U.S. offers to share its own oil Quebec and the Atlantic provinces depend on foreign oil Just as federal-provincial talks are necessary to settle domestic questions, producer- consumer negotiations are needed on the international level, he said. "We see no alternative to undertaking the same process is, to move to broader discussions _ aniong consumers and to indicate producers, including suitaole- was urging Canada 40 joufthe of U.S. in this offer since Canada Developed countries." Appealing WASHINGTON (CP) The United States today offered to share its domestic oil supplies with other oil-consuming countries during an emergency or crisis, providing "other consuming countries with indigenous production do likewise The offer was madety State Secretary Henry Kissinger in his opening remarks to the If- aountry oil conference. Ji" Kissinger's wording is an country and also a produced However, state department officials said later this was not a 'specific overture to Canada. Mr. Kissinger appealed for co operation between oil producers consumers to avoid a world depression and External Affairs Minister Sharp urged quick negotiations with the producers on the problems of high export prices. sharp told the conference of oil consumers the discussions should take place within existing international machinery such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank but new machinery should be established where needed. Sharp made no specific proposals for price discussions but he said Canada is ready to pool research information and increase aid to poor countries suffering from rising prices. Sharp, fourth to speak, said there are technological and economic problems to be solved before the Canadian government will approve any massive development of the Alberta oil Japan, which produces no oil of its own, has eagerly studied possible investment in the oil sands A text of Sharp's remarks was distributed to reporters, excluded from the closed-door meeting. The minister said Canada appears in some ways in an enviable position because it exports about as much oil as it imports. "On the other hand, the geo- graphical division of Cana- dian internal Imarket for petroleum products has caused economic hardship in precisely those areas of Canada that can least sustain shocks of this nature." for a "positive and productive dialogue" between the oil producers and consumers.-Kissinger told the conference that isolated solutions are impossible. Fortunately, he said, the problem is still manageable multilaterally but unless there is cooperation, there may be a depression on a scale "such as led to the collapse of world order in the 1930s." "Even those countries like Canada and the United States, capable of solving the energy problem by largely national means, would still suffer be- cause of the impact on them of a world economic crisis. "Consumer or producer, af- fluent or poor, mighty or have a stake in the prosperity and stability of the international economic sys- tem" Kissinger said the United States believes that another conference of consumers should be called at the foreign ministers level which would include representatives of the less-developed countries He said this would lead to a third conference of consumers and producers, with the entire process to be completed by May 1. Seon and heard About town Hawaii vacationer Con Van Boric reporting he bought a straw hat with the smallest brim available and then proceeded to get sunburned ears waitress IM Palmer shocked, then pleased as she munched homemade cookies in a restaurant with Lucille McRoberts and Deris U.S. truck traffic near pre-strike level WASHINGTON (AP) -The often-violent strike by dozens of groups of independent truck Findepem eared all appeared all but over today Several thousand continued to insist they will not move their rigs until diesel-fnel prices are rolled back. But their numbers did not appear to be nearly enough to cause the economic hardships which resulted hi a quick settlement proposal last Thursday in Washington, D.C. Key federal officials said it looked like the strike was over Truck traffic climbed to near pre-stnke levels Sunday and early today, and violence was down sharply. However, police in Beaumont, Tex, said a driver was showered with glass early today when a bullet slammed through the window of his moving track. State police m Kentucky said four trucks were hit by bullets Sunday causing minor damage Earlier in the strike, violence took the lives of two drivers and several were injured At least of the persons laid off at the height of the 11-day shutdown were doe back on the job today as many big ngs headed for markets loaded with meat, prodrce and industrial parts The stake's effects will linger Spot shortages of some foods were certain to keep meat and produce prices at high levels until supplies can be replenished Another certain effect is the six-per-cent surcharge indpendent drivers now wilt be getting for their cargoes Those increases will be passed on to consumers Most of the major organizations involved in the strike that won guaranteed supplies of diesd fuel and higher freight rates f the independent drivers urged their men to go back on the job today. Pennsylvania Gov. Milton Shapp. the man who got the settlement talks started, said truck traffic increased in his state by 60 to 75 per cent. The Periis Track Stop in Cordele, Ga, on the main north-sooth route alone the Eastern seaboard, said Sunday night its business was 70 per cent of normal At the height of the strike it was 10 per cent of normal. With violence sharply down, the Pennsylvania National Guard was withdrawing its patrols Sunday night In Pittsburgh, the chairman of the Fraternal Association of Steel Haulers told his membership Sunday night to resume driving today. William Hill, who heads what was believed to be the largest involved in the shutdown, said the vast majority of steel haulers approved ;