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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI - No. 53 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 18 PAGES By RICHARD BURKE and GREG MclNTYRE Herald Staff Writers Architects for the $2.89 million Canada Games Sportsplex will be in town this week to prepare site plans for the arena on city property near the Lethbridge Community College. With the announcement Saturday that the 1975 Canada Winter Games will be held in Southern Alberta came confirmation that the federal and provincial governments will provide $400,000 each toward the arena construction. The city has tentatively allocated about $700,-000 of local tax money toward the cost of the arena, but the college has not yet confirmed it will pay $885,000 of the cost, as was stated in preliminary financing estimates for the building. Dean Cooper, college finance director and chairman of the local winter games commit* tee, said the college is still negotiating with the city and the province over the arena financing. He added it is one of the college's top priorities now that it is known the games are coming here. May increase share City Manager Tom Nutting said if the college does not come through with its share, the city will have to talk about increasing its share or about decreasing the size of the facility. Plans now call lor the arena to have 5,000 seats with a provision to expand to 6,200. Facilities will include a hockey and figure skating rink, basketball, volleyball, handball and badminton courts, a rifle range and exercise areas. The finals for many of the 16 sporting events to be held during the Games will be run off at the Sportsplex. A speedskating oval is planned in conjunction with the arena. Bob Bartlett, city community services director, said Phillips, Barratt, Hilier, Jones and Partners have completed the preliminary plans and expect to be ready for a construction start by May 1. A fall 1974 opening of the arena is being scheduled. One of the major events, skiing, will definitely be held at West Castle Ski Resort, 28 miles west of Pincher Creek. Resort manager Dan McKim said the expected 250 entrants and 100 support staff will be accommo-. -dated at the site, ratter than in Pincher Creek or Lethbridge as was previously planned. Mr. McKim said no details for the accommodation have been worked.out yet. Details are also lacking, but the plans are in the works, for the addition of a 60-meter ski jump, 3,680-foot giant slalom, a 15-mile cross-country course and a 2,445-foot slalom to the existing facilities. Mr. McKim said the new courses will give West Castle a rating with the International Federation of Skiing which will allow international events for years after the Winter Games are held. The resort company has also discussed with the province the possibility of the road between Pincher Creek and West Castle being taken over by the department of highways to have it upgraded for the games. Mr. Bartlett said Ian Howard, west regional representative for Sports Canada, will be in Lethbridge this week to review the $1.2 million operating budget which will be provided by the federal government. The local winter games committee, which prepared the brief, will meet to consider immediately hiring of a fulltime executive director for the games, Mi*. Bartlett said. Taber in the only community to date which has specific plans. Roy Blais, the town's recreation director, said about $50,000 will be spent on finishing the Taber Civic Centre with improved dressing rooms, showers and toilets and improvements in the auditorium. Saturday's announcement means the Lethbridge Exhibition Association will have to revise its plans for a recreational complex at the grounds. (Sec other story Page 9) LOTTERY MAY HELP FINANCE GAMES A lottery may be included in the 1975 Canada Winter Games plan for Southern Alberta, Alberta's minister of culture, youth and recreation hinted today. Horst Schmid, in a telephone interview from Edmonton, said ministers responsible for recreation from the four Western provinces and the Yukon are to meet in Winnipeg in the next few weeks'to discuss the possibility of legalizing lotteries. Mr. Schmid said these ministers - of which he is one - met two weeks ago in Victoria and decided to pursue the idea. The Canada Winter Games held in Saskatoon in 1971 featured a lottery which made $300,000 profit for the area. Both the federal and provincial governments were commited to contribute $400,000 each to a sports complex - likely to be built adjacent to the Lethbridge Community College - and $10,000 toward a Taber facility and $20,000 to upgrading sports facilities in the region, he said. countdown begins WffiMmm LongesUheld prisoner salutes The longest-held American prisoner in North Vietnam, Lt.-Cmdr. Everett Alvarez Jr., salutes Admiral Neal Gaylor as Ihe returnee got off the plane at Clark Air Base, Phillip-pines, Monday from Hanoi. Freed PoWs applauded, cheered CLARK AIR BASE, Phillip-pines (AP) - A total of 142 American prisoners of war came back from Vietnam today under the Stare and Stripes, the United States flag some had not seen for eight years. Most of the men flown to this base after release from Communist captivity in North and South Vietnam were reported in good physical condition as they checked into a U.S. hospital. "We are honored at the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances," said the first prisoner to step out of the first returning hospital plane, navy Capt. Jeremiah A. Denton of Virginia Beach, Va. "God bless America." The second man out of the C-141 was the first U.S. flyer downed in North Vietnam, Lt.-Cmdr. Everett Alvarez Jr. of Santa Clara, Calif., a prisoner since Aug. 5, 1964. Despite his Tank blast questions unanswered NEW YORK (AP) - The disaster that toned a huge liquid gas storage tank into a fiery tomb for 40 men "was not associated with the storage of the product but with the repairs" under way at the Staten Island installation, Fire Chief John T. O'Hagan says. O'Hagan's statement Sunday left unanswered the central question: What caused the supposedly-empty $31 miDion tank to erupt in flames Satoday and its 150-foot dome to fall in an avalanche of concrete and steel? long captivity, he walked briskly down the ramp and smiled broadly as he shook hands with Adam, Noel Gayler, the commander in chief of U.S. forces in the Pacific, There was no word when two Canadians held by the Commu- nists will be released. They are Marc Oayer, 29, -of St. Raymond, Que., a teacher captured near Hue, South Vietnam, during the 1968 Tet offensive; and Lloyd Oppel, 20, of Courtenay, B.C., a missionary captured last October in Laos. More Canadians reach Saigon SAIGON (CP) - The last of the Canadian supervisory troops arrived here early today and were quickly hustled off to bed. "We learned from the first flight," said a Canadian military spokesman who went to nearby Tan Son Nhut air base to meet the 121 new arrivals. The first flight' arrived about two weeks ago, also in the early hours of Monday morning after one 26-hour flight from Montreal. Delayed by South Vietnamese processing at the airport, cleaning up their quarters and just getting organized, many of the men didn't get to bed until the following night. "Some of us were still recuperating several days later," the spokesman said. The new arrivals bring the Canadian military contingent up to its authorized strength of 242. The remainder of the 290-man contingent is made up of external affairs personnel, soma of whom have not yet- arrived.1 The 707 Boeing jet the Canadians boarded at Montreal was searched Saturday after a bomb threat but no bomb was found. However, the observers changed jets at Trenton, Ont., because the first jet had "minor unserviceability problems," a defence department spokesman said. The troops will be given 24 hours to rest and then will spend one or two days getting supplied with kits and attending briefings on the status of the International Commission for Control and Supervision (ICCS). ICCS regional headquarters have been set up and are operating in seven regions of South Vietnam-at Hue, Da Nang, Pleiku, Phan Thiet, Bien Hoa, My Tho and Can Tlio. Seen and heard About town ^ITY recreation program co-ordinator, Steve Aris-man, so elated over Lethbridge being selected for the 1975 Canada Whiter Gaines that swimmers at the Fritz Sick pool were afraid he was going to try walking across the water . . . Jessie Snow giving an impassioned plea for the return of U of L toilet seats during opening seremonies of the Chinook Winter Carnival. More than 60 doctors on duty at the base hospital began examining the free prisoners. The first to arrive were 116 from North Vietnamese prisons, ferried on the 2%-hour flight from Hanoi by three U.S. Air Force Starlifter hospital planes. "No emergency medical treatment was required and did not seem necessary," a spokesman said later. "On the most part the men were ebullient." A second contingent of 26 men arrived here from South Vietnam. They were released north of Saigon following a day-long dispute that delayed their departure. A 27th prisioner released with them remained behind at a Saigon hospital. Spokesmen at Clark said large numbers of the returned prisoners requested a regular American dinner instead of the bland diets doctors had planned to nurse their digestive systems. And most got it. The first group of released prisoners stepped out of the planes here with sharp salutes, cautious smiles and their heads held high - their emotions thinly concealed behind the formality of the moment. In grey jackets and dark grey trousers provided by their North Vietnamese captors, the men released from the "Hanoi Hilton" - the name they gave their prison camp - made their first contact with home as emotionally charged crowds chanted: "Welcome home. We love you." The applause and cheers from the crowd of several thousand military personnel, dependents and correspondents were steady as the PoWs, some of them limping, walked off the planes at this base, their first stop on their 12,000 mile trip home. Admiral Noel Gayler, commander in chief of U.S. forces in the Pacific, shook hands with each man and received a snappy salute. No transfer of power to Tories Election decision up to Liberals OTTAWA (CP) -- The government would quit and be entitled to call an election if it were defeated in parliament, over the Feb. 19 federal budget, Liberal house leader Allan MacEachen says. Interviewed for the CTV television network's Sunday program Question Period, Mr. MacEachen said he felt the minority government had received enough expressions of confidence in the Commons since the session began Jan. 4 to be entitled to a dissolution. Power would not likely be transferred to the Conservative party, which has 107 seats to the Liberals 109, without a general election won by the Conservative party. "Has this government gone far enough, has it had enough expressions of confidence in the House to claim reasonably that it should be entitled to a dissolution?" asked George Bain, columnist for the Toronto G1 o b e and Mail and one of the interviewers. "I think so," replied Mr. MacEachen. "Yes." Mr. MacEachen said there will be a couple of days between the Feb. 19 date for Fi- nance Minister John. Turner's budget and the beginning of a six-day debate on the subject. Legislation to implement measures outlined hi the budget will be introduced after that. CRUCIAL VOTES "The votes on the main budget will be really crucial votes and if there is - as there will be undoubtedly - an amendment on that budget motion and it implies non-confidence, of course if the vote were carried the government would, in my opinion, have to quit." The veteran Maritime MP- he was first elected in 1953- said there were "various ways'' lo get such measures as corporation tax cuts llirough the House w i t h out a government defeat that implied want-of-confidence. The New Democratic Party, with 31 seats the balance-of-power holder in the minority House, campaigned on a platform of ending the "corporate rip-off," government tax breaks for big business. If the main budget motion passes, individual bills could be defeated without the government resigning. LAOS CEASEFIRE TREATY IN OFFING VIENTIANE, Laos (Reuter) - The Laotian government and the pro-Communist Pathet Lao will sign a ceasefire Tuesday to halt the fighting in Laos effective Friday, government sources said here today. It was understood that the signing would take place at Tuesday's regular peace talks meeting between government and Pathet Lao delegations, the 18th session since talks began last October. The ceasefire itself would come into effect on Feb. 16, the sources said. The sources said one of the main difficulties holding up an agreement-that of the composition of a provisional government-had been solved. Although no details of the proposed agreement were available, observers believed the ceasefire would mean government and Pathet Lao forces holding their positions throughout the country. The future ,of about 50,000 North Vietnamese troops in Laos was not clear, although informed sources have said this would not cause trouble as it had in negotiations for a ceasefire in Vietnam. Markets closed in money crisis BONN (AP) - Most foreign-exchange markets were closed around the world today in an effort to cool off the United States dollar crisis. There was widespread speculation that there would soon be an international meeting, similar to the 1971 Smithsonian conference in Washington, to work out a new schedule of exchange rates for the non-Communist world's major currencies. Tokyo was reported under increasing pressure from the United States to revalue the yen upward. But the Japanese government was waiting for West Germany and the rest of the Common Market countries to act, and the Germans continued to insist they would not increase the value of the mark unilaterally. The major official exchange markets closed were those in London, Paris and Tokyo in addition to Frankfurt. In Switzerland, where the market was open, the dollar dropped to a new low, down to 3.51% Swiss francs from Friday's close of 3.5614. This means an American wanting to buy Swiss francs had to pay about 31 1-3 cents today as opposed to about 30 cents Friday. Should the West German mark eventually be pegged at three to the dollar, this means Americans will have to pay 33 1-3 cents for a mark as opposed to 311-3 cents set by the Smithsonian agreement signed in 'Washington in December, 1971. U of L problems analysed in new Herald series The U-'-ersity of Lethbridge, as most universities in North America, has been in trouble. The problem arises largely because of the quite unexpected rejection of universities by so many young people. Where the money comes from government and is based on enrolment, tliis creates a financial bind. The University of Lethbridge has been particulaiiy concerned because it is younger, smaller, and lacks the strong base of the larger institutions. What the future holds for the University of Lethbridge has been of deep concern, not just for the staff and students but for the community and for the provincial government. Major revisions in government policy toward Alberta universities are currently under way. To help its readers understand the situation better, The Lethbridge Herald recently commissioned Mrs. J e a nne Beaty to study the matter in great depth and to report her findings. Mrs. Beaty is singularly fit- ted for this assignment. She combines an intimate knowledge of the subject, gained from being a part of the academic community for many years, with the objectivity of a trained and experienced journalist, which she is. The Herald commends these articles to all who are concerned with the university, with the young people, and with today's uneasy society.- The articles will appear daily on the editorial page, starting today. Maritime storm tapering off HALIFAX (CP) - A storm which dumped more than 17 inches of snow on some centres, blocked highways and played havoc with automobile travel was tapering off early today, a spokesman for the Maritimes weather office said.. Nova Scotia was the hardest hit by the snow as Halifax reported 15 inches of snow and Sydney 13. Seventeen inches had fallen at the Halifax International Airport. Inside Classified ... . 12-15 8 3 .... 11 Local News . . 9, 10 Markets 16 . 6, 7 ,,, 5 TV .......... 5 .... 2 'Dr. Kissinger, I presume: LOW TONIGHT -10, HIGH TUES. 5; LIGHT SNOW ;