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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Public By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Ten briefs oB-the city power supply issue were submitted to city clerk John Gerla by the p.m. Wednesday deadline. Mayor Andy Anderson, who will chair the public hearing which starts Monday at 8 p.m. at the Yates Centre, said Wednesday he will not release copies of the briefs received at city hall until the hearing, leaving it up to those who submitted briefs to make them public before Monday. Most of the briefs were expected to oppose the chief recommendation of the CH2M Hill study to sell the river valley power plant and purchase all power from Calgary Power Ltd. Briefs came from Sam Kounosu, a University of Lethbridge physics professor; Chester Beaty, a U of L geography professor; the International chilly on sale to Calgary Power Union of Operating Engineers; the Metro New Democratic Association; Union Gas Ltd. of Calgary, which also filed on behalf of Armsco Exploration Ltd. of Calgary; the Chinook Senior Citizens and Pensioners Organization; Jim Burness of 2010 5th Ave. S.; Percy Morris of 1412 4th AYS. S.; Roger Rlckwood, a political science assistant professor at the U of L, and the power plant study committee, an ad-hoc committee of concerned citizens. Mr. Rlckwood, interviewed as he submitted his brief, about 4 p.m. Wednesday said it was compiled -by students and faculty at the university, and represented their views as citizens. Mr. Rickwood also said a public forum on the power plant issue will be held in the U of L main concourse Monday at noon. Interest on the issue is running quite high at the university, he said. Mr. Rickwood added that the brief he handed in opposed sale of the plant on the grounds that all the social and economic costs to the city of such a move have not been fully explored. The brief submitted by Sam Kounotu was an article he prepared on the power plant for the Feb. 1 issue of the U of L student "The Melioriat." In it, he attacked the consultants' assumption that Calgary Power rates will go up by five per cent a year, when the projected price of natural gas is rising 18 per cent a year and coal 20 per cent a year. He also said the 1W9 contract which tied the city to purchase of increasing amounts of base- load power from Calgary Power until 1181 was responsible for putting the city in the position it faces now. And he questions the Calgary Power offer for the plant, pointing out that In the city's own financial report of 1970 the plant was assessed to be worth more than million. The Metro NDP Association has already called for a referendum on the power plant. The brief submitted by the ad hoc committee of concerned citizens also calls for a referendum, saying council does not have enough information on which to make a decision; there has been no recent independent appraisal of the plant's worth, and that if it is sold it should be sold as a business not just as a physical asset. What happens after Monday's meeting? Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff, chairman of council's power plant committee, said Wednesday council will have to first find out if money to expand the city's power plant would be available. "Even he said, "we can't even say we are going to build a new plant. We can only say WE want to build a new Want." The city would have to apply to the Energy Resources Conservation Board for permission to build a new plant, he said. "I'm told it would cost us more than to prepare the necessary plans and specifications for an application, with no guarantee of a yes." The deputy mayor said he is afraid the power plant question might become a political issue. "Political decisions are usually not the best be said. Two members of the CH2M Hill consulting firm are expected to be at Monday night's hearing to answer questions about their report. They are Harold M. Moser and Carl The Lethbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVII 54 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1974 Cents 28 Pages Arabs sent west for Hearsts urged not to pay up WASHINGTON (AP) Attorney-General William Saxbe said today he does not believe the family of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst should comply with the demands of her kidnappers. Saxbe also said at a news conference he believes federal authorities can identify most of the kidnappers of the 19- year-old daughter of newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst but that officials do not know where they are holding the girl. "You don't catch kidnappers or save the victim by doing what the kidnappers Saxbe said. A group calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army says it is holding the girl and has demanded that her father arrange to provide worth of free food to each poor person in California. Hearst has said he is preparing a counter-offer but believes Jt impossible to comply fully with a program estimated to cost as much as million. Saxbe said if federal officials knew where Miss Hearst was being held "they'd go get her. Hearst assured his daughter and her captors, through a news conference, that he would do "everything in my power" to set up a limited food distribution program this week. "Obviously, I don't see now I can meet a pro- he said. In an emotional news conference, the father told the 19year-old girl, "Hang in there, honey. The family will do everything we can to get you out" Mrs. Hearst told reporters she has received more than million from well-wishers for her daughter's release. Meanwhile, a coalition of activist-groups has offered to negotiate for the release of Patricia Hearst. The coalition includes six groups named by the girl's ddnappers to act as observers in a multi-milUoiHloUar food giveaway to California's needy. Time out at the nursery BILL GROENEN photo These three toddlers are taking a brief respite from their busy schedules at the Kradle Koop nursery in Lethbridge. On pottie parade are: Rory Mells, left, two; Sandra Hamilton, two, and Kelly Morris, three. Inside Buckling your seat belt could be mandatory About town Police department secretary Breada McCresrfy thinking that if she kept supplying items for this coiumn she could keep her own name out of it. Provincial Judge L. W. Hidsoi amused at being called "your majesty" in court OTTAWA (CP) Health Minister Marc Lalonde was smiling when he announced Wednesday that provincial laws soon will likely compel car drive? and passengers to buckle their seat and shoulder belts. Seat belts probably saved his life and his wife's in a traffic accident last summer, Mr. Lalonde told reporters following the opening session of a two-day federal- provincial conference of health ministers. It certainly "reinforced my personal conviction" that wearing seat belts should be mandatory, he said. But the initiative to recom- mend to each province that wearing seat and shoulder belts in can be came the heal tl ministers themselves. Such laws might cut traffic fatalities by 15 per cent and reduce hospital costs nationally by million a year, he said. The ministers agreed to aim for a 15-per-cent reduction in traffic fatalities within five years. At the present rate of highway deaths, 700 fewer people would die each year, and there would be an estimated fewer injuries. Mr. Lalonde said the minis- ters had shown such enthusiasm for the proposal that they likely would have no difficulty convincing their cabinet colleagues to adopt it They also requested that federal and provincial officials meet soon to co- ordinate an alcohol treatment and counselling program, and noted that alcohol is a prime ingredient in traffic accidents. Mr. Lalonde, who letuiuetl last week from the Com- monwealth Games in New Zealand and a visit to Australia, said compulsory seat belts in those countries had reduced traffic fatalities 15 to 20 per cent He estimated only 10 per cent of Canadian drivers and passengers now buckle up. A conference communique acknowledged representations from native groups stressing health problems among their people, particularly in relation to alcohol, and said the ministers consider the matter urgent The Alberta provincial native action committee on alcoholism said in a telegram that Indians and Metis have "severe problems associated with alcoholism and alcohol abuse." On one Alberta reserve, 96 per cent of deaths in the last five years were associated with alcohol, the committee said. 'It's from the makers of The Comics............26 j? District............17 Family 8 Local News.....15, 16 Markets...........19 g Sports............8-10 Theatres............7 TV.................6 g Weather............3 Youth.............12 LOW TONIGHT 20, HIGH FBI., 40; SUNNY, WIND. Oil firms facing pollution charges YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) Two oil companies were remanded without plea to Feb. 27 when counsel appeared for them today on charges of pollutation at separate well sites in the Mackenzie Delta of the Northwest Territories. Elf Oil became the first exploration company charged under the Fisheries Act when the federal department charged the company permitted deposit of a "deleterious substance" in water frequented by fish. The fisheries department spokesman said the alleged offence involved leakage of 500 to gallons of diesel fuel from a storage bladder 100 miles northeast of Inuvik. Gulf is charged under the territorial Land Use Act with failure to comply with a condition of a land-use permit million in royalties Nobel Prize Exiled Solzhenitsyn won't be a pauper From REUTER-AP LAGENBROICH (CP) Telegrams, letters, flowers and offers of residence from many parts of the world poured into this small West German town today for exiled Soviet author Alexander Solznenitsyn. "I don't have time to read the SoUtoenitsyn said. "HI started to read the mail 1 nave received here, I woaM nave time to breathe." SoUnenitsyn will not be a pauper. The Paris newspaper France-Soir estimated the Nobel Prtee winner has at least Sff million in book royalties outside the Soviet Union. And the Nobel Foundation said in Stockholm be can pick op toe be was awarded when be won the Nobel Prixe for literature. "First I must get acclima- tised and try to understand my he said after arriv- ing here from Moscow Wednesday to stay at the farmhouse home of novelist Hetnrich Boll 18 miles southwest of Bonn. Still perplexed by the experience of being deprived of bis citizenship, bundled aboard a Soviet airliner and flown to Frankfurt, be coBld only smile in bis bewilderment and say: "It all happened so quickly." The 55-year-old writer said be was contented about his family and could not answer any Questions for toe present Then, after clasping bis hands above bis bead uke a fighter who has won, Solzbenitsyn hurried inside again to telephone Us wife, Natalyna. Toe Soviet authorities said in announcing bis banishment Wednesday that she and the two children could join him "when they deem it but Boll said SolzneniUyn was suspicions of tins. Mrs. SoUhenittyn said in Moscow after speaking to her by telephone: "We intend to follow him, certainly, but when, where we just don't know." Solzbenitsyn mast contend with the problem of where to settle. Hiss Swiss lawyer, Fritz Heeb, said Wednesday night be was most likely to choose Scandinavia. West German authorities say be can stay on permanently if be wants to, State Secretary Henry Kissinger has said be would be welcome in the United States and Britain has also extended an invitation. peace talks From AP-REUTER ALGIERS, (CP) A four- country Arab summit confer- ence decided today to send the Saudi Arabian and Egyptian foreign ministers to Paris and Washington to discuss the con- ditions for Syria's participation in peace talks with Israel, Arab sources reported. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Omar Sakkaf and Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi are to begin their mission almost immediately. The sources said the leaders of Saudi Syria and Algeria reached agreement on the conditions tinder which Syria would end its boycott of the Geneva Middle East peace talks. If these conditions are met, Syria presumably would take the next step toward a military disengagement with Israel by publishing the names of its Israeli prisoners, the sources added. dard-Hne Arab leadersj- anxious to force concessions a disengagement of trbops-iao .the Syrian reported to be fighting ai Egyptian proposal to ease the oil embargo against the United States, informed sources said. The meeting, originally scheduled to last two days, was an .attempt to reconcile the economic embargo with any political settlement of the Middle East conflict. As the four Arab chiefs of state met in the Algerian capi- tal Wednesday night, the offi- cial Algiers newspaper El Moudjahid said ending the embargo would look luce a surrender to American threats. It added that the United States wants the embargo lifted more to humiliate the Arabs than to obtain more oil. The summit coincided with an announcement by Kurt Waldheim, United Nations secretary-general, that contacts were under way with the Syrian government for a disengagement on the Syrian front Sadat is reported to have called for an easing of the oil embargo following the Israeli- Egyp'tian military dis- engagement, which has been progressing without a hitch. The paramount question at today's meeting would be whether the easing of the oil embargo should take precedence over a negotiated settlement of the Syrian issue. Arab sources said. Thief steals TORONTO (CP) A young man stole a kiss and Wednesday night from a university student in a subway station. Lina Puma, 22, was returning from York University when she was approached by the young man and asked if she could: change 25 cents for him. "I took a bill out of my wallet and I was trying to dig out the change when he leaned forward and kissed me on the she said: "He plucked the out of my hand, said 'thank you' and then just walked down to the trains. "I was so dumbfounded I just stood there." District upgrading aid offered EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government will make million in grants available this year to municipalities for the neighborhood improvement program, the municipal affairs department announced today. The province will match federal grants up to a maximum of 25 per cent of the total cost The provincial grant must be used for parts of the project that are of general municipal benefit rather than those related to the particular neighborhood. Ottawa has allocated million for the program in Alberta, including million that will be split between Edmonton and Calgary. Projects dealing with road relocation, recreational facilities and redesigning of traffic routes are eligible for grants. Jaworski refused extra evidence WASHINGTON (AP) Special prosecutor Leon Jaworski said today the White House has refused to provide him with additional evidence for his investigations of the Watergate political espionage scandal. A spokesman for Jaworski said the prosecutor has in- formed the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee. Senator James Eastland (Dem. of the refusal. "The production of the addi- tional evidence for the investi- gation requested of the White House since Jan. 9, has now been refused by letter from Mr. (James) St. CUur. who advised us that be was acting at the direction of the 'president" the spokesman said. Jaworski refused to say whether he will subpoena the material. It was believed unlikely Ja- worski would go to court for additional evidence for the case in which a grand jury is expected to return indictments by the end of the month. New litigation in an attempt to get additional material would delay those indictments, already held op for months by toe long battle over White House tapes started by Jaworski's predecessor Archibald Cox. However, it was considered likely Jaworski will subpoena material sought in other cases such as the investigation of contributions from the dairy industry to President Nixon's reelection campaign. ;