Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wo invite you to drop in and teo BERNICE VOTH for oil your European travel arrangements. ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, February, 15, 1973 PAGES 13 TO 24 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lower Level. 7th Street Shopping Mall Lethbridge, Alberta Phone (403) 328-7411 HOME AND OFFICE SAFES War or peacetime disaster would leave city in one heck of a mess* By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge is not equipped to deal effectively with a disaster, the Lethbridge Emergency Measures Co-ordinator says. "If there was a disaster, we'd be in one heck of a mess," Joe Karl said in an interview. He said that while EMO would attempt to deal effectively should a disaster - either natural or wartime - occur, the organization has atrophied since the peak days of the 1960's when cold-war hysteria was high. Except for his job, all EMO services are operated on a volunteer basis. Mr. Karl is employed by the City of Lethbridge as a safety training officer, and part of his duties include the EMO position. He said that to fill all positions under the diaster plan, approved by the city Dec. 4, 1A72, 168 people would be needed. If the situation warranted it, city employees could be used to staff emergency positions. Under tho survial plan, should a tornado threaten the city, the weather office would call Mr. Karl and inform him of the situation. He would then notify a rescue team to stand by. The rescue team is staffed by the Coulee Cruisers, a local jeep club. Should the tornado strike, the jeeps would be used as ambulances, under the control of police officers at the scene. ' The weather office would also inform the police, the fire department, the department of public works, the radio stations, the KCMP, and the hospitals. Registration and inquiry, and medical teams, the accommodation and lodging committee would be sent out, and the mayor would be notified. The registration and inquiry team handles the identification and disposition of dead and injured, while the medical team provides back-up to regular hospital staff. City buildings could be used to provide accommodation for those dispossessed by the disaster. While this all sounds good on paper, Mr. Karl said that most of these committees are not operational. "And how do you get yourself geared up for it when nobody gives a damn," he said. Through personal contact, he tries to convince * people there is still a need for emergency planning. In contrast to EMO operations in the '60's, the trend now is to- wards providing for peacetime disasters, such as floods, tornados, or plane crashes. In peacetime, neither the city, nor EMO can requisition aid from any source, although they could impose a local curfew. During a wartime disaster, the city would be governed by the RCMP, and EMO would be put in the position of providing whatever assistance the RCMP deemed to be necessary. Grasshopper outbreak seen The County of Lethbridge is ready for a grasshopper outbreak in 1973 which, according to the Lethbridge Research Station, could reach near record high infestation levels. Ben Nyhof, fieldman for the agricultural service board for the county, said today there always have been grasshoppers in the region so pesticides have always been readily accessible. The provincial government has stocks of the pesticide Dim-enthoate, the only pesticide still recommended for use against grasshoppers, in store in Lethbridge under the direction of Jim Archibald, regional pest control officer for the Alberta Department of Agriculture. Mr. Nyhof said there are four substations which will be stock piled with the pesticides as the grasshopper infestation nears. They are located at the Picture Butte county maintenance yard, Turin, Barons Southern Alberta Co-op and Coaldale Southern Alberta Co-op. "I conducted a survey late last fall myself and I know the real bad spots are just west of Lethbridge and near Turin," he said. "But we're not worried at this time because the chemicals are here." Dr. D. S. Smith, entomologist at the Lethbridge Research Station, has predicted farmers in Southern Alberta will be faced CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAEJ MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. lower Level PHONE 327-2822 Introducing Speidefe Romunda Bordered in 10K gold filled, $12.95 Stainless Steel, $9.95 .Choice of black or brown Hie expansion wutdtbond that looks like leather. This is the most unique watchband in the world. An expansion band with the rugged look of leather. It's so flexible and so comfortable you hardly knowyou'rewear-Ing it. The Romundar watchband. Exclusively. from Speide!. It would be enough if it just looked great on your watch. But it also feels g reat on your wrist. Adivisionof SCanada Limited On display now at JEWELLERY LTD. COLLEGE MALL in 1973 with the heaviest infestation of grasshopper in years. About twice the area of Alberta will be affected in 1973 as was affected in 1972, Dr. Smith said. He said there are three major areas in the south which can expect severe grasshopper infestations. An area bordering both sides of the Oldman River starting from Coalhurst on the north to a point west of Raymond on the south may be hard hit. The largest "hot spot" is just west of Carmangay to 12 miles east of Travers running for 12 miles north and south. A smaller area encompassing a narrow band of land about 20 miles long running north and south of Grassy Lake is the other area which could experience severe infestations. A severe infestation means five or more grasshoppers per square yard of land. Dr. Smith said last year 50 to 100 grasshoppers per square yard were found in fields just south of Lethbridge. 'These and higher densities can be expected for the areas of most intense activities if the conditions are right," he said. The eggs are laid by adults in the fall and the young grasshoppers start to emerge in the middle of May. The hatchings could continue until the middle of July. Dr. Smith said farmers should start to watch their fields about the middle of May. A big hatch could come early enough to catch the crops when they are the most susceptible. He said there are very concentrated if they hatch early but they are also more easily controlled. He cautioned that they must be spotted early to control them before damage is done. Potato growers defend product BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS Custom Installations Ph. 328-0372 2716 12 Ave. S. Open Thurs.. Fri. fill 9 p.m. Hungry hopper south prepares for grasshopper threat. RESEARCH STATION photo Jail terms for break-ins given two Cranbrook men Two Cranbrook men were given three-month prison terms Wednesday after they pleaded guilty to three counts of break, enter, and theft. Richard James Crooks, 18; and Michael Theodore Deshaf-nais were charged following a series of break-ins Feb. 4 at Acme TV, Superior Gulf Service, and Circle Mohawk Service. Court was told that the two youths stole a color television YOUR BUSINESS ASSOCIATES KNOW THE THREE SISTERS MOTEL IS THE BEST ACCOMODATION IN THE CROWSNESTI DO YOU? 3 lister* jlotei COLOR TV FREE LOCAL TEL CALLS D.D. PHONES ICE & NEWSPAPER FERNIE'S NEWEST RESTAURANT ADJACENT RESERVE FERNIE 423-4438 DINE and DANCE THIS FRIDAY and SATURDAY EVENING VALENTINE TREATI 8 to 12 P.M. NO COVER CHARGE COMPLIMENTARY SWEETHEART CAKES For The Ladies! FRIDAY ONLYI Featuring . 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CROCUS PANS SPECIAL ONLY .. Call 327-5747 322 -6th St. South FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP LETHBRIDGE suspended sentences for the offences. Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson rejected Mr. Boras' application, saying that a pre-sentence report on both showed that they would not respond favorably to leniency. "There comes a time when I have to consider the property of tho individuals. It seems to me that everyday, young people come in here on break-and-enter charges thinking they can get away with it," he said. * * * A 21-year-old Lethbridge man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstructing a police officer and was remanded to Feb. 21. Gerald Gregory Weldon, 505 Stafford Drive, is alleged to have interferred with' Const. Norman Whelpley as he was arresting another Lethbridge man for intoxication Tuesday night in the Marquis Hotel tavern. � � * William Alan Fraser, 17, 620 12th St. S., was sentenced to six months on a charge of possession of stolen property valued in excess of $200. He was also given two months, concurrent, on charge of theft under $200. By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The Alberta Potato Growers' Association has defended its commodity, claiming reports that poor quality potatoes are being grown in the province are misleading. Sven Ericksen, Lethbridge restauranteur and part owner of a fresh potato processing, plant in Taber, told the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Board in January that Alberta's vegetable producers should stop complaining about poor prices and start growing a better product. He said at the public hearing that he would challenge anyone who claims Alberta has the best potatoes. He said Alberta potatoes haven't reached 50 per cent of the quality they should. Phil Thomas, honorary secretary of the growers' association, in a letter to The Herald today, refuted Mr. Enicksen's statements. Mr. Thomas said the Alberta Potato Growers' Association has worked most diligently in improving quality of Alberta potatoes. "Alberta potato growers can and do produce high quality potatoes when normal weather conditions prevail," he said. 'Alberta is fortunate to have climate which is conducive to the production of the highest quality, potatoes anywhere in North America." He said a poor growing season and cold weather during the harvest can be detrimental to the quality of the potatoes, causing bruising and mechanical damage. Pointing a finger at another sector of the industry, Mr. Thomas said damaged or low quality potatoes can, at present, enter the markets due to a lack of government inspections and improper grading. Mr. Ericksen told the marketing council that when he started his processing plant in Taber the government promised inspection stations that would ensure a quality product. He said there still is no inspection station and now every grower is his own grader. Mi*. Thomas said in his letter that lower quality potatoes receive the same price that a high quality package would, under the present grade structure, since they qualify for the same grade designation. He added that even the highest quality potatoes can be damaged after being packaged. He pointed to improper handling, particularly, by truckers, wholesalers and retailers, resulting in lower quality potatoes to the consumer. He said the potato growers' association has for years requested changes in government regulations which would improve the quality of potatoes being purchased by the consumer. The changes requested include: Grade changes which would ensure high quality potatoes being packaged and sold. Com pulsory interprovin-cial inspection and certification of potatoes at shipping points on a Canada-wide basis which would ensure that top grades reach the market areas across Canada. Establishment of registered k MIC ART STUDIO 'ON FICTM fiVENU6 ARTISTIC PICTURE FRAMING , ART ' GALLEfW OPEN DAILY 9:30-5:30 SATURDAY 10-5 710-5 AVE S LETHftftlDGE-ALTA grading stations through which all potatoes would be hauled. These stations would have adequate facilities for handling, grading) packaging and marketing potatoes. They would also be government inspected and controlled. Mr. Thomas said these changes would prevent low grade potatoes from entering market channels. "The Alberta Potato Growers' Association feels that the provincial and federal governments have been remiss in delaying implementation of these changes in regulations," he said. City social workers named regional heads Two social workers with the Lethbridge regional office of the department of health and social development have been promoted regional administrators for Olds and Drumheller. They are Allan Zimmer, 26, appointed regional administrator for Olds, and Terry Aman, Slide show at museum A special slide presentation and lecture will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Sir Alexander Gait Museum, 1st Street and 5th Avenue. Don Folkins, former farm superintendent at the Wainwright Buffalo Park, will discuss the round-up of buffalo by the federal government and their shipment from southern Montana through Lethbridge to Wainwright in 1906. The museum is open each Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. INCOME TAX INDIVIDUAL, FARM, and BUSINESS RETURNS F. M. DOUGLAS 917-27 Street 'A' N. Ph. 328-0330, 328-1705 SMILEY'S PLUMBING �ASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phone 328-2176 ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC, Schwartz Bldg. 222 5lh St. S. Phone 328-4095 28, appointed regional administrator for Drumheller, a department announcement says. Mr. Zimmer, of Handel, Sask., joined the Lethbridge office in 1969. He is already in Olds. 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