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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Mercy flight North suspends American prisoner releases not sa YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) - Pilot Martin Hartwell was described Monday as "reluctant" to take the mercy flight that led to one of the most controversial air crashes in the history of northern aviation. A coroner's inquest which opened Monday and continues today is investigating the deaths of the three victims. Mining engineer Bill Tomas of Calgary, who had chartered Mr. Hart well's plane before the crash, said the pilot was not anxious to take the mercy filght, possibly because he knew he would encounter bad weather. Mr. Thomas also said Mr. Hartwell had navigation problems the day before the crash and also on the morning of the crash. On that morning, he had been looking for a remote lake in the Arctic where Mr. Thomas wanted to go, but couldn't find it. Later in the day, Mr. Hartwell crashed 180 miles off course while on the mercy flight and was not found for 32 days - alter the most expensive air search in Canadian history, costing about $2 million. The search had been called off after about three weeks but was resumed in the face of intense public pressure. The inquest opened in the banquet room of the largest hotel in the Northwest Territories. More than 100 spectators filled all seats and at times stood two-deep at the rear. Mr. Thomas said Mr. Hartwell had not been happy about the prospect of returning to Yellowknife on a mercy flight. Mr. Thomas said Mr. Hartwell made the first part of a five-hour search for the lake while flying under a low cloud ceiling. Later the plane climbed through the clouds into the sunshine, he said. However, Mr. Hartwell was unable to locate their destination on a lake 25 miles from the community of Perry River. "I think we overshot our target because we couldn't see the ground most of the way-" said Mr. Thomas- They circled for a half hour, looking for the river which would give them an indication where the lake was, but finally had to turn for Cambridge Bay because fuel was running out. A twin Otter reached the lake the previous week to supply a mining camp, said Mr. Thomas. Request flight At Cambridge Bay, Mr. Hartwell was asked by a resident nurse whether he would give up his mining charter and evacuate the two patients to hospital in Yellowknife. One of the patients, Neemee Nulliayok was pregnant and in premature labor, and the other, 14-year-old David Kootook, was diagnosed by a doctor in Spence Bay as suffering from acute appendicitis. The Cambridge Bay nurse, Elizabeth Budd, also testified that Mr. Hartwell didn't "seem anxious to go back to Yellowknife right away." �'.''He didn't say why." Miss Budd said another plane was available - a twin Otter which had brought nurse Judith Hill and her two patients from their home community of Spence Bay. Miss Hill, 27, a northern health service nurse who emigrated to Canada from Kingsbridge, England, was the third victim of the crash. Miss Budd said she telephone Dr. A. 0. Uygur of Yellowknife, medical director for the region, seeking permission to evacuate the patients to Yellowkniie. Miss Budd said Dr. Uygur told her to use either of the two aircraft alreay in Cambridge Bay for the mercy flight. She said both pilots were together when asked whether they would take the flight. "... I didn't care which plane," she said. Mr. Hartwell left on the 500-mile trip by 3:30 or 3:45 p.m., she said. Mr. Hartwell, in Edmonton while recovering from surgery to fix two broken ankles and a fractured kneecap, has been subpoenaed to appear at the inquest Wednesday. His lawyer, J. C. Cavanagh of Edmonton, said last week, he did not know whether his client would be at the inquest. SAIGON (API - North Vietnam announced today it is suspending the release of U.S. prisoners of war until the United States and South Vietnam honor all parts of the ceasefire agreement. The U.S. responded by calling on North Vietnam and the Viet Cong to go ahead immediately with the release. Bui Tin, the spokesman for the North Vietnamese delega- tion in Saigon, indicated that the Communists particularly want the release of civilian prisoners held by the South Vienamese and an end to harassment of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong members of the Joint Military Commission (JMC). A four-page statement from the U.S. JMC delegation called on North Vietnam and the Viet Cong's Provisional Revolution- ary Government "to implement the obligations they have accepted in the Paris agreement and protocols and to take immediate action to fulfil their commitment to release U.S. PoWs in accordance with the withdrawal rate of U.S. and free world forces." Tin . also disclosed that the North Vietnamese delesation's deputy chief, Col. Lu Van Loi, has been summoned to Hanoi "for new instructions." He described the situation as "alarming and extremely serious." The North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong have released 163 U.S. prisoners, but 422 others are still captives in North and South Vietnam and Laos. The  United - States had expected about 140 to be released today, the halfway point between the ceasefire Jan. 28 and the March 28 deadline for release of all U.S. PoWs and withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Vietnam. Meanwhile in Paris North Vietnam spokesman Tanh Le said today there is no room for compromise on his government's rejection of Canada's idea for the limited involvement of the United Nations secretary-general in any future Vietnamese peace machinery. The Canadians had wanted Waldheim to be the agent for reconvening the Paris conference on certain conditions and also for channelling the reports of the ICCS-of which Canada is a member-to the continuing political authority. Commenting on the Canadian threat to withdraw from the ICCS if it is left to become an ineffective agency, Le told an earlier news conference today that any retirement of this sort is up to the Canadians. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI - No. 66 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1973 PRICE: 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 22 PAGES 1 lllllltllte : ****** - Manson in shackles In chains and shackles, Charles Manson leaves the Los Angeles Criminal Courts building Monday after testifying in the trial of four of his followers on armed robbery charges. He was brought to Los Angeles from Folson prison where be is serving a life term for the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others. VOTING CONTINUES Teacher's strike 'likely' By .HERB LEGG Herald' Staff Writer Rural teachers in Southern Alberta - who could walk off the job as early as March 6 in 18 school districts - are playing their cards close to the chest today as a government-supervised strike vote continues. The teachers, not including those at Lethbridge or Medicine Hat, have already reject-el a conciliation board award of a 6.2 per cent salary increase. Their dispute is with the Southern Alberta School Authorities Association, which claims rural teachers have actually rejected wage hikes of 8.? per cent (after increment allocations are considered). Teachers rejected the offer by a 65.3 per cent majority. Their application to seek this week's government-supervised strike vote was supported by 82 per cent of the 1,340 teachers in Die area. Mel S p a c k m a 11, Alberta Teachers' Association spokesman for the southwest district, said today results of the strike vole will be known sometime Thursday. Ballots are being cast in rural centres today and Wednesday under the direction of the Industrial Relations Board. If teachers vote to walk off the job, 48 hours notice must be given before work is stopped. Mr. Spackman said he is not able to comment, at this time, on how a strike will be organized should the veto be approved. It is not known if teachers will organize a series of rotating walk-outs or if they will all strike at once. Unofficially, there seems little doubt that teachers will approve strike action. ATA officials will not comment publicly on how this week's vote will turn out - but many officials privately admit a strike situation is certain. One official told The Herald mediation could continue after the strike vote is counted, regardless of the outcome. Also, "for the record," teachers and rural trustees have not been speaking since talks broke down Feb. 13. Prior to this week's strike vote, teacher negotiator Bill Casanova said if trustees "persist in their current attitudes, teachers will have little choice but to approve strike action to achieve an equitable settlement." Rural teachers want a new contract which includes trustee contributions to fringe benefits, Alberta Health Plan premiums, Blue Cross and life insurance. District teachers have been without a contract since September. About 27,000 elementary and secondary students will be affected in a strike situation. Hal Martin, public relations director for the Alberta School Trustees' Association, said today high schools in the district will remain open in the event of a walk-out. Elementary schools will be closed if a strike situation occurs, he said. "There was a meeting last week to discuss the procedures involved with a strike. High schools will be kept open, subject to public reaction, so students will at least have access to materials in the school," Mr. Martin said. He said rural trustees, are looking for volunteers to man resource centres in the schools which would allow secondary students at least partial facilities. Striking teachers will not receive any salary from their boards, although some strike assistance can be made available from the ATA. Mr. Martin said trustees cannot estimate the cost of a strike to taxpayers until they know how long a walk-out could last. He said government grants to school districts will continue for the first three days of a strike but thereafter may be cut by as much as CO per cent, at. the discretion of the provincial government. outh par power failure By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer Icing conditions on Calgary Power's main transmission lines serving Southern Alberta paralysed parts of Lethbridge and other communities more than two hours this morning. At 4:35 a.m. grounding wires sagged knocking out two of the three main transmission lines serving the south, a Calgary Power spokesman said Grounding wires, half an inch in diameter, were reported this morning being four inches thick because of the icing. The two main lines went out within minutes. Grounding wires run above the transmission lines and protect against lightning. The problem occurred near Crossfield, 30 miles north of Calgary. The area affected by the outage was from Crossfield south. OVERLOADED Hie remaining main transmission line tried to pick up the balance of the load for the south but it went out from overloading at 8:21 a.m. Calgary Power crews were on the job at 6 a.m. trying to repair the damage and return power to the south. The line that went out at 8:21 a.m. was repaired first but power had to be turned on slow-, ly to avoid overloading. The main centres of population were first to receive power. Calgary had its power resumed a considerable time before Lethbridge. Rural users were advised it may be quite awhile before their power is restored. As the ice melts, power will be restored to rural customers, the Calgary Power spokesman said. Ti'E-IN PLANNED Pincher Creek and the Crows-nest Pass fared better than Lethbridge because Calgary Power was able to draw 40 megawatts from B.C. Hydro. When Calgary Power completes a tie-in with B.C. Hydro this fall, giving it access to power from B.C- and the northwestern U.S., there will be sufficient power to look after Southern Alberta if a similar situation arises again in the future, the spokesman said. The tie-in will allow Calgary Power to draw 240 megawatts' instead of just 40. While parts of the city were without power for the full dur- ation  other parts experienced only a short outage. The outage is the longest experienced by the city in 10 years. The city's power plant was able to generate up to two-thirds' of the city's requirements but could not manage the other third. One boiler was being repaired at the time of the outage so a full head of steam could not be developed. Lethbridge provincial court was conducted by flashlight until the lights came on at 10:40 a.m. The outage did not affect police operations, but Station Sgt. R. G. Mamoch said police switched to battery-operated radios. The station has an auxiliary power system. HOSPITALS OKAY An auxiliary power system at St. Michael's General Hospital maintained normal hospital operations, but Lethbridge Municipal Hospital did not experience a power failure. Service in various city department stores ranged from normal to completely shut down. Employees of Zeller's Coun� try Fair were escorting customers throughout the store with flashlights. Checkouts ware operating in near darkness. Marvin Moser, appliance manager at Woolco, said there were no customers in the store during the power outage. He said the power went off just before opening time so the doors never were opened to the public. Employees at Eaton's were working with flashlights. No customers were allowed to enter the store until the power was returned. Simpson's Sears store was not affected by the power shortage. Several schools were affected by the outage. Classes proceeded nearly normal in schools with plenty of windows, but in others classes were limited to discussions. At Lethbridge Community College, about half of 900 students writing mid-term examinations had to lay down their pencils and pens and wait for light. In the college's bakery, a load of 400 loaves of bread were in the huge ovens when the power went out. The University of Lethbridge was not affected. Legislature mourns death of cabinet minister EDMONTON (CP) - The Alberta legislature heard tributes to the late Len Werry Monday, then adjourned for 24 hours to mourn his death. Mr. Werry, 45, minister of telephones and utilities, was killed Sunday in a car accident near Edson. He was taking some of his children skiing when the accident occurred. Mr. Werry's front-row desk in the legislature was draped in black crepe and contained a single red rose and a Bible. He represented Calgary Foothills and had been in the legislature since 11)07. ..CONSIDERED HUMANIST Premier Peter Lougheed said Mr. Werry's entire life was a struggle to do better and to help people. He was a member of the original six Progressive ' Conservatives elected to the legislature in 1967 and was considered the "humanist" in that small caucus. He had convinced his colleagues of the need for reform in workmens compensation and related fields, said Mr. Lougheed; "He's eft a unique legacy ... to be just a little bit kinder and a little more compassionate to fellow human beings. What greater achievement could a man have hi a lifetime God bles him." James Henderson, the Social Credit house leader, called Mr. Werry a "quiet and sincere" man known for "his sympathy for the down and out." "His family has lost a father, the people of Alberta have lost a loyal and dedicated public servant and wc have lost a friend," said Mr. Henderson, who seconded Mr. Loughceds motion to adjourn the house. Grant Notley, New Democratic Party leader, said Mr. Werry lived a good,and decent life and was respected by all members of the legislature. He had made a significant contribution to public affairs in Alberta. Conservative house leader Lou llyndman called Mr. Werry a man of "warmth and humanity." Mayor explains surplus reasons A $1 million surplus from last year's city operations will help stablilize the mill rate, Mayor Andy Anderson says. At a press conference this morning, Mayor Anderson attributed the $1,163,768 surplus to "favorable growth patterns" in the city and the "buoyancy of the economy." GOOD PHILOSOPHY City Manager Tom Nutting said it is a good philosophy to  work with reserves for financing future capital projects. A number of factors contributed to the surplus: When the 1972 budget was drawn up, there was no indication from the provincial government that the city would be allowed? a supplemental levy on bouses completed within the year, said Allister Findlay, city finance director. Of the $242,000 extra from taxation, $153,000 was from the supplemental levy. c The estimates for interest on city investments were exceeded by $109,000.  The municipal' assistance grants was increased by about Dollar firms on markets LONDON (AP) - The United States dollar strengthened today in early trading on European money markets. Gold held steady. A London dealer reported the markets "comparatively quiet." The dollar improved in London, Zurich, Frankfurt, Milan, Brussels and other centres. It was also stronger in Tokyo. 10 per cent over the estimates for $133,000 surplus.  Electric department revenue accounted for an additional 285,000.  Excess sewage revenues reached $78,000.  An extra $117,000 came from rental of city equipment.  The police department operated $73,000 in the black.  Budget over - estimates amounted to $126,700.  Seen and heard About town J.JA1R spray causing difficulties when Ruth King sprayed her house to get rid of fish and chips smells and Loreen Prokopishyn mistook hers for deodorant . . . Betty Gal claiming Monday is one day she can do without, especially following a Firemen's Ball . . . Norm Davis explaining to wife Barbara that he only chases snow bunnies when he goes snowmobiling. Canada cuts oil export OTTAWA (CP) - Oil exports to the United States next month will be slightly less than oil companies requested. The National Energy Board, acting under new regulations to safeguard the needs of Canadian refineries, authorized exports in March of 47,593 bar-rels of oil less than requested. The quantity a u t h orized amounts to just over 96 per cent of the quantity requested, board chairman R. D. Howland said today. Speaking to the Commons energy committee, Mr. Howland said companies had applied to export 1,282,598 barrels a day next month. Bt the board, which imposed quotas of oil exports two weeks ago, conclud� ed that there was a deliberale surplus of only 1'235,000 barrels a day. Pipeline capacity was not sufficient to supply Canadian needs plus a greater export volume. Tn Edmonton, president Stan Milner of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada (IPAC) expressed doubt about the necessity of the board move. Bill Dickie, Alberta's minister of mines and minerals, declined detailed comment pending further study of the board's decision but said in an interview that it appears "Alberta is taking the cut while Saskatchewan and Manitoba are being allowed to produce away." 'Get the typewriter, here comes another violation.' 4 Classified ............. 18-21 Comics .................. 16 Comment .............- 4, 5 District ................ 3, 6 Family ............... 14, 55 Local News .......... 11, 12 Markets ............�..... 17 Sports .................. 8-10 Theatres .................. 7 TV ........................ 7 Weather .................. 2 LOW TONIGHT NEAR 20, HIGH WED., NEAR 45: MOSTLY SUNNY, MILD ;