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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta TluirMty, 2tt, 1U74 THE LfcTHBRIOQE HERALD Farmers must be consulted EDMONTON (CP) Policies outlined in Wednesday's throne speech will only be valuable to the agriculture industry if farmers are consulted, Dobson Lea, president of Unifarm, said late Wednesday. Unless producers are allowed to put their case forward, they should not assume the proposed legislation will solve problems, he said. Mr. Lea said in a prepared statement the producers' position must be a major consideration in making legislative decisions. Legislation will have to ensure a profit or farmers won't produce and increasing credit will not in iteself increase production, he said. "Producers of some commodities who have enjoyed increased incomes this year are investing their money outside the industry, which indicates a lack of faith in the future of agricultural Mr. Lea said. Two obstacles stall lottery EDMONTON (CP) Only two obstacles separate Albertans from a share in a Western Canada Lottery that would give them a chance to win a million dollars a year in prize money. T. H. Miller, legal adviser to the Commonwealth Games Foundation in Edmonton, said Wednesday the lottery would help raise money for the 1978 Commonwealth Games and would be administered by the foundation, the Edmonton Exhibition Association (EXA) and Calgary Stampede Association. Mr. Miller said the two obstacles to the lottery's operation in Alberta are the size and distribution of prizes and the abolition of separate lottery draws by the EXA and Stampede association. He said the Alberta attorney -general's department has yet to approve a formula that would create one lottery per half million population with a top prize of Total prize money could not exceed Mr. Miller said the provincial government has agreed to all other provisions of the lottery and he expects approval on the prize money distribution by the end of this week. He said the EXA has already agreed to drop its annual Canadian Derby Sweepstakes but the Stampede's board of directors is deliberating the future of its lottery draw. OWN AGENTS If the Stampede association refuses to drop its lottery and leaves the lottery organization, the Commonwealth Games Foundation and the EXA will seek provincial approval to serve as the Alberta agents on their own, said Mr. Miller. He said tickets will sell for and should be available in June or July for a final draw in October. Three issues of tickets will be offered this year and draws will be held quarterly during the following year. Each province would be responsible for marketing and each has agreed to discourage raiding the sale of tickets to buyers from another province. Mr. he provincial share of the profit will be based on the sales of tickets in each province. Half the profits in Alberta will go to the Commonwealth Games, he said. The EXA and Stampede association would split the remaining profit. Galley released on bond COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) A federal judge freed Lieut. Wil- liam Cattey on bond Wednesday after his lawyers argued that Calley presents no danger to society. Judge Robert Elliott issued his ruling after Calley, con- victed three years ago on mur- der charges arising from the My Lai, South Vietnam, mas- sacre, told the court: "I feel I could be useful to society." Uuycia iiuin participating pn Miller said the SMART EXECUTIVES Lease Their Businiss and Personal ftrs BECAUSE... Leasing can be less expensive than buying Leasing is time saving and convenient Leasing simplifies your tax records No cash investment required For the complete on Itating contact BORIS KORESHENKOV, Letting and BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE LEASING AND INSURANCE DIVISION 2nd AVE. and 8th STREET S. Phone 328-1101 Safety sign Ontario Provincial Police are using a new traffic control unit that consists of a message panel with blinking lights fitted on top of a cruiser and operated by a police- man. The office can make sign read stop, accident ahead, lane closed, or merge. Unit costs about Fewer drunks on road EDMONTON Less -than one-half of one per cent of theunore1 tBaff drivers- stopped during the first four months of Alberta's "Operation Stop Check" for drinking drivers have been charged with a liquor-related offence, police officials said .Wednesday. City Staff Inspector Glen Bishop said "it's a bit too eariy" to evaluate the program but he admitted "there's no doubt that the number of drinking drivers picked up by regular patrols very much outweighs those found in the Stop Check Program." Since the program began Nov. 1, a total of 126.506 drivers have been stopped by the stop-check road blocks, he said. In the 10-day period ending Feb. 20 Edmonton police made 824 spot checks of city drivers in three locations. Not one person was charged with a liquor-related offence. 34 ARRESTS Ron Smitten, a deputy administrator in the provincial solicitor general's department, said there were 34 arrests of impaired drivers by regular police patrols during the same period. Mr. Smitten said there was only one arrest in 248 stop- checks during the same time period in Calgary, but that regular patrols there made 59 impaired driving arrests. He said 373 drivers have been charged for driving with a blood alcohol level above .08. and that 141 others were charged with impaired driving. Twenty-five drivers have been charged for refusing to take a breath analysis test. Inspector Bishop said he thinks drivers are adjusting drinking habits because of the stop-check program. Mr, Swtten agreed, saying "I'm sure we are finding a lot less drunks on the road now." Thirty-five per cent of the motor vehicle related deaths in this year involved impaired drivers. The provincial average is about 50 per cent. RCMP deputy OTTAWA