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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 LETHMIDGI HERALD Thursday, January 3, 1t74 9 Hopper population forecast 4th highest in 30 years Waiting for spring The river valley viewpoint just south of the high level train bridge isn't exactly the favorite tourist location when there is snow on the ground and the temperatures.are hovering near zero. But the long stairway bounces with activity during the summer months as visitors take advantage of the high promontory to view Indian Battle Park, Fort Whoop- Up and the University of Lethbridge._____________ South driving conditions good Highways in the Lethbridge area are in good driving con- dition, although some have a few snow patches, an engineer for the Alberta department of highways said this morning. Highway 5 in the Cardston area and Highway 2 from Carway to Standoff have a few snow patches but all other highways are bare, the official said. Roads north, Highways 2 and 23, are in good condition and the highway south of Ed- monton, closed because of a storm Tuesday, was reopened Wednesday morning. The highway was closed for several hours by RCMP roadblocks when as many as 60 cars slid into ditches because of zero visibility. However, a storm which developed in the Yellowknife area early today could cause drifting where there is more than four inches of snow on the ground, the weather office says. The storm system appears to be similar to the one which crossed Alberta Tuesday night. It is forecast to reach Edmonton this evening, Calgary by midnight and the Lethbridge area sometime after midnight, with winds increasing to north at 30 m.p.h. Wind will be accompanied by light snow with periods of drifting and blowing snow after midnight. The lows should be near 10 and the outlook for Friday is cloudy with light and drifting snow with winds from the north at 20 m.p.h. and highs near IS degrees. Picket lines crossed at Fording FURNACES (In Slock) SHEET METAL WORK POWER HUMIDIFIERS AIR CONDITIONING by Carrier and Alcon RflfrigiMtion 2214-43rd St. ft. 3J7-5I18 ELKFORD, B.C. (CNP Bureau) Picket lines at Elkford, B.C., set up by members of local 7884 of the United Steel Workers of America now striking Comin- co's Fording Coal operation here, were crossed Wednes- day by seven staff union members. Lome Ryder, president of the local, said today that the vehicles carrying the men did not stop for the picket line on the bridge at Elkford. Picketing were about 70 men, women and children who had gathered on the bridge. The picket line members were orderly, he said. Mr. Ryder said the coal company has brought in several security men from Calgary and Trail. Mr. Ryder said the union met Wednesday night with the staff union members and they have indicated they will honor the picket line. The strike at the Fording Coal operation began at mid- night Dec. 31 after the union served strike notice on the coal company. Picket lines went up Tues- day as 602 members walked off the job to back contract demands. Weather deciding factor By DR. D. S. SMITH Lethbridge Research Station Grasshopper populations for 1974 are forecast to be very high in only four years in the last 30 have they been higher. infestations are classified as light for square miles, moderate for and severe for As we are in a period of grasshopper increase, it is quite possible that the moderate and severe areas may be more extensive and that there may be localized very severe infestations. Although extensive infestations were forecast for 1973, late and prolonged hatching, caused by un- suitable weather, resulted in little or no spring damage in many areas. However, in some districts where weather was more favorable, damage occurred and considerable spraying was necessary. This could happen over a much larger area in the spring of 1974. The threat is there; but the outcome as always depends on spring weather. An early, warm dry spring can bring the 'hoppers out just when the grain is sprouting and under these conditions damage will be serious and take place rapidly. To combat the early 'hoppers, field edges and road- sides should be examined from early May on and insec- ticide sprays applied prompt- ly if 'hoppers are found. The younger the 'hoppers, the easier it is to kill them and if they can be caught when they are hatching and before they spread too far, the area re- quiring spraying will be smaller. So it is advantageous to check early and spray early. Although hatching may not be complete at first spraying, a roadside area can be sprayed three or four times for the cost of spraying a whole field. Even if-weather is such that spring damage is slight, grasshoppers can still be numerous and cause late season damage, that is, damage to late-maturing crops such as alfalfa, winter wheat, and cover crops. Grasshoppers hatching late in the season are much more difficult to control. If crops close to maturity are sprayed, insecticide residues may be above tolerable levels and physical damage to the crop can be caused by spraying equipment. Also, adult grasshoppers require more poison to kill them and, because they can fly, are harder to control than the earlier stages. The inescapable conclusion then is that grasshoppers should be controlled in the spring when they are small and before they have spread out. To do this requires ad- vance preparation for spray- ing and careful checking of all possible infested fields and roadsides from early May through June. ALBERTA GRASSHOPPER FORECAST 1974 LEGEND I 1 NORMAL CANADA AGRICULTURE RESEARCH STATION, LETHBRIDGE. ALTA. County, CUPE talks continue ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC SchMftt 22251k. St. S. 328-4095 Wages, overtime unsettled SUPER SPECIAL! 5 YEAR LIGHT BULBS Vz PRICE! CHHirMnK7-57l7 DOWNTOWN Special! MUM PLANTS Regular valuM to 8.50 WHILE STOCK LASTS SPECIAL EMU 2 327-S747 FRAME'S Wages, overtime and travelling time are still to be worked out in the County of Lethbridge's contract negotiations with Canadian Union of Public Employees, reeve Dick Papworth said today. Two meetings have been held with CUPE employees so far and the county hopes to work out all unsettled issues at a third meeting, Tuesday, Mr. Papworth says. A few points were settled at the first two meetings and Toll-free service ballots distributed at Cardston Ballots will be distributed to residents of Cardston the week of Jan. 7 for approval to provide extended flat rate calling (EFRC) service to Glenwood and Standoff. In December residents of Glenwood and Standoff voted in favor of EFRC, which in- volves a monthly flat rate charge, instead of long dis- tance charges, when calling Cardston. CUfftUCK, BLACK KMT AL LAI DCMCAllEiTAlllN. If residents of Cardston also vote to have EFRC, telephone switching equipment will be installed for a tentative in- service date of Nov. 27. EFRC service cannot be provided to Glenwood and Standoff until majority approval is received from Cardston customers. To be counted, ballots must be returned by Feb. 8. EFRC is designed to provide less costly and more convenient communications between rural areas and selected neighboring market centres. Cardston, Glenwood and Standoff are about 40 miles southwest of Lethbridge. Helicopter checks report on downed-plane sighting now its down to wages, Mr. Papworth says. The 20 full- time and 20 part-time CUPE employees who maintain roads and do other tasks for the county are asking for a an hour across the board in- crease in wages. CUPE negotiators will probably come down from the an hour increase sought and the county will have to go up a little on its 25 to 35 cents an hour offer, Mr. Papworth says. CUPE members make an average of an hour. Another issue is travelling time, Mr. Papworth says. Employees are currently paid from the time they leave the shop until they return to the shop. Travelling to and from the job can amount to about an hour's loss of work a day because of the county's size. The county would like to pay travelling time to the job and have employees return to the shop on their own time, Mr. Papworth says. Because the work of the oil- ing crew is seasonable (only in hot weather) the county has asked employees to work some overtime, bat they are retactant, Mr. Papworth says. A helicopter today was to check a sighting of what could be the plane downed in northeastern Saskatchewan Dec. 12 with a former Lethbridge man on board. Meanwhile, Mrs. Rod Morrison said she believes all four men on board are still alive. "Knowing Rod and talk- ing with the other wives, I really do think they are she said. The Morrisons and their two children had moved to La Ronge in the area of the search two weeks before the plane disappeared. Mr. Morrison had taken a job with the Saskatchewan provincial government. He is the son of Edward and Beatrice Morrison of 722 10th St. N. in the city. Mr. Morrison was accom- panied by pilot Paul John of Cree Lake, Lionel Deschambeault of Cumberland House and Cliff Stanley, another provincial government employee. RCMP said Wednesday night that spotters had made the sighting in muskeg about 20 miles west of Cumberland House, about 200 miles northeast of Prince Albert. Mrs. Morrison was told Dec. 23 that the military had decided to give up the search but the department of defence announced during the weekend that military air- craft would resume searching. The decision Equestrian meeting set The formation of a Southern Alberta Equestrian Council to further activities, participa- tion and education related to 'horses and horsemanship will be the topic of discussion at a meeting hosted by the Whoop- Up Saddle Club Jan. 9. The Wednesday meeting, at 7 p.m., will be host to representatives from recreational horse associations, clubs and breed groups. The boundaries of the coun- cil are proposed to extend from the U.S. border through Nanton, Gleichen, Bassano and Gem to the Saskatchewan border. The meeting will be held in the Lethbridge Exhibition Complex 4-H Building. followed strong protests from residents of northern Saskatchewan. Capt. Ken Birch, searchmaster, said the men were searching north and west of La Ronge. Six military planes and eight civilian planes were searching Wednesday when the sighting was reported. "We are searching basically an area within a 100-nautical mile radius of La Ronge and west of La Ronge in the event Mr. John took off and possibly went 180 degrees to where he had originally planned on Capt. Birch said from The Pas in northern Manitoba. Kaiser talks resume to avert work stop FERNIE (Staff) Kaiser Resources Ltd. management and members of the United Mine Workers Union, Local 7292 at Sparwood, today resumed negotiations in an ef- fort to avert a possible strike. Larry Stanwood, company manager, said today his firm's proposals will not be made public until some ac- cord is reached with the un- ion. Members of the local voted in favor of strike action Dec. 14. Union secretary James Caldwell said earlier that 050 members voted in favor of striking while 13 opposed it and one ballot was spoiled. The union agreement ex- pired at midnight Dec. 31. Its term was for five years. The union is seeking an in- crease of per hour in a one-year contract, plus danger pay for underground workers and a company-paid dental plan, along with other demands. FOX DENTURE CLINIC EH. PHONE 3J7-WS E. ft. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LCTHMME DENTAL LAI. 204 MkDiCAL DENTAL iLOO. It is asking a vacation schedule which would allow for two weeks annual paid vacation for employees serv- ing up to three years; three weeks for those with three to five years service; four weeks for those with five to 10 years and five weeks for those who have served more than 10 years. tut ART STUDIO ON FlPTH flVENUE PAINTINGS and DRAWINGS by Judith Nickol, B.A. and 710-5 AVC 6 LITHMUMI-AiTA HEINO DEEKEN Manaftr COMPUTER ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT LTD. Data Processing Services 201 CANADA TRUST BUILDINQ ;