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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-15,Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbtrìdae Herald VOL. LXVII - 20 LETHBRIDQE. ALBERTA, TUESDAY. JANUARY IS, 1»74 20 Page* 10 CentsAldermen advised 7 & adds crisis steam trains lii^rltainto-_ the gravest crUts in dacBdea. Prinu Minister Heath wis reported under mounting preuure from his Conser* vative party to call national elections. Motoring organliatlons re- Srted heavy tnfflc jams on t an>Foache8 to Londonand other cities, but In some areas less heavy than expected. Many people set out befora dawn on Journeys that usually take only 30 minutes, and others stayed home. Industrial troubles ooiuted with the world oil dioriage sent the pound to a record low against the U.S. dollar. In eai^ The rail •trike was the first of a sertes'of 24-hour walkouts planned by the Associated Society of Locomotive Engl* neemand Firemen. Some freight trains still ran, maimed by members of the ri* val National Union of railway-men. The Rail Board said it halted all passenger services because previous disputes have shown that a partial ter* vice produces a “hangover effect^’ on following days because passenger trains are left out of position. came as )ace a hast* ily-reconvened Parliament Hie rail stooge Heath prepared to ia( iar negotiated Musfidal dli* the ecmomy, parucularly the coal miners’ overtime ban that has reduced power supplies and forced a three^y work w^. The strike began despite a last-minute appw by railway chief Richard Marsh. Although the engineera’ union agreed to revive deadlodced Ulks next week on their demands for more money, there was little sign they will ide a settlement to the ite, illtant Scottish miners’ leaders threatened Monday night to at^i    " alow action' 000 pitmen    ^ ment has blamed for Qie turmoil. provl< raaienea mnawiy that the govem- The temi was than Gas price to double on line to California EDMONTON (CP) - The Alberta government announced today that the average wellhead price of natural gas Venezuela tax to lift CARACAS (AP) -Venesuela probably will increase its oil-tax reference prices again next month, a IjOTemment official said Mon- ‘^There will be a tax -reference price adjustment in February and indications are that the current levels may be increased,” the spokesman said. Any increase in Venezuelan prices would be of concern to Canada, which gets 44 per cent of its Imported oil from Venezuela. Smh and hMrd About town . ♦ ★ ★ Cat trainer Jeyce Brewster living lessons to her pet Sepiemer on bow not to eat green garbage bag* ... Art PMlBai refwtng to let snr-ftry intemiMhls ftrvtc* club record ef 41 y««rt perfect spilUng wine on kltllvlngniam rag bit showing no conctin becawse he had Jnt loW the shipped to California will be doubled. Premier Peter Louglieed said he was given confirmation Monday Dv Alberta and Southern Gas Company Ltd., which buys Alberta natural gas and arranges to ship it to California, that the wellhead price will increase on an average to M cents per 1,000 cubic feet from 28 cents. “The increase will benefit the economy of Alberta to the extent of |12S million dollars annually, to be shared between provincial revenues and exploring companies. "The development is part of Liberia’s energy policy of seeking fair value for the natural gas being removed from the province,” he told a news conference. Mr. Lougheed said the increase will bring the price at the Alberta-United States border up to 70 cents per 1,000 cubic feet. He said this compared with Trans Canada Pipelines’ border pripe of 32 cents per 1,000 cubic feet for Alberta gas shipped to the United States midwest. “The move makes it even more obvious that Trans Canada Pipelines is buying AlberU natural gas at un-reatistically low prices.” More than SO per cent of Alberta and Southern’s natural gas suppliers already have agreed to the new contract arrangements, to take effect July I at the latest. Mr. Lougheed said there will be further rMiegotiation “within one year to assure that the full opportunity price In the California market is reached as soon as possible.” Meanwhile, the $100 million provincial program to study deep mining technology at the Alberta oil sands, announced Monday, has won acclaim from at least one oil industry official. "We welcome the announcement and feel it will have a positive effect on companies which are looking at the oil sands,” said John Poyen, president of the Canadian Petroleum Association. “We hope this initiative by the Alberta government will be matched by Ottawa at the other end, and something positive will be coming out of the first minister’s con- operations almost ference month ’ in Ottawa later this ‘sell power plant’ Weather in layers    wALTERKERBERpf»to .,, below zero in Oldman River Valley, city In midstjof warm Chinook, frozen rain cloud above Chinook expected to stick Tlie on-agiln off>again CbVuMk came to town twice today..jMi4i weAihertnefi predict it win stick around for a day or two. The warm west wind blew into town early this morning but left just at roost Lethbridge residents were getting out of bed to bead for work, ne temperature plunged from about 90 degrees to zero by about 7 a.m. Then the Chinook moved in again as the weathermen were headiM for their offlee at Kenyon ^eld south of the city. As they drove to the ili^ port the warm air engulfed tteir car, fogging all the windows. le temperature In the city expected to peak at more 49 degrees today, with winds gusting up to » miles per hour. Overnight low will be about 25 and high Wednesday will be in the SOs. Meanwhile, Lethbridge district residents and Crowmest Pass residents aren*t as ludty. Freezing rain is forecast for much of the Lethbridge forecast area — outside the city. The freezing rain threat will last until Wednesday, when the Chinook is more widespread, according to the forecast. Slush problems were bogging Crowsnest Pass citiiens down today. Bliizard conditions that laid more than IS inches of snow in the Crowsnest Pass halted about 6 Monday evening when the Chinook accompanied by rain boosted temperatures from 16 below to Sfl above. Highways and sidestreets in the area turned into heavy slush, making clearing diificult and impossible for crews and snow removal pe<9le. A number of minor accidents were reported by RCMP this morning. By ANDY COLE    - . HeftM Stall Writer Sell the cl^ power p^t in 1V77 and purchase all power need! from Calfaiy Power Ltd. after that This, says tie CHZM — Kill report made public Monday, represents the d^’s cheap«! source of power over the next 15 years» In making tlw recommendation, based entirely on economic considerations, tiie BeUevue, Wash., consultants examined sevmi different »ays the dly could obtain Ito electrical energy requirements. There are tHree basic opüont - expand the river vall^ plant to the p«4at that the dty would apin be entirely selfsufficient in dectrical production, expand the plant sufficiently to enable the to keep goientlng a sizeable portion of its power need, or seU the plant a^ get out of the power production business.    , The CHSM ~ Hill report says the least expensive method of achieving the fint option would cost the city about 136.6 million more for its power supply over the 15-year study period than it would cost to biqr aB power from Calgary Power. The cheapest metiwd of adiieving the second option, in which the plant would he expanded enough to enable the dty to produce a larm part of Its requirements while buying the base load from Cak^ Power, would coat some 16.3 million more than buying power, the r^rt says. The real question that appears to be fadng dty coundl, according to one source, boils down to this, “Are we going to generate our own electridty at whatever the cost, or are we going to obtain electridty at the most efficient rate?” Any decision to continue producing power beyond im will be paid for out of the consumer’s pocketbook, the report indicates. And coundl has been toW even U it decides to expand the river valley plant, the Energy Resources Conservation Board may veto tiie dtjr’s tppUcatton to expand. Tlie board has alrôidy come out in favor of using coal rather than natural gas to fuel dectrical generating plants. And tiie capital costs of settiw up a coal-fired plant here would make it the most expensive ill Uie alternatives open to the dty, the report shows.    '    - The consultants recommend if council does decide to pursue an eipansio» course, the second optioi would be the most finan- inder ¿is plan, the d^ would purchase the base load from Calgary Power^nd add a 66.4 megawatt gas turUne in 1977 and a used SS.t megawatt steam turbine at,a later date. The steam turbine would be run off tiie waste heat produced by tiie gas turbine. This is4he least expensive alternative to total purchase, but the dty find Itself in the same, posl^ In IMS— operatug amed plant and faced wltii    to expand again or to purchase all power needs. While tite consultants recommend keeping tiie power plant until 1977, Uiey point out tiiat when all facton are considered, it would cost Uie dty only about |13,000 more for Its power supply in 1W4-75-7# if Calgary Power’s offer of H00,000 for tiie plant is accepted. The consultants estimate the 15-year cost of buying all power from Calgary Power will be about fW.4 million. Thdr cost projection takes into account tiie 15 per cent rate hike Calgary Poww was granted recentiy, and the additional five per cent raise the company is se^ng. Uiey also based tiieir projection on tiie assumption tiiat Calgaiy Power rates will go vp five per cent each year. The report adds tiiat a higher rate of Increase after 1981 was projected wltiMut affecting tiidr condusion Üiat tiie purchase of all power from Calgaiy iower Is Uie city’s cheapest power supply alternative. (Additional stories on Page 11). TAPES ERASED ^OVER AND OVER* WASHINGTON (AP) -Technical experU reported today that an 18-mlnute gap in one of the subpoenaed White House tapes relating to the Watergate political espioiage scandal was caused by “the process of erasing and rerecording at least five, and perhaps as many as nine, separate and contiguous its.” a report to U.S. District Judge John Sirica the experts said the gap "could not^ve been produced by any shigle, continuous operation.” They also said that recovery of any speech that was obliterated "ia not possible by any .metiiod known to us.” They did not speculate whetiier tiie gap was caused deliberate of accidental ac-ions. Their report appeared to eliminate the possibility that President Nixon's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, might have inadvertentiy erased a segment when she accidentally pushed the record button when mterrupted by a telephone call while trying to transcribe the tape of a June 20, 1972, conversation between the president and his aide H. R. Haldeman. Miss Woods had testified she thought she might have caused at least part of the gap wheh she pushed that button and possibly inadvertently kept her foot on a pedal that operated the machine. But tiie experts said their examination showed conclusively tiiat the gap was not produced by a single continuous operation. They said whether the fciot pedal was used or not "the recordii^ controls must have been operated by hand in the making of each segment.” dslly U« Prairie job gain up 13,000 OTTAWA (CP) - Employment rose In December for the third straight' month and the unemployment rate remained unchanged. Statistics Canada said today. Both developments were on a seastmally adjusted basis, taking into account normally-exp«ted changes. The actual number of persons at work dropped 44,000 to 8,786,000 and the actual total of unemployed rose 44,000, but the seasonal adjustment reversed the trend in botii cases because the number of Jobless normally rises more tiian that in December and the decline in jobs Is usually much greater for the month. “The seasonally-adjusted level of employment increas- Legeres first priority to visit the provinces OTTAWA (CP) - After diplomat, Jules Leger was many years of skipping sworn in as Canada’s new around the world as a governor-general Monday. In his speech after the swearing in ceremony, Mr. Leger said be is is taking his wife on a visit to every provincial capital in the country. This will be followed, as time permits, by a tour of all the rovinces as well as the ulcon and Northwest Territories. But no dates have been set for tiiis, a spokesman said Monday night. Tonight, however, there is a reception for about 200 diplomats. At 60, Mr. Leger is a ull, courtiy man who began his diplomatic career in 1940 as a Junior third secretary in external affairs. From there, it was a steady succession of postings in Prance, England, Chile, Mexico. His last post was ambassador to Belpum and Luxembourg, based in Brussels. ed for the tiiird successive month. The increase, thoug less pronounced than ic^ past two months, pushed' the leVel to 8,877,000 in December,” Statistics Canada said. The seasonally adjusted un-ertiployment rate remained at 5.6    pw cent of the work force. “Employment for married men aged 25*54 increased substantially to 3,243,000 in December after remaining stable last month. For married women aged 25-54 there was littie change in the level of employment,” the report said. It said the Job gain was shared by the Atlantic provinces, the Prairie region and British Columbia, while employment dipped slightiy in Quebec and Ontario. “The most substantial change was in the Prairie region, up 13,000,” the report said. ’The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose in Ontario from four to 4,3 per cent, went up in British (Columbia from six to 6.2 per cent, and edged up in Quebiec from 7.6 to 7.7    per cent. Jobless rates declined from 9.6 to 9,2 per cent in the Atlantic region and from four to 3.2 per cent in the Prairies, Statistics Canada said. The report said employment among 14-24 year olds increased 18,000 to 2.3 million, but the jobless rise also was greatest among this younger group, up to 106 from 10.1 per cent for the montii. Lawyers plan Agnew appeal ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -Lawyers for former U.S. vicepresident Spiro Agnew plan to challenge before the state Court of Appeals a recommendation that Araew be barred from practising law in Maryland. Israelis find Egypt’s plan ‘constructive’ JERUSALEM (CP) -Heniy Kissinger outilned today Egypt’s counterpropoMls for a witiidrawal of millury forcet on ttie Suet front and said Israeli l«Kleri appeared to find "conttmctivt aspecU” in the plan, . The U.S. state emerged from a •ecretary two-hour meeting with Deputy Premier Yigal AlhMi, Foreicn Minister A»a Eban and Defence Minister Moehe Dayan saM tlMT had "a very warm and 1 think very useful dia* cussion.” The foreign minlster went from Uie meeting to Premier Oolda Melr’s home to teli ber about It. Mra. Meir isconfined to ber home wlth an attack of ahingles. The cMef pdnt under dia* cussion la bew moch Egypt la wllllng to Uiln out tu and arms on thè eeat benfc o( tiie 9hi carni in exchange fer withdrswal ùf Israeli troopa. Kiaalnfler brougM th* Em-tlan cowiterpropoieb MoMay night from Aswan, when he conferred once more with Egyptian Preaident Anwar Sadbt. ’The American said he believed Uiey had “narrowed the differences substantially" and he hoped to narrow them farther during hit talks with tiie Israella. rhadnoob* offer to pull itt troops tMK* to a line about 20 miles east of the canal. But Kissinger retamed to Israel with a mi9 shewing the positions Egypt waats to Egypt la Egypt ap^rently h taiorcet jectloni to Isntef’a hold on the east bank as well as the buffer zone the United Nations peacekeeping force would man between the two armies. One high-ranking American* official witii Kissinger said he' thought the differences between the Israeli proposal and the Egyptian counterproposal were manageable. In Aswan, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi hinted that tiie hKation of tiie line to which Israel would withdraw In tiie process of disengage ment was a problem still to be solved. The authoritative Cairo newspaper A1 Ahram says Israel has proposed a wltitdrawal in the separation of forces within six weeks, while .Egypt insisto tiiat it should take place in two weeks It says in today’s editions Uiat Egypt also insisU tiiat any dis^agement of forces on the Sues front should be linked with a similar move on the Syrian front. A major disagreement apparently was over the number and kinds of anti-aircaft missiles and other weapons that E^t would retain on the east siM of tiie canal. Defence Minister Moshe Dayan said shortly after Kissinger’s return that tiie Soviet Union has rebuilt most of tile missile sites in Egypt and Syria tiiat were destroyed In the October war and has Introduced new and longer-range missiles into the armories of both countries. ;