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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 - THE LETHBRIDQE HEttALD - Friday, January 18.1974 Nows In brief Poll shows Nixon decline NEW YORK (AP) - President Nixon's standing in the Harris poll has reached all-time lows in performance and public confidence, Louis Harris reported Thursday. Also, by 47 per cent to 42, the persons surveyed by Harris this month believed Nixon "has reached the point where he no longer can be an effective president and should resign for the good of the country." Eleven per cent were not sure. Answering the same question last November, 44 per cent said he should quit, but 45 per cent disagreed, with the same 11 per cent not sure. The results were based on interviews in 1,460 households between Jan. 7 and 10, at the conclusion of the President's Operation Candor. Skylab team may extend stay HOUSTON (AP) - Skylab astronauts are in such good physical shape they may stay in space well beyond their planned 84 days, a space agency doctor says. But officials emphasized the astronauts will not be kept aloft beyond Feb. 8 splashdown date. For one thing, there isn't enough food aboard. Gerald Carr, William Pogue and Edward Gibson, in their 64th day in space, are to take most of the day off today for their weekly relaxation. Huntley treated for cancer BILLINGS, Mont. (Reuter) - Former newscaster Cher Huntley is in satisfactory condition here following surgery for abdominal cancer, hospital officials said Thursday night. Huntley entered St. Vincent's Hospital Dec. 28 and by early January underwent surgery, Ethel Taylor, assistant hospital administrator, said. She said the 62-year-old Huntley is in satisfactory condition and progressing well. Huntley retired from the Naitional Broadcasting Corp. in 1970, ending a 14-year career as co-anchorman with David Brinkley of the network's national news program. He has since worked in his native Montana as head of a large resort project near Yellowstone National Park. Agnew^s home on market WASHINGTON (AP) -Spiro Agnew has put his suburban house up for sale, asking $135,000 more than he paid for it. Apparently, the boosted price tag is based on improvements made at the United States taxpayers' expense while he was vice-president. The Bethesda, Md., residence, a 12-room field-stone colonial which Agnew purchased for $190,000 less than a year ago, is being offered for $325,000. Before the Agnews moved BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEOE MALL in last June, the government -spent $124,587 on "security" features. Agnew resigned in October. The improvements included a $39,500 fence, a $12,000 driveway, about $16,000 worth of bullet-resistant windows, an extra bathroom in the basement, upgraded lighting and air conditioning, a smoke-detection system and dozens of other items. Deaths By THE CANADIAN PRESS Minneapolis, Minn.-Fred Seaton, 64, interior secretary in the Eisenhower administra-tion and a well-known publisher. McGUIRE'S MEN'S WEAR SLACK WOOLS-KNITS-CASMLS VALUES la 25.00 UTWHMY 8PECIU VALUES 35^00 SATURDAY SPECIAL Cash and Carry No Altarationa Plaasal Opan Till 9 p.m. Thuraday Nightal DOWNTOWN on FIFTH STREET SOUTH No agreements reached Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed leaves Parliament Hill Thursday following an unannounced meeting in Prime Minister Trudeau's Centre Block office. He told reporters the meeting was held at Mr. Trudeau's request in preparation for next week's energy conference. The two did not reach any agreements, he said. New winter storm threatens sodden Pacific northwest By The ASSOCIATED PRESS Weather forecasters say a new winter storm moving in from the Pacific Ocean holds the threat of more flooding for coastal areas of,the waterlogged Pacific northwest of the United States. "It's a bad one," a California weather forecaster said of the new storm expected to move onshore today. Another forecaster in Seattle said the new storm is packing gale-force winds and the potential for more heavy rain. There have been 15 known or presumed deaths in Oregon and northern California since a winter storm struck early this week. Authorities in a vast area which also em- Woman panics^ drives over South Viets SAIGON (AP) - The wife of a United States government official drove her car through a crowd of angry demonstrators outside the U.S. commisary today, killing a South Vietnamese man and injuring a South Vietnamese woman, U.S. embassy officials said. Eyewitnesses said the woman tried to drive through a picket line outside the commissary compound in suburban Newport. She apparent-ly panicked when the demonstrators stoned her car and jumped on it, they said. U.S. officials said the woman was Billie Stewart of Takoma Park, Md., wife of William Stewart, an accountant with the U.S. Agency for International Development. South Vietnamese police took Mrs. Stewart into custody, and an embassy official accompanied her as counsel. U.S. authorities said she probably will be granted diplomatic immunity. bargoes western Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and northern California have estimated damage at more than $35 million. The area of northwest Montana hit by flooding this week has received some relief, in the form of cooler weather that slowed the melting of snow, reports from Libby said today. Lincoln County Sheriff John Fisher says all roads in the county except those around the small community of Troy have been reopened to traffic. He said a helicopter is expected to be used today to rescue people stranded in outlying areas by flooding and mudslides that destroyed at least 15 bridges in Lincoln County and blocked many roads. About 1,500 people are reported homeless in northwestern Montana. In southwestern Oregon, rescuers found the bodies of three of nine men who were trapped when a giant mudslide crushed a Pacific Northwest Bell Co. relay station near Canyonville Wednesday night. Also in Oregon, a 14-year-old boy drowned when his row-boat capsized on Griffin Creek, south of Medford, and authorities are searching for an unidentified motorist whose mud-filled car was found in the Rogue River. Rivers throughout western Oregon, hit by the worst floods in 10 years, were slipping back into their banks late Thursday even as weather forecasters warned of the new storm on the way. In Oregon's Washington county, the largest business and residential area hit, the emergency planning centre estimatod damage at $10 million. Wshington county lies just west of Portland. Damages in two other counties were esimated at $2.4 million. Four northern California counties were declared a disaster area by Gov. Ronald Reagan Thursday after floodmg brought on by heavy rains and warm weather which melted mountain snows. Reagan's office estimated damage in Siskiyou, Humboldt, Shasta and Trinity counties at $14.4 million. In Humboldt County, a 20-year-old Humboldt State University student has not been seen since he left on a hunting trip Tuesday. A 14-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister were reported missing and believed drowned after they were swept away by a flooding branch of the Eel River at Myers Flat. Experts to testify on subpoenaed tapes WASHINGTON (AP) -White House lawyers are getting a chance to ask six technical experts about their report that the 18>/^minute gap in a subpoenaed tape could not have been caused by a single, accidental act. The experts return today to the federal court where they reported Tuesday about their examination of the tape. They Master's Touch Quartet Saturday, Jan. 19th 7:30 p.m. Lethbridge Alliance Church 1202 - 3rd Avenue South said then that someone had pushed the record button on a tape miachine at least five, and possibly as many as nine, times within the obliterated segment. They also reported that the Uher 5000 recorder, purchased by the Secret Service Oct. 1 and used that day by Rose Mary Woods to listen to the tape, "almost surely" was the one used to produce the gap. Miss Woods tesUfied that she accidentally pushed the record button and that she thought she might have caused at least part of the gap. But the experts said the action she described could not have left the marks they found on the tape of a June 20,1972, conversation between the president and then-White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman. 7 killed in Winnipeg during apartment fire WINNIPEG (CP) - Seven bodies were recovered today after an overnight fire ripped through a four-storey walkup apartment in central Winnipeg. It was feared the toll might rise. Five persons were unaccounted for as firemen probed the ruins after daylight, but police said it was possible some had escaped. About 20 others were taken to hospital. Some were released after treatment and a hospital spokesman said none of those detained was considered in critical condition. About 40 people lived in the 28-suite Haselmere Apartments at 559 Ellice Avenue, a block north of Portage Ave. and Furby St. Fire Chief Cam Shewan, who described the blaze as "the worst one I've been on," said the search for victims was being hampered by a partially - collapsed roof. We still have the top floor and part of the third to go through ... and there's a good possibility of more victims. We can't get into the rear pert of the building because the roof has collapsed," Chief Shewan said. Cause of the fire Is not known but police spokesman said the blaze, which broke out shortly after 1 a.m., apparently started in the rear section of the second floor. It spread rapidly upwards in the four-storey walk-up building which contained 28 suites. About 40 people were believed to be in the building and five remain unaccounted for. Spokesmen said however that they believed at least two of those escaped and were in the area but had not made contact with police or the fire department. Listed among the injured were three firemen who were hit when the parapet on the northwest corner of the building broke loose without warning. The heavy concrete overhang slammed down on one fireman who was halfway up a ladder and two comrades working below. About 20 tenants were injured as they Jiittempted to flee.the fire by jumping from windows, climbing down drain pipes or by fire rescue ladders, in the near-zero degrees temperature. One of the tenants, Ethel Lockie, said "Somebody yelled fire and I opened the door and the hall was full of smoke." So I closed the door and A a blanket against it. People were yelling 'Where's the fire? Where's the fire?' and I kept yelling 'It's in here.' "It was really burning in there. The hall was filled with smoke and the lights went out ... and I got to a window. People were yelling from the third floor for help . . . and I couldn't help them." Monetary talks fail ROME (Reuter) - A week of top-level monetary talks ends today without any Arm agreement on how to deal with the huge financial problem caused by recent increases in world oil prices. The higher prices mean that most of the world's major industrial countries will be plunged suddenly into big bal-ance-of-payments deficits. But some of these countries- particularly the United States, West Germany and Canada- are against taking any steps to improve the situation which might look like acceptance of the new oil prices. ^Al and I were the fluid boy8^ MIAMI (AP) - "You could iay Al and I were the fluid boys; Cleve was the match boy," 13-year-old Greg Wilbum testifled. The boy made the comments Thursday in telling a juvenile court judge how he and two friends set Are to three men, killing one and injuring the others. After hearing three separate trials. Judge William Gladstone ordered Wilbum, Allen Gerald and Cleveland Evans, all 13, committed to a state facility designed to treat disturbed children. Police said the three set Are to three drifters behind an abandoned building last Oct. 20. The attack left Charles Scales, 38, dead, and Emmett Spratling and James Blackburn injured. B.C. has purchased shares in Westcoast By NORMAN GIDNEY VICTORIA (CP) - Premier Dave Barrett confirmed Thursday that the British Columbia. government has purchased 13.5 per cent of Westcoast Transmission Co. Ltd.-virtually the sole supplier of natural gas in the province-for $25.5 million. The 1,157,125 shares were formerly held by El Paso Natural Gas Co., which had been ordered by the United States government to dispose of holdings in the Pacific northwest including the West-coast shares. "We are returning this company to Canada," Mr. Barrett told a news conference, calling the purchase this week a reversal of a historic trend which led to domination of the Canadian economy by U.S. corporations. B.C. paid $22 a share, using surplus funds, the premier said, negotiating with El Paso through Wisener and Partners Co., a firm of Toronto stockbrokers. He said a recent 81-per-cent increase in the price B.C. gets for its natural gas-two-thirds oil which is bought by El Paso and distributed in the U.S. northwest-will bring in $6 million a month, more than enough to pay for the purchase. Water in tail of Kohoutek WASHINGTON (AP) -Two Canadian scientists have found electrically charged water molecules in the tail of Comet Kohoutek-a finding that tends to support the theory that comets are really giant "dirty snowballs." The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said Thursday "this ^s one of the most important findings so far." Dr. Stephen Marin, director of NSA's Operation Kohoutek said the Canadian findings "reinforce our belief that Kohoutek is, scientifically speaking, the most important comet since Halley's, even though it's much dimmer than was originally expected." The first evidence of water molecules in a comet was uncovered by Dr. Gerhard Her-zberg, a 1971 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, and Dr. Hin Lew of the physics division of National Research Council in Ottawa. New programs "to allow the people to share in this money" will be announced next month, Mr. Barrett said. "It is a very, very good business deal. The people of B.C. have a pipeline into those profits. I bought those shares for the people of B.C. and we've made $1 million overnight," he said. B.C. bought at $22 and West-coast shares closed at $23 6n the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday. Westcoast guarantees an annual return on investment of 9.5 per cent, Mr. Barrett said, so the province can expect about $2.5 million a year in dividends on its investment. The government will negotiate a place on the corporation's tioard of directors, he said. Control of 13.5 per cent of the shares makes the B.C. government the second-largest shareholder, after the Phillips Petroleum Corp. of Oklahoma, which owns 8.8 per cent directly and a furUier 25.8 per cent through Pacific Petroleums Ltd. Bishop named VATICAN CITY (AP) -Pope Paul has named Rev. Adam Exner as Bishop of Kamloops, the Vatican said today. Bishop Exner is professor of canon law and moral theology at St. Charles Scholasticate, Newman Theological College in Edmonton. Hey Mom! How About Our CHRISTMAS PICTURES? KWIK KOLOR COLLEGE MALL Phone 327-4884 "Same Day Service on your Color Pictures" Specialists in all types of  ENGINE REBUILDING  CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING  CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING Ask about our QuarantM ENGINES CYLINDER HEADS CRANKSHAFTS WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Sarviee Cantre Custom Engine & Parts Ltd. 1605 - 3rd Avenue South Phone 328-8181 ;