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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Old man planners say power line would'make things worse9 Herald Staff Writer BLAIRMORE Calgary Power's proposal for a high-voltage transmis- sion line through the Crowsnest Pass will create land-use conflicts and slow possible development, a brief presented Monday to the Energy Resources Conservation Board states. The submission, from the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, charges the company is attempting to use the existing blight to justify "still another right-of-way through the area." Calgary Power suggests building a volt line, suspended from 110- foot metal towers, through ulated section of the Pass to connect with the B.C. Hydro system at Phillips Pass, just north of Highway 3 on the provincial boundary. Ted Nicholson, the commission planner presenting the brief to the public hearing held here Monday, said 'Pass residents are trying to "over- come historical conditions and the power line would just make things worse." The report states an environmental impact study done for the company by Montreal Engineering Co. is pessimistic and presumes the 'Pass will remain polluted, with blighted urban areas, but "both the residents and ourselves believe there are better prospects." Don'Sabey, Calgary Power lawyer, tried to show the commission was also negative and pessimistic about the future of the 'Pass, but Mr. Nicholson said reports done by ORRPC describing problems in the Crowsnest examine the present situation while looking for possible solutions. The commission, had proposed in November that Calgary Power build the line within the 'Pass, but north of the populated areas, along the forest reserve boundary which is already marked out. The commission's thinking at that time, Mr. Nicholson said, was based on the assumption that the connection with the B.C. Hydro line could only oc- cur at Phillips Pass. Since that time, he said, ORRPC has questioned that assumption and it now agrees with other Crowsnest residents that the line should be outside the 'Pass. There are other suitable passes for power lines through the Rockies, Mr. Nicholson claimed, that would leave options for land-use in the Crowsnest Pass open. The brief says the line would frag- ment limited usable land, adding another utility corridor to the already crowded valley. "If there were no history, no recreational potential, no established communities, then it might be accep- table to treat the 'Pass as a convenient the submission suggests. Mr. Sabey pointed out that for two- thirds of the route, the transmission line parallels and is adjacent to other utility rights-of-way. This, Mr. Sabey contended, would mean little additional land would be fragmented if the line was approved. While Mr. Nicholson, under ques- tioning, admitted the northern alter- native along the reserve border was the best of all routes suggested, he said the commission's basic point was that the line should be kept out of the developed and populated areas of the Crowsnest Pass. And Calgary Power has not studied the possibility of connecting to B.C. Hydro lines through other less- accessible passes, he claimed. District SECOND SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, January 22, 1974 Local news Pages 13-24 Payments record high but Low beet acreage threatens factory Laying groundwork With snow-flecked hills in the background, construction continues on the 6th Avenue S. bridge which, when completed, will cut miles of the trip to the University of Lethbridge. Work on the bridge began about three months ago and the target date for completion is December. Macleod superintendent quits Closed council session debates labor situation The strap By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor FORT MACLEOD Town council went into secret ses- sion last night to discuss what appears to be an unsettled town work crews labor situation. Coun. John Davis made the motion to go into a committee of the whole session and bar the press. It came in the wake of council accepting, with regret, the resignation of town superintendent Pete Williams. No reason was given for the resignation. But some coun- cillors are wondering if the town, with only 13 men on its works crews, needs a superintendent as well as a town foreman. At the same time, acting mayor Charlie Edgar, in the chair in the absence of Mayor George Buzunis, said it is time for council to consider wiping out its entire town labor force and contracting the work out. Deputy Mayor Edgar said council should consider "whether we are going to try to carry on our work or whether we are going to con- sider contracting it out." He said the old pick and shovel crews of yesteryear got the job done faster than the present crew using modern machines. V of L gets grant for building projects The grant allocated to the U of L Monday by the province doesn't ease the un- iversity's financial woes. The grant is an allocation for the university's capital budget for 1974-75 that the U of L knew it would receive for renovations to the campus and for construction of an animal- holding facility, officials say. The university is pleading to the government for additional funds for its operational budget which includes programming, salaries, library costs and research. The U of L has asked for in addition to the million already provided by the provincial government last fall. The department of advanc- ed education also announced this week that it will make an additional available for special projects that meet its approval. Dr. Bill Beckel, U of L president, said the university will be applying for un- der the special projects fund. Jim Foster, minister of ad- vanced education, said when making the capital grant an- nouncement that new construction will only be approved when the mandates of each university have been clarified. "We would also expect to see a significant increase in the enrolments at the univer- sities and in university transfer programs in the colleges before additional building is undertaken." Other capital grants made this week include to the University of Alberta, to the University of Calgary and to the Banff Centre. "I am not satisfied with the way they ditched that said Deputy Mayor Edgar, ap- parently in reference to some recent town work. "They didn't even ditch a block over two weeks with a he said. "If the town crew is going to work the way they have been doing in 1973 I would just as soon see them wiped out." Another problem to be faced is negotiations with the union. Town secretary Roy White said, "Every time I phone up Milroy he is out." He was referring to Andrew Milroy of Lethbridge, representative for the .Canadian Union of Public Employees. quipped a coun- cillor Coun Ron Tilbe said the town doesn't need a superintendent and a foreman. "If we had 50 men and a couple of foremen, then it might come to a point where we need a he said. Deputy Mayor Edgar said the present foreman is a member of the union and "the foreman should not be in the union." Mr. White suggested a special meeting to discuss this situation His suggestion was acted upon immediately by Coun. Davis and council mov- ed into the closed session. Before this action, Coun. Tilbe said Mr. Williams resigned for personal reasons which he would not divulge. He said he had "nothing against anybody on council." Coun. Davis said the town needs new equipment because the jack hammer breaks down just when it is needed. "We need a defogger, we need a jack hammer, said Coun. Davis. "If we have got to replace it, let's get it in our budget this year." reptrtt Page 14. Remnant of the dark ages or effective discipline? A public school trustee who voted in favor of abolishing the strap from city public schools will express his views on corporal punishment to the public Thursday. Dr. Doug McPherson will question whether the strap is an effective means of discipline in the school or an instrument of the dark ages when he speaks to the noon luncheon of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. The public school board abolished all forms of corporal punishment from its schools in a meeting last month. Year of Tiger here I.ethbridge's Chinese com- munity will bring in the New Year at midnight tonight with small celebrations in their homes. A spokesman for the com- munity said this morning the National League which at one time held special celebrations has not scheduled anything for this year. This year, according to the traditional Chinese calendar, is the Year of the Tiger. It is supposed to be characterized by the or masculine influence. By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer PICTURE BUTTE Sugar beet producers here have been warned a continued decrease in acreages of the crop could mean the closure'of the refin- ing factory in Picture Butte. Outgoing president of the Lethbridge Northern Sugar Beet Growers Association Bernard Nieboer told 75 producers at the group's an- nual meeting if more farmers quit growing beets and others don't pick up the acres, could mean the end of processing the crop in the region. He said if acres are dropped in the Lethbridge Northern area, named after the Lethbridge Northern Irriga- tion District, the crop would likely move further east to be., closer to the Taber refinery of. Canadian Sugar Factories Ltd. Outgoing vice president Walter V. Boras confirmed the prediction, claiming once acreages in the Lethbridge Northern area are dropped, they likely won't return. He said the number of growers had decreased in 1973 but the acreage had remained about the same as that grown in 1972. Mr. Nieboer said about 700 acres had been kept in produc- tion in the region in 1973 because of a change in the crop rotation Previously, farmers were allowed to grow sugar beets on a particular piece of land only every four years to com- bat a serious nematode problem. But during the past few years, some farmers have grown beets on land every three years without signs of the pest. Because more farmers were allowed to grow sugar beets on the three-year rotation, the acres were main- tained. Getting to the brighter side of 1973, Mr. Nieboer said what started out as the worst spring on record for seeding sugar beets and problems with early drought, turned out to be a perfect harvest year. He said growers were able to harvest average crops and the payment for beets grown in 1973 will likely reach all- time record highs. There were no labor problems in the Lethbridge Northern region because a group of the association direc- tors made a personal contact with about 12 Indian reserves in Northern Saskatchewan before the workers were needed. Mr. Nieboer said the response from the contact was so good, they had to cancel four busloads of workers. And this was after a meeting in Edmonton when officials of the industry thought they might need workers from Mexico and Jamaica to do the work. Norris Taguchi, regional director for Lethbridge Northern elected to the central board of the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association, said acres of sugar beets were contracted with Canadian Sugar Factories Ltd. in 1973. Because of the severe spr- ing seeding conditions, only acres were planted. Further complications resulted in only acres being harvested. A total of tons of beets were harvested by about growers in Southern Alberta, averaging about 15 tons per acre. From the beets in 1973, the factories were able to extract 241.8 pounds of refined sugar per ton of beets. Additional reports Page 14. Knife-wielding Lethbridge man jailed 3 years A 35-year-old Lethbridge man has been sentenced to three years in prison for attempting to murder another man with a knife during a fracas in downtown Lethbridge last Oct. 20. David Howard Vandervoort, 605 Stafford Dr., was sentenc- ed after he was found guilty in Alberta Supreme Court here Monday. Mr. Justice M. E. Shannon handed down the decision and sentence after the day-long trial. Vandervoort was found guil- ty of stabbing 21-year-old Robert List, now of Regma, snding a fight that began in a downtown beer parlor hours earlier. Court was told Mr. List walked into a hotel lobby after he was stabbed and asked the clerk to call an ambulance. He was taken to St Michael's Hospital where Dr. Shoji Hase examined him and could detect no signs of pulse, breathing or blood pressure from Mr. List. Dr. Hase thought Mr. List's chances of survival were poor, he testified Monday. Mr. List has since made a complete recovery. Mr. Justice Shannon told Vandervoort he considered the three-year sentence to be light since the law permitted him to be sentenced for life. Court was told the Oct. 20 fracas began when Mr. List and a friend, Doug Jestin, were sitting in the bar and were approached by Vander- voort and Gary Kluseritz. An argument ensued over a jack- et which Mr. Jestin had ob- tained from Mr. Kluserits. Vandervoort became involved and struck Mr. Jestin with his fist. Mr. List then pulled Vander- voort away from Mr. Jestin, showed him onto a table, then ran out. The fight continued outside but ended temporarily when friends pulled Vandervoort away, court was told. The fight resumed later that night and Mr. List was stabbed Gov't may enter steel industry', PCs told JOCK QOURLAY new president The Alberta government is considering par- ticipation in the steel industry as a last resort to bring the industry into the province, a Calgary MLA told Lethbridge Conservatives Monday. Cal Lee (PC-Calgary McNight) told the annual meeting of the Progressive Conser- vative Association for Lethbridge East that the province has searched high and low for someone to develop a steel industry. Despite the best efforts of Fred Peacock, minister of industry and commerce, the in- dustry around the world refused to locate in the province because of market con- siderations, he said. But Mr Lee said Interprovmcial Steel and Pipe Company offered the government an op- tion on shares to develop the industry in the Peace River region in partnership with the province. He said such a development would complement the development by Dow of the chemical industry near Edmonton. The possible entry by the province into the steel industry was not to be considered unfair competition, Mr. Lee said "Where is the competition when we can't beg other companies to come in and develop a steel He also said the government felt compelled to step into the pricing of propane because the competitive factors of the free enterprise marketplace were not working. Jock Gourlay was elected president of the association, in a vote which overturned the recommendation of the executive that John Gogo be chosen. Mr. Gourlay, 48, is a stock broker's representative in the city. He succeeds Gary Bowie The four vice-presidents elected were: Murray Leslie, John Gogo, Don Miller and Dean Lien. Roy Montgomery was elected treasurer and Palmer, secretary. Directors are Bob Babki, Dick Johnston, Eileen Cashmore, Chester Mook, Roger Reich, Jack Innes, Herb Axford, Ross Wilde. Dave Elford and James Nicas. Voting delegates elected to attend the provincial party's annual convention in Ed- monton Feb. 1, 2 and 3 were Dave Elford, John Gogo, Bonnie Babki, Roy Montgomery, Jock Gourlay and Gladys Palmer Alternates were Dean Lien, Blaine Thacker, Murray Leslie, Gary Bowie, Dick Johnston, Jack Innes and Richard Bar- ton CAL LEE in Lethbridge ;