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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-24,Lethbridge, Alberta 2 —THE LETHBRIDOt HE«ALO - Thufiday. January 24, 1W4 News In brief Grenada governor installed ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (Reuter) — The former chairman of Grenada’s public service commission, Leo De Gale, has been installed here as acting governor of Grenada. Gale took the oath of office at government house in the presence of Premier Eric Gairy, cabinet ministers, senior civil servants and the deputy British government representative in the associated states. The swearing-in ceremony followed the departure of Dame Hilda Bynoe, who resigned Jan. 13 after an antigovernment demonstration calling on her and the Gairy administration to step down. Dame Hilda left Grenada Monday after a clash between anti-government protestors and Gairy supporters in which one man died. In spite of Monday’s clash, which followed a series of protests against the government, Gairy is going ahead with plans for Grenada’s independence celebrations Feb. 7. Government opponents have been calling for the Gairy administration to resign over its handling of alleged cases of police brutality in the state. Agnew’s novel ‘turned down’ WASHINGTON (Reuter) -The Post says former vicepresident Spiro Agnew has tried unsuccessfully to become a novelist. Agnew’s story about a future U S, vice-president programmed for disaster by the Chinese has been rejected by a New York publisher, colum nist Maxine Cheshire sajis. The former vice-president is reported to have shown the publisher an outline and one chapter of the proposed novel. It was turned down “on its merits" as a work of fiction, the unidentified publisher is quoted as saying. Scene of fatal Terrace avalanche Overturned truck is mute evidence of snow slide’s power, left; rescue workers searched through the night for victims. Slide survivor remains in shock Trans-Alaska pipeline allowed right-of-way 2 found frozen in Edmonton EDMONTON (CP) ~ The frozen bodies of two persons were discovered Wednesday morning in two different areas of the city. Police said they found the body of Birlford Irva Clark in a parked truck in front of his home. A police spokesman said there had been a family dispute in the home and Mr. Clark apparently left the house, got into the truck, and died of exposure after falling asleep at the wheel. The other victim, a 31-year-old woman whose name has not been released, was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs outside a home. An autopsy has been ordered to determine if death was caused by exposure or by a fall. WASHINGTON (AP) - The long-delayed federal right-of-way permit for the transAlaska pipeline has been issued, but more hurdles rt main before oil can begin flowing from Alaska's North Slope. .    ^ “We have closed only the first chapter of the book,” Interior Secretary Rogers C. B. Morton said in signing the document Wednesday, “Much work still lies ahead of us.” In Anchorage. Alaska, E. L. Patton, president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Corp., said: “Today’s significant action does not represent a crossing of the final hurdle on the way to our goal." Morton said construction of the 789-mile pipeline probably will begin in late spring. “With a little co-operation from the weatherman, I am optimistic that the oil of the North Slope will reach markets In the lower 48 states by 1977,’’ he said. The permit was signed on the same day that President Nixon said competing applications are expected soon on a natural-gas pipeline Four buy high-price books TORONTO (CP) - Four Canadians have paid $5,000 each for new limited editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica to be published in April. The premier 26 collection is bound in “imported chieftain goatskin” and consists of 26 sets of 30 volumes, designed for rare book collectors. There will be 999 leather-bound versions available in March for $2,500 and 9,000 sets bound in lesser leathers will be available at $998 each. The basic brown cloth binding editions will cost $499. The edition will be the first wholly new one since 1929 when the 14th version was published. Universities Hrying to hamper work of advanced education’ Alderman foresees windfall EDMONTON (CP) - Edmonton should be relieved of about $76 million in property taxes because of new revenue the province will receive from increased oil prices, Aid. Dave Ward said Wednesday. Mr. Ward said in an interview he will give notice of motion at a city council meeting Monday urging the city to app ly to the provincial government for the tax relief. He said the province will receive about $466 million in petroleum revenues in 1974. The $76 million figure would include $W million for education costs, $18 million for police services, $5 million for health and social welfare and $3.5 million for library services. No-Strike contract feared EDMONTON (CP) - A proposed separate contract for construction workers at the Syncrude oil sands extraction plant in northeastern Alberta could “cause havoc" in other parts of the province, the incoming president of the Edmonton Construction Association said Wednesday. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FUIE ESTIMATES Phon«32»-4722 COLLEOE MALL Bud Cameron, commenting on the no*strike, no-lockout labor proposition, said “if a separate contract is signed for that prwect for, say, $9 an hour, <*e fully expect the union locals here to demand at least parity." “Do you know what the price of a house would be it it cost $9 an hour for a carpenter? It will only double, that’s all " Bob Bodner, outgoing association president, agreed. EDMONTON (CP) - Dr. Walter Worth, deputy minister of advance education, said We;lnesday night that the province’s universities are doing their best to hamper his department’s work. Dr. Worth, speaking during a panel discussion on government and the universities,said the university community is “setting diversions,” attempts at alternatives to department proposals. The alternatives reflect the university idea of a monopoly on decision-making without regard to other institutions of higher learning. Dr. Worth said. “I hope it stops, we intend to be around for awhile.” Examples of the diversions included the university’s attempt to call their own meeting of all post-secondary institutions on student transferability and another proposal to form a new council of Alberta universities to handle approval of new academic programs. Dr Max Wyman, University of Alberta president. Dr. J. B. Haddow of the university’s mechanical engineering department, and panel chairman, Dr. Tim Byrne, president of Athabasca University, voiced support for the universities commission. The commission ceased to exist when the advanced education department was established. Dr. Wyman said decisions were made openly by the former commission while civil servants were making decisions in the new department. Today’s decisions are “faceless, nameless and behind closed doors,” Dr. Wyman said. Dr. Worth rejected proposals that the commission should be resurrected. Such proposals are “out of touch with reality" because they were from co-ordinating groups that could not exist today with 20 institutions of higher learning in the province. He said the institutions must be brought together because Alberta’s educational needs are more diverse and there is a greater flow of students between the schools. Dr. Worth denied the department had set up a huge army of civil servants. It now has a staff of 130, 15 more than employed by the universities commission when it existed, he said. from the North Slope, either through Alaska or through Cana^. The president ordered Morton to study and process the applications quickly and to study the need for additional oil and gas lines. Before the first pipeline can be built, a right-of-way permit from the sUte of Alaska and other permits from the state and federal governments still must be obtained, Patton said. Alyeska also must purchase land from the state for construction of a tanker terminal at the southern terminus of the $5-billion project at Valdez. “We will now work with all speed toward completion of these other tasks,” said Patton, “By the spring of this year we hope we will have reached this goal.” Morton said the pipeline project, long blocked by environmentalists who feared damaging oil spills, will be monitored more carefully than any such t>roject In history. Maj.-Gen. Andrew Rollins, recently retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is in Alaska as the interior department’s representative. He will have to give approval for each segment of )ipeline construction and will lave power to stop the project if he does not be ieve the environmental and technical requirements are being met. The work also will be monitored by an interior department environmental team, assisted by a contractor. The requirements were described by Morton and Patton as the most stringent ever laid dovni for a construction job. The Prudhoe Bay oil fields on the North Slope, believed to contain at least 10 billion barrels of oil, were discovered in 1968, Environmentalists obtained an Injunction blocking issuance of the permit on grounds the propsed right of way exceeded the limits laid dovm in federal law. Congress last year raised the limits. Turner to talk taxation OTTAWA (CP) - The 10 provincial finance ministers meet Finance Minister John Turner today to try to get a bigger share of the country’s income tax revenues. Federal sources say the provinces , want assurances from Mr. Turner that they will not lose any tax money under a change in the federal tax system that raises tax brackets to take account of Inflation, The innovation, passed last year, means the federal government will not collect increased taxes just because inflation raises personal incomes, But since provincial taxes are collected under the same system as federal taxes, the provincial governments also stand to lose the taxes that would have flowed to them on the tide or inflation. Mr. Turner is expected to resist that pressure in this week’s two-day closed meeting. Heath appeals to miners LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister Edward Heath appealed to Britain’s 280,000 coal mners today to call off their crippling slowdown and open new pay talks. His appeal came as mine leaders met to recommend that their men stop all production with a strike for higher pay that would bring British industry to a halt this spring. In a letter to Joe Gormley, president of the miner's union, Heath urged the miners’ executive to “consider very carefully” the pay package offered. TERRACE, . B.C. (CP) -Snoviry mounds of rubble are all that remain today to mark the site of Tuesday’s massive snow slide that killed seven persons 28 miles west of this northwest British Columbia community. Mail truck driver Volkmar Werner Zobel, 30, of Prince Rupert, B.C., was the only survivor of the slide that struck the service station-motel-restaurant-trailer park operation of Charles Daumont. Mr. Daumont’s body and that of his 18-year-old daughter, Denise, who worked as a waitress in the cafe, were among the seven recovered by searchers Tuesday and Wednesday. Also killed were; Allan Wayne Macdonald, 23, of Terrace, a highways department employee; Donald Lagimodiere, 27, of Prince Rupert; Steve Mentenko, Mr. Daumont’s brother-in-law and an attendant at the service station; Ted Armstrong, a grader operator from Terrace; and Hans Peter Engler, of Prince Rupert. ' Terrace RCMP said Wednesday afternoon that on the basis of interviews with Mr. Zobel it is believed all bodies have been recovered. Mr. Zobel was rescued after being buried under 20 feet of snow for four to five hours in a standing-up position. He was taken to Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace in a state of hysteria, suffering what his doctor diagnosed as "deep psychological shock”. But he was in good physical condition. Dr, Don Strangway barred all visitors from his patient’s hospital room, saying Mr. Zobel will not be in a sufficiently-recovered mental Condition until Friday to meet reporters. He said Mr. Zobel experienced “extreme panic” for much of the time he was buried, and said his patient believes the only thing that saved him was that he manag ed to get his arm over his head to give him breathing room. Dr. Strangway reported that Mr. Zobel told him all of those at the site were together in the restaurant when the slide hit, and that he was “very thankful to be alive.” Mills Memorial Hospital administrator 'Anthony Wagemakers said he understands Mr. Zobel was unable to describe the beginning of the avalanche — but merely remembered thatihe was suddenly buried. “But he was conscious throughout most of his ordeal," said Mr. Wagemakers. “He knew what was going on.”' Rescuers said Mr. Zobel appeared to be semiconscious, incoherent and hysterical when he was pulled free. Dave Newman, pilot for Okanagan HelicopterSi who flew Mr. Zobel to hospital, said the patient had to be restrained in his stretcher during the flight. "I don’t really think he knew what was happening,” said Mr. Newnian. “He just wasn't with us.”. Rescue operations, which involved up to 100 persons from the Terrace area, were suspended Wednesday when fears arose that more of the snow formation from which the slide came might break loose and crash down on the recovery party. About one-sixth of the Daumont property of about two acres remains to be dug out. Crushed vehicles, smashed and twisted walls, splintered trees, articles of clothing, broken furniture, and several Gideon Bibles from the motel units litter the snow at the slide scene. The slide came down the mountainside through a small opening in trees. Service buildings on one side of the property were untouched, as were a truck and a grader. But the restaurant-motel building was swept off its foundations Wednesday’s agreement..,    , . . may be Macdonald s Waterloo How the West won the day in OttawaBeauty an the Skylab^s B Special h«ad to tote offer Skyway Shoulder Tot* Bag ^ $25 valuo- Your* for only $7.50 with a purchase ot Merle Normart’t complexion care kit A famous name m cosmetics and a famous name m luggage gelttng togetner m a iimited-fime special offer. The purchase of a $38.00 Merle Norman kii onn-fammg 8 prepacked complexion care aids entnles you to the handsome £25 00 Skyway Shoulder Tole Bag foroniy S7 50 Color ciioices- Green, Tangerme, Suntan, Blue teather-look vinyl, fitted with sturdy lock-down zipper and lucite Skyway name tag.mERLE nORfTlAn COSmETiC BOUTIQUE. VV-qs gyro caving in HOUSTON (AP) - Mission Control hopes io nurse an ailing gyroscope in the Skylab space station a little longer, but space officials doubt the stabilizing device will recover. “It’s slowly but surely caving in,” flight director Neil Hutchinson said Wednesday “Personally, 1 don't think it will recover," Even if it failed, Skylab 3 astronauts could remain aloft the final 15 days of the 84-day mission. But scientific experiments would be cut because spacecraft manoeuvres depend on the control device. Astronauts Gerald Carr, William Pogue and Edward Gibson have not expressed concern about the problem. Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA — The strategy of the western provinces devised in advance for the federal provincial energy conference paid off and the prairie premiers will be returning to their home provinces well pleased with the concessions they were able to squeeze from Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in tht now long luncheon break Wednesday. Appearing far from pleased with the outcome of the two-day conference the prime minister and Energy Minister Donald Macdonald held a press conference following its sudden end Ruefully the prime minister said he had never been known as a “good bargainer.” He had engaged in a hard bargaining session with the 10 premiers behind closed doors over lunch when it became apparent that he and his energy minister were getting nowhere with the federal proposals in open sessions Privately the western provinces spokesmen were scornful of Ottawa’s preparations for this conference. They claimed that it was apparent that the “feds ” had not done their homework At the last moment however the prime minister did manage to salvage something from what looked like a conference that was coming apart at the seams. The luncheon session lasted for three and one half hours. When it ended ,Mr. Trudeau and the premiers trooped back into the conference hall-The prime minister read a statement outlining what he and the other first ministers had patched t<^ether as a formal agreement and that ended the two-day sittings. Quebec's Premier Robert Bourassa haited it as a “victory” for the consumers. It was certainly no victory for Ottawa. It well may tam out to be Macdonald’s Waterloo as energy minister. Before the conference began the western premiers agreed on a strategy of having Premier Allan Blakeney of Saskatchewan carry the ball. Premier Peter Lougheed of Alberta was to adopt a low key approach. This became obvious the first day of the meetings when Blakeney for the west led the assault on the federal proposals wnveiled by Mac donald. The Saskatchewan premier was scathing in his criticism of the plan. The television cameras showed him looking shocked and scornful, Alberta’s Lougheed—whom the feds had hoped to cast in the villain’s role—was mild in comparison with the attack launched by his colleague. The strategy was designed to avoid Ottawa singling out the Alberta premier as a “Blue eyed Arab of the North", isolating Lougheed and alienating the rest of the countrj' against Canada’s major oil producing province. Any such federal manoeuvre failed because the western provinces stayed together and blasted the federal proposals to bits. When Macdonald dropped his bombshell proposals into the conference Tuesday it erupted. He outlined a plan for continuing the freeze on prices of gasoline and heating oil for 90 days until the end of April He proposed that Saskatchewan and Alberta give up |l.4 billion in oil revenues over the next year so that Eastern Canada could enjoy prices that are well below the world level. The oil industry would be allowed to take $500 million in revenues under the federal plan to provide them with an incentive to continue exploration activities. Premier David Barrett was irate over this money going to the oil companies. The bulk of the money—48.8 per cent—would go toward holding down prices in eastern Canada under the Macdonald proposal. This did not suit Saskatchewan or Alberta but surprisingly and obviously to the dismay of Ottawa, the eastern premiers weren’t happy with Mr. Macdonald’s plan either. Premier Richard Hadfield of New Brunswick and Premier Gerald Regan of Nova Scotia tore into the Macdonald plan. They were joined by other eastern premiers who were also critical. the second day’s began the prime minister quickly recognized as chairman that he was in deep trouble At noon the prime minister announced he would take all 10 premiers to lunch in a private room at the conference centre. There behind closed doors, When session without their ‘officials they hammered out a compromise. Premier Blakeney said it was arrived at through tough “give and take” discussions. There were no deals” no “bilateral arrangements ” The prime minister said it was an agreement reached through a consensus. It was a pale shadow of the proposal that Macdonald had put forward but at least it was something. The prime minister and premiers also agreed to set up a continuing committee of ministers. They have bought 60 days in which to work out other arrangements. And Alberta did not pass up the opportunity to make the point that the possibilities should be explored for established parity across the country for the prices not just of oil but for other commodities such as lumber. Mr. Trudeau while looking far from pleased did manage to extract encouragement from the fact that all eleven first ministers had been able to act as a community and "keep federalism alive.” That was something to be thankful for, he told.,his press conference. “    ■ ;