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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Next weekend's just miles down the highway t Bill Kinnuen drives CF's night run to Calgary It's time to go. Time to hit the road. Bill Kinnuneii lights a filter-tipped cigarette and squints through the curling smoke at his Canadian Freightways watch. It's time to start the internal combus- tion monster lurking beneath the seven-ton cab-over-engine White Freightlmer truck Bill calls home for 60 hours every week. Ignition on. Three hundred thirty-five coughing diesel horses roar into life and Bill's cab shakes as 335 horses strain under their load. Shouting over the noise of the Bill driven trucks pretty much all my life A Canadian Freightways driver for 14 Bill heads his CF tractor and tandem trailer down Mayor Magrath Drive for the trip south to Coutts It's 7pm and Bill won't get back to Lethbndge until about 7 a.m tomorrow morning I won't get back until 7am tomorrow either. I've asked CF if I can ride overnight with Bill CF doesn't mind. Bill doesn't seem to leave the drivin' to he says cheerfully. In 12 hours myself and this 36-ton vibrating caravan will travel south to then north to Calgary and then home to Lethbridge. Total 402 miles. But Bill knows every every hill and every bump. been driving this route for over three years he yells over the noise of the highway as we leave Lethbndge. Bill drives 402 miles every miles every week and grueling highway miles every month. Although by his own more miles in a month than most people drive in a he has never driven east of Saskatchewan to see relatives in Winnipeg. he'd like to see but after spending 60 hours a week listening to the whining turbocharger and howling exhaust of his Bill can't get too excited about holidaying on the highway. Two hours after leaving Lethbndge Bill turns into CF at Coutts. He'll drop his two trailers and pick up two trailers full of lime brought to the border by Consolidated the American parent com- pany of Canadian Freightways. Over a coffee at the Hillcrest Inn Cafe in Bill says he doesn't really need the coffee to stay awake. The noise and vibration are all he needs to keep alert during the long night In when Bill was doing a from Calgary to Vancouver over the Rogers Pass he couldn't even when he was supposed to crawl in the bunk behind the driver's seat and let his co-driver spell him off for five hours. No frills on this 7-ton rig Back in the truck on our way to the 22-inch tires almost directly un- derneath the and send up the sound of hot macadam meeting hot rubber Black smoke trails from the giant exhaust stack behind the passenger's seat as Bill patiently works his way through the 15-gear transmission Cruising speed is 15 r.p m It's a good thing Bill knows every bump from here to because the suspen- sion on the cab is strong enough to jolt a tractor twice the weight of Bill's The sun sets as we drive through Milk River and the night begins There's no fancy gadgetry in Bill's unlike many American trucks on Alberta highways There's no chrome on the ex- haust and there's one not two There's no elaborate paint job with Bill airbrushed on the driver's door And there's no tape deck or radio. explains Bill your mind on your seems to be the rationale behind Bill's no- frill rig But Bill has an enviable 14-year accident-free driving record to show for company policy And he has a CF given him many years ago for safe driving The citizens band radio found in many American tracks has its ad- vantages Bill says some drivers from south of the border will call the cafe in Coutts and order dinner when they hit customs By the time they're through dinner is waiting Bill touches the airbrakes before pulling into the weigh scales just west of Fort Macleod There's a hot pot of coffee and some food just around the he referring to the only all-night truck stop between Coutts to Calgary Bill meets another trucker in the Texaco station cafe near the junction of Highways 2 and 3. They talk about their weekends. When you spend 60 hours a week behind the and drive you don't have much social Bill says. When five days of the week are devoted to sleeping and weekends are important Very important. The coffee is the food is filling and Helen the waitress a welcome sight after miles of asphalt ribbon. But Calgary lies ahead and the night is still so it's back up into the cab for the -trip north Bill says sometimes he considers getting a job with normal hours But normal jobs usually have normal pay che- ques Any Teamster who drives miles a week takes home a good pay che- que reaching annually. worse Bill says like working outside on a CP Rail section gang in the heat of summer. Driving truck is hot and noisy in summer and cold and noisy in winter But the pay is like Bill there are worse jobs I doze off somewhere between' Nanton and Calgary Then we're cruising down Macleod about five miles from the CF terminal Normal jobs rate normal pay In Calgary Bill trades his two trailers with a CF driver from Edmonton. Stan will haul Bill's trailers to Edmonton and Bill will pull Stan's to Lethbridge for morning orders going out to local businesses Bill pumps 85 gallons of diesel fuel into the tank on his tractor He averages five miles to the gallon on the highway A quick cup of coffee and Bill starts the uninterrupted run home Bill would rather drive the same 402-mile route every night than be on the road miles from home at night in strange cities and towns from Vancouver to Dawson Creek to Fort St. John by The coffee doesn't help keep me awake for long I nod on and off as the 65-foot CF rig thunders south. It's light now Too much cloud to see the sun come says Bill. But maybe we'll have some he adds. sure is hard sleeping during ihe day in this hot he says. Bill shifts his tractor into top tak- ing his eyes off the road just long enough to wave and smile at a trucker heading west in a big white Mack. it'll rain and cool so I can get some sleep Bill says as Lethbndge appears over a hill wasn't meant to work at Story and photos by Russell Oughtred Ready for a cup of coffee Bill dismounts from his tractor after hitching onto double trailer The Lethbridgc Herald SECOND SECTION July 1974 Pages 17-32 OUTDOOR MEETING FOR BOB Lethbridge Progressive Conservatives have finaliz- ed plans for a visit by national leader Robert Stanfield to the city. Local organizers in the July 8 federal election campaign saw plans for one visit scuttled when tour plans were altered for the national leader. But other plans for a visit have been confirmed with national campaign officials Mr Stanfield will cam- paign on behalf of PC can- didate Ken Hurlburt. Latest plans call for the national leader to land at Kenyon field Friday night after a 20-mmute stopover in Medicine Hat He will proceed to his hotel with no official activities planned until Saturday He will address a public gathering at the Henderson Lake picnic grounds about 9 a.m Saturday. The gathering begins at 7 30 a m. and coffee will be served Mr Stanfield will leave the city about 10 a m to continue his campaign into British Columbia Man to face additional charges Other charges will be laid against a 28 year old Fort Macleod man already charged with the rape of an 84 year old woman who died June 23 Donald Blundon is in police custody and will appear in court in Fort Macleod July at which time the further charges will be laid Art gallery backers win first crack at old library officers win salary boost The faculty and administra- tion officers of Lethbndge Community College received a salary boost of 2 5 per cent in a surprise move Tuesday in a closed meeting of the college board of governors The unexpected increase hiked their salary for 1974-75 1 to June by 9.5 per cent over what they received during the past year. The faculty and officers had just entered the second year of a two-year contract that was negotiated about two and half years ago The contract was reopened by the board a matter of fairness and not a matter of the chairman of the board said following the meeting There has been a dous inflationary spiral aspect in this since the last contract was Bob Babki pointed out C D said other colleges were providing or in the process of providing staff with higher increases than LCC had granted previously Alberta colleges that had completed negotiations granted between 9 9 and 10 12 per cent The salary boost is expected to cost the college about The percentage increase granted Tuesday placed the faculty and officers of the college on par with the increases granted the LCC non-academic Staff for 1974-75 in May College eliminates nursing director post The position of nursing director at the Lethbndge Community College was eliminated in a special closed meeting of the college's board of governors Tuesday The position was vacated June 28 by Sister Ann Mane who resigned to continue religious studies She held the position from the time the college first es- tablished the nursing program six years ago. A chairman of the nursing faculty is to be named to take on most of the duties previously held by the direc- tor of nursing President C. D Stewart claimed following the meeting that the position of chairman was established as part of an administration realignment move made necessary to allow for new medical programs to be added at a later date By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City council endorsed the use of the city's old library building as an art gallery winning a round of applause from 5ome 30 art gallery backers at the council meeting They told council it was the commitment from the city they were looking for Dr Van a spokesman for the southern Alberta Art Gallery said with the go- ahead from council the National Museums Associa- tion can assess the old library building to determine whether it will meet its and if so what renovations will be required The association will pay for renovations and the first two years of operation of a Dr Christou said. Roadblocks in the way of council acceptance of the art gallery proposal were ap- parently cleared away at a noon meeting Tuesday involv- ing the art gallery the Gait Museum curator and board the Allied Arts community ser- vices director Bob Bartlett and Mayor Andy Anderson Mr Bartlett told council meeting at noon reaf- firmed the fact that if you sit down and talk to people the understanding of the situation gets much better The community services director had previously asked council to table the art gallery request for further study because it appeared expansion of the city's Gait Museum might be in competition with the art gallery proposal for the same National Museum program funds Thai difficulty was ironed out at the noon meeting Mr Bartlett said he agreed with Dr Christou and f'e art gallery association s assess- ment of communications from Ottawa that both the museum and art gallery could get federal grants Dr Christou told council while the museum and the art gallery are two entities that they need not be in conflict News from Ottawa m- lorms us that there are cities in Canada that are not only getting an art gallery but are getting a museum grant and a planetarium he said In accepting the art gallery council made some stipulations The offer of the old library will be kept open only until Nov 1 and it will be made available for an art gallery only if the federal money is forthcoming Some aldermen expressed concern about long term funding of tne art gallery after the initial two year grant period runs but Dr Chnstou said Canada Council grants will be available And there is a new grant program just for art galleries being set up by the he said In the association is investigating sources of private funding. The use of the old library building as an art gallery was first suggested in February and a group calling itself the Citizens Committee for a Lethbridge and District Art Gallery was formed. It got council to revoke an earlier decision to convert the building to community ser- vices department offices. Mystery settlement of Tory account Fresh paper for motor log Bill's log clocks truck's engine's speed Mystery continues to shroud the question of in unpaid Progressive Conservative campaign costs for the last federal election in Lethbridge. Some of this campaign's of- ficials are eager to reveal the settlement apparently reach- ed with city businessman Fred Weatherup for the loan he says was made during the 1972 campaign. But the officials say they are powerless to reveal the agreement Anxious as they are to prove publicly than an amicable settlement has been they say the word must come from Mr. Weatherup. Mr Weatherup has remain- ed unavailable for comment since The Herald revealed June 20 his demand that a bank loan he guaranteed be repaid. That demand came em- barrassingly close to this federal election for which funds were still being raised The amount demanded was equivalent to one third of this election campaign's total budget The Herald has since learn- ed that the settlement with Mr. a principal in Enerson's GM dealership in should not involve contributors to this election campaign for candidate Ken Hurlburt Mr. Weatherup was in charge of fund raising for the last campaign and his bill caught several top officials of this campaign by surprise Whatever caused him to call in the loan at such an in- convenient the eve of an hasn-'t stopped him from contributing at least something to this election campaign Enerson's is footing the bill for a portion of Mr Hurlburt's campaign advertising ;