Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
More live entertainment promised for Whoop-Up Days Big changes are being made in Whoop-Up this not only in layout but in the says an official of the Lethbridge and district Exhibition Association. whole'concept of the Exhibition this year las says Leona the fair's ren- als and concessions manager. There will be a lot more live entertain- nent this year at various spots on the says. A daily schedule will be run in The Herald. Entertainment attractions on the grounds will include a clown and magic a puppet can-can dancers and country-western singer Blake Emmons. The grandstand show will take place at 8 p.m. each she says. The Stratus Faction enter- tainment group and auto daredevils of the Trans Canada Hell Drivers will be featured Tuesday and and a rodeo and chuckwagon races follow Friday and Saturday. The thoroughbreds will return to Whoop-Up Downs for racing and pari-mutuel betting throughout the weeks. On the grounds layout the Thomas Shows midway has been 'moved in front of the 4-H and Youth-a-rama she says. The former midway site by the grandstand will now be the site of an Antique Ag Square. Antique farm some of it brought in by a Calgary will be displayed alongside its modern descendants. The old will be the independent with an entertainment exhibit food concessions and a children's zoo. The Whoop-Up Pavilion will house an RCMP centennial a hobby village replacing the former arts and crafts and A Taste of a food promotion featuring Alberta's agricultural products. Mrs. Pratt says the Exhibition Pavilion arena will house commercial displays. The Youth-a- under the direction of the Youth Exhibi- tion will have youth-oriented exhibits and a coffee house. The favorite suds and rest stop of the Beer will again be in operation and will feature recorded music. The exhibition grounds won't open till 4 p.m. but that doesn't mean they are deserted. Workmen are painting and fixing in preparation for the and the ex- hibition offices present a scene of controlled con- fusion. you want to know what it's like to put a fair says exhibition manager Andy The annual fair will kick off with the parade downtown at p.m. Monday. The grounds will open at 4 p.m. and noon the rest of the says Mrs. Pratt. Whoop-Up activities will be carried on at the shopping malls and down- town in the mornings. Local news The Lethbridge Herald District SECOND SECTION July 1974 Pages 13-24 LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY SPORTSPLEX SHARE CITY'S SOUTHERN SKYLINE 4It's a hell of a Why did college pull back from Sportsplex RICK ERVIN photo By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer First of two-part series A 3.85 million sports complex designed for ice and gymnasium sports may not be able to support itself unless Lethbridge Community College becomes its major user. LCC may construct a gymnasium complex of its own within a stone's throw of the multi- million dollar Sportsplex. All this because certain officials failed to make decisions. As a result city taxpayers will have to pick up the tab. A hell of a shame1 That's exactly how Bob the chairman of the college board of describ- ed the situation last October when he discovered Sportsplex was inade- quate to meet all LCC's sporting needs. Comment What Mr. Babki didn't say that has since become evident in a Herald survey of those involved in Sportsplex is that he and the provincial which appointed him LCC board are responsible for the Nobody interviewed by The Herald believes Mr. Babki deliberately set out to prevent the college from becoming involved in the capital cost of constructing Sportsplex. it appears it was his failure to understand the controlling power he holds as chairman of the LCC board of governors. Some blame bis inability to communicate effectively with the college presi- dent and personnel for the province's failure to provide the funds LCC needed to sponsor the construction of additional facilities in Sportsplex. The resulting embarrassment for all involved is a under that doesn't meet college physical education and athletic program needs. Missing from Sportsplex is a large gymnasium and smaller sports facilities that could be made available to the college during the week and in the evenings even when hockey games and other events oc- cupy the greater portion of Sportsplex. The college was when negotiations for a joint city college sports facility first evolved in to contribute as much as million. In after the site near the college had already been chosen as the location for college and city discussions centered on a LCC contribution of 25 per cent of the capital and operating costs. Since then capital and operating costs have spiralled. C. D college said in an interview negotiations with the province for college per- mission to participate in the cost of constructing Sportsplex were progressing as as could be ex- prior to 1973. February was the month Mr. Babki became directly involved in negotiations between the city and the college and the college and the department of advanced education. LCC administrators claim he took charge of the negotiations and they were relegated to the task of providing information on college facility needs to him. Mr. Babki denies that he took charge of negotiations but college officials claim that he did so by his actions even though he never actual- ly said so. didn't satisfy me that we needed another complete in Mr. Babki said recently in an interview. wanted to get in Sportsplex as it now is and they never really convinced me that it couldn't be he added. But college officials point out that Mr. Babki didn't question the specifics of the LCC report of facili- ty nor did he ask them to provide any alternatives to the report presented. According to Dr. Mr. Babki failure to accept the recommendations of his senior ad- ministrators without being specific about his objection to them was a good administration approach. It leads to a breakdown in the con- of administrating an in- stitute. Interviews with the college presi- dent and administrative personnel revealed they were entirely un- aware of what discussions Mr. Babki was having with the provin- cial if any. They believed he was not totally in favor of the college becoming a partner in but he never told them he was for or opposed to such a move. Mr. Babki simply didn't do college officials now realize. But they didn't know that at the time. Mr. Babki is also considered to be by college ad- ministrators but he doesn't place his position in such high esteem. When administrators at the college are to the they're talking Dr. Mr. Babki explaining that he is only a representative of the people. According to the Alberta Colleges Mr. Babki and the LCC board of governors have the power to hire and fire the college president and administrators. When pressed to explain why he didn't publicly question Mr. Babki's motives for not supporting college financial involvement in the construction of Dr. Stewart would only shrug and point out that Mr. Babki was the really pushed for it because I knew it would cost the taxpayers considerably more money to construct two separate facilities and I suggested an immediate deci- sion was needed from the govern- ment at board in March and April of 1973 but Bob didn't see what all the panic was Dr. Stewart claims. May 1973 was the deadline for any structural changes to Sportsplex and since the additional facilities re- quired by the college involved spreading the foundation and redesigning the steel the city needed a financial commitment from the college by May 1. Dr. Stewart doesn't blame the city for holding to its deadline. The city had its own construction dates to meet if Sportsplex was to be completed prior to the 1975 Canada Winter he maintains. Mr. Babki claims he didn't see the urgency in a committment from the government because he was not satisfied that LCC needed complete He felt college physical education needs could be fulfilled by Sportsplex in its present design. But college administrators argue Sportsplex does not meet all their physical education and athletic program needs and if they can't move their total program into Sportsplex they would prefer the college construct its own facility. Gladys a former college governor who sat on the board dur- ing the crucial period to when the college should have made a strong presentation to the says most of the governors were of the for the college to become a partner in Sportsplex construction. Mr. Babki said recently Jim advanced education indicated to him in a telephone in the spr- ing of he too was not satisfied the college needed to become a partner in Sportsplex. Mr. Babki did not pass on Mr. Foster's position to other members of the college a few of those who regularly attend LCC board meetings recall. The only suggestions Mr. Babki offered the college administration was that more information on college needs be provided to the department of advanced education. The information was forwarded to Edmonton. Reaction or comment from the department did not follow. It was only about a month according to college that Mr. in a meeting with college officials and Mr. said he wasn't aware of LCC's sporting facility needs even though the college forwarded cost estimates and a statement of need to Ed- monton only a few months before. The college had also been negotiating with the department of advanced education and its the Colleges Com- since early 1972 for funds to allow it to participate in the capital cost of a joint city-college sports facility. The Social Credit government of 1971 and the Colleges Commission agreed with the principle of a joint college-city facility and placed million in the colleges 1972-73 capital budget. The 5 million was also included in the 1973-74 college's capital budget by the Progressive Conser- vative but was later withdrawn by Mr. Foster. Even though Mr. Babki and Mr. Foster both were reported as saying they were not convinced that the college needed to become a partner in Mr. Babki says he did not influence Mr. Foster's thinking. But there are some close to the college scene who believe the provincial government would not provide funds for a facility when the man it named chairman was not convinced of the need. Mr. Babki received his appoint- ment from the Progressive Conser- vative government in the fall of 1972. He is a regional director of the Alberta PC party and often is men- tioned as a possible candidate1 in Lethbridge during the next provin- cial election. Mr. Babki claims he is responsible to the people of Lethbridge to the politicians in Edmonton whom he campaigned and was acting in the interests of the people when he did not pressure the government to provide funds to the college for Sportsplex construction. When it became evident a year ago the college would not be able to obtain funds to cover the cost of sponsoring the construction of another gymnasium and other facilities in citizens of this city lost a much more versatile sports facility than the presem Sportsplex. if LCC and the city do not work out an agreement tor college rental of the facilities available in local taxpayers will like- ly be stuck with paying the 25 per cent of the operating costs the college would have paid if it had become a partner in Sportsplex. Mr. Babki has held firm to his public statement that it would be much more responsible for LCC to rent the facilities available in Sportsplex rather than construct another sports facility. But the LCC board of including Mr. agreed in a meeting late this spring that the college should begin costing its own physical education facility. College protests city bypass route Lethbridge Community College president C. D. Stewart is in Edmonton today to officially oppose long- range transportation plans that call for a provincial bypass highway to be routed between the college and the City of Lethbridge. If plans for the highway are carried am quite sure 10 to 15 years from now people are going to ask what was the matter with the college that it didn't oppose the cutoff which isolated it from the rest of the he said in an interview Tuesday. The province's transporta- tion plan calls for a bypass highway to run between LCC and Sportsplex toward a crossing of the Oldman River west of 24th Avenue sometime before 1990. Dr. Stewart said he realizes there is little he can do to alter the highway plans he claims have already been approved by the city and the department of highways. But he wants the public to know oppose it and we op- posed it from the want to make it I don't want another Sportsplex Dr. Stewart remarked. He was referring to the situation the college may face if it has to build another sports complex near Sportsplex. There is just no Dr Stewart the college can serve the community when isolated from the city. He suggests a university may be able to operate as a separate identity in an isolated location but a has to be an integral part of community where it is Dr. Stewart will again recommend to the province that it alter its long-range plan so the bypass highway is routed on the south side of the between the college and the airport. HERE ARE UNOFFICIAL RETURNS Lethbridge Progressive Conservative candidate Ken Hurlburt won't be officially elected until July 18. An official vote count ratification at the Lethbridge returning office will be carried out Thursday But Mr. Hurlburt won't be declared elected until the end of six days after that to give anyone who wishes a chance to protest the results. Can- didates or their represen- tatives are invited to the vote count Thursday. unofficial total counts with all 221 polls in the electoral district reporting Progressive Conser- vative Ken Hurlburt Liberal Sven Ericksen New Democrat Bessie Annand Social Crediter Vern Young Sparwood motorist killed A Sparwood man was killed and another Sparwood man is in critical condition following an accident early Tuesday morning about one-half mile east of Sparwood on Highway 3. Police report a car driven by Raymond of Sparwood was eastbound on Highway 3 about 3 a.m. when his car crossed the center went out of control and rolled several times. Mr. Joss and his two Alfred Charles and Kevin both of were taken to the Michel Natal District Hospital in Sparwood. Mr. Hailes and Mr. Joss were then transferred to Foothills hospital in Calgary. Mr. Hailes was pronounced dead on arrival at Foothills. Mr. Johnson was later released from the Sparwood hospital with minor injuries. The accident is still under investigation and there has been no decision regarding an inquest. Richard Allen of Fort Macleod is still in critical condition in Foothills hospital. Mr. Davis was in- volved in a camper motorcy- cle collision in Fort Macleod Saturday. Developer An appeal by a local developer against an adverse ruling of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commis- sion will be heard by the Provincial Planning Board July 30 in Lethbridge. J.A. Jarvie launched the appeal after the commission rejected his proposal for a 640- acre subdivision creating 113 country-residential parcels just east of Lethbridge. The commission refused the subdivision appliccation in May on the grounds the parcel proposed for development is classed as prime agricultural land. Rain misses dry spots Lethbridge and district benefitted from a rainfall of 0.2 of an inch over night but the dry farmland areas of Southern Alberta were missed again. Vern fieldman for the County of Forty 24 drops fell in the Foremost Earlier Mr Arnold reported some crops were suffering heat stress from a lack of moisture. Delton district agriculturist for the County of said reports from his area indicate only scattered showers fell. This area is also suffering burned crops from a combina- tion of heat and lack of moisture Milk River to improve waterworks MILK RIVER Town council Tuesday gave first reading to a money bylaw to pay for im- provements planned for Milk River's water supply. Secretary George Roberts said today council has sub- mitted plans of the im- provements to the Local Authorities Board and an- ticipates government approval in about three weeks. Summer enrolment dips a bit Enrolment figures released by the university and college today show their summer programs have attracted almost as many students as a year ago. University of Lethbridge admitted 806 students during its first two summer sessions this down 41 from the summer of 1973. Lethbridge Community College enrolled 303 students in its summer high school and horsemanship about 14 fewer than the previous year. Jail death inquest ordered An inquest has been ordered into the death of an 18-year- old Saskatchewan beet- worker who died while on mand at the Lethbridge Correctional Institution Mon- day night. According to Leonard George White Man of Fort was ill upon arrival a.t the jail Mon- day afternoon. He was taken to a doctor and returned to the jail. He became ill later that night and was returned to hospital where he died a short time later. Dr. John E. said he couldn't come to a conclusion from the autopsy as to the cause of death and it will take six to eight weeks to do other tests to determine the cause of death. No date has been set for the inquest. Before arrest on a charge of breaking and entering the youth was working in the Vauxhall-Taber area.