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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD Tueiday, July 11, 1973 if you ask me... By RON CALDWELL Herald Staff Writer The recent decision by the Lethbridge Community College to close the doors of its board ol governors meetings to the press and public can best be de- scribed as a skip in the face to the very people who are supporting the institution. Dr. C. D. Stewart, president of the college, says the decision was made to accommodate the media. "The items dealt with openly are little more than a newsman's waste of he said in a letter to various members of the media advising that we were no longer welcome at the monthly board meetings. If Dr. Stewart and the board really have the in- terests of the news media foremost in their minds, as Ihey are trying lo make people think, then the very least they could have done was to ask our opinion of Ihe move before it was made. But the real crusher is that the board, whether it is naive or just plain stupid about the role of the media, now expects us to take their handouts follow- ing the meetings and try to pass it off on the tax- paying public as news. In other words, the LeUibrklge Community Col- lege will decide what the public should and should not know The danger of this cannot be over-stressed. Under this Kremlin-like system, all the public will hear is what the board wants it to hear, while Ihc rest of the news will either be withheld or watered down so much that it will bear no resemblance to the real situation. After all, it would be highly unusual if. any less- than-flattering items were funnelled out through the college information system. What the college administrators and board mem- bers are apparently failing to remember is that they are a publicly-financed institution and. therefore are accountable to the public. This means that the public has a right to know how its money is being spent. People arc paying for that right to the tune of about million a year at LCC. It is the job of the news media to keep the public directly informed as to what is being done with its money. We can't do it under the conditions imposed by the college. The Herald has been labelled as "unco-operative" because we didn't accept the closure decision with- out question. If we did, then we would join the college in abusing our responsibility to the public. ORRPC development plan to lie released mid-August Finishing touches are being put on a development plan for the Oldman River region cover- ing the next 20 years. Envin Adderley, executive di- rector ef the Oldman River Re- gional Planning Commission, said the plans should be re- leased by mid-August. The plan will show what ex- ists and what be required In housing and social develop- m e n t, resource development, recreation and transportation for tha area bounded by the B.C. border on tha west and Ta- ber on the east, and the U.S. border and Kanton. Two-thirds of the 30 commis- sion members must vote in fa- vor of the preliminary regional plan before it is adopted. Com- mission members represent towns, 'counties and municipal districts in Ihe area. The plan, which has been pre- pared over at least the last five years, is required by the pro- vincial planning act. RECEIVES DEGREE William Ibbitson. son of Sir. and Mrs. G. H. Ibbitson, S3G Stafford Drive received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, with dis- tinction, at the University of Alberta spring convocaton. FILM NEARS COMPLETION Filming in southern Al- berta of the Canadian film "Out" will be finished at the end of Ihis week and fhe crew will then move to Van- couver for a few final days of work. Camera learn on top of van in photo is taking a "static shot" where the camera does not move. Moving footage is taken from a mobile platform. Much of the film, about a radio, rock music personality, was taken at an abandoned farm near Spring Coulee, Some scenes were taken at MagraHi, Leth- bridge and oilier centres. Production manager Bob Lin- nell said the public has provided ''splendid" co-operation. Deadline Aug. 4 for sheep hunt permits The (leadline for submitting applications [or Alberta non- trophy sheep hunting permits Is Aug. 4. A representative ot the Al- berta division of fish and wild- life said all applications musl be postmarked no later than Aug. 4 lo be eligible in the drawing for permits. "Everyone who applies for a permit can be assured he will get one, but possibly not lor the Socreds in Edmonton for meeting Social Credit MLAs John An- derson, Lethbridge East and Charlie Drain, Pinclier Creek- Crowsnest will be in Edmonton for a two-day meeting this weak of a legislative commit- tee updating the Workman's Compensation Act. The committee, under chair- man Labor Minister Bert Hohol, is to bring a report on recommended improvements to the act lo the legislature's fall silting, starts Oct. 25. Tlie last periodic review of the act covering compensation to people injured on the job, was in 1969. An organizational meeting Wednesday at the leg- islature building will be follow- ed Thursday by a tour of the Workmen's Compensation build- ing. area of he said. He reminded all applicants to make sure they sign the appli- cation form and include a list of alternative hunting areas if their name is not drawn for thtt first choice. The fee for a non-trophy sheep hunting permit is ?5 and must be enclosed with the appli- cation form. The category of non-trophy sheep includes females and young rams. A trophy licence is required for hunting matura rams. The fish and wildlife official reminded all mountain goat hunters deadline for applica- tion lor a goat permit is Aug. 25. A goal hunting permit fee will 510 and oidy 75 of these per- mits will be issued for one area in Alberta this season. The permits will be issued on Hie basis of a draw of all appli- cations. "The draw is a way of allowing the harvesting of sheep from an area which is well populated with Uiem. while still controlling the number of said the wildlife of- ficial. The general hunting season for non-trophy sheen is from Aug. 26 to Oct. 2D, except for one bow and arrow hunting area which will close Dec. 8. Mountain goal season will start Oct. 2, and end Oct. 5. Information for bear hunting permits for the approaching season is not yet available at the fish and wildlife office, but is expected within the next few weeks. may Community college have new board after today The provincial cabinet meets again today and the mailer o! appointments to the Lethbridge Community College board of iovernors is on the again. The appointment were to be 'inalized two weeks ago, along wilh similar appointments to several other post-secondary in- stitutions. However, some mem- jers of the cabinet balked at certain appointments so the en- ire slate was set over for the lext regular cabinet meeting ast Tuesday. When (lie cabinet meeting ast week adjourned, the ap- pointments still had not been made. It LJ scheduled lo be dealt tvith today. There are four vacancies on :he six-member LCC board. The terms of chairman Je- rome Bobbins, faculty represen- alive Ben Brooks and student representative Jean Boon all expired at Ihe end of June. The losition left vacant by the res- gnation of Jim Anderson last "all is also lo be filled. CUSTOM BUILT GARAGES ERECTED ON YOUR SITE Built to your specifications any size shape to match your house ONLY FIRST GRADE MATERIALS USED WE WILL BE PLEASED TO QUOTE YOU ON THE COMPLETED JOB Including Corpenlry, Concrete Worli, Electrical, Elc. FREE ESTIMATES LUMBER CO LTD. Corner 13th Si. and 2nd Ave. S. Phone 328-3301 "Your Pioneer Lumber Dealer Since 1925 CHARGEX Mr. Robbins Is eligible to serve another three-year term, but all other appointments must be new. Dr. C. D. Stewart, president of LCC, said the college is in the precarious position of being unable to call a board meeting in the case of an emergency because it has no chairman. "I hope they make a decision today. I can't sec any reason for such he said. Sewer starts on west side ork Construction will begin this month on a storm sewer out- fall and 20-inch water feeder main in West Lethbridge. Cunningham and Shannon Ltd., general contractors from Taber, submitted the low bid ol for installation of the fa- cilities. The waler main will connect the present terminus of the main water line in West Leth- bridge with the r.ew two mil- lion U.S. gallon reservoir. Installation of a new 20-inch water line down Mayor Ma- grath Drive to service the southeast section of the city is also scheduled for this summer. A spokesman for the engi- neering department said the construction date for the line has been set back lo sometime after Sept. 1. There is still "quite a de- mand on the water he said, and to cut into it now would not be dcsirable. The city is nov; working on development of storm sewer and water systems in the 3100 block of 1st Ave. S. loss iii house fire Gasoline from a motor hike sparked by a furnace pilot light caused approximately damage in a basement fire at 240 5th Ave., Hardieville, Mon- day evening. A young man had been work- ing downstairs on his motor hike when the fumes from the gasoline caught on the pilol light from the healer. In at- tempting to put out the fire the man received minor degree burns. Floatingly, the booby meets The Ark By JIJI MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer the Bob MacDonald likes booby. Wife Agnes likes The Ark. Actually, The Booty would probably be most appropriate. Its varied meanings have several practical applications to both Bob and the houseboat he has beeu working on for six years. A booby, according to the dictionary, is a fool, a dunce or a large seabird of the tropics. Some of Bob's neighbors and passersby on the street appear to think the first two definitions apply to Bob, himself. But Bob tliinks the last definition would be quite suitable for the nam- ing of his houseboat a sea- bird. Besides, Bob's Booby (BB for short) has nice rhythm. If the houseboat should sink or flip over during launching, The Booby naming would also be quite apropos, considering more modern definitions, Consideration of what to name the houseboat signals the beginning of the end of a pro- ject which began in 1966. Prior to that time Bob had taken up golf as a hobby, said Agnes. A battery in the car trunk which spilled acid on his li a n d-carved golf bag sort of dampened that hobby. Then he tried shooting: "There's still shells lying about here and there." "Then something strange happened. He became extreme- ly interested in the mail. He tried to get to the mail first. If he couldn't make it, he'd ask me about the mail, if any par- cel had arrived for him. He even accused me ot throw- ing his parcel in the garbage. "Then one day tile parcel came. He wouldn't tell me what it was about. "For the next four months he was pretty busy. He wasn't home much1. Then one day he surprised me with a new fridge. "Alter 1 got over that sur- prise, he said, 'Come and see what I'm building.1 "We went over to his friend's where he had been spending his spare time those four months and he pointed to his project. 'What on earth is I asked and was informed it was the start of a houseboat. "Well, there wasn't anything I could say now that it had progressed to this stage. I'm scared of water. I go in up to my knees and I get dizzy. I'll sleep In it (The Booby) on land but if its in the water, I'll wear my lifejacket. "I didn't think he'd ever fin- ish she said. But, after sis years and hours of scheming, blood, sweat and tears, Bob plans to launch the houseboat this fall. It cost him to date and will cost about total when it's finished. Bob got the Idea of building the houseboat after reading a magazine article. He sent for detailed plans. "I was insane when I started on he ad- mits. The boat has (ravelled widely around Lelhbridge, being con- structed and stored in several areas. "But it's home lo stay now until it goes into the said the chief engineer for CJOC Radio. The houseboat is eight feet wide, 24 feet long and almost eight feet high. It will sleep six adults inside and will be able to sleep up to a dozen children on the roof deck. Besides sleeping accommo- dation inside, it will feature a bathroom with shower, a di- nette, a BUT air condi- tioner and BTU forced air heater. The kitchen (or galley, nau- Ucally speaking) will have a propane stove and oven and gas-electric fridge. A 40-galIon pressure system will provide hot and cold water. Aseptic holding tank will avoid pollution problems. A battery will provide 12-volt direct current power. A DC-AC inverter will transform the DC to HO-volt AC to operate the stereo system and television while cruising on some lake. The houseboat is also quip- ped with a 110-volt plug-in al- lowing Bob to pull into a trailer park and hook up lo the power there. The boat will he towed back- wards down the highway and used as a travel trailer. Weighing about two tons he will be able to launch and load the houseboat himself through use of an electric winch. Styrofoam insulation will provide additional floatation while providing warmth during the winter when the houseboat is used on open water in B.C. The hull and cabin are being fibreglassed. So far 40 gallons of plastic resin and J50 pounds of matting have been applied to the hull. Another 30 gallons o[ vesin and 100 pounds o! matting have to be applied. The hull was by far the toughest job of the project, Bob said. It took screws to put it together. It took a week, working full lime, to apply the fibre-glass. Plastic over the hull one winter didn't keep out tho snow and rain holes had to be drilled to let out 1% feet o{ water which had collected. Bob and Agnes complained that for a solid week their fam- ily of six did a lot of scratching as the fine glass dug into their skin. The houseboat will be power- ed initially by two 25-horsepow- er outboards (an Inboard may be installed Steering will be from cither inside the cabin or from the root deck, depend- ing on weather. The roof deck will also fea- ture a diving board for use by everybody except Agnes. (The four kids, including four-month- old baby, love the The houseboat Is expected to draw only six to eight inches of water. Would lie do It again? You bet. Bob is already considering building a 36-foot ocean-going cabin cruiser. If people are wondering where he's going to use his houseboat, they might consider where he's going to use his ocean-going cabin cruiser. But the cruiser is a hit in the future. He wants to enjoy the houseboat for awhile and Agnes is looking forward to its com- pletion EO Bob can finish some of the jobs he's started around the house. Speaker unavailable The featured speaker for a weekly supper meeting of the CJrecn Acres Kiwnnis Club, Iliitterite leader John Wurz, did not appear ns scheduled Mon- day. Kiwanis member Jim Kpoulos snid there was probably ,1 mix- up in dotes and that Mr. Wura would probably IM asked to n fuluro meeting lo spsak on communal living. Bob MacDonald and matiive fritnd ;