Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Without moisture soon, southern crops face disaster By RIC 8W1HARI Herald Staff Writer Without moisture within two weeks, Southern Al- berta farmers will be facing disastrous crop losses, according to a Hera'd survey. The Pincher Creek region, which has received about five inches less than the normal precipitation since June 1, appears to be the area hardest hit by the near drought conditions. District Agriculturalist Bob Lyons said Pincher Creek hay crops are shot for this year. He is trying to locate and prke up to tons of hay which he expects will be needed by area ranchers. "If the hot weather and strong winds continue an- other seven to 10 days, fanners will get no barley or oat crops in the he said. Adding to the serious hay shortage is a growing lack of water supplies in dugouts throughout the pas- ture land. Cardston District Agriculturist Del Steed reported all crops are drying up rapidly with hay crops only one third to one hall the total harvested last year. Selling cattle Combined with poor quality hayland for grazing and the shortage of available forage crops, many farm- have sold cattle they were hoping to keep for sale later in the year, he said. Some farmers have requested up to 150 tons1 of bay with one large operator reporting that he needs 600 tons. With the pending shortage of hay crops, many farmers have started cutting cereal crops for cattle feed, said Mr. Steed. Murray McLelland, district agriculturist for the Lethbridge and Warner counties, said, "From reports I'm getting, farmers need rain desperately." He said some fields have held on surprisingly well but if they don't receive rain soon the heat will damage them rapidly. He said farmers reported crops in good condition last Tuesday when temperatures reached 102 degrees but before the day was ever, leaves had been burned off many plants. Delton Jensen, district agriculturist for the Fore- most district, said a raia right now would mean the difference between a 25 bushel per acre crop and a 10 bushel per acre crop. Farmers who had good summerfallow to seed 1973 crops in are better off than others because of the better moisture conditions of the land. Even on irrigated land in the Taber area, hay crops are below average says Murray Wilde, district agriculturist. He said the fanners couldn't get the water to the hay land early enough. Signs of stress Although his district received adequate moisture four weeks ago, the crops are again showing definite signs of stress. He predicted that without rain soon, the crop yield would be as low as last year when rapeseed crops produced pounds per acre instead of the normal pounds and cereal crops yielded 15 bushels per acre instead of 30' The Clareshblm area1 was the only region to report any encouraging news. District Agriculturist Alan Toly said moisture ditjons "aren't too bad" in the Clareshobn area al- though the region south of Clareshobn into the Fort Macteod district suffering. He said crops are starting to head out and now is the time for moisture. He said bumper crops are out of the question but with rain, average crops can still be attained. With the better moisture conditions in the district of Willow Creek, Mr. Toly said although farmers will likely experience lower yields for crops, higher prices for grain and cattle will help hold their incomes at t stable level. Inside Classified Comics Comment District 20-23 15 .'4, 5 3 "We'll have to get tough about those French nuclear tests, Mitch.' Family Local News 13, 14 Markets 18, 19 Religion 10, 11 Sports 8, 9 Entertainment 7 TV 6 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT 55, HIGH SUN. 9V; CONTINUING HOT The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. ,181 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JULY 14, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 72 PAGES Curiosity nearly got the better of 18-month-old Scott Sumsion of Brantford, Ont. the other day. Scott, os oil babies, ever on the lookout for new and better toys, came across this kettle. It looked good. Scott tried it on for size He-e-e-tp and, whoops he nearly got 'burned.' But babies know mother is never far away in case of emergencies. A loud wail and help was quickly on the way to extricate Scott from his dilemma. Canadian pipeline bid fails NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON By a vote of 61-29, the U.S. Senate turned back today a coalition of midwesterners and en- vironmentalists who sought to delay licensing of a trans- Alaska oil pipeline while a Canadian route is studied. The vote appeared to presage easy passage of the pipeline bill when it comes up for a final vote Tues- Conciliation reports made public Rail strike threat intensifies By VIC PARSONS OTTAWA (CP5 Wages, pensions and fringe benefits" .providing for ah increased mon- etary settlement to non-oper- ating railway workers of a min- imum 20.7 per cent over two years are suggested in a con- ciliation board report released today by the labor department. But the by Mr. Justice Craig Munroe of the British Columbia Supreme rejected another report filed by the panel's com- pany -representative iwcause they would cost railway firms an estimated million. Widely divergent views among board members on the DISTRICT TO DIG NEW WELL The Willow Creek Municipal District has decided not to at- tempt to expropriate the con- troversial Jane Whipple weH. Instead, the district decided Friday to ask the government water resources branch for help in digging another well to sup- ply the approximately 100 fam- ilies cut off from the Whipple wdl. Mrs. Whipple March 21 posted no trespassing signs and erected barricades across the road to her well claiming there wasn't enough water for her and the others. The eighty-year-old Mrs. Whipple's ranch is located just north of Fort Macteod. Expanded OTTAWA (CP) Three Ca- nadian Forces Hercules aircraft hare expanded emergency food deliveries to four centres in the drought-ravaged region of West Africa, the defence department announced Friday. issue of wages for non- operating employees of CP Bafl, Canadian National Rail- ways and nine smaller firms are likely to intensify the possi- bility of a major rail strike by the last week of July. The unions said earlier this week they expected the dilation board to fail to propose a satisfactory contract agree- ment and' that pre- paring for rotating selec- tive strike action by Julyj24 or The three board members submitted separate reports. The workers .include porters, clerks, maintenance, round- house and other employees. Their last contract expired Dec. 31, 1972. SUGGESTS INCREASE Mr. Justice Munroe, chair- man of the board, suggests in- creases in basic pay of 30 cents an hour retroactive to Jan. 1, a five-per-cent wage increase ef- fective Jan. 1, 1974, and a fur- ttier raise of three per cent on July Mr. Justice Munroe's report indicates that hourly wages av- eraged in 1972. Union fig- ures indicate hourly earnings of Mr. Justice Munro estimated that over the two-year life of the contract average hourly earnings of the employees would rise by 17 per cent. Improved fringe benefits, in- cluding shift differentials, and an already-negotiated pension plan would increase the total monetary package to at least 20.7 per cent, be added. This compared favorably with contract gains won by other workers in 1973 and 19T4. Other suggestions in the chairman's report were lor 9.7 cente-an-hour increases for CP and CNR truckdrivers and abo- lition of reduced pay levels for employees under 21. The company nominee to the board, S. E. Dinsdale of To- ronto, said be could not agree with the .wage findings of Mr. Justice Munroe. The increases proposed by the chairman would give "an un- necessarily excessive twist to the inflationary Mr. Dinsdale argued. He suggested raises of seven per cent in 1973 based on 1972 rates and further increases d 6.5 per cent in 1974 based on 1973 pay levels. COST HIGH -Mr. Dinsdale' said the total cost of the recommended settle- ment recommended by Mr. Jus- tice Munroe would be" 23 per cent in a contract that has only 17 .-months to run. The chairman's proposals would cost the companies million in wages, million in shift differentials and mfl- Jion in pensions, Mr. Dinsdale And the railways must .jjtai deal with contracts for an- ther workers in different units, Economist John WeWon of Montreal, the union nominee on .the board, proposed pay raises of 38 10.8 per the first year of day. The bin, known as the Fed- eral Lands Right-Of-Way Act of 1973, would end the restriction contained in the mineral leasing act of 1920 that limits a pipeline right-of-way to 50 feet on either side of the .pipe. The federal courts have blocked construc- tion of the Alaska line because in some places the right-of-way would be wider. A key vote before that will be on the amendment of Sen. Mike Gravel to im- munize the 789-mile pipeline pro- ject from challenge and fur- ther delay in the courts under the National Environmental Pol- icy Act. The proposal beaten back so decisively Friday was offered by senators Walter F. Mondate of Minnesota and Birch Bayh of Indiana, both. Democrats. Their amendment would have i_ Delayed issuance of the Alaska the contract and the same plpelilie license for eight months centage increase in the second year. About 5.5 per cent of 'the in- crease each year would offset inflation, 3.34 per cent would match national productivity in- creases and the remainder would allow workers to catch up to employees in other sec- tors, he added. Brooks residents killed in B.C. Three members of a Brooks family were killed, and four other persons, believed to be members of the same family, are in satisfactory condition in hospital today following a high- way accident near Cranbrook, B.C., Friday afternoon. Dwayne Edward Swanson, 33, and his daughters Lora Louise, 10, and Deborah, 4, were killed when the family's converted school bus collided bead-on with an unloaded logging truck 12 miles east of Cranbrook on Highway 3-93. Mrs. Swanson and three other children are in the Cranbrook District Hospital with undeter- mined injuries. The driver of the truck, ert A. Lukei escaped injury. RCMP estimate damage to the. logging truck at The bus was a total write-off. The accident was the second head-on collision resulting in casualties on the stretch of highway within 24 hours. Thursday's head-on collision, about one mile from the Friday crash, involved two American vehicles, on a level stretch of highway. Two persons were killed, one from each car, and two others are in hospital with undeter- mined injuries. .Couple survives raft ordeal Wife's spirit kept them going 117 days HONOLULU (Renter) Ema- ciated but ecstatic, Maurice Bailey told bow his wife's cour- age and the ability to steel him- self to kill other creatures kept them alive for 117 days in a small rubber raft in the Pacific, Bailey, 41, and his wife, Mari- lyn, 32. went adrift March 4 after their sloop was hit and sunk by a whale. In the next months the Bail- eys killed sharks, turtles and seagulls, played cards wiUi pages from a diary and caught rainwater to slay alive. "It was thirst that worried us Bailey said Friday night "We knew we couM go for a bit without food, but were worried abort thust." Early in tbeir ordeal there were fivqueul storms which frightened them and waves that towered over the tiny raft. They were rescued by the Ko- rean trawler Weofi Mi June 30 and arrived here Friday. "I think my wife and I drew closer because of this ex- Bailey said. "Her spirit shamed me into trying to alive. I think she was fitter than me and certainly very strong. "She actually knew we were going to be rescued before I did. Sbe heard the ship when it was a half-mile away. My first reaction was one of disbelief. I knew we couldn't have lasted more than another 10 days." To stay alive the Baileys killed sharks. "My wife would paH them out of the water by tbeir tails." "They weren't very be said, holding las bands about three feet apart. "Sbe wouJd pull them onto the raft and I would wrap a cloth around tbeir heads until they suffocated. "We also killed sea guJK They were trtally unafraid. Thcj- would land on the boat and we would catch them and strangle them. "I thought at the time that it was wrong to kill a fellow crea- ture, but we did it to stay alive. We bad to. "We also caught fish, I think about 14 a day. We saw other whales, and were rather fright- ened of them. Sharks did men- ace us and we could feel the turtles scraping against the bot- tom of the raft." They killed about 30 turtles for food. During the weeks at sea, they saw "at least seven other ships." Bailey said. They floated in a round rub- ber dinghy about five feel in diameter towing a second, oval dinghy. The first one had a can- vas roof which protected them from the sun; the second was a stable platform from which they caught tbeir food. The ship's captain said be no- ticed the raft because of the great number of birds circling it Still hope for kidnap victims SALISBURY (AP) Mis- sionaries at the Jesuit-run Saint Albert Mission in Rhodesia still that 17 persons kidnapped by a band of black nationalist guerrillas 10 days ago are alive. The guerrillas abducted al- most 300 persons from the mis- sion, 140 miles east of here. Most of those kidnapped es- caped within a few days as the guerrillas tried to escort them out of the country over wilder- ness paths with troops and po- lice in pursuit One of the 17 guerrillas was killed. Still missing are seven school boys aged between 10 and 12, two primary school teachers in- cluding the headmaster, three mission kitchen maids and five other persons. negotiations with Ot- tawa and a comparative study by the National Academy of sci- ences of the Alaska and Cana- dian routes. Environmentalists, in what has become a war with the major oil companies, have bit- terly-, opposed the pipeline route to V a 1 d e z, Alaska, and super- tanker shuttle from that ice-free port to refineries on Puget Sound, Wash. The environmentalists have contended that the 48-inch-thick line would run through earth- quake-prone country and that a disturbance could rupture it and flood the surrounding terrain with hot crude oiL The environ- mentalists and many Canadians have also expressed fear that sooner or later one of the big tankers would nave an accident, collision or grounding, that would cause pollution to the waters and coves of British Col- umbia and Some Midwestern members ot Congress would like oil from Al- aska's north slope to move through Canada's Mackenzie River Valley and the provinces for delivery to the upper Mid- west These members and some from the east contended that di- rect delivery would mean lower prices and better protection against shortages for the mid- west and thaeast Forced marches exhausting officers SAIGON (CP) The Viet Cong blamed Canadian officials today for the second post- ponement; in a week of attempts to recover two captive Cana- dian officers and tbeir two Viet- employees. They also said Capt Ian Pat- ten of Toronto and Capt. Flet- cher Thomson oMJttawa are be- ginning to softer .physically from the two weeks they nave Event in jungle east of Saigon. The Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) caHed off a recovery at- tempt by the International Com- mission of Control and Super- vision (IOCS) 2% hours before it was to start. It said the South Vietnamese bad surrounded, infiltrated and attacked the pickup area Jo the region of Xuan Loc, 45 miles northeast of Saigon, where the four men disappeared June 28. It said.another attempt will be made Sunday. CcL Bui Thanh Khiet, spokes- man for the Viet Cong, told his weekly news conference that the latest information from the Viet Cong unit, holding the Ca- nadians was that both men are becoming physically exhausted .by the forced marches to elude South Vietnamese troops. He said the Canadians are not used to living and walking in the jungle like the Viet Cong. and heard About town fHERESA PACAUD winning her race against the wind, finally catching her wig on 4th Ave. S. John Homnlus looking for a round tuxedo to attend his niece's wedding. Nixon ignored spy news reports 'Sacrifice5 BUEXOS AIRES (API Ag- ing former dictator Juan Peron says it will be a "tremendous sacrifice.'" but indicated he win run again for the Argentine presidency. The way was prepared for Peron's election when congress accepted Friday the resignation of President Hector Campora, who served only 50 days. WASHINGTON (AP) Even a flood of news stories about Watergate failed to arouse President Nixon's suspicions that the White House was in- volved in the scandal, says presidential aide Richard Moore, t The white-haired, quiet- spoken Moore testified Friday that be, too, discounted news accounts of the scandal until about March 1. when his own suspicions began to grow. be waited nearly a monlh before urging White House counsel John Dean to tell the president about the cover-up and attempts to exiort hush money from presidential aides. "I did not feel that I had any- thing but hearsay and gossip and rumor, but I sure was be- ginning to Moore told the Senate Watergate com- mittee. Moore's televised testimony filled the entire day and he was recalled for a third day when the hearings resume Monday. His appearance was suggested by the White House to give an- other version of events Dean testified about In his Senate testimony Moore repeatedly said be firmly believes the president not find out about the cover-up until March 21, the date Dean says he told Nixon of "a cancer growing on the presidency." Hs said Dean told him of Gor- don Liddy's wiretapping and kidnapping scheme as early as March 1 and that former attor- ney-general John Mitchell and campaign aide Jeb Magruder bad rejected the seberoe. Meanwhile President Nixon was reported improved today after reasonably" rested night in Betbesda naval bospital. Nixon was admitted to the hospital Thursday night after his personal physician Dr. ter Tkach determined that the oresident had viral noeazooma.