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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta HIGH FORECAST SATURDAY 65-70 VOL. LXV No. 187 The Lethbridge Herald LETI-IBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JULY 21, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Middle East: from trying pan into fire By HAROLD MORRISON Canadian Press Staff Writer While the Western world breathes easier with the breakup of Soviet military power in Egypt, there slu is an underlying feeling that the expulsion of Soviet troops from Egyptian bases may increase the danger of a new Middle East flareup. As long as the Russians had their finger on he Egyptian trigger, the Kremlin undoubtedly dominated Egyptian strategy. Initially, as Russia shipped more than billion worth of new arms and planes into Egypt after the six-day 1967 war, the Western world feared the Kremlin was preparing the Middle East for global showdown. Gradually, over the years, opinion changed as the Russians themselves dropped hints to their Arab friends that they wanted no third world war. Undoubt- edly the Kremlin fell it was an advantage to expand Soviet military power in the Middle East, not only to contain Israel, but to assist in the strategy of encircling the North Atlantic alliance countries. Want revenge This dominance o[ the Soviet military presence may at the same time, have increased the frustration of the Egyptian military leaders. Badly beaten in the 1967 battle with Israel, some of them seemed anxious to attempt to balance the books and if possible, crush the Israelis. Questions were raised whether they could hope lo do this even with the sophisticate! planes and rockets Russia provided. Reports circulated in the Arab world that the Russians were questioning whether the Eygpl- Ian soldiers and airmen were able to master this mod- ern armament. Added to indications of intensified Soviet-Egyptian military friction were reports that the military allies were not harmonizing socially and this was contribut- ing to Egyptian frustration. It appeared evident under such widening specula- tion that President Anwar Sadat, whose popularity among his countrymen was a shadow compared with the late Gamal Abdul Nasser, was fach.g increased mili- tary pressure lo assert Egyptian sovereignty. Egypt takes over Whether Sadat ever hoped to gel Russian offensive weapons is questionable. The reported Russian repec- tion of such demands may have been the excuse to expel the Russian military force, thereby giving Egypt- ian military leaders what they want full control over the Soviet-built arsenal. The temptation to use these weapons may become too tantalizing to ignore. In terms of manpower the Israelis are vastly outnumbered. From a technical viewpoint, the Egyptians may find it easier to make use of their weapons now than to try to maintain them and service them over a long period. The highest restraining factor is the risk of an- other defeat. Should the Israelis again destroy Egyptian armaments, it would be difficult for Cairo lo go hat In hand to the Kremlin asking for still more sophisti- cated weapons. More tempting for Sadat is to make wider use of a political respite. For the moment, at least, he may have satisfied his own military commanders. He now can secretly turn lo the United Slates and argue in favor of some compensating concessions. It may be President Nixon's turn to see what he can do. Gelling the Israelis to give up some of the old Arab land may be the clincher needed lo cement Sadat's home popularity. Pot-pourri Attendance Day 1972 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1971 Record Year ('64) ('69) (72) (70) ('66) (71) TOTALS (71) Calendar p.m. p.m. noon p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. 6 THURSDAY Rodeo and Chuekwagons Fireworks FRIDAY Youlh Day All exhibits ond displays open Casino opens Kiddies' zoo opens Horse racing Rodeo and Cliuckwagons Fireworks p.m. Roaring Twenties Day Activities Grease Pole climb- ing contest Volkswagen cram- ming conlosl Pie (drawing contest Hula hoop contest Crops recover thanks to rains AND AROUND THAT FIRST BARREL Lloyd Nelson, driving the Jack Curzon rig of Calgary, whips around the first barrel Thursday evening as the always-popular chuckwogon races got under way. Nelson was a start to finish winner but penalty points dropped him from his first place standing to second. The wagons roll again this evening and Saturday at just prior to the rodeo events at Whoop-Up Days. Attendance good despite weather By MAHLENE COOKSHAW Herald Staff Writer The rain thai has almost con. tinuously plagued the 1972 Leth- bridge and District Exhibition is back lo stay at least for a while. One-fifth of an inch of precip- ilalion fell overnight. And, alas, the weatherman predicts them won't be much improvement until about noon Saturday, when fairgoors may hope to see a little sunshine. A low of 45 tonight is fore- Labor feud cripples waterfront LONDON (AP) Militant truckers held London docks in a stranglehold blockade loday and warned Ihey plan t1) paralyse every port in Britain in their hitler dispute with longshore- men over who should handle container cargoes. Union leaders scheduled talks to Iry to break the deadlock, bul officials held out little hope of a swift end lo Ihe crippling feud. The Iwo both part of Ihe powerful Trans- port and General Workers Un- in for a protracted in- ternecine fighl-to-lhe-finish over jobs. The truckers and dockers both are claiming the same jobs in handling container cargoes. The dispute threatened lo send food prices soaring as hundreds of Ions of imports piled up on quaysides. Port employers feared lha s h u I d o w n could spell bank- ruptcy for some dock firms within a week and result in a sudden flood of layoffs among dockers to swell Britain's grow- ing army o[ un- employed. cast with a higli of 65 Saturday, Rather forlornly, the weather- man summed it all up this way: "I've never seen such a long stretch of miserable weather." Fair officials however, refuse to be discouraged. ATTENDANCE HOLDS UP Attendance at the fair reach- ed another high Thursday, wilh passing through the gates. Thai was more lhan Ihe same day last year, and only C90 off the standing record set in 1970. Total attendance for the first four days is only 856 short of the tola! for the similar period last year, despite poor weath- er conditions. Four-day tolal attendance Ihis year is Last year It was Andy Andrews, Exhlbilion direclor, was "very pleased" wilh altendance Thursday, "it was not that nice a he said. Mr. Andrews said the rodeo was excellent, considering con- ditions, and the races were good. Races slarl al 2 p.m. today, with the rodeo and chuckwagon races beginning at tonight. Today is Youth Day, com- monly dubbed Roaring Twen- ties Day. Activities begin at 6 p.m. in front of the pavilion and include pie-throwing, Volks- wagen stuffing, hula hooping, and greased pole-cilmbing. There's a fashion show at 8, followed by a free open-air dance at wilh Uncle Quack and Family from Ed- monton playing. Saturday has been designated Family Day. One of Ihe high points of that day will be the draws for the Kinsmen cars and the Jaycee bar of gold. The Jaycees have also held draws daily throughout the week. Winners so far are George Bruchel, Judy Chap- man and Gord Floberg, all of Lethbridge, and George Yam- uda of Picture Bulte. Irisli guerrillas go on rampage Fed park hears, Albcrla man 815 EDMONTON It cost David Lakusla of Edmonton to learn thai it is against National Parks Act game reg- ulations to feed the bears in national parks. He pleaded guilty lo the charge. I.________ when only tha poor went BELFAST (CP) The Irish Republican Army went on a bombing rampage in Belfast today and the British army said it thought at least 13 persons had died in explosions in this Northern Ireland capital's downtown districl. More than 70 persons were listed as injured in the blasts which erupted just as the city was at its busiest with weekend shopping. Seven civilians and three Brit- ish soldiers were believed among those dead. At least 17 explosions rocked the city. All emergency services were put on full alert. Dozens of am- bulances weavcd through the traffic with sirens screaming. Hundreds of British troops swarmed into the city cenlre. Several of the blasls set off fierce fires. Earlier, guerillas blasied a freighl Lrain off an Ulster main line in a continuation of hit-1 and-run altacks. On Thursday, a Protestant news vendor was killed by raid- ers and his wife shot and wounded as she knelt over his body. U.S. editorial lauds Chretien for park ruling NEW YORK (CP) The New York Times in an editorial con- gratulatcs .lean Chretien, Can- ada's minister of northern de- velopment, for good judgment in rejecting a proposal to allow a private company lo build a new lourist cenlre in Banff Na- tional Park. "Mr. Chretien, who has a de- served reputation as a cham- pion of national parks, has dis- played a courage for other pub- lic officials lo says The Times. Meantime the prospect of a new ceasefire apparently im- proved today after British Op- position Leader Harold Wilson reported to Northern Ireland Administrator William White- law on secret talks he held Tuesday with five IRA chief- tains in London. "I think the chances of an- other ceasefire are better as a result of what I have Wilson told Labor party critics of his rendezvous. South forces launch new offensive From AP-REUTER SAIGON (CP) South Viet- namese forces have launched a new offensive on the central coast, in Binh Dinh province, seeking lo regain conlrol of Ihree dislrict lowns, 200.000 in- habitants and a rich rice har- vest, Ihe Saigon command an- nounced today. Spokesmen said Ihe first ob- jective of the man drivo was the district town of Bong Son, and they reported some government troops were within 500 yards of the town limits. The counter offensive is the second in Ihe Ihree month campaign lhat President Ngu- yen Van Thieu announced .lune 19 to retake all territory lost to the North Vietnamese in the Communist offensive and lo drive Hanoi's forces out of South Vietnam. The first counter offensive began June 28, with the recap- ture of Quang Tri, South Viet- nam's northernmost province, as its objective. Pollution alerts posted By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A steamy, slafiimnl air mass Hint lias strained clcclric power supplies and caused pollution alerts remained anchored over Ihe eastern United Stales sea- board loday wilh no relief ex- pcclccl for a few more days. The national wcalhcr service forecast more temperatures in the high fiOs (o middle 90s, n sitimlion which snprxxl the re- serves of electric ill i lilies nnd led lo blackouls or brownouls in scaltcrcd areas Thursday. The week-long heat wave ot'cr Iho opuious East wns blnincd on a da high Ihol stretched to the Mississippi Ttivcr valley and pumped humid Iropical air up from the Gull. With Ihe listless air, pollu- tants Icndcd lo colled and in- creased to dangerous levels in some nrcas. In the Pittsburgh area, n firsl-slage pollullon alert forced industry to cut back operations. Eye irritation and shortness of b r c .11 h were common com- plaints, especially in Ihe ilown- lowu section. "R ji s c d on meteorological projections, the current episode is expected lo develop inlo onn of Uic more serious we've said a spokesman for the Alle- gheny County health depart- ment. ALERT IN El'TECT Ail emergency nir pollution alert was in effect for four Ohio counties in lire Ohio River val- ley steel-making region. Stale allorncys filed precautionary In- junctions lo bar industries from violating Ihe order. llnin showers brought relief lo Iho New York metropolitan nren Thursday night, washing the air of many pollutants and dropping temperatures In the low 70s. The respite wns expected to bo brief. Minimum wage will he raised OTTAWA (CP) The federal minimum wage is to be raised by 15 cents Nov. 1, the labor department has announced. The federal minimum wago applies lo workers in companies Eubjccl lo federal regulation nnd not to those strictly under provincial authority. For workers more than 1G years old, the increase will bring the hourly minimum lo For those 16 or under, Iho rale is to go up (o from ?1.50. A department spokesman said today Ihe increase is lo ho made utidcr cabinet authority and docs not require parliamen- tary ipproval. Disaster year averted on south farm front By JOE BALLA Herald Staff Writer This week's rains, so hard on fairs, have saved Southern Al- berta crops. Seldom has the crop prospect changed so fast. A week ago some local areas southeast of Lelhbridge, where earlier showers had been spot- ty, were on the verge of writing off this year as a heavy loss, and some others were on the brink of serious and rapid decline. While some of the drought damage was irrepar- able, all areas now report enough moisture for Ihe rest of the season. Te recovery Is a result of scattered showers and general rains lhat converged on the south and left behind an inch or more of moisture. Practically all districts in the region now report little, if any, need for additional mois- ture for the balance of this year. There is a strong demand for sunshine and hot, growing wea- ther. READ IT AND CHEER Following is a listings of pre- cipitation readings in the south for the past week as supplied by Alberta Wheat Pool agents to The Herald. They were gath- ered Thursday. Some rainfall since then has been experi- enced. Elzikom 1.50 inches. Thcro Is great improvement and the district is now well-equipped for an average crop. Fields which were feared to be com- pletely burned will now produce seven to 10-bushcl crops. There are very few of these hard-hit fields. Foremost 1.50 inches of rain fell during the past week. Most of this came during the past few days. Everything is well-equipped for a good har- vest. Grassy Late The village site itself registered .7 of an inch of moisture, but that was the low for the district. Rain- fall during the past week var- ied from one inch lo the west lo IVj inches to the east and more still further east. The entire district is now looking for- ward to a good average crop. Bow Island Medicine Hat The district south of here had some of the hardest-hit dryland "crops. But, they held up well in the cool weather. Some far- mers were hit so hard by Ihe drought, lhat they had given up any hope for recovery. They werr starting to let. livestock onto Bopped lands when the rains came. Some now feel their actions were a little pre- mature. RAINFALL VARIES Rainfall in the dislrict varied from one to two inches, with some of the more easterly por- tions receiving the heaviest downfall. Wrcnlham Rainfall throughout this district aver- aged IVb inches during the past week. Some of Ihe lale seeded spring crops "continue in rough but the rains of the past week will make harvesting worthwhile. Isolated areas were severely hit by drought and there would have been no har- vesl on Ihese had 11 nol been for the rain. Cardslon "Its a 100 per cent situation now. All we need Is sunshine and warm weath- er to make things grow." This dislrict received two lo 2V4 inches of rain last week. "Pas- lurelands everywhere are among the best we have ever seen. Lale seeded crops contin- ue lo be well behind schedule in growth because of the cool weaiher during the past monlh." Barons "This district re- ceived one inch of rain during the past week. The fall seeded crops are looking exceptionally good. Spring seeded crops will make well above average crops. Sunshine and hot wea- ther are needed badly." Claresholm The district re- ceived two inches and more rain last week. Rainfall was heaviest towards the west, south-west and south-east. All crops are in good shape, al- though some are on the late side. If sunshine and heat pre- vail, swatliing of fall rye will be started within 10 days and fall wheat before the rye cut- ting is complete. "The pastures to the west have never looked better." Lelhbridge The city area received 1.8 inches of rain last week. However, there was fresh moisture on many occa- sions during a Isrge part of the month. Following is a listing of daily rainfall at Lelhbridge so far Ihis monlh: 1st .06; 2nd .23; 3rd trace on Ihe 6th; 7th .22; lllh .05; 12th .02; 13lh trace; 14th .01; 15th trace; 16th .03; 17th .28; 18th 1.03. Row and specialty crops in Ihe irrigation belt are said to be looking good to excellenl, with sunshine and warmth be- ing the only ingredient lacking. Govt. won't act now on Worth report CALGARY (CP) The prov- luce does not plan to act on recommendations in Ihe Worth commission report on educa- tion until next spring, Educa- tion Minister Lou Hyndman said Thursday. "It's a Ihrec month report; you can't expect action on it in five months. "MLA's will have to talk about il generally during the fall session before we draft any legislation and public reaction lias been slow on some of its major propositions." Mr. Hyndman said lop prior- Trudeaus will stop at Banff KEN'ODA. Ont (fPl Prime Minister Trudcan and his family arrived here Thurs- day nighl and immcdinlcly were boated to Kalannlkn Is- land lo spend the night al tho s u m m c r home of James Richardson, supply and ser- vices minister. The Tiiideaus were lo tour the Lake of Ihe Woods UM morning before travelling buck lo Konnra lo rejoin Ihe CP Kail Irans conlinciiliil (rain. They will spend one day in Banff, before cnnllnuiiiR on lo Vancouver lo .visit Mrs. Trudcau's parents. ity would be given the recom- mendations on kindergartens, school councils and abolition of Grade 12 departmental exam- inations. The minister indicated that the formula for financing schools is being reviewed and no decision had been made on whether per pupil costs will be allowed to rise more than the established maximum of sis per cenl. "During the session we're going to be proposing major changes in provincial and municipal finance relation- ships and so (he education bud- gel, has to come down together wilh Hie changes we plan for tlic cities. "Wo want lo lake Ihe educa- tion burden off Ihe properly lax. It's no longer Ihe major indicator of wealth in today's society." Seen and heard About town i i Lynn Cliam- cnu actually whooping Whoop Up Days li.irh.ira Nncy pleading In- nocent lo altering Ihe in. prodicnls in .himes (lurric's drink Marc Siinnd.i and llrlnn Akunp going to tlio fair "just lo mess around in the mud." ;