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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Waterton mismanaged to death? By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer One of a series WATERTON Businessmen in this scenic re- sort community are up in arms over.park admin- istration they say has swung too far to conserva- tion to the detriment of visitor enjoyment of the park. Says one motel operator: "They're mismanag- ing this park to death." A men's wear store owner adds, "They don't want people to come into- this park and enjoy them- selves." The list of complaints about facilities being closed, the number of camping spots in the park being cut down, poor maintenance is long; the new. j3ut the merchants' chief complaint is that they are "being ignored and that decisions affecting their businesses are sprung on them without advance no- tice. "There's just no Gordon Casey, president of the Waterton Park Chamber of Com- merce said. Frustration reached a peak over the July 1 holi- day weekend when e security guard was posted at the park gates on the Friday evening to inform campers all campgrounds in the park were full. He directed them to a new overflow campground a tnile-and-a-haJf down the Pincher Creek Highway just outside the park. Traffic down According to stories still circulating in the town, the security guard either was not properly instruct ed or exceeded his instructions and gave many peo- ple the impression everything in town was full and even that they were not to go into the park at all. Traffic in town was down 50 per cent that night, say the businessmen, some of whom, left with empty motel rooms on one of their big week- ends of the short season, were incensed. The businessmen say their complaints and the fact that the new system just wasn't working re- sulted in the oM overflow campground in UK park being opened. But park superintendent Tom Smith, who came t-j Waterton from Wood Buffalo National Park x in May, says charges that the security guard reduced traffic by 50 per cent are ludicrous. "Travel was down that he says. "They were simply anticipating a bigger volume than occurred." Mr. Smith added that the old over- flow campground was opened because advance pub- licity in Calgary newspapers was inadequate and many people were uninformed of the situation. He admits some misunderstanding may have occurred at the gate because "some people just don't listen and campground is synonymous with park to some people. "But they're making a mountain out of a mole- he says of the businessmen. Little gained They' asked for, and got, a meeting with the regional director of parks in Calgary, L. H. Rob- inson. About 50 parsons went to that meeting but ac- cording to .Mr. Casey absolutely nothing was ac- complished. The campground situation is one of the chief areas of controversy this year with the closure of the overflow campground in the park. There are now 390 camping spits in the four campgrounds. The main is the townsite camp- ground which has full hook-ups for 96 trailers and accommodations for 115 tents. There are 129 unserviced spaces at the Cran- deH Mountain camp site, on mile five of the Red Bock Canyon Road, 25 at Cameron Lake and 24 at the Belly River Campground which is usually reserved for groups. The business people in town point to the greatly- increased traffic in recent years, of everything from trailers to motor homes and camper and wonder why the number of park camping spots has been reduced by roughly half. Before the townsite campground was rebuilt, there were more spaces in this one campground than there are now in the entire park, they claim. They admit, however that the quality of the campground has improved, and they agree that the overflow campground, with its handful of outhouses, is primitive but feel it and other areas in the park: should be developed into proper campsites. They argue that tourists want to be abb to camp inside the park and that, in any case the new campground outside the park was not realty ready July 1 and is inadequate this year. Other sites They say they can identify half a dozen attema Sve sites for new campgrounds. Mr. Smith says, however, there are few suit- able locations to develop a proper campground of 100 to 2PO unit size needed and rejected the overflow campground for development because the rijih-water table there couH too easily lead to pol- tition. No new campgrounds are planned for the im- mediate future and parks policy is to send the over- ilow to the new campground outside UK park which has ISO spaces. areas Pf Incal otimpjaijrt _ there srs rigH changes of the unkempt ap- of some parta department wuilwjjs in- dude the closure of several side roads, the fimll- of puH-offs on UJP Red Rock Canyon Road and .he failure to maintain camp kitchens and two of upper lakes. "We're not in favor of more derekpnent bat believe there should be proper managment of what's already said Mr. Casey. "We agree there should be a balance but we think it's pos- to have use without abuse.'' The tethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 190 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JULY PRICE: 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 84 PAGES Some rewards for Westerners Keeping a cool head When it's a warm day and you want to watch a parade in comfort, you may have to bring" your own shade. Four-mbnth-old Ryan Marker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mar- vin Marker, of 1619 St. Edward Blvd., improvised to keep a coo) head as he watched Magrdth's birthday celebrations Tuesday. His pal. Scamper, was left out in the heat. Oil tankers vs pipeline debated for five hours By BRUCE LEVETT WASHINGTON (CP) Cana- dian and United States legisla- tors argued about tankers ver- sus pipeline behind closed doors far about five hours Tuesday. One of the American group said later that if the Canadian pro- posals meant an increase in oil exports, 'that's one we couldn't refuse." Whether this is what the Ca- nadian argument did mean or whethar a proposed increase in pipeline flow to the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. would come at the expense of oil de- liveries to other U.S. points, was not made clear. "They came to talk primarily of Puget Sound traffic, "said Senator Ted Stevens (Rep- Alaska) during a break in the talks. Canada fears dangerous oil spills from tankers trav- elling along the West Coast. The Canadian government has proposed temporarily in- creasing the flow through the Trans-Mountain pipeline from Alberta to the Cherry Point re- finery northwestern Washing- ton state. Peter Bawden whose constituency could cover parts of the trans- Canada line once proposed as a strong alternative to the trans- Alaska rooute. said it would re- quire an increased flow of about barrels a day to keep tankers out of Juan de Fuca altogether. "This means we'd probably have to loop (expand) the line. Where would this new oil come from? It has been suggested that it come out of our exports to other parts of the U.S. One of the US. group told us they xroukhvt be interested on that basis." Back in Ottawa Canada is bracinng herself for a stepped up campaign against the Amer- ican plan to have west coast tankers pass through the narrow Strait of Juan de Fuca, to de- liver their Alaskan oil to the Cherry Point refinery complex, south of Vancouver. External Affairs Minister Mit- chell Sharp told tie Commons Tuesday that "we've only begun to fight" on the issue. The phrase, one energy de- partment spokesman suggested later in the day, should have quite an impact on the Ameri- cans. It's a take-off from American Revolution Naval Hero John Paul Jones' memorable quote: "I have not yet begun to fight" The "apple pie" caU to arms by Mr. Sharp came duruur an- other round of Opposition ques- tions in the Commons about Canada's true stand on a Mack- enzie Valley pipeline route, on the favored Trans-Alaska pipe- line route, and on the resultant west coast oil tanker route Canada, he explained, has posed and continues to oppose any tankers passing through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The risk of ofl spiils would be too high and Canadian territory would likely receive the brunt of the oil damage. He confirmed Canada's in- tention to offer to supply Al- berta oil. via the Trans-Moun- tain pipeline, to supply the com' plete present and future needs of the Cherry Point refinery complex. The offer would be in spite of any present of future export controls on Canadian oil, he suggested. Of course, in return, the U.S: would be expected to prevent its 'tankers from entering ths Strait of Juan de Fuca. By JOHN DODD CALGARY (CP) The four western premiers ate gaining concessions from the federal generally are not getting what they asked for. The premiers emerged from the first day of a meeting on western economic opportunities disappointed and somewhat con- fused. Prime Minister Trudeau said be thought the opening ses- sions Tuesday had been "pro- ductive." The premiers, dealing only with 'topics on which they could agree, had worked foe hardest on their presentation for trans- portation changes. This is what they got: federal commitment to provide the govern- ments, on a confidential basis, with all the information avail- able on railway costs. commitment to recognize regional development as an es- sential part of transportation policy. promise to ask the rail- ways- to withhold any across- the-board increases in freight rates for the next 18 months. to ask the Cana- dian transport commission to' review some of the rates which aroused complaints from the west. proposal to create a fed- eral-provincial transport body to examine transportation prob- lems in the west. federal com- mitment to improve primary highways in Oie west, develop- ment of the port at Churchill, Man., and abolition of tolls on licensed commercial carriers passing through national parks. Virtually all the federal con- cessions were announced in an opening statement by' Minister Jean Marcband. west gained little in hours of hard negotiations. They had wanted public dis- closure of railway cost informa- tion, and a rewriting of the Transportation Act to stress the importance of regional develop- ment. The western provinces bad hoped for some federal reaction to major proposal de- signed to lower freight rates in relation to actual costs of the railway, with Ottawa taking over the railway road beds as TESTIMONY CONFLICT 'ASTOUNDS' SENATOR By BROOKS JACKSON WASHINGTON (AP) John Ehrlichman, his testimony in conflict with that of at least six others, faced renewed question- ing today by the Senate Water- gate committee. Senator Daniel Inouye (Dem. Hawaii) said he was astounded by denials of Watergate com- plicity by the former presiden- tial aide, who began his appear- ance Tuesday. Committee chairman Sam Er- vin 'challenged Ehrlichman Air strike ready for noon today About town LOVERS Darre and Betty DaW phoning Red Deer to solve an argument about the name of an oM friend's dog Sherry dark having bxnbfe with her false teeth after getting a scare from an esdy ptane cell Don Smith claiming his new car passes everything on the highway except gas stations, t-, VANCOUVER (CP) Nego- tiations between CP Air and the International Association of Ma- chinists and Aerospace Workers flAM) broke off Tuesday night. The talks were called to pre- vent a nationwide sched- uled for norm today. Tbe groups beean Ibpir meeting at 4 p.m. and ended it sbt hours later when it became apparent a successful contract -could not be agreed upon. "The union demands are far in excess of the recent Air Can- ada settlement package and the union's last staled position to the said Glen Fenby. the airline's industrial relations director. u "Toe tsnoD was previously demanding a 19.5-per-cent pack- age over a 24-month period which was increased today in excess of 39 per cent." A CP Air spokesman said no further negotiations were re- quested by the union. A company spcfeesmav pajri heaiy worked out in case there is a strike and passengers will be re-routed if necessary. Plans were being made U> operate with supervisors if the ma- chinists walk out. The company said all the air- line's maintenance supervisors are licenced aircraft mainte- nance engineers and the trans- port ministry wiJl have observ- ers at major bases to oversee openly on some elements of his story. Committee chief counsel Sam- uel Dash, asked if he would care to comment on the former presidential adviser's credi- bility, said: "I'm more temp- ted now than with any other wit- ness." Dash said he was only about one-fifth through with his inter- rogation of Ehrlichman. Tuesday the former chief do- mestic adviser: he is innocent of any wrongdoing in the Watergate af- fair. c c u s e d ousted White House Counsel John Dean of re- sponsibility for the Watergate cover-up and of lying to the committee. testimony of former presidential lawyer Herbert Kalmbach, who swore Ehrlich- man assured him payments to the Watergate lawyers and de- fendants were proper. authorizing the 197! burglary of Daniel EUsberg's psychiatrist, which be said was a legal, national-security oper- ation that would not have been crndwrrsssinj; evpn if expwfl during last rear's presidential] campaign. asking the Central Intelligence Agency to aid How- ard Hunt, who took part in both the EBsberg and Watergate jobs. asking CIA officials to make up an excuse to inter- fere with the FBI's tracking down of Mexican financial links between the Watergate buggers and the Nixon re-election cam- part of the subsidy. Instead, Prime Minister Trudeau criticized the premiers for not giving him the proposal in advance. He said the federal government will study ft. How- ever, neither he nor Mr. Marcb- and appeared enthusiastic. The prime minister noted after the conference that both Premier Allan Blakeney of Sas- katchewan and Premier Ed Schreyer of Manitoba had said they want to stuy the proposal further before agreeing. See Other Stories. Page 17 Canada seeks control of huge U.S. corporation New York Service NEW YORK The Canadian government moved today to gain effective control of Texas Gulf Inc., a hugs United States metals and sulphur producing company with major mines and processing plants in Can- ada. Texas Gulf said the action was a complete surprise. "We're just stunned right said David Crawford, secretary of the afllion company, formerly .known as Texas Gulf Sulphur. The move was announced late today by the Canada De- velopment Corporation, -a cor- poration wholly owdsd by the government and designed in part to ward off ownership and control of Canada's natural e- sources. M _ The move to obtain control of Texas Gulf is seen as a signal that the Canadian government intends to pursue a more ag- gressive policy in and to some extent, reclaiming -its natural resources from foreigners. CDC said Texas Gulf had re- ported that since 1967 the com- pany's activities in Canada had contributed about 68 per cent of its operating income. Canadians traditionally have been ambivalent about foreign investment in .their country, welcoming the funds that were required to develop natural .rex sources but chafing at.foreign? dominance of commercial tures. Texas Gulf is one of the worlds' leading suppliers of sul- phur. It also is an impor- tant supplier of metals, includ- ing copper, lead, zinc, silver and cadmium. The company's sales in 1972 totalled million. It has more than employees and more (ban shareholders. No guarantees for grain moves Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Members of par- liament have failed to gain as- surances in the Commons that the two major railways would be prepared to continue to move grain and essential food- stuffs despite the threatened strikes against the railways and CP-Air that could tie-up the economy. Labor Minister John Munro was unable to provide the as- surances. He said be was not aware of having received any assuarances on that point from the companies. Opposition Member A. P. Gleave NDP-Saskatoon-Biggar said the union had indicated already that its members would be prepared to continue moving grain and foodstuffs. He urged the minister to seek such as- surances from, the management of the railways. "Toe companies are aware that we would very much like them to be able to operate in a way which would lead to as lit- tle dislocation as said Mr. Munro. How many weeks is the fed- eral cabinet prepared to permit the railway strike to continue before it comes to the conclu- sion that the public is "exas- perated" and wants the govern- ment to act to end the railway tie-up asked G. W. Baldwin, of- ficial opposition house leader. "The government is very con- concerned about the public in- terest in this matter and both parties involved are well aware of said Mr. Munro. City blaze at Kelowna almost out KELOWNA, B.C. (CP) Damage is estimated at more than million in a major fire that destroyed half a city block in the centre of this north Okanagan community Tuesday night. The fire broke out at the rear of an old building and it took firemen nearly five and a half hours to bring the blaze under control and another sev- eral hours to put it out. It was feared the flames would spread to an adjacent service station garage but the blaze was contained within the walls of the 75 year old building. Contributing to the problem was paint stored in the building in addition to about 80 gallons of white gas. Inside Classified.......... 22-25 Comics..............30 OcMTOneot 4 District 3 Family 21 Lroal News 35, IP 20 Sports................8-10 Entertainment..........5 TV .........S Weather 2 LOW TOMGHT NEAR 55, HIGH THURSDAY fS; THUNDER SHOWERS ;