Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wild Waterton weekend ends in wKolesale court charges By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer RCMP in Waterton are look- Ing for a hall big enough to hold court Saturday for 'about 35 young people charged with various offences during a wild Victoria Day weekend in the park. Streets filled with drunken juveniles, girls and boys ering together in the nude, bars filled with minors, RCMP offi- cers openly cursed it all hap- pened at the Waterton affair, The Herald has learned. Besides the people appearing in provincial court in Waterton, several others have appeared and will be appearing in courts throughout the province aad still hundreds of others, espec- ially juveniles, escaped charges for their illegal activities in the park. The two-man RCMP detach- ment in Waterton bolstered with eight additional RCMP members couldn't charge all violators because they had all they could handle in just keep- ing the situation from mush- rooming, they say. Saturday of the long week- end, RCMP jailed 27 intqxicat- ed persons and charged 51 others for committing offences varying from break and enter and wilful damage to the traf- ficking in drugs and illegal pos- session of liquor. "We were kept so busy re- moving minors from the bar that we didn't have time to go through the procedure of ar- resting says a member of the Waterton RCMP. Const. Walter Coles says it was impossible for him to drive his car to the hotel area be- cause the street was packed with juveniles and adults openly drinking liquor. HANDS TIED The juvenile drinking situa- tion was appalling and the RCMP members could do little to alter the situation, he claims. "Legally we're not supposed to take a statement from a ju- venile unless his or her parents or an appointed guardian are present." Most of the juveniles camping at Waterton were without a legal guardian and as a result the RCMP were forced to re- lease them with a warning. Reports of vandalism (car window kicked in and tents torn fist fights and nude males and females together in public showers were just some of the 41 complaints received by the RCMP during the May holiday weekend. In his two years oa duty in the RCMP, Const. Coles says he never witnessed anything like that weekend. "I would never take a family to Waterton on the first long weekend of the he said. In addition to. their illegal activities some of the youth prided themselves in directing "lots of name calling" at the RCMP members on duty, but Const. Coles says "we were too busy to worry about what was being said." One young teenage girl who camped with friends at Water- ton told The Herald she went for a good time, but was shocked at the actions of many of the youth during the weekend. She says she wouldn't go back on a victoria Day weekend "because 'people leave their morals at the park gate when they go in and expect to pick them up again on their way out." BLOW OFF STEAM Tom Smith, Waterton Lakes National Park superintendent, says he expected it would be a wild Victoria Day weekend be- cause people seem to use the first long weekend of the year to blow off steam suppressed during the winter months. In addition to the 10 RCMP members the park also had three security police and eight park wardens on duty during the weekend. Overflow camping "caused some damage to grass and trees, but over all there was very little environmental dam- age to the park, Mr. Smith said. Waterton needs more enter- tainment options for visitors to the park to occupy themselves with during the evening hours, he said. "One dance hall just isn't enough to handle the tre- mendous influx of. people to the park area." Park officials recorded people entering the park during the Victoria Day weekend and RCMP estimate 75 per cent of them were under the age of 25. Gordon Casey, Waterton chamber of commerce presi- dent, agrees the park doesn't have adequate evening enter- tainment facilities. "Either we're attracting the wrong type of visitor to the park or the wrong type of visit- or is inviting he said. He suggests the park should be used to obtain peace, quiet and relaxation and to allow a person to do a little soul searching in natural surround- ings. Park officials are going to have to take another look at lifting the restrictions they have put on the visitor to the park, he adds. So much of the park is re- stricted from the public that visitors are forced to crowd into the townsite area. When there is an unnatural influx of peo- ple into a confined area prob- lems will exist, he claims. The Victoria Day park visit- ore main area of self-confine- ment was in the liquor store and local bar. RCMP report the store sold cases of beer and the 28 beer keg shipment received in the hotel bar Saturday morn- ing was totally consumed by Waterton visitors by 11 p.m. Staff Sgt. Brian ThorStad, re- sponsible for the RCMP Water- ton detachment, says it is dif- ficult to police a park because some people want tough police control and others would prefer the police didn't interfere. "You're damned if you do and you are damned if you he says. Police and child welfare offi- cials are concerned about what took place at Waterton and will likely be taking measures to prevent it from reoccurring in the future. C. E. Bracken, regional direc- tor of the department of health and social development, says his department will be work- ing closely with the police to prevent a future Waterton af- fair from happening. He says parents should givt serious consideration to the pos- sible consequences of allowing unsupervised young teenage children to become involved in situations like the one that de- veloped at Waterton. Under Alberta law the child welfare act provides the depart- ment with the power to take any child under the age of 18 into custody if the ,cMId is in- volved in law breaking activi- ties. Next year the department plans on having social workers stationed at Waterton during the Victoria Day weekend and if necessary will "take children into custody and will contact the parents to inform them they're responsible for their child's actions." Mr. Bracken says the child protection services will use common sense and leave the older teenage violaters for the police to control. "We'll focus our attention on 13, 14 and be said. The Uthbridae Herald VOL. LXVI No. 151 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO PAGES Full mission in prospect From HOUSTON (CP) Skylab's astronauts soared around the world today with more lights, warmer water, hotter food and an excellent chance to complete a full 28 day mission. "We can stop living like the.mole in Dick commander Charles Conrad remarked Thursday aftsr a difficult space walk during which he and .Dr. Joseph Kerwin released a jammed solar wing. Because of a power shortage Conrad, Kerwin and Paul Weitz had to curtail experiments, turn off lights and eat cold food. But with the solar wing unfurled, the space sta- tion's electrical supply was almost doubled. Space agency officials said the additional power practically assures that the astronauts can run a full schedule of experiments for the remainder of the plan- ned four week journey. The astronauts immediate goal was to clean up their spaceship, cluttered with gear they had assembled for the space walk. ALLOWS FOR CLEAN-UP Mission control allowed several hours in today's flight plan for clean-up. Also on the schedule were a resumption of medical experiments and sessions with the solar astronomy telescopes. The astronauts also planned today to kesp an eye on the system that cools electronic instruments with a fluid flow. Mission control awakened the crew about midnight Thursday when temperatures-in the coolant loop fell to 30 degrees and threatened to freeze water in some of the devices. The astronauts were instructed to turn on additional electrical equipment to warm up the cooling fluid. Within minutes, the temperature had risen and they were sent back to bed. Kissed Princess Anne, who is on a private tour through West Germany, is seen morning Hanover a i r- port being kissed by her fiance Lieut. Mark" Phillips. Two killed in shootout MONTREAL (CP) Police said two men were killed early today in a gun battle about 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Chomedy Hotel in nearby Laval. A police spokesman said ear- lier reports that three men were tolled were incorrect. A third man, wounded in the head, was in critical condition in hospital, the spokesman said. A fourth man was captured by police as he attempted to flee the scene. Names of the men involved were not released. There was no apparent mo- tive for the shootout, police said. Water fees cut Farmers in Southern Al- berta's largest irrigation sys- tem will be saved about 000 annually in operational costs following the federal-pro- vincial agreement turning own- ership of irrigation facilities to Alberta. The 25 cent per acre fee assessed to each farmer using the St. Mary Dam and Water- ton Dam headworks was elimi- nated officially Thursday by Alberta Agriculture Minister Dr. Hugh Horner. When controlled by the fed- eral government, farmers in the St. Mary River Irrigation District, Magrath Irrigation District, Raymond Irrigation District and Taber Irrigation District were charged 25 cents per irrigated acre for control of the main headworks. Jake Thiessen, manager of the SMRTO, told The Herald that the provincial government felt that since no charge is levied for use of the water storage for recreation, flood control and municipal water supplies, irri g a t i o n users shouldn't pay either. He said the savings to the farmers means the provincial government recognizes the multi purpose use of water, that every sector using the water should pay for that use or no specific group should have to pay. In the shift of control from the federal Prairie Farm Re- habilitation Administration to the provincial department of the environment, all major on- gtream headworks became the property of the province. Hand in hand with this an- nouncement are more savings to farmers with the province assuming all operation and maintenance costs of those headworks. The costs will not be charged back to the irriga- tion districts. Because of yearly changes in the operation and maintenance costs, Mr. Thiessen couldn't determine the savings for 1973. In 1972. the farmers had to pay for operation and maintenance costs in the St. Mary River Irrigation System. Machinists balk at strike talks Inside 'Hun comes now.' Classified 26-30 Comics ........24 Comment...... 4 District......3 Family 22, 23 Joan Waterfield 13 Local News 17, 18 Markets 25 Sports...... 14-16 Entertainment Travel......11 TV 7-10, 12 Weather........2 Workshop...... 6 LOW TONIGHT 50, HIGH SAT. 75; SUNNY MONTREAL (CP) The In- ternational Association of Ma- chinists (IAM) said today it is Canada machinists in five cities off the job today and announced it will not resume contract talks untO the airline modifies its lat- est offer. Machinists in the Ontario cen- tres of London and Windsor and the New Brunswick cities of Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John were ordered to leave their jobs for 24 hours starting at 2 D.m. EOT. The IAM also said it will hold another in its series of rotating strikes beginning sometime after noon Saturday. The loca- tion was not announced. An hour before the strike was called, Mike Pitchford, spokes- man for the union negotiating team, told a news conference there will be no further talks "as long as Air Canada holds to its rigid position." As Mr. Pitchford spoke, Air Canada's machinists in Toronto remained off tbs job in a 24-hour strike which began at 4 p.m. EDT Thursday. Qnd hftord About town A LBERTA Dental Associa- tion president Dr. Ron Dickson being told his new sports jacket was so loud it was noisy Health and Social Development Minister Nell Crawford claiming he doesn't know where the Leth- bridge wind is going, but it certainly is in a hurry to get there. Alberta in no rush on gas-price test EDMONTON Pre- mier Peter Lougheed is expect- ed to meet today with at least two of his cabinet ministers about Ontario's plan to test the legality of Albarta's gas pric- ing policy in the courts. Mr. Lougheed, on a trip to east-central Alberta on Thurs- day had no initial comment on the announcements by Ontario Premier William Davis. He was expected to confer to- day with Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals, and Don Getty, minister of inter- governmental affairs, on the is- sue. Earlier Mr. Getty said the Alberta government "is in no rush" to counter Ontario ac- tion. DRIVING UP COSTS However, two initial points in the gas pricing policy cited by Premier Davis as factors in that province's decision have already been widely discussed by Premier Lougheed. Mr. Davis said Alberta's moves to seek a two-price level for natural gas at the wellhead was "driving up the cost o! gas and petroleum to all Canadian consumers." He said there was an "Alice in Wonderland'1 qual- ity to the problem because only a small fraction of the pro- posed gas price increase goes to the people of Alberta. The larger portion "passes as a windfall, profit to the interna- tional petroleum he said. Alberta's gas pricing policy is that it wants to see the av- erage price of 16 cents per 000 cubic feet at the wellhead increased by 10 to 20 cents to reflect what it calls fair mar- ket value. At the same tima, the gov- ernment plans to a two-price rebate system in the province to shield Alberta gas consum- ers from the effect of the price increases. Alberta has from tha start maintained that the two-price rebate system is constitutional. WON'T BE BLUFFED Meanwhile, Mr. Getty said Alberta "would not be bluffed into abandoning the plan." Mr. Getty said he believes that Mr. Davis will be sup- ported by other eastern prov- inces which also i m p o r t gas from western Canada. In a telephone interview from Ottawa, Peter Bawden, Con- servative MP for Calgary South, said Albertans will stand firmly behind Premier Peter Lougheed's gas policy. He said Ontario should be prepared to pay more for Al- berta's natural gas. Grant Notley, leader of the New Democratic Party in Al- berta, said in Calgary that he warned the Lougheed govern- ment earlier this year that the Alberta Conservatives were on shaky ground with their gas- pricing plan. Mr. Notley" said Mr. Davis is on firm ground by taking the matter to courts. Albarta's plan was based on "constitutional quicksand." The Lougheed government has simply made the provincial government an agent for the natural gas industry, he said. Bob Russell, Alberta's Lib- eral leader, said in Calgary that Mr. Davis might be doing Albertans a favor by forcing Mr. Lougheed to reveal the full details of his gas policy. Mr. Russell said he believes Mr. Lougheed's proposal to give gas rebates to Albertans will "run into constitutional dif- ficulty." The Independent Petroleum Association of Canada sup- ports Alberta's moves to get higher pricss for gas, G. W. Cameron, general manager of the association, said in Cal- gary. ADMIRAL BLANCO GENERAL FRANCO Franco prepares to step down MADRID Gen. Fran- cisco Franco will give up his job as head of Spain's govern- ment but will remain the over- all leader as chief of state, The Associated Press learned today. A qualified informant said the post of government leader, or president, will go to Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco this week- end. U.S. firms sign agreement to import gas from Soviet MOSCOW (AP) Two United States companies signed a let- ter of intent today to import more than billion worth of natural gas from the Soviet Un- ion over a 25-year period. The agreement was between the El Paso Natural Gas Co. and Occidental Petroleum Corp. on the one side and the Soviet ministry of foreign trade on the other. Occidental chairman Armand Hammer announced the agree- ment at a news conference. "Quantities up to two billion cubic feet per day are con- Hammer said. "At current market prices, such gas over the 25-year term of the agreement-would exceed billion to the USSR. It is ex- pected that this sum will be spent for U.S. goods and serv- ices." Hammer said the project will require a pipeline from Yakutsk to the Vladivos- tok area, "the largest lique- faction plant" ever envisaged and a fleet of 20 tankers. The Soviet gas provided for by the agreement is intended for the West Coast of the United States, Hammer said. Asked about probable deliv- ery dates, he said it will take about six years for Russian gas to cook American steaks. Franco is 80 and has said the post of chief of state will go on his retirement or death to Prince Juan Carlos, who then will become king. Carrero Blanco, 70, now is deputy government leader, or vice-president. The transfer of power would be the first by Franco since the end of the Spanish civil war in 1939. The source said Prince Juan Carlos, designated by Franco to take over someday as chief of slate and king, has been in- formed of the move. It came following a meeting Wednesday of the Secret Council cf the Realm, Franco's consultative body. Franco is planning a drastic shakeup of his cabinet, the in- formant told the Associated Press, but it will not be an- nounced until after the visit next week of Argentine Presi- dent Hector Campora. Alejandro Rodriguez de Val- carcel, president of the Spanish Cortes, or parliament, will be named vice president in the same decree, the source said. Valcarcel, 55, also would be named secretary general of the Movement, the country's only political organization. No big gasoline drain at border By THE CANADIAN PRESS Canadians concerned about a possible drain of the country's petroleum resources to the United States will find little evi- dence to support their suspi- cions in the sales by gasoline outlets in Canadian border towns. A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press shows that few service station operators near the border have encoun- tered Americans seeking to stock up on their gasoline sup- ply. Canadian customs officials in Ottawa say there is no law to prevent Americans from filling drums of gasoline here to carry into the U.S., while in Niagara Falls, N.Y., U.S. customs will allow small drums of gasoline into the country as long as they are certain it is for private use, not resale. A shortage of energy re- sources in the U.S. has forced some petroleum companies to limit the amount of gasoline supply to dealers, while about 25 per cent of the service sta- tions throughout the U.S. are limiting purchases to custom- ers. In British Columbia, Bill Buggs, president of the B.C. Petroleum Association, says he has received no reports from member oil companies "in- dicating any excessive activity in that direction." A spokesman for Imperial Oil Ltd. said that of its Esso sta- tions on the B.C. border, only those in the Rossland area re- ported getting six or seven more U.S. cars daily than the usual number of tourists. Spokesmen for Pacific region headquarters of other major oil companies say there has been no sharp increase in demand from any service stations to in- dicate a run on gas. SWEETGRASS SITUATION A U.S. customs inspector at Swcetgrass, Mont., across the border from Coutts, Alta., said there had been a noticeable in- crease in gasoline imports in the last weeks. "But we don't keep any rec- ord of he said. The owner of a service sta- tion at Sweetgrass, 60 miles south of Lethbridge, said he has seen no sign of Americans crossing over the border to buy Canadian gasoline. Jim Prosser said customers at his station can buy as much gasoline as they want. But ha has felt the fuel shortage to some extent his purchases for sale for 1973 have been re- stricted to the same gallonage as he bought last year.