Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
HIGH FORECAST TUESDAY 60-65 The Lethbridge Herald VOL. 154 .UTHBHIDGIi, ALBERTA, MONDAY, .JUNE 12, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 16 PAGES U.K. troops train amid controversy By JIM POLING 8UFFIELD CCP) A slab of table-lop grassland which conservationists say is unique enough to be pre- served as a national park becomes one of the world's largest military training areas this week. Sutfield military reserve, a square mife desolate area of semi-desert 30 mfles northwest o! Med- icine Hat in southeastern Alberta, will feel the weight of tanks and the puncli of live artillery sounds, start- ing Wednesday. British soldiers, from the North Atlantic Treaty Or- ganization force in West Germany, have been filing into the area since Sunday. By Tuesday night, there will be 530 of them ready for three weeks of battle manoeuvres over about 750 square miles of the reserve. The training is the result of a 10-year agreement signed between Canada and Britain last year. The agreement permits the British to send groups of 600 to soldiers to Suffield for three-week stints be- tween May and November each year. Draws complaints Conservationists have complained the heavy mili- tary vehicles will tear up the terrain and that the artillery will start prairie grass fires and drive wild- life away. Antelope, deer, a herd of wild horses, rare plants and various species of birds facing extinction make it a natural place for a park, they say. The federal government says it can prevent se- rious ecological damage by restricting or banning mili- tary activity in certain parts of the reserve. When mock battles begin this week, vehicles will not be allowed within one mile of the South Saskatch- ewan River which forms the eastern boundary of the reserve. The river banks are considered an important nesting area for rare birds, migrating waterfowl and rattlesnakes. The government says Sulfield is important because U is Uie only military reserve in Canada large enough to conduct the training the British require. Provides room It's vast enough to train properly without having to worry about people or damage, Lt.-Col. L. A. W. New, commander of a British tank regiment, said in an interview Sunday. "In Germany we are very restricted because it's1 such a built-up area and we could do a lot of dam- lie said. "Here there are no inhabitants and can fire our weapons in tactical operations." Another concern of the conservationists is for ar- cheological treasures left behind by generations ol plains Indians. A team supported by the National Mu- seum of Man in Ottawa has been working on the re- serve since April, collecting as much information es possible before the training starts. Nearly 600 buffalo Indians drove the animals over to kill them during well cairns, teepee rings and other traces of Indian civilization have been found already. Some of the sites are marked and. archeologists will continue their work under Canadian military supervision. Suffield always has been a touchy spot with servationists because it is the home of the Canadian defence research cstablisliment, a centre for experi- meuts on chemical and biological warfare. However, except for a few test explosions with con- ventional explosives, the region has been relatively un- disturbed for the 40 years it has been a serve. Before that, a few attempts to break the sod for farming were thwarted by the hot, dry climated The fact that much of the area already has been; preserved is good reason not to allow military trains ing, say the conservationists. There have been no signs here yet of any allempls to protest the British troops' training. But at least ono group, an Edmonton anti-pollution organization, has said there will be a large demonstration July 1. New research station plan confirmed TEARFUL REUNION A mother bursts inlo tears after finding her sort alive affer a flood swept through Rapid City, S.D. The mother, whose horns was swept away, thought her son had been lost In the rushing water, like hun- dreds hod. (AP Wirephoto) By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON The federal government will spend mil- lion for an square foot of- fice and laboratory building at the Lethbridge Research Sta- tion, slated for completion by 1975. Bud Olson, federal agricul- ture minister, told a press con- ference at the Liberal prairie caucus meeting here that the money will be spent for the new complex to consolidate and update the research plant, the largest of its kind in Canada. The Herafd reported April 2t that the proposal had been sub- mitted to the federal govern- ment with some details of the project. Officials at the re- search station were at that time awaiting word for the green light to begin the initial plan- ning. About will be made available in this fiscal year lo hire architects, to do a site plan and lo develop full plans for the building. Dr. J. E. Andrews, director of the station, said the plans call for a tliree storey struc- ture wluch would supplant the mixture of old buildings cur- rently being used by the 70-man research scientist staff and supporting employees. Mr. Olson said there Is a great need for the new lure because of the old, inade- quate buildings now being used. He said Ihe present main build- ing was a former air force hos- pital moved to the site from I ho Lethbridge air base in 1S46. Dr. Andrews said he hoped tenders could be called early next summer following the ini- tial planning work and site preparation. The new building will allow the Lethbridge Research Sta- tion, the second largest re- search complex in Canada, to consolidate work in soil and crop management, a n i m at breeding, insect and disease control, plant breeding, agricul- tural engineering, soil salinity and irrigation technology fields under one roof. Dr. Andrews said the actual building would cost about million. An aditional mil- lion will be spent on auxiliary buildings and additional costs, including an attached green- house system, power plant building and system for heating the entire research station and site development, including provision for separate sewer and water facilities and consul- tant fees for the final design- ing work. (See picture on pago 9) Rivers on the rampage By THE CANADIAN PRESS Uain tlirougliout British Col- umbia compounded already serious flooding, especially in the southern portion of the province. Hardest-hit was the Sicamous area in south-central B.C., way between rain-swollen Shu- swap and Mara lakes. Resi- dents rushed to higher ground Saturday as water up to three feet deep covered most of community. At Kamloops, the Thompson continued rising c_ the weekend coupled with rise of the South Thompson matching the peak of two weekj ago when a dike burst lloodL_ the Oak Hills subdivision. FAMILIES EVACUATED In the tiny community of Athalmer in the East Kootenay close to the B.C.-Alberta bor- der, 10 families were evacuated following the flooding of two creeks. Highways department crews were working in the community of ISO people and also labored to save a highway bridge danger of washing away. At Prince Rupert, former Mayor ,V. C. Jolliffe said .the swollen Skeena River could wash out the city's water take system. Diking was rec- ommended to protect tlie water intake system in 19G7, but was never built, he said. MONTANA HIT BILLINGS, Afont. (AP) Northeastern Montana resi- dents ran for cover as several tornadoes struck the region Sunday, but the scattered fun- nel clouds merely raised rain and high winds before leaving behind a clear sunny calm. The first sighting was report- ed near Opheim, 10 miles south of the Canadian border. Re- ports from officials in the area indicated that funnel caused the only damage, picking up a grain bin on a farm at nearby Glentana. The weather service said only 102 tornadoes have struck Mon- tana in 54 years, all of them happening east of the Contin- ental Divide. Records from 1916 to 1969 show tornadoes caused property damage totalling only Elsewhere in Montana, Hie weather was peaceful and warm. Flooding conditions at Glasgow subsided, and the only other area still having difficul- ty was the tiny town of Melrose, in southwestern Mon- tana. Seen and heard About town BE LUMBER JACK Andy Andreachuk. .winning a golf match after a chip shot to the green from Mie top of a fir tree color- blind Brent Kozacs touching up a green car with blue paint Sieve Kntch attend- ing a retirement banquet for Albert Hackctt while his wife stayed homo to paint the house. Flood disaster death toll rises RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP} The death toll in the worst United States flood disaster in d4 years has readied 208, and officials fear many more bodies will be found outside Rapid City in the streams that filter from the nearby Black Hills. Civil defence officials esti- mate.d the missing at 500, and said today that it was impossi- ble to estimate the number of injured. At least persons were JUST UKE TOYS Automobiles were stacked up like toys In downtown Rapid City following Friday night's flash flood In South Dakota. More than 200 died in the flooding. (AP Wirephoto) Frost strikes tobacco belt LONDON, Ont. (P) Adjus- ters for the Crop_ Insurance Commission of Ontario geared for a flood of claims today, fol- lowing the killing frost that dev- astated tobacco plants, toma- toes, beans, corn and other veg- etables in southern Ontario Sat- urday night. Adjusters said it will take at least two days to estimate the losses accurately. In 15 centres low tempera- tures set records, ranging from 27 degrees in Earlton and 28 in Muskoka to 33 in Toronto, 31 in Peterborough and 38 in Wind- sor. One of the main causes of concern was the extent of the damage to tobacco industry in the province. "This has got to be the big- gest disaster I've seen in the 25 years I've been growing tobac- said Reni Miggens, a di- rector of the Ontario Tobacco Growers Marketing Board. Mr. Miggens said the loss could run into millions of dol- lars. He feared that if the dam- aged acreage could not be re- planted tho crop would fall short of the expected 200 million pounds anticipated this year and export markets would ba lost. These could include the new- ly-opened market m mainland China. May 18, Agriculture Min- ister Stewart announced that about of Ontario to- bacco had been sold to Peking. At the time, elated members the Ontario Flue Cured To- bacco Growers' Marketing Board said the sale could herald an important new market. Olympic star killed at work MELBOURNE C Renter) Australian Olympic oarsman Brian Denny was killed today in an accident at work here. Denny, 28, was electrocuted while working on an electrical switchboard at a newspaper plant. He had been selected to stroke Australia's coxed four at the Munich Olympic Games ia August. Denny, who was married with a family, lived in Toronto for many years. His death is the second blow in six weeks to Australia's Olympic rowing prospects. A member of the selected eight, Ian McWhirter, withdrew early in May, saying he had cancer and doctors told him he might have only six months to live. left homeless, and damage was estimated at more than million. Maj.-Gen. Duane L. Corning, commanding National Guards troops in Rapid City, said about men worked into the night "turning over any debris that might hide a body." "We're starting to work up the creeks and draws to look for the bodies that we know are Conung said. Mayor Donald Barnett 1m- Britain protests Libyan claim LONDON (AP) Britain strongly protested to Libya today against a claim by Libyan ruler Muammar Kadafi that his government is arming the guer- rilla forces of Northern Ireland. The minister of state for for- eign affairs, Joseph Godber, summoned Libyan Ambassador Khairy Ben Amer to his office and delivered a strong oral pro- test against the statement at- tributed to Kadaft in a speech Sunday at Gripoli, the Libyan capital. Kadafi said his country is backing the Irish guerrillas by arming them and also is sup- porting United States blacks against wliite "arrogance." He vowed to make Britain and the United States "pay dearly for the wrongs and perfidy they in- flicted on us." The foreign office, which re- ported Godber's protest, said British authorities will immedi- ately investigate whether Li- byan arms actually are being shipped to Ireland. If the inves- tigation shows they are, a spokesman said, Britain will consider further action against Kadafi's military regime. An oil tanker from Libya was due in Belfast and Brilish troops and harbor police stood by to search her. SEIZED OIL ASSETS Britain's o v e r -a 11 relations with Kadafi's government have been under special strain since last year, when the Libyans seized British oil assets in the country with offering compen- sation. Egypt's Middle East news agency reported British Ambas- sador Peter Tripp walked out on Kadafi's speech when the Li- byan leader accused London of collusion with the Zionists in 1948 and collusion with Iran last year when that couvLry occu- pied three little islands at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. The U.S. ambassador, Joseph Palmer, also walked out when the 29-year-old Libyan ruler said his government is support- ing U.S. blacks against "Ameri- can arrogance, the white superi- ority the agency said. Kadafi gave no details on his claim ol support for the U.S. blacks. Cabinet cjuils SANTIAGO (Reulcr) Presi- dent Salvador Allende's cabinet resigned en masse today to allow him to formulate a new economic policy for Chile, it was officially announced. Foremost child dies of injuries Terry William Kuhn, two- year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Kuhn of Foremost died in a Calgary hospital on Sunday of heart failure caused by in- juries he received when he was run over by a truck. Milk River RCMP report the child was playing behind a four foot hedge earlier in the day and darted out behind a pick up truck driven by Lloyd Ellert as it backed from a driveway. The left side of the cliild'3 head was run over by a rear tire of the truck. The injured child was flown to Calgary by Paul Madge, a local businessman, in his priv- ate aircraft. The child's parents hr.d been visiting friends in Milk River at the time the accident occurred. Milk River is about 60 miles south of Lcthbridge. posed a 10 cur- few on the city of He halted night search operations by the more Uian civilian volunteers, and said the rescue teams accomplished as much during daylight hours a s they dirt working around the clock. The volunteers and guards troops have been at work since daylight Saturday, hours after a wave crashed through an earthen dam at rainswollen Cayonon Lake on the western edge of Rapid City. The water smashed through the city, flipping cars, crushing trees and lifting homes off their foundations and slamming them into a heap splinters blocks away. Senator George McGovera and Gov. Richard Kneip visited the devastated area Sunday. McGovern called it "incredible and said he would ask Congress to provide ex- traordinary relief for Ms home state if deemed necessary. President Nixon has declared .the region a disaster area. INOCULATE HUNDREDS Hundreds of persons were in- oculated foV typhoid and tetanus at the Rapid' City High School and the Pennington County health department. The federal department of health, education and welfare stockpiled doses of the inoculations. Rapid City has been without water since the floods struck, and officials said it will be late tonight before drinkable water is available through city facili- ties. The disaster was the worst ever in South Dakota. A winter blizzard in 1888 killed more than 100 persons. The worst flood in U.S. history was in Johnstown, Pa., in 1889 when were killed. In 1928, floods spawned by hurricanes took lives in southern Florida. 'Ground advances by both sides, were reported ill Vietnam today.' Ottawa to pour millions into housing OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment is expected to publish long-promised legislation today that would pour more millions into new housing, land nssemb'v and renovation of old houses and neighborhoods. But chances are remote that the bulky reform package will get the necessary parliamen- tary approval to be put into ef- fect soon. The housing bill to be intro- duced is the 25th of 29 legisla- tive measures promised by tin government when the current session opened Feb. 17. By sitting day of the Commons liad passed only five of those bills, plus two routine measures to authorize government financing. As a result, the parliamentary agenda is jammed with legisla- tion, so the housing bill has lit- tle chance of getting more than cursory attention for months if the government holds to its plan to adjourn Parliament June 30 for the summer. With that timetable, thera would be only six flays Irft to deal with government legisla- tion, because (he remaining nine June sitting days are as- signed to other subjects. Today and Tuesday, for ex- ample, the Commons is sched- uled to complete a six-day de- bate that began last month on the government's May 8 tax and spending budget. Seven more days in June are allocated under House rules to debating topics chosen by oppo- sition parties. Nobody knows for certain whether the session will con- tinur past, the June 30 target or resume in the fall. Many MPs expect Prime Min- ister Trudeau to dissolve Parlia- ment in time for an October general election, although he could wait until next year to seek a renewal of his govern- ment's mandate. COVERAGE BROAB The housing legislation, ex- pected since early spring and delayed most recently by re- ported differences in the cabinet on some items, will cover a Radio signal takes Baby strangles iii crib mishap GinOUXVILLE (P) One- year-old Randy Albert Jaku- bowsky of Gircuxville stran- fled lo death when his head ecame trapped between bars of his crib. ivay around CALGARY (CP) A radio distress signal took the long way around Sunday but finally got two men out of a mud-hole in the moun- tains southwest of Calgary- A ham operator in Boise, Idaho, picked up the call from 500 miles away and relayed the message lo tlic Boise sheriff's office. The sheriff passed the call to Calgary city police who then contacted the local RCMP detachment. They brought in their counterparts in Canmore, Alia., who dispatched a four-wheeled-drive vehicle to the rescue. broad range of subjects affect- ing housing and urban affairs. Among provisions expected in the bill are measures that amount to subsidies reducing mortgage interest rates for some needy home buyers and housing assistance for the eld- erly. There will bo about mil- lion to help municipalities as- semble land for housing, assist- ance designed to encourage groups to build non-profil hous- ing and aid for rehabilitation ol old homes. Club blown up in Belfast BELFAST A nightclub was blown up by Irish Republican Army extremists today after a night of death and violence in Northern Ireland. The bombers gave about an hour's warning that the Top Hat nightclub would be blown up. The building and the surround- ing area in the nearby town of Lisburr were cleared and there were no injuries. Three persons were killed in gitn battles in Belfast during tho night. Two British soldiers were injured, one of them seriously. In Londonderry an 18-year-old Brilish soldier was killed by an IRA sniper while manning an observation post near the Catho- lic Bogside "no-go" area.