Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THI ItTHBRIDGE HERALD June 26, 1973 Lunch time The recent rains have brought along Southern Alberta pasture was recorded on the Mercer farm near McNaliy by Herald end these sheep are obviously enjoying the result. The pastoral scene Bill Groenen. BUT LOAN DENIED eant receives city grant City council Monday to give a grant to "The Sight, The Sound and The Fury" production this year. The Association for Histor- ical Productions which plans to stage the military tattoo- like dramatization of the early history of the RCMF in Alberta, in Indian Battle Park Aug. 26 to Sept. 3, had asked last Monday for a 000 interest free loan from the city. But Mavor Andv Anderson. who is on the board of direc- tors of the association, said the city couldn't legally make a loan to the organiza- tion and council approved the grant with only Dep- uty Mayor Cam Bames op- posed. Aid. Barnes had suggested a grant and felt the group should charge admis- sion. The association plans no admission charge this year, feeling it will be pri- marily a major dress re- hearsal for summer long Fire, waste, libraries Council another Despite protests from Aid. Vaughan Hembroff that coun- cil is being "studied to death" another consultant's study was approved in The study in question was recommended by the Old- man River Regional Planning Commission and will be a re- gional look at fire and ambu- lance services, solid waste disposal and public librar- ies. "Every time we turn around the administrators are asking for another said Aid. Hembroff. "It looks like they're just looking for ways to put more guys to work and spend more he added, suggest- ing the city's own staff should be put to work on such stud- ies. "If we haven't got the ex- pertise on staff, maybe it's time we got he said. City Manager Tom Nut- ting said city hall doesn't have the resource people on approves study staff to do that type of a study, particularly the field work. "And. he added "for the city to do this study might produce tot2l3v politi- cal consequences. In defending the study t h e city manager said the con- tinued growth of the city and the reduction in growth of the country could lead to much urban-rural conflict without regional co-operation. The ORRPC report to coun- cil on the proposed study not- ed that the provision of pub- lic services in the region, par- ticularly the three services it suggests should be studied in detail, is inadequate by con- temporary standards espec- ially in the smaller com- munities and rural municipal- ities. Estimated cost of the two- year study is with the provincial government likely paying and the city's share amounting to the ma- jor part of the balance. Hembroff seeks to outlaw feedlots within citv Aid. Vaughan Hembroff wants to know if feedlots within the city can be out- lawed. At council's meeting Mon- day he asked the city solici- tor to see if council has the authority to pass such legis- lation. Aid. Hembroff raised the issue in connection with a feedlot just inside city boun- Local AMA official promoted Hans Tiedemann. assistant manager of the Lethbridge branch of the Alberta Motor Association, has been promot- ed to manager of the JUd Deer branch, effective July 1. Mr. Tiedemann joined the AMA in Calgary more than ]3 years ago, worked three jears in the Red Deer branch and became office manager when he joined the Leth- bridge branch in 1984. He later became assistant man- ager of th? Lethbridge branch. daries across 43rd Street from City Packers Ltd. The feedlot has been the scene of some reconstruction in the past few weeks and has sparked some complaints to city hall. Aid. Hembroff said that from the amount of material at the feedlot. it looked as if more was being done than the simple replacement of fence pasts. Under the city zoning bj- law fences can be built or rebuilt without obtaining a city building permit. However, in a case such as the feedlot in question, in which the use of the land does not conform with its present zoning, an enlarge- ment or structural alterations of existing buildings is per- mitted. And provincial health regu- lations prohibit expansion of feedlot livestock pens al- though feed storage pens can be expanded and the number of cattle kept in the existing pens be increased. According to city and health officials questioned earlier by The Herald, the feedlot is being closely watched for violations of the regulations. productions in future Mayor Andy Anderson ?b- stained on the vote but re- marked: "A tremendous amount of work has been put into this, far more than any- one realizes.'" He also said that subject to the city giving money for the production, there was a fair chance some money would be coming from the prov- ince. This would apparently be in the form of a grant from the Alberta RCMP Century Celebrations Committee. The group earlier had a Student Temporary Employ- ment Program grant applica- tion refused by the province. New vote ashed on fire facility Alderman Bill K e r g an wants city council to recon- sider its decision to eliminate a smoke training building from the No. 2 fire- hall expansion. He submitted a notice of motion to that effect Mon- day. The structure, a four- story concrete shell hi which fires could be set to simu- late real fire and smoke con- ditions, was rejected in a 3-3 vote June 4. An expenditure of was approved at that time for construction of head- quarters and other training facilities at the fireball. Better co-operation from VD victims encourages clinic By DAVID B. ELY Herald Staff Writer Better reporting has contri- buted more to the rising vene- real disease rate in Leth- bridge than has the actual incidence of VD infection. This is the conclusion of Madeline L. Larson, super- visor of the provincial social hygiene clinic in Lethbridge. Mrs. Larson says 136 con- firmed cases of gonorrhea were reported in 1972, an in- crease of 21 over 1971. Thirty- four unconfirmed cases were reported both years. No syph- ilis was reported in the city either year, she says. "Figures are not an accur- ate indication of the real sit- she said, explaining that the clinic, located in the basement of the Lethbrdge Municipal Hospital, is receiv- ing much better co-operation every year from individuals who suspect they may have contracted VD. It is estimated that nation- ally, only one in 10 cases of VD is reported while it Is estimated by some that one in two cases in Alberta is re- ported. Figures show that. VD in the Medicine Hat district in- creased over 31 per cent in 1972, from 48 to 62 cases, and Dr. Ken dementi, medical officer of the Medicine Hat Health Unit, says VD there is reaching "epidemic propor- tions." Mrs. Larson says she doesn't believe VD in Leth- bridge is epidemic. feel we have pretty good control over the situa- she said. "I'm seeing more people every year, but it doesn't mean more VD, just that more people want in- formation and guidance." She says individuals are less reluctant to come into the clinic or seek help from their own physicians be- cause of changing attitudes toward VD. "We're discussing these things publicly she said. ''A lot more information is being disseminated." Though she refuses to call it an epidemic, Mrs. Larson does not try to disguise the seriousness of the VD situa- tion. "As a communicable dis- ease, gonorrhea rates next to the common cold in fre- quency of infection, some Mrs. Larson said. Venereal disease is no re- specter of race or social sta- tus, the clinic supervisor ex- plained. However, it is more common among the 19 to 25 age group than any other age, she says. The second highest rate is in the under 19 age group. The rising VD rate is a di- rect offshoot of the so-called "new moral Mrs. Lar- son feels. The best method of prevention is to abstain from premarital sex, she ad- vises. There are moral implica- tions to VD, she says, but the purpose of the clinic is not to preach to young people. "If they are receptive, we offer them she said. "But our main purpose is the prevention, treatment, and control of venereal dis- eases." Education is vital in pre- vention of VD, she says, not- ing that one of the best meth- 'Dogs handle better if they're not excited' By BERXICE HERLE Herald Stsft Writer For 16 hours a day days a week, Lethbridge streets are patrolled by hunt- ers with keen eye. They watch for a slight movement in a bush or a shadow in the alley. Through rain, snow, hail and sleet they drive up and down the city streets clocking as many as miles a month look- ing for dogs. Calm-easy to catch-dogs; difficult snarly dogs, big, small, brown and black dogs. But always stray or un7 licensed dogs in contraven- tion of the local dog contral bylaw. The patrol is led by Leth- bridge dog catcher Glen An- derson. Mr. Anderson, who is also the city pound keeper, has been with the city three years. "It's a job just like any- thing else. It has to be done and I enjoy doing it." Mr. Anderson said. He begins each day at fi a.m. and finishes at 2 p.m. Then somebody else takes over. Mr. Anderson said he likes to check up on trouble areas and also tour areas he hasn't been to in a while- He doesn't feel there are too many dogs in the city. In fact he believes "every- one deserves a pet." There are dogs regis- tered at city hall this year compared to dogs last year approximately one dog for every 20 people Medicine Hat has a register- ed dog population of about one dcg for every 27 people. When I see a wandering dog, I usually just follow him for "while and he leads me to his home. Then I can give the owner a Mr. Anderson said "If dogs don't seem to be taking me to their home I try calling them from the van window. Some of the dogs who know me and know the truck come readily.'1 Then he just picks them up in his arms and lifts them into the back of his truck. He doesn't use a net or any other catching device. "I was bitten once of course the dog warned rne he was going to bite me he growled and showed his teeth. He really bit me good but by then I was deter- mined to get him so I just kept hanging he said. Dogs handle better if you don't get them too excited. Mr Anderson said the hard- est dogs to capture are the veteran dog bylaw offenders. "These dogs are used to running away because they have been hit so many times by brooms or had things thrown at them. They are always in some- body else's yard, and there- fore they are automatically scared of Mr. An- derson said. Just as some dogs are dif- ficult to capture, some peo- ple are also difficult when it comes to getting a ticket for their pet. ''Some people lake it as any other penalty just like getting a traffic ticket. Then there are some who don't. The conscientious citizens li- cense their dogs and their dogs are never at large whereas some people don't care or don't think the bylaw applies to them." he said. "The worst age offenders are the hippies. They each have about two or three dogs and don't care if their fe- males are spayed or not some are actually opposed to having them Mr. Anderson said. The dog pound complaint phone is open for calls after 10 a.m. Most of the calls these days concern stra'y dogs getting into newly- planted lawns and gardens. The dog pound will keep stray dogs or unlicensed dogs for 72 hours. Then they are destroyed. Mr. Anderson re- fused to say how many dogs were destroyed in a year. He did say that most of the flogs that are picked up are quickly retrieved by their owners or are bought by somebody else. Mr. An- derson said other people buy- ing dogs from the pound pre- sent a problem at times. "Many individuals come down to tour Indian Battle Park and they just drop by the animal shelter while they're down there. People should realize we're not run- ning a zoo. If they don't want to buy a dog they shouldn't stop." The dog catcher said the largest number of dogs he ever picked up was eight, the largest number of dogs in the animal shelter at one time was 35; and the aver- age number of dogs normal- ly in the shelter is 20. Gate and even the odd pony can also be found at the pound. There is no bylaw covering cats so the dog catcher isn't really respon- sible for them but Mr. An- derson said he often receives calls from people concerning cats that are being a nuis- ance. Mr. Anderson said dogs ai the pound are treated well: "Our dogs like us. We're good to them, feed them well, and keep their pens clean "Dogs actually like to come back here When we used to board dogs (we don't any- more this year) the dogs ac- tually came back to the pound even after their own- ers were back from their holidays." "So it really can't be such a bad life Mr. Ander- son said. ods of disseminating informa- tion is by word of mouth on the part of clinic patients. "The word gets out that they are treated she said. "Diagnosis and treat- ment at the clinic is free and confidential." But the clinic is not just a dispensary of antibiotics. If a person is found to have con- tracted VD, he is asked to name his sexual contacts. They in turn will be con- tacted and asked to report to the clinic or their physician. One of the problems In combatting VD is the ctoud of myths and fallacies that sur- round the subject. Sexual in- tercourse with rare excep- tions is the only means of becoming infected, and con- traceptives do not prevent in- fection. So many people are un- aware of the problem, Mrs. Larson says. Some equate it with prostitution, but the ma- jority of cases can blamed on promiscuity, she said. Aldermen to protest gov't busing policy The provincial government needs its collective heads ex- amined if it fssls a healthy child can't rhres-quar- ters of a mile to school, Aid. Vaughan Hembroff feels. he said Monday of the government's change in busing policy which makes it possible for any elementary student liv- ing three-quarters of a mi la or more from his school to ride a bus to classes. The prodous limit was miles. The rest of the aldsrmen at council's Monday meeting called to deal with last week's unfinished agenda agreed and decided to fira off a letter to the govern- ment expressing disapproval of the new policy The action came as coun- cil voted by a 4-1 margin, with Aid. Ed Bastsdo oppos- ed to buy three school buses at a cost of to carry an expected 200 to 220 more students next fall. The vote reversed deci- sion last week not to buy the buseo, and came after tran- sit supervisor John Frouws produced figures showing the school bus operation is run at a profit. Public school board sec- retary treasurer Mack Crumlsy said the school bus operation which the city has run for a number of years has presumably been of mu- tual benefit to the school boards and the city. It's certainly not the in- tention of the school district to have the city opsrate school buses at a loss, and if there is a loss the rates should be adjusted, he said. Cheque stamping device stolen from local shop Thieves made -off with a cheque stamping machine valued at two small transistor radios and a table model radio after breaking a v.indow and entering Elrich Tirs Ltd. 402 1 Ave. S. over- night. Police have the case under investigation. A 45 year old Lethbridge man was arrested early to- day for assault causing Jxxii- ly'harm to Andrew LXS'ar- lais, 20, of Beaver Alia. Jakob Hironimus, 120 5th St. in provincial court today. Mr Dssjarlais was expected to be released from hospital today, after being treated for minor injuries. The assault was reported to have taken place in Alexandra Hotel on 5th Street S. with a beer glass used as a weapon City po1 ice are on ths look- out for two suspects follow- ing an assault causing bodily harm to a Cardston juvenile early today in Gait The juvenile was treated and released at St. Mi- chael's Hospital Tor injures received from being kicked in the head. Cfirlus in bloom The Lethbridge coulees are now dotted with the pale yellow mule's ear cactus. Weather readings today and Wednesday are an encouragement for outdoor strollers with light winds and temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s predicted.