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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbrtdge Herald VOL. I LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 1974 44 Pages 10 Cents I Farmer fears for his land I I I I By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Some Lethbridge area farmers with river frontage are afraid a proposed river valley park will bring a plague to their land. Not a plague of insects or disease, but swarms of people cutting fences, lighting fires and tearing up the land with all manner of motorized recreation vehicles. Lethbridge County Coun. John Murray, who represents the area south of Lethbridge, said in a recent interview that council is concerned about the effect on adjacent farm land a river valley park would have. There is a possibility, he said, that river frontage outside the city will be purchased by the provincial government for a park. George Luco farms a parcel of land with river frontage just south of Lethbridge and he fears a city park development might increase the property damage he has already suffered. He said he isn't sure if there will be a spillover from the park onto adjacent farm lands, but says if that happens, "it will be too late." "I hope the city park won't increase my problems. I have enough he lamented. Most of the river valley in Mr. Luco's area has sharp cliffs dropping directly down to the water. But he is fortunate enough to have a grassy, tree-covered meadow at water-level, a place ideal for picnics and parties. The problem is, he said, that some people don't respect what doesn't belong to them, and in the last several years he has been forced to make frequent trips to his river- valley land to pick up beer bottles and repair damage. The "no trespassing" signs he has placed around his property are either ignored or are torn down Fences are cut and someone once tried to blow up a gate blocking access to the meadow, he said. It's no use trying to keep people off they are down there continually, he said. Some people have even threatened to beat him up after being told to get off his land, he said. Trees are cut down, fires are started and bottles are broken, all because "some people who don't respect what God has put on the earth to enjoy." Not all people damage his property, he said, and he will give permission to families wanting to use the meadow, but he won't allow liquor to be used. Mr. Luco won't sell the river-front parcel for park use because it would cut off river access for his cattle, and, he said, the valley is good pasture land. A park would mean "people would be all over the rest of my land and then I'd have no peace at all." People think farmers are cranky, "but you lose patience" dealing with people who damage the land. HUNTING Nothing's safe even signs are shot up No respect farmer often has to clean up messes like this i AIRPORT PUT ON ALERT NATO declaration signed LONDON (Reuter) Soldiers and extra police moved into London's Heathrow Airport today in a counter-terrorist operation following reports from the Middle East of possible attacks United Stales, Israeli or Dutch airliners. Police roadblocks were thrown up on approach roads to the airport. Motorists were stopped and asked why they were visiting the Troops were called in from barracks at nearby Windsor. Government officials declined to specify the reasons for the alert. A statement issued by the home office said: "Security measures at Heathrow need to be intensified from time to time in the light of assessments made about the likelihood of terrorist activity, of which there is a constant general threat. BRUSSELS (CP) Fifteen NATO leaders today signed a new Atlantic declaration themselves to the principles of the alliance and to closer consultation and co-operation. Sitting at a horseshoe- shaped table in the main council chamber at NATO headquarters, they signed in alphabetical order beginning with Belgian President Leo Tindemans and concluding with U.S. President Nixon. Senator Paul Mariin signed for Canada. A conspicuous absentee was France's new president. Vaiery.Giscard d'Estaing. He sent Premier Jacques Chirac, and il was the first appearance of a French premier at NATO head- quarters since President Charles de Gaulle expelled the aU-.ance's military headquarters from France. The declaration, adopted in Ottawa by NATO foreign ministers last Wednesday and signed on the eve of President Nixon's visit to Moscow, pledges the alliance to the twin aims of defence and detente. In a speech after the signing, NATO Secretary- General Joseph Luns said tfie declaration sets the course of the Atlantic Alliance for the years ahead. Watergate evidence to be made public WASHINGTON (AP) The House of Representatives judiciary committee has voted to make public most of the evidence it has received in secret impeachment hearings during the last seven weeks. Just when the mass of mate- rial will be released remains unclear but some members say all evidence relating to the Watergate cover-up, including the committee's versions of White House tapes, may be made public in a few days. Chairman Peter Rodino