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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SCATTERED SHOWERS FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 70 VOL. LXIII No. 168 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 1970 rfUCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Arriving Air Canada Drops An Old Friend By MARGARET LUCKIIURST Herald Staff Writer When Air Canada's Viscount flight number 161 left Lethbridge today for the last time it brought to a close 31 years of service to southern Alberta and it also rang down the curtain on some interesting avia- tion history. In 1937 Trans Canada Air Lines, as1 it was known men, was incorporated under the Canada Act, directors were named and plans set into motion for passenger and commercial service across the nation. In Lethbridge later that year, TCA began opera- tions as a flight training station at the old municipal airport on the northeastern edge of the city. It was at this airport that Herbert HoUick-Kenyon, veteran pilot, had landed with the first airmail into tte city hack in 1931. City officials, however, had visions of a new and better airport capable of handling modern aircraft, so they went to work on a new updated one on the southern outskirts of the city and named It Kenyon Field. STARTED IN 1837 First commercial operations by TCA were started OB Sept. between Vancouver and Seattle on the route of a smaller airline absorbed by TCA. Ten- passenger Lockheed Electras were used on this run. Development of TCA in 1938 included night flying inaugurated in Western Canada; air express service be- tween Winnipeg and Vancouver, and regular daily air- mail and air express service between Lethbridge and Edmonton using Lockheed 10A aircraft. In 1939 trans- Canada passenger service blossomed to two trips a day, and the mail service to Edmonton from Lethbridge sras expanded to carry passengers also. The Second World War cut into the development of the service somewhat. By 1946 air travel had again been stepped up and there were four daily trans-conti- nental flights from Vancouver to Lethbridge and from Vancouver to Winnipeg using sophisticated post war DC-3S which held 21 passengers. The company had plane to put into service the 36 passenger North Star aircraft on the long hauls. From this slow and cautious beginning TCA moved rapidly ahead to take its place as one of the major airline.-! to the world. While at its inception the com- pany had a small staff of 71, with only five aircraft, in nine years it boomed ahead to encompass nearly persons on Hie payroll with 37 aircraft in service. Enjoyed Boom Years Lethbridge enjoyed the boom years in the airline Industry too for a time. In 1947 at Kenyon field TCA employed approximately 145 persons. In 1948, however, a gradual decrease in traffic In and out of Lethbridge resulted in TCA's indication to withdraw altogether service to the city. Large numbers of employees were transferred to strategic centres where the volume of traffic was heavier on the coast to coast route. The company also indicated it wished to sell the hangar and cancel its lease with the city on Kenyon Field property. Only two flights operated from Leth- bridge for a time, both of them feeder trips to Cal- gary. In July 1943, however, North Stars began making regular flights through Lethbridge with two mainline flights east and west daily. The service continued while Calgary airport was undergoing runway alterations: In the 50s TCA purchased super-constellations and Viscounts which offered speedier travel. For a time Lethbridge enjoyed an increase hi service to Edmonton and Calgary, but the limited runway faculties at Ken- yon Field once again stirred officials to consider with- drawing all service altogether. These rumors of course, had the city fathers and tlie Chamber of Commerce very anxious indeed, for curtailment of service would be an economic setback as well as an inconvenience for travellers. During the 60s when service to and from the city dwindled to one flight a day, the rumors persisted. City officials protested, but the company, which had become Air Canada in keeping with its world image, stated that further service was not economically pos- sible. Finally in April of lliis year, Air Canada applied to the Canadian Transport Commission for permission to withdraw its service into Lethbridge June 30. The permission was granted and today the last Air Canada flight left Kenyon Field, marking the con- clusion of an era in the development of air travel in southern Alberta. The new 19 passenger turbo prop aircraft order- ed by Time Airways Ltd. arrived in Lethbridge today and following the judgment of the Canadian Transport Commission, Time Air will lake over the Air Canada Lethbridge Calgary run Wednesday. Going Gone Britain Opens Bid From AP-REUTERS LUXEMBOURG (CP) Brit- ain's new Conservative govern- ment opened negotiations today to join the European Common Market with a warning that no British government could think of joining unless there is a fair settlement of financial burdens. "Without such a said Anthony Britain's new minister for European af- fairs, "the whole basis of stsMl- ity and confidence essential to the further development of the community would be lacking." He emphasized his govern- ment's to the six- nation European Economic Community but added: "None of us in this room knows whether we shall succeed." Barber spoke at a ceremonial session of representatives from the six Common Market coun- tries and four applicant nations. The others seeking admission are the Republic of Ireland, Denmark and Norway, and Swe- den is waiting in the wings to see if it can reconcile member- ship with its traditional neutral- ity. EXPECT LONG TALKS After tlie ceremonial begin- ning today, Barber and the other negotiators will hold a business meeting July 21 hi Brussels and then adjourn for the summer. Intensive negotia- tions are expected to begin in September Dr October, and Brit- ish officials expect them to last 13 months or more. Present with Barber for the formal meeting today was For- eign Minister Sir Alec Douglas- Home. Their chief, Prime Min- ister Edward Heath, repre- sented Britain in earlier mem- bership negotiations which then French President Charles de Gaulle's veto ended in 1963. Gets Touch Of Winter Get out your skis. It snowed today at Blair- more. At the l.OOO-font mark od Turtle Mountain, that is. 'Pass citizens are used to this kind of stuff, however, as it often snows on Turtle Mountain on July 1. This time the mountain ap- pears to have received a covering of two or three inches. Tuesday morning it was 44 above at Blairmore. Nixon PRESIDENT NIXON Resume Grim Hunt For Four Bodies To Cambodia Troop Exit Completed SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (CP) President Nixon, reporting on the end of all United States ground opera- tions in Cambodia, pledged today that "we shall renew our efforts" to end the war in all of Indochina. Without elaborating, the president said he seeks "genuine negotiations both in Paris and for all of Indo- china." The Paris talks involved only the Vietnam seg- ment of the conflict and Nixon did not indicate what further steps he might take to seek an expanded settle- ment that would also embrace Cambodia and Laos. The occasion for Nixon's pronouncement was the passing of the deadlina GLACIEH NATIONAL PARK, Mont. (AP) Spurred by (he discovery of one body Monday, a party of veteran climbers were to resume their grim search today for the bodies of four young men some- where on the northwest face of rugged Mt. Cleveland, south of Lethbridge, Alta. The park's highest mountain mass of rock and i c the body of Ray Martin, 23, of Butte, Mon- day. Four persons who joined Martin in attempt to scale the peak last December are be- lieved still buried beneath the icy surface of the mountain, somewhere above the mark. A search was fruitless last January for Martin and his companions Mark Levitan. 20, of Helena, Clare Pogr'abe, 22, of Butte, Jim Anderson, 18, of Bigfork, and Jerry Kanzler, 18, of Bozeman. Martin's body was found ear- ly Monday, encased in ice be- neath a mountainside water fall. A rope tied around his body led upward, and search- ers believed that somewhere on that r'ope they might find another body. Four Executed For Smuggling TEHRAN (Reuters) Army firing squads executed four per- sons convicted of drug smug- gling, the military prosecutor announced Monday. Iranian dope-smuggling executions now total 39. Actress Robbed SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) Jewelry valued at almost was stolen from actress Maureen O'Hara at luxury Weutworth Hotel day night, police said. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN SOFTBALL players Jerry 0 Hisaoka and Tak Hirptsn living up to the name coined by Tomi Hisaoka the Over Forty Seniles as they be- came thoroughly confused in their base running and wound up on the bases they had siiirlfld out on Monte Blue returning from holidays to find radishes, planted in his lunch bucket by fellow employees during his ab- sence, had reached a height of four inches D. M. Campbell, accompanying his wife Anne and the Teen Clefs tu Japan, rigged out in a reg- ular Teen Clef Alberta plaid tie and yellow shirt. Bomb Blast Blamed On Terrorists OTTAWA (CP) The blast that shattered a national def- ence headquarters building here last week, killing one person, was the work of "Quebec terror- a police spokesman said today. Laboratory tests just con- eluded confirm that the "mech- ajiism and other workings" of the bomb are the same as thosa used in a series of Montreal blasts during the last five six weeks and attributed to terror- ists, Tom Flanagan of the city's detective force said in an inter- view. The blast early last Wednes- day, St. Jean Baptiste Day, killed Jeanne D'Arc St. Ger- main, 50, and injured three other persons. It occurred at the wall outside a telecommuni- cations room in the downtown headquarters. for the exit of aE Ameri- can troops from Cam- bodia. STILL FACE PROBLEMS Saying that the controversial, venture was a military success, Nixon declared that "we still face substantial problems, but the Cambodian operations will enable us to pursue our goals with greater confidence." Looking ahead, he said in a statement: "With American ground oper- ations in Cambodia ertded, we shall move forward with cm- plan to end the wrar in Vietnam and to secure the just peace on which all Americans are muted." HAS NO SURPRISES Nixon's lengthy justification cf his April 30 movement of what he said were 32.000 Ameri- cans into Camtodia contained no surprises. Instead, it was his most elaborate explanation to date cf why he undertook the move even though, in his words, "we anticipated broad disagree- ment and dissent" on the home front. Reporting that all U.S. ground forces and logistic and advisory personnel have been withdrawn, Nixon listed guidelines for "our future policy for Cambodia." First cf all, he said, "there will be no U.S- ground personnel in Cambcdia except for the reg- ular staff of our embassy in Phom Penh." Also, there will be no American advisers with Cambodian units. The president reported, too, that South Vietnamese forces remaining in Cambcdia will conduct then- operation without the assistance of U.S. advisers or American air or logistic sup- port. In oidy one area did Nixon in- dicate continuing U.S. military involvement in Cambodia, ing: "We will the approval of the Cambodian gov- interdiction mis- sions against the enemy efforts to move supplies and personnel through Cambodia toward South Vietnam and to re-establish base areas relevant to the war in Vietnam. We do this to pro- tect our forces in South Viet- nam." APPEALS TO HANOI Nixon gave no specifics en how the United States would renew peace efforts but ap- pealed to Hanoi "to join us at long last" in that effort. "There is no military solution lo this conflict. Sooner or late peace must come- It can come now, through a negotiated set- tlement that is fair to both sides and humiliates neither. Or it can ccme months or years from now, with both sides having paid the further price of pro- tracted struggle. "We would hope that Hanoi would ponder serioujly its choice, considering both the pramise of an honorable peace and the cost of continued war. "The lesson of the last two months has reinforced the les- sons of the last two time has come to negotiate a just peace." The president gave no indica- tion that he was planning to name a new top-level negotiator at the Vietnam peace talks in Paris. "All our previous proposals, public and private, remain on the conference table to be ex- Nixon said. 'Anything to Mail Flows gain Lethbridge postal workers are back on the job today after a 24-hour walkout which ended midnight Monday. Postal officials state that nor- mal mail delivery throughout the city was resumed today in spite of a back log of mail which had piled up in the post office over the weekend. RELIEF SEEN Canadians meantime may gain some relief from the strikes this week because the postmen must work both today and Thursday in order to qual- ify for Dominion Day holiday pay. The latest in the series of 24- hour rotating strikes ended Monday night when about postal workers in areas of Brit- ish Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec returned to their jobs. The latest walkouts Involved about men in Ontario, 600 in Quebec, 900 in Alberta and about in Greater Vancou- ver, Kimberlcy and Cranbrook, B.C. Plane Hijacker Is Jailed Manitoba's Centennial Gels Off The Mark First Cabinet Meeting In West WINNIPEG (CP) Mani- toba's Centennial really gets off the mark Wednesday with (lie celebration of Dominion Day. Canada's Year 103 and Mani- toba's 100th birthday are a mag- netic combination that will draw Prime Minister Trudeau and two-thirds of his cabinet to the land of the old River settle- ment for history's fourth cabi- net meeting outside of Ottawa, Entirely symbolic, it will be the first cabinet meeting in Western Canada. And its conclusion will signal the start cf a day of centennial and Dominion Day whoop-dc- doo in which balloons, kites, gliders, radio-operated model airplanes, and even pigeons will carry skyward a Manitoba cen- tennial theme of "up, up and away." Scores of communities will take part, and many of them will have a cabinet minister for the day to help share in the fun. The plan is for the ministers lo split up after the cabinet meeting in historic Lower Fort Garry, on the Red River north of Winnipeg, and travel individ- ually to points as distant as the Hudson Bay port of Churchill. TRUDEAU STAYS NEAR Tlie prime minister's itiner- ary will keep him witliin close range of Greater kite-launching and ba 1 lo on send-off in East Kiidonan. a street party and folk festival at the burned-out ruin of the S't. Boniface Basilica, and a base- ball tournament at the town of Steinbach. Tlie federal party will arrive from Ottawa this evening. After a banquet at Government House, will gravitate toward a festive program at Memorial Park, near the legislature build- ing, where a giant fireworks display will signal the start of Canada's national day. Wednesday morning, the trap- pings of history take over. Mr. Trudeau and his party take tbo train to Lower Fort Garry, a train with a dif- ference: Drawn by a locomotive built in Glasgow in 1882 and maintained in puffing working order by the Vintage Locomo- tive Society. BUILT FOR FLOOD Tlie fort 20 miles north of Winnipeg is a monumental re- minder of the past, with loop- holed great stone walls which servants of the Hudson's Bay Co. began putting up in 1831 after flooding severely damaged the Upper Fort, where down- town Winnipeg now stands, sev- eral years before. Now tlie fort has been re- stored as a museum and a na- tional monument. STOCKHOLM (Reuters) Greek miner Giorgios Flamori- dis was jailed today for 22 n-.onths in Sweden's first convic- tion of a plane hijacker. Flamoridis, 31, was found guilty by tlie Stockholm city com! of depriving the crew and 90 passengers of their freedom when he hijacked an Athens- bound Olympic Airways plane at pistol point to Cairo from Crete Jan. 2, 1969. 2 Persons Killed Near Galahad GALAHAD (CP) Peter Kucfeldt, 61, of Lavoy and Mar- jorie Hughes, 60, of Vegroville, wore killed in a two-vehicle collision near Galahad, 90 miles southeast of Edmonton. Two other persons in tho Kucfeldt car were taken to hos- BitaJ. The court said it had taken Into account that Flamoridis was in a distressed condition when he hijacked the aircraft and that he had served seven months in an Egyptian jail. The Greek claimed he had acted on political motives. Flamoridis, who came here last September and was granted political asylum, had admitted tlie facts of the case but denied that his action constituted a crime. No Herald Wednesday Wednesday, July 1, being a statutory holi d a y observing Dominoii Day. The Herald wiil not publish. Full coverage of the holiday news scene will carried In tbo July 2 edition. ;