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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Book your Charter Flight to Britain new Several departure dates available New lew ratat (Subject te Government Approval) ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRt VIllAOl MALL PHONt 328-3201 The LetKbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, March 2, 1973 PAGES 15 TO 28 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lower Level 7th Street Shopping Mall Lethbridge, Alberta Phone (403) 328-7411 FILING CABINETS Annual police report shows decrease in experimental drug use The number of local people ''experimenting" wi.th drugs has decreased, although "active drug users have become much more sophisticated in their method' of usage and trafficking," according .to the annual report of the Lethbridge City Police. "We find that a number of young people are no longer ingesting drugs for the sake of being one of the crowd . . . and the drug-taking community has become confined to those who are considered habitual users," the report^ states. *� The police say that the majority of their drug investi- gations are directed against traffickers, and they were able to bring seven major traffickers to court. Local dealers are becoming more cautious in their operations however. "We have encountered several traffickers who have reinforced their doors with a series of locks to prevent entry by police by usual means. "Traffickers are concealing their drugs in isolated areas of nearby coulees and prairies and we no longer encounter large quantities of drugs contained in their residence. This results," the reports says, "in longer and more detailed investigation and surveillance to determine the location of the suspect's supply." The report states that there are about 20 resident heroin addicts in the city, but says the number can be attributed to the availability of methadone, a heroin sub- stitute which can be obtained under prescription. But, "with recent curtailments now regulating methadone prescription, it is expected that the resident population will decrease," the report says. The force has given nine warnings for minor drug of- fences, such as possession of a used pipe for smoking hashish. During 1972, they seized or confiscated 37 hash pipes, 287 capsules of LSD and other hallucinogens, sue and one-half grams of hashish, five grams of opium, 40 caps of cocaine, 10 kilos and 47 bags of marijuana, and 27 hypodermic kits. The street value of drugs seized in 1972 totals $28,714, compared with a value in 1971 of drugs seized in that year of $26,606. Fifty - three narcotics charges were laid in 1972, compared to 55 laid in 1971. City crime rate remains stable By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Several changes in the operations of the Lethbridge police force have enabled it to meet the challenge of dealing with highly mobile criminals, according to the city's police chief. In his preface to the annual report of the Lethbridge police force released Thursday by the police commission, Chief Ralph Michelson says although there has been little increase in the crime rate, "we cannot afford to be apathetic." "Modern-day transportation enables the lawbreaker to move rapidly across the country. We know of considerable criminal movement from east to west and west to east, and in his flight from justice, the criminal may well continue his criminal activities in what are con sidered low crime areas," the chief says. The entry of the local force into the Criminal Intelligence Service of Alberta allows the force access to information and investigational assistance "pre viously unobtainable as a result of security and classification restrictions." The intelligence unit was able, for instance, to allow the police force to move against the Dare To Be Great Program, which was operated on a semi pyramid selling system. Dare To Be Great is currently facing fraud and conspiracy charges in Toronto. The police have recently join' ed a national computer network, allowing instant access to in' formation on criminals, and criminal activity. This provides " a very important and tactical advantage CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL lABfl MIDICAL DENTAL BLDO. Lower Level PHONE 327-2822 PHARMACY FACTS FROM O. C. STUBBS DON'T MIX DRUGS and DRIVING A recent survey has confirmed it's entirely possible at least half of all cars and trucks are being driven by drivers who arc under the influence of drugs i which they are (legally - author-Sized to use! An j average of at j least 20% of dri- to the policeman on the beat, and in the patrol car," Chief Michelson says. In addition to the technological aspects of crime prevention, Chief Michelson credits the small increase in crime to the ability of the city policemen. There were 276 more crimes committed in 1972 than in 1971, according to the annual report, but "some of the increase can be attributed to a change in policy instructions from Statistics Canada in connection with uniform crime reporting." Lost, or missing, bicycles have been added to the number of theft offences, but "these missing bicycles are often found ... a few hours or days after they are reported missing," the report states. In 1972, one murder, and three attempted murders were reported to police, but all were cleared. An offence has been "cleared" when a charge is laid against at least one person, or if an investigation provides the necessary evidence to lay a charge. Four rapes were reported to police last year, but upon investigation, all were discovered to be unfounded. Break and enter offences totalled 384 in 1972, the second largest category of specified offences committed. O f this number, 216 were cleared. Theft under $200 represented the largest category of criminal offences, with 1,622 reported to the police. More than 50 per cent of all 3,928 criminal code infractions were cleared. Bank security also plays an important part of the work of the force. "We believe in some cases we can prevent robberies by a 'show of strength', or the presence of uniformed officers or patrol cars whenever time permits," the annual report says. During 1972, 439 arrests were made for intoxication, a decrease of 186 from 1971. However, the number of drunks held overnight and released without charge increased to 2,321 in 1972 from 1,590 in 1971. In total, 3,321 arrests were made under the Liquor Control Act, compared with 2,984 in 1971, and 2,604 in 1970. Hospital equipment probe ruled out AKROYD'S PLUMBING, HEATING AND GASFITTING 24-HOUR SERVICE WORK New Installations Phone 328-2106 I vers are using drugs prescribed I by their doctors livhile another 30% wil be using drugs bought without a doctor's prescription, these being self-medications like cold remedies and pain relievers, And then, of course, there are bound to be the drivers who are under the influence of illegally-obtained drugs who undoubtedly represent a shocking percentage of today's drivers. The a\1?rage person in this country will have four prescriptions filled each year with at least one of them almost certainly being a drug which can impair normal driving ability. So please, for your own sake as well as that of others, don't mix drags and your driving. Free parking? Of course. Free prescription delivery? Of course. Friendly, helpful service? Of course. Stubbs Pharmacy at 1506 9th Ave. S.? Of Course, Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sundays and Holidays 12 noon to 9:00 p.m. 1970 DUSTER Fully equipped, low mileage, extra clean car. 1970 PONTIAC PARISIENNE Immaculate condition. 1970 VW DELUXE RAEWOOD MOTORS LTD. VOLKSWAGEN PORSCHE AUDI Future park The community services department will begin, this spring developing a park from this landfill area southwest of the 6th Ave. and Scenic Drive. The park will be grassed in and planted with trees. An area just to the south of the park, on the east side of Scenic Drive, will be retained in its natural state as an extension of the coulees. By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer There will be no investigation conducted by the Alberta Hospital' Services Commission into the award of a contract for laundry equipment at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. It had been suggested by spokesmen for two of the firms which lost out on the bidding for the equipment that an investigation be held because of a "$172,000 difference between the low bid versus the high bid." The high bid of $480,500 by Jensen D'Hooge of Toronto was successful. Bids of $308,500 by G. A. Braun (Canada) Ltd. and $355,000 by Stanley Brock Ltd of Calgary were not successful. The Alberta Hospital Ser vices Commission administers hospitals in the province. The chairman, Dr. John Bradley, told The Herald in a telephone interview that the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital board made its decision and that he would abide by it. In the legislature Thursday, Health Minister Neil Crawford said the LMH didn't accept the lowest tender because only one bidder met the precise specifications. The minister was replying to questions from Dick Gruenwald (SC. - Lethbridge West). James Henderson, the Social Credit house leader, asked the hospital services commis sion would pick up the extra cost involved in the high ten-1 der. Mr. Crawford replied the laundry will serve the surrounding area and-that was a matter of budgeting between tire local authorities and the commission. John Moreland, chairman of the local hospital board, said the board is prepared to back its decision. After sifting through the bids, Mr. Moreland said, the board decided to go with quality rather than being concerned with price. The board went along with recommendations from the hospital administration, a committee which studied the bids and a consultant who manages a regional hospital laundry in Sudbury, Ont. Hospital administrator Andy Andreachuk said although the equipment costs more to. begin with, it will save money in the end. Gordon Fawcett, spokesman for G. A. Braun, told The Herald he considers the tendering practice of the board "nothing but a farce. "It is high time that someone proves beyond all doubt that all this money will be for the pur chase of laundry equipment for the plant." Ken Bates of Stanley Brock said, "I have been in this business for a long time and I have never known a tender so much higher than the others being accepted on a job of this kind, when the tab is being picked up by the taxpayer." 'Water shortage imminent' The new equipment will be installed in the $800,000 addition to the laundry building at the LMH, being developed into a regional laundry serving hospitals in Southern Alberta. Aqua Tech to open Fred Peacock, provincial minister of industry, will officially open the'Aqua Tech Ltd. activated carbon plant in North Lethbridge Saturday morning. Marcel Prud'homme, parliamentary secretary to Donald Jamieson, federal minister of regional economic expansion, will represent the federal government and Mayor Andy Anderson will represent the city at the 11 a.m. opening. Among other guests at the opening will be Aqua Tech's board of directors Norbert Ber-kowitz, head of the Research Council 6! Alberta which developed the process; Dr. E. L. Tollefson, head of the University of Calgary chemical engineering department; officials of Canada Colors and Chemicals Ltd., sales agent for the activated carbon; and representatives of International Distiller* Canada Ltd. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer A water supply problem in Southern Alberta could become serious in the next several years, if improper development continues along the watershed of the Oldman River, a naturalist and Liberal candidate in the last federal election said Thursday. Coal mining companies are developing the Kananaskis area in "an exceedingly damaging way," Andy Russell told a luncheon meeting of Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. A 70 mile per hour highway is already being pushed through the wilderness area on the eastern slope of the Rocky Moyn-tains, and there are plans for a townsite, a mine, and a rail spur from Lundbreck, Mr. Russell said. He did not give his source of information. Road - building and development in the area causes silting in the watershed, he said. Last year, Lethbridge residents had to ration the amount of water that could be used on lawns and gardens, and this 3rd Ave. and 14th St. S. Sate* 328-4539 E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX (Lelh.) DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Dental Bldg. Phone 327-6565 occurred when the Oldman I River was about two and one-half feet higher than normal. "The water was so dirty that it took about five times as much alum to settle it. "When a watershed is being developed you can't ignore the downstream users," Mr. Russell said. He said last year the provincial government announced that within a year they would have a policy on strip - mining operations in the Oldman basin. "So last year, every bulldozer in the country was up there working." ' He mentioned one area where 66 miles of exploratory road were built in a strip about 10 miles long. The provincial government receives about 10 cents a ton for every ton of coal shipped It costs about four dollars to ship a ton to the coast, where it sells for about $25 a ton Given these economics, "there is no way we can ever come close to breaking even,' Mr. Russell said. The infrastructure - roads power, telephone, and so on- is provided at public expense "With the energy situation the way it is, that coal would gain more interest sitting in the ground," he said. AIR CONDITION NOW with thi ROUND ONE V ALCON REFRIGERATION LTD. FURNACES, SHEET METAl and HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING 2214 43 St. S. Ph. 327-5816 Development-in the area, he said had been going on for about six months before, the government let a contract for an impact study to examine what results the mining development would have on the environment. "That study is a smokescreen - there's not even a map in it," Mr. Russell said. Cattle are grazing in about a 350-mile area north of Coleman, so in that area, a four-strand wire fence will have to be built on both sides of the highway, and the impact study doesn't even mention that, he said. Premier Lougheed has said that there are no plans (for development) in the region. "I agree, there's no plan at all- everything is just allowed to happen," Mr. Russell said In a column in The Herald published Jan. 27, Mr. Russell claimed that the new Kananaskis highway is just the beginning of a huge coal strip-min- INCOME TAX INDIVIDUAL, FARM, and BUSINESS RETURNS F. M. DOUGLAS 917-27 Street 'A* N. 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