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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Suffield area may become ricli natural gas field EDMONTON (CP) Tlio Al- berta government Wednesday announced plans to spend million drilling tot natural gas in the controversial Sufiield area, now used by British troops as a training area. Premier Peter Lougheed told the legislature the province is negotiating with Ottawa lor ac- cess to the area 30 milejj north of Medicine Hat to evaluate gas resources which he estimated at more than four trillion cubic feet. lie said this would be enough natural gas "to supply every home in Edmonton or Calgary for the next 200 years." The government plans to drill 77 wells in the area, also known as the British Block, and will decide by 1975 on how to pro- ceed with gas production. "If the drilling verifies the re- serve estimates, the plan should create a new Alberta govern- ment asset o.' substantial value for the people of he said in an interview later. The asset was capable of gen- erating, over its productive life, more than billion In benefits to Albertans. COULD MEAN MILLION The premier announced the plan when he tabled in the leg- islature a'comprehensive study by a group headed hy J. K. Gray ol Kerr-JlcGee of Canada, Calgary. It suggested the gov- ernment investment could mean an additional million in the provincial treasury when the gas field is developed. The study said proving the re- serves now will provide the province with three alternatives early in 1975. They are: up a Crown corpo- ration that would put the gov- ernment directly into the natu- ral gas business; a joint agreement with a public company that would Involve government equity in production, o? 'perhaps making shares available to Al- bcHans; as usual with bonus payments for leases or a tendered royalty and allowing a private company to handle withdrawal of the gas. Provin- cial revenues would be higher than normal because the re- serves already would bo proved. The premier said no decision had been made on which of the three alternatives the govern- ment will choose. "We delinitely are changing the normal pattern here and in fact, the government is proving up the reserves." Mr. Lougheed told the legisla- tu-c negotiations are starting with the federal government on the acres. The province holds the mineral rights with the federal government holding the surface rights. The area now is used for training British lank troops un- der a 10-year situ- ation which has been the sub- ject of criticism and demonstra- tions by environmental protec- tion groups during the last year. The sludy warns that a full decade of such surface uso could turn the area into a "dust bowl." In Ottawa, a defence depart- ment spokesman said explora- tory drilling can proceed with- out agreement on surface "As to settlement of surface rights, I can't give you any indi- cation of when that might be settled." The Lcthbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 80 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 32 PAGES Teacher bargaining session Sharp backs off on peace role coll SAIGON (CP) The Japa- nese government appears to have made a major impact on Mitchell Sharp's thinking about keeping Canadian observers in South Vietnam for an extended period. The external affairs minister told reporters aboard his plane that bnlh Premier Kakuei Tan- and foreign minister lj' -sayoshi OWra "put their cf very strongly indeed" in ging (hat the Canadians be retained as peacekeeping group in Vietnam. Surprise tumble News photographers try lo stay in the back- ground influencing the news as lillle os possible. That unwritten law and Ihe chap rolling in ihe dirt here both took a pounding Wednesday. Her- ald photographer Bill Groenen, taking pictures of horses working cut at the lelhbridge Exhibition Grounds track, spooked this animal and jockey Ken McDonald look a tumble. No- thing save pride was injured in the incident. Complaints Land deal questioned justified Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Premier Peter Lougheed told the legislature Wednesday that Red Deer has clearly been discriminated against under the federal department of regional economic expansion (DREE) industrial in- centive program. The only areas in Alberta currently designated for DREE aid arc the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat-Brooks- Drumheller region and the Lesser Slave Lake area. The premier said the City of Red Deer presented tile provincial government with numerous complaints at an "excellent meeting" Tuesday in Edmoton. Red Deer has charged discrimination at the choice of Lelhbridge-Southern Alberla as the site of the 1975 Canada Winter Games and at the exclusion of central Alberta from DREE assistance. SUFFERS FROM OTTAWA POLICY Premier Lougheed said "It's quite clear that they have suffered from tbe federal government policy re- garding DREE relative lo commimilies of a similar size in this province." Premier Lougheed said the Red Deer Delegation was told that the province objects lo designated areas for DREE grants and that each project should be con- sidered for government assistance on Us individual merits. Replying to Art Dixon (SC-Calgary Ihe premier said there are no plans at the moment (o de- centralize government offices to Red Deer. In line wKh the Conservatives policy to decentral- ize government services, the headquarters of the Al- berta Agricultural Development Corporation is lo be located at Camrose and tlie Alberta Opportunity Com- pany office at Ponoka. Inside Classified 25 Comics Comment District Family I-ocal News Markets Sports..... Theatres TV Weather Youth ,-29, 31 24 3, 8 22, 23 17, 18 ..25 12-14 7 f. 2 10 LOW TONIGHT 23, will be given a fair trial HIGH FRIDAY 45; after which, you will be SUNNV, MILD EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta legislature was tuld Wednesday that a parcel of land was purchased by a group of Hutterian Brethren in South- cm Alberta recently before .cg- islation prohibiting such land purchases by Ihe religious group was repealed. Harry Strom former party leader, asked the government to investigate the report "that a land deal was made for the -brethren" be- fore the Communal Properties Act was repealed March 1. The governmen repealed tha act because it said, it conflict- eel with human rights legisla- tion. HE VIEW BOARD Mr. Strom mr.de the com- ment during debate'on a resol- ution to establish a three-mem- ber forum to review all aspects of land use. Under the Comnv.mal Proper- ties Act, it was illegal for any arrangements lo be made on leasing, purchasing or entering into any trans-action involving land for the Hutterites without prior government approval. The Social Credit opposition, with NDP leader Grant Kotley continued lo stress the urgency of a firm deadline for a report by the committee on land use as it affected communal farm- ing. Mr. Strom said the gov- ernment did not appear 10 rec- WARD AIR STRIKE ENDS EDMONTON (CP) Ward- air Canada Ltd. and the Can- adian Airline Flight Attend- ants Association announced to- day agreement has been reach- ed on terms of a collective bar- gaining agreement to end the strike by stewardesses that be- gan Jan. 12. A joint announcement said that the controversial duty day issue will be referred to arbi- tration. Arrangements have been made for the "orderly re- turn" of the an- nouncement said. Details of the pay increases and other sections of the agree- The airline continued to oper- ate during the walkout using a few non-strikers supplemented by former employees and man- agerial staff. It operates prin- cipally from Vancouver, Ed- monton, Calgary and Toronto. About 100 steivardcses were involved in the dispute. cgnize Ihe urgency of the situ- ation which, he said, could be "explosive." Earlier Dick Gruenwald (SC West) introduced an amendment to eliminate ref- erence to study of agricultural land use only. His amendment said all aspecls of land use should be studied. It was the third amendment introduced by the opposition. Another Social Credit amend- ment sought lo have the vepml made public by Sept, i this year. LETHBRIDGE, CO AID ALE GET FEDERAL LOANS OTTAWA The Alberta communities of Lethbridge and Coaldale will receive federal loans this year Win- ter Capital Projects Fund. A total 'of 40 Alberta loans have been authorized by Parli- ament, totalling million. Lethbridge will receive a loan of to provide complete underground electric services, complete subdivision servicing including sidewalks, roads and utilities for St. Paul's Subdiv- ision. The project will employ 35 workers. A loan lo Coaldale employ 24 workers to con- struct a multi-purpose recrea- tion complex. American airlines tipped of attack Sharp said he gave Tanaka no indication today what the Cana- dian cabinet will decide ulti- mately about the question of withdrawal. He would consider the Japanese urging as part of the general evidence in weigh- ing a recommendation to cabi- net before the end of March. However, he told reporters that while terms for maintain- ing the ceasefire are not being fully met, the overriding factor in deciding the future of the Ca- nadian force is whether the Ca- nadians are effective and are playing a "useful" role. EMPHASIS CHANGES This is the first time Sharp has given such emphasis to the usefulness of the Canadian group as a decisive issue. In the past he and his associates re- fa-red mainly to argument that the Communists on the four- eountry Internationa] Commis- sion of Control and Supervision (ICCS) had blocked investiga- tion and reporting of alleged breaches of the ceasefire agree- ment. Tlie thmst of his remarks was seen by many reporters aboard the military jet on the Tokyo- Saigon leg of his journey as an indication that Sharp is steadily moving towards a more lenient attitude. However, Sharp in- sisted that hs hasn't made his mind up. His week-long lour, including stops in Saigon, Vientiane end Hanoi, will help him reach a de- cision, he said. During his three days in South Vietnam, Sharp will visit one of the regional headquar- ters for the ICCS but not a team site. Officials said he didn't have enough time lor a more extended tour. Sharp said the Japanese are obviously searching for a role in the general maintenance of peace in Asia and haven't found it yet. Washington Star Service WASHINGTON Comcr- cial airlines officials here and in Europe have been warned in a confidental security report that Palesinian terrorists is- guised as women or in priestly clothing are planning lo bomb or hijack an El Al or United States airlines in Europe dur- ing the next few weeks. According to the report, which was issued Friday by the Federal Aviation Adminis- tration's security office, the at- tack is lo be in retaliation for the Israeli downing last month of a Libyan commercial air- liner with Ihe loss of over 100 lives. Injelligence sources who closely follow the activities of Palestinian guerrilla organiza- tions refused to discuss -the PAA report, and FAA officials likewise refused comment. The report, which was char- acterized as nevertheless was attributed to and he ivas Mont. (AP) A Kalispoll man forfeited a bond Tuesday when he failed to appear in court on a charge of obtaining money under false pretences. The complaint was signed by a bar owner who al- leged the man wrote a fraudu- lent cheque and signed it: "U. n. Stuck." i "reliable" source. Tins could refer to an informant or to a U.S. intelligence assesment of public and clandestine radio utterances by Palestinian orga- nizations based in the Middle East, informed sources noted. The Black September raid on the Saudi embassy in Khar- toum two weeks ago, in which two American diplomats and one Belgain diplomat were murdered, is believed to have been planed before the Libyan airliner tragedy. Seen and heard About town r'OLLEGE president C. D. -Stewart giving a curling game precedence over a pheasant dinner crown prosecutor Vaughan Harti- gan asking for a glass of milk and getting one half gallon instead. apses By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer An attempt at settlement of a rural teachers' strike by La- bor Minister Bert Hohol ended in failure late Wednesday night as talks between teachers and trustees came to an abrupt end. Dr. Hohol direclcd members of the Alberta Teachers' Asso- ciation and the Southern Alber- ta School Authorities Associa- tion back lo the bargaining table Wednesday afternoon af- ter a two-day absence. The government is not yet prepared to set a deadline for an end to the contract dispute, Dr. Hohol told the legislature Wednesday. "I spent good deal of time in touch personally with the leadership of both the Al- berta School Trustees Associa- tion and ihe Alberta Teachers Association in the locals in- volved and at the provincial level assisting in every way that I can personally and through our mediators to effect a he said reply- ing to Dick Gruenwald Lcthbridge More than teachers in 18 rural districts of Southern Alberta have been on strike since Monday. About stu- dents are affected by the teach- er action. As the strike enters its fourth day today ATA officials esti- mate the cost of work stoppage at a minimum That sum only represents an average of per day in strike pay approved by the ATA. Rural trustees are being blamed for the end of talks and are willing to admit pro- posals made by the ATA are not acceptable to the taxpayer or the rural board members. Charges exchanged The end of talks came at 10 p.m. Wednesday when Neil Graham, of the Industrial Re- lations Board, delivered the fol- lowing statement to ATA ne- gotiators: "Teachers' demands are so unreasonble that trustees are forced to discontinue negotia- tions at this lime." Officials of the ATA, includ- ing Calgary agent Bill Casa- anova, immediately branded trustees wilh arrogance in cur- rent deliberations. "Trustees replied with court, curt, close-minded arrogance In breaking off talks. We made every effort to bargain in good faith. "We responded to a trustee challenge with a proposal rep- resenting a decrease from earl- ier positions. We are only ask- ing what other Southern Alber- ta (city) teachers now Mr. Casanova said. Mr. Casanova left Lethbridge today to inspect rural areas af- flicted by the strike. SASAA chairman Ray Clark said he is concerned by teach- er negotiating tactics in Wed- nesday's bargaining session. Denies firing report "Teacher demands have es- calated since talks first broke off March 11. Teachers added .as much as per teacher to the previous salary demands. "Wage hike demands of 7.5 per cent were raised to 10 per cent by the teachers. These lat- est escalated demands from the teachers show their irrespon- sible and frivolous attitude to the gravity of the present sit- uation. "Children are being denied the right to an education while teachers make no attempt to resolve (he serious Mr. Clark said. He denied allegations that SASAA will fire teachers be- cause of strike action. Mr. Clark said anv lay-off of teach- ers will be taken onlv as a last resort and only if a settle- ment is reached which places rural bords :n a jeopardized fi- nancial position. ATA president Dr. Murray in Lethbridge during government-direcled faiks. re- fused lo comment on the s'.rike situation. In a prepared statement, Jamplsky said his major concern is with use teacher aides in schools: "The ATA is not against the use of teacher aides to reduce or eliminate the non-profession- al tasks of teachers. They are concerned with the use of aides in lieu of teachers. "Aides must not replace he said. Although teachers at Leth- bridge and Medicine Hat re- main on the job, the bridge public and separate school boards have refused en- try of rural students to city schools. Also denying admittance to rural students Is the Lethbridge Community College. Rural students participating In this month's Lethbridge Re- gional Science Fair will have no problem gathering equip- ment needed for their displays, ATA spokesman Russ Purdy said Wednesday. Mr. Purdy said rural educa- tors who have been invited to tha March 17-18 fair as judges will be allowed to participate. The fair will be held in the 4-H Building on the Lcthbridge Ex- hibition Grounds. Crackdowp hits UIC ski BANFF (CP) A a familiar sight ski for five days a similar count this season, down on abusers of the ski their off hours) Petrak said he Is "sure employment been better the qualify for are still around but 1 scheme has reduced weeks because of on buses and ski bership on the and a lot are and use their know how many." "UIC ski Ivor Mr. for beer and situation has definite- rak. manager of the improved. A lot are start- Springs Holel, said easy availability of cannot find lo work or beginning lo insurance in winter. During an investigation by Unemploym cut havoc with the hiring practices of local hotels, for four weeks and give up. IE it wasn'l so easy to he said the Banff Commission staff, 29 of Hotels in Ihe T don't think is still searching for claimants from Calgary 8d miles west of as The hotel got only Edmonton were relied upon the said that last year, new employees when it was discovered of young people 383 unemployed Canada Manpower were slaying at the for winter work as Avenue "who had to borrow 13 staff Springs chambermaids and had worked for us from otiier hotels. Sweaters with "UIC" time or still short about ed out in large letters get a job in he lias not ;