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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wtdnmday, March 20, 1974 News In brief Government may keep oil OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment may hold onto the 26 million gallons of heating oil it bought'last fall as insurance against winter oil shortages. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said in an interview Tuesday night he will recommend that the oil be kept for insurance again next winter Shortages feared this winter did not materialize The oil was bought last fall when prices were at a peak. since have fallen and the cost of storing the oil until next winter will be less than the loss that might be expected if it is sold, Mr. Macdonald said. "My proposal will be to hold onto it." The purchase price has not been disclosed by the govern- ment, but industry sources have estimated the cost at about million. One spokesman said last week the loss could run as high as million if the government sells at current prices die in copter crash NAMAO, Alta. (CP) A -Canadian Forces helicopter on training flight crashed late Tuesday night one-half mile "south of the airport where it Twas based, killing the three of the men died in the crash and a third on the way to hospital. A Canadian Forces spokes- man said the aircraft, from 450 Transport Helicopter "Squadron, was on a routine training flight when the accident occurred. Dead are the pilot, Capt. Ronald R. Fleming, 36, of Edmonton, the co-pilot, Capt. Ronald G. Davidson, 32, and Cpl. Malcolm R. Caton, both of nearby Fort Saskatchewan. The spokesman from CFB Edmonton said the cause of the accident is not yet known. It occurred in a relatively flat area, a few miles north ot Edmonton. Jewett new president of SFU BURNABY, B.C. (CP) The appointment of Dr. Pauline Jewett as president of .Simon Fraser University was "announced today by Paul Cote, chairman of the university board of govemors. Dr Jewett, a professor in the department of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa, will assume office 1. She succeeds Dr. Kenneth Strand, who has held the presidency since August of 1968. Mr. Cote said that Dr. Jewett would receive a year during a five-year term, with a vear's sabbatical leave at full salary at the end of the term. Her pension will be in accord with a normal facultv pension plan. Dr. Jewett was a liberal MP for Northumberland, Ont. from 1963 to 1965. Syrians knock out tanks DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) Syrian forces knocked out a number of Israeli tanks and half-tracks in renewed fighting today on the Golan Heights, the Syrian command reported. The tense front flared with artillery and tank shells when, a Syrian communique said, the Israelis tried to strengthen their forward positions in the northern sector with half- tracks "Our forces intercepted the enemy force and inflicted direct hits on the communique said. No commitment for seed plant EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government has not made any financial committment to developers of a rapeseed crushing plant at Sexsmith. Agriculture Minister Hugh Hornier said Tuesday. Dr. Homer told the legislature the government's only involvement is through the farmers" co-operative in the Sexsmith area in the Peace country. Replying to Bob Clark, Social Credit house leader. Dr. Horner said no commitment has been made at this time through the co- operative. Wrestler loses leg CALGARY of most popular wrestlers. Yukihiro Sadeda. better known as Tokyo Joe, ijost his right leg in an auto accident Monday night. Calgary wrestling promoter 1 Stu Tuesday the 31- ;year-old wrestler was -returning to the city from --Lethbridge with his partner, The Great Saki, when the car in which they were riding went off the road. A tow truck was called and as Sakeda helped attach the car to the truck, an oncoming vehicle spun out of control and hit him severing his right leg. The leg was amputated in Calgary hospital four inches above the knee. Hereford has quadruplets BURLEY. Idaho (AP) 'The odds were 748.855 to 1. veterinarian, but a cow O. M. (Bud) Johnson's 'Jranch gave birth to quad- The four calves, all identi- heifers, were reported in good health. Dr. Marvin Chamberlain of "Hurley, a veterinarian with 'the Blue Cross Animal hospi- tal, said the odds against all the calves being healthy are BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FIIEE ESTIMATES Phom32t-4722 COLLEGE MALL even higher than those for a quadruplet birth. The calves, born to an 11- year-old range cow, were about a month premature and weighed about 35 pounds each. The mother is a Hereford and the father a black Angus bull. No fertility feed or shot was involved. Johnson said. Deaths By THE CANADIAN PRESS Los Marsh. 48. broadcaster for the CBC. while awaiting a heart transplant. Pandolfi. 57. wellknown Italian playwright theatre director and film director. Macdonald predicts SLA men denied TV air MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) Randolph Hearst says he's disappointed that two accused murderers have been denied permission to read for tele- vision a statement they say might help free his kidnapped daughter. Superior Court Judge Sam Hall ruled Tuesday that a tele- vision appearance by alleged Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) "soldiers" Joseph Re- miro and Russell Little might hurt their chances for a fair trial. After learning of the ruling, Hearst said; "I don't see how any statement that might possibly bring about the release of our daughter could keep the defendants from getting a fair trial." The SLA, which says it kid- napped 20-year-old Patricia Hearst Feb. 4, has threatened to break off all communication with her family unless Little, 24, and Remiro, 27, appear on television. Hearst, president and editor of the San Francisco Examiner, promised further comment today on Judge Hall's ruling. After his ruling, Hall began hearing arguments on a defence motion that the trial of Little and Rerniro on charges of attempted murder involving a Concord policeman be transferred out of Contra Costa County because of prejudicial pre- trial publicity. In nearby Oakland, where Little and Remiro are charged with the Nov. 6 cyanide-bullet slaying of Oakland Schools Supt. Marcus Foster, Municipal Court Judge Stafford Buckley is scheduled to rule today on the television proposal. It was unclear what the effect of a positive ruling by Buckley would be since the consent of both judges is required because Little and Remiro face charges in both Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Canadians may leave Laos ICC VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) Canada has threatened to pull out of the three-nation Inter- national Control Commission (ICC) on Laos "by the end of the diplomatic sources said today. Andre Simart, senior Cana- dian ICC representative in Laos, told Premier Souvanna Phouma last Wednesday that his country will withdraw from the commission by March 29 unless the three ICC countries meet to liquidate the old commission and set up a new body, the sources said. Canada would like the com- mission to have new terms of reference that would enable it to work effectively under the changed political situation in Laos, they said. India and Poland are the other ICC members. COALITION SET UP Diplomats here say the Canadians argue that the Royal Lao government and the Pathet Lao. by working out an independent political settlement among themselves, have made the Id ICC inoperative. The two sides began a ceasefire one year ago and agreed to set up a coalition government. "The Canadians are taking a strictly legalistic view of the whole one source said. r Cilaiiiowr-dura" tfieandaayhcirtg ffac ban Moraanrto __________ tfieandaoyhcirtg Restyles like real hair, heat resistant and fuzz-proof 1 Year Manufacturers Quality Guarantee! SMJt iusl 3 of the many Wig Styles available at... noRmfln COSMETIC BOUTIQUE Trying to halt spread of flames Firemen play water on blaze in downtown Fredericton, N.B., which destroyed a large section of the downtown business and commercial district. Damage is estimated to run into several million dollars. No injuries were reported. The fire started in the back of a music shop on Queen Street, the city's main thoroughfare, and was spread quickly by high winds. Five hours later a dozen shops and offices and three restaurants had been destroyed. Moores wants answer from Brinco Thursday MONTREAL (CP) The board of directors of Brinco Ltd. was to meet today to dis- cuss a Newfoundland govern- ment offer of just under million for controlling interest in the resource company. The province is expected to move through the legislature to take over control of the firm if no purchase agreement is reached. Late Tuesday night, the company released the essence of a revised offer made Chet Huntley dies at 62 BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) Former NBC-TV newscaster Chet Huntley, who retired to Montana to develop the Big Sky resort area, died today, his wife said- Huntley, 62. had been suffer- ing from abdominal cancer. Huntley had been undergoing periodic treatment and underwent surgery in January. He resigned from NBC in 1970 to develop Big Sky Inc. of Montana, a massive resort and ski area in Gallatin Canyon southwest of Bozeman. Monday by Premier Frank Moores, who returned home to St John's, Nfld. during the day after more than a week of negotiations here and in London on the purchase bid. There was no immediate comment from Mr. Moores on Brinco's disclosure of the pro- vincial offer. Before he left, Mr. Moores said he had asked for an an- swer from Brinco by Thursday morning, in order to make a detailed statement later Thursday in the Newfoundland legislature. Brinco released a letter it is sending to its share- holders, in which it said the Newfoundland government first offered a share March 11, then increased that to a share Monday, for the controlling 46.9 per cent of Brinco stock held by Rio Tinto-Zinc Corp. of London. Finance Minister John Crosbie of Newfoundland said last week the intention was to offer other shareholders the price agreed upon by Rio Tinto. There are 24 million out- standing Brinco shares and, if the province buys them at the final price tag would be The tone of Brinco's letter to its shareholders indicated the company is less than happy with the method of negotiation. "The request of the govern- ment of Newfoundland to sus- pend trading in the shares of Brinco effective last Monday, March 11, was made without the knowledge of the officers or directors of Brinco or of the Rio Tinto-Zinc Corp the letter said. Brinco snares then were trading at Mideast talks open March 29 V WASHINGTON (AP) United States and Israel have set March 29 as the date for the beginning of serious negotiations on a disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights. The date was fixed Tuesday byV.S State Secretary Henry Kissinger and Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban in a talk at the state department. price for oil OTTAWA (CP) Ottawa and the oil-producing provinces may agree on a price of to a barrel for domestic crude oil April 1, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald has indicated. He told .the Commons miscellaneous estimates committee that the current price must be raised after a voluntary price freeze ends March 31. Seniors may defer B.C. taxes VICTORIA (CP) The British Columbia government introduced promised legislation Tuesday which allows those 65 years of age and older, widows and the handicapped to defer property taxes until after death or until the property is sold. The Real Property Tax Deferment Act, brought in by Premier Dave Barrett, also allows for a partial deferment of taxes under certain conditions for small busmesess, owners of vacant homesites and other property owners. To qualify for full deferment of property taxes on their home in any one year owners must, at any time during the year of application, be aged 65 or more, a widow, or blind, disabled or otherwise handicapped and a B.C. resident for at least one year and a Canadian citizen or a person admitted under the immigration act for permanent residence. In order to qualify for 'partial deferment of property taxes, an owner must fill five conditions. They are: 1974 taxes which are 20 per cent greater than 1973 taxes; Have land and improvements in the province not exceeding in total value; paid in full the previous year's property taxes; either a resident of B.C. for at least on year and a Canadian citizen or a person admitted under the Immigration Act for permanent residence, or a Canadian company registered in B.C. for at least one year. If the owner meets the five conditions he may apply to enter into an agreement to defer the amount by which the 1974 taxes exceed the 1973 taxes by more than 20 per cent but the amount deferred shall not exceed 85 per cent in 1974, 70 per cent in per cent in 1976, 40 percent in 1977, 25 per cent in per cent in 1979 and zero in 1980. A news release from the premier said the amounts are accumulated and need not be repayed until the agreement is terminated. It states that no extra property tax due to physical changes in the property, suoh as new- construction, can be deferred. Mr. Barrett said eight per cent interest a year is due on the amount deferred and the interest plus the amount deferred is secured by a lien against the property. The amount of deferred taxes and interest must be fully paid before the property can be sold or otherwise transferred, the statement said. "Six dollars is a more realistic price and that's the price I'd assume we'd move to as a minimum on April 1." He said later he is not prej- udging the results of price negotiations between Ottawa, Alberta and Saskatchewan. But to would be a reasonable price range for both sides to consider. Crude oil on international markets is selling for more than a barrel and the two western provinces have said they want a major domestic price boost after the freeze is lifted. Neither province has an- nounced specific plans. If the new price is held at to it is expected that Ottawa will have to make concessions on western economic issues such as freight rates and economic development. For consumers, a wellhead increase to a barrel likely would mean a gasoline boost of five to six cents a gallon. Western crude is used in all petroleum markets west of the Ottawa Valley. On other matters, Mr.- Macdonald announced that an application will be made to the national energy board this week to extend the interprovincial crude oil pipeline to Montreal from Sarnia, Ont Barring delays from farmers protesting the route, construction of the more than 500-mile extension should start by the end of May, he said. Earlier story on page 20 Committee questions Rebozo WASHINGTON (AP) C. G. (Bebe) Rebozo, President Nixon's closest friend, was questioned under oath by the Senate Watergate committee today about a campaign contribution from Howard Hughes. Rebozo, a banker and presi- dential confidant, arrived for an executive session in response to a subpoena. He had been questioned informally by committee investigators some months ago. Rebozo is a leading character in a story of top- level campaign finance that began with a payment from billionaire Howard Hughes. The story includes allegations that one consideration may have been the favorable resolution of federal anti-trust action aimed at Hughes's Las Vegas gambling and hotel interests. Sources have said the com- mittee has learned that the idea of a Hughes contribution first arose during the 1968 presidential campaign at a luncheon conversation between Nixon, Rebozo and Richard Danner, later to become manager of the Hughes-owned Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. Opportunity company won't worry about art Phone EDMONTON (CP) Opposition suggestions that a Si-million loan guarantee fund for struggling artists should be administered by the Alberta Opportunity Co. were dismissed as absurd" by Ron Ghitter (PC Calgary Buffalo) Tuesday night. "It is not the area of involvement of the Alberta Opportunity Co. to sit back and determine what is art that should be supported and what is art that shouldn't be supported." Mr. Ghitter said during second reading in the legislature of amendments to the An Foundation Act that vrould set up the loan guarantee fund. Art Dixon