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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Saturday, March 23, 1974 Planned reopening of Suez Canal could give Soviets Mideast edge By RICHARD BURT Christian Science Monitor LONDON Concern is growing over the strategic impact of the reopening of the Suez Canal. Western naval analysts argue that the move could give the Soviet navy an edge in the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean, a region that serves as a vital lifeline to Europe and Japan. The canal was closed during the 1967 six-day war, when Israeli forces secured control of its east bank. At present, 10 major sunken ships and scores of smaller vessels and unexploded munitions clutter the canal. Three causeways, built by Arab and Israeli forces during the latest Middle East conflict, also span the waterway. Despite these obstructions, Egyptian President Anwar al- Sadat has promised to begin dredging and clearing operations. Western diplomats, including Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believe that a reopened canal will enhance Middle East stability. UNRESERVED EQUIPMENT TRUCK AUCTION SALE Monday, April 9 A.M. Sharp Located 9'A miles west of Edmonton on highway A mite south to Auction Site. Selling Equipment lor Contractors AIM 3 Rainborf Transport Ltd. Armstrong Welding Services Ltd. ft Gray Trucking. SUMMARY: Crawler Tractors D8 46A 46A- 20520 hinged ripper OS's D7E D7 D6 etc. Trucks New 1974 6500 Chev 1973 GMC Louisville's Chev Tandems box hoist Mack's Autocar Farm Trucks box hoist 1972 Tandems Oilfield Equipped 4 x 4 V6 tons more Approx. 75 Trucks 1972 KW etc. 40' Vans 1 Reefer Hiboys Lowboys 3 Gooseneck Trailers Ind. Sleeper Diner 46' Possum Belly Trailer Cherokee 6 Executive Aircraft Skidders Motor Scraper Self Load Hancock Motor Graders 10 Welders Power Units Cars Wheel loaders Crawler Loaders As New 1080 M.F.-Tractor others Shop Equip. Parsons Trencher Boats campers Batch Plant 8 yd Portable Forklifts Light plants Bed Trucks Winches Drott Ripper Utility Trailer 64 42 Pass. Bus 14 mobiles 1 base station antenna's 7 yd. challanger yd. agitator Steam jenny space heater Gravel Equip, etc. etc. Equipment being listed every day. For information contact us. Next Sale on this lot after April Auction will be April Listings to April 10, 1974. See you on April 1-9 A.M. Sharp. SALE ARRANGED CONDUCTED BY NASBY'S AUCTIONEERING ABonded Industrial Auctioneers Box 660, Spruce Grove, Arts. Pte 8M-3676 Uc HTJM9 Uc. Co. Lie. Car Ph: JY32925 To reach western portions of the Indian Ocean, Soviet warships must travel miles from the Black Sea through the Mediterranean and around the Cape of Good Hope. From the Soviet base in the Pacific, Vladivostok, Soviet task groups must travel miles. However, if the canal is reopened Soviet warships will be able to sail directly from the Black Sea through the eastern Mediterranean into the Indian Ocean a distance of only miles. Because Russian warships' will need to spend less time in transit, strategists contend that the Soviet navy will be able to mount a larger and more continuous presence in the oil-rich region. The Soviet fleet first began visits to the Indian Ocean in 1968, and since then Russian presence in the region has steadily grown. Before the October war, the Soviet Indian Ocean force consisted of approximately 15 vessels. It now numbers 30. The fleet has access to port servicing facilities in Somalia, the Somali naval base, Aden in South Yemen and Urn Qasr in Iraq. Russian vessels can, in addition, make Gov't ready for floods EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government is planning already for potential flooding in areas east and west of Edmonton, Dr. Hugh Homer, minister in charge of Alberta Disaster Services, said Friday. In a news release, Dr. Homer said areas of primary concern are the Vermilion Battle River region in eastern Alberta and the Paddle Pembina River system west of Edmonton. FEWER EGGS A smaller output of eggs throughout the world in the coming months will likely hold prices well above depressed levels of a year aep. calls to ports in India. Soviet operations in the Indian Ocean have stirred concern in naval circles because the U.S. navy presently possesses only limited capabilities in the area. Since the mid-1960's, when Britain began its slow withdrawal from east of Suez, the U.S. navy has pushed for larger Indian Ocean developments. Until last year these attempts were blocked by tight defense budgets. Prior to the outbreak of the Middle East war, the navy stationed a small, three-ship squadron in the Persian Gulf, based at the former British base in Manama, Bahrain. A task group was periodically dispatched into the Indian Ocean from the navy's Seventh Fleet in the Pacific. During the war, these forces were beefed up with a carrier task force headed by the Hancock. The nuclear powered frigate Bainbridge has since replaced the Hancock and Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger has said that nearly continuous U.S. naval presence will now be maintained in the Indian Ocean. However, the U.S. navy's capability to carry out operations in the Persian Gulf have been made more difficult by Bahrain's decision to oust U.S. forces from Manama. Although officials are hopeful that Bahrain might reverse its stand, the navy is preparing to leave the port by October. Meanwhile, in an effort to improve naval capabilities in the Indian Ocean, the United States earlier this month negotiated an agreement to expand operations on the British island of Diego Garcia. The United States operates a communications center and fuel depot on the island, but the Navy now plans to spend million to improve the bases' runway and deepend the ship anchorage area on the island. Officials say that the expansion of the runway will allow long-range reconnaissance and strike aircraft to use the base. CHAGOS ARCHIPELAGO Chief Sloan retires Journal reporter wins EDMONTON (CP) Michael Braithwaite, education reporter for the Edmonton Journal, is the recipient of the third annual Dr. F. P. Galbraith Award for Journalism. The University of Alberta, in a news release, said Mr. Braithwaite will receive a scholarship of plus tuition fees for one year of study at the university. The award was instituted to provide working jounalists in Alberta with the opportunity to attend the university for one session, either full-time or part-time. USED ALUMINUM PRESS PLATES In thickness Size Ideal for lining between studs of buildings, sheds, etc., or under roofing. Apply Circulation Department The Uthbridge Herald EDMONTON (CP) Chief Constable Fred Sloane has announced his retirement following 35 years with the Edmonton City Police force. The official announcement was made to Maypr Ivor Dent and Police Commission chairman Don Boyer. It was preceded in January by speculation that the 59-year- old police chief would soon announce his retirement. "I can't leave without mixed Chief Sloane said. "I've spent my entire life in police work. "I started at the bottom of this force and went to the top. In that sense, it's time." He said he has no definite plans for his retirement in mid-August, except that he will continue to live in Edmonton. No one has yet been named to replace Chief Sloane. MELTED EN ROUTE It is believed tektites found in Australia were probably melted on their way through the earth's atmosphere about years ago. tIFE AFTER 65: It's More Than JBiding Time There are literally hundreds of things you can do to make it so. Every day can be a new adventure in liv- Jng. Once you know the manner in which the proper mental attitude affects your health, you'll find each new day a challenge. The details are revealed in "LIFE AFTER prepared for readers of this news- paper by The Associated Press. It's worth far more than its price of Send for it now! LIFE AFTER 65 The Utkbridge Herald P.O. Box G4 Teaneck, New Jersey 07666 Enclosed is Send me copies of Life After 65. Name Address___'._________ City. .Prov. .Postal Coda- Make checks payable to The Associated Press if someone says, don't get involved DO! RAISE A HAND TO HELP A CHILD HEALTH AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT Alberta 1972: 199 children were removed from their parents1 care as a result of child battering. And, that's only the half of it? Estimated cases of child battery in this province go as high as 400 a year. This means more than half the cases are not being reported. How many battered children could have been helped if only someone had spoken up... a relative, doctor, teacher, babysitter or neighbour? And, for how many of these children is it now, too late? If you know of a child who is being abused report the case to authorities immediately. 24 hour emergency numbers are 424-3106 in Edmonton. For persons living outside the Edmonton telephone exchange dial "0" and ask for. Toll Free ZENITH 22024. Pamphlets explaining Child Abuse are available from the Health Social Development office in your area or by calling the above numbers. "flwjgedy Arm" courtesy O1 Wi Company Jnc ;