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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY NEAR 40. VOL No. 90 c aid LKTI1 BRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, MARCH 27, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES scenes after freak spring snow storm struck crippling blow errorism in By .10HN S. LANG WASHINGTON (AP) The world must (ind a way iO slop terrorism in the skies or give up air com- merce as it is known today. That is (he belief of United Slates government and airline officials trying to cope with a security crisis in the industry. As quickly as precautions have been devised, tha faces of terror have changed from a political exile vith a Rim, to organized teams of revolutionaries, to a disguised voice on the phone demanding a fortune to stop mass murder. President Nixon this month ordered U.S. airlines to impose comprehensive security on their ground op- eration. His order c.inic after a Trans World Airlines plane, standing empty after delivering passengers to Las Vegas, was blown up as part of a bizarre ransom plot. "We must and will meet this blackmail on (he ground as vigorously as we have met piracy in the said the U.S. president. Vague about methods In announcing the steps to be taken, the govern- ment was deliberately vague, to prevent criminals from inventing still more successful taclics. But generally they call for installing metal detect- ors at most terminal gales, constant surveillance of parked aircraft and tightening the baggage-handling procedures. These measures will cost million. Tlic expense could bo driven much higher by other Flcps being considered, such as isolating aircraft from terminals with fences and matching every passenger with every hag, which could require the redesign of all airport baggage handling facilities. A spokesman for the Airport Operators Council roled that the proper six-foot fencing costs a linear fool, ami no one knows how many miles of fence would be needed al (lie 530 commercial air- ports in the United Slates. Other industry officials scoff al the Scion of rc- fjuirtng passengers to identify their baggage prior to boarding, "ITow would you do if. for a full asked one. The fact is aborts in the United States are poorly designed for security. Fences exist primarily for chan- nelling traffic; terminals allow mingling of travellers with sightseers. One industry source said security features will he incorporated into future airports and added whenever existing ones are remodelled. "The airliners have come lo sec that security is necessary to protect profits." Live in exile One hundred U.S. hijackers live as fugitives in exile, risking sentences of death or life in prison if they return. Five were killed in hijack attempts; three others committed suicido. A dozen arc in mental in- stitutions and 35 have been sentenced to prison for terms ranging from 50 years to life for air piracy or related crimes. Those remain in Cuba have a grim life, says the FAA's Butler, "Those they don't send back are not allowed to work because that would lake a job from a Cuban. They are very suspicious of ttie hijackers because they think they might bo CIA agents. The Cubans give them room and board in a liolcl and a monfh.1' Tho chances of a successful plane hijacking are diminishing, U.S. figures indicate. From a one-time high of 83 per cent, the success average hijacking at- tempts fell to 44 per cent last year and now is down to 25 per cent, U.S. marshals and customs security men arrested more than 2.230 persons and seized 700 firearms in screening passengers last year. Sky marshals aboard planes made T8 more arrests. South from S OUt backiasn in troubled Ireland By BURKE ikrald Staff Writer Clean-up operations are be- ginning to make a dent in the mess caused by a 19.2-inch snowfall which paralyzed Letli- bridge and surrounding dis- tricts over the weekend, It was the worst storm since late April, 1967 when 71 inches of snow fell during a 72-hour period. This time, winds gusting at limes lo 45 miles per hour, con- tributed to the chaos, whipping the snow in places into six-foot drifts. By 4 p.m. Saturday, 5r2 hours after the storm began, city crews were aware there was trouble ahead and started shov- elling. At 7 p.m., al! of the available equipment in the c-ity was put to use. Ten front end loaders, two graders and a recently ac- quired truck and plow were used lo clear the main arteries for hvo-way traffic. That was accomplished by Sunday after- noon. City engineering Director Randy Holfeld said he expects all streets in the eity to be opened for at least one-way traffic by this evening. Tonight, the crews will begin picking up some of the "moun- tains" created by the clearing program. Garbage collection has been suspended for the week in all residential areas, Mr. Holfeld said. The storm caused two power outages in the city, bolh in the area'of 21st Ave. in the 2JCO block. The power was out from 10 p.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday and again between 3 and 9 a.m. Sunday. Bus service was discon- tinued Sunday but resumed on the normal routes this morning, 'at mercy of the weather By JOE 11ALLA Herald Staff A large portion of southern A Iberia's multi mil Li on dollar livestock industry remained at the mercy of the weather to- day as one of the worst snow- storms in the region's history started lo recede. The compounding factors are a shortage of hay, travel made difficult by exceptionally deep snow and the calving and Iamb- ing season well under way. Some calf and lamb losses have already been reported, particularly on the open ranges FKEDUFT READIED .Snowfall, accompanied b y strong westerly winds in many districts, varies from nearly two feet in the Lethbridge, Cardston, Fort M acleod a nd Ctaresholm districts to 5i> inch- es on ranches bordering around Walcrlon Lakes National Park and at Twin Buttc. Majority of the farmers and ranchers in the heavy snow area are readying equipment lo move feed lo livestock on open ranges. "Hardest hit animals are- those that were lurned loose on the ranges during the warm weafhcr of the past, ac- cording to Bob Lyons, district agriculturist at Pincher Creek. had numerous calls already (his mom ing for hay. All of a sudden many have rea- lized they're not going lo have enough liay." Dr. Syd Slen, in charge of the animal science section of tha Lethbridge research station, suggests feeders put more em- phasis on getting pellets out to the animals. "The animals themselves aren't too badly off for The ranchers hit by the ftfi inches of snow around Twin Butte said "it's worse than llm storm of Ihe worst, in history. Tho total snowfall may bo somewhat less, but it's well packed and drifted." orm with much-more than-normal patronage. The buses were run- ning about one-half hour laic. At least two local businesses were damaged by the heavy snow. Enerson Motors service garage at 9th St. and 2nd Ave. N. today has an open ceiling where a square roof used to be, Frache's Flowers greenhouse st 7th Ave. and 20th St. N. experienced a simi- lar roof cave-in. Motels and hotles in southern Alberta were packed with stranded travellers. Today all highways in the area are passable. Twenty schools in the sur- rounding districts have been SEE MORE COVERAGE More coverage and pic- lures of storm on Pages 2, 9 and 10. closed1 for the day. Public and separate schools in the city are open. SERVICES CANCELLED On Sunday, all church ser- vices in Lethbridge were can- celled. Four-wheel-drive v e n i c 1 es and snowmobiles were used to get doctors and nurses to hospi- tals. The RCMP used snowmobiles to rescue motorists trapped in stalled vehicles throughout the area, Typical of Ihe smaller cen- tres hit by Ihe storm was Cfaresholm, about GO miles northeast of Lethbridge, where more than 300 stranded motor- ists were reported to have spent Saturday night in temporary accommodation. Between one and three inches of snow reported at Cal- gary, Banff and Medicine Hat. All of southern Alberta was clear of snow until the storm. From AP-REUTEJl BELFAST (CP) Thousands of and office workers stayed off their jobs today as a general strike virtually para- lysed Northern Ireland in an angry Protestant backlash over Britain's assumption of direct rule in Ulster. Militant nationalists of the Irish Republican Army denied they had called a truce in their campaign of violence. Belli The Associated Press end Reufers news agency reported the Prov- insicnal wing of the IRA in Lon- donderry had called for a four- week truce against civilian tar- gets. But The AP quoted n spokes- man for the Provisional wing as saying in Londonderry the sec- tion's high command had no idea where reports of tlic truce had come from. "We are investigating to try to trace I he the spokes- man was quoted as saying. As if lo underscore ths denial, three bombs exploded in parked cars three PrctcistaKl sectors of Belfast, but there were no casualties. The bicsts sharpened tension in the Northern Ireland capital as columns of striking workers marched to city hnll for a rally staged fay the Ulster Vanguard movement, a hardline Protes- tant organization. Power cut launched the swell- Ing shutdown breakfast time, three hours before the sched- uled JO a.m. start. Commerce ministry officials reported ind ustry and com- merce were virtually paralysed soon after the planned two-day strike, called by Ulster Van- guard leader William Craig, began. Craig, a former provincial home affairs minister, was cheered when he told strikers at the rally: "We have to fight and will fight." He said the aim of the protest was to force Britain to restore ths suspended provincial parlia- ment with greater powers than before. He already has vowed to make Northern ireland ungov- ernable. Radar operators snatched UNYE, Turkey (AP) Three- British radar technicians were kidnapped in this Black Sea province of Ordiy said five "urban guerrillas" entered an apartment building Sunday coast town by armed leftist ter- night and tied up and blind- rorists, the local governor an- nounced today. Musa Gran, governor of the folded 10 Britons who lived there. Three were later taken away Stanfield gets pat on back from unexpected source in a Land Rover used by the Britons. The technicians worked at a Turkish air force radar base under a NATO technical aid agreement. Tiie three kidnapped Britons were identified as Gordon Ban- ner, Charley Turner and John the governor said. TORONTO (CP) Robert lams Stanfield received a unique endorsation on tha weekend: Pierre Elliott Tru- deau said he ttiinks that Mr. Stanfield would be an effec- tive prime minister. The prime minister was asked to comment on the op- position leader's capabilities in an radio interview broad- cast Sunday. Mr. Tnirfeau said 1hat he doesn't know Mr. Stanfield any better tlian the Conserva- tive leader knows him. Cut how good would he be as prime minister? "I'm sure he'd be effective. He was premier of a province (Nova Scotia) for several years. He did some- good things and some bad. "He'd have a balling aver- age wliich would be something less than so do but what the exECt figure would call it. "The psople will when we have a general The prime minister said he F.til] has not made np his mind when (.hat election will be. Seen and heard About town PREPARED nrmie sim- inons taking a shovel with him on the bus to make sure he would be to work on time I.ynn Hacker shov- eling snow away from her car to find (he lane filled with a four-foot deep drift. linlph Michctson counting to 10 be- fore getting mad at the driv- er of a car parked in the middle of the street in front of Ins house. 'ft's Geoflroy. Says his grandmother's funeral is TORONTO (CPI The Star says a Russian agent who had gathered information about Canada's military defences turned double agent when Hie KC.UP told him he had been under surveillance for years, The newspaper says in an Ot- tawa dispatch it has learned from an official involved in the investigation that a cabinet meeging was held March 17 lo discuss a tojvsecret KCMP re- port on the case. An earlier report (hat (he agent, ilontificd ns Anton Sa- botka, had defected in Canada last December, was denied by official sources Sunday night. The Star says SaboUca, possi- bly a code name, is a Canadian citizen who joined the Russian secret police and came to Can- ada with his family in 1965. The newspaper fays Uin KAPPINESS IS TWO FEET OF SNOW One l.elhbridge service station operator refuses to lose his "cool" and happily posts Ihis lign. Old man winter performed so well io an encore, delighting south Albcrtoni with two feel of bf.auliful, white, bright, cool and invigorat- ing snow on the weekend. Two winters in one a real borgaini -Phil Foulds Photo ;