Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Southwestern Alberta said acres short of parkland By GREG McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer Southwest jrn Alberta is acres short of parkland, a plan- ning Sv.iiinar sponsored by the O'dman River Regional Plan- ning Commission was told Mon- day. A regional parks board was proposed as a major step to meet the problem. An associate planner with the region, Code Clements, toid the gathering of planners and eled- ed officials that the regions sur- rounding Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Medicine Hat are even shorter of parks than southwestern Alberta. The shortage in the Oldman River region was cal- culated on the basis of 30 acies of recrepHonal land required for every persons. Waterton Lakes National Park is over-crowded during the summer and there are not Flood-ravaged N.B. regions enough municipal and provin- cial parks to accommodate J-eavy use, particularity near cities and towns and by visitors frcm outside the region, said ?Jr. Ciemerts. Even residents of the Crows- Pass, where prime moun- tain and foothill recreation exists, can't find a se- cluc'ed snot for outdoor recre- ation and camping, he said. Local government must take the initiative and tet up a re- gional parks board and the pro- vincial government must pro- vide much of the money, said the planner. TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL One recommendation to be outlined in a new regional plan Ln June will be development of the ''tremendous" recreation potential of the Oldm an River vallsy between Lethbridge and Fort Maclecd. Many acres of prime out- doors in the Rockies west of Lethbridge have been destroy- ed by strip mining for coal, logging and oil and gas ex- ploration roads, charged Mr. Clements. much is be'mc, done to protect the Oldman River wa- tershed without which this region wouldn't he said. "There are lots of regulations but the province doesn't en- force them." However, those at the work- shop generally agreed that a n e w Environmental Conserva- tion and Reclamation Act in- troduced in the legislature in April will help prevent this kind of destruction. Mr. Clements suggested the growing importance of recre- ational land may require that resources that can only lie ex- tracted with destruction to the environment, be left In ground. He said two-thirds of tha mu- nicipal governments belonging to the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission have in- dicated willingness to support a regional parks board to get on with the job of developing more parks. More planning workshop Page 13 City council Page 14. The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 119 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MAY 1, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS THREE SECTIONS 40 PAGES get good news FREDERICTON officials had good news for flood-ravaged areas cf New Brunswick to- day, predicting mostly sunny skies for Wednesday. There had been reports earlier that a storm brew- ing in the southwestern United States could conceivably bring more rain Wednesday, but the weather office said at noon that the storm was not expected to move into this area. Skies were cloudy, with a few rain showers expect- ed today, as the St. John River continued its slow de- cline today after cresting here Monday at a record 28.3 feet above mean sea level. Late Monday it stood at 27.9 feet, a level which it held for most of the afternoon. "There is some optimism if the rain holds oit that the flood situation may stabilize: but if it rains we're back to square Henry Irwin, director of th New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization EMO said Monday. Evacuation of people and livestock continued for tha second day Monday and the number of homeless in the entire flood-stricken areas stretching ever 100 miles along the St. John River, could reach one EMO official said. In the United States meanwhile federal officials have warned victims of the Mississippi River valley floods who abandoned their homes downstream from Hannibal. Mo., not to try to move back too soon. New rains in the upper valley may cause new flood prob- lems. "It's not a time to relax." said a spokesman for U.S. Corp? of Army Engineers in St. Louis as two to three inches of rain oounded sections of Iowa and northern Illionois Monday and early today. Eleven deaths have been reported and damages continue to mount. The Mississippi River Commission said more than 11 million acres from Wisconsin to main under water. Destruction in the seven states, de- clared federal disaster areas, was estimated by the at more than million. That figure does not include the futura loss to fanners along the mile course of the Mississippi River. Many of them will plant feu-, if any. crops this- year. Inside Charles Nawton, 77, (above) lives in a 1946 Brill coach at Hardieville. The vehicle was once No. 300 operated by the Calgary Transit System. Mr. Nawton is one of 500 hamlet residents looking for a new tomorrow in the hamlet north of Lethbridge. Look in Chinook, enclosed with today's Herald, for this report and articles on divorce and the 70th anniversary of the Frank Slide. Classified ___ 18-21 Comics 8 Comment..... 4, 5 District 3, 15 Family 22-23 Local News 13, 14 Markets 17 Sports....... 10-12 Theatres 7 TV 6 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT 30 IlfGir WED. 55; SUNNY, MILDER Flood threatens cattle soldiers and volunteers rescue steer JL CS-J ;ov't EDMONTON (CF) A SI 16 million program to make nat- ural gas r.vaikb'e to 80 COO Al- berta households w a s an- nounced Monday in the legisla- ture. A sj'icm of grc'its (o gas companies or consumers will enable mo--t households to be siipp'ied v.ith natural gas. said a paper tabled ers EDMONTON (f'D Con- struction wo'kers frcm the mon.on area to no'd a mass rally at t'x? legislature to- day to protctt proposed changes in 'the Alberta Labor Act. Spokesmen for about construction workers, members of about 18 unions affiliated with the Fdmonlon and District Construe-'jon Trades Coi-icil, have cbirctcd lo fpc'.ic'is rf I he proposed lejjisbiion. Atten- dance i.! (lie ra'ly is on a untary hsfis, b'it organizers v.ere hoping about rns'i will participate-. Among the areas of the pro- posed legislation to which workers objected are- certificates from the Board of Industrial Relations which could amaiearoat" different lo- cals at the same jo'i rite, hii-h- or fine.s in the event of illocal strikes: ar.d regulations limit- ing the extent of picket lines. Utilities Minister Roy Farran. Natural gas is already avail- able to the urban residents. The position paper is to ba followed in the fall with legisla- tion implementing its recom- mendations, he said. The paper recommended that Alberta assist gas companies and co-operatives to expand services with grants to a maxi- mum of -C1.300 for each rural household involved in the move. The farmer would be solely rc- yconsiblc for costs up to 700. The per consumer cost of 700 could be financed by loans 15 years through the agri- culture department. Another recommendation said that a subsidy of 40 per cent of the cost of a tank to a maximum of ?250 be paid to users of propane and fuel oil w ho are located beyond the lim- it to which gas can be deliver- ed at a cost of per con- sumer. The target of the plan, the report "is to make natural available to all Alberlans who can ho reached by a dis- tribution system costing up to per ccnsumsr." The study estimated that nest rural consrmers i present paying an average of 14 cents a gallon to.- j- pane would be justified in con- verting to natural gas if their investment in the distribut.on system were less than each. In other words, any system which can be built at a per consumer cost of 51.700 or less can stand on its feet on the ba- ns of monthly payments al- ready being made for propane, .the report suggested. Loans for this conversion would be guaranteed by the province to chartered banks and secured by lien notes on land. Terms are exepected to be about one per cent over the prime rate for 85 per cent of the capital cost. WHAT COUNCIL DID The city's 1973 operating bud- get got short shrift from city council Monday as attention was focused en West Leth- bridge. Only one item proposed renovations to the Civic Centre curling rink, contained in the community services depart- ment budget was discussed and it was tabled to hear fur- ther representation from the Lethbridge Curling Club. To make up for its budgetary sins of ommission Monday, council decided to meet again on money matters Wednesday mcming. U.S. threatens arms action PARIS (AP) North Viet- namese and United States ceasefire negotiators returned home today with the Americans threatening resumption of U.S. military action in Vietnam if violations of the ceasefire con- tinue Hanoi's man was niling out a meeting soon between Henry Kissinger and Le Due Tho. David William T h r e inen. charged with non-camtal mur- der while on parole then clear- ed of the charge in Lethbridge March 8, has had his parole re- voked. A spokesman for the national parole service told The Herald today Threinen will serve 632 days remaining of a sentence handed down in November, 1970 in Calgary after he was convicted of armed robbery, breaking and entering and theft, and possession of an of- fensive weapon. Threinen was arrested only 20 hours after he was cleared of the non capital murder charge and informed his parole had been suspended pending review of his situation by the parole service. The parole service said today Threinen's parole was revoked because his behavior was "not suitable." It would give no other details. While on parole from the 1970 conviction. Threinen was ar- rested July 15. 1972, and charg- ed with the murder of 16-year- old Angela Huemer of Leth- bridge. When taken back into custo- dy after he was cleared of the non capital murder charge, parole service officials denied the suspension of parole was in way connected with the murder case. Grant Spiro, director of the Calgary regional office for the parole service, said it was like- ly Threinen would have to serve only about 13 months of the remaining sentence be- cause of good behavior. He will serve the time at Drum- heller. Seen and heard About TTAWAII vacationer Erica Granson causing Akos Pungor and Gordon Ross to "wonder where the white Maria Siegl claiming she washed her feet and couldn't do a thing with her hair Parachute en- thusiast Dick Hojwood tak- ing a leave of absence after falling off a kitchen chair. ork to end on new railway line VANCOUVER (CP) Clear- ing cf about two-thirds of a mile of the proposed right-of- way for the Kcotcnay and Elk Railway in southeastern British Columbia will bo completed by Thursday and it is expected work will end there. The rail company, which had until April 30 to start work on a rail line lior-kip" up uitii Bur- 1 nglon Northern In the I'nitcd Slates, 1ms been denied neces- sary government pci misMou to (Tosf. crown forest Premier Dave Barrett an- nounced during the weekend his government will not grant Koo- tcnny and Elk permission to proceed. The company needs government approval in order to acauire the needed land. Work was started last Thurs- day at Elko on property owned by Crows Nest Industries Ltd. of Forme, B.C.. parent com- pany of Kootenay and Klk. Bruce Pepper. Crows Ne-st president, said Monday that as far a.s Koolenay and Elk is concerned there is no objective of removing Canadian jobs. Government spokesmen have said thai up to 500 Canadian jobs would be lost if the new rail line was built, allowing coal to be handled through U.S. to Roberts Bank, B.C. Currently, all the coal moves via CP Kail on an all-B C. route to the flcephca port. Mr Pepper argued that a rail line would help de- velop further coal deposits in the East Kootenay district. his proven tonnage at Line Crock, north of Kaiser Resounvs Ltd. operations. The number >sf jobs en the railway would be small, he said, compared with the num- ber which could be created by a mining operation. CP Rail now hauls about 73 million tons jcarly from the East Kootemns three mil- lion from Fording Coal Ltd. ami 4 5 million from Kaiser. New York Times Service WASHING TON President Nixon insisted Monday ha did not know of the political espi- onage or the attempted cover- up of last year's Watergate case but that he accepted full responsibility. In a radio and television ad- dress, the president said he had delegated the running of his 1S72 camnaign for re-election to ethers in order to carry out his search for peace in Vic'- nam and other presidential re- sponsibilities. But lie added: "In any organization the man at the top must bear the re- sponsibility. That responsibility belongs here in this office and I accept it." The president also said that he had given his new attorney general designate. Elliot L. Richardson, authority to hire an outside special proserutor if he thinks one is needed to find all the facts in the Watergate case. However, many members o) Congress say the president should have toughened his promise to clear up the scan- dal by moving the investigation out of the executive branch. "I have a great deal of re- gard for Richardson.'' said Sen- ator Edmund Muskie of Maine. "But he is a membsr of the official familv and in the un- env lable position of having to decide what other members of the family should be A Senate resolution calling on the president to appoint a pros- ecutor outside that official fam- ily subject to Senate con- firmation is being introduced by Senator Charles Percy. Percy said such a prosecutoi should have full subpoena pow- ers, including the power to ex- amine the federal income-tax returns of any persons who might b" involved. Senator Jacob Javits (Rep. NY.1 said Congress will insist on taking the investigation away from the White House and giving it to a prosecti'or "who will go through with Watergate wherever it leads and whoever is Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana said earlier Monday that he would net back a drive for an inde- pendent prosecutor. The nounal judicial process was inade- quate to handle the case. "I don't know any more about Watergate than I did said Senator William Saxbe. "I dont' know why the people resigned or were asked to re- sign." Representative Bella Abzug said: "There is a concerted ef- fort to portray Mr. Nixon as above this whole mess. It won't wash. We in the House should im- mediately launch an investiga- tion to determine whether there are grounds for impeaching the president and ordering him to stand trial before the Senate." Rep. John E. Moss of Cali- fornia, too, urged House Dem- ocratic leaders to launch a for- mal inquiry into the possible impeachment of the president The suggestion by the vet- eran Democratic congressman however, was what key leader.-: of both parties described ar "premature''. Moss told newsmen that he believed a select committee o. the House should be impaneler to investigate "possible involve ment cf the president in con- duct that might lead to initia- tion cf impeachment action." Mess said that he found 5 "most difficult to conceive tha the president was not aware Oi Watergate" ar.d all its implica- tions during the 10 months the conspiracy has been before the public. He reportedly met with the House speaker. Carl Albert, to suggsst formally the impeach- ment inquiry. Albert's reactior could not be obtained, but the House Democratic leader Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. of Mas- sachusetts, said that the leader- ship "feels, at this time, tha the Moss idea is a bit prema- ture." "The time could come when such a commutes should be set O'Neill added. oke from heart The president, joying that he wanted to address the nation "from my described in his address, (be charges agairst his clo.se and political friends. He said thai "the inevitable result" had been to raise serious questions about the While House itself. Nixon said lie had besn ''appalled at this senseless, ille- gal action'1 when he first learn- ed last summer about the break-in at Democratic head- quarters in the Watergate com- plex. Throughout >oar. the president s a i d, he received "continuous reassurances1' that none of his key aides had been involved and thus he "discon- tinued" news accounts casting doubt on the White House de- nials. Until last month, he said, he was confident Mint the charges were unfounded. new information then came to me which per- suaded ms there was a rca possibility that soma of these charges were Nixon said and that there had been an cf fort to bide (be involvement Ik. said Ii3 had then ordered a new investigation, with the reportc it produced to be filed "direct ly to me, right nere in the White House." Nixon said he was deter mined to get at the truth bu a'so to preserve the of innocent people. Inevitably, he said, he knew that public faith in the. White Houss would "have to take priority." "Justice will be pursued fair ly, fully and impartially, no matter who is Nixon said. "This office is a sacrcc trust and I am determined to bp worthy of that trust." lie pledged to do all in' hu power to assure that the guilty arc brought to justice."