Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 125 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. TUESDAY, MAY PRICE: TEN CENTS THREE SECTIONS 34 PAGES Mrs. Jane Whipple contentious well is in background 80-year-old adamant No more wafer for neighbors By D-ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor FORT MACLEOD An 80-year-old woman, ranching just north of here with 26 cows on acres, has vowed never to let surround- ing farmers have another drop of water from her well. Mrs. Jane R. Whipple, a widow since i'959 but deter- mined to live on her ranch until the day she dies, knows it's her well because it's on her land. But her neighbors think they have a right to the wa- ter, ICD, because the well was built by the department of national defence during the Second World War. Wa- ter was piped from it to an air field at Granum. They have used tb.3 water ever since, free of charge. Now, Mrs. Whipple says, they can get off her land once and for all. "I want them out of my hair." she says. Why. after all these jcars, has s'he suddenly become so adamant? "They pull up there with a 11 o n "tank trucks, three at a time, and take so much water I can't get any water out of my own well here at the she says. "They lower the pressure. I dcn't get a drop of water in my house." There's no water even in her bathroom, she says. Mrs. Whipple says the oth- ers can get water from the Oldm an River, Willow Creek or the town pump at Fcrt Macleod. la addition to her water troubles at her own house, Mrs. Whipple says her neigh- bors have been rude, if not down right mean, to her. Barricades she has erect- ed, with ths help of her niece and nephew Mr. and Mrs. Al- bert Kiffiak. have been torn down. "No trespass" signs have been torn off the well house and ripped off the barri- cades. Human excrement has been deposited on the well site. Mrs. Whipple says one confrontation, her and eight men, resulted in her finger being crushed. "I sat astride the pipe. It had baen locked and chain- ed. Two men took bolt cut- ters and cut it out from un- der me. They crushed my finer." Mrs. Whipple said she is worn out and distraught over the running battle. She says she has been insult :d in the council chambers of the Wil- low Creek Municipal District 26. But she says the reeve told her "you have been very badly used." HeV husband, Russell, died Nov. SO, 1959. "I have run the ranch since, and I think I have done it quite she says. She sajs Bram Vander- valk, a neighbor who uses her water, offered to buy her ranch and let her live in the house. "I wouldn't sell. I am hap- py and I like my life. I couldn't live in town because the morals in this town are vile, simply vile." Mr. Vandervalk. she says, dossn't have "a drop of wa- ter on his place.'1 But she says he can got plenty by driving five more miles past her well to town. I had cut them off en- tirely from water I would say I am a bad she said Monday afternoon. "But look. Willow Creek is right over there. They can get all the water they want in town if th.y pay forit. They CQTIS here because it is free and I am just fed up with it. I want it known that there will be no deal made. No deal made whatever.'' Mrs. Whipple's Golden Val- ley Ranch was the original homestead of the late Jim Ridell McLean, hsr stepfa- ther. She says Ib; land where the veil is situated came to her through a step- brother. On its title was a clause allowing water to be pumped from the well dur- ing the war. "Thai was the only blem- ish en the title." says Mrs. Whipule. "And they took it off. The war in 1915 and they have taken water since. Three trucks with gallon tanks would come and take gallons within half an hour.'" Mrs. Whipple says the artesian well pumps 90 gal- lons in one minute. Meanwhile, there is talk of expropriation by the MD, although no official resolu- tions have written. Prices board power By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The terms of reference for the federal government's new food prices review board will enable it to look into "any aspects" pertaining to changes in food prices with "wide and deep "Consumer and Certiorate Affairs Minister Herb Gray told the commons Honday. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield wanted to know when the minister was going to make known the names of Canadians to be appointed to the board. He sug- gssted that with the long delay in announcing the names the minister must be having difficulty finding persons willing to serve on "this rather useless board." Mr. Gray denied he was having difficulties finding people to servo on the board. He said "the work of find- ing a good approach has ret yet been completed there- fore I am not in a position to giva a definite date as to when the formal appointments will be made.'' WATERGATE PROBERS TO SUBPOENA DEAN Inside Classified 20-23, 25 Comics 17 Comment 4, 5 District 3, 8 Fstnilv 18, Local 1-3, 14 Markds 24 Sports 10, Theatres 7 TV 6 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT 35, HIGH MED. WINDY WASHINGTON CAP) Sena- tor Sam J. Ervin (Dem. N.C.) announced today his special Watergate investigating com- r.iiltee will open hearings May 17 and has agreed to subpoena John W. Dean, who w-as fired as White House counsel. Ervin said that if the com- mittee determines it is neces- sary Dean will be granted lim- ited immunity from prosecution in order to obtain his testimony regarding high level adminis- tration involvement in the scan- dal involving the bugging of Democratic party headquarters in the Watergate Building here during last year's presidential election campaign. The committee's immunity grant would not prevent Dsan from being tried and convicted on evidence other than that in his own testimony. Dean is reported to have told government investigators that President Nixon personally con- gratulated him last September for covering up the role of top White House aides in the Water- gate case. The justice department and Chief Judge John Sirica of U.S. district court must approve any grant of immunity for Senate testimony. In other developments: assista it allorncy- generol Robert Mardian, under orders by Sirica, testified to the grand jury about a meeting he bad with convicted Watergate Conspirator Gordon Liddy throe days after the break in last sum- mer. Mardian and Frederick LaRue, both Nixon campaign deputies at the time, both alleg- edly were present at the Liddy meeting. News accounts have named Mardian and LaRue as I wo who directed destruction of evidence after Iho Walcrgalc burglars were caught. Watergate con spirator, Howard Hunt, was granted immunity by Sirica to testify before the Senate Com- mittee. He already had been given immunity before the grand jury, and is considered safe from further prosecution in the case. jury testimony by Hunt was released in the Penta- gon papers trial in Los Angeles, in which Hunt said former pres- idential counsellor Charles Col- son ordered him to forge pho- ney state department cable- grams. The cables made it ap- pear that President John Ken- nedy had ordered the assassina- tion of South Vietnamese Pre- mier Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963. Colson denied giving the or- der, but said it was possible Hunt had misinterpreted some- thing he said. White House aide Egil Bud Krcgb. new on i definite leave as undersecretary of transportation, admitted that he "agreed to the mission" to burgle the office of the former psychiatrist of Pentagon papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg in 1971. Tax transfer offered to finance medicare Sky-rocketing food bill continues upward surge OTTAWA (CP) Food prices jumped 2.6 per cent from March to April, leading an over-all 1.1-per-cent increase in the consumer price index, Sta- tistics Canada reported today. If that rate of increase were maintained, food prices would rise almost 37 per cent by next March. Only once in the last three rears has there been a larger monthly increase in food 3.6-per-cent jump between June and July of last year. Food prices have risen 12.9 per cent over the last 12 months, almost twice as much as the complete index, which now stands 6.6 per cent higher than a year earlier. The consumer price index stood at 147.3, up from 145.7 in March. The index, based on 1961 prices equalling 100, measures the price of goods and sendees that make up a large part of a typical family's spending. The 2.6-per-cent increase in food prices was in sharp con- trast to the average March-to- April increase of eight-tenths of one per cent for the last two years. Poultry prices jumped 6.6 per cent from March to April, while beef prices rose 2.3 per cent and park 2.1 per cent. In the 12 months since April, 1972, beef prices risen an average of more than 16 per cent, pork prices are nearly 30 per cent higher and poultry is up more than 26 per cent. Egg prices rose 8.5 per cent in the latest month, reaching levels 43 per cent above those of a year earlier. City mill rate chopped J L S- By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City council set the 1973 tax rate at ?2 Monday night after a bylaw that had been prepared for a 73-mill levy was hastily changed. The reduction came follow- ing an announcement by the provincial g o v eminent Friday thst the school foundation pro- gram mill reie was being re- duced from 30 to 28 mills on the equalized assessment. On the cily's tax rate this amounted to a reduction of 1.73 mills, dropping the city mill rate from 73 to 71.22. However City Manager Tom Nulling asked for and got an increase of .78 of a mill for mu- nicipal purposes bringing ths rail! rste to 72 mills. The net effect en the aver- age taxpayer's bill will be an increase on paper of about instead of roughly as would have occurred with the 73 mill tax. INCREASE NULLIFIED This increase will be nullified anyway by the provincial gov- ernment's property tax reduc- tion plan which will provide re- bates cf up to The reduction in the provin- cial school foundation program is apparently largely due to a furore in Edmonton where res- idents faced a dramatic jump in the school tax levy because reassessment disclosed rapid increases in 1 a n d values and too-low assessment ratings in 1972. The 72 mill rate set by coun- cil Monday will give the city an extra in tax money "this year, which will be allocated to a dwindling contingencies fund. Mr. Nutting told council prior to approval of the mill rate, the contingency fund s tarted out this year at but was down to It faces a fur- ther decrease following council approval cf a land pur- chase from contingencies for right cf way for a major inter- change at 43rd St. and Highway 4. which is to be constructed be- ginning in 1974. Approval cf the bylaw set- ting the 1973 mill rate was op- posed by Aid. Vera Ferguson who said she was unhappy with the way the budget was pre- sented this year. Aid. Ferguson said she was displeased with the philosophy format and information contain- ed in the budget and felt coun- cil had not given it enough study. "This is the lifeblood and the main concern of the city and I would like to see it handled dif- ferently next year.'' She said she would present a motion to that effect at the next council meeting outlining haw she feels the budget should be dealt with. Aid. Ferguson had complain- ed at previous council budget meetings that the format of the budget not allow council to make cutbacks in specific areas, requiring it to more or less accept or reject the entire package. Mideast truce BEIRUT (AP) Savage fighting raged between Pale- stinian guerrillas and the Leba- nese army here today as lead- ers of both sides struggled to restore calm to this war-torn Mediterranean capital. The fighting continued as the Syrian government, in a radio broadcast, announced the 200- mile-long border between Syria and Lebanon had been closed and threatened to intervene on the side of the Palestinians. At one point Lebanese Presi- dent Suleiman Franjieh and guerrilla leader Yasir Arafat were reported to have agreed to a one-hour ceasefire to give Arafat a chance to bring his le- gions under his control. But after a brief lull, the fighting erupted anew at the guerrilla strongholds of Tel Za- tar and Bourj el Barangneh. There were no immediate casu- alty figures. Premier Amin Hafez sub- mitted his resignation after fighting Monday night. OTTAWA (CP) The federal government is prepared to re- duce its personal income tax by six percentage points and elimi- nate federal taxes on tobacco, liquor and beer, enabling pro- vincial governments to take over those tax fields as a means of financing federal-pro- incial health-care programs, it was announced today. The announcement, made at the opening session of today's federal-provincial conference on finance, health and education, marked a radical revision in federal proposals mads at a January conference. The pre- vious proposal was opposed by Ontario and Alberta who called for a transfer of tax fields in- stead. The January proposal would have limited annual increases in federal contributions to share-cost health programs to roughly the increase in the gross national re- ducing increases n federal con- tributions to about five per cent a year from the recent in- of about 14 per cent an- nually. Under present arrangements, the federal government pays 50 per cent of the cost of hospital insurance and medical care programs. Under the proposal announced today, ths provinces would re- ceive'the revenue from the tax fields instead of the federal con- tributions, with a federal guar- antee that if the new tax reve- nue did not equal payments un- der the January formula Ot- tawa would make up the differ- ence in cash. MORE REVENUE Finance JCinistor J o to n Turner, however, said in a statement prepared for the con- ference that the lax transfers would mean more revenue: "In due course, provincial governments can reasonably anticipate that the lax transfer will more than cover the fed- eral commitment. "Of course, I do not want to suggest that provincial govern- ments would have to increase their tax rates by the precise amount of the federal cut. "Provinces can raise their levies more or less than the federal reduction, as they see fit, and they obviously could alter the mix between personal income tax or their taxes on alcohol and tobacco. Crop seeding runs behind More prisoners ]ast year WHAT COUNCIL DID City council had a busy eve- ning Monday touching on a number cf matters including complaints about the sanitary landfill and the recent killing of beavers in Indian Battle Park. On a less controversial sub- ject, council set the 1973 tax rate, but at 72 instead of the ex- pected 73 mills because of a change in the provincial school foundation levy. Also getting council approval were a revised cemetery bylaw, in renovations to the Civic Centre ice arena, and a policy to clean up junked and abandoned autos on private properly in the city. will be releaed SAIGON (Renter) South Vietnam and the Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Gov- ernment (PRG) have agreed to the release of further civilian prisoners this weekend, officials said today. But the PRG and the Inter- national Comanission cf Control and Supervision (ICCS) said they are still negotiating the question of safety guarantees and the width of flight corridors over PRG mat- ters which held up the ex- changes last week. PRG officials said 252 South Vietnamese held by them will be freed at sites throughout the country Friday and Saturday. Last week's releases were held up when the PRG refused to agree to ICCS demands that the air corridor be widened and guarantees of safety be signed. Seen and heard About town AW. Bill Kergan telling non believers at city council that there is no air pollution in Western Canada Fanny Hopkin's green thumb turning yellow after a session of pulling dandelion plants from her lawn CALGARY (CP) Crop seed- ing in Alberta is running slight- ly behind a year ago, the Al- berta Wheat Pool said today in its first 1973 crop report. Only three per cent of wheat. one per cent of barley and less than one per cent of rapeseed had been seeded. Last year at this time, eight per cent of wheat and four per cent of bar- lev was in the ground. The pool said soil moistnre conditions range from very good in the Peace River coun- try to only fair in some south- ern Alberta districts. Twenty per cent of the wheat had been sown near Calgary and Red Deeer and monton and north. Field work was eettinsr under wav in the province this week and should be under way in northern dis- tricts in about 30 days. Child's body shipped to parents in box EDMONTON (CP1 The second case within seven months of the body of a native child from northern Alberts being shipped to its parent? in 3 cardboard box is being in- vestigated by the Alberta gov- ernment. Health Minister Neil Craw- ford told the legislature Monday he has a.skecl for a detailed re- port on the shipping of Belinda Manybear's body last month to her mother at a small f-rtlleincnl miles rottli of Edmonton ID addition, he oajd, Uie in- vestigation will look into the ap- parently unauthorized autopsy which the provincial coroner. Canlor. said Inlcr wns or- dered by him because without it. the cause c[ death could not be entered on a death certificate. Last November, the body of an Indian child that died of a congential disease while only a few months old was sent horns to the parents from a hospital at Fort Vermilion in a card- board box. The body first was piaml in ;i plastic bnu Ai that time, officials a I ll'c SI, Tlicrci-fi Hospi'aJ said no coflins were available and that they were anxious to get the body on a plane that was leav- ing immediately the half's northern community. Mr. Crawford, answering op- position questions in the lure, said the latest rase was different "in _that it involved a major metropolitan and that Edmonton lots of undertakers so it could not be argued no coffins were avail- able The I'Oipil.il nnolvcd Ed- monton's Royal Alexandra. Tho executive director, Bob Kosher, admitted the method of shipment but added everything possible had been done to nnkc the body present able and Hie child's mother had been told it was her responsi- bility to provide a suitable con- tainer. Mr. Rosser said the case was unusual because Vie mother, when contacted by the hospital, said she would personally pick up her daughter's body. Rut for some reason she did ri! arrKe a'li .in ambulance atlcndant arrived KaMcr Mon- day lo rccpivs the body. The attendant had no coffin and no burial permit, Mr. ROP- ser said, so the morgue attend- ant "made a real effort to make the body presentable." Tlie box was lined with soft padding and the body dressed in the clothes what were on the child when she was admitted. NOT HOSPITAL'S JOB No casket was provided by the hospital because that is not its Mr. Rosser said. Hcallh Minii-'or Crawford y.iirl li? had of the in- cident frnm a eminent MLA and had only ?ketehy" details.