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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Pioneers are always. in the minority' Velikovsky shrugs off controversy Immanuel Velikovsky said Wednesday he was too much with press accounts of controversy surrounding his theories of global catastrophies and the chronology of ancient history. Dr. Velikovsky added science should not be discussed in pseudo- scientific terms. He said one with a circulation of had wanted to print an article on his work but the reporter assigned to interview him hadn't read any of his books. The Russian-born in Lethbridge to receive an honorary degree from the University of Lethbridge and participate in a symposium on his cultural amnesia was speaking to a news conference at the El Rancho Motor Hotel. He said those in the scientific community who anathemized his theory often proved to have not read it first hand. Those who read his books might remain critical of or opposed to his but they are not fanatically he said. are always in the he observed. Dr. Velikovsky said he had not read Erich von Daeniken's Chariots of the Gods except for a short passage referred to him by one of his own readers. He said he had a special bookshelf for works on flying abominable and similar topics. Dr. Velikovsky was cold- shouldered and loudly denounced for over a decade by the academic community after the publication of his Worlds in in 1950. His theory suggests world-wide catastrophies were caused by Venus passing within several thousand miles of Earth years and Mars also passing close years ago. In support of his theory he has investigated Chinese and biblical sources. The theory does not conflict with a belief in the he told the news conference. It was not though it used the Bible as a source. it agrees with the the better for the said Dr. Velikovsky. The theory holds that mankind's memories of the great cosmic disasters were erased. District The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Library's offering bargains in old books Thousands of old books will be on sale Friday and Saturday in the old Central Library between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The books will cost 25 cents each or five for a dollar. there will be separate prices for old encyclopedias and other sets of library officials say. The books on sale include children's adult out of date non-fiction and old reference books. May 1974 Pages 17-32 Skunks carrying disease Rabies cases prompt warning for campers Sign of the times Kim Mike Djordjevic and Arnie Weir stand about knee- high to a sign promoting the Winter Games. Located at the top of the Brewery the sign is one of the first things travel- lers from the west see as they enter the city. With in Frank Smith sets out to hire convention promoter Frank executive vie- president of the Travel and Convention Association of Southern which garnered a convention promotion grant from city council left today for two conventions in Halifax. They are the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Convention Bureaus and the annual convention of the Travel Industry Association of Canada. Mr. Smith said Wednesday he'll conduct four interviews for a convention promotion manager while in Halifax. want to secure the services of someone with a track record in the business as soon as he said. Speaking on conventions Mr. Smith said he didn't know how many conventions the city was host to last year but said the largest convention figure he could recall in recent years was convention delegates in the city in one year. The optimum convention size for the city is 500 he but that doesn't automatically rule out groups of 600 to 800 or 20 to 30. should be possible to cause additional construction of accommodation in the city in a relatively short while as a result of a good effective convention promotion he said. Mr. Smith said the program would be aimed primarily at Alberta and Western but would not leave out the chance for business from- Eastern Canada or the United States. The advantages the city has to offer are lower costs and the fact that for many organizations it represents a new he said. Mr. Smith said while he would have preferred the the travel and convention association said was the minimum necessary to do a proper job of convention he had to concur with council's reasoning that with the year one-quarter is enough. Four confirmed cases of rabies in skunks in Southern Alberta in the past two weeks have agricultural officials concerned. A meeting scheduled soon for Edmonton may result in a random check of skunk populations in southeastern says Ross Bertrand of agricultural fieldman for the provincial department of agriculture. Bill rabies specialist at the federal Animal Diseases Research Institute west of said a rabid skunk was found in the Seven Persons area April 17. The province conducted a depopulation program to rid the area of skunks there April 24 and 25. Two more rabid skunks were one at the north end and one at the south end of the depopulation area. Condition fair A 10-year-old Lethbridge boy struck and injured by a car Tuesday is still in fair condition at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. Eric 2426 20th Ave. was crossing 16th Avenue west of a crosswalk when he was struck. Grain dryers in gas plan Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Grain dryers have been added to the roster of farm equipment eligible for government natural gas grants. Roy minister of telephones and told the legislature Wednesday farmers would receive an subsidy on a typical installation costing The farmer would be responsible to the rural gas co-operative for the remainder. Trustees turn down Hire-a-Student request A request for a monetary donation to the Lethbridge Hire-a- Student campaign was turned side Wednesday by separate school board trustees. The made by Dean chairman of the advisory committee to the Hire-a-Student asked the board to consider a small donation toward the campaign. In his Mr. Lien explained the campaign is funded under both federal and provincial grants with the exception of monies for promotion at the local level. Dr. Dorward said the depopulation program was then extended. Shortly after the program was another confirmed rabies case was detected south of Burdett. Another depopulation program was completed Wednesday and 12 more skunks were submitted to the diseases institute for diagnosis. Mr. Bertrand said it was important that landowners are aware of the situation. you are in doubt about any shoot said Mr. Bertrand. submit the animal to health of animals authorities for diagnosis. It's the safest Dr. Dorward said urban residents should know about the recent outbreak also. On camping people should give a wide berth to any animal acting peculiar. take pity on some wild animal and offer it said Dr. Dorward. animal might just have something wrong with If a person is bitten by an wild or they first should get to a doctor. The animal should be submitted to health officials for he said. If it is a wild it is best to kill it. It is almost impossible to quarantine wild animals. If the animal is a the owner can elect quarantine to determine if it has rabies. The quarantine period for suspected animals is two weeks. Dr. Dorward pointed to a case in Edmonton April 16 in which three people had to go through tests after they were in contact with a rabid dog brought from the Northwest Territories. Because of the relatively high incidence of rabies in Southern pet owners should take extra precautions to keep their pets in full he said. Dr. Dorward said rabies might not show up for up to six or eight months after a pet has been bitten. The recent outbreak brings to five the number of positive rabies cases diagnosed in Alberta this year. This compares to seven in Northwest none in British Columbia and 68 in Saskatchewan. Dr. Dorward stressed that people shouldn't be afraid of travelling in the country. they sure should take the necessary A word for the pioneers Lieutenant-Governor Grant MacEwan Making A Iberta 'took plenty of muscle' Older people are inclined to sit back and let things pass but the voice of these people is said the lieutenant- governor of Alberta Wednesday evening in Lethbridge. In what may be his last speech to Southern Alberta people before his retirement July Grant MacEwan told 250 members of the Original Pensioners and Senior Citizens Society that older people have the experience behind them and should be bold. Dr. MacEwan told the members attending the 31st annual banquet of the society that some of Alberta's richest heritage has come from the ideals and fibres of the pioneers who broke the frontier trail. believe there is no other place that has gathered such a rich collection of people as the Alberta he said. He said the pioneers experienced uncertainties and had more than average amounts of guts and muscles to come along the way they did. Dr. MacEwan referred to the great frontiersman and trader of the Peace River Twelve-Foot and his fine qualities of good honesty and friendliness. Even though Davis could not read or the people of Peace River recognized his qualities and when he died they constructed a cairn for him high on a hill. They made him a he said. Another pioneer he referred to was Frank whose persistence and endurance brought about the first printed newspaper in the Edmonton Bulletin. Moving southward in his recollection of great he came across Bob Edwards. This roving who travelled from Europe to the United States and then to ended up in High River and Calgary as the publisher of the Eye-Opener. then. Bob Edwards was known as either a saint or a sinner the people weren't sure said Dr. MacEwan. Dr. MacEwan said all these oldtimers of the past have a message. such as a feeling of the community and resourcefulness have eroded. Old-fashioned virtues are today but by God. they shouldn't he said. Hunley plans June visit Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Solicitor general Helen Hunley plans to make her second visit to the Lethbridge Correctional Institution in mid-June. The solicitor-general first visited the institution as a minister without portfolio in 1972. A major reason for the visit will be to acquaint Rheal LeBlanc. recently appointed deputy minister for the with provincial institutions. Miss Hunley will also meet the city police probation officers and others involved in her department's operations. The minister will probably spend a day and two nights in Lethbridge as part of a tour of all provincial correctional facilities. Duplicate facilities side by side would be Sportsplex chief Disappointment over a Lethbridge Community College decision to build its own gymnasium was expressed Wednesday by the chairman of the city's Sportsplex Development Committee. would be a disappointment to me and I would think to the citizens of Lethbridge if another large expensive facility is built in the same said Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff. Bob Babki board and I always felt it would be a shame to build duplicate facilities side by the deputy mayor and Sportsplex chief said. it would really astonish me if the government told the college go ahead and do what you he added. planning and costing its own ending lengthy negotiations on a Sportsplex joint-use agreement. College officials said they were told the city wouldn't be able to meet all the college's requirements for the Sportsplex. But what appeared to precipitate the college's latest move was a letter the city sent the college saying the portable maple hardwood floor for the Sportsplex won't be delivered until 1975. Deputy Mayor Hembroff said Wednesday that was just one of those things that is happening generally in construction and is no one's fault. just found out about it at the last rt t f A A information to the he said. He said the college had proposed a very large amount of use of the Sportsplex on a very regular that his committee felt it couldn't meet. only told us their maximum requirements we were trying to find out their minimum which we never really ascertained. were kind of talking about shutting their whole gymnasium operation down and moving their whole program to the Sportsplex. were at loggerheads because we just can't give the Sportsplex to the college 100 per cent of the time. We've got all kinds of other things v Mavnr Hnmhrnff eairi nnmmittoo was going to present an alternative to the college of probably three full days plus spare time and some weekends when it became apparent the hardwood floor couldn't be delivered this throwing a major crimp into college use of the facility until after the Winter Games. The deputy mayor said last November the Sportsplex needed one major user to break even on operating costs and the college appeared to be the logical choice. But he was less sure of the one big user concept Wednesday. be a trial and error thing the first year because we've never run a facility that he said. can more fully determine whether or not we'll need one major fullt-ime other than junior hockey which will be a major after UMI vim what cnrt nf hnrtkinffc urp oat But he would sure like to have the college on some kind of regular basis can't see how they can't use it to some think they'll find it fairly attractive when it's Council was told last November it will cost about a year to run the Sportsplex. community services director Bob Bartlett said Wednesday that figure is valid for but operating costs in 1975 could be in the to range. Sporlsplex rental revenues from the Junior hockey franchise coming here will be a minimum of he said. It will be if they fill the plus there's concession rnuonna ;