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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Lethbridge housing costs exceed national average By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer Residential properties sold in Lelhbridge this year have cost 30 per cent more than in early 1972, a rate of increas'J nearly three times the national average. An average used home which cost during the 'first quartet of 1972, now costs 000, according to figures pro- vided by the Lethbridge Real Estate Board. Houses sold on the multiple listing system were 11 per cent higher across Canadi through March than they wort a year bsfore. The average residential property cost still high- er than the average property in Lethbridge. In Vancouver, whew the in- crease was said to be highest among major centres in the country, property costs had risen 24 per cent. Calgary's property costs increased an av- erage of 17 per cent. Alta Macmillan, manager of the local real estate board, said Wednesday part of the increrse here could be attributed to the added number of farm proper- ties on the listings. SALES DOUBLE The total value on sales to the end of March was more than double the value the pre- vious year, Mrs. MacMillan said. Yet, the number of res- idential properties sold was up only 40 per cent over the num- ber sold during the first three months of 1972. Martin Thomas, chief re- search development offioar for the Alberta Housing Corpora- tion, said in a telephone inter- view from Edmonton the hous- ing market generally favors the seller now, particularly in Lethbridge "where the demand for housing is greater than the supply." It's just the free enterprise system he said, "and the willingness for the consum- er to pay the price." Another factor also contri- butes to rising house cos's. "Everyone who buys a house expects to make a profit on it when he resells Mr. Thom- as said. 500 PER YEAR The AHC has projected that Lelhbridge will need about 500 new houses a year for the next three years, Mr. Thomas said. "There's no way of solving the housing shortage and high costs without injecting a huge amount of money and getting the contractors to gamble on putting up more houses than projections call for." But, he added, contractors are not going to build mors than the demand calls for. The prices of new houses have also increased about 13 per cent or on a house that cost in March, 1972. Several factors have contri- buted to the increase, includ- ing a 30 to 50 per cent hike in servicing costs and per lot for raw land, Jim Shigehiro, president of the Lethbridge Housing Association, told The Herald. Labor has risen 10 to 12 per cent in a year and lumber prices have also gone up, he said. Although contractors have budgeted to build at least 450 new houses this year, they have been held back some- what by the shortage and cost of land, Mr. Shigehiro said. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No 127 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MAY 10, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS THREE SECTIONS 34 PAGES Watergate evidence may clear On 11 April storms ease concern over droug By JIM NEAVES Canadian Press Staff Writer snowstorms last month across the grain- producing area of Western Canada played hob with city traffic and posed problems for ranchers. But they eliminated some of the farmers' concern that 1973 was beginning to look like a drought year. Early this >ear the exceptionally mild winter and light snowfall combined to raise the spectre of drought. But now, with the exception of a few areas, additional precipitation has meant a delay in seeding operations. David Walker, marketing economist for the Albsrla agriculture department, says the delay "due to excess moisture conditions is basically good news.'' In Saskatchewan, where early spring conditions gen- erated statements the province faced the worst dry spell since 1961, the agriculture department now says the situation is "pretty good" fallowing a month of above-average rainfall. Li Manitoba, the situation has improved but more rain is needed. PRICES EXPECTED TO BE GOOD But what effect the improved conditions will have on spring seeding still is not known. However, most agricultural industry spokesmen, including federal ag- riculture minister Eugene Whelan, have called on grain producers to increase their seeded acreage this year. Poor world conditions last year led to significant increase in wheat prices rr.d a depletion of Canada's grain stocks. Prices are expected to remain at goad levels throughout 1973 in spite of improved world condi- tions and a recovery in grain produstion. Mr. Walker said nearly all ths world's major wheat- producing areas have received moisture in recent month with the implications that wheat market prices may "soften as, when and if the prospects of larger crops materialize." 1973 prospects still are for good prices and open delivery quotas." Confusing sign Road signs can be confusing bul it took an opossum, an animal that spends much of its time hanging upside down, to catch this one Wednesday at the University of Lethbridge exit on Highway 3. There could be a method in this madness though by the time drivers slowed enough to read it, they're probably going under the speed limit anyway. Highway crews J-iave the sign right way up today. _______________ No opposition for Schmidt Inside 'Haven't you heard there's a meat Classified 18-21 Comics so Comment 4, o District 3, 15, 31-33 Family 22, 23 Ixjcal News l.'j, M Markets.......17 Sports 8, 9 Theatres...... 10 TV..........10 Weather......2 Youth......2-1 LOW TONPGHT 33. HIGH FRIDAY GO; SUNNY CALGARY (CP) Leader Werner Schmidt was nominat- ed without opposition Wednes- day to represent the Social Credit Party in a byelection ex- pected soon in Calgary Foot- hills. Mr. Schmidt, former aca- demic vice president at the Lethbridge Community Colleg3, criticized the Progressive Con- servative government for the bureaucracy it was creating. He called for a reduction in the size of the civil sen-ice and said the "least government is the best government." He reiterated the five points of his platform: preservation of the family unit, importance of the individual, a credible gov- ernment alternative, an effec- tive role for all MLAs and a re- turn to basic principles of so- cial credit. NEW SUPPORT Mr. Schmidt was chosen party leader last February to succeed Harry Strom and Wed- nesday night received support from the man he defeated, MLA Robert Clark. Mr. Clark told the 350 sup- porters that the byjlection gives voters a chance to sand the Progressive Conservative government a message of dis- content by electing Mr. Schmidt. "A vote for a Conservative representative at this time would sanction the unjustifi- able, ruthless, insensitive and arrogant attitude of this gov- ernment to civil liberties and justice." But he also reminded them Mr. Schmidt must be elected if Big demand for gold LONDON (Rcuter) Tli.-> price of gold, which broke all previous records on the London bullion market Wedrusday, rase by another an ounce to at the market's morning fixing loday. The big demand for gold re- flected new uncertainty about international exchange rates following rumors of a possible revaluation of the West German Mark. the party is to function well as the official opposition. "Without a leader in the house, we are at as great a disadvantage as a Grey Cup football team that can't get its quarterback on the field." "The byelection is needed to fill the vacancy left in la s February by the traffic death of Lcn Werry. minister of tele- phones and utilities. The 75 seat legislature now has 48 Conservatives, 24 Socidl Credit members, one New Democrat and cne Indepen- dent. Compiled from Herald News Services Senate and federal investiga- tors say that, on the basis of extended interviews with John W. Dean, they believe he has no evidence to link President Nixon either to prior knowl- edge of the Watergate bugging or to any subsequent cover-up, the New York Times said Wed- nesday. Sources in the department of justice and the select Senate committee on presidential cam- paign activities said that Dean, the former White House coun- sel, gave bis account in full in recent weeks to both investi- gating groups as he sought to bargain for "immunity. He has not appeared before a grand jury. Dean said today there is an unwillingness by the White House to accept the truth about Watergate and charged there is an effort to shut him up and discredit him. MXON PLUGS HOLES At Washington, President Nix- on today picked CIA Director James S. Schlesinger as de- fence secretary and added John Connally to his White House staff as a special adviser in moves to plug holes left by the Watergate scandal. Nixon also abandoned his "super-cabinet" concept of counsellors; promoted William E. Colby to CIA director and named Pentagon general coun- -sel J. Fred Buzhardt Jr. to his White House staff as a special counsel with ''full responsibil- ity in matters relating to the Watergate investigation." INDICTMENTS EXPECTED Meanwhile former attor- ney general John N. Mitchell, former commerce secretary Mam-ice H. Stans and financier Robert L. Vesco will be indict- ed today in connection with a cash contribution Ves- co made to President Nixon's re-election campaign, a source close to the investigation said. The indictment is understood to charge that Mitchell and Stans accepted Vesco's contri- bution in return for an effort to influence a Securities and Ex- change Commission investiga- tion of Vesco. Questioned by reporters to- day, Mitchell said: "I couldn't imagine a more irresponsible action." He turned aside other que- ries. TOUGH STAND President Nixon has prom- ised that "the guilty will be brought to justice." Nixon told a Sl.OOO-a-pIate Re- publican campaign dinner in Washington W e d n e s day night: "I can assure jou that we will get to the bottom of this deplorable incident." The president said he was elected to build "a more peace- ful world" and is determined to go forward toward the next four years better than the last four years." But planners said the turnout for the 1974 Congressional cam- paign kick-off was far below the number of contributors ex- pected and that the dinner might gross little more than half the million usually raised in the off-year Republi- can gala. MACLEOD WATER USERS MAY DRILL OWN WELL FORT MACLEOD The 60- member North Macleod Water Haulers Co operative is de- termined to force rancher Mrs. Jane Whipple to open her arte- sian well to them. Today Bram Vandervalk, a neighbor and head of the water users group, said if Mrs. Whip- pie doesn't open her well they will insist on drilling a new well 20 feet from her bam. "There is a road allowance that runs directly west of her says Mr. Vander- valk. "The truck traffic would be right close to her house. We don't like it ourselves. It would be 20 feet from her bams. We think it's an awful solution." But the water haulers say Mrs. Whipple can avoid all this trouble by opening her well a mile from her house. She claims the water haulers pull up in trucks and take so much water it renders her own well and her bathroom at the useless. Mr. Vandervalk says this is only partially true. He says only When the valve opened, and if the water is al- lowed to run full blast for 24 on the big overflow pipe is hours, is the water table af- fected "Somebody opened it last he says. don't know who it was. But it happened this once and her well could been affected." He says "it would be a Elianta to put new holes in the giound because nobody knows how much pressure is under- ground.'' The water haulers' spokes- man said the department of national defence built the well for use during the war. It was going to be wrecked after the war but J. S. Donahue "saved ii for the community.'' Mrs. Whipple says she will not deal with the water haulers and they can go five miles far- ther into town for their water. The Willow Creek MD 25 council yesterday passed a res- regarding the well. But ioday SSCTclary treasurer R. R. Hartfelder said it will no: be disclosed until council adopts the minutes of yester- day's meeting. nese com companies purchase Kaiser shares fire 'es in Beirut BEIRUT (Renter) Bursts of machine-gun fire rattled through a central district of Beirut early today, one of a series of sporadic incidents punctuating a general ceasefire around the Lebanese capital. The shooting broke out scon after midnight. A witness said the first bursts came from a small private car, followed by army gunfire as it fried to force a nearby mib'tary checkpoint. The incident occurred close to the scene of a bomb blast a few hours previously outside the new Beirut Chamber of Com- of four mvsterious explosions in the city Wednes- day. Elsewhere in the country, the worst violations of the fragile, day-old ceasefire were reported in the eastern Bekaa Valley close1 to the Syrian border. IN NO DANGER Meanwhile. Canadians in strife-ridden Lebanon do not seem to be in any danger, Ex- ternal Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp told the Commons Wed- nesday. H2 said his department has received information from its embassy in Beiru: and is keep- ing situation review. VANCOUVER (CP) The Mitsubishi Corp. and its Japa- nese coal customers announced today a planned investment of million to purchase more than seven million shares of Kaiser Resources Ltd. at a share. Kaiser's parent comp a ny, Kaiser Steel Corporation, will make a further investment of million to purchase an additional 6.7 million shares, increasing Kaiser Steel's own- ership to more than 14 million shares, the company said in a statement. The parent company's in- vestment will be made by con- version of million of Kaiser Resources 6109 million long- term debt held by Kaiser steel into common shares at S4.75 per share and by a cash payment of million for shares at per share. The bulk of equity financ- ing proceeds will be used to re- duce the company's debt. The public, which holds 2.5 million shares, or 25 per cent of Kaiser Resources, will re- ceive one warrant for each share held. The company statement said if all public warrants are ex- ercised, Kaiser Steel's owner- ship of Kaiser Resources would drop from 75 to 53.7 per cent. Pubb'c ownership under the plan would be reduced from 25 to 18.9 per cent and the Japa- nese interests would own 27.4 per cent. In a revised sales contract, the Japanese after July 1 will pay per ton for the Kootenay based company's coking coal, un from the cur- rent interim rate of per ton. The contract is to be ef- fective through March 31, 1985. The annual tonnage and ash specification remain unchang- ed. Deadlock is shattered at troop reduction talks VIENNA (AP) Rspresenta- tives of the United States and the Soviet Union announced to- day that the first plenary ses- sion of the preparatory talks on European troop reduction will be held here next week. The statement, read first by the U.S. and then by the Soviet representative, said representa- tives of the 19 states participat- ing in the preparatory talks be- tween the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Warsaw Pact will begin their plenary session Monday. Although no oilier details were revealed, the announce- ment meant a breakthrough in the talks, deadlocked since they began Jan. 31, and that some kind of compromise was reached. Seen and heard About town TJTHILE planning for the Hamilton Junior High School RCMP Trek, Donna Coulter claiming she'll begin the trip under 145 pounds and daughter Marlene adding "more likely under six feet" New-born Rosalind Leav- itl cc-operatLng with father Vern in a diaper change. Criticism of hospital termed unfair EDMONTON (CP) The bociy of three-month-old Belinda Man} bears should not have been returned lo her mother 111 the condition il was, the chief pathologist at Royal Alexandra Hospital said Wednesday. The body of the Metis child was taken directly from the hospital by ambulance lo Slave Lake, 250 read miles northwest of Edmonton, and given to Lil- lian Manybears, 29, in a card- board box. "The ambulance driver took the body straight to her (Mrs. Manybears) and the box was opened in the living room w h c n it was discovered there had been an autopsy. I think that's said Dr. Peter Davey. "It certainly shouldn't b e allowed." He called for legislation re- quiring all bodies to be sent from a hospital to an under- taker before being given to the family. "At the moment, anybody can be authorized to come in here, pick up a body and bury it in appropriate land.1' Dr. Davey said criticism of the Royal Alexandra Hospital's role in the incident is unfair. "We're not in the business of Iranspovting he said. "It. is not our responsibility to transport thorn." Dr. Davey said the bodies of babies which have undergone autopsies at the hospital are "closed and washed and draped in a but the todies are still an unpleasant sight. Sue Rattray, a public health nurse stationed at Wabasca, Alta., home of the Manybears family, said the child was suf- fering from shigella, a type of dysentery, at the time of her death. She said Tuesday dial four babies in the area are believed lo have died of shigella during the last year. Wabasca is about 70 miles from Slave Lake, where Mrs. Manybears was staying with relatives when the child was re- lumed. Tlw mother opened the box herself. In an interview, she said the baby "looked like she was alive." The child's body bore evt dence of an autopsy, which hai not been authorized by the par cnts. Neil Crawford, provincia1 health minister, has instructed the Alberta hospital service! commission to investigate th4 conduct of persons rosponsiblt for handling the body because "in recent months there hav ;