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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Skylab space'station repair mission delayed again By HOWARD BENEDICT CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) Astronauts and engineers worked today to perfect equip- ment and procedures for flying a delayed repair mission to the overheated Skylab space sta- tion. The Unibad States space agency had hoped to mount the unprecedented mission to erect a sun shield on the orbiting ve- hicle Sunday but decided Thurs- day it couldn't be done that soon and delayed the attempt five more days. II was the second fivMlay postponement for Skylab 1 as- tronauts Charles Conrad, Dr. Joseph Kerwin and Paul Weitz. They were to have set out in pursuit of the laboratory Tues- day but remained grounded when trouble developed aboard the craft. The major problem was created when a thermal shield ripoed off the Skylab, enabling the outer skin to absorb the sun's rays and heat the interior of tfae vehicle so that it was uninhabitable. Plight controllers were able to stabilize the heat at 105 de- grees. John Dishar, deputy Skylab program director, said the stabilization bought the time to delay the mission five days, with a possibility it might have to be put off an additional few days. "That will depend on how well we do with the fabrication of the sails and extension de- vices and with the training of the crew to erect he said'. The sails are awning-like sun shades which experts are devel- oping and which the astronauts will carry as they fly to a linkup with the 85-ton Skylab 272 miles above the 'earth. They will take two types of shades and decide which would be the easiest to install after they reach the station and in- spect it during a fly-around ma- noeuvre. Disher said that, if possible, the astronauts will attempt to place a shade by manoeuvring the Apollo ferry ship within 10 feet of the Skylab and have one of the crew lean out the open hatch. Using a long pole with a shep- herd's crook on the end, he would attach streamers from a parachute-like bag to two points at the base of the lab. Conrad then would fly slowly to a point atop a telescope mount near the front of the big vehicle for an- other attachment. A jerk of a streamer would unfurl the sail, an isosceles tra- pezoid with two sides 20 feet long and with one end measur- ing 20 feet and the other 10 feet. MAY BE RISKY If Conrad and the ground feel that this is too risky because of jagged edges or other protube- rances that might have been caused by the mishap that tore off the thermal shield during launching last Monday, an eval- uation than will be made on the second approach. H this seems feasible, the astronauts will dock with the station and enter an airlock compartment, open- ing a hatch. One of the astronauts would poke his head and shoulders outside the hatch and use a 42- foot T-shaped frame to extend 20-foot-by-20-foot shade over the critical area of the workshop. "Either method would be sat- isfactory in shading the work- shop from the sun and bring temperatures inside down to the normal 70-degree Disher reported. "With the sunshade, we would be able to fly a normal 28-day he said. The Letttbridqe Herald VOL. LXVI No. 134 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, MAY 18, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS THREE SECTIONS 32 PAGES Burglar says Nixon 'aware' of aid offer Search for girl 19-year-old tourist missing here Gov't plans to uphold TV authority OTTAWA (CP) Commu- nications Minister Gerard Pelle- tier said today the government will take court action, if neces- sary, to uphold its authority in the cable television field. The minister told the Com- mons that recent actions by the public service board of Quebec are "an encr .chment on fed- eral authority which the govern- ment intends to resist by all means at its disposal.'' He said the board has in- formed cable operators they will have to apply for licences from the provincial government agency. Temporary licences had been issued until the new permits were granted. WASHINGTON (AP) Watergate burglar James W. McCord Jr. testified today he was told President Nixon was aware of offers of clemency made to him. He told the Senate Watergate committee that he was told by John Caulfield, a White House aide, that the president was aware of the offers of clemency and "the results of the meeting would be conveyed to the president." He also said "at a future meeting there would likely be a personal message from the president him-________________------------- self." McCord said the offer "was conveyed to me in 1973 by John Caulfield to remain silent, take executive clemency by going off to jail quietly and I was told I would receive financial aid and later rehabilitation." Then, McCord, Caulfield as- sured him of the president's in- terest. Two-price oil Inflationary pressures to be discussed By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau will make a statement on inflation and other economic mat- ters that concern the country when he opens the federal-provincial heads of government conference in Ottawa Wednesday. He told the Commons Thursday that it is his in- tention to make such a statement ait the opening of the meeting of the premiers with the prime minister. The three-day conference is expected to feaure lengthy dis- cussion on the inflationary pressures at work within. the economy and what should be done to combat them. Other items on the agenda include: 1. Review of the social security system. 2. Financing of health programs. 3. Financing of post-secondary education. 4. Regional economic development. 5. Foreign land ownership. 6. Future of the secretariat of the constitutional conference. The federal and provincial government have agreed on the above six items on the agenda. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield said in the house he understood there was a strong possibility of dis- cussions of the current economic situation being added to the agenda. He asked if the prime minister had ask- ed that this be placed on the list. Aerial search launched for victim of shooting By JEREMY TOYE VICTORIA FALLS, Rhodesia police be- gan an aerial search today for a young Canadian girl shot at Tuesday, allegedly by Zambiaa troops. Police said she may have dived into the crocodile-in- fested Zambezi River to escape the bullets. Police had said earlier thai Marian Ibuna Drijber, 19, ol Rockwcod. OnL. died when she fell into the river after being shot. Christine Louise Sinclair, 19, of Guelph, Ont., was shot dead and an American was in- jured in the shooting incident. A police spokesman said to- day Miss Drijber may have dived into the river rather than fallen in. "But her chances of survival are very slim, even though she was apparently a very strong he said. The spokesman said that fol- lowing a vai.i attempt to find luiss Drijber when Miss Sinclair's body was recov- ered, a small plane was search- ing the river today. If the air search also fails, 'Opportunities for people' plan under consideration Inside Classified -.22-26 Comics........28 Comment......4 District ...i 3 Family......18, 19 Joan Watcrfield 11 Local News 15, 16 Markets........20 Sports......12, 13 Theatres 11 Travel 29 TV 5-8, 10 Weather........ 2 Workshop......30 LOW TONIGHT 45, a man soweth, that shall he HIGH SAT. 73; also reap.'" SUNNY, WWDY EDMONTON fCP) year-round "Opportunities For People" program is being con- sidered by the federal govern- ment, Secretary of State Hugh Faulkner said Thursday. Mr. Faulkner told a news conference the plan, described as "in a very early 7 killed in Ulster violence From REUTER-AP BELFAST sol- diers died in a car bomb ex- plosion in Omagah today after one of Northern Ireland's blood- iest nights in years. The 24-hour death toil stood at seven. The other three were a cattle dealer shot near the Irish re- public, a Catholic killed while playing dorts and a 14-year-old Catholic schoolgirl who died in the hospital today after being wounded in a gunbattle Thurs- day night. The car bomb caused the highest death toll in a single in- cident for British troops since they were first called in to help combat the violence that erupted in Northern Ire- land four years ago. would combine his department's Opportunities For Youth and local initiative programs into one unit. The government would pro- vide funding for projects initi- ated by citizens of any age and for any length of time. "This would remove the sea- sonal basis of our current pro- grams, said Mr. Eaulkei.-vr. The secretary of state de- fended the government's re- vamping of the OFY program, now in its third year. Emphasis was placed on pro- jects of "community Benefit" and local advisory committees, made up of volunteers from the community, were set up to assess proposed projects. foot patrols will be mounted along the top of the gorge to look for spots where her body might have been washed up. An American tourist, John Crowther, of Troy, Ohio, was wounded and is being treated in a hospital in nearby Wankie for a chipped hip and metal splin- ters in his left eye. Rhodesia has accused Zam- bian troops of responsibility for the attack. During Thursday's rescue operation, Zambian troops could be seen watching from their side of the river only 100 yards away. AT CHASM BOTTOM The body of Miss Sinclair was at the bottom of the chasm for 40 hours before a 60-man rescue party could bring it up to a plateau. Heavily-armed Rhodesian sol- diers stood guard and air force helicoptetrs circle overhead as the bullet-riddled body of t h e girl was brought up. Her body is to be handed over to Zambian authorities at the request cf the Canadan high commissioner in Lusaka, a po- lice spokesman said. The spokesman said every ef- fort will be made to recover the body of Miss Drijber. The meeting in January was during ths time McCord and G. Gordon Liddy wepo on trial for the June 17, 1972, break-in at Democratic party headquarters in the Watergate Building. TWO STOOD TRIAL McCord. ..and Liddy were the only twor" of seven persons charged who stood trial. The oilier five pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping. McCord did not say where the meeting took place. He made his statement when committee lawyer Sam Dash asked about political pressure applied to the defendants. McCord told about the meet- ing with Caulfield and said: "I was further told at a January meeting in 1973 that the president of the United Spates was aware of our meet- ing, that the results of tha meeting would be conveyed to the president and at a future meeting there would likely be a personal message from the president himself." McCord said he got mixed up in the Watergate affair because he was told Attorney-General Jolm N. Mitchell, presidential lawysr John W. Dean III and Nixon campaign deputy Jeb S. Magruder had approved it. McCord, taking the stand in the second day of televised hearings, said he was sorry he had been involved in the affair. RECEIVED MONEY He repeated that he had re- ceived money after his burglary arrest, and that he was told it came from the Committee for the Re-election of the President and was given in return for his si'ence. The retired Central In- telligence Agency employee said the CIA had in no way been involved in the wiretap- ping. "Quite the he said. OTTAWA (CP) A two-price oil and gas system to prevent Canadian consumers from being hurt by the United States energy shortage is under con- sideration by the federal gov- ernment, Energy Minister Don- ald Macdonald said Thursday. He told the Commons the pro- posal is being given close scru- tiny because the government does not want Canadians to foot the bill for U.S. energy short- ages. If adopted, the system would mean one price for oil and gas exported to the U.S. and a sec- ond for oil and gas products used in Canada. Mr. Macdonald was respond- ing to a question from T. C. Douglas ichan-The Islands) who said Ca- nadian oil companies are taking advantage of the United States' shortage to raise prices in Can- ada. Recent price increases an- nounced by major companies have nothing to do with produc- tion costs or supplies, he said. They are merely a response to demand in the U.S. Mr. Macdonald said oil costs are rising in Eastern Canada because of higher prices for for- eign oil. But a two-price system No Herald Victoria Day There will be no Herald Mon- day, Victoria Day. A full round- up of weekend news and sports will be carried in Tuesday's edition. Display advertisers are re- minded of the following dead- lines: Ads for Wednesday, May 23, must be received at The Her- ald by a.m. Saturday, May 19; for Thursday, May 24, by noon, Tuesday. May 22. Classified advertisements re- ceived by a.m. this Satur- day will appear Tuesday. might be adopted if prices con- tinue to rise in the rest of Can- ada which is supplied by oil from Western Canada. For the moment, he said, Ca- nadian oil exports do not ap- pear to be affecting supplies available at home. But the situ- ation was being watched closely and action would be taken if necessary. Brezhnev dramatizes Soviet aim BONN (AP) Leonid I. Brezhnev opened a summit meeting with West German Chancellor Willy Brandt today, dramatizing Russia's new diplo- matic drive to improve rela- tions with the West. Upon arriving by air from Moscow, the Soviet communist party chief told Brandt it was up to both of them to build a sturdy house upon the founda- tion of the 1970 Soviet-West Ger- man nonaggression treaty. Recalling the Second World War enmity cf their two peo- ples, Brandt said in his greet- ing: "A tragic history has made the path to each ether difficult. But we have dared to make a new beginning." Seen and heard About town YAMADA, tee- ing off at Bridge Valley course using a putter A small voice in St. Patrick's Catholic Church confirma- tion class asking: "Was Father J. A. Carroll at the Last U of L bursary program confirmed Mill rate hiked CALGARY (CP) City council decided Thursday to in- crease the municipal tax rate by only 0.3 mills to 68.9 mills from C8.G. The effect on the average homeowner with a house as- sessed at would be to raise taxes to The new rate falls well with- in the provincial guidelines lim- iting municipal rate increases to 7.5 per cent and the city is eligible for a million in- centive grant from the prov- ince. Students throughout rural Al- berta this June will be receiv- ing information on a govern- ment-subsidized program de- signed to bolster sagging en- rolment at the University of Le'Jibridge. Known as an bursary the subsidy was announced today by Ad- vanced Education Minister Jim Foster. The announcement confirms a story carried in The Herald two weeks ago. Under the program, students who dp not live near a college or university and who must leave home to start university studies, will be eligible for bursaries provided by the advanced education department through its Students' Finance Boards at Edmonton or Cal- gary. Mr. Foster said the govern- ment hopes to attract 200 stu- dents to the U of L. If each stu- dent qualifies for a two-year program, the minimum provin- cial expenditure would total for the 1973-74 and 1974- 75 academic years. The government could spend as much as Sl.5 million within two years if the project achiev- es its ultimate goal. "You have to be prepared to take some steps to ensure that the (U of I survives and pros- pers in the sense that it has students that approach the level somewh'3re between and Mr. Foster said in the legislature April 5. The minister said the U of L enrolment is now about s.udcnts. An extra stu- dents, at per student over two years, could boost provin- cial involvement to the mil- lion mark. Glen Yost, information officer for Mr. Foster's department, said no reaction to the program has been received from the Uni- versities of Alberta and Calgary which are not included in the government bursary plan. Mr. Foster says he is not con- cerned with opposition to t h e plan from either the U of C or the U of A. "If we have to spend a few hundred thousand dollars, if it appears to be discriminatory as far as the large universities of Calgary and Alberta are con- cerned, then so be the min- ister said. Mr. Yost said gsographical specifications for students seek- ing government bursaries will be set by the U of L. He said information on t h e government plan will be sent to each Grade 12 siudent in Al- berta, on an individual basis, in early June. University administrators at Lethbridge declined comment on the new program. One spokesman said it is not known what geographical limits would be placed on stiidents applying for government assistance. The spokesman said students living within a 50 or 100-mile radius of any Alberta institu- tion might not be eligible for the bursary. However, Mr. Yost said ft is not inconceivable that students living within a smaller radius would be provided provincial funding if they qualify for U of L entrance academically. ;