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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta WINDY FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY 70 The Letttbtidge Herald VOL. LXIII Wo. 137 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, MAY 25, 1970 fRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES A HUFF AND PUFF This rare scene shows [he stack of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Acadia as it blows perfect smoke rings toward a cloud- 'less sky as the cutter prepared to leave its berth in Port Hurson, Ont., on the St. Clair River. Nerve Gas Alaska Fishing Port Frets About Becomi7ig Repository KODIAK, Alaska (AP) Reports that a U.S. naval station near this fishing port of residents may become the repository of tons of nerve gas met with a mixed reaction today. Mike Garvel (Dem. Alaska) described tha reported plan as "dangerous and totally unacceptable to the people of and .Gov. Keith Miller pledged that he would try to block it. Mayor Pete Resoff said: "It's like getting a Christ- mas present of a bag of snakes." But he added that it might be a boon to the community's depressed econ- heard it might mean anywhere from to with 400 to 600 new families." The defence department announced Sunday that plans to move the nerve gas from Okinawa to the Umatilla ammunition depot near Hermiston, Ore., had been cancelled by President Nixon, and that tha Pentagon was studying alternate storage locations. A department spokesman said Kodiafc Naval Station was one of several possible sites being considered. The naval station occupies acres seven miles one of several possible sites being considered. The naval station occupies acres seven miles from the town of Kodiak, whidi was eeveriy dam- aged by the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. Strong Opposition Formation of an Anchorage chapter of People Against Nerve Gas (PANG) was1 announced Sunday. A Seattle chapter of the same group which filed a court suit opposing shipment of.the gas through the North- west last week staged a "die-in" in downtown Seattle to symbolize what could happen if the gas escaped during shipment. There had been strong opposition to the army's plans to move the gas by ship from Okinawa to Bangor, Wash., and then by rail to the Umatilla depot. But last week a federal judge dismissed suits filed by Washington and Oregon to an effort to block the shipment. There was strong protests from Canadians since the shipment would go through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, 15 miles off Vancouver Island. Last month, Canada sent the United States a nota asking that it use an alternate route for the ship- ment or use some other method of disposal Premier W. A. C. Bennett of British Columbia ex- pressed concern and Canadian armed forces arid civil defence chiefs drew up secret plans of what to do in case of an accident. There were some demon- strations in B.C. Claim Victory In Victoria Saturday, Robert Munro, organizer of an anti-gas rally in Victoria three weeks ago, claim- ed victory. "It is a tremendous victory for the people who participated in the opposition to U.S. plans to'ship the stuff so close to Canadian territory. But as long as such weapons exist there is still danger." Senator Warren G. Magnuson (Dem. Wash.) said sending the gas to Alaska "makes Alaskans second- class citizens." The decision not lo store the gas in Oregon was greeted enthusiastically by officials of Oregon and Washington. Gov. Dan Evans of Washington was on an Asian trade mission, but an aide called the decision to can- cel the shipment "obviously good news." "The thing that bothered the governor most was that .the stale was responsible and we didn't have the resources lo fight off saboteurs and didn't have the re- sources for mass the aide said. Million Dollar Soviet Arms Buildup Luxury Complex Planned Here Reported In Mideast Construction will start imme- diately on a million 78-suite luxury high rise apartment complex in Lethbridge. The 10-storey building will be located on the old Mormon Church property at Ilth St. and 5th Avc. S. The building will be fi- nanaced by the Ithacan Devel- opment Group' of Companies, and built by Smith Bros, and Wilson. It will be called Staf- ford Place after early district pioneer William Stafford, the first general manager of the Alberta Railroad and Irriga- tion Company. "This is an exciting develop- said Economic Devel- opment Commission director Dennis O'Connell in an- nouncing the project. "Ithacan is a substantial company and it is a compliment to have it interested in Lethbridge." Land acquisition and as- sembly was handled1 by Cam Peat of N. B. Peat and Co., Ltd. of Lethbridge, and pri- mary fianacing is being pro- vided through the Lethbridga office of the Royal Trust Com- pany. Architects and enginners are Maxwell Campbell and Asso- 1 ciates of Calgary. The project will be retained in the Ithacan Group's invest- ment portfolio, and will be un- der supervision and manage- ment of its southern Alberta of- fices in Calgary. Mystery Shrouds Postal Dispute OTTAWA (CP) Negotiators for the postal unions and the government resumed bargain- ing today without commenting publicly on signs of rising ten- sion and any threat of a na- tional mail strike. William Houle and Roger De- carie, union leaders, declined to explain their absence from ne- gotiations Sunday evening. Their failure to show up at the bargaining table was inter- preted as a signal of continuing deadlock in the closed negotia- tions. Meanwhile, leaders of union locals in .Montreal and Vancou- ver said they had been in- structed by their Ottawa head- quarteri to deploy their strike directors across Quebec and British Columbia. A spokesman for the Montreal local of the Letter Carriers Union said he had been .told "directors have been moved into spots across the country too." Mr. Houle and Mr. Decarie turned up for today's session. Their unexpected and appar- ently unexplained absence left the government team negotiat- ing with the rest of the Council of Postal Union's delegation for two hours. J. C. Mayes, vice-president of the Letter, Carriers' Union of Canada, told reporters that Mr. Houle and Mr. Decarie, presi- dent of the letter carriers, had other business. Mr. Houle is president of tha Canadian Union of Postal Work- ers. "The barometer is a government observer said. "We have a mystery on our hands." Tne two sides have been mora than 75 meetings since last Aug. 22 in the sixth-floor board room of the Confederation Building, two floors above the office Treasury Board President C. M. Drury. Mr. Drury and Postmaster General Eric Kierans both ap- peared in weekend television in- terviews. They emphasized that there is no real threat to postal job security from automation. Hijacked Planes Land In Cuba MIAMI (AP) A Delta Air Lines jet with 96 passengers and a crew of six, hijacked in flight from Atlanta to Miami, landed in Havana today. On the runways of Jose Marti Airport, the U.S. airliner joined a Mexican plane with 79 persons aboard diverted by an unknown number of hijackers en route from the resort island of Cozu- mel to the Yucatan capital of. Merida. Mr. Drury may have angered the unions by remarking that they are trying to break the government's anti-inflation pol- icy of wage restraint. "So we said Mr. De- carie, who with Mr. Houle, was at both earlier negotiating ses- sions Sunday. A conciliation board under Judge Rene Lippe of Montreal split three ways on the wage issue in a report early this month that sparked the strike vote. Missile SET FOR ISRAELI TARGETS Palestine Liberation Army's new locallx-made rockets are seen being made ready for firing five miles on the Jordanian side of the River Jor- dan against Israeli army tarkets in the southern Jordan Valley Thursday. This is the first time such rockets have been pictured. Troops Wanted Until War's End FHNOM PENH (Reuters) Cambodia intends to ask Presi- dent Nixon to keep U.S. troops in Cambodia "until the end of the Foreign Minister Yem Sambaur told a news con- ference today. The foreign minister, speak- ing with reporters before flying to Saigon for talks with South Vietnamese leaders, said the re- quest had not yet been made but added: "We wish the United States troops to stay on even after the month of June." He was referring to President Nixon's promise to Congress to withdraw all U.S. units from Cambodia by the end of next month. Asked whether the request had been made yet, the minister replied1: "We will make this re- quest." But he would not say when. He also said he would be happy to see South1 Vietnamese troops remain, even after tha Americans leave. Observers in Washington said President Nixon is expected to react warily to any Cambodian request for U.S. troops to re- main in the country after the June 30 withdrawal deadline set by the White House. The deadline was set by the president primarily for domes- tic reasons to still the strident dissent on campus and in Con- gress that broke out after an- nouncement of the military of- fensive against Communist border sanctuaries in Cambodia. Any turnabout by the presi- dent now would risk fanning the forces of dissent in tire United States into full flame and bring Nixon's credibility into serious question, diplomatic observers said. It also would risk dangerous repercussions on the economic front, one of the president's major concerns currently. TROOPS COME OUT WASHINGTON (Reuters) President Nixon still intends to withdraw all United States troops from Cambodia by June Cambodia's reported intention to ask that they stay on, the White House said today. "All U.S. personnel will be out of Cambodia on June presi- dential spokesman Ronald L. Ziegler declared. Kimbeiiey Man Dies In Crash (CP) Rob- ert E. Foster, 28, of Kimberley was killed in a single-car crash near this east Kootenay com- munity. NEW YORK (Reuters) Tha Soviet Union has taken over vir- tually all of Egypt's defences and by Sept. 1 plans to have 480 missiles set up, manned by Russian military person- nel, Newsweek magazine says. Newsweek senior editor Ar- naud de Borchgrave, who com- piled evidence of a Russian buildup in Egypt, quotes a high Soviet official as telling Mm: "If Israel persists in attacking Egypt she will have to be taught a lesson. And that lesson can only be a dose of the same medicine. "It won't be long before the Egyptians are capable of bomb- ing targets in Israel the way Is- rael bombs targets in Egypt." De Borchgrave says Russia already has 22 surface-to-air missile sites in place near Alex- andria, Paltin, Cairo, the Aswan Dam and Cairo west. The latter location, described as the hub of the Russian military buildup, in- cludes a big airport and is the headquarters of a recently-ar- rived Soviet air defence divi- sion. The Newsweek article says another 23 sites are under con- struction and another 17 instal- lations are planned, including some near the Suez canal. De Borchgrave also reports that in recent weeks three new .squadrons of MiG-21s have ar- rived in Egypt, accompanied by 90 pilots. He also says that a Russian general and his Soviet staff now make all Egyptian defence decisions, ordering whether Egyptian or Russian pi- lots cr anti-aircraft personnel should engage an intruder. Lebanon Land Stab Report Is Denied Horrified Canadian Bride Watches Husband Killed SYDNEY, Australia (CP- Heuters) An Australian parachute instructor plunged to his death during a display of skydiving Sunday as his Cana- dian-born wife of only a few months waited below. Keven Clifford Nielsen, 26, fell feet to the ground when Ills main parachute failed to open and his reserve chute became entangled. On the ground was the for- mer Donnaleen Fong, 22, of Vancouver, who received wide publicity last year over her attempts to enter Australia. The couple was married Jan. 5. Nielsen was taking part in a display of skydiving to raise money to help send an Aus- tralian team to the world championships in Yugoslavia. Mrs. Nielsen said last year that Australian officials in Vancouver had told her she could not enter Australia with- out a visa, h'ke other Canadi- ans, because she was "non- By THE CANADIAN PRESS The chief Israeli military spokesman today denied Beirut reports that the Lebanese army had been engaged in battle with an Israeli armored column adv- ancing into southern Lebanon. He said in Tel Aviv the only Incident along the border had been a skirmish which devel- oped after an 'Israeli patrol was fired upon near the village of Avivim, the scene of Friday's Palestinian Arab guerrilla am- bush of an Israeli school bus in which 12 persons were killed and 20 injured. The spokesman, Col. Joseph Cafeff, said the Israeli patrol re- turned the fire and silenced the Arab gun positions without suf- ferir.g any casualties. If, T 7 He deeded that Israeli forces Legal launched a concentrated land attack on the Bint Hbeil area and said the skirmish occurred near the Lebanese village of Yaroum. Observers in Tel Aviv, com- menting on the Beirut reports, WASHINGTON (AP) With noted there had Israeli army carve out a secu- rity belt in southern Lebanon to keep Arab guerrillas away from Israeli settlements. It followed by only a few hours another warning by Is- raeli Defence Minister Mosha Dayan that if Lebanon didn't stop the guerillas from attack- ing the Israelis, "we will do the job." Mrs. Nielsen, of Chinese-Eu- ropean extraction, later ap- plied to the Australian immi- gration department, and was granted a residence visa. She arrived in Sydney Sept. 9 last year, and the couple was married in a registry off- ice ceremony. After Old U.S. Ban Lifted the May 11 repeal of an 1892 law that banned kite flying, sev- eral thousand happy kite flyers turned out on the grounds of Washington monument Sunday, helped by police who only a few weeks ago had arrested several of them1 for cluttering the sky. National park police handed out kites as part of a "sum- mer in the parks" program. Trudeau Causes Raised Eyebrows apparent nervousness in Leba- non about possible Israeli re- prisals following the school-bus attack and said this may have led to an exaggerated account being given of today's incident. CRITICIZED BY UN A week ago, the Um'ted Na- tions Security Council con- demned Israel for launching an anrcred attack in south Leba- non May 12. Tire Lebanese report cf an at- tack taiay came while Israeli newspapers demanded that the Families Flee Flood ALBA IULIA (Reuters) Evacuated families took shelter in hilltop villages today to es- cape a new flood threat to in- dustrial townships in central Romania. Swollen by heavy rain and snow in the last 48 hours, rivers pouring down from the moun- tains are rising to danger levels for the second time in 10 days. Provincial party secretary Baiut Sirbu said the damage caused by the florals was worst we can ever remember." He said about 130 persons were believed to have died al- though many are missing and other estimates put the death toll at 200 or mere. TOKYO (CP) Prime Minis- ter Trudeau arrived here late Monday on his way to Osaka and Canada Day at Expo '70, well-heralded by comments he made in Singapore about the- wartime Japanese occupation. His Saturday memories of the Japanese-occu- pation in Asia are "not very front-page newspaper treatment. There didn't appear to be any official reaction to his remarks, but ob- servers hare said they obviously caused some raised eyebrows. During his Singapore newi conference, in which he talked about the changing power struc- tures in Asia, Trudeau asked whether it was a "joyful pros- pect to have the Japanese in- crease its military might." If his comments caused any adverse reaction here it wasn't apparent at Tokyo Airport when Ms jetliner landed in front of several thousand people who waved Japanese and Canadian flags. Going through the welcoming ceremonies afforded all digni- taries on their way to Osaka, Trudeau was greeted by Japa- nese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, Construction Minister Ryutaro Nemoto and Herbert Moran, Canadian ambassador to Japan. RESTED OVER WEEKEND Later in l.he evening he was to attend a formal dinner given by Sato. Tuesday he will go by train to Osaka. The prime minister arrived after a four-hcur flight from, Hong Kong where he had a rest- ful weekend before going into this final ar.d full week of his 19-day Pacific tour. He attended two dinners in tte tiny colony, and placed wreath a cone- lary where Canadian soldiers are buried, but apart from this be was largely left alone. He did some swimming Sun- day afternoon near the junk- filled harbor of Aberdeen, ad after attending a dinner with Canadian trade second such gathering in 24 sampled Hong Kong's night life. The Hong Kong Star took a picture of Trudeau's party returning to their hotel at 2 a.m. The newspaper said the party included two attractive Chinese girls, but there were no further details. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN TWE-YEAR old David Laiiglands asking par- ents Bill and Mel when his and Debbie's new sister Susan "is.going to be adver- tised in church" former hockey standout Bill Gibson tpjlking about "backcheck- iijg" food as be polished off Ills second steak following the Miners' Library golf tourna- ment. Stock Market Nose-Dives NEW YORK (AP) Tha stock market nose-dived today, sending the Dow Jones in- dustrial average sharply bslow its seven-year closing low estab- lished Friday. By 11 a.m. the average of 30 blue-chip stocks had tumbled 11.02 points, or 1.66 per cent, to 651.15. The average, which fell more Ulan 40 points last week, closed Friday at 662.17, its lowest level nnce March L -1963. ;