Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Grasshopper hatch heavy near Grassy Lake Newly hatched grasshoppers You'll find them about a quarter-inch long By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The predicted grasshopper outbreak in Southern Alberta has started. Fanners are being urged by provincial agriculture officials to check fields immediately and establish protective spraying operations if necessary. Mike Jones of entomologist with the Alberta department of started a field survey Saturday checking for grasshopper populations in suspected hot spots. A region about 45 miles wide east to and 36 miles deep in the Grassy Lake-Burdett-Bow Island area was termed with.hoppers. Mr. Jones said the ground moved in front of me as I walked through the The hoppers are about one quarter of an inch long and have been hatched about one week. In the area between Medicine Hat and Seven the hoppers are just beginning to he said. In the Acadia Valley near on the Alberta- Saskatchewan border east of the other major hot spot predicted for the hoppers are about eight to 10 days away from hatching. Mr. Jones said there are lots of eggs and the potential for an outbreak is definitely there. The large numbers of grasshoppers in Southern Alberta means the cool wet weather through much of April only delayed the said Mr. Jones. It didn't kill the hoppers in the egg stage. One factor which may help Southern Alberta farmers is the relative advanced stage of growth of the crops. Farmers haven't been bothered as much by wet field conditions in the infested region so crops are further advanced. But in areas where the farmers are still on the the crops will grow at the same rate as the hoppers and this is a situation that can result in critical he said. Mr. Jones suggests farmers contact their district agriculturist to confirm the stage of grasshopper hatch in their fields and to establish a spraying program if needed. Stocks of the chemical used to combat have been distributed to some areas in Southern Alberta. The rest of the stock for the entire province is in Lethhridge. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION May 1974 Pages 13-20 No power backlash in sight A public outcry against sale of the city power plant to Calgary Power Ltd. doesn't appear to be at least according to city hall officials Deputy Mayor Vaughan chairman of the city council committee which last week unanimously recommended sale of the said the reaction he has received privately and at gatherings has been that the sale of the plant is inevitible and that it can't be.such a bad thing after all. own reading of the reaction at this time is that with very few dissenting the public is prepared to go along with the recommendation of the he said Tuesday. City clerk John Gerla said Tuesday he's received no letters on the issue so far for Monday's council meeting. One calling itself the Save Our Power Plant Committee has written Mayor Andy asking for a public meeting no earlier than June 15 At its last council tabled the recommendation to sell the plant to Monday's evening but it's unlikely any decision will be taken on it then. Three council members Mayor Andy Aid. Vera Ferguson and Aid. Bill Kergan will be in Winnipeg attending the annual convention of the Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities Sizing up site for new centre Tom president of the Rehabili- tation Society of and Rod presi- dent of the Kinsmen Club of look over an artist's sketch of the Rehabilitation Society's new facility at the northside industrial park site. the Kinsmen Club presented the society a cheque for the building and pledged to raise another over the next three years. The Kinsmen raised the money through projects including the Whoop-Up Days Car Awards sales of Olympic lottery Canada Winter Games lot- tery and a Kinette Club project. 'We'll pay if they're Mo unties Crawford defends abortion law vote down By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EE--MONTON-- If abortion legislation is not working it is the fault of the federal Alberta Health Minister Neil Crawford said Tuesday. Mr. Crawford said federal Justice Minister Otto Lang Townspeople back strikers About 50 people turned out Tuesday to picket a Coleman town council meeting in support of nine town employees striking for higher' wages. The members of the Canadian Union of Public went on strike Tuesday after negotiations broke down. Town manager John Kapalka said today there had been no emergencies since the strike started. was critical of the provinces for allowing frivolous abortions. you don't think medical review boards are interpreting the word 'health' for goodness sakes give them a definition to work he said in an interview. The federal law only states in general terms that an abortion can be performed to protect a woman's physical and mental well-being. Mr. Crawford said it was unfair to expect the people administering an .unclear statute to be succesful. He rejected a plea from Art Truck rolls killing man A 62-year-old Lethbridge man was killed Tuesday when the farm delivery gas truck he was driving left a district road eight miles north of Picture Butte and rolled in a ditch. Lome 1741 14th Ave S. was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled. Picture Butte RCMP say tracks from Mr McDonald's truck led into the ditch but they are uncertain why his truck left the road. Thieves hit car owners About worth of car stereo equipment was stolen city police report. Robert Brown and Jeff both of Suite No. 1421 Ashgrove Road had stereo equipment stolen from their cars. Mr. Brown's stereo was worth and Mr. Lay's was worth Dixon Calgary that abortions performed for any reason other than to prevent a woman's death be excluded from coverage under Alberta Health Care Insurance a medical procedure is it should be covered by the health care Mr. Crawford said. Mr. Dixon introduced a bill which would limit abortions to life and death cases. He said there was growing concern that abortions were being abused. He also said every child had a right to live on moral grounds. Mr. Dixon suggested abortions were the first step towards euthanasia for unwanted old persons. Of abortions performed in Alberta in he said 184 were done at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. Mr. Dixon estimated that during the was one abortion to every five live union RCMP officers in Alberta have voted to retain the divisional representative system in the force rather than form a union. Sgt. C. M. staff representative for the Lethbridge said today in a telephone interview from Claresholm the vote in K Division was 871 to 128 in favor of repealing legislation preventing formation oT an RCMP association. But it was 885 to 141 against forming an association and 875 to 58 in favor of retaining the divisional representative he said. The results would be taken to Ottawa by the divisional representative. British Columbia RCMP officers also voted to retain the divisional representative system. Emergency wards for Winter Games By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Emergency services at Lethbridge hospitals are inadequate to handle the anticipated number of injuries during the 1975 Canada Winter Games and should be the chairman of the Game's medical committee said Tuesday Anthony Pomahac said the physical facility of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital especially has to be expanded in case a large number of injuries need emergency care. But LMH Administrator Andy said Tuesday the hospital will not be able to expand the emergency ward in time for the Games. construction can be done with the time available and the commission Hospital Services probably won't allow anything to be built just for those two he said. If extra services are the hospital will likely compensate with more staff and priorities for care. In preparation for the the hospital will be investigating the possibility of putting a moratorium on admissions or cutting the length of stay of patients who can recuperate at he said. Mr. Andreachuk met Dr. Pomahac Tuesday to discuss various possibilities in providing emergency service. Members of the LMH board will be meeting Provincial Hospital Commissioner Larry Wilson this week to discuss long-range plans to expand various hospital including the emergency ward. The ward at LMH has not been renovated since 1955 and through the year treats twice as many people as the rest of the hospital combined. MP heads for 'Pass Joe Conservative MP for Rocky will be campaigning in the Crowsnest Pass Thursday and Friday. Much of .his time will be spent mainstreeting in Bellevue and Hillcrest. Thursday evening he will be in Blairmore about 8 p.m to open his 'Pass campaign headquarters. Three proposals submitted for use of old library A crafts centre for senior a meeting place for senior citizens and disabled and an art gallery are the three proposals submitted on future use of the Gait Gardens library. The Community Services Advisory which is to make a recommendation to city council on the future of the old library has scheduled a meeting June 5 to hear presentation of the proposals. Submissions to the committee have come from the Chinook Pensioners and Jim a local who is seeking what he calls a social centre for senior citizens and the and the Citizens' Committee for a Lethbridge and District Art Gallery. Each feels the old library would be perfect for their particular needs. The Chinook Pensioners say in their submission they have outgrown their present handicraft and hobby facilities in the Civic Sports Centre. old library is the ideal building for size and location for this type of a centre and Gait Gardens and city says the group's submitted by their secretary Betty Waldern New Horizons money is available for the equipment and material needed to get the program and centre in the Chinook submission and very little renovation would be required. Mr. Burness feels the city should set up the social centre for senior citizens and the disabled that he proposes. Costs are not so important when dealing with these he says in his submission. are other areas of city life that could be cut back in expenses and the money more justly spent on the handicapped and the senior citizens who worked so hard to develop the standard of living we have he says. the city were to follow up on this idea it would be setting a good example in priorities by looking after first things Mr. Burness adds that such a centre has vast possibilities for psychological benefits and teaching many skills for these he is a centre in a park where these people can and enjoy a few hours away from their homes or the institutions they must call The brief from the committee for a Lethbridge and district art says the city could have a first class art gallery museum in the old capable of attrating national art exhibits as well as providing a showplace for local work. It adds that renovations to convert the building to a gallery would cost some which could likely be obtained along with the initial two years operating costs from the federal government through the National Museums of Canada program. The art gallery organization was the group whose action lead to the submissions to be heard June 5. It's original proposal for an art gallery and the public support it received convinced city council to rescind an earlier decision to turn the old library over to the city community services department for offices. Council decided instead to throw it open to any community group interested in using the building. Mr. Andreachuk said there should not be much of a problem with the treatment of Game's emergency cases because most of the injuries at the last winter games in Saskatoon were treated in a central infirmary or at the site of the event. the infirmary will be at the Lethbridge Collegiate where the athletes will be housel Another infirmary will be set up in Pincher where a small Games village will be established for the skiers. Because the events are being held at points throughout Southern this should ease the demand for services on the two hospital wards in Lethbridge But the large area has caused problems arranging transportation and medical Dr. Pomahac said. Ambulance service at the rural events will be handled by town ambulances except at the ski events in Westcastle where four-wheel-drive Armed Forces ambulances will be available. Because the potential for injuries at the ski events is greater than other the problems of staffing and providing medical service in Westcastle have been great. The medical committee has decided five bone specialists will be travelling to Westcastle during the 10 days of skiing and one will be available at all Dr. Pomahac said. The committee and winter games executive have also been grappling with the necessity of a stand-by helicopter near Westcastle in case a participant gets a serious head injury. cost of keeping a helicopter on stand-by is but if a head injury occurs the person must be flown immediately to the Foothills Hospital he said The problem with having a helicopter on the scene is there may not be any head or the weather may be so overcast it could not fly. are many questions can we get can it be used and will it be Dr Pomahac said As well as physicians will be on site at other high risk sports in all towns in the area. Ambulances will be on stand-by at the University of the Yates Centre and LCI. About 500 medical and paramedical personnel will be involved in the including 100 physicians and 250-300 nurses. Plans for medical coverage will be reviewed by officials from both the federal and provincial governments at a meeting June 6. Contract awarded Tollestrup Construction Co. of Lethbridge has been awarded the site-development tender for work at the Lethbridge Correctional according to the provincial department of public works. Tom chairman of the DPW tendertng reports Tollestrup's bid of was the only one received. sworn n New officers for the Letnbridge Jaycees were sworn in at the clubs' annual meeting Tuesday at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant. Barry Mathews is the club's new Barry Marchand is first vice- Bent second Brian and Bud Sedman. treasurer. Out-going president Harold Love called the past year a banner-year for the club because of the number of activities the Jaycees were involved in The Bar of Gold queen contestants were introduced at the meeting. They Lucy Dawn Jackie Wendy Valerie and Rosaline 22. The queen and runner-up will be chosen June 15 during ceremonies at the College Mall. The queen will reign during Whoop-Up Days. Truck soars 120 feet into coulee A 25-year-old Lethbridge man is in satisfactory condition in St. Michael's Hospital after his truck plunged 300 feet into a coulee at Scenic Drive and 4th Street S. early this morning. Police claim Lenard 101 Rideau was travelling south on 4th Street S when he came to Scenic Drive and drove straight over the curb and continued on into the coulee. Police say that after hitting the curb Mr. Hay crossed a service road and flew 120 feet through the air into the coulee. Mr. Hay's truck landed on all four wheels. The truck then bounced over another steep embankment and stopped 179 feet from the spot he first touched the ground. The truck stayed upright for the entire distance. There was damage to the truck.