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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Thursday. November 1973 Pages- 9-20 Handicapped seek health cost help Rockies in back yard BILL GROENEN photo Chief Mountain overlooks this farm between Mag rath and Spring Coulee. The typical rural scene in Southern Alberta should be repeated Friday with the weather office predicting sunny periods during the afternoon. The leading edge of a high pressure Arctic air mass is bringing light northerly winds and light snow to the South today and Friday morning. high today was 20 degrees and the predicted high Friday is 15 to 20 degrees. Temperatures are running about 15 degrees below normal for this time of year. Scientists ready as comet draws closer Scientists may leam more about the composition of com- ets when the comet Kohoutek passes close to Earth and the Sun in a Calgary Centennial Planetarium spokesman says In a telephone interview from Bob Nelson said the observation position of the United States Skylab 3 astronauts could help deter- mine the composition of com- ets This is one of the ideal uses of a space said Mr Nelson He said comets were thought to be made of matter left after the rest of the solar system was formed Skylab 3 will be the best place to observe but the comet is already visi- ble in the southeast sky just before sunrise if the sky is clear Good binoculars are also necessary Mr Nelson said the comet should be visible to the naked eye late in but will be brighter in January after it passes the sun late in December. When Kohoutek has passed the it will be as bright as Mr Nelson appearing in .the southwest just after sunset After Kohoutek will fade in the western sky until it is beyond human vision Its closest approach to Earth will be about 75 million he and it will pass within 13 million or 14 million miles of the sun. Mr Nelson also said he was not sure how long its orbital period was Kohoutek's period was first estimated at about years and then at years he some astronomers think the com- et's year could be as long as 1 million years Kohoutek has a eccentric almost a straight he which makes calculation difficult like most com- was named after its dis- the Czech-born astronomer Lubos who first detected it March 7 from the Hamburg obser- vatory in Germany Mr Nelson said the comet could possibly be paying its first visit to Earth By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Legislation dealing with health care insurance needs updating to ease the burden of special health costs facing the physically handicapped in an Edmonton official for the disabled said Wednesday. Jean social mobilizer for the Alberta Committee of Action Groups for the said in an interview the financial burden on handicapped people is at times so great they go without proper health care. Many items such as special speech therapy and specializ- ed equipment for the home are not covered under any health act and are too expen- sive for some people who need she said The Edmonton official also pointed to a case where a person who needed a certain type of medicine had to go without because he could not afford it drugs are not covered under Blue Cross or health care and should be People should not have to go she said Mr Battell is visiting various cities in the province collecting reaction from han- dicapped people regarding problems they encounter in financing special health equipment. At a meeting of the Lethbridge action group Tues- day Ms Battell heard a list of problems ranging from the cost of wheelchairs and repairs to speech therapists One member of the group said although a speech therapist was needed for a handicapped person the services were too expensive The list of problems and solutions will be compiled and drafted into legislation for presentation to a joint com- mittee of members of the legislature and handicapped she said. The MLA-nandicapped joint committee was initiated earlier this year by the Ed- monton Action Group for the Disabled and is made up of five members and five han- dicapped people. The committee meets four tunes a year and attempts to bring about legislative changes for the handicapped in Ms. Battell said The recommendations on health care legislation will be presented to the membership of the committee in January. The five members of the legislature on the committee are Neil minister of Dr. Bert minister of Dr. Hugh minister of NDP leader Grant Notley and Gordon Drumheller Social Credit MLA. When selecting members for the committee action group committee purposely chose members from all three parties so the group would not be political but she said. The Committee of Action Groups for the Disabled hopes to follow the study on health care needs with an investiga- tion of the national building code and call for changes seen as necessary for handicapped she said Taber assesses need Nursing home survey to begin The Taber Hospital board will try to determine if a nurs- ing home can be built in Taber to ease the shortage of nursing home beds in the Lethbridge district Taber hospital ad- ministrator Dave Turtle says the board is going ahead with a survey to find the exact need for beds in the area. The survey consists of a for- mula which includes such in- formation as the number of people in various age the number of males and the death rate and normal percentage of people who would need nursing beds. Through the formula the board hopes to find the pre- sent and future need for nurs- ing home Mr Turtle says The request that a nursing home be built in Taber will first be presented to the Lethbridge Municipal and Auxiliary Hospital and Nurs- ing Home District No 65 Board. If the local board accepts the submission it will be presented to the Alberta Hospitals Services Com- mission The Taber board has made unsuccessful presentations for both nursing home and active treatment beds the last in 1971 The latest planning follows concern shown by some Lethbridge board members that planning for more nurs- ing homes in the district must begin now The Taber board was told to proceed with a presentation because it was promised first consideration in any plans for more nursing Mr Tur- tle says Hard fine results Mike Koszta makes and repairs furniture at A-1 Cabinets and 428 13 St. and refinishing old chairs or cutting and planing wood for a new piece are all in a day's work to him. Another worker at the shop reflnishes old porcelain. Customers often bring magazine pic- tures-of furniture m to have duplicated. BILL GROENEN _-__ j .1 VM.t.J ;