Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Tuesday, October 9, 1973 Pages 17-32 Bill Groenen photos The first step's the big one More and more people these days are getting their kicks from jumping out of airplanes. Enthusiasts call it skydiving, of course, and competitions in the sport were held at Claresholm un- der less than ideal conditions on the windy holiday weekend. Herald photographer Bill Groenen captured some of the weekend in these photos. Above left, com- petitors Mike Mahaffy and Darcy Johnson, both from Calgary, head up for a jump. Above right, Terry Long free falling. Right, judge Don Armit watches a jump. Good, bad news for house buyer By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Two indicators of tin' current housing market in the city show good news mid IKK] news the house buyer. The news is that the cost ill housing, bused on residential building permits issued by city hall, have in- creased in value this year over last year. There were 339 permits issued to the end of September this year at a total value ol about million. For all of last year there were 305 per- mits worth million. While the building permits do not include the cost ol land and are generally considered a little' lower than market value they are indicative of which way the price of new homes is going. ll's up Last year the average value ol residential ciinstriiciioi) permits was about This year so far .it's aboui S23.500. The good news is thai the l.i'lhbridue Uc.'il l-'.slaie Hoard Coop reports to its surprise thai the average sak' ol city properly through its multiple listing service is down from the same nine months last year. The average sale in tran- sactions. I he majority ol them residential property, to the end ol September this year was Skilled in South on weekend Five persons killed in Southern Alberta were among 19 deaths on the Prairies dur- ing the Thanksgiving weekend. Seven persons died in traffic accidents in Alberta. A Lethbridge man died ear- ly this morning at a Medicine Hat hospital from injuries suf- fered in an accident Monday night. Robert Joseph Albert. 31. 3509 Sylvan Rd.. was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck from the rear by a pickup truck on Highway 1, nine miles east of Medicine 5 injured Five people suffered minor injuries in two separate ac- cidents in the city over the weekend. A Calgary youth was treated for minor injuries and released from St. Michael's Hospital Sunday evening following a collision at 10th Avenue and 19th Street S. Leslie Darrell Kronebusch of Edmonton was northbound on 19th Street when his vehi- cle was in collision with a car driven by Lola Rennie. Calgary. The Rennie vehicle rolled after impact and Ian Rennie, 15. was taken to the hospital for examination. Damage to the cars totalled Four persons were slightly injured Monday afternoon in a collision at 7th Avenue and 12th Street A N. Pearl Agnes Blair, 1213 Michigan Place, was driving north on 12th Street A N. when her vehicle was in collision with the car driven by Richard Wallace Schellhorn. 1120 Stafford Drive. Both drivers were slightly injured as were Marlene Scott. 1216 10th Ave. N.. a passenger in the Blair car, and Jack Schellhorn. 2707 8th Ave. N. Mrs. Scott was treated at St. Michael's Hospital and released. Damage to the vehicles totalled Hat. The driver of the car. Abe Penner of Taber. and the driver of the truck Rodney Feil of Medicine Hat. suffered superficial injuries. Leonard Ridyard. 29. of Sparwood. B.C was killed Saturday when the car he was driving collided with a truck- trailer on Highway 3 near Cowley. about 60 miles west of Letbhridge. The driver of the truck was injured. Sidney Orr. 63. of Fort Macleod, was found dead Saturday near his home. Police said he had been work- ing on a dry well. Further details were not available. A man believed from Manitoba or Saskatchewan died Monday near Barnwell, 25 miles east of Lethbridge, when struck by a car as he crossed Highway 3. His name is being withheld by RCMP. The occupants of the car were not injured. An unidentified man died early Monday morning at Taber after he was run over by a farm vehicle Sunday evening. His name is also be- ing withheld. Two deaths in hunting ac- cidents, the first of the 1973 season, were also among the fatalities. Irene Emily Schneider. 33. of Edmonton, and Marlene Sadourin. 30, of Vimy, were shot in separate accidents. Mrs. Schneider was killed when a weapon held by her husband. Horst. discharg- ed accidentally as the pair were hunting ear Swan Hills. 110 miles northwest of Ed- monton. Mrs. Sadourin was shot near Valleyview. about 180 miles northwest of Ed- monton. Joseph Adrian Corsiatto. 18. of Bowden died Saturday after being caught in a power takeoff of a tractor on his family's farm about 15 miles south of Red Deer. Lisa Marie Klaus. 2, was killed Sunday when run over by a tractor on her family's farm near Castor, bout 80 miles east of Red Deer. For the same period last vear on a volume of sales. ilie average was "I'rices seemed to lake a bigger jump last year and levelled out this said MacMillan. manager ol ihe real estate board. There have been more smaller sales this year, sonic .is low as and SI in which I lie buyer was in- leresicd primarily in the value of (he lot. Mrs. MacMill.m said, arid that may have contributed to holding the average down. Comparisons with other years show a jump in real estate values in the city. however The average multi- ple listing sale in 19HH was onlv SI 1.000: in 1970 it was ?17.700 and in it was just under While mostly used homes are sold through the multiple listing service, an estimated to new homes have been sold through it this year. Mrs. says New home prices seemed destined to continue their upward spiral. One builder in town who says lie builds for the working man says he has two and three-bedroom homes going in the bracket: another builder says he has homes as low as on the market while estimating the average value of new houses in the cilv is near the mark. The housing market appears to be holding up. they say. even though mortgage rates now being offered range between 10 and 11 per cent. ii n ce co n s i de red a n astronomical level not too many years ago. People have to 1 i ve somewhere." said a builder who predicted the mortgage rate will level off and drop a little by spring, hut any gains there would be wiped out by increased costs in labor. material and land. "Last year is always the time to buy a house." he said. "Kverylhing keeps going up." Naturalists to meet Friday The Lethbridge Naturalists Society will hold a do-it- yourself program Friday at 8 p.m in the Bowman Arts Centre. Members are asked to bring and share any slides, records. books for this show and tell evening. Plastic wood stolen About 20 cans of plastic wood was all that was missing after a break-in at Beaver Lumber Co. Ltd., 3rd Ave. and 17th St. S.. Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Police said the plate glass in the front door of the building was smashed with a cinder block. The incident is still un- der investigation. Double-barrelled autumn sitting begins Wednesday By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The fall sitting of the Alberta legislature, suddenly a double-barrelled affair as a result of the collision between the province and Ottawa over oil. will also sec debate on a large packet of old and new legislation. The Progressive Conser- vative government has held over six pieces of legislation from the last spring sitting. will open debate on about 30 new bills and will receive the reports of three select com- mittees. Premier Peter Lougheed will open the sitting Wednes- day with a "state-of-lhe- province" speech and opposi- tion house leader Robert Clark has promised a "few surprises" for the govern- ment in the ensuing debate. The ML.Vs will sit about three and one-half weeks, says Lou Hyndman. government house leader and minister of education. There will then be an extended adjournment un- til about Dec. 3 when members will debate new royalty legislation being hustl- ed into bills by the government. That portion of the sitting should last only a week lo 10 days but the length depends on the debate. Included in the bills left over so that the public could react to them is the Disaster Services Act which the opposi- tion will be tackling as a threat to civil liberties. The special powers proposed for the government during an emergency will get a "rough ride." says Mr. Clark. But Mr. Hyndman says the bill is even more urgent now "bearing in mind the lessons of New Norway (where a poisonous gas cloud threaten- ed several communities last The house leader con- codes that the bill has been altered somewhat since the spring But he says the amendments are in response to "submissions." not objec- tions. The government, under the bill, would be able to con- fiscate and expropriate property, control travel, evacuate, authorize entry of buildings without warrants. fix prices and conscript man- power. A state of emergency could be declared for up to two weeks before having to be ratified by the legislature. A completely rewritten Workmen's Compensation Act will be presented by the government. It would include substantial increases in dis- ability and widows pensions. Wage assignments would be outlawed under another bill from the spring. Under current legislation a person can sign part of his wages over to creditors but the prac- tice is said to be open to abuse. Garnishees of wages, a mailer handled by the courts, are not affected. In the field of natural gas supplies, a SI 16 million program to help hook up 80.000 rural Alberta homes will be introduced. The plan proposes that the consumer will pay the first SI.700 of construction costs with the province picking up the remainder up to S3.000. a total of Si.300. And a bill to give Alberta uniform building standards will also be back for debate. To straighten out confusion over control of coal-mining operations, all control will be turned over to the Alberta Energy Resources Conserva- tion Board. The authority is now held by lands and forests, mines and minerals and en- vironment. Under another heldover bill, commercial property owners and renters will be made liable for injuries trespassing children suffer on their property. In the field on new legislation, the Lord's Day Act will be amended to allow municipalities the right to sanction horse racing, dog racing, boxing and wrestling events on Sundays. "It is an anachronism that municipalities are allowed to make decisions on store hours and not these." A complete overhaul of the Planning Act will be proposed to meet planning needs over the next decade. Only an out- line of the act will be debated with the actual legislation coming forward next spring. A select committee on rules and procedures will be bring- ing down recommendations dealing with the length of speeches and the budget debate. Regulations for control of some professions may be forth coming from a com- mittee studying professions and occupations. The com- mittee has already accused some self-governing groups of moving away from the princi- ple of servicing the public's best interests. Particularly pertinent con- sidering recent an- nouncements about Oil Sands development and new regulations proposing changes in investment rules for the oil industry, will be the report of a committee on foreign in- vestment. A re-organized Social Credit opposition caucus will be making "concrete proposals" on inflation, according to Mr. Clark. "Then there will be a whole group of things in the area- of government operations" he says the op- position will be zeroing in on. One of those areas will be the Alberta Opportunities Company where accpsations concerning patronage were flying at the last session. The Socred caucus has been divided into three sections to deal with human development, natural resources and economic development. The opposition MLA's have been encouraged to take on research assistants and Mr. Clark has added an assistant to his own staff. The reorganization will .mean the opposition will be "more active during the ques- tion period and on a more organized basis. Mr. Clark says. Gordon Taylor (Drumhcller) will be deputy- house leader for the opposi- tion and will also take on the government over the Ghitter Report on Beverage Alcohol if the opposition can gel the matter on the floor. The government is not ready yet to say what it plans for legislation in the area. The report has recommended neighborhood pubs, that liquor vendors be made responsible for the actions of their clients and that open alcohol be allowed in vehicles for tran- sportation but not consump- tion. Dick Gruenwald i Lethbridge-West) and Ray Speaker (Little Bos) are among the opposition members named to the human development section. Harry Strom Leighlon Buckwell (Macleod) and Charlie Drain (Pincher Creek-Crowsnest) have been named lo the natural resources section John Andcrsoni Lethbridge- Easl) and Ted Ifi_nman (Card- ston) have become part the economic development sec- tion.