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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-Thuraday, October Power rate hike effects still unknown, city officials say By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer It's too early to say what effect a Calgary Power Ltd. rate'increase request of 15 per cent will have on Lethbridge electric consumers, city officials say. They also say the request does not really alter the conclusions of the CH2M Hill report on which city council based its decision to sell the city power plant to Calgary Power Ltd. for 000 this summer. "I just couldn't say what effect Calgary Power's request will have until we know exactly what they are asking for and what they said Oli Erdos, city utility director. "If they do get a 15 per cent increase there's no question we'll have to do a rate study next year instead of in 1976 as planned." Calgary Power President Marshall Williams said earlier this week his firm plans to go to the Public Utilities Board before the end of the year with a request for a rate increase that on the average will be in excess of 15 per cent. "We anticipated there would be an application for a rate increase and we further anticipate that the Public Utilities Board will deal with it as carefully as said Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff, who was chairman of coun- cil's power study committee. "It's a question of whether it's justified or not we'll fight any unjustified increase tooth and nail." !f the city was still operating its own power plant it would be facing exactly the same possibility of increases, Mr. Hembroff added. "I don't know if it would be the same kind of increase because I don't know what Calgary Power's cost increases are. But the city would be facing cost increases if it operated its own plant. We would have to decide whether to ab- sorb the increase or pass it on to the consumer. "It makes no difference whether we're buying from Calgary Power or not if we decide we want to take less of a profit (from the distribu- tion and sale of electricity) and absorb some of the increase we're quite free to do so. "The basic premise is that if costs are increas- ing for Calgary Power, they're increasing for everyone. "We acted on the premise that CH2M Hill was quite conservative. "No one anywhere anticipated the kinds of inflationary pressures that are occurring. "All it demonstrates is that it's all that much more critical to allow people who are able to most efficiently produce power through economies of scale to do it." Mr. Erdos said the whole CH2M Hill report has no bearing on what's happening now. "If the firm did the report today it would use a higher rate increase and higher escalation of material he said. "It doesn't change the decision one bit the increases would apply to the other side of the ledger too." The utility director said CH2M Hill predicted increases in material costs of only four per cent annually, while some electrical material costs have gone up as much as 150 per cent. "We would be looking at the same kind of increases (as Calgary Power) if we continued to operate our own plant." Mr. added that while the final decision would be council's, his department would likely recommend that the city endeavor to delay a rate increase as long as possible, then have a substantial increase in order to put off subse- quent increases as long as possible. Lethbridge man gets jail, fine An 18 year old Lethbridge man involved Sept. 18 in a high speed chase with Lethbridge city police where speeds reached 110 m.p.h. was sentenced in provincial court Wednesday to 24 days in jail and was fined Patrick Allen Caldwell pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, resisting arrest and taking a car without the owner's consent. Court was told Caldwell was chased along Scenic Drive by a police car and speeds reach- ed 80 m.p.h. The chase con- tinued outside the city on Highway 4 south and was join- ed by two more police cars. One police car had to accelerate to 110 m.p.h. to get in front of Caldwell a few miles outside the city to stop him. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-4565 E. S. P. FOX, C.O.M. FOX LETfflWDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. 7 PIECE WOODEN SALAD Including 1-10" bowl 4-6" bowls 1 pr. 10" fork and spoon Made of genuine Tsubaki wood Dishwasher safe Detergent proof 525 SET Call China 327-5767 Court was told after Caldwell was stopped he fought with the police officers as they took him into custody. Peter Ronald Barte and Allen Joseph Woo'd, passengers in the vehicle be- ing pursued by police, pleaded guilty to taking a car without the owner's consent and were fined The car involved in the chase is owned by John Gregory, 812 16th St. S. It was taken from in front of his home Sept. 8. A 19 year old Lethbridge man who pleaded guilty to prowling by night was remanded until Nov. 6 for sentencing. He was told to see a psychiatrist. Court was told Helmut Geworsky, Suite No. 3, 1814 10th Ave. S., was arrested Sept. 14 after a man banged on the doors and windows of a Lethbridge home. When a girl in the home looked out the window a man was standing under a tree without any clothes on. ELECT DICK JOHNSTON X InMftod by Dick Jotmton UNIROYAL ZETA Steel Belted Mileage Guaranteed Tires RADIAL Ironclad Guarantee 40000 MILES 75% MORE HAZARD 20% MORE CAR CONTROL' MORE TRACTION AND YOU ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY ON GAS. And to be extra eure of our Service Department give you a Safety Check on: BRAKES SHOCKS BALANCE ALIGNMENT AH work is pet tomied by eKpeiti to am compMe safety and satisfaction. CONVENIENT TERMS AVAILABLE OR USE YOUR CHARCfEX KIRK'S TIRE SALES LTD. LETHBBID6E 16Z13rlftfi.S. 327-SfR TABER CALGARY 620150ft Aw, 1210-45ttAw.H.L 223-344] 2764344 City Scene Recommendation must wait CLARESHOLM (Staff) An inquest jury's recommenda- tion of painting centre lines on vertical curves on paved district roads must wait until the next Willow Creek Municipal District. Council meeting. "I am just one of seven said Reeve George Whitehead in an interview today. "It would have to go through council." The recommendation followed an inquest into, the death of Schuitema, 13, Fort Macleod, who died of brain damage in an accident in August on the Pearce Orton road. He was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by his brother, Darrall Schuitema, 17. Extra buses scheduled for show Lethbridge Transit System, is scheduling extra buses to serve city residents attending evening performances of the Ice Capades. Buses following each city route will leave the Sportsplex after evening performances today through Sunday. Depar- ture times are: Thursday to Saturday, p.m. and Sunday, 8-25 p.m. LTS buses will carry patrons on each route to their regular stops. Foundry wins, city approval Construction of the new million Lethbridge Iron Works Ltd plant in the city's industrial park at 708 32nd St. N., by Kenwood Engineering Ltd. won Municipal Planning Commission approval Wednesday. Garden closes Monday The Nikka Yuko Garden will be open for its final day of the season on Thanksgiving Day, Oct. 14. The overall attendance to the end of September was an increase of over 1973. Assault charge dismissed A charge of assault causing bodily harm against a 48 year- Harvest in home stretch; cold weather on the rail BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BERGMAN OpwiTburadqr Evening till p.m. PHONE 32S-0372 2716 12th Aw. South old Lethbridge man was dismissed in provincial 'court Wednesday because the complainant was not in court and the Crown could not produce evidence. Samuel Tolsdorf, 963 8th St S. was charged Sept. 4 after Verna Chief Calf of Brocket told police she had been assaulted. Mr. Tolsdorf appeared in provincial court Sept. 11 and pleaded not guilty and was remanded to Wednesday for trial. Now is the time for FALL PLANTING ORNAMENTAL TREES AND SHRUBS in paper mache pots-plant pot and all. We still have a good stock of PEATMOSS ULCOMBE NURSERIES LTD. CtoMd 5 mito East of PHONE 345-4633 ORBIT POWER HIGH TORQUE SLOW SPEED POWER Available at OLIVER Industrial Supply Ltd. 236-36 St. North Phone 327-1571 or contact ttw "OLIVER DEALER" nearest you! By RIG SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Only about one week remains for the completion of harvest of Southern Alberta's principal agricultural crops. Reports from district agriculturists throughout the area show work on wheat, oats, barley, flax and rapeseed virtually complete. Such crops as sugar beets and potatoes remain the most out- standing. The geographic makeup of Southern Alberta continues to be the main factor in the progress of harvest in the region. One going from the warmer, drier portion in the southeast corner to the cooler, higher, wetter regions along the foothills would see a' decrease in the amount of harvest completed. Methyl alcohol poisoned inmate An 18 year old Saskatchewan man died July 8 as the result of methyl alcohol poisoning, a six man cor- oner's jury niled Wednesday after almost 30 minutes of deliberation. Leonard Whiteman, who was an inmate at the Lethbridge Correctional In- stitute, was arrested July 7 in Taber on a charge of break and enter with intent to com- mit robbery. Pathologist Dr. D I. Far- quhar, who performed the autopsy July 8, testified methyl alcohol "was found in the body of the inmate. He said ordinary alcoholic. beverages contain ethyl alcohol, which the body can metabolize. But he said methyl alcohol, found in rubb- ing compounds, deodorants and hair spray, cannot be metabolized by the body and poisoning takes place. "In my opinion, the patient died from the poisoning effect of the doctor said. The jury recommended that continued efforts be made to educate the public to the dangers of consumption of methyl alcohol. Taber RCMP Constable Lloyd Bredenhof -testified he arrested Whiteman July 7 and said the man was "highly in- toxicated at the time of arrest." Jim Wright, assistant depu- ty warden at the Lethbridge Correctional Institute, told the inquest he looked in on Whiteman after he was re- quested to do so by the cell block captain. "He was laying on his bed and finding it difficult to breath. I recommended he be taken to the Mr. Wright said. J. N. Smith, a jail guard at the institute said he helped es- cort Whiteman 'to St. Michael's Hospital about p.m July 8, "we had to carry bun, he was unable to walk." The attending physician, Dr. Ian Forbes, told the in- quest when he examined Whiteman at 10 p.m. that evening, "he was uncon- scious Dr. Forbes testified that shortly after the initial ex- amination Whiteman suffered a cardiac arrest and'attempts to revive him failed. PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209 2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-4121 Medicine Hat reports wheat and flax harvest finished with only 90 per cent of oats and barley left. All crops have graded 2CW or 2 feed. All vegetable crops have been harvested with corn silage about 50 to 60 per cent complete. Yields reported in the Medicine Hat region are wheat, 18 bushels per acre, oats, 30 to 35 bushels per acre, barley 35 to 40 bushels per acre and flax 10 to 12 bushels per acre. Corn silage has averaged 15 to 18 tons per acre. Foremost reports harvest should be finished Oct. 25 with half the flax, 20 per cent of mustard, half of potatoes, 70 per cent of sugar beets and 20 per cent of field beans left to be threshed. Wheat is finished and oats about complete. Yields are wheat, 10 to 15 bushels per acre; oats, 60 bushels per acre; barley, 18 to 22 bushels per acre; flax 15 acre, and rapeseed, about 300 pounds per acre. Mustard has brought 500 to 600 pounds per acre, potatoes eight tons per acre, hay 3Vz to four tons per acre and sugar beets 15% tons per acre. Frost damage has affected the yield, especially in flax. In the Taber area, four main crops are 98 per cent complete with flax about 80 per cent threshed. Sweet corn has all been CwtHtod DMIW Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MBNCM.KIITM.IL06. 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Yields reported are wheat 28 bushels per acre, oats 55 bushels per acre, barley 45 to 50 bushels per acre, flax 18 bushels per acre and rapeseed 17 bushels per acre. With virtually no specialty crops in the Municipal District of Willow Creek, harvest should be completed Thursday. More frost damage has been found than was first suspected with only rapeseed harvest complete. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC 328-4095 STUDIO ON FlPTW PICTURE AVE S METHBIUDCE-AiTA HEINO OEEKEN Manager COMPUTER ACCOUNTIN6 AND MANAGEMENT LTD. Data Processing Services 201 CANADA TRUST BUILDING TELEPHONE 328-7883 Reach out and touch them. SendtheFW A beautiful Thanksgiving bouquet o) autumn {lowers. A unique and thoughtful way losav you You can send it almost anywhere Call or visit your FTO Florist today 12" 15" Call yourFTDExtralbuch Florist! 01 322-MIMISMft Pfcwi 327-2866.327-5747 ;