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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta J.8 UTHBRIOGE HtRALD Wednesday, October II, 1972 City reaction cool to school money Jly HICUAIill MltltKK llcrnld Sl.ifff Wrilrr A recommendation that the city shave in the cost of an ad- dition to Gilbert Paterson School iii the city-school joint use program was tabled for consideration in the 1973 budget by city council Tuesday. The project, recommended by the community sen1 ices ad- visory committee, would see the city contribute to- ward the construction of a new gymnasium and related facili- ties at the school. The total cost of the gym has been esti- mated at Cowicil was initially appre- hensive about the proposal. Alderman Vauglui Hembroff was disappointed council hadn't "had one hint that such a thing was coming to us for consider- ation" and said if asked for a decision Tuesday, he would tmve to rejoi-t the proposal. Aid. Vera Ferguson said she igrces with the city school joint use concept, in which the public lias access lo schools for various activities, "but how do we fit it into our over all cap- ital It was suggested such pro- jects ns an ice arena and ered swimming poo! on the north side have a higher prior- ity. "Dr. Gerry Probe, represent- _ig the public school board, said construction will go ahead in the spring of 1973 with or without the city's assistance. Without a city contribution to the cost, a smaller gym would be built, Dr. Probe said. He added it would be a number of years before a similar oppoi Utility for a city-school _ joint use project comes up again. school official at By RON CALDWELL Herald Staff Writer The public school board got a cool reception when it asked Lethbridge 'city council Tues- day night to help finance an ad- dition to the gymnasium at Gil- bert Paterson School. Dr. Gerry Probe, director of personnel ior the school dis- trict, represented the board at the council meeting. He later reported to the board that the reception to the Little League is talk topic A debate on the benefits of little league sports teams to the participating youngsters is the topic for discussion at this week's Southern Alberta Coun- cil on Public Affairs meeting Thursday. Dr. Gary Bowie, University of Lethbridge athletic director and Leo Harrold. president of the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Ixjague will discuss whether little league sports is productive and character building or "a sell-out to the worst aspects of professionalism in sports." The meeting begins at noon !n Sven Ericksen's Family Res- taurant and marks the first time sports has been the dis- cussion topic. Members of the general pub- lic are invited to attend the meeting and decide themselves if The Little League is Struggle or Disaster. request for the city financing of the project to the tune of wasn't very1 enccurag ing. Dr. Probe said council's re- action made it seem "like the school board was coming hat in hand to get the city to build facilities for us." The board proposed that the city help finance the project as part of the joint-use scheme, a program which see the city and the school district become jointly involved in pro- jects designed to meet the needs of the general commun- ity. In view of the council's re- action, it was decided that sen- ior school district officials should contact appropriate city official to further discuss the matter. "They don't understand school financing and don't City s transient Indians freezing without shelter Q By nUDY IIAUGENEDER Herald Staff M'rilcr Lethbridge's so-called social dregs, the urban core of desti- tute Indians, suffered as much as farm crops witli the on- slaught of the near record cold snap. No longer are abandoned buildings, unlocked or wrecked cars as comfortable as they have recently been. Temperatures in those shell- ers dropped as low as the be- low-freezing temperatures put- side. And most of the Indians were neither clothed nor at a! physically prepared to moe the expected temperature drop In addition to the Indian al coliolics, there is also a core of white urban drunks. However, hey are given some cash sup- rart from social service groups or pension cheques. In contrast, the Indians are nol eligible for anything from anyone, other than panhand- .ing. Even the department of Indian affairs generally seems LO disregard the Indians. The Friendship Centre, already plagued intern- ally over the issue of whether or'not the steady drunks should tie allowed lo use the facility, was busy offering coffee and available clothes to the needy. Bill Head, executive-director of the centre, who has himself been under a steady barrage of fire from his directorate for the concern he shows toward of the alcoholics, says shirts jackets, sweaters, socks, and even a pair of shoes were given away Tuesday. When the available sandwich supplies donated by some, city residents ran out, the director's vife dug into her own pocket purchased some food. Sandwiches and coffee were he order of the day. At least some 30 men, Includ- ug a few women, were forced to live al the mercy o! the mercy of the weather elements Monday night. There's no ac- commodation, free or other- wise, available to this group of Indians. The intenlion of the friend- ship centre is not lo cater to Ihe drunks but, said Mr. Head, "where else do they have to go in the daytime the May be 50 involved One suite at the "Indian Hilton" seem to said Dr. Probe. Graham pleas innocent Art prints display at U Hugh L. Graham, manager if Graham Collection Agencies of 1410 17th St. E., pleadtd inno- cent in provincial court Tues- day to six charges of theft in- volving 5330 in cash and in property. Judge E. W. N. Macdonald, on loan from Medicine Hat, set the trial for Nov. 9 beginning at 11 a.m. Court was told Graham alleg- edly committed the offences from February to April this year und was arrested in Van- An art exliibition titled Pop Prints of the Sixties and fea- turing the work of Lt interna- tionally-known artists is cur- rently'on display in the gallery of the physical education fine arts building of the University of Lethbridge. On display is a collection of 24 large, color prints developed by lithography and a variety of other processes. Many of the prints are on display in south- em Alberta for the first time. One of the most famous dis plays is a set of three photo- screen prints of Jacqueline Ken- nedy, by Andy Warhol. The comic strip art of Roy the physical education-fine arts Duilding. The university also has on display an exhibition of photo- graphy by Seattle, in showing. Jcffry Myers of his first Canadian The 24-pholo display can be seen in the south hallway of the phys ed arts building. Both exlubitions are open to the public from a.m. to p.m., Monday to Friday. The Indian alcoholic trans- ients in the city can number as high as 50. "Sure I want to help the board clear up the problems of drunks at the he said. The core of alcoholics has tarnished the centre's reputa- Ferguson ivants investigation By RICHARD BUUKE ilerald Staff Writer Although no official action taken, Alderman Vera Fer- guson said Tuesday city coun- cil would "make sure" the ad- ministration looks further into 'the lack of accommodation in the city for native transients during the winter. The problem was brought to auncil's attention during the ublic discussion part of the eeting. Wilson Jr. High School seeks library expansion STILL SELLING FOR LESS! STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd Street S. Phone 327-3024 Liechtenstein is on exhibition, as as the pop figurative work of Allen Jones, Tom Wessel- man, Mel Ramos and John iVesley. The industrial-mechanical photo art of James Rosenquist and Peter Phillips and work by Jim Dine, Allan D'Archangelo and Gerald LaJng can also be seen in the gallery. The gallery is located in Room 234, in the cast half of Permision vrill be sought from the provincial government for expansion of facilities at Wilson Junior High School Only 25 A Herald reporter's computer malfunctioned yesterday. In a story regarding an Al- berta Government Alberta Association of Canadian Native Friendship Centres dispute over future federal funding, a fig- ure of million was quoted. The figure should have read million. which would sae tha present library more than doubled In size. The present library is so ft. and the board wants to expand it to sq. ft. The administrative area would also be enlarged in the expansion project. The idea of making the ex- Banded library available to the jublic came under discussion. It was felt that perhaps the library could stay open longer, and have a wider variety NORTH POLE EXPLORER books, to serve the general pub- lic as well as the students. The board noted that such a proposal would fall into line ith the Worth Report's rec- ommendation for greater com munity use of schools. It was decided that this pro- posal should be pursued with the city and library board. Lecture series starts The first in a series of eigh noon lectures on "the huma situation" begins Oct. 12 at th University of IjCthbridge. This week's lecture will dea with the Buddhist psycholog> It is free of charge to everyon interested. Tne lecture starts a p.m. in Room E 842. Rudy Haugencdcr, who is on e Nativ eFriendship Society ol outhera Alberta board of dir- ttors, asked council if the city itended to take some steps to- rard solving the problem. Aid. Bill Kergan said al- lough it is the provincial gov- rnment's jurisdiction, if the epartment of social develop- ment came to council with a specific proposal, "we would bo ypathetic toward it." People in the community scr- rices department are working m the problem, Aid. Ferguson .jaid. The Lincoln Hotel, which ;clongs to the city, is being considered for use as a tran- sients' hostel, she added. Mr. Haugeneder said if the city took some initiative in de- veloping a program, the pro- vincial and federal programs would "certainly follow suit." Aid. Ed Bastedo suggested the transient Indians "get out and help themselves instead of coming to the government. Anyone with any respect at all can help himself." Mr. Haugeneder countered that most of the transients, v.'ho sleep in old cars and shacks during the winter, are alcohol- ics and find it difficult to help themselves. Uon and makes it unacceptable to a majovity of both Indians and non-natives. "But they're human beings, and that's the way they've got to be he said. That's how I'll treat them, as human beings, whether 1 have full support (or the native- non native board) or not. No- body else wants lo help A late afternoon random sur- vey of the centre showed that of 20 people there. 13 did not expect to sleep with a warm roof over their heads. Their ages ranged from 21 to the mid 50s. Most of them admitted they had a drinking problem am weren't really angry that they were forced to sleep in freezing temperatures. They didn't ex pect any heller. The alcoholics at the centre who were all men, were sillini at tables drinking coffee ani playing cards. A few were sil ting and watching television. Some smelled of liquor, bu none could be described However, the worker admil- ed the Indians people, nd thought it a good idea that omc form of overnight accom- modation be provided them so :ie "working men" wouldn't be lothered. A restaurant owner said In- lian girls "shack up and do anything" for shelter, when it gets lo a "last chance" point. A favorite place to "crash" a: Ihe transients is unlocked cars, one of the 13 homeless In- dians said. Others took anything that .coked protective. As the winter progresses ome arc looking forward to geliing picked up by and charged, in order lo get locked up for a few months. "It's tetter than one Indian said. drunk. Early Tuesday night a Heral photographer newsman tea traced the areas and building most likely to be used tha night after the bars were clos- ed. The Indians stay in bars and mooch drinks for two rea- sons: alcoholism and to stay out of the cold. The Ilerald visited the auto wrecking firm known to many as "Hie Hilton" or "Indian Hil- and several other aban- doned buildings within a few block radius. One late worker near a series o f t abandoned bui Idi ngs came out to inquire what was happening. When told Indian inhabitants were being sought ho replied "those lazy bas- tards." Evidently he and his late co- workers were oftentimes inter- rupted in their work by the transients. Entomology meet starts Friday About 35 members of the Entomological Society of Al- bert a will gather this weekend it the University oE Lethbridge :or the 20th araiual meeting of :he organization. Society members will hold business meetings and research papers v.'ill he presented on work done at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Canadian Forestry Service and the Lethbrdge Research Sta- tion. Topics to be covered during tiic two-day meeting will range f.'om population studies and cattle grub research to Bertha armyworm research and alfal- fa pests. The meeting starts at a .m. Frid ay and continues to Saturday noon. The public i s welcome to listen to any of the presentations. Southern potato farmers hoping for warm weather Golfing needs noted by city coming to PINCHER CREEK his famous Polar expedition in 1967, Ralph and his family undertook what many people dream of doing but nev- er do. They went into the wilderness 165 miles nort'h of the last road at Lac LaRonge, Sask, and lived 1'iere for one year like pioneers of old. You can see and hear of his interesting and exciting adventure- Thursday, October 12th COMMUNITY CENTRE HALL Come and be a guest of your local Ski-Doo dealer! RANCHERS' SUPPLY LTD. A complete line of 1973 Ski-Dooi ant! Sportswear will bo displayed REFRESHMENTS SERVED EVERYONE WELCOME A resolution to consider the city's golfing needs with re- sped lo the future use of rec- reation lands, particularly on the west side, was approved by city council Tuesday. The action followed submis- _ion of a survey on golfing fa- cilities, conducted by the com- munity services department hich" suggested the city needs more golf holes of the Jlagrath calibre, hul not a championship Ifi-hole course. The report points to a lack of facilities to accomodale the oc- casional and the junior golfer. Because of league play and tournaments, these golfers have difficulty getting a tec time on weekends and after 4 p.m. weekdays at the cily's lone municipal course, Hender- en Lake, the report states. Particular attention should be paid to meeting the needs of the extra approved for insurance appraisal AD over-expenditure of lor an insurance appraisal o[ city buildings ami facilities was approved by city council Tues- day. The total cot of the apprais- al, clone by General Appraisal of Canada Ltd., was Council earlier this year had requested an investigation of costs after the company had ncaretl completion of the ap- praisal and had come back to inform council the job could not be done for the allocal- 'Flic initial figure had been budgeted hy council on an esti- mate from General Appraisal. In :t lelter to council. City Manager Tom said the j estimates had made on the 1 basis of city records which put the building and facility value at million. The actual val- j tie, according to the completed 1 appraisal, is million. Aldermen Steve Kotch, Dill Kergan and Vera Ferguson vot- ed against making the addition- al payment. junior golfer, Ihe report states. Alderman Chick Chichcster said the Lethbridge and Dis- trict Youth Golf Course, being constructed north of the tele- vision station, will help meet the junior golfers' needs. Ad. Vera Ferguson said the cit yshould be (hulking "at least about a par three course the nest couple of years." On a related matter, council also agreed the city pursue the feasibility of involvir.? citizens in neighborhoods in developing summer programs and rcerea tional groups. The subject will be consider- ed at budget time. Aid. Ferguson said, "we l.avc lo find out how much support we can get from the community how inlerestcd people really are in developing there ov.-n community recrea- tion programs." Premature reports of huge potato losses in southern Alber- a have been tempered by wanner day temperatures and ground tempo.-alures today ivhile producers continue to nope for a break in the weath- er. Temperatures reached the 10 to 15 degree range Tuesday night and added fro.-t and low temperatures have been fore- cast for tonight. Potato producers in southern Alberta have completed only 65 (o 70 per cent of the harvest from acres and field op- erations have ceased. Reports bave been received that all the en potatoes have been'lost but that the majority of the mature potatoes still in the ground have only toon chilled. Officials of Ihe Alberta Pot- ato Commission reported Tues- day that about 40.COO tons re- main in the ground. One producer said his pota- toes have been chilled but with warm weather, "we can bring them back." He added that if the cold weather continues much lor.jer, producers will be in real trouble. Lethbridge constituency where they are Keith Hancock, Social Cre- dit, canvasing in Cardston this evening, in Noblcford Thursday morning, in Picture Untie Thursday afternoon and in Lethbridge Thursday eve- ing. Hoffman, New Demo- crat, canvassing in I.elh- bridge tonight. On the Phono Bill Show Thursday morning and in the Coaldale area Thursday aitcrnon. Ken Hurlburt, Conserva- tive, nothing scheduled this evening. In I'incher Creek all day Thursday. At a coffee party at 8 p.m. Thursday in the coffee shop next door to the Picliire Biitle hotel. Andy P.usscll, Liberal, can- vasing in Coaldrdc this even- ing. Visiting rcnior citizens homes Thursday morning in Lcthbridgc, canvacsirg i n Coaldnle Thursday afternoon and in North Ixthbridge Thursday evening. Snqlii IS FOR YOU! Drop in ond tee Ed for iho latent Information on lhs monev-savinn Incilis flas dryer? ST. LOUIS FURNITURE 118 5th ST. SOUTH PHONE ;