Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, October 11, 1974 Pages 15-28 A WOMAN AND CHILDREN (LEFT) WATCHED AS KAREN MAGNUSSEN PLEASED THE AUDIENCE AT THE ICE CAPADES Crowd loved iqe show 9s opening night By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Thousands upon thousands of sequins. Hundreds of meterrff lutex Colorful costumes, imaginative special effects and lighting. Skaters gliding gracefully; loose-limbed comics taking pratfalls. And the crowd loved it, clapping, whistling, cheering, laughing and stamping their approval. The spectacle, the gaudy glamour, the suck polish-of Thursday evening's opening presentation of Ice Capades at the new Sportsplex had it an plus World's Champion Karen Magnussen and a partisan audience of about A ponderous verging-on- garish creation, the Ice of an, 'Ift'in of stic entertainment. They're styled after the musicals of the '40's and early '50s when entertainment was escape in the form of implausible extravaganzas with always a happy ending. Urbanization pressures cause county problems, asserts councillor As Lethbridge expands and grows, increasing pressure is put on the County of Lethbridge to build and main- tain roads, schools and water and sewer systems to city standards. Nowhere is this more evident, says incumbent coun- ty councillor John Murray, than on 43rd St. S. The potbol- ed street has sparked com- plaints from his constituents in division one and led the 55- year-old farmer to "bring this matter up at every meeting since I've been on council." Upgrading 43rd St, be goes on, "is a very expensive construction job involving federal, provincial, city and county governments and the St. Mary River Irrigation District" "The closer yon get to a metropolitan centre, the more traffic you adds Murray, currently completing his first three-year term on council. "I'm sure we haven't got all the roads people would like Right now we're behind schedule on oar three-year road plans." The county, which survives on a largely agricultural tax base, JOHN MURRAY faces increases in road building-costs he calls "terrific" and "just "To build a road now costs about a mile, without blacktop because of seepage and drainage." Drainage, be continues, is a problem com- mon to most irrigated areas of the county. A three-mile stretch of road north of Pic- ture Butte, he says, cost the county a whopping "without blacktop." The county faces similar cost increases in building new schools and busing students. "Seventy per cent of the tax dollar goes to schools." Building new schools, such as the proposed elementary school for Coalhurst, tekes a "long, hard battle" by county councillors. And while the county has yet to iron out final agreements with bus operators, basing students will cost the county con- siderably more than previously. Two other areas Nlieie tile municipal business of what has traditionally been a rural- agricultural community has become citified and complex are water and .stwer systems' Constituents in two of the in- cumbent's electoral area have complained vigorously to council over the lack of ade- quate water and sewer. Residents in Roilag. jost south of city limits, are wtluuUl water rights and must haul domestic water to cisterns. The county has been able to arrange with SMRID for sprinkling water, but "we just can't find any property to pot a dugout on." Complaints about sewage are common in Fairview, wbeie civic-growth is current- ly banned by provincial health authorities until septic tanks are replaced by central sewage treatment facilities. "Some of them residents) want to split their tots in two, but the county won't allow it." Fairview residents voted down a proposal to hook up with a sewage trunk from the research station to the city because the cost, in Murray's words, were "just astronomical." "We're now'starting to investigate a new method of common collection" ,to cure Fan-view's sewage dilemma, he says. Asked whether annexation of such areas as Roilag or Fairview by the city would ease the county's difficulties in providing services, he says the loss to the county would be twofold. County residents would lose the rural lifestyle they enjoy and the county would forfeit the taxes it collects from industry: "We don't want to lose that. Let's face it, we need some industry for our tax base, too." Appeal dismissed A local man's appeal was dismissed Thursday by District Court Judge H- S. Rowbotbam because the man was not prepared to go ahead with his case. George Patrick Fitt- patrick, S3, was found guilty June 19 in provincial court of breaking eight windows in another man's borne. He was fined 930 and costs and placed on six months proba- tion with the condition be re- main away from the other man and bis borne. A compendium of something-for-everyone, akin to an Ed Sullivan show on ice, Ice Capades is calculated to appeal to all ages as well different types of audiences. Such a vehicle may not be everyone's cup of tea but there was no doubt Thursday that it quenched the audience's thirst for something removed from the mundane. Still, the ice show lurched into the audience's consciousness with a rather uneven opening number and ground to a halt with a somewhat abrupt finale. The first number, S'Wonderful, wasn't very. The corps de ballet looked more like a corpse de ballet at times, giving the distinct appearance they feared slipping on the ice. Perhaps it was just the fust time they'dynt blade to surface in the Sportsplex? If so, they're forgiven, if not, injections of life-giving serum are required. In several other numbers, the Ice Capetes gave less than precision performances. As for the finale, it didn't pack enough punch to give the audience a vision to savor on the way home. Other Ice Capades numbers had seemed too long while the closing was over before it began. And it might have been a thoughtful gesture if, for shows north of the border, the production staff had excised the headdresses featuring eagles that resembled chickens (or were they chickens that resembled and the statuesque brunette aping what appeared to be the Statue of Liberty. That the Ice Capades performers are in prime physical condition (a good portion of the troupe is under 25) is evidenced by the ease with which they leap, swoop, twirl and spin about the ice. Even the lifts effortless and making it look easy is the mark of true professionals. The crowd loved Karen Magnussen, who skated with grace and skill, and received her warmly but were perhaps a trifle disappointed that Sweden's Ann-Margret Frei almost outshone her. Miss Frei is a dramatic, dynamic skater and her two numbers were excellent- The five Fenton children's acrobatic act and their three- member skating team amazed the audience with their limber vitality. Comedy routines by Stock and MacDonald, West and Chris and, especially, Vic Zoble on the trampoline were enjoyable. Adelle Boucher gave a strong solo performance and Dan Henry and Lisa Dlsley made a fine team. Most spectacular number of tin evening was Atlantis, a dazzling visual experience making the most of lighting and special effects. The Ice Capades continue through six more performances at the Sportsplex, ending Sunday evening. East-west jets i may stop here, candidate says A pitch for expansion of the city's airport and east-west jet service through Lethbridge was well received in the top echelons of the Ministry of Transport and Air Canada, Aid. Steve Kotch said Thursday. But Air Canada, which has to start the hall rolling by> making a request to the MOT to add Lethbridge to its routes, gave no commitment on the timing of such a re- quest, Mr. Kotch said at a city hall press conference. "We are optimistic we will be able to achieve reinstate- ment of Air Canada's tran- scontinental service by September, Mr. Kotch said It will take more work, more political lobbying and a meeting between Premier Lougheed and Yves Pratte, Air Canada board chairman, and then we'll be in a better position to know when the re- quest will be made, he said. Expansion of runways at Kenyon Field at an estimated million to handle Air Canada DC-9's and Boeing 727- 200 jet aircraft will take four years to complete for several reasons, Mr. Kotch said. Air Canada has to first ask for permission to fly into Lethbridge. The treasury board then must put the Lethbridge air- port expansion project in the MOT's 1975 budget in order for design and construction to start in 1976, and construction is expected to take two years. And, said Aid. Kotch, Air Canada expects it will be at least that long before it will have enough equipment to serve Lethbridge and Southern Alberta on a tran- scontinental route It's Air Canada's decision when they will put their re- quest before the MOT, and the city has no commitment from them on that date, he added. "But Air Canada's top economist agrees with our consultant's figures that there will be sufficient passenger traffic to justify the service by Mr. Kotch said. The predictions were in an updated report prepared for the city by Don Brownie of DataMetncs Ltd., Calgary, and show an increase in poten- tial air passenger traffic due to planned petrochemical developments in Southern Alberta such as Alberta Am- monia's Raymond plant proposal, and Premier Lougheed's urban decentralization policy Mr. Pratte wants to talk with Premier Lougheed to further confirm the, provincial government's intentions to decentralize industry away from Calgary and Edmonton, Mr. Kotch said. "He was very enthusiastic about our Mr Kotch said "And the key man for planning the MOT, Michael Butler said he was converted to our cause. "It's a matter of tuning now, because of Air Canada equipment allocations and the MOT's other priorities in terms" of runway facilities in the rest of Canada." Kotch threatens suit over campaign hassle Aid. Steve Kotch said Thors- day he's considering legaLac- tion against council candidate Roger Rickwood. Mr. Rickwood has criticized Aid. Kotch for making a trip to seek better air service for Lethbridge one week before the civic election. "On the basis of statements appearing in the Lethbridge Herald and other media out- lets, I am obtaining legal ad- vice with a view to commenc- ing an action for slander defamation of said Mr. Kotch. He and Dennis O'Connell, city business development director, returned to the city Wednesday after seeing Air Canada and Ministry of Tran- sport officials in Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal and Ot- tawa. Mr. Rickwood called the trip a "campaign junket" adding "you don't get anywhere by talking to junior officials; you knock on the minister's door." te it turned out Mr. Kotch ana Mr. O'Connell did meet with Jean Marchand, the minister of transport, as well as Yves Pratte, chairman of the board of Air Canada. The two city officials said at a city hall news conference Wednesday that as a result of their presentations the city could have east-west jet ser- vice by September, 1978. The timing of their tip was also defended by Mayor Andy Anderson who said the ap- pointments were made through his office and had to be made when they were. "We were fortunate to get these appointments, right up to the minister they are very busy people and this was the only time we could approach them." Mr. Rickwood meanwhile stands by his "campaign junket" description of Aid. Kotch's trip, and says he's not worried by Mr. Kotch's threat of legal action. "He's trying to intimidate me from continuing public dis- cussion, and I refusrto be in- timidated I'll continue to speak my mind as honestly and sincerity as I Mr. Rickwood said. "If you are going to run for public office in a democratic country you've got to be prepared to take a little political flak. "I'm surprised he's not thick-skinned enough to take a little honest sincere criticism if he doesn't like criticism he should withdraw his name from the ballot" Mr. Rickwood said as far as he could ascertain nothing really was accomplished from the trip that couldn't have been gained from a simple telephone call to Ottawa. It would have been more appropriate for the mayor to have made the trip, because a mayor is politically more effective than an alderman and it would have forstalled the whole question of an alderman using public money for his campaign, he said. More rural development needed in county, says challenger Collins United Way on its way i The Victorian Order of Norses provided classes for 200 couples last year. Support the Victorian Order of Nurses through the United Way. 1174 campaiga remits to date: Professional National Selected Local Education City Provincial Federal Banks Real Estate District................... Agency staffs UW Rock cuuceil...................9442 Total to Previous j S0.090 United Allan Collins, who describes himself as a "strong believer in independent says the current County of Lethbridge council isn't doing enough to attract new in- dustry or encourage the growth of small country residential acreages. "I was disappointed the proposed Alberta Ammonia plaint is not within the coun- says the 48-year-old former farmer and fertilizer dealer opposing incumbent John Murray for the Electoral Division I seat on counciL "I fed an effort should be made to get tins type of in- says the rural real estate salesman for City Realty. Stressing the need to relax subdivision regulations to allow private individuals to sell small acreages, be adds: "I don t ttkiftk goud, produc- ing agricultural land-should be turned into small holdings... But there's a tot of land in the comity suitable for small acreages." Although the county is "rich" in irrigated land and intensive farming units, "somewhere our tax dollar is not being fully he says, pointing to a county fanner paying "nearly the same taxes''to the Counties of Vulcan and Letbbridge although be owns half again as much land in Vulcan. Encouraging small acreages, be says, will give die county a "good source of revenue" add fill a growing demand for country residences: "Some people hate the city some people want to live out where they can have a horse and a dog and a little bit of quietness." But county residents are be- ing discouraged from sub- dividing and developing their land by the Okhnan River Regional Planning scheme, which should have some of its power taken away, he said. "I believe in the freedom of the individual to live the type of life be desires as long as it doesn't infringe on the liber- ties of be stressed. "Anytime an individual is prepared to put his own money. ..every effort should be made to encourage and not discourage him. "I think the regional plann- ing wiiiikiiiJxWi is good in ALLAN COLLINS suggesting and planing, but council should nave toe final say. "I think they (ORRPC) have too much control they should be advisory.