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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald VOL. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1974 TTie vote Following are unofficial vote totals gained by can- didates for city council, public and separate school boards and the fluoridation bylaw. Names in bold face are unofficial winners; x denotes member of the last council or school board. COUNCIL Ferguson, Kergan, W. R. Cousins, V. Hembroff, Bob Tarleck, Tony Tobin, Don Le Baron, Barnes, Dick Johnston, Roger Rickwood, John Gogo, Kotch, Bastedo, Frank Merkl, Hal Hoffman, Al Ferenz, Nap Milroy, Joe Hanrahan, Stan Klassen, PUBLIC BD. McPherson, Beckel, Card, Gary Bowie, Turner, Helen Johnson, Johnson, Morley McGill, Mabel Byam, Grant Fletcher, Ed Filan, Matthew Upton, Bronic Kasperski, 856 SEPARATE BD. Vaselenak, Boras, Robert Kolesar, 978 Matisz, 976 Peta, 769 FabL 751 Gil Poirier, 723 David Bowden, 586 Ian Wishaw, 561 Ron Scott, 469 FLUORIDATION Against, No deal with Nixon says Ford WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford told investigating congressmen to- day that there was no deal behind his pardon of Richard Nixon. But he acknowledged discussing with a Nixon aide on Aug. 1 the possibility that the then-president might be pardoned should he resign. Nixon resigned eight days later. In an opening statement he read at a House of Representatives judiciary subcommittee hearing broad- cast by television and radio Ford said: "I assure you that there never was at any time any agreement whatsoever con- cerning a pardon to Mr. Nixon if he were to resign and I were to become president" Ford detailed contacts he had as vice-president with Nixon's staff chief. Alexander Haig and defence attorney James St. Clair on Aug. 1 and In one 45-minute session with Haig on Aug. I, Ford said, Nixon's staff chief reviewed a variety of options that included "the question of whether the president could pardon himself pardoning various Watergate defen- dants, then himself, followed by resignation a pardon to the president should he resign." Ford said "Gen, Haig wanted my views on the various courses of action as well as my attitude on the op- tions of resignation However, he indicated be was not ad- vocating any of the options." Ford went voluntarily before the subcommittee on criminal justice 32 Psiges 15 Cents FERGUSON KERGAN COUSINS HEMBROFF TARLECK TOBIN LE BARON BARNES Fluoridation in, two aldermen out Recount sought The Lethbridge Safe Water Committee will ask for a recount of votes cast Wednes- day on the fluoridation plebiscite. Victor Erdman, chairman of the committee, said today he was disappointed in the results of the plebescite which saw voters approve fluorida- tion by 348 votes. Of votes cast, people voted to fluoridate Lethbridge water and voted against. City voters have turned down four previous fluorida- tion plebescites in the past 17 years. Mr. Erdman said he would ask for a recount immediately after the results are made of- ficial. John Gerla, returning of- ficer, said today he would declare the results official Friday and following that the committee can apply for a dis- trict court order to have the ballots recounted. If there is no change in the standings, equipment to provide fluoridation should be installed sometime in 1975. Randy Hoifeld, engineering director for the city, said the purchase of equipment would have to be included in die 1975 city budget. When the budget is approved, the equipment can be ordered. Cost estimates for installa- tion of the equipment are now about with operating costs running about a year, he said. The engineering depart- ment has kept in mind that a fluoride free tap may be re- quested for the city if voters decided to fluoridate the nor- mal water supply, he added. The city will be investigating the possibility of providing such a tap for peo- ple opposed to drinking fluoridated water. POLL OFFICERS KAY VASELENAK AND ELIZABETH DeARMOND PREPARE TO COUNT BALLOTS Hurlburt wins land deal suit SQWIWM MMMnf About town Crown Prosecutor Jim Langston quoting Dickens at a Women's Place forum on rape and admitting that sometimes, "the law's an ass" Lynda Ficiir, Nobleford, listening enthusiastically to husband Bino's plans of a trip to Bar- bados until she found the plans didn't include her and the children. A quarter-million dollar land deal between Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt and an elderly Fort Macleod ranch family has been settled in Alberta Supreme Court in favor of the MP. Mr. Justice W. K. Moore has ordered the Hunter family of three brothers and a sister to vacate their ranch west of Fort Macleod immediately with the excep- tion of their home. In his judgment, filed at the Lethbridge court house today, the judge gives the family un- til June 30 next year to vacate the house. He ordered Martha Hunter, 74, and her brothers Charles, 71, Howard, 67, aad Joseph, 79, to sell toe ranch to Mr. Huribnrt for toe price agreed upon in an agree- ment they signed with the MP in June, 1971 The Hunters claimed at a three-day civil trial, which wound up here Sept 21, that the MP misrepresented the deal. They said they thought the lease option they gave him on their ranch was actual- ly only giving him first right of refusal should they decide to sell. "I accept entirely the evidence of the plaintiff (Mr. Hurlburt) with respect to the negotiations, what was agreed upon, and the events that took place on toe evening of Jane IS, 1972, at the Hunter ranch where the lease was Mr. Justice Moore said in re- jecting their claim. It's m game in which two Classified........26-30 Comics............24 District............19 Local Markets...........25 Sports...........12-14 Theatres............7 s TV.................6 Weather............3 Youth..............9 LOW TONIGHT 4t; HIGH FBI. 65; SHOWERS, WARM. Mideast troop cost flayed New York Times Service UNITED NATIONS. N. V. Toe Soviet Union is objecting to UK cost of maintaining United Nations buffer forces between Israeli and Egyptian troops in the Sinai Peninsula, and between Israeli and Syrian troops on the Golan Heights. Yakov A. Malikn the Soviet representative, voiced objeo- here yesterday when members of the Security Council started informal con- sultations on the future of United Nations troop operations in the Middle East Assured female prisoners free hostages ARMAGH (AP) Women prisoners of Armagh jail who seized the warden and three women guards freed them un- harmed early today after holding them for 14 boors. Release of toe four hostages came after the jail's Roman Catholic and Protestant chap- lains had assured the women that male prisoners who rioted in other prisons were safe. The prison officials were captured Wednesday as violence swept four Northern Ireland jails and guerrilla bomb explosions and gunfire erupted in Belfast streets. The outbursts seemed di- rected at the British policy of interning suspected terrorists in the sectarian conflict between extremist Protestants and Roman Catholics. Since toe fighting flared op in 1969, per- sons nave been killed. At Armagh, guerrilla gunmen opened fire on British troops waiting outside the prison. No casualties were reported. The 100 women in- side were thought to have links with toe outlawed Irish Republican Army, which is waging guerrilla warfare to try to force the British out of mainly Protestant Ulster and unite it with the predominantly Catholic Irish republic of the south'of Ireland. Hugh Cunningham, the Ar- magh warden, and three guards were seized as they inspected toe women's cells. The rebellions prisoners forc- ed toe hostages into an attic of toe grim 200-year-old building and erected a barricade of furniture. "We shall not give op until our men are safe, and we know they are a spokesman for the Armagh prisoners shouted to reporters. The kidnappings were caus- ed by rumors that rioters in toe Maze jail near Belfast were killed when they went on the rampage late Tuesday, at- tacking guards and setting fire to their quonset nuts. Maze, which contains about 400 mate detainees and 500 men either convicted or awaiting trial, was almost destroyed before troops quell- ed the violence with nausea gas and rubber bullets. Violence flared in the streets of Belfast, some in support of the Maze rioters. A man was shot and wounded as be waited for a bos in a Roman Catholic district. 49 per cent turnout highest since 1962 By ANDY OGLE and AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writers It was a night of upsets and some surprises as Lethbridge voters Wednesday turned out two incumbent aldermen and nearly rejected a third. With all 87 polls reporting, unofficial returns show three term alderman Cam Barnes squeaking into the eighth and final seat on council, a scant 10 votes ahead of newcomer Dick John- ston. Ten thousand voters streamed to the polls for the highest percentage turnout at a civic election since 1962. This year, 49.0 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots compared with 47.8 per cent of eligible in the last election in 1971 and 59.4 per cent of eligible voters in 1962. "I'll probably request a Mr. Johnston said today. He said there is the question of a missing ballot box. But John Gerla, returning officer, said there were never any boxes mis- sing. Mr. Gerla will declare the official vote results Friday after which Mr. Johnston can request a district court order for a recount. But for Stese Kotch, on council since 1969, and Ed JBastedo, .elected in results never in doubt. Mr. Kotch finished 12th and Mr. Bastedo 13th behind John Gogo, add Roger Rickwood. Two incumbents Vera Ferguson, who finished on top with votes; and BUI JKergan with votes led the polls, while incumbent Vaughan Hembroff finished fourth, 29 votes behind surprising third place finisher Bill Cousins. Two north side condidates, Bob Tarleck and Tony Tobin finished fifth and sixth respectively, while the fourth newcomer to win a council seat, Don Le Baron ran seventh, just 63 votes ahead of Mr. Barnes. "All I can say, is I'm just happy to be in, with such an upset said Mr. Barnes, who trailed Mr. Johnston, an accoun- tant making his first bidior council, until the final polls came in after midnight. "Very gratifying and was the way Mrs. Ferguson described her first place finish. "It makes me feel toe public has been following what's been going on and supports me in the policies I've been she said. "I also feel very tumble that so many people put their trust in me. "I'm more than pleased to come second of 19 said Mr. Kergan, "but I'm surprised at the over-all results. "I'm surprised at the poor showing of some of the in- cumbents I think over-all council did an excellent job in the last three years and made some very important decisions. Mr. Kotch said his loss was probably due to a "smear cam- paign." He said he will continue to press law suits against The Herald and aldermanic candidate Roger Rickwood. Mr. Rickwood, who topped Mr. Kotch in the polls, said in a Herald story before the election that Mr. Kotch was using a trip to Eastern Canada on city business to his political advantage. "I have a hunch it's because of the smear about the trip down Mr. Kotch said today of his drop in popularity at the polls. The other losing incumbent, Mr. Bastedo, said he had no qualms at all about his defeat. "The public felt it was time to put new people he said. "Due to circumstances beyond my control, I wasn't able to get much advertising in and I wasn't able to speak at any of the forums. I'm sure that had some effect, but I'm not using it as an excuse" One of the most surprised candidates, was school teacher Bill Cousins, who said he hadn't expected to finish higher than 10th or llth. "I was absolutely said Mr. Cousins, who didn't run a strong campaign and didn't raise any issues, but promised if elected to always be available to the public. Mr. Cousins said he really couldn't explain his strong snow- ing in his first attempt at a council seat "I guess I'm just known around be said. Less of a surprise was the solid fifth place finish be another school teacher. Bob Tarleck, who campaigned long and hard. "The fact that so many incumbents were defeated indicates the people did want some change and wanted a council that is more Mr. Tarleck said. "It's also evident that the old style of growth at any cost was be said. Mr. Tobin, who along with Mr. Tarleck campaigned for a more responsive council, as well as a greater emphasis on social programs said toe results indicated some of toe issues raised were toe real issues and nothing but that "They seem to have struck a chord with a number of be said. "I don't really see the election as a personal victory, bat more a victory for toe citizen who has not been overly con- sidered in the past, but will be in the be said. Mr. LeBaron, administrator of the Green Acres Foun- dation, who just completed a three year term on the Letbbridge Municipal Hospital Board said be had been confident be would do well. "But I wouldn't have been surprised, since it was the first time I'd ran for a council seat, if I had not made it, because there certainly was a very strong group of candidates, one of toe strongest in be said. Mayor Andy Anderson was re elected by acclamation Sept 18 for a third term at toe bead of Letbbndge city council. All fire elected city positions on the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital board were filled by acclamation. The board member from Warner, Mary HamMing, was also elected by acclamation. (See otter etecthm stories OB Pages ;