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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District Second Section The Uthbridge Herald 'Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, October 19, 1974 news Paflee19-30, Neighborhood improvement truck route bylaw New aldermen anxious to get down to business the only way to fly -just ask Jim Russell 4 f 9 ff WILLIE LANIER DOES HIS THING, ABOVE AND LEFT Photos by Phil Illlngworth By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer The St. Mary River coulee is a far cry from Elephant Mountain. But if yourre going to hang glide, you better start in ;thecdulee. A common weekend sight on the coulee banks just south of Kenyon Field is neophyte hang glider pilots stretching their aluminum and dacron wings for the .first in a modern attempt to fulfill mankind's ancient desire to fly. Hopeful hang glider pilots madly run off coulee banks to gain enough altitude to remain airborne for a minute or less during their brief swoop into the valley below. A not-so-common sight occurred recently .at the picturesque West Kootenay city of Nelson, B.C. where hang glider fanatics jumped from the top of Elephant Mountain to plummet feet down, over the frigid waters of Kootenay River, in JIM RUSSELL SAILS BY valiant efforts to land in a 50-foot circle at Nelson Airport. The Elephant Mountain meet, like most, hang gUder competitions, judged entrants on their land in-a designated area, their elapsed time and their airability to remain airborne. The prize for longest elapsed time in the air went to a hapless pilot who made a crash landing in a jtree. Novelty prizes went to a one pilot who set his glider down in the river and another to a true glider buff who executed his plunge in the nude. You probably won't see any streakers attached to those colorful man-made wings out'ta the St. Mary River valley, but you will see budding pilots like Jim Russell, an LCI student who is one of seven or eight addicted soarers in the city.. "Anybody can get in the says Jim. "But only a few people can get into the high-altitude stuff." Length of time in the air depends on the pilots' ability, the prevailing winds and "how brave you are." The world's record for time in the air is 10 hours and 15 minutes, .set in Hawaii. Jim says local pilots in training- have suffered no mishaps in their attempts to fly. Other than a few sprained thumbs and ankles, the most serious accident was an unscheduled landing in the St. Mary which damaged the glider more than its pilot. Jim says it usually-takes about-two hours to get people "in the air." Train- ing sessions are called off when winds exceed 10 .miles an hour. Before trainers jump off the coulee adds, "we give them a small amount of theory, just to give them an idea of what's happening. Then they run on the ground to test the controls. Then we work up the hill." Jim started hang gliding after be and another enthusiast ordered kits from Calgary glider-maker Willy Mueller. The 18-foot, aluminum tube and dacron sailcloth kit takes an ex- perienced assembler "about 13 hours to put Gliding fans can also buy rebuilt gliders in 18 and 20 footwingspans, with prices ranging from fSSO to 9600. ROUGH LANDING FOR TIM HELD 'Albertans must do more than talk good fitness regimen9 By LYNNE VAN LUVEN designed as a leadership workshop to provide infor- include: leadership training programs such as fitness .before the end of December. If successful, tt ffcrftU Family Editor mation and motivation for individuals and agencies clinics to teach community leaders to organize and awards will then be available to the rest of tt By LYNNE VAN LUVEN fhfiU Family Editor Albertans are just as out of shape as other Canadians, but within the province there is a growing awareness of the value of physical activity, a fitness consultant with the deparbnentof culture, youth and recreation says. Speaking to delegates at fitness dink which was to conclude late this at the YMCA, Dr. Hubert Dhanaraj said the provincial govaimteiit is concerned with the low fitness fevel of Albertans who, in this area, do not differ from the "average Canadian." Jointly sponsored by youth and recreation and the Lethbridge YMCA, the fitness dink was designed as a leadership workshop to provide infor- mation and motivation for individuals and agencies workmg within the community in programs related to physical fitness, said Pat O'Brien, Y coordinator of the fitness clinic, "sessions are practical, teaching workers and volunteers ways to initiate new fitness programs within their own communities." Dr. Dhanaraj said there is a "new awareness" of fitness in Alberta. "Talking about fitness is a good be said, "even though people are stifl not doing as much exercising as they should." The consultant said the provincial government has chosen fitness as one of its priorities and is beginning to work on four major projects. Areas for action include: leadership training programs such as fitness clinics to teach community leaders to organize and promote fitness; mobile fitness projects such as Shape-Up Alberta which gets underway in Taoer Sun- day; fitness promotion and publicity campaigns and the establishment of an Alberta fitness awards program whereby adults over 17 years of age win use an honor system to grade their own physical abilities. In older to determine how a community may be motivatex! to fitness, the department will soon choose a pilot project community which wiU be studied to earn what type of promotion and pnbUdty campaign is most effective, said Dr. Dhanaraj. In addition, the Alberta fitness awards scheme wfll be tested in another pQot tmmmflitj Bdson before the end of December, awards will then be available province early in 1875. "We want to activate said Dhanaraj, ad- mitting mere talk of fitness is not good enough. "Many people are under the false notion that they are in excellent condition simply because they are slim or healthy. This notion does not stand up when they are put to the test, either in a laboratory or in life. "The human be added, "needs to be looked after even more so than your automobile. If not, the law of use and disuse simply takes over: muscles not (vised become weak and useless." Decisions 'needed by month end9 By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The new city council will meet for the first time Moo- day in what's billed as an "organizational" meeting. But two new aldermen said. Friday they would like to see council deal with other matters they feel need im- mediate attention. Aid. Tony Tobin said he will try to get council considera- tion of the Neighborhood Improvement Program a federal provincial municipal program designed to rehabilitate older neighborhoods. The Alberta Housing Cor- poration, which oversees funding of the program, must. get some formal indication from the city that it is interested in the program by the end of the month in order for the city to be considered for NIP funding in 1975, Mr. Robin said. Aid. Bob Tarleck said he wants to see action by the end of October on'the bylaw that is supposed to keep trucks from using residential streets such as 5th and 9th Avenues N. as .through routes. "I would hope one of two things that council will deal with it Monday or decide to have its first business meeting the following Aid. .Tarleck said. "I understand Monday's 'meeting is to be essentially an organizational get ac- quainted meeting, but I'd like to see us get down to business right he said. JJnder council procedures, agenda items must be sub- mitted by Wednesday noon before the next council meeting, but since the new council wasn't officially declared elected till Friday, it was impossible for new members to do so. However other matters can be heard by council with ma- jority assent. On the agenda for Monday's meeting is the invocation to be given by Rev. Ken Morris of the Southminster Church, and the official oaths of office by the new council. Appointments of the deputy mayor and acting mayor and appointments of council members to committees, boards and commissions will also be made. There are several of these including the health unit, regional planning com- mission, municipal planning commission, development appeal board, police com- mission, exhibition board. Rental study just begun It will be "a matter of several months at least" before a law study group makes any recommendations on landlord-tenant legislation. The Alberta Institute for Law Research and Reform was asked to take on the study by the province's department' of consumer affairs. "We have got it started, barely, but don't ask roe when it will be Wilbur Bowler, director of the in- stitute, said Friday. Specifically, the institute is studying "residential tenan- cies." It was asked to undertake the study after complaints that Calgary landlords were evading three-month notices of rent increases by threaten- ing tenants with eviction which only requires one month's notice, if they wouldn't sign higher prices ;