Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The UtlibruUje Herald VOL. LXVI No. 265 LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1973 56 Pages 10 Cents Taber facing water crisis By AL St'AKTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Spurred by drastically low water levels on the Oldman River, the Alberta government may build a dam or dams to increase water storage capacity along the system, says Bill Yurko, minister of the environment. And Doug Miller (SC Taber Warner) told the Legislature Taber is fac- ing a water crisis this winter when it may be forced to de- pend on the river con- taminated by Lethbridge sewage. In answer to Charlie Drain (SC Pincher Creek- Mr. Yurko said the flow in the Oldman River at Lethbridge in 1973 was only 39 per cent of the long-time average. Every river system in the province showed below- average flows for May to September but the Oldman was the worst. Energy plan firm Thresher going strong Members of the Robert Joy family fork sheaves into their 1920 Ardrossan, Alta., farmer says he'd like to buy new machinery for his vintage threshing machine in their annual race against winter. The 160-acre farm but it costs too much money. OTTAWA (CP) Energy Minister Donald Macdonald has taken a firm Canada-first position in a full day of energy talks with John Love, top energy adviser to President Nixon. The meeting was at Can- ada's request. Mr. Macdonald told a news conference later there is no immediate reason to reduce the more than one million barrels of crude oil Canada exports to the United States daily, but Canada intends to place its own needs first. Tape surrender j Nixon now rid Fighting still flares ff I of Cox nemesis I i c may not sutiice J along southern Suez U 117 A C7TTTMOTVITVT _ WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon, reported concentrating on Middle East developments, cancelled plans for a television address tonight on the Watergate issue Railway vote set today on new offer VANCOUVER (CP) Member of four shopcraft un- ions, on strike against British Columbia Railway since Oct. 15, were to vote today on a new offer from the provincial government. Agreement was reached by negotiations Tuesday night in the strike against the govern- ment-owned railway, and un- ion officials were recommending acceptance by the general membership. Norm Farley, chairman of the negotiating committee for the four striking shopcraft un- ions, said, however, "we have not resolved the dispute and I do not advise any members to start packing lunches for a re- turn to work." But he said the committee would recommend acceptance of the new owner at member- ship meetings today in Squam- ish and Prince George. Details of the offer were not released. and instead scheduled a broadcast news conference for 9 p.m. EOT Thursday. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives continued to- day a preliminary impeach- ment inquiry, begun just before Nixon's lawyers an- nounced that the tapes would be given to a federal judge. House leaders said the in- quiry will continue at least un- til the effects of Nixon's ac- tion become known. There also were reports that the staff of the special prosecution force was prepared to resign as a group. Their new boss, Assistant Attorney-General Henry Petersen, met with them Tuesday and said later that they said nothing about re- signing but did not promise to stay, either. Nixon apparently reached his eventful decision after be- ing told that House Republicans would not defend him strongly unless he turned over the tapes. Before that, Nixon had in- tended to fight the matter by claiming that he had settled the dispute out of court by fir- ing his adversary, Cox. Papers had been filed with Sirica. But, at noon. Nixon in- formed his chief court-room lawyer, Charles Alan Wright, that he would produce the tapes. New York Times Service WASHINGTON President Nixon's capitulation to the courts strengthens the suspicions of those who felt his purpose in initially refusing to give the Watergate tapes to federal Judge John Sirica was not so much to preserve the confidentiality of presidential communications as to get rid of special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Once rid of Professor Cox, whom he dismissed Satur- day, the president agreed to Sirica's demand that he turn over tape recordings of nine conversations in his offices about the break-in at Democratic National Committee Headquarters on July 17, 1972. Previously, the president had proposed to give the judge only a summary of the conversations, verified by Senator John Stennis, a friend of the president. Cox was dismissed ostensibly because he refused to accept this arrangement and because he refused to sus- pend his efforts to obtain these and other White House communications through judicial proceedings. According to the president's opponents, and some of his supporters as well, the confrontation over the tapes was either contrived or happened to give the president and his legal advisers a reason to discharge Cox. "Here was this said one of the president's friends, "with 80 lawyers swarming all over the government, and trying to nail Richard Nixon. They were not out to discover the truth, but to prove a case. The president could not stand for that." Alberta gains from crisis From AP-REUTER Fighting flared again today at the southern end of the Suez canal where the Egyptian forces attempted to break through Israeli forces encircl- ing them. An Israeli military commu- nique said the fighting was re- newed despite an Egyptian un- dertaking to the United Nations to halt the shooting from 1 a.m. EOT today. Planes supporting the Egyp- tian attempt to extricate the Third Army east of the canal were engaged by Israeli air- craft, the communique said. It claimed 15 Egyptian planes were shot down within an hour. The second UN-sponsored ceasefire was broken only two hours after Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan an- nounced it was in effect "and working properly." Output needed now Inside O u v 'Thirty years to go... thirty years to go...thirty years to go.. Classified........30-33 Comics............20 Commenl...........4 District............15 Family..........35-37 Local News 13. 14 Markets...........21 Sports...........23-25 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather.........3 LOW TONIGHT 40, HIGH Thurs. 55; MAINLY SUNNY EDMONTON (CP) Alberta must decide how to make the most of its remain- ing oil reserves in the next few years when Canadian oil demand will outrun the nation's producing capacity, four energy analysts said Tuesday. Two industrial engineers with the Research Council of Alberta and two University of Alberta professors told a news conference briefing on the oil crisis that Albertans should gain the most benefit possible from declining oil reserves in the province. They suggested one way for Alberta to take advantage of the Middle East's success in increasing oil prices would be to use the money from increased oil royalties to develop the 300-billion-barrel potential of the Athabasca Oil Sands. Jim Ryan, associate professor of chemical engineering at U of A, who has been studying Alberta's oil reserves and production for two years, said Alberta's oil- producing capacity will peak in the next 18 months to two years. While Canada still has tremendous oil potential in the oil sands and in the fron- tier regions of the Arctic and east coast, it will not have adequate oil production im- mediately available to meet Canada's oil demands by the 1980s, Dr. Ryan said. Canada, which currently produces more oil than it con- sumes, in a few years would face an oil shortage almost as severe as that now felt in the U.S. Dr. Ryan said no major oil discoveries had been made in the Canadian Arctic, and even if one were made this winter, it would take five to seven years to bring this oil to market. He said Canada would be faced with the choice of im- porting considerably more oil from the Middle East or cutting exports to the United States. As the renewed fighting was reported, UN truce observers already were on their way to posts assigned to them on the Suez front. An Egyptian army spokesman assigned to the UN observers said a 41-man force from Argentina, Austria. Chile. Finland, France, Ireland and Sweden had left Cairo in three groups It was not known how the new outbreak would affect their mission. The new ceasefire had been scheduled for 1 a.m. EDT in a second attempt to end the fighting- between Israel and Egypt in the Sinai desert and across the Suez canal in Egypt itself. Egypt in a Cairo communi- que also indicated fighting was continuing and said it had beaten back attempts to cut the roads between Cairo and the town of Suez. The Egyptian communique also said President Anwar Sa- dat has called up military re- serves and conscription calls had gone to all those born be- tween 1941 and 1952. Col. Ake Bendrick of Sweden, head of UN truce observers in Cairo, had earlier confirmed that Egypt had accepted the second ceasefire. The Israeli forces had been ordered to lav down Edmonton writer slated to provide China series David C. McDonald, a young Edmonton lawyer, educator, writer, politician and student of world affairs, was in the contingent that accompanied Prime Minister Trudeau in his recent visit to China. He was accredited as a special correspondent for The Lethbridge Herald. Mr. McDonald's assignment was not to write a travelogue or a diary, not to cover, the diplomatic affairs reported in The Herald through other news services, but to give special attention to the people, their concerns, at- titudes, and aspirations. China, with a fourth of the world's population, is emerg- rapidly into a foremost in- ternational military and in- dustrial power. How can Lethbridge Herald reader understand these peo- ple better? Immediately on his return last week, Mr. McDonald wrote three articles. They will begin Thursday on- the Editorial Page. Israel also announced that its army has pushed the rest of the way down the west bank of the Suez canal to cut off Port Suez and an Egyptian army force on the east bank of the waterway. The Israelis said nothing about a new ceasefire on the Syrian front. But Associated Press photographer Horst Faas reported the front had been quiet for two hours after the new ceasefire time. Taxation struggle weakens EDMONTON (CP) Fed- eral, provincial and municipal government have taken one step toward settling their bitter struggle over the tax- payer's money. they reached tentative agreement to set up a study group to determine the finan- cial problems of each level of government. The study would be the first attempt to provide a common set of facts on government finances. The compromise agreement, proposed by Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford at the national tri- level conference, still must be approved by provincial and federal governments by Dec. 31 so the study group can be established. The study group would report to the next national meeting in 1974. There seemed little doubt at the end of the conference that the inquiry would be created. Mr. Basford and Ontario Treasurer John White both said they could commit their governments to the study immediately. Municipal leaders over- whelmingly support the plan. They sought a financial in- quiry which would provide basic facts and propose new ways of sharing revenue. Outside the Legislature, he said he will investigate com- plaints about contamination of the river by Lethbridge effluents. Taber considers the situa- tion critical because it believes the low water levels have caused dangerously high concentrations of sewage. Mr.. Miller said in an interview. At- the moment the town, about 30 miles downstream from the city, depends primarily on supplies stored for irrigation at Chin. 15 miles southwest of Taber, Mr Miller said. But water stored in such systems as the St Mary Irrigation System is not available for winter use because the machinery would freeze solid. "It would be kind of desperate if the water didn't improve." the MLA said. "They didn't think they would have enough water to carry them through the winter." It was this summer that Mr. Yurko requested his planners to start marshalling facts on how to store spring flood waters along the Oldtnan system to augment low summer and winter levels. "There are major rehabilitations of irrigation systems and there is obviously going to be an increase in the uses of water." he said. "We are looking at the possibility of storage for a multiplicity of uses in Southern Alberta." Last spring, the planners were given 20 months to come up with recommendations for increased storage on the Red Deer River system. But no timetable has yet been set for the Oldman study, he SPJJ Any results would be at least a year away. Plans for the Red Deer River in central Alberta will affect the Oldman studies as connections between the systems exist. Mr. Yurko said that fact would offer some flexibility in planning to satisfy an agreement with Saskatchewan that 50 per cer.t of the province's water flow- ing east must cross the provincial boundary. As to the complaint of pollu- tion of the Oldman by Lethbridge sewage, he said, "I don't even know if there is a problem now. I'm going to look into it, to review the situation, and to see just what concentrations are this winter because of the.low flows." The flow this year between May and September was only 703.000 acre-feet compared to the long-term average of 1.7 million acre-feet. The South Saskatchewan at Medicine Hat was measured at 55 per cent of the average or acre-feet com- pared to 3.7 million. Going north the situation improved with the Bow River running at 83 per cent of the average. In the far north of the province, the Athabasca was closest to the average at 97 per cent. Seen and heard About town INDIAN iansuagf student Dean Lybbert mispronouncing a word and accidently swearing at teacher Annie Cotton im- patient coffee gulper Jack Foster urging his favorite waitress to get a wiggle on. Report says Hutterites should avoid three South areas By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Hutterite colonies should be advised not to expand into three Southern Alberta districts, says a report from the special advisory committee on communal property to be tabled in the Legislature this sitting. The areas are the County of Warner and the Municipal Districts of Cardston and Willow Creek. These areas already have "moderately high" amounts of land owned by Hutterites. The committee has been established by the government to advise Hiitlerites on land use. It has no regulatory powers, leaving the final decision of land purchase up to the colonies. A. W. Plait of Calgary, liaison officer for the committee, told The Herald one of the suggestions in his report to Dave Russell, minister of municipal affairs, is that Hutterite colonies not be concentrated in a few districts. The committee has not reached a set figure above which it would discourage colony expansion. But the County of Warner has about 7 per cent of land owned by Hutterites and corresponding figures in the MDs of Cardston and Willow Creek are 13 and 5 per cent. Future expansion of colonies would also be determined by the type of land owned by Hutterites, whether it is rough or good land. Dr. Plait said the view of the governing elders of the two main Hutterite groups would be the other deciding factor for formation of a colony. Dr. Platt said a key decision for the Hutterite elders will be whether a particular colony needs the land or whether that colony is trying to buy 'the land just because it is available. In the face of the pending report, Dr. Platl said he knows of three colonies in Alberta that are looking for more land. One of those colonies is interested in land in Southern Alber- ta. Because of this knowledge, Dr. Platt last week investigated rumors of possible Hutterite land purchases in the south. He found none. "There was, some basis for the rumor in the Etzikom he said. "People thought a farm was for sale and when some Hutterites uoing some custom farm work, people thought Hutterites were buying the land. "As i! turns out, the farm isn't even for sale." Looking at the County of Vulcan, which lasl year threw up a blanket of resistance against Hutterite expansion behind the Vulcan Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Platt believes there will not be Hutterite expansion this year One of the problems is whom are the Hutterites going to find to sell land, said Dr. Platt. Adding to the difficulty of possible Hutterite land expansion in the County of Vulcan are "lots of other buyers at the present time." Dr. Platt said nobody, even Hutterites, wants to go where they aren't wanted'but1 this still will be primarily a decision for the He said he knows it will be difficult for Hutteriles to get land, especially in parts of the County of Vulcan, because of public opinion. He said a United Slates buyer, who intended to become a Canadian landed immigrant, tried to put together a large block of land in the County of Vulcin. "As soon as the people found out it was a large block, no more land was for sale because they thought it was for Hutterites." With all the pressures against expansion. Dr, Platt said the Hutterites still prefer to buy land in Southern Alberta. He said one colony, which isn't about to expand, made a inp to the Pojc'o River district and came away very im- pressed. "Mo.st colonies definitely in need of land, Dr. Platt said land purchases would have to be completed before March or April if the land is to be farmed in 1974. If and when any land is bought. Dr. Platl says there will be some public read ion. "Anytime a colony moves into an area, there is conflict. "This is because any lime land changes hands, it affects the communitv."