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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thelethbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 266 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1973 32 Pages 10 Cents' Taber denies water problem SOVIETS TOLD TO BACK OFF World at brink of war-senator A Taber town official dis- putes MLA Doug Miller's claim in the Legislature Wednesday that the town is facing a water crisis. Industrial co-ordinator Ross Gibb said today Taber's two reservoirs have enough water to see the town through the winter. The reservoirs, now filled, combined hold 135 million gallons of water. Mr. Miller, contacted today by The Herald, said he gathered his information from a story in the Oct. 17 edition of The Taber Times which Mr. Gibb claims is erroneous. The Times' story said in- effective treatment of sewage effluent by the City of r fl------ntn iiigi, v it nirvv J3 111LU the Oldman River was caus- ing "some concern" for Taber town council. The concern was apparently based on the possibility tha't water from the river might have to be used to supplement the Taber water supply during the winter because the town's reservoirs were "not filled" to capacity, according to The Times' account. But the words "not filled" should have read "now filled." Mr. Gibb said. And since they are filled, the town has enough water in storage last the winter. The typographical error ap- parently came in a report to council from Taber town foreman Dave Sinclair. Mr. Miller said today he hadn't learned until Thursday that the source of his Wednes- day comments in the Legislature were incorrect. The Taber-Warner MLA's comments prompted Bill Yurko. minister of the en- vironment, to promise he would investigate the Taber water situation. Local starts Final curtain call The curtain came down at the Capitol Theatre Wednesday as a pound wrecking ball swung into its brick walls, guided first by Mayor Andy Anderson, then by Aid. Cam Barnes. Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff took a few runs at the building with a caterpillar tractor. There were mixed emotions among bystanders watching the demolition. The ceremony marked the start of a new era downtown, but it was too much the end of another for A. W. Shackleford. He stood there in the blowing dust snapping pictures of the theatre he rebuilt and opened in 1929. The Capitol is the first of the old down- town buildings to be cleared from the three-block area on which the Woodwards project will be built. BILL GROENEN Dhoto contract Russell says holdings are realistic CALGARY (CP) Negotiations resumed today between striking city in- sulators and insulation con- tractors following the settle- ment of a plumbers strike Wednesday. About 150 members of Local 126 of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers' Union have been on strike since Aug. 31 with little progress at the bargaining table. Ernie Sentes, business agent for the local, said the two sides "haven't been talk- ing for the last month but now that the plumbers have settled we can get back to bargaining." The union is also fighting an attempt by the Alberta Construction Labor Relations Association to sign the con- tract rather than the Southern Alberta Insulation Contrac- tors' Association. Hutterite lands total million Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Hutterites have purchased acres of land since repeal of the Com- munal Properties Act to bring their total land holdings in Alberta to acres worth million. The figures are included in the interim report of a special advisory committee on com- munal property and land use tabled in the Legislature by Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell. The highest concentration of ownership in the province is in the Municipal District of Cardston. Colonies there farm 10.84 per cent of the land equal to 12.14 per cent of the total value of the farmed land in the district. At Warner, with the second highest concentration of Hutterite ownership, the Nixon off the hot seat war cancels conference WASHINGTON (Reuter) President Nixon cancelled a news conference scheduled for tonight becarse of the Mid- dle East situation, the White House announced. A presidential spokesman Energy debate planned in Legislature Dec. 3 EDMONTON (CP) A special sitting of the Alberta Legislature to debate energy has been tentatively set to open Dec. 3, Premier Peter Lougheed has announced. Mr. Lougheed was replying to Bob Clark, Social Credit House leader, who asked if the government had set a date for the previously-announced sit- ting. "I hope to be able to con- firm the date in a few Mr. Lougheed said. The special session, called to discuss the Alberta government's desire to main- tain control of its oil and natural gas resources and debate new energy policies, will follow adjournment of the current sitting, expected next week. Inside ij 'Cease... Classified........24-27 Comics.............6 District.........19, 20 Family.........22, 23 Local News.....17, 18 Markets...........21 Sports..........14, 15 Theatres..... 7 TV................'.' 7 Weather............3 Youth ...........30 LOW TONIGHT 35, HIGH Fri. 55; SUNNY, WINDY said the press conference would be held Friday. The time had not yet been fixed. It was the second cancella- tion of a presidential appearance on television in two days. Nixon had arranged to make a televised speech Wednesday night to discuss the Watergate affair, but then switched to a news conference tonight. Nixon had been certain to face questioning about the possible appointment of a new special prosecutor to succeed the ousted Archibald Cox, par- ticularly in view of his rever- sal of a weekend stand against surrendering White House tapes to U.S District Judge John J. Sirica. Nixon, it was understood, did not want to hold the scheduled news conference to- day because he did not want to be fielding Watergate-related questions at a session that could well have been dominated by concern about developments in the Middle East. Strong bipartisan support has developed in Congress for the naming of another prosecutor who would be in- dependent of the executive branch. And Acting Attorney- General Robert Bork, who fired Cox at Nixon's order, told reporters Wednesday the thought "has crossed my mind" that he should consider making such an appointment. Bork also told a news con- ference that he does not feel bound by Nixon's directive that Cox refrain from making any future court fights to ob- tain White House tapes or other evidence the president regards as confidential. Bork said he would fight the White House in court if neces- sary to obtain evidence deem- ed vital by the Watergate prosecution. His reputation was at stake, and he was "go- ing to press hard" for a thorough investigation and prosecution of Watergate offenders. He suggested he would resign if he felt the White House was interfering. Bork, who had been solicitor-general, became acting attorney-general when Elliot Richardson resigned and his deputy, William Ruckelshaus, was fired. Both had refused to fire Cox. Nixon's news conference will substitute for a TV-radio speech he cancelled Wednes- day. brethren farm 6.71 per cent of land in the county valued at 7.84 per cent of the total assessed value. Lethbridge is close behind with 6.22 per cent of county land farmed by the colonies. The comparative value of land owned by the colonies is lower at 4.73 per cent of the total assessed value of land in the county. Pincher Creek Hutterites own 5.62 per cent of farmed land in the municipal district or 5.72 per cent of the total value of farmed land. The figures in the interim report are from March 1 to Aug. 1. Arnold Platt, committee chairman, said in the report no communal land purchases had been made for almost two years and there was a sub- stantial backlog. "In colonies accepted the advice given in almost all cases. The rare exceptions were due to misunderstan- dings or previous com- mitments and in all cases in- volved small additions to ex- isting colonies." Five new colonies were es- tablished in time for seeding last spring, the report said. The total acreage was acres for an assessed value of "In addition, two new colonies have recently purchased land which they will take possession of in time for seeding in 1974. The total acreage purchased was 20.800 and the assessed value In all. 22 existing colonies expanded by acres and five others had been un- successful in expanding pre- sent holdings. Mr. Russell labelled the Hutterite acquisitions "quite realistic" in terms of the amount of land held by other large landowners, including foreign ones. "If you examine the statistics of land held by the Hutter-ian brethren or purchased since the act was repealed, I think it is at quite a reasonable level." In the Southern Alberta region, their holdings increas- ed in the range of 0.16 per cent to 0.39 per cent of the land. As to new colonies, six of the seven that have acquired land are in the south. Seen and heard About town CRIB Allen player Len welcoming wife Ida's perfect 29 hand to help defeat friends Jim and Rene Crighton Hospital patient Agnes Dean, 85, temporarily accommodated in the mater- nity ward, jokingly wondering if she will present a boy or girl to the world. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS While Canada, the United States, Russia and Britain today placed their armies on global alert, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger issued a warning to the Soviet Union that America will only go so far to maintain world peace. Kissinger said while the U.S. will try to avoid con- frontation with the Soviet Union in the Middle East, "there are limits beyond which we cannot go." At a news conference, Kissinger said the two super- powers have a special responsibility since each has nuclear weapons capable of annihilating humanity. "In all our dealings with the Soviet Union we have attempted to keep that in he said. Speaking somberly while U.S. forces were on general alert, the state secretary added: "It is easy to start con- frontations, but in this age we have to know where we will be at the end." Alert The Pentagon ordered a worldwide alert of Unued States military forces "for prudent, precautionary reasons amid reports of possible unilateral intervention by the Soviet Union in the Middle East. The White House also described the alert as precautionary. A senior Democratic senator said the alert responded to what he called a brutal Soviet warning that Russian forces would act to enforce a Middle East ceasefire if the United States failed to join a peacekeeping force. Word of the alert came in the pre-dawn hours. The alert order was confirmed by Pentagon spokesman Jerry W. Friedheim. Friedheim declined to go into any details, except to say that the alert order was issued by Defence Secretary James Schlesinger about midnight. While the White House and congressional leaders who met with President Nixon stressed the precautionary nature of the move, Senator Henry M. Jackson (Dem. Wash.) told reporters it responded to a note "in brutal terminology" in which the Soviet Union threatened to act alone to police the ceasefire between Israel and her Arab enemies. Jackson, a member of the Senate armed services com- mittee, called for unity behind President Nixon. "We're right at the brink again." Jackson said. The Soviet government revealed to its people today that Egypt has requested Soviet and American troops be dispatched to help supervise the Middle East ceasefire. But it declined to comment on a report by United States government sources in Washington that American armed forces had been put on alert because Moscow warned Washington that the Kremlin may send troops to the Middle East to enforce the ceasefire. In its afternoon news broadcast, the state television network quoted the Soviet ambassador to the United Nations, Jacob Malik, as saying Wednesday that Cairo's request for Soviet and American troops was "fully justified." Unlike the U.S., which turned down the Egyptian appeal, Malik did not reject the possibility that Soviet forces would be sent to the Middle East. In North Bay, Ont., a NORAD spokesman said the NORAD facility there was in its standard state of readiness, but no special measures were being taken. He said there are five stages of alert, and the facility was operating at the first stage. Britain today called on Soviet leaders urgently to clarity if they intend sending troops to enforce the shaky Middle East ceasefire. Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home disclosed the British move after key elements of the United States armed forces, including nuclear strike units, were alerted to the reported possibility of a Soviet intervention. Douglas-Home said he was in touch with U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger. Negotiations urged "This increased state of tension can only underline the urgent need for the negotiating process to start between the Arab and Israel the foreign secretary said. "What is needed now is the immediate despatch of substan- tial number of additional UN truce supervisors to the sensitive areas in whatever numbers the UN commander thinks necessary." Non-aligned countries in the Security Council today moved to prevent either Russian or American troops from being sent to the Middle East. Kissinger flatly rejected the introduction of U.S. or Soviet forces into the "in whatever guise." "The United States does not favor and will not approve the sending of a joint Soviet-U.S. force into the Middle Kissinger said. Guinea, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Panama, Peru, Sudan and Yugoslavia are involved in sponsoring a Security Council resolution aimed at setting up a UN emergency force in the Middle East. The original draft would have had the council immediately set up a UN emergency force, but today it was amended to specify that the force be composed of troops drawn from nations other than those sitting as permanent members of the council. The amendment would therefore exclude France, Britain, China, the United States and Russia. Canada may feel oil pinch OTTAWA (CP) In- dications that Canada may yet feel the pinch of an Arab oil boycott of Israeli allies has surfaced again as Saudi Arabia diverted an oil ship- ment destined for Montreal. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said he has summoned the Ottawa am- bassadors of the Arab nations in an attempt to clarify Canada's position in respect to their countries' recent change in oil policies. The oil in question was bound for Portland, Me., by tanker and by pipeline to Montreal. Mr. Sharp said outside the Commons it is unclear whether the diversion is part of the Arab anti-Israeli policy, or whether "there is some other explanation." The announcement follows a charge Monday by Lome Nystrom Melville) that U.S. oil com- panies have diverted oil supplies bound for Canada from the Middle East to the United States. The report prompted Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald to issue a stiffly- worded telegram to major oil companies labelling such diversions "clearly against the interests of Canadians." Mr. Nystrom renewed his charges Wednesday saying both Exxon Corp., Imperial Oil's U.S. parent company, and Texaco have sent con- fidential memos on diversion tactics to Canadian officials. He said one company is ready to admit openly that diversions are taking place. Mr. Macdonald said both companies have denied diver- ting oil. Mr. Nystrom also charged that Exxon is purchasing Ve- nezuelan oil on Canadian ac- counts and then shipping it to the U.S. Oil for Quebec and the Mari- tine provinces is supplies mainly by Venezuela and the Middle East. Oil supplies for the rest of Canada come from western domestic sources. The possible Quebec-Mari- times problem surfaced quickly Tuesday with reports that Montreal refineries had started to import oil from Alberta. A spokesman for Gulf Oil said the move was not to cover imported shortages but because rising prices for crude oil abroad has made it attractive to bring in Alberta oil. Whether the Arab embargo to the U.S. will affect Cana- dian oil reserves is hazy. But one thing that has been predicted is a rise in oil and gas prices, especially in the Quebec-Maritimes regions. Mr. Macdonald indicated late last week that gasoline and heating oil prices will in- crease in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, despite the government's 90-day voluntary freeze, initiated in September. If Canada is marked as an Israel supporting nation by the Arabs, short-termed in- dications are that oil supplies are in good shape. ;