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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The UtHbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1974 15 Cents' 44 Pages City meets country Horses in West Leth- bridge graze casually in the ripening grass, ob- livious to the city across the river and a mile away. The scene behind them is one due for much change, with the planned removal of wrecked cars from the coulees, and downtown redevelopment which will spell the end for old No. 1 firehall. The sion of Lethbridge west- ward might also infringe upon the horses' graz- ing in the near future. RICK ERVIN phcrto Grains study completion near By TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer Evolution will be the key word in the long-awaited Canada Grains Council proposals for upgrading the country's grain tran- sportation system expected to be ready in about two months. The Grains Council's secretary general, Donald Dever, told The Herald from Winnipeg Tuesday he expects the federal government to use the proposals as a basis for policy decisions regarding grain transportation. He said he feels "the atmosphere is right" for the govern- ment to make grain transportation decisions that will benefit the entire country and all aspects of the industry. He is confident the far-reaching decisions will not be mere "irrational political decisions." The council's proposals are not finalized but Dr. Dever made three predictions on their substance: They will urge an improved grain transportation system evolve from today's inadequate system but the council does not advocate large-scale overnight departures from today's system; They will not recommend abolition of statutory railway grain hauling rates; They will not recommend the much-publicized 80 inland elevator system outlined first in a study done for the Grains Group two years ago. The Grains Council proposals come after more than five years of intensive study of the country's grain transportation system. In late 1969 Otto Lang, federal minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, assembled a group of grain policy ad- visers the Grains Group. One of its first jobs was the detailed study of the grain handling system. The result was a foot-high stack of reports and studies released in the fall of 1972. The federal government then gave the Canada Grains Coun- cil the job of consulting with all interested groups and develop- ing specific proposals for changes in the grain handling system. The 1972 Grains Group reports outlined four alternative grain handling -vstems: A rationalized country elevator system; A high-throughput concrete elevator system; An inland terminal-satellite elevator system; And an inland terminal system. The study of a rationalized elevator system concluded that if the elevator system was modified by closing down 1.386 elevators and moving all the grain through the remaining approximately elevators, the cost of moving grain would be only 41.9 cents per bushel. Costs per bushel for the rationalized system are 10.1 cents for country elevators. 24.2 cents for railways, 6.9 cents for port terminals and .7 cents for farmers' extra hauling. The Grains Group commissioned a study on the costs of building and operating a system of 389 concrete elevators and found total costs for building such a system and moving grain through it to the West Coast and Thunder Bay would result in a cost of 45.3 cents per bushel of grain handled. Costs per bushel for this alternative came to IS cents for elevators, 21 cents for railways, 6.9 cents for port terminals and 2.4 cents for extra farmers' hauling. The third alternative studied was inland terminal satellite system. Economists estimated the costs of building and operating 356 high-throughput elevators and 22 big inland ter- minal elevators would amount to 51 cents per bushel handled. Under this system, farmers would truck grain to elevators then commercial trucks would haul it to the inland terminal where it would be cleaned and loaded into unit trains destined for export position. Costs per bushel for this alternative came to 13.5 cents for elevators, 5.5 cents for commercial trucking. 6.2 cents for the big inland terminal elevators, 17.7 cents for the railways, 5.7 cents for port terminals and 2.4 cents for extra farmers' hauling. The fourth alternative analyzed involved 80 small inland terminal elevators with a throughput capacity of eight million bushels per year. Costs came to 38.7 cents a bushel. Costs for this came to 11.S cents for inland terminals, 17.7 cents for railways, 5.7 cents for port terminal costs and 3.8 cents for extra fanners' hauling. All four alternatives were compared with the 1969 costs which were 12.4 cents for country elevators, 29.9 cents for railways, and 6.9 cents for port terminals, which totals 49.2 cents per bushel. And all were based on an annual volume of 675 million bushels. Governor suggests Alberta join with mountain states By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer EAST GLACIER, Mont. Montana Governor Thomas Judge would like to see Alberta join the Federation of Rocky Mountain States. The federation, holding its 10th annual meeting here today through Friday, is a voluntary association of government and business leaders from Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Mon- tana. "We have a great deal to talk about with business and government in Governor Judge said in an interview today. The governor plans a second meeting in Edmonton with Premier Peter Lougheed in October. The meeting will be a con- tinuation of discussions initiated last winter when Governor Judge approached the province to assure adequate natural gas supplies for his state. Referring to problems faced by any region bordering the resource-rich Rocky Mountains, Mr. Judge, 39, said: "All of these problems don't end at state borders." In his keynote address opening the conference today Governor Judge, chairman of the federation, warned that Rocky Mountain regions can not withstand unlimited industrial growth. Echoing some Western Canadian concerns about centralized government, the governor told the conference: "If we sit passively by, we will be a colony for the rest of the United States. The wealth of our states will be sent elsewhere and we will be left with the problems." United Way 1974 campaign target set at The Lethbridge United Way will be ready to go when its campaign opens Sept. 16, the group's board of directors was told Tuesday. "It seems like the campaign is ready to go... and we'll be ready when it is." said presi- dent Elaine Bartel. The group hopes to raise this year. Leona Hopkins, chairman of the campaign committee, said the canvassers' orientation has been arranged, and is "the best program we have ever had." The campaign will open with a kickoff breakfast at a.m. Sept. 16 at Seven Ericksen's Family Restaurant, said Mrs. Hopkins. Board members and canvassers will be invited, she said. She said the City of Lethbridge has agreed to declare the campaign period United Way Month. Dave Wilson, executive director of the United Way, said the campaign has been endorsed by the presidents of the Alberta Federation of Labor and the Canadian Labor Congress. Inside f Classified........16-20 Comics............30 Comment...........4 District............15 Family..........35-38 Local i Markets...........31 Snorts...........23-26 :g Theatres............7 :g TV.................6 Weather............3 Ig g: The Romans BC? No, the S: Turks last LOW TONIGHT 45; HIGH TOURS. 65; 3 CLOUDY, COOLER. :g Rationality asked in grain dispute VANCOUVER Minister John Munro today made a "public plea for rationality" among employers and 550 grain handlers in a deadlocked labor dispute that has blocked the flow of grain from this West Coast port since Aug. 26. The minister told a news conference he will continue to meet with parties that have a direct interest in the dispute before returning to Ottawa today but he would not identify who he will be talking with. He also reiterated the federal government's stand that Parliament will not be called into session before the scheduled Sept. 30 to legislate an end to the dispute. "I'm not issuing a plea on one hand and a threat on the said the minister who was accompanied on his trip here by his deputy Tom Eberlee. Mr. Munro called on the Grain Workers Union and the five elevator companies to take a more rational, dis- passionate look at the report prepared by conciliator Dr. Neil Perry." If the dispute drags on until Parliament opens, the out- come is a foregone conclusion because the government has committed itself to the recommendations of the Perry report. The minister said that if the grain companies intend to procrastinate and wait for Parliament to implement the conditions of the Perry report to embarrass the Liberals, "the government is prepared to be embarrassed." Asked if the government has plans to take over grain handling, Mr. Munro said the history of labor disputes on the West Coast shows "something is seriously wrong that's the least you can say." That possibility has been looked at, he said, but not en- dorsed. It is not being con- sidered in the context of this dispute. Body toll mounts in Cyprus village NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) More bodies were dug up to- day from a grave at the Turkish-Cypriot village of Maratha. and the Turks reported two more massacres in which they said 158 Turkish- Cypriots may have died. Turkish Premier Bulent Ecevit threatened "serious measures" against the Greek- Cypriots if the massacres con- Oftjcers of the United Nations peace force counting skulls removed from a gar- bage pit outside Maratha said 84 men. women and children had been buried in the grave. Survivors in the village 12 miles northwest of Famagusta said the victims were Turkish-Cypriots slain by Greek-Cypriot gunmen. The Greek-Cypriot govern- ment of President Glafkos derides contended that the corpses might be those of Greek-Cypriots missing in the district. A Nicosia newspaper said a medallion found on one of the bodies belonged to a Greek-Cypriot woman who lived six miles from Maratha and was missing with her seven-year-old son. The "Turkish-Cypriot defence minister. Osman Orek, told reporters he has been informed of two more alleged massacres. He said 96 Turkish-Cypriots were missing from villages near the south coast and were believed buried in Palodhia, but Greek-Cypriot police there refused to let UN investigators search for the grave. Orek also said that he has information that 62 Turkish- Cypriot civilians from Timi, west of Limassol. have been killed and buried in that area. The derides government has called for an independent investigation by the UN force and the International Red Cross of all atrocity reports. Semi and (ward About town Beraie Woodcock getting his foot caught in the oven Gerald Snow dialing a phone number only to have another party on the line waiting to talk Pete Swartmai claiming he sometimes gets dizzy at all the new happenings in his job. Toronto Helicopters part of new Klondike rush transit strike ends TORONTO