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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbtidgc Herald News Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, September 5, 1974 Pages 15-28 rtl.lH; Leaving for Kenyon Field Charlie secures aircraft's wheels for ride to the airport Stits and Charlie Shepherd ready to go wings of aircraft span 27 feet unfolded WALTER KERBER photos Crushing stampede for energy threatens west provinces, states Exploitation is out, Montana governor says is Hotel Charlie India" "you're cleared for tower replies By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer EAST GLACIER, Mont. An energy stampede is threatening Rocky Mountain regions, Montana Governor Thomas Judge warned fellow state legislators Wednesday. "All of us are members of the federal system and have a responsibility to do our share to help this great Gov. Judge, 39, told the annual meeting of Rocky Mountain States. "But that responsibility does not go so far as to see our states exploited or he said in a keynote address to the conference on the Future of the Human Environment in the Rocky Mountain States. Calling for an "intelligent and well-thought out land use the governor's remarks reflected' Alberta's recent approach to develop- ment in the province. A land-use forum is ex- pected to conclude a report to the provincial government a year after an intensive study of land problems. Included in its recommendations will be policies for managing the eastern slopes of the Rockies. As for the mountain regions states Montana, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming Gov. Judge said there would be opposition to restrictions on the use of private property. However, he said: "We must have the courage to take stands on controversial issues, to push for strong laws and enforcement of these laws. In what delegates termed a. major and concise statement on their problems, the gover- nor said uncontrolled resource exploitation could be devastating to the world's food supply. Ammonia plant meet tonight Duncan Sim, presi- dent of Alberta Am- monia Ltd. will speak tonight at a public meeting in Raymond at 8 at the Raymond High School. The meeting will give townspeople the chance to question the fertilizer plant executive on the company's proposed million plant on the southeast edge of town, Mayor Bob Graham said. Growth perils towns when industry conies Small businesses hurt cement crunch here by It's taken 8 years of hard work to get Charlie Shepherd airborne By RUSSEL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Hotel Charlie India is an orange blur Wednesday after- noon as she roars down Ke- nyon Field runway and quick- ly approaches the end of eight painstaking work by Charlie Shepherd. In the cockpit. Charlie waits for the right moment to ease back on the control stick, gently sending HCi into the air on her maiden run. it's taken the 48-year-old clerk eight years and to build his two-passenger Slits craft from 86 pages of finely- dclaiied blueprints. "It's a nice airplane to ride in." he says, "biit of course. I'm pre- judiced." The 100-mph homebuilt is designed with folding wings, so Charlie can hangar his plane behind his southside home in the garage where he built HCI. Back in his garage- workshop neatly stuffed with tools. Charlie talks modestly about his hobby and lifelong Sove of flying: "During the I lived in the southwest corner of Saskatchewan there were always planes coming over the farm." Eight years ago. a "fellow in town wanted to build his own plane and a Calgary homebuilder came down to Lethbridge and talked to a group of us. My nephew was taking his flying training, so we both went to this meeting." That meeting proved to be the turning point for Charlie. "That was the first time I knew that I could just go ahead and build my own air- plane" without getting tangl- ed in red tape from the federal ministry of transport. At that meeting he learned the spruce wood, steel tubing and skin fabric in homebuills don't need MOT approval. A licensed automotive mechanic. Charlie also dis- covered he could do all his own engine maintenance. After that meeting. "I went down to a newstand the next morning and there was a write-up in one magazine on this design." Charlie wasted no time in sending to the California firm of Stits for his plans, "the best investment in this plane." A clerk at Agen- cies. Charlie worked on HCI whenever he found time. "I couldn't do it as a full time job. Id get fed op with it. But to come out to the garage and work on it when I feel like it is just great." During his second winter of work Charlie didn't get too much done because the shed wasn't warm enough. "So I decided to build this garage the next summer. I needed a garage anyway." Encouraged by wife and friends. Charlie scrounged as many used parts as possible. The 100-horsepower. four- cylinder Lycoming engine came from a Calgary flying club trainer that was damag- ed while taxiing. About half the instruments and the radio arc used. "It cost me just as much as if I'd gone out and bought a similar used airplane. "But it's brand new and it's the type I like." He com- pleted a pilot's training and received a licence two years ago. His plans for the future are vague. After checking his craft's safety during 50 hours of flight, Charlie will be per- mitted to fly with a passenger and seek an endorsement for night flying. Charlie says he isn't sure about future travels, excepl that the co-pilot will be his wife FYeda. However, he does mention a convention of homebuilt owners that literally descends every summer on the Wisconsin town of Oshkosh. Charlie admits he'd like to fly into Oshkosh sometime, just to make Hotel Charlie India "official." ATA almost set to talk salaries A Sept. 38 general meeting of all Lelhbridge teachers is So accept or reject 1975 contract proposals and salary- scales presented to them by the economic policy com- mittee of the local Alberta Teachers Association. If the proposals and salary- scale are acceptable to the majority of teachers, the ATA committee will then begin negotiations with the two school boards. Details of the salary- increase being sought by the committee have not been released. A shortage of cement has threatened some small concrete firms and affected scheduling of some construc- tion projects in Lethbridge. Pat Tompkins. sales manager of Arctic Transit Mix Ltd., said Wednesday the shortage could kill his com- pany. "At times we don't get enough cement to pay the ex- penses, and if this goes on long enough, we'll go out of business." said Mr. Tompkins. Mike Wilson, project superintendent for Poole Construction, told The Herald the shortage was very serious, but he believed it was a short term problem. In the mean- time, some work was being re-scheduled to allow for available concrete pouring times, and "you don't know from day to day." he said. Poole s projects include Lethbridge Centre and the senior high rise. Al Kenwood, general manager of Kenwood Engineering Construction Ltd.. said the shortage finally hit Lethbridge last week after affecting Calgary and Ed- monton earlier. Kenwood ran wul of concrete a couple of times last week, he said. Contractors don't know if the shortage will last or not, said Mr. Kenwood. A Herald survey of lumberyards shows the do-it- yourself brigade also suf- fering. Peter Paskuski. assistant manager of the Advance Lumber Co. Ltd., said he hasn't taken a bagged cement delivery for a month and a half. Don Picket, manager of the Beaver Lumber Co. Ltd. store, said he hasn't had ce- ment for a week. Suppliers were unable to make delivery schedules, he said. Vince Toth. manager of the Crestline Builders Market Ltd.. said small repair jobs would certainly be affected. Crestline got one half truckload today, its first in a month, he said. With the number of outstanding orders, the 300 bags will be about a day's supply. EAST GLACIER, Mont. A stark warning was issued Wednesday to communities about to, embark on tremendous resource based expansion. -''Resource a community created planners for the Federation of Rocky Mountain States, could exist almost anywhere in Southern Alberta. "Once a small agricultural and mining community, isolated 150 miles from the nearest large city, Resource City is now reads the scenario presented to some 300 government and business officials. The six states in the federation are struggling to cope with such "boom and bust" expansion caused by massive exploitation of natural resources. A dozen communities in Wyoming alone could be Resource City, one government planner said. In Colorado citizens are "scared" by exploitation of huge oil shale deposits because of what it would wreak on their state, this of- ficial said in an interview. The development would be on a scale experienced in northeastern Alberta oil sands country, where the province has deemed the problem serious enough to appoint a controversial "czar" to oversee development. Disturbingly, the planners' picture of Resource City is a mirror image of some Southern Alberta communities which may face tempting expansion as previously untempting natural gas and coal reserves attract exploitation. "Before the boom, the area was essentially one of irrigated cropland and grazing, with a small but growing business in tourism. Drinking seminar set A day-long seminar on intoxicants in business and industry will be held at Ericksen's Family Restaurant. 1715 Mayor Magrath Drive. Oct. 8 beginning at 8.30 a.m. The seminar is intended for companies concerned with problems created for employees through misuse of alcohol. Persons interested in attending may contact the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission, sponsors of the seminar. "Today, nearly acres of prime agricultural and grazing land have been taken permanently out of production a result of the expanding mineral development and power production facilities, the 'extensive transportation networks and urban development. Raymond, 20 miles south of Lethbridge, anticipates that some construction workers will arrive there to build the worlds' largest ammonia plant. The plant will exploit natural gas reserves as its feedstock. What could happen there, if development is not carefully controlled, is postulated by the planners in their report on Resource City: "Unprepared for the environmental and 'people' impact, the city is now faced with critical shortages in housing and public services teachers and classrooms are scarce. "A fourfold increase in welfare recipients. 400 per cent increase in crime, high number of suicide attempts and mental hospital admissions accompany the boom." "We just got more than we bargained for." says the towns' imaginary mayor. People living in tents and motel rooms rented on eight hour shifts may never hit Raymond. But the scenario accurately portrays many problems in the oil sands boom town of Fort McMurray. "The state should define the terms upon which industrial development will be accepted." Montana LtGov. Bill Christiansen told a forum considering solutions to Resource City. "Among those terms should be an explicit requirement that industrial intentions will be shared with the government and the public in sufficient detail, and sufficiently in advance of activity JJhal sound decisions may be he said. Fluoridation vote The Lethbridge Safe Water Com- mittee which successfully fought Uuoridation in four previous plebiscites is back on the battle lines. "We very strongly protest the way thai city council railroaded the vote through to have a fluoridation vote this says a letter from the committee to- go to city council Monday. "No advance notice or opportunity was given to the public of this motion. We therefore demand that those asking for this-vote get the required petition to have this mailer on the ballot." the letter says. Council approved the fluoridation ballot at its last meeting, following a request for it from the city denial of- ficer backed up by the Lethbridge and District Dental Society and the Alberta Dental Association. The Safe Water Committee has about a dozen active members, but "a lot more support than that." Victor Erd- man. committee chairman said Wednesday. "We feel fluoridation is'against all human rights, putting a prescribed medicine wholesale into the water supply." Mr. Erdman said. "A lot of people are allergic to it. and it's not good for heart and kidney patients." said. "And it's expensive as well." Mr. Erdman said the committee is planning a publicity campaign this fall against flooridation ;