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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Rural highrise skyline Like a skyline of highrise apartments, a group of beehives stands anchored by rocks in case of windy weather. Recent cool weather has put a damper on honey produc- tion but it has been a good summer for Lethbridge and area honey producers, as the spirall- ing cost of sugar has sweetened the honey market. BILL GROENEN photo The letHbtrtdge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1974 28 Pages 15 Cents policy will protect home markets' IDAHO'S SNAKE RIVER CANYON OTTAWA (CP) A new uranium policy to ensure that domestic markets are protected before export com- mitments are made was an- nounced Thursday by Energy Minister Donald Macdonald He told a news conference the new regulations, in effect immediately, establish a reserve formula to guarantee supplies for domestic use The reserve formula re- quires that enough uranium remains m the country "to enable each nuclear power reactor committed toi const'r.cLson or planned for operation 10 years into the future, to operate at an average annual capacity fac- tor of 80 per cent for 30 years from the start of the period Mr Macdonald said the pe- riod for reactors not in oper- ation will be 30 years from their in-service dates Domestic utilities using ura- nium and producers would share the responsibility for ensuring "adequate and continuous" domestic uranium supplies Utilities are required by the new regulations to demonstrate to the Atomic Energy Control Board that Turner promises budget cuts OTTAWA (CP) Finance Minister John Turner said to- day there will be cuts in gov- ernment spending in the long- delayed due sometime around the end of "highly visible" tax measures will remain He indicated there may be changes in federal resource tax policy but said the govern- ment remains committed to such tax measures as the incentive to save for purchase of a first house and the plan to make tax free the first of a taxpayer's interest in- come The finance minister, at an informal news conference in his parliamentary office, in- dicated some of the cuts in spending would be in social programs but said decisions on cuts would result from cabinet discussions they are maintaining contracted forward supplies of nuclear fuel Mr Macdonald said the minimum required contract for each utility will require it to have enough fuel to operate each of its reactors at an an- nual capacity of 80 per cent for 15 years The period would be 15 years from their in- service date for reactors not yet operating On the supply side, Mr Macdonald said each mining company will have a reserve margin tor domestic supply allocated to it by a uranium resource appraisal group within the energy department Alta. may on utility CALGARY (CP) The Alberta government may ease restraints holding back rate hikes by major utility com- panies Roy Farran, telephones and utilities minister, said Wednesday that provincial law may be changed to allow firms to raise prices without public opposition when ser- vice production costs climb. He said in an interview he favors giving utility com- panies the same COLA cost of living adjustments now being written into some labor contracts because of inflation The government has asked the Public Utilities Board to Grain firms stand pat WINNIPEG (CP) A. M. Runciman. president of United Grain Growers, today said Labor Minister John Munro's attempt to under- mine the grain companies position and build his own by announcing the firms have revised their estimate of the Perry report increase for grain handlers is "completely misleading." Runciman said his firm, with the other grain firms in- volved in the labor dispute at the West Coast "stand by the 61 per cent inflation figure." IMP Si WCUH IN FEET LONG The big jump Stuntman Evel Knievel will be million richer when (and if) he crawls out of his Sky-Cycle Sunday after being tossed nearly a mile across the 540-foot deep Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho. The Sky-Cycle, a missile rather than a cycle, will be thrust up the launching ramp and thrown feet into the air. Parachutes will ease Knievel and his machine back to earth. Engineer Robert Truax, who designed the Sky-Cycle, will get if Knievel makes it, and nothing if the Butte, Mont., daredevil is unsuccessful. ease restraints rate increases consider setting a new "benchmark formula" allow- ing companies to index rates to nsmg labor, material and possibly financing expenses, he said Under the indexing system, consumers would lose the right to fight and delay light, power and telephone rate increases The firms must now justify these at formal, quasi judicial board hearings Mr Farran said he is also closely following a private study of how such a system could work. The major Cana- dian utility companies jointly commissioned the study recently Mozambique freed after ten years of fighting LUSAKA (Reuter) Portu- gal and the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frehmo) are expected to sign a docu- ment today formally granting the territory independence after a bloody 10-year guerrilla war and 400 years of Portuguese domination. The signing will climax three months of tough bargaining between Por- tuguese Foreign Minister Mario Soares and Frehmo chief Samora Michel Thursday night, Soares de- scribed the opening 5% hours of talks as having gone "very well." His cheerful comment re- flected the cordial at- mosphere surrounding this se- cond round of talks The first ended inconclusively last June. Informed diplomatic sources said the only un- resolved aspects of the agree- ment are the precise date for independence and the exact composition of a provisional Frelimo government to take over later this month. 3 million more eggs rot in gov't storage OTTAWA (CP) Already reeling under heavy public, government and industry criticism, the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency (CEMA) took another solid blow Thur- sday An agency official confirm- ed that at least three million more surplus eggs held by the agency had been found to be unsuitable for use. Late last month CEMA ac- knowledged that nine million eggs in Quebec warehouses had become contaminated and had been destroyed The agency, middle-man be- tween farmers and egg processors, buys marketable eggs that farmers have offered for table use but that have not been purchased. The eggs it buys, CEMA ei- ther sells to processors or stores for future sales, but it has been buying more egp than it can sell to the extent that normal warehouse facilities have been ex- hausted. The eggs found to be rotten had been stored in facilities without tem- perature and humidity control. James Fisher, a spokesman for CEMA, acknowledged Thursday in an interview that an estimated three million On- tario eggs had been found bad in a regrading process. He said he had no knowledge of published reports that two million additional eggs had been discovered contaminated after purchase by freezing and drying processors in Ontario. The original revelation that nine millions eggs bad rotted in Quebec warehouses came Aug 27 setting off a strong protest by the public and a freewheeling debate between federal Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan and Beryl Plumptre. chairman of the food prices review board, with Consumer Affairs Minister Andre Ouellet making a late entry into the lists. Mrs. Plumptre charged that the egg agency was poorly ad- ministered and was responsi- ble for high consumer egg prices while Mr. Whelan acknowledged some ad- ministrative problems within the agency but defended the need to stabilize the pnce paid farmers for their eggs Mr Ouellet sided wiufMrs Plumptre and urged his fellow minister to make the marketing agency more ef- ficient Mr. Whelan said "a com- plete review" of CEMA operations was under way and provincial supply programs were being overhauled. Under the provincial supply system, farmers are allotted egg production quotas intend- ed to keep a balance between supply and demand. But, with a strong price offered by CEMA, farmers have been ex- ceeding their quotas with CEMA buying in the eggs even though there was slight de- mand for them. Thursday, Mr. Whelan an- nounced a million purchase of 40 million surplus eggs for the World Pood Plan, at the same time reiterating his defence against charges last week by Mrs. Plumptre that the government was bail- ing the egg industry out with 10 million taxpayer dollars. UN troops halt battle in Cyprus NICOSIA (AP) Machine- guns and mortars blazed across the ceasefire line in Nicosia Thursday night, but there was no indication the shooting would block Greek- and Turkish-Cypnot talks scheduled for today The Greek-Cypnot govern- ment reported an "intense ex- change of fire" for an hour and a half at three points along the so-called Green Line dividing the Greek and Turkish-Cypriot sectors of the capital It was the heaviest firing in Nicosia since the ceasefire Aug 15 The government said the shooting stopped after United Nations peace forces arranged a truce Thousands of Greek- Cypnots fled from the city in panic, filling the roads to the freight rate freeze end likely OTTAWA (CP) Extension of the rail freight rate freeze into 1975 appears doubtful, government sources indicate A transport department spokesman said cautiously Thursday that no decision has yet been made whether to ex- tend the freeze beyond the original expiry date at the end of this year. But other government sources say they would like to see it lifted as quickly as possible as they feel it creates distortions in freight rates. "There are real difficulties if you don't allow some adjust- ment eventually in the rates." said one "The experience hi the past was that the longer you held it off the bigger the adjustment would have to be." The decision eventually lies with cabinet following talks with provincial governments Transport Minister Jean Marchand is to meet western provincial colleagues sometime this fall A federal-provincial mittee has been meeting periodically since the rate freeze was set to review freight rate anomalies south with cars and tractors piled high with luggage Earlier Thursday, Vice- President Rauf Denktash, the leader of the Turkish- Cypnots, announced that he and President Glafkos derides, head of the Greek- Cypnots, would meet today to discuss ways to alleviate the plight of the estimated 000 refugees driven from their homes by the fighting on the island Weekly meetings between Denktash and Clerides on "hu- manitarian problems" were arranged by UN Secretary- General Kurt Waldheim But Denktash called off the meeting scheduled for last Monday because of the dis- covery of a grave containing bodies of 84 men, women and children in the Turkish- Cypnot village of Maratha Surviving villagers said that the bodies were those of Tur- kish-Cypnots killed by Greek- Cypriot gunmen. The find led to a barrage of atrocity charges and countercharges and demands for an impartial investigation by the United Nations and the International Red Cross So far no action has been taken on the demands. About town Lome McMillan complain- ing about the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital staff miss- ing their Friday night prayer meeting because of the beer shortage Water major issue to Rocky Mountain states Inside i Classified.......22-26 Comics Comment.... District Family Joan Waterfield Local News Markets Sports Theatres, Travel TV Weather At Home LOW TONIGHT HIGH SAT. 75; MOSTLY SUNNY. By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer EAST GLACIER. MonL The Federation of Rocky Mountain States has re-introduced water, including Canadian sources, as a ma- jor factor in its considerations of resource development The contentious issue of water use was dropped several years ago from the organization's roster of study topics And Arizona dropped out of the federation partially because of disagreements on obtain- ing water from members richer in the resource International disagreements also loomed Before the issue was side-stepped, the federation had proposed diverting water from the Mackenzie River Basin in the Northwest Territories through Alberta to thirsty western states Then Washington put a 10 year moratorium on federal plans for water diver- sion The moratorium ends in two years Thursday, the federation's council on national resources decided it could ignore the issue no longer "It's the central council chairman Roy Peck, a Wyoming publisher, said in an interview "We cannot continue to consider resource development problems without considering water The moratorium doesn't stop growth or the growing need for Mr Peck said Water was not being re-introduced "as a divisive he said Rather, the federation, composed of government and private sector officials, hopes to advise members on better utilization of the resource "We are wondering whether it is better to move people and projects to the water You increase pollution by moving water to the people Yet we keep saying this growth has to continue "The great change in thinking over the past decade has been that we have introduced en- vironmental and social impacts into our economic planning Meanwhile, coal gasification plants and agriculture are both clamoring for more water in the six member states of the federation, holding its annual meeting here The conference ends today Mr Peck said the federation "could see the great need for water" when it proposed diver- sion of Mackenzie basin water "But environmental concerns, such as could it conceivably lower the level of the Bering Sea. were not considered Only basic engineering and economic situations were looked at "The Mackenzie River discharges a fan- tastic amount of water and it just runs off un- der the Canadian icecap "The water may never move from its pre- sent course because we may find other alter- natives such as desalination of ocean Mr Peck said. "But Canada should consider water, because they have so much of it, as an economic item, just as you would any resource such as oii Earlier. Wyoming Governor Stanley Hathaway told a press conference that water diversion from Canada is "extremely feasible and something we should be looking into" in the long range Water that Canada is not using is escaping into the ocean when it could be diverted into the and West, the governor said It is an extremely expensive proposition but the time will come. I think, when water will be so necessary the federal government iin Washington) will pursue it I think the federal government must be the catalyst He said the federation has made "feeble attempts' at discussions with Saskatchewan and Alberta "But you really can't do anything without the federal government be- ing in the mirtd'e of it ;