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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta VOL, LXVI No. 227 The LetHbrtdge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1973 PRICE: 15 'CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 76 PAGES New process makes Herald debut Monday This is the last Issue of the Lethbridge Herald produced with the old presses and other printing equip- ment. Monday's paper will be printed by a new pro- cess and new equipment. A short button-pushing ceremony will be held in the new press-rcom Monday morning, with a few public officials and dignitaries on hand. Regrettably, space limitations and the confusion of the transfer force us to keep attendance small. Immediately after the transfer the old equipment will be removed and extensive renovations in the old building will be made. That will take about three months. When we are finally settled down we will hold open house for our readers. The change, which is costing about million in new construction, new equipment and renovation, was finally dictated by the condition of our two old presses, one of them in service for 48 years. The growth of the newspaper also made our old press capacity inade- quate. So, being forced to consider new presses, we took the opportunity to convert to the offset process. Actually two new operations are involved: first, setting the type, and second, printing the paper from that type. The process we are abandoning today has been standard for about 100" years in the daily newspaper industry. No metal used Now we are switching to the new photo-compo- sition method only perfected for daily newspaper use in recent years. No metal i? used at all. The type is printed photographically on paper, and pieces of paper are put together to make up the page. This page is then photographed and transferred chemically to a flex- ible metal plats, which is strapped on to the cylinders of the offset press. The delicate offset process, requir- ing water as well as ink, involves transferring the ink to another cylinder, then to the paper. Both new processes getting up the type and printing the paper offer major, advantages. So far as the public is concerned, the most obvious will be in the quality of the printing, the appearance of the paper. In addition our new Goss presses have double the capacity of the old ones. We will be able to print up to 64 pages at one time. The newspaper industry is still in the throes of technological innovation and change, and better equip- ment is coming on the market every month. However, the Herald is satisfied that at least for a few months its production department will be the most sophisticated in Canada, and more than adequate for many years. The change has been years on our minds and about 18 months in the execution. Preparing for it has been the concern of all departments. However the mechanical departments have had to carry most of the load. Their old equipment and to some extent their old skills are sUperceded. However they have heartily risen to the new challenge, they have learned how to handle the new equipment, and they are ready to go. Our readers, if they appreciate the new paper, are heavily indebted to our mechanical employees. They are a credit to both their craft and their community. Special edition The transfer will be more fully chronicled in a special edition when the work is finally finished. For now, good-bye hot-metal, good-bye you ven- erable old linotypes, good-bye you loyal old presses. You have put on the record for generations of Southern Al- bertans the news of war and peace, of the fall and rise of governments, of the birth and death of our friends, of homes for sale and jobs available, of shop- ping values and baseball scores, of triumphs and dis- asters and everything between. With you, The Herald served the South, Your suc- cessors, little boxes of electronic gadgetry and gaudy new tangles of rollers and buttons, will do a fancier job but they won't do it with any more love or loyalty. Our hope is that with the mechanical wizardry of photo-compositioM and offset printing, The Herald will still serve the South. Cleo W. Mowers, Editor and Publisher Inside "So you're the Osmond brothers I've heard so much aboutl' Classified 10-14 Comics........21 Comment 4, 5 District........27 Family 24-26 Local News Markets 8, 9, 15 Religion 25-29 Sports 23, 24 Theatres 7 TV..............6 Weather........2 LOW TONIGHT 45, HIGH SUNDAY 75; BRISK WINDS Anti-inflation program near disintegration? By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The federal government's bold new pro- gram designed to combat in- flation and offset the rising cost of living appeared to be coming apart at the seams, according to complaints voic- ed inside and outside the Commons Friday by opposi- tion members. Disintegration of the pack- age presented to the Com- mons by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has.been ap- parent in the House daily this past week. It was only veiled Tuesday in a hastily prepared statement. As the week ended the gov- ernment was desperately striving to retain credibility for its program but confused explanations from members of the cabinet and senior civil servants only added to the opposition's skepticism. Opposition members p r o- tested in Parliament and out- side the House this week that Mr. Trudeau's p r o g r am against inflation was "inop- erative" and a Item The prime minister promised the wheat program would mean bread price in- creases scheduled for later this year would not take place, but later Otto Lang, minister in charge of the wheat board, said he couldn't promise there would be no bread price hikes. Item The prime minister pledged to stop price boosts for fuel oil and gasoline. But Energy Minister D o n a Id Macdonald later conceded there was little he could do to stop such increases if the oil companies put them into effect. Item The prime minister promised consultations with industry and provinces for the extension of the oil pipe- line to Montreal but this is something two years into the and of little immediate use. item The plan for a five cent a quart milk subsidy is conditional on the provincial milk marketing boards prom- ising that the price of milk will not be raised for at least a year, an undertaking not yet received. Opposition members trying to obtain more detailed in- formation from harrassed members of the cabinet be- came more and more confus- ed this past week. Western opposition mem- bers are particularly irate over Mr. Lang's wheat price stabilization program. T h ey see it as another attempt to get the Prairie farmer to subsidize the Canadian con- sumer not at the expense of the federal treasury but at the farmers own expense. Wheat experts in the op- position ranks have persisted in probing for more and more details of Mr. Lang's ambitious program to pro- vide a floor and ceiling price for the wheat that Canadians consume in this country. Mr. Lang acknowledged Thursday that so far his con- sultations with bakers and millers have produced no iron clad agreement to prevent bread prices from rising still higher. rail men Out tvith the old-in the new Old linotype (iefi) that casts hot metal type is coded paper tape for photographic computer replaced by modern perforator keyboard that punches setting. type Hijack drama in fourth day k_> otiator From AP-REUTER KUWAIT (CP) Five Pale- stinian gunmen seized a. senior Palestine Liberation Organ- ization (PLO) official who was negotiating with them today and held him on board a Ku- waiti iarliner along witi four other hostages, Kuwait radio re- ported. The broadcast said the gun- men were holding AH Yasin, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Kuwait. He had been negotiating with them on board the Kuwaiti Air- lines Boeing 707 for the release of four other hostages taken by the gunmen in a raid on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris. The Palestine Liberation Or- ganization is the umbrella body of all major Palestinian guer- rilla groups in the Middle East. Earlier the Middle East news agency reported the gunmen agreed to release the four Sandi hostages and take a car 'v> Syria. Nixon outlines oil plan WASHINGTON (CP) Presi- dent Nixon, declaring that the United States cannot "be at the mercy of" Middle East oil pro- ducers, outlined today an ei.sht- point program aimed at meet- ing the country's energy neecs. Following a two-hour with his principal energy policy advisers, Nixon reported on the session and listed eight steps- four of them involving bills al- ready pending in ease the energy problems. John Love, director of the White House energy policy of- fice, followed Nixon to the press centre rostrum and said the U.S. might become relatively self-sufficient in energy matters within three to five years. But even then, Love said, the country probably will continue to import some oil from the Western Hemisphere and per- haps from the Middle East. Asked by a reporter whether Canada's new oil policy was discussed, Love said: "It was mentioned, but, we didn't dis- cuss it in any detail." Love made no other comment on the matter. Airport sources said the plan was for them to drive to Dam- ascus via Baghdad in a car pro- vided by the government, and that Yasin was to be the driver. The plane is parked on a strip of desert off the airport tarmac with the sun blazing down on it. The temperature reached 115 degrees late this morning and there was no air-conditioning unit attached to the aircraft. The gunmen had agreed to take a car to Syria after the Kuwait government refused to fly them out unless they firsl handed over their weapons. Yasin had earlier informed the guerrilla group that Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabis had all refused to provide plans to take them from here to an- other destination on their terms. Earlier, Kuwaiti officials said the guerrillas lied about shoot- ing one of their hostages. They said the gunmen had offered to release the supposedly wounded man if a new flight crew was sent aboard the plans. But the officials refused to re- place the crew and told the con- trol tower not to answer any calls from the plane. The Kuwaiti control lower said the men sounded nervous over the radio and were lacing their demands with insults and threats. Earlier, they are re- ported to have wanted to fly to Damascus on a Syrian jetliner. The original flight crew was released Friday by the guer- rillas after they had the plane take off from Kuwait and circle briefly over Saudi Arabia in a futile effort to force Jordan to release Abu Dapud, a Palestin- ian serving a life sentence for trying to overthrow King Hus- sein. The hostages are all Saudi Arabians, and the gunmen backed down, on their threats to toss them out of the plane if Jordan did not release Daoud. The Saudi embassy in Paris where the drama started Wednesday said there were four hostages, although earlier re- ports had mentioned six. One official said: "There is every indication that Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are losing all patience with the gunmen. The guerrillas have broken deadline after deadline, and their willingness to execute any of their hostages is now se- riously doubted." CITY MAY RENT AIR Baker Appliances Lid. at 1st Avenue and 12 A Street S. has an overhang problem. It seems the upper portion of its building extends beyond the legal limits of its lot by fractions of a foot. This is definitely a no-no in the legal niceties of our prop- erty system. But is a way out. The city's land sales committee is offering to rent the air- space over the ground on which the offending building protrudes for the grand sum of per year for 20 years. For this consideration Baker Appliances will get the airspace over .05 to .11 feet of ground; along 1st Avenue and .05 to .28 feet along 12 A Street. City council is expected to go along with the landsales com- mittee recommendation. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Labor Minister John Munrp consulted his legal advisers Fri- day night over what action the Liberal government should take to get full rail sendee returned to Canada. A spokesman for his office announced this several hours after the minister said in the Commons that "open defiance of the laws of 'Parliament can no longer be tolerated." But even as the spokesman was announcing the minister's consultations, votes were show- ing that some rail workers to remain off the job de- spite back-to-work legislation passed by Parliament- Mr. Munro's tough talk did appear to have some effect, at least at Thunder Bay, Ont, where about CP Hail non- operating employees were back on the job. Picketing continued at CN facilities there, however. D. W. Alexander, area super- visor for CP Rail, said non-op- erating employees of all classi- fications returned to work at midnight. Yardmen were due to return at daybreak. In New Westminster, B.C., rail workers in the Vancouver area voted.f6G9 to 177 to remain off the job. The vote came in ths fifth meeting in as many days on the matter. EXPLAINED BILL The meeting had Ar- thur Gibbons, a director of con- ciliation and arbitration branch in the labor department, ex- plain the legislation. Union officials had said ear- lier the men would return to work if there was a "satisfac- tory" explanation given. In another vote 90 members of the Canadian Brotherhood Railway, Transport and Gen- eral Workers and 80 members of the United Transport Union decided to stay off their jobs at Fort Erie, Ont. The CNR was reported pre- paring to seek an injunction to Air negotiations fall apart ring of market By BRUCE LEVETT WASHINGTON (CP) Cana- dian and United States air ne- gotiators reached a tentative agreement, on preclearance Fri- day night but couldn't come up with an over-all accord on shar- ing the air- line business between the two countries. They resume negotiations Monday, the day preclearance is to end at noon in Canada if Bennett says Socreds could have elected dog KELOWNA, B.C. (CP) Bill Bennett kissed his mother and then attributed his solid Okana- gan South byelection victory Friday to the Social Credit campaign workers "who could have elected Rin Tin Tin." The 41-year-old Kelowna busi- nessman was syvept into the va- cancy left by his father, former premier W. A. C. Bennett, who said with tears in his eyes that he couldn't be happier. Now that Bill Bennett has taken Okanagan South, he Is ex- pected to be a major contender in the November Social Credit leadership convention to replace his father who was first elected as a Conservative in Okanagan South in 1941. With nine polls still to be counted today, Mr. Bennett had votes, approximately 31.2 per cent of the popular vote. New Democratic Party candi- date Bryan Mclver was second with about 25.6 per cent of the vote. British Columbia Conservative Leader Derril Warren had votes, about 24.5 par cent, and Liberal John Dyck had votes, about 9.9 per cent. There were eligible vot- ers and electoral officials esti- mated the turnout at about 70 per cent. no over-all agreement is reached. "We have no Michel Dupuy, head of the Ca- nadian delegation to the talks, told reporters early today after a 15-hour marathon meeting broke up. "Nothing is signed and noth- ing can be signed before Mon- day when we resume Dupuy said. He said that if no over-all agreement is reached pre- clearance will end in Canada at the noon Monday deadline set by Canada some time ago. "We have been at it 15 hours Dupuy said, "and we are still in no position to predict when there will be agreement." Dupuy said the tentative pre- clearance agreement calls for nine preclearance points in Can- ada and 12 in the U.S. He would not say which cities in Canada and the U.S. would have the preclearance facilities. He said both negotiating teams have agreement not to make any comment until an agreement is signed. The issues of air routes and charters appear now to be hold- ing up the agreement. get the Winnipeg -workers back to work. Because of the rail strike, no grain was moving out of the la- kehead port of Thunder Bay, no CP Rail traffic moved in British Columbia Thursday and the only CN traffic was to the port of Prince Rupert. Meanwhile, Mr. Justice Em- mett Hall announced in Ottawa that arbitration proceedings into the rail dispute will star Sept. 14. MILK PRICE INCREASE APPROVED CALGARY (CP) The pub- lic utilities board announced today that a five-cent increase in the minimum price of a quart of milk in Alberta will be effective Sept. 15. The board said the Increase is to "provide adequate compen- sation to dairy farmers and to encourage them to continue pro- ducing fluid milk at sufficient levels for public consumption." A quart of 3-per-cent milk will cost 35 cents as of Sept. 15. The board also announced in- creases in prices paid to pro- ducers effective the same rate. The minimum price to be paid to producers for No. 1 milk will be increased to a hun- dredweight from and for No. 2 milk to from Taber hog plant prospects revived A million hog production- processing complex has receiv- ed "complete and final accept- ance and support" from the Al- berta government, it was an- nounced in Taber today. The plant was first proposed 18 months ago but received a cool reception from the Alberta Hog Producers' Market ing Board and the government. Government agriculture offi- cials were unavailable today to confirm the announcement. Taber industrial co ordina- tor Ross Gibb said North American Integrated Food Pro- cessing Co. Ltd. is expected to announce within 30 days when construction of the plant will begin. The plant would process 000 hogs a year and create up to jobs, the announcement said. aen and heard About town Archie Todd unable to afford the meat for which he bought a set of knives to cut Bob Babki suggesting he lost a log sawing contest be- cause he was given saw without any teeth. ;