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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta West Lethbridge speculation hinted Aid. Steve Kotch said Mon- day he's suspicious some West Lethbridge lots have been purchased for purely speculative purposes. "Some of them have been held for more than a year." he said. "There's a faint possibility we might be being had right now." Aid. Kotch made his com- ments as city council approv- ed another request for a purchase option extension on a west side lot. He said he would like to see some proof that the people applying for extensions have really tried to get mortgage money and have been turned down. Most of the option exten- sions are being asked for and granted for lots purchased in the first two stages of West Lethbridge development where purchasers were re- quired to put only down and given a year to complete payment and start building. In stages three and four, the waiting period was reduced to 90 days. Council took no action on Aid. Kotch's suggestion because he made it after the extension request had been approved. Development moving ahead rapidly in West Lethbridge but mortgage fund shortage has some potential housebuilders playing waiting game. Second Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, September 10, 1974 Pages 11 to 20 School building utilization study requested By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer An increasing number of problems arising from the utilization of school buildings has forced the public school board to develop a long-range school building plan. Trustees took the first step in the planning process Mon- day when they struck a com- CIC plans ammonia submission The Lethbridge branch of the Committee for an Independent Canada will be filing an intervention to the Energy Resources Conserva- tion Board and the Environ- ment department hearings concerning the construction of an ammonia plant in Raymond. Local CIC president Roger Rickwood said today his group would immediately inform the boards that the CIC will be fil- ing a brief "expressing concerns" over the construc- tion of the plant. Concerns that will be men- 'tioned are the large amounts of natural gas the plant will use. ownership and control, pollution and water use. Dr. Rickwood said the CIC is not strictly against the development of the plant in Raymond but would like cer- tain questions answered regarding that plant because it could affect the 22 similar ammonia plant applications now facing the provincial government. A date for completion of the brief has not been set. he said. mittee to begin a one-year study of the present situation and anticipated problems of building utilization in the future. The committee is to develop a five-year plan that takes into consideration the possible need for the construction of new schools or school facilities. One of the major problems of building utilization that has plagued the public schools during the past two years is the busing of students from one school area to another to balance the student population in the schools. Busing IN very much a public issue and a very impor- tant issue to many people. Bob Plaxton. superintendent, told the trustees. It is questionable whether students should be bused into" a school area that already has students being bused to school outside the area, he suggested. Grade 4. 5 and 6 students may be bused from area A to B because their school is restricted to the three lower grades Meanwhile, students from those lower grades in area B are bused to area A because the school in their area is restricted to the higher elementary grades, he ex- plained. Dr. Plaxton said considera- tion must also be given to combining the two high schools into one school and whether to continue with vocational education programs at the high school level The building utilization committee includes members of the central office ad- ministration. Trustees Doug Card and Carl Johnson and a teacher representative to be appointed by the -upennlenden! Tarzan would bask in this rustic American luxury By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer GLACIER PARK LODGE, Mom The fire escapes in this old log hotel are knotted ropes which 60 year old ladies presumably fling from their windows and agilely scamper down in the case of a conflagration. There was a fire here last week, the third of the season, according to one of the student employees who turned out to watch. It was only a hamper in the hotel's separate laundry building; efficiently ex- tinguished by the student staff, dragging hoses and shouldering fire extinguishers. Viewed from the end of the the hotel itself is Early American Parthenon, huge Montana .logs replace Greek marble columns for as imposing a three storeyed beachhouse as you could desire. The beach flavor conies from the chang- ing house type doors on the rooms. These singularly sound proofless portals a inch of space between f.ooi You don't and can't miss a go- on in the hall and downstair The woody lobby which reaches to the roof of the hotel is guarded by two tiers of balconies and rooms. It echoes with conventioneers. Scott Joplin's. theme from The Sting blends with the noise of arriving .helicopters and national guardsmen patrolling with nightsticks. Somehow, guards prowling the galleries don't make you feel safer. If you prow! back, will they hit you9 Who is there to hit" Who comes to these anyway" Help' Mavbe they are just help out in case a forest fire starts in the lobby. In that case, the open balconies would enable guests to call things to each other, like. "Throw me a fire Someone pounding out, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, cpnfirms that the forest of pillars has grown through the roof. "'Gee. mister, where do you hide all the "Quiet kid. we had to take all the bark off to put in the wiring and then nai! it back on." The spare under the doors also aliowd the floors to warp .without impeding door movements) as they droop over the massive wood beams, resulting in a rather pleasant roller coaster effect when walk- ing from bed to bath. The fire escapes make terrible skipping ropes and not one guest has been reported possessed of sufficient nerve to drop one out the window just to see if it reaches the ground These sourvenier hunters, you know, confides one guest, they take bits and pieces of everything People inclined to suicide possibly should not patronize the hotel Fire sprinklers are mounted on protruding pipes just asking to have a fire escape tied to them. A typical third storey room under the rustic eaves is strung with sprinkler pipes and numerous sprinklers. Two sprinklers are mounted on either side of the shower, presumably in case the water gets loo hot (small Another is hidden in the closet in case guests arrive with any hot furs There is a mysterious hole in at least one room closet, providing access to the murky spaces under the eaves. A rumor that the staff stays back there was proved absolutely without foundation. A story in itself, the staff returns to this hotel at the edge o.f Glacier NaUtnai Park each -'ear desp.i_ staiiers michi v rr.- month But a Minnesota girl gave up a well paying job in a canning factory to join peo- ple her own age here in one r of the con- hiking paradises. They treat their guests with exemplary courtesy, backed by an esprit de corps which includes musical performances at dinnertime. Dinner is an oui -M a Canadian hit movie. The ol Duddy Kravitz The par.-.ea aining >oom swarms with n :s overheard "Noisy, nt- 1 don t ihir.s noisy. What? Oh. well. yes. when they re yelling over the soprano. I guess u might be. "What? No, I think Canadians are just as noisy. We don't have hotels like this any more? Well, no. but then they don't have Duddy Kravitz. ha. ha. "Pardon waiter? What's wrong with a S2 tip. My money's the wrong colour? I mean, color? No. of course it doesn i look like George Washington that s a gram elevator Without any undue mishaps outside the laundry fire, however, the Federation of Rocky Mountain States managed to conclude its annual conference here- The hotel has now closed its Early American Parthenon lobby, avoided haul- ing out the fire escapes for another season and shed its leafy pretensions until next vear frozen food plant to open next April By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer COM-PAK FOODS Ltd., which will begin construction of a frozen food manufacturing plant in within two weeks. today introduced its first board of directors and key management personnel. Six Southern Alberta farmers and businessmen were named to the JO man board of directors. They include president Boyd Tucker, a Lethbridge phar- macist: Jim Tanner of Bamwell, chairman of the Alberta Processed Vegetable Marketing Board: Art Anderson of Taber. Roger Moore of Bow Island. Bob Clock of Burdett and Ron Mayo Lethbridge. Othor directors of the Alberta company named to- oa> are COM-PAK FOODS ex- ecutive vice president and general manager Bill Falcon, formerly from Delaware: Bill Tufts and Les Donnelly of Regina and Stuart Bruce of Moose -law. Mr Mayo, former manager of Trans Canada Freezers Ltd. in Lethbridge. will be secretary treasurer of COM- PAK FOODS and will be plant operations manager. The plant, the first of its type in Canada, is expected to bVgir, commercial production food items in buik quantities for hospitals, ersities. schools, cafeterias, hotels and restaurants by April 1. 1975. The minimum "idling phase" of production is ex- pected to be four million pounds of processed food products with a potential of 10 million pounds of processed food within the first year. Two shifts of workers per day. allowing for about four hours of clean-up, will be operated if market demand '''r Fh'vin said employees will be Hired near .-.tart oi production The company has a prior commitment of an loan from the Alberta Oppor- tunity Company and a grant of from the federal department of regional economic expansion. Mr. Tanner said vegetable producers in Southern Alberta want to increase production to further the industry. The farmers have indicated they are willing cr---w with 'he y 'TTV ,-J e 1 1-, :r M i'AK I'mied States and overseas markets are in the plans ol Jhe company, said Mr. Tufts. "This is the first of a number of related industries in this field Council proposes truck route talks By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer "We'll be shot by the truckers, or we'll be shot by the residents of 5th and 9th Avenues N. we've got to choose who we'll be shot by." That's the way Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff Monday posed the dilemma facing city council in dealing with requests by city truckers to allow them regular use of Fluoride plebiscite stands Fluoridation is one of the greatest international scan- dals ever foisted on society in the name of health chemes. city council .was told Monday. "It's inconceivable that in an era when we are constantly talking human rights and in- dividual rights that we should once again be faced with this abomination, said.Mona Thorburn, a member of the Lethbridge Safe Water Committee. She appeared before council to protest the manner in which council put the fluoridation question on the Oct. 16 civic flection ballot, claiming it should have waited for a legal petition trom residents. It is our contention that no plebiscite should be held un- less a petition for one is presented to she said. But the contention was re- jected unanimously by aldermen who noted that far from "railroading through" the fluoride vote, they had merely acted within the limits of provincial law in letting the citizens, for the fifth time, decide the issue. Convention coming to Lethbridge Lethbridge will be the site 01 the 1978 dominion conven- tion ot the Army Navy Air Force veterans, according to' the newly-elected dominion director. Sid Slater, of Lethbridge. Mr. Slater was elected to his new position at the organizations' dominion convention recently held in Halifax. The new president of the ANAF dominion command is Cordon Thompson, of Other officers were elected from across Canada. I. K. McNeely, of Lethbridge. was awarded the American Friendship Award, the highest honor the American Legion can give a Canadian. 5th Avenue or 9th Avenue N. Council decided Monday that the best way to deal with a choice like that, for the time being at least, is to make no choice at all. Aldermen voted unanimous- ly to have a meeting set up between the city engineering department and represen- tatives of the truckers to see what alternatives can be worked out. Amendments to the heavy vehicles section of the city traffic bylaw, which raised the whole issue of truck routes, were left on the table by council. The truckers complained that the designated truck routes on the north side they've got no beefs about the south side routes force them to go the long way around, often on very poor roads. They say they want to be able to get from the river valley to the industrial park and the developing residential areas in northeast Lethbridge by using either 5th or 9th Avenues. To this Deputy Mayor Hembroff asked: "What about the rights of the residents who are already there? "Progress is progress I sup- pose, but do you feel the economic arguments the truckers use, which are sound arguments, outweigh the social argument of those who live on those streets? "It's a tough question, but one we'll eventually have to answer." Development of the 1st Avenue "expressway" which will speed east-west traffic through the city on a road similar to Mayor Magrath Drive is touted as a long term solution. But Abe Bickman. of Speedy. Storage and Cartage Ltd.. said that while it will help through traffic, it won't answer the problem of direct access to the industrial park. Firms like Dresser Clark, now operating from the Horton Steel building will re- quire use of heavy transports, such as those operated by Speedy Storage and Cartage. Mr. Bickman said. He said, he believes 5th Avenue to be the solution even though there are problems with it now. including overhead telephone wires that are too low. the narrowness of the street and the fact three schools front on it. Two injured A single vehicle accident south of Raymond about a.m. today has sent a 14-year- old girl and a 19-year-old boy. both from Raymond, to Lethbridge hospital. Olga Laszinskyj and Ankar Byrgesen are reported in fair condition in St. Michael's Hospital. Further details of the accident were not im- mediately available. Councillor flays country residence regulations, red tape CARDSTON Oun. David Wilde of Welling told his fellow Cardston Municipal District councillors Monday that an application by Reed Merrill of Calgary for a sub- division is a good example of planners tying up landowners with regulations and red tape. "You just can do something that is sensible." said Conn. Wilde. Mr. Merrill wants to build a residence sooth of HiJlspring on a 45 acre parrel that is. in the words of the planner, "too large for a country residence." Apparently another 73 acres rnusl be added to the parcel to make it large enough for farm purposes. Said Coun. Wilde: "You say it is loo small for one and too big for the other That is our He rebuked a planner from the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission saying: 'You say 'that is one of our thai is jusl not an answer." Mr. Wilde said if the parcel had been 39 acres in size 'there would be no problem." The planner said the reguidtions 'are working on "he pn; to preserve land.' Thai is ex- riain ed secretary treasurer K W Ivcgge. Coun. Ken Beswick of Spr- ing Coulee said "instead of taking 10 acres out (of agricultural usei they are tak- ing oyi so acres, li is happen- ing urnc and lime again On other areas ol the province i." Coun. Norman Henderson of Mountain View suggested it would be wiser 1o have regulations !o allow people to have a sniper aeref.jzc for a country home because they could lake care ou are working with." Coun. Berwick told Jhe planner The planner said the com- mission has been working on the country residence d will new relations Conn. Beswick said when you designate one area for recreational Jivjne. "the guy across Ihe lenrc1 -r i lor he "1 think there is a need for them but when it comes right down to them. conneiJ has to look at Uwm. The final deci- sion rests wiUi said the planner "This is a perfect example ol how this 90 acre in Uw- neighborhood because they liked Ihe plan. "J1 s no; nght thai the city should simplv remove it without them having a say." he said said Aid Kotch. "how can you say to a person. you have to tear your fences down, or remove your trailer''" ;