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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Candidates lash voter registration law for renters With the voter registration deadline for the Oct. 16 civic elec- tion drawing near, the registration system requiring renters to go to city hall to get on the voters list, has drawn fire from two aldermanic candidates. "People renting accommodation are being discriminated said candidate Tony Tobin. "For one thing many of them probably aren't even aware that they have to register The office came to him Frank Merkl, a candidate for alderman, couldn't get to the city clerk's office to file his nomination papers Wednesday. So the city clerk's office came to him. City Clerk John Gerla took his nomination at the bottom of city hall's front steps. Mr. Merkl, 43, is campaigning partly on a platform of making public facilities more accessible to the handicapped and the elderly. Gas Lite Park plan refidy for council Plans for the Gas Lite Park at the Exhibition Grounds will go before city council expenditures, says Aid. Bill Kergan. City council accused the exhibition association of dragging its feet at the Sept. 9 council meeting. Aid. Kergan said at that time if plans weren't forthcoming soon, Western Canadian Natural Gas Co. and Sick's Lethbridge Brewery would cancel financial assistance in the project. Aid Kergan, city representative on the board of directors of the Lethbridge and District Exhibition Association, said Wednesday the plans for the Gas Lite Park portion of the overall exhibition grounds improvement plan will go to city council Monday. The project, announced a year ago, is planned for the western portion of the exhibition grounds, near the city camp ground The city expenditure of was earmarked for storm sewers United Way on its way Did you know That the YWCA operates a residence accommodating 35 women? Support the YWCA through the United Way. 1974 campaign results to date: Professional National Selected Local Education Civic Provincial Federal employees............ Banks and Real estate Agency staffs UW United way The registration total to date 771 people had registered by Tues- day clearly indicates that enumeration is needed, Mr. Tobin said. He estimated that figure represented less than five per cent of the eligible voters in rental ac- commodation in the city. Terming the registration system undemocratic, another candidate, Roger Rickwood, called for a door- to-door enumeration of voters. "Working people don't have an op- portunity to go to city hall they should be personally enumerated in their he said. City council opted for voter registration over a general enumeration in a 4-3 vote last January Opposed were Aldermen Vera Ferguson, Bill Kergan and Ed Bastedo. "It makes the renter a second- class Mrs. Ferguson said at the time. Deadline for registration is next Wednesday. Each individual renter must register during office hours 8 a.m. to p.m. at city hall. No plans have been made to extend the registration hours as the deadline nears. The cost of an enumeration was one reason cited by council last January against doing a door-to-door registration of voters. It would cost roughly the same as the annual city census, which was about last time, according to the city clerk's office During the council debate in January Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembrolf said in a sense there is across the board voter registration Property owners have already registered by paying their taxes, he said. "The onus is on the electorate to come and vote District The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, September 19, 1974 Pages 17-32 Cablevision seeks new tower By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer Cablevision Lethbridge is looking for a cure for the poor reception from the two United States channels and a new tower as receiving point may be the answer, according to the manager of the company. Doug Robinson said his company is applying to the CRTC to build a new tower at 1228 3rd Ave. S., and move the office to the same site. The CRTC application will be heard in Edmonton Oct 22. He said if the application is approved and the company's office, receiving equipment and new tower ate moved to the new site, next to Terry Bland Photography, "we'll be picking up die signals there instead of from CJOC tower and we'll have a much better picture." "At present we are picking up the two U.S. channels from the television tower at CJOC Mr. Robinson said. CJOC and CFRN television use the same tower. The two local channels are interfering with the two U.S. channels, he added. Mr Robinson said 'KRTV channel 3 (channel 9 on cable) is picked up at Lethbridge on a transmitter from the Sweet Grass-Hills, 96 miles southeast of here and is U.S. controlled The other channel, KFBB channel 5. also comes from the Sweet Grass tran- smitter "It's a weak signal to begin with and what has been caus- ing the trouble are spurious beats waves) from the broadcast transmitters at our present head end he said. Mr. Robinson said a com- pany will be contracted to build a new receiving tower, which will be from 200 to 250 feet high. No estimate on the cost of the tower has been made. He added the equipment at the new head end site will all be new and could cost up to The equipment includes a demodulator that will take the signal from the tower and break it down, amplifiers that will "clean up" the signal and rebuild it and transfer the signal to a modulator that runs the signal back into the broadcasting system. "We're hoping to get an ear- ly approval of the application so some of the things we want to do can be in operation before next Mr. Robinson said. He said poor reception is almost always experienced in the spring and fall months because of the high humidity causing icing conditions at the broadcasting site in the Sweet Grass Hills. "The pictures on the two U.S. channels right now are much better and as the cooler weather sets in the reception will improve. "We hope to have the problem solved by next said Mr. Robinson. The application by Lethbridge Cablevision to CRTC doesn't just cover mov- ing the head end site to a new location. Mr. Robinson said if it is all approved, there could be more music on cable and perhaps one or two more viewing channels. Also in the application is a request to set up four stereo FM background music systems with music covering easy listening, classical, country and western and contemporary and some rock and roll. The present music system being used, Mr. Robinson said, is a 12-year-old monoral set-up. "Of course, the only way people will be able to get the music in stereo will be by hooking cable to their FM radio Television doesn't have Mr. Robinson ex- plained. He also said CBC is going to have its own station in Calgary and CFAC Television will probably go independent "CFAC may be broadcast to Lethbridge through cable, giv- ing us another he said. Mr Robinson added if the application is approved Lethbridge may also' begin receiving KCFW, Kalispell, on channel 9 "We will broadcast KRTV Channel 3 on channel 3, CFCN will be on channel 4, channel 5 will be KFBB, Great Falls, channel 6 will be he said. He said channel 7 will run a test pattern with one of the background music systems, channel 8 will have music and a three-way split screen with time, weather and broadcast news "Channel 10 will be a local origination channel with studio and district broadcasts, channel 11 will be an educational channel, channel 12 will have background music with a community calendar and some movies for children, and channel 13 will run CHEC AM radio with a test Mr Robinson said. "These are all in the application to CRTC and will only go into operation if the application is he added. Another part of the applica- tion deals with extending cablevision service to areas that don't receive it yet. such as Coaldale. Hardieville and West Lethbridge. Sodbuster BILL GROENEN photo A modern-day sod busting operation is in pro- gress at the Canada Agriculture Research Station, as pipes are laid for a new system of water mains and sewage lines. The new mains will provide a second source of water for the research station Morning blaze chars city home and the provincial jail, giving improved pressure and reducing problems from sudden breaks. The system also connects to the city sewers, and includes a sewage tank which will be pumped out between peak load periods. By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer A Lethbridge doctor and his wife narrowly escaped a fire in their home, 1401 "th Ave. S., early today as flames gutted a portion of the interior. Estimated damage has been estimated at to by fire officials. Dr. George Fitzpatrick said he and his wife, Katherina, were lucky they woke up in time to escape. Mrs. Fitzpatrick told The Herald she had been watching television until late Wednes- day night. She said she woke up about a.m., could hardly breath and found the house full of smoke and flames. "I woke my husband u" and ran to open the front door. I called the fire department from the telephone near the door." she said. The two were still in their night clothes. While ftfrs. Fitzpatrick made the phone call, her husband ran through Education networks go to CRTC The Canadian Radio and Television Commission will hear applications in Ed- monton Oct. 22 to establish provincially funded FM radio stations in Lethbridge and Calgary. The applications will be made by the Alberta Educational Communications Corporation which announced last spring it would also es- tablish a six-station educational television network in the province. An agreement has been signed with CJOC in Lethbridge for three hours of educational television broad- casting daily by September. 1976. the blazing living room to the kitchen to let out their two small dogs. v One fireman later said he didn't know how Mr. Fitzpatrick could have got through the livingroom. "You don't think about things like that at the Dr Fitzpatrick said, "you just dash through." Fire officials said the blaze may have started in the chesterfield but an investiga- tion into the cause of the fire is continuing. The living room was badly damaged by the fire. Everything in the room was blackened. The bathroom, din- ing room and kitchen were all gutted by the fire. The bedroom and den were damaged but mostly by smoke. The fire was contained mainly in the upstairs part of the house, fire officials said. The fire department receiv- ed the call about a.m. and two trucks were sent to the scene, one from No. 2 station at 5th Avenue and 28th Street IV'.. and another fire truck from No. 3 station at 16th Avenue S.. and Mayor Magrath Drive. Ten firemen worked on the blaze until about 7 a.m. One of the men said. "It was just a torch when we got there." Acting Fire Chief Jim McKcnna said fortunately the damage was only interior. "The fire didn't break through the ceiling or roof." No one was hurl. Councillors welcome irrigation proposal A irrigation scheme proposed Wednes- day by Southern Alberta Socred MLAs has already received the enthusiastic backing of one county coun- cil. The County of Lethbridge decided Wednesday to urge Premier Peter Lougheed to consider the Socred proposal announced earlier the same day to upgrade irrigation facilities of Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District. Coun Otto Wobick said after Wednesday's county council meeting the Lethbridge Northern is "way behind" in maintaining its irrigation system: "In my own district (Division 5) there are four bridges that need rebuilding.'' Coun. Wobick. who farms southwest of Barons, said seepage from LNID canals is a major problem for area farmers: "My division is terrible and it's getting worse all the time." He estimated up to acres of farmland from Keho Lake west to Oldman River headgates have been "completely ruined" by the alkali conditions which accompany canal seepage. A TA committee ready with salary scale Lethbridge public school teachers are to accept or re- ject the 1975 contract proposals and salary scales to be presented to them by the economic committee of the local Alberta Teachers Association in a general meeting today. If the proposals and salary increase sought by the ATA committee are acceptable to the teachers, the committee will begin negotiations with the public school board this month for a 1975 contract. Should the teachers refuse the proposed agreement, the com- mittee will be sent back to the drawing board to formulate another proposal. Details of the salary increase being sought by the committee have not been released. A meeting between the separate school teachers and their ATA economic com- mittee for the presentation of 1975 contract proposals will likely be held this month but a date has still not been es- tablished Land disagreement 'forced Hurlburt to sell most of his ranch9 By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt Wednesday described how a quarter-million dollar land dis- agreement forced him to sell most of his ranch and personally hacksaw open a padlocked irriga- tion gate this spring. In more than 4'i hours of testimony in Alberta Supreme Court here, the MP told now he watch- ed a 1972 agreement between himself and an elderly Fort Macleod ranch family disintegrate. At the centre of the dispute, he claimed, was a hired hand who "felt he had me over a barrel "It is my personal feeling he was trying to cause trouble between the Hunters and Mr. Hurlburt told Mr. Justice W. K. Moore at the civil trial on its opening day. He is Suing to have Martha Hunter. 74. and her brothers Charles. 71. Howard. 67, and Joseph. 79. honor an agreement they signed June 15. 1972. The trial is also hearing a counter suit by the Hunters that Mr. Hurlburt misrepresented the deal. The hired hand. Gus Moneo of Granum. was to lake the stand today in support of the Hunters' case. He was hired to run the 2.400-acre Hunter ranch after Mr. Hurlburt leased it. Early in 1973. Mr. Huriburt testified, the Hunters began to sour on the agfwnent he had reached with them to lease, with an option to buy. the ranch just west of Fort Macleod. "They called me out and told me they would like to" raise the rent to (from without any option agreement." The Hunters claim they only meant to give the MP first right to buy the ranch if they decided to sell, and that the rent agreed on originally was a year Mr. Hurlburt testified Wednesday that he made it cyrstal clear to the Hunters before sign- ing that he wanted an "option to purchase." "The Hunters brothers and Martha wanted to have more money so they refused to turn the irrigation) water on and they had the key." Mr Hurlburt said. He asked his hired hand in a phone call from Ottawa to hacksaw open a lock on the irrigation gate Mr. Moneo refused. Eventually the lock was opened by the Hunters after a letter from Mr HurlburTs lawyer. But not before il cost him to replace a lost hay crop, the MP said Mr Hurlburt said he had to depend on Mr Moneo until after spring operations of 1973 Then. "I fired him "I didn't ask anyone this spring." he said "I look a hacksaw and cat the lock off myself." Mr Hurlburt also testified that an eviction order from the Hunters in June. 1973, taking effect last June, forced him to sell the major portion of his own ranch northwest of Fort Macleod. "1 could have had a viable unit to carry on with my sons but now I don't because i had to sell my ranch up in the