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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District The LetKbtidge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, September 20, 1973 Pages 15-28 Local news VI 51 f I A news analysis Run! "Run you nag! You can do it. Oh, you beautiful animal." That was one typical winner cheering her horse on at the fall thoroughbred meet now m the home stretch at Whoop-Up Downs. The losers comments are similar, except they usually substi-' tute something else for "beautiful." It's all proof there are two shows on at the track the ponies and those who bet on the ponies. Each alone is worth the price of admission. Races begin at 4 p.m. week- days, 2 p.m. Saturdays. The meet ends Monday. WALTER KERBER and RICK ERVIN photos Alleged drug pushers remanded Two Lethbridge men charg- ed with trafficking in MDA were remanded Wednesday morning in provincial court for election and plea. Lawrence John McDougall, and Shaun William Robin- son, 18. arrested Tuesday, were two of 117 persons sought by police in a province- wide roundup of alleged drug traffickers The arrests are the result of several months of undercover work by agents from the RCMP. the Ed- monton City Police and the Calgary City Police. McDougall, charged with two counts of trafficking, was remanded in custody to Sept 26 Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson refused to grant bail on the grounds that the alleg- ed offenses, which occurred Sept. 8 and Sept. 12, took place while McDougall was out on bail McDougall has been charged, along with three other persons, with the break- ing and entering of a dentist's office in the Medical-Dental Building Sept. 5. His trial is scheduled for Sept 5 Robinson, with one count of trafficking against him, was remanded to Nov. 9 and released on his own recognizance. An 18-year-old Fort Macleod man pleaded guilty to trafficking Wednesday in provincial court there, also a result of the undercover operation. Daniel Plourdc was remanded to Oct. 3 for senten- cing Another person from Lethbridge is to be tried on a trafficking charge as soon as it is determined in which court the trial will take place. The five-month operation was aimed primarily at heroin, but other charges con- nected with trafficking in chemicals and soft drugs resulted from investigations. A total of 189 charges will be laid against 117 persons throughout the province. Tour has plenty of back slapping By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Alberta's deputy premier, Hugh Horner, didn't exactly promise a cabinet post to the lucky winner if Lethbridge elects a Progressive Conser- vative to Edmonton the next time around. But he came pretty close this week when he said, "It's about time this progressive, growing city had representa- tion in the to the ac- companiment of cheers at a wine-laced party banquet From the reception given the Conservative cabinet on tour this week in the staunhly until now Socred South, they may prove to be more than empty words. Community leaders couldn't seem to get enough of the mutual back-slapping that went on between themselves and the cabinet A Cardston welcomer led a crowd in three cheers for "this dynamic young premier from Edmonton who dropped out of the sky to give us a few words here." Lethbridge Mayor Andy Anderson at a Tuesday luncheon kept repeating, "most "ex- cellent "more and even listed the merits of each provincial government department In his turn, the premier referred to such marvels as, "a tremendous whiff of spirit in the province of Alberta" while drawing in the clear southern air When he wasn't whiffing, he was experiencing "a real tingle about being here in Alberta And his "wonderful, modern a helicopter borrowed from the depart- ment of lands and forests, brought with it a sense of im- portance and excitement not missed by prospective voters, young and otherwise. Said one observer. "It was a campaign the taxpayer paid for. not the party When the premier dropped from the sky, he came as the savior of the Alberta oil in- dustry from the ravages of Ot- tawa, protector of the young, the future, a great Canadian and former Edmonton Eskimo. It was the style that got him elected and it hadn't changed The substance of what he said did not seem that impor- tant as long as he breathed fire at Ottawa always, of course, as "Canadian first and Albertan the premier insisted. No one wondered, aloud at least, how that statement jib- ed with his complaint against the federal government rais- ing the price of oil to the United States when he has just done the same thing with natural gas to Eastern Canada. But both the premier and his cabinet did become involved in what seemed useful dis- cussions with many segments of Southern Alberta. Several cabinet ministers said they wanted more time to discuss briefs submitted to them Solicitor General Helen Hunley said one group of women presenting a brief Tuesday was "damned mad" at the lack of time for dis- cussion She said people submitting presentations did not feel they were being seriously received when everyone kept looking at their watches There is a strong possibility the next cabinet tour, to Southeastern Alberta, will be extended. How much was really promised the South and how much was already on the books but not publicized is un- certain Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne had all the appearance of a giant Santa Claus, his immense stature adding to the image of a jolly giant seeding stretches of pavement willy-nilly. But all the paving he promised, while not specifically in the budget, was included in the department's program, he said. There was money for the winter games and establish- ment of a lands office in Lethbridge but they were simply announcements prepared before-hand for release after the cabinet meeting Tuesday Indian groups were assured of consideration by the government on several specific proposals as were a multiplicity of other groups. The university made a progress report but didn't appear to get very far on its native studies program proposal One executive assistant said reassuringly that he faced weeks of following up briefs and requests because none would be ignored Provincial court Man admits assaulting girlfriend's mother A Lethbridge man pleaded guilty in provincial court Wednesday to assault causing bodily harm and was remand- ed to Sept. 26 for sentencing Brett Blair Bailey, 19. 1929 21st Ave S., entered the home of Mrs Ethel Jack, 54, 911 9th St S on Sept 3 about 11 p m and asked to see his girlfriend, Mrs. Jack's daughter. Mrs. Jack refused, stating that her daughter was in bed Bailey then pushed Mrs Jack, who is partially blind, knocking her down. He started to hit her with an ironing board, the court was told, un- til Mrs Jack's daughter stopped him Mrs Jack was taken to the hospital in cnucai condition with a broken knee and other injuries. A 21-year-old Lethbridge man was sentenced to four months in jail for displaying a deadly weapon Cecd Fitzpatnck, 309 6th Ave A S., had pleaded guilty to the charge during a previous appearance in provincial court Police rushed to Fitzpatrick's home Aug 18 in answer to a report that he was armed and ready to "shoot the first policeman I see The police were met by Fitzpatrick's father who ask- ed them to wait while he talk- ed his son into handing over the gun Fitzpatnck gave the gun to his father and was sub- arrested Oddfellows test 500 tots this week for eye defect Some 500 pupils in Lethbridge kindergartens and nursery schools will have their eyes tested for amblyopia, or lazy eye, this week. The program is carried out by the Oddfellows lodge, and their ladies' auxiliary, the Rebekahs. Lethbridge eye- testing chairman Ed Gilchrist said Wednesday that the tests are carried out in kindergarten and nursery school because the periorf from four to seven years of age is crucial in the develop- ment of vision After the child starts school, the job is taken over by health units, said Mr Gilchrist He added that eye defects often result in a child being labelled a slow learner, when vision is the real problem. "We've had some children who couldn't see a pen held three feet in front of their he said, "And their parents didn't know there was anything wrong with their vision Mr Gilchrist also said that of about 500 children tested in Lethbridge and district last year, 5.8 per cent were found to have some sort of eye defect He said a visual acuity test is given with a machine resembling an eye chart but using only the letter E in various positions and magnifications. If the test reveals eye trouble, said Mr. Gilchrist, the child's parents are advised to him to an eye doctor. A follow up letter is sent to the parents by the lodge. Mr Gilchrist said he an- ticipates setting up tests in Milk River, Warner, and Taber m the near future The tests would not be conducted in the Nobleford, Hardieville, or Coalhurst areas, he said, because last year's turnout did not justify it. He hopes children from these areas would be brought to the tests in Lethbridge Free eye tests for children will be available at Lakeview and Galbraith schools in Lethbridge Friday from 9 30 to 11 30 a m and from 1-30 p m until 3 30 p.m Walter Kerber photo Lazy eye... or not? Robin Rollick, 5, 1609 Ashgrove Dr., squints for Oddfellow club member Ed Gilchrist, 1104 11th St N ;