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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta U.S. trying to turn sentiment against Oil-producing countries AP News Analysis UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) The Ford adminis- tration's attack on high oil prices marks the beginning of a new offensive to turn world sentiment against the produc- ing countries and to unite Western Europe with the United States in energy co- operation. President Ford, Treasury Secretary William Simon and State Secretary Henry Kissinger all came down hard Monday on the continued high prices set by the oil-producing countries. They warned that no country, including the oil states, can escape the conse- quences if the world is pushed into a depression. In speeches by Ford and Si- mon in Detroit and by Kissinger at the United Nation General Assembly, the U.S all but demanded an end to rising oil costs. The next strategic move will be a meeting of the foreign and finance ministers of major non Communist in- dustrial countries at Camp David this weekend to discuss energy problems' caused by Both hands needed Rep. John B. Conlan, lifts a bar of gold from one of the vaults at the bullion depository in Fort Knox, to a scale for weighing. Conlan was one of several members of Congress to inspect the gold Monday under the direction of Mary Brooks, director of the mint. Council turns down north avenues as truck routes Residents of 5th and 9th Avenues N. may not have won the entire truck route war yet. but they won a major bat- tle Monday. City council agreed un- animously to a resolution sponsored by Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff that coun- cil oppose in principle any designation of 5th or 9th Avenues as truck routes. Later in the evening aldermen said the planned up- grading of 5th Avenue N. should be carried out only from its junction with North Mayor Magrath Drive east and not down the residential portion of the street for now. Priority should be given to work on the 1st Avenue ex- pressway, they added. "I'm concerned that if we spend money to upgrade what is essentially a residential street, it would become a truck route and I'm dead against it." said Deputy Mayor Hembroff. "We should put all our apples on 1st Avenue." Construction could likely begin on the 1st Avenue ex- pressway, which would in- volve an overpass at 13th Street and a major interchange at Mayor Magrath Drive, in 1976, Randy Holfeld. city engineerinp director told council. Under the functional plann- ing study for 1st Avenue and 5th Avenue, approved by coun- cil last October, 1st Avenue was designated as the primary east west route, but 5th Avenue was also seen as a major route although not up to the level of 1st Avenue, Mr. Holfeld said. Plans for upgrading 5th Avenue from its west end to Mayor Magrath Drive involv- ed primarily replacing the Stafford Drive traffic circle with an intersection with turn lanes, and providing turn lanes at other major intersec- tions, he said. "I'm afraid that if it is developed at all it will become a major said Aid. Vera Ferguson. Truckers will always be tempted to use it because it is a direct route. Mr. Holfeld said. "It becomes a matter of bylaw policy." While council Monday af- firmed its intention to not designate either 5th or 9th Avenues as truck routes, the issue of heavy trucks on those streets still hasn't been cleared up. Bessie Annand, vice prin- cipal of George McKillop School on 5th Avenue N., appearing "on behalf of the safety of children who go to eight schools in the vicinity of the two streets." said she followed a gravel truck Mon- day all the way up 5th Avenue to the industrial park where it dumped its load and then all the way back down 5th again. CIA backed 'empty pots'protest in Chile price rises by the Arabs, Iran, Venezuela and other pro- ducers. It is not entirely clear what actions can be taken to carry out the blunt words by Ford, Kissinger and Simon, but among the possibilities are said to be joint conservation steps and a pooling of energy for disaster situations. The use of force is considered very much out of the question. Ford, who in a UN speech last Wednesday cautioned oil- producing countries that manipulation of energy prices could lead to counter action using food as a political and economic weapon, told the World Energy Conference in Detroit Monday: "The danger is clear. It is severe. I am nevertheless optimistic. The advantages of cooperation are as visible as the dangers of confrontation." Simon told the same meeting the oil-exporting countries were jeopardizing their own economies by keep- ing prices at high levels. "The international in- vestments of all nations are in jeopardy and the old fable of the goose that laid the golden egg can be seen developing in today's headlines and in inter- national cable he said Kissinger, in even tougher language, told the General As- sembly "The world cannot sustain even the present level of prices, much less continu- ing increases Oil Minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani of Saudi Arabia, whose country is the largest Arab oil producer told the Detroit meeting later that the oil countries' price increases were an overdue reaction to the removal of the lid that the major Western oil companies had kept on prices. The Uthbrtdge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1974 15 Cents 44 Pages City suffering from high prices, low vacancy rate Rental scene Fifi floods subsiding, food, medicine needed TOCOA, Honduras (CP) The floodwaters from Hurricane Fifi were subsiding today and countless hundreds left their refuges in trees and on rooftops in the Aguan Valley of northeast Honduras to flock to refugee centres looking for food and clothing. Several hundred were sleep- ing on the floors of a school in this small town in the heart of the valley They have powdered milk for their babies and a few local grapefruit that survived the storm. But food and clothing have not arrived, and there are no blankets for the sleepers "We are all dying of said Ophelia Perez, who escaped from Fifi's neck- high water with only the mud- splattered, ragged dress on her back. "When is help com- ing? "Look at my son, he has no clothes. We have lost everything." The government late Mon- day night raised the official estimate of the total dead in northeast Honduras to between and And reports indicated it might climb to more than Military officials in the devastated San Pedro Sula- Choloma area in the heart of the Ulua Valley estimate between and bodies have been burned or buried. John Taylor of Boston, an executive of United Brands, one of the country's two major banana producers, said the crop was almost completely destroyed. Others put the loss at about million and said it would take at least two years to rebuild the plan- tations Bananas are Honduras ma- jor export. Finance Minister Manuel Acosta Bonilla said the of- ficial estimate of the damage done by Fifi's rampage last Thursday night was million, half the estimate given Sunday by Col. Ruben Villaneueva, the chief relief officer in the San Pedro Sula- Choloma area. Inside Classified......20-23 Comics.............8 Comment .......4 District............15 Local Markets........17 Sports...........10.11 Theatres......... 8 TV.................8 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 40; HIGH MAINLY CLEAR. Bylaw increases city sewage rates Seen and heard About town City council adjourning for the last of the Canada-Soviet hockey game after Vaoghan Hembroff an- nounced the score was tied 5-5 Ear! Kerns complaining that_when he went downtown for cigarettes everyone kept stepping on his hands. Long discussed amendments to the city sewage service bylaw was passed with abrupt haste by city council Monday and it means among other things that residents will pay more for sewage treatment. City council gave all three readings to the amending bylaw Monday after being told the provincial government considered its passage "an urgent matter." The new bylaw will be finan- cially tougher on industries that overload the city's secon- dary sewage treatment plant, although industries will be given five years to meet the final sewage quality limits. Included in the bylaw are provisions raising the bi- monthly charge to residents for sewage treatment to from The commercial classification, which includes apartment buildings, retail outlets, light industry and the like will also pay more 16 cents instead of 13 cents per 100 cubic feet of water used. In a submission to council, Randy Holfed, city engineer- ing director, said the bylaw in- corporates tile utility concept, in which the service charge reflects the cost of providing the service. Coleman sawmill cuts back "Get a little ambassador told By SEYMOUR M. HERSH New York Times Service WASHINGTON The Nix- on administration, in what amounted to a change of its clandestine policies toward the regime of President Salvador AUende of Chile, of- ficially authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin supplying financial and other aid to antj-Allende factions in mid-October 1971, highly reliable intelligence sources said Monday The administration direc- tive, characterized bv one in- sider as an order to "get a lit- tle rougher." resulted in direct C.I.A. involvement six weeks later in the first large scale middle-class demonstrations against the Allende regime Dr Allende was overthrown last September in a coup d'etat in which he lost his life. The street demonstrations, known as the "march of the empty pots." led to a series of violent clashes between sup- porters and opponents of Allende's Marxist coalition government. More than 100 persons were injured before the Chilean army was able to impose a curfew and restore order. Journalists later characterized the demonstrations, initiated by middle-class housewives protesting food shortages, as the most violent since Allende became president in September, 1970 The Times's sources were unable to explain why the ad- ministration chose that Oc- tober to step up its clandestine activities acainst Allende, bat the following factors were cited in interviews: late September, 1971, the Chilean government an- nounced that it would not pay compensation for nationalized American copper assets, a step that threatened to cost two major corporations more than million chance in ambassadors took place Oct. 12. 1971, with Edward M. Kerry, a Kennedy administration appointee, be- ing replaced by Nathaniel M. Davis, a career diplomat who was experienced in Soviet af- fairs Korry had been made ambassador to Ethiopia in 1963. series of intelligence reports relayed from the United States mission in San- tiago to Washington included allegations that Cuban arms were being smuggled to Chilean civilians; also that Soviet technicians, contrary to Allende's public assurances, had been sent to investigate the research and techniques of the American corporations at the copper mines. Twelve employees were to be laid off at noon today at the Revelstoke sawmill in Coleman, production is being cut back and there is a possibility the entire mill will be shut down The Herald has learned. Declining lumber prices are the reasons for the lay-offs and cut back in production, mill superintendent. Bernie Parsons told The Herald. There is a possibility the en- tire mill will be shut down affecting 65 people, Mr. Par- sons said, but this will not be known until the mill manager. Geoff Peter, returns Wednes- day from a Radium meeting with the general manager of the five Revelstoke mills. The general manager of the mills was not available for comment. Revelstoke has mills in Coleman, Rocky Mountain House. Sundry, Whitecourt and Radium. Another company spokesman said the mill at Radium was only operating four days a week and thought the other company mills were also cutting back production. By TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer First of a series Many of the Lethbridge residents who rent housing are bracing for a stiff rent increase this winter, but few want to admit it in fear it may sway their landlord's decision. And most landlord's are weighing the increase in rent they would like to charge against the hassjes it might cause if tenants move out rather than pay. Complicating the situation for both sides is a vacancy rate that is among the lowest in Canada and which draws such descriptions from apartment hunters and housing in- dustry experts as "Grim, "It was awful a few months ago, but in just the last three weeks it has fptten even says im Norrie, an apartment house owner who is also a property manager for Canada Trust, the largest single property manager in Lethbridge. Shudders a local mortgage manager for a trust company. "It's bad all over, but it's downright desperate here." Too many people are com- peting for too few available rental units. And the outlook is for even more people seeking rental accommodation while fewer rental units are being built. Inflation is the root of it all, experts say. Inflation has meant less money available for lending to builders. What money is available is costing builders a whopping 11 to 13 per cent interest four and five per cent more than one to two years ago. The high interest rates mean builders must charge much higher rents for new rental units they build if they are to get a profit on their investment. So rather than risk building rental units that would require rents people might not be able to afford, they are investing their money in safer ventures. Most lending firms are finding they don't even have money to loan builders who to risk building rental accommodation. The problem, explain the local mortgage managers of the two largest trust com- panies in Canada, Royal Trust and Canada Trust, is their traditional source of money has all but dried up. People with a few hundred or a few thousand dollars to invest are shying away from the traditional savings ac- counts and bonds even though such savings schemes pay interest of up to per cent. The interest earned on such savings plans is taxed as in- come by the federal government. And the interest even though it is at record high levels is less than the skyrocketing cost of living. So. people are putting their money into other money- making schemes. Mortgage lenders are therefore choosier about how they give out the money they do have A. F. Fazio, local mortgage manager for Royal Trust, says most mortgage lenders give first preference to mortgages on existing single family dwellings rather than rental accommodations Next preference is given to single family homes still to be constructed And round and round it goes, while Lethbndge renters who already nay between and more for comparable ac- commodation than renters in Calgary and Edmonton where the vacancy rates are just less than five per cent contemplate digging even deeper into their pockets for a place to live desperate terrible." Poole gets research station contract Poole Construction Ltd. has won a million plus tender to build the Lethbridge Research Station complex. Poole's low bid of million shocked officials who had estimated cost of ex- panding the station at million. But the federal treasury board decided last Thursday to approve the bid with some modifications Government officials will meet with the company in the next two weeks tc set a date for starting construction of what will be Canada's largest agricultural research and in- formation centre. "The need for the building is firmly Ed Andrews, station director, said today. "The world food situation is critical. The only way we can improve our production is through technology." Dr. Andrews said the deci- sion to go ahead despite climbing costs was also based on a belief that construction costs will not go down. When initially announced in 1972, the expansion was to cost million. By 1973 the cost had climbed to million and in 1974 to million. To be located directly north of the biology building south of the old Coaldale Road, the new building will house both the Alberta and Canada departments of agriculture for Southern Alberta. Voter registration extended City hall's assessment of- fice will be kept open until 8-30 p.m. tonight and Wednes- day to make it easier for non- property owners to register to vote Oct. 16 City council agreed to the measure unanimously Mon- day It was put forward by Aid. Bill Kergan, who said it should have been raised earlier but the extra four hours for two nights should giv> people enough time to register "I firmly believe in the registration system and I don't believe in enumeration." he added. The voter registration system has been criticized by- some candidates in the Oct. 16 civic election as dis- criminating against renters ;