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Medicine Hat News (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Medicine Hat, Alberta Wow. Medici today High 4 Low -17 Medicine hat i saturday december 18,1999 . 70 cents 93 cents inside today a news up front 200 die in mudslides Reuters Caracas at least 7,000 people were missing and about 200 killed by raging Rivers and mudslides in venezuelans capital Caracas and along its Scenic Caribbean coast foreign minister Jose Vicente Rangel said Friday. The death toll a unfortunately could Rise in the next few hours a said the minister who spoke to Reuters after briefing diplomats on the South american country a worst natural disaster in 50 years. Most of the victims were buried alive in avalanches of mud or swept downstream wednesday and thursday As torrential Rains drenched venezuelans Central coast. A there Are approximately 150,000 people homeless 7,000 persons Are missing and about 200 dead a Rangel said. Civil defence director Angel Rangel said the number of dead could be in the hundreds but declined to give exact figures. The downpours which peaked wednesday night turned streams into Rivers of mud and sent rocks crashing Down Mountain slopes and through slums. Him dress of ramshackle Homes were destroyed and tourist beaches were left desolate Fields of thick mud strewn wit ii tree trunks and boulders. One Sweet 16 Joe Langford and Todd Saelhof. Staff writers team Canada a Page a3 wit in Wisdom the Best Way to get Back on your feet is to miss a car payment. A Anonymous most people Are not afraid of hard work they re afraid of not being appreciated for it. A Janet Andersen what a inside Ann Landers. 88 entertainment. 82,84-5 announcements. C5 Homes.cl-2 business finance a10 Horoscope. .c8 Canada. A12 living. 81 careers. A c6-7 scoreboard a6 Church. .86 sports____a5-6, a8-9 City news. .a2-4 Stockline. A11 classified. C3-4 to listings. B8 comics. .88 travel. 83 comment. 87 Wonde word. ,c7 Community a4 world a14 crosswordc5 y2k c8 calling the news .527-1101 .528-5767 528-news when team Canada head coach Claude Julien Cut tri City americans Darrell Hay on Friday Bouwmeester a Blue line spot was a a he a just overjoyed and thrilled a said jays father Dan from Edmonton. A a it a probably the Best Day of his life. I certainly was not expecting him to make the team this year. It was just an honour for him to be invited. A i know he a i 2000 Umon Sweden player but i did iches would les not surprised when Bouwmeester a Mong final cuts were his Tiger team a ans and anyone who had the opportune in against him in his native Edmonton d a smiling Tiger head coach Rick car he was surprised at the news Friday ted him to do Well because of his Good he big International ice surface. He has acts and he Sable to play Well defens As a mobility Bouwmeester is o jump up into the play and to his defensive position if the a would be pretty Good a Carriere a if he could handle All the attention Unity. Jay is such a Low key level-1 that All this attention Isnit going to go to is Effort this season has commanded attention Ough it is his first year in the Canadian hockey through 30 Tiger games Bouwmeester has scored goals and 11 assists for 18 Points. Jay is in a very unique situation a Carriere added. A this luts him into the tournament where he a playing against Ebest Junior aged players in the world. It gives him a of the calibre of hockey above the regular season play Cal. This will be As close to High calibre playoff he has Ever health foundation Renews hat Hopes for Iviria Ajay Bhardwaj staff writer Medicine hat Patrick Machacek director of development for the Medicine hat and District health foundation says the organization is prepared to raise of teds to help Purchase a magnetic resonance imaging machine. All it needs is the official go ahead from the Palliser health authority a we Haven to been Given the official Green Light a says Machacek. He noted three health authorities that received Money from the provincial government to Purchase mris a Chinook David Thompson and mis Tahia a All began by raising funds to buy them. Machacek added neither the foundation nor the health authority is interested in using donated funds to operate the machine. A a we re Here to support a hei4th authority a Machacek says adding a foundation does no to want to replace the authority a responsibility for finding and operating programs. A magnetic resonance imaging Trachine was second on the regions priority list it submitted last year to the provincial lotteries Board. Each year the Board Doles out Money for High technology medical equipment including mris. The Board last year approved a a million a Ray machine pushing the Fri to the top of the regions list. If the province does no to approve the of teds the health Foiada Tion will begin fund raising efforts in the fall of 2000. However the plan is contingent upon the provincial government approving Money to expand space at the Medicine hat regional Hospital to House the machine and finding the $800,000 per year to operate it which could be used for other programs. Doctors have been calling on the health authority to become More assertive in demands for the machine which they say is now a Standard of care around the province. Currently about 500 Palliser health authority residents head to Lethbridge and Calgary annually to get mris. Mris Are used to help doctors diagnose patients faster and without surgery. Rec holy the provincial government provided funds to the Chinook David Thompson and mis Tahia regional health authorities to help bring mris on Stream. Palliser leaders had sought an Fri and believed they would receive one when counterparts in Grande Prairie received one. But the regions doctors Are split about the items being sent to the lotteries Board for consideration. Five of six items on the list were from the diagnostic imaging department. Acting Palliser health authority president Linda Iwasiw says the lotteries Board will Only consider High Cost High technology medical equipment such As mris. Items priced in the neighbourhood of $50,000 usually get overlooked. Iwasiw added equipment in the diagnostic imaging department is 14 to 15 years old and needs to replaced. Its unanimous Utility hike opposed foil Robert Drinkwater staff writer Medicine hat not a single caller in a news phone in Survey supported City plans to increase electric Utility rates in Medicine hat 8.75 per cent. The final tally in the one Day poll which asked for readers opinions on the proposed increase were 38 votes against the rate increase a and no votes for it. A the Council members need to Stop ripping off Medicine hat residents a said Heather Gruickshank. A a there a a lot of people that struggle to pay their Utility rates As it is a Lesley Linfoot responded. The electrical rate increase was proposed by the Utility services committee wednesday along with Gas water and sewer rate increases which have now been forwarded to Council. The Issue win Likely be discussed at comic ill a regular meeting monday most callers to the news Survey linked the increases to the pay raises aldermen voted themselves earlier a is fall. A do they need these Utility rates to help pay for the City coir icily a 50-per-cent wage raise a asked Charlie Vockeroth. Other readers Felt that Council should raise issues like Utility rate increases Beffie the municipal election so voters could decide. Many said the rate hikes if passed would Hurt elderly hatters living on pensions As Well As the disabled and poor. Ruth Edwards said the an electric rate in news readers poll crease would just make it Hauler for single seniors to continue to live in their own Homes. Another caller said that Low wage earners would end up living in tents because they could not i afford to pay their Bills. Aid. Ken Sauer who chairs the Utility services committee said he believes the increase is necessary to keep the utilities prof also unavailable Friday evening. Hatter and former mayor Milt Reinhardt said he objects to the Way the hat keeps raising its rates to be just below what larger cities charge. He said Low Utility rates Here Are an important Factor in the higher Standard of living Here. A a it a a great disservice to the City when the utilities Are really used to raise Money instead of provide a service to the people at an Equi table Cost a Reinhardt Itable. He said it would be irresponsible for the City to no the utilities into the ground which he pointed out would Cost hatters More in the Long run. Sauer said without the Utility profits. Hatters would have to pay 30-per-cent higher property taxes. Quot its one pocket helping the other pocket a Sauer said. Aid. Bernie Anderson and Aid. Kathy Man Deville who sit on the Public services committee were receptive to the rate increase proposal on wednesday Aid. Graham Kelly also said he plans to support it. Aid. George Renner and Aid. Wayne Graven said they had Only just received their Council packages and had not had the Opportunity to read through the Utility proposal. Mayor ted Grimm said it would be inappropriate to comment before it is discussed at the meeting. A i done to comment before i go to Council. Never have never will Quot Grimm said. Aid. Julie Friesen was in Edmonton Friday and could not be reached. Aid. Bill Cocks was n kiss you 9 san Francisco apr when a 37-year-old Bachelor from Izmir Quot Turkey set up his personal web site a year ago he hoped to find a few pen pals or maybe Welcome a guest to his Home. A Welcome to my Home Page i kiss you a wrote Mahir Cagri listing his hobbies and posting photos of himself playing Ping Pong and wearing a skimpy bathing suit. But a month and a half ago hackers invaded and embellished his site spicing up the text with a i like sex a and adding that Mahir enjoys taking photos of a Nice nude the hackers also moved it to a new location and quickly spread the word about the site. Cagri soon became a most unlikely cube celebrity Quot there were thousands of email messages. There were thousands of people that want to visit my House a he said. He is currently juggling talk show invitations and marriage proposals. Telus presents. Spirit festival of lights november 25,1999 january 2,2000 Ihab nil a Tion at i a a v fax v ii. Look Forward to the most spectacular Light show yet

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