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Color Country Spectrum (Newspaper) - August 26, 1977, Saint George, Utah s nvs 6093 Color Country Spectrum Vol 14 No 226 The printed voice of Utah's booming 15 cents Friday August 26 1977 CAS has secret squadron WASHINGTON UPH The U.S Air Force has a secret squadron of Stolen or captured MiG fighter and interceptor aircraft which are flown regularly by American pilots to perfect air-to-air combat tactics Armed Forces Journal said today The unofficial service monthly reported in a copyright article that some of the planes are very recent others date back to the Korean War By one informed estimate close to 20 MiGs are now in USAF vice it said Another source says the United States has managed to obtain more than 25 planes but has been able to keep only about five in flying condition on a regular basis There was no immediate official comment on the story However well-informed sources told in independent comments that the United States indeed has some MiGs but suggested four or five as a more accurate figure than 20 would give no details The Journal said the MiGs are flown regularly from at least one base in the continental United States to perfect tactics It did not say where the treasure-trove of MiGs is stationed but added some are apparently available to U.S pilots in other countries Publicly the Air Force has told of training pilots in Soviet Air Force tactics but using their own and jets as the simulated aggressor squadrons In addition to supplying its Pact allies the Soviets have ave sent thousands of MiGs of various tages abroad to among other nations Iraq Syria Algeria Bangladesh Cuba India Indonesia Egypt and their one-time ally China Soviet MIG rundown listed WASHINGTON Armed Forces Journal listed this rundown of known acquisitions of Soviet MiGs in American or allied in the when a North Korean pilot flew his plane to Kimpo airfield near Seoul South Korea and received a trust fund for his efforts He later became a U.S citizen the same time a pilot flew his plane to mark a Cuban pilot flew his under U.S radar coverage to land at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida The plane was turned back to Cuban authorities leading to speculation that the USAF owned at least one Lance agrees to use dividend as collateral WASHINGTON Bert Lance agreed to put up a stock dividend as collateral for a million loan from a New York bank then may have broken the loan contract by using the same stock as collateral for a loan from another bank it was learned today A spokesman for Lance said that technically there may have been a violation of the June 30.1975 agreement with the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co but that Mr Lance is satisfied that he fulfilled the contract and the bank was than satisfied He noted that the loan was never called But James Hambelton vice president for corporate communications at Manufacturers Hanover told UPI today that the bank attempted in late 1976 to obtain the stock which Lance received as a dividend from his National Bank of Georgia on Dec 31 975 Canal American will administrate St George West line up at the door as school begins The vacation was over Vance assures Japanese Stability not affected Thursday for southern secondary schools Utah elementary and WASHINGTON UPI An American will be administrator of the waterway until 1990 and a Panamanian will hold the position after that date under terms of the new Panama Canal treaty And the present Panama Canal Co will be replaced by a government agency controlled by a board of five Americans and four Panamanians These previously undisclosed terms of the agreements appeared in the Com- merce Department weekly magazine Commerce America Thursday As to luture control of canal operations under the proposed treaty it said the United States will retain responsibility for operations and maintenance during the period to the year 2000 acting through a new U.S government agency that will replace the Panama Canal Co At the policy level a board of five Americans and four Panamanians will serve as directors of this agency Until 1990 the Canal administrator will be an American and the deputy administrator a Panamanian Thereafter these roles will be reversed the magazine said It said Panamanian board members and administrators will be proposed by Panama but appointed by the States and Panamanians will increasingly in the canal operations at all levels The article said the treaty's proposed financial provisions involve no congressional appropriations Instead Panama will receive exclusively from canal revenues an annual payment and a fixed sum that can be increased if traffic and revenues mit TOKYO UPI Secretary of State Cyrus Vance reassured Japanese of- today that the new American contacts with China will not affect stability in Korea or Japan Vance fresh from four days of talks with the new Chinese leadership met Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda and Foreign Minister Hatoyama before heading back to Washington to report to President Carter After the original shock created bv the surprise of the original U contacts the Americans have made it a practice to report to their Asian allies after meetings with the Peking leaders As Vance spoke with Japanese of- his assistant for East Asian affairs Richard Holbrooke flew to Taiwan and to inform the Nationalist Chinese Premier leaders about the Peking meeting He was also going to Seoul to brief South Korean leaders American officials have informed Fukuda that no agreement was reached on the method of setting up diplomatic relations between Peking and Washington and that the United States believes that the normalization will benefit other Asian nations by recognizing a reality that has existed for some time U.S officials believe increased con- tacts between the United States and the People's Republic of China can only be helpful to the U.S allies in the Pacific area Vance was also expected to discuss with Fukuda something the Japanese prime minister has described as a life and death matter for his government the U.S agreement to supply nuclear fuel for the million power plant at Tokai Mura The power plant has come to dominate the Japanese side of the relationship with the United States eclipsing the Lockheed affair and other trade ters Vance it is understood is pathetic to the Japanese concern although American officials are not convinced that Japan's energy future is dependent on the plant as the Fukuda government has indicated U.S officials are now assessing the impact of Vance's tnp to China and their total impression is positive even though there was no solution to the immediate question of how to go about setting up formal diplomatic relations The American team believes that the Chinese leadership is well in- formed about the U.S political scene and the problems associated with any dramatic shift in U.S policy toward China The United States believes that the Sino-Soviet split will persist for the foreseeable future and although relations may improve slightly the philosophic split between the two Communist powers will remain Thomson says nothing WASHINGTON UPI To hear Suzi Park Thomson and her attorney tell it House investigators virtually wasted time questioning the and congressional aide about any Korean bribery on Capitol Hill The woman said she toid the House Ethics Committee again and again during five hoars of private testimony Thursday thai I know nothing about it despite her informal Local forecast St Fair tonight becoming partly cloudy and cooler Saturday with a chance of showers Low tonight 65 and high Saturday 88 Showers spreading to south and east tonight and continuing northwest Mostly cloudy with showers statewide Saturday Snow in the northern mountains through Saturday It will be cooler over the whole state tonight and Saturday Lows tonight 45 to 55 Highs Saturday will be in the 70s to the lower 80s association with rich rice dealer Park Korean CIA agents and congressmen linked to them in an alleged payoff scandal Her Sawyer Philip Hirschkop said she is being persecuted because of her national birth and for no other reason He said there was really nothing she could reveal to help determine if the Korean government tried to influence U.S policies in the 1970s by giving congressmen cash gifts and favors Mrs Thomson an aide to Speaker Carl Albert for six years until the Oklahoma Democrat retired in 1976 had denied wrongdoing many times before but had balked at testifying for the committee on three previous occasions and faced a probable contempt citation until she gave in Thursday Although committee members and lawyers made no public comments in keeping with panel rules Hirschkop said much of the questioning focused on Mrs Thomson's relations with Park congressmen and the parties she hosted for lawmakers and Korean officials Mrs Thomson denied any connection with Korea's CIA or Washington em- bassy and said parties she threw were social events for friends not arranged to give Korean agents a chance to with congressmen She said the parties were so casual that I cooked and my guests washed dishes mail runs against treaty President Carter's mail is running heavily against the Panama Canal treaty as the White House goes ahead with arrangements for a formal signing of the controversial agreement Press Secretary Jody Powell said the ceremony will be held in Washington around Sept 7 Other aides said it may be a day or two later The mail and phone calls are heavily against us said Powell It's pretty heavy While the opposition forces appeared to be picking up steam Carter has been on the telephone with a number of members of Congress seeking support for the two treaties which would yield U.S sovereignty of the canal to Panama by 2000 but retain defense rights in- definitely The White House made Thursday Carter's reply to a letter from a group of Senators leading the fight against the treaties The Senators in- Strom Thurmond Jesse Helms Harry Byrd and John McClellan forwarded to Carter a letter of opposition signed by four former chiefs of naval operations including Adm Thomas Moorer My goals are the same to preserve unfettered access to the canal for our naval and merchant fleets Carter replied But I believe the prospects for attaining those objectives are poor if we simply insist on maintaining the status quo With the continuing high visibility of press stories concerning budget director Bert Lance's banking activities and tough decisions pending in a number of areas there were few smiles around the White House York investigators say Public misled Teachers and parents worked together to register students at the City South Elementary School as schools Iron County opened WASHINGTON i UPI i Federal investigators say New York City of- missed the public for years about the ciH s true financial condition A lengths report prepared for Congress by the Securities and Ex- change Commission to be released today will show that the city's financial records were based on two systems of accounting an accrual basis for in- come and a cash basis for expenses The mixed system misled the public about the true size of the city's debt The cost of city employes welfare and other operating expenses were calculated on a cash from pocket basis But the city calculated income on the basis of tax collections and revenue from the state and federal governments the report says The city covered up its growing debt by income expectations and city officials issued annual budgets and made quarterly revisions without in- forming the public that revenue feli expectations the report says SEC sources said more than 41 lawyers and accountants from agency offices in New York Washington and Chicago were used during the investigation because of the complexity of the issues and the poor state of the city's records Burglary reported ST break-in was reported at Gas and Goodies Thursday night According to St George Police the gas station and convenience broken through the rest room and was stolen The break-in occurred at proximately n p.m according to police ity County citizens will have to wait until the 1978 election to express their views on a proposed for alternate forms of ment The Iron County Commission upheld a fof mer decision Wednesday to place the question on the ballot in 1978 when Robert Price made a request to place the question on the ballot during the elections this year Price made on original request several weeks ago The commission informed Price that the county attorney said the Utah required any special election to be held no less that 90 days after an official commission decision to hold one There is less than 90 days before the scheduled municipal elections The commission refused a request Health Care that the county authorize of the paid annually to IHC for hospital capital improvements be spent on a study of the plant facilities The study would be for the of making for alterations The commission received letters from residents in the special service district for garbage collection asking whether they are required to pay the county if they haul their own garbage The commission ruled that as long as the ordinance remained in effect coundy residents could haul their own garbage but they would still be required to pay the per month fee The commission also ruled after a by commissioner James Clark that residents could pay under protest if they desire Paul Sumners representing the Utah Division of Water Resources met with the commission to solicit its support for the doud seeding program He ex- and objectives and an- swered questions The commission reserved making a decision would participate with the other counties in the area A decision is needed by November A dispute over an alleged county right-of-way in Escalante Valley was held up while the county checked ownership to the right-of-way Charles Twitchell of Escalante Valley told the commission the which he donated to the county serves two residences A neighbor had stacked on the right-of-way When Twitchell irrigates water gets on the neighbor's hay and the neighbor turns pump off according to Twitchell Twitchell maintains the hay is on county property Road supervisor Lynn Fiack discussed purchasing or leasing heavy road equipment needs by county road department The commission asked him to present price quotation on both arrangements at the next com- mission meeting Milt's Stage Stop and Ferdinand's at Brain Head were granted renewal of their liquor licenses continued on
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