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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 4, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sltoona flRttrot VOL. 172 PHONE 944-7171 Altoona, Pa., Friday Evening, Jan. 4, 1980 Founded June 20t a COPY 43 Nations Ask Debate On Soviet Invasion UNITED NATIONS (DPI) Forty- three nations, Including the United States, have requested an urgent meeting of the U.N.' Security Council for a com- prehensive debate on the Soviet military invasion of Afghanistan. The request, promoted by Pakistan, Afghanistan's western neighbor, gathered momentum Thursday and was submitted to French Ambassador Jacques Leprette, the Security Council President for Janu- ary, with the support of a broad spectrum of nations from all continents. Delegations calling for a public dis- cussion of the Soviet military moves were well aware of the Soviet veto power that can foil any Security Council action in the Afghan case. But they were determined to at least bring up the subject for discussion in the Security Council or the General Assembly to give world public opinion an opportuni- ty to speak out on the Afghan crisis. British Ambassador Sir Anthony Parsons delivered the formal note with the request to the Council president. Leprette will consult with the Council members today, and call a public meeting to begin the debate either tonight or Saturday. Also today, the General Assembly was to make yet another attempt to break its deadlock on the election of the 15th mem- ber of ihe Security Council, a choice between Cuba and Colombia. If the problem cannot be solved, the Security Council must deal with Afghan- istan anil the Iran hostage crisis as a H- member body, raising the possibility that the Soviet Union or Cuba will challenge the legality of the Council. China Training, Arming Afghan Guerrilla Unit NEW DELHI, India (UPI) -China has begun arming and training an Afghan guerrilla group to combat Soviet invasion troops battling defiant Afghan govern- ment forces, diplomats said today. Reports from Afghanistan said Soviet troops were battling the Afghan troops in a provincial capital and waging anti- guerrilla sweeps throughout the country. The United News of India news agency reported Western diplomats returning from Kabul said today the Chinese are backing the Shola-E-Javed guerrillas who have stepped up their insurgency in tribal areas. The news agency said the rebel group, not familiar to Western sources, has already captured Soviet arms and am- bushed a military convoy in the Tamir region in the Hindu Kush Mounains of northeastern Afghanistan. While the Soviet military machine tried to extend its reach in the central Asian nation, the United States and its (See AFGHAN, Page 3) f j ff- s A 'Say, hear the latest 'What did that maniac do 'Nat Iran, idiot: Pennsylvania.' 's snow! 4 inches! And colder! 'All RIGHT: Good news at SKIERS TAKING advantage of manmade snow at Blue Knob Wednesday were greeted by freezing rain which covered the ground and trees. The only natural-snow accumulation is at right o! the first couple on the chairlifl. Photos by Paul Singer Snowguns were used to prepare Fairway Hills slopes for the opening Sledding's Been Tough For Area Snowmobilers By JEFF MULHOLLEN For the Mirror Local snowmobile and ski equip- ment dealers are suffering through one of their worst winters in memory. They say only a series of blizzards in the next few weeks can rescue them. The dealers in winter sports equip- ment are experiencing plummeting sales because of the lack of snow. They also cite poor economic conditions. Bill Harshbarger, a Scorpion snow- mobile dealer in Duncansviile, summed up the plight of local dealers this way: "In our area snow makes good business, If we don't get any, our whole economy suffers. To us, snow means money." Mr. Harshbarger said the situation shows up in "floor traffic" at his store. "It's reduced to the point where it is almost nonexistent." Sales of ski equipment in the Al- toona area have also reflected the absence of snowfall. However, ski equipment salesmen do not paint near- ly so bleak a picture as those who sell snowmobiles. The consensus seems to be that (he purchases of skis and related gear ran (See SNOWMOBILES, Page 3) It's Been Blue All Winter at The Knob By PAUL E. SINGER Staff Writer Skiers are not the only thing going downhill at Blue Knob this year. The lack of natural snow in the first two months of the season has cut the ski resort's business by nearly 75 percent. After a record year in 1973, followed by a beiter-than-average season last winter, the slopes have onEy been dotted with skiers so far this winter. "Skiers just don't want to ski unless there is
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