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   Color Country Spectrum (Newspaper) - January 12, 1977, Saint George, Utah                               Local forecast Cedar City: Variable douds through Thursday; a. slight chance of snow tonight and Thursday; overnight low 17; high Thursday 42. St. George: Variable douds through Thursday; low tonight 20; high Thursday 46. Omniwest Corp. John A. Kicrof lining Division Box Salt City, Utah Color Country Spectrum Volume 13 Number 232 The printed voice of Utah's booming Southwest! Wednesday, January Sheldon Johnson, member of the during a tour of the Dixie Junior High Washington County School Board, sits at School Tuesday, a potter's wheel in the crafts classroom Board considers new grade school ST. GEORGE-The Washington County School Board is considering building an elementary school near Santa Clara. The board members discussed the possibility of purchasing land in Santa Clara Heights at the monthly board meeting Tuesday night They v.ill also be authorizing the architect of the Washington Elementary School to go ahead with drawings for an additional wing to the new school, which is already filled to capacity. The proposed building in Santa Clara will service elementary children living in Ivins, Santa Clara, Dixie Downs and Curtis Park. One suggestion which had been made to Supt T. Lavoy Esplin previously was to build the school on some property west of Dixie Downs. This is not suitable, Esplin said. There is no firm rock for the foundation and it is too far away from any of the present population for students to walk. Everyone would have to be bused. However, if property can be acquired on the flat north of Santa Clara, most students in Santa Clara could walk to school, thus cutting down on busing, he said. It is also more centrally located in the population. Esplin and board member John C. Willie assigned by the board to study the possibilities of sties for the new school and report back to the board at its next meeting. The board is looking toward the future need of school facilities in the event the Warner Valley Project ever materializes. This would create a larger school population for a period of time, Esplin said, referring to study made by Southern Utah State College. However, that influx would gradually slack off. The school board also discussed the disposal of the Woodward Junior High School. Since the junior high has moved into its new- building, a determination must be made as to the use of the old buildings. Esplin said the City of St. George has ex- pressed an interest in the buildings, but no final decision has been made. Several private individuals have shown an interest as well. If the city decides to buy the buildings, financial arrangements may have to be made with the school district No bids are required by law if the buildings are sold to another public entity, Esplin explained. The school board members expressed the hope that the city will make a decision soon. If St. George does not want the buildings, then the school district will either put them up for bids or use some of the buildings for a bus garage and maintenance building. The school board was reorganized at the meeting. Sherwood Bracken of Enterprise replaced Walter Snow of St. George as president, and Sheldon Johnson of St George replaced Bracken as vice president. John C. Willie will continue as the board's representative to the Five County Steering Committee. In Eastern Zaire Prices up WASHINGTON (UPI) De- spite stubborn upward pressure on wholesale prices this fall the government's measure oi business inflation for 1976 will finish in the same range as 1975. The Labor department said food prices accounted for the bulk of the 0.9 per cent increase in December. Prices for farm products rose 3.7 per cent while processed foods and feeds climbed 2 per cent Coffee, cocoa, tea, fruits, wgetables, hogs and live poultry accounted for most of the increase. Price movements for agricul- tural products, which often are errratie, declined in three of the previous five months, the department said. There was encouragement in the more important category of industrial commodities, which increased 0.3 per cent in December. This was about one- third of the rate of increase for the previous three months. The Labor department said rate of price increases for industrial commodities slowed because of a decline in the cost of fuels, especially natural gas. Prices for rubber, plastics, textiles, clothing, and chemi- cals increased at a slower rate. But lumber, wood products and primary metals moved up at a faster pace, led by 6 to 10 per cent price hikes for steel and aluminum. Wholesale prices through November were 4.2 per cent higher than the year before. This was identical to the increase for all of 1973. But prices moved up in the final month. Farm prices in December moved up for the first time in three months while steel and aluminum companies introduced increases of 6 to 10 per cent for key products. The full increases were not passed on to metals purchasers, but there was evidence prices rose above November quota- bens. All were expected to show up in varying degrees to account for another upward swing in wholesale prices when the Labor Department issues its December report today. The Wholesale Price Index measures average changes in prices of commodities sold in large quantities by producers. Although the WPI doesn't apply directly to prices paid by whofesalers, jobbers or dis- tributors, it does indicate the inflationary trend for these "middlemen" and ultimately for the consumer. After falling or rising at a modest rate for most of 1975, wholesale prices for consumer- ready goods and factory- raw materials rose faster than a 10 per cent annual rate from August through the rest of the year. The WPI dipped 0.1 per cent in August, then jumped 0.9 per cent hi September and 0.6 per cent in the next two months. All CCMMtf KIM 200 WHOLESALE PRICE INDEX 150 125 100 01 r MAUJJASONO I t f S T 7 6 Wholesale prices increased 0.9 per cent in December to quicken the pace of business in- flation in 1976, the Labor Department said today. [UPI] Unemployment drops decline brings some relief from year high WASHINGTON (UPI) More than 7 million jobless Americans are awaiting the economic stimulus that Presi- dent-elect Jimmy Carter has promised to put them back to work. The full extent of the unemployment problem facing the new administration was to be known today with the Labor Department's release of final jobless statistics for 1976. Carter already tfae- task will be difficult Jobless- ness in November was 8.1 per cent higher than any previous month in 1976 and only 0.8 per cent below the recession peak. President Ford originally predicted that unemployment would drop below 7 per cent hi 1976. His goal seemed reasona- ble last May when it fell to 7.3 per cent, but it again began to climb when the economic recovery stalled. has-been cautious in his projections. He has warned Americans they should not expect more than a 1.5 per cent reduction in joblessness during 1977. Labor leaders believe Carter is being too cautious. AFL-CIO sconomist Rudy Oswald thinks jnemployment can be cut to 6 per cent by the end of 1977 with the right stimulus. "I think that President Carter set a very modest goal when he spoke of reducing the unem- ployment rate by only 1.5 per Oswald said recently. Will reaffirm faith Ford to give final State of Union address WASHINGTON (u P D President Ford gives his final State of the Union speech tonight and aides said he would use the nationally televised farewell address to reaffirm his "faith in the American people and in American institutions." But barring last-minute chan- ges, they said, he will not outline any major new propos- als of deal at length with two of the most controversial issues still before him decontrol of gasoline prices and amnesty for Vietnam-era draft evaders and deserters. Ford was to deliver the speech at 9 pjn. EST before a joint session of Congress. It was almost sure to be his last presidential appearance in the House where be served a generation, and a last chance for him to express his views nationally before turning power over to Jimmy Carter next week. The speech was expected to run about 45 minutes, take in a wide range of top domestic and foreign policy issues, and play up his administration's primary accomplishments. -'It will be an accounting of the President's said two officials Tuesday. wiE contain warnings and directions for the future and be a testament to the President's faith in the American people and in American institutions." Aides said Ford began working on the speech soon after the election, and that it would express his personal political and philosophical views. His recommendations fot meeting major challenges ahead, they said, would be general in most instances. The aides said Ford woulc again voice support for some previous proposals that failed to win congressional approval, but he decided not to come oia with a long list of specific new suggestions they would have virtually no chance of surviving without Carter's endorsement Moreover, they said Ford already had sent the Congress messages in the last week with Ms proposals for a billion tax cut and priorities for coping with national energy problems. Tuesday, he also submitted a bill designed to create a new department of energy through reorganization of the federal bureaucracy- They said Ford was not likely to disclose his plan for decontrolling gasoline prices or Ms decision on the amnesty question because he wanted to deal with those issues separate- ly in the next few days. In addition, they said he would issue a statement or message to Congress soon to elaborate on his proposal to grant statehood to Puerto Rico. "The programs that the Democratic Congress passed over the objections of President Ford did reduce unemployment from 8.9 per cent to 7.3 per cent from May of 1975 to May of 1976. We would hope that a more favorable administration, with the active support of Congress, would pass programs that would be more effective." Carter and labor already have clashed over the formula for cutting unemployment. The president-elect has proposed a two-year, billion package for economic stimulus including tax cuts and expanded pro- grams for creating jobs. AFL-CIO leaders advised Carter earlier this week to forget about tax cuts, and concentrate instead on job- creating programs. They es- timated an immediate expendi- ture of billion on such programs would put 2 million people back to work- Carter estimates his own program would create fewer than new jobs. But he expects the stimulus of a tax cut to promote many more jobs indirectly plans the AFL-CIO deems inefficient. Some 7.8 million persons were counted as unemployed in the United States last Novem- ber. Many more who were too discouraged to look for work were not even counted. A total of 7.6 million persons were out of work in December, a decrease of about But most of the decrease occurred among adult men. many of whom simply left the labor market. This was matched by a disappointing fourth-quarter in- crease in the number of discouraged workers, persons who have given up looking for jobs. Of the more than one million discouraged workers, most of them indicated that market factors had persuaded them that job-hunting was fruitless. A record 88.4 million persons held jobs, however. This was an increase of about over November. Dr. John Kendrick, the Commerce Department's chief economist, said the-increase in the number of jobholders "does confirm our theory that the economy is swinging up more vigorously since the slowdown ended hi October." The number of job-losers in the nation declined to 3.7 million in December the lowest level since last June. And die number of persons working part-tune involuntarily fell to 3.4 million, reflecting the first real drop since June. While men were leaving the labor force hi December, most of the new jobs wect to women continuing a trend that has surfaced often since the depths of the recession. Some 4.2 million jobs have been added to the nation's payrolls since the recession low in March, 1975. Nearly three million of those jobs were created during 1976. But the total labor force also has been growing rapidly during this period, accounting for the continuing high unem- ployment rate. Some 2.8 million persons entered the labor force in 1976. more than half of them adult women. Joblessness among adult men declined 0.3 per cent hi December to 6.2 per cent Volcano eruption kills Builds another temple (Tom Randall, Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, told Los Angeles Radio Station KPOL in a telephone interview that he had heard the reports of dead but that as of 9 a.m. EST the Embassy had been unable to confirm it. SPAPFRI is untrue, that is he said. "I do not know where the report came from. We received it also. But as of 20 to 30 minutes ago there were no indications of loss of life. is real calm. The lava flow stopped about one kilome- ter (half a mile) from the Goma Airport, which is north of the city. The airport is functioning and there were flights out of there yesterday and today. Lava flow is still hot and smoking but it is not flowing. Right now all we know is that a road was cut and there was some agricultural damage and some structural damage to villages. But we have no reports of loss of The St. George Temple was given to the temple president-a model of it anyway. Ken Richardson built his scale model of the temple out of icing. It took him between 80-90 hours to complete the project. It is built from 103 individual pieces he made by squeezing icing through cake decorating tips. Richardson dedicated the artisitic work to the memory of his son, Marc Aaron Richardson, because the St. George Temple is the only temple he ever knew. He presented it Tuesday afternoon to Grant Bowler, president of the temple. It will remain in the visitors' center until next week when it will be moved into the temple. Bowler accepted the gift on behalf of all those who have done tempie work over the past 100 years in St. George and who will do tenVa work in the future.   

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