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   Color Country Spectrum (Newspaper) - January 14, 1977, Saint George, Utah                               Ozonlwest Coup. John A. Ei Color Country Speliiwii Friday. January The printed voice of Utah's booming Southwest! Volume 13 Number 234 Local forecast Cedar A few clouds, otherwise lair through Saturday, low tonight high Saturday 48 St. George. A lew ciouds at times, otherwise fair ;omght and Saturday low tonight 15. high Saturday Ford honors Kissinger with medal WASHINGTON (L'PI) With only a week left in his erm. President Ford awarded the Medal of Freedom o Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and both made dear they still share vivid memories of Watergate and Richard Nixon's resignation. The President had a busy schedule today, starting with a breakfast meeting with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders and ending with a reception for the 162-member GOP National Com- mittee. Ford handed Kissinger the nation's highest civilian award Thursday night at a surprise ceremony, and called him. "the greatest secretary of state in the history of our republic." In presenting the medal. Ford did not name his predecessor or the scandal that drove Nixon from the White House. But Ford said he was honoring Kissinger for -monumental contributions" to U.S security, peace and freedom, and because "During the dark days in our nation's recent past, you showed the world what we were capable of accomplishing. You gave your countrymen a reason to be very proud of our nation." In accepting. Kissinger picked up the theme and said. "History will record that our President preserved America from tremendous dangers and moved it on the road toward peace and progress." Those in high government positions, he said, "know the great dangers that can arise when the executive authority of one of the great powers suddenly gets thrown into question. "You overcame these dangers in a way that they were never even apparent." he told Ford. The 53-year-old German-born Kissinger became secretary of state in September 1973 after serving as Nixon's top national security adviser since early 1969. He was the first Cabinet member that Ford asked to stay on when he became president. Ford said he chose to make the presentation at a reception given for Kissinger oy the foreign diplomatic corps in the Pan American Union building "because, in the broadest sense, what you did for America, you did for all mankind." The ceremony had lighter moments. Kissinger was not told in advance about the award and jokingly told Ford. "I had to be in Washington for eight years before we finally managed to keep a secret." But Ford went to great lengths to praise the secretary of state and Kissinger was obviously "Mr. President. I cannot tell you how- much you move me by this unexpected gesture. The highest civilian decoration of my adopted country is something that I will always treasure." To assassinate Kissinger Death contract denied The New York Daily News, citing State in Tel Aviv, a spokesman for the Likud to kill Secretary of State Tel Aviv, a spokesman for the group men- tioned in the article dismissed the report as "a hoax and a bluff." and a bluff. It wouldn't even occur to anyone in Israel to think about this." The News' copyrighted story said the money reportedly was paid in advance to one or more foreign "hit men" to kill Kissinger in revenge for his "allegedly selling out Israel during his Mideast shuttle diplomacy. The News said it was told by an unidentified aide to Kissinger that "the money was provided by a small radical splinter faction within Israel's Likud opposition bloc, which opposed the Labor government's surrender of captured Arab territory in the interim agreements with Egypt and Syria." In Tel Aviv, a spokesman for Likud said. "There's no basis for the story, it's a hoax and a bluff. It wouldn't even occur to anyone in Israel to think about this." In Washington, government reaction ranged from "nonsense" to "no comment." "1 cannot confirm or deny this report. This position is consistent with the policy of the Stale Department not to comment on any specific threat." State Department spokesman Robert Funseth said. Funseth did say. however, that "according to the Secret Service, there is an assessment of continued threats to the secretary after he leaves otfice." On Wednesday, two days before the News article appeared. Funseth said President Ford wants to extend Secret Service protection to Kissinger alter the secretary leaves off Jan. 20. Funseth said at the time that the idea of extended protection "originated with the Secret Service An Israeli diplomat attending a reception for Kissinger in Washington Thursday night described report as "nonsense." He said the Israeli embassy "had never heard anything like that" and added that the Likud faction -doesn't have that kind of money." City, County to discuss Hall of Justice proposal Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wears a funny grin as he hitches up a pair of too loose pants while talking to President Ford after the President had awarded Kissinger the Medai of Freedom, the nation's highest vicilian award, Thursday. (UP! Wire Photo) ST. GEORGE-- Negotiations for a rfall of Justice for Washington County appear to be on the horizon, as a joint meeting between the city council and the county commission to discuss specifics for the proposed facility has been requested by members of the city countil. Members of the council appeared to be in general agreement as to the need for live new structure during an _ informal meeting with" county attorney Ron Rhomspon Thursday night. Washington County currently has properly available adjacent tothe courthouse, where the facility could be located. Questions relating to who will build, maintain, and operate the facility were of major concern to council members. The council requested City Attorney John Palmer and Thompson prepare an agenda to follow in the joint meeting with the Washington County Com- mission. The current concept in- cludes plaing the jail, courtrooms, the county attorney, sheriff and police department together in the new building Hughes' estate Dummar says he delivered will LOS ANGELES Melvin Dummar. the Utah ser- vice station attendant named as an heir of Howard Hughes in the "Mormon will." admitted he lied about how the will was found and renounced any part of the billionaire's huge estate, attorney Howard Rhoden said Thursday. Rhoden. attorney for former Hughes aide Noah Dietrich, executor of the will, said Dummar admitted delivering the purported will to Mormon Church headquarters in Salt Lake last April 27. Rhoden said Dummar told him several stories about how he came into possession of the will. "They're all lies." Rhoden charged. Rhoden said he talked with Dummar and his attorney. Roger Dutson. at Ogden. Utah. Wednesday. "Dummar cracked." Rhoden said. "We had several hours of a grilling session. He finally admitted he wrote the en- velope the'note inside the envelope saying it (the will) was found by Joseph Smith's house. And he admitted he delivered the "We still don't know who wrote the will. Dummar said he would renounce any part in the estate even if the will is found to be legitimate, Rhoden said "He's just out of it. As soon ss he signs a renunciation." Dutson said the matter of the will's origin was being in- vestigated Rhoden said he would ask for a formal court hearing for Dummar. "and see what he says about it when he faces jail for perjury." But he said Dietrich will continue to support the will until it finally is determined who wrote it. He said that could be determined by a Federal Bureau of Investigation examination now underway. "We expect to have the results of the FBI's investigation verv soon." Rhoden said. He said Dummar still insists he picked up an old man in the desert who identified himseif as Howard Hughes and sub- sequently included Dummar in his will for 1-lfith of the billionaire's S2.5 billion fortune. Hughes died on a plane bound from Acapulco. Mexico, to Houston. Tex., last A'prii 5 Several wills have been produced since his death, but the Mormon will was the only one taken senousiy by those who would benefit, including Summa Corp.. the company which controls Hughes" Holdings Dummar refuses to see reporters OGDEN. Utah   Melvin Dummar hid from reporters Thursday after admitting that he planted Howard Hughes' alleged "Mormon will" in the church's headquar- ters last April. Dummar. 32. a former service station operator now working in an Ogden trailer refused to leave his attorney's private suite when newsmen tracked down him and his w ife Bonnie at the legal office. "He won't be available. He's going to busy with us every free minute." said lawyer Roger Dulson. one of three at- torneys representing Dummar Dutson confirmed that Dummar admitted Wednesday during a dav-long interrogation by attorney Haroid Rhoden of Los Angeles that he delivered" the six-page handwritten m document to Mormon Church headquarters in Salt Lake Rhoden announced jn Los Angeles that Dummar had renounced any claim to the Hughes' estate should the will prove vaiid. but the erstwhile heir's attorneys said that was an ov erslatement. George Handy, another of Dummar's attorneys, said Rhode" had proposed the renunciation and the lawyers had told "mm. something we will consider." "If the win proves valid, that's a different matter Then he'33 have a claim." Handy said. Dutson said Dummar. who was listed as a beneficiary 01 of Hughes" estate in the will, denied forging the controversial document Melvin Dummar, the Utah service station operator whose fingerprints ware found on the controversial Mormon wiil of Howard Hughes, has admitted delivering the document to the Salt Lake City Church headquarters, an attorney said Thursday. Upon questioning, Dumrrter "cracked" admitting that he not only delivered the will, but also addressed the envelope in which it was found. Vote scheduled for nomination WASHINGTON -UPD The nomination of Cyrus Vance as secretary of state appeared to have a free ride today through the technicalities of Senate con- firmation. The Senate Foreign Relation Committee scheduled an informal vote on it today and a staff member said late Thursday. "The only thing which could prevent it. is if we don't gel a quorum." Formal action by the committee and full Senate can come only after Carter is inaugurated Jan. 20. Technically the nomination has not even been submitted to the committee. But by taking an informal now the committee speeds up the process to give the Carter administration a fast start. Such action appeared timely with a disclosure by the Panamanian Embassy that Foreign Minister Aquilmo Boyd is arriving here at the end of January to begin talks with Vance on the future of the Panama Canal. Vance appeared before the Committee informally Monday, and was cross examined in public session Tuesday Vance indicated agreement with the basis on which Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has been seeking a new Panama treaty. in a related action, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted informally Thursday to recommend the confirmation of Dr. Harold Brown, president of the California Institute of Technology to be secretary of defense The panel also unanimously approved former Coca Cola President Charles Duncan to be Deputy Defense Secretary and look the unusual action of permitting him to retain SIS'million in Coca Cola stock. GOP may get face lift if campaign promises aren't WASHINGTON 'UPi' The Republican National Committee 3? going 5o get a ncv. chairman and if the pack of candidates seekins the job are not just making empty campaign promises, the Grand Old Party is gojne to go! a New Look The change could star! tooay. The -ember national committee was scheduled to choose a new chairman from amora at :east seven veteran politicians to 'he "as! year of Mary Louise Smith's term Trie apparent favorites .ormer Ten nessee Sen William Brock ami Utah state chairman hit-hard Richards, with Ohio party chief Kent McGough and national co-chairman Robert Carter of Washington. IX'. close behind McGough was claiming some big i.ame backers, including former GOP chairman Ray Bliss. Govs Thomas Milliken of Michigan and James Rhodes of Ohio plus Wisconsin com- miUeemanOdy Fish Indiana state chairman Thomas Million. White House aido Arthur Fletcher, and political consultant Buehl Berenlsor! were in tno picture. Connecticut state chairman Fred claimed some votes, but was not an active candidate. Mrs. Smith, selected by President Ford to ieari the party after Watergate, was last .summer for a term ending in January. But the Iowa GOP leader decided after the election to leave early, setting off a stampede of candidates Another entry. Ford campaign chairman James Baker, dropped out last week when it became clear the backing of Ford and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller was not enough to put him over. Rules require a majority voting in person or bv proxy to elect a chairman Most observers ex- pect at least two ballots and probably more Bui the committee was hoping to complete trio selection before late afternoon, when it was invited to a reception at tho W lute Hoti.se. It was prepared, however, to work into Saturday There'was a lot of competition, but very little KWSPAPERl nl arnomi She canriifl.stes a! .s series of pro mee'mg reasonai caucuses about Hie party s needs -Ml. ior example said ;he GOP had "an im.ise problem." and pledged Sremedy o: programs lo com nice independents and Democr.it> th.i! Republicans care about and aro solve the problems o! ordm.ir> The candidates also senora'ly aureed the national commit toe was too onented. and a! agreed national committee meelms> outside Washington might bo a uootl idea There also was near un.im mous aszroomont th.it the GOP had to work immediately try ma to win se.its in tin- .58 Democr.it ic controlled stato legisl.it H res this was they said, both to dovolup now c.uulid.itcs lor lusher ottiro and to assure tho CJOP a tair shako in tho congressional and legislative redistrictmg likely allor the census   

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