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Color Country Spectrum (Newspaper) - August 26, 1977, Saint George, Utah on? s 'AIIO sxva nvs 6093 X03 Color Country Spectrum Vol. 14 No. 226 The printed voice of Utah's booming Southwest! 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 Soviet-built 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 models: others date back to the Korean War." "By one informed estimate, close to 20 MiGs are now in USAF ser- 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 UP1 in independent comments that the United States indeed has some .MiGs. but suggested "four or five" as a more accurate figure than 20. Thev would give no details. The Journal said the MiGs "are flown regularly from at least one base in the continental United States to perfect airto-air 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 T-38 and F-5 jets as the simulated "aggressor" squadrons. In addition to supplying its Pact allies, the Soviets have tVarsatv ave sent thousands of MiGs of various vin- 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 (UPIi Armed Forces Journal listed this rundown of known acquisitions of Soviet MiGs in American or allied hands: mint-condition MiG-15 in the mid-1950s when a North Korean pilot flew his plane to Kimpo airfield near Seoul. South Korea, and received a S100.0WO trust fund for his efforts. He later became a U.S. citizen. the same time, a fonsn MiG-15 pilot flew his plane to Den- mark. J969. a Cuban pilot flew his MiG-17 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 alreadv owned at least one MiG-17." Lance agrees to use dividend as collateral WASHINGTON 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 public- Thursday Carter's reply to a letter from a group of Senators leading the fight against the treaties. The Senators, in- cluding Strom Thurmond. R-S.C.: Jesse Helms. R-N.C.: Harry Byrd. I-Va.. and John McClellan. D-A'rk.." 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 Thursdav. York investigators say Public misled Teachers and parents worked together to register students at the Cedsr City South Elementary School, as schools adayln Iron County. opened Thur- WASHINGTON i UPI i Federal investigators say New York City of- ficials 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 hoped-for tax collections and revenue from the state and federal governments, the report says. The city covered up its growing debt by ever-rising income expectations, and city officials issued annual budgets and made quarterly revisions without in- forming the public that revenue feli below- 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 20-month investigation because of the complexity of the issues and the poor state of the city's records. Burglary reported ST GEORGE--A break-in was reported at Gas and Goodies Thursday night. According to St. George Police, the gas station and convenience xvas broken in5o through the rest room, and approxjrr.aJely S240 was stolen The break-in occurred at ap- proximately n p.m according to police. ity PAROWAN-Iron County citizens will have to wait until the 1978 election to express their views on a proposed for alternate forms of countv govern- 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 municpal elections this year. Price made on original request several weeks ago. The commission informed Price that the county attorney said the Utah law- 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 b> Intermountam Health Care that the county authorize S5.000 of the S60.000 paid annually to IHC for hospital capital improvements, be spent on a study of the plant facilities. The study would be for the purpse of making recom- mendations 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 roque.si 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- plained'plans and objectives and an- swered questions The commission reserved making a decision onwhetherit 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 ha> on the right-of-way. When Twitchell irrigates, water gets on the neighbor's hay and the neighbor turns Twitchell's 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 the- 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 page2 MKWSPAPEJRI
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