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JlLi-Ü J id L L L ^ J ïzlS.^ ' i r ï i f l l » «ORT« \ i ' ~-W “' K?!*#»'* ti T -/* :t- rtgaÿia 7 j 1* ‘ Ì 2 V + ? * * * * v • V*‘ % J 1 ‘ ’ ’ * r * * J* nyi'W»»fy>g f montvik •«^fluoridation Vol. 87, No 23 10' Connally Absolved Senate WASHINGTON (AP) — John B, Connally Jr., nominated to be secretary of the Treasury, has won a clean bill of health from the Senate Finance Committee on his dealings with the estate of wealthy oilman Sid Richardson. The committee, by a 13-0 vote, approved Connally’s nomination Tuesday after a two-hour public hearing he had requested to ex plain his role in administering the Richardson estate. Sen. Russell Long, D-La., chairman of the committee, in dicates he wants the Senate to consider Connally’s nomination Friday. But a vote may be delayed until next week because of the request by Sen. Fred R. Harris, D- Okia.. to see agreements under which Connally accepted $750,000 from the Richardson estate. Harris was the only committee member to question Connally in depth about the fees and the agreement under which Connally had accepted them on a delayed basis while governor. Connally stressed he had vio lated no Texas laws by accepting the deferred payments, because the money was for services per formed before he took office. Harris’ questions indicated he wants to determine whether Connally, a former secretary of the Navy, opted to defer payment of the $750,000 beyond time allowed under tax regulations. As secretary of the Treasury, Connally would be the only Dem ocrat in the Nixon Cabinet, suc ceeding David M. Kennedy who will become an ambassador at- large. T h e V o i c e o f S o u t h w e s t e r n M o n t a n a S i n c e w Helena. Montana iner Appears In Wednesday Feb. 3. 1971 County's Problems BeaverhCad -^CTounty v com missioners Mel McDowell and Jim Barrett with chairman Phil Lovell met Monday and Tuesday to cover routine matters which included a session with Forest Service per sonnel to discuss the Wise River- Polaris road, the scheduling of a Wisdom sewer district meeting, a hearing on school district problems and discussion of excess water problems on the Rattlesnake. A road, which is a school bus and mail route, has been flooded by ice and water recently, near the old Jack Roberts place o n * R at tlesnake. A lane with permission of the owner, has been opened by county crews to allow traffic and men are working to drain the roadbed. The R. J. Scruton engineering firm will be in Dillon Wednesday afternoon to meet with rep resentatives of the Wisdom sewer district to begin plans for a survey of the project. The commissioners scheduled a public hearing Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Beaverhead County Court house to determine boundaries of District 36 (Centennial) where the school has been discontinued. The hearing of citizens and school personnel will determine dis tribution of income from taxable valuation of $440,000 to be distributed to area high schools. . Welfare affairs were discussed Tuesday and routine matters of management discussed, and the hills approved. Parkview Installation National Honor Society Sales Tax M e a sure Appears in Jeopardy Newly-installed members of the Parkview Junior High School Chapter of National ffonor Society, and charter members under the new charter a re:’Front row (from left) Linda Bandelier, Kim Conover, Alison McCandless and Breta Koehne. Middle row: Kathy Bergstad, Jeanette Hull, Geraldine Peterson, Sheila Haugo and Margaret Mc Nally, (Back’row) Cregg Taylor, Blake Harmon, Valaine Briggs, Christine Traughber and Donna Pancheri. HELENA (AP) - Speaker James P. Lucas, acknowledging there is a distinct possibility the sales tax bill may. not pass the House, said Tuesday Montanans may have to live with a “barebones governmental budget.” “This is not necessarily bad in a period of,ecpnomic downturn such as we have now,”- the Miles City Republican said.- He - was com menting on an Associated Press report the sales tax may fail in the House. The report said the GOP-backed sales tax bill, HB586, could go down on a 52-52 tie while its best hope for passage would be by a 53-51 vote. Not inconceivable would be a 53-51 House vote against the plan to raise $60-$65 million from a broad- based sales tax in the 1971-73 biennium the Republican-controlled House. Expanding on his statement that a bare-bone's budget is not necessarily bad, Lucas said the state “ is not joo different than an average famiry which is tightening its belt in order to live within present income.” “We’re cutting the governor’s Lucas noted .the Democratic . budget now,”juicas said. “This is administration’s major revenue proposal—to boost income taxes by disallowing federal taxes as a deduction—has been rejected bv Astronauts View Texture of Moon SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP)—Apollo 14’s astronauts in spected their moon-landing craft Antares today and reported it “immaculate” as they streaked toward the grip of lunar gravity and a Thursday morning orbit of the moon. To the Mission Control center they televised a picture of their target, a shimmering half crescent that loomed larger and larger as their home planet shrank in the distance. Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Edgar D. Mitchell, who are to attempt a precision landing in the ancient Fra Mauro highlands Friday, floated through a con necting tunnel into the landing vehicle, hooked to the nose of the command ship Kitty Hawk, during the transfer which began at 4:20 a.m. EST. Stuart A. Koosa remained alone in the command vehicle. Before opening the tunnel hat ches. Mitchell manned the New Storm Hits East By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A new winter storm dumped snow into the northern and central Rockies today and scattered . freezing rain eastward to the Mississippi Valley. Arctic cold retreated from the Midwest but held firm in the Noitheast, where heavy demands lor electrical power Tuesday brought renewed voltage cutbacks Denver Mint Stamps Halves DENVER (AP) — The Denver Mint began stamping out the new cupro nickel Kennedy half dollar today, supervisor Mrs. Betty llighy said. ■■The new version of the rarely seen 5(i-cent piece will contain only nipper-, and nickel—just like dimes and quarters. Some .1.2 billion Kennedy halves were turned, out by the Denver Mint from 1964 to 1969, but hoar ders took them out of circulation almost as soon as they, appeared. They w ere 40 per cent silver. Mrs: llibby said production of live uupro-nickel version will ci’adiialiy be geared up to tvvo million halves a day. by utility companies. Heavy snow was expected in mountain areas of Colorado, Wyoming, northern Utah and southeastern Montana. Winter- weather watches were issued for parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. Freezing rain and sleet glazed sections of Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. The storm also pushed a wave of colder temperatures into the Southwest. Freeze warnings were out for central and southeastern <«■ valleys of Arizona. In the Northeast, temperatures again fell to zero or below over night from the Great Lakes to New England. Consolidated Edison reduced voltage by 5 per cent Tuesday and appealed for a voluntary dinlout by its customers in order to protect power , reserves. It was the sixth lime in the past 16 days that Con Ed was forced to cut voltage hccause'of the severe cold. Utilities serving six Northeast ern states and the District of Columbia purchased large blocks of power from Ontario Hydro Of Canada to supplement short 1 supplies Tuesday, The utilities also, rolled back voltage by 5 per cent to protect reserves. television camera, panning it around the command cabin to show switches and dials. He pointed it out a window and zoomed in on the moon. They were about 205,000 miles from home and 41,000 miles from the moon. Mission Control informed the astronauts their families were in the center watching the telecast. “Yeah, 3:15 a.m. (CST) is a good time of night to have a TV show,” Roosa remarked. Shepard and Mitchell also showed TV pictures inside the lunar module as they checked out switches, the communications and other systems. Mitchell said they found only one washer floating about in the weightless cabin. “A lot of credit goes to the ground checkout crew, because the spacecraft is really clean,” Mit chell said. Asked to evaluate the overall status of the mission, commander Shepard replied: “We have a happy little ship here. Everything is going along very smoothly.” Activity quickened as the as tronauts neared their target and Apollo 14 swept toward a socalled “twilight zone” in which the gravitational influences of earth and moon are about equal. At 10:23 a.m. EST today, the moon will win the gravitational tug of war and the astronauts will be in the grasp of lunar gravity. They pass this invisible point when they are 213,540 miles from earth and 33,433 miles from the moon. The spaceship’s speed then begins increasing as Apollo 14 sweeps toward a loop around the backside of the moon. At 2:01 a.m. Thursday, the spacemen are to fire Kitty Hawk's big engine to zip into lunar orbit. , After a day in orbit, in which the combined ships will dip to within 11.5 miles of the surface, Shepard and Mitchell once again transfer into Antares, separate and make the diving descent to the moon, skimming over 600-fooLhigh ridges, craters and mammoth txiulders to touch down in the Fra Mauro highlands near the Ocean of Storms. Scheduled landing time is 4:16 a.m. Friday, Within hours, Shepard and Mitchell are to be come the fifth and sixth humans, all American, to set foot on the moon. With television relaying his ’ step to the surface. Shepard is. to b e ' first down the ladder at 8:53 a.m. being done regardless of what revenue measures pass or fail. It means that if we do get the sales tax the extra revenue would be used principally for property tax relief.“ Asked how extensive the cut will be, Lucas said: “About 10-15 per cent is being taken off the proposed increase of some $34 million in new money.” In explaining why the sales tax bill’s future is so shaky, he said: “When you broaden a new revenue source to include all retail sales and such items as fees for engineers, accountants, lawyers and other business services, you also broaden the opposition.\ “Also,” he said, “some people have genuine reservation about the bill's present form. “The vote will unquestionably be close, either way,” Lucas went on. “If it should be advanced to the Senate, we are certainly open to proposed amendments to bring out the most acceptable type of program.” Lucas said the GOP’s basic goal “is to accomplish some property tax relief by a reduction in voted school levies which last fiscal y&ir totaled $23 million statewide. “In addition, over the last two years, deficiency school levies totaling $17.5 million automatically went onto property at the local level.” He said this iiappened because the legislature didn’t appropriate as much money as it told school districts to expect. “This is the worst type of property taxation, because it stems from a broken promise,” Lucas said, adding: “It’s one method of balancing the biennium budget while actually being $17.5 million short.” In reply to a question about what money would make up a barebones budget, Lucas said: “Present taxes plus the natural growth in the sttfte’s tax system.” He said growth, should produce about $17 million.in new money for the general fund. This could rise to $20 million with such changes, as bringing banks under the cor poration license tax and taxing table wines. Shooting Mishap Dillon Police officers Leo Erd- man and Bruce Knox were called to take a statement concerning a gun accident which occurred Sunday about one mile west of Badger Pass. According to the statement Steve Huffaker, 20, and Tim Swartz, 19, were practicing quick draws, when an accidental discharge from one of the guns, (they .were not sure which), struck Huffaker in, the. left leg above the.ankle.*; Swartz brought him to Barrett Hospital where,,Ije received treatment and Was dismissed Tuesday, News Briefs Seek information WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Foreign Relations Com mittee seeks information about a rumored U.S.-South Vietnamese operation near the Laotian border. President Nixon has held an un announced meeting with his key ¿rational-security advisors,' and spokesmen for the administration, and for the South Vietnamese government in Saigon, refuse to discuss the rumors. Not Volunteers WASHINGTON (AP) - Army analysts estimate four of five young men who joined the service last year enlisted to avoid the draft and- were not true volunteers, figures presenting problems for advocates of an all-volunteer armed forces. OAS Takes Step WASHINGTON (AP) - The Organization of American States has approved by a 13-1 vote with two abstentions an agreement denying asylum to and providing for extradition of persons sought in the murder, kidnap or assault of foreign officials, The action marked a first step in protecting diplomats against terrorists and kidnapers. Some Progress Secretary-General U Thant says the Middle East peace talks at the United Nations are showing some signs of progress and the cease-fire should be extended. Egyptian government officials appear cool to the suggestion. Nations Meet TEHRAN (AP) - Represent atives of 10 oil producing nations meet following the collapse of price negotiations with the major Western oil companies. Ban Flights I^EW DELHI (AP) - India,has banned military flights by Pakistan over its territory in re taliation for the destruction of an Indian airliner by Kashmiri hijackers in West Pakistan. L ivingston Man Killed LIVINGSTON (A P )- Herbert M. Bryson. 38, Livingston, was electrocuted around 3 p.m. Tues day while working on an overhead crane in the Burlington Northern roadway equipment shop in Livingston. Park County Coroner Jack D. Davis said all electricity had been turned off on equipment on which Bryson was working, but that Bryson came into contact with a lead-in wire for the overhead fluorescent light. The lead-in wire was insulated, Davis said. Bryson was discovered imme diately after the accident, lying with one arm over a fluorescent fixture and with his right hand around the lead-in wire.; He was pronounced dead on the scene. ■ ' ■ HELENA (AP) — The con troversial issue of water fluori dation in Montana's cities and towns passed u crucial lest in the Montana Senate Tuesday, with the legislators giving tentative ap proval to a fluoridation measure. Senate Bill 18, sponsored by Sen. John C. Sheehy, D-Billings, calls lor fluoridation content of one part per million (ppm) in the water supply of all Montana cities with populations of 1,000 or more. Abortion Bill Dies HELENA (AP) — Introduced with verbal fireworks from sup porters as well as opponents, a controversial abortion bill spon sored by the slate’s lone female representative died a quiet death Tuesday in the Montana House. Only five persons voted in favor of HB 544, one of them Dorothy Bradley, D-Bozeman, who in troduced the measure “ not because I support it but because it should be aired.” The House accepted the “do not pass” recommendation of the Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee on a roll call vote taken at the request of Rep. James H. Burnett, R-Luther. Not a word of discussion was heard. This wus in sharp contrast to an earlier effort to kill the bill before it had what turned out to be a well attended and very vocal public hearing. .Joining Miss Bradley in trying to keep the bill alive, for later for more debate were Reps. Francis Bardanouve, D-Harlem; Arthur 11. Sheldon, D-Libby; Jack Gun derson, D-Power, and Dan Yar- dley, D-Livingstort1. Killing the plan that would have given Montana one of the nation’s most liberal abortion laws were 93 representatives. Six house members did not vote. They were Reps. L, M. Aber, It- Columbus, William It, Campbell, It-Missoula; Conrad F. Lundgren, R-Kalispeii, W. S. Mather, R- Billings; Herschel M. Robbins, D- Roundup and Kenneth M. Wolf, II- Shelby. The hill would have left the question of abortion strictly up to the mother and her doctor. Present Montana law authorizes abortion only in cases where the mother’s life is at stake. Carl K r u e g e r , 7 0 Succumbs Tuesday Carl Krueger, 70, an area resident since 1915 and a ranch worker on Grasshopper Creek for many years died early Tuesday at a state hospital following an illness of many years. ‘ He was born Nov. 10, 1900 at Glenwood, Wis. and came to Beaverhead County from that state. Several cousins, living in Montana and California are believed to be the only survivors. Graveside services will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery of Dillon with Rev. James Dickinson officiating, and interment will be in the family plot. The hill now heads for final vote in the Senate, barring unforeseen procedural maneuvers. In defending his bill, Sheehy cited three major Montana towns that now have fluoridation: Laurel, Bozeman and Great Falls. Groat Falls residents, however, don't have to worry about the ef fects of the bill. Their water has a natural fluoride content above the amount specified in the bill. Sen. W. F. Bennett, a Columbia Falls physician-surgeon, called the hill “the greatest thing we can do for our little children. “For seven cents per month, I don’t see how we can oppose it,\ Bennett said. Sen. James R. “Jimmy\ Shea, D-Walkerville, found a way to oppose it however, when he questioned if the final decision should be up to the legislature, not the voters. He said voters in Helena and Billings recently turned down fluoridation of their water and added that an \issue of this kind should bo put before the people.” Sen. William F. Ilafferman, I)- Libby, rose to say that he was not opposed to what the bill would do, “hut I am opposed to a bu reaucracy that suys you have to do something. “ I very much oppose a dic tatorship,” Ilafferman said. “Why don’t we let the people in every city and hamlet vote on it.” During the lively discussion, Shea rose again and asked if “we arc circumventing the voter. “The people in Helena are not Ix'ing treated fairly,\ Shea said. “They voted against it last year.\ In answering questions about the cost to the individual, Sheehy said they would lie very minimal. He said it costs each person in Roundup It) cents per year; each person in Bozeman 12 cents per year and each person in Laurel 11.7 cents per year. In response to a question about the effects on a person should something happen mechanically and an overload of fluoride be put in the water, Sheehy cited figures showing that a man would have to drink 42 gallons of water in one day in order to become ill from the fluoride. He said before a man would die from its effect, \he would be long dead of water intoxication.” Sheehy's bill would affect 44 Montana communities. At the present time, there are 14 cities adding fluoridation to water systems. However, voters In five communities have tossed out the measure. After about 30 minutes of debate, the bill was passed on a roll call vote. Hotel in Butte Has Fire Damage BUTTE (AP) — Fifty residents of a downtown Butte hotel were evacuated early today by Butte firemen and policemen when a fire was discovered in a third-floor room of the six-story Leggat Hotel. Butte police credited Butte firemen with fast action in con taining the smoky fire. One po liceman said a fireman saved his life. Giant Snow Sculpture Chris Fisk, son of Coach and Mrs. Russell Fisk, with Christy the Else poodle, admires the giant snowman constructed at the corner of E a s t; Reeder and Nelson streets by Patti and Robin Else and Brad Remely. The giant snow sculpture* which received Its final touches from Chris , . . . , at the top of a ladder, whs about 12 feet tall and came lnto .bilngy, “ / - Tuesday evening after a generous fall of wet snow whleh jeft .nineties - moisture.