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M wm;* e » State Wage Earners Receive More Money HELENA (AP) — Wage earners in Montana were paid at least $806 million in fiscal 1970-71 which ended last June 30, an increase of $60 million from the previous fiscal year, a state official reported today. Employment Security Admin istrator Fred Barrett said the $860 million figure was the amount paid to workers insured under Mon tana’s Employment Security Law. Wage totals were in all seven industry groups covered by the law. Barrett said the mining industry was the only group to show declines in both number of em ployers and wage earners in fiscal 1970-71. “Employer totals were down 25 with 205 fewer workers on mining payrolls, but wage totals were up $1.9 million from fiscal 1969-70,\ Barrett said. The mining industry group includes metal mining, coal mining, petroleum and gas produc tion, nonmetallic mining, and quarrying. Hope Talks With North Officials --^earnot': foSTB^iwcCTBring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. M d tìiis S hàlftiratìginmto you; Ye shalhfmdtbif'babe’-wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. War Stops For Christmas SAIGON (AP) — American and South Vietnamese forces halted operations in South Vietnam today for a 24-hour Christmas cease fire and the U.S. Command announced American warplanes attacked another enemy air defense radar site inside North Vietnam. The allied cease-fire went into effect at 6 p.m. Saigon time, 17 hours after the Viet Cong’s unilateral truce of 72 hours began. But the South Vietnamese command reported that enemy forces staged two attacks during the first hour of the Viet Cong cease-fire, killing three Saigon soldiers and wounding six. There were no attacks reported against U. S. forces, Today’s strike, and three others Thursday raised to 106 the number of American air strikes inside North Vietnam this year, including 17 in the past two weeks. The latest strike was five miles from the Laos border. Hie sudden increase in Amer ican attacks is apparently in reaction to the loss of four U.S. Hoffa Back With Family ST. LOUIS (AP) — James R. Hoffa, the former Teamsters union president, was reunited with his ailing wife and family today after being freed from federal prison by President Nixon. “I don’t believe it, I just don't believe it,” Josephine Hoffa ex claimed Thursday night as she warmly embraced her husband at the home of their daughter in suburban Glendale. “I’m going to be fine now, just fine,” said Mrs. Hoffa, who suf fered a heart attack 10 months ago and had a mild seizure Wednesday. \I don’t believe we’ve ever had a nicer Christmas.” The reunion came hours after the one-time bad boy of big labor walked out of the federal penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pa., under the President’s order commuting his sentence. He had served four years, nine months and 16 days of a 13-year sentence for jury tampering and mail fraud. The conditional commutation specifies that Hoffa, 58, may not “engage in the direct' or indirect management of any labor organization\ until March 6,1980— the date his full prison term would have ended. Technically, the President shortened Hoffa’s 13-year sentence to 6% years. With time off for good behavior, Hoffa was eligible for immediate release. He had been turned down three times for parole. In Detroit, where the Teamsters union has its headquarters, a number of labor leaders joined in praise of the President’s action. “I believe that justice has been served in this situation and the pardon is fully deserved,” said United Auto Workers President Leonard Woodcock in a telegram to Nixon. “Jimmy Hoffa has served many years in prison,” he wrote. “If it were not for his name and background, I believe he would have been paroled some time ago.” Continued on page 4 fighter-bombers over Laos and North Vietnam last weekend. One of Thursday’s strikes inside North Vietnam was 25 miles from the Laos border and the others were 12 and 19 miles from the border. The U.S. Command claimed the three fighter escorts that carried out the raids were protecting American planes conducting operation over Laos. A communique said each of the F105 fired an air-to-ground missile at radar sites 53 and 82 miles northwest of the coastal city of Vinh and 26 miles west of Dong Hoi with unknown results. The com mand said there was no damage to U.S. aircraft. The command said the raids were carried out against “the hostile actions of enemy radar sites located in North Vietnam.” When asked to explain what the hostile actions were, a command spokesman said he did not know. It appeared that U.S. pilots have been given broader latitude to fire first. U.S. pilots are attacking targets they previously ignored and reacting quicker to indirect threats posed by North Vietnamese radar stations. By RICHARD BLYSTONE Associated Press Writer PHU BAI, Vietnam (AP) - Comedian Bob Hope said a North Vietnamese official told him that American prisoners of war would be released “ tomorrow” if President Nixon sets a date for total U.S. withdrawal from Viet nam. .Hope, giving additional details today on his 90-minute talk Thursday with Nguyen Van Thanh, first secretary of the North Viet namese Embassy in Vientiane, Laos, said: “We had a long talk about several things. It always came back to the prisoners would be released tomorrow if President Nixon would abide by the seven- point proposal advanced by the North Vietnamese last July.” The seven-point peace plan was advanced by the Communist side at the Paris talks last July 1, and has been rejected by the Nixon administration. The first point said all U.S. prisoners would be released if the U.S. government sets a terminal date for withdrawal from South Vietnam. The 68-year-old comedian, speaking to newsmen after a performance for GIs at this nor thern base, said his chances ap pear slim for obtaining a visa to enter North Vietnam to negotiate for the release of prisoners as a “private citizen.” “I would say the odds are very long,” he declared. During his meeting with Thanh, Hope made an offer of an un specified donation to North Viet namese charities including or phanages in return for the release of American prisoners of war. While he did not mention any specific amount during the meeting, he said at an earlier news conference in Bangkok that he was thinking in terms of about $10 million that could be raised through benefit shows in the United States. Hope said he discussed with Thanh a children-to-children and a people-to-people program between the United States and North Vietnam, but he did not elaborate. He said Thanh told him, “A lot of people were suffering in North Vietnam after 26 years of war. I said a lot of people were suffering in America.\ “Trade industries led wage earners with a jump of $16.8 million for a total of $248.4 mil lion,” Barrett reported Wage totals in the other six groups for the past fiscal year: manufacturing $181.8 million, up $12 million from fiscal 1969-70; contract construction, $101.4 million, up $11.8 million; service industries and miscellaneous, $83 million, up $9 million; tran sportation, communications and public utilities $84.1 million, up $5.3 million; finance, Insurance and real estate $49.3 million, up $3.6 million; and mining $57.9 million, up $1.9 million. Barrett said the average yearly earnings in fiscal 1970-71 was highest in the construction in dustry, at $9,205. Next, in order: mining $9,047, transportation, communications and public utilities $7,803, man ufacturing $7,626, finance, in surance and real estate $6,489, trade $5,152 and service industries $4,220. Hie average annual earnings in all insured industries was $6,320, up $372 from the previous fiscal year. An average of 127,530 workers was employed in insured industries in Montapa the past fiscal year, compared7 «dth 16,-648 in 1969-70. Students Give Program At Parkview Elementary D I L L O N — T h e P a r k v i e w Elementary School ended the first half of the school year and began the Christmas vacation Thursday with a program done by the students and for the students. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., all students from grades two through five gathered in the multi-purpose room and faced the music room which opened into a stage. Beaverhead County High School Teen Tones, directed by Richard Sietsema opened the program with two numbers, followed by the Pop- Group directed by Mel Hen drickson. The Pop-Group gave two numbers, one Frosty the Snowman, which intrigued the audience as a Teen Tone, Brenda Waldemar, moved through the youngsters dressed as Frosty, and danced around the room. The tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town found him in the children’s midst, to their delight. Hendrickson directed the group singing of each grade, who rose and sang their numbers from the floor. Each grade presented a short skit. Grade two had a \Christmas Art Display” directed by Mrs. Betsy Schwegman. Hie third graders presented “Captive Santa Claus” directed by Mrs. Patti Rambo. Mrs. Jean Feldt directed the fourth graders in “Mrs. Santa Claus' Spelling Bee” and the fifth grade play was “Runaway Christmas Presents” directed by Mr. Stonelake. Hie program was ended by a visit from Santa Claus and presentation of treats to all the students by the special education class. 39 Dead In Car Wreck« Traffic accidents around the nation claimed 39 lives during the early hours of the Christmas holiday weekend. Rain and snow slowed highway travel in a large part of the Far West, but except for scattered light snow or drizzle in the upper 'Mississippi Valley, roadways were mostly clear and dry elsewhere. The count of traffic deaths began at 6 p.m. Thursday and will end at midnight Sunday. r i v . J ' K ; ' \ rtAviï vi ' ” ; v ç v i s, /« * 'V r* , AND THAT IS A GOOD IDEA, MR. MAYOR—say the presented Thursday by the third grade students at Parkview qitizensof Down Town who have Santa Claus In jail, so they Elementary School. can have Christmas every day. The clever play was _ ... (Sue. Terrill Photo) STATE BANK A N O T R U S T C O M P A N Y 1 •' *•:. -• 5; V • • . •: >\ • s< - . t v , : ; v ' V- . - ,L - ‘^ j W T r r A r i - im lTrW iTuuniJVi BEST W ISH E S FOR MRS. SANTA'S SPELLING STUDENTS-show their Christmas: spirit with this Spelling Bee message in the elementary school program. These spellers, who were heckled by some very mischievious elves, were Sfourth graders and directed by Mrs. Jean Feldt. (Sue Terrill Photo) Home is where hearts a r e . . . especially during Christmas. Our hope i$: that every home is filled with the warmth o f the true Christmas spirit. Many thanks to everyone. « : i* : ; g$&:;: ‘ * ...................................................................................... ...........