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WEDNESdAY October 12, 1983 Helena, Montana Vol. 40 No. 325 WW Single copy 25c I Deliv J)r "is ' Still betting on tho birds? ID V - - Jwt Soviets threaten to halt talks WASHINGTON (AP) - The Soviet Union is threatening to break off talks with the United States if an agreement is not reached by December blocking the deployment of the first batch of American nuclear missiles aimed at Soviet territory from European soil, according to U.S. . 'icials here. U.S. officials take tht nove seriously and see it as an attempt to .nfluence public opinion in western Europe against the Reagan administration. The current round of talks in Geneva, Switzerland, is scheduled to wind up at the end of the month. Despite concessions by both sides, the outlook for an agreement by December is uncertain. That is when nine U.S. Pershing 2 missiles are due to be deployed in West Germany and 16 cruise missiles in Britain and Italy, unless an agreement is reached. U.S. and Soviet negotiators met for nearly three hours in Geneva today and set the next session for Tuesday in accordance with usual procedure. Soviet Ambassador Yuli A. Kvitsinsky refused to comment about the reported threat as he went into the meeting, saying only that "the talks are continuing." The United States, with the support of its allies, has pledged to try to keep the talks going if an agreement is not reached by December. According to Reagan and other top U.S. officials, the Soviets will bargain seriously only when they are faced with the American deployment. If an accord is reached, the U.S. deployment could be reversed, scrapping missiles already installed or barring new ones depending on the scope of the agreement. "We would hope they don't walk out and we intend to keep pushing for continued negotiations," one U.S. official said. The Soviets have hinted at suspension before but renewed the threat recently at the bargaining table and it is being taken seriously, he said. At the White House, presidential spokesman Larry Speakes said: "The United States and its allies would regret any unilateral decision on the part of the Soviet Union to suspend the INF (intermediate nuclear force) negotiations. The issue at stake in the talks is one of enormous significance for the security of Europe and the world. "The United States intends to do everything in its power to see that the talks continue and we will strive for some sort of agreement," he said. Another U.S. official said the Soviets had threatened in the past to break off separate negotiations in Geneva on cutting back longer-range nuclear missiles. "They just might walk off," he said. What to do with apples Navy; Warships could keep oil channel open WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Navy could thwart any Iranian attempt to block the entrance to the Persian Gulf and cut off oil-tanker traffic, Pentagon officials say. The officials, who spoke on condition they remain anonymous, regard the renewed Iranian threats as "bombast," but an amphibious Naval fleet is enroute to the Indian Oceanand could support the carrier force already stationed in the Arabian Sea. Official says the Iranians have made such threats since 1980 but never have tried to carry them out. However, the Pentagon officials said the Iranian threat conceivably could reduce tanker movements if ship owners feared the risk and if insurance rates were boosted. The latest round of Iranian threats stemmed from French sale of five Super Etendard jet warplanes with sea-skimming Exocet mis siles to Iraq, Iran's enemy In a war that has been going on for more than three years. Iran reportedly fears the French-built warplanes will be used by Iraq to prevent the export of Iranian oil by destroying a key oil terminal or by sinking tankers. Iran says it would retaliate by closing the gulf. But Navy sources said U.S. carrier-based helicopters could clear any mines the Iranians might place in the 26-mile Strait of Hor-muz, the bottleneck through which much of the West's oil passes in tankers. Such Navy helicopters would be escorted by fighters to prevent Iranian interference with mine-clearing, these officials said. There has been speculation in the past that the Iranians might try to sink ship hulks in the . waterway to prevent tankers from passing. (More on NAVY, page 8A) Search for Nyleen will go on By RUSSELL HILL Special to the IK Almost four months after she. wandered away from friends and disappeared in the Elkhorn Mountains east of Clancy, the search for 4-year-old Nyleen Marshall continues. Her parents, Kim and Nancy Marshall, are not convinced the girl died in the rough, densely wooded areas and are exploring other possibilities. They are preparing this week to distribute fliers to "as many places as possible, wherever people go." Nyleen's picture also appeared Monday night on national television at the end of "Adam," an NBC production about a missing child. Nyleen's disappearance June 25 near Maupin Creek triggered massive searches involving law enforcement officers, National Guardsmen. Air Force helicopters, search dogs, and hundreds of volunteers. The searches continued for weeks, but never uncovered a trace of the girl. "When you don't have positive evidence, positive proof that something's happened to someone, you have to maintain your hope and V f ' ' r IthniTirimHl1 iri.i4 WANTED: Nyleen Marshall. No trace of this missing girl has turned up despite numerous searches this summer, and her parents believe she may have been abducted. A $10,000 reward Is being offered for her safe return. positive attitude," Kim Marshall said Wednesday. "You can't give up. We have to, keep looking." Kim Marshall said the fliers, which should be ready for distribution this afternoon, will contain a picture of Nyleen, her description, and information about her disappearance and a $10,000 reward being offered for her safe return. They will be distributed in department stores, shopping areas, and other places of public traffic in the Helena area, he said. The fliers are being donated by Sprint Print of Helena, and Kim is unsure how many will be distributed - this time. "We'll have some more printed later," he said. The Marshalls contacted Childfind International, an organization dealing with missing children, and Nyleen's picture has been printed on approximately 30,000 Childfind posters distributed throughout the United States. The posters, containing pictures of 60 missing children, were the basis of pictures broadcast at the end of the NBC program Monday night. "We'll also print some of those posters up for this area," Kim said. "You don't eive up hope," he repeated. V T'l",, 1 IHII UFGHAKISUH ' V Slum mm 4 i 's MUTED ml EKIUItS Wardens killing animals in overpopulaied areas By JOHN KUGLIN Associated Press Writer The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has been shooting deer and antelope in eastern Montana to keep them from eating crops. Department personnel in Glasgow, Miles City and Billings said Tuesday that game biologists and wardens have shot at least 180 animals mostly doe mule deer and more are likely to be killed before the general deer hunting season opens Oct. 25. Most of the animals were shot two weeks to a month ago, when they were feeding on alfalfa seed crops. The meat went to welfare recipients and Indian reservations, officials said. Local airline employees get edgy ,,.,. -44 t' " " y. , y By RUSSELL HILL ,n-i i j -'r?i m staff Writer The economic turbulance that continues to disrupt the airline industry of the United States has begun to stir the air at the Helena airport. Union employees of Frontier Airlines have joined a coalition of Frontier unions to combat what they fear is another use of legal loopholes to avoid labor contracts. All six Frontier employees in Helena are union members. "Some of the people spearheading the coalition are in favor of a strike," said Al Hathy, Frontier station agent in Helena. "Most of the rank and file think it's kind of drastic at this Strike threatened if Frontier tries to undermine union point. But there is definitely a basic mistrust of management." That mistrust developed several years ago when RKO-General Tire and Rubber, the parent company of Frontier Airlines, created Frontier Holding Company. Then, on Aug. 9, the holding company announced the creation of a second airline, Frontier-Horizon, to use non-union personnel, and also existing Frontier Airlines facilities on a contractual basis. Colored by the recent Continental Airlines reorganization under bankruptcy laws to escape labor contracts, the animosity between the Frontier unions and management is evident. (More on AIRLINE, page 8A) Rough year for rate hikes fiNckx I By Associated Press "It's been a pretty brutal year," state Public Service Commission Chairman Thomas Schneider observed Tuesday after reviewing the potential cost of major pending or upcoming gas, electricity and telephone rate requests. The figures were compiled by Commissioner Danny Oberg of Havre and total more than $157 million. He said all the increases would cost each Helena area household an average of $476 more per year if approved. - If you have Mountain Bell telephone service you may have to share in the $27.1 million ' combined cost of the three different telephone rate hike requests plus the following MPC rate requests: $96.4 million in electricity rates to cover the cost of Colstrip 3 power plant, $3.3 million interim increase in natural gas rates, and $8.4 million in gas rate hikes to cover the cost of a new pipeline through western Montana. The cost of the pipeline case, which is not yet filed, could be as high as $18 million, Oberg said. The cost per household of this combination, using the lower pipeline case estimate, would be $476 a year. Oberg' s figures do not include the cost of a state-level telephone access charge, if one is approved, because that would be offset by decreases in long-distance rates, he said. State denies responsibility in death of Gwen Blacker. IB (Four Sections) City IB Editorial 4 A Markets 5B Movies 8C Classified 6B Sports ID Deaths 8A State ZB VVEAlllER Fair tonight. Low tonight, 35. Mild on Thursday. High Thursday, 66. More weather news on page 8A. No pistols, bowhunters Bow hunters who wound animals and want to finish them off may not use a gun for the purpose, savs Vince Yannone of the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department. A game animal with a gun wound will be confiscated from a bow hunter by any game warden, Yannone said, A story here last week had said handguns, in particular, were often carried by bowhunters for finishing off wounded animals. The man paraphrased in the story, gun dealer Gary Lunde of Capital Sports and Western, says he was referring only to rifle hunters. The department has killed big game in previous years, in response to landowner complaints, but the program was greatly expanded this summer and fall, due to unprecedented high populations of deer and . antelope following three mild winters, spokesmen said. Officials said that allowing the public to harvest the game would probably have resulted in wasted meat because many of the animals were shot in September when temperatures in eastern Montana reached the 100-degree mark. Thousands of additional deer hunting tags and some special hunting seasons have also been authorized this year (More on KILL, page 8A) Crackdown on betting pools not announced Lewis and Clark County Attorney Mike McGrath did not announce today plans to crack down on World Series betting pools. And McGrath said participants in betting pools larger than the $100 legal limit will not be prosecuted at all costs. Last year. County Attorney Charles Graveley filed charges against a Mountain Bell office worker who organized a $10-a-chance World Series pool, and sheriff's deputies armed with a warrant confiscated $470 in bets and the pool cards. A flurry of complaints followed, the charges against the worker were dropped and Charles Graveley lost the ensuing election. "We have had some people call and ask what's appropriate," McGrath said today in not announcing his office's vigorous enforcement efforts. "Basically, if you don't charge more than $1 a square, and there's no more than $100 payout, and all the money goes to the winner, you're okay." Mountain Bell has joined with the county attorney's office in not launching investigations. Mountain Bell spokesman Crystal Hahn said that a letter was being circulated reminding employees of state statutes governing pools, and that such pools should not be conducted on company time. Hahn did not add, however, that Mountain Bell is prohibiting all pools this year. The county attorney's office has received no complaints of excessive pools so far, McGrath said. "And if we had some complaints, we would follow up. But what we'd probably do is just call the people and explain to them what the law is, and they'll usually cooperate."

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