The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on September 16, 2002 · Page 1
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TT THE HAYS DAILYNEWS Hunkered down Security interrupts the relaxed flow of Washington. Page A7. ,,.: --,, • f'f'y .*• A-.-''. r-;?^- Not this time .No miracle finish for the Chiefs in a loss Sunday to the Jaguars. Page Bl, Monday September 16,2002 Hays, Kansas 50$ Farmers might start planting wheat earlier Setting up Weekend rainfall gives fields needed moisture By MIKE CORN HAYS DAILY NEWS In a normal year, farmers wouldn't start planting wheat until sometime next week. But this hasn't been a normal year, and farmers likely will be hi the fields as soon as possible to take advantage of rainfall that fell over the weekend. "I bet they'll be out there as soon as it dries up," Joe Martin said of area farmers. The rain, recorded Saturday and Sunday, amounted to 1.01 inches at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center south of Hays. Colby received its rainfall Friday and Saturday, with .37 of an inch recorded at the Northwest Research-Extension Center. Goodland picked up 1.46 niches, according to the National Weather Service. "That was a dandy," said Martin, a wheat breeder at the research center at Hays. Most of the nurseries that Martin plants around western Kansas had received rainfall last week, but he said Hays was the lone dry spot. Even then, he said, fields that had been summer fallowed contained moisture, even though the topsoil had dried out. But. there still was moisture, and Martin said it was likely the seed could have been planted deep enough to reach the moisture needed for germination. Normally, wheat is planted no more than 3 inches deep, but Martin said the seed can be planted deeper by pushing soil out of the way. The weekend rains will solve that dilemma. "It should put us in pretty good condition," he said of the rains that fell over the weekend. The rains should allay fears that the wheat might have enough to germinate but not withstand the winter months. , "I think we'll get through the winter," he said. "The question is what the rainfall pattern will be next spring." Spring rains are the most critical for growing wheat, he said. "Last year it just quit raining after we planted," Martin said. Additional rain will help, however, as the winter months approach. "If we dry out 3 to 4 inches down, it allows soil to get so much colder," he said. "If it stays wet, then it freezes, and the temperature won't drop much below 32." The frozen soil, Martin said, acts as an insulator, protecting the fledgling seedling. Dry soil gets colder and can result in winterkill. Even though Martin is aware that farmers will plant as soon as possible, the researcher in him prevents him from suggesting, that they move full speed ahead. But he admits the optimum planting dates are designed to ward.off infestations of the Hessian fly, something that hasn't been spotted for a while. There's also the danger of WheatjitreaK mosaic, but the -dfoughi-has'laken care'Of most of that threat as volunteer* i, wheat that comes up after the summer harvest is lacking in most areas. As a result, the danger just isn't as imminent as it would be normally. "The signs are there that it's' pretty safe," he said. The same is true of any volunteer wheat that might be growing but being considered as a supplement for dry pastures. Normally, Martin would urge its destruction. "It's dangerous, but I think it's pretty safe," he said of conditions thisyear. - , County puts its own sales tax on ballot By JEREMY SHAPIRO HAYS DAILY NEWS STEVEN HAUSLER / Hays Dally News Mike Engstrom, left, and Allen Bukowski of Mid-Continental Restoration, Fort Scott, unload equipment in front of the old opera house this morning at Ninth and Fort in Hays as workers prepare to remove the brick facade from the building. Workers plan to expose the old native lirnesjone.that lies tehind,'the brick in hopes of restoring it.,, * ' 76-year-old still lives on family farm near Victoria MARK COLSON / Haye Dally News Robert Sander, rural Hays* talks about the spring that supplies his house and farm with water. • ' Each Monday, "At Random" will feature a story about a person or people In north- west'Kansas. The subjects are chosen at randome from the telephone book. By PHYLLIS J. ZORN HAYS DAILY NEWS _ _i . '* VICTORIA — Robert Sander's view is that much has changed, but much has remained the same. Sander grew up on a farm west of Victoria, 'the eighth of 10 children, graduated from high school in 1944 and went to war seven months later. The most significant influences of Sander's life were the down- home values he learned growing up oh the farm and his military service. At 76, he still lives on the same 240- acre farm his great-grandparents started. He's still an active member of Victoria's Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Sander served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was stationed at Mindanao, Philippines, until August' 1945, the, month two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima' and Nagasaki. That month' he" arrived" hi Matzuama, 'Japan, where he remained a brief time before being sent to Nagasaki. ', "Coming through Hiroshima, the place was flattened," Sander said. • •His'stay at Nagasaki during the reconstruction lasted a year. He returned home to the family farm in October 4946 and joined the VFW. -t > • AT RANDOM,/ SEE PAGE A6 Alleged terrorist eel was investigated beMe^t. 11 By BEN DOBBIN ASSOCIATED PRESS BUFFALO, N.Y. — Prosecutors say alleged members of a terror cell trained by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network were under investigation even before the Sept. 11 attacks but intensified their communications this month. The investigation into the men began in early summer 2001, about the > same time they returned from , Afghanistan, said Michael Battle, U.S. attorney for western New York. The men were born in the United States and are of Yemeni descent. "What essentially happened is that information came to our attention that pointed us in the direction of these individuals," Battle said. He declined to comment on specifics, but said law enforcement officials investigated to corroborate the information. He said the communications and other activities surrounding the cell increased this month, Federal authorities who announced the arrests said "bin Laden lectured them while they were in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The men came home to Lackawanna, 5 miles south of Buffalo on the shore of Lake Erie, in June 2001, Federal agents said they had no information the cell.was 'planning an'attack in the United States. Four of the men were arrested Friday and a fifth was arrested Saturday. A sixth- American of, Yemeni descent was, arrested last, week in the, '' back to the.United'States to continue the investigation, According to Mohamed Albanna, vice president of v the American Muslim 'Coun6il"bf%esferni New York, the man is Mukhtar al-Bakri. A telephone call to Bakri's,residenoe'in Lackawanna went uhahsw^r^d'.today. ] . "I ajn sjurprised^ He was there just to - get* married .and, come Iback .with .."> * I* v* «E 11*1' ".'?'*' .t 4 i^i kt f *'l' *J In order to directly challenge a city sales tax question this November, the Ellis County Commission voted this morning to put its own sales tax question on the same ballot. J The county will ask voters Nov. 5 to accept or reject a 10-year, half-cent county sales tax to fund some sort of expansion to the Law Enforcement Center. The tax would start Jan 1,2004, and expire December 31,2013. The Hays City Commission voted Thursday to ask voters to adopt a 10-year, half-cent city sales tax for various projects. The tax would start April 1 and run through March 31, 2013. The county commission discussed the idea of postponing the question until early 2003. The 40 minutes of discussion was marked by indecision and a variety of different plans, ideas and opinions. Because the deadline for putting a question on the November ballot was today, two commissioners decided to proceed with the ballot question despite not knowing exactly what the sales tax revenue would be used for. It appeared the commission finally had settled into postponing the question. After some debate, they tentatively chose the, April 1 election as then- target date. That would allow them more time to reexamine their proposal and sell it to the voters. However, waiting could be dangerous. If the city question passes, commissioners worried the county •would have a difficult time asking voters for another .half-cent increase in April. "We need to do it November," said Micky Billinger, county treasurer, at this morning's meeting. "Voters need to know they will be choosing either the city or the county. They either like this proposal or that proposal. If we put it off to April, we .losetoat advantage." .-•'••••:••. • v "Three coUflty -departmMf"headrand Alb£rt4 Klaus; county clerk, suggested the commission could not afford to wait. • TAX / SEE PAGE A6 Number of World War II veterans drops in Kansas By CARL MANNING ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT RILEY — They once were the band of brothers, comrades in arms who fought tyranny to preserve a nation's freedom. Six decades later, those World War H veterans are growing fewer in number each day and most Kansans now have no firsthand memory of those years. At the post cemetery, tall shade trees stand as silent sentinels over the garden of gravestones — the final resting place for many who might have been at such places as Anzio, Normandy, Midway or Iwo Jima. Census figures show the number of World War n veterans in Kansas decreased 38 percent from 1990 to 2000, from 95,785 to 59,013. That's a decrease of 36,772 — which averages to losing about 10 veterans each day. Nationally, it's es- , timated 1,000 who served in that war die daily. The 2000 figures also showed that 54,531 World War II veterans in Kansas hung up their uniforms after the war, and returned home to raise families, work jobs and try to live their American dream. But another 3,414 of them were in uniform for the Korean War, plus 1,168 more served during the Vietnam War. Stoney Wages, executive director of the Kansas Commission on Veterans" Affairs, said the dwindling ranks aren't any surprise. ' , "It's a sad situation, but it's inevitable," Wages said. "It's a sad state of affairs to watch our greatest generation go away," ' , <.,. ,,\. {.),,_, 1 Wage's said the state maintains a veterans home air Fort Dodge with about 230 residents and another at Winfield with about 150. He said most residents are World Wat Hor Korean War veterans,- - ! The number of Korean War veterans also are decreasing, but not at the same rate. But in time, as they get older, more and more of them also will be lost. The 2000 census showed 38,882 Kansans in the military during'the Korean War, a 22 percent drop from 1990. Chuck Yunker, state adjutant for the Kansas American Legion, said a lot is owed to World War n veterans, most of whpm now are in their 70s and 80s. "We d£ owe them our freedom," Yunker said,- !'Not , day. The official said the suspect, who was about to'get married, agreed to go • SUSPECTS / SEE PAGE A6 „ •> .' •'' ''luM.U- '^'"a- ' ' «''• * h ^ • VETS / SEE PAGE A6 2 sections, 14 pages (785)628-1081 2 or (800) 637-6017 Inside today ^ansas...., A3 Rnancial.......^ A6 ^Comrnunit/'il-r^AS - Olass|flgfs''lf:4^^; Obituaries A6 • Comics'.'...;:.'.; B6' -

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