The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 18, 2006 · Page 1
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HAYS THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Sunday June 18,2006 Hays, Kansas $1 Storms offer relief TORNADO REPORTED NEAR GOODLAND By PHYLLIS J. ZORN Daughter of Ralph Romig HAYS DAILY NEWS Storms Friday caused some damage in a few northwest Kansas counties, but also carried along some welcome rain. Sherman and Sheridan counties got the only serious weather handed out by the storms. Tornadoes were reported in Goodland and 15 miles southwest of the town. Crissy Conger, Sherman County communications director and assistant emergency management coordinator, said two buildings in the northwest portion of town were damaged. "We mainly just had significant structure damage on two buildings," Conger said. "On a house it damaged, it took a section of the roof off, and right next door, the church got some damage." Conger said the storm brought down power lines and uprooted trees. SEE STORM, PAGE A3 Brownback in Iowa courting GOP voters By MIKE GLOVER ASSOCIATED PRESS DES MOINES, Iowa — Four Republicans considering running for president in 2008 courted activists Saturday and predicted GOP success in the November elections despite the party's sagging support in polls. "The theme is we are right on the issues, not just for Iowa but for the country," said New York Gov. George Pataki. "I understand what the experts are saying, but if we stick to Republican principles we will succeed." Also at the Iowa Republican convention, Kansas 'lleft&a'nltfrtiwnM^^ this election to be a referendum election. But the best thing we can do for the Iowa Republican Party is show that this is not a referendum. It's a choice." Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Virginia Sen. George Allen joined them at the convention attended by nearly 2,000 people. SEE GOP, PAGEA6 MATTHEW PUTNEY / Associated Press Kansas Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, left, talks to New York Gov. George Pataki. Northwest Kansas Community Corrections director John Trembley listens intently to a former methamphetamine user talk about his time in sobriety. NWKCC supervises about 500 offenders each year with counseling, drug testing and surveillance. COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS OFFICERS HELP THE TRANSITION DURING POST-CONVICTION I t's a regular afternoon in the office for John Trembley, and as he sips a steaming cup of coffee — a heavy daily dose of caffeine is vital in his line of work — one of his clients steps in. Trembley and his client greet one another in the - same way>go«i-ft:i«stMlB ap?The*e'8' f aFmutual respect, a hard-won familiarly between the two men. It's hard to believe that it already has been four years since they first met, when Trembley sent his client to prison for possession of methamphetamines. " "I've been his primary officer 90 percent of the time since then," Trembley said. "I had to send him to prison once more, but he's doing better now. He's had a real struggle, but he's tough." Trembley is the director of Northwest Kansas Community Corrections, an agency that covers community corrections supervision in 17 counties and parole supervision in 27 counties. "A lot of high-risk felony offenders," Trembley said, "they're going to prison. When they get out of prison and come back out to our area, they come to us." The agency is different from many others because there are no boundaries on the type of offenders it supervises. "There are clients on supervision for murder, rape, child pornography, meth use," Trembley said. SEE CORRECTIONS, PAGE A5 STORY BY MICAHMERTES son of Joe Mertes v, Meth offenders are tested for amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, ecstasy, ben- zodiazepines and marijuana two scheduled times a week and are also subject to random testings. PHOTOS BY JAMIE ROPER son of James Roper New York resident will take over principal's job at Thomas More Prep-Marian By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN Daughter of the late Raymond Gasper HAYS DAILY NEWS Denis Coakley already has an answer ready for a question he knows he will be asked time and again in his new town. Coakley, 34, was named the new principal at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in Hays at a special board meeting Thursday. Coakley already has been asked, "Are you related to the bishop?" in reference to Paul Coakley, the bishop of the Diocese of Salina, of which Hays is a part. "I told them, 'That depends. Do you like the bishop?'" Denis Coakley said good na- turedly. "If you do, then I could be related to him somewhere along the line." TMP-Marian's new principal comes to northwest Kansas all the way from Buffalo, N.Y., where he was director of the honors program and director of activities at St. Francis High School, a school of about 650 boys. Coakley Coakley, who will begin work in Hays on July 1, will replace Ken Haas, who retired this spring after more than 40 years' in public and private education in Hays. Coakley has 13 years experience in teaching and administration and attended Catholic schools all the way from kindergarten through college. He encourages anyone interested in learning more about him to visit his Web page at www.myteacher pages.com/webpages/Dcoakley. Coakley saw an advertisement for the TMP-Marian position online and was intrigued by the school's name. "I always have had admiration for (St. Thomas More), and I kept seeing that name on different Web sites," Coakley said. "I thought it was something worth pursuing. Then when I flew out here for an interview, I was impressed with how friendly the people were." TMP-Marian had more than 25 applicants for the job and interviewed four. "After our interviews, and Mr. Coakley was the last one of the four, we had complete consensus on the committee that this was our choice," said Jean Ross, president of TMP-Marian. Coakley, who is single, will leave behind his mother in New York — his father died 10 years ago. But he said he couldn't pass up his first shot at being a principal. "This is a great opportunity, a great school to be a part of," he said. "I'm a little anxious about the move, but I'm my happiest when I'm working, so I'm looking forward to getting there and getting to work." TMP-Marian will be waiting with open arms. "As soon as we interviewed (Coakley), 1 wondered if this is the man God sent us," Ross said. "Time will tell." Reporter Diane Gasper-O'Brien can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 126, or by e-mail at dobrlen@dallynews.net. IN THE NEWS (USA (ticks liily 1 tor lirst shuNt flight is almost a year CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA managers on Saturday picked July 1 to launch the first space shuttle In almost a year, despite recommendations against ahiission by the space agency's chief engineer and safety offices. The decision to launch Discovery on a trip to the International . space station was made after two days of meetings by NASA's top managers and engineers at the Kennedy Space Center. During a poll of top managers, representatives from NASA's Office of Safety and Mission Assurance and the Office of the Chief Engineer recommended against flying until further design changes are made'to the external fuel tank, Despite their rec- ommendations, the dissenting managers didn't object to making a launch, NASA officials said. The ultimate decision to fly was made by NASA administrator Michael Griffin, "The administrator... has the obligation to decide. That's what I do," Griffin said. "Our staff offices ... have the right, have the obligation, have the utter necessity to tell us exactly what they think. But all of that Is advice. 11 The most contentious debate focused on whether the shuttle's external tank should undergo further changes in 34 areas called ice-frost ramps. About 35 pounds of foam already have been removed from an area of the tank where a 1-pound piece fell off dur- ing last July's launch of Discovery. NASA described it as the biggest aerodynamic change ever made to the shuttle's launch system. Representatives from NASA's safety and chief engineer offices said at the meeting that the shuttle shouldn't fly until the ice-frost ramps are redesigned. A large piece of fly- Ing foam from the external tank struck a wing of Columbia during its' launch In 2003, allowing fiery gases to enter the shuttle and Kill the-seven-member crew during descent. Griffin said the decision to fly poses no risk to Discovery's seven astronauts because NASA has devised new Inspection and repair techniques to the shuttle, and as a last resort the astronauts could stay at the international space station. COMING MONDAY Who will be next? INSIDE this & that , A2 Kansas ,.,.,„......,...,.,.„.. A3 Opinion-.... ....,...,;...... ..A4 QbltU8fle$ A6 Business D6 Sports B1 Scoreboard.. B4 Weather 86 Classifieds C2 Comics Pfl Nor'westor. ,..Df Social - 02 OUTSIDE IOCJUFOBECIIST Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 90s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Expanded weather, page 86. 5 sections, 40 pages CONTACT us: PHONE: (76$) 629-1091 OR (800) 657-W17 FAX: (79$) 628-8189

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