The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 21, 2006 · Page 1
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Eagles soar PtgtBt Wednesday June 21,2006 Hays, Kansas 500 THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Sebelius hopes plan buys time Governor says school finance proposal might need tweaking, more time By JOHN HANNA ASSOCIATED PRESS TOPEKA — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius hopes a new plan to increase school funding by $541 million over three years at least buys the state time from the Kansas Supreme Court. Sebelius acknowledged today that the plan doesn't follow all recommendations contained in a court-ordered study of education funding, issued in January by the Legislative Division of Post Audit. But she said she wants the justices to give legislators more time to correct any deficiencies. "I'm hopeful that the court will find this a good-faith effort," Sebelius told The Associated Press today. "It clearly isn't the exact number that the Legislative Post Audit recommended. I „ ._ ., think we are still short of dol- Sebelius lars>> The court plans to hear arguments at 9:30 a.m. Thursday on whether the plan fulfills the Legislature's duty under the state constitution to finance a suitable education for every child. Attorneys who sued the state contend the plan still falls $985 million short of meeting schools- needs. Sebelius said she has some policy concerns, such as how best to identify children who are at risk of failing in school, so that their districts can receive extra dollars to help them. SEE FIX, PAGE A6 STEVEN HAUSLER / Hays Daily News homas and Lin*, S*a.ec, Browne,!, shop lor M groceries Tuesday a« the BMi Grocer, M, in Ransom. A census release toda, shows ITNessCounty communities suffering the greatest decline In population m northwest Kansas. Dwindling numbers POPULATION DECLINE CONTINUES IN NORTHWEST KANSAS; NESS COUNTY HIT HARDEST BY LOSSES : ANSOM — The air conditioning inside the B&G Gro- eery in Ransom served as a temporary haven Tuesday for people brave enough to venture out into the 102-de- gr it Sato-acted half of what could only be considered a population boom for the nearby town of Brownell - popula- 10 A t least that's what the numbers were on July 1,2005, according to US. Census Bureau estimates released today Since then, it has grown by four, the Thomas and Linda Se BrowneU and three other Ness County communities Ness City, Ransom and Bazine - were the big losers m northwest Kansasta terms of population losses since the 2000 census was taken. But virtually every northwest Kansas community lost Brownell's gain in fact, was Hays' loss, given mat me Sekavecs moved from Hays back to Thomas Sekavec's home- tC "while B&G Grocery remained busy Tuesday, there were no congested aisles, no crush of people. mlir , ltu That's to be expected considering the Ransom community has list nearly 14pemmt of its population over hepast five vears at least according to the estimates issued today, i nose numbers, released each year, are a barometer of population °°"n noTthwest Kansas, virtually every city declined, a Ron Horchem, Ransom, left, talks about farming and the population decline in rural Kansas as his son, Gary, works on a no-till drill Tuesday at their farm north of Ransom. trend that has gone unabated for several years now_ Even Hays recorded a slight loss, representing about 2 nercent of its total population, now estimated at 19,632. P RaSom didn't have the worst decline, but it was close. That dubious distinction was given to Bazine, which has lost 15 4 percent of its population over the past five years. Bazinrand Ransom merged school districts several years ago because of that declining population. SEE DECLINE, PAGE A6 KDHE grams KSV agricultural research center three-year permit •*•§••» ?!• M ^,,, nllnwinB «„ meeting, granted it for a shorter period of time so ^Sf™Sily trying to ctoan «mr By KAREN MIKOLS HAYS DAILY NEWS —— •*•—~~ According to city officials, the smell of Hays grew increasingly offensive over the years, so much that city commissioners and downtown business owners took their complaints to the state level. Hays City Commissioner Kent Stew- ard said nearly three years ago he'd like to see some changes. This was followed up last year with business owner Sunell Koerner, who filed a formal complaint with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment regarding the odor from the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center-Hays. These concerns resulted in a public hearing Feb. 22, Following the meeting, KDHE officials sorted out the complaints and last week mailed a formal response to all who attended the hearing. The result: A shortened permit for the research center with a review of improvements hi three years. "I thought the overall approach was pretty reasonable," Steward said. "They granted it for a shorter period of time so they could review the procedures." Bob Gillen, head of the research center, said in years past, the research facility received five-year permits. This shortened permit allows the KDHE to reevaluate the best management practices. In order to address the odor concerns, Gillen and his staff are adjusting center operations. "We're essentially trying to clean our pens more frequently," Gillen said. "We're also reshaping them so they dry out more quickly after rain. We also dispose of all manure a good distance offsite." SEE PERMIT, PAGE A6 IN THE NEWS Iran debate in Senate will shim tissws in Democratic Party WASHINGTON (AP)-So much for consensus. Fissures in the Democratic Party over Iraq will be on display today when the Senate takes up two proposals to with• draw U.S. forces, touching off an election-year showdown between Republicans and Democrats. ploy U.S. troops from Iraq Is necessary for success in Iraq," San. John Kerry, D-Mass., said In rematto planned for his introduction Ql a proposal that u«jyM require U.S. combat IQTW8 to begin leaving the war zone Immediately and be out of Iraq completely by July 1,2007. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and most ot his ' rank-and-file colleagues don't exactly agree. They back a separate non- binding resolution that would not set such a hard-and-fast deadline. It would simply call for — not require — the admin- i^ration to begin a phased redeployment of U.S. forces this year. "It's not a cgt-and-run strategy," said Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee LIGHTER SIDE BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A burglar who broke Into a small grocery shop In northern Thailand was caught after he hid under the store owner's bed, drank a few beers and started snoring, police said. The robber broke Into the grocery in Uthai Thanl province, 125 miles north of Panjkqk, In the middle of the night, stole a few beers and quickly sought cover when he heard the owner of the shop stirring, police Capt. Prasert Hiewchawna said today. The robber made a bad situation a bit worse by choosing to hide under a bed in the shop — the same bed that the owner was sleeping on at the time, he said. While waiting to flee, the robber drank a few of the stolen beers, passed out and started snoring so loudly that he woke up the shop's owner, who quietly called police. * COMING THURSDAY BYB Local rockers The Blaine Younger Band perform at Country Stampede in Manhattan this weekend and Wild West Festival in Hays the next, A5 INSIDE this & that Kansas Opinion Generations Obituaries ................................ Financial .................................. M National .................................... *f Sports ...................................... 81 Scoreboard .............................. °* Classifieds .............................. B3 Comics .................................... B7 Annie's Mailbox ...................... B7 UCALFIUGAST Tonight, partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. A 50- percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Expanded weather, page A10. 2 sections, 18 pages CONTACT w. 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