The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 31, 1998 · Page 12
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JTUESDAY. MARCH 31, 1998 GREAT PLAINS TDARE DiiBois pinch hits when city's DARE officer leaves Ex-sheriff's DARE officer to wrap up year for fifth-, sixth-graders By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal When its DARE officer quit to take over an armored car service in the middle of March, the Salina Police Department was in a quandary. Wayne Norman, who bought Malcolm White's armored car service, was the only police officer trained to teach fifth- and sixth- DuBOIS NORMAN graders in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. "We didn't really know what we were going to do," said Police Chief Jim Hill. "We didn't really want to have to end the program in the middle of the year." But a talk with Sheriff Glen Kochanowski and Sgt. Jim DuBois of the Saline County Sheriffs Office solved the problem. DuBois, who had served as the county's DARE instructor for many years, had recently stepped down to take a patrol sergeant position. DuBois agreed to take over the city's fifth- and sixth-grade DARE classes through the end of the school year. Kochanowski said DuBois will teach DARE classes Mondays through Thursdays, then will work Saturdays for the county as a patrol sergeant. DuBois' salary will be paid by the county, with the city reimbursing the county's general fund for DuBois' DARE work, Kochanowski said. Hill said he is thankful that DuBois agreed to take the classes. "We're not really missing a stroke," Hill said. "He was able to just step right in." The county won't be short- staffed while DuBois is working part time for the city. Kochanowski said that if he needs to call in an officer to cover DuBois' shift, the city will pay the overtime salary for that officer. In the meantime, Hill will soon begin interviewing for replacement DARE officers for the city's program. Four or five people have applied for the position, Hill said. Hill plans to send a full-time DARE officer and an alternate to DARE training in Topeka in August. That way, if the primary officer is unable to teach, the alternate will be able to take over the duties. Hill said he never seriously considered dropping the DARE program, even though some criticize it as being ineffective in combating teen-age drug abuse. "For every study you find criti- cizing the program, you can find two or three studies the other way," Hill said. Locally, Hill said he knows of at least one case in which it was effective. One young girl told Norman that she had been contemplating suicide before attending DARE class, Hill said. After completing the class, her self esteem had increased, and she felt she had something to live for. "It's easy to be a naysayer," Hill said, "but we have proof of at least one case in which a young person's life was saved. What is a child's life worth?" Smoke detectors required Governor gets bill to make all homes have safety devices installed By The Associated Press TOPEKA — All homes and apartments in Kansas would be required to have functioning smoke detectors under legislation sent Monday to Gov. Bill Graves by the House. "I have seen fire deaths and smoke deaths, but never from a home with a smoke detector," said Rep. Judy Showalter, D-Winfield, who is an emergency room nurse. The smoke detector section was added by the Senate to a House bill that encourages development and renovation of rural housing through tax increment financing. The House accepted the Senate change and sent the bill to Graves on a 102-18 vote. Graves spokesman Mike Matson said his boss likes the smoke detector legislation but wants to review the latest version of the bill before deciding whether he will sign it into law. Supporters, including firefighters throughout the state, have said the bill is needed because it saves lives. They say Kansas is among seven states without such a law on the books. "I really believe smoke detectors saves lives; there is no doubt in my mind," said Rep. Joe Shriver, D-Arkansas City, a firefighter. The Kansas State Fire Marshal's office said that in 1996 there were 45 fire fatalities, of which 34 were in residential dwellings. For the same year, there were 4,056 residential fires statewide. Of those, 2,062 fires were in dwellings where there wasn't a smoke detector or it didn't work. "We've got to get something passed and bring awareness to people that there is a law," said the bill's handler, Rep. Greg Packer, R-Topeka. "We're not going to see a gestapo going into homes." Packer noted the bill says officials can't enter a home just to check a smoke detector. They can issues citations only if they are there for other reasons, such as responding a fire or doing safety inspections. Violators face a maximum $25 fine. The bill requires property owners to make sure smoke detectors are installed in dwellings. In rental property, the tenant would have to make sure the detector is working. Senate committee approves hog bill but allows new vote Concerns raised about how soon hog farm operators must meet new regulations By SARAH KESSINGER Harris News Service The Associated Press The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources discusses Monday the proposed hog farm regulations before passing the bill on to the House. TOPEKA — A Senate committee passed a bill with new regulations for hog farms to the full Senate Monday, but it first added an amendment to allow counties to have another election on corporate hogs if their ^ original one was con- Legislature sidered advisory. , ~ t > 1QQQ During a Senate En- ! *' ! " J-*^ *^ O ergy and Natural Resources Committee meeting, Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R- Fowler, offered the amendment in answer to his constituents' concerns about county wide elections on the issue. The senator said it would affect Meade and Seward counties, where residents have voted to advise their county commissions on whether to rescind a resolution allowing corporate hog farms. Both elections' results favored rescinding the resolution, but Meade County Commissioners declined to rescind. A state attorney general's opinion also declared those elections nonbinding. Huelskamp's amendment would allow voters in Seward and Meade counties to return to the polls for a binding election. The amendment would expire at the end of 1998. "We're very pleased," Meade County resident Wanda Adams said after the meeting. The rancher from Plains has testified before various legislative committees, saying the majority is not being heard in the corporate hog debate. "We've just been telling Huelskarnp, if people do not have a voice, how can democracy function?" Jim Allen, lobbyist for hog corporation Seaboard Farms, said Huelskamp's amendment has no effect on his company's plans in southwest Kansas. Seaboard raises about 2 million hogs in four counties in that area. "There are still open counties out there," Allen said. "I think everybody pretty much got what they wanted in there." The bill moves into the Senate for debate this week. Huelskamp said there would be more attempts to amend it on the floor. During the meeting, Huelskamp also discussed the proper time frame to begin the bill's requirements of hog farm operators. The bill specified that licensed hog farms must submit plans to the state six months after the bill becomes law. Huelskamp asked how an operator would have the time to develop plans for their operation's manure management, soil testing and other areas if they are required to do so shortly after regulations are implemented. Details of the plans are to be developed by Kansas Department of Health and Environment if the bill is passed. Don Carlson, with the state health department, recommended that operators have a year after the regulations are established. Sen. Robert Tyson, R-Parker, said that puts a producer in a tough position if he plans to expand or establish a hog farm in the next year because he would not know the state's requirements. "Promising anything before a year, I have a hard time seeing that," Carlson said. The committee opted to follow Carlson's recommendation. Dessert wine request stirs up tempest in House Winery owner wants to serve fortified wine to after-dinner guests By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Michelle Havey would like to sell after-dinner wines to folks who visit her Holy-Field vineyard in Leavenworth County. But she and other Kansas grape growers are not sure the law allows it because the dessert wines, also known as fortified wines, are a little stronger than table wines. State law mentions only table wines. So she and other winery operators have asked legislators to approve a simple proposal to allow the sale of homegrown fortified wines. The Senate liked the idea. But the simple idea led to a spirited debate Monday, during a meeting of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. Some members were not sure they wanted to support another in a long line of changes making state liquor laws less restrictive. The committee voted 13-8 to endorse the bill, sending it to the House for debate. The outcome is anything but certain. "I had a father-in-law who was addicted to wine, bought it by the gallon," said Rep. Bill Mason, R- El Dorado, who voted no. "And it created untold problems." Havey was a bit surprised by the debate, not expecting a discussion of temperance issues. The Senate approved the bill last week, 33-7. She noted that statesmen and gourmets throughout history have praised wine and described it as a drink of moderation. She had a sympathetic ear from Rep. Ralph Tanner, R- Baldwin City, who suggested that if any wine is a problem, it's the cheapest stuff — the stuff that's not much better than straight grain alcohol. "It is not fortified wine that produces drunkenness on the highways and in living rooms," Tanner said. "It is beer." Table wines contain up to 14 percent alcohol by volume. Fortified wines, such as port or sherry, meant to be sipped after dinner, can have as much as 20 percent alcohol by volume. The debate began in earnest with testimony from Frances Wood, a spokeswoman for the Women's Christian Temperance Union and Nazarene churches in Kansas. "What we don't need is another avenue to get people drunk," she said. Rep. Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth, said the state could not legislate morality, nor could it keep people from drinking. Rep. Doug Mays, R-Topeka, replied: "The same arguments can be made about drugs and prostitution." Another, noncontroversial provision of the bill would allow cities to have votes every two years, rather than every four years, on whether to allow liquor stores within their borders. STUDENT ACHIEVERS Lindsborg scholars win tournament The Smoky Valley High School Scholars Bowl team won the 4A Regional Tournament in Mulvane on March 7. After going 5-1 in the preliminary rounds, Lindsborg students beat Hesston High in the final round to win the championship. Team members are Ashley Wann, Ben Voigt, Mikkey Gusenius and Jordan McKinney. The team earned the honor of competing in the 4A State Scholars Bowl Tournament on March 21, at Beloit High School at Beloit. Sacred Heart forensic students take fourth Salina Sacred Heart High School forensic students captured fourth place among 17 schools competing at the Wilson High School tournament on March 12. Individual winners were: freshman Lindsay Hadorn, first in oration; junior Fabian Armendariz, second in humorous solo acting; senior Jim Hull, fourth in humorous solo acting and sixth in serious solo acting; fresh- mail Amy Diederich, fifth in ora- tion; and sophomore Aaron Robben, sixth in humorous solo acting. At a tournament March 17 at Salina South High School, Sacred Heart students who placed were junior Levl Bowles, seventh in extemporaneous speaking; and freshman R.C. Campbell, seventh in humorous solo acting. South Middle music students superior Salina South Middle School orchestra students rated superior with a I rating at the Hays City Music Festival on March 14. The school's cello ensemble and the Toccatina ensemble both received superior ratings as well. Derek Stein and Cathy Ko both received the highest possible rating, the Advanced Performer rating on their solos. Stein performed a cello solo, and Ko performed a violin solo. Students receiving the 1 superior ratings on solos were: Amanda Swenson, violin; Michelle Kearns, violin; Lisa Sader, violin; Erin Ryan, cello; Jennifer Guerra, cello; Katie Foley, cello; Catherine Rominger, viola; Heather Baumberger, violin; Danielle Seymour, bass; Cathy Ko, piano; Lauren Marshall, violin; Amanda Mai, violin; and Gary Christensen, violin. Area students vie in music festival Salina students and others from area schools participated in the Salina Roosevelt-Lincoln Middle School recently. Students were given ratings for their performances in solos, duets and other musical ensembles. Brett Barnes, Roosevelt-Lincoln, received an advanced performance rating, the highest possible, for his tenor sax solo. Students receiving the I or superior ratings from Salina and north-central Kansas were: The Delphos flute duet and woodwind trio; Abbie Obermueller, Lincoln, flute; Lori Ser- rien, Lincoln, flute; Beth Shoemaker, bass clarinet, Lincoln; Brett Zamerzla, Lincoln, multiple percussion; Leslie Eckhart, Lincoln, C-A clarinet; Lincoln clarinet trio; Nikki Schw- erdtfager, Lincoln, snare drum; and the Lincoln Band Students from Roosevelt-Lincoln receiving superior ratings were: Leslie Stelles, french horn; Jeff Garnett, baritone; Chris- tine Sibilla, flute; Justin Cosco, tuba; Jessie Patterson, flute; John Patrick, trombone; Tim Welch, trombone; Jeff Norris, trumpet; Amanda Finan, flute; Jamie French, flute; Jenna Plattner, flute; Melissa Pfannenstiel, flute; Katy McMillen, trombone; Stefani Schrader, trombone; saxophone group of seven; Kelly Grant, trumpet; Mark Sibilla, bass clarinet; Emily Alsop, alto sax; Amanda Ingram, clarinet; Jamie Shetlar, alto sax; Nathan Mull, alto sax ; Charles Brunner, tenor sax; clarinet group of 11; trombone group of seven; low brass group of six; Kelly Krob, snare drum; trumpet group of six; flute group of seven; the cadet band and the concert band. Salina South Middle School students earning superior ratings were: Jessica Rupp, flute; Erin Miley, flute; Trevor Duell, trumpet; Ashley Jones, flute; Amanda Adams, clarinet; Laura Banniger, alto sax, percussion group of five; Jeff Boaz, alto sax; Jennifer Geissert, clarinet; Katie Knoll, clarinet; clarinet quartet; flute quartet; David Price, snare drum; Scott Oliphant, snare drum; No. 1 flute trio; trumpet group of five; Chuck Ritter, snare drum; Justin Keyser, snare drum; the Salina South Gold Band and the Salina South Cougar Band. And Sean Wilcox, a student at Southeast of Saline, received a superior rating for his snare drum solo. South forensic students place Forensic students from Salina South High School placed in the recent Ellinwood Invitational Tournament. The students were: Lori Thompson, first in humorous interpretation; Laura Beth Sears, first in prose; Andrea Ring, second in informative speaking; Ashlee Martin, fourth in dramatic interpretation; Hayley Grosser and Deidre Hays, sixth in duet acting; and Amanda Gawith, sixth in poetry. Southeast FHA students win state Southeast of Saline FHA students won a gold medal at the state parliamentary procedure event, again. The team of president Jami Torske, secretary Amy I Giersch, treasurer Rachel Smith and members at large Shala Bloomberg, Chelsie Schwartz, Brooke Swisher and Michelle Wilson won gold for , the second year in a row. They qualified for the national compe'r tition in June. .•••'"' The team won the junior divi-" sion last year, winning a gold • medal at the national competition last summer. This marks the fifth year Southeast of Saline students have had the top parliamentary team in the state. Also competing at the state meet in March was the school's junior team, who received a silver medal. Team members are president Emily Stein, secretary Andrea Keeler, treasurer Angela Myers and members at large Christina LeDuc and , Susie Green. Also honored at the state meet were: Michelle Wilson, selected among nine students as a member of the state peer power team for-, the 1998-99 school year, and : Leslie Manning, a 1996 graduate, honored for her continued education in family and consumer sciences and past experience in FHA. From Staff Reports

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