The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 22, 2006 · Page 1
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i Gum Mr i* Plenty of issues, but no citizens Attendance lacking at Thursday's education forum at Hays High School THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Thursday June 22,2006 Hays, Kansas 500 By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS The motto from the popular baseball movie "Field of Dreams" — if you build it, they will come — doesn't hold true for everything. Representatives of the Kansas Association of School Boards are making their way around the state this month for a series of forums involving "what candidates and voters should know about public education." But just because you call a meeting, doesn't mean they will come. At Tuesday's forum at Hays High School, state board of education candidates, state legislators, school administrators and school board members far outnumbered the general public. However, a small crowd didn't prevent KASB's Mark Tallman from giving an hour-long presentation on public education. Tallman, assistant executive director/advocacy for the KASB, gave information on how school districts build their budgets, results public schools have achieved and how they have achieved those results. Kansas has a history, Tallman pointed out, of efficiently using its resources to rank high nationally in student performance. SEE FORUM, PAGEAB Celebration 'Hot' topic in Speed By MIKE CORN HAYS DAILY NEWS The'tiny Phillips County community of Speed — population 41 as of July 1 — will live up to its name come Aug. 6. Of course, most of it will be based on cars that are & the size of the real thing. That all equals out to Mattel Inc.'s Hot Wheels, those scale-model replicas that virtually every child — male and female alike — and many adults have played with at one time or another. Exactly what will be taking place Aug. 6 in Speed is uncertain. Mattel officials are purposefully vague about the events that will unfold that day. SEE SPEED, PAGE A6 FRED HUNT / Hays Daily News Workers with King Construction Co., Hesston, prepare wooden support beams while rebuilding the damaged Hall Street Interstate 70 overpass Wednesday afternoon in Hays. BRID9IHG W HAYS RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES FEELING PINCH FROM BRIDGE REPAIR By KAREN MIKOLS HAYS DAILY NEWS Heavy timber supports reconstruction work on the interstate overpass. i s co-owner of Beond Salon, Rhonda Istujts experiences the persqnal and Iprbfessional eiltecis of the closed Hall Street bridge on an almost daily • basis. "The bridge is missed, definitely," Stults said. "We hear a lot of complaints about having to reroute to Vine. People, especially in the beginning, were a few minutes late for their appointments because of Vine Street traffic and lights." It's not just Stults' customers who travel to her business at 4333 Vine that notice the difference. Three or four times a week, Marti Stadalman journeys from her home in the northwest corner of Hays to Wal- Mart Supercenter and other businesses across Interstate 70. Generally, she would use the Hall Street bridge. After the Feb. 13 accident that closed the bridge, she had to find an alternative route. "As soon as I saw it, I knew we were in for the long haul," she said. "I knew it would take awhile to repair it." Stults said she and her family can watch the repairs from their backyard, whlcH ehtemim Her sons, While theneighborhood'watches the construction, both women use 41st Street, which deposits them onto Vine. The route works, but is far from ideal. "I think we need a stop light at that intersection," Stadalman said. "I feel sorry for the out-of-town visitors who have to deal with that intersection because it's confusing." Repairs to the 45-foot section of bridge began earlier this month and should be complete by Aug. 1, said Kevin Zimmer, area engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation. "Now we're in wait mode for that concrete to cure out later this week," Zimmer said. "Once it is, he's going to start forming the deck of the bridge, then pour that out." SEE BRIDGE, PAGE A6 BYB cruisin' onto big stage Friday afternoon Blalne Younger, lead singer of The Blaine Younger Band. COURTESY PHOTO By MICAH MERTES HAYS DAILY NEWS Nearly two years after its birth, The Blaine Younger Band has become a staple of the northwest Kansas bar scene and beyond. The country- rock outfit has played on the stages of Lawrence and Kansas City, at the Wild West Festival and the Ellis County Fair. And now the band is heading east to play in its biggest arena yet. BYB is joining the lineup of Country Stampede, an annual four-day festival that draws about 150,000 people each year. The band will perform a set at noon Friday in Turtle Creek State Park, located about 5 miles north of Manhattan on U.S. Highway 24. The festival runs from today through Monday "This is the biggest festival we've played at so far," said Rex Striggow, a Hill City native and BYB bassist. At Country Stampede, the band will be on the roster (the bottom of it, they joked) with such giants of the genre as Gretchen Wilson, Toby Keith, Sara Evans and Brad Paisley. BYB's come a long way since its debut. The band has developed a devoted local fan base, which Blaine Younger, the vocalist himself, said is due to heavy touring and a sound that appeals to those tired of the more poppy brands of country getting airplay. "We play as many shows as we possibly can," Younger said. "And we try to make our live performances as entertaining as possible." SEE BYB, PAGE A6 A LOOK AT THE COUNTRY STAMPEDE BY THE ASSQCIATCP PRESS W OR QENEHAL ADMISSION: Stww*r« 7|30 p.lTK * 9:30 p.m. 1 -QrsfchehWttson / gateforaVIPwataHwiekwdand Frt*V (east on dinner bWf^s. But more popMtor 'A r chased at the gate, but arrive oarty: ParHng tote opwat 9 i.m., and the roads towftK [ Park pan ujcWy Jwcpm Jarnmid, Yog temperature* Nat up, p.m. - 94,9 Country Colgate. 6p.m.-Ja»(xiBotond»odthe IN THE NEWS Regents expected te approve hcreasislntHiUN,iees TOPEKA (AP) — Students and their families should expect to pay up to 167 percent more this fall to attend state universities because the Board of Regents appears HKely to Increase tuition and fees. The regents planned to vote today on the Increases, which the universities proposed to raise additional money for eca- demlo programs and other services. The cost of enrolling has Increased every year slope at least 1999, and it hai more than doubled mth» University of Kansas. Board members have de- fended past Increases as necessary to keep the universities from slipping In quality. The changes would raise $37 million for the 8006-07 academic year. "You can anticipate that It will pass, as offered by the universities," regent Dick Bond, of Overland Park, said Wednesday. "I'm sure a majority will support it." Among the reasons approval Is expected Is that student tenders have signed off on the UAlverajjlfl as they have In previous years. LIGHTER SIDE PLYMOUTH, Ind. (AP) — The beer ad attracted attention — but not in the way Pabst Blue Ribbon had intended. A bartender called police because he thought a blinking red light was a bomb, resulting In the evacuation of 35 people from a resort hotel. Guests were allowed back In their rooms less than an hour later, after a sheriff's officer determined the light was part of a Pabst Blue Ribbon ad. The ad was suction-cupped to the window of the Sam Snead restaurant in Swan Lake Resort. The bartender called authorities about the suspicious flashing light at 12:30 a.m. Monday, and guests were evacuated about six minutes later, said Doug Ueedke, general manager of, the resort In Plymouth, 28 miles south of South Bend. "Our employee saw something unusual and reported It," Leedke said. COMING SUNDAY Father, son team up to help spruce up rodeo grounds at Ellis County Fairgrounds, INSIDE this & that A2 Kansas A3 Opinion A4 Entertainment.. ....AS Obltuirto A6 Financial A6 National A7 Sport* 81 Scoreboard 82 CI»MifM$ 05 Comto 89 AnnW* Mailbox 89 OUTSIDE LieUFIIECUT Tonight, partly cloudy. Lows in the mid-60s. North winds 10 to 15 , mph. Expanded weather, page A8 2 sections, 16 pages CONTACT ui: PHONE: (7W) 09.1011 OR (WO) 9174017

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