The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 23, 2006 · Page 1
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THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Friday June 23,2006 Hays, Kansas City nixes Kanopolis water Commission votes down nearly $500,000 plan By KAREN MIKOLS HAYS DAILY NEWS Discussion about water flowed during the main discussion at the Hays City Commission meeting Thursday night. • The commission unanimously vot- ed to not apply for water from Kanop oils Reservoir after a presentation from Brian Meier, Burns & McDonnell, and John Haas, Hanson Financial Consultants. "Based on projections, in 2012, without taking any water from Kanopolis, the city would have to pay close to half a million dollars," Haas said. "That slammed the ham- mer for me to look at what the other options are." He also explained an option involving acquiring Post Rock Rural Water District. To make this option viable, the water rates would need to be increased 75 percent. Meier said this might cause the customer base, especially bulk water purchasers, to dry up. Commissioner Kent Steward said the city commission is working to resolve water issues at Cedar Bluff and the Smoky Hill wellfield, to name a few. "We're trying to be responsible managers of the water resources we now have," Steward said, "but we're looking east to find a long-term solution." SEE CITY, PAGE A7 MICAH MERTES / Hays Daily News Camp instructor and FHSU student Jordan Bollig advises Jacob Brull after he played an electric violin Thursday in Palmer Hall. The lesson was taking place at the Alternative Strings camp, a two-week education in alternative music styles. STRINGING IT TOGETHER Two-part camp offers diversity for musicians, string instruments By MICAH MERTES HAYS DAILY NEWS Electric cellos, jazz improvisation and a 6- year-old girl skilled in the art of mariachi — Alternative Strings isn't your typical music camp. While many styles of music education stay closely within the stuffy confines of all things classical, the topics of this eclectic camp shoot off in numerous directions. Today marks the end of the first week, the fiddling section, of the two-part camp, taking place in Mallqy Hall of Fort Hays State University. Starting next Friday will be part two, which focuses on jazz. Each camp has 25 children. "In the standard music education format, students sit down and read the music in front of them," said Cathy Drabkin, director of the Western Kansas Strings Academy "And that's a good place to start, but it can sometimes have the ef- fect of narrowing a kid's exposure to just one style of music. During these two weeks, we're trying to expand their horizons a bit." In January, WKSA, an FHSU organization, received a grant from the Mockingbird Organiza- • tion to pilot a new program. In May, nationally renowned New York performer and educator . Julie Lyonn Lieberman offered an all-day workshop for teachers that examined different styles of teaching music. SEE STRINGS, PAGE A7 STEVEN HAUSLER / Hays Daily News Annie Marcotte, a Clarkesville, Md., artist, climbs down as she prepares to move scaffolding Thursday while painting a Kansas scene on a building in Palco. 'Mural' of story: Expect unexpected Maryland woman who came to Palco to help with harvest ends up painting By WILL MANLY HAYS DAILY NKWS PALCO — Both Annie Marcotte and her father planned to help with harvest at her uncle Tim Marcotte's farm when they visited this summer. Then something more creative came along. Marcotte, Clarkesville, Md., learned that Mark Lowry, owner of Your Insurance Corner in Palco, wanted the side of his building improved. So while Annie's dad cuts wheat, Annie is painting a 45-foot mural on the building. The mural is supposed to depict life in rural western Kansas, Marcotte said. The finished mural will have pheasants, a grain elevator and an oil well. It is the largest mural she has ever painted. "We were just trying to do something on this wall that would look nice," Lowry said. "It's much better than we had planned." Marcotte, who will attend the Maryland Institute College of Art to study graphic design in the fall, began the project Saturday and expects to be almost finished by this weekend. It's gone faster than she expected because of help with the painting — and tedious brush cleaning — by volunteer assistants such as Rachel le Morel and Henry Kern, both of Palco. SEE MURAL, PAGE A3 Missing Oberlin teen contacts mother; might be in Tennessee Beneda By STACIE R. SANDALL HAYS DAILY NEWS OBERLIN — The Oberlin runaway who has been missing since May 26 finally has made contact with her mother. Chantelle Beneda, 16, is the daughter of Terese and Greg Vontz and Ron Beneda, all of Oberlin. IN THE NEWS Beneda made contact with her mother by way of cellular phone text messaging on two occasions in the last couple of weeks. Vontz said she would not reveal the nature of the small messages but said they occurred June 13 and June 20. One of Beneda's best friends received a text message June 9. "We know she's fine, but she won't say where she's at," said Oberlin Police Chief Wade Lockhart. "We think she's in the Knoxville, Tenri., area," The cell phone being used is the same one purchased for Beneda by her mother. Vontz calls and texts her daughter every day in hopes that she will an- COMING SUNDAY WASHINGTON (AP) —Seven young men arrested In an alleged plot against the Sears Tower were part of a group of "homegrown terrorists" who sought to work with al-Qaida but ended up conspiring with an informant, Attorney General Alberto Qonzales said today. Outlining an alleged plot to bomb the Sears Tower In Chicago and a federal building In Miami, Qonzales told a Justice Department news conference: "They were persons who, for whatever reason, came to view their home country as the enemy." The seven individuals — ranging In age from 22 to 32 — were indicted by a federal grand juiy In Miami. Six were tajwn m custody |n MJam.i941 Thursday when authorities swarmed a warehouse in the Liberty City area, removing a metal door with a blow torch. A seventh was arrested in Atlanta. The alleged terrorists — five U.S. citizens, a legal Immigrant from Haiti and a Haitian national who was In this country Illegally — were Qonzales T ¥ appear In federal court In Miami later today. They had taken an oath to aj-Qal- dietment alleged,., Qonzdles said, The porjver- gence of globalization and technology has created a new brand of terrorism. Today, terrorist threats come from smaller, mpre loosely defined cells not affiliated with al-Qaida but who are Inspired by a violent |lhadist message, and left unchecked, these homegrown terrorists may prove to be as dangerous as groups like ai-Qaida," Gonzales outlined the contents of an Indictment handed up Thursday, which Identified Narseal Batiste as having recruited and trained others beginning In November 2Q05 "for a mission to they believed was a member of the, terrorist orgirilz,a.tton, the In- states gwmment,' InsWng a plot to df etroy the Se^re Tower, swer the messages. Trying to locate Beneda through that contact has been a trial, and the phone service carrier hasn't been agreeable, Lockhart said. "The only way we can (get cell phone records) is through subpoenas through the carrier's information, and they haven't been that cooperative," Lockhart said. "We'll get INSIDE this & that , A2 Kansas , A3 Faith ..., AS Opinion .,..^.>,.,,,..,.A6 Obituaries ,' .A7 Financial A7 Sports B1 Scoreboard B2 Classifieds B3 Comics 87 Annie's Mailbox 07 Outdoors B8 information regarding the towers that are being activated, but not any information where a phone call was made to." Lockhart said the carrier won't pinpoint the phone's location within a 5-mile radius because she is not in immediate danger. SEE MISSING, PAGE A7 OUTSIDE IBCWFMICIST Tonight, partly cloudy in the evening. A 30-percent chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Expanded weather, page A8. 3 sections, 36 pages CONTACT us: PHONE: (785) 626-1061 OR ((QQ) 667^)17

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