The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 25, 2006 · Page 1
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Lummy 4f|^M MM* ••. ~ ~ ^ — HAYS THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Sunday June 25,2006 Hays, Kansas $1 Not seeing eye-to-eye on economy Governor, candidates have different views on where state is headed By CHRIS GREEN HARRIS NEWS SERVICE TOPEKA — The state's incumbent Democratic governor sees a very different Kansas economy from the one her Republican counterparts see. As she begins her campaign for re-election, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is touting the strength of the Kansas economy, citing figures the state is growing faster than the national average — and surrounding states. Some of the leading Republicans vying for the right to face her this November, however, cast the state of the state's economy in a far different light. Despite some gains, Emporia Sen. Jim Barnett, one of the fron- trunners for the GOP nomination in the Aug. 1 primary, said the long-term trend is that Kansas isn't doing well enough. "The economy is doing better, but it's not good enough for the state of Kansas," Barnett said. To back up his point, Barnett points to a graph based on statistics compiled by the University of Kansas Center for Applied Economics. The chart suggests Kansas has significantly lagged behind the rest of the nation over the past two decades. SEE ECONOMICS, PAGE A7 Sebelius higher tuition rates LAWRENCE (AP) — Ryan Kanost is pleased overall with the education he has been receiving at the University of Kansas, even though its cost has more than doubled in the past five years. That cost will increase again this fall, as it will at the state's five other universities because of a decision of the Board of Regents. Students will be paying up to 16.7 percent more to enroll. "It's too bad it's gone up as much as it has recently," said Kanost, a senior. "But, overall, I think it's a good value." Most regents and university officials also believe their institutions remain a bargain for students and contend tuition and fee increases approved by the regents Thursday will prevent the universities' quality from deteriorating. The changes will raise $37 million for the 2006-07 academic year. Kansas State University President Jon Wefald said the increases reflect less financial support from Kansas lawmakers in a state where high levels of support traditionally have made college a good buy. SEE TUITION, PAGE A3 A portrait of John McMahan, who is serving in Iraq, is next to his family June 9. Family members are his wife, Susan, second from rjght, and children Orln, 15, left, Jennifer, 17, and Andrew, 2. STEVEN HAUSLER Hays Dally News The scale models of Historic Fort Hays are in need of restoration. They were originally created in the 1960s and are being restored by volunteers from the Kansas Pacific Model Railroad group, based in Ellis. Holding down the fort Group using care to give models fresh look at Historic Fort Hays By KAREN MIKOLS HAYS DAILY NEWS Wi STEVEN HAUSLER / Hays Daily News Norman Giebler, front, restores a scale model of one of the buildings at Historic Fort Hays on Thursday as John Keefer watches from the back. •ith concentration, Norman Giebler worked to steady his hand. He extends a dental instrument, but not toward an open mouth. It is toward a scale model of officers' quarters at Historic Fort Hays. "I use whatever I can to do detail work," said Giebler, a retired dentist. "A lot of my old dental instruments are useful for that." The retired dentist is one of several members of the Kansas Pacific Model Railroad group, based in Ellis, that is retouching the models at Historic Fort Hays. Late Thursday morning, Hays residents Giebler and John Keefer bent close to the models, brushes in hands. Fellow club member Harry Moos, Hill City, was present to observe. With spectacles on, Giebler and Keefer cautiously applied acrylic paint to the Mh scale models. "It's a labor of love," Keefer said. "We enjoy doing this — at least I do." He estimates the model boards will take about 10 to 12 hours each, perhaps -more on the larger models such as the hospital. That's a rough guess, though. The pair are working on the first two boards with model structures. Preparation for the painting was minimal, because there is no real way to prepare the models for painting — they're cardboard. The only option was to brush the dust off with a fine paintbrush. "If you used a cleaner, you'd dissolve the walls," Giebler said. Other traditional painting methods also are not possible. "We can't use any masking tape because it would pull the paper," Keefer said. "You have to be steady as you go." As the pair painted the models, they painted a fresh coat of green over the fading shutters. "We're trying to represent them just as they were," Keefer said. But this is difficult, especially with the long porches on the buildings. SEE FORT, PAGE A8 "We can't use any masking tape because it would pull the paper. You have to be steady as you go. f f John Keefer, Hays resident DEALING WITH DEPLOYMENT KN THE NEWS President Bush lusbes firpissigeifliie-rteiiwto WASHINGTON (AP) — President Qeorge Bush is pushing Congress to give him more authority to slice and dice the budget, an Idea that's popular with conservative? who think the White House needs more muscle to restrict federal spending. "Under the current system, many lawmakers are able to insert funding for pet projects Into large spending bills," Bush said In his Saturday radio address. Bush saye this leaves lawmakers with two bad options: They oan vote against an entire bJUevw though It contains worthwhile spending, or they can vote for a bill even though it Includes money for special-Interest projects. The president Is left with the same dilemma — either he has to veto the entire bill, or sign the bill and approve the unnecessary spending," Bush said, adding that governors In 43 states have line-item veto authority. On Thursday, the House passed a watered-down version of a more sweeping line-Item veto law that the Supreme Court struck down In 1998, saying it took too much spending authority away from Congress. LIGHTER SIDE LAKE CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) —After celebrating this southern Minnesota town's Duck Days, a man led sheriff's deputies on a goose chase. • His getaway vehicle: a 5-horsepower mini-motorcycle. Authorities received a call last weekend that 42-year-old Douglas Lee Menne had wiped out oh the bike. He had driven off by the time sheriff's, deputies, arrived. Deputy Jeff Wersal located Menne and tried to get him to pull over, authorities said. The bike had no tail light or license plate. The chase eventually sjowed from 25 mph to about 10 mph, authorities said. The deputy then fired his Taser out his squad car window. One dart hit Menne but fell out. The e«ort hindered Menne long enough for Wersai to get out of his car and push Menne off the bJKe, authorities said. • Families of area soldiers find ways to cope By STACIE R. SANDALL HAYS DAILY NEWS A soldier serving in a war zone has a lot on his mind. That soldier misses the home life, but there is an immediate strain of completing the dangerous tasks at hand, COMING MONDAY AT RANDOM For one Hays couple, it was love at first sight, VH ffVMMl v nvlf Though it might be experienced differently, families left behind also face tribulations while the soldier is deployed. Susan McMahan, a Thomas County resident, has done it once before, but it's not any easier. Her husband, Sgt. 1st Class John McMahan, was deployed this spring for the second time in three years. McMahan is a field artilleryman with the Kansas National INSIDE this & that A2 Kansas A3 Opinion A4 Obituaries A6 Sports B1 Scoreboard 04 Classifieds C1 Nor'westor 01 Business Of Stocks 07 Comics 08 Annie's Mailbox 08 VINCE NEWELL, HAYS Guard unit in Dodge City. Susan McMahan is left to manage a job, the house, finances and their three children -- Jennifer, 17, Orin, 15, and Andrew, 2. This one is a little more difficult than the last in some ways. In 2003, they were still able to see each other. He was sent to Forbes Field Air Force Base in Topeka. SEE DEALING, PAGE AS OUTSIDE Today, partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight, lows in the mid-50s. Northeast winds around 10 mph. Expanded weather, page B6. 6 sections, 48 pages CONTACT us: PHONE: (7B5) 628-1081 OR (900) 6S74Q17 FAX: (

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