The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 28, 2006 · Page 1
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Hays, Kansas
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
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ws THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Fire damages bus darn Flames extinguished quickly; driver's education canceled By MICAH MERTES HAYS DAILY NEWS A fire broke out early this morning at the bus barn of Hays USD 489, Sixth and Oak, causing extensive damage to the north side of the facility and putting driver's education on hold for a few days. At 12:25 a.m., the Hays Fire Department received the call. Five trucks and 18 firefighters from the HFD and three trucks and nine fire- fighters from the Ellis County Rural Fire Department responded. The fire was put out a few minutes later, but because of the size of the building and the amount of smoke to be cleared out, the fire was not declared out until 3:15 a.m. "We had to ventilate all the smoke out," said Hays Deputy Fire Chief Wendy Schumacher. "It took a matter of time to get it all cleared out." The fire, which caused no injuries, was believed to be started from outside the building in a makeshift cigarette bin that employees had been using. The fire swept across the north garage, which was empty "A few days ago we had about eight Suburbans in this garage," said Gavin Smith, transportation director. "We had taken them out because we were painting stripes on the floor. Had we not taken those out, that would have been a couple hundred gallons of gas added to the fire. It was luck." Had those tanks exploded, Smith speculated, the wealth of vehicles on the west side of the building could have been caught in a chain reaction. No vehicles were damaged directly by the fire, but a pickup and three driver's education cars received heavy smoke damage, Smith said. SEE RRE, PAQEAS Wednesday June 28,2006 Hays, Kansas 500 Gavin Smith, transportation director for Hays USD 489, surveys the damage In the bus barn this morning after a fire consumed one of the bays and the office area Tuesday night. STEVEN HAUSLER Hays Dally News Raising antr to help out -,*'' Former Loretta resident develops new antifreeze By MIKE CORN HAYS DAILY NEWS There's a gooey, gunky mess left behind when the distillation process used to create biodiesel is complete. That's glycerin, most commonly used in the manufacture of soap. Now, there's another use — as a non-toxic automobUe an, ...jtifisaeze.-... And on Monday, former Loretta resident Galen Suppes was awarded the prestigious Presidential Ciinnoe Green Chem- &uppes istry Challenge award in Washington. Loretta is a small unincorporated community in northeast Rush County. His parents, Antone and Agnes Suppes, still live there. The award is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency and is given for work that prevents pollution through chemical design. Six of the awards are presented each year, but only one for academic work. Suppes was the recipient of that award, for his work as a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher. Over the course of the last three years, a relatively short period of time in the development phase, Suppes and his team at the university developed a process to convert glycerin to propylene glycol, That is a non-toxic alternative to petroleum-based antifreeze — ethylene glycol — a known threat to pets and other animals. Already, Senergy Chemical has been licensed to manufacture the green alternative antifreeze. The company is building a facility in the Southwest and should be making the product by year's end. Initially, it will be producing about 60 million pounds of propylene glycol. SEE SUPPES, PAQEA6 IN THE NEWS FRED HUNT / Hays Dally News Sasha Wasinger, 3, and her mom, Amy Wasinger, look at a pile of fireworks while shopping Tuesday evening at the Wholesale Fireworks stand, 27th and Hall in Hays. EXPLOSIVE VENTURE By MICAH MERTES HAYS DAILY NEWS One young couple needed a quick way to raise money for their wedding at the end of the July After much struggle, their solution finally became obvious: fire and explosives. To be able to afford all that comes along with wedding bells, Casey Larsen and Lynn Brown are working the Wholesale Fireworks booth north of the Dillons parking lot, 27th and Hall, one of three fireworks vendors in Hays. Tuesday was the first day that fireworks could be sold and shot off within city limits, and Larsen and Brown barely got their tent up by midnight the evening before. "It took quite some time to get everything set up," Brown said. "The tent, the tables, the fireworks." Larsen is a lineman for the Fort Hays State Casey Larsen and Lynn Brown will use a portion of the profits from the stand to help pay for their wedding. University football team, and he got the idea for a fireworks stand-funded wedding from head coach Kevin Verdugo. SEE FIREWORKS, PAGE A6 Insttos sal state cai top Mwsiaws from lunate* WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled today that Pennsylvania officials did not violate the free-speech rights of troublesome Inmates by keeping secular newspapers and magazines away from them. Justices, by a 6-3 vote, said the state could use newspapers 'as Incentives to get Inmates in a high-security unit to behave themselves. But Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that PennsyivanJa's win could be aho/Hived, depend- the high-security unit's rules. The decision reverses a ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals but validates a dissent by the high court's newest member, Justice Samuel Allto, who sided with Pennsylvania when he served on the appellate court. Allto did not participate In the argument before the Supreme Court. greyer said "prison officials, relying on their profes- . eionai judgment reached W er constitutional challenge to that inflow help to further legitimate prtjwn flfejeollves." LIGHTER SIDE ALBANY, Qa. (AP) — The city's eternal flame has withstood high winds and torrential rains for more than 30 years, but an errant tennis shoe proved too much of an Impediment. Firefighters shut down the flame briefly Monday so that they could pull out the charred sneaker. There was a situation," said Deputy Fire Chief David Eddlns. "Someone had tossed a tennis shoe in It. We had 19 shut It off to remove the shoe." The flame, which sits atop a 6-foot black, granite pedestal, has been burning In front of the Dpugherty Coynty Courthouse since 1,973! placed there by the American legion to mamprlalije the men and women who haye (ought In the nation's wars. Albany's eternal flame Wre up and running and In good ehftpe/Eddjnseajd. COMING THURSDAY City residents still await opening of Wilson Pool in Hays. 9m I(MURl V MVn INSIDE this & that 42 Kansas ..A3 Opinion ...,_., A4 Generations ...,...,...^,,...,.,...,45 Obituaries .....A6 Financial A6 national..,.. 47 Sport* 81 Scoreboard 02 Classifieds 84 Comics 80 Annie's Mailbox 99 RANSOM Communication split in Smith County means... No more crossed signals By STACIE R. SANDALL HAYS DAILY NEWS SMITH CENTER — With clearance from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the new Smith County Communications Center will finally be its own entity. Smith County commissioners -officially approved Dec. 28 the separation of the communications from the sheriff's office, effective Jan. 1. Kina Larsen was hired as the director, and the budgets were separated. But then-Sheriff Ellsworth Murphy did not want to sign the release for the change of hands. "Every county in the state gets only one terminal at no charge from the state," Larsen said. "The sheriff's office had that for the dispatch. In order for the communications center to have it, they had to relinquish it. Otherwise we would have to pay for one, which is a lot of money" Murphy battled against the separation, implying potential problems with security and costs to taxpayers. Sheriff Bruce Lehman just released the terminal into Larsen's charge. Lehman said communications issues were tops on his priority list because calls weren't given to the city officers, and fire and rescue were being called late. Commissioner Arthur Kuhlmann said if there are any costs involved with this change, they will be small. Dispatchers will continue to serve as jailers, and will be paid partly from the sheriff's office budget for that duty. The remainder of their salary will come from the communications budget. While waiting for the birth of the communications center, Larsen made policies and procedures, helped in the county clerk's office and took refresher classes. SEE COMMUNICATIONS, PAGE A6 OUTSIDE LOCAL WRIST Tonight, partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Lows In the lower 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Expanded weather, page A10. sections, 18 pages CONTACT us; PHONE: (766) 620*1081 OR (800) W7-W17 FAX: (785)628-8188

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