The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 29, 2006 · Page 1
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NHItbi Nil pltt Pane Hi, THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Thursday June 29,2006 Hays, Kansas 500 Countywide zoning proposal passes After raucous hearing, issue moves to county By KAREN MIKOLS HAYS DAILY NEWS Loud opposition and jeers greeted the recommendation of the Ellis County Joint Planning Commission on Wednes- day night. After tabling the issue for months, the joint commission voted 5-2 and passed the zoning proposal, adding regulations regarding junk and clarifying that the 3- mile buffer around the city of Hays will remain intact. Leo Dorzweiler and Charlie Rohr voted against recommending zoning to the Ellis County Commission. "We are supposed to help protect them," Dorzweiler said. "There is something wrong." Lance Russell, chair of the Ellis County Joint Planning Commission, said zoning will benefit farmers. "It protects agriculture," Russell said. "If zoning is adopted, this committee would be the board of zoning appeals, and it is a majority of rural representation," Ellis County resident Jackie Langholz addressed the commission with the bulk of the concerns. "I don't want the zoning," Langholz said. "I feel everything I've read that it's not if they pass zoning, but when they pass zoning. "This has tried to be done since the late 1990s, and since then we've tried to tell everyone we don't want it." Commissioner Gene Bittel reminded the attendees how much the county's changed. "We're not trying to be the enemy," Bittel said. "We're trying to plan for the future. Look at how land use has changed around Hays in 20 years. Drive around — get your head out of the sand. People have moved out to the country to live." SEE ZONING, PAGE A6 Libertarians looking for exposure By CHRIS GREEN HARRIS NEWS SERVICE TOPEKA — The state Libertarian Party could see its large fundraising event at a nudist camp near here canceled because of government regulations. But the party, which advocates for limited government intervention, still hopes it can win over more voters this November. State party Chairman Rob Hodgkinson, who grew up in Hutchinson and graduated from Buhler High School, said his parry's hoping to capitalize on what he sees as voter discontent with the two large parties in the Nov. 7 general election. To help strengthen the party, Hodgkinson said officials scheduled a festival-like fundraiser July 7 to 9 at a Shawnee County "naturist" retreat. The event features two bands that play jazz and reggae, and tickets are being sold in advance for $75 to $90. ."This is another, way tocoritinue-td let them-- •>• know that we're not your daddy's Libertarian Party," said Hodgkinson, who now lives in Johnson County. ' SEE PARTY, PAGE A6 Fire forces USD 489 shift By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS The Hays USD 489 transportation department has found a temporary home, at least for its administrative office. An early morning fire Wednesday damaged the north side of the district bus barn, the part of the building where office space was located. So office personnel temporarily has been relocated hi the Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th. SEE FIRE, PAGEA6 The musical group Western Underground will entertain the audience at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wild West Festival. COURTESY PHOTO Ana Hertel shows off her Kansas Federation Council for Exceptional Children 2004 Kansas Yes I Can! award in her bedroom Wednesday. GENETIC DISEASE DOESN'T KEEP IS-YEAR-OLD FROM' LEADING EVERYDAY LIFE OF TEENAGER By PHYLLIS J. ZORN HAYS DAILY NEWS BO WEMPE / Hays Daily News Katey Basye assists Ana Hertel in a stretching exercise as Teddy, the Hertel family's cat, passes by Wednesday afternoon. eing a typical teen isn't always a smooth road for anyone — especially when a muscle disease sets the teen apart. But 13-year-old Ana Hertel has learned to concentrate more on her abilities than on her disabilities. Ana has multiple pterygium syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects her muscles and joints. The disorder causes defects of her vertebrae, making her back crooked. Ana has had numerous surgeries to make it possible for her to move. Because the syndrome affects her appearance and makes it difficult for Ana to do the same things her friends do, life can be a challenge at times. Nevertheless, Ana keeps her eyes on her goal of one day living an independent life and being a teacher. Ana's interests aren't the least bit unusual for a girl her age. She takes piano lessons, enjoys church, likes going to camp and playing baseball. "Like everyone, I prefer to be included and have the ability to participate in activities just as others my age," Ana said. "I like it when my friends call and ask me to go places." SEE ANA, PAGE A6 Band following lead of former country singer By WILL MANLY HAYS DAILY NEWS When I die, you can bury me beneath these western skies. Chris LeDoux's "Western Skies"ends with those lyrics, which came to painful reality when he died of cancer in 2005. He was 56. . . LeDoux used Western Underground as his backup band for 16 years. For all of that time, he told band members that they could make it on their own. After LeDoux's death, they decided to give it a shot. The Wild West Festival begins today and runs through July 4. Western Underground will perform Saturday at the festival. The entertainment also will feature music from Steve Azar, Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker. Now Western Underground lives a paradox. Members wish to honor LeDoux, while at the same time creating their own identity as performers. SEE BAND, PAGE A6 FRIDffir* NIGHT fUElTTS Gates open at 4 p.m. at the Hays Municipal Park for the 2006 Wild West Festival. The following are events planned for Friday night: • Kids Karaoke Contest — 5:30 p.m. • Opening guest Alternative Strings — 6:45 p.m. • Special guest Trip Fire — 8 p.m. • Country artist Billy Currington — 9:30 p.m. IN THE NEWS BusD says lull wnH with Coiress to address 6ltne concerns WASHINGTON (AP)~-A<T ter a Supreme Qourt decision overruling war crimes trials for Quantanamo Bay detainees, President George Bush suggested today he would seek Congress' approval to proceed with trying terrorism suspects before military tribunals. To the extent that there Is latitude to work with the Congress to determine whether or not the military tribunals will be an avenue In which to give . people their day In court, we American people need to Know that the ruling, as I understand it, won't cause killers to be put out on the street." Bush said little more, saying he had received only a "drive- by briefing" on the ruling just out earlier this morning. The Supreme Court decided that Bush's proposed trials for certain detainees at the controversial U.S. prison In Cuba were Illegal under U.S. law and International Geneva conventions. A separate opinion, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, appeared to Invite Bush to go to Congress to ' seek the authority to change that. LIGHTER SIDE FEDERAL WAY, W98h. (AP) the school board In this suburb between Seattle and Tacoma has (lip- flopped on (lip-flops. The board voted Tuesday to drop a proposed flip-flop ban on grounds that It would be Impossible to enforce. Twp antl'fljjHIflp board members phased the,!* rilristo ajte; hearing, ujp- peale from parents and students. The panel had taken a preliminary vote on (lip-flops tw« weeks^fl 1 don't 8«9niyw« are disrespectful," Board P Evelyn CestfJar jsaid, The dresjt code adopted Tue^ay bans students frpmVearing slippers, pajamas, hajter tops, any shirt that exposes the atomaoh, low-riding pants and any shorts or sKlrts that end hjjjher tljpn a stuctenff fingertips When she Is standing with her arms at her fide. /'• ' ' • x ••;.;,' COMING SUNDAY ffIMP' w^fw9^99if A retired Oberlin colonel is on a new mission, ^B> w»nBBI w If wW MnVHw INSIDE this & that A2 Kansas A3 Opinion A4 Entertainment A5 Obituaries A6 Financial A6 National A7 Sports flf Scoreboard B2 Classifieds 94 Comics B7 Annie's Mailbox B7 OUTSIDE UCILFMEUST Tonight, mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid-60s. South winds 10 to 20 rrlph. Expanded weather, page A8. 2 sections, 16 pages CONTACT us: PHONE: (79$) 628-1061 Ofl (900)1974017 FAX: (785) 628-8186

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