The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 20, 1998 · Page 9
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WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 1998 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B T KANSAS TOUR KU staffers take in culture of western Kansas Tour is planned to put KU staff in touch with lives of rural Kansans By CHAD HAYWORTH The Salina Journal Couple geographic isolation with a faculty and staff that has few native Kansans, and it's easy to see how folks at the University of Kansas seem to fall out of touch with the lives and issues of those in central and western parts of the state. To combat that, university chancellor Robert Hemingway started a program last year to introduce groups of KU employees to sights and people they might otherwise never meet. During this year's Wheat State Whirlwind Tour, 37 people from all sections of the University will travel more than 1,500 miles in a six- day stretch, most of it on two-lane state highways. "The trip allows us to engage with the people in our communities," said Erin Spiridigliozzi, the assistant dean of the college of liberal arts and sciences, who is leading the tour. "As a state-supported institution, that's something that we are not always able to do just sitting up on the hill." On Tuesday, the group stopped at the Land Institute, 2440 E. Water Well, to learn more about the nonprofit organization's research into natural systems agriculture. Other Tuesday stops included the Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg. "Most of (the tour's participants) don't have any concept of anything west of Topeka," Spiridigliozzi said. "Before I starting working on last year's tour, I couldn't pick out Garden City or Liberal on a map, which is probably pretty typical of a lot of people in eastern Kansas." Spiridigliozzi said the tour gives glimpses of lives far removed from those of the people who spend most of their days in classrooms or research facilities in Lawrence and Kansas City. "Part of my responsibilities as tour director is to expose the group to different parts of the continuum," she said. "For example, we're in Salina today, and on Wednesday, we'll be at the KSU ag research facility in Hays. So we go from natural based agriculture to how to increase crop production." As part of the tour, the group will visit a bison herd in Gove County, the Kickapoo Nation School in Powhattan and members of Garden City's burgeoning Asian and Hispanic communities. The tour purposely has a rural western Kansas flavor, Spiridigliozzi said. "The cities in the state serve as hubs, particularly for manufacturing," she said. "But that's not what really makes Kansas tick." Cindy Teel, an assistant professor in the school of nursing, said part of her job requires that she understand the heath care needs and resources available for older Kansans. But when it comes to agriculture —the state's economic engine — she didn't know much. "This is my first opportunity to see some of that up close," said Teel, who grew up in California. "It certainly has changed my perspective of what is here." '• ; Research led Bryan Gulp to take part in the trip. An archivist responsible for managing the papers donated by former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, he is hoping to meet folks who can share their insights on the Russell Republican. -: "I'm hoping that they will open up their^attics and basements to find memorabilia and share their stories with me," he said. The tour wraps up Friday after a short swing through south-central and southeast Kansas.; BRIEFLY Western Kansas lawyer to take on Moran Moscow attorney Jim Phillips plans to be in Salina Friday to announce he's running for the U.S. House of Representatives from the First District, which almost covers the western two-thirds of Kansas. Phillips, a Democrat, said he wants to offer an alternative to the agenda of the national Republican Party. The seat he plans to seek is held by Republican Jerry Moran of Hays. In a news release, Phillips talked about corporate hogs and other issues of importance to rural Kansas. He described himself as "an advocate of the principle that Congress has an obligation to adopt policies that will preserve family farms, raise farm income, promote decent and affordable health care and strengthen public education by reducing class size and creating more diversity in educational offerings." He criticized recent action by Congress to slash funding for bilingual education. Phillips will be in Salina at 4:45 p.m. at the Leisure Years Center, 245 N. Ninth. He also will visit Emporia, Liberal, Garden City and Hutchinson. Speakers available to talk about water Volunteers from eight state water-related agencies will make themselves available to groups and organizations in search of speakers. The Kansas Water Resources Speakers Bureau is a joint effort of the Kansas Water Office, KSU Research and Extension, Kansas geological and biological surveys and the departments of wildlife and parks, agriculture and health and environment. "We can provide a well-qualified speaker for just about any water and related land resource topic or issue that state government deals with," said Al LeDoux, director of the water office. Requests can be made by calling toll-free at 1-888-KAN-WATER or 1-888-526-9283. Highway Patrol to have bolder cars TOPEKA — Kansas Highway ' Patrol cruisers soon will be sporting a new look. The 380 cruisers will have new side markings starting in July and August, Col. Lonnie McCollum, the patrol superintendent, said Tuesday. "We wanted to make a bolder statement," McCollum said. "The new marks not only better identify our vehicles as police cars but as Kansas Highway Patrol cars." The new design has the words "Kansas State Trooper" on the doors in bold letters with a trooper badge to one side. The front bumper and trunk lid will continue to display a "State Trooper" marking. McCollum said the new markings will differ in color, depending on the vehicle. For instance, a black cruiser may have gold letters while a gray cruiser will have blue letters. Patrol cars are resold when they reach 49,000 miles. Man's body found in creek at Fort Riley FORT RILEY — A man's body was found submerged in a creek at Fort Riley on Tuesday. Deb Skidmore, spokeswoman for the post, said the body had not been identified by late afternoon. The body was discovered about noon in the water near a bridge on Old U.S. 77. From Staff and Wire Reports Web work KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Jason Buchanan climbs a web of upper support struts Tuesday afternoon while setting up the car and motorcycle ride of The Mighty Thomas Carnival in Gibson's parking lot, 321 S. Broadway. Buchanan, Salina, was working with the road crew for the Austin, Texas, carnival to have rides up and running for Thursday's opening. The carnival is expected to run through Monday. T BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS T WANDERING BABY Toddler picked up off street Hospital to stop making birth announcements By The Associated Press PRAIRIE VILLAGE — One day after learning how to unlock doors, a 2-year-old boy utilized that newfound skill and wandered from his home, only to be found by an early morning newspaper deliverer. The toddler, clad in diapers and a striped nightshirt, was found at about 4:40 a.m. by Mark Betty, who was delivering The Kansas City Star. Betty said that he noticed something in the middle of Mission Road, a main thoroughfare that is busy during the day but virtually deserted in the pre-dawn hours. "I slowed the truck down and said, 'That's a human being in the middle of the street,' " Betty said Monday afternoon. "I asked, 'Are you lost?' and he just looked at me." Betty got out to pick up the boy, but the toddler Concern over liability and abductions leads to change in its policy By DAN ENGLAND Tlie Salina Journal Because of liability concerns stemming from unwed mothers and concerns about infant abductions, public announcements of babies born at Salina Regional Medical Center will stop July 1. The hospital's listing of births, including parents and the baby's weight, is published daily in the Journal under the heading of On The Record. "The hospital wants to get out of the business of providing the names of parents who have given birth to the media," said Betsy Wearing, director of marketing for the hospital. Wearing said at least 25 percent of all mothers aren't married. The hospital won't release the names of unmarried fathers because of liability issues. "It becomes difficult for us because we would need the consent of the father," Wearing said, "and so we would have to constantly try to figure out whether they really are the T SALINA PLANNING COMMISSION father or track them down, and that's not really what we're here for. So 'the mothers are upset with us, and we don't want that. It's gotten to be more of an issue than the staff has the time to attend to." Another concern, Wearing said, is that publishing the names of new parents can be a "red flag" for those planning to abduct an infant from the hospital. "We realize that this is not an everyday occurrence in this part of the country," she said. "But it would only take one time for it to happen for everyone to feel pretty badly." ' Wearing said the hospital would provide a form along with other information that new parents could fill out and submit to the news media. ' Besides the hospital list, the Journal publishes information about babies, including their names, siblings and parents, in the Life section on Tuesdays and Sundays. Under a new policy tied to concerns about paternity, the signatures of both parents are required, said Scott Seirer, executive editor. "We may have to expand that to every day so it's more timely," Seirer said. Talks on Green Lantern delayed until June 16 By The Journal Staff Residents who wanted to speak to the Salina Planning Commission on a proposed expansion of the Green Lantern facility at Iron and Ohio streets were tbld Tuesday afternoon to wait. The planning commission has recommended the city commission grant an extension for the company to file development plans. Jim Maes, Green Lantern vice president, said the company needed only until the commission's June 16 meeting to make plan revisions that were recommended by planning staff. Several residents who were at the meeting expressed displeasure at having to return for another meeting. Green Lantern needs a change in zoning to build six car wash bays at the corner of Iron and Connecticut streets. It plans to tear down five existing bays and expand its convenience store, Maes said. If the extension was not granted, Green Lantern could refile its request. It would cost the company a $325 filing fee, but Maes said he was more concerned about a delay of two months or more. Surgical center The commission approved a plan for an outpatient surgical center, at the corner of Santa Fe and South streets. ; • The 26,586 square-foot facility ;is a project of Salina Surgical Properties, a cooperative venture between Salina Regional Health Center and local doctors. Construction is estimated to take about a year. ~ tried to run before letting Betty lift him into the delivery truck. Betty tried to get the boy to tell him where his home was, or at least give his name, but the boy just held Betty's hand and sat mute. Betty drove the child to a nearby gas station to call for help. A clerk fed the boy crackers until police showed up to try to find the boy's home. Officers drove around the neighborhood until they located a house with an open door about two blocks from where the boy was found. At 6 a.m., they woke a woman inside the house and asked her whether the boy was hers. He was. Most mornings, the boy wakes up and goes to his mother's room, said Prairie Village Police Lt. Gary Pruitt. But the mother was sleeping in another room with a sick child Monday morning, Pruitt said. The toddler, police said, probably slipped out of the house in search of his mother. Road house KELLY PRESNELL /The Salina Journal Jerry Hemmy watches from his car as the house he and his wife, Hannelore, bought is trucked east on Pacific Street Tuesday morning. The structure, the former Galerie House at 432 S. Fifth, was moved to 318 S. Woodward, and Hemmy was keeping an eye on the goings-on while following the slow-moving convoy out of town. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearlng@saljournal.com

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