The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 4, 1998 · Page 1
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 1

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, June 4, 1998
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Rush night Salinans swarm to sign up kids for summer recreation classes/B1 PLAINS Cliff-hanger In overtime, Jazz slip by Bulls to win Game 1 of NBA Finals/D1 : Cause of German train crash is a mystery / A5 • Crazy Horse: Family follows father's dream of carving mountain / C4 INSIDE the Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 Hjgh:67 Low: 48 Cloudy with a 30 percent chance for rain today and tonight / B3 WEATHER Classified / C5 Comics / B4 Deaths/A7 Great Plains/B1 Health / C1 Money / C3 Sports/ D1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX THURSDAY JUNE 4, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents V POWER OUTAGE Loss of electricity puts mall in the dark Transformer malfunction blacks out western half of Central Mall for hours By CHAD HAYWORTH The Salina Journal Waldenbooks manager Alice Terry sat outside her closed Central Mall store Wednesday afternoon, working on some paperwork and answering questions from mall patrons who were, well, in the dark about why the west side of the mall was dark. An electrical problem killed power to 10 stores and the Na- tionsBank branch on the west side of Central Mall, shutting them down for much of the day. "Most of the people I have talked to have been very nice," Terry said. "They all said they could come back later." Mall acting operations manager Don Schrock said KPL workers in an empty storefront doing renovations shut the electricity off at 7 a.m., with plans to turn it on again at 9 a.m. When they threw the switch, something malfunctioned in a transformer, throwing neighboring stores in the dark. The power was restored about 3:30 p.m. and most of the stores were open by 4 p.m., he said. Chris Cole, KPL operations manager, said a part had to be brought in from Topeka to fix the problem. "The transformer is probably as old as the mall," Cole said. "We didn't have an identical unit to replace it with, so we had to do some wiring modifications to make it work, which is slowing us up some." Up and down the corridor, written notes posted on closed gates asked customers and employees scheduled to work for their patience, and to check back later in the afternoon. Unable to ring up sales, the merchants had left. But at Waldenbooks, Terry said either she or her assistant manager had sat outside the store all day to greet would-be customers. "1 heard stories from some of the other stores about people who drove in from out of town to shop that were a little upset," she said. "But for us, Wednesday is about the best day of the week for something like this to happen. At least it wasn't Saturday." Terry said the mall seemed a little less crowded than normal. She said this wasn't the first time her store was forced to close. A few years ago, a storm tore off part of the mall's roof, soaking the back half of the store. Other than keeping her from cataloguing a shipment of special- order books that were to arrive Wednesday, Terry said the outage hadn't kept her from staying busy. "But I have a lot of work piled on my desk," she said. "I had hoped to get to it today." T WEATHER Quest for a Deana Teske has a bit of trouble removing her crown after an appearance at the Shawnee County Public Library. Teske reads to children and their parents during the Shawnee County Public Library Family Festival, a program to promote reading in Topeka. KSU-Salina admissions rep hopes this year's the one when she'll capture Miss Kansas title In the punning Other contestants from northwest or north-central Kansas are: Kelsey Carver, Colby Shantel Ringler, Sylvan Grove By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal Deana Teske, Miss Topeka, works out at the Salina YMCA recently In preparation for the Miss Kansas Pageant in Pratt. A new Miss Kansas will be crowned Saturday. PHOTOS BY KELLY PRESNELL / THE SALINA JOURNAL he pumps iron. She climbs the Stairmaster. She does > aerobics. She practices her * vocal number. But there's always something Miss Kansas Pageant contestant Deana Teske thinks she can improve, which is why she's in Pratt making her fourth attempt at the title. The winner will be crowned Saturday night. "It's always been a goal of mine, a hobby," she said. "I ask myself, 'What can I do better?' every year." Teske, an admissions representative at Kansas State University-Salina, won the right to advance to the state pageant by winning in October, for the second time, the Miss Topeka title. She was victorious in a small field. Previously she won competitions for Miss Manhattan-K-State and Miss Greater Kansas City. Teske, 23, is a native of St. Marys and graduated from Kansas State University in August with a degree in broadcast journalism and public relations. Teske has been entering beauty pageants since high school, when her affinity for singing and performing led her to enter a teen pageant. She finished as fourth runner-up. "I just decided to make a hobby of it," she said. Her dad was supportive, but her mom had reservations. "She didn't want me to get crushed if I lost." The Miss Kansas Pageant in Pratt is part of the Miss America Organization. Miss America, founded in 1921 as a "bathing beauty" contest, today wants to be known for providing scholarship opportunities for young women and promoting their voice in culture and politics. Last year Teske finished in the top 10 at the Pratt pageant, a finish that pleased and encouraged her. Besides competing in the Miss America Pageant, the Miss Kansas winner speaks to groups across the state and addresses thousands of children through work with the Kansas Children's Service League. As part of their entry, each contestant must do a community service project. Teske's project was "Readers are Leaders," aimed at increasing awareness of adult literacy programs. There are more than 44 million Americans who cannot read or write well enough to carry out simple tasks, she said. Teske has worked with children at public libraries and in schools. Teske feels confident of her chances this year at the Miss Kansas Pageant. For her talent portion she'll belt out a rendition of "Can't Help Lovin' That Man." "I love to sing," she said. "I like pop, jazz, more modern-type sounds." See CROWN, Page A7 Summer leaves overnight as sweatshirt weather hits Breezy 53 degrees greeted Salinans Wednesday morning By SHARON MONTAGUE Tlie Salina Journal What a difference a day makes. After a Tuesday high of about 90 degrees, temperatures dropped through the late evening and overnight, leaving Sali- nans shivering when the low temperature of 53 degrees was recorded at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The wind chill, by the way, was a cool 42 degrees. And by 3 p.m. Wednesday, the temperature had warmed to a mere 60 degrees at the Journal's weather station. That compares to a temperature of 90 degrees at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Steve Marien, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita, said temperatures aren't expected to warm up much in the next few days. Skies are expected to be cloudy through Sunday, with a chance of rain Thursday and Friday and high temperatures of 60 to 65 on Thursday and in the low 60s on Friday, Marien said. High temperatures are expected to be in the 60s on Saturday, the lower 70s on Sunday and the middle 70s on Monday. "There will be a gradual warming trend," Marien said. Such low temperatures in June are "fairly rare," Marien said, but not unheard of. Salina's record low for June 3 is 46, first recorded in 1897 and tied in 1924. "It's still late spring," Marien said, "and we're still getting cold air masses drifting down from Canada." True enough. But after record crowds flocked to Salina's Municipal Swimming Pool in Kenwood Park Saturday, when the mercury soared to 99 degrees, walking out the front door to face temperatures in the 50s seems, well, a bit chilling. As a cold front moved into Salina last night, temperatures dropped 21.7 degrees between midnight Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. 12:00 a.m. 12:30 a.m. 1:00 a.m. 1:30 a.m. 2:00 a.m. 2:30 a.m. 3:00 a.m. 3:30 a.m. 4:00 a.m. 4:30 a.m. 5:00 a.m. 5:30 a.m. 6:00 a.m. 6:30 a.m. 7:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Source: Journal weather station RICHAE MORROW /The Salina Journal

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