The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 4, 1998 · Page 2
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A2 THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 1998 NEWS & EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL! H I mmmmtm H^immmmmmM T ELECTION '98: GOVERNOR M LOOK HliBaa Democrats search for candidate 4 Thursday listing Events • MUSIC: Baby Jason and the Spankers, blues trio, Salina Parks and Recreation's 'That's Entertainment" Concert Series. 8-10 p.m., Oakdale Park Stage. Free. 826-7434. • PUBLIC MEETING: Smoky Hill/Central Kansas Education Service Center Board of Directors. 7:30 p.m., 1648 W. Magnolia. 825-9185. • OPEN MICROPHONE: The Daily Grind, 104 S. Firth, 8-10:30 p.m. Tom Cannon is host. Free. • ABILENE: Gallery talk by Mary Seeley, collector of Presidential Christmas cards. 10 a.m., Eisenhower Museum. Free. 263-4751. • HAYS: Northwest Kansas Singles Club Dance, music by Sly Ridge. 8 p.m.- midnight, Fanchon Ballroom. $6, $4. Age 21 and over. 628-2550. Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to include name, address and telephone number. Party officials say they still will field viable candidate for governor Dedication By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press 5 Friday • EVENT: Seniors Fishing Day, sponsored by the Salina Parks and Recreation Department. 7:30-11 a.m., Lakewood Lake. Free. 826-7434. « EVENT: Super Senior Day. Noon luncheon, Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. $2 lunch. 827-9818. • PROGRAM: "An Unquiet Night with Harley Elliott," lecture, readings and images by the artist. 7 p.m., Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe. $3. 827-1431. • LEBANON: "The Heart of Rock and Roll," music club program. 8 p.m., Community Hall. 389-1491. • MARION: 2nd Annual Chingawassa Days. 316-382-3425. Dedication set for Saint Francis Center A dedication of the new Saint Francis Center, a sanction house for juvenile offenders, will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday in the center's courtyard at 1646 N. Ninth. The sanction house, one of the first in Kansas to be located in a nonsecure facility, is for juvenile offenders who need only short- term out-of-home placement. A grant from the Juvenile Justice Authority through Saline County Community Corrections funded start-up costs. Speakers at the dedication will be Rev. Canon Phillip J. Rapp, president of the Saint Francis Academy; Rev. Thomas Campbell, executive director of the center; John Pera, chairman of the Saint Francis national board of directors; and Flavel Simcox, vice chairman of the national board. From Staff Reports TOPEKA — Wanted: One candidate for Kansas governor. Must be willing to run as a Democrat in a Republican state. Political experience and good speaking voice preferred but not necessary. Things haven't gotten so grim for Democratic leaders that they've put such a classified advertisement in newspapers. But they still are scrambling to find a gubernatorial candidate, and the deadline.for someone to put his or her name on the ballot is noon June 10. "Give us a couple more days," Brett Cott, the state Democratic Party's executive director, said Wednesday. The latest frustration for Democratic leaders was the announcement Tuesday by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, Topeka, that he would not seek the gubernatorial nomination. T BOMB SCARE Hensley became the third prominent legislator, after Sen. Janis Lee, Kensington, and retiring Rep. Jack Wempe, Little River, to publicly consider the race, then drop out. Republican Gov. Bill Graves enters the election with high approval ratings, and a strong economy has allowed four consecutive years of tax cuts. But conservative Republicans are dissatisfied with Graves because of his moderate stand on abortion and his veto in 1997 of a bill allowing the carrying of concealed weapons. Former state Republican Chairman David Miller is challenging Graves in the August primary. Democratic leaders contend their party has an opportunity if Miller wins the primary by appealing to moderate Republicans. But they acknowledge they need to have a credible gubernatorial candidate. "The reality is, David Miller could win that primary," said House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita. Most recent speculation is that state Democratic Chairman Den- campai ** '~' nis Langley will run for his party's nomination. Langley, the chief executive of a natural gas company, did not return telephone calls Wednesday. But Cott said other prominent Democrats are considering a gubernatorial race. He mentioned Sen. Marge Petty, Topeka; former House Speaker Marvin Barkis, a Louisburg attorney; and Jim Parrish, a former state senator and former state Democratic chairman. Sawyer's name also has been mentioned, but he said he would run "only if there's nobody else." Petty was traveling out of state and could not be reached for comment. Parrish, when told he has been mentioned as a potential candidate, said, "You're not just making this up? "It hasn't been brought to my attention in a serious manner." Barkis said he is enjoying his life as a small-town attorney, "wallowing in the normal." Barkis was speaker in 1991-92 but lost a race for re-election to the House, then ran unsuccessfully in 1994 for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. "I can't even imagine asking someone to donate money to me," Barkis said. "I just don't like begging for money." Democratic leaders do not want to give their party's nomination by default to the Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., Topeka. Phelps has said he will run but has not filed. Phelps is a Baptist preacher best known for his colorful public demonstrations against homosexuality. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1990 and 1994 and for the U.S. Senate in 1992. In one recent fax to news organizations, Phelps promised to fly the flag of Zimbabwe at his Westboro Baptist Church because that nation's president has denounced homosexuals. The fax called the United States a "land of perverts" and said his church "is ashamed to be American" and prays "for God's punishment to come." Salina Journal Suspected bomb is ruled a hoax Published seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, P.O. Box 740, Salina, Kan. 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. (USPS 478-060) HARRIS RAYL, publisher, hrayl@saljournal.cbm DEPARTMENTS • ADVERTISING: JEANNY SHARP, director, Jsharp @sal]oumal.com • BUSINESS: DAVID MARTIN, manager, dmartln9saljoumal.com • NEWS: SCOTT SEIREFI, executive editor, 823-6363 Salina sseirer@saljoumal.com CIRCULATION: BRYAN SANDMEIER, manager, bsandmei&saljoumal.com PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON, manager, datkinso@saljoumal.com 1-866-827-6363 Kansas SUBSCRIPTIONS EXTENSION 350 E-mail: sjclrc@saljournal.com • NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. Weekends and holidays, call your carrier or the number above. In Salina, If you call by 10 a.m., your paper will be delivered that day. Out-of-town subscribers will receive missed papers the following day. • CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT HOURS: Open at 5:30 a.m. daily. Closes at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, noon on weekends, 10 a.m. on holidays. • CARRIER RATES: $15 for one month, $42 for three months. • RATES BY MOTOR ROUTE: $16 for one month, $48 for three months. ADVERTISING EXTENSION 250 E-mail: sjadv@saljournal.com • CLASSIFIED AND DISPLAY AD HOURS: Between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. FAX NUMBERS ALL DEPARTMENTS 823-32O7 NEWS DEPARTMENT 827-6363 KG air traffic disrupted after possible bomb found at radar center By The Associated Press OLATHE — A suspected bomb that interrupted air traffic around Kansas City after it was found inside a flight control center Wednesday was a hoax, the FBI said. At least 175 planes were routed around Kansas City and another 80 were grounded at the city's main airport after the object was removed from the Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center in this Kansas City, Mo., suburb. Shaped like a coffee thermos, the cylindrical object was found about 10 a.m. by an employee who walked into a downstairs men's restroom, saw the object and became suspicious, FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza said. Bomb squad officials arrived soon after and removed the object, which was later found to contain liquid and had an attached fuse, "It caused some problems at the FAA, and this kind of thing is not to be taken lightly." Jeff Lanza FBI spokesman Lanza said. Tests showed the object's contents to be a sugary, water-based liquid with no explosive qualities. "It's not a bomb, although it appeared to be one," Lanza said. "We do believe that someone put it there to have an effect. We have a criminal investigation into this matter. It caused some problems at the FAA, and this kind of thing is not to be taken lightly." The FBI had no leads or suspects. Anne Eldridge, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration's southern region in Atlanta, said 175 to 200 flights were rerouted and 80 aircraft were held on the ground at Kansas City International Airport for periods of 15 to 44 minutes. About 200 people work at the center, and most of those on duty when the object was found were evacuated, said controller John Tune, the center's representative of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. But a minimum staff remained inside to keep necessary operations going, he said. "For an individual to volunteer and work a position whenever they know something is wrong with the facility, it takes a real dedicated employee," Tune said. "Those people deserve some real kudos." The center resumed normal operations at 11:24 a.m., Eldridge said. "It was a smooth operation," Tune said. The center controls air traffic for planes traveling through most of Missouri and Kansas, large parts of Illinois and Oklahoma, and small areas of Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas and Iowa. Wednesday's incident was the'.' latest in a series of problems for the center, which along with the; KCI radar system has suffered a series of radar outages. The Olathe center also maintains a backup radar system that is used during outages of KCI's radar. Olathe's backup system failed most recently in April, when it, went down for 22 minutes. KCI air" traffic was not affected, officiafs! said. ,.,'; In October, the center's backup, system failed twice, leaving con-, trollers with limited or no radar data for up to 15 minutes, an official with the National Air Traffic Controllers union said. OPEN HOUSE JUNE 6 & 7 SATURDAY 9-5 SUNDAY 1 - 5 Grand Opening Of Cedar Creek, Salina's Most Exclusive Manufactured Home Community. This luxurious facility offers the Cedar Community Center and storm shelter. The timing is perfect to select your home site and your new Melvin Home. Complete with carport and custom step or deck. ELVIN ONES Both locations will have their model homes at this open house. 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