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25 CENTS SALINA The Salina Journal SALINA, KANSAS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1981 110th YEAR No. 324 22 Pages UPI Photo WINTRY WEATHER — Pedestrians in Dea Moines, Iowa, use umbrellas Thursday to shield themselves against blowing snow as the first blast of wintry weather hit the state. Between one and three inches of snow piled up in Iowa during Thursday's storm. Snowstorm flails nation's midsection Senate okays spending bill WASHINGTON (UPI) — The But he would not say where Reagan By United Press International An unrelenting snowstorm in the nation's midsection killed at least a dozen people by Friday and caused plane crashes, traffic pileups and the roof of a stadium to collapse. A storm dumping up to a foot of snow on northern and western Michigan was blamed for the crash of a state police airplane that landed and flipped over on a slick runway late Thursday at Marquette County Airport. Five people on the plane suffered minor injuries. The storm that blanketed most of In Sunday's Salina Journal Several features highlight Sunday's Salina Journal. • Fifty-six buffalo went on the auction block Wednesday at the Kansas Fish and Game Commission's annual sale at the Maxwell Game Reserve. Pictures on Sunday's Spotlight page capture some of the action. • Saturday is a big day for Kansas football. The University of Kansas will take on Missouri, with the winner likely to advance ' to a post-season bowl game. And many area high school teams are still in the running in the state football playoffs. The Journal's sports pages will have the results. • McPherson's Keith Greenwood, "the tax party Postmaster," has retired. Linda Mowery reports on the Great Plains page. • As Christmas nears and gift- finding pressures mount, the handmade products and treats featured at bazaars become even more popular. Page One of % the Living Today section has the latest. Today\ Today is Friday, Nov. 20th, the 324th day of 1981 with 41 to follow. Inside KANSAN among fatalities in crash of experimental aircraft. Page 2. "HOW insolently hypocritical can a nation get?" Editorial comment, Page 4. MAGIC gets his way, Westhead fired as LA coach. Page 11. KU set for clash against Missouri. Page 11'. Area News 15 Living 6 Church News...8 Local 10 Comics 21 Markets 9 Courts 9 Opinion 4 Crossword 7 Sports 11-13 Deaths 9 TV-Films 14 Dr. Donohue....5 Want-Ads... 16-21 Hospitals 9 Weather 9 Weather Mostly cloudy East, sunny West Friday. High* in the upper 30s Northeast to low 50s West. Clear Friday night- Lows around 30 Northeast to low 30> West. Sunny and warmer Saturday- Highs in the upper 40s and 50j. Minnesota with 12 to 14 inches of heavy snow was responsible for the death of two teenagers, the loss of power to 100,000 homes and the collapse of the fabric roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The double-layer roof deflated Thursday night on the stadium still under construction. There were no injuries reported. The storm may turn out to be one of the worst in Minnesota's history- The snowfall was the most to fall in 24 hours in the Twin Cities area since the Armistice Day blizzard of 1940. "In terms of damage, this is prob- ably one of the worst winter storms we've ever had," said Tom Bushee, a spokesman for Northern States Power Co. "We've received all kinds of heart rending calls." The wet snow snapped scores of power lines in the Twin Cities area, knocking out power to about 130,000 homes and businesses. About 100,000 were still without power late Thursday and prospects for restoration were not bright. "We are strongly urging people without power to prepare to be without heat and electricity for a couple of days," said Tom Bushee, spokesman for Northern States Power Co. The northwestern Wisconsin communities of Medford and Bloomer reported six inches of snow. There were numerous power outages in Medford and one motorist on his way to Bloomer reported it took an hour to go 10 miles. There also were weather-related deaths Thursday in South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska. In Lincoln, Neb., Mabel B. Yeany, 91, apparently got locked out of her home while sweeping the sidewalk. "From all indications, it appears she came out to sweep snow off her sidewalk and died of exposure," a police spokesman said. 3 die in mishap near Osborne OSBORNE — Three Osborne residents were killed in a two-vehicle accident south of Osborne Thursday evening, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The patrol said the three victims — Roberta Boden, 39; Tom K. Dooley, 14, and Richard E. Goheen, 40 — were in a car which collided with a tractor-trailer truck hauling propane. Truck driver Robert H. Jones, 48, Lenora, suffered a minor shoulder injury. south of Osborne at approximately 6 p.m. In another accident Thursday, a Robinson woman was killed in a weather- related, two-vehicle mishap on an icy bridge near Hiawatha, the patrol said. Jane A. Folsom, 30, Robinson, was driving west on K-36 when she lost control of the vehicle on an icy bridge and her vehicle collided with a northbound truck. The accident occurred five miles The accident occurred at 4:30 p.m. A passenger in the car, 10-year-old Cindy Dooley, was taken to Osborne County Hospital and transferred to Wichita's Wesley Medical Center, where she's reported in critical condition. The accident occurred when the northbound truck ran off US-281, came back on the highway, flipped onto its side and skidded into the southbound car. Senate, after an all-night session, early Friday approved an emergency funding bill to keep the government running. Then it raced the clock to resolve billions of dollars of differences with the House. With funding set to run out at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, President Reagan indicated the Senate bill was acceptable to him. But the White House raised the continued threat of a veto if the measure is watered down in a House-Senate conference later Friday. Weary senators worked all night to fashion an alternative to a House- passed bill whose $417.4 billion cost brought the veto threat. At 6:49 a.m. EST, they gave 69-26 approval to a version that cut $3.3 billion from the House bill and would keep the government operating through March 31. The White House quickly suggested the House would be wise to adopt the Senate version. "It is the administration's position ... that we're hopeful the conference can produce something the president can sign," said deputy press secretary Larry Speakes. "We generally support the Senate bill, but would not like to see any erosion in the Senate's figures." Speakes said Reagan would have preferred even deeper cuts in the bill. might draw the line between an acceptable bill and one that might fall victim to a veto as a "budget-busting" measure. "We just have to wait to see what happens," he said. House Speaker Thomas O'Neill criticized the Senate for making too many cuts "on the humane side" — in various social programs — and said he would oppose any conference report that basically adopts the Senate position. With billions of dollars still separating the House and Senate, he said it was doubtful the matter could be resolved before midnight. Any compromise drafted by the conferees must be approved by the House and Senate before going to the White House — raising the possibility of another late-night session. 21 hours of debate The Senate vote came at the close of nearly 21 hours of debate that included 25 roll call votes. It's pretty obvious to this senator that he's not going to see his little daughter tonight," Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, bellowed at one point in the debate in which, on occasion, tempers flared. The turning point had come two (See SENATE, Page 2) Ottawa County sheriff has lot of storms to weather By LINDA MOWERY Great Plain* Editor MINNEAPOLIS - The cells are vacant now except for an occasional overnight or weekend prisoner. Ottawa County Sheriff Dean Dunham walks through the empty jail, explaining the "altercation" of Sept. 13 and his recent problem with what he calls "dumb rumors." There are those, he says, who are "out to get me." Dunham, however, considers himself a Christian. And Christians turn the other cheek. "It doesn't matter if you're sore at someone or not," he says. "You help them when they're in trouble." At 56, Dunham IB having his share of trouble!. In the part few months: • His jail was temporarily closed by the Ottawa County Commission. • A deputy and undersheriff quit, leaving Dunham to replace them with inexperienced help. At present, the sheriff is the only member of his four- man department to have trained at Hutchinson's Law Enforcement Academy. • Officials at Bennington and Delphos decided to terminate their towns' contracts with the county for police protection. Bennington hired Ron DeW- itt, Dunham's former deputy, as its law officer. Delphos selected Anna Sweezer, the former undersheriff. These events have helped fuel criticism of Dunham and have led to expressed doubts by some about his ability to be sheriff. Problems with the jail came to a head after Minneapolis Police Chief Ken White said his men would no longer check the facility at night. He cited the incident on Sept. 13, when the sheriff called a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper to help control a prisoner. In a letter to Dunham and the commissioners, White said the lighting in the jail was inadequate and he was afraid for his men's safety. On Sept. 14, commissioners made their decision to close the jail temporarily, with prisoners to be housed there only during the night or on weekends. Suspects are now sent to Republic County, more than 50 miles away. "Throughout 1981 the Ottawa County commissioners have been aware of difficulties in the sheriff's office relating to the operation of the Ottawa County jail," officials said in a prepared news release. "...The county commissioners worked with the sheriff's office to resolve these problems, but the southwest jail window was allowed by the sheriff's office to remain open and the sheriff's office allowed prisoners to tamper with light fixtures so that adequate lighting was not available for night-time jail checks. "Within a four-day period in September there were two inmate altercations regarding contraband in the jail... The second incident occurred on Sept. 13. At that time the prisoners had in their possession a broomstick, several razor blades and a towel wrapped and tied around some type of heavy object." "We're not law enforcement experts," Ottawa County Commission Chairman Bob Aylward told The Salina Journal later. "Things were pretty well happening that we had no authority over." Commissioners and County Attorney Karen Barefield have refused to point the finger of blame at one person. "Everybody has trouble with jails," Barefield says. Aylward, however, says the trouble "has been more intense" since Dunham returned to office last January. The sheriff contends the prisoner incidents have been exaggerated. There were no razor blades, no heavy object, he says. Dunham believes the jail needs some (See SHERIFF, Page 2) CELLS EMPTY — Other than an occasional overnight or weekend prisoner, the cells at Journal Photo the Ottawa County Jail are empty, by order of the county Commission. otection. Bennington hired Ron DeW- west jail window was allowed by the (See SHERIFF, Page 2) weexena prisoner, UK c,«« m Commission. Rules mix-up causes confusion among GOP hopefuls By DALE GOTER Staff Writer A clarification of the rules for nominating a candidate for the vacant 71st District legislative seat was causing some last-minute scurrying Friday among the six persons who will seek the post at Sunday's district convention. Saline County Republican Chairwoman Selma Steele, herself a candidate for the seat vacated by Jerry Simpson, had announced earlier that any registered Republican could nominate a candidate for the post at Sunday's convention. However, Mrs. Steele later checked with national party officials and other legal authorities and learned Thursday that the nomination can be made only by one of the 23 precinct committee\ men and committeewomen eligible to vote at the convention. A problem The ruling has created a problem for at least one of the candidates, and could put others in a bind, as well. George Rickey Robertson told The Journal Friday that he may have to consider dropping from the race if he doesn't find somebody on the convention list to nominate him. Robertson aaid Mrs. Steele had advised him earlier that the candidates should try to find someone other than the 23 committee members W make the nomination. "It had halfway been requested to keep the pressure off of them," Robertson said. Candidate Liz Duckers also said she was engaged in some last-minute scrambling to find a committee member to nominate her at the convention. Mrs. Duckers said she had a "back-up" on the list who would nominate her if she had difficulty finding another committee member to enter her name officially. Don Tasker told The Journal Friday that he had found someone to nominate him, but only after he had made more than a dozen phone calls Thursday night. "I wai about ready to throw in the sponge," be •aid. "Everybody I called said they had been called by three or four others already. Tasker said he would be nominated by Joan McConnell, 1314 Roach, but still needed to find someone to second the nomination. Bob Ott, the sixth candidate to enter the race, said Friday he would be nominated by State Sen. Ben Vidricksen. Candidate Randall Duncan could not be reached for comment. The problem could be compounded by the absentee rate at Sunday's convention, which begins at 1 p.m. in the First National Handi-Bank at the Mid State Mall. Four or five of the 23 committee members are not expected to attend, and others on the list may not be in a position to nominate candidates because of employment conflicts or other considerations. Some question also remains about the necessity for a second to each nomination. Robertson said he understood that the convention delegates have the authority to waive the seconding requirement, but was unsure whether that action would be taken.. If a second would be required, it would mean (See RULES, PageS)

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