The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 7, 1997 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 7, 1997
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JHE SALINA JOURNAL * Great Plains TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1997 A3 *•.-# BRIEFLY T KSU LIBRARY •investigation into girl's death continues -in: 0SBORNE — Authorities are M (still investigating the death of a 3- .'IJyear-old Natoma girl who died h iThursday at HCA Wesley Medical •UGfehter in Wichita. ••-'r; Few details about the death or I -investigation have been released *'t6 the public. But authorities are .''•looking into the death of Natasha Renee Leiker, who was first taken Ola-Hays Medical Center for med- •nicol treatment and then flown to -rrthe Wichita hospital. ijrf;.,She was the daughter of Gary I-W/'Herndon of Hays and Melissa .vLeiker of Victoria. The child had -• liVed in Victoria until moving to Natoma about two weeks ago. The (•funeral is scheduled for today. -:>••.,The Osborne County Sheriffs ;;'Office and Kansas Bureau of In- s.vestigation are investigating. to ':, Recaptured inmate ran fer it on way to church on RUSSELL — An inmate being taken from his cell for a religious service Sunday morning decided instead to make a run for it. Once out of his cell, the inmate . Jl£d from a jailer and scaled a 10- \oot security fence on the south Side of the Russell County Sheriff's Office. The escape occurred about 8:05 a.m. About 40 minutes later, Daron r "Vtoelk, a city firefighter, called Ol .9lr after seeing a man wearing n "orange jail coveralls behind the residence of Ray Pruter. P_ Russell County Sheriff Tim j Hpjmes, deputy Jeff Bauske and • Russell police officer John Fletch- i er'-found the inmate and, after a i short foot-chase, captured him. j Authorities identified the inmate j as Kevin W. Hensley, who was in [ jail on a charge stemming from the i burglary of a Dorrance home, i j QJDerlin bank sold to company — Leawood-based Rg>]d Bane Corp. has acquired Farmers National Bank of Oberlin. "The transaction was completed wtUrsday. Terms were not released. Farmers National Bank, found- l^in 1886, employs 20 at two locations, said bank chairman CKarles Frickey. In addition to :he~ main bank in Oberlin, the bayfik has a branch in Norcatur. In conjunction with the acquisi- jpn, bank president Russell Mul- jjjin announced he'll retire at the gjj2 of the year. Mullikin has been p^sident of the bank since 1994. [""^rickey will replace Mullikin Bs-president and continue to serve as chairman of the" local Jjpard of directors, Gold Bane offi- Jljals said. & <j}old Bane owns banks in several Kansas cities including Seneca, Lea- Sjood, Shawnee and Clay Center. (ftidwest Energy to buy J&N Energy properties •2 KN Energy has signed a letter Bjl intent to sell its retail natural -'Us distribution properties to [idwest Energy, a customer- ed cooperative in Hays. Pending state and federal approval, Lakewood, Colo.-based KN Energy will sell natural gas listribution systems in 58 Kansas :ommunities, primarily in cen- ral and northwest Kansas. Terms >f Jhe sale were not released. "Approximately 60 KN Energy feniployees will be offered jobs with (SJidwest Energy, officials said, tjjkidwest Energy serves approx- Jgi&tely 35,000 electric, 12,000 nat- )Wal gas and 1,500 propane customers in 28 Kansas counties. i ,,tKN Energy will maintain some fclresence in Kansas, primarily through its gas gathering busi- "ness and interstate gas pipelines. gFJinchbaugh leads ^national ag panel •C ^Kansas State University econo- %0%t Barry Flinchbaugh has been J^riamed chairman of the Commis- £<j$ji>n on 21st Century Production ^Agriculture. i^.'The commission was estab- «|(ished by Sen. Pat Roberts, R- fjJKan., during his tenure as chair- Snjan of the House Agriculture sjOpmmittee. Members are charged *wijh examining the performance «$$,|he 1996 federal farm bill and raking recommendations for pol- £y after the bill expires in 2002. New KSU library named for ex-Salinans File photo Joe Hale and his wife, Joyce Vanier Hale, donated $2 million for the new K-State library. New complex replaces facility so old students fell through the floors From Staff and Wire Reports MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's new library complex, which replaces an old building notorious for its creaky condition, is named for a former Salina couple. About 250 people were on hand for Sunday's dedication of Hale Library, which is named for H.D. "Joe" and Joyce Hale of Overland Park. They donated $2 million to help fund the $30 million complex. Joe Hale is retired president of ADM Milling. His wife, Joyce Vanier Hale, is a former Salinan. The couple are majority owners of Sunflower Banks, which owns banks in Salina and other Kansas cities. At the dedication ceremony, K- State President Jon Wefald described the library as one of the "most beautiful buildings in the state of Kansas." The old Farrell Library was built in 1927 and had fallen into decline. Students told of falling through the floors and crawling through windows to get to the books. The $30 million project was funded by state appropriations, private donors and students, who voted themselves special assessments. Wefald said the coalition of supporters must be held together, to ensure the new complex is supplied with up-to-date materials. Plans for the complex began taking shape in 1989 when Todd Johnson won the student presidency on a pledge to renovate the library. "I only won by 50 votes and a lot of people didn't take my concerns about the library seriously because they had been having rallies about the library since 1969," said Johnson, who graduated in 1990 but came back for the dedication. In 1991, students assessed themselves $5 million in fees to help fund the project. The state of Kansas provided an additional $20 million and private donors raised another $5 million, including the $2 million gift from the Hales. "You have to understand that students aren't expected to fund academic buildings and academic projects," Wefald said. "So this is very singular in the experience of higher education in Kansas. And yet our students were willing, by a referendum of 99 percent, to take their hard- earned money and put it in this library building." Construction began in August 1994. The renovation involved, a 153,000-square-foot addition to the existing library and integrating library sections built in 1954 and 1970. The new library provides seating for 2,000 students. Special features include a 200-seat study area open 24 hours a day, officials said. Another former student body president, Jackie McClaskey, recalled the nightmare of trying to use the library's resources in 1991. "You always heard the stories of students actually climbing through windows from one of the old additions to get into the stacks of books, or stories about students who had fallen through floors that weren't safe," McClaskey said. . "It was very difficult to find anything, not enough space .— pretty much anything that coujd be wrong with a library needed io be changed." Beef industry joins others in safety work CEO of national cattle group to lead nationwide committee By SCOTT BAUER Tlie Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Finding new ways to make the country's food supply even safer will be one of the goals of a new committee that will represent the beef industry, government and the academic world, Nebraska's governor announced Monday. Emerging from a two-hour closed door meeting with 17 representatives of the beef industry nationwide, Gov. Ben Nelson said the committee will bring together researchers, producers and politicians to find a way to eradicate the E. coli bacteria from food. "Everybody wants to come together and solve the problem," Nelson said. No specific goals were unveiled for the task force, which will be chaired by Chuck Schroeder, chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen's Association. The group will take a hard look at such scientific advances as irradiation and biotechnology, Schroeder said. The group will be formed in the coming weeks and will represent interests across the country, he said. Nebraska will be well represented on the committee, he said. The state is the nation's No. 1 producer of beef. On a live basis, there were 8.7 billion pounds of cattle slaughtered in the state last year, according to the Nebraska Cattlemen's Association. There are about 28,000 beef producers in the state and beef production is worth an estimated $5 billion a year to Nebraska, according to the cattlemen. The announcement of the committee's formation comes after three high-profile food contamination scares that originated at Nebraska plants — the largest meat recall in U.S. history, a shipment of beef South Korean officials ordered sent back and a recall of 444,000 pounds linked to a rare positive bacteria test in federal inspectors' random store sampling. While the beef market has not suffered dramatic losses since the three E. coli contamination incidents, the industry needs to do a better job letting people know how to eradicate the bacteria, said John McMillin, a food analyst with Prudential Securities in New York. Wednesday, representatives from the beef industry will testify at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on food safety. U.S. Rep. Bill Barrett, R-Neb., said the country's food supply could be safer if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would approve irradiation — which uses gamma rays to kill microbes. Supporters say irradiation would help a food-inspection system that cannot guarantee meats are free.of E. coli, salmonella or other organisms that cause human illness. But it has strong opposition from consumers who fear the use of radioactivity. In the meantime, the only way consumers can be sure the meat is safe is to cook it thoroughly. The Associated Press Cowboys move cattle through gates at the Omaha, Neb., livestock market Monday. Nebraska Gov. Ben Nelson and producers talked about how to deal with allegations that beef is unsafe. US. experts go to South Korea for proof beef's bad By The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — A team of U.S. experts arrived Monday to assess South Korea's food inspection program, the latest development in a trade dispute touched off by the detec- tion of harmful bacteria on the surface of imported U.S. beef. The safety of U.S.-produced foods has become a major consumer concern in South Korea. Government inspectors recently detected E. coli bacteria in beef imported from Nebraska and ordered a local importer to return or destroy 18 tons of U.S. beef stored in warehouses. The four-member U.S. team wants to know how South Korean officials detected E. coli bacteria on the surface of frozen and sliced beef imported from IBP Inc., Nebraska's largest meatpacker. IBP has questioned that its meat sold to South Korea was contaminated. "We are concerned about it... I have no reason to believe there is a problem," said Kay Wachsmuth, deputy chief of the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Agriculture Department. The Seoul government has said it will provide details of the methods it used to detect the contamination but refused to allow the U.S. officials to test the meat. V WATER THEFT Probe of illegal tap into Salina water continues UPS legally sold taps on line to 2 businesses, but this tap was never authorized By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal ETC. The probe for an illegal water tap into a private water line on West North Street in Saline County continues, including an examination into the existence of a utility easement. "That's a question that's being looked into," said County Administrator David Criswell. County officials last week had the suspected area excavated, but Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski declined to say what, if anything, was found or what was taken into evidence. From Staff Reports The suspected tap served the recently ;i|vilson's Czechoslovakian heritage and a Wilson area store, K;ansas Orginals, will be in the spotlight today on the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. editions of the KSN news television broadcasts. opened Mario's Restaurant and Tavern at 1334 W. North. The property is owned by Salina businessman Ben Frick, and was supposed to be served by a private well. Health department officials alerted authorities when a routine test of the establishment's water revealed chlorine and fluoride, substances used in water treatment that are not usually found in well water. The alleged tap was on a private water line installed and paid for by UPS, which has a facility farther west on North Street. Frick has denied that his water system was hooked to the UPS line. The 4-inch, plastic pipe serving UPS was installed about six or seven years ago with city approval. "UPS paid to run a private (line) from the northeast corner of North and Broadway all the way to their building," said Salina Building Inspector Mike Peterson. "That was the most direct route to the city main." Subsequent to that, and with the city's permission, UPS sold taps on its line to two businesses on North Street: one to The Bean Co. and the other to Diesel Equipment Specialists. The businesses each paid $20,000 for the tap, then bought water at cost, Peterson said. Each tap was inspected by the city. The city contracts with the county to provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing and building inspections on all commercial and industrial projects. No plumbing inspection was done for a connection at 1334 W. North, Peterson said. "We would have been involved as a representative of the county by contract," he said. "Had a line been installed with the benefit of property permits we would have a record of it." The lack of paperwork "raises some questions," he said. He declined to say what was found at the site. He said tapping a line without shutting off the water is easy to do with the right equipment. "Without commenting on this (case), tap ping a 4-inch line is simple. They would not have to interrupt anyone's service. They wouldn't notice or see any change in water- service." The principle is similar to a tap for a re frigerator ice maker, he said. A water-tight clamp is placed over the line and a device opens a hole in the pipe. Peterson said with the proper equipment, such as a back hoe and a trencher, the job could be completed in less than two hours. iv SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-1363 OR 1-800-827.6363 OR E-MAIL AT V< f <$

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