The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 8, 1997 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 8, 1997
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i •,.! ••• A 'A4 WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 8. 1997 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL V RIVERBOAT Kansas City loses its last riverboat River excursion boat is sold, will be put into service in Georgia By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Planning an autumn trip to Kansas City? Cross a riverboat ride off your "things to do" list. When the Missouri River Queen — sorry, the Georgia Queen — sailed down the Missouri River on Monday, it didn't come back. That left the Kansas City area without a river excursion boat for the first time since 1947. The boat has been sold, and quickly renamed, and will be put into service as a dinner excursion boat on the Savannah River. Former owner Richard Lynn and his wife, K.C. Stanley-Lynn, both river pilots, are sailing the boat to Savannah with new own- The Associated Press After 12 years of sailing near Kansas City, the Missouri River Queen Is moving to Savannah, Ga., to work as the Georgia Queen. er Jonathan Claughton and his wife, Dena Claughton, and their pilot. The Lynns' two children, K.C., 5, and Wolfgang, 3, are going along for the ride. Claughton, who operates one boat on the Savannah River, piloted the Queen here in 1987 and 1988. That's when he met his wife, a Kansas City native who also worked on the boat. The trip to Savannah will take them down the Missouri River to the Mississippi; down the Mississippi to the Ohio; up the Ohio to the Tennessee; up the Tennessee and through Yellow Creek lock and dam in Alabama and into the Tombigbee Canal and Tombig- bee River; then down the Mobile River and into Mobile Bay. From Mobile Bay, they will follow the intracoastal waterway along the Alabama and Florida coasts to Fort Myers to the Okeechobee Waterway across Florida to the Atlantic coast, then, up to the Savannah River. That's 2,500 miles — a 10-day trip powered by the Queen's twin 350- horsepower diesel engines. Kansas City had had excursion boat service since 1947. Lynn had the Missouri River Queen built and put it into service in 1985. The three-deck boat carries up to 450 passengers for dinner cruises. STOVALL T KANSAS GOVERNMENT Stovall defended, criticized Hiring of law firm broke no laws but could look wrong, auditors say By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Attorney General Carla Stovall has not violated Kansas' conflict of interest law by awarding outside contracts for legal work to friends and political contributors, but it can be perceived as favoritism, the Legislative Post Audit Division said. "While such contract awards don't fall under the definition of conflict of interest contained in state law, they can create at least the appearance of favoritism," the auditors reported. The Legislative Post Audit Committee received the report at a meeting Monday in Ulysses in southwest Kansas. In responding to the audit Tuesday, Stovall said it confirmed that contracts and payments for legal counsel in the Colorado water litigation "have been proper." The attorney general said she rejects a suggestion by the post audit staff that she select outside counsel for litigation her office handles through a contract system she labeled as "expensive and bureaucratic." Auditors recommended that the attorney general's office establish "reasonable procedures to ensure that its contracting process is as open as possible." "The selection of outside attorneys has been and should remain a professional legal decision, not a bureaucratic process," Stovall said. "I believe the citizens of Kansas elect the attorney general to exercise professional legal judgment in determining who will defend and prosecute for the state." Stovall said her duty is to taxpayers, not to attorneys who want state business. She said citizens would become suspicious of law firms that made campaign contributions, then were awarded state work. She said her office contracts out less than 1 percent of the work it handles. One of the firms Stovall hired to represent the state in the tobacco litigation is Entz & Chanay of Topeka, her former law firm. The firm and its members contributed $6,442 to her campaign. Stovall argued that the cases were awarded to outside counsel because they could best represent Kansas, not as political payoffs. "When selecting outside legal counsel for a person or agency, I think only of one thing, the Client," she said in her audit response. ; Auditors looked at 35 cases where Stovall had contracted with $9 private law firms to defend the State. In those cases, 20 of the 29 firms had made contributions to her campaign, ranging from $50 to about $6,500. - Those 20 firms received 27 of the §5 contracts. 1 Half of those firms also contributed to Stovall's opponent in jfither the primary or general elec- {ion. Also, members of 75 other {inns and about 140 other attor- jaeys contributed to her 1994 campaign but got no business from j&er. SALINA SCHOOL DISTRICT Salina public schools see slight decline in students By CAROL LlCHTI The Salina Journal Enrollment in the Salina School District is down about 15 students from last year. But no change is anticipated in the district's budget, thanks to changes in the school funding law. Salina Superintendent Gary Norris said Tuesday the district has 7,650 students compared to 7,665 students in September 1996. The district has been computing enrollment figures since the official enrollment date, which this year fell on Sept. 22. The district's full-time equivalency enrollment, upon which the district's budget is based, must be submitted to the state by Monday. "It's going to mirror exactly what we planned for the budget," Norris said. Even so, school districts no longer have to fear immediate budget losses from enrollment decreases as in the past. The Kansas Legis- lature this year changed the law so schools can base their budget ;on the previous year's enrollment and wait a year to lose the funds. >• The state funds schools on a per pupil allotment of $3,670 with/tfd- ditional funds provided based on a district's size, number of at-Yisk students and transportation needs. That aid is given through a formula in which districts count additional "students" the district doesn't actually have. Because of that formula and legislative changes, Salina can count an additional 100 "students" from 'last year because of its size. Norris said Salina's full-time equivalency enrollment and adjusted figure under the formula are in line with the projection for the district's operating budget, which includes a $730,000 increase. The district is also taking advantage of $1.09 million available'this year through a limited local-option budget. That means about $1.8>itfil- lion more for the district this ye"flr. WEDNESDAY THRU MONDAY! COLUMBUS RANC ENTIRE STOCK OF MEN'S & LADIES' COATS LEATHERS • WOOLS • MICROFIBERS Wrap up your coat selection now and save a bundle! Our collection of jackets & coats: Reg. 54.00-320.00, SALE 37.80-224.00. Ladies' & Men's Outerwear. 'Excludes Chaps? BIG SAVINGS UP TO 6O% MISSES SALE! 29.99-59.99 Sag Harbor 18 ' wool separates Orig. 40.00-75.00. SALE! 19.99-29.99 Misses' fall sweaters Reg. 28.00-42.00. SPECIAL SIZES SAVE 40% Petites' clearance sportswear When you take an extra 25% off. SAVE 25% Plus-size casual related separates Reg. 34.00-44.00, SALE 25.50-33.00. JUNIORS' SALE! 29.99 Graphite Essentials 9 chenille dresses Reg. 39.00-49.00. SAVE 25% All menswear patterned pants Reg. 32.00, SALE 24.00. SAVE 25%-40% Juniors' corduroy separates When you take an extra 25% off. INTIMATES SAVE 25% Lorraine Cuddl Duds* Daywear Reg. 16.00-21.00, SAH 12.00-15.75. SAVE 25% Ladies' warm sleepwear Reg. 34.00-44.00, SALE 25.50-33.00. SAVE 45% TO 60% All Ladies' Clearance Dresses When you take an extra 33% off Orig 39.00-89.00, SALE 19.79-46.19. SAVE 50% Norton McNaughton & Alfred Dunner Sportswear Orig 2700-8000, SALE 19.99-39.99. 39.9959.99 Selection of Ladies' Sport Boots Reg 50 00-7Q 00 SAVE 60% 14KGold, Sterling Silver & Vermeil Jewelry Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, SAVE 50% Entire Stock of Juniors' Tops kixj 18 00 2800 SALE 9.00 14.00. SAVE 30°/ Entire Stock of Men's Fleece & Sweaters Rug iO 00 68 00, SALE 21.0047.60. ^J I r\ Vji El ACCESSORIES SAVE 30% All handbag accessories Reg. 18.00-23.00, SALE 12.60-19.60. SALE! 39.99 & 49.99 Gruen* & Graphite 9 watches Reg. 50.00 & 60.00. CHILDREN'S SAVE 25% Entire stock of children's turtlenecks Reg. 7.00-10.00, SALE 5.25-7.50. SAVE 25% Children's outerwear & knitwear Reg. 5.00-62.00, SALE 3.75-46.50. MEN'S SAVE 30% All Henleys & mock-neck turtlenecks Reg. 18.00-32.00, SALE 12.60-22.40. SAVE 30% Fryday Club 9 & Halifax 9 sport shirts Reg. 28.00-34.00, SALE 19.60-23,80. SALE! 26.99 Men's Levi's 9 505™ jeans Reg. 27.99 & 30.00. SALE! 99,99 Haggar 9 sport coats Reg. 145.00. SALE! 19.99-23.99 Van Heusen* dress shirts Reg. 29.00-34.00. Fine jewelry, petites' & men's dress clothing at most stores. Styles, sizes & colors may vary by store. Just a sample of the savings yog will find. Interim markdowns may have been taken.

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