The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 9, 1997 · Page 1
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Plaza work of upgrade of Mid State Plaza/B1 the Good doctor Pediatrician tickles funny boned of his young patients / C1 ! Alan Greenspan's economic warning chills market / A4 • Stepping *)W1I?: North Carolina coach Dean Smith might resign / D1 MglcTS low; 58 Sunny with light west winds shifting to the south this afternoon /B3 Salina Journal Classified / C4 Comics / B4 Deaths/AS Great Plains / B1 Health/C1 Money/A4 Sports/D1 Viewpoints / B2 Serving Kansas since 1871 OCTOBERS, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cent* EXPENSIVE OUTHOUSE $333,000 outhouse raises national stink expense was spared in two-hole outhouse put up by federal government By The Associated Press .DELAWARE WATER GAP, Pa. — Hikers who feel nature calling can find relief in a two-hole outhouse that cost the federal government more than $333,000. ;T-he lavish trailside bathrooms feature a slate, gabled roof, cedar clapboard siding, cottage-style porches and a cobblestone foundation that can withstand an earthquake. ". The outhouse is without running water and isn't open in winter. "It's a Taj Mahal," Rep. Joseph M. McDade, R-Pa., told The Philadelphia Inquirer. McDade, whose district includes the park, initially thought the small stone house was a restored cottage. The bathrooms cost between $333,000 and $445,000 — based on different estimates from the contractor and National Park Service officials. The agency spent about $102,000 on planning and design, $81,000 for an onsite engineer and $150,000 to $262,000 for construction. "We could have built it cheaper, yes, but we wanted someone coming up the trail or off the road to encounter a nice rest-room facility," park superintendent Roger Rector said. More than a dozen park service designers worked on the bathrooms, which opened in May 1996 in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, 90 miles north of Philadelphia. The baseboards in each rest room are painted with $78-a-gallon custom-mixed epoxy resin that matches the surrounding hemlock evergreen woods. Wildflowers planted around the foundation are certified Joe Pye Weed Seed — costing about $720-a pound. The toilets are $13,000 state-of-the-art composting models that eliminate water-quality problems. The capstone porch railings are made of quarried Indiana limestone, and the quake-proof foundation includes 29- inch thick walls. Denis Church of Greenville, S.C.,, walks up to the Raymoundskill Falls outhouse Wednesday In the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area In Mllford, Pa., before hiking trails. The Associated Press- Injury accident Salina firefighters remove the windshield from a truck involved in a collision with a car at Third and Elm streets at 3:13 p.m. Wednesday. Car driver Lean M. Stllllngs,17, 249.N. front, _ _ and truck driver John L. Gregoire, 54, 111 N. College, were treated at Salina Regional Health Center, as was MattC. Gregoire, 26, 111 N. College, who was riding in the truck. DAVIS TURNER The Salina Journal V MEAT SAFETY Glickman suggests penalties USDA should be able to punish those producing contaminated meat, he says By CURT ANDERSON The Associated Press V WEATHER Wind that blows down shed sends farmer to shelter By CAN ENGLAND TJie Salina Journal : "Steve Walle and his rural Saline County 'home have been through their share of rough storms. But when that home Started to tremble under blasts of wind Wednesday afternoon, he finally jumped in his cellar. - r His home in the northwest corner of the county survived the storm, but a hayshed of about 3,200 square feet didn't. T NOBEL-WINNING SPEAKERS The wind blew it down. "I was watching outside my window, and the rain ran me off the tractor at about noon, and then all of a sudden comes this incredible gust of wind," Walle said. "The storm lasted about 10 minutes. The rain was horizontal, and it was a pretty awesome little thing. It just came on real hard, real fast, and then it was gone." That's the way storms hit across Kansas, including parts of western and central Kansas and around the Salina area. More specifically, the wind was the worst, said Bruce Entwistle, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Goodland. Salina didn't get hit—weather equipment at the Journal recorded a top wind speed of 24 miles an hour — but many other counties recorded high wind gusts of 70 mph and even some tornadoes. A tornado in Marion County was confirmed by the Marion County Sheriffs Office, but no severe damage was report- ed. A tornado was reportedly spotted about 25 miles south of Abilene, but that sighting wasn't confirmed by the Dickinson County Sheriffs Office. The high wind gust in Goodland was 77 miles an hour, and Colby reported one of 72 miles an hour, Entwistle said. When the storm hit shortly after 1 p.m., the winds were sustained above 58 miles an hour. No damage was reported. See WIND, Page AS , WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department can impose fines on circuses that mistreat elephants and dealers who sell undersized potatoes, but not on meat companies that produce contaminated food, officials complained Wednesday. "At a certain point, it becomes fairly evident who's being protected here," Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman told senators. "I think we can come down a little more strongly on the side of the consumer." Glickman urged the Senate Agriculture The Associated Press Committee to approve Agriculture Secre- legislatidn to expand tary Dan Glickman USDA's enforcement test|f|es about mak . authority over cases ._ .„ . „_«_, of contaminated meat In 8 food safer ' and poultry. Among its provisions are powers to issue mandatory product recalls, impose fines of up to $100,000 a violation per day and require that USDA be notified when any suspected contamination is found in the food distribution system from slaughterhouse to dinner table. After the recall of 25 million pounds of Hudson Foods ground beef that was possibly tainted with E. coli bacteria, Glickman said, new powers are crucial to ensure that companies adopt anti-contamination systems and that the industry responds to safety concerns. Many senators, however, appeared skeptical, particularly since officials could only point to about a dozen cases when companies delayed issuing voluntary meat recalls. Nobel laureates to appear at Bethany College today Speakers hail from Central America, Northern Ireland and WWII's Holocaust By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal J -V —~ ' i LJNDSBORG — The generosity of benefactors and good timing combined to lure tlir.ee Nobel laureates to the campus of Bethany College in Undsborg this week. , The three will squeeze a joint appearance at the school between engagements in Chicago and other major cities. .Appearing this afternoon and evening will be human-rights activist Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland, former President of Costa Rica Oscar Ari§8 and Holocaust survivor Elie Wtesel. Their presentation is titled "Wag- tog Peace in the 21st Century." " They are scheduled to be on campus in .tyrae for a press conference at 3:40 p.m. and lead a campus symposium from 4 to 5 p"m. in Burnett Center. The main presentation, in a question-and-answer format, OR, O&CAR ARIAS San jQ$ei,!$Q9ta « .Former;- president of Costa Rica. * Awarded Nottfl Peace i Prfee, for efforts tQ end bloody conflicts in Central America. * Also received Philadelphia Liberty Medal, * Today, Qosta Rica spends no army, on schools, MAJREAP CORRIQAN MAGUIRE Northern Ireland * Dedicated her life tp promoting a peaceful resolution of the conflict In Northern Ireland after an IRA getaway car struck and kilted three children — her nephews and niece-* in 197§. • Cofounded gomraunjty of the Peace People« Also received 1980 "Paeem in Tern's" Peace and Freedom Award, ELIE WIESEL New York • Holocaust survivor, Boston University professor and author of more than 35 books. • Also received Presidential Medal of Free* dom, Congressional Gold Medal and Medal of Liberty Award. • Co-established Elle Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, to advance human rights and peace worldwide. will be from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. Their schedule seems planned with military precision. ''They're flying into Sali- na and then back to Chicago. They're only on the ground for seven hours," said college spokesman Bud Rothgeb. Initially the hope was to get one, or at least two, of the speakers to the campus, Rothgeb said. "We knew they had an appearance in Chicago," he said. "It just worked out wfe could get them in here and back to where they had to be." Their Lindsborg visit will be one of only four occasions when all three will be on stage together, Rothgeb said. The first was Wednesday at Benedictine College in Chicago. Later in the year, they make joint presentations at the University of California at Fresno and at Dartmouth College. "This is unique for us," Rothgeb said. "We're pretty happy about it." After their visit to Bethany, they will fly back to Chicago and split up again, Rothgeb said. The three laureates are this year's selection for the Johnson Lecture Series, established in 1981 and funded by Charles and Lucy Johnson of McPherson to bring "outstanding performers and lecturers" to the college. Previous series' participants included astronaut James Lovell in 1995, NAACP president Benjamin Hooks in 1988 and opera singer Beverly Sills in 1985. ^- - •' — *' — * — **— t -~- '* J

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