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December 15, 1976 l-'AGK » HAYS DAILY NKWS As Irrigation Grows Some Water Supplies Dwindling By MARTHA MANGEI^SDORF Editors note: Projected groundwater demands for irrigation in Kansas, If realized, may exhaust the water supply. The technology exists to resupply western Kansas, but the costs may be prohibitive. Second in a series. TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) Studies indicate by the turn of the century water pumped for irrigation in Kansas may increase five times, from a current use of 2.5 million acre- feet to 11 million. "By then, irrigation could account for 85 per cent of the total projected water requirements in the state," says James Power Jr., executive director of the Kansas Water Resources Board. "Projected demands, if realized, may exhaust the supply in many areas of the state." The technology exists to recharge groundwater supplies or import water to western Kansas, but Power said the real question is what can an irrigator afford to pay for a water supply. A 1967 Water Resources Board study on the impact of irrigation on the Kansas economy showed gross income in six southwestern counties increased $33 for each acre-foot of water used to irrigate. The study was expanded to include a group of northwest counties. Results showed by 1973, gross income increased $105-$138 per acre- foot of water used to irrigate there. The board estimated a farmer will invest a minimum $35,000-$50,000 per 160 acres to irrigate. "Based on current agricultural prices, an irrigalor might be willing to pay $30-$50 an acre-foot per year for a source of water supply if his supply were exhausted," Power said. But the director said the Department of Interior, studying importation of water to western Texas and eastern New Mexico, reported costs in excess of $100 per acre-foot for delivered water. He said the Northern Great Plains Resource Program reported costs ranging from $40 to $400 per acre-fool for delivered water. "Regardless of the system, the cost per acre-fool for delivering water to irrigators in western Kansas appears at this point, based on studies in the High Plains, to exceed the ability of individual irrigators to pay for such waler," Power said. "The question then arises — are the economic benefits of irrigation for the region sufficiently large that it is in the interest of the region to pay the cost of water in excess of the irrigator's ability to pay?" he said. "This should be a political decision." That's why Power believes the appointees to the newly established High Plains Study Council should be legislators and governors. Rep. Keith Farrar, R-Hugoton, agrees the political decisions will be awesome, but crucial to the survival of farmers and the state and national economies. "We've got to figure out something to replace the water, either by a jutter job of recharging to get the water back in the ground, or through weather modification or maybe some method of transferring water," Farrar, an irrigator, said. "People 'will have to be compensated some way if we move water to another stale or part of a state." Underground aquifers in Kansas have polential storage capacities may times greater than all the surface water reservoirs combined. Assuming Ihe physical, political, social and economic problems could be resolved, Power said in 100 days on a quarter section of land, with an average recharge rate of two feet per day, about 32,000 acre-feet of water could be added to a groundwater system — if water were available. Much of the Kansas High Plains produces less than one inch of runoff annually. Therefore it would take more than 600 square miles of drainage to produce the annual volume of runoff to recharge the quarter section for 100 days. That leaves the primary source as importation of water from areas of surplus. Independent studies have been made on the prospects of desalting brackish water for irrigation. But the costs of that range from $145 per acre-foot to supply a peak demand of five million gallons a day to a high of $2,100 per acre-foot for substantially less gallons per day. "It would appear desalination costs may exceed the ability of an irrigator to pay for such water unless subsidized or unless costs are substantially reduced," Power said. "And disposal of the salt certainly will create environmental rand legal problems." Power said studies indicate cloud seeding experiments have been somewhat successful and relatively inexpensive, ranging from about five to 15 cents/depending on costs of hail suppression. But that alternative, Power said, has more application to dryland farming than irrigated agriculture. to 'Humanism' Needed For Cure To Doctor Problem (Third of four parts) Tempo«g ADVERTISING POLICY It is our intention to have everything advertised in stock, however due to circumstances beyond our control, that is not always possible. We will issue Rain Checks or give you a comparable savings on a similar item. The following Items were not available as advertised In our circular. Fisher-Price Riding Horse '9.97 Fredrich Willys 8' Pool Table $ 148.88 KANSAS CITY (HNS) Increased professional respect for family prac- tilioners may be a bigger boon to rural heallh care than recruilmenl of medical school students from rural areas, according to Universily of Kansas Medical School officials. Although the medical school has established a faculty panel to give special screening to applicants from rural areas, Dr. Robert B. Kugel, vice chancellor of KU's College of Health Science, is not convinced more rural students always means more rural physicians. "We are trying to look at this aspect," Kugel lold Harris News Service. "But our own past has indicated that many people, although they come from smaller communities, don't return to them. Our statistics show only about 10 per cent actually return." "There is one federal study that demonstrates — or at least indicates — that people are more likely to return to a rural area to practice if they •come from a rural area," said Dr. Ralph Reed, a Lawrence internist who also is any assistant professor at the KU Medical School and director of the med school's precep- torship program. "But I think it would be presumptuous of the medical center to try to control admissions policy strictly on where the student comes from," he added. 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"The American Academy of Family Physicians, by its decision to offer certification, has enhanced the image of the family practitioner," Reed said. Reed, a general practitioner for 10 years before becoming an internist, became a specialist "because I was tired of hearing, 'Are you just Wernher von Braun Is Seriously III WASHINGTON (UPI) — Friends confirm reports that Dr. Wernher von Braun, the celebrated missile scientist, is seriously ill and • could succumb to cancer in a matter of weeks. "He's had a complete change of blood," said Fred C. Durant, deputy director of the National Air and Space Museum. "But he's not that much improved." One acquaintance said he could die within four to six weeks. As technical director of the German Rocket Research Center in World War II 1 , von Braun was responsible for developing the V2 rocket used to bombard England. He sought sanctuary with U.S. forces at the end of the war, and came to the United States and became an important contributor to the space program. Students Spend More On Booze Than Food LONDON (UPI) — Britain's university students spend almost twice as much on booze as on books, according to a Department of Education and Science report. The report said undergraduates spend an average $64 in pubs during an academic year but only .$35 in bookshops. a GP?' and felt that I needed somemore technical knowledge," he said. "But there has been a change in attitude. The most highly sought after residencies now are family practice residencies," Reed said. "The pendulum is not only swinging, but has swung considerably,'' said Kugel. "We see a lot of interest in family practice and primary care and we are trying to give that a solid push." Kugel, who has headed the med center since April, 1976, said there has been a trend in past years for specialists on the staff there to encourage students to follow in their footsteps. "I think there is no question that people want to encourage capable young men and women to go into areas in which they have an interest. That's only natural," Kugel said. But Kugel rejects the idea that med school specialists hold practicing physicians — particularly general practitioners — in low esteem. "Increasingly I try to get people to see that the medical profession has many parts. I think we try to communicate and get understanding built up. I don't think it is an accurate description to give the impression these are two worlds that don't live anything in common. "I think there is a great deal of interdependence back and forth. Our big role, of course, is to provide the educational incentive for students of all sorts, and, so closely aligned with this is our care of patients. They go hand in hand. In order to teach we need to have a close relationship with a host of people throughout the state, who have other experiences. I think we do," he said. Reed, who has been on both sides of the fence, says that the med center's relationship with community physicians is improving. "There isn't any villain in this thing. It's a bunch of people of good intentions who haven't been acting in a cohesive way. "We (at the med center) do have to reinsert some of the humanism that. may have been lost because of technical crowding of the curriculum," Reed said. "But I think we are seeing changes.". VOLARE The Luxury Small Car From Chrysler Cdrp. The Ideal Christmas Present For The Conservative Minded "Christmas Eve Delivery To Your Home In Ellis County" CHRISTENSEN Phone 628-1043 120 W. 12th fiVlMVII Hays,Ks. Vil.Uuft Funny Money Much to the delight of" the world's numismaticists, the Bureau of Printing and Engraving in Washington has made another colossal blunder. Only two months ago, the bureau turned out up to 2,000 $1 bills with the serial numbers. Federal Reserve bank seals and Treasury seals printed upside down. Barry W. Faintich, owner of three St. Louis currency shops, said the bureau did it again, this time with $5 bills. Faintich was contacted by a teller at the Lindell Trust Co. who had seven $5 bills with the serial numbers and seals printed upside down. Faintich paid $100 apiece for four of the bills and said the teller gave the other three to friends. Faintich believes there may be 112 oddball $5 bills and these are the first to turn up. (UPI Photo) t Potential New Executives Seem Afraid To Make Move CHICAGO (UPI) — Maybe it was women's lib, and maybe the economy, but the business of getting a young executive to make a geographical move ain't, as an ancient popular song said, what she used to be. Seldom does one now find the eager middle- management executive deciding on his own to uproot his family from City X and to move to City Y, says William Hodge who works in a business concerned with such things. Often there is reluctance even for a move that is a step up the corporate ladder; and quite often it is the wife wlio puts her foot down when the husband is considering a step up. "This is more and more of a problem," said Hodge, president of Hodge-Cronin Associates, from his office in suburban Rosemont. "Management has to come from the younger persons. They have to decide early if they are willing to make the sacrifices to move along." The answer, Hodge said, is full family discussion, or at least full discussion between husband and wife. "The essence of the whole solution is that they should decide together — how far they want to go, what they are looking for, keeping each other informed. "We've had cases where we talked to a man on the phone, then had three or four meetings with him about a. move, then discovered he hadn't talked to his wife right up to the time of the final decision." It was three or more yeaYs ago, with the economy turning down and the teachings of the women's liberation movement firmly established, that the problem began to become acute, said Hodge, a management consultant. He said he knew of a couple of cases in which a wife refused to go along with a move that would have meant a top spot in a corporation or service for her husband. "The big factor is the family," said Hodge. "We normally refrain from urging FREE HEARING TEST "No Obligation" Mr. Bob Moore Sears Hearing Aid Consultant Will Be In Our Sears Store 9 a.m. to 12 Noon Friday, December 17th Mr. Moore is the hearing aid consultant for this area. He will be available on the above date to give you a free hearing test and help you evaluate your hearing aid needs. 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Hodge has noted that most of the leaders of giant corporations, with salaries to match, have nbt reached their high places without a »move. In their backgrounds, he said,'will be cross-country moves at least five times, possibly more. The wife should realize this, he says. "A man can refuse to move for a promotion once, but twice and he's had it," said Hodge. "In most cases, he will never be considered again." Hairttyllng For Men and Women Located Dillons Shopping Center PHONE 6M-3H2 _ Z7lh & Hall

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