The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 20, 1976 · Page 1
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Hays, Kansas
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The Hays Daily News Our 48th Year— No. 33 HAYS, KANSAS (67601), MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 20, 1976 2 SECTIONS 20 PAGES 15 CENTS State Unveils Road Programs Plane Hits Stadium A light single engine plane piloted by Donald Kroner, of Baltimore County, Md., sits in the stands after crashing into the upper deck of Baltimore 1 Memorial Stadium moments after the Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers completed their AFC Playoff game Sunday. Kroner was taken to the hospital with cuts of his face and bruises. (UPI Photo) Pilot May Face Charges BALTIMORE (UPI) Police are considering charges against the pilot of a light plane that crashed into Memorial Stadium Sunday only minutes after most of the 60,020 fans at Pittsburgh- Baltimore pro football game had left the stands. The pilot of the single engine Piper Cherokee, Don Kroner, 33, and two policemen were injured. Most spectators had left the stadium early because of Pittsburgh's lopsided 40-14 win. Police spokesman Dennis Hill said authorities were studying possible charge's against Kroner. "He will be taken into police custody if he gets out of the hospital," Hill said. "Fortunately, most of (the fans) had gone before this occurred and there were a lot of police in the stadium anyway because of the large crowd," he said. Witnesses said the plane entered the open end of the horseshoe-shaped stadium about 10 minutes after the game ended and made a pass as if to land. Then, apparently seeing he was in trouble, the pilot tried to pull up but the plane landed nose down in the upper deck of the closed end of the facility. "If it had been a close game, there would have been people up there and they would have been falling out of the stadium, "said Maryland Gov: Marvin Mandel, who attended the game. "You can pass all kinds of laws about flying over the stadium, but there's no way you can stop a nut." Pair Sought In Shooting Of Trego Farmer Caught ^•l^^ • • .. • . ' . . - ; -''• .-..-,- ...; . • • .--:-• •- - - „.-•-•"-• ByJIM COOK Of The News Staff HOXIE (HNS)-Two men sought in connection with the shooting of a Trego County farmer were captured northeast of here just before 1 p.m. Monday after a massive manhunt in Northwest Kansas. A Kansas Highway Patrol spokeswoman said details of the shooting and subsequent capture of the suspects were sketchy, although the two were apparently captured without incident. A Trego County Sheriff's dispatcher acknowledged that the farmer, who lives about five miles south of WaK.eeney, was apparently shot in the throat by the two men. No motive has been established. • Identity of the victim was not released pending Several Nations To Pool Solar Energy Knowledge PARIS (UPI) —The world's industrialized countries signed a history-making agreement Monday to pool solar energy knowledge in order to lessen their need for oil. Following the decision of oil-exporting nations to raise the price of oil again, most member countries of the International Energy Agency reached an accord to coordinate research, on how to heat and cool buildings with the sun's energy. The signing marked the first time a group of nations has lent prestige and priority to solar energy with stich an accord. Milton Klein of the United States, head of the. agency's research and development 1 section, said, "This is the first intergovernmental agreement in history on solar energy." "Today solar energy is not economic on any widespread .basis, except for heating water," he said. "But heating and cooling houses with solar energy is approaching being economical in some regions and that is what we will concentrate on." He said IEA headquarters in Paris will collect and evaluate information from member countries on designs for solar houses and methods for measuring the sun's radiation. The nations will pool their research on the questions still plaguing solar houses: What is the best way to store heat for a cloudy day? Or cool a house on a hot day? Which material and color makes the most efficient sun-collector and should the collecting panels be on the roof or side of the house? Agency specialists will determine how the countries can improve their model houses. They also will write a handbook on techniques' of measuring sunlight as few weather stations in the world now measure "insolation," or energy coming from the sun. notification of out-of-state relatives. Reports from the Trego-Lemke Hospital .said the man is suffering some paralysis from a spinal injury. He was listed in stable condition, but was expected to be transferred to a Wichita hospital later Monday. About 50 law enforcement officers took up the search near Dresden along the Sheridan-Decatur county line after the auto the two men were driving was discovered abandoned in the area. The Patrol said the car had been stolen but had no other details. Officers spent about two hours searching farm fields before capturing the pair. One of the . suspects was Caucasian, the other of Mexican descent, according to officers. TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) — A $1.3 billion series of highway programs to run through 1987 was unveiled Monday by Gov. Robert Bennett and the Kansas Department of Transportation. The report lists plans to improve 3,400 miles' of roads and highways. DOT Secretary O.D. Turner said interstate highway projects are scheduled through 1987, while work on federal aid primary and secondary highways are planned through 1984. In addition, sealing projects will be calculated a year at a time. The secretary said new revenues from fuel tax and vehicle registration fee increases give the state the capability to match federal funds through 1981, making the programs possible. The governor stressed the plans are basically reconstruction and improvement of existing. roads, rather than entirely new road construction. The report includes spending $443,304 on new highway construction improvements between Jan. 1, 1976 (cq) and June 30,«1978, not including $186.3 million in projects already in progress at the beginning of the period. The 60-page report was developed by the Department of Transportation, using input from citizen groups and local officials as well as information from a study by Wilbur Smith and Associates. The Wilbur Smith report had said the state's highway system was deteriorating at a faster rate than it could be kept up. Turner said the new road programs would be aimed at that problem. "What this will do is hold the system in the condition it's in," he said. Turner said it was expected the new programs would clear up 25 per cent of backlogged highway needs mentioned in the Wilbur Smith report. In addition, he said regular maintenance and construction programs would proceed as usual, in keeping up the road system. "There is an emphasis on upgrading the present roads, rather than just engaging in new construction," Turner said. "We're using everything we can to upgrade because there is a much better cost- benefit ratio." The short range section of the report deals with projects through June, 1978. During the first 30 months contained in the report, 351 miles of new roadway arc to be built and 2,519 miles are to be improved. During that period 68 projects are planned on the urban system at a cost of more than $40 million. Projects include: — Interstate system: 10.3 miles of new road, 170 miles of improvements. — Freeway system: 51 miles of new road, 90 miles of improvements. — Federal aid primary and secondary system: 117.6 miles of new road, 62.2 mites of improvements. . 3R (resurfacing, reconstruction, rehabilitation) freeway program: 119 miles of improvements. 3H non-freeway program: 238.6 miles of improvements. - Bituminous scaling program: 1,805 miles. — County federal aid secondary program: 173 miles of new road. — Urban system: 34.3 miles of improvements. — Safety program: $10 million will be spent. Railroad grade crossings: B» projects planned at $8,5 million. — Bridges: 1111 scheduled for replacement through 1984. Woman Cabinet Member Selected Plains, Ga. (UPI) - President-elect Jimmv Carter Monday tapped fellow Georgian Griffin bell as Attorney General and educator Juanita Kreps to be commerce secretary, the first woman in his Cabinet. Rep. Robert Bergland, D- Minn., also was in Georgia and was expected to be selected agriculture secretary by Carter at an 11:30 a.m. Carter news conference. It was Carter's fourth meeting with reporters in a week. Bell, 58, ,a former federal -appeals judge,, is a goo'd friend of Carter's and a law partner to Charles Kirbo, one of the President-elect's closest adviser. Mrs. Kreps, 55, is a vice president of Duke University and the first woman to be named by Carter to his Cabinet. She is a labor- econoVnist, a member of the New York Stock Exchange and serves on several corporate boards, including J.C. Penney and Eastman Kodak. Bergland, 48, is a farmer himself.' He operates a 600- acre farm and has been an adviser on farm policy issues for Vice President-elect Walter Mondale. Carter has promised to appoint a farmer to the agriculture post. Carter has now filled seven of the 11 Cabinet positions. The only vacancies are at the Departments of Labor, Defense, Housing and Urban Development and HEW. Feminist and black groups have expressed their disappointment over the makeup of Carter's Cabinet so far. There were reports that Newark Mayor Kenneth Gibson, a black, is a leading candidate to become housing secretary. Press Secretary' .Tody Powell told reporters that Carter expects to complete formation of his Cabinet by Wednesday. Among those mentioned for the remaining posts were Rep. Robert Bergland, D-Minn., for secretary of agriculture; Newark Mayor Kenneth Gibson, a black, to be secretary of housing and urban development; Joseph Califano to be secretary of health, education and welfare and Dr. Harold Brown, president of California institute of Technology, to be secretary'of defense. Powell said Carter also will name this week his director of Central Intelligence, replacing George Bush. Three Killed' In Kansas Wrecks Meteor Sighted The Hays.area was apparently on the outer edge of the "celestial celebration" Sunday night. Ellis County Sheriff David Wasinger said local law enforcement officers saw a single red fireball, apparently I'M NOT PREAMINS THERE ARE OMLV 5 SHOPPING PAVS 'TIL. . CHRISTMAS .' 12-20 Copr C 1B60blrUnll«4FMIuff a meteor,' flash across the sky toward the southwest about 10 p.m., and "what appeared to be an explosion, a bright flash" after it went over the horizon. But law enforcement officials from southwest Kansas reported a meteor shower produced a rash of telephone calls from area residents, who reported airplanes apparently going down. Wasinger said the Hays area officers checked flight plans in the area to insure that what they saw was not a plane. "It was larger than usual, but I've seen them that way before," he said. Officers in Garden City, Liberal, Ulysses and Lakin By United Press International pickup that ran off U.S. 83, At least three persons djed went into a ditch, crossed the on Kansas roads in weekend highway and went into traffic accidents, including a another ditch. The pickup then 17-year-old Edna boy who was went through a fence and killed Saturday night in a one- overturned in a pasture, car crash in southeast Kansas. . The highway patrol said Michael S. Ralston was driving a car that ran off a Labette County road, went into a ditch and overturned several times. Ralston was pronounced dead at Labette County Medical Center. The accident occurred .about four miles southwest of Mound Reading af 2 p.m.: 29 Low this morning: 12 Record high: 69 in 1941' Record low: -11 in 1924 Year ago today 41 and 26 Sunday's high 46 Clear and cold today, high today 30s. Clear tonight and Tuesday and warmer Tuesday. Low tonight teens, high Tuesday near 50. Northwest wind 15-25 m.p.h. today, becoming southwest 1015 m.p.h. tonight. New Cabinet Members President-elect Jimmy Carter, left, appears with three new cabinet members, former judge Griffin Bell, Attorney General; Bob Bergland, Secretary of Agriculture; and Juanita Kreps, Secretary of Commerce. Carter announced the three In a news conference Monday in Plains, Ga. (UPI Photo) County Road Crews Under Fire ByJIMCOOK Of The News Staff Efficiency of Ellis County's Valley. Another one-car accident Saturday killed ah 18-year-old Wichita woman. Troopers said Ruthi MaChensney died when the car in which she was riding skidded off interstate 235 near Wichita, went down an embankment and overturned. crews working in the Ellis area. . Pfeifer's main question A pickup truck rammed into involved transportation of a fence late Friday 18 miles south of Oakley, killing a Hays each morning, then drive work vehicles to their assigned job sites. "Why does the county have road repair'crews came under them drive their sand trucks fire Monday at the regular back and forth to Ellis from meeting of the county commission at the Courthouse. Ernest Pfeifer of rural Ellis led a delegation of about 10 area farmers to the meeting to question operations of road North Glen, Colo., man. road crews to and from job sites around Ellis. Under the present system, LiiDcial UlySSco and LjaKin »*»*i vv/»v*., «**MII< \jituvt n»»* ^* **«*-••* -v •*.—.-, . -^ also reported seeing the Troopers said Lonnie Marsh, such employes report for work Pfeifer said „! ,„_ oe ,,,ac a naccancrpr in A at the rnnntv shnn lust east of COUIltV the shop, when there is a building in Ellis they could store their trucks in overnight?" Pfeifer asked. /'That's why we're not getting any road work done." He estimated that such driving cost the county about $200 each day for about two hours of unproductive working time. Six sand trucks have been working in his vicinity the past few weeks, shower. 25, was a passenger in a at the county shop just east of County Engineer Herb Gallon replied that he has worked under both systems (a central dispatching site or multiple sits for dispatching workers) and "I much prefer the way we now do it." Gallon said, "We would rather have the men report to one station to take their daily instructions. Work such as road repairs is a group effort, with men doing different jobs to complete the overall project." Being in charge of about 50 men, Gallon said, is more easily handled with personal daily contact. "Orders may change from day to day, and you also have the prqblem of transportation to the worker's homes'," he said. But Pfeifer said such transportation is no different than having truck drivers going from the job site back to the county shop each evening. "It's a waste of money," Pfeifer said. But Gallon said the present system "is still cheaper when you take the yearly average costs." The engineer also noted the county has no maintenance facilities in Ellis. "These trucks are continually getting service and repairs," he said. . Pfeifer also questioned Callon about a specific road project, which he says was a "waste of money and three days' work." That project, Pfeifer said, involved the sanding of a full mile of road. About 30 days later, the sand was graded up and hauled to another site. Callon acknowledged the incident, which occurred in October. "It was an error," he said. "That road was scheduled to be worked in December, and should not have been sanded. But rather than just covering it up (the sand) we salvaged it and used it at a nearby site." It was the first such mistake in his 3'A-year tenure at Hays, Callon said.

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