The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 21, 1976 · Page 1
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The Hays Daily News Our 48th Year— No. 34 HAYS, KANSAS (67601), TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 21, 1976 2 SECTIONS 26 PACtES 15 CENTS Determined President Ford dressed in warm ski clothing takes a determined look at the sparse snow on Vail Mountain before his first ski run Monday. The first family is ' spending a two-week ski vacation at the Vail resort. (UPI Photo) Ford Arrives Minus Snow VAIL, Colo. (UPI) - President Ford danced and the burghers of Vail made merry despite — or perhaps to cover up — their fears of a nonwhite Christmas. Ford and his wife, Betty, made their way through streets covered with ice but not snow to the tavern of their friends, Pepi and Sheika Gramshammers, for a Monday night tea dance shortly after four Indians performed a tribal snow dance. This valley of innkeepers reaps its richest' annual income between Dec. 15 and Jan. 10, when skiers come for the snow on the slopes over the holidays. This year snow is scarce, so much so that Sen. FJoyd Hasekll, D-Colo., asked Ford to declare a state disaster. Colorado's governor and ski industry were none too pleased with Haskell's public display over the white blight. They prefer smiling faces and displays of optimism in the Rockies. Thus, Ford's dancing tickled all the resort business folk. The President, chiefly interested in skiing in his ninth Funding Only Obstac/e Day Care Center Site Gets OK By JIM COOK Of The News Staff A "Lovers triangle" may soon produce an unusual three-way marriage in Hays., And the result, as might be expected, would be children. Officials of the Community Day Care Center, the Hays Day Care Center for Exceptional Children and Fort Hays State got the "parental consent" they needed from the Kansas Board of Regents late last week, which appears to clear the way for construction of a building to house the centers on campus. The day care centers combined efforts last June to locate a joint facility, and after exhausting possibilities of finding a suitable existing facility, began consideration of a new building. The CDCC served three-to six-year olds, and the Hays Day Care is for pre-schoolers with learning problems. Financing of the proposed building is still the major problem, according to Cheryl Lorance, Hays Day Care , Director, but the Regents' decision apparently will be a boon to the program. The Regents ruled that the Fort Hays State Endowment Association may construct a building on state-owned campus land, if approved by the Regents and the state architect. The Endowment Association is acting as an agent for the centers in the matter. Construction costs and costs of maintenance and operation would also rest with the centers, with the building becoming property of the state when no longer used for the centers. Before pursuing the idea further, Mrs. Lorance said, the centers must be assured of a 99-year lease. The proposed facility would benefit both the centers and the school according to involved officials. FHS students from a variety of disciplines would use the consecutive family Christmas vacation in Vail, was using the slopes. But he had to make do with gentle hillsides, usually reserved for beginners. The upper, steeper slopes for advance skiers were shut. One can not slalom among bare rocks. Some 500 persons trooped up a hill to watch the Indians from the Red Ute tribe's Cloud Clan beseach whatever gods may be to please shower down the white. Later, the Indians performed in this village itself. Skiers and innkeepers applauded predictions that the Cloud Clan would bring profitable snow as they did 14 years ago when Vail last suffered a snow drought. But a few signs of desperation popped up. In the chalet- style Ski Shop, someone hung out a sign reading "President Ford, pray for snow." A young businessman said the lack of business this year convinced him to put his shop up for sale and take his family to farm in Costa Rica. But stouter souls held forth. The village fathers explained their bare municipal Christmas tree by saying snow would decorate it. center as a working laboratory — an instructional tool. The Center, in turn, would benefit from the services provided by the students as well as the land provided by the school. "The centers now provide labs for college students," said Dr. Edith Dobbs, head of early childhood education at FHS. "But with the lease up at the Community Day Care Center, they're going to have to move out." Mrs. Martha Claflin, a member of the FHS special education staff, said students majoring in speech pathology, special education, nursing, psychology and early childhood development regularly use the present centers to gain practical experience. FHS president Gerald Tomanek told the Daily News Tuesday that the college's benefit from the interaction has been felt throughout Western Kansas. "Some 150 students who used these centers to gain practical experience are now serving other communities in the western two-thirds of Kansas," he said. Mrs. Lorance said the merger of the two centers is a progressive step that benefits the children. "Studies show that handicapped children learn more from their peers than from adults," she said. "The merger in a single facility would allow both centers to combine some programs and activities, and allow other preschool children to learn about handicapped children — that they're no different." Only two potential stum- blings blocks are now apparent. First, Tomanek said, the Kansas legislature must approve to Regents' decision. "Such general building rules are now in effect at the three universities (KU, Kansas State and Wichita State)," he said. Tomanek predicted the legislature would consider (he idea early in the 1977 session. Once that hurdle is cleared, money to finance construction is the final step. Cost estimates for the facility range from $150,000 to $200,000. "No state funds can be used, so we'll need private donations," said Dr. Hill Claflin, chairman of the building committee for both centers. The centers have established a holding company to collect building donations, Claflin said. Mrs. Claflin said the centers will probably also look into possible county and city funding, either through mill levies or revenue sharing. The Endowment Association will also be authorized to collect funds, according to Kent Collier, secretary. Collier said he is pleased the Endowment Association was able to aid the centers and the school. Outside thr realm of construction funding, Mrs. Claflin said the centers have tiskcd Hep. Keith Sebcllus to provide information on federal guidelines for future federal funding of programs. "We're interested in federal regulations for grants to provide for delivery of services," she snid. "We've also inquired about the possibility of solar heating, but thnt appears doubtful lit the moment." Preliminary sketches of a proposed building have been drawn by Earl Bo/.emnn, the college architect, but Mrs. Claflin said no decision will be mode on the type of building until arrangements are more complete. The proposed building would, however, conform with the general architectural design of other campus buildings, according to preliminary plans. Man Arraigned In Trego Shooting Reading at 2 p.m.: 43 Low this morning: 6 Record high: 73 in 1933 Record low: -18 in 1916 Year ago today: 45 and 14 Monday's high: 32 Clear tonight lows • in the- upper teens. Sunny and much cooler Wednesday highs in the upper 30s. Winds northwest 1020 m.p.h. , WAKEENEY — An 18-year- old Irving, Texas, man was arraigned on charges of aggravated battery and attempted murder in Trego County Court Tuesday, e Terry D. McBride was charged with the Monday attempted murder of Trego County farmer Bernard Bender, 63. Officials refused to release any information about McBride's companion, a 15-year-old juvenile, also from Irving, Texas. Trego County court Judge David L. Rhoades scheduled McBride's preliminary hearing for 10 a.m. December 31, and set bond at $150,000. McBride and his companion are being detained in the Ellis County Law Enforcement Center. According to Trego County authorities, Bender was shot in the f throat at close range about 8:40 a.m. Monday with a pistol. A weapon was recovered when the suspects Garter- Making More Cabinet Appointments Mayor Richard 'Daley, last of the big city bosses, is dead at age 74. Story and pictures on page 10. Christmas Comes To Old Fort Hays It's time for Christmas at old Fort Hays, and the blockhouse is decorated just as it would have been in 1870. A cut shrub, serving as a Christmas tree, is decorated with paper and popcorn, and the blockhouse is lit bv kerosene lamps and candles. Buildings at old Fort Hays will be open until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Leo Legleiter, director of the museum, says the blockhouse "is at its best between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.' when it's decorated for Christmas." All buildings at the old fort will be open for inspection. PLAINS, Ga. (UPI) President-elect Jimmy Carter Tuesday was prepared to name three more members of his Cabinet, including a black woman, a university professor and a former Air Force secretary in the Johnson administration. Carter was expected to announce at a 2 p.m. EST ,news conference, his second in two days, that he has selected Washington attorney Patricia Roberts Harris to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He was also to tap University of Texas economist Ray Marshall as labor secretary and nuclear physicist Harold Brown as secretary of defense. Mrs. Harris would be the second woman and the first black in the Carter cabinet. Striving to complete his top- level appointments before Christmas, Carter also was said to be set to name Johnson administration domestic adviser Joseph Califano as secretary of health, education and welfare Tuesday or later this week. HARRIS BROWN Mrs. Harris, 52, is a former ambassador to Luxembourg. She is a former dean of the Howard University Law School and was chairman of the credentials committee at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Brown, 49, president of the California Institute of Technology, held several top Pentagon posts d u r i n g the administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, including Secretary of the Air Force. Marshall, 48, is an economist whose specialty is jobs, one of Carter's major problems as he tackles a sluggish economy. Following his news conference, Carter was scheduled to meet with Secretary of State designate Cyrus Vance for'two hours to discuss foreign policy. On Monday, Carter named former federal Judge Griffin Bell, longtime Atlanta friend, to be attorney general; Juanita Kreps, vice president of Duke University, to be commerce secretary, - and Minnesota Congressman Bob Bergland to be secretary of agriculture. The appointment of Bell immediately met stiff opposition from the NAACP, Common Cause and Nader forces for his rulings in the civil rights and consumer fields during his years on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals before his retirement last March. There also were reports that Carter may tap former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger to be a White House counselor in energy and other fields,-pending elevation and consolidation of the energy agencies into a department Schlesinger would head. Environmentalists oppose 1 Schlesinger for the energy program and instead urge the appointment of Alice Rivlin, director of the Congressional Budget Office, or outgoing Congresswoman Patsy Mink of Hawaii. were captured, but officials have not yet determined if it is the handgun used in the shooting. Bender was taken to Trego- Lemke,Memorial Hospital in WaKeeney and later transferred to St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, where he. is in the intensive care unit with apparent spinal injuries. Sheriff's officers said the .two suspects .obtained directions to 1-70 from Bender at his home five miles south of WaKeeney, then returned about 15 minutes later and shot him. No motive has been established. Following the shooting, officials from the highway patrol, various sheriff's and police departments in the area and agents from Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission began searching for the suspects. Trego County officials said the two traveled north on US 283 before driving their vehicle across open fields in Sheridan County. McBride and his companion were captured shortly before noon after the auto broke down and they attempted to escape on foot. ' McBride was driving a car that had been reported stolen from Mt. Vernon, Texas. The suspects • were found hiding in the Solomon River bottoms after a two-hour search. No one was injured during the capture. Salina authorities believe the two may also be involved in the Monday highway robbery of Raymond Knox. 18, Oklahoma City. MARSHALL 1960 by Unlnd f Mluf• BynOictll.me According to authorities, Knox was picked up about 4:20 a.m. Monday by two men at 170 and 1-35 in Salina while hitchhiking. Knox reportedly said the men drove west from Salina before turning onto n dirt road ( where they took his clothes and watch. The suspects were identified us a male about 17-18 years oVd, apparently of Mexican descent, and a white male, about 22-23 years old. Reports say the suspect described as of Mexican descent held a gun on Knox during the robbery. One of the suspects in the Bender shooting was reported to be of Mexican descent. A Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent said the Salina ponnection was being investigated. Tanker Splits, More Oil Lost NANTUCKET, Mass. (UPI) — The grounded Liberian tanker Argo Merchant broke in two Tuesday,. spilling an additional three to four million gallons of oil into the Atlantic, Coast Guard officials said. About six million gallons of heavy crude oil was inside the ship when she began to break up in a winter storm whipping across Nantucket Shoals about 27 miles southeast of Nantucket. "I would guess that 50 to 75 per cent of it is gone," said Lt. Cmdr. Barry Chambers, commanding officer of the Coast Guard antipollulion strike force. '('he ship ran aground Wednesday on the shoals Wednesday. About 1.5 million gallons of the heavy fuel oil oozed out during the week, spreading a slick 65 miles south. The stern section was completely underwater, Chambers Said. The bow section was floating but one end of it is bouncing up and down on the sandy bottom. Housing Costs « Going Up For FHS Students By JIM COOK Of The News Staff Inflation will apparently dig even deeper into the pockets of about 1,325 Fort Hays State students during the 1977 school year. Just six months after approving a $50 per semester tuition hike at state colleges and universities, the Board of Regents has given tentative approval for a jump in the basic residence hall rates at F.ort Hays State. FHS Housing Director Jim Nugent'met with Dean of Students Bill Jellison and residence hall staff Tuesday morning to discuss the particulars of the proposed hike. The increases will be effective in the Fall semester, 1977. Rates for a residence hall double room will go from $586 to $636 per semester; married student apartments from $95 a month to $102 for one bedroom and $112 to $120 for two bedroom. Under a new rule created just before the FIIS vote, the Regents cannot give final approval for at least 30 days after introduction of any proposed fee increases. The increases are indeed, Nugent said, simply to meet increased costs in operating the school's four residence halls and, Wooster Place, the married student housing project. "Under the fiscal 1977 operating budget, we will have $1.836 million in the on-campus housing system," Nugent said Tuesday. "That should provide us with an excess income in the neighborhood of $7,500. "But that is not enough carryover to meet the increased costs of operating the system the next year," he said. "We are looking at increased labor costs, food costs and cost of repairs just necessary to maintain buildings at an acceptable level," Nugent said. "Insurance is likely to increase as well. "Without some additional money, we just can't do all that." Nugent said the on-campus housing system has no way to increase its income other than raising rates. "The new rate 1 am proposing, if the occupancy remains constant, would provide us with roughly $170,000 annually," he said. The on-campus housing population has been fairly stable at about $1,325 the past couple of years, he said. The school offers several rates for residence hall living, based on the number of meals eaten weekly. "The basic rate most students take is the 15-meal plan," Nugent said, which would cost $1,272 annually. He said the meal plan makes it "a little hard to compare to other state schools that don't offer the same number of meals." Emporia State, for example, has an 18- meal plan for $1,355 a year, and a 10-meal plan for $1,215. "Their 10-nieul plan is restricted to Monday through Friday, however," Nugent said. At FIIS, students may choose to eat their IS meals over the full seven-day week. Kansas State University offers only one meal plan — 20 each week. "At KSU, students pay for the meals whether they eat them or not," Nugent said. Base rate is $1,225, but KSU residence hall dwellers also must pay a $25 parking fee, he added. "With the new rate, we'll be about in between the rest of the state schools," Nugent said. The Board of Regents is expected to approve the fee next month.

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