Local/Kansas The Salina Journal Saturday, January 4,1986 Page 3 Proposed alteration of agriculture board faces opposition ByDALEGOTER Harris News Service TOPEKA (HNS) - When a bill calling for minimum prices on certain Kansas farm commodities was introduced in the Kansas Legislature two years ago, the Kansas Board of Agriculture took no position on the issue. As the farm credit crisis evolved and a delegation of Kansas legislators descended on Washington, D.C., to plead for help for farmers, the Kansas Board of Agriculture had no position on the issue. Throughout recent Kansas history, the state board has stuck to its regulatory duties and stayed out of controversial agricultural issues that have pitted farmers against government, farmers and against financial institutions or farmers against farmers. But despite the board's history of non-involvement in major agricultural policies, it now finds itself in the center of a controversy over whom should set Kansas agricultural policy. The debate arises from Gov. John Carlin's announcement last week that he would issue an "executive reorganization order" that would do Motel IRB issue before commission Salina City Commissioners will consider a resolution Monday expressing the city's intent to issue $1.45 million in industrial revenue bonds for financing the purchase and furnishing of the former Hilton Inn at Iron and Fifth. Salina Motel Partnership requested the-bonds, but the motel will be operated by the Grand American Hotel Co., Overland Park. .Partners are Darwin and Jim Sampson of Grain Belt Supply Co.; two former Salinans, Gaylord and Sherman Johnson, both of Lenexa; a Kansas City, Mo., attorney, G. Robert Fisher, and Grand American's president and vice president, Joe Ross and Bruce Boettcher. The partners are expected to put up $345,000, bringing the total investment to $1.795 million. They hope to open the motel, restaurant and club in late spring. The 144-room motel closed two years ago after its owners lost the Hilton franchise and failed to keep the business afloat under the name Hospitality Inn. If commissioners approve the resolution Monday, the matter would still have to be approved on first and second readings. In other business, commissioners will consider acquiring property at 120 S. Santa Fe for part of the downtown renovation plan. The parcel, known as the Shank building, will be razed to create an arcade linking Santa Fe with Seventh Street. City Manager Rufus Nye said the city has reached agreement with the property owner to buy the 3,000 square-foot building at the appraised value of $49,500. In other downtown matters, commissioners will consider an ordinance levying assessments to help finance the Business Improvement District for 1986. ' The amount of assessments is about 25 percent of those for 1984 and 1985. Nye said he expects the assessments to generate $11,000. The money will be combined with city sales tax receipts to meet the improvement district's $35,970 budget. The infusion of sales tax money meets the city commission agreement approved Sept. 10,1984, to contribute $5 for each $1 of private money raised for the renovation of public areas of downtown. Also on Monday's agenda is a recommendation from the Salina Planning Commission to rezone certain property in six blocks along South Santa Fe. Nancy Hodges, 850 S. Santa Fe, filed the rezoning request on behalf of her neighbors who want their property rezoned from multiple-family residential to single- family residential. First Starship rolls out WICHITA — About 1,200 people attended a ceremony Friday to witness the rolling out of the first Starship I at Beech Aircraft Corp. in Wichita. The Starship I is a new jet-like turboprop built of lightweight composite materials. It is expected to fly higher, faster and farther than previous turboprop models. Many former employees of Beech's Salina plant worked on the Starship in Wichita. Some have moved to Wichita and about 26 employees are commuting to Wichita from Salina, said Fortunate Bonilla, plant chairman of Lodge No. 2328 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. away with the Board of Agriculture and replace it with a cabinet-level Department of Agriculture. Carlin's idea is something like a "hostile takeover" among corporations. The Board of Agriculture — composed of farmers elected by farmers — doesn't like the idea, but its members can only hope the Kansas Legislature saves them from relegation to an advisory board. Carlin's proposal, which must survive the scrutiny of the 1986 Kansas Legislature, promises to be one of the most controversial issues facing lawmakers this session. The issue also will be aired next week in Topeka at the Board of Agriculture's annual convention. Ironically, the convention will feature Carlin as a guest speaker at the Wednesday noon luncheon, and the governor also will attend the convention banquet Tuesday night. But while Carlin, board members and legislators debate control of the Board of Agriculture, there is some irony in the fact that the board has shied away from controversial agricultural issues. "That's exactly right," says Harland Priddle, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture who was hired by the "The board is primarily a regulatory agency, and we do that independent of political pressure." — William Mai board. "We have not (been involved in major issues). In the state of Kansas, farm organizations have been left with that role." Carlin, citing the changing picture of agriculture in Kansas, would change that by creating an office of policy and planning in the reorganized agriculture department. Carlin also notes that Kansas is the only state that still retains a board and secretary chosen by farmers. "It is critical to the future of agriculture in Kansas that this change be made," Carlin said in making the announcement. "It is critical for future governors to have more direct input into farm issues." Priddle says he understands Carlin's concern about agriculture policy-making in Kansas. But he says he can't support Carlin's takeover plans until the governor offers more specifics about what change is needed, how it will be carried out and who will do it. While it takes no part in debating farm issues, the Board of Agriculture plays an active role in regulating food products labeling, pesticide use and certain water appropriations. The board has the power to draft and adopt rules and regulations that have the force of law, as do other state agencies. William Mai, a Sharon Springs farmer who serves as board president, says he is mostly concerned that Carlin's order will contaminate the board's regulatory process with political influence. "The board is primarily a regulatory agency, and we do that independent of political pressure," Mai says. Mai says the farmer-elected board is "closer to the people than any appointed board would be," and he says other industries should have more say in how state agencies reg- ulate them. Mai and Priddle also believe the continuity of the board's market promotion activities would be threatened if it became an appointive department. "It takes us three to four years to generate a relationship with a Taiwan hog buyer," Priddle says. Other states with agriculture departments controlled by governors have had negative experiences with changing administrations, he says. Under a system of political appointments, relationships between foreign buyers and Kansas producers might not evolve as easily, he says. Because the board is elected by farm delegates representing various farm organizations, the Kansas Farm Bureau is heavily represented as the state's largest farm organization. Four of the 12 board members represent Farm Bureau chapters. No other organization has more than one member on the board. In addition, Farm Bureau delegates who vote on board membership make up 105 of the 253 authorized delegate positions, according to information supplied by the board. Chicken Dinners "7°- By JILL CASEY Staff Writer The lone runner stopped Friday along a quiet stretch of K-140 to befriend a dog that had wandered off a farm, and when the dog followed him enthusiastically the man worried it might not find its way home. Ron Sadowsky's trek across the country probably would be less of a jog and more of a run if he'd merely do his miles every day and not dawdle so he could talk to the animals and curious people. But his drive to live by his beliefs won't let him. His conviction to animal rights compelled him to run for the cause last July. Now it compels he and partner Dave DuLac to stop and talk to anyone who asks about their concern for animals — especially those confined for life to "factory farms" and those killed in what they consider inhumane research. Too, the occasional country dogs who befriend Sadowsky on out-of-the- way highways slow him down. So do the carcasses of animals killed on the highways: He takes time to say a prayer for them and clean up. Friday, Sadowsky passed through Salina, running west on down K-140 toward Brookville. When he befriended the farm dog near Brookville, DuLac, in mock impatience, said, "Oh, no. He's got another dog following him." Sadowsky started in Boston, and his destination is Los Angeles. DuLac, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Sadowsky, of St. Paul, Minn., are members of the Animal Rights Coalition, based in Minneapolis. DuLac has driven and waited, in a journey of stops and starts, in the rented recreational vehicle Sadowsky relies on for rest and refueling since DuLac joined him in Omaha, Neb. V. Sadowsky has been running the 3,000-mile trip in 20-mile stints each day since July 4. He originally planned a more zigzag course of 5,100 miles, but rallies for animal rights during his run in the East slowed him down considerably, and he'd like to finish close to schedule. He said people often ask why his concern for animal rights surpasses his concern for the human condition. "I think we all feel there is a connection between violence towards animals and violence toward people," Sadowsky said during a break in Brookville. "I believe people who abuse animals also tend to abuse people, so the two really aren't separate." Both said they have found Kansans to be receptive to their ideas, contrary to their preconception that fanners, hunters and animal rights activists would have little to agree on. "We all have some common ground," said Sadowsky. "I'm a That representation has drawn some criticism, but Priddle says it is no more significant than the number of United Methodists or Presbyterians on the board. Nevertheless, the Farm Bureau's role on the board is likely to be viewed as a political issue, considering that Carlin's Democratic politics generally align him more with the Kansas Farmers Union than the more conservative Farm Bureau. But even the Kansas Farmers Union is on record favoring the current board arrangement, although the issue likely will come up during the KFU annual convention late next week, according to Leon Riffel, Enterprise farmer. Riffel, the only KFU delegate on the board, currently is vice-president and is expected to be elected president at next week's convention. "I can see the reasons why Carlin wants to do it," Riffel says. "But I don't think it will pass and I would hate to see it at this time.'' Riffel says he recalls how early organizers of the American Agriculture Movement pressed for more farmer-producer involvement in setting federal agriculture policy. Officials investigate Oakdale Park fires From Staff Reports Salina police and fire officials are investigating two fires believed to have been set at Oakdale Park Thursday evening. A fire reported at about 7:45 p.m. damaged the concession building near the Oakdale ice skating rink. Another fire, reported at about 8:15 p.m., burned the cab of a city garbage truck parked near the park maintenance building. Salina Fire Department Division Chief Gail Ails said the fires were believed to have been set by the same individual or individuals. "They're definitely connected," he said. A witness saw a white teenage male dressed in jeans and a hooded sweatshirt running from the park toward the Oakdale Street entrance shortly after firefighters arrived at the second fire. By Friday the police department had no suspects in custody, although investigations are leading them to several people, Assistant Chief Glen Kochanowski said. Photo, by Monty D«vli Ron Sadowsky takes a break Friday afternoon daring his 3,000-mile Animal Rights America Ron. Runner's regard for animals jogs consciences on 3,000-mile journey vegetarian and am against factory farming, but the equation is simple. No farmers, no food." Both Sadowsky and DuLac said they were glad to see Kansas farmers still rely mostly on free roaming methods to raise livestock. A Republic County hojj farm gave them their only negative view of Kansans and animal rights thus far. There they noticed animals that appeared poorly fed and saw the carcass of a piglet that had been thrown over the fence, and since had frozen to the ground. They notified Betty Lambert of the Saline County Humane Association, who echoed their concerns and said she'd see if anything could be done. For now the pair is taking the trip one day at a time, and are looking forward to longer days and warmer weather. From here they'll travel through southwest Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The concession building was used by the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission to store tent dividers and other equipment for. the Smoky Hill River Festival, said director Martha Rhea. "What a way to start the new year," she said. Fire Prevention Officer Bob Holston said the mesh on dividers used for the festival was melted by the heat. Plastic pipes used for festival banners were destroyed. Fire also broke through several areas of the roof of the concession building, Holston said. The garbage truck sustained damage to the cab, where the fire probably started, Ails said, because it appeared the engine had not ignited. Several window panes on the south and west sides of the maintenance building were broken out. The cause of the fires has not been determined, and no damage estimates have been made, Holston said. Kochanowski said a white globe on an outdoor light post also was taken. Planters Bank and Trust may receive new name From Staff and Wire Reports A new name might be in the wings for the Planters Bank and Trust Co., but bank officials are keeping possible new names under wraps. Planters President Gary Rumsey confirmed Friday that the bank's owner, Fourth Financial Corp. of Wichita, is eyeing a name change for Planters and other banks owned by the corporation. But Rumsey said "nothing has been revealed" when asked what the new bank name might be. Fourth Financial Chairman Jordan Haines, Wichita, said several names have been reviewed but he also would not reveal them. In a telephone interview, Haines said the corporation is studying whether it is advisable for Fourth Financial, a multi-bank holding company, to operate its nine banks under nine different names. The study is to be com- pleted in the first three months of this year. Rumsey said if the study goes well Planters likely will have a new name by late March. Likewise, Sam Perkins, president of Patrons State Bank and Trust Co. at Olathe, said he expects his bank, also owned by Fourth Financial, to have a new name by March. "It will be done — it's a fact of life," Perkins said of the change. Fourth Financial purchased a minority interest in Planters in 1983 and bought all of the bank's stock last year when a new state law allowing corporations to own more than one bank became effective. Planters was founded in 1900 by prominent Salinan Fred Quincy. In order to change the bank names, approval by the Kansas Bank Commission is required. That regulatory agency must approve the name change at one of its monthly meetings. Law officers apprehend 2 wanted in other states Sadowsky runs west on K-140, west of Brookville. The Saline County Sheriff's Department apprehended two men Friday who are wanted in other states, after a deputy stopped a speeding vehicle on the outskirts of Salina. Jimmie Smith, 40, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Terry L. Reed, 27, South Bend, Ind., are being held in the Saline County Jail until arrangements can be made to turn them over to officials of the states holding outstanding warrants, Sheriff Darrell Wilson said. Smith is wanted by Texas authorities for forgery, theft of checks and for writing bad checks, Wilson said. Reed is wanted by Indiana authorities for robbery. Deputy Dan Kvacik followed a 1977 Mercury about 7 a.m. that was traveling north at 90 mph on 1-135 from Smolan to near Salina, Wilson said. After stopping the vehicle and checking the driver's name with the National Crime Information Center computer, Kvacik discovered he was wanted in Texas. An NCIC check on Reed at first revealed nothing because Reed gave a false name, Deputy Don Zimbelman said. Reed then asked if he could make a telephone call. He left the police station about 9:45 a.m. and could not immediately be located. Papers found in the car revealed Reed's real name, which then was checked with NCIC and the outstanding warrant was discovered, Zimbelmansaid. Reed later was found reading about 1 p.m. at the Salina Public Library, one block from the police station.
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