The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 29, 1996 · Page 1
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Discrimination Cancer victims often have to battle for jobs, too/C1 MONEY Listen up Guild strives to bring art of storytelling back to Salina / B1 LIFE • What ChOlCe?: Many Americans aren't happy with presidential picks / A7 • Welfare PelOPni: States prepare for changes in benefits / C3 . INSIDE High: 80 Lorn 55 Mostly sunny and warmer today with west winds of5to15mph/B6 WEATHER <& years 7 the 1871-1996 Salina Journal THE SHOPPING CHANNEL CHANGING SAUNA L - Retail development in Salina - New business Planning stage A Making inquiries In 1994, more than $11 million in building permits for new construction were issued, and more than $7 million were issued in 1995. Up to July of this year, more than $6.5 million in permits have been issued. • Wendy's (Pgtro 2,1-70 and N. Ninth) • Baskln-Robbins (Petro 2,1-70 and N. Ninth) m Pizza Hut (Petro 2,1-70 and N. Ninth) • McDonald's (1-70 and N. Ninth) • Denny's (1-70 and N. Ninth) • Blimpie's (Bosselman's trade stop, 1944 N. Ninth) • Little Caesar's (Petro 2,1-70 and N. Ninth) • T.J. Cinnamon's (Petro 2,1-70 and N. Ninth) • Holiday inn Express Hotel (201 E. Diamond Drive) • Auto Zone Car Parts (2) I Central Mail: • Bath and Body Works Pretzel Maker Famous Footwear Gadzooksl A Office Depot (Mid-Stele Ma//) Spaghetti Jack's (2445 S. Ninth) SCH1L0NG**"* Hotel (Schilling .and Ninth) WATER WELL $800 rz" Total sales in - inflation-adjusted - 1994 dollars $700 $600 Total sates before adjustment for Inflation. 198619871988 19891990 1991 1992 199319941995 Source: Kansas Department of Revenue and Consumer Price Index 1.80 1.29 Belmont Plaza Addition: • Burger King • Fazoli's (Italian fast-food) • Staples (office supplies) A Aldi's (grocery store) 0.5. 0.0 Fiscal 1996 • Casey's General Store (Schilling and Marcella) The retail pull factor, developed by David Darling, professor of economics at Kansas State University in Manhattan, measures the amount of retail sales a city captures from surrounding markets. Salina, with a fiscal 1996 rating of 1.58, is holding its full potential of retail sales inside the city and is capturing an additional 58 cents off the dollar from surrounding markets. In cities 40,000 to 50,000, Salina is second only to Lenexa, which has a 2.39 rating. RICHAE MORROW / The Salina Journal Region tunes in to Salina as mecca for shoppers By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal M ike Peterson brought a shopping quirk with him from Concordia when he came to Salina six years ago to become the city's director of permits and inspections. Whenever Peterson is out to grab something, he checks the license plates of the cars in Salina's parking lots. And he's noticed a great increase in the number of out-of-town shoppers from two or three years ago. "In fact," he said, "my wife and I don't like to shop on the weekends because it is so cotton-picking busy." Peterson's observations are indicative of Salina's growth as a retail center. Retail business is booming in Salina, especially during the past six months, when more than a dozen new businesses have either moved into the city or have made plans to move. Those businesses run the gamut from restaurants and convenience stores to office supply superstores and hotels. Some would be located in a new shopping center, Belmont Plaza, planned for the area of .Belmont and Ninth streets. Others would become part of a renovated Mid-State Mall. Still others stand alone, or are included in massive truck stops that increasingly are looking like shopping malls. Measuring the growth Salina's retail growth is measured in several ways, chief among them the total dollars rung up in merchants' cash registers. Last year, the growth in retail sales, in actual dollars, was pegged at 11.2 percent, according to figures from the Kansas Department of Revenue. In 1994, the sales growth was 14.4 percent, and the year before that the growth was 11.7 percent. Another measure of retail health is the "pull factor," a statistic that measures whether Kansas communities are attracting retail dollars from neighboring communities, or whether the town's merchants are losing out to competitors elsewhere. Salina is winning that battle, with a pull rating that is fifth-best in the state. City-issued commercial building permits are another indicator of economic health. The past two years have been good ones. In 1994, more than $11 million in permits for new construction were issued, and more than $7 million were issued in 1995. By way of comparison, in 1992 and "93, more than $6.8 million in new construction were issued, and in 1991, only $3.75 million in permits were issued. In 1990, $2.4 million in permits were issued. See SHOPPING, Page AB is a great place tO grow." Trace Walker, president of the company that owns the Petro 2 truck stop at 1-70 and Ninth Street T MIDDLE EAST T HALLOWEEN Palestinian police beat back protesters By The Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank — In a clear message that days of bloodshed must end, Yasser Arafat's policemen clubbed, cajoled and dragged away Palestinians marching Saturday on Israeli army posts and Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But gunbattles subsided in Palestinian areas, where only a day before Palestinian police and Israeli soldiers fought their worst clashes in decades. Diplomats, meanwhile, sought to arrange a meeting between the Palestinian and Israeli leaders and there were unconfirmed reports it could come as early as today. For the first time since the vio- lence erupted Wednesday, no one was killed on either side. But Israel's army, fearing the situation was still too volatile, laid siege Saturday to West Bank towns and villages. Soldiers barred Palestinians from leaving their communities, tanks were deployed near Palestinian towns, and troop reinforcements were sent into the 144 Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza. Arafat's armed men tried Saturday — sometimes reluctantly — to separate protesters from Israeli troops. "Look at the way they're behaving," said a 20-year-old protester who gave his name only as Daoud. "They're acting like the Israelis." Gold patch Classified / C4 Crossword / B7 Deaths/A11 Great Plains / A3 Life / B1 Money / C1 Sports/ D1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS $1.50 T CONGRESS House passes Budget Tighter immigration laws also approved as Congress nears close By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A weary House approved a huge spending bill and tighter immigration laws on Saturday, handing victories to both Republicans and Democrats just five weeks before the election and moving Congress to the verge of adjournment. By an overwhelming 370-37 roll call, the House shipped the 3,000- page package combining both measures to the Senate. That chamber seemed likely to vote final congressional approval Monday and send it to President Clinton for his promised signature. The House vote was the chamber's last major business of 1996. It let members of the first GOP-controlled Congress in 40 years begin fleeing the Capitol for the campaign trail. The bill, completed at sunrise after all-night bargaining by White House and congressional negotiators, bears political points for both sides. Final approval will allow Republicans to avoid a rerun of last year's federal shutdowns when the new fiscal year begins Tuesday. Clinton gets $6.5 billion extra he wanted for education and other domestic programs. Both sides get a tough new immigration law to brag about. And incumbents get to go home and woo voters. But first, each side tried grabbing credit for their agreement. "It's what happens when you abandon extremism and start working together," Clinton told a campaign crowd in Providence, R.I., using one of his favorite nouns for Republicans. "It's a victory for our values. It's a victory for our country." But House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., said the session-ending legislation cemented GOP priorities. "In terms of the basic shape of domestic government, it is moving in the direction we want it," he said. « The agreement will let Congres& leave "ahead of schedule, unde£ budget, in a cooperative manner,^ and getting a lot of good things' done for the American people,"! Gingrich said. ' When the bill finally hit the* House floor shortly before 9 p.m., — about 14 hours after it was com-,' pleted in all-night negotiations —; Republicans lauded it. "• Democrats said they would sup% port the bill, but couldn't resist; contrasting it with earlier GOP; versions that sought deeper cuts- in many programs. 1 • Committee votes to continue Gingrich ethics probe, Gephardt scolded for finances / Page A9 Pumpkin growers are looking at good year By The Associated Press DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Blake Bos, 11, son of Bill and Kim Bos, Salina, tries to lift a large pumpkin as he sorts through a pile Saturday at Miller's Market. Blake was looking to build a pumpkin man for school. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The quest for the perfect jack-o'-lantern holds more promise this year than last. Pumpkin growers in Missouri and Kansas, many of whom do a brisk you- pick-'em business when the weather is nice, say their crops generally are healthy and ripening well. "But these cool, rainy days are making us a little bit nervous," said Rita FarreU, of Sibley Orchards near Buckner. "They don't let us get in and look at what we've got in the fields." Growers say there should be enough pumpkins for any and all visitors to their patches. The crop prognosis is a good turnaround from last autumn when a cold, wet spring delayed planting. July heat baked blossoms on the vine and humidity through- out the summer let insects, fungus and weeds damage the crop. '. "This year was much better, even 1 though there was too much rain all the way through," said Steve Frey of Red Barn Farm near Weston. Darrell York, who's growing 53 acres of pumpkins at Powell Farms near Louis- '• burg, Kan., said he's already sold about 5, percent of his crop wholesale. | "We don't have the usual numbers out of the field yet because of the cool, rainy days, but I won't get too nervous unless the trend of about two rains a week continues through; the 5th to 10th of October," York said. Darrel Zimmerman, of Zimmerman Kill; Creek Farm near DeSoto, Kan., said sunny,! warm days are needed — not just for the', pumpkins but for the customers. Most area; growers depend on dozens of visits by preschool and elementary classes on week-; days and visits from families on weekends.!

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