The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 11, 2001 · Page 1
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Easter treats PAGE CI the WEDNESDAY APRIL 11, 2001 SALINA, KANSAS Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 50 cents Photos by JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum-Baker shares a smile with Richard Heil, head of the political science department at Fort Hays State University, before her participation in the fifth annual Political Science Day at Fort Hays State. "From Topeka to Washington, we have to work together," Kassebaum-Baker said of the politcal process. "You have to work within your own party and across party lines." Political prose state politicians offer opinions on China, Busli at Fort Hays State forum By TIM UNRUH Tlw Salina Journal HAYS — U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran had to bow out early to watch his daughter run the hurdles. It was one more speech for Sen. Pat Roberts on his 105-county tour of Kansas. And former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum-Baker is packing her bags for Japan. But for a couple hours here Tuesday, the political trio commanded the attention of a revolving crowd during the fifth annual Political Science Day at Fort Hays State University China, farming, campaign finance, bipartisanship and President George W. Bush were among the topics and questions from a few of about 100 in the student union ballroom. The Republicans exchanged praise and moved to the issues. Getting involved in the political process is paramount to Kasse- Sen. Pat Roberts (right) and Rep. Jerry IVIoran listen as Kassebaum-Baker answers a question during the forum on the Fort Hays State campus. baum-Baker, whose husband, former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, has been named U.S. ambassador to Japan. "From Topeka to Washington, we have to work together. Democracy isn't a spectator sport. You have to work within your own party and across party lines," said Kassebaum, who retired in 1997 after 18 years in the Senate. "One needs to have a certain amount of tension between parties. That helps solve issues. But at the end of the day, there should be mutual respect." Oitlli Wll Audio clips of Fort Hays State's Political Science Day are available on the Journal's Web site at www.saljournal. com Public confidence in government might be the most important issue in Washington these days, Roberts said. Fort Hays State senior Jason Peters, Hays, asked how the Bush administration has been received in Washington. During the 100-day honeymoon period, Moran said, there is a general hope for the new president to succeed. He suggested the country wait another three years before speculating on who will be elected in the next presidential election, and "give President Bush an opportunity to govern." . Moran said Bush consistently has reached out to the other party. See POLITICS, Page A2 USBL draft PAGE D1 S l>nOFESStOH»l BASKSraALL T EDUCATION Morland to close another school Seventh-, eighth-grade Students will attend Hill City, Hoxie schools By JOHN MILBURN The Associated Press Public education in a tiny northwest Kansas community district has moved closer to extinction with a decision to discontinue classes for seventh- and eighth-graders. Beginning in the fall, Morland students in those grades will attend classes in HUl City, 13 miles to the east, or Hoxie, 20 miles west. The West Graham-Morland School Board voted earlier this year to close the high school in the Graham County community "Our intent is to do what is best for the kids," said board member Jim Knoll, a Morland resident who has children in the district. The school board voted 3-2 Monday night to contract with Hill City and Hoxie for classes for kindergarten through the sixth grade. But because there are two vacancies on the seven-member board, the motion failed for lack of majority. Knoll was one of the board members who voted against contracting for kindergarten through sixth-grade classes. He said he wants to keep the board's options open and try to-keep the younger children close to home as long as possible. May 1 deadline crucial The board is likely to discuss the situation at its next meeting April 23. Knoll said the next big step is the May 1 deadline for renewing staff contracts for the next school year. By law, the seventh- and eighth- graders will be enrolled in Morland. The district will still collect state and local revenue based on the number of students. Hill City and Hoxie will be paid a contracting fee — believed to be around $5,000 per pupil — to educate the students. Principal Shelly Swayne said despite the distractions of school closure, the students and staff have enjoyed a good year. But the reality is the high school, built 44 years ago, will shut down in May, ending jobs for some of the 13 faculty members. Swayne — who grew up in Morland — is looking for another job as well. "I've grown up here. It's a harder decision for my staff," Swayne said. See MORLAND, Page A2 T NATURAL GAS PIPELINE Leaking pipeline closes highway Residents evacuated near Williams plant on U.S. Highway 56 By KARA RHODES The Salina Journal CONWAY — Wind that accompanied a thunderstorm may have been the cause of a substantial leak in a natural gas pipeline near Conway Tuesday afternoon, causing evacuations and highway closures for several hours. The leaking pipeline, carrying a mix of ethane, propane and butane, was an aboveground, 4-inch storage line for Williams Energy Services Co. The Tulsa, Okla.-based compa- WEATHER High: 68 Low: 40 Mostly sunny and windy today; partly cloudy tonight. MoPherson •.V Conway Gas pipeline leak ny stores, distributes and transports natural gas from its 50-employee facility at U.S. Highway 56 and Fifth Avenue, about two and a half miles west of Con- PAGE B1 way and eight miles west of McPherson. "The first goal was to keep everyone out of harm's way and then to find out what was causing the leak," said Williams spokesman Kelly Swan, Tulsa. About a dozen residents within a two-mile radius of the plant were evacuated, as were Williams employees not needed to aid in the isolation of the leak. An eight-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 56 — from the Rice County line to three miles east of the Williams plant — was closed. Six miles of roads north and south were closed as well. Webster said there were strong gusts of wind in the late morning and, although the cause of the leak is still under investigation, a potential culprit might have been metal debris being blown into a pressure relief valve, said Dillard Webster, McPherson County emergency director Webster said a 6-foot metal trough vvas blown hundreds of yards because of the strong wind. Ready for emergency About 75 emergency personnel were called to the scene. Webster said training was done at the site just a year ago to prepare for a situation such as Tuesday's leak. See GAS, Page A3 T ELECTION 2001: GREENLEAF Candidate may ace out his competition By AMY SULLIVAN Tiie Salina Journal GREENLEAF — An ace beats a jack, but a vote recount today might trump them both. City council candidates Rita LeDuc, an incumbent, and Douglas Kruse, a first- time candidate, should learn today who will be sworn in as a council member in May, said Lou Kern, Washington County clerk. The candidates drew cards Monday to break a 74- vote tie that was discovered when county commissioners canvassed the votes Friday. The cards showed Kruce the winner It appeared on election night that LeDuc was the winner over Kruse, 74-73. But the commissioners' canvass added one provisional vote to Kruse's total, creating the tie. Kern said the law requires a tie be decided by lot, and the candidates chose to draw cards. LeDuc drew first. Then Kruse. See ELECTION, Page A3 Western Resources' rate increase request has rekindled a feud between Wichita and Topeka over who should pay what. TOMORROW A symbol of new life — the egg — is transformed with creativity for Easter; Chip Miller takes a look at lawn mowers. INSIDE Classified /C3 Comics / B6 Crossword / B6 Deaths / B3 Food/ 01 Great Plains / 81 Money / 85 Sports / D1 Weather / D6 Viewpoints / A7

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