The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 13, 2001 · Page 14
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Salina, Kansas
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B2 FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead • Extended calendar / Page D3 13 FrWay • EVENT: Salina Senior Center's Annual Easter Egg Hunt. 11 a.m., Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. 827-9818. • MUSIC :High-energy rocl< with Tite Grip. 9:30 p.m., King of Clubs, 1056 E. Pacific. $4. • MUSIC: Easter Cantata: "On A Hill Too Far Away." 7 p.m., First Churcfi of tfie Nazarene, 1425 S. Ohio. 823-6331. • THEATER: Salina Community , Theatre presents "Inherit the Wind" — evolution in education and the legal • clash. 8 p.m., 303 E. Iron. 827-3033. • LINDSBORG: Performance of "St. Matthew's Passion." 7:30 p.m., Presser Hall, Bethany College. (785) 227-3311. 14 SaturJay • EVENT: "An Easter Story and Egg Hunf for children up to 6th grade. 11 a.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1425 S. Ohio. Children are encouraged to bring baskets. 823-6331 or 823-3458. • MUSIC: Bullseye recording artist • Preston Shannon. 10 p.m.. King of Clubs, 1056 E. Pacific. $6 advance and $9 at the door. Tickets available at House of Sight and Sound and Plum Creek Meats, Beloit. • PROGRAM: Smoky Hill Genealogical Society presents 'Tombstone Symbolism and Cemetery Art" by Lauri Haifhide. 2 p.m., Community Room, Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron. 827-9717. • PUBLIC MEETING: Prairleland Food Co-Op Order Meeting. 9 a.m., 138 S. Fourth. 493-0370. • THEATER: Salina Community Theatre presents "Inherit the Wind." 8 p.m., 303 E. Iron. 827-3033. • ELLSWORTH: Ellsworth County FCE Clubs Easter Bake Sale. 9 a.m.; opening reception for artists Rachel Larson and Ben Sharpiaz, 2-4 p.m., Ellsworth Art Gallery, 204 N. Douglas. (785) 472-5658. • LINDSBORG: Bethany College Theatre presents "Everyman" a medieval morality play. 7:30 p.m., Burnett Center, Bethany College. For tickets, (785) 227-3380, Ext. 8185. Listing Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to include name, address and telephone number. BRIEFLY Two children found dead in Wicliita home WICHITA — Two children found dead in a one-room apartment in north Wichita Thursday night, appear to have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities said. Six other people who were in the same apartment were taken to the hospital, said Battalion Fire Chief Gary Anderson. Three of them were in critical condition. While the symptoms appeared to be a reaction to carbon monoxide poisoning, that won't be confirmed until hospital blood tests have been completed, paramedics Captain Mike Buchanan said. The survivors were four children and two adults, Buchanan said. Strike ends at South Hutchinson plant SOUTH HUTCHINSON — The first strike at the Morton Salt Plant has ended after union workers approved an agreement that includes a 2.5 to 3 percent pay raise. Union members voted 70-46 late Wednesday afternoon to end the 11-day-old strike. Workers will return to their jobs Monday morning. In some cases, the raises won't be enough to cover the anticipated doubling of health insurance rates from $25 a month for family coverage to more than $50 a month. From Wire Service Reports T ARCHAEOLOGY tURM ftlGH'T FOLLOW ARROW PREHISTORIC File photo This sign, displayed in 1985, pointed tlie way east of Salina to the American Indian burial pit. Burial ground back in spotlight KSU professor to give program about old pit east of Salina By The Salina Journal It is covered with grass, no marker identifies the spot, and you might have a tough time even finding directions to the old burial ground. But Dee Harris says the American Indian burial pit located east of Salina that in the 1980s was in the middle of a political tug-of-war still keeps the phones ringing at the Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron. Wednesday, archaeologist and Kansas State University professor Donna Roper will spotlight the burial ground — home to the remains of 146 American Indian bodies — during a presentation planned for Kansas Archaeology Week, April 15-21. The free program, "Salina Area Archaeology in the 1930s: The Indian Burial Pit and Other Adventures of the Whiteford FamUy," will begin at 7 p.m. in the museum's community room. The burial site was discovered in 1936 by a dog scratching in the dirt. The next year, amateur archaeologist Guy Whiteford excavated the site, uncovering the bones. In 1938, the property was purchased by the Price family, which turned the site filled with excavated bones into a tourist attraction that brought in thousands of gawkers each year. Then, in the 1980s, years after American Indian groups began raising objections to the site, controversy began brewing. The State Historical Society balked at buying the property and turning it into a more elaborate tourist spot after concerns were raised the display of bones was an affront to American Indians. Indian groups championed a push to close the site, and in 1989 a state law was passed making it illegal to display human remains. The state bought the property in 1990. Archaeologists surveyed the site one last time, and three American Indian tribes conducted a reburial ceremony, covering the remains of 146 bodies, "There's nothing to see, essentially," said Harris, director of the museum. But the site still elicits interest. "The Indian Burial Pit real­ ly generates a lot of interest in this area, because people remember going to it," Harris said. "We get a lot of questions about it." Harris said the museum doesn't give directions to the site, fearing visitors might intrude on private property that is next to the site or try to disturb the site itself. In the years since American Indian,groups fought to rebury the remains and keep the site from being a roadside attraction, sensitivity to American Indian and other minority cultures has become more acute. It's highly doubtful, Harris said, there would be disagreement today that American Indian remains should be handed to those who claim them as the remains of their ancestors. T TAXES T ENERGY FORUIM Nuclear power plants on table Task force suggests more plants needed to meet demand By ROXANA HEGEMAN The Associated Press WICHITA — More nuclear power plants are needed to meet the nation's electrical demands, a top official of President Bush's energy task force told Kansas business and farm leaders. Andrew Lundquist, staff director of the panel appointed to develop the administration's energy policy, said Thursday in a telephone link to a Kansas energy forum meeting here that the task force is looking at the possibility of building more nuclear power plants — some- T LEGISLATURE thing not done in this country since 1973. Existing nuclear plants should also be re-licensed because they have been running safely and are getting safer, he said. The task force, formally called the National Energy Policy Development Group, consists of Vice President Dick Cheney, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, Interior Secretary Gale Norton and the secretaries of Treasury, Agriculture, Commerce and Transportation. Kansas oilmen attending the forum were disappointed to learn from Karen Knutson, assistant director of the task force, that tax credits to spur drilling of marginal oil and gas wells would not likely be a part of the task force's recommenda­ tions. About 98 percent of all wells in Kansas are marginal wells, producing fewer than 15 barrels per day "We are not anticipating tax credits in this report," she said. But Lundquist later added such tax credits were still being considered. U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, who played host to the forum, told the Kansas group he did not understand why the task force would not consider incentives to boost its domestic production and promised to look into it. Mark Shreve, president of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association, also expressed his displeasure. "Some would question, 'Why provide incentives when the market is overproducing?' " Brownback said. But Brownback noted the decline in U.S. oil production. The U.S. imports about 60 percent of. the oil it consumes. "Energy is not like any other product we trade for — it is a driver of the economy," he said. Boeing Co. officials in Seattle have concerns about the availability of enough electricity this summer after watching the effects the California blackouts and brownouts had on some of its California operations, said Terry Keller, resources manager for Boeing Wichita. Bruce Carselowey, a board member for Kansas Farm Bureau, said renewable fuels such as ethanol should be part of national energy policy Ethanol adds about 30 cents of value to a bushel of corn, he said. Pay commission plan still in planning By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — Supporters of a bill that could lead to a legislative pay increase still hope to push it into law, even though the state's budget problems have created a big obstacle. The proposal, from House members, would create a nine- member commission on compensation for legislators and statewide elected officials. The TV NEWS SHOWS commission could set pay for lawmakers, without a vote of the Legislature. Some critics see approving the bill as tantamount to approving an increase in legislators' compensation. Supporters acknowledge such opinions hurt the bill's chances, especially because legislators must close a $205 million gap between expected revenue collections and spending already recommended. Still, lawmakers expect negoti- PENTAX The following guests will appear on "Kansas Week" and "Kansas Week Focus" this week on KPTS (Salina cable channel 8): • "Kansas Week Focus" — Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer, and Sen. Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, chairman of Senate Ways and Means Committee, will discuss the state's financial problems and the effect on education funding. • "Kansas Week" — Dave Seaton, publisher of the Winfield Dally Courier, and George Pyle, Salina Journal columnist, will discuss the stale's budget shortfall and a report on the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. "Kansas Week Focus" airs at 8 p.m. today on KPTS and is repeated at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. It also airs at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on KOOD. "Kansas Week" airs at 8:30 p.m. today on KPTS and is repeated at 2 p.m. Sunday. It also airs at 8:30 p.m. today on KOOD (Salina cable channel 2). 2320 Plana Galaxy Center, 827-2497 www.faitfoauiaca«t; ations between senators and House members to begin after the Legislature returns AprU 25. The bUl is an attempt to address some legislators' longstanding concerns they're underpaid. They receive about $21,000 a year as base compensation, about two-thirds of which is supposed to cover expenses related to serving in the House or Senate. To speed the proposal, the House added it to a minor cam- Pool & Spa SERVICE 823-7512 paign finance biU approved by the Senate earlier this year. After the House narrowly approved its version, the bill returned to the Senate. Senators are in the odd position of negotiating over a proposal they haven't debated at aU this year. But the state's budget problems represent a larger problem, because any pay increase for legislators would require extra money in the budget. Monday is tax deadline Last-minute filers have until midnight to mail tax returns By AMY SULLIVAN The Salina Journal The traditional income tax filing deadline, April 15, falls on a Sunday this year, and that means taxpayers will have one extra day to put their tax returns in the mail. Returns are due at the post office by midnight Monday Salina Postmaster Richard Brake said he hopes the extra day will break up the flow of last-minute filers. He predicts most people will mail their, forms Friday and Saturday, ahead of the traditional April 15 deadline. Thosie who know about the later date will be the ones at the post office Monday evening. Unlike other busy mail days of the year, handling tax returns is fairly straightforward, Brake said. The returns are all bound for one of two locations — Topeka, in the case of state returns, and Texas, for federal returns. Here's Brake's advice for those flirting with the deadline: Drop off your returns either inside the Post Office at 2211E. Ash or in the blue drive- through mailboxes out front. Those boxes will be emptied at midnight deadline; mail will be picked up from other mailboxes at normal times, which are posted on the boxes. For those really pushing the tax deadline, last-minute tax help will also be available at the Post Office. Janice Lawrence, spokeswoman for the Internal Revenue Service, said volunteers will be standing by until midnight to help with tax return preparation or to help fill out deadline extension forms. • Post office staff will be in the outer lobby until 10 p.m.; Brake said. • Reporter Amy Sullivan can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 125, or by e-mail at sjasullivan@sal TUXES $4995 -laroUs no S. 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