The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 5, 1996 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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A rose is a... 50th birthday is colorful one with 50 dozen roses/A10 INSIDE • • Textured tights Add pizzazz to your fall wardrobe with inexpensive items / A5 + Prison disturbances: Kansas inmates have long list of grievances / A7 • Unemployment up: Market soars to record on poor economic news / B4 Ugh: 81 Low: 57 Morning clouds with sunshine after noon; south winds / B7 WEATHER Salina Journal Classified/C6 Comics / B8 Deaths / A9 Great Plains/B1 Money/B4 Religion / B6 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX * OCTOBERS, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Jonathan Horn takes a look at the filling Jerry Ivey Park pond earlier this week from the framework of the pier. He Is the son of Mike and Barbara Horn. ON IVEY POND City strives to make new pond safe for children playing in Jerry Ivey Park By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal When Jim Hoskins looks out on the shimmering surface of the new pond at Jerry Ivey Park, he sees a lot of pain. "I see a lot of kids getting hurt," said Hoskins, 1221 Dover. "I go to the park to let my kids run around and have fun. I don't want to have to watch them every second of the day." Hoskins watches as his daughter climbs on the deck, which reaches a few feet out into the pond, and balances herself on the .wooden platforms. "What if she falls in and I'm not here?" he asked. Steve Snyder, director of parks and recreation, admits that his department had the same concerns that Hoskins now has as the pond, located near the Gazebo in the center of Jerry Ivey, was being designed. But he thinks the problems have been solved. The water will be only 3 feet deep, except for its center, which will be 5 feet, Snyder said. The center is deeper to prevent goldfish that will be added later from freezing in the colder months. Concrete bags around the edge are sloped for people to grab onto if they fall in. "We think it might pose a hazard for real small children, but in those cases, we hope that parents are out supervising them," Snyder said. "You assume a risk in any park setting, but if we encounter any problems, we hope to address them as they come up." The pond was filled by the city Wednesday, Snyder said. The $59,000, 37,000-square-foot, 1 million-gallon pond should be completed by the end of the year. The landscaping should be finished in the spring. "There was some rainwater in there, but we've filled it with water now," Snyder said. "We'll have a waterfall later and a recirculating stream to keep the water fresh." In case of heavy rains, the pond will overflow and drain onto Ohio Street, Snyder said. Extra water can be pumped out of the pond if needed. Laurie Slater, 1112 Revere, is one of many south Salina residents who come to gaze into the pond at night. She likes it, but she admits that she too is concerned about her children, who are 4 and 7. "You have to take responsibility for your children, I guess,". Slater said. "I wouldn't let them come by here alone, that's for sure. But, then again, I probably wouldn't even if the pond wasn't here." But Rita Oborny, another south Salina resident, liked the pond enough to snap pictures of it. She got a few photos of the pond when it was empty and wanted a few more now that it's filled. "I think it's great," Oborny said. "It will be really nice when it's all completed." T CAMPAIGN'96 Perot loses appeal to be allowed into debates Reform Party candidate could sue again, but it's too late for Sunday's debate By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court rejected Ross Perot's last ditch attempt Friday to sue his way onto the debate stage with President Clinton and Bob Dole. It was .Perot's second defeat of the day: He was also turned down in efforts to force the television networks to sell him more blocks of prime time. , The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a district court order dismissing the lawsuits of Perot and another third-party presidential candidate, John Hagelin qf the Natural Law Party. :Perot's lawyers had complained that V NATIONAL PARK the Commission on Presidential Debates, which excluded him, used criteria that went beyond Federal Eleption Commission regulations and that the PEG delegated its power to the private group. The debate commission's members — five representatives each of the Democratic and Republican parties — ruled Perot and Hagelin did not have a realistic chance of being elected and did not invite them to the debates. The appeals court order left Hagelin open to file a new lawsuit in which he could challenge the way the FEC implements its regulations. Any action in that regard, however, could not be resolved in time for him to take part in the debates, the first of which is Sunday night. PEROT "We'll take this to the American people and on Election Day they'll have the opportunity to rectify it," said Russ Verney, Perot's campaign coordinator. "We'll step up public appearances and long-format television appearances to talk about this travesty of justice." The FCC, in a decision announced earlier Friday, rejected Perot's attempt to force the major TV networks to sell his campaign more commercial air time. The agency said Perot has been able to buy prime-time blocks for advertising his Reform Party campaign and therefore has. had adequate access. Perot complained he hasn't been able to buy desirable broadcast times for his 30- minute commercials — a staple of his campaign — during the fall TV season. The networks have followed proper standards, the communications regulators said. Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Kansas State WHdcats When: 2:30 p.m. today Where: KSU Stadium, Manhattan TV: ABC (Salina cable channels 9 & 10) Radio: KSAL (1150-AM) and WIBW (580-AM) Fans set for Big 12 collision Both K-State and Nebraska fans expect tough battle when teams meet today By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal David Payne doesn't have to search his memory for the last tune the K-State football team beat Nebraska's. He was~ on the field for the 12-0 win in Lincoln. Now Payne, 100 River Place, hopes his son, Ryan, a fullback for K-State, can carry on the family tradition that David started in 1968. He thinks Ryan will. His prediction? K-State 17, Nebraska 14. "We ought to be able to score on them if the line protects (quarterback Brian) Kavanagh," Payne said. But Stephen Burkholder, assistant superintendent for the Abilene School District, would care to disagree. He's been a Cornhusker fan for 35 years, ever since he grew up listening to the games with his dad, who was a Nebraska native. His prediction? Nebraska 27, K-State 14. "Other people have told me I'm obnoxious, but I've never noticed it myself," Burkholder said. "A lot of people don't like to watch the games with me." Burkholder remembers the bitterly cold Jan. 1 night two years ago when Nebraska won its first national championship in 23 years. "I was outside flying the flag," he said, "and I couldn't even feel the cold." Yeah, yeah, whatever, said Candy Chapman, 114 Overhill, who, with her husband, Doug, has held tailgate parties before every home game for years — even during the bad times. "We've been hanging on through thick and thin and waiting for the day," she said. Her prediction? Nebraska 24, K-State 14. Huh? "I know that sounds terrible," she said. "But I don't think we're going to win. But I think we'll put up a fight." That score sounds good to Kay Berven, an Abilene resident who flies a huge Nebraska flag — a Christmas present from Nebraska friends — outside her home. The flag flew at half staff when former quarterback Brook Berringer was killed in a plane crash. Her prediction? Nebraska 28, K-State 14. "What's not to like about Nebraska?" Berven said. "We also like K-State. Except when they're playing Nebraska." Prairie park grew out of seasons of effort Kassebaum's push in her final session gives state first national park By CURT ANDERSON The Associated Press "WASHINGTON — Five years ago, plans for a tallgrass prairie national park at the Z-Bar Ranch in Kansas caused such a stir that some people in Chase County boycotted supportive bust* nesses and town meetings were turned into shouting matches. The emotional fight over that proposal split the community in a way I have never seen before," said Analysis Lee Fowler, a resident of Cottonwood Falls and a longtime backer of the plan. A sign across the road from the Z- Bar said it all: "Keep Grasslands Free. No Government Acquisition." Now, after years of futile effort, that stiff opposition to expanded federal ownership of the historic Flint Hills ranch was finally overcome with a careful compromise. Some 40 years after the idea first surfaced to preserve some of the Kansas prairie under federal control, Congress on Thursday gave final approval to legislation creating the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve- President Clinton plans to sign it into law. A key to this success was the non- profit National Park Trust, ,which paid $4.7 million in 1994 for the 10,894-acre Z-Bar and will keep most of it in private hands even as the Interior Department develops the new park. "It has been a tough fight to make this park a reality," said Paul Pritchard, president of the National Parks and Conservation Association, which founded the National Park Trust in 1983. Another key was the popularity and common-sense approach of Republican Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, who made the preserve her top Kansas priority in the final year of an 18-year Senate career. "Without Senator Kassebaum, this effort would not have been successful," said Rep. Pat Roberts, R- Kan. Those first efforts called for setting aside thousands of acres, but the bill passed Thursday gives the National Park Service just 180 acres of the Z-Bar Ranch. That will include the 19th-century farmhouse and barn and room for a visitors center and parking. The rest pf the land stays with the National Park Trust, which will continue to allow cattle grazing, permit normal burning of the grassland and work with a local advisory board to address any concerns by landowners, environmentalists or historic preservation organizations. But everyone is still not satisfied. See PARK, Page A9 Wood on the Z-Bar Ranch near Strong City was In short supply In 1881 when the ranch was built, so fences were built of stone. The nearly 11,000-acre ranch has 30 miles of stone fences. With congressional passage of parks legislation, part of the ranch will become Kansas' first national park. . The Associated Press

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