The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 14, 1986 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, January 14, 1986
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"Journal T ome Edition — 25 Cents Salina, Kansas TUESDAY January 14,1986 114th year —No. 14— 16 Pages Johnson seeks major changes at Marymount Photoi by Tom Oonvy David Bodine, former Cloud County sheriff's investigator, listens to a public hearing on his professional fate. Questions cloud Concordia hearing By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING Great Plains Editor CONCORDIA — A public hearing Monday to investigate the possibility of hiring an investigator for the Cloud County attorney's office apparently raised more questions than it answered. The hearing was called by Cloud County's three commissioners after they were asked last week by County Attorney Robert Walsh to think about hiring an investigator for his off ice. Shortly before, David Bodine, the county's investigator for the past three years, was fired by his boss, Sheriff Dean Cairns. Walsh had suggested placing Bodine under Walsh's supervision, a move he predicted would end the differences between Cairns and Bodine. After the 45-minute hearing, however, commissioners took less than five minutes to vote against Walsh's suggestion. Commissioner Roger Nelson said the county didn't have the money to add personnel to the county attorney's office. He said he also had doubts about allowing Walsh's office to step beyond its purpose of prosecution and become involved with investigation. "I don't believe we have a place for another law enforcement arm," Nelson said. "Let's leave that to the sheriff. That's what he was elected to do." The public hearing attracted about 50 people, many of whom said they simply wanted to know what was happening. "I personally would like to know the bottom line on why this man (Bodine) was released from the sheriff's department in the first place," said Bob Burns. Walsh said he had advised Cairns not to talk about Bodine's dismissal because of possible litigation. Last fall, Concordia police officer Terry Flinn threatened to file a lawsuit against the sheriff for carrying out a "malicious effort to destroy Terry Flinn's reputation ... (and) interfere and deprive Terry Flinn of his constitutional and civil rights." Flinn's accusations came after the Kansas Bureau of Investigation looked into charges of improper conduct by the police officer. The KBI concluded there was insufficient evidence to warrant charges against Flinn. Cairns and Police Chief Dennis Rohr, who share the same law enforcement center next door to the Cloud County Courthouse, also have been involved in other disputes in the past year. "I strongly feel the investigator and all the investigations should be kept in the sheriff's department, where the lines of communication can be kept open," said Joe Gerard, who attended Monday's public hearing. "As far as the problem we've got here, it boils down to whether you want to let Bodine go to work at the county attorney's office. Putting an employee over there who has had Sheriff Dean Cairns County Attorney Robert Walsh problems working with the sheriff isn't going to make things any better." Burns agreed: "Until you come to the bottom and find out what is causing all the friction, moving him (Bodine) from one department to another isn't going to solve anything." Several people in the audience voiced their support for Cairns, who ran as a write-in candidate in 1984 and defeated incumbent Fred Modlin by a vote of 3,148 to 2,512. "Dean Cairns was elected our sheriff by a very popular vote," said Marvin Wiesner. "We can back Dean up as voters. We have that power." Bodine said he thought he was caught in a conflict between Cairns and Rohr, Concordia police chief for the past 10 years. Bodine said the sheriff also was displeased because he cooperated with the KBI during its investigation. "I myself would like to know why I was fired," Bodine said. "I was told it was because I didn't respect the sheriff. But I know I was fired just because I was telling the KBI things the sheriff didn't want out." Bodine said he planned to talk with an attorney today to see whether his dismissal could be challenged. After the meeting, Rohr said he and Cairns have made an effort in the past month to work out their differences. "We don't have any problems," he said. "We're working things out." ByDAVIDCLOUSTON Staff Writer A proposal for sweeping changes at Marymount College — including reductions of faculty and staff, a change in the number of credits necessary for some degrees and creation of a school soccer team — is to be unveiled today by President Dan Johnson. The proposed changes are included in a report dated Jan. 5 and distributed last week to Marymount faculty members. The report is to be More on the basketball cutback, Page 9 the subject of a press conference at 2 p.m. today in the Marymount Administration Building, room 232. The changes are expected to offset a $300,000 operating deficit anticipated for the current school year. The plan includes reallocating $500,000, or 15 percent of the college's operating budget, to offset the projected budget deficit and channel $200,000 to other college programs. The $500,000 would be derived largely through faculty and staff cutbacks and the reduction of the school's athletic budget. The report, a copy of which was obtained Monday by The Salina Journal, is based .on recommendations made by Johnson and by student and faculty committees that studied academic affairs, student services and administrative ser- Today Inside AMERICANS ARE GOING hungry in 150 counties, many of them in the Farm Belt, according to a new report. See Page 2. A U.S. OFFICIAL delivers a letter from President Reagan to South African President B.W. Botha, while a judge bars black activist Winnie Mandela from returning to her home. See Nation/World, Page 5. Classified 12-14 Entertainment 16 Fun 15 LivingToday 8 Local/Kansas 3,12 Markets 6 Nation/World 5 On the Record 7 Opinion 4 Sports 9-11 Weather 7 Weather KANSAS — Mostly sunny and mild today. Highs in the mid-50s northeast and mid-60s west. Mostly clear tonight, lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. Mostly sunny Wednesday, highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. U.S.: Iran may have acted legally WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States acknowledged Monday that Iran may have acted within traditional naval warfare rules in stopping and searching an American merchant ship near the Persian Gulf to determine if it was carrying arms for Iraq. A final judgment on how to respond to the incident was withheld until the American ambassador to the United Arab Emirates completes his questioning of the captain of the President Taylor, and other facts are assessed, State Department spokesman Bernard Kalb said. Kalb's statement seemed to represent an effort by the Reagan administration to avoid a flareup with the fundamentalist Moslem regime in Tehran, which is listed by the department as a supporter of terrorism. Asked what the United States intended to do about the incident, Kalb said "we are evaluating our options." He declined to elaborate. However, the spokesman did say in a statement that a belligerent nation traditionally has "certain rights" under the rules of naval warfare, to find out whether neutral shipping is vices. "They are proposals that in my judgment the college needs to implement to have hopes for growth in the next four to five years," Johnson said Monday afternoon. "I'm here to help Marymount grow." The report will be discussed by Marymount Board of Trustee members at their meeting Monday. They are expected to consider implementation of the recommendations at the beginning of the 1986-87 school year. Johnson refused Monday to comment specifically about the 25-page report. Heading the list of concerns the report addresses is the projected $300,000 operating deficit, which is attributed to a 34 percent drop in full- time enrollment over the past five years. In 1980, the college's full-time enrollment was 537. In fall 1985, full- time enrollment had fallen to 352. The report also notes that although educational and general expenses have been reduced by 4 percent since 1981, Marymount's net athletic expenditures have increased by 44 percent — from $206,859 in 1982 to $297,244 in 1985. To regain control over spending, Johnson says in the report, the college will have "to streamline its operation and concentrate upon doing fewer things even better." Revamping would take place in virtually every department. The report recommends elimina- (SeeMC,Page7) Legislature convenes; Carlin to speak today being used to provide contraband to its enemy. "We are continuing to assess the facts of this particular incident, not all of which are yet known, to determine whether the stop-and- search was appropriate under the circumstances," Kalb said. In a precautionary move, two American combat ships — the destroyer Conolly and the frigate Boone — had been moved to the Gulf of Oman, where seven armed Iranian sailors halted and then boarded the President Taylor on Sunday. TOPEKA (AP) - The Kansas Legislature launched its 71st session Monday, whisking through a minimum of first-day routine, formally inviting the governor to deliver his legislative and budget message and setting the stage for quick consideration of two major issues. Gov. John Carlin makes his eighth and final appearance before a joint session of lawmakers in the House chamber at 11 a.m. today, officially More on bills filed on opening day, Page 3 unveiling his plan for a 1-cent sales tax increase and how he plans to spend the additional revenue it would generate. Carlin conducted budget briefings for legislative leaders and reporters Monday, but all material was accepted on condition it would not be made public until he speaks this morning. There were no surprises. The governor had revealed during the past few weeks that he would submit two budgets to the Legislature. One is based on currently available revenues and trims agency expenditures by $35 million, or 2 percent, from funding levels of the present fiscal year. The second includes about $145 million in funding enhancements for salaries, education, highways, prisons, economic development and water programs. The House Assessment and Taxation Committee will introduce Carlin's sales tax proposal in bill form today and conduct hearings on it Wednesday. Rep. Ed C. Rolfs, R- Junction City, chairman of that committee, says he hopes to put it to a vote this week. Speaker Mike Hayden, starting his last session as top leader of the House, and Senate President Robert Talkington banged their gavels shortly after 2 p.m. Monday to launch the 1986 session. Hayden is a declared candidate for Republican nomination as governor and will not seek re-election to the House, surrendering the speak- ership. The House received 55 new bills in Monday's session, most of them prefiled with the secretary of state's office. The Senate received 37 new bills, including one to raise legislators' compensation by $3 a day and giving rural lawmakers additional compensation in the form of a geographic differential for having to represent larger districts. The 92 new bills accepted Monday brought to 662 the number now before the 1986 session — including 570 carried over from the~1985 session when 1,205 measures were introduced. The House made a handful of changes in committee assignments. Rep. Jesse Harder, D-Buhler, went onto the Legislative Educational Planning Committee as a replacement for Rep. Bill Brady, D-Parsons. Reps. Charles Laird, D-Topeka, and David Heinemann, R-Garden City, joined the Joint Claims Against the State Committee. Farmers must cut crops to take part in federal benefits WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers who want to share in federal price and income support benefits this year will have to make deep cute in acreages of major crops, including wheat, feed grains, cotton and rice, Agriculture Secretary John Block said Monday. The reductions are the maximums allowed by the new Food Security Act of 1985, the farm bill passed by Congress and signed by President Reagan two days before Christmas. Block also said the price support loan rates would be lowered to help make U.S. commodities more competitive in world trade, one of the goals of the administration and lawmakers. Block But Agriculture Department officials said they could not estimate how much U.S. exports might improve because of the cuts in price supports. The administration contended that foreign suppliers have been able to undercut relatively high U.S. commodity supports. The loan rate for 1986 crop wheat, for example, will be $2.40 a bushel, compared with $3.30 for last year's harvest. Corn supports will be $1.92 & bushel, compared with $2.55 in 1985; barley, $1.56 and $2.08 last year; 99 cents for oats and $1.31 last year; and $1.82 for sorghum and $2.42 last year. Loan rates for 1986 crops of cotton and rice will be announced later, Block said. Under the acreage reductions announced for 1986, wheat fanners will have to idle 25 percent of their base acreage; feed grains, including corn, 20 percent; rice, 35 percent; and upland cotton, 25 percent. The new law froze target prices for two years at the 1985 rates, so no changes were made for those. Target prices are used to determine federal "deficiency" payments to fanners when market prices drop below the target levels. Targets for 1986 are wheat, $4.38 a bushel; corn, $3.03; surghum, $2.88; barley, $2.60; and oats, $1.60. Included in the reductions for wheat and feed grains is a 2V4 percent paid diversion. Under the paid diversion program, farmers are paid for diverting land from production. Signup in the 1986 programs is expected to begin in March. Block and other USDA officials said the announcement was intended to provide farmers with the bare bones of the 1986 programs and the further details would be announced later. In many cases, he said, no final decisions have been made. For example, officials said they had no estimate on how many acres farmers might take from production under the programs this year, but Undersecretary Daniel Amstutz said he expected participation to be heavy. Block also announced some provisions of the dairy program, which includes an 18-month "whole-herd buy-out" operation intended to reduce the number of milk cows. The program is to begin on April 1. Under the plan, dairy farmers will submit bids based on base period milk marketings. If the bid is accepted, the producer will be required to stay out of dairying for five years and not use or allow the use of his facilitiees for milk production during the entire period.

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