The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 5, 1996 · Page 11
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SATURDAY DCtld>i3£R5, 1996 E SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 RELIGION / B6 FUN / B8 B ' CAMPAIGN '96 Moran defends flip-flop on PAC money Congressional candidate ~lys it costs more to run P/v than it did in 1988 B\f DAVID CLOUSTON 'mJSaltna Journal NEUSTROM Jjfi^AYS — What separates Repub- licHn Jerry Moran's 1996 campaign fof the 1st District congressional sejft from Moran's 1988 election victory over Democrat Joe Norvell fcfr^he state 37th Senate District is nilre than just eight years, it's at- ti-OWe. $ltoran accepted no political ac- ti^tt committee money when cam- pajgning across the nine counties ofjhe 37th District, en route to two successive terms. Campaigning across 66 counties fdi^the 1st District U.S. House BRIEFLY Emily Neustrom picked as queen at Central Emily Neustrom, daughter of Pat and Debbie Neustrom, was crowned Salina Central High School's homecoming queen Friday during the Mustang's football game with Topeka West High School. The other queen candidates included: • Lexi Fellers, daughter of Kent and Terry Fellers; • Cara Campion, daughter of Jim Campion and Susy Reitz; •• • Jamie LoVullo, daughter of Jim and Marcia LoVullo; ' • Sara Reitz, daughter of Sid Reitz and Candy Chapman. - The girls were escorted by Eric Payne, son of David and Ann Payne; Brian Gary, son of Charles and Unice Gary; Jeff Brin, son of Randy and Julie Brin; Andy Frank, son of Joe and Peggy Frank; and Tom McKenna, son of Patrick and Catherine McKenna. The homecoming dance will be 8:30 to 11 tonight in the high school cafeteria. Cost is $5 a person. Students won't be admitted after 9:30 p.m. 2 Kansans killed in crash in Missouri JANE, Mo. — Two Kansas women were killed when the car th,ey were riding in hit a tree in southwest Missouri. 'p.elois Whisky, 70, Lyons, Kan., ajifl'.Margaret Miles, 67, Newton, Kan., were passengers in a car dri- vett by Winsky's husband, officials sa{d. ^jThe car was eastbound on Mis- sduri 90 about eight miles east of Jake when it went out of control oyCa curve and hit a tree, the pa- . trQl-said, The accident happened abpiut 3:30 p.m. Thursday. t'Rlchard Winsky, 72, the driver, an'd another passenger, Charles Miles, 70, Newton, Kan., were tak- eiCto a hospital in Bentonville, Hearing set for gas users in Wilson WILSON — A hearing later this month will determine the fate of natural gas users in this North Central Kansas community. ;0n Oct. 18, the Kansas Corporation Commission will decide based on staffs recommendations arjftl the approval of a qualified applicant — whether to permit distribution of natural gas in Wilson and Dorrance by a new opera- tqS "The hearing follows in the w£ke of a report by KCC inspec- tqts that cited Gene Burns, owner of $ie Wilson-based Twin County .'Gag, for repeated violations of ' putjlic safety regulations. tiJwrns on Thursday said sale of $e £as company is "among the possibilities I'm exploring at this sti&e." i -Glenn Smith, chief of the KCC's natural gas operations, said allowing a new distributor to take over Burns' business would serve tile public interest better than "$king enforcement action r. Burns." •*• vlFrom Staff and Wire Reports you neod to bow.. Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Callefter7:30 p.m.) nomination, Moran said, takes more time, more energy — and more money. Which is why he's changed his stance and is accepting PAC money this time around. "Particularly in a district the size of the 1st District, it's hard to get known in a race and it's unfortunate it takes so much money.... I have indicated I prefer individual contributions, but I don't think PACs are necessarily evil," Moran said Friday. Moran, Hays, was responding to challenges voiced Friday by his opponent, Salinan John Divine. Divine, who is not accepting PAC money, is calling on Moran to give back more than $37,000 in PAC money he's accepted and not take any more for the remainder of the campaign. "If you look seriously at the is- MORAN DIVINE sues and if you want serious change, look at John Divine, who's taking a whole different approach to this thing," Divine said at a morning news conference at his campaign headquarters at 109 N. Santa Fe. Moran, leading in the latest polls, has used his campaign war chest to buy television ads. Divine doesn't plan any TV ads, choosing instead to target his ad dollars and his message to radio and newspapers. "If you see us on television we've probably won the lottery," Divine said. In 1988, Moran turned down offers of PAC money, explaining, "I think it's wrong. ... They perpetuate incumbents for as long as they want to be there." Some of the same sort of PACs that gave to Norvell in 1988 — pork, livestock and bankers associations — are offering money to and having it accepted by the Moran for Congress campaign. Moran said that more than 80 percent of contributions to his campaign have come from individuals and he's being selective about the PACs he accepts money from. They comprise individuals he's philosophically in agreement with, he said. "I'm not smart enough to know the good PACs from the bad ones," replied Divine. Divine said the executive committees of some PACs have hidden agendas. Divine is also sharply critical that Moran was formerly a member of the Senate's Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee. Meanwhile, between Jan. 1, 1990, and June 1996, Moran's law firm, Jeter and Moran, was paid just over $304,000 from the state's Second Injury Fund for handling worker's compensation lawsuits. Divine called it a conflict of interest. Moran replied that none of the money was paid to him directly, that he only drew a share of the funds as a partner in the firm. "The fees are generated by the lawyers in our firm and the lawyers take a draw each month," Moran said. Moran also said his firm was handling such cases before he was elected to the Legislature and that he never participated in any committee work that dealt with issues of the fund. Divine is also critical that his call for 10 debates was turned down by Moran's campaign. The pair are making three joint appearances. The first was a debate Monday on public television. Another takes place Wednesday at the Saline County Jaycees' Meet the Candidate Reception; and an Oct. 27 Hays Radio Forum sponsored by Eagle Communications, which will be carried on Eagle Stations in the 1st District. Harris News Service contributed to this report. Pumpkins a-plenty TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Darwin Michaud, 649 Georgetown Rd., picks through the pumpkins Friday morning at Miller's Market. Michaud said he decorates his house and driveway with pumpkins. T HEALTH Healthcare professionals to have asthma seminar Py The Journal Staff Healthcare professionals and educators have a chance to learn the latest methods in treating and controlling asthma at an all-day seminar today in the College Center of Kansas State University-Salina, 2409 Scanlan. Sponsored by the Salina Regional Health Center, the American Lung Association of Kansas and the Kansas Asthma Network, the session will feature a program called "Open Airways for Schools" aimed at educators for use in their schools to help student T GREAT PLAINS sufferers of asthma deal with the disease. "It educates and trains people to manage their disease states better," said Russ Babb, director of respiratory care services at the hospital and seminar moderator. According to the American Lung Association, asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses among elementary school children and a leading cause of "unnecessary school absenteeism and visits to the emergency room." The open airways program offers a curriculum of six 40-minute lessons aimed at children ages 8 through 11. "The real key to asthma is keeping it under control," said Babb. Almost all asthma attacks are triggered by an allergic reaction; however, a number of cases are exercise-induced. Athletes such as Olympians Jackie Joyner Kersey and Gary Hall, and former Kansas University basketball players Danny Manning and Greg Ostertag, are asthma suffers, Babb said. In an asthma attack, the victim literally can't breathe. Asthma is an inflammation of the breathing tubes that blocks the air exchange in the lungs, somewhat like a lint- choked air filter in a furnace. Untreated, asthma can force sufferers into the hospital and onto ventilators. "It's one of the higher (diagnostic-related groups)," Babb said. "We treat a lot of cases." With awareness and proper treatment the disease needn't progress that far, Babb said, which is the main reason for the seminar. "If we can take steps to keep more people in school, at work and at home we've done our job as health-care providers." Bow Creek means a lot to the Boys of Logan LOGAN — The old house was moved three times before it became the home of Richard and Jane Boys in the spring of 1963. It was there the couple reared their children and kept the family photographs and other memorabilia. Then came the night of July.25 and a bolt of lightning that erased decades of * Boys history. They were on their way home from Hays and a visit with their son, Darren, and his wife, Lynette, who had become parents of daughter Jensen the day before. "We came home in a really bad storm with a lot of lightning," Jane Boys said. "We came over the hill and saw flames. Several people in Hill City said they saw a bolt hit and stay on the ground. It was just a horrendous storm and the only time we could see was when the lightning flashed." In the distance was their home — one of the older in Graham County — on fire. It was Jane's birthday and all she could think about was the quilts she made for the two Boys granddaughters born that month. The blankets were inside a window of the house. LINDA MQWERY- DENNING The Salina Journal "The front three walls were the only things left standing. Everything else was just ashes," Jane said. "I was the keeper of family pictures for both our families. We had thousands of family pictures that no one else had. Now they're all gone. That's the hardest part. The clothes and pianos can be replaced." Gone, too, was a house that held a special place in the history of Graham and Phillips counties. The home actually stood in Graham County, but the Boys' address was Logan, where Jane is known for her musical talents and other contributions to the community. In fact, she and Richard lived in a new house in Logan for nine years while their children were in high school, Then they returned to the old house, 14 miles south of town. "I know Logan doesn't seem like much of a city, but it's still not country," Jane said. A story of the home was written by Richard's mother, Ruth Boys, who now lives in Salina, and included in a family history book, "The Bow Creek Boys," written in 1987 by Rose Gulick of Logan. "My mother was a Boys and I'm proud of it. Bow Creek means a lot to me," she said. Rose's grandfather, Robert, who came to Kansas from Canada in 1876, homesteaded a quarter of land in Graham County and later purchased the adjoining piece of property where the old house stood. Boys near Bow Creek Over the years, the house was moved three tunes to different locations and enlarged to accommodate growing families. Ruth Boys, who wrote her story from the perspective of the house, told about one move: "Am sure it was made with mules and horses for power. This was long before the days of even the early tractors. And, of course, no one ever heard of the big flat-bed trucks. "They decided the shortest route to take for my move was across a plowed field. Quite a number of animals were needed for house power. The running gears of two narrow wheeled farm wagons was rigged up with planks so I could be hoisted up on them for my ride down across the field. Several of the neighbors came with their teams to help make the move — I assume eight or 10 head of horses were used. All went well until about halfway across the field. A clip came off of one of the singletrees so that left one horse not able to pull much. One of the men who was helping got excited and hollered 'whoa 1 and everything came to a standstill. "The necessary repairs were made, but while standing there the narrow wheels of the wagon, with all my weight on them, were sinking deep into the plowed ground, and we were stuck. More horses were brought, and finally we got moving again. If we hadn't stopped in the first place, we could probably made it." Ruth and her husband, Ralph, left the house after 40 years and moved to Logan. Richard, their second son, and Jane were the third generation of Boys to have the old house as their first home. They moved to Hill City soon after the fire. In a way, though, the spirit of the old house lives on. Darren and Lynette Boys have dug a foundation and plan to move their mobile home to the site. Another son, Brett lives less than a mile west on the original Boys homestead. Despite the fire, the Boys family can still claim Bow Creek as their home. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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