The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 15, 1986 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, January 15, 1986
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Local/Kansas The Salina Journal Wednesday, January 15,1986 Page 3 Legislators' reactions mixed on Carlin's tax plan TOPEKA (AP) - House leader Mike Hayden said Tuesday Gov. John Carlin's sales tax increase proposal is not justified in view of hard economic times in Kansas, but denied Republicans are politically motivated to kill it without a fair hearing. Hayden, a Republican gubernatorial candidate from Atwood, spoke at a news conference shortly after Carlin had delivered his annual State of the State message. He said that Carlin had "fumbled the ball" in developing an acceptable budget for fiscal 1987. He said it now is up to the majority Republican Party to straighten it out. "We have a governor here who couldn't decide what to do, so he has submitted two budgets, neither of which will be implemented," Hayden said. "So, we're going to have to develop a budget outselves." Senate President Robert V. Talkington, appearing at the same news conference, was far less bombastic than Hayden. He promised a cautious examination of Carlin's proposal, saying new revenue will be raised if it's needed. Hayden said he has not decided when to schedule a floor vote on the Carlin proposal to raise the sales tax from 3 percent to 4 percent, but said there's "a good likelihood" it will occur before Feb. 1. Legislative aides are not expected to complete their analysis of the governor's budget until then. Hayden said he believes that by the time the vote occurs, lawmakers will know enough about the state's financial condition to make a reasonable decision on the measure, regardless of whether the staff analysis is finished. "It will come in a responsible period of time, but we're going to allow everyone to do their homework on it," said Hayden. The speaker said he has no desire to save the sales tax bill until late in the session, so if it eventually is passed Carlin will have to take the "blame" for it. "Our real goal is not to blame anyone," Hayden said. "We are here to fashion the best possible public policy for this state." Talkington said it was up to the House to decide how rapidly it handles Carlin's proposal, but acknowledged that he and Hayden do not agree on the way the House is proceeding. Talkington said the Senate would study the budget, decide if additional revenue is needed, and then consider alternatives — including a sales tax. Budget ax might fall on state plan to buy burial pit By GORDON D. FIEDLER Jr. Staff Writer The Indian Burial Pit, a Saline County tourist attraction, might not be in state hands this year after all. Gov. John Carlin has recommended that a previous $85,000 purchase allocation be nullified as part of his austere budget recommendations. v The Kansas State Historical Society had hoped to persuade the Legislature this year to appropriate additional money for operating the burial pit, which contains the skeletal remains of prehistoric Indians. Historians speculate that the remains are those of ancestors of the Pawnee tribe. The operating money, together with the purchase appropriation, would have allowed the historical society to take control of the site this year and to keep it open, said state archaeologist Tom Witty. If the Legislature accepts the governor's recommendation, the society will not proceed with the purchase. Without operating money, Witty said, there would be no point in buying the property. "For the time being, this shelves the whole acquisition," he said. The state already has spent $5,000 for an appraisal of about 17 acres surrounding the site. The results of the appraisal are due soon, Witty said. Earlier, the historical society commissioned an informal appraisal on which to base its allocation request. At ttie time, 40 acres sur- rounding the site were appraised at $180,000. Witty said the society decided less land was sufficient, and settled on 16.9 acres. The $90,000 request included $5,000 for a formal appraisal of the property. The property is owned by Howard Price, whose family has operated the burial pit almost since its discovery in the 1930s. The site attracts between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors a year. Price could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Earlier, however, he said he was willing to negotiate with the state on a price. Witty thinks that persuading the Legislature to acquire the site might be difficult, considering possible pressure from Indian rights groups. He said a meeting is scheduled Friday at Haskell Indian Community College in Lawrence involving the Salina burial grounds and other state sites. "It could have an impact on the state acquisition of the burial pit should they muster enough supporters," Witty said. The recommendation to reverse the allocation is included in a proposal to close five other state-owned historical sites: Pawnee Rock along U.S. 56 between Larned and Great Bend, John Brown's Cabin in Osawatomie, the Goodnow House in Manhattan, the Highland Mission and the Funston House near lola. State Budget Division representative Alden Shields said closing the five state monuments and landmarks would save $95,000. Talkington clarifies lawmakers' pay raise TOPEKA (AP) — Senate President Robert Talkington Tuesday clarified the potential effect of a biU introduced in the Senate to pay 30 rural lawmakers more to compensate them for the large rural districts they represent. Talkington, R- lola, said the pay biU would codify in law a pay increase that took effect July 1. The biUwiU raise from $49 to $52 the amount the state's 165 lawmakers are paid Talkington for each of the 90 days the Legislature is in session. Besides the daily stipend, lawmakers receive $63 expense money for each day of the legislative session. That is an increase over the $50 a day they were paid up until Nov. 3 when a new federal expense calculation took effect. They also are paid 20.5 cents a mile for travel to and from the Statehouse. The total amount that lawmakers receive during the legislative session is $115 a day, plus one paid trip home each week. Salina man bound over for trial on drug charges Despite conflicting testimony at a preliminary hearing, a Salina man accused of possessing marijuana with the intent to seU was ordered Tuesday to stand trial. Richard Terry Thompson, 29, 609 N. 13th, was ordered bound over in Saline County District Court by Associate Judge Gene Penland. Thompson was arrested after Salina police searched his home Dec. 16 as a result of a Concordia police drug investigation. He also faces misdemeanor charges of possessing the stimulant drug crank, LSD and drug paraphernalia. Concordia police investigator Howard Sam Budreau testified that an undercover investigation there revealed two Concordia residents had gone to Thompson's residence in mid-December and had purchased marijuana. Budreau said Rex Young and William Higgins told him they got the drugs from a person known as "Stoney." Young and Higgins testified, however, that they had not purchased marijuana from Thompson. Both also said they did not know Thompson by any nicknames. Salina Detective Joe Garman testified Thompson is known by the nickname "Stoney." He said that, in searching Thompson's home, officers found a set of scales, other drugs and drug paraphernalia. Thompson is scheduled for arraignment Jan. 27. Police/ Salina man in standoff Salina poUce spent nearly four hours Tuesday night attempting to talk a distraught man out of his home in the 1000 block of Gypsum after he fired a shotgun at a friend, and then two poUce officers. No one was injured. The standoff was unresolved at 11:40 p.m. Lt. Errol Douglas and officer Brian McClurg responded to an anonymous tip at about 7:30 p.m. The caller told police the man, who police did not identify, had shot at him when he approached the front door of the Dan Johnson, president of Marymoont College, explains proposed changes for the coUege at a press conference. Tom Dor**y Johnson (Continued from Page 1) film and lecture series would be increased and additional recreational equipment for residence halls would be purchased, all at a cost of $10,000. • Remodeling the admissions and financial aid offices at a cost of $5,000 and enhancing the offices with the hiring of an additional part-time admissions counselor and an additional full-time development fund raiser. • Beginning a soccer program at a cost of $15,000. Several programs would be reduced or eliminated. The proposal would: • Eliminate Spanish classes. Students interested would be encouraged to enroll in Spanish courses offered at Kansas Wesleyan. • Eliminate the music performance major. • Eliminate the teaching certification in speech. The full-time faculty members in the speech and drama department would teach four sections of public speaking. • Eliminate the bachelor's degree in religous studies, which would be replaced with an associate degree. • Reduce the theater production budget by $5,000, which would mean the department would produce three rather than four major shows a year. • Reduce the operating budget for men's basketball by $40,000 and eliminate men's and women's track and women's softball. The athletic scholarship budget would be reduced from $175,000 to $50,000 within three years. Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Wendell NickeU said Tuesday that the recommendations likely would win approval of the 22-member board without significant revisions. "I would think the only thing that could change the board would be extensive lobbying to negate some of these changes," Nickell said. Board members Tuesday had not received copies of the 25-page report. They had, however, earlier reviewed the recommendations of three committees that spent four months studying administration, student life and athletics at Marymount College. They chose options based on those recommendations, Nickell said, and left it up to Johnson to write the report and outline the options. Johnson says in the report that the rec- ommendati&ns represent a combination of his own suggestions and those of the committees. "There could be some surprises in there but I'm not anticipating it," NickeU said. The board and Johnson are prepared to handle the expected flood of criticism regarding the basketball program cutbacks. "This was a definite compromise over some of the plans that were considered," NickeU said. St. John's College to shut doors WTNFIELD (AP) — A smaU Lutheran coUege that has operated here for nearly 93 years announced its closing Tuesday because of a loss of funding from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. St. John's CoUege officials said the current school year wiU be the coUege's last. A synod spokesman said another of the church's schools, St. Paul's CoUege in Concordia, Mo., which has 37 students, also wiU be closing at the end of the school year. St. Paul's CoUege High School in Concordia, Mo., wiU remain open, the spokesman said. It has 108 students. St. John's President Erich Helge made the announcement on the campus at a meeting of faculty, staff and students Monday afternoon. The college issued a public statement Tuesday. During the just-completed faU semester, the school had 177 full-time students and 36 attending part-time, a decrease of 93 students from the 1984 fall semester. The coUege has about 85 employees including a teaching faculty of about 30. Winfield is a town of 12,000 about 35 miles south of Wichita. It has a second private four-year school, Southwestern CoUege, with an enrollment of 545 students. Helge cited the synod's December announcement that it would discontinue funding for S^. John's on June 30 as the primary reason for the school's closing. The Lutheran Church provided $304,048, or about 11 percent of the St. John's overall budget this school year. The amount is 20.4 percent of the school's education and general expense budget. School officials said the coUege also was having difficulty getting credit to finance its nearly $1 miUion operating deficit and other debts of more than $800,000. "The sole factor that caused the board of regents to take the action that it did was the overwhelming concern that they have with the welfare of the faculty, staff and students," Helge said. St. John's lost an appeal to the synod board for reconsideration of the decision. house. Douglas and McClurg were fired at with what police believe to be a shotgun as they waited on the porch of the home. PoUce said the shot was fired through the front door. Several people spoke to the man through a bullhorn, including officer DarreU Fiske, a longtime friend of the man, and the Rev. William Marshall, the man's pastor. Fiske had helped the man through an emotional crisis several days ago, police said. Police investigate $100,000 theft MANHATTAN (AP) — PoUce said Tuesday thatthey were investigating the theft of an estimated $100,000 worth of jewelry from a traveling jewelry salesman's car between Lawrence and Junction City. Riley County PoUce Lt. Steve French said David Payne, an Overland Park salesman, noticed two jewelry cases missing from the trunk of his car after he reached Junction City Monday afternoon. French said Payne had last seen the cases in Lawrence and made stops in Topeka and Manhattan before discovering them missing. He said there was no indication the jewelry was taken in Manhattan. Investigators said there was no physical evidence of forced entry to the car but said a pick or duplicate key might have been used. Riley County PoUce Capt. Larry Woody ard said Tuesday he would ask the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to join in the probe because several jurisdictions were involved. Woodyard said Payne, who works for Stan Lee Trading Inc. of DaUas, lost his entire inventory and estimated its value at roughly $100,000. Payne said the stolen items included a black vinyl briefcase with gold rings, chains and bracelets and a brown canvas carrying case with pearls and earrings. Johnson, too, shrugged off suggestions of criticism. "In making these kinds of very comprehensive recommendations for change in the coUege, inevitably there are going to be members within the community who will disagree with the coUege president," Johnson said. "I think it's my responsibility to come up with a plan that makes sense as a whole, that offers us a promise to become strong again." The proposed changes will be the subject of a pubUc forum that will precede the board of trustees meeting Monday. The forum is to begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Marymount Little Theater. Those wishing to comment wiU be given five minutes and the meeting is expected to end about 1 p.m. After lunch, the board will meet in closed session to consider the recommendations; their decision will be announced f oUowing the meeting. Commissioners OK contract for overpass design Saline County commissioners Tuesday awarded the design phase of the Water WeU Road overpass project to Mid-Continent Engineers for $53,000. The project involves connecting Water WeU Road with an overpass over 1-135 southwest of Salina. Water WeU had been an east-west county road before the interstate severed the section betwen U.S. 81 and Centennial Road. Once the design is complete, the state will advertise for bids for the construction phase, said County Engineer Wes Moore. The county received a grant from the state to pay for the design phase, but the money won't be available until construction. "The grant wiU pick up the design cost after a contract is awarded on the project," Moore said. The Water WeU project wiU improve access to the Airport Industrial Area and remove some of the traffic from Schilling Road. In other action, commissioners reorganized and elected Roy AUen chairman. Dennis Carlson was elected vice chairman, and Dan Geis was re-elected secretary. It was decided that aU three commissioners would serve on the Salina- SaUne County Health Board and the Salina-Saline County Building Authority. ^L V •*.; V.--*.' -., < .'.-I -Yi

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