The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 17, 1986 · Page 1
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T1 Salina T 1 1 he Journal Home Edition — 25 Cents Salina, Kansas FRIDAY January 17,1986 114th year —No. 17— 18 Pages Budget cuts to lower f price-support benefits WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending cuts under the Gramm-Rudman budget-balancing law will mean reductions in most Agriculture Department programs, including how much fanners will get in federal price-support benefits, officials said Thursday. Some employee cutbacks also will occur, probably resulting in reductions in federal meat and poultry inspection, and conservation services to farmers. The law calls for a 4.3 percent domestic spending reduction in many government programs for fiscal 1986, which began Oct. 1. Department budget officials said food stamps and child-feeding programs are exempt but that other USDA functions will bear a reduction of more than $1.26 billion. For example, said Robert Sherman, the department's deputy budget director, when farmers go to their local USDA offices to collect crop price support loans or apply for target price "deficiency" payments, they'll have 4.3 percent deducted from what they otherwise would get. In effect, Sherman said, the 1986 wheat price support of $2.40 a bushel will be shaved to $2.30. The deficiency payments, which make up the difference between market prices and the target price, also would be trimmed. Although the law applies to the current fiscal year, Sherman said its curb on USDA spending will affect the entire 1986 crop year, meaning corn and other commodities harvested next fall. The 1986 corn loan — the amount farmers can borrow from USDA by using their crop as collateral — would be effectively reduced to $1.84 a bushel from $1.92. The 1986 crop loan rates were announced earlier this week by Agriculture Secretary John Block as part of his decisions to carry out the new Food Security Act of 1985, the farm bill passed by Congress and signed by President Reagan just before Christmas. Block, hoping to make U.S. commodities more competitive in the world market, reduced the 1986 wheat loan rate to $2.40 from $3.30 a bushel last year, and corn to $1.92 a bushel from $2.55 in 1985, the maximum reduction allowed by the law. The Gramm-Rudman cuts will be on top of that. For example, the cuts include: • The Agricultural Research Service, $17.3 million. Cooperative State Research Service, which includes grants to states, $8.11 million. • Extension Service, $11.7 million. • Statistical Reporting Service, $2.1 million. The Economic Research Service, $1.67 million. • Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, which handles most farm programs, $4.36 million. The Commodity Credit Corp., which finances the programs, $824.6 million. • Rural Electrification Administration, $5.22 million. • Farmers Home Administration, $154.3 million. Craig ChandUr RIDE LIKE THE WIND — Christopher Cross (right), 4, relaxes Thursday on a swing at Sunset Park as his brother, Mathew, 3, pursues more active swinging. The two were enjoying an outing with their mother. Downtown alleys may be off-limits for cars, trucks Marymount faculty say they understand cuts By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer Faculty members at Marymount College said Thursday that they understand the reasons behind Presi- Former basketball coach comments, Page 11 dent Dan Johnson's proposal to cut 10 teaching positions next fall. Johnson Tuesday announced the 25 percent reduction in faculty as part of his plan to address the college's projected $300,000 operating deficit. The proposal will be considered Monday by the college's board of trustees. Besides the faculty cutbacks, the proposal includes plans to eliminate some courses and reduce the athletic operating budget by $46,300. Academic Dean Bill Medland said he is surprised some faculty mem-, bers haven't complained publicly about the reductions. "There's a sense of acceptance," he said. Medland said Marymount's financial woes, the chief reason for the announced cutbacks, came to a head this year with slumps in full-time enrollment and fund raising. In January 1985, when the college drew up its budget for the 1985-86 school year, officials projected a full- time enrollment of 400 and fundraising revenue of $702,000. By June, however, the expectations for fund raising had dropped to $625,000 and in the fall only 353 full-time students enrolled, a decline of 23 from a year earlier. The college's budget has been balanced in three of the past five years. In his report of recommendations, Johnson said that is due to "large, non-repeatable gifts and/or the ex- penditure of (physical) plant funds." Similar gifts are not expected this year, officials say, leaving the school with an anticipated deficit of $300,000. To address that debt, Johnson proposes that $500,000 of the college's budget be reallocated from weaker programs and athletics. Besides offsetting the debt, the reallocation would enhance selected programs. Gerald Gillespie, assistant professor of psychology, said he thinks the decisions to recommend the cut- (See Faculty, Page 9) By GORDON D. FIEDLER Jr. Staff Writer When a $6.5 million project to renovate downtown Salina is completed later this year, pedestrians traveling the alleys behind Santa Fe Avenue stores no longer will have to dodge trucks and cars. The board of advisers for the downtown Business Improvement District, in a meeting Thursday, recommended that vehicle traffic be banned in the alleys in the six-block area between Mulberry and Ash. The restriction, which needs city commission approval before it takes effect, would be imposed at the completion of the project. An integral element of the downtown plan is improvement to the alley entrances to Santa Fe stores. Robert Bostater, vice chairman of the improvement district advisory board, said the success of the downtown facelift will depend on attracting shoppers, and forcing pedestrians to duel for alley space with delivery trucks and other vehicles would defeat the goal. "It's important we keep that in mind," Bostater said. "We don't want to discourage people from coming downtown." Mike Loop, owner of Tony's Restaurant and Winery, 244 S. Santa Fe, approved of the general plan to renovate the downtown, but was particularly concerned with losing access to his rear entrance. He said he uses the alley entrance for loading his catering trucks. "It's no fun carrying hot food long distances," Loop said. To make the alleys more attractive, the city plans not only to remove vehicle traffic but also to bury utilities, which in some places choke off a view of the sky. Relocating utilities is estimated to take about a third of the $6.5 million budgeted for the project. Another third will be spent on creating more parking lots and enlarging the arcades linking Santa Fe with Seventh and Fifth streets. Improving the looks of Santa Fe, Seventh and Fifth will claim another third of the money. In other action, the board agreed to ask the city commission to appraise more downtown property for possible use in arcade development. The group wants the commission to appraise the building occupied by Traylor Travel Service, 126 N. Santa Fe, for possible purchase. The building, which is next to an arcade linking the 100 block of North Santa Fe with the parking lot on Fifth Street, might be removed to enlarge the Santa Fe-Fifth connection. The board also wants the city to acquire the auditorium of the former Strand Theater, which is used for storage and lies behind several stores on the west side of the 100 block of South Santa Fe. The theater space would adjoin a new arcade at 120 S. Santa Fe, creating an L-shaped enclosure that could become a pedestrian plaza along the alley between Santa Fe and Seventh. So far, the city has spent $575,250 on property acquisition, including spending $49,000 for the Shank's building at 120 S. Santa Fe. Originally, the Kinney's Shoe Store .building at 128 S. Santa Fe, which is next to an arcade, was marked for acquisition for arcade improvements. At the time, Brown Mackie College, which occupies space above the shoe store, was to move from downtown, but school officials changed their minds. Downtown Development Director Ann Knowles said that meant the city would have to spend more money acquiring the property because it would have to pay relocation expenses to the business college. Knowles said acquisition and relocation costs were estimated at $350,000. The alternative selected, buying and demolishing the Shank's building and the Strand Theater auditorium, would cost $100,000. The arcade next to the Kinney building will be closed. Knowles said Brown Mackie is proposing to negotiate with the city for the arcade space. The city has acquired four buildings that will be demolished so that the arcades can be widened and uncovered, creating open-air pedestrian passages between Santa Fe and the proposed parking lots on Seventh and Fifth. The arcades, most of them 12 feet wide, were built as part of a parking lot development in 1962. Today Inside THE" SHUTTLE THAT had trouble getting up is experiencing problems coming down. See Page 2. A SCULPTURE of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is unveiled at the Capitol Rotunda. See Nation/ World, Page 5. Classified 14-16 Entertainment 18 Fun 17 Living Today 6,7 Local/Kansas 3,10 Markets 8 Nation/World 5 On the Record 9 Opinion 4 Sports H-13 Weather 9 Weather KANSAS—Becoming partly cloudy west and mostly sunny east today, with highs in the upper 50s to mid-60s. Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday, with lows tonight in the upper 20s northwest. Reagan 'grateful' for Soviet arms proposal By The New York Times WASHINGTON - President Reagan said Thursday that the administration was encouraged by the broad arms proposal offered by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Reagan said the plan was "different from the things that we have heard in the past from leaders in the Soviet Union." "It's just about the first time that anyone has ever proposed actually eliminating nuclear weapons," Reagan said, responding to questions at a civil-rights ceremony in the Cabinet Room. His comments came as American and Soviet negotiators resumed arms talks in Geneva, where.the Soviets formally introduced Gor- bachev's proposal. It was announced Wednesday on Soviet television and by the official press agency Tass. The session Thursday in Geneva marked the first time that the two sides had met since the conference between Reagan and Gorbachev there in November. It was the fourth round of talks since the latest phase of arms negotiations began in March. *. Gorbachev's offer called for a timetable to eliminate all nuclear weapons within 15 years. The Soviet leader insisted, however, that the scrapping of nuclear weapons could start only if the United States renounces the testing and deployment of space-based defenses, popularly known as "Star Wars." "We're Very grateful for the offer," Reagan said Thursday morning. In Moscow, the Soviet press Thursday heralded Gorbachev's latest proposal as "a peace initiative of historic significance." The full text of the plan filled the front pages of all Soviet newspapers. Tass, in an analysis, proclaimed it "truly a milestone." Tass also reported Reagan's remark that he would study the proposal carefully and said it detected "constructive" elements in the initial American response. But the Soviet report said the White House "completely passes over in silence the issue of preventing the creation, testing and deployment of space strike weapons." Woody: Surprise a key element when trouble threatens officers By JIM BOLE Staff Writer Surprise is one of the key elements authorities must consider when handling a person who threatens to shoot at others, or any other situation when facing a dangerous person, Salina Police Chief John Woody said Thursday. "We don't know what he's going to do, but at the same time, he doesn't know what we're going to do," Woody said. Authorities will discuss in general terms the aspects involved in potentially dangerous operations, but they do not reveal specific tactics for fear of helping someone else who wants to threaten a community, Woody said. Police officials next week will review how effectively they used elements of surprise and other actions that they took during a seven- hour siege involving about 15 law enforcement officials and a 35- year-old Saline man. Sam Bledsoe allegedly fired a Woody Nye rhotgun at several people and refused to come out of his home at 1017 Gypsum, in a stand-off that lasted from 7:40 p.m. Tuesday to about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Tear gas, and a fire caused when one of the gas canisters exploded, injured and eventually forced Bledsoe out of his house. He was the only person injured. He remained in serious condition Thursday night in intensive care at St. John's Hospital, a nursing supervisor said. He has second- degree bums on his back, hands and arms, and had smoke in- halation injuries, the supervisor said. Two charges of aggravated assault against a police officer and a charge of attempted murder are expected to be filed today against Bledsoe, said Saline County Attorney Mickey Mosier. The police department was in charge of the operation, but members of the Saline County Sheriff's Department and Kansas Highway Patrol also participated. City manager Rufus Nye, who oversees the police, fire and other city departments, watched how authorities conducted the operation from midnight until about 3 a.m. Wednesday. The joint law enforcement effort resulted in few problems or safety risks, and stopped a dangerous person from harming anybody, Nye said. Nye often is called to police and fire actions, and also checks how (See Woody, Page 9)

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