The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 8, 1996 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 8, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1996 A3 BRIEFLY T CAMPAIGN '96 Quinter man killed in Interstate 70 crash RUSSELL — An 83-year-old Penokee woman grabbed the wheel of a pickup truck and guided it to a shoulder on Interstate 70 after the driver of the truck was killed in a collision. Gertrude Hobbs steered the pickup truck, towing a boat and trailer, after Sylvanus D. Jacobs was killed in the crash at 11 a.m. Monday. A Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher said the truck, eastbound on 1-70, was struck by an eastbound car when Jacobs tried to make a U-turn into the westbound lanes of the interstate. Jacobs apparently didn't see the car, driven by John R. Tilley, 64, Topeka. After the collision, Hobbs, still in the passenger seat of the truck, was able to guide the truck a half-mile on the interstate before turning off the ignition and stopping the vehicle. Tilley wasn't injured, and Hobbs was checked at Russell Regional Hospital. Jacobs, 84, Quinter, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Highway Patrol dispatcher said. The collision occurred a half- mile east of Russell. Exide Battery worker injures his forearms An Exide Battery Corp. employee injured his forearms Monday when a piece of equipment he was repairing fell on him. James Henderson, 21, was repairing a "walkie," which is similar to the forklift but the operator walks behind it, when it fell on his arms about 1:20 p.m. Monday. Henderson was treated and released from Salina Regional Health Center, a nursing supervisor said. Saline County Sheriffs Deputy Ricky Heinrich said the equipment had been hoisted up, but fell. The plant is at 413 E. Berg. Education summit planned in Wichita TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves announced Monday plans for staging a state education summit Nov. 18-19 in Wichita. Graves said the Governor's Education Summit will bring together students, parents, business leaders, education profes- ' sionals and media executives to "highlight the importance I place on education as a key to the future economic viability of our state." Gov. Roy Romer of Colorado, a Democrat, will be keynote speaker. He is recognized among the nation's governors as a leading proponent of standards-driven education. The Kansas summit will be held in Wichita's Harvey Hotel. Couple lose appeal in daughter's grave case TONGANOXIE — Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of their claim, a Kansas couple who cited religious freedom in challenging the removal of their daughter's grave for a state highway may not give up their fight, their attorney said. The attorney, Ted Lickteig, refused to comment on legal strategies open to Marc and Diane DeFries Thiry after their appeal was rejected Monday. But he said the case "isn't dead in the sense that we're just going to close the books on it and forget about it. It's been a little more important to us than that." The court, without comment, let stand rulings that state condemnation of the land did not violate the Thirys' religious rights. Toddler dies in farm accident in Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa — A 20- month-old central Iowa boy died after a weekend farm accident in Marion County, authorities said. Jacob Light of Carlisle died Saturday of massive head injuries he sustained when a tractor rolled on top of him, the Polk County Medical Examiner's office said. The child was with his father on the tractor. The father told authorities he stepped off to do something, but the tractor took off, ran into a fence and rolled on the boy, the Medical Examiner's office said. From Staff and Wire Reports U.S. Senate candidates square off Brownback, Docking trade partisan jabs before League of Kansas Municipalities By DICK LIPSEY The Associated Press OVERLAND PARK — U.S. Rep. Sam Brownback and Jill Docking traded partisan jabs Monday in their race for the U.S. Senate, as all four Senate hopefuls from Kansas gathered to debate campaign issues. Most of the rhetoric was calculated to please the hosts, the League of Kansas Municipalities, and the opening debate between U.S. Rep. Pat Roberts and state Treasurer Sally Thompson was tame. The debate between Brownback, a Republican, and Docking, a Democrat, was a bit spicier. "You keep saying you're centrist, but in DOCKING BROWNBACK THOMPSON ROBERTS 1988 you chaired the Dukakis campaign, you don't support a balanced budget amendment and you support the continua-. tion of a large, intrusive government in people's lives," Brownback said at one point, in rebuttal of Docking. "Sam's having a hard time running against Jill Docking," Docking said, at another point in the debate. "He wants to run against Ted Kennedy, Michael Dukakis, Jimmy Carter, FDR, and Harry Truman and Thomas Jefferson and George Washington." For the most part, all four candidates generally agreed about issues of local concern. The group, which was holding its includes officials 86th annual meeting, from Kansas cities and towns. Each candidate told the group that they oppose unfunded federal mandates on municipalities. Thompson and Docking, the Democrats, both emphasized their experience in private business. Roberts and Brownback, the Republicans, focused on legislative accomplishments. Roberts, who represents the 1st Congres- sional District, and Thompson are candidates for the seat of Nancy Kassebaum, who is retiring after 18 years in the Senate. In the first debate, Thompson cited her experience as an accountant and bank executive while Roberts emphasized major bills he helped push through Congress, including the farm bill. In response to a question from the debate's moderator about the most serious problem facing Kansas municipalities, Thompson cited a lack of skilled job training and trained employees while Roberts named excessive regulation. Both agreed communities should have greater control over revenue such as block grants. "We can't allow the state to grab all the resources without sharing with local communities," Roberts said. "The most important thing is you need control of revenue," Thompson told delegates. Wh«n you n«ed to know.. Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:90 p.m.) Photos by The Associated Press Kenneth Knouse views an exhibit at the Walker Art Collection In his eastern Kansas hometown of Garnett. Residents and visitors are amazed at art that has been In the town since the 1950s but whose importance wasn't realized until the 1980s. HIDDEN TREASURES Small Kansas town's art collection includes work by Picasso By ROB CURLEY The Ottawa Herald ARNETT — When Maynard Walker donated an impres- ' sive collection of art to his former hometown in 1951, city officials may not have understood the New York art dealer's motives, but it didn't take the town long to pass a bond issue to build a new library to house the collection. But, over the years, the Mary Bridget McAuliffe Walker Art Collection — although valued at more than $500,000 — was almost forgotten until a renewed interest in the collection resulted in a painstaking restoration of the works nearly five years ago. Now, the collection isn't just attracting local attention, it's gaining national notoriety. Along with prized works by Jean-Baptist-Camille Corot, Pablo Picasso and George Grosz, the collection is continuing to grow under the watchful eye of curator Robert Logan. Over the last year, the collection has expanded as donations by acclaimed artists from around the world, including a 1927 etching by George Rounault, have enlarged the collection well outside of the li- Robert Logan (left) and his partner Robert Cugno sit amid the Walker Art Collection. The two art collectors moved from California in the late 1980s and caused major Interest In the collection, which had been In the town for more than three decades. brary's Archer Room. And though most community members may not understand the collection, Joyce Martin — city clerk and a member of the Walker Art Collection committee — said understanding the collection isn't as important as being aware of what it does for the city. "Culture is important in any town, regardless of its size," Martin said. "But, because of the recent attention given to the collection, I'm just now beginning to learn about the different types of art. And even if I don't like some of the more abstract pieces, at least I have an awareness of them now. "Understanding art isn't nearly as important as just appreciating it for what it is — and I think that's really happening throughout our community." Martin said the renewed interest in the collection was a direct result of efforts by Logan and Robert Cugno, transplanted California art dealers who moved to Garnett, a town of about 3,200 people 65 miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo., in the late 1980s. "I think the Walker Collection really was an unknown treasure that we had here in Garnett and until a big deal was kind of made of it by (Logan and Cugno), I don't think any of us realized what we had," Martin said. "And, now that there is more of a concentrated effort to restore and conserve the paintings, the collection is getting touted in lots of publications nationwide. Now, we're getting people who come to Garnett specifically to see the collection. "I firmly believe that the majority of our current population didn't even know it existed. When they started this collection back in the 1950s, those people at that time really knew what they were doing. They understood the importance of it. "But, most of those people are gone now, and no one really carried on the tradition as far as keeping the thing alive and informing people of its importance." Until Logan and Cugno. The men's interest in the collection has not only increased and restored the collection, it landed the pair a Kansas Governor's Arts Award for Community Development in 1994. V HIGHWAY PATROL Dispatch center to handle all of state Salina center to be part of state's $14 million communications upgrade By DAVID CLOUSTON Tile Salina Journal A large room in the basement of Kansas Highway Patrol Troop C Headquarters has new walls and flooring but is empty. In less than 10 years, the 58-by- 24-foot room will become the nerve center of highway patrol communications for the state. When that happens, the room will come alive with the voices of dispatchers and the clicks of computer keyboards. When all is finished, dispatchers at 15 consoles will view the locations of all patrol cars in the field on a computer map. The locations will be continuously updated. A dispatcher in Salina will send cars to problem spots in Kansas City, Liberal, St. Francis and Atchison or wherever a trooper is needed. The proposed consolidated dispatch center at the former Marymount College is part of a $14 million upgrade that the state is making in communications for the patrol and the state Department of Transportation. Now, the patrol has seven dispatch centers, including ones in Salina and Norton that serve central and northwest Kansas. The seven centers will be phased out through employee attrition over a period of eight to 10 years, said Capt. Bill Jacobs, Highway Patrol communications coordinator. Jacobs calls consolidated dispatching "feasible and cost-efficient." Fellow trooper John Eichkorn, a public affairs spokesman for the patrol, said the plan promises not only financial savings but also improved trooper safety. For instance, a high-speed chase that originates in Kansas City and proceeds on an interstate highway now is handed off from one regional dispatch center to another as the chase continues. When the single dispatch center open, dispatchers for various areas of the state will be in the same room and can monitor a high speed chase before it gets into their region. "If we have a chase that goes from Kansas City to Topeka now, we have to teletype people in Topeka to let them know what's happening," Eichkorn said, "If we had the same situation with a centralized location, the Kansas City and Topeka operators may be sitting side by side. They already know what's happening and who's involved." The amount of money to be saved hasn't been calculated. A full complement of dispatchers will be needed to staff the operation, Eichkorn said. Another reason the patrol is upgrading its communications systems is to better handle progress made by the National Crime Information Computer. By 2000, officers in suitably equipped patrol cars might be able to run their own driver's license checks and other queries through the computer without having the information relayed through a dispatcher. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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