The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 23, 2001 · Page 1
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 1

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, April 23, 2001
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jobs PAGE A3 the MONDAY APRIL 23, 2001 SALINA, KANSAS Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 50 cents Royals win • ® # ® PAGE B1 R Irail of tears Powerful tornado leaves one dead, 200 buildings destroyed in its wake By ROXANA HEGEMAN The Associated Press HOISINGTON — Almost all night, Joyce Tauscher wandered aimlessly through the dark, debris- strewn streets of this central Kansas town. Two hours after a tornado tore a path six city blocks wide and one- mile long, searchers foimd the body of her 69-year-old husband, Gerald, embedded in the groimd underneath the minivan in their backyard. Greg Gardner, adjutant general for Kansas, said 200 buildings were destroyed by the twister, classified as an F-4, that hit Saturday night in this town of 2,900 people, about 65 miles southwest of Salina. Another 85 were severely damaged, and 200 more received minor to moderate damage. The roof was blown off the high school auditorium and the local hospital had to be evacuated. Authorities said 28 people were injured, and one remained in critical condition Sunday "This is a scene that is, unfortu- ^ nately, all too familiar to many of us. We are absolutely struck by the severity of this storm," said Gov. Bill Graves, who toured Hoisington Sunday "It is hard to describe how devastated the community is." Emergency officials said Sunday flooding was becoming a concern on the south side of Hoisington. About 5 inches of rain fell during Saturday night's storm, and rising water had begun to creep into residential areas Sunday "All of it disappeared. The wind took it away from us." Joyce Tauscher Hoisington Husband's final words All that remained of Joyce Tauscher's home was the empty basement where the 60-year-old woman sought shelter moments before the tornado swept through her neighborhood. Her husband of 42 years never made it downstairs. As the storm outside steadily worsened, the station her husband was watching reported that the brunt of the storm was seven miles north of them. It was the couple's son in Virginia, on the phone with his mother, who pulled up the forecast on the Internet and warned Joyce Tauscher that the storm was getting nasty. But Gerald Tauscher was unconcerned when his wife asked if they should seek shelter in the basement. "There is no hurry," he told her. "They will sound the alarm when it is bad." It was the last thing she ever heard him say. The town's sirens were not activated until after the tornado had hit, said Barton County Sheriff Buck Causey The sirens were never heard in Tauscher's neighborhood, possibly Photos by JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Joyce Tauscher looks down Sunday at a pile of debris from her house while trying to collect her belongings. Tauscher's husband, Gerald, was killed in the tornado that struck Hoisington Saturday night. because the power had gone out, neighbors said. For an hour before the tornado struck. Causey and another officer had gone outside the city limits to watch for weather developments coming closer to town. They saw only low clouds and lightning. "Nobody saw this tornado. Nobody saw it coming," Causey said. City Manager Allen Dinkel said it is standard procedure for law enforcement to decide whether to sound the tornado sirens. It would Tauschers' Tauscher, Kansas City and Patti Mootes, Denver, made it to town. Her son, Tony, was en route by car from Virginia Sunday afternoon, and was still unaware his father was dead. The drizzling rain mixed with the women's tears as they stood outside a police barricade Sunday morning and saw the extent of the devastation in the first light of day See TORNADO, Page A2 RIGHT: Diana Divine folds up an American flag she retrieved from the Tauscher home. Divine, a friend of the Tauschers' daughter Janet, came from Overland Park to help clean up. mim L_ I '"'iti^^J . • • \^f; • 0 , / Heather Nye, 17, stands next to her car that was blown into the basement of her house in Hoisington while her family tries to retrieve some of their belongings Sunday. be dawn before the daughters, Janet 1 r iSielSrlii- -'^S^^^"^:--^^: • SUIUIIUIIT OF THE AMERICAS Leaders sign trade compact Sunnmit comes to close with leaders agreeing to open markets by 2005 By TONY SMITH The Associated Press QUEBEC — Western Hemisphere leaders on Sunday signed an agreement to open their markets by December 2005, with a warning that countries would lose their chance to be part of the world's most ambitious free-trade zone if they depart from democratic government. In their final statement after a three-day summit. President Bush and 33 other leaders from North and South America and the Caribbean pledged to finish negotiations on the free-trade zone by January _,,eu 2005, with the pact to BUSM take effect by the end of that year. They insisted that democracy was "fundamental to the advancement of all our objectives," adding that any "unconstitutional alteration or interruption of the democratic order ... constitutes an insurmountable obstacle" to participation in further hemispheric trade talks. The leaders signed the document in pairs, sitting down at a table two at a time to scrawl their names as Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, the summit host, watched over their shoulders like a proud parent. "I learned a lot," said Bush, attending his first international summit. "There is no question in my mind that we have challenges ahead of us. Also, there is no question that we can meet those challenges." Mexican President Vicente Fox called the summit "a great step for the entire hemisphere" and said they had taken negotiations from "dark rooms behind doors" and made them more open. Bush has an agenda Bush said some people in the United States "want to shut down free trade," but he was unswayed by them. "I'm going to pursue a free trade agenda," Bush said. The president expressed solidarity with Colombia's struggle against cocaine producers, noting the United States is spending $1.3 bUlion for the battle. He said Colombian President Andres Pastrana was "a firm leader. It's going to be up to President Pastrana to make the peace. Once he does, we'll stand by his side." Pastrana renewed a push for the United States to drop tariffs on textiles from Andean nations, saying, "more than money, we're asking commerce." Bush expressed confidence Congress would give him trade-negotiating authority by the end of the year. "I intend to get it myself. It's in our nation's best interest that the president has that authority" he said. Asked whether the United States could look to Canada and Mexico to help ease its energy crisis. Bush said, "Canadian suppliers and Mexican suppliers are looking for a market. They found one in the United States." T LEGISLATURE Past promises come to hamit Graves After years of pushing for tax cuts, governor calling for tax increases By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press Analysis TOPEKA — Sen. Tim Huelskamp opposes tax increases, even though Gov. Bill Graves insists they're the right way to solve the state's budget problems. "Tax increases are not accept­ able substitutes for fiscal management," Huelskamp says. He's not the first person to say it. Graves was — in his State of the State address of January 2000. "I agreed with him back then," Huelskamp, R- Fowler, said dryly When legislators reconvene Wednesday, their biggest job — the only one they absolutely must finish — will be to eliminate a $206 million gap between appropria­ tions they have already approved and the revenues the state expects to collect in fiscal 2002, which begins July 1. Graves' fellow Republicans in the Senate have expressed doubts that a tax increase would clear their chamber. In the House, GOP leaders have flatly ruled it out. In his push for a tax increase. Graves is haunted by his own past statements and actions. The champion tax cutter who was re-elected in 1998 has morphed into a defender of government programs. The man who two years ago promised not to abandon future tax cuts is now proposing tax increases. He criticized rival House and Senate budget proposals last week for relying too much on money that wouldn't be collected again in future years. Yet he has proposed using one-time money to plug budget holes before. See GRAVES, Page A4 WEATHER High: 59 Low: 35 Partly sunny and breezy today, and partly cloudy tonight. PAGE A5 The former senator credited with founding Earth Day celebrations says President Bush has no interest in protecting the environment. PAGE A8 The Saint Francis Academy ROPES course will challenge 12 teen-agers from Ireland this simimer during their visit to Kansas. INSIDE Landers / B9 Classified /B4 Comics /BIO Deaths / A8 George Pyle / A3 Look Ahead /A2 Sports / B1 Weather /B9 Crossword / B10 Viewpoints / A9 Gov. Bill Graves Is calling for tax increases to help a strapped state budget after years of championing tax cuts. File photo

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