The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 14, 1996 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, October 14, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1996 A3 V AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY Machinists approve contract with Cessna : Under the - agreement, : workers will ; receive a pay raise of ; 5 percent By The Associated Press WICHITA — A five-year contract with a 5 percent increase in the first year has been ratified by Machinists Union members employed at Cessna Aircraft Co. Union officials would not release vote totals or percentages. Richard Aldrich, business representative for Machinists District Lodge 70, characterized the margin of votes in favor of the contract as "fairly strong." Under the contract, workers will get another 5 percent increase in 1997, a 4 percent increase in 1998, a 4 percent lump sum payment in 1999 and a final 4 percent increase in 2000. Many younger employees also will be bumped into higher pay grades, further boosting their paychecks. The base wages in the first year will range from $8.50 an hour to $19.41 an hour, depending on experience, rising to a range of from $9.66 an hour to $22.05 an hour in the fifth year. Aldrich said there were improvements in many other contract provisions, including health insurance and retirement benefits. "I don't think we left anything at the table," he said. "There wasn't any more to be had without a long, hard strike, and those are costly." Cessna won the right to offer alternative work schedules in certain shops for employees who volunteer. They can choose to work three 12-hour shifts during a week, for which they will be paid for a full 40 hours and also be bumped to the next higher pay grade. Cessna will pay time-and-a-half for any time worked over 12 hours a day and 36 hours in a week. Union officials said the contract will erase a gap in the Cessna wages and those paid by the company's cross-town competitor, Raytheon Aircraft Co. "By the fifth year of this agreement, our members will be the highest-paid light aircraft workers in Wichita," Aldrich said. John Moore, Cessna's vice president of human resources, said that was important to the company, too. "If our work force feels they're fairly compensated, they will be more productive," Moore said. Some older workers complained there wasn't enough improvement in retirement benefits. Monthly pension payments would rise from the current $27 per year of service to $33 a year of service in the year 2000. The company would pay 100 percent of the premium for medical insurance plans similar to HMOs, while employees would share premium costs and pay deductibles if they select a traditional preferred provider health care plan. Three-year contracts had been the rule of thumb in the aerospace industry, but the Cessna five-year pact is the same duration as the Machinists' new contract with Raytheon. Boeing negotiated a four-year contract with the Machinists last year. Aldrich said the negotiators agreed to the five- year contract after winning provisions to protect workers' incomes in case of a surge in inflation. Moore said the contract gives Cessna long- term labor stability at a time when the company's business prospects are bright. BRIEFLY Ness City man killed in one-vehicle crash ; WaKEENEY — A 21-year-old Ness City man died early Sunday when the vehicle he was riding in crashed on U.S. 283 near the Trego-Ness county line. Heath Ferguson was killed when a Chevrolet Blazer driven : by Jeff McGranahan left the high- I way and rolled several times. Injured in the crash were two other passengers, Jason Garrison, 23, Ness City, and Cory Lutters, 21, Ransom. Both were taken to the Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital in WaKeeney and . transferred to the Hays Medical Center, where they were in stable condition Sunday night. McGranahan was treated at the WaKeeney hospital. The crash occurred at 12:30 a.m. 19 miles south of WaKeeney. The Blazer, which was headed north, left the highway and flew intp the air after hitting a field drive and then rolled. Ferguson was pronounced dead after he was taken the the WaKeeney hospital. No one involved in the crash was wearing seat belts. ''«! Parents can attend middle schools -" Parents and guardians of middle school students in the Salina ^School District are invited to at""tend school today and Tuesday. .The adults will attend their ^child's classes and participate in " : l school activities at Salina South ,'and Roosevelt-Lincoln middle 'schools. Parents can attend either *day for the entire day or part of "the day. Parents are also invited :^ to, eat lunch at the schools. The ^cost of an adult lunch is $1.80. * ,'. Students are required to attend *, school during visitation days. J' ; Information sought on business burglary . j ; Salina police are asking for the •""public's help in solving a bur- '•Iglary at Skeeter's Performance ^Specialties, 757 N. 12th. j Between 5:30 p.m. Sept. 1 and "•8:30 a.m. Sept. 3, someone broke >> off a section of a fiberglass over- ' £head door. About $25,000 worth of ," items were taken from inside, in- Deluding several thousand dollars "worth of Mac and Craftsman *hand tools, a Sony car stereo, a £ Southwestern Bell cordless tele- •J phone and a Sharp adding ma•* chine. « . Anyone with information about i the burglary can call Crimestop- ^pers, 825-TIPS. Callers aren't re• quired to give their names and £ could be eligible for rewards. •i ; No one wins jackpot in Powerball lottery • . None of the tickets sold for the • Powerball game Saturday night j matched all six numbers drawn, j lottery officials said Sunday. ,j 'The numbers were 1, 22,25, 27 '• J and 45. The Powerball was 42. 5 Players matching all five num- ' bers and the Powerball would ~ have won or shared the $29.2 mil- 'i lion jackpot. ,1 The prize goes to an estimated 5 $35 million for Wednesday. I Tickets that match the first five -numbers, but miss the Powerball, •' win $100,000 each, and there were ".five of those. '4 Two were sold in Connecticut s With one each in Louisiana, Oregon and Wisconsin. ;t : Kansas is part of the multistate tottery. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) With a 1997 calendar, Saline County residents will be in the The 1997 Saline County Calendar is a fund-raiser for the Smoky Hill Museum. FROM PAGE Al Lilly said she and Boyle took on the calendar project after it was suggested at a museum board meeting. They started with thousands of photographs in the library and museum collections. • "I looked through them and pulled out the ones that jumped out at me," Boyle said. "I narrowed it down to maybe 200." Then the women set about selecting the, ones that would be used in the calendar — and identifying the people and places as much as possible. That meant calling people and researching dates and names in old newspapers and historical books. The three young girls in the Flower Parade photograph were identified through newspaper stories of the time, Boyle said. The newspaper didn't publish photographs, but the reporter described every carriage, and only one carried three young girls. A photograph of a Lockard Rural School ( class of 1897-98 was identified with the help' of an out-of-state woman who visited the library about a month before the two started identifying the photographs, Lilly said. The woman told Lilly that the library collection included a photograph of the Lockard school, but the picture wasn't identified. The woman said she had an identical photograph at home with each child identified, and she offered to send a copy to Lilly. Lilly accepted. "I hadn't realized which photo it was," Lilly said. Before the woman sent her copy, Lilly and Boyle chose the photograph for inclusion in the calendar but weren't certain of the name of the school. Then, the copy arrived in the mail with the children's names. "We couldn't believe it was the same one," Lilly said. "She had all the names and the date." The two women, both history buffs, said they enjoyed selecting the photographs and notations and doing the research. "I was just fascinated with it," Boyle said. Photos by TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Eve Boyle, a board member for Friends of the Smoky Hill Museum, and Judy Lilly, Kansas librarian for the Salina Public Library, put together the calendar that includes historical photos of Saline County. T EDUCATION Salina schools honored District receives blue ribbon from Expansion Management Magazine By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal The Salina School District received another blue ribbon this year in Expansion Management Magazine's annual rating of 770 school districts. The magazine, an industrial trade publication, named Salina a "blue ribbon" school because the district scored above average in academics and below average on finances. School districts with high academic and financial scores were given the top honor of "gold medal" schools. The district was evaluated on academics based on graduation rates and the results of college board examinations. Schools were also ranked on the community's education and income levels, student-to-teacher ratios, per-pupil expenditures and performance of graduates. Overall, Salina scored above average in the magazine's rating system and above average in the system used to rate graduates and the community. But the district rated below average for resources, such as per-pupil spending. Other blue ribbon schools in Kansas are Hays, Great Bend, Garden City, Hutchinson, Emporia, Blue Valley and Manhattan. Gold medal schools were Olathe and Shawnee Mission. Blue Valley and Olathe were ranked in the top 15 school districts for academics. Blue Valley was first, and Olathe tied for ninth. No Kansas schools were in the top 15 overall. The Kansas City School District was given a yellow rating because of its below average scores for academics and resources. School districts in Ottawa, Pittsburg, Topeka, Turner and Wichita were give "green light" ratings for hovering around the average mark. The magazine ranks districts with 450 students or more as a service for its readers, who are usually the presidents and chief executive officers of manufacturing and large service firms. TWICHrTA STATUE Ceremonies cleanse area where killing occurred Kiowa Indian words of prayer used to cleanse site of Keeper of Plains statue By The Associated Press WICHITA — The shootings took place in what had been known for centuries to Indians as a place of peace, and some felt a strong need to cleanse the land. Lorrie Housholder, distraught over a domestic dispute, went to an area near the Keeper of the Plains statue Oct. 6, shot her 11-year-old daughter in the head, then turned her gun on herself. She was dead at the scene, and the girl, Sabrina, died hours later at a hospital. On Saturday, the sound of water rushing over the dam at the confluence of the Big and Wttte Arkansas Rivers Wended with ancient Kiowa words of prayer and the smell of burning sage and cedar as Robert Guoladdle performed a fourth cleansing of the grounds behind the statue. "We have come full circle with this fourth blessing," said Truman Ware, who assisted with the ceremony. "Just as there are four seasons and four directions in the "We have come full circle with this fourth blessing. Just as there are four seasons and four directions in the circle of life, so there have been four cleansings to complete the circle." Truman Ware assistant at the cleansing ceremonies circle of life, so there have been four cleansings to complete the circle," Ware said he will return to the site each year for four years to repeat the ceremony and sprinkle the ashes of burned saje and cedar on the grounds. "There are many tribes and many ways of doing this ceremony," Ware said. "Every tribe has its own tradition, its own beliefs. There are 50 tribes represented in the Mid-America All Indian Center, so obviously there may still be some who think this is not enough." Ware, who has a long history with the center, said he has learned to know and respect many of those 50 cultures, but the ways he knows best are those of his Kiowa ancestors. "All people have in common the same creator," he said. "And there are many things in the foundation of all tribes that are the same. There is the same reverence for the elements and for living things." Ware said he and other Indians were upset that a killing took place on the grounds where the Keeper stands. For centuries it had been neutral land where people of all tribes gathered in peace. "There was an unspoken law that there was no killing here," he said. "If you were camped right next to your worst enemy, you were at peace while you were here." The area was one of plentiful game, water and wood, and tribes followed the river to the campgrounds and stayed as long as they needed to replenish their store of meat, Ware said. Over time, the land came to be regarded as sacred ground. The first cleansing took place just minutes after police reopened the crime scene. The Indian Methodist Church held a service to pray for the souls of the victims. Next came a Sioux ceremony and, on Thursday morning, the first Kiowa ceremony. Cy Ahtone, who conducted that ceremony, said cleansing is intended to put an end to the things of the past and to open the path to a new day. His ceremony was conducted at sunrise. "It is just one way to help bring a feeling of peace," he said. "The idea is to find a way to go on from here." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 -S t.

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