The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 24, 2001 · Page 2
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 2

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, April 24, 2001
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Mt TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL T MIDWEST FLOODING Volunteer armies battle river .the. Salina Journal Townspeople armed with sandbags face the rising Mississippi By KENTHOMAS The Associated Press CAMANCHE, Iowa — With high winds whipping the Mississippi River into waves that battered levees and buildings, volunteers and National Guard soldiers battled Monday to keep the river from overwhelming flood defenses. The flood crest that has been rolling slowly down the river through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois appeared to be arriving at the east-central Iowa community of Camanche. The Coast Guard arrived in what is usually a dry neighborhood to tie down a floating dock. It's not an official measure- mentsite, but the water level on a-pole outside Jack Murphy's house; measured 22.6 feet; the cr6st"had been forecast at 23 to The Associated Press Rebecca Jones tosses another sandbag onto an existing wall in hopes of keeping the Mississippi River from flooding a building IVIonday in Muscatine, Iowa. 24 feet, higher than the 1993 crest of 22.98 feet. "It's going to crest and it's going to stay there," said Steve Reckman, who has one of about 50 homes in the low-lying neighborhood of Swan's Slough. Downstream in Davenport — the largest urban area on the upper Mississippi without a permanent flood wall — there were a couple of minor breaches in the wall of sandbags guarding downtown early Monday Workers and National Guard soldiers plugged the leaks using nine dump truck loads of sand, said Dee Bruemmer, the city's public works director. The river is expected to crest late today at Davenport. Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Allbaugh said he planned to visit the area Thursday and would urge local leaders to improve flood precautions. "The question is: How many times the American taxpayer has to step in and take care of this flooding, which could be easily prevented by building levees and dikes?" Allbaugh said. Davenport Mayor Phil Yerington said permanent flood protection could block views of the river and hurt tourism. "We're going to get more and more talk about this flood wall," Yerington said. "But it's not who we are. We use this unobstructed river view to the tune of about $100 million worth of tourism money, and I don't think we're in a position of letting that go." ,•;.::,>,:•. : Clinnecilnsmmmunltleiwiihlnformatidh - ::; ' ! (USPS 478-060) i'ubllshad seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, P.O. Box 740, Salina, KS 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. ; : Periodical postage paid at Salina, KS Postmaster, send changes of address to: The Salina Journal, RO: Box 740, Salirta KS 67402-0740 >' TOMBELI., editors publisher, Ibeliesalloutnaicom • ADVERTISING: KIM NORWOOD dIrBctor, knorwoqd@saljournal,com • BUSINESS: JACKI RYBA, marmger, ryba > • CIRCULATION: D /^viD GFIAHAU director, 823-6863 Salina DEPARTMENTS ' • NEWS: Scarr SEIRER executive editor; sselrBr@3alJournal,com • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON :mai}agdr,datklriso'@ 1-800-827-6868 Kansas iheer / Program is budget victim FROM PAGE A1 -Other programs facing cuts include the $44,000-a-year activity bus routes, $15,350 for elementary art teachers, a secretary some assistant coaches, a part- time cook and some hours for kindergarten teachers. "It's a very difficult decision, because no matter where you cut or reduce expenses, you're hurt- ingicmieone," said Bruce Palmer, piiesident of the Smoky Valley Scfiocil Board. "Your frill is my vital pir^gram and vice versa." The cuts in question add up to about $155,000. The board's goal is $200,000. To' make up the remainder of the shortfall, the board also is considering increasing fees and creaimg some new ones. For- example, there could be a hike in driver education fees, a $15 sports participation fee and a nickel increase in meal costs. The district also will have to increase the local option budget to get through the next year, a grim Suppes said. Right now, the district's LOB is set at 4.9 mills, which brings in $214,000 a year. Smoky VaUey can raise its LOB to 14.85 miUs, but Suppes said that's not going to happen. Enrollment low, costs high Budget troubles started when Smoky Valley's enrollment dropped by 40 students this year, from 1,031 to under 1,000 students. The cost the district about $250,000 in state aid. Suppes said enrollment has been dropping slightly since 1995. Last year, the district received an unusual influx of about 40 students. "We had everything we needed," Suppes said. But then the district lost that many students. Health insurance costs increased 28 percent. Utilities also increased to the point that the school had to dip into the contingency budget. "We've been working politically and doing as much as we can," Suppes said. Suppes said legislators' claims that they aren't hearing from the grassroots voters, only educators, is bogus. "We are finding, and hearing now, that (taxpayers) are willing to pay more," he said. Suppes said legislators aren't hearing that a tax increase is OK, because they only ask people if they want to pay more in taxes. Of course, Suppes said, everyone answers no to that question. When asked if they're wUling to spend more for pubUc education, Suppes said, he's confident the public would back a tax increases. The district has met with school patrons a few times re- gardmg budget cuts. On AprU 9, about 250 people showed up at a special board meeting to hear the district's money woes. Suppes is hoping Wednesday's meeting will forge some commitment from the board on which programs and jobs will go, because by May 1 the district has to notify teachers if they're going to have a job. As for cheerleading, Weller and several of the Smoky Valley cheerleading hopefuls say where there is a wiU, there's a way They are willing to work a a little harder to keep the club they love. "Cheerleaders could do more fund-raisers," Weller said. Weller and her cheering mates also suggested cost-savuig practices including putting a stop to the purchase of new cheer uniforms every other year and suggested cheerleaders ride on team buses instead of traveling separately • Reporter Tana Thomson can be reached at 823^6464, Ext. 173, or by e-mail at sjtthomson@saljour PENTAX Pool / Carver may not open FROM PAGE A1 r»ln\7 QroQC in ncA ^'1 City officials have said citizens', -: not city government, should instigate the project again:"There are people that thought the city would not be doing fairly (withlthe water park) by low-income-neighborhoods," Kissinger said. A city survey conducted last year showed that many who used the pool come from a swath in central Salina. If the pool is closed, Kissinger said, free passes and other cost- easing programs at Kenwood Pool would be expanded to compensate. Details about what one or more of the_ so-called splash or play areas' might entail, or where they might be located, are sketchy at this point. Kissinger did say they would not be full-fledged pools but sinaller areas with play features Bnd shallow water Cost and possible locations have 'not been determined yet, but one option discussed Monday would be to use the $25,000 it woiild take to keep Carver Pool open to pay for the design of the "I would strongly recommend Farm Bureau...! trust those people." Scott Williams, Ftirm 7 i Bureau play areas. Kissinger said that if commissioners do decide to close the pool this year, one splash area could be operational by next year, and it would require no fee to use. • Reporter Nate Jenkins can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 139, or by e-mail at sjnjenkins @salj The Keyboard Carriage Has Arrived! One Time Only Yamaha Clavinova Truckload Sale! K r^" Digital Pianos' ^'f delivery/50 Starting at Sdhis-S.^t« $1,595 825-6273 / South Si. & Clark. Salina / 1-800-875-627S Ynot Come On Over! We'll Buy Out Any Competitors Contract! Y)YNOT Premier CELLULAROHE' Dealer Mike WIRELESS STORE HOURS : Mon.-Fri. 9 - 6, Sat. 9 -1 128 N. Santa Fe / SALINA, KS 67401 / 785-823-5225 Pettle's Flowers Flowers For All Occasions 785-825-6265 341 Center • Salina I TYoy Olson -I Career Agent 145 N.Ohio Salina 785-8274426 customer. Farm Bureau Financial Services A SEKVICe CI KANSiS FARM BURCAU PHARMACY & OPTICAL Yes... We're StiU Here!!! In the same location for 30 years! Specializing in Custom Prescription Compounding, . Nebulizers & Respiratory Medication Medicare Provider • Medicaid • Commercial Insurance Locally Owned and Operated, Dan Daley, RPH 321 S. Broadway • In the Ace Home Center Salina, KS 67401 • 785-825-0524 • 785-825-6540 (fax) SUBSCmPTOMS E-mail: sJcirc@sali6urnal.coin • NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. weekends and holidays, calllhe number above, iri Salina, if you, call by 1.1 a.m.,, your paper will be delivered that day. Oul-of-town subscribers will receive missed papers the following day. • CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT V HOURS: Open at 5:30 a.m. dally. Closes at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. on weel<-: ends,;11a:m. on holidays. , • CARRIER RATES: $15.00 plus tax for one month, $42.19 plus tax for three months. • RATES BY MOTOR ROUTE: SI 5.94 plus tax for one month, S47.82 y plus tax for three months. • RATES BY MAIL (three months): • In Kansas, $45.58 plus lax fordally pa -i: , per,'$37.12 plus tax for ((/londay through ; Saturday, $36.06 plus tax for Mbriday. •through Friday and $20.21 plus lax for Sunday. Outside Kansas, $54.75 for dally paper, $44.25 for Monday through Saturday, $49.50 for Monday through Friday and $25.95 for Sunday. /JPVJERHSWG E-mail: s]adv® • CLASSIFIED AND DISPLAY AD HOURS; Between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays. jyEws EXTENSION 150 • HOURS: 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday. FAX niUMBERS ALL DEPAFmVIENTS 823-3207 NEWS DEPArTTMENT 827-6363 SI^ORTS 827-6060 2320jl>lanci Galaxy Center, • 827-2497 www .rastfocustiitiaim^ POOL SERVICE SPA SERVICE WATER CHEMISTRY Pool's Plos of Salina 823-POOL • 2501 Market Place I . The SPORTS SECTION is very nice with -..g J)Cli^^ YOUR morning cup of coffee. *^ *Woi^ my customers know that I have more tharii oak furiMture. Terry Davis, Owner I can really see a difference since starting TOMA ads with the Salina Journal last spring in my customer's awareness of the complete selection of what we carry. I 'm able to change my ad to highlight gift ideas, home decorating ideas as well as my oak furniture. As a resist) customers have a better idea of what we have. OAK >t>\ iiiiiill

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