The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 28, 2001 · Page 1
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Happy 25th PAGE D1 the SATURDAY APRIL 28, 2001 SALINA. KANSAS Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 50 cents Beloit Relays PAGE €1 • LEGISUTURE House budget plan under attack Garden City Republican calls it 'a disaster' after representatives pass bill By CAROL CRUPPER Harris News Service TOPEKA — Rep. Ward Loyd envisions local tax hikes, criminals walking free and abandoned highway plans. "This budget is a disaster," said thie Garden City Republican as the House voted 82-43 Friday to close a $206 million shortfall in state revenues. Others see it as a chance to rein in state government. "Some of us happen to believe that the government closest to the people is the best government," said Rep. LOYD Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls. Friday's vote is not the final word. But it does represent the House position as negotiators start to bargain next week with the Senate and Gov. Bill Graves. It serves another ftmction as well. "By putting out this budget, people can see what effect these cuts would have," said Rep. Melvin Minor, D- Stafford. He's worried about highways and nursing homes, but his biggest concern lies with criminal corrections. "We've probably cut them to the point they'll have difficulty performing their duties," Minor said. §im This is iiow representatives for Saline County voted on ttie House budget bill: ^. • Carol Beggs: no • Deena IHorst: no • Jerry Aday: yes Looking at losses This "no new taxes" budget could result in higher taxes at home, Loyd said. It reclaims two-thirds of the liquor tax now going to local government. Garden City, for example, would lose $60,000 for parks and recreation and another $60,000 firom its general fund. That translates into program cuts or 1 miU worth of tax hikes. Loyd, an attorney, notes the House takes $401,000 out of this year's judicial budget and another $410,000 next year. Criminals could go free if courts lack staff to ensure speedy trials, Loyd said. "As a practical matter, county attorneys will elect not to file complaints." The budget also adds more bonding to fimd the 1999 comprehensive transportation plan, a move than many think could put projects in jeopardy Rep. Deena Horst, R-Salina, said cuts could affect Smoky Hill Family Practice Center's training program for rural doctors. She said the budget would probably hurt the poor and disabled as well. Rep. Jan Pauls, R-Hutchinson, disagrees with priorities, particularly when it comes to the Department of Corrections. "We're moving away ftom programs designed to keep prisoners from becoming repeat offenders," she said. "There are some unintended consequences anytime a budget is dramatically cut." Even some legislators who voted for the bill dislike it. Despite concerns about prisons, highways and the state fair. Rep. Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, wanted to move the process along. Rep. Dennis McKinney, D-Greensburg, had to hold his nose for his "yes" vote. See BUDGET, Page A5 T SCHOOL FINANCE No new taxes for schools Senate elects not to add to $67 nnillion proposed by Graves By JOHN MILBURN lite Associated Press TOPEKA — Senators wrote the final chapter on school finance Friday night with an ending that does not include a tax increase to benefit public education. On a voice vote, the Senate Education Committee conceded the full chamber would not , support raising taxes to put millions m6re into schools than the $67 million in new spending recommended by Gov. Bill Graves and already approved by the Legislature. The committee instead endorsed a bill that sets in motion the $67 million increase, which Graves himself called inadequate. The Senate was expected to debate the bill late Friday and send it to the House. "There's no new tax increase, so that ought to make some people happy," said Chairman Dwayne Umbarger, R-Thayer. The bill adds $50 to the base state aid per pupil, raising it to $3,870, and increases special education funding in the fiscal year that starts July 1. But Umbarger said the needs expressed by educators throughout the session would not be met. Umbarger said of legislators, "I really don't think they are going to realize what they have done until we come in next year." Committee members were disappointed their efforts to get support for a tax increase fell short. "We have failed in terms of protecting the future of the children of the state," said Sen. Janis Lee, D-Kensington. A visibly emotional Umbarger left the committee abruptty before it adjourned — even as members thanked him for sihepherding the school finance debate this session. The 11- member committee gave him a standing ovation. Sen. Christine Downey, D- Newton, said the committee's action was a far cry ftom the proposals senators were considering all session. Earlier this week, the Senate defeated a package that would have put $60 million more into elementary and secondary schools than Graves proposed by increasing the sales and estate taxes. That package would have increased the base state aid per pupil by $90 and added money for special education. i WEATHER Higli:82 Low: 57 Mostly sunny with a south wind of 20 to 30 niph. Photos by TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Judy Logback, a Goessel native, is in Salina visiting her parents, LuAnn and Neil Logbacl(, after living the past four and a half years helping the indigenous people of Ecuador. Marketing Ecuador Kansan Judy Logback is helping the people sell their products By TANA THOMSON The Salina Journal F '^or the past four and a half years, Judy Logback has been trekking about the Amazon in Ecuador from one community to the next helping the indigenous people find a way to make a living that won't destroy their rain forests. Logback, 27, marketing director of the Callari Cooperative, makes two- and-a-half-hour hikes I- jogging reduces the time — between communities, never spending more than a few nights in each one. Through the Jatun Sacha Foundation, a private, nonprofit Ecuadorian conservation organization, the Goessel native works with Quichua artisans who develop products from the rain forests. This week, Logback is in Salina for a short visit with her parents, LuAnn and Neil Logback, before going to Connecticut to sell those crafts to museums. In the United States for the first time since she left for Ecuador, Logback will market the rain forest crafts and roimd up funding fh>m foundations. Based in Quito, Ecuador, the Jatim Sacha Poimdation has created the small Amazon Craft cooperative, buying crafts and marketing them to such countries as England, France, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Canada and the United States. The people make bags, jewelry, bowls, toothpicks, baskets, hats, canoes Judy Logback markets Jewelry and bags made from natural rainforest materials by the Ecuadorian people. and other products with the materials — seeds, leaves, roots — around them. They're just begitming to realize they can make a better living producing products than they can by chopping down their trees and selling the wood. With an average annual income of For more information on ordering Callari Cooperative's rain forest crafts, contact Judy Logback at cursos@jatunsacha.org. Witliin four months the products will be online on the Jatun Sacha Foundation Web site at www.jatunsacha. org. only $600 from their cash crops — corn, coffee and cocoa — the families have turned to the trees for income. They're also battling inflation. Logback said most costs have tripled over the past five years. The coffee that brought them 40 cents a poimd less than five years ago now is worth 18 cents a poimd, "because the transport fees are always going up," Logback said. Logback, who has a degree in environmental biology from Beloit College in Wisconsin, said the Quichua people will sacrifice their trees so they can afford to send their children to school. They need to make a living After interviewing people in the commimities when she first got to Ecuador in 1996, Logback realized the problem wasn't a matter of environmental education. The people know if See ECUADOR, Page AS PAGE A3 The chairman of the Columbine Review Commission said authorities ignored warnings of the high school attack and tesponded Improperiy. TOMORROW Paul Bube, a Kansas Wesleyan professor of religion v/ho inspired ethics debates for 13 years, is leaving the univereity and Salina. INSIDE Classified /El Comics / B4 Deaths / B3 FamiUes /A6 Great Plains / B1 Money / C6 Religion /D1 Sports / CI Weather /D4 Viewpoints / A7 • MAPPING County, city to get new maps Officials say digital photographs should boost accuracy By NATE JENKINS The Salina Journal Maps are supposed to be sturdy documents based on clean calculations that lend an unwavering sense of place, and maybe even help settle a dispute once in a while. But the maps you'll find in city and county offices are not pinpoint-accurate and in some cases do little to clear confusion. That soon will change. Both the city and county have contracted with an Overland Park company. Western Air Maps, to provide what Jerry Fowler, public works direc-. tor for the county, described as a "seamless" picture of the county that "gives us a benchmark as to what the county looks like at this point in time." City and coimty officials see the new digital photographs as a way to boost accuracy to a degree that should increase citizen confidence in the maps. That greater accuracy is expected to help refine routine government services, such as defining property boundaries, sometimes fodder for debate among rural residents. The maps should be in the hands of the city and coimty by fall. The cost to the city is $63,680; for the county it's $68,700. "People will be able to see their parcels and see them as they exist now," said Rod Broberg, county appraiser. "People will be able to recognize things on the photo ... it will make our maps more user fl-iendly." The photos will also increase the county's ability to measure parcels accurately But don't expect to gain another few acres of farm ground because of the increased accuracy "The change won't be to any dramatic degree — not to the point people will notice," said Broberg, "In rural areas, it might make tenths-of-an-acre differences in parcels." Digital ortho photography is not entirely new here. The county in 1991 received a digital, visual lay of the land that still is being used. But the new photographs See MAPS, Page AS «

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