The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 30, 2001 · Page 1
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 1

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, April 30, 2001
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'Wit wins PAGE A3 mm APRIL 30, 2001 SALINA, KANSAS ournal Serving Kansas since 1871 50 cents Royals rally PAGE • U.S.-CHINA China to let U.S. inspect downed plane American team could head for airport on Chinese island as early as today By SCOTT LINDLAW The Associated Press WASHINGTON — China will allow U.S. personnel to inspect an American spy plane that made an emergency landing April 1 on Hainan Island, officials in both nations said Sunday An American inspection team in Okinawa, Japan, awaited clearance to travel to China, hoping to depart as early as today The development raised U.S. hopes the disabled aircraft will soon return home, and it seemed to signal an easing of U.S.-China tensions. "I see it as an encouraging sign that they're willing to proceed," Vice President Dick Cheney said. The plane cannot be flown now and may have to be taken out on a barge, Cheney said. At the same time, Cheney and top Bush administration officials reinforced President Bush's tough stand that a military response from the United States remains an option if China attacks Taiwan. It has been nearly a month since a U.S. Navy EP-3E surveillance plane with a crew of 24 col- CHENEY lided with a Chinese fighter jet sent to intercept it over the South China Sea, outside China's 12- mile territorial sea and airspace. The plane made an emergency landing at a military airfield on Hainan island, and the crew, was detained for 11 days. They were released after Bush said he was "very sorry" for the loss of the Chinese pilot and for the U.S. plane's unauthorized entry into Chinese airspace to make an emergency landing. At April 18-19 talks in Beijing, American negotiators presented a written proposal for U.S. experts to inspect the plane to determine whether to repair and fly it out or ship it out in pieces. "Having completed its investigation and evidence collection involving the U.S. plane and in view of international precedents in handling such issues, the Chinese side has decided to allow the U.S. side to inspect its plane at the Lingshui Airport," the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday Cheney said he was hopeful China's decision would lay the groundwork for the return of the plane, which was loaded with sophisticated eavesdropping equipment. "As we've said all along, we do want our aircraft back. And the fact that they have now an­ nounced that they're willing to have U.S. personnel go in and look at the aircraft and assess what it's going to take to get it back, I think is very positive," he said on "Fox News Sunday." The president's chief of staff, Andrew Card, said Washington was preparing to send a team to the island. "We expect them to get there as soon as their documentation is ready their visas are ready," Card said on ABC's "This Week." White House spokesman Ken Lisaius said an American team was ready to travel from Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan, to China. T LEGISLATURE Budget talks start anew Negotiators from House, Senate try to close $206 million gap By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — Legislative negotiators started from scratch Sunday rather than trying to find a compromise between rival House and Senate plans for closing a $206 million budget gap. Three senators and three House members have been appointed to draft the final version of the year's final budget bill. Their bill will reconcile expected revenues with spending for the state's 2002 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The j,oint conference committee met all day Saturday, but the two chambers had taken such different approaches to resolving the state's financial problems that the negotiators said it was like the plans were in different languages. They abandoned the traditional negotiating process and started drafting a new plan, deciding first how much revenue they're willing to raise and how much money they'll need in the state's 2003 fiscal year. The negotiators said they are working on both a fiscal 2002 budget and the outlines of a 2003 budget because it will do no good to resolve this year's problems and face similar or tougher budget problems next year, when the final 2003 budget is drafted. They waited two hours Sunday for financial scenario numbers, then spent another half hour reviewing them. See BUDGET, Page A2 • SCANDIA File photo Federal Judge Deanell Reece Tacha will be honored today in her hometown of Scandia. CENTRAL KANSAS FLYWHEELS MUSEUM Bygone school days Public allowed to step back in time by walking into old school at weekend event By AMY SULLIVAN The Salitia Journal JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Camisha Stevenson, 3, reaches to pet a calf Sunday at the Central Kansas Flywheels Museum. The public took its first look this weekend at the start of a small village being created at the Central Kansas Flywheels Museum, 1100 W. Diamond. Everyone was invited inside school house No. 31, which was located a half mile south of the Saline County line in the Cox School District, said Jack O'Neal, a museum board member. Children attended school there as early as the 1890s, O'Neal said. The school was rebuilt in 1922 after a fire. What visitors saw Sunday was a partially restored building that was moved to the museum grounds about six years ago. O'Neal said it took four years of work to get the foundation in place, and now the interior is being restored. "We want to restore it to look like it was" when it was in use, 0*Neal said. Slate blackboards will hang on the walls. The museum is looking for items to create a period feel, such as lunch pails and children's coats to hang in the coat rooms. Besides the school house, visitors watched tractor pulls, toured the museum and saw how people worked and lived in the past. The activities were part of the north Salina museum's annual Bygone Days Come to Life, which also featured a petting zoo of goats, cows and other animals. A milk cow allowed children to tug on its utter. "These animals were for people who had never been on a farm," board member Gene Lundgrin said. "They were really as tame of animals as I've ever seen." The museum will acquire its latest building Wednesday when the former Methodist church in Wells is moved to the grounds. The church will be restored on a lot east of the school house. See BYGONE, Page A4 Hometown to honor kid who became judge Deanell Reece Tacha serves as chief judge of U.S. appeals court By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal SCANDIA — Federal Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, Lawrence, feels honored, if a bit overwhelmed, by her family and friends' plans for a day of celebration in Scandia just for her. After all, "I feel like I'm just a kid who grew up in Scandia." "Scandia people have been the best friends of my life," Tacha said. "It's hard for me to imagine why in the world they'd have a day for me. But I appreciate what I've heard are some very nice preparations." Tacha might think she's not worthy of the attention, but since her insfallation in January as the new chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Scandia residents familiar with her career are all the more proud of her. Tacha plans to visit her hometown today to speak to high school and junior high school students. She'll also be guest of honor at a reception beginning at 6 p.m. at the Scan- "We call her'Mrs. Excess' when she decorates. She does everything like she works — to the extreme." Jane Ewy Deanell Reece Tacha's sister dia Community Center, where she'll receive a plaque and a key to the city Tacha grew up in Scandia, a Republic County community of about 400 residents, and graduated from high school in 1964. She graduated from the University of Kansas and the University of Michigan School of Law, and was a former KU law school professor and vice chancellor for academic affairs. In 1985, former President Ronald Reagan appointed her as federal judge for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over federal courts in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Her parents, Marynell and H.W. "Bill" Reece, operated a prominent north-central Kansas highway and road construction company They stiU live in Scandia when they're not traveling. Two of her sisters live in Salina, and a third lives in Texas. "What I feel is most prominent is what an excellent education I got in a very small school," said Tacha, who maintains her judge's chambers in Lawrence and travels to Denver on a regular basis to hold court with her fellow jurists. See TACHA, Page A2 WEATHER High: 82 Low: 59 Partly cloudy today with a 20 percent chance of storms. PAGE A3 Thousands of volunteers from across the nation were in Hoisington over the weekend to help residents recover from the April 21 tornado. PAGE A10 If Hollywood writers do go on strike Tliesday, the move would doom many television shows as well as the livelihoods of service businesses. INSIDE Landers / A5 Classified / B4 Comics /B10 Deaths / A8 Great Plains / A3 LookAhead/ A2 Sports / B1 Weather / A5 Crossword / B10 Viewpoints / A9

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