The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 22, 1996 · Page 15
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 15

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 22, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1996 BB T MOST INFLUENTIAL KANSANS Editor White is most influential Kansan In poll, Ike finishes second and Dole third to journalist By The Associated Press TOPEKA — He commanded the Allied forces to victory in Europe in World War II and was twice elected U.S. president, but Dwight D. Eisenhower finished second in an experts' poll of the 10 Most Influential Kansans. The Abilene-born Eisenhower — the only Kansan to win the White House — was picked behind Emporia newspaper editor William Allen White in the survey of 15 educators, historians, writers and journalists. A total 81 Kansans were named by the panelists, whose selections were announced last week. The survey was commissioned by The Topeka Capital-Journal. Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole tied for third with Atchison aviator Amelia Earhart, who disappeared in 1937 while trying "Dole takes up the torch from Eisenhower. No other Kansan since Ike has achieved Dole's national prominence and authority." Douglass Daniel Kansas State University assistant professor and a panelist in a poll to fly around the world. "Dole takes up the torch from Eisenhower," said panelist Douglass Daniel, assistant professor of journalism at Kansas State University. "No other Kansan since Ike has achieved Dole's national prominence and authority." William Inge, the playwright from Independence whose works included "Bus Stop," "Picnic" and "Come Back, Little Sheba," was No. 5, followed at No. 6 by anti-slavery crusader John Brown of Osawatomie. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum was the only other living Kansan on the list, earning the No. 7 ranking. Kassebaum, retiring this year after three terms in the Senate, is a daughter of the late Kansas governor and 1936 GOP presidential nominee Alf Landon — who did not make the list. Tied at No. 8 were artist John Steuart Curry of Jefferson County, known for his murals and scenes of rural life, and Carry Nation, the saloon-smashing temperance crusader from Medicine Lodge. And at No. 10 was Samuel J. Crumbine — yes, Samuel J. Crumbine, who served as head of the Kansas Board of Health early in the century. Crumbine is best known for his 1905 "swat the fly" campaign, which encouraged Kansas Boy Scouts to make fly swatters out of window screens to fight fly-borne diseases. Others Kansans named by the panelists but not making the list included movie actor Buster Keaton; Wichita marshal Wyatt Earp; 19th century Kansa Indian chief White Plume; and novelist L. Frank Baum, author of the series of books on the mythical, magical Land of Oz. T PRISON Inmates eligible for parole Two more hearings planned to receive comments from public By The Journal Staff A woman denied parole a year ago from her sentence for kidnapping and other charges is scheduled to have another hearing before the Kansas Parole Board. The board has scheduled public comment sessions beginning Oct. 21 concerning prison inmates eligible for a parole hearing in November. Jenny R. Devere was denied parole a year ago on a sentence of five to 20 years on each of three charges — attempted kidnapping, aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit murder. The charges stem from an attack on a 21-year- old Salina woman in June 1993. The victim, who survived the attack, was severely beaten, tied up and placed in the trunk of a car at the home of Devere and another defendant, Howard D. Stewart. Devere, Stewart and three others were convicted in the case. The first public comment session was Monday at City Hall, 701 North Seventh, Kansas City, Kan. A second session is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Wichita City Council Chambers, 455 N. Main, Wichita. A third session is at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 28 in Room 106 A, Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson Street, Topeka. Those who want to comment about inmates but cannot attend the sessions can write to the board at the Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson Street, Room 452- South, Topeka, 66612-1220. The board attempts to determine the parole suitability of those eligible for parole under the law. Considerations include the crime, previous criminal history, prison program participation, disciplinary record, parole plans. Those convicted in northwest and north-central Kansas who will be considered for parole are listed by their county of conviction: • Dickinson — Robert L. Jones, indecent liberties with a child. • Geary — Thaddeus Mixon, rape; Charles Brown, robbery and aggravated robbery (in Sedgwick County); Terry L. Keener, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, arson and aggravated battery; Phillip L. Pierceall Jr., second-degree murder. • Phillips -T- Jerome C. Richards, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. • Republic — Mark A. Seiman, indecent liberties with a child. • Saline — Neal H. Pratt, rape; Douglas L. Mitchell, aggravated incest, felony driving under the influence and aggravated battery (some in Butler County); Darryl Gene Bowman, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery; Jack Douglas Boster, theft and aggravated assault; Jenny R. Devere, aggravated battery, attempted kidnapping and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. f Sherman — Ronald C. Kernal, second-degree murder. • Smith — Leonard E. McPherson, indecent liberties with a child; Jack Colby, indecent liberties, with a child. T EDUCATION Photos by The Associated Press Don Bartel pets a bull elk on his ranch in Potwin recently. During autumn's rut season, bull elk bugle and drive off other bulls as they herd and mate with female elk. Antler crop Elk farmers find cash crop atop bull heads of growing herd By PHYLLIS JACOBS GRIEKSPOOR The Wichita Eagle POTWIN — It's the peak of the rut season and the bugling calls of bull elk drift across the rolling, rocky landscape on the late afternoon breeze, creating a feeling of wild, wide-open spaces. "Don't you love that sound?" Don Bartel asks with a grin. "I get up every morning and step out here and listen." The bulls that are bugling to the cows of their herd — and sounding a warning to other bulls to keep their distance — are not the wild creatures associated with the Rocky Mountain National Park or the wilds of Canada. They are domestic elk — livestock that Don and Gayle Bartel are counting on to help them make a living on their half-section of Flint Hills grassland. "That's been our dream more than 20 years — to find a kind of farming that would le,t us make a living on a small farm," Gayle Bartel said. The Bartels started five years ago with four bred cows, purchased after they attended their first convention of the North American Elk Breeders Association, an organization that has grown from 32 members when it was founded in 1990 to more than 700 today. "We looked into all sorts of diversified farming," Gayle Bartel said. "We checked out emus and ostriches, but we were worried about the time it might take for a market to become established for the products." She especially liked the fact that the elk market was not as In the United States, dried velvet antler is mixed with medicinal herbs and marketed as Vital-Ex. Velvet antler Is reputed to cure ailments and restore energy and vitality. strong for meat as it was for the velvet of the bull antlers — an annual, renewable resource that doesn't involve slaughter of the animals. The Bartels are still building their herd; they expect about 20 calves next spring to add to their herd of seven bulls and 28 cows and calves. "Bull calves sell for $1,750 to $2,000 and heifers will go from $3,000 up to $4,750," Don Bartel said. "A bred cow will sell for as much as $7,000. Breeding stock has been a stable market for more than 10 years now, and that helps people wanting to get started because that's the kind of stable market the bankers like to see." Napoleon, the 3-year-old "boss bull" of the moment in the Bartel herd, was looking somewhat harried during a recent visit to the ranch. He has taken his duty to his herd of 20 cows so seri- ously that he has lost about 40 percent of his body weight since rut began at the end of August. Such loss is typical for bull elk, which stay constantly on the run keeping their herds of cows together and warding off other bulls during rut. Napoleon has only one young bull, Beau, to worry about in the same pen. But that doesn't stop him from bugling warnings to 5-year-old Dutch two pens away and sending Beau scurrying if he ventures too close to one of the cows. Rut will end around the end of October, and calving season will be in June. Elk cows typically have only one calf, give birth easily and are good mothers. For months, Gayle Bartel said, she and Don drove the back country roads, looking for the right piece of land for sale. They wanted to find rangeland with a year-round water supply and a big, old barn, but no house. "We wanted to build that ourselves," Don Bartel said. Their half-section near Potwin in Butler County came complete with the water and barn — and plenty of natural rock for their dream house. The house, like the elk herd, is a work in progress. It stands two stories tall, every stone of it taken from the range that surrounds it. The work progresses as they have time. Both work additional jobs — Don runs a construction company, doing mostly commercial framing work and trim carpentry; Gayle works from their home as a computer consultant. Their elk herd is much less labor-intensive than home building. The busiest season, velvet harvest, comes only once a year. Don Bartel, who grew up on a Kansas dairy farm, says taking care of the animals is a lot like taking care of cattle — you feed, take care of veterinary problems, monitor breeding and calving. The highly prized velvet, harvested as living tissue before the antlers begin to calcify, is sold to Korean buyers, Bartel said. The complete racks are frozen after they are cut and sold intact. Far from hurting the animal, the harvest prevents the antlers from hardening and makes it less likely that the bulls will injure one another during the rut. The price a rack fetches depends on the size and the quality of the velvet. Mature bulls will have an annual rack worth between $1,200 and $2,000, Bartel said. T CAMPAIGN '96 Wichita State students want access to evaluations of professors By The Associated Press ; WICHITA — Grey Montgomery says he s,ee>s himself as a consumer when he '"shops" for professors, and he wants a consumer guide. Montgomery, the student body president at the University of Kansas, and Chris Hansen, the student body president at Kansas State University, are helping lead a push to publish students' evaluations of professors. "It's really become sort of a populist issue," Montgomery said. "From students' perspective, there's really no way that they wouldn't benefit." With tuition rising, he said, students feel strongly that they should be able to shop for professors of their liking. Last week, the Kansas Board of Regents adopted policies on how each university will evaluate its faculty members. Part of professors' annual evaluations and merit pay will depend on how students grade them on surveys that are designed to be anonymous, standardized and bias-controlled. Each of the six state universities is trying to develop some standard questions for its student evaluation forms. Now, forms often vary from department to department at the same university. John Hiebert, a regent who led a four- year effort to adopt faculty evaluation standards, said he thinks it is unlikely that the board would go back on a 1994 pledge not to publish the results. Many professors contend that student ratings are part of their personnel records and that those records are private, said Laurence Draper, KU's Faculty Senate president and a professor of microbiology. Faculty members say they fear that the ratings would.count against demanding professors. Some faculty members staunchly oppose publishing the surveys. BROWNBACK Job plan offered by GOP hopeful Brownback's proposal calls for tax cuts and balanced federal budget By The Associated Press TOPEKA — U.S. Rep. Sam Brownback on Monday unveiled a package of proposals designed to increase the number of jobs nationally, as well as people's take home pay. "As I travel throughout Kansas, people tell me they are frustrated," Brownback said. "They work harder and longer, yet they have less to show for it." His package combines tax cuts, a reduction in government regulations, revision of laws dealing with civil lawsuits and a baK anced federal budget. Brownback is the Republican candidate seeking the Senate seat formerly held by Bob Dole. Brownback, the 2nd District congress'-: man, faces Democrat Jill Docking, a Wichita stockbroker. Sounding a traditional GOP- theme, Brownback said Kansans' must work until May 7 just to pay their taxes. "Today, families pay more in total taxes to the government than they do on food, shelter, and clothing combined," Brownback said. He said tax cuts will create! more jobs and increase the- amount of money families can spend. The proposal ; The Brownbaek plan includes: • A15 percent cut in income taxes, as proposed by Dole, the GOP presidential nominee. • A cut in the tax on capital gains, or profits from the sale of real estate or other investments. • Measures to reduce govern-! ment regulation to decrease the paperwork on Americans. ! • Implementation of measures designed to cut down on frivolous; lawsuits and reform product liability laws. '. • Adoption of a balanced budget amendment. Scott Swenson, Docking's campaign spokesman, said the 15 per-, cent tax cut, much ballyhooed by: Dole, has been discredited during the presidential campaign. "He (B.rownback) seems to be- the only person who still seems to 1 believe in this 15 percent across- the-board tax cut," Swenson said. "It's been widely discredited as election year pandering. I don't know any taxpayers who think it's realistic." Swenson said Brownback voted to increase taxes on working fam-, ilies making $28,000 or less with a; $32 billion cut to the earned in-' come tax credit. That would have! raised taxes on about 107,000 people in Kansas, he added. The measure did not pass. "Do we want someone who voted the way he did in the House?" Swenson said. "Or do we want, someone like (U.S. Sen.) Nancy Kassebaum, who is truly a centrist. "That would be Jill Docking, whose record is much closer to Nancy Kassebaum's than Sam. Brownback's." ; Kassebaum, who is not seeking re-election, has endorsed Brown* back, a fellow Republican. "Jill Docking believes that the federal government cannot afford i to cut taxes," Brownback said.; "She believe your money belongs' to the federal government. I dis-i agree."

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