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A2 FRIDAY. MAY 4. 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL T ENERGY WOES Executive order: Keep thermostat set at 78 Federal agencies in California have to submit to guidelines By SCOTT LINDLAW The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush Thursday ordered all federal agencies in California to cut power use, saying "we want to be a part of any solutions" to an energy crunch that could cripple the largest state. The president directed heads of federal agencies across the country to "to take appropriate actions to conserve energy use at their facilities to the maximum extent consistent with the effective discharge of public responsibilities." He did not specify what actions they should take in California or elsewhere, leaving it to officials and site managers to develop plans of actions. Nor did Bush offer targets for how much energy the steps could save. "We're not trying to pick a figure arbitrarily out of the sky," said Energy Secretary Spence Abraham. He estimated Prom / Tradition lives on in Oberlin FROM PAGE A1 "If they don't have one, I pair 'em up," he said. Prom guests are in place for the 7 p.m. promenade. No stragglers are allowed throughout the events that continue for 12- plus hours. "We start and finish together," Matson said, although school sponsors are released at midnight when the after-prom party starts. "Then the Rotary Club and sponsors take over from that point on." Some made the promenade in high heels, said Brenda Ulery, Class of '81 and a secretary at .the district office. "It's just been a tradition for a long time," she said. "If the weather was nice, there really was a lot of people. It was fun." The prom is a coming-out party, Matson said, "the first formal dance that most of the kids attend." It's funded, planned and coordinated by the junior class. orchestrated by longtime junior class sponsor Marlene Moxter, a Kansas history and life skills teacher at the high school. Select sophomores act as servers. Promenades are group strolls, a time when townspeople celebrate with their youngsters as they make final preparations for life after high school. "The prom used to be part of a learning process," said Duane Steele, superintendent, "when kids learned how to eat and act in public. It's a very polite and traditional thing." . Although there are remnants of tradition in the proms of today, he said, the promenade is a traditional stroll. "It's a bit of a throwback," said Steele, "but it's really neat." • Reporter Tim Unruh can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 137, or by e-mail at sjtunruh@saljour- nal.com Salina Journal Connectingcommtmltles with informatian '''-.^ (USPS478-060) : Published seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, P.O. Box 740, Salina, KB 67402, by Salina Journal inc. Periodical postage paid at Salina, KS Postmaster, send changes of address to: The Salina Journal, P.O. 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T U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS Federal officials in the states are required to report back to the president through Abraham within 30 days. Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of defense, said the military uses 1 percent of California's energy load and will reduce usage by one-tenth. Bush's announcement came four days after Vice President Dick Cheney suggested Monday that conservation was not a key part of the president's energy plan. "I think conservation has got to be part of making sure we have got a reasonable energy policy, but what the vice president was saying was we can't conserve our way to energy independence," Bush said. "We have got to do both. We've got to conserve, but we also have to find new sources of energy." "We have got to find additional supplies of energy," he said. "I suspect the people will find a balanced approach. "We're worried about blackouts that may occur this summer and we want to be a part of any solutions," Bush said at an appearance with Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, Cheney and Wolfowitz. Bush has been criticized as doing too little to address California's energy crisis. "This administration is deeply concerned about California and its citizens," Bush said. The president dispatched Abraham to meet with California Gov. Gray Davis Thursday in Sacramento. Abraham plans I to visit an energy-efficient fed-1 eral building in San Francisco on Friday. Davis, who has sharply criticized the Bush administration for doing too little on the crisis, chided the White House again on Thursday Pentagon pulls Chinese ties, recants Defense secretary Rumsfeld suspended contact for short time By ROBERT BURNS Tite Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon further complicated an already tense relationship with China by first stating that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had suspended all contacts with the Chinese military and then retracting the statement, which it called a misunderstanding. On Monday, an official memorandum from Rumsfeld's office to senior military and civilian officials in the Pentagon said he had directed "the suspension of all Department of Defense programs, contacts and activities with the People's Republic of China until further notice." Hours after the memo leaked on Wednesday and was reported worldwide by U.S. news organizations, a spokesman for Rumsfeld, Rear Adm. Craig Quigley, said the memo was a mistake. In the interim, Quigley and other officials had struggled to explain the move, which also appeared to catch the White House by surprise. Upon hearing about Rumsfeld's memo. White House officials called the Pentagon and said "it sounds; inconsistent with the secretary's policy," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer. The spokesman would not reveal which officials, or how many of them, made the calls. President Bush on Thursday backed Rumsfeld. Acknowledging the rocky U.S.-Chinese relationship. Secretary of State Colin Powell told lawmakers at a hearing Thursday that after a difficult month, the administration "is anxious to get the relationship Mc^ on an even keel." Quigley told reporters that the Rumsfeld aide who wrote the memo had "misinterpreted the secretary's intentions" by declaring a suspension of military-to-military relations. "His actual intention is for all elements of the military-to-military program to be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Defense," Quigley said several hours after the memo was leaked to reporters. Quigley declined to say who wrote the memo. He said Rumsfeld had not seen it before it was sent to the military service secretaries, the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior civilian officials in the Pentagon. Several officials told reporters that the order took effect Monday, the day it was distributed inside the Pentagon. Later, Quigley said that a corrected version would be sent to make clear that military-to-military ties were not suspended. Monday's memo was quite detailed. It said Rumsfeld had directed that defense attaches abroad be permitted to attend social functions, as part of their usual activities, in which Chinese officials may be present. But there were to be no Pentagon contacts witli Chinese diplomatic representatives in Washington, it said. The confusion over the future of U.S.-Chinese military relations became public on the day that a team of U.S. civilian defense contractors in China began assessing what would be required to return the Navy surveillance plane that made an emergency landing at a military airfield on Hainan island on April 1 after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet. The Lockheed Martin technicians spent about four hours aboard the Navy plane Wednesday to begin their assessment. When they returned Thursday they were unable to power up the EP-3E Aries 11 aircraft because the Chinese military did not provide the required support, a Pentagon official said. As a result the Americans planned to resume their work Friday instead of leaving, he said. Taiwan's president, Chen Shui-bian, said in an interview with USA Today that China's behavior following the collision between the Navy plane and the Chinese fighter "leads us to believe that China is indeed a threat to the Asia-Pacific region." The remark could further annoy Beijing, which regards Taiwan as a rebellious province. Chen confirmed his intention to visit the United States this month despite objections from communist China, _ In a brief appearance before reporters earlier Wednesday before the internal memo leaked to the news media, Rumsfeld did not mention his intentions regarding military-to-military contacts with China. He said it wasn't clear whether the Navy spy plane would be flown off the island or, alternatively, be disassembled and brought by ship or air. "There's an assessment team on the ground at the present time," he said. "We've received some reports back, but there's nothing conclusive on that pomt." Quigley said there were no military-to-military contacts with China scheduled for May, and the Pentagon had said previously it was going to reconsider how to proceed with contacts beyond this month. U.S.-Chinese military relations have traveled a rocky road. The Pentagon broke off ties after the Chinese military's deadly 1989 crackdown on the pro- democracy movement in Tiananmen Square, and contacts had just begun to grow again when they were halted in 1996 after China lobbed missiles toward Taiwan. Beijing broke off military ties in early 1999 after U.S. planes bombed the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia during NATO's campaign against Slobodan Milose- (J vie. Web / Rural areas underserved FROM PAGE A1 The Conyers and Cannon bills also would require the Bells to abide by provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which forced them to make their networks available to rivals. "We don't need to do special favors for monopolies," Conyers said. Added Gene Kimmelman of Consumers Union: "The last thing in the world you want is to reward the companies that have blocked local phone competition by giving them an advantage over others in providing new Internet services." Those bills are meant to counter the Tauzin-Dingell legislation, which would free the Bells to carry Internet traffic within their regions even before showing that their local markets are open to competi­ tion. If government barriers are removed, the Bells say they would have greater incentive to bring high-speed Internet connections to consumers, particularly in remote places. The Bells are saying, "if you vvant us to run fast, take off bur ankle weights and leg shackles," said Scott Cleland, an analyst with The Precursor Group, an independent research firm. "It's clear that existing regulations have not accelerated" the rollout of high­ speed Internet service. Bell companies also point out that they must follow federal regulations in order to offer Internet service. Cable companies like AT&T, which provide Web access over their lines, are not bound by similar rules. "It's consumers who are losing out by us being more regulated than our competitors," said Gary Lytle of the United ^tates Telecom Association, jWhich represtots the Bells and Vother phone companies. And § ell companies called the oliybri-Cannon bills a step back. _ ^ "We need more free and unfettered jpompetition, not more unnecessary regulation," said Tim iMcKone, an SBC vice president. ; ' . , Small Internet provideirs balk at the assertion that the big players need help from the government, especially when upstart companies are struggling to survive. Mark Bayliss, president of VirtualLink, an Internet provider based in Winchester, Va., said the idea of relief for the Bell companies was "some pretty strange Washington math." -FOLLOWING A FKW SIMPLE DIRKfniONS COULD SAVB YOU MONKY." OAU. US TO HOW SAFK DRIVKRS CAN SAVB. DIanne Carter Erica Revell Charles Carter & Associates 804 E. Crawford Salina, KS 67401 785-825-4241 )>lllstate. M3u "re In good hands. 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