The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 2
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.A2 SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL Road / Vidricksen was an inspiration FROM PAGE A1 "There isn't a clay that goes by that I don't get a compliment" he said. He said that's especially true for his work on U.S. Highway 81, which was expanded to four lanes from north of Salina to Concordia and beyond toward the Nebraska border. But if the bill is introduced next session, the former senator said, "I wouldn't lobby for it, natui^ally." Vidricksen was an inspiration A Salinan from kindergarten through the eighth grade, Adkins said Vidricksen was an inspiration to him. "Anybody who knows Senator Ben knows just how active and involved he's been in the public life of his community and state," Adkins said, mentioning Vidricksen's membership in the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the Joint Committee on State Buildings. Vidricksen also is pushing the campaign to place Salinan Richard Bergen's Ad Astra statue atop the state Capitol dome. "He has to be one of the most prolific cheerleaders Kansas has ever known," Adkins said. Adkins, vice chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said the thought of a Vidricksen Highway came to him late in the session, and it could have been a provision in an appropriations bill. But acting on it then would have made it part of the law for only one yean Waiting until next year would make the designation more permanent, he said. "I think it would be appropriate that the name of the highway be part of the substantive law of the state," Adkins said. "That requires a bill other than an appropriations bill." His goal is that 1-135 be designated tlie Ben Vidricksen Highway from the Interstate Highway 70 interchange south to the Saline-McPherson county line. That stretch of highway is part of a major north-south corridor stretching from Canada to Mexico. "Senator Ben worked diligently to not only upgrade the quality of that highway, but also have it designated a major Pan-American route," Adkins said. "I think that it would be appropriate that it would be named in his honor," • Reporter Tim Unruli can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 137, or by e-mail at sjtunruh(ciisaljour nal.com. the Salina Journal ContHXtiti^ communities with iilfurmation (USPS 478-060) Published seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, RO. Box 740, Salina, KS 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. Periodical postage paid at Salina, KS Postmaster, send changes of address to: The Salina Journal, P,0, Box 740, Salina KS 67402-0740 TOM BELL, editors. publishBr, Ibell&saljoumal.com DEPARTMENTS • ADVERTISING: KiM NORWOOD • NEWS: Scorr SEIRER director, Ifnorwood&saljournai.com executive editor, sseirer@saljournai.com • BUSINESS: JACKI RYBA, manager, • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON ryba@saljournal.com manager, dalkinso@saljournal.cotv • CIRCULATION: DAVID GRAHAM director, graham SsaljournaLcom 823-6363 Salina 1-800-827-6363 Kansas? SUBSCRIPTIONS E-mail: sjcirc@saljournal.com • NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weel<days or 7 a.m, weekends and holidays, call !lie number above. In Salina, if you call by 11 a.m., your paper will be delivered thai day. Out-of-town subscribers will receive missed papers the following day. • CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT HOURS; Open at 5:30 a.m. daily. Closes at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. on weekends, 11 a.m. on holidays. • CARRIER RATES: SI 5.00 plus tax for one month, S42.19 plus tax lor three months. • RATES BY MOTOR ROUTE: $15.94 plus tax for one month, $47.82 plus tax for three months. • RATES BY MAIL (three months): In Kansas, $45.58 plus tax for daily pa­ per, $37.12 plus tax lor (i /londay through Saturday, $36.06 plus tax for l^yionday through Friday and S20.21 plus fax lor Sunday Outside Kansas, $54.75 for daily paper, $44.25 for Ivlonday through Saturday, S49.S0 for filonday through Friday and $25.95 for Sunday. ADVERTISIWB E-mail: sjadv@saljournal.com . CLASSIFIED AND DISPLAY AD HOURS: Between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 pm. weekdays. FAX NUMBERS ALL DEPARTMENTS 823-3207 NEWS DERAFITMENT 827-6363 SPORTS 827-6060 '<JPuf QtamUty Alw BacU In Your Home" Time to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned Ryan's Air System Gleaning, Inc. Commercial - Residential - Industrial (785) 825-4891 Free Estimates Welcome / For people FROM PAGE A1 New outlook Several people sitting in the stands before the event thought it was more for the citizens of Goodland than Vignery. For weeks, Goodland residents displayed yellow ribbons throughout the city and made extensive preparations for Saturday's ceremony The walls were decorated with artwork from schoolchildren. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., was courted for the event. The master of ceremonies was polished. Schoolchildren outfitted in costumes performed a skit, and a band was on hand to play patriotic tunes. Sentiment that the event was more for the town than Vignery may have been induced by some guilt for asking the pilot and his family to tell their stories one more time. But after the event, it seemed guilt wasn't an issue, as the ceremony offered a chance for the town to revel in its connection with an international incident and a self-described "normal guy" who conducted himself, by all accounts, admirably Vignery was cracking big smiles throughout the string of speeches by coaches, family, friends and local officials. His father, Ron, was . pleased with the tone of the ceremony Flag presented to family Moran, whose voice cracked at times when speaking of Jeff Vignery and his family, provided one highlight. Normally a good speaker whose popularity is based partly on his seeming sincerity and always-present wit, Moran was in fine form Saturday. "My 10-year-old and 7-year- old know you're home, because when we sat home and gave grace every night, we prayed to God you would come home safe." Moran said, his voice cracking. "I pay tribute to the community for the way it reacted," he said before presenting the Vignery family with an American flag that flew in Washington, DtC., on his first day as a congressman. Some of the more poignant moments Saturday came when people such as Moran made mention of military veterans in the audience. "Not all of them came home with the same recognition Jeff has today," Moran said. Ron Vignery, overcome ' with emotion as soon as he stood up to the microphone, said only a few words. "I don't know what else to say to you except, thank you for your support," he said. Since the crew's return home, Jeff Vignery has said that he's not deserving of the title of hero. Among those sitting in the stands was friend and Salina-area resident Jason Hooper, who said he's talked to Vignery on the telephone a couple of times since he returned home. "I think he's ready to get on with things and has a new outlook on life," Hooper said. "When you almost lose it, how could you not?" During a news conference after the ceremony, Vignery again deflected praise and said he agreed with his father, "that America is looking for heroes." The job the crew did, he said, "is what's expected of us." "The people that got us home are the real heroes," he said. • Reporter Nate Jpnkins can be reached at 823-6363, Ext. 139, or by e-mail at sj nje.nkins@saljournal.com. T AGRICULTURE Court rules for farmers Government must pay farmers for water diverted to save fish By The Associated Press CORCORAN, Calif. — A federal judge has ruled that the government must pay farmers in California's arid Central Valley for irrigation water diverted to protect endangered fish. Growers had argued that by using water to protect Chinook salmon and the delta smelt, the U.S. Fish and WUdlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service effectively took fields out of production and took money from farmers' pockets. On Monday, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge John Paul Wiese ruled that the farmers are entitled to protection under the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits the government from taking property without paying for it. The ruling could have broad implications for farmers and urban water users in the 17 Western states, where federal rules protecting wildlife are increasingly in conflict with water allocations. Divorce / Could hurt dads in long run FROM PAGE A1 From 500 miles away, Buie has assisted Matthew with homework, helped him create a Web page, e-mailed photographs, played online chess and Scrabble. "Virtual parenting is not a panacea. You're still going to have the heartache of not being together," Buie said. "But, alas, it's better than no relationship at all." Robert Whitfield of Reston, Va., has tried using the Internet to sustain a long-distance relationship with two sons who moved with his ex-wife to New Jersey. He's concerned that court-ordered Web visits could hurt dads in the long run. "Gaining access to their children for most fathers is difficult at best," Whitfield said. "It is likely to become more difficult when a mother says to a judge: 'Johnny can talk to his father on the computer whenever he wants to,' " Buie's online parenting has been encouraged by his ex- wife, but he suggested that virtual visitation could founder if the divorced parents are hostile. "The custodial parent can sabotage the noncustodial parent's online access to the child, or the noncustodial parent could use bad judgment and introduce the child to things online the child should not be exposed to," Buie said. Case-by-case basis No federal laws govern move- aways; they are resolved case- by-case based on court precedents and state legislation. In recent years, some courts have made it easier for custodial parents to relocate. In California, for example, a parent simply needs to demonstrate that a move is in the child's best interest; in the past, there had to' be urgent circumstances. In other states, legislators have tightened move-away criteria, for example requiring longer advance notice before a custodial parent can move. "We're afraid the Internet will be seen as a trend to make move-aways easier — we want to make them harder," said David Levy, president of Children's Rights Council, which promotes the rights of noncus­ todial parents. Richard Crouch, a Virginia lawyer who formerly chaired the ABA 'S child custody committee, said move-away cases have become "part of the wars of sexual politics," with femi­ nist groups pressing to make relocation more cominonplace. The co-president of the National Women's Law Center, Nancy Duff Campbell, said her Washington-based group believes courts should ease restrictions on move-aways. 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