The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 29, 1996 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 29, 1996
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Life with dad Jim Ryun's views on dating cause controversy /A3 GREAT PLAINS Going west Kansas City trades Mark Gubicza to the Angels / B1 SPORTS • Getting rich pckly: TWO winning tickets sold for Powerball jackpot / A6 : Spaghetti Jacks plans to open in Salina next month / B4 INSIDE jjf^st^^^ High: 67 Low: 40 Partly cloudy today with 80 percent chance of rain. Mostly clear tonight /B7 WEATHER Ann Landers / B7 Classified / B5 Comics / B8 Crossword / B8 Deaths / A9 Great Plains / A3 Sports / B1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX Salina Journal "Everything is just excellent" • Jim Berg, co-op association in Lindsborg Fall crops look like bin busters Record harvests are forecast for milo and corn crops this year By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING Ttie Salina Journal NEW CAMBRIA — It was an unusual year for Tom,Ryan and his family. Two good harvest seasons within a few months of each other. What are the odds? "It doesn't happen very often," Ryan said Monday as he pulled his John Deere combine into a field four miles east of New Cambria. Back in town, at the Farmers Co-op Association, employee Ron Shank also seemed a bit surprised by the area's good fortune — especially after a spring that promised disaster early in the year. "Every time the crop needed a rain, it got it," he said. "It was more like having irrigated crops this year than dryland." , From McPherson to Republic County, from Dickinson to Thomas County, the fall crops of milo, corn, soybeans and • sunflowers are bin busters. Statewide, farmers are expected to harvest a record 349.6 million bushels of milo. The previous record of 311.25 million bushels was set in 1986. Corn production is forecast at 340.8 million bushels, besting the 304.59-million-bushel record established in 1994. One reason for the huge crops is the weather'. Colby, for instance, received more than 20 inches of rain in June, July and August. That's more than the region normally receives in a year. Another reason was the thousands of wheat acres that were torn up across the state and replanted to fall crops. Wind storms, drought and hail in late winter and spring robbed many farmers of winter wheat crops. For the wheat that was left, however, the rains of early summer helped produce a respectable crop. That was especially true in north-central and TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Tom Ryan of New Cambria harvests milo Monday in a field four miles east of New Cambria. His milo crop has done well this year. northwest Kansas. "The crops are sure better than we thought they would be last spring," Ryan said. Shank said much of the milo in the New Cambria area will make between 70 and 100 bushels an acre. Average is 40 and 50 bushels an acre. "That's the way the soybeans have been this year. They're just double normal," he said. The story is the same everywhere. Don Swisher of the Beloit- based Farmway Co-op, which has elevators in Lincoln and Mitchell counties, said this is the best milo harvest he has ever seen. Yields have been between 85 and more than 100 bushels an acre. "We've already taken more bushels this year thanjy&did during the 1994 harvest, and we kept track through November," Swisher said. At Lindsborg's Mid-Kansas Co-op Association, Jim Berg said dryland milo yields have ranged between 90 and J.20 bushels an acre. Irrigated corn yields are 30 to 40 bushels more than usual. "Everything is just excellent," he said. The biggest problem has been moisture. "We haven't, had a freeze this year, and it takes a freeze to kill the plant," said Scott Barrett of Belleville's United Grain. He said elevators in Nebraska are full and have started to pile grain on the ground. That's not happening as. much in Kansas;'. "We're afraid of the moisjture that might be headed toward us," Barrett said. "We've been trying to dry the grain as fast as we can." Gary Copper of Cooper Grain, Colby, said there is grain on the ground in northwest Kansas. "Farmers are putting it on the ground; elevators are putting it on the ground. Farmers are filling up storage they haven't used in years. It's just amazing how things are filling up," he said. Dollar wise, it should be a good year for farmers and elevators, which make much of their income by handling grain. Brent Martin of Abilene's De- Bruce Grain said milo prices have dropped after record highs earlier in the year. Many farmers, he said, were able to lock in the higher prices by selling their crop ahead of harvest. A significant number will receive "close to or more than $1 a bushel than what the market is now" for milo, Martin said. New Cambria's Ryan planned to sell some of his family's crop at the elevator and keep a portion to use as cattle feed. His fields averaged 80 bushels an acre —10 to 20 bushels more than normal. But he was taking a 4 to 5 percent dock on the mi- lo because its moisture content was slightly high. The desired level is 14 percent. T SALINA MURDERS America's Most Wanted' to focus on Salina killings Crew from Fox TV show to be in town today to film segment for series' new season By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal ,, A crew from the Washington, D.C.-based | "America's Most Wanted" television show is scheduled to be in Salina today to film a -segment on a July triple murder and the . search for suspect Alan White. The show could be aired nationwide as early as Nov. 9, said Philip Metlin, supervising producer for the Fox network show. "November ninth is the season-opening show, and we're still playing with the formats," Metlin^aid. "Timing is pretty tight T CAMPAIGN '96 to get this on, but we hope it is in the first show. We just don't know." White'has been a fugitive since August, and police hope that broadcasting an appeal nationwide will spur tips on his whereabouts. "This is the person we feel is responsible, and we are without any leads as to where he might be," said Lt. Mike Sweeney of the Saiina Police Department. "The show would benefit us greatly in finding him." Police have filed an affidavit requesting that a warrant be issued charging White with three counts of first-degree murder. He is wanted on Saline County and federal warrants for violating probation on unrelated burglary and bad-check charges. Julie McKenna, county attorney, said Monday that the affidavit outlining a case against him for the murders was "in the re- view process necessary to obtain a warrant." That process includes review by prosecutors and by a Saline County district judge. McKenna said the "America's Most Wanted" broadcast might be helpful in capturing White. "I suppose the more people and the more jurisdictions that are aware we are looking for White, the more beneficial it will be," McKenna said. "America's Most Wanted," which was canceled by Fox and later revived, profiles cases in which fugitives are suspected or convicted of serious crimes, Metlin said. "We go after people who pose a threat to the public," he said. Metlin said producers don't necessarily wait for warrants to be issued before profil- ing a person wanted in connection with a crime. "New York doesn't issue warrants until the people are arrested," Metlin said. White, 26, is a suspect in the murders of Dolores McKim, 80, her daughter Carol Abercrombie, 56, and McKim's great-grandson Christopher Abercrombie, 5. The three were killed at McKim's home at 1721 Glen Ave. White lived in the small Jewell County town of Formoso at the time of the murders. He knew the McKim family and had been in the McKim home several times. Police have been searching for him since early August. A Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent interviewed White after he was seen at the funeral of one of the victims, but he wasn't held. TUESDAY OCTOBER 29, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T SALINA CITY COMMISSION Mayor's exit puts Seaton in charge Maxwell joins audience for part of unusual commission meeting By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal MAXWELL Salina Mayor Evelyn Maxwell, saying she "didn't quite feel mayoral," abruptly left the commissioners' table Monday and sat in the audience after asking Vice Mayor Kristin Seaton to conduct the weekly Salina City Commission meeting. Maxwell had sought to start the meeting by having commissioners and the audience sing "God Bless America." Her fellow commissioners appeared stoic as Maxwell took a seat in the audience and later left the meeting, only to return about 15 minutes later carrying a large stuffed toy red cat. At various points, she addressed the com-mission from the audience, sought . unsuccessfully to take back the gavel and attempted, also unsuccessfully, to regale fellow commissioners and the audience with an explanation of why she was carrying the stuffed cat. Earlier in the afternoon, at a commission study session, Maxwell said she was "not a very good mayor" and offered to resign. Maxwell also said earlier she wasn't feeling well and that she was tired. "Today is my silly day. I didn't get very much sleep this last weekend," she said, just minutes into the meeting. "When I don't get much sleep, I get high, like being on a drunk." Maxwell's husband, Salina gynecologist Gordon Maxwell, said Monday night that his wife was resting and unavailable for comment. Seaton declined to comment, other than to say Mayor Maxwell asked her to take over the meeting just before it began. "All that she expressed to me was a desire not to be in charge of the meeting," Seaton said. Other city officials also declined to comment. Before leaving the commissioners' table, Maxwell requested that those in attendance sing "God Bless America" rather than the recite the Pledge of Allegiance, as is usual. Commissioner John Divine was hesitant, saying he couldn't carry a tune and that provided Seaton with an opening to turn aside the request. "I think we're finding some introverts here on the council who would perhaps be a little more comfortable following the normal order of events," Seaton said. See MAXWELL, Page A9 Dole comes out against affirmative action He calls federal policy a 'blind alley in the search for equal justice' By TOM RAUM The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Bob Dole, determined to win California supporters by seizing on a hotly debated ballot issue, criticized affirmative action programs Monday as "a blind alley in the search for equal justice." i In renewing his support for a I state proposition opposing race- I and sex-based preferences, the Re- '' publican nominee offered a broad indictment of affirmative action * programs overall. "We cannot fight the evil of discrimination with more discrimination," Dole said in his most lengthy explanation yet of his switch on the subject. Until the presidential campaign, Dole had supported affirmative action programs. "I changed my position. You have the right to do that," Dole said, adding: "Not every day, as the White House does." Dole has been on record in support of Proposition 209, which would end racial and sexual preferences in state hiring and education, but he has not spoken out forcefully on it until recently. Trailing Clintonby double-digit • President Clinton takes credit for good news on the federal deficit / Page C5 margins in polls in most regions of the county, Dole is struggling to boost his candidacy in the final week of the campaign. His latest effort came as House Republicans released a new 30-second TV ad telling voters that electing a Democratic Congress would amount to a "blank check" for Clinton — a tacit admission that Dole is likely to lose. A Los Angeles Times poll a week ago put Clinton's lead at 20 percentage points. Pollster Mervin Field, whose poll two weeks ago put Dole just 10 points back, suggested that Clinton's lead is somewhere between 10 and 20 points. In his San Diego speech, Dole noted he saw "dozens and dozens of black men without work" on the streets of Washington and had wondered what affirmative action programs had done for them. "Absolutely nothing," he said. "It is true that many of us supported some race-conscious measure designed to speed the process of inclusion — measures that were supposed to be transitional and temporary," Dole said. "But this was a blind alley in the search for equal justice. We Should have learned from it." Bob Dole clasps hands with supporters as he In San Diego. P The Associated Press campaigns Monday ^ ^- — ^

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