State bound Central, South cruise into state football playoffs/C1 SPORTS Air bag safety Automakers may ease power of air bags to make them safer / A6 INSIDE ! Eagles'fashion statement not quite in the '90s / A4 . Bob Dole calls out former presidents for final push / A9 INSIDE High: 52 Low: 30 Sunny and warmer today with light northwest winds. Clear and cool tonight / B7 WEATHER Classified / C6 Comics / B8 Deaths / A9 Great Plains / B1 Money / B4 Religion / A7 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX m Salina Journal SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents Photos by DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Miles EHwood (right) and Bertls Wickstrom, both conservative Republicans, are concerned that "the liberals" will take control of both houses of Congress In Tuesday's election. The farmers recently discussed the election as they waited for their mllo to dry at Colllngwood Grain Inc., Marquette. In a town like Marquette where everyone knows your party affiliation, it's true that All Politics Is Local By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal MARQUETTE — Main street in this town of 650 people is a place where cars stop in the middle of the street so friends can talk, the bill at the cafe can be paid another day if you're short on cash and people remember which political candidates came to town to meet them. The people of this northern McPherson County town take the responsibility of voting seriously, they talk openly about their views, and it's not uncommon to know your neighbor's party affiliation. "The majority of the town is Republican," said Linda Johnson, a 38-year- old mother and community volunteer. "But the Democrats we have here are very strong." The town has a lower percentage of Republicans than McPherson County as a whole, with 44 percent registered Republicans in Marquette and 56 percent in McPherson County. But the town's political makeup almost mirrors that of the state. In Marquette, 44 percent of registered voters are Republicans, 29 percent are Democrats and 25 percent are unaffiliated. In the state, the numbers are 45 percent Republican, 29 percent Democrat, 24 percent unaffiliated and 2 percent registered in other parties. A difference of opinions "We're very conservative," said voter VOCES Miles Ellwood, a 51-year-old farmer, smoking a cigarette at the Collingwood Grain Elevator in the north part of Marquette. "I hope the liberals don't get control of too much." "I hope they control nothing," said Bertis Wickstrom, 65. The two are regulars at the elevator, where on a recent morning they waited, hoping the milo would dry enough to be harvested. Both are concerned about Republican Bob Dole's chances. But an even worse thought is what could happen in congressional races. "Congress is as important as the presidential race," Ellwood said. "We sure wouldn't want (President) Clinton backed by both houses." They both like and respect Dole, a native of Russell. "He is a first-rate politician," Ellwood said. "He can be fierce with words, which offends some people, But he can get things done as good or better than some." See MARQUETTE, Page A8 Linda Johnson (left), a mother and community volunteer, and Nancy and Brlon Larson, who own Larson Organ Co. In Marquette, consider themselves strong Republicans and will be voting for Bob Dole. Party affiliations This Is how the party affiliations of Marquetle's registered voters compare VMoPherson County and the state, ' ' Percentage pf registered voters r Rep. Dem. Unaff. Other rjMarquette 44 ,29 • 25 2 v > McPherson County 56 . 21 , 22 1 ; 'Kansas 45 29 24 , 2 T SALINA MURDERS Murder warrant is before the judge County attorney says concerns" are cleared up, but judge wants more information about case By DAVID CLOUSTON Tlie Salina Journal WHITE A judge has taken under review documents seeking an arrest warrant charging Alan White with a triple murder that occurred in east Salina in July. Saline County Attorney Julie McKenna this week forwarded an affidavit and other documents supporting the request for a warrant to Administrative District Judge Daniel Hebert. Hebert said Friday he met the day before with McKenna, after reviewing the documents, and asked her to obtain additional information before he rules on whether to allow the warrant. The nature of the additional information Hebert seeks was not revealed by Hebert or McKenna. The murder warrant is sought by Salina Police Chief Jim Hill, who last month presented McKenna with an affidavit and other documents supporting the charges. But McKenna said at the time she was not willing to ask a judge for such a warrant because of concerns that a murder warrant might make it more difficult to extradite White if he were arrested in another state. She said then she preferred to pursue White using existing warrants against him for parole violation and flight to avoid prosecution. That miffed Hill, who said police departments elsewhere would take a murder warrant more seriously than one of parole violation. But Friday, McKenna said her concerns about extradition were eased after speaking with pardons and extraditions officials of Gov. Bill Graves' office. "I don't feel that way any more after finding out what I found out," she said without elaboration. "I had my questions answered and I'm satisfied." McKenna also sought Friday to smooth over any friction between her department and the police department. "Sometimes you just disagree in this business," she said. "This perception of (the relationship) being broken and needing to be patched up has originated with the" Journal, she said. When McKenna said last month she would not pursue the murder warrant, Hill countered that police are confident they have probable cause and strong evidence to arrest White for the murders of Dolores McKim, 80, her daughter, Carol Abercrombie, 56, and McKim's great-grandson Christopher Aber- crornbie, 5. The three were bludgeoned to death at McKim's home at 1721 Glen Ave. A former Salina resident, White lived in the small Jewell County town of Formoso at the time of the murders. White knew one of the victims and had been in the McKim's house previously. A crew from the television show "America's Most Wanted" was in Salina Friday filming a segment about the murders. The segment could be broadcast as early as Nov. 9. * Police again are on the crime scene, but this time it's for television cameras / Page B1 T PANDAS V SALINA CITY COMMISSION Sleepy pandas don't thrill crowd Mayor is OUt of hospital and back OH job By The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — The nation's only pair of giant pandas snoozed through their public debut Friday, turning their fuzzy white rear ends to scores of admirers, "At first I thought pandas were playful, but these look lazy," grumbled fourth-grader Tammy Kwan, among 50 children who opened the exhibit at the San Diego Zoo by bursting through rice paper wearing panda shirts and holding panda puppets. Through it all, Bai Yun dozed in a tree, and in a separate enclosure next door, her male neighbor Shi Shi napped on the ground. Panda keepers were unapolo- getic, saying the purpose of the 12 year loan was not theatrics but a study of reproductive behavior that could lead to baby pandas. "The only tricks we're interested in are those that lead to reproduction," said animal behaviorist Don Lindburg. Shi Shi was content to sleep through the afternoon, oblivious to such concerns. At one point, Bai Yun did climb down from her perch and saunter over to a pond for a drink before checking out the crowd and her new digs. "This is the reaction we had been hoping for," said exhibit supervisor John Michel. "Any reaction other than this would have been out of character." By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal Salina Mayor Evelyn Maxwell was released from Salina Regional Health Center earlier this week and, so far as the vice mayor knows, will take the gavel at Monday's city commission meeting. But the mayor isn't talking. Repeated phone calls left for her this week have not been returned. Mayor Maxwell became a topic of interest at last Monday's commission meeting when she abruptly turned the meeting over to vice mayor Kristin Seaton; left the commissioners' table and, for a while, the meeting; addressed the commission from the audience podium; and later returned to her seat on the commission, though she wasn't given back control of the meeting. During much of that time, Maxwell carried a large red toy cat, the purpose of which has not been made clear. The mayor was hospitalized at Salina Regional Health Center Tuesday for reasons not made public. She was released Wednesday. Maxwell was at an early- morning breakfast for city employees Thursday, flipping UAVWPI l pancakes. MMAWCUU City Manager Dennis Kissinger and other commissioners said Friday they haven't talked with Maxwell since Monday's meeting. But Seaton said she expects Maxwell to chair the Monday meeting as usual. "I have not been notified otherwise," Seaton said. "I have not talked with her since Monday." Kissinger did not comment on whether city staff members or Salina citizens have expressed concern about Maxwell's behavior. At the last commission meeting, she asked that those present sing "God Bless America," but commissioners turned aside that request. At a study session before the meeting, she spoke of a 7-inch rain that flooded parts of the city in May and complained that city officials didn't notify her, even though she was in Israel at the time. At the study session, she became emotional while talking about the deaths of two men who were electrocuted while working in a basement flooded by the downpour.
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