The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 3, 1996 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1996 A3 BRIEFLY T KANSAS POLITICS Rose Hill man wrecks plane in Ottawa County MINNEAPOLIS — A Rose Hill man crashed a single-engine plane at 2 p.m. vSaturday in a pasture six miles north and one mile east of the K-106 and U.S. 81, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Gilbert Postlethwaite, 68, was trying to land a 150 E Cessna plane in a pasture to go hunting when he hit a rock, collapsing the nose gear and causing the plane to overturn on its top. No one was seriously injured in the crash, but his passenger, Rusty Dillen, Rose Hill, 10. had a bruise on his lip. The Ottawa County Sheriffs Office assisted in the crash. There was extensive damage to the plane, but no dollar figure' was available. The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crash, . but it was unknown what the ad" ministration was going to do. Guard promotes Krase to brigadier general TOPEKA — Gene Krase was promoted to brigadier general in ,. the Kansas National Guard dur- • ing ceremonies at the Guard's '- state headquarters Saturday. Krase began his military career ; in 1962 as an enlistee and rose " through the ranks from second ; lieutenant to brigadier general. He served a stint in Vietnam with the '' 69th Brigade, Kansas' National ', Guard brigade, and was chief of '. staff for the 35th Infantry Division. I He lives in Topeka and is . l deputy director of the Division of • Emergency Management in the • Adjutant General's Department. Wichita track seeks more simulcasting ; WICHITA — Officials at Wichita Greyhound Park hope to stem financial losses next year by ex, panding horse and greyhound ' simulcasting programs. ; Track officials submitted a re• quest this week to include nine more opportunities for betting on greyhound and horse-race simul- ' casting each week. The Kansas . Racing and Gaming Commission will consider the request Nov. 15. Simulcasting allows bettors in • Wichita to wager on races elsewhere in the country. The Wichita park is trying to avoid the fate of Camptown Grey- hand Park in Pittsburg, which closed and filed for bankruptcy t less than six months after open. ing in May 1995. The Woodlands, • a horse- and dog-racing complex in Kansas City, Kan., filed for bankruptcy this summer. Domestic disturbance leaves 3 people dead '.• TOPEKA — A domestic disturbance led to a shooting incident '• that left three people dead and a • fourth wounded at a Topeka home, police said Saturday. Authorities said the killings occurred about 9:30 p.m. Friday af- ; ter an argument between Gregory Dean Durant Jr. and his estranged wife, Shelly Durant, both 21. The incident occurred at the home of Shelly Durant's parents, police said. The parents were identified as Gabriel Mosqueda, age unavailable, and Mary Mosqueda, 42. Gregory Durant shot Shelly Durant and her parents, killing the '. father and daughter and wounding the mother, police said. He then turned the gun on himself, said police Lt. Patti Kaeberle. Mary Mosqueda was in stable condition Saturday at St. Francis Hospital. Whooping cranes make stop in Kansas HUTCHINSON — Whooping cranes on their annual migration have been spotted in the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and in the Cheyenne Bottoms, prompting officials to close parts of central Kansas to hunting. Whooping cranes, listed as endangered by the state and federal governments, usually stop in Kansas to rest on their 2,500-mile fall trip from Canada to Texas. On Friday, 14 cranes were counted on the north end of Quivira and five more were spotted at Cheyenne Bottoms. Also Friday, an immature whooping crane appeared at the Clinton Wildlife area. From Staff and Wire Reports Democrats' fund-raising tactics draw fire GOP calls it 'simple money laundering;' Democrats say tunneling money to state is OK By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press TOPEKA — Republican Chairman David Miller charged Saturday that state Democrats have engaged in "a pattern of illegal fund raising" by having county committees accept money from outside party sources, then turn it over to the state committee. He said the Kansas Democratic Party should return more than $250,000 in what he called "alleged illegal contributions." Democratic leaders said on Friday when the practice was disclosed by The Associated Press and the Kansas City Star that it was legal and indicated they had no inten- tion of returning any of the money. "Somebody is trying to illegally buy the Kansas seats in Congress," Miller said Saturday. "This is a wanton disregard for the law and a complete abandonment of any ethical code of conduct." The news stories revealed about two dozen transactions involving Democratic committees had raised questions about whether national party groups had funneled thousands of dollars to the state Democratic Party to pump into its congressional campaigns. Campaign finance reports showed 10 Democratic county committees in Kansas received $5,000 each from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, then turned $47,750 of that $50,000 over to the state party. In addition, Democratic parties in 14 other states donated a combined $210,000 to the Kansas party in September and October, af- ter they had received thousands of dollars from national party organizations, including the Democratic National Committee. Under state law, a state party committee is limited to accepting a maximum of $15,000 a year from another committee. Fourteen other states each sent that amount to the Kansas party in the latest reporting period. "This looks like a simple money laundering operation," Miller said. "Someone or some group gave this money to other state parties which, in turn, sent it on to the Kansas Democratic Party. "It was a clear circumvention of the Kansas law, and that money should not have been contributed or received, and it must be returned now." He said the money the Democrats received was "transferred into the congressional campaign fund to purchase attack TV ads." Miller also said the Democratic Party's campaign finance report was six days late in being filed Oct. 30. "It is obvious that the Democrats have flagrantly violated the law and then engaged in deceptive practices to keep the public in the dark," the GOP leader said. "They failed to file a timely report so this story could not impact their congressional campaigns, which have clearly been financed with illegal funds." Dennis Langley, Democratic state chairman, and Brett Cott, the state party's executive director, said Friday there is nothing inappropriate about the way the money was sent to Kansas and wound up in the state party's coffer. Langley said the money repays the state party for funds it spends on party-building activities such as paying field representatives' salaries and running get-out-the-vote programs, so it is legal. in. S 9 nine When you need to know. Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6000 Category 6006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) Shrine time Photos by DAVIS TURNEIVThe Salina Journal Isis Shrine director staff members Bob Saunders (from right), McPherson, Duane Huntwork, Great Bend, and Gary Anderson, Salina, negotiate a three-person bicycle through bands and floats on Seventh Street during the Isis Shrine parade Saturday. Bill Foley, 910 N. Ninth, salutes the flag Saturday as the Isis Shrine color guard passes on its way down Santa Fe. Isis temple members from Junction City to the west side of Kansas gathered for the parade in Salina. T SALINA CITY COMMISSION City to consider south Salina business plan Nebraska man requesting zoning change, annexation near Ninth and Schilling By The Journal Staff A plan by Springfield, Neb., businessman Norman Riffel to turn a 19-acre piece of land just south of the city limits into a business development — possibly for restaurants, motels, gas stations and retail stores — might cross another hurdle Monday. Salina city commissioners will hear the first reading on the ordinance to change the V BOOKS zoning in the area, which is near Interstate 135, south of Schilling Road and west of Ninth Street. The city's planning commission recommended that commissioners approve the zoning change, as well as annexing the property into the city limits. Riffel's preliminary plan for the property will also have to pass city commission approval. The meeting will be at 4 p.m. in Room 107 of the City-County Building. A study session will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the conference room adjacent to Room 107. Commissioners will hear a report from a group hoping to revitalize the Fox-Watson Theatre. The commissioners will also vote on a res- olution that will provide 2 and 1 percent raises for certain city employees and administrators. The job classification and salary schedule will undergo a full review by a consultant in 2001, but city staff recently reviewed it so pay schedules aren't outdated. The report recommended that 149 employees in police, firefighting and emergency medical assistance positions received small pay increases. Thirteen administrators, including the deputy city manager, city prosecutor, fire chief and police chief, will receive 1 percent raises beginning next year, if commissioners approve the new pay schedules. In other business, the commission will: • Consider raising the speed limit on the South Ninth Street from Cloud Street to Otto Avenue from 30 mph to 40 mph. • Consider bids for patios at the northwest and southwest corners of the arena at the Bicentennial Center, which are being built for smokers once a ban is in place. The low bid of $92,500, from Lancaster Construction, 1934 Ruskin, is higher than original estimates because brick and decorative lighting costs were higher than expected. The city can approve or reject the bid, or accept plans for a shorter ramp and cheaper materials, which will knock $22,100 off the price of the patios. Finding Mr. Wright Book outlining The Rules' sells fast in Salina area By ALF ABUHAJLEH The Salina Journal One of America's fastest-selling books says there are 35 dating rules a woman should follow if she wants to be courted, admired and proposed to. And people, including Salinans, are eager to read about them. "The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right," is a book written by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider. It's flying off the shelves of north- central Kansas book stores. "The Rules" was published in hard cover in 1995, and a $5.99 paperback edition was released last February. This week, it was the No.l paperback on the New York Times best-seller list for advice, how-to and miscellaneous books. Alice Terry, manager of Waldenbooks in Central Mall, said the book hit the top spot on the Waldenbooks Top 40 list last week. "We get about four or five people every day coming in and asking if we carry it, and two or three people calling us about it," said Terry, who didn't disclose any sales figures. "We are selling them pretty quickly." Terry said most customers heard about the book on television and radio talk shows, read about it in magazine articles or learned about it from friends. It is unusual, she said, that people come to the store knowing exactly what they want. Carroll's Books-Music & Videos at Mid State Mall sold five copies of the dating guide in the past month, and that's a lot, said assistant manager Robbin Anglin. Linda Crick, owner of The Bookshelf in McPherson, said customers sometimes buy multiple copies of the book, including mothers who pick up an extra edition for their daughters. Crick said she would like to see her 20-year-old daughter adhere to rule No.5: Don't call him and rarely return his calls. "A girl shouldn't call a boy, unless she is cancelling a date," Crick said. Kevin Rupp, an assistant manager of Gullivers Books in Hays, said the store sells about two copies of "The Rules" a week, making it one of the faster-selling books. There's a large interest in the so-called relationship genre right now, Rupp said, adding that "Men are from Mars, Women Are From Venus" by John Gray has been on the store's best-sellers list since it was released three years ago. "The relationship section is where most people go to browse," he said. "Usually they look for something that they might like, but most people who buy 'The Rules' have already heard about it." So what's the secret to successful dating? According to Fein and Schneider, a woman should never talk to a man unless he addresses her first (rule No. 2). Nor should she open up too fast or rush into sex (rules 19 and 15). And if the boyfriend doesn't buy her a romantic gift for her birthday and Valentine's Day, stop dating him (rule 12). "I think that we have gotten away from the values that existed when I grew up," Crick said. "As I understand it, these are pretty good standards to live by." T CAMPAIGN '96 Poll puts Republicans on top in Senate race By The Associated Press TOPBKA — The final Kansas Poll of the 1996 campaign suggested Republicans should retain the state's two U.S. Senate seats, but could lose two of the four U.S. House seats the GOP now holds. Poll results released Saturday night had Republican Sam Brownback comfortably ahead of Democrat Jill Docking, 53 percent to 40 percent, in the race for the final two years on Bob Dole's old Senate seat — a sharp contrast to the result in a Mason-Dixon poll also released Saturday that showed Brownback with a lead of 46-45. The Kansas Poll had Republican Pat Roberts headed for a likely victory over Democrat Sally Thompson, 60-29, for the Senate seat being vacated by Nancy Kassebaum. In congressional races, the Kansas Poll showed Republican Jerry Moran probably en route to a lopsided win over Democrat John Divine, 61-18, in the 1st District, and incumbent Republican Todd Tiahrt a likely winner over Democratic challenger Randy Rathbun in the 4th District. It showed statistical dead heats in the 2nd District race between Democrat John Frieden and Republican Jim Ryun, 47-42, and the 3rd District race between Republican Vince Snowbarger and Democrat Judy Hancock, 44-41. Mason-Dixon had Hancock leading Snowbarger, 47-40. The Kansas Poll was conducted by Central Research & Consulting Inc., Topeka, for The Topeka Capital-Journal. Kansas Poll results in the Brownback-Docking race and the 3rd District congressional race differed significantly from those in the Mason-Dixon poll published Saturday by the Kansas City Star and Lawrence Journal-World. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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