Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on June 24, 1976 · Page 1
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Crop Damage Heavy in Some SW Areas Hail. Twisters — and Rain By RODNEY HOFFMAN Scattered thunderstorms over Southwest Kansas late Wednesday afternoon threw another monkey wrench into this year's wheat harvest which has already been hampered by irregular ripening patterns. Heavy hail damage was reported in an eight-mile swath northeast of Scott City. A small tract of crops were damaged in Grant County near Ryus, about 11 miles southeast of Ulysses. , Grain elevator operators say that the harvest is still just beginning in Southwest Kansas. Because of planting troubles last fall and dry weather this spring, wheat fields are ripening later than usual and at varied paces. However, most farmers who have done some test cutting ' say the yields are better than they expected. Doug Baker, Scott City, said a storm moved through there yesterday afternoon, dumping about 1% inches of rain in 30 minutes. Accompanied by hail one inch in diameter, the rain moved northeast through Scott County to Healy, and Shields. Baker said wheat fields near Grigston, 10 miles east of Scott City, were estimated at 100 per cent losses. "My guess is that we had a lot of shatter too, Because we had a lot of wheat that was ready to cut." The Farmers Co-op at Shields said wheat,fields in a three-mile-wide area there suffered considerable damage.Losses were estimated at 25 per cent or worse. Vernon Heitschmidt, who farms about 425 acres of wheat near Shields, estimated his loss today at between 10 and 50 per cent. "It was a pretty wide strip through here, at least four or five miles wide. I hear they had anywhere from 75 per cent to 100 per cent crop damage around Grigston." Heitschmidt said hail "about like pigeon eggs" beat the wheat out of the head as it was standing. Mike Campbell, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service agent in Lane County, said there was one field north of Dighton where the hail damage was so bad that "if we harvested it now we may only get 10 GardeM City Telegram 15c • Copy Vol. 47 GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, THURSDAY, JUNE 24,1976 22 Pages-Two Sections -No. 199 II. m m 1 m News | In Brief ( Obscenity I WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities may use jj their zoning ordinances to restrict the .!; location of sexually oriented theater and ;! bookstores, the •'Supreme Court ruled ji today. i; In a 5 to 4 decision, the court upheld a :• Detroit city ordinance barring the i; location of theaters and bookshops •; featuring so-called "adult" material ji within 1,000 feet of each other. ;! The-ordinance, was challenged by two ji theater operators on grounds it is xmcon- i stitutional to put such a restriction on i those who deal in certain-kinds of books ! and movies but not those who deal in oth- i ers. j In an opinion by Justice John Paul i Stevens, the court said a city "may i legitimately use the content of these ! materials as the basis for placing them in \ a different classification from other motion pictures." Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Justice Byron R. White and William H. Rehnquist agreed. Politics WASHINGTON (AP) — Jimmy Carter told Democratic congressmen today he would be aggressive and very determined as president but added that he would try to cooperate with Congress as much as possible. Carter made the statements in a meeting with House Democrats after a private session with House Speaker Carl Albert, Majority Leader Thomas P. O'Neill and other members of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. The meetings came one day after Carter told reporters his vicepresidential choice is likely to have a Washington background and could be a woman or a black. But the former Georgia governor wasn't ready to name names. He told the reporters he has not yet whittled down a list of 10 or 12 persons he said he is considering as his running mate. Carter is expected to win first-ballot nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate when the party convenes its national convention in New York next month. Weather Sunriie6:23 Sun»t«:0* Clear to partly cloudy through Friday. Low« tonight In the low 5vi. Highs Friday in the mid 80* to around M. Wlndi northwesterly 5 to 15 mph tonight. Max. Mln. Free. i Dodge City Emporia GARDEN CITY Goodland Hill City Russell Salina Topeka Wichita 96 73 97 79 88 93 86 75 89 95 64 53 49 53 57 62 66 65 .52 1.48 .50 T 1.18 .98 1.98 .89 .67 Garden Sass Some people live alone and like it, Gus Garden says, while others live alone and look like it. Gal Fires Rage Out Of Control PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — A 50-square-mile grass fire, the biggest of the year in drought-parched California, raged out of control today .near this Sierra foothills town but fire officials were hopeful of checking the blaze before sundown. "If thing's go right, we hope to i have it contained by 6 p.rh.-," said Jim Turner, spokesman for the California Division of Forestry, at a prcfdawn news briefing. „£,, AS -he spoken-residents continued to spray water on their homes and prayed that a fresh easterly wind would continue. Fire officials said they were confident the town would be spared if the wind held: Other big wildfires were reported elsewhere in California. In Ventura County north of Los Angeles, firemen fought to contain a 1,710-acre brush fire as, it edged toward an exclusive residential area. A spokesman for the county fire department said, at about midnight, "With a little bit of luck with winds, we'll have it completely contained by morning, with full control by Thursday afternoon." bushels off 30-bushel-per-acre wheat." "There's probably some real bad damage out there and that was pretty good wheat country, too," Campbell said. "It had escaped the earlier drought and now there is hail. This country has had hail now, drought, worms and wind. It has had everything, but it isn't as bad as some of the counties down south of here. In some of those counties, there's nothing left for the hail to damage." Another storm occurred about 1M> miles north of Ryus. Henry Pence, of Collingwood Grain, said only a half-inch of rain fell in the small area but wheat losses were 100 per cent and some corn was stripped. In Finney County, rainfall amounts varied from .06 of an inch to 1.50 inches. The airport reported exactly one-half inch while .60 of an inch fell 6 miles north of Holcomb. The Experiment Station received .06 of an inch but four miles north of there Water Bullock Jr., measured .75 of an inch. Clinton Grouse, who farms 14 miles south of Garden City, said he measured 1.25 inches in one location and 1.40 in another. Small hail did some damage to his wheat, he said, but "it was so poor anyway it doesn't seem to bother me." There were also unconfirmed sightings of a tornado which touched down north of Deerfield and one near Copeland. Steve Ostgaard, Haskell County agent, said no crops were damaged by hail in the Sublette area. But he said farmers probably wouldn't be able to begin harvesting again until Saturday because of the high moisture content and cool weather following the storm. Ostgaard said the wheat cut so far is averaging nearly 20 bushels per acre in dryland fields and nearly 40 in, irrigated fields. Chet Fairbank, at the Cimarron Co-op, said the only wheat he has received is from the north part of Gray County. "Everything is coming in from the north because they •got the rain>when they-needed it last fall," ihe said. Much of that dryland wheat is averaging more than 40 bushels to the acre with a moisture content of 10 to 18 per cent, he said. Last summer, harvest in that area was completed by July 2, but Fairbank said some farmers will still be cutting on July 15 this year. Lee Dechant of the Farmers Elevator at Dighton agrees. "Some custom cutters said they've left wheat in'Texas and Oklahoma to come here and they'll probably leave wheat here to go on north," he said. "They've been real selective in trying to cut some of this wheat and now we've got more cutters than there is wheat to cut." Dryland wheat around Dighton is averaging 28 to 39 bushels per acre, he said, which is surprising. "Most of the farmers that I've talked to are more than happy with what they've got, if they can just get it out," he said. Dick Wilbert, manager of C.G.F. Grain here, said most farmers are still test cutting here. "I think everybody is just cutting out a piece of a field here and there," he said, "wherever they think it's the driest." "One farmer said he thinks harvest could last three weeks rather than the three days he cut last'year unless we get some real hot weather," Wilbert said. Levi Krehbiel, manager of the Bunge elevator in Garden City, said he hadn't taken in many loads yet but so far the results are good. "The test weights are fantastic, mostly around €2, 63, or 64 pounds per bushel and between 30 and 40 bushels per acre," he said. "The farmers don't know where it's coming from." Otis Griggs, Finney County agent, said "We still have a lot of green wheat that won't be cut for another 10 days. "No one has cut a whole field yet." Griggs said most of the wheat in this area is affected with yellow berry but it's not serious. The moisture content has been ranging from 11 to 19 per cent with 58 to 64 pounds per bushel. * * * Where It Rained GC Experiment Station ... .06 Airport 50 KIUL Radio (downtown) .. .15 6 miles north of Holcomb .. .60 17SWofcity -..1.00 Scott City 1.25 Dighton ;....'. 30 Sublette 10 Satanta 20 Lakin ;..1.26 Syracuse —......trace Johnson 70 Leoti 00 : K- P -,I . '.;• J-V.-.~'--IH. V-V'.-'J' 'fl '• •'-*.. •'•> A- v_V"'-WV, *•.>;:?.••- « W 'T-<. ''" £•':>••;'?""> LARGE HAIL and heavy rains yesterday afternoon battered corn and formed craters in the mud near Grigttoa, 10 ••«• east of Scott City. "; >^ D.vid wiuiim. V OK Bonds for New Motel Helioport to Be Motel Feature One feature of the new motel to be built east of Garden City by Emil Salyer and sons will be a helioport — a first for the city and perhaps a first for Western Kansas. The 68-room motel will be built one mile and a half east of the Best Western Wheat Lands Motor Inn, also owned by Salyer. The site is at the; northwest intersection of US50 and the US83-50 bypass. The two-story motel will also have a swimming pool and its own laundry. Contractor will be Heath and Scarbrough, of West Memphis, Ark., low bidder at Tuesday's bid opening. Work will start in six weeks and completion is expected by the first of the year in plenty of time for the 1977 3-iShow. Van Salyer said some show reservations have already been received. During this year's show, some exhibitors had to stay in Liberal, Dodge City, Cimarron and other surrounding cities because of a shortage of motel space. The motel has been approved by Best Western and will be called Best Western Motor Inn. Emil Salyer is president of the firm and three sons have key positions. Van is motel manager, Ray is food manager, and Gary is the comptroller. City commissioners Wednesday passed a resolution showing the city's intent to issue industrial revenue bonds for $600,000 for the construction of a new motel east of the city. Actual issuance of the bonds will be approved by the city when the motel developer, Best Western Wheat Lands Motor Inn and Restaurant, Inc., presents the city with a bond sale proposal. Wheat Lands president Emil Salyer and Don Wurth, president of the financing company through which Salyer plans to develop the bond sale proposal, presented the matter to the commission. The proposed site for the new Best Western Motor Inn is on the northwest corner of the intersection of US50 and the US83-50 bypass. Plans are already in motion to provide utilities to the property and annex it into the city. Salyer told the commission that the motel project would cost more than $800,000 and his family had already committed more than $200,000 to the project. He said the current commercial financing rates would make that avenue of financing for the project impractical. The city backed industrial revenue bonds would be paid back by Wheat Lands at the average annual rate of $70,972 per year. No city funds would be involved in paying off the bonds. The new motor inn will have 68 units. The new inn and the present 86-unit Wheat Lands would both be pledged to the payment of the bonds, according to the proposal to the city commission. Approval of the "resolution of intent" to issue" the bonds came on a 4-1 vote after considerable discussion. Commissioner Duane West voted against the resolution. (West missed part of the morning session as a story yesterday indicated.) Salyer told the commission that a possible 28-room expansion would be added to the project before it is completed. "Most of you know we've been in the motel business for years and we don't plan on going anywhere else or having anyone from out of town to help run the project," Salyer said. "Myself and my family intend to operate it and live with it and make it go. "We'll have a third of the capital in it when it's completed so we'll have no desire to unload it on somebody and run from the scene," Salyer said. "Do you think it'sall right to use tax money to compete with private industry?" Commissioner Pat Calihan years. These payments will asked Salyer. . be the same amount as taxes "I think the day has gone by would normally be •on the when private enterprise can /building and property and will accomplish anything of any be distributed by the Bounty of the size without the help government," Salyer replied. "Do you think it's all right to use tax money to subsidize private industry?" Calihan asked. "I don't see where there will be any tax money spent on this. In fact the tax department will gain,", Salyer said. "I remember you were down here once earlier (when the Palace Corporation had requested a similar bond sale last year) telling us what a sin that was," Calihan told Salyer. "I don't think that project was put together correctly and it was proven that .it wasn't put together correctly as they even dropped their proposal," Salyer said of the Palace Corporation industrial revenue bond proposal. "This will/be land that's been used for farmland that the county h'as probably been taking in $100 a year from and if this is approved the city of Garden City will take in several thousands of dollars a year in lieu of taxes," Salyer said. If finalized, the city will collect "in lieu of tax" payments from Salyer for 10 3.4 Million State, Local Government Workers Affected Fed Overtime Law Struck Down WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court today struck down a two-year federal law extending overtime and other provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to an estimated 3.4 million state and local government employes. In a 5 to 4 decision, the court said the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce does not authorize it "to force directly upon the states its choices as to how essential decisions regarding the conduct of integral governmental functions are to be made." Cities and states had argued that the act would cpst them $275.5 million a year in over- time for police and firemen, alone. Increased costs of all kinds for state and local government employes were estimated at more than $1 billion. The government disputed the estimates, saying over-all wage costs would be increased by less than two per cent. Laws and regulations extending the act to non- supervisory state and local government employes, those covered by today's ruling, have been held in abeyance pending the court challenge. Dissenting Justices William J. Brennan Jr., Byron R. White and Thurgood Marshall said their colleagues' reasoning was "a transparent cover for invalidating a congressional judgement with which they disagree." Justice John Paul Stevens dissented in a separate opinion. In the majority opinion by Justice William H. Rehnquist, the court also overruled its own 1968 decision upholding a 1966 extension of the act to an estimated 2.9 million em- ployes of state-owned hospitals and nonteaching employes of stateowned schools. In the 1968 ruling, the court said the institutions were sufficiently engaged in interstate commerce to make them subject to the federal act. Rehnquist said there were "undoubtedly factual distinctions" between the school and hospital employes and the nonsupervisory workers covered by the 1974 extension. But he said the court did not believe the reasoning of its 1968 decision "may any longer be regarded as authoritative. "We have reaffirmed today that the states as states stand on quite a different footing than an individual or a corporation when challenging the exercise of Congress* power to regulate commerce," Rehnquist added. The Fair Labor Standards Act prescribes minimum wages, hours and other working conditions. The wage is present minimum $2.30 an hour. The act bars the practice, which is common in state and local government, of compensating overtime by giving time off in a later period. The law was passed by Congress in 1938 but all employes of states and their political subdivisions were excluded from coverage until Congress passed the extension for school and hospital workers in 1966. It was extended to nonsupervisory employes in 1974. treasurer just as \v,ould tax dollars, /' Bond payments made by Wheat Lands to pay off the industrial revenue bonds would vary/from $48,662 to $78,000 over the 16-year payment period, Salyer told the commission that he would proceed with the motel plans, even without the industrial revenue bonds, but if the bonds were not approved, he would not be able to proceed with a 48-unit apartment complex he plans to build elsewhere in the city. "I can't see that my position has changed any from the last time a request was made for industrial financing," Commissioner Duane West said. "Personally I think that Mr. Calihan has brought out that Mr. Salyer's position has changed from one that industrial revenue financing shouldn't be used in competition to some of our other businesses," West said. "I'm sure that these gentlemen can arrange their financing privately." "My own position would be the fact that we desperately need rooms in the community," Mayor Al Towles said. "I think I'll vote for this because I'm in favor of it and if you fellows (referring to Robinson and those of the Palace Corporation who were present) come back I'll be in favor of helping you too," Towles said. "I think we need to get some more rooms in Garden City," he said. Courteous Service Is My Goal. Philip C. Vieux (or County Attorney Paid for by P. C. Vieux. —Adv. Band Concert Friday Night Garden City Municipal Band will present its weekly concert Friday night at 8 in Stevens Park. Marches, along with a "Classic Suite for Band" — featuring some Bach, Beethoven and Brahms — will be featured. A "Walt Disney Overture" also will be played, as well as a jazz number. "Estee Lauder" only at Hoovers. — Adv I

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