Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on August 26, 1976 · Page 1
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Garden City, Kansas
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Thursday, August 26, 1976
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Garden City GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, THUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 1976 Vol.47 16Pages -No.252 15c a Copy Telegram It's Dry; City No Exception This summer is proving to be one of the driest on record in Kansas and Garden City is no exception. Records at the experiment station show that rainfall since June 1 has totaled 1.93 inches. That compares with a 68-year average for the June- July-August period of'7.77 inches. Not even the drought period of the 1930s can match this year's meager summer rainfall. In 1934, one of the driest on record here, the experiment station recorded 2.35 inches during the three-month period. Thus far this year, the station has received 7.86 inches of rain. The yearly average is about 18 inches annually. At least three other years were drier during the first eight months. In 1934, only 5.37 inches had been recorded by the end of August. In 1937, it was 6.47 and in 1956 it was 5.51 inches. • The situation didn't improve much during the last months of those years. The total rainfall in 1934 was 7.08 inches. In 1956 it was 5.68 inches. By comparison, 26.99 inches were received during the first eight months of 1928. Dodge City has had only 2.01 inches of rain since June 1, compared with a normal of 9.06 inches for the period. Philip Shideler, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Topeka, said the jet stream and storm track running across Canada and the northern border region of the United States have ignored Kansas and the plains. "It just hasn't brought together the air masses for the strong mixing needed to bring rain," he said. .Temperatures may have been affected, too. So far this year the experiment station has recorded only one day over 100 degrees. In 1934 Garden City had 45 days over 100 degrees. The highest temperature at the station that year was 111. Ed Boyd, meteorologist for the Muddy Road weather modification program, said there just haven't been too many clouds to work with this summer. Planes seeded clouded 20 days during June and July, which he said is low for the period. During April and May cloud seeding was very effective, he said, and probably increased rainfall amounts by more than 20 per cent. Of course, he says, it isn't how many times the planes go up that's important. It's what they have to work with. And this summer that hasn't been much. "We just take what Mother Nature provides and try to improve what we can," he said. n rieF Asks Re-Enactment Of Death Penalty Eight Held Hostage CLEVELAND (AP) — A man with a rifle was holding eight persons hostage today on the 36th floor of Terminal Tower on a corner of Cleveland's downtown Public Square, police said. Police said they had received reports of gunfire, but they could not confirm that any shots were fired. A woman called Carl Miller, news editor of the Huntington (W.Va,) Advertiser, to tell him that she was one of those being held hostage in the Chessie Building in Cleveland. Miller said he could hear someone in the background telling the woman what to say. Headquarters of Chessie System, Inc., are located in the Terminal Tower building. The woman told Miller she was instructed to call the news media throughout the region. Entrances to the building were blocked by officers and police restricted all of the building's occupants to their offices. Access to Public Square was also restricted. Gangs Ignite Plea DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Coleman Young has called for state and federal help to fight juvenile gang violence in Detroit. Young asked the state for more judges, long-term financial aid and the assignment of state police to patrol Detroit freeways. In a televised speech Wednesday, he also asked for more federal money, which he said would be used in part to create a civilian police reserve to help combat the gang problem. In addition, Young said he would ask 40 businessmen to serve on an economic council to help stimulate new jobs. A major thrust of his efforts to curb the gang problem, he said, would be to put more police in uniform and more police on the streets. Young listed a series of steps already taken in response to gang violence that peaked at an Aug. 15 downtown rock concert. They included a 10 p.m. curfew on persons under 18, increased downtown police patrols and tripled strength of the police Tactical Services Section. Korean Tension Eases SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Tension appeared to have eased in South Korea today after talks between -U.S. and North Korean representatives on ways to avoid incidents like last week's bloody clash in the truce village of Panmunjom. "It's all over" was a typical expression heard among some American and South Korean officials who had a few sleepless nights during the week-long crisis. A U.S. forces spokesman said, however, that the 41,000 American troops south of the demilitarized zone remained on alert, as they have been since two U.S. Army officers were slain by North Korean guards in last Wednesday's melee. The South Korean armed forces also remained on alert, said an official who described the current situation as "kind of an anticlimax.''' Garden Sass A liberated housewife, Gus Garden says, is one who puts off today what her husband can do over the weekend. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Robert F. Bennett proposed today that the death penalty be re-enacted in Kansas for first-degree murder, aggravated- kid- naping, treason and air piracy. "These crimes are the most serious crimes which can be committed against any person and the state," said Bennett. "I strongly recommend that they be classified as capital crimes." The govenor's views were outlined to top legislative leaders. Bennett asked Senate President Ross Doyen and House Speaker Duane McGill to see that his recommendations are studied by an intermin committee prior to the 197? legislative session which opens in January. The governor said he believes that many of the divisions that existed in the 1976 legislative session over capital punishment would be resolved by such a study. "I believe much of the debate last session was over what the U. S. Supreme court would say," Bennett told a news conference. "Now the court has spoken." He said it probably is just as well that the 1976 session did not pass a capital punishment bill. "I think the bills that were under consideration probably would have been unconstitutional under the latest U.S. Supreme Court decision," Bennett said. In addition to the four specific categories, Bennett proposed that the death penalty be made available when murder is committed during the commission of a robbery, burglary, rape or arson. "It is imperative that the death penalty be provided for in those cases to serve as a possible deterrent," the governor said. He also recommended that in capital cases there be two trials. One would determine the innocence or guilt of the defendant. Then a second trial would be held to determine the sentence. For Four Crimes "My proposal envisions the jury conducting a sentencing hearing after the finding of guilt, wherein the jury would consider certain statutory aggravating circumstances as required oy the evidence and any mitigating circumstances which the defendant might present," Bennett said. Bennett proposed that a jury would have to find by a unanimous vote and beyond a reasonable doubt that one or more statutory aggravating circumstances exist and that the recommendation for the death penalty would have to be unanimous. Bennett listed these aggravating circumstances: —Defendant previously convicted of a felony involving use of or a threat of violence to a person. —Defendant knowingly created a great risk of death to more than one person. —Defendant commited murder for remuneration or the promise of such, or employed a person to commit murder. —The murder was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel. —The murder was committed for the purpose of avoiding or preventing arrest or prosecution. —The murder was committed by a person serving a felony sentence. —There exists a probability that the defendant would commit criminal acts of violence that would constitute a continuing threat to society. To expedite procedure, Bennett said, there should be a mandatory appeal to the Kansas Supreme court for a person who has been sentenced to death. SPLINTERED RAILROAD ties and pieces of metal were the scene east of Ingalls this morning, the site of a Wednesday afternoon train derailment. About 25 workers were on John Montre the job this morning to clean up the mess. It was expected to be cleared by some time today. Coal Cars Derail Near Ingalls INGALLS — Workmen are busy at Ingalls today cleaning up the mess left by a five-car train derailment yesterday afternoon. "We'll have it cleaned up and out by today," said J. K. Hastings, superintendent of the Santa Fe Railroad, La Junta, Colo. Ford Narrows Vote Poll Gap By The Associated Press Less than a week after the end of the Republican convention, polls show that President Ford has narrowed the gap between him and Jimmy Carter, following the traditional pattern in which the race gets closer after both candidates are named. The Gallup Poll, released today and based on personal interviews with 1,016 registered voters last weekend, showed that 49 per cent of the electorate supports Carter while 39 per cent supports Ford. Two weeks ago, the Democratic presidential candidate had a lead of 56 to 33 and on July 31, the poll showed Carter ahead by 62-29. Another survey, conducted by the Opinion Research Corp. of Princeton, N.J., and released Wednesday showed that if the election were held now, 46 per cent of the voters would choose Carter and 37 per cent would vote for Ford. The organization did not release comparative figures for before the Republican convention. The poll involved telephone interviews with 1,005 adults between last Thursday and Sunday. The new Gallup figures represent the closest Ford has come to Carter since April — when neither candidate had been chosen. At that time, Carter also led by 10 points — 52 to 42. City Takes Steps to Refurbish Big Pool A move to establish the feasibility of maintaining the Garden City municipal swimming pool was made Wednesday by the city commission. After a lengthy discussion of the matter, the commission voted unanimously to have the city staff hire a qualified firm to evaluate the cost of .refurbishing the pool to meet health standards and re-seal it to stop the water leakage which has run up the operational cost of the pool. City Manager Deane Wiley reminded the commission that the Park and Zoo Board had earlier recommended that the commission close the big pool and replace it with smaller pools located throughout the city for more convenience. Wiley told the commission that the city staff needed to know what direction the commission intended to move on' the matter in order to figure what needs to be done with the pool for the 1977 swimming season. Commissioner Duane West and Mayor Al Towles suggested possible methods of re-sealing the pool and fixing up the bathhouse in order to meet standards. Major renovations to the pool mentioned by Wiley and Assistant City Manager Bob Halloran included keeping the pool from feaking, installation of a ^circulation arid filtration system, refurbishing the bathhouse and widening and leveling the walkway around the pool. "I think that we're under an obligation to the public to make every effort to keep the facility we have," Commissioner Tony Jewell said in reference to public response to earlier suggestions of closing the big pool. Commissioner Pat Calihan said he didn't agree with Jewell's reasoning, but he couldn't foresee financing for new pools and felt fixing the old pool was the only avenue the city had. Wiley told the commissioners that it is probably too late to complete any rebuilding or refurbishing project by next summer, and that it would take "more than minor maintenance" before the pool could be opened in the spring. •Hastings arrived in Ingalls this morning to investigate the derailment and to supervise clean-up operations. Hastings says the investigation is continuing and cause of the mishap has not been determined. "It will take awhile to analyze all possible causes," he said. The five cars loaded with coal were derailed on a siding just east of Ingalls about 2 p.m. Wednesday. Hastings said the coal cars were on the rear portion of a train moving eastbound Probe Murder Link Possibility WAKEENEY, Kan. (AP) — Col. William Albott, director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, said Wednesday inquiries would be made to determine if there was a connection between the death of Paula Fabrizius and three bodies found near Hill City last year. The nude and mutilated body of Miss Fabrizius, 16, was found near Castle Rock Sunday. Albott said nothing had been discovered to link the two crimes, but "there is going to be some inquiries made." The three bodies found near Hill City, two women and a child, were discovered by two trappers Jan. 13, 1975, Francis Donald Nemechek, 26, of Wakeeney is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond in connection with the Fabrizius slaying. An autopsy report showed that Miss Fabrizius died of a stab wound in the chest, but there were also other injuries, including stab wounds in the groin area. through the siding. The train, he said, had 71 cars total and was traveling about 10 to 15 miles per hour. At the time of the derailment, the eastbound train had met a slow-moving westbound train which was on the main track. "The main line was not affected, and we are operating trains without delay," the superintendent said. The side track, however, was torn up, and coal was spilled down the slope south of the track. Telephone wires were also downed in the derailment. This morning heavy equipment arrived to assist workers in righting the derailed cars. About 25 men in several departments were involved in the clean-up operation. The coal cars had been loaded in York Canyon, N.M., and were destined for West Chicago, Ind. No injuries were reported. Hastings had no estimate on damage but said, "It was costly, but thank goodness it was no more extreme t'han it was." Motel Won't Seek Bonds Industrial revenue bond financing for a new Best Western Motor Inn in Garden City is a "dead issue," according to City Manager Deane Wiley. Wiley told the Garden City Commission Wednesday that he had been told by Wheat Lands Best Western Motor Inn owner Emil Salyer that the bonds would no longer be sought. "In the final analysis of the interest rate and incidental expenses involved, we found that local bank financing was the cheapest way to go," Gary Salyer, Wheat Lands business manager said today. "And we found the money was available locally, so that's the way we decided to go," he said. financing requested for the project would have been for $600,000. City commissioners had already issued a letter of intent to approve the industrial revenue bond financing, the first step in such a matter. "One thing I want to make clear," the Wheat Lands business manager said, "is that the city has been very gracious to us in this matter, but when we added all these things up, we just had to go the less expensive avenue." Weather The incidental costs included a trustee fee for the trustee bank which would handle the money involved in the bond financing, a loading Cooler Weather char s e f ° r the company which put together the bond package ir\r k'ortooo and sale of tne bonds, and an IUI IXdllbdb annual PArHfiori finonninl Sunrise 7:09 Sunset8:21 Clear tonight with lows near 70. Partly cloudy and not as warm Friday. Highs upper 80s to mid 90s. South to southwesterly winds 10 to 20 muh tonight. Temperatures for the 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Thursday. Max. Min. Free. Dodge City Emporia GARDEN CITY Good land Hill City Russell Salina Topeka Wichita 96 89 96 92 99 95 91 91 92 71 65 65 64 70 67 72 .22 TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Rain fell in the northeast corner of Kansas this morning but skies elsewhere were clear, and the National Weather Service predicted a turn to cooler weather Friday. The weather service said lows tonight would be in the 60s, and the forecast for Friday called for partly cloudy and cooler weather with a chance of widely scattered thunderstorms in the northwest. Highs were expected to range from the mid 80s in the northwest to the 90s in the south and east. annual certified financial audit of the entire Wheat Lands Best Western operation, according to Salyer. "All these things added together would just tremendously run up the expenses," he said. The advantage to utilizing industrial revenue bond financing, Salyer said, is supposed to be a lesser interest rate on the money, but with the added incidental expenses, commercial financing is more economical in this case. The industrial revenue bond Dismiss USD Classes Early Because of predicted hot weather this afternoon, most students attending schools in USD 457 were to have been dismissed at l p.m. Students at St. Mary school also were scheduled 'to be dismissed then. The city's two air conditioned elementary schools, Garfield and Gertrude Walker, remained in session. The Garden City Co-op Farm & Home Cenler will be closed for inventory Fri. afternoon and all day Sat.. Aug. 27 & 28. — Adv

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