The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 4, 1978 · Page 11
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 11

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, April 4, 1978
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12 Rains miss |Salina area ^ Dark skies over Salina late Monday = did little more than threaten. The city o. received only a trace of precipitation. Awhile at least two cities in Southern JJ 1 Kansas recorded more than an inch of « rain. S By Tuesday morning all shower activity had ended, but the National "3 Weather Service was predicting show- I ers and thunderstorms Wednesday for much of the state. Fair skies are expected to return Thursday. Rainfall amounts ranged from 1.63 inches at Erie to .02 of an inch at Topeka. Chanute had 1.50 inches. A weak high pressure system was expected to bring sunny skies and pleasant temperatures in the 70s to Kansas Tuesday. The NWS at Topeka warned the temperature, combined with humidities of 20 to 30 percent and winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour, would raise the rangeland fire danger index in the northwest and northeast sections of the state. A wayward gust of wind took out a window at the Long-McArthur Ford Co., 340 N. Santa Fe. It's a potential that needs tapping, Salinans told n "drab" Kansas lur * eg I C« By DALE GOTER Quick now, what's the first word that comes to mind when you hear the name "Kansas?" If you were in the majority of responses to a recent nationwide survey of 2.700 persons surveyed recently, the word most likely to come to mind was "drab." The second most common response was "flat". Even more discouraging to Kansas tourism promoters is the poor attitude that Kansans themselves — particularly young people — have about their state, according to Larry Montgomery of the Kansas Department of Economic Development. Montgomery was the keynote speaker at a tourism promotion luncheon Tuesday in Salina titled "Kansans... Talk Kansas." Although Kansas has glowing economic and employment credentials — even in the face of the current agricultural depression — the state enjoys one of the worst reputations among tourists, Montgomery said. Despite the fact that Kansas ranks third in the nation in new jobs created annually, 12,000 of the state's college graduating classes each year find work elsewhere, Montgomery said. In the national survey, respondents were asked to name the three states they would most like to visit, and the three they would least like to visit. Kansas was mentioned in only one-half of one percent of the "most like to visit" answers, but in 47 percent of the "least like to visit" responses. Kansas may have a bad image as a vacation stop, Montgomery noted, but the 40 million tourists who pass through the state each year — usually on their way to someplace else — also present a tremendous potential for development. Promoters of an expanded tourism industry in the state have a modest goal, Montgomery explained to the luncheon audience of Salina motel and restaurant operators, news media representatives and other community leaders. Nobody expects tourists to spend their entire vacation in Kansas, he said. But if the state worked harder to improve its image and acquaint travelers with the points of interest around the state, perhaps they could be persuaded to stop for just a few hours — and spend a few dollars. "Clean" cash The tourism dollar is one of "cleanest" sources of revenue available, Montgomery noted. In contrast to the economic developments that bring in permanent residents, tourists who spend their money here require few supporting state or local tax-supported services, he said. Montgomery, who is making a county-by-county swing through the state with the "Kansans ... Talk Kansas" promotion, urged local leaders to establish official historical cen- The Kansas Wesleyan Philharmonic Choir. 0 The Salina District Children's Choir. Sunday night in Salina Community Chorus cantata to More than 200 singers and instrumentalists will be featured when the Salina Community Chorus presents the cantata, "Carmina Burana," Sunday at Kansas Wesleyan. The work, by German composer Carl Orff, will be given at 8 p.m. in Sams Chapel. This is the composer's best-known work for two choirs, children's choir, soloists and orchestra. The performance will feature — in addition to the chorus — the Kansas Wesleyan Philharmonic Choir, the Salina District Chil- dren's Choir and the Symphonic Orchestra. The soloists are soprano Ann Boner, Salina; Tony Davis, tenor, Kansas City, Mo., and Brian Steel, baritone, Olathe. The cantata will be conducted by Philip Michael Orlando, Community Chorus conductor and director of choral activities at Kansas Wesleyan. "'Carmina Burana' is highly rhythmic and melodic, as well as a homophonic expression of a group of Medieval poems in Latin and German by Orff," said Orlando. "A special feature of the orchestra is a massive battery of percussion." The 70-voice children's choir is comprised of youngsters from most of Salina's elementary schools. The students were selected by their music teachers from the fifth and sixth grades. Tickets for Sunday's concert are $2 for adults and $1.50 for students. Children 12 years and under will be admitted free. Expects Casino to reopen shorf/y "Business is better than ever says Tickel of his new hotel By BILL BURKE LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Although the Landmark Hotel has been operating without a casino since Saturday, Lou Tickel says "business is better than ever." Tickel, a Salina lawyer, heads a group which purchased the Landmark from the Howard Hughes Summa Corp. When Sumrna turned over control of the hotel to the Tickei interests Saturday, the casino had to close because Tickel and his associates did not have the necessary gambling license to operate the casino. The license owned by the Summar Corp., expired with the transfer of property. Refute* rumori Tickel, reached at his hotel Monday night, refuted rumors that many per- BOM were cancelling their reservations because there was no casino in operation. "There is no problem; business is better than ever," he said. "In fact, there is a Salina couple registered and I am getting ready to go up to their room and visit with them." The Salina lawyer, who, with Mrs. Zula Wolfram of Toledo, Ohio, head the group which bought the hotel for $12.5 million, was asked about an amended objection to the sale of the hotel to Ticket's group filed in district court at Las Vegas by J. E, Morgan and Associates. The Morgan group said it had offered $13 million for the hotel, which is $500,000 more than Ticket's group paid, and that it was denied bidding instructions. Tickel said he believed it was only a "publicity gimmick". "We already have the deed and we're operating," Tickel said. He added that members of his group ters where the youth of the community can learn to appreciate their heritage first-hand. The local historic centers not only might attract out-of-state visitors who are driving through Kansas, but they also would improve Kansans' image of their state, he said. A suggestion from the audience that the state end its policy of providing free rest areas along the interstate highways failed to attract much support. Montgomery replied that the complaint had been heard before, and was considered by a specially-appointed state committee on tourism. The committee, however, overwhelmingly was in favor of retaining the free rest stops because of the favorable image they give the state, Montgomery said. The rest areas also attract tourists who might otherwise find another route through the middle of the nation. Larry Montgomery talks about Kansas tourism. (Journal Photo) Judges would get raise, too Senate to consider pay hikes for state officials TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) - Statewide elected officials and Kansas judges would receive a pay increase, and 1,700 district court employees would go on the state payroll under a legislative package introduced by a Senate committee Monday. In addition, one of the bills, introduced by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, would order the state budget director — a member of the executive branch — to review the judicial branch budget for the first time in state history. The other measure would require the state to assume the salaries of district magistrate judges, who currently are paid wholly by counties. It also would gradually phase out county pay supplements now being paid to district court judges and associate district judges, in addition to their basic state pay. $12 million more The judicial portions of the package would cost the state $3.17 million over current spending for fiscal year 1979 and eventually would cost the state $12.37 million by fiscal 1982 when entire judicial salaries, and court costs would be phased into the state budget. The $3.17 million in the first year is only $970,000 more than recommendations of Gov. Robert Bennetf for spending on the judicial budget. Bennett had recommended judicial salary increases coupled with state grants to count- Hopper car shortage hearing set Joel Burns, director of the Interstate Commerce Commission Bureau of Operations, will be in Salina Wednesday to hear comments from farmers, grain- men and others on the hopper carsshort- age. The hearing starts at 9 a.m. at the Mid-America Inn, 1846 N. 9th. Rep. Keith Sebelius told Mitchell County farmers last week in Beloit that the ICC had found many cars stranded on the East Coast because of heavy snow in that area, equipment breakdowns and faulty tracks. Compounding the problem is a shortage of locomotives. He predicted the situation should slowly begin to improve in the next six to eight weeks. Some grain dealers have said this year's shortage is the worst in five years. If it continues, they fear there will be no way to move grain when harvest time rolls around in about two months: ies to defray operating costs of district courts, for a total recommendation of $2.2 million. The judicial salary increases follow the recommendations of a special committee on judicial pay, made last summer. However, to reduce the expense, Ways and Means voted for the four- year phase-in program. The provision requiring Budget Director James Bibb to review the judicial budget also authorizes the budget director to make those changes in the budget he deems appropriate. Although Bibb would be considering the budget, it would not go to the governor, who generally examines all other agency budgets after the budget director. Salary changes for state officials Included in the package are as follows: Governor, from $35,000 to $45,000; lieutenant governor, from $10,400 to $13,500; secretary of state, from $20,000 to $27,500; state treasurer, from $20,000 to $27,500; attorney general, from $32,500 to $40,000; insurance commissioner, from $25,000 to $32,500; Corporation Commission chairman, from $29,500 to $32,500; Corporation Commission members, from $27,000 to $31,500; Tax Appeals Board chairman, from $26,750 to $32,500; Tax Appeals Board members, from $25,000 to $31,500. Under the judicial salary phase-in, V were going to file for gambling licenses Tuesday. "We never had any trouble getting a license, it's just that it takes 90 to 120 days for approval," he said. Meanwhile, Tickel is trying to select someone who has a license to operate the casino on a temporary basis until his group gets its own. "We've had 30 persons with licenses who want to lease the casino, but we're being selective," Tickel says. He laid he expects to find someone and have the casino in operation by April IS. Persons leasing the casino on a tem- poary basis must show they have $1,000,000 of their own money with which to operate. Tickel said he anticipates he and his group will have their license by July 1. He said 220 employes are temporarily laid off until the casino reopens. There are 700 other employes at the Landmark. the chief justice's pay would increase from the current $35,000 to $37,250 next year and gradually increase to $44,000 by Jan. 1,1982. Associate justices' salaries would increase from the current $34,000, to $36,250 next year and gradually increase to $43,000 in 1982. The salary of the chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals would increase from the current $34,000, to $36,000 next year and gradually increase to $42,000 in 1982. Other appeals court judges' pay would increase from the current $33,000, to $35,000 next year and gradually increase to $41,000 in 1982. District court judge salaries would increase from the current $30,500 plus any county supplements, to $32,625 next year and gradually increase to $39,000 without supplements in 1982. Associate district judge pay would increase from the current $22,000 plus county supplements, to $30,500 next year and $37,000 without supplements in 1982. District magistrates, who have received no salaries from the state in the past, have been paid in some cases as low as $9,000, depending on individual county commissions. Under the salary package, the state would pay the magistrates from $11,000 to $15,000, depending upon the population of the county in which the judge serves. V Rangerette reparations approved by the House TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) - The Kansas House Tuesday passed, 97-26, a bill granting up to $27,000 to each of the families of two slain park rangerettes and a 5-year-old Parsons girl killed by a state hospital patient. In other action, the Senate sent to conference committee a bill that would legalize the manufacture and use of . Laetrile for treatment of cancer, Senators sent the controversial bill to a joint House-Senate panel to examine House amendments to the Senate bill. Also sent to conference committee by the upper chamber was a bill to establish a Kansas presidential primary. Senators Monday approved, 32-5, a bill to reduce the property tax paid on farm machinery by 15 percent for the next two years. The bill, proposed by Gov. Robert Bennett, is designed to ease temporarily the tax on farmers while lawmakers study ways to make the tax system more equitable. Tire slashed A General Battery employee told police that a tire was slashed on his car Sunday. Damage to the tire was estimated at $100. It was the latest in a series of vandalism incidents believed tied to a strike at General Battery. Movie review "Julia" features compelling performances by actresses Salina LWV to hear qbout trip to India The League of Women Voters of Salina will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Land Institute, Salina Rt. 3, to hear a report from League member Dana Jackson on her recent trip to India and Sri Lanka. Ms. Jackson participated in a trans- nation dialogue, sponsored by the Overseas Developmental Council. The presentation will include slides and a discussion of the problems and strengths of developing nations All interested persons are welcome. Those wishing to pool rides may meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Sears Center. By MARILYN HINES The devotion of two friends which begins in childhood and continues with intensity into adulthood is primarily what "Julia" is all about. The movie, now showing at Sunset Plaza Cinemas, was adapted from a story by Lillian Hellman and directed by Fred Zinneman. It brought Oscars to its two supporting actors, Vanessa Redgrave, as the total activist, and Jason Robards, as the taciturn mystery writer Dashiell Hammett, and a best actress nomination for Jane Fonda as Lillian Hellman. "Julia" also was nominated for a best picture award. The performances are compelling, but the movie is too slow-paced to hold one's attention for two hours. The dialogue is sparse and there is little action. And there's an overly-long train ride sequence in which Lillian smuggles money to Julia in Berlin to fight the rise of Hitler's Third Reich. Some of the more touching moments come during the flashbacks when the film recalls the early lives of Julia and Lily. The two shared childhood dreams and games, with Lily the insecure follower and Julia always the leader in their fantasy adventures. This same pattern follows throughout adulthood even though their lives take different paths — Lillian becoming a famous playwright and Julia fighting the evils of fascism and naziism. The film also touches on the longtime, rocky romance of Hammett and Hellman. It was through his encouragement that she finally became a successful writer. Fonda and Redgrave are powerful actresses. They light up the screen, but their personalities never intrude on the characters they are portraying. I wanted to like-the movie because I admire the professional capabilities of both women — but I just couldn't.

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