The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 1, 1997 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, May 1, 1997
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THURSDAY MAY 1, 1997 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B T ANIMAL RUN-IN Rhino charges owner as children watch Walker hospitalized but didn't appear hurt after he startled rhino in its pen By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. •The Salina Journal Charlie Walker, founder and benefactor of the Rolling Hills Refuge Wildlife Conservation Center under development north•west of Salina, was injured Tuesday when he tried to feed an apple to one of the center's Indian rhinoceroses. The eight-year-old male named Joya, who weighs about 7,000 pounds, nearly a ton WALKER more than a Ford F-350 diesel 4x4 truck, charged Walker and bumped him into the thick, heavy steel bars of the rhino pen. Walker was admitted to Salina Regional Health Center, which wouldn't reveal his condition. He wasn't taking phone calls Wednesday afternoon. The incident occurred during a visit to the refuge by the kindergarten class of Walker's grandson, a student at Happy Corner Elementary School. Numerous Salina-area kindergarten classes had been visiting a limited area of the refuge since Monday. The Happy Corner class received a special tour of the rhino exhibit, which houses Indian rhinos and Southern White African rhinos, both species highly endangered. It is expected to be one of the highlights when the refuge officially opens next year. "Mr. Walker was nice enough to take us up there," said teacher Barbara Kern. "He got in the pen with the rhino who was standing in the corner opposite of where we were. (The rhino) quickly turned and charged at him and got the apple in the process. It was pretty dramatic." Kern said Walker wasn't knocked down and didn't appear hurt. Once outside the pen, he continued to feed the animal. "The rhino came back up and casually ate the apples. He was calmer then," Kern said. She said the incident wasn't serious enough to traumatize the children, nor were they in any danger while inside the massive barn in which the pens are located. "We discussed it when we got back and nobody seemed overly concerned," she said. Park Director Bob Brown said Joya's behavior was simply a reaction to being startled. "It was not a rhino attack," he said. Rhinos possess poor eyesight, but have acute senses of smell and hearing. When Walker stepped into the pen the animal apparently didn't recognize him from that distance. Also, Brown said, Joya was anxious about being temporarily confined inside on such a nice day while workers labored on the outside pens. "He had been inside all day and wanted out," Brown said. "He didn't have recess," is how Kern explained it to her students. Refuge personnel condition the rhinos to ease their adjustment to captivity and to human contact. Steve Kaup, rhino keeper, wrote in the center's spring newsletter that conditioning the animals through the feeding of supplemental and nutritional treats allows the staff to better examine and medicate them. "When minor problems do arise ... we are able to clean and disinfect wounds, apply salves, trim nails, and give injec- tions, just by having the animal remain in a stationary position," Kaup wrote. Walker's mishap tested an architectural feature of the rhino facility. "We designed that so (the keepers) could get out in a hurry, and it worked perfectly," Brown said. The posts of the pen are thick as tree trunks and are about 14 inches apart, j The rhinos are among the many ani- > mals from around the world already i housed at the refuge, whose mission is i the conservation and propagation of rar£ and endangered species. J Its other goals are education, research and exhibition. The refuge grew out of ' Walker's collection of exotic species that he used to spice up school tours of his ', large herd of Belgian horses, which he j no longer keeps. He donated 95 acres for the formationI of the refuge, now its own corporation, c)f which Walker is chairman. ! Clay Center man killed after running stop sign WICHITA — A Clay Center man was killed Tuesday night when he ran a stop sign and drove a car into the second trailer of a double tractor-trailer rig, said a spokesman with the Segdwick County Sheriffs Office. Terry R. Habluetzel, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 'crash, which occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on U.S. 81 just outside of Wichita. He wasn't wearing a seat belt. . • .The driver of the tractor-trailer, Homer L. Boyett, 39, Exeter, Mo., wasn't injured. Inmates allegedly scuffle at AA meeting Charges are possible against a ..Saline County Jail inmate who al- •legedly hit another inmate during •an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. • Roderick Shackelford, 20, is ac- :cused of hitting Tracy Hadley, 25, ^during the 7 p.m. Monday meeting. ; Saline County Undersheriff Carl ;Kiltz said half a dozen inmates 'were in the meeting, and Hadley had been reading from an Alcoholics Anonymous manual. Hadley became angry when people were ^talking in the back of the room -and stopped reading, Kiltz said. Kiltz said Shackelford hit Hadley in the face, then others Joined the scuffle. ', No other inmates are expected ;to face charges. Man pushes lottery winnings over $40,000 . HAYS — It might sound a little 'superstitious, but one can't blame 'Roger Wasinger for buying his •lottery tickets on Mondays. " After all, Wasinger has almost $40,000 to show for his efforts. ; The Hays man's most recent bit *of good fortune went like this: • .Wasinger says the number two ~i§ his lucky number. So, since iMonday is the second day of the 'week, it was only natural that he would be buying some lottery tickets Monday. He went to the Dillon Food Store at 27th and Hall Monday jriprning as he does every Mon-•flay and picked up Kansas Cash I-aiid Powerball tickets. £ ; On second thought, he asked ;l"for another ticket a Wild Double .Doubler. As luck would have it, ;there were three $5,000 symbols -marked on the ticket. ;" ; Wasinger and his wife, Norma, play weekly because like many Americans, they would like to win the big money. The couples' other big winnings included :425,000 in 1988 and $8,000 in 1992. Wild steer killed after chase in Kansas City : ; -; KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A steer ; that apparently jumped a fence in < the stockyards was shot and •killed Tuesday after eluding capture for almost four hours. T : The 350-pound steer barged !• through traffic on Interstates 670 lland 70, crossed into Kansas City, Kan., and back to Missouri, and -;knocked a woman to the ground '^before it was shot near 12th Street *a)id Woodland Avenue. x; Kansas City Stockyards Co. co- •rpwner Janell Rook learned at 10 CA-.m. that the steer had escaped from a fenced pasture behind the Golden Ox restaurant. ; From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) Foxy babe DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal A young red fox, also known as a kit, takes a break from romping with Its siblings just outside the family's den in east Salina on Wednesday. The kit, a Vulpes fulva, is one of at least five that live In the underground home. Foxes, which grow to the size of small dogs, will build dens in and around cities in an effort to seek refuge from their more wary enemy, the coyote. V CRIME T PUBLIC ART Seattle artist sees room for art in Salina Elegant gateways into city could reflect ties to our agrarian past By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal A noted public artist from Seattle was in Salina on Wednesday to spark public discussion of what public art might mean to Salina. Buster Simpson said public art is simply art that draws the attention of those in a community. It is not pandering, he added. The public, he said, "may think that they would like a bronze eagle, but after discussion they might like something a bit more challenging. It is the difference between good literature and pulp fiction." Simpson was brought to Salina by the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission. He spent the day meeting with city officials, tour- T SALINE COUNTY COMMISSION ing the town to examine potential art sites and, last evening, making a public presentation. City officials have cited landscaping work under way at the new intersection of Ninth and Broadway streets as an example of the role art can play in the community. Simpson learned the importance of place and function when, fresh out of college, he was among artists commissioned to create art for the Woodstock concert in New York. The artists, building on an agrarian theme, used, hay and wood in their art. But their work was dismantled by festival-goers who used the materials for bedding and fires. Simpson said the experience helped him see his art in another perspective. "A lot of us tend to be too precious about our professions," he said. More recently, Simpson has tackled issues of urban sprawl and the environment. "Host Analog" outside the Oregon State Convention Center shows the interconnection of the environment. A rotting log that is being slowly taken over by new plant life is nourished by water from the same watershed from which the logs were taken. Simpson's art tends to be site specific, and he prefers to be in on the planning from the beginning. Simpson merged the history of white America with Indian history in the "Seattle George" monument at the Washington State Convention Center. The work portrays both George Washington and Chief Seattle. An aluminum bust of Seattle trims an evergreen bust of Washington. If the environment stays healthy, Washington will grow to engulf Seattle. If the vines die, Chief Seattle's profile will again dominate the sculpture. Although more cities are dedicating money for public art projects, art education funding has been slashed. Simpson fears that without art education, there will be no one informed enough to appreciate art. "Art helps people think," he said. Simpson sees a visual blight occurring in urban areas that cuts our emotional ties with our communities. He called it the mallifi- cation of America. "This town is not that old and we are all ready to destroy it for something that will be obsolete in 10 years," Simpson said of the decline of downtowns. For Salina, Simpson suggested improving our gateways to the city — perhaps something elegant that reflects our agrarian ties. Aesthetics drives proposed development Officials will decide on whether development north of Salina meets county's requirements By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal , When you nosd lo know. Tim Howison probably could put more building lots on a 320-acre development being proposed north of Salina. But instead of saturating the rolling hills with homes, he's concentrating instead on making sure the homes to be built there will have great views, unobstructed by other rooftops. "It's laid out for aesthetics," Howison said. Howison, owner of Associated Real Estate Brokers in Salina, is developing the land for Ed Streckfus, Lakin. Streckfus, who builds conservation terraces and previously owned land in Saline County, plans to buy the land from Vanier Inc. Before Big Valley Development becomes a reality, Howison and Streckland must receive approval from the Saline County Planning Commission and the Saline County Commission. The planning commission will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in Room 107 of the City-County Building to consider two issues related to the development: • Whether the future land-use map of the county's comprehensive plan should be revised to allow residential development on the 320 acres located on the west side of North Ohio Street, a mile north of Shipton Road and 3 miles north of Interstate 70. The future land- use map shows the area as best suited for agricultural use. It is now used as pasture. • Whether the land should be zoned for a residential planned-unit development. It is now zoned for agricultural use. Howison said the land is perfect for residential development, with its rolling hills, its many ravines and its wooded areas. Plans call for 35 building lots in the development, with lot prices starting at about $20,000. The average lot size would be 9 acres, which would include common areas. If all goes as planned, Howison said the development will include about 75 acres of common area. The property has two ponds, and another is planned. There would be room for walking paths and picnic spots. "The ground is beautiful," Howison said. "There's a 120-foot drop in elevation in 1,000 feet from the top of the hill to the pond. "The views from these lots will supersede any current development or any other development being planned at this time." The lots will be planned in such a way that each home will have a view of a pond or a wooded area, not of another house. And most lots would allow walk-out basements, he said. Howison hopes to have lots available for sale in the fall. Robber killed in holdup Store clerk took action only after robbers talked about killing him By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — When two young men tried to rob his store, Melvin Porter simply opened the cash register for them. But when one of the robbers talked about killing him, the ex- Marine and former prison guard decided he had to do something. In the ensuing struggle a shotgun fired, fatally wounding one of the robbers. ! "You got to live," said Porte^, back behind the counter at Kitty's Market the next day. "You can't let the criminals scare you away." Porter served in Vietnam and spent several years as a guard at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth. But the encounter Monday was among his most dangerous. The store is named for Porter's grandmother, Kitty Arnold, who along with his grandfather!, Theodore, opened it and built it in 1 to a neighborhood institution in northeast Kansas City, Kan. Porter's grandparents are retired now but the store continues to be family operated. Porter's brother works at the store later in the day, and his mother and sistfcr carry on the tradition of making pies. i Porter was in the back room shortly before 1 p.m. Monday when two young men entered the store, one armed with a shotgun. When Porter came out and walked behind the counter, the man with the gun followed him and pointed it at him. "I just opened the register and said, 'There,' " Porter said. Then, he said, the man on tfie other side of the counter said something about not liking the way Porter was looking at him, and that maybe they should kill Porter. , "That's when I decided I had .to do something," Porter said. "I wasn't going to just stand there and Ifet them shoot me. I was just trying TO protect myself." He grabbed the shotgun and it discharged as he and the man struggled for control. The two men ran out, but a neighbor who saw the commotion and heard the shbt followed them in a truck. "This is a close, tight-knit neighborhood," said Porter, who had called police. '-'• "I didn't know one of them had been hit until I saw the blood <5h the floor," Porter said. " Irvin Luster, 18, Kansas City, Kan., collapsed and died about »a block away. Wise Hayes, 16, was caught by police and was charged as an adult Wednesday with firSt- degree murder and aggravated robbery. <•< Under Kansas law, anyone involved in a robbery can be charged with first-degree murder if someone is killed during the commission of the crime, Wyandotte County District Attorney Nick Tomasic said. , Hayes was being held in the Wyandotte County Juvenile Detention Center on outstanding warrants. ;" Porter called the incidentia tragedy for the dead youth and his family. At the same time he doesn't regret what he did. "I'm just glad I was the only one in the store at the time," he said. • SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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