The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 9, 1997 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 9, 1997
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r Royal blank Tim Belcher wins third game in a row as KC shuts out Tigers/C1 SPORTS Third Rock NBC sitcom goes out of this world with 3-D episode / D1 ENCORE! * Another year?: seinteid stars hold out for more money / A6 ! Computer error causes big headache for KPL customers / B1 INSIDE High: 72 Low: 40 Mostly sunny today with 10 to 20 mph north winds; mostly clear tonight /B3 WEATHER Classified / C7 Comics / B4 Deaths / A9 Encore! / D1 Great Plains / B1 Money / C3 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX *** Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 FRIDAY MAY 9, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents A Moving XPERIENCE Mickey Brown of Junction City reads the names of Vietnam veterans Inscribed on the moving wall after It was opened to the public Thursday. Brown still wears the bracelets of her two brothers still missing In Vietnam. Photos by The Associated Press Major Thomas Meara shows his son, Robert, 7, the name of the youngster's uncle on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial moving wall Thursday at Fort Riley, This is the only moving wall In the country affiliated with the permanent wall In Washington, D.C. Tribute to Vietnam veterans comes to Kansas By The Associated Press , FORT RILEY — With three brothers inissing in action, Mickey Brown may be more qualified than anyone etefr for the honor of the ceremonial reading of names on the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Brown led off the public reading of the 58,202 names on both the famed Vietnam Wall in Washington and on thejhalf-size aluminum replica that reached Fort Riley on Thursday. ;. She has two brothers still missing • i ",in Vietnam and one missing in Korea. "This wall helps to keep the fight .^alive to find the missing soldiers," ' said Brown, a longtime local leader of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "People soon forget about them." The memorial was scheduled to be at Fort Riley through Sunday, its 22nd stop, before traveling on to Prineville, Ore. Several other traveling Vietnam memorials are touring the country, but the one in Fort Riley is the only one af- filiated with the Washington wall. The memorial has two walls, each about 123 feet long, with the soldiers' names laser-etched on panels of reflective black aluminum. A line of small American flags forms a path for visitors. Gordon Farmer came to the traveling Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall to find two names: Louis Moles and Roger Patterson, both killed in Vietnam and both members of a tank company that Farmer commanded in 1970-71. "Patterson extended his tour in Vietnam to get out of the Army early," Farmer said. "He was a medic. He was killed on a resupply mission." Dock Bullard, Junction City, served in the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam. He came to the wall to look for Celester Harrison. The pair graduated from high school together in Selma, Ala., before Bullard joined the Marines and Harrison joined the Army. "They carried him missing (in action) for a long time," Bullard said. Harrison's name is now on the wall. Fort Riley officials held a brief ceremony before opening the wall to the public. "This wall is a memorial to all Vietnam veterans, those who came home and those who didn't," said Maj. Gen. Michael Dodson, Fort Riley's commander. "It's a symbol of the sacrifice of all veterans who went where they were told and did their duty when they got there." Dodson laid a wreath in front of the wall, and three F-16 jets from the Oklahoma Air National Guard flew over to punctuate a bugler playing "Taps." Hours after the ceremony, a grey- haired man wearing a motorcycle jacket, black bandanna and sunglasses stood at one end of the wall, and a county sheriffs deputy of about the same age stood in full uniform at the other end. Both stood quietly, arms folded, staring at the wall. After about 10 minutes, each went his own way. Meanwhile, the public reading of those killed in action continued, now reading names beginning with the letter "B." Members of the Fort Riley Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard stand behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial moving wall during Thursday's opening ceremonies. T KU KLUX KLAN Salina man is linked to Ku Klux Klan Man with his name on KKK's post office box in Salina says he's not a member of the Klan By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal A man whose name is on the application for a Salina post office box that was listed on literature promoting the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan angrily denied that he is a member of that group. Dennis Winters, 28, on May 2 shouted at a Journal reporter who came to his home at 119 S. Columbia and said he didn't know why his name was on the application for the post office box. However, Salina Postmaster Richard Brake said Wednesday that in order to receive a post office box, applicants must show identification and proof of a permanent address. A postal carrier then checks to see if the address on the application is a valid, inhabited household, Brake said. The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, based in Harrison, Ark., had planned to come to Salina in January for its rally. The rally was canceled because of an ice storm in Arkansas and has been rescheduled, but the Klan has not released a date. Winters, who was wearing a large, orange- and-blue Confederate flag ring when approached by the Journal reporter, said the post office box information was private. He threatened to sue the Journal if the newspaper printed his name. See KLAN, Page A9 T FEDERAL RESERVE Greenspan defends Fed's rate increase Federal Reserve chairman hints at another hike in interest rates at Fed's next meeting By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — With unusual clarity and force, Alan Greenspan dismissed criticism of the Federal Reserve's interest-rate increase in March and paved the way Thursday for the possibility of even higher rates to come. "It would have been folly not to take this small prudent step," the central bank chairman said in an after-dinner speech prepared for delivery in New York. Greenspan refrained from saying explicitly what action - Fed policy-makers would take when they meet next on May 20. But the strong tone of his remarks suggested they might add to the quar- tei'-point rate increase engineered March 25. "For the Federal Reserve to remain inactive against a possible buildup of insidious inflationary pressures would be to sanction a threat to the job security and standards of living of too many Americans," he told New York University's Stern School of Business. The speech fit with Greenspan's efforts to prepare financial markets for higher interest rates. GREENSPAN * WEATHER Storms keep insurance agents hopping Wednesday's vihail and rain does damage to area , • homes and ! vehicles By GORDON FIEDLER The Salina Journal Jean Curry's phone started ringing soon after a late-afternoon storm thumped the Salina area with hail and rain. "The calls started coming in last night," said Curry, an agent for Shelter Insurance in Salina. Like the twin elements of the storm, the claims contained a mixture. Callers were reporting damage to their houses and vehicles. Damage ranged from dents, broken windows, dinged shingles and hail- blasted siding. , "We usually have a big storm once or twice a year. This would faljjinto the bigger storms," she said. Near Bennington, Ottawa County officials found evidence of rotating wind, although no tornado was reported. The storm was severe and damage extensive enough for the regional office of State Farm Insurance, Tulsa, Okla., to dispatch a claims team north. State Farm spokesman Ross Eaton said there are two temporary offices set up here, one to handle homeowner insurance and the other for vehicles. Agricultural officials also said an assessment of the 1997 wheat crop is equally premature. "We didn't find any fields we felt were totally devastated," said Dave Pounds, county executive director of tfce Farm Service Agency in Ottawa County. "It all looked pretty good, but it will take seven to ten days for (damage) to show up," he said. County Agricultural Agent Ron Seyfert said a test plot near Minneapolis suffered. "It got beat up pretty good," Seyfert said. Almost all of the wheat in his area was just shy of heading out, offering some natural protection, he said. The wheat was in the "boot" stage, meaning the head, where the grain forms, was still inside the plant. Rain amounts in the Salina area ranged from hundredths of an inch in the northwest to more than 3 inches east. The Salina Journal's rain gauge recorded 1.58 inches iri central Salina. to the woods TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Juanlta Martinez, Assaria, uses a riding mower Thursday afternoon to cut the grass along a tree line at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery. , b

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