The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 9, 1997 · Page 11
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 11

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 9, 1997
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FRIDAY $ MAY 9, 1997 .,-THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B BRIEFLY V UTILITY BILLS Man runs stop sign, drives into train '. A man who allegedly ran a stop sign and drove into the side of a tlnion Pacific train at 6:07 p.m. Wednesday walked away from the crash without serious injuries, •but with a traffic citation. The train was going south ticross Schilling Road half a mile ~w.est of Ohio Street at about 10 "miles an hour when it was hit by the Shears Construction dump truck driven by Walters, according to a Saline County Sheriffs Office report. The report said the train engineer, Michael H. Prickett, 48, Simpson, pulled on his emergency brake when he realized the dump truck wasn't going to stop. The dump truck hit one of the two train engines, the report said. Walters was cited for failing to obey a stop sign. Study surveys seniors to develop services HAYS — The Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging is assisting the Kansas Department on Aging in conducting a survey to find out from Kansas seniors what services they need. The survey results will help develop a strategic plan for aging services that will guide the department for the next six years. The survey will include different polling techniques. Methods will include telephone surveys, public hearings, focus groups and interviews. Kansas seniors can participate by telephone by calling the statewide toll-free survey line at 1-800-432-3535, between May 5 and May 23. Callers should say they wish to participate in the "senior survey." They will then be asked to respond to a few questions over the phone. Surveys will also be distributed at senior centers and nutrition sites across Kansas. For more information call the Northwest Kansas Area on Aging toll-free at 1-800-432-7422, or (913) 628-8204. Or write the agency at 301 W. 13th, Kays, KS 67601. College Park Village health center fined College Park Village Health Care Center, 2925 Florida, has been fined $1,000 by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for violating state nursing home regulations. The facility was cited for failing to prevent the development of bed sores. The deficiency was noted in an inspection of the facility in February and hadn't been corrected on a follow-up visit in March. Administrator David Palmer said the problems have been addressed. He said a patient had pressure sores on the heels of the foot and wore protectors. "We had an incontinent accident and after (the bedding) went to the laundry an aide forgot to put the heal protectors back on," Palmer said. BMW Health Care of Rusk, Texas acquired the facility from Southern Health Enterprises of Albuquerque, N.M., on May 1. Father, son killed in crash Thursday on 1-70 BREWSTER — Two area residents were killed Thursday morning when their semi-tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 70, said a dispatcher from the Kansas Highway Patrol. The driver, Arthur L. Stoll, 52, Monument, died at 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Medical Center in Colby. His passenger and father, Harry W. Stoll, 78, Oakley, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at 8:57 a.m. The semi-tractor-trailer was westbound on 1-70 in the driving lane when it left the roadway and entered the north ditch, the dispatcher said. Arthur attempted to bring it back on the road, but the vehicle overturned at least two times, and the trailer detached from the tractor unit. The trailer came to rest on its top in the north ditch, and the tractor came to rest on its wheels in the ditch. From Staff Report* Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call attar 7:30 p.m.) Computer error causes big KPL bills Some Salinans received incorrect bills showing credits rather than amounts due By DAN ENGLAND 77ie Saltna Journal Salinans on a tight budget are facing KPL bills that threaten to split the seams of their pocketbooks because of a statewide computer error. Several Salina agencies have dealt with a few people who are facing the huge bills, said Marlene Hansmann, director of Hotline, a crisis and information service. The people tend to be on the Low Income Energy Assistance Program through the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The agencies serving those affected include the Salina Area Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Salina Emergency Aid/Food Bank. The customers also were on a pay- ment plan, where a fixed amount is paid to KPL every month instead of fluctuating amounts from month to month. The KPL customers' bills two months ago listed a huge credit amount instead of an amount due, so the customers didn't pay the monthly payment, Hansmann said. Their April bill reflects the money that was never paid to KPL on top of their regular monthly bill. In many cases, the bill was accompanied with a note threatening that power would be cut off if the bill wasn't paid. "One gentleman brought in a bill, and he has a bill that showed $600 credit for the month of February," Hansmann said. "Two months later, he receives a cut-off notice because it states that he hasn't made his payment, and the amount he must pay is $526. They are just overwhelmed by the bills. Obviously for people on a fixed income, it's very important that their bill is accurate so it doesn't happen again." Michel' Philipp, spokeswoman for West- "We want people to call us if they are having trouble paying their bills. How will we know if they don't call?" Michel' Philipp Western Resources spokeswoman ern Resources, which owns KPL, said 559 customers were affected by the computer glitch statewide. She said the root of the problem came from a computer change that allowed customers to pay their bills ahead of time if they chose. KPL serves 1.2 million customers in the state. "What we didn't realize, is that threw some things off," she said. "Once that was identified, it was straightened out. We think we have solved the problem." KPL customers can call the agency to work out a payment schedule, Philipp said A team has been established to handle; LIEAP SRS payments to ensure that the glitch doesn't happen again. Philipp said! she didn't know whether only those on LIEAP payments were affected by the 1 glitch, but the Salina agencies said the ones they have seen affected by the glitch had re 1 - ceived a LIEAP payment. '' "We want people to call us if they are having trouble paying their bills," Philipp said. "How will we know if they don't call?" •",' Kathy Jackson, director of Emergency Aid/Food Bank, said at least one person.'d Salina mother with a new baby, has been disconnected because of KPL's compute? error. The mother's power was turned back on after Jackson talked to KPL. "It wasn't their fault," Jackson said of the customers. "But now they're the ones paying^ The sky's the limit KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Jake Greenup, student life coordinator at Kansas State Unlverslty-Salina, gets his hands on the controls of a quad track 3 meter kite Thursday afternoon during a kite-flying demonstration at the school. Members of the Wichita Windjammers Kite Club exhibited several types of kites, including the quad track, which generates enough pull to drag its pilots across the field. T AGRICULTURE Scouts predict average wheat yield Kansas farmers should harvest far larger crop this year than last By DANA FIELDS The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Crop scouts concluded a three-day tour of Kansas wheat fields on Thursday with predictions of an average yield of 36.8 bushels per acre and a crop far larger than in 1996. Kansas farmers will probably harvest 302.5 million to 390 million bushes this year, the scouts said in individual predictions that averaged out to 336 million bushels. The estimates from the 1997 Wheat Tour were far rosier that those produced by the tour in drought-stricken 1996. At that time, the observers predicted dismal average yields of just 22.7 bushels per acre — 14.1 bushels below this year's estimate — and a crop somewhere between 105 million and 274 million bushels. Last year's final figure was 255.7 million bushels. But lack of rain is a problem again this year for west-central and northwest Kansas, the scouts said as they gathered at the Kansas City Board of Trade on Thursday afternoon before heading home. "This year I think we've got VLAW ENFORCEMENT The Associated Press Ken Fleischmann (left) a commodities broker and cash grain trader for Benson-Qui Co., Kansas City, Mo., examines wheat Thursday with Brian Grete, a market analyst with Professional Farmers of America, Cedar Falls, Iowa. The two were in a field near Whitewater on the Wheat Quality Council tour of wheat in Kansas. probably a slightly less than average Kansas wheat crop, at this point," said Ben Handcock of Pierre, S.D., executive vice president of the Wheat Quality Council. "And even that is predicated on it raining in west-central and northwest Kansas within the next week to 10 days," he added. "If it doesn't rain, then I predict that these estimates we have are going to be too high." A year ago, Handcock had declared that Kansas was suffering "the worst wheat conditions that I've ever seen anywhere, period." About 50 observers took part this year, setting out Tuesday in 18 cars and visiting virtually every corner of the state before gathering Wednesday evening in Wichita. They measured, inspected and took notes on the condition of hundreds of stands of wheat. Most of day three's routes took in southern Kansas, through Sedgwick, Harvey and Marion counties and northeast toward Kansas City. From Harvey and Marion counties, directly north of Wichita, the scouts reported few signs of pests, disease or damage, and all said the wheat generally looked good. Farther south, however, the signs of damage from a freeze in early April were evident, including split stems. Jim Shroyer, an extension agronomist with Kansas State University, said plants with split stems will eventually die because they won't be able to get enough water to the plant. Some plants have sent up new tillers to replace the old, damaged tillers, he said, but the new tillers will have a lower yield. The biggest gift to the crop now would be a delay of a week or so in the start of the harvest, which usually occurs within the first 10 days of June, said Michael Doane, executive vice president of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. "If we get some cooler days and a little moisture, it'll lengthen out the maturity time," Doane said. "And that's probably one of the best things that could happen." Man who disrupted concert pleads guilty Man subdued by pepper spray at Bicentennial Center gets jail sentence, fine By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Wtwn you need to know.. A man who was eventually subdued by pepper spray after disrupting a Bicentennial Center concert in March will spend 48 hours in jail and pay $500 in restitution after pleading guilty to three charges. Glenn Shouley, 32, Sylvan Grove, is scheduled to begin serving his jail term at 8 p.m. May 16. Shouley was given probation from a 30-day jail sentence after serving 48 hours. He also was ordered to pay $500 restitution to the city of Salina and $50 court costs. He pleaded guilty April 1 to a charge of smoking in a public building. He was scheduled for a Wednesday jury trial in Salina Municipal Court on charges of resisting arrest and failing to comply with a law enforcement officer. Instead, he pleaded guilty to those charges as well. A Salina police officer sprayed Shouley with pepper spray after he refused to leave the Bicentennial Center during a Collin Raye-Mila Mason concert. Concertgoers said Shouley was chain-smoking in the Bicentennial Center, where smoking is not allowed. He was also being loud and disruptive, passing a cellular telephone and cigarette lighter to people seated two rows ahead of him. Two police officers asked Shouley six times to accompany them to the foyer, Police Chief Jim Hill said at the time of the incident. When threatened with arrest, Shouley reportedly cursed the officers. After one of the officers took a beverage cup from Shouley's hand, he allegedly drew back his fist as if to strike the officer. The officer then sprayed oleoresin capsicum, or pepper spray, to subdue the man. The chemical spray affected more than just Shouley. Patrons seated nearby moved from the area or left the concert after experiencing a burning sensation from the chemical spray. At least one patron ended up in the emergency room of Salina Regional Health Center complaining of nausea, vomiting and eye irritation. The person was not hospitalized. T SALINA POLICE Officers to collect litter By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal —•• ' '" ' -V They're known for getting v the bad guys off the streets, but Saturday officers and other employees of the Sali- " na Police Department will be getting the trash off the ri , streets. ,', The employees and their spouses will be out picking up litter on Ninth Street ' from Otto to Schilling '/ streets. "It's a chance for us to give something back to the city," said Chief Jim Hill. Hill said the department , plans to adopt the portion of , road as a long-term project. _' "It's a corridor into the city, and we want to make ~ sure the city is presented in " a positive manner," Hill ; said. The police department also is challenging other city . departments, service clubs and community groups to [', adopt a city street in an ef- " fort to keep Salina clean. "If more groups would do this, we could further beautify our city," Hill said. Hill said employees and ' their spouses planned to pick up trash on Ninth Street about once a month. Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said he would propose a similar pro- ' gram to his officers. In announcing the road adoption, Hill noted that littering is prohibited in Salina by city ordinance. The ordinance prohibits . leaving litter or "any object • or substance which tends to pollute, mar or deface" on • any public road or at any lake, stream or body of water. It also prohibits leaving any object on private property without the consent of the owner or occupant. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-8<JD-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sJnews©sa|JournaLcom

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