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Journal Home Edition — 75 Cents Salina, Kansas March 31,1985 114th year — No. 90—96 Pages Leaders plan militajry talks By The New York Times WASHINGTON - Military leaders from the United States and the Soviet Union will hold talks on the shooting death of an American officer in East Germany, the State Department announced on Saturday. The talks are aimed at insuring "that there will be no repetitions of such episodes," the department said after a meeting between Secretary of State George P. Shultz and the Soviet ambassador, Anatoly F. Dobrynin. After the hour-long session, Dobrynin told reporters that the meeting Nicholson's funeral, Page 5 had touched on "the whole range of the Soviet-American relations, beginning from Geneva and ending with bilateral relations." Shultz said through an aide that the United States was "very pleased with this agreement" on the military talks, which are to be conducted between the American and Soviet commanders in Europe. State Department officials said the meeting was held to prevent additional strains in American-Soviet relations. During the session, Shultz raised questions about ideas that the Russians had recently raised at the Geneva arms talks, an official said. Further details were not available. The slain officer, Maj. Arthur D. Nicholson Jr., was buried Saturday afternoon in a military ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, six days after he was shot by a Soviet sentry in East Germany while on a monitoring mission. Under gray skies, he was eulogized by his former commander as a man who was prepared to give the Russians "the benefit of the doubt." y # Shultz Dobrynin Soviet officials said that Nicholson, a 37-year-old linguist who specialized in Russian, was killed while spying in a restricted zone. But the United States said he was doing nothing wrong and called the shooting a "murder." No date or place has been announced for the start of the talks on Nicholson's death. They are to be led by the commander of American forces in West Germany, Gen. Glenn K. Otis of the 7th Army in Heidelberg, and Gen. Mikhail M. Zaitsev, leader of Soviet forces in East Germany. Shultz requested the morning meeting with the Soviet ambassador, which was held at the State Department. Mark Palmer, deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs, said after the meeting that Shultz was "very pleased with this agreement to have our commanders in chief get together to discuss this matter and to insure that there will be no repetition of such episodes." Dobrynin said that the talks would be "related to closing this entire matter and also to consider possible measures to prevent incidents with the members of the military liaison missions." Established after World War II, the missions permit American and Soviet authorities to observe military activities on both sides of the German border. Scott William. Sid Cooley displays a tray of newly hatched chicks at his Saline Valley Chicken Hatchery on North Santa Fe. Cooky's hot on bringing new chicks to life By BRENT BATES Staff Writer Sid Cooley's no spring chicken. Granted, the 73-year-old man doesn't look like the motherly type, but he has played mother hen for millions of baby chickens. From an old dairy store on North Santa Fe, Cooley operates the Saline Valley Chicken Hatchery. He hatches eggs and sells day-old chickens to people in an area that stretches from Salina to the Colorado and Nebraska borders. "At my age, it's just something to do," he explained. "It's all I want. I'm not trying to get rich." Cooley has been hatching eggs for almost 50 years. He started operating a hatchery for Swift and Company in 1937, and opened a hatchery of his own in 1942. During his hatching season that runs from March to June, Cooley collects eggs each week from area farmers. He packs the eggs on wooden trays and stacks them in a huge, 53-year-old incubator. "You get fired around here if you break any eggs," Cooley said, as he and his wife, Lenora, fit rows of eggs on the trays. The incubator, which holds up to }6,320 eggs at a time, keeps the eggs at a constant 99 to 100 degrees, simulating the heat of a hen sitting on her nest. The humidity is kept at about 76 percent. Every three hours, Cooley spins a handle on the side of the incubator, tilting the trays of eggs at different angles. An employee tilts the eggs through the night. "The old hen turns the eggs with her foot — every hour if she's a good mother," Cooley said, demonstrating the hen's technique by lifting a leg and kicking. "It keeps the baby chicken from sticking to the shell." After 18 days in the incubator, Cooley transfers the eggs to trays in another incubator that has room for the chickens when they hatch. (See Chicks, Page 11) Early spring snows blanket Kansas By JUDITH WEBER Staff Writer A "late winter" storm dumped one to five inches of snow over areas of Kansas Saturday and dampened thoughts of spring spurred by 70-degree temperatures earlier in the week. A travelers advisory was issued Saturday for the western % of Kansas, where the possibility of an additional three to six inches of snow was forecast for overnight. A stockmans advisory was issued for Saturday night for the eastern third Of Kansas, where rain was expected to change to snow with one to four inches of accumulation by this morning. Temperatures had dropped to near freezing Friday, and by daybreak Saturday, two to four inches of snow had accumulated in western Kansas. In central Kansas rain changed to snow by midday. Five inches of snow fell in Dodge City and Selden by-Saturday evening, with Concordia reporting four inches, and Hill City, Goodland, Belleville, and Garden City receiving three inches. Salina received one inch, and McPherson % inch. Northerly winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour caused blowing and drifting in the west, and sent wind chill readings in the northwestern % of the state to near zero. Saturday's highs were in the 30s and 40s. In Salina, the untimely cold weather didn't keep many people home. Clerks at several department stores and supermarkets said business Saturday was as brisk as usual or better. Because the winter storm was predicted Friday, delicate plants at garden centers were taken inside before damage could be done. Sheriff's dispatchers in Gove, Ellis, Ellsworth, Russell and Trego counties reported several minor vehicle accidents Saturday caused by slippery road conditions. Thunderstorms in the nation's south produced hail the size of baseballs near Nacogdoches, Texas. Re- ports of golf ball-sized hail were scattered across parts of eastern Texas and northwest Louisiana. Flash flood watches were posted Saturday over much of an area from southeast Missouri to northern West Virginia. Snow reached from the central plains across much of Iowa Saturday, and is expected to reach across the upper Mississippi Valley, northwest Missouri, eastern Kansas, New York and Vermont today. Saturday's storm was caused by a low-pressure area from the Gulf of Mexico expected to move northeast today. As it does, precipitation should end and skies begin to clear in Kansas. Patrolman stabilized after Friday shooting TOPEKA (AP) - A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper who was wounded after stopping a car Friday night was in serious condition at a Topeka hospital Saturday. Trooper Robert Shows, 36, who was shot two or three times in the side and chest, was in serious but stable condition at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said. Authorities said a 54-year-old Topeka man was booked into the Shawnee County jail and was expected to be formally charged Monday in Shawnee County District Court with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. The man was questioned after his arrest about 11:20 p.m. Friday, about three hours after the shooting occurred just inside the city limits on Topeka's northeast side, said Lt. Col. Bill Mooman. Today Today is Sunday, March 31, the 90th day of 1985. There are 275 days left in the year. This is Palm Sunday. Today's highlight in history: On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower in Paris was officially opened to the public. Inside Business 22-24 Classified 39-16 Entertainment 47 Great Plains 37 Living Today 25-30 Local/Kansas 3, 9 Nation/World 5 On the Record 11 Opinion '. 4 Sports 13-20 Weather H Weather KANSAS - Mostly sunny west today, with snow ending and becoming partly sunny east. Highs in the mid-40s to around 50. Mostly clear tonight and Monday. Lows tonight at 25 to 30 west and north to the mid-30s southeast. Warmer Monday with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. JULJ First United Methodist Church First Christian Church — Roosevelt-Lincoln Junior High Immanuel Lutheran Church School District warehouse nrrnnnnn Churches, school district asked to ante up for downtown work By GORDON FIEDLER Jr. Staff Writer A proposal to form a special assessment district to help raise funds for downtown renovation would tax more than retail establishments. Three churches and the Salina School District would be asked to help pay the $6.5 million cost to make downtown Salina more attractive to shoppers. The churches and Roosevelt-Lincoln Junior High School are located within the 11-block special assessment district. The Salina School District faces an assessment of $123,375 to fund downtown renovation. Churches, too, would pay a healthy share of the downtown work if the Salina City Commission approves the renovation plan. A public hearing has been set for April 8. The Immanuel Lutheran Church, 255 S. Seventh, would face an assessment of $37,800 for church property on Seventh Street. The Rev. Kenneth Carmichael said the Church Council will meet in April to discuss the assessments. Robert Belew, pastor of the First Christian Church, 201 S. Eighth, declined comment about the $11,000 his church would be assessed. The First United Methodist Church at 122 N. Eighth would have to pay a total of $21,945. Dan King, chairman of the church's board of trustees, said trustees have discussed the proposed assessment but haven't reached a decision. "We're concerned it would be an added financial burden on the church," King said. "We understand we (would be) legally bound by it, but we're looking into it." He said the trustees will present the issue to the full congregation before developing a position. Steve Mulvenon, coordinator of public information and communications for the Salina School District, said the district staff has discussed the assessment. But, he added, "We haven't reached a consensus what we're going to recommend to the board." If the district tried to pay the assessment at once, the district's tax rate would have to be raised 1 mill, Mulvenon said, adding he doubts the board would adopt that. The payments likely would be spread over 10 years, he said. The next school board meeting is scheduled for April 10. Besides the junior high school, the school district also owns a ware- house at South Fifth and Mulberry that is within the assessment district. The district's assessment for the school would be $89,375; the warehouse assessment would be $34,000. Downtown Development Director Ann Knowles said churches and the school district were not exempt from the downtown district assessments. The city did exempt public parking lots, residential property and property that tentatively has been targeted for demolition. The assessment district contains two assessment rates, depending on the property's proximity to Santa Fe Avenue. Santa Fe-area businesses would be assessed about $1.26 per square foot. Surrounding property would be assessed 55 cents per square foot. The assessments are calculated to raise $1.5 million, which will be combined with $5 million in city sales tax money to finance public improvements downtown. The improvements include the addition of 290 to 350 off-street parking spaces, acquisition of property for construction of arcades and crosswalks, landscaping, weather shelters and the relocation and burying of utilities.