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G U essi n g E n d S: Bennett to Seek Re-election ( Related Story Page 3) OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Robert F. Bennett spurned today the glamor of what he admitted was an exciting prospect in going to the United States Senate and announced he would seek re-election in 1978. Bennett said in remarks prepared for delivery before a meeting of the Overland Park Rotary Club that too much remains to be done to accomplish the goals he set for improving state government. : He said his deliberations in recent weeks had "brought me to the inescapable conclusion that at this lime the principal reason for my deciding to run for the United States Senate would turn more on personal desires and ambitions than on the opportunity for effective service." Added Bennett: "Ambition may be a gentle encouragment towards a given decision, but it should not be the sole or principal propelling force. "Thus, I have decided that if, subject to the will of the people, I have a place in the future of this great slate, thai place is in Ihe governor's office, attempting to complete the job I was elected lo do." The 50-year-old Republican, elecled to a four-year term in 1974 after serving 10 years in the Kansas Senate, also said he feels as a governor he can do more lo fighl whal he referred lo as Ihe en- croachmenl upon Ihe slates of "Ihe new federalism." Bennett's announcement, which matched the majorily speculation ahead of his formal revelalion, ended six weeks of press and political guessing whelher he mighl bid for Ihe Republican nominalion Around Kansas MC PHERSON (HNS) — A geologist with the Kansas Geological Survey, Carl McElwee, Lawrence, says groundwater levels in an area between McPherson and Conway could be lowered by as much as 16 feet in the next five years if water rights for three wells are granted. Midwest Underground Storage is seeking water rights for 2,078 acre feet or about 677 million gallons annually from the equus beds. The firm originally sought 4,600 acre feet but reduced the amount following a Sept. 12 hearing in McPherson. Water appropriations and pending applications for water rights already exceed the water recharges in the Conway area by 800 per cent, Thomas Bell, manager of the Equuus Beds Groundwater Management District No. 2, said. Midwest Underground wants the additional water to wash out new underground storage c.averns. RUSSELL (HNS) — The partners in a tractor-pulling business have pulled so hard they've parted. One of them made it all the way to Russell County District Court. Mark W. Mai filed suit against Kenneth Nuss over a hot rod competition tractor built in August 1976. Mai asked the court to dissolve the partnership and grant a temporary injunction to prevent Nuss from using the tractor motor in a personal car. A hearing on the temporary injunction has been set for 10 a.m. CALDWELL (HNS) — Junior high school students here are quick to enroll in Mrs. Faye Blakely's English class. It's because of the many pets in her classroom. Leroy, the pet rock, lives in the classroom, except during vacations when Mrs. Blakely takes him home. She found him abandoned on her front porch three years ago and adopted him. Alfonso is an invisible fish. He knows lots of tricks, but it is hard to catch him showing off. He's been in the classroom two years. Mrs. Blakely also has an invisible friend named Clarabelle. Clarabelle is the one who makes all her typing errors, Mrs. Blakely says. WILSON (HNS) — Some days things just seem to go around in circles. Mrs. Edna Herman of Russell had one of those days recently when she went to the post office to mail some letters. After parking in front of the building, she got out of her car but left its engine running. As Mrs. Herman walked around the front of it, the car began to back up. She realized the auto was still in gear and tried to re-enter the vehicle to stop it, but couldn't. The car circled the post office square about four times before Marlin Robinson jumped in and stopped its meandering. Undaunted, Mrs. Herman got back in the car, parked in front of the post office, mailed her letters and drove away. There were no damages in the incident. KINGMAN (HNS) — While he isn't out for track, Kingman County Sheriff Wade Kerns scored 50-50 in a recent foot race. When Kerns went outside to exercise his two dogs, they frightened off two figures who were letting air out of a tire on a patrol car parked near the jail. The pair took off running and Kerns caught up with one of them, a female. The girl was released in her mothers custody. Kern says he can't be sure, but feels certain the other person involved was also female. Garden Sass For some, Gus Garden says, Ihe hardest part of making money last is making it first. for the U.S. Senale seal being vacaled in January 1979 by the reliremenl of Sen. James B. Pearson. Pearson announced his decision Oct. 15. The governor's decision lo slay put will now focus speculation on such olher potential contenders for the GOP Senale nomination as slale Sen. Norman Gaar of Westwood, slale Sen. John Simpson of Salina, LI. Gov. Shelby Smilh, former Pearson aide Deryl Schuster, now an Overland Park banker, and Sam Hardage, Wichita land developer. Several others mentioned earlier apparently have cooled lo Ihe idea of considering a race for Ihe Senate, including Don Concannon, Hugolon altorney who barely losl Ihe governor's primary lo Bennelt three years ago, and former LI. Gov. Dave Owen of Overland Park. Former 2nd Dislricl Congressman Bill Roy is expecled lo announce nexl week thai he will seek the Democratic nominalion for the Senale. A close associate of Roy said the Topeka physician is "99 percenl" cerlain lo go for Ihe Senale seal. Bennell's announcemenl will now end Ihe speculation over who mighl Iry for Ihe GOP nominalion for governor, and focus greater attention on Ihe Democratic side, where House Speaker John Carlin, Sen. Berl Chancy, Ally. Gen. Curt Schneider and foVmer Kansas Corporation Commission Chairman Dale Saffels are considered prime contenders. Bennett cautioned thai seeking re-eleclion is his "currenl inlention," and nol necessarily final. "Barring events now unfor- seen that final decision will be Bennett: Spurns Shot For Senate formally announced al Ihe traditional lime on Kansas Day in January 1978," he said. "I will readily admil lhal Ihe opportunity lo once again serve in a legislative body is exciting, Ihe conlemplalion of debale invigorating and l,he title quite obviously most prestigious, but lo allow Ihese purely personal considerations to control one's decision when there are equally challenging op- porlunilies and paramount obligations of service would, in my view, be mosl inap- propriale," Bennelt said in his prepared statemenl. "A person's place in a representative democracy is nol always where he would like to be, but where he feels he should be and where he feels he can do the most good. I feel, and I hope you feel lhal place is in my continuing lo be your governor." Bennell's conference in Topeka Sunday wilh some of his four children by his first marriage, plus his decision lo make his formal an- nouncemenl nol only here but also in Wichita and Topeka later in the day, had led some 10 speculate al the lasl minute lhal Bennett mighl have decided lo go for Ihe Senale. Such elaborate plans, Ihey surmised, would be overdoing a "simple" announcement of reelection plans. Bennett admilled in his statement that Pearson's announcement had taken him by surprise, and came "at a lime when I had really given no serious or objective thought lo the possibility lhal I might run for that position." He also said state budget preparation had delayed his having time to give a race for ihe Senale Ihe consideration il deserved. But he also said others contemplating the Senate race deserved to know now whal he plans lo do. The governor listed four reasons for his decision: —"First of all, I believe thai I have al least an implied commitment to serve out my lerm and to run for reelection," he said. He said he fell he would not be "keeping faith" with those who worked so hard for his election three years ago. —When he became governor, he set certain goals, "not Ihe least of which was lo make stale governmenl more effective and more responsive as a servant of Ihe needs of the people." Thai lask is not finished, Bennett said. —In recent months, he has created a number of citizens' lask forces studying such things as highways, water needs, health care and how to make slate government more efficient. "I would like to be able lo lend my hand lo those accomplishments," he said. —Bennelt said he has developed associations with olher governors and served in leadership positions with the Na- lional Governors Association which enable him to combat ihe federal bureaucracy. "I am convinced that I can fighl ihe bureaucracy of Ihe new federalism more effectively as one of ils victims i nan I could as one of ils authors," Bennett said. Weather Sunrise 7:1)8 Sunset 5:26 Partly cloudy and colder Monday night with lows in the low to mid 20s. Sunny and a little warmer Tuesday with highs in the low lo mid 40s. Northerly winds 5 to 15 mph Monday night. Temperatures and precipitation for the 24 hours ending 7 a.m. Monday. Max. Min. Free. GARDEN CITY 47 32 .05 Garden City GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1977 Vol. 49 20 Pages -No. 23 15c a Copy Telegram Cold-Weather Stroll Minnie Bradford, 212 N. 10th, braved the elements Monday morning to take her dog, "Two Tone," out for a stroll. Another pooch decided to join the romp down the alley. Light rain mixed with snow fell sporadically throughout the morning. John Montre Supreme Court Protects Helium Charges WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court today let stand a lower court's ruling the government says exposes it and companies that buy natural gas containing helium "lo hundreds of millions of dollars in potential liability." The justices refused to hear the government's appeal of a decision reached last May by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involving natural gas prices charged from fields in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The lower court's ruling was a victory for one natural gas supplier, Ashland Oil, which had sued to gel a "reasonable value" for helium intermixed with the natural gas it sold. Helium, a non-combuslible gas found mixed with nalural gas, was cuslomarily wasled before 1960 when nalural gas was burned as fuel. Sellers of helium-bearing nalural gas cuslomarily soughl no Maytag Self-Service laundry-64 machines. On Fulton across from Wheat Land Motor Inn. —Adv. separale price for Ihe helium contenl because il was considered of lillle or no value. All that changed in 1960 when Congress enacted a helium conservation program under which Ihe governmenl conlracled wilh firms to have helium exlracled from nalural gas and stored for future use or sale by Ihe government. As part of Ihose contracts, McClellan Dead at 81 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sen. John L. McClellan, the Southern conservative who became a nalional figure through his investigations into labor unions and organized crime, died today in his sleep. He was 81. McClellan's aides said the senator's body was found by his wife about 6:30 a.m. al Iheir Lillle Rock apartmenl. "Estee Lauder" only at Hoovers. -Adv. the governmenl pledged lo compensale Ihe companies for any additional monies they mighl have to pay for obtaining Ihe helium. Natural gas suppliers Ihen began legal attempls lo gel a separale price for the helium already earmarked for nalural gas buyers under longlerm conlracls. When Ashland sued Phillips Petroleum, one of ils natural gas buyers, Ihe federal governmenl intervened on Phillips' side because il was one of Ihe companies extracting helium for Ihe governmenl. A federal Irial courl ruled that Ashland was enlilled lo be paid for Ihe helium content, and set a markel price al $11.76 lo $16.98 per 1,000 cubic feel. As a result, Phillips was lo pay Ashland more than $1.4 million. The 10th Circuit Court of Ap- Flocked Christmas trees at Wards Garden Center. 275-1902. —Adv. peals upheld the ruling, sparking the government's appeal to Ihe Supreme Court. Government attorneys asked Ihe justices to review Ihe appeals court's finding that Ihe Helium Act Amendments of 1960 precluded a buyer of natural gas from arguing that the seller already was paid for the helium as part of Ihe contract price for the entire gas stream. The government also argued that even if such a defense is precluded, the appeals courl applied incorrect legal principles in determining the value of the helium. 'Potted' Squirrel Almost Loses Head ABILENE, Texas (AP) — An adventuresome squirrel may Ihink twice before doing any more exploring after a soggy encounter during the weekend. The squirrel apparently discovered an opening in a backyard sewer pipe and decided to see where it led. The pipe led indoors to a commode. When the squirrel popped his head out, he almost lost it. A slarlled woman, who moments before was relaxing in a hot tub, slammed the lid on the animal and called the fire department. A fireman rescued the squirrel and offered lo set il loose in the yard. But the woman, fearing another such interruption, objected. The squirrel was given a new home in an Abilene park. Snow-Rain Moisture Minimal Parts of Southwest Kansas fell its first snowfall of the season early Monday morning. Rain mixed with snow drifted lightly into the area in the dark hours of the day and continued sporadically through late morning. Three weeks ago Tuesday, portions of the area were slammed by a mini-blizzard that left as much as two inches of snow on the ground at Hugoton. The snow added a touch of white to the ground, but offered little in the way of precipitation. Garden City Municipal Airport measured .05 of an inch by 7 a.m. Shortly after 8 a.m., Charles Norwood at Ihe Garden City Experiment Station logged .14 of an inch. Added to the .86 of an inch of rain that fell Nov. 1 and 2, that brought the month's precipitation to one inch. Total for 1977 through November now is 20.97. Long lime average is 17.54. In many parts of Southwest Kansas enough snow fell to cover the ground, but as the morning wore on, the blanket melted. The Dodge City Weather Bureau reported a very light generalized rain mixed with snow. Most accumulation reported, the spokesman said, was one inch in Dodge City. A spokesman at the Stanton County sheriff's office reported about an inch west of Johnson. Other areas reported minimal amounts. * * * Winter Storm Bears Down On Kansas By The Associated Press A winter storm moved toward Missouri and Kansas today on the heels of a weekend storm that crippled areas of the two states with snow and ice. Six persons died in storm related incidents in the two states. The National Weather Service issued winter storm watches for tonight in southeastern and east-central Kansas and northeastern and west-central Missouri. Tractors: Striking Farmers to Motor Across Kansas By CAROLYN OLSON Harris News Service Plans are being completed for an invasion of traclors al the Statehouse in Topeka on Dec. 10 by Kansas farmers protesling the low prices Ihey are gelling for Iheir products. Six caravans of traclors will leave various points in Weslern Kansas on Dec. 6, and camp along Ihe way at towns where they will have mini-rallies each night as they move eastward, according lo organizers. American Agriculture Leaders are urging farmers to drive their tractors Ihe enlire dislance. For some in exlreme Soulhweslern Kansas, that will be 430 miles. Mosl farmers will haul Iheir traclors back on Irucks afler the rally al Ihe slate capital. "II may sound stupid to waste that much fuel going to Topeka, but it won't lake nearly as much fuel as il does just to fly a B-52 bomber on a lest flight," according to Gene Addison, a Cimarron strike leader. Addison said the Topeka rally "will be our last really big show before the strike itself (Dec. 14). After then, Ihere will be jusl informational meetings." Another slrike leader, Bob Duran of Johnson, said, "We don't want to drive our traclors for four days and waste all thai diesel fuel. We don'l wanl to leave our homes. We'd rather nol do Ihis, bul we have no choice. If we gel 100 percenl parily between now and then (Dec. 14). then we'll slay home." Addison said that Ihe traclors will travel about 15-20 miles per hour, and it is estimated the caravans will travel about 100-110 miles a day. There will be large four-wheel drive tractors, combines, and smaller, older tractors in the caravan, Addison said. Addison said slrike leaders cannot predict how many tractors will join the tractorcades, Related Story Page 3 bul he said it should be the largest tractor rally in the state. Farmers are being urged to air up their tires more than the normal amount in preparation of Ihe Iraclorcades lo save on "wear and lear." "And il won't take thai much wear and tear on Ihe tractors. After all, we have been tearing up these traclors in Ihe fields for Ihe lasl Iwo or Ihree years," Duran said. Service Irucks and olher emergency vehicles will Iravel along wilh the trac- lorcade, Addison said, in case of equipment breakdowns. He said Ihe tractor drivers will maintain at least 100 feel between vehicles and there will be a lead and "tail" tractor in each caravan. When asked if the tractorcade routes will have police escorts, Addison said, "We'll try lo police ourselves." Al a tractorcade al Plains, Kansas., on Friday, sheriff's officers followed behind Ihe vehicles to help wilh Iraffic backed up behind I hem. Six Iraclorcades will leave on Dec. 6 at various locations in Western Kansas, and Ihe firsl overnighl slops and rallies will be al Oberlin, Oakley, Scotl City, Garden City, Dodge Cily and Prall. Overnighl slops on Dec. 7 are Smilh Center, Osborne, Hays, Great Bend, Hulchinson and Augusta. The overnight stops for Dec. 8 are Marysville, Clay Cenler, Abilene, Herringlon, Emporia, Yates Center, lola and Mound City. The caravan will meet on Friday, Dec. 9 at Forbes Air Force Base, and Addison said, "It could presenl quile a Iraffic problem in Topeka." He said thai arrangements for places to stay in each town are being made through Ihe local strike offices, and he said many farmers "are bringing Iheir sleeping bags along." He said olhers will probably stay in molels, or make olher arrangements.

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