The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 6, 1985 · Page 1
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T1 Salina T 1 1 he Journal Home Edition — 25 Cents Salina, Kansas SATURDAY April 6,1985 114th year — No. 96—46 Pages Carlin vetoes 'inadequate' state school finance bill TOPEKA (AP) — In what has become almost an annual ritual, Gov. John Carlin has vetoed a school finance bill crafted by Republican legislative leaders, challenging them to compromise with him or saddle taxpayers with a big potential increase in local property taxes. This time, the Democratic governor called inadequate the $30 million the GOP majority in the Legislature has decided is the limit of new state money which can be distributed next school year to local school districts. Unless more is put in, Carlin said, he is willing to let the basic School District Equalization Act's budget limitations take effect for 1985-86, which with only $30 mil- Calm talk, mom's breath saves infant By LAURIE OSWALD Staff Writer Easter 1985 has special significance for Teresa Bohrer. On a holiday'that celebrates life, Bohrer celebrates the life of her month-old daughter, Stephanie. Last weekend, Bohrer relied on telephone coaching from two police officers to successfully administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation to her daughter. Bohrer, 24, 1121 E. Ash, credits Salina Police Department patrol officer Linda Martinez and Sgt. Pat Soukup for helping to save her baby's life. The incident began at 5 p.m. last Saturday when the infant was acci- denfly dropped on the floor by Bohrer's 10-year-old niece. Bohrer said she was visiting her sister and niece that afternoon and had allowed her niece to hold the child in her lap on the couch. Bohrer said she was in the kitchen when she suddenly heard "real hard trying" coming from the living room. She ran into the room to find her baby on the floor and both the infant and the niece crying. The niece had been carrying the baby to the kitchen when she tripped on a blanket on the floor and dropped the baby, Bohrer said. Bohrer said the baby stopped crying, turned white and quit breathing. She began to blow across the baby's face, something she often did with her son, Matthew, 11/2, when he hyperventilated. When that effort failed, she dialed the emergency 911 number. Desk sergeant Soukup was taking a break and Martinez, who is trained as an emergency medical technician, answered the call and dispatched an ambulance. "The most important thing I had to do was to calm her down to find out how long (ago) the baby had stopped breathing," Martinez said. Six minutes without oxygen can cause brain damage, she explained. Returning from his break, Soukup (See Life, Page 9) lion new state money would result in a statewide property tax increase of $82 million — if all districts budgeted their full authority, which they rarely do. In his weekly news conference, Carlin took several shots at GOP leadership in the Pari-mutuel bill dies, Page 3 Legislature that he said is trying to take the "easy way out" by cutting $50 million from various education-related programs. In total, the Legislature has eliminated about $60 million from the governor's suggested budget for the fiscal year which begins July 1. "There's no doubt they're targeting edu- cation because they think they can do it and get away with it," he said. "They've taken the easiest route. They haven't reached into my budget and found programs that are no longer needed. They've simply gone after education." GOP leaders responded to the veto, saying that the Legislature has no more money to spend on elementary and secondary education if they are to adhere to their pledge to the public that there will be no general tax increase this year. Carlin proposed a half-cent increase in the state's 3 percent sales tax to fund a $60 million increase in state aid to the 304 local school districts for the 1985-86 school year. He said that much is needed to continue progress made in recent sessions in improving teacher salaries and quality of educational programs. Carlin's rejection of the plan sent to him was couched in conciliatory terms, indicating he still hopes to reach a compromise with the leadership. In his veto message, signed and delivered to the two houses a week before the lawmakers are scheduled to take first adjournment, the governor said: "I do not contend that my recommendation for school finance in Fiscal Year 1986 is the only one which is acceptable. "I ask that the Legislature examine more objectively the needs of our educational system and submit to me a school finance package which allows, at a minimum, some level of continued improvement." The initial reaction of some leaders was similar to what it's been in the past. House Speaker Mike Hayden, as usual, was the most adamant that Republicans have gone as far as they will go in school funding for 1985-86. Hayden, R-Atwood, said, "He's vetoed these before. We're not going to change. Thirty million (dollars) is the limit." House Majority Leader James Braden echoed Hayden's comments, saying there can be no more money for schools. "We've got a lot of people who think that's too much, anyway," said Braden, R-Clay Center. Today Today is Saturday, April 6, the 96th day of 1985. There are 269 days left in the year. This is the Jewish holiday of Passover. Inside Classified 15-18 Entertainment 20 Fun..... 19 Living Today 6, 7 Local/Kansas 3,10 Markets 7,8 Nation/World 5 On the Record 9 Opinion 4 Religion 14 Sports 11-13 Weather 9 Weather KANSAS — Partly sunny, windy and cold today with a slight chance of showers this afternoon in central and east Kansas and highs in the low to mid-60s southwest to the low to mid-50s northeast. Mostly clear tonight with lows in the 30s. Partly sunny Sunday with highs in the mid- 50s to mid-60s. Joblessness still at 7.3 percent Scotl Wllllami Teresa Bohrer is thankful her month-old daughter, Stephanie, will get to see her first Easter. WASHINGTON (AP) - The civilian unemployment rate remained stuck at 7.3 percent in March, the Labor Department reported Friday, but analysts said the creation of 434,000 new jobs should dispel fears that the economy might be headed for trouble. Job growth in business and health services was 145,000; the construction industry added 130,000 people to its payrolls; and there were 80,000 new jobs in retail trade. "The expansion is alive and well," said Allen Sinai, chief economist at Shearson Lehman Brothers Inc. "This report should shatter the notion that we might be on the verge of or fading into recession." Analysts had been concerned because a government report two weeks ago showed the economy growing at a sluggish 2.1 percent in the first quarter. The unemployment report for March "seems to indicate that the growth recession isn't being converted into any kind of conventional downturn," said Roger Brinner, chief economist at Data Resources Inc. of Lexington, Mass. A growth recession occurs when the unemployment rate doesn't decline, despite growth in the economy generally. The jobless rate has been moving in a narrow range from 7.1 percent to 7.5 percent since last May. The rate was unchanged from February because 430,000 people entered the labor force looking for jobs, most of them women. Aside from the stagnant rate and the number of unemployed people in the nation remaining at 8.4 million, the most troubling aspect of the March report was manufacturing employment. It was mired at an unchanged level of 19.7 million people. Hurt by import competition, employment in the manufacturing sector has shown no growth since last August. "The dollar has declined a little bit but so many firms moved their Unemployment Percentage of Jobless People 1984 Seasoraty Adjusted Figures Source: U.S. Oep/. ol Labor manufacturing operations overseas in the past year or two that they're going to continue to import even if the dollar does go down another 5 or 10 percent," said Michael Evans, chief economist at Evans Economics in Washington. The average factory work week in March, however, showed dramatic improvement from the weather-depressed level of February, rising 30 minutes to 40.4 hours. And employment generally in the goods-producing sector rose by 100,000. The department reported that 1.25 million people were counted as "discouraged workers" in the first three months of the year, little change from the previous quarter and down just 100,000 in the last year. Discouraged workers are people who say they want jobs but have not looked for one in at least a month because they thought they would be unable to find employment. The employment level in March set yet another record at 107.1 million people and the department said that the proportion of the working- age population holding jobs rose to 60.3 percent, also a record. Burial grounds funds cut from spending bill By DALE GOTER Kansas Correspondent TOPEKA (HNS) - A $90,000 appropriation for the state's purchase of the Indian Burial Grounds hear Salina was deleted from a spending bill Friday by the Kansas Senate. However, Salina Sen. Ben Vidr- icksen said he is optimistic the money will be restored next week before the legislation receives final approval. The appropriation had been endorsed earlier by the Kansas House of Representatives, but the Senate followed its committee recommendation to take out the funds. The Senate also approved a subsequent amendment by Sen. Jeanne Hoferer, R-Topeka, to add $25,000 to the bill for purchase of the former Topeka home of Vice President Charles Curtis. A conference committee of House and Senate members must decide next week which of the properties, if either, to endorse, and both Houses would have to approve that decision. The Indian Burial Grounds purchase has the blessing of the State Historical Society, which would be responsible for whichever property the Legislature decides to purchase. Joe Snell, historical society executive director, earlier this session told a House subcommittee his agency wasn't too interested in the Curtis home because the Legislature has not provided the additional funding to develop the property. However, the historical society endorsed the burial grounds purchase because the future of the site is uncertain. The owners, the Price family of Salina, have indicated they plan to sell the site. Also, the buildings protecting the site are deteriorating, according to Tom Witty, state archaeologist. "The Curtis home is not threatened because it currently is being used by an insurance company," Witty said, "and we don't have enough money to take care of what we have now." The burial grounds, however, have an uncertain future, and the historical society would like to see the state take ownership to protect the property, he said. Commissioner charged with battery A Salina City commissioner | was charged with battery Friday in Salina Municipal Court for an alleged assault! against a Salina woman. Bonilla A complaint was. filed against Fortino Bonilla, 49, 203 W. Kirwin, by the widow of his brother, Joan M. Bonilla, 41, 401 Venus. Bonilla, who has served two years on the Salina City Commis- sion, lost his bid for re-election in the general election on Tuesday. His term will end Monday when the new commissioners are sworn in. The complaint against Bonilla was filed Thursday in connection with an alleged incident Wednesday night at Joan Bonilla's residence, according to Assistant City Attorney Gary Denning and police reports. Police reports indicate the victim said she was struck in the face by Bonilla when he discovered she was talking on the phone to another man. An Asbury Hospital spokesperson said Joan Bonilla was treated and released there early Thursday. Joan Bonilla refused to comment about the case. Fortino Bonilla said Friday, "This is nothing me and my girlfriend cannot work out." A Municipal Court spokesperson said officer George Wilson served the warrant to Bonilla Friday afternoon. He is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Municipal Court on Wednesday. World's religious celebrate season in Jerusalem JERUSALEM (AP) - Christian pilgrims shouldering wooden crosses made their way slowly through the narrow streets of Old Jerusalem on Good Friday, retracing the steps of Jesus on the way to his crucifixion. Five thousand pilgrims followed, the procession led by Franciscan monks along the Via Dolorosa, the Street of Sorrows, venerated since the Middle Ages as the route taken by Jesus after he was condemned to die. Some preferred to walk alone. "I am reading the Scriptures. It's very meditative," said the Rev. Michael Arms of the Church of St. Peter in Mendota, Minn., as he walked the route. The half-mile walk took the pilgrims from St. Anne's Church, near the site where tradition says Jesus was judged, to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the 12th-century sanctuary encompassing both Cal- vary and the tomb where his body was placed. The procession stopped at all 14 Stations of the Cross. Each marks an event chronicled in the Gospels or in early Christian tradition, including the three places where Jesus is said to have fallen under the weight of his cross. Israeli soldiers watched the march from the rooftops. The day before, hundreds of Palestinians (See Friday, Page 9)

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