Local/Kansas The Salina Journal Saturday, April 6,1985 Page 3 House votes down betting on horse, dog racing TOPEKA (AP) - The Kansas House Friday killed a resolution that would have submitted to voters in 1986 a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing gambling on horse and dog racing. Supporters in the House fell 10 votes short, as the Senate-passed measure died by a 74-49 vote after nearly two hours of debate. The resolution, which had been amended five times, needed 84 votes, or two-thirds majority of the 125-member House. Salina Reps. Jayne Aylward and Bob Ott, both Republicans, voted for the measure while Democrat Larry Turnquist voted against it. The House's action ended the resolution's chances for the 1985 session. It passed last month in the Senate by two votes, 29-11. Similar resolutions have been debated by the Kansas Legislature since 1970 and have been rejected by one chamber or the other each time it has come up. When the first tally was taken, House supporters ordered a call of the House — a parliamentary manuever in which the chamber's doors are locked and absent lawmakers must be reached and asked to return to the Capitol to vote. However, supporters lifted the call when they learned the two absent lawmakers. Reps. Theo Cribbs, D-Wichita, and Rochelle Chronister, R-Neodesha, were out of town because of deaths in the family. House members began predicting the measure's demise when the chamber adopted .amendments supporters said would be restrictive and scare off potential race track investors. "Let's not send something to the people that is going to turn out to be a fraud and a hoax," Rep. Ed Rolfs, R-Junction City, said of a successful Legislature at a glance Black market adoptions prevented The Senate passed, 40-0, a bill aimed at preventing black-market bidding on children by adoptive parents by setting limits on the amounts of fees attorneys can charge to arrange private adoptions. The bill now goes to the governor to be signed into law or vetoed. The bill would limit attorneys to charging prospective parents "reasonable fees" for time and expenses in locating babies and arranging private adoptions. Offices of Finney and Bell safe Gov. John Carlin signed into law a bill which keeps the offices of state treasurer and insurance commissioner, and their related departments, in existence at least until July 1, 1993. State Treasurer Joan Finney and Insurance Commissioner Fletcher Bell launched intense lobbying campaigns and saved their positions. Appropriations approved The Kansas Senate passed, 37-2, a $27.1 million appropriations bill, after deleting a $350,000 provision sought by the House and Carlin to begin revamping the state's computer system. amendment by Rep. Susan Roenbaugh, R-Lewis, to increase the state tax on bets from 5 percent to 7 percent. "Let's not try and gut the bill with an amendment that's going to render the resolution useless," Rolfs said. The amendment passed by a 63-50 vote. Under the proposal, counties would have had the option of legalizing gambling on horse and dog racing and the tracks would have had to have been operated by non- Photoi by Tom Doncy The bloodhound belonging to Stephanie Izzo, Denver, took "winner's dog" at the show. Breeders exhibit love of animals By CAROL LJCHTT Staff Writer Blow dryers and shearing clippers hummed Friday as last-minute grooming was completed on entries in the All Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial, conducted in Agricultural Hall in Kenwood Park. The electrical demands of the dryers caused some power and lighting problems, but that is not unusual for a dog show, according to Joan Hallock, president of the Salina Kennel Club. The club sponsored the show. The Hutchinson Kennel Club and Wichita Kennel Club will be sponsoring shows today and Sunday to complete the Sunflower Circuit, an annual event presented by the three clubs. This year marks the circuit's 25th anniversary. In 1960, 403 dogs were registered in the Salina show. But this year the club's 29th show featured 1,337 dogs representing 116 of the 139 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, according to Seaton Maggard, show chairman and vice-president of the Salina club. About half of those who entered dogs in the show are novices; the others are professional breeders and dog < handlers, Hallock said. Participants came from 35 different states and four foreign countries. People show their dogs to improve the breed, Hallock said. Each breed has established standards concerning basic structure and con- formation of dogs. Championship titles increase a breeder's prestige. "It shows your dog is closest to the standard," Hallock said. The show also gives prospective owners a chance to visit with exhibitors about the care and needs of a particular breed, Hallock said. "It is our opportunity to enlighten the public on the variety of breeds," Maggard said. "In the show ring, you'll see a breed that you're not comfortable with, but with another breed you look at it and know that's your animal." Learning about various breeds is important, Hallock said. Every pup- py is adorable, however, they do not always stay that adorable, she said. "Exhibitors love their animals. They love their breed and they want to be sure the animal is given to a home that will love it," Maggard said. Many breeders will interview prospective buyers before making a sale and refuse the sale if they believe the buyer might not be a suitable owner, she said. Because exhibitors believe their breed is the best, Hallock said she thought Welsh Corgis is the best dog breed. Maggard, however, said she was "shopping around." profit organizations. Roenbaugh said she offered the higher tax because she expected the owners of race tracks to rake in hefty profits. "They aren't in this for their health," she said "They're in this for the money." Other amendments adopted would have prohibited race tracks from being exempt from local taxes, prohibited off-track betting, earmarked money the state earned from pari- mutuel gambling for education and created a way voters could repeal the issue at a later date. Roenbaugh and other opponents argued legalizing pari-mutuel gambling would spark an epidemic of compulsive gambling and invite organized crime into the state. However, Rolfs and other supporters contended pari-mutuel wagering is an entertainment issue that could provide an economic boon to the state's agricultural economy. And, voters should be allowed to decide the issue, they said. "I see kids playing video games, night after night," Rolfs said. "I think they're wasting their money and could find better things to spend it on. But I'm not going to come up here and pass a law saying kids can't play video games." Rep. Arthur Douville, R-Overland Park, said pari-mutuel wagering would have a catastrophic impact on the state's poor. "What's two bucks unless you just cashed your general assistance check?" Douville said. "I think gambling is wrong. It tells you the poor are reaching for the stars and not a job." House Minority Leader Marvin Barkis, R-Louisburg, urged his colleagues to support the measure, which he said voters should resolve. Official says anhydrous ammonia improperly disposed of in creek Joan Hallock says love of breed sparks interest. By MARTIN MELENDY Staff Writer An official of Becker Corp., a trucking company whose Salina employees on Wednesday dumped water mixed with'anhydrous ammonia in Dry Creek, said Friday the liquid was deposited improperly. Reports by neighbors of burning eyes and an ammonia smell led the Salina Fire Department to the firm at 1100 W. Grand, where they discovered ammonia had been dumped from a truck and a small valve was leaking on another truck. The water with ammonia was used for rinsing a semi-tractor tank trailer. The ammonia dissipated without any serious problems. Eric Olsen, vice president of Insurance and Safety for the El Dorado firm, was unaware ammonia was dumped until he called the Salina office Friday. "It looks like we did something that wasn't quite kosher," Olsen said of the water and ammonia dumped in Dry Creek. Anhydrous ammonia, which dissolves in water, is a fertilizer used by fanners. The Salina-Saline County Health Department and the state Department of Health and Environment Highway bids to be accepted on April 18 TOPEKA - Bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in five north-central Kansas counties will be taken April 18. The projects are included among work scheduled in 19 counties, the Kansas Department of Transportation said. The projects: • Cloud County — Republic Street from Campus Street to llth Street in Concordia, .9 of a mile of grading and surfacing. • Dickinson County — (1) Junction of Interstate 70 and K-15 east to 2.3 miles east of K-43, 8.1 miles of concrete pavement; (2) Culverts replaced with bridges at locations .9 of a mile, 2.7 miles and 3.1 miles east of the junction of K-4 and K-43. • McPherson County — Avenue "A" at Dry Turkey Creek in McPherson, bridge replacement. • Russell County — County road south of Lucas, bridge replacement. • Saline County — (1) Iron Avenue at the Smoky Hill River in Salina, bridge replacement; (2) Saline-Dickinson county line, west on county highway FAS 190 for 1.6 miles, then south from intersection of FAS 190 and 595 for three miles, 13.2 miles of surfacing. A Kansas Department of Transportation survey party was expected to begin work in early April along the existing alignments of K-4 and 1-135 in Saline County. Areas involved are near Dry Creek bridge south of Salina, and near Bridgeport on K-4. The survey is necessary to gather information for the detailed design of a proposed bridge replacement. It is expected to take about 20 days. Flip decides mayoral race TROY (AP) - The Wathena mayor's race, which ended in a tie vote this week, was decided Friday by the flip of a coin. W.P. Feuerbacher, who won the coin toss, and F. Thomas Liechti, both former city councilmen in this northeast Kansas town, each received 145 votes in Tuesday's nonpartisan election. are checking whether dumping in the dry tributary violates local or state regulations. The creek is in the county, just outside of city limits. Warren Griffin of the city-county health department said preliminary checks show that the sanitary code refers to state regulations in instances such as the dump Wednesday. "I have no idea what we'll do until we get everybody together," he said. "Nothing in the sanitary code says anything. Our code says that it has to comply with regulations of the state Department of Health and Environment." Olsen said rinsing or washing tankers that carry ammonia is not supposed to be done at the Salina office. He said a tanker that needed repairs was rinsed. He said the employees should not have dumped the water and residue in the dry tributary. They should have asked the home office about a proper disposal method, he said. "Repairs were made, then somebody dumped it in the back lot. The temperature went up and it started to smell," Olsen said. Don Rectenwald, coordinator of the Salina-Saline County Emergen- cy Preparedness Department said anhydrous ammonia absorbs into the ground. "If they dump it into Dry Creek and it settles into a low area then it could stink the area up," Rectenwald said. Olsen said Salina employees told him a small valve may have been open on a truck, but the bulk of the odor was from the ammonia that settled in the creek bed. "I would say it is not a practice and will not be a practice in the future," Olsen said. "But I can't say it has never happened before." Griffin said the health department approach has not been formalized. "We were unaware that they were even washing until it came to light the other night," he said. "Our main concern is that it would contribute to a higher amount of nitrogen in the water and could come under state rules then." Recteriwald said he is concerned about dumping in a creek bed, even if it is dry. "Because if you have water and get a good rain it could run someplace and mix with the drinking water. You don't want it in your water system." Briefly Base wins Hip for council seat The right call on a coin flip Friday gave Gary Base a two-year term on the New Cambria City Council. The flip came during final tabulation of county voter turnout in Tuesday's elections. Base and Don Bruhl were tied with six votes apiece. That did not change after the Saline County Commission, sitting as the board of canvassers, found no major alterations in vote totals. Commission Chairman Dennis Carlson decided tails would be the winning side, and Base chose correctly. Final tabulations for the city and school board elections showed that 30 percent — or 8,941 — of the county's eligible voters turned out. Of those, 8,321 are from Salina, which had a 33 percent turnout. A three-vote margin between Brenda Tolson and Arthur Nilson for position five on the Southeast of Saline School Board did not change after canvassing. Also in Southeast of Saline, position six was won on a write-in by Richard Pennington with 61 votes over Dennis McMurray, with 15. AFS fund-raising dinner planned The Salina Chapter of the American Field Service International-Intercultural programs plans a fund-raising dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Howard Johnson Motel. The annual dinner will feature speakers John and Paula Spicer, Manhattan. John Spicer was an AFS exchange student from Salina to Colombia and Paula Spicer was an exchange student from Argentina to Salina. Hala Darwish, an AFS student from Egypt now attending Salina South High School, also will speak. Call 823-2328 or 823-6882 for reservations for the dinner. Drive to benefit Abilene woman A fund drive to benefit Verna Ottensmeier, an Abilene woman with cancer, is being organized by the Aid Association for Lutherans. A food sale will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Styles Thriftway in Herington. Other activities are planned in Abilene and Salina. The goal is to raise $10,000 to help pay for expenses not covered by insurance. Ottensmeier, 55, was head bookkeeper of an Ellsworth car dealership. She was involved in many community activities. She was released Tuesday from Halstead Hospital and is staying at her Abilene home. Junior Miss contestants sought The deadline for entry in the Saline County Junior Miss Pageant is Wednesday. The contest will be May 18 at the Salina Community Theatre. Contestants must be high school juniors from the Saline County area. They will be judged on poise, fitness, interviews with judges, creative and performing arts and scholastics. For more information, call Brenda Smith at 825-6935 after 5 p.m. or Debbie Stenzel at 827-7094.
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