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Hays Daily News, The (Newspaper) - June 17, 1999, Hays, Kansas Local forecast chance for Low becoming High Wind 20 page Inside today Entertainment The Hays Daily News THURSDAY June 2 18 pages 507 Kansas 785 6281081 On the Internet at 50c Bin building CHARLIE RIEbEL I Hays Cally News Beak Hunter fishes wjre through a condujt Wednesday as he wires exhaust fans on top of a new grain bin upder in The bin will beadded to the existing storage operated by the Farmers Union Mercantile Elevator In Hunter works for Baxter FHSU officials deal with fire Classes canceled in Albertson Hall after spark from torch causes some smoke damage By DIANE GASPEROBRIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Officials at Fort Hays State University had to find alternate space for todays classes that normally meet in Albertson Hall following a fire in the building Wednesday The fire occurred in a room on the west side of the which is undergoing extensive According to Steve coowner of PaulWertenberger Construction of Hays the general contractor in charge of the remodeling project a spark from a torch being used to cut a pipe on an old radiator fell through a hole in the floor and ignited some equipment The building was and there were no Paul said that the contained to that one damaged equipment such as shop vacuums and cleaning supplies used by an asbestos abatement company that also is working on the remodeling They were gone this Paul said of one of the sub contractors on the so that was a room we designated to store their equipment If it would have been in any other it wouldnt have done Paul said that there might have been a small amount of smoke damage in the corridor next to the classrooms in the south part of the building just completed in time for summer school classes earlier this This the doors on the south end of the hall where students enter the building were blocked off with yellow cau tion and several signs directed various classes to differ ent locations around Terron director of the physical plant at said that the building would be closed to staff and students today so that FHSU environmental safety personnel and Paul Wertenberger can assess The building is scheduled to reopen Albertson is one of several buildings included in the Crumbling Classrooms for which the Legislature appropriated funds for major construction and renovations on the campuses of the six regents Completion of Albertson is scheduled for Rain halts start Committee eyes alternatives to revoking parole harvest 1 itfmrf m By CAROL CRUPPER HARRIS NEWS SERVICE TOPEKA The director of the Kansas Sentencing Commission Wednesday chal lenged legislators to consider alternatives for criminals who violate parole or proba Under state parole viola tions may result in incarceration for 90 to 180 Violators dont stay long enough at home or in prison for programs to do any Barbara Toombs told the Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice drug offender is going back three or four times for a crime you originally set as not a threat to It costs a year to keep a person in intermediate sanctions could save money and prove more effec Toombs Parole violators represent 40 percent of admissions to state prisons probation vio lators account for 28 said Secretary of Corrections Charles The two combined represent 66 percent of the prison admissions but only a third of the Theyre in and and in There are insufficient community options to keep them from coming Toombs If we had more community programs in place to deal with drug we would definitely cut down on the num ber of people coming into prison as parole she Kansas repeatedly spends resources on the same Toombs Do we want to use state resources that way she As an Toombs offered an overview of North Carolinas strategy for community Launched in its goal is to reserve prison bed space for violent and noncon forming offenders while providing quality supervision for all To implement A drug offender is going back three or four times for a crime you originally set as not a threat to There are insufficient community options to keep them from coming Barbara the director of the Kansas Sentencing in talking with the Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice the state added 500 probation The program Emphasizes small Considers an equal balance of control and treatment necessary for public Relies on A supervisor can offer immediate adjusting sanctions up or town without going back to Provides a continuum of a variety of options short of sending a parolee back to While such a program may seem Toombs if your compare it to the cost of its still a The North Carolina program is funded through stage agencies as well as federal While Kansas has considered alterna tives for some it has yet to An awful lot of us are convinced we need the said Dave R The fact that probation and com munity corrections dont operate under the same agency is one major hurdle Kansas must clear to design a good pro he Cutting begins in southern part of the state WICHITA AP Anxious farmers cut as much of their fields as they could get into before still more rain brought the wheat harvest to a halt again throughout much of southern Eldon a Kansas Wheat commissioner from was able to cut both Monday and He said the area around Wellington is still but farmers were still anxious to get in the He said all of his Jagger variety is ready to while moisture content is still too high in the 2137 Sumner County as a whole was running into problems with cheat grass in the Anthony Farmers Coop has taken bushels from its four terminals in Harper with test weights ranging from 59 to 60 pounds per bushel and moisture content running around 13 the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers reported Wednesday in its daily harvest Farmers in Harper County have also seen more problems with cheat this Bartlett has taken only bushels since harvest Test weights there have ranged from 55 to 59 pounds per Liberal farmers havent been able to do much more than test cut some but they hope to be begin cutting by this weekend if the weather House of Hope representatives meet opponents By PHYLLIS ZORN HAYS DAILY NEWS Three House of Hope representa tives and three Hays residents met Wednesday night to discuss the plan to bring a Christian oriented prisoner rehabilitation program to House of Hope board of direc tors was represented by Chris board Larry trea and Richard Residents Lynne Albers and Bill Davis and Allen principal of Washington Elementary were selected by those in opposition to House of Hope to speak for The meeting was mediated by Hays City Manager Hannes Zacharias at the Hays Municipal Airport meeting Zacharias said this morning that the group agreed Wednesday not to make a public statement about the but in his opinion it was a productive session where a lot of feel ings were the meeting was Only the six and Zacharias The meeting time had not been announced to allow observers to Zacharias said the meeting lasted about 2A and the group agreed to meet again in a couple of The House of Hope board originally had intended to locate the program in a former sorority house at the corner of Sixth and Fort using a grant program through the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing to finance its the board withdrew the grant Some on the board still are hoping to find other means of purchasing the sorority Hauck has but the owner of the building has put it back on the on Tuesday Hauck said the board would not pursue the pur chase of the former Sigma Sigma Sigma Some members of the neighborhood where the board proposed locating the program voiced opposition early On May House of Hope board members held a public forum for inter ested About 100 residents showed but the board of directors found themselves defending the pro gram to hostile neighborhood The Wednesday evening meeting was an effort to continue the May 25 discussion in a more relaxed The rehabilitation project also has come under fire recently following executive director Jim Cheneys expe rience with two former inmates he had accepted to live at his Utica Cheney discovered shortly after midnight that two residents had left the breaking After wait ing until for them to Cheney locked the house and tele phoned the Ness County Sheriff to report them Three Utica businesses a a dinner club and a veterinarians office were burglarized that On June Cheney sent the two res idents a parolee and a juvenile he had agreed to house temporarily back to where they had Utica who believe two House of Hope residents were involved in the questioned the amount of supervision House of Hope residents were RECORDS INDICATE 29 PAROLEES ARE UNDER SUPERVISION IN ELLIS COUNTY The proposed plan to bring a prisoner rehabilitation program to Hays has stirred up a Kernels nest of opposition among some Hays According to Northwest Kansas Community Ellis County has 29 bationere living here under the supervteion Nine those are here by inter state compact The pine come from West Virginia and the crimes for which they were convicted in their home states include forcible sodomy of a burglary and driving under the drug offenses and an explosives Twenty Kansas parolees under community corrections supervision in Ellis Of those six are originally from Ellis Among those four were con victed of drug two for felony habitual driving while sus four for burglary and three for one for aggravated indecent liberties with a child and Criminal three for aggravat ed assault and three for felony Paying respect Pope John Paul II is protected from the rain by an unidentified official while walking to the grave of his parents at Rakowicki cemetery in on the last day of his visit to his ASSOCIATED PRESS