Hays Daily News, September 15, 1999

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September 15, 1999

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Hays Daily News, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1999, Hays, Kansas Local forecast showers and thunderstorms Low High Southeast wind 10 to 20 Rain chance is 60 page Inside today The Hays Daily News WEDNESDAY September 5 44 pages 507 Kansas 785 6281081 On the Internet at Floyd skirts heads for Carolinas ASSOCIATED PRESS Hurricane Floyd is shown in this enhanced infrared GOES8 satellite image taken this morning as it skirts the coast of COCOA AP Coastal residents from Georgia to North Carolina braced today as Hurricane Floyd somewhat weakened but still fearsome thrashed along the whipping rain through desert ed streets and pounding beaches with heavy Thousands of Florida residents were without but the state escaped the worst as the hurri cane turned onto a path aimed at the North Carolinas Outer Banks were ordered evacu ated today for the second time this The storm weakened slightly this morning to a Category 3 with sustained wind blowing at 125 mph instead of the peak of nearly 155 mph when it battered the Rain fell along the coast from Florida to North heavy surf advi sories were posted as far north as Massachusetts Cape Cod and clouds stretched into New Landfall was forecast for Thursday near From the storm was expected to weaken but make life miserable all the way up the coast to Maryland Parris Glendening declared a state of emergency this More people evacuated along the Carolina coast a day after nearly 2 million people had been told to leave the Southeast Evacuees spent hours Tuesday stuck in bumpertobumper traffic on highways in Georgia and South Florida officials called it that states largestever Traffic was so bad that Danny a 34yearold Kennedy Space Center managed only 15 miles in 2 and finally just turned You made a mile every five to 10 he There were people going on the sides of the People were getting Officials in North Carolina readied an evacuation order today for the barrier islands outside Dare County up the coast issued a mandatory evacua tion order for the Outer the fragile islands that were battered by Hurricane Dennis last Traffic halted in massive jams today on Interstate 40 and other highways leading inland from Heavy rain lashed flooding and a tornado touched down in a rural area north of the city this morning without causing any A tornado watch was posted for much of eastern North Three years Hurricane Fran caused about billion in damage when it blew ashore at Wilmington and raced along Interstate 40 into Although Floyd stayed off Floridas Atlantic coast during the parts of the state were raked by hurricanestrength We missed the brunt of this monster and we all feel pretty blessed in that Jeb Bush said this Gusts to 76 mph at Cape Canaveral and 69 mph in Daytona Beach brought down power lines and tree limbs and left more than people without elec A weather buoy 20 miles off Cape Canaveral measured waves of up to 35 feet at 5 See related Page Rawlins County says no to cloud seeding Resolution approved last month makes cloud seeding over the county illegal By JAN KATZ ACKERMAN HAYS DAILY NEWS ATWOOD Rawlins County has drawn a line in the sand rather a line in the sky and passed a resolution declaring cloud seeding over the county Well prosecute whoever is in charge of the air said Rawlins County Attorney Scott Beims regarding the countys intent to convict offenders who the terms of the resolution passed last The resolution makes cloud seeding a misde meanor in Rawlins punishable by a fine not to exceed or six months in Although the resolution was passed on pro gram manager and meteorologist David was unaware of its and he directed planes to seed clouds over Rawlins County After learning on 18 that Rawlins County had taken a more aggressive stance against cloud seed Beer wrote the county a letter explaining he did not know it was illegal to have sent planes over the county the previous I spoke with Wayne and we decided to send a letter explaining that we were and that we were unaware of the Beer is manager of the Northwest Kansas Groundwater Management District 4 in Weve received a letter saying they dont intend to do it and they did spray after it was passed but they were not aware of the Beims Beims said Rawlins County would not prosecute for that particular But abiding by the resolution creates operational difficulties for the cloudseeding program by causing a checkerboard effect in air It makes it but the pilots and I have iden tified the county on the global positioning and they know where they are and how to dodge around Rawlins Beer The Rawlins County a dryland farmer said the sole reason for the existence of the law is that most of the countys farmers are not irri gators and they depend on rain for their Opponents of cloud designed to reduce say it also has reduced They are willing to take their chances of hail reduced he SEEDING SEE PAGE See related Page Longterm solution for farmers evasive WASHINGTON AP Lawmakers appear headed toward consensus on billions of dollars in emergency aid for but members of the House Agriculture Committee made clear Tuesday there is no agreement on changing farm policy in the long For the second consecutive prices for nearly every farm commodity are in a tailspin triggered by the collapse of the Asian economy and continued glut of supplies a depression that began just as the marketoriented reforms of 1996 kicked Negotiators from both chambers are set to consid er the Senatepassed billion disaster aid package contained in the billion Agriculture Department spending bill for fiscal minority Democrats and some farm groups are pushing for an overhaul of the 1996 Freedom to Farm which was designed to wean farmers from government price supports and produc tion Low prices have led to hefty government assistance packages like the one approved in the Weve got a farm bill that is not working and needs to be said Earl It was supposed to make farmers independent of the The difference now they never know what Washington is going to Its cruel to put people in that kind of total CHARLIE RIEDEL Hays Dally News Associated Pool Builders employees LeRoy Frank and Ziggs Rental John lift a foam and fiberglass alligator into a trailer where it will be stored until it is installed at the new water park currently under construction at the site of the old Hays Municipal The men were unloading a shipment of water toys that arrived Tuesday and will be part of the new scheduled to open next Water toys arrive work on Hays aquatic park stays on schedule By SCOTT AUST HAYS DAILY NEWS When a group of preschoolers saw the truck carrying a large green alligator and yellow and brown snake pulling up to the Hays Municipal Pool construction site one little girl thought the city had just pulled a longdistance The kids were all and one of the girls Oh they stole the frog from Oceans of said Penny assistant city Postoak said the colorful which are play features for the leisure pool por tion of the new pool are also fea tures at Kansas Citys Oceans of A lot of the kids had been so they were excited because some of that stuff is coming Postoak The frog floating alligator and floating snake are the latest part of the pool project to arrive on site but are not quite ready to be The entire is visibly taking Were on target and on schedule right Its been exciting to see things starting to come Postoak Last year Hays voters approved a three halfcent sales tax to raise enough revenue to construct the new which includes an eightlane multipurpose pool with diving a zerodepth entry leisure pool and a lazy river with The tax is projected to raise million in three years for the million The remainder will pay for any unexpected costs or future Postoak said its nice to see the play fea tures It was kind of an exciting thing because you can see something in something as opposed to the concrete and gravel thats onsite right she The leisure pool and multipurpose pool are more than 90 percent Theyve been Theyve got the Theyve got diving boards and those types of things to but the actual structures themselves are over 90 percent she Within the next concrete decking around the pools will be and the lazy river will be constructed sometime in Theyre propping that right doing the gravel work and steel reinforcement Postoak The bathhouse and pump house are scheduled to be worked on later this fall and targeting the first of the year to be pretty POOL SEE PAGE A6 Kansas Board of Education advances teacherlicensing plan By CAROL CRUPPER HARRIS NEWS SERVICE TOPKEA A plan to license rather than certify the states teachers was advanced Tuesday by the State Board of Proponents consider it a move toward but others see it as a step toward undertrained We want to make sure every student has access to a qualified teacher in all of their in all of their said Ken the states director of teacher certi fication and teacher The plan would change teacher certifica tion to teacher licensure and designate what academic specialties are attached to those Once the licensing program is teachers would have to pass written tests as well as performance After restoring an endorsement in the board voted 72 to send the framework of their plan to the Department of Administration and attorney generals office for legal If it meets approval public hearings would be scheduled in January or February before final board Board members Steve Abrams of Arkansas City and Mary Douglass Brown of who voted against the con sidered some areas of endorsement too gen For a social studies endorse ment encompasses 10 areas of There is a correlation between how well a teacher understands the subject area and how well theyre able to pass it on to their Abrams Ten potential endorsements wrapped into one seems Abrams and Brown were thinking in terms of said In the new the board would set stan dards that teachers must meet to gain endorse ments in various he Colleges would tailor their programs to meet the Andy commissioner of educa said that small and large schools have different Eighty to ninety percent of our schools have just one physics he They couldnt afford to hire a teacher with an endorsement only in The commissioner said the state needed to be flexible in establishing endorsement f And colleges must offer what students Tuesdays vote to advance the process has been a long time A state standards comprised of teachers and began working on the proposal in After a series of hearings and the redesign languished at the board level for two years before a subcommittee of Linda Holloway of Scott Hill of Harold Voth of and Val Defever of Independence made further The state standards board had proposed three areas of science licensure earth and space life physical The subcommittee expanded the list from three to five by adding biology and But physics teachers ;