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   Salina Journal, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1979, Salina, Kansas                                Corrections Advisory Board votes to disband By GORDON FIEDLER The SalinaSaline County Com munity Corrections Advisory Board voted 53 to disband Thursday The decision fol lowed three months of working to ward a local corrections program for certain adult and juvenile of Saline County commissioners created the so ultimate approval or denial must come from Voting for dissolution were Judge John Shari Doug Police Chief John Woody and Sheriff Al Glorine Vi Justus and the Jones op posed the Absent and not voting were board members Harry Doris Crawford and County Attorney Rex Anderson said Friday would have voted to disband in light of the fi nancial Lorson told The Journal he would have needed more in formation before Crawford could not be reached for The vote came after 90 minutes of spirited discussion about the programs funding Board Chairman Hal Kane said he met with Secretary of Corrections Patrick McManus last week and left very Kanes disillusionment stemmed from newlyreleased figures supplied by the state corrections department listing Saline Countys grant projec tions based on its past criminal his As an incentive for participating counties to try to keep criminal offend ers in the a section of the Community Corrections Act requires charging the county for each adult and juvenile offender committed to a state Saline County could be eli gible for as much as the first year for implementing a correc tions and in the second The figures that drew Kanes ire in dicated had Saline County been involved with a community corrections program during fiscal years 1978 and it would have received only in 1978 and nothing in In Saline County committed 31 Approval likely by county The Saline County Commission ap parently will back the decision to disband the SalinaSaline County Community Corrections Advisory Commissioners Wayne Lock ard and Loren Gray gave their infor mal approval Gray told The Journal he didnt think much of the program from the He said Hal advisory board last week showed the county commission figures compiled by the Kansas Department of Cor rections on how much grant money the county would have received had it been in the Community Correc tions program in fiscal years 1978 and It didnt sound very feasible to Gray Lockard said he would probably agree to the boards I will be happy with whatever de cision the board comes he County Commission Chairman James Martin was out of town Friday and could not be reached for adults and 15 The adult com mitments those that could have qual ified for local corrections programs would have cost the county Juvenile commitments would have cost the county an additional In fiscal the county committed 30 adults who would have cost the county and 13 juveniles who would have cost Kane explained that increased time served by the adult offenders and high er charges for juveniles in the second year of the program would have added to the countys chargeback in With a 50 percent reduction in adult the county would have received in 1978 and in Reducing adult and juvenile commitments by the county would have received in 1978 and in Kane and some other board mem bers agreed that a 50 percent reduction in commitments is Woody said the advisory board was in no position to lower the number of commitments to state he was the job of the judg Kane said the meeting with McManus convinced him the program wouldnt be a savings to the He believes more county community cor rections programs would not reduce the need for It may halt the construction of more but it certainly will not reduce the Kane Kane also was upset when he learned the Department of Corrections had ap proved a planning grant budget for Harvey County and denied an identical budget for Saline Corrections officials now are reviewing Saline Countys revised planning Kane also reported that McManus had no answer to the problem of tran Under the acts current transients would be eligible for local corrections programs in the coun ty in which their offense was com Doug director of Court said the court deals with a yearly average of 350 He believes the Corrections Department should exempt transients from the charger back I McManus apparent indecision brought Woody back into the It sounds like McManus doesnt know the he I wont argue that at Kane quickly Pointing to the chargeback figures and the effect of a large number of commitments on yearly Woody said I dont think we can have this Woody asked Weckel if the program was feasible under those It looks pretty tough to Week el Woody first suggested the board dis See Page 2 nm CENTS M Salina Journal DECEMBER 1979 108th YEAR 355 32 Pages TRIPPING THE LIGHTS FAN TThe lights of down town Saliria resemble a scene out of Star Trek when caught through the fastmoving zoom lens of Journal photographer Rick The blur of the lights almost matches the hectic pace of lastminute shoppers town Salina resemble a scene lens of Journal photographer pace of lastminute shoppers Kanopolis Irrigation District still alive By ALAN MONTGOMERY I I The consisting of Dean Wie T t M f M Nelson and David who still are packing stores trying to wrap up their Christ mas By ALAN MONTGOMERY LINDSBORG The faltering Kanopolis Irrigation District 7 KID has the right to transfer its water permit to a new irrigation district for the Smoky ac cording to a recent ruling by Kan sas Attorney General Robert Step A looseknit group of Smoky Valley fanners supporting reorganization of the district will now try to determine how the ruling can aid organization of a smaller irrigation In his sixpage Stephan said the KIDs original application for wa ter to the Kansas Department of Agri cultures Division of Water Resources was granted in giving the district an inchoate pending right to acrefeet of water in Kanopolis Reser voir while the district built its The inchoate water right may not be infringed upon by anyone who does not have a vested a prior appropri ation right or an earlier Step han Salina probably included in any new plan Salina City Attorney Larry Bengtson said Thursday he would assume the City of Salina would be included in any plan to form a new Kanopolis Irrigation District But he said he has heard nothing from KID I dont know if the plan is feasible without Salinas participation in sharing costs of the Kanopolis Dam im provements and canal he The original KID plan contained those It would have to be taken up by the Salina city Maybe the costs would be he Asked how the costs might compare to buying Kano polis water from the State of Kansas through the Kansas Water Resources Board Bengtson said there was no way to answer at this The KWRB recently voted to begin negotiations with the Federal Corps of Engineers to buy Kanopolis water for resale to communities and rural water districts in Bengtson said he has had no recent contact with the KWRB in that Citing Kansas statutes and case law from Nevada and Stephan said the inchoate water right is an interest in real property and therefore It remains to be determined wheth er title to an inchoate appropriative right vests in the irrigation district it self or in each and every landowner within such The answer is sup plied by which provid es in pertinent part The legal title to all property acquired by a district shall vest in the district in its corporate Stephan Larry rural Lindsborg fanner who has actively supported the KID and its proposed told The Journal he received a copy of the ruling earlier this week and was cau tiously optimistic of its effect on the ir rigation The next step is to round up a group of supporters for the district and in form them of the he Weve got to get our heads together and decide who to confer with to try to understand it the Well have to see what this says we can do and how hard it is to do he It may not be easy to persuade cur rent district board members to trans fer the water permit to a new he The consisting of Dean Wie Nelson and David all of rural voted unanimously last April 16 to disband the original Court action to secure the permit from the district board is not a route Dahlsten views with We dont have a year or two to wal low around in the court he And we dont have an organiza so we have no funds to pay for court A question still troubling supporters of the district is whether there would be water for the irrigation canals dur ing a Thats an area that does concern I dont know if were going to find a clearcut answer for but wed like to see one in black and Dahl sten Dahlsten was uncertain when district supporters will meet to discuss Step bans I would hope to get our socalled group together before he Readers share yule tide joys in SUNFLOWER What makes Christmas special Some Salina Journal readers share their joys and memories of the season in SUNFLOWER this In Coping you can learn how to fight postholiday and what to do if the depression lingers Once youngsters share their views of Christmas in the Kid Stuff And look for a special Whats Ahead tribute to the Inside Today Area Donohue Circus 8 The Christmas scene Redtape snarl is snipped for Santa WHITE UPI The Westchester County Board of Legislators has voted unanimously to exempt Santa Claus from environmental re traffic federal aviation tax regu lations and local laws on disturb ing the Board Chairman Andrew a Republican who spon sored the said the legisla tors felt Santa had a good chance of violating the regulations as he goes about his business on The approved Thursday exempts any per son who is whitewhis kered and jolly and who wears red clothing from the requirement that he have a drivers license and any vehicle on runners which travels on reindeer power and has a warning device sleigh bells from any and all traffic The bill also waived all Federal Aviation Administration regulations for flying vehicles in the sky of West Chester County and allowed said landings on Also eliminated is any tax or impost on items imported from the North Pole and any disturb ance of the peace by recitation of verses or loud eruptions of Ho Ho or Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Dear Sal Considering Santas sleigh is rein he still may be liable under EPA noxiousemission con Ina SPECIAL GIFT Nurse Ar lene Sciortino fixes the beard on one of Santas helpers as he gives a pint of blood in Manhas Santa really is Frank who UPI Photo has a special reason for giving his He is the father of twin sixyearold Frank and who have leu Deathrow convict wrote best 79 gift WASHINGTON UPI An inmate on death row and a man disgusted by a Mork doll that re sembled the baby Jesus in a manger have won prizes in the first annual Best and Worst Christmas The sponsored by a group called seeks to inspire noncommercial Christmas celebra Jim Schneider of won Thursday for nominating The Worst of Christmas a Mork doll which comes in an looking like a takeoff on the baby Jesus in a manger complete with a pull string which allowed Mork to recite various spaceage Christmas stories and The Best of Christmas winner was Jimmy Lee a Mississippi death row inmate at Parchman Pris Gray was nominated by Lil lian Spears of who Men love It smeUs like a six had been corresponding with the She said a 9yearold girl sent a Christmas card to saying Merry I love Gray wrote the girl and telling how deeply he was moved by the card and how much it meant to He sent along his Children Are which included there are no flowers I was happy on Christmas A little child became my flower Because she cared for   

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