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Arkansas City Traveler (Newspaper) - July 11, 1977, Arkansas City, Kansas
107th year 277 Arkansas City Kansas monday july la 1977 12 Page i sections 1979 budget guidelines set up by gov. Bennett More than half of hostages released from user Airliner Helsinki Finland a two hijackers who seized a soviet jetliner on a Domestic flight and threatened to blow it up at Helsinki Airport unless it was refuelled released More than half their hostages today authorities said. A government spokesman said Sweden the hijackers original destination had refused to let them land and the two Young men were now demanding they be flown to a a some other countries a which were not named. An earlier Hijack drama in the Mideast ended sunday when six palestinians who commandeered a kuwaiti Airliner Friday surrendered at Damascus Syi a and released the Las. Of their hostage unharmed. The hijackers of the soviet plane released seven crewmen sunday and 42 women and children this morning but they kept 30 hostages aboard while a intensive negotiations a continued a government spokesman said the pair described Only a a a Young males Quot commandeered the Aeroflot jetliner with 79 persons aboard during a 175 mile flight from Petrozavodsk the capital of soviet Karelia to Leningrad sunday night. The motive for the hijacking was not immediately known the Pilot radioed Stockholm for permission to land there but instead came Down at Helsinki Airport apparently because the plane did not have enough fuel to reach Sweden 250 Miles away. In Helsinki the hijackers threatened to blow up the plane unless they were Given fuel to continue on out of the country. Finland has an agreement with the soviet Union for the automatic extradition of air hijackers. Police surrounded the twinset to 134 and it was towed to a Remote part of the Airport soviet ambassador Vladimir Stepanov and three finnish Cabinet members went to the Airport to talk with the hijackers. The Interior ministry said the hijackers released seven Crew members sunday night this morning they freed a woman and her infant child and 2 2 hours later they released 20 women and children shortly after noon they released 20 More women leaving 30 passengers aboard. The freed hostages were reported in Good health and officials said they would be flown Back to Russia As soon As possible. The finnish government set up a four Man ministerial group to negotiate with the hijackers. A the government has tried to solve the problem through negotiations so far the tactics have led to the release of More than half the hostages a a government communique said. It was the second hijacking of a soviet Airliner in six weeks. A 37-year-old Mechanic named Vasily Sosnovsky took Over a twin engine Aeroflot an24 on May % and forced the Pilot to Fly him to Stockholm. After he applied for Asylum the swedish government refused to extradite him and said it would put him on trial. The soviet Airliner was seized anon eight hours after five palestinian hijackers turned on their Leader and forced him to surrender with them to syrian police who guaranteed them Quot absolute safety a two Arab officials and five British Crew members of the kuwaiti airlines Airliner were freed unharmed armed with a sub machine gun and other weapons the palestinians took Over the Boeing 707 Jet Friday after it took off from Beirut for Kuwait with 55 persons aboard the captives were freed in two batches during 25 hours of negotiations As the Airliner sat at the Kuwait Airport in temperatures that Rose to 118 degrees Kuwait a Security chief and an official of the Palestine liberation organization Plo volunteered As substitute hostages and went aboard with a fresh flight Crew sunday after the hijackers agreed to accept a Safe conduct flight to marxist South Yemen. But the palestinians diverted the plane to Damascus. A syrian spokesman said the hijackers were persuaded to defy their Leader 36-year-old Abu Saed who was refusing to give in unless All his demands were met the hijackers had demanded release of 300 Arab prisoners of various Arab governments including presumably some held by Syria the Plo condemned Hie hijacking and said it wanted Saed on charges of fraud and extortion. It said he was freed from a Beirut jail thursday by agents of an Arab government which it did not identify. The Plo said Saed was a member of the popular front for the liberation of Palestine general command one of the More Radical guerrilla organizations but other sources said Saed was a member of Plo chief Yasir Arafat a own al Fatah guerrilla organization hearing waived a Ivan Monasmith arrested in con Keetion with the february shooting death of Rebecca Reed today waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the ease. Monasmith was remanded to the custody of the county sheriff. Deputy Mike Weakley accompanied Monasmith to court in Arkansas City today. Traveler photo by Judy White All tagged out waiting. Waiting. Waiting a even mail boxes appear to tire waiting for the postman these two Rural mailboxes on n. Summit appear As if the heat and humidity finally got to them As they lean on one another for support. The one on the right seems to be a a panting its Way through another hot Kansas Day. Traveler photo by Iris David 470 s school Board faces Long Agenda reorganization of unified school District 470 highlights the school Board Agenda for tonight s meeting slated to begin at 7 30 . At the District administration office at 112 w. Washington. President Dave Daulton will step off the Board while Olive Milner will be added to the Board Daulton was Defeated in an april reelection bid. Another president and Vic president of the Board will be selected tonight. Joan Olson is currently vice president. In other Agenda items discussion of the Board s recent Sale of Martha Washington school will be reconsidered the building was sold at the boards last meeting to Harriet Wright for $500 review of the districts tentative 1978 budget will also be conducted tonight according to District supt. Lloyd Shank. The Board once previously reviewed the proposed budget set at $3.57 million for general fund representing a $237,831 increase Over last years $3 33 million general fund budget. Last year s Mill Levy was 25.11. District business manager Herb Stone said today the Mill Levy for the new budget will not be computed until the final county valuation is completed in upcoming weeks. Other Agenda items include planning of advisory committees consideration of vents for Home economics stoves financial reports and an executive session concerning personnel matters. Plenty of produce predicted by Louise i his associated press writer despite the Western drought and the Eastern freeze there should be plenty of produce on grocers shelves this summer. Although shoppers looking for a particular variety of fruit or vegetable May have to Hunt harder than usual. Kent Christensen of the food marketing Institute was quoted recently by supermarket news a Trade publication As saying a i Don t see really any Impact of the drought to speak try on fruits and vegetables. Topeka Kan. Apr gov Robert f. Bennett has written All state agencies saying he does not intend to submit a budget for next fiscal year which will mean a general tax increase and he advised them to shape their budget recommendations accordingly. In a letter released today Bennett said he wants travel expenses Cut by to per cent governmental personnel held to the same number new programs carefully scrutinized and substantial new state construction foregone completely. A your budget document should not be prepared As a a child s wishing list for Christmas nor should it be prepared As a miserly catechism without reference to the needs of our state a Bennett said in the letter. A it is the illusive a Golden Means which is sought and which constitutes a delicate blend Between the reality of resources and the need for Bennett made it Clear in the letter he will continue in the role of tight listed fiscal conservative reminding Agency Heads of a the commitment which i made to the people three yeas ago and live within the Means of the state without new general Revenue tax producing a i intend to submit a budget for the general operation of government which is in keeping with that commitment a he said. The letter listed 14 general guidelines which agencies should consider in drawing up their budget requests for fiscal year 1979. Among them a an increase in personnel should be avoided and some Agency Heads should consider reducing the number of persons working in their departments. A the Cost of in and out of state travel should be reduced from the amount budgeted for the current fiscal year by Loper cent. A some publications May be eliminated or their subscription Price increased to equal the Cost of publication. A funds for new construction Are doubtful and therefore requests in that area should be Well justified. At the same time preventive maintenance remodelling and renovation to existing structures will continue to be Viven a High priority. A when possible consolidation of activities and functions even with other departments should be considered a fee agencies should consider increasing their charges in some cases to cover the total Cost of their operation. Before Federal funds Are plugged into an Agency budget administrators should consider whether at some Point Down the Road the Money will be withdrawn and the state left with the full Bill. A Energy conserving policies and devices should be considered the governor called Zero based budget a a fancy political term Quot but urged Agency Heads to prepare their budgets with that principle in mind a do not assume that what you have spent Bufore you must spend again Quot he said. Quot do not assume that what you have done before you must do again and do not assume that what you have never done you can never county asking for crossing lights relative to last year things look pretty Good a the Outlook varies however from item to item Christensen told a conference in Arizona for example that production of Freestone peaches will be above that of 1976, while supplies of the cling variety will be Down about 6 per cent. Industry officials said that Farmers tapped underground water tables to make up for the Lack of rainfall this year but they warned there could be serious problems in 1978 if the water is not replaced. By Bob Mathews traveler staff writer the Board of county commissioners this morning directed county clerk Marjorie Williams to Send a letter to Santa be Railroad officials expressing the need for warning signal lights at the Railroad crossing on East radio Lane in Arkansas City. The traveler reported last week that the county was endorsing efforts by the City to install warning lights. The renewed push to establish warning lights at the crossing came after an Arkansas City Man was killed at that location when his car was struck by a Missouri Pacific train on the Santa be tracks july 2. The same crossing was also the site of a serious injury Accident last december. But according to county Engineer Kenneth Watts the county can do Little More than Point out the need for warning signals at that crossing. He said officials in the secondary roads department of the Kansas department of transportation told him that the county cannot instigate a request for Matching funds to install the warning signals. The reason for that. Watts said is the fact that the crossing while it is not in the City limits of Arkansas City is in the a Urban limits Quot of the City. That Means he said that the county has no authority to seek Federal funds for a project to establish warning signals at that crossing Watts said the City of Arkansas City must make the request for Matching funds for that proposed project. He said that crossing was 754th on a priority list of Railroad Crossings in the state needing improved warning signals. That list of priorities was established by a Dot Survey several years ago of All Railroad Crossings in the state. Watts said that the state has completed installation of signals or approved funding for installation of signals at about 200 of the Crossings since 1973. At that same rate he said it would be about eight years before the state would improve warning signals at that crossing. However he said the work could be done sooner if the City received a Matching funds Grant for the work. In other action the county commission discussed potential future improvements to two Bridges near Silverdale As a result of increased traffic Load caused by traffic bound to and from Kaw Reservoir Spencer Delamater an engineering consultant from Wichita told the commission that the traffic May increase on those Bridges one of which is located East of Silverdale on Cowley county Highway 6 and one located South of Silverdale on Cowley county Highway i Delamater said increase in traffic on those Bridges is anticipated As a result of a . Army corps of engineers plan to establish a fishing and Hunting preserve along the Arkansas River from Kaw Reservoir North to Arkansas City. He said the Bridges would be on a route which would provide Access to that preserve on the East Side of the River. The commission had invited Delamater to discuss the possibility of retaining his firm As consultant if Bridge work is needed in that area the county has not approved plans for work on those Bridges and they made no decision on the matter this morning. Carter Abandons Oil Swap Washington a president Carter is abandoning a Swap of alaskan Oil with Japan partly because he would have a Tough time explaining such a move to american Consumers Long warned of an Energy crisis. James Schlesinger the presidents chief Energy adviser disclosed sunday that Carter decided it would be wrong to Send alaskan Oil to Japan in Exchange for japanese bought Oil shipped from the persian Gulf to states on the Gulf coast and the Eastern Seaboard. The proposal was among several under consideration for handling the daily turn to pave 3 Monasmith waives his preliminary Ivan Monasmith. 67, churned with first degree murder in the shooting death feb. 17 of Rebecca Reed today waived his right to a preliminary hearing in District court in Arkansas City. Monasmith wearing Blue overalls and a Black text hat appeared in court before judge David lord with his attorney Norman Iverson the defendent was slated to appear in court tomorrow for a preliminary hearing lord said purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine whether there is probable cause to believe Monasmith committed the crime of murder Iverson said Monasmith a has been advised of his rights. And desires to waive his preliminary hearing lord granted the request and stating no Bond had been posted remanded Monasmith to the custody of the cow Ley county sheriff judge Tom Pringle set Monasmith a Bond at $100,000 feb. 18. Pringle was later reassigned to the Winfield Branch of District court. Monasmith returned May 4 from Lar Ned state Hospital where he underwent 60 Days of court ordered evaluation to determine if he was competent to stand trial the evaluation report indicated Monasmith w As competent
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