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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - February 2, 1983, Garden City, Kansas The Garden City mostly Cloudy and cold Over night wednesday. Lows around to. Northwest winds diminishing to 5 to 15 Mph. Partly Cloudy thursday with highs 25 to 30. East winds to to 15. Sunrise thurs. 7 46 Sunset thurs. 6 09telegram wednesday february 2,1983 vol. 54 no. 76 20 pages phone 275-7105 circulation 275-0106 Garden City Kansas 67846 25c copy Beautiful Day for a walk. Pedro Rodriguez 201 e. Walnut finds the Snow has added a new dimension to a tuesday afternoon walk near his Home. In Ennis i mid Airn a Southwest is digging out cleaning up est kansans v its and i earing afr sidewalks Quot wednesday after a major Winter storm that dumped up to 13 inches of Snow on the area monday and tuesday. The Snow stopped in Garden City at 11 30 . Tuesday except for one Small flurry later according to officials at the Garden City municipal Airport. The snowstorm left behind hazardous driving conditions and problems Clearing off roads and Airport runways. Law enforcement agencies report numerous requests from citizens for assistance with stalled and stuck vehicles and numerous fender benders. Garden City Street Crews began Clearing streets at Midnight and were working on the City a major roads wednesday morning a Street department spokesman said. Garden City received 64 to 7 inches of Snow in 1983�?Ts first big Winter storm in Kansas according to the Experiment station. Other local reports said As much As 8 to 9 inches of Snow fell. Elkhart reported 13 inches of Snow and sheriff and police officers there Are driving Hospital employees to work. Garden City police declared emergency driving conditions. In the City at about 6 30 . Tuesday and requested that All Drivers stay off the Road if possible. Police said emergency conditions were declared because traffic was making it impossible for Road Crews to Clear the streets and the bitter cold made it hazardous for people in stalled vehicles. Wind chill was to degrees when emergency conditions were declared police said. Buffalo Jones Avenue was closed tuesday evening when it drifted shut As was Kansas Avenue Between Fleming and Campus police said. Police reported eight non injury accidents and six Calls for citizen assistance in the 24 hour period beginning at 7 . Tuesday. The sheriffs department had 16 requests for citizen assistance and worked three non injury accidents during that time. City administrative Center was closed at 2 30 . Tuesday because of the storm. All highways Are Snow packed and driving is hazardous Larry Scheuchzer Kansas department of transportation Engineer said wednesday morning. Kansas Highway patrol reports us156 is closed from Garden City to Jetmore and us83 South from Garden City is open Only up to Liberal. Crews Are attempting to open us156 from Garden City to Jetmore Scheuchzer said. Dot reports k23 from Cimarron to Dighton and Highway 160 in Stanton county and from Meade East is closed. Some highways Are icy and Snow covered with one Lane traffic in some areas according to Dot. If winds do not cause additional Drifting Scheuchzer said Crews should Clear most roads today. Drifting Snow also caused problems with Clearing runways at air Midwest. A spokesman there said a a we be dug out twice and the winds just blown it All air Midwest flights were cancelled Here tuesday he said but Crews were in the process of Clearing the main runway wednesday morning and he expects All runways to be Clear for flights by mid or late afternoon wednesday. Emergency medical services ambulances were equipped with chains on the tires and had no problems responding to Calls according to Bob Pruitt director. Ems had six to eight Calls during the storm he said. Also Ems was needed to take some Hospital personnel to St. Catherine Hospital tuesday during the storm. Leslie Purdy Community relations director for the Hospital said Only one weather related Accident was reported at the Hospital tuesday. A woman was treated in the emergency room for a Back injury she suffered when she tried to lift her car out of the Snow Purdy said. Firemen were called to Holcomb High school tuesday around noon when a fire alarm went off but the run was cancelled when a High school employee told the dispatcher the alarm was trigger when the electricity went out briefly. An employee of Northern natural Gas co. Was stranded for three hours when his radio malfunctioned and his vehicle was stuck after he went to Check on a Gas Well in Kearny county according to la. West District manager for Northern natural. The vehicles Heater held up and the employee was unharmed. West said. Northern natural Gas Crews were changing charts on about 260 Wells tuesday West said and several people were stuck. West said the company knew the route the stranded employee was taking and simply had to go from one Well to another until the employee was found. A we knew where he was going a West said. A it was just a matter of process of he complimented the Highway Road Crews on the efforts to Clear the High ways. Without the Road Crew. West said. Northern natural Crews would have found it impossible to get to Wells isolated in Rural areas. All Northern natural Gas employees returned before dark he said a Kansas Nebraska spokesman said several Crew workers vehicles became stuck in the Snow tuesday but were pulled out without any problems a Garden City Street department spokesman wednesday requested that people Park their cars in driveways if possible so Crews could Clear residential streets without being hampered by cars parked along the streets. Police advise Garden City residents to avoid driving through the North part of the City if possible since Drifting was worst there. Trail ways buses to and from Garden City Are cancelled during the Day wednesday said Larry Chipley ticket agent for trailways. There is a slight possibility buses will resume travel wednesday evening he said. Amtrak was running three hours late coming from the East wednesday morning due to blowing Snow and other storm hazards according to Francis Egbert manager of the regional freight office for Santa be. Scheduled for 6 35 . Arrival the passenger train was leaving Garden City at about 9 35, with an additional two Santa be locomotives added at Dodge City. Egbert said trains Are still running and problems Crews Are facing Are common hazards with heavy snows. A the Snow whirls up into the engines and shorts out the traction motors a Egbert explained. That a Why Amtrak had the Stop to add locomotives this morning at Dodge City. Of course the drifts cause problems too. He said. An additional difficulty is red signals that result from Snow getting into switch Points. A with a storm covering this extended mileage Quot said Egbert a the Only Way to take care of that problem would be to have a Man with a Broom at every switch Point. The manager emphasized that the problems they be been facing Are not unusual and both freight and passenger trains Are in operation Egbert mentioned casually that when he left the Railroad freight office at 5 30 . Tuesday he drove through main Street and. For the first time in his memory the Street was absolutely empty of cars from the station to Sears six blocks North where there was one car obviously abandoned Early in the storm animals at Lee Richardson zoo in Finnup Park Are by Choice staying indoors out of the Snow Parks and zoo director Dan Banta said wednesday morning a were having no problems with the animals just with the keepers getting them feed and water. A it s extremely important in this kind of weather to see that the animals have adequately water we can carry water in buckets if we have to to be sure the animals Are supplied a Baffa said although the roads in the Park Are passable at present he necessarily want encourage anyone to try to drive through the Park a we Don t see Many tracks because most of the animals Are staying in their barns except perhaps for the siberian Tiger which likes the Snow a the zoo is open from 8 to 4 30 he said they did close earlier tuesday Drifting Snow closes highways to Wichita Topeka Kan. Apr Gusty winds piled deep Snow drifts in Many areas of Kansas today and prompted the closing of state and Federal highways leading to Wichita. Numerous other roads throughout the state were closed by drifts from snowstorms that hit the state during the past three Days. The National weather service forecast Only Light Snow or flurries in the state today but northerly winds of 20 to 30 Miles an hour were creating new problems. Four deaths were attributed to the storm which shut Down Many schools businesses and Public buildings. Two men died in the Northeast Kansas town of Nortonville when a propane truck collided with a freight train at an icy intersect Tim tuesday and two Wichita men suffered fatal heart attacks while shovelling Snow authorities said. A the department of transportation and Highway patrol dosed All state and Federal highways into and out of Wichita. They Are so full of Snow you can to move a patrol dispatcher Glenn Richardson said this morning. Wind gusts up to 45 Miles an hour coupled with the 9 inches of Snow that hit the area tuesday left roads impassable throughout Sedgwick county the patrol said. A Drivers Are subject to arrest a Richardson said. A if they Are travelling on a closed Road and a trooper feels it is a Hazard the person could be Hie order does not affect the Kansas Turnpike said Usa Callahan Public relations director for the Kansas Turnpike authority. She said All four lanes remained open today but that travel by double and triple Load trucks and wide loads was prohibited. Richardson said Road Crews were having trouble keeping up with the Drifting Snow but kept. At it. A Road a a Crews have been at it for about 36 to 40 hours and they re pooped a a he said. Dispatcher Ann Gooch in the Sedgwick county sheriffs office said authorities were advising against All travel in the area. The sheriffs office declared All roads in the county impassable tuesday night and conditions had not improved by this morning. Interstate 70 remained closed today from Salina to Hays because of Drifting Snow. Many other Federal state and county roads especially in Central and southwestern Kansas were closed today by the Highway patrol. A a travelling across Kansas is strongly discouraged a a the weather service said. A in some parts of the state especially in Central and North Central Kansas Road maintenance Crews have not been Able to keep up with Snow removal. Persistently Strong and Gusty North winds continually Drift these roads total snowfall by Midnight ranged from about 15 inches at Concordia and Salina to 4 inches at Goodland. Other totals included 9 inches at Topeka 13 inches at Russell 8 inches at Garden City 9 inches at Hutchinson and 7 inches at Dodge City. The . Postal service in Wichita suspended general mail delivery to keep its vehicles off roadways already littered with stranded cars. The metropolitan transit authority stopped bus service after 28 of its 43 vehicles got stuck and later announced no buses would run today. A some Drivers sat six or eight hours before we were Able to get a Tow track out to get them a Meta director Dave Smith said tuesday. Several Public buildings and All Public schools in Wichita were closed today officials said. Many major businesses curtailed operations. In Topeka the legislature expected to meet today As scheduled. State workers were sent Home at noon tuesday after gov. John Carlin issued a a declaration of inclement the legislature curtailed some of its committee activity that afternoon. Wichita state University and the University of Kansas cancelled classes at noon tuesday. Kansas state University cancelled night classes after 4 30p.m. Several other colleges cancelled classes including Washburn University in Topeka. In Liberal in the Southwest Corner of Kansas police chief Rich Kistner ordered All streets closed tuesday after the town received More than a foot of Snow. The ban was expected to remain in effect today. A basically Liberal is eloped in All directions a a police dispatcher said Early today. A no ones supposed to be in the says rate Cut Okay by Annette Galluzzi staff writer Sunflower electric cooperative will not contest the Kansas corporation commissions recommendation for a rate increase that cuts $5 million from sunflowers original request of $7 5 million the rate increase was to be the topic of a hearing wednesday the 9 a in hearing was delayed two hours to await the arrival of acc staff members who were travelling from Topeka by train Steve Thompson sunflowers assistant general manager told the Telegram that Sunflower had a preliminarily agreed not to contest pc cd a recommendation for nearly a $2 4 million increase Thompson said he does t believe it would be Worth dragging the hearing out for three Days and increasing its Cost he said Sunflower plans to pick up the $5 million when it seeks a rate hike this summer for the Holcomb Coal fired generating Plant now under construction the $420 million Plant is to be finished this summer and Sunflower will be allowed to begin to recoup the Cost of the Plant at that time although the acc staff is recommending a $2 4 million increase that does not mean commissioners will Grant that amount. Acc is to Rule on Sunflower s request in june the acc May Grant less than the $7.5 million originally requested but not More if the acc Grants Sunflower the $2 4 million increase that will amount to a tremendous savings Over what Garden City officials had originally anticipated a at least until the next rate increase this summer. Assistant City manager Bob Halloran had figured a 20 percent increase for Garden City customers based on the $7.5 million request. Using that figure the City decided to intervene in the Case to oppose the rate design which placed nearly All of the increase on demand charges Halloran had said Garden City would be paying about 7 percent More than other Sunflower customers because the City has a High demand for Power but the pc cd a proposal would mean Only about a 4 38 percent Overall increase for Wheatland electric a Garden City a Power supplier City officials have yet to translate that into a percentage increase for Garden Cit ians. But Are sure it will be much less than originally calculated under sunflowers original proposal the bulk of any increase that might be granted would come from demand charges. Under the pc cd a proposal the bulk would come from Energy revenues while Sunflower had asked for $10 91 per Kilow att demand charge the acc is recommending $8.50 per Kwh acc is recommending the same Energy charge requested by Sunflower a 03739 per kilowatt hour Sunflower is asking for the rate increase to pay for the Cost of newly constructed transmission lines to its Holcomb Plant. The acc recommendation makes adjustments to several items in eluding a a $1.5 million reduction for construction work in Progress this refers to generation or distribution facilities not yet in service the acc staff deleted that request because of the commissions general policy that the new Plant should be on line before those costs can be recouped a a $240,000 reduction because of sunflowers participation in Safe Harbor leasing in which Sunflower has sold its tax write offs to other companies. A a $1,134,790 reduction in operating expenses. Acc staff recommended that these expenses be collected through other Means or be deferred to future rate cases. A reduced sunflowers rate of return from the Power company a request for 11.18 percent. Acc recommends a 9.27 to 10.11 percent rate of return. According to acc staff each whole Point reduction in sunflowers rate of return amounts to a $1 million reduction in the company a Revenue requirement. Testimony by Sunflower the acc and Garden City officials was to be heard wednesday afternoon. Officials said they hoped to wrap up the hearing wednesday est Lauder Only lit Hoover adv Quot Hals ton vagrancy for your Valentine Hebert s jewellers. Srott City a adv. /

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