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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - March 17, 1990, Garden City, Kansas Garden City Telegram saturday March 17. 1990 Page 5 attorney called to court Barkis Barkis backs Compromise plan Topeka apr House minority Leader Marvin Barkis threw his support behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul the system for classifying property for tax purposes. The House is scheduled to debate wednesday a Resolution designed to replace the classification system adopted by voters in 1986. Barkis a Louisburg called the plan a a Good Compromise. A the goal of the proposal is to restore the property tax Burden to approximately where it was before classification and statewide property reappraisal. It would decrease the tax Burden for homeowners and Small businesses by increasing taxes on inventories and business machinery and equipment. The plan puts inventories Back on the tax Rolls eliminating an exemption created by the 1986 amendment. Quot our proposal targets Relief where it is needed a Barkis said. Quot it Lowers the Burden for Small businesses and homeowners. By broadening the base and adjusting the rates we can make the property tax More utilities face millions in losses Wichita apr some utilities say they face millions of dollars in losses from the Tornado that devastated Hesston and parts of Central Kansas tuesday. The Tornado destroyed 234 Kansas Gas and electric co. Utility poles As it Cut a path 5 Miles wide and 38 Miles Long through the Utility a service territory. Replacing a Utility pole can Cost Between $3,000 and $7,000, according to one Utility official. Quot in one 19 Square mile area All Power lines were torn Down. There Wasny to a line standing a said Donna Dilsaver of pkg amp a. Quot in some places you can to even find where there was a United Telephone co., which serves Hesston estimates the Tornado caused Between $500,000 and $1 million in damage to its system said Maxine Coffey the company a spokeswoman for Kansas. The Tornado caused Only minor damage to Cpl Gas service and no damage to southwestern Bell. Regents meeting not a violation Topeka apr attorney general Robert Stephan said today he has concluded the Washburn University Board of regents did not violate the Kansas open meetings act last month when it hired or. Hugh Thompson As the University a new president. While the Washburn regents might have avoided a Public perception of undue secretiveness if they had provided More information during the hiring process they did not violate provisions of the open meetings act nor the spirit of the Law in his judgment Stephan told a news conference. Quot until and unless legislative action More narrowly defines the term binding action or limits the extent of actions permitted in executive session it does not appear that procedures utilized by the Washburn University Board of regents in hiring or. Thompson As president violated the terms of the Kansas open meetings act a Stephan said. He said the boards taking of secret written Quot Straw votes to narrow the Field of candidates for the presidency As Well As setting terms of Thompsons employment in executive session was perfectly Legal. However he said he believes the regents might have avoided controversy if they had disclosed that they had done those things without identifying Thompson. Quot it certainly would have been More Clear to the Public if there had not been any Public statements or a letter welcoming or. Thompson a Stephan said. Quot it probably would have served the Board Best if they had made it Clear that in executive session terms were agreed upon and submitted to Thompson but would not be binding until there was a Public nothing was binding on the University regarding Thompsons hiring until a vote was taken in open meeting on feb. 14, the attorney general said. Know where you stand. Fences Farmland leases water and drainage livestock sales a liens a mortgages a social Security pesticide application a contracts a and More written especially for Farmers and landowners by Sam Brownback Kansas a Secretary James b. Wadley Washburn Law professor now available at Many bookstores drug stores and farm Supply centers. Or Send $15.95 plus $3 for shipping and tax to Lone tree publishing co. . Box 4728 Topeka is 66604 by Michael Bates associated press writer Wichita apr a Federal judge in Wichita has ordered . Attorney general Richard Thornburgh to testify about a seven year old Case involving the crash of a Kansas based plane leased to government drug agents. . District judge Patrick Kelly said he was told in november the Case had been settled through mediation but an assistant attorney general said Friday that the settlement never was approved in Washington. Kelly said he wants Thornburgh to come to Wichita to straighten things out. No Date was set for the show cause hearing which Kelly ordered Thornburgh to attend. The judge says the hearing will be an Opportunity for the government to convince him he should enforce the settlement negotiated in november. A proposed monetary settlement has been agreed to by All parties but terms were not made Public. Kelly presided Friday at a 30-minute hearing scheduled after plaintiffs said the government was refusing to Honor the out of court settlement. In the lawsuit pending before Kelly Midland National Bank Newton kan., which had a $198,000 Lien on the plane has sued the owner of the plane Walter Conlogue of Newton Puritan insurance co., which insured the Craft before it crashed off grand Cayman Island in 1983 and the . Government. The insurance company said it would not Honor the claim because it had not been told the truth about what the plane was being used for. Conlogue said . Customs agents who leased the plane from him told him he could not Tell anyone what the plane was being used for or Quot innocent people would suffer and be on Friday Kelly told Richard Montague of the . Justice department that the Case involved criminal conduct by the United states. A More specifically it involves the transport of drugs by agents of the United states or with the acquiescence of the United states a the judge said. Montague questioned the credibility of the Only witness he said had made such statements a convicted drug smuggler Michael Tolliver who was flying the plane when it crashed. He also said the air plane loss Case had nothing to do with Toliver a statements that Federal government representatives directed him to Fly arms to Contra rebels and illegal drugs into the United states. The Case should be decided by determining if the government took Possession of the plane and entrusted it to a smuggler who crashed it Montague said. Toliver is serving a marijuana smuggling sentence in North Carolina. On nov. 30, 1987, Toliver who had been granted immunity testified in Kelly a court that he had made two trips to Honduras and Columbia in 1986 with arms for Contra rebels. He said he returned to the United states with loads of cocaine and marijuana Landing once at Homestead air Force base in Florida. Toliver testified he Wasny to working for the government when he crashed the plane owned by Conlogue a company. Conlogue said he had leased the $413,000 twin engine Craft to . Customs agents to help in undercover drug investigations. Kelly was so alarmed by Toliver a testimony that he ordered transcripts delivered to the Fri the Cia and to president Ronald Reagan who was then at Bethesda naval Hospital. The judge said again Friday he was disturbed Federal prosecutors Hadnot filed any criminal charges or even launched an investigation of Toliver a claims. Montague said the Justice department appreciated Kelly alerting it to Toliver a statements. But he said whether a criminal investigation was warranted was up to the attorney general not the judge. Kelly said Friday he was frustrated by the governments attitude. Quot i have heard nothing a the judge said. Quot frankly what i have had is stonewalling at the hands of the United states and in a not going to have any Kansas briefs last ditch move to save Short rail line by Lew Ferguson associated press writer Topeka a wanted one wealthy Railroad nostalgia Buff willing to invest a lot of Money with Little Hope of immediate return on the investment. That a the want and the Northeast Kansas rail users association May try next in its last ditch Effort to save a 66-mile stretch of rail line in extreme Northeast Kansas. How much of an investment Well $3.1 million is the Price tag the Union Pacific Railroad has placed on the line which it has interstate Commerce commission and Federal court approval to abandon from Parnell in Atchison county to Vliets in Marshall county. The line also crosses Nemaha county and the Northeast Corner of Jackson county and passes through eight Small towns a Effingham Muscotah Whiting Netawaka Goff Corning Centralia and Vermillion it links two main lines of the up running from Kansas northward into Nebraska. The Railroad discontinued use of the line which belonged to its subsidiary the Missouri Pacific in the fall of 1986, citing poor usage. Shippers along the line attribute the poor usage to a dry growing season in 1983 that carried Over into 1984, the two main years cited in the up abandonment application. In june 1986, the inc approved abandonment of the line and last december the 10th . Circuit court of appeals rejected a Kansas corporation commission Appeal Clearing the Way for dismantling the line. That is when the Northeast Kansas rail users association intensified its Effort to acquire the line and continue its operation. But the association made up of representatives of 21 Banks businesses Grain elevators and Farmer cooperatives along the line concluded it could t afford to buy it. The reason the Price is so expensive said James Dobbins of Goff the Secretary of the association is the Quality of the track which up wants to use to upgrade its main line from Kansas City to Omaha. Members of the association a nonprofit corporation see the loss of the line As an economic blow to their area. It Means hauling their Grain to Market by truck and that Dobbins said Means harder Wear on state highways. The Parnell to Vliets line originally Laid in 1867, is 112-Pound welded rail which remains highly valuable. That is Why the up has put such a stiff Price on the line up has offered to lease the old Missouri Pacific line which it a my amp i o Call 276-3088 for a software a training a continued support a amp h computer consultants ram at a bobs restaurant Mon. March 19th 24th lunch special Chicken Fried Steak 475 includes potato soup amp salad quire in a 1982 merger from Frankfort which is just West of Vliets to the Western Ter minuses at Lenora in Norton county and Stockton in Rooks county. The association got . Sens. Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum and . Rep. Jim Slattery to try to per sude the up to include the Parnell to Vliets line in the lease proposal but to no Avail. Gov. Mike Hayden wrote the Railroad last january and the Kansas Senate adopted a Resolution urging the up to make every Effort to reactivate the segment also to no Avail. Any Day now Dobbins said the up is expected to begin taking up the track for relocation and the line will be lost forever. Quot once ifs gone its gone a he said it was Dobbins who Only partly in jest suggested the association might take out the want and seeking a financial Angel to buy the line for it. A a we be exhausted everything else and we re up against the Wall a he said. Quot maybe somewhere in the United states there is someone with $3.1 million that wants to own a Railroad. Quot its be a toy for them. But if they a buy it wed run it for them. Quot there might not be any profit right off the Bat but we believe we can get a five year tax abatement from the counties and it might turn a profit Down the Road if it got up and going a the value of the rail on Trie line Quot is what killed us a Dobbins said of the Effort of the rail association to buy it. Quot that made it too expensive for advertisement for bids bids for the construction of Quot re roofing work for the Garden City Community College Quot Garden City Kansas will be received by the Board of trustees Garden City Community College until 12 00 . Cd on wednesday april 4, 1990. Bid proposals will be opened at the stated time and publicly read aloud in the endowment room student Center at the Community College. The contract documents consisting of the drawings and specifications together with instructions to bidders and bid proposal forms May be obtained at the office of architecture plus 402 e. Fulton Garden City Kansas. A $50.00 refundable Deposit is required. Each bid shall be accompanied by a bid Bond in the amount of five percent 5% of the total bid. No bidder May withdraw his bid for at least thirty 30 Days after bid opening. The Board of trustees reserves the right to reject any or ail bids and waive i formalities. Architecture plus 402 e. Fulton Garden City is 67846 316 276-2872 attention Farmers amp ranchers Are you prepared to do business in the 1990? Over the past several years . Holzwarth has forecast Many major tops and Bottoms in the Grain and livestock markets. He is prepared to share with you his Outlook for the 1990 s. All you have to do is attend a seminar with . Holzwarth Market analyst and forecaster As he discusses 1. Changes he foresees Over the next ten years which will directly affect agriculture. 2. The importance of developing a marketing plan. 3. How to incorporate futures amp options in that marketing plan. This seminar will be held saturday March 24 from 9 00 . 12 00 . At the Scott county Fairground William Carpenter building Scott City Kansas this seminar is sponsored by United brokerage an introducing broker Clearing through Stotler and company. For More information Call Art Kalbach at 316-375-4711 Art s office is located at 15th amp Broadway Leoti Kansas user of . Holzwarth technical news service and other services provided by . Holzwarth and in the Park picnics in the Park know no season. But in springtime after a Long Winter there sort of special. And its the time of year when schools and classes from All Over Southwest Kansas head for Finnup Park for picnics and Tours of the zoo. This class picnic at Finnup Park was in 1924. Some of the students took time off from playing to have their picture taken. The photograph is from the Finney county historical society museum collection. /

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