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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - March 31, 1990, Garden City, Kansas The Garden City weather tonight Clear Low in 30s. Sunday Cloudy High in 60s.telegram saturday March 31,1990 vol. 61 no. 129 18 pages phone 275-7105 Garden City Kansas 67846 350 cop vehicle inspection Well paying political Plum by Mike Shields Harris news service Topeka a the use of Power to Reward friends is a political tool older than Egypt. But under the administration of gov. Mike Hayden some critics say the practice has gotten out of hand. That is the conclusion of sources close to an unusual Kansas Law enforcement program that uses private companies to foil interstate Auto theft. They say the program has. Been hijacked by politics and is being used to line the pockets of Hayden Campaign allies spokesmen for the gov Meacham error deny the charges. In 1986, Michael Meacham a Wichita attorney and former Republican state legislator was Hayden a Sedgwick county Campaign manager. Now he holds the lucrative Sedgwick county franchise for out of state vehicle inspections. By statute out of state vehicles must be inspected before they can be re tagged in Kansas certifying that identification numbers match ownership documents and that the vehicle is not recorded As stolen with the National crime information Center. Since Early 1985, private companies have been allowed to perform the inspections a chore once done exclusively by Highway patrol troopers. Observers say Meacham a inspection contract is a a political plump that allows his company to keep $9 of every $10 inspection fee. The company has collected $325,000 in fees since april 1988, according to the Kansas Highway patrol which oversees the program. A second Benefactor is Gary Owensby a Topeka businessman who has Given thousands of dollars to Kansas republicans since 1986. To Date he has donated $3,000 to the Mike Hayden for governor 1990 Campaign a the pre primary ceiling for individual donors under state Law. He is a member of the governors club and the Kansas Republican party a grand club. Membership to both is limited to big contributors. Owensby a company Benchmark Security corp., has vehicle inspection contracts for 13 counties that include the lucrative High traffic Kansas City metropolitan Market. His firm according to patrol figures stands to collect More than $600,000 a year in fees. Meacham and Owensby according to former inspection contract holders and others Benefit from one of the states last refuges for Well paying political patronage. A a it is a political thing a says former Sedgwick county sheriff Johnnie Darr a partner in the company replaced by Meacham a company vehicle inspection associates. A a ten dollars a car and one Dollar went Back to the state. I was doing pretty Good really. I had my building lease but overhead is privately Darr told friends it was the Best Deal of his life. According to capt. Michael Kuhn of the Highway patrol a routine inspection takes eight to 12 minutes. The inspection fee set by statute is $10. One Dollar from each collected fee is sent to the state. That leaves contract companies with $9 per inspection to cover costs. Profits from private contract inspections according to the legislative division of Post audit Range from 20 to More than 50 percent. A a i think it goes without says recently retired Highway patrol superintendent Donald Pickert a a that in those heavy inspection areas it is a rather lucrative in fiscal 1989, 151,897 vehicles were inspected statewide under the program generating More than $1.5 million in fees. About two thirds of the fees were collected in the High traffic metropolitan counties of Sedgwick Johnson Wyandotte Leavenworth Shawnee and Douglas where contracts Are presently held by Meacham and Owensby. Only about la percent of the inspections in fiscal 1989 were by the Highway patrol mostly in Rural areas inconvenient to private interests. The balance was done by designers. How the private designed contracts have changed hands under the Hayden administration has opened the program to criticism. A we ran this thing very politically a says Tom Dupriest a former Fri agent and an executive with Clarence m. Kelley enter please see Page 5dateline.southwest Kansas information for the items in this column is from area weekly newspapers. Workshop for tutors Scott City a a workshop to train tutors for this area will be from 9 a m. To 3 . On april 20 at the Scott county Library. Tie tutors will help persons improve skills in Reading writing and computation. Colby Community College in partnership with Kansas state Library and Kansas department of education. Is providing the training for tutors. Food drive on april 7 Leoti a the annual drive for the Wichita county Foo Bank will be on april 7. Empty food bags will be distributed at churches on sunday. They Are to be filled with nonperishable items and set out by front doors to be picked up by volunteers. The Foo Bank is operated by a Board of directors made up of representatives from area churches. Harvest America staff and the ministerial Alliance. Fund for fire victims Dighton a a Benefit drive at St. Theresa a Catholic Church and a fund at the first National Bank have been set up to help the Tom Kerschen family. The Kerschen Home South of Dighton was destroyed by fire monday night it was not insured. Tom and Nora Kerschen were Home when the fire started but their three children were spending the night with grandparents. Firemen said the fire might have started from electrical wiring in the bathroom. Plans for Sandpit Cimarron a Good times Are being planned by Gray county fish and wildlife association members at the nearby Sandpit. A Carp Derby and fishing tournament have been announced a we have made a lot of improvement on the grounds in the past few years and we have added a lot of varieties of fish in the past year said Gary Schadegg president. A we plan to Stock the Pond in june or july with watchable Channel various membership Levels Are available. More dateline Page 2 women from several Garden City churches stitch on one of five seasonal tapestries to be used on the altar in the new interfaith Chapel at St. Catherine Hospital. Ada Brad aiding Albrecht left Leona Dudley Opal Gross and Claudine Pound right work on a tapestry for Lent As sister Barbara Chenicek o.p., Center looks Over their Handiwork. Teams of stitchers turn out tapestries the results of several weeks of stitching will be viewed for the first time next week at St. Catherine Hospital. Five stitchery teams made up of More than 50 women representing several local churches have been working on the tapestries that will be the artistic focus in the new Chapel at St. Catherine Hospital. The tapestries at varying stage of completion will be presented thursday at a ceremony in the Chapel of St. Catherine. The event will be for the tapestry stitchers and for Hospital employees. On Friday the tapestries will be seen at a Chapel ceremony at the close of a Day Long joint meeting of the Board of the Central Kansas medical Center great Bend and the St. Catherine Hospital Board. On hand for the special events will be the artists who designed the tapestries a Sisters Rita Schiltz and Barbara Chenicek of the Inai studio in Adrian Mich. The Chapel is part of the new Walnut Street entry addition to the Hospital. It is located off the lobby to the right. One Wall is All Glass looking out on a meditation Garden which has walkways and benches. A the Garden will serve As an Extension of the waiting area giving families an Opportunity to be outside but still nearby a said sister Nancy Jane Koontz pastoral care manager. A it is in keeping with the concept of this As a a Garden the Chapel which seats from 50 to 60 persons is an inter Faith facility for patients families and employees the nun explained. The exterior landscaping was completed this month and the Interior is finished except for a few touches. The tapestry stitchers met in mid March for a workshop and prayer service that introduced them to the work they were to do. The five tapestries will be used throughout the year on the altar the focal Point of the Chapel. A each is based on scriptural passages representing the liturgical seasons of the year a said sister Koontz. They Are Advent Christmas Lent easter the growing season of summer and the harvests of autumn. The nun Saki she went through the Garden City ministerial Alliance to recruit the interdenominational stitchers. Divided into five teams one for each tapestry they Are from the United methodist Church St. Thomas episcopal Church Church of Christ St. Dominic and St. Mary Catholic parishes dominican associates and Hospital staff volunteers. Possibly others also have joined in the team efforts she said. An open House for the Public to see the Chapel will be held in May. With sister Koontz in the Hospital s pastoral care department Are two other full time chaplains sister Coletta Masterson and the Rev. Frank Jordan they work with Lay volunteers and clergymen in the Are abortion Bill fails in Idaho Boise Idaho apr Idaho a anti abortion governor says he vetoed legislation that would have become the most restrictive abortion Law in the nation because it was flawed by outside forces meddling in state affairs. A we idahoans Are a fiercely Independent group who will Call it As we see it a gov. Cecil Andrus said. A i have done to out of state opponents of his Friday veto he said a i would respectfully suggest you return to your own states and try and do it in the past three weeks More than 21,000 Telephone Calls letters and petitions have flowed into the governors office. Calls from out of state outnumbered those from Idaho residents by 3-to-l. The lobbying peaked thursday at More than 4,100 Calls with a ratio of 2-to-l in favor of a veto. Anti abortion groups wanted to use the Idaho measure to Challenge the u s supreme courts commitment to legalized abortion As spelled out in the 1973 Roe is. Wade decision. The democratic governor who is running for a record fourth term said he was not fazed by threats from abortion rights advocates of a Boycott of Idaho potatoes the states no. I Cash crop if the Bill became Law. A i believe and i am confident the people of Idaho believe that we can make our own judgments on this terribly important Issue without outside pressure and outside influence or threats a Andrus said. The veto effectively killed the Bill. The legislature adjourned its regular session before Andrus announced the veto and can Only be called Back by the governor. Bill proponents conceded they lacked enough votes to gain a two thirds majority needed to override the veto anyway. A the Bill is drawn so narrowly that it would punit ively and without compassion further harm an Idaho woman who May find herself in the horrible unthinkable position of confronting a pregnancy that resulted from rape or incest a Andrus said. Ninth Grade to move Index crickets invade Nevada by Sarah Kessinger staff writer moving ninth graders to the High school As proposed if additions to the High school Are approved by voters april to is one solution to Middle school overcrowding administrators in the District also believe ninth Grade students would be better off at the High school for several reasons in a statewide trend tile number of High schools for grades to through 12 is declining. Of 373 Kansas High schools 353 Are nine-through-12 High schools. High school principal Greg Springston said both Lawrence and Manhattan a schools Are adding the ninth Grade. Student numbers at Garden City a two Middle schools with an enrolment this year of about 1,400, Are projected to grow to 1,570 in grades seven through nine by 1993. That projected number would be reduced by 500 if the ninth Grade goes to the High school. There Are plenty of reasons ninth graders belong in a High school Springston said. A it makes sense academically and socially a he said. Academically ninth graders now work within a four year curriculum earning Carnegie units toward High school graduation at the Middle schools there is a limit on High school credits offered. Duane Weisz principal at Abe Hubert Middle school said the four year High school puts the entire High school package in a continuum rather than separating it at different schools. A they Are told they re earning High school credits but they re in a Middle school a Weisz said. Jane Botz assistant High school principal said ninth graders end up on the Short end with the time difference Between Middle school and High school. Middle school students have an eight period Day with 42-minute please see Page 3 deaths.2 Hospital.2 Reno Nev. Apr millions of crop eating Leaf weather.2 chomping crickets that can grow As big As a Small opinion.4 mouse have invaded Rural Nevada in the worst infest business.6,8 Tion of the insects since the 1930s, agricultural officials markets.8 said. Sports.9-11 a a we be probably got 700,000 acres of the state infested classified.12-15 now they re starting to Hatch and the ground is just crossword.16 Black with them in some places a Dick Rowe Deputy i comics.16 Rector of the Plant Industry division of the Nevada bridge.17 agriculture department said Friday. To log.17 a right now they re Little devils but pretty soon if they re not stopped they re going to be big ii Acciac Rowe has counted about too mormon crickets per meddles Suun Naivs Square foot in worst infested areas compared with increase in state one or two in a Normal year. The insects got their name from a similar infestation Wichita apr state health reported in Utah in the 1800s sea gulls from Salt Lake officials reported Friday that the City reportedly flew Over the infested land eating the number of Kansas counties report crickets to save the mormon populated area from total Ting suspected measles outbreaks destruction he said. Has increased. A i done to know if its True or not a he said. A but it takes thirty five cases of rash illness a pretty Good size Bird to eat them when they a re mature have been reported in Crawford most of them Are about the size of your thumb and they Saline Riley Greenwood Clay got hard spurs on the Back of their legs so they get stuck Finney Geary Cowley Shawnee in the Craw of Birds and kill and Lyons counties said David the crickets which make chirping sounds spit Brown Miller head of immunizations for juice and bite humans if disturbed a heat everything in the Kansas department of health sight including each other a Rowe said and environment. Unable to Fly they March in bands across the land and of those cases la Are Rubeola strip crops clean eat leaves and bark off Trees and measles and 24 Are suspected cases. Gobble up any organic material. Common crops across the infested parts of Nevada include Alfalfa Alfalfa seed potatoes Meadow Hay and Small Grain. State and Federal agriculture agencies Are developing a plan for controlling the infestation in northeastern and North Central Nevada. Chemical spraying and baiting the area with poisoned food is being considered and a control plan is expected to be adopted next week according to Rowe and George Nash head of the Federal animal and Plant health inspection service Plant disease and quarantine operation based in Reno. But Nash estimated it would Cost $15 per acre for control measures with Farmers and ranchers paying half the Cost on private lands and the government picking up the entire Tab on Public property. Rowe said three or four dry Springs in a Row and recent warm weather have been perfect for the crickets. The crickets Stop in their tracks when the temperature drops and starve if they done to continue their hungry March he said. Jeff Knight also with the state agriculture department said the crickets Lay eggs in the summer and fall that incubate during the Winter and Hatch in the Spring. The one generation insects normally live through september he said. A a it a frightening once they get larger and Start moving a Knight said. A a in be seen some the size of a House mouse about 2 inches in body length and three quarters of an Inch wide. When they bite they re big enough to break the

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