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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - May 9, 1986, Garden City, Kansas The Garden City Friday May 9, 1986 vol. 57 no. 158 44 pages phone 275-7105 Garden City Kansas 67846 25# copy for storage liftoff Dennis a theory made it into practice As Abe Hubert Junior High students flight tested their tissue paper balloons Friday morning at the school. The balloons were filled with hot air and then sent aloft. The tests were to prepare students for More balloon launching saturday at the districts Junior High track meet at memorial stadium. Launches will begin at 8 . And continue until la . The balloon making project was shared by the schools science and language arts students. i already gave Garden City loses liability insurance Wichita Kan apr Farmers poised to Start harvesting wheat in the next few weeks May have a Tough time finding storage space for their crop a i done to think there s any question there s going to be a lot of wheat on the ground the question is How Long it s going to be there Quot said Jim Coughenour a Garvey Grain inc vice president normally country elevators would Transfer wheat to larger terminal elevators to make room for new crop wheat which they dump on the ground Only As a last resort but the terminal elevators Are full or nearly full because exports Are Down More than 4< percent and Low prices have been discouraging sales most terminal operators Are Refus my to accept any additional wheat for storage Garvey with several terminals and Union equity Coop Exchange of Enid okla., with 15 terminals in Kansas and Oklahoma Are accepting Only Cash wheat shipments that Don t tie up storage because they can be moved on through Sale channels a carryover stocks have put us in a huge crunch Quot Coughenour said a Kansas crop and livestock reporting service Survey showed As of april i wheat stored in Kansas totalled 389 9 million bushels a 41 percent increase compared with 1985 it was the largest april i amount of wheat stored in the state since 1983 Coughenour said for to or 12 years elevator operators have talked about How there was going to be a storage problem he said in the past the Industry always had been Able to work through it. This year especially in the Western two thirds of the state it is unlikely space will become available he said Bill Tierney a Kansas state University Grain marketing Southwest Kansas wheat crop will find plenty of housing in local elevators this Harvest but if the stay is prolonged space May be scarce when the fall crops begin their search for a Home. Sherm Baird Grain manager for the Garden City Coop believes there will be space available for 1986 wheat. Current yield sapping weather conditions May reduce the take even More. Quot As it appears right now with the crop and weather conditions Well have ample space to handle what we would normally expect at Harvest time a Baird said. Quot tile dry weather we be been having is going to reduce dryland in the Garden City co Ops eight elevators there is approximately 3.5 million bushels of space available. There is no need for space panic in the Scott City area either. Stan Skrdlant general manager at the Index deaths.p2 hospitals p2 markets.p3 opinion .p4 people.p6 sports Plo-11 classifieds.p12-15 crossword.p22 to log. P22 comics.p21 a pet sitting at Lakin Page 6. Sex governors Back Brier. Page 7. A twister hits Edmond okla. Page 8.Garden Sass you re a Winner Gus Garden says when you fight with your conscience and lose. Specialist said the situation May Force producers to make unpleasant decisions including abandoning their Hopes of obtaining a Federal government crop loan by pledging stored wheat As Security. Quot there will be forced sales at Harvest by Farmers who would have preferred to put the wheat under loan but could t because they could t find storage a he said. Larry Wood manager of the Farmers Coop elevator co. In Anthony said he has a Little More than i million bushels of space available which in t even half of what will be needed at Harvest he estimates his elevator is 60 percent full and said he is trying to contract for 500,000 bushels of additional storage if that Effort is successful and he is Able to move some More government owned wheat to a terminal. There might be enough room for the new crop he said Jim Reed manager of the o k Coop Grain co in Kiowa said he has about 80 percent of the space needed during a usual Harvest year but he said the wheat crop in his area has been Hurt by a Lack of moisture and May come up As much As 20 percent Short. Quot the Way the wheat a looking Down Here storage May not be a he said Quot it la be close it la be nip and tuck a though it May disappoint producers. This years reduced crop May help ease the Impact of the storage crunch last year Kansas Farmers harvested 433 million bushels of wheat private analysts have guessed this years crop As Low As 340 million bushels. If storage Isnit a severe problem during wheat Harvest it still could become extremely tight when it comes time to Cut Milo soybeans and Corn this fall elevator operators said Scott City Grain co. Inc., is making daily estimates on the upcoming wheat yield. There will be space aplenty at the company a elevators at Scott City and 22 Miles Northwest at Pence. Quot i make my own judgment As to How much space i need and ship out accordingly a Skrdlant said. Quot so far in be been at Collingwood Grain inc., Sublette general manager Randy Nichols is confident there will be storage for the summer thrashing. Quot you will find locally we re not Short of storage not for the Short term wheat Harvest. There should be no problem Quot Nichols said if a Pinch for space occurs it will in the fall As Farmers Harvest sorghum com and soybean crops Quot most elevator men anticipate problems with the fall crops a Baird said. A it All depends if we Are Able to re concentrate this Grain at the by Lorie Hyten staff writer Garden City a present liability insurance policies for Public officials and police will not be renewed when those policies expire in August. Bob Halloran assistant City manager said the City was notified thursday afternoon that the policies would not be renewed and said the search for a new policy with another company has started. Garden City is not alone in its predicament. A growing number of cities in Kansas Are facing either the loss of insurance or skyrocketing insurance Premium costs. In March Holcomb lost its liability coverage for Public officials and also lost its extended liability coverage. Ivan Myers Holcomb City administrator said Friday his City has so far been unable to find another insurance company to offer the same Type of policy. Quot it looks like Well have to go without a Myers said in Garden City the Public officials liability policy covers the actions of the City commission All department Heads and All members of City advisory boards a total of around too people Halloran said. Both the Public officials and police policies protect the City in civil suit cases. Earlier this year the Airport advisory Board and housing authority were dropped from the Public officials policy. Halloran said those two boards were dropped not because of any action they did or did not take but As part of an Overall policy of the insurance company also this year the City s deductible for Public officials and police liability jumped from $1,000 to $25,000. Insurance Premium Cost for those policies went from about $11,100 in 1984 to $27,800 last year. Halloran said he had estimated it would Cost around $40,000 to renew the policies for another year in August. Total budget for insurance for the City last year was More than $1.3 million. That includes coverage for employee benefits property and equipment As Well As liability. Total Cost in 1986 is estimated to exceed $1.4 million Halloran said. If the democratic party was expecting Nancy Kassebaum to kick in a few dollars to help them regain control of the Senate this fall they were sorely mistaken. Kassebaum one of Kansas two Republican senators was the target of an Appeal by mail from the Cam Kassebaum pain committee for Money to help democrats get elected in november the Large envelope requesting funds was directed to Kassebaum through her Garden City office it was clearly addressed to sen n l Kassebaum at first glance it looked pretty important for in Large letters were stamped the words Quot Rush Quot and Quot urgent another note directed the postmaster to Quot please deliver this official Campaign notice promptly. Inside the envelope was a packet of materials contained in what looked like a file folder but on closer examination by Kassebaum a Western Kansas aide Bettyjo Roberts the packet contained a letter from Illinois democratic sen Paul Simon who wanted Kassebaum to help the democrats Quot take Back the Senate in �?�86.�?� and that Wasny tall. Chairman of the democratic com and the budget Tor insurance for 1987 w ill probably include increases of As much As too percent for some premiums. Like the county school District and Garden City Community College the City obtains its insurance through the Finney county insurance Board. The Board is made up of five insurance agencies in Garden City. The agencies Pool their resources in finding and obtaining insurance with the Best and most appropriate coverage at the least Cost Garden City a advisor from the Board is de Rutter of Rutter Cline associates inc. Rutter was out of town Friday and could not be reached for comment on the most recent developments with the City Smittee George Mitchell a Maine said the Money was needed to make Quot a great investment in a stronger future for Roberts said she sent the information on to Kassebaum s Washington office and the senator decided to have some fun with it. Instead of sending the democrats some Money. Kassebaum is sending them some free advice Quot i appreciate the urgent materials you sent in your efforts to recapture the Senate but from my Vantage Point the Senate has already been recaptured the great investment was made in 1980 Quot i commend your efforts to broaden the base of the democratic party and can Only suggest you might have better Luck if you Contact David Stockman instead of Kansas tops crop reduction Wichita. Kan apr Kansas Farmers put More wheat and Milo acreage into the Federal government s crop reduction program than Farmers in any other state the u s. Department of agriculture announced about 12.4 million acres or nearly 88 percent of the 14 i million wheat acres in Kansas were enrolled in the program the us a announced thursday. Nationally 80.7 percent of the country a wheat acreage was put into the program that trades production cuts for support prices Loans and other benefits. Insurance Halloran said Friday that he was not certain yet of the reasons the policies were not being renewed but said he believes that at least in the Case of the police policy the insurance company is getting out of the Market Quot i done to think it s a question of litigation Quot he said. Halloran said Only one civil suit has been filed against the City in the last year and a half and said the City has not lost a Case in recent memory. He said the insurance Board will search for a new Market. Although cities Are not legally re please see Page 3 ample space Here flying feet with feet flying sixth graders race Down the track at memorial stadium Friday in the 15 meter dash. All sixth Dennis graders from Garden City a elementary schools took to the turf for the districts annual sixth Grade track meet at the High school. Wheat May go begging

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