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SOUND OFF
June 29, 1995
I’ve read that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is trapping and testing mosquitoes for signs of viral encephalitis in Douglas County. Have they found any positive mosquitoes from the Haskell Wetlands, and if they have, will they take any steps to control the mosquito population in the wetlands? Since viral encephalitis has no cure, it seems it should be a concern to all living near there. Mosquito trapping began in mid-May in Doniphan, Jefferson, Johnson, Riley and Shawnee counties and at six locations in Douglas County, all of them in Lawrence.
EPA, INDUSTRY TOUT REDUCTION OF POLLUTION
June 29, 1995
The Environmental Protection Agency is cutting back its administrative bureaucracy to focus more expertise on reducing toxins entering the environment, the EPA’s local administrator said. The shift will help reward businesses and industries currently working to reduce pollution, said Dennis Grams, regional administrator in EPA’s office in Kansas City, Kan.
PLANNERS ELECT NEW CHAIRMAN
June 29, 1995
The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission unanimously elected Phil Bradley to serve as chairman of the advisory body Wednesday night. Bradley, who has been a commission member since May 1990, will serve as chairman for a year. He was vice chairman for the last year.
PLANNERS DENY DOWNZONING
June 29, 1995
The local planning commission unanimously voted to deny downzoning in a northwest Lawrence neighborhood.
PLANNERS OK REC CENTER EXPANSION
June 29, 1995
The East Lawrence Recreation Center would more than triple in size under a plan unanimously approved Wednesday night by the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. The commission approved a Use Permitted Upon Review request for expanding the center, which is at 1245 E. 15th. The commission’s recommendation will go before the Lawrence City Commission on July 18.
GEORGIA LEARNED
June 29, 1995
Private graveside services for Georgia Learned, 100, Lawrence, took place in Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Gilmore officiating. Mrs. Learned died Saturday, June 24, 1995, at her home.
KU, GTAS AT IMPASSE
June 29, 1995
Salary negotiations between Kansas University’s recently unionized graduate teaching assistants and university officials broke down today, and a state mediator may be called in. In April, the GTAs voted to be represented by the Kansas Assn. of Public Employees. KU and KAPE officials met June 13, 20 and today to negotiate 1996 salaries for GTAs, but the university has refused to raise GTA salaries because of budget restrictions imposed by the Kansas Legislature.
COLUMBIA SEEKS COUNTY BACKING
June 29, 1995
Douglas County commissioners won’t decide the future of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, but one of its suitors is lobbying them nonetheless. Representatives of Columbia/HCA, one of three health-care systems that wants to affiliate with LMH, told commissioners Wednesday that their proposal could be a financial windfall for the county.
SEX-ED COURSES WILL BE REVIEWED
June 29, 1995
A controversial human sexuality curriculum in Baldwin will be re-examined in the wake of legislation making a sexual education mandate unenforceable. Gus Wegner, curriculum director for the Baldwin school district, said district officials were checking into the legislation’s possible effect on junior high sex education course work that debuted during the 1994-‘95 school year.
LAWRENCE DOCTOR IN LINE TO HEAD REGENTS
June 29, 1995
Regents were expected to choose a new leader and decide on a tuition increase this afternoon.
DR. ROBERT GUTHRIE
June 29, 1995
Memorial services for Dr. Robert Guthrie, 78, Seattle, will be at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time Saturday at North Presbyterian Church in Williamsville, N.Y. Inurnment will be in the North Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden. Dr. Guthrie died Saturday, June 24, 1995, at his home in Seattle, Wash.
COUNTY OKS EXTENSION BUDGET HIKE
June 29, 1995
In what is likely an omen for next month’s budget hearings, the Douglas County Commission voted Wednesday to hold the Extension Office to a 3 percent spending increase in 1996. The Extension Council Executive Board had sought a 10.85 percent increase over 1995 funding levels and had even come back with a compromise proposal for 5 percent.
TIPS HELP POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECTS
June 29, 1995
Police said this morning they have identified and located two suspects in connection with a burglary last week at a Lawrence laundry. Photos of the suspects were publicized after the incident was profiled last Friday by Crime Stoppers of Lawrence and Douglas County.
CITY WILL HOST BARBIE PARTY
June 29, 1995
More than 200 Barbie collectors and exhibitors will descend on Lawrence for a convention next spring.
WILL BE REVIEWED
June 29, 1995
A controversial human sexuality curriculum in Baldwin will be re-examined in the wake of legislation making a sexual education mandate unenforceable. Gus Wegner, curriculum director for the Baldwin school district, said district officials were checking into the legislation’s possible effect on junior high sex education course work that debuted during the 1994-‘95 school year.
REBELS TRAVEL WITH CAUSE THIS SUMMER
June 29, 1995
With no field to play on in their home city, the Lawrence Rebels were a hit at a tournament they hosted in Manhattan last weekend — or at least their mode of transportation was a hit. The Rebels, affiliated with Connie Mack baseball, went 1-2 at the tournament but were remembered more for their vehicle — an old school bus painted gray with some purple.
HOSPITAL REPORT
June 29, 1995
Dismissals Gina Petry and baby boy, Lawrence; David Shipman, Leavenworth.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
June 29, 1995
Burglaries and thefts reported * A 17-year-old Lawrence boy was detained by police this morning after he was discovered driving a 1990 Honda that was stolen from the 2200 block of Yale Road. Police said the car, which was unlocked and had the key in it, was stolen between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 3 a.m. today. Police officers spotted the vehicle near 11th and Vermont and attempted to stop it for making an illegal turn. Sgt. Rick Nickell said officers followed the vehicle until the driver and a passenger jumped out near 11th and Connecticut and fled on foot. The car then rolled into a nearby yard and came to a stop without causing any damage. The driver was apprehended a short distance from the scene.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
June 29, 1995
Burglaries and thefts reported * Police are investigating a reported theft by deception that was filed by a Lawrence man. The victim told police that he gave 13 antique dolls to a Kansas City, Kan., man to sell earlier this year and now is unable to locate either the man or the dolls. The dolls, which were valued on a police report at $13,670, were in a collection owned by the victim’s wife, who is dead.
SOUND OFF
June 29, 1995
Why was the city working on a water main at 4 a.m. Tuesday on Ninth Street downtown? City workers decided that working at that hour would be the least disruptive to traffic, said Roger Coffey, director of utilities.
TEEN TAKES HARD PATH TO GED
June 29, 1995
A Lawrence teen earned her GED while working full-time and dealing with a pregnancy.
SOUND OFF
June 29, 1995
Is there a phone number where a person can call to report alleged abuse of a state vehicle? The State Motor Pool in Topeka is the place to call. The number is (913) 296-4614.
HOT ROD NOTES
June 29, 1995
Star light, star bright … this time the drags go off at night. For the first time in more than a decade, the National Hot Rod Association will hold a national event — the Western Auto Nationals — primarily at night. The third-annual national drags at Heartland Park Topeka began this morning with sportsman classes.
DIGILINK HEARING DELAYED
June 29, 1995
The Kansas Corporation Commission delayed a Wednesday hearing of DIGILINK Inc. to give the Colorado-based telecommunications company more time to prepare materials, said commission representative David Schlosser. No new hearing date has been scheduled, but it probably will occur in early July, Schlosser said.