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Last ride: Saturday brings close to Beef Empire Days Rodeo. Page A10 NSA LEAKS: Suspect Identified. PAGE A5 MONDAY, June 10, 2013 75 cents Volume 84, No. 134 2 sections 16 pages Have something to say? Leave a comment on stories at Scale rules lacking Editor’s note: State inspectors have rejected dozens of large scales in the past year but handed out few penalties to the private companies that service those scales, despite promising a “new day” of scale regulation in November. This is the first in a three-part series of stories by The Topeka Capital-Journal examining the state’s scale issues. By ANDY MARSO The Topeka-Capital Journal Department of Agriculture officials promised “a new day” of weights and measures enforcement in December, after a scale service company complained that the department was giving a free pass to competitors who do shoddy work. But documents obtained through an open records request show the department rejecting dozens of scales used to weigh millions of dolT o d a y : lars in Renewed effort on grain, regulation brings livestock few penalties. and nonTuesday: The a g riculmeasure of one t u r a l scale company — g o o d s an in-depth look w h i l e at the one scale handing service company out few the state has fined penalin the past year. ties. We d n e s d a y : T h e Scale problems state’s resurface almost t h r e e 20 years after inspecaudit. t o r s rejected nearly three-fourths of the heavy-capacity scales they examined between July and February, and more than half of the private scale technicians who took the state’s licensing exam in March failed it. Department officials could name one fine — for $1,000 — handed down in that period and said no licenses have been pulled. The department’s Division of Weights and Measures has jurisdiction over thousands of scales used to weigh commercial goods like scrap metal, recyclables and agricultural commodities. Heavy capacity agricultural scales underpin the Kansas farm economy, and the cost of inaccurate measurements factor into every transaction made by farmers, ranchers, grocers and, ultimately, consumers. “In the state of Kansas, there would be millions of dollars (in products weighed),” said former Agriculture Secretary Adrian Polansky, who now works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “One semi-load of wheat maybe would have 900 bushels; 900 bushels times say $7 (per bushel) and there’s thousands of semi-trucks that are weighed in Kansas.” The tradition continues By BECKY MALEWITZ Gabriela Hernandez remembers coming to the Beef Empire Days Parade with her mother when she was a child. Now, she watches the parade along Main Street with her children and grandchildren. “I’m enjoying it with my kids,” she said pointing out a group of youngsters standing along the parade route clutching onto the bags to collect free candy. “They really enjoy it.” Hernandez’s daughter, Ashley Trevizo, now a mother herself, says the best part of the parade is watching her kids having fun. “My son really enjoys it. He’s 3, so he likes all these cops, the rodeo, the horses, stuff like that,” she said. Saturday’s parade featured 60 entries making it smaller than past processions, but according to Beef Empire Days Executive Director Deann Gillen-Lehman, this year’s entries did an excellent job of incorporating the 2013 BED theme “Beef … The Taste of Tradition.” Judi Belknap, a Garden City native who grew up riding horses in the parade, now watches from a spot at the start of the route not far from her home. “I think it and the Christmas parade are the greatest parades we have,” she said as the first few entries came up Main Street. As the parade ends, it’s time for Patrick Lopez’s favorite BED tradition to start — Chukwagons in the Park. Lopez travels from his home in Dodge City each year to visit family in Garden City and enjoy the BED festivities. “Well, I came for the parade, too, but I really came for this,” Lopez said pointing to the tables filling up with samples of beef. “I love beef, so that’s why I’m here. I live in Dodge City, but I don’t miss Beef Empire Days, especially this. We have a cookout like this in Dodge, but I don’t think it’s nearly as good as this.” According to Chuckwagons in the Park Chairperson Brian Price, who also manages Brookover Feed Yard, the donated meat this year was the teres major muscle, which is the shoulder muscle. “It’s not a very expensive cut of meat, but our goal is to teach Brad Nading/Telegram Area residents sample grilled steak Saturday at Stevens Park during the annual Beef Empire Days Chuckwagons in the Park. people that you don’t have to buy steaks and ribeyes. You can buy other cuts of meat, and if you cook it properly, it can be as good as expensive pieces of meat,” Price said. “The industry is trying to make it so that people understand beef’s affordable. The more we can do to educate the public that they can still find cuts of meat and still use them for their families and make it so people can continue to enjoy our beef. And learning more about beef is exactly what has Lopez looking forward to BED every year. “As a consumer, I like my beef,” said Lopez. “When you come here, you get a chance to try (different cuts of meat) and think, ‘hey that’s pretty good flank steak, that’s pretty good round roast, or whatever it is that they are cooking.’ It allows you to break out of your old habits and try something different because if you love beef like I do you can still have your favorites, like I love ribeyes, I love grilled burgers at the same time you try something different and think, ‘hey, I’ll cook that next time.’” See Scales, Page A3 By BECKY MALEWITZ Becky Malewitz/Telegram Shannon McNeill has been a staple at the Big Pool for seven seasons. This is her first year as the pool’s manager. What’s Inside 6 72472 00050 7 John Bauerle waves to the crowd from horseback as he carries the American flag Saturday on Main Street while being part of an entry by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys in the American State Bank Beef Empire Days Parade. Familiar face takes over managing The Big Pool A unique system Scales at Topeka businesses Frito-Lay, JT Lardner Cut Stone, Brad Nading/Telegram Annie’s Advice . . Classified . . . . . . . Comics . . . . . . . . . Police Blotter . . . A6 A8 A7 A2 Obituaries . . . . . . A2 Opinion . . . . . . . . A4 State . . . . . . . . . . . A3 TV Listings . . . . . A11 Weather . . . . . . . A12 Market Prices Shannon McNeill may be in her first year as manager at The Big Pool, but she has been a familiar face to swimmers for seven summers. “All the summers start running together being here so long,” McNeill said looking over at the pool teeming with swimmers enjoying the cool water and sunshine under the watchful eye of lifeguards. “It’s where I am all summer, every summer. It’s more than just sitting back tanning; everybody does a good job every day.” The longtime swimmer started working at the pool as a lifeguard at the age of 16, and as the years passed, McNeill worked her way up to head lifeguard, assistant manager and now manager. What keeps her coming back Schwieterman Inc. reported Chicago Live Cattle Futures: (as of Friday) Grain prices at the June Aug. Oct. Garden City Co-op (as of Friday) High........... 120.65......120.05.....123.25 Wheat...........7.10 Milo..............6 . 6 6 Low............ 119.95......119.28.....1 2 2 . 5 0 Corn..............7.26 Soybeans......14.66 Stand......... 120.03......119.28.....122.68 every swim season? “It’s a fun job working with other lifeguards and the patrons and to kind of see the kids grow up when you’ve worked here quite awhile. The kids that come every day, you get to know them year after year,” McNeill said. McNeill started her swim career when she was 8 years old as part of the Seahawks swim team. The 2009 Garden City High School graduate swam through high school for the Buffs and for two years in college at University of Nebraska at Kearney. “I’ve been around water all the time, so I would come home (from school) and have a two or three week break and start in on summer swim,” she said. Now living in Deerfield, McNeill, the mother of a 14-month old and expecting her second child See Familiar, Page A5 Weather Forecast Today, mostly sunny, breezy, hot; high 99; low 71; Tuesday, windy, hot. High 104; low 69. Details on page A12

Garden City Telegram June 10, 2013

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