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Table of contents COMMUNITY Finney County Museum ............................................................... 5 Garden City Regional Airport ..................................................... 7 Fraternal Organizations ............................................................... 10 Churches ........................................................................................... 14 Utilities/Services ............................................................................. 17 Nonprofit agencies ........................................................................ 20 BUSINESS Technology: Getting with the times ........................................ 22 Chamber/FCEDC/Downtown ..................................................... 24 Area economic groups .................................................................. 25 Feedlots: Making strides in the times ...................................... 26 ENTERTAINMENT Lee Richardson Zoo ....................................................................... 29 Arts & Music ...................................................................................... 33 Beef Empire Days ............................................................................ 36 Community events ......................................................................... 38 EDUCATION USD 457: Strength in Diversity ................................................... 42 Area schools ...................................................................................... 48 GCCC: Building New Opportunities .......................................... 50 Holcomb USD 363 schools ........................................................... 52


HEALTH St. Catherine Hospital: Serving the Community .................... 57 St. Catherine Hospital profile ........................................................ 59 Health agencies ................................................................................. 60 Area hospitals ..................................................................................... 62 GOVERNMENT Local government ............................................................................. 62 Garden City: Changes and Growth ............................................. 64 EMS/Fire ................................................................................................ 67 Area law enforcement ..................................................................... 69 Law enforcement: New Technology ........................................... 70 Area government .............................................................................. 72 RECREATION The Big Pool: Making a Splash ..................................................... 76 Area golf: Changing Course .......................................................... 82 Area golf courses ............................................................................... 86 Fitness centers .................................................................................... 89 Parks ....................................................................................................... 92 AGRICULTURE Farming: Practices Evolve .............................................................. 103 Agricultural agencies ...................................................................... 104 4-H: Across the Generations ......................................................... 106

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Feature Writers Scott Aust Ruth Campbell Rachael Gray Angie Haflich Becky Malewitz Brett Marshall Contributing Writers Debbie Schiffelbein Grant Melin Photography Becky Malewitz Brad Nading Graphic Design Amanda Thompson Liz Perkins Cover Design Amanda Thompson Advertising sales Betty Du Bois DJ Richmeier Kim Inglis Circulation Jeremy Banwell


Finney County Museum

Capturing the past By BECKY MALEWITZ


nitiated in 1948 as a project of the Business and Professional Women of Garden City, the Finney County Historical Museum has grown and evolved with the times. Originally established in a small building that was moved to the Finney County Fairgrounds and was once used as an airbase hospital, the museum was open to patrons for only three days each year during the Finney County Fair. In 1962, the historical society voted to have its own building, and the county commission was asked to make a tax levy for the building fund. On July 4, 1964, the museum opened its doors to the public at its current site in Finnup Park. The total cost of construction was about $20,000. The museum was open 2 to 5 p.m. every day from May 15 through Sept. 15, and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays the rest of the year. According to a newspaper clipping, the original curator would receive a $100 a month, and out of that money he or she could hire an assistant. Less than a year later, flooding brought an estimated 30 inches of mud inside the museum walls and standing water for three days, leaving their mark on shelving now sitting in the upstairs library. The site was cleaned and re-opened in December 1965. Both the new building and the flood helped the museum add to its collection. “When they got the new building, that’s when a huge


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TOP: An example of one of the biggest technological changes the Finney County Historical Museum has experienced is how they archive their collections. Gone are the days of hand writing notes in a ledger, as artifacts are photographed or scanned into a computer database that allows users easy access to information. ABOVE: Finney County Historical Museum Collections manager Todd Roberts and Registrar Yadira Hernandez uncover some of the artifacts in the warehouse. influx of stuff came in, and after the flood, as well. I mean, you look at the books, and people donated a lot,” said current collections manager Todd Roberts. With the flood of new pieces for the museum’s collection, it was also important to start a system to catalog each item. “They really didn’t start keeping records until ’64, and that’s when they built the building,” explains Roberts.

He added that the current staff still is trying to sort through items donated before records were kept. “We’ve got some things that have numbers that we know came in before then, but what we are trying to do is go back and assign numbers to pieces that don’t have numbers even if we have to go back to 1948,” Roberts said. How items are cataloged is one of the biggest changes the

museum has experienced over the years. Gone are the days of writing in ledgers as everything is now organized on computers. “When I started here 15 years ago, they had all just gotten new computers,” Laurie Oshel, assistant director and research librarian said. “Oh my gosh, everyone has a computer now,” Roberts said. Museum staff and volunSee Museums, Page 6

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teers currently use a computer program called Past Perfect to catalog their collection. It allows the user to organize data and add photos of the objects, making it easier to find information. Unfortunately, it takes a lot time to input each piece of data into the system. “Years ago, I told the board it would take about 25 years ...” Roberts said. “... And that was 15 years ago,” Oshel finished. “We worked on it really hot and heavy for a while, and then it’s like we don’t have as many employees. Maybe someday before Todd and I both die, we will have most of the stuff on the computer. But I’m beginning to wonder.” Over the years, technology hasn’t been the only change. Staff at the museum have adopted methods that weren’t in place 20 years ago. Original photographs are kept in protective plastic, and copies now are used in exhibits thanks to inexpensive printing methods. “A lot of the old artifacts, they wrote the number on the front right where you are looking on it. They wrote on it with some kind of white marking pen. So here is this really cool thing, and it has got a number written across the front of it. It’s like ‘seriously!’” Oshel said, adding, “Or they wrote on the photo this is who this is on the front of the picture.” The museum building itself has been through changes since it opened, expanding on its west side in 1969, and the second floor was added in the early ’90s. In 1979, the Finney County Historical Museum moved the one-room schoolhouse to Finnup Park and added the Fulton House to its site in 2003. Even with all the changes, Roberts and Oshel reiterate that it’s really the technology that has been the biggest difference over the years. “Times have changed,” Roberts said. “Twenty years ago, there were other ways of doing things without the computer, but computers have definitely changed the way things are done. I can’t imagine doing things without them now.” Oshel agrees, adding with a bit of a laugh, “I think there’s one functioning typewriter left in the whole museum now.”

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The Finney County Historical Museum added a life-size mammoth coming out of a portion of a wall to an exhibit area in the early 1990s.

Area museums El Quartelejo Museum Hours: Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Phone: (620) 872-5912 Address: 902 W. Fifth St., Scott City Finney County Historical Museum Winter Daily Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Summer Daily Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends: 1 to 5 p.m. Phone: (620) 272-3664 Address: 403 S. Fourth St., Box 796, Garden City, KS 67846 Grant County Museum Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Phone: (620) 356-3009 Address: 300 E. Highway 160, P.O. Box 906, Ulysses Hamilton County Museum Summer Hours: Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Winter Hours: Monday Through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: (620) 384-7496 Address: 102 N. Gates St., Syracuse Haskell County Historical Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Phone: (620) 675-8344 Address: 600 S. Fairground Road, Sublette Horace Greeley Museum Hours: Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; other times by appointment. Phone: (620) 376-4996 Address: 214 E. Harper St., Tribune

Kearny County Historical Museum Hours: Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; closed Saturday. Phone: (620) 355-7448 Address: 101 S. Buffalo St. Lakin, KS 67860 Lane County Historical Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Phone: (620) 397-5652 Address: 333 S. Main St., Dighton Museum of the Great Plains Winter Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays by appointment. Summer Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.; Mondays by appointment. Phone: (620) 375-2316 Address: 201 N. 4th St., P.O. Box 1561, Leoti Santa Fe Trail Museum Hours: May 1 to Oct. 31, Monday through Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Phone: (620) 335-5220 Address: 210 S. Main St., Ingalls Stanton County Museum Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day and also the month of December. Phone: (620) 492-1526 Address: 104 E. Highland Ave., P.O. Box 806, Johnson City Stauth Memorial Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Phone: (620) 846-2527 Address: 111 North Aztec St., Montezuma


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This 1945 photo shows Garden City airport when it served as an air base. In 1948, it began functioning as the city’s airport.

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thinks the airport board made some good decisions about making various improvements over the years that provided a good foundation for the airport today. “We had a real good group of board members to take care of things. And it’s been an exciting few years,” he said. Meredith praised Aviation Director Rachelle Powell for the airport’s current success, especially in bringing in American Eagle with flights to Dallas. “Rachelle sure has done a wonderful job out there,” he said. “That was one thing I always said: When we were going to Kansas City and Denver, we were going to the wrong town. Rachelle finally got them going to Dallas where they should be, and it’s really increased the use of it.”

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One tidbit of trivia Meredith offered about the airport’s early days was the fact that Harold Krier, who went on to become a famous acrobatic pilot, was once a mechanic here. “He was the mechanic out there when I was learning to fly,” Meredith said. “He got to be the world’s best (acrobatic pilot). He held that championship for several years.” Krier, originally from Ashland, which has a museum named after him and some of his old planes, died in a 1971 crash of an experimental airplane. Due to a love of aviation, Meredith became a pilot and used to fly a Cessna Cardinal. “I’ve got a little time. I’ve got 12,755 hours wrote in that log book,” he said. “I don’t fly anymore. I took my last chemo treatment on a Friday, got in my airplane on a Tuesday and flew it to Palm Springs where an old boy wrote me a check. I got on the airline and came home and haven’t flown since.” According to historical

information provided by the airport, the original airport site was approximately nine miles east of Garden City on U.S. Highway 50. An Army general saw the site but liked another site a little more than three miles farther east, which became the site for the Army Air Force Basic Flying School in Garden City. Construction began on Aug. 7, 1942. Actual training began at this station with the activation of the Aviation Cadet Detachment on Jan. 14, 1943. The initial type training was pilot training for basic students. After a new class arrived, 80 students were chosen for training in UC-78 aircraft. They eventually went to Brooks Field, Texas, to pursue training in B-25 aircraft. The Garden City Airbase was operated by the government until February 1948, when the base was given to Garden City. Transfer of the former training base included 1,590 acres of land, 341 buildings, miscellaneous equipment and a spur railroad track into

the site. Today, the airport serves the area with affordable air travel options on American Eagle airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines. American Eagle offers southwest Kansas two daily departures from Garden City to Dallas/Fort Worth on an Embraer 145 aircraft. Since American Eagle began operating here, the airport has seen extensive growth in passengers numbers. In 2011, a total of 11,500 passengers departed from the airport. In 2012, after American Eagle service began, the airport saw its passenger numbers climb to 18,000. According to the airport’s website, the airport also supports a wide variety of commercial and general aviation uses, including charter flights, air cargo operations, corporate aviation, pilot training, air ambulance, and leisure flying. The airport serves an estimated 20,000 annual take-offs and landings. It also currently has 50 based aircraft. THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM

Transportation Local transportation options Amtrak Garden City train depot 100 N. Seventh St. â&#x20AC;˘ The station, also used by BNSF Railway, has a waiting room and is staffed by an Amtrak employee. The station is served by the Southwest Chief. â&#x20AC;˘ For station information only, call 2759533; for reservations and schedule information, call (800) 872-7245; or for Amtrak Express Shipping, call 2759533. â&#x20AC;˘ Station hours: According to Amtrak, station, service and ticketing hours are 10 to 11:59 p.m. Monday; 6 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 6 to 9 a.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday. â&#x20AC;˘ Also visit www.greatamericanstations. com/Stations/GCK for more information. Finney County Transit â&#x20AC;˘ Finney County Transit, 1008 N. 11th St., includes the City Link and Mini Bus transportation services. The hours of both are 6 a.m. to the last round beginning at 6 p.m., so the buses are back at the transit center by 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Fares for City Link include $1 for

general public (younger than 60) and 50 cents for seniors (60 and older) and disabled (with ADA certification). A monthly pass (unlimited rides on all four City Link fixed routes) is $30. â&#x20AC;˘ Also for City Link, children younger than 10 must be accompanied by someone 16 or older. Children 11 to 16 need a photo or student ID to ride alone. Children 5 and younger ride free. To receive a senior or disabled half-fare discount, a completed halffare discount application must be completed. â&#x20AC;˘ To ride Mini Bus, schedule the ride one day in advance. â&#x20AC;˘ Mini Bus fare is $1 per one-way trip for disabled with ADA certification. Paratransit monthly pass (unlimited rides on all Mini Buses within city limits) is $40. â&#x20AC;˘ Mini Bus county fares: within five miles driving distance of city limits, $2; within 10 miles, $3; 15 miles, $4; 20 miles, $5; 25 miles, $6. Add $1 for each additional five miles driving distance outside of city limits. â&#x20AC;˘ Transportation to the Garden City Regional Airport. Make your booking early for pick up and drop off at your home by calling 272-3626 or stop by Finney County Transit office at 1008 N. 11th Street. Fare is $5 per person. The service is not available

on weekends. â&#x20AC;˘ For more information, contact 2723626, email or, or visit www. Quality Cab â&#x20AC;˘ The 24-hour taxi service is located at 1509 W. Mary St. and can be reached at 275-8294. Garden City Regional Airport â&#x20AC;˘ Located along U.S. Highway 50/400, about 10 miles southeast of Garden City. â&#x20AC;˘ Owned and operated by the city of Garden City. â&#x20AC;˘ American Eagle Airlines is the airportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary airline service, with twice-daily flights to Dallas. American Airlines can be reached at (800) 4337300 or by visiting â&#x20AC;˘ Hours of the airport lobby vary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the lobby is open approximately 1 1/2 hours before a departing flight and 30 minutes before the late evening arrival. â&#x20AC;˘ Airport staff include Aviation Director Rachelle Powell. She can be reached at Administrative staff can be reached at 276-1190, ext. 3. For more information, including a flight schedule and sample airfares, visit

Beeline Express â&#x20AC;˘ Working with Greyhound Lines, Beeline Express offers daily bus service between Wichita and Pueblo, Colo., (Red Line) and between Wichita and Salina (Blue Line). The service is offered through Prestige Bus Line. â&#x20AC;˘ Red Line stop locations: Finney County Transit Center, 1008 N. 11th St., Garden City, (620) 272-3626; Syracuse: Ark Valley Oil, 204 West U.S. Highway 50, Syracuse, (620) 384-5033; Dodge City: Village Square Mall, 2601 Central Ave., (620) 2250675. Flag stop at Boot Hill Casino. â&#x20AC;˘ In Garden City, the bus is scheduled to make a daily eastbound stop at 8:05 a.m. and a daily westbound stop at 11:05 a.m. The cost of a one-way ticket between the two locations is $45 and $86 round-trip. â&#x20AC;˘ In Syracuse, the bus is scheduled to make a daily eastbound stop at 6 a.m. MST and a daily westbound stop at 11 a.m. MST. The cost of a one-way ticket between the two locations is $55 and $105 round-trip. The regular fare is $90 one way or $171 round-trip between Wichita and Pueblo. â&#x20AC;˘ Freight service is also available at various stops. For more information about the service, routes and travel times, visit www.Beeline-Express. com.


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Fraternal organizations American Legion Post locators: Visit The American Legion is a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans.

Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Lodge locators: Visit Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge locators: Visit The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international nonprofit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.

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Wanda De Le Rosa waves an American flag as Veterans Day parade entries, such as this one from Kiwanis Club, pass by her on Main Street. The parade consisted of 60 entries. The American Legion helps coordinate the annual Veterans Day parade.

Rotary Club Club locators: Visit Rotary members believe world changes start with a commitment to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Service Above Self.â&#x20AC;? They volunteer in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, eradicate polio and more.

Knights of Columbus Council locator: Visit The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. The founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity are still followed. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled

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and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

Kiwanis Club Chapter locators: Visit A global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time, with service at the heart of every Kiwanis Club.

Lions Club Chapter locators: Visit The clubs strive to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage

peace and promote international understanding.

Order of the Eastern Star Chapter locators: Visit The stated purposes of the organization are: charitable, educational, fraternal and scientific. Eastern Star strives to take good people and through uplifting and elevating associations of love and service, and through precept and example, build an order which is dedicated to charity, truth and loving kindness.

Masonic Lodge Lodge locators: Visit The Freemasonry goal is to promote a way of life that binds like-

minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of brotherly love, relief and truth; and by the outward expression of these through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways in which to serve God, family, country, neighbors and self.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post locators: Visit The organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts; to serve our veterans, the military and our communities; and to advocate on behalf of all veterans. THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM




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Area counties County populations - 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates City populations - 2011 U.S. Census Bureau estimates Finney County County population: 37,200 Land area: 1,303 square miles County seat: Garden City (pop.

26,880) Founded: 1883 Other incorporated cities: Holcomb (pop. 2,094) How to get there: Garden City is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50/400 and U.S. Highway 83. Famous landmarks/attractions: Finney County Historical Museum, 401 S. Fourth

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Patrons enjoy the Grant County Annual Home Products Dinner in September 2012. The event, in its 50th year raises money by serving foods grown only in Grant County.

St., in Finnup Park; Lee Richardson Zoo, 312 E. Finnup Drive, in Finnup Park; The Big Pool, 504 Maple, in Finnup Park; golf courses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Golf Club at Southwind, 77 Grandview Drive in Garden City, and Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, 5685 S. U.S. Highway 83. Grant County County population: 7,923 Land area: 575 square miles County seat: Ulysses (pop. 6,267) Founded: 1888 How to get there from Garden City: Drive west on U.S. Highway 50 to Lakin. Turn left and head south on Kansas Highway 25 to Ulysses (52 miles). Famous landmarks/attractions: Santa Fe Trail; Wagonbed Springs; Grant County Museum, 300 E. Highway 160, Ulysses. Gray County County population: 6,030 Land area: 869 square miles County seat: Cimarron (pop. 2,222) Other incorporated cities: Copeland (pop. 316), Ensign (pop. 191), Montezuma (pop. 982) and Ingalls (pop.

312) Founded: 1887 How to get there from Garden City: Head east on U.S. Highway 50/400 to Cimarron (33 miles). Famous landmarks/attractions: U.S. 50 follows the original Santa Fe Trail through Cimarron. Cimarron Crossing Park has two markers describing the trail through this area; the Gray County wind farm, near Montezuma, was Kansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first large-scale wind farm. Ensign is notable for its giant elevators, but there is a park and playground at the Ford-Ensign Road and Aubrey Street; Ingalls has the Santa Fe Trail Museum, 204 S. Main St., Ingalls; and the Stauth Memorial Museum, 111 N. Aztec St., is in Montezuma. Greeley County County population: 1,298 Land area: 778 square miles County seat: Tribune (pop. 748) Other incorporated cities: Horace (pop. 71) Founded: 1888 How to get there from Garden City: Go north on U.S. Highway 83 to Scott City, turn left on Kansas Highway 96 and drive to Tribune (82 miles). Famous landmark/attraction: Horace Greeley Museum, Star Theatre of Tribune Hamilton County County population: 2,639 Land area: 998 square miles County seat: Syracuse (pop. 1,794) Other incorporated cities: Coolidge (pop. 94) Founded: 1886 How to get there from Garden City: Head west on U.S. Highway 50 to Syracuse (51 miles). Famous landmarks/attractions: Hamilton County Museum, U.S. Highway 50/Gates Avenue, Syracuse; Northrup Theatre, 116 N. Main St., Syracuse; Syracuse Sand Dunes Park, located one mile south of Syracuse on Kansas Highway 27 by the Arkansas River; Trail City Art Gallery, U.S. Highway 50 in Coolidge, (620) 3728141.

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Haskell County County population: 4,256 Land area: 578 square miles County seat: Sublette (pop. 1,463) Other incorporated cities: Satanta (pop. 1,140) Founded: 1887 How to get there from Garden City: Head south on U.S. Highway 83 to U.S. Highway 56. At U.S. Highway 56, turn

A group of water enthusiasts use canoes and paddleboats in June at Lake Scott State Park and See Area counties, Page 13 Wildlife Area. The watercrafts are available to rent at the Beach House.

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left (headed east) one mile to reach Sublette, or right (headed west) about seven miles to reach Satanta. Famous landmarks/attractions: The Santa Fe Trail, from St. Louis, Mo., to Santa Fe, N.M., crosses Haskell County from the northeast corner to the southwest side. Kearny County County population: 3,968 Land area: 872 square miles County seat: Lakin (pop. 2,220) Other incorporated cities: Deerfield (pop. 701) Founded: 1888 How to get there from Garden City: Go west on U.S. Highway 50 to Lakin (24 miles). Famous landmark/attraction: Kearny County Historical Museum, Lakin; Santa Fe Trail historical landmarks (Chouteau’s Island, Indian Mound, Bluff Station); Lake Beymer water recreation park Lane County County population: 1,704 Land area: 717 square miles

County seat: Dighton (pop. 1,038) Founded: 1886 How to get there from Garden City: Go east on Kansas Highway 156 to Kansas Highway 23, then go north to Dighton (54 miles). Famous landmark/attraction: Lane County Museum, 333 N. Main St.; The Old Bank Gallery, 146 S. Longhorn Road Scott County Population: 4,937 Land area: 718 square miles County seat: Scott City (pop. 3,796) Founded: 1886 How to get there: From Garden City, take U.S. Highway 83 north to Scott City (36 miles). Famous landmarks/attractions: Lake Scott State Park; Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork; Old Steele Home, a pioneer home established in the 1890s; El Quartelejo Pueblo Ruins at Lake Scott State Park; Keystone Gallery; El Quartelejo Museum, 902 W. Fifth St.

Stanton County Museum, 104 E. Highland Ave., Johnson City, (620) 492-1526.

Santa Fe trail follows the Cimarron River across the Northwest corner of Stevens County; Stevens County Historical Museum

Stanton County County population: 2,175 Land area: 680 square miles County seat: Johnson City (pop. 1,506) Founded: 1887 How to get there: Go west on U.S. Highway 50 to Lakin, then turn south on Kansas Highway 25 to U.S. Highway 160 in Ulysses. Next, turn west on U.S. 160 to Johnson City (73 miles). Famous landmark/attraction:

Stevens County County Population: 5,756 Land area: 728 square miles County seat: Hugoton (pop. 3,829) Other incorporated cities: Moscow (pop. 304) Founded: 1886 How to get there from Garden City: Go south on U.S. Highway 83 to Sublette; turn right and go west on U.S. Highway 56 to Hugoton (70 miles). Famous landmark/attraction: The

Wichita County County population: 2,256 Land area: 719 square miles County seat: Leoti (pop. 1,563) Founded: 1886 How to get there from Garden City: Go north on U.S. Highway 83, then west on Kansas Highway 96 (60 miles). Famous landmark/attraction: Museum of the Great Plains, 201 N. Fourth St., Leoti; Washington Ames House, 110 N. Third St., Leoti;

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Quilts line the walls of the Stauth Memorial Museum as part of a traveling exhibit featuring winners of an international contest put on by the National Quilt Museum.

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Churches Finney-Scott Road 276-6481

Finney County churches Bible Christian Church 1404 E. Mary St. 276-8356

St. Dominic Church 615 J.C. St. 276-2024

Calvary Reformed Baptist Church of Garden City 1505 E. Spruce St. (719) 336-4780 275-8320 805-1768

St. James Lutheran Church, ELCA 1608 Belmont Place 275-5108 www.stjameslutherangardencity. com

Church of the Brethren 505 N. Eighth St. 276-7391 Church of Christ 1715 Pioneer Road 276-2500 Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints 619 Mary St. (620) 875-3715 or 276-3363 Community Congregational Church 710 N. Third St. 275-5623 Cornerstone Church 2901 N. Eighth St. 275-5965 Faith Baptist Church 1455 N. 16 Mile Road 275-7350 Fellowship Baptist Church 506 N. First St. 275-5304 First Assembly of God Church 702 Campus Drive 276-3371 First Baptist Church 1007 N. 11th St. 275-5266 First Baptist Church of Holcomb 403 Emmanuel Drive 277-0858

St. Mary Catholic Church 509 St. John St. 275-4204

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Rev. A.J. Striffler of St. James Lutheran Church conducts part of the Christmas Eve service at the Presbyterian Church. The two churches, along with Community Congregational Church, held combined services at various times at each of the churches.


First Christian Church 306 N. Seventh St. 275-5411

Holcomb Community Church 106 S. Henderson St. (620) 355-7061

First Southern Baptist Church 2708 N. Third St. 276-7859 First United Methodist Church 1106 N. Main St. 275-9171 Garden City Church of the Nazarene 2720 Campus Drive 275-4278 Garden Valley Church 1701 N. Third St. 276-7410 Garden Valley Retirement Village (nondenominational) 1505 E. Spruce St. 275-5036 Grace Bible Church 2595 Jennie Barker Road

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Iglesia Luterana La Resurreccion Coat of Many Colors (ELCA) 518 N. 11th St. (620) 806-1318 Journey To The Cross 1205 W. Maple St. (620) 521-1949 (620) 290-0672 275-0760 New Life Community Church 1110 Campus Drive 272-6198, Pierceville Federated Church 203 E. Avenue A (620) 335-5228 Plymell Union Church 25 W. Plymell Road (11 miles south of Garden City on U.S. Highway 83) (316) 214-2633 Prairie View Church of the Brethren Two miles west of Friend on

St. Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Episcopal Church 710 N. Main St. 276-3173 Second Missionary Baptist Church 1107 N. Main St. (620) 757-1566 Seventh-Day Adventist Church 2710 N. Fleming St. 275-9356 Templo Emmanuel Hispanic Assembly of God Church 1311 New York Ave. 275-7667 The Apostolic Church 3102 Schulman Ave. 275-8535 The Presbyterian Church 1719 Texas St. 275-9141 Three Hierarchs Orthodox Christian Church 2009 N. Main St. 271-0811 Trinity Lutheran Church 1010 Fleming St. 276-3110 Word of Life Church 3004 N. Third St. 276-3825 THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM

County buildings Finney County Fairgrounds In addition to the annual Finney County Fair, the Finney County Fairgrounds play host to a variety of events throughout the year, both in its indoor and outdoor facilities: • Finney County Exhibition Building — Has a capacity for 2,880 people. The building hosts a variety of events, including the Finney County Fair, trade shows, home shows, car shows, circuses, carnivals, dog shows, customer appreciation dinners and banquets, association annual meetings and fundraising events. • West Pavilion — seats 780; plays host to dog agility trials, livestock shows, private dances, wedding receptions, rabbit shows, birthday parties, and quinceañeras. • Horse Palace — Indoor riding arena that can seat 250. It was recently purchased by Garden City Community College and serves as the home for the GCCC rodeo team. • 4-H Building — Accommodates 300 people, in addition to the small building, which can hold 102. The building hosts 4-H meetings and events, and collectors and estate auctions are held in this facility. • Grandstand Meeting Room — Has a capacity for 165 and plays host to family reunions, birthdays, wedding and anniversary receptions. Numerous training seminars and conventions are held in the fairgrounds meeting rooms. • Grandstand Stadium — The full service covered stadium seats 4,200 people and includes concession amenities and a plaza area adjoining the stadium. The stadium plays host to a variety of riding events, rodeos and music concerts. • Horse stalls — The fairgrounds also feature 210 horse stalls for overnight stalling, as well as numerous RV hook-ups and convenient parking for all sizes of rigs, $10 a day or night, with a RV dump. • The fairgrounds also include campground accommodations designed for rallies, conventions, music events, lawn and garden expos, caravans or family reunions.

Finney County Public Library The Finney County Public Library has more than 148,000 items, including books, DVDs, videos, audio books and music, in addition to subscriptions to more than 300 magazines and newspapers. The library houses special collections, including Kansas Collection, Powell Collection, Vietnamese and Spanish Collections and the Finney County Genealogical Society Library. The library features public Internet access computers, as well as free wireless Internet access. The Finney County Public Library plays hosts to various community events and club meetings, such as the Second Friday Films series, featuring public screenings of movies on the second Friday of each month. The library also hosts Wee Readers, a young chil-

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Finney County Fairgrounds Director: Angie Clark, Address: 209 Lake Ave., Garden City, KS 67846 Phone: 272-3844 Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday On the Web:

Finney County Public Library Address: 605 E. Walnut St. Phone: 272-3680 Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. On the Web:

Senior Center of Finney County Director: Barbara Jensen, barbara.srctr@ Address: 907 N. 10th St., Garden City, KS 67846 Phone: (620) 272-3620 On the Web: dren’s reading workshop. The Finnup Room and the Hutchison Room are available for use by the public during the library’s regular hours of operation. The library offers a variety of services: • Interlibrary Loan is a service that lets library patrons request materials that are not in the library’s collection. There is a $1 processing fee per request. For more information contact Carly Smith at 272-3680 ext. 277. • Outreach is a service that provides the delivery of library materials to those who aren’t able to come into the library. The library delivers materials on a regular basis to the Garden City Senior Center, nursing homes, and private homes within the city limits. For more information, contact Sue Oldham at 272-3680 ext. 272.

Senior Center of Finney County The senior center provides services, information, education and recreation for senior citizens in the community, as well as their families and caregivers. In addition to serving up daily meals and activities, the center’s educational and enrichment programs include

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Gail Traugott works on a watercolor painting in January during an art class at the Senior Center of Finney County. classes on computer literacy, writing, art, weight loss, fitness and dancing. Activities also include group dances, musical programs, meals and games for people older than 55. The senior center also features a craft shop, which is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The senior center also offers a wide variety of special services: • Outreach brings information about available services to older adults not involved in the Senior Center. Contact with home-bound elderly helps keep them in touch with the community. For more information, call (620) 272-3620. • The Henry and Nellie Hall Health Clinic provides blood pressure, blood sugar, oxygen level, weight and diet monitoring by a nurse from St. Catherine Hospital. Health screenings are at 10 a.m. Mondays and Fridays in the Health Clinic at the senior center. Medical information and wellness programs are also sponsored monthly. • Insurance Counseling is offered by trained SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas) counselors. The program is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Insurance. Appointments can be made by calling (620) 272-3620. • Income Tax Preparation is offered during the months of February, March and April. RSVP volunteers help with income tax preparation. The service is available to senior citizens, low income and non-English speaking citizens. Contact Marty Dinkel or Annette Elliott at (620) 275-5566 for more information. • An attorney from Kansas Legal Services is available once a month for legal needs. For more information, call (620) 272-3620. • Twice a month, the Finney County Public Library brings books, newspapers, magazines, audio books and CDs to the senior center.


Utilities/services Utilities The city of Garden City provides electric, water, sewer and solid waste collection services. As a city utility customer, charges for these services will be assessed and itemized for you in one monthly bill. Services may be set up or transferred in one of three ways: • Visit the City Administrative Center, 301 N. Eighth St., to set up utility services. Bring a valid picture ID, secondary ID (Social Security Card, work or student ID, passport, etc), lease agreement (if renting). Services can be turned on same day with required information presented by 1 p.m. The deposit and connection fees must be paid at the time of connection and cannot be added to the utility bill. • If you are unable to visit the Service & Finance office to establish service prior to the time services are needed, fill out a service agreement form and return it before the date service is needed. Required documentation and deposit/connect fees are due to the Service & Finance office by 10 a.m. on the first business day after utilities are con-

nected. They may be brought to the office, mailed, or put in the night drop located at the City Administrative Center. • If you are unable to visit the Service & Finance office to establish service and need someone else to set up utility services on your behalf, complete an authorization form. The person who is representing you should present this completed form, required documentation, service address, and money for the connection fees and deposit prior to 1 p.m. for same day service. The city is unable to bill these charges. For same day service after 5 p.m., contact (620) 276-1300. Certain restrictions and fees will apply. • You can fill out a form and return it before service is needed. A copy of your photo ID and the deposit are due to the city office by 10 a.m. on the first business day after utilities are connected. The connection fees, deposit fees, and a copy of your photo ID may be brought to the office, mailed, or put in the night drop located at the City Administrative Center. Mail materials to: City of Garden City

Service & Finance 301 N. Eighth St. P.O. Box 499 Garden City, KS 67846 Fax materials to: 276-1104 Deposits are collected at the time service is set up. Anyone who meets the following circumstances must pay a deposit: • If you have not had service with the city of Garden City before. • If you have had service with the city before but for less than 12 months. • If you have had a utility account with the city turned over to a collection agency. If you can provide an acceptable letter of credit from a previous utility company, the deposit may be waived. Deposits are credited to the customer’s utility account after 12 consecutive months of on-time payments or are applied to the final bill. Deposits required are as follows: Residential Water: $25 Residential Electric: $200 Industrial & Commercial Water: $35 Industrial & Commercial

Electric: $400 Connection Fees: A connection fee for utility service also must be paid at the time service is set up. Connection fees and taxes are nonrefundable. The connection fees are as follows: Electricity: $15 Water: $15 Residential Electric Tax: $.32 Commercial Electric Tax: $1.27 After hours connection fee: $75 After hours connection fee tax: $1.61 To set up natural gas service from Black Hills Energy: • Call 24-hour customer service at (888) 890-5554 • Visit and click “Request service”

Trash disposal The city of Garden City provides trash collection twice a week, with Dumpsters located primarily in alleys behind homes and at apartment com plexes. See Services, Page 18

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plexes. The city uses an automated system in which drivers remain in their trucks, so waste must be placed inside the Dumpster and not to the side. The charges for each residential unit shall be $19.25 per month in accordance with the billing rules established by ordinance for payment of utility bills. Residential units utilizing the individual roll-out refuse containers shall be considered residential, and shall be billed accordingly. Those residential units requesting additional individual roll-out refuse containers shall be charged an additional fee of $9.60 per month per each additional refuse container. Multiple family units shall be billed $16 per unit per month. The charges to be paid by each commercial unit for the collection, hauling, and disposal of refuse shall be fixed at $12 per month per cubic yard collected weekly in accordance with the following schedule of charges: The following materials or substances shall be prohibited from being placed in city refuse containers: • All building contractor waste • All household hazardous waste liquids (paints, oil, petroleum, etc) • All medical service waste generated through human or animal care through inpatient or outpatient services • All unprocessed animal matter intended for consumption by animals, but not yet processed • All wash rack residue, earth, grass from commercial or owner power raking, sod, tree trimmings greater than two inches diameter or longer than four feet, concrete, and bricks More information about solid waste guidelines is available from the Garden City Public Works Department at 276-1260.

Recycling The city of Garden City operates a recycling program with drop-off trailers and cardboard containers at the these locations: • City of Garden City Recycle Center, 125 J.C. St., P.O. Box 998, Garden City KS 67846, (620) 2761260, publicworks@garden-city. org

The center is open noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, with staff available to sort materials. The recycling center also features a 24-hour drop-off location. Other drop-off trailers: • Westlake Ace Hardware parking lot, 1210 Fleming St. • Garden City Auto Parts — NAPA, 1402 Buffalo Jones Ave. • Pershing Manor, near Third Street and Kansas Avenue • Esquivel Soccer Field, Mary Street and Pearly Jane Avenue • Ron’s Market, 106 N. Jones Ave., Holcomb Materials accepted at the drop-off trailers include paper products (sort the paper accordingly and bag), plastic containers marked with No. 1 or No. 2, aluminum cans and tin cans. Containers should be clean. Magazines, newspaper and paper products may be put in the paper products bin as long as they are bagged separately or bound together.

Driver’s license The Finney County driver’s license office, 2506 Johns St., can be reached at 276-8411. The office is open 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Anyone who has never been licensed must complete the following requirements: • Present acceptable proof of identity, proof of citizenship and proof of residency (list of acceptable documents is available at or at the local license bureau) • Have no canceled, suspended or revoked licenses in other states • Pass a vision examination • Pass all written exams • Pass a driving exam (vehicle provided by the applicant) • Pay applicable fees ($8 for photo, $3 for exams and an additional $12 to $24 depending on license class and length) Drivers who already have a valid out-of-state license must present proof of identity and residency; not be canceled, suspended, or revoked in any state; pass a vision exam and pay applicable fees, but if the license still is current, they do not have to pass written or driving exams. If an out-of-state license expired one year ago or less, applicants also must pass a written exam, and if it expired more than a year ago, they also must pass a driving exam. No one transferring a license may have canceled, suspended or revoked licenses in

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Kenny Wilms moves a container full of paper past a pit at the Garden City Recycling Center, 125 J.C. St. The pit is used as part of a dumping station with a conveyer belt system to the baling machine at the facility.

Recycling locations Aluminum cans: • Eastside Iron - 276-3189 • Garden City Recycle Center (donations only) - 276-1260 Appliances: • Garden City Iron & Metal - 277-0227 Grocery Bags: • Community Day Care (plastic) - 275-5757 • Emmaus House (plastic and paper) - 275-2008 • Walmart (plastic only) - 275-0775 Lead/Acid Batteries: • Eastside Iron - 276-3189 • Walmart (with purchase of new battery) - 275-0775 • Garden City Iron and Metal - 277-0227 Motor Oil • Oil Alley - 275-4046 Old Clothing and Shoes: • United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries - 275-1766 • Methodist Church Clothing Center - 275-6039 • Goodwill Industries - 275-1007 • Salvation Army Thrift Store - 276-4027 Plastic Containers (Clean): • Community Day Care (any kind of plastic container) - 275-5757 • Emmaus House (containers with lids i.e. butter tubs, Cool Whip tubs) - 275-2008 Scrap Metal: • Eastside Iron - 276-3189 • Garden City Iron & Metal - 277-0227 any other state. The Finney County treasurer can renew and replace most types of Kansas driver’s licenses at the Finney County Administrative Center, 311 N. Ninth St. The office can be reached at 276-3527. For more information about

obtaining a Kansas driver’s license, go to the local license office or the Kansas Department of Revenue website at www. Questions can be emailed to driver_license@kdor. See Services, Page 19


Nonprofit agencies If you have some time on your hands and want to give back to the community, Garden City has a variety of opportunities for volunteering. Finney County United Way lists multiple affiliate and partner agencies on its website, including: • Garden City Family YMCA: A comprehensive facility providing youth, adults, seniors and families with acquatics, health and fitness, sports, family and child care programs, including before/after-school care and kindergarten care, plus scholarships for day care and day camp. Address: 1224 Center St. Contact: 275-1199 • Miles of Smiles: Offers the benefits of therapeutic riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities and/or injuries. Address: 901 W. Maple St. Contact: 260-9997 • Russell Child Development Center: Providing individual programs to help infants & toddlers with developmental disabilities in the areas of speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and general child development. Sponsoring agency for Care Connection; Child and Adult Care Food Program & Smart Start. Address: 714 Ballinger St. Contact: 275-0291 • Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association: Serving needs such as translation, medical and disabled person assistance. Address: 4101 E. Highway 50, Suite A Contact: 275-2261 • United Methodist MexicanAmerican Ministries Clinic: Providing primary and preventive health services for persons of all races and faiths. Address: 712 St. John St. Contact: 275-1766 • United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas, Wichita: Helping persons with various disabilities become more self-reliant by providing wheelchairs and equipment, directing a residential facility in Wichita, and helping with job training placement. Address: P.O. Box 8217, Wichita, KS Contact: (316) 688-1888 • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Finney and Kearny Counties: Serving youth age 5 to 17 from primarily single-parent families by

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Lorena Rodriguez, right, places a sandwich in a bag for a youngster as she and Cruz Palacios work the food line in June 2012 during a stop for Kids Meals on Wheels in the north Finnup Park parking lot. Palacios said more than 200 meals were distributed at the various locations on the first day of the summer program. matching each child with a carefully screened adult who serves as a friend and mentor in the community and through local schools. Provides free monthly activities, before school, summer school programs-healthy choices, character building, alcohol/drug abuse prevention education. Address: 201½ N. Main St. Contact: 275-2424 • Community Day Care: Providing quality day care to children ages 2 weeks to 10 years, with fees for children 2 1/2 and older based on a sliding scale to serve all income levels. Address: 505 College Drive Contact: 275-5757 • Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland: Girl Scouts develop qualities that will serve them all their lives — developing self-potential and values, relating to others, and contributing to society. Address: 114 Grant Avenue Contact: 276-7061 • Kansas Children’s Service League Head Start: Providing center-based and home-based Head Start service that help low-income children reach their potential. Foster care and adoption services available

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also. Address: 705 Ballinger St. Contact: 276-3232 • Santa Fe Trail Council Boy Scouts: Preparing young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Address: 1513 E. Fulton Terrace Contact: 275-5162 • Smart Start: Focus Areas include: 1) Increasing availability and access to local community support and services, 2) Increase availability and affordability of Early Learning Opportunities, and 3) Increasing availability and affordability of quality child care. Address: 714 Ballinger St. Contact: 275-1510 • Playground Program: A Summer Community Impact Project providing transportation to the Big Pool, as well as a cooperative effort to engage children in outlying areas of the city in constructive leisure activities. Address: 801 Campus Drive Contact: 276-9536 • American Red Cross: Serving our community with disaster relief assistance and emergency communications for military families and service

persons. Protecting our community by providing CPR and First Aid classes, HIV/AIDS information, Lifeguard and Swim classes, and saving lives with safe blood and tissue services. Address: 210 Fulton Terrace Contact: 276-2762 • Catholic Social Services: A nonprofit social service agency serving all faiths, CSS provides direct service through counseling families facing an unplanned pregnancy. CSS offers an adult adoptee search program, home assessments and adoption education. Family Counseling is also available. Address: 708 N. Main St. Contact: 272-0010 • Family Crisis Services Inc: Serves domestic and sexual assault victims with counseling, shelter, a 24-hour hotline, support groups for women and children, and referrals to other sources of help. The office also files protection-from-abuse orders. Address: P.O. Box 1092 Contact: 275-2018, hotline: 2755911, (800) 275-0535 • Spirit of the Plains, CASA Inc.: Providing trained volunteers to serve as advocates for abused See Nonprofits, Page 21



Marsha Valentine places books on their respective shelves in September in the Florence Wilson Elementary School library. Valentine helps at the library through the RSVP program.

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neglected children. The Court Appointed Special Advocate works in the child’s best interest, making careful recommendations to the court. The CASA volunteer acts as the child’s “voice in court.” Address: 310 E Walnut St., Suite LL3 Contact: 271-6197 • Finney County RSVP, Inc.: Providing volunteer opportunities that allow those 55 and older to utilize their lifetime knowledge, which benefits our community by providing many hours of cost free service. Address: 907 N. 10th Street Contact: 275-5566 • The Salvation Army: Provider of human service needs and youth programs. Address: 216 N. Ninth St. Contact: 276-4027 • Meals on Wheels: This program is to enhance the nutritional health of the Finney County homebound and to continue offering free meals to persons of limited means. Address: 910 N 10th St. Contact: 272-3620 For more information on how you can get involved with United Way,

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stop by the office at 1511 Fulton Terrace, Garden City, or call 2751425. You also can email United Way at • MOSAIC: An organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities, is on the lookout for volunteers to help with its operations and events. The local chapter of MOSAIC has put on community events such as the Run, Rock and Rally concerts to help raise awareness and funds to continue working with and helping people with disabilities enjoy life. MOSAIC is looking for volunteers for a range

of its activities, be it working directly with people with disabilities or dealing with event planning, marketing or other indirect assistance. For more information on volunteering opportunities, call 275-9180 or visit www.mosaicinfo. org/garden_city/. • Emmaus House: The Emmaus House in Garden City, 802 N. Fifth St., is a homeless shelter, food pantry and soup kitchen that seeks to provide shelter to anyone with need. To help ensure its services to the homeless and hungry, Emmaus House needs and accepts

donations of basic supplies such as towels, silverware, dishes and foods of all kinds. Donors also can offer used vehicles, motor homes, or monetary contributions that are tax-deductible. Emmaus House posts vacant volunteer positions online, and advertises most positions as once-a-week commitments, though substitute volunteers sometimes may be needed on an on-call basis. Seasonal help is also requested on the website. For more information, or to offer your help, call 275-2008, or visit

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ome aspects of retails sales have stayed the same through the decades, but others have taken technological leaps forward with the times. Shonda Collins, owner of Wheatfields On Main, relies on a combination of personal service and social media. When customers come into her store, she greets them by name and seems to sense whether they need assistance, or just want to be left alone to browse. She provides information through mass emails and Facebook and also uses the network to find out what prospective clients might like to purchase. She’s been using Facebook for a year and a half. Customers have to “like” a business before they can find out about promotions, sales or other information. “We use it mostly for special events that are going on in the store,” Collins said, like the recent “clean out your closet” sale and gift-with-purchase promotions. Photos of models used during Fall Fest are posted, as are winners of drawings and giveaways, such as those from the 12 Days of Christmas promotion. “I’m still learning, but I seek the advice of my 18-year-old daughter, Rachel,” Collins said. Before creating a Facebook page for her business, Collins had a personal account. “And just listening to marketing advice made me decide to create an account for Wheatfields,” she said.

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Shonda Collins refills a rack of earrings in December at Wheatfields On Main, 309 N. Main St. Wheatfields has been in Garden City for 33 years, and Collins has owned it since December 2003. Her primary market is female baby boomers and secondarily the following generations. She recently hired Rebecca Hands, a Kansas State University graduate, to help out at the store. “We offer very personalized service helping people put their wardrobes together,” Collins said, as

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well as special orders. “The interesting thing is the younger people are, the less used to be waited on (they are).” The store fits “a missy customer” — sizes 4-16. But its Brighton collection — everything from sunglasses and jewelry to handbags — “has a wide appeal,” Collins said. She doesn’t have statistics, but she knows people look at the Wheatfields page. “There have been times when there’s been a new fashion trend when I’ll ask people what they think of, for example, maxi dresses. It’s interesting. I’m always very curious by what people’s perceptions are, and sometimes I’m surprised and I’m welcome to hear what people think,” Collins said. And people’s opinions have persuaded her to buy something she was on the fence about. Having a business Facebook page is different from a personal account in that you can’t “friend” people. People have to “like” the business. But there are times when she uses her personal Facebook account to suggest people “like” the store. In addition to Facebook, Collins uses targeted emails to her customer base. “And I’m always very careful to protect their identity so no one can

see it. I always send them blindly, and I never share email with anyone else,” Collins said, adding she also still uses direct mail through the post office and TV and newspaper advertising. TV, radio and newspapers used to be the only way to communicate to the public, but now “there’s so much more,” she said. Social media, she said, is a “great way to keep in contact without escalating your expenses. The same with Facebook. I think that’s why social media’s become so popular. From a business point of view, it’s really smart because expenses just continue to increase,” Collins said. Shelly Porter-Rupp, owner of Porter’s Flowers, has owned Porter’s Flowers since 1996, but it has been in her family and in Garden City for 66 years. She’s had a business Facebook page for four years and posts photos of her designs, corsages from the Garden City High School prom, promotions for Administrative Professionals Day and Mother’s Day and photo albums. “I do enjoy it. It’s so much fun,” Porter-Rupp said, adding she basically taught herself how to use the social networking tool. “I use it all the time. See Business, Page 23


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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing how well it does for me.â&#x20AC;? She knows sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaching customers because they tell her about things theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen on the page. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to connect with your customers,â&#x20AC;? PorterRupp said. â&#x20AC;&#x153; ... Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of becoming part of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives through Facebook.â&#x20AC;? To keep traffic up, she tries to keep the page fresh by posting photos and comments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that you have to kind of work it. You have to put yourself out there. I started with my friends and introduced them to my page,â&#x20AC;? Porter-Rupp said. And it built on itself. The page also has helped her get customers she might not have gotten before, and people actually share posts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helped bring in new people that maybe didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know we were here. In fact, I know I do. I have fans as far away as Wyoming,â&#x20AC;? Porter-Rupp said, adding that they stop in when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in town. It also helps with professional development as she can connect with other floral shops to see how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using their Facebook pages and with world-renowned designers to see what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a designer network where I can go talk to designers throughout the U.S. and Canada,â&#x20AC;? Porter-Rupp said. Garden City Area Chamber of


Commerce President Steve Dyer said social media and websites are most useful if you use them right, and he agrees that the technology is inexpensive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and sometimes free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So you can take advantage of that with things like Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube even,â&#x20AC;? Dyer said. He added that you can build a website, or you can build a website that will drive traffic into your business. He said the chamber is working on developing seminars, and at state chamber of commerce meetings one of the big topics was â&#x20AC;&#x153;now you have a Facebook page, now what?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s educating us on how to use Facebook and other social media. Hopefully, we can take that and trickle it down to our members. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to continue to work on trying to get experts in to provide seminars,â&#x20AC;? Dyer said. Dyer said YouTube is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;second highestâ&#x20AC;? search engine behind Google. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can put commercial type advertising (up, or it) can be an introduction to a seminar. There are a lot of things you can do there. People go on YouTube to search for a lot of different things,â&#x20AC;? he said. Facebook can create an instant awareness of something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of times, restaurants will do that. Come in in the next hour and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give you 20 percent off your meal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that instant response. LinkedIn is used a lot with recruitment of employees,â&#x20AC;? Dyer said.



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Sunflower Electric Cooperativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coal-fired power plant in Holcomb rises beyond a pile of coal as it churns out electricity in this 2007 photo.

Tyson USD 457 Cheyenne Drilling St. Catherine Hospital Garden City Community College Walmart Finney County City of Garden City Sunflower Electric Power Corp. Dillons

Number of Employees 2,200 1,200 638 635 385 372 330 300 225 224

Source: Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce

Business groups The following local organizations offer information to aid in the establishment and success of new and existing businesses: Finney County Economic Development Corp. Director: Lona DuVall, president Office: 1509 E. Fulton Terrace Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Contact: 271-0388 or fcedc@ficoedc. com Garden City Downtown Vision Director: Beverly Schmitz Glass Office: 413 N. Main St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Contact: 276-0891 or vision@; Kansas Small Business Development Center Interim Director: Cheryl Schmale Office: Second floor of the Student and Community Services building on the Garden City Community College campus, 801 Campus Drive Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; summer hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Summer hours start May 28 and end Aug. 9. Contact: 276-9632 or KSBDC@

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Area economic groups Grant County Economic Development Corp. Director: John Alig, interim director Board president: Shanda Swinehart Office: 113B S. Main St., Ulysses Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Contact: (620) 356-2171 or gced@ Grant County Chamber of Commerce Director: Marieta Hauser Office: 113B S. Main St., Ulysses Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Contact: (620) 356-4700 or Gray County Chamber of Commerce Director: Shirley Myers Office: 119 S. Main St., Cimarron Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Contact: (620) 855-2507 or Greeley County Community Development Director: Christy Hopkins Office: 510 Broadway Ave., Tribune Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (MST) Contact: (620) 376-2548, greeleyc@ or Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce and Hamilton County Economic Development Director: Leslie Carlholm Office: 219 N. Main, Syracuse Hours: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (MST) Contact: (620) 384-5459, (620) 3847317 or Lane County Chamber of Commerce Director: Chelly Anderson Office: 147 E. Long St., Dighton Hours: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Contact: (620) 397-2211 or LCACC@ Dighton/Lane County Economic Development Inc. Director: Dan Hartman Office: 145 S. Lane St., Dighton Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Contact: (620) 397-5553 or Stanton County Chamber of Commerce Director: Carla Dimitt Office: 102 W. Sherman Ave., Johnson City Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday Contact: (620) 492-6606 or Scott City Area Chamber of Commerce and Scott County Economic Development Committee Director: Katie Eisenhour Office: 113 E. Fifth St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Contact: (620) 872-3525 or sccc@ Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce Director: Kristin Farnum Office: 630 S. Main St., Hugoton Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Contact: (620) 544-4305 or hugotonchamber@gmail



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eedlots still take care of cattle while they wait to be shipped to packing plants, but these days the industry is doing more with less, thanks to advances in technology. Jeff Schmalzried, office manager of Lane County Feeders LLC, has been in the business for 25 years. Lane County Feeders, eight miles north and one mile west of Dighton, has a capacity for 48,000 head of cattle and currently has 45,000 to 46,000 at a time. The rule of thumb is one employee per 1,000 head of cattle. Lane County Feeders has about 45 full-time equivalents. Depending on whether they are steers or heifers and what they weigh, the feed yard keeps them for 135 to 160 days. There are fully automated GPS systems for feed trucks, and the mills are fully automated and computerized, which allows operators to gather more information, do more things and “get more out of the cattle,” Schmalzried said. “For a lot of years, we did individual cattle management,” he said. Cattle were tracked through specific ear tags that were read

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Cattle stand and lay down in one of the numerous pens at Brookover Feed Yard on North Taylor Avenue. through a system. Now, cattle still are tagged and there is a numbering system, but if they’re moved, it’s keyed into a computer. Schmalzried said you never know what the future holds. “Who knows what tomorrow’s going to bring?” he said. “You can bring up reports on your iPad or your smart phone. ... I can check certain things on Sunday morning in my pajamas from my house.”

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Sam Hands, of Triangle H Grain and Cattle in Garden City, said nutrition has improved, every year and that feed, pharmaceuticals and vaccines are improved as well. This results in better production. Hands has two small farm feedyards with capacities of 4,000 cattle each. “Our operation is focused a lot around the genetic end,” resulting in high-quality beef, he said.

Brian Price, manager of Brookover Feedyard in Garden City, has been in the business more than 30 years, including 16 at Brookover. He grew up on a cow-calf ranch and moved here from eastern Kansas in 1985. Brookover has two feedyards here, both with a little more than 30,000 cattle each that are kept for an average of 120 to 130 days. Each yard has about 30 See Feedlots, Page 27


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employees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the cattle ranching has become more sophisticated. The management of cattle is more sophisticated, more intense. The genetics of cattle have changed over the last 30 years, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become more efficient in feeding cattle and taking care of them. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allowed people to take care of more than they did 30 years ago,â&#x20AC;? Price said. With the system Brookover uses, its accounting and keeping track of medicine and feed are all done by computer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The economy of scale has made it so you try to do more with less,â&#x20AC;? Price said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the technology and things, you can do more with the same number of people.â&#x20AC;? In the feedyard business, you take care of cattle 24 hours a day, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have people send us cattle from all (over) the United States. The weather and crop production and packing plants all moved out here, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not infringed on by urban

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A portion of Brookover Feed Yardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Taylor Avenue operation is shown in this 2001 photo. sprawl like other parts of the state are,â&#x20AC;? Price said. Another factor thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or will change â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the industry is drought. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made things so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t operate the same anymore,â&#x20AC;? Price said, adding it may cause the consolidation and closure of some feedyards.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may take several years to recover. Water use for feed production is getting more critical all the time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They go hand in hand. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to have feed and water.â&#x20AC;? Price also expects more intrusion by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and

Environmental Protection Agency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re better environmentalists now than when the industry started,â&#x20AC;? Price said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken steps to control runoff and manure use.â&#x20AC;? Feedlot manure is mainly used for fertilizer by local farmers, he said.


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The west side of the 200 block of North Main Street is depicted here as it stood in 1885.

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Attraction as popular as ever From Monkey Island to Cat Canyon, zoo keeps evolving. By ANGIE HAFLICH


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A young snow leopard named Kalmali settles in on top of a high rock perch in April in his Wild Asia exhibit at Lee Richardson Zoo. Kalmali, born at the Albuquerque Biological Park in July 2011, is one of the newest additions to the zoo.

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n its 93-year history, Lee Richardson Zoo has undergone a number of transitions and changes, but days gone by are preserved in local residents’ memories and old photos as improvements continue to be made that make the zoo a popular tourist attraction in southwest Kansas. One cherished memory of the “old” zoo is Monkey Island, an open exhibit with a large island fixture surrounded by water that made observing the monkeys’ antics a favorite attraction. “The walls were originally red, but the sun then turned

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African elephants Chana and Moki perform for Lee Richardson Zoo visitors in 1990.

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them a light pink color. In the middle of monkey island is where the monkeys would play and swing. There were doors and holes that the monkeys would climb in and out of. There was no fence around Monkey Island, just a big mote,” Angie Pappas, Garden City, said. “I remember the pink butts on the monkeys too.” Because the exhibit was open, safety concerns eventually resulted in the demolition of Monkey Island in 1982. It was replaced by the primate exhibit. Kathy Sexson, director of Lee Richardson Zoo, said that the island was also difficult for keepers to clean. “I’m sure when it was built, it was probably the norm or the typical exhibit that was going around so people could view things like that, but we’ve come a long way since that in design, and people have become a lot more safety conscious and regulations have greatly increased, so lots of changes between now and then,” she said. One thing hasn’t changed: Zoo animals are still fixtures in the community. One such animal was Twinkles the Asian

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Monkey Island at Lee Richardson Zoo. elephant. She replaced Penny, the zoo’s very first elephant that arrived in 1956 and remained there until 1969, when she was sold to a circus because

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of difficulty finding personnel who could handle her. During Twinkles’ stay at the zoo, she was moved to the existing elephant yard. She died

in 1986 and was replaced by two African elephants, named Mokala (Moki) and M’sichana See Zoo, Page 32


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(Chana). They were transferred to Florida in 2006 and replaced by Missy and Kimba, both of which still reside at the zoo. Another favorite at the zoo was Tela the hippopotamus, which was paid for and donated by The Telegram in 1961. Tela was housed in an exhibit with a small pond that was later determined to be unsanitary. “Hippos defecate in the water and then they swish their tail to break up the dung and spread it. Well, in a river system that has continual flow, that works ... but when you’re living in that water and it’s a very small area and you aren’t able to circulate it correctly and quickly, it very soon becomes an untenable situation. It probably wasn’t a very popular choice with the public to get rid of the hippo, because hippos are pretty cool, but for the hippo’s sake, it was not a good exhibit,” Sexson said, adding that Tela was transferred to another zoo that was better equipped to meet her needs. Most of the changes that have taken place at Lee Richardson Zoo have come about for reasons such as this. In 1965, a major flood filled many of the animals’ cages with five to eight feet of water, prompting local residents to save as many zoo animals as possible. “One of the stories that’s probably the favorite to tell was the community volunteers who came down on an amphibious track vehicle from the National Guard and cut the tops out of the tiger exhibit. The tigers were just trying to keep their heads above water and were struggling to do so, and they just leaped out onto this amphibious vehicle. I hope they had a cage,” Sexson said, and then laughed. “I’ve always wondered about that.” The flood also resulted in the loss of several animals, prompting other changes to be made at the zoo. “One of the things that it’s done with our development over the years is regulations now require us to build all of our animal holding buildings,

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A worker with Harbin Construction, Salina, places fill dirt around rocks and a vent pipe in January as a crew continues the construction of Cat Canyon at Lee Richardson Zoo.

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where anything lives, above flood stage,” Sexson said. “Everything is raised up about five or six feet above what the normal ground level is and the Finnup Center is, as well.” Sexson said that a lot of the landscaping changes, as well as changes to the roads that run through the zoo, came about while her predecessor was director of the zoo. “Dan Baffa, who was the director I served under, was instrumental in really transforming the face of the zoo,” Sexson said. “He was really knowledgeable about plants and horticulture and planted a lot of trees and shrubs. The improvements that needed to take place internally and the visual improvements that the public sees in those years were really extensive.” Baffa was also involved with the Wild Asia exhibit that opened in 1998, which Sexson said added a lot of new species to the zoo, including the snow leopard, sun bear, red panda and Bactrian camel. Sexson said that the improvements made at the zoo, while geared toward public enjoyment and safety,

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Address: 312 E. Finnup Drive Phone: 276-1250 History: Opened in 1927 and AZA accredited in 1986 Features: More than 300 animals from more than 100 species Area: 50 acres Attendance: More than 200,000 visitors per year Full-time employees: 25 Volunteers: 25 to 30 Seasonal help: 12 additional staff Hours of operation: April 1 to Sept. 2: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 to March 31: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Admission: Walking through Lee Richardson Zoo is free. A day pass to drive through the zoo costs $10. The zoo does not charge for drivethroughs until 10 a.m., and vehicle admission is free from December through February, and free to Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo members. Annual memberships to the zoo cost $30 individually and $50 for a family. Mission Statement: To instill appreciation and encourage stewardship of the Earth’s natural treasures through the exhibition, conservation and interpretation of wildlife. are also meant to ensure that appropriate housing and exhibit space is available for existing animals before bringing new species to the zoo is considered. “Kind of like with cat canyon, we have those species that are living in something we feel is substandard or could be better, whether that’s larger or safer. We want to address that before we get new species,” she said. Fundraising for the The Cat Canyon exhibit, one of the largest projects undertaken by zoo staff and FOLRZ, began in

2007 and as of November 2011, the goal of $1 million was raised. The exhibit will house three separate yards for the cats of America — the jaguar, puma and bobcat — and will be a more natural type of habitat for each of the animals. There also will be a building from which zoo visitors can observe the cats . Salina-based Harbin Construction began construction on the exhibit in August 2012 and is expected to complete construction in August or September.


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Wanda Vester, left, and Debbie McNaught check out some of the pieces of art in the annual 10 Women Art Show at Garden City Arts gallery. Art lovers can find a little bit of everything in Garden City. Live theater, musicals, and art shows display the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of the arts throughout the year. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a quick:

Garden City Arts Garden City Arts is a hub for local and regional artists to display their work. Through their gallery, The ArtsCenter on Main, 318 N. Main St., Garden City Arts hosts exhibits throughout the year displaying 2-D and 3-D art from artists around the community. One of their past exhibits named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hometown Treasuresâ&#x20AC;? featured work from approximately 10 local artists. The ArtsCenter on Main opened in 2002 and continues to bring quality art experiences to southwest Kansas. The gallery is used for meetings, reception, workshops and classes for all ages. Business hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Hours may be extended in the future. For more information, call (620) 260-9700.

Garden City Community College Another art gallery in Garden City is the


Mercer Gallery on the campus of Garden City Community College, 801 Campus Drive. The gallery features ceramics, paintings, photography and other forms of art created by southwest Kansas artists. Exhibits are monthly. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday or by appointment. The gallery is closed during GCCC holidays. The gallery was established in September 1989 by Maxine Mercer Porter, who endowed the gallery in memory of her husband, Clyde Mercer. Clyde was a local artist and had a passion for the arts. Ceramics Instructor Brian McCallum is director of the Mercer Gallery. For more information on the arts at GCCC, call 276-9644. Garden City Community College also offers drama productions throughout the school year. The box office, located in the lobby of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before productions begin. For more information, call the box office at (620) 275-3244 or Drama Department Instructor Phil Hoke at (620) 276-9401. See Arts and music, Page 34

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Marrissa Trevino, left, and Luis Salazar check out a ceramic piece entitled “Croatia” by Brian McCallum in January at Garden City Community College’s Mercer Gallery while viewing the faculty exhibit.

Garden City residents have supported the Garden City Recreation Commission arts program since the late 1960s through donations and participation. The commission promotes a wide spectrum of activities, including adult musicals, youth musicals, salsa dance lessons, advanced country dance lesson, chess clubs, film clubs and other social activities. The Garden City Recreation Commission superintendent is John Washington and the arts director is Brian Seagraves. The Stevens Park concert series will run every Saturday from June 2 to Aug. See Arts and music, Page 35

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to Aug. 18 and will feature a lineup of musical acts ranging from rock to Christian to country. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. The Silver Screen Saturdays feature movies from June 1 and runs through August. The June 1 summer movie will be held at Finnup Park. The other Saturday movies will be held at Stevens Park. For a complete list or for more information, call 276-1200. The Summer Musical program has two productions this summer: The Little Mermaid JR (Summer Youth Musical: K-12) is scheduled for July 12 @ 7:30 p.m. and July 13 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Teens â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theatre Musical is scheduled for Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 3 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Both musicals will be performed at the Garden City High School auditorium.

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has been bringing ballet, orchestra, opera, piano and other performances to the region for 60 years. The series of performances traditionally begins in September and ends in April, with performances at Clifford Hope Auditorium at Garden City High School, 1412 N. Main St. Performers also provide workshops for children. Performers have included comedians, vocalists, bands, gospel artists, patriotic theatrical productions, and other entertainment. For a complete list and more information, call 275-1667 or visit

Sandhills Art Association The Sandhills Art Association has been in Garden City for more than 20 years. The organization promotes the arts and encourages young artists through a $700 scholarship given to graduating high school students. The group meets the first Monday of every month at the ArtsCenter on Main, 318 N. Main St. Art in the Park is the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest project. Art in the Park takes place in Stevens Park on the third Saturday in September and features work from 30 to 50 artists from Kansas and surrounding states. The Sandhills Art Association also has art workshops throughout the year.

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The Abrams Brothers, John and James Abrams, perform during a January Southwest Kansas Live on Stage event at Clifford Hope Auditorium. Membership for the group is $25 a year. For more information, contact Sandhills Art Association President Cecilia Sherraden at 271-2496.

Garden City Municipal Band The Garden City Municipal Band consists of 70 members who rehearse on Thursdays and perform on Fridays during the summer. The ages of the members

vary from high school students to individuals 80 and older. Only individuals who have completed their freshman year of high school band can join, but they need letters of recommendation from their instructors. The band meets at Garden City High School. Bruce Spiller, a retired college band director, will be conducting the band this summer. There is no fee to join. For individuals interested in joining, call the municipal band office at 276-7066.




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An annual staple

Beef Empire Days By ANGIE HAFLICH


hough the primary purposes of Beef Empire Days have remained the same through the years — promoting the beef industry and educating people about beef — the longtime community event has not only grown in duration over the years, but aspects of it have come and gone or evolved through the years. According to the Beef Empire Days website,, “Throughout the years, the original goals have remained, including: advancement in the production and quality of beef, improvement of communications and continued education and promotion of beef.” Among other hats he’s worn over the years, Ray Purdy, who now acts as a Beef Empire Days ex-officio board member and historian, said that the main premise of the event always has been the same. The primary event showcasing this is the live and carcass show, the central event of Beef Empire Days. “It started out with about 60 head of steer, and they were all steers in the first couple of shows. Heifers didn’t start showing until the early ’70s,” Purdy said about the initial event in 1968. “And then one year, we had over 400 cattle, steers and heifers.” The initial event was started

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A Beef Empire Days parade from the 1980s. by the Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee and John Dohogne, who gathered financial support and encouraged participation from 13 commercial feedyards. “John Dohogne came from the east, and he came out here to

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Area residents fill the south end of Stevens Park in June to line up for barbecued chunks of beef during the annual Beef Empire Days Chuckwagons in the Park.

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oversee the construction of what was then, Beef Producers Pack, the first packing plant out here in western Kansas,” Purdy said. “He saw the cattle that was being brought in by the feedyard industry and was saying they were as good or better cattle as anything he had ever seen up in the corn belt, and he said, ‘We need to promote the beef industry.’” Deann Gillen-Lehman, executive director of Beef Empire Days, said the biggest changes she has observed over the years are the cattle and cuts of beef. “The feeding aspect, the cost of feeding — everything’s gone up, so it changes the way they harvest them. I mean genetics, that’s all changed from when it started. They used to like them a little heavier, and now they like it leaner,” she said. For instance, in 1970, an ideal ribeye area could be as large as 16 to 18 square inches. “It’s a 16-inch maximum now,” Gillen-Lehman said. “So before, we wanted a bigger ribeye, and now we’re wanting a smaller ribeye.” In its first couple of years, the three-day event took place over a weekend. In 1970, Beef Empire

Days was extended to four days, allowing for the addition of a parade, which continues to this day. Along with that came the addition of commercial exhibits, a cowboy dance, truck driver’s rodeo and jackpot roping. In 1974, the two-day rodeo was held in conjunction with the feedlot team roping contests. The rodeo now encompasses three days and is considered one of the best rodeos in the nation. In 1977, the event grew to five days. In that same year, another staple of the events, the National Beef Cookout Contest, evolved into two simultaneous events, the cookout contest and the Chuckwagon Cookout. That event came to be known as Chuckwagons in the Park, which to this day remains one of the most popular activities at Beef Empire Days. In 1983, the first belt buckles commemorating the event were offered, beginning a 10-year series of limited edition buckles. “Then it kind of fell off. People didn’t have the interest like they did in the beginning, so we’ve actually just utilized a design that See Beef Empire Days, Page 37


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we could just use year after year after year, instead of a (different design each year),” Purdy said. In 1990, the event became the 10-day event that it is today, largely because the board felt there needed to be more of what Purdy referred to as “people-pleasing events.” “It was originally for the feedyards to get their customers here that were feeding cattle with them and they could see their cattle go through the show ring,” he said. Other events have come and gone, based on current trends, fads and public demand, including square dances, drag races, pancake feeds and tractor pulls. “Over the years, there have been numerous activities that have blossomed and then wilted, I guess you’d say,” Purdy said. Gillen-Lehman said several new events have been added to this year’s Beef Empire Days celebration. “This year, we’re adding a whole bunch of first Saturday events. We’re going to do a back-

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A. J. Griffin, Manhattan, grabs the horns of a steer to turn it to the ground in June during the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo steer wrestling competition at the Finney County Fairgrounds arena. Griffin is a former Garden City resident. yard barbecue contest, a ranch working horse competition and girls day at the grill,” she said. “Beef ... The Taste of Tradition!” is the theme for 2013, the 45th year of the event. It runs

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Community events

A reason to celebrate A list of some of the major community events being planned in and around Garden City and southwest Kansas in 2013:

May Cinco de Mayo When: On or around May 5 Where: Garden City What: Cinco de Mayo is the remembrance of the Mexican militia’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Garden City’s MexicanAmerican community marks the occasion with a celebration around May 5. It began about 20 years ago, when Juan Andrade, owner of El Remedio Market, 1005 E. Fulton St., decided to have a celebration at his market. And the event has grown from there, with hundreds of people filling the El Remedio parking lot to listen to live Mexican music, watch folkloric dancers and dance, socialize and enjoy Mexican food and games.

Members of Flash Cadillac perform a selection during a session in August on the south stage of the Tumbleweed Festival on Lee Richardson Zoo’s west lawn.

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When: May 11 Where: Satanta What: Satanta Day is a day-long celebration, held the second Saturday of May each year. The day is packed with activities, including a two-mile fun run, parade, barbecue, golf tournament, carnival, craft show, car show, all-school reunion and dinner, and dances.

Beef Empire Days When: May 31 through June 9 Where: Garden City What: In its 45th year, Beef Empire Days will celebrate the beef industry this year with the theme “Beef ...The Taste of Tradition!” This year’s nearly two-week long celebration offers up nearly 30 events geared to the cattle feeding industry, the arts and humanities, sports and entertainment. Beef Empire Days is a time to educate people about, as well as celebrate, the beef industry. The schedule includes many industry-related events, like livestock judging contests and a steer trial auction. Yet there also are activities for the whole family, including a parade, a carnival, entertainment, sporting events and plenty of meal opportunities to enjoy

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June Beef Empire Days P.R.C.A. Rodeo When: June 6 through 8 Where: Grandstand Arena, Finney County Fairgrounds in Garden City What: Korkow Rodeos will be back in Garden City this summer to serve as stock contractor for the 2013 Beef Empire Days P.R.C.A. Rodeo, where some of the world’s finest rodeo cowboys and cowgirls will converge for a four-day competition at the Finney County Fairgrounds Grandstand Arena. A third generation rodeo producer and stock contractor, Korkow Rodeos has been producing rodeos for more than 60 years. The Korkow family’s “A-Team” stock has been selected by the top cowboys to buck at every National Finals Rodeo since the rodeo’s inception in 1959 — a claim only two other stock contractors can make.

Blues At The Zoo When: June 10 Where: Lee Richardson Zoo, Garden

City. What: A fundraiser event for the Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, this year’s event will include food, fun and musical entertainment by the blues band Nighthawks at 7 p.m. at the Gazebo. The zoo will close at 5 p.m. June 10 and reopen for the concert (Southwest Gate only) at 6 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come early to find the perfect spot to enjoy the evening.

July Finney County Fair When: July 24 through 28 Where: Finney County Fairgrounds What: Contests, food and entertainment abound at the Finney County Fairgrounds during the fair. Throughout the celebration, 4-H students compete to have the top dog, or to be the best in horse showing, photography, clothing, baking and other events. Meanwhile, those attending the fair can find a plethora of food while they enjoy carnival rides and events like concerts, a demolition derby and a kids’ pedal pull contest. On the Web: www.finneycountyfair. org

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August Southwest Kansas Pro-Am When: Aug. 7 through 11 Where: Buffalo Dunes Golf Course and The Golf Club at Southwind, Garden City What: The annual golf tournament, in its 34th year, brings professional and amateur golfers together to raise thousands of dollars for the Newborn Intensive Care and Pediatric units at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. The almost week-long event includes a Ladies Pro-Am, as well as professional and amateur tournament play. On the Web: Contact: Beth Koksal, coordinator — 272-2530 or elizabethkoksal@

Tumbleweed Festival When: Aug. 24 and 25 Where: Lee Richardson Zoo, Garden City What: Musicians and performers from See Events, Page 39


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Hot Air Balloon Festival When: Sept. 20 through 22 Where: Garden City, Finney County Fairgrounds What: After a one-year hiatus, the Hot Air Balloon Festival returns for its eighth year, only now it’s been moved from its previous date in late August to late September. The Garden City Hot Air Balloon Festival features balloon launches throughout the weekend and opportunities for the public to ride or help with a launch. The event is sponsored by the Finney County Convention & Tourism Bureau.

Whimmydiddle Arts and Crafts Fair When: Sept. 28 Where: Scott City Park in Scott City. What: Whimmydiddle Arts and Crafts Fair comes to Scott City Park on the last Saturday of every September. One of the largest craft shows in western Kansas, this event features more than 200 exhibitors from across the United States who arrive with original art, metal working, pottery and crafts in wood, fabric, jewelry, silk and dried flowers. The Whimmydiddle also offers a variety of tempting food concessions to entice visitors to indulge themselves.

October Boo! at the Zoo When: Oct. 19 Where: Lee Richardson Zoo What: The zoo takes on a spooky atmosphere for this trick-or-treating event for area children. Local businesses and organizations set up booths to distribute treats for Boo! at the Zoo, which in recent years has attracted several thousand people. Proceeds go to the Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, which helps fund zoo improvements.

Western Kansas Antique and Craft Show When: Oct. 26 Where: Finney County Fairgrounds

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Holly Thomas, right, hands out candy at the Mitchell Theater booth in October as area residents make their way along a Lee Richardson Zoo sidewalk during the annual Boo! at the Zoo. Exhibition Building What: Crafters and collectors will gather for this 43rd edition of the show. It features nearly everything from antique crockery and furniture to old comic books and candles. Don’t forget the fresh baked breads. Vendors come from across southwest Kansas and adjacent states. For more information, contact Kaye Nicholas at 276-7309.

November Veterans Day Parade When: Nov. 9 Where: Downtown Garden City What: More than 53 area businesses, schools and churches traditionally take part in this patriotic parade that marks the official end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. Originally called Armistice Day, Congress in 1954 designated the day Veterans Day to honor all veterans of United States wars.

Stevens Park Tree Lighting When: Nov. 21 Where: Stevens Park, Garden City What: About three weeks after volunteers hang Christmas lights on the many trees around Stevens Park, the lights are flipped on for the first time at a celebration that also includes entertainment and refreshments. More information is available from Beverly Schmitz Glass at Garden City Downtown Vision Inc., 2760891. See Events, Page 41

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Balloonists take to the sky in September from the Finney County Fairgrounds on the final morning of the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Pilots were able to catch a “box” with the winds, starting southbound low to the ground, then catching a current higher in the air to head back northward, then back to a lower wind current to head south again. THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM

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December Santa’s Christmas Carnival When: Dec. 7 and 8 Where: Finney County Exhibition Building What: Children can enjoy carnival rides and games, plus photos with Santa Claus, at this two-day carnival at the Finney County Fairgrounds. The event includes food and prizes. More information is available from the Garden City Recreation Commission at 276-1200.

Tuba Christmas and Christmas Parade When: Dec. 7 Where: Downtown Garden City What: The celebration in downtown Garden City will begin in the afternoon with Tuba Christmas, in which area tuba or euphonium players gather on Grant Avenue to perform holiday music. The festivities continue through the evening, when decorated floats and vehicles light up Main Street during the annual Christmas Parade. More information is available from

Beverly Schmitz Glass at Garden City Downtown Vision Inc., 276-0891.

February Tet celebration When: January/February Where: Garden City What: An event that marks the start of the new year in Vietnam, Tet is also like a birthday and Thanksgiving celebration. It’s a time for Vietnamese people to give thanks for the people in their lives and remember their ancestors. A Tet celebration lasts several days, and its timing is based on the lunar calendar. A cultural gathering with food and dancing falls close to this time in Garden City.

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Corey Sato, a Holcomb Middle School seventh-grader, plays along with other tuba players in December during the annual Tuba Christmas concert on Grant Avenue.

April Endowment Auction When: April 5 Where: Finney County Exhibition Building What: One of the more popular and well-attended, one-night events of the year, the auction raises funds for GCCC student scholarships. Hundreds of items are available in the event’s silent auction, which starts early in the evening and is followed by the main live auction. For more information, call 2769578.

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A young girl celebrates Tet by placing lucky money into one of the dragon dancers’ mouths.

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Strength in diversity District becomes melting pot of cultures, languages. By RACHAEL GRAY


tudents from a variety of different backgrounds fill the classrooms, halls and playgrounds at USD 457 Garden City Schools. The district, started in 1879, has seen a dramatic increase in immigrants and migrant workers with what began as the start of the sugar beet industry in the early 1900s. Meat packing plants, farming and feedyards have kept a steady stream of newcomers moving to the area since Garden City’s early years. By the 1950s, new schools were built for the influx of students due to booming industries and migrant work. In 1959, the district’s enrollment was 3,037 students. That grew to 3,843 students in 1963 and has continued to climb, reaching 6,006 in 1986. In 2011, the student population was 7,638. Many schools across the state have continued to grow, but something unique about Garden City schools is the diversity of the populations found in the schools. Rod Willis, math coach at Buffalo Jones Elementary School, has taught in Garden City schools for 45 years. He moved to Garden City in 1968, when the population of the town was about 15,000 people. “Mary Street was dirt. Five Points didn’t have a stoplight. A lot of things have changed,” he said. That’s not all that has changed. The demographics have changed, too. “The town has grown for sure. There’s more diversity and a larger variety of different cultures and ethnicity. That would

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Abe Hubert Elementary School kindergarten teacher Brandy Gnad, center, works with Elaine Salas to find a “C” while working on her alphabet in August at one of the class’ centers. Students shown are, clockwise from Gnad, Christopher Ortiz, Isabella Frey, Salas, Malik Mahfoud and Tripp Martinez. probably be the biggest change,” he said. Willis said when he moved to Garden City, the booming businesses included meat packing plants and the sugar beet industry. “When we started out here, it was mostly (whites) and Hispanic people. There were a lot of summer workers that had moved out here,” he said. Over the years, Willis has seen different populations come to the area, including Hispanic, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Somali and Burmese. “I think it enhances (the district). I think it makes it wonderful. You can learn about so many different things, so many different cultures and have so many different experiences. It’s just great to know all kinds of wonderful people from different backgrounds. And that’s just so exciting. I love that,” he said. The school district also went

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Sandra Terrazas, second-grade teacher at Buffalo Jones Elementary, helps students sound out words during a reading lesson. Terrazas teaches the Spanish track students who transition from learning in Spanish to English by the end of second grade. through an interesting transition when the population of Garden City actually become majorityminority.

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were black, 26.3 percent were Hispanic, 0.4 percent were Native American and 6.3 percent were Asian or Pacific Islander. In 1995, the percentage of white students was 49.5 percent. Black students made up 1.7 percent, Hispanic students made up 43.9 percent. Asian and Pacific Islanders made up 4.4 percent, and Native Americans made up 0.5 percent. In 2000, 37.7 percent of students were white, 1.5 percent were black, 57.3 percent were Hispanic, 0.3 percent were Native Americans and 3.2 percent were Asian, according to documents provided by the district. In 2012, the percentage of white students was 23.2 percent, 1.6 percent were black, 66.1 were Hispanic, 5.1 percent were Asian, 2.3 percent were multi-ethnic and 0.1 percent were Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. According to Darren Dennis, assistant superintendent for learning services, the district offers numerous programs to address the needs of new students with different languages and backgrounds. Programs and services for those students include a Newcomers Program, English for Speakers of Other Languages services provided by ESOL staff, centralized enrollment, Migrant Education Program & Migrant Family Literacy Program,


Immigrant Program, Early Learning Four-Year-Old Program, McKinney-Vento Homeless Program, community resources including social agencies, resources through Garden City Community College, Foods 4 Kids Program, Books on the Bus and Multi-tiered system of supports. The district also offers interpreters in Spanish, Vietnamese and Burmese, has a bilingual staff, has student and family advocates in schools and welcomes parental and community involvement, according to Dennis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Programs have been in place and changing since the 1970s,â&#x20AC;? Dennis said. He said changes to programs are due to funding sources, opportunities and changes in student demographics and needs, as well as No Child Left Behind and other federal and state mandates. Dennis said a welcoming school district makes USD 457 appealing for new families who are considering calling Garden City their home. In addition, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the belief that all students can learn and be successful, no matter their background, he said. Willis said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on students that has made youngsters from all backgrounds so successful. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remained consistent, Willis said, is that the district has always been student-oriented. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been the quality of education the district is striving for. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind is always whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to the be the best for students. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that has remained unchanged,â&#x20AC;? he said.





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Local schools USD 457 schools Abe Hubert Elementary School 1205 A St. Phone: 805-8400 FAX—8058474 Willis Pracht, Principal Karen Murrell, Associate Principal Alta Brown Elementary School 1110 E. Pine St. Phone: 805-7200 FAX—805-7298 Julie Koerperich, Principal Mercedes Ramos, Associate Principal Buffalo Jones Elementary School 708 Taylor Ave. Phone: 805-7300 FAX—805-7348 Rafaela Solis, Principal Martha Darter, Associate Principal

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Edith Scheuerman Elementary School 1901 Wilcox St. Phone: 805-7350 FAX—8057398 Sandy Almos, Principal

Griselda Mendoza, left, works with seventh-grader Ariana Sanchez to solve a math problem in the Horace Good Middle School library during an after-school program in September. The program, available at Horace Good Middle School and Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center, is made possible through a Kansas Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center grant obtained by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Finney and Kearny Counties.

Florence Wilson Elementary School 1709 Labrador Blvd. Phone: 805-7400 FAX—8057498 Connie Pracht, Principal Skyla Wehkamp, Associate Principal

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Garfield Early Childhood Center 121 W. Walnut St. Phone: 805-7500 FAX—8057549 Josh Guymon, Principal Georgia Matthews Elementary School 111 Johnson St. 805-7550 FAX—805-7598 Carma Harman, Principal Gertrude Walker Elementary School 805 W. Fair St. Phone: 805-7600 FAX—8057698 Alberto Carrillo, Principal Jennie Barker Elementary School 5585 N. Jennie Barker Road

Jennie Wilson Elementary School 1401 Harding Ave. Phone: 805-7750 FAX—805-7798 Melinda Stewart, Principal Plymell Elementary School 20 W. Plymell Road Phone: 805-7800 FAX—8057848 Martha Darter, Principal Russell Child Development Center 714 Ballinger St. Phone: 275-0291 FAX—2750364 Deanna Berry, Director Victor Ornelas Elementary School 3401 E. Spruce St. Phone: 805-7900 FAX—8057998 Heath Hogan, Principal Bernadine Sitts Intermediate

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Center 3101 Belmont Place Phone: 805-8200 FAX—8058298 Barb Hauschild, Principal Christy Botts, Associate Principal Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center 401 Jennie Barker Road Phone: 805-8300 FAX—8058398 Janet Smith, Principal Vickie Gile, Associate Principal Horace J. Good Middle School 1412 N. Main St. Phone: 805-8100 FAX—8058150 Brad Springston, Principal Jarrod Stoppel, Associate Principal Karen Murrell, Associate Principal Kenneth Henderson Middle School 2406 Fleming St. Phone: 805-8500 FAX—8058598 Glenda LaBarbera, Principal Tammy DeLaRosa, Associate

Principal Garden City High School 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd. Phone: 805-5400 FAX—8055615 James Mireles, Principal Freshman Academy — principals Tracy Leiker and Phil Keidel School of Public Service — principal Tracy Newell School of Trade and Health Science — Principal Renee Scott School of Arts and Communications — Principal Steve Nordby Martin Segovia, Assoc. Princ./ Athletic Director Garden City Alternate Education Center 1312 N. Seventh St. Phone: 805-8600 FAX—8058193 Mark Ronn, Associate Principal Therapeutic Education Program 1312 N. Seventh St. Phone: 805-8630 FAX—805-8649 Mark Ronn, Associate Principal THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM

Garden City USD 457 Address: 1205 Fleming St., Garden City Phone: 805-7000 Fax: 805-7198 On the Web: Enrollment: 7,619 Hispanic: 2,584 male, 2,446 female, 66.1 percent White: 920 male, 849 female, 23.2 percent Asian: 198 male, 192 female, 5.1 percent Multi-Ethnic: 81 male, 96 female, 2.3 percent Black: 67 male, 55 female, 1.6 percent Native American: 61 male, 64 female, 1.6 percent Pacific Islander: 2 male, 4 female, 0.1 percent Free or reduced-price lunch students: 71.27 percent English-language learners: 46.89 percent

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Jaime Bradford, center back, leads her seventh-grade students through an activity in August at Horace Good Middle School during a life science class. Board of Education Correspondence to board members can be sent to the Education Support Center at 1205 Fleming St., Garden City, KS 67486. Jean Clifford, president: 2754317 Tom Blackburn, vice president: 275-7977 Lara Bors: 275-5929 Tim Cruz: 276-2243 Gloria Hopkins: 272-0959 Mark Rude: 275-8445 Alex Wallace: 271-0748 District Administration Superintendent: Rick Atha ( Deputy Superintendent: Steve

Karlin ( Financial officer: Kathleen Whitley (kwhitley@gckschools. com) Assistant Superintendent Learning Services: Darren Dennis ( Special Education Director: Karen Johnson ( Nutrition Services Director: Tracy Johnson (tjohnson@gckschools. com) Transportation Director: Michelle Irsik ( Health Services Coordinator: Polly Witt ( Facilities director: Charles Cawby (

Director of Elementary Education: Leigh Ann Roderick ( Supplemental Programs coordinator: Janie Perkins (jperkins@ Director of Technology coordinator: Roxie Schafer (rschaefer@ Payroll Coordinator: Marsha Jarboe ( Special Education Coordinators: Diane Fleming and Jina Arellano ( and ( Public Information Coordinator: Roy Cessna (rcessna@gckschools. com

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Deerfield High School sophomores Kayden Webb, left, and Erwin Vides work to level molds sitting on a plank in April prior to Fort Hays State University students pouring molten aluminum into them in a school parking lot. The work was part of an aluminum casting workshop. (620) 544-4341 Hugoton High School, 215 W. 11th St., (620) 544-4431 Ingalls USD 477 Address: P.O. Box 99, Ingalls Phone: (620) 335-5136 Website: Schools Ingalls Elementary School, P.O. Box 99, (620) 335-5134 Ingalls Junior/Senior High School, P.O. Box 99, (620) 335-5135 Lakin USD 215 Address: 1003 Kingman Ave., Lakin Phone: (620) 355-6761 Website: Schools Lakin Elementary School, 407 N. Main St., (620) 355-6191 Lakin Middle School, 1201 W. Kingman Ave., (620) 355-6973 Lakin High School, 407 N. Campbell St., (620) 355-6411 Leoti USD 467 Address: 1065 S. Indian Road, Leoti Phone: (620) 375-4677 Website: Schools R.B. Stewart Elementary School, 200 West J, (620) 375-2314 Wichita County Junior-Senior High School, 800 W. Broadway, (620) 375-2213 Montezuma USD 371 Address: 103 E. Sunnyside Ave.,

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Montezuma Phone: (620) 846-2293 Website: Schools Montezuma Elementary School, 103 W. Sunnyside Ave., (620) 846-2283 South Gray High School, 101 S. Aztec St., (620) 846-2281 Moscow USD 209 Address: 301 High Road, Moscow Website: Phone: (620) 598-2233 Schools Moscow Elementary School, 301 High Road, (620) 598-2224 Moscow High School, 301 High Road, (620) 598-2250 Satanta USD 307 Address: 100 Caddo St., Satanta Phone: (620) 649-2234 Website: Schools Satanta Elementary School, 800 Wichita, (620) 649-2612 Satanta Junior/Senior High School, 100 Caddo St., (620) 649-2611 Scott County USD 466 Address: 704 S. College St., Scott City Phone: (620) 872-7600 Website: Schools Scott City Elementary School, 410 E. Eighth St., (620) 872-7660 Scott City Middle School, 809 W. Ninth

St., (620) 872-7640 Scott City High School, 712 Main St., (620) 872-7620 Stanton County USD 452 Address: 200 W. Weaver Ave., Johnson City Phone: (620) 492-6226 Website: Schools Stanton County Elementary School, 200 N. Long St., (620) 492-6216 Stanton County Junior/Senior High School, 200 W. Weaver Ave., (620) 492-6284 Syracuse USD 494 Address: 502 N. Main St., Syracuse Phone: (620) 384-6686 Website: Schools Syracuse Elementary School, 408 N. Main St., (620) 384-5203 Syracuse Junior/Senior High School, 502 N. Main St., (620) 384-7446 Ulysses USD 214 Address: 111 S. Baughman St., Ulysses Phone: (620) 356-3655 Website: Schools Hickock Elementary School, 810 N. Missouri St., (620) 356-3919 Sullivan Elementary School, 600 W. Nebraska Ave., (620) 356-1742 Kepley Middle School, 113 N. Colorado St., (620) 356-3025 Ulysses High School, 501 N. McCall St., (620) 356-1380





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Garden City Community College

Building new opportunities College dedicated to finding ways to expand offerings. By RACHAEL GRAY


espite harsh economic times at the state and federal level, educators and decision-makers at Garden City Community College are remaining positive and hoping to continue to add to the everexpanding college. They are confident programs can grow, change and develop characteristics that have made the college great in its 94 years of existence. GCCC was created by a county-wide election on April 1, 1919, and opened in September the same year. According to Steve Quakenbush, Finney County Museum Executive Director and former GCCC executive director of public relations, the college has had a rich local history over the years. “At the time of it’s opening, approximately three dozen students attended the first fall semesters. One was a sophomore, and the rest were freshmen,” he said. GCCC initially shared facilities in Sabine Hall and Calkins Hall in the 100 block of Buffalo Jones Avenue with Garden City High School, and opened with a first class of fewer than three dozen students. The first graduate, Mildred Hope of Garden City, earned her degree in the spring of 1920, according to history provided by GCCC. Quakenbush said most students were traditional — they were fairly young, recent high school graduates who had planned to transfer somewhere else upon completion. “Today, it’s probably 50 to 60 percent traditional and the other, non-traditional,” he said. Many students now are taking classes to complete job requirements, enhance job

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Ernesto Mendoza sterilizes a metal rod to use in creating slides during a microbiology class at Garden City Community College in August. skills or are hoping to complete degrees through the college. Some are older with families and have a geographic obstacle in getting a bachelor’s degree. With more students from more areas in southwest Kansas, the college began to expand early on. The college moved to the then-new Garden City High School building in 1954, and first occupied a campus of its own in 1958 on property where Buffalo Jones Elementary School is located. The first effort to establish GCCC as an entity separate from the Garden City public school system was launched in 1958. It was killed in a Kansas legislative committee, and a second attempt was also rejected in 1962. In 1963, the college moved back to Sabine and Calkins halls, and also made use of nearby Ben Grimsley Gym, as well as a group of adjacent World War II-era barracks

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buildings. The Kansas Legislature passed the Community College Act in 1965, authorizing establishment of 22 independent colleges, including GCCC. This authorized the institution to levy taxes, conduct its own programs, and function independently of the K-12 school system. County voters elected the first GCCC Board of Trustees in July 1965. Today, GCCC is one of 19 Kansas community colleges. The present 14-building, 63-acre campus at 801 Campus Drive was designed between July 1965 and January 1966. Voters approved a $2.5 million bond issue, supplemented by a $538,000 federal grant for construction. Erected between 1968 and 1970 were the original residence hall, Academic Building, Saffell Library, Administration Building, Fouse Science-Math Building, Pauline Joyce Fine See GCCC, Page 51

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Arts Building and Physical Education Building. The Collins Technical Building was added in 1974, and a residential life addition was built in 1978. The Penka Building was added in 1986, when additions were completed to the Joyce, Collins and PE Buildings. Williams Stadium, a baseball facility, was also added. In January 1996, a 15,000square-foot, $1.4 million technical teaching laboratory was completed so that GCCC could provide more training for workers in area and national industries. A three-building student apartment complex opened in 2002, and a 12,900 square-foot, two-level addition to the original student center was completed in 2003, with the entire structure renamed the Beth Tedrow Student Center. The 19,260 square-foot, three-level, two-story Student and Community Services Center opened in August 2006 and was dedicated in October of the same year. Attached to the original Administration Building, the $3.12 million facility consolidated public

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Ed Fischer talks in February about the electrical and hydraulic components of the oil and gas program being developed at Garden City Community College. Fischer is a GCCC industrial maintenance instructor. and student services, provided an on-campus home for adult basic education, added a series of 21st century classrooms and created a single point of assistance for most services GCCC provides. GCCC owns more than 70 acres east of Campus Drive, which has been developed in a cooperative effort with the city of Garden City. Named Tangeman Fields in honor of James Tangeman, a former president, the property includes softball and baseball facilities. Also located there are the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indoor baseball practice building, a

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football practice area, running track with public seating and soccer fields. Quakenbush said the college also has expanded its adult education program with English as a second language and GED opportunities. Those programs started out in a Winnebago motor home and now have a separate building to the east of the college on Campus Drive. With new land acquisitions in 2012 and this year, GCCC hopes to expand its services even more. Much of that land is adjacent to the other buildings

near the campus. Merilyn Douglass, GCCC Board of Trustees member, said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the goal of the current board to further expand programs and services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you think of expanding programs, you think of expanding infrastructure. We may need more buildings for programs, more housing for students,â&#x20AC;? she said. Quakenbush said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common for community colleges to offer workforce training. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An example or two of that is the industrial ammonia and refrigeration program. And now the college has the oil tech program. All of those exist specifically to train people in industries in Garden City and southwest Kansas,â&#x20AC;? he said. In addition to growing programs and growing physically, Ron Schwartz, BOT member, hopes to grow partnerships with other colleges to make sure classes are transferable, and also make sure all types of students in southwest Kansas have an opportunity for more education â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workforce, job training or classes toward a four-year degree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We, as trustees, will continue to work towards that,â&#x20AC;? Schwartz said.

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Holcomb USD 363 Administrative office 305 Wiley St., Holcomb, KS 67851 Mailing address: P.O. Box 8, Holcomb, KS 67851 Phone: 277-2629 Fax: 277-2010 Web: Superintendent’s Office: 277-2629 Superintendent: Jean Rush (jrush@pld. com) District clerk: Michelle Komlofske ( Michelle.Komlofske@ District treasurer: Mike Davis (mdavis@pld. com) Enrollment District: 995 White: 687 Hispanic: 285 Black: 13 Other: 10 Schools • Wiley Elementary School (pre-kindergarten to second) grade), 204 N. Henderson St., Holcomb, 277-4431

Garden City Community College 801 Campus Drive Garden City, KS 67846 276-7611 President’s Office President: Herbert J. Swender, 276-9533 Executive Assistant to the President: Debra Atkinson, 276-9533 Athletics Athletic Director: Ryan Ruda, 276-9595 Sports Information Director/

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Annie Petterson, center, talks with her class about how many students’ first names begin with “K” in her kindergarten classroom at Wiley Elementary School in Holcomb in August. • Holcomb Elementary School (Third, fourth and fifth grade) P.O. Box 1025, 200 N. Main St., Holcomb, 277-2257 • Holcomb Middle School (sixth through eighth grade) P.O. Box 89, 500 N. Henderson St., Holcomb 277-2699 Holcomb High School (ninth through 12th grade) P.O. Box 38, 600 N. Jones Ave., Holcomb 277-2063 Departments

Building and grounds — 277-4417 Superintendent of building and grounds: Rob McCallister ( Rob. Food services — 277-2063 Food service manager: Linda Spence Transportation — 277-2236 Director of transportation: Sam Mesa ( Sam.Mesa@usd363. com Technology — 277-2063 Technology coordinator: Randy Ackerman

( Board of Education Correspondence to board members can be sent to Holcomb363@ Tim Miller, president — 277-2411 Mary Ann Bennett — 277-2185 Matt Jones — 277-2019 Gayla Lohfink — 277-0999 Scott Knoll — 277-2116 Mike Pfeifer — 620-640-8408 Sean Sheets — 277-2580

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Colin Lamb, 276-9640, Educational Talent Search director: Heather Garcia, 275-3231, heather.garcia@ Financial aid director: Kathy Blau, 2769598, Campus Health Nurse: Janice Nunn, 276-9601, Registrar: Nancy Unruh, 276-9571, Residential life director: Kate Covington, 276-9642, Student Activities Coordinator: Micah Kasriel, 276-0474, Student Support Services director: Martha Lisk, 275-3268, martha.lisk@gcccks. edu Vice President of Instructional Services: Bruce Exstrom, 276-0473,bruce.exstrom@ Humanities and Fine Arts Division Director: Larry Walker 276-9587, larry. Library Services Director: Trent Smith, 276-9510, Science and Math Division Director: Kay Davis, 276-9554, Social Science Division Director: Judy Whitehill, 276-9582, judy.whitehill@gcccks.

edu Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration customized training coordinator: Sandy Hawley, 276-9520, Nursing and Allied Health Director: Patsy Zeller, 276-9562, patsy.zeller@gcccks. edu Adult Learning Center Director: Hector Martinez, 276-0365, hector.martinez@ Business and Community Education Director: Jean Warta, 276-9532, jean. Project Destiny Coordinator: Itzel Rodriguez, 275-3232, itzel.rodriguez@ Small Business Development Center Director: Cheryl Schmale, interim, 2769622,

Human Resources Director: Cricket Turley, 276-9574, Marketing & Public Relations Executive Director: Cathy McKinley, 276-9627, Director of Institutional Research & Grants: Deanna Mann, 276-9792, deanna. Executive Vice President: Dee Wigner, 276-9577, Information Technology Director: Jeff Southern, 276-9631, jeff.southern@gcccks. edu Physical Plant Director: Larry Johnston, 276-9559, Campus security: 276-9603 Food service director (contracted from Great Western Dining): Stacy Diehl, 2769607, Book store manager: Virga West, 2769790 Student Services Vice President of Student Services: Ryan Ruda, 276-9597, Admissions Director: Nikki Geier, 2769531, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Assistant Athletic Director:

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Board of Trustees Regular meetings usually are held on the second Tuesday of each month on campus, generally in the Endowment Room of the Beth Tedrow Student Center. Meetings are usually at 6 p.m. Chair: Merilyn Douglass — 275-7296 TerriWorf — 275-2847 Bill Clifford — 275-4317 Jeff Crist — 275-2987 Ron Schwartz — 275-2598 Steven Sterling — 275-7726 The trustees also may be reached at trustees@


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R E I N V E S TM E N T S TAT I S T I C S As of 3/31/13 PRIVATE REINVESTMENT $5,424,773 2004-05 $538,908 2005-06 $345,674 2006-07 $379,653 2007-08 $681,183 2008-09 $370,796 2009-10 $314,823 2010-11 $324,143 2011-12 $900,202 2012-13 $1,569,391 PUBLIC REINVESTMENT $1,894,799 2004-05 $182,240 2005-06 $420,869 2006-07 $596,965 2007-08 $ 46,550 2008-09 $ 2,200 2009-10 $435,437 2010-11 $ 18,900 2011-12 $ 99,536 2012-13 $ 92,102 VOLUNTEER HOURS 29,241 2004-05 3,639 Average 2005-06 3,065 Per Year 2006-07 3,702 3,341.82 2007-08 3,187 2008-09 2,965 Average 2009-10 3,283 Per Month 2010-11 2,765 278.50 2011-12 2,264 2012-13 3,371

VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTION in Dollars $540,470.55 2004-05 $62,545.82 2005-06 $53,790.75 Average 2006-07 $64,970.10 Per Month 2007-08 $55,931.85 $5,147.34 2008-09 $52,035.75 2009-10 $57,616.65 2010-11 $48,525.75 2011-12 $57,283.20 2012-13 $87,770.68 NEW BUSINESSES/NEW JOBS (88/227.5) 2004-05 9/19 2005-06 12/28.5 2006-07 7/16.5 2007-08 19/54.5 2008-09 10/25 2009-10 10/30.5 2010-11 7/17.5 2011-12 11/20 2012-13 3/16 BUSINESS CLOSINGS/LOST JOBS (34/66) 2004-05 5/8.5 2005-06 7/12.5 2006-07 3/6 2007-08 7/18 2008-09 4/6.5 2009-10 0/0 2010-11 3/4 2011-12 3/6.5 2012-13 2/4

SECOND STORY RESIDENTIALS SINCE 2004 12 Domary Bldg. 1 Chino Bldg. 1 Keller Bldg. 2 Kinder Bldg. 3 Warren Bldg. 2 Thummel Bldg. 1 Hubris Bldg. 1 Condit Bldg. 1 • 31 Kansas Main Street Awards since 2005

FROM 2004-2013 88 New Businesses 227.50 New Jobs 34 Business Closings 66 Lost Jobs 54 Net Gain 161.50 Net Gain • Number of Incentives Without Walls Granted: 26 • Amount Awarded in IWWs: $148,096.44 • Amount Matched with IWWs: $650,854.87 • Average IWW Match: 4.4 to 1 • Average IWW Loan: $5,696.02

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St. Catherine Hospital By SCOTT AUST

Serving the community


eneva Minter isn’t sure why her parents, Josephine and Tresmon Miller, decided to make the long trip from the family farm to the new hospital in Garden City for her birth 82 years ago this year. But based on family stories, she knows her dad was in a bit of a hurry. “He was taking mom to the hospital, and she was about to have me. Anyway, he hit the railroad tracks or a big bump and she thought she was going to have me right there in the car,” Minter said with a laugh. It turned out that Minter, born in 1931, was the first baby ever born at St. Catherine Hospital. That year, 1931, the Dominican Sisters purchased the Rewerts-Miner Clinic and renamed it St. Catherine Hospital after Saint Catherine of Siena, who ministered tirelessly to the sick. Minter said the hospital was still so new, the nuns were still putting up furnishings in the rooms when she was born, according to what her parents told her while she was growing up. Minter said it was still common then for people to have babies at home rather

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Chemo Nurse Stacy Tancayo and Clinic Nurse Holly Herrera interact with patient Barbara Herrera in the Cancer Center on the St. Catherine Hospital Campus Aug. 8, 2012. The Cancer Center recently welcomed Dr. Resty Tibayan as its new full-time medical oncologist. than in a hospital. She said three younger brothers were all born at home, but an older brother was born in the hospital at Kingman. “We lived way out in

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St. Catherine Hospital’s Benincasa house is located at 809 N. Sixth St. THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM

the country, and the doctor would have to drive out. We didn’t have a telephone, so we would have to go someplace there was a telephone (in an emergency),” she said. Though the dust bowl dirt storms were beginning to start up around that time, Minter doesn’t know for sure what drove her parents to go to the hospital. However, she does recall her mother talking about a big blizzard that hit right after they came home from the hospital with her. “She was real worried,” Minter said. Being the first baby born at St. Catherine wasn’t much of a big deal when Minter was a kid. Now, when she thinks about it, it’s just more of an interesting tidbit of information about her life. “Occasionally, I’ll think about being the first baby born there and think, ‘Heavens, that’s a day or two

ago,’” Minter said. “I’m real proud of the fact that I’ve lived here all my life, except for a year in San Diego when my husband was in the service.” Minter said it’s been interesting to see how the hospital has grown over the years. She even had a stay in the hospital for a little while when she was 5 for an operation. “Oh my word, every time I’d go by it seemed they were doing something. I think the maternity ward was an old, old house. It’s just gone on and on. I could get lost in there real easy.” According to a history of St. Catherine provided by the hospital, the facility’s origin traces to 1902, when a two-room clinic above a clothing store on Main Street served as the hospital. In 1916, Dr. Charles See Hospital, Page 58

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EagleMed pilot Tony Moore brings the helicopter in for a landing on the helipad area east of the St. Catherine Hospital Emergency department in May.

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Rewerts converted a rooming house into a 24-bed hospital that served a vast territory. Dr. O.W. Miner later joined Dr. Rewerts, and together they built Garden Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first 45-bed, modern hospital in 1929. In 1931, the Dominican Sisters purchased the Rewerts-Miner Clinic and renamed it St. Catherine Hospital. The Dominican Sisters brought St. Catherine through many difficult times. Frequently, they took all available revenues and used the funds to provide newer, needed services to make the community healthier. At times, the Sisters were forced to stretch each dollar to its limit. By the 1940s, America and St. Catherine Hospital were

beyond the Dust Bowl years and into a growth phase. The growth included major additions to the hospital in every decade up to the present. Rapid growth in Garden City and Finney County during the mid-1980s forced St. Catherine to focus on expanding services rather than replacing the aging infrastructure that has already been utilized much longer than ever imagined. The last two decades have presented health-care providers with many choices and decisions. As the population has increased, so too has the need for health care services. Available funds were used to add and enhance services in the areas of oncology, imaging, behavioral health, and outpatient treatments to name a few. Those services are provided to the community regardless of ability to pay. In 1997, a stand-alone, full service Cancer Center was built. In 2003, new construction was completed for Maternity, Medical Surgical,

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Intensive Care services, renovation for Surgery and Laboratory and other support services. This solution improved efficiency in the delivery of inpatient services, provided more comfortable family-friendly patient rooms, and reduced energy costs by replacing equipment that was up to 50 years old. The construction included a Maternal Child Center in the South Patient Tower complete with rooms that encompass labor, delivery, recovery, and post-partum into one space so mothers can stay in the same room from admission to discharge. In addition to the patient friendly design, the floor plans are much more efficient and incorporate expanded waiting areas and prenatal testing rooms. The Maternal Child Center is also home to the Stephen Meyers Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Caring for the smallest, most vulnerable patients at St. Catherine, the NBICU is the only facility of its kind in southwest Kansas.

In 2005, St. Catherine addressed the need for specialized outpatient services available in southwest Kansas and purchased Garden Medical Clinic. The clinic was renamed Siena Medical Clinic and today houses the largest number of primary and specialty physicians in southwest Kansas. In 2008, St. Catherine increased the specialty services offered with the purchase of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clinic and the opening of the Heart Center at St. Catherine. In June 2011, the hospital completed the Patient Tower Project and was able to open 64 new state-of-the-art medical and surgical patient rooms. St. Catherine now is home to the largest, newest and most technologically advanced patient rooms in southwest Kansas. Today, St. Catherine is licensed for 132 beds and is a Joint Commission accredited regional community hospital affiliated with one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the nation.


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ogy, radiology, general and thoracic surgery and urology.

Address: 410 E. Spruce St., Garden City Phone: 272-2222 Website: Dr. O.W. Miner and Dr. Charles Rewerts opened a one-room Garden City Clinic in 1923, which became the foundation on which St. Catherine was built. By 1931, the clinic capacity had grown to 45 beds. That year, the Sisters of St. Dominic in Great Bend purchased the clinic to care for patients and run St. Catherine Hospital. In 1996, St. Catherine Hospital became an affiliate of Catholic Health Initiatives, the largest Catholic nonprofit health organization in the country. St. Catherine Hospital is licensed for 132 beds and is a JCAHO-accredited regional health care center. It was one of the first hospitals in the state to establish a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Mobile Lithotripsy. A state-of-the-art CAT Scanner, PET Scanner, and MRI facility provide quality diagnostic services. The medical staff currently includes specialists in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pathology, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, pulmonary medicine, oncol-

Executive Staff President/CEO: Scott Taylor 272-2561 Senior Vice President: John Yox 272-2563 Vice President Patient Services/Chief Nurse: Margie Prewitt 272-2564 Executive Director Marketing & Development: Victor Hawkins 272-2567 Executive Director Human Resources: Kathy Morrison 272-2532 Executive Director Mission & Ministry: Edward Smink 272-2560 Chief Financial Officer: Amanda Vaughan 272-2554 Executive Director Quality/Risk Management: Nancy Killion 272-2173

St. Catherine Hospital departments Cancer Center at St. Catherine Hospital â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Radiation Oncology/Central Care Cancer Center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Medical Oncology Address: 410 E. Spruce St. Phone: Radiation Oncology - 272-2102; Medical Oncology - 272-2579 Hours: Radiation Oncology - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday; Medical Oncology - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Services: Diagnosis, treatment and prevention; radiation oncology, including PET CT and linear accelerator with IMRT; medical oncology and hematology services St. Catherine Hospice Address: 602 N. Sixth St. Phone: 272-2519 or (800) 281-4077. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; staff on call Services: End of life care where focus is on the comfort care of the person. Heart Center at St. Catherine Hospital Address: 401 E. Spruce St. Phone: 272-2431

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Services: Comprehensive cardiology evaluation and consultation and noninvasive cardiac testing. The center evaluates and treats heart problems such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart valve problems and heart failure. Siena Medical Clinic Address: 311 E. Spruce St. Phone: 275-3700. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Services: Family practice, internal medicine, infectious diseases, critical care, occupational health services, orthopedics, nephrology, ENT, pediatrics, podiatry, pulmonology, audiology, general surgery, urology and advanced registered nurse practitioners. Surgery Center of Southwest Kansas Address: 710 N. Sixth St. Phone: 271-3000 Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Services: Elective and day surgeries only Rehabilitation Address: 401 E. Spruce St. See Departments, Page 60

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St. Catherine Hospital is committed to keeping the hearts of western Kansas beating. Dr. Ferrell is board certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology and radiology. Dr. Rohilla is board certified in cardiology, and takes a preventive, whole person approach to care. Together, they bring over 40 years of experience to the Heart Center at St. Catherine Hospital. With both of their specialized training and experience, caring staff and state-of-the-art equipment, the hearts in your life will get the expert care they deserve. t$BSEJBD$BUIFUFSJ[BUJPO t$PSPOBSZ"OHJPQMBTUZBOE4UFOUJOH t$BSEJBD4MJDF$54DBO t$BSEJPWBTDVMBSEJTFBTFDPOTVMUBUJPOJODMVEJOHFWBMVBUJPO and treatment of chest pain, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease, arrhythmias and peripheral vascular disease t&DIPDBSEJPHSBN t1BDFNBLFSJNQMBOUBUJPOBOEGPMMPXVQ


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Area health agencies Finney County Health Department Address: 919 Zerr Road, Garden City Phone: 272-3600 Hours: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Friday; closed the first Friday of each month. Services: The department’s services include but are not limited to: women’s health services, including family planning, pap smears, breast exams, STD and

HIV/AIDS testing and education for both males and females, referral and counseling. Children’s health services include immunizations, physicals and prenatal education and counseling. Most services are on a walk-in basis. Appointments are required for maternal and infant care, Kan-Be-Healthy screenings and family planning exams. Fees vary depending on the service, and family planning and maternal and infant

care are based on a sliding fee scale. Medicaid and insurance will be billed for covered services. No one is refused service due to an inability to pay. Area Mental Health Center Address: 1111 E. Spruce St., Garden City Phone: 276-7689 or (800) 259-9576. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 5

p.m. Friday. Services: Out-patient treatment, inpatient treatment, therapy, alcohol/drug treatment, evaluations, education, respite care, attendant care, psychiatric/medications services and crisis services. It serves Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Kearny, Hodgeman, Hamilton, Lane, Morton, Scott, Stanton and Wichita counSee Health agencies, Page 61

Departments: Continued from Page 59 Services: physical therapy, occupational therapy, sleep disorder center/EEG, speech therapy, cardiac/pulmonary therapy, pulmonary function lab, esophageal manometry, pH monitoring and a noninvasive cardiac lab Maternal Child Center with Level II Newborn Intensive Care Unit Address: 401 E. Spruce St. Phone: 272-2314 and NBICU — 2722316. Hours: 24 hours Services: Labor and delivery and comprehensive newborn intensive care unit Wound Care Center Address: 310 E. Walnut St., Suite 201 Phone: 272-2700 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Services: Treatment of chronic, nonhealing wounds, hyperbaric oxygen treatment and wound debrisment. Women’s Clinic Address: 115 N. Main St. Phone: 275-9752 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday Services: Pelvic surgery, infertility evaluation and surgery, mammography, pregnancy care and delivery, bone mass densitometry for osteoporosis screening, urinary stress incontinence, pelvic pain diagnosis and treatment, routine gynecological care including pap smears, breast examinations and physical examinations

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Kristen Crowley, ARNP, grabs a dose of the flu vaccine for a flu shot in January at United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries.

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Diagnostics Address: 401 E. Spruce St. Phone: 272-2276 Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. On emergency basis, 24 hours. Description of services include: Routine diagnostic X-rays, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, 64 slice computed tomography (CAT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), PET CT Scan, stereotactic breast biopsy, mammography and nuclear medicine


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ties and is licensed by Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. Russell Child Development Center Address: 714 Ballinger St., Garden City Phone: 275-0291 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Services: Russell Child Development Center provides for children from birth to age 3 who demonstrate developmental delays in physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive areas. Its programs include Smart Start Southwest Kansas, Child Care Connection Resource and Referral Agency, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Newborn Follow up Program. Family Crisis Services Emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The agency also provides advocacy services for these victims. Address: 106 W. Fulton St., Garden City Phone: 275-2018 Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Services: The agency provides a licensed therapist, case management services, education and shelter for domestic violence victims and support for sexual assault victims, plus services for victimsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; children and

families. Programs include domestic violence services, including advocacy information, education, referrals to member agencies and shelter from abuse. Protection-from-Abuse orders (PFA) are filed through the agency, and all court hearings are attended by staff. The rape crisis program gives individual support to rape victims, and there are support groups for battered and formerly battered women, support groups for children who live in or have lived in abusive homes, and a 24-hour hotline, 275-5911, with volunteers who listen, help with problem solving and decision-making and refer individuals to others for help. Mosaic Address: 2708 N. 11th St., Garden City Phone: 275-9180 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Executive Director: David Jasper Services: Mosaic is a faith-based organization serving people with developmental disabilities. Its mission statement: In partnership with people who have disabilities, Mosaic provides support and advocates that all may realize Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gift of wholeness of life. It serves those 5 and older with a primary diagnosis of a developmental disability. Services includes vocational, residential, case management and supportive employment. United Methodist MexicanAmerican Ministries Address: 712 St. John St., Garden City Phone: 275-1766

Hours: Garden City Clinic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Dental Clinic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 7:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The dental clinic is located in the basement of the St. Catherine Hospital Medical Building, 310 E. Walnut St. Executive director: Stephanie Waggoner UMMAM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through improved health care. Its mission statement: The corporation is organized as a Christian ministry to persons of all races, colors and faiths to provide such social, spiritual, educational and health services. UMMAM serves those in need of affordable and language appropriate health care services in southwest Kansas. Services are offered on a sliding scale fee based on income. The organization also accepts insurance. Services: Family practice medical clinic, health education, behavioral health, dental care and other social services. Programs: Lifetime Smiles oral screening and education, Early Detection Works for breast and cervical cancer; SW Kansas Diabetes Education and Control; HIV/AIDS case management; HIV/AIDS outreach and education; Healthy Steps for young children; farm worker case management program; Reach Out and Read for Early Literacy; Parents as Teachers; child and adult care food programs for Morton, Stanton, Stevens and Grant counties. Nursing Homes Garden Valley Retirement Village

Address: 1505 E. Spruce St., Garden City Phone: 275-9651 Administrator: Brad Radatz The Homestead of Garden City Address: 2414 N. Henderson Drive, Garden City Phone: 272-9800 Executive director: Tim White Homestead Health Rehabilitation Address: 2308 N. Third St. Phone: 276-7643 Administrator: Grace Evans


The Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center Address: 706 N. Main St., Cimarron Phone: (620) 855-3498 Administrator: Jean Bryant The Legacy at Parklane Address: 210 E. Parklane, Scott City Phone: (620) 872-5871 Administrator: Nicole Turner The Legacy at Parkview Address: 510 E. San Jacinto, Ulysses Phone: (620) 356-3331 Administrator: Kim Doty Bethel Home Address: 300 S. Aztec Montezuma Phone: (620) 846-2241


Greeley County Long-term Care Address: 320 E. Greeley, Tribune Phone: (620) 376-4225 See Health agencies, Page 62

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Area hospitals

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This 2012 picture shows the entrance of the new Scott County Hospital building.

Area hospitals • Grant County: Bob Wilson Memorial Grant County, 415 N. Main St., Ulysses, (620) 356-1266 BWMH is a 26-bed acute care facility serving the community since 1951 with a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including case management, CT scan, diabetic education, dietary consultation, EEG/EKG, emergency care, home health, laboratory, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, mammography, obstetrics (prenatal, post partum, delivery), physical therapy, radiology, respiratory therapy, surgery, swing beds and ultrasound. On the Web: • Gray County Health Department: 300 S. Main St., P.O. Box 487, Cimarron, (620) 855-2424 The health department provides adult and child immunizations, children’s physicals, child care licensing, WIC, family planning, communicable disease investigation, health screening, school health screenings and emergency preparedness planning. • Greeley County Hospital: 506 Third St., P.O. Box 338, Tribune, (620) 376-4221 Greeley County Hospital is an 18-bed critical access hospital that provides emergency care, physical therapy, CT scans, lab work, X-ray, cardiac rehabilitation and surgeries. On the Web: • Hamilton County Hospital: 700 N. Huser St., P.O. Box 948, Syracuse, (620) 384-7461 Hamilton County Hospital provides general medical-surgical care, emergency care, geriatric services, inpatient and

outpatient services, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, diagnostic ultrasound, CT scanning, and retirement housing. On the Web: • Haskell County: Satanta District Hospital, 401 Cheyenne Ave., P.O. Box 159, Satanta, (620) 649-2761 Satanta District Hospital provides 13 acute/swing beds and 44 long-term care beds and is a part of the Great Plains Health Alliance and the Pioneer Health Network. On the Web: • Kearny County Hospital: 500 Thorpe St., Lakin, (620) 355-7111 Kearny County Hospital is a 25-bed acute care hospital providing inpatient and outpatient hospital care, emergency medical treatment, and primary care. On the Web: • Lane County Hospital: 235 W. Vine St., P.O. Box 969, Dighton (620) 3975321 Lane Couty Hospital provides 24-hour emergency care, acute inpatient care, swing bwwed, intermediate swing bed, radiology, MRI, laboratory, physical therapy, social services, health care education, occupational therapy and long-term care. On the Web: • Scott County Hospital: 201 Albert Ave., Scott City, (620) 872-5811 Scott County Hospital is a 25-bed, acute/skilled care, critical access hospital. Departments include obstetrical, surgery, radiology, out-patient rehabilitation services, emergency services, and home health. On the Web:

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• Stanton County Hospital: 404 N. Chestnut St., Johnson City, (620) 4926250 Stanton County Hospital is an 18bed critical access hospital, 25-bed Long Term Care unit, and providerbased physicians’ clinic providing 24hour emergency care, acute inpatient care, swing bed, intermediate swing bed, obstetrics, lab services, radiology, onsite CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasound, Holter monitor, EKG’s, Doppler studies and physical therapy. On the Web: • Stevens County Hospital: 1006 S. Jackson, Hugoton, (620) 544-8511 Stevens County Hospital is a critical access hospital that provides the following services: diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, laboratory, 24-hour emergency room department, home health, specialty clinic services, rural health services, cardiac rehab, nuclear medicine, DME, and surgical capability exists for patients requiring this service. On the Web: • Wichita County Health Center: 211 E. Earl St., Leoti, (620) 375-2233 Wichita County Health Center is a critical access hospital offering acute care, swing bed, intermediate swing bed, outpatient services, laboratory service, radiology services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nerve conduction study, CT scan, cardiac stress testing, endoscopes, mobile ultrasound, mobile MRI, mobile mammography, mobile osteoporosis screening, optometry outreach clinic. On the Web:

Health agencies: Continued from Page 61 Seasons of Life Living Center Address: P.O. Box 948, 700 N. Huser, Syracuse, KS 67878 Phone: (620) 384-7780 Administrator: Phyllis Horning High Plains Retirement Village at Kearny County Hospital Address: 607 Court Place, Lakin, KS 67860 Phone: (620) 355-7836 Administrator: John Loebl Lane County Hospital Long-term Care Unit Address: 235 W. Vine St., P.O. Box 969, Dighton, KS Phone: (620) 397-5321 Administrator: Donna McGowan Pioneer Manor Address: 1711 S. Main St., Hugoton, KS 67951 Phone: (620) 544-2023 Satanta District Hospital Long-term Care Unit Address: 401 Cheyenne, P.O. Box 159, Satanta, KS 67870 Phone: (620) 649-2121 Stanton County Retirement and Assisted Living Facility Address: 404 N Chestnut St, Johnson, KS 67855 Phone: (620) 492-6250 Wichita County Health Center Long-term Care Unit Address: 211 E. Earl St., Leoti, KS 67861 Phone: (620) 375-4600





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Governing Garden City

Changes and growth

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Cement trucks line up to dump their loads as crews work on pouring the cement southbound lane of the U.S. 83/50 Bypass in March north of Schulman Avenue. By SCOTT AUST


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A water wagon is pictured here in 1886.

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ity Engineer Steve Cottrell has worked for the city of Garden City on three different occasions over the past 38 years. His first stint with the city started in July 1975 and lasted until May 1977. Then he came back for about five years from 1979 to 1984, and came back again in 1989 and has been with the city ever since. Altogether, Cottrell has more than 30 years with the city, which gives him a unique vantage point of how the city has changed over the years. Cottrell said it was a case of looking for greener pastures and thinking he wanted to live

closer to Denver that caused him to leave twice. He kept coming back to Garden City because his wife and her family are from here, but he said he also really liked the people he worked with and the town. “It’s really grown on me,” he said. “I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere else, by a long shot. It’s home.” In 1975, City Hall was still in a little building on Chestnut Street, a half-block east of Main Street, and the engineering department was in a building that is now a parking lot by Sandhill Orthopedic, he said. “We shared an old lumberyard building with the fire department,” Cottrell said. See Government, Page 66


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Ismael Gonzales smoothes a new sidewalk being put in along Eighth Street in February. The sidewalk is the first of 14 projects in Garden City being finded by a $250,000 grant through Safe Routes to School.

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Garden City has changed physically over the years. Cottrell said that in 1975, Mary Street was a two-lane blacktop road on the edge of town, Fleming Street north of Kansas Avenue did not exist, the U.S. Highway 83 spur stopped at 156, U.S. Highway 50 came in on Buffalo Jones, and U.S. 83 was Taylor Avenue. “The city was 17,000 people. There was some modest growth going on in my early years, but then in the 1980s with IBP and Sunflower coming here, that was the boom. I got to be in on growing the city and the infrastructure for that.” Cottrell said it was a challenge for the city to keep up with the demand during that time. “It seemed like we were constantly building a new subdivision, or new roads, or extending water. But it was good. It was fun,” he said. “You stay busy, you don’t get bored and you know you’re part of something bigger.” Change is also apparent in the engineering department. Today, Cottrell said almost everything is done on a computer, but the office didn’t get its first computer until the mid-1990s. Before that, everything was done by manual

drafting. The department had eight people at one time but is down to four or five today. “Like everybody else, technology has allowed us to do more with less,” he said. Cottrell said technology makes it easier to “change your mind” than it used to be when creating plans by hand. One click and a line is gone. Or, you can click another button and the line is back. However, Cottrell said, he does at times miss the old days. “Technology is wonderful. But I long for the days when I didn’t have a cell phone on my hip, and email and those kinds of things,” he said. Other city operations have changed as well. Cottrell said the electric department used to take care of traffic signals and water wells, and sewer maintenance used to work out of the street department instead of the wastewater plant. “There have been some organizational changes, but I think they’ve all been for the better,” he said. Technology improvements, especially computers, are probably the biggest change over the years. Cottrell thinks most departments can probably show how they used to do some things manually, but today they have more tools to help make the work easier and more efficient. On the utilities side, Cottrell pointed out vacuum excavators, equipment that is used to find water or other utility lines

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underground without worrying about cutting or breaking the line. In the past, a backhoe was used to locate utility lines, and it depended on the touch of the operator on the controls to feel the line and hope to not punch through. “There are a lot of significant changes in equipment like that that allows us to do things better,” he said. “Cleaning the sewers used to involve a real large roto-rooter type machine. Now, we use high-pressure water jets.” When it comes to interactions with the public, Cottrell said the city always has tried to be responsive, to help whenever possible and not be heavy-handed in enforcing regulations. Cottrell said relations between staff and elected officials over the years have been relatively consistent. “There’s just not a lot of interference from elected officials in the day-to-day operations of anybody’s departments,” he said. Cottrell said he has worked in other communities where, because elected officials were divided into wards or districts, the commissioners would be a little territorial about getting road dollars spent in their district instead of wanting what was best for the city as a whole. “It’s very stable. We’ve always had good staff and governing body relationships,” he said of Garden City.

Course, 276-1210 or • Kelly Stevenson, cemetery sexton, 276-1220 or kelly.stevenson@ • Cliff Sonnenberg, electric superintendent, 276-1290 or • Steve Cottrell, city engineer, 276-1130 or • Allen Shelton, fire chief, 2761140 or • Rachelle Powell, aviation director, 276-1190 or rachelle.powell@ • Michelle Stegman, human resources director, 276-1175 or michelle.stegman@gardencityks. us • Kathy Sexson, Lee Richardson Zoo director, 276-1250 or kathy. • Alan Geier, superintendent of public grounds, 271-1574 or alan. • Kaleb Kentner, director of planning & community development, 276-1120 or • James Hawkins, police chief, 276-1350 or • Mike Muirhead, public utilities director, 271-1577 or • Sam Curran, public works director, 276-1260 or • Melinda Hitz, finance director, 276-1100 or • Celyn Hurtado, city clerk, 2761160 or • Leland Cable, water superintendent, 276-1291 or leland.cable@ • Kenny Estes, Housing Authority executive director, 276-1240 or • John Washington, Garden City Recreation Commissioner superintendent, 276-1200 or john. • Jennifer Cunningham, city prosecutor, 271-1452 or • Cynthia Beesley, court administrator, 276-1150 or



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Finney County EMS paramedics Justin Swank and Anita Erskin take inventory in one of the ambulances in February. The following is a list of emergency management, emergency medical service and fire departments in the 12-county area covered by The Garden City Telegram: Finney County Emergency Management Emergency Management Coordinator: Michael Paz-Torres, (620) 272-3746 Personnel: 2 full-time employees. Finney County Emergency Medical Services Emergency Medical Service Director: Joe Hopkins, (620) 272-3822 Personnel: 19 full time, 1 director, 28 reserve squad members. Garden City Fire Department Fire Chief: Allen Shelton Jurisdiction: Finney County, 35 Career, I Administrative Assistant, 3 On-CallPaid Number of personnel: 35 firefighters, one full-time administrative assistant and three oncall paid firefighters. Address: Main station, 302 N. Ninth St.; Labrador station, 1605 E. Mary St. Phone: Main Station, 276-1140; Labrador Station, 276-1145 Holcomb Fire Department Volunteer Fire Chief: Bill Knight Jurisdiction: Western half of Finney County from Sherlock Road to the county line Number of personnel: 18 Phone: (620) 277-2250 Address: 200 N. Lynch St. in Holcomb


Hamilton County Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department: (620) 384-7364 Syracuse Fire Chief: David Stimatze Hamilton County Fire Chief: Ed Baker Emergency Management Coordinator: Steve Phillips, (620) 384-4222 Gray County Cimarron Fire Department: (620) 855-7731 Fire Chief: Rex Beemer Emergency Management Coordinator: Rayna Maddox, (620) 855-2424 Lane County Dighton Fire Department: (620) 397-2544 Fire Chief: William Fortune Emergency Management Coordinator: Bill Taldo, (620) 3972323.

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Wichita County Leoti Volunteer Fire Department: (620) 375-4732 Fire Chief: Charles Hughes Emergency Management Coordinator: Undersheriff Mike Wilson, (620) 375-2723 Greeley County Tribune Fire Department: (620) 376-4881 Fire Chief: Don Henson Emergency Management Coordinator: Luther Keith Jr., (620) 376-4233

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Law enforcement agencies

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Members of the Garden City SWAT team approach a house in the 400 block of North Fifth Street for a man held up in the structure.

Local law enforcement agencies Garden City Police Department Address: 304 N. Ninth St. Phone: 276-1300 Police Chief: James Hawkins Jurisdiction: city limits of Garden City Number of personnel: 58 sworn personnel; 35 non-sworn personnel Finney County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office Address: 304 N. Ninth St. Phone: 272-3700 Sheriff: Kevin Bascue Jurisdiction: Finney County Number of personnel: 37 sworn personnel; 57 non-sworn personnel Holcomb Police Department Address: 200 block of North Lynch Phone: 277-2761 Police Chief: Tony Forsen Jurisdiction: Holcomb city limits Number of personnel: 4 sworn per-

sonnel, 2 non-sworn personnel Kansas Highway Patrol, Troop E Address: 2222 E. Fulton St. Phone: 276-3201 Commander: Capt. Robert Maier Jurisdiction: 24 counties in southwest Kansas Number of personnel: 27 sworn personnel, 3 non-sworn personnel Garden City Municipal Court Address: 304 N. Ninth St. Phone: 276-1150 Court administrator: Cynthia Beesley Services: Municipal court handles traffic violations, misdemeanor criminal activity, city ordinance violations and animal complaints within the city. Jurisdiction: City limits Number of employees: 7 Finney County District Court Address: 425 N. Eighth St.

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Continued from Page 67 Haskell County Sublette Fire Department, (620) 675-2223 Fire Chief: Alan Miller Emergency Management Coordinator: Debbie Brown, (620) 675-2485. Kearny County Kearny County Fire Department: (620) 355-6192 Fire Chief: Ron Jones Emergency Management Coordinator: Don Robertson, (620) 355-6211 Stanton County Stanton County Fire Department: (620) 492-2125 Fire Chief: Bill Umberger

Emergency Management Coordinator: Von Lorenson, (620) 492-2170 Grant County Grant County Fire Department: (620) 424-1260 Fire Chief: John Crosby Emergency Management Coordinator: Don Button, (620) 3564430 Scott County Scott City Fire Department: (620) 872-2133 Fire Chief: Ken Hoover Emergency Management Coordinator: Larry Turpin, (620) 874-4884 Stevens County Hugoton Fire Department: (620) 544-2052 Fire Chief: Rodney Kelling Emergency Management Coordinator: Rodney Kelling, (620) 544-2562


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Phone: 271-6120 Court administrator: Kurtis Jacobs Services: Marriage licenses, civil and criminal cases and appeals from municipal court Jurisdiction: Finney County Number of employees: 35, including four district court judges and two magistrates. City Prosecutorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office Address: 112 W. Pine St. Phone: 271-1452 City prosecutor: Jacob Cunningham Services: This office handles all cases prosecuted in Garden City Municipal Court. Jurisdiction: City limits of Garden City Number of employees: 4 Finney County Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office Address: 409 N. Ninth St. Phone: 272-3568 County attorney: Susan Richmeier Services: The office handles felony cases, select misdemeanor and traffic cases, juvenile cases, care and treatment actions, child-in-need-of-care cases and criminal appeals. The office

also has a victim-witness coordinator. Jurisdiction: Finney County Number of employees: 17 Western Regional Public Defenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office in Garden City Address: 113 Grant Ave. Phone: 276-8137 Chief Public Defender: Kristi Cott Services: Court-appointed attorneys to represent clients 18 and older who cannot afford to hire their own legal representation. Jurisdiction: Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott and Wichita counties Number of employees: 5 Youth Services/Programs Assessments Treatment Habilitation Services: An agency that provides resources and education for at-risk youth. Address: 2701 N. 11th St. Phone: 271-6200 Director: James Perkins Mission statement: Youth services serves as a liaison between various community groups to strengthen youth development through prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, education and behavioral modifications and to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors while holding juveniles and their families accountable. Services: Assessment, case management, risk prevention classes, group counseling, anger management classes, individual counseling, moral

reasoning classes, sex education classes and drug/alcohol prevention classes. Programs: Option School program, Family Impact Team, diversion, community case management, juvenile intake and assessment, intensive supervision and licensed drug/alcohol out-patient treatment Serves: Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott and Wichita counties. Accreditation: Juvenile Justice Authority Number of employees: 18 Southwest Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center What: 28-bed secure juvenile detention facility Address: 507 W. Santa Fe St. Phone: 272-3800 Director: Katrina Pollet Mission statement: To provide a safe and secure environment for youth placed in the facility and to provide an opportunity for their stay to be beneficial to both the community and the youth. Services: Housing juveniles who have been arrested, GED classes, regular education classes provided by two full-time teachers from the Garden City school district, meals, health screenings, activities and religious services. Programs: Positive Impact Team program through Area Mental Health and USD 457 to address anger management. Who it serves: Youth ages 10 to

17 in Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott, Wichita, Gray, Ford, Kiowa, Commanche, Clark, Meade, Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward, Stanton and Stevens counties. Accreditation: Licensed through Kansas Department of Health and Environment Number of employees: 27 and one paraprofessional Community Corrections What: Supervises adults under intensive supervision as ordered by the court. Address: 601 N. Main St., Suite A Phone: 272-3630 Director: Beth Beavers Mission statement: To enhance public safety and enforce offender accountability through cost-effective use of community-based supervision and control interventions. Services included but not limited to: offender supervision, rehabilitative services, substance abuse counseling, cognitive skills education and anger management/domestic violence prevention. Programs: Adult Intensive Supervision Program, Offender Work Development program, life skills program and Justice Accountability Grant for rehabilitative services for intense drug and alcohol treatment program Who it serves: Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Scott and Wichita counties Number of employees: 9

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C.A.R.L.O.S., or Camera and Remote Operating System, was purchased by the department through a grant in June 2010. The robot completed its first mission March 10, 2011, when it helped resolve a SWAT team standoff. By ANGIE HAFLICH


ne of the most significant things to change the face of law enforcement is technology. Prior to such things as computers and cell phones, even the most routine police work was time consuming and in some ways, inefficient. While most of the efficiencies gained through technology have given law enforcement a leg up in terms of fighting crime, it is also expensive and has created a new generation of crimes that are oftentimes difficult to investigate. Sgt. Michael Reagle, who joined the Garden City Police Department in 1996, said that the technology that’s probably most utilized by law enforcement is shared databases. “The most used technology is databases, (which provides) the ability to gather information, database it and then share it with those who need it in a timely fashion, even within our own department and sheriff’s department. It’s information we’re able to obtain and then put in a location where we can pull from it anytime we want, and multiple people can get that information instantaneously,”

Reagle said, adding that prior to this, that type of information often was catalogued and stored where it was difficult to retrieve. Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue, who started with the sheriff’s office in 1984, said that this sharing of information helped his office with a recent case in which law enforcement from Missouri located a computer IP address in Garden City that was suspected of being used to download child pornography. “I tell you what, 20 years ago, that would have never happened,” Bascue said. Both Bascue and Reagle said that the technology is expensive, however, and doesn’t eliminate the number of employees needed at either of their departments. “It still takes as many people to put in the data. It takes longer to put in the data than before. The upside is the retrieval of information; that’s where it saves,” Reagle said. Another technology, cell phones, has improved communication between law enforcement officials, dispatchers and supervisors, in instances where sensitive information can’t be shared over car radios. This has also equated into drastic time savings.

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Robert Hahn talks about the new inmate video visitation system from one of the video stations in the lobby of the Finney County Jail at the Law Enforcement Center in January 2012. Hahn is the technology administrator for the Finney County Sheriff’s Department. “When I started, you had to go to a pay phone, and then you had to tell them on the radio, ‘Contact me at this number,’ and then the dispatchers would have to call you on the pay phone so that you could answer them and talk to them,” Reagle said. Bascue said that this made it particularly difficult for sheriff’s deputies, who were often out in the county where there were no pay

phones. “It would take 10 or 15 minutes to drive into town to a pay phone and 10 or 15 minutes back to where you were at, so it took time out of your day,” he said. Police officers also have access to instant messaging in their vehicles. “We have Mobile Data See Law enforcement, Page 71


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Terminals (MDTs), so on top of the phones, we also have the computers in the cars where we can communicate, and so it’s eliminated that delay in being able to get out information,” Reagle said. “Now, an officer in the car can go back and look at history of the residence or of the person to help them better investigate the situation.” Through TIP411, the GCPD encourages citizens to use personal cell phones to send tips, and in some cases photos, to help locate a person of interest or to provide information about a crime. Another technology that has helped in the processing of individuals charged and/or lodged in the Finney County Jail is computerized fingerprinting. Bascue said that fingerprints used to be taken on ink cards and then sent to the KBI and FBI. “If you arrested somebody, it may be weeks, or sometimes months, before you get something back (from the KBI or FBI) saying there was a hit on those fingerprints,” Bascue said. “Now, our fingerprint machine is a glass scanner and there’s no ink anymore, so when they roll those, it goes right into the computer system. It’s on a screen, and as soon as they submit those, it goes right to the KBI and FBI, and sometimes within a matter of 15


or 20 minutes, we can get stuff back on people — just like that.” The GCPD also uses social media to share important information, and other types of advancements in technology have translated into improved evidence processing and alternative weapons that officers can use to subdue suspects. “As an administrator, you want to give as many options to officers before they use deadly force. That’s the very last option we want them to exercise, so we have given officers additional things,” Bascue said. These items include tasers, beanbag rounds and ASP expandable batons. Both Bascue and Reagle said that for all of its advantages in fighting crime, technology has also brought with it new types of crime. “Every type of technology that comes out, the criminals find a way to use that for their benefit and then we have to find a way to then defeat that type of crime or learn how to investigate it and that takes time,” Reagle said. Some of these crimes include identity theft, pornography and Internet stalking. “For every good thing that technology has brought, I would say that there are several bad things it’s brought,” Bascue said. “It’s opened up a door for criminals to victimize people without even being in our community.”


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Area governments: Continued from Page 72 Syracuse, KS 67878 (620) 384-7818, • City of Coolidge: Elm & Wheeler, Coolidge, KS 67836 (620) 372-2682 Haskell County • County administration: Haskell County Courthouse, 300 South Inman, P.O. Box 518, Sublette, KS 67877, (620) 675-2263 • Law enforcement: Haskell County Sheriff’s Office, 300 Inman St., Sublette, KS 67877 (620) 675-2289 • Courts: Haskell County Courthouse, 300 Inman St., Sublette, KS 67877 (620) 675-2671 • Website: Cities: • City of Sublette: 103 Cody St., Sublette, KS 67877 (620) 675-2326 • City of Satanta: 503 Ponca Ave., Satanta, KS 67870 (620) 649-2500 Kearny County • County administration: Kearny County Courthouse, 304 N. Main, P.O. Box 86, Lakin, KS 67860 (620) 355-7358 • Law enforcement: Kearny County Sheriff’s Office, 106 E. Washington Ave., Lakin, KS 67860 (620) 355-6211; Lakin Police Department, 106 E. Washington Ave., Lakin, KS 67860 (620) 355-6211 • Courts: Kearny County Courthouse, 304 N. Main St., Lakin, KS 67860 (620) 355-6481 • Website: www.kearnycountykansas. com Cities: • City of Lakin: 121 N. Main St., Lakin, KS 67860 (620) 355-6252, www.lakinkansas. org • City of Deerfield: 622 Main St., Deerfield, KS 67838 (620) 426-7411, Lane County • County administration: Lane County Courthouse, 144 S. Lane, Dighton, KS 67839 (620) 397-5356 • Law enforcement: Lane County Sheriff’s Office, 144 S. Lane St., Dighton, KS 67839 (620) 397-2828 • Courts: Lane County Courthouse, 144 S. Lane St., Dighton, KS 67839 (620) 397-2805 • Website: Cities: • City of Dighton: 147 E. Long St., Dighton, KS 67839 (620) 397-5541, www. Scott County • County administration: Scott County Courthouse, 303 Court St., Scott City, KS 67871 (620) 872-2420 • Law enforcement: Scott County


Sheriff’s Office, 602 West 5th St., Scott City, KS 67871 (620) 872-5805; Scott City Police Department, 602 W 5th St., Scott City, KS 67871 (620) 872-2133 • Courts: Scott County Courthouse, 303 Court St., Scott City, KS 67871 (620) 8727208 • Website: Cities • City of Scott City: 221 W. Fifth St., Scott City, KS 67871 (620) 872-5322, www. Stanton County • County administration: Stanton County Courthouse, 201 N Main St, P.O. Box 190, Johnson, KS 67855 (620) 4922140 • Law enforcement: Stanton County Sheriff’s Office, 208 N. Chestnut St., Johnson City, KS 67855 (620) 492-6866 • Courts: Stanton County Courthouse, 201 N. Main St., Johnson City, KS 67855 (620) 492-2180 • Website: Cities • City of Johnson City: 206 S. Main St., Johnson City, KS 67855 (620) 492-1444 • City of Manter: 205 W 1st Ave, P.O. Box 98, Manter, KS 67862 (620) 493-3721 Stevens County • County administration: Stevens County Courthouse, 200 E. Sixth, Hugoton, KS 67951 (620) 544-2541 • Law enforcement: Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, 505 S. Monroe St., Hugoton, KS 67951 (620) 544-4386; Hugoton Police Department, 405 East 4th St., Hugoton, KS 67951 (620) 5444959 • Courts: Stevens County Courthouse, 200 E. Sixth St., Hugoton, KS 67951 (620) 544-2484 • Website: Cities: • City of Hugoton: 631 S. Main St., Hugoton, KS 67951 (620) 544-8531, • City of Moscow: Moscow City Hall, 125 Main St., Moscow, KS 67952 (620) 598-2234 Wichita County • County administration: Wichita County, P.O. Box 279, Leoti, KS 67861 (620) 375-2731 • Law enforcement: Wichita County Sheriff’s Office, 411 S. Fourth St., Leoti, KS 67861 (620) 375-2723 • Courts: Wichita County Courthouse, 206 S. Fourth St., Leoti, KS 67861 (620) 375-4454 • Website: Cities: • City of Leoti: 406 S. Fourth St., Leoti, KS 67861 (620) 375-2341


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Area legislators Rep. Ron Ryckman, R-115 P.O. Box 192 Meade, KS 67864 Phone: (620) 873-5273 Email: Capitol Office Room: 352-S Phone: (785) 296-7658 Email: House District 115: Clark, Gray and Meade counties; Commanche County - city of Protection, township of Protection (part); Ford County — cities of Dodge City (part), Fort Dodge, Wilroads Gardens and Wright; and townships of Concord, Dodge (part), Fairview, Grandview (part), Richland, Royal, Wilburn and Lockport

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U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, left, visits with then-State Rep. Reynaldo Mesa, R-Garden City, and Herbert Swender, right, president of Garden City Community College, during a Garden City Rotary Club luncheon. Rep. Steve Alford, R-124 4179 E. Road 19 Ulysses, KS 67880 Phone: (620) 356-1361 Capitol Office Room: 187-N Phone: (785) 296-7656 Email: House District 124: Morton, Stanton and Stevens counties Grant County — city of Ulysses Haskell County — city of Satanta, city of Sublette and parts of Dudley, Haskell and Liberal Townships Seward County — Seward Township Rep. Russell Jennings, R-122 P.O. Box 295 Lakin, KS 67860 Phone: (620) 290-1545 Email: Capitol office Room: 512-N Phone: (785) 296-7196 Email: House District 122: Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny counties Finney County: City of Garden City (part), city of Holcomb and townships of Garden City, Garfield (part), Ivanhoe, Pierceville, Pleasant Valley, Sherlock and Terry. Grant County — Sullivan township (part). Haskell County — townships of

Dudley (part) and Haskell (part). Rep. Don Hineman, R-118 116 S. Longhorn Road Dighton, KS 67839 Phone: (620) 397-2504 Email: Capitol Office Room: 50-S Phone: (785) 296-7636 Email: House District 118: Gove, Lane, Logan, Scott, Sheridan, Trego, and Wichita counties. Graham County: Cities of Bogue and Morland, townships of Allodium, Bryant, Gettysburg, Graham, Happy, Hill City (part), Indiana, Millbrook, Morlan, Nicodemus (part), Pioneer, Solomon, and wildhorse. Rooks County: part of township 5. Thomas County: cities of Gem Menlo, Oakley and Rexford (part). Townships of Kingery, Lacey, Menlo, Morgan (part), North Randall, Smith, South Randall, Summers and Wendell. Rep. John Doll, R-123 2927 Cliff Place Garden City, KS 67846 Phone: 275-9304 Email: Capitol Office Room: 512-N Phone: (785) 296-7380 Email:

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House District 123: Finney County: Garden City (part). Rep. John Ewy, R-117 801 Roughton St. Jetmore, KS 67854 Phone: 357-6417 Email: Capitol Office Room: 512-N Phone: (785) 296-7105 Email: House District 117: Edwards, Kiowa, Ness and Hodgeman counties Ford Finney County — township of Garfield (part) Ford County — Cities of Bucklin, Ford and Spearville; townships of Bloom, Bucklin, Ford, Sodville, Spearville and Wheatland Rush County — Cities of Alexander, LaCrosse, Liebenthal and McCracken; townships of AlexanderBelle Prairie, Big Timber, HamptonFairview, LaCrosse-Brookdale, and Union Pawnee County — cities of Burdett, Garfield, Larned and Rozel and townships of Browns Grove, Conkling, Garfield, Grant, Keysville, Larned, Lincoln, Morton, Orange, Pawnee, Pleasant Grove, Pleasant Ridge, Pheasant Valley, Santa Fe, Sawmill, Shiley and Walnut.

Sen. Garrett Love, R-38 P.O. Box 1 Montezuma, KS 67867 Phone: (620) 846-0223 Email: Capitol Office Room: 237-E Phone: (785) 296-7359 Email: Senate District 38: Ford, Gray, Meade and Seward counties Hodgeman County - City of Jetmore (part) Sen. Larry Powell, R-39 2209 Grandview Dr. E Garden City, KS 67846 Phone: (620) 275-6789 Capitol Office Room: 237-E Phone: (785) 296-7694 Email: Senate District 39: Finney, Grant, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Morton, Stanton, Stevens and Wichita counties Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, R-40 Box 97 Grinnell, KS 67738 Phone: (785) 673-9083 Email: Capitol Office Room: 136-E Phone: (785) 296-7399 Email: Senate District 40: Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Graham, Logan, Norton, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas, Trego, and Wallace counties; Phillips County — cities of Logan, Long Island, Prairie View, Speed; and townships of Beaver, Belmont, Dayton, Granite, Logan, Long Island, Mound, Plainview, Prairie View, Solomon (part) and Towanda.

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Legislators: Continued from Page 74 U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler 1st District, 69 counties in western Kansas Web: Dodge City office: 100 Military Ave., Suite 205 Dodge City, KS 67801 Phone: (620) 225-0172 Fax: (785) 225-0297 Hutchinson office: 1 N. Main St., Suite 525 Hutchinson, KS 67501 Phone: (620) 665-6138 Fax: (620) 665-6360 Salina office: 119 W. Iron, 4th Floor, Suite A Salina, KS 67402-0766 Phone: (785) 309-0572 Fax: (785) 827-6957 Manhattan office: 727 Poyntz Ave., Suite 10 Manhattan, KS 66502 Phone: (785) 309-0572 Fax: (785) 827-6957 Washington, D.C. office: 129 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2715 Fax: (202) 225-5124 U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Dodge City

Web: Washington, D.C., office: 109 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510-1605 Phone: (202) 224-4774 Fax: (202) 224-3514 Overland Park office: 11900 College Blvd., Suite 203 Overland Park, KS 66210 Phone: (913) 451-9343 Fax: (913) 451-9446 Topeka office: Frank Carlson Federal Bldg. 444 S.E. Quincy - Room 392 Topeka, KS 66683 Phone: (785) 295-2745 Fax: (785) 235-3665 Wichita office: 155 N. Market St., Suite 120 Wichita, KS 67202 Phone: (316) 263-0416 Fax: (316) 263-0273 Dodge City office: 100 Military Plaza, P.O. Box 550 Dodge City, KS 67801 Phone: (620) 227-2244 Fax: (620) 227-2264 U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Hays Web: Washington, D.C. office: Russell Senate Office Bldg. Room 354 Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: (202) 224-6521 Fax: (202) 228-6966 Hays office:

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U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp talks about the issues facing Congress in January during a session at the Garden City Farm and Ranch Show in the Finney County Fairgrounds exhibition building. 1200 Main St., Suite 402 P.O. Box 249 Hays, KS 67601 Phone: (785) 628-6401 Fax: (785) 628-3791 Manhattan office: 923 Westport Pl., Suite 210 P.O. Box 067 Manhattan, KS 66502 Phone: (785) 539-8973 Fax: (785) 587-0789 Olathe office: P.O. Box 1154 23600 College Blvd., Suite 201 Olate, KS 66061 Phone: (913) 393-0711

Fax: (913) 768-1366 Topeka office: 800 SW Jackson, Suite 1108 Topeka, KS 66612 Phone: (785) 232-2605 Fax: (785) 357-0759 Wichita office: 3450 N. Rock Road Building 200, Suite 209 Phone: (316) 631-1410 Fax: (316) 631-1297 Pittsburg Office P.O. Box 1372 306 N. Broadway, Suite 125 Pittsburg, KS 66762 Phone: (620) 232-2286


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hen the current Garden City Municipal Pool opened in 1922, there was nothing like it in the immediate area, nor likely in the state of Kansas, and perhaps even throughout the United States. It was proclaimed as “The World’s Largest Free Municipal Swimming Pool.” Located in the south section of Garden City and near the Lee Richardson Zoo in Finnup Park, the pool holds 2.8 million gallons of water. It’s dimensions are 200 by 400 feet, and it now simply goes by the name of “The Big Pool.” It comes by its reputation naturally and has even been called “The Big Dipper.”

“The first official swimmers took their dip on Tuesday, July 18, 1922,” reported The Garden City Herald. “In the presence of a large crowd, the new municipal swimming pool was formally opened to the public.” At the time, Garden City’s Mayor, H.O. Trinkle, was an avid swimmer with no place to swim. He set about changing that in Garden City, and the face of recreational swimming was forever changed in southwest Kansas. How to finance it was one of the biggest challenges facing the enormous project. But Trinkle was persistent, and he convinced many residents to either support it financially or donate time in helping build it. Originally hand dug, the concrete-based pool has seen its share of upgrades and changes through the past 90-plus years. The 2013 season officially got under way on April 27, when the new Spray Park was scheduled to open. At a cost of approximately $250,000 (funds coming

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from Start Smart, Finnup Foundation, Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and the city of Garden City), the Spray Park will provide concepts coming from Charlotte’s Web — different characters, sprays from the ground up, from above downward and can be activated by simply touching buttons. There is a Splash Blaster with a water cannon firing from two sides. “We’re just trying to continue to expand and offer different experiences for people of all ages,” said Donna Gerstner, assistant superintendent of the Garden City Recreation Commission. “We’re excited about the Spray Park because it has so many different parts to it that we think it will be a lot of fun for the kids.” The Spray Park also will be available for rental to private groups ($100 fee) and will have lifeguards on duty for those events. The bathhouse, which has had multiple changes and additions through the years, was an original WPA project of

the 1930s. There are changing rooms, showers, toilets and a baby changing station (women’s restroom). The swimming pool became one of the attractions that comprised the entire Finnup Park, which consisted of 105 acres and was donated as a memorial to Frederick Finnup, one of Garden City’s pioneer residents. Thousands of trees, shrubs, picnic tables and benches were constructed through the years, adding a complete “family” atmosphere to the park. In the early years of operation, officials left water in the pool at the end of the season and when the cold winter months settled in, there was a place where residents and visitors could go ice skating. There is no documentation of when that practice ended, but certainly a contributing factor to ending it was due in part to cracks forming in the concrete that were visible the next spring. See Pool, Page 77


Swimming pools Area swimming pools Garden City Municipal Pool (The Big Pool)

Address: 504 Maple St. Phone: (620) 276-1255 Opening date: May 25 Hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1 to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday and on holidays. Cost: $2 all ages, $3 with slide pass, coupon books available for discounted rates and for groups Overview: Affectionately called “The Big Pool,” the Garden City Municipal Pool holds 2.2 million gallons of water and measures 220 by 330 feet. Features include three water slides, inner tube rentals, a concession stand and a children’s pool with zero-depth entry. The pool’s new spray park will have its grand opening on April 27. Garden City Family YMCA Address: 1224 N. Center St. Opening date: Open year -round. Hours: Hours vary. Cost: Daily guest fees without member — $10 Adult (25 and older); $15 family; $8 young adult (18 to 24); $6 youth (17 and younger); daily guest fees with member — $5 adult; $7.50 family; $4 young adult; $3 youth Overview: The Garden City Family YMCA offers a 25-yard, six-lane heated swimming pool for the public’s use. In addition, the YMCA has a new, expanded pool area, including a water slide and zero-depth entry that opened in late March 2010.

Holcomb Sonnie Baird Pool Address: 106 Wiley St., Holcomb Phone: 277-2152 Opening date: May 26 (free on opening day) Hours: 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday Cost: $1 (5 and older), free (4 and younger) Season passes: single - $30; family - $50 Overview: Sonnie Baird Pool, a 210,000-gallon, outdoor facility operated by the Holcomb Recreation Commission, offers a high dive, a low dive and a water slide for the community’s use. Offerings include party rooms and swim parties (reservations and $150 fee required). Water aerobics classes also are offered.

Cimarron Phone: (620) 855-3922 Operated by: city of Cimarron Opening date: May 18 (tentative) Hours: 1:30 to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday; 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, family night; 6 to 7 p.m., daily, water aerobics.

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Jason Yi, 13, lets out a yell as he jumps off one of the diving boards during the 2012 opening day of the Big Pool. Cost: Cimarron residents, free; other: 4 and under, free; children 5 to 12, $3; 13 and older, $5. Season passes: $50 family pass (USD 102 residents); no membership allowed for out of town users. Private Rental: Cimarron residents, $100; USD 102 residents with family pass, $100; USD 102 residents without family pass, $150; out of town users, $150. Lessons: Call for details. Overview: Cimarron’s new public pool will debut this upcoming season. The new pool will include various new features including a waterslide, mushroom fountain, kiddie shark, zero-depth entry, an umbrella shade in the kiddie area, as

well as a party room for pool rentals.

Dighton Address: 300 W. Annabella St. Phone: (620) 397-2166 Operated by: city of Dighton Opening date: May 25 (tentative) Hours: 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday; noon to 1 p.m., adult swims daily; night swims to be determined. Cost: daily, $1.50, 14 and younger; $2 adults; readmit for night swim, $1.50 child; $2 adult. See Area pools, Page 79


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Season passes: $40 single child; $50 single adult; $125 family of four; families of 5 or more, $30 each additional member. Overview: Pool has diving board, slide, handicap chairlift and wading pool. Swim lessons are offered. Call for details.

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Alex Acosta plays under an umbrella rainfall area at the Garden City Family YMCA’s pool area during a School’s Out Bash at the facility.

Address: 202 Zenaide St. Phone: (620) 376-4721 Operated —jointly by city of Tribune/Greeley County Opening date: May 23 Hours: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday; family night swims: Sundays/Wednesdays, 7 to 10 p.m.; water aerobics, Monday/Tuesday/ Thursday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Mommy & Me classes, Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: children 5 to 11, $1.25; children 12 and older and adult, $1.50; Baby pool free. Pool rental: $35/hour available upon request.

Address: 114 E. Fourth St. Phone: (620) 544-2793 Operated by — the Hugoton Recreation Commission Opening date: May 29 Hours: 2 to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday; adult swim: 1 to 2 p.m., daily; Monday through Saturday, 6 to 7 p.m.; night swim: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday/Friday. Cost: $2; adult swim, $1.50; night swim, $1.50. Season passes: $35, individual. Swim lessons: Call for details after May 29. Private rental: $60/hour for parties of one to 35; $80/hour for parties of 36 to 50. Overview: Pool has two low diving boards; two-flume slide and children’s pool.

Ingalls Phone: (620) 335-5187 Operated by the Ingalls Recreation Commission Opening date: Date unknown Hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday/ Wednesday/Thursday nights; Sunday 2 to 6 p.m. See Area pools, Page 80



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Area pools: Continued from Page 79 Cost: Free Swim Lessons: Call at start of season for details. Overview: Pool has a diving board, a slide, a baby pool and water toys available.

Johnson City Address: 100 E. Greenwood Ave. Phone: (620) 492-6471 Operated by — Stanton County Recreation Commission Opening date: May 25 Hours: 1 to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday; evening swim: 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday/Thursday; Cost: 12 and younger, 75 cents; 13 and older, $1; baby pool, 25 cents Season passes: 12 and younger, $22; 13 and older, $30; family passes: family of three, $60; family of four, $70; family of five, $80; family of six and more, $90. Swim lessons: Offered through SCRC (620) 492-2101. Overview: Pool has two low diving boards; two slides; kiddie pool is 1 1/2-feet deep. Concession stand.

Lakin Beymer Aquatics Center Phone: (620) 355-6621 Operated — by the city of Lakin Opening date: Outdoor (May 27); Indoor Center (open year-round) Hours: Indoor — Lap Time: 5 to 7 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; open swim: 3 to 5 p.m. Outdoor — 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Lap swims: 5:30 to 7 a.m., and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5 to 6 p.m., daily. Water aerobics: 6 to 7 p.m. Cost: $1 daily fee, ages 7 and up; free, 6 and under. Season passes: $35 individual; $80 family. Locker rental: $5 per month, $40 per year. Swim lessons: June 6 through 9, 13 through 16; 27 through 30, and July 5 through 8; 18 through 21, 25 through 28. Overview: Outdoor pool has two diving boards, lap swimming area, shallow pool and children’s wading pool; indoor pool has six lanes, 25 yards in length.

Satanta Address: 1109 Ojibwa St. Phone: (620) 649-2626 Operated by — The city of Satanta Opening date: May 27 (tentative) Hours: 1 to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday; night swims: 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday; lap swims: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., daily; water aerobics: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Cost: 18 and younger, $1; Older than 18, $1.50. Season passes: $25, single; $50, family household. Lessons: mid-June and mid-July, call pool after May 20 for details. Private rental: $20 per hour, per 20 people. Overview: Pool has low diving board; baby pool; one slide, concession stand.

Wichita County/Leoti Phone: (620) 375-2600

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Isaac Aviles, Wichita, takes a plunge into the Holcomb Pool. Operated by — the Wichita County Parks & Recreation Commission Opening date: May 31 (tentative) Hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday; lap swims: noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; evening lap swims: time unknown. Cost: children 5 and younger, free when accompanied by adult; 5 and older, $1.50 daily. Season passes: $45, individual; $60, family of two; $75, family of three or more; prices subject to change. Overview: Pool includes one low diving board; twowind slide; wading pool with water toys. Special activities scheduled throughout summer, call WCPRC at 375-2077 for details.

Scott City Address: 1204 Jefferson St. Phone: (620) 872-2308 Operated by — The city of Scott City Opening date: Date unknown Hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Special hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday/Thursday, family nights; lap swims: noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 9 to 11 p.m., moonlight swim, dates unknown. Cost: Younger than 5, free; 5 and older, $1. Season passes: single, $30; two family members, $40; three or more family members, $70. Swim lessons: Red Cross lessons, dates unknown, $30 per child. Private parties: Up to 20 people, $45; 20-40 people, $65; 40 or more, $85. Overview: Pool has two low diving boards; baby pool with shade/entry; four slides; concession, tables/chairs.

Sublette Phone: (620) 675-2306 Operated by — The city of Sublette Opening date: May 25 (tentative) Hours: 1 to 6 p.m., daily (seven days a week) Cost: $1 daily fee, children and/or adult. Season passes: $30 children; $50 adults; $100 family.

Overview: Pool has two diving boards, a wading pool for children and concession stand.

Syracuse Address: 808 N. Main St. Phone: (620) 384-6933 Operated by — Hamilton County Opening date: May 23 Hours: 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday; night swim: 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday; morning swim: 6 to 8 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Adult water aerobics: 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Cost: 4 and younger, free; 5 and older, $1.50. Season passes: single, $40; family of two, $70; family of three or more, $100. Swim lessons: July 11 through 15 and July 18 through 22. Cost: $30 per child, $20 for each additional child; private lessons: $50. Pool Rental: Pool can be rented for private parties — less than 50 people, $80; 50 or more people, $100. Overview: Pool has two diving boards and a slide; two sun-bathing decks, two picnic tables; wading pool includes dumping buckets and a boat with a slide.

Ulysses Address: 204 E. Wheat Ave. Phone: (620) 356-4244 Operated by — the Grant County Recreation Commission Opening date: May 27 Hours: Outdoor — 1 to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday; Evenings: Tuesday/Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.; Family nights: Monday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; indoor — lap swims, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday/Thursday; senior swim: daily, 9 to 10 a.m.; water aerobics: 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Cost: 12 and younger, $2; ages 13-59, $3; seniors (60 and older), $1.50. Season passes: Call for details, (620) 356-4233. Overview: Pool has high/low diving boards; Wibit toy available for private parties; Wading pools, no zero entry; concession; picnic and shaded areas.


Bowling alleys Bowling alleys Garden Bowl Address: 1501 N. Taylor Ave. Contact: 276-7551 Hours: Opens 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Cost: $3.60 a game plus tax; $1.25 shoe rental League nights: 6:30/7 p.m. Monday through Sunday; summer hours vary. Leagues usually form in August and run through late spring. Leagues are for youth, men, women and mixed. Home for Garden City and Holcomb high school bowling teams. Hard Rock Lanes Address: 1612 E. Laurel St. Contact: 275-4061 Website: www.hardrocklanes. com Hours: Open daily, hours vary. Cost: $4 per game plus tax; $1.25 shoe rental League nights: 7:30 p.m.

Monday, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Friday Leagues usually form in August and run through late spring. Leagues are for youth, men, women and mixed. Home for Garden City and Holcomb high school bowling teams. Other area bowling alleys: • Cimarron Fun Center, 320 S. Main St., Cimarron, (620) 855-3854 • Dighton Bowl and Diner, 530 E. Long St., Dighton (620) 397-5518 • Lakin Lanes, 102 S. Lakin St., Lakin, (620) 355-7880 • Leoti Lanes, 302 N. Main St., Leoti, (620) 275-2200 • Scott City Sports Center, 1213 Main St., Scott City, (620) 8725558 • Thunder Strikes Bowling Center, 1103 W. LaLande Ave., Sublette, (620) 675-8529 • Prairie Lanes, 711 N. Main St., Syracuse, (620) 384-5679 • Harvest Bowl, 421 N. Colorado St., Ulysses, (620) 356-1454

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Bob Ellis follows through as he makes a toss in a bowling game at Hard Rock Lanes.


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Buffalo Dunes Golf Course’s No. 4 view from the tee box.

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f you’re an amateur golfer, playing golf in southwest Kansas today is better than ever. Garden City’s two golf courses — Buffalo Dunes Golf Course and The Golf Club at Southwind — serve as the anchor for the sport in The Telegram’s 12-county area. Until Buffalo Dunes opened its doors in 1976, there was just one 18-hole layout in southwest Kansas (Mariah Hills in Dodge City, 1974) west of Hutchinson. Thanks to the generosity of Earl C. Brookover Sr., who donated the land that became Buffalo Dunes, golf forever in southwest Kansas took on a new look. Three years later, the

Brookover family built the private Southwind Country Club, now under the name of The Golf Club at Southwind and owner Craig Boomhower, who purchased the club from the Brookover family in 2009. When Buffalo Dunes opened, people from near and far flocked to the Garden City area to play the 18-hole layout, designed by Colorado architect Frank Hummel. Randy Hunt was hired as the golf course’s first professional, having arrived in early January 1976 to interview for his first job as a head professional. He recalls his first observations of Buffalo Dunes on that windswept January day. “I was to interview on a Saturday morning, and we (wife Mary) arrived on Friday and drove out south of town,” Hunt

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said recently in a telephone interview from his office at Milburn Golf & Country Club in Overland Park, where he now serves as general manager. “It was a dust storm. The temperature was about 70 degrees, and the wind was howling like crazy. We drove through the entry gate, the course had never been opened. There was little grass, but the native growth was very high. The look on Mary’s face was very interesting. At first, I just considered not doing the interview the next day and would drive back to Denver (he was an assistant pro at Lakewood C.C.).” But that didn’t happen, and on Saturday morning, Hunt interviewed with the committee and came away with a revelation to his wife. “A miracle of some kind

happened, and we negotiated a contract that worked well for me and my family,” Hunt said. “I had a nine-year career there, and arguably today, it was the best nine years of my golf professional life. “We absolutely loved Garden City, and it was one of the best decisions of my life. Our children were born there, and we still have Lewis, Hooper and Dick (accountants) do our financial work.” Hunt said that during that nearly first decade of the golf course being open, he realized just how special the Dunes and eventually Southwind were and how important they were to the region. “We always had people from area towns coming to play golf See Golf, Page 83


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and to see what the course was like,â&#x20AC;? Hunt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They always had great things to say. I think over time, and the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am certainly is a testament to it, that Garden City has two outstanding golf courses. It has brought name recognition to the town in the world of golf.â&#x20AC;? Hunt said that he was able to have an active lesson schedule, work with junior golfers and conduct outings and quality tournaments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got the merchantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; league, the ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; golf program, all of that was started in those first few seasons,â&#x20AC;? Hunt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to have the course utilized as much as possible by as many people as possible. All of those groups had golfers who came from all of those area communities.â&#x20AC;? Hunt still considers the Dunes to be a special place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can go almost anywhere and not find a municipally-owned golf course that is in the same class as the Dunes,â&#x20AC;? Hunt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always marvel at what a great layout and design

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The Golf Club at Southwind features a fairway bunker on the No. 12 hole. it is. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always in great condition, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as much of a gem as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find anywhere.â&#x20AC;? The city conducted a naming contest for the new public course and Yvonne Allman, wife of then Telegram Advertising Director Leroy Allman, won with that name. It seems like a natural fit when one looks back at its history of the combination of buffalo

roaming the plains and the course sitting amongst the tall sand dunes that parallel the Arkansas River. Set in the spectacular sand dunes area south of town, the Dunes became an immediate hit with golfers of all ages, genders and skill levels. Through the years, it has proven to be attractive to professionals, top amateurs and beginning golfers.

It has gained national recognition with awards from Golf Digest magazine (No. 1 best municipal course in Kansas, 2009-10), Golf Magazine (50 Best Bangs for a Buck in Public Golf, 1989) and Travel & Leisure (100 Best for $100 or Less, 2002). It has hosted state high school golf tournaments, state golf See Golf, Page 84

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The No. 4 hole at Buffalo Dunes in 1976, the year the course opened.

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association events and, along with Southwind, is the host site for the annual Southwest Kansas Pro-Am, held each August to help raise funds for the St. Catherine Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Through the years of the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am, the tournament has served as a breakout opportunity for professional golfers who would go on to win major golf championships, such as Tom Weiskopf, Lee Janzen, Stewart Cink, Steve Jones, Bruce Vaughn, and several others. The Dunes will play host in early June to the American Junior Golf Association Kansas Junior. Continuity in the Buffalo Dunes’ professional staff — both in the clubhouse and the maintenance — has been critical to the high level of golf course conditioning and service provided to golfers. Only four professionals have resided there — Randy Hunt (1976-1985), Paul Parker (1985-2003), Tim Schiffelbein (2004-2008) and Cole Wasinger (2009-present). There have been just three course superintendents overseeing the golf course maintenance — Ken Chadwick (1976-1978), Bob Bluml (1979-2007) and Toby Witthuhn (2008-present).

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Loran Richmeier drives the ball off the Buffalo Dunes golf course No. 1 tee in July during the first round of the Brookover Cup. Richmeier is playing for Buffalo Dunes. The Golf Club at Southwind, too, has received rave reviews, and most recently was voted one of the top 10 courses,

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public or private, in Kansas by Golf Digest. It has hosted three Kansas Amateur Championships (1990, 1997 and

2006) and is slated to host the state’s premier men’s amateur tournament again in 2016. In the late 1990s, the United States Golf Association was even in the early stages of evaluating the two courses as possible sites for a national championship. Nothing came of those due to the geographical location and lack of access via airlines. But then USGA Regional Affairs Director Tony Zirpoli came away impressed on his visit. “Where’s the North Sea,” Zirpoli said at the time when walking through the dunes at Southwind. “This is spectacular and would be a terrific site for a championship. It just really reminds me of Scotland.” But the two Garden City courses are not alone now, as Bentwood Golf Club in Ulysses added its back nine layout in 2010 to its original nine, which was designed in 1954. “Overall, it’s been a great success,” Bentwood manager Danny Watson said recently. “It’s definitely been welcomed by golfers here and from the area. We get players from as far away as Walsh and Lamar, Colo., and now that we have the Windmill Farm project, we’re getting many of those workers coming here to play in their down time.” For the past two years, and again later this year, Bentwood will be part of the Southwest See Golf, Page 85


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Kansas Pro-Am, hosting professionals and amateur teams in a one-day pro-am to help raise money for the Garden City hospital. “We’ve seen an increase in tournaments, and it’s brought more opportunities to the community to host events,” Watson said. “We’ve gotten good remarks from the pros who have played here.” Watson cited hosting the Class 4A regional girls golf tournament in the past and that the course will be hosting the Class 4A boys regional in May. The course now has two distinctly different layouts from the original nine, which features tighter fairways, more trees, and smaller, sloping greens. The new nine, designed by Jeff Kreie, is more of a linksstyle layout, featuring bigger greens and few trees. “You certainly get a different feel playing both nines,” Watson said. “Each year the new nine has been opened, it’s been in better condition.” Watson said that annual membership is approximately 250 members, with varying fees avail-

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Eric Larsen chips on to The Golf Club at Southwind’s No. 9 green in July during the Brookover Cup. Larsen is on the Southwind team. able for individuals and family members, as well as juniors and seniors. Through the years, many of the southwest Kansas communities have either built new golf courses with grass greens or redesigned original layouts and switched from sand greens to grass greens. Among the courses built over the past two decades are Tamarisk Golf Course in Syracuse, a nine-hole layout that sits just on the north side of the Arkansas River banks. Designed

by former Garden City resident Jay Benson, the course winds its way through the wiry shrubs and trees. Tamarisk is a general term for several species of old-world shrubs in the genus Tamarix with scale-like leaves on very thin terminal twigs. Cimarron Golf Club transformed itself from a nine-hole sand greens layout dating back to the 1950s into a nine-hole, grass green course in 2001. It has become one of the First Tee Programs in Kansas, an organization started in 1997 by the United States Golf Association, PGA of America, PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and the Augusta National Golf Club. Several hundred youth from Cimarron and the surrounding area have participated in the program, and now the golf course annually attracts golfers from all over western Kansas. It also has hosted regional qualifying tournaments for girls and boys high school tournaments, bringing people to the local community and benefiting lodging and restaurants in the community. Under the care of Cimarron native Jake Payne, the course is in excellent condition with some of the best maintained greens in the area. Louck’s Municipal Golf Course in Lakin long has been recognized as one of the premier

9-hole grass green courses in the area. Located just on the south side of U.S. Highway 50, and a mile west of Lakin, the course’s proximity to the highway has made it a big attraction for traveling golfers. Other nine-hole grass greens layouts that have been transformed from sand greens include Prairie Pines in Johnson City, Wichita County Golf Course in Leoti, Prairie Ridge Golf Course in Tribune and Crooked Creek Golf Course in Montezuma. Forewinds Golf Course in Hugoton and Scott Community Golf Course have long been two of the nine-hole grass greens courses in western Kansas. Cimarron Valley Golf Club in Satanta was another addition to the area golf course list. When Southwind Country Club opened its doors in 1979, the membership of the old Garden City Country Club headed to the newest 18-hole layout. Leaving the country club behind, it eventually was purchased and became what is now known as the Golden Locket Golf Course. The course has modest greens fees and is appealing to beginning golfers. So if an avid golfer, or someone wishing to learn the game, needs to find a place to play, there’s more than ample opportunity in southwest Kansas.

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Golf courses Area golf course directory Cimarron golf club Address: 812 Golf Course Road, Cimarron Directions: From U.S. Highway 50 and Kansas Highway 23 intersection, go north to edge of town and turn west just past water tower. Follow the road to the clubhouse. Website: www.cimarrongolfclub. com Type: Public Phone: (620) 855-7003 Holes: 9 Greens fee: $16 weekday; $20 weekend; $12 after 5 p.m. Cart fee: 9 holes — $11; 18 holes — $22; Trail Fees — $5 per nonmember. Par: 72 Yardage: 6,816/6,290/5,706 Rating: 71.3/69.3/66.7 Slope: 115/110/100 Manager: Terri Payne Superintendent: Jake Payne Architect: Marty Johnson Year opened: 2001

Lane County Golf Course Address: 623 E. James, Dighton Type: Public Phone: N/A Holes: 9 (sand greens) Par: 36 Yardage: 2,550 Greens fee: $10 weekdays/weekends (all day fee). Carts are not available. Golfers can bring own carts. Annual fee: $100, plus tax. Year opened: 1955

Buffalo Dunes Golf Course Address: 5685 S. U.S. Highway 83, 5.5 miles south of Garden City Type: Public Phone: 276-1210 Website: Holes: 18 Greens fee: 18-Holes: $25 Weekday; $30 Weekend/Holidays; 9 Holes: $15 Weekday; $20 Weekend/Holiday; Youth (21 and

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Professional Brent Marshall sprays sand as he chips on to the Bentwood golf course’s No. 9 green from a greenside bunker in August during the Pioneer Electric Pro-Am in Ulysses. The one-day tournament is the kickoff event for the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am in Garden City. younger), $7 weekday and weekend. Driving range: Full range and

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practice green/short game chipping area. (Yearly range pass$160).

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son, $26 per two players, including tax; 9 holes: $8 per person, $16 per two players, including tax. Annual membership: youth (ages 16 to 21) — $100/$750; senior (65 and older) — $300/$900; adult single — $400/$1,000; family (two or more) — $565/$1,250/$1,500 (check with course for additional details). Par: 72 Yardage: forward - 5,527; middle - 6,445; back - 6,774. Course Rating: 70.5 (from middle) Slope Rating: 126 (from middle) Pro: Cole Wasinger Superintendent: Toby Witthuhn Architect: Frank Hummel Year opened: 1975 Note: Rated by Golf Digest as 2009 Best Public Course in Kansas; annual host to Southwest Kansas Pro-Am and Site of 2011-12 Class 2A/6A Boys State Championships.

Golden Locket Golf Course Address: 1.5 miles east of Garden City on U.S. Highway 50 at North Farmland Road Type: Public Phone: 275-1953 Holes: 9 Greens fee: (Walking golfers - $8 for 9 holes; $10 for 18 holes; $12 for all day); (golf, cart) - weekday: $13, 9 holes; $15, 18 holes; $22, all day); weekend - $15, 9 holes; $18, 18 holes; $24, all day). Carts: $10 for 9 holes Par: 72 Yardage: 6,250 Rating: 70.2 Slope: 119 Pro/Manager: Ken Lang

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The Lakin Municipal Golf Course frames the scenic Kearney County countryside in Lakin. Year opened: 1950 (original Garden City Country Club)

The Golf Club at Southwind Address: 77 Grandview Drive, 2 miles south of Garden City on U.S. 83 Type: private (membership categories vary, call club for details) Phone: 275-4080 Website: Holes: 18 Greens fee: $90, guest of member; $75 reciprocal. Cart fee: Information not available. Par: 72 Yardage: forward — 5,392; middle — 6,332; back — 6,935. Course Rating: (back tees) 74.4 Slope: (back tees) 136 Manager: Luke Nickodemus Pro: To be determined Superintendent: Casey Sullivan Architect: Don Sechrest Year opened: 1979

Note: Host of 1990, 1997, 2006 Kansas Amateur Championship; annual host to Southwest Kansas Pro-Am Forewinds Municipal Golf Course Address: 2.3 miles west of Hugoton on U.S. Highway 56 Type: Public Phone: (620) 544-8269 Holes: 9 Greens fee: $15 weekday; $20 weekend/holiday Cart fee: $20 — 18 holes; $10 — 9

holes. Par: 72 Yardage: 6,383 Rating: 71.6 Slope: 121 Pro/Manager: Brent Betsworth Superintendent: Rick Schroeder Year opened: 1929 Prairie Pines Golf Course Address: East U.S. Highway 160 and Airport Road, Johnson City See Courses, Page 88 222911

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The picturesque nine-hole at Tamarisk Golf Course lays just south of Syracuse near the Arkansas River.

Courses: Continued from Page 87 Type: Public Phone: (620) 492-6818 Holes: 9 Greens fee: $10 weekday; $15 weekend/ holiday. Cart fee: $10. Par: 35 Yardage: 3,207 Manager/superintendent: Andrew Trujillo Year opened: 1978 Website:

Loucks Park Municipal Golf Course

north side of Kansas Highway 96). Type: Public Phone: (620) 375-2263 Holes: 9 Greens fee: Weekday — $15 (9 holes), $20 (all day); high school (grades 9-12) $6; twilight (After 6 p.m.), $10. Cart fee: $10 (9 holes); $20 (18 holes). Players may bring own motorized cart, no charge. Par: 72 Yardage: 6,344 Rating: 71.5 Slope: 117 Course president: Jim Green Superintendent: N/A

Scott City Type: Public Phone: (620) 872-7109 Holes: 9 Greens fee: 9 holes — $16, Weekday; $20, Weekend. Cart fee: 9 holes — $12; 18 holes — $20. Par: 68 Yardage: 5,576 Rating: 67.6 Slope: 115 Manager/superintendent: Justin Drohman Year opened: 1968

Cimarron Valley Golf Course

Address: 1 mile south on Kansas Highway 27, 1 mile east on County Road 21, Syracuse Type: Public Phone: (620) 384-7832 Holes: 9 Greens fee: $15 weekday (all day fee); $20 weekend (all day fee) Cart fee: 9 holes — $10; 18 holes — $20 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,500 Rating: 70.7 Slope: 119 Manager/superintendent: James Burrow Architect: Jay Benson Year opened: 1995

Address: West U.S. Highway 50, Lakin Type: Public (various annual memberships available) Phone: (620) 355-6946 Holes: 9 Greens fee: $13 weekday, flat fee; $17 weekend, flat fee; After 6 p.m., $5. Cart fee: 9 holes — $8; 18 holes — $15. Par: 35 Yardage: 2,870 Rating: 67.9 Slope: 120 Superintendent: Dave Richter Year opened: 1956

Address: Route 2, Box 46, Satanta Type: Public Phone: (620) 649-2202 Holes: 9 Greens fee: $15 weekday; $20 weekend/holiday. Cart fee: 9 holes - $10; $10 for each additional 9 holes. Par: 71 Yardage: 6,385 Rating: 71.3 Slope: 116 Manager: Craig Stockhaus Superintendent: Craig Stockhaus Architect: Larry Flatt Year opened: 1994

Wichita County Municipal Golf Course

Scott Community Golf Course

Address: 117 N. Fourth St. (east of Leoti,

Address: North U.S. Highway 83,

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Tamarisk Golf Course

Prairie Ridge Golf Course Address: North Kansas Highway 27, northwest of fairgrounds, Tribune Type: Public

Phone: (620) 376-4315 Green fees: $15 weekday; $20 weekends. Cart fees: $18 for 18 holes. Holes: 9 Par: 72 (18 holes) Yardage: 6,186 (18-hole yardage) Rating: 68.5 Slope: 104 Manager: Eric Arnold Architect: Neil DeWerff/Bob Moser Year opened: 1993

Bentwood Golf Course Address: 1370 Frazier Park Road, Ulysses Website: Type: Public Phone: (620) 356-3097 Holes: 18 holes Greens fee: 18 holes — $20 daily. 9 holes — $15 daily. Cart fee: 9 holes — $12. 18 holes — $22. Memberships: basic (Includes greens, trail fees) — family $400; Single adult; $310; senior, $285; senior Couple, $370; Junior, $75. Silver plan (basic + driving range); family, $500; adult, $360; senior, $335; senior couple, $470; junior, $125; gold (silver plan plus use of cart); family, $900, adult, $700, senior $700, Senior couple, $800. Par: 72 Yardage: 6,458 (3156/3302) Rating: 71.5 — men, 72.3 — women. Slope: 126 — men, 130 — women. Superintendent/Manager: Danny Watson Architect: front 9 — Unknown; back 9 (Jeff Kreie)

Year Opened: front 9 — 1954; back 9 (Spring 2010)


Fitness centers Fitness Centers Aerobic Super Circuit at GCCC

Address: 801 Campus Drive Hours (Through May): 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday; Summer Hours (June/July/August): 5:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (tentative). Contact: 276-9614 Semester costs (fall/spring): Instate - $105; Bordering states - $119; Out-of-state - $124. Summer 2013 costs: In-state - $102; Bordering states - $117; Out-of-state - $122. Overview: Garden City Community Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aerobic Super Circuit provides a wide variety of machines and equipment for those looking to reshape their bodies, lose weight or just improve their cardiovascular fitness. The circuit includes Paramount Advantage exercise machines, resistance training, electronic treadmills and exercise bikes. To gain access to the Super Circuit, enrollment in a one-hour fitness class at GCCC is required. For more information, see the course catalog at www.gcccks. edu.

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Kathy White, center right, leads a group through various movements in a January yoga class to strengthen the body and increase flexibility at Garden City Recreation Commission.

Fitness: Continued from Page 89

Overview: Curves offers a hydraulic circuit training program geared toward women of all ages and fitness groups. In addition to workouts, Curves offers a six-week diet class and a support system that helps to keep patrons motivated and committed.

Garden City Family YMCA Fitness Center Address: 1224 N. Center St. Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brad Nading/Telegram Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Contact: 275-1199 Dana Young, Hays, right, takes a breath as he prepares to make a turn into another lane in July while Monthly Cost: $47.86 adults, competing in the swimming portion of the Garden City Family YMCA Big Pool Triathlon. Competitors $57.23 families, $32.26 young swam 400-meters, then biked 12.5 miles and finished with a 5K run. adults (18-24), $19.77 youth (0-17) Overview: The YMCA provides fitness orientation, which includes has a six-lane, 25-yard pool that is 20,771 square-feet of facility space. members with a fitness center that access to all facilities and a personal also home to the Garden City High Phase I additions included a famincludes among other things, free trainer. For the younger crowd, the School girls swimming team. A new ily-friendly pool complete with a YMCA offers a youth fitness center addition was completed in 2010, slide and a spray fountain for kids, weights, treadmills, bikes, stair stepwith bicycles, weights, treadmills with expansions totaling more than pers and a rowing machine. Each See Fitness, Page 91 and a rock climbing wall. The YMCA $2 million developing an additional new member is given a 12-week 90 Discover SW Kansas 2013-2014 THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM

Fitness: Continued from Page 90 fountain for kids, and has been open since late March 2010; early childhood center, child watch room, new entry, youth multipurpose room, expanded cardio fitness area, expanded strength training area, expanded parking, improved men’s locker rooms, improved family locker room, and improved administrative offices also were included in the expansion. For this year, new exercise machines will be available, as well.

Garden City Recreation Commission Wellness Center Address: 310 N. Sixth St. Hours: 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Memorial Day weekend hours (8 a.m. to noon Saturday; closed on Sunday). Contact: 276-1200 Monthly cost: $20 adults, $16 senior citizens (55 and older), $16 students (15 and older with ID) Overview: The Garden City Recreation Commission offers a full gymnasium complete with 12 weight stations, six

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Christine Sabourin watches a television as she works out on a crossramp machine in the Holcomb Recreation Commission’s Wellness Center in January. The 24-hour center is in the process of expanding its facility. treadmills, seven cross trainers and five bicycles. The five bicycles consist of two Precor uprights, one Precor recumbent, and two spinning cycles, all of which are new this year. In 2010, the GCRC opened its expanded free weight room (10 stations) in a previous storage unit, and each station has safety bars to prevent slipping and falling while using the weights. Personal training also is available at $20 an hour, with discounts for

multiple sessions.

Holcomb Recreation Commission Address: 106 Wiley St., Holcomb Hours: Wellness Center (Staffed) 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; (Unstaffed) Monday through

Sunday, open 24 hours. Contact: 277-2152 Monthly cost: $25 adults, $40 families of two, $18 students (13-19), $17 senior citizens-single; $30-family, two members (55 and older). Overview: The Holcomb Recreation Commission offers members a 24-hour fitness center complete with weight stations, treadmills, cross trainers, bicycles, dumb bells and stability bars. Also provided for members is a television/stereo entertainment system along with personal training and fitness assessments. Recent additions over the past year include a Jones Machine, Expresso Bikes, Adaptive Motion Trainer and a remodeled back room that can be used for meetings and gatherings. An upcoming expansion in June will add a dance/aerobics room, a free weight room, and men’s and women’s lockers with showers.

Project Fitness Address: 2514 N. Johns Hours: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; Closed Sunday. Contact: 271-0935 Monthly cost: $40 basic gym membership; $100 month, 12-class package; $110 month, unlimited classes. Overview: Offers crossfit training (intense workouts) and focuses on everything; regular weights.

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City/Area Parks

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ABOVE: Brooklyn Rose, 2, right, decides to take a short cut and not follow her sister, Raylynn, 4, along the lines of a Finnup Park basketball court in May 2012 while riding their bicycles. LEFT: Terry Lee, Garden City, makes a toss during a game of horseshoes in Finnup Park in a Beef Empire Days Horseshoes tournament.

Recreation parks HorseThief Reservoir What: HorseThief Reservoir is Hodgeman Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premiere water dam that checks in at more than 7,200 feet long and about 86-feet high while holding 2.5 million cubic yards of dirt. With boating, camping, skiing, swimming, fishing, hunting, and an area for picnics, HorseThief Reservoir has something for everyone. The camping area opened for the season on April 15, and features 42 campsites with water and electricity. However, there still are some areas under construction, so be sure to watch out for those designated areas. For those fishermen out there, there is plenty of opportunity to catch catfish, bass, crappie, bluegill

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and walleye. Where: 514 W. Kansas Highway 156, near Jetmore Contact: (620) 357-6420 On the Web:

Scott State Park What: With 55 campsites that include electricity and water hookups, the Scott State Park is an ideal vacation spot that welcomes nearly 150,000 visitors per year. There is plenty to do at Scott State Park, including a swimming beach and playground area that offers a concession building that stocks camping and fishing supplies. The park also offers canoe and paddleboat rentals for those with a more active lifestyle. See Parks, Page 93


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Hunting and fishing areas also are offered by the park. Public hunting is allowed on a wildlife area that is located west of the park while private hunting is accepted with the permission of the landowner. The lake is home to various types of fish including catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, trout, black bullhead, bluegill, green sunfish and redear sunfish. There are nature trails for hikers. Horseback riding is permitted as the park offers a horse camp area with a watering facility and hitching post. Where: 101 W. Scott Lake Drive, Scott City KS, 67871 Contact: (620) 872-2061 On the Web: State-Parks/Locations/Scott GPS: N38 40.765 W100 54.720

Garden City parks Finnup Park (500 block of East Maple Street) See Parks, Page 94

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Amanda Sanchez and Vanessa Herrera walk around A. Harold Long Park With Sanchezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1-year-old daughter Lynette in March.

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Patricia Barragan, 5, left, plays follow the leader with her sister, Andriana, 8, on the spider web at the Lee Richardson Zoo playground.

Parks: Continued from Page 93

Size: The largest park in Garden City, Finnup Park is 110 acres. What you will find: Lee Richardson Zoo The Big Pool Finney County Museum and Historical Society Clint Lightner Stadium (Baseball for Garden City High School, Finney County Blues/Bandits) Fansler and Cleaver softball fields Finnup Center for Education Six picnic shelters Horseshoe pits Three playgrounds Four basketball courts Futsal court Walking/Biking trails (Connects to Peebles Complex)

Deane Wiley Park (2406 N. Campus Drive) Size: 20 acres What you will find: Three softball fields Quarter-mile walking track Basketball court, with a practice wall for tennis or handball Playgrounds Three picnic shelters A. Harold Long Park (Spruce and Evans streets) Size: 6 acres What you will find: One-third mile walking track Playground Plaza area Born learning trail (Connected to walking track), Center for Children and Families (Grant) Finnup-Scout Park (Eighth and Thompson streets) Size: 2 acres What you will find:

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Ayala Park (216 Taylor Ave.) Size: 1.15 acres What you will find: Picnic and playground area Basketball court

Stevens Park (Spruce and Main streets) Size: 2.6 acres What you will find: Bandshell Mall area Walking around perimeter of park

Lions Park (2503 N. Third St.) Size: 1 acre What you will find: Playground area Basketball court Rotary Park (Third and Johnson streets) Size: 6 acres What you will find: Baseball practice field Talley Trail runs on north side Santa Fe Park (Santa Fe and 13th streets) Size: 1.4 acres What you will find:

Wildcat Park (1706 E. Fair St.) Size: 1 acre What you will find: Playground Gazebo Dog Park (Campus Drive and Fulton Street) Size: 2.6 acres What you will find: Small and large dog-fenced areas, shade and benches


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Holly Meyers makes a toss to a batter at Peebles Complex during the annual Guns, Hoses and Stretchers softball tournament.

Sports facilities Garden City Recreation Commission Activity Center, 310 N. Sixth St. • The activity center has two studios used for classes in dance and activities such as art • Two classrooms used for meetings, club activities (chess, etc.), fitness • Gymnasium • Wellness Center Telegram photo

Alexis Powell prepares to return a serve during the Garden City Summer Tennis program

Our mission is to provide recreational opportunities to enhance the quality of life for the people of the community by promoting social interaction and productive use of leisure time.

Garden City Family YMCA, 1224 Center St. • Two fitness centers • Six-lane indoor swimming pool

• Gymnasium • Racquetball courts • Numerous classrooms and activity rooms for use by membership Charles Peebles Complex • Four baseball/softball fields • Playground • New perimeter walking trail Skate Park, 110 Isabel Ave. • Skateboard and bike ramps • Outdoor hockey rink/Futsol field

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Fansler Field, 702 Riverside Drive â&#x20AC;˘ One baseball/softball field Deane Wiley Park, 2406 N. Campus Drive â&#x20AC;˘ Three softball fields â&#x20AC;˘ One soccer field â&#x20AC;˘ Walking trail â&#x20AC;˘ Basketball court Cleaver Field, 704 Downey Drive â&#x20AC;˘ One softball field â&#x20AC;˘ Batting cages Clint Lightner Stadium, 706 E. Maple St. â&#x20AC;˘ One baseball field (Garden City High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home field) â&#x20AC;˘ Batting cages â&#x20AC;˘ Practice area (southwest of field) Martin Esquivel Soccer Park, Fleming and Mary streets â&#x20AC;˘ Two soccer fields Garcia Soccer Park, 3502 E. Spruce St. â&#x20AC;˘ Five soccer fields Grimsley/Harmon Tennis

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Garden City High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition gymnasium saw its first use Aug. 30 as the volleyball team hosted a triangular. Both varsity and junior varsity games were played in the gym. Complex, 112 W. Hazel St. â&#x20AC;˘ Eight tennis courts â&#x20AC;˘ Playground Finnup Park basketball courts, 502 E. Maple St. â&#x20AC;˘ Two full-size, outdoor courts

â&#x20AC;˘ Two half-courts, adjustable goals Katherine C. Jones tennis courts, Garden City Community College campus â&#x20AC;˘ Four courts Lions Park basketball courts,

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Rec commissions Grant County Recreation: 815 E. Oklahoma Ave., Ulysses, (620) 3564233 Gray County Recreation: (620) 855-3314 Greeley County Recreation Foundation: (620) 376-2040 Haskell County Recreation: 406 Wallace St., Sublette, (620) 675-8211 Hamilton County Recreation: Fitness Center, 111 Barber, St., Syracuse, (620) 384-5459; Syracuse Youth Activities Association, (620) 384-5135 Kearny County Recreation: Lakin Recreation Commission, 702 N. Campbell St., Lakin, (620) 355-7039; Deerfield Recreation Commission, 609 Main St., Deerfield, (620) 4266373 Lane County Recreation: Dighton Recreation Commission (620) 3975319. Scott City Recreation: 823 S. Main St., Scott City, (620) 872-2372 or visit Stanton County Recreation: 608 S. Nipp St., Johnson City, (620) 4922101 Stevens County Recreation: 211 S. Madison St., Hugoton, (620) 5444675 Wichita County Recreation: Wichita County Parks & Recreation Commission, Leoti, (620) 375-2077

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• Garden City Community College and Garden City High School softball fields (John Ford Field) • Four softball fields • One baseball field (Garden City Recreation Commission) Memorial Stadium, 1412 N. Main St. • Home of the Garden City City Community College football and women’s soccer teams Garden City High School, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd. • Full-length track the public may use to run and walk on. • Gymnasium used for Garden City High school athletics and activities. • Practice baseball/softball fields • Eight tennis courts • Indoor walking track, open early mornings, Monday through Friday. (Call 620-805-5431 for schedule, details) Holcomb Recreation Commission

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Garden City High School’s new football, track and soccer stadium had its inagural sporting event played on it Aug. 26, 2012, as the GCHS boys’ soccer team faced off with Emporia. • Fitness center with weights and cardio machines • Offers wellness and fitness classes • Three baseball fields Sonnie Baird Park (205

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Ryan McCracken gives a disc a toss to complete one of the holes while playing a game of disc golf with friends around Garden City Community College campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; course.

Eden Hernandez, 7, gets a little help with a chin up from Sgt. C.W. Montgomery, left, at the U.S. Marines booth in Stevens Park during a National Night Out. Brad Nading/Telegram

LEFT: Maddie Clark, 4, makes a big splash after a trip down the elephant slide during the opening afternoon of the 2012 Big Poolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer season.

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Garden City shortstop Eden Arreola, right, tries to turn a double play in July against Mid-Kansas at Clint Lightner Field during the Kansas Babe Ruth 13 and Under State Tournament. Brad Nading/Telegram

ABOVE: Stetson Haynes rides a rail on his skateboard in February at Garden Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Skate Park as he and Josh Haley get in some board time in temperatures in the upper 50s. RIGHT: Retired Marine Col. Jack Garcia, Palcerville, Calif., right, shoots a pheasant as he and others in a hunting party take down several in a covy of birds during a Heartland Heroes program pheasant hunt north of Pierceville. Approximately 250 pheasants were released for the two-day controlled hunt. THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM

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Practices evolve



ith conditions as dry as the Dust Bowl and land as parched as desert, it’s becoming more of a challenge to make agricultural products in southwest Kansas. But through technology and innovation, farmers continue to produce food and feed the world, year after year. It’s as dry as the 1930s, but southwest Kansans don’t see nearly the dust storms farmers before them did. That’s because of new methods and technologies that promote moisture retention and the capture of more moisture when precipitation events, occur, according to several local experts. They’re also using different equipment and methods in the fields in order to maintain moisture. Farmers in southwest Kansas don’t till their ground, as was common practice for early farmers who lived farther east in the state. Larry Kepley, 74, is a fourth-generation Grant County farmer. The Kepley family started using tractors in the 1920s. Before then, they used wagons to pull crop to Liberal where the railroad had been. Kepley said his grandfather was one of the first irrigators in Grant County. “My first recollection of trying to be helpful was helping him irrigate out in the field. I was probably 10 or 11,” he said. The first irrigation practices were running ditches on the contours of the land, then filling those ditches. Later, irrigation moved to siphon tubes and then underground irrigation.

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Rod Mayeske, left, turns an antique Case tractor pulling an antique Baldwin Gleaner to make another pass in a wheat field north of Copeland during an old-time harvest event. “Now of course, we use sprinklers to bring water to fields. It’s a much more efficient way and it saves water use,” he said. Kepley, like many in agriculture, said the biggest change has been field techniques. “You used to have to turn the soil over to plant on a clean surface. Now chemicals came along and they were able to kill weeds,” he said. No-till practices have gained popularity because it allows moisture to stay in the soil, instead of the soil being churned up. Mark Berning, of Wichita County, has changed his methods

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Richard Randall, Scott City, checks the maps, protein and yields of his fields in June from his Trimble, a GPS-navigation system in the combine.

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over the years to promote moisture. Berning uses a Shelbourne stripper header, which strips the heads off the wheat, a practice that leaves more residue and keeps the plants taller for more shade in the field. That also helps keep the wind higher off the ground, Berning said. He said he’s been using the technique for 10 to 12 years and added it’s becoming more popular on the high plains. Berning said changing methods and crops is a challenge, but with those challenges come rewards. “Farming causes you to think on your feet. That’s what is nice about being self-employed. Tackling those obstacles, it keeps your mind sharp,” he said. The year 2012 ranked as the one of the top 10 warmest and driest years on record since 1931 and 2013 hasn’t brought much more precipitation. John McClelland, Garden City Co-op CEO, has said new practices of farmers are innovative in these drought-like conditions. Technology has enabled producers to leave soil more undisturbed with minimum tilling. “Farmers are doing lots of things that leaves enough plant residue on top that the winds don’t start moving dirt,” he said. They’ve also taken up practices that use less water, which lessens the demand on the Ogallala Aquifer, the main water supply in the region.

The aquifer has been the discussion of regional producers over the past few years who had come up with a plan to conserve it. Water levels in the Ogallala Aquifer, a vast underground reservoir, have dropped significantly in sections of Kansas since last year, according to the Kansas Geological Survey. Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey, recently completed an annual tour of the 1,400 wells that tap into the Ogallala in western Kansas. He said overall levels dropped about three and a half feet in January of this year compared to last year. Declines in January 2012 averaged 4.25 feet, he said. The water level declines were sharper in northwestern Kansas, which was especially dry in 2012. In southwestern Kansas, which saw a little more rain last year than the year before, the decrease wasn’t quite as severe, he said. The Ogallala, underground water locked inside gravel and sand hundreds of feet below the surface, stretches across several states, from Nebraska to Texas, including about 30,500 square miles in western and central Kansas. Ryan Kennedy, sales manager at Garden City Co-op, sells fertilizer and chemicals used on fields. See Farming, Page 103



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He sees farming practices develop and adapt to drier conditions. He said strip tilling is a more common practice for the area, instead of farmers going in and working the ground. Kennedy said that does a few things for the fields — it makes a nice seed bed and also saves moisture. Farmers now leave residue from previous crops on the field to catch moisture. What moisture the field does catch, the practice also allows it to stay on the field more. “It insulates the ground from the heat,” he said. What also helps is more droughttolerant seed, which has become more popular among area farmers. For the future, Kepley is putting faith in the innovation of producers. “I have a lot of hopes that all of our three major crops will have breed varieties that will utilize water more efficiently. We’ll also have farmers who practice more efficiently. I think we’ll have more grain sorghum in this area in the future because it lends itself to drought conditions,” he said.

• Garden City Co-Op Inc. Address: 106 N. Sixth St., Garden City Phone: 275-6161 • Dighton Co-op Phone: (620) 397-5343 or (800) 254-6983 • Ulysses Co-op (620) 356-1219 or (800) 242-9754 Because of the volatility in all the grain markets, Garden City Co-Op buys grain only when the markets are open and trading, 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Contracting new crop grains require 5,000-bushel increments. All prices quoted are per bushel. Prices are updated on a 10-minute delay with the futures. Garden City Co-op Inc. was founded in 1919. Its member/owners number 2,052. The Grain Division counts 18 elevators covering an area from Ulysses in the south to Shields in the north. It is capable of storing 20,434,000 bushels. The Crop Production Division, with locations at Lowe and Dighton, serves farmers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and handles distribution of both fertilizer and chemical through state-of-the-art application equipment. The Petroleum Division is the largest distributor of Cenex refined fuels and is one of the largest distributors of Cenex lubricants in the United States. These divisions are served

through Western Transport, Garden City Co-Op’s Transportation Division. Garden City Co-Op has about 120 employees. Its board is comprised of board chair Boyd Lear, Plymell; vice chair Thomas Mulville, Dighton; secretary-treasurer, Randy Richmeier, Deerfield; assistant secretary-treasurer, Kendall Clark, Dighton; director Michael Deaver, Plymell; director Tim Miller, Holcomb; director Steven Krehbiel, Friend; associate director Gerald Fay, Dighton; associate director Marissa Kleysteuber, Plymell; associate director Tyler Hands, Plymell; and associate director Kyle Maddux, Deerfield. • Scott Co-Op Address: P.O. Box 350 410 E 1st St., Scott City Phone: (620) 872-5823 Scott Co-Op’s state purpose is to be a profitable agricultural community leader focused on providing value to meet our customers and owners needs. Manager Gary Friesen says the co-op was established in 1957 and has 1,480 members. It also has facilities in Marienthal, Shallow Water, Grigston, Manning and Modoc. • Sublette Cooperative Inc. Address: P.O. Box 340, Sublette, KS 678770340 Phone: (620) 675-2297 The Sublette Cooperative Inc. was founded in 1929 by 86 charter members of Haskell County. The cooperative was formed to aid the members in their agricultural endeavors. Through the years, the


cooperative has grown to more than $10 million in assets, providing the members grain storage and marketing, crop production services and products, Cenex petroleum products and auto services. • United Prairie Ag, LLC Address: 1125 West Oklahoma, Ulysses Phone: (620) 356-4421 United Prairie Ag, LLC (UPA), headquartered in Ulysses is a joint venture between Cropland Co-op Inc. and ADM Grain Division. UPA was formed in January 2006 and employs more than 75 full-time employees. The general manager is Bob Ward. UPA operates elevator facilities in nine communities, with a total of 18 million bushels of storage capacity. In addition, UPA is the managing partner for Santa Fe Trail Grain Terminal, a joint venture with UPA, Skyland Grain and ADM. UPA’s Agronomy Division offers sales and service of dry, liquid and NH3 fertilizers, chemicals and seed. Delivery and custom application of chemicals and fertilizers is available from four full-service Agronomy Centers, which are strategically located throughout a trade territory that encompasses more than 4,000 square miles and is comprised of irrigated and dryland crops including wheat, corn, milo, alfalfa, soybeans and sunflowers. UPA’s Petroleum Division operates several pay-at-the-pump fueling locations. Sales and delivery of lubricant products and bulk fuel products including unleaded, E-10 ethanol, farm fuel and road diesel are also available. Source: Area Co-Ops and Finney County Extension

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Agriculture agencies

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Chris Boyd, left, dumps a load of corn into a grain cart from a combine in October as Diana Boyd runs the tractor/grain cart, dumping grain in to a semi grain trailer driven by Greg Boyd at the harvest of a field at Farmland and Lowe roads. The trio are with Greg Boyd Farms.

Area agriculture agencies Finney County 4-H Finney County 4-H is a community of young people engaged in learning, citizenship and life skills. Finney County has eight 4-H community clubs and three project clubs, including horse, rabbit and dog clubs. Club members strive to serve the community, Addison says, adding that projects vary but involve community service. The Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, oversees 4-H as a national organization. 4-H began around the start of the 20th century — the seed of the 4-H idea of practical, hands-on learning came from a desire to increase the connection between public school education and country life. 4-H traditionally serves rural youth, but it also is involved in city and metropolitan areas where youth either live in town already or moved from the country. The four H’s on the clover symbolize head for critical thinking and problem solving; heart for self-discipline, integrity and communication; hands for serving others; and health for choosing a healthy lifestyle. For more information, or to join 4H, call 272-3670.

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A group of attendees fill a trailer during one of the K-State Southwest Research-Extension Center’s agriculture field day tours through one of the center’s milo fields. The research center is located northeast of Garden City. Finney County Extension The Finney County Extension office offers information and events related to, among other topics, agriculture, home economics, youth development, family life, business and economics

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and healthy living. The office is at 501 S. Ninth St., but the agents extend themselves beyond the location by taking programs to schools, gardens, community centers and elsewhere. From the Extension Lunch and Learn program — typically

the first Thursday of each month September through May at the Finney County Public Library — to the Finney County Fair, the office’s services run the gamut. See Agriculture agencies, Page 105


Agriculture agencies: See Agriculture agencies, Page 105

According to the Extension office, the philosophy â&#x20AC;&#x153;is to help people help themselves by taking university knowledge to where people live, work, play, develop and lead.â&#x20AC;? Extension agents try to be responsive to peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs by focusing their resources on providing quality information, education and problem-solving programs for â&#x20AC;&#x153;real concerns.â&#x20AC;? The office can be reached at 272-3670, or by visiting www.oznet. Kansas State University Southwest Research-Extension Center The Southwest ResearchExtension Center is one of the centers, along with the Hays, Tribune and Colby research and extension centers, making up the Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers. In 2007, the Southwest Research-Extension Center celebrated its centennial, with the first building at the site northeast of Garden City constructed in 1907. It first started as the Garden City Branch Experiment Station, established in 1907 after the Finney County Commission leased an initial 320 acres of land to the Kansas State Board of Regents. The station has since grown to be nearly 1,100 acres with modern offices, shops, laboratories, computer technology and up-to-date machinery. It became known as the Southwest Research-Extension Center in 1986. SWREC is part of the bigger network of the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and

Cooperative Extension Service, or K-State Research and Extension for short. As a whole, K-State Research and Extension employs about 300 research scientists, 180 faculty specialists and program leaders, 270 county and area specialists and 400 support staff. SWREC is located at 4500 E. Mary St. Call 276-8286 or 275-9164 for more information. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Farm Service Agency Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Service Agency administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs laid out by Congress through a network of federal, state and county offices. The programs are directly administered through the state and county offices. The offices certify farmers for farm programs and pay farm subsidies and disaster payments. According to FSA, there are about 2,300 FSA county offices in the U.S. FSA programs aim to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and help farmers adjust production to meet demand. The desired economic result of the programs is a steady price range for agricultural commodities for producers and consumers. FSA also has more than 8,000 farmer county committee members in offices nationwide. The Finney County FSA office is at 2106 E. Spruce St. in Garden City. The director is Patty Stude. The farm loan manager is Robert M. Dean. They can be reached at 275-0211.

Area extension offices Grant County Extension: 1100 W. Patterson Ave., Ulysses, (620) 356-1721 Gray County Extension: 17002 W. U.S. Highway 50, Cimarron, (620) 855-3821 Greeley County Extension: 1001 Ingalls Ave., Tribune, (620) 376-4284 Hamilton County Extension: 520 N. Hamilton St., Syracuse, (620) 384-5225 Haskell County Extension: 605 S. Fairground Road, P.O. Box 580, Sublette, (620) 675-2261 Kearny County Extension: 218 N. Main St., Lakin, (620) 355-6551 Walnut Creek Extension District: 144 S. Lane St., P.O. Box 487, Dighton, (620) 397-2806 Scott County Extension: 303 Court St., Scott City, (620) 872-2930 Stanton County Extension: 201 N. Main St., P.O. Box L, Johnson City, (620) 492-2240 Stevens County Extension: 114 E. Fifth St., Hugoton, (620) 544-4359 Wichita County Extension: 206 S. Fourth St., Leoti, (620) 375-2724


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ay Purdy and his family have three generations of 4-H experience under their belts. “It opened doors from my standpoint with what I did with my profession,” said Purdy, who started off his career as county agent, ended up an ag lender for 34 years, and recently was asked to serve on the Kansas 4-H Foundation. Purdy started his 4-H stint in the early 1950s and participated through his first year of college. Following suit, his daughter, Tami Purdy (now Tami Meng), began her 4-H experience in the early 1980s. Today it’s Tami’s children, Reese Meng, 12, and Cooper Meng, 10, who are continuing the 4-H family tradition. The family’s background with animals extends back one more generation, beginning with Purdy’s father, an FFA member beginning in his high school days and currently a registered sheep herd owner in Blackwell, Okla., for 75 years. The herd is where Ray, his daughter and now his two grandchildren have acquired the sheep they have shown each year they have participated in 4-H. Where the sheep come from remains a constant, but things have changed for the family over the years. The biggest difference being that unlike Purdy, his grandchildren did not grow up on a farm. But that doesn’t stop them from showing animals each year. “You don’t want to put the brakes on it because we don’t live on a farm,” Purdy said. “But as long as we have access, and we can allow those projects and those experiences to continue, we’ll do it.” According to Tami, the biggest overall change as years pass is that there are not as many kids taking part in 4-H each fair season. “The numbers have dropped dramatically, but I think it’s because kids don’t have the opportunity and their parents don’t keep them in it,” Tami said. “For the most part, the people that you see in 4-H now are there because their parents were in 4-H.” Purdy, now the sheep super-

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Three-generation 4-H family Cooper Meng, 10, Ray Purdy, Tami Meng, and Reese Meng, 12, hold up their favorite 4-H photos from the past. intendent at the Finney County Fair, agrees that the drop in participation is the biggest change year after year. “There are so many people that you talk to and you ask if their kids are in 4-H, and they think they can’t be because they don’t live on a farm,” Purdy said. “There are places here, and there are families that help other families out by having extra pens out at their farm to allow other 4Hers to feed lambs or pigs if they want to have that experience.” Reese and Cooper already have selected their pigs for this year’s fair, and they are looking forward to visiting their greatgrandfather and choosing their sheep in early May. Even though they both take part in other events such as cooking, sewing and woodworking, both the Meng kids agree that having the opportunity to work with animals is what they enjoy the most about their 4-H experience. “You get to learn really cool stuff about the animals that you didn’t know,” Cooper said. Echoing his sister’s statement, Reese talks about his favorite part of the 4-H experience. “If we didn’t really know about 4-H, we wouldn’t be able to have animals or anything like other people. Since we are in 4-H, and back in our history we got farming and stuff, we get to take

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care of animals.” At only 12, Reese knows he wants to grow up to be a veterinarian and a rancher. The 4-H experience has created memories for each member of Purdy’s family. For Tami, it is traveling to Washington, D.C., for the Citizen Workshop and meeting other 4-H members from around the country, some of whom she is still in contact with. Reese likes watching the animals grow up. Cooper likes working with the animals, but she really enjoyed her reserve grand champion win at last year’s fair for one special reason. “I beat my brother,” she says with a smile. As for Purdy, he enjoys seeing others take part in the experience that shaped his life. “As I sit back and look (over my 4-H experiences), I think (my favorite part) is being able to see the participation of the grandkids, my kids and the other children,” he said. “I see kids that have started off timid and they were kind of backwards. They didn’t want to be a part of stuff. As they become a 4-H member, they grew and they grew and they grew to the point where you saw the improvement of those young people. I can see it in grandkids, and I can see it in other 4-Hers.”

Finney County 4-H Clubs For more information about contacting 4-H Clubs in Finney County, call the Finney County Extension Office at (620) 2723670 4-H Clubs meet once a month, as planned. Beacon Boosters: 2nd Monday in the 4-H Building — 7 p.m. Finney Flyers: 1st Sunday in the 4-H Building — 7 p.m. 4-H Challengers: 3rd Tuesday in the 4-H Building — 7 p.m. Go Getters: 2nd Sunday, Pierceville Methodist Church — 3 p.m. Happy Hustlers: 1st Monday in the 4-H Building — 7 p.m. Kourageous Kids: 3rd Sunday in the 4-H building — 7 p.m. Sherlock Strivers: 1st Monday, Holcomb Elementary School cafeteria — 6 p.m. Wide Awake: 2nd Monday, Plymell Union Church — 7 p.m. Cloverbud Club (5-7 years): 3rd Monday, in the 4-H Building — 6:30 p.m. (October, November, January, February, March, April, May, June) 4-H Junior Leaders Group (12-18 years): 3rd Monday, in the 4-H Building — 7:30 p.m.


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