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Volume 126, Number 1

Thursday, January 3, 2013

12 Pages, 70 Cents Plus Tax Per Copy

Kansas winter weather can be extremely dangerous

Stevens County Commissioners Jim Bell, left, and Dave Bozone, right, wish fellow Commissioner Gary Baker well with his future plans as

he will no longer be serving as a county commissioner in 2013.

Commissioner Gary Baker is honored The Board of Stevens County Commissioners met for their end of the year meeting Thursday morning, December 27, 2012 with all members, David Bozone, Gary Baker and James Bell present. Also present were County Counselor Bob Johnson, County Clerk Pam Bensel, RoGlenda Coulter from The Hugoton Hermes and Commissioner Elect Pat Hall. The following is just an agenda for the day with a few of the unofficial highlights. Official min-

utes will be published at a later date. When this reporter arrived the commissioners were talking with Rodney Kelling from the Stevens County Fire Department. They were discussing donations to the EMS and Fire Department. Rodney brought in a letter of incumberance, but it was decided he will do some more work on it and bring it back to the next meeting. Bob updated the commissioners of his negotia-

Stevens County Commissioner Dave Bozone presents Commissioner Gary Baker with a plaque of appreciation Thursday at the last commissioner meeting for 2012. Gary has served Stevens County as commissioner for the past 12 years.

tions with KDI, Martin family and the City, for the land east of Hugoton. He had been talking to them about how much down payment was required and the transfer station the city needs to put in. The down payment is what is in question. It has to be decided if KDI can pay 25% down or ten percent. Also there is another party looking to possibly purchase some lots. It is thought that it may be best if the land is sold then let the city negotiate for the transfer station. Susan Schulte brought in her letter of incumberance for the GIS office. She wanted permission to transfer some funds and by motion she was given permission. Pam advised the commissioners that in a few years the GIS office will need to have a new aerial done for Stevens County. Discussion followed of budgets. The commissioners are very proud of the library in their management of funds. Stevens County has a very nice library and their numbers are very impressive in the way of usage. Continued to page 3

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is encouraging all Kansans to be safe and exercise caution when temperatures drop below freezing. Winter has arrived in Kansas and being prepared can prevent harm from the extremely cold temperatures and wind chills experienced in the state. By taking the time to prepare before you head outdoors even for short periods of time you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures change. “Kansas winter weather can be extremely dangerous,” said Robert Moser, MD., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. "Serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. The most common cold weather-related problems are frostbite and hypothermia. If you experience symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite you need to seek medical care." Planning ahead and thinking about how each day’s forecasted weather conditions will impact you,

your family and your neighbors is key to staying safe this winter. Avoid frostbite and hypothermia When exposed to cold temperatures, your body will lose heat faster than it can be produced. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Warnings signs of hypothermia are shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. Seek medical attention quickly. Hypothermia is particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t do anything about it. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures. At the first signs of red-

Hugoton wakes up to snow Christmas Day. For most of December 25, snow fell over the area leaving upwards of three inches. The wind

ness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin frostbite may be beginning. A victim is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb. If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. If there is frostbite, no sign of hypothermia and immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows: 1. Get into a warm room as soon as possible. 2. Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes-this increases the damage. 3. Immerse the affected area in warm-not hot-water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body). 4. Or, warm the affected area using body heat. For example, the heat of an armpit can be used to warm frostbitten fingers. 5. Do not rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage. 6. Don't use a heating pad, Continued to page 3

played havoc with the flakes so measuring accurately was impossible.

Patrol reports Christmas City hires new Outside Utilities Supervisor weekend holiday activity December 18, 2012, the Hugoton City Council mes reporter Ruthie Winget. Councilmen Mike Esmet for a special meeting at the city building at 5:15 p.m. Present at the meeting were Mayor Jack E. Rowden and councilmen Gary Baughman, Mike Eshbaugh, Greg Gill, Kim Harper and Bob Mason. Others attending the meeting were City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, City Inspector Tony Martin, Roy Jackson, Jan Leonard, Paul Nordyke and Alan Woodruff. The councilmen passed the motion to authorize the city clerk to hire the most qualified applicant for the secretary’s position in the city office. The motion was passed to grant a 3% increase in salaries for the city employees. The council discussed a replacement for Outside Utilities Supervisor Dean Banker, who plans to retire the first of February. After going into Executive Session, the council passed a motion to appoint Paul Nordyke as the new Outside Utilities Supervisor. Hugoton City Council met for their year end meeting December 26, 2012 at the city building at 5:15 p.m. Attending the meeting were Mayor Jack E. Rowden, City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Outside Utilities Supervisor Dean Banker, Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden and councilmen Gary Baughman, Kim Harper and Greg Gill. Also present were Brad Niehues of Abengoa and Hugoton Her-

hbaugh and Bob Mason were absent. The council voted to approve the quarterly charge offs. The council members also voted to approve Cereal Malt Beverage licenses for China, Dominoes Mexican Grill and Express Lane #24 Convenience Store. The motion to pay the bills was approved. Brad Niehues came in to discuss the easement that Abengoa needs for a waterline. The stakes marking where the easement would be shows that it would be on the county right of way. The councilmen told Niehues that Abengoa will have to contact Stevens County Commissioners. Mayor Rowden reported the rental houses on the 700 block of South Main Street, belonging to Jim Ghumm, has sewer lines that need to be replaced. In order to fix this problem the lines will need to cross about ten feet into the edge of Smith Pioneer Park. The councilmen passed the motion for Attorney Tate to prepare an easement to be filed, with the understanding that the park will be restored like new including landscaping. After going into Executive Session, the council adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be January 7, 2012 at 5:15 p.m. at the council room in the city building.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is releasing its Christmas weekend holiday activity. The reporting period for the holiday weekend ran from 6:00 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2012, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 25, 2012. During that time, the Patrol worked four fatal crashes, which resulted in five fatalities. None of the fatal crashes were alcohol-related. The Patrol did work four separate DUI-related accidents. Information in the table is compared to 2011’s Christmas holiday weekend data, which was for a shorter reporting period, 6:00 p.m. the Friday before the holiday (December 23, 2011), until 11:59 p.m. the Monday following the holiday (December 26, 2011). Activity 2012 2011

Total Fatal Crashes 4 Total Fatalities 5 DUI Related Crashes 4 DUI Related Fatalities 0 DUI Arrests 21 Speed Citations 1,003 Speed Warnings 1,205 Adult Seatbelt Citations 264 Adult Seatbelt Warnings 18 Teen Seatbelt Citations 4 Teen Seatbelt Warnings 1 Child Restraint Citations 26 Child Restraint Warnings 4 Motorists Assisted 1,176

0 0 3 0 22 670 761 162 18 0 0 23 3 858

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WHAT’S HAPPENIN’ Don’t forget! Get your flu shot at the Stevens County Health Department. Call 544-7177 for more information. Contact Stevens County Extension Agent Josh Morris if you would be interested in a Community Garden by calling 620-544-4359 or emailing AL-ANON Family Group meets at 1405 Cemetery Road Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Call 620544-2610 or 620-544-2854 for more information. CELEBRATE RECOVERY every Monday night 6:308:00 p.m. at Assembly of God Fellowship Hall, 138 S. Main in Hugoton. HUGOTON LIONS CLUB meets every Second and Fourth Thursday of the month at Memorial Hall at 7:00 p.m. HUGOTON MASONIC LODGE #406 AF&AM meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday nights - Inside Out Kids at the Hugoton Assembly of God, 138 S. Main, beginning with dinner at 6:45 p.m. Program will be from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rides are available by calling Pastor Ben Coats at 620428-1487 before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings. Through January 12 - Stop by the Baker Arts Center, 624 N. Pershing in

Liberal, to look at selections from the Permanent Collection, which has been collected over 25 years. There is no charge for admission. December 22-January 7 - Winter break for USD #217 students. December 22 - January 27 - Stauth Memorial Museum will host “They Also Ran: The Presidential Hopefuls,” examining the presidential candidates who didn’t get elected. It offers a fascinating look at American politics, the men who gave the president a run for his money, and those who returned to win a later election. The museum is located at 111 N. Aztec in Montezuma. They are closed Mondays. Call 620-846-2527 for more information. January 1 - Happy New Year! January 3 - Stevens County Genealogical Society will meet at the Stevens County Library at 1:00 p.m. January 7 - Stevens County Commissioners will meet in the Commissioners’ Room at the Stevens County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. - Hugoton City Council will meet at 5:15 p.m. at the city building. - K-State Research and Extension will host a Predator Calling Seminar at the Stevens County Fair Office Building at 6:00 p.m. Regis-

ter by 12:00 noon January 7 at the Stevens County Extension Office 544-4359 or email Charles Lee will be the featured speaker. January 9 - Red Cross will host a blood drive at Scott City from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. at the William Carpenter Building, 606 N. Fairground Road. January 10, 11, 15 and 16 During the last week in January, southwest Kansas will be part of a nation-wide effort to count the homeless and Catholic Social Service is looking for volunteers to help with the effort. Training sessions for people who can help will take place at: Great Bend - January 10, 10:0011:30 a.m. at the Catholic Social Service office, 2201 Sixteenth St.; Medicine Lodge – January 11, 10:3012:00 p.m. at the Medicine Lodge Library, 201 N. Main; Greensburg – January 15, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at St Joseph Church, 820 S. Walnut; Larned – January 16, 2:003:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 701 Main

St. January 11 - Catholic Social Service will sponsor a workshop series for couples seeking information on adopting infants. Four workshops are scheduled - January 11 and 25 and February 8 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and February 8 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City. (Lunch will be provided during the February 16 workshop.) For information email Angela Schawe at aschawe@catholicsocialser or by phone at 620792-1393. January 12-26 - Catholic Social Service is offering Free Marriage Enrichment group in Garden City. Three-week course taking place every Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 203 N. Eighth Street, Garden, City, Ks. 67846. Pre-registration for this workshop is required. To sign up or for more information, please visit or call 620-272-0010.

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HUGOTON POLICE REPORT Business Hours, Call 544-4959 After Hours, Call 544-2020 Monday, December 17, 2012 • Vehicle Unlock, 200 Block West Eleventh, Citizen Assist, Officer Lamatsch • Vehicle Unlock, 1200 Block South Monroe, Citizen Assist, Officer Lamatsch • Vehicle Unlock, 400 Block South

Jefferson, Citizen Assist, Officer Lamatsch • 911 Hang up, 1000 Block South Jackson, Cleaning Crew Cleaned the Phone, Officer Hagman Tuesday, December 18, 2012 • Unwanted Subject, 200 Block South Washington, Removed from

Stevens County Fire Department and Ambulance Report Stevens County Emergency Services run activity December 17 through December 26. Fire Department Hugoton Station Saturday, December 22 1:45 p.m. called to Road Y and Road 20 for a semi truck with corn stalk bales on fire. Monday, December 24 2:00 p.m. called to the City Ponds for a four wheel ATV accident. Tuesday, December 25 2:31 p.m. called to 111 Cimarron Drive for a struc-

ture fire. Fire Department Moscow Station Saturday, December 22 1:45 p.m. called to Road Y and Road 20 for a semi truck with corn stalk bales on fire. Tuesday, December 25 2:31 p.m. called to 111 Cimarron Drive for a structure fire. Ambulance Activity Five medical runs, two transfers, one Life Flight and one motor vehicle accident four wheel ATV accident.

Property, Officer Lamatsch • Citizen Complaint, 700 Block South Jackson, Spoke to Subject, Officer Lamatsch • Dog at Large, 600 Block East Eleventh, Dog Impounded, ACO Smith Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Non Injury Accident, 100 Block West Sixth, Took Report, Officer Crane • Dog at Large, Dog Impounded, aCO Smith • Dog at Large, 1000 Block South Jefferson, Contact Owner, ACO Smith • Medical Assist, Airport, Public Service, Sergeant Johnson Thursday, December 20, 2012 • Medical Assist, 1700 Block South Main, Public Service, Officer Crane • Vehicle Unlock, 100 Block West Sixth, Citizen Assist, Officer Crane • Welfare Check 300 Block East Sixth, Officer Crane • Medical Assist, 1200 Block South Jefferson, Public Service, Officer Crane Friday, December 21, 2012 • Funeral Escort, Eleventh and Jefferson, Public Service, Officer Lamatsch/ Officer Crane/ ACO Smith Saturday, December 22, 2012 • Medical Assist, 500 Block South Monroe, Public Service, Officer Lamatsch • Teen on top of building, 600 Block

South Main, Unable to Locate, Officer Lamatsch • Loud Music, 500 Block South Harrison, Unable to Locate, Officer Hagman • Vehicle Unlock, 200 Block West Eighth, Citizen Assist, Officer Hagman Sunday, December 23, 2012 • Medical Assist, 1000 Block South Polk, Public Service, Officer Lamatsch • Suspicious Activity, 700 Block South Jackson, Unable to Locate, Officer Hagman • Suspicious Activity, 200 Block South Wilson, Unable to Locate, Officer Hagman

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not fear for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

Raymond Moore Longtime Stevens County resident Raymond H. Moore, age 98, passed away Monday, December 24, 2012 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses.

He was born November 29, 1914 in Reno County, the son of Ivan O. Moore and the former Opal Grace Simmonds. Raymond moved southeast of Stevens County to the farm at the age of four. In the third grade the family moved to Hugoton. Raymond graduated from Hugoton High School. While in high school he worked for Bloodhart Drug and worked for Santa Fe Depot after high school. In 1939, Raymond moved to

Pratt where he met his wife, Ruth Mable Swonger. They were married February 23, 1942 in the Baptist Church in Pratt. Mr. Moore served in the United States Army during World War II in the Pacific as a Communications Chief. After his honorable discharge, they moved to Hugoton where he retired after 38 years from the Gamble’s Store. Raymond served two terms as the Mayor of Hugoton in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Raymond was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for 75 years, Rotary Club, Hugoton Chamber of Commerce, and the United Methodist Church where he was very active and served with the building committee. Raymond enjoyed gardening, and was very family oriented; making sure his grandkid’s bikes were always in running condition. Survivors include his wife Ruth of Ulysses; his son Dennis Moore and wife Pamela of Hugoton; two daughters, Celain Baker and husband Gary of Hugoton and Shila Moore of Salt Lake City, Ut.;

his six grandchildren, Arica, Nate, Cody, Cail, Cam and Case; and seven great great grandchildren. Raymond is preceded in death by his grandson, Sean Ivan Moore; and two sisters, Vera Fidler of Meade and Velva Schwartz of Derby. Funeral services were attended Saturday afternoon, December 29, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Hugoton with Pastor Harry

Cross officiating. Interment followed at the Hugoton Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the Fort Riley Honor Guard. Garnand Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be given in lieu of flowers to the United Methodist Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 423 S. Main, Hugoton, Ks 67951.

Obituaries Michael Graham Leaving this life to be with his Heavenly Father, Michael R. Graham, formerly of Hugoton, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012 in an Oklahoma City area hospital after many years of ill health. He was 63. Mike was born December 6, 1949 in Audubon, Ia. and was the only child of Melvin and Ethel Graham of Hugoton, now deceased. A member of the Hugoton High School Class of 1968, Mike excelled in football, basketball and baseball. His favorite teams to follow were the Oklahoma Sooners and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He attended Liberal Area Vocational Technical School before enlisting in the United

Zelda Kraber Former Hugoton resident Zelda Kraber, 64, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Newton Medical Center in Newton. The daughter of Curtis Haehn and the former Arla McQuire, Zelda was born February 6, 1948 in Syracuse. December 18, 1965 she married William Earl Kraber Sr. in Hugoton. Survivors include her son William E. Kraber Jr. of Elkhart; her daughter Melissa A. Benavidez and husband Roland of Gillette, Wy.; one sister, Anita Webber of Heston; her six grandchildren; and many other rela-

ist for Exxon Mobil and a Veteran of the United States Army Air Force. Survivors include his wife Gladys Sims of Hugoton; two daughters, Carolyn Snead of Oxford and Janine Beltz and husband Dale of Hugoton; his six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Those preceding Mr. Sims in death were his parents; son Carl Jay Sims; five sisters, Velma, Pauline, Edna, Meryl and Beryl; and two

tives and friends. Mrs. Kraber was preceded in death by her parents; husband William Earl Kraber Sr.; three brothers, Bud, Claude and Richard Haehn; and her sister Barbara Pugh. Funeral services were attended Thursday afternoon, December 27, 2012 at Trinity Baptist Church in Hugoton with Pastor Larry Bradford presiding. Burial followed in the Richfield Cemetery under the direction of Paul’s Funeral Home of Hugoton. Memorials have been established to The Family. Memorials may be mailed to Paul’s Funeral Home, PO Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.

Dan Graham Death has claimed the life of Dan H. Graham, 77, of Hugoton. Mr. Graham passed from this life Friday December 21, 2012 at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Tx.

Born July 30, 1935 in Friend, he was the son of James Graham and the former Dorothy Clinton. Dan grew up in Shallowater and joined the Air Force during the Korean War. After his service in the military, Dan lived in Little Rock, Ar. where he worked in the oil field service. He also worked as a truck driver, diesel mechanic and as a bus driver. In 1990 Dan moved to Hugoton where he worked until retirement for Southwest Express as a mechanic. March 12, 1992 Dan and Donita Sutton were united in marriage in Hugoton. Mr. Graham was a member of the First Christian Church. An avid hunter and fisherman, Dan had friends from all over who would come to go hunting. He loved the out-

George Sims Friends and family gathered Friday to remember and honor George A. Sims. Mr. Sims passed from this life Monday, December 24, 2012 at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. He was 91. The son of John Edward and Lola Lowe Sims, he was born February 15, 1921 in Dodge City. June 24, 1944 George and Gladys Guyer were united in marriage in Hugoton. Mr. Sims was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hugoton. He was a lobby-

States Army. He served in Viet Nam. Mike was married to the former Juanita Ledford in 1971 at the First Christian Church in Hugoton where he was a lifetime member. To this union three children were born: Shana, Michael and Christopher. He had eight grandchildren. Most of Mike's life was spent in the Oklahoma Panhandle working in the cattle feedlot industry. A private graveside service was attended Friday, December 21, 2012 at the Hugoton Cemetery with Pastor Randy Nash officiating. Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of the arrangements.

brothers, Edward and Mike Sims. Funeral services were attended Friday afternoon, December 28, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Hugoton with Rev. Harry Cross presiding. Burial followed in the Hugoton Cemetery. Memorials have been established for the United Methodist Church and Youthville of Dodge City. Memorials may be mailed to Paul’s Funeral Home, PO Box 236, Hugoton, Ks 67951.

doors and knew no strangers. He could visit with anyone, even if he was scolding you for something. All you had to do is dial his cell phone if you needed anything. He rarely missed his coffee time at McDonalds. Dan had a very big heart. He loved his wife so dearly and loved all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Even though he will be missed by so many here on earth, God needed another angel in Heaven. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Donita of the home; son Carl Austin of Maumelle, Ar.; daughters, Gayle and husband Chuck Norton of Maumelle and Joy Ayers and Vincent Knox of Hugoton; his sisters, Ada Turley of Salida, Co., Eva Smith of Scott City, Janie Benish of Spearville and Sarah Ann Graham of Menahga, Mn.; brothers, Preston Graham of Waxahachie, Tx., Richard Graham of Guymon, Ok. and Willie Graham of Stratford, Mo.; his 13 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren. Dan is preceded in death by his parents: brother Carl Graham: sisters, Jo Shaffer, Glenda Massey, Doris Graham, Rose Elliott and Marlene Bilson; and his mother-in-law Donna Sutton. Funeral services were attended Wednesday morning, December 26, 2012 at the First Christian Church in Hugoton with Reverend Randy Nash officiating. Interment followed at the Hugoton Cemetery. Garnand Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the First Christian Church of Hugoton in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 423 S. Main, Hugoton, Ks 67951.

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Kansas winter weather Continued from page 1 stove, fireplace or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned. Dress properly for the cold conditions Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton. Stay dry - wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm. Also, avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while de-icing and fueling your car or using a snow blower. These materials in contact with

the skin greatly increase heat loss from the body. Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors. Understand Wind Chill The Wind Chill Index is the temperature your body feels when the air temperature is combined with the wind speed. When temperatures fall below freezing frostbite can occur in a matter of minutes. As the speed of the wind increases, it can carry heat away from your body much more quickly, causing skin temperature to drop. When there are high winds, serious weather-related health problems are more likely, even when temperatures are only cool.

Be a good neighbor and check on others especially the elderly When winter weather puts us in the deep freeze make certain you take time to check on family, friends and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults and the chronically ill. Also if you have pets, bring them inside so they can stay warm too. For more winter safety tips, visit http://www.kdheks. gov/beh/download/winter_wea ther_safety.pdf. For more weather information, visit http://alerts. KDHE’s mission is to protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.

Commissioners Continued from page 1 JC Cantrell was next on the agenda. He wanted to get it straight about the bill for the culverts. Bob assured him it had been taken care of and KDI will pay it. They talked about the road north of Pioneer Manor. JC said he will be working on it. He wanted the commissioners to know he has not restocked the material piles, so his budget shows left over funds but it must go to pay this expense. He wanted to let his successor order. There will be 45 miles of asphalt that will need to be sealed. Sheriff Ted Heaton stopped by to update the commissioners. He brought in his letter of incumberance. The Law Enforcement Center now has 14 prisoners, ten of which are from Wichita. The prisoners from Wichita bring in funds for the Sheriff’s Department. Motion was made and passed to allow Ted’s letter. While Ted was there the commissioners made the motion to reappoint Ted to juvenile corrections. Discussion followed about Abengoa and their security. Ted has been called on to check out some things outside their gates but otherwise

they take care of their own security. When asked, Ted assured the commissioners he will be working New Year’s Eve. The commissioners discussed landscaping issues for the courthouse. They also talked about issues with the building fund money. There is a clause saying they must keep a certain amount in the fund. They will have to be careful to not use this. This may mean they will not be able to help out the museum with their project at this time. Nancy Honig from the Extension was next on the agenda. She told the commissioners their heating unit is not working. She brought in some prices from Lin Goode. They all agreed it would be best to keep it local. Motion was made and passed to accept the lowest priced unit. The commissioners discussed some applications received for JC’s job. Neal Gillespie came in. He told the commissioners he had been negotiating with KDI and he indicated to them the 10% down would be okay, with the remainer to be paid in payments over a four year time.

The commissioners went into executive session with Bob and Neal present. A break was taken to present Gary Baker a plaque for his 12 years of service and to enjoy a wonderful table full of hors d’oeuvres and punch. Many other county employees came in to wish Gary well with his new endeavors and thank him for his years of service. Following the break the commissioners returned to business and discussed the sidewalk project again. As they have already committed to the trails project, they may bow out of the Safe Routes to School project. A vacancy still needs to be filled for the hospital board. Two very good candidates were approached but they are not interested. Each commissioner is to try to think of someone who would be willing to serve. Motion was made and passed to place Pat Hall as the Stevens County representative for Southwest Guidance. Minutes were read and approved as changed. The landscaping issues were tabled for now. Meeting adjourned.

Ten crucial nutrition tips for senior men Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America - and the older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with this serious disease. “There is good news for those who want to take control of their risk,” says Dan Zenka, Senior Vice President of Communication at the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). “Recent research shows that eating right can help decrease the chance of developing prostate cancer, reduce the likelihood of recurrence and slow the progression of the disease.” Here are ten nutrition tips for men to stay healthy as they age:

• Avoid “empty” calories by eliminating junk food. Snack on fruits, vegetables and nuts instead. Swap out soda and opt for water or natural juices. • Rely on herbs, spices and garlic for flavor, not sugar, salt and fat. • While fat is a necessary component of a healthy diet, limit the amount you consume from red meat and dairy. Avocados, olives, nuts, seeds and tofu are healthy sources of fat. Trans fatty acids found in margarine, however, should be avoided. • Avoid taking more than 1,500 mg of calcium per day. Skip the supplements and consume your calcium from leafy green vegeta-

In Loving Memory

Elizabeth Cerecero October 6, 1935 - January 3, 2001

Adam (Amos) A. Cerecero September 23, 1957 - November 10, 2011

In Our Heart We thought of you with love today, But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday And days before that, too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. Now all we have is memories And your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake With which we’ll never part. God has you in his keeping; We have you in our heart.

bles, beans and fish. • Eat more fish. Evidence from several studies suggests that fish can help protect against prostate cancer because they contain "good fat," particularly omega-3 fatty acids. • A lack of vegetables in the diet is a risk factor for aggressive prostate cancer. Vegetables in the broccoli-family are especially beneficial. Use olive oil for cooking for a maximum health benefit. • Avoid over-supplementation with megavitamins. Too many vitamins, especially folate, may “fuel the cancer,” and while a multivitamin is not likely to be harmful, if you follow a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils, you likely won’t even need a multivitamin. • Marinate meat and turn it frequently to prevent charring. Charred meat of any type can produce carcinogens. Alternatively, get your protein from vegetarian sources. • No matter how sound your diet is, regular exercise is its perfect pair. Recent research has suggested that exercise may be one of the best natural antioxidants, eliminating inflammatory molecules that drive cancer. • While eating well and exercising may make a difference in the long run, it doesn’t always eliminate your risk of having prostate cancer. Start talking to your doctor about your prostate health and remember to get a prostate screening during your annual physical. While cutting out your favorite foods may seem tough at first, there are delicious ways to enjoy foods that are good for you. For recipe ideas, visit Nutrition and wellness go hand-in-hand. Taking control of what you put into your body is a great first step toward reducing your risk for prostate cancer and other dangerous diseases. From StatePoint Media.

Hugoton receives a welcome Christmas present of moisture in the form of snow. Even though the snow made the roads a problem for travel-

ing, everyone was glad to get whatever moisture that was available and most appreciated the “White Christmas”.

Kansas crashes claim 21 lives in November Kansas crashes have claimed 372 lives through November 30, equivalent to the population of Linwood, 13 miles east of Lawrence, state agencies say. Four of the 21 people who died on roads in Kansas last month were pedestrians, and one was a bicyclist, according to preliminary information gathered by state officials. Norraine Wingfield, project director for the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office (KTSRO) in Topeka, also said nearly 70 percent of fatal crashes involved drivers or passengers who were not buckled up. “Kansas law provides that police can stop drivers and issue citations for failure to wear a seatbelt,” she said. “Yet every month, failure to buckle up contributes to the deaths of most of those who die in Kansas crashes.” Linwood is the latest Kansas community to be theoretically wiped off the map by the state’scontinuing epidemic of traffic crashes, Wingfield said. KTSRO has teamed up with the Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas Highway Patrol and AAA to compile traffic fatality statistics in hopes of stemming the tide. Jim Hanni, executive vice president of public affairs for AAA Allied Group, and Captain Scott Harrington of the Kansas Highway Patrol echoed Wingfield’s concern for the rising tide of roadway fatalities. “Nothing is more difficult for a law enforcement officer than having to call on a family whose father, mother, son or daughter has died in a car crash,” Harrington said. “This

is especially true at the end of the year when people are celebrating the holidays.” Hanni noted that the holiday season means parties and family celebrations. He said the best present party hosts can give their guests is to ensure that someone is designated to stay sober and drive others home, or that a cab or other ride home has beenarranged. “As winter approaches, there is less daylight, weather becomes more treacherous and driving inevitably will become more hazardous,” Hanni said. “Motorists are cautioned to slow down, leave extra time for trips and buckle up.”

The safety groups also encourage motorists to turn off phones while driving and focus on the road. “No message or phone call is so important that it might cost a life,” Wingfield said. “A one-second glance away from the road can take a life. Don’t text and drive.”

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History From The Hermes Compiled by Ruthie Winget

NEW COURTHOUSE OFFICIALS—County officials elected for new terms were present for inauguration ceremonies at the Stevens County Courthouse Monday afternoon. Pictured are: (Back row, left to right) Dale Ayers, County Commissioner, Second District; Nancy Claggett, County Treasurer; and O.D. Littrell, Sheriff. (Front row, left to right) B.W.

Brubaker, Probate Judge; Shirley DeCamp, Clerk of District Court; Sarah Etta Reynolds, County Clerk; and Howard Drew, County Commissioner, Third District. A luncheon for all courthouse employees followed the ceremony. From the January 11, 1973, issue of The Hugoton Hermes.

Thursday, January 10, 2008 Robert Bailey retired as the pastor of the Assembly of God Church after 35 years of service. Robert and Darlene will move to Waxahachie, Tx., to be closer to their daughter and her family. They will be sorely missed by the entire Hugoton community. Thursday, January 8, 2004 The Hugoton City Office building was purchased by Stevens County for $93,000 at the Hugoton City Council meeting. The package deal also included three lots owned by the city just south of the city building. The property will be converted to an office for the Stevens County Extension Agency.

Thursday, January 7, 1993 The 1982 Chevrolet pickup driven by Jason Hall rolled three times on New Year’s Day at First and Washington Street. The accident caused assorted bruises to Hall and injuries to passenger Matt Lewis, 20, and the second passenger Brandon Fox, 20. The pickup was totaled. All three are recovering. Carole Nordyke was named Employee of the Month at Pioneer Manor this week. Thursday, January 6, 1983 James Gann, 18, pleaded guilty to first degree murder before Judge Keaton Duckworth. A co-defendant, John Thomas Jones, 22, also pleaded guilty. They are

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Dear Friend, Welcome to “Kansas Common Sense.” Please feel free to share it with to your family and friends if it would interest them. This is a good time to reflect on the true gifts in life – our family, faith and freedoms. We are fortunate to live in a strong and free country, but that freedom comes with a price. Many of our nation’s men and women are far away from their families, risking their lives to protect our own. To our troops serving overseas: thank you for your service and for defending our country. I also

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ASSEMBLY OF GOD Main and Second Street 544-2773 Ben Coats, Pastor Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening - 6:00 p.m. Service Wed. Night - 7:00 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Every Monday at 7:00 p.m.

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531 S. Main 544-7077 Michael Taylor, Pastor Monday Bible Q & A - 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Book Study- 6:30 p.m. Friday Prayer - 8:00-10:00 p.m. Saturday Bible Study - 6:30 p.m. Sunday Coffee & Fellowship - 10:00 a.m. Sunday Services - 10:30 a.m.

1011 South Jefferson Street 544-2551 Sunday - 11:00 a.m. English Mass - 1:00 p.m. - Spanish Mass


Tenth and Adams 544-2092 Christopher M. Fincher, Pastor Morning Worship - 9:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:30 a.m. Bible Study, Wednesday - 7:30 p.m.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 600 S. Van Buren - 544-2715 Pastor Randy Nash Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Fellowship - 10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Worship Hour - 10:30 - 12:00 Children's Church, 10:30 a.m. Jr. High Youth Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sr. High Youth Group, 7:45-9:00 p.m. Information on small groups call 544-2715

FIRST CHURCH OF GOD 801 W. City Limits 544-2652 800 S. Van Buren - 544-2763 Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Evening Service - 7:00 p.m. Call 544-2652 fIor Church Bus

1045 S. Van Buren 544-2825 Matthew Russell, Minister 1041 S. Van Buren Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Evening Service - 6:00 p.m.



424 S. Jackson 544-4828 Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Church - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Pre-Service Prayer - half hour before service

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CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 500 S. Van Buren 544-2493 Pastor Dave Piper Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:45 a.m. Evening Services - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 7:00 p.m.

COWBOY CHURCH - HUGOTON Second & Fourth Tuesday of every month Stevens County Commercial Building at Fairgrounds 7:00 p.m.

FAITH CHAPEL CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST Tenth and Jefferson Lawrence Johnson, Pastor Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Bible Band (Tuesday) - 6:00 p.m. Home and Forn. Miss. (Friday) - 6:00 p.m. Youth - 6:00 p.m. Bible Study - 7:00 p.m.

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LONE STAR FRIENDS CHURCH 14 Miles East of Hugoton on Highway 51 Church 624-3784 Home 624-3104 Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship Celebration - 10:45 a.m. Jr. High & Sr. High Youth Group - Sunday 6:30 p.m. Sunday Evening Fellowship - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Adult Study - 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting Wednesday - 8:00 p.m. Christian Life Club (age 2 - 18) - 6:30 p.m.

MY FATHER’S HOUSE A Full Gospel Church 207 East 6th - Hugoton Pam Peachey, Pastor 544-2436 Services Sundays 10:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.

PRIMERO BAUTISTA IGLESIA HISPANO Congregación 618 Main sur - Hugoton 620-370-1003 Pastor Marcelino Auila Servicio de la Iglesia 11:00 a.m. - Domingo 7:00 p.m. - Miércoles

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 516 N.E. Avenue 544-2355 Morning Worship - 9:00 a.m. Fellowship/Refreshments - 10:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:30 a.m. Rev. Larry Bradford, Interim Pastor 544-9492 or 598-2400 YOU ARE WELCOME!

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 828 S. Main Hugoton 544-8715 Harry Cross, Pastor Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m.

MOSCOW MOSCOW BAPTIST CHURCH 598-2455 Church - 598-2400 Home Rev. Larry Bradford, Pastor 1 mile S. of Moscow, 1/2 mile E. of Moscow/Hooker Rd. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 7:00 p.m. Team Kids (Wed.) - 3:30-5:00p.m. Sept.-May

MOSCOW UNITED METHODIST 598-2426 Tim McCrary, Pastor 598-2421 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Kid’s Club - Wednesday 3:30 p.m. UMYF Jr. High - 6:00 p.m. UMYF Sr. High - 5:00 p.m.

ROLLA EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH 202 Monroe St. - Rolla, Ks. 67954 Henry McGuire, Pastor 593-4693 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Service - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening, AWANA’s - 6:45 p.m.

ROLLA PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH Corner of Third and Adams, Rolla Marcus Light, Pastor Church - 593-4626, Parsonage - 593-4796 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Worship - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday night meal - 6:00 p.m.

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ROLLA - RICHFIELD 593-4596 or 593-4781 Sandy Ferguson, Pastor Rolla Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Youth Groups - 5:00 p.m. Richfield Morning Worship - 9:15 a.m. Sunday School - 10:30 a.m.

want to thank the families of our troops for their sacrifice. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. During this busy season, I hope all Kansans will take a moment to reflect on the many blessings we have as Americans. From the Moran family to your family: I send you our warmest greetings. Legislative Update The week of December 17, the Senate considered a supplemental recovery package for the communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. This bill would provide $60.4 billion in discretionary funding to areas of need as well as mitigation efforts to help prevent future storm damage. "Fiscal cliff" negotiations stalled last week between President Obama and Speaker Boehner, but are expected to resume this week. The Senate will resume session December 27 until the end of the year to consider "fiscal cliff" legislation and work toward a solution to avert the looming crisis and tax hikes. Honoring Two Fallen Topeka Police Officers Sunday, December 16, grief struck the capital of Kansas. Corporal David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly were fatally shot Sunday evening in Topeka while on duty. When we lose someone in a community in Kansas, it is not just a name

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to us. It is somebody we see at our kids’ activities at school, somebody we go to church with, somebody we know and care for. I reflected on their deaths this week on the Senate Floor. David had been part of the Topeka Police Department for 21 years – yet his service did not begin there. He had previously served his country in the Kansas National Guard and had just recently retired. Police Chief Ronald Miller remembered David as someone who had “spent his life in service to his country and in the city of Topeka.” David’s service to his community was clearly a model for others, including his son, Brandon, who followed in his dad’s footsteps and serves the Topeka community as a police officer today. The second officer, Jeff, was just 29 years old and had joined the Police Department last year. Chief Miller said Jeff was “just getting started” in his career and had his entire life ahead of him. Jeff grew up in the small community of Carbondale – just south of Topeka, and graduated from Washburn University in 2009 with a degree in law enforcement. Jeff was known by his friends for “his smile, his great sense of humor, and his kind heart.” He left behind a three year old son, Logan. These two men honorably served their community by faithfully carrying out their duties. Rather than shirk from danger, police officers pledge to face danger with courage, and that is exactly what these two men did. We remember and express our gratitude to David and Jeff for their service to the Topeka community and to our country. I ask all Kansans to join me in remembering David and Jeff’s families in their thoughts and prayers this Christmas week. May God comfort them in their time of grief and be a source of strength for them. May He also protect all those who continue to serve us today. Airbus Further Donates Commitment to Wichita Airbus further demonstrated its commitment to the Wichita aerospace community and Kansas by donating $800,000 worth of aircraft structural parts and kits to Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). This generous donation will provide students at NIAR with an invaluable opportunity to conduct aviation research and hands-on training. The significant partnership between WSU and Airbus builds upon Wichita’s rich aviation heritage and fosters an environment for continued excellence and leadership within the industry. It is an honor to serve you in Washington, D.C. Please let me know how I can be of assistance. To send me an email, click here. Very truly yours, Jerry

charged with the murder of Lewis Price, a Hugoton hotelowner. Thursday, January 11, 1973 John Fulkerson retired as Stevens County Clerk of the District Court after fifty years of service to the county. He held his office the longest of any consecutively elected official in the state of Kansas. His daughter, Shirley DeCamp, will succeed him. Thursday, January 10, 1963 Type II oral polio vaccine clinics will take place in all the schools in Stevens County. There will be a 25¢ charge on the vaccine but those who cannot afford to pay may have it free. Thursday, January 8, 1953 The New Year’s Baby this year is Larry Dean Slemp, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Slemp. He is the first baby born in Stevens County Hospital in 1953. He is the winner of 19 valuable prizes from Hugoton merchants. The historic old Stevens County Courthouse building was sold at public auction to Russell Smith for its salvage value of $850. The building was sold with the understanding it would be torn down within six months. Friday, January 29, 1943 The Republic Natural Gas Company, one of the largest companies operating in the vast Hugoton Gas Field of Kansas and Oklahoma, has announced their intentions to construct a 16” pipeline, approximately eighteen miles in length. If any readers have pictures for the history page of the Hermes, please bring them in to Ruthie Winget at The Hugoton Hermes.

Year may start with highest gas prices for New Years Day Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.06 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.24 per gallon, according to gasoline price Web site Gas Including the change in gas prices in Kansas during the past week, prices Sunday were 2.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 13.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 19.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 1.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. "With just hours to go before Christmas, it appears that the national average may set a new all-time record high, barely edging out 2011 as the most expensive average for gasoline on Christmas Day," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "The bad news likely won't stop there- gasoline prices in six out of the last seven years have increased between Christmas Day and January 15 of the following year. If the national average rises to at least $3.26 per gallon before New Years Day it will mark the highest start for gas prices ever on the first day of the year," DeHaan said. GasBuddy operates and over 250 similar Web sites that track gasoline prices at over 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app which has been downloaded over 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area. Submitted by

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Treatment options abound for arthritis sufferers Arthritis affects millions of people and can be a debilitating condition that impacts a person's mobility and quality of life. The March 2010 issue of Arthritis Care & Research revealed that 18.7 percent of Americans and 16.9 percent of Canadians suffer from some type of arthritis. The word "arthritis" refers to more than 100 separate medical conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system and specifically the joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis-related joint problems cause pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage (the tough, smooth tissue covering the ends of the bones, enabling them to glide against one another) and surrounding structures. Such damage can lead to joint weakness, instability and visible deformities that, depending on the location of joint involvement, can interfere with the most basic daily tasks, including walking, climbing stairs, using a computer keyboard, cutting food, or brushing teeth. Arthritis has no cure, though medications and physical therapy may be prescribed to help manage pain and improve mobility. There are many different medicines used to treat arthritis. Here is a look at some of the most common. Topical pain relievers These drugs are applied to areas of concern and are absorbed by the body to relieve pain. They are generally effective for people who have mild symptoms in just a few areas of the body. Anti-inflammatory pain relievers These pain medicines may be over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are common painkillers, as are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS. Prescription doses may be helpful for more painful

symptoms. Narcotic pain relievers For pain that is not controlled by NSAIDS and other methods, arthritis sufferers may be prescribed narcotic drugs that are more potent. While effective, narcotic drugs are addictive. They also may cause side effects, including constipation. Antidepressants Some doctors prescribe antidepressants to relieve pain. It is not fully understood how the medications affect the body's interpretation of pain, but the role of these drugs on brain chemicals may be the connection. Drowsiness and dry mouth may occur from these drugs. Steroids For a variety of reasons, steroids are very useful at reducing inflammation in the body. But prolonged use - especially when taken orally can result in a number of side effects, including weight gain and acne breakouts. Doctors try to avoid these problems by injecting the steroid into the affected joint or trying other medications in combination with steroids to keep the dose of steroids as low as possible. Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) These drugs are often used for diseases of the autoimmune system, especially rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. These medications work by interfering with or suppressing the immune system that attacks its own joints in people with these conditions. These medications can cause serious side effects because they essentially slow down the body's ability to fend off illnesses. But for some people they are the best plan of attack for symptoms. From Metro Editorial Services.

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David has read his first 100 books in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Stevens County Library. Way to go David! Any child who is not yet enrolled in Kindergarten is eligible to participate in this program!

Kansas Senate President Steve Morris was given a minute-long standing ovation by members of the National Conference of State Legislatures for his leadership of the group at the conclusion of their fall forum Friday, December 7. Morris, the group’s immediate past president, was cited for his ability to work in a bipartisan fashion. Morris, who leaves as NCSL Foundation board chairman when his Senate term expires, received a longer ovation than did Academy Award-winning actress Mira

Sorvino after her speech to NCSL Thursday. Lawmakers from Kansas and other states praised Morris and legislators will miss Morris’ presence in Topeka. At a national level, Morris has been praised for pushing the Marketplace Fairness Act in Congress, which would allow states to collect sales tax on items purchased online. In his remarks to the group, Morris thanked his colleagues but kept the focus on the congressional lobbying effort.

By Chad Ingram, Social Security District Manager in Hutchinson all Social Security and SSI payments. The average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker in 2013 is $1,261 (up from $1,240 in 2012) and the average monthly Social Security benefit for a disabled worker in 2013 is $1,132 (up from $1,113 in 2012). These changes were reflected in SSI payments dated December 31, 2012 and Social Security payments dated in January 2013.

For people who receive SSI, the maximum federal payment amount has risen to $710 (up from $698). Other Social Security changes in 2013 are worth noting. For example, a worker now pays Social Security tax on up to $113,700 of annual income (up from $110,100 in 2012). A worker earns one credit after paying taxes on $1,160 in earnings in 2013 (up from $1,130). As always, a worker may earn a maxi-

mum of four credits each year and a person generally needs forty credits (or ten years of work) to be eligible for retirement benefits. To learn more about these and other changes for 2013, visit the Social Security Website at www., and read our fact sheet about the changes at www.socialsecu sheets/colafacts2013.htm.

“Notes From Nancy” by Stevens County FACS Agent Nancy Honig

Eating Tips for the New Year This is the time of year people gear up to make healthy changes to their diets. Even Hollywood stars offer tips for slimming down and staying healthy. The interesting thing is that it doesn´t take fancy books, gyms, new exercise equipment or expensive meal plans to make a change in your health. A few basic changes can really make a difference without altering your entire lifestyle. Here are ten simple things you can do to eat better this coming year. • Choose carbs wisely. Focus on making your carbohydrates unrefined (whole grain) carbs as often as possible. It is easier than ever to find whole grains and make them at least half of your fivesix daily ounces, or better yet, make all of them whole grain. • Add legumes to your weekly menu. Legumes include beans, peas and lentils. Use these as meat replacers at least one day a week, and as a side dish at least three times each week. Legumes

are an excellent way to get protein, fiber and minerals such as folate, manganese, potassium and iron. You can start with dried legumes or used canned, but if using canned be sure and rinse well to reduce the sodium content. There are lots of varieties of legumes to choose from and a wide assortment of recipes you can create. • Eat smaller portions. This step alone can be a major improvement for most people. Take out meals don´t seem to be getting any smaller and we visually think we need to eat a certain portion size. If you stop and actually measure portions, you´ll realize we tend to eat far more than our recommended daily allowance. To get an idea how much various portions are, spend a week measuring your food to see what you typically eat, compared to what you should be eating. Another helpful hint is to savor your food when you eat. Pay attention to it, and don´t be distracted so that you are just randomly eating. • Eat fish in place of red

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SOCIAL SECURITY NEWS A “RAISE” FOR PEOPLE WHO GET SOCIAL SECURITY As we ring in a new year, we can expect to see a number of changes. Social Security is no exception: in 2013, people who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments will see their benefits increase. Beginning in 2013, a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) was applied to

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meat at least twice a week. Some people find this difficult because they don´t feel they know what kind of fish to buy, or how to cook it. Look for simple recipes that include spices and seasonings you typically enjoy, and give fish a try. It is one of the quickest meats to cook and takes very little prep time, perfect for those busy weeknights. • Include a fruit or vegetable every time you eat. This rule should apply to breakfast and snacks as well. Doing this will add important bulk and fiber to your diet as well as important nutrients. This will keep you feeling full and well-fueled. • Eat something healthy before you indulge in junk food. It will help fill you up and satisfy you and may keep you from eating as much of the junk food. • Drink water. Keeping hydrated is important for maintaining body functions. Keeping a water bottle handy and trying to drink at least eight glasses a day will make a difference for your overall

health. Also try to stay away from sugary drinks and beverages. • Add nuts and seeds to your diet. Adding nuts and seeds can provide hearthealthy fats, fibers and a number of vitamins and minerals. Eating about one and a half ounces per day is sufficient and counts as part of your daily protein. Some of these are especially high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Good choices include walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts, flaxseed, chia, sesame, and sunflower seeds. • Stop eating at least two hours before going to bed. Food provides calories and calories provide energy. You can´t expect a good night´s rest if you´ve just loaded you body up with energy. Give you body time to digest the food first for a better night´s rest. These are all simple changes that don´t require special meal plans, equipment or hours of work, but they will pay off in dividends of an improved healthy diet.

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Larks soar to victory over Eagles Thursday The Eagles traveled to Sublette where they played a very close game. Jumping to the lead early in the first quarter, Hugoton slowly lost

ground. The Eagles trailed by four points at half time and by the time the final buzzer sounded, the Eagles were down 71 to 78.

Ross Davis jumps against Jake Gesling at the start of the basketball game Thursday, December 21 at Sublette. The Eagles fought a tough battle but lost the game to the Larks by seven points.

The Sublette player has to put on the brakes as Chastity Parsons does a sharp right during the game Thursday, December 21. The Hugoton Eagles won the game 70-38.


Both teams went to the line to start Thursday’s game. Ross Davis tipped the ball to the Eagles’ side and the game was underway. Sublette was first on the board with a free throw but it was Reid Davis to score first for Hugoton. After three minutes of play Sublette tied the score with a two point layup, eight all. The Larks maintained the lead for awhile before Henry Villa scored two points to take the lead once again. When the first quarter ended, Hugoton was in the lead 20 to 16. Sublette threw the ball in to start the second quarter. Hugoton found the Larks hard to handle and it wasn't long before Sublette was in the lead. The Eagles got within three points when Logan Frederick dropped a two point basket from under the goal. Sublette was able to maintain the three point lead right up to the half time buzzer.

The Larks continued to score in the third quarter, taking a ten-point lead early. Hugoton began to turn the game around about half way through the third quarter. Vila scored two free throws followed by two point shots by Rene Rubio, Kolten Decker and Austin Scott. At the end of the exciting third quarter the Eagles were down by four. Hugoton continued to trail in the final quarter. Sublette pulled ahead by five before the Eagles could regain some lost ground. Scott raced inside the lane to score, bringing the Eagles within three points. Sublette answered with a two-point basket and worked on extending their lead. Vela scored the Eagles last two points with 53 seconds left in the quarter. The Larks went to the line two more times to end the game seven points ahead and taking the win.

Henry Vela gets a chance for a free throw during the Sublette game December 21. Vela scored 26 points during the game.

JV Eagles knock out Larks The JV Eagles faced off with Sublette Thursday, December 20. It was a tight first quarter with Hugoton taking a three-point lead but a fast paced second quarter put the

Ladies dominate at Sublette What started out as a close game during the Lady Eagles game against Sublette, turned one-sided for the Hugoton girls. For the first quarter the two teams kept the scores close; however, half way through the second quarter the Lady Eagles moved into the lead. By half time Hugoton had a six-point lead that stretched to a 16 point lead at the end of the third quarter. The final quarter was the Lady Eagles’ biggest one. Riley Sosa started the fourth quarter with a three-point shot. Hugoton continued to hit basket after basket while keeping the Lady Larks to seven baskets in the quarter. Hugoton soared to 70 points to win the game. Sublette scored 38 points in the game. The first quarter was played cautiously by both teams. Hugoton led by two throughout most of the quarter and extended their lead by

four when Josie Mueller hit a two-point basket with one minute left to play. Sublette shortened the gap by hitting two two-point baskets in the final seconds of the quarter. Hugoton led 10 to 8 going into the second quarter. The next quarter was close for the first four minutes. Sublette threw the ball in to start the quarter and scored a free throw quickly. The Lady Larks added another basket, giving them the lead for the first time in game. Sublette held the lead by three until five minutes remained in the first half. Nicole Kinser started the comeback by hitting a twopoint shot from under the basket. This brought the team within one point of the Lady Larks. With four minutes left in the quarter, Sosa scored her three-point shot giving the Hugoton team the lead. The scores remained within three until Kinser

added another two-point shot followed by a three-point shot by Ana Peña. BayLee Hoskinson threw the ball in to Chastity Parsons to start the third quarter. With less than thirty seconds gone in the third quarter Estefani Armendariz scored another two points for Hugoton. Kinser added another eight points during the game pushing the Lady Eagles well into the lead. By the end of the third quarter Hugoton was 49 to Sublette’s 34. The Lady Eagles had a great final quarter adding another 21 points while holding the Lady Larks to seven. Sosa hit a three point shot seconds from the beginning of the quarter. Hugoton continued to pour in the buckets, including points from Keely Hittle and Armendariz. The final shot made in the game was by Hugoton's Mueller hitting one out of two free throws.

Eagles off to a great lead, 29 to 15. Hugoton kept the pressure on the Larks in the second half to take the win, 56 to 27. Hugoton started the scoring in the first quarter with a two-point shot by Ulises Atmendariz. The Eagles, at one point, had an eight-point lead but allowed Sublette to score enough points to end the quarter three points behind the Eagles. Hugoton didn't let the small upset in the first quarter bother them. Sublette had possession of the ball at the start of the second quarter but it was the Eagles’ Rance Ralstin who scored first. He was promptly followed by Ecxon Vela within the first 15 seconds of the quarter. By the end of the first half, Hugoton had a 14 point lead over the Larks. The third quarter belonged to the Eagles as they added 13 more points to the scoreboard. Hugoton wasn't done; in the final quarter they extended their lead by 29 points. The Eagles won the game with mostly two point shots. Wade Heger made his three-point shot in the second quarter and it was the only three-point made in the game for the Eagles. Hugoton went to the line for free throws and was 100 percent in the fourth quarter. The Eagles will travel to Scott City Friday to face the Beavers on their home court.

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As the ball is thrown in from the side by the Sublette Larks, Chastity Parsons, Josie Mueller, Sofia Jimenez and Estefa Armendariz spread out and prepare to block the ball from

the Sublette players. The girls’ next game will be Friday, January 4 at Scott City. Games start at 4:45 p.m.

All three Hugoton wrestlers bring home first place medals The Junior Indian Invitational took place in Larned Saturday, December 22. Only three wrestlers from the Hugoton Wrestling Club attended

this tournament, Isaac Martin, Cole Martin and Dawson Kerbow. Isaac wrestled in the six and under division at 58 pounds in a four man round robin. He pinned all of his opponents and earned a first place medal. Cole Martin wrestled in the 12 and under division at 76 pounds in an eight-man bracket. He pinned all of his opponents and earned a first place medal. Dawson Kerbow also wrestled in the 12 and under division at 96 pounds in a five-man round robin. He pinned all of his opponents and received a first place medal. The boys did really well and the coaches and parents are very proud of them. Next week, the Hugoton Wrestling Club will be traveling to Scott City.

January 4 High School Basketball at Scott City 4:45 p.m. January 7 High School JV Basketball at Ulysses TBA January 8 High School Basketball vs. Ulysses HERE 4:45 p.m. January 10 Middle School Basketball seventh and eighth grade at Guymon, Ok. 4:00 p.m. Wrestling at Dodge City Duals 6:00 p.m. High School Basketball JV tourney at Ulysses TBA

Wrestlers Dawson Kerbow, Cole Martin and Isaac Martin each place first in their respective divisions at the Junior Indian Invitational in Larned Saturday, December 22.

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Moscow carolers enjoy fun and fellowship The Moscow community was blessed Sunday evening, December 23 by a group of carolers from the Methodist and Baptist Churches. They met at the Methodist Church and took the Baptist buses to selected houses to sing Christmas Carols. Both congregations had an evening of fun and fellowship. When the carols were finished they had refreshments and games. One of the games was putting pantyhose on one member’s head and stuffing ballons in the legs to make a reindeer's antlers and a bow for a nose. The first group finished was the winner. The group had some pretty neat reindeer, don't you think? They all had fun and they brightened up the evening for some older people in the community.

MHS announce the honor roll Moscow High School announced the Superintendent's Honor Roll recepients. Students making the roll for the second quarter are Rebeca Cecenas, Ethan Owens and Madison Owens. Students making the honor roll for the first semester are Rebeca Cecenas, Jaron Thompson, Kaitlyn Dobie, Carley Hockett and Kelsi Mueller. Students making the Principal's Honor Roll for the second quarter are Easton Bohl, Jaron Thompson, Marki Anton, Kendra Haines, Morganne Owens, Maria Cecenas, Kaitlyn Dobie, Carley Hockett, Zachary Pierson, Briannah Davidson, Kelsi Mueller and Vance Thompson. Students making the first semester honor roll are Easton Sohl, Ethan Owens, Kendra Haines, Morganne Owens, Maria Cecenas, Tapanga Dahle, Zachary Pierson, Briannah Davidson, Madilyn Fleming, Madison Owens, Alex Pierson and Vance Thompson. First Semester Excellent Attendance students were announced. These students missed fewer than ten class periods. Students making the list are Tapanga Dahle, Kaitlyn Dobie, Alexis Manriquez, Tad Stuckey, Amir Granillo, Yaritza Maldonado, Kelsi Mueller, Madison Owens, Alex Pierson and Justin Torres.

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Three courageous contenders braved pantyhose on the head to compete in one of the games after the Christmas caroling. The object of the game was to put pantyhose on their heads and stuff balloons in the legs to make a reindeer’s

antlers and then a festive bow was positioned on the nose. The first “reindeer” finished was the winner. Santa surely appreciated his gorgeous extra helpers this year!



The family of Iva Jean Munson gathered for a Christmas party December 23. Attending the gathering are, back row: Brett Blackwood, Keely Blackwood, Ken Munson, Shane Blackwood, Parma Munson, Susan and Darroll Munson and Barb and Duane Williams. In

front are Braxon Blackwood, Gregg and Jennifer Turpin, Iva Jean and Janie Gilbert. Others not pictured are Brittney Turpin and Cory Rash, Holly Turpin and Grady Owens and Jorly and Keira - family friends.

Iva Jean Munson family celebrates Christmas Iva Jean Munson’s family got together December 23, 2012 at the home of Ken and Parma Munson of Sublette. Iva Jean lives at Legacy@ Parkview in Ulysses, her son Ken brought her to Sublette to be with her family for a Christmas get-together. Iva Jean was happy to see everyone and enjoy a wonderful meal with all of her children, some of the grandchildren and some of the great grandchildren. After having their meal, everyone enjoyed sitting

around the table telling stories and getting caught up with each others busy lives. Later some played cards and visited while the others continued sharing stories. Years before a vhs tape of Herman and Iva Jean’s 50th wedding anniversary and family Christmas party was given to Duane. The tape was brought to the party and everyone sat down and watched the show. It was wonderful to see the people that were there, many of whom are no longer with us.

Everyone laughed and laughed at how we dressed and did our hair and the eyeglasses that were worn, that were “the” style of the time. Many, many friends and family had stopped by to wish the couple well and their anniversary. The tape was recorded in 1994 on Christmas Eve. They all had such a wonderful family time together and wished the ones that didn’t get to be there a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

MJH honor roll is released

Both Hugoton and Moscow Fire Stations raced to the rescue Saturday, December 22 as a semi trailer with corn stalk bales blazed away at the intersection of Roads Y and 20. Smoke could be seen billowing from miles away around 1:45 p.m. Approximately 12 volunteers from both communities fought the flames for over two hours. The trailer belonged to Harris Hay Service of Moscow and was damaged as a result of the fire. The driver of the truck was hauling corn stalks for the new Abengoa cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton.

Moscow Junior High School released the Superintendent's Honor Roll. Making the roll for the second quarter are Maggie White, Bryan Erives, Madison Hall, Adriana Salcedo, Jalen Shaddix, Morgan Fleming, J.J. Gonzalez, Axei Granillo and Luis Jimenez. Students on the roll for the first Semester are Maggie White, Bryan Erives, Adriana Salcedo, Morgan Fleming and Axel Granillo. The Principal's Honor Roll students for the second quarter are Miranda Christensen, Rachel Pierson, Grayson Christensen, Monica Gonzalez, Javier Marquez, Gillian Rios, Jaxon Rios, Brittney Stuckey and Justyn Allen. Students for the first se-

mester are Miranda Christensen, Rachel Pierson, Talley White, Kage Allen, Grayson Christensen, Stephanie Gallegos, Madison Hall, Javier Marquez, Gillian Rios, Jaxon Rios, Jalen Shaddix, Brittney Stuckey, Justyn Allen, J.C. Blakeley, J.J. Gonzalez and Luis Jimenez. First Semester Excellent Attendance students were announced. These students missed fewer than ten class periods. Students are Miranda Christensen, Rachel Pierson, Tina Cantu, Grayson Christensen, Bryan Erives, Monica Gonzalez, Madison Hall, Trenton Davidson, J.J. Gonzalez, Luis Jimenez and Giselle Martinez.

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Traci and Harve Taylor were able to have both their daughters, Megan and Sarah, home from college to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Megan is a senior at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and Morgan is in her

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Community Calendar Thursday, January 3 High School Scholars Bowl at Ulysses; 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 4 High School Basketball vs. Fowler at Home; 4:15 p.m. Monday, January 7 Inservice; 8:00 a.m. NO SCHOOL Junior High Basketball vs.

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second year at the University of Kansas. The girls are helping their parents celebrate their twenty-sixth wedding anniversary during the break. The honeymoon continues...

Traci and Harve Taylor celebrate their twenty-sixth wedding anniversary with their daughters Megan and Sarah.

Rolla celebrates Christmas Holly, Luke and Dylan Martin smile for Santa - and Grandma and Grandpa Martin.


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Rolla residents enjoyed a Merry Christmas complete with enough snow to constitute white. Surrounded by family and friends, Christmas was a special time of worship, food and festivities. Pat and Ron DeGarmo traveled to Angel Fire, N.M. to celebrate with their family, Aaron, Austin, Susan and Owen. No doubt Grandma stayed off of the slopes and spoiled Owen with abandon! Karen and Ronnie Martin had a precious time with

Sara, Katy, Holly, Luke and Dylan Martin. Of course they were glad to see their sons and their wives as well. But Christmas with grandbabies is a special treat. Randy and Sandy Bane also had their grandchildren at home with them. Noah, son of Andy and Shara Bane, and Evan and Abi, children of Jennifer and Aaron Faimon, made the season extra sparkly for Papa and Mimi Bane.

Pat and Ron DeGarmo enjoy the holiday spirit in Angel Fire, N.M. with Owen.

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People who suffer from psoriasis or have a family history of this skin condition may be at risk for psoriatic arthritis, a serious disease that causes extensive swelling and joint pain. The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Education Center notes up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis is an auto-immune skin condition in which the skin reproduces cells at an accelerated rate. This causes patches of flaky, irritated skin, also known as plaques. Psoriatic arthritis can develop at any time, but it is common between the ages of 30 and 50. Environmental factors, genes and immune system responses play a role in the onset of the disease. Patients with psoriatic arthritis can develop inflammation of their tendons, cartilage, eyes, lung lining and sometimes aorta. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis do not necessarily occur at the same time. Psoriasis generally comes first and then is followed by the joint disease. The skin ailment precedes the arthritis in nearly 80 percent of patients. Psoriatic arthritis is a rheumatic disease that can affect body tissues as well as joints. Psoriatic arthritis shares many features with several other arthritic conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis and arthritis associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The rate of onset of psoriatic arthritis varies among people. For some it can develop slowly with mild symptoms. Others find it comes on quickly and is severe. Symptoms of the disease also vary, but may include the following; • generalized fatigue • swollen fingers and toes • stiffness, pain, throbbing, swelling, and tenderness in joints • reduced range of motion • changes in fingernails • redness and pain of the eyes In many cases, psoriatic arthritis affects the distal joints, those closest to the nail in fingers and toes. The lower back, knees, ankles and wrists also are affected. It is important to talk to a dermatologist if you suffer from psoriasis and also experience stiffness or pain in joints. This may be indicative that psoriatic arthritis is present. Treatments usually include a combination of medications and therapeutic exercises to reduce pain and swelling. NSAID pain relievers help but may be combined with stronger medications, such as corticosteroids, as well as medications that suppress the immune system.

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Animals are important members of many households. Although a pet parent may love a wagging tail or the sweet purr of love, he or she may not enjoy the odors usually permeating from a pet. All animals give off some type of aroma. Humans have different grooming products to help them smell fresh and clean. Pets cannot control their own odor and must rely on their owners to address any issues. There are different ways to keep smells at bay and prevent new ones from happening. Identify the odor Pets emanate odors for different reasons. Some aromas may be linked to the pet, while others may involve the pet's waste. Still others may be indicative of illness and should be treated immediately. Once the source of the smell is identified, it is easy to take action to alleviate it. Clean pets Naturally, a clean animal smells much better than a dirty one. Dogs and cats may accumulate bacteria in their fur as well as organic matter that gets stuck and decays. When animals groom themselves, the saliva applied to the fur through licking also may be prone to bacteria growth; and eventually their fur can start to smell. Pet owners with dogs or cats that have long fur around the face may find their pet's fur gets

mange may lead to open sores or abscesses that can smell foul as well. Dogs and cats also have anal glands that contain an oily, smelly substance. The glands are usually naturally expressed during a bowel movement. However, if the glands become impacted or fail to drain, this can lead to leakage and odor. The glands also may rupture or become infected. If a pet smell doesn't go away with routine bathing, it is adviseable to take the animal to the vet for a checkup. If an underlying medical issue is identified, the vet can prescribe a treatment that will make the pet smell and feel better. Waste It is well known that waste excreted from the body does not smell pleasant. Animals who are allowed to relieve themselves indoors, such as birds and cats, might create some unpleasant odors as well. To avoid such unpleasantness, stay on top of cleaning waste receptacles. Pets generally don't like to use areas that smell poorly, either. Keep everything clean so the odors will be limited and the pet may not stray elsewhere to do his or her business. Dogs, especially puppies, may take some time to get acclimated to going to the bathroom outdoors. Accidents can

happen indoors. It is essential to clean urine and feces accidents quickly and to remove all traces of the odor. This way the house will not smell and the animal will not have marked his or her scent. Otherwise the dog may return to the same area over and over. Pet odors can make a home interior smell unpleasant. Instead of covering up the problem, pet parents can get to the root of the problem and banish odors for good. Submitted by Metro Editorial Services.

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Activities Schedule Thursday, January 3 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Friday, January 4 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Bingo........................12:30 p.m. Saturday, January 5 Cards .........................6:00 p.m. Monday, January 7 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Line Dance.................7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 8 Board Meeting ...........9:30 a.m.

January is National Blood Donor Month, a time when the American Red Cross recognizes and thanks the millions of dedicated blood donors across the country for helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need. Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated in an effort to educate Americans about the importance of regular blood donation and the impact it can have. Every day, around 44,000 pints of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery

dragged through the water bowl and food dish, attracting particles that can end up leading to smells. Some pets also engage in "scent camouflage," according to veterinarian Janet Crosby. The pet may roll around in the grass or something odoriferous to mask his own scent, and this can also be a source of foul odors. Considering the fur can be a prime source of odor problems, it is adviseable to groom the pet as needed. Check with a veterinarian to find out how frequently the pet may need to be bathed. Dogs that have oily skin may need frequent baths. Cats may not need baths often but can benefit from a thorough brushing to remove matting and any debris caught in the fur. If grooming is not something a pet owner enjoys, he or she can sign up with a professional groomer for regular appointments for the pet. The groomer may be able to establish a schedule to help control odor. Illness Certain pet illnesses elicit a certain smell. If a dog has an ear infection, there could be an unpleasant scent emanating from the ear. Pets with tooth decay and gum disease will have poor breath. A pet with gastrointestinal upset may have flatulence or diarrhea. Skin problems like

patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, cancer patients and more. January can be an especially challenging month to collect blood donations because of inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Throughout the month, the Red Cross is honoring the contributions of those who roll up their sleeves to help save lives, one donation at a time. Join the nearly four million dedicated Red Cross blood donors across the country and make an ap-

pointment to give by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Upcoming blood donation opportunities Scott County January 9 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at William Carpenter Building, 606 N. Fairground Road in Scott City; Meade County January 14 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Anthony Parochial School, 501 W. Fourth in Fowler; and Grant County January 15 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at Grant County Fairground, 1000 W. Patterson Ave. in Ulysses.

Gregg is a creative, active young man with a good sense of humor. He enjoys swimming, playing games and riding bikes. Gregg is very interested in cooking and learning about cooking. Someday he would like to pursue a career in cooking, possibly on a cruise ship. Gregg says he would like a forever family that “will not give up on me.“ To learn more about adoption visit or call 877-457-5430. Gregg’s case number is CH-5033.

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STEVENS COUNTY Activity Center - 544-2283 Nutrition Center - 544-8041 ~ Barbara Beeks ~ Welcome 2013! Hope the year will be a happy and healthy one for all. Everything is going along pretty smooth around here. There have been some short days because of the weather and the colds that folks have had. Til next week... Menu Jan. 3..Polish Sausage & Kraut Jan. 4 ........Oven Fried Chicken Jan. 7 .........................Pot Roast Jan. 8 .......................Pork Chop Jan. 9 .........................C B Rock Jan. 10 ....Smothered Chicken ...................................Breast

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Weather Watch Weather data is taken from the Aviation Weather System at the Hugoton Municipal Airport.

Wednesday, December 19

Sunday, December 23

Low - 26˚ High - 51˚ Wind speed - 45 Wind gust - 55

Low - 16˚ High - 51˚ Wind speed - 16 Wind gust - NA

Thursday, December 20

Monday, December 24

Low - 13˚ High - 46˚ Wind speed - 30 Wind gust - 38

Low - 20˚ High - 41˚ Wind speed - 23 Wind gust - 30

Friday, December 21

Tuesday, December 25

Low - 20˚ High - 59˚ Wind speed - 13 Wind gust - NA

Low - 0˚ High - 25˚ Wind speed - 26 Wind gust - 32

Saturday, December 22

Wednesday, December 26

Low - 20˚ High - 58˚

Low -11˚ High - 25˚ Wind speed - 23 Wind gust - 31

Wind speed - 14 Wind gust - NA

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Sportsmen need licenses until age 75 Kansas wildlife and outdoor recreation-related activities are governed both by legislative statutes and commission-approved regulations. And the two governing bodies made some changes last year that hunters, anglers and campers should be familiar with. The most controversial change involved legislative action that eliminated the hunting and fishing license exemption for Kansans age 65-74. Beginning in 2013, all Kansans age 16-74 will need a hunting or fishing license unless they are hunting or fishing on their own land. However, the legislation also mandated specially-priced “senior” licenses. Anyone 65 or older qualifies for a Senior Lifetime Pass, which is a hunting/fishing combination license valid for the rest of their life that will cost $42.50. They may also opt for a half-price annual hunting or fishing license ($11.50) or combination annual license ($20.50). Hunters and anglers 65 and older are the state’s fastest growing age group, and the old exemption would have created future funding shortfalls for wildlife and fishery programs. And the state was losing Wildlife and Sport Fishing Restoration (WSFR) funding that should have been coming to Kansas. WSFR allocates excise taxes collected on the sale of firearms, ammunition and fishing equipment to states based, in part, on the number of hunting and fishing licenses they sell. When Kansans seniors continued to hunt, fish and purchase equipment, but didn’t buy licenses, Kansas lost out on WSFR funding it should have received. This change is an important step to ensuringcritical wildlife and fishery programs are maintained and the funding

base remains stable. Another state statute established a new permit and will save Kansans money. The legislature approved a bill allowing KDWPT to create a new annual state park vehicle permit that can be purchased when residents renew their vehicle registrations. The Kansas State Parks Passport is an annual vehicle permit valid for one year after purchase that gets the vehicle into any of the state’s 25 state parks. The price is $15.50, which is a savings of almost $10 compared to the regular state park annual vehicle permit. Regular annual vehicle permits ($25) and half-price senior and disability vehicle permits will still be available at KDWPT offices and online. But for most park users, the new Passport will be less expensive and convenient. Spring turkey hunters will notice there are six turkey management units this spring. Biologists added two more units to allow more precise management practices. Criteria were established to allow regulations to be amended each year in response to population changes, and smaller units allow management plans to be more flexible. Legal equipment for the spring turkey season was also amended, making it consistent with the fall turkey and deer equipment regulations. In 2013, turkey hunters with a youth permit (16 or younger) and those 55 or older may hunt during the archery spring turkey season with a crossbow. Previously, crossbows were only legal equipment during the regular firearm season. One year after making sweeping changes in the use of live baitfish to prevent further spread of aquatic nuisance

species (ANS), the commission approved amendments to those regulations. The original regulation required anglers to use wild-caught baitfish only in waters where they were caught. The amendment allows anglers to use green sunfish and bluegill for bait in waters other than where they were caught as long as they were not caught from an ANS-designated water. Another new regulation requires anglers who purchase baitfish from commercial bait dealers to keep the receipt for the purchase with them while fishing. Fishermen should also be aware the definition of an artificial lure has been amended. Anglers are limited to two rods (three with a three-pole permit) with no more than two baited hooks or artificial lures per line. The new regulation defines an artificial lure as a man-made fishing-catching device used to mimic a single prey item. Under this definition, umbrella or Alabama rigs may include only two lures with hooks on them. And finally, Kansas voters supported the ballot question last November that will allow the legislature to amend the constitution and change the way watercraft are taxed. With the current formula, watercraft in Kansas are taxed at a rate much higher than surrounding states. As a result, many Kansas owners register outside the state. The 2013 legislature is expected to hear proposals for a new watercraft taxation method.

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KanCare will go into effect as of January 1, 2013 The State of Kansas and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have finalized the special terms and conditions (STCs) for KanCare under the Section 1115 waiver process. The state received the signed Section 1115 demonstration approval letter, including the finalized STCs, from CMS late Thursday afternoon. This ap-

proval is effective January 1, 2013. KanCare is Kansas’ innovative new system to provide Medicaid services through an integrated care model that achieves measurable goals and focuses on wellness and care coordination. In addition to current program benefits, KanCare also adds services such as heart and

lung transplants, bariatric surgery and adult preventive dental care at no cost to the state. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) launched KanCare January 1. “Thank you to the thousands of Kansans who pro-

vided their ideas, suggestions and feedback to Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., KDHE Secretary Bob Moser, M.D., KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan and their staffs on how we can improve health care for the 380,000 Kansans served by Medicaid – and to the team of state employees who dedicated themselves the last two years to

Continuity of care top priority for KanCare transition With the launch of the state’s new Medicaid program known as KanCare less, the State of Kansas continues its efforts to ensure Kansans who depend upon Medicaid and Healthwave continue to receive all the care they need and have come to expect. "We continue to work diligently to improve the coordination and quality of care for Kansans on Medicaid and Healthwave. During this transition we are very aware of the accessibility concerns brought up by consumers, advocates and providers, and we will continue to be responsive to those concerns,” Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Medicaid Services Director Susan Mosier, M.D. said. KanCare is Kansas’ innovative new system to provide

Medicaid services through an integrated care model that achieves measurable goals and focuses on wellness and care coordination. In addition to current program benefits, KanCare also adds services such as heart and lung transplants, bariatric surgery and adult preventive dental care at no cost to the state. Dr. Mosier stressed the state’s KanCare Continuity of Care Plan includes a number of protections the three managed-care organizations (MCOs) contracted by the state must meet in order to preserve KanCare consumers’ existing health care services. “The most important fact KanCare consumers and their families need to know is that their medical care and

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the services they receive will continue – uninterrupted – when KanCare launches January 1,” Dr. Mosier said. “We cannot stress this enough - the three MCOs must honor all existing plans of care, prior authorizations and established provider/ member relationships - even if the established provider is not in the MCO network.” The KanCare Continuity of Care Plan also provides: • MCOs must pay Medicaid fee-for-service rates to established providers through the first 90 days – even if the provider is not in the MCO network. • MCOs must pay Medicaid fee-for-service rates to residential providers for the first year for KanCare consumers currently living in a Medicaid-reimbursed residential setting, such as a nursing facility - even if the residential provider is not in the MCO network. • MCOs must pay Medicaid fee-for-service rates to Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) providers up to an additional 90 days for KanCare consumers with existing plans of care if a new plan of care is not in place within 90 days of January 1, 2013 - even if the HCBS providers are not in the MCO network. • All KanCare consumers have until April 4, 2013, to switch their MCO to one of the other two. Any changes made after January 1, 2013, will take effect the first day of the following month. • MCOs must make sure specialty care is available to all members. They are required to meet distance or travel time standards. If the MCO does not have a specialist available to members within those standards, it must allow members to see out-of-network providers. If the MCO is unable to provide medically-necessary services in its network, it must cover those services out-of-network and must have single-case arrangements or agreements with non-network providers to make sure members have access to covered services. The rate will be negotiated between the plan and the

provider. Providers cannot bill members for any difference. • MCOs cannot limit emergency services to in-network hospitals. As required by federal law, the state’s KanCare contract requires each MCO to cover and pay for emergency services, including services needed to evaluate or stabilize an emergency medical condition—regardless of whether the provider that furnishes the service has a contract with the MCO. • For other out-of-network services—after the transition—MCOs will pay out-ofnetwork providers that choose to serve Medicaid members 90 percent of the Medicaid rate. Under federal law, the KanCare consumer cannot be made to pay the difference in standard rates and those paid by the MCO. “The MCOs continue to build their provider networks - and they won’t stop January 1 when KanCare launches,” Dr. Mosier said. The Administration also began daily KanCare Rapid Response calls this week. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan said the calls allow consumers, providers and stakeholders to ask questions about their individual concerns about the transition to KanCare. "Of course when starting down any new path, there are occasional bumps along the way. We take these very seriously and have built into the system ways to remedy these situations quickly and fairly,” Secretary Sullivan said. Secretary Sullivan encouraged Kansans with any questions or concerns about KanCare health plans, providers or services, to join the KanCare Rapid Response call held Monday - Friday at 9:00 a.m. CT at 1-877-2478650 and use ID code 79687456. If Kansans are unable to join the daily call, they also can call the KanCare Consumer Assistance Line at 1866-305-5147. This article was submitted by the office of Governor Sam Brownback.


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devisees, trustees, creditors and assigns of any person alleged to be deceased:


YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an Amended Petition has been filed in the District Court of Stevens County, Kansas, by Frontier Fuels, L.P., praying for judgment against certain of the named Defendants and also asking for judgment foreclosing Plaintiff's Mortgage on the following described real estate, towit: Lots One (1), Two (2), Three (3) and Four (4), Block Two (2), to the City of Moscow, Stevens County, Kansas, together with all building, improvements, fixtures and appurtenances located thereon or attached thereto,


NOTICE OF SUIT STATE OF KANSAS TO: RS INVESTMENTS, LLC; FFCA ACQUISITION CORPORATION; LaSALLE NATIONAL BANK, TRUSTEE; and the unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors and assigns of any deceased Defendants; the unknown spouses of any Defendants; the unknown officers, successors, trustees, creditors and assigns of any Defendants that are existing, dissolved or dormant corporations; the unknown executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors, successors and assigns of any Defendants that are or were partners or in partnership; and the unknown guardians, conservators and trustees of any Defendants that are minors or are under any legal disability; and the unknown heirs, executors, administrators,

and praying that all Defendants set up any right, title, lien, claim or interest they may have in the above described real estate or that the same be forever barred, and you are hereby required to plead to said Amended Petition on or before the 7th day of February, 2013, in said Court in Hugoton, Kansas. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon said Amended Petition. Frontier Fuels, L.P., Plaintiff Richard R. Yoxall #9953 YOXALL, ANTRIM, FITZGERALD, McCAFFREY & FOREMAN, LLP 101 West Fourth Street Liberal, Kansas 67901 Phone: (620) 624-8444 Fax: (620) 624-8221 Attorney for Plaintiff

reforming the state’s system,” Governor Sam Brownback said. “We have a Kansas solution that meets Kansas needs.” KanCare is based on three criteria - improving quality of care of Kansans receiving Medicaid; controlling costs of the program; and providing long-lasting reforms that improve the quality of health and wellness of Kansans. “Serving the needs of the whole person as well as ensuring long term fiscal sustainability for the state are the principles this plan is built upon,” Lieutenant Governor Colyer said. “KanCare

will improve coordination of care and services to achieve better outcomes and longterm savings without reducing benefits or eligibility, while safeguarding reimbursement for providers.” The KanCare Continuity of Care Plan will ensure members continue to have access to their current providers during the transition. A summary of those provisions and other member protections is available on the KanCare Web site: benefits_services.htm. Submitted by the Office of Governor Sam Brownback.

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HERMES CLASSIFIEDS Deadline for all classified advertising is MONDAY at 5:00 p.m. All Garage, Yard and/or Moving Sale Ads MUST Be Pre-Paid. 1) Classified ad rate is $.20 per word per insertion. The weekly minimum is $3.35. 2) Classified display advertising rate is $5.00 per column inch. 3) All cards of thanks are charged at the display rate. 4) All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, children, or national origin or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination." This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis.

HELP WANTED JET DRIVE-IN (tfc44) Server Needed

Must be 18, Punctual, Responsible and Friendly. Apply in Person 401 S. Main - Hugoton

Find just the right person for the job with The Hermes Classifieds! Call today 544-4321

HELP WANTED: Housekeeper wanted, starting January 2. Must be over 21 years of age. Apply in person at B&B Motel. (2c52)

------------HELPERS NEEDED: Someone with CNA or CMA experience, who can drive, who has a schedule that can be altered or can fill in when needed. Call Edna 544(2c1) 2229. ---------------

CIRCULATION CLERK The Stevens County Library is seeking a Full-Time Circulation Clerk for the evening and weekend schedule. High school diploma or equivalent required. Library and/or public service experience preferred. Must have strong customer service, computer, oral and written communication skills. Benefits include retirement and health insurance. Salary commensurate with skills and education.

Applications and a full job description are available at the library. (tfc51)

NOW HIRING FOR NIGHT SHIFT Looking for friendly, motivated and dependable people Competitive Wages and Advancement Opportunities

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Spend 100% of your time doing what you do BEST! Ulysses AMHC is currently looking to fill positions for Children’s Case Managers. We work directly with children and their families in their homes, schools and community. These children are experiencing an emotional disturbance and need help to learn new skills and remain safe in their environment. Come be a part of our professional team as we work cooperatively within the agency and with outside providers to meet the needs of our children. This very rewarding position lets you see positive change take place in a child’s life. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related human service field or equivalently qualified by work experience is required. Base pay starting at $12.98/hr., also additional compensation is given for experience. Candidates must pass KBI, SRS, motor vehicle screens, and have a valid driver’s license. Benefits Include: Retirement: fully vested at time of employment Health/Dental Insurance - portion of premium paid by AMHC Life Insurance & Long-Term Disability - premium paid by AMHC Holiday, Bereavement and Vacation/Sick days

Applications are available Applications/Resumes can be sent to: E-mail or faxed to 620-272-0171 or

AMHC Attn: HR PO Box 1905 Garden City, Ks. 67846

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HELP WANTED USD #210 is looking for a


Part-time School Nurse.

112 S. Main • 620-356-5808 • Ulysses Se Habla Espanol-356-5808

Minimum of LPN licensure. Please call Holly Grubbs 544-9789 or email for further questions. Application deadline is Friday, January 18.


CURRENT OPENINGS AT STEVENS COUNTY HOSPITAL, MEDICAL CLINIC AND PIONEER MANOR NURSING HOME Long Term Care is currently searching for a full time Housekeeper to work Monday through Friday 7 am - 3:30 pm. This job opening also requires working some weekends. Please contact Robyn Medina in Human Resources (620)544-8511 or come to hospital, 1006 S. Jackson to pick up an application. (4c49) Stevens County Healthcare is searching for Full-time RNs, LPNs and CMAs to work at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home. These positions are for the night shift (6 pm - 6 am). Interested candidates must be certified with a Kansas license to be eligible for these positions. We offer excellent benefits and competitive wages. Please contact Robyn Medina in Human Resources for an application 620-544-8511. (5c48) Stevens County Healthcare has a position open at Pioneer Manor in the Dietary Department for a homemaker. Hours include day and evening, some weekends, and holidays. Need to have an understanding of basic food preparation, food safety, and sanitation important for this position. Homemaker will be working in a household preparing breakfast to order as the residents arrive in the dining room, and also preparing salads, desserts, and breads for the lunch and supper meals. All interested candidates contact Robyn Medina in Human Resources at 620-544-8511 or pick up application. (4c52)

217 N Jackson- Nice Brick Ranch, 3 bed/3 b, full basement, fpl, fence, workshop...much, much more!! Call today!!

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1501 Road 9 - Very well maintained brick home on 3.7 acres only 3 miles from town. 5 bed/4 bath. New roof 2010. Hardwood floors & new carpet on main level in 2009. A/C unit and Furnace replaced in 2011. Double oven & microwave new in 2011, refrigerator & dishwasher 2.5 years old.

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Motel/Restaurant 928 S. Jackson - Frame, 2 bed/2 b., lg family rm, basement, cen H/A. Call for details! 801 S. Main Street - Price Reduced!! 3 bed/2 bath, cen H/A, fence, oversized garage, fpl, lots of storage. Call for details!!

20579 Road D, Moscow, KS - Reduced Price! Completely remodeled and renovated 2bd/1b home with 5 acres! $40,000!!

1029 S. Van Buren- Ranch, 2 bed/1 b, fpl, att garage, storage shed. Call to set up a showing!! Mark Faulkner-Broker Karen Yoder - Associate/Broker Residential & Commercial Specialist

Karen Yoder- 544-4161 or Cellphone 544-3730 Chance Yoder - Salesperson Agricultural Land Residential & Commercial Specialist

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SUPPORT GROUPS PREGNANT? NEED HELP? Call Birthright of Garden City, 620-276-3605 or Birthline of Liberal, 1404 N. Western, 620-626-6763. (tfc3) --------------ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS will help you if you sincerely want to stop drinking. Call 544-8633. (tfc1) ---------------

CELEBRATE RECOVERY every Monday night 6:30 08 p.m. at Assembly of God Fellowship Hall, 138 S. Main. (tfc25)

AL-Anon Family Group

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Men & Women of alcoholic family & friends meet at 1405 Cemetery Rd. Mon. & Thurs. 8 pm 544-2610 or 544-2854 (tfc)

Project Hope Open Tues & Thurs 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Sunday 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 1030 S. Main (tfc37) (tfc15)

3rd Tuesdays - 1:00 p.m. 3rd Thursdays - 5:15 p.m. Chapel at Pioneer Manor




603 Fifth Street in Rolla


Very well-built, beautiful brick home. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, office, bonus room, full finished basement with huge storeroom, fenced patio, oversized 2car garage, underground sprinkler.

620-544-5499 or 620-428-2929

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SATELLITE TV: Call JAY D’s Satellite for LOCAL service! New installs - upgrades - Dish Moves - Remotes. Dish and DirecTV 800-952-9634. (tfc48) ---------------

FOR RENT FOR RENT: 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments. Furnished or unfurnished. Bills included, washer and dryer, and cable. Call 544-2232. (tfc) --------------FOR RENT: Two Bedroom Mobile Home. Newly remodeled, perfect for single person. If interested call 620-5441957 for an appointment to view. If no answer leave your name and number and I will get back to you. (tfc) ---------------

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1505 S. Madison St. - Nice 4 bedroom/2 bath home on large corner lot. Very nice layout, 3 car garage with work shop attached to end garage. Bedroom 4 has access to garage. This is a must see.

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PRICE REDUCED: 1109 S. Madison St. - All you could ever want in a home. Home has 8 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 2 Living areas. Basement family room is equipped with cabinets, sink, and cook top. Bathroom downstairs has a large whirlpool tub. Kitchen and upstairs bath recently remodeled. New appliances in kitchen. Back porch remodeled and enclosed and nice sitting patio next to porch.




• Direct and indirect supervision over assigned employee workforce. This includes assigning, directing, evaluating and reviewing work of employees. Responsibilities include providing on-the-job training, evaluating job performance, recommending of new hires, promotions, status changes, discipline; and planning, scheduling and coordinating work operations. • Provides training to employees in current policies, codes, ordinances, statutes, and in the proper use of equipment. • Responsible for ensuring that the maintenance and upkeep of the county gravel roads, asphalt roads and be able to construct new roads. • Responsible for supervising and coordination program efforts, including distribution allocation of projects, equipment and materials. • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, tonnage, percentages and volume of rock, gravel, asphalt, etc. • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the County Commissioners, citizens and general public. • Must obtain class “A” CDL license. • Assists with the development of annual yearly budget, KDOT annual report and KDOT 5-year Projection Plan. • Must be able to respond to emergency and after-hour calls on nights and weekends. • A high school diploma or GED and a minimum of six years’ experience in road construction or maintenance with two years’ supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Gas company pays up to 20,000 KW of electric usage per year. 848 Road G. - This all electric 2 story home with 5 bedrooms comes with 6 acres of land and 2 new heating and air conditioning systems. $145,000.00 Additional acreage available. Call today!

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Ag Wise Joshua Morris, Stevens County Extension Agent A.N.R. office: 620-544-4359

Upcoming Extension Events Predator Calling Seminar A seminar will be Monday January 7, 2013 6:00 p.m. at the Stevens County Fair Office Building. A meal will be provided. Register by calling the Extension office at 620-544-4359. Charles Lee, K-State Extension Wildlife Specialist, will be presenting on the following topics: Coyote Biology, Coyote behavior, proper use of mouth calls, proper use of electronic calls, and coyote trapping. Community Garden If you are interested in having a plot or helping with a community garden please call or email me at the Extension Office. I think there is a need for one in our community and I would like to know who might have some interest. The Extension Office phone number is 620-544-4350 or my email is jcmorris@ Benefits of Snow to the Wheat Crop Snow will bring many benefits to this year’s struggling wheat crop. In many ways, snow will be even more beneficial than

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rain. Benefits of snow include: Moisture Obviously, snow brings some needed moisture to Kansas. The general rule is ten inches of snow equals one inch of rain, although this will vary, depending on how fluffy or heavy the snow is. One of the benefits of getting moisture in the form of snow is that nearly all the moisture will move down into the soil and remain there for quite some time. Since the weather is cold, or at least cool, after a snow, very little of it will evaporate immediately. Root development Moisture from snow will help increase root growth of wheat. Even if the topgrowth is dormant and isn’t growing during periods of cold weather, roots will continue to grow if there is moisture. Soil protection Snow cover does a great job in keeping the soil from blowing. As long as the ground is protected by snow, soil particles on the surface can’t be picked up by high winds. Soil temperatures Snow has an insulating effect on the soil, keeping very cold air

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temperatures from reducing soil temperatures and thus protecting the crown of the wheat plant from cold injury. Snow also keeps soils warmer during the winter by adding moisture to the soil. It takes much longer for wet soils to get cold than dry soils. All in all, having snow cover on winter wheat will bring many benefits to the wheat crop this winter. The best way to improve your chances of having snow cover is to maintain standing residue on the field. Standing residue is especially effective in capturing and keeping snow, especially when it’s windy. That’s another reason that keeping residue on the soil is important. By Jim Shroyer, Crop Production Specialist

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Department delivers Christmas boxes for the holiday season. Saturday, December 22 the group delivered 75 boxes. Pictured from the left are Deputy Shel-

don Shuck, Deputy Chris Beltz, Detective Duane Topliss, Sheriff Ted Heaton, Undersheriff T.J. Steers and Deputy Brian Schooley.

Passing on the family farm takes talking, planning By Amy Bickel - The Hutchinson News - The average age of the farmer is nearing 60, and with that, 70 percent of the farmland could transfer into new hands by the year 2025. Several of those aging farmers toiling on Kansas farms, however, just like their ancestors before them, haven't planned for the future. Hayes attorney Stacey Seibel, who has done estate planning for 16 years, said she asked the question at a recent seminar in Plainville of 35 farmers aged between 50 and 70. "Out of the 35 farmers, 25 percent didn't have any plan or even a will," Seibel said, adding that another "25 percent had a will, but the will was more than eight years old." Kansas Farm Bureau attorney Mike Irvin said he gets calls from members saying they don't know the plan their father has for the farm. He's also heard horror stories of a farm pulled apart because the father never planned for the future and the next generation wanting to farm. Younger farmers are under the notion that "someday, son, this will all be yours." "The problem," Irvin said, "is, I get guys who come up to me, 55 years old, and they say 'I don't know what the plan is.' " It's a difficult subject to bring up when you are the younger generation wanting to

take over, Irvin said. In addition, there is no cookie-cutter answer. The aging farmer has to decide how to make a smooth transition, what's fair for the non-farming children, along with the tax issues and setting up something that will help with the couple's retirement. Yet, without a plan, without communication between the children, the farm could disappear, along with the next-generation farmer, he said. Communication is the key for a smooth succession, Irvin said. "That's why it is important to plan," Irvin said. "Then, after the parent dies, there is a whole planning stage that will transfer this farm to the next generation. Then it is less apt to go to court, less apt for something to block the transfer." Pratt County farmers Berry and Carla Bortz are working on transitioning the farm to their children, Darnell 21 and Brandon 26, who have expressed interest in returning to the farm. A daughter, Amber 25, is working on a master's degree at the University of Kansas. The couple started working on both estate and succession planning more than a year ago. It's tough, Berry Bortz said. "We haven't figured it all out yet," he said, but added that part of it is once his boys return, they will "earn their

stripes, so to speak." That could mean having their sons buy into the farm at ten percent, let them work for seven or eight years, and then buy in another 15 percent, he said. "By that time, I would be 65, and they would be equal partners with me and Carla," Bortz said. "We would all have 25 percent of the farm." They would then make decisions from that point on management of the estate, he said, adding that he and his wife can't prepare for all contingencies. "Some things have to be flexible," he said. "That is our personal opinion. That might not be the way to do it for everyone." Farmers may also consider whether to start a partnership, a limited liability corporation or a general C corporation in an effort to bring in the next generation, he said. "The devil is in the details," he said. "Those are the issues we are looking at." Farm transition is a significant issue that will be increasingly important over the next decade, said Arlyn Miller, an attorney at Martindell Swearer Shaffer Ridenour law office in Hutchinson. Farmers today are disproportionately older and nearing retirement, and many will face transition issues in the near future. With huge land values, it

can be difficult for a young farmer to acquire the financing needed to buy out non-farm family members. Moreover, a life insurance policy might not be an affordable option, and on a smaller farm, dividing the assets equally among the children might not leave sufficient assets with the farming child to have a viable farm. "It's a tough issue," Miller said. "Sometimes it is the most difficult professionally because it is the most difficult for the client. It's difficult to put together a plan that meets all the objectives. The parents often want one of the kids to be able to continue to farm, but they also want to treat all their children alike. Those two objectives are not always achievable." But a lot can be done through proper planning and strategy, he said. Planning is at the forefront of Bortz's mind. He said that farmers just starting the process need to realize it might not be a quick process. "Don't think you can do it in one afternoon," he said. "It takes time and a lot of thought. Get with your advisers, your kids, and think about it. You have to figure out where you want to go and work with the end in mind." Reprinted by permission from

Predator Calling Management Seminar Topics covered at the Workshop Coyote Biology Coyote Behavior Proper Use of Mouth Calls Proper Use of Electronic Calls Coyote Trapping Q&A

Monday, January 7, 2013 6:00 p.m. Stevens Co. Fair Office Building Fairgrounds, Hugoton KS REGISTER BY 12:00pm January 7th, 2013 for the provided meal

At either the Steven County Extension Office – 620-544-4359 or Morton County Extension Office- 620-697-2558 Featured Speaker: Charles Lee, Extension Wildlife Specialist, K-State Research & Extension For more information and to register contact: Stevens County Extension Office 114 E. Fifth St. Hugoton, KS 67951 620-544-4359 Fax: 620-544-4481 Email:

Schedule 6:00 pm – Registration 6:15 pm – Meal 6:30 pm – Program 8:00 pm - Conclude

K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

Depicts large-scale trends based on subjectively derived probabilities guided by short- and longrange statistical and dynamical forecasts. Short-term events – such as individual storms – cannot be accurately forecast more than a few days in advance. Use caution for applications – such as crops – that can be affected by such events. “Ongoing” drought areas are approximated from the Drought Monitor (D1 to D4 intensity). For weekly drought updates, see the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. NOTE: the green improvement areas imply at least a 1-category improvement in the Drought Monitor intensity levels, but do not necessarily imply drought elimination. Used by permission from

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