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Hermes Thursday, February 22, 2018

20 pages, Volume 131, Number 8

Klassens named 2018 Sweethearts The sweetest day of the year has come and gone but for a few sweethearts, the love continues as they enjoy their winnings from the 2018 Sweetheart Sweepstakes. Jake and Annie Klassen won the big prize this year at China, where they’ll enjoy a $25 gift certificate as well as $50 in Chamber Bucks from the Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce. Countless other couples won a list of great prizes at area businesses, but Rick and Linda Kates might just take the cake with luck! They won two prizes in this year’s Sweepstakes - a $50 gift

certificate at Bultman Tire and two free dinners and drinks at the Jet Drive-In! China’s other winners were Chris and Haley McCameron, who will enjoy a delicious free meal with their $25 gift certificate. Ed and Alicia Stevenson took the $25 gift certificate prize at Janet’s Bridal and Boutique, while Carl and Nancy Cox won a $25 gift certificate to Creative Specialties. Roger and Chely Beesley won the $20 gift certificate at Bultman Inc. and Zackary and Micah Johnson were named the $25 gift card winners at Flatlanders. Ron and

Sweetheart Sweepstake winners Jake and Annie Klassen are handed their awards by Alisha Owens, Hugoton Area Chamber of Com-

Kathy Simmons get to pick their choice of jewelry at the Hospital Auxiliary’s Little Gift Shop in the Corner. Jan Leonard and fiance Julie Hefner will start their lives together with an early wedding present of $20 Gas Capital Dollars from Citizens State Bank. Wilmer and LaDonna Perry won the $25 cash from First National Bank, and Cary and Susan Roland will stay informed with their free year of The Hermes! Richard and Stephanie Smith were named the winners of a bottle of CND See SWEETHEARTS, page 3

Mr. Greg Northrup with Verbio reports he and a colleague plan to lead the development of projects in the United States, instead of working with Synata as previously reported. Mr. Northrup said a public announcement regarding Verbio and their

decision to operate in Hugoton or elsewhere in the U.S. is planned for sometime in the coming month or perhaps even sooner. He also reports the wheatstraw and corn stover bales gathered for use at Abengoa may in fact still be usable. He

said, “It appears the dryness of Hugoton’s climate has prevented the decomposition of a substantial portion of the stored feedstock. Additional verification will be required to confirm our initial findings, but this could serve as a ‘win-win’ situation for all.”

State Bound! HHS Wrestler Bradan Slemp qualifies at Hays

Hugoton wrestlers traveled Ark City over the weekend to compete for a chance to go to State. Hugoton took nine wrestlers, but with the tough competition, and some hard luck, only one Eagle reached State. For a season that started with excitement, it ended for most as unfinished business and broken dreams. The Eagles, who limped into Regionals already banged up, took another blow as two of their top veteran wrestlers suffered season-ending injuries on

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day one of the competition. Marcos Baeza suffered a head injury as he was heading out of

bounds during his first and only match. Baeza won the match, but afterwards started to suffer symptoms from the hit to his head. The Eagles had to scratch him and wrap up his career. Baeza was not the only senior whose season didn’t end on his own terms. Manny Mendoza looked to be rolling into a chance for State as he dispatched his first two foes by pins. Entering the championship semifinals, Mendoza suffered a broken rib as he was fighting to get out of a See WRESTLING, page 1B

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INSIDE: Conservation Issue Hutton to address banquet guests

Jeff Hutton will be the guest speaker at the Stevens County Conservation District’s Sixty-eighth Annual Appreciation Banquet Saturday, February 24 at the Memorial Hall in Hugoton. Join them for dinner, accomplishments, awards, meeting and elections. Hunny’s BBQ will be catering the dinner, courtesy of Citizens State Bank. Also, door prizes will be given away! Mr. Hutton is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Dodge City. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 1983 and began his professional

merce Executive Director at left and Jeney Zhang owner of China Restaurant at right where the couple’s names were drawn.

Verbio to announce US intentions soon


career in weather during that same year working for a private firm in Oklahoma City. He joined the National Weather Service in Des Moines, Ia. in 1989. A native of Dodge City,

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See page 1C for 2017 Grassland, Windbreak and Water Conservation Award winners!

EcoDevo meets new part-time director The Stevens County Economic Development Board met last Tuesday in the craft room of the Senior Center. Present at the meeting were board members Judy Parsons, Jonathan Pearcy, Neal Gillespie, Jack Rowden, Doug Martin, Adrian Howie and Chris Crawford. Also attending were Director Jan Leonard, Secretary Alisha Owens and Hermes reporter Ruthie Winget. Board member Josh Morris was absent. President of the board Chris Crawford presided. The board voted to approve the minutes of the last meeting. Treasurer Jack Rowden reported the checking account balance was $1,46l.44 and the Special Projects balance to be $52,483.93. The board voted to transfer $2,000 from the Special Projects account to the checking account to pay bills. Crawford reported Jan Leonard had been hired as part-time EcoDevo Director by the hiring committee.

Crawford also stated they had visited with the Stevens County Commissioners at their recent monthly meeting, asking them to re-instate some of the funding for the salary of the EcoDevo Director. The commissioners replied favorably after some needed details were taken care of. Alisha was given the floor to discuss new and old business. The board voted to sponsor a Meet and Greet for the public to meet and visit with the new director, Jan Leonard. They decided to have it at the Chamber Luncheon planned at the Pioneer Manor Coffee Room the following Tuesday, February 20 at noon. Alisha reported she is starting to work on the 2019 budget, using last year’s budget as a model. She hopes to have a rough draft available at the next meeting for the board’s approval. The county commissioners would like

INDEX Obituaries........................................................2 Looking Back .................................................6 Moscow ...........................................................7 Rolla ...................................................................8

Mr. Hutton was selected as one of the first forecasters at the modernized weather office in Dodge City in early 1992. He was selected as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Dodge City office in 1994, a position he has held since. As the Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Mr. Hutton actively works with city, county and state officials in promoting weather awareness and safety. He also trains spotters and citizens on weather identification and safety issues pertaining to severe weather and is responsible for training his local office employees in many aspects of severe weather.

Sports ................................................1B & 2B Farm ...............................................................3B Classifieds............................................4B-5B Conservation .....................................1C-6C

monthly updates of each meeting. Alisha will e-mail them the minutes of each meeting or Jan will report to the commissioners. Director Jan Leonard and Secretary Alisha Owens attended the Southwest Kansas Night Out in Topeka January 22. They met a lot of congressmen at the conference. The next wKREDA Conference (western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance) will be in Wichita March 14-15. The board felt Alisha needed to be there as well as the director. Alisha announced some board positions needed to be filled. Jan Leonard reported he gave an application to the Stevens County Foundation meeting to fund the director’s position but it was denied. Jan stated the former White’s grocery store building might be for sale See ECODEVO, page 3

OBITUARIES INSIDE Irene Bautista Brett Crawford Doug Dethrow

Neal Hadsell Virginia Helsel Twila Kaberlein

Oscar “Ozzie” Ridings

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Brett Crawford Monday friends and family gathered to remember Brett Jackson Crawford, 41, who passed from this life Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at his home in Wichita. Born August 11, 1976, the youngest son of Don Clinton Crawford and Jana Maree Morris, he was born at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. Most of his life Brett lived in Hugoton. He graduated from Hugoton High School in 1995. Brett loved his family more than anything and was full of life. He was a joy to be around and knew no stranger. Brett knew his Lord and had a strong Christian heart. July 19, 1997 he and Kerrie Garza were married. To this union two sons were born, Jackson and Jett. Survivors include wife Kerrie Crawford of Edmond, Ok.; two sons, Jackson Crawford of Wichita and Jett Crawford of Edmond; his mother Jana Morris of Helotes, Tx.; stepfather Greg Loibl of Hugoton; two brothers, Shannon Crawford and wife Diana, their daughters, Katie and MaryBeth Crawford all of Hugoton and Bryan Crawford and wife

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Aurora and their daughter Alexandra and sons Jacob and Joshua all of Helotes; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his many friends. Brett was preceded in death by his father Don C. Crawford. Funeral services were attended Monday afternoon, February 19 at the Assembly of God Church in Hugoton. Burial followed at Hugoton Cemetery under the direction of Paul’s-Robson Funeral Home of Hugoton. A memorial has been established for Brett Crawford Children’s Education Fund. Memorials may be mailed to Paul’sRobson Funeral home, P.O. Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.

Irene Bautista The death of Irene Bautista has been learned. Mrs. Bautista, age 63, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Tx. She was born November 18, 1954 in Chimaltitan, Jalisco, Mexico, the daughter of Pedro Bautista Villegas and Maria Abigai Martinez Delgado. June 1, 1976, she married Tomas Bautista at Chimaltitan, Jalisco, Mexico. He survives. Irene was employed at Tyson Foods as the knife supervisor. Survivors include her son Daniel Bautista Bautista of Liberal; four daughters, Teresa Bautista Bautista of Mexico, and Margarita Bautista Bautista, Ana Elizabeth Bautista Bautista and Norma Elida Bautista Bautista, all of Liberal; her brother Cesario Bautista Martinez of Liberal; and her 15 grandchildren. Irene was preceded in death by her parents. Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial was attended Monday, February 19 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Liberal


with Fr. James P. Dieker officiating. Burial will be in the Family Cemetery in Mexico. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.bren

Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

Former Hugoton resident Neal Winston Hadsell, age 96 of Nixa, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018. Born December 6, 1921 on a farm in Texas County, Ok., he was the son of Henry M. Hadsell and the former Della May Hatfield. Neal was the youngest of six children. He grew to manhood on this farm. Neal graduated from Eureka Consolidated High School in Baker, Ok. in 1939. December 7, 1941 Neal was united in marriage to Reva Carolyn Maupin in Guymon, Ok. From this union three children were born, Gary Neal, Judy Ann and Terry Lynn. Mr. Hadsell served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was an electrician and owned his own business for many years. Reva was the bookkeeper for their company. Neal and Reva retired in 1979 and moved to Nixa from Hugoton in 1990 to be near their daughter. Neal was a lifetime member of the DAV. Neal is survived by his daughter Judy Miller and husband Lynn of Nixa;

grandsons Timothy Miller and wife Rebecca of Springfield, Va. and Chris Miller and wife Michelle of O'fallon, Il. Those preceding Mr. Hadsell in death were his parents; wife Reva in 2000; two sons, Terry Lynn Hadsell in 1967 and Gary Neal Hadsell, his wife Marilyn and their two sons Kim Neal age seven and Matthew Allen age five all in 1979; his brothers, Eugene M. Hadsell and wife Sarah, Henry M. Hadsell and Horace M. Hadsell; sisters, Doris Van DeCarr and Peggy Lou Clemens and her husband Ted. There will be a graveside service at a later date in Kansas.

Twila Kaberlein Longtime Hugoton resident Twila Faye Kaberlein, 85, passed from this life Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hugoton. She was the daughter of Frank Dufield and the former Thelma Lepper. She was born November 27, 1932 in Kismet. April 19, 1975, she married John P. Kaberlein in Liberal. Twila worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company for 18 years and at the Stevens County Treasurer’s Office until her retirement. Mrs. Kaberlein was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Hugoton. She enjoyed traveling with her husband John. Twila’s hobbies were gardening and ceramics. Survivors include her husband John Kaberlein of Hugoton; brother Donald Dufield and wife Pat of Plains; her sister Shirley Herman and husband Ken of Hays; brothers-in-law, Leonard Kaberlein and wife Kaye of Summit, Ms. Don Kaberlein and wife Donna of

Insight the stockman called his veterinarian to help. As soon as the vet arrived, Brunkow laid out the situation facing the momma ewe. Committed to speaking on the trade panel, Brunkow left the vet with his father and daughter to help and headed east. Talk about commitment… Brunkow firmly believes his farm organization is the most powerful voice for Kansas agriculture whether farmers and ranchers are lobbying elected officials in Topeka or Washington D.C., educating fourth graders on his family farm or addressing newspaper editors across Kansas about the importance of trade. And while Brunkow headed to the KPA meeting, the situation back west on his farm had deteriorated. He learned the news in a phone call from his daughter a few minutes before he arrived in Topeka. Fortunately, the first lamb out of the ewe lived. However, the second was lodged sideways and died during the birthing process. A third lamb died as well. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Brunkow says. “I knew we were in trouble, but I never imagined there’d be three lambs. So, I never even thought about the prospect of losing two babies.” Losing livestock of any kind represents one of the worst experiences that can occur on a farm or ranch. Like other stockmen, Brunkow looks at his stock every day

Friends and family gathered to celebrate the life of Douglas Eugene Dethrow last week. Mr. Dethrow went to be with his Heavenly Father Monday, February 12, 2018. Doug was born in Hugoton to Gene and Imogene Dethrow, November 22, 1958. He loved the farm boy life and his rural upbringing and was often found fishing, hunting and raising pigs. At Rolla High School, where he graduated from in 1977, Doug excelled in basketball and track and set hurdling records. Doug married his longtime love Dianne and they made a home in Norman, Ok. where they raised a family and ran a successful business together. Doug was a jack of all trades and used his skills and knowledge working in a variety of industries including the oil field, tile business and most recently as a truck driver. When Doug was not working, he could be found with the people who meant the most to him: his friends and family. He enjoyed spending time at the lake and going to OU football games. If you knew Doug, you knew his love for the Sooners. Family described Doug as loving and generous, with his sister saying if he only had three pennies to his name, he’d give you four. Along with generosity and kindness, Doug was known for starting every

conversation with a simple “sup man?!” He loved pecan pie and made the best hamburgers. The farm boy also loved music by Pat Benatar, ZZ Top, Bob Seger and Adele. Another love Doug had was his role as a grandfather. Lovingly known as “Poppi,” Doug enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to ride bikes, playing ball and helping them with their livestock. Doug is preceded in death by his father Gene and his brother Jimmy. He is survived by his wife Dianne; children Jake Klein and spouse OJ and Terah Devine and husband Joe; mother Imogene; his sister Lesa Goucher and spouse Monte; nieces Brittany and Kyleigh; grandchildren Katie, Maddie, Hayes and Kendall; his great nieces; great grandchildren; and lastly Doug is survived and missed by his dog Jack. Inurnment will be Friday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rolla Cemetery under the direction of Miller Mortuary of Liberal.

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Olathe, Bob Kaberlein and wife Gloria of Plains and Bill Kaberlein and wife Jeaninne of Hays; and her many nieces and nephews. Twila was preceded in death by her parents; brother Walter Dufield; and sister Betty Black. Mass service was attended Tuesday morning, February 20 at St. Helen Catholic Church with burial in Hugoton Cemetery. A memorial has been established to St. Helen Catholic Church of Hugoton. Memorials may be mailed to Paul’s-Robson Funeral Home, PO Box 236, Hugoton, Ks 67951.

By John Schlageck, Senior Editor/Writer, Kansas Farm Bureau

Total commitment Pottawatomie County farmer / stockman Glenn Brunkow entered the Capital Plaza Hotel in Topeka with his hair askew and his demeanor a bit dampened. In less than ten minutes Brunkow was slated to speak on international trade and its impact on Kansas. He quickly walked into the Sunflower Ballroom, shrugged off his hectic morning on the farm and shifted into the advocacyfor-agriculture role. His eyes twinkled, he flashed his trademark Brunkow grin and headed for the stage to greet the other members of the Kansas Farm Bureausponsored panel on trade. In his opening statement to the more than 80 Kansas Press Association (KPA) members gathered for their annual meeting, Brunkow told them, “Trade is the lifeblood of Kansas farmers and ranchers. Without trade, we’re unable to market nearly half of the crops and livestock we produce.” Speaking of ag production, Brunkow farms with his father north of Wamego. The family operation consists of soybeans, corn, wheat, hay, a cow herd and a small flock of sheep. The fifth-generation farmer/stockman crawled out of bed early that Friday morning, February 9, before heading to the KPA meeting in Topeka. Brunkow had livestock to feed and his sheep were lambing. One of the ewes struggled to give birth and

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he’s on his family farm. He checks on their health, food and water. The stockman also looks to see how they’re progressing. Their condition. “It’s an emotional attachment you have when you raise cattle, hogs, sheep, whatever you have in your operation,” Brunkow says. “These livestock live with you day in and day out. You’ve raised them from the first day they hit the ground until they’re producing calves or lambs in your herd. It’s a passion.” And it’s constantly changing. Every day is a new day filled with challenges and successes. Still, Brunkow looks forward to these opportunities. Like the rising sun, the Pottawatomie County stockman wakes up and looks forward to these opportunities. He’s excited about his livestock. He knows they rely on him to care for them. They’re part of his life just like speaking on behalf of his vocation. Brunkow speaks to people about his crop and livestock operation because he’s committed to doing so. As a spokesperson, he’s willing to do more, because it’s who he is. John Schlageck is a leading commentator on agriculture and rural Kansas. Born and raised on a diversified farm in northwestern Kansas, his writing reflects a lifetime of experience, knowledge and passion.

Word has been received of the death of Virginia May Helsel, 84, who passed from this life Friday, February 16, 2018 at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. Born February 27, 1933 in Liberal, she was the daughter of Dennis Maxwell Booth and the former Mildred Catherine Hart. May 17, 1952, she married Gerald Lee Helsel in Clayton N.M. He preceded her in death July 9, 2000. Virginia graduated from Liberal High School in 1943. She was a Crew Chief for Beech Aircraft on the 1900 Aircraft and the Beech Jet. She worked for Beech Aircraft for 20 years, retiring in 1993. Mrs. Helsel worked as a clerk for Black’s Drug Store and she also worked for USD 480 at South Jr. High School in the cafeteria. Virginia was a charter member of Faith Tabernacle Church, and she was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. She enjoyed working with ceramics, woodcrafts, roller skating, yardwork and gardening, and she loved spending time with her

grandchildren. Survivors include her son Ronnie Helsel of Liberal; daughter Ronda McAdams and husband Steve of Liberal; her brother William “Bill” Booth of Missouri; sister Sharon Wilkerson of Longview, Wa.; her four grandchildren, Carrie, Myka, Brandon and Brandi; nine great grand children, Ashley, Amanda, Farrah, Kyle, Clay, Maddi, Jacob, Cagle and Sylvia; and great great grandchild Vaughn. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and sister Betty Handley. Funeral services were attended Tuesday, February 20 at Brenneman Funeral Home Chapel in Liberal.

Oscar “Ozzie Ridings Death has claimed the life of Oscar “Ozzie” Harold Ridings. Mr. Ridings, 71, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at his residence in Liberal. He was born July 2, 1946 in Washington, and was the son of Eugene Ridings and Hazel Hunter. September 16, 2006, he married Rita Ann Irsik. She preceded him in death May 21, 2017. Ozzie was a Veteran of the United States Navy, where he served during the Vietnam War. He was always very proud of his service. He was also very passionate and very involved in the National Day of Prayer for the last eight years. Survivors include his stepson Benjamin Stanton Hogan and wife Melissa of Ocala, Fl.; and step grandson Ryker Stanton Hogan.

Graveside services were attended Friday afternoon, February 16 with Pastor Kevin Alexander presiding at Liberal Cemetery with military rights provided by the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be sent to Vietnam Veterans of America in care of Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 West Second, Liberal, Ks 67901, in Ozzie’s name.

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proven one, as they have a plant successfully running in Germany. That plant began operations in 2006. Jan also reported the Northwest Cotton Gin is rebuilding from the fire. They are also expanding their cotton gin. It will likely be the biggest cotton gin in Kansas. Director Leonard also stated he heard the windfarm across the state line in Oklahoma has been postponed for a short time. The meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be March 13.

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to be used as a Civic Center if funding can be found. This building has at least 12,000 square feet. Hugoton could use a Center for many meetings and activities. Jan received already has tentative bids for the air conditioning and flooring. EcoDevo board officers will be elected at the next meeting. Jan and Alisha reported another ethanol company called Verbio is interested in moving to Hugoton. They want to manufacture biomethane, possibly using wheat straw and corn stover. Their method is already a

Board members Ron McFarlane, Greg Stoppel and Clayton Gerrond prepare to start the Pledge of Allegiance.




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Debi Peterson Volunteer of the Year

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Almond Moisture Therapy Lotion at Buffie’s. Hugoton Drug awarded Chris and Stephanie Heger with a very useful $25 gift certificate. Yardmasters’ $25 gift certificate winners were Curt and Maria Slocum. Johnny and Rhonda Kolacek were awarded a $25 gift card from Stevens

County Retail Pharmacy, and Tom and Debbie Pate will enjoy a tasty meal courtesy of Pizza Hut with their free large pizza. Liz Perry was named the winner of a $25 gift certificate at Los Agaves Bar and Grill. Acosta’s and Nieto’s Cafe awarded a $25 gift certificate to their winners, Robert and Dawn Hart.

Police Report

544-4959, After Hours 544-2020 Monday, February 12, 2018 • Dog at Large, 100 Block of South Jackson, Returned to Owner, ACO Smith Tuesday, February 13, 2018 • Domestic, 1000 Block of South Madison, Did Report, Officer Hagman Wednesday, February 14, 2018 • Dogs at Large, 100 Block of South Jackson, Returned One to Owner, Impounded Second, Sergeant Johnson • Vehicle Unlock, Legion Field, Citizen Assist, Sergeant Johnson Thursday, February 15, 2018 • Released Dog to Owner, 1600 Block of South Washington, Public Service, Officer Lamatsch • Non Injury Accident, 600 Block of East Eleventh, Personal Property No Report, Officer Lamatsch • Dogs at Large, 900 Block of East Coulter, Returned to Owner, ACO

Smith • Dogs at Large, 100 Block of East First, Verbal Warning to Owners, ACO Smith • Dog at Large, 400 Block of East Fourth, Returned to Owner, ACO Smith • Medical Assist, 1700 Block of South Main, Public Service, Officer Crane Friday, February 16, 2018 • Medical Assist, 1700 Block of South Main, Public Service, Officer Crane • Dogs Fighting, 1000 Block of South Polk, Talked to Owner, ACO Smith Saturday, February 17,2018 • Civil, Officer Hagman Sunday, February 18, 2018 • Vehicle Unlock, 300 Block of South Madison, Citizen Assist, Officer Hagman

Charles Forward Above and Beyond Award

Pheasant Heaven Charities board members Brad Musgrove and Bobby Passmore bring out the list of award winners.

Pheasant Heaven conducts annual meeting Pheasant Heaven Charities, Inc. met for their annual partnership meeting at the VFW building. They enjoyed a great dinner supplied by Oklahoma Smoke Saturday evening, February 17. While they were eating, they were entertained by the Hugoton High School Honor Choir directed by Renee Beesley. The partners re-elected Brad Musgrove and Jerry Hull for five year terms. A new board member, Shane Huffine, was elected. Shane is from Sublette. The financial report was given by Annelle Betts. She explained that since Pheasant Heaven Charities was started, Pheasant Heaven has spent over one million dollars for Benevo-

lent and Love From Above. They have helped individuals in just the past year to the tune of over $150,000 for benevolence and Love From Above. Jerry and Laura Hull were honored for the Veteran Hunts and Annie, Get Your Gun, Art and Ammo projects. Among the many awards given, an “Above and Beyond Award” was given to Charles Forward. Even though he is over 90 years old, every year Charles comes out to sharpen all the knives for preparation of the calf fries for the annual Calf Fry. Also the Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Debi Peterson for all her service over the years to Pheasant Heaven.

What’s Happenin’ 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. 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. MY HOPE Support Group for any adult grieving the death of a loved one meets the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. at High Plains Public Radio, 210 N. Seventh in Garden. Call 620-272-2519 for more information. BREAST FRIENDS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP for breast cancer patients meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Legacy House, at 309 E. Walnut in Garden City. For more information call 620272-2360. Every Friday - Pioneer Manor Men’s Group 10:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to come for the Men’s Group and drink coffee with residents. February 1-28 - Local Artists Exhibition at the Stevens County Library February 5-28 - Love My Library Giveaway at the Stevens County Library February 12-24 - Southwest Kansas Sales is hosting their Great Annual Farm Filter Sale! Lunch will be served February 14. For more information, contact the store at 620-544-8820. February 24 - Love Yourself Vendor Show at Lynnie’s Nest, 614 S. Main

in Hugoton, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Local vendors will be on hand with all kinds of pampering products! - Sixty-eighth annual Conservation District Awards Banquet at the Memorial Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Jeff Hutton. Please call 620-5442991 for reservations. Catered by Hunny’s BBQ and sponsored by Citizens State Bank. - Community Supper at the Dermot School, starting at 7:00 p.m. Cheyrl Archuleta will be the host. Call 620593-4436 or 620-353-3643 with any questions. February 27 - Stevens County Extension Office will host Dicamba training session at 9:00 a.m. in the 4-H Building at the Stevens County Fairgrounds. There is no cost to attend the training. March 2 - Dr. Seuss Day at the Stevens County Library March 5 - Hugoton City Council will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the basement of City Office. - Commissioners meeting 8:30 a.m. in basement of Courthouse. - Stevens County Hospital Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the basement of the hospital. March 6 - Kansans are urged to take part in the statewide tornado safety drill at 10:00 am. March 7 - Library will have beginning Crochet Class at 5:00 p.m. March 8 - Stevens County Genealogical Society Meeting in the Computer Lab at 1:00 p.m. - Backup date, 10:00 a.m., for tornado drill if March 6 was stormy.

March 12 - USD 210 Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Office, 529 S. Main. - Stevens County Airport Board will meet at Airport Office at 6:00 p.m. March 13 - Stevens County Economic Development will meet at the Sr. Center Craft Room at 12:00 Noon. - Library Board Meeting in the Kansas Room at 9:30 a.m. March 14 - Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce Board will meet. - Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District will host their annual meeting at the Seward County Activity Center, 810 Stadium Avenue in Liberal. Meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. with lunch served at noon. For more information, call 620-275-7147 or visit www. Voters must be pre-registered by March 8. March 17 - Legislative Update at 3:00 p.m. Location to be determined. March 19 - Commissioners meeting 8:30 am at Commissioners’ room in basement of Courthouse. March 30 - Stevens County Library will be Closed for Good Friday

April 2-30 - Photography Exhibit at the Stevens County Library April 2 - Commissioners meeting 8:30 am at Commissioners’ room in basement of Courthouse. - Stevens County Hospital Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Pioneer Manor. April 9 - Hugoton City Council will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room, basement of City Office. - USD 210 Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Office, 529 S. Main. - Stevens County Airport Board will meet at Airport Office at 6:00 p.m. April 10 - Stevens County Economic Development will meet at the Sr. Center Craft Room at 12:00 Noon. April 11 - Library Board Meeting in the Kansas Room at 9:30 a.m. - Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce Board will meet. April 13 - Stevens County Genealogical Society Meeting in the Computer Lab at 1:00 p.m. April 16 - Commissioners meeting 8:30 am at Commissioners’ room in basement of Courthouse.

Fire & EMS Report Fire 544-2025 ---- Ambulance 544-2562 Stevens County Emergency Services run activity February 12 through February 18. Fire Department Sunday, February 18, 7:00 a.m. – dispatched to 1006 S Jackson for smoke smell in the office. Ambulance Activity Six medical runs, two transfers and one Life Flight. REMINDER: There is a County wide burn ban in effect. No open burning is allowed until further notice.

The Partner of the Year was awarded to the Stevens County Vets Group. The meeting adjourned.

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KHP will promote SAFE Beginning February 26 and running through March 9, 2018, the Kansas Highway Patrol, area law enforcement agencies, and agencies in both Missouri and Oklahoma will participate in the annual “High Visibility Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign”. This initiative is coupled with the Seat Belts Are for Everyone (SAFE) program in Kansas’ high schools. SAFE is a locally sustained program, administered by the students of the high school they attend. The focus is on reducing deaths and injuries on Kansas roadways. Currently, 157 high schools from 71 counties participate in the SAFE program statewide. “Troopers will be working with local law enforcement partners in an aggressive education and enforcement campaign focused on the im-

portance of seat belt usage,” said Colonel Mark Bruce, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “Seat belts have been proven to save lives and prevent injuries, and our goal is to make sure all young adults buckle up in all seating positions.” In 2015, Kansas tragically lost 13 high school teens in motor vehicle crashes. Of those teens, nearly 40 percent were not properly restrained. KDOT’s Traffic Safety section is spearheading this twoweek awareness campaign in hopes of decreasing serious injuries and crash fatalities by increasing seat belt usage. In 2015, the observed seat belt rate in Kansas for the ages of 15-17 was 85%. The seat belt usage rate for the same age group was 61% in 2008-09, demonstrating the SAFE program is making a difference for Kansas youth.

Severe Weather Awareness Week planned for March 5-9 With the beginning of severe weather season drawing nearer, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management is reminding all Kansans to be prepared. To that end, Governor Jeff Colyer planned to sign a proclamation February 20 marking the week of March 5-9 as “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas.” However, inclement weather in the Capitol has delayed the signing. Much of the Topeka area was under an ice storm warning. The governor’s office has not yet rescheduled the ceremony. The proclamation highlights the need for awareness of approaching severe weather and the value of emergency preparedness. Although there were 60 documented tornadoes in the

Children benefit from creative endeavors Children have long been drawn to expressing themselves through art. According to developmental experts, coloring stimulates creativity, contributes to better handwriting, teaches color recognition, and can promote hand-eye coordination. Coloring books can

help children learn to recognize boundaries and structure and develop special awareness. Adults, too, have recognized the benefits that coloring can bring, which includes stress reduction and improved focus. Crayons have long been a favorite tool for coloring, and over

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the years certain colors have emerged as fan favorites. Crayola® conducted polls in 1993 and 2000 to find out the most popular colors of crayons in America. Blue was voted the favorite both times. Six other shades of blue, including cerulean, midnight blue, aquamarine, periwinkle, denim and blizzard blue, finished among the top 10. Purple heart, caribbean green and cerise rounded out the top 10. Metro Submitted by Editorial Services.

Altering Destiny

The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:7-8

state last year, no deaths were attributed to those events and credits early warning, spotter and preparedness systems helping to contribute to fewer lives lost and fewer injuries. Kansans are also urged to take part in the statewide tornado safety drill Tuesday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. If severe weather is expected on or around the test time March 6, it will be postponed to the backup date. The backup date for the tornado drill will be Thursday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. “It doesn't take a lot of time or a lot of money to ensure you and your family are prepared,” said Angee Morgan, KDEM deputy director. "If you don't already have an emergency kit, start now by buying a few extra batteries and high-energy snacks during your weekly shopping. Throw a change of clothes, an old pair of glasses and a pair of shoes in your kit. “Check your first aid kit and make sure it's complete and up-to-date,” said Morgan. “Doing a little bit each week makes it easier to prepare for unexpected events, particularly when you get the entire family involved in gathering the supplies and making an emergency plan. “If you don't have a spestorm cially-constructed shelter or a basement, do you know where the safest place in your home is? Do you know how to safely shut off the gas or electricity? If you become separated, do you have a meeting area? How will you communicate with family members who may not be at home when a


ill things be different after we die? There is a natural tendency to think that there will be a radical transformation after death, that we will be unburdened by our bodies and that our souls will fly off to heaven and be united with God. But then shouldn’t we prepare our souls now to be with God? The truth is that God won’t be changing, and probably neither will we. Our souls and the virtues and appetites we cultivate become more or less permanent parts of who we are. If you have cultivated a spirit of love and compassion in your life, and live in the presence of God, you can certainly expect more of this in the hereafter, but if you have cultivated a spirit of anger and hatred, or any of the other vices, these have become a part of your soul. Fortunately, these things can be changed, but only with steadfast hard work and a conscious decision to alter our characters. We can change our destiny, but only if we do the hard work necessary to change our characters. If you aren’t living in the presence of God now, what makes you think you’ll be in his presence in the hereafter? Live now as you would for eternity. Christopher Simon



409 East Ninth, Hugoton Sunday – 10:30 a.m.

Terry Miller - 453-2212 428-1135 ASSEMBLY OF GOD

Main and Second Street 544-2773 Ben Coats, Pastor Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:45 a.m. Life Groups Sunday Nights - 6:00 p.m. Inside Out Kids Wed. - 6:30 p.m. Student Ministry @ The Turnaround Wed. 7:00 p.m.

BETHEL FRIENDS CHURCH 11th & Jefferson - 544-8517 Roy Bogan, Pastor Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Morning Service - 10:30 a.m. Wed Evening Ministries - 6:30 p.m. (Children, Youth, & Adult)

CHURCH OF CHRIST 1045 S. Van Buren Church: 544-2825 Home: 453-0965 Lee Rottman 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.

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 520 E. First 544-2125 Sacrament - 9:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Priesthood - 11:00 a.m.

FIRST CHURCH OF GOD 801 W. City Limits 544-2652 Israel Franco, Pastor Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Evening Service - 6:30 p.m. Call 544-2652 for Church Bus

HUGOTON BAPTIST CHURCH Eighth and Main 544-2210 Pastor Gary Stafford Parsonage - 544-2295 Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 6:30 p.m.

LONE STAR FRIENDS CHURCH 14 Miles East of Hugoton on Highway 51 Church 624-3784 Home 624-3104 Pastor Gary Damron Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Blended Worship Celebration - 10:45 a.m. Jr. High & Sr. High Youth Group - Sunday 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Evening Adult Study - 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting Wednesday - 8:00 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.


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.

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


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Tenth and Jefferson 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.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 600 S. Van Buren - 544-2715 Pastor Heath Kelley 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

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

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 544-2355 516 N.E. Avenue Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Worship Service - 10:45 a.m. Rev. Larry Bradford, Interim Pastor 544-9492 or 598-2400 YOU ARE WELCOME!

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 828 S. Main Hugoton 544-8715 Reverend Rebecca Davison, Pastor Wednesday Praise! Kids - 3:45 p.m. Wed. Jr. High Youth Fellowship - 5:30 p.m. Wed. Sr. High Youth Fellowship - 7:00 p.m. Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m.

MOSCOW MOSCOW BAPTIST CHURCH 598-2455 Church 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 - 6:00 p.m. Team Kids (Wed.) - 3:30-5:00p.m. Sept.-Apr. Youth Study Thursday - 7:00 p.m. Interim Pastor Neal Foster

MOSCOW UNITED METHODIST 598-2426 Lay Leader Patty Lahey 598-2426 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.


424 S. Jackson 544-4828 Don Quattlebum, Pastor Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Church - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday - 7:00 p.m.

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.



Pastor - Eric Mason Sunday School - 9:00 a.m. Coffee/Fellowship - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. 620-544-6386


593-4596 Lead Pastor Becky Davison Morning Worship - 9:00 a.m.

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Lead Pastor Richard Fitzgerald Morning Worship - 9:00 a.m.

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disaster hits or your loved ones who will be wondering about your safety? These are the things you will need to think about when making your plan.” Morgan said more information on emergency preparedness and building an emergency kit can be found online at The Kansas Division of Emergency Management will be posting preparedness information and hosting challenges on its Facebook page throughout the week at #!/pages/Kansas-Division-

of -Em e rg e n c y-Man ag e ment/67758892983 KDEM also has an online "Kansas Preparedness Challenge." Completing each monthly challenge makes participants eligible for a prize drawing. Go to and click on the "Kansas Preparedness Challenge" link to get started. For more information on emergency preparedness, go to,, or Submitted by the office of Governor Jeff Colyer.

Steve Perry and his beautiful bride, Cynda, were crowned King and Queen for Valentine’s Day at the Senior Center. Congratulations Steve and Cynda.

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Walk Yourself to Health The weather seems to be teasing us lately, from spring-like days to bitter cold. Around Kansas, Extension offices are all thinking "spring", as we kick off our annual spring event, Walk Kansas. Again this year we will be offering this eightweek walking program to encourage family members, schoolmates, co-workers, friends and neighbors to form a team to increase

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physical activity. A team captain will recruit five people to make a six-member team who will set goals for health and fitness, and together collectively walk 423 miles, the distance across Kansas. This year there will also be a focus on flexibility and stretching. The cost is $8.00 to participate and t-shirts can be purchased for an additional $9.00. This is a great way to get yourself up and moving this spring. You may wonder if simply adding walking to your routine can make a difference to your life and health. It can and it does. Registration begins the February 26, and Walk Kansas begins March 18. Walking promotes energy. Lack of energy is largely a result of inactivity. Endurance exercises - such as walking, swimming, jogging, and biking - improve stamina and energy. Wouldn’t you like more energy to do the things you enjoy? Walking encourages wellbeing. Evidence suggests that regular physical activity can help reduce stress, manage mild to moderate depression and anxiety, improve sleep, boost your mood, and enhance your self-image and overall sense of well being. Walking helps firm your body and take off pounds. Exercise burns calories. When you burn more calories than you take in, you can reduce your body fat. Muscles naturally lose their tone and texture (elasticity) with time. As your muscles become stiff and sag from the constant pull of gravity, your body begins to show signs of aging. By engaging in a reg-

ular strength training program, you can maintain your muscle mass and tone, and counteract gravity’s effects. Walking boosts your immune system. Researchers have found a link between regular physical activity and improved immune function. During moderate exercise, white cells circulate more quickly through your body and are better at destroying viruses and bacteria. Walking contributes to disease prevention. Regular aerobic exercise reduces your risk of heart disease by reducing body fat, lowering blood pressure, and raising "good" cholesterol levels. Exercise also improves your body’s utilization of blood sugar (glucose) and your sensitivity to insulin, which helps prevent or control diabetes. Walking increases overall life expectancy. A number of studies have found that those who participate in regular physical activity live longer than their more sedentary peers. All of these are great reasons to participate in this year’s Walk Kansas, and remember, it can be a lot of fun as well! If you are interested in participating you can pick up a packet at the Extension Office at 114 East 5th Street in Hugoton. Kansas State University, County Extension Councils, Extension Districts, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperating. K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer, and is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to physical, vision, or hearing disability or a dietary restriction please contact your local extension office.

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From the Kansas Insurance Department Investors reminded to approach cryptocurrency with caution With cryptocurrencies u n a n i investors should consider continuing to attract head- mous that before investing in any offerlines, the Office of the Kansas more reguing containing cryptocurSecurities Commissioner re- lation is rency include the following: minds Kansas investors to be needed for • Cryptocurrency is subject cautious about investments cryptocurto minimal regulatory overinvolving cryptocurrencies. rency to sight, susceptible to cyberse“Investors should go be- p r o v i d e curity breaches or hacks, and Ken Selzer yond the headlines and hype greater inthere may be no recourse Kansas to understand the risks asso- vestor proshould the cryptocurrency Insurance Commisciated with investments in tection. disappear. sioner cryptocurrencies, as well as “The re• Cryptocurrency accounts cryptocurrency futures con- cent wild price fluctuations are not insured by the Fedtracts and other financial and speculation in cryp- eral Deposit Insurance Corproducts where these virtual tocurrency-related invest- poration (FDIC). currencies are linked in some ments can easily tempt • The high volatility of crypway to the underlying invest- unsuspecting investors to tocurrency investments ment,” said John Wine, Secu- rush into an investment they makes them unsuitable for rities Commissioner. may not fully understand,” most investors, especially Cryptocurrencies are a said Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas those investing for long-term medium of exchange created Commissioner of Insurance. goals or retirement. and stored electronically in “Cryptocurrencies and in- • Investors will have to rely the blockchain, a distributed vestments tied to them are upon the strength of their public database that keeps a high-risk products with an own computer security syspermanent record of digital unproven track record and tems, as well as security systransactions. Current com- high price volatility.” tems provided by third mon cryptocurrencies inThe securities office is a parties, to protect purchased clude Bitcoin, Ethereum and division of the Kansas Insur- cryptocurrencies from theft. Litecoin. ance Department. Common Red Flags of InUnlike traditional curUnlike an Initial Public Of- vestment Fraud rency, these alternatives have fering (IPO) when a comCommissioner Wine also no physical form and typi- pany sells stocks in order to reminds investors to keep cally are not backed by tangi- raise capital, an Initial Coin watch for these common red ble assets. They are not Offering (ICO) sells “tokens” flags of investment fraud: insured or controlled by a in order to fund a project, • “Guaranteed” high incentral bank or other govern- usually related to the vestment returns. There is mental authority, cannot al- blockchain. The token likely no such thing as guaranteed ways be exchanged for other has no value at the time of investment returns, and commodities, and are sub- purchase. Some tokens con- there is no guarantee that the ject to little or no regulation. stitute, or may be exchange- cryptocurrency will increase A survey of state and able for, a new in value. provincial securities regula- cryptocurrency to be • Unsolicited offers. An untors by the North American launched by the project, solicited sales pitch may be Securities Administrators As- while others may give in- part of a fraudulent investsociation (NASAA), of which vestors a discount, or early ment scheme. Cryptocurthe Office of the Kansas Se- rights to a product or service rency investment curities Commissioner is a proposed to be offered by the opportunities are promoted member, shows 94 percent project. aggressively through social believe there is a “high risk of Common Cryptocurrency media. fraud” involving cryptocur- Concerns • Sounds too good to be rencies. Regulators also were Some common concerns true. If the project sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Watch out for exaggerated claims about the project’s future success. • Pressure to buy immediately. Take time to research an investment opportunity before handing over your money. • Unlicensed sellers. Many fraudulent investment schemes involve unlicensed individuals or unregistered firms. The KSC can help investors research the background of those selling or advising the purchase of an investment. Call 800-2329580 or go online at The mission of the Office of the Kansas Securities ComCongratulations to Rebecca Johnson, who has been selected as missioner (KSC) is to protect Pioneer Electric’s Scholarship Trip Winner to Steamboat Springs, and inform Kansas investors; Co. Rebecca will be representing Pioneer Electric at this year’s to promote integrity, fairness, 2018 Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp. She is the daughter and full disclosure in finanof Matt and Nancy Johnson. Congratulations to Rebecca and all cial services; and to foster capital formation. of the other area winners! Photo courtesy of USD 210.

Students invited to Cadet Law Enforcement Program High school students interested in law enforcement will have the opportunity this summer to see what law enforcement training and careers are like through the Cadet Law Enforcement Academy program. This is a special year for the program, with this being its Fiftieth Anniversary. The Cadet Law program is hosted by the Patrol, and sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. Cadet Law will be from June 10-15. Cadet Law gives young men and women the opportunity to learn about the duties, training, and discipline that go along with a career in law enforcement. Students will learn a great deal about leadership, and about coming together as a team. “KHP has a great relationship with the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. By working together, this program gives us the opportunity to help high school students under-

stand and appreciate the law enforcement field. While at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy, they will get the opportunity to experience some of the training that law enforcement officers receive," said Patrol Superintendent, Colonel Mark Bruce. Students at Cadet Law are instructed by KHP troopers who will help develop and encourage the students with the assistance of college students who have attended the KHP Collegiate Law program. Together they will help mentor the high school students throughout Cadet Law. Cadet Law participants will experience classroom instruction, and the realworld activities of a trooper. Cadets will go to the firing range and practice pursuit driving at the driving range. They will also get the opportunity to ride with the Patrol’s pilots in agency aircraft, and see presentations from the Patrol’s canine handlers. Physical training and attention to

detail are both emphasized throughout the duration of the program. In order for a student to be eligible to attend Cadet Law, students must be in the summer between their Junior and Senior years of high school and have a "C+" academic average. Students must be deemed medically fit to participate in all activities. Students will need to fill out an application to attend, including writing a brief essay on why they would like to participate in the program. Applications are due by March 31, 2018. Contact the American Legion at 785232-9315 for an application and further information. There is no cost to the cadet, but there is a $300 sponsorship fee by the local American Legion Post or American Legion Auxiliary Post. Lodging, food, and uniform are provided for the week. page/content/programs/ca det-law-enforcement-acad emy.

Oliver Monroe visited the library recently. He received a Born to Read packet that includes a book, a bib, a toy, and information about early childhood education classes at the SCL. Welcome to the library Oliver!

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Water Use Reports due March 1 The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources reminds water right owners throughout the state the deadline for filing water use reports is March 1. To aid in the reporting process, reports can now be filed online. K.S.A. 82a732 requires the owner of a water right or permit to file a complete and accurate water use report. To file online, go to to start the process of completing your report. You will use the PIN and personal ID found on the lower left-hand corner of the report form mailed to you in January. Instructions are provided throughout the filing process. If you prefer to file by mail, the completed re-

Public hearing scheduled for proposed Emerald Ash Borer quarantine A public hearing will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018, to consider the issuance of a permanent quarantine regarding Emerald Ash Borer to include Shawnee County. The hearing will be in room 124 on the first floor of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, 1320 Research Park Dr. in Manhattan. The proposed quarantine would prohibit movement of regulated items from the quarantined area, except under specific conditions. In addition, the quarantine would require anyone who discovers Emerald Ash Borer in an area not currently under quarantine to report the discovery to KDA within 72 hours. The proposed quarantine, including a full list of regulated items that would be included in the quarantine, can be found at the KDA website, ProposedRegs. Comments

can be submitted prior to the hearing at that webpage as well. All interested persons may attend the hearing and will be given the opportunity to express comments either orally or in writing, or both. Interested parties may appear in person or by counsel. Persons who require special accommodations must make their needs known at least five days prior to the hearing. For more information, including special accommodations or a copy of the quarantine, please contact Ronda Hutton, 785-5646715.


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port form must be postmarked by March 1. Failing to submit your water use report may result in suspension of all water use under such water right or permit. If the water use report is not received by March 1, the landowner may be assessed a fine for up to $1,000 per water right or permit. Kansas water use data reporting is essential for management of the state’s water resources, to ensure the people of Kansas - and the officials responsible for managing or monitoring water resources - have access to information about how water is used and how much water is used. For more information or assistance, please contact your local Division of Water Resources office, call the KDA–DWR Manhattan office at 785-564-6638, or visit

Nichols takes high in Bridge Club again David Eckert hosted Bridge Club this past week. Bernetta Nichols boasted the high score for the day. Jan Black and Donita Graham tied for second place, while Larry Bradford took third place. The group has a lot of fun every week at the Senior Center. They’re always looking for new players! Play starts around 12:30 p.m. every Thursday.


Case No. 2018 PR 6

According to the American Cancer Society, certain viruses, bacteria and parasites are now recognized as risk factors for cancer. While the percentage of cancers linked to infections is higher in developing countries than it is in first world countries such as the United States, between 15 and 20 percent of cancers across the globe can be connected to infections. Infections can increase a person’s risk of developing cancer in various ways. In some instances, a virus can insert its own genes into an otherwise healthy cell, causing the cell to grow out of control. In other cases, infections cause long-term inflammation in a particular area of the body, leading to changes in the affected cells and in immune cells that are nearby. Those changes can eventually lead to cancer. Certain infections can compromise the immune system to such a great extent that it is no longer capable of fully protecting the body from some cancers. While infections can increase a person’s risk for cancer, the ACS notes that many people who develop the types of infections that have been linked to cancer do not ultimately receive a cancer diagnosis. Submitted by Metro Editorial Services.


You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed in the above Court on February 1, 2018, by Matthew Ford, son of the decedent, Michael Terance Ford, Sr., praying for the determination of descent of the real estate as more fully described in the petition, and all other property, both real estate and personal

property, or interests therein, including mineral interests, owned by Michael Terance Ford, Sr., within the State of Kansas at the time of his death on July 2, 2017. You are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 5th day of March, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. of said day, in the district courtroom at the county courthouse, in the City of Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas, at which time and place the cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the petition. Matthew Ford, Petitioner KRAMER, NORDLING & NORDLING, LLC 209 East 6th Street Hugoton, KS 67951 Telephone: 620-544-4333 Attorneys for Petitioner


(First published in The Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, February 15, 2018) 3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS HYDRO RESOURCES CONTINENT, INC., PLAINTIFF,


vs. EARLENE DAVIS, UNKNOWN TENANTS/OCCUPANTS (if any), BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS and the Unknown Tenants, heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors and assigns of such of the Defendants as may be deceased; the unknown spouses of the Defendants; the unknown officers, successors, trustees, creditors and assigns of such of the Defendants as are existing, dissolved or dormant corporations; the unknown executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors, successors and assigns of such Defendants as are or were partners or in partnership; the unknown guardians, conservators and trustees of such of the Defendants as are minors or are in anywise under legal disability; the unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors and assigns of R. L. DAVIS, deceased; and all other persons who are or may be concerned. DEFENDANTS. Case No. 18-CV-2 NOTICE OF SUIT THE STATE OF KANSAS TO: EARLENE DAVIS, UNKNOWN TENANTS/OCCUPANTS (if any), BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS and the Unknown Tenants, heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors and assigns of such of the Defendants as may be deceased; the unknown spouses of the Defendants; the unknown officers, successors, trustees, creditors and assigns of such of the Defendants as are existing, dis-

solved or dormant corporations; the unknown executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors, successors and assigns of such Defendants as are or were partners or in partnership; the unknown guardians, conservators and trustees of such of the Defendants as are minors or are in anywise under legal disability; the unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors and assigns of R. L. DAVIS, deceased; and all other persons who are or may be concerned.

You are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed in the District Court of Stevens County, Kansas, by Hydro Resources- Mid Continent, Inc., praying for foreclosure of it’s Mechanic’s Lien duly and properly filed on November 3, 2017, with the Stevens County District Court under case number 2017-SL-02 against the following described real estate property situated in Stevens County, Kansas, to-wit: SE/4 of Section 8, Township 32, Range 36W, Stevens County, Kansas. and praying that the Court determine all adverse estates or interests which are claimed in said real estate, and that Plaintiff’s title thereto be quieted against you and each of you, and that you and all persons claiming by, through or under you, are forever barred and excluded from any right, title, interest, estate, equity or lien in, to, or upon, or claim against the real estate property above described; and you are hereby required to answer or otherwise plead to said Petition on or before the 7th day of March 2018, at the Courthouse in the City of Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon Plaintiff’s Petition. SUBMITTED AND APPROVED BY: Zachary D. Schultz, #25762 Schultz Law Office, P.A. 309 E. Walnut Street Garden City, Kansas 67846 (620) 276-3728 (620) 276-3798 - fax Attorney for Plaintiff

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History from the Hermes by Ruthie Winget

Thursday, February 21, 2008 The Stevens County Commissioners interviewed Barry Angell for the opening position of the Stevens County Foundation Board. The commissioners approved the motion to appoint Barry to the Foundation Board.

Thursday, February 19, 1998 Marcus Nichols, son of Eldon and Judy Nichols, has qualified to compete in the USA Indoor Championship in Atlanta, Ga. Marcus will compete in professional track and field. He is currently an assistant coach in the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

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Thursday, February 23, 1978 Jim Kramer, representing the American Agriculture Movement, returned from Washington D.C. after a fruitless meeting with President Jimmie Carter. What rankles Jim the most was the statement made by President Carter. “There is rough weather for the farmer right now but for those who do survive, there will be good times ahead.” Jim commented, “I thought we got the runaround from the executive branch.” Thursday, February 29, 1968 The family of Pfc. Ronnie Clark was notified Tuesday he had been killed in action in the fighting in Viet Nam early Sunday morning. Ronnie, who just turned 20 years old a week before he was killed, was a private first class in the U.S. Army. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Clark of

Hugoton. He is survived by six brothers; Elvas, Bill and Jack Clark of Hugoton, Gerald Clark of Hutchinson, Jerry and Larry of the home and one sister, Mrs. Vivian Beavers of Sunray, Tx. Thursday, February 20, 1948 Curt Wiegel, who lives south of Hugoton, and his grandmother, Mrs. Joe Wiegel of Hooker, spent 36 hours stranded in their car three miles west of Hooker during the recent blizzard. Both were badly chilled and sustained frostbite. They said they did everything they could think of to keep from freezing. It was terribly hard to stay awake but they knew if they slept, they would freeze. When they were rescued, they were within half a mile from a farmhouse. Curt is a brother of Mrs. Damon Hubbard.

LEAD SOUTHWEST CAGERS - The Hugoton Eagles were cinched for leading Southwest Kansas cagers after taking championship honors in the invitational basketball tournament in Liberal last weekend. Coach Craft and his crew whizzed through three games, probably the toughest bracket, to remain undefeated for the season. Ten games are now to their credit. Front, left to right, Wayne Hoskinson, Dick Perry, Tommy Gregg, Dick Rowden and Don Gregg. Back row, left to right, Coach Dave Craft, Carl Mac Thurow, Leland Walker, Mel Hollis, Harold Perry, Paul Hollis and Gary Hinkle. Taken from the January 23, 1958 edition of The Hugoton Hermes.

Museum Update Submitted by Stevens County Gas and Historical Museum Curator Stanley McGill, taken from “The People’s Domestic Science Book” published in 1915. Housekeeper’s Every Day Schedule Kitchen calendars or schedules have probably been written for nearly every cookbook published. It has been a serious question in my mind how much time and thought to devote to this. If the housekeeper will use it, it is worthwhile. If she is a “guess cook” or “near enough” it would be a waste of time to prepare it. With the thousands of women with whom we have come in contact in the past four years, I know they are steadily advancing along the line of better and more wholesome living, and more accurate cooking. By such these pages will be read and consulted or a copy made and framed to hang in the kitchen. One of the most difficult problems the housewife has in her cooking is

determining the temperature of the oven for baking. Moderate, hot, very hot, cool etc., may not mean the same thing to one that it does to another. Thermometers are coming into general use, are inexpensive and will do much to not only relieve the anxiety attending the baking, but there will not be failures as before when it was all guesswork. We are learning to be systematic and accurate in all that pertains to housekeeping and cooking; and as a result work is easier and we have better cooked foods with fewer failures. A half-pint measuring cup of tin or glass can be purchased at any department store for five or ten cents, and it is standard for all recipes given. Do not expect perfect results using a tea cup one time and a coffee cup another, or guessing at the halves, thirds or quarters. No matter what your experience or judgment, in order to have a recipe give perfect results, always - with all conditions equal - there are

Lewis Clark Lewis Clark has lived a full and interesting life up to now and seems to be happiest when recounting the things that have happened to him throughout his eventful life. “My grandmother squatted on a claim over here in Meade County and that was back in 1885,” he said. He was born in Oklahoma September 17, 1896. In 1911, Lewis’ father met a Jack Reeves from Kansas. Since Reeves wanted to live in Oklahoma and Mr. Clark wanted to live in Kansas, they made a trade. The Clarks traded a livery stable for some land the Reeves had in Stevens County near Moscow. They arrived by covered wagon at their new place in February 1912. The Clarks had a chuck wagon which they kept stocked so they could take off on cattle buying trips on short notice. The staples were kept in jars, the dishes were made of tin and the cutlery had bone handles. There were two dutch ovens; one for meat and potatoes and the other for gravy and such things. Coffee was boiled in a gallon bucket. After moving to Kansas, the Clarks raised livestock and shipped some to Kansas City. In 1914, they took horses to Kansas City twice. By this time, Lewis had

grown up and married. He had three sons, Jack, Bill and Elvas, who still live in Hugoton. In 1937, due to a lack of work and the fact they were paying on a bank loan, it was necessary they seek work in the harvest field. They set out in the Model T to hunt for someone needing help. They went to work for a man on his ranch west of Scott City. He sent them to the cook shack and told them to make themselves at home. The next day, the combine was fixed by the men, and Mrs. Clark helped the man’s wife in the house. After the grain was all in, they set out for home by way of Garden City. They stayed in Stevens County for a week. The Clarks traveled all over the country and eventually settled down in Hugoton. Today, Lewis Clark is, and has been for a long time, a junk dealer in Hugoton. The couple attends virtually all the auctions close around in Kansas and Oklahoma.

certain measurements which must be strictly followed. TABLE 1 cup equals. . . . . . . 1/2 pint 4 tablespoonfuls . . . 1/4 pint 1 gill equals . . . . . . . . 1.2 pint 1 pint equals . . . . . . .1 pound 1 cup butter . . . . . .1/2 pound 2 1/3 cups powdered sugar equals . . . . . . . . 1 pound 2 cups sifted flour equals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1/2 pound

1 rounded tablespoonful of flour . . . . . . . . . 1/2 ounce 1 rounded tablespoonful sugar . . . . . . . . . . 1 ounce 1 rounded tablespoonful of butter . . . . . . . . . . .1 ounce The Stevens County Gas and Historical Museum is open Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Stevens County Gas and Historical Museum Curator Stanley McGill brought by this photo of a classroom at Moscow High School. Do you recognize anyone? The year is unknown.

Memories from yesteryear

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John and Millie Curry “Uncle” John Curry and “Aunt” Millie Curry came to Stevens County in the early part of 1888. They had been born slaves in Kentucky. He was born in 1842, and Mrs. Curry in 1848. He was a soldier in the Union Army,

Standing, at the left is Titus Curry, who died in September of 1957; Addie, who died in the 1890’s; and Quincy, who died about 1960. Seated are Mr. and Mrs. Curry. Other children, included Millard who died in October of 1959, and Henry and Bob who died in the 1890’s. These last three are not pictured. and when the war was over, the family came west where they chose Stevens County to make their home. They filed on land close to Hugoton, proved it up and then moved into Hugoton where they lived the rest of their lives. John and his sons, Titus, Millard and Quincy, operated a livery stable in Hugoton for many years. The family had the misfortune of losing three of their children in the diphtheria

epidemic of the 1890s. They were one of the most industrious and respected families in the county. John passed away in 1914 and Millie in 1910. Taken from the “History of Stevens County and its People”, published in 1979.

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The Hugoton Hermes | Thursday, February 22, 2018 |

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Thursday, February 22 Junior High Scholars’ Bowl at Copeland Saturday, February 24 Forensics at Ulysses Monday, February 26 Driver Education Meeting in Miss Daniels’ room at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 27 Possible Sub-State Girls Basketball Wednesday, February 28 EARLY DISMISSAL at 2:30 p.m. Junior High Scholars’ Bowl, Here, 3:00 p.m.

The Wildcats traveled to Ashland Thursday to play. The JV girls played one quarter and came away with a loss 8-10 with Jessie James and Paola Gomez each having four points. Varsity girls lost 29-34. Monica Gonzalez led the scoring with nine points followed closely by Adriana Salcedo with six. Morgan Robson had five points, Jessie James four, Brittney Stuckey three and Morgan Lahey scored two points. The JV boys lost 25-39 with Adan Granillo leading the scoring with eight points followed by JD Robson six, Gerardo Garcia and Trenton Kennedy both four points and Isaac Clifft with three points. The varsity boys left

Ashland with the only win of the night, beating Ashland 64-49. Axel Granillo led the scoring with 21 points. Javi Marquez had 17 points. Jaylen Mendez, Kage Allen and Jalen Shaddix all had seven points apiece and Justyn Allen had five points.

Wildcats compete against Ashland

Students of the Month who received Awards of Excellence in both academics and citizenship for the month of February are pictured standing left to right, Renna Weatherby, Angel Martinez, Olivia Salmans, Kenia Gonzalez, Khloe Roland,

Kalisa Livesay, LeAnn Teeter, Jenna Howe and Agatha Redecop. Students sitting are Kasen Lahey, Dusti Harris, Noah Barron, Keegan Staggers, Luke Penrod and Jaylee Sunderland.

ROLLA Tour Kansas! (Kansas???) Rolla History from David Stout Marching in an inaugural parade for a president is an unbelievably magical experience. The pride one feels while marching past all the majestic buildings and monuments in Washington is unfathomable. For me, the unforgettable moment was when we marched in front of the USA Capitol Building with its huge dome – such a feeling of inspiration! After the parade, I compared notes with Judith Green about my pride peaking in front of the Capitol Building, but she told me her magical moment came when marching past the presidential reviewing stand. She was lucky enough to be on the left side, the side closest to the reviewing stand, and she felt like she made direct eye contact with President Kennedy as he tipped his hat to our group as we marched by. Sending 80 band members off to Washington D. C. takes a ton of money, and although there was a basic individual fee for all of us to pay, the fee was low enough to bring it within an affordable reach for all of us, but it wasn’t enough to cover all the expenses. To raise money for the balance, the Morton County Lions Clubs reached out in every direction. One of the sources of revenue came from The Kansas Board of Tourism which gave us a grant to help with the expenses, but one of the stipulations of the grant was that we had to pass out thousands of tourism pamphlets. Tourism pamphlets? For Kansas? Whoever thought of such a concept? What was there to see in Kansas? The world’s largest hand-dug well in Greensburg? The world’s biggest ball of twine in Cawker City? Amber waves of grain at harvest time? Since Kansas is so flat, the only winter skiing would be for serious cross-country skiing enthusiasts. In any case, we had opportunities to pass these out not only in Washington, D. C., but also during stopovers in Kansas City and Chicago, both cities where we stayed over for several hours, stop-overs which in the case of Chicago included bus tours of the downtown area. We had cartons and cartons of these things stacked in the vestibules of the train cars (and aisles in the buses), and we were all


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Two cartons of Kansas tourism pamphlets, meant for the hands of potential tourists, found their way onto a cart similar to this one, after the Morton County Lions Club Community Band’s trip to Washington, D.C. in January 1961. The members passed out countless brochures, but just couldn’t get rid of the last few. Perhaps they made their way to every citizen in that Ohio - or Indiana - town. We may never know. responsible for passing these out to people in the train stations and on the streets – anywhere we happened to be. However, by the time we were heading back to Kansas we still had a couple of cartons left, but no other stops were scheduled. Ike Anderson and I were standing in the vestibule between the cars during a brief stop in some town in Ohio or Indiana, leaning out the open upper half of the Dutch door, and Ike spotted one of those hand-pull luggage carts close to the tracks they used to have on the depot platforms, very much like the one pictured here. Just as the train started pulling out, Ike hefted those last two remaining cartons out the top half of the Dutch door, landing them perfectly on the wagon. The depot agent spotted Ike doing this, then walked over to the wagon to check on this “unscheduled delivery”. By the time he figured it out, we were long gone. Hopefully, the brochures were distributed to everyone in the town and county (but I seriously doubt it). After an experience like Washington D. C., the issue of what the band should do next was on everyone’s mind. The possibility of going to Nice, France, was tossed around, but nothing was ever firmly planned. Tensions increased between Jack Hayward of Elkhart, the president of the band elected by the members, and

Al Peces, the founder of the band, an outstanding musician. The issue between the two of them was basically, “Which one of us is in charge of this band, the founder or the president?” The tension between them erupted into a public argument in front of the Rolla High School band as we stood waiting to march in the Pioneer Days Parade in Guymon, May 1961. The two of them couldn’t resolve their disagreement and so turned to us in the band, asking us to vote for whom we wanted to be in charge. However, this wasn’t the Morton County Lions Club Community Band with adult members; this was just the Rolla High School Band made up of high school students, and so we kids stood there rigidly at attention, scared to death, standing motionless and speechless. None of us raised our hands to vote for either “candidate” when they asked for a show of hands, first for one candidate then the other. Jack and Al concluded, “It looks like a tie.” When we kids got back to Rolla and reported what happened, our parents weren’t very happy with the way the two “adults” dealt with their disagreements in front of the Rolla High School Band. Shortly after that, much like the Kansas tourism brochures being “de-railed,” the Morton County Lions Club Community Band was “dis-banded”.

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By Phoebe Brummett


Lady Pirates win tight game

Rolla Lady Pirates fought hard against the Walsh Eagles Friday, February 16 at Rolla. The game was back and forth, with Rolla pulling ahead and then the Eagles. The final score was a narrow 50 to 47, with the Lady Pirates on top. Congratulations to the Ladies and their coaches!

Pirates play final home game

The Royal Court top left to right are Eduardo Quezada, Jonathan Cruz, King Henry Wiebe, Carson Milburn and Monte Fosdick. In the middle are Alexandra Hart, Daisy Guerrero,

Queen TreTre Cooper, Angelina Fosdick and Jamie Sheedy. In front are Charlotte Wood and Mikkalai Luna.

The Pirates played their last home game this season against Walsh Friday, February 16. The Pirates played their best but came up short with a final score of 31-57. Keep your heads high and love the game anyway!

TreTre Cooper and Henry Wiebe are RHS Homecoming Royalty Pirate Basketball Homecoming 2018 is in the books. Friday, February 16 was the final home ball game for the Pirates and their homecoming. The candidates were gorgeous and the escorts very handsome. Freshmen Jamie Sheedy and Monte Fosdick led the candidates out, followed by sophomores, Alexandra Hart and Eduardo Quezada. The junior representatives were next, with Daisy Guerrero and Jonathan Cruz. Football Homecoming King 2017 Carson Milburn escorted

flower girl Charlotte Wood and crown bearer Mikkalai Luna. Finally the senior representatives entered. Angelina Fosdick and Troikeyia (TreTre) Cooper entered on Henry Wiebe’s arms. It was time for the big announcement. Everyone waited with baited breath as Henry Wiebe’s name was announced for the second time that night, but this time as King. Then the queen was finally announced….TreTre Cooper! Congratulations to the Queen, King and their court.

The Rowdy Crowd is ready for the basket during Friday’s ball game against Walsh. Photo courtesy of Jamie Mason.

Rowdy Crowd takes up the slack People often wonder, “What does Rolla really have to offer?” Well, if you are around during Spirit Week, you will soon understand exactly what Rolla does to make it unique. Due to budget cuts, cheerleading was cut this year. That doesn’t stop the Pirate Crowd. The student body and the staff have formed what they call “The Rowdy Crowd.” This “crowd” sits behind the players on the court or on the football field and roots for the home team, at the top of their lungs!

As an added incentive for this 2018 Basketball Homecoming, two teachers upped the ante. If 75% of the student body attended the game and cheered for the home team, these two teachers will dye their hair in the school colors, gold and green! John Barrett and Zeta Greene were anxiously awaiting the number count when Arleen Clinesmith broke the happy news, these two would be sporting new ‘do’s in the coming weeks! It’s an exciting time to be a Pirate! Join us!

Henry wins $100 scholarship It was a stellar night for Henry Wiebe. Seward Country Community College attended the games and had a

drawing for a $100 scholarship. Henry Wiebe was the lucky winner, with his name being drawn just prior to the homecoming activities. Congratulations Henry!

Henry Wiebe and Troikeyia ( TreTre) Cooper are the new royalty for Rolla.

Coloring contest winners left to right are Brightyn Mcanarney, Maria Walls, Alianis Soto, Olivia Reza, Yareli Cruz, Raegan Hinds, Jose Alvarado, Alexis Garcia (back), Elena Reza and Jaxon Schwindt.

Monte Fosdick did a crossed leg hop with his potato. Although unconventional, he and Jamie Sheedy are the winners in the relay. Seniors on the left try to imitate Monte while the sophomores figure out their plan of attack.

2016 Rolla High School graduate Sarah Easterwood is chosen as Midwest Christian College All Conference Second Team. Sarah plays for the Barclay Bears in Haviland. She is the daughter of Bob and Toni Easterwood of Rolla. Congratulations Sarah! Photo courtesy of Casey Roberts, Barclay College.

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High school boys’ basketball team members are, left to right, Alec Langley, Matthew Garcia, Garrette Hinds, Eduardo Quezada, Jonathan Cruz, Abel Ochoa, Gavin LaRue, Castor Her-

nandez, William Brown, Daniel Weatherly, Alonzo Martinez, Aaron Apelu, Alex Hernandez, Raegan Hinds, Carson Milburn and Coach Jon Schnable.

The high school girls’ basketball team left to right are Jamie Sheedy, Jourdan Riley, Aspen Sohm, Nayeli Ochoa, Vanessa

Reza, Aaliyah Earl, TreTre Cooper, Magaly Cortez, Cacee Milburn, Melanie Norton and Coach Megan Gibler.

Rolla’s Homecoming Pep Rally pumps up entire student body Rolla’s homecoming pep rally was sponsored by the High School StuCo. The pep band began to play as students entered the Pirate Arena. The buzz of the students was heard throughout the school as the StuCo President and Vice President led a few cheers. A coloring contest took place during Spirit Week, and the winners were announced during the pep rally. Every grade with an entry had a winner. Spirit

Week winners for junior high and high school, including staff members, were also announced. Those winners are shown in the photos. A potato relay was held and the wiry freshmen won, followed by the seniors, then the juniors. Sophomores need to work on their potato carrying skills. The pep rally pumped up the whole stu- Spirit Week Winners are Samantha Martinez, TreTre Cooper, Rylan dent body, getting everyone Williams, Vanessa Reza, Alexis Garcia, Megan Gibler, Jaxon ready for the evening’s Schwindt, Ashley Paniagua and Allyson Norton. games against Walsh.

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Henry Wiebe poses with his $100 Scholarship Certificate from SCCC.

Community Calendar Thursday, February 22 Pre-Kindergarten to twelfth grade Dental Screenings at 8:00 p.m. Junior High Scholars Bowl at Hugoton at 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 23 High School Basketball at Deerfield JV at 5:00 p.m. Varisty at 6:30 p.m. School in Session Monday, February 26 First Day of Track Practice Junior High and Non High School Basketnball High School Basketball Sub State at Fowler TBA Tuesday, February 27 High School Basketball Sub State at Fowler TBA Wednesday, February 28 Junior High Scholars Bowl at Moscow at 3:00 p.m.

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Payson Nix works around his opponent during a recent meet at Ulysses. Nix placed third at Ulysses and fourth at Leoti.

Hugoton Recreation Wrestling Club takes on Ulysses and Leoti Hugoton Wrestling club had a weekend filled with matches as the young men got prepared for state and districts in the next couple of weeks. The club took 25 young men to the Ulysses open Saturday, out of 25 wrestlers 17 placed. Ulysses placings: Angel Perez 6U 43 - third, Brek Colantonio 6U 49 - fourth, Fynn Reinerio 6U 58 - first, Chaz Bonsall 8U 80 - second, Eli Camacho 10U 67 - third, Alexis Chavez 10U 58 - second, Skeeter Evans 10U 120 fourth, Tommy McClure 12U 105 - third, Cooper Nix 8U 64 - fourth, Payson Nix 8U 52 third, Caiden Perez 8U 80 fourth, Zane Poulsen 12U 84 - fourth, Ryder Reza 8U 67 fourth, Damian Rojas 8U 58 - fourth, Gamaliel Tinoco 8U

70 - second, Daniel Tinoco 12U 115 - first, and Zachary Zambrano 12U 96 - third. Sunday they traveled to Leoti with 19 wrestlers. Of the 19, 17 placed. First Place: Fynn Reinerio 6U 58 Second Place: Chaz Bonsall 8U 80, Eli Camacho 10U 67, Skeeter Evans 10U 120, Tallon Grubbs 8U 95, Tommy McClure 12U 105, Daniel Tinoco 12U 115, Zachary Zambrano 12U 96 Third Place: Adriel Camacho 10U 67, Brystyn Heger 8U 80, Eriberto Moreno 8U 70, Angel Perez 6U 40 Fourth Place: Uvaldo Martinez 10U 110, Corbin Nix 12U 100, Payson Nix 8U 49, Damian Rojas 8U 58, Gamaliel Tinoco 8U 70.

From page 1 potential pin in the first period. With the injury Mendoza was not able to finish the tournament. With the hopes of many of the Eagles going down due to injury, Bradan Slemp returned to action from his own injury to give the Eagles a bit of hope. Slemp, who had been out for several weeks with a shoulder injury, went into the tournament looking to finish the season strong. He received a bye in the first round and won by 10 to 7 decision in his second match. He lost to Grant Sheer of Rose Hill in the Semi finals but came back in the second day and got a 6 to 3 decision over Gavin Sams of Andover to qualify for State and set up a third fourth place match against Steele Morin of Winfield. Slemp went two rounds and stuck Morin to finish third in Regionals at 152-pound weight class. Two other seniors suffered heartbreak to their season, not to injury but to loss in the stiff competition. Nathan Leininger went 2 and 2 during the weekend. He reached the consolation quarterfinals before falling to Pratt’s Kaiser Pelland. Dante Duran spent

Marcos Baeza demonstrates his wrestling abilities at Regionals. Due to a concussion he was unable to finish the competiton. the last three seasons as the Eagles’ most veteran wrestler of the team. He bumped up to 195-pound weight class nearly 20 pounds more than he weighed - for a chance to go to State and help the Eagles in scoring. Dante gave number-one seeded Ian Groom of Wellington fits in the first period before falling to a bigger foe. Duran picked up a win on the backside of the bracket before he got knocked out and ending his career as an Eagle. For the younger Eagles, they rode ups and downs of the tournament but ultimately got knocked out and also missed out on a chance to go to State. Out of the four younger wrestlers, Michael Mendoza and Ethan Shopteese were within one

Michael Mendoza looks for an opportunity to take his opponent. Mendoza was just one win away from qualifying for State.

win to reach the coveted spot for State, before getting knocked out. The other two wrestlers who competed at Regionals were Jeison Coreno who wrestled at heavyweight class and David Cruz at 195-pound weight class. After the tournament, Coach Addison talked about the weekend and the future of Eagles wrestling, saying, “This weekend we traveled five hours to Ark City to wrestle for 4A Regionals. The first day we battled and all nine wrestlers that we brought were still in the fight and a chance to the big dance. Friday night, we had two senior leaders who have worked their tails off and put themselves in great position to go to State, but suffered season-ending injuries. Marcos Baeza hit his head against the wall and was later diagnosed with a concussion. Manny Mendoza was wrestling in the semis and had to stop the match abruptly due to a broken rib. Injuries killed us. We had another senior, Dante Duran, who has wrestled behind Manny in the JV 170 pound division step up big and wrestle really tough, going 22 in the tournament at 195. We had four in the heartbreak round only one match away from State and Bradan

Slemp came through. Manny Medoza’s injury defaulted out, his brother Michael was tied 8-8 and fell short by pin and Ethan Shopteese lost by 3 and battled tough for having bitten a hole in his mouth the first three seconds of the tournament. “The best thing about this weekend is that we are still building and growing. We have some great freshman and sophomores who will grow and be leaders for this rebuilding program. We will have every weight filled from 145 to heavyweight and should be pretty good. We will still be young but that’s what makes it exciting. We have a small eighth grade class coming who have a chance to make a difference right away in the lower weights for varsity next year.” Bradan Slemp will travel to Salina for 4A State wrestling beginning Friday. For the rest of the Eagles, some will have to wait for another year and some will go on to federation wrestling to keep working on their skills in the hopes they will reach the summit next season.

Ethan Shopteese ends Regional play within one win to qualify for State.

Good Luck on Your Winter Sports Hugoton Wrestling Club takes 25 young men to the Ulysses Open. Out of the 25 wrestlers, 17 placed at the meet. The club traveled to Leoti with 19 wrestlers and 17 placed at that meet also.

Chaz Bonsall places second at Ulysses Open and second at Leoti. Brystyn Heger also competed at Ulysses and placed third at Leoti

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2B | Thursday, February 22, 2018 | The Hugoton Hermes


Eagles gain two more wins against Scott and Ulysses

Damian Lewis is in the air for another two points during the game against Scott City.

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The Hugoton High School boys’ basketball team had another big week on the court, netting two more League wins against rivals Ulysses and Scott City. Since the Eagles’ last loss against Holcomb two weeks ago, the Eagles have dominated and put together a five-game winning streak. The Eagles now sit 10 and 8 on the season with a 6 and 3 record in League play. The Eagles came out of the gate hot against Ulysses and did not look back, as they only trailed early in the first quarter. The Eagles outscored the Tigers in every quarter of the game, shooting 39% from the floor. Hugoton capitalized on the Tigers’ mistakes, scoring a massive 21 points off of turnovers, as well as out-rebounding UHS. The Hugoton team won 66-44. HHS was led in scoring by junior Carlos Montiel, who had a double-double scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Damien Lewis and Mitchell Hamlin contributed 11 points apiece to help the Eagles in the win. Friday, the Eagles ruined Senior Night for Scott City by winning 63-53. Hugoton used a big 19-point first quarter to help them cruise to the win. Scott outscored the Eagles in the second quarter, but still trailed at the half by one. Hugoton again shot 39 percent from the field and dominated the Beavers in the paint, scoring 26 points to Scott’s 8. The team was led by senior guard Hamlin, who dropped 20 points on Scott City. Lewis

added 17 of his own in the win. HHS will finish the regular season against Lakin and

then again at home Friday for Senior Night against rival Holcomb.

Mitchell Hamlin protects the ball from a Scott City defender Friday. Hugoton has a 6 and 3 record in League play.

Lady Eagles ascend their way to top spot for Substate The Lady Eagles went one and one last week with a tough loss to rival Ulysses and big win against Scott City. With the outcome of the week the Eagles moved to 11 and 7 on the season and 6 and 3 in League. Unfortunately the Eagles’ loss to Ulysses kept Hugoton in second place while the win helped Ulysses move into a tie with Scott City. The Lady Eagles struggled with scoring - seeing 25 turnovers and shooting six of 14 from the line. Even with the struggles on offense, Hugoton went into the fourth with a 23 to 18 lead. Ulysses’ deep bench proved to be too much for the Lady Eagles as it would “. . .bring another level of energy into the game. . . an increased level of energy that the Lady Eagles were unable to match,” Coach Ramsey expressed after the game. Laney Hoskinson scored 11 points with Brooklynn Harper contributing eight points and four rebounds. Johanna Rawlins scored six and grabbed nine rebounds, while Jordyn Beard had 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Friday, the Lady Eagles bounced back in a big way taking down the districtleading Lady Beavers 42-40. Hugoton traveled to Scott City and dashed a night

meant for celebrating the Lady Beavers’ senior class. The game was dominated from the inside as Rawlins scored 17 points, grabbed ten boards, and added a couple of blocks and steals. Her fellow post mate Beard helped the cause, grabbing 12 rebounds of her own and swatting away three shots as well. The Lady Eagles owned the two middle quarters outscoring Scott City 23 to 14. The Lady Eagles had to hold on to pull out a close win. The win kept Hugoton in control of the number-one seed in Sub-State seeding heading towards the end. With another win, the Lady Eagles wrapped up the top spot for Sub-State seeding purposes. After the up and down week Coach Adigun said, “The coaching staff really challenged the team after the Ulysses loss to ‘reach deep inside and find that extra gear’ so that the girls can close out games in

the fourth quarter instead of letting the games slip away and the girls mentally responded to the challenge by getting this big win! Now the

focus is on Lakin and getting the twelfth win of the season then it will turn to hosting Holcomb Friday as we honor the seniors.”

Laney Hoskinson maneuvers around the top of the key as she looks for an open teammate.

Rebecca Johnson searches for an open teammate to pass to during the Scott City game

Friday night. The Lady Eagles defeated Scott City 42 to 40.


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Future Farmers of America sponsor Career Fair Thursday morning Hugoton High School had a Career Fair for all students. It was coordinated by the FFA students and Mr. McNally. Special recognition goes out to the FFA officers Casle Heger, Megan Newlon, Justin Blakely, Hallie Wettstein, Emma McClure, Rebecca

Johnson and Kaleb Grubbs. They invited local and area professionals to come and speak to the students. The luncheon for the guests was provided by "Pigs R Us" and was sponsored by the Stevens County Farm Bureau Association. Careers discussed

included Seed Salesman, Moder Ag, Construction, John Deere Mechanic, Health Careers, Business Careers, Education, Design Careers, Edu/ Human Service Career, Ag Education, Feedyard and Livestock Nutrition Management, Nursing Care/ Broad View of Medical Field,

Jeff Ramsey is one of the presenters for the day at the Hugoton High School School Career Fair. The event was coordinated by the FFA students and Mr. McNally.

Nancy Honig talks about work as an extension agent to interested students during the Career Fair.

Hugoton High School students listen to presenters during Career Day at the school last

week. Several career options were discussed during the day.

Extension Agent, Law Enforcement, Dairy Production, Pastoral Ministries, Pork Raising and Processing, Conservation Service, Insurance, Crop Consulting, Cosmetology, Ag Associates Degrees, Architecture, Government Commodities and Farming Programs, Accounting, and Gas Industry. Presenters for the day were Paige Clawson and her husband; Rick and Nate Wolters; Albert Waugh; Dr. Mark Haub / Mrs. Becky Gilmore; Dr. Morey MacDonald / Mrs. Hannah Schuh / Abby Hattock; Mrs. Witt; Professor Barbara Anderson; Dean Buckwalter; Martin Daharsh; Jennifer Featherston; Mary Sullivan; Officer Mauk; Mandy Fox; Roy Bogan; Matt Johnson; Kerri Morris/ Stacy; Jeff Ramsey; Ron Honig; Sheila Scheib; Josh Morris and Nick Noterman; Ashley Fiss; Marla Hammer and Derek Dillinger.

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by Stevens County Extension Agent Ron Honig - Agriculture and Natural Resources Using Old Garden Seed As we start to see warm days pop up here and there, gardeners will no doubt be starting to plan for the new season. Gardeners tend to be good about recycling materials, rather it be composting garbage and yard waste or finding creative ways to mulch around plants. Another method of recycling can be using old garden seed. Seed can be an expensive input in the gardening budget depending on the crops grown, so gardeners may want to consider using seed from previous years. Ward Upham, Horticul-

ture Extension Associate with Kansas State University, provides the following guidelines to gardeners wishing to store and use old seed. First, remember seeds store best if kept in a cool, dark, dry place. Try a zip-locked plastic bag or a plastic jar such as a reused peanut butter jar to keep seed dry. Seed will be viable longer if kept between 40 and 50 degrees F. Temperatures a bit lower than 40 degrees are fine as long as they are not sub-freezing. Therefore, a refrigerator is a better choice than a freezer which can prove detrimental to seed longevity if there is too much

moisture in the seed. Seed that has 8% or less moisture can be frozen without harm and will actually store much longer than seed stored above freezing. Seeds dried to 8% or less moisture will break instead of bending when folded. Those that have a hard seed coat such as corn and beans will shatter rather than mash when struck with a hammer. Crop groups vary in seed longevity. Use the following as a guide for seed stored under cool, dry conditions. Crucifers (cabbage, cauli-

flower, broccoli): four to five years Corn: two to three years Lettuce, endive: four to five years Spinach, beets, carrots and chard: two to three years Cucurbits: Squash, melons (including watermelon): four to five years Tomatoes: four years Peppers: two years Onions, parsley, parsnip and salsify: one year Now, what if you have old seed that has not been stored properly in a cool dark place? It’s difficult to know with any certainty what the longevity

will be, but it would be best to cut the longevity projections in half. What about old seed that you do not know the date of purchase or the year grown? It may be a good idea to start fresh with new seed and then begin to track the age of any seed you have leftover at the end of the this year or seed that you plan to harvest and save. If you have seed stored in the original packages, the year the seed was offered for purchase should be listed on the package. If you are storing seed, always mark the year on the container.

Groundwater levels during 2017, on average, rose slightly or nearly broke even in western Kansas but fell in the Wichita area, according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey. This was a reversal from 2016 when overall groundwater levels dropped in western Kansas and increased significantly near Wichita. The KGS - based at the University of Kansas - and the Division of Water Resources (DWR) of the Kansas Department of Agriculture annually measure levels in about 1,400 water wells in western and central Kansas. The collected data is used to monitor the condition and long-term trends of the High Plains aquifer, the state’s most valuable groundwater resource, as well as smaller deep and shallow aquifers. The High Plains aquifer is a network of water-bearing rocks that underlies parts of eight states and, in Kansas, comprises three individual aquifers - the far-reaching Ogallala aquifer that makes up the majority of the High Plains aquifer, the Equus Beds around Wichita

and Hutchinson, and the Great Bend Prairie aquifer in the center of the state. Ninety percent of the measured wells draw from these three aquifers. Water level changes or stability in the Ogallala aquifer in western Kansas correspond primarily with the amount of water withdrawn for irrigation, which in turn is influenced by the rate and timing of precipitation. “Much of the western border of Kansas and eastern Colorado saw above normal precipitation patterns in 2017, especially through most of the growing season,” said Brownie Wilson, KGS water-data manager. “As a consequence, water levels were at or above the 2016 levels in much of the region.” Water level increases in western Kansas mainly occur when the levels in wells rebound as pumping slows. Recharge - water seeping down from the surface - is negligible in western Kansas. In central Kansas, where the aquifer is shallower and average precipitation is higher, recharge can make a difference. “For areas that have higher local recharge capabilities,

such as along and north of the Arkansas River in the Equus Beds and Great Bend Prairie aquifer, precipitation generally influences both pumping and recharge,” Wilson said. “There you can get large swings in declines and rises from year to year.” The 2017 growing season around the Equus Beds was fairly dry, which led to low recharge and higher withdrawal for irrigation, industry and municipal water supplies. Consequently, the Equus Beds declined nearly two feet. The Great Bend Prairie aquifer, which encompasses Great Bend, Kinsley, Greensburg and Pratt, fared better with an increase of about a quarter of a foot. Most of the wells in the network monitored by the KGS and DWR are within the boundaries of the state’s five Groundwater Management Districts (GMDs), which are organized and governed by area landowners and local water users to address waterresource issues. In Southwest Kansas GMD 3, average levels dropped just 0.05 feet, the lowest decline there since the state began administrating the water-level program in 1996. In comparison, the average level fell a total of 23 feet over the previous ten years. “Water levels were notably higher in Morton County and along and north of the Arkansas River,” Wilson said. “Still, there were localized areas in the GMD that experienced declines of one to three feet.” Even with better overall measurement results in the region for the year, the aquifer is nearly depleted in places. Wells monitored in GMD 3 are drilled into the Ogallala aquifer except in a few areas

where they draw from the deeper Dakota aquifer. The district includes all or part of Grant, Haskell, Gray, Finney, Stanton, Ford, Morton, Stevens, Seward, Hamilton, Kearny and Meade counties. Another rare water-related event in the region occurred in the summer of 2017 when the Arkansas River flowed in Garden City. The river there has been mainly dry for decades due to high water use and less river flow from Colorado. When there is surface water in the river, it interacts with groundwater in an adjacent shallow alluvial aquifer. Western Kansas GMD 1 experienced a slight drop of 0.19 feet in 2017 following a 0.55 feet decrease in 2016. Although decreases there have been less drastic than farther south, annual levels have risen only twice since 1996. The GMD includes portions of Wallace, Greeley, Wichita, Scott and Lane counties, where the majority of wells are drilled into the Ogallala aquifer. Northwest Kansas GMD 4 had an average increase in water levels of 0.33 feet after falling slightly in all but two years since 1996. GMD 4 covers Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan and parts of Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur, Graham, Wallace, Logan and Gove counties.

Groundwater there is pumped almost exclusively from the Ogallala aquifer and shallow alluvial sources associated with streams. Big Bend GMD 5 had an average increase of 0.26 feet following an increase of 0.88 feet in 2016. Since 1996, annual levels there rose nine times and fell 13 times. The GMD is centered on the Great Bend Prairie aquifer underlying Stafford and Pratt counties and parts of Barton, Pawnee, Edwards, Kiowa, Reno and Rice counties. Equus Beds GMD 2, a major source of water for Wichita, Hutchinson and surrounding towns experienced a decline of 1.93 feet, which followed an increase of 2.08 feet in 2016. Since 1996, annual levels there rose nine times and dropped 13 times. The GMD covers portions of Reno, Sedgwick, Harvey and McPherson counties. “Even with the big declines

Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events Fumonisin Panel Discussion and Crop Disease Update meeting: 9:00 a.m., February 22 in Hugoton at the 4-H Building. Dicamba Herbicide Training and Herbicide Update meeting: 9:00 a.m., February 27 in Hugoton at the 4-H Building. K-State Weed Management School (includes dicamba training session) 4:00 p.m., February 28 in Sublette at the Commercial building on the fairgrounds.

Groundwater levels steady in western Kansas

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in GMD 2, this is one of the best years we’ve seen in quite a long time,” Wilson said. The KGS measures approximately 570 wells in western Kansas each January, and DWR staff from field offices in Stockton, Garden City and Stafford measure about 220, 224 and 360 wells in western and central Kansas, respectively. Most of the wells, spread over 48 counties, are used for irrigation and have been measured for decades. Measurements are taken primarily in January when water levels are least likely to fluctuate due to irrigation. Infrequently, however, later-thannormal pumping during dry conditions may affect measurement results. The results are provisional and subject to revision based on additional analysis. Data by well will be available online in late February.

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PUBLIC NOTICE (First published in The Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, February 8, 2018) 3t STATE OF KANSAS, STEVENS COUNTY, ss: IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JUDITH L. FORD, DECEASED Case No. 2018 PR 7 NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Chapter 59) THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified a petition has been filed on February 2, 2018, in this Court by Matthew T. Ford as one of the heirs of the will and estate of Judith L. Ford, deceased, and as executor named in her will, praying for admission to probate of the Last Will and Testament of Judith L. Ford dated August 4, 2017, which will is filed with the pe-

tition, and for his appointment as executor of said will and estate, to serve without bond, and for the issuance of Letters Testamentary to him as executor. You are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 5th day of March, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. of said day, in the district courtroom at the county courthouse, in the City of Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas, at which time and place the cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the petition. All creditors of the decedent are notified to exhibit their demands against the estate within four (4) months from the date of the first publication of this notice as provided by law, and if their demands are not thus exhibited, they shall be forever barred. MATTHEW T. FORD, Petitioner KRAMER, NORDLING & NORDLING, LLC 209 East Sixth Hugoton, Kansas 67951 Attorneys for Petitioner Telephone: (620) 544-4333

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HELP WANTED: Hugoton USD 210 school district is accepting applications for Maintenance/Janitor. Pay based on experience. For more information or to apply please visit our website at (2c7) ---------------

Truck Driver Wanted Must have CDL and clean MVR. You are home every night, health insurance provided and 401K available. You must fill out application at office 1 mile south of Cimarron at Tim Dewey Trucking Office: 620-855-3188 or Darren 620-357-1710 (tfc26)

Courthouse Facilities Supervisor

Starting pay of $18/hour with a possibility of more depending on experience.

May also be a salaried position. Minimum 40 hours a week, including paid time off and health insurance. Job duties include but not limited to: management of budget, upkeep and cleanliness of Memorial Hall as well as courthouse including floors, restrooms and offices Track of inventory and determining supply orders and other inventories. Maintaining grounds at Library, Sheriff and Courthouse. General maintenance of Courthouse including HVAC system. Must have reliable transportation and be able to speak, read and write English fluently.

Inquire with the County Clerk’s office to pick up a job application.



United Prairie AG, LLC is looking is looking to fill a position at our Hugoton location. Candidates will be required to be able to perform scale operation, which includes but not limited to; weigh and grade inbound and outbound grains. Data entry for tickets, and provide a high level of customer service. Candidate must be able to work flexible hours, weekends, and evenings. Employment is subject to successful completion of a drug screening.

Interested applicants should apply in person at 509 NW Ave., Hugoton, Kansas. United Prairie Ag is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a drug free workplace



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Positions open at Stevens County Hospital and Pioneer Manor

Sign-on bonus available for successful hires until April

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Pick up an application at the Information Desk next to the Medical Clinic at Stevens County Hospital or contact

Human Resources at 620-544-6141 for more information. APPRENTICE/ JOURNEYMAN LINEMAN Southern Pioneer Electric Company is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of Apprentice or Journeyman Lineman at our Liberal location. Must have a High School diploma or equivalent. On-the-job training will be provided and individual must acquire, within a reasonable time span, the skills and knowledge utilized in the construction and maintenance of overhead and URD distribution and transmission system and related activities. Successful applicant will be required to climb poles, use equipment, and must successfully complete the company’s Apprenticeship program. Interested candidate must have excellent interpersonal communication skills, a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, be self-motivated, enjoy public contact and ability to work with a variety of employees and consumers under differing circumstances. Working conditions include mostly outside work in all types of weather with heavy lifting. May also require working some irregular hours including nights, weekends, and holidays. Finalist will be required to successfully pass a post-offer physical examination and alcohol-drug test, and must possess or obtain a valid Kansas CDL. Successful candidate must reside within 15 miles of the Liberal office and be a Kansas resident. Southern Pioneer Electric will reward the right person with a competitive compensation and benefit package. For a complete copy of Position Outline or Job Specifications, contact Human Resources at 620-424-5212. Applications or resumes should be mailed to Southern Pioneer Electric Company, ATT: Human Resources, PO Box 430, Ulysses, KS 67880, or emailed to Deadline for submission of applications or resumes along with references and transcripts is March 2, 2018.

candidates must have Kansas nursing licensure to be eligible. We offer competitive wages, shift differentials, and mileage reimbursement to nurses living 15 miles or more outside of Stevens County. A generous sign-on bonus is available to full-time new hires. For more information contact Dawn Maas, DON at 620-544-8511. Full-time LPN at the Stevens County Medical Clinic. Candidate will be involved with direct patient care in clinc with one of our providers. Position includes a complete benefits package. Full-time Dietary Homemaker to join our team at Pioneer Manor. The homemaker performs the duties of dining services (including preparing breakfast, salad and dessert preparation, cleaning and sanitizing the household kitchen area, and assuring adequate stock of snacks for residents are available). As cook, the homemaker will prepare food for household meals, serving in a timely manner, maintaining high quality standards and portion control using standardized recipes as directed by the menu. The homemaker assists with serving resident meals, snacks and nourishments and facilitates activities for elders and the household that involve food preparation or other activities specific to the kitchen. PRN RNs and LPNs for all shifts at the Stevens County Hospital and Pioneer Manor. Qualified candidates must have Kansas RN/LPN licensure to be eligible. We offer competitive wages, shift differentials of $2.50/$3.50 for RNs; $1.50/$2.25 for LPNs; and mileage reimbursement to RNs and LPNs living 15 miles or more outside of Stevens County. Full-time CNAs to work at Pioneer Manor, both day and night shifts are available. Qualified candidates must have current Kansas CNA licensure, a love of the elderly and the willingness to work as a valued part of our team. We offer an exceptional benefits package, shift differentials and a set rotation with every other weekend off. Full-time Housekeepers to work at Stevens County Hospital and Pioneer Manor. These positions are 40 hours each week (Noon-8 pm) and include a full benefits package. Interested candidates must be willing to work flexible hours, including some weekends. Full-time RNs or LPNs to work both shifts at Pioneer Manor. Qualified candidates must have Kansas RN/LPN licensure to be eligible. We offer competitive wages, shift differentials of $2.50/$3.50 for RNs; $1.50/$2.25 for LPNs; and mileage reimbursement to RNs and LPNs living 15 miles or more outside of Stevens County.

Applications may be obtained at the Information Desk, located next to the Medical Clinic inside Stevens County Hospital.

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(First published in The Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, February 15, 2018) 3t IN THE 26TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS Case No.2018-CV-5 IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF Alexis Nicole Fisher Present Name To Change His/Her Name to: Alexis Nicole Hastey New Name PURSUANT TO K.S.A. CHAPTER 60 NOTICE OF HEARING - PUBLICATION THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL WHO ARE OR MAY BE CONCERNED:

You are hereby notified that Alexis Nicole Fisher, filed a Petition in the above court on the 12th day of February 2018, requesting a judgment and order changing his/her name from Alexis Nicole Fisher to Alexis Nicole Hastey. The Petition will be heard in Stevens County District Court, 200 E. 6th Street, Hugoton, Kansas, on the 25 day of April 2018, at 9:00 a.m. If you have any objection to the requested name change, you are required to file a responsive pleading on or before April 10, 2018 in this court or appear at the hearing and object to the requested name change. If you fail to act, judgment and order will be entered upon the Petition as requested by Petitioner. /s/ Alexis Fisher Petitioner, Pro Se

(First published in The Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, February 22, 2018) 3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF TREVA L. RENFRO, DECEASED Case No. 2016 PR 29 NOTICE OF HEARING (Chapter 59) THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a petition for final settlement has been filed in the above Court by David S. Renfro, Executor of the will and estate of Treva L. Renfro, deceased, praying for final settlement of the estate, for approval of his acts, proceedings and accounts as Executor, for payment of court costs, attorney's fees and expenses, and also praying that the Court determine the

heirs, legatees and devisees entitled to the estate, and distributing and assigning the same to such persons, in accordance with the terms of decedent's will, and for further relief.

You are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 19th day of March, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. of said day, in said Court, in the district courtroom at the county courthouse in Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas, at which time and place the cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the petition. DAVID S. RENFRO, Executor/Petitioner KRAMER, NORDLING & NORDLING, LLC 209 East 6th Street Hugoton, KS 67951 Attorneys for Petitioners (620) 544-4333



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KIWANIS AUCTION March 30-31, 2018

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Turn in your consignments to:

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Consignments due by March 10 to be included on the sale bill



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Stevens County, Kansas Runway 2/20 Pavement Rehabilitation Hugoton Municipal Airport KDOT Project No.: AV-2016-23 KM Project No.: 1604227


Sealed proposals will be received by Kirkham Michael & Associates, Inc., 224 East Fulton Terrace, Garden City, Kansas, 67846 until 10:00 a.m. CST on March 9, 2018 at this time bids will be publicly opened and read for furnishing all labor, materials and equipment and performing all work necessary on the: Runway 2/20 Pavement Rehabilitation, Hugoton Municipal Airport

Base Bid Schedule 1 Mobilization 2 Existing Concrete Pavement Removal (Full Depth) 3 12-Inch Compacted Subgrade 4 4-Inch Aggregate Base Course 5 6-Inch P.C.C. 6 Pavement Markings (White) 7 Pavement Markings (Yellow) 8 Pavement Markings (Black Outline)



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Kansas Weekly Gas Prices Gas

Hugoton Gas Prices As of Tuesday, February 20 Brown Dupree - $ 2.42 Eagles Landing - $ 2.39 Kangaroo Express -$ 2.37 Thrifty King - $ 2.49 Toot N Totum - $ 2.37 Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.38 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.51 per gallon, according to gasoline price Web site Including the change in gas prices in Kansas during the past week, prices Sunday were 22.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 2.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 23.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices February 19 in Kansas

have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.16 per gallon in 2017, $1.47 per gallon in 2016, $2.17 per gallon in 2015, $3.24 per gallon in 2014 and $3.67 per gallon in 2013. "For the second straight week, average gasoline prices fell, with nearly every state declining week-overweek as retail gas prices saw more catching up to the previous decline in crude oil prices," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "The trend may not be over just yet, but oil prices have rebounded from their lows and are again strengthening, which may cut the party at the pump short in the weeks ahead. Worth watching is U.S. shale oil production values which continue to increase, which may limit oil's rally moving forward, but dead ahead on the calendar is still turnaround season at the nation's refiners which promises at least some short-term pain for longterm gain." For live fuel price averages, visit FuelInsights.

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Kaitlyn Leininger makes Dean’s List Wheaton College student Kaitlyn Leininger of Hugoton was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2017 semester. To earn Dean's List honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0

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624 S. Main, Hugoton • 620-544-2283 It has been great kite flying weather, if the kite didn’t blow away! We have a great menu this week - roast beef and oven fried chicken in the same week. It looks like the colds and flu are easing up. At least we hope so. We will have Bingo Friday after lunch as usual. And cards Saturday evening starting at 6:00 p.m. Come and join the fun! Please bring a snack or covered dish Have a great week and come and have lunch with us. Menu Feb. 22...........Sausage Gravy Feb. 23 ................Oven Fried .............................Chicken Feb. 26.....................Bierrock Feb. 27 ...........Chicken Fried ..................................Steak

Feb. 28 .....................Hot Dog Activities Thursday, February 22 Exercise................10:30 a.m. Bridge...................12:30 p.m. Friday, February 23 Exercise................10:30 p.m. Bingo....................12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 24 Cards......................6:00 p.m. Monday, February 26 Exercise................10:30 a.m. Line Dance ............6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 27 Exercise................10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 28 Exercise................10:30 a.m. Paint & Crafts ......12:30 p.m. Stevens County Senior Activity Center is located at 624 S. Main in Hugoton. For activities, call 620-544-2283 and for meals, call 620-5448041.

It is not too late to start planning for your future. SOCIAL SECURITY COLLABORATES WITH AMERICA SAVES WEEK A secure retirement is created from a lifetime of planning and saving. Each year, American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate America Saves Week. The week is an opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. For years, Social Security has collaborated with America Saves Week to promote our shared mission of helping millions of people prepare for their future. This year, the week is celebrated from February 26 through March 3. Knowing this, it’s never too early to start planning for your future. Set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically. Savers with a plan are

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Home, home on the range

Clark claims Stevens County’s Grassland award Matt Clark has been selected to receive the 2017 Stevens County Conservation Award for Grassland. Matt bought his established grassland in 2011,

just as the recent drought began. The land he purchased had been overgrazed. He had not planned on going through four years of drought

Claire Clark, Keri Clark, Matt Clark and Claudia Clark.

either. It was tough. He remarked he held onto his cattle by the skin of his teeth. He culled his cattle herd. He bought hay from eastern Kansas to feed them. By the third year, a small amount of rain started falling. So he rotated those cows around to the different pastures since weeds had starting sprouting. Nowadays, he checks the pastures often. He might leave the cattle on each pasture only a week or two, whatever the grass appears to need to stay healthy. His pastures are along the Cimarron River and has very good grass, but

Matt Clark is the 2017 Stevens County Conservation award winner for grassland.

they can’t be abused. They shouldn’t be overgrazed or they won’t last. Matt starts his cattle on winter wheat if he can find any available and then moves them to the grass in April. He checks on the pastures often. Matt’s ad-

vice? Always check to see what the pasture looks like. He owns his own ranch and manages the David Bozone Ranch also. He has been with David for 20 years. Matt stated he has learned a lot from Dave.

He now runs about 100 Angus cows and calving is about to start. He normally figures he needs 15 acres per cow and calf from May until October. Naturally, it depends on the grass. See CLARK, page 2C

McClures’ newest treeline wins Stevens County Conservation Award for Windbreak Walter and Dorothy McClure have been selected to receive the 2017

Stevens County Conservation Award for Windbreak.

Dorothy and Walter McClure stand in front of their windbreak.

Their oldest windbreak was planted 44 years ago while Dorothy was pregnant with Benny. She stated Walter would not let her help plant all the red cedars due to her pregnancy. However she was elected to get water every day to the six inch trees. At that time, all their water came from the windmill. After Karen had joined the family by marrying their son Joel McClure,

Karen was worried the old windbreak was too close to their metal building creating a fire hazard. So Walter along with their son Joel and daughter-inlaw Karen planted the newer windbreak in 1994. The tiny trees had been ordered from the Stevens County Extension. They used shovels to plant the many trees. On this windbreak, they started watering with a garden hose but eventually installed a drip line hooked to the irrigation well. They chopped the weeds out from around the trees and mowed around them until the trees were big enough Walter McClures’ farm is a cen- to take care of themselves. The original plan was to tury Farm as of 2012. He oldest windbreak was planted 44 cut down the old windbreak, but Walter and years ago.

Dorothy had worked too hard to raise those trees. They just couldn’t bring themselves to cut them down. So the old windbreak is still in existence. Walter McClure was born in a two room house

located near his present home. His folks had moved to this farm in 1907. Walter attended five one-room schools by the time he was in the fourth grade, and he says they all See McCLURE, page 2C

Dorothy and Walter McClure

Laheys win Water Award, with help from Dragon Line™ Tom Lahey has been selected to receive the 2017 Stevens County Conservation Award for Water Conservation. Tom commented when water got short during a drought, he decided to raise cotton. He now has 20 years of experience with cotton. The past two

or three years, since more rain has fallen, they have not had to irrigate the cotton much at all. Tom has incorporated the Dragon Line™ on some of his smaller wells for the past three years. He said he hopes to put the Dragon Line™ on more wells in the future.

Patty and Tom Lahey are the 2017 Stevens County Conservation award winners for Water Conservation.

Tom stated one of the neighboring farms has installed a Dragon Line™ because with regular irrigation, on his caliche type soil, the water would run off. It would not stay where it was put. With the Dragon Line™, the water and nutrients are delivered directly to the area of soil where it can provide optimal plant growth. All the water is behind the wheel tracks; so the sprinkler never gets stuck in the wheel tracks. Tom plans to raise mostly cotton again next year. He will raise 75% irrigated cotton and 25% irrigated corn. Cotton needs only 11 or 12 inches of water per year while corn needs 20 inches. He has been using the permanent water probe sensor for the past three years. This information is read by the crop consultant and sent by e-mail so he will know how much water is how deep. This tells him whether he needs to irrigate and how much. To conserve the moisture in the ground during the winter, Tom uses all the mulch on the surface of the soil as possible. He also does strip till of the soil so the land will not blow. He practices weed control while leaving good

cover to protect the land and conserving the most moisture possible. On his cotton fields, Tom leaves the stubble. He then strip-tills between the rows if he is planting cotton the following year. This holds the ground from blowing. After the plants are about seven inches tall, the

chopper goes between the rows, cutting out the dead stubble. New varieties of cotton have been developed that mature earlier. That is why cotton can be grown this far north. See LAHEY, page 2C

Tom Lahey has incorporated the Dragon Line™ on some of his smaller wells for the past three years. He hopes to put it on more wells in the future.

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From page 1C A major key to having good pastures, according to Matt, is not overstocking. He tries to rent pastures with corn stalks. Then he tries to find milo stalks for his cattle. Sometimes he has to buy hay to feed his

herd during the winter. Matt takes his cattle off the pastures while the grass still is looking good so he has someplace to put his cattle in the spring. He has not sprayed any of his pastures as he feels the

CONSERVATION sagebrush helps hold the ground from blowing. He has a few places with small blowouts. He scatters hay on these spots and lets the cows trample it into the sand. This stops these areas from

blowing. A preference of Matt’s is to put his cattle on pastures with young thistle growing in the spring. The cows like to eat them, and it keeps the thistles under control. Matt’s pastures are mostly side-oats grama grass with a little bit of buffalo and sand dropseed grass thrown in. These are native grasses so he has not had to plant. He just

lets them go to seed each year. Two submersible wells on his land help to water the cattle. There are tanks in every pasture. Matt attended college at Garden City Community College just out of high school, studying range management. He also studied animal nutrition. This taught him about how to recognize noxious weeds.

He started out working at feedyards but he really didn’t like working there. He liked working at ranches a whole lot better. Matt and his wife Keri are the proud parents of two daughters, Claire age 17 and Claudia age 12. Mr. Clark has done a super job of conserving the grasslands for his cattle and for the generations to come.

the “Hundred Year Farm Award” from Stevens County Farm Bureau in 2012. Dorothy was raised in Tyrone. Walter and Dorothy met through Dorothy’s brother when she was a child. They met again while attending college at Stillwater. They got married, and Walter finished his graduate courses

after the wedding. He taught at Panhandle State at Goodwell, Ok. for a few years before they moved back to the farm. The McClure family put a lot of work on planting and maintaining their windbreaks. Southwest Kansas needs all the windbreaks possible to slow the powerful winds.

pumps from wells or hauled water. The stock wells only run if the cattle drink the water below a certain level. Mr. Lahey has done a great job conserving water over the

years. Water is needed to grow crops but western Kansans certinaly don’t want to run out of the precious liquid. It is crucial to save water for future generations.


From page 1C grade and he says they all shut down after he was there. He attended Charity, then Dermot in Stevens County, River Ridge, Hill Crest and then High Point. Each of these schools shut down soon after he quit attending for various reasons, none of which was Walter’s fault. The McClure Farm received


From page 1C

Tom has several ponds on his grounds to water his cattle. They are filled with rain water; this conserves some water as the cattle do not have to go to the tanks that are filled with

Darlene Harper is new at NRCS

We congratulate past winners of the Distinguished Community Service Award* 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991

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Darlene Harper Agriculture Conservation Experience Service working in the NRCS office in November and assists with day-to-day workload items. She typically works Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Drip irrigation systems and parts available for your next planting The Stevens County Conservation District (SCCD) has Drip Irrigation Systems and parts available year round for windbreak or shelterbelt plantings, gardens, and landscaping. SCCD carries commercial poly-tubing in 100, 500 and 1000 foot rolls. Poly tubing sizes range from 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/4” and 1” diameter. SCCD handles a variety of drip irrigation emitters ranging from 1/2 GPM up to 4 GPM. Manifold systems which include battery timers, pressure regulators and filter screens in different sizes. Slip compression fittings are available such as connectors,

tees, elbows, 4-ways and reducers. Marking flags are also available in color code for marking underground utility lines such as electric (red),Gas-oil-steam (yellow), communication (orange), water (blue), sewer (green), temporary survey marking (pink), proposed Excavation (white). Remember to call two working days before you dig in kansas. “It’s the law” KS: 1-800-344-7233. For pricing and estimates on your next planting project contact the SCCD office at 5442991 Ext. 3 or email: stevens

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Darlene Harper is the new Agriculture Conservation Experience Service (ACES) employee for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The 2008 Farm Bill authorized this program, which provides technical assistance for operations around the county. This position is generally part-time and is offered to individuals 55 years of age and older. Darlene has been involved in the farming business for 50 years and has lived in Stevens County all of her life. Darlene began

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Funds available for cost-share assistance programs Funding provided by the State Conservation Commission through appropriation from the Kansas Water Plan Fund is allocated to local Conservation Districts each year in July. The Stevens County Conservation District uses these Water Resources Conservation Funds to address the following practices in Stevens County. • Field, Farm and/or Livestock Windbreaks Includes Drip Irrigation and Fabric Weed Barrier. • Irrigation pipelines when converting flood to center pivot sprinkler • Livestock Practices includes: Water Wells Pumping Source Pipelines Stock Tanks/ Waterers Cross-Fencing • Seeding included for: Pasture / Hayland Range Seeding Critical Area Planting

Windbreaks along with drip irrigation and fabric weed barrier can be funded by cost-share assistance programs if you are a Stevens County landowner. The cost-share assistance program pays 70% of the County-Average-Cost (CAC). The CAC is used as a basis for determining the amount of cost-share assistance earned, not to exceed $5,000. Non-Point Source funds assist water quality funds will be used to plug abandoned water wells and up-

grading failing septic systems and/or closing out abandoned septic systems. Funding for plugging water wells will be 70% of the county average cost up to $1,000 while the septic systems will be limited to $4,000. To ensure structures are built to the program guide-

lines, technical assistance will be provided. No practice can be started until the application and design has been approved. How do you qualify? If you are a Stevens County landowner you can apply for cost-share funds. How do you apply? Check with our office for cost- share assistance in conservation protection and the eligible practices to improve your operation. Technical assistance will be provided to help complete the application forms and to answer any questions regarding the programs. Contact: Stevens County Conservation District Office, 607 East Eleventh, Hugoton, Kansas 67951, Phone: 620544-2991, extension 3, email:

USDA invests millions in wildfire mitigation and water quality projects Projects will restore healthy forests on private and public lands in 24 states The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $32 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems in 24 states and Puerto Rico. Since 2014, USDA has invested $176 million in 56 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands. "Through Joint Chiefs, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with agricultural producers and forest landowners to improve forest health using available Farm Bill conservation programs, and the Forest Service enhances forest health on public lands -- stitching together a larger footprint of healthy ecosystems in priority areas," said Leonard Jordan, acting NRCS chief. This year the Joint Chiefs’ partner USDA agencies are providing $2.9 million to fund seven new projects and $29 million to support 21 ongoing partnership projects. Federal, state, and local partners will bring an additional $12 million through financial and inkind contributions over three years to implement the newly added projects. These contribute to jobs and economic benefits that sustain rural communities. “Wildfires are a serious and on-going threat to forests and communities alike, as we’ve seen in northern and south-

ern California this year,” said Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke. “Through these Joint Chiefs’ projects, USDA will be working with local partners in high-risk project areas to control invasive species, install fire breaks and implement other targeted forest management practices to help mitigate the risk of wide-spread wildfires.” Along with mitigating fire risk, Joint Chiefs’ projects work to improve water quality by restoring healthy forests and grasslands. For example, one of the new 2018 projects, Sublette County Forest Collaborative: Working Together for Forest Health, specifically addresses protecting the sole drinking water source of Pinedale, Wyoming, near the Bridger Teton National Forest. The project area includes lands managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, State of Wyoming and private landowners in Sublette County, Wyoming. In addition to improving water quality, project goals include providing fire protection for rural residents, restoring aspens, and habitat improvements for mule deer, greater sage-grouse and pronghorn. USDA will invest more than $700,000 in this project in 2018. Descriptions of the remaining six new projects follow. For full project descriptions and information on completed projects, visit the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership website. Florida – Ocala Longleaf Priority Protection Area

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(Ocala National Forest) By implementing restoration activities on public and adjacent private lands, this ecosystem and its suite of species, will experience accelerated forest restoration at a landscape-scale, reduced wildfire risk, increased appropriate understory vegetation and pollinator habitat, control non-native and invasive species, and protect water quality. Partners: The Nature Conservancy (TNC), The National Forest Foundation (NFF) and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) FY18 USDA investment: $437,080 (Forest Service $256,000, NRCS - $181,080) Hawaii – Wildfire Prevention and Invasive Plant Control in West Maui (West Maui Mountains, non-National Forest) Prior to human occupation, fire in Hawaii occurred once every 700 to 1,000 years. In the last decade, several major wildfires burned thousands of acres in West Maui alone, mostly occurring in drier regions. Because of the enormous damages associated with these fires, the project will help implement the partner’s new Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Partners: West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership, County of Maui, and State of Hawaii FY18 USDA investment: $123,278 (NRCS) Louisiana – Joint Chief’s Louisiana Native Pine Partnership Project (Kisatchie National Forest) Partners and stakeholders are working to accelerate the restoration of longleaf pine and other native ecosystems on public and private lands. The restoration of native trees and ecosystems will expand to include shortleaf pine. Partners: LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry; US Fish & Wildlife Service; Soil and Water Conservation Districts; The National Wild Turkey Federation; The Nature Conservancy; LA Forestry Association; and USDA APHIS-Wildlife Services. FY18 USDA investment: $291,801 (Forest Service $200,000, NRCS - $91,801) Montana – Capital 360 (Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest) Nearly 290,000 acres are included in this project which targets high-priority treatment areas benefiting the water supply source for the more than 30,000 residents of Helena and East Helena, Montana. The Capital 360 effort continues to build on the successful implementation of smaller-scale fuels reduction projects by various entities in the project area.

Partners: State Forestry Funds (Montana DNRC); TriCounty FireSafe Working Group; City of Helena, U.S. Bureau of Land Management FY18 USDA investment: $696,046 (Forest Service $450,000, NRCS - $246,046) New Mexico – Taos Valley Watershed Coalition (Carson National Forest) This project includes 280,000 acres of contiguous landscape including a range of vegetation types from piñon/juniper woodland to spruce/fir. The area encompasses most of the headwaters of the Rio Grande within Taos County; waters that are critical to the economy and wellbeing of New Mexico’s most populous areas such as Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. Partners: Carson National Forest; Rio Grande Water Fund; The Nature Conservancy; New Mexico Water Trust Board; Taos County; and Taos Pueblo. FY18 USDA investment: $403,800 (Forest Service $250,000, NRCS - $153,800) Puerto Rico – Landscapescale Restoration Initiative to Establish Biological Corridors and Restore Ecosystem Functionality after the Impact of a Major Hurricane in the Caribbean Area (Six Watershed in Puerto Rico) The project will help mitigate flooding, erosion and other impacts of extreme weather events. Partners will implement conservation practices such as: establishment of vegetation and tree planting, erosion control measures, nutrient and waste management, establishment of fire breaks and wind breaks, propagation of native species for agroforestry practices and forest enhancement, habitat restoration for targeted species, debris and obstruction removal. Partners: Caribbean NRCS; Envirosurvey, Inc.; Cafiesencia, Inc; Protectores de Cuencas, Inc.; Puerto Rico Conservation Trust; Para la Naturaleza; and USFWS Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office. FY18 USDA investment: $225,000 (NRCS)

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Congratulations Past Grassland Merit Award Winners 1995 Gerald Schmidt Family 2003 Sid & Sheila Burrows 2005 Jim Persinger 2006 Richard Claggett 2007 Dennis & Beth Moser 2008 Steve & Brenda Kinser

2010 Ervin & Galen Hancock 2013 Ron DeGarmo 2014 Sally Mann Adee 2016 Walter & Estella Beesley 2017 Matt & Keri Clark

and Wildlife Habitat Award Winners 1989 Rome Farms (Steven, Keith & David) 2010 Jerry & Laura Hull • 2015 Bryne & Tina Sullins

We’re proud of this community’s farming tradition and conservation.


Contact Jonathan 620-541-1049 or Will Cullum 620-453-0079 Office 620-428-6333

Farmers who practice soil conservation have a vision for the future for both themselves and America. Our thanks!

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We salute our Farmers for their hard work and dedication in conserving the soil for future generations. Farming is about more than just planting seeds. Their commitment to producing a thriving variety of crops and livestock requires long hours, risk and hard work. Hugoton 509 NW Ave. 620-544-2017 West Road 11 620-544-8898

Moscow 300 N. Road 20 620-598-2214 East Hwy 56 620-598-2101


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Innovations in farming technology and agribusiness have created more efficient farms, but it’s the hard work and dedication of our family farmers that is the heart and soul of our nation’s agriculture industry. 531 S. Jackson | Hugoton, KS | 620-544-7800

We Salute The Dedicated Farmers Of Stevens County. Conserving the soil makes for a better farming future! Insurance Agency Karen Yoder, Agency Manager 600 S. Main • Hugoton • 620-544-4314

With the many challenges facing today’s farmers we recognize those challenges and appreciate their dedication to the land.

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Soil Conservation is an Old Time Religion

By Kelly J. Klausmeyer, NRCS Engineer, Hays, Kansas Reprinted from Our American Land: 1987 Yearbook of Agriculture. Washington, D.C. United States Department of Agriculture, 1987. Pp. 175180. By Douglas Helms, National Historian, Soil Conservation Service The idea that Americans should conserve soil to maintain the nation’s capacity to produce food is neither new nor outdated. Some colonial Americans knew the dangers of exhausting the land and undertook conservation measures even then. Some of the earliest conservationists increased fertility and lessened erosion by maintaining ground cover, improving soil tilth, and instituting pasture, legume, and crop rotation systems. Though he invented neither, Thomas Mann Randolph, Thomas Jefferson’s son-in-law, quickly perceived the advantages of the hillside plow and horizontal, or contour, plowing. As a convert to the idea, Jefferson believed that “In point of beauty nothing can exceed that of the waving lines and rows winding along the face of the hills and valleys.” Nicholas Sorsby combined horizontal farming with the early progenitor of the terrace the hillside ditchand greatly popularized “level culture” throughout the South. The most outstanding of the pre-Civil War agricultural reformers, Edmund Ruffin, experimented to learn the effects of green manures and liming on soil conservation and soil fertility. After the Civil War, Priestly Mangum of Wake Forest, North Carolina, perfected the broadbased Mangum terrace for managing surface runoff. Hugh Hammond Bennett, who led the soil conservation movement in the 20th century, first called for research. Largely at his prodding, the USDA appropriation act for 1929 included provisions for soil

erosion and moisture conservation research stations. Bennett’s first assistant at the Soil Erosion Service, Walter Lowdermilk, made seminal discoveries in the relationship of forest litter to runoff. Education When Hugh Hammond Bennett began his crusade for soil conservation as a soil scientist in the USDA, he proposed to use demonstration methods so that farmers would observe proven methods of soil conservation, then go forth and do likewise. He located the earliest demonstration projects near the erosion and moisture conservation experiment stations, where the results of the research could be put to use. Sharing the Costs Sharing the cost of conservation became a major part of agricultural programs with the passage of the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act in 1936. Spending public money on soil conservation is premised on society’s having an interest in preventing erosion. It is viewed not only as a matter of equity, but also as an inducement for farmers to practice conservation. Stewardship According to some sources, Patrick Henry proclaimed shortly after the American Revolution, “since the achievement of our independence, he is the greatest patriot who stops the most gullies.” The sentiment that conservation should be viewed not only as a matter of self-interest, but as an obligation, had, and continues to have many forms of expression. Certainly, a dispassionate case can be made for soil conservation, but like many another movement that came to be enacted into a national program by Congress, it involved emotions. Soil conservation as a religious duty found expression in ‘Soil Stewardship Week.” Farm and Ranch magazine sponsored a “Soil and Soul Sunday” from 1946

Hugh Hammond Bennett until 1954. The National Association of Conservation Districts assumed responsibility in 1955 and elicits support from many denominations. An Enduring Agriculture When a national soil conservation program began in the 1930s, the young group of conservationists attacked their job with enthusiasm. Being optimists, and no better seers than we are today, they perhaps were unmindful of how a dynamic agriculture could undermine some

of their good works. But they did establish an objective by which to judge various conservation methods an enduring agriculture. Enduring did not imply a static agriculture, but it held that the means to sustain agriculture, the physical integrity of the soil resource, must be maintained. Please contact your local NRCS office or conservation district office located at your local county U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center (listed in the telephone book under United States Government or on the internet at for assistance. More information is also available on the Kansas Web site at Follow us on Twitter @NRCS_Kansas. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

SCCD offers scholarships

The Stevens County Conservation District has more than sixty years in Stevens County and to demonstrate its commitment to the community the Stevens County Conservation District will award a scholarship(s) to a deserving high school senior(s). The scholarship is granted to enable incoming college freshmen to pursue a degree of their choice at a two year or four year college or university. The scholarship is a payment of $300 each semester and is renewable up to four years totaling $2,400. It is intended that the scholarship grant be used by the grantee as financial aid for tuition, books and classroom materials at an accredited two or four year college. To be considered for a Stevens County Conservation District Scholarship, a student must meet all of the following criteria: 1. Applicants must be a graduating high school student of Stevens County, Kansas.

2. Provide a official high school transcript and if any college hours, college transcript. 3. Provide a summary of personal information on the attachment available by contacting the Stevens County Conservation District. Selection will be made by a scholarship committee and will be based on the content of the application form, the personal essay, personal interview, academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience, individual goals and character. Applications are available at local schools and are to be returned to M’Lynn Swartz at Stevens County Conservation District, 607C East Eleventh Street, Hugoton, Kansas 67951, postmarked no later than March 15. Recipients will be awarded during graduation /scholarship ceremony. Further information may be obtained by contacting M’Lynn Swartz at 620-5442991.

USDA seeks applications for Innovative Conservation Grants by February 26, 2018

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FARMERS March 15 is the deadline for insuring your spring planted crops with multi-peril and revenue insurance. See us for your insurance needs. Don’t forget, hail season is approaching! Call Yvonne, Kim, Kirk, Dennis, Linda or Teri to set up an appointment.

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Ten million dollars in funding is available in three focus areas; grazing lands, organic systems, and soil health USDA is offering grants for innovative conservation technologies and tools. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest $10 million in the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Grant proposals are due February, 26, 2018. “I know individual Kansans, non-profits, universities and state partners have great ideas and projects that need funding,” said Sheldon Hightower, Kansas NRCS Acting State Conservationist. “These grants have tremendous value because the projects are closely tied to practical applications for producers. Last year, Kansas State University received $672,000 for a project to implement new irrigation technology.” According to Hightower,

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“the grants are very competitive, so potential applicants need to get started now in preparing their proposal. I encourage potential applicants to sign up for the free webinar in January.” This year, NRCS is focusing its funding in these areas: • Grazing Lands: Helping livestock producers make grazing management decisions, encouraging prescribed burning as a grazing management practice, and improving access to conservation planning tools used for developing grazing management plans. • Organic Agriculture Systems: Helping organic producers develop innovative cropping and tillage systems, edge-of-field monitoring, crop rotations, and intercropping systems. • Soil Health: Supporting both cropping and grazing systems, in a variety of climatic zones, that incorporate soil health management systems for addressing specific resource concerns like nutrients and availability. Evaluating multiple soil health assessment methods to assist in the development of new soil health indicators and thresholds. Potential applicants should review the announcement of program funding available at offsite link image which includes application materials and submission procedures. All U.S.-based entities and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of Federal agencies. Up

to 20 percent of CIG funds will be set aside for proposals from historically underserved producers, veteran farmers or ranchers, or groups serving these customers. CIG is authorized and funded under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Projects can last up to three years. The maximum award amount for any project this year is $2

million. For more information, go to the Kansas NRCS Web site or visit your local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center. The Hugoton Service Center is located at 607 E. Eleventh. Contact by phone at 620544-2261. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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Kansas agriculture continues to be a vital force in the state’s economy. As the top industry in Kansas, agriculture accounts for over 40 percent of the total economy.

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“Helping You Put The Pieces Together.”

Congratulations to Stevens County’s past and present

Conservation winners!

ROME FARMS 544-8991 Keith, Dave & Steve Rome


Kansas Envirothon What is Envirothon?


Congratulations to

Envirothon is a competitive environmental learning opportunity for high school students. Testing is done in five areas: Aquatics and Ecology, Forestry, Soils and Land Use, Wildlife and a Current Issue that changes yearly. Rangeland is a subject area tested at Regional competitions. An Oral Presentation over the Current Issue is done only at the State Competition.

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Who Can Participate? Teams are made up of 5 high school students. Typically the students are from the same high school, but teams from 4-H groups, Scout troops, FFA teams and other organizations are allowed with prior approval from the Kansas Envirothon committee.

When and Where is Envirothon? In Kansas, the Regional and State competitions take place in April. The location of the State Competition varies from year to year so students and advisors can experience all areas of the State. The North American Competition is in late July of each year and its location moves from State to State and into the Canadian Provinces.

How can I become involved? To start a team find a group of students and/or Advisors who are interested and enthused about natural resources. Contact your local county Conservation District and ask for their help in finding resource material, organizing some field days and for their financial support.

Where can I find more information? Check out the Kansas Envirothon Facebook page, and check out our pages on the KACD Web site. Another good place to look in on the NCF Envirothon Facebook page and Web site. These sources have information about current competitions and study resources.

Who is Kansas Envirothon?

Kansas Envirothon

The Kansas program is run by a committee of Conservation District Employees. Natural Resource Conservation Service, The Kansas Forest Service, Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and other agencies provide support to the Kansas Envirothon committee. Teams are typically sponsored by their local Conservation District.

For more information contact: M’Lynn Swartz Stevens County Conservaton District 607 E. Eleventh Hugoton, KS 67951

Get involved as 68th Annual a volunteer Stevens County Conservation District AWARDS BANQUET Guest Speaker

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Saturday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m.

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“What can I do?” Well, no matter what your talents, interests, age, or physical ability, there is a volunteer opportunity for you. Here are a few examples: • Schools benefit from tours, exhibits, poster contests and festivals. • Town and community groups benefit from educational meetings and publications. • Field office support is needed. • Working in the outdoors presents many opportunities for volunteers, including planning of community beautification and projects for water quality and erosion control. • There is also an apprentice program. This is a program for high school and college students. It provides experience and information to help make informed career choices, and fulfills community service requirements for scholarships, colleges and technical schools. It also provides work experience for job applications and resumes, and provides a reference to natural resources in making lifetime decisions. Volunteers and apprentices are needed and appreciated. If you would like to donate your time to conserve and protect our natural resources, visit the office located at 607 East Eleventh, or call 620-544-2261 extension 3. More information is also available on the Kansas Web site at The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

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All Conservation and Windbreak Award Winners Conservation Awards 1951-Art Lahey 1952-Ben Davis & Gillespie Brothers 1953-Dale Trahern, Marion & Warren Spikes 1954-Sam Bozone 1955-B.W. Brubaker 1956-R. W. Packer 1957-Letter of Appreciation to J. Saunders...and E. Reardon 1958-Carl White & Sons 1959-Darrell Skinner 1960-Lyle Powers 1961-Val Barnes & Frank Thomas 1962-George Cavner Family 1963-Sid Thomas...Harry Morris 1964-Clarence & Lewis Wheeler...Garlend & Ralph Persinger 1965-Murel Curtis...Everett Wilson 1966-Wilbur DeCamp....Larry Randle 1967-Fred & Roy Walkemeyer 1968-A.E. Kramer & Harry Leonard 1969-Gerald Schmidt & Jim Chandley 1970-Ted Gooch & Sons, Richard Claggett & Gen Bunger Hodges 1971-Warren Moon, Paul & R.C.Nix 1972-Robert Walker & Dean Roehr 1973-Laurence Brower & Thomas F. Harper 1974-Eldon Dale 1975-Morton, Clovis & Ronald Brewer 1976-Gary & Marlin Heger 1977-Roy & Ray Miller...Bertha Ward Estate 1978-Ralph, Richard & Norman Grubbs 1979-John Ertz 1980-Walter McClure & Douglas Mills 1981-Clayton Gerrond, Robert Fox and Elmer Lowen 1982-Rod and Greg Gaskill...Earl Peachey 1983-Vance, David & Tom Lahey, Howard & Bryne Sullins 1984-H.A. Lewis, Larry & John R. Slemp 1985-Paul Grewell, Roger & Glen Gillespie 1986-(Richard) Harlow Farms, (Tony) Stegman Farms 1987-Kenneth Lester, Bill Dale 1988-Mike & Kathy Willis, Floyd & Milton Gillespie 1989-Mark & Sherry Randle, Metcalf Brothers (Jerry & Ramona, Ted & Florence) 1990-Carl & Nancy Cox and Roy & Gloria Cox Frank & LaVern Thomas and Robert & Marigail Thomas 1991-Jim & Dale Cullison, Murray Farms 1992-No Conservation Award 1993-Jim Kuharic 1994-Cox Farms-Jim, Jerry & Jeff Cox Bros. 1995-Jerry Stuckey

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1996-Richard James & mother Josphine James 1997-Richard Farrar & mother Helen Farrar 1998-Rick & Chad (son) Hamlin 1999-Steve & Brenda Kinser 2000-Edward White 2001-Joel McClure 2002-David & Shirley Bozone 2003-Jeff Newlon 2004-Shannon & Diane Crawford 2005-Rome Farms (Steve, Keith, David) 2006-John and Donna Brower 2007-Donnie Knier Sr. & Donnie Knier Jr. 2008-Roger & Gail Gillespie & Seth Gillespie 2009-Tom & Patty Lahey 2010-Robert & Paula Fox 2012-Wheeler Farm Inc (Lewis & Lee) 2013-No award given due to drought conditions 2014-Lance & (son) Nathan Snyder 2015-CM Skinner Farms (CJ & Marcala) 2016-Nick & Johanna Vos 2016-Shannon & Diana Crawford 2017-Tom & Patty Lahey Windbreak Awards 1985-Dewayne Hull 1986-Steve Harper 1987-Marvin Shelite 1988-Roy Walkemeyer 1989-Lee Wheeler 1990-Donald Kinser 1991-Jerry Stuckey 1992-Rome Farms (Steve, Keith & David) 1993-Mike Willis 1994-Frank Thomas 1995-Carl and Shirley Brollier 1996-Jeff and Brenda Mills 1997-Jeff and Vickie Newlon 1998-Jamie Mills 1999-Larry and Connie Slemp 2000-Wayne Johnson 2001-Robert (Red) L. Davis 2002-Lance Snyder 2003-Davis May 2004-Steve and Glenda Davis 2005-Dean Roehr 2006-Gary Porter 2007-Paul Grewell 2008-David and Nola Walker 2009-Richard & Peggy Hoskinson 2010-Glen & Vicki Gaskill 2011-No award given due to drought conditions 2012-No award given due to drought conditions 2013-Lewis & Grace Wheeler 2014-Craig White 2015-Steve & Donna Harper 2016-Ken & Rita Friesen 2017-Walter & Dorothy McClure

Paul’s-Robson Funeral Home 314 S. Van Buren 620-544-4122 Hugoton, Ks. 67951 “Our Family Serving Your Family.”

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Keri Morris NRCS - Supervisor District Conservationist and Nola Walker NRCS - Soil Technician

Stevens County Board Treasurer Luke Grubbs Darlene Harper Agriculture Conservation Experience Service

M’Lynn Swartz District Manager, SCCD

Stevens County Board, left to right are Supervisor Tom Lahey, Supervisor Nick Martin and Vice Chairman Seth Gillespie. In front are M’Lynn Swartz, District Manager, SCCD and Chairman Loren Seaman. The Stevens County Conservation District Board would like to invite you to be their guest at the Sixty-eighth Annual Appreciation Banquet and Annual Meeting.


It’s The Heart Of Your Future!

The Stevens County Conservation Stewards Are... Chairman of the Board - LOREN SEAMAN • Vice Chairman - SETH GILLESPIE Treasurer - LUKE GRUBBS • Supervisor - TOM LAHEY • Supervisor - NICK MARTIN District Manager - M’LYNN SWARTZ NRCS-Supervisory District Conservationist - KERI MORRIS Soil Technician - NOLA WALKER

HISTORY OF THE SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT Your Conservation District, an organization of the people by the people and for the people, was formed in 1949 from legislation passed by the 74th Congress in 1935. This law enabled people interested in their natural resources to form Conservation Districts and seek assistance in applying the proper conservation practices. Your District has five men who form a Board of Supervisors. All are elected at annual meetings. This Board of Supervisors is required to prepare an annual work plan and an annual report to the State Conservation Commission and the Secretary of Agriculture. The work plan recognizes the depletion of our natural resources of soil, water, plants and animals. The plan points out what the Board hopes to do about the depletion.

Through the Memorandum of understanding with the Secretary of Agriculture and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), available technicians are assigned to the District to assist in carrying out the plan of operations. Farmers or ranchers in the District apply to the District for assistance in solving their conservation problems. With the technician’s assistance a plan is prepared containing an inventory of their resources, the conservation problems involved with recommended solutions or alternative solutions. With the technician’s assistance the land owner then proceeds in an orderly manner in applying their conservation practices on their farms. The Board does not have any taxing powers, so they must

rely on other sources for money to carry on their activities. They may levy assessments on their members, sell conservation materials or services or may receive money from the County Commissioners. They carry on an education program for all people of the county, assist in demonstrations and tours and attend meetings on an area and state basis as well as their monthly meeting. They do not receive any pay for their time but do receive expenses when attending area and state meetings. They furnish secretarial assistance to the technicians assigned to the district thus giving them more time for planning and applying conservation plans with their members.

Stevens County Stewards - Past and Present A.E. Lahey Merle Peachey Earl Peachey Lester Bunyon Robert Packer Paul Sundgren Sam Bozone Milton Porter Ross Teeter Carl Brollier Frank Thomas Laurence Brower Tom Bentley James R. Kapp Dean Roehr Wilbur White Gerald Schmidt

1949-1951 1949-1957 1949-1959 1949-1955 1949-1967 1951-1957 1956-1962 1958-1962 1958-1969 1960-1962 1963-1968 1961-1966 1963-1969 1967-1968 1968-1970 1969-1994 1969-1977

John Ertz Robert Hamilton Darrell Skinner Clovis Brewer Everett Burrows Robert Parsons Richard Claggett Lewis Wheeler Warren Moon Richard James Jack Hamlin Doug Flummerfelt Keith Rome Edward White Milton Gillespie Dell Cullison Garry Norton

1970-1975 1970-1976 1971-1979 1977-1981 1976-1978 1978-1989 1979-1988 1980-1985 1981-1989 1986-1994 1988-1993 1990-1995 1990-1995 1994-2000 1994-1997 1995-1996 1995-1998

Mike Willis Kay Murray Joe D. Thompson Jeff Newlon Rick Hamlin James Murray Wilbur Kinser Joel McClure Tron Stegman Ryan Hamlin Loren Seaman Alan Stoddard Seth Gillespie Luke Grubbs Tom Lahey Nick Martin

1996-1999 1996-1999 1997-2006 1998-2001 1999-2002 2000-2004 1999-2008 2001-2009 2002-2017 2004-2013 2006-Present 2008-2011 2010-Present 2011-Present 2013-Present 2017-Present

We Salute The Stevens County Conservation District and NRCS For Their Conservation Work! CONGRATULATIONS!

Loren Seaman Gerry Deckman Scott Schechter Jacob Chupp Matt Crotinger

Soil Conservation Award Winners Thank You For Saving Our Soil




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February 22, 2018  

Official Newspaper of Stevens County, Kansas

February 22, 2018  

Official Newspaper of Stevens County, Kansas