Volume 127, Number 11
Thursday, March 13, 2014
18 Pages, 70 Cents Plus Tax Per Copy
Legislative Update cancelled The second Legislative Update—scheduled for this Saturday, March 15—has been cancelled. Senator Powell had a scheduling conflict which has caused this cancellation. The Chamber office is working with both the Senator and Representative Alford to reschedule the event. As of Tuesday, the Chamber, along with the Stevens County Economic Development Board and the Stevens County Farm Bureau Association, is planning to have a Legislative Update April 19.
Hugoton High School varsity girls’ basketball team wins SubState at Goodland Saturday! Pictured with their trophy are Assistant Coach Miranda Ramsey, Ana Pena, Melissa Fabela, Estefani Armendariz, Riley Sosa, Megan Cornelsen, Taylor Fiss,
Amy Scott, Sofia Jimenez, Katy Heger and Sarah Johnson. Coach Jeff Ramsey and Matt Johnson are on the end. Kneeling in front are managers Maria Sanchez and Ferny Vera.
Varsity Eagles girls basketball team wins Sub-State Besides winning first place in the senior division for her hulahoop performance at the Pancake Day finals March 3, Mariah Rome also won the People’s Choice Award. The crowd let their fingers and cell phones do the talking when they texted their vote for this Choice Award. In last week’s issue Mariah’s name was spelled incorrectly. We regret the error.
It is for certain the Lady Eagles are heading to the State Tournament this week! How did they get there? It took a lot of work and the winning of the two
Sub-State games in Goodland this past week. The Sub-State tournament for the Lady Eagles started with their first game Thursday against Scott
City. Hugoton played a close first quarter ending it with a two point lead. Riley Sosa scored two of her three three-point field goals and Amy Scott added six points
of her own in the quarter. Ana Pena was fouled during the quarter and she added a free throw. When the first quarter ended Hugoton was up 15 to 13.
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Stevens County LEPC come together to make plans
Masonic Grand Lodge of Kansas dignitaries from all over Kansas gathered in Hugoton to celebrate its Centenial year. Later in the pro-
gram, the Masons formed a Grand Procession to rededicate the Lodge for use in the Hugoton community.
Landowners oppose city annexation Hugoton City Council met in regular session Monday, March 10, 2014 in the council meeting room. Present at the meeting were Mayor Jack E. Rowden, City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Electrical System Supervisor Gary Rowden, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, City Inspector Joshua Grubbs and councilmen
Dean Banker, Mike Eshbaugh, Dan Corpening, Shannon Crawford and Tron Stegman. Guests at the meeting were Brad Musgrove, Neal Gillespie, Mick Mantzke, Toni Mantzke, Nikki Martinez along with her daughter Rylea, Jim Persinger, A.J. Owens, Greg Loibl, Gerry Kost, Bob Passmore, Waylon Forbes and
School Board meets for special session The Hugoton USD #210 Board of Education met in a specially scheduled meeting Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in the Board Conference Room of the District Office. Present at the meeting were board members Matt Mills, Stephanie Heger, Martin Daharsh, Don Beesley, Paula Rowden and Todd Gayer. Also present were Traci Shields, Mark Crawford, Sonja Gayer, Nancy Johnson, Nikki Gilmore, Jake Gilmore, Jeff Hoskinson, David Gustafson, Susie Scott, Katie Gillen, Estella Peña, Pete Olson, Shelby Martin and Kay McDaniels. Not present was Barry Hittle. The Board approved the agenda. Superintendent Mark Crawford talked about the tractor needed for the Grounds Department. He also told the board
that the pep bus is full, including a full pep band and will travel to Wichita to attend the State basketball game. Scott Schechter will be driving with Mr. Newton and Mr. Crawford riding on the bus. The bus will leave at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The motion to approve the low bid for a tractor for the Grounds Department was tabled until the March 31 meeting. Also approved was the motion to change of status and pay for Mrs. Jacque Teeter beginning March 24, 2014. After executive session a motion was made and approved to suspend the employment of Doug Waters without pay until the March 31, 2014 board meeting. The meeting was adjourned.
reporter Ruthie Winget. City Attorney Wayne R. Tate and Police Chief Courtney Leslie were absent. The council approved the minutes of the last meeting and the February municipal judge’s report. Joshua Grubbs reported he had attended the Inspector School in Denver, Co. March 3-7. He stated he passed the examination for Residential Building Inspector. Brad Musgrove of Musgrove Insurance explained the city’s insurance package renewal. The councilmen approved the motion to pay the premium of $164,480. The councilmen also approved to pay the premium of $677. for the municipality Identity Theft policy. Many concerned taxpayers showed up to oppose the city’s proposed annexation. City Clerk Hicks commented since the city had annexed the Stevens County Industrial Park where KDI is located, it only makes sense to close the gaps by annexing on the north side of the
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The Stevens County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) met at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5 in the Stevens County Fire Station meeting room. A working lunch was served to ten members and three guests. The ten members present were Richard Barnes, RoGlenda Coulter, Richard Everett, Kathy Haynes, Rodney Kelling, Courtney Leslie, Tony Martin, Susan Schulte, Greg Sohm and T.J. Steers. Guests signing in were Cathy Hernandez, Duane Topliss and Deb McFarlane. President Paula Rowden was not present. She had asked Vice President Richard Barnes to serve in her absence. Richard called the meeting to order. Minutes from the December 18, 2013 meeting were handed out for all to check over. There were no corrections or additions. Motion was made and passed to accept the minutes. Visitors were introduced: Cathy Hernandez with KDEM, Deb McFarlane with the Stevens County Hospital and Duane Topliss with the Stevens County Sheriff’s Department. They were thanked for attending the meeting as were all the members who were there. Richard requested any old business. Richard Everett said the environmental health plan still needs to be updated. He will get in touch with Paula to make sure it is done. He asked Rodney if Paula for sure has access so she can make changes to the plan. Rodney advised he did give her access as well as Mr. Everett. Rodney got an email back from the state saying to contact them. This may concern the same matter.
Mr. Barnes asked for new business. He called on Mr. Everett to talk about the upcoming emergency exercise. He said the event will take place at the Stevens County Library, April 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will be an ice storm, killing all power. An EOC will have to be activated. Paula is working on the lunch for the event. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door. All will be involved including the hospital. Mr. Everett gave the Red Cross phone numbers out. He also told Mr. Barnes the radio system would be nice to have there. Rodney said the Abengoa conference room is now open. He might check into seeing if they would host the next LEPC meeting. The LEPC members may not get a complete tour of the facility, but may be able to look around a little. A visitor badge would probably be needed. Rodney said Officer Chris Beltz has his new drug dog. It may be interesting to have him come
give a demonstration at a meeting sometime. Tornado sirens were checked out last week during the national test. One of Moscow’s sirens needs to be looked over. Public shelters were discussed. They are still the same: the high school FEMA shelter and in the Sheriff’s Office basement. Some of the churches open for emergency shelters too. The courthouse and hospital are no longer shelters. In Moscow the shelter is in the Methodist Church basement. Discussion followed of whether to leave the future meetings as quarterly, this would be June 4. Rodney will check with Abengoa, if not there, then back at the fire station at 11:30. After checking, Richard Everett said that date will not work as he and Paula will have to be gone for a meeting. It was decided to change the date to June 18. Mr. Everett needs to be present at the meeting to give the report for the April event. Motion was made to adjourn.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE HUGOTON HERMES? Milton and Eileen Gillespie and The Hugoton Hermes are seen with a Maasai warrior on their recent trip to Africa. Highlights of the trip to Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania were hiking to visit the mountain gorillas and the thousands of animals seen on safari.
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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Obituaries Pioneer Manor residents play Bingo at 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Community members are invited to volunteer or play a game with the residents! 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. Wednesday nights - Inside Out Kids at the Hugoton Assembly of God, 138 S. Main, beginning with dinner at 6:45 p.m. Program will be from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rides are available by calling Pastor Ben Coats at 620428-1487 before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings. - Moscow United Methodist will host Kids Club, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Kids Club is available for children ages Kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, contact the church at 620598-2426. Beginning in March - Project Hope will be open from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoons at 1030 S. Main. Now through May 1 - Pioneer Communications is accepting submissions for their phone directory cover photo contest. Entry forms and information available at www.pioncomm.net or at any Pioneer Communications office. The contest is open to anyone who receives local telephone service from Pioneer or whose parent or guardian receives such service. March 2-29 - Baker Arts Center will host local student artists’ work at their facility at 624 N. Pershing in Liberal. Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays. March 13 - Hugoton Elementary first graders will perform their music concert at 2:25 p.m. in the HES gym. - Stevens County Library will host a kids’ movie beginning at 3:35 p.m. March 14-23 - Spring Break for USD 210 students. March 15 - Pioneer Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting and health fair at the Grant County Civic Center. The health fair will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, followed by a complimentary lunch. - ***Legislative update at the Stevens County Library has been cancelled.*** Upcoming date: April 19.
- Philip Porter will perform at the Assembly of God Church at 7:00 p.m. A love offering will be taken. March 17 - Stevens County Commissioners will meet in the Commissioners’ Room at the Stevens County Courthouse, beginning at 8:30 a.m. - Stevens County Library will host Caring Connections for their monthly storytime starting at 10:30 a.m. March 18 - Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly luncheon at 12:00 noon. March 19 - Hugoton Senior Center will host a Life Story Workshop at 9:00 a.m. at 624 S. Main. - Bridal shower for Jennie McCaslin at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor Room at the First Christian Church in Hugoton. March 20 - National Cotton Council of America will host a Farm Bill information meeting in the 4-H Building at Stevens County Fairgrounds in Hugoton at 1:00 p.m. - Hugoton Senior Center will take a van to Liberal for the Live on Stage performance of “Back on Broadway.” For more information, call 620544-2283. March 21 - Stevens County Library will host a kids’ movie starting at 3:35 p.m. March 24 - Deadline to sign up for CoEd and Church volleyball leagues. Competitive league will play Tuesday nights and church league will play Thursday nights. Call 620544-4675 for more information. March 25 - Hugoton Elementary students will take portraits. - Glenda Hopkins will be at the Stevens County Library from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. to help Veterans and their dependents apply for benefits from the Veterans Administration. For more information, call 620-276-3102. - “Discover E-Mail” course
offered by Garden City Community College from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Call 620-275-3259 or visit gcccks.edu/ business-community for information about registration and payment. March 26 - Hugoton Early Childhood Development Center students will take portraits. - Circle Time at the Stevens County Library at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 0-5 and their parents. March 27 - Stevens County Library will host Moscow Elementary Preschool outreach students for storytime at 9:30 a.m. - Hugoton Aglow will meet at the Senior Center at 7:00 p.m. for coffee and fellowship. A meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome! Sharon Bennell will join the group for April’s meeting. Don’t miss out! March 28 - Stevens County Library will host Hugoton ECDC’s KinderPrep students for storytime at 10:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. - Stevens County Library will host a kids’ movie starting at 3:35 p.m. March 29 - Wedding shower for Hayley Harvey and Joe Bellinger from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Moscow Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall. March 31 - Stevens County Commissioners will meet in the Commissioners’ Room at the Stevens County Courthouse, beginning at 8:30 a.m. - USD 210 Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the HMS Library. - Deadline for high school students to submit scholarship applications and essays for the Southwest Kansas Bar Association Law Day Scholarship Essay Contest. The essay must be about the subject of the American Bar Association 2014 Law Day theme: “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” Essays and applications can
be picked up from high school counselors or by mail to: Southwest Kansas Bar Association, Law Day Scholarship Essay Contest, c/o Hon. Linda Gilmore, 200 E. Sixth, Hugoton, Ks. 67951. April 1-30 - Stevens County Library will host their annual Photography Exhibit in the Community Room. Call 620-544-2301 for more information. April 1 - Hugoton Elementary’s fourth grade class will perform their recorder concert at 2:45 p.m. April 2 - Circle Time at the Stevens County Library at 10:30 a.m. for children ages birth to 5 years old and their parents. April 3 - Stevens County Genealogical Society will meet at 1:00 p.m. in the Kansas Room at the Stevens County Library. April 4 - Stevens County Library will host a kids’ movie, starting at 3:35 p.m. April 5 - Hugoton High School’s FFA chapter will host their annual banquet at 6:30 p.m. - A “Living Last Supper” will be presented at the Clifford Hope Auditorium in Garden City at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend the event. Free tickets are available at several Garden City businesses; contact Stan Wilson at 620225-4677 or email stan@ swkfaithandfamily.org. - The Wizards of Harmony, a barbershop chorus, will be in the Liberal High School auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Also featured will be The Four Man Fishin’ Tackle Choir and Four-tay! April 6 - A “Living Last Supper” will be presented at the Clifford Hope Auditorium in Garden City at 3:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend the event. Free tickets are available at several Garden City businesses; contact Stan Wilson at 620225-4677 or email stan@ swkfaithandfamily.org.
HUGOTON POLICE REPORT Business Hours, Call 544-4959 After Hours, Call 544-2020 Monday, March 3, 2014 • Dog at Large, 400 Block of South Madison, Owner Caught Dog, Officer Crane • Welfare Check, 500 Block of Northeast Avenue, Everything Okay, Officer Crane • Shoplifting, 500 Block of South Main, Took Report, Sergeant Johnson • Welfare Check, West City Limits, Everything Okay, Sergeant Johnson Tuesday, March 4, 2014 • Non Injury Accident, 100 Block of West Sixth, Took Report, Officer Crane • Vehicle Unlock, 700 Block of South Monroe, Citizen Assist, Officer Lamatsch • Medical Assist, Officer Lamatsch Thursday, March 6, 2014 • Domestic, 1200 Block of Jefferson, Verbal, Officer Lamatsch • Medical Assist, 700 Block of South Harrison, Public Service, Officer Lamatsch
Friday, March 7, 2014 • Dog at Large, 700 Block of Van Buren, Unable to Locate, Officer Crane Saturday, March 8, 2014 • Child in Street, 500 Block of West Eighth, Spoke to Parent and Child, Officer Crane • Domestic Battery, 1600 Block of South Eisenhower, Subject Arrested, Officer Crane • Dogs at Large, Washington, Unable to Locate, Officer Hagman • Vehicle Unlock, 700 Block of South Madison, Citizen Assist, Officer Hagman Sunday, March 9, 2014 • Welfare Check, 1000 Block of South Monroe, Everything Okay, Officer Crane • Vehicle Unlock, 1000 Block of South Jackson, Citizen Assist, Officer Crane • Medical Assist, 1000 Block of South Washington, Public Service, Sergeant Johnson
HUGOTON MUNICIPAL COURT FEBRUARY 2014 Coronado, Rafael, Truck/Trailer Parking $50.00 Mantzke, Michael, Handicap Parking $25.00 Juarez, Rigoverto, Criminal Damage to Property $290.00 Rockwell, Jesse Radar, Battery AMD from Domestic Battery $320.00 2 Days Jail Doherty, Crystal, DUI $1,500.00 Bond Forfeited Juarez, Dylan, Theft $560.00 30 Days Jail Suspended, 1 Year Probation Juarez, Dylan, Minor in Possession $200.00 5 Days Jail Suspended
Charles Lucas Friends and family gathered Wednesday to remember and honor Charles W. Lucas, age 89, of Johnson. Mr. Lucas passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Stanton County Long Term Care Unit in Johnson.
Born January 16, 1925 in Belpre, Charles was the son of Carl Lucas and the former Estella McKinney. When he was five years old, Charles moved to Stanton County with his family. He attended a one room school and graduated from Johnson High School. He also attended Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, Ok. for two years before coming home to farm. Charles enjoyed jalopy car racing and was known as “Old 88”. He farmed in Stanton County and was a Pioneer Seed dealer. May 13, 1946, Charles and Myrna Close were married in Bethany. Mr. Lucas was an original board member of the Stanton County Hospital and served on the board when it
Jeffery “Jeff” Kolb Death has claimed the life of Jeffery “Jeff” Louis Kolb. Mr. Kolb, 48, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Texarkana, Tx. Born June 10, 1965 in Meade, Jeff was the son of Perry Kolb and the former Katherine Stoddard. Jeff grew up in Moscow and attended school there until moving to Satanta with his family when he was in junior high. He then attended school in Satanta. Jeff went to work for the oil industry working at various oil fields. He was currently residing in Atlanta, Tx. Jeffery is survived by a son, Derek Kolb of Muskogee, Ok.; his father and stepmother, Perry and Judy Kolb of Newton; brother Danny Kolb and wife Jeanie of Harrison, Ar.; one stepbrother, Chris Muench of Hays; two sisters, Deborah Kolb of Par-
Word has been received of the death of Samuel H. “Sammy” Trutza. Mr. Trutza passed from this life Monday, March 10, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Guymon, Ok. from complications of lung cancer. He was 63.
years. Sammy enjoyed fishing, hunting and maintaining his rural property. Survivors include his wife Henriette; two brothers, Robert Buder of Aztec, N.M, and Danny Buder of Corpus Christi, Tx.; and his sister Anne Wermuth of San Luis Obispo, Ca. Those preceeding him in death were his parents and brother George Buder. There will be no visitation. Funeral ceremony will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 14 at Miller Mortuary. Burial will follow.
Born September 24, 1950 at Austin, Tx., Sammy was the son of Philip Trutza and the former Dorothy Finisher. March 15, 1974 Sammy and Henriette Glim were married at Miami, Fl. She survives. Sammy attended St. Lucia Catholic School in Castries, St. Lucia and was a high school graduate. He worked as Quality Control for Great Plains Gas Compression Inc in Hugoton for the past ten
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6
by Clint Decker mission. Ireland in Patrick’s day was an evil and dangerous place. Knowing this in advance, Patrick recounted in his writings, The Confession saying, "I am ready to be murdered, betrayed, enslaved - whatever may come my way." It was an epic battle of light versus darkness which made for mythical type stories that followed Patrick’s work. Upon his death in 461 light had won the battle setting a new course for the Irish. God used Patrick to see over 120,000 people baptized and 300 churches planted. St. Patrick’s Day is about remembering two things. 1 – Remember what God can do through someone who is wholly surrendered to Him. 2 - Remember how God loved Patrick enough to rescue him from slavery and how He loved the Irish enough to send Patrick with His good news. Remember the real Patrick and the good news which changed a nation. "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation," as Jesus said in Mark 16:15. Like Patrick, may Jesus be your hope for today. Clint Decker is President & Evangelist with Great Awakenings, Inc. Since 1990, he has reached over two million people with his message of hope. Contact him at email@example.com or call toll free 877-433-3220.
sons and Teresa Henderson and husband Scott of Camdenton, Mo.; one stepsister, Jennifer Fox of Wichita; and his granddaughter Piper of Virginia. He is preceded in death by his mother Katherine; a daughter Sarah Emily; and grandparents, Pete and Julia Stoddard and Frank and Hazel Kolb. Memorial graveside services are planned for Friday, March 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Dudley Township Cemetery of Satanta. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. Memorials are suggested to Jeffery Kolb Memorial Fund in care of Swaim Funeral Chapel of Sublette. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneral home.com.
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What is St. Patrick’s Day about? Remembering two things If you are like me, St. Patrick’s Day might be about watching a parade, wearing green or for some, having a few drinks at the pub. It is part of human nature to forget all-together or do a little historic revisionism as time passes for significant events. You know, every year the fish story becomes more amazing. This is the case with St. Patrick’s Day. It was meant to honor Patrick and the incredible legacy he left, not just to celebrate Irish heritage. Patrick was born British and lived 385-461. His parents were very religious, but he wanted nothing to do with their faith. As a teenager his life dramatically changed when an Irish mob abducted and sold him into slave labor in Ireland. For six years he served as a shepherd watching over his master’s sheep. During those years of quiet suffering he came to know the God of his parents. Eventually, he was led by God to escape slavery in miraculous fashion. He made his way back home to Britain. There Patrick prepared for a career in ministry. In time, he was convicted by God that he must return to the land of his slavery and spread the good news of Christ. He boarded a boat that took him to the shores of Ireland for a second time, this time of his own choosing. The day he stepped onto Irish shores began 29 years of a legendary
was built. He also served on the Stanton County Development and Bethel Church of the Nazarene boards. Charles was active and instrumental in the building, renovation and addition to the Bethel Church of the Nazarene. A private pilot, Charles was a member of the Flying Farmers. Survivors include his wife Myrna of their home; sons, Cameron Lucas and wife Anita of Kooskia, Id. and Loren Lucas and wife Lynette of Johnson; daughters, Kathy Patredis and husband Mark of Bethany and Cynthia Prowell and husband Scott of Lenexa; his sister Mary Jane Riggs of Oklahoma City, Ok.; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. Charles is preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were attended Wednesday afternoon, March 12, 2014 at the Bethel Church of the Nazarene in Johnson with Pastor Ken Armstrong officiating. Interment followed at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson. Garnand Funeral Home of Johnson was in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be given to the Bethel Church of the Nazarene or Stanton County Hospital in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Ks 67855.
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Annexation Continued from page 1 highway and at the same time, annex the Hugoton Industrial subdivision on the south side of the highway. City utility services have been offered for many years in this area. City customers have to pay to extend the water mains. Water and sewer are 100% property owners’ expense to attach to the main lines. The city does not share in those costs whether inside or outside city limits. Hicks stated property owners received their property valuations from the county last week. The city tax increase will be .04 of the assessed valuation if the annexation takes place. The land-owners would be ‘grandfathered in’ concerning propane tanks, septic tanks, water wells and fences. A.J. Owens asked what benefits would the landowners have if they are annexed. He was answered if there is a problem with the street, the city would have to fix them. The owners will be charged 1¢ less per kilowatt hour for electricity. The water minimum will be cut in half and the sewer charge will be cut in half.
Toni Mantzke commented if this annexation takes place, their taxes would increase 39.4%. She asked if the city limits needs to be squared up, why not go up to Sixth Street on the north side and down to Seventeenth Street on the south side. The council stated that was under consideration also. Bob Passmore stated the landowners definitely did not want to come into the city limits. He hoped the councilmen would vote against this annexation. If the council decides to go forth on this annexation, Hicks stated a Public Hearing would have to take place and other steps would have to take place according to state statutes. The council asked Nordyke to get estimates for the cost of lift stations if the annexations were voted in. EcoDevo Director Neal Gillespie brought in the Neighborhood Revitalization plan. This five year tax refund plan had already been agreed on but it now needs some amendments. The council voted to approve the new plan.
Tom informed the council Charles Wagner’s term on the KMEA Board of Directors was expiring. The council voted to reappoint him for another term subject to Charles’ agreement. Paul Nordyke brought in bids for repairs on dips in intersections Eighth and Madison, Fourth and Harrison, Fifth and Monroe. and Second and Monroe. The bids were from F&F Construction and McBride Construction. F&F Construction had the low bid of $24,430.00 which the council
voted to approve. Gary Rowden informed the council he has an application that he thinks would be good to hire. The council passed the motion to hire this individual if he passes the interview and tests. Gary also reported his department needed another pickup to replace an older vehicle. They told him to get bids by the next meeting. The meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be April 7, 2014.
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Mom & Dad David Eckert, holding his wife Brenda’s hand, receives his twenty-five year recognition from Masonic Grand Master Rick Reichert.
2013-14 Hugoton High School Yearbooks Now on Sale! Through April 4, 2014 $55.00 for the yearbook Many additional options available Best Way to Order: Use debit/credit card to order online: www.Balfour.com Select one of 3 packages or Scroll down to select Yearbook Only Can also place order in HS Office
Beryl Scranton, formerly of Hugoton and now living in Liberal, receives his fiftieth-year recognition from Masonic Grand Master Rick Reichert.
Takota Eckert and Montana Beesley sing for the enjoyment of the Masonic Centenial Celebration participants.
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Masonic widows were honored at the Centennial celebration. Left to right are Joyce Leonard, Kay Cochran Thrall, Hedy
Lairmore, Gladys Nease and Jenny Saunders. On the far right is Grand Master Rick Reichert.
The Men’s Ensemble from Hugoton High School performed beautiful music for the
crowd to enjoy at the Masonic Lodge #406 Centennial celebration.
Airport adds another security camera The Hugoton Airport Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the airport meeting room. Present at the meeting were boardmembers Robert Davis, Kim Harper and Jeff Crawford. Also attending were airport manager Gary Porter, secretary Risa Norton, Kirkham Michael’s Curtis Houser and Hugoton Hermes reporter Ruthie Winget. Boardmembers Dell Cullison and Dax Gaskill were absent. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Curtis Houser presented his report. He informed the board the contractor of the KDOT taxiway lane replacement is waiting for warmer
weather before beginning the project. The project will probably begin about the middle of April or the first of May. The board discussed the public meeting attended last month. They thought the Kirkham Michael engineering did a good job conducting the meeting. Manager Porter reported the fuel dispenser was working now. He stated the problem was a corroded wire. Porter also reported AJ Owens came out and fixed the snowplow. Chairman Davis commented that someone has made an offer to buy the sprinkler east of the airport. He also stated that John Chamberlain came out to check the main hanger door
that needs replaced. Davis asked to have a structural engineer inspect the header on the hanger door before having the contractor start construction. The board discussed the current security system. They passed the motion to have an extra security camera installed. The board was informed the fuel supply contract was up for renewal June 16. The board decided to consider different fuel suppliers at the next meeting. After going into Executive Session for discussion with the airport manager, the meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be April 9, 2014.
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Gas prices up nearly a dime Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47 per gallon, according to gasoline price Web site GasBuddy.com.
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Including the change in gas prices in Kansas during the past week, prices Sunday were 17.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 27.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 18.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 19.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. "Unsurprisingly, the surge in the national average has continued over the last week," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "As refinery maintenance season is now in its prime, and will be for several weeks, motorists could see additional volatility at the pump should issues or unexpected problems arise with this period of maintenance. There tend to be glitches and issues restarting these plants, and the progressive switchover to various blends of gasoline complicates matters further. Then, as refineries get back online, the volatility will ebb, and prices will slow their climb—but all of that light at the end of the tunnel remains several weeks away," DeHaan said. Submitted by GasNews.com.
for Jennie McCaslin bride to be of Derek Sullins. March 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor Room at First Christian Church in Hugoton.
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We celebrate with you The golden years of life, That day you came together To join as husband and wife The Lord has walked with you Through every precious year As you have trusted in His Word And gone to Him in prayer And He'll still walk with you As each new year unfolds A future filled with blessings And abundant grace untold. By M.S.Lowndes Floyd and Edwina Daharsh
Daharshes celebrate golden anniversary The community is invited to join the Daharsh family in celebrating 50 years of marriage for their parents, Floyd and Edwina Daharsh. The special event will take place Saturday evening, March 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Pigs R Us at 110 East Seventh Street in Hugoton. Floyd and Edwina were married March 1, 1964, at the First United Methodist Church in Alexander. They moved to Hugoton in 1965 where Floyd resumed his teaching, at Hugoton Elementary and Edwina resumed her nursing career, at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. Floyd retired from USD 210 in 2000 after 40 years in the Hugoton Dis-
Despite recent changes in Colorado, marijuana still outlawed in Kansas Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the leaders of Kansas law enforcement organizations last week reminded Kansans marijuana possession remains illegal in the State of Kansas. Schmidt was joined in the statement by Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendant Colonel Ernest Garcia; Kansas Sheriffs Association
You are invited to come worship with family and friends at Pioneer Manor
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O’Bryan - Gooch Steve Gooch, son of Jim and Nina Gooch of Hugoton would like to announce his upcoming marriage to Rachel O'Bryan, daughter of Rob and Elizabeth O'Bryan of Burden and Avis Bishop of Wichita. Steve has been working in the avionics field for several years. He is a pilot for Bevan-Rabell in Wichita, where he also designs custom control panels. Rachel is a registered nurse and currently on staff at Wichita's Avita Health and Rehab as a supervisor. The couple will be married March 29, 2014 at Eberly Farm in Wichita.
Look who’s new Baby Kyten blesses Stewart family Buddy and Shandi (Clinesmith) Stewart, along with big sister Megann Renee, welcomed Kyten Kamaka Stewart into this world February 3, 2014 in Huntsville, Al. Kyten weighed in at seven pounds, five ounces and measured 18.5 inches long. Proud maternal grandparents are Richard and Dana Clinesmith. Great grandparents include Lonnie and Cleta Norris and Betty and the late Robert Clinesmith. Proud paternal grandparents are Trudy and Gary Morgan and Kenneth Stewart. Great grandparents are Bob and Judy Schoeblen and Marjorie and the late Warren
Kyten Kamaka Stewart Stewart. Great great grandma is Faye Blankenchip. Kyten has three proud uncles: Riece Clinesmith, Bobby Baker and Matt Crane. Kendra Crane is the proud auntie and Kyten already has one beautiful girl cousin, Maisyn Crane, and a boy cousin is due to arrive in May. Kyten is loved by all.
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What’s Happenin with Hugoton Students?
Hugoton’s Early Childhood Development Center students celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America this past week. Students were encouraged to “get mixed-up in a good book” and wore mismatching clothes to participate. Aurie Perry, Jonathon Kaiser, Rebecca Jays, Hailey Urquidi, Olivia Salmans, Gavin Salazar and Makinna Landa look pretty excited! Isabelle Holt channels a favorite Dr. Seuss story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with her costume Friday.
Hugoton Judge Sherri Leonard leads the Hugoton Elementary School students in reciting the Readers’ Oath for Read Across America this
past week. Students were very eager to promise to read every day in ALL sorts of locations and situations.
Hugoton Elementary students line up to send off the varsity Eagles to Sub-State action in Goodland last Friday. Players gave all the elementary students high fives before boarding the bus.
Hugoton High School Lady Eagles win the Sub-State tournament this past weekend! The Lady Eagles haven’t competed at State since 1993, so their 55-47 win at Sub-State was a landmark event. Team members include, left to right, Taylor Fiss, Riley Sosa, Estefani Armendrariz, Sofia Jimenez, Ana Pena, Sarah
Johnson, Megan Cornelsen, Katy Heger, Amy Scott and Melissa Fabela. Coaches are Jeff Ramsey and Miranda Ramsey. Managers are Ferny Vera and Maria Sanchez. Hugoton is seeded number three, and the girls will face six-seeded Holton at Park City Wednesday, March 12. The girls’ record stands at 19-3.
Hugoton High School’s choir received an overall “I” rating at League Music in Colby February 19. HHS Men’s Ensemble and the mixed ensemble both earned “I” ratings. Both of the Women’s Ensembles received “II” ratings. A rating of “I” means outstanding, and “II” means excellent. Trevor Waechter directs the choir, and Angela Heger accompanies the vocalists on the piano.
USD 210 educators enjoy two days of West-Ed Professional Development March 3-4. Presenters Lisa Wolf and Erin Strona with ACT take a break with teachers Nathan Hawley, Kerinne Fann and Misty McSpadden.
Alexis Kelley, Emerson Williams and Deric Kelley chow down on some delicious pancakes during the Pancake Day lunch at Heritage Christian Academy Tuesday, March 4.
Heritage Christian Academy fourth grader Lisa Fehr - in pink - takes some time out of her school day to help first graders Erynn Cantrell, Agatha Fehr and Lilly Martin with their reading assignments.
Mr. Mark Newton conducts the Hugoton High School band. The performers earned the only “I” rating awarded to a band at the League Music Festival in Colby February 19. Congratulations!
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Fourth grade Heritage Christian students Chloe Martin, Ross Grewell and Gavin Williams are really “eating up” their science experiment illustrating plate tectonics.
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Adysen Norton is Heritage Christian Academy’s Student of the Month. Adysen is the daughter of Brooke Norton and Jayme and Brittney Norton. Photo courtesy of Misty Martin.
Two big events are approaching at Heritage Christian. The first is a Fine Arts Festival at First Southern Baptist in Garden City March 28. Students will compete with skits, memory verses, solos, artwork and more. Then, April 14 will be the “Big Shake”! Community leaders will stop by the school, and fourth through sixth grade students will be evaluated based on their interaction with the community members. Students will be encouraged to make eye contact, shake hands and engage in appropriate conversation. Contact HCA at 620-5447005 to learn more.
Hugoton Middle School’s Spring Fling dance proves to be really fun for all the students who attended. Brooklyn Harper, Abril Valencia, Jaysa Featherston, Montana Holt, Zoe Valencia and Kamry Miller take a moment from dancing to showcase their smiling faces and glow-in-the-dark accessories.
Chance Bothe explains the dangers of texting and driving to Hugoton High School students recently. Pioneer Natural Resources was the sponsor for the event. Several PNR employees attended the seminar to show their support for the important information. Watch Chance’s story at www.you tube.com/watch?v=kqA3tzQne eE.
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Continued from page 1 Now that the Lady Eagles were warmed up, the second quarter was a breeze. Scott added another six points, along with a three- and a two-point basket from Pena. Katy Heger joined her teammates with a pair of twos and the first half ended with Hugoton leading 30 to 22. The second half was almost a repeat of the first with Hugo-
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Melissa Fabela takes a quick look for a teammate while taking the ball toward the Lady Eagles’ goal.
ton adding 16 points in the third quarter and eleven in the fourth. When this game ended, Hugoton had won their place in the tournament, 57 to 33. Scott was the high score maker with 19 points followed by 13 from Heger. Sosa also reached double digits, adding eleven points mostly from outside the key. Pena had six, Estefani Armendariz added four, and Taylor Fiss and Megan Cornelsen each added two. Game two was the one to win to go to the State championship and the Lady Eagles had to win Saturday’s game against the Goodland girls. Both teams wanted the win and by half time the Lady Eagles had scored 23 to Goodland’s 18. The third quarter was a battle with the Cowgirls coming within three points as the game headed into the final quarter. Hugoton started the final quarter with a three-point shot by Melissa Fabela. Goodland had a little run for the next two minutes before Heger could get the Lady Eagles back on track with a two-point drive to the basket. Scott, Sosa, Fabela and Armendariz all added
Ana Pena drives past a Cowgirl during Saturday’s Sub-State championship. points in the final minutes to end the tournament victorious, 55 to 47. Katy Heger was the big scorer with 18 points and Fabela had six rebounds and scored 16 points as well. Armendariz had six points but tore Goodland’s defenses down with seven steals and five deflections. The team had a total of ten turnovers but as a team, they had 14 steals and 12 de-
flections. Scott had eleven points, and Sofia Jimenez and Sosa each had two points during the game. The Lady Eagles will play Holton Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. at Wichita for their first game at the State level. Hugoton has not gone to State basketball since 1993. Hopefully this will be the year to bring home a state trophy.
Varsity Eagles compete at Sub-State tournament in Goodland
Amy Scott tries to get past a Cowgirl on her way to the basket.
Riley Sosa is up for two during the Sub-State tournament. The Lady Eagles won the game and the Sub-State championship.
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The Eagles played their last basketball game of the season Friday. Hugoton traveled to Goodland to participate in the Sub-State tournament where they were eliminated from going to State after losing to the Goodland Cowboys by a narrow margin. It was definitely a battle to the very end. Goodland would take the lead early but was passed several times by the Eagles in the first half. Hugoton kept the scoring close and by the end of the second quarter the Eagles were down by one, 24 to 25. Goodland remained in the lead throughout the third quarter but once again lost it in the fourth quarter with a minute and a half left to play. Hugoton fouled six times in the final minute trying to slow Goodland down but in the end the Cowboys took the win, 51 to 59, and moved up in the Sub-State tournament. The Eagles began the game with Reid Davis jumping for Hugoton. Davis tipped the ball to the Hugoton side but it was the Cowboys scoring the first points of the quarter. Both teams battled for 45 seconds before Jeison Rodriguez landed a three-point field goal, putting the Eagles on top. Rodriguez added eleven more points dur-
ing the game, making him the only Eagle to reach double digits. Hugoton held on to the lead until a little less than two minutes remained in the quarter. Goodland hit a three-point field goal followed by a two-point basket and a free throw, giving them a 10 to 14 lead heading into the second quarter. Goodland brought the ball in to start the second quarter but this time it was the Eagles who scored first. Logan Frederick added two points early, bringing the Eagles within two points of the Cowboys. The game continued for 30 seconds before Parker Titus added his only three-point basket of the game, allowing the Eagles to regain the lead. With two and a half minutes left in the first quarter, Goodland took the lead once again and held it until the end of the first half. Hugoton would be down by one to start the third quarter. The Cowboys had control of the ball to start the third quarter, and they were first to get on the board with a pair of free throws. Goodland continued to hit their shots and, with a little under four minutes left in the quarter, had a seven-point lead. A minute and a half remained to play when Rodriguez
Kellen Watkins is not letting this Goodland player get within scoring range. Zack Leininger is ready to back up Kellen if need be.
Nic Frederick is in a little trouble trying to pass the ball during the Sub-State game at Goodland. got a rally going for the Eagles with a two-point basket. Zack Leininger followed next with another two-point shot followed by a free throw by Titus. The Eagles had come to within four with seconds to play when Goodland hit another three point field goal ending the third quarter leading Hugoton 37 to 44. Goodland held the lead in most of the fourth quarter. With a minute and thirty nine seconds left in the game the Eagles took a one point lead, 51
to 50, when Rodriguez landed the last basket for the Eagles. The Cowboys again took the lead, shooting ten out of 12 free throws to take the win. Basketball season officially ended for the Eagles at that point. Disappointed players and fans had to make the long trip back home with hopes of going to State next year. Most of the players will go on to play baseball or run track with fond memories of a good basketball season that ended too soon.
Eighth grade boys finish in third place By Tom Hicks Going into last week’s Arkansas River Middle School League Tournament in Dodge City with a 9-3 league record and the number one seed, the Hugoton Middle School eighth grade boys were not able to duplicate last year’s league tournament championship. March 4, the Eagles lost to the Dodge City Cardinals, 40-38, in the semi-finals and bounced back to defeat Garden City’s Kenneth Henderson, 44-39, in the consolation game. Number-two seed Kenneth Henderson was forced to play Hugoton immediately after a 36-32 overtime loss to Horace Good of Garden City. The Falcons stayed with the Eagles in the first half, trailing only 7-6 and 14-13 at the breaks. HMS’s Isai Cabezas scored a field goal just before the third quarter buzzer sounded to give
the Eagles some breathing room, 28-21. Paden Cornelsen opened the fourth quarter with a steal and a layup. Cabezas followed with a basket to give Hugoton its biggest lead of the game, 32-21. The Falcons outscored the Eagles, 18-12, in the final four minutes of the game. Luis Contreras scored seven of the Eagles’ final 12 points to play the big hand in holding Kenneth Henderson off. Cornelsen topped the HMS scorers with a dozen points. Contreras was next with nine points. Nathan Leininger followed with eight points. Damyan Don Juan scored six points. Cabezas totaled his two timely baskets. Azarael Rodriguez contributed three points. Erik Duarte and Mitchell Hamlin added one point apiece. In the disappointing loss to
the Cardinals, the Eagles broke to an early 5-0 lead on a threepoint basket by Don Juan and a two-pointer by Contreras. Hugoton scored only one point in the final 5:16 of the first quarter and found itself in a 15-6 hole. The deficit was 2517 at halftime. Cornelsen recorded seven of HMS’s nine third-quarter points to trim the shortfall to 30-26. With 1:17 to go in the fourth quarter, the Eagles finally caught up, 3838, on a Duarte basket. Hugoton had what looked to be the final possession of regulation with around ten seconds to go. After a time-out, Hugoton’s inbounds play turned into disaster, as a Cardinal stole the inbounds pass near half-court with a full head of steam, en route to the winning basket with six seconds to go. The Eagles inbounded the ball with a three-quarter-of-the-court pass
and got two good shots but neither fell. Cornelsen’s 14 points led the Eagles in the loss. The Eagles would have been blown out in this contest without the contributions of Duarte and Rodriguez off the bench. Both scored seven badly-needed points. The inspiring play of Rodriguez was the highlight of the tournament. Completing the scoring against Dodge City were Don Juan with five points, Contreras with four points, and Leininger with one point. The consolation game victory enabled the eighth graders to reach double-figures in wins with a final mark of 10-5.
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Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan reaches 2.5 million acres Private companies in five states have now enrolled more than 2.5 million acres in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan, representing oil and gas, pipelines, electric transmission and wind energy, resulting in nearly $15 million for habitat conservation over the next three years. Added to more than 1.3 million acres of oil and gas leases under conservation agreements in New Mexico, this brings the total industry commitment close to four million acres. Range-wide plan enrollment now includes 14 electric transmission companies, representing most of the electric grid across the species’ range in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Also, eight oil and gas companies have enrolled more than two million acres across all five states. And, two wind energy developments and one natural gas pipeline company have signed on, with more in the process of enrollment. Last Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it had signed a Range-wide Oil and Gas Industry Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) with the western association, under the range-wide plan developed by WAFWA and state wildlife agencies in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The service also announced an accompanying Environmental Assessment. The service has proposed listing the bird as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, with a final determination ex-
pected by March 31. “Under the range-wide plan, a broad coalition of government, industry, agriculture and conservation interests is demonstrating unprecedented collaboration, showing we can take care of this bird and its prairie habitat without needing to list it,” said Bill Van Pelt, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) grassland coordinator. “When you consider all acreage enrolled in the rangewide plan, plus various CCAAs, Farm Bill programs, and other conservation programs across the lesser prairie-chicken’s range, the total area is about the size of the states of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. This is also approximately half the size of the species’ current range. We believe this sets a record for conservation delivery on predominantly private land for a species under listing consideration.” The range-wide CCAA provides another option for oil and gas companies, which can also enroll directly in the range-wide plan. CCAAs are prelisting conservation tools, where enrollment must occur prior to a listing decision. Unlike the CCAA, enrollment under the range-wide plan can occur at any time before or after the listing decision. Enrolling companies get regulatory assurances through a special USFWS rule or a CCAA permit, so that if the species is listed the companies have a pathway to continue operations and development in the region. The companies agree to pay modest enrollment fees, follow a
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list of guidelines to minimize impacts on the bird, and agree to pay for impacts they cannot avoid. The money goes to farmers, ranchers and landowners to protect and restore habitat for the bird. Complementing the rangewide plan, landowner CCAAs offer legal assurances for farmers and ranchers in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. These cover a total of nearly 2.3 million acres across the three states. Landowners in Colorado and Kansas, who do not have access to a ranching CCAA, can enroll their lands under the RWP and receive the same assurances. The range-wide plan includes habitat management goals and conservation practices to be applied throughout the lesser prairiechicken’s range, guided by the Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) online database and mapping system. The range-wide plan can be viewed on the WAFWA web site. Industry representatives with questions about the plan may contact Sean Kyle, chairman of the Lesser Prairie Chicken Interstate Working Group, at email@example.com. Farmers, ranchers and landowners may contact their local state fish and wildlife agency biologist to answer questions about enrollment in the plan.
The second Legislative Update - scheduled for this Saturday, March 15 - has been cancelled. Senator Powell had a scheduling conflict which has caused this cancellation. The Chamber office is working with both the Senator and Representative Alford to reschedule this event. As of Tuesday, the Chamber, along with the Stevens County Economic Development Board and the Stevens County Farm Bureau Association, is planning a Legislative Update April 19. We will keep you informed about any rescheduled date and time here in The Hermes and on the Main Street sign. The Libraries of Southwest Kansas are bringing a very special program to Southwest Kansas about customer service. The Disney Way will be presented by speaker J. Jeff Kober April 15 at the United Wireless Conference Center in Dodge City. There will be two sessions – the morning session, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., is for managers, the afternoon session, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., is for front-line employees. Mr. Kober was formerly a leader with the Disney Institute and designed many of Disney’s customer service programs. You can register for either or both of the seminars by contacting the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce at 620-227-3119. The Stevens County Library has complete details on this program and as always you can contact the Chamber office if you have any questions at 620544-4305. Kappa Eta, in conjunction with the Hugoton Recreation Commission and the Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce, is sponsoring their annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 19 starting at 9:00 a.m. This
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CONGRATULATIONS! Varsity Girls Basketball Team for winning Sub-State!
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Hugoton High School Varsity Girls Basketball team wins Sub-State at Goodland. The team advances to State competition in Wichita this week. Congratulations, team, for your victory!
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Congratulations to 17 Hugoton FBLA Members who placed in the top six in District and/or will be a part of a Team Event at State Competition in Topeka: Ivone Baez, President Kelsey Quillen, Marisol Don Juan, Vice President Katie Weaver, Grace Orosco, Historian Roger
Figueroa, Secretary Jackie Garcia, Jimmy Eves, Julia Romo, Ian Pomeroy, Courtney Heckel, Genesis Martinez, Jessica Harper, Bradley Campbell, Ricki Rickers, Treasurer Edgar Villa and Marissa Romero.
FBLA wins prizes at District Hugoton High School’s Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) student organization excelled in District VIII competition, taking top honors against competitors from 12 other schools in western Kansas. “This year our students faced the largest number of opponents in the three years I’ve taught in Hugoton,” said Sponsor Cara Rogers, “and we took more top places than before. The results show our kids are being prepared to compete successfully in the workforce.” Sixteen of the competitors qualified to advance to the State Competitive Leadership Conference March 25 and 26 in Topeka. One additional member is attending State to join top ranking members in two competitive team events. Each year, FBLA members compete in a variety of events using the skills gained through business courses taught by Business Department Teachers Cara Rogers and Paige Rawlings. Beginning their freshman year, students take introductory computer courses leading to technical and business courses in tenth and eleventh grade, and eventually are prepared for application courses in their senior year, if following a business pathway. To become an FBLA member, students must be enrolled in at least one of the technical or application courses, and actively participate in all community event and fundraising
activities. Results listed by District Placing, and participation in State Competitive Team: • Business Calculations: fifth place tie - Kelsey Quillen, Edgar Villa and Roger Figueroa • Business Communications: fifth place Courtney Heckel • Business Law: fourth place Marisol Don Juan • Business Procedures: fifth place Jackie Garcia • Computer Problem Solving: second place Jimmy Eves • Cyber Security: third place Jimmy Eves and fifth place Ian Pomeroy • Economics: fifth place Bradley Campbell • Health Care Admin: second place Ricki Rickers, fourth place Julia Romo, tie sixth
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Hugoton’s FFA President Micah Baehler presents Hermes editor RoGlenda Coulter with a token of appreciation.
State tax brings in more than planned for March Kansas individual income tax receipts for February, released Friday, were $100.7 million more than expectations for the month. Individual income tax receipts were bolstered by several large one-time tax deposits totaling at least $50 million plus higher than expected withholding taxes. Withholding taxes not only beat expectations, but were also higher than the
amount collected during February 2013 - indicating more people are working or received raises. “We’re very excited that tax receipts continue to exceed estimates,” said Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan. “This shows that the Kansas economy is healthy and jobs are continuing to grow.” February puts the state $118.4 million more than ex-
pected for the fiscal year and $97.6 million, or 42.2 percent, more than estimates for the month. Corporate income tax revenue receipts beat the projection by $4.8 million or more than four times the estimate for the month. It is the third consecutive month of strong returns for corporate income tax receipts.
Moran reauthorizes critical drought info program The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation offered by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran that will reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). NIDIS provides vital drought information to farmers, ranchers and other industries affected by weather conditions. “During a time when producers are still grappling with the devastating effects of drought, the passage of this legislation provides them with much-needed certainty,” Senator Moran said. “The reauthorization of this program will aid farmers and ranchers, and enable agricultural operations to continue across our state.” Government agencies have worked to develop a long-term plan for drought prevention, research and education since the NIDIS Act was signed into
law in 2006. The legislation extends the program for five years and supports an interactive “early warning system” of timely and accurate drought information, as well as an integrated weather monitoring and forecasting system. The NIDIS Reauthorization Act of 2013 is the companion bill to the
Drought Information Act, which was introduced in February 2013. The bill now heads to the president for his signature. The legislation was sponsored by U.S. Senators John Thune, Tom Udall, Mark Pryor and Mark Udall.
Ortiz earns OU College of Allied Health Dean’s Honor Roll spot Three hundred forty-two students in the University of Oklahoma College of Allied Health were named to the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall 2013 semester. Hugoton High School graduate Kayla D. Ortiz was among the students. She is the daughter of Allen and Karen Goode of Hugoton. Kayla is pursuing her Doctorate of Physical
Therapy. In the College of Allied Health, professional and undergraduate students are required to have completed at least 12 grade point hours and earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale to be included on the honor roll, while graduate students must earn a minimum 3.8 GPA.
In recognition of the state’s largest industry, March is recognized as Kansas Agriculture Month. To celebrate a long and evolving history of farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses as well as support neighbors in need, activities at the local and state levels have been planned. Kansas Agriculture Month kicks off with the launch of the Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive March 3 at Harvesters - The Community Food Bank in Topeka. The food drive is jointly hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Dillon’s Food Stores, Harvesters -The Community Food Bank, the Kansas Food Bank, The Second Harvest Community Food bank and the Kansas agriculture community. ln 2013, nearly 75,000 meals were collected for Kansans in need. This year, the goal is to raise 100,000 meals through food collections and monetary donations. Collected food items stay in the area from which they were donated. Contribute to the food drive in Hugoton at the USDA Service Center at 607 E. Eleventh Street, State Farm at 617 Main Street, and the Methodist Church at 828 Main Street. Each day of Kansas Agriculture Week, March 23-29, focuses on a different agriculture theme, including economics, nutrition and hunger, technology and reach, environmental and sustainability, animal care, careers in agriculture and food safety. Connect with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas agricul-
ture members by engaging with Kansas Agriculture social media activity. Follow the department on Facebook and Twitter and follow the hashtag #ksagday and #n2nks. Kansas Ag Day is March 25 and will be celebrated with several events at the state capitol. The Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive will culminate with an announcement of the meals raised and donation to the food banks of Kansas. Come to the capitol to visit with Kansas agriculture organizations and learn more about Kansas agriculture.
Hugoton food drive drop off locations: USDA Service Center at 607 E. Eleventh St., State Farm at 617 Main St., and the Methodist Church at 828 Main Street. For more information about Kansas Agriculture celebrations, please visit agri culture.ks.gov/ksagday.
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OSU introduces “Finish in Four” block tuition plan The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents approved OSU’s request to introduce a block tuition plan for the fall semester during its regular meeting Friday in Stillwater. The new plan, called “Finish in Four”, offers a flat rate for tuition and universitywide fees for full-time under-
graduate students taking 12 to 18 hours in a semester. “We are pleased to introduce this block tuition model for our students,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “It is designed to help students graduate quicker, while potentially reducing the total cost of an OSU degree.” Hargis said with the
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Tobias A. Stutzman with United Country Stutzman Realty & Auction of Ulysses, has just returned from Dallas, Tx., where he graduated from the Texas Auction Academy February 16, 2014. While in Dallas, he completed 83 hours of intensive auctioneer training. Classes covered during the nine-day course included auctioning real estate, agricultural land, estates, antiques, heavy equipment, purebred and market livestock, automobiles, government sales, farm sales and fundraising events. Students were taught the rapid fire chant of the auctioneer, how to contract auctions, public speaking, ethics, auction bookkeeping, sales tax regulations, community involvement, state and federal laws, auction technology and the importance of the internet in today’s auction world. Students were instructed by and interacted with some of the world’s most successful auctioneers including past presidents of the National Auctioneers Association, state organizations and past
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Saturday, March 15 7:00 p.m. Philip is a Worship Pastor in St. Louis, Mo. He is married to his beautiful wife Melissa Porter. Phil has a huge passion for Christ and longs to spread the good news of Christ through the songs he writes. He released his first album called “Legacy” in 2011 and has now released his second album called “Shadows”. He got saved at a young age and started playing music during his freshman year in high school in his local church youth band. Since then God stirred up a tremendous desire in Philip to see people reached through music for Him. God challenged Philip, so Philip is making that challenge his prayer and focus. His prayer is to give away 10,000 copies of his album to people who do not know Christ. Additionally, he is partnering up with organizations such as Teen Challenge and others to give away his CD to people who are needing hope and maybe aren’t in the best of circumstances, extending Christ’s love to them at no cost just as Christ teaches us to give.
Please hear Philip’s music. “I hope to encourage people to be radical in their faith and to pursue Christ in every area of their life, keeping Him central. I pray God blesses you, and calls you to live with radical faith.”
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This plan can reduce considerable cost by reducing the time to earn an OSU degree. Part-time undergraduate students – those taking less than 12 hours – and graduate students will continue to be charged on a per-credit-hour basis. Other exceptions also will be considered. Hargis thanked the OSU Student Government Association and students for their feedback as the university developed its plans. “OSU already is recognized
nationally as one of the best values in higher education, and that value only increases if our students graduate faster,” Hargis said. “This plan offers even greater value to students and makes an OSU degree more accessible and affordable.” More information about OSU’s “Finish in Four” plan is available at https://bur sar.okstate.edu/block-rateinformation. Submitted by Oklahoma State University.
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mesters or years of expense for room, board and other costs • Reducing student loan debt upon graduation • Allowing entry into the workforce earlier Many of the universities across the country that have adopted a block tuition plan have seen significant improvement in graduation rates. Currently, only 31 percent of OSU students graduate in four years and around 60 percent graduate in six years.
international, world and state champion auctioneers. Known as “America’s Auction Academy”, the Texas Auction Academy was established in 1992 and has provided professional training for some of America’s and Canada’s most successful and well known auctioneers. The school is internationally recognized and approved by most license law states. Submitted by Jerry Stutzman, United Country Stutzman Realty & Auction.
Tobias A. Stutzman receives his diploma from Texas Auction Academy President, Mike Jones, CAI, GPPA, BAS.
By Emily Sitz Director of the Southwest Kansas Library System 714 Ballinger • Garden City 620-275-0291 www.rcdc4kids.org Family Place Libraries™ in southwest Kansas: an update Due to the vision of Russell Child Development Center, the western part of the state had the first Family Place Libraries™ sites in Kansas. “Family Place Libraries™ is a network of librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families.” Nourishing families through information, education, and opportunity is accomplished by providing up-to-date information relevant to parents and caregivers, offering a welcoming environment for families, creating a preliteracy learning space in the library, and facilitating contact with health-service professionals. The initial three Family Place Libraries/FPL sites in southwest Kansas were Finney County Public Library, Grant County Public Library, and Liberal Memorial Library. Funding was provided through the Smart Start Block Grant from the Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund. In 2013, Stanton County Public Library and Dodge City Public Library were added to the FPL network via the Building Blocks Early Childhood Block Grant. Family Place Libraries will be at Topeka Shawnee County Public Library with plans for further growth in Kansas. Staff from all the southwest Kansas sites have attended the FPL training institute and most have incorporated the core elements of FPL into local library services. Core elements include enhanced collections of library materials for families and a welcoming environment, a carefully designed early literacy learning space, and the signature program, the Parent/Child Workshop™. As a consequence of providing the core elements, the librarians have engaged in coalition building with health service agency staff and, ideally, the libraries are reaching nontraditional library users
through partnerships with local agencies. Through the Building Blocks Family Place Libraries grant, all of the SW Kansas FPL sites have been able to increase the breadth and depth of their parenting resources which include print books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, as well as brochures providing information on local and regional support for families. Parenting materials have been moved from the adult collection to be featured in the children’s department, in adherence to the FPL model, in order to enhance the library experience for the caregiver. While an increase in checkouts reflects the renewed interest in parenting materials, the newly created children’s spaces are the most popular aspect of FPL in our libraries. Librarians in each of the sites have transformed their children’s department to provide opportunities for learning through play. Developmentally appropriate toys for the target ages (0-3 years) have been carefully selected and are always available for young library patrons, siblings, and caregivers to enjoy in the library. Visits to the children’s departments in the libraries have increased; one of the libraries’ annual statistics show that visits to the children’s department have doubled since the FPL environment
was installed. Opportunities for children and parents to interact through play are extended to the Parent/Child Workshop, a five-week series of weekly meetings. For each Workshop session, librarians set up play centers, much like those in a preschool, and the children lead the discovery. Each hour long session features a health-care professional who, rather than lecturing, circulates among the families and is available to answer questions or address parental concerns. The play-based environment is a natural setting for professionals to unobtrusively observe children and the Workshops have already proven to be a catalyst for referrals and hopefully subsequent critical early intervention for children in need. Librarians report some of the most popular workshop sessions involve professionals who provide guidance on tantrums and behavior in general. The Workshop series will be offered twice in 2014 year at each of the participating FPL sites in southwest Kansas. As the libraries continue with Family Place program, we look forward to strengthening partnerships with RCDC staff, perhaps going beyond the FPL model to provide opportunities to serve families in our communities through quality programs.
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MUSEUM UPDATE from The Stevens County Gas & Historical Museum Gladys Renfro, Beulah Carter and Linda McCrary Come butter come Come butter come Peter stands at the gate Waiting for a buttered cake (An old poem or song to help churn cream into butter.) Bread and butter. My job is my bread and butter! They are my bread and butter. It’s my bread and butter. We have all used that phase at least once in our lives and if you haven’t, you’ve most likely at least heard it before. “I cannot work anymore; my savings is my bread and butter.” The old “symbol” is representative of our daily staple, the simple things in our lives we need to stay alive, our daily food. The phrase itself refers to the money we need to buy our food. A simple phrase for simple staples, “bread and butter.” However, have you ever considered the work required to make butter? It is not so simple if you have ever tried to. It takes patience, time and stamina. Something not many of us have in this “in an instant” world. The first time churning butter was mentioned was found on a limestone tablet “illustrating” how to make butter. The tablet dated back about 4,500 years. That would make it about the time Noah was landing on the mountain of Ararat! I do not know how it was made back then, I could not find the original recipe, but that would be a really neat thing to try and make butter the same way Mrs. Noah did for her family. Since then people have
come up with all types of gadgets to make it easier on the muscles to churn. Some of the gadgets include the Dazey Butter churn, barrel churn, paddle churn, and the plunge churn, also known as the dash churn. The plunge churn is the type you have probably seen or even used. The tall clay pot with a lid and a round disk attached to a pole that is moved up and down. The barrel churn is a larger churn that turns and the Dazey churn is a smaller glass jar with a handle that turns a set of paddles inside. Churning butter was not simple; you collect the milk from the cow and let it sit for days or until the cream separates and rises to the top. At that point a “skimmer” is used to skim the cream off of the milk and put into a churn. Evidently, a little fermentation adds to the flavor of the butter, but it is not a good idea to leave it too long. Then the cream is churned until it becomes solid. What is left is “buttermilk”! Mr. and Mrs. Russell Smith, long time Hugotonites, brought a number of churns into the museum and the churns are now displayed! We have Dazey (Daisey) churn, a barrel churn and box churns, and would love for you to come and see. Oh and if you have a “hankering to make some homemade butter” we will provide the “bread”. We are open 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and our new hours Saturday are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Y’all come!!
Stevens County Historical and Gas Museum has many butter churns displayed. The large churns are commercial butter churns.
STEVENS COUNTY SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER Shila Moore, Director 544-2283 - Activities 544-8041 - Meals 624 S. Main, Hugoton Our Dinner Theater trip is April 11 – 12 to Cowtown in Wichita. The Diamond W Wranglers will perform traditional Western music. Please call the Activity Center by March 14 if you would like to go. Live on Stage will be Thursday, March 20. We’ll be taking a van from the Activity Center at 6:15 p.m. for this event. The Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging has two Certified Marketplace Navigators who can assist community members with Affordable Health Care. If you have questions and need help, please call 620-2258230 and ask for Lyn Weatherhead or Lyle Dotson. If you have questions concerning caregiving, legal matters, disability, health insurance, housing, etc., please call Michael Johnston at the same phone number.
Menu Mar. 13.......................Pork Loin Mar. 14 .......Chicken & Noodles Mar. 17 ..........BBQ Beef & Bun Mar. 18 ...............Ham & Beans Mar. 19......Oven-Fried Chicken Mar. 20...................Swiss Steak Activities Thursday, March 13 Bridge.................12:30 p.m. Friday, March 14 Bingo ..................12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15 Cards & Games.....6:00 p.m. Monday, March 17 Line Dancing ........7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 Bridge.................12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 Paint.....................1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 20 Bridge.................12:30 p.m. Live on Stage ...Van leaves at 6:15 p.m. Daily – Monday thru Friday Exercise ..............10:30 a.m.
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Senator Moran continues fight against Alzheimer’s Every 68 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease – a devastating and irreversible brain disease that slowly destroys an individual’s cognitive functioning, including memory and thought. Alzheimer’s currently affects more than 5.2 million people in the United States and more than 35.6 million worldwide. As the population ages, the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s after age 65 will double every five years, while the number of individuals 85 years and older with this disease will triple by 2050. These statistics provide a much-needed Alzheimer’s reality check; this terrible disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and there is currently no diagnostic test, no treatment and no cure. The U.S. Senate recently held a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee on the devastating impacts of Alzheimer’s – both personal and economic – and the state of current research initiatives. I invited my friend and former colleague, Congressman Dennis Moore of Lenexa, to share his personal testimony at the hearing. Representative Moore was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in June 2011, after serving Kansas’ Third District from 1999 to 2011. “An epidemic is upon us and too many families are in situations like mine facing a fatal disease that currently has no way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression," Representative Moore told the Committee. I asked my friend what health care professionals are telling him he can do about his diagnosis. Dennis responded, “Basically to take the medication that they diagnosed for me… and also to get some exercise, which I try to do on a daily basis. My wife very much encourages me to do that. I’m a smart husband, I say, ‘yes dear.’ ” I truly appreciate Congressman Moore’s willingness to testify before the Senate on behalf of the thousands of Americans and people around the world who have encountered Alzheimer’s disease. The way he is living his life gives others courage and hope, and I commend him and his wife Stephanie for their continued public service. As a nation, it is critical we confront the pending Alzheimer’s health care crisis and its financial costs as the baby boomer generation ages. Caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is expected to cost $203 billion this year, with $142 billion covered by the
federal government through Medicare and Medicaid. A study by the RAND Corporation stated that the cost of dementia care is projected to double over the next 30 years, surpassing health care expenses for both heart disease and cancer. Without a way to prevent, cure or effectively treat Alzheimer’s, it will be difficult – if not impossible – to rein in our nation’s health care costs. Alzheimer’s has become a disease to define a generation, but if we focus and prioritize our research capacity, it does not need to continue as an inevitable part of aging. It is time to truly commit to defeating this disease in the next decade. Yet, for every $270 Medicare and Medicaid spends caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s, the federal government currently spends only $1 on Alzheimer’s research. Research suggests more progress could be made with a boost in investment. One study found that a breakthrough against Alzheimer’s that delays the onset of the disease by five years would mean an annual savings of $447 billion by 2050. A sustained federal commitment to research for Alzheimer’s will lower costs and improve health outcomes for people living with the disease today and in the future. As Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the National Institute of Health (NIH) I am committed to prioritizing funding for Alzheimer’s research. Last year, the omnibus appropriations bill increased funding for the NIH by $100 million to support Alzheimer’s research, and supported the initial year of funding for the new initiative to map the human brain. Both projects will increase our understanding of the uncauses of derlying Alzheimer’s, unlock the mysteries of the makeup and functioning of the brain, and bring us closer to effective treatments and one day – hopefully – a cure. Alzheimer’s is a defining challenge of our generation. We must commit to a national goal to defeat this devastating disease over the next decade by supporting the critical research carried out by the scientists and researchers across our nation
supported by the NIH. The health and financial future of our nation are at stake and the United States cannot afford to ignore such a threat. Together, we can make a sustained commitment to Alzheimer’s research that will
benefit our nation and bring hope to future generations of Americans. The challenge is ours and the moment to act is now. Submitted by the Office of Senator Jerry Moran.
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544-2261 USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider Joint county local work group meeting announcement for Morton, Stevens and Seward Counties Eric B. Banks, state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), who serves as chair of the Kansas Technical Committee (KTC), said local work groups are important subcommittees of the KTC. The KTC provides advice concerning a number of issues within a variety of conservation programs to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies. Although the KTC has no implementation or enforcement authority, USDA gives strong consideration to the KTC’s recommendations. “Local work groups are important, because they provide recommendations on local and state natural resource priorities and criteria for USDA conservation activities and programs to the KTC,” said Banks. Responsibilities of Local Work Groups Banks provided the responsibilities of local work
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groups (LWG) as identified by the USDA Conservation Program Delivery manual. LWG recommendations will be reviewed by the KTC for submittal to USDA agencies. • Ensure that a conservation needs assessment to identify priority resource concerns is developed using community stakeholder input and use the conservation needs assessment to help identify program funding needs and conservation practices. • Recommend the USDA conservation program application and funding criteria, eligible practices (including limits on practice payments or units), and payment rates. • Assist the NRCS and conservation districts with public outreach and information efforts, and identify educational and producers' training needs. Membership of LWG “Membership in USDA LWG should be diverse and focus on agricultural interests and natural resource issues existing in the community,” said Banks. “Membership should include agricultural producers representing the
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variety of crops, livestock, and poultry raised within the local area; owners of nonindustrial private forest land, representatives of agricultural and environmental organizations; and governmental agencies carrying out agricultural and natural resource conservation and activities.” Banks says LWG also takes into account concerns of particular historically underserved groups and individuals including but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, socially disadvantaged and limited resource groups. Responsibilities of Conservation Districts (CD) The local CD is responsible for developing the conservation needs assessment, assembling, and conducting the USDA LWG. For more information about LWG, or to become a member, contact your local CD office or NRCS staff at the USDA Service Center. Stevens, Seward and Morton County Local Work Group meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. March 27, 2014 at Ranchito Tex Mex - Meeting Room- Main Street, Hugoton, KS 67951. Please call the SV CO NRCS office if you will be attending 620544-2261 USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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When to Take Cattle Off Wheat Pasture As wheat greens up and begins growing with warmer temperatures, producers should start thinking about when to pull cattle off pasture to protect grain yields. After greenup is underway and before the wheat has reached jointing, it is important to scout fields closely for signs of the “first hollow stem” (FHS) stage. This stage occurs as the wheat switches from the vegetative stage to the reproductive stage of growth. When the leaf sheaths become erect, the developing growing point, which is below the soil surface, will soon begin to form a tiny head. Although the head is quite small at this point, it has already established some important yield components. At this stage, the maximum potential number of spikelets is determined. Sufficient nitrogen (N) should already be available in the root zone at growth stage in order to affect the potential number of seeds per head. Once the embryo head has developed, the first internode will begin to elongate pushing the head up through the leaf sheaths. This first internode will be hollow. This will be visible before you can actually feel the first node (joint, located just above the first internode). Prior to this stage the nodes are all
The National Cotton Council has scheduled the following farm bill meetings to provide our members with information on the provisions of the new laws. The meetings are also open to all producers, cotton industry firms and agri-businesses. Please make plans to attend one of these important meetings.
Permits required to harvest hay on right of ways The Kansas Department of Transportation announced permits will be issued to landowners wanting to harvest hay on Kansas highway right of way. Those with land adjacent to the right of way will be given permit priority from January 1 until March 31. After March 31, permits to harvest will be issued in the order in which they are received. The permits will expire September 30. Hay harvesting on right-of-
way along state and federal highways without a permit is illegal and is trespassing, according to KDOT. Permits can be canceled at any time by either party and all operations shall be in accord with requirements and guidelines set by KDOT. Any person, firm or corporation wanting to mow or bale hay will need to submit a permit application to the KDOT office in their area. No hay harvesting will take place along Interstates, and access to any
right of way shall be determined by KDOT. For additional information, contact your local KDOT office listed below; or call the KDOT Bureau of Maintenance in Topeka at 785-2963576. Southwest Kansas Garden City, 620-276-3241 Syracuse, 620-384-7821 Liberal, 620-624-4451 Dodge City, 620-227-6122 Submitted by the Kansas Department of Transportation.
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First hollow stem. Photo courtesy of Gene Krenzer, former Oklahoma State University Extension wheat specialist. formed but tightly packed together and hard to see. FHS is the point at which a halfinch or so of hollow stem can first be identified above the root system and below the developing head. FHS occurs when the developing head is still below the soil surface, which means that producers have to dig plants out of the ground to do the examination. To look for FHS, start by digging up some plants from fields that have not been grazed. Select the largest tillers to examine. Cut off the top of the plant, about an inch above the soil surface. Then slice the stem open
from the crown area up. Look for the developing head, which will be very small. Next, see if you can find any hollow stem between the developing head and the crown area. If there is any separation between the growing point and crown, the wheat plant is at FHS. FHS will occur between a few days and a week or more prior to jointing, depending on temperatures. If the wheat has reached FHS, cattle should be removed to prevent grain yield loss. Yield losses from grazing after FHS may be up to 1.25 bushels per day according to OSU data, although
losses may not be this great for the first few days of grazing after FHS. Still, it is easy for producers to be late by a few days in removing livestock as they wait for obvious nodes and hollow stems to appear, and even the first few days can be significant. Two things are observed when wheat is grazed too long: 1) fewer heads per acre because the primary tiller has been removed and 2) smaller and lighter heads than expected because leaf area has been removed. As cattle continue grazing, the wheat plant is stressed and begins to lose some of the tillers that would produce grain. A little later, if there is not enough photosynthate, the plant begins aborting the lower spikelets (flowers where seed develops) or some of the florets on each head. Finally, if there is not enough photosynthate during grain filling, the seed size will be reduced and if the stress is severe enough, some seed will abort. Submitted by Jim Shroyer, Crop Production Specialist
Cowboys hear several project talks The February meeting of the Cloverleaf Cowboys was called to order by President Elizabeth Johnson. Flag salute and pledge were led by Montana Beesley, Faith Beesley and Laney Cox. Roll call was answered by “What is your favorite cartoon character?” Rebecca Johnson presented a devotion from Galatians 5:22. Amya Johnson led the club in singing the Hugoton school song. There was no old business. Under new business the club discussed the pool party. Montana Beesley moved to refer it to the pool party committee, and Rebecca Johnson seconded the motion. Members also discussed the decorations for the businessman’s dinner. Montana Beesley moved to refer the discussion to the committee, and Rebecca seconded the motion. Club project talks were Audrey Gilmore teaching the basics of photography, Thomas Willis discussing
handheld pets, Zachary Willis teaching about swine, Lacey Brecheisen presenting different dog breeds, Landon Brecheisen teaching how to pin insects, and Laramie Brecheisen showing the different food groups. For recreation the club
practiced the skit for Regional club days. The Newlon family and the Gilmore family provided snacks. Montana Beesley moved to adjourn the meeting, and Claudia seconded it. Submitted by Claire Clark, Cloverleaf Cowboys reporter.
Zachary Willis gives a project talk about swine at the recent Cloverleaf Cowboys 4-H Club meeting.
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Rolla pulls out all the stops for Sub-State Rolla was once again the site of a State-sanctioned event, hosting the Division II1A Sub-State basketball playoffs during the week of March 3 – 8. Rolla’s own Pirates played Monday and Tuesday nights. The boys played Moscow Monday, March 3, and were defeated. The girls played Moscow Tuesday, March 4, and were also defeated by the Wildcats. Bucklin was the Sub-State champion in the girls’ bracket while Fowler took the boys’ championship. The Rolla combined junior high and high school band, under the direction of Sam Eiland, played for the first two nights of the games, entertaining all who came. A beautiful trio consisting of senior Jessica Johns, junior Katie Murray and sophomore Sarah Easterwood sang “The Star Spangled Banner” Thursday, March 6. Kyri Brummett provided the National Anthem Friday, March 7, while Sarah Easterwood provided the song for the final night of the games, Saturday, March 8.
Elementary gets “Seuss-ified” for Dr’s birthday Rolla Elementary was quite a sight last week, with every class celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Dr. Seuss stories were read every day in the library for Kindergarten through the fifth grade. Mandy Dunn, children’s librarian for Rolla and Cindy Hittle, head librarian, kept the children entertained with a newer version of an overhead projector showing the book on a big screen. Dr. Seuss’s birthday is an event the elementary students look forward to all year long. Thanks to all who participated and allowed their children to participate.
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Rolla’s Junior High and High School band members perform together under the direction
of Sam Eiland for the Sub-State tournament last week.
Thursday, March 13 NHS Inductions (Commons Area); 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 14 ARGH March 15 - 23 Senior Trip March 17-21 NO SCHOOL Monday, March 24 High School Golf Practice begins Tuesday, March 25 Spring Sports Banquet; 6:30 p.m.
Coach/Parents Meeting; 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 High School Speech @ Satanta; TBA Friday, March 28 ARGH Saturday, March 29 High School Band/Choir Regionals @ Garden City Sunday, March 30 History Bee Fundraiser Dinner; 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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State. Rolla hosted the tournament March 3-8.
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Wild & Sweet performs the National Anthem at the OKC Thunder game March 4. Left to right are Johnny Bland, Meredith Light, Whitney Stilwell, Steffan Light, Tara Light and Larry Stilwell.
The cheerleaders for the 2013-2014 school year have done a fantastic job of trying to keep up with the sports. This year’s leaders are seniors Kaleigh Barrett, Karly Clinesmith and Jada Maravilla. The junior class member is Katie Murray. Sophomore members are Kyri Brummett and Sarah Easterwood and freshman yell leader is Artemio Villa. These students met most Monday and Thursday mornings at 6:45 a.m. to practice cheers, dances and a few stunts. Their sponsor is Mrs. Shelley Barrett. The squad did a great job encouraging all teams and showing their school spirit. Be sure to recognize them for all they did this year!
Wild & Sweet performs at OKC g a m e The singing group Wild & Sweet, featuring former Rolla residents and students Whitney Light Stilwell, her husband Larry, Steffan Light and his wife Tara, Meredith Light, and Johnny Bland, close friend of the family, performed the National Anthem at the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game March 4. Their performance was stellar and every Rolla resident who got to see the You Tube video was very proud! Congratulations to them and to their parents, Marcus and Beverly Light, who still reside in Rolla and their grandparents, James and Mary Frances Light, also from Rolla.
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Moscow News by Sara Cross
Moscow schools announce honor rolls The third quarter honor rolls for Moscow High School have been released.
Shower planned for Derek’s blushing bride Wednesday, March 19 Bridal shower for Jennie McCaslin at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor Room at the First Christian Church in Hugoton.
Saturday, March 29 Wedding shower for Hayley Harvey and Joe Bellinger from 10:00 a.m. - Noon at the Moscow Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall.
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There will be a bridal shower for Jennie McCaslin. She is the bride to be of Derek Sullins. The shower will be March 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the parlor room at the First Christian Church in Hugoton.
Students making the Superintendent’s Honor Roll are Codye Walb, Brice Valdez, Zachary Pierson, Carley Hockett, Kaitlyn Dobie, Tapanga Dahle, Vance Thompson, Madison Owens and Maggie White. Students named to the Principal’s Honor Roll are Morganne Owens, Kendra Haines, Mathew Pearson, Kelsi Mueller, Briannah Davidson, Yaritza Maldonado, Maria Cecenas and Mi-
randa Christensen. The Moscow Junior High School students named to the Superintendent’s Honor Roll are Axel Granillo, Morgan Fleming, Clemente Rojo, Stacey Enns and Yamilet Rojo. Students on the Principal’s Honor Roll are Alyson Christensen, Reed Brazeal, Alikxavier Briggs, Heidi Hernandez, Braxton Johnson, Austin Snyder, JC Blakeley, Luis Jimenez, JJ Gonzalez,
Morgan Robson and Adriana Salcedo.
Hayley & Joe’s wedding shower will be March 29 There will be a wedding shower for Hayley Harvey and Joe Bellinger at the Moscow Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall. The shower will be March 29, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Hayley is registered at J.C. Penney's and Macy's.
Pivotal moments in NASCAR history detailed One of the most popular sports in the United States, NASCAR has a rich history steeped in tradition. The following are some of the more important moments in the history of stock car racing’s governing body. • December 1947: By late 1947, stock car racing was growing in popularity, and tracks were struggling to handle the crowds and cars. Recognizing this and other issues, including less than trustworthy promoters who would often leave events before paying drivers, facing his sport, Bill France, Sr. organized a meeting in Daytona Beach, Fl. France, Sr. gathered owners, drivers and even mechanics at the Streamline Hotel, setting the foundation for NASCAR. Within months, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing would form. • February 1948: Behind the wheel of his Ford Modified, Red Byron wins the first sanctioned NASCAR race on a beach course in Daytona. • September 1950: Darlington International Raceway becomes the first asphalt super speedway to host a NASCAR
event. Driving a 1950 Plymouth owned by France, Sr., Johnny Mantz won the 500mile event. • July 1952: The first NASCAR competition to take place outside of the United States takes placeon a dirt track in Stamford Park, Ontario, Canada. The 200-mile event was won by Buddy Shuman and marked the only victory of Shuman's career. • February 1959: The first Dayton 500 takes place at what is now the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. The event, which remains the sport’s most prestigious race, coincided with the opening of the speedway. Lee Petty won the race, which featured a prize of just more than $19,000. By 2013, when Jimmie Johnson won his second Daytona 500, the winner's purse had ballooned to more than $1.5 million. • December 1963: Wendell Scott wins a NASCAR race at Jacksonville Speedway, becoming the first African-American in NASCAR history to win a premier division race. • November 1979: Richard
Petty, the son of inaugural Daytona 500 winner Lee Petty, wins his seventh series championship, a record at the time. Dale Earnhardt would later tie Petty, and both men still hold the record today. • February 1998: Racing in his twentieth Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt wins his first one, snapping a 59-race winless streak in the process. • 2003: Brian France, the grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr., takes over as American CEO and Chairman of NASCAR, taking over the position from his father. • 2004: The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup is announced. This announcement gave the sport a postseason
similar to a playoff. Since 2008, this has been referred to as the "Chase for the Sprint Cup," a name change made necessary by the merger of NEXTEL and Sprint. • November 2009: Jimmie Johnson becomes the first driver to win four consecutive championships. Johnson would add to his legend the following season by winning his fifth consecutive championship and then again in 2013 by winning his sixth overall championship, leaving him one shy of the all-time record of seven championships held by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. From Metro Editorial Services.
Praeger approves renewal of non-conforming insurance policies Sandy Praeger, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, announced Thursday, March 6 the Kansas Insurance Department will allow companies selling health insurance in the state to continue to renew policies that don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that went into effect January 1, 2014. Under this transitional
policy, companies will be allowed to renew certain “nongrandfathered” plans for policy years beginning on or before October 1, 2016. Nongrandfathered plans are those issued after March 23, 2010, but prior to January 1, 2014. The decision comes following the announcement last Wednesday by the Obama Administration to extend the transitional policy originally announced in November 2013, which allowed the renewal of plans with policy years beginning on or before October 1, 2014. The insurance department had previously allowed a modified version of the first transitional policy and had advised companies about the decision in December 2013. “We are telling companies selling health insurance in Kansas today that, at their discretion, they can renew non-grandfathered policies currently in force through the new deadline,” Commissioner Praeger said. “We still have concerns about the delay and the potential long-term effects on the health insurance market, but the department will give our companies and consumers the flexibility to work through the ACA changes.” Commissioner Praeger said as soon as the federal Health and Human Services announcement about the health care rule came out last week, department personnel reached out to the companies to get input. “Earlier, the department and the companies believed it was in the best interest to phase out non-compliant ACA plans at the end of 2014,” Commissioner Praeger said, “but with the new announcement we acknowledge the administration’s decision and will comply with the flexibility provided under the extension.” Submitted by Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger.
Lane has experienced 300 books in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge at the Stevens County Library. Way to go Lane!
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History From The Hermes Compiled by Ruthie Winget Thursday, March 12, 2009 The Hugoton Eagle Choir, comprised of fifth and sixth graders from Hugoton Elementary School, performed at the state capitol in Topeka March 11, 2009. The talented young singers were invited by the Kansas Citizens for the Arts. Thursday, March 11, 2004 Hugoton artist Roger Lynch has accepted an invitation to show his metal sculptures at the Loveland Colorado Art Show. Lynch has displayed creative imagination in making art objects from scrap metal. Bob Davis was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce this year at their annual Chamber banquet. Thursday, March 17, 1994 Rosie Lang stepped down from her position of teaching
EMT classes after twelve years of selfless service. She started teaching First Aid courses in 1980 and became an EMT teacher in 1982. Thursday, March 15, 1984 Two Hugoton High School basketball players have been selected as members of the All-League Basketball team. Junior Denise Knier has been selected to the girls’ team and senior Chris Swan for the boys’. Denise is the first girl player from Hugoton to ever be picked for this honor. Thursday, March 14, 1974 Alfred Olinger, a senior at Hugoton, has been selected to accompany the U.S. Honor Band and Choir in its fourth coming Summer 1974 concert tour of Scandinavian and Eastern and Western Europe. Thursday, March 13, 1969 SP4 Frankie D. Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas of Moscow, was cred-
ited with saving the life of his platoon leader in an ambush in South Vietnam. Sky Soldiers from Alpha Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade, ambushed a marijuana-toting NVA unit as the enemy soldiers were in the process of damaging a fuel pipeline. Lieutenant Ehrlich and his men descended to the road to mop up. He was standing in the middle of the road directing the operation when a NVA soldier concealed behind a log took aim at the lieutenant. “I heard something move,” said Thomas, who was Lt. Ehrlich’s radio operator. “Looking off the road, I saw a leg moving from behind the log.” Thomas reacted with a burst from his M-16 hitting the NVA in the leg, saving that lieutenant’s life. Thomas, who was PFC before the operation, received a promotion to his present rank of
Specialist Four. Thursday, March 18, 1954 James Logan Gooch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Gooch, and Glen Wallace Claggett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Claggett, left Thursday, March 11, 1954, as volunteers for induction, according to Ruth A. Prine, clerk of local board 76. Friday, March 15, 1929 Marion Rice had the misfortune to get her arm caught in the wringer Saturday. She was running some clothes through and her sweater sleeve got caught. She was too excited to release the safety catch and as a consequence, she is caring for a pretty badly bruised arm. If any readers have pictures or memories for the history page of the Hermes, please bring them in to Ruthie Winget at The Hugoton Hermes.
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“Stephen Dorsey and His Mansion” Part 4 After the Star Route trial, Stephen Dorsey was reportedly nearly destitute, but not anywhere near out of money making ideas. He tried his hand at sheep raising, converted the mansion to a sanatorium for patients with tuberculosis, and formed meat packing companies, real estate companies, and mining companies. Many of his schemes were international in scope, and lawsuits merely became incident to his stock in trade. Because of the constant lawsuit hazard, he placed a large part of his asset holdings in his wife’s name, and thereby she accumulated her own set of legal problems. Eventually the Dorseys had enough of New Mexico, and moved to Colorado, where they continued to entertain lavishly, and Stephen speculated on a grand scale in min-
ing in Arizona and California, Helen Dorsey passed away in 1897. At the time, Stephen was in London, trying to raise capital for his many ventures. Stephen died in 1916 while living in the high rent district of Los Angeles, at the age of 74. The mansion thereafter became owned by a succession of private individuals, and in 1973, it was acquired by the Museum of New Mexico. In 1987, it was again sold to private parties, and today it has been converted to raising Alpacas. According to the mansion’s website, it is not available for group tours. But in closing, the reader most likely would like to know what it was like to be present at one of the mansion parties with host, Stephen Dorsey. The following is an abbreviated account of one provided in the “Rogue!” publication. Dorsey, enjoying himself immensely with drink in hand,
had just sat down to give a reporter the following first hand account of one of his exploits. “Years ago when I was in Paris on business, I happened to meet a very despondent Charles Dickens when he was not yet successful in his chosen field of writing. I asked “Charley” why he was so downcast. He answered that he was heavily indebted, and his creditors were hounding him unmercifully. In response, I asked him follow me to my customary hotel suite, which by the way, is normally reserved for the Prince of Wales whenever he is in town. At my hotel, we had a very fine dinner, after which we had a luxurious smoke and engaged in the most pleasant of conversations. Afterwards, I suggested that we two shut ourselves up for two weeks in my luxury suite, and combine to write a book – the details of which I
would gladly furnish. “Charley” was most appreciative of my generous offer. During those two weeks, I gave the details of the plot for the book to “Charley,” along with the necessary character development. He added literary polish to my tale, such that it would appeal to a finer class of readers. We saw no one, except servants when they came to bring us our meals. When we finished the book, “Charley” suggested that my name be given equal credit, but I was adamant in my wish to remain anonymous – for business as well as personal reasons. The book was successful beyond our wildest dreams, selling millions of copies, and being translated into several languages.” The spellbound reporter then asked Dorsey, “Tell us Senator, what was the name of the book?” Dorsey replied, “The Tale of Two Villages.”
Hospital patient safety initiative expands in Kansas More than 100 Kansas hospitals statewide have joined or renewed their commitment to a national patient safety initiative in 2014, according to officials at the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC). KHC, a non-profit organization based in Topeka, is the designee of the Kansas Hospital Association to administer the Kansas Hospital Engagement Network (HEN). While 11 hospitals are new to the Kansas HEN, 90 are expanding their efforts into a third year. Stevens County Hospital and Morton County Health Center are among the list of hospitals committed to patient safety. The Kansas hospitals are among 3,700 across the nation that are working to achieve a shared goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and preventable readmissions by
20 percent. The Kansas HEN is part of the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust HEN, a group of nearly 1,500 hospitals in 31 states that are working together to conduct quality and patient safety improvement projects aimed at improving patient care in ten areas of focus, ranging from falls and surgical site infections to preventable readmissions. “Kansas hospitals have devoted tremendous effort to this initiative and have achieved significant gains over the past year,” said Kendra Tinsley, KHC executive director. “We realize it takes time for hospitals to become engaged in large-scale improvement efforts and implement improvement strategies. We commend Kansas hospitals and providers for their tireless ef-
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forts to deliver the safest care for their patients.” The collective efforts of hospitals in the Kansas HEN have yielded some early successes, including widespread establishment of obstetric policies to prevent early elective deliveries as well as success in reducing readmissions for heart failure patients and in reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections. In support of the initiative the Kansas HEN has provided many resources, including more than 60 performance improvement coaching webinars and more than 50 on-site visits to help Kansas HEN hospitals meet the national “40/20” goals. KHC officials say highlights for the coming year include: • Increased engagement and continued implementation of best practices through a comprehensive education program and networking structure. • Enhanced technical assistance and support for data collection and analysis to identify opportunities for improvement and measure progress toward goals. • Targeted professional development and leadership training through the national Improvement Leader Fellowship program. • Increased efforts to strengthen patient and family engagement through collaboration with nationally recognized experts in the field. KHC is a provider-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to transform health care through patient-centered initiatives that improve quality, safety and value. Founded in 2008
by the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Medical Society , KHC embodies the commitment of two of the state’s leading health care provider groups to act as a resource and continuously enhance the quality of care provided to Kansans. KHC leads a number of statewide quality and patient safety initiatives in Kansas, including CUSP: Stop BSI; CUSP: Stop CAUTI; Influenza Immunization; and the Kansas Hospital Engagement Network. For more information about the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and its initiatives, visit www.khcon line.org.
Russell Smith and May Webber in their “courting days” in 1913. Photo is from The History of Stevens County and Its People.
PUBLIC NOTICE (First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, March 13, 2014) 2t GENERAL NOTICE TO CONTROL NOXIOUS WEEDS The Kansas Noxious Weed Law K.S.A. 2-1314 et seq requires all persons who own or supervise land in Kansas to control and eradicate all weeds declared noxious by legislative action. The weeds declared noxious are: field bindweed, musk thistle, Johnsongrass, bur ragweed, Canada thistle, sericea lespedeza, leafy spurge, hoary cress, quackgrass, Russian knapweed, kudzu and pignut. _____ and _____ is/are County Option Noxious Weed/Weeds declared noxious by the Board of County Commissioners of Stevens County. Notice is hereby given pursuant to the Kansas Noxious Weed Law to every person who owns or supervises land in Stevens County that noxious weeds growing or found on such land shall be controlled and eradicated. Control is defined as preventing the production of viable seed and the vegetative spread of the plant. Failure to observe this notice may result in the County: 1. Serving a legal notice requiring con-
trol of the noxious weeds within a minimum of five days. Failure to control the noxious weeds within the time period allowed may result in the county treating the noxious weeds at the landowners expense and placing a lien on the property if the bill is not paid within 30 days or, 2. Filing criminal charges for noncompliance. Conviction for non-compliance may result in a fine of $100 per day of non-compliance with a maximum fine of $1500. The public is also hereby notified that it is a violation of the Kansas Noxious Weed Law to barter, sell or give away infested nursery stock or livestock feed unless the feed is fed on the farm where grown or sold to a commercial processor that will destroy the viability of the noxious weed seed. Custom harvesting machines must be labeled with a label provided by the Kansas Department of Agriculture and must be free of all weed seed and litter when entering the State and when leaving a field infested with noxious weeds. Additional information may be obtained from the Stevens County Noxious Weed Department or by contacting the Kansas Department of Agriculture, 109 S.W. 9th St., Topeka, KS 66612.
PUBLIC NOTICE (First published in the Hugoton Her3t mes, Thursday, March 6, 2014) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Plaintiff, vs. Perry D. Crane, et al Defendant(s). Case No. 13CV18 Div. No. K.S.A. 60 Mortgage Foreclosure NOTICE OF SALE Under and by virtue of an Order of Sale issued by the Clerk of the District Court of STEVENS County, Kansas, to me the undersigned Sheriff of STEVENS County, Kansas, I will offer for sale at public auction and sell to the highest bidder for cash in hand at the main lobby of the STEVENS County Courthouse at Hugoton, Kansas, at 10:00AM on March 27, 2014, the following real estate: THE SURFACE AND SURFACE RIGHTS ONLY IN AND TO A TRACT OF LAND LOCATED IN THE NORTHEAST QUARTER (NE/4) OF SECTION TWENTY-ONE (21), TOWNSHIP THIRTY-THREE (33) SOUTH, RANGE THIRTY-SEVEN (37) WEST OF THE 6TH P.M., MORE FULLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A POINT 805 FEET SOUTH AND 1620 FEET WEST OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 21-33-37, THIS POINT BEING ON THE SAME LINE AS THE WEST SIDE OF BLOCK TWO (2), KALLENBACH'S FIRST ADDITION TO THE CITY OF HUGOTON, STEVENS COUNTY KANSAS, AND 355 FEET SOUTH OF THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID
BLOCK TWO (2), THENCE EAST PARALLEL AND 295 FEET FROM THE SOUTH LINE OF TWELFTH STREET A DISTANCE OF 130 FEET, THENCE SOUTH 75 FEET, WEST 130 FEET, THENCE THENCE NORTH ON THE SAME LINE AS THE WEST SIDE OF SAID BLOCK 2 A DISTANCE OF 75 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: LOT FIVE (5) IN BLOCK TWO (2), KALLENBACH'S THIRD ADDITION TO THE CITY OF HUGOTON, STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS, ACCORDING TO THE DULY FILED AND RECORDED PLAT THEREOF. commonly described as 1208 South Madison, Hugoton, KS 67951 to satisfy the judgment in the aboveentitled case. The sale is to be made without appraisement and subject to the redemption period as provided by law, and further subject to the approval of the Court. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgager, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Sheriff of STEVENS County, Kansas PREPARED AND SUBMITTED BY: SINGER JONES & LOCK, P.A. _____________________________ Kenneth C. Jones #10907 email@example.com Jonah W. Lock #23330 firstname.lastname@example.org 10484 Marty Overland Park, KS 66212 Phone: (913) 648-6333 Fax: (913) 642-8742 ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
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County of Stevens, State of Kansas, to-wit:
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS CIVIL COURT DEPARTMENT
THE SURFACE AND SURFACE RIGHTS ONLY, IN AND TO THE SOUTH ONE HUNDRED FEET (S100`) OF THE WEST ONE HUNDRED FEET (W100), OF LOT SIX (6), BLOCK NINETY-TWO (92), CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS; AND A UTILITIES RIGHT OF WAY OVER AND ACROSS THE EAST 100 FEET OF THE SOUTH 100 FEET OF LOT 6 IN BLOCK 92.
Plaintiff, vs. BETTY L. PARKS AKA BETTY PARKS, ET AL., Defendants. Case No. 13 CV 22 Title to Real Estate Involved NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that under and by virtue of an Order of Sale issued by the Clerk of the District Court of Stevens County, Kansas, in the case above numbered, wherein the parties above named were respectively plaintiff and Defendants, and to me, the undersigned Sheriff of Stevens County, Kansas, directed, I will offer for sale at public auction and sell to the highest bidder for cash in hand at the front steps of the Stevens County Courthouse, 200 E. 6th St. in Hugoton, Kansas on March 21, 2014, at 10:00 AM of said day, the following described real estate situated in the
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(“Property”) said real property is levied upon as the property of Defendant Betty L. Parks and all other alleged owners and will be sold without appraisal to satisfy said Order of Sale. _____________________________ STEVENS COUNTY SHERIFF Submitted by: MARTIN, LEIGH, LAWS & FRITZLEN, P.C. _____________________________ Beverly M. Weber KS #20570 Dustin J. Stiles KS #25152 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF MARTIN, LEIGH, LAWS & FRITZLEN, P.C. IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.
PUBLIC NOTICE (First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, March 6, 2014) 3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF BENJAMIN G. MASON, DECEASED Case No. 14PR10 NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Chapter 59) THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You and each of you take notice that on the 4th day of March, 2014, pursuant to her petition, Margaret A. Mason was appointed as administrator of the estate of Benjamin G. Mason, de-
ceased. Letters of Administration were issued to her on said date by the District Court of Stevens County, Kansas. All parties interested in the estate will govern themselves accordingly. 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. If their demands are not thus exhibited, they shall be forever barred.
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Published on Mar 12, 2014