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THE IOLA REGISTER Tuesday, April 1, 2014
House panel leader quits over school finance By JOHN MILBURN Associated Press
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Rep. Marc Rhoades unexpectedly resigned Monday as chairman of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee, saying he couldn’t support the House Republican leadership’s school funding bill because of how much it would cost and the lack of control over how the money would be spent. Rhoades, a Newton Repub-
lican, submitted his resignation to House Speaker Ray Merrick before the start of what was to be two days of hearings on a funding proposal Marc Rhoades aimed at satisfying a Kansas Supreme Court ruling issued March 7. Legislators are considering proposals that would increase spending by $129 million to meet a July court
Deadline brings high interest for insurance By JUDY LIN Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative. In Louisiana, wait times for callers lasted up to two hours. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee received nearly 1,900 calls by midday compared with about 800 the previous Monday. And in California, where enrollments surged toward the Obama administration’s original projection of 1.3 million, the deadline day volume forced the state exchange to switch off a key function on its website and encourage people to finish their applications in the days ahead. Across the nation, the interest in getting health insurance and avoiding a fed-
eral tax penalty was made clear in interviews with enrollment counselors and consumers. “I have not had a physical in over 15 years,” said Dionne Gilbert, a 51-yearold uninsured woman from Denver who waited in a 90-minute line to get enrollment assistance. “I told myself, ‘You need to do this. Your daughter loves you and needs you.’” The last-minute rush was expected to significantly boost the number of Americans gaining coverage under the new law, and government officials told The Associated Press late Monday that they were on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance by the deadline. But the months ahead will show whether the Affordable Care Act will meet its mandate to provide affordable health care coverage or whether high deductibles, paperwork snags and narrow physician networks See ACA | Page A4
deadline. Rhoades was not in the budget committee when a lengthy amendment was introduced Monday that linked the K-12 spending to that for higher education. He told The Associated Press that as the bill was being developed by House GOP leaders that it became more evident that he could not support the proposal. “I’m a conservative. I want to use the money for schools as wisely as we can,” Rhoades said.
He said there were several amendments that were being developed from last Friday until Monday morning that he was not aware of until he arrived at the Statehouse. Rhoades decided to tender his resignation rather to try to guide a bill through the process that he could not support in committee or on the House floor. “It made my decision easy,” he said, adding that he would still seek re-election to the House this year. “The decision was made for me
when the bill was completely changed and had more things in it.” The House proposal seeks to boost aid to poor school districts to satisfy the court. The court ruling was the latest in a case filed in 2010 by parents and school districts alleging that the state’s level of funding for public schools was unconstitutional. The court gave legislators until July 1 to make the changes, though legislators are expected to take a threeSee PANEL | Page A4
Humboldt thrives with progress By KAYLA BANZET The Iola Register
HUMBOLDT — Thrive Allen County makes its way to different communities within the county to hear of their progress. Monday night Thrive board members met in Humboldt. Larry Tucker, Humboldt city administrator, told Thrive members of the city’s current projects, the first being housing. Many of the people who work in Humboldt don’t live there, Tucker said. When those non-residential workers were surveyed many said they would live in Humboldt if the city had adequate housing. Tucker said they have tried different ideas to provide affordable housing and have applied for a $100,000 grant to buy older houses and rehabilitate them. The Business Action Team is trying to help new business. Team members are trained on how to be a business coach and help guide business owners to resources. The Downtown Action Team has stayed very busy. Recently the city bandstand was listed on the state and
Humboldt City Administrator Larry Tucker fills in Thrive board members on Humboldt’s progress at a community session. REGISTER/KAYLA BANZET
national historic register lists. A performance at city bandstand from 3 to 6 p.m. on April 12 will help celebrate the official designations. “We want to maintain the infrastructure of the downtown area,” Tucker said. “We have submitted a grant for a streetscape project.” The new design would have more than 50 acorn style light
posts, trees and sidewalk improvements. “Neosho River Park has been an example of the community coming together,” Tucker said. Community members raised their own money to help build a handicap accessible fishing dock and a rock amphitheater. The group has See HUMBOLDT | Page A5
Iolan looks ahead to new career in restoration By BOB JOHNSON The Iola Register
A blessing of youth is enthusiasm. For instance, if one door closes, another seems to open almost instantaneously. Cassie Jones, 30, is leaving her career as a hair stylist to pursue home restoration. The decision came because the act of cutting hair proved too painful to her hands. After 10 years of having to hold a comb and scissors just so, Jones has sold her share of Addictive Trendz to partners Jessica Marvin and Amber Glasgow She has a doctor’s appointment early this month to learn more about her hands, whether it’s a recurrence of tendonitis or something else. Meanwhile, she’s looking ahead to spending more time on her hobby of restoring
From there, Jones hopes to tackle the upstairs. “As soon as I’m able I’m going to give it a deep cleaning,” Jones said, which is divided into several small rooms. Her favorite is the most spacious, with three sides filled with windows. Wainscoting covers walls and ceiling. “This is a room I’d love to have at home,” she said.
Cassie Jones homes. “I did mine,” on South Sycamore, “and started on this one,” she said of a house moved from east of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center to the 400 block of South Oak.
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Jones’ role, strictly as a volunteer and as a learning experience, to date has been to carefully remove “four layers of wallpaper that was painted over” on walls and ceilings of the ground floor of the two-
story house, built in 1910. “That was a quite a job,” Jones said, noting that to protect exquisite oak woodwork she spent “about 15 hours just covering it with plastic and taping it off.”
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JONES IS NOT closing the door on hair styling for good. She intends to enroll in Fort Scott Community College’s cosmetology program and earn a certificate to teach the art. “I’m excited to get my hands back to where they ought to be,” which might include a small salon in her home. She’d also like to do more volunteer work. “People have been good to See JONES | Page A4
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Wilbur Brooks Wilbur W. Brooks, 80, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, in Harlingen, Texas following a long battle with COPD. His wife, Nancy, was at his side. Wilbur was born on Nov. 24, 1933, at home in Kincaid. Following graduation in 1951, Wilbur enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a Master Sergeant after 21 years. While in the service, he was stationed in many places including Japan, Philippines, and Thailand to name a few. In 1958, he met and married Janice Wilbur Brooks Pettigrew. They had two sons. They separated in 1962. Wilbur met Irene Rubino in New Jersey and they were married on Aug. 8, 1964. They had two daughters. After retiring, they moved back to Kincaid, where he farmed and raised feeder pigs. Wilbur spent many years as a 4-H leader, worked on the Anderson County Fair Board, coached girls softball and was a lifetime member of the Kincaid Lodge No. 338. He worked at Klein Tools in Moran for 15 years. Irene passed away in 1994. In 1995, he met and married Nancy Ward. They moved to Harlingen in 2002. Wilbur loved to hunt and fish, enjoyed traveling and loved to play cards with the grandkids. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Paul and Zella Adams Brooks, wife Irene and brother Willard. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; sister Maxine Dreher and husband Stanley of Iola; children Ward Paul Brooks and wife Carolyn of St. Joseph, Mo., Timothy Brooks and wife Melinda of Louisiana, Mo., daughter Sheila Dukes and husband Troy of Drakesboro, Ky., daughter Sharon Frazell and husband Craig of Kincaid; stepdaughter Monica Mikkelson and husband Keith of Macomb, Mich.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. Graveside services to be in Mildred will be announced later.
Marjory Louise Turner Cantrell, 89, Iola, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at her home. Marjory was born March 12, 1925, in Wichita, the daughter of Glen and Faye (Jones) Feld. She grew up in the Iola and Neosho Falls area. On Oct. 8, 1941, she married Orval L. Turner in Kansas City and they made their home in the LaHarpe and Iola area. He preceded her in death Oct. 12, 1973. She worked Marjory Cantrell several years for I.M.P. Boats and then at Gates Manufacturing. On April 25, 1979, she married David Cantrell and in 1983 they made their home in Harrison, Ark. He died Feb. 3, 1995. Marjory returned to Iola and worked at the Iola Senior Citizens Center for almost 10 years. Survivors are her daughter, Beverly Boan, Iola; two brothers, Charles Feld, Big Springs, Texas, and Lee Rafferty, California; two sisters, Virginia Hall, Big Springs, Texas, and Joan Audley, Iola; two grandsons, Roger Hoddy, Iola, and Marty Turner, Olathe; two great-grandchildren, Mark and Madelyn Turner, Olathe; and a number nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Jack Turner; two granddaughters, Dena and Cindy Turner; two sisters, Donna Hankins and Maxine Syversons and a brother, Gene Feld. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola, where the family will greet friends prior to the service. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Iola. Memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left with the funeral home. To sign the guestbook online or leave a condolence, go to www.iolafuneral.com.
Doris Kennard Doris Mae (Petit) Kennard, 74, passed away at Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka on March 28, 2014. Doris was born Jan. 3, 1940, in Westphalia, the daughter of James A. and Gladys (Kellerman) Petit. Doris was raised in Westphalia and attended Westphalia schools. After high school she was united in marriage to Joe Dearinger. The couple was blessed with four children, Connie, Gary, Kathy and Mary. The couple later divorced. In 1982, Doris married Melvin Kennard in Garnett. They shared 30 years of marriage until his passing in April 2012. Doris’ pride was her family. She spent a great deal of time being involved with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Doris also enjoyed playing cards, especially the game canasta. She was often seen at the Yates Center Senior Center partaking in card games with her friends. Doris was also a member of the Presbyterian Church in Yates Center. Doris Mae (Petit) Kennard was preceded in death by her parents, her son Gary in 2001, her husband Melvin in April of 2012, and a brother, James “Jimmy” Petit. She is survived by her children, Connie Collins and husband Glen, Piqua, Kathy Malloy and husband David, Humboldt, and Mary Arbogast and husband Douglas, Fredericksburg, Va. She also is survived by a brother, Charles Petit, Alabama; her grandchildren, Glenda, Jason, Carol, Deana, Melissa, Jennifer, Nicole, Brandi, Brett and Brooke; 20 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church in Yates Center. Burial will follow in Yates Center Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center. The family suggests memorials be made to the Yates Center Recreation Department and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188, Yates Center, KS 66783.
Kenneth Ray Wade, 69, Chanute, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Diversicare of Chanute. Kenneth was born Feb. 27, 1945, in Iola, and grew up in the LaHarpe and Bayard area and graduated from Moran High School. He worked for IBP in Emporia before residing in Chanute. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially fishing. Kenneth was married to Rosanne McGaugh. They later divorced. Survivors are his son, Don Morfitt, Emporia; daughter, Kimberly Usher, and husband John, Topeka; two grandchildren, Trinity Morris and Caleb Morris; two brothers, James Wade, Holden, Mo., and Terry Wade, Lawrence; three sisters, Patricia Riebel, Humboldt, Loretta Fretz, Delhart, Texas, and Cindy Brooks, Munising, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents, Regnelda Wade and A. Marion Wade and stepmother Marjorie Wade. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the LaHarpe Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Castaways Animal Shelter and Sanctuary and left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola. To sign the guestbook online or leave a condolence, go to www.iolafuneral.com.
Frank Paul Hawkinson, 86, son of Charlie and Elsbeth Hawkinson, Savonburg, died March 31, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. He was born Sept. 6, 1927. In 1931, when he was 3 years old, he went with his mother and two sisters, Pauline and Francis, to Sweden to see relatives. He completed eight years at Odense School, six miles west of Savonburg, and graduated from Savonburg High School in 1945. Frank Hawkinson Frank married Effie Christine Haddan on Nov. 25, 1951, at the Stark Friends parsonage, Stark, with the Rev. Luther Dillon officiating. He was a farmer/stockman, and a mechanic, working on his own equipment. He cleared trees and built ponds with his D7 Caterpillar. He collected antique Case tractors, had an extensive spark plug collection, and loved going to auctions and antique tractor shows. He was a member of the Odense Community Club. Survivors include his wife, Christine; three sons, David and his wife, Rhonda, Savonburg, Charles and his wife, Gloria, Erie, and Gary and his wife, Rhonda, Savonburg; and a daughter, Sheryl, and her husband Roger Ludlum, Waverly; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Elsbeth; a brother, Fredolph; and three sisters, Marie Crooks, Pauline Butts and Frances Jordan. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Evangelical Covenant Church, three miles west of Savonburg. Burial will be at Odense Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, St. Francis Hospital in Wichita or the Odense Community Club. Memorial gifts may be left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola. To sign the guestbook online or leave a condolence, go to www.iolafuneral.com.
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OAKLAND, Calif. â€” While the average single-family home in the East Bay Municipal Utility District used 135 gallons of water per person per day last year, Elizabeth Dougherty got by with just 30 gallons. The lowest sheâ€™s hit: 20 gallons a day. In the ongoing drought, conservationminded Dougherty epitomizes the â€œlowH20â€? lifestyle and ranks among the most waterthrifty customers in the area. And if some of her strategies are not for everyone â€” she wears her clothes at least three times before washing them â€” others may have wider appeal in a year when everyone is being urged to conserve. She collects rainwater from the roof of the 1,250-square-foot North Oakland home she shares with a housemate; the three large rain cisterns collectively hold more than 1,100 gallons, which she will use to grow vegetables this spring and summer. Her garden is filled with succulents and droughttolerant plants. She has a low-flow toilet and â€œlaundry-to-landscapeâ€? system to divert â€œgraywaterâ€? from the washing machine to outdoor trees. She keeps a 5-gallon bucket on hand to collect water from the shower. â€œI donâ€™t even call it water anymore,â€? said Dougherty, who has been known to get into arguments with friends after dinner parties if they leave the tap water
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policy center in San Francisco, and serves as the organizationâ€™s executive director. In her blog posts, Dougherty warns that California must make water conservation and reuse standard practice, not just a fad when drought conditions hit the headlines or become severe. Abby Figueroa, a spokeswoman for EBMUD, says that Dougherty exceeds the most water efficient households by a long shot. â€œTwenty gallons! Thatâ€™s about as low as it gets,â€? Figueroa said. â€œA water-efficient customer should shoot for about 50 gallons of indoor use per person per
running while washing dishes. â€œItâ€™s a river. This is a river flowing out of your tap.â€? Dougherty, 56, has a Ph.D. in ethnography from the University of Pennsylvania and has been an advocate for sustainable living for decades. She spent two years working as a program manager for â€œFlex Your Power,â€? Californiaâ€™s statewide energyefficiency marketing and outreach campaign. She then taught permaculture, which draws from organic farming and sustainable development, in rural Peru. In early 2009, she founded Wholly H20, a well-known water conservation, reuse and
day.â€? Toilets account for roughly 20 percent of average indoor water use. Many older models use 3.5 gallons to as much as 7 gallons per flush, or gpf. With the average person flushing at least five times a day, that quickly adds up. A 1.6 gpf toilet, which became the industry standard in the 1990s, uses about 2,900 gallons a year. Switching to a 1.28 gpf â€œhigh efficiency toiletâ€? cuts that to 2,300 gallons a year. Doughertyâ€™s low-flush toilet uses just 0.8 gpf, and she doesnâ€™t flush it every time (a good motto: If itâ€™s yellow, let it mellow; if itâ€™s brown, flush it down). When it comes to appliances such as the clothes washer, a front-loading washer is more water efficient than a top-loading one. But Dougherty takes it one step further: She wears most clothes at least three times before washing them, and does laundry about once every 10 days. ___ How Elizabeth Dougherty cuts her water usage: â€˘ She uses a 5-gallon bucket to collect water in the shower. â€˘ She has a low-flow toilet. â€˘ She has a â€œlaundryto-landscapeâ€? graywater system. â€˘ She collects rainwater in a series of large cisterns. â€˘ She has aerators on her faucets to reduce flow. â€˘ She wears her clothes about three times before washing them.
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aid. North Korea fired 500 rounds of artillery shells over more than three hours, about 100 of which fell south of the sea boundary, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Minseok said. South Korea responded by firing 300 shells into North Korean waters, he said. No shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, but Kim called the Northâ€™s artillery firing a provocation aimed at testing Seoulâ€™s security posture. There was no immediate comment from North Korea. In Washington, White House spokesman Jonathan Lalley called North Koreaâ€™s actions â€œdangerous and provocativeâ€? and said they would further aggravate tensions in the region.
Topeka. It was the second year for the walk, organized by parents and teachers. Theyâ€™re urging legislators to abide by a recent Kansas Supreme Court decision ordering additional funding for schools without making changes that would hurt the quality of education. The group said schools have had to reduce spending in recent years, resulting in larger class sizes and fewer opportunities for students.
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) â€” Despite sore feet and windy weather, five parents and teachers have completed a 60-mile walk from Johnson County to the Statehouse to show support for Kansas public schools. The hikers are part of a group called Game On for Kansas Schools, which is supporting higher state spending for public education. They set out Friday from suburban Kansas City and finished a ceremonial last mile Monday in
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week break starting Friday. It was unclear if a proposal could be adopted by the weekend or if it would hold over until late April when legislators return. The fix is estimated to cost $129 million, but the House plan would fund part of that increase by adjusting transportation aid to school districts, as well as other tweaks to the funding formula. Rhoades also said he understood the legislative leaders wanted to only address the immediate equity issues in the court’s ruling, but he questioned whether putting new state money in could be sustained financially. Tax cuts enacted in 2012 have reduced the amount of available state revenue over the next three years, with legislative researchers projecting shortfalls by 2018. Speaker Merrick, a Stilwell Republican who has been negotiating the plan with GOP Senate leaders and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, said he regretted Rhoades’ decision. “I respect Marc and had complete faith in his abilities as chair,” Merrick said. “However, we will continue to move forward and work on an education plan that makes school funding equitable across the state Merrick named Rep. Gene Suellentrop, a Wichita Republican as chairman, and Rep. Marvin Kleeb, an Overland Park Republican, as vice chairman. GOP Rep. Joe Seiwert of Pretty Prairie takes Rhoades’ place on the committee.
Rep. Jerry Henry, ranking Democrat on the committee who is from Cummins, said he understood Rhoades’ concerns, raising his own doubts that Kansas can afford additional school spending. Henry said changing committee chairmen would affect the flow of the process as legislators push to meet the short deadline.
It’s tough when you change horses in the process, probably even tougher when you change the lead horse. — Rep. Jerry Henry, Cummins
“It will make things awkward. It caught me by complete surprise,” Henry said. “It’s tough when you change horses in the process, probably even tougher when you change the lead horse.” The Senate introduced a plan Monday morning drafted by its GOP leaders and hearings were expected to begin today in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Sen. Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican and chairman of the committee, said the goal was still to have the plan finished on time and that Rhoades’ resignation should not change those plans. “I don’t think it affects how I’m moving forward. It just means I have someone different to negotiate with later on the bill,” he said. “I’m not particularly surprised.”
me and l want to give back to the community,” she said. “I want to help with SAFE BASE,” she said of USD 257’s afterschool program. “It would be fun to teach little girls to braid their hair and show them that they’re beautiful without makeup.” Hope Unlimited also is in her sights. And,
Jones said the day might come when she’d try to be a writer. “I’m keeping a journal of what I’ve done with this house the same as when I restored mine,” she said. Fact is, hidden away in the walls of her home are several time capsules, in which she put notes and trinkets for someone to discover years from now.
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ACA: Deadline draws millions Continued from A1 make it a bust. The administration has not said how many of those already have signed up closed the deal by paying their first month’s premiums. Also unknown is how many were previously uninsured — the real test of Obama’s health care overhaul. In addition, the law expands coverage for low-income people through Medicaid, but only about half the states have agreed to implement that option. In Washington, the law’s supporters already have their sights on Version 2.0 — fixes for the next open enrollment season commencing Nov. 15. The advocacy group Families USA, which has backed Obama’s overhaul from its inception, plans to release a 10-point package of improvements Tuesday that it says the administration can carry out without the approval of
Congress. Among the recommendations: more face-to-face sign-ups, coordinating enrollment with tax-filing season to better show the consequences of remaining uninsured, eliminating penalties for smokers as California has done and improving coordination between the exchanges and state Medicaid programs. “Clearly, the first enrollment period also informed us about different areas where improvements can be made,” said Ron Pollack, the group’s executive director. On Monday, supporters of the health care law fanned out across the country in a final dash to sign up uninsured Americans. The HealthCare.gov website, which was receiving 1.5 million visitors a day last week, had recorded about 1.2 million through noon Monday. At times, more than 125,000 people were si-
multaneously using the system, straining it beyond its previously estimated capacity. People not signed up for health insurance by the deadline, either through their jobs or on their own, were subject to IRS fines — a threat that helped drive the rush. The federal website operating in 36 states stumbled early — out of service for nearly four hours as technicians patched a software bug. An afternoon hiccup temporarily kept new applicants from signing up, and the process slowed further as the day wore on. Overwhelmed by computer problems when launched last fall, the system has been working much better in recent months, but independent testers say it still runs slowly. The administration announced last week that people who started applying for health in-
surance but were not able to finish before Monday’s enrollment deadline will get extra time. A variety of issues led people to seek this extension. Health insurers and advocates in South Dakota encouraged residents to try to start the process on their own or leave a message at a federal hotline should they have to cancel an appointment with an insurance counselor because of a spring blizzard that dumped up to a foot of snow. Those who showed up at enrollment events in other states found long lines and technical delays. Even those providing assistance were sometimes stymied. In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Patty Gumpee, 50, walked away without completing her application because of problems with the website. She made an appointment to try again next week.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Senate debates bill voiding local gun rules
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate is preparing to debate a proposal to strip cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and void existing local gun ordinances. The bill on the Senate’s debate calendar
today would ensure that the open carrying of firearms is legal across the state. The Kansas State Rifle Association and other gun-rights supporters are pushing the measure. They argue that a patchwork of local reg-
ulations confuses gun owners and infringes upon gun-ownership rights guaranteed by the state and federal constitutions.
Critics of the bill contend that cities and counties know best whether gun restrictions are appropriate for their communities.
Humboldt: Thrive Continued from A1 has applied for a $5,000 grant from Enbridge to help build a bathroom in the park. A pond that the city owns on Franklin Street will be stocked with fish soon by the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department. They will lease it from the city for $1,000. David Toland, Thrive executive director, was im-
The family of Sharon Weide extends our heartfelt thanks to friends and family for your kind generosity and loving support following her stroke and passing. The thoughts, prayers, cards, memorials, food, flowers and personal condolences are greatly appreciated. Thank you to Dr. Wolfe, Allen County Regional Hospital and staff; Allen County EMS; Windor Place Nursing Home and staff and anyone else involved in her care. Also to Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel, Dave, Steve and Evelyn for your wonderful support. Special thanks to Lloyd Houk for the meaningful and comforting funeral service. You have made this difficult time easier for all of us.
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In a battle against Mother Nature, she’ll always win Sea levels off Florida have risen to the point they are infiltrating city sewer systems. In an effort to battle the rising tide, massive levee systems costing hundreds of millions of dollars are in the works. Climate change affects the Earth’s oceans in two ways: Warmer temperatures cause water to expand, and melting icebergs and glaciers add to its volume. In south Florida, engineers predict sea levels will rise three to seven inches by 2030 and nine to 24 inches by 2060. Today, engineers are planning updates to local utilities, sewage and water treatment plants, and transportation departments in efforts to retrofit their departments to accommodate higher water levels. Home and business owners in the area will see dramatically increased flood insurance rates, as will you and I in Kansas, though at lesser amounts. Local rates for flood insurance are expected to go up by about 20 percent in efforts to help plug the hemorrhaging National Flood Insurance Program, which is an estimated $24 billion in debt. Ever since it was enacted in 1973, the NFIP has failed to collect as much as it doles out to satisfy claims. Hurricanes Katrina, Irene, Isaac and Sandy were cumulatively the last straw. In 2012, the BiggertWaters Act was enacted to shift the financial risk of insuring flood-prone properties from taxpayers to the private market. If you are inclined to build a $1 million home along the Atlantic coastline, then you can bear the expense of higher insurance premiums, the logic went. In late January, a majority of senators had a change of heart, thanks to lobbying efforts like heavyweight Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, which took the brunt of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It’s interesting to note Gov. Andrew
Cuomo of New York, which also suffered heavy damage and deaths from Hurricane Sandy, favored programs that would provide incentives for those along the shore to move inland. Such funding to relocate flood victims will be heavily diluted if the Biggert-Waters Act is emasculated. The legislation still needs approval by the House before it can be sent to the president. Common sense says it’s crazy to live so close to shore. But there are those who can’t think of living anywhere else and are willing to play the odds. That line of thinking causes serious problems. In Miami, for example, its water canal system depends on gravity to carry excess water out into the ocean. So when it rains, the water is released into bays and estuaries and eventually into the ocean. With an annual rainfall of 62 inches, the Miami area has considerable need for an effective system to keep its streets from flooding. Because of the rising sea levels, city engineers can no longer rely on gravity to carry excess water out to sea. Now, pumps will be installed to move the water out to sea. The price tag is $400 million. Would it be so radical instead to move the city farther inland? It’s not as if there’s not more of Florida. THE MOST effective way to curb people from living on flood-prone land is to make insurance premiums prohibitively expensive. With maximum coverage for a domestic dwelling at $250,000, it seems a $60,000 annual premium would give pause. The coverage for non-residential buildings tops out at $500,000. Designated flood zones are meant to protect people from building in hazardous areas. Increased premiums would put teeth in the warnings. — Susan Lynn
Quotations of the day “Regardless of our own racial background or socio-economic position, we are inextricably interconnected as a society. We must view all children in America as our own — and as key contributors to our nation’s future.” — Annie E. Casey Foundation report detailing racial gap in success indicators among U.S.
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State revenue far short of national average
Kansas tax receipts fall 20 percent By DUANE GOOSSEN Kansas Health Institute
The changes made to Kansas tax policy over the last two years have sharply reduced state revenue. Compared to revenue collections in the other 49 states, Kansas is on the low end of the spectrum. For many years the Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York has tracked and analyzed state revenue, allowing a reliable state-by-state comparison of trends. The institute’s recently released report on the fourth quarter of 2013 provides an important perspective on what is happening in Kansas. Across all states, growth in individual income tax receipts was slow from October through December 2013, up only 1 percent on average. However, Kansas individual income tax receipts fell 20.2 percent from the year before, far below the average and the largest drop of any state. Counting all sources of revenue, the average state rev-
enue collection grew 3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, but overall receipts in Kansas fell 9.2 percent. The only larger revenue decline was in Alaska, where severance tax receipts went down as a result of declining oil and gas production. The dramatic changes in Kansas tax policy first took effect in January 2013. The chart below shows what happened to Kansas revenue in the initial year of implementation. MOST STATES experienced rapid growth in their income tax collections and total revenue collections during the first half of calendar year 2013, then more moderate growth in the last half. Kansas
revenue grew in the first quarter, but only slightly. Receipts dropped rapidly in the last half of the year. Kansas revenue is less than the year before. But more importantly, the 50-state comparison shows Kansas revenue is far lower than what it might have been if receipts had grown at the national average. — Duane Goossen, KHI’s vice president for fiscal and health policy, served as state budget director for 12 years in the administrations of three governors — Republican Bill Graves and Democrats Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson. He also served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1983 to 1997.
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Twister season always unpredictable By JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau
Tornadoes in Kansas this spring? No, but there’s snow in the forecast again. Here it is the first of April and that white stuff continues to fall from the sky. While many consider this a cruel April Fool’s joke, don’t become too excited about the wild weather Mother Nature serves up in our state. There’s still plenty of time. Seven short years ago on May 4, 2007, the town of Greensburg, in Kiowa County, was all but wiped off the face of the earth. The tornado that hit the small Kansas community of 1,500 killed 11 people and injured dozens more. Ninety percent of the town was destroyed including 961 homes and businesses. Another 216 received major damage. Wind speeds of more than 200 miles per hour accompanied this storm. Other killer tornadoes occurred that day with a death in Pratt County and another in Stafford County. Some of these monster twisters were nearly two miles wide. Eleven tornadoes occurred May 4. The next day another 36 tornadoes were reported in Kansas, falling just short of the all-time record of 39 tornadoes in one day set in June 1992. Fourteen tornado-related fatalities were reported last year, including 82 injuries, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka. Thirteen of these fatalities occurred during the May 4-5
When it comes to tornado safety, the bottom line remains the same: tune in, stay informed and keep an eye on the sky.
outbreak. IN STARK contrast to this tornado onslaught of 2007, Kansas recorded the longest tornado drought in 24 years during 2009. Not until April 22, 2010 did the first tornado touch down in the Sunflower State. Prior to this tornado, the last twister reported in Kansas was back on Aug. 2, 2009. This resulted in 262 days without a reported tornado in Kansas. Fifty-six tornadoes were reported in Kansas last year, while 2013 was the quietest season since 1994 when 42 tornadoes were reported. In 1976, only 14 tornadoes dropped down in Kansas — the fewest on record. Last year’s tornado season lasted 128 days, ranking it as the seventh shortest season. Forty-one of the 56 twisters (73 percent) occurred during an 11-day period in mid to late May. Now that’s the kind of quiet tornado season most Kansans like although few care for tornadoes at all. Let’s hope this season remains calm as well. Still there will be tornadoes. This is Kansas after all. You know — Dorothy, Toto and tornadoes. When it comes to tornado safety, the bottom line remains the same: tune in, stay informed and keep an
eye on the sky. Remember to pay attention when you hear a tornado watch because this means severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible over a wide area. Tornado warnings are issued when Doppler radar indicates tornadoes are forming or a trained weather spotter has sighted a twister. This warning will tell the location, and if possible, movement, estimated speed and the towns in the tornado path. Seems like every year the National Weather Service provides us with ample warning when tornadoes are likely to occur. There are seven National Weather Service offices that serve portions of Kansas including Goodland, Dodge City, Wichita, Topeka, Hastings, Neb., Pleasant Hill, Mo. and Springfield, Mo. Each office is staffed 24 hours each day, seven days a week and 365 days a year with meteorologists and technicians. Think ahead during this upcoming severe weather season. Listen to forecasts daily, check the weather app on your smart phone and key into local weather conditions in your area. Know where your nearest shelter is and remember when a tornado threatens, immediate action may save you and your loved ones’ lives.
How to contact your elected officials
President Barack Obama, (Democrat) 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Washington D.C., 20500; phone (switchboard): (202) 456-1414; (comments): (202) 456-1111
Gov. Sam Brownback, (Republican) Capital, 300 S.W. 10th Ave., Suite 212S, Topeka, KS 66612-1590; phone: (785) 296-3232; www.governor.ks.gov/ comments/comment.htm
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, (Republican) 109 Hart Senate Office Building Washington D.C., 20510; phone: (202) 224-4774; Email: www.roberts. senate.gov/public/index. cfm?p=EmailPat
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, (Republican) Russell Senate Office Building, Room 354, Washington D.C., 20510; phone: (202) 224-6521; Pittsburg: 306 N. Broadway, Suite 125, Pittsburg, KS, 66762; (620) 232-2286. Email: moran. senate.gov/public/index. cfm/e-mail-jerry
Rep. Lynn Jenkins, (Republican) 130 Cannon House Office Building, Washington D.C., 20515; phone: (202) 225-6601; Pittsburg: 701 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762; phone: (620) 231-5966. Email: lynnjenkins.house. gov/contact-me/
Sen. Caryn Tyson, (Republican) State Capitol-236 E, Topeka, KS 66612 phone: (785) 296-6838; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or 19984 County Rd. 1077 Parker, KS 66072. phone: (913) 898-2366
Rep. Kent Thompson, (Republican) House District No.9, phone: (785) 296-7673; State Capitol-Room 268-W, 300 SW Tenth Ave., Topeka, KS 66612, or phone: 620-496-2255; 1816 2800 Street, LaHarpe, KS 66751. email: kent.thompson@ house.ks.gov
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Soil testing helpful with gardens Whether you are new to gardening or have been gardening for years, all gardeners should think about their soil fertility levels. Just looking at your plants won’t provide the proper information. Soil fertility is something that cannot be seen, felt or guessed about. So as we get ready for planting time, consider having a soil analysis on your garden soil. A soil test reveals the baseline nutritional values of soil. From this test, the type and amount of fertilizer to be used can be determined. In addition, a soil test will find the pH level of the soil. This kind of information is basic for developing a good plant nutrition program. For example, if your soil doesn’t need phosphorus or potassium – which may very well be the case – applying it is a waste of time and money. Nutrient levels can
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to 8 inches deep. This is much easier to do if you don’t take samples when the soil is really wet. 3. Put all samples into a bucket, crumble and mix them thoroughly. Remove any stones, grass, roots and thatch. Then take out a cup to a pint’s worth of soil, air dry it, and put it in a sealable container. You can spread the soil out on a newspaper to dry. 4. Put soil into a lockseal plastic bag or plastic food container. Label each container with your name, mailing address and phone number. 5. Bring the sample to the Southwind District Extension offices in Erie, Iola or Fort Scott. The cost is $12 per sample. Sample results are usually available in 7 to 10 days. Phosphorus and potassium levels tend to build up in the soil. Excess can harm growth, or worse yet, leach out and pollute streams and
lakes. In recent years, the soil testing lab at K-State has found some Kansas garden and landscape samples contained so much phosphorus and potassium that testing couldn’t measure the amounts. The results literally were “off the charts.” By soil testing, you can determine if these nutrients need to be applied. Did your garden just not perform the way you wanted it to last year? It could have been because the soil fertility level is not what it should be or the soil pH is off. Soil testing will determine that. Don’t put off sampling until after the garden is planted. Do it now so fertility corrections can be made! Krista Harding is a K-State Research and Extension Agricultural agent assigned to Southwind District. She may be reached at 620-2443826 or kharding@ksu. edu.
Prairie chicken listing pushes lawsuit By JOHN HANNA Associated Press
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will join a lawsuit against the federal agency that’s listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Friday, saying the designation isn’t necessary to rebuild the bird’s population. Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit last week against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, challenging the agency’s process in considering the listing. Brownback said Kansas expects to enter the lawsuit next week and again said the service’s action is an “overreach” by the federal government that will harm the Kansas economy and intrude into residents’ daily lives. Brownback and state wildlife Secretary Robin Jennison said the action isn’t necessary because the five states with lesser prairie chicken habitats — Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas — worked for several years with the federal agency on a conservation plan. The federal agency praised that plan in announcing the listing Thursday. Kansas officials said they fear the federal agency will use its authority to impose new restrictions on farming, ranching, oil, natural gas and wind-energy production in areas where
the lesser prairie chicken roams. But Ron Klataske, executive director of Audubon of Kansas, said state officials are overreacting and called their response to the listing “absurd.” Because the federal agency hasn’t published the rule associated with the listing yet, Jennison acknowledged that state officials don’t yet know all the full implications. But when reporters pressed him about whether federal oversight might not turn out to be as strict as state officials fear, Jennison said, “It will.” “It’s the declaration of ‘threatened.’ That’s the line that we did not want them to come across,” Brownback said. “They went ahead and did it.” Brownback stopped short of endorsing a bill passed by the state Senate declaring the federal government has no authority to manage prairie chickens within Kansas and making it a felony for a federal employee to enforce a federal law, rule or treaty on the birds. The federal agency declined to comment because of Oklahoma’s lawsuit. But in Thursday’s announcement, agency Director Don Ashe announced said it would impose an extraordinary rule to recognize “significant” efforts by the states and landowners, allowing the states to manage conservation efforts.
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How to prepare for the first job Right now is the time most youth begin the search for summer employment. Jobs at this point in their lives can be the best learning experiences for building an idea of what they would like to do in the future, not to mention the skills that can be gained. However, in small towns the opportunity for jobs is limited. In most cases, the only jobs for youth are in the food service industry. This offers the perfect opportunity to learn customer service skills, learn to work as a team member, and gain an understanding of working varied shifts. If you can find a job in a field of interest, it helps in gaining knowledge for the future. Next is the application process. Do some research to learn of what the em-
Jennifer Murphy Extension Agent for 4-H ceive a phone call for an interview within a week of your application. If not, it is time to follow up. This needs to be in the form of a phone call, stating your name and interest in the status of the open position. If the position has been filled or you weren’t selected for an interview, continue applying elsewhere. By chance you are requested for an interview, then comes finding an outfit to wear. As heard many times, “dress for success,” no matter the job. A suit might be a little excessive, unless you are applying for an
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Kansas City lets lead slip away in season opener Tigers rally to win with walk-off single against Royals ’pen
“I get paid to get people out, and I didn’t do it today. We’re not here to fight and compete. We’re here to win.”
By NOAH TRISTER The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — There would be no easing into the 2014 season for Greg Holland. Kansas City’s star reliever was called on in the ninth inning with the potential winning run already at third, and Detroit’s Alex Gonzalez greeted him with a single to left that gave the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Royals on opening day Monday. Kansas City’s bullpen, so impressive a year ago, couldn’t hold on to a two-run lead in the late innings. “I get paid to get people out, and I didn’t do it today,” Holland said. “We’re not here to fight and compete. We’re here to win.” It wasn’t the easiest situation for Holland, who converted 47 of 50 save chances last season. Wade Davis (0-1) allowed a one-out walk to Alex Avila and a single to Nick Castellanos before Holland came in and couldn’t get out of the first-and-third jam. Kansas City lost its sixth straight opener. Acquired by Detroit in late March following an injury to shortstop Jose Iglesias, Gonza-
— Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland after a 4-3, opening day loss to Detroit
Detroit Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez is congratulated by teammates after hitting a walk-off single, scoring Tyler Collins in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 4-3 win over Kansas City Monday. JULIAN H. GONZALEZ/DETROIT FREE PRESS/MCT
lez made a costly error in Kansas City’s three-run fourth but made up for that with a tying triple in the seventh. His single in the ninth gave Brad Ausmus a win in his first game since replacing Jim Leyland as the Tigers’ manager. “I’ve played on a lot of opening days — I don’t even remember all of them — but this one was special,” Gonzalez said. “I was looking for a
pitch that I could elevate, and I got one. I rounded first and all I saw was the whole team coming at me.” Joe Nathan (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth in his first appearance for the Tigers. Salvador Perez had four hits for Kansas City, which won 86 games last year thanks in large part to its bullpen. The Royals were 67-6 in 2013 when leading by at least two runs at
any point from the seventh inning on, according to STATS. “We’ve got a long season to go,” said Kansas City starter James Shields, who was pulled in the seventh before the bullpen squandered the lead. “I’ll hand the ball to those guys any day of the week.” Justin Verlander allowed three runs — two earned — in six innings and Victor Martinez homered for the Tigers,
but their offense was quiet until the seventh. With Kansas City ahead 3-1, Austin Jackson hit a one-out triple and Avila drew a walk. Aaron Crow replaced Shields and struck out Castellanos, but the third strike was a wild pitch that allowed Jackson to score. Gonzalez followed with a triple to the gap in left-center. Although there were still a few patches of snow in the Detroit area Monday morning, the game was played under a bright, sunny sky with temperatures in the 50s. With its recently re-sodded field, Comerica Park looked sharp — but the home team didn’t at first. Right fielder Torii Hunter dropped a routine flyball in the second, and although Verlander pitched out of that jam, he couldn’t escape the fourth. See ROYALS | Page B3
Elsie Weast, left, and the late Buford Peck were inducted this year in to the Iola USBC Hall of Fame for their involvement at Country Lanes and at other bowling competitions through the years. Peck, who died in 2012, was represented at a ceremony by his wife, Edna. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN
Iola High’s Brice Aiello pitches during a junior varsity doubleheader at Anderson County’s home field in Garnett. The Mustangs picked up a split, winning 7-6 and losing 5-2. REGISTER/ RICHARD LUKEN
Mustang JV earns split By RICHARD LUKEN The Iola Register
GARNETT — Iola High’s junior varsity baseball team picked up a doubleheader split Monday in its first action of the season. The Mustangs scored early and often before holding off an Anderson County rally in a 7-6 win in the opener. Iola’s bats came alive too late in the nightcap, a 5-2 defeat. Coleson Wiggin picked up the win by pitching a complete game in the fiveinning affair. He allowed seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven. He also aided his cause with a
double. Jake Gumfory added a double, while Ben Cooper, Garrett Wade, Wyatt Hines and Joel Zimmerman each had singles. The Mustangs led 1-0 after one inning, 3-1 after two, 5-2 after three and 7-5 after four. Anderson County rallied for a run in the bottom of the fifth before Wiggin shut the door. THE BULLDOGS got the early jump in the second game, building a 4-0 lead before Iola scored one in the fourth and one in the fifth. See MUSTANGS | Page B5
Two added to bowling Hall of Fame By RICHARD LUKEN The Iola Register
Iolans Elsie Weast and the late Buford Peck were immortalized Monday for their contributions to the local bowling scene. The pair were honored with a ceremony Monday to mark their induction into the Iola USBC Hall of Fame. Weast is the eighth woman inducted; Peck is the eighth man inducted. Their presence at Iola’s Country Lanes and elsewhere has been significant. Weast began bowling at Country Lanes in the Charter League in 1976. She began attending the Kansas state bowling tournament in 1977 and hasn’t missed a year since. She returns to the state tournament later this month.
In 2011, Weast received a Grand Duchess Award, for being a bowler older than 70 still competing at the state tournament. She bowled 21 years in various states at a national tournament as well. She was a member of the now defunct WIBC, where she earned “Triplicate Score,” “100 Pins Over Average” and the “Big 4 Split” awards. Weast has been president of the Charter Bowl-R-Ette League, Ladies Friday Night, Happy Times, Jayhawk Travel League and the Iola Local City Association. She also was president of the WIBC when it went to the Winlabs program. It was then Weast was given a permanent membership card number — Card No. 1 — from Country Lanes. She continues to bowl in two leagues.
PECK’S BOWLING career began in 1975 after his wife, Edna, talked him into it. The Pecks became mainstays in local bowling leagues. They started the Sunday Night Mixed League, where Buford continued to bowl until ailing health forced him to retire. He also bowled on the Thursday Night Booster League for several years. He competed in several state and local tournaments and served as a driver for his wife’s team to a number of national tournaments across the United States. Buford and Edna also bowled in numerous Kansas state mixed tournaments. Buford Peck died Nov. 30, 2012. His wife — already an Iola USBC Hall of Famer — accepted a plaque on his behalf at Monday’s ceremony.
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Loss shows bullpen success can be fleeting By SAM MELLINGER The Kansas City Star
DETROIT (MCT) — Out there, on the other side of these walls and in the bars across the street people celebrate. Many of them took the day off work to watch the beginning of another baseball season, and when their Tigers beat the Royals with a walk-off victory, the hometown fans might as well toast with another round. In here, inside these walls of the visitors clubhouse at Comerica Park, the Royals are speaking in hushed but unapologetic tones. They lost 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth with their All-Star closer on the mound Monday afternoon, and by rule, whatever happens on opening day is always overemphasized. This is game one of 162 _ 0.6 percent of the season, the equivalent of about five minutes of an NFL season _ so they do what we would all do in their situation. They search for the happy medium between the disappointment in this room and the joy outside, knowing that 161 more chances await. “I’ll be ready for the next time, and so will everyone else in the bullpen,” says Greg Holland, who gave up the gamewinner. “Guys that are successful forget about any type of failure,” says Wade Davis, who put the winning run on base. “I’ll hand the ball to those guys any day of the week,” says starter James Shields, who pitched well enough to
A capacity crowd at Detroit’s Comerica Park watched Detroit rally to defeat Kansas City, 4-3, in the season opener Monday. RYAN GARZA/DETROIT FREE PRESS/MCT win. These are honest thoughts. Genuine. And because these are the Royals _ the franchise that just three years ago put Bruce Chen on the mound and Kila Ka’aihue hitting fifth on opening day _ we should acknowledge these thoughts are without delusion. The Royals did have baseball’s best bullpen a year ago. They should be confident. But there’s another part here that’s worth addressing, especially today: bullpen success is fleeting. Good bullpens are almost always like pop songs, hot one summer, then forgotten the next. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was so 2013. The Royals still have the makings of a good bullpen. Most teams around baseball would trade their relievers for the Royals’ relievers, no questions asked. Holland may have been the
best reliever in baseball last year. As a reliever, Davis has essentially turned big-league hitters into Tony Pena Jr. Kelvin Herrera, Tim Collins and Aaron Crow each average at least a strikeout per inning. The other reliever on the roster right now, Francisley Bueno, has allowed fewer than one base runner per inning in his limited time with the Royals. So this is a talented group, and it’s reasonable to expect the Royals to be among the American League’s better bullpens. But, still, it’s a bullpen, which means they are a group of flawed pitchers who didn’t make it as starters. Using base runners per inning, no team has had the best bullpen two years in row this century. The last time the Royals were in the top 10, they were 29th the next year. Last year, the Royals beat the league averages when tied or leading after the fifth, sixth, sev-
enth and eighth innings. That was a major part of winning the franchise’s most games since 1989. But a bullpen’s performance one season is, at best, a soft indicator of what it will be the next season. Bullpens are different. The Royals played baseball’s best defense last year, and at least on paper, improved over the offseason. They’re a good bet to play the game’s best defense again this year, or at least close to it, and that’s mostly how it went in the opener. But defense is predictable. Bullpens are, basically, the polar opposite of predictable. There is some regression to be made here. Expected, even. Luke Hochevar seemed to have turned into a dominant setup man. Without him, the Royals still have a talented group but one without as much room for error. “We can’t afford another hit,” is the way manager Ned Yost put it during spring training.
And, well, opening day was a hit. In the seventh, Crow allowed both of his inherited runners to score, which was a particular problem for him last year. Then after Davis got through a clean eighth, he gave up a walk and a single before Holland got behind in the count and left a pitch over the middle of the plate for the gamewinner. The nature of relief pitching is that room for error shrinks, and mistakes amplify. “I get paid to get people out,” Holland says. “I didn’t do it today.” Look, perspective is worth emphasizing here. Last year, a sizeable chunk of Kansas City wanted Holland demoted after three games. The best bullpens blow leads. And even in a vacuum, the opening day loss isn’t all on the bullpen. The lineup only produced three runs, all in the fourth, and whiffed on plenty of opportunities for more. Sal Perez had four hits, but his teammates combined for just three. Over the last five innings, they managed just two base runners. Maybe Yost shouldn’t have let Shields start the seventh inning. Whatever. There are a dozen ways any baseball game could turn out differently, and this one is no exception. The break between wins and losses is a whisker, blown side to side by the winds of the day. Often, that wind comes from the bullpen. Usually, that wind blew the Royals’ way last year. That doesn’t mean it will again.
Royals: Tigers rally late to win Continued from B1
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bases. Verlander then walked Omar Infante to force in another run. Verlander had surgery in January after injuring his groin, but he pitched 20 scoreless innings during spring training and earned his seventh straight opening day start. He allowed six
Perez tied it at 1 with an RBI double off Verlander, and Lorenzo Cain slapped an RBI single through the hole into left field to put Kansas City ahead. After a two-out walk, Gonzalez bobbled Norichika Aoki’s slow grounder for an error that loaded the
hits, walked three and struck out two. Shields allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. “The bottom of their order did a real good job today,” Shields said. “It’s definitely a tough loss — not the way we want to start our season.”
Sports Calendar Iola High School Baseball/Softball Today, ANDERSON COUNTY, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, JV at Burlington, 4:30 p.m. Monday, JV baseball at Osawatomie April 8, OSAWATOMIE, 4:30 p.m. Tennis Thursday, at Coffeyville, 3 p.m. Saturday, at Neodesha, 9 a.m. Monday, vs. COLUMBUS, PARSONS, INDEPENDENCE, 3 p.m. High School Golf Thursday, at Independence, 1 p.m. April 8, IOLA INVITATIONAL, 3 p.m. High School Track Friday, at Labette County, 2 p.m. Middle School Track Thursday, HUMBOLDT INVITATIONAL (at IOLA), 3:30 p.m. April 8, IMS INVITATIONAL, 3:30 p.m. Middle School Golf Monday, at Pittsburg, 3 p.m.
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Big Train a rollin’
The Big Train, a 9-and-under traveling baseball team consisting of players from Humboldt and Iola, took home first place over the weekend at a AA All-State Qualifier Tournament in Tulsa. Big Train defeated teams from Oklahoma-based teams including Tulsa, Jenks and Pryor, winning all four of its games, and the championship, 10-9, over Jenks. Team members are, front from left, Brandon McKarnin, Jamon Beck, Eli Adams, Jack White and Carter Hutton; second from left, Gavin Page, Holden Barker, Maddox Johnson, Ethan Godderz, Trey Sommer and Aiden Johnson; and third row from left, coaches Jeff White, Bob Johnson, Josh Wrestler and Jeff Page. COURTESY PHOTO
Spurs top Pacers for 18th straight INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tony Parker scored 22 points in the San Antonio Spurs’ franchiserecord 18th straight victory, a 103-77 rout of the slumping Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Boris Diaw added 14 points for the Spurs, who bettered their previous
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Don Baylor broke his right leg while catching Vladimir Guerrero’s ceremonial first pitch Monday night. Baylor was to have surgery today on his right femur. The injury cast a pall over opening day at Angel Stadium. Baylor, who joined the Angels’ coaching staff in the offseason, had to be helped off the field after squatting to catch Guerrero’s off-target throw. Baylor was taken to a hospital before the Angels’ 10-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Don right now,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Obviously it’s a freak (injury). We’ll see how it turns out.” Baylor couldn’t stand up after Guerrero’s throw, his right leg bending awkwardly
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Baseballâ€™s new replay system gets early workout By BEN WALKER The Associated Press
Major League Baseball launched the expanded replay era Monday, and saw instant results â€” a pair of missed calls by umpires got fixed fast, without any arguments. Opening day showed off the gameâ€™s newest nod to modern technology in a sport that long relied on the eyes of its umps. From now on, most every call can be chal-
lenged by a manager. When that happens, the final decision will come from a replay booth in New York, rather than the field. And instead of out or safe, fair or foul, disputes will be settled with two words new to baseballâ€™s lingo: confirmed or overturned. Commissioner Bud Selig was at Miller Park in Milwaukee for the first call that got reversed. Minutes later, another ruling got changed at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
â€œYou know what? They got the play right. Thatâ€™s the bottom line,â€? said Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, who won his challenge in Milwaukee but lost the game. Baseball was last among the four major American sports to use video reviews. In 2008, after a series of missed calls in midseason, baseball went to replay to resolve disputes on potential home runs. A few months ago, extra replay was added.
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test the play. Under the new format, teams are allowed to have someone in their clubhouse watch TV replays and then call the bench to say whether itâ€™s worth a challenge. After a 2-minute wait while the umpires hooked up a headset on the field, umpire Larry Vanover â€” working in the central replay booth in New York â€” told them the call was correct. â€œIt was a combination of Samardzjiaâ€™s reaction and what we were looking at,â€? Renteria said. â€œWeâ€™re still trying to figure out what clear and compelling evidence is. Itâ€™s a work in progress.â€? Later, Cubs runner Emilio Bonifacio was called safe at first base on a pickoff play in the 10th inning. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle challenged the call and was right that Bonifacio was really out. Pittsburgh wound up winning 1-0. In Milwaukee, Brewers star Ryan Braun was called safe at first base for an infield hit in the sixth inning. Gonzalez contested the call and, 58 seconds later, the ruling
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Brice Aiello took the loss. He gave up two hits in 2 2/3 innings. He walked seven and struck out two. Brock Peters came on in relief and gave up one hit in 1 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three. Peters rapped out two singles, while Aiello doubled and Zimmerman singled. The Mustang JV heads to Burlington Thursday for its next matchup.
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The Iola Register B6 Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Saves rural hospitals from drastic cuts for treating the elderly
11th-hour reprieve OK’d for Medicare reimbursements By ANDREW TAYLOR The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress stepped Monday to finalize legislation to prevent doctors who treat Medicare patients from being hit with a 24 percent cut in their payments from the government. The Senate’s 64-35 vote sends a measure to delay the cuts for a year to President Barack Obama, who’s expected to quickly sign it. The House passed the measure last week. The $21 billion measure would stave off a 24 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements to doctors for a year and extend dozens of other expiring health care provisions such as higher payment rates for rural hospitals. The legislation is paid for by cuts to health care providers, but fully half of the cuts won’t kick in for 10 years. It’s the seventeenth temporary “patch” to a broken payment formula that dates to 1997 and comes after lawmakers failed to reach a deal on financing a permanent fix.
The measure passed the House on Thursday, but only after top leaders in both parties engineered a voice vote when it became clear they were having difficulty mustering the two-thirds vote required to advance it under expedited procedures. Several top Democrats opposed the bill, saying it would take momentum away from the drive to permanently solve the payment formula problem. There’s widespread agreement on bipartisan legislation to redesign the payment formula that would give doctors 0.5 percent annual fee increases and implement reforms aimed at giving doctors incentives to provide less costly care. But there’s no agreement on how to pay the approximately $140 billion cost of scrapping the old formula. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., promised to keep pressing ahead with a long-term solution, proposing to use savings from the troop drawdown in Afghanistan to pay the cost. Republicans and most budget experts say
For the millions of elderly Americans and their doctors this fix is good news. It means the promise of accessible, quality health care to our nation’s seniors is being honored for another year. — Harry Reid, president of the U.S. Senate
such savings are phony and are demanding at least some of the money to come from cuts to Obama’s Affordable Care Act. “Paying for this through (war savings) is the mother of all gimmicks,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Groups representing doctors, including the powerful American Medical Association, opposed the legislation because it sets back the effort for a permanent solution. Six Democrats opposed the measure, including Wyden, while 16 Republicans voted in favor of it. “We just don’t have the votes right now to fix this problem for good,”
said Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who negotiated the measure with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “For the millions of elderly Americans and their doctors this fix is good news. It means the promise of accessible, quality health care to our nation’s seniors is being honored for another year.” The heavily lobbied measure blends $16 billion to address Medicare physicians’ payments with about $5 billion more for a variety of other expiring health care provisions, like higher Medicare payments to rural hospitals and for ambulance rides in rural areas. Manufacturers of certain drugs to treat
kidney disease catch a break, as do dialysis providers and the state of California, which receives increases in Medicare physician fees in 14 counties such as San Diego and Sacramento that are designated as rural and whose doctors therefore receive lower payments than their urban counterparts. The bill increases spending by $17 billion over the next three years, offsetting the cost with cuts to health care providers. The authors of the bill employed considerable gimmickry to amass the cuts, however, and fully half of them don’t appear for 10 years. For instance, the bill claims $5 billion in savings through a timing shift in Medicare cuts in 2024. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., cited the gimmicks as he criticized the legislation in a lacerating floor speech. He said the so-called offsets were phony and that the measure delays a longsought overhaul of Medicare’s fee-for-service system, which pays doctors according to the number of tests and treatments they perform.
“We are going to put off until tomorrow what we should be doing today,” Coburn said. “It’s a sham. ... It’s nothing but gimmicks.” Other savings come from curbs on payments to hospitals that care for a large share of indigent patients. But those hospitals first get a oneyear reprieve from cuts scheduled in 2016. The measure would give Medicare doctors a 0.5 percent fee increase through the end of the year. It also creates two new mental health grant programs, including $1.1 billion over four years for improvements to community health centers and $60 million over four years for outpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness. The measure solves the fee schedule problem through next March. Because of a flawed formula dating to 1997, Medicare doctors are threatened with big fee cuts almost every year. After allowing a 4.8 percent Medicare fee cut to take effect in 2002, Congress has since stepped in 16 times to prevent the cuts.
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The dance is over for the Kansas chapter of Polka Lovers Klub of America. President Angie Kaiser announced in a recent newsletter the club disbanded because of a
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers plan to put in slightly more acres of corn and soybeans this season than they did a year ago, a government report released Monday shows. The National Agricultural Statistics Service’s prospective planting report offers the season’s first glimpse into the major crops Kansas farmers plan to grow. Farmers told the agency they intend to plant 4.4 million acres of corn this spring in Kansas, up 2 percent from last year. The number of acres in the state expected to be seeded for soybeans is also up to 3.9 million acres for an 8 percent increase. Meanwhile, anticipated plantings of sorghum tumbled to 2.7 million acres, a decrease of 13 percent when compared with the last season. “You have to remember these estimates are exactly that: They are estimates and they go off of talking to growers about their intentions on what they are interested in planting. Yet, there is very little seed in the ground yet,” said Sue Schulte, spokeswoman for the Kansas Corn Growers Association and the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association. A lot of factors, including weather, can influence spring planting, Schulte said. A very wet spring, for example, may keep farmers out of the field and force them to turn to other crops, such as late-planted sorghum, a warmer season crop which is among the last to be seeded. “Sometimes the crop that a farmer intends to plant is not always the crop that he ends up planting,” she said. “And because of that we usually take these early estimates with a little bit of a grain of salt.” The report comes
Sometimes the crop that a farmer intends to plant is not always the crop that he ends up planting. We usually take these early estimates with a grain of salt. — Sue Schulte, grain groups spokeswoman
on the heels of Kansas growers planting fewer acres last fall into winter wheat. The report estimated some 9.3 million acres of winter wheat were planted last fall for harvest later this season, down 2 percent from 9.5 million acres the previous year. This spring the weather has been dry enough in Kansas that growers have been able to get into their fields early and do some of the preparatory work, but they will need rain once the seed is in the ground. Kansas farmers typically plant in April and May for fallharvested crops such as corn and soybeans. Kent Moore grows corn, wheat and soybeans on his Iuka farm
northwest of Pratt in south-central Kansas. Moore, who is also chairman of the Kansas Corn Commission, said the small percentage point changes in the government report do not reflect a huge change in acreages for the various crops. Most growers have a crop rotation plan and stick with it, Moore said. Some might tweak the number of acres one way or the other depending on markets and other concerns but typically do not make wholesale changes. “Personally, on my own acreage, the crop mix is basically the same as it was a year ago,” Moore said. “It really didn’t change any.”
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Tell Me About It Carolyn Hax “infatuated” with a guy from the gym. They’ve become friends. She later said it was nothing, just a crush and I should not be concerned. I don’t think she’d really cheat on me, but I can’t shake the feeling that our once-close relationship has been compromised. She assures me that I’m making too much out of it and that it’s all just because she’s lonely, but I’m really hurt that she would want someone other than me. Am I making too much out of this? — Sad Hus-
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