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THE IOLA REGISTER Tuesday, December 10, 2013

EMS merger edges toward completion

State Street building remains a loose end By STEVEN SCHWARTZ The Iola Register

It seems tying up loose ends is all that is left for the Iola city council regarding the EMS merger, but some may be a bit more difficult than others. Efforts will continue to complete a wage and compensation study for the city employees. However, council members are still skeptical as to

whether the city should pay rent at the EMS building on North State Street. The fee being requested by the county commissioners — which the council admitted as nominal — is $250 per month. The council, however, also said the space is essential for the merger to be successful. “I can’t agree to it (the rent),” Councilman Steven French said. “Why are we paying to house something that benefits the county.” French kickstarted a discussion regarding the space “as a matter of principle” for the city, as well as a matter of content in the contract. He said the

Humboldt gets help with fish By BOB JOHNSON The Iola Register

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt council members approved a Community Fisheries Assistance agreement with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Monday night that will bring $1,030 to Humboldt in each of the next five years. The money will be used to stock and maintain fish in a pond developed along Franklin Street in the north part of town near senior citizens housing. The agreement included Humboldt’s new Neosho River Park, although it being next to the Neosho River no stocking will occur there. City Administrator Larry Tucker said having both sites in the agreement will facilitate efforts to attract grants to either that could be used for infrastructure improvements. Mayor Nobby Davis commended Bill King and his Allen County Public Works crew for helping to clean and upgrade an old pond at the Franklin Street site. “We couldn’t have done it without his (King’s) support,” Davis said. Tucker said he was unsure what type of fish would be stocked in the pond, “other than catfish,” and that once stocked KDWPT would “feed

council was under the impression that all buildings under EMS jurisdiction would be transferred to the city. Councilman Jon Wells agreed, but ultimately was willing to sign off on the rent for the sake of moving ahead. The council ultimately tabled the decision upon review by City Attorney Bob Johnson. “It seems a little disingenuous considering the original agreement,” Wells said. “I agree with Steve, but I think we need to move on,” Council member Beverly French chimed in.

AS FOR the wage and compensation study, the council agreed that some sort of study is needed and bids will be opened soon for a decision in January. “At a minimal, we’re in the right place,” French said. “Something needs to be done.” The current pay scale was developed by former interim City Administrator Richard Chesney between April 2004 and Jan. 2005. French added that any information regarding a study should be released to employees, for the sake of intent See MERGER | Page A6

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the fish.” The pond will be open to the public. Humboldt’s obligations under the five-year agreement will be to do mowing and other maintenance work at the pond and river park. IN OTHER BUSINESS, council members: — Approved a security plan for City Hall and the swimming pool bath house that will delay opening either to concealed carry of firearms for four years. The Legislature made public buildings open to concealed carry during this year’s session, but having a security plan in place will put off access for four years. If the law isn’t changed, at the end of four years Humboldt officials will have to decide whether to open the buildings to people carrying concealed firearms, or install metal detectors and have security personnel on duty when they are open. The security plan, which will be kept secret to ensure its integrity, will be filed with the attorney general’s office. — Amended this year’s budget to increase authority to increase expenditures in the water fund from what was budgeted, $665,410, to $685,644. Tucker said the overrun de-

The Iola Middle School art show will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The art students are displaying their favorite projects of the semester, including designs, drawings, paintings, clay and pop art projects. People are invited to vote for their three favorite projects. Ballots are on the office counter. REGIS-


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The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce helped officially open two local businesses in style Monday. At left, members of the chamber cut a ribbon for Funkie Monkey’s new location on the south side of the square. At right, members of Sam and Louie’s, along with chamber members, cut a ribbon for their new restaurant on North State Street. PHOTOS BY KAYLA BANZET AND STEVEN SCHWARTZ

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Floyd Cosens Floyd Harold Cosens, 91, Pleasanton, died unexpectedly at his home Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. He was born on March 5, 1922, in rural Prescott, the son of Fred R. and Florence Wilson Cosens. He grew up helping his father on a farm near Mantey and attended Prescott High School where he was a very good athlete and played on the state basketball team, graduating in the class of 1941. Floyd was drafted in 1943 and served his country during World War II where he was a sergeant in the Army Artillery 70th Division. On Dec. 19, 1943, he married Naomi Pruitt while on leave. After being discharged from the Army, he began working at Prescott Lumber Company until 1968. At that time, he purchased Blaker Lumber Company in Pleasanton. The business became known as Cosen’s Lumber and Ready Mix. He operated the business until retirement in 2004. Floyd was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, American Legion Hewitt New Post, Mound City, VFW Olson Frary Burkhart Post, Fort Scott, past president of the Prescott City Council, former member of the Prescott School Board, volunteer firefighter and fire chief and former Rotarian. Whether it was hunting pheasants in South Dakota, fishing, quail hunting or gardening, Floyd enjoyed being in the outdoors. His sweet demeanor and honesty were two characteristics for which he was known. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Fred and Jerry Cosens; and two sisters Dorothy Wade and Judy Cosens. He is survived by his wife, Naomi; four daughters, Janie Noel and husband Bill, Coffeyville, Laurie Moore and husband Jack, Louisburg, Connie Krull and husband L.M., Mound City, and Julie Tholen and husband Bob, Moran; a sister, Annette Hoffman, Gardner; and 15 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and neighbors at Southview Addition who frequently had their lawns cut and driveways cleared by Floyd on his John Deere tractor. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Mound City. Burial is in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Pleasanton Chapel. Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. Visitation will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church or Pleasanton Community Center. Online condolences for the family can be left at www.schneiderfunerals. com. Arrangements are through Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel.

Quilt drawing aids newborns A raffle for a quilt will benefit new babies born at Allen County Regional Hospital. PEO chapters L, Iola, and AM, Humboldt, are conducting the raffle from which proceeds will purchase a bassinet for the hospital nursery. The hand-quilted piece fits a queen-size bed. Tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece or

$5 for six tickets from PEO members or by mail at: Karen Gilpin, 502 W. Madison, Iola, KS 66749. Include name, phone and email. Donors who wish to direct funds to the PEO effort may make them payable to Allen County Community Foundation with “PEO hospital equipment,” in the memo line. The drawing will be March 31.

CNB helps with toy campaign Community National Bank & Trust has joined forces with KOAM TV-7 Pittsburg/ Joplin to help sponsor the 25th Annual Toybox Campaign. The drive benefits underprivileged children in Southeast Kansas, Southwest Missouri, and Northeast Oklahoma and runs until Dec. 13. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off during regular

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Juanita Williams, 69, Le Roy, went home to be with Jesus Christ her savior on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. Juanita was born Feb. 14, 1944, in Kincaid, to Lawrence and Helen (Moore) Gilliland. She graduated from Kincaid High School in 1962. She attended Fort Scott Beautician School and later became a school bus driver for 22 years in Le Roy. She also worked SUBSCRIBE TODAY! power plant outages. She was married to Harold J. Williams on June 6, 1964, in Kincaid. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2013. She was a member of Northcott Christian Church in Le Roy. She is survived by two sons, Mike and Danny, Le Roy. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Iola Register Northcott Christian Church. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church with burial  at Lone Elm Cemetery. Memorials are to the Le Roy Ministerial Alliance and may be sent in /ŽůĂDĞĚŝĐĂůůŝŶŝĐ͕ϭϰϬϴĂƐƚ^ƚƌĞĞƚ care of Van Arsdale Funeral Home P.O. Box 8 Le Roy, KS 66857.

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Bank in Humboldt and pick a child’s name from its Christmas tree. 2. Go online to www. and select “Adopt-a-Kid” from the menu. Gifts are to be wrapped and identified with the child’s number and left at Emprise Bank in Humboldt or at Works’ home at 870 Hawaii Rd., by Dec. 18. Call 620-473-0250 for more information.

Emporia CFO pleads guilty to embezzling TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The former chief financial officer of an Emporia manufacturing firm has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $266,000 from the company. The office of the U.S. Attorney for Kansas says in a release that 58-year-old Sandra Moore, former CFO of Sauder Custom Fabrication, pleaded guilty




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USD 258 trustees OK Florida trip By BOB JOHNSON The Iola Register

phis, Tenn., to tour Graceland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elvisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home turned museum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and then to Destin, Fla. Total cost, which will be borne by the students, is estimated at $12,500 for transportation, food and lodging. Seniors signed on for the trip have done several fundraising events and are confident they can reach their goal by March. Much of the meeting

HUMBOLDT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Humboldt High School seniors will be enjoying the Florida sun and beaches for their spring break next spring. USD 258 board of education members approved the trip at their meeting Monday night. To date, 28 students have qualified for the senior trip, which will take them first to Mem-


was in executive session, for non-elected personnel. No action was taken afterward. Superintendent of Schools K.B. Criss said arrangements were coming together to broadcast sports and other activities on the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, with boys and girls basketball games Thursday to be the first on the web. At some point, students may take advantage of the video broad-

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casts for vocational training, he said. Elementary Principal Kay Bolt said students in Wendy Weilertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-grade class raised $65 by making and selling bracelets. They purchased food for the community pantry with the proceeds. Also, she said elementary teachers contributed $200 to help with Humboldtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adopt-a-Child program.

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veloped late in the year and that there was sufficient revenue in the fund to cover the greater expenditures. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Recognized Mary Durand, a middle school instructor, and her students who spent two years working on and attracting a $200,000 grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation to build sidewalks and crosswalks under the Safe Routes to School program. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Approved 2014 cereal malt beverage licenses for Rebâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place, Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Store, Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s convenience store, Estrellita Mexican Restaurant and Moonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hometown Market.

Fighting back against declining attendance numbers, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is getting expert advice on how to revitalize its programs and operations to give visitors a more interactive experience. The space center, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, is spending $122,000 to contract with Boston-based Verner Johnson Inc. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; renowned museum architects and planners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to help develop a new strategic vision for the museum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really providing direction on what we need to do and how we need to do it ... to secure the Cosmosphereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future,â&#x20AC;? said Cosmosphere President Jim Remar. Venue ticket sales at the Cosmosphere saw a 21 percent decline between 2007 and 2012, dropping below 200,000 last year for the first time since at least 1992. Remar noted the Cosmosphere has an



â&#x20AC;&#x153;unparalleledâ&#x20AC;? collection of artifacts, but only 10 percent of the collection is on display. A major obstacle the Cosmosphere faces is a lack of space, as it cannot currently accommodate many of the traveling exhibits available, he said. Also, museum officials want to modernize the museum experience by making it more interactive. The average visitor is less excited about â&#x20AC;&#x153;observation-only exhibitsâ&#x20AC;? and instead seeks a handson, immersive experience, Remar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve hired Verner Johnson to take a look at everything we do with a fresh, unbiased eye,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is on the table for improvement.â&#x20AC;? Both Remar and Hollowell acknowledged that use of the old Hutchinson Floral building site could be part of Verner Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space recommendations. The dilapidated structure across from the Cosmosphere, 1100 N. Plum St., was recently demolished, but a lack of financial


resources has deterred its reconstruction. Verner Johnson will also look at other possibilities for new museum space, including potential additions, Remar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ideally, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to include existing facilities, but we realize weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re limited to usable space,â&#x20AC;? he said. Last year, the Cosmosphereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dome theater went digital. The Carey Digital Dome Theater is now showing new feature-length films, such as the recent hit movies â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gravityâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Game,â&#x20AC;? offering visitors a movie experience they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find anywhere else in the region. Other new initiatives include a motionbased simulator in the lobby, an interactive audio-visual tour and the public observation gallery at Spaceworks, where people can see F-1 engines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing is just a very complete study of what needs to be done to revitalize and re-image the Cosmosphere,â&#x20AC;? Hollowell said.

District schools get separate credit cards By KAYLA BANZET The Iola Register

USD 257 school board members heard a proposal Monday night for improving the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credit card use and controls. Jack Koehn, superintendent of schools, said the district has run into several issues with using the district credit card. With only a $2,000 limit on the district credit card it makes it difficult to purchase items for the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If each building had their own card it would be easier to organize purchases,â&#x20AC;? Koehn said. Each administrator would each have to sign a user agreement. Koehn said a big issue with the current controls is when departments or buildings try to make a purchase for the district they sometimes have to wait because the card is at its limit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to provide our people with the tools they need,â&#x20AC;? school board member, Mark Burris said. The board members agreed to let each building have its own card. A committee has met with Koehn to draft a classified salary schedule. This schedule helps board members decide how to give individuals raises and also allows flexibility. Any raises would change the matrix of the funding formula.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It presents a shift in thinking,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where do we place current employees and how much will it cost.â&#x20AC;? Board members voiced their concern of spending too much in certain areas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to be careful and not spend ourselves out of it,â&#x20AC;? Koehn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We must do evaluations or this wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work.â&#x20AC;? Koehn said he would like to use this new salary schedule for the 201415 school year. In other news: â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Clara Wicoff, a sophomore at Iola High School, presented the FFA Creed to board members. Wicoff earned fourth place at nationals in October. Wicoff said taking an agriculture class is one of the best things sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Scott Stanley, director of operations, gave quotes for a new sub compact tractor for the district. He presented five different quotes. The board agreed to purchase a new John Deere from Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley Equipment for $14,601. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shelly Regehr was hired as the new attendance clerk. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The 2014 fall coaches were approved. Marty Taylor, football, Stacy Sprague, 7th grade volleyball and Terri Carlin, 8th grade volleyball.

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Jang’s ouster shakes up North Korean politics By JUNG-YOON CHOI The Los Angeles Times

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According to Kang, Jang commanded some 200,000 SEOUL — North Korean North Koleader Kim Jong Un’s specrean troops, tacularly public ouster of his who reported uncle, Jang Song Taek, could to the Workbring about more political ers’ Party AdJang Song Taek turmoil as the purge extends ministr ati on to Jang’s coterie of powerful Department, relatives and supporters. which he headed. His connecThe 67-year-old Jang has tions extended into the armybeen a fixture in the country’s controlled trading companies hierarchy for decades and has that procure most of North people close to him entrenched Korea’s hard currency by throughout the Pyongyang retrading across the border with gime — in fact as far away as China and elsewhere. Havana and Kuala Lumpur. North Korea’s ambassador His wife is Kim Kyung Hui, to China, Ji Jae-ryong, is conthe daughter of North Korea’s sidered another of Jang’s profounding leader, Kim Il Sung. teges. And another nephew is One of his nephews, Jang on a key committee handling Yong Chol, the North Korean economic relations with forambassador to Malaysia, was eign countries. called back to Pyongyang reThe first clues of the turcently, South Korean intelmoil within North Korea ligence told legislators last came last week when South week. Also recalled was the Korean intelligence reported ambassador to Cuba, brotherthe public execution in late in-law Jon Yong Jin, a senior November of two of Jang’s diplomat who’d previous close confidants — Ri Yong Ha served in Iceland and Sweden. and Jang Soo Kil. North Korean state televiLast week, Seoul’s TV news sion on Monday showed imagchannel, YTN, reported that es of Jang being yanked out of one of Jang’s closest confihis seat at a special session of dants escaped to China two the ruling Workers’ Party, an months ago and reached out unprecedented public humilito the South Korean governation of a man who until rement to seek asylum, citing a cently was considered the secsource familiar with the matond in command. The images ter. According to the report, were shown in a special broadthe confidant was in charge of cast that interrupted regular managing Jang’s slush fund, programming. and is now beEarlier in If Kim wields his ax ing protected by the day Pyongthe South Koreyang’s KCNA too indiscriminately an intelligence news agency to consolidate his agency. had cited “anSeoul’s Unigrip on power, he ti-state and fication Miniscould be paving the c ou n t er revotry, which is in lutionary facway for his own de- charge of North tional action” mise. Korean affairs, as the reason for said it has not Jang’s fall. The — Kang Chol-hwan, a defector confirmed the from North Korea state paper also report about the blasted Jang for asylum-seeker. leading a disThere is conflicting inforsolute and corrupt life influmation about Jang’s fate and enced by capitalism, such as whereabouts, with some dewomanizing, gambling and fector organizations reporting drug use. that he may have been executNorth Korea watchers said ed over the weekend. the purge revealed some wobThe South Korean newspabliness in the 2-year-old reign per, JoongAng Ilbo, reported of Kim Jong Un, who became last week that Jang was under the world’s youngest head of house arrest, “writing letters state when his father, Kim of apology to Kim Jong Un.” Jong Il, died in 2011. The newspaper said that his “The recent affairs seem to wife, Kim’s aunt, remained show that the Kim Jong Un with him and speculated that regime has not stabilized yet. as “long as Kim Kyung Hui It’s not easy for young Kim survives, no one would, at to establish a sole leadership least physically, hurt Jang in just two years,” said Moon Song Taek.” Hong-shik, a research fellow Jang’s power within the reat the Institute for National gime has long been a source of Security Strategy in Seoul. insecurity in the ruling famMoon thought it unlikely ily. Kim Il Sung, the patriarch, that Jang’s allies would desreportedly disapproved of ert Kim Jong Un en masse behis daughter’s marriage. Kim cause they owe their loyalty to Jong Il, the founder’s son and the ruling family. successor, was wary of his Kang Chol-hwan, a promibrother-in-law’s popularity innent North Korean defecside North Korea and among tor, suggested, however, that foreign dignitaries, who conKim Jong Un may have oversidered Jang more open-mindreached. ed and economically savvy. “If Kim wields his ax too inIn 2004, Jang was quietly discriminately to consolidate purged from the leadership. his grip on power, he could But after Kim Jong Il suffered be paving the way for his own a stroke, he rehabilitated demise,” he wrote in a column Jang, feeling he needed a menpublished Monday in Chosun tor to groom his son, Kim Jong Ilbo, a South Korean newspaUn, to inherit power. per.

Michelle: a ‘feminist’s nightmare’ By DANA MILBANK Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The “feminist nightmare” is recurring. Unbowed by Politico labeling her with this epithet a couple of weeks ago, Michelle Obama continues to do what her critics regard as frightening behaviors. Last week, she assaulted independent women by showing off the White House Christmas decorations. “Our goal is for every room and every tree to tell a story,” she explained to an audience of military families in the East Room, where her two-tone gray dress matched the silver ornaments on the trees. She spoke of Christmas trees made from stacks of books (“they’re very cool!”) and described the “first dog display” featuring likenesses of Bo and Sunny. “This year they actually move,” she said. “We’re stepping up in the world of Bo-and-Sunny honoring.” From there, the first lady of the United States ushered children into the State Dining Room, where she helped them fold paper flowers, glue reindeer puppets, and make ornaments from cake icing and candy. Under the gaze of Abraham Lincoln from an oil painting — and about 50 journalists from behind a rope — she walked the real Bo and Sunny through the room. “Sunny girl, calm down!” Obama said after one of the dogs knocked over a toddler. Obama crouched down to hug several of her visitors, popped a gum drop in her mouth, and told them: “I’ve got to go to work.” But what the first lady did with the kids is her work — and she’s doing it well. The chattering class is conducting one of its periodic evaluations of Michelle Obama, and is, as usual, finding her wanting. Before, she was too outspoken; now, too demure. A month ago, The New York Times reported that she has been “derided by critics who hoped she would use her historic position to move more deeply into pol-

First lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families to a tour of holiday decorations at the White House. Olivier Douliery/MCT icy.” Then came Politico’s headline calling her a feminist nightmare. The author, Michelle Cottle, wrote that Obama’s “Ivy League degrees, career success and general aura as an ass-kicking, do-it-all superwoman had some women fantasizing that she would, if not find a clever way to revive the 2-for-1 model pitched by the Clintons so long ago, at least lean in and speak out on a variety of tough issues. It was not to be.” THE FEMINIST nightmare attack strikes me as unfair. In part, that’s because modern feminism is about women choosing what they want. If a hard-charging role model is sought, she can be found in Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Sebelius, Nancy Pelosi, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan or many others. But the real flaw in the nightmare critique is that the first lady’s traditional take on the role has nothing to do with gender, or race, or anything at all about Michelle Obama. It’s about politics. She simply has no practical alternative. Recall the criticism that first greeted Obama on the national stage: her college thesis about “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community”; even her fist-

bump on the stage with her husband. She was quickly muzzled, or muzzled herself, to prevent damage to her husband’s candidacy. She hasn’t wavered since from her selfassigned role as mom in chief. Were she to follow her critics’ advice now that her husband is safely re-elected, and install herself as a lightning rod atop the White House, the resulting hullaballoo would sap whatever focus remains on the Obama policy agenda. Even Hillary Clinton’s health care debacle wouldn’t serve as an analogue; in 1994 there wasn’t a large chunk of the opposition denying the president’s legitimacy, blaming him for things predating his presidency (such as the response to Hurricane Katrina) and angling to impeach him over routine policy disputes. And so Michelle Obama goes about her job. She talks about the “gingerbread house that weighs about 300 pounds — it’s pretty big!” She squeezes frosting for the kids (“You can eat that!”), rolls up a little girl’s sleeves and uses a dish towel to clean icing from another tot’s dress. Some dismiss that as conventional. But it’s practical, and smart. Michelle Obama knows better than to martyr herself, and the Obama presidency, for somebody else’s definition of feminism.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Forest service offers low cost seedlings Even though winter hasn’t even begun yet, don’t let that stop you from thinking about spring and ordering conservation trees. The Kansas Forest Service is offering low-cost conservation tree and shrub seedlings for purchase again this year. These seedlings are to be used in conservation plantings, such as home/livestock windbreaks, living snow fences, Christmas tree plantations, firewood lots, habitats for game birds and wildlife, barriers to reduce noise pollution, blocking ugly views, marking property lines and creating habitat for songbirds. These plants are one or two years old, and their sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending

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on species. Most of the trees are bare-root seedlings, however some are available as containergrown seedlings such as Austrian pine, Ponderosa pine and White pine. Some of the deciduous trees that are available include: bald cypress, black walnut, bur oak, cottonwood, hackberry, honey locust, redbud, and sycamore. Shrubs available include American plum, choke cherry, lilac, and sand hill plum. This is not a complete listing of available trees

and not all trees are recommended for this area. The Kansas Forest Service also offers tree “bundles” for purchase. The bundles offer a variety of trees designed to attract songbirds or quail. For example, the Songbird bundle contains 18 trees and shrubs selected for their attractiveness to songbirds. The Songbird bundle does not contain sufficient plants to meet all of the needs of songbirds, but once established, the bundle will create a small island of plants that will provide some year-round cover and supplemental food during late summer, fall and winter. This will attract birds for your enjoyment. Not certain what you

would like to order? Then stop by the Extension office and pick up a brochure that has color pictures of various trees and shrubs at maturity. Orders for conservation trees are accepted now through the first full week of May, with shipments beginning in March. However, I recommend that you order early to ensure availability of trees. Order forms and price sheets are available at the Southwind District Extension Office in Erie, Iola and Fort Scott, or can be mailed or e-mailed. Krista Harding is a K-State Research and Extension Agricultural agent assigned to Southwind District. She may be reached at 620-244-3826 or

Locals best at deciding relief for natural disasters By MATTHEW DALY The Associated Press

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places,” Appelbaum said at a recent forum on the impacts of climate change. Federal assistance was crucial after a massive flood in Colorado in September destroyed nearly 2,000 homes, washed out hundreds of miles of roads and left many small mountain towns completely cut off. But even as cities and towns relied on the National Guard and other federal help in the storm’s immediate aftermath, local leaders said the disaster illustrated problems with a onesize-fits-all approach. Weitkunat, who serves on the presidential task force, said her message to federal officials is simple: “Get out of the way and we can rebound.” In states such as Florida, climate change is “about sea level rise,” said Susan Ruffo, deputy associate director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, while in some Western states the main effects

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Ailslieger, deputy solicitor general for the state, said Astorga’s TOPEKA, Kan. New Mexico convic(AP) — The Kansas tion was factor enough Supreme Court heard in determining Astorarguments Monday ga’s sentence, noting about whether a con- that no objection was victed murderer’s min- made at trial about imum 50-year prison it being offered as a term should stand, fact in the case. Prior given recent court- felony convictions for ordered changes to causing the death or the sentencing law, or bodily harm of anwhether it should be other have been and vacated so that a jury remain a factor that can decide his fate. can make a defendant The court heard the eligible for the stiffer appeal of Matthew penalty. Astorga, who was In the New Mexico sentenced to serve a case, Astorga was minimum of 50 years convicted of secondbehind bars before he degree murder but an would be eligible for appeals court reversed parole in a 2008 shoot- the decision in 1999, ing death in Leaven- saying jurors should worth County. As- have had the option torga’s is the second of convicting him of appeal of a so-called manslaughter. Astor“Hard 50” sentence ga, who had originally that the state’s high claimed self-defense in court has heard since the shooting, entered legislators rewrote a plea agreement to the law this fall in re- second-degree mursponse to a June U.S. der and completed his Supreme Court ruling. prison sentence. Kansas previously Attorneys from both allowed judges to sen- sides on Monday urged tence those convicted the court to issue a rulof premeditated first- ing soon in the case. degree murder to 50 “The decision you years in prison before make on a remedy dethey could seek parole. termines the rights of But the nation’s high- real people right now,” est court ruled that ju- Hodgkinson told the ries, not judges, should court. decide if a defendant Ailslieger said it gets that sentence. was important for the Astorga’s attorney, justices to rule on the Randall Hodgkinson, legality of applying contends that Astorga the law retroactively should face only 25 so that prosecutors years in prison with- would know how to out the possibility of proceed with such parole. cases. He added that He told the court if the court rules that that when legislators such inmates deserve rewrote the law in Sep- new sentencing heartember, they effective- ings, the state would ly created a new crime likely pursue Hard 50 of aggraprison terms vated prea g a i n s t The decision them again, meditated you make on A i l s l i e g e r first-degree m u r d e r, a remedy de- said. since juries Justices termines the would be have options rights of real in required to decidfind beyond people right ing whether reasonable changes to now. doubt that the “Hard 50” — Kristafer Ailsliega g g r av a t law are valid. er, deputy solicitor ing factors First, they general for the state in the case could deterwarranted mine that the longer all cases on prison term. Hodgkin- appeal are eligible for son said Astorga was the “Hard 50” but only never charged with if sent back to district that crime because it court for resentencing didn’t exist at the time and a jury determines of the shooting, and if the evidence supthat Astorga therefore ports a minimum of 50 can’t be sentenced to years in prison. the Hard 50. The creIf the justices deation of new crimes or cide that the changes enhancing penalties made to the law can’t after the fact violates be applied retroactivethe U.S. Constitution’s ly, then the maximum ex post facto clause. mandatory sentence Justice Lee Johnson the defendants can reasked what was dis- ceive is 25 years to life. closed at Astorga’s tri- Defendants could still al about his 1996 con- appeal their convicviction in New Mexico tions on other grounds for second-degree mur- but would otherwise der. He said the par- be eligible for parole ticulars of that case — after 25 years. There for example, whether are more than a dozen Astorga was merely cases on appeal and present when someone more than two dozen was killed or whether others that were initihe killed someone him- ated before legislators self — would have a changed the law in significant bearing on September that are eihis Kansas sentence. ther still in the trial or But Kristafer sentencing phase.

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Ratings sink for Congress, president By DAVID LIGHTMAN McClatchy Washinton Bureau

WASHINGTON — The American public is unusually pessimistic about the direction of the country and increasingly fed up with Washington gridlock, a sour mood reflected in the worst disapproval ratings for President Barack Obama since he took office nearly five years ago. People give elected officials unusually low grades — 31 percent rated them “D” and 38 percent gave them an “F,” according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. “The lack of confidence in Washington to right itself is showing up,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York. Obama’s disapproval rating climbed to 53 percent — the worst in 29 polls since he took office in January 2009 — while 43 percent approved of his job performance. The disapproval number was up sharply from the 47 percent reading in September and tops the previous high of 52 percent in September 2011. Obama retained strong support among Democrats — 77-18 percent approval — and disdain from Republicans — 90-8 percent disapproval. Independents disapproved 56 percent

to 41 percent. Obama’s personal ratings were also down. By 52 percent to 46 percent, people had an unfavorable impression of him, the first time since November 2011 the negative number was higher. The unfavorable number was also the worst he has endured. Obama in recent weeks has been battered by turmoil over his health care program. The highly touted website where people could

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Busy season nears end for IMS girls Iola Middle School’s girls are nearing the end of their frenetic 2013 schedule. On Monday, the Ponies hosted Royster Middle School of Chanute, their sixth game in the past eight days. Iola went 1-3 against Royster, dropping the eighth-grade A team contest 34-13, and the seventh-grade A team contest, 33-16. In B team action, Iola’s seventh-graders prevailed, 15-13, while Royster took the eighthgrade B game, 16-14. Iola travels to Pittsburg Thursday for their final road game of the season before wrapping up the year at home Saturday for the IMS Winter Classic. Those games start at 8:30 a.m. THE eighth-grade A team trailed 14-6 after one quarter and 20-6 at halftime. “The score got away from us a little, but the girls played hard and didn’t quit,” Iola head coach Marty Taylor said. “Colbi Riley did some good things on both ends of the floor tonight.” Riley led Iola with nine points. Karly McGuffin followed with two. Scout Rush and Katie Bauer each had one point. The seventh-grade A team trailed 7-4 before Royster took See IMS | Page B2


ACC offers parents a day off Parents in need of free time to catch up with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will get a prime opportunity to do so without their kids in tow Saturday. The Allen Community College softball team is hosting “Parents Day Out” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the ACC Student Activities Building (Red Barn). Parents Day Out allows parents to “take a day to get a jumpstart on Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, cleaning house before the holidays” or simply to offer the parents a day to themselves. The event is open to children of all ages. Softball players, coaches and even head coach Jamie Amerine’s mother will be on hand to oversee the activities. The activities will be

Iola Middle School’s Katie Weide (4) scrambles for a loose ball against a Royster opponent Monday. Iola’s seventh-grade B team prevailed, 15-13. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ

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Titans roll past Wildcats By RICHARD LUKEN The Iola Register

YATES CENTER — It’s still way too small of a sample size, considering the schedule they’re facing, but Southern Coffey County High looks primed and ready for the 201314 basketball season. For the second straight game, the Titans were suffocating on defense and opportunistic on offense. The Titans took control of their opening round game in the Wildcat Winter Classic Monday against host Yates Center with a 15-2 run in the

second period. The 31-15 halftime lead steadily grew throughout the second half, as SCC rolled to a 68-42 victory. The win lifts SCC’s record to 2-0 on the season. The game was Yates Center’s season opener. “I couldn’t be more pleased with how the guys have been playing,” SCC head coach Brandt Miller said. “We really haven’t changed anything from what we’ve done in the past, but the guys are confident they can do things like jump into passing lanes.” See TITANS | Page B2

Southern Coffey County High’s Breanna Isch, center, reaches between Yates Center High’s Aubrey Smith (25) and Shayna Karmann (5) for a potential rebound Monday. The Wildcats defeated SCC, 38-30. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

Yates Center girls win ‘ugly’ against SCC By RICHARD LUKEN The Iola Register

Southern Coffey County High’s Josiah Witteman, center, puts up a shot between Yates Center High defenders Kal Hamm, left, and Justin Rossillon in the first half Monday of the Titans’ 68-42 win. Witteman scored 19 in the victory. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

YATES CENTER — Neither Chris Wells nor Jeff True are much inclined to send game film of their teams’ opening round matchup of the Wildcat Winter Classic to any beauty pageants. “I can sum up this game in one word: ugly,” said True,

Southern Coffey County High girls head coach. “We didn’t shoot very well,” agreed Wells, who coaches Yates Center High’s girls. “Southern Coffey County had a lot to do with that.” Both teams struggled to score for significant stretches, although Yates Center’s offense began to click enough in the second half to

maintain a small lead. Yates Center prevailed, 3830, in what also served as its season opener. Southern Coffey County falls to 1-1. “The best part about tonight is we don’t have to dwell on it for long,” noted True, who returns to Yates Center tonight for second round action against Sedan. Yates Center returns to the See WILDCATS | Page B2


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Titans: Southern Coffey County rolls past Yates Center Continued from B1

The Titans took control early in the second quarter after Yates Center’s Ryan Mentzer drained a 3-pointer to slice a four-point Wildcat lead to 12-11. Josiah Witteman responded with a basket on SCC’s next possession, followed by two free throws less than 20 seconds later. Austin McNett’s turnaround jumper for Yates Center cut SCC’s lead to 16-13 before Witteman scored twice more, the second on a nifty pass from Aaron True. Chism Newkirk drained two free throws before True followed with a 3-pointer and a steal and layup

with 2:15 left in the half. Suddenly, the Titan lead was 27-13. Witteman’s basket early in the third quarter pushed the lead to 20 for the first time at 35-15. Southern Coffey County maintained that margin through the rest of the period. Yates Center showed signs of life in the fourth quarter. Kal Hamm scored six, while DeNoon and Nick Schemper added five points each as the Wildcats — who had scored a combined 23 points through three periods — scored 19 in

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of getting open. We shot pretty well.” DeNoon’s 13 points led the Wildcats. Hamm and Drake Busteed followed with six points each. Schemper and McNett both scored five. The Titans resume tournament play tonight against Sedan in Yates Center’s east gymnasium. Tip-off is around 8 o’clock. The Wildcats resume play Thursday, also against Sedan, at 8 p.m. in the east gym. The final round, based on results from pool play, is Friday. SCC (11-20-15-22—68)

Yates Center (8-7-8-19—42) SCC (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): True 6/44-1-28, Newkirk 0-3-1-3, Houston 3-0-1-6, Nelson 3-0-2-6, Gilbert 0-0-1-0, Witteman 7-5-3-19, Gibson 1-0-4-2, Harred 2-0-5-4. TOTALS: 22/4-12-18-68. Yates Center (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Mentzer 0/1-0-3-3, Splechter 0-02-0, DeNoon 2/3-0-4-13, Hamm 2-2-3-6, Schemper 2-1-3-5, McNett 2-1-0-5, Dice 0-0-2-0, Busteed 2-2-3-6, Arnold 0-1-2-1, Rossillon 0/1-0-2-3. TOTALS: 10/5-7-23-42.

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the fourth quarter alone. But it wasn’t nearly enough. True also was clicking on offense, scoring 13 of his game-high 28 points in the final eight minutes. Witteman also remained on target, scoring five of his 19 points in the fourth period. “They really tried to pound the ball inside on us, and I thought we did a nice job of disrupting that,” Miller said. “Our post players did a great job on defense. We didn’t get much of a chance to post up on offense, but everybody did a nice job

court, also against Sedan, on Thursday evening in pool play. Results from pool play will determine matchups for Friday’s final round. Mindi Holloway and Shayna Karmann were first-half catalysts for Yates Center, scoring a combined 17 points as Yates Center led 24-19 at the break. But foul trouble in the third quarter sent Holloway to the bench, and the Wildcat offense sputtered. Brittne Brite scored for the Lady Titans to cut Yates Center’s lead to 26-24 with 5:12 left in the quarter. Aubrey Smith


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dictated by the number of ages of the children in attendance, Amerine said. “We’ll have a coloring station and other games,” she said. “We will have cookies that need decorating, too.” Snacks will be provided, although parents who bring their children over the lunch hour are asked to bring a sack lunch. Free-will donations will be accepted. Proceeds will go to area families in need of help with medical expenses, Amerine said. To take your child to Parents Day Out, RSVP to Amerine at 620-3655116, extension 204, or via email at amerine@


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control with a 12-3 run in the second quarter and a 9-4 run in the third. “Except for a threeminute stretch in the second quarter, the girls really played pretty well tonight,” Taylor said. “We missed a lot of shots you would like to make, but it was a good effort.” Kendra Sprague paced the seventh-graders with five points. Piper Moore and Madisyn Holloway each scored four. Mia Aronson had two and Shaylee Sutterby one. Charvelle Peterson scored eight of Iola’s 15 points in the seventhgrade B team win. “Charvelle has come a long way this season and continues to get better,” Taylor said. Sprague added five points and Chloe Hageman scored two. The eighth-grade B team was led by Olivia Taylor and Madison Carlin with four points each. Carly Cescon, Macayla Bycroft and Scout Rush all had two points.

countered with a bucket for Yates Center with 2:32 left; the Wildcats’ first field goal in four minutes. It was the last field goal for either team for the next seven minutes. Becky Wendland drained a jumper for Yates Center with 3:36 left in the game to end the drought, putting the Wildcats on top 30-26. Still, Southern Coffey County did not give up without a fight. Kalyn Deal’s bucket with 2:25 left in the game — SCC’s first since Brite’s basket in the third quarter, a span of 10 minutes, 40 seconds — cut the Wildcat lead to 30-28. But Holloway responded almost immediately, racing down the floor for a layup to re-establish a four-point cushion. The Wildcats hit 6 of 10 free throws down the stretch, enough to keep SCC safely at arm’s length. Prior to

the fourth quarter, Yates Center was 1 of 10 from the line. Throughout the second half, the Lady Titans misfired on several buckets that would have tied or given them the lead. “I thought Yates Center flat-out outworked us, especially in the first half,” True said. “Our intensity wasn’t very good. It seemed like every situation where there was a 50-50 ball, they were the ones who came away with it. We have to do a better job of executing off the ball, and when we get inside shots, we can’t afford to miss them.” Wells credited Yates Center’s supporting characters for maintaining the lead when Holloway went to the bench. “The stats don’t show it, but Becky Wendland had a great game for us,” Wells said. “And Emily Proper didn’t have any points, but she did a nice job coming off the

Yates Center High’s Mindi Holloway, left, is guarded by Southern Coffey County’s Miranda Alumbaugh in the Wildcats’ 38-30 victory. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN bench.” Holloway led Yates Center with 15 points, while Karmann wound up with 10. Deal’s nine points paced the Lady Titans. Breanna Isch followed with six. SCC (8-11-6-5—30) Yates Center (9-15-4-10—38)

SCC (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Lyda 0-01-0, Newkirk 0-1-4-1, Deal 1/1-4-59, Sherwood 1-3-2-5, Brite 1-3-1-5, Alumbaugh 1-1-2-3, Isch 2-2-4-6, Vanderman 0-1-1-1. TOTALS: 6/115-20-30. Yates Center (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Proper 0-0-2-0, Wendland 1-2-3-4, Albert 0-0-3-0, Rossillon 0/1-0-1-3, Karmann 4-2-3-10, Holloway 6-34-15, Smith 3-0-2-6, Jones 0-0-3-0. TOTALS: 14/1-7-21-38.

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ACC thumps Ottawa JV Allen Community Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball teams may not want to take a Christmas break. Both squads continued their solid pre-holiday play Monday with a pair of victories. The Red Devil men won their third in a row and fifth in six games with an 88-54 victory over the Ottawa University junior varsity squad. Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s women, meanwhile, pushed their record back over .500 at 7-6 with a 52-40 victory. The Red Devil men will play twice more before their Christmas break, hosting Oklahoma A&M at 7 p.m. Thursday. The men and women then head to Johnson County on Saturday for a doubleheader. The Red Devil men were able to pick up their defensive intensity after a lackluster first half that saw them take a 40-31 lead into the break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a tale of two halves,â&#x20AC;? Red Devil head coach Andy Shaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No defensive intensity in the first half.â&#x20AC;? Allen took an early 9-2 lead, but then allowed the visiting Braves to trade baskets through the rest of the opening 20 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At halftime, I really challenged the guys to defend and not let them score so easily in the paint.â&#x20AC;? Mission accomplished. Allen limited Ottawa to 23 points in the second half. The Braves were held scoreless over the last four minutes of the game. Cody Sluder led

Oh, say can you see? A new automated American flag that descends from the ceiling at the Iola High School gymnasium was unveiled for the first time Friday at the IHS season-opening basketball games against Girard. The flag was purchased with a donation from the children of the late Wendy Frazell, a long-time teacher and coach at Iola High. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

HMS girls drop doubleheader HUMBOLDT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Humboldt Middle Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girls A team could not make up a three-point halftime deficit Monday. Visiting Eureka answered every Lady Cub charge in the second half to win, 26-17.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did some good things, but missed a lot of layups, and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rebound very well,â&#x20AC;? Humboldt coach Scott Brady said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a long way to go, but I think this group can get there.â&#x20AC;? Rylan Wilhite led

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Seized masterpiece revived AN FRANCISCO (AP) German courts in the reported stolen up to 100 — A federal appeals 1950s. Lilly died in 1962 years ago allowed for court on Monday res- and named her grand- his legal challenge. urrected a Jewish fam- son Claude Cassirer her After Claude Cassirer ily’s long legal battle to sole heir. died, his children David regain ownership of a In 1976, Baron Hans- and Ava picked up the $20 million masterpiece Heinrich Thyssen-Bor- fight and replaced him seized in Nazi Germany nemisza, who the 9th in the lawsuit against during World War II. Circuit called “one of the Thyssen-BorIn doing so, the 9th the world’s most prolific nemisza Foundation, U.S. Circuit Court of private art collectors” the technical owner of Appeals also reinstated and scion of Germany’s the painting. a California law allow- Thyssen steel empire, Last year, U.S. District ing lawsuits over art bought the painting. In Judge Gary Feess tossed ow n e r s h i p out the lawsuit disputes when he indating back The foundation continues to maintain its validated the state law. as far as 100 rightful ownership of the painting. The apyears. The peals court decision — Thaddeus Stauber, lawyer ordered the reversed a case returned lower court to Feess to ruling that consider the invalidated merits of the the law saylawsuit. ing it inFoundation lawyer fringed on the federal 1993, the Spanish govgovernment’s exclusive ernment and Thyssen- Thaddeus Stauber said authority over foreign Bornemisza placed his the foundation is conaffairs. collection into a non- sidering asking a speAt issue is the French profit called the Thys- cial panel of 11 judges impressionistic paint- sen-Bornemisza Foun- of the 9th Circuit to reing “Rue St.-Honore, dation and housed it in consider the ruling. “The foundation conApres-Midi, Effet de a palace museum. Pluie” painted in 1897 In 2000, a friend of tinues to maintain its by Camille Pissarro. Claude Cassirer called rightful ownership of Prominent German him at his San Diego the painting,” Stauber businessman Julius home to tell him he saw said. Stauber said the resCassirer purchased the the painting hanging in painting the next year the Spanish museum. titution Lilly Cassirer and it passed on to his After negotiations with received from the Gerson Fritz and Fritz’s the Spanish govern- man courts has been a wife Lilly when Julius ment and foundation key issue in the twistdied. When Fritz and officials failed to reach ed legal saga. Stauber Lilly decided to flee Nazi an agreement, Claude claims that Lilly CasGermany in 1939, they Cassirer filed a lawsuit sirer gave up her ownerwere required to hand against the foundation ship claims in agreeing over the painting to the in Los Angeles federal to the German court Nazi government in ex- court seeking retention settlement. The family argues ownership change for $360 and a of the painting. visa to leave the country. Claude Cassirer rights weren’t given up After World War II, claimed in 2005 that a and that the restitution Lilly unsuccessfully at- newly enacted state law was meant to compentempted to locate the extending the statute of sate them for the loss of painting and said she limitations to allow for the painting, which was accepted about $13,000 lawsuits in California still unaccounted for in in restitution in the courts over lost artwork the 1950s.

Eleanor Parker dies at 91 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in “The Sound of Music,” has died at 91. Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. “She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs,” Gale added. Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951 and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memo-

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Public notice (First published in The Iola Register, December 10, 2013) ORDINANCE 2015 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER IV, ARTICLE 6 (MOBILE HOMES; PARKS) OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF MORAN, BY AMENDING SECTION 4-604A (1). BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF MORAN, KANSAS: Section 4-601 is hereby amended as follows: SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS. For the purpose of this section, the following terms are defined as follows: (g) Travel Trailer - A vehicular or portable unit mounted on a chassis and wheels, designed and constructed to be installed with or without a permanent foundation for human occupancy as a residence, not more than 12 feet in width, nor more than 40 feet in length and containing no more than 480 square feet in total floor area. Total width of said unit including all tip-outs, slide-outs, hinged extensions, or solid frames shall not exceed 12 feet. For purposes of measuring length, the recreation vehicle hitch and/or tongue shall be excluded. (h) Recreation Vehicle - shall include travel trailers, camping trailers, truck campers, and motor homes. For the purposes of this section, a travel trailer shall be a hard-sided, collapsible or noncollapsible, hard-roofed vehicle, including but not limited to self-propelled Recreational Vehicles (RV). This definition shall not include a car, truck or other vehicle designed primarily for transportation, even if it may be modified to resemble an RV. Residential use of travel trailers by permit only. (i) Residential Use means the location of a travel trailer on the same lot of record for a period of more than thirty (30) days for the purpose of possible or intended use as a residence or sleeping quarters regardless of whether the travel trailer is actually utilized as a residence or sleeping quarters every day during said thirty (30) day period and regardless of whether the travel trailer is utilized by different individuals as residence or sleeping quarters during said thirty (30) day period; the rental of a travel trailer to, or other permitted occupancy of a travel trailer by, someone other than the owner of the travel trailer for use as a residence or sleeping quarters for any period; or the use of a travel trailer as a residence or sleeping quarters for any period when connected to a septic system. Residential use of a travel trailer as specifically described hereinabove shall include its use as a sleeping quarters only, even if all other regular living activities, including but not limited to cooking and bathing, take place in another building. (j) Mobile Home Park - is an area in the city limits where four or more mobile homes are or may be located. (O. 956; O. 1064; Code 2008) Section 4-605 is hereby amended as follows: SECTION 2. PERMITS REQUIRED. (a) BUILDING PERMITS. No mobile home shall hereinafter be moved or relocated upon a lot within the city limits without first complying with the above regulations and securing an approved building permit from the city clerk, building inspector or his duly authorized representative. (b) TRAVEL TRAILER PERMITS. A permit is required for residential use of a travel trailer. (1) The owner of the lot of record on which the travel trailer is located shall be responsible for applying for any permit issued hereunder. A separate permit shall be required for each travel trailer being utilized as a residential use on a lot.


(2) The permit for a mobile travel trailer shall be obtained from Moran Building Code Officer for a period of 12 months, for which a fee of $50.00 shall be paid for each new travel trailer placed on a lot. Application for renewal of permits for an additional 12 months may be made within 30 days prior to the expiration of a permit and a renewal fee of $50.00 will be assessed for each permit. The permit must be displayed at all times. (3) A permit is transferable to another travel trailer but shall expire 12 months after issuance. (4) Permit fees are nonrefundable. (5) Issuance of a permit shall be subject to the approval of all landowners whose property is located within 100 feet from the boundaries. Approval may be submitted in writing along with a permit application. In the event a landowner whose approval for placement is required does not consent then the matter shall be set for a public hearing prior to the next regularly scheduled council meeting so long as said meeting occurs no less than 10 days after the request for hearing is given. (6) At a public hearing the council shall hear the concerns of all parties involved and render a decision as to whether or not a permit shall issue. (7) Applications for the renewal of a permit shall be subject to any then current, applicable regulations as revised or amended. (8) A travel trailer must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for a permit to allow residential use thereof. a. The travel trailer shall be and remain registered and insured in accordance with all applicable State Motor Vehicles (DMV) regulations. b. The travel trailer shall be and remain capable of passing all applicable DMV safety inspections. The building code officer, in his discretion, may require the travel trailer to be inspected and pass an inspection before issuing a permit hereunder and at any time after a permit is issued.

c. The travel trailer shall be and remain situated in such a way as to allow it to be connected to a motor vehicle and readily pulled onto a public roadway without the need to disconnect it from or move or dismantle structures such as, decks, stairs, outbuildings, other travel trailers, etc. d. The travel trailer shall be and remain permitted by the building code officer with regard to applicable City, County and State electric, water and sewer regulations. 1. A travel trailer shall be furnished with electrical service and shall be furnished with an electrical service outlet equipped with an externally operated switch or fuse of not less than 30 amperes capacity and a heavy-duty outdoor outlet receptacle. Electrical outlets shall be weatherproof and no power lines shall be located less than 15 feet above the ground. 2. Any water and sewer connections of the travel trailer shall be “quick connect” type connections that allow for the prompt removal of the travel trailer. All water supply requirements and sewer connections shall be in accordance with Section 4-606, Moran City Code. 3. For a self-contained travel trailer or a travel trailer which is used as sleeping quarters only, written approval from the building code officer shall be required, which approval must verify that the existing sewage disposal system on the property where the travel trailer is located is adequate to support the travel trailer when counted as an additional bedroom(s) under the pertinent provisions of this chapter. e. The travel trailer shall be and remain permitted by the building code officer with regard to the electrical power supply and connections from the power supply to the travel trailer; the construction of decks, stairs, outbuildings, etc.; and any other aspect of the Moran City Code which may be applicable. f. The travel trailer shall be and remain permitted by any applicable federal, state, and/or local agency having regulatory jurisdiction over the travel trailer


and its use. g. The travel trailer shall be and remain in compliance with the following restrictions of the Moran City Code. 1. One travel trailer shall be permitted on a lot measured as 50 feet by 140 feet. 2. Vacation trailers and motor homes may be used by visitors of Moran residents, and shall be allowed on the residents’ property for a period of time not to exceed 14 days (or longer if approved by director building code officer) in any consecutive sixmonth period. (9) The building code officer, in his discretion, may schedule an on-site inspection of a travel trailer to assure compliance with all current regulations. (10) The owner of record of the lot on which a travel trailer is located for residential use shall certify in writing that the proposed use does not conflict with or violate any existing deed restrictions, property covenants, rights of way, or easements. (11) The owner of the lot of record on which a travel trailer is located shall be responsible for all cost to provide utilities to the travel trailer. The owner of the lot of record must pay all applicable connect fees if the owner does not have an established utility account(s). (c) No part of this amendment shall apply or be applied to travel trailers which are legally existing under regulations in effect at the time of the adoption of this amendment. SECTION 3. All ordinance or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed SECTION 4. This ordinance shall take effect after passage, approval, and publication once in the official city newspaper. PASSED AND APPROVED by the governing body and signed by the Mayor this 2nd day of December 2013. Phillip L. Merkel, Mayor ATTEST: Lori S. Evans, County Clerk (12) 10


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