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THE IOLA REGISTER Tuesday, December 31, 2013


EMS will merge at midnight

At left, from left, James Jerome, Jeremy Ellington, Eric Lawrence and Ron Ballard look over the scheduling for the new Allen County EMS Services. The City of Iola took on nine new county employees for the merged service, under the name of Allen County EMS. Below, EMS Director Ryan Sell, left, and Iola Fire Chief Donald Leapheart have been hard at work to ease the transition between Allen County EMS and Iola EMS. Crews began working together out of the same station on Dec. 1, but have been collaborating for the past few months. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ

By STEVEN SCHWARTZ The Iola Register

Tonight marks the eve of a new year, but for Allen County EMS services, it marks the eve of something much more substantial — a combined service that covers all of Allen County. Starting at midnight, the City of Iola will take the reins for a countywide emergency medical service under the name of Allen County EMS. They will be responsible for the entire operation, except for the billing, for which the county will retaining responsibility. Crews with the Iola EMS and Allen County EMS have been working since mid-November to gradually merge the entities. On Dec. 1, Allen County began operating partially out of the Iola Fire Department. “It’s provided for a lot of learning opportunities, we’re not just coming in cold,” EMS Director Ryan Sell said during a break in his long list of pre-merger chores. “Some things worked, and some things didn’t.” An employee schedule was lying on the table in the fire department’s common area. “Every change we have made has been to make things more efficient,” he said.

More using ‘fixed’ ACA website By JIM MCLEAN KHI News Service

TOPEKA — It took them the better part of two months trying to get signed up through the federal health insurance marketplace, but Leo Klumpe and Diana Arb finally have health coverage. “This is one problem we don’t have to worry about anymore,” said Klumpe, 57, who recently retired after working for the state of Kansas for 30 years, the last several at a juvenile correction facility. The Topeka couple had the option of maintaining Klumpe’s coverage through the state after he retired. But Arb said it would have cost too much. “Our insurance was going to cost $1,150 (a month) and it was going to leave us $150 See WEBSITE | Page A6

But not altogether different. County Counselor Alan Weber, along with Iola Administrator Carl Slaugh and Sell, said coverage would remain the same across the county. There are two type-I ambulances stationed in Iola, one in Humboldt and one in Moran. SLAUGH said he expects to see challenges throughout the process, which is expected when making a move such as the merger. Nine county employees took on positions with the 19 city employees, bringing the current total to 28. He said they are looking to hire at least a few more responders. “It’s just like switching to a new job, even though they are doing the same thing,” Slaugh said. Sell is optimistic. He said while it has been a lot of work to merge the services, he believes it will make a positive difference to the work environment. “We are on the ascent, and any ascent is energy expired,” he said. “We fully intend to make full use of our resources.” What those resources will be is yet to be determined. The city will take control of all ambulances (of which the county will replace one every other year), the equip-

“We’ve worked together for years. Now we are learning how one another work. It’s exciting to me, but there is that learning curve. We want people to look at Allen County and say, ‘now that’s a healthcare system.’” — EMS Director Ryan Sell

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Voter law faces scrutiny

By JOHN HANNA Associated Press

tors to audit how Kobach’s office has administered the law once they convene Jan. 13. Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proof-of-citizen- Ken Bennett filed a federal lawsuit earlier ship requirement for Kansas voters is likely this year to compel a federal agency to help to come under attack once the Legislature their states carry out proof-of-citizenship opens its annual session, but the debate over requirements. The American Civil Liberties the policy championed by Secretary of State Union launched its own legal challenge over Kris Kobach also will play in out in federal the policy in November. court and his re-elec“He promised that this tion campaign. law would be simple, The law took effect He (Kris Kobach) promised that easy and seamless to at the start of the year implement,” Schodorf, and requires new vot- this law would be simple, easy and who voted for the law as ers to produce a birth seamless to implement. We’re in this a moderate Republican certificate, passport horrible mess. state senator, said during or other documena recent interview. She — Jean Schodorf, former state senator tation of their U.S. lost her seat in 2012 concitizenship when regservative primary chalistering. As the year lenger and switched parends, more than 19,000 Kansas residents find ties. “We’re in this horrible mess.” their registrations on hold — keeping them If Kobach and Bennett are successful, the from legally casting ballots — because they federal government will be forced to modify haven’t complied. its national registration form and Kansas Several Democratic lawmakers have pro- and Arizona residents will be informed they posed rewriting or repealing the proof-of- must present proof of their U.S. citizenship citizenship law, and even some of Kobach’s to be allowed to vote. Currently, people who fellow Republicans in the GOP-dominated use the national form only have to sign a Legislature want to look for ways to shrink statement attesting to their citizenship. the list of affected voters. Former state Sen. Kobach and Bennett contend their states Jean Schodorf, the expected Democratic See LAW | Page A3 challenger for Kobach, is calling on legisla-

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H&R Block holding ACA seminar By KAYLA BANZET The Iola Register

Confusion is one of the words that comes to mind for some Americans when it comes to the tax penalty if they fail to obtain health insurance coverage by 2014. H&R Block, Iola, is hoping to rid individuals and business owners of the confusion by hosting an open seminar on Jan. 9. In a tax survey by the Tax Institute at H&R Block, 77 percent of respondents were unaware of the importance their 2012 tax return has in the reform. “The seminar will provide information about the Affordable Care Act by explaining which resources are available to the individual and business owners that will be affected by taxes,” H&R Block franchise See SEMINAR | Page A3

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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Obituaries Colleen Hagerman

Breanna Wilson

Colleen Lillian Elizabeth Hagerman, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Nov. 27, 2013, in Yachats, Ore., following a difficult, yet courageous struggle with kidney disease. Colleen, more affectionately known as “Nan,” was born in Auck- Colleen Hagerman land, New Zealand, on Oct. 14, 1927, to Raymond T. and Musetta Drumm. In September 1944 she married Samuel “Rocky” Hagerman, who was stationed in New Zealand with the U.S. Navy, as was an increasingly common occurrence during World War II, Colleen became a “war bride.” They moved to Stafford in 1949 where Nan quickly assimilated into the American cultural fabric. Colleen and Rocky enjoyed dancing, playing bridge, remaining active in American Legion, but most importantly, they enjoyed optimizing time with their emerging family. By 1952 Colleen and Rocky had three children, Raymond, Roger and Debbie. Colleen preferred a life centered on family. Colleen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, her parents and her much loved son-in-law John W. Schram. She is survived by sons Raymond (Paula), Sheboygan, Wis., and Roger (Patti), Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughter Debbie Schram, Yachats, Ore.; brother Ronnie (Judy) Drumm, Auckland, New Zealand; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be in the spring in Stafford. Specific date and time will follow.

Breanna Jean Wilson, 19, passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. Breanna was born July 6, 1994, in Emporia, the daughter of Robert Wilson and Elizabeth Huse. Breanna was raised in Yates Center and attended Yates Center High School. At one time Breanna worked as a car hop for Sonic, but more importantly Breanna took care of everyone. She was a wonderful aunt to her nieces and nephews, and they often referred to her as “Nana.” Typical for being a 19-year-old, Breanna was friendly, fun and full of life. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Yates Center and was social with her friends and especially her family. Breanna was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Huse in 2009. She is survived by her father, Robert “Bob” Wilson; her grandmother Patty Wilson,Yates Center; and boyfriend Andrew Nelson; siblings Natalie James, Kenneth Payne and wife Mindy, Bobbie Jones and significant other Chris Brock and Becky Wilson, all of Yates Center; loving nieces and nephews, Ethan, Conner, Avery, Adalynn, Kevin, Summer, Charity, and Addison; as well as many aunts, uncles, greataunts, great-uncles and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services for Breanna are at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, at First Baptist Church in Yates Center. Burial will follow in Yates Center Cemetery. The family will meet with friends the evening prior to the service from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center. In lieu of flowers the family asks memorials be made to Campbell Funeral Home for burial expenses and sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, KS 66783.

Jean Schmer Jean Freeman Schmer, 71, formerly of Iola, passed away unexpectedly at her residence in Yankton, S.D. on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Jean was born in Conway Springs, on Dec. 5, 1942, to Samuel and Mary Elizabeth (Wolfe) Bechtel. Jean graduated from Conway Springs High School and went on to nursing school at Wichita State University and grad- Jean Schmer uated from Newman School of Nursing in Emporia. She began her 40-year nursing career at Allen County Hospital in Iola. In 1961, Jean married Larry Freeman from Conway Springs. The marriage was blessed with two daughters, Kim and Lanette. Both of the daughters graduated from Iola High School before pursuing careers in communications (Lanette) and nursing (Kim). Kim continued on to obtain her nurse practitioner degree and Lanette obtained her master’s degree in sports administration. During Jean’s nursing career, she also owned her own business “Flower Village,” worked with Dr. Vernon Lee as a patient educator and worked at the Allen County Bank and Trust. In 1989, Jean began working at the North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, Mo. She met and married David Schmer on May 5, 1990, in Greenwood County. Her brother (Roger Bechtel) and sister-in-law (Ericka) stood in attendance during the ceremony. In June 1990, Jean and David relocated to Lincoln, Neb., where they raised David’s youngest daughter, Katie. Jean worked in St. Elizabeth Hospital, the Lincoln Surgery Center and the Ear, Nose and Throat Specialty group as a surgical nurse and nursing supervisor before her retirement in 2004. She was an active member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses. After retirement, Jean and David relocated to Yuma, Colo., before settling in Yankton, S.D. Jean is survived by her husband, David, Yankton; daughter Kim Bodemann (Don), Hot Springs, Ark., and their children, Claire, Marcus and Isaac; daughter Lanette Stineman (Todd), Hot Springs, Ark., and their children, Brett and Molly; step-son Christian Hanson (Yulia), Riverside, Ill., and their children, Viktoria and Kira; step-daughter Sara Koehler (Tim); son, Taylor Trumbo; step-daughter Katie Anderson and her children, Alex Schmer, Ehren Anderson and Lena Anderson; sister Georgia Peterson (Denny), Milliken, Colo.; brother Roger Bechtel (Ericka), Eureka; mother-in-law, Helen Schmer, Scottsbluff, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents Sammie L. and Mary Elizabeth (Wolfe) Bechtel. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola. Memorials are suggested to Special Olympics Arkansas, 2114 Main St., North Little Rock, AR 72115 or Special Olympics South Dakota, 800 E. I-90 Lane, Sioux Falls, SD 57104. To sign the guest book online go to

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Clayton Haag Clayton E. Haag, Sr., 83, passed into the loving arms of the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. He was born Sept. 8, 1930, near Neosho Falls, to Glenn and Martha Haag. He served his country during the Korean conflict on the front lines. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sherry Lee; and siblings, Carol, Glenn and Jesse. Clayton is survived by children, Clayton Jr. (Dorothy) and Michael (Christi); grandchildren, Jennifer, Clayton III, Jillian, Scott, Jerod and Ashley; seven great- grandchildren; sisters, Mona Rood and Barbara Hermanson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a beloved father, grandfather, greatgrandfather, brother and friend. He will be truly missed by all that knew him. Memorial services for Clayton will be at 11 a.m., Saturday at River of Life Worship Center, 1100 E. Grand (71st), Haysville. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Soldier and Family Assistance Center (Kansas Wounded Warriors). Donations may be sent to Soldier and Family Assistance Center, Bldg. 674 Warrior Rd., Fort Riley, KS 66442.

An anticipated outcome of school visits is that children will share information with parents, through items they’re given to take home. In support of the grant application, Laura CaillouetWeiner, second-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary, said 911 presentations were “just what my students needed to promote safety at school, home and in the community.” Murphy added the education aspect of 911 was priceless. “You continually see reports of children as young as three and four who are able to save their parents lives by being able to call 911,” Murphy said.

Small plane crashes in northern Kansas CONCORDIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say four people escaped injury in the crash of a small plane in northcentral Kansas. WIBW-TV reports reports the single-propeller aircraft overturned shortly Monday afternoon in a field off a runway at the airport in Concordia. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gard-

ner says two children, ages 5 and 7, were on board along with their father and grandfather. The grandfather was piloting the plane and coming in for a landing after a pleasure flight. Gardner says the two adults were walking around and talking to troopers at the scene, but were taken to a hospital to be checked as a precaution.


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Allen County’s 911 center won a $500 grant for educational purposes through Walmart’s Facility Giving Program. Proceeds will be used to support 911 education in all county school districts. Since 2010, Angela Murphy, 911 director, and others associated with the emergency telephone system have gone to each school district to teach students in kindergarten through third grade the proper use of 911. “Our goal is to help kids understand the difference between emergency and nonemergency situations,” Murphy said. “Having this understanding can be a vital link to help save lives.”

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EMS: Services merge tonight Law: Kobach under scrutiny Continued from A1

ment and buildings. The EMS building on North State Street, however, is still up in the air. Commissioners have requested that the city pay $250 per month in rent, while the city is of the opinion that the original contract stipulated “all buildings” would be under city control. “It would certainly help operations, our fire station is crowded,” Slaugh said. But, regardless of the State Street building, the services will be merged at midnight tonight. “I THINK it’s going to be a pretty seamless transfer,” Weber said. “Frankly, I don’t think there will be anything major from here on out.” Sell said the city and county crews have always worked together on a variety of calls. The mutual respect and understanding has lent itself to a positive environment thus far, he said. “We’ve worked together for years,” Sell said. “Now we are learning how one another works. It’s exciting to me, but there is that learning curve. We want people to look at Allen County and say, ‘Now that’s a healthcare system.’” Sell said EMS personnel have created a medical protocol committee — made up of staff from both the county and city — that is reviewing the protocol, development and quality review across the board. He said they have worked side by side with EMS Medical Director Dr. Tim Spears, as well. As for operating differences, Sell said both teams had to meet in the middle and “manipulate the guidelines” to make

sure everyone is on the same page. Weber said the county would ultimately be reviewing financial and operational efficiency of the service — which is why it maintained billing responsibility — but the city will be holding itself accountable as well. “The city has a responsibility on its own,”

cabulary and Sell said his department has seen nothing but cooperation thus far. County employees will be trained as firefighters in January, and also will be trained as new city employees. As for pay, Slaugh said discussions are still on the table for three county employees who are above the city’s pay scale. Iola

We’re certainly not on top of the pay run. You’ve always got a bottom line. Hopefully we can keep the personnel happy and competitive in terms of pay. — City Administrator Carl Slaugh

he said. “It’s a matter of maintaining the high level of care now on a tighter budget. We just don’t want to go backward.” Speaking of budget ... Slaugh said the combination of the services will ultimately save the county about $300,000 on an annual basis. The county will provide $750,000 per year to the city for the services. Weber said the county already has set the mill levy for 2014, but he expects it to be reduced. The elimination of one service should be a noticeable difference for taxpayers in 2015. “We want to see them (the city) run it as efficiently as possible, they have that discretion,” Weber said. But, he added, if the merged services do not work, the county will have the money that was budgeted for its service to fall back on. FAILURE IS not in the EMS responders’ vo-

City Council recently approved Slaugh to pursue bids for a compensation/ benefit study from a private company. “We’re certainly not on top of the pay run,” Slaugh said. “You’ve always got a bottom line. Hopefully we can keep the personnel happy and competitive in terms of pay.” That’s the only “competitive” in the works. Crews will train together, stay in the station together and have even merged to the same 911 frequency at the dispatch center. Sell said the deputy chiefs’ offices are being converted to an additional bunk area for personnel. It will be one big — and hopefully happy — family. “I think our county and community should be excited,” Sell said. “We are doing nothing but enhancing services they have received in the past. “I’m looking forward to reaching the summit.”

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face creating cumbersome dual registration systems in which they must accept the national form but limit those people to voting only in presidential, U.S. Senate and congressional races. The separate ACLU lawsuit contends Kobach has no authority to create a dual registration system in Kansas. “There’s nothing the Legislature needs to do in regard to the proofof-citizenship law, and I won’t be asking them to do anything,” Kobach said. “At this point, it’s down to my legal staff to defend these laws in court.” Kobach said many of the prospective voters are waiting to provide proof of citizenship until the August primary or November general election because, “It’s human nature for a lot of people to put things off.” Kobach promoted the law as an anti-fraud measure preventing non-citizens from voting, particularly those living in the U.S. illegally. During a December federal court hearing, he said his office had found the names of 20

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this year announced it had dropped plans to require anyone renewing a driver’s license to present citizenship documents. The department had made those plans so that Kansas would comply with a federal antiterrorism law. Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said the federal government later indicated such a step won’t be required. Also, concerns about the potential inconvenience for motorists arose. Schwab said legislators may consider proposals to require the Department of Revenue to go back to its original plans to require citizenship documents to renew any license. Schodorf said that if lawmakers don’t address the problems with the proof-of-citizenship law, she’ll appeal to voters. Kobach also expects to debate the policy for months ahead of the November election. “It is probably going to serve as a referendum,” Kobach said.

reform resource project at Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, will talk about the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. The seminar will provide ample time for people to ask questions. “We would like to stress that this seminar is for information purposes and individuals should attend to get more knowledge,” Snesrud said. “If they are unable to attend the seminar

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noncitizens out of the about 1.7 million registered on the state’s voter rolls. “We know that the law is having its intended effect,” he said. Critics of the proofof-citizenship law contend it creates a new burden for prospective voters, far out of proportion to the problem it’s purporting to solve. State Sen. David Haley, a Kansas City Democrat who serves on the chamber’s elections committee, said the policy should be repealed, calling it an attempt to “repress voter participation.” House Elections Committee Chairman Scott Schwab, a conservative Olathe Republican, said the proof-of-citizenship rule still has broad public support. “It wasn’t a mistake, and it was what people wanted,” Schwab said. “The problem was the administration of the law.” Schwab places part of the blame on the state Department of Revenue, which earlier

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CHANUTE — Chanute’s city commissioners gave a lucrative thumbs-up to construction of a senior assisted living complex. Commissioners approved $3.8 million in industrial revenue bonds and a 10-year property tax abatement for Neosho County Assisted Living Project, the Chanute Tribune reported. Neosho Assisted Living Project — proposed by the same group that wanted to construct assisted living for seniors on North Kentucky Street in Iola — will be a 21,500-square-foot complex, with estimated construction cost of $3.825 million. The complex will be built in the Osa Martin Heights subdivision in the southwest part of Chanute, near the Chanute Elementary School. The area isn’t fully developed, but does have some dwellings. The complex will have 26 assisted living suites and eight memory care suites, for residents with dementia issues. According to information provided Chanute commissioners, the project will mean 182 jobs during con-

struction in its first year of tax exemption, and 28 permanent jobs over 10 years. The company’s projection is $11 million in local commercial activity will be generated over the 10 years of tax abatement. To have a full 10 years of tax abatement, the developer must achieve two of three goals: add 12 new jobs, have $175,000 of capital fund investments or increase its fixed assets by 12 percent. Otherwise, the abatement will be within Chanute’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program, which gives 100 percent abatement for six years, and then declines by 20 percent in succeeding years. A similar project was proposed on lots that have been vacant for years in the 1000 block of North Kentucky in Iola. Opposition from neighbors led the company to abandon Iola, even after the city council approved rezoning of land to facilitate construction. The parent company, Neighborhood Senior Living, Dallas, has facilities elsewhere in Kansas, as well as Texas, Alabama and South Dakota.

Opinion A4 The Iola Register

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

~ Journalism that makes a difference

MOMs success great; maybe we can ride the wave of generosity The funds raised by the Moms of Miracles for playground equipment is nothing short of miraculous and a testament to the caring nature of local citizens. In a matter of months the young mothers have raised $132,000 toward their goal of $153,000. The drive highlights the increasing need for private individuals to raise funds for special causes. Perhaps in a different time city and county coffers would have been flush enough to afford such equipment. Reduced funding by the state, especially, is forcing many to think creatively of how to keep their causes afloat. Programs that have depended on state funds are learning the well has run dry. That’s how it should be, some say. If people want a state arts commission, for example, then they should pay for it out of their own pockets. The same goes for food stamps and utility relief. The argument has been extended to health insurance. Some even say Medicare and Social Security, also federal mandates, are governmental overreach. More and more, it’s those of a conservative bent who laud massive cuts to government programs. It can’t be that they are anti-charity, surely. Or anti-education. Or anti-transportation. Rather, they want to help the programs of their choice and not be told by a “nanny” state which programs should be funded with their tax dollars. Trouble is, putting food on the table and keeping the heat on don’t fall into any soft and fuzzy category like playground equipment for special needs children. Sleeping on a park bench and rifling through garbage dumpsters is nasty stuff. People who don’t pay their utility bills in a timely manner often are cast as poor managers of their money who need to get their priorities straight. And yes, there are those who try to scam the system, casting every indigent person as a good for nothing lout who simply needs to get a job. “There are some people

who do not want to work but want pity,” came a letter in Monday’s mail from a Register reader. YEARS AGO, Iola had a program where residents could “round up” their monthly utility payments and the excess would be directed to the Church Utility Relief Board, a program administered by the Iola Ministerial Association. City Clerk Roxanne Hutton said the program was not very successful. Some were confused, thinking the giving program was mandatory. The program was never promoted. Hutton said it failed from lack of response. One resident has asked to be kept on the program. The city routinely rounds up her utility bills to the nearest dollar and directs the excess to CURB, Hutton said. The idea is akin to Terry Sparks’ suggestion to donate excess change to the MOMs group. A habit of tossing quarters into a jar netted him $1,500. Hutton is open to the idea of restarting the program citywide, saying the decision would be in the hands of city council members. She wondered if the way people pay their bills would make a difference to the program. Many have their monthly utility bills automatically deducted from their checking or credit card accounts, eliminating the option to “round up” a bill, unless it somehow could be factored in. Let’s blame Congress for the growing cultural divide between those who support governmental programs to help the poor, the elderly, the retired, the unemployed, and those with a loner mentality. Today, the term “bleeding heart” is almost spat out, as if it’s a bad thing to be sympathetic to the plight of those less well off. By evidence of the success of the MOMs group, we are a caring community. Perhaps a more coordinated effort to raise funds for CURB and other laudable programs would see success. — Susan Lynn

KanCare/Tri-Valley not a good fit Last week’s postponement of the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) into KanCare did not come as much of a shock to agencies that work within the field. This has been a two-year battle to be permanently included in KanCare. To say that Tri-Valley Developmental Services is ecstatic about the announcement is an understatement. Those most shocked by this outcome were the state officials who felt approval to include people with I/DD with the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) was a slam dunk. Last week’s decision is a black eye for state officials who have insisted they “are ready,” when in fact they are not. The issue revolves around the Brownback administration’s reluctance to accept the fact that they are wrong about managed care as being a good fit for the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. Managed care does not improve the lives of people with disabilities, it does not improve efficiencies and it does not save any money. Study after study has shown this to be true about long term care and people with I/DD. The problem is that the administration, fitted with rosecolored glasses, and the managed care companies, which will reap millions in profits off of the backs of Kansas taxpayers, keep telling each other that everything will be OK. The problem is that it will not be OK for the thousands of people in Kansas with I/DD.

Tim Cunningham Tri-Valley Developmental Services

KanCare is so out of touch with reality that the National Council on Disability (NCD), a group that advises the president and U.S. Congress on disability issues, recommended a one-year delay after meeting with officials and advocates. ANCOR, the national network of disability organizations, also came out against KanCare. The state claims it is ready to start, I say it is not and here are the reasons why. The state pilot project to include persons with I/DD has been up and running since March 1, 2013, and yet major issues still exist with the software that allows agencies to bill the managed care companies for services. To give you an idea of how unprepared the state is, an organization that is participating in the pilot project has an accounts receivable of almost $1 million over two months from the managed care companies. Another agency has been paid only 50 percent of what it is owed. Another agency received payment for someone who is not even in the pilot program and only 20 percent payment on another person. For smaller agencies that rely upon prompt payment, this could be the death knell for them. The state has made prom-

ise after promise it will not be eliminating or reducing services for people in KanCare, yet hundreds, if not thousands of people have had their services reduced. In addition, there is almost no notice for the reductions. For individuals who require round-theclock care, this could be a disaster in the making. This issue needs to be rectified prior to our start in KanCare. There was an eleventh-hour shift to move the state’s database from DCF to KDADS. The database is still not operational and despite assurances from KDADS that those involved in the training liked the new application, this was not the case. In addition, KanCare does not address the statewide waiting list, there are no provider manuals, and there are still quite a few agencies without contracts. This is only a small list of issues with KanCare that have not been rectified. It is clear quite a few problems still exist with KanCare. It is refreshing to see CMS take into account the thousands of comments it received from persons with disabilities, their families, providers and put a halt to the runaway train that is called KanCare. There is that old saying that you can’t fight city hall, but if you truly believe in a cause and are willing to fight for it, then anything can happen. Now it’s a matter of convincing the Legislature to make the delay permanent. Cunningham is executive director of Tri-Valley, with offices in Iola in Chanute.

New medication may help people stay off the bottle By DR. KIRSTEN PETERS

Alcoholism runs in part of my family. I lost a grandfather to it, and a couple of others in the family have been affected by it to greater or lesser degrees. Perhaps something like that is true for you, or maybe you have a friend or coworker who wrestles with the malady. This is a challenging time of year for alcoholics trying to stay sober. New Year’s Eve alone can be a real test. But medical researchers are investigating new ways that doctors may be able to help people not drink. One method, recently written up by NPR’s “Shots” website, is a medication called gabapentin. Gabapentin — the generic equivalent of the brand name drug Neurontin — has been used for years to treat a variety of ailments ranging from epilepsy to bipolar disease to fibromyalgia.

Recently researchers at the National Institutes of Health did a study of gabapentin and its effects on people with alcoholism. They enrolled 150 people in a 12-week experiment. Everyone who signed up to be part of the study got counseling. Some of the people in the study were given placebos, while others received either 900 or 1,800 milligrams of gabapentin daily. The people taking the 1,800 milligram dose of the drug drank nothing during the study four times as often as the placebo group. And, if they did drink, they were more likely to refrain from heavy drinking. In other words, it looks like gabapentin helped — results that were recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Dr. Barbara J. Mason was the leader of the research effort. She thinks that gabapentin is useful to people with alcoholism who are trying

to stay dry because it helps lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms people often encounter when they stop drinking. “Gabapentin improved sleep and mood in people who were cutting down or quitting drinking,” Mason told NPR. Feelings of anxiety and losing sleep are often experiences that drive people to start drinking again, she said. One good thing about gabapentin compared to some other medications is that it isn’t processed by the liver. That’s important because the livers of people with alcoholism are often damaged from years of drinking. Gabapentin moves from the stomach to the blood to the kidneys and finally into the urine, all mostly unchanged. But there is still a long road to travel before gabapentin is considered by the Food and Drug Administration as a possible treatment for alcohol-

ism. And even if the FDA took action today to approve gabapentin for such use, people who suffer from alcoholism would still have a tough row to hoe. “It’s not magic,” Mason said. “And making big behavior changes is hard work.” Still, it’s good to know researchers may be finding new

ways to aid people with alcoholism in the struggle to stay sober. Peters was trained as a geologist at Princeton and Harvard. This column is a service of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University.

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THE SIX C’s theory of positive youth development identifies important characteristics that help young people grow into thriving and successful adults. Research has demonstrated that youths who have higher levels of these C’s tend to have more positive behaviors and developmental outcomes compared with those who have lower levels. — Competence: Positive view of one’s actions in specific areas, including healthy habits, life skills, love of learning, emotional competence, and social skills. — Confidence: An internal sense of overall positive self-worth, per-

Jennifer Murphy Extension Agent for 4-H sistent resourcefulness and self-efficacy. — Connection: Positive bonds and relationships with people and institutions including faith-based communities. — Character: Respect for societal and cultural norms, possession of standards for correct behaviors, a sense of right and wrong (morality), and integrity. — Caring: A sense of sympathy and empathy for others. — Contribution: Giving to self, family and the institutions of a civil society. When the Six C’s are utilized, growth may be found in youths. Research shows that the 4-H Youth Development Program plays a special and vital role in the lives of America’s young people. Youths have the capacity to thrive when presented with resources for healthy development found in families, schools, and communities — regardless of their background, socioeconomic status, race, and gender. 4-H programs launch young people into healthy and productive lives. To find out more about the 4-H Youth Development Program, contact the local Southwind Extension District office or District 4-H Youth Development agent, Jennifer K. Murphy, at the Erie Office - 620-244-3826 or

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to maintain a temperature above that of the outside temperature. For example, a minus-40 wind chill at 0 degrees will not cause any more cold injury to plant tissue than a wind chill of minus-20 at 0 degrees. However, the wind alone can dry out plant tissues. A high wind velocity can cause moisture loss from plant tissues and even cause enough loss to injure or even kill tissues, especially in smaller size wood that is found in peach tree twigs, apple spurs and blackberry canes. To date, we have had moisture on a regular basis this fall and winter. But if the moisture shuts off, many landscape plants may need some additional water to survive the winter. Any newly transplanted woody plants and evergreens should be high on your priority list for watering. Water all of the area from the trunk to the edge of the outer-

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With the start of the New Year, there has been much reflecting on the past year and making goals or resolutions for the year to come. Youths in the 4-H programs spend their entire year working on goals for their projects, as well as doing some selfreflecting.  The concept of self-reflection is at the core of the 4-H club program delivery model and is inherent in 4-H record books, club-based activities and youth leadership development components of programming. The largest opportunity for growth through self-reflection is within the context of a strong youth-adult partnership. Adults facilitate dialogue in the project setting around the “Six C’s� of youth development defined by the research of Dr. Richard Lerner at Tuft University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development.

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to pay bills out of his check,” said Arb, 55, who works part-time at a senior center. “So, we couldn’t afford health insurance.” But with help from a volunteer trained to help people shop for coverage on the marketplace, Arb and Klumpe learned they qualified for a federal tax credit because the cost of the coverage available to them was deemed unaffordable given their income. The tax credit lowered their monthly premiums to $188. “We can afford that,” said Arb, who recently was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Klumpe and Arb were among about 3.7 million Americans who shopped for coverage on the improved website from midnight Dec. 1 through noon last Friday and among dozens who took advantage of special counseling and sign-up sessions at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. Arlene Evans lives in Florida but was visiting family in Topeka last week and heard a television news report about the help sessions. She said she didn’t have insurance and wouldn’t be looking for a policy, if the health reform law didn’t require her to have one. She said she came to the library looking for the cheapest coverage she could find. It turned out that she also qualified for a federal subsidy. “I found something that is going to cost me little to nothing and provide me with what I need,” she said. “If the government is going to subsidize the insurance companies then I might as well do whatever makes sense for me.” Website “much more reliable”

Kansas is one of 36 states that chose to rely on the federal marketplace website rather than build their own. Many of the state-run sites have worked better, though some also have had their share or problems. Becky Hinton, a training specialist at the library, has been supervising the sign-up sessions since the federal “marketplace” site was launched Oct. 1. “Those October sessions were pretty awful,” Hinton said. “The November ones were a little better. Now, I think the system is working pretty well. It is much more reliable.” Technical problems rendered the enrollment system virtually unusable in the first weeks after its launch by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But by the end of November, technical teams working nearly aroundthe-clock had the system working well enough for President Obama to declare it fixed. Only 371 Kansans were able to use the website to select plans in October, according to HHS. The totals are expected to be much higher for November and so far this month when federal officials release updated numbers in the next few weeks. Linda Ochs, coordinator of a Shawnee County Health Agency outreach program that supplies volunteer enrollment counselors to groups holding sign-up sessions, also said that

the website was working much better now than when it was launched. “It’s not perfect yet. There are still some glitches,” Ochs said. “But it is improving and I think it’s only going to get better.” While it is clear the system is working better, it’s not working for everyone. John Adame, a 61-year-old retiree from Topeka, said he has been trying for weeks to sign up for coverage. “Each time we get to the end, it (the system) doesn’t let us sign up and tells us to try again in 24 hours,” Adame said. “We’ve been doing that day after day and it just keeps telling us, try again, try again.” Technicians working to fix the site recently added a reset button to help people such as Adame who have started applications but can’t get through the system. The feature allows users to delete applications and start from scratch, which Ochs said was frustrating but often the best thing to do. “Our navigators like that feature because it allows them to help people who had gotten stuck before and are coming back for help,” said Debbie Berndsen, director of a statewide enrollment assistance program funded by a federal grant. Big challenges remain

The window-shopping and sign-up features of the enrollment system are clearly working better. But federal officials acknowledged last week that about 10 percent of the enrollment files that the system sends to insurance companies once a consumer selects a plan contain errors. Sometimes the system fails to send the file — technically known as an 834 transmission. Other times it sends duplicate files. And sometimes the file it sends simply contains inaccurate information. Julie Bataille, a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is in charge of the website, said federal teams were consulting with health insurance companies as they work to correct the date and fix the “back-end problems” with the system. “We’re working to reconcile that information so that all consumers who applied are able to successfully access their coverage,” Bataille said during one of her recent daily briefings for reporters across the country. As designed, the enrollment system was supposed to allow consumers to pay for their new plans online. But that is still not possible for most consumers because of the “back-end problems.” So, even though insurance companies are contacting consumers to complete transactions, purchasers also are being urged to get in touch with the company they selected and check that the files forwarded through the system contained the correct information. “Everyone should follow-up just to confirm,” Berndsen said. “They should err on the side of caution.” Nearly 190,000 uninsured Kansans are expected to purchase private coverage through the marketplace, accord-

ing to an analysis by the Kansas Health Institute, the parent organization of the KHI News Service. Because it took nearly two months to fix the enrollment website, groups working with consumers are concerned that many won’t be able to meet a Dec. 23 deadline for purchasing coverage that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014. Those concerns have led members of Congress — both supporters and opponents of the reform law — to call for extensions or delays in assessing tax penalties against those who fail to purchase coverage.

Certified navigator Robert Schmidt,left, helps Diana Arb and Leo Klumpe enroll in health insurance coverage via the federal marketplace, After trying for two months, the couple enrolled in a plan last week thanks to Schmidt’s help and to a more functional website. PHIL CAUTHON/KHI

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — The clock had ticked for just 35 seconds on Monday night, and Kansas coach Bill Self was looking for an official, forming the universal signal for a timeout. If it wasn’t the earliest Kansas timeout in Allen Fieldhouse history, it certainly felt like it. Less than 40 seconds into the Jayhawks’ 93-83 victory, they had allowed Toledo to drill a three-pointer and committed two brutal turnovers. Self stood near the bench, poised to light into junior point guard Naadir Tharpe. “I should have taken a timeout 5 seconds into the game, after our first turnover,” Self said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever taken one that fast before, but I think I would have helped our team a little bit more.” More than two hours later, after No. 16 Kansas had finished off a perfectly fine victory over a previously unbeaten Toledo squad, it was easy to think back to two moments from the Jayhawks’ season. The first was the early timeout, and the verbal takedown directed at Tharpe. The other was a moment back in October, when Self made it clear to anyone who would listen that Tharpe had to be the Jayhawks’ most valuable player. No, he wouldn’t be KU’s most talented player. On most nights, that would be freshman wing Andrew Wiggins. And maybe he wouldn’t be the most dominant (freshman Joel Embiid) or consistent (sophomore Perry Ellis). But Tharpe had to be something else: steady and mature, a rock for KU’s young players to lean on. So it was certainly promising on Monday as Tharpe responded to the early message with a career-high 20 See KU | Page B2


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So long, farewell Five NFL coaches fired already By BARRY WILNER Associated Press

It didn’t take long. Barely 12 hours after the NFL’s regular season ended, five head coaches were unemployed. Fired on Monday were Washington’s Mike Shanahan, Detroit’s Jim Schwartz, Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano. The Cleveland Browns didn’t even wait that long, dismissing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after just one season on the job. Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls in Denver in the 1990s, spent four seasons with the Redskins and was 2440. Frazier had a little more than three seasons with the Vikings to compile an 18-33-1 mark, and Schwartz coached the Lions for five seasons, finishing 29-52. Schiano only got two years with the Buccaneers, going 1121. He had three years and $9 million left on his contract.

Tampa Bay also fired general manager Mark Dominik. “It’s tough for the players to see your coaches go. You never want to see anybody get fired,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “Me personally, I haven’t had any, consistently, in my career. Third head coach, going on my fifth year and three head coaches. Add up everybody, it’ll be six D-line coaches.” The Buccaneers, who also have fired the likes of Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, hired Schiano out of Rutgers in 2012 and went 6-4 before losing five of their last six games. They dropped their first eight games this season and finished 4-12. One coach allegedly on the hot seat was retained: Rex Ryan, who has one more year on his contract, is staying with the New York Jets after a surprising 8-8 record in his fifth season at the helm. While some of the fired coaches might have seen it coming, Chudzinski certain-

ly didn’t despite going 4-12 and losing his final seven games and 10 of 11. “I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired,” said Chudzinski, who grew up a Browns fan. “I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, and always will be. It was an honor to lead our players and coaches, and I appreciate their dedication and sacrifice. I was more excited than ever for this team, as I know we were building a great foundation for future success.” As the coaching searches begin, agents will float the names of their clients — Penn State’s Bill O’Brien seems to be the hottest candidate and has interviewed for Houston’s vacancy. The Texans (2-14), who own the top choice in May’s draft after losing their final 14 games, released coach Gary Kubiak late in the season. Whoever gets hired in each place will face mammoth rebuilding projects. Overall, the six teams seeking new coachSee NFL | Page B2

In the scouting-intensive world of college football, the story of Cyril Richardson isn’t supposed to happen. His has not been the route less traveled. Richardson took the path almost no one takes outside of movie scripts. Think The Blind Side 2.0. The Baylor senior went from Hurricane Katrina refugee to playing just a handful of games as high school junior to All-America lineman for the Big 12 champs. At 6-5 and 340 pounds, Richardson will almost certainly be the next Baylor offensive lineman to be taken high in the NFL draft. He gets one more audition for the NFL against Central Florida in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. Even the story of his recruitment sounds more like a tall tale, something from half a century ago. Baylor coach Art Briles remembers watching one of his high school camps in July 2007. Assistant Randy Clements, who coached the offensive line, came jogging down with a request. “You need to come down here and watch this guy go through the ropes,” Clements said. Briles strolled down and saw the hulking Richardson, then about 300 pounds, going through the rope agility drill with the speed of a defensive back. “He’s offered,” Briles told Clements, making an immediate call on a scholarship. Even now, Briles can chuckle and shake his head about how it came together. “That’s how it all started,” Briles said. “There are diamonds in the rough.” Since then, Richardson has worked to reshape and strengthen his body as well as master offensive line See BAYLOR | Page B2

Williams opens season with a win over Petkovic BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams did a quick little dance behind the baseline to remind herself to move her feet. After a complete air swing at the net in the second set, she smiled ruefully and drew in some long, deep breaths. She netted a service return on her first match point. Top-ranked Williams’ first competitive match of the season, on New Year’s Eve, was by no means perfect, but the 6-4, 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic at the Brisbane International was a decent start against a player who has been ranked as high as No. 9. Williams made 36 unforced errors, including the big miss on Petkovic’s floater in the fifth game of the second set, but hit 35 winners and fired 11 aces including one at 196 kph (122 mph) to bring up set point in the first. “It was an intense match, which was really good,” Williams said. “She’s been in the top 10 before and she was on her way to being even better.

It was a good match for me.” better. Arguably I may have bane to book her place in the Petkovic is on her way back done better (in 2013), so I’m main draw. She beat Daniela up the rankings after missing just going to be up for that Hantuchova in the first round most of 2012 with injuries and challenge again.” of the main draw. started this season at No. 39. The other featured wom“It’s a tough decision but Williams started 2013 in en’s player in Brisbane, third- a smart one that we have to Brisbane with a title, the first seeded Maria Sharapova, make,” Barty said. “It’s pretty of 11 for a year that included received a walkover into the much just I need give myself, two major champimy body, 10 to 12 days onships. She’s back to recover and hopewith the aim of carIt was an intense match, which was really fully be right for the rying the momentum Open.” good. She’s been in the top 10 before and Australian into 2014. And she’s In another secalready into the quar- she was on her way to being even better. It ond-round match, terfinals where she’ll was a good match for me. fourth-seeded Jelena meet ninth-seeded Jankovic beat Elina Dominika CibulkoSvitolina of Ukraine — Serena Williams 6-1, 6-3. va, who overcame 43-year-old Japanese veteran Kimiko DateON THE MEN’S Krumm 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. side, Lleyton Hewitt Williams had a winbeat Australian qualloss record of 78-4 last season quarterfinals when her Aus- ifier Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, and spent all but seven weeks tralian opponent, 17-year- 7-5, sixth-seeded Feliciano Loatop the rankings, and she old qualifier Ashleigh Barty, pez of Spain had a 6-4, 6-4 win hasn’t lowered her expecta- withdrew with a left thigh in- over Mikhail Kukushkin of tions for the year ahead. jury on Tuesday evening. Kazakhstan and No. 8 Jeremy “I had a similar question Sharapova and Barty were Chardy beat fellow Frenchin 2012. I had such a good scheduled to play Wednesday. man Adrian Mannarino 7-6 year winning two slams and Barty, who will also miss (4) 7-5. a (Olympic) gold and two dou- next week’s Hobart InternaThere was a big upset in the bles. It was a lot,” she said. tional, went through three WTA’s ASB Classic at Auck“I just didn’t think I could do rounds of qualifying in Bris- land, New Zealand, where

top-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to 259thranked Ana Konjuh of Croatia. Konjuh, who celebrated her 16th birthday last Friday, is the reigning Australian and U.S. Open girls singles champion. Fourth-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania and former champion Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium both lost to qualifiers, while secondseeded Ana Ivanovic and No. 3 Kirsten Flipkens advanced. Former No. 1-ranked Ivanovic overcame a sore shoulder and saved four set points on serve on her way to a 7-5, 7-6 (2) win over American Alison Riske. The second-seeded Ivanovic required treatment during the second set and played the latter stages with her right shoulder strapped. At 3-5 and 0-40 down in the second, she faced the prospect of a difficult third set but strung together a series of powerful serves to save the game, then broke Riske to force a tiebreak.


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KU: Jayhawks beats Toledo

Baylor: Hopeful for NFL

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points and eight assists. “He just had to let me know that what I was doing wasn’t good enough,” Tharpe said. “I actually told him after the game,” Self added. “I thought he showed some guts to respond, because to me, how we start a game is more dependent on a point guard’s mind-set.” It was the third straight victory for the Jayhawks, who were shaking off the rust from a nine-day break around Christmas after notching consecutive victories over New Mexico and Georgetown. This latest win might have been the strangest for Kansas, 9-3, which seemed to dominate on offense for most of the second half but could never really bury the Rockets, who shot 46.4 percent for the game. Even more galling for Self: Kansas forced just eight total turnovers while recording just four steals. “At home, in front of a juiced house, you force eight turnovers and get four steals?” Self said. “And you’re athletic? That’s not very good.” In the moments after the game, Self wondered if one of his Kansas teams had ever recorded just four steals in a nonconference home game. And in the locker room, he forced his team to ponder their defensive night. “Are we better defensively today than we were when we played Duke?” Self asked his team. “We spend a lot of time on it. And I’d say the answer is probably

techniques. “He had the best feet of any big guy I’ve ever been around,” Briles said. “I’ve said it for at least a year and a half, I think he’s the best O-line man in the United States of America, and I think he’ll be a top 15 pick.” Richardson said Baylor was the only scholarship offer he received. “When you think about it, there was a lot of trust, a lot of belief in me,” Richardson said, “like I could do what they needed me to do.” Katrina changed everything for Richardson and his family in 2005. He remembers the wind, water and black mold damage

Kansas Jayhawks’ Naadir Tharpe was called for a charge on this drive to the basket against Toledo Rockets’ Matt Smith, during the second half at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence on Monday. Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star

no.” Still, Self was pleased with his team’s offensive output. Ellis finished with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Wiggins scored 20 points while adding a handful of acrobatic dunks. But for the most part, it was Tharpe who made it all work on the offensive end. Tharpe drained seven of his eight field-goal attempts, including four of five from three-point range. In some areas, Tharpe may still be a work in progress. Self obviously wasn’t happy with Tharpe’s five turnovers. Or for that matter, the Jayhawks’ 18 turn-

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overs as a team. But for a team that has struggled from the outside, most notably during a trip to the Battle 4 Atlantis tourney in the Bahamas, Tharpe is showing signs that he can be part of the solution. In his last six games, Tharpe is shooting 11 of 23 from behind the arc. “Just being confident,” Tharpe said, “because if we would have kept on thinking about the Bahamas, how we shot the ball, we would still be shooting the ball horrible. So we just have to have the confidence that you’re going to make the next shot.”

that rendered his home unlivable. Eventually, the family moved to a Baton Rouge suburb and then to the Fort Worth area and North Crowley. Because of the eligibility questions with Richardson having attended three different high schools because of the family’s moves, he only played a handful of games as a junior. His high school coaches suggested he attend Baylor’s camp to get some exposure. “That door opened up for me,” Richardson said. “Even though I was in deep water with high school stuff, I said, ‘I’m going to college. Whatever they tell me to do, I’m do-

ing it. What choice do I have?’” Because he hadn’t completed his core classes because of the family’s travels, he couldn’t go through high school graduation. With the encouragement of his mother, he was able to finish an Algebra II class in summer school and enroll at Baylor by the end of August. After one redshirt season, Richardson entered the Baylor starting lineup and hasn’t left. Danny Watkins, a Baylor offensive lineman who was drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Eagles, predicted Richardson would be the next big thing to emerge at the school.

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went 24-71-1. Shanahan had one season remaining on a five-year contract worth about $7 million a season. He blamed salary cap restraints for part of the Redskins’ collapse from NFC East champion in 2012 to 3-13 and eight consecutive losses. Washington was hit with a $36 million salary cap penalty over two seasons for dumping salaries into the 2010 uncapped season, and Shanahan said it prevented the team from pursuing free agents it had targeted. But his real undoing, along with the poor records in three of his four seasons, was a contentious relationship with star quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3 did not

speak with the media on Monday. Frazier took over for Brad Childress in Minnesota for the final six games of 2010. He got the Vikings to the playoffs as a wild card last season, riding an MVP year from running back Adrian Peterson. But he never solved the Vikings’ quarterback situation — three QBs started in 2013 — and the defense, Frazier’s specialty, ranked 31st overall and against the pass. “It’s a harsh business,” safety Harrison Smith said. “As a player, we all love coach Frazier, as a coach, as a man. You can’t meet a better guy. And also as a player, we didn’t make enough plays on the field. So you just feel like you let him down a little bit.” The Lions were con-

sidered an underachieving team the last two years under Schwartz. After a 6-3 start this year in a division where the Packers and Bears lost their starting quarterbacks for lengthy periods, Detroit fell apart down the stretch. It lost six of its last seven. He had two years and almost $12 million remaining on his deal, signed after the Lions hired him to fix a team that went 0-16 in 2008. “From where we were in 2008 to where we are now it’s a big difference,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “We owe a lot of that to him. He’s a really smart guy and helped us get to where we are. Obviously, we didn’t win as many games as we needed to or as we should have this year.”

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Brown’s tenure ends in disappointment

SAN ANTONIO — One final time, Mack Brown faced the fans and sang the “Eyes of Texas” surrounded by his players after a football game. Then he walked toward the locker room tunnel, flashing the Hook ’Em Horns with his left hand while holding wife Sally tightly with his right. An era had ended with a 30-7 loss to Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl. After 16 years and more wins than anyone besides Darrell Royal, Mack Brown’s run at Texas ended with cheers but no victory to celebrate. He said he had no second thoughts, more than two weeks after his resignation was announced. “I think it’s best for Texas,” Brown said. “It’s best for me, it’s best for the players. We need to win more than eight games. “I really thought we had a chance to win all the games this year. It didn’t work. It’s my job to make that work.” Now it will be up to someone else to make it work as athletic director Steve Patterson continues his search with a timetable of Jan 15. The 62-year-old Brown wasn’t certain about what the future held. He’s still negotiating a buyout from Texas. Since 1985, he has

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been a Division I head coach somewhere. “I’ll probably get up at 6, and be watching a video and be worried about somebody,” Brown said. Of all the games he coached at Texas, the last one might not be his first DVD choice. Like so many games this season and since the appearance in the 2009 BCS title game against Alabama, Texas (8-5) made too many mistakes to stay with a quality opponent in No. 10 Oregon (11-2). Quarterback Case McCoy threw two interceptions that were



returned for touchdown, giving him four this season. On Texas’ first series just 68 seconds into the game, Avery Patterson returned a tipped pass 37 yards. And with Texas just barely on the verge of contention, Derrick Malone returned a hopekilling interception 38 yards into the fourth quarter. More than anything, Brown’s inability to target and develop quarterbacks in a talent-rich state dogged him, right up to his final game. It also overshadowed one of Brown’s best coaching calls, the decision to bring back Greg

Robinson as defensive coordinator two games into the season. The Longhorns yielded 469 yards total offense, including 386 yards to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. But they only gave up 16 points to one of the nation’s top offenses, enough to win. “Just disappointed,” Brown said. “As hard as the guys tried with all the distractions — me being one of those distractions — they’ve done everything right for two weeks.” Brown had steadfastly maintained that he didn’t want the game to be about him. The emotional was unavoidable.

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Today in history Today is Tuesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2013. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 31, 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J. In 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II. In 1972, Major League baseball player Roberto Clemente, 38, was killed when a plane he’d chartered and was traveling on to bring relief supplies to earthquakedevastated Nicaragua crashed shortly after takeoff from Puerto Rico. In 1985, singer Rick Nelson, 45, and six other people were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 that was taking the group to a New Year’s Eve performance in Dallas. Thought for Today: “Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.” — Brooks Atkinson, American drama critic (1894-1984).

South, West attract growth By MICHAEL MEMOLI Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Population growth in Southern and Western states, led by Texas, California and Florida, accounted for more than 80 percent of new residents nationwide over the last three years, surpassing the Northeast and Midwest in the demographic contest that plays a key role in determining states’ political clout, according to census data released Monday. If states continue to grow at the same pace for the rest of the decade, Texas could gain three more congressional seats in 2020, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of the Census Bureau figures. Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Colorado would stand to gain one seat each, while Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota, West Virginia and Rhode Island would lose a seat each. Population estimates are eagerly watched by state officials because the figures determine the flow of money into many federal programs and the number of seats each state receives in the House of Representatives. That number gets readjusted each decade. The new data reinforce a trend that has seen Southern states’ growth outpace that of the Northeast and Midwest. Texas, which gained four seats in the last round of congressional reapportionment, lagged behind only North Dakota and the District of Columbia in the rate of population growth since the 2010 census. California, with 38,332,521 residents, and Texas, with 26,448,193, remain the nation’s most populous states. New York narrowly maintained its thirdplace spot with 19,651,127 residents, compared with Florida’s 19,552,860

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as of July 1. But the Sunshine State will soon surpass New York because its population is growing about three times faster, according to the census estimates, which are based on data measuring births, deaths and migration. As a percent of population, California’s growth again outpaced the national average over the last year, rising 0.9 percent, or 332,643 new residents, compared with 0.7 percent nationwide. But in raw numbers, Texas added the most residents, 387,397. An improving state

ager of the North Dakota census office, said the biggest population growth has been among 19- to 34-year-olds, primarily through migration. “The economic winds have clearly favored North Dakota,” Iverson said, attributing it mainly to the energy boom but also growth in manufacturing and agriculture sectors. “The real question begins to become, to what extent can you continue to grow?” Population in the District of Columbia also grew at a sustained clip,

Texas is “going to keep growing a cumulative advantage in redistricting, until the oil economy turns down again.” — Dowell Myers, demography expert

economy in the second half of 2013 may augur faster growth in California, but Texas still has an advantage because of its energy-based economy and a population that is trending younger. Texas is “going to keep growing a cumulative advantage in redistricting, until the oil economy turns (down) again,” said Dowell Myers, a demography expert and professor at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. “But California’s adding jobs more rapidly now than Texas. So probably next year I would bet that California’s share of the growth is up a little bit more.” North Dakota is the nation’s fastest-growing state, driven by a thriving oil and gas industry. North Dakota’s population stood at 723,393 on July 1, according to the census data, a 3.1 percent increase from 2012. Since the 2010 census, North Dakota’s population has grown 7.6 percent, far outpacing the national rate of 2.4 percent. Kevin Iverson, man-

rising 2.1 percent from 2012 to 2013 to 646,449. Utah grew the next fastest, at a rate of 1.6 percent, followed by Colorado and Texas at 1.5 percent and Nevada at 1.3 percent. West Virginia and Maine saw slight population declines in the last year. Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Vermont and Illinois posted the slowest population growth, all at or near a tenth of 1 percentage point. The national population stood at 316,128,839 on July 1, an increase of 2.3 million. But the annual growth rate nationally continues to lag behind where it was in the mid-2000s before the economic downturn.



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Recovery time can be hard to estimate Dear Dr. Roach: I have a torn meniscus and it has been recommended that I have arthroscopic surgery. I scheduled the surgery after the orthopedic surgeon stated that I would be up and resuming my life three to five days after the surgery. It sounded so matter of fact and relatively easy that I didn’t ask any more questions. I could handle this recovery. Then, as time went on, other people, friends or strangers who had this type of surgery, provided recovery stories, but none of them were as short term as I was led to believe. Stories varied from “Piece

Dr. Keith Roach To Your Good Health of cake” to “Oh no, you will be on crutches for two weeks then six weeks of rehab.” A physician’s assistant in the surgeon’s office described an even longer recovery. I need to know. With my job, I am in and out of my car and walk quite a bit making sales calls. I have a wintertime golf trip planned that I would like to be “good as new” for and enjoy. How far in ad-

vance of the trip should I schedule the surgery? — J.D. Answer: The menisci are doughnut-shaped structures that sit on top of the tibia and provide support for the femur — both bones of the lower leg — helping to keep the femur from moving out of place, and acting as a shock absorber. A meniscus can be torn by a sports injury, but it also can be torn just by usual movement and some degeneration of the cartilage, particularly in those over age 50. Most tears get better with conservative measures, including physical therapy and anti-inflamma-

tory medications, and only a minority require surgery. Unfortunately, I can’t give you a precise time period for your recovery. I have occasionally seen the three to five days your surgeon reported, but that is certainly the optimistic side of things. Six weeks definitely is on the long side. So much depends on your physical condition going into surgery and the acuity and extent of the tear and surgery required to repair it. Certainly, physical therapy after surgery is the best way of recovering quickly and as completely as possible.

d. A copy of this Resolution shall also be sent, no later than 10 days following its adoption (Nov. 22), by certified mail to the following (if applicable): 1. The board of Allen County Commissioners. 2. The governing body of the Iola township where the land to be annexed is located. 3. Any special assessment district or governmental unit providing municipal services to the area proposed to be annexed including, but not limited to, sewer districts, rural water districts, fire districts or improvement districts. 4. Any utilities having facilities within the area proposed to be annexed. 5. The governing body of any school district in the area proposed to be annexed. 6. Any city, county, township or joint planning commission having jurisdiction over the area

proposed to be annexed. 7. Any other political or taxing subdivision located within the area proposed to be annexed. SECTION 4. At the public hearing, a representative of the City will present the City’s proposal for annexation, including the plan of the City for the extension of services to the land proposed for annexation. In determining the advisability of annexation, the Governing Body will consider the criteria set forth in K.S.A. 12-520a(e). ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the Governing Body of the City of Iola, Kansas, this 12th of November, 2013. Joel Wicoff, Mayor ATTEST: Roxanne Hutton, City Clerk APPROVED AS TO FORM: Robert E. Johnson II, City Attorney (12) 31


Public notice (First published in The Iola Register, December 24, 2013) RESOLUTION NO. 2013-11 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF IOLA, KANSAS, REGARDING A PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ANNEXATION OF THE COUNTRY ESTATES SUBDIVISION AND OTHER ADJOINING LOTS AND TRACTS. WHEREAS, the Governing Body is considering annexation of the Country Estates Subdivision, which is a platted subdivision adjoining the City, and other lots and tracts generally located north and west of the intersection of North State Street and Kansas Avenue in Iola, in the Southwest Quarter of Section 22, Township 24 South, Range 18 East, all meeting the conditions set forth in Kansas Statutes Annotated (K.S.A.) 12520; and WHEREAS, the Governing Body has approved a report regarding the annexation that contains all of the information required by K.S.A. 12-520a and K.S.A. 12-520b, including a plan for extension of services to the area proposed to be annexed, which report is available for inspection in the City Clerk’s office during normal business hours; and WHEREAS, a public hearing on the proposed annexation has been set for 6:00 p.m. January 14, 2014, at the Dr. Silas Bass North Community Center pursuant to K.S.A. 12-520a. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF IOLA, KANSAS: SECTION 1. The governing body of the City of Iola, Kansas, is considering the annexation of the following described land: A tract of land located in the Southwest Quarter of Section 22, Township 24 South, Range 18 East, and being all of Country Estate Subdivision, and certain adjoining lots and tracts in the County of Allen, Kansas, according to the recorded plats thereof and being more particularly described in the attached map. SECTION 2. The Governing Body finds that the above described property adjoins the City of Iola and meets the criteria under K.S.A. 12-520. SECTION 3. To properly consider the proposed annexation of the land described above, the Governing Body orders the following: a. A public hearing on the proposed annexation will be held not less than 60 nor more than 70


days following the date of adoption of the resolution. The date of the hearing has been set for Tuesday, January 14, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Dr. Silas Bass North Community Center, located at 505 N. Buckeye St., Iola, KS 66749 for the purpose of the Governing Body determining the advisability of such annexation. b. A copy of this Resolution, and a sketch of the land proposed to be annexed, shall be sent by certified mail to each owner of land proposed to be annexed not more than 10 days following the date of the adoption of the resolution (mail no later than Nov. 22). c. A copy of this resolution, and a sketch of the land proposed to be annexed, shall be published in the official City newspaper not less than one week, but no more than two weeks preceding the date fixed for the public hearing (publish between Dec. 31 and Jan. 7).


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Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele gets ID card HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii woman whose last name is 36 characters long has finally gotten the whole thing to fit on her driver’s license and state identification card. Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele (KAY’-ee-hah-nah-EE’coo-COW’-ah-KAH’-heeHOO’-lee-heh-eh-KAH’how-NAH-eh-leh) has a surname that consists of 35 letters plus an okina, a mark used in the Hawaiian alphabet. She received her new license and ID after her campaign to get her full name on the cards prompted the state Department of Transportation to change its policy to expand the number of characters that can appear. Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, 54, said Monday that she’s happy she was able to help fix the problem of identification cards lacking sufficient space for long names. “Now, in the state of Hawaii, we are no longer second class citizens because of the length of our name,” she said. Hawaii driver’s licenses and ID cards previously had room for names totaling up to 35 characters. The new policy allows 40

characters for last names, 40 for first names and 35 for middle names. Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele got the name when she married her Hawaiian husband in 1992. He used only the one



name, which his grandfather gave him after it came to him in a dream. Under the old policy, Hawaii County issued Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele her driver’s license and state ID with the last letter of her

Department of Transportation announced it expanded the character limits. Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is now hoping to get the Social Security Administration to allow more charac-

ters on its identification cards. The agency’s cards have two lines for names. The first line has 26 spaces for first and middle names while the second line has 26 spaces for a last name and suffix.


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