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34 Pages • Four Sections
Volume 20 • Number 48
Thursday, July 11, 2013
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Cities weigh in on 20% water reduction As he looks at water consumption data over the past year, Mike Todd has reason to be proud of the way Scott City residents have responded to the call to conserve. A year ago, when drought conditions had the city on the verge of exceeding its water rights, consumers reduced water usage significantly. “Our goal was to reduce us-
SC feels it is already making huge strides age over the final five months by 25 percent. We hit 32 percent,” says the city’s public works director. Even with that sharp reduction, the city still pumped 405.9 million gallons of water last year. It was the second highest
on record, exceeded only by 440.1 million gallons pumped in 2002. Aided by a public information campaign and outdoor watering restrictions that began May 1, water usage through the first six months of this year is
down 26 percent - or 51,837,000 gallons - compared to the same time a year ago. Usage this year, through July 10, has been 149.78 million gallons, compared with 201.62 million gallons in 2012. So when Todd hears that the
city might have to cut its usage by another 20 percent as part of a Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA), he has a difficult time getting on board with the plan. For example, he points out that annual water consumption by the city from 2008-12 was 345.4 million gallons. Cut that by 20 percent and that leaves (See CITIES on page two)
search continues for the
human element Mammoth site still holds great potential for KU archeologists When the remains of a mammoth were discovered in northeast Scott County two years ago it captured the imagination of archeologists from the University of Kansas. A mammoth, in and of itself, would be interesting enough. What has driven archeologists and anthropologists to return to the site in each of the past two years has been a small pile of knapping material - or flint pieces - that could have only been left behind by humans. Archeologists are trying to determine if there is any link between the humans who created the flint fragments and mammoth’s death. “The mammoth find is significant on its own,” acknowledges Kale Bruner, team leader of the latest expedition from the University of Kansas that spent nearly three weeks on-site at the Mike Scheuerman farm uncovering more remains and removing them for further study. The team is working through the Odyssey program which is an endowed fund established to find evidence of the earliest Americans on the Central Plains. “Of even greater interest is establishing that humans were on the landscape at the same time. That’s the goal,” says Bruner, an archeologist with the KU Department of Anthropology.
Helen Sangster of the Odyssey archeological team from the University of Kansas carefully removes dirt from a mammoth bone that was recently uncovered in northeastern Scott County. (Record Photo)
(See MAMMOTH on page eight)
Grim wheat harvest is wrapping up
There has been some good news with the area’s wheat harvest, but it’s often been hard to find. Northern Lane County was one of those rare places where reports exceeded the average. “We averaged close to 40 bushels,” says Mark Cramer about his dryland wheat. “We were pretty lucky.” That was about double what many wheat farmers received as one traveled farther west - if
they were able to cut anything. “Our dryland was pretty much all over the place,” says Wichita County Extension Agent Allen Baker, who estimates the harvest is 90-95 percent complete. Dryland ranged from 4-30 bushels per acre and irrigated was 30 to 65 bushels. As many expected, the irrigated wheat was impacted by the late freeze, but the drought probably had the bigger impact
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on reduced yields. “The freeze was probably the final straw. If it hadn’t been for the freeze, there probably would have been some pretty good irrigated yields,” says Baker. Looking for a bright spot in the harvest, Baker noted that with the stunted height lodging wasn’t a problem this year. In addition, the quality of the wheat seems to have held up in most instances. (See WHEAT on page 10)
Council to act on bids for subdivision projects The Scott City Council will take action Monday on bids received for curb/gutter, streets and earthwork at two housing subdivision projects. Two bids were received at the last council meeting and were being reviewed by the public works director and the project engineer before being taken back to the council. The Eastridge bids were right on target with the engineer’s estimate while the bids were slightly higher in the Prairie Meadows Addition. (See COUNCIL on page two)
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Cities the city with 276.3 million gallons. From January through March, average water usage in the city is 13 million gallons, which would represent normal household and commercial use. Take that amount times 12 and that adds up to 156 million gallons. With a 20 percent reduction total of 276.3 million gallons, and “normal” usage of 156 million gallons, that leaves the city just 10 million gallons per month for all other purposes - watering for lawn and parks, additional commercial purposes and growth of the community. “I don’t see how it can be done,” Todd said on Tuesday during a meeting that included representatives from the City of Leoti and Groundwater Management District No. 1. Putting those concerns aside for the moment, Todd acknowledged that the city’s conservation efforts have been a “very successful story.” At the same time, he feels the city can still be doing more to promote conservation, or penalize those who haven’t reduced usage. “I’d like to see another tier of water rates that will make it even more painful for the big users,” he said.
Aggressive Rates Leoti, on the other hand, is taking a more aggressive position when it comes to water rates. The city is raising rates in incremental steps each
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month - about three percent - until it reaches the designated goal of $45 per month for minimum usage of 5,000 gallons or less. Customers who exceed the minimum will then pay $4 per thousand gallons. That compares with Scott City’s current residential and commercial base rate (for 3/4 inch line) of $13.90 per month for minimum usage of 2,500 gallons. The twotiered rate structure charges $1.70 per thousand for usage between 2,500 and 40,000 gallons and $2.72 per thousand for usage over 40,000 gallons per month. “You hate to sound like an alarmist, but we have to do something,” says Leoti City Clerk Kasper Lechtenberg. “We’re sitting on only about 30 feet of water and we have people in town who are using 160,000 gallons per month.” Lechtenberg noted the city had increased its base rate for water in January 2011 from $18.30 (including 2,000 gallons) to $30 (including 5,000 gallons). “We caught a lot of criticism, but we didn’t see the reduction in usage that we expected to see,” he said. “In fact, consumption increased.” Leoti Councilwoman Lori Christensen says the 20 percent reduction that’s being suggested if the LEMA is formed wouldn’t be enough. She was interested in following some of the steps that
Scott City has taken to reduce usage. King says that she often hears that a 20 percent reduction probably isn’t enough. “The reason that we’re working with this figure is from an economic standpoint,” she explained. “If we do too much, too quickly, there’s concern that it could have a detrimental impact on farmers.” That fear could also make it more difficult for a LEMA to gain approval in the five-county GWMD.
Bending the Rules
Todd noted the city’s water restriction ordinance allows individuals who seed or sod a new lawn to water their lawns for a 30-day period between the hours of noon and 7:00 p.m. The one flaw in that ordinance, says Todd, is that individuals are overseeding their lawn and using that as a loophole to water during the restricted time frame. “We had one individual do this and then they continued watering (during the restricted time) even after the 30 days,” says Todd. “We contacted them and they didn’t turn off their water so I shut off their water at the meter. State law gives me the authority to do that.” “I can raise 200-bushel corn with 18 inches of water,” said Scott City Councilman Bo Parkinson. “Seventy-five inches of water (per year) for a lawn is excessive.”
The Scott City Council has authorized the police department to contact individuals who don’t follow the watering restrictions and Todd has also given his public works employees the same authority. Todd also noted that local hardware stores and plumbing companies have agreed to sell only lowflow toilets and shower heads. Despite the city’s success, Todd says not everyone is on board. He can identify instances of single-resident homes that are using in excess of 166,000 gallons of water per month during the summer. “If people are willing to watch it, there’s still a lot of room for conservation,” he said. In Scott City’s case, where it can be shown that water conservation steps have reduced usage by more than 20 percent, GWMD Director Jan King is hopeful that will be enough to satisfy the goal under a LEMA. “It’s unfair to expect you to reduce another 20 percent,” she said. “I think we can work around that.” Christensen feels there is support from the Leoti governing body to make a stronger push for water conservation. “We have a council that wants to be aggressive in reducing water usage,” she said. “I think we could see a significant savings over the next couple of years.”
Leoti hiking rates to promote more conservation
With a steady decline in the Ogallala Aquifer, the Leoti City Council has decided that the best way to prolong the availability of water for its residents is through higher water rates. A 36 percent increase in the monthly minimum water bill in January 2011 was just the beginning. When the new rate system is fully into effect by January 2016, the monthly minimum will stand at $45 per month and customers will pay $4 per thousand gallons for any water usage beyond the 5,000-gallon minimum. The council learned a lesson when it decided to increase the basic monthly rate from $18.30 (for 2,000 gallons) to $30 (for 5,000 gallons) in January 2011. “That kind of an increase was hard on people, especially those on a fixed income,” noted City Clerk Kasper Lechtenberg. The new rate structure is being phased in over a three-year period. The monthly minimum charge increases by 50 cents per month before topping out at $45 in June 2015. When the new rates are fully in effect, a customer who uses 25,000 gallons of water will pay $125, an increase of $60 from what rates were before the city ordinance took effect in January of this year. A customer who uses 40,000 gallons of water will pay $185 - up from $98.75.
Spreading the increase over three years has its pros and cons. “This year everyone has three years to plan for it,” notes Lechtenberg. “On the other hand, it’s gradual enough that people may become accustomed to paying the rates and we lose the conservation element that we’re striving for. At the same time, you figure there comes a point where the rates will catch everyone’s attention.” While the council has discussed purchasing additional water rights, it doesn’t appear to be a viable option. “There’s about 30 feet of water in the area around Leoti, according to the (Kansas Geological Survey). This is before the (irrigation) drawdown each summer,” says Lechtenberg. When the city recently pulled a water well for maintenance they found the water table had a depth of about 22 feet. “Just about anywhere you go you’re going to be purchasing water rights that are limited by the availability of water in the aquifer,” notes Lechtenberg. “Even if we acquire water rights somewhere near the city we’re still faced with a limited water supply. “We’re eventually going to have to deal with the fact we need to conserve what water is left so we can prolong the aquifer as long as possible.”
Area Upcoming Events
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Earles Engineering had estimated the cost for improvements in the Eastridge Addition would be $304,382. B&H Paving, Scott City, submitted the low bid of $303,543 while APAC/Shears submitted a bid of $307,867. Both were well below the $325,000 in bonds approved by the council. Bids in the Prairie Meadows Addition on the southwest edge of Scott City were above the engineer’s estimate of $268,648. B&H Paving again submitted the low bid of $275,069 while APAC/Shears bid $277,978. Bids have been accepted for sewer and water line extensions to the Prairie Meadows addition. Dreiling Construction, Garden City, submitted the low bid of $31,300 to install eight- and 10-inch water mains to the site. Lee Construction, Garden City, was awarded the bid for installation of an eight-inch sewer main with manholes at a cost of $54,800.
Lane County Fair
Boy Scout Feed
Scott County Fair
July 31-Aug. 3 Wichita County Fair Sept. 6-7
Showdown on Plains BBQ Scott City
What’s for Lunch in Scott City? Sun. - Sat., July 14 - 20
Majestic Theatre 420 Main • 872-3840
Lunch • Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Evenings • Thurs., Fri., Sat.5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Tues. • Open faced prime rib sandwich with fries, $10.95 Wed. •Smothered steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, $6.95 Thurs. • Reuben sandwich with chips, $6.95 Fri. • Pork burrito, $6.95
What’s for Supper? The Broiler 1211 Main • 872-3215
Mon. • Sat. 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sun. • 5:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Break speci fast every als night .
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
• Chili Cheese Dog • 1/4 lb Cheeseburger • 3 Piece Chicken Strips with
Fries, 21 oz. Drink and Small Sundae
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Mon.• Chicken fry Tues.• Hamburger steak with mushrooms and onions Wed.• Fried chicken Thurs.• Mountain oysters Fri.• Seafood specials Sat. • Prime rib 102 Main St. • 872-5055
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County fair time is just around the corner
It’s fair time and on behalf of the Extension office, the Scott County Fair Board and all its volunteers, we would like to invite you out to see what it’s all about. Scott County has a wonderful fair and you can see all the fair exhibits for free, including the horse and livestock shows. There is a charge for the special entertainment and the carnival, but Beefiesta, all of the kids games, including the tractor pull, and the Barnyard Olympics are free.
In 1963 . . .
If you come out to the fair, please keep in mind some safety tips, especially if you have children. If you visit the livestock barns, please watch your footing. There are rubber hoses lying around and other livestock equipment. Also, if you open a gate leave it the same way that you found it - closed.
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Riedl
But most importantly, watch where you are walking in proximity to the animals. Cattle are especially dangerous if you get too close, they can kick. Pigs can bite. They typically don’t, but can. Just don’t put your hand close to their face. Let your children pet them on the back. The sheep and goats are fairly safe, but just use caution. Never open a cage, pen or crate. Bunnies are cute, but can be dangerous should you try to hold
Dean Riedl and Ruth Wells were united in marriage on July 21, 1963, at Scott City. The couple has three children, Twilla Snell, Claremore, Okla., Harold Riedl, Scott City, and the late Pearl Sue Riedl.
in 1969, was promoted to Officer in Charge in 1971, and installed as Postmaster that same year. She held that position until the Modoc Post Office closed in 1988. At that time she applied for the job as Postmaster at Marienthal where she served until her retirement in1992. At the time she began working for the postal service, the Modoc Post Office was located in the old Modoc Garage, which
Anna Yeager and Andrew Sevy
Couple plans July 27 wedding
Irvin and Rose Yeager, Scott City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna, to Andrew Sevy, son of Doug and Valerie Sevy, Temecula, Calif. The bride-to-be is a Scott Community High School graduate, and is attending Brigham Young is no longer in business. University-Idaho, RexA room was built onto burg, Idaho, majoring in the Cole family home to biology. house the post office and she was paid rent for the space. A little brass bell attached to the door alerted her when she needed to be in the office. That bell is a part of the display at the museum, along with the flags that were flown the last day she served as Postmaster at each of those facilities.
Post Office memorabilia is new exhibit at El Quartelejo Museum
The temporary gallery at El Quartelejo Museum, Scott City, is now featuring a unique display of U.S. Post Office memorabilia owned by Joy Cole. This colorful exhibit includes stamps, posters and retail collectibles that were sold by the Postal Service during the years Cole served as Postmaster at both the Modoc and Marienthal post offices. Cole began her postal career as leave replacement at the Modoc office
looked at and enjoyed. When attending an entertainment event, the public is allowed in the stands only, not behind in the area set aside for the entertainers. Heat can also be a concern, so please be prepared. Drink non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated. Water and other drinks will be available at the concession stands. There will be various organizations offering concessions at the fair. Please support them (plus the food is good). There are many special
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Riedls to be honored on July 20 with golden anniversary open house
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Riedl, Scott City, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on Sat., July 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m., at Area 96, 308 W. 5th St., Scott City. The come-and-go event will be hosted by their children.
them. They will scratch you if you don’t properly handle them. If you choose to pet a critter, please make sure that you properly wash your hands and wrists with hot soapy water before eating anything. When visiting the exhibit buildings, please keep all children in hand. Many of these items on display are prized possessions of those who are gracious enough to share them with us and we would not want them to get broken. Items are not to be handled but to be
The prospective groom served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the England Manchester Mission. He is a chemistry major at BYU-I. The couple is planning a July 27 wedding at the San Diego, Calif., L.D.S. temple. A reception will be held in the early evening at Temecula.
events that are free. •Tues., July 16, 6:30 p.m.: 4-H and open class hand pet and cat show, •Sun., July 21, 10:00 a.m.: special service in the grandstand featuring the Prairie Land Church. •Tues., July 23, 9:00 a.m.: 4-H horse show at the indoor arena. There will also be barrel racing and team roping in the evening. •Wed., July 24, 9:00 a.m.: rabbit and poultry show. The 4-H style revue will be in front of the grandstand at 7:00 p.m. (See FAIR on page 7)
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New housing won’t solve real problem in Scott City
An e-mail circulated this week to the Scott City business community told of a local store manager who was in panic mode searching for a rental home. She had reached the end of her company’s moving allowance and was so frustrated that it “makes me want to pack up my stuff and leave Scott City.” We’d like to say this individual’s plight is unique, but it’s not. We’ve heard countless stories over the past 3-4 years of individuals who didn’t move here because they couldn’t find rental housing or didn’t stay because the available housing was substandard and/or overpriced. If not for an individual who took it upon himself to construct duplex rentals, the situation would be even worse. Unfortunately, the local effort in tackling this problem seems to keep missing the point. There is a thinking that two new housing subdivisions (we’re talking a minimum of $125,000 per home) will help ease the housing crunch. These individuals subscribe to the “trickle up” theory of housing that the individual building a $200,000 home will vacate a $150,000 home, allowing for the individual living in a $100,000 home to move upwards, etc. It sounds good on paper and, perhaps on a very limited scale, will even happen. But it ignores reality. Not everyone wants to be a homeowner for several reasons: 1) If they’ve just accepted a job in Scott City they are still uncertain whether this is where they or their family want to be for the long-term. 2) They lack the money for a down payment. 4) They simply don’t want to own a home. The theory of trickle up housing has no impact on these people. Those individuals responsible for the two housing development projects are to be commended for their faith in Scott City and its potential for growth. However, that growth won’t be fully realized until . . . and unless . . . we also take a proactive approach to offer rental housing. It’s not just the individual cited above who is frustrated with the housing situation in Scott City. Most any businessman who has attempted to hire someone from outside this community can relate a similar story. The Scott County Hospital may be experiencing more growth than any other industry in Scott City at the present time, but their efforts are being hindered by the lack of rental housing for its employees. We can talk all we want about economic development. The city and the county can boost ecodevo funding to $100,000 a year. Heck, make it $200,000 or $300,000, but if we don’t address the rental housing crisis in Scott City, eco-devo efforts will be a lot of talk with little substance. Rental housing is the No. 1 key to growth in Scott City. It’s not how many $200,000 homes we can build. Until we acknowledge that and fully buy into finding a solution we won’t realize our full potential. In fact, we run the risk of sliding backwards as potential businesses and workers look elsewhere.
Poor are an easier target than defense spending
Examples of military extravagance and waste are legendary. Yet, the Office of the Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has come up with another example. There is a $34 million command center that was built in southern Afghanistan which U.S. Marines said they didn’t ask for and won’t use. But it was built anyway . . . and it sits empty. Once U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, it’s speculated that the facility will be torn down because the Afghans have no means of maintaining it. Yet it was built with taxpayer dollars and someone made a nice profit as a result. Who authorized its construction is unknown, as well as the profiteers. Yet, outside of the liberal media, there is likely to be nothing said about this waste. In a $530 billion defense budget, $34 million is pocket change, but it’s money that could have been saved - or better spent helping those in need within our own borders. Where is the outrage Tea Party? What are you going to do about it Congressman Tim Huelskamp? Or is it much easier to go after SNAP money which aids poor people who can’t afford highpriced lobbyists?
Innocence lost to Red Menace
The Big Red Menace is alive and well and it’s teaching our kids about sex. Who’d have thought that when we were fighting the Cold War, it wasn’t the threat of nuclear annihilation that should have been our biggest concern, but the threat of Communists teaching our kids about the birds and the bees? Conservative Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert (Texas) has added Communism to the sex education debate (actually, we didn’t know there was a debate until Gohmert raised the issue). According to Gohmert, sex-ed in the classroom reminds him of the summer he spent as an exchange student in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and when children were told they “don’t belong to parents, they belong to the state.” So, naturally, Gohmert drew a comparison with sex-ed since children are being forced to learn things against the will of their parents because they actually belong to
the “state” and the parents have no control over what is being taught. In an interview on the Christian conservative “WallBuilders Live” radio program, Gohmert said that teaching kids about the birds and the bees ruins their innocence and dreams. “Let them dream. Let them . . . play. Let them enjoy their life,” says Gohmert. When it comes to sexuality, “they’ll find out soon enough.” I’m reluctant to say so, but I think Gohmert is right. As I look back on life I can see so many instances where knowledge only helped to shatter my dreams. There was a time when I thought I would be the lead singer or guitarist in a rock and roll band and make millions of dollars, retiring to some faraway island surrounded by . . .
well, you get the picture. That was before I realized that one must also be talented enough to play an instrument or sing a note. It was my Communist music and band teachers who shattered those dreams. I once believed that it would be possible to own a million dollar home with a couple of Maseratis in the garage and a pool in the backyard. But that was before I learned that you need a job which provides a big enough paycheck to afford these luxuries (which I thought were necessities. Another shattered dream.) I blame my Communist business teacher for this unwelcome dose of reality. I had the mistaken belief that it was possible to borrow as much money as I want, spend as much as I want and reduce my income by as much as I want and that it wouldn’t matter because I’d always be able to do everything I want in life. That was until my Communist math teacher told me that it was impossible for that to happen because the numbers
don’t add up. Unfortunately, I didn’t listen to my non-Communist government teacher who said that with that kind of thinking I had a bright future in politics. I tried to convince a few girls in my class that, as a white male, it was my obligation to tell them what they could and could not do with their bodies (with my help of course). I was informed, in no uncertain terms by these future Communist sympathizers, that I was wrong. For a brief time in my life I envisioned myself as a professional basketball player . . . until no one was interested in drafting a five-foot-nothing guard who couldn’t dribble with his left hand or shoot with his right hand. I blame my genetically-challenged Communist parents for this shortcoming. And I might add the same thing about my nonexistent baseball and golfing careers. Yes, it’s become painfully clear over the years that the only thing that kept me from realizing (See MENACE on page six)
Is Snowden a hero or villain?
So is Edward Snowden a hero or a creepy betrayer? The fact that he is huddled in a Moscow airport waiting for some country to take him in lends credence to the betrayer view. Since September 11, 2001, a lot of queasy liberals have cut the U.S. government a fair amount of slack when it comes to surveillance of potential terrorist plots. The attacks happened, after all. And more plots followed. Al-Qaeda is no paranoid fantasy. We can’t have people with topsecret information making national policy, as freelances. But as one detail after another has emerged in the wake of Snowden’s initial disclosures, the weight of evidence keeps shifting to the hero side of the scale. Put aside for the moment Snowden’s motives, or character
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defects, or awkward international flight from Hong Kong to Russia. History is likely to record him as something of a hero for the long overdue national debate that he has forced. Since Snowden, a largely intimidated press has begun doing its job, and the revelations are not pretty. We’ve learned that the plain old Post Office opens the mail of lots of non-violent Americans associated with radical protests, without the niceties of search warrants. We’ve learned more details about a long history of cooperation between the telecom industry and spy agencies. We’ve learned that the U.S. bugs its closest allies.
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And that those allies, like France, have similar electronic dragnet programs themselves! We’ve learned that NSA officials have repeatedly lied to Congress. And we’ve also learned that the people who set up the internal security system for the NSA itself were dopes. They allowed a hacker the keys to the kingdom, without even the sort of checks that would reveal whether he was using the information at his command legitimately. Suppose his motive had been blackmail? Suppose he were in deep cover for al-Qaeda? Just when you think you’ve heard it all, more details pour out. The fact that America’s European allies were willing to bow to Washington’s demand to deny a refueling stop to Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane because
Sen. Pat Roberts 109 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-4774 roberts.senate.gov/email.htm
of the suspicion that Snowden might be aboard tells you something about who rules the world when push comes to shove. Europeans, outraged at the revelations of U.S. spying on the EU’s Washington mission, threatened to scuttle pending negotiations for a trans-Atlantic Free Trade area (TAFTA). But that dispute was quickly papered over with a deal to pursue the spying issue on one track and the trade deal on the other. The proposed trade agreement is not really about cutting tariffs, which are already low. It’s about using “free trade” to get rid of pesky economic, social, labor, and environmental regulations such as those regarding genetically modified food, that annoy multinational corporations. (See VILLAIN on page six)
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We can handle the truth about NSA spying by Eugene Robinson
I don’t believe government officials when they say the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs do not invade our privacy. The record suggests that you shouldn’t believe them, either. It pains me to sound like some Rand Paul acolyte. I promise I’m not wearing a tinfoil hat or scanning the leaden sky for black helicopters. I just wish our government would start treating us like adults - more important, like participants in a democracy - and stop lying. We can handle the truth. The starkest lie came in March at a Senate intelligence committee hearing, when Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper a simple question: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on mil-
lions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper replied, “No, sir.” As we’ve learned from Edward Snowden, a former analyst for an NSA contractor, Clapper’s answer was patently false. The agency collects metadata - essentially, a detailed log - of many and perhaps all of our domestic phone calls. Lying to Congress is a serious offense; baseball legend Roger Clemens was tried - and acquitted - on criminal charges for allegedly lying about steroid use at a congressional hearing. The chance that Clapper will face similar peril, however, is approximately zero. Following Snowden’s revelations, Clapper said that an honest answer to Wyden’s question would have required him to divulge highly classified secrets, so he gave the “least untruthful” answer he could come up with.
By what authority does the government collect data on our private communications? We don’t know. More accurately, we’re not permitted to know.
Clapper apparently believes that “least” is a synonym for “most.” In a recent letter to the Senate intelligence committee, Clapper said he thought Wyden was asking about the content of domestic communications - which the NSA says it does not collect “wittingly,” for what that’s worth - rather than about the metadata. “Thus, my response was clearly erroneous,” Clapper wrote, “for which I apologize.” He sounded like the cheating husband, caught in flagrante by his wife, who feigns surprise and says, “What mistress? Oh, you mean that mistress.” Clapper’s defenders say Wyden unfairly asked a question that he knew the director could
not answer. But Wyden says he sent the question to Clapper’s office a day in advance - and gave him the chance to amend his answer afterward. Also untrue is President Obama’s assertion that the NSA surveillance programs are “transparent.” They are, in fact, completely opaque - or were, until Snowden started leaking the agency’s secrets. By what authority does the government collect data on our private communications? We don’t know. More accurately, we’re not permitted to know. A provision of the Patriot Act allows the FBI to seek warrants “requiring the production of any tangible things (including books, records, papers, documents and other items) for an investigation to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.” Seizing records that pertain to an investigation is not the
same thing as compiling a comprehensive log of billions of domestic phone calls. How has the law been stretched - I mean, interpreted - to accommodate the NSA’s wish to compile a record of our contacts, associations and movements? The government refuses to tell us. We know that permission for this surveillance was granted by one or more judges of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. But the court’s proceedings and rulings are secret. We don’t know what argument the government made in seeking permission to conduct this kind of vacuum-cleaner surveillance. We don’t know what the court’s legal reasoning was in granting the authority. We don’t know whether the court considers other laws so elastic. (See SPYING on page six)
Employer mandate delay will have minimal impact by John Arensmeyer
Texas unleashes political quackery by Jim Hightower
In 2007, a Texas school superintendent rejected any need for sex education classes. Noting that many students in his district live on farms, he said: “They get a pretty good sex education from their animals.” Guess which state is No. 1 in teen pregnancies? Yes, Texas. And who should be the ones to make medical decisions about pregnancies? Not women, their doctors, or their ministers. Rather, the macho Republican autocrats and theocrats who control Texas state government say they are the ones to decide such deeply-personal matters. How embarrassing for these political bullies, then, to have
had their repressive, extremist, and dangerous anti-choice legislation derailed by . . . well, by women. Some 2,000 of them recently flooded into the Capitol building to support Sen. Wendy Davis, who mounted an 11-hour filibuster against the GOP’s scheme, and this crowd of women shouted down the “leaders” when they tried to rig the rules to silence Davis and ram their bill into law. The women’s outcry startled Gov. Rick “Oops” Perry, who later whimpered that the people’s assertion of citizen’s authority was a “hijacking of the democratic process.” Odd concept: The people “hijacking” democracy.
Odder yet is that these same Republicans once tried to hijack Sen. Davis’ district by gerrymandering most of her minority voters into another district. And now Perry is trying to hijack reality, huffing and puffing that he’ll slap down the women’s opposition to his assault on their rights, because that’s “what the people of this state hired us to do.” Get a grip, Rick. In a June poll, 74 percent of Texas voters (including six out of 10 Republicans) say such personal medical decisions should be made by women and their doctors, not by political quacks masquerading as Talabanic moral autocrats. Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker and author
The Obama administration made big news last week when it announced that it will delay until 2015 the requirement in the new health care law that employers with more than 50 employees provide their workers with health insurance. This requirement has generated huge amounts of interest since the law passed in 2010. One talking head after another has bemoaned it as a job-killing requirement that impacts the most vulnerable of job creators: small businesses. If there’s one good thing about the announcement to delay this requirement, it’s that it may shine a light on just how little an impact this requirement has on small businesses. Lets look at some statistics: •Ninety-six percent of businesses in this country have fewer than 50 employees. That’s right. The vast majority of businesses are already exempt from having to offer their employees health insurance. For these employers, delaying the requirement a year means absolutely nothing. •Ninety-six percent of businesses with more than 50 employees already offer insurance. Health insurance is called a benefit for a reason, and companies that can provide that benefit have a competitive advantage over companies that can’t. Some people stay at jobs they don’t like simply for the health insurance. (It happens so often it
even has a technical term: “job lock.”) What’s more, there’s a confirmed connection between the size of a company and its ability to offer insurance. The respected Kaiser Family Foundation found the larger a business is, the more likely it will offer insurance. Here are some figures from Kaiser’s study: •Forty-nine percent of firms with three to nine workers offer insurance. •Seventy-one percent of firms with 10 to 24 workers offer insurance. •Eighty-five percent of firms with 25 to 29 workers offer insurance. •Ninety-six percent of firms with more than 50 workers offer insurance. •Ninety-nine percent of firms with more than 200 workers offer insurance. See the trend? Bigger businesses are better able to afford insurance. Larger firms with more employees have more bargaining power with the insurance companies, allowing them to get better rates. The policy makers who wrote the Affordable Care Act didn’t pick the 50-employee cutoff out of a hat. They knew that most businesses with more than 50 employees already offer insurance. Now, just one more stat: •Only the four percent of larger employers that do not offer health insurance will be impacted by the delay . . . or by the requirement in general, for that matter. (See IMPACT on page six)
America’s elites have lost the selfless spirit Ten generations have come and gone since 1776. Yet the Founders still fascinate us. Books about Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington still regularly dot our best-seller lists. What so attracts us to these men of means who put their security and their considerable comfort at risk for a greater good? Maybe the contrast with what we see all around us. Today’s men of means display precious little selfless behavior. Our CEOs and bankers seem fixated - almost totally - on their own corporate and personal bottom lines. They don’t lead the nation. They steal from it. So who can blame the rest of us for daydreaming about a time when a significant chunk
behind the headlines by Sam Pizzigati
of our elite showed a real sense of responsibility to something grander than the size of their individual fortunes? Actually, suggests University of Michigan sociologist Mark Mizruchi, we don’t have to go back to 1776 to find Americans of ample means who cared about “the needs of the larger society.” We had this sort of elite just a half-century ago, he argues in his new book “The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite.” Many of America’s corporate leaders, Mizruchi writes, spent the years right after World War
II engaged in public-spirited debate over how best to put the Great Depression behind us. These corporate leaders didn’t try to gut the social safety net the New Deal created. They helped stretch this safety net even wider. They even accepted high income tax rates on big incomes - their incomes. Mizruchi takes care not to go overboard. The mid-20th century’s corporate leaders regularly did battle with unions and other groups that spoke directly for average Americans. But these corporate leaders also displayed “an ethic of responsibility,” notes Mizruchi. They compromised. They tried to offer solutions. They behaved, on the whole, far more admirably than the union-busters, tax-dodgers and bailout art-
ists who rule America’s biggest banks and corporations today. What explains why our elite behaved so much better back then? One reason: Corporate leaders in the 1950s and 1960s had to share center stage with a strong labor movement. Organized labor wields much less influence today. This weakened labor movement has allowed wealth and power to concentrate ferociously at America’s economic summit. And the resulting inequality, in turn, may be the key to understanding why corporate leaders a half-century ago much more resembled the elite of 1776 than those of our own time. In both 1776 and the mid20th century, our most financially fortunate found themselves in relatively equal societies. On the
eve of the American Revolution, new research documents, England’s 13 American colonies had a much more equal distribution of income and wealth than the nations of Europe. In the years right after World War II, the United States enjoyed a similar epoch of relative equality. CEOs in the 1950s only made 20 to 30 times what their workers made, not the 200 and 300 times more, on average, that top corporate execs routinely rake in today. In both 1776 and 1976 America, the top one percent overall took under 10 percent of the nation’s income. The top one percent share today, as economist Emmanuel Saez details, is running over double that level. (See SPIRIT on page six)
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Chinese students remain classmates forever
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We do know that the court’s secret hearings are not adversarial, meaning that there is no push-back from advocates of civil liberties. And we know that since its inception the court has approved more than 30,000 government requests for surveillance warrants and refused only 11. I accept that the administration officials, Justice Department lawyers, federal judges, FBI agents and NSA analysts involved in the phone surveillance and other programs are acting in good faith. The same is true of members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, who are supposed to be providing oversight. But honorable intentions are not enough - especially when we know that much of what these honorable officials have told us is false. The biggest lie of all? That the American people don’t even deserve to be told what their laws mean, much less how those laws are being used. Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and former assistant managing editor for The Washington Post
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Being a college classmate may not be a “big deal” in America. But it comes close to “BFF” (best friends forever) in China. School ends in early July and it is graduation time here for college seniors. Across campus, on the steps of each department, students assemble in their academic regalia for final pictures. Their group identity has seen them through four years of study and sacrifice. They worked together as a unit to survive. Their four years together will make them classmates (“tong xue”) for life. When they arrive at college as freshmen, Chinese students serve a brief 3-4 weeks in quasi-
Menace my true potential was the ever-present Communist influence in the world around me. I blame liberals for not extinguishing the threat of communism when we had the chance with the pressing of a red button. Instead, these bleeding hearts felt that complete annihilation was too extreme and, as a result, the Communist menace is no longer in the Soviet Union or in China or in Vietnam, but it’s in
Villain American and European corporations have had access to negotiating documents (and helped write them), but not the public. The fact that even revelations about the US spying on the EU could not derail that scheme also tells you a lot about who rules (corporations.) But I digress. For me, the stunner so far is the revelation in Sunday’s New York Times that the 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court has become a kind of “parallel Supreme Court,” presiding over a secret system of justice, immune from any kind of adversary process or legislative oversight or Fourth Amendment protections. The FISA court, the
military training, somewhat like our ROTC on campus, but very brief. They don uniforms, carry packs, march and drill. Our U.S. military calculates all of these students as a huge potential pool for call-up, but these are not a two-year trained, hardened Israeli student militia. These kids are more giggles than guns. They leave this behind for the rest of their four years of college; they are like college kids anywhere. During this short drill experience, they selected group leaders from among those who volunteered. After a few weeks working under those leaders, they have seen them in action and are ready to vote for their more long term class monitors or “ban zhang.” This position is loaded
with responsibility. These student groups are pursuing the same major and will attend the same classes, much as our middle school students travel class-to-class as a group. When teachers note a student’s absence, the monitor is called in and told to get the student back in class. When a classroom projector breaks down and it will take a few days to replace it, the building manager notifies the monitor who tells the class to go to an alternate room. It is faculty who show up to an empty room and have to hunt down our classes! Class schedules in China can change at a moment’s notice. The provincial government waited until the last moment to announce the holidays off for spring grave-sweep-
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our American classrooms teaching us about the birds and bees and destroying the dreams of every preand post-pubescent boy in this nation. I should know. I’m a poster child for the success of Communism. If only I’d have known. If only I’d been allowed to live a life of innocence and been permitted to dream for a few more years . . . like maybe 40 or 50. Who knows what might
have been possible? I might have been a slightly smaller version of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I might have been a slightly less talented Steven Tyler. I might have been a slightly less wealthy Warren Buffett. Thanks to Gohmert and his fellow conservatives, maybe we can keep others from losing their innocence and their ignorance. Rod Haxton can be reached at email@example.com
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Times reported, has taken a narrow doctrine of “special needs” and expanded it into a general waiver of search warrant protections, including access to purely domestic email. Cops tend to over-reach - all kinds of cops. That’s why we need courts. That’s why the constitutional Founders insisted on public trials, with an adversary process, complemented by the further protections of the Bill of Rights. The Founders remembered the abuses of the Star Chamber, and the Inquisition. As the War of 1812 and the burning of the capital by the British in 1814 demonstrated, that was also an era when one might have justified all manner of breaches
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Did this relative equality of revolutionary America and America right after World War II help shape how elites interacted with their societies? That certainly seems plausible. More equal societies, after all, have narrower gaps between those at the economic summit and everyone else. The narrower the gap in any society, the easier for all - elite and average alike - to feel invested in their society and share a sense of responsibility for its future. What’s the takeaway? If we want to rekindle that spirit of 1776, not just daydream about it, our course stands clear. We need to create a more equal America. Sam Pizzigati is an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow and a co-author of the new report ‘Fix the Debt’ CEOs Enjoy Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay.” His latest book is The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class
of liberty in the name of national security. But with some intermittent lapses, mainly in wartime, the Constitution held. Today, however, despite President Obama’s pretty words at Georgetown in May declaring that “this war, like all wars, must end,” we are needlessly throwing away liberties on the premise of permanent warfare. The FISA court, despite its own protestations and those of the Obama Administration, has become a pure rubber stamp. As Americans, we may ultimately decide that we need to give up some liberties to protect our security in an age of terrorism. Or we may decide to rein in the spying excesses of the post 9/11 era.
But, whatever we decide, we need this debate. And in order to have it, we need to know exactly that the NSA, the FISA court, and the rest of the secret state are up to. Had Edward Snowden not gone public, excesses of the national security state would have gone even further underground. The national security might or might not be harmed if there were much tighter controls on data mining. But it is surely not harmed by this debate. That’s why Snowden, whatever his motives and whatever his fate, needs to be counted, on balance, a hero. Robert Kuttner is co-editor of The American Prospect and a senior Fellow at Demos
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What these stats show is that the employer requirement that is getting so much attention impacts a tiny sliver of businesses in this country. This requirement, and the decision to delay it, doesn’t affect the vast majority of small businesses. Not one bit. Granted, delaying this requirement will allow larger businesses that will be impacted time to adjust and provide additional input to the Treasury on how the proposed requirements will work best. But the most important provisions in the ACA for small business owners, such as health insurance exchanges, are still moving fullsteam ahead. The exchanges haven’t gotten nearly the same play as the employer responsibility requirement, but they impact small businesses much more significantly. These marketplaces, coming online in January 2014, will allow small businesses to pool their buying power to help drive down coverage costs. Remember those larger businesses I mentioned earlier that are more likely to offer insurance because it’s more affordable? The exchanges will give small businesses that same kind of buying power, so they can better afford to offer benefits and compete with their larger counterparts for talented employees. Maybe, just maybe, that will become the big news now. It sure wouldn’t hurt for the millions of small business owners who will be able to benefit from the exchange to hear all about it. John Arensmeyer is founder and CEO of the Small Business Majority
ing festival. They told us Friday that Monday was a vacation day. To make up for this missed Monday class, we needed to meet the following Saturday, and in a different room. “How will they know were to go?” I asked a colleague. “No problem,” was the reply. And sure enough, every student was in the right room on Saturday. The class monitor got them there. Unlike American students who work and often have a spouse and children, Chinese college students only have one duty in life. They cannot get married until they are older, so they do not have children to care for. And they do not hold down part-time jobs. Studying is
“Job One.” Most come from far away to attend university so their classmates become their family. They help each other by sharing notes and studying together. They provide the academic support that American faculty provide our students. They are everpresent to encourage a classmate who might be “down.” For Western teachers who assign graded homework to Chinese students in the U.S., this can be a problem when they all turn in identical papers. China invented “cooperative learning” long before Western education schools. Students help classmates. But their graded work is on individual tests in China. (See FOREVER on page seven)
Hillary has clear run at White House Not since 1952, when the presidency was Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s for the asking, has the White House been so available to a person as it is to Hillary Clinton. Clinton is qualiWestern fied to seek the 2016 Skyline Democratic presiby Bob Campbell dential nomination by her resume as former First Lady, U.S. senator and Secretary of State, not to mention as Bill Clinton’s battle-hardened wife. But she is best positioned from a political standpoint by her 2008 Democratic primary campaign against President Obama, who trounced all other comers but was harried by Hillary and her close advisor, Bill, through the last primary that June, ending with 1,973 delegates to Obama’s 2,285. The core of her base were Hispanics and older, non-college-educated or working class white voters. And a lot of Republicans preferred her to Obama and the Republican nominee, Sen. McCain, indicating that they saw her as a centrist. She won New Hampshire, California, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Indiana, among other states, and actually got more votes than Obama, 48 to 47.3 percent, with over 35 million cast. Running down the center stripe will, of course, not be feasible for the GOP nominee. As World War II’s supreme allied commander, Eisenhower stood so tall 61 years ago this summer that his affiliation was a matter of national conjecture until he accepted the Republicans’ offer. President Truman had done a great job, but Ike was so strong that Harry retired rather than seek the second full term he was entitled to. Hillary has not been in the military, but she has been tested in about as many other ways as anyone could be, having visited 112 nations as Secretary of State from 2009 to last February. The respect she earned as Bill’s wife was the foundation of her political career, and she added credit after credit, demonstrating that she can succeed on the national and international stages. Obama should be commended for rising above the rough time she gave him, recognizing her ability and affording her the chance to succeed him. Hillary is talking like a candidate, playing up the “first woman president” angle and intimating she likes the idea. It’s good politics, running the family business, and it is playing out the way it should inasmuch as her gender is somewhat beside the point. The first woman president should be elected because she is the best candidate, regardless of sexual identity. But what about Hillary’s health? She’d be 69 upon taking office in January 2017 and while maturity is something we haven’t been taking seriously enough when looking at prospective leaders, there is the question raised by the fall and concussion she sustained at home last December, attributed to a stomach virus and dehydration. Aides pooh-pooh such things and hope people buy it, but I wonder if she’s strong enough for another big race and four years in the country’s most demanding office. If you are reading this, ma’am, I suggest hiring a trainer and getting into the best possible shape. Bob Campbell is a reporter and columnist for The Scott County Record. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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This will be followed by the popular kids pedal tractor pull. In addition, the carnival will start the same evening. •Thurs., July 25, 8:00 a.m.: swine show, followed by the goat and sheep show starting at 5:00 p.m. The Beefiesta barbeque and watermelon feed begin at 6:00 p.m. •Fri., July 26: beef judging will begin at 9:00 a.m. and round-robin showmanship is at 2:00 p.m. The Barnyard Olympics will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the indoor arena. Of course, the parade will be held on Sat., July 27, with kids’ games starting at 2:00 p.m. in front of the grandstand. I encourage each of you to participate by entering an exhibit and by celebrating with us. Full schedules of events are listed in the front of the fair book that is now available at the Scott County Extension office as well as other businesses around town. See you at the Fair!
Western teachers have to work hard to get Chinese students to do their own outside work stateside. Working together in the group, to help the group, is how the Chinese make it through life in society. Your identity is your identity in the group. With family at home. With classmates at school. There may be a student or two absent from that graduating group taking pictures in their rega-
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lia today. I know not to discuss them in public. Privately you can learn that one dropped out and went back home - or elsewhere. A few commit suicide. Classmates stoically move on. These classmates graduate to disperse across the country and even the world. But they will always be “classmates.” If they come to live in the same city, they will share their special classmate status by trading dis-
counts in whatever businesses they run. “Guanxi” which is often translated as “who you know” is pervasive in the fabric of Chinese society. Being classmates is an important guanxi relationship. And when classmates come together in formal or informal reunions, what they think of you really matters because of your four-year journey together. In the U.S. we often tell
our graduating students to “write home” to us, for they are “family now.” But our graduates go off in individual directions. They attended different classes in our independent culture. Only our fraternities and sororities offer a distant comparison. In China, “staying connected” goes unsaid. They are classmates forever. John Schrock trains biology teachers and lives in Emporia
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Mammoth And should that happen this site would become one of the most significant in North or South America. The mammoth find took on added significance when a limb bone that was excavated two years ago was determined to be 13,500 years old, based on radio carbon dating - or 15,500 calendar years. “That would make this one of the oldest sites in the Western Hemisphere (primarily North and South America), not just the Central Plains,” says Rolfe Mandel, executive director of the Odyssey Geoarchaeological Research Program and professor of anthropology at KU. And that’s where the possibilities of this site get very intriguing. Clovis people, so named for their stone tools and stone-tipped weapons, had long been considered the earliest people to inhabit North and South America roughly 13,000 to 13,500 calendar years ago. That thinking has changed with the discovery of the earliest known pre-Clovis site in the Americas at Monte Verde, Chile, dating some 14,800 years ago. The oldest known pre-Clovis site in North America is the Paisley Caves in south-central Oregon which has artifacts slightly older than 14,000 years. If the human element can be found at the mammoth site in Scott County, that would make it older than Monte Verde by approximately 700 years.
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calls Mandel. Knapping is the process by which flint or other stone material is sharpened to be used as weapons or tools. The Odyssey group discovered over a thousand flakes. That material was discovered within one centimeter vertically of the same level where the mammoth bones were initially discovered. “The location of that material would make sense if you were butchering a mammoth,” notes Mandel. “You’d go a short distance away to sharpen your tools.” But this is where it gets tricky. Logic alone isn’t going to satisfy fellow anthropologists. And it’s not enough to satisfy Mandel either, who is one of the acknowledged experts in his field. Not only is the group trying to determine whether the mammoth might have died from unnatural causes - but whether the knapping material was left behind by humans who had a part in that death. Or did humans chance upon this site hundreds or thousands of years later and happen to bury knapping material in a pit that was dug at the same level at the mammoth bones? “The possibility of a random pit appearing in the middle of high ground, where it’s unlikely that game would be found, would appear unlikely, but it can’t be ignored,” says Mandel. And this is where the excavation of an archeological site becomes both meticulous and time-consuming. Just because an artifact is found at the same level as a bone, or even next to a bone, doesn’t mean they share the same time frame. Since this is a surface site, it further complicates things for archeologists who must contend with the possibility that artifacts can be displaced downward or upwards by small critters which inhabit these fields. That’s why the team must also catalog every ground squirrel and mouse
Enter the mysterious knapping pile which was discovered two years ago when the first mammoth bones were uncovered by Mike Scheuerman while doing field work near a terrace that is one of the highest points on his farmland in northern Scott County. “What got me the most excited that first year we were out here was what looked like a knapping pile located about 50 meters from the bones,” re- (See ARTIFACTS on page 9)
(Top) Kale Bruner, who was team leader on the dig site (left) and Dr. Rolfe Mandel, executive director of the Odyssey project, discuss how bones will be removed from the site. (Above left) Adam Benfer and Julie Harbin clear away dirt from the mammoth bones. (Above right) The four long straight bones in the center are the thoracic vertebrae (spine). They are very close to anatomical position. A broken rib is located to the left. (Left) Archeologist Chris Hord provides a detailed drawing of one section of the dig site. It will include the location of major cracks in the soil as well as tunnels (top corner) created by burrowing animals. (Record Photos)
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Artifacts burrow within the excavation site. They uncovered tunnels that weave their way through and around the mammoth bones. “Just the other day a ground squirrel poked his nose through a small opening over there,” says Chris Hord, an archeologist with the Kansas Anthropological Association, pointing to the dirt wall of an area where he was mapping a tunnel. Rodents and even snakes can relocate small artifacts and, in the process, alter history for the untrained eye. It’s also possible that desecration cracks - naturally occurring breaks in the ground which can be several feet in length - can assist in the movement of artifacts. “These all have the capability of affecting the time line,” says Hord. “We have to avoid crosscontamination in order to keep our findings valid.” That’s exactly the kind of mistake which Mandel and Bruner are hoping to avoid, which is why Mandel considers some preClovis sites as “very solid” - such as Monte Verde and the Paisley Caves. And it’s why he has doubts about other pre-Clovis claims, including the Friedkin site in central Texas. “That’s a bit more controversial,” he says. “A lot of people suggest that what’s been found at the Friedkin site is Clovis material that has worked its way downward through the soil.” That’s why some people in the field are suspicious when there are claims of a pre-Clovis discovery. That’s also why Mandel won’t jump to any conclusions about the Scheuerman site. On the other hand, Mandel says it’s becoming more widely accepted that “there were people here before Clovis, that Clovis grew out of a culture that was already here. I think that’s pretty reasonable. People who continue to believe that Clovis were first are getting few and farther in between.”
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Uncovering the Mammoth
While the search continues for the human element, archeologists are still very much interested in recovering the mammoth remains that have been somewhat scattered across the hilltop. However, on this trip, the archeological team was able to find a more concentrated grouping of bones. A major portion of one tusk was uncovered during the first week on site and this was followed by a section of vertebrae and ribs in the second week. “We’re getting closer to the central portion of the animal,” says Bruner, who is in her second stint with the Odyssey program. “We hope this means we’re getting closer to where a majority of the bones were on the day it died. “Since we’re finding vertebrae, that’s going to potentially lead to the cranium,” she says. “We’re hoping that will turn up next season.” As for the bones yielding clues of human involvement, that’s a longshot. Unlike bones that are buried in a stream bottom, or in a gully where sediment would have covered the remains quickly, this mammoth likely laid on the surface for a long period of time and experienced a lot of weathering. “The condition of the bones is going to make it very difficult to determine whether there are any butchering or cut marks,” Bruner says. So far, 40 bones have been recovered. That leaves about 200 bones unaccounted for. As for bones that have been taken from the site and analyzed in the lab, nothing out of the ordinary has been revealed. “But we screen every spec of dirt that comes out of those casts and hope for something,” Bruner says. “As we move into the bones supporting the larger body mass of the animal, should there be any evidence of projectiles or anything used to
(Top) Adam Benfer (left), Helen Sangster and Chris Hord examine the bottom side of a mammoth tusk fragment that had been cast on one side and then flipped over. The fragment measured nearly six feet. (Above) Site leader Kale Bruner is recording elevations, along with horizontal points at the dig site. This allows researchers to generate precise digital maps of the excavation. (Left) Adam Benfer scrapes dirt away from bones that had been recently uncovered. (Record Photos)
kill the mammoth, that humans would have used, this would be the prime place to find it. “We’re hoping to find a projectile point stuck into one of the vertebrate,” says Bruner with a laugh, acknowledging the odds of that happening. Then again, if one were playing the odds, they never would have thought to find a mammoth in this particular location either. So archeologists continue to hold out hope that they will find that one indisputable piece of evidence which links the death with
human interaction. “There’s a tradition in archeology that the person who finds the first projectile point on site will get a case of beer. I’ve offered two,” jokes Bruner. No one has collected, but she’s hoping someone will. Like his younger colleagues, Mandel is also hopeful that future digs will turn up a major discovery. Finding projectile points beneath the bones would be great. A Smoky Hill jasper broken off in a bone would be a huge
find. Smoky Hill jasper was the material found in the knapping pile. That may not be beyond hoping for. “I have a photograph of a mammoth vertebrae with a Clovis projectile point stuck in it. It was found in the Little Blue River in Nebraska. So it does happen,” Mandel points out. “Imagine that you’re attacking a mammoth. In all likelihood, there’s going to be several people using a lot of spears, not just one. Inevitably, one’s going to become imbedded in the bone.”
If that were to happen, the Scheuerman site goes from being of interest to one of major archeological and historical significance. Mandel, Bruner and their team are hoping they can be a part of that achievement. It’s because of that possibility that the Odyssey team will continue exploring this location. “I don’t see the work out here stopping in the next couple of years,” Bruner adds. “I hope that I can continue to be a part of it.”
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Putting the Northern Cheyenne Wheat saga into cultural, historical context (Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about the Northern Cheyenne exodus from Oklahoma to their homeland in Montana that began in late 1878. The Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork took part on Sept. 27, 1878, in northern Scott County. A two-day Battle Canyon Symposium will be held on Sept. 27-28 to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the battle.)
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There are many ways to interpret a saga like the Northern Cheyennes’ grueling 1,500-mile trek from central Oklahoma to their southeastern Montana homeland, but the views they had of it 135 years ago, when it happened, and still hold today probably afford the truest insights. “Our elders always say spirituality and prayer were the determining factors,” says Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Conrad Fisher at the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Lame Deer, Mont. Fisher will be part of a delegation of at least 15 tribal representatives who will take part in events scheduled for Sept. 27-28 in Scott County. A ceremonial gathering of tribal representatives and the U.S. Cavalry is planned at Battle Canyon on Sept. 27. This will be followed by a symposium featuring guest speakers on Sept. 28. Context of the Battle Fisher said the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork must be considered in the context of the six battles or major skirmishes the tribe had fought since 1876, including the Battle of the
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Little Big Horn, or Custer’s Last Stand, “where Long Hair was wiped away,” and clashes with U.S. troops and Arapahoe scouts between Oklahoma and Scott County. “There was also the Battle of Rosebud, where the girl saved her brother, and the Battle of Wolf Mountains, where Big Crow walked back and forth,” he said. “We had a busy year (1876-77) in terms of our way of life, ultimately surrendering our ancestral lands in the Black Hills of Wyoming, Colorado, Western Nebraska, Western Kansas and the Powder River Basin (in southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming). “That was the primary area that held all the natural resources the Cheyenne people needed to survive, the plants and animals. It was part of our ancestral territory that we
were fighting to protect as the settlers moved west and all the treaties were broken. We were trying to stay in an area that we felt was our homeland.” Noting that the Santa Fe Trail “had segregated the Northern Cheyenne from the southern bands,” Fisher said Chief Dull Knife and Chief Little Wolf had been told they could return to Montana if they did not like the Darlington Reservation at Fort Reno, Okla. “If you look at the history of the federal government and tribal relations, it was a history of mistrust by the tribe,” he said. “Regarding federal Indian policy, certainly this was another example of that mistrust because we went down there on the premise that it was a temporary thing and we could return back up north. “Homesickness is a powerful factor when you
want to go back to that place that is special.” Fisher said a lot of attention has been paid to the “Trail of Tears,” down which the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek and Seminoles were forcibly moved from the southeastern U.S. to Oklahoma between 1831 and 1838. But there has been relatively little acknowledgement of the wintertime ordeal of the 353 Northern Cheyenne led by Little Wolf and Dull Knife. National Historic Trail “We have not received enough recognition for this journey back from Oklahoma,” he said. “When you look at the displacement of indigenous cultures in North America, it is hard to compare another displaced people who fought their way back to their homeland. The Cheyenne did that. “It should be a national historic trail because it played a major role in the history of the U.S. We have never had the opportunity to tell our own story and it is not something easily shared. It is more than history, it’s about who we are as a people. When we talk about this, it is a very emotional topic for a lot of people here.” Viewed in the context of everything that happened to the Northern Cheyenne from the midto late-1870s, Fisher said, the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork is only one small aspect. “When you talk about that one particular battle, you have to talk about all we went through,” he adds.
“I’ve heard of a lot of 52 pound wheat, but there’s been a lot more in the 56 to 60 pound range,” says Baker, who was collecting samples on Wednesday for the Wichita County wheat show. “The wheat samples I have so far are looking pretty good.” In addition to drought conditions, the stunted crop left behind little cover to prevent blowing dirt and to retain what little moisture there is. “A lot of guys planted dryland corn and milo to keep the ground from blowing. They had no stubble from last year either,” says Baker. “If the (rain) forecast doesn’t get any better, wheat drilling in the fall will be pretty scarce. “There will be a lot of guys scratching their heads and wondering whether they should plant wheat or wait until spring, hope for rain, and plant milo or corn. It’s anyone’s guess right now.” Abandoned Acres A lot of farmers in the region had little choice but to abandon acres because of the drought and poor wheat stands. Ron Suppes, Kansas
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Wheat Commission chairman from Dighton, abandoned 40 percent of his acres. On the acres he did harvest, summer fallowed wheat ranged in yield from eight to 45 bushels, averaging about 25 bushels per acre. Suppes, who grows all white wheat, said test weights ranged from 61-63 pounds. Danby was the best performer on his farm. South of Goodland, Kansas Wheat Commissioner Brian Linin reported yields ranging from 10-30 bushels. But about 50 percent of the acres were abandoned. Many area farmers have let go 100 percent of their wheat crop, he says. Fields that were harvested range from 5-25 bushels per acre. Dirk Schneider, manager at United Plains Ag in Tribune, says last year’s wheat crop was bad, but this year’s was much worse. About 80 percent of the wheat in Greeley County was abandoned. The remainder ranged from 5-20 bushels per acre. Test weight is about 58 pounds on average and protein is about 13.
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Grandson graduates from NSUO College of Optometry Dr. Randall Scott Sauer, a 2003 graduate of Spearman High School, Spearman, Tex., received his doctoral degree of optometry on May 11, 2013, from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. While attending NSUOCO, Dr. Sauer was active in the Oklahoma Optometry Student Association and the American Optometry Student Association as the political action committee and federal relations committee liaison. In 2011, he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the Ameri-
A day at the beach is a big hit with current, prospective 4-Hers Rafting, smores and swimming were a great combination for area youngsters attending the annual Scott County 4-H Day Camp on Tuesday at Lake Scott State Park. There were 14 youngsters taking part - seven of them non-4-Hers - in addition to several 4-H youth leaders. The camp is an opportunity for youth who aren’t in 4-H to be introduced to the program and interact with 4-Hers. “I came here to see what 4-H is about. I want to be in 4-H,” says 10-year-old Raegan Mohler. “My grandma (Carolyn West) thought I should come and I wanted to get away from my brothers.” The morning included making pop bottle rockets, cooking hot dogs and smores over an open fire and rafting on Lake Scott. The afternoon included swimming at the beach and snacks. Tara Rose, 8, said she was thinking about joining 4-H and wanted to learn what 4-Hers do. But she was pretty certain that “I want to have a horse.” City from St. Louis, to 4-H was so I came here It was also a chance become acquainted with to learn,” he said while for JP Harris, 8, who some local youth. cooking hot dogs. recently moved to Scott “I didn’t know what Youngsters who are
Tractor pulling. . . Four-yearold Rielly James, Dighton, enjoys her attempt during the kids’ pedal pulling competition at the Lane County Fair on Wednesday evening. The Fair will continue through Saturday when highlights include mud volleyball and the livestock sale. There are also carnival rides each night. (Record Photo)
(Above) One raft filled with 4-H leaders and their crew prepare to ram another raft at Lake Scott and douse everyone with water. (Left) JP Harris checks the progress of his hot dog during the noon cookout. (Record Photos)
interested in joining 4-H will have an opportunity during the fall when the new club year begins.
can Optometric Student Association and in 2012 he received a Leadership Award from NSU-OCO. Dr. Sauer was also given a 2013 Award of Clinical Excellence which is voted on by the faculty. Scott is a 2007 graduate of Oklahoma State University and will be completing a one-year advanced residency training in ocular disease and refractive surgery at Tulsa, Okla. He is the son of Randall Sauer, Spearman, Tex., and the late Janet Sauer, and the grandson of Bonnie Sauer, Shallow Water, and the late Stanley Sauer.
GCCC’s final summer enrollment session Mon.
The final early enrollment day of the summer at Garden City Community College will be held on Mon., July 15. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., followed by a presentation on campus services and individual entrance assessment testing. After an open lunch break, students will be able to enroll and work out their fall semester class schedules with faculty advisors. The afternoon enrollment sessions will include a drawing for two $250 scholarships. The session will end by about 3:00 p.m. Those who attend should remember to bring a copy of their high school transcript, plus any college transcripts they might have. Early enrollment requires reservations by calling 620-276-9608.
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Precautions to keep teen drivers safer on the road
More teenage motor vehicle fatalities happen in summer than any other time of year. While teen driving statistics are troubling, research shows teens whose parents set rules are half as likely to get in an accident. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has compiled tips for parents and teens to make driving safe and save money.
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Commissioner Sandy Praeger
The ultimate goal when our kids start driving is to ensure their safety and the safety of others. That starts with establishing expectations. The good news is setting boundaries provides the opportunity for the roads to be safer
DL handbooks are free The Kansas Department of Revenue has eliminated the fee to purchase driver’s license handbooks at driver licensing stations throughout the state. The handbook outlines the Kansas’ rules of the road and includes information about applying for a driver’s license. It is also available online in PDF format at http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/dlhb.pdf.
Scott County Commission Agenda Tues., July 16 County Courthouse 3:00 p.m.
County business Approve accounts payable/minutes Set 2014 holiday schedule Review bid from Fire Alarm Specialists
for everyone, and fewer Here are some discussion accidents is a goal we can items. •Set a driving curfew. all get behind. More than 40 percent of teen auto deaths occur Setting Expectations Inexperienced, dis- between 9:00 p.m. and tracted driving, speed- 6:00 a.m. ing and drug/alcohol use •Put a limit on the numare major contributors to ber of passengers allowed teen-related crashes. One in your teen’s car. For way to help your teen teenagers, the relative risk become a safer driver is of a fatal crash increases to talk openly about your as the number of passenexpectations for when gers increases. •Make the cell phone they’re behind the wheel.
Scott City Council Agenda Mon., July 15 • 7:30 p.m. City Hall • 221 W. 5th •Call to Order •Swearing in of new Councilman Perry Nowak representing Ward 3 •Approve minutes of July 1 regular meeting •Approve resolution authorizing redemption and payment of renewal temporary note and public sale of general obligation bonds •Accept bid to rehabilitate airfield lighting EBH engineer Darin Newfeld •EBH engineer Joel Krosschell • KLINKS update •Discuss truck parking in city limits •Scott County Development Committee update
Scott County Hospital • Mark Burnett Present financial statements
Scott Community Foundation Ryan Roberts to review designated fund for Rural Enterprise Zone
•Review employee manual regarding outside employment
Public Works Director Richard Cramer
Any other county business
•Open agenda: audience is invited to voice ideas or concerns. A time limit may be requested
Adjourn July 8, 8:00 a.m.: budget work day with auditors Agenda may change before the meeting. Contact County Clerk Pam Faurot for an updated agenda (872-2420) or visit www.scott.kansasgov.com
Scott Co. LEC Report Scott City Police Department July 2: A dog bite was reported. July 3: Tasha Torres was arrested for obstructing apprehension of prosecution. She was transported to the LEC. July 3: An accident occurred at 5th Street and Antelope Street involving Virginia Clinton, driving a 2011 Jeep, and Zachary Duff, driving a 2004 Pontiac. July 6: A case of endangering a child was reported. July 6: A potentially dangerous dog was reported. Scott Co. Sheriff’s Dept. July 3: Paula Rogers was southbound on US83 Highway when she struck a deer entering the highway from the west. July 3: Liban Omar was northbound on US83 Highway when several deer entered the highway causing him to swerve and enter the east ditch. July 5: Shannon McClintock was eastbound on K96 Highway when he struck a deer.
•Review and set hearing for 2014 budget
Pool Department 1) June pool update 2) Pool closing date Police Department 1) Accept bids for Public Service Officer vehicle Parks Department 1) Misc. business Public Works Department 1) Accept chip seal bids 2) Accept street and curb/gutter bids in Eastridge subdivision and Prairie Meadows addition 3) Update on water and sewer lines in Prairie Meadows addition Clerk’s Department 1) Misc. business •Financial and investment reports •Mayor’s comments
off limits while driving. Talking and texting on a cell phone can double the likelihood of an accident. •Encourage your teen to exercise his or her rights as a passenger. Only 44 percent of teens say they would speak up if someone were driving in a way that scared them. These safety measures also may help save money on auto insurance, because even minor fend-
er-benders can drive up costs. Keeping Costs Down Parents know, too, that vehicle insurance for teenagers is expensive. That’s why it pays to follow some useful advice from the insurance experts in making sure you can keep premium costs as low as possible. Here are some of them. (See TEEN on page 13)
Public Notice (Published in The Scott County Record Thurs., July 11, 2013) 1t
SCOTT COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S PROCEEDINGS MAY 2013 GENERAL FUND SALARIES ............................................ $ 80,479.54 COMMODITIES .................................... 17,917.45 CONTRACTUAL SERVICES ................. 58,553.70 CAPITAL OUTLAY.................................. 325.00 OTHER................................................... 239,627.54 COUNTY HEALTH FUND SALARIES ............................................. COMMODITIES ..................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES ................. CAPITAL OUTLAY ................................. OTHER...................................................
16,635.27 6,672.32 2,535.01 84.00 0.00
NOXIOUS WEED FUND SALARIES............................................... COMMODITIES ...................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES................... OTHER ...................................................
4,937.95 6,597.02 131.98 0.00
ROAD AND BRIDGE FUND SALARIES .............................................. COMMODITIES....................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES.................... CAPITAL OUTLAY....................................
29,327.78 53,160.42 2,303.18 0.00
FIRE DISTRICT FUND SALARIES .............................................. COMMODITIES ...................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES.................... CAPITAL OUTLAY ..................................
389.28 275.57 178.82 0.00
TREASURER’S SPECIAL FUND SALARIES ............................................... COMMODITIES ....................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES .................... CAPITAL OUTLAY..................................... OTHER ..................................................... JAMES M. MINNIX Chairman
4,453.72 429.85 216.71 0.00 7,319.14
PAMELA J. FAUROT Scott County Clerk
County Commission June 4, 2013 Scott County Commissioners met in a regular meeting with the following present: Chairman James Minnix, Commissioner Gary Skibbe, and County Clerk Pam Faurot. •County Attorney Rebecca Faurot reported that the purchase of the cemetery land was completed. She also presented an easement for the commission’s consideration. It was agreed to approve an easement for a strip of land 20 feet wide along the west side of the Scott County Hospital addition to Scott City. This land will be used as an alleyway which will be constructed and maintained by the city. •There was discussion of the new state law which allows concealed weapons to be brought into public buildings. The commission had received information from Judge Wurst regarding this issue. The commission said it would like to discuss this further with Judge Wurst and local law enforcement. Faurot will set up a meeting. In the meantime, the commission decided to file an exemption with the Attorney General’s office and Sheriff Glenn Anderson that gives the county until January 1, 2014, to implement the new law. •Kurtis Jacobs presented the 2014 court budget for Scott County. •Katie Eisenhour presented the 2014 budget request for Scott County economic development. •The county agreed to fund the cost of a survey to be performed by the Buckley Group in the amount of $12,500. This survey will look at potential uses for the old hospital. •Mike Resca and John Hafner representing Competitive Power Ventures, Inc., informed the commission they will be moving forward to construct a wind farm in the southeast portion of Scott County. •Public Works Director Richard Cramer and the commissioners discussed some complaints at the cemetery regarding the removal of old flowers before Memorial Day. •Approval was given to a road permit for Palomino Petroleum, Inc., for an electric line at Sec 9, T20, R34 and Sec 16, T20, R34. •A mowing contract was approved with Jared Faurot to mow 11.5 miles at $50 per mile. •Cramer received a prairie dog complaint for property in northeast Scott County. No action was taken. •Approval was given for issuing a Zella Carpenter check in an amount of $10,370 for insurance on crops currently planted on the Carpenter land. June 18, 2013 Scott County Commissioners met in a regular meeting with the following present: Chairman James Minnix, Commissioners Jerry Buxton and Gary Skibbe, and County Clerk Pam Faurot. •Mark Hinde presented the 2014 budget request for Southwest Developmental Services. •Deanna Berry presented the 2014 budget request for Russell Child Development Services. •County Fair board secretary Kay Harkness said the Fair Board has been notified by Wheatland Electric that the main transformer at the fairgrounds must be replaced at a cost of about $10,000. This expense will significantly reduce the reserve funds for the Fair Board. She presented the 2014 budget request for the Scott County Fair. •Approval was given for an electric line permit for Wheatland Electric at S20, T19S, R33W and S21, T19S and R33W. •The Commission agreed that anyone purchasing chemicals from the Noxious Weed Department, but not spraying the chemical themselves, can wait to pay until after the chemical is sprayed. This is to determine the exact amount of chemical used so the county can charge the correct amount. •The road department has been digging for a corner stone in the southwest portion of Scott County. So far, no corner stone has been discovered. Cramer asked if they should continue to dig or if they should just use a fence line that has been there for more than 25 years as a boundary marker. The Commission agreed that the fence line should be used for improvements to the road. •Mayor Dan Goodman and City Councilman Gary Eitel joined the commission in discussing city and county projects. The group also discussed sharing of services and the suggestion was made that the city and county should meet three times a year to share ideas. It was agreed to have a joint meeting in September. •Commissioners were presented with a request from the VIP center to pay repairs to their air conditioning system.
Open meetings, records seminar in GC, Colby
Registration is open for the annual Kansas Open Meetings and Open Records Act training seminars. They are sponsored by the Attorney General’s Office, Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, Kansas Press Association and Kansas Newspaper Foundation. The seminar schedule in this area includes: Mon., July 22: 9:00noon. Garden City Community College, 801 Campus Dr., Garden City. Tues., July 23: 9:00noon, Colby Community College, 1255 S. Range Ave. These seminars are free and open to the public. Registration is on a firstcome, first-served basis. Participants can register on the Kansas Attorney General’s website, www. ag.ks.gov, or by calling (785) 296-2215 or (888) 428-8436.
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•Encourage teen drivers to keep his or her driving records free of accidents and moving violations for at least three years. Many companies grant discounts to “safe drivers.” •Enroll new drivers in a defensive driving course. Some companies offer discounts for completion. •Some companies may offer driver awareness programs, either online or with a smartphone app for young drivers. Ask your insurance agent or company if there is a discount for using these programs. •Encourage teen drivers to keep their grades up. Many insurance companies offer discounts or preferred rates for teens at particular GPA levels. •Ask your insurance company about an “accident forgiveness” clause that guarantees premiums will not increase after one minor accident. •Consider a higher deductible and only allowing the teen to drive the family’s oldest, least expensive car. The type of vehicle also will affect the policy premium. SUVs, convertibles and performance vehicles typically cost more to insure than other cars.
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NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING
The governing body of the Scott Recreation Commission will meet on July 22, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., at the Scott Recreation Commission office, 823 South Main, for the purpose of hearing and answering objections of taxpayers relating to the proposed use of funds. Detailed budget information is available at the SRC office, 823 South Main, Scott City, and will be available at this hearing. BUDGET SUMMARY OF EXPENDITURES The proposed budget expenditures (below) are the maximum expenditure limits for the budget year.
Prior Year Current Year Proposed Budget Actual 2012 Estimated 2013 Year 2014 283,115
Employee Benefit Totals
Principal Balance @ beg. of FY
Danny Morris, chairperson Recreation Commission
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Number of caregivers on the rise Nearly four in 10 U.S. adults - 39 percent - are caring for an adult or child with significant health issues, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. That’s up sharply from 2010 when the percentage was 30 percent. And the care is most commonly delivered by adults between ages 30 through 64, which means they most likely are still in the workforce and dealing with other responsibilities. Researchers attributed the increase to the general aging of the population and to the prevalence of chronic illness among seniors, meaning more people likely are caring for elderly parents or other relatives. They said a survey showed that “fully 75 percent of U.S. adults age 65 or older are living with a chronic condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.” Furthermore, “numerous studies have shown that the day to day management of these complex medical cases fall squarely on family members and friends who may not be trained.” They said the study showed that the caregivers were “turning to every resource available to get the information and support they need.” A large percentage reported relying on the internet for health information.
365,000 Kansans uninsured
A new report on the prevalence of health insurance in Kansas revealed Tuesday nearly 60 percent of the 365,000 Kansans without coverage are between the ages of 19 and 44. The Kansas Health Institute, a nonprofit health policy and research organization in Topeka, compiled the report for 2012 with information drawn from the U.S. Census Bureau. The review adds to information relevant to nationwide implementation of federal health insurance reform. “The annual insurance update presents a wealth of information about Kansans and health insurance,” said Robert St. Peter, KHI’s president and chief executive officer. About 365,000 Kansans, or 13.1 percent, of Kansans were uninsured. The Kansas rate was lower than the national figure, which stood at 16 percent in 2011. Uninsured rates for Kansans younger than 65 varied by county, ranging from a low of 10.6 percent in Johnson County to a high of 27.8 percent in Hamilton County. Employment-based insurance continues to be the most common source of coverage for Kansans. Fifty-three percent of children, or those under age 18, and 62.5 percent of nonelderly adults have this type of employer-affiliated coverage, KHI reported.
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Food stamp requirements complicate farm bill passage Phil Cauthon KHI News Service
Kansas policymakers seem to be at the forefront of a controversial national movement to make it more difficult for people to qualify for a federal program that helps more than 46 million low-income Americans - including more than 300,000 Kansans, buy groceries. Under federal law, ablebodied adults without young children are generally only eligible for food stamps also known as Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP - if they work at least 20 hours per week, are looking for work, or are in a qualified job-training program and earn less than 130 percent of the federal poverty level. Otherwise, the limit on food stamps is three months out of every three years. But states can get exemptions from those federal requirements and nearly all including Kansas - have loosened the restrictions since the nationwide economic recessions that hit in 2001 and 2008.
But now, Republican conservatives from Kansas and elsewhere have been pushing to stiffen the work requirements as a way to cut government spending. For example, Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp offered an amendment during recent debate on the Farm Bill that would have rolled back the state waivers and made it mandatory for each state to adopt stiffer work requirements. Had it passed, it was projected to have cut food stamp spending by about $31 billion over ten years.
“I think we have a once-ina-generation opportunity to put some real work requirements” on food stamps, says Huelskamp. “Most Kansans I talk to are not opposed to helping those in need. Overwhelmingly, that’s what they say. But they are opposed to helping those who don’t need it. Whether it’s waste, fraud and abuse or outright provisions.”
But critics say if the stiffer work requirements pushed by (See PASSAGE on page 15)
Employers get extra year to implement Obamacare Jim McLean KHI News Service
The Obama administration has announced a oneyear delay in the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees offer coverage to their workers or pay a penalty. Administration officials said the delay was in response to employers’ concerns about the law’s reporting requirements. Delaying the law’s
“employer responsibility” provision would give employers more time to comply and give the government more time to consider ways to “simplify the new reporting requirements consistent with the law,” according to a blog post from Mark Mazur, the assistant secretary for tax policy at the Department of Treasury. Most of the employers impacted by the delay already offer coverage to workers,
Mazur said. He added that the announcement did not delay the Oct. 1 scheduled start of the online marketplaces, or exchanges, or the subsidies intended to help individuals with low to middle incomes purchase coverage or the requirement that most individuals purchase coverage or pay a fine. It’s unclear what effect the announcement will have on the health law’s goal of providing coverage to millions of
Americans who do not now have it. Although many large employers do provide insurance, the benefits packages vary widely. Workers whose employers do not offer coverage, and now have an additional year to do so, will be forced to go to the exchanges to get coverage. Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, which has supported the (See EMPLOYERS on page 15)
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Recession led to explosion in food stamp costs Five years ago, 26.3 million low-income Americans relied on the Supplemental Nutrition Program, or SNAP. Today, enrollment in the food stamp program tops 46.6 million, including about 316,200 Kansans. In fiscal 2012, the federal government spent more than $450 million in Kansas for the program, more than double the $190 million it spent in fiscal 2007. Nationally, the program’s cost has more than doubled in five
years - from about $33.2 billion in 2007 to more than $78.4 billion in 2012. The growth is a direct result of the recent recession and therefore the program is doing what it was intended to do: help families in hard times, say those who oppose cuts to SNAP. Joanna Sebelien of Harvesters Community Food Network, which supplies food banks in 26 Kansas counties, said the recession left about 400,000 Kansans “food insecure.”
Passage Huelskamp and other GOP conservatives were adopted, the results would be “draconian” with millions left without the food aid at a time when unemployment remains high in many parts of the country. “I have been working on SNAP for 41 years and have always supported reasonable work requirements,” said Robert Greenstein, founder of The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington, D.C., think tank, writing in a recent blog post. “There is a bright yellow line down the middle of the road between: 1) Requiring people to try to find jobs, to take jobs that are offered, and not to quit jobs, and 2) Denying benefits to people who do everything they can to get jobs but can’t find them and aren’t ever offered a work program or job training slot. The former is reasonable. The latter is not, and it should offend anyone with a sense of fairness and compassion.” There has been no estimate developed of how many Kansans would have lost SNAP benefits, had the Huelskamp
health law, said he didn’t think the change would have a major impact on expanding health coverage, noting that 94 percent of employers with more than 50 workers offer health insurance.
130 percent of poverty many people are at that level and have jobs.” Of all households receiving SNAP nationally in 2004, 58 percent were working and 82 percent were employed the year before or the year after they received food stamps, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. A more recent estimate by SNAP To Health indicates at least 40 percent of current SNAP households have employment income.
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amendment become law. But an earlier version of the Farm Bill approved by a U.S. House committee, which was less restrictive than Huelskamp’s plan, would have eliminated the benefit for more than 13,000 Kansans, according to state welfare officials. Huelskamp represents the state’s predominantly agricultural 1st District. He was one of two House members who proposed stiffer work requirements for the food stamp program during the recent Farm Bill debate. Though his amendment failed, a similar one from U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, a Florida Republican, was approved minutes before the overall bill was voted down, 195-234. Many observers blamed the Farm Bill’s defeat in the House on that amendment. But Huelskamp laid the blame at the feet of the chamber’s Republican leadership, with whom he has quarreled for months. In December last year, House Speaker John Boehner pulled Huelskamp off the agriculture and budget committees after Huelskamp
“There are stereotypes about who’s getting what and who deserves what. But people can apply for SNAP when they’re out of a job. So in the current economy, when so many people are out of jobs, more and more people became eligible for SNAP,” Sebelien said. “We know that 35 percent of the people we serve (at the food banks) are working. They are the working poor, and many of them are eligible for SNAP. You are eligible for SNAP if you are at
SNAP benefits in 2012 Average SNAP benefit per person: $1.50 per meal Average SNAP benefit per week for a family of four: $135 Average cost of feeding a family of four: $146 - $289
crossed Boehner during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. “It’s very rare that leadership - whether it’s Republican or Democrat - brings something to the floor that loses so spectacularly. It didn’t even get 200 votes. That was quite surprising,” Huelskamp said, describing the Farm Bill’s failure. “Republican leadership fell very short.” Huelskamp, who was among those who voted against the bill, said it was just as likely that the measure failed because it did not go far enough in stiffening the SNAP work requirements. “On my particular amendment we got 175 votes (with 250 voting against), and more Republicans voted for my amendment than voted for the farm bill. So if we can move in the direction of my amendment, I think there’s a real chance we can find” agreement,” he said.
Ballooning Numbers Persistent high unemployment after the last recession has resulted in nearly twice as many people - some 47 million - receiving food stamps than there were just five years ago. The soaring cost of the SNAP program has made it a lightning rod in the congressional debate this year over renewing the Farm Bill, a measure historically renewed every five years. The bill’s reauthorization has been stalled in Congress the last two years. Besides the food stamp program, the $500 billion measure also includes programs such as crop insurance and farm subsidies that affect thousands of Kansas farmers. After the U.S. Senate approved its version of a new Farm Bill last month, the U.S. House - for the second year in a row became embroiled in debate over how to best shrink the swelling rolls of food stamp recipients and cut program costs.
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But he did say the decision could delay some employers’ decision to start offering coverage or upgrading it to meet minimum benefits of the law. “The decision, I think, will result in some peo-
ple not getting coverage who would have received coverage if the employer responsibility provision had not been delayed.” Employer groups were pleased. “This one year delay
will provide employers and businesses more time to update their health care coverage without threat of arbitrary punishment,” said Neil Trautwein, vice president for the National Retail Federation.
More than three-quarters of SNAP benefits go to households with children, 16 percent to households with disabled persons, and 9 percent to households with senior citizens. Mellissa Diehl is an Osage resident and food stamp beneficiary. Diehl travels with her two adult autistic children, whom she supports, 30 miles to Topeka once a month in order to stretch the $710 monthly household income. The fam-
ily shops at several area discount stores, such as the Salvation Army Thrift Stores and Tilton’s grocery. The 63-year-old Diehl said life was hard but that at least with food stamps she and her children usually do not go hungry. “If it wasn’t for food stamps, I just wouldn’t make it,” she said Diehl said she was disabled as the result of a 1990 workplace injury that among other things damaged her spine.
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Pastime at Park Lane We welcome Jimmy Dunkel to Park Lane. The Pence Community Church led Sunday afternoon services. Residents played pitch and dominoes on Monday afternoon. Game helpers were Madeline Murphy, Hugh McDaniel, Joy Barnett and Mandy Barnett. Residents played Wii bowling on Monday evening. Pastor Bob Artz led Bible study on Tuesday morning. Elsie Nagel led the hymns. Residents enjoyed a watermelon feed on Tuesday afternoon. Trivia games were played on Tuesday evening. Residents played bingo on Wednesday afternoon. Helpers were Madeline Murphy, Barbara Dickhut, MaryAnn Spangler, Emmogene Harp, Dennis and Jeanne Corrigan, and Judy, Alonna and Amberly Gray.
4th of July cookout at Park Lane
Park Lane residents enjoyed a Fourth of July cookout with Cecil Griswold grilling the hamburgers and hot dogs. Wanda Wright provided homemade cookies.
Huck family entertains on Friday
Jan Huck and her grandchildren entertained residents with a variety of songs on Friday afternoon. The children were Eliza Killough, Odessa Cline, Sullivan Cline and Tucker Rice. Everyone enjoyed cake after the performance. The cake was furnished by El Quartelejo Inn and Suites. Residents played pitch on Wednesday evening. Madeline Murphy helped with the card games. Elsie and Cassie Nagel gave manicures on Thursday morning. Fr. Bernard Felix led Catholic Mass on Friday morning. Residents played Wii bowling on Friday evening. Residents watched, “So Dear To My Heart” on Saturday afternoon and snacked on popcorn.
Lorena Turley was visited by Gary Turley, Jr., Dodge City; Mike, Tracy and Bo Hess; and Neta Wheeler. Lula Dirks was visited by Virgie Schwartz, Darla Luebbers, MaryAnn Unruh, Kim Smith and Willetta Payne. Harriet Jones was visited by Sharilyn Wilken, Pam Crist, Pete Steffens, Rev. Don Martin and Nancy Holt. Mike Leach was visited by Rev. Don Martin and Linda Dunagan.
Ann Tedford was visited by Mary Plum. Edith Norman was visited by Sara Shane, Allison Riner, Ron and Sue Riner, Doris Riner and Teresa Riner. Earl Gorman was visited by Orville Gorman, Charlene Becht, Loretta Gorman and Pete Steffens. Geraldine Graves was visited by Charlene Becht. Visitors of Boots Haxton were her niece and husband, Bob and Edith Clark, Oakley; Debra Carlson, Norfolk, Nebr., and Rod and Kathy Haxton. Mildred Van Pelt was visited by David Van Pelt. Jake Leatherman was visited by Jim Unruh, Mary Ann Unruh, Virgil Kuntz, and Don and Judy Browning. Pat Palen was visited by Jeanne Corrigan, Dennis Corrigan, Judy Bray, Julie Palen, Alex Burgess, Amberly and Alanna Gray, and Cody, Colter and Mike Palen.
Herb Graves was visited by Ronda Skibbe, Tina Turley, Celina Chavez, Emily Wright, Trisha Baker and Pete Steffens. Pat Lewis was visited by Ronda Skibbe, Alisa Moore; Eric, Lori and Baylor Vasquez; Mary Torson, Trisha Baker, Emily Wright and Pete Steffens. Kathy McKellips was visited by Ronda Skibbe, Maria Gutierrez, Dave and Val Duff, Tim and Pat Percival, Kathy Nieman, Kay Percival, and Todd, Colleen and Brett Nieman. Jim and Yvonne Spangler were visited by Les and MaryAnn Spangler, Brett Spangler, Elisa Shields, and Greg and Yvette Mills. Cecile Billings was visited by Ann Beaton, Lorena Turley, and Don and Judy Browning. Bonnie Pickett was visited by Larry and Gloria Wright, Mary Ann Unruh, and Larry and Philene Pickett.
Clifford Dearden was visited by Janet Ottaway, Hays; Janelle, Scout and Marshall Perryman, Kansas City; and Florence Daubert. Vivian Kreiser was visited by Kai, Trenedy, Grace, Kaleb and Spenser Beaton; Sara, Ian, Ethan and Janie Reimer; Sharon Lock, Stephanie and Breton Thomas, and Shelley Jackson. Phyllis Trembley was visited by Rev. Dennis Carter; Brenda Strong, Chicago, Ill.; Greg Strong, Andie Strong, Donna Strong, Louise and Marvin Greenburg, Kat the Dog, and Joy Barton. Ruth Holland was visited by Charlene Becht, Debbie Bush, Frank and Monica Rowton, and Jim Rowton. Vivian Sharpe was visited by Harry Sharpe. Verna Willman was visited by Bob Willman. Mary Alice Lawrence King was visited by Deb Lawrence and Izaac and Jenna Rowton.
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Deaths Evelyn Irene ‘E.I.’ Whalen
Elda Ruth Franco
Evelyn Irene “E.I.” Whalen, 86, Leoti, died July 5, 2013, at the Wichita County Long Term Care, Leoti. S h e was born April 1, 1927, at Leoti, the daughter of Harry Raymond and Hazel Evelyn Whalen (Cope) Green. A 1945 graduate of Wichita County High School, she was a lifetime resident of Leoti and served as a postal clerk for many years as well as a homemaker. She was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church, Eastern Star and several bridge and social groups in Leoti. On Jan. 23, 1946, she married Thomas Whalen at Leoti. He died March 26, 2004, at Leoti. Survivors include: two daughters, Rosamary
Elda Ruth Franco, 64, died July 2, 2013, at St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City. She was born Feb. 2, 1949, at St. Clair, Mich., the daughter of James Byron and Cora Alice (Daniels) McInnis. A resident of Garden City since 1964, she was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church, Lakin. On April 27, 1964, she married Guadalupe “Lupe” Franco at Garden City. He died May 31, 2013, Garden City. Survivors include: two sons, Tom, and wife, Ronda, Garden City, and Lupe, Jr., Lubbock, Tex.; two daughters, Jacqueline Gutierrez, and husband, Jesus, Scott City, and Rebecca Franklin and
Gregor, Healy, and Penny Smith and husband, Greg, San Antonio, Tex.; two sons, Major and wife, Cheryl, and Thomas Rex and wife, Patty, all of Leoti; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Marvin Green, V.R. (Barney) Green and Thane Green; one sister, Allie Barr; one granddaughter, Mallory Whalen; and one son-in-law, J.J. Gregor. Funeral service was held July 9 at the First Presbyterian Church, Leoti, with Rev. Paul McNall officiating. Burial was in the Leoti Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church or the Wichita County Amusement Association in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home, 202 N. 4th, Leoti, Ks. 67861. E-condolences may be given at www.priceandsons.com.
James Henry Radina James Henry Radina, 73, Amarillo, Tex., died July 5, 2013, in his home. H e was born July 2, 1940, at L u r a y, the son of Frank and Minnie Radi- James Radina na. He was a graduate of Lucas High School, Lucas. Raised on the family farm in Lucas, he maintained his farm work ethic throughout his life. Jim left the farm to build houses in Denver, Colo., and later moved his young family to Chicago, Ill., where he pursued a career in retail management. Jim moved his family back to a Kansas farm and then to Amarillo where he continued his career in retail management. He was retired at the time of his death.
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On July 24, 1960, he married Royla Faye Radina. She survives. Other survivors include: one daughter, Lorie Kay, Amarillo; three sons, Daren Wade, and wife, Annette, Manhattan, Gregory Hollis and wife, Misty, White Deer, Tex., and Kevin Laine and wife, Nicole, Lubbock, Tex.; one sister, Joan Reichart and husband, Galen; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial service was held July 9 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Amarillo, Tex. Another memorial service was held July 11 at the Methodist Church, Lucas. Burial was in the Lucas Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to God’s Learning Channel. E-condolences may be given at www.memorialparkamarillo.com.
husband, Raymond, Park City; two sisters, Helen Mesa, Holcomb, and Alice Guillen, Amarillo, Tex.; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Brenda Morales; and two brothers, James B. and Robert E. McInnis. Funeral service was held July 8 at the First United Methodist Church, Garden City. Burial was in the Valley View Cemetery, Garden City. Memorials may be sent to the Elda Franco Memorial Fund in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home, 620 N. Main, Garden City, Ks. 67846. E-condolences may be given at www.priceandsons.com.
Genevieve ‘Jean’ Kreutzer Genevieve “Jean” Kreutzer, 77, Leoti, died July 9, 2013, at the Greeley County Long Term Care, Tribune. S h e was born April 8, 1 9 3 6 , at LaCrosse, t h e daughter of Andrew and Genevieve Kreutzer Veronica (Herman) Depperschmidt. A resident of Leoti since 1960, moving from Garden City, she was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Marienthal. On Dec. 29, 1954, she married Robert Kreutzer at LaCrosse. He survives. Other survivors include: two daughters, Faye Kreutzer, and Kaye Kjaer and husband, Svend, all of Hutchinson; two sons, Jim, Wray, Colo., and Curtis and wife, Lanna, Leoti; three sisters, Mary Stieitz, and husband, Leland, LaCrosse, Wilma Depperschmidt, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Rita Liggett
and husband, John, Rush Center; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Anne Young and Lorraine Shaffer; four brothers, Alvin, Edward, Elmer and Ralph Depperschmidt; and one greatgrandson. Vigil service will be held Fri., July 12, 7:00 p.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marienthal. Funeral mass will be Sat., July 13, 10:30 a.m., at the church with Fr. Benjamin Martin officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Marienthal. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Price and Sons Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington, Scott City, Ks. 67871. Memorials may be sent to the Leoti EMTs, Greeley County Hospice or Greeley County Health Center Long Term Care, Tribune, in care of the funeral home. E-condolences may be given at www.priceandsons.com.
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Henry Curtis Woods Henry Curtis Woods, 95, died July 7, 2013, at the Greeley County Long Term Care Center, Tribune. H e was born May 28, 1 9 1 8 , the son of Curtis Paul and L a u r a Henry Woods Juanita (Morgan) Woods. A lifetime resident of Greeley County, he was a farmer/stockman and had served his country as a staff sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 7521, Tribune. On Oct. 9, 1945, he married Mary Agnes Dinkel at Tribune. She died Aug. 30, 2000, at Tribune. Survivors include: two sons, Eugene, and wife, Dessa, and Curtis and wife, Koreen, all of Tribune; one daughter, Mary Louise Lund, and husband, Jon, Moscow; three
sisters, Hazel Reynolds, Jennie Johnson and Mary Stevenson, all of Tribune; one brother, Dale Woods, Brighton, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren and one great-great-grandchild He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Bryan Lee Woods and Callie Dawn Woods; one brother, Robert Woods; and one sister, Laura Lou Page. Vigil service was held July 10 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tribune. Funeral mass was held July 11 at the church with Fr. Mike Helm officiating. Burial was in the Greeley County Cemetery, Tribune, with military honors provided by the U.S. Army Honor Guard from Ft. Riley. Memorials may be sent to St Joseph Catholic Church or Greeley County Health Center in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home, 322 Second, Tribune, Ks. 67879. E-condolences may be given at www.priceandsons.com.
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Park Place People
by Doris Riner
First, I must apologize (again) to The Record and its readers for not getting any news in last week’s paper. I have some excuses. Anyone interested in any of them? The biggest and best excuse was the wedding of my first great-grandchild (of 32) in Wichita. I was privileged to go, but I was a basket case when I got home from a weekend of, shall I say, activities. With the Fourth of July coming up, I truly was too-pooped-to-pop! I had a very enjoyable evening though watching all the pops around Park Place. Several of us sat outside and had all kinds of places to watch. Speaking of the Fourth, Clif and Phyllis Thon walked over to the new football field to watch the fireworks close by. Clif and Joe continue to keep the pool table busy. Joe has a nice disadvantage. (Can a disadvantage be nice?) This weekend his daughter and family are here from Houston, Tex. Another happy person this past week has been an ex-resident of Park Place, Pat Palen. Her three daughters, Jeanie Jarnigan and husband, Dennis, from California, Julie from Boston and Judy Gray from Houston were here. Other family members here to help Pat celebrate her 82nd birthday were Cody Palen, Scott City; Colter Palen, Sublette; Amber and Alena Gray, Houston; and Alex Burgess, Boston, Mass. Besides her family being here, Pat had all her OLD coffee friends to make it a big and special day for her. We all had coffee, cupcakes and ice cream sundaes, but that is not all. Pat’s family treated everyone to a DQ dinner of their choice. We all went away feeling like WE, each one, had a birthday. Truly it was a special day, as Pat and all her families are special. Teresa (Mrs. Garrett) Riner and daughters, Catherine and Allison of Topeka, called me on Sunday. Everyone here in Park Place enjoyed the few days of cooler weather. Didn’t you? Joe Beaver was one “happy camper” only he didn’t go camping. His daughter and husband, Cindy and John Parker and son, Payton, of Houston, Tex., flew in for several days visit over the Fourth. Susan, Jay, Austin and Michael also joined Joe’s family and you can bet a good time (pool time) was had by all.
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Africa mission report, Kenya youth at Scott City Christian Church on Sat. A mission report on the Christian Church mission programs in Africa will be presented at the First Christian Church, Scott City, on Sat., July 13, 7:00 p.m. A potluck dinner will preceed the program at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend both. Presenting the mission report will be Jim Rowh, who will also speak briefly during the Sunday
morning service. Rowh, a native of Norton, is the founder of Gather the Outcasts Ministry, and has been active in Africa missions since 2010. Prior to that he made several trips to Mexico and Costa Rica. He also conducts weekly services in the Norton Correctional Facility. The Africa mission is focused primarily on preaching crusades and revivals, and also host-
ing pastor training conferences in conjunction with the crusades. In 2012, Rowh conducted crusades in Goma, Republic of Congo; Mumias, Kenya; and Tassia, Nairobi, Kenya. In September, Rowh will return to Africa to preach in Goma and Nairobi again, in addition to Busia in Uganda. The talk will also be enhanced by pictures, video and testimonies.
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Good Intentions Our youngest daughter had her fair share of unintended consequences as a child. When she would break something we could count on hearing, “I did it on accident.” I think if we would make a good intentions list it would prevent many of the unintended consequences of life. When sometime as a believer you feel a need to rededicate your life to the Lord, it will help you to write down the changes required to make your decision a reality. You might want to think about editing your calendar and removing things that hinder more spiritual activities. Most, if not all of us, could do with a little less television and more Bible reading. It is best to put God first on Sunday and it’s difficult to praise the Lord on Sunday if you serve the devil on Saturday. You might want to make a list of those neighbors you want to “love as yourself” (Matt 22:37-39). And since you are going to get personal with your fresh walk with the Lord, why not start a golden rule practice in your own home. “Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them” (Matt 7:12). Just replace the word “people” with the names of those you live with. Remember love is something you do, not just something you feel. Don’t forget the power of prayer. “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:16). Put prayer at the top of your list of new intentions. Start each day with a little talk with Jesus. See how it helps. Well, this list could go on and on and certainly it should. But I hope you see the sense of what I am saying and will try this idea out. Maybe today would be a good time to refresh your commitment to God and His church. Through prayerful study of the scriptures and the help of the Holy Spirit, you can make it happen. Pastor Robert Nuckolls Immanuel Southern Baptist Church, Scott City
Scott City Assembly of God
1615 South Main - Scott City - 872-2200 Ed Sanderson, Senior Pastor 9:00 a.m. - Pre-Service Prayer 10:00 a.m. - Sunday Worship Service and Children’s Church Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. - Bible Study and Prayer
St. Joseph Catholic Church
A Catholic Christian Community 1002 S. Main Street - Scott City Fr. Bernard Felix, pastor • 872-7388 Secretary • 872-3644 Masses: 1st Sunday of month - 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Other weekends: Sat., 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. Spanish Mass - 2nd and 4th Sundays, 1:30 p.m.
Pence Community Church
Prairie View Church of the Brethren
4855 Finney-Scott Rd. - Scott City - 276-6481 Pastor Jon Tuttle Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m. Men’s Fellowship • Wednesday mornings Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Held at Precision Ag Bldg. west of Shallow Water
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
1102 Court • Box 283 • Scott City 620-872-2294 • 620-872-3796 Pastor Warren Prochnow email@example.com Sunday School/Bible Class, 9:00 a.m. Worship every Sunday, 10:15 a.m. Wed.: Mid-Week School, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Christian Church
8911 W. Road 270 10 miles north on US83; 2 miles north on K95; 9 miles west on Rd. 270 Don Williams, pastor • 874-2031 Wednesdays: supper (6:30 p.m.) • Kid’s Group and Adult Bible Study (7:00 p.m.) • Youth Group (8:00 p.m.) Sunday School: 9:30 • Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m.
12th & Jackson • Scott City • 872-3219 Shelby Crawford, pastor Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7:00 p.m. Wednesday: God’s High School Cru, 7:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church
Immanuel Southern Baptist Church
803 College - Scott City - 872-2339 Kyle Evans, Senior Pastor Bob Artz, Associate Pastor
1398 S. US83 - Scott City - 872-2264 Robert Nuckolls, pastor - 872-5041
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. • Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Sunday morning worship: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study, 7:00 p.m.
Gospel Fellowship Church 120 S. Lovers Lane - Shallow Water Larry Taylor, pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m.
First Christian Church
1st United Methodist Church
5th Street and College - Scott City - 872-2401 Dennis Carter, pastor 1st Sunday: Communion and Fellowship Sunday Services at 9:00 a.m. • Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. All Other Sundays • Worship: 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. MYF (youth groups) on Wednesdays Jr. High: 6:30 p.m. • Sr. High: 7:00 p.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
701 Main - Scott City - 872-2937 Scotty Wagner, pastor Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Worship, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday is Family Night Meal: 5:45 p.m. • Study: 6:15 p.m. Website: www.fccscottcity.org
Elizabeth/Epperson Drives • Scott City • 872-3666 Father Don Martin Holy Eucharist - 11:45 a.m. St. Luke’s - 872-5734 (recorded message) Senior Warden Bill Lewis • 872-3347 or Father Don Martin - (785) 462-3041
Scott Mennonite Church
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
12021 N. Eagle Rd. • Scott City Franklin Koehn: 872-2048 Charles Nightengale: 872-3056 Sunday School Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Service: 7:00 p.m.
9th and Crescent - Scott City - 872-2334 Bishop Irvin Yeager • 620-397-2732 Sacrament, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:50 a.m. Relief Society and Priesthood, 11:20 a.m. YMYW Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.
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Best advice for bond investors: be patient Craig Richards Richards Financial Services
I’m sure many of you out there have been watching your investment account online or have received your June 30 statement and have noticed quite a big drop in your bond holdings. We all know the stock market has been bouncing up and down lately (it usually recovers), but what is happening to bonds? Well, you can blame those investors with a hair trigger response to what Ben Bernanke (the Fed chairman) has to say for causing this downturn. Also, blame the “me too” group who are panicking and selling out to avoid further losses.
At the center of this is the question of interest rates. As we know, interest rates are at all-time lows. Banks and money market accounts offer very little in return for holding your money. When unemployment numbers come down, we begin to see real growth in the economy, and inflation starts creeping up, then the Fed will be more likely to raise interest rates. Many economists believe this won’t happen for a couple of years. However, when interest rates do go up, then current fixed income investments (bonds, etc.) become less attractive and their prices fall to the point where they are in line with the new rates.
When Ben Bernanke spoke a couple of weeks ago, he hinted the Fed may reduce their quantitative easing (a strategy to keep interest rates low). This made some investors fear an interest rate hike in near future. So, investors started a stock market selloff and a bond market selloff, which is highly unusual. Along with these markets, precious metals and commodities sold off as well. This was purely a knee jerk reaction. First of all, there has not been a lot of demand lately in our economy for borrowing money. Interest rates normally go up when the demand for borrowing money is high and the
available supply of money is small. Economics 101. Banks have plenty of money to lend with few borrowers. A lot of corporations are sitting on piles of cash and don’t need to borrow money. Though, some companies are taking advantage of the low interest rates by issuing new debt to replace their higher interest debt. Also, some of the stronger states and municipalities (Kansas included) have not had very many new municipal bond issues this year. Secondly, the run-up in the stock market we have seen has been driven mostly by yield-seeking investors and not so much on the quality of the stocks.
Many corporate stocks have risen far above their fair market value, thus, creating more risk for the investor. If corporate earnings begin to disappoint, (as some have) then the stock price may come down and the investor is left with a negative return. Lastly, when these selloffs occur, the proceeds end up in cash or a money market account. Eventually the selling investor needs to find a place to put his money since he isn’t earning anything where he is at. Thus, it’s usually a flight back into quality stocks and bonds, and a rebound begins. So, when we see selloffs in the markets, we need to step back, take a
breather, and take a rational look at our long-term investment approach and risk tolerance. As we have seen, nothing is immune to a market swing in price. Over time, markets which deviate from the norm will eventually come back. We just don’t know when. Remember, if you are invested in stocks and bonds, then you have made a commitment to be a long-term investor and you need to have patience during volatile times. Richards Financial Services, Inc., 411 S. Main St., Scott City. Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a registered broker/dealer. Material discussed is meant for general illustration and/or informational purposes only. Individual situations can vary.
FAIR DEALS Brian FitzGerald (left) and Martin McCormack are “Switchback”
‘Switchback’ to perform at Leoti fundraiser July 19-20 Celtic music recording artist “Switchback” will be featured during a twoday kickoff fundraiser sponsored by St. Anthony Church, Leoti, on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20. The event will officially kickoff a fundraising campaign for a new $900,000 parish center. Area residents will have two opportunities to see “Switchback” which includes Brian FitzGerald (mandolin) and Martin McCormack (acoustic guitar). Their current tour features “Kanoka,” their 13th studio album, which is a tribute to life in the Midwest. While both performances will feature some traditional Irish tunes, most of the music will be original work written by the two recording artists. They have gained popularity over the past two decades with their harmonies and Celtic soul blend of music. The duo, based out of the Chicago area, has also been featured in television specials “The Americana Sessions” and “The Celtic Sessions” which have aired on PBS. Friday’s concert will be held at the church starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is a free-will donation. Saturday’s events will begin with a classic car cruise at 6:00 p.m. with all participants to meet at the courthouse. Doors to the community building on the Wichita County Fairgrounds will open at 6:30 p.m. Those attending can choose between authentic carne
asada (prepared by Hector Heredia and crew) and barbeque pulled pork (prepared by Dennis and Deb Bauck and crew). Cost for the meals is $10 for adults and $6 for kids (including dessert). “Switchback” will perform another concert starting at 8:00 p.m. Admission to community building is $12 in advance and $17 on the day of the event for the concert only. There will also be a silent auction and beer garden. A pedal car donated by Ed Berning will be auctioned off by Russell Berning during the evening. Also to be auctioned is a three-night Las Vegas vacation donated by Todd and Diane Long. The three-day stay will start Dec. 13 and include the final nights of the National Finals Rodeo.
The concerts and community meal are the first of several fundraisers being planned for the new parish center. “Members of past parish councils have considered taking on a similar project over the years, but it was never felt that the time was right,” says parish board member Janelle Downs. With more than half of the project cost already pledged, the parish council has decided that the time is finally right. The proposed center will replace the church basement as a meeting area.
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Two members of the Stars swim team during an early morning practice as they prepare for this week’s league championships.
League title would cap a great season for Stars Having put together one of their most successful seasons in team history, the Scott City Stars hope to carry that momentum into the Western Kansas Swim Club Championships this weekend. This weekend’s meet will include all 13 teams in the club. It will be the
first time that Scott City has seen Spearman (Tex.) and Guymon (Okla.) which typically battle for top honors year after year. This year, the Stars also figure to be in the mix, along with the Golden Belt (Great Bend) squad. Scott City qualified 73 swimmers for the com-
bined league championship meet and 67 of them will be competing at Hays on Saturday and Sunday. This is the largest number of qualifiers the team has ever had. In five meets this season, the Stars have taken first on three occasions and finished second the
other two times. Both runner-up finishes were to Great Bend. “Our goal is to be in the top three, but it’s going to be pretty competitive,” says head coach Marci Patton. “Great Bend will be going after us since we’ve beaten them a couple of times this season.
I’m sure they’ll have all of their high school swimmers. And we haven’t seen Spearman or Guymon.” With 97 swimmers, the Stars had more competitors than ever before, which has contributed to the team’s success. But the bigger factor was the
tourist hot spot Lake Scott tops list of Western Ks. attractions When it comes to tourism, every community and every region tries to develop that one attraction which will pull travelers off the road and into their town. From the Big Well in Greensburg, to Dorothy’s House in Liberal, the Garden of Eden in Lucas, to the “world’s largest ball of twine” in Cawker City, tourist attractions come in all forms - some more successful than others. Few areas can boast a tourist magnet that measures up to Lake Scott and the El Quartlelejo ruins which draw between 140,000 to 145,000 visitors a year. “There’s nothing in Western Kansas that can compare with the number of people we get each year,” says Park Manager Greg Mills. Granted, those park numbers are bolstered by repeat visitors from Scott, Finney and the surrounding counties who will attend the park several (See HOT SPOT on page 24)
strength of its older swimmers (11-years and up) who compete in the afternoon session. “The 12- to 15-yearolds were my babies when I started coaching,” says Patton. “We’ve kept probably 90 percent of those kids who started with me. (See STARS on page 25)
SCHS football camp starts Mon.
The Scott Community High School football team will have their summer camp on Monday through Thursday, July 15-18. Camp workouts will be held each evening at 6:30 p.m. at the high school practice field.
Middle school hoops camp in SC
All area boys and girls who will be entering grades 5-8 this fall can participate in the Kingdom basketball camp from Monday through Thursday, July 15-18, at the Scott City Middle School gym. There will be a single session from 1:30-4:00 p.m. each day. The camp will feature members of the three-time state championship Scott Community High School boy’s basketball teams and former SCHS player and Wichita State University guard Ron Baker (if schedule permits). Registration fee of $25 includes a t-shirt. Anyone with questions can contact Gil Lewis (874-1546).
SCMS volleyball camp is July 22-26
Two fisherman enjoy a perfect day at Lake Scott on Wednesday morning. (Record Photo)
All girls who will be in seventh and eighth grade at Scott City Middle School this year can participate in a volleyball camp to be held July 22-26, 9:30-11:30 a.m., in the SCMS gym. Participants must pre-register by Thurs., July 18. The $15 registration fee includes a t-shirt. Registration forms and checks need to be sent to Adrianne Wren, Scott City. (Registration form appears in this week’s Record). Anyone with questions can contact Coach Wren (874-5364) or Coach Megan Gentry (874-1479).
Outdoors in Kansas
by Steve Gilliland
Leave it to beaver While realizing I’m telling my age here, I ask you to remember back to the old TV show “Leave it to Beaver.” As I remember it, the Beav’ could have pretty much had life handed to him, but always got himself (and Wally) in trouble cause’ he just couldn’t seem to stay out of mischief. Our little city owns property just outside of town, known as “the city pasture.” There’s a motorcycle race track, several small picnic shelters with tables, slides and merry-go-rounds for the kids and a nice little fishing pond. One morning a couple of weeks ago the city crew stopped by and told me a beaver had taken up residence in the pond and was chewing trees. The city manager said “He has to go.” That day after work I dug out my beaver traps and equipment and the next evening headed for the pond. I soon found the first evidence as a small tree along the bank had been toppled, but not too recently. I walked the rest of the main pond bank and found one spot in very shallow water where a den opening ran up and under the bank. Beavers and muskrats dig dens into the bank, usually with trough-shaped runs in front of them that form and get deeper over time from there constant trips in and out. An active run will be kept smooth and slick with no moss or any obstructions in it. This den, indeed, had a run going from it out into the pond, but was covered in moss and leaves, showing no recent use. There are two small islands in the pond and a walk around the larger one found a spot where “the Beav” had recently chewed on a standing tree, leaving a pile of wood chips. I gathered the chips together and sprinkled some lure over them, slicked up the bank (See BEAVER on page 22)
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3 SCHS cheerleaders get invite to London Scott Community High School cheerleaders and yell leaders Jody Gunther, Cayleigh Ramsey and Andrew Brown are among about 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who have earned the opportunity to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade. Individuals invited to perform in the parade qualified after being selected as an AllAmerican at one of the summer camps hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), United Spirit Association (USA), Universal Dance Association (UDA) and National Dance Alliance (NDA). All-Americans are
SCHS cheerleaders for the upcoming school year are (sitting) Jody Gunther. (Second row, from left) Michelle Gonzalez, Danean Metheney, Cayleigh Ramsey and Amanda Kough. (Back row) Andrew Brown, Jennie Erven, Lizzie Eikenberry, Rachel Anliker, Ellie Irwin, Taylor Fairleigh, Addie Price, Megan Smith, Oscar Amezcua.
selected to try out based on superior cheerleading skills at camps across the country. Only the top 12% of the cheerleaders who
attend Varsity summer camps earn the chance to march in the London parade. They will also tour London during their seven-day trip.
KDWPT rejects proposed change in coyote hunting At the public hearing conducted on June 27 in Garden City, the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission rejected a recommendation to prohibit coyote hunting with the use of vehicles and two-way radios during the regular firearm deer season. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) law enforcement staff requested changes to the coyote hunting regulations because of incidents involving individuals using vehicles and radios to hunt deer under the guise of coyote hunting. Current regulations allow coyotes to be hunted from vehicles and with the use of radios. However, game animals, including deer, may not be hunted from vehicles or using radios and cell phones. KDWPT law enforcement officers expressed frustration with enforcing those big game regulations. During the workshop session on this regulation at the April meeting in Wichita, the Commission listened to coyote hunters who felt they were being
ment, which lists use restrictions on specific public lands, including requiring the use of nontoxic shot on designated dove fields. Other Public Lands recommendations approved include a change in the definition of blinds and stands allowed (removing the word “tree” before stand), as well as the definition of baiting so that certain food plot practices used to attract doves are allowed.
punished for the actions of a few hunting deer illegally. Ultimately, commissioners agreed. However, the commission asked for documented incidents after the 2013 firearm deer season and promised to revisit this issue early next year. In other public hearing items, the commission approved regulations pertaining to agritourism, which were brought into the KDWPT regulaEarly Teal Season tion system as a result of The last public hearERO 36, which moved ing item presented to agritourism duties under the commission was the KDWPT. recommendation for the early teal season. Crossbow Survey Commissioners The commission also approved a 16-day season approved a regulation in the Low Plains Zone requiring all hunters who (east of Hwy 283, Sept. hunt big game or wild 7-22, 2013, and a nineturkeys with a crossbow day season for the High to obtain a free Crossbow Plains Zone (west of Hwy Survey Number from 283, Sept. 14-22, 2013. KDWPT before huntBecause of much higher ing. The number can be than average blue-winged obtained online. teal numbers surveyed, the USFWS frameworks Public Lands allowed for an increase in The commission the daily bag limit for teal approved several recom- during the early season mendations to the Public from four to six, which Lands reference docu- was approved.
At this time, Ramsey and Brown are making plans to attend the parade. Gunther is unable to attend. In order to help with
the cost of the trip, fundraisers are being planned. Anyone who would like to make a donation can contact Ramsey or Brown.
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Looking forward to training camp in KC Training camp for the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs begins on July 26. New head coach Andy Reid and his innovative coaching staff will welcome the squad when they report to St. Joseph, Mo. All of KC’s by outdoor pracMac tices will be Stevenson open to the public, free of charge. The Chiefs will play their first exhibition game on August 9 at New Orleans. CEO Clark Hunt finally cleaned house after the Chiefs’ disastrous 2012 season. It’s hard to imagine the Chiefs not being one of the - if not the - most improved teams in the AFC. Coach Reid has left no stone unturned while upgrading a roster that has more talent than they showed last season. Besides the new players, Reid was undoubtedly instrumental in the hiring of John Dorsey as general manager. Dorsey is a savvy guy who will be a refreshing change from Scott Pioli. KC’s premier offseason move was the acquisition of quarterback Alex Smith from San Francisco. Smith is a mature 29-year-old with eight years of NFL experience. Smith is certain to be a major improvement over Matt Cassel. Smith, however, might not live up to preseason expectations. He’s primarily a short passer. If KC is going to challenge Denver and Peyton Manning for the division title, Smith will have to be a first-class NFL quarterback. The guess here is that Smith will be effective under the guidance of Reid and his coaches. Reid and Dorsey also filled a need that is underrated - but absolutely vital for successful NFL teams - when they added Chase Daniel as Smith’s backup. Daniel was a great quarterback for Missouri and he’s never had enough playing time to show what he can do in the NFL. Daniel will be a solid backup. Reid will employ his West Coast offense that features short, quick passes, which will be a perfect fit for Smith’s ability. (See TRAINING on page 23)
New SCHS hoops coach puts down foundation during camp It could be said that summer basketball camp for the Scott Community High School girls was a chance for them to get acquainted with their new head coach - their third in three years. With that formality out of the way, both sides can now get onto the business of moving forward from a three-win season. “We needed that time for them to get to know me and what I expect and for me to have a better idea of where they are in terms of skill level,” says new head coach Shelby Crawford. Crawford also knows they have a lot of ground to make up since it wasn’t known until June that he would be the new head coach. “With all the other camps and sports these girls are involved in, we didn’t have an opportunity to get into any summer leagues or work out a MAYB schedule. That will hopefully change next summer,” says Crawford. During the five-day camp, the coach was able to evaluate his squad and determine that “we need a lot of work.” “But the girls are willing to put in the work. They have the desire to work hard,” he says. With the coach and players unfamiliar with each other, Crawford said he could sense some “frustration” early in the week. “I could see the girls were frustrated with why I wanted them to do drills a certain way. So I showed them some of the
Head coach Shelby Crawford looks on as senior Riley Hawker goes through drills at the SCHS camp. (Record Photo)
continuous man-to-man offense that I want to do and things began to click with some of them,” he said. They also worked on some man-to-man defense, which reaffirmed what Crawford knew anyway. “We have a pretty quick team,” he said. While he was pleased with the four seniors and their leadership, he was particularly impressed with Riley Hawker. “If we’d have named a camp
MVP she would have been it,” he says. “She was on top of everything we did and was very encouraging for the freshmen.” However, one of the big obstacles will be for the team to maintain some of the momentum - and knowledge - once camp is over. Bottom line, says Crawford, is that the girls will have to put in time during the off-season. With only four seniors and no juniors, Crawford will need some of the underclassmen to
show they are ready to play varsity ball. “Right now, we don’t have enough girls with the skill level to play varsity. They need to have a basketball in their hands throughout the summer so they can continue to improve,” he says. “We lost our two leading scorers from a team that won just three games last year. I feel we’re a better team than that, but we have to go out and prove it.”
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New turf . . .
Kel’s TLC, Scott City, had the job of putting down new sod on the Scott Community High School football field recently. All of the new sod is in place and the root system should be established well enough that it can handle foot traffic by August 1. (Record Photo)
Beaver to make it appear as though another beaver was there too and placed a trap in the water in front, hoping to draw the beaver to the spot again and through the trap. The traps I use for beaver are known as “body grip” traps. The beaver swims through them and is caught around the neck, head and body as they trap springs, dispatching the beaver quickly and humanely. I found a couple more underwater holes and set traps in them also. One of those holes looked promising, but I was not brimming with confidence. The next evening I waded out to the island and eureka - one of the underwater traps held a dandy catch . . . a snap-
Scott State Lake Updated July 8 Channel cats: good; up to 17 inches. Cut bait, shrimp, worms, and prepaired baits fished around the fish attractors and other structure has been best for fish up to 19 inches. Walleye/saugeye: fair; up to 8 lbs. Casting and slowretrieving jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or minnows or fishing various fish imitating jigs and crankbaits along drop-offs and points should be best. Largemouth bass: good; up to 5.5 lbs. Slow rolling spinnerbaits and soft plastics around the fish attractors, along rip-rap, around laydown deadfalls, and beaver caches. Sunfish: good; up to 8 inches. Sunfish are spawning so they are concentrated in colonies usually in shallow, protected areas with gravelly bottoms.
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ping turtle! I extracted the turtle, reset the trap and went my way. Four evenings and three more turtles later, I decided it was time to do further recon and move some traps. I made my way out to the smaller island and found a couple more underwater holes. Again, one looked promising but I was still not doing cartwheels. The next evening the first trap once again gripped a turtle, this one huge with a head the size of my fist. As I approached the next trap, a strange white looking something lay under the water where the trap should have been. I bent down and touched it under the water but still had no inkling what it was. I found the trap chain
and promptly pulled in a 24 inch flathead catfish, partially eaten by turtles. A couple days and a couple more turtles later the beaver still seemed to be in business as the pile of chips under the small toppled tree had grown. I decided I needed to look closer at the only spot around the pond I hadn’t closely examined. At the near end of the pond was a big tree that grew on a point jutting out into the water. The bank around it was steep but the water was shallow enough for me to wade around it. I found what seemed to be the most promising spot yet - an underwater hole with a deep run in front of it that was slick and slippery from apparent use. So as not to spook
the beaver, I put the trap a couple feet out from the hole at the very end of the run. With rocks I blocked in a couple other holes that I thought might be entrances to the same den, hopefully forcing Bucky to go through the trap. Five days later I still found an empty trap. My mind is always going when I trap, processing possible scenarios that I might be missing. Guessing it might be possible for a beaver to come out the hole but slip around the trap the way it was, I shoved the trap up tight against the hole, figuring I had nothing to lose. Two days later, my reward floated on the water in the form of a 45 pound beaver. I reset the trap on the chance there might be
a pair of beavers, but the very next night it harvested another big snapping turtle so I took the trap home. I suppose we could all take a lesson from the lowly beaver, pertaining to doing on this earth what God put us here to do. Just like “the Beav” in “Leave it to Beaver,” that flat-tailed fellow at the park pond could have had life by the tail had he just stayed out of mischief and left the trees alone. He would have been fun to watch and who knows, he might have even gotten named. But as it is . . . well, continue to Explore Kansas outdoors. Steve can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Training The coaching staff is going to retain the 3-4 defense because the current roster of defensive players was assembled with that scheme in mind. Reid’s new players are far too numerous to try and analyze them this early in the summer. Nevertheless, offensive tackle Eric Fisher (6-7, 306) is the crown jewel of the recent draft. Fisher will start at right tackle, but he’s the left tackle of the future. Following the Chiefs in their exhibition games will be more entertaining than normal because of all the new players. Kansas City will be an entirely different ball club from the inept group that played last season.
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KC’s Lack of Offense Switching from Chiefs’ football to Royals’ baseball, Kansas City is a better team than they were in 2012. But the current roster just can’t get over the hump. The Royals (43-45) are in third place in the Central Division behind Detroit and Cleveland. Detroit has more talent and balance than any other contender in the division. KC’s hitting just isn’t there. The Royals who have played at second base, shortstop, third base, center field, and right field have been inept with their bats. Johnny Giavotella is the most recent candidate to take over at second base. After getting off to a good start, he has faltered
at the plate and it doesn’t appear he’s going to be the answer. Billy Butler at designated hitter is also off his game. When there’s a runner on first, Butler is a sure double play if he hits a grounder because he’s the slowest base runner in MLB. When he’s hitting Butler is an asset, but he hasn’t been getting it done. KC’s starting pitching is still going well, but it has leveled off a bit in the last few weeks. James Shields has had several outings that didn’t match his earlier starts. And Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis, and Luis Mendoza have all had some rough games. If the Royals don’t come up with a starting pitcher who comple-
ments Ervin Santana and Shields, KC will have a difficult time climbing over the .500 mark. The bullpen has been stellar, led by closer Greg Holland. Kansas City’s relief pitchers are among the best in either league. Overall it’s the same old problem - not enough talented players. But KC is improved and the hitters could still get hot. However, the clock is ticking and Detroit is taking charge in the AL Central.
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Hot Spot times during the summer to enjoy the recreational opportunities. Nonetheless, one can’t ignore the financial impact of that many visitors. Park fees alone reached a record high of $171,000 last year. That doesn’t begin to measure the impact these visitors have on convenience stores and grocery stores in Scott City when it comes to purchasing food, fuel and other weekend supplies. From all indications, interest in the historic attractions in and around the park, as well as the recreational opportunities, is continuing to rise. Last year, the park was on pace to set an all-time attendance record until blue-algae shut down the swimming area and recreational activities for about five weeks beginning in mid-July. While attendance is slightly behind last year, it’s still on pace for another very good summer. Attendance topped 10,000 in March and April, with 18,352 in May. June figures haven’t been compiled. Mills feels the park
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should be able to draw from a larger area this year, particularly from central Kansas and eastern Colorado where drought and limited water have taken a toll on lakes and reservoirs in those areas. “We have water and, thanks to our springs, we’ll always have water,” says Mills. “There aren’t very many places that can make that claim.” Lake Scott has begun seeing more visitors from the Wichita area since Cheney Reservoir’s water level is down so much. As if often the case, even when people make Lake Scott their destination they are surprised at what they see. “Probably one of the things you hear most often from people is ‘You can’t believe what’s here until you see it with your own eyes,’” says Mills. “We’ve had some people from the Wichita area who promised they’d be coming back. They liked it so much.”
Mills readily acknowledges the impact that nearby historic sites have on park attendance, in-
Fishing and canoeing are popular pasttimes that will draw more than 140,000 visitors a year to Lake Scott State Park. (Record Photo)
cluding Battle Canyon and El Quartelejo. “I think El Quartelejo is a huge tourism draw for us,” he says. “It brings in people from throughout the United States and even foreign countries especially those who love history. “The first thing that comes out of the mouths of a lot of people is ‘Where is El Quartelejo?’ It’s a historic landmark
and it’s surprising how many people are familiar with it,” he says. While Lake Scott might appear “in the middle of nowhere” for some people, it happens to be ideally situated for many visitors. “A lot of people like to stop in here when they’re traveling from eastern Kansas or they’re traveling west across the country,” says the park manag-
er. “We get a lot of visitors who will stay for two or three days when they’re traveling to Colorado or to the Western U.S.” On average, during the travel season, he says the park will see 40 recreational vehicles a week. And don’t underestimate the great scenery. “People will call us and ask if the yuccas are blooming,” Mills says. “That’s something we
need to put up on our website.” While more and more visitors are learning about Lake Scott, there’s little doubt it remains one of the best kept secrets in Kansas - if not the Midwest. “There’s still plenty that can be done to build tourism and bring more people to the park,” adds Mills. “We have a lot of ideas that we’re working on.”
Cooperation essential to enhancing tourism possibilities Bob Campbell staff writer
The key to making a tourists’ byway successful is less a matter of spending money than it is of finding and fully developing the themes that bring out its uniqueness. “Sometimes people think they know what their story is or what they want it to be, but that’s not necessarily what the story is,” said Cris Collier, president-CEO of the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau. Citing her work with the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway Committee and Austin, Tex.,, consultant Ted Lee
Eubanks, Collier said, “An interpretive plan flushes out what the real story is and how to tell it so that everyone agrees and tells it in the same way. “To make the region sticky, make sure the visitors find enough to see and do that they want to stick around.” Established in 2005, the 77-mile-long Wetlands and Wildlife Byway runs from the 41,000-acre Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge northeast of Great Bend, south to Stafford and the 22,135-acre Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Featuring hundreds of thousands of migratory birds each year, with over
300 species in each refuge, it is, by far, the most successful of Kansas’ 11 scenic and historic byways. Collier’s said her byway’s theme is “A Constant State of Motion and Change.” “You need a theme and three to five sub-themes with stories clustered under each sub-theme,” she said. “We’re on the Central Flyway and National Migration Path, and there was a migration of people through the area. It takes somebody from outside, hearing what everyone has to say, to know what’s unique about your byway.” She feels the Western
Vistas Historic Byway, which includes Scott County, has “tremendous potential, but it’s important to take things slowly and do it right.” “That’s easier than to try to back up and re-do,” she says. Collier said her byway in Barton, Stafford and Reno counties has been substantially helped by a $100,000 state grant with 45 percent supplied by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. The other 55 percent came from Great Bend’s motel bed tax. Asked what the results have been in terms of tourism, she said, “Numbers
are the hardest thing we have found to measure.” “We have done some visitors’ surveys and work with the attractions, but we have no idea what the economic impact is. We know traffic is up, but the numbers will be different at the north and south ends because not everyone travels the entire length. The next thing we need to do is hire a professional to do consulting.” At one time, she said the annual visitation at Quivira was about 55,000 and “the last time we looked it was around 90,000.” Collier said the byway is being promoted in the Kansas Visitors Guide,
“Midwest Living” magazine and the American Automobile Association. “We do target marketing in certain areas because our visitors are nature-based tourists who like to do things outside like birdwatching and hiking,” she said. “Shotgun marketing is a waste of time, energy and money.” Other towns in the Wetlands and Wildlife Byway in central and south-central Kansas are Claflin, Ellinwood, Hudson and St. John, Stafford and Hoisington. The seven communities have to work together and cross-market,” Collier emphasizes. “They are not in competition.”
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Head coach Marci Patton (left) and assistant coach Kayla Dearden work with the young swim club members as they practice using the diving platform for their starts. (Record Photo)
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That’s a big reason why don’t think as much about we’re so competitive.” technique, but that’s something which we emCoachable Swimmers phasize,” he says. He can also recall durIt also helps that the older swimmers, as well ing those early years of as younger ones, are will- swimming that, because ing to work hard and to of their large numbers, learn. Scott City would often do “We have a lot of kids well during the morning who are very coachable,” session (10-years and unsays Kayla Dearden, a der), many times leading member of the team for 12 in the team standings, only years before becoming an to see that lead slip away assistant coach four years in the afternoon because ago. “They’re willing to they didn’t have enough work hard and improve swimmers to keep pace their technique. They lis- with the larger teams. ten to what we tell them “Now, we’re not only and they fix it.” doing real well in the In addition, she points morning session, but we out there are a number of have enough older kids youngsters who compete that we can either keep in the winter swim league at Garden City which has our lead or even build on helped them continue to it,” says Hutchins. “It’s pretty impressive that improve. Coaching for the past we’re having so much three years has given success competing against assistant coach Alex towns which have high Hutchins a different per- school programs such as spective after competing Hays, Garden City and with the Stars for about 10 Great Bend. “A lot of the success years. “As a kid you don’t we’ve had can be attribfocus on the details. You uted to Marci.”
Competing for Title
Now in her ninth year of coaching, Patton can recall having only about 26-28 swimmers during her first season. That doubled the following year and she has consistently had more than 80 swimmers each season since. “The consistency of having the same coach year after year has helped,” says Patton. “The kids know who the coach will be and what to expect.” While the program has always been among the top four or five in the 13-team WKSC, it’s been tough going head-to-head against the likes of Guymon and Spearman, in particular. “Year in and year out they always are the teams to beat. But I think it’s going to be a lot closer this year. I could see it coming down to how well we do in the relays and in the 400 (meter),” she says. However, what was going to be a tough weekend for the Stars got a little
tougher with the loss of one of their top swimmers. Fourteen-year-old Lizzy Eikenberry had an appendectomy last weekend and will be unable to compete in the league meet. “She’s such a tough competitor. We’re really going to miss her,” says Patton. “But we have two or three other girls on our team who are right behind her, so they’ll have to step it up a little more and hopefully we can make up the difference.” Teams competing in the WKSC Championships are Dodge City, Hays, Leoti, Great Bend, Garden City, Scott City, Lakin, Holcomb, Spearman, Ulysses, Guymon, Liberal and Dumas (Tex.).
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summer t-ball fun Scenes from the Scott Recreation Commission summer t-ball are: (Above) Cameron LaPlant makes solid contact with the ball for a hit. Waiting for their turn at bat in the background (from left) are Zachary Procter, Ethan Faurot and Zachary O’Brien. (Left) Jon Browning tries to get control of a ball that bounces toward him. (Right) Brooks Bailey chases down a ground ball along the third base line. (Below) Neither Jaden O’Brien (left) or Cami Winderlin seem as though they want to field a high bouncer that comes their way. (Bottom right) Hunter Fry gets into position to field a ground ball. (Bottom left) Blaze Gossman ponders whether to remain in t-ball or consider an offer from the Kansas City Royals. (Record Photos)
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nature’s balancing act
Study looks at biomass impact on birds, bees
Biomass feedstocks, particularly switchgrass, are seen as one means of reducing America’s reliance on fossil fuels. Switchgrass seems a perfect fit as a biofuel and as an alternative for marginal farm ground that is removed from the Conservation Reserve Program. It is drought-tolerant, ideal for erosion control and offers excellent yield potential. With all of its positive attributes, the one aspect about converting tens of thousands of acres from CRP to switchgrass production would be its impact on wildlife - in particular grassland birds and pollinators. A study being conducted by the University of Tennessee is hoping to determine the impact of switchgrass on these two species. The three-person team has been documenting bird population and pollinator (specifically bee) count at selected sites in Lane and Gove counties. The three month study will conclude at the end of July. Directing the research project is Elizabeth (Doxon) Holcomb, a University of Tennessee professor who is originally from Healy. “Studies have shown for better than a decade that grassland, nesting bird populations have been declining,” says Dave Adams, a graduate student who is the team leader. “We’ve also known for a decade or two that indigenous bee populations have been declining. This study will be looking at possible factors behind the decline in both populations.” Also part of the research team are undergraduate students Zach Fisher and Shelby Sanders. On a daily basis, the team examines 15 test plots in the two counties - five planted in big bluestem grass, five planted to switchgrass and five CRP fields. “We consider present populations in the CRP fields as the baseline,” notes Adams. “This represents the natural, wild habitat for birds and pollinators.” Even a trained eye can find it nearly impossible to find songbird nesting sites in dense cover. “That’s how they survive,” emphasizes Adams. “They need to be able to hide from predators.” Often times the only way for the team to discover nesting locations is for two of the members to be dragging a rope between them and wait for birds to be flushed from hiding. “The rope sounds like a snake and that’s enough to scare them,” Fisher says. The GPS coordinates of the nesting site are then recorded, along with the number of eggs that may have been discovered. As the trio revisits a site over the course of several weeks they actually monitor the development of the nest as the young chicks hatch and mature. “We track their survival rate, the vegetation they like to nest in,” says Adams. “We try to determine the overall bird population in an area and the species of birds living there.”
Value of Pollinators
White, yellow and blue cups are located in fields as a means of attracting insects. “Colors are factors in attracting insects,” Adams explains. “Bees will fly into the cups and we preserve the specimens. We collect data on the count and the species.”
(Top) Dave Adams (foreground) and Zach Fisher drag a rope between them as they attempt to flush birds from a CRP field. Shelby Sanders checks the GPS coordinates of a previously discovered nesting site. (Left) Five Western Meadowlark eggs in a nesting site the team would check on daily. (Above) Mourning Doves usually nest in trees, old houses and buildings but, as these eggs show, they will nest on the ground when nothing else is available. (Below) Adams and Sanders check the height and density of Little Bluestem. (Record Photos)
Bees, which are a major pollinator for agricultural crops, have seen a huge drop in their numbers resulting from the loss of habitat, according to studies conducted over the past few years. This study hopes to gather data detailing what impact, if any, biomass production is having on pollinators. Likewise, grassland bird species are also at risk. Based on Breeding Bird Survey data, over 80 percent of grassland-associated bird species have shown a protracted population decline in their respective habitat regions. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, among other agencies in the Midwest, want to determine if biomass production on an increased scale will affect breeding patterns and put these species at further risk. According to research, switchgrass is often promoted as “wildlife friendly,” but there is evidence that this may not always be the case. Part of the concern is with the conversion of land to a single-species planting rather than offering vegetative diversity that birds and pollinators need. The study being conducted locally is part of a multi-state effort that will offer the “first-ever data on the impact of switchgrass production on multiple grassland bird species.” The switchgrass fields in Kansas were established in 2011. Research is also being conducted in Tennessee and Iowa. “Hopefully, what this study will do, is offer ideas on the best way to manage these biofuel fields and balance that with the needs of wildlife,” Adams says. Another team will continue the study at the same locations next year.
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House Republicans trying to split nutrition program from farm bill In a move that would sever the long-standing urban-rural bipartisan alliance backing agriculture policy, House Republicans are planning to split the nutrition programs - including food stamps and school meals - from farm programs in hopes of passing a farm bill this summer. Farm lobbyists did not want to see the farm bill split, but Dale Moore, spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based American Farm Bureau Federation, said House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and House Republican leaders have chosen that path. Farm Bureau believes
House Republicans will take the bill as it was presented for a vote on June 20, strike the nutrition title and take it to the floor for a vote. The June vote failed. “We have heard talk of some language that may be inserted dealing with repeal, replacement or modification of permanent law,” Moore said. Moore said no other amendments would be considered. “From what we understand, it will be an up or down vote on HR 1947, minus the nutrition title and possibly with something dealing with permanent law,” he said. Permanent law is the
hammer, Moore said, to get the farm bill passed every five years. When the current farm bill expires Sept. 30, for example, parts of farm program law would revert back to what existed in 1949 and 1938. That would cause a big increase in farm program expenditures that would be unacceptable to Congress, Moore said. He said there are uncertainties about what would happen if the House passes a farm bill without the nutrition title when the Senate has already passed a bill that included the nutrition title. “If the Senate says we are not going to conference the bill in two differ-
ent pieces (farm/nutrition), then does the House appoint conferees and go to work on that?” Moore said. Another possibility would be if the Senate simply adds the nutrition title back in and sends it back to the House, he said. “Right now the game in front of us is trying to determine what comes next,” Moore said. One Washington source, speaking on background, said that some commodity groups are resisting the move to repeal the 1949 permanent law language. Other groups are willing to concede the repeal of permanent law language in
RSA changes in crop insurance promote conservation
Recently the USDA-Risk Management Agency (USDA-RMA) reduced their mandated number of crop samples per acre that had to be maintained for insurance appraisal under center pivot irrigation. These representative sample area (RSAs) reductions are important for minimizing the amount of water required to be pumped on crops affected by extreme environment conditions. “We appreciate RMA’s willingness to work with the Kansas Water Office, the Kansas Department of Agriculture and farmers and ranchers on a solution to conserve water in Kansas,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman. This adjustment to USDA-RMA’s Loss Adjustment Manual (LAM) will (See CHANGES on page 29)
(See FARM BILL on page 29)
Take steps to reduce heat stress in cattle With plenty of summer left to go, soaring temperatures and humidity can take a toll on cattle, resulting in everything from reduced rates of gain to death loss. “Cattle will adapt to heat if it happens gradually, but that’s often not the case,” said Kansas State University veterinarian
Larry Hollis, citing the quick wide temperature and humidity swings that can happen in the central High Plains. “USDA has information including forecast maps that show geographically, where it expects the heat to cause problems,” said Hollis, who is a beef cattle veterinarian with
K-State Extension. (See the maps at http://1.usa. gov/14KSLg2.) The website takes into account weather parameters that influence livestock comfort or stress, including temperature, wind speed, humidity and solar radiation. The site also includes a breathing equation that producers,
feedlot managers and others can use to evaluate their animals. “Cattle don’t have the ability to sweat like we do,” Hollis said. “Instead they’ll start panting.” The USDA site has information to help producers gauge cattle heat stress by how many breaths an animal will
Climate change will impact livestock As temperatures go up, bison get smaller. Joseph Craine, research assistant professor in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University, examined how climate change during the next 50 years will affect grazing animals such as bison and cattle in the Great Plains. The study, “Longterm climate sensitivity of grazer performance: a cross-site study,” was recently published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS ONE. “Bison are one of our most important conservation animals and hold a unique role in grasslands
in North America,” Craine said. “In addition to their cultural and ecological significance, they’re economically important both from a livestock perspective and from a tourism perspective.” There are about half a million bison in the world. Craine analyzed a data set of 290,000 weights, ages and sexes collected from 22 bison herds throughout the U.S. The information came from herds owned by the university’s Konza Prairie Biological Station; Oklahoma’s Nature Conservancy; Turner Enterprises; and other fed-
eral, state, nonprofit and commercial entities. The organizations kept annual records of each animal in the herd and matched the data with the climates of the sites. Based on differences in sizes of bison across herds, Craine found that during the next 50 years, future generations of bison will be smaller in size and weigh less. Climate is likely to reduce the nutritional quality of grasses, causing the animals to grow more slowly. “We know that temperatures are going to go up,” Craine said. “We also know that warmer grass-
Groups file suit, claim COOL violates Constitution
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right to free speech. It also protects against the government compelling speech, except when such compelled speech serves a substantial government interest, say the attorneys heading a challenge to the USDA’s new mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat. Plaintiffs in the suit, filed Monday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, include the American Association of Meat Processors, American Meat Institute (AMI), Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Pork Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council, North American Meat Association, and Southwest Meat Association. In 2002, mandatory
COOL was included in the Farm Bill. Implementation was delayed for years, and Congress amended the rule in the 2008 Farm Bill. The final rule took effect in 2009, and in that same year Canada and Mexico filed a grievance with the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2011, a WTO panel ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico. In March, USDA proposed a new rule, which the groups say closely resembles the original, burdensome rule from 2003. The rule became final in May after a publiccomment period, essentially unchanged from the proposed version. The rule, which USDA intended to phase in over six months, requires muscle-cut labels to declare country of origin for three production steps: where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. Even that requirement
is complicated by several exemptions, since it covers only muscle cuts and not processed or ground cuts. AMI general counsel Mark Dopp provided an example of two hogs, both raised on the same Minnesota farm. One was shipped as a piglet from Canada, the other brought from Iowa at the same stage. At slaughter, muscle cuts from one would require a label saying “Born in Canada, raised and Slaughtered in the United States.” The other would be labeled as “Born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.” If however, some of the pork from either animal is packaged in a marinade or turned into bacon, it is exempt from the labeling law. Meat companies could voluntarily label the products, from either animal, as “Product of the United States.”
lands have grasses with less protein, and we now know that warmer grasslands have smaller grazers. It all lines up to suggest that climate change will cause grasses to have less protein and cause grazers to gain less weight in the future.” Craine said the results of climate change in coming decades can already be seen by comparing bison in cooler, wetter regions with those in warmer, drier regions. For example, the average seven-year-old male bison in South Dakota weighed 1,900 pounds, (See CLIMATE on page 29)
take per minute. If an animal is taking less than 90 breaths per minute, the rate is considered “normal.” A rate of 90-110 breaths per minute indicates “alert,” 110-130 indicates “danger,” and above 130 breaths per minute indicates “emergency.” “If you see them in
the morning and they’re already over 100 breaths/ minute, you know it will likely get worse as the day goes on,” Hollis said. Beef cattle extension specialist Terry Mader and his colleagues at the University of NebraskaLincoln also have developed information that (See CATTLE on page 29)
Market Report Closing prices on July 9, 2013 Winona Feed and Grain Bartlett Grain Wheat.................. $ 6.75 Wheat.................. $ 6.75 Milo (bu.) ............ $ 6.12 White Wheat ....... $ 7.05 Corn.................... $ 6.80 Milo (bu.)............. $ 6.12 Soybeans............ $ 15.28 Corn.................... $ 6.80 Scott City Cooperative Wheat.................. $ 6.75 White Wheat ....... $ 7.05 Milo (bu.)............. $ 6.12 Corn.................... $ 6.80 Soybeans ........... $ 15.28 Sunflowers.......... $ 21.75 ADM Grain Wheat.................. Milo (bu.)............. Corn.................... Soybeans............ Sunflowers.......... Royal Beef Corn....................
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Scott Co. closest to avg. rainfall Walt Geiger, WKWMP meteorologist
County precipitation averages for June indicate a continued moisture deficit for all target area counties. June totals last year were far worse with all counties averaging between 42% to as low as 90% below normal monthly rainfall. This year, June rains came almost entirely during the first half of the month with only trace amounts recorded during the second half. Rain reports from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS), www. cocorahs.org, indicate the highest June precipitation average was in Scott County with 2.68 inches or 5% below normal for Scott. Following Scott, Wichita County reported 2.22 inches (13% below normal for Wichita), Hamilton County with 1.93 inches (23% below), Kearny County recording 1.81 inches (39% below), and Lane County with 1.25 inches (55% below). A significant break in the scorching temperatures started the week as a cold front passed through last Friday night. There was one operational day when seeding for hail suppression and rain optimization occurred. June 27: Two planes were launched at 1:59 p.m. to investigate new storm development along a surface boundary over northern Scott County. Seeding for rain optimization began at 2:26 over Scott County with the seed track extended into Lane County by 2:30. Seeding for rain optimization began at 2:35 over northern Kearny County. Rain optimization seeding continued over Kearny County through 3:00 while periods of rain optimization and hail suppression continued over Scott and Lane counties. In general, storms were traveling southeast at around 16 mph. Seeding was terminated at 3:47 over southern Lane as this cloud was exiting the target area.
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Delayed mowing can improve pheasant recovery Michele Witecha Kansas Forest Service
July is the time for wheat harvest for a lot of humans living in Scott County. For birds, it’s the time to wrap up nesting and start finding food for young chicks. Pheasant chicks, as with most other bird species, depend on proteinrich insects during this fast growth period. In fact, during the first
Cattle can be helpful to cattle producers. The Extension publication is available at www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/; search for managing feedlot heat stress, publication number G1409. “We can’t control the temperature or humidity, but we can control some things, Hollis said, as he outlined several steps. •Provide cool drinking water. There is a difference between water heated by the sun all day and cool water. •Make sure there is ample space around the drinking source, so cattle don’t bunch up as they are accessing the water. •Provide shade – whether it is moving animals to a different pasture with more trees or stretch-
Climate while an average sevenyear-old male bison in Oklahoma - a warmer region - weighed 1,300 pounds. The cause: grasses in the southern Great Plains have less protein than grasses in the northern Great Plains because of the warmer climate. “The difference in temperature between those two states is around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about three times the projected increase in temperatures over the next 75 years,” Craine said. “That’s a pretty extreme difference and beyond the worst-case scenario. But it is a clear indicator that long-term warming will affect bison and is something that will happen
five weeks of a chick’s life, approximately 90% of their diet is insects. Insects are found on herbaceous broadleaf plants such as wildflowers and kochia that grow out in the prairie, but also along field edges and roadside ditches. Over the last three years, these herbaceous plants have dwindled due to lack of rainfall, which means the insects that birds depend on have also decreased. However,
a simple act we can do to alleviate this issue is to delay mowing ditches until the end of August. In areas such as Scott County, where there is not a large amount of available grassland, these roadside ditches become more valuable to pheasants and other grassland birds in providing food for their young. Mowing can also destroy nests and kill young birds that have not fledged. According to Pheasants
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ing a screen over pens. •Remove anything that impedes airflow. Do not pen cattle near windbreaks. Mow weeds if they are tall enough to function as a windbreak. If there are mounds, cattle will use them to try to catch a breeze. •Control flies. Cattle will come together to help each other deflect flies but air circulation is impeded when they bunch up, so controlling flies helps with controlling heat stress. •If handling cattle, do it early in the day. Have all work done by 10 a.m. •Where possible, use sprinklers, but do not use mist. Mist raises humidity, which adds to stress. Instead, use a system that
dispenses large droplets. “Some operations have what looks like large water cannons and some fire departments will come out and help soak the cattle,” Hollis said. He noted, however, that fire equipment and powerful hoses can be extremely frightening to the animals. “If you’re going to put water on them, do it right or don’t do it,” he said, adding that the goal is to soak the cattle, not lightly mist. “At the end of the day, cattle that are not alive don’t do us much good. When we have performance losses, that’s one thing, but when your animals don’t survive, that’s not a good situation at all,” Hollis said.
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across the U.S. over the next 50-75 years.” While the economic cost of smaller bison might not be so great, Craine said that warming might also shrink the revenue of cattle producers. Although compiling and analyzing data about cattle weights has yet to be done, findings for bison may translate to the more than 90 million cattle in the U.S., Craine said. Cattle and bison share similar physiologies and weight gain for both is typically limited by protein intake. If the same reduction in weight gain applies to cattle as bison, every temperature increase of one-anda-half degrees Fahrenheit could cause roughly $1
billion in lost income for cattle producers, Craine said. The reduction would come from either the cost of protein supplements needed to maintain similar weight gains before climate change, or from a loss of income because of reduced weights. Scientists predict that temperatures in the U.S. will increase by 6-8 degrees Fahrenheit during the next 75 years. The study is an offshoot of Craine’s ecology research with the Konza Prairie Biological Station, which is jointly owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University. Managed by the university’s Division of Biology, the Konza Prairie spans about 8,600 acres.
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Forever, in areas of extreme shortages for nesting cover, up to 40% of the birds in that area can be found nesting in ditches. In addition to destroying nests (and possibly killing hen pheasants), mowing also cuts down on the available food supply. We may see wildflowers, or we may just see weeds, but to a pheasant, that may be the only grocery store for miles. Consider delaying mow-
ing the ditches near your fields, and you will play an important part in helping the local wildlife in Scott County. Visit me at the Scott County NRCS office if you have additional questions regarding pheasants or other grassland species. Michele Witecha is the rangeland fire and wildlife ecologist with the Kansas Forest Service, based with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Scott City
Changes allow for producers to more accurately determine and aggregate representative sample areas (RSAs) and conserve irrigated water, energy and operating costs when using center pivot irrigation systems. “RMA has made great improvements to its process for providing an adequate crop sample under center-pivot irrigation,” said Tracy Streeter, Direc-
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tor of the Kansas Water Office. “This will allow producers to minimize the amount of water necessary to irrigate failed or damaged crops for insurance purposes.” For more information regarding changes with the RSAs when acreage is contained in a center pivot irrigation system visit: http://www.rma.usda.gov/ bulletins/pm/2013/13023.pdf.
Farm Bill order to get the farm bill into conference with the Senate version. House Republicans will have to find the votes to pass the bill, said Kam Quarles, director of legislative affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based McDermott Will & Emery law firm. Even with the nutrition title split from the farm bill, some conservatives are likely to oppose some
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farm programs. That could make the math to get to the 218 vote necessary for passage difficult, Quarles said. After four decades of combining nutrition programs and farm programs, Quarles said it is challenging to break the connection and still find votes to pass the farm bill. “It’s not impossible, but it sure makes it hard,” he said.
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Fills this tranquil 2+2 bedroom, 1-3/4 baths and family room in finished basement. New central heat and air, carpet, paint and tile on main level. Excellent condition and price has been dropped!
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INDIVIDUAL OFFICE SUITES from one to four rooms available for lease. Leases starting at $250/month including utilities. Common areas available for use including reception and break rooms. Perfect for quiet small business or climate controlled storage. Former location of Scott City Chiropractic, 1101 S. Main. Call 2143040 for information. 27tfc Protect our planet! Recycle with the Scott County Recycling Center.
Pheasant Cove Apartments
• Apartments available • Rental assistance available
Open to general public, singles and couples, housing project is now taking applications for apartments. Equal opportunity housing project.
1411 1/2 Myrtle Call 872-5458 32tfc
Classified Ad Deadline: Monday at 5:00 p.m. Classified Ad Rate: 20¢ per word. Minimum charge, $5. Blind ad: $2.50 per week extra. Card of thanks: 10¢ per word. Minimum charge, $3. Classified Display Ad rate: $5.50 per column inch. Classified advertising must be paid in advance unless business account is established. If not paid in advance, there will be a $1 billing charge. Tear sheet for classified ad will be $1 extra.
WANTED: Yards to mow and clean-up, etc. Trim smaller trees and bushes too. Call Dean Riedl, (620) 872-5112 or 874-4135. 34tfc ––––––––––––––––––– FURNITURE REPAIR and refinishing, lawn mower spring tune-up and blade sharpening. Call Vern Soodsma, 872-2277 or 874-1412. 36tfc ––––––––––––––––––– MOWER REPAIR, tune-up and blade sharpening. Call Rob Vsetecka 620-2141730. 36tfc ––––––––––––––––––– METAL ROOFING, SIDING, and TRIMS at direct to the public prices. Call Metal King Mfg., 620-872-5464. Our prices will not be beat! 37tfc ––––––––––––––––––– NOW DOING MENDING, SEWING, alterations and custom sewing. Call Jade 620214-2546. 46t4p
WANTED TO BUY: Stored corn. Call for basis and contract information. 1-800-5793645. Lane County Feeder, Inc. 32tfc ––––––––––––––––––– WANTED TO BUY: Wheat straw delivered. Call for contracting information. Lane County Feeders. 397-5341. 44tfc –––––––––––––––––––
Sharla Osborn 620-214-2114 Avon Independent Sales Representative
Be sure your pet has plenty of water and shade!
FOR SALE: Black Angus Bulls, registered, tested, guarantee, excellent bloodlines, confirmation and performance, discounts. Contact: Black Velvet Ranch, Aaron Plunkett, Syracuse. 620384-1101. 37t14c
––––––––––––––––––– LOOKING TO BUY wheat stubble standing in the field. We swath, bail and haul. Call Brittan at 620-874-5160. 47t1c ––––––––––––––––––– CREWS AVAILABLE for field roguing. 15-years experience, references available. Jesus O. Castillo (620) 214-2537. 48t6p
Help Wanted PART-TIME weekend help needed at the Scott City Inn Motel. Apply in person, 609 E. 5th. 45t4c ––––––––––––––––––– HELP WANTED Midwest Mixer Service, LLC. Welder/mechanic. Pay depends on experience. EOE but must have ability to understand and speak English. Health, dental, vacation, 401K. Applications available at front desk. 40 E. Road 160, Scott City. Contact Galen - 620-872-7251 46t4c ––––––––––––––––––– SEEKING hard-working sales consultants. Competitive pay and great benefit package! Apply in person or call to schedule interview. EOE Burtis Motor Company, Inc., 601 W. Kansas Ave., Garden City, 620-275-6171. 48t2c
It’s almost that time again! Spring/Summer Lawn Mowing. Call Hunter Braun (620) 872-3846 References available
If you are a student wanting summer work, run your ad with us FREE!
406 Main • 872-2090
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Employment Opportunities Employment Opportunity
is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our feed manufacturing team. Competitive wage, excellent benefits, and six paid holidays. Apply in person at the plant or call Mark or Adrian.
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Park Lane Nursing Home Calling all volunteers! “Quality Care Because We Care” We need you! Has openings for the following positions:
We need volunteers to be bus drivers and to deliver meals for the VIP Center.
Full-time night-shift RN/ LPN (10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.) Full-time night-shift CNA (Midnight-8:00 a.m.) Part-time evening shift CNA (2:00 - 10:00 p.m.)
517 S. Main, Scott City
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Shift differential offered for evening and night shifts! Please apply in person at: Park Lane Nursing Home 210 E. Parklane Scott City, KS 67871 Or visit us at our website: www.parklanenursinghome.org
Fill out application and return to human resources.
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Registered Nurses Scott County Hospital is looking for full-time Registered Nurses to join our team of dedicated nursing professionals. PRN- RN opportunities also available. WE OFFER: • Diverse Nursing Opportunities • Experienced Nursing Administrative Staﬀ • Excellent Ratios • Wages up to $28.62 for RN’s • PRN RN wage $30.00 (beneﬁts do not apply) • Weekend Option Program (work weekends for six months at premium pay) • Shift and Weekend Diﬀerentials • Critical Staﬃng Pay • Call Pay
CDL Truck Driver The John E Jones Oil CO., Inc. is looking for an experienced Local CDL Truck Driver to join our dedicated company driver team, hauling refined fuel for our customers in Western Kansas. Successful candidate for the CDL Truck Driver role must have tractor-trailer experience and is committed to providing safe and reliable transportation of hazardous materials. Additional requirements include: • Valid Class A CDL license • Veriﬁable experience driving Class A tractor trailers (recent) • Hazmat and Tanker Endorsements required, tanker experience preferred • Exceptional driving record • Ability to pass DOT physical, drug screen, driving evaluation, work history verification, and safety record review.
BENEFITS: • Flexible PTO • Extended Illness Leave • Fully Paid Life Insurance • Fully Paid Long Term Disability Insurance • Partially Paid Health Insurance • 401(k) Proﬁt Sharing Plan • Continuing Education • Reduced Local Health Club Fees • Reduced Broadband Internet Fees Scott County Hospital is a 25-bed CAH located in Scott City, a progressive Western Kansas community of 4000. The friendly hometown atmosphere and newly built and renovated schools provide an excellent place to raise families. Make the most of this great opportunity! Pre-employment physical, drug/alcohol screen, TB skin test and physical assessment required. SCH in a tobacco free facility. Applications available through Human Resources: Scott County Hospital 201 Albert Avenue, Scott City, KS 67871 (620) 872-7772 and on our website: www.scotthospital.net
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Pre-Op/Post-Op/PACU RN Scott County Hospital Operating Room has an opening for a part-time Pre-Op/PostOp/PACU RN. Must be a RN. Will work 20 hours per week. No call or weekends. Must be flexible and a team player. We offer competitive wages and excellent benefits. Pre-employment physical, physical assessment, drug/alcohol screen and TB skin test required. Scott County Hospital is a tobacco free facility. Applications available through Human Resources: Scott County Hospital 201 Albert Avenue, Scott City, KS 67871 (620) 872-7772 and on our website: www.scotthospital.net Return completed applications to Human Resources.
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Area Mental Health Center LOOKING FOR A CHALLENGE? WE WILL CHALLENGE YOU TO DO THE BEST WORK OF YOUR LIFE AMHC is currently looking to fill the following positions at our Scott City location. Children’s Case Managers. We work directly with children and their families in their homes, schools and community. These children are experiencing an emotional disturbance and need help to learn new skills and remain safe in their environment. Come be a part of our professional team as we work cooperatively within the agency and with outside providers to meet the needs of our children. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related human service field or equivalently qualified by work experience is required. Base pay starting at $12.98/hour, also additional compensation is given for experience. Mental Health Assistant self-motivated individuals will provide children and youth assistance in the form of support, supervision, and/or cuing that enables children and youth to accomplish tasks and engage in activities in their homes, schools, or communities. Applicants must be 21 years of age. Base pay starting at $10.00/hour, also additional compensation is given for experience. All candidates must pass KBI, SRS, motor vehicle screens, and have a valid driver’s license and be willing to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the consumer and family. Benefits Include: Retirement: fully vested at time of employment Health/Dental Insurance: portion of premium paid by AMHC. Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability: premium paid by AMHC. Holiday, Bereavement and Vacation/Sick days Applications are available at: 210 West Fourth, Scott City, KS 67871 or www.areamhc.org Applications/Resumes can be sent to: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org faxed to 620-272-0171 AMHC Attn: HR PO Box 1905 Garden City, KS 67846 Serving Southwest Kansas Since 1961
406 Main, Scott City • 620-872-2090 • www.scottcountyrecord.com
EOE – Drug Free Workplace
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