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Volume 24 • Number 23
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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Sports SCHS grapplers shine in first major test of season Page 17
State Tobacco settlement plays big role in Brownback budget Page 2
Public notices............ 11 Deaths....................... 12 Church services......... 13 Health care...........14-15 Sports...................17-24 Farm section.........26-27 Classified ads.......29-31 First baby winner....... 32
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Sports Lady Beavers find character to put away Longhorns Page 17
Agriculture Lessons to be learned from 1980s farm crisis Page 26
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Health Mental health centers eye lottery for potential funding Page 14
Joe Kramer (left), wetlands coordinator with the Kansas Alliance of Wetlands and Streams, joins Lane County landowners Vance and Louise Ehmke in explaining the features of playa lakes during Tuesday’s tour. The drawings to his right describe the features and structure of playa lakes. (Record Photo)
Organizations encourage awareness, preservation of Great Plains feature Playa lakes are perhaps one of the most misunderstood and unappreciated land forms on the Great Plains. The Prairie Lakes Joint Venture is trying to change that. “It’s fascinating that people know so little about something which is so common,” says Joe Kramer, wetland coordinator with the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS). Kramer was in Lane County on Tuesday as part of a three day stay in
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Western Kansas that focused on playa lake awareness and protection. That included a one-day tour of playas followed by a workshop on Wednesday in Garden City. On Thursday, members of the Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) returned to Lane County and other sites as part of their semi-annual meeting. There were more than 70 participants
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during the tour and workshop which focused on educating landowners of the benefits of playa lakes. It also included an announcement on Wednesday morning of a new USDA initiative that will reimburse landowners who take playa lake areas out of farm production and renovate them. Landowners can enter playa lake acreage into contracts similar to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). (See PLAYAS on page two)
Grant will reduce special assessments in Eastridge Home owners in the Eastridge Addition will get a huge break on property taxes with a grant awarded to the Scott County Development Committee. The $280,000 grant will cover the cost of curb/gutter and streets, which means property owners will save about $1,000 annually on special tax assessments applied to those improvements. The Middle Income Housing (MIH) grants were awarded on a competitive basis with application made by SCDC. The goal is to help defray some of the costs associated with new development. “A thousand dollars a year can be the difference between someone deciding whether or not to build a new home,” noted SCDC
Director Katie Eisenhour. Plans are to build what is considered “moderate income” housing on Chestnut Street, which is east of the current housing development in the addition. Some city council members had voiced opposition to the program, noting that others who have built homes in the community didn’t receive the benefit of not paying property taxes on curb/ gutter/street development which occurred as a result of their new home construction. Others who have built homes in Eastridge over the last 2-3 years won’t receive the same tax break. Eisenhour feels that even though participation is limited to those who build qualifying homes on Chestnut Street, the benefits
were too important to pass up. “Just because others haven’t received the same tax break doesn’t mean this isn’t a program we should provide,” says Eisenhour. “When you consider the home buyers that are being targeted, this is another important tool that helps with home development and home ownership,” Eisenhour emphasized. The overall goal is to provide more housing in a market where lack of housing is a serious issue for community growth, adds Eisenhour. Details about qualifying for the tax break and when the grant will be available to prospective home owners will be announced in the near future, Eisenhour says.
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Community Hueftle grants awarded to five local organizations Page 25
1% COLA for city employees The Scott City Council has approved a one percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) for its employees to start the new year. The council typically ties the COLA to the rate of inflation used by the federal government in determining increases in Social Security payments. Last year, because the federal government determined the inflation rate was zero, city employees received no COLA. This inflation rate for 2016 has been pegged at 0.3 percent. The council decided that if inflation was less than one percent they would establish a one percent COLA. In addition, employees are also eligible for merit pay increases of 2-4 percent based on evaluations by department heads.
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Tobacco money plays key role in gov’s budget State would forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget proposal would sell the state’s future payments from tobacco companies to plug budget holes for the next two years. Brownback also proposes a $1 per-pack increase in the cigarette tax. The budget proposal - outlined Wednesday morning calls for the state to receive $265 million from “securitizing” the tobacco payments in fiscal year 2018, which starts in July, and the same amount in the following year. What the state actually would get is an open question, however. Budget Director Shawn Sullivan said Wednesday that
Playas One of the Lane County stops included playa sites on land owned by Vance and Louise Ehmke. One of the Ehmke playas covers about 160 acres and is also part of an ongoing study by the Kansas Geological Survey to understand the connection between these unique land forms and the underlying Ogallala Aquifer. “We are the Saudi Arabia of playa lakes,” quipped Vance Ehmke, referring to their abundance on the Kansas landscape. On the Ehmke farm alone, there are eight sites which cover 15 acres or more. It’s been estimated that more than 80,000 playa lakes dot the High Plains from western Nebraska to west Texas and from Kansas to New Mexico. According to Dr. Bill Johnson of the KGS, more than 23,000 playas have been mapped in Kansas, west of Great Bend. According to Dr. David Haukos, fish and wildlife leader at Kansas State University, the average playa lake is 2.5 acres with the vast majority about one acre in size. Kramer said the tour and workshop sponsored by KAWS was in response to growing interest in playa lakes and efforts to
the state could net anywhere from $480 million to $775 million, depending on how it issues the bonds and how the market moves. Under a legal settlement, major tobacco companies have compensated states for the societal costs of smoking since the 1990s. Kansas has placed that money in the Children’s Initiatives Fund, which provides money for education and health programs targeting young children. Lawmakers have repeatedly dipped into the fund over the years, and Sullivan’s budget proposes moving it completely into the state general fund in fiscal year 2019. That would free $35.2 million for other expenses but raise questions about how the state would pay for those children’s programs. “The supposed protection of
the CIF (Kansas Endowment for Youth) Fund hasn’t been able to prevent allotments,” he said. Under a securitization deal, bonds backed by the state’s tobacco settlement revenue would be sold to generate an immediate infusion of cash. In exchange, the state would be required to give up some or all of its annual tobacco payments for a number of years to compensate the bond holders. The settlement payments are based on cigarette sales and are expected to decline over time as fewer people smoke, however. Securitizing now will protect the state from lower payments in the future, Sullivan said. “Securitization would fully offload the risk (of declining tobacco payments) to investors,” he said.
Cool Reception Lawmakers were cool to the securitization proposal after Wednesday’s budget briefing. Rep. Dan Hawkins, a Wichita Republican, said he hasn’t heard much support among lawmakers for selling bonds based on the tobacco funds. “I don’t know if it’s dead on arrival, but I think it really has a tough road,” he said. Majority Leader Don Hineman (R-Dighton) said he wouldn’t give securitization “high odds” of success. “I sense there is a great level of resistance among legislators to taking that step. We’re probably not going to go there,” he said. Annie McKay, executive director of Kansas Action for Children, said the argument about declining revenues is intended to cause legislators
to “panic.” The state can plan for a future when fewer people smoke, she said. “I’m disappointed that the governor continues to pursue selling out little kids to plug the state’s budget hole,” she said. “We’ll be getting pennies on the dollar.” The governor’s budget proposal also would increase the per-pack cigarette tax by $1 - which would make it $2.29 per pack - and the tax on other tobacco products from 10 percent to 20 percent. Hilary Gee, Kansas government relations director for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, said the group supports significant tobacco tax increases but a $1 increase may not be enough to discourage young people from starting to smoke.
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restore them to their original condition. “Our goal is management of playas. In order to do that we needed to have scientific information on which to base management decisions so we can enhance, restore and protect these wetland areas,” Kramer says. He said that a number of landowners, including the Ehmkes, understand and appreciate the importance of playa lakes. “Every day they work around these and on any given day they can see migratory birds, lots of wildlife and other benefits,” Kramer notes. “The Ehmkes are unique in that they’ve maintained the pristine nature of these playas.” Encourage Restoration While playas remain the “single largest landscape feature in Western Kansas” and on the Great Plains, many have been modified over the years to gain more acreage for agricultural production. He says that 17 percent of playa lakes in the southern Great Plains no longer exist and another 60 percent are “functionally lost despite their presence.” In the Smoky Hill Watershed, he says 22 percent of the playa lakes have been erased.
“They are in decline,” Haukos said during a Wednesday workshop in Garden City. “We are reaching a point where the loss of playas will affect the overall ecosystem.” One of the goals of the PLJV program and the USDA is to provide landowners with incentive to take playas out of crop production. “There’s enough scientific data to support renovating these playas so that landowners can generate income from this acreage through different means,” Kramer says. “In the 30 years that I’ve been doing playa lake work, there are more dollars available now than ever before to assist landowners in renovating and better managing their playa.” He says USDA programs include CRP and continuous CRP. “There are about a half dozen USDA programs with funding to assist the landowner so they don’t
have to continue farming an area that repeatedly floods or doesn’t produce a crop on a regular basis,” Kramer says. “We’re here to educate and inform through outreach programs, tours and workshops so they know what it would be like to have a playa and still maintain income.” In Lane County, for example, Kramer says that landowner Steve Heath is interested in enrolling his playa acreage in the Wetlands Reserve Easement Program. The Ehmkes, on the other hand, are more interested in continuous CRP. Kramer says there are a number of groups who share a similar goal of playa renovation and protection, including the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy and the Kansas Water Office.
“We need a variety of partners because this is bigger than any one organization, with the exception of the USDA, can do on their own,” says Kramer. “But, many people are uncomfortable with working through USDA because of strings that may be attached. “The Ehmkes aren’t afraid to tell you that sometimes a government program is good and sometimes it’s not. There are enough non-government programs out there that people can choose the option that’s right for them.” The PLJV board met in Garden City on Thursday for its semi-annual meeting. Members of the five-state organization which includes biologists, hydrologists, species management people and others toured the Ehmke farm in the morning and the Smoky Valley Ranch in Logan County during the afternoon.
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There are times you should forgive yourself With the start of a new year this is a great time to reflect and to make any changes in our outlook on life. This week I’m borrowing some thoughts from Extension specialist Charlotte Carol Ann Shoup-Olen. We all mess Crouch Family and up sometimes. Consumer Sciences So why is forgiving yourself Agent for Scott County a lot harder
than forgiving others? Your heart and mental health may depend on your ability to reduce hurt and anger, even at yourself. So effective is forgiveness if we could find a way to learn and teach it - that Stanford University is undertaking a project to learn how forgiveness can enhance health and relationships and even prevent disease. But, first, you might have to forgive yourself. Did you cheat on your spouse? Hit a child in anger?
Steal something? Go off the wagon? The list of potential human misdeeds is long. If someone else did these things, you might learn to forgive them or at least let go of the anger. That’s because it’s easier to forgive others. After all, they don’t live in your head, reading you the same old riot act. All the world’s major religions preach the power of forgiveness. But, forgiveness is such an elusive act, quicksilver in its
ability to be strongly felt one moment and then dart away beyond reach the next. According to Stanford’s call for volunteer subjects, the definition of forgiveness is a simple one, not a nearimpossible requirement that a person apply for sainthood. “Forgiveness,” it says, “consists primarily of taking less personal offense, reducing anger, and the blaming of the offender, and developing an increased understanding of
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Forgiving Yourself Sharon Hartman, LSW, a clinical trainer at the Caron Foundation, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Wernersville, Pa., deals with the need to forgive every day. “These are such shame based diseases,” she says. “Forgiving oneself is the more difficult part of recovery.” A chronic state of anger and (See FORGIVE on page 12)
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Living in denial:
Governor’s fails to offer long-range budget solutions
You’ve probably heard the pun, “Denial is more than just a river in Egypt.” It’s also a state of mind in the Kansas governor’s office. Anyone who was looking for a real fix to the state’s fiscal nightmare was disappointed when Gov. Brownback revealed details of his budget this week. Instead, the governor is once again proposing one-time fixes, fund transfers and the selling of state assets - along with some minor tax increases - as an attempt to limp through another fiscal year while largely keeping intact his signature tax cut plan. Brownback is no different than the addict who sold off the big screen TV last week and the refrigerator this week in order to maintain his habit. He’s content with surviving from day to day, week to week, pretending that somehow things will get better. It doesn’t for the addict. It won’t for Brownback. We are forced to put our faith into hoping that lawmakers will choose not to dismantle the social fabric of our state, that they will see the importance of investing in our infrastructure and that they will minimize the fiscal harm that will fall upon those who can afford it the least. Low-income people continue to be a target for this governor. According to the Kansas Center for Economic Growth, the bottom one percent of lowincome Kansans have seen an average tax increase of $200 under his tax policies. The wealthiest one percent have seen an average tax cut of $25,000. It’s not going to get any better for low-income Kansans with Brownback proposing to double the liquor tax from eight to 16 percent, and increase the cigarette tax by $1 per pack - raising a combined $195 million over the next two years. Meanwhile, about 330,000 limited liability companies and S corporations will keep their income tax exemption. Brownback continues taking aim at programs that benefit our youngest citizens by proposing to sell off proceeds from the legal settlement with tobacco companies. The state receives about $60 million annually for the Children’s Initiatives Fund which supports early childhood programs, offers early diagnosis of autism, identifies development delays in children and much more. While everyone benefits from these services, there’s little doubt that low-income Kansans stand to be helped the most. Without any regard to the impact on these young Kansans and their families, Brownback wants to sell off settlement proceeds for the next 30 years in return for $530 million over the next two years. Do the math. He’s selling off about $1.8 billion in assets at a loss of about $1.2 billion in order to fill a huge hole in the budget until after he leaves office. Brownback is also proposing that the state freeze its contribution to KPERS at the 2016 rate, delaying the state’s ability to pay down its debt on the retirement plan for another 10 years. As another piece of the Brownback puzzle, he wants to tap $362 million from the state’s idle investment funds which he plans to repay over the next seven years. He plans to sweep (steal) another $596.8 million from the Kansas Department of Transportation over the next 2-1/2 years, further crippling road construction and maintenance projects in the state. Which doesn’t even begin to address the more than $2 billion which has already been “borrowed” from KDOT with no plans for repayment. Brownback’s budget is one disaster piled upon another calamity and heaped upon yet another catastrophe. Melika Willoughby, Brownback’s often delusional communications director, issued a press release defending the budget plan, calling it “structurally balanced.” That’s another way of saying, “We’ve scraped together enough money to cover expenses over the next two years. After that, you’re on your own.” Even Governor Brownback’s ardent supporters, who spent the last four years defending his tax cuts and pretending the dire consequences would be easily overcome, have finally accepted reality. In a joint letter, Republican leaders of the Kansas Senate noted that the proposal lacked “a real structural fix to the $350 million deficit the state currently faces.” “We cannot kick this can down the road any longer,” the letter concluded. And this is where the governor’s proposal becomes most disturbing. It represents Brownback’s continued inability to face reality. Here are the facts. Kansas must find a way to close a $350 million budget gap by June 30. Kansas faces a projected budget deficit of about $650 million in the budget year that begins July 1. Brownback is far less interested in a long-term fix than he is in protecting his “march to zero” tax plan. His is balancing his budget on the backs of those who are least able to speak up for themselves. Brownback’s budget plan is immoral and irresponsible. If Brownback isn’t ashamed, then something is seriously wrong. Denial, as we’ve seen, is a river that runs through the Kansas governor’s office.
What happened to the adults?
It wasn’t all that long ago when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell challenged a younger President Obama to “become the adult.” “The Speaker (John Boehner) and I have been the adults in the room,” chided McConnell during budget negotiations. The hypocrisy of that statement becomes even more glaring now that we have a president-elect who has been described by one senator as a “fiveyear-old” and been challenged by Vice-President Joe Biden to “grow up.” Are those partisan attacks on Donald Trump? Of course. But, after more than a year on the campaign trail and in the weeks since the general election, Trump has done nothing to dispel worries by Republicans and Democrats that he’s ill-prepared to become President, let alone convince anyone that he’s mature enough to hold the office. Over the last two months, Trump has waged Twitter wars with Saturday Night Live, the
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cast of “Hamilton”, Meryl Streep, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the U.S. intelligence community, Vanity Fair, American Airlines, Apple, Boeing, China and Arnold Schwarzenegger, just to name a few. We soon expect to see Sesame Street added to the list because it was decided that the letter “T” should stand for truck and not Trump. If you had a teenager who demonstrated a similar lack of self-restraint and immaturity you’d take away their iPhone not give them the nuclear codes. And where are those who claim to be adults? McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have been a case book example of bad parenting. They’ve skipped town, but stocked the refrigerator in case social services comes calling.
On the other hand, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been the classic enabler, praising Trump’s style and substance when it comes to dictating foreign policy 140 characters at a time. When Trump tweeted that the U.S. should escalate the nuclear arms race, Gingrich said that using Twitter to make major policy announcements was “brilliant.” If this is the new standard for brilliant, it says less about Trump and more about the level of intellect surrounding him. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, Gingrich isn’t alone in proclaiming Trump a Twitter genius because of his ability to tweet one outrageous comment after another. Those heaping praise on the future president are amazed at his ability to use tweets to distract the media and others from more important issues such as his cabinet picks, his possible financial conflicts of interest or his bromance with Putin. Trump is no more a genius than the kid throwing a tantrum in the mid-
dle of the aisle at WalMart who distracted you long enough that you forgot to pick up another bag of Doritos. Trump’s compulsive and impulsive Twitter rants put him on par with the typical 13-yearold who lashes out at classmates because they made fun of her decision to dye her hair green. One can hardly be seen as the adult in the room when they refer to one of the most acclaimed actresses in Hollywood as “overrated” and mock Schwarzenegger for his ratings on a reality TV show. That’s petty and childish. It’s not genius. Like the parents who are constantly coming to the defense of their spoiled brat, Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s senior adviser, took aim at actress Meryl Streep who criticized Trump’s “performance” last year when he mocked a handicapped individual during a campaign rally. “I’m concerned that somebody with a platform like Meryl Streep’s (See ADULTS on page six)
The gap lawmakers must close
The Kansas budget has a huge structural imbalance, a daunting gap between income and expenses. For the Kansas general fund to remain solvent, lawmakers must close the gap. The general fund became structurally unbalanced immediately after the 2012 income tax cuts were implemented, but the situation has become especially dire now with reserves used up and the highway fund tapped out. Look closely at revenue. The latest Consensus Revenue Estimate (CRE) forecasts total general fund revenue in FY 2017 at just under $6 billion, but that total already includes previously authorized one-time transfers of about $400 million from many different funds (especially the highway fund).
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That means real income, actual money coming in during FY 2017 to pay bills, is just under $5.6 billion. And the CRE forecast for FY 2018: just under $5.6 billion. And for FY 2019: just under $5.6 billion. Before the tax cuts, the general fund took in more than $6.3 billion annually, but by FY 2017 income has dropped under $5.6 billion without any prospect for improvement. Now consider expenses. Even a constrained set of expenses for FY 2017 totals over $6.3 billion. Block-granted school funding and emergency budget cuts to Medicaid providers and higher education have already been baked into that number.
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And those expenses will certainly grow in FY 2018 and beyond. Medicaid costs always rise. Required contributions to the retirement system (KPERS) increase each year. Enormous pressures across state government - no raises for state employees in nine years, understaffed hospitals and prisons, underfunded schools - will push costs up. The Legislative Research Department’s general fund profile outlines the grim structural problem. If the gap is closed only by cutting expenses, another $349 million must be chopped during the six months that remain of FY 2017, then an additional $582 million cut from services in FY 2018. Closing the gap by forcing expenses below $5.6 billion may be the-
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oretically possible “on paper,” but highly dangerous and irresponsible, if actually done. Alternatively, the governor and some lawmakers may promote some type of one-time solution - selling assets, borrowing, paying bills late - to address the remaining $349 million shortfall in FY 2017. (Remember, lawmakers have already approved about $400 million in one-time transfers for FY 2017.) But, doing that does nothing to fix the structural problem. It only delays the inevitable reckoning and makes Kansas poorer in the process. Kansas simply needs more ongoing revenue. The recent Rise Up coalition proposal provides a plan that restores financial solvency and tax fairness, without resorting to (See GAP on page seven)
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Is Kansas a ‘model’ on welfare reform? by Topeka Capital-Journal
As Gov. Sam Brownback tries to figure out how to manage a $342 million budget shortfall and the prospect of a $580 million reduction in revenue next fiscal year, he’s eager to tout a different aspect of his tenure: his record on welfare reform. Brownback recently said our state’s welfare system has a “decent chance” of being emulated at the national level: “We’re already seeing a series of states enact work requirements modeled after what Kansas has done and I think you’ll see it go into federal legislation - a decent chance of seeing a major expansion.” Considering the number of high-profile members of the new Republican Congress who identify with our state’s approach to welfare, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, Brownback might be right. However, more information is necessary before the federal government and other states mirror Kansas on welfare. The Brownback administration has been trying to increase the financial independence of low-income families in our state (getting welfare recipients back to work, connecting them with professional mentors, etc.), and this is a worthy goal. But, we need to make sure impoverished Kansans aren’t suffering before declaring that our state is a model for the rest of the country. Last year, Brownback signed the Hope, Opportunity and Prosperity for Everyone Act, which curtailed the amount of time Kansans are eligible to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families from 36 months to 24 months. The lifetime limit has been cut from 60 months to 24 months since Brownback took office. There were almost 39,000 people receiving TANF benefits every month in 2011, but this number dropped to just more than 12,000 by November 2016 (a 10 percent decline from the preceding year alone). Meanwhile, the average number of children receiving benefits from the program has decreased significantly over the past six years, from almost 26,000 in 2011 to 9,000 in 2017. Although Brownback often cites these numbers as unambiguous indicators that his welfare policies are working, there are reasons to doubt his confidence. While it’s true that there are fewer Kansans on welfare than there have been in years, this isn’t evidence of success on its own. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only nine percent of the Kansans who stopped receiving TANF benefits in 2014 reported that they had found jobs. It’s likely that many of these former TANF recipients simply failed to cite a reason when they left the program (meaning they may have found work), but it’s worth noting that employment was cited 41 percent of the time in 2006. When Brownback was elected governor in 2011, there were 125,000 Kansas children living below the poverty line and more than 20 percent of them (26,000) received TANF benefits. By 2014, the number of children on TANF had been cut in half (12,782), but more than 118,000 children were still in poverty. This means less than 11 percent of impoverished Kansas children were receiving TANF (See REFORM on page six)
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hurting real America
GOP is no champion of working class by E.J. Dionne, Jr.
Let’s try to get this straight. Donald Trump campaigned as the champion of lower-paid working people who deserve better than they have. Republicans have spent the Obama presidency complaining about high deficits and promising to cut them. And whenever liberals put forward major reforms, conservatives say: No, no, you can’t make radical changes on the basis of narrow partisan majorities. Let’s take it slow and be very careful. They love to cite Thomas Jefferson’s dictum, “Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.” In moving with reckless speed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are violating every one of these supposed principles. That’s because the principle that really matters to them is the one they try to shroud behind happy talk about efficiency and compassion: They want to spend a whole lot less money helping Americans get health coverage. This needs to be made very clear as their throw-people-over-the-side juggernaut rolls forward. Any vote to repeal Obamacare before there is a comprehensive alternative on the table that all can study, understand and debate is a vote to deprive many of their health insurance. It is a vote to make the lives of millions of Americans demonstrably worse. And a bunch of politicians who regularly accuse their progressive opponents of being “out of touch” with the “real America” need to be exposed for what
Democratic Congressmen hold a news conference where they vow to fight repeal of Obamacare.
they are: a comfortable, affluent and privileged coterie that does not need to spend a single second worrying about whether their kids can see a doctor or whether they will get the care they need if a health disaster strikes. So let’s see what Republican senators from states whose constituents particularly benefited from Obamacare decide to do. That means you, Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. The Urban Institute studied the impact of the partial repeal of the ACA through the budget reconciliation process - precisely what Republicans are proposing to do. By 2019, the study found, this would increase the number of uninsured in Pennsylvania by 956,000 over what it would be if we simply kept the law. That also means you, Sens. Lamar
Alexander and Bob Corker. In Tennessee, 526,000 more people would be uninsured. (Corker, it should be said, acknowledged on Friday that “repeal and replacement should take place simultaneously.”) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is threatening to hike the uninsured figure in Kentucky by 200 percent, or 486,000 people. In Arizona, Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, the number without coverage would rise by 709,000. In West Virginia, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the ranks of the uninsured would go up by 208 percent, more than twice the national average, from 88,000 if the ACA were left in place to 272,000. These are real Americans, and they all live in states carried by Trump. (See HURTING on page six)
Searching for integrity in Trumpland by Jim Hightower
Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed to those greedheaded corporate executives who’ve hauled our middle-class jobs out of the country, or I’ll slap you with a big tariff when you try to sell your foreign-made products here. Great stuff, Donnie. And to prove you mean business, I know just the CEO you should target first: Her name is Ivanka. Yes, your daughter! Her multi-million-dollar line of clothing and accessories, sold through major national retailers, ranging from Macy’s to Amazon, are pitched to America’s working women. (See INTEGRITY on page six)
Good politics vs good economics We’ve seen this before without helping workers
Jawboning is back in style, courtesy of Donald Trump. Those with long memories will recall that “jawboning” is a term that became fashionable in the 1960s. It signified an effort by the government, usually the president, to persuade companies - through intimidation, bullying or shaming - to do what the president asked in the “national interest” even if it wasn’t in the firms’ immediate self-interest. This is what Trump has been doing. First, he pressured Carrier, a maker of heating and air-conditioning units, not to move some work to Mexico, saving 800 to 1,000 jobs (various figures have been published). Next, he pushed Ford not to build a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico; this purportedly saves 700 American jobs. More recently, he’s made nasty noises about General Motors’ and Toyota’s Mexican operations. All this may be good politics - but it’s not good economics. In our mind’s eye, Trump is standing up for American blue-collar workers and redeeming his campaign promises to revive the industrial base. The real-
behind the headlines by Robert Samuelson Since 1990, manufacturing employment is down about a third, while output is up almost three-quarters. Other causes of job loss include bankruptcies during recessions and new technologies, which squeeze firms dependent on older technologies.
ity is that his jawboning won’t create many new jobs and could actually lose U.S. jobs if American vehicle producers are saddled with uncompetitive costs. History suggests that Trump’s high-profile arm-twisting will disappoint. That’s what happened in the 1960s. The goal then was to keep price inflation down without resorting to higher interest rates that would increase unemployment, which in 1966 was 3.8 percent. To accomplish this, Lyndon Johnson’s administration calculated that higher productivity would enable firms to increase wages by about three percent without raising prices. And if they did raise prices, they incurred Johnson’s wrath. His frantic efforts to contain inflation by jawboning make Trump look like a piker. When Bethlehem Steel, a major producer, broke its pledge not to boost prices, Johnson denounced the firm’s
executives as unpatriotic and forced them to back down. When aluminum companies raised prices, he released supplies from government stockpiles to undo the increase. It worked. Johnson’s interventions were many and varied. “Shoe prices went up, so LBJ slapped export controls on hides to increase the supply of leather,” aide Joseph Califano later wrote. “The president told the CEA (Council of Economic Advisers) and me to move on household appliances, paper cartons, newsprint, men’s underwear, women’s hosiery, glass containers, cellulose . . . (and) air conditioners.” It failed. Inflationary pressures reflecting cheap credit and Vietnam War spending - overwhelmed the jawboning. Wages and prices were bid up. By 1969, consumer price inflation was six percent, up from just above one percent in 1960. The ’70s were spent trying to contain inflation, which reached an annual peak of 13 percent in 1979 and 1980. There are parallels between then and now. The lesson of LBJ’s jawboning is that the government can’t easily offset the economy’s powerful, underlying forces. This remains true. Manufacturing employment will probably never again reach its level before the Great Recession, but the main reason isn’t imports or factories’ flight abroad. (See ECONOMICS on page six)
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For-profit colleges were big losers in 2016 by John Schrock
For-profit career colleges suffered major setbacks in 2006 as many students dropped out with huge debts and no degree. Students entering college in 2008 had a 55 percent rate of graduating college from public universities but only 27.8 percent among for-profit four-year schools. For the more than 100,000 students enrolled in the main online campus
of University of Phoenix, that rate was only 17 percent, according to reporters Gordon and Ybarra at the McClatchy Washington Bureau. The same reporters found “. . . that by 2014 nearly 1.2 million current and former University of Phoenix students had borrowed $35.5 billion in federal student loans, far more than any school in the nation, and that 45 percent of the students who’d enrolled in its classes five
Russia issues ban on Meryl Streep movies by Andy Borowitz
MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report) - In a sweeping act of official censorship, the Russian government has banned all Meryl Streep movies from the country, effective immediately. Moviegoers at Moscow’s Kinoteatr 16 movieplex were taken aback on Monday night when government agents stormed the projection booth and seized a copy of “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the 2016 Streep film that was unspooling. But, the full force of the ban was not felt until Tuesday morning, when the Ministry of Internal Affairs ordered police to go door to door, confiscating Streep DVDs from Russian citizens. “I was terrified,” Vasily Dmitrovic, who lives in St. Petersburg, said. “They broke down my door. My wife was screaming. They would not leave until I handed over ‘Mamma Mia!’ ” In an appearance on state television, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered no reason for the ban, other than to say that Streep was “overrated.” Andy Borowitz is a comedian and author
Reform benefits in 2014 than in 2011 - a nearly 50 percent decline. If these trends hold through 2017 (more
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recent data needs to be released), Americans may want to look elsewhere for a “model” of welfare reform.
Integrity Yet, practically all of her products are made on the cheap in low-wage factories in China, Indonesia, Vietnam - anywhere except America. Imagine the message it would send to runaway corporations and the integrity it would establish for The Donald if he slapped his first tariffs on Ivanka’s goods! But, neither Daddy Trump nor the daughter want to discuss the embarrassing conflict between his political bluster and her ethic of runaway capitalism. Instead, she’s tried to dodge the issue by saying it doesn’t matter, since she’ll “separate” herself from the business if she becomes a White House advisor. Nice try Ivanka, but the stench of hypocrisy will only grow nastier if you’re at your father’s side while he castigates
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and punishes other corporations that’ve absconded from America. The only way to salvage even an iota of moral virtue is to repatriate the manufacturing of your brand-name apparel. And bringing those middle-class jobs home to the Good Ol’ US of A would also make a powerful political statement. But, no. Showing that money trumps both political savvy and the morality of simply doing what’s right, Ivanka says her corporate brand will stay offshore. As a spokeswoman put it: “We want to make responsible business decisions.” Really? How does that “Make America Great Again?”
Kobach is a danger to safe immigration. As a University of Missouri-Kansas City professor, he helped draft some of the country’s most brutal immigration legislation: Arizona’s 2010 Senate Bill 1070 that authorized and required law enforcement officers to stop and demand papers from anyone they suspected to have entered the country illegally.
years earlier had defaulted on their loans.” According to a Boston University study, students at for-profits make up nearly half of U.S. student loan defaults but only constitute 12% of college students. While there is a
Adults is inciting people’s worst instincts,” Conway said. She must be referring to the platform used by Trump when he claimed that, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Or maybe it was the platform used by the next President of the U.S. when he tweeted this week that, “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?” Again, Conway’s
“There are so many reasons for manufacturing job loss,” says Stephen Gold of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. Automation is probably the most important. “We can do more with a lot less,” says Gold. Since 1990, manufacturing employment is down about a third, while output is up almost threequarters. Other causes of job loss include bankruptcies during recessions and new technologies, which squeeze firms dependent on older technologies. American producers also suffer from a strong
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a huge taxpayer bailout as well. The dominoes continued to fall. ITT failed in September. The USDE has denied funds to Globe University and Minnesota School of Business. Career Education Corporation has spent $10 million to settle claims. In a 10-3 decision in June, the federal National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity voted to shut (See COLLEGES on page 7)
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defense reached yet another level of absurdity when she lashed out at the media, “You always wanna go by what’s come out of his mouth rather than look what’s in his heart.” Exactly what was in Trump’s heart when he was recorded saying, “When you’re a star . . . you can do anything. Grab ’em by the p****. You can do anything.” Or what was in Trump’s heart when he commented, “. . . if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” Reporters aren’t paid to be mind readers. When
the president-elect compares the U.S. intelligence community to Nazis, apparently lusts for his daughter and mocks an individual’s physical disability on the stage to the delight of his audience, we report what is said and done. We can’t assume that what’s in Trump’s heart is different than what comes out of his mouth. We don’t have to look into Trump’s heart to see an individual who feels the rules don’t apply. It doesn’t take a mind reader to recognize a narcissistic who is thin-skinned and arrogant.
The media, however, is at fault for giving his Twitter rants more coverage than they deserve and for allowing others to attribute his actions to some mysterious stroke of genius. He’s a spoiled, immature 70-year-old. The way to deal with Trump is the way you deal with any spoiled brat. Ignore the tweets and attention that he craves. Let him throw a fit in the middle of the aisle. Don’t forget the Doritos. And perhaps the adults will eventually return to the room. Rod Haxton can be reached at email@example.com
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dollar. Its exchange rate is boosted because the greenback is the main international currency used in global trade and investment. In turn, the stronger dollar makes U.S. exports more expensive and U.S. imports cheaper. This may be one reason U.S. multinational firms build foreign factories, where many costs are in local currencies. But, there is a bigger reason. “Our members locate abroad, because that’s where the growing markets are,” says Gold. “Companies need to be close to their customers.”
Now Republicans will dispute data of this sort and claim that their “replacement” of Obamacare will take care of these folks. It will be, Trump has said, “something terrific.” Okay, if it’s so terrific, let’s see it and discuss it before we threaten the insurance coverage of so many of our fellow citizens. But, they don’t want to do this because they Jim Hightower is a national have no plan to replace radio commentator, writer, it with, only fragments of public speaker and author partial solutions and a lot of empty words. Their un-
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cap on for-profit universities getting more than 90 percent of their revenue from government funds, an examination of the top 15 found that they are getting 86 percent of their revenue from taxpayer dollars.
They target and get 37 percent of post-GI Bill dollars. Many for-profit schools spend big money for CEO salaries and marketing but little on “faculty” salaries. Because they may inflate their job placement rates, the U.S. Department of Education has shut off access to federal studentaid. The collapse of the Corinthian system left huge numbers of students with loans and no degrees, a situation that resulted in
Even so, studies find that sales abroad by foreign affiliates of American firms stimulate U.S. economic growth by boosting exports and research and development, says Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a pro-trade think tank. By itself, manufacturing can’t sustain strong U.S. job growth. It’s employment base is too small, about 12 million payroll jobs out of a total of 145 million. That’s about eight percent. Hufbauer suggests this hypothetical: Suppose, optimistically, that Trump
saved one factory a week with 1,000 workers from moving abroad. After a year, that would be 50,000 jobs, which is roughly a quarter of one month’s average job growth. Factory jobs are important to the people who have them, but they are no panacea for the economy and can’t justify policies - protectionism, selfserving jawboning - that are undesirable on other grounds. As noted, patriotism may be good politics; it is not always good economics. Robert Samuelson is a contributing editor of Newsweek, writing about business
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Jeffersonian haste is part of a coverup, a con game in which voters are told to give up something concrete in exchange for — well, we’ll tell you later, maybe. Oh, yes, and as for the deficit, the very bill McConnell is putting forward would swell it to $1 trillion - that’s with a “tr” - by the end of the decade. This is quite an achievement. In one vote, the Republican Congress would deprive millions of lower-income Americans
of their health care while saddling the next generation with a whole new debt load. At least Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has been willing to do some elementary math on the matter of deficits. He’s one of four Republican senators, including Corker, who have questioned the party’s current path. If Democrats don’t see the fight against this truly monstrous way of legislating as both a moral battle and a political gift, they should just pack up and find themselves another
country. But, what the nation needs most right now are Republicans willing to face up to how devious and manipulative this process is and how damaging their votes could be to some of their most faithful supporters. These GOP loyalists believed them when they promised to replace Obamacare. Show them the “terrific” replacement first. E.J. Dionne, Jr., is a political commentator and longtime op-ed columnist for the Washington Post
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Colleges down the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools for failing to provide oversight of such schools. This will limit access to federal student aid for over 800,000 students and continue the decline of for-profit mostly-online colleges. Unfortunately, some of the same quality problems exist for public universities that have adopted online programs; they can hide their lower-performance online course data within their larger face-to-face operations. Meanwhile, U.S. public higher education faces a reduction in the number of high school graduates
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and further cuts in state funding. Many universities are heavily marketing to out-of-state students who pay higher tuition. And there is a growing reliance on foreign students. If all of our Chinese students were lost, the United States would lose a college student population equal to all of the students in all Kansas public universities times three! Across the United States, foreign students (temporary visa holders) now make up 52 percent of engineering doctorates, 50 percent of math and computer doctorates, 36 percent of physical science and earth science doctorates, and 26 per-
cent of biology doctorates. With living standards improving overseas, an increasing number of these new experts are going back home. Meanwhile, one-third of U.S. millennials are now living with their parents at home. For the first time, the cohort of postgraduate-age students has a lower percentage of college graduates than the prior generation. And for the first time in recorded history, the U.S. newborn generation will have one month less life expectancy! There has been a massive increase in college credit given for Kansas high school course work under the dual-credit
or concurrent enrollment system originally designed for a few exceptional students. Beginning the fall semester of 2017, much of this will be curtailed due to the Higher Learning Commission’s requirement that teachers of college credit courses have a masters degree and at least 18 masters level credit hours in the topic they teach. Facing a Kansas teacher shortage, some Kansas universities are providing instructors for high school dual credit courses. As college instructors of college courses, they do not have to have a secondary teaching credential. But, if there are students in
that class that are taking the course just for high school credit, that college instructor lacks a license. Unfortunately, there is no inspector from KBOR or KSDE; no badge and no enforcement of licensure requirements. But, there will be concealed carry of guns on campuses this upcoming July 1, 2017. Substantial majorities of faculty and students at Kansas public universities disagree with the law, but they are four years too late in their opposition. Kansas higher education is also waiting for the Kansas Supreme Court decision on adequate funding for K-12 schools. With a court decision
likely to require $350 million or more for K-12 schools, Kansas will be hard pressed to find that much money. Anticipating further cutbacks, several Kansas universities have already frozen positions and are not filling vacancies. Tuition increases were formerly limited to no more than two percent above inflation. Last spring, the Legislature removed that cap. Will our lawmakers balance the state budget on the back of the next generation of college students? John Schrock trains biology teachers and lives in Emporia
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damaging program cuts or one-time solutions. The situation that Kansas faces requires a broad plan, more than just closing the LLC loophole. It’s either restore revenue to meet expenses, or whack away at education, highways, human service programs, and public safety. The task ahead is critically important, though
not politically easy. Many key services, which have already been cut or constrained, now hang in the balance. Hopefully when the next legislative session ends, Kansas will be moving toward financial stability, no longer consigned to downward descent. Duane Goossen is a Senior Fellow with the Kansas Center for Economic Growth
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FSA initiates program to enroll playa lakes Landowners can bid up to $300 per acre Western Kansas landowners will soon have a financial incentive to protect playa lakes. The Kansas Farm Service Agency rolled out a new program on Wednesday that will allow landowners to enroll playa lake acreage into a long-term contract and receive reimbursement up to a maximum of $300 per acre annually. Several partners in the Playa Lakes Joint Venture were in Garden City for their semi-annual meeting and to conduct workshops and a tour of playa lakes in the region. Rod Winkler, director of conservation programs with the state FSA, was among those announcing the new initiative prior to the day-long workshops and breakout sessions at the Finnup Center. Kansas and Nebraska have each been allocated 10,000 acres for playa lake renovation with a focus on improving habitat for migratory bird populations. “If we have strong interest as we approach the 10,000 acres, we’ll increase the request,” says Winkler, who noted there are more than 7,500
playas in Western Kansas that would be eligible for sign-up. To be eligible for the program, a playa must be a minimum of two acres and a maximum of 160 acres. Landowners will be able to enroll more than one playa, but tract sizes will be limited to 160 acres. Program contracts will be for 10-15 years. Participants will be subject to the $50,000 annual CRP limit. Sign-up will begin “very soon,” according to Winkler. He says the program is limited by the 24 million acre cap allowed nationwide under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) sees the program as an opportunity to provide landowners with a means to preserve and restore playa lakes while also providing wildlife habitat. “It depends on landowner interest. We’re going to do outreach with landowners to create awareness,” says Winkler.
Rod Winkler (far right) director of conservation programs with Kansas FSA, announces the start of a sign-up program that will allow landowners to be reimbursed for taking playa lakes out of production or keeping them out of programs. Contracts will be for 10 and 15 years. Joining him in making the announcement in Garden City on Wednesday morning were Bob McCready (center), a deputy coordinator with Playa Lakes Joint Venture, and Dan Meyerhoff, assistant state conservationist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Salina. (Record Photo)
more awareness of playa lakes and their importance in the ecosystem began in 2013 when the PLJV and Rainwater Joint Venture conducted 13 focus groups across the six state region that includes Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. The sessions were an opportunity to find out what landowners knew about playas, their knowlIdea Began in 2013 An effort to create edge of the benefits that
playas provide and what would encourage them to preserve playas. “We got feedback from a wide range of landowners,” says Miruh Hamend, communication director with PLJV. “Some saw playa lakes as wonderful and appreciate how they attract wildlife. There were others who see playas as a nuisance that limits their ability to farm that acreage.” In general, she says many landowners are
uninformed about the hydrology behind playas and their impact on the Ogallala Aquifer. “As a result of those meetings we learned that we need more messaging about playas,” says Hamend. “We’ve had meetings with playa researchers, so we can provide landowners with fact-based information.” Winkler agreed that educational outreach would be a major objec-
tive in building landowner support for the program. “We’re discovering through research and science that playas are very important, not just on the surface for what they do for habitat and wildlife, but they also play a role in providing clean and adequate water for future generations,” Winkler said. “Landowners are the key partner in this. They will drive the success of this program,” he adds.
Kansas racing clock to expand Medicaid It very well might be too late, but some Kansas lawmakers are moving ahead on a plan to expand KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program. The House Health and Human Services Committee voted Thursday to introduce an expansion bill at the request of Rep. Susan Concannon, a Beloit Republican. “I just want to talk about it,” said Concannon, whose support of expansion prompted former House Speaker Ray Merrick to remove her from the health committee just before the 2016 session. Back on the committee as vice chairwoman Concannon believes Merrick’s retirement and the ouster of several conservative lawmakers by moderate Republicans and Democrats give expansion supporters the votes they need. “I believe we can get it on the governor’s desk,” she said. “I believe we can
pass it out of the House and Senate. Then, it will be up to him (Gov. Sam Brownback) from there on.” Concannon’s bill, largely crafted by the Kansas Hospital Association, would expand KanCare coverage to between 100,000 and 150,000 lowincome Kansans, mostly adults who make less than $16,243 a year. At the moment, the Affordable Care Act requires the federal government to pay 95 percent of expansion costs. That will gradually decline by 2020 to 90 percent, where it will remain as long as current rules are in effect. “It would all go away if the percentages drop below that,” Concannon said, referring to a provision in the bill authorizing the state to terminate expansion if and when Congress repeals or modifies the ACA. Dedicated funds from a drug rebate program and an assessment on Kansas hospitals would cover the state’s share of the
cost under the bill, which also establishes a working group to identify additional sources of state funding if necessary. Brownback renewed his opposition to expansion earlier this week in his State of the State address, saying it would be reckless to move forward in the face of plans
by President-elect Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders to repeal the ACA. “It would be foolish to endorse the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid akin to airlifting onto the Titanic,” Brownback said. “Kansas should stay the course.” Concannon disagrees.
She and other expansion supporters say it would be foolish to miss what could be the state’s last opportunity to provide health coverage to low-income Kansans and claim billions in additional federal dollars. “The Kansas Hospital Association’s website has a running calcula-
tion of the federal dollars that we’ve missed by not expanding,” she said. “It’s at $1.6 billion and adding up as we speak.” Kansas isn’t the only state racing the clock on expansion. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has notified federal officials of his intention to pursue expansion. despite a 2013 law that prevents him from doing so without legislative approval.
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Bargain degree challenge has been issued Gov. Sam Brownback has called for a $15,000 bachelor’s degree program for Kansas students at the state’s six Regent universities, including Fort Hays State University. In his State of the State speech Tuesday, Gov. Sam Brownback threw down a gauntlet for state universities: come up with a $15,000 bachelor’s degree. In the education world, almost nobody saw that coming. But, now that the idea for a bargain bachelor’s
is out there, it’s up to the Kansas Board of Regents to try and make it a reality. “If we are to meet this challenge, it will be through a multi-institution response,” Regents spokesperson Breeze Richardson said. So right now, the Regents believe, no fouryear institution in Kansas can meet a $15,000 price point and that means a student would probably have to complete two years at a community college.
But, many credits earned at Kansas community colleges already transfer to any of the state’s six universities. “We are unique, in that the entire 32-institution system is centrally coordinated,” said Richardson. The governor’s detailed budget proposal, submitted to the Legislature Wednesday, calls for $1 million to help fund the idea. Right now, nobody knows if that’s for scholarships or administration. The Brownback plan
suggests that he doesn’t want the state to create a bargain bachelor’s degree for just any subject. “The Governor’s proposal is intended to provide access to quality affordable higher education while focusing on high demand fields in an effort to grow the economy,” according to the budget document. While there are no specifics, educators would generally agree that means IT jobs, engineering or nursing. In fact,
the Regents already have programs to help fill the need for those jobs. The state provides $1.8 million a year for nursing scholarships resulting, the Regents say, in an additional 2,865 nursing graduates since 2007. Even if the Regents can get tuition and fees down to $15,000, there’s still room and board to consider, plus inflation. “To me it’s a puzzle,” said freshman Republican Sen. Ed Berger, the former president of Hutchinson
Community College. “You can throw a number out - $15,000 - I’m not sure how you’re going to arrive at that without additional state support for those universities to offset tuition increases.” There’s also concern that $15,000 may exclude students from attending the University of Kansas or Kansas State. Tuition at KU is $10,550 a year and at K-State it’s $9,874. The cheapest tuition in the state is at Fort Hays State where it’s $4,884.
14 area students earn FHSU semester honors
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Fourteen students from Scott, Lane and Wichita counties have been named to the fall semester Dean’s Honor Roll at Fort Hays State University. To be eligible, undergraduate students must have enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and have a minimum grade point average of 3.6 for the semester. Full-time on-campus and FHSU Virtual College students are eligible. Area honor students include: Dighton: Clayton Capra, a senior majoring in music (education); Tasha Root, a freshman majoring in management; Tristan Wilson, a freshman majoring in English (teaching). Healy: Kiara Sharp, a senior majoring in English
(writing). Marienthal: Tracey Baker, a senior majoring in elementary education. Scott City: Madison Braun, a freshman majoring in biology (health professions); Marikate Crouch, a junior majoring in agricultural business; Marshal Hutchins, a sophomore majoring in biology (health professions); Joey Meyer, a junior majoring in education; Marissa Morris, a junior majoring in education; Josefina Saenz, a junior majoring in education; Andrea Smith, a senior majoring in elementary education; Melanie Tilton, a freshman majoring in nursing; Kelly Wycoff, a junior majoring in health and human performance (sport and exercise therapy).
168 earn semester academic honors at SCHS There were 168 students named to the first semester honor roll at Scott Community High School. The list includes 41 students on the platinum honor roll with a 4.0 grade point average. Other honor lists are Gold (3.75-3.99), Silver (3.5-3.74) and Bronze (3.0-3.49). Honor roll students include: Platinum Honor List Seniors: Krystal Appel, KelsiJo Crouch, Elizabeth Eikenberry, Taylor Goodman, Carson Haupt, Bo Hess, Trace Mulligan, Clarissa Ratzlaff, Kylee Trout, Paige Winderlin, Kiana Yager. Juniors: Brenda Aguirre, Kayla Appel, Trella Davis, Emily Glenn, Dex-
ter Gooden, Jalynn Habiger, Jade Heim, Conner LeBeau, Dallie Metheney, Abbigail Prochnow, Emily Smith, Makaela Stevens. Sophomores: Cindy Araiza Catano, Marshall Faurot, Wyatt Hayes, Kodi Rogers, Irit Sanchez, Ashley Serrano Gonzalez, Jack Thomas, Parker Vulgamore, Hallie Wiechman. Freshmen: Aleczander Berry, William Cupp, Cynthia Gonzalez, Parker Gooden, Kevin Herman, Kylee Logan, Justus McDaniel, Madison Shapland, Piper Wasinger. Gold Honor List Seniors: Karen Gonzalez, Judith Gutierrez, Hayden Nevills, Katie
Nowak, TyLynn Peterson, Emma Price, Edward Tilton. Sophomores: Dulce Ayala Chanez, Aspyn Nix, Vicky Ruiz Velasco, Aly Tarango Fernandez, Jose Trejo, Kaitlyn Wolkensdorfer. Freshmen: Makenna Ashmore, Brian Galaviz, Cale Goodman, Lanae Haupt, Morgan Irwin, Blake Koehn, Jacy Rose, Evyan Smith, Emily Weathers, Hunter Yager. Silver Honor List Seniors: Haley Allen, Alysan Buehler, Seth Cardenas, Jess Drohman, Justin Faurot, Chandler Janssen, Karlee Logan, Chase Rumford, Tyler Vondracek, Nancy Wiebe. Juniors: Melisa Alfonso, Reid Brunswig, Katie
McGonagle, Ashley Prewit, Macie Price, Kaitlyn Roberts. Sophomores: Chaseton Cupp, Jera Drohman, Aubriana Gutierrez, Briane Murphy Amack, Alyssa Storm. Freshmen: Samantha Aguilar, Elijah Amack, Emmanuel Frances Aguilar, Leslie Frances, Samuel Irwin, Courtney Latta, Abbigail LeBeau, Jackson Lewis, Gabrielle Martinez, Shelby Patton, Isidro Ponce, Brandon Roberts, Camila Rodriguez, Rose Trejo, Jaime Weibe Neufeld, Kaden Wren. Bronze Honor List Seniors: Kevin Aguilera, Kearston Buffington, Kyle Cure, Mikennon Donovan, Paige Eggleston, Jennie Er-
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Brownback warns against repealing tax exemption Gov. Sam Brownback warned incoming lawmakers not to repeal his signature tax exemption for some business owners and to not even think about expanding Medicaid for the state’s working poor. He called Kansas “the envy of the world” in his State of the State address on Tuesday, listing rea-
sons that ranged from the state’s “incredible sunsets” to the aerospace industry. Brownback’s celebration of Kansas’ strengths comes as the state faces a projected shortfall of more than $340 million for the current fiscal year ending in June and an additional shortfall of
USD 466 Board of Education Agenda Mon., January 16 • 7:00 p.m. Administration Building • 704 College •Comments from public •Presentations 1) SCES reading curriculum •Comments from the public •Recognition of persons/delegations present 1) Board representative reports 2) Administrative reports •Financials 1) Bills payable 2) Transfers, if needed 3) Capital outlay plan budget •Consent agenda 1) Approve previous minutes 2) Surplus scoreboards from SCMS gym 3) Approve special meeting on Jan. 17 at SCHS commons area: “Vision” discussion •Consider items pulled from consent agenda New business 1) KASB board policy updates 2) Resolution: Neighborhood Revitalization Program for senior housing 3) Activity bus bids •Executive session 1) Non-elected personnel •Additions, if any •Adjournment
Scott City Council Agenda Monday, January 16 • 7:30 p.m. City Hall • 221 W. 5th •Call to order •Approve minutes of Jan. 3 regular meeting •Approve Mesner Resolution •Plans to attend community “Vision” meeting at SCHS commons area on Jan. 17. •Fixed base operator update: Ben McNary •Open agenda: audience is invited to voice ideas or concerns. A time limit may be requested Pool Department 1) Pool manager recommendation 2) Set pool manager monthly/hourly wages Police Department 1) Request to advertise for K9 vehicle Parks Department 1) Misc. business Public Works Department 1) Misc. business Clerk’s Department 1) Misc. business •Financial and investment reports •Mayor’s comments
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more than $580 million for the next year. He said the administration would look for budget efficiencies to fix the shortfall. “The days of ‘tax first, cut never’ have come to an end,” he said. The governor proposed several new initiatives: offering scholarships
to help educate teachers who agree to stay in Kansas, starting the state’s first dental school at the University of Kansas, creating a private school of osteopathy to provide medical professionals in rural areas and challenging state universities to come up with a way to provide a four-year bach-
Scott County Commission Agenda Tuesday, January 17 County Courthouse 2:30 p.m. Economic Development 1) 10-year Neighborhood Revitalization Plan 3:00 p.m. County Business 1) Reorganize: appoint chairman 2) Designate meeting dates, official newspaper, official depositories 3) January accounts payable 3:30 p.m. Open Zella Carpenter bids 4:00 p.m. Open pest control bids 4:15 p.m. KWORCC insurance update 4:30 p.m. Salary increases 4:45 p.m. Public Works Director Richard Cramer Agenda may change before the meeting. Contact County Clerk Alice Brokofsky for an updated agenda (872-2420) or visit www.scott.kansasgov.com
AG sues for violation of personal info A national company that manages business documents violated Kansas law by repeatedly disposing of documents containing personal information by dumping them in public trash receptacles. The Kansas Attorney General’s office alleged that Searchtec, Inc., and its employees frequently disposed of customers’ business records that contained personal information by dropping them in alley dumpsters rather than by shredding or otherwise destroying them. Under Kansas law, businesses that collect the personal information of others have a duty to safeguard it.
elor’s degree at a cost of $15,000. Democrats said the initiatives sound good but that they didn’t trust Brownback to carry through. “Whenever I hear a Brownback proposal, I always wait for the details,” said House Minority Leader
Jim Ward, D-Wichita. “Because they always sound good in the State of the State, but when you start to see details, there’s always someone else who sacrifices.” On the budget, the governor asked lawmakers to pass a bill addressing the current year’s shortfall by (See WARNS on page 11)
Warns the end of this month. Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, interpreted that as the governor saying he was going to defer to lawmakers rather than offering his own solution to the current year’s shortfall. “He’s tossed the ball to the Legislature in funding this year’s budget. That’s the sense that I heard,” Wagle said. “That’s an awful lot for a new Legislature that has just organized.” Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, the Senate budget chairwoman, said she took notes on the governor’s budget proposals, and they didn’t fill one page. “I was disappointed that we didn’t even get into his mechanics about how to solve the problem. I’m just not sure the direction we received tonight gets our state back on its feet,” McGinn said. Tax Exemption Brownback made clear he would not support efforts to roll back his zero tax rate for owners of limited liability companies and other closely held businesses.
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“President-elect Trump’s tax plan targets small businesses. Speaker (Paul) Ryan’s tax plan targets small businesses in much the same way we did,” Brownback said. Lawmakers of both parties have said they want to repeal the policy, questioning its fairness and effectiveness. “The purpose of our small business tax cut has been to increase the number of small businesses and increase private sector job growth,” Brownback said. “That policy has worked.” The Kansas Department of Labor reported last month that Kansas lost 4,500 private-sector jobs between November 2015 and November 2016. Democrats scoffed at the notion the tax cut has been a success for anyone but the richest Kansans. “The top ONE percent of wealthy Kansans received an average tax cut of $25,000,” said Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka. “The bottom ONE percent of low-income Kansans had an average tax increase of $200.”
While blaming some of that on Brownback lowering high-income tax rates, Ward said: “We must repeal the loophole that allows 330,000 Kansans not to pay income taxes.” Rep. Melissa Rooker, R-Fairway, called the governor’s speech “extraordinary in terms of the disconnect with the reality of our state’s finances.” Bob Beatty, a political scientist from Washburn University, said, “There’s a mismatch between the mood of the Legislature and the governor, and that showed up in the speech, the reaction to the speech,” Beatty said. “There’s a number of legislators, including Republicans, that want to get rid of that LLC exemption.” Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Assaria, the chairman of the House Tax Committee, said the committee will study whether the exemption is spurring enough economic growth to justify the loss of roughly $250 million a year in tax revenue. “So far, I haven’t been able to confirm that the impact has been there,” Johnson said.
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SCOTT COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S PROCEEDINGS DECEMBER 2016 GENERAL FUND SALARIES ............................................ $ 100,940.08 COMMODITIES .................................... 18,554.77 CONTRACTUAL SERVICES ................. 56,255.77 CAPITAL OUTLAY.................................. 34.93 OTHER................................................... 0.00 COUNTY HEALTH FUND SALARIES ............................................. 13,462.87 COMMODITIES ..................................... 5,258.08 CONTRACTUAL SERVICES ................. 253.42 CAPITAL OUTLAY ................................. 136.00 OTHER................................................... 0.00 NOXIOUS WEED FUND SALARIES............................................... COMMODITIES ...................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES................... OTHER ...................................................
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ROAD AND BRIDGE FUND SALARIES .............................................. 31,554.21 COMMODITIES....................................... 38,578.24 CONTRACTUAL SERVICES.................... 25,319.29 CAPITAL OUTLAY.................................... 0.00 OTHER .................................................... 0.00 FIRE DISTRICT FUND SALARIES .............................................. 389.28 COMMODITIES ...................................... 1,133.82 CONTRACTUAL SERVICES.................... 11,290.79 CAPITAL OUTLAY .................................. 558.16 TREASURER’S SPECIAL FUND SALARIES ............................................... COMMODITIES ....................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES .................... CAPITAL OUTLAY..................................... OTHER ..................................................... JAMES M. MINNIX Chairman
9,653.60 0.00 50.54 0.00 585.84
ALICE BROKOFSKY Scott County Clerk
Deaths Laura ‘Janie’ Benish Laura (Janie) Benish, 63, passed away January 6, 2017, at her home in Spearville. S h e was born August 16, 1953, in Scott City, the daughter of Laura Benish Jim Graham and Dorothy Clinton Blackmon. A longtime area resident, she was a retired optometrist assistant. She was a member of the Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, Spearville. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and especially loved watching her nephew, Raymond Seemann, raise and adore her grandchildren and greatnieces and nephews. Survivors include: a son, John (Shannon) Benish, Dodge City; a daughter, Jeaneice (Dallas) Looney, Holyrood; three brothers, Preston Graham, Waxahachie, Tex., Richard Graham, Guyman, Okla., and Willie Graham, Stafford, Mo.; three sisters, Ada Turley, Salida, Colo., Eva Smith,
Scott City, and Sara Ann Graham, Minnesota; eight grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren; and Lorne Benish, Kinsley, and Tuffy. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Dan and Carl Graham; five sisters, Glenda Sue Massey, Marlene Bilson, Doris Graham, Rosie Elliott and Jo Mary Schaffer; a grandson, Tyler Graff; and a niece, Natalie Bilson. Vigil was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Spearville. Funeral mass was also at the church, with Fr. Eric AwuahGyamfi presiding. Burial was in Prairie View Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Friend, Ks., with Brother Robert Nuckolls presiding. Memorials may be sent to The Ark Recreation Center of Spearville or the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in care of Beckwith Funeral Home, Box 663 Jetmore, Ks. 67854. Condolences may be sent to www.beckwithfuneralhome.com.
Reece W. Roemer Reece W. Roemer, 84, died Jan. 11, 2017, at the Scott County Hospital. H e was born Aug. 9, 1 9 3 2 , in Gove C o u n t y, the son of George Reece Roemer and Mabel Lillia Roemer. A lifetime resident of Lane County, he was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the Healy United Methodist Church, Odd Fellows Lodge, Cheyenne Country Club Swimming Pool, Healy board of education, Healy Co-op board, Lane County Improvement District, Water District, volunteer firefighter, and a little league and senior league baseball coach. On May 27, 1956, he married Delores Maxine Thon in Healy. She survives. Other survivors include: three sons, Vernon Roemer, and wife, Michelle, Gem, Ks., Kenneth Roemer, and wife, Dana, Emporia, and Dennis Roemer, and wife, Janet, Edmond, Okla.; one
daughter, Virginia Clinton, and husband, Darryl, Scott City; two brothersin-law, Larry Thon, and wife, Ann, Kansas City, Mo., and Clifford Thon, and wife, Phyllis, Colby; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Elmer Roemer and Duane Roemer; and one sister, Ethelyn Settles. Visitation will be Mon., Jan. 16, 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Price and Sons Funeral Home. The Roemer family will be present on Jan. 17 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to receive friends. Funeral service will be Wed., Jan. 18, 2:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, Healy, with pastor Bud Tuxhorn officiating. Interment will be at the Healy Cemetery. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, are suggested to the Healy United Methodist Church or Camp Lakeside in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington Street, Scott City, Ks. 67871.
Forgive resentment interferes with life, Hartman points out. Countless studies also show stress and anger can cause or worsen diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and various autoimmune disorders. “When resentment is interfering with your life, it’s time to forgive yourself,” she says. “So many people have a constant, critical voice in their heads narrating their every move.” She calls her critical voice ‘Gertrude’ and tries to counteract Gertrude’s eternal litany with positive affirmations - that she is getting better, that she is less angry. Hartman adds, “Forgiving doesn’t mean not being angry with yourself, but not hating yourself. No one can beat us up better than we beat ourselves up.” Be Specific “I think people often try to forgive themselves for the wrong things,” says Joretta Marshall, PhD, a United Methodist minister and professor of pastoral care at the Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. “We think we ought to forgive ourselves for being human and making human mistakes. People don’t have to forgive themselves for being who they are…Forgiveness means being specific
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about what we did that munity of some kind. It is in the context of our relaneeds forgiving.” tionships (whether with therapists, pastors, counLearning to Forgive “I think forgiveness is selors, religious groups, often confused with con- families, and friends) that doning or lack of account- we experience the grace ability,” Hartman says. of being forgiven and for“This is a world with high giving others.” Grace, of course, is a performance standards. People think they need to peace of mind bestowed be perfect. Yet people do regardless of whether we things - intended or not - deserve it or not. “You that hurt others. You may need to talk to someone not intend to harm, but as a rule,” Hartman says. the other person is no less hurt.” That’s when you When to Forgive You picked the wrong need to stop at some point mate and the kids sufand forgive yourself. fered neglect. You spread Hanging on to Resentment a story that got someone “It’s about relinquish- fired. You didn’t report ing a source of pain and a crime and others were letting go of resentment. victimized. Is talking to People think forgiving a therapist and declaring yourself means you are yourself forgiven enough? letting yourself get away “You know you have with whatever it was you done it when the memory did,” Hartman goes on. gives you no more pain “The pain and anger you or anger,” Hartman says. are feeling are supposed “It’s as simple as that. You can say, ‘I am free of to be your punishment.” People want to feel this.’” Of course, along with pain and resentment? “Oh,” exclaims this often goes the need to Hartman, “resentment is a ask the wronged person to very attractive way of put- forgive you as well. “Forgiveness,” ting a barrier around yourself as protection against Marshall notes, “is never complete unless people being hurt again.” and relationships are transformed in the proNeed a therapist? If toting around self cess.” That transformaloathing like a heavy back- tion, of course, could pack has advantages, how involve never repeating do you set it down? It can the action. Richard Patterson, be done without formal therapy, Marshall says. PhD, a clinical psycholo“But, not without com- gist in El Paso, Tex., says,
“Making amends is more than a simple ‘I’m sorry.’ It involves willingness to listen to another person’s hurt. It involves a willingness to take immediate corrective action.” He says, however, that if disclosure would harm the other person (“I am sorry I slept with your husband. Oh, you didn’t know?”) you need to find another way to make amends indirectly, even by praying for the person. Hartman likens the sequence, if done properly, to a technique her husband used to correct a problem with his computer. He didn’t want to lose data, so someone told him to set the clock back to before the problem occurred. This way, he lost the mistake, but not the data in the memory. That’s what forgiving yourself is. You don’t forget the mistake, but it doesn’t cause any trouble and you don’t lose the memory of it. Forgiving yourself isn’t a slogging, longterm, “good day/bad day” type of thing, Marshall says. “At some point,” she says, “you reach a turning point.” “Something shifts. You feel less burdened, you have more energy. You live longer, you have better health.” “We all screw up sometime,” Hartman says.
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Pastime at Park Lane The First Christian Church led Sunday afternoon services. Pastor Bob Artz led Bible study on Tuesday morning. Doris Riner and Elsie Nagel led the hymns. The video “Glacier National Park” was shown on Tuesday afternoon. Russel and Mary Webster led Bible study on Tuesday evening. Rev. Warren Prochnow led Lutheran Bible study on Wednesday morning. Residents played bingo games on Wednesday afternoon. Helpers were Madeline Murphy, Barbara Dickhut, Mary Lou Oeser and Mandy Barnett.
4-Hers make centerpieces
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Park Lane hosts annual party
Residents participated in a group sing-a-long on Thursday afternoon. D’Ann Markel played the piano. Residents played cards on Wednesday evening. Ladies received manicures on Thursday morning. Several children from the United Methodist Church visited and gave residents flowers on Wednesday afternoon. Residents played trivia games on Thursday eve-
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ning. Fr. Bernard Felix led Catholic Mass on Friday morning. Rev. Warren Prochnow led Lutheran services on Friday afternoon. Residents played Wii bowling on Friday. Lawana Rothers was visited by InaBell Wilkerson and Sharon
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Steffens from Dighton, and Janet Offutt. Corrine Dean was visited by Aaron and Mandy Kropp and Rose, William Ortiz and Dianna Howard. Yvonne Spangler was visited by Les and Mary Ann Spangler. LaVera King was visited by Gloria Gough, Velda Riddiough, Carol Latham, and Don and Marlo Wiechman. Hugh McDaniel was visited by Karen Roberts, Duane and Marylin Ramsey, Berniece McDaniel, Mark McDaniel, Tava See and Tina Turley. Kathy Roberts was visited by Aaron and Mandy Kropp, Caleb Powers,
Gary Roberts and Anita Funk. Louise Crist was visited by Pastor Jon Tuttle, Jean Burgess, Tava See and Patsi Graham. Doris Riner was visited by Ron and Sue Riner and Trudy Eikenberry. Lowell Rudolph was visited by Tom and Kathy Moore, Holly Berland, Jon and LuAnn Buehler, and Rev. Don Martin. Clifford Dearden was visited by Kirk and Janet Ottaway from Hays. Boots Haxton was visited by Rod and Kathy. Lorena Turley was visited by Bob and Neta Wheeler, Rex Turley, and LaCinda Griffin from Loveland, Colo.
Vivian Kreiser was visited by Sharon Lock. Arlene Beaton was visited by Jon and Colleen Beaton; Joshua, Trenedy, Grace, Kaleb and Spenser Beaton; and Margie Stevens. Loretta Gorman was visited by Charlene Becht, Chuck and Barb Brobst, and Tina Turley. Nella Funk was visited by Judy Kitch Brown, Tom Moore and Anita Funk. James Still and Mike Leach were visited by Rev. Don Martin and Linda Dunagan. Dona Dee Carpenter was visited by Gloria O’Bleness and Larry LaPlant.
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Missions As of this writing my wife, Kim, is on a medical missions trip in Haiti. She is joined by two other Scott City residents, Kyle Nevills and his son, Hayden, and a team from across the United States organized by Manhattan Medical Mission (MMM) out of Manhattan, Ks. The team will spend one week at a medical compound MMM built and, I’m told, they may perform as many as 70 surgical procedures for men, women and children who really have no opportunities for treatment. The one question I get asked more than any other is, “I bet you can’t wait for Kim to get back can you?” The answer is . . . yes and no. Of course, I miss my wife and I want her home safe and sound, but I also want her to enjoy the moments of ministry. In fact, when she first talked to me about going I didn’t even hesitate, I immediately responded, “If you feel like He is calling you to go, you need to go.” I was asked, “Aren’t you nervous about her going?” My response, “Nervous about what? This is God’s thing. not mine.”
Anglican missionary Henry Martyn (1781-1812), who served in India as a priest and Bible translator said, “The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” I agree and can also say from experience, that serving in the mission field will draw you nearer to Christ. So, whether you serve across the street or around the world mission work is never done. But, be prepared. It will transform you as much or more than the people you are called to. Isaiah 52:7 (NIV) How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Luke 10:2-3 (NIV) He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”
Pastor Scott Wagner First Christian Church, Scott City • fccscottcity.org
Scott City Assembly of God
Prairie View Church of the Brethren
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
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 • Tuesday breakfast at 6:30 a.m. will be held at the church Wednesday Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., at the church
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Holy Cross Lutheran 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
1102 Court • Box 283 • Scott City 620-872-2294 • 620-872-3796 Pastor Warren Prochnow firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Brian Thompson, 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
1398 S. US83 - Scott City - 872-2264
Kyle Evans, Senior Pastor Bob Artz, Associate Pastor
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
1st United Methodist Church
Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m.
5th Street and College - Scott City - 872-2401 John Lewis, pastor 1st Sunday: Communion and Fellowship Sunday Services, 9:00 a.m. • Fellowship, 10:15 a.m. • Sun. School, 11:00 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.
First Christian Church
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
120 S. Lovers Lane - Shallow Water Bill Geurin, pastor • 874-8395 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.
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
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.
Holy Eucharist - 11:45 a.m. St. Luke’s - 872-3666 (recorded message) Senior Warden Cody Brittan • (913) 232-6127 or Father Don Martin • (785) 462-3041
9th and Crescent - Scott City - 872-2334 James Yager • 620-214-3040 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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Mental health centers eye lottery for potential funding
Mumps is reported in eastern Ks. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department (LDCHD) are investigating eight cases of mumps associated with the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Onsets of illness range from early through late December. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4,000 mumps cases were reported in the U.S. in 2016, and mumps outbreaks are ongoing in the nearby states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands. Mumps can occasionally cause complications, including inflammation of the testicles or ovaries, meningitis or encephalitis. Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks. Anybody with symptoms of mumps should isolate themselves and call their healthcare provider. People with mumps can spread the disease before the salivary glands begin to swell and up to five days after the swelling begins. Mumps spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat. An infected person can spread the virus through the following: •Coughing, sneezing or talking. •Sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others. •Touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others. After the introduction of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, mumps became less common in the United States. MMR vaccine prevents most, but not all, cases of mumps. Some people who receive two doses of MMR can still get mumps, especially if they have prolonged, close contact with someone who has the disease. If a vaccinated person does get mumps, they will likely have a less severe illness than an unvaccinated person.
Proposal would return state funding to 2007 level Meg Wingerter Kansas News Service
In tight budget times, Kansas mental health advocates are turning to the lottery for some financial help. Kyle Kessler, executive director of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, said the association will ask the Legislature to commit an additional $31 million over the next two fiscal years for the centers. That $31 million - pulled from Kansas lottery proceeds
- would return funding for the 26 centers across the state to the 2007 fiscal year level. Community mental health centers have served more people since the 1990s, when the state began reducing its psychiatric hospital beds amid plans to increase funding for community-based services, Kessler said. They could do that as long as the state provided enough money to serve people who didn’t have insurance, but that hasn’t been the case in the years since the Great Recession and mental health centers are feeling the financial pinch, he said. Kansas appropriated about $35.7 million for the 26 community mental health centers in the current fiscal year. The
More than 40 percent of its adult clients with severe mental health conditions don’t have insurance. Without adequate state funding, the center can’t afford to provide all of the services that allow clients to live independently. Greg Hennen, director of Four County Mental Health, Independence
centers also receive varying amounts from Medicaid, private insurance payments, grants and local contributions. The centers were able to make do with Medicaid dollars for a while, Kessler said, but the three managed care organizations administering the program known as KanCare have reduced reimbursements and the state imposed a four percent cut last year to help
fill its budget hole. “It compounded an already existing problem,” he said. “The current Medicaid rates don’t always cover the cost of service.” Greg Hennen, executive director of Four County Mental Health Center in Independence, said more than 40 percent of its adult clients with severe mental health conditions don’t have insurance. Without adequate state funding, the center can’t afford to provide all of the services that allow clients to live independently, such as assistance with budgeting, employment and education, he said. “We’ll ration what we can give,” he said. “It becomes (See LOTTERY on page 15)
Medicaid expansion advocates lobby against Obamacare repeal Jim McLean Kansas News Service
Think twice and don’t be in such a hurry to repeal Obamacare. That’s the message that an alliance pushing for Medicaid expansion in Kansas is sending to members of the state’s congressional delegation. The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, a nonprofit advocacy organization with more than 100 members, on Tuesday
began distributing a letter to its members and asking them to send it to the state’s two U.S. senators and four House members, whom the letter urges to “avoid repealing the Affordable Care Act without putting in place an adequate replacement.” David Jordan, executive director of the alliance, says there are growing indications that Republican congressional leaders are having second thoughts about their “repeal
now and replace later” strategy. “It’s clear that more and more of them are concerned about how repeal of the ACA will affect their voters,” Jordan says. An amendment proposed by five Republican U.S. senators, including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rob Portman of Ohio, would change a repeal date included in a budget reconciliation bill from Jan. 27 to March 3. That would give law-
makers more time to come up with replacement legislation that preserves popular parts of the health reform law. Jordan says any delay would give Kansas lawmakers time to consider a Medicaid expansion bill. “It creates a window of opportunity for the (Kansas) Legislature to take action,” he says. Kansas is one of 19 states that haven’t expanded their (See REPEAL on page 15)
Brownback introduces plan to increase doctors in rural areas Andy Marso Kansas News Service
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled a twopart plan Friday to bring more doctors to the state and quell health care shortages that he said threaten to kill rural communities. “Essential to every healthy
and thriving community is professional medical care,” Brownback said. Brownback proposed that the state put forth $5 million in “seed money” to increase medical residency slots throughout the state. The hope is to use the state funds to draw down more dollars from the federal gov-
ernment and non-profits and potentially bring in as many as 100 additional medical residents every year starting in 2018. Colyer said that would be critically important in a state in which 92 of 105 counties are medically underserved. “The key to this is people who are trained in Kansas stay
in Kansas,” Colyer said. Brownback also announced that he’s establishing a task force to lure a private osteopathy school to the state and named Kansas Farm Bureau CEO Terry Holdren to chair it. Doctors of osteopathic medicine have to meet the (See DOCTORS on page 15)
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Lottery more maintenance than rehab.” Kessler thinks identifying the lottery as a funding source will make it easier for legislators to get behind the association’s plan. “That doesn’t hit the state general fund,” he said. State law requires the lottery to pay out 45 percent of its proceeds as prizes, according to the Kansas Lottery
Repeal Medicaid programs to cover more low-income adults, generally those who make too much under existing eligibility criteria but too little to qualify for subsidies to help them purchase private coverage in the Obamacare marketplace. It’s estimated that expansion would cover more than 100,000 low-income Kansans. Gov. Sam Brownback and conservative legislative leaders have prevented any serious debate of expansion for the past three years. But, expan-
Doctors same standards of training and care as medical doctors, but generally are more focused on primary care. Leaders of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, an osteopathic medical school in Kansas City, Mo., released a statement Friday saying they would lend their expertise to the task force. “We look forward to the opportunity to work with Gov. Brownback, the state of Kansas and colleagues on the task force to explore the feasibility of developing an osteopathic medical school within the state of Kansas,” Marc Hahn, the president and CEO of KCU, said in the statement. David Jordan leads a coalition of groups advocating for Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care
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Commission. In fiscal year 2016, the most recent year with data available, it paid out about 58 percent of proceeds to winners. If Kansas had paid out only 45 percent as proceeds in the most recent fiscal year, about $34 million would have been available for other uses. Rep. Dan Hawkins (R-Wichita), who chairs the House Health and Human Services Committee, said he sup-
ports increased funding for community mental health centers, but isn’t sure if using lottery funds is the best way to do it. “I’m sympathetic with getting more money into the mental health system,” he said. “This is certainly going to be a tough budget year.” Any new funds will have to wait until the Legislature deals with the current budget gap, said Sen. Carolyn McGinn, a Sedgwick Republican
who heads the Ways and Means Committee. “It’s going to be difficult to restore (funding) early on, trying to rectify our current year budget,” she said. The association’s plan would require the state to commit an additional $11 million to community mental health centers in fiscal year 2018 and another $9 million the following year for a combined total of $31 million.
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sion advocates say the defeat of several conservatives by more moderate Republicans and Democrats in the 2016 election may give them the votes to pass a plan. However, members of the state’s congressional delegation appear steadfast in their desire to repeal the ACA immediately. “That’s why House Republicans are keeping our promise to the American people to repeal Obamacare and replace it with solutions that provide lowers costs, better
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Act, commonly known as Obamacare, which Brownback opposes. Jordan applauded Friday’s moves, but said Brownback’s continued resistance to Medicaid expansion hurts the cause of recruiting rural health providers. He said a hospital administrator in Garden City told him that doctors in that part of the state tend to choose Colorado over Kansas because they can spend more time practicing there, and less time chasing payments or trying to get expenses written off for uninsured patients. “Medicaid expansion certainly is critical to benefiting these rural communities. The (health care) practices and recruitment of health professionals to rural communities,” Jordan said.
access to care and places decisions in the hands of you and your doctor,” Yoder says over soaring background music. Roger Marshall, who represents the First Congressional District, favors immediate action on those parts of the ACA that can be repealed through the budget reconciliation process, which include the individual mandate and Medicaid expansion. “I expect that to happen sooner rather than later,” Marshall says. “Mr. Trump is a pretty demand-
ing president-elect and he wants us to hop right on that.” Repealing the ACA would cost Kansas approximately 19,000 jobs by 2019, according to a recent study done by George Washington University for the Commonwealth Fund. Most of the more than 425,000 Kansans now covered by Medicaid are low-income children, new mothers, people with disabilities or elderly adults needing long-term care who have exhausted their personal resources.
The funding would be distributed based on a formula, including the number of clients served and other factors. The plan also calls for the state to allocate $550,000 in the coming fiscal year for four more psychiatry residents at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Eventually, that would rise to a $3.1 million commitment to fund 10 more residents each year than
the program currently produces, Kessler said. The association also hopes to see the state add $5.4 million to fund crisis centers next year, with a commitment to supply at least some of their operating costs indefinitely, Kessler said. The crisis centers benefit the state by diverting people from psychiatric hospitals, he said. “This has such a direct benefit to the state hospital census,” he said.
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4-H Club News
Fisher plans Japan trip in February
The monthly meeting of the Manning Jayhawkers 4-H Club was held on Jan. 9 at the Scott County Library. President Trella Davis called the meeting to order. Acting secretary Aden Frederick read the minutes from the December meeting and called the roll call. Twenty-two members and one leader answered “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” Aden read several “thank yous.” SCORE thanked us for helping them make Christmas Ornaments. Bernie and Hugh McDaniel thanked us for the veterans tray we delivered for Christmas. Keen Brantley also thanked us for his card and veterans tray we delivered. WKCAC thanked us for the goodie bags we made for their clients for Christmas. Community leader Stacy Davis reminded us to pick our record books up at the office. Here are a few important dates to remember: Jan. 15: deadline to register for CIA and the CWF trip. Jan. 17: deadline to sign up to attend the women’s KSU basketball game on Feb. 11. Jan. 26: Creative Cooks informational meeting at 4:00 p.m. at the extension office. RSVP by Jan. 24. Feb. 17: entries are due for Regional and County 4-H Days on March 4 in Syracuse. March 2: Show and Tell practice. Rachel Fisher discussed a few citizenship projects. HUGS is providing hats, underwear and gloves for a state citizenship project at CIA. She is asking for donations for a global fundraiser for her trip to Japan on Feb 5. Vice President Eddie Tilton announced the program. Jace Miller showed how to get a horse ready to ride. Bennett Frederick shared with us his Lego fire station he built. Aden Frederick talked about the rules in hockey. For recreation, Bennett Fredrick led us in playing a club favorite of 4 corners! Hosts were the Miller and Cramer families. Next meeting will be Feb. 13 at the Wm. Carpenter 4-H Building. Cally Cramer, reporter
New Horizon has scavenger hunt
The New Horizon 4-H Club meeting was held on December 4. President Karlee Logan called the meeting to order. Flag salute was led by Avry Noll. Roll call was answered by, “What you like most at Christmas time.” Reading of minutes, treasurer’s report, community leader report and reporter’s report we’re given. New business was after-school SCORE activity. It was decided that we would do after-school for 4-H on December 5. We also discussed what we were doing for Park Lane centerpieces in January. Members discussed the parent’s meeting for February. Avry Noll moved to have parents lead the February meeting. This meeting will go towards our Purple Seal. Meeting was adjourned so we could have a scavenger hunt, and go “angel tree” shopping. Then we all went back to the 4H building and had snacks. Alivia Noll, reporter
School officials to get data on consolidated health Report on a consolidated K-12 health plan will be released next month State auditors announced Thursday it will complete its report on the possibility of establishing a consolidated K-12 health insurance plan early next month. On Wednesday, Gov. Sam Brownback made the consolidation part of his budget plan. The proposal was first raised last year in the Alvarez and Marsal efficiency report, which said bringing K-12 health insurance under the state employee health plan could save $80 million per year. Here is KASB’s analysis of the educationrelated recommendations
in the report. But the Legislature took no action on the recommendation as numerous questions were raised. Legislators did, however, order a report by Post Audit on the idea. Brownback said consolidating school district plans should be part of any new school finance formula. Deputy Post Auditor Justin Stowe told the House Appropriations Committee that the report, originally due in March, will be ready in February. Stowe said the report gathered information from 100 school districts and uses the expertise of the actuary of the state health plan.
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SC champs shine at Norton Wren, Jurgens, Hayes dominate state-ranked opponents for tourney titles Wyatt Hayes and Kaden Wren may have entered the J.R. Durham Invitational as unknowns. They didn’t leave that way. The two Scott Community High School wrestlers, along with junior Jarret Jurgens, dominated their weight divisions in claiming gold medals against a very tough tournament field on Saturday. “Several coaches were asking, ‘Who’s that sophomore?’” said head coach Jon Lippelmann after Hayes’ domination of the 160-pound division. While also earning a top seed in the 160-pound division, there were some doubting whether Hayes (10-0) was deserving of a spot ahead of Manhattan’s Zephry Killham (20-3), the No. 1 ranked wrestler in Class 6A. Hayes was a state qualifier last season, but didn’t medal in the 3-2-1A tournament. The sophomore pinned his way into the championship finals with none of the three matches lasting more than three (See CHAMPS on page 24)
Scott City junior Jarret Jurgens tightens a pinning combination on Smith Center’s Mitchell Topel on his way to a 17-2 technical fall during the semi-finals at the Norton tournament on Saturday. (Record Photo)
Beavers have no answer for VanCleave in league loss
Entering Tuesday’s rivalry game against Holcomb, Scott City head coach Brian Gentry had questions about how physical his players wanted to be on the basketball court. In two previous losses, he felt the difference in the game was Scott City’s lack of physical play, especially in the paint.
The Beavers (5-3, 1-2) were handed their third loss of the Scott City 45 season by the Holcomb 57 Longhorns, 5745, but Gentry found some positives in the Great Western Activities Association loss. “We are never satisfied with
losing, but what I wanted to see coming into this game was whether our guys wanted to compete,” says Gentry. “When their big guys hit us I wanted to see our guys get back up and hit back and we did. We competed in every aspect.” Outside of a disastrous third quarter when the Longhorns
held a 17-9 scoring edge, the Beavers were able to trade punches for most of the game. Holcomb’s dominating size in the low post - anchored by 6-foot-7 senior Conner VanCleave and 6-foot-8 junior Kobe Dickson - proved to be a difficult combination to overcome. VanCleave, a senior, was a huge
factor in the first half when he scored his team’s first 10 points and by the intermission had 16 points, including four putbacks. He finished with a game high 27 points. “Obviously, we didn’t win the rebounding battle. We knew that would be a problem,” con(See BEAVERS on page 24)
SC girls show their character in battle at Holcomb
SCHS senior Kiana Yager splits two Holcomb defenders while driving to the basket for two points during fourth quarter action on Tuesday. (Record Photo)
The character of a team isn’t revealed on the nights when everything is going well. It’s evident on the nights when you have to find a way to win when you Scott City 37 Holcomb 30 aren’t playing your best. The Scott Community High School girls were able to find the character to win down the stretch, pulling away from Holcomb over the final 4-1/2 minutes for a 37-30 win in Great Western Activities Conference action on Tuesday. “There will be games when we’re facing adversity and we’re not playing our best, but I am proud we found a way to win,” says head coach Sarah McCormick. “This isn’t a game we’d have won a year ago.” Despite jumping out an early 7-0 lead, the Lady Beavers (5-3, 3-0) struggled offensively most of the night. They held only a 26-23 lead after scoring just five points in the third period, including a three-pointer by Kaitlyn Roberts with one second remaining.
“I felt there was no intensity and we had girls waiting for someone else to make something happen,” says McCormick. “We have to find a way to create that intensity because we can’t have long stretches when we aren’t scoring like we did tonight.” After a three-pointer by Holcomb tied the game at 26-26 early in the fourth quarter, the next 3-1/2 minutes turned into a stalemate with neither team able to score. It wasn’t until Bailey Latta drained a pair of free throws with 4:21 remaining that SCHS finally began to turn the momentum in their direction. Scott City also relied on their defensive pressure. “Once we turned up the intensity on defense it helped us on offense,” McCormick says. SCHS limited Holcomb to a lone free throw during a 5-1/2 minute stretch while they put together an 8-1 scoring run. Macie Price and Kiana Yager accounted for the final nine points. Price’s drive to the basket with 3:18 remaining was Scott City’s first field goal in the fi(See SC GIRLS on page 20)
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Wildlife critters will say the darndest things My wife and I often pass the hours spent in a hunting blind by making up animal conversations for various situations. On a fall turkey hunt years ago, we had our hunting blind set up near an old feedlot. The owner had round bales stored there and a tractor path wound around through the bales. The turkeys followed the tractor path through the bales and into the pasture surrounding the old feedlot. We put a couple
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hen turkey decoys just across the fence into the pasture and settled in to our blind. The resident cattle soon came to see what was up, and became enamored with the decoys. You could almost sense their thoughts, so we named the cows Clara, Elsie, Audrey and Bessie, and imagined
their conversation something like this: “They look like turkeys, but they sure don’t move much,” Clara thought staring at the decoys. Elsie added, “Turkeys stink but these things smell like tractor tires or something. Let’s all run at them and see if they scatter and make those same funny noises turkeys make when we almost step on them.” Audrey weighed in “No I’m pretty sure they
aren’t real turkeys – if they were they’d be eatin’ corn out of our poo right now.” Bessie said, “Girls I’ve got an idea. Let’s all back up and try to pee on them and see if they run like they usually do.” Perhaps the funniest animal conversation we ever conjured up came about at an old farmstead where we hunt deer. The abandoned farmyard sits back a long lane and we park our pickup there and walk to the nearby deer
blind. We know deer routinely wonder through the farmyard and around the old buildings, so we tried to imagine how they would react to our truck sitting there if they wandered through as we sat in the blind. Here’s the scene: One morning as we sit there in our deer blind, two deer, Bucky and Chloe, wonder through and come upon our pickup in the drive. “See Bucky,” Chloe states “I told you I smelled them again.”
Bucky rests his chin on the hood of the pickup and replies “Yup, sure enough. Hoods still warm. They’re here somewhere.” “What duffuses,” Chloe retorts with disgust as she turns and begins to walk away. Meanwhile Bucky jumps up and sprawls out across the hood of the pickup with his front legs sticking out in front of him and his back legs out behind him, rolls his eyes back into his head and (See CRITTERS on page 23)
JV boys lacking defensive consistency For about 1-1/2 quarters the Scott City junior varsity boys looked nearly unbeatable during Tuesday’s game at Holcomb. Not so much the other 2-1/2 quarters. T h e difference? “Def e n s e , ” Scott City 40 Holcomb 50 s a y s coach Alex Hutchins. “When we made our comeback and took the lead in the first half it was because we played intelligent defense,” he says. As a result, Scott City (4-1) dropped its first game of the season, 5040. SCHS trailed 11-6 in the first quarter before putting together a 12-1 scoring run. Junior pivot Zach Carson, who finished with a team high 11 points, scored six points during that stretch. Carson’s short jumper gave Scott City an 18-12 lead and they were on top 2319 at the intermission. Holcomb, however, responded with a 15-2 blitz to open the second half and Scott City would get no closer than five points, 36-31, the remainder of the night. In addition to defensive lapses, the Beavers were unable to keep the Longhorns off the boards. “Offensive rebounding is a significant part of their offense, so that puts even more pressure on us to keep them off the boards and prevent the second and third chance opportunities,” says Hutchins.
He said the lack of defensive rebounds also falls upon the guards. “As a guard, you can’t get beat off the dribble and then put our post people in a bad situation.” In addition to Carson, the Beavers also got strong post play from sophomore Joe Evans with eight points, Reid Brunswig with six and Jaren Berning with five points. Scott City picked up just 10 points from their guards. “A lot of it is mental mistakes. Our guards are making too many turnovers,” Hutchins says. “Right now, our posts are doing a pretty good job for us. In almost every game this year Reid (Brunswig), Zach (Carson) and Joe (Evans) have done a really good job inside for us offensively. Our guards have to do a better job of getting them the ball. “You want your guards to be aggressive and not just be content with passing the ball on the perimeter, but they were forcing the issue and not giving our posts a chance.” Tame Tigers Scott City jumped out to an early 13-5 lead and made that hold up for a 44-34 win over Ulysses on the home floor last Friday. Sophomore guard Marshall Faurot and Carson led the Beavers with eight points each while Evans and Parker Gooden added seven and six, respectively.
After winning the scramble for a loose ball, Scott City sophomore Parker Vulgamore passes to a teammate during Tuesday’s game at Holcomb. (Record Photo)
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Puzzle pieces coming together for DHS; injured players are returning to lineup A rough start to the Dighton High School basketball season wasn’t too surprising given the lingering injuries from football. The Hornets (3-3) were as healthy as they’ve been all season when they travDighton 52 eled to Quinter Quinter 37 on Friday and it was evident in a 52-37 win in Northwest Kansas League action. Isaac Torson returned to the lineup for the first time since a wrist injury forced him out of action in the finals of the Castle Rock Classic. Lake Lewis was playing his first game after being sidelined with a broken bone in his foot that occurred during football season. That only leaves Logan Lingg who is hopeful of returning to the court for the first time on Friday. He had surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand following football season. “We have the puzzle pieces. It’s a matter of getting everyone healthy and putting the pieces together,” says head coach Ben Wilkens. With most of their starting rotation on the floor against the Bulldogs, DHS still looked a little out of sync as Dighton grabbed a quick 4-0 lead and both teams played to a 10-10 tie at the end of the opening period. “After the long layoff we preached that we’d have to come out focused,” says Wilkens. “It took us awhile to get into the flow of the game.” Senior center Tyler Lingg blew open a close game with 11 of his game high 21 points in the second quarter as DHS built a 28-17 lead and they were never seriously threatened in the second half. With the game knotted at 12-12, senior guard Dylan Foos drilled a three-pointer and Lingg followed with the first of his two three-point plays in the span of 40 seconds. Dighton was protecting a four point, 21-17, advantage when they finally gained some breathing room with a 15-3 scoring run
SC girls take control in first half with Ulysses The Scott Community High School girls finally showed they can be an explosive team offensively in a huge Great Western Activities Conference win against Ulysses on Friday. Scoring 22 points in the second quarter, the Lady Beavers built a 20 point cushion and that held up for a 50-42 win on the home floor. “We had several different girls step up and play a great game. Offensively, that may be as good as we’ve played for two quarters,” said head coach Sarah McCormick. Scott City held only an 8-7 lead late in the first period when they blew the game open with a 20-4 scoring blitz over the next seven minutes. Junior guard Macie Price hit a field goal to start the scoring run while Bailey Latta drilled her second three-pointer of the quarter for a 13-7 lead at the break. The Lady Beavers kept the momentum during a 13-2 scoring stretch midway through the second quarter that stretched the lead to 28-11. SCHS closed the half with seven unanswered points, including a buzzer-beater three-pointer by Price for a 35-15 halftime lead. Price scored 13 of her game high 15 points in the first half, including three treys. She added four rebounds and three assists for the night. Latta added 14 points (4-of8 FG) and five rebounds. Junior center Emily Smith had her best game of the season with 10 points (4-of-6 FG) and nine rebounds.
Healy sweeps final Pigskin
DHS senior Tyler Lingg reaches for a rebound during Friday’s league win at Quinter. (Record Photo)
that was capped by a bucket from Lewis at the 3:38 mark of the third period. That gave the Hornets their largest lead of the night, 36-20. Quinter cut the lead to nine
points on three occasions - the last time at 42-33 - but could get no closer. “Even when we were struggling to score early in the game I didn’t feel we got any bad
looks. I felt the shots would start falling,” Wilkens says. “We did a nice job of spreading the ball around and getting a balanced offensive effort.” (See PUZZLE on page 20)
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A healthy Torson had a very good outing after giving his injured wrist added time to recover. He was the only other Hornet in double figures with 10 points (5-of-9 FG). “It was maybe his best game of the year,” Wilkens says. “He was aggressive and looking for his shot. I felt he played well offensively and defensively.” In his first game back, Lewis added eight points (2-of-6 FG) along with four assists and three steals. David Cramer finished with six points and four assists. Lingg had another strong outing with his 21 points coming on 9-of-15 from the field. He also led the team with eight rebounds and six assists. “We’re starting to look like a different team now that we’re getting all our players back. It creates more energy, not just in games but during practice,” says Wilkens. “When we get Logan (Lingg) back that will give us another aggressive guy inside who can play defense and rebound well.”
Fishing Report Scott State Lake Updated January 2 Channel cats: fair; most in the 13 to 18 inch range. No recent reports Crappie: fair to good; up to 13 inches. Vertically fishing jigs around the fish attractors. Largemouth bass: fair to good; up to 5.5 lbs. Vertically fishing jigs around the fish attractors. Sunfish: fair to good; up to 8 inches. Vertically fishing jigs around the fish attractors. Saugeye/walleye: fair to good; up to 7 lbs. No recent reports. Rainbow trout: excellent; 1/2 lb. average. Another stocking of Barrel Springs Pond is scheduled for January 2-7. A valid trout permit must be possessed by anglers 16 years and older to fish for and harvest trout. Anglers are catching limits using powerbait and corn. Worms, marshmallows, and artificial lures such as in-line spinners can be effective.
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Guards have a key role in success against taller opponents The Scott City boys knew they faced a tall order - literally - against Holcomb earlier this week. That’s not an understatement when you are putting an undersized team on the floor against a very athletic Conner VanCleave (6-7) and a big presence in the paint from junior Kobe Dickson (68). While head coach Brian Gentry isn’t about to concede anything, he also knows that the Beavers will see Holcomb twice during the regular season and, if they take care of business, possibly in the sub-state title game. “This was a chance to probe and prod and see what works,” said Gentry following the 57-45 loss. Given their ability to slice a 17 point deficit to 10 in the final period, the Beavers may have found a few things that will be successful. Then again, the main key to beating Holcomb is no mystery. “When a team is that much bigger than what we are, we can’t be content with just matching their level of physical play. We have to take it to another level. We have to establish our own level that they can’t match,” says Gentry. Again, it’s no surprise, but the Beavers have to do a better job of keeping the big men off the boards and limiting their second and third shot opportunities. In order to have success, more burden falls upon the guards. “Our guards can’t expect our big boys to do it all,” emphasizes Gentry. “Our
SC Girls nal period and extended their lead to 30-26. She scored six of her team high 12 points in the fourth quarter. “I’m still learning what to expect from her. There are times when I have to ask her, ‘Please shoot the ball,’” says McCormick. “I know that true point guards look to pass first
post players are doing all they can to box their big boys from the boards. To expect our big boys to box out and get the rebound against boys who are four or five inches taller is asking a lot of them.” Then again, it’s not just the size of VanCleave that poses a challenge for the Beavers, but his athletic ability. Preventing him from getting the ball in the low post and from scoring on putbacks, which were particularly huge in the first half, is a priority. “We will look at our options. Whether we assign the job to Reid (Brunswig) or someone else, their primary responsibility will be to sink down low and drive (VanCleave) off his spot where he wants the ball,” Gentry says. “When the shot goes up, we can’t have boys releasing and going for the rebound. Whoever is guarding VanCleave doesn’t need to worry about rebounding. Their responsibility will be to keep him from getting the rebound.” That requires a different mindset and that’s something the Beavers and their coaching staff will be talking about at length over the next few weeks. It may well be the same approach Scott City will have to take on Friday when they are once again well undersized against Hugoton. They will have to
face the dual threat of senior Zach Leininger (6-5, 215) and senior Tony Kinser (6-9, 185). * * * Gentry says there are also lessons to be learned by the guards when they are up against taller opponents. Number 1: don’t feel like you always must drive to the rim. Too often, you find yourself either making a big adjustment to your shot and missing badly or you’re stranded in the low post with nowhere to go. “There’s nothing wrong with a threefoot or five-foot pull-up jumper off the glass, but it’s not a shot that a lot of high school kids want to shoot. They want to finish at the rim,” notes Gentry. “When you’re outsized by as much as we were, you can’t think that you’re going to have success driving that deep. You’re better off taking the uncontested 10-foot shot.” As for the strategy that SCHS will try the next time they see Holcomb, Gentry says they will look at all options and continue to experiment. “We won’t leave anything in the cupboard. We’ll try it all,” he says.
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before shooting, so she’s working to develop her offense. “We needed her tonight and there were times when she faded into the back and looked for other people to do it. There are times when we need her to take more control of the offense. Hopefully, we’ll see more of that in the second half of the season.”
Roberts knocked down a pair of treys and finished with 10 points. However, the team collected just six points in the paint from their post players. Their effectiveness took a big hit when Emily Smith had to leave the game in the second quarter due to an ankle injury and finished with just three points.
“That was unfortunate. Against Ulysses she had a good game offensively and at the start of tonight’s game we saw signs of her creating more offense,” says the head coach. “Paige (Winderlin) hasn’t been a huge offensive player, but she’s so strong defensively and there are times when I need her on the court.”
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Chiefs are peaking at right time for run at Super Bowl The Kansas City Chiefs are solid contenders to make it to the Super bowl. KC’s move in the AFC playoffs to the number-two seed and a bye week and home field advantage for their first game was vital. by The Chiefs play rugged Pittsburgh Mac this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Stevenson KC’s bye week has given key players with injuries time to heal and prepare for the playoffs. Most notable in this group are runningback Spencer Ware and defensive end Justin Houston. Ware has been sidelined with sore ribs and Houston is recovering from offseason knee surgery. Houston played terrific against Denver on November 27 at Mile High Stadium during KC’s 3027 win. Unfortunately, Houston’s knee suffered a setback after the Denver game and he was used sparingly for the rest of the regular season. Kansas City’s defense is potent when Houston is healthy. If he can go at full speed, it gives KC a chance to contain the Steelers’ offense. Ware is a vital part of the offense. He’s an outstanding runner, blocker, and pass receiver. Rib injuries can be slow to heal and they are a mental and physical pain barrier for running backs. Kansas City’s offense is peaking at just the right time. Quarterback Alex Smith played well in the regular season finale against Denver and his passreceiving corps appears to be healthy and ready for the playoffs. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has recovered from injuries. When he is combined with TE Travis Kelce and WRs Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley, the Chiefs present a formidable group of pass catchers. Smith has revived his rushing ability by faking handoffs and running the ball, particularly when KC is in the red zone. Coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey have drafted effectively to give KC talented depth and remarkable rookie years from Chris Jones and Hill. Jones is a force on the defensive line and Hill is a game changer with his explosive speed on punt returns and pass receptions. With two weeks to prepare, rest assured that Reid has devised a new scheme or two to get Tyreek Hill the ball in the open field where he can score from anywhere. Reid said of Dorsey, “I don’t want to leave him out of this. He’s done a nice job of bringing in players that we can coach, so let’s not forget that part.” Jayhawks Finally Have a Pivot KU’s basketball team hasn’t been playing poorly. After all, the Jayhawks are ranked in the top five in the nation. Nevertheless, something has been lacking with Kansas and it’s not all defense as Coach Bill Self has been proclaiming. Before the Texas Tech game, Self said, “We’re just not active . . . we just don’t have near enough activity and create opportunities for steals or deflections or poor possessions by the other team. We basically are right now in a mode where we’ve let the other team run their stuff.” Self is correct in his defensive assessment, but the Jayhawks just haven’t had their normal overall spark. But that came close to changing for the better last Saturday against a competitive Texas Tech team. KU played well from start to finish. The unselfish Jayhawks do one thing better than any other team in the nation: KU handles the ball with deft passes that result in exceptional offense. And KU fans can quit worrying about play in the pivot. Center Landen Lucas has been exceptional in his last four games, both rebounding and scoring. Those fans, however, can agonize plenty about what would happen if Lucas were to be injured. If Lucas stays healthy, Kansas will be competitive with the best teams in the nation. Wildcats are Legitimate Kansas State is coming on fast. The Wildcats have improved steadily since the beginning of the season and they are a first-class ball club. Coach Bruce Weber has done a superb job of bringing his team along and they are poised to finish high in the Big 12 and gain a berth in the NCAA Tournament. K-State was robbed of a possible win in Allen Fieldhouse by inexcusably poor officiating. Svi Mykhailiuk traveled right in front of one of the refs on his game-winning basket. The ref that swallowed his whistle lacks the necessary fortitude to call Big 12 games. And his two cohorts made plenty of bad calls (both ways) in the course of a great game. From here on, Kansas State is going to be a handful for every opponent.
SC tumbles in OT to Ulysses A lackluster first half was more than the Scott City boys could overcome in a heartbreaking 7065 loss to Ulysses on the home floor. The loss snapped a 13 game win streak against the Tigers. A sub-par night from the field (16-of-41) and at the charity stripe (11-of25) were huge factors in the loss. Ulysses, on the other hand, hit 7-of-9 in the first
quarter while building an early 17-13 cushion. Even with their struggles, SCHS erased a 2520 halftime deficit and owned a 36-35 edge at the end of three peridos. Ulysses, however, grabbed the fourth quarter momentum and led 4944 with 2:23 remaining. They were still on top, 5149, with 1:08 on the clock before SCHS closed out regulation with a threepointer from senior guard
Drew Duff and a game tying free throw by Marshall Faurot with 9.5 seconds to play. It appeared the Beavers would build on that momentum when guard Jordan Horn opened the extra period with a three-point basket for a 56-53 advantage. Instead, Ulysses scored seven unanswered points and SCHS was unable to get closer than 65-62 on a basket by Bo Hess in the final minute.
“We didn’t get the defensive stops we needed and we put ourselves in bad situations with poor rebounding and giving up too many second and third chance points,” says head coach Brian Gentry. Hess and Horn shared scoring honors with 16 points each while Duff added 15 (4-of-6 FG). “It was nice to see Drew be more aggressive than we’ve seen him in a long time,” said Gentry.
Bobwhites disappearing from the Kansas landscape
PRATT – “Bobwhites on the Brink,” a five-part film series by the syndicated television conservation news magazine, This American Land, examines the reasons for the nationwide decline of the bobwhite quail and the efforts being made to reverse the trend on the American landscape. In the fourth segment of the series, viewers are brought to Kansas in large part due to the success of the state’s Conservation Reserve Program in providing species habitat. The segment explores how agricultural operations in the U.S. have
morphed from small field/ multi-farm set-ups, to giant corporate expanses of row crop acreage, and how Kansas is leading the country in demonstrating how bobwhite habitat can be successfully integrated on working lands. Some Kansans may have viewed the series on Smoky Hills Public Television and on the Kansas Topeka Washburn University PBS stations late last year, but for those who missed it, there’s still time to tune in. The series will be available online on the This American Land website, www.thisameri-
canland.org/Episodes/ season-six; on NBCI’s YouTube channel, www. youtube.com/user/ BringBackBobwhites; and on the KDWPT website, ksoutdoors.com/ Hunting/Upland-Birds/ Bobwhite-Quail. The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI), in partnership with select states, worked over a period of several months to help develop the story. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism worked directly with NBCI to demonstrate how the expansion of mechanized clean-
farming techniques in row crop agriculture have effected bobwhite quail, among other grassland birds and wildlife species. In addition to Kansas, film crews visited South Carolina, Texas, and Kentucky to document how a decline in active forest management and the conversion of livestock grazing operations from native grasses to exotic fescue across millions of acres, combined with changes in row-crop agriculture, have decimated habitat range-wide for bobwhites and related wildlife over time.
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Mid-season hoops tourneys begin Monday Area high school teams will be competing in midseason tournaments that get underway on Monday. The Wichita County High School boys (2-6) will play a pigtail game to get into the Hi-Plains League tournament bracket. They will face Friday’s winner between Meade (5-3) and Lakin (2-4).
Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. on Monday at Elkhart. If the Indians win their opener, they will return to Elkhart on Tuesday for a first round bracket game. All semi-final round action and championship/ consolation bracket games on Friday and Saturday will be played at Garden City Community College.
NWKL Tournament Dighton High School will travel to Oberlin for the Northwest Kansas League Tournament which will be held on Jan. 17, 20 and 21. The top-seeded Lady Hornets (7-0) will face Oberlin (1-7) in opening round action on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. The winner advances
to the semi-finals where they will play either Wallace County (4-3) or St. Francis (5-4) on Jan. 20. Hoxie (6-1) in the number two seed. The DHS boys (4-3) are the number four seed and will open tournament action against Quinter (3-5) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
The winner will likely face top-seeded St. Francis (9-0) in the semifinals on Jan. 20. The number-two seed is Hoxie (7-0) and the third seed is Sharon Springs (5-2).
Orange and Black Classic. The SCHS boys (5-3) will open tournament play against Fountain-Fort Carson (Colo.) on Thurs., Jan. 19, at 4:45 p.m. in the Community Building. The Lady Beavers (5-3) will open action against Orange and Black top-seeded Pueblo East Scott Community (Colo.) on Jan. 19 at 3:00 High School will travel p.m. in the Community to Colby for the annual Building.
Lady Hornets adapt quickly against Quinter On any given night, the Dighton High School girls know they’re likely to see just about any kind of defensive scheme to shut down their dynamic scoring duo of Jordan Speer and Sara Cramer. Quinter tried a man defense with a mix of zone in order to take Dighton 52 Quinter 21 the paint away from Speer. It worked . . . for awhile. “It was the first time we’ve seen that defense, so we had to figure out how to attack it. The girls had to figure how to react to what they were doing,” says head coach Amy Felker. The adjustments may have taken a little longer than expected, but once they were made the Lady Hornets pulled away for a 52-21 win in their Northwest Kansas League opener. Dighton seized control of the game with a 22-0 scoring blitz that began early in the second quarter and ended with a pair of Ella Roberts free throws to open the second that opened up a 39-14 cushion. “We hadn’t played for about three weeks with the long break and it was like starting the season over,” says Felker. “I reminded the girls that by the second or third quarters things would start clicking again, so they shouldn’t get too frustrated.” Quinter lead throughout the first quarter, building an early 8-2 advantage
before Dighton scored seven unanswered points. A lone three-point basket was all that the Lady Bulldogs could manage in the second quarter as Dighton took a 15-11 lead at the half. “The girls are doing a better job of understanding what they must do when teams are doubleteaming Jordan (Speer) or Sara (Cramer),” said Felker. “If they see their girl is helping (on defense) then they have to get to the weak side block because Sara will be able to find them with a pass that can lead to an easy basket. “I tell the girls that if they can see Sara’s eyes then she can see you.” Cramer certainly had her eyes on the basket as she finished with a game high 26 points (9-of-19 FG) while also leading the team with nine steals and four assists. Speer added 14 points and nine boards while freshman Ella Roberts was also in double figures with 10 points and seven rebounds. Outlast Wheatland Post players Speer and Roberts combined for 39 points and the Lady Hornets were able to survive a mild scare from Wheatland-Grinnell for a 53-42 league win on Tuesday night. With Wheatland’s guards blanketing Cramer, the scoring burden fell upon Dighton’s big girls and they responded. Speer poured in 27 points (8-of15 FG) and 10 rebounds while Roberts collected 12 points (4-of-10 FG).
Quinter’s Peyton Havlas is sandwiched between Dighton seniors Jordan Speer (left) and Sara Cramer as they battle for a rebound during Friday’s league contest. (Record Photo)
“Wheatland is a very guard oriented team. They play man-to-man and put pressure on the guards,” noted Felker. As a result, Cramer was limited to just seven points (3-of-12 FG). “Sara didn’t have good looks at the basket like she normally does. Even when they were in zone they were on her pretty tight,” Felker notes. However, Dighton was
able to exploit Wheatland’s lack of a post player. “Our guards were doing a great job of getting the ball to the inside where we needed it. Ella was also making a lot of post passes to Jordan. Those two were like clockwork,” Felker says. Despite building a 3117 halftime lead, the Lady Hornets couldn’t shake loose of W-G. In the
fourth quarter, the Lady Thunderhawks got hot from the outside and were able to cut the deficit to nine points. “Give Wheatland credit. They’re a good team. They press. They’re physical. They want to play an up-tempo game,” notes the head coach. Late in the third quarter Sara picked up her fourth foul and with her out of the game they put
even more pressure on our guards. That caused the momentum to shift into their direction.” The Lady Thunderhawks were also able to take advantage when Speer exited the game briefly in the final period after picking up her fourth foul. Dighton was able to secure their win by hitting 18-of-26 at the free throw line.
Northwest Kansas League Tournament
Northwest Kansas League Tournament
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Girl’s Division • January 17, 20-21 • at Oberlin
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SCHS Wrestling J.R. Durham Invitational Jan. 7, 2017 • at Norton Team scores: Manhattan 204, Garden City 200.5, Norton 126.5, Smith Center 112, Scott City 101, McCook (Ne.) 82, Atwood 70, Marion 59, Cimarron 56, Hoxie 53.5, Oakley 51, Beloit 50, Oberlin 50, Holcomb 46, Cozad (Ne.) 40, TMP-Hays 37, St. Francis 4 106: Brandon Roberts pinned by Tate Sauder (Manhattan), 1:02; pinned by Breckin Loftin (Cozad). 120: Theron Tucker tech. fall Jaden Atwood (Smith Center), 16-0; pinned Alex McPhail (Cimarron), 0:44; dec. Diago Hernandez (Garden City), 5-3; pinned by Kel Grafel (Oberlin) 0:51. 126: Kaden Wren pinned Thomas Lovewell (HaysTMP), 0:33; dec. Kade Unterseher (Norton), 7-0; dec. Abraham Sanchez (Manhattan), 5-3. First Place 132: Alex Depperschmidt pinned by Jarrett Johnson (Hays-TMP), 3:27; dec. Jacob Henson (Holcomb), 1310; pinned Ellis Slack (Oakley), 2:15; pinned by Bubba
Wilson (Manhattan), 1:51. 138: Justin Hundertmark pinned by Tyler Park (Oakley), 0:16. 152: Jarrett Jurgens pinned Conner Wescoat (Cozad), 0:38; maj. dec. Trenton Wright (Norton), 9-0; dec. Tanner Johnson (Holcomb), 4-1. First Place 160: Wyatt Hayes pinned Jonathan Gomez (Garden City), 1:55; pinned Auston Holzmeister (Oakley), 0:49; pinned Maverick Green (Atwood), 2:50; maj. dec. Zephry Killham (Manhattan) 14-2. First Place 170: Cale Goodman dec. by Tevin Petrie (Norton), 5-3; dec. by Taylor Yancy (Cozad), 5-2. 195: Kyle Sherwood dec. Maverick Engel (Norton), 6-1; pinned by Zeke Herrera (Garden City), 1:25; sudden victory over Christian Schlepp (Manhattan), 4-4; dec. Will Ginther (Atwood), 5-3. Third Place 285: Luke Wright pinned by Eldon Picou (Manhattan), 0:15; pinned by Avery Hawkins (Smith Center), 1:10.
Takedown Kids Wrestling Great Bend Novice January 7, 2017 6-Years and Under 43A: Kale Clinton dec. by Armani Armenta (Ddoge City) 4-1; pinned Nickolas Wise (Ulysses); dec. by Reese Owens (Russell) 7-5; maj. dec. by Keagan Speaks (Great Bend) 17-5. Fourth Place 43B: Michael Hermosillo pinned Kamden Burkey (Hoisington Jr. Cardinals); dec. over Bane Goddard (Gray County) 5-0; tech. fall by Dominic Sanchez (Ulysses) 16-0; pinned Khamin Freeman (Ellsworth County). Second Place 49E: Colborn Trout pinned by Tegan Tomlinson (Great Bend) 1:24; pinned Layne Dorzweiler (Hays) 2:00. Second Place 52A: Carson Gabel dec. over Samuel Doze (Hoisington Jr. Cardinals) 9-7; dec. by Aston Charles (Great Bend) 5-2; dec. by Dallas Kleinsorge (Ellis) 11-5; pinned Eric Hennings (Gray County) 2:19. Fifth Place 52B: Jaxon Fisher pinned Tucker Holt (Ellsworth County); maj. dec. over Jax Johnson (Jr. Indian) 11-0; pinned Ayrickson Pio (Dodge City). First Place 58A: Sage Kite pinned Jaygor George (Dodge City); maj. dec. over Westin Vine (Ellis) 13-0; maj. dec. over Joeb Ratzlaff (Jr. Indian) 12-0; pinned Edward Ruiz (Dodge City). First Place 70-76: Keller Turner pinned by Vohn Williams (Chaparral Kids) 1:45; tech. fall by Robert Klee Li (Russell) 15-0. Third Place 8-Years and Under 61: Rylan Wilkinson pinned Kasen Ponder (Dodge City) 1:22; pinned Adam Slaughter (Ellis) 0:44; pinned Ramsey Sperry (Jr. Indian) 0:38; pinned Kelby Buehler (Gray County) 0:28. First Place 80-88: Kain Unger pinned by Yahir Marquez (Ulysses). Fourth Place Ks. Young Guns Shootout January 7, 2017 10-Years and Under 95: Houston Frank pinned Tristan Busby (Augusta) 2:18; dec. by Jayden Ford (Maize) 9-3; pinned Ralph Crossno (Team Lightning) 3:00; dec. by Talyn Pfizenmaier (Clay County) 5-4. Fourth Place 12-Years and Under 92: Conner Armendariz pinned Jacob Finney (Kansas Youn Guns) 2:52; pinned Gabriella Rothenberger (Wichita Blue Knights) 0:47; pinned Clint Haws (Herington) 0:58; maj. dec. by Dominick Rortina (Enid Youth) 11-2; dec. over Adam Lipinski (Carroll Jr.) 7-1. Second Place Roger Richter Memorial Tournament January 7, 2017 6-Years and Under 46: Noah Wheeler dec. over Xzander Donner (Russell) 11-9; dec. over Tyler Meyer (Hoxie) 7-6. First Place
58-61: Brody Rios dec. by Gage Epp (Hoxie) 7-2; tech. fall over Joeb Ratzlaff (Jr. Indian) 15-0; dec. by Kirby Rohrbough (Scott City) 9-7. 58-61: Kasey Rohrbough pinned Joeb Ratzlaff (Jr. Indian) 0:24; pinned Gage Epp (Hoxie) 0:48; dec. by Archer Amrein (Ellis) 6-0. Second Place 58-61: Kirbey Rohrbough pinned Jacob Romo (SW Grapplers) 0:57; tech. fall by Archer Amrein (Ellis) 17-2; dec. over Brody Rios (Scott City) 9-7; maj. dec. by Gage Epp (Hoxie) 8-0. Fourth Place 8-Years and Under 52: Cooper Irvin maj. dec. over Walter Hulse (Ellsworth County) 10-0; maj. dec. by Colby Nuss (Plainville) 10-2; maj. dec. over Jesse Wilson (Ulysses) 12-0; pinned Kameron Cox (Pratt) 2:51. Third Place 64A: Matthew Wheeler pinned Isaac Guerrero (Greater Gold) 0:31; tech. fall over Deegan Knox ( Goodland) 15-0; pinned Hayden Kelly (Hoisington Jr. Cardinals). First Place 70: Blaze Gossman pinned Mario Cedilo (Jr. Panthers) 0:15; pinned Brodey Rohrbough (Scott City); dec. over Dylan Brozek (Pratt) 9-2. First Place 70: Brodey Rohrbough dec. over Ryan Budig (WaKeeney) 9-5; pinned by Blaze Gossman (Scott City); maj. dec. over Mason Knipp (Russell) 8-0; dec. by Ryan Budig (WaKeeney) 8-6. Fourth Place 10-Years and Under 70: Ryland Price maj. dec. over Wyatt Lovell (Pratt) 8-0; pinned by Josiah Ball (Hoisington Jr. Cardinals) 0:51; dec. over Logan Seifried (Gray County) 4-0; dec. over Jayden Amaro (Dodge City) 4-2. Third Place 70: Waylon Ricker pinned Logan Seifried (Gray County) 0:58; dec. by Bryan Montoya (Ulysses) 6-0; dec. by Jayden Amaro (Dodge City) 4-2. 73: Alexander Rodriguez pinned by William Meyer (Hoxie); pinned Adan Ornales (Greater Gold); dec. over Darian Sherwood (Great Bend) 13-9; dec. by Ehtan Stimatze (Jr. Indian) 4-2. 12-Years and Under 84-88: Zach Rohrbough tech. fall over Mason Smith ( Jr. Panthers) 19-4; tech. fall over Kaden Spragis (Great Bend) 16-0; pinned Wyatt Weber (Great Bend) 2:33. First Place 92: Treven Jones pinned by Avery Wolf (Great Bend) 0:33; dec. over Rylan Cass (Ellis) 5-2; pinned by Brayden Strobel (Russell) 2:08. 92: Kooper Wright pinned by Brayden Strobel (Russell) 0:48; pinned by Ian Mayberry (Russell) 1:46. 14-Years and Under 120-130: Kale Wheeler dec. over Daniel Rojas (Dodge City) 5-3; dec. by Aiden Hurtado (Dodge City) 3-1. Second Place
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hangs his tongue out the side of his mouth. “Chloe hears the commotion, and just as she turns around Bucky calls out, “Ohhhhh Chloe, they got me!” “You get off there this instant,” Chloe scolds. “That’s not funny at all anymore, especially after you got shot in the butt last season!” The nursing/retirement home where I used to work has two dementia units and I often marveled at the strange things the residents there with dementia would say and think. Making up animal conversations may see pretty weird and even goofy, but I can only hope that filling my mind with silliness like that now will help me ramble on about silly stuff like that when I get dementia rather than being mean and nasty and cussin’ all the time! Continue to Explore Kansas Outdoors! Steve can be contacted by email at stevenrgilliland@gmail. com
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minutes. In the championship match against Killham, Hayes erased any doubt about whether he was deserving of his No. 1 seed. After a takedown by Hayes and a reversal by Killham, the next 5-1/2 minutes were a clinic by the Scott City grappler. He regained the lead with a reversal and then put Killham to his back for a pair of three-point nearfalls to own an insurmountable 10-2 lead at the end of the first period. Hayes added another nearfall in the second period and an escape in the final period for a lopsided 14-2 major decision. The key, says Hayes, is constant motion. “If I keep moving I figure something good is going to happen, but I have to be smart about it,” he says. “Last year, there were times I’d get a little reckless and that can put you in a bad position. I try to make sure there’s a purpose behind my motion so I can avoid making a mistake. “Coach Lippelmann said after the match I need to put together more moves with my switches, so I can do even better at staying in motion.” Wren Sweeps 126 Questions also surrounded Wren in the 126-pound division. Wren (10-0) had earned the bracket’s top seed, but apparently not the full respect of coaches and wrestlers who weren’t familiar with his success through Kansas Kids Wrestling and junior high. Wren had little trouble claiming a 7-0 decision in the semifinals over Norton senior Kade Unterseher, ranked No. 6 in Class 3-2-1A. It was only the second time this season that Wren had wrestled beyond the first period. In the finals, he faced Garden City’s Andres Sanchez, an upset winner in the semis over second-seeded Abraham Sanchez (Manhattan). Wren gave up a second period takedown - the first takedown allowed by the freshman this season - but quickly tied the match with a reversal. From the bottom position, Wren took the lead with a third period escape and added a takedown on his way to a 5-3 decision. “This weekend has showed me that I still have work to do on my feet. That’s probably where I’m weakest,” Wren said. Giving up the takedown and falling behind in a match for the first time “lit a fire under me.” It was only a matter of moments before he was able to score with a reversal. “Kaden’s a very sound
Beavers ceded Gentry. Despite VanCleave’s hot start, the Beavers were able to keep pace through the first 12 minutes. A 7-0 scoring burst that began with a three-pointer from senior guard Drew Duff was followed by a coast-to-coast drive to the basket from senior Bo Hess and a short jumper by Marshall Faurot to give Scott City a brief 17-16 lead with 4:11 remaining in the half. Holcomb answered with 12 consecutive points, including a bucket by VanCleave to open the third period, and Scott City
Scott City sophomore Wyatt Hayes puts Atwood’s Maverick Green to his back for a fall during Saturday’s action in the Norton tournament. (Record Photo)
16 teams to compete in SC Classic Scott Community High School will be looking to defend its title in the 34th annual Scott City Classic on Saturday. First round matches will begin in the high school gym at 9:30 a.m. There will be several stateranked wrestlers in the 16-team field, including three anticipated matchups involving SCHS grapplers. Barring any upsets, Kaden Wren (10-0) will put his undefeated record on the line against 126-pounder Bryce Younger, an
Ellis junior who is ranked No. 2 in Class 3-2-1A. Likewise, undefeated Wyatt Hayes (10-0) shares the 160-pound weight division with Dalton Hensley, a senior from Ellis who is also ranked No. 2 in state. The 152-pound division could see a rematch of the Norton championship finals between SCHS junior Jarret Jurgens (10-0) and Tanner Johnson, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. State-ranked wrestlers include:
106: Braiden Lynn (No. 5), Cimarron. 113: Reece Kroeger (No. 4), Ellis; Bryan Valeta (No. 6), Lakin. 126: Bryce Younger (No. 2), Ellis. 132: Dayton Porsch (No. 1), Hoxie. 138: Pedro Ordonez (No. 3), Hugoton; Tucker Rhoades (No. 6), TMP-Hays. 152: Tanner Johnson (No. 3), Holcomb. 160: Dalton Hensley (No. 2), Ellis.
170: Chance Rodriguez (No. 3), Holcomb. 182: Josh Seabolt (No. 1), Cimarron. 220: Trayton Doyle (No. 4), St. Francis. 285: Taye Washington (No. 3), Hoxie; Logan Gugelmeyer (No. 6), Lakin. Teams competing are: Cimarron, Ellis, Garden Plain, Holcomb, Hoxie, Holly (Colo.), Hugoton, Lakin, Larned, Leoti, Scott City, St. Francis, Sublette, TMP-Hays, Tribune and Ulysses.
wrestler once he’s on the mat. He’s difficult to contain and he knows how to ride,” says the head coach.
tion in the final period, Jurgens took control of the match with a reversal and a pair of near-falls for a 9-0 major decision. In the championship match, he faced Holcomb’s Tanner Johnson (20-2, No. 3 in Class 4A), who upset Harper, 6-4, in the semis. Jurgens again grabbed the early lead with a takedown and added a second period reversal on his way to a 4-1 decision. “Jarret is fundamentally very sound and he has a great sense of balance,” says Lippelmann. “You will very rarely find him putting himself into a bad position. He’s patient and knows what he has to do and when to do it. “I felt all three of our champions were real impressive and they’re fun to watch,” he says. If there was any disappoint-
ment it was Scott City’s inability to get any of their three champions recognized as the tournament’s “Outstanding Wrestler.” “After seeing who we beat at Norton and the way that we won, I sure expected one of these three boys to be recognized,” Lippelmann added. “It’s disappointing for our kids. I guess we’re not flashy enough.” Sherwood is Third Perhaps one of the day’s pleasant surprises was the bronze medal finish by sophomore Kyle Sherwood (10-2) in the 195-pound division. Sherwood’s only loss came in the semi-finals against topseeded and eventual champion Zeke Herrera (Garden City). He bounced back to win a sudden victory match over Chris-
tian Schlepp (Manhattan) in the consolation semi-finals. In the third place match he was a 5-3 winner over Will Ginther (17-3, Atwood). “Last year he was wrestling ‘B’ team and this year he goes through the Norton tournament with just one loss. That’s pretty impressive,” noted Lippelmann. “Kyle’s very coachable and he’s gaining confidence. That’s a pretty good combination.” Coming up one win shy of earning a top four medal were Theron Tucker (120) and Alex Depperschmidt (132). Despite taking only 10 wrestlers to Norton - eight of them freshmen or sophomores - the Beavers (101) finished fifth in the 17-team field behind Manhattan (204), Garden City (200.5), Norton (126.5) and Smith Center (112).
lowing a pair of free throws from Marshall Faurot and they did it again on a three-pointer by Duff, 50-40, with 4:04 remaining. VanCleave had an answer each time. Immediately following Faurot’s free throws, the Holcomb senior converted a three-point play. Following Duff’s basket, VanCleave’s field goal prevented Scott City from having an opportunity to cut the deficit to single digits. “Our pressure late in the game produced some good results. That’s something we will
want to look at more in order to keep them off balance and not allow them to set up their offense,” says Gentry. “It’s not something we can do all the time because it takes a lot of energy and then it can cost you at the other end of the floor.” The head coach said a big focus of the game was to see what will work and won’t work against the Longhorns. Pressure defense is something the head coach hopes they can lean on more in future games. “We did well pressuring the ball in the fourth quarter. We
kept it in front of us for the most part. We were able to get some deflections that led to steals. That’s the way we want to play, but we have to pick our spots,” he says. He says that by forcing turnovers in the backcourt the Beavers can keep the big players from being a factor defensively. “If we can force a turnover then we have their shot blockers at the other end of the floor,” he points out. “After forcing a turnover we are finishing off drives to the basket against their guards instead of their big guys.”
Jurgens Adds Gold Ironically, the only member of the championship trio who has a state medal in his collection was the only one not to get a top seed. Jurgens (10-0), was the No. 2 seed behind Manhattan’s Jalin Harper, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A. The SCHS junior cruised into the finals with a fall and technical fall before facing Norton senior Trenton Wright (112), the No. 2 ranked wrestler in 3-2-1A. A first period takedown by Jurgens was the only scoring through the first two periods. Starting from the bottom posi-
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was unable to get closer than 10 points the remainder of the night. Trailing 43-26 entering the final quarter, the Beavers stepped up the defensive pressure and it allowed them to climb back into the game. A basket by junior guard Jordan Horn and a three-pointer by Hess, who finished with a team high 19 points, quickly cut the deficit to 15 points. On three occasions, Scott City was able to cut the margin to 10 points. The first came at 45-35 fol-
Record Xtra Hueftle grants near $500,000 for local organizations
The Scott Community Foundation recently awarded $47,500 in grants to five organizations as part of the ongoing contribution through the Everett Hueftle estate. In 2006, the Scott City native established an endowed fund with the Foundation that will continue to benefit five organizations of his choosing for perpetuity. Those five organizations and the amount of their most recent grants include: United Methodist Church: $20,000 First Christian Church: $10,000 Camp Lakeside: $10,000 Scott County Indoor Arena and Activity Center: $5,000 Boy Scout Troop 149/Cub Scout Pack 66: $2,500. The Hueftles homesteaded in Scott County and Everett farmed for more than 55 years. His father was a teacher and the family also owned a furniture store. “Everett had an appreciation for Scott City and he was committed to making this a better community,” says Foundation Director Ryan Roberts. The first grants were awarded in 2008 and since that time the five organizations have received a total of $445,000. That breaks down to the United Methodist Church ($180,000), Camp Lakeside ($100,000), First Christian Church ($90,000), Indoor Arena ($50,000) and Boy/Cub Scouts ($25,000).
(Top photo) Scott Community Foundation Director Ryan Roberts (second from right) and SCF staff members Brinlee Griffith (left) and Pam Caldwell present a $20,000 check to United Methodist Church representatives Pastor John Lewis and Rod Hogg. (Second from top) Members of the Scott County Indoor Arena Committee accepting a $5,000 grant from SCF Director Ryan Roberts are (from left) Leah Jennison, Gene Jett, Jan Wilkinson, Cliff Morrison and Trevor Cox. (Second from bottom) Julie Niehage (far left), community development coordinator with the Foundation, presents a $10,000 grant to Camp Lakeside representatives (from left) Amber McMurray-Stanley, Andie Strong and Reed Rolss. (Bottom) Foundation Director Ryan Roberts presents a $2,500 grant to Boy/Cub Scout leaders (from left) Harley Sharpe, Keith Cure and Kevin Hall, along with local Scouts.
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Lessons to be learned from ‘80s crisis Blueprint is available for farmer assistance by Tom Parker
Prior to a panel discussion on the 1980s farm crisis and its implications for the future, a documentary about the crisis was aired for members of the Kansas Farmers
Union during their annual convention in early December. For the audience, some of whom lived through the events, it set a sobering tone to what would follow. For the panelists - Charlie Griffin, Ed Reznicek, Forrest Buhler and Linda Hessman - it presented an historical blueprint of shared knowledge that could prevent
Cover Acres conference is Jan. 17-18
Agricultural producers, consultants, and experts will gather for the annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference on Jan. 17-18, at the Gateway Civic Center, Oberlin. This is a joint venture between K-State Research and Extension and the Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance. “Economics is big on everyone’s mind right now,” said Lucas Haag, an agronomist with K-State Extension in Colby. Mark Wood, an economist with Northwest Kansas Farm Management Association, will present (KFMA) analysis of members’ data and look at what is driving profitability in northwest Kansas. There will also be a presentation by Charlie Griffin, a research assistant professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at KSU. The same programs will be offered both days. Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m., with educational sessions ending at 5:00 p.m. followed by a “bull session” on Tuesday evening, where attendees can visit with industry and university specialists. Registration fee is $50 per day. That includes lunch and educational materials. The full conference schedule and online registration are available at www.northwest. ksu.edu/coveryouracres. For questions, call 785-462-6281.
KDA seeks participants for trade mission
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is seeking individuals to participate in an agricultural trade mission to Mexico. This mission will send Kansans who have an interest in exporting corn, distillers grains and ethanol to Mexico in an effort to increase market opportunities. Tentative travel dates are March 24-30, 2017. Participants will interact with international agricultural representatives to promote the use of Kansas ethanol, corn and corn by-products. Kansas corn farmers and agribusinesses specializing in distillers grains and ethanol production are encouraged to apply. Selected participants will be eligible for travel stipends for airfare and hotel and will receive a per diem for meals. For more information go to agriculture.ks.gov/international, or contact Suzanne Ryan-Numrich at suzanne. firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-5646704. Deadline for submitting applications for consideration is Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
farmers, mediators and advocacy workers from making the same mistakes again. Griffin couldn’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu, and he was reminded of another documentary that opened his eyes to the cyclical nature of crises and humanity’s penchant for forgetting. He was manning phones at the Farm Crisis
Hotline when an old man hobbled through the door. The man introduced himself as Wendell Hoffmann, formerly a cameraman for CBS, and said he wanted to discuss the farm crisis of 1963. With him were three large spools of film that he had shot for a CBS special on the crisis. Griffin, engulfed at the time with the farm crisis of 1986, wasn’t aware of
a farm crisis in 1963. He would have been 13 years old then, and life on the family farm near Lyons, had seemed perfectly ordinary. At any rate, his parents had never discussed any crisis in front of the children. As he watched the film, though, Griffin was increasingly stunned at its implications, as well as its personalized focus.
One segment showed his neighbor standing in the bed of a grain truck with the Griffin farm visible in the distance. Another segment panned down Main Street of Lyons where he could see his parents’ car parked in front of the J.C. Penny store. It wasn’t so much that it happened, nor that it happened in his own (See CRISIS on page 27)
Low-pay jobs boom in slaughter Manufacturing employment peaked in the U.S. in June 1979. After rebounding for several years after the last recession, the sector shed another 45,000 jobs in 2016, according to the employment report released earlier this week. But, there is a manufacturing industry that added jobs in 2016. And while it’s not quite at its all-time peak, employment in this industry is a lot higher than it was in the 1970s. It also involves poorly paid, unpleasant work that you may not think of as manufac-
turing. It’s animal slaughtering and meat processing, which employed an estimated 495,300 Americans in November (jobs numbers for many industries are reported with a one-month lag), seasonally adjusted, up from 488,600 the year before. Back in June 1979, animal slaughtering and meat processing represented 1.9 percent of total U.S. manufacturing employment. Now it’s four percent. The industry employs more than twice as many people as
does motor vehicle manufacturing, which gets a lot more attention from politicians and the news media. The workers are paid about half as much as motor vehicle makers (among production and non-supervisory workers, they averaged $14.72 an hour in November compared with $29.33 for motor vehicle workers), and they often labor under deplorable conditions. A lot of them are recent immigrants, and they’re mostly scattered across the country far from the centers of power and wealth.
Low pay, poor working conditions and a high percentage of recent-immigrant workers are nothing new for slaughterhouses. Decentralization is, though (at least if you define “new” pretty expansively). From the Civil War through the 1920s, the industry was headquartered on the South Side of Chicago, where trainloads of cattle and hogs came in and trainloads of steaks, hams and such went back out. It was one of the first modern, assembly-line manufacturing industries, led by two of (See SLAUGHTER on page 27)
Lawn watering may be necessary W e normally don’t think of watering our lawns this time of year, but with the dry conditions and lack of snow, irrigation may be critical to keeping turf healthy for the coming year. Without snow cover, which acts as both a moisture source and turf insulator, lawns are exposed to the cold, dry weather that has prevailed for the past month or two. Under these circumstances, turf is vulnerable to desiccation, a winter version of drought stress, which can have lasting consequences if left unchecked. Even though turf is not
growing now, moisture that remains in the leaves and in the soil gradually evaporates as cold, dry winds pass over the lawn surface. The tender root system of a turfgrass stand tends to remain more active than the top growth, and permanent root system damage can result if soils remain too dry. Consequences of winter desiccation injury won’t be noticed until spring, but can be prevented in the meantime. The best way to counteract the potential for injury is to periodically water the lawn as long as we are without snow cover. With winter watering, try to apply roughly one-half inch of water to help wet the
Closing prices on January 10, 2017 Bartlett Grain Red Wheat............ $ 3.11 White Wheat ....... $ 3.11 Milo .................... $ 2.53 Corn ................... $ 3.05 Soybeans (new crop) $ 9.09 Scott City Cooperative Wheat.................. $ 3.10 White Wheat ....... $ 3.10 Milo (bu.)............. $ 2.53 Corn.................... $ 3.05 Soybeans ........... $ 9.01 Sunflowers.......... $ ADM Grain Wheat.................. Milo (bu.)............. Corn.................... Soybeans............ Sunflowers..........
$ 3.13 $ 2.56 $ 3.05 $ 8.99 $ 12.80
December 0.40 2016 Total
Food Facts The average American annually eats about 120 pounds of potatoes in both fresh and processed form.
Seeking Cash Lease Bids
The Scott County Commissioners are accepting sealed bids for cash lease of the farm ground held in the Zella Carpenter Trust. All sealed bids must be presented to the Scott County Clerk, 303 Court Street, Scott City, Ks., before noon on Tues., Jan., 17, 2017. Information regarding conditions of the lease and the farm ground held in the trust can be obtained at the county clerk’s office at the address above. Scott County Commissioners reserve the right to accept or reject all bids.
soil to a four- to six-inch depth. This will help keep the soil and roots hydrated. Be sure to water only during warm spells so that the applied water can effectively soak in, rather than immediately freezing on the lawn surface. Properly targeted lawn watering can also help water trees and ornamental plantings in the landscape, which are often equally or more sensitive to winter desiccation. Finally, be sure to detach hoses after you finish watering to keep pipes from freezing when temperatures become cold again. Following these tips can help ensure healthy and attractive lawns and landscapes for the coming spring, which will be here before we
know it. Tree Pruning If you have ever pruned trees in late winter to early spring, you may have noticed that some weep sap from fresh pruning wounds. Different species of trees vary in how easily and how much they “bleed.” Those that are most susceptible to bleeding include maples (silver, sugar, amur, Norway and hedge), black walnut, pecan, birch, mulberry, Osage orange (hedge tree) and grape. Though bleeding may look as if it would cause considerable damage to the tree, such is not the case. Even if large amounts of sap are lost, there is no apparent (See LAWN on page 27)
Crisis backyard, to neighbors and friends and, perhaps, even to his own parents, but that it happened without his cognizance. “I had no idea,” he said. “I was oblivious to it. But, it gave me a history to think about the recurring cycles of crisis that agriculture has gone through in this country. That’s the value of looking back in time.” Knowledge is Essential More than two decades later, he recognized his own shock in the faces of young farmers after facilitating another panel discussion on the 1980s farm crisis. Afterward, several farmers told him they had no idea that it had happened. One said, “We need to understand it so we don’t have to live through it again.” And, as if an echo across time and space, he heard the same thing repeated at a meeting last summer. It was, Griffin learned, a common but misguided fault among farm families. That self-imposed silence, meant as a protective measure, in turn had the opposite effect, leaving families vulnerable to the next crisis. Collectively, it amounted
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to a generational amnesia. Hessman agreed. “If there is one thing that can do us in, it is silence,” she said. “Life is lived forward but understood backward. It’s important to learn from each other, to be aware of our neighbors. We have to learn as a group, and to not wait too long, because the guy down the road is starting to experience the same thing. We cannot afford to let that happen again.” The discussion, “Responding to the Next Farm Crisis,” was both a primer and a call to action from speakers who had either farmed through the crisis or performed advocacy work. They included Griffin, who served as Assistant Director of Kansas Farmers Assistance, Counseling and Training Service from 1985 to 1994, and as Director of the Kansas Rural Assistance Helpline from 2001 to 2010; Hessman, a farmer and rancher from Dodge City, a Certified Mediator specializing in agricultural issues, and a national Farm Aid Advocate; Reznicek, a Nemaha County rancher and organic farmer who worked as a paralegal for Kansas Legal Services
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long term damage. However, many people find the appearance of this bleeding objectionable. Pruning during the winter when temperatures remain below freezing will help minimize sap flow. So, if you have any of the “bleeders” that need pruned, you might want to prune now rather than later. If you have any further questions about how to properly prune your tree or shrub, stop by the Extension office or download the publication C550 “All About Pruning” from the K-State Extension website at: www. bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/c550.pdf This is an excellent reference, that diagrams the steps of proper pruning technique.
from 1978-83, assisting farmers to develop debt and loan restructuring plans and negotiating with creditors to enable farmers to continue their operations, and continued that work with the Kansas Rural Center from late 1983 to 1988; and Buhler, staff attorney for Farmers Assistance Counseling and Training Service from 1987 to 1995, and staff attorney for Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services since 1995. With so much uncertainty over the future, the panelists agreed, it was time to reiterate the lessons that were learned from the front lines of the ‘80s crisis. “We don’t know what the next farm crisis might look like,” Griffin said, “but I suspect it will be different. What should we be doing now so we don’t let another few years go by?” Communicate One of the most important considerations is to keep the lines of communication open, several panelists said. “Knowledge is power,” Hessman said. “In the eighties, people didn’t talk to kids about the crisis. This time we need to
make sure that families know how to address it. It’s part of life. Maybe this time we can be a little more astute at that.” Networking was at the top of Buhler’s list of concerns. Last summer an ag economist told him that there were four ways to survive and endure the cycle. The top priority was communication, first with your spouse and then with your lender. Education and training were also on the list. Unfortunately, he said, we’ve lost the ability to network. “We’ve become specialized and we’re off doing our thing, and suddenly we have a crisis and we need each other,” Buhler said. “We need to have that network again. We need to know each other again.” Recognizing the mental health aspect and having systems in place for mitigation are also critical, he said. Many of the programs and legislation that came out of the 1980s are still in existence, including programs such as the Kansas Ag Mediation Services that moderates discussions between farmers and lenders and can provide mediators, number crunchers and a staff of attorneys. “So some very positive
Slaughter the great 19th-century business titans, Philip Armour and Gustavus Swift. With the rise of trucking, vast, centralized
things came out of the crisis,” he said. “But, farmers still cry on the phone. It still doesn’t go away. It’s still a difficult situation. That’s why mental health aspect is so important to this process. How do you help people get through the emotional stuff? We’re missing that right now.” Griffin agreed. Network Essential “We were fortunate in the eighties to be able to pull together a farm crisis hotline and have a network of people across the state in church settings, ministers who were good pastoral counselors, and some of the rural community health centers that stepped up to help,” he said. “Today I don’t even know where to refer someone for help like that, somebody who understands farm culture. We need to rebuild that system.” As the mental health expert of the panelists, Griffin said that his experience has shown that people who come to events like the convention or join organizations and communicate to others are able to handle crisis much more effectively than people who isolate themselves at home.
“The first thing to do is to take care of yourself,” he said. “The second thing is to keep an eye on the family and make sure you communicate well. Pay attention to friends and neighbors, and invite them to events or to join local activities.” Reducing debt dependency and input costs are two ways to weather a financial crisis, Reznicek said. Farmers have always had a tendency to overfertilize, so now is a good time to invest in soil tests. When prices fall below the cost of production, consider reducing costs instead of producing extra yield. Diversifying is also something to strive for. “We’ve heard a lot about diversity over the years, about cover crops and soil health,” he said. “They are not always easy to implement. It’ll be interesting to see if those folks are better situated to handle financial difficulties than those who haven’t done those things. “There are people who are wondering if they should sell assets now while the price is maybe better than in two or three or four years. These are difficult questions to ask, and difficult decisions to make.”
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stockyards and slaughterhouses in the middle of what was then the nation’s second-largest city didn’t make quite as much sense anymore. Chicago’s
Union Stock Yards shut down in 1971. Also, the big growth in animal slaughtering and processing employment since the 1970s hasn’t
been so much in beef and pork slaughterhouses as in poultry-processing facilities, and all the biggest chicken-raising states are in the South.
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Berry Realty • 872-5700
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: $6.00 per column inch.
1102 S. Main, Scott City, Ks 67871 www.berryrealtyonline.com
Charles Berry, Broker • 874-0738 Brett Berry, Sales Assoc. • 316-258-3387 Tracy Chambless, Sales Assoc. • 874-2124
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.
FA R M W O R K E R , 2/15/17-12/1/17, Mesquite Farms, Scott City, KS. 5 temp jobs. Drive trucks, tractors for crop duties. Field ready equip, cultivate, harrow, fertilize, plant, spray, harvest crops. Operate, repair farm equip. Haul commodities to market. Mow, clean yard & equip. 3 mo exp, CDL, clean MVR, emplymnt ref, English req’d. $13.80/hr, ¾ work guarantee, tools/equip/ housing provided at no cost, trans & subsistence exp reimbursed. Apply at Kansas Works, 620.227.2149. Job # 10250260. 2217t2 ––––––––––––––––––––– FA R M W O R K E R , 2/15/17-12/15/17, D&L Farms, Scott City, KS. 3 temp jobs. Maintain irrigation, pump sys. Operate, repair equip. Drive trucks for spray equip. 3 mo exp, clean MVR, emplymnt ref req’d. $13.80/hr, ¾ work guarantee, tools/ equip/housing provided at no cost, trans & subsistence exp reimbursed. Apply at Kansas Works, 620.227.2149. Job # 10249563. 2217t2
Rentals HIDE AND SEEK STORAGE SYSTEMS. Various sizes available. Virgil and LeAnn Kuntz, 620-874-2120. 41tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– PLAINJAN’S RENTAL houses and duplexes. Stop by the office or call 620872-5777. 05tfc
COMPUTER SERVICES for PC and Mac computers. Computer repair and virus removal. Call or email Josh at OsComp to schedule an appointment. 24-hour help line 620-376-8660 or email email@example.com. ––––––––––––––––––– WANTED: Yards to mow and clean up, etc. Trim smaller trees and bushes too. Call Dean Riedl, (620) 872-5112 or 8744135. 34tfc –––––––––––––––––––– FURNITURE REPAIR and refinishing. Lawn mower tune-up and blade sharpening. Call Vern Soodsma, 872-2277 or 874-1412. 4015tfc –––––––––––––––––––– MOWER REPAIR, tune-up and blade sharpening. Call Rob Vsetecka at 620-214-1730. 4515tfc
For Sale FRIGIDAIRE STAINLESS STEEL REFRIGERATOR for sale. Tradition top freezer, bottom fridge. Purchansed Fall of 2013. Has been in storage for two years. Works perfectly. $500. Call 316259-4150. 1716tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– LG TROMM BLANK FRONT LOAD WASHER AND ELECTRIC DRYER for sale. Comes with pedestals and stacking kit. Purchased in 2006. Main water pump in washer replaced this year. Sold as set for $600. Call 316-259-4150. 1716tfc
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s ours. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church basement (use west door). 412 College, Scott City. Al-Anon at same time and location. Contact: 874-0472 or 872-3137. 25tfc
District 11 AA Meetings
WANT TO BUY. Stored corn. Call for basis and contract information. 1-800-579-3645. Lane County Feeders, Inc. 32tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– WANT TO BUY. Wheat straw delivered. Call for contracting information. Lane County Feeders, 397-5341. 44tfc
Unity and Hope Mon., Wed. and Fri. 8:00 p.m. 807 Kingsley Last Saturday of the month Birthday Night • 6:30 p.m. All open meetings 214-4188 • 214-2877
Dighton Thursday • 8:30 p.m. 535 Wichita St. All open meetings 620-397-2647
We have room for you!
The Scott County Record • Page 31 • Thursday, January 12, 2017
The Scott County Record • Page 32 • Thursday, January 12, 2017
Welcome Baby New Year! 2017’s First Baby of the Year Contest
Emerson Norman Steffens The son of Erik and Katlyn Steffens, Dighton
Born Monday, January 9, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz. Length: 21.25 inches
Thank you to all of our sponsors who donated prizes for the First Baby of the Year Contest.
One Package of Diapers 1314 S. Main Street Scott City 872-5854
Embroidered Blanket Embroidery donated by Kathy Hitchcock
501 S. Main Scott City 872-2143
201 Albert Avenue Scott City, KS 67871 (620) 872-5811 • www.scotthospital.net
Dairy Queen Brazier 1211 S. Main, Scott City 872-3215
Brenda Tucker 413 S. Main, Scott City 620-872-5879
Two $10 Gift Cards and Two Koozies
John Deere Toy
8 inch Ice Cream Cake
100 in Gift Cards
807 N. Main • Scott City 872-7244 • www.americanimplement.com
20 Gift Card $
Sager’s Pump Service 1602 S. Main, Scott City • 872-7288
Children’s Outfit by MudPie 401 S. Main St. Scott City 872-7100
303 Glenn St., Scott City 872-2101 or 874-4486
212 Main, Scott City • 620-872-7238
Floral Arrangement for Mother and Baby
Michael Trout - Agent 112 W. Third Street • Scott City 620-872-5374 • www.troutagency.com
1 case of Gallon-sized Water Jugs Z Bottling Corp. 907 W. 5th St. Scott City 872-0100
Great Western Tire 1503 S. Main, Scott City • 620-872-3393
donated by The Scott City Quilt Guild Stack of Children’s Books
204 S. College • Scott City (620) 872-2013 www.rcdc4kids.org
20 $5 Gift Cards
1720 S. Main, Scott City
Engraved Baby Tile with photo, name, birthdate, weight and length