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Daniel Nolasco on the tuba and the SCHS pep band perform during Tuesday’s games against Holcomb

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BOE agrees to contract with architect center and upgrades at the SCHS football field. Supt. Jamie Rumford said the company felt it had invested enough hours into the project it wanted to have a contract in order to know the district’s commitment to moving forward. The fee is a maximum of $36,000, which is based on a $20 million bond issue. The extent of building renovation, and what it will involve, is still being determined as

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As those larger class sizes are working their way through the district, it’s putting a stress on existing facilities. Gym/Community Center A major part of the renovation calls for construction of a new gymnasium and community wellness center. This would connect with SCMS and include a large parking area on school-owned property. (See ARCHITECT on page eight)

less can be more

Education SCHS chapter prepares to observe National FFA Week Page 9

Local MIH grant will assist home buyers in Eastridge division Page 23

Sports Lady Beavers extend win streak with nail-biter over Horns Page 17

Index Opinions...................4-7 Calendar...................... 7 Youth/education.......... 9 Public notices.......10-11 Deaths....................... 13 Church services......... 13 Health care...........14-15 Sports...................17-22 Farm.....................24-25 Classified ads.......27-29 FFA Week.................. 30

Deaths Homer Cauthon

Health Lawmakers still wrangling over how to tax e-cigarettes Page 14

When speaking at the Kansas Water Series in Garden City on Tuesday, Kansas State University ag economist Bill Golden says producers are learning to be more profitable with less irrigation. (Record Photo)

Water reductions don’t have to be a blow to ag pocketbook The conventional wisdom for agricultural producers has always been that more water equals more production. So, it was just as logical to assume that less water would mean reduced production and reduced profits. Kansas State University ag economist Bill Golden is turning both of those beliefs on their heads. He has studied the economic impact of reduced irrigation in the Walnut Creek IGUCA and in the Sheridan 6 LEMA and each has confirmed that not only can producers get by with considerably less water - easily reducing their consumption by 20 percent - but they can maintain, if not increase, the profitability of their

farming operations. It was a concept that Golden had a hard time grasping. “I’m an economist and I look at the numbers every day and I have all sorts of confidence in our production functions,” said Golden during a break in the Kansas Water Series presentation on Tuesday in Garden City. When originally asked by the state and stakeholders to look at the impact of reduced irrigation in the Walnut Creek district, Golden was skeptical. He entered into the project with the assumption that the findings would not be good for producers. Golden was so surprised at his initial findings that he conducted not just two, but three, different economic studies in the district.

“I conducted the study three different ways before I could convince myself that what I was seeing was true,” said Golden with a slight laugh. “I even went to the Walnut Creek District so I could talk directly to farmers.” Defying Economic Logic The ag economist said that the idea of reducing water usage by 30 to 40 percent and, within 20 years operating at profitability levels comparable with producers outside the district “didn’t make sense at first.” In the Walnut Creek District it didn’t take 20 years. “After five or six years, the producers had learned to live with less water. Profits for those (See WATER on page eight)

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When the Scott County VIP Center board was informed that Garden City would no longer be using their central kitchen, it meant the loss of about 80 meals being prepared locally each day. The loss nearly became much greater when the local board was informed that the loss of those meals would also mean a major budget cut. Food service funding for the VIP Center comes through Eldercare Friendship Meals in Great Bend. When informed that meals would no longer be prepared for seniors in Garden City, Eldercare slashed the money for kitchen staff by about $1,300 per month. “Essentially, they were telling us we’d have to cut one employee,” said board chairman Elmer Snyder. When the three employees were informed, they submitted their resignations which were due to take effect on Feb. 17. However, the head cook and her two employees later agreed that each of them would take a pay cut in order that no one has to be fired. Had that not occurred, Snyder was concerned that noon meals would be in jeopardy. “There’s more work than what two people can do. If we’d have had to fire one of the ladies we’d have had to find a volunteer to assist,” he says. Gaila Nielsen, Eldercare executive director, defended the budget cut, saying the reduction in hours is “a business decision based on standard practices.” “It has nothing to do with (state) funding reductions,” she emphasized. She says the meal preparation hours and costs are calculated using an industry standard. Industry standard or not, Snyder and board members were worried about the future of the meal service. At the same time, he understood why the Garden City center decided to accept an offer from St. Catherine Hospital.

input is gathered from district staff and community members. Consequently, there are no firm cost figures attached to the project. Major renovations are being planned for the Administration Building, Scott City Elementary School and Scott City Middle School to accommodate enrollment growth which the district has been experiencing for several years, particularly in the lower grade levels.

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The Scott County board of education (USD 466) has made a commitment to pursuing major building upgrades in the district by agreeing to a contract with Gibson, Mancini, Carmichael and Nelson architectural firm in Garden City. The firm has been working with the district for several months in developing plans for renovation of three attendance centers, construction of a new gymnasium/community fitness

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House advances tax hike by huge margin Hike personal income taxes, will tax some businesses The House, with no debate, gave early approval by a robust margin Wednesday to legislation increasing personal income taxes and reinstating taxes on some businesses. Lawmakers voted 83-39 to advance the bill, one vote shy of what would be needed to override a veto by Gov. Sam Brownback, who said he wouldn’t sign the bill if it came to his desk. If the House passes the bill, it will head to the Senate. No lawmakers, except House

Masons to award degrees during event in Scott City Masons and candidates from Masonic lodges across Kansas, Missouri and Colorado will converge on Scott City for the GrandMasters’s Western Kansas “All the Way in One” day event on Sat., Feb. 18. Hosting the event will be the Anthem Lodge No. 284 of Scott City and the Grand Lodge of Kansas. Because of the expected attendance, classes will be held at Scott Community High School. This rare event will allow candidates to earn the necessary degrees to become full Brothers of Masonry. “They normally do something like this in Wichita or Topeka, so it’s quite a deal to bring it to Scott City,” says Terry Phillips, secretary/treasurer of Anthem Lodge No. 284. About 200 Masons are expected to be in attendance. So far, about 60 have registered as candidates to earn degrees. The Grand Lodge of Kansas has been in existence since 1856, and is a leading contributor in the fight against Cancer, hosting Cancer screening in communities all across the State of Kansas. There are nearly 25,000 Kansas Masons and 242 Kansas Masonic Lodges.

Tax Committee Chairman Rep. Steven Johnson (R-Assaria) spoke on the bill. Several lawmakers said the lack of discussion surprised them. Brownback, speaking to a group of business owners, urged them to lobby their lawmakers to oppose the bill. Raising income taxes would represent a “huge step backwards,” he said. “A broad-based income tax increase I am not for,” Brownback said. When a reporter suggested the bill advanced by the House fit that definition, Brownback agreed. “It does fit that definition and I’m not for it,” Brownback said. The vote in the House comes after a tax and budget deal fell

Meals “We’d hear occasional complaints about how the meals weren’t hot enough. When you’re hauling them from Scott City to Garden City, that’s going to happen,” he says. The local kitchen also prepares about 100 meals Monday through Friday for senior sites in Leoti and Dighton.

apart in the Senate last week. Senators are continuing to try to coalesce around a plan. The vote margin signals lawmakers may be able to bypass the governor when crafting a tax package. It was a whipsaw reversal from legislative debates in 2015, when lawmakers struggled for weeks to pass tax increases. House Bill 2178 brings back a third, high income tax bracket. It also repeals a tax exemption for pass-through business income from limited liability companies. Under the proposal, income between $30,000-60,000 would be taxed at 5.25 percent, up from 4.6 percent currently. Income above $100,000 would be taxed

at 5.45 percent. Income up to $30,000 would remain at the current rate of 2.7 percent. The legislation would also restore a tax deduction for medical expenses. The Kansas Department of Revenue estimates the bill would generate about $590 million next year. The Legislature is attempting to close a budget shortfall of more than $500 million in the coming fiscal year. The state also faces a shortfall of more than $310 million in the current year. Lawmakers are considering raiding a longterm investment fund and budget cuts to fill the hole. The House is expected to debate using the investment fund. “It’s not a perfect solution,

it’s a first step,” said House Minority Leader Rep. Jim Ward (D-Wichita). Johnson said he didn’t expect the bill to proceed so quickly. He said he potentially expected an amendment or two, and House Republicans discussed at least one amendment during a meeting prior to session. House Speaker Ron Ryckman (R-Olathe) voted against the proposal. He indicated he’s been working with Brownback on a package that wouldn’t raise as much revenue and has “some of the things (Brownback’s) wanting to see.” Brownback’s budget proposal would raise taxes on cigarettes and liquor and freeze a (See TAX HIKE on page eight)

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Prior to the budget cut, the head cook was putting in a 40-hour work week at $8.75 per hour while the two cooks were putting in 32 hours, one at $8.00 per hour and the other at $7.50. Now the head cook is compensated for 32.5 hours per week and the two cooks for only 17.5 hours.

Without the support of Eldercare, Snyder says the VIP Center couldn’t offer the meal program. “With what we get from memorials and the city sales tax we get by . . . just barely,” he says. “People depend on the noon meals. For some, it may be their only excuse

to get out of the house and socialize and to get a hot meal,” Snyder says. “And if one of our regulars doesn’t show up, we check on them to make sure everything’s okay. “There’s no way anyone could get a meal like this every day for just $3.50,” he adds.

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7 easy ways to limit your calorie intake With Walk Kansas set to begin in March, this is a good time to begin thinking about exercise and diet. Limiting calorie consumption can have a very positive impact on your health Carol Ann and waistline. Crouch Research is Family and showing that Consumer Sciences you can slow Agent for the aging proScott County cess by con-

suming fewer calories. But, how can we do this when we have so many temptations around us? Here are some tips to help you succeed: 1) Limit foods with little water and/or fiber, and particularly dry foods that are also high in fat. Examples include: cookies, potato chips, baked goods and crackers. Such foods are calorie dense and provide less satiety per calorie than foods high in water and fiber like vegetables, fruits, beans, and

whole grains such as hot cereals, pasta, and brown rice. 2) Limit intake of beverages that contain significant amount of sugar and/or fat like soft drinks, milk shakes, alcoholic beverages, and even fruit and vegetable juices. 3) Eat more soups and stews that contain whole grains, beans, vegetables and/ or a little lean animal protein. These foods have a low calorie density and provide a lot of satiety per calorie. 4) Start lunch and dinner

with a large salad but use a dressing with lots of vinegar or little or no oil. Beans and whole grains are good additions to salads but croutons, fatty meats, mayonnaise salads, creamy dressings, and cheese dramatically increase the calorie density and provide little extra satiety for all those extra calories. 5) Limit the variety of dishes consumed at a meal or snack. Serving a variety of tastes, textures, colors, and flavors in a given meal

Alpha Omega Recipe favorites . . . shares the Corn Bread Loaf Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes love during Feb. meeting Ingredients

Alpha Omega met February 9 at the Bryan Conference Center with Brenda Hughes acting as hostess and Stephani Hughes the co-hostess. President Paige Vallejo presided over the meeting with 17 members answering roll call to, “If you were a billionaire, who would you help or what would you do with your money?” In keeping with what Alpha Omega does as a chapter, most members would help those in need in our community. Plans were made for cooking and serving at the First National Bank board meeting and the Pheasant’s Forever banquet on February 25. February is the month designated to be a Day of Love, so time was spent giving money to several philanthropic projects and community needs. Suzanne Beaver gave the educational program on some facts about Valentine’s Day. The rest of the evening was spent making fuzzy sock cupcakes for the residents of Park Lane Nursing Home. These will be given as Valentine’s gifts from Alpha Omega. Next meeting will be March 9 with the slate of officers to be presented. Alpha Omega will also host the District G meeting on March 25.

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editorially speaking

False equivalency:

Kobach’s pursuit of fraud penalizing legitimate voters

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has struck gold. He now claims to have found 115 cases of voter fraud in Kansas. Of course, that pales in comparison to the more than three million fraudulent votes he claims were cast for Hillary Clinton in the last election, but you have to start somewhere. But, don’t look for the court docket to be filled with individuals who are charged with voter fraud. Kobach says many of the 115 (he doesn’t say how many) occurred more than five years ago, which means the statute of limitations has expired on prosecuting these cases. Not that Kobach has a stellar track record to this point. Since becoming the first, and only secretary of state in the nation to be given the power to prosecute voter fraud in June of 2015, Kobach has filed just nine cases, “all of whom are United States citizens, most of whom are Republican and the vast majority of them are white,” according to State Rep. John Carmichael of Wichita. Kobach has gained guilty pleas in just six cases. It could be argued that Kobach has spent considerable time and untold state resources chasing down a problem that barely exists. Kobach will argue that one case of fraud is one too many. Except that the secretary of state doesn’t show the same passion when it comes to determining the validity of about 18,000 Kansans he blocked from voting in the last election until he was overruled by an appeals court. Kobach has created what is called a false equivalency in that evidence of nine cases of voter fraud are justification for keeping 18,000 or more Kansans from voting. That’s nine cases over the span of several years that had absolutely no impact on a single election compared to about 18,000 voters in a single election year. Kobach has built a political career out of a nonexistent problem. He even has the ear of a President who believes in the type of conspiracy theories that Kobach is selling. Kansas and the nation would be far better served if Kobach and Trump would take off their tin foil hats and focus on real issues.

No vision:

Today’s politicians can’t see beyond the next election

There was a time when this was a nation of big ideas . . . of individuals and politicians who dreamed of what was possible and then set about to make those dreams come true. Not anymore. Today’s politicians are incapable of seeing more than two years down the road - from one election cycle to the next. Our nation’s interstate highway system - the largest infrastructure project undertaken in this country - couldn’t happen today. And President John F. Kennedy’s challenge in 1961 of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth” before the end of the decade would be impossible for today’s politicians to comprehend. The inability of many politicians to serve more than our own immediate political interests has been exemplified in Kansas with the Brownback Administration’s ideas for filling in massive budget gaps until the governor can exit office and leave the mess for someone else to clean up. He has sacrificed our state’s infrastructure by stealing about $1.3 billion from the Kansas Department of Transportation. Funding has become so limited that Brownback is proposing a budget in which KDOT would resurface just 235 miles of state roads in the upcoming year. That compares to 1,436 miles per year from 2011-15. The governor continues to push the idea of “securitization” of tobacco settlement money that goes into the Childrens’ Initiative Fund. The CIF supports early-childhood programs that benefit thousands of Kansas families. Brownback wants to sell off hundreds of millions of dollars in future tobacco payments for only a fraction of their worth. The best part - at least for Brownback - is that he collects the money up front and normal funding for the CIF continues for two years until (get this) Brownback leaves office. “The securitization option could help the Legislature avoid cuts to other government services while still fully funding all of the children’s programs for the next two years,” said Brownback communications director Melika Willoughby in defense of the plan. After two years, however, there would be no tobacco funding for the CIF. That funding would disappear for the next 20-30 years. But, as Willoughby confirmed, the primary concern for Brownback is to patch together a budget plan for the next two years. That’s vision. Unfortunately, that’s also today’s politics.

GOP is the real ‘king of free’

Sen. Bernie Sanders is scheduled to appear at the upcoming Kansas Democrat Party’s Washington Days event this month. In deeply red Kansas, interest in who appears at a Democratic event usually rates somewhere between how the junior high basketball team is doing and should I bring scalloped potatoes or three-bean casserole to the church buffet on Sunday. For some in the media, the opportunity to take a few cheap shots at Sanders was too good to pass up. We understand. If our party had wrecked the state’s economy, had the least popular governor in the nation and had just elected a president whose job performance was tanking so fast that he would be cancelled mid-season if this were a reality TV show, we’d be trying to divert everyone’s attention as well. The diversion in this case is to mock Democrats for bringing the “king of free” to their annual event. Apparently, that’s meant to disparage

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Sanders because he promoted (and still does) the concept of free health care and free higher education. Both ideas obviously struck a chord (and still do) with millions of people across the nation who made his campaign rallies the biggest political events of the past election. Hillary won the nomination, but it was Sanders who won the hearts of the people. Are free health care and free higher education practical or possible? Nearly the entire developed world offers universal health care - except for the U.S. To paint Sanders as some type of political oddball for promoting a single-payer plan for America is to ignore what is happening elsewhere. Free (or almost free) college tuition exists in seven nations, including Germany, France, Finland

and Sweden. Sanders tapped into the reality that many families face. He understands that millions of Americans are still just one major medical crisis away from bankruptcy. In addition, 44 million borrowers owe an average student loan debt of $37,172, but that debt is much higher for those who pursue advanced degrees. Sanders believes in an America where people can live free of wondering how they will pay for medical treatment or free of debt after earning their college degree. Pretty radical. We certainly don’t want those ideas poisoning the minds of our young people. Free is a terrible concept that only a socialist, such as Sanders, could possibly appreciate . . . unless you happen to be an ultraconservative Republican. Ultraconservatives in Kansas are all for making sure that corporations are free from paying those nasty taxes that support our schools, maintain our highways and help pro-

vide a social safety net for our elderly and lowincome Kansans. Wealthy individuals and multi-national corporations are given the freedom to hide their money in off-shore accounts. According to Citizens for Tax Justice, Fortune 500 corporations are avoiding up to $695 billion in U.S. federal income taxes by holding $2.4 trillion in profits offshore. Within our own borders, General Electric made $33 billion from 2010-14, yet instead of paying taxes on those earnings received $1.4 billion in “tax benefits.” Some might call that being a freeloader. Republicans in Congress want industry to be free of regulations, like ones that allow coal companies to dump “excess spoil” into nearby streams. Republicans like their friends in the pharmaceutical industry to be free of any guilt from price gouging (i.e., EpiPen). There’s nothing like the freedom to make obscene profits, (See FREE on page six)

Ethical shadow haunts White House

When Donald Trump tweeted that Nordstrom stores treated his daughter Ivanka “so unfairly” by dropping her fashion products, was he speaking as president or as an upset father? White House spokesman Sean Spicer argued that a father “has every right” to defend his daughter. True enough. But Spicer immediately blew the daddy defense cover by charging that Nordstrom’s decision was “a direct attack on his policies.” So Trump saw it as a presidential matter after all. Then another Trump advisor, Kellyanne Conway, shilled for Ivanka’s product line in an interview televised from the White House and on government time, a clear violation of federal law. Then word came that son Eric’s January

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another view by Davis Merritt

visit to promote a new Trump tower in Uruguay was supported by nearly $100,000 in taxpayer money for Secret Service protection. Eric, said to be running the Trump empire at arm’s length from the president, nevertheless assured a Uruguayan press conference that his father “would do incredible things for the United States” and be “an incredible commander in chief.” And then there’s wife Melania’s $150 million libel lawsuit against the Daily Mail for suggesting that she had worked for an escort service. Her lawyers claimed that the libel damaged her “unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to make millions of dollars being First

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Lady. They said she lost “multimillion dollar business relationships . . . for a multi-year term during which (she would be) one of the most photographed women in the world.” Beginning to sense an ethical shadow here? One of the first lessons that Ethics 101 students learn is how to recognize ethical dilemmas. The next step is learning how to resolve them. Unfortunately for the nation, the Trump administration and Trump himself seem incapable of even the most basic recognition that they are living and working in a continuous conflict of interest of enormous proportions and dark portent. They do not understand, or perhaps prefer not to understand, that blurring the lines between official duties and personal business is a design for

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disaster - for his presidency and the nation. Or maybe they simply do not care. Where are the government and people of Uruguay supposed to turn should a problem arise with that new Trump project? What lesson are Nordstrom and other businesses to draw from that presidential Twitter assault? Or from Conway’s shill job: How does Macy’s get a piece of that? And why does Eric Trump need taxpayerfinanced protection when his pre-president father paid for his own security on his business trips around the world? And, most troubling, if the Trump administration cannot see and avoid such (relatively) small-change ethical lapses as those of last week, what about the billion dollar stuff that is (See ETHICAL on page six)

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free trade fallout

NAFTA has harmed Mexico more than any wall President Trump is unlikely to fulfill his dream of forcing Mexico to pay for his proposed wall along the United States’ Southern border. If it is built, though, U.S. taxpayers will almost certainly foot the bill, which some have estimated could be as high as $50 billion. With that said, it’s worth taking a step back to look at the economics of U.S.-Mexican relations to see how immigration from Mexico even became a political issue someone like Trump could use to his advantage. The North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly called NAFTA, is a good starting point.

behind the headlines

by Mark Weisbrot

While it is finally widely recognized that so-called free trade agreements have harmed millions of U.S. workers, thought leaders from both sides of the political spectrum continue to assume NAFTA has been good for Mexico. This assumption is forcefully contradicted by the facts. If we look at the most basic measure of economic progress, the growth of gross domestic product, or income per person, Mexico, which signed on to NAFTA in 1994, has performed the 15th-best out of 20 Latin American countries. Other measures show an even sadder picture. The poverty rate in 2014 was 55.1 percent, an increase from the 52.4 percent measurement in 1994.

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Wages tell a similar story: There’s been almost no growth in real inflationadjusted wages since 1994 - just about 4.1 percent over 21 years. Why has Mexico fared so poorly under NAFTA? Well, it must be understood that NAFTA marked a continuation of policies that began in the 1980s under pressure from Washington and the International Monetary Fund, when Mexico had been left particularly vulnerable from a debt crisis and world recession. These policies included the deregulation and liberalization of manufacturing, foreign investment and ownership 70 percent of Mexico’s banking system is now foreign-owned. Mexico also moved away from the pro-development policies of the previous decades toward a new, neoliberal prescription that tied Mexico ever more (See NAFTA on page six)

To save Main Street we should tax Wall Street by Sarah Anderson

The banksters are free at last by Jim Hightower

Of all the people suffering economic pain today, who should get priority attention from the new president and Congress? Regular folks in our country might say that those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder - the poor and downtrodden working class - ought to be the priority. But, then, regular folks don’t run Congress - or Trump’s White House. The Donald’s working-class voters must be stunned to see that his top economic priority isn’t them, but a tiny group dwelling in luxury at the very tippy-top of the ladder: Wall Street bankers.

Rather than pushing an urgently needed FDR-style jobs program, Trump & Company are rushing to aid the richest Americans at the expense of the working class, actually proposing to unleash the banksters to defraud and gouge workaday people. For example, they want to save the poor financial giants from a consumer protection called the “fiduciary rule.” If you’ve got a 401k retirement plan, chances are it’s managed by a firm of financial advisers. The fiduciary rule simply requires them to act in your best interest, rather than shifting your money into risky investments that pay them bigger commissions. Prior to the enactment of this ethics provision in 2015, many financial ad-

visers were serving themselves, gleefully ripping off their customers - mostly ordinary working families - to the tune of $17 billion a year. That’s immoral, but it’s real money, so the industry has been lobbying hard - but unsuccessfully - to kill the legal requirement that money advisers deal honestly with clients. Now, however, they’ve got a president who appreciates dishonest business dealings and is going all out to liberate them from the shackles of ethics. “Hallelujah,” shout Wall Street’s Bankers, “Free at last, free at last! Thank Donald Almighty, we’re free at last” - to gouge consumers. Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker and author

a question of legitimacy

Electoral College victory will haunt Trump’s presidency

President Donald Trump’s adviser Stephen Miller made the rounds of the talk shows Sunday, defending his boss, suggesting the legislative and judicial branches of government are nuisances to be overcome. He also insisted voter fraud remains a rampant problem. “I’m prepared to go on any show, anywhere, anytime, and repeat it and say the president of the United States is correct 100 percent,” Miller said on ABC’s “This Week.” Repeating it doesn’t make it true, of course. And Miller - like his boss appears to confuse problems with voter registration, which are real, with actual voter fraud, which isn’t. Miller quoted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whose understanding of math and law seems similarly strained.

other voices by Dave Helling

As ABC host George Stephanopoulos helpfully pointed out to his guest, “you provided zero evidence that the president’s claim that he would have won . . . the popular vote if three million to five million illegal immigrants hadn’t voted.” Why, months after the election, are Miller and Trump still complaining about the popular vote tally of the 2016 election? Wouldn’t a simple “all votes matter” statement suffice? Part of the reason is Trump’s own ego, of course. Having hoped for - and claimed - a landslide, the president still struggles with the fact that he’s in the White House essentially on a technicality. But something more interesting is at work, and Trump’s own behavior reveals it. At least twice, according to published reports, Trump has asked Senate

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to consider abandoning the Electoral College. McConnell, being a good Republican, rejected those requests. Why would Trump want to eliminate electors? Perhaps because he senses the truth: Any system that installs a secondplace finisher unavoidably delegitimizes the winner, creating an immediate and continuing political problem. We don’t need to relitigate the Electoral College here. But we can study history: In 2001, President George W. Bush made virtually no references to his popular-vote loss to Al Gore the previous November. Instead, Bush legitimized himself through actions, not words. Trump has no such patience. He’s a flurry of executive orders, statements, assertions. In each case, the president and his team have made the same argument, claiming to know what the American people said in the election, or that everyone wanted him to prevail. (See QUESTION on page six)

All too often these days, large U.S. corporations and Wall Street banks seem more interested in tapping overseas markets than in growing a customer base at home. When local communities in America’s heartland suffer, it’s no skin off their backs. By contrast, our The lack nation’s small busi- of affordable nesses depend on education the health of their for middleclass families communities. When limits young young people don’t Americans’ have the opportunity prospects for to get an education the future and and a good job, these undermines the health of Main Street busi- our economy. nesses take a direct The small hit. business secUnfortunately, this tor, which up and coming gen- needs local customers eration is entering a with strong job market with too buying power few opportunities to to survive, earn enough money especially sufto make a down pay- fers. ment on a house, eat in restaurants, or support local merchants. Times are especially hard for the millions of young people who are saddled with crushing student debt. Last year’s college graduates owed an average of more than $37,000 - a historic high. The lack of affordable education for middle-class families limits young Americans’ prospects for the future and undermines the health of our economy. The small business sector, which needs local customers with strong buying power to survive, especially suffers. For our long-term prosperity, it’s critical that we help current student borrowers reduce their debts and start moving on a path towards debt-free college. The question is how we pay for it. Many people claim our national coffers are empty. We have no choice, they say, but to accept that affordable higher education is simply beyond our means. In reality, this country - the richest in the world - has abundant resources to ensure a world class college education for all. The problem is that too great a share of our resources is going into too few pockets. Congress deserves much of the blame. Under pressure from lobbyists, lawmakers have filled the tax code with loopholes that benefit many of our country’s wealthiest individuals and corporations. If we simply eliminated these perverse loopholes, we could raise massive revenues for education and other urgent economic needs. One of the most extreme examples of tax privilege is the so-called “carried interest” loophole. This allows private equity and hedge fund managers to claim the bulk of their income as capital gains, which is taxed at only 20 percent, instead of the top marginal income tax rate of 39.6 percent. (See WALL ST. on page six)

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Every immigrant student gets a public education by John Schrock

Anyone thinking of excluding immigrant students from K-12 public schools can drop that idea. The U.S. Supreme Court has held such a policy unconstitutional. That ruling goes back over 30 years. In 1975, the Texas Legislature gave authority to local school districts to refuse enrollment in public schools to foreign-born children who

lacked documentation of being “legally admitted” into the United States. Subsequently, the Tyler Texas Independent School District established a policy of charging such students tuition. When the policy was challenged in court in Plyler v. Doe, such practices were found unconstitutional by the federal district court, the appeals court and finally the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling was based on the 14th

Amendment that states that “No State shall . . . deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” This “equal protection” law found that since states provide a free K-12 public education to U.S. citizens and lawfully-present foreign-born children, they cannot deny education to undocumented children unless the state has a “substantial state interest.” And they found that the value of educating

Putin wonders if his puppets are smart enough to pull this off by Andy Borowitz

MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is “starting to get concerned” that the puppets he installed in the executive branch of the U.S. government “might not be up to the task at hand,” sources confirmed on Tuesday. According to the sources, the flameout of the national-security adviser Michael Flynn was only the most recent event that has caused Putin to wonder if the figureheads he propelled into office are “just too dim-witted” to serve the goals of the Russian Federation. “When you choose a puppet, you’re looking for a sweet spot,” one source close to Putin said. “You

Free especially if it comes at the expense of the sick. That’s also why Republicans have been very protective of giving pharmaceutical companies the freedom to sell drugs under Medicare Part D without fear of the government negotiating for lower prices. You know how it works. Republicans say they like to be free of gov-

Ethical invisible because Trump keeps his tax returns hidden and refuses to fully divest himself of his global empire? We cannot know when this administration is acting in our interest and when it is acting in the Trump family’s financial

Andy Borowitz is a comedian and author

that have tried to circumvent the Plyler ruling. In 1994, California passed a Proposition 187 to prohibit public K-12 schools from admitting any undocumented student and to report such students to the immigration officials. That was rapidly struck down in federal court for violating Plyler. In 2006, in Illinois, a district denied enrollment to a student who overstayed the tourist visa.

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The student was quickly admitted when the Illinois State Board, based on the Plyler decision, indicated the Board would withhold funding to the district. In 2011, the Alabama legislature required its public schools to determine the immigration status of all new students, and report all data back to the State Board of Education. That provision was permanently blocked by the federal appellate (See IMMIGRANT on page 7)

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This means some of the wealthiest Americans pay a lower tax rate than millions of our country’s teachers, firefighters, and nurses. Getting rid of this unfair loophole would raise at least $15.6 billion over 10 years, and some tax experts believe it could raise more than 10 times that amount. A strong majority of Americans are opposed to the carried interest loophole - by 68 percent to 17 percent, according to Bloomberg. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump also called for closing it.

In areas that are home to many Wall Street financiers, some elected officials are considering closing the carried interest loophole at the state level. Such proposals are moving forward in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island as part of a regionally coordinated effort. The carried interest loophole is just one example of a rampant tax avoidance problem among our wealthiest individuals and largest corporations. Their taxdodging sucks wealth out of local communi-

As ultraconservatives in Kansas and in the Congress have proven, free isn’t the problem. The problem is with who benefits. Maybe Sanders’ dream of free health care and a free college education were idealistic. Perhaps it was too idealistic to think that ideas this big could overcome the forces of greed and politics.

But, if we’re going to dream, why not imagine a President who doesn’t have a man crush on a Russian dictator, who isn’t surrounded by a cabinet which is defined by corruption or lack of qualifications, who isn’t wallowing in a swamp of ethical malpractice and who knows how to play well with others. Instead, we have a President who operates

ties, leaving the customers that are the lifeblood of small businesses to absorb a larger share of our mutual tax responsibility. We need new rules that rein in the excesses of our financial industry and hold corporations and wealthy individuals accountable to pay their fair share in taxes. Only then can we create the opportunities our young people deserve and return community wealth to the hands of local consumers. Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies

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ernment . . . except when they want government to protect their profits. Bernie “King of Free” Sanders is a piker compared to his Republican counterparts. But, the greatest freedom enjoyed by Republican lawmakers and their cohorts is being free from the burden of facts - to create “alternative facts.” How completely exhil-

NAFTA closely to its northern neighbor and its questionable ideas about economic development. The purpose of NAFTA was to lock in these changes and policies in an international treaty so that they would be more difficult to reverse. It was also designed to add special privileges for transnational corporations, like the right to sue governments for regulations that reduced their potential profits - even those dealing with public health or environmental safety. These lawsuits are decided by a tribunal of mostly corporate lawyers who are not bound by precedent or any national legal system.

want to choose someone who’s dumb enough to be manipulated, but not so dumb that he can’t find the light switches.” “Increasingly, it looks like we missed that sweet spot,” the source said. Putin is reportedly willing to have a “wait and see” attitude with his current puppets but, if things do not improve markedly, he will not hesitate to “make some changes,” the source said. “President Putin knew that this bunch didn’t have a lot of experience in government and that there were bound to be some growing pains,” the source said. “But, geez.”

all of the children within the state’s jurisdiction far outweighs the costs to society of excluding those children. While this was not a unanimous decision, the minority dissenting judges made clear they did not support the discriminatory intent of the Texas statute, though they quarreled with the logic applied to reach the majority’s ruling. That has not prevented subsequent state actions

arating it must be for Donald Trump to imagine he’d have won the popular vote if not for millions of illegal immigrants voting for Hillary Clinton. Imagine the freedom that Gov. Sam Brownback must feel when he promises no taxes for Kansas corporations and a balanced budget. Just don’t pay attention to the $1.3 billion that’s been “borrowed” from KDOT.

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About two million net jobs have been lost in Mexican agriculture, with millions more displaced, as imported subsidized corn has wiped out small farmers. From 1994-2000, immigration to the U.S. from Mexico increased by 79 percent, before dropping off in the 2000s. Now about that wall: If the Mexican economy had just continued to grow post-1980, as it did for the two decades prior, Mexicans would have an average income at European levels today. Very few Mexicans would take big risks to live or work in the U.S. But growth collapsed after 1980 under Washington’s failed

experiment. Even if we look just at the 23 years post-NAFTA - the much better years - GDP per person has grown by just 29 percent, a fraction of the 99 percent growth Mexico saw from 1960-1980. The wall would cause significant environmental and economic damage, if it is ever built. But it is the long-term damage that Washington has helped visit upon the Mexican economy that has brought us to the point where a U.S. president could even propose such a monstrosity. Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C.

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interest. Neither can the agencies under his control. Nor foreign friends, or foes. Nor businesses and institutions subject to federal oversight. Trump and his apologists insist that “the president cannot have a conflict of interest” because the

ethics law exempts him. But even those beginning ethics students know the answer to that one: Laws don’t make unethical activities ethical; they only make them legal. Davis Merritt is a Wichita journalist and author. He can be reached at dmerritt9@


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“You lost the election,” adviser Kellyanne Conway tweeted to Chelsea Clinton Feb. 3. For most Americans, the first thought when hearing that is: Wait. Hillary Clinton got more votes. Trump senses this. He knows most people don’t see elections as a civic lesson, but as a contest between two people. In a weird way, Trump’s Electoral College victory will haunt his presidency because every time he makes a decision, voters are reminded of how he won. That’s why he wants to get rid of it. Failing that, though, he wants to delegitimize the popular vote itself. That explains the repeated false claims of voter fraud. Oh, and voter fraud claims depress turnout in 2020. In the president’s world, that’s a win-win. Dave Helling is a columnist for the Kansas City Star

free of knowledge, free of facts and free of ethical boundaries. Bernie’s visit to Topeka isn’t a self-congratulatory tour as we witnessed from our new President. Perhaps it should be seen as a reminder of what we can and should stand for not as members of a political party, but as members of the human race. Rod Haxton can be reached at

Immigrant court when Alabama settled the lawsuit in October 2013. While the Plyler decision did not specifically address all of the additional actions possible, it is clear from the U.S. Supreme Court rationale that any actions that would discourage immigrant student attendance are unlikely to survive scrutiny under the Plyler decision. For instance, in the Alabama case, over 13 percent of Latino students statewide (both undocumented and citizens) withdrew from school in fear of attending. That is a bad consequence that the Court was concerned with in their Plyler decision. As teachers, our responsibility and training is to educate students, not serve as agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Not only

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are school personnel not trained in ICE, to assume such duties immediately erodes the trust all students have in their teachers and promotes student bullying of classmates suspected of being foreign-born. In addition, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restricts access to student records to those professionals who have a needto-know based on their educational role (advisors, counselors, etc.) and aside from directory information, student information cannot be disclosed to external parties without parental consent. This issue is fairly simple: all youngsters who reside in our schools’ districts get an education . . . period. John Schrock trains biology teachers and lives in Emporia

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Water producers inside the district were no different than for those immediately outside the district.” He emphasizes that it doesn’t happen immediately. “Give yourself time to learn. It won’t happen overnight,” Golden notes. The Walnut Creek producers had quit irrigating low-value crops and were growing higher value crops. They had also eliminated end guns on their pivot systems and implemented other practices that made them more efficient. “And they told me the same thing that I’m hearing from producers in northwest Kansas, that they are making much better use of natural rainfall,” he points out. Reflecting on the economic models that he had trusted for so many years, Golden said their biggest flaw was the assumption that farmers were being 90 to 95 percent efficient in their water usage. When he asked the approxi-

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“Should that happen, it gives them another year or two before they have to start making serious changes. It gives them time to adapt,” Golden notes.

. . . let’s remember, when you talk about changing your farming practices there’s a lot of anxiety on the part of farmers. They know that if they keep on doing what they’ve been doing they can continue to feed the family and send the kids to college. Bill Golden, ag economist Kansas State University mately 100 attendees how many thought they were 90-95 percent efficient, no one raised their hand. When Golden asked how efficient producers thought they were, one lone response was “60 percent.” “We don’t know because we haven’t had to know that,” replied Golden. Other Examples Golden also praised the efforts of producers in the west-central district of Kansas, which includes Scott and surrounding counties. He said the district has seen a 25 percent reduction in irrigated acreage because of the diminishing groundwater. Another 20 percent of the acreage is under reduced irrigation.

“As a result, west-central Kansas has gotten tremendously efficient in its water use,” Golden says. And he’s also seen very similar success in the Sheridan 6 LEMA (Local Enhanced Management Area) which was approved by the state in April of 2013. At the time, the 20 percent reduction goal was expected to adversely impact income. The reduction in irrigation has actually been 25.3 percent, which can be attributed, in part, to a 22-28 percent reduction in corn acreage. During this time, sorghum acreage has increased by 400 percent. “The producers feel they are doing well. In fact, they’ve extended the LEMA for another five years,” Golden says.

Wichita County WCA Producers in Wichita County are in the process of forming a Water Conservation Area (WCA) in order to extend the life of their rapidly depleting groundwater reserves. They have set an aggressive target of a 29 percent reduction over the first five years. Eventually, program participants will reduce their water usage by 50 percent. Golden says the 29 percent goal is “doable,” but commends those organizing the WCA for having the foresight to allow a “double allocation” in the initial year which offers an added assurance should there be a drought the first year a producer participates.

A Learning Curve While producers at the front edge of the learning curve are taking about five years to adapt, Golden wasn’t ready to say that other producers can shorten that curve by learning from the experiences of others. “I believe we’re seeing an acceptance that the learning curve is possible,” he notes. “But it’s still something that you have to experience for yourself and learn from.” Golden says he has no problem trying to convince producers that the benefits of cutting their water usage by 20 percent are real. “But, let’s remember, when you talk about changing your farming practices there’s a lot of anxiety on the part of

farmers. They know that if they keep on doing what they’ve been doing they can continue to feed the family and send the kids to college. “And now you’re trying to tell them that cutting (water usage) 15 or 20 percent won’t affect that. That’s not an easy thing to accept, so let’s have some sympathy for the farmers as we go through this and make sure everyone has time to adapt.” However, Finney County producer Jeff Mai emphasized that serious water reduction efforts must be a priority. “As a young producer with little boys, I want irrigation to be here for them,” he said. “We put ourselves in this position a long time ago because we didn’t have the foresight to make changes.” He said the longer that producers can extend the Ogallala, the more time it will allow for technological advances that will make water usage even more efficient.

As a young producer with little boys, I want irrigation to be here for them. We put ourselves in this position a long time ago because we didn’t have the foresight to make changes. • Jeff Mai, Finney County farmer

Architect The district has a shortage of gym space and this would help to fulfill that need, in addition to being a facility large enough to attract more post-season tournaments as well as events outside the school year. “I’ve heard some people say that our bond issues are driven by sports and I don’t see that has ever been the case here,” says Rumford. He noted that the current high school gym was

Estate planning workshop March 6 The Scott Community Foundation will host a free estate planning workshop on Mon., March 6, 6:00 p.m., at the Wm. Carpenter 4-H Building, Scott County Fairgrounds. A free meal will be provided. Featured speaker will be Ken Wasserman, a Salina attorney. He will discuss the advantages of having documents such as power of attorney and declaration of natural death and how an Estate Plan can be of benefit prior to and after death. “Learn how to minimize possible estate taxes and the possibility of establishing a charitable giving legacy,” says Foundation Director Ryan Roberts. He says, however, there is no obligation to include a charitable gift in the plan. Participants are asked to RSVP by Thurs., March 3, by calling (620) 872-3790 or email julie@

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completed in 1959, the middle school (and gym) was completed in the 1960s and the elementary school (and gym) was completed in 1987. “It’s been 30 years since we’ve built a new gym in our district and our needs have grown quite a bit since then,” he says. The board is looking at plans for a top-feed gym similar to those in Ulysses and Lakin. The Ulysses facility has seating for

about 1,900 and Lakin can seat 1,800. Rumford says he was told by the Lakin superintendent they’ve had as many as 2,000 people in their gym for a high school sub-state basketball tournament. The current high school gym has seating for 1,100 to 1,200. “But that includes seating that can’t be used,” says Rumford, referring to the top seats on the pullout bleachers on the stage.

Tax Hike currently-scheduled personal income tax rate reduction. But it would largely leave in place exemptions for LLCs. “We hadn’t gotten that far into what the consumption taxes would be and we’re still working on the major components with the LLC exemption loophole,” Ryckman said. The vote split both Republicans and Democrats. On the GOP side, Johnson voted in favor of the bill, but House

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Appropriations Chairman Rep. Troy Waymaster voted against. Among Democrats, former House Minority Leader Rep. Tom Burroughs voted against the measure while Ward supported it. “I was surprised the number of yes votes 83. I thought if we could even get 80 we would be doing very good on the measure,” said Rep. Jim Gartner, a Topeka Democrat who supported the bill.

It is expected that seating will be an issue for the upcoming sub-state basketball tournament being hosted by SCHS. While the architects feel current plans on the table can be accomplished for about $20 million, they are not comfortable with offering a ballpark estimate for the cost of the gym until the design is farther along. “I’m nervous about this project getting too

big,” noted board member Lynnette Robinson during Monday’s meeting. While cost hasn’t been a major topic at this point, Rumford says that community members have been receptive to discussing the district’s building needs during tours that have been conducted over the last few months. “Some people are excited about this and want to see it happen,” Rumford says. “Others have come in a little more skeptical,

but have changed their thinking after taking the tour. “I wouldn’t say that we’ve necessarily changed their minds yet, but they leave here saying, ‘I can see your point,’” he adds. “We want people to become better informed of our needs and that we’re looking at a long-range plan to meet the needs of our students and our community for many years to come.”

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Teacher due process will wait another year

TOPEKA - The House Education Committee heard testimony this week on a bill that would reinstate due process rights for K-12 public school teachers who are terminated or not renewed for the following year. At the end of the hearing, though, the committee chairman Rep. Clay Aurand (R-Belleville), said he does not intend to advance the bill this

Kansas House will not take action this session year and instead will ask that officials from teachers unions and the Kansas Association of School Boards work out a compromise to be brought back next year. That law, originally known as the Tenure of Instructors Act, had been on the books for decades before lawmakers

repealed it in 2014. It said teachers who had worked at least three years in a school district were entitled to a due process hearing before an independent hearing officer before they could be summarily fired or not renewed for the following year. Lawmakers repealed that law in 2014 as part

of a bill that provided additional school funding in response to a Kansas Supreme Court decision that year. David Schauner, an attorney for the Kansas National Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, said the law was enacted in the 1950s to protect

teachers from unjust firing for political, religious or personal issues. Mark Desetti, a KNEA lobbyist, cited recent examples of teachers who have been forced out of their jobs for unjust reasons, including a teacher in the Piper school district in Wyandotte County who had given failing grades

to several students who plagiarized papers they were assigned to write, then resigned rather than comply with an order from the school board to change their grades to passing grades. Following passage of the 2014 law, many school districts have negotiated with their local teachers unions to develop their own due process procedures.

Lessons learned in today’s FFA go beyond agriculture Agriculture will always be at the heart of FFA, but today’s organization is much more than livestock and welding. “FFA is about building leaders in agriculture and the community,” says Scott Community High School FFA sponsor Dale Jessup. “When I grew up in FFA my focus was on livestock judging. “Now that I’m teaching FFA, there’s a lot that I’m learning along with the kids. That’s why I’m encouraging kids to try different things and I think they’re having a good time with that.” For example, the Farm Bureau Discussion Meet is competition that was introduced at the district level for the first time this year. SCHS seniors Trace Mulligan and Chance Jones placed second and third, respectively. While it’s not a debate format, students are given topics and they must not only promote their viewpoint, but also encourage discussion from others. Topic areas discussed at the district competition were:

FFA Week Activities February 19-25 Tuesday: Farmer Day at SCHS Wednesday: Meet with SCMS eighth graders at 7:50 a.m. Thursday: Hat Day at SCHS; fourth grade tour of SCHS annex Friday: Blue and Gold day at SCHS. Teacher appreciation breakfast before school.

•The FFA creed and how is it still relevant today? •The importance of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in today’s agriculture. •Climate change and how it will impact more efficient use of water resources. “The students are encouraged to work together to offer ideas that can lead to a solution,” says Jessup. 56 Members Strong FFA remains the largest non-sports organization in the district with 56 members. Thirty-one of those are freshmen and sophomores, which speaks to FFA’s continuing popularity.

Senior FFA member Trace Mulligan uses the plasma cutter on a metal project.

Members are introduced to a variety of opportunities, including land, livestock and meats judging; parliamentary law; public speaking; ag sales and more. The meats judging team meets a couple of times each week in preparation for the district contest on April 12. The officer team meets every Monday morning in preparation for their parliamentary law competition. “We emphasize that it’s

3 from area earn degrees at FHSU Three area students are Earning degrees are: among 765 graduates at Healy: Camron Shay, Fort Hays State University an Associate of General who completed degrees at Studies in (math studies). the conclusion of the fall Leoti: Shaley Knickersemester. bocker, a Bachelor of

Science in Nursing. Scott City: Dakota Hayes, a Bachelor of Science in secondary education.

Ed commissioner: Kansas needs more post-secondary graduates Kansas isn’t keeping pace with getting the number of students with post-secondary degrees to match the state’s workforce needs, members of the Kansas State Board of Education learned earlier this week. Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson presented board members with data during their monthly meeting in Topeka that shows of the 64.5 percent of Kansas high school students who graduated in 2010 and immediately went to a post-secondary institution, only 24.3 percent graduated in four years. Another 35.2 percent graduated in five years and 39.3 percent graduated in six years.

W a t s o n . . . of the said the 64.5 perdata shows cent of more cause 2010 high for concern school graduates when 2010’s who imme14 percent diately high school went on d r o p o u t to pursue a postrate is fac- secondary tored in. He degree, said when only 49.4 that hap- percent pens, only stayed in school for 25 percent a second of the stu- consecudents earned tive year a post- . . . secondary degree six years after graduating. Likewise, only 10 percent of the total number of the state’s 2010 graduates earned a post-secondary educational degree after four years. He said 70-75

percent of the state’s workforce needs to have “some kind of skill beyond high school.” “These are real numbers,” Watson said of the data that was pulled from the National Student Clearinghouse that stores data for 98 percent of U.S. colleges and universities in 40 states. “I think it will get people’s attention and we have to talk about the appropriate way to use it.” Board vice-chairwoman Kathy Busch (R-Wichita), agreed. “This is such poweful data, but folks need to know how to use it,” she said. The starkest data shows that of the 64.5 percent of 2010 high school gradu(See GRADS on page 16)

fun to learn, but it’s also fun to win,” says Jessup. “A strong tradition of success has been built over the years in our FFA program and we are working to maintain that.” The local chapter has had a very good year so far, winning the district competition in land judging, leadership CDE and ag sales. “Our strengths are going to vary from year to year,” notes Jessup. “This year, we have seniors,

like Trace and Chance, who are outstanding public speakers. I also have some juniors who are very good, but they fill different roles.” Of course, welding is also an important part of FFA for some students who have major projects they work on in the shop. Many find ways to incorporate use of the plasma cutter into their projects. Chase Cupp, for example, used the plasma cutter to cut out the pieces

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for a bumper for his jeep. Others use the cutter for projects that range from signs to license plates. “A lot of the skills that our kids learn in the shop are skills that are being sought after in industry today,” Jessup adds. “Our goal is to provide the foundation that will help them should they immediately go to work on the farm or decide they want to continue their education at a technical school or somewhere else.”

For the Record Law enforcement skeptical of immigration bills The Scott County Record

Andy Marso Kansas News Service

Kansas legislators heard concerns from law enforcement groups Wednesday about two immigration bills promoted by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The bills seek to enlist state and local officers in

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efforts to enforce federal immigration law. But the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas Sheriffs’ Association said they don’t have the resources to do that and they don’t want to be exposed to costly lawsuits if they wrongfully detain someone under the complex federal regulations.

Scott City Council Agenda Tuesday, February 21 • 7:30 p.m. City Hall • 221 W. 5th •Call to order •Approve minutes of Feb. 6 regular meeting •Discuss KDOT traffic investigation study on south US83 Highway •Approve conditional use permit for Armando Armendariz •Scott County Development Committee update 1) Request disbursement of 2017 funding •Leadership summit and mayor’s conference in Dodge City •Open agenda: audience is invited to voice ideas or concerns. A time limit may be requested Pool Department 1) Advertise for assistant pool manager 2) Accept lifeguard applications Police Department 1) Accept bid on 4x4 sport utility vehicle Parks Department 1) Misc. business Public Works Department 1) Review cost for water/sewer lines in Eastridge subdivision 2) Request to attend Kansas Municipal Utilities workshop in Garden City 3) Request to attend Kansas Rural Water Assn. conference in Wichita Clerk’s Department 1) Request to attend City Clerks/Municipal Finance Officers Assn. spring conference •Financial, investment, quarterly sales tax reports •Mayor’s comments

Scott County Commission Agenda Tuesday, February 21 County Courthouse 3:00 p.m. County Business 1) Approve Zella Carpenter leases 2) Approve accounts payable, Feb. 7 minutes 3) Discuss agreement with Northwest Kansas Environmental Protection Group 4) Approve credit card for county health dept. 3:30 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

Both groups said they weren’t consulted before the bills were introduced. “It would be nice if folks sat down with us and said, ‘This is our proposal. How do we get there and how do we have law enforcement approval of this?’” said Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter. “It’s been just

shoved down our throat, and then we have to come up here and testify.” Kobach did not attend the hearing in the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee. One of his aides, Moriah Day, testified in his place. The bills in question had been enacted in other states and are effective in

curbing illegal immigra- troopers to work on the tion, Day told committee department’s behalf in members. enforcing immigration law. Sanctuary Cities The highway patrol Senate Bill 157 would submitted written testirequire the Kansas mony saying there were Highway Patrol to enter several technical probinto an agreement with lems with the bill and, the U.S. Department of with the agency already Homeland Security to short-staffed by 70 offiessentially deputize some (See SKEPTICAL on page 11)

Kobach counsels Trump on ban; still discussing administration post Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told Republicans gathered Saturday in Manhattan for their 2017 state convention that he was advising President Donald Trump and members of his national security team on a travel ban. Not only is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the thick of the latest national debate over immigration policy, he remains under consideration for a high-level job in the Trump administration. The state’s chief elections officer told Kansas Republicans gathered Saturday in Manhattan for their 2017 state convention that he was advising President Donald Trump and key members of his national security team on

how to overcome a recent federal court ruling blocking the administration’s ban on travel from seven countries with predominantly Muslim populations. He also confirmed in interviews that he was still talking with the president about a job and hinted that a decision was near. “I don’t want to say for certain what’s happening, but people will know soon enough what I’ll be doing and where I’ll be,” he said. On the travel ban, Kobach said Trump is considering several options. They include issuing a revised executive order that instead of blocking travel from select counties would suspend the nation’s refugee program “in its entirety” for three

Public Notice (First published in The Scott County Record on Thurs., Feb. 9, 2017; last published Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017)2t Results of the Market Study Analysis Scott County Assessment Year 2017 Pursuant to K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 79-1460a A study of the residential and vacant real estate market indicated that there was no overall inflationary trend for the 2017 tax year. A study of the commercial real estate market indicated that the market is stable, but does indicate a general upward or downward trend. Values on specific properties may not follow the general trend because of changes in the property, correction of descriptive information or adjustment of values based on sales of similar properties. In accordance with the provisions in K.S.A. 79-1476, the Division of Property Valuation is required to annually furnish each county the results of its study relating to changes, if any, of the Use Value of agricultural land. Changes can and do occur as a result of several factors, including cropping practices, commodity prices and production costs. Randall R. Sangster Scott County Appraiser

months. The hiatus would give officials time to assess and strengthen the vetting process, Kobach said, ticking through a list of terrorists who he said had used the refugee program to enter the country over the last 20 years. “That’s critically important, because if you are a terrorist attempting to enter the United States that’s the best mechanism you can use,” Kobach said. “You can come in illegally, claim asylum once you get here and then have that green card that allows you to go back and forth.” Stephen Miller, another senior adviser to the Trump administration, sent similar signals during appearances on the Sunday network talk

shows. Over the weekend, both Miller and Kobach also repeated Trump’s claims of massive illegal voting in the 2016 election. In addition to asserting that millions of illegal votes for Hillary Clinton denied him a victory in the popular vote, Trump has said that Massachusetts voters crossing the border into New Hampshire to cast illegal ballots cost him the state and former Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte re-election in a tight race won by Democrat Maggie Hassan. Kobach’s support of the president’s claims stems from an investigation that he conducted in Kansas, which he said uncovered 115 instances of people registering or (See KOBACH on page 11)

Skeptical cers, diverting troopers to immigration enforcement would mean compromising on things the patrol does to keep roads safe. Senate Bill 158 would remove all state funds from any city or county with “sanctuary” policies that shield immigrants from investigation by federal agents. The Kansas Chamber of Commerce joined cities and counties in opposing the bill. Eric Stafford, a lobbyist for the Chamber, said its broadness made it difficult for municipalities to know how to comply. “Just last week the secretary of homeland security was asked what the definition of a sanctuary city was, and he said he has no idea,” Stafford said. “If our guy in charge doesn’t know, maybe somebody in the state of Kansas does?” Easter said the bill tar-

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gets a handful of counties, including his, based on a list compiled by the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank he called a “partisan website.” The counties were included because they don’t automatically comply with requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain individuals for an additional 48 hours after their scheduled release from custody to give agents time to investigate their immigration status. Easter said such “detainers” have led to costly legal battles in other states, including civil rights lawsuits in Arizona’s Maricopa County. “For two years we’ve been labeled a sanctuary county because there’s court rulings out there that would have got me sued,” Easter said, “and I don’t

Scott Co. LEC Report Scott City Police Department Feb. 2: Ronald Black, 44, was arrested for possession of an opiate/stimulant; possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture a controlled substance; trafficking contraband in a correction/care facility; and possession of marijuana. He was transported to the LEC. Feb. 8: Thomas Chambless, 19, was arrested on a Scott County warrant and transported to the LEC. Feb. 9: An accident occurred in the 1200 block of South Main. Patricia North was turning east onto Park Avenue when a cattle truck switched lanes, stopped suddenly to avoid hitting a vehicle that was turning, which began a chain reaction. Three vehicles were rear-ended during the accident. Scott County Sheriff’s Department Feb. 8: Ronald Black, 44, was arrested for possession of marijuana.

Public Notice (First Published in the Scott County Record, Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017; last published Thurs., March 2, 2017)3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SCOTT COUNTY, KANSAS CIVIL DEPARTMENT JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, successor by merger to Chase Home Finance LLC, successor by merger to Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation Plaintiff, vs. Kristan R. Smyth and Sunni R. Smyth, et al, defendants Case No. 16CV5 Pursuant to K.S.A. Chapter 60 NOTICE OF SALE Under and by virtue of an Order of Sale issued to me by the Clerk of the District Court of Scott County, Kansas, the undersigned Sheriff of Scott County, Kansas, will offer for sale at public auction and sell to the highest bidder for cash in hand, at the Front Door of the Courthouse at Scott City, Scott County, Kansas, on March 9, 2017, at 10:00 AM, the following real estate: LOT SIX (6) AND THE SOUTH SEVENTEEN FEET

(S17’) OF LOT FOUR (4) AND THE NORTH SEVEN FEET (N7’) OF LOT EIGHT (8) IN BLOCK TWO (2) IN THOMAS ADDITION TO SCOTT CITY, KANSAS ALSO DESCRIBED AS: LOT SIX (6) AND THE SOUTH SEVENTEEN FEET (17’) OF LOT FOUR (4) AND THE NORTH SEVEN FEET (N7’) OF LOT EIGHT (8) IN BLOCK TWO (2) IN THOMAS ADDITION TO SCOTT CITY, SCOTT COUNTY, KANSAS, commonly known as 804 Madison, Scott City, KS 67871 (the “Property”) to satisfy the judgment in the above-entitled case. The sale is to be made without appraisement and subject to the redemption period as provided by law, and further subject to the approval of the Court. For more information, visit Glenn Anderson, Sheriff Scott County, Kansas Prepared By: SouthLaw, P.C. Blair T. Gisi (KS #24096) 245 N. Waco, Suite 410 Wichita, KS 67202 (316) 684-7733 (316) 684-7766 (Fax) Attorneys for Plaintiff (189620)

feel like that’s a good use of taxpayer money.” Easter said this week that his office will honor ICE detainer requests if they’re accompanied by a probable cause affidavit. Personal Testimony Wednesday’s hearing in a small Statehouse room was packed with people, most of them in opposition to the bills. During the 90-minute hearing, the crowd heard emotional testimony from both sides. A pair of 13-year-old Wichita girls, Lindsay Espinosa and Cynthia Bautista, testified that the bills would make people in Latino communities afraid to report crimes to police and split families like theirs with mixed immigration status. Dennis Bixby said his 19-year-old daughter was killed in an auto collision

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attempting to register illegally over the last several election cycles. He said he believes that number is just “the tip of the iceberg.” “There’s no doubt there’s more,” he said. There is no hard evidence of large-scale voter fraud, according to Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning publication that scrutinizes the claims and counterclaims of politicians. Davis Hammet, president of Loud Light, a Kansas nonprofit formed to boost voter turnout, said he suspects that even Kobach’s initial findings overstate the problem. “I have no reason to believe that list (of 115 cases) is legitimate,” Hammet said.

in Basehor by a person who was in the country illegally and had been released from custody while awaiting a deportation hearing. “I know you’re going to hear a lot of things about breaking up families today,” Bixby said. “Well, they broke up our family. She was our only child. There will be no grandchildren.” Religious groups testified against the bills. Jarrett Meek, the pastor of an evangelical church in Kansas City, Kan., said that if the intent was to reduce crime, the measures were misguided, because crime has dropped as immigration to his area has increased. “Immigrants are driving economic revitalization in our community,” Meek said. “It’s an exciting thing to happen and it’s an exciting place to live.”

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Area senior centers are ‘focal points’

Deaths Homer Dean Cauthon Homer D. Cauthon, 88, Riverton, Wyo., died Feb. 9, 2017, at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. Homer Dean Cauthon was born August 1, 1928, in Albert, Homer Cauthon Ks., the son of Lee E. and Margaret C. (Teten) Cauthon. Following graduation from Scott Community High School, Homer helped out on the family wheat farm before attending airline schooling in Kansas City. He was an apprentice for Frontier Airlines in Denver, Colo., and then worked at the Riverton Airport for 28 years. To complete his years of employment with the airlines, he moved to Omaha, Nebr., where he was employed for five years with Peoples’ Airlines. While living in Omaha, he married Dorothy S. Crail on Nov. 16, 1983. Upon his retirement, the couple moved to Riverton where they were actively involved with the Good Sam RV Club. They enjoyed several years

of campouts and dinner meetings with the members. For many winters they also pulled their fifthwheel camper to Arizona. After Dorothy passed away, Homer remained in the home they shared for four years and then moved to the Showboat Retirement Center until he became ill. Homer is survived by two step-daughters: Shirley Snyder, Greybull, Wyo., and Peggy Hutchison, Riverton; three sisters: Gertrude Brown, Scott City; Patsey Whitson of Ventura, Calif.; and Bonnie Dice, Boise, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and two brothers, Elmer and Gayland. Funeral service was Feb. 15 at the United Methodist Church, Riverton, with Rev. Deb Olenyik officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Help for Health Hospice Home in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, Wyo. 82501, or visit

Pastime at Park Lane Church services last week were led by the First Baptist Church. Some of the residents played Wii bowling on Monday. On Tuesday afternoon residents made Valentine chains. Residents played trivia on Thursday afternoon. Verene Dearden celebrated her birthday on Saturday afternoon. Her daughter, Jackie Voth, hosted a party for her. Visitors of Delores Brooks were Charles Brooks and Dave and Cheryl Perry. Corrine Dean was visited by Ron and Martha Eaton. Yvonne Spangler was visited by Les Spangler and Yvette Mills. LaVera King’s visitors were Carol Latham, Velda Riddiough and Marsha Holloway. Lowell Rudolph’s visitors were LuAnn Buehler, Tom and Kathleen Moore, and Rev. Don Martin.

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Hugh McDaniel was visited by Ann Beaton, Delinda Dunagan, Emily Glenn, Larry and Donita Billings, and Roger and Toni Glenn. Harold and Ruth White were visited by Travis Jones. Boots Haxton’s visitors were Rod and Kathy Haxton. Arlene Beaton was visited by John Beaton. Clifford Dearden was visited by Kirk and Janet Ottoway from Hays. Vivian Kreiser was visited by Larry and Sharon Lock. Doris Riner was visited by Bill and Sue Riner. Louise Crist was visited by Don and Tara Williams, Kanin and Landry Ryan, Jean Burgess, Jacob and Rachel McDaniel and Melba Trout. Elsie Coleman was visited by Janice Lockman and Vi and Van Koelliker. Mike Leach and James Still were visited by Linda Dunagan and Rev. Don Martin.

Sr. Citizen Lunch Menu Week of February 20-24 Monday: Beef spaghetti pie, whole kernel corn, tossed salad, garlic bread, apricot halves. Tuesday: Pit ham, whipped sweet potatoes, green peas, whole wheat roll, citrus banana cup. Wednesday: Chicken Monterey sandwich, zucchini tomato bake, mixed vegetables, tropical fruit. Thursday: Roast beef, company potatoes, green beans with bacon and onion, forest pears. Friday: Fish nuggets, broccoli and rice casserole, whole wheat roll, bread pudding. meals are $3.50 • call 872-3501

Twenty-four senior centers from across Southwest Kansas have been recognized and designated a Focal Point by the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging (SWKAAA). These centers were recognized for the programs and services that were provided during 2016. Area centers earning the designation include: •Melvin O. Kuder Senior Center, Tribune. •Scott City VIP Center.

•Wichita County Senior Center, Leoti. “A Focal Point Center is a highly visible facility where anyone can obtain information and access to services for elderly individuals,” explains Dave Geist, SWKAAA executive director. To a family caregiver and older Kansans, it is a well-known, accessible place to turn to for information, services in the community and social opportunities.

To be considered a Focal Point, a senior center has to meet minimum standards in 10 program areas. These include outreach to the community, center management, supportive services offered by the center, and the center’s involvement in the community. These are a few of the areas that were reviewed by SWKAAA staff during a yearly on-site visit. “The needs of older adults in the community

continue to change”, notes Geist, and this is a good measure of the center’s ability to stay current with these demands. “In addition, during this time of economic constraints elected officials and taxpayers are demanding a greater accountability of how their aging mill levy funds are being spent. This review process gives them a good snap shot of what they are getting.”

Friendship ‘Meals to Go’ available from the VIP Center • Call 872-3501

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He Cares for You . . . These are the hardest words for me to say. When something breaks and needs to be fixed I will do all I can to fix it, no matter if I know anything about it. I will do all I can to fix it. I have great patience in trying to fix anything. I will work on it, replace parts on it, consider it in thought, lay it down for a spell hoping something will come to my mind as to how to fix it and then pick it up again and try to fix it some more. I will do all I can to try and fix the thing and never give up until I have to. In my mind I can fix it and will just do all I can to do just that. In the final summation after exhausting all possibilities in trying to fix the thing, doing all I possibly could, I must come to realize the thing cannot be fixed by me and I must let it go. The hardest thing for me to do, but I must throw it away, discard it, toss it in the trash, think about it no more. Are you broken, needing repair, need to be fixed? God is always patient and wants to fix you. He will try all things to fix you, He has sent his love, He has given us His Holy Spirit, He has give us His promises in His word. He is there for us, hears us, listens to us, weeps with us and has even sent His only child to die

for us. God wants to fix us and has made every provision to do just that. He is delaying the return of Christ to judge this world waiting for His children to accept His repair and be fixed. No matter what it is, God can fix you and make you new again, as a newborn babe. He will restore your spirit in Him and give you all you need to work like new again. He does not want you to be discarded or tossed out. He loves you and wants you working again with the newness He can give you. He will replace the troubled areas in your life with joy and fill you with His Holy Spirit. Will you let Him fix you today? Will you let Him make you new again? Will you let Him get rid of the parts that are broken and needing repair? God wants to work on you. Unlike me with limitations as to what I can do, God has no limitations and wants to help you. Will you let Him? Will you submit to allowing Jesus to come and fix you? He is able and waiting to do just that. Just ask Him.

Pastor Brian Thompson Community Christian Church, Scott City

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 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:

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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Kansas wrangling over how to tax e-cigarettes Should they be treated different from tobacco?

by Andy Marso Kansas News Service

Two years after the Kansas Legislature enacted its first special tax on e-cigarettes, the state is still trying to figure out how to enforce it and retailers are still saying

they’ll be put out of business if it’s enforced. The tax - 20 cents per milliliter of vaping liquid - was tacked on to a larger bill at the end of the historically long and grinding 2015 session. There were no public hearings on the tax, which originally was supposed to go into effect in July 2016 but was pushed back to January 2017. It’s technically been in

effect since last month, but the Kansas Department of Revenue is still trying to finalize rules for enforcing it and considers the tax voluntary until it does. “It’s sort of been a mess, to put it mildly,” Spencer Duncan, a lobbyist who represents vape store owners, told the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee on Tuesday. Duncan and the reve-

nue department have been at odds over the wording of the 2015 bill and whether the 20-cent tax should apply to all of the vaping liquid contents or just the nicotine. If applied to the total liquid, Kansas’ tax would be more than twice as high as any other state. “It’s sort of been a mess, to put it mildly.” That’s a major complaint of store owners

KU Hospital concealed carry comes with a steep price tag Sam Zeff Kansas News Service

The fight is raging on in Topeka over whether to roll back a law that would let almost anyone carry a concealed gun on a college campus or in a library or public hospital. The debate has mostly been around whether guns enhance or detract from people’s safety. Less talked about is just how much allowing guns on campuses could cost. For one Kansas City area institution it could run into the millions. Most Kansas Board of Regents institutions have said they have little choice but to let people carry concealed weapons

on university or community college campuses. Any of the institutions could prohibit guns, but they would have to buy metal detectors and post armed guards at each entrance of every area that they want to keep firearmfree. Across the 36 campuses there are 800 buildings with who knows how many doors. KU Hospital and Medical Center officials say there are more than 100 access points around its complex in a maze of buildings that have been stitched together over the decades. Securing those access points would cost plenty. “We’re talking about

Dana Stanton drove hours from Hays to a meeting in Topeka hoping to learn what the governor’s budget proposal would mean for the children’s programs she oversees. After the Kansas Children’s Cabinet meeting adjourned, she didn’t know much more than she did before. Kansas Budget Director Shawn Sullivan spoke to the Children’s Cabinet about Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to securitize the state’s share of a settlement with

major tobacco companies. Selling bonds backed by the tobacco money would mean that some or all of it would go to investors in exchange for a large upfront payment. Kansas currently uses the tobacco money to fund children’s programs, such as the Early Head Start classrooms and homevisiting programs Stanton oversees in four western Kansas counties. Sullivan sought to reassure children’s advocates in the room that programs would be paid for through the general fund even if the state sells bonds backed by the tobacco money.

of a package that also raised the special assessment on traditional cigarettes by 50 cents per pack. Legislators who voted for it viewed it as equal treatment of two competing products and a way to raise a small amount of revenue for the cash-strapped state. Vapor industry representatives said their tax is disproportionately harsh (See CIGARETTES on page 15)

Parenting a teen can be made easier, never ‘easy’ by the American Counseling Association

tripling the size of the department,” says Med Center Chief of Police Richard Johnson. “Clearly, the hospital is going to continue to take the approach that whatever needs to be done to keep the staff and patients safe is what we’ll do.”

Johnson’s been lobbying for four years against the concealed carry law. Currently KU Med has 45 police officers and 60 unarmed security guards. KU police starting pay is $47,493, with the price of benefits on top of that. (See PRICE on page 15)

Tobacco bond plan raises concerns among CFI advocates Meg Wingerter Kansas News Service

who have to compete with online sellers and stores in neighboring states that have no special tax on vaping products. “If this tax stays at 20 cents-per-milliliter, we’re going to lose a lot of business,” said Rob Lee of Pittsburg. Duncan said a halfdozen stores already have bolted for Missouri or Oklahoma. The 2015 tax was part

Shifting the risk of declining tobacco revenues to investors would protect the state from financial losses if fewer people smoke, he said. “If the (children’s) programs are important, they should be funded, however they’re funded,” he said. But Stanton isn’t sure if lawmakers will come up with the money if they sell the tobacco funds. If lawmakers didn’t appropriate any funding, her programs would serve about 200 fewer children next year, she said. “He mentioned several times that this would be a one-time fix,” she said.

“This would come at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens.” Many questions remain unresolved about tobacco securitization. Here’s a look at the issue: Q) What is the governor proposing Kansas do? A) The state would sell the rights to future payments from tobacco companies to investors. The state would receive a large upfront check but would

Yes, being the parent of a teen can be made “easier,” but sorry, it’s probably never going to be “easy.” The teenage years are a difficult time in the life of a young person and, unfortunately, that usually makes for a difficult time in the life of the parents. Teens don’t consciously mean to be non-communicative, withdrawn and perhaps even hostile when it comes to a relationship with parents. In reality, teens are more often confused, scared and simply unsure of themselves, but instead of wanting to let others, especially those in charge, see those “weaknesses,” the defense mechanism is to try and keep as much information as possible from parents. What makes the teen years so difficult are the personal changes and situations facing your child. School is probably more challenging than it was a few years before. At the same time, the teen is dealing with a body that is maturing, hormonal changes, and increased pressure about unknowns like college or a career. Meanwhile, your role as the authority figure is to set rules and limits. The result is your teen is more likely to talk and share feelings with friends than with you. Why? Friends are usually less critical, less judgmental and more likely facing the same issues. And friends don’t try to parent, but you do. The cure isn’t to give up your parenting role, but simply to soften it a bit. Invest some time in the things that interest your teen - friends, food, TV, video games and other favorite activities. Encourage your teen to invite friends to the house and spend some time listening to your child’s favorite music. Your goal isn’t to like any of your teen’s choices, but rather to demonstrate that you understand and respect your teen’s decisions. Teen parenting frustration can also be lessened by simply offering communication opportunities. Be available to your teen and learn to ask questions and really listen non-critically to any responses. Don’t immediately offer advice or criticism. Giving your opinion or suggestion without being

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Funding unlikely for mental health, seniors Meg Wingerter Kansas News Service

A Kansas House committee overseeing budgets for social services offered appreciation to programs serving the elderly and people with disabilities or mental illnesses. Legislators may not be able to offer much more than that. Rep. Barbara Ballard, ranking minority member on the House Social

Services Budget Committee, suggested members approve $250,000 to fund services for seniors, such as bathing and assistance with housework. The funds wouldn’t begin to make up for $2.1 million in cuts to Senior Care Act services last year, she said, but would help Area Agencies on Aging chip away at their waiting lists.

Cigarettes especially for a product they say is less harmful to health than smoking. There’s debate about the health claim, because vaping products are less standardized than cigarettes and contain a variety of ingredients in differing amounts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just began regulating them last year. The British Department of Health has determined

pay investors back in the long run by giving up future tobacco payments. * * * Q) Where do the tobacco funds come from? A) Major tobacco companies reached a settlement with most states in the 1990s. They agreed to pay states indefinitely so they could end lawsuits related to the health costs of smoking. Kansas decided to put the money into the Children’s Initiatives Fund to pay for early education programs. * * * Q) Why is the state looking at selling tobacco bonds? A) The state is facing a budget shortfall of about $580 million in the next

Price So just adding 20 sworn officers to the department would cost a minimum of $1.2 million. That doesn’t include the cost of the added security guards, dispatchers or overtime. Starting pay for security guards and dispatchers is $31,000 a year. Metal detectors run somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000 each. “That would take money away from important patient care advances and staff advances,” says KU Hospital CEO Bob Page. “And that would be a big challenge for us and it would be difficult for us to understand why we would be put in that position.” A position, KU says, that would put it at a competitive disadvantage with other metro hospitals - all of them private.

The lack-of-funding theme has come up repeatedly in the committee’s hearings. Rep. Nancy Lusk (D-Overland Park) suggested the committee endorse $2 million in funding that the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services requested to expand mental health crisis centers. One of the centers, in Wichita, estimated it saved the state at least

a retired nurse from Manhattan, told legislators that she tried everything to quit smoking and vaping was the only thing that worked. “This technology saved my life,” Wilson said. Wilson said the tax would keep other Kansans from being able to afford vaping products so they could quit tobacco. A public hearing on the revenue depart-

$6 million by diverting patients from Osawatomie State Hospital, she said. But the money for the crisis centers isn’t there. The state faces a $320 million deficit in the fiscal year ending July 1 and a projected deficit of $800 million in the following fiscal year. On Monday the committee will consider whether to recommend additional funding for state hospital employee


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vaping is less harmful than using tobacco, and doctors in Britain’s nationalized medical system can write prescriptions for vaping products as smoking cessation devices. Duncan and others at Tuesday’s tax hearing emphasized that role for vaping, rather than studies that show it can act as a sort of “gateway” to tobacco use for teens. Barb Lee Wilson,


“It would allow them a little flexibility,” the Lawrence Democrat said during the committee meeting last week. Rep. Linda Gallagher (R-Lenexa) said cuts to programs for seniors were “short-sighted,” because those who didn’t receive help staying in their homes would end up moving to nursing homes, which costs the state far more.

ment’s attempt at making the final regulation is scheduled for March. The department has asked legislators to consider a bill further clarifying how to tax vaping products. Duncan is promoting a separate bill that would tax them based only on nicotine content, but said he and his clients would accept a tax on the full liquid if the rate is drastically reduced.

wages and community mental health centers. Gallagher expressed frustration at the need to choose among programs for Kansans who are elderly, disabled or have mental illnesses. “Overall, KDADS has not been funded adequately to perform its core functions” she said. “It’s resulted in those three sectors of our vulnerable citizens being pitted against each other.”

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asked is a sure-fire way to shut down communication. The goal is for your teen to see you not just as a parent, but also as someone who respects him or her and is willing to listen without giving instant advice or judgments. Achieve that and the teenage years may indeed seem easier, at least from the parent’s side. “Counseling Corner” is provided by the American Counseling Association. Comments and questions to ACAcorner@ or visit the ACA website at

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fiscal year, which starts in July. Sullivan described one-time payments from securitization as a bridge to a structurally balanced budget. * * * Q) How much would the state get? A) That would depend on what options it chooses. Sullivan said it could range from $500 million to $800 million. If Kansas decides to receive less upfront, it could get some of the tobacco payments in the future. If the state chooses a higher payout, it could give up all its tobacco money for decades. * * * Q) How much would it give up?

A) Kansas has received about $50 million annually in recent years. Officials with the Kansas Development Finance Authority said they expect that amount to stay about the same in the future because the settlement guaranteed that payments would adjust for inflation. * * * Q) What would happen to the children’s programs if the state sells its settlement rights? A) They most likely would be moved to the state general fund. Lawmakers would have to decide whether to fully fund the programs, give them less money or cut them altogether. The

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But does KU Med really need that much security, asks Rep. Eric Smith, a Republican from Burlington. “What are you attempting to do by tripling your force? Are you going to try and cover all 100 access points that he (Johnson) estimated? Or what is your intent at that point?” Smith is a deputy sheriff by trade and he’s been tough in committee hearings on those who want to roll back the concealed carry law. But for Rep. Louis Ruiz, a Democrat who represents the district where KU Hospital sits, $1 million or more on extra security is a waste and money the hospital shouldn’t even have to think about spending. “In Wyandotte County our health outcomes are

the worst in the state. Maybe we should look at research as to why this is happening and what we can do to remedy that situation instead of spending money making sure people can carry guns or not carry guns into a location,” Ruiz says. His solution? He and many others simply want lawmakers to roll back the concealed carry law that takes effect in just five months. But the politics around this is tricky. The committees that are hearing testimony on the rollback are a bit more conservative than the Legislature in general. So much of what’s happening now is laying the groundwork for a fight on the House and Senate floors.

Children’s Initiatives Fund programs appear to have widespread support, but lawmakers would have to weigh them against other priorities, like serving people with disabilities. * * * Q) How likely is this to happen? A) Sullivan acknowledged “there hasn’t been much appetite” to securitize the tobacco money. But lawmakers face a large budget gap and unattractive options, such as cutting funding to schools or raising taxes. The tobacco fund could look more appealing if they can’t reach an agreement soon.

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4-H Club News

Club Days are coming in March

The monthly meeting of the Manning Jayhawkers 4-H Club was held on Feb. 13 at the William Carpenter 4-H Building. President Trella Davis called the meeting to order. Pledge leader Jace Miller led us in the flag salute and the 4-H Pledge. Secretary Jessica West called roll call. Twentyone members answered to “What is your favorite TV show?” Linda Tilton announced county and regional club days will be March 4 in Syracuse. Entries are due Feb. 17. They are needing door monitors. Show and tell practice is March 2 for those interested. If you are interested in participating in Creative Cooks, there is information in the box. Camp Lakeside is open for registration for members 7-9-years-old. Rachel Fisher thanked us for helping her raise enough funds to go to Japan for her 4-H exchange trip. Vice President Eddie Tilton announced the program. Marly Cramer presented “Marly the Magician” and talked about her rabbit. Cally Cramer presented “Flowerpot Centerpiece.” Kalo Hineman led us in a fun game called Cane Fall. Eddie announced the next meeting is March 13. Cally Cramer, reporter

Grads ates who immediately went on to pursue a postsecondary degree, only 49.4 percent stayed in school for a second consecutive year, 42.8 percent stayed for a third consecutive year and 24.4 percent remained at an institution for a fourth consecutive year. In the fifth year, the percentage dropped to 11.9 percent, and in the sixth year, the percentage dropped to 7.3. After digesting some of Watson’s presentation, board members said the data was concerning. “It appears to me we’re not doing a good enough job,” said Janet Waugh (D-Kansas City). Another data point Watson presented was the percentage of the 2010 high school graduates who didn’t go on to any kind of post-secondary or technical school. According to the data, 35 percent of the 2010 cohort didn’t pursue any

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kind of additional education the first year after graduating. However, that percentage fell to 30.1 percent the next year, then decreased again to 27.1 percent during the 2012-13 school year as 4.4 percent of the group entered a post-secondary institution a year after high school graduation and 2.8 percent began pursuing a post-secondary degree two years after graduating from high school, respectively. Watson said the state’s 286 districts will get their individualized 2010 data late this spring. “We’ll roll out the interpretation of it at the time we roll it out to everyone,” he said. “We won’t just throw it up on a website. We’ll have some instruction sheets, we’ll have some face-to-face meetings. We’ll do our best to help people understand it.”

Kansas House hears the first of three school finance plans

The House K-12 Budget Committee, which has been tasked with developing a new funding formula/plan for public schools, took another step in that direction on Wednesday with a hearing on HB 2270, Creating the Education Finance Act. Introduced to the committee by Rep. Melissa Rooker (R-Fairway), the bill proposes a new funding formula similar in structure and concept to the previous formula in place from 1992 until 2015 when it was repealed for the current “Block Grant” concept. KASB testified in support of the bill. While the structure of the plan is similar, there are some new concepts included in the bill. Included in the changes is that the enrollment count will be based on the pre-

vious year’s numbers for a district; kindergarten students will be counted for full-time attendance (if the program is an allday program); the at-risk weighting would shift to being based on U.S. Census tract data within the district; virtual school aid would be set at the foundation student aid amount; and capitol outlay budget state matching would require a minimum local effort of four mills. The bill is designed to grow overall investment in K-12 education by starting the foundation aid amount at $4,253 per pupil, an increase of approximately $400 over the previous base amount. This would then ratchet up over the next three years until reaching the goal amount of $4,895/ student in the 2020-21 school year.

At that point, the foundation aid amount would be tied to the Midwest Consumer Price Index for determining increases each year. Rooker began her testimony by recapping the work and process she and Sen. Laura Kelly (D-Topeka), had done over the past two years in developing this plan. Rooker said HB 2270 was designed to provide the resources for the accountability established by the Kansans Can Vision adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education. Rooker closed her support of the bill by saying “the plan may not be perfect, but this is a starting point and offers a path forward for the legislature to fund K-12 education.” Rep. Scott Schwab (R-Olathe) asked about

the cost of the bill. Rooker stated “It will be significant, but reflects the true need of our public schools.” In the fiscal note offered with HB 2270 the Legislative Research Division calculated that fiscal year 2018 would see an increased investment of $336.5 million, with an increase of roughly $200 million each year after for the next three fiscal years. Over the four-year phase in, HB 2270 would grow the annual investment in K-12 education by almost $945 million. With at least two more funding plans scheduled for hearings, the K-12 committee is just now getting into some of the more detailed discussions and will most likely be looking at specific pieces of the plans as they work through the session.

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SC matmen ready for return to 4A The last time Scott Community High School competed in Class 4A wrestling it wasn’t a memorable experience. They came away from the state tournament with a lone third place medalist. After spending the last two years in Class 3A, the Beavers are making a return to the larger classification and hoping to

ment with the top four medalist advancing to state the following weekend in Salina. What makes this year’s road to state more difficult is Scott Saturday, Feb. 17 Friday, Feb. 17 10:00: consolation cross-brackets City’s lack of familiarity with 2:00: first round matches Noon: consolation quarter-finals 5:00: championship quarter-finals their opposition. GWAC mem2:00: consolation semi-finals 6:30: first round consolation bers Colby and Goodland are 4:30: consolation finals 7:30: championship semi-finals the only opponents they’ve seen 5:30: championship finals during the season and the only erase the memory of their last end when Scott City travels to opportunity they had to match visit. That begins this week- Buhler for the regional tourna- up with them head-to-head Class 4A Regional Tournament at Buhler Teams: Abilene, Buhler, Chapman, Clay Center, Colby, Concordia, Goodland, Hays, Larned, Lindsborg-Smoky Valley, McPherson, Nickerson, Rock Creek, Scott City, Wamego

Beavers put scare into Horns before fading in fourth quarter Despite Holcomb’s dominating size in the paint, the Scott City boys played them to a standoff for three quarters during Tuesday’s league rivalry. The Beavers couldn’t find a way to finish the deal in a 51-44 loss on the Holcomb 51 Scott City 44 home floor against the No. 2 ranked team in Class 4A-Division II. “We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well,” noted head coach Brian Gentry. As a team, the Beavers hit just 35 percent of their field goals (16of-46) and were only 3-of-16 from

beyond the three-point line. But that didn’t bother the head coach nearly as much as defensive lapses against the taller Longhorns. “The difference in the game was our defense allowing them to get into the post. We were undisciplined and doing things we weren’t supposed to do, which allowed their big guys to get position and be on the receiving end of some high lobs over the top,” said Gentry. “We let Kobe (Dickson) get good position on us and then we tried to gamble which made it easier for them to get passes inside.” For three quarters, however, the Beavers (10-8) gave themselves an

opportunity to get the upset. Their biggest deficit over the first 24 minutes was 28-23 following a pair of turnovers to open the second half. The key was to prevent Holcomb from putting together long scoring runs. Only once in the first three quarters did Holcomb score six unanswered points. And when it appeared the Longhorns might try to create some breathing room, Scott City found an answer. Senior Drew Duff, who finished with 11 points, drained his only trey of the night to cut Holcomb’s lead to 28-26 early in the third period. Scott (See HORNS on page 20)

came during the league duals two weeks ago. “Being back in (Class) 4A is going to be a little tougher this year because we haven’t had the chance to wrestle eastern Kansas at all,” says head coach Jon Lippelmann. The best opportunity to see teams like Abilene, Buhler and McPherson would have been (See MATMEN on page 19)

Gallegos shreds Trojans in WCHS offensive explosion With Jorge Gallegos slicing and dicing his way through the Stanton County defense, Wichita County had its biggest offensive game of the season in a 75-51 rout on Tuesday. The Leoti senior scored 12 points, but was even more effective with eight assists in Hi Plains League action. “That’s exactly the kind of game we need from Jorge. He handled the ball well, he was penetrating and when the extra defender tried to stop him he got the ball to the open man,” says head coach Haydon Parks. “The only thing that kept him from having a double-double were a couple of missed layups after he made the assist.” (See GALLEGOS on page 19)

SC girls hold off late rally by Horns

Scott City senior Nancy Wiebe tries to save a ball as it goes out of bounds during second half action against Holcomb on Tuesday. (Record Photo)

The wins keep coming, but they don’t come easy for the Scott City girls. After building a nine point lead with just 2-1/2 minutes remaining, it took a last second blocked shot to prevent Holcomb 45 Scott City 47 Holcomb from scoring a basket that would have sent Tuesday’s game into overtime. As a result, the Lady Beavers won their third straight game, 47-45, on the home floor Tuesday. “I guess I have to adjust my way of thinking,” said a relieved head coach Sarah McCormick afterwards. “I used to chalk up all these close games to our lack of winning over the years, but now I’m beginning to think this is who we are. Maybe I’m the one who needs to adjust to it because I don’t think the girls are going to change - at least not this year.” Scott City never trailed in the game, thanks to a couple of treys from junior guard Macie Price to open the game. The Lady Beavers (10-8) threatened to blow the game open on several occasions only to have Holcomb battle back. They led 8-2 early in the game, 22-15 late in the second period and owned a 31-21 cushion following a pair of Nancy Wiebe free throws early in the second half. “Every time it looks like we can pull away from a team it seems that we relax,” says McCormick. It appeared that Scott City was finally going to put the game away in the fourth quarter when freshman center Emily Weathers hit a pair of free throws and followed with a basket to give SCHS its largest lead of the night, 45-34, with just over four minutes remaining. And with just over two minutes on the clock, they were still sitting on a comfortable 47-38 (See SC GIRLS on page 20)

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Lady Beavers sweep Ulysses

JV boys buried by Holcomb 18-0 blitz The rubber match between the Scott City and Holcomb junior varsity boys didn’t have quite the excitement - or outcome the Beavers were hoping for. The Longhorns put together an 18-0 scoring run that began late in the first quarter to build a 15 point lead and the Beavers never seriously threatened them the rest of the night in a 57-50 loss on the home floor. Scott City owned a 12-9 lead late in the first quarter following a free throw by freshman Evyan Smith. It would be another seven minutes before the Beavers hit the scoreboard again on a three-point basket by Miles Haire that made it a 27-15 game. The Beavers were never able to get closer than six points the rest of the game - the last time at 32-26 following a basket from freshman guard Hunter Yager. “Their big scoring run was partly from us not taking care of the ball,” says coach Alex Hutchins. “But a lot of it is also impatience on offense, which we saw in our other

Scott City’s Reid Brunswig drives to the basket during first half action against Holcomb on the home floor Tuesday. (Record Photo)

two games against them. Holcomb also controlled the boards, scoring 10 of their first 18 points on putbacks. SCHS gave the Long-

horns too many drives to the basket, either through the lane or along the baseline. “What hurt us the most throughout the night

was getting beat off the bounce,” Hutchins says. “What we’ve emphasized to the boys is that if we’re going to lose, then let’s lose because they’re bet-

ter basketball players. Let’s lose because they proved they were capable of hitting shots. Let’s not bail them out by allowing them to get to the basket.”

SCHS unable to dig out of 13-point hole It wasn’t hard for Scott City head coach Brian Gentry to sum up what went wrong in Friday’s loss at Ulysses. “We gave up too many rebounds and we committed too many turnovers,” said Gentry. That combination added up to a 64-56 loss at Ulysses which gave the Tigers a season sweep in league play. Another huge factor was the Tigers’ ability to knock down the long-

range shots, just as they did when the two teams met earlier this season. “We know they’re a team that plays loose and isn’t afraid to take their shots. That makes them extremely dangerous.” The Tigers built a 5239 lead early in the fourth quarter before the Beavers finally began to find their offensive rhythm. They scored 11 unanswered points to cut the deficit to 52-50 with 5:12 remaining in the game.

However, the momentum came to a halt when SCHS failed to score on three consecutive trips down the floor. Ulysses ended their drought with four free throws to rebuild a 56-50 cushion. The Beavers cut the margin to three points on two occasions - following a three-point play by Bo Hess and a three-point basket by sophomore Marshall Faurot with :52 remaining.

Ulysses was able to protect their lead with five free throws to close out the game. Hess finished with a team high 23 points and Faurot added 15. “In the second half we had chances to get back into the game, but too often it came down to our inability to get a defensive rebound. Even on a missed (Ulysses) free throw late in the game, we couldn’t gain possession and it cost us,” notes Gentry.

“You can look at the game a million different ways, but if you aren’t going to get defensive rebounds and give teams second and third chances to score it’s going to cost us and tonight it did.” He says that despite the fourth quarter comeback, a team can’t put itself into a 13 point hole “and expect to come back against a team that’s capable of shooting as well as they do.

Scott City scored just one field goal in the final quarter, but that turned out to be enough in a 46-40 win at Ulysses on Friday. It was the second consecutive season that the Lady Beavers have swept Ulysses. “We weathered the storm and I’m proud of that,” says head coach Sarah McCormick. The skies looked clear as the Lady Beavers seemed to take control of the game in the second and third quarters. They owned the momentum in the third period when Emily Smith and Nancy Wiebe each scored four points to close out the quarter on an 8-0 Scott City run that put them on top, 37-24. Emily Weathers added a field goal with 4:57 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Lady Beavers a 39-28 cushion. That would be their one and only field goal in the quarter. Ulysses cut the deficit to four points, 42-38, following a three-pointer with 2:11 remaining. Scott City’s final seven points came at the charity stripe, including four free throws in the final 1:31. Smith led the Lady Beavers with 11 points while Macie Price and Bailey Latta each added eight. “The girls fought hard for this win. They were clawing and battling for second and third chance baskets,” says McCormick. “When things weren’t going our way, especially late in the game, the girls kept finding a way to score. That’s what winning teams do.”

Matmen the Abilene tournament prior to the Christmas break. However, that tournament was cancelled due to bad weather. “Our advantage is that they haven’t seen us either,” notes Lippelmann. “It won’t take long for them to know where our strengths are and what we like to do. But to hear that and to have it run on you are two different things. That’s got to be a benefit.” Lippelmann says the primary concern this weekend is keeping the season alive for another week. The coaching staff has hopes of qualifying five boys, perhaps six, for state.

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Jarret Jurgens (25-1), a 152-pound junior should pull down the top seed in his weight division as the No. 3 ranked wrestlers in the state. “There are supposed to be two other boys in the east who are better than Jarret,” says Lippelmann,

referring to Anthony Scantlin (No. 1, Mulvane) and Jon Trowbridge (No. 2, Basehor-Linwood). Neither will be at Buhler. “Our focus is on beating them. We aren’t going to overlook (Tanner) Johnson (No. 4, Holcomb), but there are other big fish,” he says. Wyatt Hayes, a 160-pound sophomore, will likely find two major hurdles in his quest for a regional gold. Hayes (261) will likely draw the No. 2 seed behind Hunter Mullin (Clay Center) who is the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the state. The weight class also includes

Clayton Peterson (No. 5, Buhler). Freshman Kaden Wren missed the league tournament and a chance to see No. 1 ranked and undefeated Tate Withington (Goodland). Wren (18-3), ranked No. 6 in state, took the week off to give his shoulder additional time to heal. He’ll need to be 100 percent this weekend with Trevor Casteel (No. 5, Abilene) a likely opponent who he’ll have to defeat for a chance at Withington. Justus McDaniel, a 113-pound freshman, has put together a 12-1 record and has yet to lose in his

brief return from mid-season knee surgery. Likely to get the top seeds in the regional are Zach Strait (No. 3, Concordia) and Adam Whitson (No. 6, Buhler). Returning state medalist Theron Tucker (17-9) is hoping to make a second trip to state, this time in the 120-pound division. Again, there are two state ranked wrestlers in the division, including Tate Carney (No. 2, Colby) and Tanner McGivney (No. 4, Abilene). Another Beaver with a shot at getting into the state tournament is sophomore Kyle Sherwood (18-9) in the 195-pound

division. There are also two ranked wrestlers with Gavin Ware (No. 5, Clay Center) and Allan Wampler (No. 6, Smoky Valley). “Right now, it comes down to where our kids are mentally,” Lippelmann says. “For some of our young kids, this will be their first regional. They’re going to see some big dogs they’ve been reading about and we have to go out there and show we belong. “Our older kids, especially those who were at state last year, have a better idea what’s coming. I believe they’re pretty focused.”

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The Indians (6-12) held only a 34-28 lead at the half before they blew things wide open with a 16-4 scoring run to open the third period. “We didn’t do anything different in the second half except that we were executing well,” says Parks. After building a 50-32 lead with just over 3-1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, WCHS closed out the game with a 21-11 fourth quarter scoring edge. Senior Juan Alvarado led the Indians with 20 points (7-of-11 FG), followed by Sonnie Altman with 13 points (6-of-8 FG) and John Bierman with 11 points and a team high nine rebounds. The Indians finished with a season high 19 assists and 14 steals. “We’ve been working on trapping and where to jump to on the press. I think we saw it pay off with 16 deflections and 14 steals,” Parks says. “We sped things up and they weren’t comfortable with the tempo. They made a lot of uncharacteristic turnovers.” The balanced scoring attack was also something which Parks had been waiting to see from this team. It was the first time they’ve had four players in double figures this season. “At halftime Juan had nine points and several others had four and five. I told them if we could keep putting pressure on them offensively they wouldn’t be able to focus on stopping just one player. We did a great job of spreading the ball around and getting everyone involved,” Parks says. “This game was huge for us, especially the way we’ve struggled the last few games. It shows what we’re capable of doing. Now we just have to build on this momentum and carry it into sub-state.”

show they are capable of playing with the best If there was a mystery team in the Great West Activities Conference it would have to be this year’s Scott City boys. On any given night they are capable of looking as good as anyone - as they showed on Tuesday against Holcomb and they are also capable of looking very ordinary on other nights. While any loss is disappointing, Tuesday’s game showed that the Beavers aren’t a team to be overlooked during the upcoming sub-state tournament which will be on their home floor. Of course, if Scott City does take care of business and meet Holcomb in the semi-finals, they have to find a way to overcome the Longhorns’ huge height advantage. And, to a large degree, Scott City had some success doing that this time around. Granted, Holcomb still held a 30-20 rebounding edge, but what we didn’t see was a SCHS team giving up easy second and third chance scoring opportunities. “Keeping them off the glass was a big part of what we were doing defensively, how we were positioning our post defense which prevented their big guys from having such an easy time under the basket,” says head coach Brian Gentry. He emphasizes that rebounding isn’t the sole domain of our semi-big guys playing in the paint. They have all they can do to put some distance between Conner VanCleave and Koby Dickson and the rim. “A big factor in our success under the boards is with our guards. Against teams this big you need your guards to be active under the basket.” However, Scott City’s ability to neutralize Holcomb to some degree didn’t happen in the fourth quarter. “There were too many times when we turned and looked at the shot and when

that happens, when the ball bounces off guys who are 6-7 and 6-8 are probably going to get it before you do,” Gentry says. And they did. However, Gentry and the Beavers continue to believe that all it takes is one win to be a sub-state champion and the other losses will be forgotten. “What makes these guys such a great group to coach . . . they make you want to bang your head against the wall from time to time, but they also do what you ask of them. They will always show up and compete hard,” adds Gentry. Don’t Underestimate Practice There are some players that coaches like to refer to as “gamers.” They don’t practice as hard as a coach would like, but once the game lights are turned on they are ready to play. But that doesn’t mean any player should underestimate what happens during practice, especially when playing for Alex Hutchins. The junior varsity coach was giving a lot of his younger players plenty of minutes against Holcomb. The reason was simple. “We’ve liked what we’ve seen from our younger kids - some of that in games, but even more in practice,” says Hutchins. “I believe you earn your playing time in practice. “I’m going to play the guys I trust and with me that trust is earned during practice. If you’re someone who’s strong with the ball, rebounds and plays defense in practice every day then I’m go-

ing to give you the playing time you’ve earned.” Hutchins also felt he was forced to give some freshman extra time with the absence of sophomore center Joe Evans. “It was a good opportunity to give some guys that extra playing time and, for the most part, I was pretty pleased with what I saw,” says Hutchins. Force Officials to Make a Call It happens a lot during games. The scoreboard will show a big disparity in the number of fouls being called for one team compared to the other. That usually starts to bring howls of protest from the fans and, on occasion, a comment or two from the coaching staff who feels it is a little lopsided. That was the situation during Tuesday’s junior varsity game. The SCHS boys committed 10 fouls in the second half. Holcomb didn’t commit any. “I wanted to be frustrated with the officiating, but at the same time we didn’t do a good job of forcing them to make the calls,” emphasizes Hutchins. “When we got the ball inside we were out of control. You have to take what the defense gives you, apply a little pressure and read what’s there.” When a team is not forcing the defense to gamble, when they are content with shooting treys and when they are driving into the lane out of control, the whistles don’t tend to go your way. That’s a good lessons for fans.

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City tied the game three times in the final 2:03 of the quarter, the last coming on a pair of Marshall Faurot free throws to make it a 36-36 game entering the final eight minutes. The Beavers couldn’t have asked for a much better scenario, but the first 5-1/2 minutes were a defensive disaster for SCHS. Six-foot-7 senior Conner VanCleave and Dickson, a 6-foot-8 junior, scored Holcomb’s first eight points of the quarter to open up a 44-36 lead. Meanwhile, Scott City missed their first six shots from the field and were only 3-of-14 in the final quarter. “The first few minutes of the fourth quarter were the difference. It’s unfortunate given how well we played through the first three quarters,” Gentry says. “When they went on their run (in the fourth quarter) we got every look that we wanted. We had shots that rattled in and out, but we just didn’t knock them down.” Junior guard Jordan Horn, who finished with a team high 13 points, ended the scoring drought when he drove the baseline for a basket at the 3:08 mark. Following a turnover, Horn pulled up for a three-point basket that found the bottom of the net and he was also fouled which led to a four-point play. In the matter of only 13 seconds SCHS had scored six points and cut the deficit to 4442. Scott City’s offensive flurry was too brief as Holcomb responded with seven consecutive points to open up a 52-41 cushion before Jess Drohman’s late basket. While disappointed in the loss, Gentry felt his team had things they can build on should the two teams meet again in the sub-state tournament finals. “It’s a positive for us to shoot as poorly as we did and still be in position to win with only

SC Girls lead following a basket by freshman guard Madison Shapland. That’s when it got interesting. Holcomb drained a threepoint basket which sparked a seven point scoring run that cut the deficit to a single basket, 47-45, with :12 to play. Price had a chance to put the game away with a breakaway layup that hung on the rim and then fell off. Holcomb grabbed the rebound and raced the other direction. It appeared that Holcomb was going to score an easy three-foot shot from the baseline when Price appeared out of nowhere and got the block just ahead of the buzzer. Holcomb fans were wanting a foul, but the officials didn’t see one and Scott City was able to escape with the win. Stronger Post Play A key to Scott City’s success during the second half of the season has been the continued strong play and growing confidence of post players Emily Smith and Weathers.

Scott City sophomore Marshall Faurot collides with Holcomb’s Kobe Dickson as he attempts a shot during second half action on Tuesday evening. (Record Photo)

about three minutes left,” says Holcomb still held a 30-20 “But, there are no guarantees the head coach. “And we also rebounding edge, led by Van- we will play these guys again,” did a good job of hanging with Cleave with 11. Scott City’s Bo Gentry adds. “We’ve had our them on the boards. Hess pulled down 10 boards. ups and downs and we can’t af-

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“I see them playing with more determination and more confidence,” says McCormick. “At the beginning of the year we weren’t even looking inside to score. Our post players weren’t demanding the ball,” she says. “But, in order to get the ball you also have to finish and they’re doing that now.” Smith, who finished with 10 points, is also showing her ability to attack the basket. “For a post player of her size to take it off the dribble to the inside is a great asset. It’s another weapon in our arsenal,” McCormick says. “She’s also hitting her free throws, so that gives us more opportunities to pick up points at the line when she’s aggressive.” While the Lady Beavers were able to come away with another win, McCormick emphasizes they need to make better decisions with the ball and to avoid picking up unnecessary fouls. “We’ve got to play smarter, especially in tight games. That’s going to be huge in our sub-state where any of the four teams can win in any given night.”

ford to stub our toe along the way if we want to have one more shot at these guys in substate.”

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KSU hoops future looks bright, with or without Weber After losses to Kansas and West Virginia last week, rumors are circulating among K-State fans that Coach Bruce Weber might be on his way out. Those grumblings could become a by little louder after this week’s loss to Mac Iowa State. That may have ended any Stevenson hopes the Wildcats have of making the NCAA Tournament, regardless of what happens on Saturday against Texas. Whether it’s Weber or a new coach, K-State’s outlook for the 2017-18 season looks promising. D.J. Johnson and Wesley Iwundu are the only two players of note who will complete their eligibility. That’s two excellent ballplayers to be sure, but KState has talented young players returning. Sophomore Dean Wade (6-10, 230) started slowly this season, but he’s been coming on strong for the last two weeks. Wade is talented enough to carry a team like K-State to new heights. Wade’s only major fault is that he’s too unselfish; he should be looking to score every time he gets the ball within 15 feet of the basket. And he has a silky-smooth stroke from the 3-point line. If the Wildcats are able to recruit an effective center, Wade will be a match-up nightmare for opponents next season. Wade has the talent to be an extra special player. The guess here is that he’s going to be playing for a new coach. Hawks in Line for Another Title The Jayhawks got a huge win over West Virginia on Monday and they can complete their make-orbreak week with a crucial road game against Baylor on Saturday (Feb. 18). A win over the Bears would put the Hawks in great shape to claim their 13th consecutive Big 12 championship. If they split the two games, KU would still be no worse than tied for first in the conference. The game in Waco is a toss up, but the old saying is to never bet against the champion. Kansas has the best offense in the league, but the Jayhawks’ defense leaves much to be desired. KU’s perimeter defenders can’t stop their opponents from driving by them for layups or passes that result in wide-open three-point shots. The Jayhawks’ rebounders hold their own most of the time, but their on-ball defenders have been a season-long issue that isn’t getting any better. KU’s starting five of Landen Lucas, Josh Jackson, Frank Mason, Svi Mykhailiuk, and Devonté Graham and perimeter reserve Lagerald Vick have pretty much leveled off so far as dramatic improvement for this season is concerned. The one player who could make a huge difference at tourney time is Carlton Bragg (6-10, 240). Bragg played terrific basketball in his 13 minutes against K-State, but he was ineffective in the nail biter against Texas Tech. The feeling here is that Bragg is oh-so-close to a major breakthrough; if that happens, Kansas becomes a better team. Regardless of some shortcomings, KU is having another superb season under the great coaching of Bill Self. And the other top-rated teams in the nation have flaws of their own. The upcoming NCAA Tournament will be crazy wild. There’s no team that has separated itself from the rest of the field. KU 7th Best Recruiting Class Rivals recruiting rankings has the Kansas 2018 football recruiting class ranked an astounding seventh best in the nation. KU’s rating was ahead of many elite programs, including Alabama, Ohio State, Miami, and Nebraska. Jayhawk fans shouldn’t become too excited. That high ranking won’t last. But Coach Beaty and his staff had eight commitments through February 10. Six of the recruits are from Louisiana and are rated three- or four-star by Rivals. It’s obvious that the Jayhawks are on their way to an exceptional 2018 recruiting class. Runningbacks coach Tony Hull was hired by Beaty for his staff at KU; Hull has been a high school coach at New Orleans and he’s in his second year at KU. Hull was the lead recruiter in the Louisiana recruits. Beaty is so elated over the Jayhawks’ success down South that he promoted Hull to associate head coach/RB coach with an attendant raise in salary from $150,000 to $400,000. Kansas is slowly clawing its way out of the muddy pit of substandard football.

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Hornets give Hoxie easy path to NWKL win

Dighton junior Logan Lingg gets ready to pull down a rebound during Friday’s NWKL action at Hoxie. (Record Photo)

Hoxie had a surprisingly easy road to a key Northwest Kansas League win over Dighton on Friday. Much too easy. The Indians were able to drive to the basket at will and when they weren’t getting Dighton 34 to the rim they Hoxie 54 were knocking down seven treys in a 54-34 win on their home floor. “They had way too many easy baskets,” says head coach Ben Wilkens. “Their dribbledrives broke down our zone. They were pretty much able to do what they wanted. “Once they had success getting to the rim, that opened up their outside game.” Dighton senior Tyler Lingg opened the game with a threepoint basket and that was pretty much the lone highlight of the night. Hoxie answered with back-to-back treys and they never trailed again. Isaac Torson’s basket cut the early lead to 8-5, but Hoxie put together a 17-2 scoring blitz that put the game away. Only twice during the night did Dighton score on consecu-

tive possessions and they didn’t occur until the fourth quarter. “It seemed like we were a step slow defensively all night,” says Wilkens. “And we didn’t rebound well. It seemed like they were getting extra shots on nearly every possession.” T. Lingg was the only Hornet in double figures with 13 points while Torson added eight. “We need to put that game behind us and refocus on fine-tuning our offense,” says Wilkens. Their final two games don’t get any easier as they face a tough Atwood team on Friday and then host state-ranked Ness City on Tuesday. “The Ness game will be a good one heading into substate,” says Wilkens. “It should have the feel of a post-season championship game.” Avoid Upset The Hornets narrowly avoided an upset loss against Tribune on Tuesday before escaping with a 38-34 win. The game was tied 25-25 going into the final period. T. Lingg led the team with 22 points. Kaden Bradstreet, Lake Lewis and Logan Lingg added four points each.

Lady Hornets unable to sweep Indians Dighton head coach Amy Felker isn’t one to look for silver linings in a tough loss. She wasn’t looking for one on Friday either, though she’s hoping something good will come out of their 39-32 setback at Hoxie. It was the first time in three games that Dighton has lost to the perennial powerhouse Lady Indians and it cost DHS the regular season Northwest Kansas League title. “We beat ourselves. It’s not what Hoxie did, but what we didn’t do,” says Felker. “We missed multiple two-foot shots. Our free throw shooting was not pretty. We didn’t get big rebounds. We got outhustled.” The only time that Dighton led was on Sara Cramer’s game opening basket. The game was tied 10-10 following a bucket by senior center Jordan Speer at the 4:03 mark of the second period. After that, it was all Hoxie who led by as many as nine points in the third period, 23-14. On two occasions, Cramer cut the deficit to four points at 30-26 and again at 34-30 with 1:22 remaining. Still, it came down to lack of offensive execution. “On the inside, we’re not going strong to the basket. We’re fading away. We’re going sideways. We’re not 100 percent set and going up strong. It’s a combination of several things,”

Lady Hornet Gentry Shapland and a Lady Indian chase down a loose ball during second half action at Hoxie on Friday. (Record Photo)

Felker says. “If we attack the basket the way we should, even if we don’t make the shot there’s a pretty good chance we’ll get to the free throw line.” Adding to the frustration was

the lack of offensive contributions. Cramer led the team with 16 points and Speer added nine. The rest of the team added seven points. DHS hit just 32 percent from the field (12-of-38) and were


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only 1-of-7 from three-point range. “I told the girls in the locker room, if you’re looking at the shot and you’re thinking about it, that means pull the trigger. That means you have an open

scoring opportunity,” says Felker. “We have to have the belief in ourselves that we can score or teams won’t guard us and that allows them to double-team Sara and Jordan.”


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Oil production nosedives in Kansas

Oil production fell sharply in Kansas during 2015 as oil prices continued to drop, although natural gas production fell only a fraction of one percent despite noticeable gas price declines, according to estimates from the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas. Following a steady increase in oil production for the state as a whole from 2006 to 2014, production fell more than eight percent to just below 45.5 million barrels in 2015 - down from 49.5 million barrels in 2014. At the same time, the number of oil and gas wells drilled in the state declined almost 64 percent, from 5,765 in 2014 to 2,080 in 2015. “Kansas crude oil production began a dramatic downturn in October 2014 when monthly production was 4.4 million barrels,” said KGS geologist Lynn Watney. “Production in February 2016 was down to just over three million barrels - a decline that rivals the fall in late 1998 and 1999.” “The current decline is another one for the record books, having impacted the industry, communities, states and countries alike,” he said. The average monthly oil price fell to $39 per barrel in 2015 from $82 in 2014. As a result of the combined drop in production and price, the cumulative value of Kansas oil declined from $4 billion in 2014 to $1.8 billion in 2015. Production in eight of the top-10 oil-producing counties fell. The two exceptions were Harper County, which led the state for the first time, and Finney County, which moved from fifth to third following a six percent rise in production. Harper County rose from the state’s 33rd highest producer in 2010 to first in 2015 when annual production rose to 3.4

million barrels. Most of the oil - and natural gas in the county is produced from the Mississippian limestone play using horizontal drilling with multistage hydraulic fracturing activities, popularly known as “fracking.” “About 1,100 horizontal wells have been drilled in Kansas over several decades,” said KGS geologist David Newell. “However, 2010 marked the beginning of a new era in south-central Kansas where staged massive hydraulic fracturing was extensively used in longreach horizontal wells.” The focus of drilling in the play, colloquially known as the “Mississippi lime,” shifted from Barber County into Harper County in 2014. Barber County dropped from fourth in 2014 to ninth in 2015. Ellis Begins Decline Ellis County, which has led the state in oil production in all but two years since 1966, dropped to second place as production there fell more than 10 percent, from 3.35 million barrels in 2014 to three million in 2015. “Ellis County is a wellestablished producing area that now has many marginal wells,” Watney said. “Falling production levels there parallel the rate of the state’s production decline, which have brought production back to 2002 levels.” Besides Harper, Ellis and Finney, the top10 producing counties in 2015, in order, were Barton, Russell, Ness, Rooks, Haskell, Barber and Logan. Oil production was reported in 91 of the state’s 105 counties, with about 44 percent from the top 10.

Hugoton Field Declining Even though natural gas production in Kansas declined less than one percent - from about 288 billion cubic feet (bcf) in 2014 to 285 bcf in 2015

- production declines continued at a brisker pace in the state’s largest gas area, which is also one of the largest in the world. “The Hugoton Gas Area in Western Kansas, which accounts for a vast majority of the state’s gas production, has experienced a long-term, steady production decline of seven percent a year since the late 1990s,” Watney said. “However, natural gas production from the Mississippian limestone play in Harper County increased to more than 30 bcf in 2015, up from about five bcf in 2011 just after the drilling boom hit the area.” As Harper County moved up to first in the state in oil production, it also jumped from fifth to second in natural gas production, with an increase in natural gas production of 24 percent. Most of the wells in the Mississippian play produce both oil and gas. Stevens County continued to lead the state in production, with a nearly one percent increase in 2015 following an 11 percent decline in 2014. Most of the natural gas there is produced from the Hugoton Gas Area. Grant County, which had a six percent increase, was third. The other top 10 natural gas producing counties, in order, were Barber, Kearny, Haskell, Finney, Morton, Stanton and Seward. All had decreased production except Stanton, which had a slight increase. Gas production was reported in 55 of the state’s 105 counties, and about 74 percent was in the top 10 producing counties. Production in southeastern Kansas, where natural gas is produced mainly from shallow coal beds, continued to decline. Coal bed methane (CBM) accounted for 9.1 percent of natural gas production in Kansas in 2015.

Peak CBM production, in 2008, was about 49 bcf compared with just under 26 bcf in 2015. The average monthly price of natural gas in 2015 was $2.63 per thousand cubic feet (mcf), and

the cumulative value in Kansas was $755 million. In comparison, the average monthly price in 2014 was $3.92 per mcf, and the cumulative value in Kansas was $1.3 billion. “Although natural

gas and oil production in Kansas are virtually equivalent with regard to their energy content, the income generated from natural gas is presently only a fraction of that from oil,” Newell said.

$280,000 grant for Scott City, eco-devo Will assist middle income home buyers in Eastridge Agreements have been inked that formalize the awarding of a $280,000 grant to the City of Scott City and the Scott County Development Committee (SCDC). The grant is targeted for a street infrastructure project in the Eastridge Subdivision on the east edge of Scott City. It will pay the cost of improvements to the east of the newly-

filled Maple Street development. The grant was awarded by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) in December. SCDC, as the agent for the city, made application for a Moderate Income Housing Grant (MIH), citing an urgent need for additional street infrastructure to maintain momentum of home construction in the subdivision. SCDC and the city made the same request in 2013, but were denied. KHRC grant reviewers found the request “not urgent enough” to warrant an award. “Today, that urgency is evident,” says SCDC Executive Director Katie Eisenhour.

“We are so pleased, and relieved, to have earned the MIH grant from KHRC. Maple Street filled with beautiful homes just like we predicted - just not as soon as we predicted.” The momentum to continue building new homes on the new Chestnut Street has been supported by the speed in which speculation housing has been selling in the subdivision prior to being completed “in every case,” says Eisenhour. Moderate Income Housing What does a “moderate income” home look like? The range in sticker price will fall between $180,000 and $195,000. To be eligible for

grant assistance, the home-buyer must income-qualify between 60 percent and 150 percent of HUD’s income ranges based upon number of family members. The city council made a point of assuring that grant proceeds benefit the home buyer, which was a selling point for the KHRC. As a result, the 12 homes will be free of special assessment taxes since street infrastructure costs are covered by grant proceeds. “That savings equates to roughly $140 per month over 10 years,” says Eisenhour. “That’s a substantial amount for families hoping to purchase

a new home within a moderate income budget.” The city council has hired an engineer and the project is subject to a bid process which is expected to be completed in March. Chestnut Street construction could begin in early April. Grand Choice Custom Homes, Scott City, and Casco Homes, Garden City, have committed to building the homes under the MIH agreement. Eisenhour says the first of these homes could be occupied by the end of 2017. For more information, interested persons can contact Eisenhour at SCDC (620-8723525, ext. 2) or scdcdirector@

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Any ‘tweaking’ of NAFTA will have major consequences Tom Parker Kansas Farmers Union

Although U.S. President Donald Trump says he only wants to tweak trade ties with Canada, his pledge to renegotiate NAFTA to focus on Mexico is almost impossible and Canada will not emerge unscathed, Canadian officials and trade experts said on Tuesday. Trump had warm words for Canadian trade following a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, but his call for major changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement to target Mexico stymied experts.

“I can’t see how it’s possible at all. It would be very complicated to do and I don’t think Mexico would . . . ever go along with it,” said Mark Warner, a trade lawyer and principal at MAAW Law in Toronto. Canada and Mexico send the bulk of their exports to the United States under NAFTA. One senior Canadian government official, asked how the agreement could be tweaked for one partner and changed in a major way for another, admitted frankly, “I don’t know.” Trump spoke after his first meeting with Trudeau, who is trying to sell the

merits of NAFTA while opposing a border tariff, an idea circulating in U.S. political circles that could badly hit Canadian industries. Warner said that if the U.S. government decided to impose the tariff, “the consequences of that could be described as a tweak but the significance of it would be major.” Matthew Kronby, an international trade lawyer at Bennett Jones in Toronto, said “it is very hard to tease apart the elements of the deal that I suppose Trump might think are a disaster with Mexico while leaving it intact with Canada.”

Officials say that while Trump did not reveal any details about his intentions on NAFTA, Canada would suffer collateral damage, whatever the administration pushes for. “We cannot be untouched or unscathed by this,” said one person familiar with the matter. Separately, another official working on the bilateral trade file said that once talks started, the U.S. dairy industry was set to demand Canada dismantle its supply management system of tariffs and taxes that keep out most dairy imports, includ-

Grain marketing strategy workshop in SC on Tuesday A grain marketing strategy workshop will be held Tues., Feb. 21, at the Wm. Carpenter 4-H Building, Scott City. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m., and the program lasts from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The program is free, but registration is requested by Feb. 20 at the county Extension office (872-2930) or by e-mailing This workshop is designed to help Kansas crop producers make profitable marketing decisions for their crops in 2017. Instructor will be Dr. Daniel O’Brien, Extension grain marketing specialist for Kansas State University. O’Brien will discuss the current grain market situation and outlook for corn, grain sorghum, wheat and soybeans.

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(See WORKSHOP on page 25)

State checkoff oversight shift has implications assessment that stayed in the state.” Why would MBC hand over authority to AMS? MBC is locked in a Montana federal district court battle with the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF). Pared down, R-CALF claims the $1 per head assessment is used to subsidize MBC, which they say is a private entity

because it lacks sufficient federal oversight and therefore is a violation of free speech and the First Amendment. On Dec. 12, Magistrate Judge John Johnston recommended the district court deny USDA’s motion to dismiss and grant R-CALF’s preliminary injunction. Johnston said R-CALF has standing to pursue its claims in court, although the recom-

mendation is subject to more review. “We view the MOU as an eleventh hour attempt to persuade the court not to grant a preliminary injunction. The MBC appears to be surrendering its authority to the federal government; rendering their own board members irrelevant and handing the government absolute control over all operations,”

Winter wheat a mixed bag

Market Report


What are the consequences when a state check-off organization cedes authority to USDA? The text of a new agreement established at the tail end of 2016 erases boundaries and could carry implications for the entire U.S. commodity checkoff system. On Dec. 22, 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) became effective between

John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau

Kansas farmers and ranchers have always faced challenges in their livelihoods. It comes with the territory. That said, it’s dry in wheat country. Dry all the way from the Colorado border in Stanton County to Manhattan. On Feb. 6, Stanton County farmer and seed producer, Jim Sipes drove 360 miles from his farm southwest of Manter to eastern Kansas. Along the way, he saw thousands of acres of winter wheat even though planted acres

the Montana Beef Council (MBC) and the USDAAgricultural Marketing Service (AMS), allowing AMS oversight of MBC’s use of checkoff funds from the standard $1 per head assessment. “Since this is tied to pending litigation, we cannot comment at this time,” AMS officials say. Could the MOU serve as a blueprint for other state-federal relations in

are down in his region of southwestern Kansas. “It’s difficult to make money on wheat right now,” Sipes says. “Some farmers plan to plant other crops like corn or grain sorghum on ground they might otherwise have planted to wheat.” So what does the Kansas wheat crop look like? There’s plenty of variability in the crop, according to the Stanton County farmer. Some of the fields sport good stands. Others look poor. While others have little or no stands at all. This wheat didn’t emerge until the moisture

the checkoff system? “This MOU is a historic shift and change in perception from the current federal-state relationship between a state beef council and AMS,” says Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Ark. “Historically, state programs have maintained a level of autonomy in terms of the half of the

came in the way of rain and ice during the last days of January. Sipes estimates his crop standability in the 70 percent range. Such growth patterns bode badly for the wheat because it will not have enough time to tiller and produce a normal crop. And while that’s the way conditions look now, plenty can change depending on spring weather and the amount of moisture that falls. Sipes believes the potential still exists for a “decent crop,” but the late emerging wheat may suffer in yield.

Kansas cattle count up 2% All cattle and calves in Kansas as of January 1 totaled 6.4 million head, up two percent from a year earlier, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. All cows and heifers that had calved totaled 1.72 million head, up six percent from last year. Beef cows totaled 1.57 million head, also up six percent. All heifers 500 pounds and over


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totaled 1.84 million head, up one percent from last year. Steers weighing 500 pounds and over totaled 2.05 million head, up 2 percent from last year. Calves under 500 pounds totaled 695,000 head, up one percent. All cattle on feed fed for slaughter in Kansas feedlots totaled 2.3 million head, up three percent from the previous year.

For this late developing crop, some wheat producers may choose not to apply fertilizer, fungicides or address other issues that could enhance the yield potential. “I just spent the last few days, trying to decide whether to top dress my wheat or not,” Sipes says. “Until we received that inch of rain in late January, I probably wouldn’t have considered doing it. To apply fertilizer would have been an expense difficult to recoup with additional production.” Without adding fertilizer, this means produc(See WHEAT on page 25)

Closing prices on February 14, 2017 Bartlett Grain Red Wheat............ $ 3.55 White Wheat ....... $ Milo .................... $ 2.69 Corn ................... $ 3.21 Soybeans (new crop) $ 9.15 Scott City Cooperative Wheat.................. $ 3.55 White Wheat ....... $ 3.55 Milo (bu.)............. $ 2.69 Corn.................... $ 3.21 Soybeans ........... $ 9.15 Sunflowers.......... $ ADM Grain Wheat.................. Milo (bu.)............. Corn.................... Soybeans............ Sunflowers..........

$ 3.50 $ 2.72 $ 3.23 $ 9.30 $ 12.45

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February 7

72 23

February 8

30 15

February 9

62 18


February 10 84 32 February 11 65 41 February 12 49 33 February 13 42 33 .12 Moisture Totals

February 0.12 2017 Total


Food Facts The most popular sweet pepper in the United States is the bell pepper.

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Why are we casting a shadow on ag exports? The U.S. Meat Export Federation plays the lead role in opening and expanding export markets. No organization has more clout or more knowledge about “what condition our condition is in” when it comes to trade with Western Hemisphere or the Pacific Basin countries. Phil Seng, the organization’s CEO, is the all-star, hall-of-fame quarterback. And 2016 was as close to a sack-free trading year as we’ve had in a long time. The USMEF has just

ag outlook Chuck Jolley FarmGate blog

announced “Exports of U.S. beef and pork products finished 2016 on a high note as pork exports reached record volumes while beef exports logged the largest monthly volume in December.” Pork export volume reached a record 2.31 million metric tons (mt) in 2016, up 8% year-overyear and 2% above the previous high in 2012, according to USMEF.

Wheat ers like Sipes would be extracting valuable substances from the soil with the crop they harvest from the fields later in the summer. Such nutrients are necessary to maintain crop and soil fertility. “It’s important to put such important inputs

Export value climbed seven percent from a year ago to $5.94 billion. In other words, exports are solid gold, the cash cow (or cash pig) of America’s animal agriculture. Now is not the time to be playing around with our trade commitments and creating uncertainty about our role as a reliable trading partner. Trump’s desire to “renegotiate” NAFTA and leave TPP in the dust could lead a sudden plunge in our export business. With today’s

into the soil to protect the long-term viability,” Sipes says. Returning to the condition of the winter wheat, he says plenty of the wheat still wears a brown color but some of the crop is beginning to green up. Some of this wheat

suffered during the cold snaps in December and January. How much, if any, winter kill remains to be seen. East of Great Bend and into the Salina area, the winter wheat crop begins to look a bit better, Sipes says. However, he still

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says Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF. Echoing AMS, MBC officials declined to comment on the MOU, referencing ongoing litigation. The MOU details direct AMS control of MBC on matters many state programs don’t worry about now, Pittman says. For example, the MOU details MBC must submit an annual budget for approval. Plans, proposals, contracts and agreements “shall become effective only upon AMS’ approval.” The MOU also allows third parties to be audited by USDA or “agents of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee or the Beef Board.” It also provides directions for the decertification of MBC and

mutual termination of the contract. Citing active litigation, the Beef Board declined to comment. By weight of the text, if MBC fails to follow the MOU, AMS is allowed to “direct the Beef Board to decertify MBC as a QSBC [Qualified State Beef Council].” The MOU also requires mutual termination for either party to exit the agreement. Pittman believes the MOU is exportable to other state councils and could fundamentally alter the federal-state partnership of checkoff programs. “­ The MOU subjects entities such as landgrant universities to audit at will by the USDA or CBB (Cattlemen’s Beef Board), and that’s stunning,” Pittman notes.



ing those from the United States. “That could be a very unpleasant conversation,” said the official, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the situation. Trudeau’s ability to make concessions is limited since all of Canada’s major political parties have vowed to protect supply management. Holding out too firmly though could irritate the American side, which might demand concessions elsewhere.

TPP countries offers a breath-taking bonus for American agriculture. The TPP nations can put some serious dollars on the kitchen table. The USMEF said demand for beef in Asian markets drove growth in U.S. beef exports. In 2016, exports of beef advanced 11% in volume to 1.19 million mt and 1% in value to $6.34 billion compared to 2015. For December, exports totaled 116,847 mt, a 24% increase year-over-year. USMEF said this was the

largest monthly volume since July 2013 and the largest ever for December. Tampering with that kind of growth is dangerous. There is a small chance that a better deal might be reached. The much bigger and more realistic chance is suddenly shunned trading partners will look elsewhere. Even worse, an angered ex could retaliate in unexpected ways, creating an ever increasing economic crisis and opening the door to regional rivals like China.

reports pockets of poor wheat as well. “I’m still hoping for some favorable spring weather with timely moisture that will help our state’s wheat crop recover,” he says. And while the southwestern Kansas wheat producer would like to

think the price of wheat may go up because of some of the poor fields of wheat in southwestern Kansas and the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas, he’s convinced the value of wheat and the ability to sell it will depend on the value of the U.S. dollar.

“The future of agriculture in our state and the nation depends on our ability to move our grain and livestock around the world,” Sipes says. “We must send this message to the Trump administration. Agriculture needs more trade.”

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ag economy resembling an old-fashioned wake, Washington needs to be searching for all the trade advantages it can find. USMEF says capitalizing on duty-free access through NAFTA and the lower duties negotiated in the U. S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), U.S. red meat exports to this region have grown substantially. The dollar potential of an equally open trading opportunity with the

He will review the top performing grain marketing strategies for these same crops since 1990, including pre-harvest pricing, harvest cash sales, and post-harvest marketing strategies. Discussion will include an evaluation of how onfarm and commercial storage, futures hedges and forward contracts,

Brianna Schroeder, an attorney with Janzen Agricultural Law, in Indianapolis, says the MOU is a “warning shot” to commodity groups. “The MOU provides a template that any federal group could use to take more control from states. Whether this is good or bad is up to the reader,” she notes. “­The feds can use this as a means to take control over budgets and messages from state boards that receive checkoff funds.” Schroeder advises producers to stay in contact with state checkoffs and ask questions. “­There is no legal reason this lawsuit or MOU can’t be replicated in your state,” she says. “Don’t think because it’s in Montana it can’t happen elsewhere.”

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and put and call options have performed. Finally, workshop participants will have the opportunity to “test drive” potential 2017 grain marketing strategies - working through probable grain price outcomes and trends as a group, and examining how various marketing strategies and tools would be expected to perform.

Have questions about the Scott Community Foundation? call 872-3790 or e-mail:



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The Scott County Record Professional Directory

There’s no better way to reach your potential customers in Scott County and the surrounding areas.

Pro Ex II


Preconditioning and Growing

Over 20 Years Experience

• 45 Years Experience • Managed and owned by full-time DVM • 2,000 Head capacity Office - 872-5150 • Scott City

Professional Extermination Commercial & Residential

• Termites • Rodents • Soil Sterilization • Pre Treats • Lawn Care • Fly Parasites

John Kropp, Owner • Scott City 874-2023 (cell) • 872-3400 (office) •

Stuart Doornbos Home - 872-2775 Cell - 874-0951

Construction/Home Repair

Sager’s Pump Service

Walker Plumbing, Inc. Backhoe & Trenching services • Irrigation & gas leak repairs • Full-line irrigation parts T-L center pivot dealer Floor heat systems Pump & install septic systems Boring equipment

• Irrigation • Domestic • Windmills • Submersibles

423 S. Mesquite Rd. • Scott City • 872-2130

RT Plumbing

Cell: 874-4486 • Office 872-2101

Rex Turley, Master Plumber

Residental and Commercial Plumbing Water Systems, water lines, sewer cleaning faucets and fixtures, garbage diposals and more

Marienthal, Ks.

620-909-5014 (H) • 620-874-4128 (C)

ELLIS AG SERVICES • Custom Manure Conditioning • Hauling and Spreading • Custom Swathing and Baling • Rounds-Net or Twine • Gyp and Sand Sales • Custom Harvesting Call Brittan Ellis • 620-874-5160




Cedar Shake and Shingle Specialists Return to Craftsmanship Attention to Detail and Quality Guaranteed 620-872-2679 • 1-800-401-2683

RESIDENTIAL – COMMERCIAL Termite Baiting Systems • Rodents Weed Control • Structural Insects Termite Control Box 258, Scott City • (620) 872-2870


Faurot Electric, Inc. Office • 620-872-5344 Jeromy Lisenby • 620-214-3247

Landscaping • Lawn/Trees

P.O. Box 14 • Scott City


Charles Purma II D.D.S. P.A. General Dentistry, Cosmetics, and Insurance Accepted

We welcome new patients. 324 N. Main • Scott City • 872-2389 Residence 872-5933



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Horizon Health For your home medical supply and equipment needs! We service and repair all that we sell.

Brent Rogers

Sales Consultant

Office (620) 276-3131 Toll Free 1-800-794-9052 Cell (620) 874-0014 Fax (620) 276-8876 1007 N. 8th, Garden City, KS 67846

1602 S. Main • Scott City • 872-2232 Toll Free : 1-866-672-2232

Optometrist 20/20 Optometry

Treatment of Ocular Disease • Glaucoma Detection Children’s Vision • Glasses • Contact Lenses

Complete family eye center!

Pro Health Chiropractic Wellness Center

For Sale

Truck Driving

40-FOOT GRADE A steel cargo containers. $1,500 in KC. $2,200 in Solomon, Ks. 20s, 45s, 48s and 53s also available. Call (785) 655-9430 or go on-line to Chuckhenry. com for pricing, availability and freight estimates. ––––––––––––––––––––– SAWMILLS from only $4,397. Make and save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info/DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills. com 1-800-578-1363 Ext.300N

CONVOY SYSTEMS is hiring Class A drivers to run from Kansas City to the west coast. Home weekly. Great benefits. Call Tina, ext. 301, or Lori, ext. 303, at 1-800926-6869. ––––––––––––––––––––– CLASS A OTR. Regional, home weekly. End dump drivers for newly expanded business. Late model Peterbilts and Raven trailers, Vacation pay, health ins., 401K. (800) 776-5672. ––––––––––––––––––––– GREAT PLAINS Trucking of Salina is looking for experienced OTR tractor-trailer flatbed drivers or recent driving school graduates. Our drivers travel 48 U.S. states as well as the lower Canadian provinces. We offer excellent compensation, benefits, home time and equipment. Please contact Brett or Judy at 785-823-2261 or brettw@, judym@


Dr. Jeffrey A. Heyd

106 W. 4th • Scott City • 872-2020 • Emergencies: 214-1462

Kansas Classifieds Ad Network

The classified ads below are appearing in 147 Kansas newspapers with a total circulation of 500,000 the classified display ads appear in 142 Kansas newspapers with a total circulation of 457,000. KCAN line ad is $300 for up to 25 words and $12 each additional word. A 2x2 display ad is $800 per insertion and a 2x4 display ad is $1,650 per insertion. To find out more, contact The Scott County Record at 872-2090.


(Scott City Chiropractic) “TLC”... Technology Lead Chiropractic

Dr. James Yager 110 W. 4th St. • Scott City • 872-2310 Toll Free: 800-203-9606

Berning Auction “Don’t Trust Your Auction to Just Anyone”

For all your auction needs call:

(620) 375-4130

Russell Berning Box Q • Leoti


Gene’s Appliance Over 200 appliances in stock! COMPARE OUR PRICES!

We have Reverse Osmosis units in stock. Remember us for parts in stock for all brands of all appliances.

DIGITAL HEARING aids. Now offering a 45-day risk free offer. Free batteries for life. Call to start your free trial. 877687-4650. ––––––––––––––––––––– OXYGEN. Anytime. Anywhere. No tanks to refill. No deliveries. The all new Inogen One G4 is only 2.8 pounds. FAA approved! Free info kit: 844-359-3973. ––––––––––––––––––––– LIVING WITH KNEE or back pain? Medicare recipients may qualify to receive a pain relieving brace at little or no cost. Call now. 855-796-7301. ––––––––––––––––––––– LUNG CANCER? And 60+ years old? If so, you and your family may be entitled to a significant cash award. Call 866-3272721 to learn more. No risk. No money out of pocket. ––––––––––––––––––––– VIAGRA/CIALIS users. There’s a cheaper alternative than high drugstore prices. 50 pills. Special $99. Free shipping. 100% guaranteed. Call now. 855-850-3904.

Sales and Service Days • Mon. - Sat. Deliveries • Mon.-Sat.

Help Wanted

Largest Frigidaire appliance dealer in Western Ks.

CITY OF GARDEN PLAIN is taking applications for full-time maintenance worker. Submit resume to

508 Madison • Scott City • 872-3686

Networktronic, Inc.

Computer Sales, Service and Repair Custom computers! Networking solutions! Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 402 S. Main, Scott City • 872-1300


Northend Disposal A garbologist company. Scott City • 872-1223 • 1-800-303-3371

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

412 N. Main • Garden City • 620-275-5142 All Under One Roof

Revcom Electronics

Your RadioShack Dealer Two-way Radio Sales & Service Locally owned and operated since 1990

1104 Main • Scott City • 872-2625


DONATE YOUR CAR to charity. Receive maximum value of write off for your taxes. Running or not. All conditions accepted. Free pick-up. Call for details. 844-268-9386.

Homes SAVE YOUR HOME! Are you behind paying your mortgage? Denied a loan modification?Is the bank threatening foreclosure? Call Homeowner’s Relief Line now for help! 855-401-4513. ––––––––––––––––––––– LENDERS OFFERING special government programs for mobile homes and $0 down for landowners. Promo homes with reduced down payments. Use tax refund for additional incentives. Singles from $39,900. Doubles from $59,900. 866-8586862.

Sports/Outdoors RV/SPORT SHOW. Kansas Expocentre, Topeka. Screamin’ deals! Feb. 17-19. Friday, 1:007:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 30+ brands. Kids free. w w w. To p e k a RV s h o w. com, 1-800-756-4788.

Education ENTRY LEVEL heavy equipment operator career. Get trained. Get certified. Get hired. Bulldozers, backhoes and excavators. Immediate lifetime job placement. VA benefits. 1-866-362-6497. Is your subscription paid?


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Buy, sell, trade, one call does it all 872-2090 ot fax 872-0009

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. 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.

For Sale


FRIGIDAIRE STAINLESS STEEL REFRIGERATOR for sale. Tradition top freezer, bottom fridge. Purchased in Fall of 2013. Has been in storage for two years. Works perfectly. $500. Call 316259-4150. 1716tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– BY OWNER. 1996 International dump truck. Only 33,302 miles, DT 4700 Allison, 5 sp automatic, pull down side beds. Dump bed works great and runs great. $12,000. Call 620-3973513. Located in Dighton. 28t2c ––––––––––––––––––––– SNORKIE PUPPIES ready to go. Registered and have first shots. 3 female and 2 male. Call Donna 620-214-1025 28t2p

NICE, 2-BEDROOM home for rent. Central air. All new appliances. Call (620) 872-5844. 28t2p ––––––––––––––––––––– 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

Help Wanted

WATER TRUCK DRIVER WANTED for Hurricane Services, Inc. in the Oakley, KS area. Valid CDL with a Tankers endorsement and Medical Card required. High school diploma/GED preferred. Industry relatServices ed experience preferred. Competitive pay and benWANTED: Yards to mow efits. Apply at murfininc. and clean up, etc. Trim EOE 2717t2 smaller trees and bushes too. Call Dean Riedl, (620) 872-5112 or 874Agriculture 4135. 34tfc –––––––––––––––––––– WANT TO BUY. Stored FURNITURE REPAIR corn. Call for basis and information. and refinishing. Lawn contract Lane mower tune-up and blade 1-800-579-3645. County Feeders, Inc. 32tfc sharpening. Call Vern ––––––––––––––––––––– Soodsma, 872-2277 or WANT TO BUY. Wheat 874-1412. 4015tfc straw delivered. Call for –––––––––––––––––––– contracting information. MOWER REPAIR, Lane County Feeders, tune-up and blade sharp397-5341. 44tfc ening. Call Rob Vsetecka at 620-214-1730. 4515tfc

Berry Realty • 872-5700 1102 S. Main, Scott City, Ks 67871

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

Charles Berry, Broker • 874-0738 Brett Berry, Sales Assoc. • 316-258-3387 Tracy Chambless, Sales Assoc. • 874-2124

District 11 AA Meetings

Scott City

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!

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Employment Opportunities County Plat Maps Scott









Kearney Scott County Hospital Has Openings for the Following Positions

406 Main • Scott City 620 872-2090 Office Manager “Take Charge” kind of person needed to run a small office and keep the books for a non-profit that provides services for children and families. Must have leadership skills, QuickBook knowledge, highly organized, good computer skills, self-starter and like to work with people. Office located in Scott City, KS, salary based upon experience and education. Contact Kelly at 620-874-2272 or email resume to


PATIENT CARE Acute Care RNs Physical Therapist - FT Circulating RN - FT Circulating RN - PRN PACU RN - FT Outreach RN - FT Operating Room Supervisor RN - FT Applicants for these positions are required to be able to read, speak and understand English. Pre-employment physical, drug/alcohol screening, immunization titer, physical assessment and TB skin test required. We are a tobacco free campus. We offer competitive pay and great benefits. Applications are available on our website at or call 620-872-7772 for more information.


Wheatland Electric

Is accepting applications for a: Consumer Service Representative Scott City Office

PARTS COUNTER SALES REP. American Implement, Inc., in Scott City, currently has a full-time position open for Parts Counter Sales Representative. Responsibilities of this position are to perform a variety of customer service duties related to the sale, delivery and inventory of agricultural equipment and irrigation parts and acessories. Qualified candidates must have excellent customer service skills and good communication and problem-solving skills. Computer knowledge and good interpersonal skills are important. Interested indivduals may complete an application or send a cover letter and resume to: Fred Kuntzsch, Parts Manager, American Implement, Inc., 807 N. Main St., Scott City, Ks. 67871 Call 620-872-7244 or 800-779-7244.

Wheatland Electric is looking for a person who has a positive customer-centric attitude. Knowledge of the electric cooperative programs and activities is preferred. This position ensures the accurate and timely processing of the member’s accounts, answering the phone, and greets members and visitors. Must have a high school degree or equivalent, knowledge of office equipment, good typing skills, and have advanced computer skills. We offer competitive wages and excellent benefits. Please send cover letter and resume to by 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 27 To view full job description log onto




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Scott Community High School FFA officers for 2016-17 are (from left) Stacy Dominguez, reporter; Trace Mulligan, vice-president; Emily Glenn, secretary; Chance Jones, president; and Dallie Metheney, treasurer. Not pictured is Caleb McDaniel, sentinel.

Scott Community FFA 2016-17 Results

The future of ag

Scott County Land Judging • 2nd Place Trace Mulligan 2nd, Eddie Tilton 3rd, Chandler Janssen 6th Scott County Homesite Evaluation • 1st Place Trace Mulligan 1st, Emily Glenn 2nd, Chandler Janssen 4th, Eddie Tilton 5th Southwest District Land Judging • 1st Place Caleb McDaniel 2nd, Trace Mulligan 3rd, Eddie Tilton 9th, Chandler Janssen 10 Southwest District Homesite Evaluation • 1st Place Trace Mulligan 2nd, Eddie Tilton 3rd, Caleb McDaniel 4th, Chandler Janssen 6th Southwest District Leadership CDE • 1st Place Southwest District Greenhand Creed Speaking Yovanni Galaviz 2nd, Jacelynn Buffington 7th Southwest District Ag Sales • 1st Place Trace Mulligan 2nd, Chase Rumford 3rd, Chandler Janssen 5th, Isaac Evans 7th

Freshmen Jacelynn Buffington Yovanni Galaviz Cale Goodman Sam Irwin Connor Jameson Kylee Logan Chandler Murphy Lily Pepper Brandon Roberts Camila Rodriguez Evyan Smith Kael Sowers Cody Turner Jimmy Wiebe

Scott Community High School FFA Roster Brandon Winderlin Alan Yeager Sophomores Jaren Berning Jordan Cramer Chase Cupp Stacy Dominguez Molly Eikenberry Marshall Faurot Johan Frias Brayan Garcia Kally Kough Luis Madrid Shea Morris Aspyn Nix

Sofia Perez Kyle Sherwood Theron Tucker

Abbigail Prochnow Austin Rios Baron Strine

Juniors Kayla Appel Alex Depperschmidt Rafael Estrella Emily Hall Emily Glenn Aaron Hoopes Jynessa Horney Shane Lethem Caleb McDaniel Dallie Metheney Cole Pfenninger

Seniors Jaime De La Rocha Isaac Evans Chandler Janssen Chance Jones Trey Loftis Karlee Logan Trace Mulligan Garrett Osborn Chase Rumford Eddie Tilton Nancy Wiebe

Southwest District Prepared Public Speaking Emily Glenn, 8th Southwest District KFB Discussion Meet • 2nd Place Trace Mulligan 2nd, Chance Jones 3rd

Upcoming Events

March 1: Vet Science/Food Science/Agronomy April 5: Livestock Evaluation April 12: Meats Evaluation

April 30-May 2: FFA State CDE

May 30-June 2: Kansas FFA State Convention

Thank these Scott City businesses for sponsoring the promotion of the Scott County FFA program J.F. Beaver Advertising

Scott Coop Assn.

514 S. Main, Scott City 872-2395

Grigston, Leoti, Manning, Marienthal, Modoc, Pence, Scott City, Selkirk, Shallow Water 620-872-5823 •

American AgCredit

Berning Auction

1422 S. Main, Scott City 872-5391

Western State Bank 1425 S. Main, Scott City 872-2227

PO Drawer Q, Leoti 620-375-4130

First National Bank

American Implement

Wheatland Electric

J&R Auto Group

Richards Financial Service

807 N. Main, Scott City 872-2715

208 W. 5th St., Scott City 872-2103

Z Bottling Corp.

501 Main St., Scott City 872-2143

907 W. 5th Street, Scott City 872-0100 • 877-WATER-17

Scott County Development Committee

Vulgamore Family Farms

Rodenbeek & Green Agency

Miller Veterinary Clinic

Wheatland Broadband

113 E. 5th St., Scott City 872-3525, ext. 2 • 872-7361 (cell)

1550 W. Rd., 70, Scott City 872-5242

1801 S. Hwy. 83, Scott City 872-7211

416 S. Main St., Scott City 866-872-0006 • 872-0006

Sagers Pump Service

Scott County Farm Bureau

303 Glenn St., Scott City 872-2101 • 888-816-2101

1315 S. Main, Scott City 872-7226

601 S. Main St., Scott City 872-5803

101 Main St., Scott City 872-5885

411 S. Main, Scott City • 872-5949

Turner Sheet Metal 1851 S. Hwy. 83, Scott City 872-2954 • 800-201-2954

Western Kansas Insurance Services 310 Court, Scott City 872-5866

Chambless Roofing, Inc.

AgMax Crop Insurance

1005 W. 5th St., Scott City (620) 872-2679 • 800-401-2683

815 West 5th St., Scott City 872-2900 • 620-874-0041 (cell)

KD Accounting & Tax Services, LLC

Faurot Heating & Cooling

Katrina Duff, Public Accountant 872-5061 •

Spencer Pest Control

HRC Feed Yard, LLC

Berning Farms 3171 W. Hwy 96, Leoti 620-872-5503

413 S. Main St., Scott City 620-872-5879

Box 258, 200 E. Rd. 140, Scott City 872-2870

Heartland Foods

Bartlett Grain

Great Western Tire

MTM Siding & Glass

6550 W Hwy 96, Scott City 872-5328 •

1314 S. Main, Scott City 872-5854 •

The Rec Pool Hall 318 S. Main, Scott City

H&R Block

910 W. 5th St, Scott City 872-3508

305 W. Bellevue 872-3456

1503 Main, Scott City 872-3393 •

ADM Grain

Norder Supply, Inc.

Shallow Water-872-2174 Selkirk-375-3574 • Leoti-375-4811

4310 E. Hwy 96., Scott City 872-3058

1130 W. Hwy 96, Scott City 872-2315

Sonic Drive-in

1720 S. Main St., Scott City 874-9655

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