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Mr.Baubaii PIN 12. HAYS THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Sunday June 11,2006 Hays, Kansas $1 Some canl conceal gun concerns As conceal carry law nears reality, even gun advocates express need for caution By KAREN MIKOLS HAYS DAILY NEWS I n her teen years, Harriet Caplan was a sharpshooter with the American Rifle Association. As a parole officer, years later, she carried a handgun. "After a brief time of carrying a handgun, I determined I don't believe that handguns did much for anybody," she said. "My likelihood of being hurt by my own gun was higher than the likelihood of my gun being able to protect me." She said she is comfortable with hunters using guns to hunt, but concealed weapons concern her. A new law that takes effect July 1 will allow her concern to grow. That's when Kansas residents are able to apply for a concealed-carry permit. The process will take several months to begin, with the first day residents could carry concealed weapons Jan. 1. While Caplan is against the new law, Terry Wierman embraces it. He owns 10 guns and is planning to apply for the conceal carry permit. "The most important thing is to exercise my right, that is to defend myself," Wierman said. "I hope I never have to use that right, though." He lauds the House and Senate for the law. "Along with that right comes a great deal of responsibility," Wierman said. • • • For law enforcement personnel, the new law might make it more difficult to differentiate the legitimate carriers from those carrying illegally. Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin said if officers see someone with a weapon, they will approach the situation cautiously. "At tHat point, the officer is not going to assume they're legally licensed," Harbin said. "They will assume that person has a gun and they will take all sorts of precautions to be sure nobody gets hurt." Even if the resident is legally carrying a weapon in a concealed manner, using caution protects the officers and others in the area. "It's not unlikely for some criminal to carry a weapon and try to fit in by him thinking it's OK to carry so people will assume he's licensed," Harbin said. Hays Police Chief Jim Braun said the law will not alter the job for his officers. "You have to assume people have a weapon now," Braun said. "That's why the officers take all the precautions they do when they make a traffic stop or arrest." Whrs packing? Beck, IraMt ShouWtr holvter North Amwtcan Arm* NA A 22 Magnum ratoil Langttv 5.25 Indwc AnWeor boot hoMer Taurus Capady: (hMbutabt Weight 21 ounoas LangtfeftS taettac •hMTtttanhy MERLE FA00* STEVEN HMIfLBR miWHQ OOt£/H**Mr MM* The new law could affect public servants as a whole, not just law enforcement. "What happens when the EMS go to pick this person up and there's a gun there?" Harbin said. "The EMS is not trained to disarm a weapon." • • • Conceal carry's path to law was winding. Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Hays, said he's rallied all his 10 years in the Legislature to get this law passed. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius shot down a similar bill in 2004, as did former Gov. Bill Graves during his tenure. >• This past session, the bill passed in both the House and Senate, with a similar response from the governor. Sebelius vetoed the bill March 21. "Legislators know concealed weapons are a safety threat, which is why they ban them in their own workplace — the Capitol," Sebelius wrote in her veto message. "Because of opposition from law enforcement and business leaders, I cannot support allowing hidden Hays goes H.O.G, wild By KAREN MIKOLS HAYS DAILY NEWS A dozen gleaming blue Harley-Davidson motorcycles with sunglass-wearing, white-gloved police officers wove within inches of one another. "That's pretty precision," Debbie Homan, Wichita, said of the Indianapolis Motorcycle Drill Team. "They're like the Blue Angels." The unifying thread of the Indianapolis Motorcycle Drill Team's performance was the bright red letters that spell out Indianapolis. The 12 Harleys vroomed in synchronized formation around a cordoned-off section of the Home Depot parking lot as part of the 2006 Kansas State H.O.G. Rally this weekend in Hays. Sgt. Douglas Rich joined the Indianapolis Motorcycle Drill Team in 1990. "It's the training we go through to ride with the city of Indianapolis," Rich said. "Most of the moves you would do on the street. You have HirttyOwntrtOroup Rally 2006 Go to www.HONews.net to view the Photo Gallery. to make tight turns to catch a speeder, and in an accident you have to weave in and out of still traffic closely" Traffic around Hays changed a little for the weekend, with nearly 750 motorcycles arriving Thursday and Friday for the state rally, said Carl Schultz, rally coordinator. The 900 riders on those bikes were received well by the community. "The community is awesome in welcoming us," Schultz said. "To have a community open its arms and welcome us makes the experience more enjoyable." SEE H.O.Q., PAGE A3 weapons into businesses, restaurants, malls and any number of other public places." Despite these sentiments, legislators successfully overrode the veto a few days later. "I believe a majority of the people in my district are for it," said Johnson, who voted for the bill and also to override the veto. "A lot of correspondence I get from people indicates they are." SEE CARRY, PAGEA? Sgt. Douglas Rich of the Indianapolis Police Department surfs his hog Friday during a performance by the Indianapolis Motorcycle Drill Team at the Home Depot parking lot in Hays. Harley riders from around the state and region converged in Hays Friday and Saturday for the 2006 Kansas State Harley Owners Group Rally. JAMIE ROPER Hays Dally News Sebelius CLIMBING THE LADDER: Governor's political profile on the increase. PAGE A3. Energy key to survival Governor speaks about ethanol, wind at event in nation's capital By SARAH KESSINGER HAKKIS NEWS SUKVICK TOPEKA — At a national forum on rural America this week, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told an audience that Kansas' small towns and farm communities often lack the basics needed to prosper. That includes not 1 having enough viable jobs, good- quality, affordable housing and the means to maintain services, schools, health care and even mail delivery. Economic development directors across the state echoed those concerns during interviews this week. But new trends in technology and a movement toward new energy sources are emerging as key hopes for rural communities, the directors say. However, state and federal governments often focus on growing urban centers while tending to overlook the potential of less-populated areas, they also said. Sebelius spoke during a "Stand Up for Rural America Day" presentation in Washington, D.C. this past Tuesday. "Just as the economy is posing challenges for rural communities, it's also opening up new doors to opportunity and Kansas is home to some of the success stories," she told a crowd of several hundred. The event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center was put on by a coalition of rural development agencies to raise awareness of challenges and draw attention to community developers who tackle them. Sebelius touted renewable energy as a new route to recapture prosperity. "America is looking for new sources of energy," she said. "In Kansas, and in rural areas throughout the nation, we're finding those sources in the grains and grasses that have been grown on the land for generations, and in the wind that blows across the fields and prairies," she said. A growing number of wind- turbine fields are planned for electric generation at several new sites statewide. The governor this year also is heading a national coalition of governors promoting ethanol production. SEE RURAL, PAGE A6 IN THE NEWS Hispanic twinoss letters tope to ignite voting power GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — "Su voto es poder".— "Your vote Is power." The Hispanic Business Owners group of Grand Island Is meeting and working at the grass-roots level, hoping to turn a growing Nebraska and national Hispanic presence Into Hispanic, political power. "We started In April with five members' 1 and have grown'to nearly 3Q members, said Jacln- to Corona of G.I. Family Radio, who Is president of the group. "Now we have business owners from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico sitting together at the same table and working for the community of Grand Island. "Our campaign now Is to register people to vote," he said. In an election year that has Immigration as a hot Issue, the group knew it was a good time to get Hlspanlcs Involved: The group hopes to gather 1,500 people on June 25 at St. Mary's Parish Center for voter registration and education. Similar efforts will be undertaken In Lincoln, Columbus, Lexington, South Sioux City and other Nebraska communities, he said. LIGHTER SIDE WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) —A black bear picked the wrong yard .(or a Jaunt, running Into a territorial tabby who ran the furry beast up a tree—twice. Jack, a 15-pound orange and white cat, keeps a close vigil on his property, often chasing small animals, but his owners and neighbors say his latest escapade was surprising. "We used to joke, 'Jack's on duty, 1 never knowing he'd go after a bear," owner Donna Dickey said. Neighbor Suzanne Qlovanettl first spotted Jack's accomplishment after her husband saw a bear climb a tree on the edge of their northern New Jersey property June 4. Qlovanettl thought Jack was simply looking up at the bear, but soon realized the much larger animal was afraid of the hissing cat. After about 15 minutes, the bear descended and tried to run away, but Jack chased It up another tree. COMING MONDAY Foster Grandparents share their love, wisdom with students a^ St, Mary Elementary, vMI vwVUHv«Wv f 9 MRP INSIDE this A that A2 Kansas A3 Opinion A4 Obituaries AS Sports B1 Scoreboard .....02 Business .....B5 Financial B6 Classifieds C1 Nor'Wester 01 Family Album D2 Comics D8 z^T^^mL^ OUTSIDE LlCUFHEeUT Today, partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Expanded weather, page B6. 5 sections, 40 pages CONTACT us:

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