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SUNDAY, JUNE11,2006 REGION AND STATE THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A3 Corrections An incorrect location for the American Legion and Sons of the American Legion Stars and Stripes breakfast was printed in the calendar in Friday's paper. The breakfast will be from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the VFW, 2106 Vine. The Hays Daily News apologizes for the error. The Hays Daily News staff takes care with its reporting and writing. But if we make a mistake, we want to know about It so we can let readers know the correct information. We encourage readers who find an error to contact us at (785) 6281081, Ask for Patrick Lowry, executive editor, or Mike Com, managing editor, or e-mail the editors at plowryedallynewa.net or mcorn0dallynows.net. Governor's national profile slight but growing By CHRIS GREEN HARRIS NEWS SERVICE TOPEKA — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius garnered more attention from outside Kansas this past week during a trip to the nation's capital. The state's popular Democratic governor left the Sunflower State to pick up an award for her efforts at bipartisan cooperation and give an address on boosting rural areas. The appearances came on the heels of in- Sebelius Briefs Experimental airplane crashes at fly-in ST. FRANCIS — An airplane lost power shortly after takeoff near St. Francis during the 24th annual Stearman Fly-In Saturday morning. Ted J. Waltman, 50, Lakewood, Colo., took off about 11 a.m. when the engine of the experimental Murphy Moose lost power. He attempted to set the plane down in a pasture and in the process clipped a fence. This caused the plane to overturn and come to rest on its top. Neither Waltman nor passengers Wayne B. Henke, 53, or Jonathan Wenzel, 82, both of Brighton, Colo., reported injuries. Schoenchen man injured in crash north of Hays A Schoenchen man was injured Friday night in a one-vehicle accident 10 miles north of Hays on Homestead road at 260th Avenue. Michael S. Weis, 24, Schoenchen, was approaching a t-inter- section when, in an attempt to avoid being stopped, the driver shut off the vehicle's lights, ac- cprding to the Kansas Highway RateoLCThei truck then lost con- i> jj trol on the gravel and flipped into the'cr^ek bed'. ' " • '' Weis refused medical treat-" ' ' ment at the accident scene. Road issues, gun range on Trego commission agenda WaKEENEY — The Trego County Commission will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Monday at the Trego County Courthouse, 216 Main. At 10 a.m., Dale Pfannenstiel will discuss road issues. At 11 a.m., Dave Harding will discuss diversion funds and the gun range. " At 2 p.m., Terry Campbell will discuss accreditation of level five facility. Spark at salon causes temporary street closure A faulty light ballast at Peel's Salon Services, 715 Main, caused a spark and spurred emergency unit response at the beginning of Friday's lunch hour. The incident caused Main Street between Seventh and Eighth streets to be closed off for a short period of time. There were no injuries and no damage. Fort Riley soldier denied retrial for murder conviction FORT RILEY (AP) — A Fort Riley soldier convicted of killing two fellow soldiers won't get a new trial because a military judge Friday rejected his claim that evidence in his case might have been contaminated. The judge, Lt. Col. Timothy Grammel, ruled after a daylong hearing for Aaron Stanley, formerly of suburban Phoenix. Stanley is serving life in prison without a chance of parole and had hoped to reopen his case or get his sentenced reduced. Stanley's attorney presented a letter from another soldier involved in the shootings that suggested the crime scene wasn't properly secured before police arrived .or while they were there. Normally, crime scenes are off limits to outsiders to preserve evidence. After reviewing conflicting evidence about whether the crime scene might have been contaminated, Grammel said from the bench, "That clearly did not happen." Stanley was convicted of two counts of premeditated murder for the Sept. 13,2004, shooting deaths of Staff Sgt Matthew Werner, 30, of Oxnard, Calif., and Spc. Christopher D. Hymer, 23, of Nevada, Mo., at Stanley's farmhouse near Clay Center, about 30 miles west of Fort Riley creased national attention being heaped on Sebelius over the last year for her leadership position in a largely Republican state. However, the governor must climb farther up the political ladder to have a strong enough track record to seek future national office, a political commentator said this past week. Despite some recent recognition, Sebelius isn't well known outside the state and has not generated much buzz among Democrats nationally, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "She hasn't had a particularly high profile," Sabato said of Sebelius, who was briefly mentioned as a possible running mate for U.S. Sen. John Kerry's presidential bid in 2004. Despite that, Kansas State University political science professor Joe Aistrup said Sebelius seems to be considered a rising star in some circles of the Democratic Party. In November, Time magazine named her one of the nation's best five governors. Earlier this year, voters in a poll mentioned Sebelius to be a possible female contender for the U.S. presidency. Just last week, Sebelius made state and national headlines for picking former state GOP Chairman Mark Parkinson to be her running mate for her re-election campaign. Sebelius' efforts to work with politicians from outside her party have prompted plaudits from pundits such as Washington Post columnist David Broder. Some Democrats also may just be intrigued by Sebelius' high level of popularity in a state that has overwhelmingly elected and re-elected GOP conservatives such as U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, who's making national headlines of his own as he flirts with a 2008 presidential bid. "I tend to think her biggest accomplishment is that she won a deeply red state and it looks like she'll win a second election," Sabato said. "That is what impresses national Democrats." One reason Sebelius' profile isn't high- er nationally is because she's been forced to put all of her focus on running her home state, Sabato said. A re-election win this November would free the governor up to explore other possibilities in the future, he said. Sebelius spokeswoman Megan Ingmire said the governor is humbled by the recognition she's received nationally. She said Sebelius is pleased that it has brought "national focus and attention to all of the positive things that are happening in Kansas right now." Recently the governor said she would continue to concentrate on issues important to Kansans, such as helping boost the state's schools and economy, as well as reducing health care costs and streamlining state government. Despite talk of her profile, the governor hasn't made it clear whether she has ambitions for higher office, Aistrup said. • • • Sebelius' results in the fall's governor's race could go a long way in telling her political future, analysts said. Aistrup said Sebelius would need to score a big win against the Republican challenger in November to generate enough buzz to become a candidate for national offices. No Democrat has filed to run against Sebelius with Monday's filing deadline looming. Six Republicans are vying for the right to challenge her. They include fathering advocate Ken Canfield of Overland Park; physician and state Sen. Jim Barnett of Emporia; and former House Speaker Robin Jennison of Healy. "I think she has to win her re-election here in Kansas in a fairly convincing manner to focus the lights on her," Aistrup said. If she wins, Sabato said Sebelius could at the very least have something important to say about strategies the Democratic Party can use to win right-leaning states. However, state Republican Party Chairman Tim Shallenburger said he believes Sebelius has reached the pinnacle of her political career. Sebelius, who defeated Shallenburger in the last governor's race with 53 percent of the vote, isn't going to become vice president or be a U.S. senator, he said. The governor is out of step with average Kansans on such issues as taxes, gay marriage and immigration, Shallenburger said. The race to unseat her could hinge on Sebelius' performance as governor and the ability of the Republican nominee to connect with voters. "If we defeat her in November, I think she'll be political history," Shallenburger said. JAMIE ROPER / Hays Dally News Veteran trials rider Jess Kempkes, Lincoln, Neb., bunny-hops Friday over volunteer Von Quinn, Junction City, during an exhibition event for the 2006 Kansas State Rally of the Harley Owner's Group. "I wasn't scared even for a second," Quinn said, "This guy's a professional." H.O.G,: Community welcomes motorcyclists CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 "It's as simple as someone saying 'We're glad you're here,' to the major sponsorships. I also watch a lot of cars let motorcycles out." The rally gathered together members of state and nationwide Harley Owners Groups. The event was a give-and-take with the local community. Some events such as destination rides were open exclusively to rally participants. Others were open to the public, such as the Indianapolis Motorcycle Drill Team, the Team Extreme trials riding display and Saturday's parade. "It shows some types of activitie^ we're involved in," Schultz said. "It also gives the community a chance to see us welcome them in to our family, the same way they've welcomed us in." It also allowed Isaac Pena to bring his sons, Adam, 6, and Noah, 4, to see the motorcycles. While this weekend's event was the Kansas State H.O.G. rally, it was open to any and all H.O.G. members, which now tops 1 million. Participants this weekend were from Canada, Australia, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Illinois and Michigan. "People plan their vacation around state rallies," Schultz said. This was true of the Antinoro family A Harley-Davidson kickstand sinks Into the asphalt of Home Depot's parking lot Friday afternoon as temperatures reached over 100 degrees In Hays. from Oklahoma City. Don, Linda and their 15-year-old son, Bryce, took a few days to come to the rally in Hays. The family-like atmosphere was something Don Antinoro said he appreciated about the rally. "I like to visit with people and exchange ideas," Antinoro said. "I like to see what I like about their bike and share experiences you've had — what to do and what not to do. Everybody benefits in the end." Perhaps decades ago, Harley owners fit the stereotype of black leather and bandanas. Some today still fit that mold, such as Ronnie "Foxy" Ross from Plainville. His 2-year-old sheltie, Pal, rides in a milk crate on the back of Ross' 2001 fuel-injected Soft- ail Springer. "I taught him as a pup," Ross said. "He was 6 weeks old when I got him. I put him in my snowmobile suit with me and he's been riding with me ever since." The duo zips around the back roads of western Kansas with Carolyn McKnight, Durango, Colo. But the Harley family expanded. Not all riders have the 50 years experience on a Harley that Ross does. "Today's Harley owners don't fit the old stereotype," Antinoro said. "They range from doctors to lawyers, but they're all people that want to get out and have fun. We visit and meet strangers. People help each other and it's good fun." Reporter Karen Mlkols can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 143, or by e-mail at kmlkola@dallynew8.net. FHSU junior takes classroom lessons into southern political ring By MICAH MERTES HAYS DAILY NEWS A Fort Hays State University student is taking what'he learned in the classroom to the political arena of another state. Junior and political science major Josh Blau headed to North Carolina on Friday to begin campaign management for Linda Coleman, state representative in the 39th House District of the state. Blau will stay all the way through November, to the very end of the race. The location of the 39th District will cover mainly rural areas and a chunk of Raleigh. "I've been working on the political management track at FHSU and done some campaign work for Janis Lee," Blau said. "Hopefully with this I'll get a chance to figure out if this is what I want to do with my life. She's a very good candidate to be working with." Blau will be organizing fundraisers, doing light financial worH, working with direct mailers and dealing with all the door- to-door and day-to-day duties his position calls for. When Blau expressed Interest In political campaigning, a friend of his put him in touch with the North Carolina Democratic Committee, which, in turn, got him a few conversations with different candidates. "Coleman, I felt, was the right choice because my beliefs definitely line up with hers," Blau said. "It wasn't too difficult of a decision." Though he cites his instructors as major Influences, Blau's road to this position precedes FHSU. "My Interest In politics has been going on for awhile," he said. "It's something that's always been important in my life." One major downside to Blau's departure is leaving his girlfriend. "She's going to be taking an Internship on the other coast In California while I'm doing this," Blau said. "She's going to come visit me after hers is over, but that's one time we'll get to see each other In about six months. It'll be hard." Reporter Mlcah Merles can be reached at (78$) 628-1801, ext. 139, or by e-mail at mmirtwOdallynewt.not. Hays woman recognized for leadership By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS With all the 4-H awards and honors that Donna Maskus has received over the years, it's hard to believe that she had never attended the annual Kansas 4- H Emerald Circle Banquet to accept an award for herself. Maskus — a long-time^H^ member, cm and project leader, parent and volunteer — had been to the banquet set aside to honor the top state award-winners of the year twice before with family members. This year, though, it was Maskus asking family to attend with her. Maskus was chosen a state 4-H alumnus of the year, given to honor leadership, citizenship and community service. She joined Frank Langer from Jewell County as the state alumni winners this year. Langer represented the Post Rock District, which includes the counties of Osborne, Jewell, Mitchell and Lincoln. Ellis County, and specifically the Gemini Juniors 4-H Club, was well-represented at the state banquet. Maskus is a club leader for Gemini Juniors, and Jennifer Purvis, a member of Gemini Juniors, was one of the state scholarship winners this year. "That was neat having two from our county, and both from the same club," said Susan Schlichting, 4-H and youth extension agent for Ellis County. "There isn't a more deserving person around for this award," said Schlichting, who said Maskus bleeds 4-H green. Maskus attended her first Emerald Circle Banquet as a 4- H'er in Pawnee County in 1989 when her parents were honored as the state 4-H family of the year. Maskus learned the value of hard work early on, growing up the oldest in a family of four girls on a dairy farm near Larned. Her parents, Herb and Kathy Bowman, were involved in 4-H as leaders and parent volunteers. Maskus won numerous awards in her 10 years as a 4-H member, including grand championships in food and nutrition, clothing, and livestock fitting and showing. As a 4-H parent, Maskus has given of her time for nearly 20 years. She also is chair of the 4-H scholarship and development committee, fair superintendent for plant science and an Extension board member, as well as serving on numerous community boards and committees. "I'm not a person that sits," she said. "I like to keep busy." A persistent sort, after several tries, Maskus even won the 2002 Governor's Cookie Jar award at the Kansas State Fair In Hutchinson. But this one is really special. SEE AWARD, rue M

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