The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 15, 2006 · Page 1
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Futbolfame men. MBB **f •**• - m - m mwf HAYS THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Thursday June 15,2006 Hays, Kansas 500 Abstinence policy seen as part of lire' By JOHN HANNA ASSOCIATED PRESS TOPEKA — In what one advocate describes as a national "prairie fire," Kansas has become the latest state with a policy of stressing abstinence in public schools' sex education courses. A policy adopted Wednesday by the State Board of Education says human sexuality classes should promote abstinence "until marriage," while still giving students complete and medically accurate information about birth control and preventing sexually transmitted diseases. Approving a policy — instead of a mandate threatening schools' accreditation if they didn't comply — was a concession from the board's 6-4 conservative majority. But some advocates of comprehensive sex ed programs still worried the policy will encourage school districts to adopt programs designed to scare students out of having sex. Twenty-six other states have policies of stressing abstinence and 20 require it, including Alabama, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and Utah, according to the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. SEE ABSTINENCE, PAGE A6 HOW THEY VOTED t iflSMatoWk ^'TttWN vote Wednesday by which mieiate feeamof Education ap- ov&d'fe jfcto that piibile schools' sax eduea- rtcla'ssas ehotild stteds abstinence "until , (^Arkansas City. •> J6hfi &ac6ii; R-Olathe. . Kaths* Martln t R-Clay Center. donnle Morfl8 r R-6t. Francis. • Iris Van Meter, R-thayeK * ,- Keh Winare); R'Hutchlnson. VOtlNQNO Sue Gamble, R-Shawnee. Carol Rupe, R-Wlchlta. • Bill Wagnon, D-Topeka. Janet Waugh, D-Kansas City. FAIR FUNDING GROUP SAYS FINANCE FORMULA WELL SHORT By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Schools for Fair Funding has issued its brief to the Kansas Supreme Court concerning school finance for 2006-07. Now, all it can do is something it's become quite accustomed to the past several years — wait. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in late May signed a three-year, $541 million school finance package, putting it back to the Supreme Court just like a year ago. Schools for Fair Funding, a coalition that supported a lawsuit filed in 1999 that said the formula for funding public education was inadequate and inequitable, responded to Senate Bill 549 by saying that it is "$276 million below the actual and necessary costs of producing the state-mandated outcomes this year." SEE FINANCE, PAGE A6 Erica Mai- leck, 3, left, and Braiden Meyers, 5, play with a water toy Wednesday at Little Sprouts Chjldcare Center and Preschool in Hays. The facility utilizes a variety of water games to help the children stay cool in the summer. STEVEN HAUSLER Hays Dally News WATER WORLD By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS It's not hard to tell what day of the week it is when youngsters show up at Little Sprouts Childcare Center and Preschool in Hays on Wednesday mornings during the summer months. They look forward to "Water Wednesday" more than any other day of the week. "You know.when we're having Water Wednesday," said -one of the preschool teachers, Betsy Schirmer. "They are bouncing off the walls and get very excited." It doesn't take too much creativity to satisfy youngsters when it involves water. Sixteen Little Sprouts preschoolers ages 3 to 5 definitely have fun with a plastic water sprinkler toy that one of the teachers bought at a garage sale for $3. Whether running through the sprinkler or swinging their towels in the breeze, the youngsters knew how to entertain themselves. "Should we send the towels home to be washed?" asked Charissa Roe, the toddler room teacher at Little Sprouts. SEE WATER, PAGE A3 Children at Little Sprouts cool off Wednesday as they play with water toys. Candidates ready for primaries By PHYLLIS J. ZORN HAYS DAILY NEWS Voters who want to leave their voter registration as "independent" aren't shut out from voting in the Aug. 1 primary — if they choose to vote on the Democratic ballot. The executive committee of the Kansas Democratic Party on Monday had a conference call meeting and voted to continue having open primaries, said Glenn Staab, chairman of the Ellis County Democratic Party. "They can go in and declare themselves unaffiliated, and they don't have to declare the Democratic Party," Staab said. "In the past, they'd have to change their affiliation and then go in after the election and change it again." "The Kansas Democratic Party has a long tradition of inclusion as a party, and we're convinced that allowing unaffiliated voters to join in our primary will strengthen our candidates," said Mike Gaughan, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party Staab added that only one Ellis County Democratic race will have a candidate eliminated in the primary. "The only true primary race will be the county commission race," Staab said. "Henry Schwaller is a Democrat, and he's running for the First District against Chris Channell. The Republican Party doesn't allow open voting in the primary, unless the unaffiliated voter changes his party registration to the GOP "Obviously when you're trying to elect people to represent the Republican Party in the fall general election it just makes sense to have Republicans nominate them," said Ron Freeman, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party. Besides the Ellis County Commission having two Democratic candidates, the Osborne County Commission will have two Democratic candidates in the primary election. Democrats Dean Greig and Bryan Byrd will square off against each other for that seat. Republicans E. Thomas Jaenson and Thomas Earl Cady also face each other in the primary On other primary ballots, the races are all between Republicans. In Decatur County, Marcia K. Lohoefener and Stan McEvoy will vie for county commission. In Rawlins County, John Mickey is challenging incumbent Charles Unger's post on the county commission. In Thomas County, Byron Sowers hopes to topple incumbent county commissioner Ron Evans. The open Cheyenne County Commission seat has three hopefuls. They are Gary S. Brubakcr, Clayton Janicke and Ernie Ketzner. Gove County will have two races with same-party candidates. Incumbent Mahlon Tuttle will face Don Patterson in the county commission race and incumbent District Magistrate Lois Werner faces challenges from Carol Kinderknecht and Marvin G. Beesley. SEE PRIMARY, PAGE A6 IN THE NEWS German police release all but ftree of 429 soccer hooligans BERLIN (AP) — German police today released all but three of the 429 soccer hooligans they arrested the night before during clashes with officers and other disturbances In the western city of Dortmund. The arrests before and after Germany's 1-0 win over Poland on Wednesday were the first significant trouble of the World Cup- They included at least 120 German hooligans who began hurling bottles and chairs when officers tried to remove them from a central square. "It was necessary to arrest them so that the other fans could celebrate peacefully," said police spokesman Ulrich Mueller-Rohrberg. Under German law, people can be held up to 48 hours if police think they are a threat. The majority of those arrested were German. Of the 429, police said 278 were German, 119 were Polish and the remaining 32 came from other European countries. Many of the Poles were plucked without Incident from crowds by German police work- Ing with Polish authorities who could Identify known troublemakers. LIGHTER SIDE MONTCLAIR, Calif. (AP) —A homeowner digging for gold In his front yard said he got "carried away" and ended up with a 60-foot-deep hole, authorities said. Henry Mora, 63, began digging 10 days ago after his gold detector reported a positive hit near his front patio. He told authorities he only Intended to go down 3 or 4 feet. "I figured, well, maybe there's something down there — you would logically conclude, right? So I started digging," the semlretlred musician said. He started finding gold dust In the dirt and the detector kept hinting that he was getting closer, so he kept digging. Fire officials called to the scene Tuesday found two men that Mora hired were Inside the hole, using a bucket and rope to remove dirt. "We told him, 'You're done,'" said Montcialr fire Capt. Rich Baldwin. "It's amazing no one got killed. 1 ' COMING SUNDAY Flying enthusiasts descend on Wilson Lake for remote control glider competition. INSIDE this that A2 Kansas A3 Opinion A4 Entertainment AS Obituaries AS Financial A6 National A7 Sports B1 Scoreboard B2 Classifieds 04 Comics 87 Annie's Mailbox B7 OUTSIDE LQMIFOHEHST Tonight, windy. Partly cloudy In the evening. A 50-percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows around 70. South winds 20 to 30 mph, Expanded weather, page A10. 2 soettarw-. 18 pages CONTACT us: PHONE: (785) 626-1081 OR (KM) 657-6017 FAX: (785) 628-8166

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