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Hays, Kansas
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SUNDAY, JUNE 18,2006 Briefs Budget back on county commission agenda The Ellis County Commission will meet in regular session at 8:45 a.m. Monday in the Commission Room at the Ellis County Courthouse, 1204 Fort. • At 8:45, Ellis County Extension Agent Stacy Campbell will give an update on ag-related activities. • At 9, Public Works Administrator Mike Graf will discuss road and bridge, solid waste, noxious weed and environmental matters. • At 9:30, Ellis County Counselor Bill Jeter will discuss union negotiations. • At 10, Health Administrator Butch Schlyer will present his monthly report. • At 10:15, Information Technology Director Mike Leiker will present his monthly report. • At 10:30, commissioners will discuss the budget. Budget requests going before Ellis council Monday ELLIS — Ellis City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening at city hall. Council members will consider whether Fourth of July fireworks should be banned this year because of drought. Council members will review 2007 budget requests from the Ellis Public Library, the parks committee, the Ellis Railroad Museum and the Ellis Country Club. The council will review preliminary design memorandum for the water treatment plant and consider vacating an alley north of Big Creek between Jefferson and Taylor. They will consider audit proposals for small entities and review a lease with Good Samaritan Center for a temporary water treatment plant. Also on the table for discussion is the purchase of a 1-ton sand-spreader truck. Victoria council will receive report on violence VICTORIA — Victoria City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. REGION AND STATE ...,., They will hear a'report from Charlotte Linsner, director of Northwest Kansas Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Inc. The disaster response plan, community building and an update on a hike and bike trail will be discussed during the meeting. Council members will hear reports from department heads. Trego County will hear about budget requests Trego County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Monday. On the morning agenda, the commission will hear from Dave Barber on closing general obligation bonds and from Judy Phillips on the communications budget. In the afternoon, the commission will hear from WaKeeney City Administrator Hardy Howard and Mayor Kenny Deutscher, from Joleen Nimz on laser check writing, from Rural Fire Chief Larry Eberle on paperwork for a fire truck and from the conservation district board on their budget. School board looking at increasing tax rate Members of Hays USD 489's Board of Education will have a full slate at Monday's regular meeting. The board will convene at 7 p.m. in the Toepfer Board Room of Rockwell Administration Center. The board will vote on the third and final draft of the 200607 capital outlay list and on a resolution to increase the local option budget. There will be consideration of bids for numerous items, including air conditioning for the O'Loughlin Elementary School gymnasium, designation of surplus property and discussion about a contract with Hays Medical Center's Center for Health Improvement for using its swimming pool. Other items up for approval include a wellness policy for the district. Corrections 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) 628-1081. Ask for Patrick Lowry, executive editor, or Mike Corn, managing editor, or e-mail the editors at plowry@daUynews.qet or mcorn@dailynew8.Qet. FRED HUNT / Hays Daily News 1st Sgt. Glenn Roberts calls Young Troopers Into formation Saturday morning at Historic Fort Hays' annual Young Troopers camp. Stormy weather no match for Young Troopers By PHYLLIS J. ZORN Daughter of Ralph Romig HAYS DAILY NEWS A Friday evening thunderstorm made for changes in the schedule at Young Troopers camp at Historic Fort Hays — but like good little troopers, most of the campers didn't mind. Instead of camping out in tents on the grounds, the 20 fifth-graders from area schools unrolled their sleeping bags onto the floor of the blockhouse Friday night. Colby Custer and Jacob Bickle, both students at Lincoln Ele- Dressed as a camp daughter, Ella Roberts, 4, watches as Young Troopers camp participants practice handsewing pockets Satur- 'a tent Saturday '' " Colby was the only one who gave a mixed, review about ' sleeping in the blockhouse. "Sleeping in the blockhouse was OK," Colby said. "I wanted. to sleep out here," "It was fine by me," Jacob said. They got to sleep near "a weird light where you could look underneath the floor," Jacob said. The camp experience gives the children an opportunity to learn about what it was like to be a soldier during the days when the fort was an active Army post. John Allen, reenacting an Army corporal, Ross Roberts, reenacting an ordnance sergeant, and Glenn Roberts, ll-ji.KUU'iki K'liiUI ' Jllli ,Vxll--ill reenacting a first sergeant, drilled the campers until they mastered the routine of marching like soldiers Saturday morning. It wasn't a simple task. "The about face, instead of turning one direction or the other, you're going to turn all the way around — and you're going to turn to the right," Ross Roberts instructed them, turning as he spoke to demonstrate. When he called out, "About face," the campers gave a disorganized turn. Glenn Roberts told them how to line themselves up straight by teaching them the commands, "dress left" and "dress right." Allen gave the campers in- structions on how to march' in files and columns. Far from marching in unison, the campers' feet made a constant pitter-patter on the wooden porch of the bunkhouse. "Concentrate more on picking up your foot and putting it down than on walking," Bob Wilhelm told them, demonstrating the choppy march steps they needed to master. This time their march was nearly perfect. Wilhelm was excited. "That was great!" Wilhelm told them. "What we heard was step, step, step instead of thump-thump-thump-thump- thump." Parent Doug Rohr, Ellis, brought his youngest child, Kaelyn, 3, to check how his son, Jordan, a student at Washington elementary school in Ellis, was enjoying camp. Rohr watched the marching drill while Kaelyn played on the ground near his feet. When the marching drill was completed, Kaelyn scampered to her brother and took his hand while he headed to fill his canteen. Then the campers got a rest break. Adella Martinez, a student at O'Laughlin, said she came to camp to learn what life was like in the past. 1 ' "iJju'st' fltt&ght it wciuld twrik •'•••> [ cool experience to See what it t would'belike and '—'•' il '-'-- 1 lived," A'della said. For Colby and Jacob, coming to camp was more about learning about the military Colby is pondering whether he'll enlist some day. Jacob has seemingly decided. "I'm thinking about joining the Air Force," Colby said. "I also like camping. I thought it would be a lot of fun." "I do want to be in the military when I grow up, and I wanted to see how it would be in training a long time ago," Jacob said. The camp is scheduled to wrap up after lunch today. Reporter Phyllis Zorn can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 137, or by e-mail at Spearville wind-farm project on track for completion later this year SPEARVILLE (AP) — Kansas's newest wind energy plant, the Spearville Wind Energy Facility, was inaugurated Friday by state and local officials as work remains on track to erect the 67 turbines slated to be built here. The facility, owned and operated by Kansas City Power & Light, will generate 100.5 megawatts — enough to supply about 33,000 homes annually — when it is completed, the company said. The first turbines should be producing energy to the electric grid by the first week in July, KCP&L spokesman Tom Robinson said. Others will go online as sdbn as they are completed and tested. To date, the company has poured the all turbine foundations. Nine of the turbines are now on site, and the first of two massive erection cranes are being assembled to put them up, Robinson said. Parts for more than 20 other turbines have arrived, and the new electrical substation that will deliver the energy to the grid has been completed. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius — who has called wind energy one of the state's greatest natural resources — attended Friday's ceremony along with local and company officials. KCP&L has called Spearville the ideal location for the facility because of its wind resources, it meets the company's environmental guidelines and it has the support of the community The $166 million plant is the third large- scale wind facility built in Kansas, with several other projects proposed throughout the state. The Spearville site, 15 miles northeast of Dodge City, encompasses 5,000 acres. The 112-megawatt Montezuma wind farm, owned by FPL Group Inc., of Juno Beach, Fla., has been operating since December 2001, providing electricity to consumers in Kansas and Missouri. PPM Energy Inc., of Portland, Ore., owns the 150-megawatt Elk River Wind Power Project, the state's largest wind farm, in the Flint Hills near Beaumont in Butler County. It went online in December 2005. THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A3 Friends remember drowning victims PARSONS <AP) Days after three southeast Kansas high school students and their Spanish teacher drowned in Costa • Rica, classmate Kellie Allen stood on stage- I'Yiday doing all she could to commemorate their lives. The four victims were on a school trip last weekend when they were swept out to sea. Earlier this week, rescue crews pulled the bodies of the youths from Labotte County High School out of Pacific waters near the town of Parrita. about 180 miles south of the Costa Rican capital of San Jose. Spanish teacher Brett Carlson's body was recovered on Friday. "By Spanish III. Mr. Carlson joked he had the cream of the crop," Allen said. "But I don't think he realized we were there because we wanted to be with him." Allen and seven other Labctte County High School youth survived. They paid a final homage to their classmates by organizing the Friday evening memorial service whose attendees nearly filled a 1,600-seat auditorium in this wheat-growing town. Students dabbed at their eyes as photos of their classmates — Jessica Pierce and Andrew Harpstrite, both 17, and 18-year-old Danielle Tongier, who had graduated — played back at them from a slide show on stage. One boy covered his face with a baseball cap as a soundtrack of a country song played in the background. Their 26-year-old teacher, popular at the high school, apparently jumped in to help when he saw his students were in trouble while swimming off Palo Secb beach. He is^Md'tolihve rescued at least two other students. ,., u "]t'sjust-devast'atmg7"sald'La^' bette County schools superintendent Dennis Wilson earlier in the day. "People just can't believe it. Even people who don't know any of these children or know this teacher, they feel connected just because of the magnitude of the tragedy." Those who attended the memorial service brought written memories or cards for the students and teacher, which are to be compiled into a book for their families. Carlson was leading 11 students on an educational tour when the weather changed Saturday and strong waters began pulling them out to sea. It happened on a stretch of Costa Rican shore notorious for its dangerous currents, where at least four other people already had died this year. Luis Hidalgo, president of Costa Rica's National Association of Lifeguards, said the area is popular with tourists but no lifeguards or warning signs let swimmers know of possible dangers. Lotteries TOPEKA (AP) — Here are the winning numbers selected Saturday in the Kansas Lottery: Daily Pick 3 5-2-0 Super Kansas Cash 1-7-12-29-30; Super Cashball - 12 Kansas 2by2 Red Numbers: 2-21; White Numbers: 9-10. STORM: Damage reported in Sheridan County; rains vary CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 "The actual tornado sighting was in the northwest part of town, but as you go diagonally southeast through town that's where the tree damage is," Conger said. "The weather service doesn't know if that was because of the wind." It's possible more than one tornado struck, Conger said. "There were several rotations reported," Conger said. County roads were washed out throughout the county and the city had street flooding, Conger said. A tractor got caught up in a power line, but the driver was able to get out without injury, Conger said. People out sightseeing had trouble navigating because of the tree branches down, Conger said. "All in all, it went as well as could have been expected," Conger said. Sheridan County had a wild evening. "We had a terrible stprm come through," said Sheridan County Sheriff James Johnson. "The Goodland weather bureau said it was straight-line winds; however, some local farmers said they thought they saw a tornado." Johnson said several farmsteads had damage to roofs and windows, grain storage bins were toppled over and at least 50 irrigation pivots were blown over. Johnson said corn crops were damaged when the plants were hammered by hail. He wasn't sure how much damage was done to wheat crops. ( Rainfall amounts ranged from a half- inch to 3 inches, he said. Hays had an official rainfall of .91 of an inch Friday evening. Graham County had varying amounts of rainfall, from an inch to about three inches, a sheriff's dispatcher said. "It was well-received and very nice," said Graham County dispatcher Jim Keith. There was one minor problem, with that well-received rain. "It stopped the wheat harvest right in its tracks," Keith said. Reporter Phyllis Zorn can be reached at (786) 6S8-1081, ext. 137, or by e-mail at FRED HUNT / Hays Daily News Scott Spare, a Fort Hoys State ag.buslness major, heads back to empty his combine as thunderstorms rapidly approach west of Hays Friday evening.

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