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A6 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS Fid THE BEGIRD WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21,2006 Joseph D, Winter Jr, Joseph D. Winter Jr., 82, Hoxie, died Monday, June 19,2006, at Sheridan County Hospital, Hoxie. He was born Nov. 24,1923, north of Hoxie to Joseph D. Sr. and Celina (Kline) Winter. He married Agnes Campbell Nov. 17,1948, in Leoville. He was a cattle buyer and farm operator, and served in the U.S. Marine Corp. Survivors include his wife, of the home; three sons, Dan Winter, Grenada, Calif., John Winter, Dresden, and Vic Winter, Wichita; a daughter, Mary Lou Jones, Colby; a brother, Warren Winter, New Braunfels, Texas; a sister, Mary Jo McClaren Henderson, New; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, David and Michael, and one grandson, Brad Winter. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Frances Catholic Church, Hoxie; burial in Hoxie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home, 1016 Sheridan, Hoxie. There will be a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Sheridan County Amusement Co., Hoxie. Ralph Earl 'Woody' Woodward Ralph Earl "Woody" Woodward, 80, Quinter, died Friday, June 2,2006, at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal. He was born June 25,1926, in Park to Ralph and Martha Eby Woodward. He was a 1944 graduate of Quinter High School and graduated from Fort Hays State College. He married Sandra Sexton Ransier on Oct. 28,1953. She preceded him in death. He married Retta Mae Starkey on June 10, 1989. He worked for several companies, most recently Swift Bullet Co., Quinter. He also served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Bruce Ransier; three daughters, Shannon Lewis, Shellie Blaco, and Stacey Callahan; two stepsons, Milton Jamison and Wesley Jamison; three stepdaughters, Marsha Jamison, Verla McFadden, and Leilani Schnoor; nine grandchildren; 16 stepgrandchidren; two great- grandchildren; and six great- stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Ryan Woodward. Memorial services were on Saturday, June 10,2006, at Church of the Brethren, Quinter; inurnment in Baker Township Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the church, Jay Johnson Library or the Quinter Historical Society. John H, 'Johnnie' Baalman John H. "Johnnie" Baalman, 82, Oakley, died Monday, June 19, 2006, at Swedish Medical Center, Denver. He was born Sept. 1,1923, in Gove County to Alex A. and Mar- AlimiML SERVICE! Mary Lola Gross, 89, Novato, Calif., a former Russell resident, died Thursday, May 11,2006, in Novato. Services will be at 3 p.m. July 2 at the First Congregational Church, Russell. Cleal "Dode" Harrison, 94, Oakley, died Wednesday, June 14,2006, at Windsor of Lawrence. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Oakley First United Methodist Church; private inurnment will follow at a later date. Nadyne Calvert Gibson, 90, Long Beach, Calif., died Wednesday, May 31,2006, at her son's home in Grand Junction, Colo. Memorial services will be at cy C. (Feldt) Baalman. He married Ruth Marie Racette on Aug. 12,1947, in Grinnell. She preceded him in death in 1999. He was a retired insurance agent. Survivors include five sons, Roger J. Baalman, Laramie, Wyo., Ron Baalman, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kevin Baalman, Chicago, Duane Baalman, Oakley, and Bruce Baalman, Houston; two daughters, Linda M. Baalman, Salina, and Beverley Ries, Topeka; two brothers, Ozzie Baalman, Wichita, and Leon Baalman, Oakley; two sisters, Janice Haffner, 10a.m. July 1 at Los Altos Methodist Church, Long Beach. Vera Beatrice Schaefer, 91, Ransom, died May 21, 2006, at Griseil Memorial Long Term Care, Ransom. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ransom Cemetery; Inurnment in Ransom Cemetery. The Hays Daily News wilt publish a baste, standard obituary free of charge for people with direct ties to the newspaper's circulation area. If survivors desire to add Information to an obituary, theymaydoso for an additional charge. Completely custom obituaries are handled as paid advertising. For more Information, call (785)628-1081. Hoxie, and Carol Thummel, Wichita; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Oakley; burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Oakley. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, 217 Freeman, Oakley. A rosary-wake service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to , the church or Logan County Manor. DECLINE: Trend continues for county CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 That merger set in motion the course of action taken by the Sekavecs, specifically moving from Brownell to Hays to allow a son to take additional language classes that were not available in Ness County "Our son, Joseph, wanted to do different things," Thomas Sekavec said. "And we wanted to do what we could for him." The Sekavecs said the merger should have been countywide instead, given the population losses. News of the population losses didn't surprise the Sekavecs, or for that matter Ransom farmer ijlon Horchem or Bazine mechanic 1 Stan Erb. , .,, They all know the story, told over and over. J5a"Itdro~p"p&becaus'e there's no' work.tiere', 4 ' : Thomas Sekavec told his wife. And its virtually impossible for anyone to try to start farming, given the high cost of land and equipment. Horchem, at 72, is thinking about slowing down, but not stopping. He farms with a son who also works as an oil pumper and does contract farm work to make ends meet. He has a grandson who would like to start farming. Horchem still farms land that he bought from his parents and even farms some of the ground that his grandfather homesteaded. Horchem has taken advantage of enrolling land in the federal government's Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers for returning land to grass. Ness County the last three years has been leading the state in terms of the total number of acres enrolled in the program. Adding more Taking a break from his work in Bazine, Erb wasn't the least bit surprised either. "The population has been declining for several years now," he said. "The only thing helping us here is the Hispanics in town." Over the last three or four years, he said, several Hispanic families have moved into Bazine. The men are working in the oil fields and several of the women are working as aides in the school — the only remaining vestige of the merger with Ransom. "It they hadn't done that," Erb said of the merger, "I'm afraid we'd have closed. As you said, everywhere in western Kansas is losing The temperature shows 102 degrees on a bank sign Tuesday in Ness City. than 8,000 acres into the program earlier this month, total enrollment now stands at almost 110,000 acres — the second highest in the state and all of it taken out of production. "For an older person, it's got enough money to slow down and retire," he said of the CRP ground. Horchem said the drought also is making it difficult, given that Ness County is struggling for the fourth or fifth year in a row. He said it's likely that this year's crop disaster could spell trouble for some farmers and push more people from the county. "There is not enough industry around here for people to work," he said. While a son farms with him, another one serves as the register of deeds in Ness City A daughter lives in Dallas. The influx of Hispanics has filled houses. {, ;&ta,t r pf bosses Jh$ weratpip^ tbjy're fuU flow, he said. "There's no for-sale' sighs. The = only ones that no one is living in, they should be condemned." Erb's Lawrence Street Garage is one of only a few businesses remaining. "We don't have a grocery store," he said. "They're both gone." The drought is having an effect as well. "Usually I get 15 to 20 trucks to work on," Erb said of the pre-harvest activities. "I had two of them this year. Nobody got excited about it." "Everybody's struggling a little bit down here," Erb said. For the Sekavecs, Brownell is home. "We're still keeping our house in Brownell," Linda Sekavec said. "Because when we retire, we're coming back to Brownell." Managing editor Mike Com can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 129, or by e-mail at mcorn & dallynews.net. Population estimates for northwest Kansas Agra Albert Alexander Almena Alton Atno! Atwood Bazine Bird City Bison Bogue Brewster Brownell Bunker Hill Cedar Clayton Colby Collyer Damar Dorrance Downs Dresden Jul-05 278 183 70 454 109 47 1,139 263 438 220 169 262 42 95 24 64 5,030 125 150 189 938 48 Jul-04 285 181 71 458 110 47 1,182 269 443 224 170 268 43 97 24 65 5,139 130 150 194 953 49 2000 census 306 181 75 469 117 51 1,279 311 482 235 179 285 48 101 26 66 5,450 133 155 205 1,038 51 Edmond Ellis Esbon Qalatia Gaylord Gem Glade Goodland Gorham Gove City Grainfleld Grinnell Hays Hemdon Hill CHy. Hoxie Jennings Kanorado Kensington Klrwin LaCrosse Lebanon Lenora Uebenthal 45 1,812 133 61 128 92 106 4,485 334 95 298 299 19,632 136 1,451 1,149 130 228 480 214 1,305 278 285 108 46 1,828 135 61 129 93 108 4,516 339 97 305 306 19,827 141 1,472 1,151 134 229 493 218 1,324 280 290 109 47 1,873 148 61. 145 96 114 4,948 360 105 327 329 20,013 149 1,604 1,244 146 248 529 229 1,376 303 306 111 Logan Long Island Lucas Luray McCracken McDonald Menlo Morland Natoma Ness City Norcatur Norton Nortonville Oakley Oberlin Osbome Otis Palco Paradise Park Philllpsburg Plainvllle Portls Prairie View 549 145 422 186 203 138 55 155 329 1,326 158 2,806 598 1,984 1,811 1,440 319 228 62 137 2,432 1,889 116 131 557 147 428 191 204 144 56 156 332 1,354 161 2,852 601 2,000 1,854 1,461 322 ' 231 63 140 2,485 1,892 117 134 603 155 436 203 211 159 57 164 367 1,534 169 3,012 620 2,173 1,994 1,607 325 248 64 151 2,688 2,029 123 141 Quinter 846 Ransom 292 Rush Center 174 Russell 4,342 Russell Springs 30 St. Francis 1,376 Schoenchen 212 Selden 185 Sharon Springs 733 Smith Center 1,725 Speed 41 Stockton 1,453 Timken 81 Treece 144 Utlca 198 Victoria 1,164 WaKeeney 1,773 Waldo . 46 Wallace 62 Wlnona 205 Woodston 111 Zurich 121 - Sp«W U.S 869 298 175 4,434 30 1,390 213 185 741 1,747 42 1,465 82 146 201 1,174 1,807 47 62 208 112 122 961 338 176 4,696 32 1,497 214 201 835 1,931 44 1,558 83 149 223 1,208 1,924 48 67 228 116 126 Census Bureau PERMIT: Center trying different options south of town CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 "I'm blown away by what Bob Gillen and (beef cattle scientist) John Jaeger are doing," Steward said. "Since they started doing all the things, 1 don't think odor has been a problem. Even though I don't have a scientific measuring device to use, it's clear they've made huge improvements." Koerner, who owned and operated Hays City Mercantile in downtown Hays until last month, said she also notices the change. She credits the change to something else, though. "J think bringing it to that level of awareness has created changes," Koerner said. "There may have been complaints in the past. I don't know what level it's been brought to before, but I know it hasn't gone this far before." Steward said some outside factors that contribute to odor were notably lacking from this spring, namely, rain. "But we've had almost no rain and we know and they know rain can be a big factor in making the odor a problem," Steward said. Despite the little rainfall, Steward said he's pleased with the progress. "I think they are really working to be good neighbors to the city," Steward said. "I hope the city can look for ways to also be supportive of that facility." Those who have always supported the facility, such as local producer and Ellis County Farm Bureau President Lance Russell, say the hearing and response is a formality. "The research center had never been out of compliance," Russell said. "It was nice to see that the state took the questions that the city had and addressed every point." In addition to the pen maintenance, Gillen said his staff obtained residue left after coal burning called fly ash. "We're using it as a surface treatment experiment to see if it helps the pens dry out more rapidly and would make it easier to clean," Gillen said. "It makes the soil surface harder and impermeable so the water doesn't soak in as much." Even with these sentiments, City Manager Randy Gustafson said there might be further action by the commission. "The commission directed us to oppose the permit and take all legal action necessary," Gustafson said of the Jan. 12 meeting. "We're going to do what the commission instructed us to do." What that might be is not clear. Gustafson said the city requested a copy of the permit and will not take any action until it is received. For the time being, Gillen and his staff are continuing their efforts to Improve the facility. And Steward and his fellow commissioners will weigh their options. "It's taken three years for them to respond," Steward said. "They've been so slow to respond, and when they do respond positively I'm not sure if we should call off the dogs now or wait a little while and make sure there's some follow-through." And downtown businesses and Hays residents in general can look forward to continued improvement. "I don't look at the report as the end to a bad situation," Koerner said. "I look at it as the beginning of a good situation." Reporter Karen Mlkols can be reached at (78$) 628-1081, ext. 149, or by e-mail at kmlkol99<tallynawe.n»t SMALL: Schools could get short end of stick CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 Attorneys for the state want the court to dismiss the case, which has resulted in lawmakers passing more than $750 million in school-funding increases since 2005. Plaintiffs in the case, brought by parents and administrators in the Dodge City and Salina school districts, want justices to require additional aid for schools, saying the Legislature's school plan will come up nearly $1 billion short over the next three years. A decision in the case could come within a few weeks of the hearing. For small schools, though, the biggest concern is the potential loss of funding, which attempts to account for the higher costs of running small schools, according to a brief filed on behalf of small schools in the case by WaKeeney attorney Bernard T. Giefer. A cost study by the Legislative Post Audit Division earlier this year recommended reducing the aid schools receive to compensate for their smaller sizes. Legislators declined to enact that provision of the study. In filings, attorneys for the suit's plaintiffs argue that the study shows that small districts are 24 to 35 percent over-funded while larger, urban districts aren't having their needs fully met. Yet Giefer argues that outlying schools already face grave threats to their survival. In a nod to events in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina last year, Giefer argues that low- enrollment weighting is the "levee system" that protects small schools, and it is already insufficient. Any reductions could be disastrous, he warns. "Like the torrent that follows when a levee is breached, the resulting damage is severe, unfore- cast, indiscriminate and often irremediable," Giefer writes. Rural students already suffer from an opportunity gap compared to their urban peers and reduced funding would make it that much more difficult to fill teaching positions, Goodwin said. The state school board's attorney argues in a filing that the state's largest districts can afford to pay their teachers, on average, $8,000 more than the smallest districts. Any funding cuts would compound that problem and force districts to look for teachers qualified in multiple subjects, superintendents said. Nickerson superintendent Jerry Burch said it would be difficult to find teachers with several specialties who are willing to teach, for lower pay, in a small district. Burch's district, which receives around $900,000 from low- enrollment funding, has failed to draw a single applicant for a vacant English teaching position, he said. "It's very difficult in today's world to find that multi-talented, multi-faceted teacher to fill all of those hats that Legislative Post Audit says we should find." FIX: Plan a 'step forward' CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 Another issue, she said, is whether rural schools are receiving too big a share of the state's dollars — a question already before the court. The court's hearing will be the latest development in a seven-year dispute initiated by parents and administratbrs in'' ''•' •'''' Dodge'Ci'ty'an'd SalinaV'The" court rufed 'last year that the' '' state hadn't met its constitutional obligations because it spent too little money on its public schools and distributed the money unfairly. Legislators last year increased aid by $290 million, or more than 10 percent. While the Supreme Court signed off on the Legislature's actions, it said it could order larger increases in the future, depending on what the Post Audit study said.. The study said the state needed to increase its aid for the 2006-07 term by at least $400 million for schools to meet the state's academic requirements. But legislative leaders believed that if they approved a multiyear, bipartisan plan, the justices might accept it. Sebelius said the additional money provided schools last year and this year represents "a huge step' forwai'd for the 'chil- drfe Kansas!'* 1 " .«•»'<"• ™hrf.M ''"MoSt legislators' had wahte'd'to avoid'raising taxes'to finance additional aid for schools, and the plan they approved this year relies on existing revenues. They and Sebelius hope the economy grows enough, increasing tax revenues enough, that the state won't face financial problems during the plan's third year. "I'm hopeful that if this doesn't quite meet all the expectations, that the direction may be to come back and readdress this in years two and three," Sebelius said. Midday markets LOCAL INTEREST Courtesy Darrell G. Selbel, Edward Jones Prlc« Change AlltellCorp 6).07 +1.21 Anheuser Busch 45.74 +.14 AT&T 27.33 -.25 Atmos Energ Common 26.57 + .17 BankAmerica Corp 47.39 + .31 Baxter 37.55 +.42 BP 66.81 +1.11 Caremark Rx 48.10 + .75 Commerce Banes 50.96 + .16 ConAgra 22.36 +.13 Deere & Co 79.35 + .55 Duf & Phelp 10.08 -.03 Duke Energy 28.91 +.11 El Paso Corp 14.63 + .18 Halliburton 72.17 + 1.78 Kinder Morgan 99.79 +.39 Kellwood Co .28.50 + .40 LIVESTOCK Courtesy DACO Inc. Est. Cattle Slaughter 125,000 Choice 3-beef (cut-out) $152.24 Western Ks Cattle $80.50 Peoria Hogs $56.00 CHICAGO MERCANTILE Courtesy DACO Inc. Prev High Prev Low cents per pound Prev Close Noon Quote Live Beef Cattle June August October December 82.25 84.00 87.10 88.10 81.25 82.85 86.05 87.30 82.52 83.90 86.65 88.00 81.85 83.52 86.75 87.90 Feeder Cattle August September Octobe'r November Hogs July August October December 113.70 113.20 112.25 111.05 75.90 72.25 62.10 58.SO 112.10 111.70 110.85 109.80 73.20 69.90 60.30 56.50 113.20 113.00 111.27 110.50 76.92 73.42 63.42 59.22 113.20 112.80 112.10 110.80 74.70 70.90 61.10 57.25 Pork bailies July August February 99.65 96.36 85.65 98.20 93.50 85.65 98.65 94.05 85.60 99.85 95.02 85.65 OIL Courtesy DKJO Inc. Oolllil per btirtl Kansas Crude, noon quote $60.75 NY Spot Crude, noon quote ....$70.00 + $.66 LIVESTOCK Slaughter Cattle Auction Open lor today. Estimated Receipts: 176 Compared to last week, slaughter steers and heifers, on a very light supply, were not well tested. Slaughter cows opened steady to 1.00 lower and slaughter bulls traded steady early. Slaughter Hellers: Pkg Select and Choice 12 1020 Ibe 76.00. Slaughter Cows: Percent Lean Bulk HI Dressing Lo Dressing Breaking 70-80 lew 48.00-50.00 lew 50.0061.00 43.00-46.00 Boning 80-86 46.00-49.00 49.00-60.00 43.00-46.00 Uan 85-90 40.0045.00 45.76-47.00 33.00-37.00. Prev High Wheat July 3.73 V4 September 3.93 December 4.11 Corn July 2.32 September 2.43 '/a December 2.58 Vi Soybeans July 5.89 August 5.96 Vi November 6.16 Soybean meal July 179.00 August 179.50 October 182.00 Oats July 2.03% September 2.01 Vi December 2.02% Prev Prev Noon Low Close Quote dollars per bushel 3.69 3.68% 3.71 Vi 3.86 3.76% 3.89 Vi 4.06% 3.95 % 4.08% dollars per bushel S.29% 2.29% 2,31 '/i 2.41% 2.41 2.43 2.55% 2.55% 2.57% dollars per bushel 5.84 V4 6.84 V4 5.86% 5.91 Vz 5.92 5.93 6.10% 6.11 6.12'/4 dollars per Ion 176.70 177.90 177.40 177.80 178.90 178.40 179.60 180.50 180.20 dollars per bushel 1.97 1,95% 2.00 1.95% 1.93V4 2.01 1.98 1.94% 2.00% METALS NEW YORK (AP) — Spot nonferrous metal prices today. Copper - 335.65 cents Cathode lull plate, U.S. destinations. Copper 328.65 cents per Ib., N.Y. Merc spot Exci" Wd " W02 '°° P8r m8lrio lon ' Londo " MeW Zinc -147.83 cents Ib., delivered Gold • $674.60 Handy & Harman (only dally Noon quotes Price Change Kroger 20.57 +.'10 McDonald's 33.42 +.46 Microsoft 22.88 +.32 MolsonCoors 68.45 +.59 Northwest Nat. Gas 34.94 + .41 Raytheon Co 44.54 + .62 Semco Energy Inc 5.75 o Southwest Gas Corp 29.21 + .45 Sprint Nextel 20.43 + .17 SyskoCorp 30.14 -.01 Sykes Enterprises 15.46 + .29 Lowes Co 61.95 +.76 Home Depot Inc 36.73 + .31 Liz Clalborne 37.53 + .01 Union Pacific 89.44 + 2.14 Wai Mart 48.83 +.40 Westar Energy 21.80 + .10 HAYS CASH GRAINS I Courtxy Midland Marketing dollars J Local cash wheat 4.46 Local cash mllo 3.42 KANSAS CITY WHEAT Courtesy DACO Inc. dollars per bushel Prev Prev Prev Noon High Low Close Quote July 4.82 4.77 4.61 4.81 September 4.91 4.86 4.70 4.90 December 5.00'/a 4.95% 4.81% 4.99 W CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE Courtesy DACO Inc.

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