A6 THE HAYS DAILY NE FOR THE RECORD THURSDAY, JUNE 22,2006 Mary E, Douglass Mary E. Douglass, 96, Quinter, died Wednesday, June 21,2006, at Gove County Medical Center, Quinter. Arrangements are pending with Schmitt Funeral Home, Quinter. Eugene A,'Gene'Blake Eugene A. "Gene" Blake, 75, Goodland, died Monday, June 19, 2006, at Goodland Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 1,1930, in Cando, N.D., to Arnold and Erna (Schumacher) Blake. He attended schools in Hampden, N.D. He married Elda Elfman on May 6,1958, in Crookston, Minn. Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Rodney Blake, Goodland; a daughter, Tammy Leiker, Goodland; a brother, Harold Blake, San Diego; a sister, Dorian Woodruff, Waco, Texas; and two grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Mountani time Friday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Goodland; burial in Goodland Mary Lol« Grow, 89, Novato, Calif., a former Russell jishteftt, died Thuftday, May 11,2006, In Novato. Services will be at 3 p.m. July 2 at the First Congregational Church, Russell. deal "Dode" Harrison, 94, Oakley, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Windsor of Memoral 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. Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Mountain time today at Koons Funeral Home, 211N. AiimiHJu SERVICES Memorial services will be at 10 am July 1 at Los Alias Methodist Church, Long Beach. Joseph 0. Winter Jr., 82, . Hoxie, died Monday, June 19, 2006, at Sheridan County Hospital, Hoxle. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Frances Catholic Church, Hoxie; burial in Hoxle Cemetery. Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today at Mickey- Leopold Funeral Home, 1016 Sheridan, Hoxie. There will be .a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. John H. "Johnnie" Baalman, 82, Oakley, died Monday, June 19, 2006, at Swedish Medical Center, Main, Goodland, KS 67735-1555, and until time of service Friday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Denver. 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 until 9 p.m. today at Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, 217 Freeman, Oakley. There will be a rosary- wake service at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. OlITMRY POLICY The Hays Dally News win publish a basis, standard obituary tree of charge tot people with direct ties to the newspaper's circulation area. If survivors desire to add Information to an obituary, they may do so for an additional charge. Completely Custom obituaries are handled as paid advertising. For more Information, call (785) 628-1081. Prairie Winds and Pioneer Power Association, Hampden, N.D., or Sherman County Relay for Life in care of the funeral home. SPEED: Plans currently well-hidden for event CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 Mark Morse, a public relations representative for the company, said they are just now working on the details of the celebration. He said he plans to work on a press release yet this week for possible release in two weeks. Morse admits that he is "teasing" the event, and hopes to build interest in the celebration, which some say could attract as many as 5,000 people. Speed was chosen over three other communities of the same name in the United States. It obviously was chosen because of its name and how it relates to cars. Its rural setting also attracted Mattel officials. "It gives us the opportunity to drive attention to a small community like that," Morse said. "Things happen all the time in New York and Los Angeles and frankly, I'm sick of it." There has been an outpouring of support from the community and the region, he said. "It's a great little news hook," he admits. Although the celebration likely will not serve as a setting for unveiling a new product, it will instead recognize Hot Wheels and all of the products that are an outgrowth of that type of toy The celebration also hopes to take advantage of events surrounding the annual Phillipsburg Rodeo, which will take place on the three days prior to the Speed celebration. Morse freely acknowledges the celebration, noting that it is a Hot Wheels celebration, and that there will be a parade through Speed and that vendors will be on hand. There also will be entertainment, although he declined to say what kind or who might be performing. There will be a car display, in the form of real muscle cars. And, of course, there will be plenty of the scale models. Locally, the event — other than the fact that it's taking place — is a closely guarded secret. Jackie Swatzell at the Phillipsburg Chamber of Commerce didn't want to talk about it, other than to suggest that Mattel planned to issue a release in the near future. She had to get company permission to go on the radio asking for volunteers to help with the festivities. She referred all calls to Morse. Jeff Hofaker, Phillips County economic development director, said he's aware of the celebration plans but is acting in a supporting role. He's already passed along the information and requests for help to other economic development and chamber groups in northwest Kansas. "We're hoping for 5,000 people or more," he said. "It's going to have to have regional help." It's also going to have a regional effect, if that many people show up. :', Already, Hays-motels are exr ,, ''pected to benefit from'the influx' of people for the Sunday event. And Hofaker said the Hot Wheels celebration is on top of the rodeo, set for Aug. 3 to 5. Morse said there's talk of a Hot Wheels presence in the rodeo parade, to help hype the celebration that will take place the day after the rodeo ends. "We're very excited about it from an economic development standpoint," Hofaker said. "Getting people to come in and spend money in the community is an economic event. "We will be helping on this, but we will be helping behind the scenes." That local help is what will be a key element for Morse, who said the company wants to avoid coming in and taking over the event. Instead, he said, Mattel plans to help facilitate the celebration and attract many of its die-hard collectors. Managing editor Mike Com can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. . ,., >,.M ••;,: 129,'or by. e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. FORUM: State legislators attend meeting CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 According to the KASB, Kansas spent nearly $500 less per pupil than the national average in 2002-03. Lack of state funding, he said, has forced districts to use local option budgets to pay for required programs that the state should fund. "... because there is a lot of flexibility to decide what works best for their school district," said Tallman, a native of Hays, explaining in part Kansas' success of accomplishing a lot with limited resources. "We've always put a lot of emphasis on allowing a lot of decisions to be made locally." Linda Kenne, superintendent of Victoria USD 432, agreed. "Every single study we have ever done has indicated that we're not spending enough money, yet we're doing wonderful things," Kenne said. "It's because of our emphasis on local problem solving. We know what our problems are, and we solve them locally. Our problems are different from Johnson County. We can solve them if you give us money to do it." Chardell Parke, a member of the Hays USD 489 Board of Education, said she thought more people might show up to hear about public education but that she was pleased to see five of the seven Hays board members in the audience. "Mark Tallman is a wealth of information, and I enjoy listening to him speak about school finance, about education in general," Parke said. "With as much interest as there's been in school finance, I'm surprised the crowds just don't come," Parke added. "If you want to voice your opinion on it or ask questions, Mark Tallman can tell you." Local state representatives Dan Johnson of the 110th District and Eber Phelps of the lllth, as well as Sen. Janis Lee from Kensington, all were in attendance. So, too, were two of the three candidates running for the District 5 spot on the State Board of Education — Tim Cruz, D-Garden City, and Sally Cauble, R-Liberal. Incumbent Connie Morris, R-St. Francis, was unable to attend the forum but had a representative in the audience. BYB: Band will open for Uncle Kracker during Wild West Fest CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 And intimate. The members of BYB can be found having a beer with audience members as soon as their set is over. "We make a point of getting to know our audience," Younger said, "having them tell us what they think. Their response to our music has been really encouraging." BYB's sound is an eclectic hybrid of styles. The band members' influences run the musical gamut, from Garth Brooks to Led Zeppelin, from John Mel- lencamp to KISS. The influences blend into a rich musical tapestry of country and rock, both genres complementing one another to give BYB its aesthetic. "We really followed in the footstep of a lot of Texas and Oklahoma artists," Younger said. "We're trying to put a lot of different music styles in one package." The band members are camping on the park grounds until their big show Friday, listening to and getting to know the other bands. And shortly before they hit the stage, they will be greeted by a bus load of fans, friends and family. A bus has been chartered through Route 40 in Victoria for 55 people to trek across Interstate 70 to the show. "We just want to go out there and show 'em all the support we can," said Rick Robin, Route 40 supervisor and Younger's cousin. "They've earned it." After Country Stampede, BYB will prepare for another show. The band will open for Uncle Kracker on July 3 at the Wild West Festival in Hays. Attorney; Don t bind state to cist study By JOHN M1LBURN ASSOCIATED PRESS TOPEKA — Legislators deserve credit for trying to remedy school funding problems even if they didn't meet all the suggestions of an education cost study, attorneys for the state told the Kansas Supreme Court today. Attorneys for the state and the State Board of Education asked the justices to approve a recently enacted plan to boost funding by $541 million over three years, suggesting it was a good-faith attempt to meet court orders. "The Legislature is trying to do its best," said Stephen McAllister, a University of Kansas law professor representing the state. "I don't think it makes it unconstitutional because they've been unable to reach some maximum level of funding." But an attorney representing parents and administrators in Dodge City and Salina, who sued the state in 1999, said legislators failed to follow the recommendations in a cost study released in January by the Legislative Division of Post Audit. The court had told legislators to consider the cost study in deciding how much to spend on public schools. Alan Rupe, of Wichita, said the Legislature must follow the cost study because the Supreme Court ordered it to base education funding on schools' actual cost. He said it is "disingenuous" for the state to suggest that the court ignore the study. "We're back because school funding remains inadequate and inequitable and does not reflect actual and necessary costs," Rupe said. Rupe and his fellow plaintiffs' attorneys contend the plan is $985 million short of meeting schools' needs over the next three years. "It is a large sum of money over a large period of time," said Dan Biles, the State Board of Education's attorney "We have to figure out, are we talking about the precision of surgery or legislation?" Alok Ahuja, a Kansas City-area attorney representing the state, / told the court the study should.not Cauble, who will oppose Morris in the August primary, said she "believes all children need a quality education and that local school boards and teachers and parents know best what to do for the children in their community." "It's time for a common sense approach (on the state board of education)," she said. Cruz said he decided to run because he thinks "it's time for a strong voice for District 5." "I want to unify our state school board so we can make good decisions about what's good for all kids," he said. More information about public education can be found on various Web sites, including the KASB at www.kasb.org, the Kansas State Department of Education at www.ksde.org and at SchoolMatters.com. Tuesday's forum will air on Hays Channel 13, USD 489's educational programming, beginning Monday. The forum will run for several days at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Reporter Diane Gasper-O'Brien can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 126, or by e-mail at dobrlen&dallynews.net. But after that, the group's heavy touring will taper off a bit. "We're going to try and take some time off and put a CD together," Younger said. "We've really developed a full band sound, and we're ready to take the next big step." Younger and Striggow are joined in BYB by Mike Kisner, lead guitarist, and Trevor Burns, drummer. Reporter Micah Mertes can be reached at (785) 628-1801, ext. 139, or by e-mail at mmertea&dallynews.net. BRIDGE: Residents using alternate routes to travel to Vine Street CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 He estimates that will be complete by July 4. Then the contractor, King Construction of Hesston, will work on the curb and rails. The project will cost about a half million dollars, KDOT public information officer Steve Swartz said earlier this month. "We're focusing on rebuilding the bridge," Zimmer said. "At the end, we'll recap all of our expenses to the date. That's when it will be turned over to insurance." He said it's likely Lee Construction, Garden City, will be handed the bill. That is because employee Michael M. Conley was driving the flatbed trailer that was hauling a track hoe excavator that struck and became lodged in the Hall Street overpass, causing the damage. The bridge's reconstruction resulted in a short crossover on the interstate, about a half a mile, Zimmer said. The inconvenience is minor, compared to those accustomed to utilizing the Hall Street bridge as a means to traveling to businesses north of the interstate. Those shoppers were forced to find alternative routes, which includes Vine Street. "I'm certain that Vine Street traffic has been higher these past few months, but I don't have numbers to prove that," Director of Public Works Brenda Herman said. "I'm sure congestion will be less when Hall Street opens." be viewed strictly as evidence to use in assessing the plan. He said even the study acknowledged that legislators had to sift through various scenarios, assumptions and policy choices before settling on how much to spend and how to distribute any new dollars. Justices Robert Davis and Marla Luckert suggested that if the study isn't used as evidence, then the court might want to send the school finance lawsuit back to a lower court so more evidence can be gathered. "We asked that their decisions be based on cost," Davis told Ahuja, referring to legislators. "We have before us a cost analysis." But Justice Carol Beier asked Rupe, "Is there any room for compromise in your position?" Rupe said there is. "We're asking for substantial compliance," he added, "and they have not come close to substantial compliance." The court ruled last year that the Legislature had not met its constitutional duty to provide a suitable education for every child because it neither spent enough money nor distributed its dollars fairly. McAllister told the court that even though it has an important role in determining what's constitutional, the Legislature is due a great deal of deference. "The Legislature is the one place where all Kansans can have a voice in the funding and operation of our schools," he said. His comment caused Justice Donald Allegrucci to snap: "The voice of the people speaks through the constitution." 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 the results of the Post Audit study The study said the state needed to increase its aid for the 200fr07 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 i ;plan;£the justices mightiaccept it. •. Stocks Stocks dip as rate worries linger NEW YORK (AP) —Wall Street pulled back moderately today as meager economic news did little to distract investors from their discomfort over interest rates and the economy. A slight rise in weekly unemployment claims met expectations of a weakening job market, but a greater-than-forecast drop in the Conference Board's index ' of leading indicators stoked con- ' cerns about a dropoff in econom- T ic growth. Meanwhile, higher oil prices and rising bond yields also 't weighed on Wall Street's mood. * The market resumed its expected pattern of up-and-down trading ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting next week. \ Midday markets LCJCAL INTEREST Courtesy Darren Q. Selbel, Edward Jones Price Change Alltell Corp 62.60 + .88 Anheuser Busch 45.65 0 AT&T 27.38 + .05 Atmos Energ Common 28,66 + .03 BankAmertca Corp 47.44 +.13 Baxter 37.20 -.68 BP 66.47 -.54 Caremark Rx 48.00 -.40 Commerce Banes 50.62 + .06 ConAgra 22.07 -.10 Deere & Co 78.48 -.42 Duf & Phelp 10.07 -.01 Duke Energy 28.42 -.14 El Paso Corp 14.59 -.10 Halliburton 72.02 -.07 Kinder Morgan 99.20 -.40 KellwoodCo 28.27 -.13 LIVESTOCK Courtesy DACO Inc. Est. Cattle Slaughter 126,000 Choice 3-beef (cut-out) $152.49 Western Ks Cattle $80.50 Peoria Hogs $55.00 CHICAGO MERCANTILE CourtMy DACO Inc. Prev High Live Beef Cattle June August October December 82.25 84.00 87.10 88.10 Prev Low 81.25 82.85 86.05 87.30 cents per pound Prev Close 81.75 83.25 86.75 87.90 Noon Quote 82.85 84.82 88.15 88.95 Feeder Cattle August September October November Hogs July August October December 113.70 113.20 112.25 111.05 76.90 72.25 62.10 58.50 112.10 111.70 110.85 109.80 73.20 69.90 60.30 56.50 113.20 112.80 111.65 110.80 74.52 70.42 60.92 67.65 114.90 114.50 113.65 112.40 74.90 71.40 61.67 57.95 Pork bellies July August February 99.90 95.35 85.66 98.20 93.60 85.65 99.87 95.17 85.66 99.60 93.80 85.65 Noon quotes Price Change Kroger 20.08 -.39 McDonald's 32.91 -.49 Microsoft 22.96 -.12 Molson Coors 67.99 -.36 Northwest Nat. Gas 35.16 0 Raytheon Co 44.04 -.88 Semco Energy Inc 5.71 -.03 Southwest Gas Corp 29.05 -.05 Sprint Nextel 19.81 -.40 Sysko Corp 30.18 -.06 Sykes Enterprises 15.78 + .02 Lowes Co 61.28 -.53 Home Depot Inc i 36.53 -.13 Liz Claiborne 37.51 -.15 Union Pacific 90.00 + .05 Wai Mart 48.55 -.35 Westar Energy 21.64 -.18 HAYS CASH GRAINS Courteiy Midland Marketing dollars Local cash wheat 4.47 Local cash mllo 3.40 KANSAS CITY WHEAT Courteiy DACO Inc. dollar* per buehel Prev Prev Prev Noon High Low Cloae Quote July 4.83 4.77 4.82% 4.82 September 4.92 Vz 4.88 4.91 Vi 4.91 December 5.01% 4.95 Vz 5.01 4.99V4 OIL Even if it's easier to get to and from work, Stults said she's in the routine of taking 41st Street. "When I'm leaving work, it took me a long time to remember the bridge is out," she said. "Going to work, I could see it. It took probably three weeks to get used to it. Now it will probably take me some time to get used to It when it Is fixed." Reporter Karen Mlkols can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 143, or by e-mail at kmlkola&dallynewt.nat. Courtesy Daco Inc. dollars par barrel Kansas Crude, noon quote $61.76 NY Spot Crude, noon quote .,.$70.60 + $.27 LIVESTOCK NATIONAL BOXED BEEF CUTOUT This report l» bated on Information provided by companies that agreed to continue to participate In Livestock Mandatory Reporting on a voluntary basis. Boxed beet cutout value* llrm on moderate demand and light to moderate offerings. Select and Choice rib, chuck, round, and loin out* steady to llrm. Beel trimmings w«ak on light to moderate demand end moderate offerings. Estimated composite cutout value of Choice 1-3 • 600-800 lb» carcasw. UP .26 at 162.49; Select 1-3 600-900 IDS carcajftM UP .37 at 130.01; based on 135.68 loads of Choice cuts. CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE Courtesy DACO Inc. Prev High Wheat July 3.74% September 3.93% December 4.12 Corn July 2.33 Vi September 2.44 % December 2.59% Soybean* July 5.89 . August 5.86 Vi November 6.16 Soybean meal July 179.00 August 179.60 October 182.00 OaU July 2.03% September 2.01 Vi December 2.03 Prev Prev Noon Low Close Quote dollers per bushel 3.69 3.72 3.66 Vi 3.86 3.89% 3.84 Vi 4.06% 4.09V4 4.03V4 dollars per bushel 2.29% 2.32% 2.30 'A 2.41 'A 2.44 '/4 2.41% 2.66% 2.59 2.57 dollars per bushel 5.84V* 5.86% 6.85% 5.91Vii 5.93 '/< 5.92V. 6.10% 6.12% 6.11% dollara per ton 176.70 178.10 178.20 177.80 178.90 179.10 179.60 180.00 180.40 dollars par bushel 1.97 2.02 1.9BV4 1.85% 2.01 1.89 1.98 2.02% 2.01 W METALS NEW YORK (AP) — Spot nonlerrous metal prices today. Copper - 337.05 cents Cathode full plate, U.S. destinations. Copper 330.06 cants per Ib., N.Y. Merc spot Lead • $934.00 per metric ton, London Metal exoh. Zinc • 146.20 cents Ib., delivered Gold • $684.60 Handy & Harman (only dally quote). 8llver • NY Merc sliver spot month Wednesday $10.400 up $0.160.
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