SUNDAY, JUNE 25,2006 REGION AND STATE THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A3 Briefs Ellis County Commission meets Monday morning 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 Treasurer Mike Billinger will discuss investment of idle funds. At 9, Public Works Administrator Mike Graf will discuss road and bridge, solid waste, noxious weed and environmental matters. At 9:20, Appraiser Dean Denning will present his monthly report. At 9:45, Emergency Management Coordinator Addie Homburg will present her monthly report. At 10, the board will review June expense vouchers and authorize payment. Zoning appeals meeting Monday in Ellis ELLIS — A regular meeting of the planning commission/boar;' of zoning appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building. There will be a public hearing for a variance on a setback. There will be discussion of a review of a comprehensive plan for the city of Ellis 2004 edition. Members are asked to please review Sections 1 and 2 of the plan and bring along to the meeting the tan copy of the plan. Accident south of Page City injures Leoti woman A Leoti woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at about noon Friday in Logan County. Bailie S. Hasel, 39, was southbound on Kansas Highway 25 about 3 miles south of Page City when she struck the rear trailer of a tractor trailer rig driven by Gary W. DeWeese, 52, Barlow, Ky. Hasel was taken to the Logan County Hospital in Oakley; it was unknown whether or not she was wearing a seatbelt. DeWeese, who was not wear*; .'••. ing a seat belt, was notinjured'. Dairy farm doubles as state tourist attraction By SUZANNE PEREZ TOBIAS ASSOCIATED PRESS WICHITA — David and Debbie Klausmeyer want people to know that milk doesn't come from the grocery store fridge. So they have opened their dairy farm for public tours, a move they hope will provide city kids — and adults — a valuable look at the workings of farm life. "We'd been toying with the idea for quite some time," Debbie Klausmeyer said. "Finally, we just decided to go for it." Last spring, the Klausmeyer dairy farm near Clearwater, just south and west of Wichita, began hosting school field trips, scout groups, child-care centers and birthday parties. The farm consists of about 90 Holsteins, which are milked twice a day. The Klausmeyers and their six children — as well as Debbie's sister, Patty, and her two daughters — run the farm. Not many family farms venture into agritourism. Liability insurance rates are high, tours take time and most farms are busy enough. "But we decided we needed to make the time," said Debbie Klausmeyer, who drove a school bus for eight years. After shuttling students on field trips to pumpkin patches and the zoo, she'd often come home and tell her husband they needed to open their farm to visitors. "We had people ask all the time if they could bring kids to see the farm," she said. "There is a need, and we need to be showing them our way of life." During a recent field trip, first-graders from Clearwater got up-close looks at the Klausmeyer cows and all'the tubes, tanks and machinery required to collect and store their milk. Among the dozens of facts they learned: • Holsteins' black-and-white markings are like snowflakes — no two are exactly alike. • Milk is measured by the pound, not the gallon (8.6 pounds makes a gallon). • Calves are born with teeth. • One cow eats 90 pounds of food a day. • It takes up to 20 minutes to milk a cow by hand, but only five minutes by machine. • And to some people, cows don't smell very good. SEE TOUR, PAGE A6 MIKE HUTMACHER /Associated Press Clearwater Elementary first-grader Lindsay Wolf, right, holds her nose while she and classmate Dylan Adamson feed heifers while on a field trip at May 23 at Klausmeyer Dairy Farm near Clearwater. Stale: Businesses need to plan for pandemic WICHITA (AP) — Public health officials Friday warned businesses that a third to a half of the Kansas work force could be out sick for weeks at a time if a pandemic influenza hits the state. Businesses need to prepare a crisis plan that prepares them for a potential loss of employees, clients and even data for long stretches of time, state and business officials said during a planning symposium. "We have a responsibility as leaders ... to take action but not panic," said Mike Doble, vice president for strategic communications at Raytheon. The conference, the fifth in an ongoing series of educational meetings around the state, outlined the pandemic influenza threat to the U.S., what kind of effect an outbreak could have in Kansas and what businesses should do to get ready. While the symptoms and treatment of pandemic influenza are the same as any other flu virus, the difference is that everyone is susceptible. No one has immunity to the new virus, and a vaccine won't be immediately available. "From a public health standpoint, (this virus) has been on the radar about 10 years," said Howard Rodenberg, health director for the Kansas Department of Health & Environment. "We're getting more and more concerned. There's a bunch of new viruses suddenly popping up in the last eight to 10 years, and you get the sense the dam's going to break soon." In Kansas, that could mean on average 25 percent of the work force will get ill, 350,000 people will seek a physician's help, more than 7,600 will be hospitalized and 2,000 people will die, Rodenberg said. HUMUS Saturday Daily Pick 3 7-6-5 Super Kansas Cash 3-9-24-28-29 Super cashball: 25 Kansas 2by2 Red numbers: 9-80 White numbers: 1-6 Powerball 8-11-30-38-47 Powerball: 83 Power play: 3 Hot (.otto 8-18-23-28-32 Hot ball: 8 BO WEMRE/ Hays Daily News ; 'Joe and Bernice Wiewel^Galatia, secure balloons to ( a fence Saturbjay^rnorm Heart pfMary Catholic fchurcrj'.pa^ participating ihthefirst Farmers' Market of the year in Hays, MARKET MADNESS Participants in Farmers' Market set up shop for opening day By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN HAYS DAILY NKWS At about 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Jim Pe- teete sat in his pickup truck in the parking lot of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hays and watched it rain. The pitter patter on his windshield made Peteete smile, even if it might alter his plans for the day As coordinator of the local Farmers' Market, Peteete always looks forward to the first day of the season with a lot of anticipation. Today might be slow, but Peteete liked being there anyway. And with rain showers few and far between these days, Pe- teete would welcome some moisture no matter what. "The first day is always slack," Peteete said. "It might be a little slow today, but we need the rain. Let it rain." Whatever the weather on this day, the 80-year-old Peteete said he will be in it for the long haul once again. The market will continue through Oct. 18, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. The Farmers' Market, which began in the early 1980s in downtown Hays, has had other locations over the years. It moved to its present location in the late 1990s. "This has been the best place, here on Vine (Street)," Peteete said. Other early birds bringing their produce for the first market day of 2006 were Joe and Bernice Wiewel from Galatia, about 35 miles southeast of Hays, and for a while, it appeared they might be alone with Peteete. But by 7:25, the rain had stopped, and the Wiewels began unloading their pro- Sue Stephens, Hays, left, sells fresh dill to Ann Augustine, Hays. duce as another car pulled into the lot. "There's my boss," Peteete said with a big smile as his wife, Clarice, handed him a sausage-egg-cheese McMuffin from McDonald's. "We stopped there on the way in," Joe Wiewel said, holding up a cup of coffee. "Great sausage biscuits." "Real rich coffee," his wife added. A couple of vehicles away, Gerard and Sue Stephens from Hays and their 13- year-old son, Danny, started setting up a canopy under which they began displaying their potatoes, onions, apricots, baked goods and canned jellies. They didn't seem to mind the moisture in the air, or the slow business. "It's early yet," Sue Stephens said. "It'll really pick up as the summer goes along." She then added a prevalent feeling among everyone in the lot. "We need the rain," she said. By 7:45, a few vehicles with potential customers had pulled into the lot and pa- tiently awaited the market's opening. "We don't sell until 8," Peteete said while unloading his stock of canned jellies, horseradish and pecans and peanuts and onions. "No tomatoes yet," Peteete said as a customer browsed the lot. Leon and Altarena Basgall from Yocemento weren't sure what to expect for their first Farmers' Market. The Basgalls moved to the Hays area from La Crosse about a year and a half ago after Leon retired from the Kansas State Highway Department. They had driven by the Farmers' Market last year and thought it looked like fun. They brought homemade noodles and baked goods but had no shelter from the weather and ended up selling out of the back of their vehicle. "We weren't sure what to expect," Altarena Basgall said. "We didn't sell a lot, but we'll learn what to do. We got to visit with other people, though." Meanwhile, at the stand next to the Basgalls, Sue Stephens — protected from the weather underneath her canopy — handed out recipes. The one she chose for this particular Saturday was for creamy new potatoes. "We have last year's recipes here, too," she said, tapping a three-ring notebook on the table. "It's one of those little tricks. Give out a recipe that has your name and phone number at the top." Despite the cool, damp weather, the Stephens family fared well. "We actually did better than what we did the last few years on the first day," Sue Stephens said. "You just never know." One can find a little bit of everything at the Farmers' Market, from any kind of fresh vegetable and fruit imaginable to home baked goods, from fresh eggs to canned jellies and fruits and vegetables. SEE MARKET, PAGE A6 Event sheds skin Rattlesnake Roundup in May was final one By TIM UNRUH SAUNA JOURNAL SHARON SPRINGS — Organizers of the Rattlesnake Roundup are giving serpents in western Kansas a break. The 15th annual event, staged Mother's Day weekend, was the last in Sharon Springs, chairwoman Judie Withers said. She blamed a lack of communi- attendance.' "We have had a struggle for the last five years getting'people to , - 1 . come out to the event," she said. "They just aren't interested in having it. I guess some just don't like snakes." Started in 1992 as a project through the Kansas Department of Commerce, Withers said the roundup attracted 2,000 people a year, mostly from out of Wallace County Some came from other states. The rattlesnakes were a "gimmick" to bring tourists to the town of 800, she said. The roundup has been featured on PBS and National Geographic television shows, Withers said. The snakes were hunted 30 days before the event through a special commercial hunting season organized through the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, she said. The snakes caught from U.S. Highway 283 west (excluding Morton County) were purchased at the event and sold to a preserve in Colorado. Snake handlers were hired to give demonstrations at the Wallace County fairgrounds. Vendors rented space to sell souvenirs and food, and there was entertainment. Withers said it took a minimum of 40 volunteers to stage the roundup. It cost $4,000 to pay for handlers and entertainers, which through the years included musicians, magicians, chain-saw artists, metal sculptors and helicopter rides. Before this year's event, Withers said, she and six of the 12- member roundup committee agreed this would be the final year. Withers would like to pass the roundup onto another town. Attendance was down this year, and so were sales generated for the Tumbleweed Motel, owner Rose Mary Lopez said. "The year before we had really good business. This year, we had one room rented out," she said. Lopez isn't a fan of snakes, but she has sold Mexican food at the roundup. This year there was a good turnout, she said, mostly from local people. TUITION: Regent member says increase is 'too much too fast' CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 While tuition increases have been an annual occurrence for students and their families, the universities have been more aggressive in the past five years to raise new dollars for academics and other services. "If we hadn't embarked on this five-year tuition plan, we would be in big trouble today," Wefald told the regents. But such views aren't universal, even among the regents. Regent Donna Shank, Liberal, opposed the increases. She said as a parent of a college student, it doesn't matter that tuition in Kansas is lower than it is elsewhere. "I just felt like that was too much too fast for families and students to bear," she said. And Aimee Richardson, a University of Kansas law student, said she doesn't appreciate the increases. She said the university could be more efficient, perhaps by paying its administrators less. "There's no reason they should he making what they do," she told the Lawrence Journal-World. "I don't see a lot of direct impact that they have on my education." The largest increase of 16.7 percent will be for undergraduates from Kansas at Kansas State University's campus in Salina. The smallest will be 1.5 percent for non-Kansas undergraduates at Wichita State University, though tuition for those students already was much higher than for Kansans undergraduates. For Kansas undergraduates who take 15 hours at the University of Kansas during the fall semester, the cost will rise to $3,076. The lowest cost will be at Fort Hays State University, at $1,596. On the Net: Board of Regents. 1 \\'
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