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A6 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS FOR THE RECORD TUESDAY, JUNE 27,2006 Obituaries Esther M, Laws Esther M. Laws, 59, Hutchinson, died Saturday, June 24,2006, at Golden Plains Health Care Center, Hutchinson. She was born Feb. 27,1947, In Ellis to Bonaventure P. and Helen E. (Weber) Brungardt. She was a graduate of WaKeeney High School and attended Salt City Business College, Hutchinson. She was a homemaker and a certified nurse's aide. She was a member of Crossroads Christian Church, Hutchinson, and a former member of Women of the Moose No. 1361. Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Laws, Hutchinson, and Patricia Muns, Salina; two brothers, Elmer Brungardt, Ellis, and Gilbert Brungardt, Hays; three sisters, Anna Rita Weber, Ellis, Clara Walters, Moore, Okla., and Helen "Jeanie" Windholz, Victoria; and two grandchildren, Kristopher and Sh- nelle Smith. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Edwin Brungardt, Anthony Brungardt and Sonny Brungardt, and a sister, Angela Kinderknecht. Services were at 10 a.m. today at Elliott Mortuary Chapel, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson; burial in Eastside Cemetery, Hutchinson. Memorials are suggested to Esther M. Laws Grandchildren Memorial Fund. Personal condolences may be left for the family at www.elliott mortuary.com. Louise Newell Louise Newell, 59, former area resident, died Sunday, June 25, 2006, at her home in Mesa, Ariz.. She was born March 22,1947, in Damar to Lawrence and Rita (Brin) Newell. She was a graduate of Damar High School. She married Bernard Wayne 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. 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 10 a.m. July 1 at Los Altos Methodist Church, Long Beach. Roosevelt B. "Rosle" Henderson Jr., 69, Russell, died Thursday, June 22, 2006, at Hays Medical Center. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pohlman- Varner-Peeler Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell, KS 67665. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Glenn Harbaugh, 66, Evansville, Ind., died Saturday, June 24, 2006, at his home. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Univer- Schmidt on June 4,1966, in Damar. He preceded her in death Oct. 30,1969. She was a school cook in the Plainville school system and moved to Las Vegas in 1992 where she was a casino cashier. She moved to Mesa in 2005. She is survived by three sons, Brad Schmidt, Las Vegas, Brian Schmidt, Tempe, Ariz., and Bennie Schmidt, Chandler, Ariz.; three brothers, Harold Newell, AumoMtStmneis sity Of Evansville Neu Chapel; burial In Alexander Park Lawn, Evansville. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville. Wilbur R. Brack, 81, Me- Cracken, died Sunday, June 25, 2006, at Hays Medical . Center. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hope Lutheran Church, Rush Center; burial in Kansas Veterans Cemetery, WaKeeney. Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today at Janousek Funeral Home, 719 Pine, La Crosse, with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Alan Theodore "Ted" Duel), 76, Ellis, died Saturday, June 24, 2006, at his home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ellis United Methodist Church; burial in Goodland Cemetery with graveside services at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Howard D. Hauschlld, 69, Oakley, died Saturday, June Damar, Leland Newell, Hays, and Dale Newell, Wichita; four sisters, Albertine Garcia and Kathleen Brown, both of Hill City, her twin, Lois Sumner, Colby, and Carmen Sims, Sedan; her mother-in-law, Ann Schmidt, Plainville; four grandchildren, Cole and Ashley Frimmel, and Amanda and Savannah Schmidt; and many acquaintances. She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Michael Newell. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Damar; burial in Sacred 24, 2006, at Gove County Medical Center, Quinter. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church, Oakley; burial in Oakley Cemetery. Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today at Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, 217 Freeman, Oakley, KS 67748. Myrtle M. Hueftle, 102, Oakley, died Saturday, June 24, 2006, at Logan County Manor, Oakley. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church, Oakley; burial in Oakley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Kennedy- Koster Funeral Home, 217 Freeman, Oakley, KS 67748. OBITUARY POIICY The Hays Daily News will publish a basic, 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, they may do so for an additional charge. Completely custom obituaries are handled as paid advertising. For more Information, call (785) 628-1081. Heart Cemetery, Plainville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine Street, Hays, and from 10 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church. There will be a parish vigil service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Richard E,'Rick'Schlote Richard E. "Rick" Schlote, 58, Norton, died Saturday, June 24, 2006, at his home. Funeral services are pending wjth Enfield Funeral Home, Norton. BARON: Pilot flew into Hays from Colorado CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 "There is no better platform for search and rescue," he said. "So we have a project called ELLAS, or Emergency Low Level Aerial Search and Surveillance." Tayler's chase pilot, Michael Harwood, said the purpose of ELLAS is to establish an affiliate of power parachute pilots in every state to do search and rescue. Once the pilots become trained, the affiliate can offer their services to local officials in the event of a lost child or a manhunt. ELLAS would do the search for free, and the foundation would reimburse the pilots for the fuel and oil. Tayler said he's received requests from more than 30 states to set up affiliates. "We can be their eyes in the sky. That's why I'm doing this," Tayler said. Tayler began planning this trip about three years ago. Harwood jumped on board a year ago. The Baron, 52, said the 10- week, 3,600-mile journey began with a May 10 take-off from the aircraft carrier USS Midway in San Diego. Such a take-off has never been accomplished by any light-sport aircraft, h^ said: '•-'• The crew's final destination is Charleston, S.C., where the power parachutes will land on the USS Yorktown. The pilots took off from Kit Carson, Colo., bright and early Monday morning to trek across Kansas with the clouds. Destination: Hays. Harwood decided to land in Oakley because the weather made the flight more dangerous. Tayler, who's been power parachuting since 2002, took the chance and kept going. Harwood put his machine in the trailer and headed for the airport. Tayler wasn't too far behind. The fuel light came on about 25 minutes before his landing, which made him nervous. Packing his chute, he was still visibly flustered by the close call. Power parachute operators are required to carry some reserve fuel gallons. After packing the chute, The •'We're often off the ground before the sun peaks above the horizon, so we get those beautiful orange-red glows. f f Michael Harwood, chase pilot Tayler stripped off seyeral Jay-. , ers of clothing, and de-lined his ' signature bright red flight suit. The Baron beat his personal flight-time record with his five- hour trip from Kit Carson to Hays. Tayler is currently trying to find out if it is an all-time record. The duo flies at about 1,500 feet, depending on the weather, by way of global positioning system. There have been very few problems since the first takeoff; only a few parts replacements and some weather delays. "A lot of people said we wouldn't get this far," Tayler said. "Barring something I don't know about, I think the hardest part of the trip, physically, is behind us." Tayler and Harwood have seen things from their altitude that most people never have the chance to see — the sunrises, sunsets and everything in between. "We're often off the ground before the sun peaks above the 'hori£6n,"so we get ttiose beauti-. : ful orange-red glows," Harwood said of the sunrises. Tayler mentioned getting a bird's-eye view of Hoover Dam when he flew over, something the average tourist doesn't get to see. "It's completely open. The wind's rushing through your hair, the bugs are sticking to your teeth," Tayler said. "It's a wonderful feeling. I love every minute of it." As Tayler's chase pilot, Harwood's role is to monitor the weather, density altitude, fuel requirements between destinations and other factors. Harwood, 51, also does aerial footage and serves as the videographer for the documentary. Tim Gibbons also does some of the videography. Rusty Maione is the driver for the crew, hauls equipment, cooks and assists with the launches and touchdowns. The pilots will still be out Wednesday if the public wants to meet the Red Baron. Reporter Stacle R. Sandall can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 136, or by e-mail at ssandall@dallynews.net. COUNT: Changes taking place in legislative branches CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 A data analyst at the Kansas Department of Education said the state figures a graduation rate from Kansas public schools, which is different from a drop-out rate, so it is impossible to compare numbers with the study's results. Kansas schools this year began a new data collection system to better track students' retention as they move from ninth grade through graduation. The system, which assigns each pupil a state identification number, was created to keep tabs on students who move among districts or quit school. "It's one of those things that's really hard to get at," said analyst Tony Moss of Kansas' drop-out rate. "We're moving toward better methodology under this longitudinal database." The Casey Foundation's Kids Count study showed positive change in six of 10 child well-being indicators, ranking it 12th in the nation. "The welfare of kids is improving," said Gary Brunk, executive director of Kansas Action for Children, after reading the report. Brunk said legislators and the governor are responding to children in poverty. Currently one in 5 Kansas children under age 6 lives in working poor families. Such homes are defined as having at least one working parent and a family income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($36,800 for a family of four). During this year's legislative session, lawmakers responded with more funding for child care for low-income families, provided new ways to encourage child-support payments and added new funds for early education programs. The state also will launch a new pro- kindergarten pilot program in seven coun- ties this fall. "We need to continue that focus," Brunk said. However one indicator that worsened significantly, according to the study, was the percent of children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment. Because the survey captures the years from 2000 to 2004, Brunk said, it likely reflects the state's economy as it recovered from recession. "It's an indicator a lot of families were out there struggling to make ends meet and picking up odd jobs," he said. Future surveys should show this year's improved economic situation, he said, although wages in many low-skill jobs have actually remained stagnant. "The economy seems to work for some people," Brunk said, "but not for a heck of a lot of other people." SHARP; Candidate wants to know how consumers think on issues CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 "I thought it was extremely exciting for someone to be in and their real mission is to be a regulator of insurance and a real advocate for consumers," Sharp said. The years since haven't had that same sense of advocacy on behalf of the people, Sharp said. Sharp said one of her plans is to have public listening meetings throughout the state to find out how consumers are being treated in the insurance arena. The ultimate goal is for the state to take proactive measures that are good for Kansas insurance consumers, Sharp said. Another proactive Initiative Sharp supports is preventive wellness. Initiatives that prevent disease before it starts will help reduce the spiraling cost of health insurance, Sharp said. "Unless we shift from health care to health, we will continue to suffer escalating costs," Sharp said. Sharp faces no Democratic Par- ty opposition in the Aug. 1 primary On the Republican ticket, incumbent Sandy Praeger, Lawrence, and Eric Carter, Overland Park, have filed for the insurance commissioner's office. Reporter Phyllis Zom can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 137, or.bye-mall at BUS: Driver ready for international competition CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 They included Bonner Springs, Durham School Services, Goddard and Tecumseh. Bonner Springs, Goddard and Tecumseh all are school districts in Kansas, while Durham is a contracting firm that contracts with USD 259, which serves the public school system in Wichita. Drivers take a written test one day, then take part in road competition the following day. Also at the competition, Jackson was elected by the Kansas State Pupil Transportation Association board the Northwest Kansas vice president for 2006-07. Jackson takes over the VP role for Smith, who the next day was chosen by the executive board as the association's president. That marked the first time since the association began in 1970 for a president to be elected west of U.S. Highway 81, which runs through Salina. "It's definitely an honor, and I was really glad to finally have a western Kansas president," said Smith, in his fifth year at USD 489. For the next year, Smith now will lead the organization that helps promote school bus safety in conjunction with the State Board of Education. Smith said he will help coordinate speakers to come and give classes on safety "We interact with various school bus entities across the United States," he said, "and talk about different school bus issues." For Jackson, it's now on to internationals. Jackson said he has enjoyed taking part in the competitions the past several years; his best effort was in 2000 when he won the state mini bus division and went on to place fourth at internationals. However, he said his main goal is to enhance his driving skills. "The whole point of this competition is to be a learning experience," he said. "We bring back the information to enhance school bus safety for our district." Reporter Diane Gasper-O'Brien can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 126, or by e-mail at dobrlen 0dallynews.net Stocks Stocks dive as Wall Street awaits Fed NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street slumped today as investor anxiety over interest rates drew attention from another round of acquisitions and rising consumer confidence. Declining existing homes sales and an unexpected jump in consumer confidence were evidence that the economy was moderating but remains sturdy, which could prompt the Federal Reserve to keep boosting rates. Wall Street resumed its pattern of wildly erratic trading as it awaited the Fed's next move on interest rates Thursday. "As we look at that data, there's nothing that raises hopes that the Fed won't raise rates," said Art Hogen, chief market analyst for Jefferies & Co. "I think this market Isigpjingto bounog ground ijtiithis^; trading range, with the path of least resistance to the downside 1 ." Although big acquisitions gave" stocks a boost Monday, news that Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications Inc. agreed to sell itself for $12.3 billion to an investor group failed to energize the market today Citizens Banking Corp. also made a $1.05 billion deal to buy Republic Ban- corp Inc. In midday trading, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 81.40, or 0.74 percent, to 10,963.88, after opening the session higher. Broader stock indicators also declined. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 5.69, or 0.45 percent, at 1,244.87, and the Nas- daq composite index fell 18.13, or 0.85 percent, to 2,115.54. Bonds recouped some recent losses but remained at historic lows, with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note slipping to 5.21 percent from 5.24 percent late Monday The U.S. dollar was little changed against other major currencies, and gold prices lingered near $590 an ounce. Rising oil prices also weighed on the market, as a Gulf Coast refinery snag stoked some gasoline supply concerns during the busy summer driving season. A barrel of light crude added 60 cents to $72.40 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Today's better-than-forecast eco- v.njpmic data brightened, the outlook^ for the%conomy The Conference •>> Board Isaid its consumer confii- ••••• * dence index for June gained 1 point to 105.7, besting estimates for a 0.8-point slide. Elsewhere, the Commerce Department said May existing home sales fell 1 percent to 6.67 million, which also topped view of 6.61 million. "These aren't really topline indicators," said Ken McCarthy, chief economist for vFinance Investments. "We'll see some jumping around when the numbers come out, but I don't think the market is going to make any major moves until we get some inkling of what the Fed is thinking." Midday markets LOCAL INTEREST Courtesy Darrell Q. Selbel, Edw«rd Jonei Price Chang* Alltell Corp 60.92 -.76 Anheuser Busch 45.19 -.11 AT&T 27.44 +.11 Atmos EnergCommon 27.54 +.18 BankAmerica Corp 47.47 + .01 Baxter 36.53 -.32 BP 67.18 -.29 Caremark Rx 48.61 + .21 Commerce Banes 50.20 -.01 ConAgra 21.89 +.03 Deere & Co 80.17 -.53 Duf & Phelp 10.01 -.01 Duke Energy 28.66 + .14 El Paso Corp 14.92 -.01 Halliburton 71.47 -.58 Kinder Morgan 99.49 + .14 Kellwood Co 28.42 -.25 LIVESTOCK Courtesy DACO Inc. Est. Cattle Slaughter 124,000 Choice 3-beef (cut-out) $152.45 Western Ks Cattle $84.00 PeorlaHogs $51.00 t Noon quotea Price Change Kroger 20.78 -.10 McDonald's 32.60 -.06 Microsoft 23.00 +.18 Molson Coors 67.45 -.33 Northwest Nat. Gas 35.80 + .25 Raytheon Co 44.20 + .13 Semco Energy Inc 5.49 0 Southwest Gas Corp 30.00 + .36 Sprint Nextel 19.60 +.11 Sysko Corp 30.20 -.20 Sykes Enterprises 16.41 -.11 Lowes Co 61.17 -.84 Home Depot Inc 36.40 -.24 Liz Claiborne 37.12 + .02 Union Pacific 88.40 -.61 Wai Mart 43.12 +.05 Westar Energy 22.00 0 HAYS CASH GRAINS Courteey Midland Marketing dotlara Local cash wheat 4.55 Local cash mllo 3.36 KANSAS CITY WHEAT CHICAGO MERCANTILE Courtesy DACO Inc. Prev High Live Beef Cattle June 85.60 August 86.90 October 90.25 December 90.90 Feeder Cattle August 117.40 September 117,15 October 116.05 November 1 14.95 Hogs July ' 74.15 August 70.95 October 62.00 December 58.05 Pork bellies July 97.70 August 93.15 February 84.20 ^\n OIL Courtety OHO Inc. centa per pound Prev Low 84.40 85.95 89.15 89.85 116.15 116.65 114.70 113.70 71.90 69.05 60.40 56.50 94.35 69.50 84.20 Prev Cloae 85.30 86.72 90.22 90.82 117.12 117.07 115.80 114.95 74.00 70.72 61.95 57.90 94.40 89.65 84.20 Noon Quote 86.25 87.55 90.72 91.00 117.65 117.20 116.10 114.95 73.92 71.15 62.06 57.86 94.85 90.70 84.05 dollars per barrel Kansas Crude, noon quote NY Spot Crude, noon quote ... .$63.25 .$72.05 + $.25 Courteey DACO Inc. Prev High July 4.85 September 4.93 December 5.00 dollara per bushel Prev Prev Noon Low CIOH Quote 4.74 4.84 4.89 4.83 4.92 Vi 4.98% 4.90 4.99 Vi 6.07V* CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE Courteey DACO Inc. Prev High Wheat July 3.69 September 3.87 December 4.04 Vi Corn July 2.24 Vi September 2.36 Vi December 2.52 Soybean* July 5.74 Vi August 5.80 November 6.00 Soybean meal July 174.80 August 175.60 October 176.60 Oats July 2.05 September 1.96V4 December 1.95% Prev Prev Noon Low Close Quote dollars per buahel 3.61 3.68Vi 3.76 3.79 3.85 M 3.92 3.97% 4.03 4.10Vi dollars per bushel 2.21 2.23 2.23 2.321/4 2.34 Vi 2.34% 2.47% 2.49 2.49 dollars par bushel 6.66 Vi 5.69 Vi 5.73 6.72% 6.76 Vi 6.79 Vi 6.91 6.S4Vi 5.98 dollara per ton 171.30 171.90 172.40 172.30 172.90 173.60 173.80 174.40 174.80 dollara par bushel 2.00 2.03Vi 2.10 1.9114 1.94Vi i.B8Vi 1.91 1.82% 1.97 LIVESTOCK OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mere are Monday's closing cattle and hog quotations from the Oklahoma National Stockyards. CATTLE — 110.60Q head; last Monday: 9,884; last year: 8923. Compared to last week: Feeder cattle and calves 3.00-6.00 higher. Calves under 600 |bs. Instances 10.00 higher. Demand remains very good for leader cattle and calves. Last Friday s Cattle on Feed report very positive and today the bulls rul«d the cattle futures. Fat cattle trade also made a strong move upward very late In the week selling the majority of the cattle In Texas at $84.00. METALS NEW YORK (AP) - Spot nonlerrous metal prices today. Copper 344.40 cents per Ib., N.Y. Merc spot MOn. Md ' W34 '°° P8r mslr " ! lon ' London tMU quote 149.79 wnts Ib., . te* ' *»»- 7 6 Handy & Harman (onjy dally

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