The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on September 22, 2002 · Page 25
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Hays, Kansas
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C6 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22,2002 • THE HAYS DAILY NEWS BUSINESS People Judith Purdy of Hays Medical Center was elected president- elect of the Kansas State Association of Risk and Quality Management for 2003. The balloting took place during the organization's annual meeting in Wichita. She will serve as president of the organization in 2004. She is the director of risk and quality management at Hays Medical Center. The award honors Independent sales directors who exceed estimated unit retail production of $300,000 for the year. Newell and her unit achieved an estimated $450,000. Newell also was honored for outstanding personal sales performance. Wanda Koerner will become president of the Kansas Home Care Association Oct. 1. She is the director of Hays Medical Center's Home Health and Hospice and had been elected president-elect in September 2001. The Kansas Home Care Association is based in Lawrence. • •• I.E. "Sonny" Rundell, Syracuse, was elected to the Smoky Hills Public Television board of directors. Rundell is a retired farmer and businessman who has represented the western third of the state on the State Board of Education since 1989. Chick Selbe, Plainville auctioneer, was a judge for the Kansas Auctioneers Association Bid Call Contest at the Kansas State Fair. Mike Bailey, Jennings, was named the Kansas Champion Auctioneer. He will compete in the International Auctioneer Contest in San Antonio, Texas, in July 2003. James Werth Jr., Hays, also competed. Mike Kessinger, a Marysville student at Fort Hays State University, joined The Hays Daily News as a part-time sports correspondent. He previously has worked at the Marysville Advocate. Joyce Newell, Hays, was honored with the Circle of Achievement award at the Mary Kay Inc. business seminar July 22 to 24 in Dallas. Brenda Dreiling, Victoria, joined the Longaberger Co. as an independent sales associate. The company sells through home shows a line of baskets, pottery and home accessories. Brief FHSU featured in Cisco Systems' Packet magazine Fort Hays State University was featured in the third quarter 2002 issue of Packet magazine. Cisco Systems, Inc., a leader in networking for the Internet, pub- lishes Packet quarterly. FHSU was one of the universities highlighted in the article "The 21st Century Classroom" because of its extensive use of Cisco systems. The article can be found on Cisco's Web site at www.cis ket/netizens.html. Workshop ELLIS — North Central Kansas Technical College will offer a certified nurse aide course from Oct. 3 to Nov. 5 at the Ellis Good Samaritan Center. Katy Wolf and Peggy Waldschmidt will be the instructors. The cost for the class is $284.13 and includes tuition, lab fee, state exam fee, book and workbook. Class size is limited to 20 participants with at least 10 necessary to form a class. For more information or to register, call Donna Erickson at (785) 623-6156 or (888) 567-4297. Feeders seek regional coalition By SARAH KESSINGER HARRIS NEWS SERVICE TOPEKA — With cattle markets in the doldrums and feedlots facing recently doubled feed costs, cattlemen are seeking ways to join in a cooperative marketing group to boost sagging profits. The move also has brought differing philosophies in the industry together to work for a solution. The Kansas Livestock Association and splinter group Kansas Cattlemen's Association both are involved in a four-state working group seeking to end market woes. "Our goal is to try to come up with an alternative marketing system. We hope we can do this without getting the government involved," said Larry Jones, owner of J.O. Cattle Co. in Holcomb. "Every time we've asked for government help, we get some unintended consequences. That's what we're trying to stay away from." Jones, president-elect of the livestock association, said feeders from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Texas are involved hi the effort. After 14 months of losses, feedlots need help, he said. "I'm sure there are a lot of people feeding cattle who are struggling. Now with grain prices going back up we're between a rock and a hard spot." Feed grain prices shot up recently after supplies fell during a record drought that withered this year's harvest. Cattlemen in the group hope to cooperatively sell their beef to meat-packing companies at a negotiated price that will benefit a wider group of feedlots. Currently, many feeders are frustrated at the market price system. Some say it's biased toward the large packing companies and a few feedlots that contract with them, leaving other feeders with less market leverage. The issue is a national one and saw heated debate prior to passage of this year's Farm Bill in Congress. Although they failed, organizations such as the Kansas Cattlemen's Association sought government restrictions on the handful of meat-packers left in the business, charging they monopolize the pricing system. The Kansas Livestock Association, however, opposed any action by government. The fed cattle trade has changed and likely won't return to the way business was done in the past, said Todd Domer, a spokesman for the livestock association. "Our members favor a voluntary, industry-driven approach to solving the challenges faced by cattle feeders," he said. Domer said leverage has been lost because of lack of seller discipline, the industry's structural changes, basic supply and demand fundamentals and increased captive supplies. Landowners upset over water requests By DIANE LEWIS HARRIS NEWS SERVICE DEERFIELD — Calling the chief engineer of the state's division of water resources a watchdog, landowners opposing Sunflower's requests for water said the projected $2.5 billion in economic benefits from a proposed second power plant at Holcomb shouldn't be considered in any decision. "Recent testimony in regards to the economic impact of the use of water for agriculture vs. industrial use is hoo-doo economics at its best," irrigator Jerry Gigot said Wednesday during a public comment period on the water applications. "You should not have to consider the issue of the economics of agriculture vs. industrial use, and I only mention it because I believe this to be a smoke screen to sway public opinion favoring the granting of the permits." Sunflower Electric Power Corp. is asking for 5,200 acre feet of water through four applications that were filed in 1990, before the area was closed to new water appropriations in 1991. The applications are now under consideration. Hearings in front of David Pope, chief engineer for the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources, began Monday at the Deerfield Community Center. Today, witnesses against the applications are expected to speak, and closing statements may be made. Gigot was one of about 30 people in attendance at the public hearing, which included representation from Sunflower, irrigators against the water applications, the city of Garden City, Wheatland Electric Co-op, Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3 and the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce. Sunflower has been a benefit to the community, and a second power-generation plant would mean expansion for a major employer. "Sunflower is exactly the kind of company any community would want to recruit, retain and help expand," said Carol Meyer, president of the chamber. "Their expansion project is strongly supported by the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce." But the chamber stopped short of saying the water rights 'Recent testimony in regards to the economic impact of the use of water for agriculture vs. industrial use is hoo-doo economics at its best. You should not have to consider the issue of the economics of agriculture vs. industrial use, and I only mention it because I believe this to be a smoke screen to sway public opinion favoring the granting of the permits.' — Irrigator Jerry Gigot. should be granted. Garden City Manager Bob Halloran, though, did not. He said the city is in support of the applications for additional water rights. "We are fortunate to have a considerable amount of water to consider these applications," Halloran said. "Agriculture and further development of electric generation in the area are mutually dependent on one another for success. There is an opportunity to provide for both parties. There is enough water." Gigot said the issue ultimately comes down to the fact water already is over-appropriated in the townships in question. Gary Drussel, another irrigator, said granting Sunflower's applications will worsen problems water users already are having. "As an irrigator since 1977, there is no doubt that we are over- appropriated," said Drussel, who farms near Sunflower. He said in the late 1970s to early 1980s he was able to pump 1,000 to 1,200 gallons a minute from his wells, and now he can only pump an average of 700 to 750 gallons per minute. Evidence of depletion of water also is evident, Drussel said, because he's had to dig four of seven wells deeper to get water out of the Ogallala Aquifer. "The bottom line is we have lost in excess of 35 percent of our rate in the 25 years I have been farming," Drussel said. "If my rate drops much more, I will have to change cropping plans, and my land will start to lose value. If I lose my ability to irrigate my crops, my land will probably lose 75 to 85 percent of its present value." But state Rep. Ward Loyd, R- Garden City, said he sees the risk to farmers as "negligible," while benefits of the project are great, including an opportunity to "help keep the heart of the economy pumping at a time when we are struggling." Loyd said studies he's seen show water will be available for 100 to 250 more years. Family Dentistry Melinda K. Miner, DDS and Daniel I. Miner, DDS 625-2200 1-877-743-0875 Most Insurance & Medicaid Accepted Hospital Dentistry Available at HMC 3007 Hall Street Hays, KS Why go anywhere else? 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But those in opposition say it's not right to consider approval of Sunflower's applications now, 12 years after the area closed to new water rights. "If further development needs water, it can only be obtained from existing water appropriations," Drussel said. "Otherwise, it will have a negative effect on the existing economy." Instead, the free market should dictate whether Sunflower expands, Drussel said. "There is adequate justification to deny these applications," he said. "This transfers the viability of the expansion to the economic arena. There are sufficient agriculture water rights that could be purchased by Sunflower to supply the entire water needs of Holcomb two and three." Landowners opposing the water request questioned the modeling and conclusions of Sunflower's experts. Ken Rainwater, an environmental consultant from Texas, reported "it is questionable whether the results of the Burns and McDonnell study can be used to accurately predict the impacts of the power plant withdrawals (of water from the aquifer)." He said the steady-state model, which assumes the same amount of water in the river year round, is one problem with the model because water levels change throughout the year. Rainwater also questioned the level of current saturated thickness, or amount of water available, in the reports from Sunflower's experts, saying his research found the water level was 30 percent lower than Sunflower's reports. Rainwater said the Burns and McDonnell study "most likely under-predicts the added draw down from the proposed wells." Pope said he would make a decision on the applications soon after Oct. 25, the deadline for interested parties to make recommendations to him. 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