Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on July 10, 1976 · Page 3
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Garden City, Kansas
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Saturday, July 10, 1976
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Finney Acres Play 'High-Level' Role in Crop Project By RODNEY HOFFMAN Thirty square miles of dry and irrigated farmland in northeastern Finney County is playing an important role in a project that (me day could assess potential crop harvests throughout the world. The United States Department of Agriculture working with NASA is surveying the area on a routine basis with C- 130 aircraft arid satellites ("Landsats"). Purdue, Texas A&M and the University of Kansas are also participating. Gordon O'Dell, county executive director of ASCS, said the project is called Large Area Crop Inventory Experiment (LACIE). It involves a process of crop and acreage identification with high altitude photographs. Finney County has been included in the LACIE Dateline -Southwest Kansas ByKATHILOPER Physician-poor Southwest Kansas has hit the jackpot this month with the announcement that two more doctors will open practice in area communities. The physicians, Dr. Rodney S. Shotton, M.D., and Dr. Merle Turner, D.O., just happen to be brothers-in-law, to boot. Dr. Shotton was reared in the Satanta area, and is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Ronald Shotton, former Satantans now missionaries in Panama. He is associated with Dr. J. R. Zimmerman'in the Tate Medical Center at Lakin. His sister, Susan, is married to Dr. Turner, who will open practice in Satanta next week. Dr. Turner interned with Dr. Zimmerman in Lakin a few years back, so he isn't exactly a strange face around these parts. * * * Scott Cltian Steven Price has a claim to fame that few of us could (or would want to) challenge. During the community's July 4 celebration, Price gulped down 21 y% hot dogs to earn the championship of the KFLA Hawt Dawg Eating Contest. His prize was $75 — enough to purchase an adequate supply of Alka Seltzer, with some left over. In the women's division, Nancy Burkholder of Wooster, Ohio downed" 18 'dogs, and also won $75 for her efforts. That will come in handy, because the young woman is doing quite a bit of traveling this summer; she's peddling through the state on the Bikecentennial Route with a group of bicyclists, and her ful-"filling" stay in Scott City will probably be remembered for quite a while. * * * Speaking of the Bikecentennial, two groups of cyclists rolling across the county — in opposite directions — met for the first time in Scott City last month. The groups are traveling from Reedsport, Ore., to Williamsburg, Pa., one headed east and the other west. Both groups left May 16, and expect to reach their respective destination Aug. 5. * * * Boxcar shortages during wheat harvest are nothing new. In fact, that particular problem spurred an unusual announcement in the Haskell County Monitor-Chief 50 years ago. It seems' that because of the 'car shortage, between 50,000 and 100,000 bushels of wheat had to be stored on the ground in the community. The problem greeting farmers 50 years ago was this: "There is a city'ordinance in Sublette against chickens running at large. There is complaint that chickens running at large are damaging wheat piled on the ground scratching it down. Keep up your chickens and avoid trouble," Sublette Mayor H. C. Murphy warned. * * * Johnson's Pioneer Day celebration last month was termed a big success, and thoughts already are turning to next year's event. Well, folks, Pioneer Day 1977 promises to be a real Mickey Mouse affair. Its theme will be "The World of Disney". * * * And a final, second-hand observation from out Johnson way. Johnson Pioneer News editor Bill Holeman related in a recent column the feelings of one wag, who surmises that Western Kansas has been so dry lately that he suspects powdered cream (for coffee) doesn't come from a jar afterall — could it be, he wonders, that it actually comes from • Stanton County cows? program for nearly three years, O'Dell said. The first test site west of Gar-den City which comprised 95 per cent irrigated land was used the first two years. The present site, northeast of Garden City near the Mennonite Road, was selected because only 15 per cent is irrigated. This is more representative of the Great Plains region, he said. Because analysts can separate it from other crops, they are primarily interested in observing wheat during its growing season. They begin periodic observations in the fall and when the wheat begins to mature rapidly in the spring, the crop is scanned every nine days until harvest. The local SCS office reports surface moisture, plant height, ground coverage and total acreage in the area to compare with the data collected by NASA. After the harvest, appraised yields from the site area are also sent to Houston. . The satellites send to Houston electric signals which have been recorded on scanners. As light reflected from the objects on earth strikes the mirrors, devices inside the scanners divide the light into four spectral bands. The collected information is converted into electric signals and sent to earth. NASA technicians then reconstruct the symbols into photo-like negatives or "images". The crops reflect light in a way which distinguish them from nearby objects. Healthy vegetation appears bright red; cleared land is grey; water is black or various shades of blue. A computer can distinguish between the various tints of wheat, milo or corn. O'Dell says that the first results of the program show that with two flights during the growing season analysts can be 95 per cent accurate in crop identification. There are about 30 test sites, in the United States, but O'Del) said the Finney County is one of only three where extensive testing is done. At the so-called "super site" here and at sites in North and South Dakota, helicopters also routinely take photographs to supplement the data. Other minor test sites in Kansas are in Ellis, Morton, Rice and Saline counties. Two C-130 aircraft are used by KU as part of the experiment in Finney County to test equipment and techniques which have been, developed over the past few years. Dr. Fawwaz Ulaby of the KU Space Technology Center said several test sites in Finney County, have been used since 1966. KU is trying to determine how well microwave sensors mounted on the aircraft can measure soil moisture content and to determine how well radar can map the number of acres of each crop. "Such information can be plugged into equations to predict yields," he said. The Space Technology Center will send recommendations to NASA on equipment to be included in the next satellite program. The Finney County test site has several advantages for the airborne experiments, Ulaby said. Large flat fields make analysis relatively easy and the number of fences and houses small in comparison to other areas. Since last fall another group of NASA technicians has been conducting a detailed crop study at the Garden City Experiment Station. .According to Charles Norwood, agronomist at the Experiment Station, both irrigated andy dryland plots of wheat, rye and barley are examined with a ground rig. A "cherry picker" truck is used to photograph areas of ten square feet and the information is relayed to another truck. Analysts use the information as they would data from the satellite to determine different types of crops. Norwood said the technique could be used on a world-wide basis to forecast any disease problems a crop might have, in addition to estimating the Page3 Garden City Telegram Saturday, July 10,1976 number of acres planted and yield possibilities. Kansas University is also utilizing the airborne experiments to map center pivot irrigation systems in Southwest Kansas. Working with the Forestry, Fish and Game Commission, KU is studying the degradation of prairie chicken habitats because of the rapid development of uncultivated land. Some fear the prairie chicken may become an endangered species. An account of purposes and some phtographs of the Landsal program can be found in the July 1976 issues of Reader's Digest and National Geographic. Cross-Country Biker 'Digs'Hometown Stopover FIXING A FLAT tire "is probably what we've done most of this trip," according to Randy Byers, Wichita, and there's no relief from tire troubles even while taking a rest stop at the home of fellow biker, Don Harness. Telegram Photo 20 Officers Implicated in Jackson Jail Drug Ring KANSAS CITY (AP) — An undercover investigation has implicated about 20 corrections officers in the Jackson County jail and six former inmates with the sale and transfer of narcotics to prisoners, police said Friday. It also was disclosed that findings are expected to be taken before the Jackson County grand jury next Friday. Ralph L. Martin, county prosecutor, declined comment on the police report. A five-man squad of detectives and undercover agents under direction of Capt. William Ponessa undertook the investigation June 14 on complaint of James Bergfalk, jail administrator. Bergfalk reported he was told by inmates that drugs were widely available in the jail. He said Friday night he had suspended 13 jail em- ployes without pay and fired three others in connection with the investigation. Ponessa said the involvement of corrections officers spanned all three work shifts and all four floors of the jail atop the downtown Kansas City courthouse. The jail employs 75 corrections officers. Police said they have seized marijuana, amphetamines and barbiturates, and that they suspect some heroin was sold in the jail. Ponessa said the drugs were delivered by relatives and by "horses," delivery persons for the corrections officers involved. Drugs also were located in- side radios and televisions being brought to inmates, he said. The fact that it was not a well-organized ring helped police in their investigation, Ponessa said. In spite of the blistering heat and ceaseless winds, Don Harness, son of Mrs. Donnis Harness, 811 N. 5th, was glad to be home. "I like this a whole lot better than getting rained on every day or finding i:* in our drinking water in the' morning." Harness, with three companions, is pedaling a 10-speed along the Bikecentennial trail. They flew to Oregon at the end of May and arrived on bikes here Thursday afternoon. This morning they renewed their 4,450 mile trip to Yorktown, Va. "Through. Oregon and Idaho it seemed like ft rained everyday—usually right before we camped at night and early in the morning. So we were wet the whole day," he said. , While camping in the Teton mountains, the temperature dropped to 26 degrees, he said. Harness, a student at Wichita State University, said he'd kept the idea of a cross- country bike tour in the back of his head since he began working at a bicycle shop last summer. Three friends from Wichita, Randy Byers, Mary Wittenbach and Barry Simpson, liked the idea too. The only thing they did to get in shape for the trip, Harness joked, was to drink a few beers. "That sure took a toll on us during the first few days," he said. The Bikecentennial trail crosses western Kansas through Tribune, Scott City and Dighton, but the group is taking a side trip to visit their families and to overhaul their bikes in Wichita. They usually camp every night and prepare all of their meals — which means carrying from 35 to 40 pounds of equipment. The best part of the trip, Harness says, is meeting people. "I really enjoy meeting people in rural towns. They're used to a lot of bikers coming through and they're eager to talk," he said. "Talking to people is what makes the trip." They've also met countless groups of other bikers on the trail including several families, two groups from Holland, one from England and a man riding across the country with his 10-year-old grandson. "Most of the bikers we've talked to have been pretty deaths Harold E. Shuman Harold E. Shuman, 64, Sharon Springs, died Friday at St. Catherine Hospital here after a nine-month illness. He was the father of Michael Shuman, Rt. 1, and brother of Elsie Trimpa and Mrs. Maybell Pelnar, both Sublette. Born Aug. 7,1911, at Plains, Mr. Shuman was a farmer and had lived in Sharon Springs 33 years. He was married to EMS Officials Warned of Possible Fund Cut Emergency Medical Services officials were warned this week that federal funding may not be available to the extent requested by regional EMS councils. The warning came Wednesday during a state meeting in Salina of EMS and Kansas hospital representatives. "Local and area planning should be based not only upon federal and state guidelines, but also upon local capability to provide a practical, workable EMS network without outside funding," said Susan Weed, director of Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. Also on hand to meet with the 100 representatives were Dr. Lowell M. Wiese, director of the division of Health, Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Nelson Tiden, vice president of the Kansas Hospital Assn. Tilden pointed out that outpatient and emergency medical services have not kept pace with hospital impatient services. "We must direct our attention to improving service in this area for better total health care," he said. Area participants at the meeting included Jack Shearer, chairman of the EMS Council, region II, Dodge City, and Shirley Adams, R.N., assistant nursing supervisor in the emergency room at St. Catherine Hospital here. Shearer addressed the concept of "Emergency Capability Assessment," and called for greater hospital-to- hospital cooperation in delivering emergency medical services. Adams, a panel member, discussed "Hospital Responsibilities in the Supervision of EMT's and EMIC's." Participants also discussed building a communications network and assuring quick access to the system for EMS patients. In the wrap-up session, Tilden summarized the feeling of the participants that EMS planning to date has been patient-oriented and must continue as rapidly as potentional funding will allow. Eunice Jerrell May 16,1937, at Plains. Mr. Shuman was a Mason and a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors, in addition to his son and sisters, include the widow; a daughter, Mrs. Marilyn Bohl, Goodland; two brothers John Shuman, Byers, Colo., and Irvin Shuman, Mesa, Ariz.; three other sisters, Mrs. Jessie Glover, Simla, Colo., Mrs. Louis Winfery, Plains, and Mrs. Helen Roberts, Boulder, Colo.; and four grandchildren. Funeral and burial will be in Plains, with Koons Funeral Home of Sharon Springs in charge. Garnand Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. James M. Allen James M. Allen, 6lO'/2 Burnside Dr., died unexpectedly Friday evening at St. Catherine Hospital. Further information and funeral arrangements will be .announced by the Phillips- White Funeral Home. jji^^^iyl|^^^/t H9MMHK1 TAKING ADVANTAGE of a soft bed and home-cooked meals, Don Harness, 811 N. 5th, stopped here this week for a short rest in the midst of a cross-country bike tour. Telegram Photo impressed with the friendliness of the people in Kansas," he said. The Bikecentennial trail was designed to take the bikers through a panorama of country while traveling on little-used roads. Special maps have been prepared for each section with information on the area's roads, .history and things to see. But Harness said the best information comes from other bikers. They'll pass along warnings about bad restaurants or lousy roads or directions to a drug store selling ice cream cones for a dime. People living along the trail Two Sought in Ulysses Assault ULYSSES—Two persons are being sought in connection with the assault early Friday morning of a Ulysses police officer. City patrolman Gary Burnett remained in Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital here this morning after being struck on the back of the head with a large tree limb. He was kept there overnight for observation. Burnett was patrolling the north edge of Ulysses about 5:30 Friday morning when he noticed a man running down the road ahead of him. Burnett got out of his car, officials said, and while he was talking with the man he was struck from behind. Investigation is continuing into the incident. Dedicated Service. Philip C. Vieux for County Attorney. Paid for by P. C. Vieux.—Pol. Adv. have been especially receptive to the bikers, Harness said. For instance, in Hebron, Colo., (population five, he says), there's a sign which reads: "Bikers Rest Stop- please sign our guest book." Once inside, the bikers are greeted with "piles and piles of cookies" supplied by the "cookie lady," Harness said. LIPIZZAN STALLIONS SUNDAY, JULY 11 2:30 P.M. Garden City- Fairgrounds Grandstand sponsored by Fair Board. Tickets on sale at SEARS Adults *4 Children '2 Horses on display free to the public. 10 A.M. till noon Sunday. Box office will be open. Vote Experience Re-Elect Don Vsetecka Republican for Finney County Attorney •Finney County Attorney since 1975 • Deputy county attorney 1972 to 1974. • Permanent resident with sound experience (Pd. Pol Ad-Paid for by Don Vsetecka)

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