Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - June 9, 2007, Garden City, Kansas What's inside Bikers begin trek across Kansas. A3 Picture This Caitlynn Clepper fishing with her grandpa, Larry Hoisted. Photo contributed by Tessa Blood, Garden City. SATURDAY June 9, 2007 THE GARDEN CITY Telegram Area standouts shined this season. D1 Volume 78, No. 136 50 Pages 6 Sections ONE DOLLAR Commodities face off vs. conservation By SARAH KESSESfGER kessinger@dnih/nra >$. / wt TOPEKA (HNS) - When farmers gathered at Salina Tuesday to tell a congressional panel what they'd like to see in the 2007 farm bill, some sought renewal of farm commodity subsidies. But some also suggested Congress lend more support to programs conserving soil and water. The environmental talk chimes in with a growing chorus of Washington, D.C., groups interested in expanding conservation through the farm bill. Among those voices are two former Kansans once prominent in formation of farm policy - former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. At Tuesday's hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, 1st District Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said he expects commodity supports to lose priority sta- -1 AGRIC ?Hi MEWS tus to conservation programs. "The support in Congress is least on the commodity side," Moran said after the hearing at Kansas State University's Salina campus. "There are very few members of Congress who care about farmers and much more support for conservation and environmental issues." If the House Agriculture Committee drafts a bill they consider "pro-farmer," he said, "it will be subject to people on the House floor wanting to shift that money to conservation." However, some family farm advocates watching the forum suggested that might be a better path. "By shifting support for farmers from commodity support programs to conservation programs that focus on paying farmers to protect the resource base, we protect the long- term sustainability of both the food system and the emerging energy market, as well as provide some form of a safety net or income support for farmers," said Dan Nagengast, executive director of the Kansas Rural Center. Shrinking water supply The committee on Tuesday spe-See Bill, Page A5 Tyson recalls ground beef SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. on Friday recalled more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef shipped to Wal-Mart stores in 12 states after samples tested at a Sherman, Texas, plant showed signs of E. coli contamination. No illnesses had been reported. Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc. said the recall is not related to contaminated ground beef distributed by California-based United Food Group LLC. The recalled products were sent to Wal-Mart stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, Tyson said. Wal-Mart has removed the products from its meat cases and is destroying the recalled ground beef still in its possession, officials said. Tyson recalled 40,440 pounds of ground beef, all of which had sell-by dates of June 13. The ground beef was sold in prepackaged trays that were placed directly into the meat case. The recalled products include: � 1 1/2-pound trays of Angus steak burger all natural, 85/15,6 1/4-pound patties; � 1.33-pound trays of Angus steak burger all natural, 85/15, extra thick, 4 1/3-pound patties; � 21/4-pound trays of 73/27 all-natural ground beef; and � 51/2-pound trays of 73/27 all-natural ground beef. Associated Press The space shuttle Atlantis thunders off the launch pad during liftoff Friday night at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Mission possible: Atlantis takes flight CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A patched-up Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts Friday on the first space shuttle flight of 2007, putting NASA back on track after a run of bad luck and scandal that included a damaging hailstorm and a lurid love triangle. Its big orange fuel tank covered with white blotches where the foam insulation had been repaired, the spaceship rose from its seaside launch pad with a roar and climbed into a clear and still-brightly lit sky at 6:38 p.m., setting a course for the international space station. The countdown was nearly flawless, but it appeared that something fell from the tank more than two minutes into See Launch, Page A5 NATIONAL NEWS Laurie Sisk/Tetegram Three baby robins plead for an insect as their mother feeds DOWn the them Friday morning on the shared lawn of Ruth Friesen and Thelma Boulinni on Mac Street. The babies' nest fell hatch out of a tree during Wednesday nights strong winds and the birds have remained in the nest unscathed since. Police relax standards for recruits By KEN MAGUTRE Associated Press Writer Police departments around the country are relaxing age and fitness standards, forgiving minor criminal convictions and easing other requirements to relieve shortages in their ranks and find officers who are wiser, more worldly and cooler-headed in a crisis. In recent years, St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla., dropped the need for a two-year college degree if the candidate has military or law enforcement experience. Oakland, Calif., is no longer disqualifying applicants for minor, long-ago drug convictions or gang involvement. And Boston this spring raised the upper age limit for recruits from 32 to 40. "Being well-rounded, having some life experience, makes for a better person and patrolman - someone who is coming up on a conflict who is mature and measured, as opposed to some young kid right out of school," said Boston City Councilor Michael See Nation, Page A2 Youth GEAR UP to make change By EMILY BEHLMANN email@example.com The youth who shared dancing, roller skating and pizza at C & D's World on Wheels Friday morning came from across western Kansas, and some had met only recently But they had one thing in common that Samantha Otero, Lakin, said helps them relate to one another - all are in the foster care system. "It doesn't matter what youth, you're all on the same track," Otero said, taking a break from skating Friday during the Regional Youth Advisory Council's annual conference. - The regional council, one of four in the Kansas Youth Advisory Council, is made up of western Kansas youth ages 15 to 21 who are or have been in foster care. They meet monthly to discuss foster care issues, including aspects of the system they would like to see change. Otero is one of the region's three state representatives, so she takes feedback from the meetings to the state's council, which seeks to influence the policy-makers who govern the foster care system. "I gather information about what we don't like and try to figure out how to change that or make it better," she said. Vicky Richardson, a consultant to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services, told the current and potential members of the advisory council on Friday that their advocacy makes a difference. "People will listen to you," she said. See Council, Page A5 \y'imim:'M Emily BehlmanrVTelegram Regional Youth Advisory Council member Aubrey Leikam, left, talks with potential members Liz Stange, Whitney Wright and Amanda Pfannenstiel Friday at the council's conference at C & D's World on Wheels. 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