Garden City Telegram, June 25, 2008

Garden City Telegram

June 25, 2008

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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - June 25, 2008, Garden City, Kansas What's inside Stevens County jail to open in fall. A3 Picture This Johna McClelland at a piano lesson. Photo contributed by Linda Adams. Garden City. Fresno forces game 3 of CWS. BlWEDNESDAY June 25, 2008 TWI? GARDEN CITY GRAM Volume 79, No. 150 18 Pages 3 Sections 50 CENTS mhhbbhhhhbhhhbbhmbbh .0 Mr - C * ■HW-'    v py* , > > > a . >V- Brad Nading/Teiegram Colton Valentine, Syracuse, tries lassoing the rear legs of a calf on a run in the team roping event Tuesday during a Rodeo Bible Camp at F-Diamond Arena in the 1200 block of West Maple Street. God's brand of rodeo ■ Camp: Combining rodeo, Bible study recipe for fun for participants. For video of the rodeo, go to www.gctele- By RACHEL DAVIS [email protected] A roping dummy sat in the F Diamond dirt arena in Garden CityTuesday. It’s front legs were firm while its back legs kicked wildly. Behind the chute was Hilly Peters of Sublette. He backed up his horse and waited for the signal. The flag dropped, and Peters slowly I—k moved to the calif dummy, rope high gram.com. over his head, and lassoed the calf. His partner, one of the camp instructors, then roped the heels of the dummy “Way to go Billy” the crowd yelled. “Good job.” Peters was one of 12 campers taking part in the rodeo competition during the first Rodeo Bible camp in Garden City. Randy Fisher, member of Journey to the Cross, the Garden City chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, said the dummy is a tool used to help beginners learn how to rope a calf. He said Peters not only was a beginner, but hadn’t ridden a horse until the camp. The three-day camp was open to youth ages 13 to 19 who wanted to learn more about God and develop rodeo skills. See Camp, Page A5 Brad Nadlng/Telegram Andrew Walck, Garden City, works on turning a steer to the ground Tuesday in the steer wrestling competition during a Rodeo Bible Camp at F-Diamond Arena in the 1200 block of West Mape Street. FCEDC denies payment to Tyson By STEPHANIE FARLEY [email protected] Representatives of Tyson Fresh Meats and Finney County Economic Development Corp. plan to keep looking at long-term solutions after FCEDC’s Board of Directors opted out this morning of the corporation giving $50,000 to the company for transportation needs. The reasons varied as to why FCEDC’s board unanimously denied staff’s recommendation of a one-time forgivable loan of $50,000 to Tyson to help the company in transporting new employees to and from the plant outside Holcomb. FCEDC Chairman Ron Schwartz said this morning he has received a lot of calls from the public on the loan consideration, with 99 percent of the feedback opposing awarding the loan and about I percent in favor. The biggest complaint, he said, seems to be that $50,000 is a minimal cost to an employer the size of Tyson, which has more than 3,000 workers. FCEDC board member Mario See Issue, Page AS hhhhbbhhhbht ~7 Car wash fee down the drain By STEPHANIE FARLEY sfiirley&gctelegram.coiu The Garden City Commission’s message Tuesday to groups choosing to use cai' washes along Kansas Avenue to raise money was line up, not pay up. Commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved allowing a city employee to set up and tear down equipment that will be used on sites along Kansas Avenue to prevent water runoff from car washes into the city’s storm water system. But the commission broke away from past talk of implementing a fee system and will only require that groups receive special event permits through the city for the event at the site and not pay a proposed $100 fee. According to Bill Weatherly, athletic director for Carden City High School who spoke at Tuesday’s commission meeting, most of the groups associated with the school district that use car washes as fundraisers average about $400 per event. One group does very well though, he said, and usually raises from $700 to $1,000. The reasons for fundraising also vary, he said, and can include anything from covering the purchase of equipment and the cost of meals on trips for students to camps and travel expenses. Weatherly said he’d talked to those in USD 457 and also with the city about possibly having some of tile cai* washes at the high school to prevent groups from having to pay a promised fee. He said many of the school groups were concerned because there would be less traffic if the events weren’t on Kansas Avenue. Together, Weatherly and the city esti mate about 20 car washes occur during the summer along Kansas Avenue. “On a hot weekend, you have two or three on Kansas,” Commissioner Nancy Harness said. “The fee’s up to you guys,” Weatherly said, adding that many of the groups had found alternative ways to raise money but that it meant a chunk of the profits for those who hadn’t. The issue of a permitting system and possible fee stems from the city trying to comply with its storm sewer and erosion and sediment control ordi nance, which, in turn, is the result of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations to reduce or eliminate for eign substances from entering the city’s storm sewer system. The EPA regula tions aim to protect wildlife, aquatic life and quality of water in groundwater or lakes, streams and rivers. To comply with the ordinance and regulations, while allowing car wash fundraisers on Kansas Avenue, city staff had proposed charging the groups $126 to pay a city employee to man the carwash site for six hours at $12 an hour (overtime rate), or $168 for eight hour s at the same rate. Golden Plains Credit Union along Kansas Avenue is the main site allowing car washes. Western State Bank also has allowed the events in the past. But. according to Carden City Public See City. Page A5 Brad Nading/Telegram Stalks of wheat stand ready to cut Monday as a combine makes its way through a field west of Garden City. Harvest continuing with stops and starts BY MONICA SPRINGER mspringet<d>gctelegram.com Less than I percent of the wheat in Finney County has been harvested, according to the Garden City Coop. Although it rained in the area last night, it was not enough to hault plans to harvest, said Ken Jameson with the Garden City Co-op. “We’ll have combines rolling again this afternoon,” Jameson said. It’s too early to know what the fields will yield, he said. Farmers and co-ops would like to see moisture content under 13.5 percent and a test weight of 60 pounds per bushel. More likely this year though, is an average yield, which is about 45 bushels per acre. “I’m sure we’re going to have some higher or lower, depending on if they got rain or not,” Jameson said. Coops in Wichita, Kearny Stevens. Greeley and Lane counties had a only one or two truckloads of wheat on Monday but none on Tuesday because of wet conditions. Dave Bozone, who has land IO miles west of Hugoton in Stevens County, had to stop cutting his wheat on Tuesday because of rain on Monday He had 900 acres of dryland and 300 acres of irrigated wheat. He said test weights were about 58 pounds per bushel on the irrigated wheat and the moisture was at ll percent. Bozone said Stevens County See Wheat, Page A5 mm MHI 6    72472    00050    7 Inside Annie’s advice/ B6    Obituaries / A2    Sports / Bl -3 Classified / Cl -3    Opinion / A3    TV Listings / B4 Comics/C4    State A6    Weather/A8 Check us out online at www.gctelegram.com “It is not depravity that afflicts , ,    the human race so much as a Inspiring    general lack of intelligence.’’ Minds    — Agnes Repplier, American writer and social critic (1858-1950). Thursday's weather Tonight, low 67. Thurs-h day, partly sunny. High 97, low 66 Details on page A8. ;

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