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Hutchinson News (Newspaper) - March 30, 2015, Hutchinson, KansasA4 monday March 30, 2015 the Hutchinson news briefs l Oca l and s Tate Alliyah Gray plays foosball with Blake Wornkey 7, Madison Robert 7, and Emily Koelling 7, on March 20. Gray recently won the Kansas boys and girls clubs youth of the year award for her work As a vision Leader and achievements As a cheerleader and track member at Hutchinson High school. Murphy Bannerman the Hutchinson news Lindsey Bauman the Hutchinson news above firefighters Are obscured by smoke during a prescribed fire at the Prairie dunes country club on March 23. Did you see last weeks photos taken by the Hutchinson news photographers look online at wow. Hutch news. Com to see a collection of photographs taken in the past week. This week in photos this april has no Short age of wonders to observe in the night sky including Bright planets dazzling constellations and to top it All off a lunar eclipse. In the West faint Ruddy Mars is visible Low in the sky just after Sunset. Mars has been dangling in the Western evening sky for months. Combinations of Earth and Mars movements around the Sun have kept our Little neighbor visible Long after most other planets would have plunged into the suns Glare. But this month Mars too finally gives in to the suns might. Beyond mid month Mars is lost in evening Twilight. Venus continues rising higher throughout april. Like a Brilliant Diamond Venus sparkles in the West Ern sky after Sunset. This very hot world is situated among Winter constellations that Are lingering in the West for one final Hurrah. By next month these constellations like Taurus the Bull and Orion the Hunter Are gone from evening until Winter. This month finds Venus sliding Between two gorgeous open Star clusters. Between april 11 and 13, Venus is just left of the pleiades Star Cluster. On the left Side of Venus look for the v shaped group of stars known As the hyades. They also make the face of Taurus the Bull. High overhead As dark Ness Falls look for mighty Jupiter. The King of the planets rides just ahead of the King of beasts Leo the lion. Look for Leos Signa Ture backwards question Mark Star formation just East of Jupiter. The real show stopper this month is the first of two lunar eclipses of 2015. On saturday morning the Moon dips into earths Shadow and gradually darkens. About 4 a. M., the Moon begins entering the outer Cone of earths Shadow known As the Penumbra. This part of the Shadow casts a faint tint on the Moons surface that is difficult to notice. The Moon begins to Darken noticeably shortly after 5 a. When it enters the Umbra the dark est part of earths Shadow. The time when the Moon is completely eclipsed is Short Only about five minutes making it the shortest lunar eclipse this Century. This occurs around 7 a. Unfortunately kansans wont be Able to observe the entire eclipse from Start to finish. The Moon is still partially eclipsed when it sets in the West around 7 15 am. But the Good news is this months eclipse does not require observers to get up in the Middle of the night. Anyone out and about Between 6 and 7 a. Should be Able to see the partially darkened Moon Low in the Western sky. No special equipment is necessary to observe a lunar eclipse. Look for the Reddish Hue which is sunlight cast on the Moon after being refracted by earths atmosphere. And if you miss this lunar eclipse dont fret. You will have an Opportunity to see another one in september. Brad Nuest is a space Sci ence educator at the Kansas cosm sphere and space Center in Hutchinson. He writes a monthly column for the news. Email Brand Cosmo. Org. Eclipse overshadows celestial changes Orion Taurus b y the a Ssofi a ted p Ress Topeka state records show rep. Virgil Peck of Montgomery county used a state owned plane to Fly from Western Kansas to Topeka and Back to vote in one Day so he could vote on a new school finance Bill. Peck was flown from Coffeyville to Topeka on March 13 As he sought to vote on implementing Block Grant funding for the states schools. He arrived in Topeka too late for his vote to change the outcome and flew Back to Coffeyville according to Kansas Highway patrol logs obtained by the Lawrence journal world. Peck a Republican from Montgomery county went Home March 12 to attend several events in Coffeyville and Independence with gov. Sam Brownback. The next Day the House voted on final passage of a Bill that replaced the previous school finance formula and with Block Grant funding for the next two years. The Bill received 62 votes one Short of the 63 needed to pass. Three representatives who supported the Bill including Peck were not present prompting a Call of the House that held the Roll Call open for two hours to give the representatives time to vote. I could have left in my car Peck said. It would have taken three hours. I was told to wait for the plane. The logs show the plane left Coffeyville with Peck As a passenger and landed in Topeka by 10 15 a. By that time the two other absent lawmakers had returned and voted for the Bill passing it 64 57. The plane left Topeka at 11 06 a. M., according to the flight logs to Fly Back to Coffeyville. Peck was listed As the Only passenger on each leg of those flights. Brownbacks press Secre tary Eileen Hawley estimated the Cost of each flight was $ 205. She said the patrol which owns and operates the plane typically sends a Bill to the governors office for such flights. Lawmaker uses Khz plane to vote on Bill three injured in head on collision North of Hutch an Accident saturday night North of Hutchinson sent three people to the Hospital. Deputies from the Reno county sheriffs office were dispatched about 9 09 p. To 108th Avenue and Plum Street where they discovered a Pontiac g6 and Dodge caravan with heavy front end damage. According to a news release about the incident Dakota Hughes of Burrton was driving the Dodge North on Plum when he swerved into the opposite Lane to miss something in the Road causing a Colli Sion with the Pontiac. Hughes was not injured but Quinton Luttig of Wichita the Driver of the Pontiac and passengers Richard Luttig or. And Mary Gottschalk both of Hutchinson All were transported to Hutchinson regional medical Center with minor injuries. The incident remains under investigation. Officials Hope budget pieces drop into place Topeka Republican gov. Sam Brownback Hopes the gop controlled Kansas legislature wraps up several key budget issues this week. Lawmakers must erase a projected shortfall of nearly $ 600 million for the next fiscal year. The Senate has approved a $ 15.5 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning july 1 that wont balance without tax increases. The houses Republican leaders Arentt sure whether the chamber will vote on a spending plan before the legislature begins its an Nual Spring break saturday. Lawmakers expect to consider proposed tax increases after returning from their break april 29. Several Bills will affect the spending plan. One deals with Public pensions another with tapping health insurers for additional fees and a third with controlling the costs of mental health drugs under the medicaid program. Amtrak says Southwest chiefs routes to remain Santa be n. Amtrak says it will stick with its existing new Mexico route of the Southwest chief passenger train. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told the Santa be new mexican last week that the Southwest chief will continue to make stops in new Mexico towns of Raton Las vegas Lamy and Albuquerque. The announcement ends More than two years of fear and uncertainty in Northern new Mexico is smaller communities. The Southwest chief travels Between Chicago and los Angeles but part of the current route was in jeopardy because of questions about maintenance and upgrades of track. Colorado and Kansas moved aggressively last year to secure a Federal Grant and to allocate Money for repairs on their sections of the tracks. Colorado says states free to legalize Weed Denver states Are free to legalize marijuana Colorado argued Friday in a filing to the u. S. Supreme court in response to a Law suit from neighbouring states that have asked the nations highest court to shut Down Colo Radows pot Law. The filing Marks the first time Colorado has defended Legal marijuana in writing. The Federal government did not sue to Block the states 2012 vote to legalize pot for All adults Over 21. Colorado said that Nebraska and Oklahoma should sue the Federal government for not enforcing the controlled substances act not other states. In addition to the Law suit Colorado faces three More marijuana challenges in a lower Federal court. A set of county sheriffs from Colorado Kansas and Nebraska have filed a separate lawsuit in Federal court in Denver. From staff wire reports

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