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THE OSKALOOSA INDEPENDENT THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015 P. 7 SPORTS The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission approved the duck and goose seasons at a public hearing conducted Aug. 20 at the Kansas Wetland Education Center, Great Bend. Following frameworks provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the following seasons and bag limits were approved. DUCK SEASONS High Plains Duck Zone (see duck zone map at ksoutdoors.com): Oct. 10-Jan. 4 and Jan. 23-31. Youth season: Oct. 3-4. Low Plains Early Zone: Oct. 10-Dec. 6 and Dec. 19-Jan. 3. Youth season: Oct. 3-4. Low Plains Late Zone: Oct. 31-Jan. 3 and Jan. 23-31. Youth season: Oct. 24-25. Low Plains Southeast Zone: Nov. 14-Jan. 3 and Jan. 9-31. Youth season: Nov. 7-8. Duck daily bag limit: Six ducks, which may include no more than five mallards (no more than two which may be hens), three scaup, three wood ducks, two redheads, two pintails and two canvasbacks. Canada Geese Oct. 31-Nov. and Nov. 4-Feb. 14. Canada goose daily bag limit (in- chiding brant): Six White-fronted Geese Oct. 31-Jan. 3 and Jan. 23-Feb. 14. White-fronted goose daily bag limit: Two Light Geese Oct. 31-Nov. 1 and Nov. 4-Feb. 14. (Light goose Conservation Order: Feb. 15-April 30.) Light goose daily bag limit (includ- Counseling Corner IP a in nl from the American Counseling Association Relatives are important to most of us, despite the fact that they're people we're sort of stuck with as a side-effect of being born into a particular family. But friend- ships can be just as important, or even more important, because our friends are people we've chosen to have a relationship with. Friends are people we value, care about and with whom we want to feel close. All of that is why it can be very upsetting when we discover or observe something troubling about a friend. It can be a struggle trying to decide whether to confront our friend directly or to avoid the issue in case we're wrong and might damage the friendship. But the bottom line is you do want to help if this is someone you truly care about. It's therefore important to find ways to dis- cuss the potential problem while minimiz- ing the chances of mining the friendship. A starting point to make this happen is to meet privately and make clear this is a conversation just between the two of you. Begin by describing objectively the behavior that concerns you. Don't be judgmental or try to interpret what you've seen. Stick to facts and obser- vations, rather than your personal opinions. Say "You seem easily upset recently," rather than a judgmental statement such as, "It bugs me how crabby you've been lately!" Keep your description positive, rather than negative and accusatory. Objectively state the facts in a man- ner that other friends would agree to if asked their opinions. The next part is to give your friend a chance to agree with or explain what you've observed. Make it an opportunity to discuss the issue. Saying "You seem unhappy re- cently. Is anything wrong?" opens the door for discussion without position- ing you as an authority who will make everything right. You may find that what you've reported is something your friend is unaware of, or that he or she has an explanation that elimi- nates your concerns. If this "one-two" approach does have your friend verifying your con- cerns, you may find that simply talk- ing things out may help fix the issue. Or there may be a bigger problem that requires professional help. The key, however, is not to be con- frontational. Give your friend encour- agement and support, and be ready to assist in finding the needed help. With a positive approach youql help your friend and continue a strong friendship. Comments and questions to ACA- corner@counseling.org or visit the ACA website at www.counseling.org. ing snow and Ross' geese): 50 (No daily bag limit during the Conservation Order) All waterfowl hunters 16 and older must have a Federal Duck Stamp, and all hunters required to have a hunting license must also have a Kansas Waterfowl Habitat Permit and Kansas Harvest Information Program permit. $2.7 million grant for public access on private lands Agriculture Secretary Tom Wflsack announced Aug. 17 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $20 million in grants to 15 states to improve and increase wildlife habitat and public access for recreational opportunities on privately-owned and operated farm, ranch and forest lands. The Kansas Department of Wild- life, Parks and Tourism received a $2.7 million grant, the largest amount awarded to the 15 states. The grant is funded under the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program, which is administered by the USDA's Natural Resource Con- servation Service. According to Jake George, KD WI~ private land programs coordinator, the funds will be used over a three- year period to lease private land for hunting and fishing access and to help landowners improve habitat on those properties. Program promotion and outreach will occur this fall, with initial enrollment beginning late- spring to early-summer of 2016. "We were very pleased to once again be awarded VPA-HIP grant funding," George said. "Currently, KDWPT's Walk-in Hunting Access and FISH programs have more than i million acres of enrolled properties and agreements with nearly 2,300 Kansas landowners, providing nu- merous public hunting and fishing opportunities across the state. This additional funding will allow for further expansion and improvement of the already successful access and habitat management programs of- fered to Kansas landowners through KDWFr." With respect to hunting, the focus for the funds will be on enrolling new or recently enrolled Conserva- tion Reserve Program properties. Participating landowners must be willing to allow public hunting ac- cess on the property for the duration of the CRP contract and enroll in wildlife-friendly conservation prac- tices. Landowners are encouraged to enroll or re-enroll their properties in CRP between the continuous signup and the general CRP signup, which begins Dec. 1. KDWPT expects to add an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 new acres of quality access properties over the next three years. KDWPT will also use the funds to improve fishing and paddle sports ac- cess, enrolling prime stream reaches, as well as quality privately-owned impoundments. Public access to these streams would provide a multitude of angling opportunities and open up recreational paddle sports access, which is limited in the state because most of the 10,000 miles of streams and rivers in Kansas are privately owned. "This project with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism shows how good partner- ships and land management will lead to sustainable recreational and economic opportunities for years to come. Connecting outdoor recreation to private lands conservation is good for wildlife, people, and rural economies," said Eric B. Banks, state conservationist for the Natural Re- sources Conservation Service. For more information on VPA-HIP and other FSA programs, visit fsa. usda.gov/vpa. 10th annual Northcentral Kansas Outdoor Youth Fair If your child enjoys all things "outdoorsy," chances are he or she will have a blast at the upcoming 10th annual Northcentral Kansas Outdoor Youth Fair in Osborne. This one-day event will take place Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to youth ages 17 and younger (all those 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). Activities include archery, wing- shooting, flyfishing, canoeing, dog handling, trapping and many other outdoor activities. Youth must be registered by 11 a.m. the day of the event to be pro- vided lunch and an opportunity to win door prizes that include a lifetime hunting license, hunting and fishing trips, and a weekend at an area lake cabin. Archery hunters 14 and older are invited to bring in their bows for tune- Sat., Aug. 29 • 7 a.m. to Midnight • Hoyt City Park Sun., Aug. 30 - 10 a.m. Church • Hoyt City Park Parade • Dance a Crafts • Silent Auction • Fun Run Antique Tractors • Garden Tractor Pull • Car Show Kids' Activities • Food • Covered Wagon Rides ° Horseshoes For more information: 785-986-6758 Sponsored in part by Jackson County Tourism Council o1-11-1tc EcoWater gives you better than bottle water from your tap. That's just one of the many reasons to have McEIroy's install an EcoWater system in your home. Call today. 785-266-4870 THE O S KAL O O S A INDEPENDENT Call 785-863-2520 or E-mail independent@centurytink.net to put your ad in The Oskaloosa Independent Business Card Directory. Requires a 16-week commitment. 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Event encourages drivers to choose not to drink and drive Chad Kitzman's Labor Day week- end in 2005 was like most until he got in his car. When he woke up three and half months later, his life had changed forever. That night, Kitzman chose to get behind the wheel after drinking all evening with his friends. After 15 surgeries, Kitzman is still dependent on others because of the choice he made 10 years ago and still affects him today. Kitzman emphasized his story is about choices as he spoke at the "You drink. You drive. You lose." press con- ference today at the Kansas Highway Patrol headquarters in Topeka. Be- ginning Wednesday, Aug. 19, through Monday, Sept. 7, drivers can expect an increased law enforcement presence looking for impaired drivers. Lt. Col. Randy Moon of the Kansas Highway Patrol spoke about Kansas' law enforcement goals during this special traffic enforcement period. "As law enforcement we know as traffic increases, so does impaired driving, especially during major holidays," Moon said. "That's why we participate in programs like this, because of our commitment to help keep our roads the safest they can be." Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King highlighted the Strategic Highway Safety Plan which includes goals to reduce fatal and serious in- jury crashes by more than half by the year 2029. "One of the key components of the plan is impaired driving awareness and education," Secretary King said. "I hope you've heard the phrase, "You drink. You drive. You lose.' because it concisely describes the progression that happens way too often." Kitzman asked drivers to make the right choice not to drink and drive and designate a sober driver before drinking. "Even call your morn or dad," Kitz- man said. "They might be mad but they'd rather get a call from you ask- ing for a sober ride home than a call that you've been taken to a hospital. Or worse, to a morgue." Treasurer Estes announces successful ruling in case against U.S. Treasury State Treasurer Ran Estes has an- would have limited all states' ability nounced an initial victory in Kansas' to take title to them only if the state efforts to force the U.S. Treasury to possesses the bonds. The U.S Trea- deliver matured U.S. savings bonds sury Department's records identify to the state as unclaimed property, the owners of matured bonds, and Judge Elaine Kaplan with the U.S. this order will begin the process of Court of Federal Claims denied the requiring the U.S. Treasury to give U.S.Treasurfs request to dismiss Es- access to this data so the state can tes v. United States, No. 13-cv-01011 identify bonds issued to Kansans. (Fed. C1. filed Dec. 20, 2013.) "It's encouraging to see all the "This is certainly great news and hard work and collaboration of this a significant milestone toward our initiative's many supporters make efforts to obtain the remaining bond headway," said Estes. "I want to money that rightfully belongs to thank Brett Millbourn with the law the state of Kansas so that we can firm Walters Bender Strohbehn & help return it to its original owners Vaughan, P.C. and David Charles or their heirs," said Kansas State Frederick with Kellogg, Huber, Han- Treasurer Ran Estes. "We estimate sen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L. for that the U.S. Treasury is holding their excellent work in the presenta- more than $17 billion worth of U.S. tion of our arguments to the court savings bonds that are no longer and all my staff for their continued earning interest, with $150 million dedication to this case. It's been a of this amount issued to residents of lengthy process, years in the making, Kansas. The U.S. Treasury does not but we remain committed to seeing have a process to return these bonds this through to the end." as unclaimed property. .... Eighteen states have now passed The U.S. Treasury Department has legislation allowing them to take title already allowed Kansas to redeem to and redeem matured savings bonds more than $860,000 in matured U.S. issued to their residents," said Estes. Savings bonds that banks delivered to "I'm proud that Kansas has been able the State Treasurer's Office with the to lead the way on this issue and that contents of unclaimed safe deposit other states will be able to take ad- boxes. Kansas became the first state vantage of our success in this case." in the country to obtain ownership Ran Estes is the 39th state trea- and proceeds for U.S. savings bonds surer for the state of Kansas and within its possession in November of serves on the National Association 2013. of Unclaimed Property Administra- "Some of these bonds date back to tars Executive Board. He was born WorldWarI, and many ofthe original in Topeka and is a fifth-generation owners or their heirs are unaware Kansan. Ran and his wife, Susan, that the U.S. Treasury is still holding have three children. their money," explained Estes. Even though the U.S. Treasury De- partment has recognized the state's rights as owners of the bonds within its possession, they denied the state treasurer's request to redeem the remaining class of all matured U.S. savings bonds issued to owners with a last known address in Kansas. The court's order rejected the U.S. Treasury's attempt to change its long- standing interpretation of its regula- tions establishing the procedures for redeeming U.S. Savings bonds, which • • • (Continued from page 2) stamp, and Kansas hunting license, unless exempt. For more information on Kansas waterfowl seasons, visit ksoutdoors. com. To view a complete version of the data, and get a species-by-spe- cies breakdown, visit fws.gov/birds/ news/150702trend.php, or www. ducks.org/DuckNumbers. Perry Lake The lake level Aug. 22 was 893.04 msl., 1 1/2 feet above normal pool. The discharge rate was 25 cfs. The surface temperature was 84 degrees F. Winning teams in college foot- playoffs. ball--almost without exception-- Kansas State is going to have have a quarterback that is a highly another quality football team. Those effective passer. It's an asset to have first three games in the Big 12 will a QB that has run-pass ability, but determine just how competitive the the pass is by' far the most impor- Wildcats will be in conference play rant. and on the national level. If Jesse Kansas State coach Bill Snyder Ertz is moving the offense and hitting hasn't named his starting QB, but his passes, K-State could, once again, all indications are that Jesse Ertz be one of the surprise teams in the (6-3, 211, SO) is going to be "the nation. man." Ertz was highly recruited Kansas University's 2015 football from Burlington, Iowa and his pri- team is made up of mostly unknown mary skill is throwing the football, players and predicted to be one of That's what K-State needs, the worst teams in college football. Four QBs have been battling Coach David Beaty inherited a mess. for the starting position: Ertz, But drastic problems require drastic Jonathan Banks (6-2, 205, SO), solutions and Beaty has employed Joe Hubener (6-5, 211, JR), and that strategy. Alex Delton (6-0, 201, FR). Banks Beaty has about 50 freshmen is a JUCO newcomer who doesn't recruits and walk-ons in camp; he'll know Snyder's system and Delton need plenty of help from these young is a true freshman and will likely kids to put a competitive team on the redshirt. Hubener played some as field. KU's players and coaches have a sophomore, but his passing ac- worked hard during the offseason, but curacy may put him behind Ertz. so have all the other teams. Neverthe- What's vital for this Kansas less, superb coaching and exceptional State team is to have the starting effort by the players can make up for QB grab the reins and hold on tight, some of the shortcomings. The Wildcats have three nonconfer- Kansas will start slow, but they ence games they should win (South might improve significantly as they Dakota, UTSA, and Louisiana Tech) go along. It's all new and the young and a bye week before Big 12 play Jayhawks are facing an intimidating begins. That's four weeks to sand schedule. If they win two or three down the rough edges, games, it will be a solid start to a The last thing Coach Snyder better football program. needs is a QB controversy two or The Kansas City Royals have three games into the season; the made a shambles out of baseball's first three games in Big 12 play are American League Central race. After as tough as it gets. K-State opens the August 22 games, KC had a 12.5 league play on the road against game lead over second place Min- highly regarded Oklahoma State nesota. KC's going to win their divi- on Oct. 3. Then the Wildcats play sion; all that remains in the regular their next two at home against season is to maintain their best-of-the TCU on Oct. 10 and Oklahoma on American League position, ensuring Oct: 17. TCU is loaded and O-State home field advantage throughout the and OU have enough talent to be playoffs. Big 12 contenders; all three could GM Dayton Moore has improved challenge for a place in the national the Royals considerably with his Policy on Submissions News and society items are printed once free of charge, but are subject to editing. News items must be typed and ac- companied by name, address, and day- time phone number of person submitting item. News items will not be taken over the telephone. Photos for engagements, weddings, and anniversaries are printed without charge. A charge of $30 is assessed if re- quested to be printed in both papers (The Valley Falls Vindicator). A $20 charge is assessed for running a photo with a birth announcement. 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Yost moved Kris Medlen into the starting rotation, replacing Jeremy Guthrie who has been cuffed around frequently. Medlen is a former starting pitcher for Atlanta who is coming off Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He's been very effective coming out of the Royal's bullpen. The guess here is that Medlen will be an outstanding starter for KC and a member of the Royals' four-man rotation during the play- offs. Cueto and Edinson Volquez are sure to make the playoff rotation and Yordano Ventura is coming on. Medlen will be the fourth starter with Danny Duffy being held in reserve. Left fielder Alex Gordon is in Omaha going through a few rehab games before he rejoins Kansas City. When Gordon returns, Yost can use Zobrist at second base or right field; either move will strengthen the ball club. If KC stays healthy, they have their best team since 1985. The Royals are ready to compete for another trip to the World Series. The addition of Cueto, Zobrist, and Medlen solidifies any potential soft spots in the lineup. With football and Royals' baseball, what great months September and October promise to be. Mac Stevenson has written a sports column for 23 years and has appeared in 14 Kansas newspapers as well as national magazines. He lives in Salina. PHOTOGRAPHY Your local family photographer. ", o senior b') family baby ~:*) maternity couples ~_~) wedding _ call Kelly for pricing ' 785.217.5360 " ~ facebook.com/KMWButterf mages Carpentry Daryl Chess Your Local Handyman', Insured 785-393-2429