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JOHNSON, KS 67855 THE JOHNSON PIO)NEER Scholars To Discuss Dustbowl ,At Guymon Dr. Sara Richter of OPSU wrote the original read- ers' theatre to be produced during the Dust Bowl Symposium. It portrays the DeVoll family in Cimarron County, Okla. on Black Sunday. It deals with personal effects of the Dust Bowl: poverty, illness, frustration, depression, failure, disillusion and faith. turned to night; the event has become known as Black Sun- day. The day after Black Sunday, an Associated Press reporter used the term "Dust Bowl" for the first time. "Three little words achingly familiar on the Western farmer's tongue, rule life in the dust bowl of the continent" if it rains." The term stuck and was used by radio reporters and writers, in private letters and public speeches. Seventy-five years later, the memories of the Dust Bowl still define the Panhandle By ArVel White On Sunday afternoon, April 14, 1935, a black blizzard that blotted out the sun hit the Great Plains with the biggest impact being felt in the Okla- homa Panhandle. Find out what that was like by attend- ing the Dust Bowl Sympo- sium planned for Guymon, Ok Friday and Saturday, April 9-10. When that storm hit people scrambled indoors or into their storm cellars. Many thought it was the end of the world. Cars were stranded on the roads due to poor visibil- ity or dust smothering the en- gines. People caught outside  ..... Ulyss ...... ..... es, KS  356-1732 r F Hours X , Open at 7:30 p.m Previews at 7:45 Movie at 8:00 IN DOLBY STEREO Showing .... - Friday - Tuesday Mar. 19-Mar. 23 " P E R S E Y ...... JACKSON & ..... THE OLYMPI m area, and to commemoratte the event planners are bring- ing to Guymon "Droughtt, Displacement and Determima- tion: A Dust Bowl Sympo- sium." The two-day event wiill allow survivors to recall what it was like and others to hear speakers who talk about the major impact the Dust Bowl had on area residents. Gener- ous funding for the event has been provided by the Okla- homa Humanities Council. The movie "The Grapes of Wrath" and the documentary "The Plow that Broke the Plains" will be presented at the Northridge 8 Cinema in Guymon at 3 p.m. for the De- pression-era price of 35-cents in order for everyone to see the portrayal of "Okies" by Hollywood and learn how plowing up the Great Plains led to an ecological disaster. Saturday events will take place at Draper Farms west of Guymon. Signs along High- way 54 will direct attendees to the site. Events will take place all day and there is no admission charge. Attendees may come for all or part of the events. At 8:30 a.m. everyone is invited to gather and enjoy Dust Bowl images and memo- ries. Major funding for this event is provided by the Okla- homa Humanities Council. There will be an open micro- phone during period:Is throughout the day facilitated by Dr. Sara Jane Richter, heard of the humanities departmemt Line-Up From Page 4 fee is doubled, up to a maxi- mum of $20.00. The SCR Fitness Center is available for use. Member- ships may be purchased at the SCR office, Monday through Friday. Memberships are available on a monthly, 6 month or year agreement, in a single, couple or family rate. The Fitness center is available on a 24 hour/7 day a week ba- sis. To use the fitness center 14 to 17 ye N olds must be ac- companied by a member 18 or older. For more inrmation call SCR at 492-2i01. , Stanton County Recreation now has a meeting roolm available for rent. Contact SCR for more information or to book the room. Please feel free to contact SCR at 492-2101, screc @pld. com, or fax 492-2174. Hours are 8 to 12 and 1 to 5 Monday one must be 14 or older, but through Friday. Town b0untry t;arpet & Upholstery 6leaning . l Serving Southwest Kansas Since /L_ 1975 / Truck Mounted Equipment 356-3157 ANS: THE LIGHTNING , r.-V  THIEF" _ Rated PG , Tuesday is r j   Bargain Night at OPSU. Richter will give her well-researched talk, "Down and Dirty, But Not Out: Women of the High Plains During the Dust Bowl" at 11 a.m. This talk has been well-received at venues such as the Kansas Library Con- vention and involved hun- dreds of interviews with women who survived the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Richter is also the author of a readers' theatre production to be presented at 3:45 p.m., If Only It'd Rain . Cast will include Dr. Wayne Stewart of Goodwell, Dr. Brad Duren of Guymon, Kevin and Debbie Richter of Hennessey and the author herself. Dr. Matthew Saunders of OPSU has com: posed a musical score that will accompany the production. The Saturday events will kick off at 9 a.m. when former Guymon mayor Jess Nelson will give the welcome and in- troduce Dr. Paul Bonnifield, author of The Dust Bowl: Men, Dirt and Depression. Bonnifeld will speak on the topic "The Days of the Dust Bowl" at 9:10 a.m. Food will be available for purchase at noon catered by a local church followed by ac- tivities for school-age chil- dren arranged by the Texas County 4-Hers and Girl Scouts. Other speakers for the day include Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Steve Drillette of the National Weather Service, Rod Wanger, Oklahoma CRP Program Director, Dr. Pauline Hedges and Mark Harrison, Oklahoma Conservation Commission. A free Soup line supper will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by a talk by Dr. Guy Logsdon on "Music in Oklahoma in the 1930s." Logsdon will also lead a gos- pel sing-along. The evening will end with dancing at 8 p.m. For a complete schedule of events with times, see the event we.bsite at Other generous sponsors who are helping with the event include the Guymon Public Library, Guymon Friends of the Li- brary, Guymon Convention and Tourism, Tri-County Electric. City National Bank of Guymon, Jimmie and Car- rie Lou Draper, PTCI. Bank of the Panhandle, Mid-First Bank. The Willows (David Kidwell) and Guymon En- richment Foundation. RETIREMENT MM BE FAR OFF, BUT THE APRIL 15 DEADLINE FOR IRA CONTRIBUTIONS ISN'T. " juu laveri't dorl,2 so already, mere's st}l time to rna!mlze your 2009 IRA coritnbuhon. Lven if you alrea(Jy nave a IRA elsewil.*r,, its easy Io traP, sfer ;t 1o ;,11 L:dward Jones RA and beg.r rece,vlf i vie TaC-[O-IL:It:u arJvlCe ,.Ju deserv.j. Care Emergency Room ',T Scans information or to make an appointment, contact the business office at 492-6250. To learn more about the advantages of an Edward Jones IRA, call or visit today. Bill Hickok Financial Advisor 201 Noth Main Ulysses, KS 67880 620.356,41.20 www.edwardjones,com ;. ,, ,: ,i ' Thursday, March 18, 2010 - Page 5 USDA Asks for Comments on Final Environmental As- sessment Adrian J. Polansky, state ex- ecutive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Kansas announced today that USDA is accepting com- ments on the Final Environ- mental Assessment for the Conservation Reserve Pro- gram (CRP). On September 26, 2006, a legal settlement was signed between the National Wildlife Federation and FSA that lim- ited the frequency of haying on CRP lands to once every ten years and grazing to once every five years in Kansas; with a suspension of haying and grazing during the pri- mary nesting season (April 15 to July 15). The settlement stipulated that if a change to the frequency of haying and grazing or the primary nest- ing season (PNS) dates is de- sired, then an Environmental Assessment would be pre- pared that identifies the poten- tial environmental and socio- economic impacts of such a change. FSA proposes to change the allowable frequency of man- aged haying and grazing to once every three years on cer- tain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Kan- sas. FSA has determined that the alternative frequency will not have significant impacts on the quality of the human environment and therefore will not prepare an Environ- mental Impact Statement. FSA is accepting com- ments on the Final Environ- mental Assessment. (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for a period of 30 days from March 1, 2010. A copy of these docu- ments can be obtained ai HYPERLINK "http:/! public, ge o-marine, com, htto' or HYPERLINK "http://" WWW.fsa, usda.v/Im. Com- ments may be submitted online at HYPERLINK "http'//public.geo- marine.corn", emailed to HYPERLINK "mailto:kansasmhg @geo- m ar i ne. c o m" @aeo-miineom or written comments sent to Kansas MHG EA, Gee-Ma- rine Inc., 2713 Magruder Boulevard Suite D, Hampton, Virginia 23666. Further infor- mation can be obtained from Matthew Ponish, phone 2025 720-6853 or email H Y P E R L I N K CRP is a voluntary program that supports the implementa' tion of long-term conservation measures designed to improve the quality of ground and sur- face waters, control soil ero- sion, and enhance wildlife habitat on environmentally sensitive agricultural land. In return, CCC provides partici- pants with rental payments and cost share assistance un- der contracts extending from 10 to 15 years. CRP is a CCC program administered by the FSA with the support of other federal and local agencies. Kansas currently has 2,778,824.9 acres enrolled on 45,464 CRP contracts, USDA' is an-equal oppbrtu: nity employer and provident.. Unofficial School Board Minutes Released UNOFFICIAL UNTIL AP- PROVED! Stanton County School Uni- fied School District #452, Johnson, Kansas Board of Education Meeting was held Monday, March 8, 2010, in the BeE Conference Room, 7:00 p.m. CALL TO ORDER: Board President, Dan Kullot, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Members present: Dan Kullot, Heather Waldron, Jerrod Daniels, and Jason Davidson; Administrators present: Superintendent, Mr. Milner; Principals, Mr. Berens, Mr. Butler, and Ms. Myers; Board Clerk present: Jean Malone APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Item added under VII. Consent Agenda j. Ac- cept the resignation of Russell Thayer, effective at the end of the 09-10 school from his High School Math position. Dan made a motion to ap- prove the agenda, with the above noted addition. Jerrod seconded it. Motion carried 4-0. PUBLIC COMMENT: No public comment. REPORTS: Principals 1. Gayla told the Board they are continuing with the assess: ment testing. - She has provided hearts for the students that are gathering donations for Jump for Heart to give to donors. They can be placed on the door or win- dow to acknowledge their donation, and help avoid fur- ther solicitation. She indi- cated the swimming- pool should be in use again on March 22. 2. Matt informed the Board Continued On #age 6 Hey Kids! Come enter our color- ing contest and drawing to win Baxter the Bunny -The World's Biggest Easter Bunrly. Return your colored picture and we will put your name in the drawing for Baxter. Prizes will be given to the best picture in each age division. EAGLE