Utah-BYU rivalry is unmatched for close games in recent years

first_img Utah football notes: Vegas was nice but this is the ‘real rivalry game’ Ute Aussie punter knows: Don’t lose to BYU Related BYU’s Langi set to return to Utah’s Rice-Eccles, where he began his college career BYU football notebook: Cougar defense preparing for a different challenge this week against Utah SALT LAKE CITY — Over the first 96 years, the Utah-BYU football rivalry wasn’t really a rivalry in the sense of competitiveness. Utah dominated the first 75 years before BYU turned the tide and dominated for two decades between 1972 and 1992. The vast majority of the Utah-BYU games were not even close.However, ever since the Utes took that famous 34-31 victory in Provo in 1993, the BYU-Utah rivalry is unmatched in college football for its sheer competitiveness on the field.While the Utes own a 15-7 edge in the series since 1993, an astonishing 17 of those 22 games have been decided by a touchdown or less, including two overtimes, with the majority of the contest coming down to the final minute and many on the final play of the game.To put that in perspective, over the previous 96 years, almost the same number — just 18 Utah-BYU games were decided by seven points or less with many of those coming back in the day when games were much more low-scoring, thus more of a chance for closer games.Comparing BYU-Utah to other top rivalries over the past 23 years, it’s not even close as far as tight games go.USC-UCLA? The two Southern California schools have played just seven games where the final margin was a touchdown or less. Oklahoma-Texas? Just eight games that ended within seven points. Both the Alabama-Auburn and Michigan-Ohio State rivalries have each produced just 10 7-point games of their last 23 matchups.While most of the 17 games haven’t been decided until the final minute, here’s a look at five Utah-BYU games just in the last decade that weren’t decided until the final play, including three of the last four at Rice-Eccles Stadium.2012 — In the most recent Ute-Cougar game played in Salt Lake City, Utah dominated most of the game, despite not having quarterback Jordan Wynn or running back John White available. Utah led 24-7 going into the fourth quarter, when the Cougars staged a comeback behind quarterback Riley Nelson, closing the gap to 24-21.The Cougars had a chance to tie the game with a 51-yard field goal with one second left but the try was blocked. However, officials ruled that Utah fans were on the field before the ball was recovered and BYU got one more chance from 15 yards closer. But Riley Stephenson’s try bounced off the left upright as time expired.2010 — Even though Utah came in at 9-2 as the favorite over 6-5 BYU, the Cougars came out strong behind freshman Jake Heaps and a stout defense and took a 13-0 lead through three quarters. Utah finally came alive behind quarterback Jordan Wynn who replaced Terrance Cain, with a field goal and a touchdown pass to cut the lead to three. BYU made another field goal, but Utah took its first lead on a run by Matt Asiata with 4:24 left.Heaps then completed 4-of-4 passes for 50 yards, leading the Cougars down to the Utes’ 22-yard line, setting up Matt Payne for a 39-yard field goal with four seconds left. However Utah cornerback Brandon Burton raced around the left end and blocked the kick to preserve the 17-16 Ute win.2009 — This was the game overshadowed somewhat by Max Hall’s post-game comments about hating Utah, but it was one of BYU’s most exciting finishes ever.BYU led 20-6 early in the third quarter, but could only manage one first down the rest of the game against the Utes, who rallied with 14 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 20-all on a 29-yard field goal by Joe Phillips.That was Phillips’ fourth field goal of the game, and he added another 29-yard field goal in overtime to put the Utes up 23-20.But on BYU’s OT possession, on second down from the 25, Hall hit Andrew George at the 20 and he eluded two Ute defenders and went untouched unto the end zone to give BYU a 26-23 victory2006 — This was one of the better-played games in the rivalry with more than 900 yards of total offense and no turnovers the entire game by either side. BYU jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead, only to have Utah score 24 straight points and lead 24-14 heading into the final quarter.Then BYU ran off two touchdowns with the PAT on the first being blocked by Utah’s Paul Soliai, which turned out to aid BYU’s victory in the end. Utah came back to take the lead with 1:18 left on a pass from Brett Ratliff to Brent Casteel to make it 31-27. Because of the missed extra point, BYU needed to score a touchdown, and John Beck, who completed 28-of-43 passes for 375 yards on the day, drove his team down to the 11-yard line.With only time for one play, Beck danced around behind the line of scrimmage for 12 seconds before spotting Jonny Harline on the left side of the end zone for the winning touchdown pass and a 33-31 victory.2005 — With starting quarterback Brian Johnson having been injured the week before, the Utes had little hope of winning with JC quarterback Brett Ratliff, who had hardly played all season. They were also missing their top receiver John Madsen, who broke his ankle the week before.The Utes shockingly jumped out to a 24-3 halftime lead as Ratliff showed off some surprising running ability (he finished with 112 yards rushing on the day in addition to four TD passes). BYU quickly got back in the game with two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the second half and eventually tied the game at 34.In the overtime, Ratliff hit Travis LaTendresse with a 25-yard TD pass to put the Utes up by seven. Then the Ute defense took over and on fourth down, John Beck’s pass in the back of the end zone hit nothing but turf, leaving Utah with a 41-34 victory.Number of annual rivalry games decided by 7 points or less since 1993Utah-BYU 17Michigan-Ohio State 10Alabama-Auburn 10Oklahoma-Texas 8USC-UCLA 7 Y. seniors seeking 1st rivalry winlast_img read more

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2017 Medallion Hunt: Clue #5 – Friday, July 7, 2017

first_imgJuly 7: Clue #5: No man’s land…July 6:Clue #4:  NOT RHCP – 92.July 5:Clue #3: Doesn’t smoke.July 4: Clue #2: No need to climb.July 3: Clue #1: Look east or westWhat to do?  What to do?Oh, wait, what about north or south?Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Dave · 161 weeks ago It’s been found Report Reply 0 replies · active 161 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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(Updated Oct. 3, 9 a.m.) 18-year-old taken into custody after possible school threat

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — An 18-year-old former Wellington student is currently in custody for what is being considered a criminal threat to area schools on a social media post released this morning.According to the Wellington Police Notes released today for Monday, Oct. 2, Lane Brown, 18, of Wellington was arrested and charged with criminal threat after an investigation at the 200 block N. Washington.Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said that before 9:30 a.m. this morning, a student, who once went to USD 353, made a threatening post that could be construed to promote “fear or harm” on a social media site concerning area schools. A specific school was not specified in the post.“We learned of the post somewhere between 9:30 and 10 a.m. when Ponca City Police had informed us of it,” Heath said. “I know there was a connection with Ponca City, but I don’t know what that would be at this time.”Heath said the department had called USD 353 to inform of the social media post, which was a photo. USD 353 Central Office has confirmed that no students are in danger.“We felt upon looking at the post that there was a enough evidence to construe it as a threat,” Heath said. “We decided it was the appropriate action to charge this person with criminal threat and book him into the (Sumner) County jail.”The full report will be presented to the Sumner County Attorney’s office, where Kerwin Spencer will decide whether there is enough evidence to formally charge him. That can take up to 48 hours from the time of his original booking.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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9-year-old boy injured after being struck by vehicle Sunday

first_imgSumner Newscow report — A 9-year-old boy was injured Sunday evening when he was struck by a vehicle in Wellington, according to Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath.Around 6:30 p.m., police and emergency responders were called to the 500 block of N. Woodlawn for the report of an accident. A 2004 Hyundai had struck the child.Few details of the accident and how it occurred have been made public so far. Heath said the driver of the Hyundai was not cited.The child was transported by Wellington EMS to a hospital in Wichita for further treatment.Check back for more information as it becomes available.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Sumner Newscow precipitation this past weekend: 2.8 inches

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Announcing the 2018 Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Homecoming & Fall Fest Schedule

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 2018 Homecoming and Fall Festival event, September 20-22.  It starts with he Homecoming Parade, managed by the Wellington High School, beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 20. The route will start at 3rd St. and Washington Ave and head north to 8th Street, ending just in front of Memorial Auditorium; the Homecoming game is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. against Augusta; and the Fall Festival is Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fall Festival events will be located outside of the Memorial Auditorium at Heritage Park and Washington Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets throughout the day:Arts and Crafts Fair will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact the Chamber for booth information. Royal Game Theater, a mobile video game truck, will be at Antlers Lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Courtesy of Cowley College). Free!The 29th Annual Chili Cook-off will be in Heritage Park and tasting kits to determine the People’s Choice.  Winning chili will be sold starting at noon.  Contact the Chamber for competition information.  Brother Jukebox will play live on stage at Heritage Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free!Pumpkin Decorating event will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7th and Washington Streets (courtesy of Mill Creek Lumber).  Free!D&L Train Lines kiddie train will be at 7th and Washington Streets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free!Alzheimer’s Walk for South Central Kansas will start at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce.  Registration begins at 8:00 am, ceremony at 9 a.m. and walk at 9:30 a.m.  Contact Sarah McNay at 316-267-7333 or smcnay@alz.org for more information.The Fall Fest 5k/1 mile Fun Run will start with registration at 7.30 a.m. at the Alison Rusk State Farm Insurance office at 116 W Lincoln St.  Contact Lisa Allton at 620-399-0394 or email wellingtonfallfest5k@gmail.com for more information. Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio will perform at 10 a.m.  Free!Dessert trucks, including The Brown Box Bakery, will be on site.Hillside Baptist Church Block Party – Antler’s Hotel Lot – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please join us for a great day and help celebrate the new season, our great community and our Wellington Crusaders!last_img read more

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Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2019

first_imgWellington Police Department report for this weekend: Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2019: Friday, April 26, 2019•9:10 a.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to property in the 1600 block S. B, Wellington.•10:20 a.m. Officers assisted outside agency in the 500 block N. Washington, Wellington.•12:40 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 300 block W. 10th, Wellington.•5:48 p.m. Officers took an animal bite report in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington.•6:02 p.m. Officers responded to a runaway report in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•10:12 p.m. Michelle D. Hibbard, 47, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlamp.•11:12 p.m. Stacy S. Bright, 49, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration.Saturday, April 27, 2019•4:15 a.m. Officers took a found property report in the 100 block S. Washington, Wellington.•2:05 p.m. Maximino Zavala, Jr., 39, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 57 mph in a 45 mph zone.•3:04 p.m. Kay B. Smith, 59, Conway, Ark. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 58 mph in a 45mph zone.•3:44 p.m. Lee T. Cochran, 39, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding.•7:30 p.m. Gregory B. Norris, 43, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for operating tree trimming business without license.•7:14 p.m. Officers responded to a neighbor dispute in the 700 block N. Gardner, Wellington.•8:55 p.m. Officers responded to a mental subject in the 1400 block N. C, Wellington.•9:37 p.m. Officers investigated assault and disorderly conduct by a known suspect in the 700 block N. Gardner, Wellington.•11:21 p.m. Officers investigated criminal trespass by known suspect in the 1400 block N. C, Wellington.Sunday, April 28, 2019•11:33 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 1000 block S. F, Wellington.•12:19 p.m. Officers took a found property report in the 600 block S. Washington, Wellington.•1:41 p.m. Officers responded to a suicide threat in the 600 block Crestway, Wellington.•3:42 p.m. Rebekah L. Hobbs, 19, Peck, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone.•4:44 p.m. Officers responded to an animal complaint in the 600 block N. F, Wellington.•4:50 p.m. Noah D. Moody, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for a dog at large.•10:32 p.m. Officers responded to a juvenile problem in the 700 block N. B, Wellington.last_img read more

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Sunday blog: Climate change or climate fraud?

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Thank you for your input. -20 Vote up Vote down Melting · 47 weeks ago I’ve always thought climate deniers are about the biggest group of uneducated human beings that I’ve ever known in my life. Humanity has changed the course and direction of climate and if you don’t believe that simply go look at the north pole go look at any place where the ice caps are melting dramatically it is because of carbon . You can’t say that the use of fossil fuels has had no impact that’s Somethings scientist have been saying forever. And you’re completely wrong again and your slant is all right wing political Fox News junk. Report Reply 1 reply · active 47 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Moving On · 47 weeks ago Excellent Mr. Munro from my viewpoint. All supposed research on climate change presented today has been based on accumulated data using some false narratives as well as combined data to serve researchers’ intended findings. They have ignored vital variables such as volcanic eruptions combined with questionable data. One such variable is volcano eruption which lead to global cooling of northern hemisphere in 1815. It lead to over a year of drastic weather (year without summer), starvation, crops destroyed over European Continent and Asia. It gave three writers (Mary Shelly, Percy Shelly, Lord Byron) time to write poetry and of course the book ‘Frankenstein’ is but one example. Mother Nature has it’s own way of cleansing and control, and we can do little about it to some degree. Report Reply 0 replies · active 47 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down taxpayer · 47 weeks ago Global warming has always been about money and control. The way people like Soros push their one world government. Punish the successful and take from the Democracies and give to the socialist. We must use DEF and cut emissions yet China and Russia have no limits on them. Even Australia does not have to use DEF. The combines built in Hesston for export to Australia are equiped with DEF but the computer system is programmed to bypass it as Australia in exempt. Golbul Warming is just another concocted way to push globalism and destroy America. Report Reply 0 replies · active 47 weeks ago -24 Vote up Vote down blythe · 47 weeks ago oh, for heaven’s sake. the validity of mann’s climate theory wasn’t on trial and his research data has been public almost from the get go. you can google it, if you want. the LIBEL case was dismissed when ball contacted the court explaining that he is old, he is ill, and that there has been no discernible damage to mann’s reputation from ball’s accusation of fraud… in essence, asking the court to acknowledge no harm, no foul… and that’s what they did. further, mann has the opportunity to appeal the dismissal. as for mann paying ball’s court fees, i don’t know… but he claims that’s not the case. i’ll wait for the court’s transcript. Report Reply 0 replies · active 47 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down charlie jeffries · 47 weeks ago Too bad Al Gore invented the internet. Otherwise, we would only have the media to tell us the sky is falling. Report Reply 0 replies · active 47 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Brian · 47 weeks ago While I do not claim to be a scientist or expert on global warming, I do think the article fails to take a macro view of the affect humans are having on the global environment. I think it fails in the following areas: 1. Over 90% of scientists believe global warming is at least moderately affected by human activity. I’m sure these folks have data to support their claims and are not trying to mislead individuals. However, that does not dismiss the fact, individuals on both sides of the political spectrum invest massive amounts of special interest money in advertising to sway the psychology of Americans and individuals elsewhere. My point is that you have to give the possibility that global warming is at least minimally impacted by human activity minimal validity regardless of final stance. 2. The process of humans converting items from there natural form into other forms of matter (oil into plastics, natural gas in to heating fuel, and coal into energy and heating fuel) and ingesting or breathing the by products of those products most likely affects the health of individuals overtime. For example, I don’t think nature intended the human liver to filter tiny pieces of plastic that are ingested from food packaging and plastic bottles. Additionally there is no disputing ocean wildlife ingest plastic bags and other pollutants into there gills and asphyxiate. Image if humans died of plastic bags accidentally being breathed into their lungs and being asphyxiated. The human race would demand an outlaw of the plastic bags. The point is you can’t just look at global warming as a justification or denial of the impact humans are having on the environment. You have to take a macro approach. Report Reply 2 replies · active 47 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down Dave · 47 weeks ago I thought cow and pig farts were to blame for all of this. Well that’s what they say on MSOX TV. You can’t see a fart but you sure know when one’s hanging around. Report Reply 0 replies · active 47 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down World Traveler · 47 weeks ago Climate change is real, they really did find WMDs in Iraq, Anna Nicole Smith married for love, Elvis is still alive, and our government would never ever lie to us. Now that that’s settled — I have to go feed my pet Unicorn. Report Reply 0 replies · active 47 weeks ago -12 Vote up Vote down Jeremy · 47 weeks ago I’m neither a scientist nor a meteorologist, my opinion about global warming is well very basic and bare bones. For example take any household item and tell me what happens when you continually use it. Heats up right, so we can assume anything with an electrical current produces heat, so the more demand for electricity creates a higher temperature. When we keep adding things to use electricity, we’re creating more heat. Report Reply 0 replies · active 47 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Brenda Munro · 47 weeks ago Here we go again….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 47 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by John Munro, Sumner Newscow — It seems that Dr. Michael Mann’s “hockey stick theory on climate change” has hit a rather unpleasant truism.  It’s obviously false, and has been from the get-go. Let me explain:John MunroIn 2008 Dr. Mann presented his “hockey stick graph” showing a flat, stable temperature range extending back over 500 years, then showing a sharp rise in global temperatures beginning around the first of the 19th century, or the start of the industrial age, when we began to use more and more coal and oil for manufacturing, and producing more carbon dioxide, among other chemicals released into the air.  However, Mann failed to note the temperature rise that continued into the 16th century and the “little ice age” that occurred for some 150 years beginning in the early 17th century until the late 19th century.Enter one Dr. Tim Bell, a Canadian climatologist who made the verbal and printed statement that Dr. Mann, who was with Penn State University, “should be in the state pen, not at Penn State.”  So in retaliation, Dr. Mann filed a lawsuit in Canada against Dr. Bell for libel. The nasty reality of lawsuits is that if you are a defendant you can file for discovery, which Dr. Bell did. He claimed that Dr. Mann’s temperature data and formulas were not consistent with anything that would produce the graph that Dr. Mann had created, and demanded that Dr. Mann release all of his records to prove otherwise.  Dr. Mann refused to voluntarily surrender this data, so the court issued a subpoena that Dr. Mann also refused to honor. Finally, after multiple delays totaling eight years, the British Columbia Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit in Dr. Bell’s favor, and ordered Dr. Mann to pay for all of Dr. Bell’s legal costs.The basis for all of this charade is obvious; had Dr. Mann actually released his data, which in all probability was fake, he could be charged with committing fraud, on a scale of immense consequence.  I’m sure that this is not going to be the end of this story, as Dr. Mann is now looking at other lawsuits on his data being filed here in the United States, along with bringing Penn State into the equation.All of this brings us back to the question as to whether Climate Change is for real.  First, we need to know what the difference is between climate and everyday weather. Climate is a collection of data, such as temperature, humidity, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and all the other elements that contribute to what’s going on in our part of the world over an extended period of time, then averaged out to determine what would be considered as average.  If memory serves me correctly, our averages are taken over a 20 year period, but I could be mistaken. To find an average high temperature, all the high temperatures over the said period are added together, then divided by the number of years collected. The same thing happens for all the other variables, average low temperatures, precipitation, etc. To get a more realistic view of the actual climate, one could extend the period of study out to 100 years, or even more.Weather is what is happening now, and is not related to actual climate.  As an example, the average high temperature for a certain date, or week for that matter, could be surpassed by the actual temperature by a sizable amount.  An example would be an average high temperature of say 85, but an actual daily temperature of 100. This isn’t all that uncommon, as during the winter months we often surpass the average low temperatures by large amounts.Climate is more controlled and changed by our variable oscillation around our sun, and the actual solar cycles that occur and can be fairly well predicted.  We are about to enter what’s known as a solar minimum, that could last for 10 years or more, and is predicted to lower our average temperature range. It will be interesting to see how it actually works out.As for Climate Change, that has been going on ever since the earth was formed, and will probably never fully stabilize.  Whether it is a minor change over 20 to 100 years, or a massive change over 1,000 or more years, (think the ice age of 30,000 years ago) it’s going to happen whether we like it or not.  Can the human race actually do anything about it? Probably not, as nature always has the last word, as it always has. It seems to me that we should adapt to whatever changes happen, as they are usually very gradual in coming about, and quit trying to fool ourselves that the world is coming to an end.  It’s not.       last_img read more

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Sumner Primary Care – accepting new patients!

first_imgSumner Primary Care – where you are not just a number!  The focus of the clinic is to provide a warm, welcoming, and friendly environment that, no matter your age, race, or creed. SPC employees treat you as an individual and partners with you as a patient to tackle your unique health concerns by providing options, education, and understanding.With the hospital just down the hall, diagnostic testing such as lab, radiology, EKG’s, therapy, etc. is conveniently accessible.WE ACCEPT ALL INSURANCE PLANS and are open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.Walk-in appointments are available. The address is 1323 N A Street, Wellington, Kansas. Call us at 620-399-1229.last_img read more

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Life is good: Two-mile section of Kellogg freeway opens in east Wichita

first_imgSumner Newscow report — At a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon, representatives from the City of Wichita, Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) opened to traffic a new two-mile section of U.S. 54/400 freeway from Eastern Street to the junction with K-96.“During the past three years, the City of Wichita, KDOT and the Turnpike Authority have partnered to greatly improve mobility in east Wichita,” said Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz. “We are grateful that we could pool funds, resources and expertise to make this project move forward for area drivers, local businesses, freight movers and all travelers passing through the Wichita region.”“We also appreciate the efforts of our contractor, Wildcat Construction, as they orchestrate the work of many subcontractors to move the project to the milestone that we celebrate today.”The two-mile section of freeway that opens today is actually the combination of two adjacent U.S. 54/400 projects, one centering on the Webb Road intersection and one at Greenwich Road. The KTA touches both ends of the project with their mile marker 50 toll plaza on the west near Webb Road and the east end of the project where new ramps connecting the Kellogg freeway and the Turnpike will be constructed.The Webb Road area, started in 2015, will wrap up this spring. It starts on the west at the end of the current freeway (Eastern Street) and ends just west of the Greenwich Road intersection.The Greenwich Road piece started later and finishes in late 2021. It picks up west of Greenwich and continues east over Zelta Street to a new access for the KTA and ends at the K-96/U.S. 54/400 junction. There are still bridges and KTA ramps to be built between Greenwich and the K-96 interchange.The prime contractor, Wildcat Construction, is working on both project areas simultaneously and is opening two lanes in each direction of freeway now rather than opening the Webb Road section and then push traffic off the freeway as the Greenwich area is completed.When this part of the freeway is finished, there will be three lanes of freeway in each direction with interchange access to Webb and Greenwich, modified access to KTA toll plaza 50, new ramps connecting Kellogg and the KTA east of Greenwich (west of K-96/U.S. 54 junction) plus two-lane one way frontage roads on each side of the freeway. read more

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