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Every Friday morning at 8:15, Phil Taunton will join the KVOE Morning show and let listeners know What’s In Outdoors.

 Below you can listen to past shows and find information relating to all kinds of stuff.  ENJOY!


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What's In Outdoors Calendar

All Year

Kansas Crappie Club Tournaments - More Info

Apr 20-21

Rendezbous at Council Grove - 

Apr 20-21


Apr 21

Youth Outdoor Education Day, part of Seth Fest at Marina Cove, Council Grove Reservoir.  

What's in Outdoors will be giving away a KDWPT lifetime fishing license - Flyer

Apr 21 

Kansas Secretary of State's 8th Annual Ad Astra Archery Tournament! - 

Apr 23 & 24

Kansas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Annual Fishing Tournament and Sporting Clays Shoot - Flyer

May 5

Spring Fishing Clinic at Bluestem Farm and Ranch

May 12

Aquatic Education Day, Clinton Lake. - Flyer

May 20

Eric Brown, Blake Rapp, Kansas Hunting and Fishing and Pass it On Outdoor Mentors. BBBS event, Camp Alexander

June 1-3 

8th Annual Yeager/Jenkins Memorial Catfish Tournament - 

Aug 11

Outdoor Kids Day! @ Clinton State Park - Flyer - Details

These little talks are aptly titled “Something to think about…….”

Today we truly have “something to think about” with the thorny issue of “Same – Sex Marriage” being defined by the highest court in our land. The reaction has been predictable – a big split!

For one side it is recognition of their rights and the ability to enter into a contract that has wide ranging implications.

On the other as evidenced by the thoughtful words of two ministers on the front page of Monday’s Gazette these actions represent nothing less than sin.

One pastor said “I really pray for them; my church prays for them. It’s not any different from any other sin,”

It’s hard not to conclude is he is judging these people and their actions.

Yet, when I open my Bible it says “Do not judge others…….”

Equally confusing for me is the popular question “What would Jesus do?”

Jesus dealings with sinners were often different than we might have thought.

In Jude it says about sinners “And on some have compassion, making a distinction….”

This is a topic about which I will not offer an opinion choosing to not judge anyone.

I believe God is love and God loves all people. Where that leaves this discussion is truly “Something to Think About!

I’m Steve Sauder.  


Today an essay written by Emporia native Louis Copt.

Trash Can Chickens  by  Louis Copt

          Most of my early childhood was spent growing up in a dingy apartment above a hardware store sandwiched on either side by two taverns.  A long dark hallway stretched from one end of the building to the other.  The apartment was way in the back which overlooked an alley and the black tar roof of the “Town Royal Tavern.” A set of iron stairs led from a back room down and around and out into the brick-paved alley.

I seem to remember bricks everywhere.  Just across the narrow alley was a lumberyard.  Its brick wall contributed to the canyon-like feeling the alley had.  Once, when I was two, my mother took a photograph of me standing against the brick wall.  The sun was in my eyes and I looked like I was ready for the firing squad.  This brick-lined world was my playground.

One of my favorite activities there was digging through the trash.  A print shop in the basement of the apartment building supplied the raw material for endless afternoons of childhood bliss.  Often, their trash cans would be full of misprinted flyers and church bulletins.  There seemed to be no end to ribbons of brightly colored paper trimmings that I gleefully let fly up and down the alley decorating my drab, brown world.  The best part was I always had plenty of free paper to draw on.

But, the trash can which held most of my attention, especially in the spring, was the one behind the hardware store.  The name of the store was “Jones Hatchery".  Besides the usual assortment of hammers, ladders and barrels of nails, the back room came alive every spring with baby chicks hatched in large incubators.  Up in our apartment, the end of winter  was always announced with the cheeping of hundreds of chicks, the sound echoing off the brick walls of the alley.  Sometimes the cheeping was loud enough to drown out the juke box noise from the bars which often mixed with the drunken cussing and fighting by men just home from the war.

During hatching season, I would scour the trash cans behind the hardware store on a daily basis.  I would listen for peeping in the cans and begin my annual rescue of the little chicks still alive among the heaps of broken shells and their dead brothers and sisters.  These were the birds that were too weak, too small or had some flaw that would cause them to be passed over by those who could actually pay money for live chicks. Upstairs my mother would line the bathtub with newspaper, and I would start nursing my brood of refugees back to health.  We would rig up an old lamp with a bare bulb to provide a bit of warmth and with a saucer full of water the chicks were safe. I could usually beg enough “scratch” from the hardware store clerks, who would fill a small sack out of a big bin. I loved to feed the dozen or so chicks that would limp around, sometimes walking backwards on the newsprint oblivious to the headlines that screamed of car crashes and furniture on sale.  

Not all of the chicks would make it, but at least they had a better shot in the bathtub than slowly dying in a trash can.  The ones that did make it were eventually transferred to my grandma’s farm in Osage City.  There, they would join their brethren hatched in Osage and those that were still alive from the previous year having been rescued from the Jones Hatchery gulag.

What a weird assortment of poultry my grandma had.  Everything from the convalescent,  to exotic show birds to common hens and roosters.  This was because we never knew what type of bird we would get when they were dug out of the trash.  When I would visit the farm, my job was to feed the chickens the table scraps my grandma saved in a coffee can housed under the sink.  The chickens would eat just about anything, but they especially liked coffee grounds.  I imagine the caffeine kept them wound up, and my grandma always claimed it made them lay more eggs.

          It never bothered me that the rescued chickens eventually found their way to the Sunday dinner table.  In my mind, at least they had a chance to roam the farm, eat bugs and grasshoppers and peck all the Folger’s coffee they could handle. And, we were hungry. 

Written by former Emporian Louis Copt. I hope you enjoyed this essay.

This morning when you woke up what was the first thing you did? Grab a cup of coffee? Let the dogs out, at some point you turned on the TV. By breakfast you had turned on your cell phone and checked emails, possibly sent a few texts. Just think how technology has changed our lives in the past hundred years?

Yesterday I read an article entitled The Flint Hills Stone Shelters, 1800’s underground stone structures scattered around the Kansas landscape. As my mother referred to them these “root cellar” were the shelter farmers and ranchers alike went to cool off after a long days harvest in the blistering summer heat. Thinking about those old root cellars, I’m curious, what did their morning routine look like?

It’s fascinating to think how our day to day lives have evolved in the past hundred years. When I was a new college student, carrying a laptop to class was unthinkable—the most exciting portable device was a palm pilot. Yet, Today students are equipped with an entourage of technical devices, cells phones, touch screen laptops, tablets and blue tooth audio ready to go. I think of all the technical preparation these students have today that I didn’t. A transition of the time, maybe, moving from the old to the new, but then I think about the workforce this generation is entering. Our working world is quickly evolving to reflect this new technical age. Currently 74% of Americans are using a computer at work to access the internet, check their email or utilize specific piece of software. Without computer programmers we how would we organize and retrieve the million pieces of data companies use daily? How would we communicate a company’s a growth to stakeholders without software engineers. Our economy is directly linked to the strength and skills of our current and future workforce. Technology is where our workforce is heading.

As factories expand and companies find new ways to get products to the public, we see the need for technological minds to be a part of that. Jobs for the future involve machine tooling operators and engineers working together to create new infrastructures. Consider how our understanding of what’s possible changed with the invention of the 3D printer. In high schools across Kansas students are learning to incorporate technology into their normal studies, and also focusing on career and technical pathways to set-up their working futures. The importance technology plays in todays’ workforce and our students futures is immeasurable.

We’re living in a time of transition. Our county is currently full of working men and women who may have had little exposure to technical education. Yet, in every December and May graduation we see new talent emerge and join the workforce. With each working day we learn from one another and we certainly rely on the expertise we both bring to work, but living in transition is exciting, new, ok at times scary. We’re uncertain of where all this technology will lead us, but we do know having access to technology will help push us into the future. It will help bridge the gap from the past to the future.

Tina Khan - Flint Hills Technical College

As I think about school starting back up, I am reminded about the importance of not only the book work component of education, but also the soft skills or life skills. We learn some of these skills as a child such as sharing with others, using our manners and following directions. As we get older we are expected to manage our time, communicate effectively with others, follow rules and show up for school or work every day. 

Our faculty at Flint Hills Technical College work very closely with employers to help provide the training and skills needed to help our graduates secure employment. In addition to the technical skills, employers tell us that they simply want their employees to show up to work every day and work hard. Seems pretty simple right? What we have learned from working with students at Flint Hills Technical College and employers is that basic skills such as a strong work ethic, positive attitude, effective verbal and written communication, the ability to receive feedback and adapt are just as important as any technical skill. 

My husband and I currently have one child in each level of education - elementary school, middle school, high school and college.  As we meet with teachers at parent-teacher conferences, soft skills are always discussed. Elementary school students are evaluated on their soft skills in addition to their academic skills on their report card. General categories include the ability to follow directions, get along with others, listen attentively and pay attention in class. At the middle school and high school levels teachers often make comments on a student’s report card regarding their attitude and work ethic. In many ways, soft skills will be reflected in a college student’s grades. Although we as parents don’t get feedback from teachers at the college level, our son or daughters grades are a good indication of the mastery of many soft skills. 

At Flint Hills Technical College our students are evaluated on the technical, hands-on skills, but are also evaluated on nine core abilities or soft skills. Those core abilities include responsibility, initiative, professionalism, communication, group skills, personal growth, problem solving, information literacy and sound judgement. 

In our instant gratification world I think it is important to teach studentsat all levels, about soft skills and their importance. I also think it is important for all of us to remember that hardwork, a positive attitude and treating others with respectwill help us in everything we do.  

I’m Lisa Kirmer and that’s something to think about.

What a year 2016 was and as I look at the prospects for Emporia and our region I find even more to be excited about.  I am going to do my best in 2017 to enjoy and hopefully contribute to our local glass being mostly full. That is not to say there are not challenges to be addressed and there are certainly always opportunities for improvement which should be sought!

Today I am celebrating the New Year and the area we live in and I am looking for ways we can make things better.  Consider joining me in volunteering in at least one new endeavor to serve the greater good. Families, churches, neighborhoods, civic groups, schools and others offer these opportunities which are easy to find if we look.

I am looking for ways to appreciate and enjoy our community!  Think about the venues in Emporia – the Granada Theatre, Emporia Arts Center, Albert Taylor Hall, Civic Auditorium, the White Arena, Welch Stadium, Bruder Theater, the Bowyer building and Fair Grounds complex, our schools and churches and more.  Emporians and those in our area will have literally hundreds of opportunities for enjoyment and enrichment in 2017.

Emporia has no equal in Kansas as a destination for the active leisure traveler.  The Glass Blown Open disc golf event, the DK cycling events, the Symphony in the Flint Hills are literally world class events and will draw visitors from around the world. These events and others offer us the opportunity to volunteer, to be a spectator and importantly to be part of the friendly and welcoming community Emporia is increasingly becoming known for.

With Wednesday Words Steve Sauder has done an exceptional job of raising our awareness of things to be grateful for, of opportunities to challenge us and of issues to stimulate our thinking.  During the next few weeks as Steve enjoys some leisure time away, I along with several other guest commentators will be filling it.  In the process we hope our listeners will find that occasional pearl of wisdom, gain understanding and awareness of local treasures and maybe even find a bit of humor.


I am Don Hill.

Thanks for listening.l

It took a little time to get to know Larry Kramer, but when you succeeded you had a true friend. Larry was a no nonsense person and coach. He passed away last Saturday. He was 71.

          Coach or Coach K as he liked to be called took over a downtrodden Emporia State football program in 1983. It had won 18 games in the previous 9 years.

          Kramer’s teams won 2, then 3 games before winning 6 games in 1985. That was followed with 8, 7, & 8 wins before winning 11 in 1989 losing to Carson Newman in the NAIA National Championship game.

          Here’s my story about getting in the Coach’s doghouse.

          The story comes from the awesome 1989 Championship season. Game six was played at Kearney State. ESU won easily giving them a 5 – 1 record, but the Hornets were called for like 5 personal foul penalties in the second half.

          On a rambling Wednesday’s Words I mentioned that ESU had an excellent football team, but really needed to tighten up their discipline.

          Coach Kramer heard about my remarks and responded with two pointed questions: What hell did Sauder know about football or discipline?

          I tried to see Kramer, but he didn’t want to talk. Assistant Coach Mark Luedtke suggested I just let Coach cool off. Instead I offered Larry the opportunity to do a rebuttal on KVOE and he took my offer and rebutted for some 7 minutes!

          It took a few years to mend that fence and rumor has it Coach K did

let his team know that type behavior would no longer be tolerated and the Hornets did end up playing for a National Championship!

          Many years later Larry and I laughed about the incident.

          In my job on the ESU Now and Forever campaign Shane and I have called on dozens of former Larry Kramer football players. I don’t have to fabricate to tell you that to a man they each and everyone tells us what a positive influence Coach Kramer had on their lives – to a man.

          That’s a legacy we all would be proud to own.

          Rest in peace Coach K, you were a warrior.

          I’m Steve Sauder.

Some folks say that one of Emporians' greatest shortcomings is their modesty. We expect the best, but when successes present themselves, we rarely even talk about them. Yes, we did boast a bit when we won the Best Water in the World award, but that talk dwindled away quickly. We're Emporians, after all, not Texans.

I'd be willing to bet, however, that no other city in the nation can claim more successful people and products -- per capita -- than Emporia.

You already know about William Allen White's two Pulitzer prizes. You probably know that his son won the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer when he was reporting for CBS from the European Theatre in WWII. W.A.'s son also was a roving editor for Reader's Digest and author of several books, three of which were picked up by Hollywood and made into movies starring the likes of Robert Montgomery, Donna Reed and John Wayne .

But do you know about Murdock Pemberton, an EHS graduate who went on to become the first art critic for New Yorker magazine?

His brother, Brock, moved from Emporia to the East Coast, where he produced and directed shows on Broadway. Perhaps his best-known production featured a man whose friend was an imaginary rabbit -- The play was "Harvey." In 1950, a few months after his death, he was posthumously awarded a Tony, in recognition of his role as founder and first chairman of the Tony Awards.

Remember former Gazette reporter Pete Earley? His books routinely hit the New York Times best-sellers list.

Emporian Pat Hopper Dahnke has truly made a name for herself in western fashion design with her elegant leather-and-lace clothing and has added a new line of bedding and other home items.

Then there's John Forsythe, who came to Emporia in the early 1970s to attend College of Emporia, and stayed. His gorgeous bronze statues are in demand at museums and state houses, and other high-profile settings.

If you're into tough guys, Emporian R. Lee Ermey must be one of the best-known drill sergeants this side of Sgt. Bilko and Sgt. Carter.

When the owner of the Evel Knievel museum needed someone to restore the motorcycle daredevil's furniture, whom did he call on for the job? Emporia's woodworking artist Conrad Wempe.

Emporia has sent out some successes in sports, too. Dean Smith spent part of his childhood here, when his father was principal at Emporia High School. Dean Smith went on to be pretty well known as a basketball coach.

Let's not forget champion steer-wrestler Jason Lahr, and John Lohmeyer, who played defense for the Kansas City Chiefs; NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer, and racer Gary Stinnett, who also builds race car engines that are in demand worldwide.

We're home to gravel-grinding bike races and disc golf tournaments that bring in competitors from across the U.S. and several foreign countries.

I think we also can count the successes of sports at Emporia State. Baseball, softball, and basketball teams all have won NAIA championships. This year, it looks like the Lady Hornets could repeat the feat.

Let's not forget that a couple of years ago, ESU's debate team took double national championships.

And how many times has U.S. News & World Report named our university among the "best" -- a best value in education, a best program in a variety of fields. Just this month, the magazine ranked ESU 11th in the country for its online graduate education programs. No university in Kansas ranked higher, and most of the rest of the country trailed behind, too.

Home-grown businesses also have made their mark.

Sauder Tank Company, which moved here from Greenwood County, has been supplying monstrous tanks to the oil industry world-wide for decades. Hopkins Manufacturing produced an ice scraper that was the most-popular Christmas gift in 1985, and they've only expanded their product line since then.

Carl Didde and Don Glaser teamed up to invent a collator that revolutionized the printing industry. Didde Web Press had a long run dominating the market for small- and mid-sized presses world-wide, until technology and copy machines supplanted the need for most presses.

Even the city itself has done well. Emporia is -- by a Congressional resolution -- the official Founding City of Veterans Day. We have the National Teachers Hall of Fame and the new Fallen Teachers Memorial that's bringing in more visitors every day.

And this is only a sampling. There are many more that time prohibits mentioning.

Sure, there are things we need to improve, and we realize that doing a little better job every day will result in a better product or performance. But we do already have a great deal to be proud of in Emporia. The overall level of achievement in so many areas surely is unequaled by any other city our size.

We don't talk about it much, though. But if this were Emporia, Texas, instead of Emporia, Kansas, we wouldn't be able to stop ourselves.

Bobbi Mlynar

I'm Larry Putnam.  Flip flopping is something to think about while Steve Sauder is on vacation.

To me, Hilary Clinton is not likable.  That smugness causes me to view issues opposite of her on just about every issue.  Sometimes, I forget how I feel on the topic.

But after she was accused of flip flopping again, I found myself siding with her on this point.  One should be able to change their mind after they learn or new facts emerge.  Smart people adjust.

We all change our minds.  At one time, I thought Ned Yost was an idiot.  I changed my mind.  I thought he should have been manager of the year after our World Championship.  The facts didn't change, but I learned. 

Obama care is not working.  Health Insurance companies are bailing; doctors want out; middle class people in good health are paying an enormous tax in the form of larger and larger premiums.  My health insurance premium has jumped 63% in 2 ½ years.  This system is going to cave.  Our president should flip flop and look for alternatives.

The Kansas tax system is not working.  We tried the Governor's idea and it isn't working.  Our Governor should flip flop and reinstitute income taxes for all income earners.

The KU athletic director sold out the rural fans so that they could not watch 7 basketball games.  He should flip flop (like he did on Charley Weis) and reinstate those 7 games for next year.

As Hilary has taught us, you don't have to admit you made a mistake, just say the facts changed and go a different direction.  Get it right.  Flip flopping could become a positive trait.