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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

 Various dates
 Kansas Crappie Club Tournaments - https://www.kansascrappieclub.com/tournament-schedule.html
 Various dates
 Fling Hills Kayak Anglers Tournaments & Leagues - https://www.flinthillskayakanglers.com/tournaments
 May 28 & 29
 Ebenezer Fishing Tournament & Community Fish Fry - Info
 June 4-6
11th Annual Yeager/Jenkins Memorial Catfish Tournament - Info
 June 5
 FREE Family Fish Camp - Flyer
 June 19
 Sojadi District Cub Scout Fishing Derby - 8 am to Noon - Peter Pan Park - Info
Aug 21
 Vamos A Pescar - Info
 Sept 10-12
 Kansas Outdoor Classic - Info
 Sept 25
Vamos A Pescar - Info

 Exploring Outdoors Kansas - by Steve Gilliland

Something to Think About - 05-12-21


Earl Murphy writes a weekly column- To Tell it Like it Is - in the Madison News. We have been friends for many years. Our dads, Calvin Murphy and Earl Sauder were business partners in the oil patch west of Olpe, so Earl and I have had some common experiences.

I’m confident Earl and I were once somewhat aligned politically, but based on his recent columns it appears he’s a bit more of a Fox News disciple than me, but that hasn’t affected our friendship.

This past Saturday Earl wrote about the ongoing debate about wearing masks and while believing this decision should be up to the individual in respect for others he has, while in public, worn a mask. He points out the mask made his nose run, his eyes itch and his glasses to fog up. Consequently, it became his practice to steer clear of people and crowds.

That’s the first part of Earl’s story, Now, here’s the rest of it.

Quoting, he wrote “At this time there is little doubt in my mind that masks work; I normally would get two head colds every winter. The last cold I had was one year ago year ago this past January, 15 months, a length of time unheard of for me not to have a cold or the flu.

Earl continued, “In late March and early April we received our shots for the virus, two weeks after the second shot we were ready to roll, no more masks. Everything was going great until a few days ago I woke up with a sore throat, fever, a runny nose and a cough, I couldn’t get rid of.”

Earl concludes, “To tell it like it is, I don’t think anyone will contact a cold by reading this but if in doubt put your mask on and use some hand sanitizer after handling the paper, you should feel pretty safe.”

I’m guessing Murph’s experience is pretty common.

Flu and colds have been greatly reduced all across America with Covid protocols given most of the credit.

Me? I’m still wearing my mask because Emporia just hosted several thousand visitors with more coming in June. We don’t want a relapse.

An abundance of caution? You bet! Heck, I may wear a mask next winter cause I haven’t had cold or the flu this year either!

This is definitely: Something to think about, I’m Steve Sauder.

Something to Think About – 4/28/2021

          Last week, a Minnesota jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.  I was grateful for the haste of the jury, and grateful their decision held Chauvin accountable while providing justice for Floyd.

But we shouldn’t lose sight of what the jury’s decision means:  Holding one human being accountable for their fatal actions against another human being.  The jury’s decision to convict is an indictment of Derek Chauvin, the human…not an indictment of law enforcement.

Yes, Floyd’s death raised questions about certain law enforcement practices or techniques.  And many agencies are reviewing their policies; or, as is the case with the Emporia Police Department, already ban many of the techniques in question.

But to transpose Chauvin’s conviction as a conviction of law enforcement would be short-sighted and unfair.  Law enforcement is the only profession, I can think of, where the actions of one bad actor so quickly define and condemn the entire profession.  For example… this community, alone, has had teachers charged and convicted of inappropriate behavior with students; and have had leaders of non-profits charged and convicted of stealing from their organizations.  But we don’t look at all teachers or all leaders of non-profits as guilty of those specific people’s transgressions.  Yet, our current culture is very quick to do this with law enforcement.

YES… We should be putting our time, effort, and resources into holding accountable those that cross the line; but we should put even more time, effort, and resources into encouraging and supporting our law enforcement, especially those that strive to rise above the stigma of the so-called bad actors.  I don’t know that I would keep putting on my uniform and protecting my city if I was being constantly vilified for someone else’s actions.

I can’t speak as to the character of law enforcement officers in other cities, but the law enforcement officers I know in THIS community are dedicated, hard-working, fair, and passionate about what they do.  And you probably know many of them, too.

Many officers work rotating shifts, with their schedules changing every several months, including overnight while we are all snug in our beds.  They work on weekends and holidays.  And… this should never be forgotten… they show up to work every day knowing they could have to put their life on the line for a fellow officer or for you or me.  Law enforcement isn’t a profession that will make you “rich”, but law enforcement officers don’t enter the profession in search of riches…. They are answering a call to service.

So the next time you see a member of law enforcement:  Remember, they are more than a uniform and a badge;  Remember, they are our friends and neighbors; and remember -- flaws and all -- they are humans first.

I’m Scott Hayes

          An “abundance of caution” is a term that we’ve learned a new level of respect for as we’ve struggled to handle the COVID 19 pandemic. We’ve all done things we didn’t like, but in the name of safety and our health, we have been abundantly cautious.

          Evidently both our city and county commissioners forgot how easy,  practical, and effective wearing masks have been.

          Lyon County has done a great job of flattening this so-called curve, but our job is far from complete!

          Both decisions went against the advice from our county health professionals!

          There were two compelling reasons to keep our harmless, but effective mask mandate in place.

          First is the Dynamic Disc event which starts this week with over1600 golfers expected. Every golfer signed up with the understanding that Lyon County has a mask rule in place and expecting to follow it. Not anymore!!

          Add in concerts, block parties, and the like with increased attendance but no masks and, well you get the picture.

          The second is that vaccinations are the underlying key to controlling COVID 19 and Lyon County has made an excellent start, but with just over 30% of us actually vaccinated there’s work to be done.

          Dropping the mask mandate will give those citizens holding back getting vaxed for whatever reason a stronger case for not getting the shots. This is exactly the wrong message to be sending right now.

          I am sure the commissioners heard a lot of voices asking for the mask mandate to be lifted. I am just as sure the loudest of those voices were most likely not wearing a mask and probably not vaccinated either!

          I understand the need to take “personal responsibility” was mentioned by commissioners. Well, I hate 4 Way Stops and suggest if we’d all take more personal responsibility we could eliminate them. You think?

          I struggled for the proper adjective to describe our commissioner’s actions. After careful consideration I choose – dangerous. No masks and big gatherings might mean a spike and that’s dangerous.

          Saying “I told you so,” is not something I would enjoy doing, so let’s all pray that opportunity doesn’t happen in the near future, but lifting the mask mandate IS a dangerous decision.

          I’m Steve Sauder 

The history of our country has been examined during the past year in a manner like never before. Statues have been torn down by demonstrators or removed by lawful action at an alarming rate. Some call this cancel culture – “the practice of withdrawing support for or canceling support for public figures and companies after they’ve done something objectionable.”

          The most common target has been things relating to racism, the Confederacy, and the Klu Klux Klan, but nothing, it seems is off-limits.

          Some time ago there was a statement on Facebook with the author unknown that creates for me some reasonable questions when it comes to these actions that attempt to alter or even erase history.

          History is not there for you to like or dislike. It is there for you to learn from it. And if it offends you, even better. Because then you are less likely to repeat it. It’s not yours to erase. It belongs to all of us.

          Without sharing my opinion my question today is what do you think about that statement?

          Should history be protected?   

          Evidently, the man Seaman High School near Topeka is named after was a member of the Klan. The name of the school is in the process of being changed. Without knowing any details I wonder what his level of involvement actually was?  Was he a Klan leader or is that important?

          I’m guessing if enough rocks are turned over lots of people might have embarrassing connections in their past.

          As an example, it’s reported that many college fraternities and sororities have pasts that include some serious racial bias.

          How about the so-called fraternal organizations?

          If the digging continues who or what is next? Maybe we’d be better off to leave history alone and learn from it rather than trying to change it?

          What do you think?

          There’s something to think about, I’m Steve Sauder

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