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GREAT BEND, Kan. - It was strange that the press conference on Wednesday by the University of Kansas about the sports tickets scandal was held on the west campus at the Robert J. Dole Center for Politics. Usually, when the athletic department has a big announcement, such as the hiring of a new coach, the buildings connected to Allen Fieldhouse provide a perfect venue for a big press event.

It seemed like the athletic department wanted to have this press conference as far from Allen Fieldhouse as possible, as if it could distance this scandal from the storied building. Allen Fieldhouse is to basketball what St. Andrews is to golf, and it would have been "bad optics" to hold the press conference on hallowed ground.

Speaks Volumes for the Future

COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. - One hundred fifty years ago Council Grove was a bustling commercial center for the New Mexico trade. From April 24 to June 24 "there passed the Grove" en route to Santa Fe 1,400 wagons, 372 horses, 3,868 mules, 11,705 oxen, and 65 carriages bearing 3,562 tons (7,000,000 lbs.) of freight.

But in May 1860, Colorado rather than New Mexico was the primary destination of most of the traffic on the Santa Fe Road and, rather than commercial operators, most of the travelers were emigrants.

"Pike's Peak emigration through Council Grove is now numbering about fifty wagons a day," observed the May 14 Council Grove Press. Two weeks earlier on a single day over 150 wagons bound for Pike's Peak had passed through Council Grove.

GREAT BEND, Kan. - My Dad's phone rang at 1:30 a.m. yesterday morning. My stepmother picked up the phone and heard that her brother, Walter Hickel, age 90, had died in Anchorage, Alaska. Walter Hickel, two time Governor of Alaska, and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, led an amazing life. My stepmother, Patty Degner Keenan, was one of ten children in the family.

Wally Hickel was born in Claflin, Kansas and didn't leave the Kansas state lines until a Claflin High School trip ventured him and his fellow classmates to Kansas City, MO. He loved Kansas and the wide open spaces, and returned often to see his nine siblings.

As a boy, the thing that bothered him about the family home and farm was that his Dad was a tenant farmer. The family home was owned by a family named Grizzell, and Hickel's father owned no farm ground.

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