Quivira National Wildlife Refuge staff members were surprised on Saturday to find that a pair of adult Whooping Cranes briefly visited Little Salt Marsh on the migration route southward. This is the third-earliest fall migration occurrence at Quivira, and only the fourth time in history that Whooping Cranes have arrived prior to Oct. 15. Annually each fall, a few dozen of these rare birds are sighted at Quivira. The earliest record occurred in 2000, when a pair stopped at the Refuge on Oct. 6.
Barton Community College will offer free citizenship classes from 10 a.m. to noon and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St., Great Bend in room 208.
SAINT PETER - Skip M. Yowell, 69, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at his home in Saint Peter. He was born in Hays, to Harold and Marjorie (Murray) Yowell. He spent his early years in Grainfield, moving to Great Bend at the age of 5. He started kindergarten at Park Elementary School and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1964.
LARNED - Brett Meyers, 51, passed away on Oct. 17, 2015, in Newton. He was born in Larned on June 14, 1964, the son of Terry and Betty Meyers. He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1982, and graduated from Fort Hays State University with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business.
Wendale E. McAllaster, M. D., F. A. C. S., 90, died Oct. 18, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Oct. 23, 1924, at Greeley County, the son of Rollin Marquis and Edna Pearl (Stahley) McAllaster.
RUSSELL - Marvin J. Dumler died Oct. 5, 2015. Born Sept. 7, 1921, in rural Russell County, he was the son of Jacob and Lydia Dumler. He attended Valparaiso University in Indiana where he earned his BA in education in 1943. He then signed up for officers' training school at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in the Chicago area.