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January 25, 2018
Harvey County IndependentJanuary 25, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Eagle Nest Found Near Sedgwick

Posted 1/25/2018

THIS bald eagle and its mate were spotted near Sedgwick earlier this week. THIS bald eagle and its mate were spotted near Sedgwick earlier this week. By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK—A bald eagle’s nest has been discovered near Sedgwick. The large nest can be seen from the road and a pair of eagles has been spotted around the nest.

This could mean the pair is a nesting pair, getting ready to lay and hopefully hatch the next generation.

The nest near Sedgwick is located on private property on the west side of town. Eagle nests are typically built of sticks and are large. The average nest is 5 to 6 feet wide, and 3 to 4 feet deep. It is imperative that people do not try to get close the nest, but let nature take its course. 

Hopefully the pair will stay put, lay and hatch some eggs. As the months progress, the Independent will keep apprised of the situation and get the word out if in fact the pair is successful.

Eagles are migratory and can generally be seen in Kansas in December and January, according to  the Kansas Wildlife Federation. Eagles usually can be seen by bodies of water, like a river, lake or pond with easy access to food. Eagles primarily eat fish and waterfowl. Eagles have been regularly seen at Harvey County East Park this time of year.

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Local Resources Available To Combat Mental Illness

Posted 1/25/2018

By Jared Janzen

HARVEY COUNTY—One out of five individuals suffer from mental illness such as depression or anxiety, according to Jennifer Truman, vice president of clinical services for Mirror, Inc.

Mirror, Inc., has offices in Newton to offer services to people with substance use disorders for drugs and alcohol, which Truman said often goes hand-in-hand with mental illness in the people they serve. In her work, she regularly works with helping people with mental illness.

Truman emphasized that people who think they may be suffering from depression or anxiety shouldn’t be afraid or ashamed to reach out for help.

“It’s OK to get help,” Truman said. “It doesn’t mean you’re weak.”

According to Truman, there are two types of depression: situational and clinical. Situational depression is triggered by an event, such as the loss of a loved one, but in time the person will pull him or herself out of depression.

Clinical depression, however, happens when a person’s brain stops producing dopamine, which would require an anti-depressant.

“The clinical depression, you can’t just put your boots on and go on,” she said.

Mental illnesses like depression and anxiety are often genetic, Truman said.

“Anxiety can be stress-induced, or it’s sometimes just how people are wired,” she said. “It’s kind of like how you might be predispositioned to have cancer, but how do we know when it’s going to come up or if it will?”

Truman said sometimes it may be hard for a person to recognize they have depression or anxiety, but friends or family may notice signs.

“If you see a change in behaviors—whether they’re isolating, they’re gaining weight or losing weight, or sleeping a lot—those are usually signs,” she said, also adding irritability, lack of motivation and simply not acting like oneself as other warnings.

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Zoe Bean Competing For Rodeo Crown

Posted 1/25/2018

ZOE Bean of Halstead is a contestant for the Miss Rodeo K-State.ZOE Bean of Halstead is a contestant for the Miss Rodeo K-State.By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD—Zoe Bean is vying for the title of Miss Rodeo K-State. Bean is the 19-year-old daughter of Charles and Jennifer Bean from Halstead. She is a sophomore at K-State studying Animal Science and Industry.

Bean is a member of the K-State chapter of the National Collegiate Rodeo Association. The K-State chapter actually puts on a rodeo and the pageant for Miss Rodeo K-State.

The rodeo and pageant will be held Feb. 16-17 in Manhattan, Kansas. The crowning of Miss Rodeo K-State takes place on the night of Feb. 17.

Zoe said the pageant contest consists of several different parts.

“We are judged on our horsemanship—that is, handling horses, riding and a general knowledge of horses,” she said. “There is a really intense interview and we have to give a three-to-four minute memorized speech on what purple means to us. We will be judged on modeling outfits from out sponsors. And there is also a written exam.”

She has been busy getting sponsors and selling raffle tickets, which help pay for the pageant and rodeo.

The winner will receive a $500 scholarship.

“Whoever wins will have some appearances she will have to do,” Bean said. “There is the Wild Bill Hickock Rodeo and some others. There are also parade appearances. One thing last year’s winner did was go and talk to elementary students about what rodeo is all about.  Rodeo is not just about showing horses; it’s about family.”

Bean is a 2016 graduate of Halstead High School.

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