Local and state talking points


Marianna Kistler Beach dies at home in Lawrence

Marianna Kistler Beach, namesake of the K-State’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, died in her Lawrence home at 94 years old Saturday, according to her obituary in the Hays Post.

Beach graduated from K-State in 1941. Her husband, Ross Beach, named the university’s museum after her in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.

A celebration of her life is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Beach Museum.

iSIS maintenance will cause six-hour outage

ISIS will be down for approximately six hours for scheduled maintenance on Saturday, according to K-State Today.

The outage will run from 6 a.m. to noon. After the outage, the system will again be available.

Men in masks interrupt Kansas classes

Multiple class at the University of Kansas were interrupted by men in Guy Fawkes masks on Wednesday, according to a Kansas City Star article.

Two men were taken into custody by Kansas Public Safety officials, and the incidents remain under investigation. No injuries were reported, according to the article.

Nov. 5 is celebrated as “Guy Fawkes Day” in Great Britain every year, according to a timeanddate.com article. It is often known as “Bonfire Night,” and is celebrated to commemorate the discovery of a plot to blow up the houses of the British Parliament on Nov. 5, 1605.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday he would appeal a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prohibits Kansas officials from enforcing the state’s ban of same-sex marriage.

In a Wednesday press release, Schmidt said Kansas will ask for consideration of the case by the full 10th circuit court. The previous ruling in the case of Marie v. Moser was seen only by a three judge panel of the court, according to the release.

Westar Energy reports increased earnings

Westar Energy, the largest electric utility provider in Kansas, reported third quarter earnings of $147 million for 2014, according to a press release Wednesday.

The $147 million means each share of company currently is worth $1.13. By this point in fiscal year 2013, the company had earned $133 million, and was worth approximately $1.04 per share, according to the release.

The higher revenues were attributed to higher heating bills due to colder weather earlier in 2014 and increased energy costs because the company invested in “air quality controls” and “transmission infrastructure,” according to the release.

Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.