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Author Archives: Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".

Governor’s Achievement Awards Recipients for 2009-2010

The Kansas State Department of Education has released the list of 67-schools in Kansas that have been awarded the Governor’s Achievement Award for the 2009-2010 school year. We learned earlier this month at the Waconda USD 272 School Board meeting that four of the schools in the district had met award qualifications – Lakeside Intermediate School, Tipton Community School, Lakeside ... Read More »

Kansas Attorney General Elect Will Watch Federal EPA Regulations

Kansas Attorney General-elect Derek Schmidt announced this week that his office will keep an eye on any environmental regulations coming from the federal government that might exceed federal authority. The Republican Schmidt takes office next month. He said, “I think we’re in a period of time here where it’s going to be important for states’ legal representatives to keep an ... Read More »

Republicans Have New Leader in Kansas House

Republicans in the Kansas House of Representatives take a comfortable 92-33 majority into the new Kansas legislative session in January. And they will do so with a new leader. This morning, Arlen Siegfried of Olathe was elected the new Majority Leader in the Kansas House defeating Richard Carlson of St. Mary’s 54-36. Siegfried replaces Ray Merrick from Stillwell, who was ... Read More »

KDHE Says Check for CO2 Presence

We’ve had some chilling hints of it, but soon “cold” will be the operative word in most weather forecasts. With that in mind, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reminding Kansans about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, gas that is extremely poisonous and can kill in minutes. Carbon Monoxide is found ... Read More »

The 8-Wonders of Kansas People Contest Winners

The Kansas Sampler Foundation in Inman announced the winners of the 8-Wonders of Kansas People contest Yesterday afternoon. The list includes Amelia Earhart, the Buffalo Soldiers, Carry Nation, Father Emil Kapaun, James Naismith, Martin and Osa Johnson, William Allen White and the only entry from North Central Kansas – George Washington Carver. The famous agri-scientist and inventor was best known ... Read More »

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the most popular and one of the most dangerous holidays of the year. The actual Halloween this year is officially this coming Sunday but be prepared because some local civic organizations start their celebration of “All Hallows Night” tomorrow evening. Beloit Police Chief Ryan Stocker says there are some common sense things parents should do this ... Read More »

Disaster Assistance Loans Available from FSA

Farmers and ranchers who suffered property loss last June because of severe storms, flooding and tornadoes are now eligible to make application to the Farm Service Agency for an Emergency Disaster Loan. Farmers and ranchers in Mitchell, Osborne, Barton, Lincoln, and Russell Counties who suffered losses during the time period between June 7th and June21st of this year are eligible. ... Read More »

State Election Spending Scorecard

Here’s a quick scorecard tracking the spending at the state level in the upcoming Kansas elections. And the winner is… Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, the Republican Nominee for Governor. Brownback has spent $2.3-million to Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Tom Holland’s $574,000. The Democrats however, don’t lag behind in the 3-other state races. As of late last week, incumbent Democratic Attorney General ... Read More »

Mail-In Ballot Ads have Republicans Crying Foul

Another Republican candidate for state office is crying foul. Republican Kris Kobach is accusing Democrat Chris Biggs – the incumbent Secretary of State – of improperly using a new, tax-financed television ad to campaign for himself. The 30-second spot instructs viewers in the use of a mail-in ballot. At the end of the ad, a picture of Biggs appears for ... Read More »

Cannon Campaign Hits Another Bump in Road

Well-oiled machine, NOT! The gubernatorial campaign of Salinan Ken Cannon seems more like a bad version of the epic Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, a literary classic the El Saline High School English teacher is probably quite familiar with. The Reform Party Candidate was this week charged in Cloud County District Court for falsely reporting a ... Read More »