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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".

Personal Information Bill Scrapped

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Kansas is one of just 8 states in the country that grants access to personal information despite warnings against the practice by federal officials. A bill that would have required the Kansas Department of Corrections to stop granting inmates access to personally identifiable information as they perform contracted data entry and document scanning work for city, county and state government ... Read More »

Authorities Find Missing Clyde Man

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The Cloud County Sheriff’s Department released a statement late yesterday afternoon in regard to a Clyde man who had gone missing Sunday. The body of Brett W. Golbeck was found in a creek near where his truck had crashed. Golbeck was located at about 4:00 o’clock Monday afternoon after his pickup truck was found in a ditch near 212 Road ... Read More »

New Investment Tools for Alternative Energy Sources

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One area college has made a substantial investment in wind-power and another is looking at making a sizable investment. Both are hoping to put a big dent in the money they shell out annually in energy costs. Last month state dignitaries travelled to Concordia to watch the Power-Up Clooud Wind Energy Farm go on line at Cloud County Community College. ... Read More »

Kansas Farm Bureau Endorses Moran

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The State’s largest agriculture advocacy organization, the Kansas Farm Bureau, late last week gave First District Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran it endorsement for his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Ottawa County grain farmer and Kansas Farm Bureau President Steve Baccus said of Congressman Moran, “Kansas farmers and ranchers have no more vocal and effective champion than Jerry Moran.” Adding, “We ... Read More »

Chamber of Commerce Honors Moran

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran with the Spirit of Enterprise Award this week. The U.S. Senate hopeful was honored for his pro-business record during the first session of the 111th Congress. Thomas J. Donohue – President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber said of Moran, “The Chamber applauds Representative Moran for supporting the private sector ... Read More »

Kansas Agricultural Statistics, Cattle & Hay Numbers

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Information concerning 2009 statewide hay estimates and 2010 cattle estimates was released this week by Kansas Agricultural Statistics. Kansas alfalfa production totaled 3.66-million tons in 2009 – a 27% increase above 2008 production. The cattle numbers statewide in 2010 are down about 5% from the previous year. As of January 1st, cattle and calves held on Kansas farms and ranches ... Read More »

CRP General Signup

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The Farm Service Agency is reporting that a general signup is anticipated in late summer in the 2010 Conservation Reserve Program. Consequently, producers with expiring CRP contracts may want to apply for the General Signup to determine whether the existing CRP can be re-enrolled. The FSA is also reporting that producers are inquiring about early land preparation on CRP ground ... Read More »

Parkinson Vows to Veto Further Cuts

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Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson drew a “budget deficit” line in the sand this weekend in an interview with Kansas City Television Station KMBC saying, “If they’re going to try to balance this budget with further cuts, they’re going to need 2/3’s of this Legislature to do it because I’ll veto that plan.” Parkinson made it clear he would veto any ... Read More »

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

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If you didn’t know, this week is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, a week designated to honor those who perform dispatching duties for law enforcement. The Kansas Highway Patrol reminds us, when a member of the public or an officer needs help during an emergency, dispatchers become their lifeline, ensuring that the appropriate assistance is contacted and en route to ... Read More »

Moran Notes Tiahrt’s Earmark Reputation

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As the August Primaries near, the war of words between the two heavy weight Kansas Republicans vying for the Senate seat being vacated by Sam Brownback, is starting to heat up. Big First District Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran’s office made it a point to “point out” to voters that not one of the four candidates running for Congressman Tiahrt’s 4th ... Read More »