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KDOT Awards June Projects; Largest Construction Lettings Ever

Contracts have been awarded for 85 construction projects included in one of the largest monthly lettings ever by the Kansas Department of Transportation. The large number of projects included in the June letting is attributed to T-WORKS, the comprehensive transportation program passed by the 2010 Kansas Legislature. Seventy of the projects totaling millions of dollars were suspended in March due ... Read More »

Area Student Earns Kansas 4-H Scholarship

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Nathanael Vogt has been selected to receive the Orsheln’s Farm and Home 4-H Scholarship, an educational award from the Kansas 4-H Foundation. The scholarship was presented at the 4-H Emerald Circle Banquet held June 3 in Manhattan, Kansas. The state 4-H scholarship program is open to 4-H members, and the awards are made on the basis of ... Read More »

Kansas Cattlemen Speak Out About New Traceability System

Representing more than 1,700 Kansas producers, Kansas Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) expressed deep concerns with the initiation of USDA’s new Animal Disease Traceability System. Attending the Kansas City meeting put on by USDA in mid-May, KCA confirmed that there are many aspects of the system that are unresolved and questionable. First and foremost, it is inappropriate to mandate and regulate a ... Read More »

Line Item Veto Needed

The folks in higher education in Kansas got quite a surprise when an error was discovered in an amendment introduced as the state legislature was putting the final touches on the 2010 Budget last week. A wording error in the amendment introduced by in the House by Republican Don Hill from Emporia, could reduce the amount of aid allotted to ... Read More »

Annual Glen Elder Youth Fishing Tournament

The 6th Annual Glen Elder Youth Fishing Tournament has been set for Saturday, June 5th this year. Volunteer anglers will again be taking the young people out on their boats for the day at Waconda Lake. Lunch will be provided to all of the participants and each of the young people will receive a fishing pole, tackle and prizes. Special ... Read More »

KHP Offers Motorcycle Safety Tips As We Enter Summer

With the warmer temperatures and summer right around the corner, Kansans may have noticed more motorcycles on the roads. As a precursor to what is normally the beginning of the riding season, federal, state, and local organizations are recognizing the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. “Too many motorcycle riders have been injured or killed on the state’s roadways, the past few years,” ... Read More »

Sales Tax Front and Center

It’s looking more and more like the state’s estimated $400-million revenue deficit in fiscal year 2010, will be taken care of by a 1% sales tax hike. Rival proposals to increase the sales tax from 5.3% to 6.3% emerged in both the Kansas House and Senate yesterday. Both proposals were drafted by coalitions of Democrats and moderate Republicans. The Senate ... Read More »

Personal Information Bill Scrapped

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 »

New Investment Tools for Alternative Energy Sources

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 »

Southern Wymore School District loses $665,000

Southern Wymore School District’s First year Superintendent Less Hall is beginning his tenure at Southern with the task of finding $665,000 to cut from the district’s budget.  The original goal was to find the money without cutting staff positions.  Now, the Southern Board of Education voted 5-1 Monday evening to place the burden of eliminating staff positions on Hall and ... Read More »