February 13, 2016

Amnesty bill for seeking medical treatment for underage drinking moves forward

Carter Moelk KU Statehouse Wire Service A bill that would protect underage students who seek medical help after drinking is moving closer to becoming a reality. The Senate’s Lifeline 911 bill, also known as the Medical Amnesty Act, has been approved by the House judiciary committee and now goes to the full House for debate. Continue Reading

Growth in wind industry could mean more electricity in Kansas

Minami Levonowich KU Statehouse Wire Service Kansas currently creates enough wind energy to power nearly one million homes. By early 2017, 10 additional wind projects will be operating, potentially generating even more electricity for the state. “We are in the middle of the United States. We also happen to be in the sweet spot for Continue Reading

AG’s office reorganizes to boost open government enforcement

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has reorganized parts of his office that enforce the state’s open government laws. With the start of 2016, Schmidt has separated the responsibility for enforcing open government laws from the responsibility for training and counseling to assist in compliance. Separating the two tasks, which historically have been combined, sets the Continue Reading

Autocycle bill would classify three-wheelers

Kelsie Jennings KU Statehouse Wire Service A bill could create a new classification of vehicles in Kansas known as “autocycles.” Proponents of House Bill 2044 say autocycles are neither cars nor motorcycles and need their own classification to protect drivers from breaking the law. Autocycles are three-wheeled vehicles that weight about 1,200 pounds and have Continue Reading

Autocycle bill would classify three-wheelers

Kelsie Jennings KU Statehouse Wire Service A bill could create a new classification of vehicles in Kansas known as “autocycles.” Proponents of House Bill 2044 say autocycles are neither cars nor motorcycles and need their own classification to protect drivers from breaking the law. Autocycles are three-wheeled vehicles that weight about 1,200 pounds and have Continue Reading

AG’s office reorganizes to boost open government enforcement

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has reorganized parts of his office that enforce the state’s open government laws. With the start of 2016, Schmidt has separated the responsibility for enforcing open government laws from the responsibility for training and counseling to assist in compliance. Separating the two tasks, which historically have been combined, sets the Continue Reading

Great Backyard Birdcount

  Participants Needed for Great Backyard Bird Count PRATT – In lieu of conducting the Kansas Winter Bird Feeder Survey this year, bird watchers around the state are asked to participate in the national Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) taking place Friday, Feb. 12 – Monday, Feb. 15. The GBBC is an annual four-day event that Continue Reading

Wheatridge nominated for award program 

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award program announced that the Kansas State Department of Education nominated a Gardner Edgerton school for the 2016 National Blue Ribbon (NBR) Schools Award Program. Wheatridge Middle School was among only five Kansas schools chosen and was nominated as an Exemplary High Performing School. Wheatridge Middle administrators and staff were Continue Reading

Donors listed on campaign finance reports

State and county annual campaign reports were due and filed with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. The reports cover the period from Jan. 1, 2015 thru Dec. 31 and were due Jan. 10. For District 9, incumbent Sen. Julia Lynn, R, lists cash on hand as $49,699 and challenger Chris Morrow, D, lists $1.860. Lynn’s Continue Reading

“CQ, CQ … this is Kansas calling”

Rick Nichols Special to The Gardner News The Olathe residence of former Gardner businessman Del Sawyer provided the setting Saturday for a special event celebrating Kansas Day organized by the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club. Starting at 10 a.m., members of the club attempted to make contact with as many amateur radio operators, or Continue Reading