October 7, 2015

Police to enforce seat belt laws near schools

Kansas law enforcement agencies will conduct seat belt enforcement around elementary and middle schools Sept. 14 through Sept. 18. Officers will issue citations to anyone who does not obey Kansas “Buckle Up” laws. In 2014, 28 children were killed due to car crashes in Kansas. Half of them were not wearing their seat belts, while Continue Reading

KS, CO, NE reach water use agreement

The states of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska have reached an agreement that will ensure more certainty to the basin’s water users in both Nebraska and Kansas. The agreement, in the form of a Resolution approved by the Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA), was achieved through collaborative negotiations that began in April 2015 and will provide Continue Reading

Agritourism hot for Kansas farms, ranches

What’s hot among those looking for nearby adventure? Agritourism. Every weekend, local explorers visit Kansas farms and ranches to learn about regional agriculture production, sample great products and step into another life for a day (or even longer). Some great places to start: • Alpacas of Wildcat Hollow in Eskridge raises alpacas and produces yarn Continue Reading

Wheat smut detected in KS, farmers warned

Kansas farmers are encouraged to be especially cognizant during wheat planting season to select wheat varieties with high resistance to fungal diseases as well as to apply fungicides to seed before drilling wheat this season.  Wheat flag smut was detected in Kansas earlier this summer and with potential yield and trade implications from the fungus Continue Reading

Kansas earns high marks for friendliest to small biz

Thumbtack has announced that Kansas received an overall grade of an “A” for small business friendliness in its annual survey of business owners. The score is an improvement upon the state’s grade of a “B” in 2014, and matches the previous high grade established in 2013. “Kansas has worked hard to ensure that our business Continue Reading

Plenty of competition at the Kansas State Fair

Competitions add to the excitement at the Kansas State Fair for fairgoers of all ages. From clothing and textiles to foods and fine arts, there’s fun to be had and competitions to enter. This year’s Fair will run Sept. 11-20 in Hutchinson. Itching to be involved in a competition but have a day job? Don’t Continue Reading

Host of dignitaries commemorate Kubota warehouse’s grand opening

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gov. Sam Brownback toured the intermodal by helicopter after speaking at a grand opening event for a Kubota Tractor Corporation distribution center in Edgerton on Aug. 11. Also in attendance at the event were Masato Yoshikawa, the president and CEO of Kubota and Carl Ice, the CEO of BNSF. The new, 765,000 Continue Reading

State announces new child support campaign

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) hosted a joint news conference on Friday, Aug. 14, to announce a new campaign to promote the collection of child support. By law, employers must report new hires who reside or work in Kansas to KDOL within 20 days, for Continue Reading

Kansas joins other states in suit delay EPA rules

Kansas and 14 other states have asked a federal court in Washington, D.C., to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s new greenhouse gas regulation before it takes effect. The states previously had filed suit asking the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to block the new regulation before it became final, Continue Reading

Sen. Moran appoints Gardner man to board

Ernie Honas, Gardner, has been named to Sen. Jerry Moran’s 2015 Kansas Service Academy Selection Board. The 20-member board reviews applications and interviews candidates applying for admission to the U.S. Service Academies, which include the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Honas served in the Continue Reading