Food for Thought: Light bulbs – just the basics

By Nancy Schuster Frontier District Extension Agent Recently I went to a large discount store to buy some light bulbs. As I was standing in front of the light bulb display, I More »

Kansas coyotes survive in the plains, pastures, cropland or cities.

‘Calling all Coyotes’ Extension meeting rescheduled

Frontier Extension District will host a public meeting, “Calling All Coyotes,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17, 2016, at Celebration Hall at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ottawa. Charlie Lee, K-State wildlife damage control More »


Students enjoy learning during ‘wild’ day at school

Osage City fourth-grade students in Jeff Whitmer’s science class got up close and personal while learning about local wildlife last week. Park rangers Ted Craig, Eisenhower State Park, and Jacob Riley, Pomona More »


Water safety is a year round concern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Public safety is the number-one priority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is urging anyone planning to be on or around water to practice boating and More »

RCIL to celebrate ADA’s 25th anniversary at Osage City park

OSAGE CITY – The Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. is celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 25th anniversary on July 8, 2015. Members of the community are welcome to attend the Osage City RCIL Friends group meeting to learn about the ADA. There will be a speaker and a free barbecue 12-2 p.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Park in Osage City.

The ADA became law on July 26, 1990, signed by President George H.W. Bush. It is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life such as jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cowboys through the generations

buchmanhead“We are going to have to get to the hospital.”

“There’s just one more event, and then we can go.”

Exactly 40 years ago last Saturday night, that was the conversation between a cowboy and his bride heavy-expecting their second child.

Already, Momma had helped their just three-year-old cowgirl through the gate on Trigger to successfully complete three shodeo racing patterns.

Barrel race was the last class, and the cowboy had to ride Quicksand, before the “just a mile” jaunt up hospital hill.

As soon as the finish flag dropped, can’t remember where we placed, Dennis the black stud was loaded into his makeshift stall in front, with Quicksand and Trigger behind, as the red pickup-trailer rig with cowboy driving, expectant mother and little cowgirl aboard, roared to the emergency room.

Nurses met us at the door, doctor came in, and within minutes, the healthy, big-baby cowboy arrived, with a “yeehah.”

Osage County District Court traffic cases June 12 – June 19, 2015

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court June 12 to June 19, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Enjoy your holiday, play it safe and return home alive

052214-Life-Jacket-sidebarKANSAS CITY, Mo. – Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, encourages you to do your part to reduce this cause by wearing a life jacket while in or around water. Statistics show that 89 percent of those who drown at Corps managed lakes and rivers may have survived if they had worn a life jacket. With this in mind here are useful safety tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend.

Swimming in an undesignated area is more difficult than in a swimming pool. Your swimming abilities may be impacted due to waves, current, underwater obstructions. You could find yourself in a situation where you are fighting for your life with no chance of survival. Even the best swimmers can misjudge their skills and abilities while swimming in a lake or river. Peer pressure encourages friends to go beyond their skill level potentially putting swimmers in dangerous situations. Reverse the risk by challenging your friends to wear a life jacket while swimming in a designated area.

Over the last five years, 33 percent of drownings have occurred within 10 feet of safety. These drownings might have been prevented if a bystander would have recognized the signs of drowning. The four signs of a drowning victim can resemble someone playing in the water, including head back, mouth open gasping for air, no yelling or sound, and arms slapping the water like they are trying to climb out of the water.

Rabies cases rise in Kansas; vaccination is key to prevention

070214-wildlife_300x250MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health has identified an increased number of rabies cases reported in Kansas this year. As of June 30, 69 cases of rabies have been confirmed in Kansas for 2015.

Rabies testing is performed by the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which confirmed only 69 positive cases in all of 2014.

Of the 69 cases reported this year, 13 of them occurred in domestic animals including nine cattle and four cats. These numbers are expected to continue to rise through the end of the year.

Dr. Bill Brown, Kansas animal health commissioner, urged Kansans to be alert.

“Being observant of erratic behavior in wildlife or livestock is important,” he said. “Pet owners are urged to follow best practices and vaccinate their pets to prevent this devastating disease.”

Melvern celebrates ‘a day at the lake’ during Sunflower Days parade


The Cruz Line Drummers, a high school drum corps from Topeka, has become a tradition at Melvern’s Sunflower Days, performing in the parade and at the bandstand in the park. 

The Sunflower Days parade theme was “A Day at the Lake” in honor of Melvern Lake’s 40th year. The parade was on the last night of the fair Saturday, June 27. Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club had this year’s first-place float, depicting club members as fishermen “caught up in 4-H”.

New state laws in effect as of July 1

By Ann Mah

Most of the laws passed in the 2015 legislative session went into effect July 1. Here are some that might be of interest to you:

The state sales tax goes up to 6.5 percent. You have to add your local tax to that to get the total. Retailers have 30 days to implement the tax, so you might not notice right away. If you were thinking of buying your car in Missouri to avoid the increase, that won’t work. They will collect it here when you get your car tags. Also, Kansas now has the highest tax on food in the nation.

You can now concealed carry whether you have a license or training or not. Universities still have a two-year exemption.

If you itemize your state income tax, you might want to visit with your accountant. Nearly all of your previous exemptions are cut or eliminated. And that is retroactive back to January 1, so it will impact the filing you make for 2015.

If you owe back state taxes, you might be getting a letter this fall regarding the tax amnesty program from September to October.

The tax on cigarettes went up by 50 cents.

You can now legally bet on one-day fantasy sports leagues!

You can BYOB to any business that will let you. No powdered alcohol, though. Liquor stores can also do limited sampling.

If you’ve been raising any cervids (members of the deer/elk/moose family), check out the new rules on moving them on and off your property.

Drunk driving penalties are increased, and it’s harder to expunge your driving record of these kinds of charges. Just more good reasons not to drink and drive.

Most charities can now sell raffle tickets without breaking the law.

Disabled vets can now park for free in public parking lots.

State employees can now be changed from classified to unclassified in most agencies and hired and fired at will.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Osage County Fishing Lake and Pomona Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Celebrate Fourth of July the old-fashioned way at Lyndon


Who doesn’t like to celebrate Independence Day the good old-fashioned way? And where better to celebrate Fourth of July than the middle of Osage County – right here in Lyndon, the county seat.

The Lyndon community is inviting all to spend the day in town celebrating their freedom on July 4, or to come for the free fireworks display that evening.

The day of celebration begins at 7 a.m. with a pancake feed at the Lyndon Community Center, sponsored by the Lyndon Lions Club.

After everyone gets filled up at breakfast, the Firecracker 5K starts at 7:30 a.m., beginning at the community center. The 5K run or walk is open to all skill levels, with proceeds benefitting the Lyndon High School cross country team and Lyndon Pride.

At 10:30 a.m. the annual patriotic parade begins, with awards given for best musical act or band, best overall float or group, best walking entry, best business entry, best equestrian entry, best bicycle or wagon entry, best antique or classic car, best tractor, best police or fire vehicle, and mayor’s choice-most spirited.

Anyone who wants to be in the parade should gather at the Lyndon High School parking lot at 9:45 a.m. To register, contact Lyndon City Hall at 785-828-3146. The intersection of Sixth Street and Topeka Avenue is suggested as the best viewing spot for the parade.

Starting at 11:30 a.m. will be the old-fashioned picnic in City Park. Free watermelon will be available while it lasts, and the Masons will be selling picnic lunches 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. From 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be games for all ages, such as nail driving and more, along with prizes.

Be safe on the water for your fun, relaxing holiday at the lake


PRATT – The Fourth of July Holiday is popular with Kansas state park patrons. It’s hot, and being outdoors close to the water draws thousands. Most parks have designated swimming beaches, buoyed for safety, but there are no lifeguards. Swimmers must obey safety rules and use common sense to prevent tragedy from marring what should be a fun, relaxing holiday at the park.

One important rule for parents is to never let young children out of sight. It’s also a good idea to strap young ones into well-fitted life jackets. It can only take a moment on a crowded beach to lose track of an active toddler.

Swimmers should pay attention to weather conditions. A typical summer thunderstorm can pop up quickly, bringing high wind, lightning, and heavy rain. Watch the weather forecasts and the skies. Even on a sunny day, the weather can be an issue.

Recently, swimmers floating on air mattresses had to be rescued at El Dorado Lake when high winds and rough water pushed them away from the beach. The high waves prevented them from swimming back to shore.

Fireworks, campfires, grills: Practice summer fire safety

TOPEKA – Summertime means spending more time outdoors for many Kansas families. Summer is also when there is an increase in visits to the emergency room due to fire and burn injury. Barbecue grills, campfires and fireworks can cause serious injuries to children. Safe Kids Kansas, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Kansas Highway Patrol remind everyone to practice fire safety to ensure your family has a fun, safe summer.

Statistics show that as summer approaches, we see an increase in the number of fire and burn emergency visits in Kansas. Kansas Hospital Association data from 2007 to 2010 show fire and burn emergency room visits peaked in the month of July. This is likely due to the increase in use of fireworks.


FIRECRACKER-05It is no surprise that many families enjoy the sparkles and booms of fireworks. But it is important to recognize that fireworks are explosive and can be dangerous. It is especially important to supervise children around fireworks, keeping them at a safe distance and ensuring any firework they may be handling is appropriate for their age and used correctly according to the manufacturer.

In 2014, 158 fireworks injuries were reported in Kansas. Of those, 46 percent were injuries to children ages 16 and younger, according to OSFM. In addition, we know that many minor injuries go unreported.

Ranch rodeo cowboys don’t get the day off for the holiday

Santa Fe Trail working ranch rodeo at Council Grove July 3-4

070315-morris-working-ranchWorking ranch cowboys from several Midwest states will converge on Council Grove for the Fourth of July.

“It’s the 29th annual Santa Fe Trail Ranch Rodeo, Friday and Saturday evenings, July 3-4, in the arena east of Council Grove, just off Highway 56, beginning at 7 o’clock,” announced Clay Wilson, president of the Morris County Youth Rodeo Association, rodeo sponsor.

Sanctioned by the Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association, competition will feature ranch teams, each represented by four working ranch cowboys. Events are to include wild cow milking, stray gathering, team penning, calf branding and ranch bronc riding.

Points from both evenings’ performances will be totaled, and the top team is automatically qualified for the WRCW Finals later this year in Amarillo, Texas.

Commuters advised of delays during K-68 chip seal project


Resurfacing project begins July 7

Drivers are advised to expect delays during weekday lane closures on state Highway 68 east from the U.S. Highway 75 junction and north to the state Highway 268 junction beginning Tuesday, July 7.

Eastbound and westbound traffic along the 12-mile project will be reduced to one open lane for both directions in several mile increments at a time for chip seal work during daylight hours, weather permitting. The project, which includes chip seal work through the city of Quenemo, is expected to be completed Friday, July 10.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via a flagger and pilot car operation. Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes and should allow extra time for their daily commutes during the project work hours.

2015 Osage County Fair results for 4-H and open class exhibitions


While vegetables were scarce for exhibits in this year’s Osage County Fair, 4-Hers claimed best of show with their bounty of Osage County produce. Local gardeners’ next opportunity to vie for ribbons will be at the Overbrook Osage County Fair, which runs Aug. 12-16, 2015.


Results from open class and 4-H exhibits at the Osage County Fair, held June 24-27, 2015, at Osage City, have been released as follows:

Osage County District Court traffic cases June 5 – June 12, 2015

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court June 5 to June 12, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court criminal cases completed June 5 – June 12, 2015

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court June 5 to June 12, 2015, with disposition, costs and fines as listed.

Electronic filing in appellate courts to be mandatory effective Nov. 2

TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court announced today that it has a project underway to expand attorneys’ use of electronic filing in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals with the intent that it will become mandatory effective Nov. 2, 2015.

“This is an important step toward more modern courts that allow attorneys to electronically file their documents from anywhere, saving them both time and money,” said Lawton R. Nuss, chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. “In our experience, many attorneys who bring cases to the appellate courts are open to using electronic filing, especially when they discover how easy it is.”

Since April, the clerk of the appellate court’s office has encouraged more attorneys in certain judicial districts to file new criminal cases electronically, focusing on cases with the Office of the Appellate Defender and county and district attorneys. Private attorneys in those judicial districts are also encouraged to file electronically in criminal cases that do not require paying a fee.

Lunch and dinner trips scheduled to visit Topeka eateries

The signup sheets for our two July rider appreciation trips are out. On Saturday, July 18, we will have lunch at Cook’s American Grill, followed by a drive around some interesting areas of Topeka. The evening of July 23 our bus will head for Topeka again for a supper meal at Jose Peppers Mexican Restaurant. Call or stop by the center to get your name on the list. Each trip will be limited to the first 14 riders to sign up.

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