Archives for June 2017

KS Wheat Harvest Brings Mixed Bag

The 2017 winter wheat harvest has been a mixed bag for Kansas so far as farmers race to bring in the crop amid damaging spring storms that have pounded some crops with hail. Justin Gilpin, chief executive officer for the industry group Kansas Wheat, says fields around Norton and Goodland in northwest Kansas were hit by hail earlier this week. That comes on the heels of a lot of hail last week around Garden City and Deerfield in southwest Kansas. A common theme with this year’s wheat crop has been variability. Yields have ranged from 10 to 70 bushels per acre.

City and County Reach Ambulance Agreement

A new contract extension between Wichita and Sedgwick County involving ambulance service. The county runs the ambulance service and currently has a contract to provide ambulance services for calls within Wichita city limits. However, the city says the ambulance service can do better in terms of response times for hospital transfer calls. The new contract calls for a 100 percent response time of one hour after a pickup call is made. If the level falls below 98 percent, the county must hire an outside private ambulance service or increase staff at Sedgwick County EMS.

Local Fireworks Show Options

If you’re looking for professional fireworks displays to go to for Independence Day, here’s a few options to choose from. In Wichita, Celebrate America at Bradley Fair will happen tonight from 7:30 to 10pm at 2000 North Rock Road. There will be a jazz concert and fireworks there. Wichita’s Red White and Boom event will be July 4th from 5-9pm on the Hyatt lawn, with fireworks over the Lewis Street Bridge and Water Street. The Goddard 4th of July celebration will be Saturday night at Discovery Intermediate School at 301 South Main Street in Goddard. Fireworks in Augusta will be on Monday night at 9pm at Augusta City Lake. And the Wellington Fireworks show will also be Monday night at 601 East Harvey. And Haysville will have fireworks on Tuesday at Riggs Park. Derby’s fireworks show is Tuesday at 512 East Madison.

KS Amber Alert Canceled; Children Found Safe

A Kansas Amber Alert… now cancelled. The children found safe. This morning, Hays Police requested the Amber Alert for two children that were forcefully taken by a man named Bryce Jay McDowell, their biological father. Authorities said McDowell ran the children’s mother off the road near Hays, entered the vehicle, and abducted the chidlren. Just after 7:00 this morning, the KBI announced that McDowell had been found and the children were taken into protective custody. They appeared to be just fine and unharmed. No other details were provided.

Amber Alert Issued Out Of Hays, KS

Break news out of Hays, Kansas, where authorities issued an Amber Alert for two missing children early this morning. Hays Police say Bryce McDowell ran the victom off the roadway in a vehicle overnight and forced his way into her car, taking the two small chidlren. AUthorities are searching for 1 year-old Cadenn McDowell and 3 year-old Mason McDowell. Bryce McDowell is their biological father and he is 33 years old, stands 5’8″ tall, and weighs about 180 pounds. He was driving a red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a Kansas tag of 120-GSV. If you see him or the children, please call authorities immediately.

KS Senators Split On Health Care Bill Proposal

Kansas’ two Republican senators are split over the GOP plan for overhauling health care that has been delayed. Sen. Jerry Moran said Tuesday he was pleased by the delay of the Senate’s debate on the bill. He said it “missed the mark for Kansans” and did not have his support. Sen. Pat Roberts said Kansas “fared well” under the measure.

Taco Fest Organizers Overwhelmed

Lots of people complaining about Taco Fest last weekend, saying that the event was disorganized and a disaster. SOme peopel reported waiting in line two hours only to receive one taco. The event at Union Station in Old Town on Saturday. Event orgnizers admit that they were overwhelmed by thousdands more guests than they planned for. A group called Festive ICT hosted the event. Spokesperson Jen Okpara says they will do better next year.

Lawmakers Allow Some Brownback Vetoes To Stand Before Adjourning

Kansas legislators have let Gov. Sam Brownback’s vetoes of a lottery bill and three budget items stand. Lawmakers didn’t attempt to override the vetoes Monday before adjourning their annual session. Brownback rejected a bill allowing vending machine sales of Kansas Lottery tickets and two budget items spending the revenues on mental health services. He also vetoed a budget item blocking the consolidation of in-home services for the disabled and elderly.

Judge Fines Secretary Of State Kobach

A federal magistrate has fined Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach $1,000 for misleading the court about the contents of materials he was photographed taking into a November meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump. The ruling Friday by U.S. Magistrate Judge James O’Hara also requires Kobach to submit to a deposition next month by the American Civil Liberties Union over that document.

Holton Man Set For Trial For Sex Abuse

The small northeast Kansas town of Holton will be torn again next week as the second in a series of trials starts for a well-known local man accused of sexually assaulting several women. The polarizing accusations against 22-year-old Jacob Ewing in the community of some 3,300 people have prompted his supporters to put up signs in their yards. An advocacy group for sexual assault victims is organizing volunteers to attend the trial that begins Monday.