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What Makes A Soil?

Last week's column asserted that soil is the foundation of our agricultural industry and a scarce resource. This week let's start to examine why. First, 70% of the surface of the earth is covered with water. Of the remaining 30%, only 11% is considered arable, suitable for farming, or approximately 3.3% of the total of the earth's surface. Of that total, well over half has been degraded to some extent. Often that degradation is due to soil erosion (loss of the soil) by air or water. Why is that a big deal? A large part of ...

March 11, 2012 | | Agriculture


Nine area residents accomplish travel’s ultimate achievement

ecently, 14 intrepid travelers returned from an "Expeditions Adventure" that encompassed the continents of South America and Antarctica. Starting in Buenos Aires, Argentina and traveling to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city situated on the Patagonian peninsula overlooking the historic Beagle Channel, the group then boarded the expedition-class cruise ship, M.S. Fram, and cruised across historic Drake's Passage en route Antarctica. For the next seven days they explored both the majestic sea life of minke, killer, and humpback whales, elephant and weddel seals, and indescribably-beautiful icebergs and ice shelves; along with many diverse areas of the "seventh continent ...

March 11, 2012 | | Business


We are stuck with the bill -- again

March 11, 2012 | | Letters to the Editor


CLASS 6-1A STATE TOURNAMENT SCOREBOARD

CLASS 6-1A STATE BASKETBALL

March 11, 2012 | | Prep Sports


Lady Oilers fall 48-47 in third-place game

MANHATTAN - It came down to the wire in the Class 2A state tournament girls' third-place basketball game at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday.

March 11, 2012 | | Prep Sports


Missouri leaving Big 12 as tournament champs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - It seemed as if everybody was rooting against Missouri, the school that nearly brought the Big 12 to ruin, and you can be sure coach Frank Haith and the rest of the Tigers heard them.

March 11, 2012 | | AP Sports


Larned Briefs

Camp Pawnee benefit Sunday

March 10, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Pawnee Heights to perform '45 Minutes from Broadway'

ROZEL - The National Honor Society at Pawnee Heights will perform the musical, "45 Minutes from Broadway," Thursday at the high school.

March 10, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. News


Larned Police Report

Thursday, March 8

March 10, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Beverly Ann Herrod 1945-2012

GREAT BEND - Beverly Ann Herrod, 66, died March 8, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.

March 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Mildred Bean 1914-2012

GREAT BEND - Mildred Bean, 97, died March 8, 2012 at Country Place Senior Living, Ellinwood.

March 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Robert Lane Bates 1922-2012

GREAT BEND - Robert Lane Bates, 89, died March 10, 2012 at his home in Great Bend.

March 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


David Kenneth Patterson 1961-2012

LARNED - David Kenneth Patterson, 50, died at his home in Larned.

March 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Shafer Gallery's Vortex Exhibit for feature area high school artists

Area high school artists will have a chance to sample the life of a professional artist when their work is featured during a special reception for the Shafer Gallery's Vortex High School Exhibit.

March 10, 2012 | | Local News


BCC trustees meet with Fort Riley brass

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees spend two days last week visiting Fort Riley campus.

March 10, 2012 | | News


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Local gas prices below state average

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.42 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.66.

May 12, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


GBMS tennis and soccer teams donate items to Heartland Cancer Center

It was a friendly challenge between two teams but the win went to patients at the Heartland Cancer Center.

May 12, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Prep Sports


Central Prarie League golf tournament results from Claflin

Top 10 individual medalists:

May 12, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Joyce L. Boos 1940-2015

Joyce L. Boos, 74, died May 10, at Bixby Southtown Nursing Home, Bixby, Okla. Born Oct. 19, 1940 at Winfield, she was the daughter of John James Hutto and Opal (Spittler) White.

May 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


Naomi L. Converse 1938 - 2015

GARFIELD - Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time ...

May 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


William Edgar Sturtz 1934-2015

ELLINWOOD - William Edgar Sturtz, 80, passed away at Country Place Senior Living in Ellinwood, KS on May 10. Born June 24, at Shattuck, Okla., he was the son of Willie and Roselea (Miller) Sturtz.

May 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kansas high school students participate in Vortex Art Day

About 100 Kansas high school students flocked to Barton Community College to get hands-on experience from Barton's art professionals and participate in a juried art exhibit on Thursday.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Vandalism reports in Great Bend

Great Bend police received reports of criminal damage to property at two locations on Saturday morning. Someone threw paint on the side of the house at 1208 Morphy St., and someone spray painted the Funtime Bingo building at 2805 Ninth St.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Drug busts reported

Great Bend police made a narcotics arrest at 1:38 a.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of Jackson Street, after a driver allegedly failed to use her turn signal.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Man reports knife attack

A 20-year-old man told Great Bend police he was battered by someone carrying a knife, around 9:46 p.m. Friday in the area of 19th and Holland St. He did not know the subject. An aggravated battery case was taken.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Brownies conduct service project

Girl Scout Brownies in Troop 11142 recently conducted a sweet community service project at the Heartland Cancer Center in Great Bend. They made and delivered 50 chemo kits filled with journals of inspirational pictures and quotes, along with pens, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, lotion, candy and mints. They also made special kits with toys for children.

May 11, 2015 | | Local News


Thunder on the Plains opens NHRA West Central Division

S.R.C.A Dragstrip will host Thunder on the Plains on May 15-17 at 455 W. Barton County Rd.; 2½ miles west of Great Bend on the old Air Force base. The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

May 11, 2015 | | Local Sports


KDWPT to hold duck zone informational meeting Thursday

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism staff are hosting a series of informational meetings to hear public input on duck hunting zone boundaries in the Kansas Low Plains Early, Late and Southeast Zones.

May 11, 2015 | | Local Sports


OTR for May 12, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

May 11, 2015 | | On the Record


Larned city council to meet Monday

CITY OF LARNED, KANSAS

May 11, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


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