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 ...
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 ...
CLASS 6-1A STATE BASKETBALL
MANHATTAN - It came down to the wire in the Class 2A state tournament girls' third-place basketball game at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday.
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.
Camp Pawnee benefit Sunday
ROZEL - The National Honor Society at Pawnee Heights will perform the musical, "45 Minutes from Broadway," Thursday at the high school.
Thursday, March 8
GREAT BEND - Beverly Ann Herrod, 66, died March 8, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
GREAT BEND - Mildred Bean, 97, died March 8, 2012 at Country Place Senior Living, Ellinwood.
GREAT BEND - Robert Lane Bates, 89, died March 10, 2012 at his home in Great Bend.
LARNED - David Kenneth Patterson, 50, died at his home in Larned.
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.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees spend two days last week visiting Fort Riley campus.
Most Americans have no idea how much it costs to retire in a nursing home, according to a recent study by Money Rates.
The hustle and bustle of each day seems to affect all aspects of Americans' lives - including what they eat.
Health experts always advise people to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. But for most people (especially those with kids) that is unrealistic in the summer time, especially on the Fourth of July.
Some moms are staying home because they can't find jobs that will cover the cost of child care during the day.
Are there life lessons that moms can teach us?
Monday, July 7
Genetics, brain function and other factors hold promise of helping researchers predict which teenagers will become binge drinkers and abuse alcohol. A study just out in the journal Nature suggests scientists can teach a computer to make such a prediction with close to 70 percent accuracy.
LONDON - Novak Djokovic's large lead in the rollicking Wimbledon final was slipping away, due in no small part to Roger Federer's regal presence and resurgent play.
ATHLETICS 4, BLUE JAYS 2
CLEVELAND - The Kansas City Royals' recent road dominance has grounded to a halt.