The weather has been pretty awful for getting out very much. Sandra and I went to Kansas City for the program "Birds of Paradise" at the Kaufman Center. Practically every birder in the area was there. A couple of guys (including one from KU) spent months in New Guinea photographing and documenting all 39 species of the Birds of Paradise. It was a stunning and beautiful documentary narrated by those two fellows. National Geographic and Cornell University which is huge in the birding world sponsored the study. If you get a chance to see it anywhere-- don't miss it!
Editor's Note: Local historian David Clapsaddle writes about aspects on the Santa Fe Trail. This series profiles how Santa Fe Trail freight, passengers and mail shifted from the overland trail to railways.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The wife of newly hired New Mexico basketball coach Craig Neal has been accused of battery for allegedly grabbing a school official after one of her son's high school basketball games.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes approval of Resource Management Inc, a waste tire processing company, continued membership in the National Association of Counties and a proclamation on National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
WASHINGTON – Total U.S. petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) were up 0.6 for March against the same month a year ago to average 18.3 million barrels per day – yet were still at the second lowest March level in 16 years (since 1997). For the first quarter of this year, U.S. petroleum deliveries were down by 0.4 percent.
NEW YORK - Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his broken left ankle - a blow to a New York Yankees team already reeling from injuries and one that raises long-term questions about the 38-year-old shortstop's future.
American AgCredit, the nation's seventh largest agricultural credit association, will continue as a Preferred Lender with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) for the next five years, as announced by FSA State Executive Director Val Dolcini. The Association's subsidiaries, Federal Land Credit Association (FLCA) and Production Credit Association (PCA) have been certified to continue as FSA Preferred Lenders.
This week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA's metadata collection program was not authorized in U.S. law. The PATRIOT Act, under which the program began, was too vague, the court found. But the truth is the Act was intended to be vague so that the government could interpret it in the broadest possible way.
Beginning mid-May and running through September, Barton County Appraiser's Office personnel will be conducting their annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.