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How about those hawks?

If you have been out and about during the past couple of weeks, you might be tempted to classify the bird life as somewhat boring. The Bottoms are essentially frozen. Geese have a few spots open, and the ducks are mostly Mallards. I counted 14 eagles on the ice a couple of days ago. They follow the waterfowl with great intensity, and several were feeding on geese carcasses within 50 yards of the resting geese. I always wonder if the geese are upset by watching their cousins become lunch. It is exciting to see the geese launch when the eagles ...

January 25, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News

The State of the Bubble Address

I didn't watch the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

January 25, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

The Wetland Explorer: Eagle Days

One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.

January 25, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News

USDA reminds producers of upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.

January 25, 2015 | | Agriculture

Food gets ‘no respect’

Hype is a word often associated with advertising agencies, public relations firms and spin doctors who attempt to create, change or repair an image. Many people consider hype a dirty word, something to detest.

January 25, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

How Neocons Hacked the Conservative Movement

It's no secret that the American conservative movement is bereft of ideas.

January 25, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

American snipers

January 25, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

Kansas to host Central Plains Irrigation Conference Feb. 17-18

The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will take place Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year. Sponsors include Kansas State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.

January 25, 2015 | | Agriculture

Phone scams continue to be serious threat, remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 201

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

January 25, 2015 | | Business

Think your life is complicated? Not until you buy your daughter a horse

This column was originally published in 2006

January 25, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life

Kansas Day lecture

Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News

Collins baby girl

Merle J. Collins Jr. and Carrie Lynn Hogg, of Russell, announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Marie Collins, on Jan. 16, in Hays. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19 in. long. She has a big sister, Lana Collins, 11 years old; and two big brothers, Joe Collins, 10 years old and Jacob Collins, 8 years old.

January 25, 2015 | | Births

Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

OTR for Jan. 25, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

January 24, 2015 | | On the Record

Gloria K. Zamarripa 1948 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Gloria K Zamarripa, 66, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born July 14, 1948, the daughter of Fred Ray and Alice (Rohr) Kincaid. Gloria married Frank Zamarripa April 4, 1964 at Great Bend. He died May 6, 1989.

January 24, 2015 | | Obituaries

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Getting in on the act

Great Bend High School presents a night of one-act plays Thursday night. The three plays include "Boy Meets Girl: A Young Love Story," "Lockdown," and "Dinner with the MacGuffins."

January 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Hays High boys overwhelm Panthers

Great Bend's basketball team witnessed the future for Hays High Indians, and the future is very bright.

January 13, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Prep Sports

Panther girls rally past Lady Indians

Great Bend's leading scorer Regan Unruh made the game's key play with an assist.

January 13, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Prep Sports

No. 9 Jayhawks beat No. 24 Oklahoma State

LAWRENCE (AP) - Frank Mason III had 16 points and nine rebounds, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 14 points and ninth-ranked Kansas beat No. 24 Oklahoma State 67-57 on Tuesday night to remain perfect in the Big 12.

January 13, 2015 | | AP Sports

Human trafficking is fastest-growing crime in the world, despite awareness

Even as federal officials are paying more attention to human trafficking, the crime remains the fastest-growing criminal activity in the world.

January 13, 2015 | Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Trending Topics

Hard times for working-class America as midlevel jobs, marriage both hit decline

Andrew J. Cherlin believes the American working class - made up of those with a high school diploma but no college degree - is falling on very hard times - a complicated combination of lack of jobs that provide a wage adequate to support family and cultural changes that include a decline in marriage among all but the college-educated.

January 13, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Trending Topics

Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook executive, encourages us to unplug

It would seems logical to assume that those involved in the creation of social media would encourage its use as a way to stay connected and involved with others.

January 13, 2015 | Kelsey Clark, Deseret News | Trending Topics

Can you recognize emotional abuse?

Question:

January 13, 2015 | Kim Giles, KSL | Trending Topics

Kenneth Ray Guthrie 1931 - 2015

Kenneth Ray Guthrie, 83, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 12, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 26, 1931, in Jennings, Okla., he was the son of James H. and Lillie Mae (Casey) Guthrie. On Dec. 27, 1955, he married Verda DeYoung in Palco. A resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from Hill City and Plainville, he was the owner and operator of Guthrie Trailer Sales Inc., in Great Bend.

January 13, 2015 | | Obituaries

Deadline nearing for April election filing

There will be a host of school board, city council and other positions up for election on April 7, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. Registered voters in the involved districts must file for on or before the filing deadline at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

January 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

'Genealogy Roadshow' enters second season on PBS

"Genealogy Roadshow" returns Jan. 13 for its second season on PBS, and it will feature a group of genealogy experts traveling to New Orleans, Philadelphia and St. Louis to help participants discover their family histories.

January 13, 2015 | Taylor Hintz Deseret News | Trending Topics

Too much freedom of speech?

Freedom of speech has intensified as a topic of discussion in the wake of the shooting on January 7 at the headquarters of the Paris-based satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo. The assault, which claimed the lives of 12 people, is assumed to be a response to Hebdo printing caricaturized images of Mohammad, according to the New York Times.

January 13, 2015 | Travis Miller Deseret News | Trending Topics

Time is relative, and not just in physics

Albert Einstein was right; time is relative. He was not talking about relatives coming for a visit that seems to last forever. Instead, he said that as an object increases in speed, time slows down.

January 13, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret News | Trending Topics

Developers hope to boost Main Street

The massive retail building at 15th and Main in Great Bend was originally the Sears store. Then, it was divided and housed Dollar General, the Goodwill store and, among other things, the Christmas Craft Mall.

January 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Business

Barton County Jail Log, Jan. 12, 2015

Booked Jan. 12

January 13, 2015 | | On the Record

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