Beginning Monday, Nov. 14, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to hunting until further notice due to the continued presence of whooping cranes. This closure is necessary to give the crane, an endangered species, protection from mortality. Refuge personnel will continually be monitoring the Cranes' locations. The Refuge may open, and then close, several times over the next few weeks as Whooping Cranes migrate through the area. The most reliable source for the current status of Refuge hunting and whooping crane presence is our website, www.fws.gov/quivira. Hunters on private land in the Refuge vicinity are reminded ...
"Have a spoonful of kindness with your coffee in the morning," says Kirk Sinclair, who is walking the American Discovery Trail across America to promote the humanitarian needs of housing, health and hunger. Having walked from the coast, he was in Great Bend on Wednesday and Thursday.
Due to some glitches that occurred during Tuesday's testing, KDOT will be conducting another live simulation test on the 511 map (511.ksdot.org) from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Like Tuesday, fake winter road conditions will appear on the site during the test period.
Barton County Sheriff's Office will be purchasing four patrol vehicles from a Hoisington firm and will be operating some new models they haven't used before. The purchase, which came in over $80,000, was approved by the Barton County Commission this week.
Great Bend is making a revived effort to get young working adults involved in the community by reorganizing the Barton County Young Professionals group. To show prospective members what it's all about, the group will have a free membership mixer from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Straub International, 214 SW 40 Ave.