According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate approximately 290 million scrap tires annual. Historically, these scrap tires took up space in landfills or provided breeding grounds for mosquitoes and rodents when stockpiled or illegally dumped.
If anyone ever wondered how an annual farm show could be successful in Great Bend, they only had to listen to Barton County Fair Board President Charles Atkinson's speech at the opening ceremony for the 2103 Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo. A farmer veteran of state and national farm organizations, he offered an impassioned remarks.
This Easter Sunday, my family will attend church, and spend time together. One activities we look forward to is the annual family Easter egg hunt. Even though it really has nothing to do with the religious part of the holiday, it wouldn't seem right not to have it.
About two and a half years ago, I finally broke down and signed up for satellite television after about a decade living in rural Kansas without. Within a week, I was beginning to regret it, because my kids found "Toddlers in Tiaras", a ridiculous program in which girls who were barely old enough to walk "competed" in pageants to win crowns of which the mere size put winners in danger of stunting their growth. My kids couldn't get enough of it. I don't know what the fascination was--just a fad or passing fancy.
In December of 2011, the Travel Industry Association of Kansas challenged Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to push for bike trails along every scenic and historic byway in the Sunflower State. The association's report listed five "product development opportunities upon which Kansas tourism professionals believe Kansas should focus," two of which highlighted bicycling and its potential impact on tourism.
After what the Golden Belt experienced in the past couple weeks with the blizzards, we all know just what can be dished out by Mother Nature. But, as winter fades to spring, the area faces a different kind of weather threat – thunder storms and tornadoes.
With our ineffectual Congress stalemated by partisan bickering over the pending sequester budget cuts and our divisive Legislature seemingly oblivious to the needs of rural Kansas, it is nice to see a glimmer of government operating as intended.