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Summertime means salad time

I don't know about you but when the weather heats up, a cool salad sounds like a great addition to the menu. While a salad often precedes the main course in restaurants, a salad can also serve as the main course – or the only course. Chefs, dietitians, even bloggers and "foodies" are taking on salads these days, and pushing them in new directions.

June 03, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

It is that time of the year! Babies of all kinds are on the ground or in the nests getting ready to hit the ground or water. Fawns are here and baby geese and ducks are swimming around. Eagles are already on the move, owls are out, and everyone is busy trying to keep little ones fed.

June 03, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Free summer meals available to children in Bushton and Claflin

Community volunteers along with the Kansas Food Bank will partner together this summer to provide meals for children in Bushton and Claflin as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

May 27, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Set some school holiday rules

Another school year has come to an end, but that does not mean that a family schedule is impossible. Yes, it will be important to give your kids some down time in between their ball practices or swimming lessons. But do make an effort to limit screen time either in front of the TV or any of the other electronic devices that many children are literally glued to.

May 27, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

The first rule of improvisational comedy is to say "yes." The second rule is to add "and." So, no matter what your partner says, you say "yes – and" so you agree and add to the story. This is what moves the story along. Without adding to it, there's nothing happening.

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

I was driving around the Bottoms bemoaning the fact that the migration is about done for most of the shore birds. After getting out of the vehicle and walking around for a while, I got enough mosquito bites to force me back into the vehicle and head for the prairie areas around the marsh. It was a good decision!

May 20, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


The Wetland Explorer - Forming relationships

Dotting Cheyenne Bottoms' sand hills, the stately yucca plant is blooming, beginning an elaborate partnership of survival between animal and plant. Towering spikes of bell-like flowers emit a pleasant fragrance, attracting a small bright white moth, commonly named the yucca moth. Over millions of years, plant and moth formed a relationship, making each essential to the other's survival – the moth's young only eat yucca and no other pollinator visits the yucca's flowers.

May 20, 2017 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Education Specialist | Local Life


Lots to celebrate in May

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there! The month of May has arrived and that means a frenzy of activity for families who are celebrating Mother's day today or graduations. Hopefully your weekend plans include some good family time with plenty of hugs.

May 13, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Now is the time!!!

It is 5 a.m. and I am getting a cup of coffee. The cat is impatient for me to plop in the recliner so he can start his day with a nap in my lap while we check the news and, more importantly, the weather. It is a routine that we follow almost every day. A lap full of joyful purring is truly a great and happy way to get the day started. Hammer agrees.

May 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Celebrate participation in Walk Kansas with Wise Bucks Luncheon

The 2017 Walk Kansas campaign is winding down. The roller coaster temperatures and windy days have made this eight week fitness challenge just that; a challenge! I have tried to bike as much as I could to work and local meetings the past few weeks. A highlight of the month was completing the Earth Day bike ride put on by the Heartland Center. Riding out to Heartland Farms and back on a chilly Saturday morning felt great!

April 29, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library

I've been on a quest for the perfect pie crust for a very long time. The one I grew up with was lard, flour and water – as little water as possible. When lard fell out of favor we started using vegetable shortening. As we all know, pie crust has never been the same.

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Shopping tips to stretch your food dollar

Well, our youngest son, Matt, has officially left the nest. With a masters' degree in food science from Kansas State University, he landed a job working for the Florida Extension Service directing a food science lab. Food science is a popular major and it makes sense since EVERYONE has to eat. With his move to the Ft. Myers area he is just getting to know his way around. During a recent phone call I asked him about food prices and availability. Grocery stores have abundant produce and he's looking forward to checking out the year-round Farmer's Market available ...

April 22, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Go see the egrets!

The egrets are arriving at the Bottoms and Quivira as we speak. Snowy egrets were the first that I saw. Great egrets have now been spotted. Cattle egrets have not appeared as far as I know.

April 22, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Visit to Washington DC was educational and memorable

By the time you are reading this column I should have recovered from the jet lag on my recent trip to the Nation's Capitol. We flew to D.C. a few days before the conference started so that my husband John, and I, could catch up with friends. It was great having a tour guide and driver who was familiar with the area.

April 15, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


They Are Here!!!

Grab your hat, jacket and binoculars and get out the door as quick as you can! The spring migration is upon us!

April 08, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


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U.S. Air Force Airman Jordan graduates basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler J. Jordan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman ...

June 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Cottonwood Extension District begins July 1

It's official! The Cottonwood Extension District has been approved and will begin operating as a district July 1. It's been a whirlwind week ...

June 23, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

In terms of visiting our local wetlands, we are probably entering the "worst" time of year to visit Cheyenne Bottoms. Granted, "worst" is a relative ...

June 17, 2017 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Presentation explores women who fought in Civil War

Great Bend - Barton County Historical Society in Great Bend will host "Women Soldiers of the Civil War," a presentation and discussion by Diane Eickhoff at ...

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Celebrating Dads on Father’s Day

I hope that your family takes time to celebrate with dad on his special day. Not a day goes by that I don't think ...

June 17, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Another Point of View

Have you ever gone for a walk around town at 5 in the morning? It is a whole different world. I have started doing just ...

June 17, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Naval Academy graduate

Dylan Riordan, son of Frank and Danette Riordan, of Anacortes, Wash., and grandson of Alvin and Elaine Urban of Loretto, recently completed four years of ...

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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