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Deck the halls and flock the tree

I have my tree up and decorated. That is no less than a miracle.

December 02, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Barton County 4-Hers honored

Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 83rd annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. Molly Kaiser, 4-H Council Secretary and Drew Reisner, Council Treasurer served as the emcees. Hailey Hicks, Council Reporter led the Flag Salute and the 4-H Pledge.

November 16, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local Life


Holiday Potpourri

The busyness of the holidays will soon be upon us. I know you have heard me say in the past that the focus should be on time spent together with family rather than the stressors of finding the perfect gift or going overboard with decorations and food. We have an Extension program set for noon on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th Street, that may be just what you need to help you put everything into perspective.

November 11, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Winter wins survey of the seasons

Brrrr..

November 11, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Marsh Musings

They are migrating as we speak. They appear in bunches and groups of varying numbers. They glide in on huge white wings with black tips. They have been confused with pelicans which also have huge white wings with black tips. Snow geese also have white wings with black tips. The long neck of the cranes separates it from the small snow goose and the pelican with the big mouth. Their legs stream out behind them in flight. Sandhill Cranes are similar in size and shape and flight - but they are gray birds. The Whoopers are moving from summer quarters in ...

November 06, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Ho, ho, ho! Let the holidays begin

The holiday season has begun. You may not be ready. Doesn't matter. We are marching like lemmings to the slaughter. The ship is sailing and we are on it.

November 06, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Ho ho ho! Let the holidays begin

The holiday season has begun. You may not be ready. Doesn't matter. We are marching like lemmings to the slaughter. The ship is sailing and we are on it.

November 04, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Cottonwood Extension District welcomes new horticulture agent

Four months after forming the Cottonwood Extension District which includes Ellis and Barton Counties, we are happy to announce that Thomas "Rip" Winkel will be joining our team. Rip's bachelor's degree in horticulture is from Texas A & M and his masters' degree is through Colorado State University. He has had some unique experiences studying abroad as he pursued his masters' degree while serving in the Peace Corps in Equador.

November 04, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


There are new guys in town!

There is always something happening when you deal with dogs. I have previously introduced you to Queen Smoochy, her brother Blitz, and sister Bliss. They have had the best lives that Keith and Duane and I could provide. They have slept in our vehicles and homes. They have retrieved hundreds of birds. They have eaten a few birds and deer poop (I've never understood that fascination) and chased a few rabbits and pack rats. They have patiently sat on ice or in cold water quivering with anticipation of retrieving another duck or goose and giving us "the eye" when ...

October 21, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

I almost missed it – as the Kansas Wetlands Education Center enjoyed our usual busy start to fall, we hosted USD 428's sixth graders for a series of field trips. I stood under a mulberry tree on our nature trail, passing around the discarded husk of an immature cicada. As I described the incredible process these creatures go through to transform into adults (some species spends 17 years underground!), a student pointed towards the tree and asked, "Like that?" The whole class followed the gesture, and there it was at the base of the tree - a young cicada struggling to ...

October 14, 2017 | BY JEAN AYCOCK KWEC Educator | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Snipe season is open. Very few people hunt snipe. When we were kids, we tricked our friends (and others) into night-time snipe hunts with rituals, lights, and a fantastic opportunity to abandon gullible newbies in strange places. It only worked once per individual. Our fun ended when a city kid stepped off a steep edge of the creek in the dark and broke his collar bone. He happened to be my cousin and my father failed to see the humor in that situation. It is still a bit funny to me today and whatever punishment I received is no longer ...

October 07, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Sample some fun, funky foods

Each year more than 20,000 new foods arrive on grocery store and convenience store shelves, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. Of these foods, one quarter are candies, gum and snack foods. Beverages make up another 20 percent. That leaves more than 10,000 new foods or varieties of existing foods added to market. Next time you are in the grocery store, take a few minutes to look around at all the new foods on the shelves.

October 07, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Be more aware of your indoor air!

What are you breathing? It is a good question to ask ourselves. All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. The good news is indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about.

September 30, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cottonwood Extension Youth to celebrate National 4-H Week

For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Cottonwood Extension 4-H will celebrate National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

September 30, 2017 | Bernie Unruh | Local Life


RSVP news

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D is just around the corner. Seniors' mailboxes as well as their voicemails can be come flooded with information from companies wanting them to switch.

September 29, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local Life


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Articles by Section - Local Life


Bridging the Cultural Gap

Growing up in the small town of Washington, Kan., I was unaware of what the word diversity meant. I was always interested in learning about ...

April 21, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Emergent Literacy: helping children’s development through reading

HAYS - The Cottonwood Extension District, in partnership with the Hays Public Library, will host a free educational program on Emergent Literacy from 1:30-2:30 ...

April 21, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Starting up a vegetable garden for the first time?

Kansans that are new to vegetable gardening often have a hard time knowing how much of each variety to plant. Kansas State Research and Extension ...

April 21, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


A Woman’s View

Life can sometimes be summed up in one sentence. "Well, that didn't go as planned."

April 21, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

As everyone is aware, our "spring" weather has been come-and-go, at best, so far. As we sit in our climate-controlled houses and complain about both ...

April 21, 2018 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Marsh Musings

My Canadian buddies are here to continue the wild turkey saga that began several years ago. It is one of my favorite times of the ...

April 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


New Medicare cards coming your way

As the need to ward off scams and identity theft ever increases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now required to remove Social Security ...

April 14, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


A Woman’s View

I recently attended a Farm and Ranch Expo. It was a big show.

April 14, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


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