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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


‘Freezer Meals’ class answers daily question

"What's for supper?" is the question asked nearly every day. Busy families may want to take note and get registered for a class led by a couple of my Extension colleagues on April 20th. The workshop, "Freezer Meals from the Meat Case" will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Great Bend Recreation Burnside room located at 1214 Stone St.

April 01, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


KDOC staff train to help offenders transition by offering a helping hand to the needy

KDOC staff who work to help offenders transition back to life outside of prison gathered for two days of training in Wichita on March 30 and 31. As part of the training event, the staff assembled prosthetic hands to donate to residents of developing countries who do not have access to prosthetic devices.

April 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Capt. Ian J. Watkins deployed

Capt Ian J. Watkins, United States Air Force, a Weapons Systems Officer in the B-1 Bomber, and assigned to the 9th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas, recently deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence mission. The 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron is taking over U.S. Pacific Command's operations from the 34th EBS, assigned to Ellsworth AFB, S.D. The B-1s will continue to support USPACOM in conducting routine, strategic deterrence and regional training missions. The B-1 units bring a unique perspective and years of repeated combat and operational experience from ...

April 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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Overpayment notice due to ex-spouse benefits

Dear Rusty: My husband got an overpayment notice from Social Security telling us that his former wife had collected $32,640.34 in benefits she ...

June 16, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


The soil is alive! (Part II)

Sometimes we think that bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and other soil microbes are pests to be illuminated, like the fungus infecting your tomatoes for example. But ...

June 16, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


Check it Out

ELLINWOOD - The latest additions to Ellinwood School/Community Library include:

June 16, 2018 | Sheri Holmes, Director of Library/Media Services | 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 16, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Special gift for a special man

Its takes a special kind of someone to help pay tribute to someone's hard work of taking care of a family over the years ...

June 09, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local Life


Wheat market show coming to fair

This year has seen many challenges for about anyone with a wheat crop. It is said that wheat has to die at least nine times ...

June 09, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Local Life


Search underway to find former USS Intrepid crew, and for anniversary weekend

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Aug. 16, 2018 will mark the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


KDA photo contest now accepting entries

MANHATTAN - Kansas farmers and ranchers know there is great beauty in agriculture, and photographers are encouraged to capture that beauty and share it with others ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Summer youth activities are in full swing

My job as an Extension Educator switches gear during the summer months and I have the opportunity to spend time supporting youth activities. This past ...

June 09, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Social Security for Retired Trooper in second career

Dear Rusty: I am a retired Indiana State Trooper but I'm working at a second career at the present time. What information would you ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


The soil is alive!

Soil, the substance that makes up the ground in which we walk, is often thought of and referred to as dirt. Actually, "dirt" is the ...

June 09, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


A Woman’s View

What has happened to the service industry in this country? Where did it go?

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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