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Wetland Explorer

Part of the draw of bird watching is the thrill of finding birds that are not typical for your location. Some years produce more rarities than others. This winter is proving to be a pretty good year.

December 23, 2017 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Become a Master Gardener

Master Gardeners are active in Barton County and are hardworking, dedicated community members that strive to educate and beautify our communities through gardening. From time to time, a few of our Master Gardeners will write up a short column for me. I thought I would share a short piece from Ron Cunningham this week about beautifying your house with a few plants to help add a little color in the winter. Also, don't forget! If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, a class will be starting on Jan. 31, here in Great Bend. Fifteen applicants are needed ...

December 16, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Local Life


On the true meaning of Christmas

Our country, our culture, our world, is crammed full of holidays. The English word "holiday" originally came from the word "holy day" commemorating special events in the Christian calendar year. However, the definition now is "vacation," "leisure time for pleasure," most usually time away from work for that rest or pleasure.

December 16, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Take time for family

Holidays are a great time of yea r to connect with family. It's easy to let schedules get too hectic so make sure you prioritize your family time this year. Recently my husband and I returned from a fun visit with our youngest son, Matt, in Florida. It was great to see him interact with his Extension co-workers and see that he is adjusting to his job, the traffic and warm temperatures. Daily trips to the beach during our visit were amazing.

December 09, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Things we miss from the past

Songs are at it in my head again. The past seems to be surfacing from my long-term memory brain cells.

December 09, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Plan ahead for field care of deer meat

PRATT – Deer hunters have been anxiously awaiting the Kansas firearm deer season, that runs through Dec. 10, making travel plans, organizing gear, scouting hunting areas and sighting in their rifles. While success is never guaranteed, you should also make plans for field care of your deer to ensure you and your family enjoy healthy and delicious venison long after the hunt.

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Everybody hates them!

That's not exactly true. I personally have been a coyote hunter and a coyote protector. In my high school days, I was a reasonably skilled hunter with a pack of greyhounds. My cousins and friends and I chased coyotes on weekends with our dogs. We had a pickup truck with a railroad tie that would run efficiently through barbed wire fences. We always repaired the fence as good or better than it was when we drove through it. We carried wire stretchers and extra wire and took pride in fixing fences before anyone knew we had driven through them ...

December 02, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


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


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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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