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Wetland Explorer: Cold Feet

One of the annual traditions at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. It may seem odd to count birds in the middle of winter, but it's actually a great way to keep track of species and population trends. A week before Christmas, this year's count was bitterly cold. The high that day barely squeaked above freezing and most of the day hovered in the teens. Much of the water around Cheyenne Bottoms was frozen over, and everything was covered in an inch or so of snow. You'd think that every bird in ...

January 14, 2017 | Jean Aycock, KWEC Educator | Local Life


Are You a Lifelong Learner?

One of the things that make my career choice as exciting today as it was 27 plus years ago is the fact that I can help others learn ways to improve their quality of life. Whether it is answering a question related to health and wellness or explaining results from a higher than normal radon test I enjoy helping find answers to their questions. I consider myself and the people I serve to be lifelong learners and I find that exciting.

January 14, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Radon

What gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, but is cited as the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers? If you guessed radon you are absolutely right. Since January is Radon Action Awareness Month it is the perfect time to bring you up to date on this important topic.

January 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Winter Magic at the Bottoms

It is cold -- cold enough to make serious ice in some parts of the marsh -- not cold enough to freeze the entire surface. There is quite a bit of open water. This poses a dilemma for some of our residents and a necessary place of safety for others.

January 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Replace Resolution with an Action Plan in 2017

Happy New Year! It isn't often that my column appears in the January 1, issue so I will take advantage of the opportunity to share a thought or two about plans for the New Year. No doubt you have been thinking about something you would like to resolve to do in the coming year. Many times resolutions focus on things like weight loss, getting out of debt, or breaking a bad habit. Research shows that success in achieving these resolutions is often low. In fact, studies show that after six months, fewer than half the people who make New ...

December 31, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Merry Christmas from the Barton County Extension Staff

I hope this holiday season has given your family some unhurried time to enjoy simple pleasures. Maybe it is a family game or puzzle going on in the family room or singing carols around the piano. Or after finishing your Christmas Eve meal piling in the car to view the amazing Christmas light displays around town. Whatever helps create special memories for your family is exactly what you need to take time to do today.

December 23, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

I am continually amazed at the diligence and physical toughness displayed by waterfowl hunters. The temperature is about 8 degrees, blowing snow, 15-20 mph wind, and very little open water that is very tedious (we won't even discuss safety issues) to access-and away they go. Pulling a sled with decoys and shooting gear is a way of life and passion for these guys and a few ladies. Yikes! I can recall making a few feeble attempts at this sport when I lived in Kansas City and made trips out here to hunt. At that time I never dreamed ...

December 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

We should do things that scare us. When we are uncomfortable we have a chance to grow. If we keep doing the same things over and over we get very practiced at them, but we don't learn anything new. When we're doing something so different that it scares us we have the opportunity to learn. We figure things out. We grow.

December 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Make Life Is Good Your Motto

Each year at this time I like to reflect on the positive things that are happening at Barton County Extension. Everywhere we turn the media bombards us with negative news about the economic downturn, an increase in chronic health issues, or threats of terrorism. What can be done to change the negative news into positive thoughts? Take on a Life is Good attitude. To do what you like and like what you do really is the best way to have an attitude adjustment.

December 17, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

A startling statistic came across my computer screen this week. "The average American child can recognize 1,000 corporate logos, but can't identify 10 plants or animals native to his or her region." While I do not know the exact accuracy of this statement, it probably is true and probably should not surprise me.

December 17, 2016 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Keep Tabs on Holiday Spending

This time of year can get a bit challenging for those who have many names on the gift list but a limited amount of money to spend. I came across a quote the other day that said: "I think as you grow older your Christmas list gets shorter, because the things you want can't be bought." I can certainly relate to that quote and I want to make that the theme of my column today.

December 10, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Friends of 4-H Named for 2016

There are many individuals who share their time, talent and resources with the Barton County 4-H program without any expectations of payment. The 2016 Friend of 4-H awards were given to dedicated individuals who went above and beyond to assist the 4-H youth. The 4-H clubs have an opportunity to nominate a person they believe is deserving of this prestigious award and then 4-H Council members each have a vote. The two couples honored this year were Bruce and Carrie Bitter and Jeff and Sally Mauler.

December 10, 2016 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

The Christmas season is a time when people are often a little extra kind and I love that. I hope we can ease into a season of gentleness as 2016 comes to a close.

December 03, 2016 | Patsy Terrell | Local Life


Schridde completes basic training

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Slow Cooker Season is Here to Stay

Busy families often fall into the trap of preparing convenience foods or going through the drive thru after a hectic day. Especially during the winter months it is nice to come home from a busy day at work and be greeted with the smell of supper ready to serve. If some fresh ideas for freezer ready slow cooker meals are what you are looking for then the upcoming program at the Great Bend Public Library is one you will not want to miss.

November 26, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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Leaf curl on tomatoes

This year there has been a number of inquiries from both within and outside of the office from gardeners who have tomato plants with leaves ...

June 23, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


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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