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Wetland Explorer

Feasting and drinking, mobs of robins and cedar waxwings have found our backyard watering station and cedar trees. Watching them interact right outside the window is much more entertaining than television.

February 18, 2017 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Education Specialist | Local Life


Get Out and Exercise

I hope you have made time in your schedule to get out and exercise during the milder days we have had this week. I know I am thrilled to be back riding on the back of our tandem bike as much as the schedule will allow. It was a long four months since our bicycling accident but my arm has healed enough to enjoy short rides and work to get back in shape.

February 18, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

The weather and Kansas are starting to change. My personal barometer is focused on the migration of birds through the Bottoms. Even though we are barely into February, some things are happening.

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


February is Kansas Saves Month

I remember as a kid growing up in a conservative Kansas farm family we always paid for our purchases with cash or a check. My first experience with establishing credit was to make three equal payments to the company I bought my new Singer sewing machine from. No interest was added; it was just a way to show my responsibility to pay a bill in full. I still like to wait until I have the money in hand before making a sizable purchase. It just feels right.

February 04, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

At the Tallgrass Writing Workshop last year in Emporia, author Max McCoy said, "Write from the inside out," during his presentation about mystery writing. When I reread my notes later, the first thing that came to me was that we should live from the inside out.

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Adopting a Positive Attitude

The connection between the mind and body is strong, so an overall positive attitude – including an upbeat outlook on life – can affect overall happiness, health, and well-being. Similar to good health practices such as eating well and getting plenty of exercise, a positive attitude should be a habit that starts early in life.

January 28, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Berry good results: Research looks at growing more nutritional, flavorful strawberries in Kansas

Sweet news for strawberry lovers: Research from Kansas State University Olathe may help Kansas growers increase strawberry production in the state, extend the growing season and grow berries that are more nutritional and flavorful.

January 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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