Quivira National Wildlife Refuge staff members were surprised on Saturday to find that a pair of adult Whooping Cranes briefly visited Little Salt Marsh on the migration route southward. This is the third-earliest fall migration occurrence at Quivira, and only the fourth time in history that Whooping Cranes have arrived prior to Oct. 15. Annually each fall, a few dozen of these rare birds are sighted at Quivira. The earliest record occurred in 2000, when a pair stopped at the Refuge on Oct. 6.
At the Oct. 5 Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Partington reported on various scenarios for making improvements to the city's aging water line. Acting on a consensus of the council he developed a plan using a combination of reserves, fund transfers and the issue of new bonds.
Barton Community College will offer free citizenship classes from 10 a.m. to noon and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St., Great Bend in room 208.
Kansas is ranked 50th in the continental United States in immunization rates for the cancer-causing human papilloma virus, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider told county commissioners Monday morning.
The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is mourning the loss of Spidey, possibly the world's second oldest spider monkey. Spidey was found non-responsive with an extremely low heart rate by zoo keepers first thing Monday morning.
The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is mourning the loss of Spidey, the world's second oldest spider monkey. Spidey was found non-responsive with an extremely low heartrate by zoo keepers first thing Monday morning.