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Kansas health department issues air quality advisory because of burning

"Dry lightning occurrence is of critical importance to land management agencies since this type is most likely to cause wildland fires. Dry lightning is cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning without any accompanied rainfall nearby."

http://www.wfas.net/index.php/dry-lig...

You are suggesting that private property owners be required to change "controlled burn" practices? IN KANSAS? Do you recall the "blight bill" Brownback vetoed last week?

I completed Range Management 101, ~ 1977, from Dr. Clinton Owensby @ KSU. Smoky the Bear hung from a noose in his office. Someone dressed as Smoky would appear in the auditorium & be chased by grad students with fire extinguishers. Owensby is an authority on prairie burning. To prove it, his Nebraska colleagues arranged for the NE Highway Patrol to pull him over on the way to a fire conference, have him open the trunk, only to find incendiary devices & cuff him, before the laughter broke out.

Fire is an incendiary topic @ KSU. Recall that the Biology Dept removed an EPA air-quality monitor from the Nature Conservancy's Konza Prairie on the demands of landed alumni a couple years back? KSU's biggest donor is the Vanier family (Flint Hills ranchers). The controlled burns on the Konza had little effect on the monitor's results; it was the wide-spread synchronized burning of privately-held ranches that produced negative results.

For the recent wildfires in Southern KS, Brownback mobilized the KS Forest Service (both of them). ~ 1975, KS Fish & Game Commission lost its only prairie-literate biologist to Missouri, where he started the restoration of prairie remnants & established prairie parks in Missouri. Imagine a KS State Park NOT associated with a stagnant body of water, but rather showcasing the prairie, regarded as the second-most complex biome on Earth. It may all look the same from you car window (Sea of Grass, per the descriptions of early explorers). A survey of the plants living on one "Flint Hill" would show wide variations in the vegetation on each side of the hill, due to > or < sunlight, rainfall, wind . . . .

As someone who has spent a lifetime in the Flint Hills, I can admit that the degree of smoke haze seems to be increasing over the last few years. I haven't heard a plausible explanation. It's quite evident that the # of "escaped controlled burns" is exhausting the meager resources dedicated (volunteer fire districts). Research into burning at other times of the year, or every 3 or 5 years, indicates similar benefits to annual spring burning, but suggesting such adaptations in "consideration for people," will be hard-fought at all levels.

April 15, 2016 at 4:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas to move more than 100 psychiatric hospital patients

Inquiring mind wishes to know

will transferring these 60 inmates to the Larned Correctional Mental Health Unit result in overcrowding, as in 2006?

Do those giving care at the "Unit" make the same wages as those empty positions at Larned State Hospital?

Is it easier to fill jobs at the "Unit" than the Hospital? (Maybe you can't answer that Q, as you don't work for the Department of Corrections?)

April 8, 2016 at 8:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU business dean is candidate for provost, will address campus Monday

Bendapudi hawks CoC:

Video touts unity between Chamber, state

By Mary Clark in The Hutchinson News | Updated 10 months ago

"Gov. Sam Brownback and top leaders in the Kansas Legislature took turns before the camera for a new video promoting the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

The University Of Kansas' School Of Business Dean Neeli Bendapudi is the only person from academia who appears. . . .

Bendapudi served as master of ceremonies at the Chamber's annual banquet this year, and she "was a natural for inclusion in the video," O'Neal said."

http://www.hutchnews.com/news/article...

April 8, 2016 at 4:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: Grain truck damaged Kansas Amtrak line that derailed, injuring dozens

So what's the fine for leaving the scene of a life-endangering, $1.4 million accident?

Cimarron Crossing Feeders got an estimate for a new building the week after the accident. Perhaps there's a better use of that money, as in employee training?

April 8, 2016 at 12:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former K-State leader drawn to Washington State by higher ed support, medical school

Monday, June 22, 2012

Noel Schulz named College of Engineering associate dean for research and director of the engineering experiment station (at KSU).

https://www.k-state.edu/media/newsrel...

February 26, 2016

Schulz seeking Fulbright Fellowship

http://themercury.com/articles/schulz...

Pres. Schulz CAN KEEP SECRETS:

August 4, 2015

SECRET SANCTIONS REVEALED AGAINST UNIVERSITY HOSTING $1.25 BILLION BIOLAB

"Kansas State University — where a controversial $1.25 billion biosecurity lab facility is under construction — secretly faced federal sanctions last year after repeatedly violating safety regulations during its research with bioterror pathogens, records obtained by USA TODAY show."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/na...

35% of KSU's research budget goes to Pat Roberts Hall, aka the Biosecurity Research Institute, and will for the NEXT 16 YEARS.

Sponsored research overhead funds review from V.P. for Research Karen Burg

http://www.k-state.edu/today/announce...

Schulz was anticipating KSU being the #1 university in DUAL USE RESEARCH OF CONCERN:

"(DURC) is life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security. The United States Government’s oversight of DURC is aimed at preserving the benefits of life sciences research while minimizing the risk of misuse of the knowledge, information, products, or technologies provided by such research."

http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechn...

April 3, 2016 at 2:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: KU, KSU must find, hire best leaders for top jobs

THE SECRETS @ KSU encourage top leaders to bail ASAP.

Do Lawrencians recall Schulz telling the Board of Regents that he could NOT share specifics of KSU's research contracts, as the Board lacked the necessary security clearances?Currently, 35% of KSU's research budget goes to Pat Roberts Hall, aka the Biosecurity Research Institute, and will for the NEXT 16 YEARS.

Sponsored research overhead funds review from V.P. for Research Karen Burg

http://www.k-state.edu/today/announce...

Karen J. L. Burg, Vice President for Research, resigned the week following her release of these alarming trends in KSU's research future. She was on the job for < 1 year:

Other secrets KSU can't dare share:

SECRET SANCTIONS REVEALED AGAINST UNIVERSITY HOSTING $1.25 BILLION BIOLAB

"Kansas State University — where a controversial $1.25 billion biosecurity lab facility is under construction — secretly faced federal sanctions last year after repeatedly violating safety regulations during its research with bioterror pathogens, records obtained by USA TODAY show."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/na...

Kansans were told by KSU VP & "University Veterinarian" Col. (Retired from the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases USAMRIID) Jerry Jaax that the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, would be safe. At the time, the FBI was investigating USAMRIID as the source of the anthrax mailed by the ANTHARX MAILER. Dr. Bruce Ivins committed suicIde before the FBI could arrest him. Col. Jaax has personally told me 'IVINS WAS NOT THE ANTHRAX MAILER." Jaax' little secret: the ANTHRAX MAILER was never found, although it was confirmed the anthrax came from Jaax' lab, USAMRIID.

https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/...

Now imagine the committee charged with winnowing out the next KSU President & VP for Research. The committee members who don't have the necessary security clearance to discuss the "biosecurity research" plague that swallows 35% of KSU's research budget annually. Their disclaimer? "Once you're KSU President, we hope you pass a background investigation & can qualify for the necessary security clearance to expose how screwed you are by the BRI & NBVAF commitments of the last 2 presidents."

April 2, 2016 at 8:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas tax collections in March close to hitting estimates


Kansas under Brownback:

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, And the sky is not cloudy all day.

April 1, 2016 at 9:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers send school funding equity bill to Brownback

In 5 weeks' time, we'll know about the revenue shortfalls for the months of March & April, and realize the Legislature/Brownback still don't have any plans for solvency.

March 25, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Washington State regents name head of Kansas State as new president

Good riddance!

Schulz' job in Mississippi was to bring the NBAF to the state. Once he failed in that endeavor, he came to KSU, to spread BS about how safe the NBAF will be for 50 years; long after he's gone. Perhaps he's betting the Nat'l Academy of Sciences' estimate of a 70% chance of Foot & Mouth Disease being released from the NBAF IS on the mark & could happen in the first year?

Who's going to tell his replacement that 35% of research funds are obligated for the Biosecurity Research Institute, FOR THE NEXT 16 YEARS?

March 25, 2016 at 1:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: City critters

ROFLMAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You Lawrencians are fortunate that Silo TechU got the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, rather than the University of Kansas:

USDA intends for the NBAF to replace Plum Island Animal Disease Center . . . . might interest you to know that PIADC employees (AND SUMMER INTERNS) are not permitted to have pets at home (hmmmmmm, wonder why not?).

Is your Doctor's receptionist still asking "have you recently been to West Africa?" My standard response has been "no, but I live 1.6 miles, as the germs fly, from the NBAF site." Sometimes gets a laugh, but most admit that MDs will want to identify patients working @ the NBAF.

My neighborhood is just outside Manhattan city limits, surrounded on 3 sides by KSU agronomy fields & stockyards (silage pit within a block of my house; beef feedlot, 0.5 miles; hog operation, 1 mile; chicken "coops," 1 mile; dairy herd, 1.5 miles; lagoons, 0.75 miles). Fortunately, the smells are all to the East of the neighborhood; but you can smell the silage pit at the houses across the street from it. The KSU horse pasture is just beyond my neighbor's back yard; but as Snyder's daughter was on the KSU Equestrian team, the U invested heavily in breeds whose apples aren't as noxious as you might expect.

The "UP" side? You can "sometimes" get a load of "composted" feedlot manure. KSU stopped that for a while, due to "burning" gardens & yards. Pres. Schulz has refined BS composting to an art, & is spreading it freely in Topeka. Do Lawrencians recall Schulz telling the Board of Regents that he could NOT share specifics of KSU's research contracts, as the Board lacked the necessary security clearances? Currently, 35% of KSU's research budget goes to Pat Roberts Hall, aka the Biosecurity Research Institute, and will for the NEXT 16 YEARS. There will NOT be $ for research into sustainable urban livestock operations; only for industrial agriculture.

Sponsored research overhead funds review from V.P. for Research Karen Burg

http://www.k-state.edu/today/announce...

Karen J. L. Burg, Vice President for Research, resigned the week following her release of these alarming trends in KSU's research future. She was on the job for < 1 year:

"Applications and nominations are now being taken for the position of Vice President for Research at Kansas State University."

https://www.k-state.edu/president/jobs/

March 25, 2016 at 9:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )