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Tyson Foods to build $320M chicken operation near Tonganoxie; plans to employ 1,600

"contract with northeast Kansas farmers and ranchers to raise chickens."

The legislature heard "chicken ranch" & got all excited?

"The Chicken Ranch is a legal, licensed brothel located about 60 miles west of Las Vegas near the town of Pahrump, in Nye County, at 10511 Homestead Road. The 17-bed brothel sits on 40 acres of land." Wikipedia

September 5, 2017 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Whitewater outdoor center at Clinton State Park 'on back burner' for now

Linda Craghead, assistant secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. “… What we need to do right now is focus on those people who actively utilize our parks and try to encourage additional users.”

In contrast, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma & Colorado have managed to have a state park system NOT entirely based upon stagnant pools @ Corpse lakes which inundate the majority of facilities yearly.

As a former Nat. Resource & Park Mgmt major @ KSU, I've long held an interest in Kansas public lands. For years, it was common knowledge that KS was 50th in per capita public lands; lands used for recreation, and as such are counted as positive for Quality of Life issues when companies consider locations attractive to top-notch employee prospects.

In the last year. someone commented on a KS thread elsewhere, that KS was now 49th! It has taken me some Googling to find documentation:

US States Land Ownership by Percentage:
Rank / State / % that is Public Land / % that is Private Land

49 / KS / 1.9% / 98.1%
50 / RI / 1.5% / 98.5%

Public and Private Land Percentages by US States : Facts & Information : SummitPost

How did this happen? Did KSDWP&T finally sell Lake Inman* for private resort development?

*Lake Inman is a small lake in McPherson County, KS. With a surface area of approximately 1/4 square miles, it is the largest natural lake in the state.

Honestly, I believe KS beat Rhode Island by losing population! What a novel approach to increasing per capita public lands in KS without taking lands off the tax rolls by adding parks or something like the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (I witnessed the locals fight that back in '79).

September 5, 2017 at 8:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State officials hope to replace, privatize Osawatomie State Hospital

Bob Smith 2 hours, 12 minutes ago

"There was a time when LJW made a pretense of maintaining a civil atmosphere on this site. They appear to have abandoned that strategy when people like Paul can go straight to personal insults in most of his posts."

August 31, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City planners say sex shop on 23rd Street can stay open

AG Vern Miller worked on defining "sex" in KS. His appointed guardians of morality attended the first screenings of "Stewardesses" & "The NY Erotic Film Festival" in Wichita to determine whether I could attend the 2nd screenings.

August 29, 2017 at 10:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Massive inspection backlog in Kansas blocking use of kidney dialysis clinics

IMHO, Brownback has 2 kidneys due to Kansans upon demand.

August 8, 2017 at 11:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Brownback sealed own fate

and will there be a Saturday LJW column by Dolph to celebrate . . . .

July 28, 2017 at 9:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

After new attack in 2015, police renew focus on case of suspected serial rapist in Lawrence and Manhattan

"Police declined to answer . . . whether DNA evidence has been or is being tested."

Yeah, that might be a sensitive topic, IF you have a local backlog of unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Shouldn't be a problem for either Manhattan or Lawrence. But possibly a match among the 2,200 found in March?

"The KBI says more than 2,200 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits have been identified.

Katie Winsman works for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and is the executive officer leading the effort to collect all the untested rape and sexual assault kits in Kansas.

Whisman says most of these kits are eight to nine years old. She says the oldest one dates back to 1989."

July 27, 2017 at 1:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Trump to nominate Gov. Brownback to serve as ambassador

Doesn't Sam have a habit of rewarding "loyal" AP reporters:

John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, Kansas Department of Administration; previously Associated Press, Lawrence Journal-World

July 27, 2017 at 12:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Trump to nominate Gov. Brownback to serve as ambassador

Sam has always considered himself free to impose his religion on others.

July 27, 2017 at 11:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Trump to nominate Gov. Brownback to serve as ambassador

Trump Presidency = Virtueless Reality

Sam started his Christian ways @ KSU as Student Body President, when he eliminated a student-operated drug hotline service; perhaps saving each student < $0.25/credit hr? I'm sure Sam had the $ saved planned for some grand experiment, now lost to history and his fellow Wlldcats.

July 27, 2017 at 8:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )