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City may expedite plans for water

How curious that we are still struggling with this kind of problem, even after a century or more. In today's paper, coincidentally, there's a similar story:

100 years ago: Water company urges boiling of water until algae clears

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 20, 1912:

"'We have been having a hard fight to keep down algae and to keep the water clear; the trouble has been aggravated by extensions and changes in the system in various parts of town which has caused the black deposits to become detached from the pipes in some instances making the water almost black. We advise our customers to boil water used for drinking purposes until further notice is given.' The above statement was given to the Journal-World this morning by Frank Sauer, manager of the Lawrence Water Company.... For some reason the Water Company has had a harder fight than usual at keeping down the algae, the microscopic plant life which colors the water green."

June 20, 2012 at 10:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback's arts funding plan criticized as too little

Years ago, a man lived in Ellis, Kansas for a time, and he eventually bore a son who had artistic talent. Perhaps it was lucky that the man moved to Illinois before his son was born and then to Missouri where the boy indulged his love of drawing, and that the son had the opportunity to study art in both Missouri and Illinois. The son imagined a business to capitalize on his artwork and finally moved out west to see if he could really make a go of it.

His gamble paid off, and he used art to generate profit and create jobs: from the humble beginning of a Mortimer Mouse drawing, Walt Disney built a powerhouse enterprise. Last year, it saw $36 billion in revenue, and its success still revolves around the vision and talent of artists. Maybe Walt Disney would have had the same success from a start in Ellis, Kansas, back then or even today. Or maybe a more artist-friendly climate in Illinois and Missouri made a difference for him. What do you all think?

January 13, 2012 at 2:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sediment filling Clinton Lake faster than expected, according to study by KDHE, U.S. Geological Survey

Here's a question: why? Why is the lake filling faster than anticipated with sediment? Where is the sediment coming from? Can the sedimentation rate be altered?

May 19, 2011 at 10:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Au Pair, Kansas": KU grad's debut film, which stars Traci Lords, premieres at Kansas City FilmFest

Congratulations to J.T. O'Neal for spending years making his film dream into a reality and for making a point of using Kansas as the setting for his movie. I can't wait to see "Au Pair, Kansas," and see how Lindsborg works as the stage for a comedy-drama.

April 9, 2011 at 1:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Water worries

How about more info on the solution noted by the Army Corps of Engineers -- that is, "limiting erosion, animal waste and fertilizer that enter our waterways"?

Addressing the source of the problem -- rather than fixing only its effects -- will address other water-related problems, ranging from little creeks that no longer do their job of filtering water and helping to reduce flooding, to rivers that are full of manure and fertilizer runoff, to the health of the Gulf of Mexico where sedimentation and algae bloom is a colossal, marine life-threatening problem.

September 19, 2010 at 11:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Task force to evaluate projects for historic, open space preservation

Judging from the diverse makeup of the task force, this effort is off to a great start. It will be interesting to see what places us residents think ought to be protected, and to see how the county parlays this initial investment to capitalize on the bank of matching funds out there to be tapped.

September 16, 2010 at 4:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wild horse adoption program sells few animals in Hays

There's change afoot at the BLM. After 40 years of managing wild horses on the Western public range with methods that catered to cattle ranchers (room for 4 million cattle, but no room for wild horses) and oil/gas exploration, the BLM has heard the message that millions of Americans really do give a damn about these animals. The slaughter option is off the table. The DOI/BLM are talking about giving wild horse herds status as "treasured herds," and facilitating tourism in their areas. Other ideas include relocating wild horses to Midwest and Eastern states, to live on preserves and also on private land via rancher/farmer programs, similar to the CRP, for pasturing herds.

August 9, 2010 at 3:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wild mustangs, burros to be sold at Hays auction

Readers who care about the wild horses and burros managed by the BLM might like to learn about big changes that are in store for this program. The BLM is exploring new ideas, including re-opening millions of acres of Western range that horses and burros have been excluded from, partnering with the USDA to offer Midwest farmers/ranchers the opportunity to pasture wild horses (think Conservation Reserve Program), and creating wild horse preserves in the Midwest and Eastern states so that you don't have to travel West of the Rockies to see a wild horse running free.

August 5, 2010 at 11:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State seeking public input on protecting forests in Kansas

If you care enough about this topic to spend time commenting here, save your energy and instead voice that opinion in a place where it will actually have an impact. Go to http://www.kansasforests.org/finalrep... for the details of this project and your chance to weigh in.

May 27, 2010 at 5:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What do I do with pomegranates

It's all in how you look at it. Instead of viewing pomegranates as a problem food because you can't just rip one open and gorge immediately without making a mess, try thinking of pomegranates as slow food -- a fruit to be eaten leisurely while savoring the experience. I grew up in Southern California with a backyard filled with pomegranate trees. My mom squeezed them for juice and made delicious tart jelly. My sisters and I looked forward to the fall harvest, when we would sit down with a pomegranate and a couple of paper towels -- and slowly, carefully dismantle and dissect the fruit to enjoy those tasty seeds.

December 30, 2009 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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