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KDOT Launches Survey to Explore Future Transportation Funding

Judd WeilOctober 15, 2021

The Kansas Department of Transportation launched a statewide survey on Oct. 14 to learn what Kansans think about how highways and bridges are funded.   The short survey is available on the project webpage at www.ksdotike.org/RUC-study and will be open through Nov. 24.   The survey is the first step in a Midwest Road Usage Charge (RUC) Study being led by KDOT.   Kan...

Supplemental Pandemic Food Assistance Program Benefit Distribution Dates Announced

Judd WeilOctober 14, 2021

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced on Oct. 11 the distribution dates of the Supplemental Pandemic EBT food assistance benefit to eligible Kansas students.   Distribution of the one-time benefit of $375 per child began Oct. 12. This benefit is for the summer months of June, July, and August 2021.   All school aged children who were eligible for fre...

Garden City Among Communities Receiving Grants to Support Kansas Law Enforcement

Judd WeilOctober 14, 2021

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. and Jerry Moran announced on Oct. 13, $839,491 in Department of Justice grants to support Kansas law enforcement.   These grants will be dispersed to 10 communities across Kansas, including Garden City, Kan.   “As the son of a police chief, I have the utmost respect for our nation’s law enforcement officers,” said Senator Marshall. “...

Governor Kelly Announces Allocations for Frontline Hospital Worker Retention Plan

Judd WeilOctober 12, 2021

Governor Laura Kelly, on Oct. 11, released the total allocation amounts out of $50 million for each hospital participating in the Frontline Hospital Workers Retention Plan.   “This $50 million will help us retain and attract more frontline hospital workers as we continue to fight his virus,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “For over 18 months, our heath care workers have risked their ...

STEM Grant to Fund Three New Programs, Labs, Faculty Positions at Garden City Community College

Judd WeilOctober 12, 2021

[GARDEN CITY, Kan.]   Garden City Community College (GCCC) was recently awarded $5,000,000 to become the STEM Central Hub for Western Kansas, thanks to a new Title V Hispanic Serving Institution STEM Grant awarded from the Department of Education that kicked in on Oct. 1.   The five-year, $5 million grant will fund three new programs to be added in Cybersecurity, Robotics, an...

Dodge City Community College Instructor and Student Killed in Aerial Crash in Arizona

Judd WeilOctober 8, 2021

BREAKING NEWS   Dodge City Community College (DCCC) released additional information on Oct. 8, regarding the Oct. 1 helicopter and plane crash in Chandler, Ariz., revealing that DCCC instructor Jessica Brandal, and student, Michael Papendick were killed.   “An ongoing investigation is underway by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safe...

Main Street Dodge City Vying for $25K Cash Prize in National Contest

Judd WeilOctober 7, 2021

Main Street Dodge City in Dodge City, Kan. is among the nominees vying for a $25,000 cash prize in a national contest, sponsored by Independent We Stand, recognizing America’s Main Streets.   Independent We Stand, a national small business movement, kicked-off its sixth annual America’s Main Streets contest in September.   This year’s contest, titled “Road to Recovery...

Helicopter and Plane Collide at DC3 Flight Instructor Program Training Site in Arizona

Judd WeilOctober 1, 2021

BREAKING NEWS Story developing.   Dodge City Community College (DC3) administration received reports shortly after 9:30 a.m., on Oct. 1, regarding an incident that saw a collision between a fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter at the Chandler Municipal Airport, in Chandler, Ariz., the site of the DC3 Flight Instructor Program.   The Federal Aviation Administration (F...

Public Comment Encouraged on Proposed Agreements to Protect 14 Aquatic Species in Kansas

Judd WeilOctober 1, 2021

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are seeking public comments on a proposed programmatic Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) and programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) designed for 14 aquatic species in Kansas.   If approved, the CCAA/SHA would allow the KDWP and USFWS to work with willing landowners to im...

Beeson Elementary School Teacher named 2022 Kansas Teacher of the Year

Judd WeilOctober 1, 2021

Susanne Stevenson, a fourth-grade teacher at Beeson Elementary School of Dodge City Unified School District 443, was named the 2022 Kansas Teacher of the Year on Sept. 25, during a special ceremony in Wichita, Kan.   Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson made the announcement at a gathering of about 300 people during the Kansas Teacher of the Year Banquet at the Marriott Hot...

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