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Drought Continues in Southwest Kansas, Dodge City Officials Urge Conservation

(Dodge City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com)  Governor Sam Brownback has issued an order that places the Sunflower state’s 105 counties under an emergency drought stage.  25 counties have also been designated as federal disaster areas due to drought, and 40 communities have requested or mandated conservation, including Ford and Ellsworth counties.  Last month, after one of...
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Garden City Public Schools and Teachers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com)  USD-457 Garden City Public School officials have reached a tentative agreement with teachers over a new contract for the 2012-2013 school year.  School District spokesperson Roy Cessna says the district’s Negotiation Team met with teacher union representatives on Monday and Tuesday to hammer out an agreement at the Educational Support...
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Dodge City Police Crackdown on Impaired Drivers

(Dodge City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) Dodge City Police have turned the heat up on impaired drivers.  Police Chief Craig Mellecker says the department has been conduction DUI saturation checkpoints with successful results. On Saturday police made 16 traffic stops resulting in 5 DUI arrests and the issuance of 11 citations.  On Sunday 130 vehicles were...
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Dodge City Days Continues Through Sunday–Features a Very Special Rodeo

(Dodge City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com)    Dodge City Days continues through Sunday and featured a very special rodeo on Wednesday.  The Youthville Special Rodeo allows children with special needs to be part of the awesome Dodge City Roundup PRCA Rodeo – A Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Rodeo. On Wednesday children had a blast being teamed...
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USD-457 School Bus Fleet to be Inspected by KHP

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) Kansas Highway Patrol Officers will busy inspecting school buses next Tuesday.  The school bus fleet belongs to Garden City Public Schools and the USD-457 School District.  School District spokesperson Roy Cessna says KHP officers will inspect 50 school buses that the district uses to transport thousands of students each school...
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Crash Claims Life of KDOT Driver Near Ulysses

(Ulysses,KS) (westernkansasnews.com)   A 43-year old Hugoton man has died after crashing a KDOT tractor-trailer 11-miles south of Ulysses on Monday.  The Kansas Highway Patrol conveys that Jeffery Harris was driving a Kansas Department of Transportation truck northbound on K-25 at 9:07 a.m. when the vehicle went into the east ditch.  The driver over-corrected and...
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Motorcycle Vs. Semi Wreck Sends Cyclist to Garden City Hospital

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) A crash involving a semi-truck and a motorcycle sent an Oklahoma man to the hospital on Monday.  A KHP spokesperson says that 36-year old James Allen Houston was driving his Suzuki southbound on U-283 when he slowed the bike down as he approached the intersection with K-156.  While Houston did...
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Trucker Injured in Crash Near Hays

(Hays, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) A Scott City truck driver was injured in yet another single vehicle wreck.  The accident occurred on K-4 at Eagle Road in Lane County Saturday.  The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that 65-year old Ronald Riner was driving a freightliner westbound when he drove into the north ditch.  Riner overcorrected, sending the...
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Pets Remain at Risk During Intense Heat

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) Stephanie Twining with the Humane Society in Kansas says pet owners need to be especially careful now with furry friends in the extreme heat.  Southwestern Kansas is locked into another dry, hot weather cycle with temperatures in Garden City and Dodge City forecast to soar over 100 degrees well into...
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Dodge City Best Garden City in Number of Triple-Digit Days this Summer

(Dodge City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com)  Garden City has ‘enjoyed’ 19 days of triple-digit plus temperatures since June, while Dodge City has basked in 100-plus degree temperatures on at least 25-days during the same period. Dodge City based National Weather Service Forecaster Ray Burgert says the scorching hot, dry weather cycle Southwest Kansas is currently locked...
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