The line of fire exploding on the outskirts of Nicodemus was a dramatic scene. Many of us saw the live video shared Sunday night by Dr. JohnElla Holmes. She's a resident of the historic all black town in Graham county which is recognized by the National Park Service as a nationally significant park of Am...
 Governor Laura Kelly today visited Mile Zero of the Flint Hills Trail in Osawatomie to help cut the ribbon on recent improvements, including a new two-mile portion of the trail and a parking lot near the Karl E. Cole Sports Complex. The enhancements will improve trail access for pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians who want to enjoy outdoor...
PRATT – Kansans who care about their public lands can make a difference by volunteering on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 a.m. at Cheney and Hillsdale state parks. The events, dubbed Public Lands Packouts, are sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Kansas Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Apart from contributin...
PRATT – It could be time to reduce the daily creel limit for striped bass at Wilson Reservoir, but for anglers who are familiar with the recent history of the 9,040-acre impoundment – this proposed reduction could be considered good news; it signifies the lake’s gizzard shad and striped bass populations are once again healthy. In 2017, Wilson’s pop...
WICHITA, Kansas — On Aug. 16, the second day of the school year, students in the Burrton district felt the shake of a 4.2 magnitude earthquake. They knew exactly what to do: hide under their desks until it stopped. It was a fairly new procedure, as the district, which is halfway between Hutchinson and Wichita, hadn't conducted its first drill until...
PRATT – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), has a new “bucket list” for Kansas kayakers, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts to pursue – recreating at Kansas’ clearest lakes. Aquatic vegetation, underwater structures, and even fish may be visible at t...
Call it a ban on plastic bag bans. A new bill introduced this week in the Kansas House Commerce Committee would pre-emptively prevent state municipalities from enacting their own bans or taxes on plastic items, including shopping bags. The push comes days after the Wichita City Council appointed a Single-Use Plastic Bag Task Force to look into the ...
WICHITA, Kansas — Trees improve air quality. They keep people and homes cool with shade. They block the breezes that rake across the Kansas plains. New research suggests the trees planted by people who filled up Kansas over the last century-plus also made the region more susceptible to hard-to-fight fires. Historically, the Great Plains had very fe...
PRATT – Commission Big Game Permit winners were drawn by Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commissioners during their Jan. 9, 2020 meeting in Iola. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Commission Big Game Permit program allows eligible conservation organizations to apply for one of seven big game permits, which can then b...
WICHITA – Kansas bowhunter, Brian Butcher, 38, harvested a whitetail buck in Chase County last October that he knew was something special. It wasn’t until the buck’s rack was measured by Boone and Crockett Club certified measurers on Friday, Jan. 3 that Butcher confirmed just how special the deer was. Butcher’s whitetail earned an unofficial net no...
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