New Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Leader

Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Welcomes New Leader

 

Topeka, Kansas – Governor Laura Kelly has named Brad Loveless to be Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). His appointment was effective January 14, 2019.

 

Loveless is familiar to many Kansans and to KDWPT staff as a leader in conservation and environmental programs. He comes to the department from a 34-year career with Westar Energy where he was most recently the senior director of environmental conservation and sustainability. Prior to that position, he was director of biology and conservation programs and earlier held environmental management positions at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation. He is perhaps most well-known as one of the leaders of Westar’s Green Team, an active volunteer group of employees and retirees that has been helping with habitat improvement, environmental access and education, and enhancement of sensitive species for 30 years.

 

“During my career, I have had the pleasure of working closely with KDWPT staff on many occasions,” Loveless said. “They are dedicated and hard-working, and I look forward to helping them manage the state’s natural resources and promote all the wonderful outdoor and travel experiences that Kansas offers.”

 

In 2013, Loveless was awarded the Kansas State Forester’s Award for Community Forestry.  In 2009, he was recognized by the Kansas Wildlife Federation as Wildlife Conservationist of the Year and by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education as their Strickler Award winner for Environmental Education. He is an avid hunter, angler and beekeeper.

 

Nominate Exporter of the Year

Nominations for Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award: Deadline January 25

 

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is still accepting nominations for the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award through the 25th of January.

 

Kansas businesses are a global force, with goods and services being sought from Kansas internationally.  The annual Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award proudly celebrates the outstanding Kansas companies that excel in exporting and building relationships with companies around the world. We encourage you to nominate a successful Kansas business for the year 2019’s awards program.

 

Qualifications considered include:

Number and/or percentage increase in jobs due to international activities

Innovations in global marketing

Number of export destinations

Effective use of international distributors

Long-term international strategies and prospects for future growth

Commitment to the state and local community

Foreign language promotional material and general promotional activities

Trade shows and/or international expositions

 

 

Benefits of this award include:

All finalists will be invited to attend the Team Kansas Awards Banquet where top businesses from across the state are recognized and the award-winning company will receive the trophy

The Governor will make a site visit to the award-winning company to honor its management and workforce team

The award-winning company will receive a membership in Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council (KITCC) that selects the award finalists and winner

Recognition of export achievement which can be incorporated into marketing/advertising campaigns

Extended networking opportunities

 

The Nomination Process:

Any Kansas company engaged in exporting is eligible to be nominated for the 2019 Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. Please visit http://kansascommerce.gov/GovernorsExporteroftheYear to nominate a business. Self-nomination is also welcomed. All nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 25, 2019.

 

Nominations can be emailed to April Chiang at april.chiang@ks.gov

 

Nominations can also be mailed or faxed to:

Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council

c/o Kansas Department of Commerce, April Chiang

1000 S.W. Jackson St., Suite 100

Topeka, KS 66612-1354

Tel:  (785) 296-5473

Fax: (785) 296-3490

 

Information on Kansas Exporting:

Kansas exports totaled $11.25 billion in 2017. Compared with last year’s data, exports increased by $1.07 billion, representing a 10.5 percent surge. A similar trend can be observed on the national level where U.S. exports experienced a 6.6 percent growth.

 

 

Ryan Brinker

Public Information Officer

ryan.brinker@ks.gov

 

Kansas Department of Commerce

1000 SW Jackson St. Ste. 100

Topeka, KS 66612-1354

Phone: 785-296-4931

Cell: 785-276-9723

God Provides by Patty LaRoche

We would move to Jupiter, Florida, for a year. Dave would work as the rehabilitation coach for the injured Miami Marlins’ pitchers. We would rent a lovely, furnished, two-bedroom condominium near the ballpark, buy two bikes, swim, play tennis and find a church on fire for Jesus. That was the plan…which wasn’t quite as do-able as it sounded.

Apparently New Yorkers migrate to Jupiter during the winter months, booking their rentals a year in advance. (Who stays behind and shovels Buffalo’s sidewalks is what I want to know.) Unless we spend Dave’s entire paycheck (not to mention, I would need to get a waitressing job), we were out of luck. We were going to have to settle…for Plan B.

Asking for a covered parking spot? Perhaps a shady tree would do.

A washer and dryer in the unit? Laundromats are fun places to witness about Jesus…you know, captive audience and all that.

Furniture? For $1,100 a month, we could rent the “middle” package… the one with cardboard cones supporting the coffee table.

A pool and tennis court? Hahahahaha

Maybe we could buy something small. Like a fixer-upper. And not fixer-upper it.

On one apartment-seeking drive, we saw an older beach home with a “For Rent” sign in its front yard. I immediately called the realtor’s number and was told it had just rented…for $20,000 a month. I started laughing. “Did you say $20,000 a MONTH?”

I know,” he answered. “But it is on the beach, and it has a 100’ pier.”

Is that pier plated with gold?” I asked. Dave told me to hang up.

My husband noticed an “Open House” sign at a trailer park and pulled into its entrance. The owner was a sweet little lady who carried a bottle of Pine Sol around as she proudly showed us her home. At least it would be clean, I told myself. It was furnished, had a carport and a washer and dryer. Never mind there was no pool or tennis court or workout room OR that it wasn’t even for rent, and for $220,000, we could move in at the beginning of February.

One realtor offered us a furnished unit that apparently had been decorated by someone on a very tight budget—like, oh say, $100.00. It did, however, have a pool and a workout room and a tennis court. Oops! Check that. The tennis court was filled with construction materials because each unit was being rebuilt due to water damage from poorly-designed roofs. Ours already had been rebuilt, we were told. This was to be good news. Dave said we had no choice.

Yes, we did. We could jump off a gold-plated pier.

This morning, right before Dave accepted the contract on that unit, I had this crazy idea to phone the church Dave and I attended last Sunday and asked if they knew of anyone who might help us. They did. Her name is Rhonda; she is a church volunteer and also a realtor. She contacted me, I explained our predicament, and the first thing she said was, “May I pray with you?” And pray she did! She called on the name of Jesus and let loose! I was driving at the time, but had our truck had a sunroof, I would have been transported to Heaven. It was glorious!

And guess what! Within 24 hours we were signing the lease on a cozy duplex with not just a single garage but a double one. In our latest email correspondence, I wrote this to Rhonda: “How does God do it? Amazing.” Her response? “RIGHT! He always blows me away. I have been especially on fire since we prayed! Honored to be a witness of His Grace.”

Me too, Rhonda. Me too.

Ephesians 3:20-21– Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Emphasis: mine)

Softball Clinic Offered Jan. 26-27

Softball Clinic

January 26th 11 am to 7 pm

January 27th from 1 pm to 6 pm

$45 – 1 hour of one-on-one instruction in your choice of hitting, slapping, or defense

The instructor is Katy Taylor, assistant softball coach at Fort Scott Community College. Katy played at Labette Community College, University of Iowa, and Rogers State and has also coached competitive youth softball teams.

Call (620) 223-1803 or send a Facebook message to Momentum Indoor Training to schedule your 1-hour session.

 

Momentum Indoor Training will be hosting a 1-on-1 Youth Softball Skills Clinic on January 26 from 11 am to 7 pm and January 27 from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Participants will be able to schedule an hour of training with instructor Katy Taylor.

A native of Owasso, Okla, Taylor is coming off her senior season at Rogers State University. She played one season for the Hillcats, appearing in all 59 games as a middle infielder. In 2018 she helped guide the Hillcats to a Heartland Conference Tournament championship and a berth into the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Rogers State finished the campaign 39-20. Prior to Rogers State, Taylor spent two seasons with the University of Iowa in the Big Ten. As a Hawkeye, Taylor appeared in 82 games from 2016-17. 

 Taylor started her career at Labette Community College in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference in 2015. As a shortstop, she garnered, KJCCC Freshman of the Year, First Team All-KJCCC, First Team All-Region VI and First Team NJCAA All-American honors in her lone season in Parsons. Taylor also broke the NJCAA single-season record for stolen bases (89). Labette finished the season with a fifth-place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament that spring after winning a Region VI title and finishing second in the KJCCC regular season standings.

During their 1-on-1 training slot, the individual may choose to work on hitting, slapping, or defensive positions.

This clinic is open to any youth or high school softball players.

The cost is $45 per hour. To schedule your 1-on-1 training time call (620) 223-1803 or send a Facebook message to Momentum Indoor Training,located in back of Tractor Supply Store on South Main..


New Chairman of KCC: Dwight Keen

Commissioner Dwight D. Keen elected Chairman of Kansas Corporation Commission

Topeka, KS – At today’s annual Kansas Corporation Commission Organizational Meeting, Commissioner Dwight D. Keen was elected to serve as Chairman of the Commission. Keen was appointed to the KCC by Governor Coyler on April 7, 2018 to a four year term, which expires March 15, 2022.

“We will remain dedicated to enhancing the public safety and well-being of Kansans through our commitment to delivering results that advance the public interest,” said Keen in accepting the Chairmanship.

Commissioner Keen has experience in business, law and government. His prior legal, finance and business experience includes serving as a securities attorney with the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (presently FINRA) in Washington, D.C.; serving as the Senior Financial Analyst and Counsel to the Director of Corporation Finance for a large money center bank in New York City;  practicing corporate and securities law with two prominent Wichita law firms; and serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association. From 1998 to 2010, Keen was an Adjunct Professor of Business for the Graduate School at Friends University in Wichita where he taught five graduate level business courses.

Commissioner Keen’s prior state government service includes: serving for six years as Kansas Securities Commissioner; serving two terms as a Commissioner on the Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs; and serving one four year term as a member of the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals. Keen presently serves as the Kansas representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and is a member of NARUC, serving on the Gas Committee.

Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and serve staggered four-year terms. State law provides that no more than two of the three commissioners may belong to the same political party. The Commission acts as an independent regulatory agency with authority to render judgments and decisions on regulated utilities.

The KCC regulates the state’s electric, natural gas, telecommunications, oil and gas, and transportation industries with the responsibility of ensuring safe, adequate, and reliable services at reasonable rates for the citizens of Kansas.

Land Leasing Meeting Scheduled Feb. 1

 

Leasing land for farming and ranching has become a necessity to grow and stay competitive in today’s commercial agriculture. As a result, understanding how to effectively and equitably negotiate a land lease has risen in importance for both landowners and tenants. This workshop is designed to help both landowners and producers consider the factors that affect lease rates, contract terms, and risk exposure.

The Southwind Extension District will host a Land Lease Workshop on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 1pm in the Allen County Courthouse Community Room.

Topics include:

  • Explaining the differences and similarities of various leasing arrangements: crop share, fixed cash rent, flexible leases, AUM pasture leases
  • Active management of the landowner-tenant relationship through effective communication and recognition of incentives
  • Calculating an equitable lease using cost of production budgets, price and yield expectations, and other market-based information

    There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP to one of the Southwind Extension District Offices or online at https://goo.gl/forms/ruaX6jjIjJbi0zUM2

More information and registration is available by contacting Carla Nemecek at the Southwind Extension District Iola Office, 620-365-2242 or email cnemecek@ksu.edu.

Obituary of Robert Jack Eshelbrenner

Robert Jack  Eshelbrenner

Robert Jack Eshelbrenner, age 71, died on January 9, 2019. He is survived by his wife Nancy (Wogan) Eshelbrenner of Fishers, IN; his daughters Erin Green of Fishers; Kate Sowder and husband Jason of St. Louis, MO; and three grandchildren, Ellie and Jackson Green of Fishers, IN and Nate Sowder of St. Louis, MO.

Bob was born on November 1, 1947 in Fort Scott, KS to parents Jack and Sara (Handly) Eshelbrenner. He graduated from Pittsburg State University with a degree in business. He worked in the insurance industry specializing in information technology, retiring as CIO from Hastings Mutual in Michigan.

Bob also served in the U.S. Army in both active and reserve duty for 27 years. He retired with the rank of Colonel after serving in Operation Desert Storm.

There was cremation. Rev. Dusty Drake will conduct a memorial service at 10:00 A.M. Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial with military honors will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.

The Family will receive friends from 5:00 -7:00 P.M.

Thursday at the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rock Steady Boxing, 7440 N Shadeland Ave., Suite 202, Indianapolis, IN 45250 or www.rocksteadyboxing.org.

Al Letner: Featured Artist Jan. 19 at Hedgehog.Ink

January featured artist

Al Letner, pottery

Presentation:

January 19, 3:00 p.m.

Al Letner’s artwork is on display at Hedgehog.INK! during the month of January. He will give a presentation, open to the public, on January 19 at 3:00 p.m. During this time, he will share about his artwork and the techniques he uses.

As an artist I find most of my inspiration in the natural world. I have always thought of myself as an organic artist, utilizing natural color and pattern in my abstract work.”

Fort Scott to Topeka Veterans Administration Shuttle Begins Feb. 5

 

From left: Darrell Spencer, Army; Stephen Dean. Army; Myra Jowers. Air Force, all vets themselves will be shuttle drivers. Not pictured Carl Jowers.

The Fort Scott to Topeka VA shuttle service will have its inaugural run to the Topeka VA Medical Center on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Many thanks to Patricia Neeland, Social Worker at the Fort Scott VA Medical Clinic and local Veterans Stephen Dean, Carl Jowers, Myra Jowers and Darrell Spencer for working together to make the Fort Scott – Topeka VA shuttle service a reality.

There is no cost to the veteran to ride the shuttle.

The VA shuttle holds five passengers and riders must preregister for a seat. Seats on the shuttle are open to any area veteran on a first come, first served basis.

At this time, the shuttle is operating only on Tuesdays. As more drivers are cleared by the Topeka VA Medical Center, the shuttle service will expand service to other days.

The shuttle will depart from First Southern Baptist Church parking lot (on South Main Street, near Pizza Hut) at 6:15 am and will return to Fort Scott after the last rider has completed their appointment in Topeka.

The rider must be at the designated departure point by 6:10 am or risk losing their seat to a standby.

The shuttle does not accommodate wheelchairs or pets. Only certified service dogs are permitted on the shuttle. Oxygen tanks are not permitted on the shuttle. Oxygen concentrators are allowed.

Family members may not ride with the veteran on the shuttle. Those veterans who need a caregiver to accompany them must have a signed note from their doctor attesting that the veteran requires a caregiver to accompany them to and from their appointment.

To register for a shuttle seat, the veteran must

·         Have an appointment at the Topeka VA Medical Center between 9 am and 1 pm for the day they schedule their shuttle seat.

·         Call 785-925-0261 to schedule their seat. All seat reservations must be scheduled by 5 pm, the day prior to their appointment in Topeka.