A public hearing will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9th, to consider the adoption of proposed regulations for the Industrial Hemp Research Program. The hearing will be held at the Kansas Department of Agriculture in Manhattan, which is proposing new rules and regulations relating to the creation of the Industrial Hemp Research Program as authorized by the Alternative Crop Research Act. The regulations can be found online at agriculture.ks.gov/ProposedRegs. Written comments can be submitted prior to the hearing on that site. All interested persons may attend the hearing and will be given the opportunity to express comments orally on the adoptions of the proposed regulations during the hearing. In order to give all parties an opportunity to present their views, it may be necessary to request that each participant limit any oral presentation to five minutes. For more information, call 785-564-6715.
Archives for December 2018
The City of Arkansas City will once again shift to a four-day sanitation schedule next week due to the closure of all City offices January 1st in observance of New Year’s Day. The Cowley County Landfill also will be closed January 1st in observance of New Year’s Day. All of Monday’s and part of Tuesday’s routes will be collected Monday. The part of Tuesday’s route to be collected is from Madison Avenue south to the Mill Canal, and from Summit Street east to E Street and southeast through Sleeth Addition. The remainder of Tuesday’s route and all of Wednesday’s routes will be collected Wednesday, January 2nd. Thursday’s and Friday’s routes will be unaffected by the holiday disruption. All refuse should be placed at normal pickup locations by 6 a.m. on the scheduled day of pickup. There will be no return pickups. Recycling WILL be collected Saturday, December 29. The F Street Limb Disposal and Compost Site also will be closed January 1st for New Year’s Day.
Arkansas City Police took an Arkansas City man into custody Friday after an armed standoff that occured just west of Riverview Cemetery. 45 year old Jason Vanderveen was taken into custody after the standoff, which lasted for several hours, and involved South Central Kansas SWAT. As of last report though, Vanderveen has not been arrested, but a police investigation is ongoing that could result in criminal charges. He remained in custody however, awaiting a mental health evaluation. It all began on Friday morning, when police got a call, indicating that Vanderveen had begun having hallucinations and had become increasingly agitated… reportedly even firing a handgun once or twice. When police responded to a house on West Kansas AvVanderveen outside, but he retreated back inside when they showed up. Officers then began cordoning off the immediate area and evacuating neighboring residents and businesses, including the City of Arkansas City’s Parks and Facilities Division shop. No was injured during the standoff and Vanderveen was taken into custody without incident.
The search for a new city manager in Winfield presses on…. Now that the application deadline of December 14th has passed, Winfield city commissioners will begin the process of narrowing down the applicants. Commissioners plan to meet with the consultants they hired on January 10th, to review all the applications that were received. There were about 25 in all, but not all of them will be interviewed. First, their qualifications will be closely examined. There is still no firm target date for having a new manager in positioin. Whoever it ends up being will replace former Winfield City Manager Jeremy Willmoth, who left back in October. Since then, Winfield City Clerk Brenda Peters has served as interim city manager of Winfield.
Credit card skimmers have been discovered on two ATMs in Arkansas City. Although skimmers are becoming an increasing problem for police across the country, in this case, Ark City Police may have an advantage. They say they have surveillance pictures of the suspects. We are placing those pictures on our website under local news so you can see them too. Police are now searching for a red 2006 to 2010 Volkswagen Jetta with a paper license plate, and an Apple logo on the rear glass. If that sounds like a car you may have seen, or if you think you might have more information that would help police nab the crooks behind the skimmers, call the Arkansas City Police at (620) 441-4444. Police say the investigation is ongoing, and anyone whose credit card or personal information was compromised will be contacted. For now, the ATM locations that were affected are not being identified, but they will be released at a later date.
Autopsy results from the Cowley County coroner’s office, now shed light on the deaths of three inmates, who all died while in custody in the Cowley County Jail within one year. 48 year old Jason Porter of Arkansas City, died Oct. 19, 2017; 33 year old Jesse Crable of Winfield, died Nov. 29, 2017; and 30 year old Steven Spotts of Winfield, died Oct. 18th of this year. The official autopsy reports show that the deaths of both Spotts and Porter were suicides. Crable’s death was ruled accidental, the result of mixed drug and alcohol intoxication. He also suffered from plaque buildup on the arteries and sleep apnea. Since the most recent death at the jail, no additional measures have been adopted yet, but the jail staff has been talking with Four County Mental Health personnel about increased training, which would teach workers at the jail how to better recognize the signs of mental health issues.
Some changes for Arkansas City residents, as the city will shift to a three-day sanitation schedule next week due to the closure of all City offices Dec. 24-25 in observance of Christmas. The Cowley County Landfill also will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas Day. Here’s how it will work… All of Monday’s route and part of Tuesday’s route will be collected Wednesday, Dec. 26.
The part of Tuesday’s route to be collected Wednesday is from Madison Avenue south to the Mill
Canal, from Summit Street east to E Street and southeast through Sleeth Addition, and from Summit
Street east to C Street between Birch Avenue and the C Street Canal. The remainder of Tuesday’s route, all of Wednesday’s route and part of Thursday’s route will be collected Thursday, Dec. 27. The part of Thursday’s route to be collected Thursday is from Birch Avenue north to Kansas Avenue and from Sixth Street west to 15th Street. The remainder of Thursday’s route and Friday’s entire route will be collected Friday, Dec. 28. All refuse should be placed at normal pickup locations by 6 a.m. on the scheduled day of pickup. There will be no return pickups. No recycling will be collected Saturday, Dec. 22. The F Street Limb Disposal and Compost Site also will be closed Dec. 24-25 for Christmas.
Due to the holiday, utility bills will not be due until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26.
A Winfield man was arrested by Arkansas City police on a warrant after a brief foot chase. 38 year old
Ramon Martinez is now charged with suspicion of counterfeiting U.S. currency, distribution of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, and obstructing apprehension… all felonies. Martinez was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was charged in a warrant for felony theft of property with a value between $1,000 and $25,000. Martinez was locked up in the Cowley County Jail in Winfield in lieu of $19,000
The 2018 Family Movie Series season will conclude December 21 in Arkansas City with a holiday favorite at the Agri-Business Building. The free showing of “The Muppet Christmas Carol” will start at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. This G-rated film is sponsored by the Optimists of Arkansas City. It is an hour and 25 minutes long. Free cocoa will be provided to all who attend by the Ark City Beautification and Tree Advisory Board. City Manager Nick Hernandez says city officials are appreciative of the generous sponsors who make these wonderful events possible. If you are interested in being a sponsor in 2019, please call him, or Andrew Lawson at 441-4415 for details.
A collection of 18 paintings that were commissioned by Binney and Smith for their officies in Winfield back in the mid 80’s, are now being offered for sale by the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council. The paintings vary in size from 18-by-24 inches to 5-by-5 feet and were painted by R. Bolton Smith, an American impressionist from Kansas. Smith came to Winfield and met with Merrill Gordon… who designed the offices… along with executives at Binney and Smith, who expressed their love of nature, Kansas hills and prairies, and hunting… which were all eventually designed into the paintings, which were framed in oak frames made in Wichita to match the woodwork of the Binney and Smith offices.
When the Binney and Smith offices and plant were closed, the paintings were given to the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council. Now, those same paintings have been appraised and are available for sale. For more information about buying any of the pieces, call the arts council office at (620) 221-2161, ext. 11. They are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.