The city of Winfield has given a Natural Gas Situation Update. The Winfield City Commission met on Thursday February 25th to declare a Local State of Financial Emergency due to the unprecedented natural gas pricing that occurred beginning Feb. 12th thru approx. Feb. 19th. They have no immediate supply concerns and the current daily index has returned to previous lower norm pricing around $2.70/MMBtu. Just a week ago prices were over $400/MMBtu. As far as Future Billings: They continue to gather the scope and full impact of the extreme pricing. They are fighting the pricing battle everyday.
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Cowley County authorities are investigating a stabbing that happened Wednesday night. The sheriff said deputies think the incident happened in a vehicle in the 14000 block of 151st road. Authorities arrested Kimberly Laughlin of Cowley County for aggravated battery and domestic battery. The victim had been taken to William Newton Hospital, and was released early Thursday morning, according to ctnewsonline.com.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the City of Atlanta public water supply system. The advisory was issued because of a waterline break that resulted in a loss of pressure in the distribution system. Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of Atlanta indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.
The city of Ark City is inviting residents to give their opinions on how the city is doing. The city says the first FlashVote citizen surveying system was set to go live yesterday. The surveys take a minute or two to complete, and they are anonymous. The release says the city and FlashVote are working together to make regular civic participation more accessible and simple for the Ark City community. Sign up at www.flashvote.com/arkcity or from a link on the city’s website, www.arkansascityks.gov.
From Cowley County Emergency Management: For many years, the 4th Tuesday of each February has been the annual storm spotter presentation called “Fury on the Plains.” Due to the pandemic, they will not be hosting those in person this year. The US National Weather Service in Wichita Kansas is doing several interactive presentations online.Three of the six are open for registration.
Did you feel the shaking? The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattled parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Friday morning. No damage or injuries were immediately reported. The quake happened near Manchester, Oklahoma, just south of Harper County, Kansas.
Governor Laura Kelly says she wants to know more about why there were blackouts during last week’s cold snap. She says she’s urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to investigate the causes of the system failures last week. She wants her administration to take all actions within its power to protect Kansans from price surges and she urged the FERC to ensure the integrity of natural gas prices.
The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City man Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly resisted arrest while under the influence. Gary James Wayne Rommel, 35, was arrested on suspicion of one misdemeanor count each of abuse of toxic vapors, driving under the influence of a combination of drugs (first offense), battery of a law enforcement officer and interference with law enforcement by obstructing apprehension.
A 67 year old rural Dexter woman was found dead after she had left her home in this week’s sub-zero temperatures. Early Tuesday morning, first responders were sent to a home about 10 miles southeast of Dexter, on a report of a missing elderly female who had left the home at an unknown time. The initial report was that she was wearing minimal clothing, according to ctnewsonline.com. While emergency crews were on the way, a resident found her facedown at the end of their extended driveway. The woman has been identified as Linda Patton. She was pronounced dead. Patton reportedly had a medical condition.
The Ark City police chief is stepping down. Dan Ward’s last day on the job is March 3rd. Captain Eric Burr will serve as interim chief. Ward came to Ark City from the Lawrence Police Department in 2014. He had been with the Lawrence Police department for 28 years.