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Soil Organic Matter
By Fred Wedel,
Retired NRCS District Conservationist, Goodland KS

Soil Organic Matter (SOM) is the fraction of the soil that consists of plant or animal tissue in various stages of decomposition. Most productive agricultural soils have between 3 and 6% organic matter.

Soil Organic Matter is made up of 3 main components.
1. Plant residue and living microbial biomass
2. Active soil organic matter also referred to as detritus
3. Stable soil organic matter, often refer
A Review Of...
Book Review of Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin
Reviewed by Bernadette Mills

Sometime last year, many of us felt the crushing weight of social injustice as George Floyd’s life was extinguished in front of a crowd, slowly and painfully by those officers sworn to serve and protect the public. It was the last straw for many, after Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, and so many more suffered needless deaths at the hands of law enforcement. It heightened the emotional subject of racial disparity and discrimination, to a recognition of
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Bonnie Cram’s Grade School Adventures
Bonnie was born 11/22/26 in Cheyenne County, KS. She has blessed our community with her cooking, singing, art, acting and the joy of her precious self. Here is her account of her grade school days. Enjoy!



My education began in the Sunny Ridge Schoolhouse District 44 located two and half miles north of our home. When I attended school there were enough children living in our rural area to employ a teacher. I had two boys in my class to begin with, Willard Walz and Walter Brown. Willard mov
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Governor Laura Kelly Announces KANSASWORKS Virtual Job Fair Dedicates Day To Serving Veterans
March 22, 2021

Contact:
Reeves Oyster, Press Secretary
Reeves.Oyster@ks.gov

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that, to support those in our state who have served in the armed forces, this month's KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair will dedicate the first day to military veterans, their spouses and caretakers.

The fair will begin tomorrow, March 23, and will continue through Thursday, March 25.

"Kansas veterans pick up valuable career skills during their
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K-State Research and Extension Grant writing workshops
K-State Research and Extension's Grant writing workshops have gone online. There are 3 new workshops available across the state--that's the beauty of online you can attend anywhere!

If you are a state partner representing agencies, cities, counties, schools, libraries, hospitals, and community foundations, please consider making this known to your local partners.

If you are an individual interested in taking a workshop:

1) Check the K-State Research and Extension Events Calendar
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NWK KS Leadership Center Workshops
Community Builders,

The NWK KS Leadership Center team is scheduling three NW Kansas Leadership Skill-building Workshops at the end of March in Bird City, Colby and Goodland. These workshops will include introductory leadership skill-building concepts by KLC teachers and coaches. These workshops will also address the logistics of establishing leadership training programs, choosing curriculums and measures to sustain leadership training into the future.

The dates, times and location of
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Quincy Gallery’s First Art Auction
Quincy Gallery’s First Art Auction will run thru April 30th and end with a reception to announce the winners and meet the various artists. Silent auction bidding as well as online bidding are offered throughout the length of the show, again ending April 30th. The funds raised will benefit the 202 on Washington renovation project which includes the construction of a community event center, a professional kitchen and an expanded gallery space. Ten artists have donated 27 pieces for this event.
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Virtual Ice House Class
NetWork Kansas is proud to partner with wKREDA Ice House Facilitators to provide an all virtual Ice House class open to the entire state with preference given to residents of the wKREDA region (Western Kansas).

The "Think Like an Entrepreneur with New Problem Solving Skills" class will benefit those who are considering an entrepreneurial endeavor, those who would like to expand on their entrepreneurial and problem solving skills as well as students who are growing and diversifying the
Events
Cheyenne County KS Community Foundation
Tom Keller reported on the Community Foundation.

Cheyenne County KS Community Foundation board held its annual retreat at 202 on Washington on March 7. The board spent the afternoon planning for another exciting year of activities. The CCKCF hopes to announce its acquisition of physical home on main street in the near future. The all volunteer board of twelve Cheyenne County residents is researching the possibility of employing a part time administrator to assist the board in its mission to C
News
Governor Laura Kelly Announces KANSASWORKS Virtual Job Fair Dedicates Day To Serving Veterans
March 22, 2021

Contact:
Reeves Oyster, Press Secretary
Reeves.Oyster@ks.gov

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that, to support those in our state who have served in the armed forces, this month's KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair will dedicate the first day to military veterans, their spouses and caretakers.

The fair will begin tomorrow, March 23, and will continue through Thursday, March 25.

"Kansas veterans pick up valuable career skills during their
How Coronavirus-Impacted Businesses Can Use the Employee Retention Tax Credit
Businesses seem to be confused or unaware of the ERTC, perhaps because, prior to the new bill in December, you couldn't do both the PPP and the ERTC - now you can. The recent bill also raised the allowable credit from 50% to 70%.

The employers can even request the funds in advance, with IRS form 7200. Employers need to work with their accountant and/or payroll provider for the credit and advance.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a great article:

https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/st
Natural Disaster Information Links
From:
Oliver Lambert | information@disastersafety.info

Since we’re heading into the time of year when natural disasters are a constant threat, it is time to gather information on how to prepare and stay safe during whatever natural disasters we may face. Here are some links to informational articles which may help:

Hurricane Safety Tips
https://safety.lovetoknow.com/Hurricane_Safety_Tips

Flash Flood Safety and Damage Prevention Guide
https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/flash-flood-safety
Call for the Count
Cheyenne County response rate is only 52.8%. The 2020 Census affects many types of funding opportunities for Cheyenne County. Please do what you can to encourage Cheyenne County residents to fill out the short 2020 Census form.

~Helen Dobbs

From:
David Driscoll

Hello!

Many things have been changing of late in our communities but some exceedingly important efforts must also continue during these times. The 2020 Census is a prime example.

In recent weeks, census self-response rates
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Bonnie Cram’s Grade School Adventures
Bonnie was born 11/22/26 in Cheyenne County, KS. She has blessed our community with her cooking, singing, art, acting and the joy of her precious self. Here is her account of her grade school days. Enjoy!



My education began in the Sunny Ridge Schoolhouse District 44 located two and half miles north of our home. When I attended school there were enough children living in our rural area to employ a teacher. I had two boys in my class to begin with, Willard Walz and Walter Brown. Willard mov
Virtual Ice House Class
NetWork Kansas is proud to partner with wKREDA Ice House Facilitators to provide an all virtual Ice House class open to the entire state with preference given to residents of the wKREDA region (Western Kansas).

The "Think Like an Entrepreneur with New Problem Solving Skills" class will benefit those who are considering an entrepreneurial endeavor, those who would like to expand on their entrepreneurial and problem solving skills as well as students who are growing and diversifying the
Farmer's Market Board plans for the 2021 market season
The Farmer’s Market Board has been meeting and making plans for the up coming Farmer’s Market season. Having had a couple of great years of helping vendors provide healthy food and products to the community, the Farmer’s Market Board is working to continue that trend by still providing the market every Saturday from, June 5th, through September 25th, and adding some new events and tools which should help get local foods and products dispersed into the community.

The FM board will be wor
Events
K-State Research and Extension Grant writing workshops
K-State Research and Extension's Grant writing workshops have gone online. There are 3 new workshops available across the state--that's the beauty of online you can attend anywhere!

If you are a state partner representing agencies, cities, counties, schools, libraries, hospitals, and community foundations, please consider making this known to your local partners.

If you are an individual interested in taking a workshop:

1) Check the K-State Research and Extension Events Calendar
Quincy Gallery’s First Art Auction
Quincy Gallery’s First Art Auction will run thru April 30th and end with a reception to announce the winners and meet the various artists. Silent auction bidding as well as online bidding are offered throughout the length of the show, again ending April 30th. The funds raised will benefit the 202 on Washington renovation project which includes the construction of a community event center, a professional kitchen and an expanded gallery space. Ten artists have donated 27 pieces for this event.
Cheyenne County KS Community Foundation
Tom Keller reported on the Community Foundation.

Cheyenne County KS Community Foundation board held its annual retreat at 202 on Washington on March 7. The board spent the afternoon planning for another exciting year of activities. The CCKCF hopes to announce its acquisition of physical home on main street in the near future. The all volunteer board of twelve Cheyenne County residents is researching the possibility of employing a part time administrator to assist the board in its mission to C
The Arts
The Dust Jackets at Fresh 7
Had the pleasure to see and hear the Dustjackets at Union Square in St Francis last Saturday. Had a wonderful time and the music was great! They are a Folk/Americana band that included a little rock and roll, blues, country, bluegrass, even a little jazz. Union Square is fantastic venue, complete with coffee, a variety of liquor beverages (I had saki, yum) munchies and ambiance galore. Lots of people showed up to get down to the music. Union square is a center for good times in our little town.
Local Artist Exhibits This Spring
Re-posted for Margaret Lister

Allison Grice's exhibit of photography and graphic design has opened at Quincy Gallery with a reception on March 2nd.

Ms Grice, a St Francis native, is well known here as an exceptionally talented artist with wide range of interests. Over the years, though, it is photography that has allowed her to share her heart.

Whether it's a rusty old pickup or wheat blowing in the breeze against a sunset, Ms Grice's photography shows her love of nature and
Tech
Eagle Communications broadband upgrade a go in St. Francis
ST. FRANCIS — Eagle Communications announced this week a major milestone had been reached in the planned broadband upgrades project in the community of St. Francis, a move that will bring high-speed internet access to residents and businesses.

Eagle, working alongside with the St. Francis Internet Committee volunteers, reached 210 early signups, meaning the upgrade will proceed as planned.

"The support of the community of St. Francis has been simply amazing,' said Travis Kohlrus,
Video of an unexplained object, moving in the skies above Cheyenne Co, KS
Posted for Ray Alcott

After seeing the 4-28-17 video of the object moving across the moon, @ http://www.latest-ufo-sightings.net/2017/04/ufo-caught-moving-across-moon-baffles-viewers.html it reminded me of a similar video I had shot on 10-22-14 north of St. Francis, KS at sunset. If it wasn’t for that post I wouldn’t have posted this—however both videos to me look as if they are related somehow???

It was worth a post

Camera Zoom was 20X & the video is 500% of normal speed
Your Eagle Fiber-Optic Internet Questions Answered - 4/11/17 Edition
Since going public with the plans for the Fiber to the Premises project, it has been the goal of the St Francis Internet Committee to get as much information as possible out to the people of St Francis. We have been talking out details with Eagle for a long time, and talking with many of you about those details, trying to get you as excited about fiber-optics as we all are.

A Fiber Internet infrastructure in St Francis will greatly increase your internet speed. And by 'greatly' I mean
Truly high speed internet in St Francis
We in St Francis have an opportunity to have truly high speed internet. To clarify, by high speed I mean speeds that most cities have not achieved, and are currently fighting to get. A physical, hard line, fiber-optic connection to every customer, business and residential. The max bandwidth being offered to any individual customer is 1 gigabyte per second (1000 mb/s), which is honestly more than many of our systems can handle. With bandwidth options starting at 25 mb/s (which is 10x more than I
Recipes
Asparagus
Asparagus (scientific name Asparagus officinalis) is a perennial flowering plant that has been used as a food and medicine since as far back as 3,000 B.C. Many early cultures imbued it with aphrodisiac properties.1 Today, asparagus is recognized as an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, with few calories or sodium. Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, the amount of each vitamin offered in a serving of asparagus as a percentage of reference daily intakes (RDI) break down as follows:
The benifits of Tumeric
Tumeric is a wonderful spice and aids in the control of many problems. Studies show that turmeric may help fight Infections and some Cancers, reduce Inflammation, and treat Digestive problems.
Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an Anti-inflammatory, to treat Digestive and Liver problems, Skin diseases, and Wounds.

Curcumin is also a powerful Antioxidant. Antioxidants scavenge molecules in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with
A Review Of...
Book Review of Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin
Reviewed by Bernadette Mills

Sometime last year, many of us felt the crushing weight of social injustice as George Floyd’s life was extinguished in front of a crowd, slowly and painfully by those officers sworn to serve and protect the public. It was the last straw for many, after Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, and so many more suffered needless deaths at the hands of law enforcement. It heightened the emotional subject of racial disparity and discrimination, to a recognition of
NWK KS Leadership Center Workshops
Community Builders,

The NWK KS Leadership Center team is scheduling three NW Kansas Leadership Skill-building Workshops at the end of March in Bird City, Colby and Goodland. These workshops will include introductory leadership skill-building concepts by KLC teachers and coaches. These workshops will also address the logistics of establishing leadership training programs, choosing curriculums and measures to sustain leadership training into the future.

The dates, times and location of
Cheyenne County USDA Service Center Open for In-Office Visitors by Appointment
Natural Resources Conservation Service
314 US HWY 36
St Francis, KS 67756
Web: https://www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov
Twitter: @NRCS_Kansas

St Francis, September 23, 2020 — Customers of the Cheyenne County USDA Service Center may now conduct business in person in the office by appointment only. Visitors will be pre-screened based on health concerns or recent travel and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Service Center visitors must wear a facial covering while conducting business ins
New playground equipment at the Grade School
We as adults don't have the capability to truly judge the quality of a new, and visually impressive, piece of playground equipment. So, My Local Life recruited the help of two local experts in the fields of testing and evaluating the overall quality of 'fun stuff'.

Mahra and Mika take us through this new playground and let us know if the fun level was worth the effort, or if the school and the community just wasted their time and money.

Watch, and be informed.
Legal
Amendments to the Kansas amusement ride act which could affect carnival rides at the fair.
House Bill 2389 is scheduled to be heard, I think on Thursday and Friday in Topeka. This may or may not affect the carnival rides at the fair, but looks like it may. I would suggest people contact Representative Adam Smith and maybe e-mail any concerns, so this doesn't have a negative affect on the community.

Here is a link to the information page on the Kansas Legislature site:
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/hb2389/

March 23, 2017

The Honorable John Barker, Chai
Cheyenne County Budget - Detailed
I got the detailed budget to better understand the county budget summary in the paper. It explains the receipts and expenses in detail so I'm passing them on to you. I did not reproduce the detail of line items in the General Fund. The 2014 fiscal paperwork has been has been completed by the auditors and includes another level to the already complex accounting system. The level of ACTUAL, though official for 2014 is not yet official for 2015. So the ACTUAL is still vague for the moment. Ques
Notice of Budget Hearing
The governing body of Cheyenne County will meet on August 31, 2016 at 9:00am at Cheyenne Courthouse for the purpose of hearing and answering objections of taxpayers relating to the proposed use of all funds and the amount of ad valorem tax. Detailed budget information is available at County Clerk's Office and will be available at this hearing.

Budget Summary
Proposed budget 2017 Expenditures and Amount of 2016 Ad Valorem Tax establish the maximum limits of the 2017 budget. Estimated tax