Spotlight On... Conservation Tillage By Fred Wedel, Retired NRCS District Conservationist, Goodland KS No-Till farming is limiting soil disturbance to keep plant residue on the soil surface all year. Also, good, healthy soil structure is maintained year around. The No-Till farming practice applies to all cropland. Advantages of No-Till farming include reduced soil erosion caused by wind and water. Soil not tilled is less compacted resulting in better soil structure. Time is saved when several tillage passes are eliminated Pollinator Habitat By Fred Wedel, Retired NRCS District Conservationist, Goodland KS What is good pollinator habitat? The main element of high-quality pollinator habitat is an abundant and diverse array of flowering plants. These plants include a variety of annual and perennial forbs, legumes, shrubs, vines and trees that start flowering early in spring and continue late into fall. Native bees are a vital component of a "biologically diverse" plant and animal community. This community is 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 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 Best Burgers on 36 The US Highway 36 Association is pleased to announce the winners of our “Best Burgers on 36” Contest. During the month of November voting was live on the Association's Facebook page and Website. Each county located on Highway 36 in Kansas had its own poll which citizens and visitors could vote on. One winner was chosen from each of the counties creating the list of the 13 Best Burgers on 36. The winners received a certificate as well as will be recognized in the Association's new Tra The Roll Top Desk The Roll Top Desk which sat for one hundred years in the Kite law offices (later Kite and Day Law Offices), 112 West Washington, St. Francis. John and Elaine Raile Kite donated this golden oak to the Museum of Cheyenne County. It is now the centerpiece in the redesigned Law Office at the Museum. John Kite retired in June 2007 after practicing law in Cheyenne County for 50 years. His father, Edward, E. E. Kite, was also a lawyer for 50 years. Together, they provided 100 years of law t 202 on Washington Update Renovation plans are progressing at 202 on Washington. Materials which will be used in the first phase of HVAC installation were delivered February 4th. Funds to pay for this first phase were made possible through grants from the Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation including a Dane G. Hansen Pass Through Grant for $10,000, and a $10,000 St Francis New Generation Grant. In addition, the Midwest Energy Community Fund Impact Grant awarded $5000 for this phase of the climate control project Natural Resources Conservation Service Continued Operations through 2020 Pandemic By Bernadette Luncsford, Acting Supervisory District Conservationist for Cheyenne, Decatur, Sherman, Rawlins, and Thomas counties Here at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) we have learned quite a lot about doing business over the last year. As we realized there was a life threatening disease spreading we also understood that we had to continue to support you, landowners, to ensure your livelihood remained viable and your families were provided for through the pandemic. The wor Conserve America: Embrace Diversity By Bernadette Mills, Supervisory District Conservationist Cheyenne, Decatur, Sherman, Rawlins, and Thomas counties, Kansas Natural Resources Conservation Service USDA The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an equal opportunity employer and provider. Hmm, what does that mean? Well, it means that you cannot be denied employed positions or customer services based on the specific factors that make you who you are: your age, national origin, color, race, religion, disability, sex, 202 on Washington: New Chapter Begins August 10 New Chapter Begins On the morning of August 6, the dilapidated wooden awning at 202 on Washington was carefully taken down by a crew of local construction volunteers. As the awning was removed, the new face of 202 on Washington emerged. The history of the Danielson Faulkender Building will never be forgotten, but a new chapter is beginning. Cheyenne Center for Creativity approached Roger Jensen several months ago to help tackle this enormous project. Roger enlisted Gordon Ross Meet Heidi, the new Farmers Market Coordinator Hello, I am Heidi Straub-Marquez and I am the coordinator for the Cheyenne County Farmers Market. I am excited to share some news of the upcoming farmers market with you. We will be setting up at the Courthouse Park starting Saturday; June 6th from 9-12. Tables and chairs will be available to vendors on a first come, first serve basis. The market will be held every Saturday unless weather prohibits. Cheyenne County Farmers Market will provide state required hand washing station(s) and Raising the Roof Help transform the old DANIELSON-FAULKENDER building to an art and community center. The addition to the town will be as beneficial as the Motorcycle Museum which increased traffic to St. Francis significantly. Any amount is appreciated. $2, $20, $200, $2000, $20,000 etc. DONATE HERE... https://bit.ly/3btiGRv The 202 on Washington Project is one step closer to becoming a reality The 202 on Washington Project is one step closer to becoming a reality. Closing on the building sale took place on Friday, April 17th. "We are excited to see the community moving forward with the Cheyenne Center for Creativity's (CC4C) purchase of the historic building at 202 Washington", said Tom Smull, board member of the Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation. The Foundation's Dane G. Hansen Pass-Through Grant of $10,000 will help start the work. This building is the History of building at 202 Washington We are currently having a RAISE THE ROOF CAMPAIGN In 1895, Deroy Danielson, Sr. established an implement and hardware store in St. Francis, Kansas. Originally from Bishop, Illinois, Deroy arrived in Cheyenne County from Clay Center, Kansas in 1887 with plans to be a cattle rancher. He quickly learned that the days of big cattle ranches were weaning with the rapid arrival of settlers. With $200 in his pocket, he took the cattle train to Kansas City to buy inventory for his new store. He ret What Is the 2020 Census? Text from the 2020 Census website: https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census.html To participate in the 2020 Census, please visit the website: https://2020census.gov/en.html The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, Ameri Cheyenneopoly game now available through the CCDC Cheyenneopoly, the game unique to Cheyenne County, Kansas, has been produced by Cheyenne County Development Corporation as a fundraiser, through the efforts of local businesses and individuals who chose to be included in the production of 500 games, which is a Monopoly featuring local businesses and organizations. These games are a great way to support the community with local families in the area, and those with ties to Cheyenne County. Cheyenneopoly will make a great gift for those graduati Help Wanted: Farmer's Market Coordinator It is the goal of the Cheyenne County Farmer's Market: "To help strengthen our local food system, through educating and empowering community support of a marketplace that supports healthy, local, and sustainable food and homemade items to contribute to our local economy." And to meet this goal we could use someone's help. We have an open position as the Farmers Market Coordinator. This is a seasonal position, each Saturday, 9 - noon, June through September, plus a few board an Flatiron Restaurant Closed for a Short Time Fitting into a community on a long term basis is a complicated configuration of gives and takes, offerings and acceptances. Seldom does one get it right the first time, even when the offering is some of the best meals available in St Francis. Jett Fromholtz realized that all his dreams of possibility, honed by practicality, and tested in the real world had to be re-examined. Flatiron Restaurant has offered breakfast and lunch with Asian and Mexican special days and all were excellent and popular Checking in on the pool project Everyone is looking forward to the new pool opening. The target date is the first week in August. They seem to be working everyday, I even saw them last Saturday and Sunday. The underground spring is less of a problem as they dig further east and everything seems to be going well. There will be a meeting of the pool board and the construction company the last Wednesday of the month to review the progress. Ribbon Cutting of Van Service Ribbon cutting on the Van service in Cheyenne County took place at 11 am on March 21st. at the Senior Center. There will be an open house in Bird City on March 27th at 11 am at the Bird City Senior Center. SCHEDULE A RIDE (24 HOUR NOTICE, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE SCHEDULING) Call 785-772-1053 between 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday (except county holidays) to schedule a ride. HOURS OF SERVICE: 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday, county holidays are observed FARES: Transportation within St Francis Community Foundation accepting grant applications Applications are being accepted from January 19 to March 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Up to $12,400 in interest income has been approved to be granted. Decisions on funding will be announced by April 1, 2017. They can be picked up from the St. Francis city office or completed online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K8YZCB8. Local area charitable 501(c)(3) organizations, government entities, or community organizations working with a government entity or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization may request CHEYENNE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM OF CHEYENNE COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2016 January 19, 2017 Become a Museum “Friend” for a donation of $30. Friends have free access to the Cheyenne County Family Legacy Files that Marilyn Holzwarth gave to the Historical Society, so that you can research and update your own family’s information. “Friends” will also have free assistance and access to all files and information in the museum. The museum staff works diligently to plan programs, access donations and grants, update and create exhibits, as well as managing t West African Drum and Dance Group By Mahra Padgett The West African Drum and Dance Group people came to elementary school. They did a funny act, they told the teachers to come up on the stage and dance and play drums it was fun and funny. The word we learned was wowow that means yes yes. Escape From Sand Creek to the Safety of Cherry Creek 1864 From Sutton's Southwest Nebraska The sudden, vicious attack of Colonel John M Chivington at Sand Creek, Colorado, November 28, 1864, destroyed the Cheyenne winter encampment and scattered the survivors over the blizzard swept plains, nearly naked and with few blankets. Without food on a panic march afoot, they broke snow drifts in an effort to reach a friendly Indian village on the North Smoky Hill River some 50 miles northeast (on the west border of Kansas). Messengers had gone ahead, a CCDC Annual Meeting wraps up very busy year On Tuesday, November 29th, the Cheyenne County Development Corp (CCDC) Annual Meeting was held to review the year's accomplishments and vote on new board members. Helen Dobbs and CCDC board members are hard at work, and what they do has a huge impact on Cheyenne County. I asked Helen Dobbs for a list of the work the CCDC has been doing this past year, and I include it here: CHEYENNE COUNTY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 2016 REVIEW By Director Helen Dobbs During 2016, many exciting proje Cheyenne Co. Public Transportation Public Transportation - Coming Soon to Cheyenne County! We expect to receive the KDOT grant funded Ford Transit Van by December 16, and have it in service by December 20th. Watch this page or check advertisements in the local newspapers for updates. SCHEDULE A RIDE (24 HOUR NOTICE, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE SCHEDULING) Call 785-772-1053 between 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday (except county holidays) to schedule a ride. HOURS OF SERVICE: 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday, county holidays Western Plains Food, Farm and Community Alliance The Western Plains Food, Farm Community Alliance needs advisors, people in this community that are well versed in either food or farming and are willing to offer advise. People from any of the following fields could bring expertise to this discussion. We need as many diverse opinions as possible to insure that all members of the community are addressed. If you would like to advise as this process progresses please call me Dianna Padgett at 785-332-5819 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Yo Progress on Keller Pond Work on Keller Pond upgrade is progressing. Tom Keller believes it should be done next spring. He's allowed people to fish there but the time has come to refurbish. First the county is dredging it and taking out the cat tails that made it difficult to get to the water's edge. When that is done there will be a 6' wide paved path encircling the pond to make it accessible for runners, wheelchairs and strollers. Benches and new trees will make it a very welcoming place for everyone. In a Kary Zweygardt - Drawing Me Home - Opening Night Walking around the Quincy Gallery tonight, weaving through a dense, jovial crowd, taking in the art of an artist who obviously not only has true talent, but also has the patience and determination to practice, hone, and (to my eye) nearly perfect his chosen forms expression: watercolor, and pencil. The level of detail in the line work and the emotion inherent in every splash of color draws in the eye and seems to welcome you in to its reality. Nothing feels abstract, but honest in its expression Makayla Rogers to participate at the Distinguished Young Women Program Makayla Rogers, 2017 Cheyenne County Young Miss, will be will be participating at the Distinguished Young Women Program on November 5, 2016, in Belleville, Kansas - GOOD LUCK MAKAYLA!!! Tobe Zweygardt Honored by Kansas Magazine Each year Kansas Magazine honors 4 adults and one child who promote a love of Kansas. This year Tobe Zweygardt is honored for his dedication to preserving the history of Northwest Kansas and instilling in the future generations a love of local history and a curiosity in the events which forged who we are as Kansans. The award presented to Tobe reads: 2016 Kansas' Finest Award presented to Tobe Zweygardt In appreciation of your passion, perseverance, and sense of purpose in pr Interview with Joyce Russ, Girl Scout leader in Saint Francis Joyce grew up on a farm SW of Abilene. Her and her husband came out to Western KS on vacation and found that they liked it here, so she and her husband eventually moved out here. Joyce had not been in Girl Scouts growing up, but when a friend's daughter wanted to be in Girl Scouts where she used to live, so she took her, and Joyce became interested in the Girl Scouts and decided she wanted to be a Girl Scout leader. Her first year she had 12 girls. Juliette Low, founder of girl scouts, h Autumnal Equinox A cool, misty morning. A reminder of jacket weather approaching. The refreshing moisture that hits my skin as I step out of the house wakes me up quicker than any coffee could (sorry, Fresh 7). A relief from the heat of summer and the dusty, dry air of Northwest Kansas. It is Autumn. Jackets and scarves, pumpkins and gourdes, the crinkle of dead leaves kicked by little feet, cinnamon sticks in hot drinks, and fireside, toasty thoughts about thankfulness. As we ease from dusty sweat and Route 36 Yard Sale Map Downloadable map for the Rt 36 Treasure Hunt. September 16 - 17 - 18, 2016. Happy hunting!!