News NWKS Food Climate Survey Healthy and robust food systems help to support and sustain healthy communities and strong local economies. One of the key steps to understanding a community food systems’ current strengths and gaps is to conduct a comprehensive assessment. This assessment is conducted by Western Prairie Food Farm and Community Alliance (WPFFCA) which includes the counties of Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Logan, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas and Wallace. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3M8FMSL Highway 36 Bloggers will visit Cheyenne County The Highway 36 Association has been working with local Chambers of Commerce, Main Streets, and Economic Development offices in the thirteen Kansas counties that Highway 36 runs through to bring two travel bloggers to our region this month. These bloggers, Sara Broers with Travel with Sara, and Melody Pittman with Wherever I May Roam Blog, will be road tripping along Highway 36 to highlight what visitors can experience in all 13 counties along Highway 36. They arrive in Doniphan County on Sunday, FISCAL YEAR 2021 AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT Information from Helen Dobbs, Director of the Cheyenne Community Development Corporation Under the American Rescue Plan, EDA was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks. American Rescue Plan funding enables EDA to provide larger, more transformational investments across USDA SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS TO HELP RURAL BUSINESSES PRODUCE AND MARKET VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS WASHINGTON, June 28, 2021 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it is accepting applications for grants to establish and operate Agriculture Innovation Centers. USDA is making $7.4 million available under the Agriculture Innovation Center Program . Agriculture Innovation Centers may use the grants to provide technical assistance to help agricultural producers develop and market value-added agricultural products using a variety of options, except joint GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY ANNOUNCES KANSAS SURPASSES $6 BILLION IN NEW BUSINESS DOLLARS INVESTED IN THE STATE For Immediate Release: June 29, 2021 Contact: Reeves Oyster, Press Secretary Reeves.Oyster@ks.gov _~Kansas Gross Domestic Product grows 7.3% in first quarter of 2021~_ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that since she took office in January 2019, more than $6 billion new business dollars have been invested in the state of Kansas and 26,000 new jobs have been created. "This administration has prioritized rebuilding our state's economic foundation and supporting Deadline Approaching in Kansas for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Excessive Rain, Flash Flooding and Flooding Disaster Field Operations Center West Release Date: June 11, 2021 Contact: Richard A. Jenkins, (916) 735-1500, Richard.Jenkins@sba.gov Release Number: KS 16781-02 Follow us on Twitter , Facebook , Blogs  & Instagram  Deadline Approaching in Kansas for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Excessive Rain, Flash Flooding and Flooding SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center-West to 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 | email@example.com 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 Raise the Roof The roof on the historic Danielson-Faulkender building is nearly 100 years old. No wonder it has a leak or two! What is needed now is a roof that will last another 100 years. Let's do it right! After last week's rain, it is needed more than ever. In fact, it is URGENT. Help replace the roof on the future home of "202 on Washington", a center where art and community will come together for events, meetings, receptions, shows, exhibits... imagination is the limit. Cheyenne Center Bushels build dreams! As early as 2015, community members had a dream, a dream of bringing the historic building at 202 on Washington back to life. That dream was to restore and re-purpose it as a multi-use structure that would serve the community both culturally and economically. Step by step, with the work and planning of dedicated volunteers and generous ongoing donations, the dream is slowly taking shape. Tap into the history that lives within the walls of that vast, but now empty building at 202 on Washingt Agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan NEWS RELEASE SBA to Make Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic Release Date: May 4, 2020 WASHINGTON – U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal will reopen today as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Pro Information on the CARES Act from Congressman Roger Marshall From Helen Dobbs - I just completed a wKREDA Skype with Congressman Roger Marshall and his office staff. Attached is information on the CARES Act. Coming out soon will be information for Sole Proprietor's and Independent Contractor's. In order to apply for benefits they will first need to apply and get a denial letter from Unemployment. To reach the Congressman's Staff for business questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To reach the Congressman's Staff for Me Kansas officials to provide information to small businesses Kansas officials to provide information to small businesses via First Friday online session April 3 Heads of agencies will take part in K-State monthly program in light of COVID-19 March 27, 2020 MANHATTAN, Kan. – Officials of two lead Kansas agencies responding to the COVID-19 outbreak will provide information for small businesses online Friday, April 3 at 9:30 am, as part of K-State Research and Extension’s First Friday monthly webinar series. The call will be recorded and archived. USDA Service Centers Taking Precautionary Measures to Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus SALINA, March 23, 2020 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Centers are encouraging visitors to take proactive protective measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. USDA Service Centers in Kansas will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only, and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tool Resources for Home Quarantine Cheyenne County Health Department Resources for Home Quarantine As we face this coronavirus together as a community, we wanted to share the resources available to help you and your family remain safe or work to contain the virus to limited numbers of people. Thank you to everyone for doing your part; whether it is staying home and away from others if you feel ill or by staying home to protect yourself from this virus. Grocery Delivery and Curbside Pickup: St. Francis Supers 785-332-2064 Plans Continue for Renovation of 202 on Washington Cheyenne Center for Creativity (CC4C) is reaching out to inform the community and faithful contributors of changes to the spring fundraising plans for the 202 on Washington Project. Gathering in large groups is being restricted in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. In response to these restrictions, CC4C and the 202 Building and Fundraising Committees, are moving forward by exploring creative options to accomplish the renovation and re-purposing of 202 on Washington. The Dane G. MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE FROM: Christopher C. Krebs Director Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that: “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Kansas Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Release Date: March 21, 2020 Release Number: KS 16385-01 Contact: Richard A. Jenkins, (916) 735-1500, Richard.Jenkins@sba.gov SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Kansas small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedn Kansas schools closed for the remainder of the school year MESSAGE TO FAMILIES Today, March 17, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This will place tremendous hardship on our families and staff, and impact the social and emotional well-being of our students. We have been working on contingency plans since mid-March, including how we can meet the ongoing learning needs of our students and provide breakfast and lunch for our students. Please understand, there ar KDHE issues new recommendations for quarantine and isolation of travelers, close contacts and those being tested For more information, contact: Ashley Jones-Wisner Ashley.JonesWisner@ks.gov Kristi Zears Kristi.Zears@ks.gov TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is issuing new guidance today surrounding COVID-19, including travelers, close contacts of confirmed cases and those being tested. KDHE is now recommending 14-day home quarantine for Kansans who have: Traveled to a state with known widespread community transmission (currently California, New York and Washington Give your business a main street address The building which formerly was the home of Shay Realty in St Francis, has a new owner. Gabe Born purchased the building and plans to convert the realty office in to an office complex, initially housing 5 individual, rent-able offices. There is room to renovate one or two additional offices in currently unused spaces. The five available rooms range in size, location, features (like main street facing windows), and price. Utilities, including internet, will be included in the rent. Landline phone The new St Francis Pool Logo... Drum roll please.... On Jan. 31st, on Facebook, was posted an article entitled: Vote on the new Sainty pool logo The Saint Francis Community High School Public Relations course created logos for the new pool for the City Council. The Council would like the city's help in selecting the new logo. Please vote for your favorite. This article sent the reader to a survey which asked you to pick your favorite design for the new St. Francis Pool logo. All of the designs were excellent, imaginative, and deserves The on-going effort for 'Fiber-to-the-Home' The St. Francis community had their hopes raised with the idea of getting internet connectivity through fiber-optic lines run to every home and business, installed through a grant from the USDA. Through constant work of the potential internet customers of St. Francis, the St. Francis Internet Committee, and Eagle Communications, a plan was devised to bring a fiber-optic lines directly to each building, supplying internet speeds many times faster, through a stable connection, for a reasonable fee USD 297 Moves to eliminate nut products from schools In a letter from the USD 297 Superintendent Robert Schiltz, it was stated that because of multiple students in both the elementary and jr/sr high schools have varying degrees of nut allergies, even to the degree that exposure to nuts/peanuts could be life-threatening. So, the Superintendent is asking that students not bring any foods to school which are, or may contain nuts/peanuts. And the schools will be working to eliminate nut/peanut products from their food service program and vending m Morris Off-Road & Auto Steven and Rachel Morris have opened a new business in St. Francis. Morris Off-Road & Auto opened its doors up on Hwy 36, just east of Parkhill, and is ready for your off-road & auto mechanic needs. Located at: 430 E. US Hwy 36 St. Francis, KS Phone: 785-332-4450 https://www.facebook.com/morrisoffroadauto/ Eagle Communications will not receive grant money Earlier this year the citizens of St Francis, in conjunction with Eagle Communication, came together in and effort to receive a grant from the USDA which would allow the installation of a fiber-to-the-home internet service. Eagle Communications has been informed that they will not be receiving the grant. Here is the notification from Eagle Communications: CONTACT: Travis Kohlrus, General Manager email@example.com / 785-301-2096 December 2, 2016 Eagle Communications – USDA Co Cheyenne County Micro-loan Local Revolving Loan Fund A financial opportunity is available for small businesses who are looking to expand their capabilities and hire new employees. If approved, your business could receive a loan of $3k to $25k at 5%, which can be used to grow your business to the point of hiring at least 1 part-time employee. There is a total of $90k available to be used for this fund. For details of this fund opportunity, print the included pdf's, or contact Helen Dobbs @ the CCDC @ 785-332-3508. STATEMENT FROM THE CHIEF KS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE LAWTON NUSS ON THE OUTCOME OF JUDICIAL RETENTION ELECTION TOPEKA- 11/08/16 - We want to thank the voters of Kansas whose support shows that our state values the need to maintain our fair and impartial courts. Our justices' ability to make decisions based on the rule of law and the constitution has been preserved. The supreme court's ability to make decisions based on the rule of law -- and the people's constitution -- has been preserved. For over 60 years, Kansas has had a tradition of keeping politics out of the courtroom of the supreme Informed Voters, Fair Judges Today I had the distinct honor of meeting Justice Carol A. Beier, Supreme Court Justice in the State of Kansas. She stopped in St. Francis to drop off her responses to the questionnaire I sent out to all of the candidates on the ballot this election year. The responses could have been easily emailed, but this provided an opportunity for Justice Beier and her husband Richard to visit a town in Kansas they might not have had a reason stop in any other time. And I am glad they did, we were able to Public Building Commission meeting draws large crowd The July 14th Public Building Commission (PBC) meeting drew a large crowd of citizens with questions, and wanting more information about the building a new pool in St. Francis. On the agenda was Robin Peterson, who gave an impassioned talk about the financial state our ag, and everyone else, is in in Cheyenne County. Declining prices have many farmers and ranchers tightening their belts, and added expenses will be harder to justify. Robin also compared the proposed St. Francis pool with a po View the Sample Ballots for this Primary Election Get you votin' pencils sharpened! The time has come for early voting for the 2016 Primary election. Early voting begins on Wednesday the 13th at the County Office, and runs through August 1st at noon; at which time the early voting will close in preparation for the regular voting on August 2nd at the Lutheran Church in St. Francis, and the United Methodist Church in Bird City. To better prepare you to make an informed decision this Primary Election, I have included links to the sample Viaero Offers Faster Internet Service in St. Francis I am excited to find out that there may be another internet option here in St. Francis and Bird City. Our internet woes in St. Francis may be getting a bit of relief. Michelle Staley, from the Viaero corporate office, came to announce the arrival of a new internet service to the area. After talking with her for a while, and asking lots of questions, here is what we found out: Your local Viaero Dealer Sainty Wireless located at 301 W Jackson St. Francis is excited to be able to offer this n Aug 2 Vote on Building Assisted Living Facility and Renovation of Nursing Home Re-posted for the Cheyenne Co Community Builders In 2010 and 2011 the Community Builders facilitated public meetings to keep our nursing home open after the Oct 2010 fire. The outcome of those meetings led to Cheyenne County assuming ownership of the Good Samaritan Village, a county wide vote in Aug 2011 to levy up to 6 mills for a "Home for the Aged". The County Commissioners have set up a capital improvement fund for the county owned long term care facility. The six mills are Results from a Cheyenne County Employee Compensation and Classification Study The County engaged the services of The Austin Peters Group, Inc., based in Overland Park, Kansas. The service engagement was for the purposes of: 1) a Compensation and Classification Study; 2) Job Description Development and Update; and 3) Employee Handbook Update. As part of the job description development and update a review of the Fair Labor Standards Act was used to recommend exempt and non- exempt employees. For purposes of organization, this report includes the Market Study and Results.