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3/30/2007

ELLIS COUNTY RESIDENTS UP IN ARMS OVER WIND FARM….OVER 600 ATTENDED WIND MEETING, MOST OBJECT TO 11,000 ACRES BLIGHTED BY PROPOSED WIND FARM…

Filed under: energy — Peg Britton @ 6:56 pm

WIND FARM AND COMMUNITY LIABILITY

March 28, 2007

By J.P. Michaud

…If the removal of a single tower can cost more than $1,000,000, lets do the math. Count those towers (there seem to be more every day) - it could cost hundreds of millions of dollars to go backwards on this deal once it goes in and eleven thousand acres of our prairie - ELEVEN THOUSAND ACRES ! - will be blighted by this obscene project for eternity.

And if it ever becomes unprofitable for *any reason*, these same landowners can hold the county liable for their removal!

We the citizens of Ellis County! Because we let them do it.

Abandoned towers are full of toxic waste, leaking hydraulic fluids from gearboxes and God knows what else. No one wants to touch these things once they have been decommissioned…

…It will be a monumental failure of local government if this project is ever approved.
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, VIEW THE PICTURES and sign the petition to keep the wind farm from being built in Ellis County.

“To those who would sell out for this project, we have only one question. What kind of citizen puts their own personal greed ahead of the environmental health and safety of their neighbors and their community? We strongly urge every citizen of Hays with a concern for their environment and quality of living to stand up against this proposed environmental atrocity — otherwise we will be saddled with an ecological nightmare for eternity. ”

Keeping Wind Turbines Out Of Our Back Yard.

Keep in mind that some Ellsworth County residents brought up these same issues and questions, but we were never provided with any answers. There will be a day of reckoning.

And here’s another good article that everyone interested in water should read:

“Dwindling Water, The Public, The Law” by Bob Hooper.

If your from this part of Kansas, you’ll like a daily read of the Everyday Citizen. These blogs are authored by ordinary citizens who have things to say about social, economic, environmental, human, or political conditions in our nation or our world.

10th ANNUAL PRAIRIE LEAGUE OF WOMEN - JUNE 8 - 9, 2007. ANTIQUE HOUNDS DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS.

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 3:07 pm

Linda McCowan, Prairie Enterprise Facilitator from Pawnee Rock, organized the first “Prairie League of Women” gathering ten years ago. Each year the attendance and participation has grown until it’s a really big gathering of friendly confabulation you don’t want to miss.

You can attend all or part of it. For antique hounds, this is the best thing going in Central Kansas and you’ll enjoy every minute of it. Gather up some of your friends and make a weekend of it. You won’t be disappointed.

Friday: June 8th 3-5:30 p.m.
Let’s rock Pawnee Rock Antique stores, right on Highway 56 between Larned and Great Bend! Santa Fe Mercantile Antiques and Collectables and P. Lees Memories and Antiques. Special gifts and discounts available to PLW attendees at this time only!

6:30-7:30
10th Anniversary Dinner Celebration at The Elks Club, 1120 Kansas Avenue, in Great Bend, KS (Kansas Street is one block east of Hwy 281) highway 281)

7:30 Concert by folk singer, Christine Lavin
In September 2005 Christine’s latest solo CD, folkZinger, on Appleseed Records, was released, bringing her number of solo albums to 17. Feel free to find out more about Christine here - and listen to her music.

Post concert reception - The Gallery at 2021 Forest will have a special “midnight run” sale for PLW attendees only after the concert. Then it’s off to dreamland to rest up for tomorrow. Motel accommodations are the responsibility of individual PLW attendees. Suggestions on back.

Saturday, June 9th
8:00 a.m.
It’s time for a scrumptious al fresco breakfast at Heartland Farm, an annual favorite with PLW attendees. The benefit antique auction will follow the breakfast this year. Bring an item for the auction and a lawn chair. (Linda will NOT be leading any tours of the farm this year!)

Approx. 10:30 a.m.
Time to tour homes and shop, and do we have a line up this year!

  • Home of Architectural Designer, Debbie Deutsch, 254 W. 1st, Hoisington
  • Home of Santa Artist, Loretta Miller, RR. Great Bend
  • Home of Housing Opportunities Inc, Executive Director, Vicky Dayton, Hoisington
  • The Meat Locker, hobby of collector LaRee Cravens, 1300 E. Park, Great Bend
  • Home of Wood Carver, Lynn Kaiser, 3101 16th Street, Great Bend
  • Return visit - Home of Gracie Groundwater Designs, Lisa Hayes, 819 Kansas, Great Bend

Then, antique, Antique, ANTIQUE shopping! Great Bend, Ellinwood, Hoisington, and Larned offer the best selection around. 18 antique stores will be open for PLW ’07. Late lunch will be served at The Rack, 3320 Railroad Avenue, Great Bend.

The whole shebang costs $42.00 per person
The Friday night dinner and concert is $25.00 per person (I’m going to this.)

Make all checks payable to Prairie League of Women and send to:
Linda McCowan, Box 194, Pawnee Rock, KS 67567

Any questions, please call LINDA at 866.617.1555 She’ll send you a flier with lodging and other details.

LEW MCATEE’S RETIREMENT PARTY IS TODAY AT THE CSB&T

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 7:50 am

Lew’s retirement celebration is today at the bank.  We’ll be there.  I don’t know how we could have managed without him all the years we worked together.  He’s been a wonderful friend.  He’s really going to be missed by his customers at the bank.  He’s a very special guy.

Dane is riding the ECCA bus to town today to see Lew and others at the bank, have Kevin give him a haircut and possibly have lunch with Don and Mark. He’s looking forward to it.

Tomorrow our good friend Dr. Shari Abel-Morgan is coming for the weekend to visit and see Dane.  She’s the one who hovered over Dane following all of his emergency trips to Wesley when he had the bad infections in his head and underwent a series of very difficult brain surgeries.  She and her husband are moving to Anchorage so this will be a particularly poignant gathering.

I just peeked at my hit totals on the MetaPro website.  I knew they were going to be high this month. Once again I don’t know why, but I thank you all who have contributed. The number will exceed 133,000.

There is much to do today so this will probably be my only post.  Thanks for stopping by.

CHICKEN ENCHILADA LASAGNA CASSEROLE

Filed under: recipes — Peg Britton @ 7:30 am

My friend, Ginger, gave me this recipe, out of the Wichita paper, and I’m off to the store to get everything to prepare it today to serve for dinner tomorrow night. I haven’t tried it before, but it sounds good and sort of fool proof.

I’ll serve some of Ally’s excellent, very hot green chili on the side for those who want it. And there will be a mixed green salad with strawberries, toasted pecans and such. Karen’s famous pies will will make everything previous served seem right should it go wrong.

Chicken Enchilada Lasagna Casserole

1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts
6 Tblsp. butter
6 Tblsp. flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 4 0z. can chopped green chiles, drained Salsa of your choice for moistening tortillas
1 pkg. corn or flour tortillas (I used a mixture of both)
1 lb. shredded Mexican cheese blend
2 cups refried beans

Cover chicken breasts with water 2 celery stalks and 1/2 onion and stew until done.

In another sauce pan, melt butter and stir in flour.

Cook until and light brown. Gradually add broth and milk, stirring frequently. Cook until thickened. Add green chilies and salt and pepper.

Dice cooked chicken and add to sauce.

Coat bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish with 1/2 cup of salsa. Pour some salsa into a bowl. Cut tortillas into quarters and dip in salsa. Line bottom of baking dish with one layer of tortillas. Spread half of the chicken and sauce mixture over tortilla layer and top with 1/4 of the cheese. Place another layer of dredged tortillas over the cheese. Thin the refried beans with a little water and spread over the tortilla layer and top with another layer of cheese. Add another layer of tortillas, top with the rest of the chicken mixture and another layer of cheese. Top with final layer of dredged tortilla quarters and cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until bubbly.

Ginger said it was really good…so I’m going to try it. I’ll let you know.

Ally made this and used corn shells, fried them, then dipped them in salsa. We’d heard from Kenz and others that the flour tortillas tend to be soggy, so using corn shells and treating them as if you were going to make enchiladas worked really well. It also improved the flavor. The casserole sliced like thick lasagna and we topped it with Ally’s pork/hot green chili. It was excellent. Just thought you might like to know.

3/29/2007

CLICK ON THE BLUE SIDE BAR FOR INFORMATION

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, print news — Peg Britton @ 4:50 pm

It seems from the number of out-clicks that more and more of you are finding the information on the blue side bar to the right either helpful…interesting…or just dang funny.

If you haven’t discovered all the information there, you might want to click around a bit.

There are some good bloggers listed under “bloglinks”. There is a lot of information available. Note particularly the ones from Kansas who have their specialties as they are very good. Pat Hayes is a science teacher and writes about evolution and intelligent design; Joshua Rosenau is a graduate student at the University of Kansas, in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. When not modeling species distributions, he keeps abreast of developments in progressive politics and the rest of the sciences; Cheryl Unruh’s website and blog are a delight from start to finish; Linda Hanney is a rural mail delivery person, among other things, and has a wonderful perspective of life in the Wakarusa Valley; Dave Leiker’s e-cards are fun and beautiful; Jesse has wonderful blogs when he has time to write and I like what Diane Silver has to say about politics and her fight for equality…and so on. Don’t forget my friend Janis down in LA. Take one at a time and explore the list. I think you’ll enjoy most of them. I really miss kansasrino.
Under the category “kansas and u.s. connections”, you’ll find websites that I use regularly and find them helpful.

“my pastimes” speaks for itself. when I’m tired and want just to browse around a bit, that’s where I go. I love Dave’s “Postcards” and “ashes and snow” for the unusual. I learn something new every time I hit “common errors in english” or “ask oxford”. And KPR has great music.

The offshore newspapers speak for themselves. They are an endless source of information. Someone has for a long time now read the Sydney Morning Herald every day. I’m glad to provide that link for them.

“u.s. newspapers” includes all the Kansas papers. Just click on the “list of kansas newspapers” and you’ll find about everything. The pitch and onion are interesting. The onion cracks me up. If you like reading newspapers as much as I do, you’ll find the list very helpful. Some you have to sign up for, but for the most part, it’s easy and free. Just use the same login and password for each, if you can, as that proves helpful.

The “categories” is an on-going thing. I’ve still not completed indexing all my early blogs, but once I do, they will fall in one or more of those categories. You can click on energy and find now about everything I’ve written about that. Same with water. Dane is in the list because of his illness and all those posts.

If you know of something I don’t have, and you want me to add it, let me know.

Happy clicking!

SPLENDOR OF THE GRASS

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 1:59 pm

The Prairie’s Grip is Unbroken in the Flint Hills of Kansas
by Verlyn Klinkenborg with Photographs by Jim Richardson

This National Geographic article describes the Flint Hills of Kansas both in words and photography. Jim Richardson is a Kansan and is currently displaying his work in various places in the state.  You can see it here.

3/28/2007

SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 5:37 pm

This morning I wrote the symphony folk to mention my tickets had not yet arrived and “had they been mailed?”  When I ordered them on the 5th, they said I should receive them in 2 to 3 weeks and the three weeks were up.

I should have waited a couple hours as they were in the mail today along with a map, instructions and helpful information.   YAY!

INTERESTING SORT OF DAY…WHEN YOU GO LOOKING FOR IT

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 4:47 pm

It is Wednesday and acupuncture treatment day in Salina. Treatment #6, I think. I’m not sure how it is working, but it’s a little too early to tell. This week and last week the bottom of my foot went dead and my toes curled under, so that is a good sign.

I stopped for a Bogie hamburger for breakfast/lunch. They are the best in town, imo, with extra sautéed onions, extra pickles and hold the catsup. Frank and Judy Toman were there thinking the same thing.

My shoes are worn out, so I got re-shod today. They all go at one time, I guess, because I buy them in batches to last for years. I like Dan Brown, in Brown’s Shoe Fit. Among other styles, he carries comfortable shoes for old women. The store was filled with old women today. One had her car keys on a long, twirled, retractable thingamabob indicating to me she’d probably lost them numerous times and finally, in desperation, one of her kids got this 20 foot coiled snake-type key chain to keep her from losing them one more damn time. She kept playing with it and activating the horn on her car that was right by the open front door. Dan would get her panic button and stop it, and she’d turn it right back on again, with this quizzical look on her face like…”Is that my horn honking again? I wonder what is causing the horn to go off all the time? Oh, how did you stop it? If I only wear these shoes in the house and next week I decide I don’t like them, can I bring them back?” “Sure, you can”, says Dan while grasping at the panic button again. Anyway, I love their Merrill’s, Keen’s and also bought a snappy pair of somethingorothers to make it through a wedding. I tried on three pair and bought the same three pair. I was a quick sale. I won’t have to buy shoes for years.

Oh…these are the shoes I really wanted but Dan didn’t have them in my size. Yuk,yuk. My friend, Janis, found these.

The last time Brit and I went to the Social Security office was when he retired…I think. Anyway, neither of us remembered they’d moved despite the numerous times I’ve been to Linda Lawrence’s office where the sign on her entry door reminds people they are NOT at the Social Security office and that with a map she also supplies on her door, you can see the arrow where the SS location can be found on the OTHER side of the building. So, after getting my senses together, I easily found the office.

Well. I’ve never been in a guarded anthrax hose-down area, but that’s what it was like. It was empty when I arrived and there is no one from our friendly government to greet you. There is a computer where you sign in…”Have an appointment”, yes or no…etc. A woman from behind a bullet-proof glass appeared and said she could respond to questions if the answers appeared on her monitor. Nothing complicated. She didn’t help and since I couldn’t get past her to someone who could, I turned around to see an armed guard and several men staring at me waiting their turn. No one smiled or responded to my cheery “hi” to the cop. It must be hell to work there.

Brit still was wearing his hearing aids when I got home, so there was no need to put him in the line of fire. I hope he gets used to wearing them and actually finds being able to hear again worth the inconvenience of having to stuff them in his ears. Just one of them cost slightly less than our first house. Thanks to his wonderful war record (all state-side!), the government…you…paid for them. The Army Air Corps caused it, so that’s fine with us that they should take care of him.

Don’t forget to stop by to see Paula Schneider tomorrow and thank her for all her years of service as County Treasurer. And the same goes for Lew at the CSB & T on Friday. Both have contributed enormously to the community.

There are huge numbers of hits being registered this month. Thanks for contributing to that.

ON A LEASH

Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 7:53 am

Last night when I was first exposed to Brit’s hearing aids, and the equipment I, too, must wear, I felt like a dog on a leash or Martha Stewart with security leg irons under home detention. No one told me I’d be involved in this. Or even asked if I wanted to be a part of the program. I guess it comes with the territory of being married for 56 years and general acceptance of whatever flows by.

I have this “thing” on a rope…like soap on a rope, only a different shape and not so heavy, that goes around my neck. One could tighten it sufficiently like a garrote to do me in. I hope no one gets that idea, but I have a feeling the idea is already “out there” in the public domain.

The “thing” has to be charged every night so it lies quietly next to my cell phone with current running through it until the crack of dawn when both are put to use again. I suppose it’s like the poor fellow who has teeth to put in every morning before the day can take on any meaning. It feels that way.

So, every morning I put this lodestone around my neck and it hangs there waiting for my first utterance of the day. It’s like an ill-conceived piece of jewelry some deranged old woman might wear along with mismatched socks and a sloppy old tee shirt. I’ll be some piece of cake if I ever do decide to “dress up”.

Now, there better be a way to shut the thing off as I can whisper 100 feet away from him, with my back to him, and he can hear what I’m saying. Now that just ain’t gonna work for me. You can see where this might lead.

So, I’ll keep you posted on how this is going. I’m so happy for him that he can be part of conversations again. And, you’ve been forewarned: he can hear what you’re saying about him now so be sharp and attentive.

It’s acupuncture day for me again. I’m not sure it’s working, but the electrical current only got where it was supposed to go last week. I may have to have a few additional sessions. Or, like other things, I’ll be the only one in history it doesn’t work on.

And, I have to stop somewhere and buy a pair of shoes. I’ve worn the same two pair for three years now. It’s time for something new.

I heard back from Community Care on Brit’s insurance. They can’t even find where he paid what he did, despite it was a direct pay from social security. That will take all day to figure out. The two-page letter from the grievance board is impossible to understand. I hope Paula is still at the SS office. Maybe she can help me.

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be around later this evening should something interesting happen around town I can write about.

THE AMERICAN DREAM

Filed under: friends, print news — Peg Britton @ 7:04 am

by Norman Ornstein

What is the American Dream?

I have two answers for this. In the broadest sense it is that anybody can be president. It is basically that in America, no matter what your background, your talents can take you to whatever level you deserve or sometimes higher. Caste, class, corruption and privilege–all the things that other societies have to boost those who don’t deserve it or oppress those who do–do not apply. That’s as true of immigrants as the native born.

The second answer is that in America, if you do what the society asks of you, namely you work hard and you play by the rules, you will have a good life. You will have a nice place to live, good schools for your children, food on the table and the other core things that come with a good life.

On the first we’ve done well and better than anyone else. It really is that case that you can start with nothing and end up with everything. On the latter part we are falling short. You can work hard and not be able to afford anywhere to live. You can work hard and not have any health insurance.

We are one out of two on the American Dream.

Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at AEI.

(My friend Jesse sent me the above and said: I know that Ornstein could go into much greater detail on this issue, but this short write-up posted on the AEI Web site is rather poignant by itself.)

3/27/2007

JOSIE AND MARK ROEHRMAN….CHAMBER AWARD RECIPIENTS

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 3:32 pm

Josie and Mark Roehrman were presented the ultimate in Chamber of Commerce awards last night at the annual meeting and banquet.  They were named Citizens of the Year by the Chamber. Their work for the Drovers National Hall of Fame and the Longhorn Cattle Drive has been endless and constant.  They are truly deserving of the award.

My house guest from Colorado Springs and I had lunch at the Antique Mall today.  They have new varieties of bread, sandwiches and soup that Grandson Tyler highly recommends. Now, having tried some, I do too.  Josie was pulling cookies and muffins out of the oven as we finished our lunch and they were too tempting to resist.  I tried the chocolate muffin and it was wonderful…just like warm chocolate cake right out of the oven. You never get to cut a chocolate cake when it’s hot out of the oven so this is the perfect alternative. It was so good. Cathy had a chocolate cookie with caramel inside.  “Top of the line”, she said.

We had a nice rain last night.  It didn’t measure an inch, but any at all helps.  The ponds are starting to fill and there are puddles of water standing in the low places. Our pond has enough water in it for Ringo to get thoroughly soaked and muddy.  He loves it, but we don’t.  We haven’t had enough rain in ages for our creek to fill to the grass line as frequently happened years ago.  When we first moved here thirty years ago, it was a common occurrence for the “forest” to flood…but it no longer does.  Maybe we’ll get more rain tonight as the skies look hopeful with puffy dark rain clouds.

My tickets to the Symphony in the Flint Hills haven’t arrived.  It’s been three weeks and they said “two to three weeks”.  If they don’t come in the next few days, I’ll call.

BRIT CAN HEAR AGAIN…

Filed under: family — Peg Britton @ 3:01 pm

Ally and Brit just called from Topeka. They are on their way home with Brit wearing his new hearing aids. He can hear again. Ally says it brings tears to her eyes it’s so wonderful. I talked with him on the phone and he sounded like he used to years ago…not shouting and yelling as if I were the deaf one.

She says there is a gadget for me to wear around my neck (a whistle, maybe? heheh) so he can hear me better.

He asked about hearing the birds sing again and Dr. John said that was a frequency he probably won’t be able to pick up, but voices should come in loud and clear. I am so happy for him. This is a glorious day.

BLOG REGISTRATION AND COMMENTS

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 10:42 am

A good many of you have registered to make comments on my blogs. I appreciate that. Have at it with your comments…it will be interesting

I’ve rid most of my blogs of spam and thousands of spam entries have been diverted through a WordPress program. So, it should be a safe entry once you comment.

I have options…

3/26/2007

OUR SPECIAL MAGNOLIA TREE

Filed under: prairie musings, energy, friends, Dane Britton, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 6:43 pm

Our magnolia tree is in full bloom. The large cup-shaped petals are starting to fall gingerly to the ground. This has been one of the tree’s most beautiful collections of flowers. There have been years when the blossoms open, we gaze at it for a few hours then the wind whips them to death. It’s a large tree now, and it couldn’t be more beautiful. I wish I had pictures to share.

Our apricot tree is also full of blooms, but won’t bear fruit as it stands alone. It’s pollinating partner died. The Bradford pears are gorgous. Spring-up time is so beautiful. When I’m in Salina on Wednesday for my acupuncture appointment I’ll drive down south on Santa Fe to my old neighborhood and see the flowering trees. It’s a treat.

We had a delightful visit today with Major Devon Gray who is home from Iraq to spend a couple of weeks with his family. He’s a most interesting conversationalist and we enjoyed him so much. Dane was here too. We plied Devon with questions and he fielded them very professionally. He’s a good man. Our country is in good hands with men like Devon.

Tonight is the Chamber Awards Dinner. The recipients of the “Citizen of the Year” award are very, very deserving. They have done a great deal for the betterment of the community.

We have a house guest visiting from Colorado Springs for a couple of weeks who has been a delight to have around. And, this coming weekend, Dane’s internist from Wichita is coming to spend the night and see him, and us, before she moves to Alaska to practice medicine. While he was in Wesley, she was attentive to his every need and could read his charts and condition with uncanny accuracy. She’s an excellent “hospitalist internist” and we were very fortunate to latch on to her. Dane was her patient every time he was sent to Wesley and when he was at his worst. She kept him alive. We’ll never forget Dr. Shari Abel-Morgan.

Planet Earth was on the Discovery Channel last night. Grandson Drew alerted me to it and I strongly recommend it. I think it’s going to be on for 11 weeks on Sunday night…7:00 last night. The pictures are phenomenal. It was the best program I’ve seen on TV in a long, long time.

Tomorrow we should have an electrician stopping by to attend to some of our electrical needs. We have some dimmers that aren’t working very well and I want to change them to standard switches so that we can get rid of our incandescent light bulbs and go with CFLs. I’ve changed out about 15 so far, but have a long way to go for full conversion. It’s the right thing to do.

There was a beautiful Kansas sunset tonight. There are no others to match them, except in the Steppes of Russian, as local artist Charlie Rogers used to say.

Thanks for stopping by. March is going to be another good month for hits.

THE FOREVER STAMP

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 5:28 pm

Nothing lasts forever, except for maybe the “Forever Stamp”.

Here’s a good idea: buy a first-class stamp that will be good for sending first-class mail no matter how much, or how often, the cost of a postage stamp increases. Whatever the price of the first-class stamp is at the time you buy it, is what you pay. Then it’s good forever.

It wouldn’t be a very good long-term investment, but it’s a nice hedge against future postal rate increases. It will end that search for 2 or 3 cent stamps that usually follow a price increase.

The forever stamp essentially would increase in value as the price of postage increases.
It seems to be a good thing. We know the price of postage always increases so we can save a few pennies per stamp by buying ahead.

The forever stamp goes on sale mid-April and will cost 41 cents.  You can use it forever.

QUESTIONS TO THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Filed under: energy — Peg Britton @ 3:50 pm

“How do you feel about spending taxpayer funds?

Do you feel they ought to be spent wisely?”

“How do you feel about spending taxpayer funds for something that only works 25-35% of the time? Is that the best use of taxpayer monies?”

That’s how much good the wind turbines do, which is a total waste of taxpayer funds.

We need to spend our money more wisely.  Wouldn’t it be wise to research ways to not lose 60% of the electricity in transmission?

FERAL HOGS ALONG THE WAKARUSA RIVER

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 3:23 pm

My friend, Linda Hanney, has a post on her blog, Linda’s Backroad Musings, about feral hogs in the Wakarusa Valley in eastern Kansas. Included is a video interview with her husband, Dan, and links to a couple of newspaper articles. Wild hogs in eastern Kansas are getting to be a real problem as they have no natural predators and multiply like rabbits. They are very mean busters.

3/24/2007

UCLA 68 - KU 55

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 7:19 pm

SOME ELLIS COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE VERY UPSET WITH WIND FARM LOCATION

Filed under: energy, political musings — Peg Britton @ 12:08 pm

This is a segment of a letter I received from, John Schmeidler, an Ellis County resident regarding the proposed wind farm for their area:

…Substantial housing sites and built homes are within 1/2 mile from some of the towers. The development sits on a ridge that at its highest point is 150′ above and dominates the view of the Big Creek River valley. The ridge can be seen from various places, and on a clear day, like most days in Kansas, the ridge can be seen from 23 miles away.

CPV is pushing for county approval of this site on March 28th. The people of Ellis County only “caught wind” of this three weeks ago.

This entire site overlooks old Ft. Hays, will be dead in the middle of native grasslands. Prairie chickens, both lesser and greater, have been logged by the fish and game people. When a large transmission line was built through the area 20-25 years ago enough people were upset that some of the poles were chainsawed through and the poles toppled. Bald eagles frequent this area during migration periods, and this is smack in the middle of seasonal bird migration paths.

I don’t know what are the criteria for siting which you mentioned on you blog site, but if the scale is 0-10, then this site is a 0, and perhaps the scale should have - “negative” vaues also, indicating that the site should not be considered…

Does this sound like an echo?

The siting locations and secrecy of all the wind farm development going on behind closed doors goes against my grain. We all have a stake in this through our taxes and investment in Kansas, but there is no transparency in government action any more.

The wind/ethanol/energy-producing folks are desecrating the most treasured locales of western Kansas, one by one, in each county west of Salina. Colorado and eastern KS will enjoy the benefits while western Kansas is becoming the public landfill.

There has to be a better solution to our energy needs and I believe it should start with conservation. No one seems to want to talk about that.

Reprinted: NWW News Watch | Mar 25, 2007

3/22/2007

K.U. 61 - SOUTHERN ILLINIOS 58

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 7:22 pm

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