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Saturday, October 31, 2009

"Hole" Found At Red Willow Reservoir In Nebraska



T
he Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing water from the Red Willow Reservoir north of McCook this week after "a hole" was found in an earthen levee- according to The Lincoln (NE) Star-Journal.


There is NO mention of concern that the dam that holds back 86,630 acre-feet of water is in danger.
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Happy Halloween

Come in . . .

Trick . . .

or Treat?
Queenie Snoball welcomes you!
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Friday, October 30, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: House Fire In Kc-KS



F
ive companies of Kansas City- Kansas firefighters are battling a house fire in the 6800 block of Webster.


The initial alarm sounded around 1:25 pm Friday afternoon- and smoke and fire was reported coming from a 1-1/2-story house when the first fire truck arrived about 4 minutes later.

There is yet no word on the occupancy status of the structure- the house does have electrical service.

More here if needed as received....
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In Shreveport- There Was A Church...



T
hat had replaced their steeple.


But in yesterday's storm- it came down on the people.



Aside from bad verse- the fellow in the car that was crushed DID survive.


There were several reports of high winds and tornadoes around Shreveport-LA on Thursday- part of the same storm that dropped up to 4 feet of snow in Colorado..
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What Gets People Commenting Most? Sports



A
recession (depression)- 8-year War in Afghanistan- government bailouts of corrupt corporations- there's a LOT of stuff for people to talk about.



A look a The KANSAS CITY STAR's website however shows that it seems what MOST people get up-in-arms to comment about is America's Great Distraction: Sports.


Only ONE story on the list of "most commented" on The STAR's web page is non-sports.


Makes me happy (not) Americans know what their priorities are....

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Four Hundred Miles- But A World Away



W
hile Metro Kansas City is enduring a brisk- windy day- we don't have to endure the snow (yet).

This scene was shot within the hour on U.S. 385 on the Nebraska-South Dakota border- shows some of the one to locally 4 feet of snow that fell from northwestern Nebraska into Colorado.

Metro Kansas City should see some warmer weather- 60's- by the end of the weekend- get out and enjoy it!
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

WEATHER: I-70 Closed In Colorado Due To Snowstorm



T
he NWS says I-70 is closed just east of Denver-CO- due to an on-going early-season snowstorm.



Blizzard warnings are in effect for the I-25 corridor north of Denver.


Denver has been whacked by snow from this storm- as shown here on some Denver-area traffic cameras within the hour...



Here's a snippet from a recent NWS statement:

"STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL SO FAR HAS RANGED FROM NEARLY 44 INCHES IN
THE FOOTHILLS NORTHWEST OF DENVER TO GENERALLY 15 TO 25 INCHES IN
THE FRONT RANGE URBAN CORRIDOR AND 8 TO 15 INCHES FARTHER EAST.


THE HEAVIER SNOWS ARE INCREASING NOW OVER THE MORE EASTERN PLAINS.

THE HEAVY SNOW HAS BROKEN SOME TREE LIMBS WITH SCATTERED POWER
OUTAGES AS WELL
."


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Current Central States Watches and Warnings



T
he Central States are currently experiencing everything from a severe thunderstorm watch and even a tornado warning in east-central Oklahoma to winter storm warnings in western Nebraska.



In the Kansas City MetroRegion- flash flood and flood watches cover Missouri Metro counties of Jackson and Ray as well as most counties- Kansas and Missouri- south of Kansas City.


Here's a current look at NWS Doppler weather radar out of Topeka:

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Please Vote NO To Continue Jackson County-MO COMBAT Tax



H
ere's a chance to reduce our tax load a little bit and send some corrupt politicians out looking for more revenue sources:


Please- vote NO to continue the Jackson County-MO COMBAT tax next Tuesday- November 3rd.
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Liberty-MO Votes On Smoking Ban- Sales Tax Raise on November 3rd



T
his is according to The LIBERTY (MO) TRIBUNE- voters in Clay County's seat will vote on a smoker's ban and an increase in Liberty's sales tax next Tuesday.



If I were a Libertarian (heh)- I'd be voting NO on both issues.
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Kansas Says No To More Taypayer-Subsidized Corporate Welfare For New Wizards Stadium



H
a-Ha is all I can say.


The State of Kansas has said that the deal offered the owners of the Kansas City Wizards to build a stadium near the Kansas Speedway is their final offer.

This after the Wizard's owners backed-out of a deal to build a new soccer stadium and retail-office development at the site of the old Bannister Mall in south KC-MO..

The State of Kansas offered the moon- $144.5 million in STAR bond welfare and $85 million in tax credits and cash incentives.

The Wizards' developers wanted more: $155 million in STAR bond help- according to The KANSAS CITY STAR story.

Perhaps the Wizards will make another play for Missouri and try to suck a few more millions in taxpayer welfare out of us.

I say- the Wizards wanted Kansas- let them stay there now with NO MORE corporate welfare for them in KC-MO!!!
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Ten-Year-Old Starts Petition To Save Kansas Drive-In Theater



A
ccording to the story in The FORT SCOTT TRIBUNE- 10-year-old Iola resident Caleb Johnson has a petition drive going to help save a drive-in theater in nearby Gas-KS- only one of 8 left in the state.



B&B Theatres- owner of the 54 Drive-In- says the theater is too expensive to maintain- although in addition to the 1400 or so signatures Caleb has gotten on his petition- the youth also has pledges of materials and labor to spruce-up the landmark drive-in.

Good luck Caleb!
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Multiple-Victim Shooting In Northeast KC-MO



K
C-MO East Patrol police officers- MAST-EMS with 3 units as well as fire department units are on the scene of a multiple-victims shooting in the 300 block of Quincy.



The incident occurred about 9:10 pm.


As of 9:45 pm- 3 patients- "a 14-year-old male- 12 and a 9-year-old females" were taken to a local medical trauma center with very minor wounds from what is believed to be shotgun pellets.


No suspect information yet.
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Gov. Nixon To Slash 700 Missouri State Jobs



E
mployment in government USED to be a safe hedge against recession (depression).


Not so anymore...


According to The KANSAS CITY STAR- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announces he's cutting 700 state jobs and $200-million from the current state budget.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Iconic TWA/American Airlines K.C.I. Overhaul Base To Close



O
ne could see this coming when American Airlines- with nearby overhaul bases in Tulsa-OK and Fort Worth-TX- acquired the old TWA overhaul base at Kansas City International airport in 2001.


It has been announced by KSHB-41 NBC Action News that American Airlines will be shuttering the K.C.I. operation effective next spring.

The KANSAS CITY STAR just reports "a meeting" about "the future of the KCI overhaul base.


This leaves another almost 1k well-paying- skill jobs to disappear from the Kansas City landscape.
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No "Full Refund" For Cancelled KC-MO Springsteen Concert



A
MAJOR reason I don't go to concerts anymore...


Springsteen's fans took a BIG hit last night!


You plunk down your hard-earned cash for tix- then- for whatever reasons the artist cancels the show.

Oh yeah- you'll get MOST of the ticket price back- but NEVER are the fees the ticket broker charges- in this case TicketShyster.

The other reasons I don't go is because most concert venues today are as sterile as hospital operating rooms..

Security is overbearing as Hell if- God forbid- you do something like light up a CIGARETTE or try to take a drink back to your seat.

I'd soon spend my cash on the artists' CDs and listen in the comfort and FREEDOM of home....

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Taxpayer Subsidy For Downtown Playpen Increases Substantially



K
ansas City's "Power & Light District" is also known as K.C. Live.


Maybe now it should be called Kansas City taxpayer-dollars' "black hole."

A recent adjustment on the worth of the downtown entertainment area- as reported by what's left of The KANSAS CITY STAR- lowered it's property taxes significantly- and thus increased the city's share of money to pay off the bonds that built the alky-hole.

Heh- increased the city's share SIGNIFICANTLY- from $4-million lost from city coffers this budget year to MORE THAN $10-MILLION next budget year (begins May 1-2010).

Ten million dollars a year now- out of municipal funds- to pay for what's basically an adult playground.

Ten million dollars that WON'T go to things like street and bridge repair- new water and sewer lines.

Ten million dollars that WON'T be there to improve crumbling and decrepit neighborhoods that are spreading like wildfire from old Northeast out here to southeastern KC-MO.


Oh- but K.C. Live will be nice and new and shiny (for a FEW more years anyway)- a good place to over-indulge in ALCOHOL while lamenting what happened to a once-great city like Kansas City-MO....
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday Morning



T
he twice-annually pain-in-the-arse clock spin comes Sunday morning when the clock strikes 2 am..



We'll "fall back" an hour- so we'll have TWO 1 o'clock hours Sunday morning: 1 am CDT then 1 am CST.


For most- it's a potential extra hour of sleep. For moi- it's an extra hour of work....
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting In South-Central KC-MO



M
AST-EMS reports a "28-year-old male" was taken to an area hospital with a critical gunshot wound within the hour.



Their patient was from a shooting at 54th Street and Wabash that was reported to police as being at 55th Street and Prospect around 4:15 am..

The victim was shot in the chest- with the exit wound out his lower back.

KC-MO Metro Zone Patrol officers at the scene don't report any suspect information yet.

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