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Saturday, February 06, 2010

CSW BREAKING: House Fire In Kansas City MO Northland



Smoke could be seen from nearly a mile away reported one KC-MO fire company who was enroute after an alarm was sounded at 5:33 pm for a house fire in the 3700 block of Northeast Vivion Road.


The single-story house- as in one shown in the GOOGLE map image- was heavily involved in smoke and fire when the first company arrived at 5:35 pm.

A male occupant escaped uninjured by the fire- but needing EMS attention "for other medical issues."

Two handlines were used on the fire that was brought under control at 5:45 pm..

Busy Vivion Road is closed in either direction at least a block either side of the fire scene near North Cleveland.

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CSW WEATHER: NWS 'Winter Storm Watch' Metro K.C.- Central and Southern MetroRegion on Sunday - Monday



We've been watching and warning of this coming storm for the past week- and now- the National Weather Service is beginning to issue weather watches for the event.

It appears this storm will at least snowfall-total-wise- match or exceed the Christmas 2009 storm total.


Here is the NWS watch statement and map graphic:

...A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM SETTING UP FOR EAST CENTRAL KANSAS INTO
WEST CENTRAL AND CENTRAL MISSOURI SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING
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.A COMBINATION OF TWO STORM SYSTEMS COMING TOGETHER OVER THE CENTRAL PART OF THE COUNTRY BY MONDAY IS EXPECTED TO LEAD TO HEAVY SNOW ACROSS THE LOWER MISSOURI RIVER VALLEY.

THE SNOW MAY BEGIN AS EARLY AS SUNDAY...BUT SHOULD NOT INCREASE IN INTENSITY UNTIL SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY.
AT THIS TIME IT APPEARS THE HEAVIEST BAND OF SNOWFALL WILL BE SETTING UP ACROSS AREAS FROM KANSAS CITY TO MOBERLY MISSOURI... SOUTHWARD... ALTHOUGH NORTHERN MISSOURI IS EXPECTED TO SEE SNOWFALL FROM THIS EVENT AS WELL.
THE SNOW SHOULD TAPER OFF MONDAY EVENING.

(The Winter Storm Watch Includes The Following Counties:) MIAMI- LINN KS- LEAVENWORTH- WYANDOTTE- JOHNSON KS- PLATTE- CLAY- RAY- CARROLL- CHARITON- RANDOLPH- JACKSON- LAFAYETTE- SALINE- HOWARD- CASS- JOHNSON MO- PETTIS- COOPER- BATES- HENRY-


INCLUDING THE CITIES OF: PAOLA... MOUND CITY... LEAVENWORTH... OVERLAND PARK... OLATHE... PARKVILLE... PLATTE CITY... WESTON... LIBERTY... EXCELSIOR SPRINGS... RICHMOND... CARROLLTON... SALISBURY... KEYTESVILLE... MOBERLY... KANSAS CITY... INDEPENDENCE... LEXINGTON... CONCORDIA... MARSHALL... FAYETTE... NEW FRANKLIN... RAYMORE... HARRISONVILLE... PLEASANT HILL... WARRENSBURG... SEDALIA... BOONVILLE... BUTLER... RICH HILL... CLINTON
415 AM CST SAT FEB 6 2010

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.

* LOCATION...WILL BE FROM EAST CENTRAL KANSAS INTO WEST CENTRAL AND CENTRAL MISSOURI... MAINLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM KANSAS CITY TO MOBERLY MISSOURI.

* TIMING...THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BE INCREASING ACROSS EAST CENTRAL KANSAS AND WEST CENTRAL MISSOURI SUNDAY EVENING...SPREADING EAST INTO CENTRAL MISSOURI SUNDAY NIGHT. ON MONDAY ANOTHER ROUND OF HEAVIER SNOW IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THIS SAME AREA.

* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...ALTHOUGH THERE IS UNCERTAINTY ON THE EXACT SNOW AMOUNTS... WITH SUCH A LONG LIVED SNOW EVENT...THE POTENTIAL WILL BE THERE FOR SNOW AMOUNTS WELL IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL LIKELY BECOME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT WITH SUCH HEAVY SNOW AMOUNTS CREATING SNOW PACKED ROADWAYS. WINDS INCREASING OUT OF THE NORTH FOR A TIME MONDAY AFTERNOON AND MONDAY EVENING MAY ALSO CAUSE DRIFTING OF THE SNOW.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW... SLEET... OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.


CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.


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Friday, February 05, 2010

CSW EXCLUSIVE: Will KC-MO Move Fire and Police Dispatch?



A
reliable source tells CSW that the City of KC-MO is making plans to relocate both fire and police dispatch.



The building shown in the following images was a dispatch center between Locust and Cherry south of 11th Street downtown built in the mid-1990's to house the fire and police dispatch centers- and both agencies have been operating out of this building since it was opened.

The source told CSW that the "secret plans" being drawn up has the fire dispatch moving to the current MAST-EMS headquarters on Eastwood Trafficway west of I-435.

The police would re-locate their dispatch center "to a location on Bannister Road"- possibly the planned new South Patrol zone police station at Bannister and Marion Park Drive between U.S. 71 and I-435.

It is only surmised the moves are being made in the name of National Security- since both dispatch centers are in the same building and clustered very close to other government buildings downtown that MIGHT be subject to any "terrorist attack."

Of course- the source has no idea what such moves would cost the city- when such a move might be made- nor what would become of the present dispatch center- but hey- government has the deep and seemingly endless supply of taxpayer monies....

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CSW BREAKING: House Fire Near Kearney MO



Fire equipment from Kearney- Holt and Excelsior Springs is either on-scene or enroute to a house fire at (Northeast) 172nd Street and Jackson Avenue north of Kearney.

The alarm was broadcast at 1:15 pm and when the first fire unit arrived 4 minutes later- smoke was seen pouring from the "rear" of the "single-story" home.

The fire reportedly started in the basement of the residence and "all occupants" reportedly escaped without injury.

Mutual-aid assistance has been sent from the Holt and Excelsior Springs fire departments.

More here as received....
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CSW WEATHER: Friday Snow Update 1



M
oderate to heavy snow continues in Metro Kansas City at this hour.


Around 2-3 inches has accumulated on grassy surfaces here in southeastern KC-MO- with up to another 2 inches likely before the snowfall ends by later this afternoon.

The air temperature here at CSW is 36 degrees.

Shown are some Overland Park traffic camera views- starting south on 151st Street west of U.S. 69- then north to Nall at 119th Street- then the last view at 75th Street and Metcalf.

Roadways are treated with salt- driving lanes mostly just wet with some slush.

The latest weather radar image shows the back edge of the snow working it's way from southwest of Johnson County KS- but a band of moderate to heavy snow continues over most of central Metro K.C..

This is a precursor of a more significant snowstorm possible beginning late Sunday and continuing into Monday.
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Thursday, February 04, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Three Fire Departments Battle Blue Springs MO House Fire



A story and a half residence in southern Blue Springs is going up in flames at this time.


The fire's in the 4600 block of Southwest 10th Street in far south Blue Springs and the Central Jackson County (CJC) and Prairie Township fire districts responded on the initial alarm at 8:53 pm Thursday night.

The Prairie Township pumper reported "flames visible from (M) 7 highway" two minutes before their arrival on the scene of the fire at 9:01 pm..

Additional companies from CJC and the Lake Lotawana fire districts have been sent to the scene.

There are no word of the occupancy status of the burning house nor if indeed anyone is inside yet.

The fire is reported to be "knocked down" at 9:27 pm according to the Prairie Township fire chief who is scene commander.

At 9:34 pm- an injury is reported on the scene by a CJC district chief.

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CSW BREAKING: Business On Fire In Blue Springs MO



Virtually all of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District is battling a fire in a business in eastern Blue Springs MO..


The alarm was sounded at 2:43 pm to "Double C Industries at 1400 Southeast U.S. 40 highway."

Police arrived minutes later and reported all persons had evacuated the building and smoke was showing.

Fire arrived moments later- confirming a working fire in the business.

At 2:57 pm- two more engine (pumper) companies were ordered to the scene- those are mutual-aid companies from Lee's Summit and Fort Osage fire departments.

No reports of any injuries yet.



UPDATE: The fire was declared under control at 3:06 pm- reportedly the seat of the fire "extinguished by the sprinkler system" in the building.

There were no reported injuries as of 3:45 pm- and the extent of damage to the business is yet unknown- but considerable smoke was noted.
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Arrest Made in Arson of Historic Raymore MO Church



R
eported FIRST in Kansas City here at CSW was the January 23 fire in a historic Raymore church that had been converted into a residence and was for rent.




It turns out an arsonist was responsible for the fire that virtually destroyed the building that was built in the late 1800's.



The CASS COUNTY (MO) DEMOCRAT-MISSOURIAN reports that Raymore police arrested a suspect- 17-year-old Joseph Kalinka and have charged him with torching the church.

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Carbon Monoxide Kills 1- Injures 10 at Salina KS Townhome



T
he male resident of a Salina townhome is dead- and 10 people- many Salina emergency crew members- were overcome by carbon monoxide in a Salina townhome Wednesday evening- according to The SALINA (KS) JOURNAL.




(Photo courtesy of The SALINA JOURNAL)


The cause was found to be a car left running in the garage of the townhome.

It's not stated if the incident was a suicide by the deceased resident.

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Parts of Topeka KS Hit By Electrical Power Failure



W
estar Energy says "about 3600 homes and businesses" lost power this morning in "east and southeast Topeka" when "a squirrel" got into the company's electrical transmission equipment- states The TOPEKA (KS) CAPITOL-JOURNAL.


All power was reportedly "restored" in the past few hours.

Fortunately- winds were light with temperatures in the low to middle-30's.
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Missouri Politicians Added To Welfare Recipient Drug Testing Bill



D
rug testing of elected officials has been LONG overdue in these United Corporate States of America- judging by political decisions/actions I've witnessed for the past 40 years.



In a story from LAKE NEWS ONLINE- Missouri's politicians have been added to a bill designed to drug-test welfare recipients.

Frankly- I see the pollys dropping themselves being drug-tested from that bill if that piece of ... legislation ever makes it to a vote.
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CSW WEATHER: NWS 'WinterWeather Advisory' for Entire K.C. Metro-MetroRegion



T
he freezy skid-stuff makes a return to Metro and MetroRegion Kansas City later today- Friday into early Saturday- and again late Sunday into Monday.



To cover today's end of things- the National Weather Service (NWS) has the entire area in this Winter Weather Advisory until Friday evening.

The NWS is calling for a snowfall of 1 to 3 inches (I stick with 2 to 5 inches by midnight Saturday morning) beginning possibly as a rain/snow mix.

After this first storm- an Arctic system is due in Monday and besides snow- should return our area to sub-average temperatures through at least mid next week.


On the bright side- daylight is now increasing at the rate of about 2 minutes per day- and "meteorological Spring" begins March 1st.

...Had to throw in SOME good news....

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

CDC Sues KC-MO Over Dead Citadel Plaza Project



I
t's but the latest in a seemingly constant streams of lawsuits against the City of Kansas City MO..


The KANSAS CITY (MO) STAR reports that the Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Kansas City has filed a lawsuit against the City of KC-MO over the decaying Citadel Plaza project because the city didn't give the corporates the EXTRA $20.5 I didn't know the city had promised them.

This was AFTER the CDC was successfully sued by a Pennsylvania investor who claimed their properties in the Citadel Plaza project boundaries were demolished without knowledge or- apparently- adequate compensation.

Chapter 236 of "Killa City: Your Tax Dollars (Not) At Work."
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CSW WEATHER: NWS "Winter Weather Advisory" in Kansas MetroRegion Thursday



...SNOW TO IMPACT NORTHEASTERN KANSAS THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY...

SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS EASTERN KANSAS ON THURSDAY AND WILL INTENSIFY OVERNIGHT PRODUCING 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS THE AREA.

SNOWFALL WILL DIMINISH DURING THE DAY ON FRIDAY.

(Kansas Counties Included are:) REPUBLIC- WASHINGTON- MARSHALL- NEMAHA- BROWN- CLOUD- CLAY- RILEY- POTTAWATOMIE- JACKSON- JEFFERSON- OTTAWA- DICKINSON- GEARY- MORRIS- WABAUNSEE- SHAWNEE- DOUGLAS- LYON- OSAGE- FRANKLIN- COFFEY- ANDERSON-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MARYSVILLE... HIAWATHA... CONCORDIA... CLAY CENTER... MANHATTAN... ABILENE... JUNCTION CITY... TOPEKA... LAWRENCE... EMPORIA... OTTAWA

314 PM CST WED FEB 3 2010

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO 6 AM CST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO 6 AM CST FRIDAY.


* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN TO FALL DURING THE DAY ON THURSDAY INCREASING THURSDAY NIGHT BEFORE DIMINISHING ON FRIDAY MORNING.

* TOTAL SNOW...3 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST KANSAS.

2 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS.

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST WINDS WILL BE FROM 5 TO 10 MPH DIMINISHING OVERNIGHT.

* IMPACTS...ROAD SURFACES WILL ACCUMULATE SNOW AND WILL BECOME SLICK THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.



PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.




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Gottstein- Circo and Ford Approve Platte County Annexation Advance



I
n yet another example of (non) responsiveness of politicians to their public- those 3 KC-MO City Council persons- Gottstein- Circo and Ford- managed to get the annexation of a new subdivision off of M-92 into the city.



The annexation ordinance now goes before the full City Council in their regular meeting tomorrow (Thursday).

We here at CSW are against this annexation for the simple reason being that the city cannot provide adequate services to the areas CURRENTLY inside the KC-MO city limits.

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Do Kansas City Area Politicians Get Free Tickets To Events?



J
ust read a story in the OMAHA (NE) WORLD HERALD that around 2500 free tickets are made available to Nebraska state agencies for Cornhusker ball games.



Made me wonder how many tickets on the taxpayer's dime Kansas City area pollys get to things like Royals and Chiefs games- concerts- etc.?

I'm sure the number of freebies would be considerable but hey- they probably look at those sort of things as "perks" for (not) serving the public....

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Snowstorm In Metro Kansas City?



It is becoming more apparent with each run of the weather models that Metro and a large portion of MetroRegion Kansas City will be affected by a winter storm- beginning later Thursday and continuing into Saturday morning.


At this juncture- it seems 2 to 5 inches of snow is possible in and around Metro K.C..


In addition- it looks like our area will return to the Deep Freeze at the beginning of next week with temperatures running 15 to 25 degrees below averages this time of February.

This weather system is just now taking shape off the West Coast- so stay tuned for further developments....

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Kansas Legislature: Ban Alcohol If You're Concerned About "The Children"



T
his bunch in Topeka kills me...


The Kansas pollys out of one side of their mouth says full funding to EDUCATE our children might not be possible- yet those same pollys worry about some fake marijuana mixture- 'K-2' being sold in a few stores in the state.

These pollys are falling over themselves to be the FIRST state in America to make K-2 illegal while school budgets remain in peril.

DO THESE POLITICIANS REALLY CARE ABOUT OUR CHILDREN???

Maybe we should DRUG TEST the politicians and see why they are so utterly unresponsive to the REAL problems facing the state... AND "the children."
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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Buffy- We Want YOU



W
hen surfing lately- I've noticed this "advertisement" on several Web sites trying to elicit the reader to go to some site and vote for Sarah Palin for (survival to?) 2012.



Hell- if we're going to even consider a Sarah running for a national political office in 2012- heres MY choice:

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"Economy Improving" Yet 700 Lose Jobs In KC-MO



I
f you've believed America's economy improved over the past year as Herr Geithner has- I have some prime scenic property to sell you (on the Moon).




Mega-inflation looms as those trillions of Federal 'bailout' dollars float around- and locally- DST Systems is getting rid of 700 workers.

Keep buying those stocks- you can always use them to paper your cardboard shack a few years down the road.

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Colorado Springs Residents Face Severe Cuts With Tax Rejection



I
n November- residents of this southern Colorado city rejected tripling their property tax to offset city budgetary concerns.




Now- according to The DENVER (CO) POST- Colorado Springs city officials say there will be a variety of draconian cuts: from turning off of streetlights and removal of trash cans from city parks to layoffs and not filling open police and firefighter positions.

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Monday, February 01, 2010

CSW BREAKING: House Fire In Independence MO



Firefighters are on the scene of a working house fire in the 10500 block of East 34th Street in southwestern Independence MO..

Information provided to responding fire companies after the 1:24 pm dispatch was that there was a "(female) trapped" in the burning house.

Heavy smoke was showing from the "1-story" house when the first fire crew arrived less than 3 minutes after the dispatch.

As of 1:41 pm- interior searches of the house did not locate anyone inside thus far.



More information here as received....
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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nebraska Politicians Attempt To Address Native American "Despair"



A
s bad as today's economy is in 'conquered' America- it's twice as bad or worse on America's Native American reservations



(Photo courtesy of The Lincoln (NE) JOURNAL STAR)

Alcohol and drug abuse have been an issue for years on South Dakota's reservations as generations of Human Beings have lost their tribal identities and abilities to support their families with few good job prospects in or near their homes.

This story in The LINCOLN (NE) JOURNAL STAR tells of those trying to find answers to the many problems found in those reservations created many years ago by seemingly indifferent white men.
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