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Deadline looms to change political party affiliation in Kan. »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post A new Kansas law affecting political party affiliation “concerns” Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus. Anyone wishing to change their affiliation must do so before Tuesday. “We’ve had situations where people were used to changing their party affiliation right up until the registration books close 21 days before an election. That […]

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City sales tax collections continue to fall below expectations (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post One of the reasons Hays city officials have explained for not agreeing to a pay increase requested by the International Association of Fire Fighters union, which represents 18 firefighters, is the current “negative sales tax.” It’s now at 1.18 percent below expectations, and the trend is projected to end the […]

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City, firefighters’ union at impasse regarding pay plan (VIDEO) »

Hays Kanas Fire Department

By BECKY KISER  Hays Post The city of Hays is at impasse with the International Association of Fire Fighters union regarding wages. IAFF, which represents 18 Hays firefighters, is proposing pay increases of 5 percent for firefighters and 7 percent for fire lieutenants — a collective increase of $47,500. IAFF also wants to increase both […]

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Boldra: ‘Farmers, ranchers are best conservationists’ (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Three environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has not done enough to protect the lesser prairie chickens. The birds, native to Kansas and neighboring states, are now listed by the USFWS as a threatened species, which is a step below endangered. […]

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City to learn effects of recent rains on water well fields (VIDEO) »

Smoky Hill River at Schoenchen June 12, 2014

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Bernie Kitten, director of utilities for the city of Hays, will present a water supply update to city commissioners during their work session Thursday night. The city monitors water flow in its water well fields on a weekly basis. Late last week, for the first time in five years, there […]

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Ellis woman organizes petition to rescind city fireworks ban »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post ELLIS — An Ellis resident has started a petition asking the Ellis City Council to remove its ban on fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday. Susie Kohlrus created the online petition at  www.change.org Saturday evening after talking to other residents who are also unhappy the city council members voted […]

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Ellis native and U.S. Senate candidate is ‘averse to debt’ (VIDEO) »

Patrick Wiesner, a native of Ellis, is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Roberts, R-KS.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post An Ellis County native now living in Lawrence is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Pat Roberts. Patrick Wiesner, a Democrat, grew up on a farm north of Ellis and graduated from Ellis High School in 1974. He has two degrees from Fort Hays State […]

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Derailed train cars removed in La Crosse after 100 mph wind gust »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post LA CROSSE — Railroad crews finished clearing the tracks Friday morning in La Crosse after Wednesday night’s storm and high wind derailed five of 43 empty cars in the downtown area. “We were lucky the derailment happened where it didn’t have an effect on traffic,” said Rush County Sheriff Ward […]

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Another water tragedy avoided, this time in Ellis (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post ELLIS — The 20 volunteers of the Ellis Fire Department train annually in the city swimming pool for various types of water rescues. Wednesday night, they put that training to work and rescued two people from a Toyota SUV after the vehicle was swept into the rain-swollen Big Creek as it […]

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River water reaches western edge of Hays’ Smoky Hill well field (VIDEO) »

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BY BECKY KISER Hays Post First thing Thursday morning, city of Hays employees were checking out the results of Wednesday night’s rainfall,  hoping this time it would finally begin recharging the city’s Smoky Hill water well field south of Schoenchen. It was. At 8 a.m. Thursday, there was a “pretty good flow” in the Smoky […]

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Ellis residents rescued from vehicle in rain-swollen Big Creek »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post ELLIS — The novelty of rain water rushing through Big Creek was too tempting for several Ellis residents who drove up to the creek to see it and then had to be rescued from their vehicle Wednesday night when it slid into the creek. Ellis Police Chief Taft Yates said […]

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Ellis community ready to celebrate food, family, fun at Riverfest (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post ELLIS — For the first time in several years, water actually will be flowing in Big Creek during the annual Ellis Riverfest in Walter P. Chrysler Park on the east side of the creek. The 22nd annual event, Riverfest 2014: Battle on Big Creek, is Saturday and includes fun, food […]

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Downtown Market open Wednesday evenings (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post It will certainly be much warmer today than it was Saturday, opening day for the Hays Downtown Market. Market Manager Ashley Nease is new this year and it’s just the second season for the market. Nease was pleased with the turnout Saturday morning and said being open Wednesday nights can […]

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