Wastewater plant, Tallgrass Addition on city commission agenda

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Commissioners are expected to take action this evening on three “housekeeping” items related to the upcoming renovation of the wastewater treatment plant. Commissioners will consider an amendment to the contract with Olathe-based HDR Engineering, the city’s owner-representative for project, estimated to cost $28 to $30 million. The change […]

KHP: Two fatalities during Independence Day holiday weekend


TOPEKA–The Kansas Highway Patrol has released preliminary data from its Independence Day weekend holiday activity. The reporting period for the holiday weekend ran from 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015. During that time, the Patrol worked two fatal crashes, neither of which was alcohol-related. One person died in […]

Public meeting and hearing required for wastewater plant loan


By BECKY KISER Hays Post A public meeting about the Hays wastewater treatment plant renovation will be held next Thursday, July 16, during the Hays City Commission work session. A public hearing will also be scheduled, during which commissioners can take action. Commissioners are expected to approve the August 13 date during their meeting this […]

Nominations sought for HACC Board of Directors


Hays Area Chamber of Commerce The Chamber is currently seeking applications for nomination to the Board of  Directors for the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce. MISSION STATEMENT: The Hays Area Chamber of Commerce works for the business prosperity of Hays and its neighbors. Prospective Candidate Orientation: Wednesday, August 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Chamber, […]

Water issues on Ellis City Council agenda


ELLIS–Water dominates the Ellis City Council agenda for tonight, July 6. Council members will consider approval of the Municipal Water Conservation Plan, modifying water rates for utility customers, and revisions to the utility policy for base water allowance. They will also discuss the Water Advisory Committee. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Ellis […]

More work on 41st Street this week

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City of Hays Beginning Monday, July 6th, road construction will occur on 41st Street between Hall Street and Thunderbird Drive. The road will remain open to traffic, but there may be some minor inconvenience. Work should be complete by July 10th. Traffic Control will be in place to direct the traveling public. Motorists should use […]

Jones: One-way streets are ‘confusing’

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Commissioner Lance Jones finds one-way streets “confusing.” “I’m not a fan of one-way streets, especially if they’re wide enough to drive two ways,” Jones said during the Thursday night commission work session. He had asked commissioners to discuss the possibility of changing Sixth and Seventh Streets in south […]

High speed chase, crash, and foot pursuit ends in two arrests


RUSSELL–Two people from Nebraska were arrested Thursday evening, July 2, following a high-speed chase through Ellis and Russell counties, ending in a crash and foot chase. According to Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Tod Hileman of Hays, a KHP trooper attempted to stop a speeding van about 6:39 p.m. Thursday, eastbound on I-70 at mile […]

Wind height a factor in WWF Fireworks Spectacular (VIDEO)

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Western Kansans are used to blowing wind. Most people “blow it off” and continue on with their outdoor activities. One event that would not continue in high gusty winds is Saturday’s July 4th fireworks show at the Hays Wild West Festival. The Hays Fire Department works with the Wild West […]

Vehicle abatements, fewer 1-way streets on city agenda (VIDEO)

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A number of vehicles in Hays have been identified as “inoperable,” according to Assistant Hays City Manager Paul Briseno, and that’s a violation of city code. Three vehicle abatements will be reviewed by Hays City Commissioners during their work session tonight. “A lot of people don’t understand there is a […]

Hays CVB launches new trivia contest (VIDEO)

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July kicks off with the annual Wild West Fest celebration in Hays for the July 4th holiday. Activities continue all month long with fun-filled events for local residents as well as visitors. The Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau has also launched a new trivia contest this month with questions about the city and its attractions. […]

Hot enough for you?


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Yes, you were hot yesterday. That’s because the high temperature in Hays reached 105 degrees. Not warm enough though for the record. It hit 113 degrees in Hays June 30, 1933, according to official records maintained by Joe Becker at the K-State Ag Research Center just south of town. The […]

HFD increases coverage during July 4th holiday (VIDEO)

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post This will be a long, busy holiday weekend for the Hays Fire Department. In addition to manning an extra fire truck Thursday, Friday and Saturday — the days fireworks can be sold and discharged in Hays — firefighters will be on standby at the Wild West Festival for the July […]