Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Three people shot in KCK

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Three people are being treated at a local hospital following a shooting Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City, Kan.

The shooting happened on 10th Street and Greeley Avenue at around 2:30 p.m.

All three victims of the shooting have non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover.

No additional information is available at this point.

New Community Spanish Class available at KCKCC

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Do you have a desire to learn Spanish, but do not have the time to take a college course during the day. Kansas City Kansas Community College has the answer.

There is still time to register for KCKCC’s Community Spanish I class. The course is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 8 to 24.

This is a great class that will equip participants with the skills and confidence to communicate more effectively by learning and actively practicing basic grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation to greet, meet and even assist Spanish speakers in the community.

The class fee is $85 and includes all materials. There is no book fee.

This class will be held at the West State Plaza branch of KCKCC, just west of Big Lots at 75th and State Ave. It is a non-credit class.

To register, visit KCKCC’s website at Select “Continuing Education Schedule” from the Programs drop down menu. Select courses and the Community Spanish I class can be found under the Community Education section. Registration can also be completed by calling  913-288-7660.

Wyandotte County Libertarians to gather August 31

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- The Wyandotte County Libertarian Party will be hosting its monthly meeting this Sunday.

More information on the flyer above.

Nursing and Health Professions dean to step down in 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Karen L. Miller, Ph.D., RN, dean of the University of Kansas schools of Nursing and Health Professions, has announced she plans to step down from her leadership roles at the University of Kansas Medical Center at the end of the academic year.

Miller has served 18 years as dean of the School of Nursing, 16 years as dean of the School of Health Professions, and nine years as senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. She will continue to serve in these roles until June 30, 2015. She intends to remain a faculty member as a tenured professor in the School of Nursing after she steps down as dean.

Miller announced the decision on Monday.

“I have been privileged to lead exceptional faculty and staff whose innovations in education, research and practice are known nationally and internationally. I am very proud of our thriving KU Medical Center and the part I play in making that happen every day,” she said.

Many of the graduate programs in the schools of Nursing and Health Professions have risen to national prominence during Miller’s tenure. In the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report, seven programs in the two schools were ranked in the top 25 among public universities. Last year, the School of Nursing was recognized as a Center of Excellence in Education by the National League for Nursing.

“Karen Miller has worked diligently to increase the number of nurses and health care professionals to meet the workforce needs of Kansas and beyond,” said Douglas Girod, M.D., executive vice chancellor of KU Medical Center. “She recognized the importance of educating more teachers by using faculty enhancement strategies, cutting-edge information technology and interprofessional teaching approaches. Most important, she has been a great student advocate who has been dedicated to ensuring that KU is preparing skilled and compassionate health care professionals."

Research by health professions and nurse scientists has kept these schools highly ranked for National Institutes of Health and other external funding during Miller’s tenure. She initiated the KU School of Nursing as the academic home of the National Database of Nursing Quality

Indicators with the American Nurses Association, reporting benchmarks of clinical outcomes for over 2,000 hospitals nationwide.

Miller led the development of KU HealthPartners, Inc., the integrated faculty practice for advanced practice nurses and health professionals who provide care in nutrition, audiology, rehabilitation and wellness, and in-home living services. Since 2006, KU HealthPartners faculty and students have cared for patients at Silver City Health Center as part of the Wyandotte County safety net. In addition, longstanding partnerships with University of Kansas Hospital and Children’s Mercy Hospital and Health Systems have led to successful affiliate faculty models for teaching, research and transition-to-practice programs.

Prior to her arrival at KU in 1996, Miller was vice president and chief nursing officer at Children's Hospital Colorado and associate professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She completed her baccalaureate degree in nursing at Case Western Reserve University and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado.

Girod announced he will work with leadership in the schools of Nursing and Health Professions to coordinate the recruitment process for a new dean of each school.

Frias’ three-hit night leads T-Bones


FARGO, N.D. – Vladimir Frias doubled in a run in the fifth and scored two batters later giving Kansas City a lead it wouldn’t forego in a 3-2 win Tuesday at Newman Outdoor Field.

Frias, who’s one of the flashiest shortstops in the American Association, used his bat to help the T-Bones get on the board first in a well-pitched game through the middle frames. Robby Kuzdale, however, led off the top of the fifth with a walk for Kansas City against starter Brian Ernst (8-6). After Brian Erie sacrificed Kuzdale to second, Frias lashed an RBI double to deep right field that scored Kuzdale and gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Danny Richar scored Frias on an RBI single to left.

The T-Bones extended their lead to 3-0 in the sixth with an RBI single from Kuzdale that scored Nick Schwaner.

The RedHawks finally cracked T-Bones starter Joe Van Meter (2-1) with solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings, including Travis Higgs’ fifth home run of the season. Van Meter didn’t walk any as he scattered seven hits and two runs — along with six strikeouts — over 7 innings in the win.

Kris Regas got his 20th save of the season with a scoreless ninth, in spite of walking two Fargo batters.

Four T-Bones batters had multi-hit games, led by Frias’ 3-for-4 night. T.J. Mittelstaedt, who had two hits, notched his team-leading 27th double in the first inning.

The T-Bones (42-51) continue their three-game series at Fargo-Moorhead (39-54) Wednesday night at 7:02. The game can be heard in the Kansas City area on 1660-AM or worldwide at

4 All-Jayhawk golfers to lead KCKCC in 2014-15


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Thanks in no small part to archrival Johnson County Community College, Gary Shrader may be fielding his best team in 15 years as head golf coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

With four proven sophomore veterans already returning for the 2014-15 season, Shrader got additional help with the transfer of two All-Jayhawk Conference performers from JCCC, which dropped golf from its intercollegiate program following the end of the 2013-14 season. And that’s not counting four promising freshmen newcomers.

“It’s still early but with four all-conference players we have a solid foundation around which to build,” says Shrader. “We’re starting to get our qualifying rounds under full scale playing conditions.”

Heading the list of Blue Devil returnees are Lane Pauls of Newton, a second team All-KJCCC selection this past spring, and Seve Sites of SM West, who earned All-KJCCC honorable mention as a freshman. They are joined by Montana Fasching of Piper and Dalton Ayres of Newton, both of whom saw major action this past year.

Charlie Rinehart of Piper and Alex Forristal of Olathe North are the transfers from JCCC and both bring outstanding resumes.

Rinehart was a first team All-KJCCC selection this past season and had a 4 under par 68 in the first round of qualifying at Dub’s Dread. Playing in the NJCAA National Division I tournament two years ago, Forristal was tied for the 54-hole lead before finishing sixth at 5 under par but did not compete this past year. A seventh sophomore, Trey Maughan of Maryville, will redshirt while an eighth, Alex Otting of Basehor-Linwood, is assisting Shrader.

Marc McClain, a southpaw from Bonner Springs who won the Class 4A state championship this past spring, and Colton Allen of SM Northwest head the contingent of four promising freshmen. The others are Jeremy Dunham of Derby and Matt Thayne of Hesston.

“McClain and Allen are solid players while Dunham and Thayne are learning about east Kansas golf after playing on the flat courses out west,” says Shrader. “They’re not used to the hills and side hill lies but they’re getting there.”

While unofficial, early scoring has been impressive. Of 45 rounds played by 11 team members at Dub’s Dread and Sunflower Hill, only six have been in the 80s. 

“A lot of the early drills have been routine but as the weather cools down and we work on putting and short games, there will be a lot of improvement,” predicts Shrader.

The Blue Devil schedule will have a new look this fall – no Jayhawk Conference tournaments as in the past. “Some of the western powers wanted the opportunity to play in bigger tournaments but it didn’t happen,” said Shrader.

Three tournaments will now make up the Jayhawk season and all will be played in the spring starting with the first at Falcon Lakes. The second will be at Auburn Hills in Wichita with the KJCCC championship decided at Sand Creek in Newton.

Despite no Jayhawk tournaments, Shrader has put together a challenging schedule starting with the Patricia Island Challenge in Grove, Okla,, Sept. 7-9. The others are invitational tourneys hosted by Central Methodist in Boonville, Mo.; Evangel in Springfield; William Woods in Fulton; and Southwestern in Winfield along with the annual Blue Devil Fall Classic at Dub’s Dread Oct. 7-8.

“We’ve played in all those tournaments in the past and they’re all good venues to host tournaments and a very good schedule in that we’re playing mostly NAIA schools with good competitive programs,” says Shrader.


Sept. 7-9 – Patricia Island Challenge, Grove, Okla.
Sept. 14-16 – Central Methodist Invitational, Boonville, MO.
Sept. 22-23 – Evangel Fall Invitational, Springfield, MO.
Oct. 7-8 – William Woods Fall Invitational, Fulton, MO.
Oct. 12-14 – Blue Devil Fall Classic, Dub’s Dread
Oct. 19-21 – Southwestern Invitational, Winfield

March 10-11 – Ottawa Invitational, Eagle Bend, Lawrence
March 22-24 – Jayhawk Designated, Falcon Lakes, KCK
March 28-29 – Bethel-Hesston Invitational, Hesston CC & Sand Creek Station, Newton
April 5-7 – Lindenwood Invitational, The Bluffs, St. Charles, MO.
April 12-13 – Jayhawk Designated, Auburn Hills, Wichita
April 19-21 – Jayhawk Championship, Sand Creek Station, Newton
April 26-28 – Regional Championship, TBA

              Yr.          Hometown (High School)
Dalton Ayres*        Soph.         Newton, KS. (Newton)
Montana Fasching*    Soph.        Kansas City, KS. (Piper)
Alex Forristal        Soph.        Olathe, KS. (Olathe North)
Trey Maughan        Soph.        Maryville, MO. (Maryville)
Alec Otting*        Soph.        Bonner Springs, KS. (Basehor-Linwood)
Lane Pauls*        Soph.        Newton, KS. (Newton)
Charlie Rinehart    Soph.        Kansas City, KS. (Piper)
Seve Sites*        Soph.        Lenexa, KS. (SM West)
Colton Allen        Fresh.        Lenexa, KS. (SM Northwest)
Jeremy Dunham    Fresh.        Derby, KS. (Derby)
Marc McClain        Fresh.        Bonner Springs, KS. (Bonner Springs)
Matt Thayne        Fresh.        Hesston, KS. (Hesston)

HEAD COACH – Gary Shrader (15th season)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wyandotte County Historical Museum to host The Bracero Program

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Wyandotte County Historical Museum is hosting the “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964” program.

More information below:
Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition
“Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964”


You are invited to a special opening Sunday, September 14, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The opening will feature Dr. Jesus “Chuy” Negrete. He is a nationally known folksinger and musicologist.  Mexican food and drink will be served. Please RSVP to 913.573.5002

Q: What was the bracero program?
A: The bracero program was a bi-national agreement between the U.S. and Mexico that allowed for bringing in contract workers to the U.S. During the bracero program, braceros were allowed to stay within the U.S. for up to 18 months, after which they had to return to Mexico. They were allowed to come back if they were re-contracted.

Q: What does the word “bracero” mean?
A: Bracero is a term used in Mexico for a manual laborer.

Q: What inspired the Smithsonian to begin working on this project?
A: The National Museum of American History holds a collection of photographs by photojournalist Leonard Nadel. Among the collections are pictures of the braceros’ experiences. These images, coupled with the fact that many former braceros were getting older and there were few oral or written accounts of their experiences, inspired museum staff to begin working on the project. The project began as an oral history documentation and evolved into an exhibition.

Wyandotte County Historical Museum
631 N. 126th Street Bonner Springs 66012