Monthly Archives: September 2008

We must be inching toward April already

Though Wichita City Council races began quietly months ago, it appears the first public move may be made by Janet Miller, who issued a release today indicating she’ll run to fill Sharon Fearey’s seat representing the north-central Wichita district. (Fearey is out by term limits.) Miller, president of the park board, has long been rumored to be seeking the seat. She’s slated to make an announcement regarding the District 6 position Thursday at 11:15 a.m. at the Midtown Community Resource Center. Everyone is invited.

Districts 1, 3 and 6 are up for election this year (District 1 is held by Lavonta Williams and Jim Skelton has the District 3 seat). (See PDF district map)The deadline to file for council seats is Jan. 27. The primary is March 3. Election Day is April 7. (Learn more about how to file for office.) Let the races begin.

See Michelle Obama at a free rally in Kansas City on Wednesday

Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear at a rally to support her husband, Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama, Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Kansas City, Mo.

The event is free and open to the public, the campaign said. Entry will be on a first-come, first served basis.

The “Change We Need” rally will be at 18th Street between Vine and Highland streets. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the event begins at 5:10 p.m.

The public entrance is at 18th Street and The Paseo, the wheelchair accessible entrance is at East 17th Terr., and The Paseo.

For security reasons, attendees should not bring bags and should limit personal items. No banners or signs will be allowed, the campaign said.

While tickets are not requires, people are encouraged to RSVP at: http://mo.barackobama.com/KansasCityChange

Deltona passes over Salerno for city manager gig

City leaders in Deltona, Fla. passed over Pat Salerno and hired their city clerk as city manager, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. That leaves Salerno, who withdrew from the manager gig in Wichita after signing a contract in July, out there job hunting.

Of course, Wichita’s 17-member search committee is about to view a list of potential managers listed by a national headhunting firm Wednesday. But, somehow, we doubt Salerno will be in the mix.

Scammers using voter registration records

Kansas Attorney General Steve Six is warning consumers about unsolicited emails or calls requesting Social Security or credit card numbers to confirm voter registration eligibility. The scam has occurred in other states, he says.

Instead of helping you get ready to vote, the scammers steal your identity.

Providing financial information is not necessary to vote.

For more information about registering to vote in Sedgwick County, go to http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/elections/or call the elections office at 316-660-7100.

County commission candidates sound off

The four candidates vying for the District 2 and District 3 seats on the Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners will speak at a forum next month at Newman University.

The forum, sponsored by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, will give voters a chance to hear from District 2 incumbent Tim Norton, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Craig Gabel, as well as District 3 hopefuls Republican Karl Peterjohn and Democrat Marcey Gregory.  The commission races are ramping up to be interesting with a lot of focus on giving residents some relief on property taxes.  The Eagle recently reported that Gabel is delinquent on some of his own taxes.

The forum will start at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Newman Universeity’s De Mattias Performance Hall and is free and open the public.

Gas prices drop to $3.29

Gas prices in Wichita dropped today to $3.29 a gallon, the lowest they’ve been since spring.

Despite hurricanes, a bad economy and other factors, gas prices have steadily been on the decline in the past few weeks. The highest recorded price for a gallon of gas in Wichita was $3.90 on July 15.

For more information, read Friday’s Eagle.

Environmentally minded college students can be “Green Ambassadors” for the state.

College students do you like talking about all things green and want to earn a little cash doing it?

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is accepting applications from Kansas college students to be “Green Ambassadors.”

The ambassadors will promote environmental stewardship and education by giving public presentations. Program participants will also discuss proper waste management techniques, natural resource conservation and stewardship.

The new program is run through the department’s Bureau of Waste Management division.

Here is the department’s description of the program: Read More »

Open mics at private Wichita City Council meeting

It was just about a reporter’s dream.

Wichita City Council members had just kicked everyone out of their board room for an executive session meeting. A few minutes passed. And then there was a little commotion and some phone calls indicating the private meeting wasn’t so private after all. Turns out the audio was still on and broadcasting online — though Channel 7 viewers were just hearing the usual elevator tunes. City staff hauled out the microphones — seen in the photo at the left — and the council resumed its meeting in private. To this reporter’s dismay, nothing sexy got on air; they hadn’t even started their discussion. But it was about as close as we non-executives get to being a fly on the wall of a closed-door session. Read More »

Leaving on a jet plane

Sedgwick County commissioners on Wednesday will consider a transportation service agreement with the City of Wichita that involves subsidies to AirTran and Frontier.

In August, commissioners approved a new contract with AirTran, granting a one-year subsidy of up to $6.5 million for the airline. The state covered $5 million of that through a grant, with the county and city splitting the difference.

In addition, the county has a revenue guarantee with Frontier to pay up to $500,000 a year. Read More »

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signs oilman T. Boone Pickens’ Energy Independence Pledge

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, announced Monday she’d signed oil man T. Boone Pickens’ Energy Independence Pledge. The pledge urges the next President and Congress to develop a plan to reduce the country’s foreign oil dependence by at least 30 percent with in a decade. Pickens’ plan calls for more electricity from wind power and shifting natural gas now used to produce electricity to fuel vehicles. Read the full pledge and more about Pickens plan at his website: www.pickensplan.com Below is the statement Sebelius released when announcing she’d signed the pledge. Read More »