Monthly Archives: September 2008

Can you improve the federal budget? Here’s a game to test you

Are you with Obama or McCain? Are you pushing for alternative energy or increased drilling? Would you cut military spending or increase homeland security? How about ending No Child Left Behind?

Difficult questions. And they’re usually left up to politicians. But it’s up to you in Budget Hero, a new game on American Public Media’s web site.

(Warning: I killed 20 minutes playing with this — so it’s probably not a good game for those in a rush or for those with a boss looking over their shoulder.)

Pat Salerno is a finalist for city manager post in Florida

Pat Salerno, who backed out of a commitment to be Wichita’s city manager in July, is one of five finalists vying for the city manager post in Deltona, Fla., The Daytona Beach News Journal is reporting today. Salerno first appeared as a candidate in the city of 84,000 in August, but he has since been put on the short list. (See our previous post.)

This defies some thinking among Wichitans who said Salerno’s career in city management would likely be doomed by backing out of his contract here and, in doing so, breaking one of the ethical guidelines of the International City/County Management Association. Time will tell.

What’s up with Wichita’s city manager search?

So far, the city manager search (Part 2) is on track. That’s the word from Misty Bruckner, who chairs the city manager search committee. She said Slavin Management Consultants told her over the weekend that ads have been placed with the International City/County Management Association, and Slavin’s people are calling up large cities with the city manager form of government to find potential candidates.

That keeps the 17-member committee on track to review candidates Oct. 1 and meet on Oct. 8 to whittle down the list in a closed-door meeting.

No big surprises in flood patterns, city says

Back in 1998, city officials and the analysts they hired were surprised to learn some of west Wichita’s worst flooding came from Dry Creek, which ran over its banks and cut a new channel to the north fork of Calfskin Creek. Much of that water ended up in The Dell neighborhood, which again last weekend was heavily damaged by rising water.

This time, however, there don’t seem to be any surprises in flood flows, Public Works Director Chris Carrier said. Read More »

Kansas gets a new stamp featuring its flag

Kansas\' new flag stamp

Kansas' new flag stamp

TOPEKA — Kansans now have a first-class way to show state pride.

“I urge all Kansans to take a little time from e-mail and text messaging to take time to write a personal letter and use a stamp with a little history of Kansas,” Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Monday, unveiling a new stamp featuring the Kansas flag with a farm scene in the background.

The Kansas stamp is in part of the series “Flags of Our Nation,” which will include the Stars and Stripes and flags of the 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia.

The 60-stamp series is being released in alphabetical order over the next three years. Kansas is in the second set of 10. The first set featured Alabama through Delaware.

Philatelists can also get a special “Kansas Flags of Our Nation” postmark starting Monday for free at the Topeka Main Post Office. The postmark is also available by mail; send a self addressed, stamped envelope in a larger envelope addressed to Flags of Our Nation Postmark, 424 S. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66603-9998. Requests must be postmarked by Oct. 15.

Fun flag facts: History of the state flag

Text of Mayor Carl Brewer’s statement on flooding in Wichita

We typically don’t publish press releases or typed up statements. But, as waters damage homes and property in Wichita, we figured we would pass along Mayor Carl Brewer’s statement ASAP. It was released at 4:45 p.m. today.

Here it is word-for-word: Read More »

Wichita City Council to tackle $10 million for Cessna and urge statewide transportation plan

It’s been months since city, county and business officials said the community would have to pony-up some cash to ensure Cessna builds its Columbus jet here in Wichita. Now the loan — or the city’s share of it, anyway — is on the table.

City Council members Tuesday are all but assured to approve their $5 million share of a $10 million city/county forgivable loan. The money will help the aircraft giant build new facilities to build the jet in. Cessna estimates the project will result in $800 million in capital investment and create 1,000 engineering, production and support jobs. Read More »