Daily Archives: Nov. 24, 2009

State rejects Wichita group’s proposal for southeast Kansas casino

The application process for a casino in southeast Kansas will remain open after the Kansas Lottery rejected a pro-posal from a Wichita-based investment group Tuesday.

Ozark Trail Gaming, a group that included former Wichita Mayor Bob Knight, proposed to build and manage a $225 million casino in Cherokee County at U.S. Highway 166/400, one mile north of I-44.

The application was rejected because it “provided no information” that shows the group had the money or experience that is required, a statement from the lottery said.

The Ozark group includes Wichita attorney Henry Blase, also listed as trustee of the Schultz Family Trust; Knight; and Wichita investment banker Theron Froggatte.

Its first phase was to have included a casino with 900 slot machines and 30 gaming tables, a 30-seat coffee and pastry shop, a 225-seat buffet, a lounge and retail space.

Any new applications for a casino in southeast Kansas face a Jan. 19 deadline.

Powerball winner provides a windfall for state revenues

TOPEKA – Someday, you take good news where you find it.

State coffers should get about a $3 million boost in income taxes collected from a Great Bend-man who won the $96.6 million Powerball Jackpot earlier this month, state Budget Director Duane Goossen told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

It might not seem like much coming the day after Gov. Mark Parkinson announced a fifth round of cuts to this year’s budget – this round excising $260 million.

Given that most news about state revenue collection has been about short falls, this news at least prompted some smiles.

Where to leave leaves…

leaf pileWhat to do with all those fallen leaves?

There are several answers, according to Joe Pajor, assistant director of public works with the city, and Roger Lyon, director of not-for-profit PRoKansas Recycling Center.

You can leave them where they are. They’ll decompose and fertilize your lawn. If that doesn’t work for your aesthetics or you fear it will kill the grass, you can mulch mow them into little bits and speed up the decomposing process.

If you decide to rake them up and bag them, you can bring them to Brooks C&D Landfill where you’ll have to pay a minimum $15 for up to 1,200 pounds of waste. The landfill has an area to dump organic waste for composting — then just reuse your plastic bags or toss them in a different part of the landfill.

Last option is to put them at the curb with your other trash — a common practice from what I’ve observed. Since there are many companies, you’ll have to ask whether your trash service accepts leaves and where they go.

For more detail and smoother writing, see the column after the jump by Anne Calovich, The Eagle’s green thumb… Read More »