Daily Archives: Dec. 8, 2009

Kelsey floats plan for small-town economic development



Former Ohio Rep. Bob McEwen speaks at Dick Kelsey campaign event

Former Ohio Rep. Bob McEwen speaks at Dick Kelsey campaign event

State Sen. Dick Kelsey said Tuesday that if he is elected to Congress, he’ll devote a full staff position to assisting 4th District communities, especially smaller ones, develop their economies and create jobs.

Kelsey also said he would develop a clearinghouse to try to match businesses with available real estate across the district.

Kelsey, R-Goddard, said the idea is to assist communities that can’t afford an economic development director to market them on a large scale.

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Dodge City casino could open Dec. 15

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission has conditionally certified the Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City for a possible opening next week.

The casino could open Dec. 15 if the state approves two controlled demonstration days at the facility. which will be held tomorrow and Dec. 14.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. on Dec. 16 featuring Gov. Mark Parkinson and other officials.

If the casino opens on Dec. 15, it would close that evening and re-open after the ceremony, said Sharon Stroburg, Boot Hill’s marketing director.

The racing and gaming commission has approved the casino’s internal control systems, security and surveillance plans, slots and table game rules and procedures, and its responsible gaming plan.

Jail consultant won’t seek more money, longer contract

WICHITA — Justice Concepts, hired by Sedgwick County to reduce its jail population, has withdrawn its proposal for an 18-month contract extension.

The consultant had been criticized by some commissioners for not complying with its original contract. That 10-month contract — valued at $124,616 — expired June 4 and promised to reduce the jail’s population by 25 percent.

Public safety director Robert Lamkey said Justice Concepts will try to finish its original work by the end of March. Commissioners would need to approve an extension for the original contract. Justice Concepts would not get additional money beyond the roughly $46,000 remaining on the original contract.

The 18-month extension would have been for $228,000.

New poll shows Moran, Tiahrt close in Senate race

The GOP primary race for the U.S. Senate in Kansas is apparently a dead heat once again.

A new poll from SurveyUSA shows the race at 37 percent for Jerry Moran, 34 percent for Todd Tiahrt. The margin of error is 4.6 percent, meaning that either number could swing by that much.

The new finding is in marked contrast to the 43-27 finding in Moran’s favor in an early October survey by the same pollster.

But that outcome now appears to be an aberration. In four of SurveyUSA’s five polls on the race this year, the results have been within the margin of error — meaning that either guy could have been ahead.

The new poll, taken Friday to Sunday, is a big boost for Tiahrt who took something of a p.r. hit in the wake of the 43-27 finding in early October.

Arena manager doesn’t control ticket sales, county says

Reacting to criticism about tickets for the Taylor Swift concert at Intrust Bank Arena selling out quickly, Sedgwick County assistant manager Ron Holt told commissioners this morning that some promoters demand advance sales.

Making advance tickets available is not a decision that SMG, the arena’s manager, makes, Holt said.

One way to get around advance sales would be for SMG to guarantee promoters that a certain number of tickets would sell. But that would come at a risk, Holt said.

Commissioners expressed concern about the resale of tickets for a higher value. Board member Kelly Parks said he already had seen some tickets — he did not specify for which concert — for sale on Craigslist, an online classified site.