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A Night Hike up the Mountain

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BY DAN THALMANN.
 
If you put a bunch of Kansas boys in the midst of Rocky Mountain National Park, they’re going to be impressed with the view. How could they not be? The terrain is foreign to any fl atlander from Kansas. Deep pine-spruce forests dissected by cold clear creeks carrying snowmelt from the mountaintops. And the mountaintops, stretching above 14,000 feet, high enough trees don’t even grow.

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Clifton nursing home to close by end of May

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BY DAN THALMANN.
 
CLIFTON – Community Care, Inc., a nursing home in Clifton that is home to 17 residents, will be closing its doors by the end of May. The nursing home’s board of directors announced the decision to staff and residents on March 27 and acting-administrator Mary Sue Stimatze said it was a decision they did not come to lightly.

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QUILT TRAIL CONTINUES TO GROW

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BY TOM PARKER.
 
Washington County’s inclusion in the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail grew recently with the addition of a pair of new barn quilt blocks, one traditional and one not-so traditional. The former is an eight-foot by eight-foot block on the Jerry Howell property near Palmer and the latter a small, four-foot by four-foot block on the west side of the Hometown Cafe in Barnes.

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High winds, dry conditions keeping firefighters busy

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Volunteer fire departments from Barnes and Greenleaf were called out several times over the weekend for a stubborn fire a few miles south of Barnes.

BY TOM PARKER.
 
During the spring burning season when farmers burn off vegetation, it’s not unusual to hear fi re bells wailing from tornado sirens. This year, however, weather patterns seem intent on creating perfect conditions for extreme fi re danger, and the result is a surge of activity for volunteer fi refi ghters. Warm, calm days—ideal for controlled prairie burns, the iconic rite of spring in rural Kansas—interspersed with days of high winds and dry conditions are keeping firefighters busy throughout the county.

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Jack Barley retires from county historical society, Klozenbucher takes helm

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Jack Barley, with wife Jenne, was honored for his years of service to the Washington County Historical Society.

BY TOM PARKER.
 
When Jack Barley walked through the curtains separating Mayberry’s main dining hall from the middle reserved section, what he thought was going to happen was nowhere near what actually did. As far as he was concerned—indeed, what he had been led to believe by his wife, Jenne—he was there to attend a birthday party for a friend. Instead, he was there to be honored for his service to the Washington County Historical Society after his retirement in January.

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KS Gas approves needed pressure for kiln

By the time last week’s News hit the mailboxes on Thursday, the story on Brad Owen’s request for fuel for his pottery kiln was already old. Kansas Gas Service did a line check on Owen’s natural gas connections on Wednesday and it passed and by Thursday KGS showed up and increased the pressure to the lines, which is what Owen 
 
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SPRING BREAK AND INSTAGRAM

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Spring break - the annual week off from school for students and teachers is normally spent recovering from a long winter and generally doing nothing constructive, but art students at Clifton-Clyde High School and Middle School willingly
 
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Auditor offers options on future of jail

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Washington County Jail Sergeant Iola Wolfe works in the master control room of the jail facility in Washington. She is one of seven employees on the jail staff.

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
WASHINGTON – The financial standing of the Washington County jail and what to do about it is the focus of ongoing conversation about the future of the facility that came into operation in 2008. The Washington County Commission heard a report on Monday from County Clerk Denae Dimler who was asked last week to contact their auditor, John Denney, CPA with Lindburg Vogel Pierce Fairs, to see what he thought their options were with the facility.
 

 

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A place of stories

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BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
It’s 1969, 1970, somewhere in that period, and young Tim Holt is walking down the main street of Barnes. Several men of uncertain character loitering in front of the barber shop study his approach as if he were the most interesting thing to come along in quite some time, and as he draws near one of them calls out to him. “Who are you?” the man asks, and he says, “I’m Tim.” “You’re Joker’s son, aren’t you,” the man says, a declaration more than a question.
 

 

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Kiln heating options iced by council

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A kiln built by Brad Owen next to his Owens Originals office and warehouse at the southern edge of Washington was created to help him fire pottery made from clay sourced in Washington County.

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
WASHINGTON – During a special meeting on Monday, the Washington City Council denied a request from Brad Owen, of Owens Originals, to use a propane tank for his pottery business. Owen had submitted a request to set up a 500 gallon propane tank next to a newly constructed kiln at his commercial property on the south edge of Washington. He needed the propane to get his kiln up to a temperature higher than his natural gas pipeline would create. He plans on using the kiln to fire pottery made from clay sourced from within Washington County. He hoped to sell that pottery through various venues.

 

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