Air in south KCK gets clean bill of health after long testing period

Jim Gulliford, EPA regional administrator, today gave a clean bill of health for air quality in the southern part of Kansas City, Kansas. His announcement was at the South Patrol station at South 21st and Metropolitan Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert

The Environmental Protection Agency today gave a clean bill of health to air quality in the Argentine, Armourdale and Turner areas of Kansas City, Kansas.

In fall 2017, a study, the Kansas City Transportation Local-Scale Air Quality Study (KC-TRAQS), was launched to test the air quality in southern Kansas City, Kansas.

“Today we’re going to report to you good news,” said Jim Gulliford, EPA regional administrator, during an announcement on Wednesday morning at the community room at the South Patrol police station near South 21st and Metropolitan Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. The South Patrol station is built on a remediated Superfund site and is close to railroad yards, highways and industries.

“The EPA’s six monitoring stations reported air quality that was well within EPA’s initial ambient air quality standards,” he said. Both EPA and the community worked together on the project, he added.

“We know that the Greater Kansas City air quality does meet the national EPA air quality standards,” Gulliford said. There are monitors through Greater Kansas City.

In this case, EPA was able to come into a local community, do additional testing, and found that the monitors are functioning and the results were accurate, he said.

“We hope this provides you with satisfaction as well,” he said.

The six monitors on the south side also were consistent with a monitoring station on the north side of Kansas City, Kansas, near 10th and Nebraska Avenue, one of the permanent monitoring stations in the area, he said.

He said the EPA teamed up with the community, and did the work they asked, tested the systems of providing additional monitoring data, and are satisfied with the results.

This KC-TRAQS testing project used a “citizen science” approach, with students at area schools participating in the air testing.

Students and teachers from Harmon High School, Rosedale Middle School, Turner High School and Wyandotte High School participated in air testing. Portable air monitors were “checked out,” he said, and used to test air quality in various locations.

The KC-TRAQS study tested for fine particle pollution and black carbon.

UG Commissioner Angela Markley, 6th District, today said she was pleased with the results of the air quality testing on the south side of Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Mary Rupert)

Unified Government Commissioner Angela Markley expressed appreciation to the students and teachers, as well as the EPA. She said it was an opportunity to be educated about air quality as well as to be reassured.

“I’m very happy with the results, obviously, I’m raising my family here, so I wanted to have positive results from the study,” she said.

The testing was prompted by individuals and organizations concerned about air quality.

Andy Williams, regional director of public affairs for BNSF railroad, said BNSF has done a number of things over the years to reduce air emissions. He said the air quality at the Argentine Yard is clean and meets all air quality standards at the federal, state and local levels.

Williams, a former reporter with the Kansas City Kansan, said that BNSF has cut its carbon emissions by 80 percent from 2008 to 2014 at the BNSF Railway Argentine Yard.

BNSF has worked with EPA, Williams said. It retrofitted locomotives, implemented idle control technology, and relocated intermodal operations involving truck traffic from Argentine to Gardner.

The EPA displayed the portable air quality monitors, foreground, at the announcement today. (Photo by Mary Rupert)
Displays shown at today’s announcement outlined the testing program and the results. (Photo by Mary Rupert)
Displays shown at today’s announcement outlined the testing program and the results. (Photo by Mary Rupert)
Displays shown at today’s announcement outlined the testing program and the results. (Photo by Mary Rupert)
Displays shown at today’s announcement outlined the testing program and the results. (Photo by Mary Rupert)
Displays shown at today’s announcement outlined the testing program and the results. (Photo by Mary Rupert)
Displays shown at today’s announcement outlined the testing program and the results. (Photo by Mary Rupert)
Displays shown at today’s announcement outlined the testing program and the results. (Photo by Mary Rupert)

Nominations open for KCKCC’s Mid-America Education Hall of Fame

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Nominations are being accepted for the Kansas City Kansas Community College Foundation’s Mid-America Education Hall of Fame Awards and Scholarship event.

The awards recognize someone who has demonstrated dedication and commitment to education.

The Mid America Education Hall of Fame started in 1996 as a way to recognize individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations in the community who have made notable contributions to educational and student success, community development and/or philanthropy. The 2019 inductees are listed at

Class of 2020 inductees will be recognized at a formal induction ceremony at this year’s event on April 25 at the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center.

Criteria used to select the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame inductees include:

• Demonstrates a commitment to education or Kansas City Kansas Community College, or both;
• Works to improve the quality of life in the community through their passion for education;
• Strives to increase educational opportunities for others;
• Supports significant changes that have improved the quality of education;
• Can be an individual, organization, or company from the Mid-America region.

Submit the following nomination materials by email to Audrey Alexander at or by mail to the KCKCC Foundation, 7250 State Ave., Suite 3500, Kansas City, Kansas 66112. The deadline is Jan. 28.
Nomination materials include:
• Nomination Form at
• Biography of the person, organization or company being nominated including a brief history and synopsis of activities related to the nomination criteria.
• At least two letters of recommendation (no more than three) in support of the nomination written by separate entities.

The Mid-America Education Hall of Fame is online at

For more information on the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame or to submit a nomination, contact Audrey Alexander at 913-288-7584 or by email at

Nashville acquires Sporting goalkeeper Zendejas, selects midfielder Medranda in expansion draft

Sporting acquires $175,000 in allocation money and international roster spot in trade with Nashville

Sporting Kansas City announced that the club has acquired $125,000 in 2020 targeted allocation money, $50,000 in 2020 general allocation money and an international roster spot for the 2020 season from MLS expansion club Nashville SC in exchange for goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas.

Additionally, Nashville SC selected Sporting Kansas City midfielder Jimmy Medranda with the 10th and final pick of the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft on Tuesday afternoon.

“We’d like to thank Adrian and Jimmy for all of their contributions to the club over the past several years,” Sporting KC manager and Sporting director Peter Vermes said. “We wish them all the best in their future careers.”

Zendejas made five appearances for Sporting across all competitions from 2017-2019. The 24-year-old also played 54 USL Championship matches in four seasons with Sporting Kansas City II.

Medranda, 25, recorded five goals and eight assists in 108 competitive appearances for Sporting from 2013-2019. The Colombian’s tenure with the club was highlighted by a 2013 MLS Cup title and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles in 2015 and 2017. Medranda becomes the 11th Sporting player to be taken in an MLS Expansion Draft.

Sporting will announce further roster moves by Thursday, including exercised and declined contract options for players heading into the 2020 MLS season.

On Friday, MLS Communications will release the list of players eligible for free agency and the end-of-year waivers process. MLS free agency will begin Monday, while the end-of-year waivers process will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday.

Following the end-of-year waivers process, the MLS re-entry process will take place in two phases: re-entry draft stage 1 on Nov. 26 and re-entry draft stage 2 on Dec. 3.

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