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Some recycling sites available in Wyandotte County

When the holidays are over, natural trees, wreaths and garlands can be recycled.

Many locations throughout the metropolitan area will recycle holiday trees and greenery, and most services are free.

Like other yard waste materials, holiday trees and greenery are banned from landfills in Missouri and discouraged in Kansas landfills.

Recycling not only keeps these materials out of landfills, but also creates a resource that can be used for a variety of purposes.

“Many drop-off locations are open for up to a month after the holidays, so there are plenty of opportunities to recycle your tree and greenery,” said Matt Riggs, outreach coordinator for the MARC Solid Waste Management District. “Be sure to remove all lights, decorations, plastic bags and stands from the trees and remove wire, hooks and frames from the greenery before recycling.”

For more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle for the holidays, visit www.RecycleSpot.org or call 816-474-8326.

Drop-off locations for recycling Christmas trees in Wyandotte County include:
• Bonner Springs — North Park, 1200 S. 134th St., 913-422-7010.
• Bonner Springs — Wyandotte County Park, 126th and State Avenue, 913-573-8327.

• Kansas City, Kan. — Alvey Park, 4834 Metropolitan Ave., 913-573-8327.
• Kansas City, Kan. — City Park, 2601 Park Drive, 913-573-8327.
• Kansas City, Kan. — Stony Point Park, 531 N. 86th St., 913-573-8327.
• Kansas City, Kan. — Planet Marrs Recycling, 2701 Roe Lane, 913-888-0539.

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The Access to Justice Committee has released for comment proposed guidelines for judges to restrict court filings from litigants who repeatedly file frivolous, malicious, or repetitive pleadings.

Members of the public and the legal community are encouraged to review the proposed guidelines and provide comment by Feb. 1. The guidelines and instructions for commenting are available on the judicial branch website at www.kscourts.org under the heading What’s New.

Judge Edward Bouker, who serves on the Access to Justice Committee and is chief judge of the 23rd judicial district that includes Ellis, Gove, Rooks, and Trego counties, spoke on behalf of the committee when the proposed guidelines were released.

“It’s challenging for a busy judge to give every case fair and impartial treatment when some litigants file pleadings merely to harass or punish individuals, businesses, attorneys, or the court,” Bouker said. “These guidelines are to help judges respond to malicious and repetitive filings while upholding everyone’s access to courts as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.”

The Access to Justice Committee, in collaboration with the Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution, spent several months reviewing existing Kansas laws and case law, as well as filing restrictions imposed in other states, to develop the proposed guidelines.

“Our intent is to inform judges of their options to restrict some filings under specific circumstances,” Bouker said. “The guidelines do not propose a blanket restriction on any party with a history of malicious or repetitive filings.”

The 18-member Access to Justice Committee is made up of attorneys, judges, and laypeople. It was created by Kansas Supreme Court Rule 1401 for the purpose of making recommendations to the court about reducing barriers to equal access to justice, improving legal services delivery, and increasing resources available for legal services to low-income litigants in civil cases.

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Kansas Lottery players again showed their enthusiasm for the Kansas Lottery’s Holiday Millionaire Raffle by purchasing all 175,000 tickets well before the drawing date. This is the sixth year for the Kansas-only game.

Ticket number 175,000 was sold at 9:57 a.m. on Dec. 25. The $20 tickets went on sale Sept. 5, 2014. The drawing is Dec. 31.

“We want to say a big ‘thank you’ to the players who purchased tickets and the retailers that sold the tickets, for making this another successful Holiday Millionaire Raffle,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “Now it’s on to the big grand prize drawing!”

The Holiday Millionaire Raffle Grand Prize drawing will take place December 31. One lucky ticket will be worth $1 million. There will also be 25 $5,000 winners, 25 $1,000 winners and 2,500 $100 prizes. Players must retain their tickets to claim a prize.

All 175,000 tickets are automatically entered in the grand prize drawing, including the 10 tickets that won $10,000 each in the five early bird drawings and the 5,000 tickets that were $50 instant cash bonus tickets.

The $1 million grand prize winning raffle number will be announced at 11:56 a.m. Dec. 31 on KSHB-41 Action News.

A list of all winning raffle numbers will be available on www.kslottery.com shortly after noon on December 31 so players can check their tickets against the winning ticket numbers.

Tickets can also be checked at any Kansas Lottery retailer, including Check-a-Ticket machines, or by calling the Kansas Lottery at 785-296-5700. For more information, click on Holiday Millionaire Raffle .

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