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An eagle flies over Wyandotte County. This photo is from about a year ago at Wyandotte County Lake. Friends of Kaw Point Park are sponsoring an eagle viewing event in January at Kaw Point,  Kansas City, Kan. (File photo by Steve Rupert)
An eagle flies over Wyandotte County. This photo is from about a year ago at Wyandotte County Lake. Friends of Kaw Point Park are sponsoring an eagle viewing event in January at Kaw Point, Kansas City, Kan. (File photo by Steve Rupert)


by William Crum

Soon the eagles will arrive after the first ice on the river. The confluence of the Kaw and Missouri rivers has long been very important to birdwatchers as an active winter fishing site for American bald eagles.

These birds will roost here during the freezing temperatures because the churning waters provide openings in the ice and oxygen which brings this to the surface. This allows the adult eagles to teach their young to catch an easy meal.

These magnificent aerial acrobats have gathered there for countless generations. The public is invited to join the show. Friday Jan. 30, 2015, is designated as the school kids’ day and the public is welcome. On Jan. 31 they’ll have public tours and displays.

The public is requested to park in the upper lot and walk out to the point where the Lewis and Clark statue is; do not make any noise and bring a good set of binoculars and dress warmly.

Kaw Point is located where the two rivers, Missouri and Kansas, meet in Kansas City, Kan. Access to Kaw Point Park and the levee area is off I-70 near downtown Kansas City, Kan.

The Friends of Kaw Point Park will post information regarding special Eagle Day events. For more information go to the website www.lewisandclarkwyco.org or call 913-677-7752.

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The driver of a Subaru Legacy on I-70 near I-435 in Kansas City, Kan., became distracted and looked down at 11 p.m. Dec. 20, according to a Kansas Turnpike Authority trooper’s report.

The next thing the Subaru driver knew, when he looked up, a Ford Edge was in his path. The Subaru struck the Ford, according to the trooper’s report.

The 53-year-old Topeka woman driving the Ford was injured and taken to the hospital.

The 25-year-old Topeka man driving the Subaru was not injured, according to the report.

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Barricades were removed this morning on an I-70 ramp at K-7. (KDOT photo)
Barricades were removed this morning on an I-70 ramp at K-7. (KDOT photo)

The westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp reopened to unrestricted traffic at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, in Bonner Springs, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Crews were working on completing pavement marking work before the ramp could fully reopen to all traffic.

Once this ramp reopens, the left turn lanes from the existing westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp will be removed, according to KDOT.

The only routes available from the existing westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp will be either right turns onto northbound K-7 or the through lane movement onto Canaan Drive.

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