A little warmup coming this afternoon to offset cold morning

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic

Record cold temperatures will give way to slightly warmer conditions this afternoon as highs climb into the upper 20s to lower 30s, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature was 15 degrees at 8 a.m. Tuesday, with a wind chill reading of 3 degrees. By 9 a.m., it was 20 degrees with a wind chill of 10.

Wind chill values will still be near zero in most locations through late morning.

Temperatures will hold nearly steady overnight as warmer air starts to work back into the region, the weather service said.

Today’s high will be near 35, with a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph and gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tonight, look for a low of 27, with a south southwest wind of 9 to 14 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph.

On Wednesday, the high will be near 35. A west northwest wind of 8 to 14 mph will gust as high as 18 mph.

Wednesday night’s low will be around 20.

On Thursday, the high will be near 39.

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic

KCK proposes removing ban on pit bulls

A Unified Government Standing Committee gave preliminary approval Monday evening to an ordinance change that will remove the ban on pit bulls in Kansas City, Kan.

Emotions ran high for some at the meeting, as the public turned out to support and to oppose the ordinance change.

Dennis McConnell of Nebraska, son of Jimmie Mae McConnell, who was mauled by dogs while in her yard in Kansas City, Kan., in July 2006 and died after the attack, said that he had a concern with the ordinance change. If other dogs attack, people have a chance of survival, but with pit bulls, that was not the case, he said.

The Rev. Jimmie Banks opposed lifting the pit bull ban, saying that pit bulls had a disposition to bite, shake and hold onto a person until death, and that banning pit bulls would save lives and protect the innocent.

Another person who spoke at the meeting said she formerly lived in Kansas City, Kan., but moved to Kansas City, Mo., with her pit bull when the ban went into effect. She said it’s not just how the dogs are raised, but also how they are treated at the moment, that determines how they behave. She said she had a lot of rescue dogs, including pit bull dogs, and never had trouble with them. However, she said that one pit bull in her neighborhood bit her and she had to have her arm sewn back on. She believes the dogs’ behavior is a result of their treatment by their owners.

Dr. Elizabeth Wilcox, who works with a variety of breeds, including pit bulls, every day at Great Plains SPCA, said she was in support of the ordinance change. She said a number of people here who may have a pit bull in the city limits may not take the dog to the veterinarian because they are afraid of being reported, and she said her office in Merriam, Kan., does not report them. She also said that the trap, neuter and release program is effective.

The commissioners also heard from one Kansas City, Kan., resident who took out a mortgage on her home so she could pay for trapping, neutering and release for some feral cats that did not belong to her.

Several other people also spoke at the public comment time. There were more in favor of the proposed change attending the meeting than against it; some of those attending were from other cities in the metropolitan area, and several were from Great Plains SPCA.

If the ban on pit bulls is lifted, there will still be provisions against vicious dogs in the proposed ordinance, and that will be based on their behavior, according to Katie Barnett of the Barnett law firm in Lawrence, Kan.

At a packed meeting room at City Hall, the Public Works and Safety Standing Committee gave its preliminary approval to ordinance changes, also including a small increase in the number of animals allowed at a residence, and a trap, neuter and release policy.

Some commissioners were in favor of amendments to the proposed ordinance, but they decided to forward the ordinance the way it was proposed and make the amendments at the full commission meeting.

Commissioner Hal Walker favored removal of a provision that would allow vicious dogs to be transferred out of the city to be dumped on another community. He favored euthanasia as the only solution for dogs that have severely injured people.

He did not agree with the proposed ordinance’s language that seems to allow a pet to bite someone if it was on the pet owner’s property. He said owners have to bear the responsibility.

Commissioner Mike Kane said he was not in favor of increasing the limit on dogs allowed at a home from two to three. He supported leaving the number as it is.

“We’re having trouble with the current amount of dogs running around,” Kane said.

The proposed ordinance next will go to the full UG Commission for consideration.

To read all of the proposed changes in the ordinance, see the agenda at www.wycokck.org/uploadedFiles/Departments/Clerk/Agenda_and_Minutes/2014/pws%20111714%20Agenda%20Packet.pdf.

Argentine tops list as ‘most generous’ neighborhood in KC metro area

Ann Murguia, executive director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association, right, presented an ANDA check for $200 to a holiday food drive being sponsored at the Argentine Save-a-Lot grocery store. Representing the grocery were Jeff Turnbough, left, district manager, and Jessica Wilson, center, store manager. (Staff photo)
Ann Murguia, executive director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association, right, presented an ANDA check for $200 to a holiday food drive being sponsored at the Argentine Save-a-Lot grocery store. Representing the grocery were Jeff Turnbough, left, district manager, and Jessica Wilson, center, store manager. (Staff photo)

by Mary Rupert

People in the Argentine community of Kansas City, Kan., are the most generous neighborhood in the metro area.

That’s the conclusion that can be drawn from the Save-a-Lot food donation drive going on at the Argentine store at 2100 Metropolitan Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

Of all the Save-a-Lot stores in Greater Kansas City, the Argentine store’s customers have donated the most food to helping other people this holiday season.

Jeff Turnbough, Save-a-Lot district manager, said customers at the Argentine store already have donated more than 250 bags of groceries to the needy.

That was before today’s $200 donation from the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association, which will bring the donation to more than 300 grocery bags. That represents from $4,000 to $5,000 in groceries to be donated to needy families in the Argentine area.

“The people in the Argentine area are very, very generous,” he said. He also said staff at the store asked customers for the $6.50 donations.

In the grocery bags are such items as potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans and corn – items that would help make a holiday meal.

The drive has already met its goal, and now the goal is being raised to 700 bags of groceries, Turnbough said. The drive lasts through Jan. 1.

He added the Argentine store also is the No. 1 Save-a-Lot store in the metro area for sales among the 12 stores.

Ann Murguia, executive director of ANDA, said this year ANDA is a partner with Save-a-Lot to distribute the food. She said ANDA staff will be asking the Argentine schools for help in getting the food to local families.

She said ANDA was contributing $200 to the effort because it wants to be a good partner with the program. She added she was especially pleased that all the donations at this store will go to persons in the Argentine area.

“I’m so proud of the response we’ve received,” said Jessica Wilson, store manager. “It amazes me. It’s been a hit.”

Candy Mills, an area resident, donated a bag of groceries today. She talked about the needs in the community for food and heat.

“It makes me feel good to help the people in this community,” she said.