The Liberal Fire Department held the annual awards banquet & ceremony on Saturday February 18th.  This event is usually held during the holiday season, but we cancelled it due to extreme cold temperatures in December.

We recognize our personnel for years of service awards and peer recognition awards.  This year we did not have any awards for 5, 10, 15 or 20 years of service.

In our categories for the "of the Year" awards we had the following recipients

Rookie of the Year:  Erving Altamirano 
Full-Time Firefighter of the Year:  Kevin Altamirano

Officer of the Year:  Aaron Luman 


Volunteer Firefighter of the Year:  Ronnie Sumner 

Outstanding Firefighter of the Year:  Tyson Rice 

New Agenda

_City Commission Agenda
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.
City Commission Chambers, 325 N. Washington
 Call To Order
 Roll Call
 Pledge of Allegiance
 Invocation
3. MINUTES – Approve the February 14, 2017 regular meeting.
Rules of the Commission: Any citizen desiring to address the Commission shall be recognized by the Chair, advance to the podium, state his/her
name and address in an audible tone for the record. Presentations shall be limited to five (5) minutes unless extended by a vote of the majority of
the Commission. The Commission does not hear matters involving litigation or City Personnel. The Commission does not take action on subjects
not on the agenda unless unusual or hardship conditions exist. Citizens may address the Commission on agenda items as they are brought to the
All items listed are considered to be routine by the City Commission and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of
these items unless a Commission member or citizen so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered
in its normal sequence on the agenda.
a. Acknowledge Receipt of Board Minutes:
1. Liberal Housing Authority, January 10, 2017.
b. Approval of Airport Leases:
1. # 14.01 Ranita Johnson $880.00 1 year
2. #102.00 SIMCO, LC $748.08 1 year
7. USD 480 Educational Facilities Infrastructure Project:
a. Memorandum of Understanding.
b. Escrow Trust Agreement and Designation of Escrow Agent.
8. Resolution No. 2255 - Vehicle Abatements.
9. Resolution No. 2256 - Environmental Abatements.
10. 2017 Tree Match Program and Tree Rebate Program.
 Adjournment

A 17-year-old suspect was arrested Saturday morning on theft charges for allegedly stealing guns from his grandfather.

Capt. Pat McClurg of the Liberal Police Department said around 10:34 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to a residence in the 300 block of South Cain Avenue for a report of theft.

“The resident reported several guns stolen from the residence,” he said.

McClurg said investigators quickly identified the suspect as the 17-year-old grandson of the victim.

“The suspect was located and directed investigators to the stolen guns at a residence in the 900 block of Millwood Circle,” he said. “Stolen guns and a quantity of suspected methamphetamine were located in the residence during a subsequent search.”

McClurg said the suspect was arrested and lodged at the Southwest Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Garden City.

“An affidavit was submitted to the Seward County Attorney seeking theft charges,” he said. “This incident is still under investigation.”

Press Release 

Around 5:40 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to a residence in the 900 block of East Second Street for a report of a fight.

“The caller also reported possible gun shots,” he said.

McClurg said responding officers located a 23-year-old male with apparent minor injuries.

“The victim said he called because he was involved in an altercation with an acquaintance, a 25-year-old male,” he said. “While the men were fighting, the victim claimed the suspect’s brother brandished a handgun and fired two shots.”

McClurg said no one was injured as a result of the shooting, and no evidence of a shooting was located.

He later said investigating officers located the 25-year-old male suspect at his residence later that morning.

“He was taken into custody without incident,” McClurg said. “During the arrest, officers located a fraudulent identification card. The suspect was arrested for battery and identity theft.”


The Kansas Highway Patrol Reports and  injury accident over the weekend.
Feb  4  at 11:52 PM  On U.S. 54 about 6.5 Miles east of liberal  a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta   Driven By Rodrigo Alvarez  for an unkown reason crossed left of center and entered the south ditch.   Then he entered a side skid and trippedn in the soft dirt rolling over one time and coming to a complete rest upright .  Vehicle was towed and driver and passager  Arturo Martinez was transported to Southwest Medical Center


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(Guymon Daily Herald)

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Editor's Note: Under the provision of the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, there is a two-part determination. The Secretary of the Interior and the Governor must review and decide to put the land into trust. The Secretary of the Interior has signed the application.

The following statement was given to the Guymon Daily Herald from Ron Sparkman, Chief of the Shawnee Tribe:
“We are very pleased the Interior Department accepted the recommendation of The Bureau of Indian Affairs to sign off on our application to place 107 acres of land in Texas County in trust.   As we said when we announced the project two years ago, the process to place land in trust takes time because the Bureau conducts a thorough review.     We applaud the Bureau for conducting a deliberate and open process in which they determined putting the land into trust would be positive for the Shawnee Tribe and the Panhandle community. Let me assure you, we are committed to be a good steward of the land in Texas County and we stand ready to work with communities and local governments on a shared vision to build a stronger economy in the Oklahoma Panhandle for the betterment of all citizens should we receive approval from the Governor..   Through thoughtful investments in community organizations who share our commitment to building a better place for the citizens of the Panhandle, we will build a brighter future for the Panhandle together.”