Today I signed a bill to help farmers whose fences were damaged by the recent wildfires.


(From the  Guymon Daily Herald)

A pursuit by a deputy with the Texas County Sheriff's department ended with a rollover wreck resulting in injuries of the driver and one passenger on Monday evening.
According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, an officer from the sheriff's department was in pursuit of a 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante, driven by 20-year-old Rodrigo Cano-Alvarado of Hooker. The vehicle was south bound on County Road 38, when the Cano-Alvarado turned east on County Road L and lost control. The car rolled 2 1/2 times, coming to a rest on its roof in a field. The driver was ejected from the car in the first roll an unknown distance from the point the car came to rest.
The vehicle's passenger, 29-year-old Mario Trujillo of Guymon, was ejected in the second roll, about 10 feet south and 20 feet east from where the car came to a rest.
The cause of the wreck is listed as failure to yield to emergency vehicles. The driver and passenger were not using seat belts at the time of the wreck.
Cano-Alvarado was transported by Apollo MedFlight to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas with internal trunk and leg injuries. Trujillo was transported by LifeStar to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo with head, trunk and leg injuries.

(AP  News)
Prosecutors allege Stein and co-defendants Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen conspired to detonate truck bombs at a 100-unit apartment complex where Somali immigrants live in Garden City in western Kansas. The attack was planned to occur the day after the November election.

The three Kansas men had earlier pleaded not guilty to conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, and a revised indictment last week added new charges against them alleging they plotted for months last year to "injure, oppress, threaten and intimate" Somalis who lived at the complex. Wright also is charged with lying to the FBI, while Allen and Stein face gun charges.

Stein's arraignment last week on the revised charges was halted after he requested time to pursue hiring his own lawyer.

The written filing from the court-appointed attorneys exposes rifts between Stein and those lawyers over how to defend the case. Stein wants to challenge the validity of a search warrant for his home and insists on bringing the case to trial as soon as possible.

The attorneys wrote that Stein has made it clear he has no further use for them. They wrote that he has accused them of "actively working to harm his interests" and that he "is insisting on a trial date that can only be regarded as self-destructive."

The lawyers, citing the vast volume of evidence they are receiving, say they have put their other work on hold for the most part to focus on Stein's defense. But, according to their filing, Stein thinks the attorneys are advocating for the government's interests since they are appointed and paid by the court.

"Robinson and Wheeler have done everything in their power to advise Mr. Stein and defend his interests, but they have lost his trust and will not be able to satisfy his expectations," his attorneys wrote.

Sen Pat Roberts

I'm pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated $6 million in aid to help farmers and ranchers affected by recent wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. I'm glad USDA has acted swiftly to aid producers recovering from the largest wildfire in state history. For many Kansans, the impacts are devastating because the fires not only consumed livestock, grazing lands, and fencing – but in some cases, homes, machinery, and equipment, too. Read more below.

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On Monday, March 13, 2017 at about 3:35 a.m., an officer heard multiple gun shots in the area of Kansas Avenue and Tucker Road.  The officer subsequently witnessed a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed.  The officer gave chase.

The vehicle was stopped at the 800 block of Millwood Circle.  A 21 year old male occupant ran from the vehicle and was apprehended in the immediate area without incident.  A 20 year old female occupant remained in the vehicle and was apprehended without incident.  A firearm was recovered in the immediate area.  No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the shooting.

Affidavits were submitted to the Seward County Attorney seeking charges of criminal possession of  firearm by a convicted felon, interference with law enforcement, filing a false report and traffic related charges.  The investigation of this incident is ongoing.

Responding to Devastating Fires Across KansasI spoke on the Senate floor this week to shed light on the wildfires impacting families in Kansas. This week, wildfires have burned nearly 700,000 acres and hundreds, if not thousands, of livestock have been killed. Kansans have been forced to evacuate and far too many have lost their homes, fences and barns along with their cattle. While I am saddened by the losses from these wildfires, I’m thankful for the willingness of so many living nearby – and across the country – who have volunteered to help us rebuild fences, bring in much-needed hay, and offer any assistance needed. I am working with officials to make sure that the eligible federal resources are in place to assist these producers and landowners, including through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and other services.

I traveled to southwest Kansas on Sunday to attend a worship service at United Methodist Church and visit the Bouziden and Giles ranches near Ashland where it’s estimated 85 percent of their acreage has burned. I was joined by Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli, Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer and many other state and local officials to hear from Kansas Division of Emergency Management experts and other people in the affected communities. I am proud to serve Kansans in the United States Senate for many reasons, but especially because of the way we take care of each other, as a family, as many have done for those dealing with loss and destruction. For instance, I saw numerous donated trucks of hay headed toward Ashland that came from different places, but were donated to aid those in need. My continued prayers are with these families and the many others whose livelihoods have been threatened. Please watch the video below to see what I saw during my visit.
The City of Liberal Beautification Department would like to remind Liberal residents that the spring Tree Match Program is underway. Applications for the Tree Match Program are available at the Recreation Center located at 1109 W 7th. Street . This program is open to any resident, business or non-profit organization, such as churches, located in the Liberal city of limits. Participants are allowed to order between one (1) and four (4) trees per residence. The spring order trees will be available around the first of April.

The list of trees offered this spring are:

The Rising sun Redbud                             Skyline Honey Locust

Chinese Pistach                                          Silverwood Sycamore

Noreaster Cottonwood                               Cleveland Select Pear

Crape Myrtle                                               Althea  


The variety of trees may be subject to availability. Most trees will be 5 to 7 gallon container size and will be $25.00 each. There will be a larger order placed in the fall with more variety and sizes available.

For more information please contact the Recreation Office during regular business hours, 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at 626-0133.

On March 9th, 2017 The Kansas Highway Patrol requested K-9 Assistance from the Seward County Sheriff Office.
Sheriff’s Office arrived at Hwy 54 Mile Post 25, where the KHP requested a K-9 free air sniff on the vehicle.
PSD (Police Service Dog) Niko was deployed on free air sniff of the vehicle. PSD Niko indicated to the presence
of Illegal Narcotics in the vehicle. Upon search of the vehicle there was approx. 1.5 Pounds of Methamphetamine.
Both occupants were taken into custody and transported to the Seward County Detention Center.
An affidavit has been filed through the Seward County Attorney’s Office.
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

From Guymon Daily Herald

A report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol shared details of an accident outside of Tyrone on Tuesday evening, involving four unnamed minors in a single-vehicle rollover.

According to the report, the accident took place at approximated 7:15 p.m. just under a mile west of Tyrone on County Road C. The vehicle, a Saturn being driven by a 16-year-old male, was eastbound on the county road at a high rate of speed, which it departed the left side of the roadway, rolled once and came to a rest on its wheels. Only two of the passengers were wearing seat belts, but none were ejected from the vehicle.

The driver was extricated from the car by Seward County Fire using the jaws of life and was transported to Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas with head and trunk internal injuries. He was later flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

A 15-year-old male passenger was taken by Seward County EMS to Southwest Medical Center and released; a 16-year-old male passenger was taken by Seward County EMS to Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, admitted in stable condition with head injuries, then flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita; a 16-year-old female passenger was transported by Seward County EMS to Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, admitted in stable condition with head injuries, and was also flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Responders from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Texas County Sheriff's Office, Hooker EMS, Tyrone Fire Department, Seward County Fire Department and Seward County EMS responded to the scene.