Government

Kansas no longer has any COVID-19-free counties as cases top 38,000
August 27, 2020
Kansas no longer has any counties free of reported coronavirus cases, with the last two, sparsely populated ones confirming their first as local schools were preparing to reopen. The state Department of Health and Environment on Monday marked the milestone while reporting 1,545 new cases since Friday, an increase of 4.2%, to put pandemic total at 38,401. The state reported an additional seven COVID-19-related deaths, for 426 in all.
Gov. Kelly appoints Tonganoxie alum to another Court of Appeals position
August 26, 2020
In June, members of the Kansas Senate rejected the appointment of Carl Folsom, Lawrence, an assistant federal public defender in Topeka and adjunct law professor at the University of Kansas, to serve on the Kansas Court of Appeals. The justification among Senate Republicans was that Folsom once represented someone accused of possessing child pornography.
Kansas Gov. Kelly reissues ban on pandemic-related evictions and foreclosures
August 20, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday announced she was reinstating a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures that are caused by tenants and owners being unable to pay their bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial ban on pandemic-related evictions and foreclosures in Kansas expired in June, but Kelly said that as federal unemployment benefits have expired in recent weeks, Kansas is no longer in a place where it can wait and hope that the country’s leaders can agree on another economic stimulus package.
Deadline for final Tonganoxie Planning Commission seat applications extended to Sept. 2
August 19, 2020
A deadline for county representative applicants to the Tonganoxie Planning Commission has been extended. The deadline originally was Monday, but there were no applicants.
Tonganoxie City Council will not pursue mask ordinance after discussion of mandate draft
07:56 p.m., August 17, 2020 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The City of Tonganoxie will not pursue a mask ordinance. City Council members heard from city staff about an ordinance draft they drew up after Mayor David Frese brought up the issue at the last meeting Aug. 3.`
Consideration of mask ordinance highlights tonight’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting
August 17, 2020
Discussion about a mask mandate ordinance highlights tonight’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and again will be a virtual meeting, as has been the case for the governing body during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the public may attend the meeting virtually via the Zoom dial-in information posted below. The The city is not livestreaming the meetings on Facebook Live during the pandemic.
Tonganoxie Planning Commission application deadline is Monday for residents interested in serving on board
August 13, 2020
Local residents interested in being part of the Tonganoxie Planning Commission still have a few days to apply for a position on the board There are two positions that require residence within city limits and another outside city limits within 3 miles.
Tonganoxie to evaluate possible public mask requirements in city
August 6, 2020
Tonganoxie city leaders plan to discuss the possibility of requiring residents to wear masks in public. Mayor David Frese brought up the topic during Monday’s regular Tonganoxie City Council meeting, which was a virtual Zoom meeting available to residents by calling into the meeting, as many have been during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frese wanted to discuss the idea as cases climb and youths soon will be going back to school in some fashion.
ELECTION 2020: Stieben wins re-election bid in Leavenworth County Commission race
August 5, 2020
Leavenworth County Commissioner Mike Stieben won re-election Tuesday with a commanding victory against challenger Curtis Oroke. Stieben won the Republican primary in the Fifth District race with nearly 77 percent of the vote. Stieben had 1,553 votes to Oroke’s 469.
ELECTION 2020: Karleskint appears to lose close primary to Neelly in Kansas House District 42
August 5, 2020
The race for Kansas’ 42nd District House seat in 2020 saw a rematch of a primary that happened just two years prior — this time, it seems, with a different result.
Kelly says tighter restrictions may be needed again if Kansas’ COVID-19 spike continues
July 29, 2020
As Kansas continues to see spiking numbers of new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Laura Kelly didn’t mince words Monday afternoon. If the rate at which the deadly respiratory virus is spreading doesn’t slow — and soon — Kelly said she will have no other choice but to recommend that the state move back to Phase 2 of her Ad Astra reopening plan by next week.
Polls open Tuesday for primaries
July 29, 2020
The primary for the 2020 election is next week. Primaries are Tuesday, with polling sites set to be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. that day. Local voters also can utilize advance ballot voting by making an appointment at the Leavenworth County Courthouse with the office of County Clerk Janet Klasinski at 913-684-0421.
Primary election Aug. 4; deadline for independent candidate filing is Aug. 3
July 22, 2020
The primary for the 2020 election is almost here. Primaries are Aug. 4, with polling sites set to be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. that day. Local voters also can utilize advance ballot voting by making an appointment at the Leavenworth County Courthouse with the office of County Clerk Janet Klasinski at 913-684-0421.
New deadline for pet licenses and UTV registrations is next week
July 22, 2020
Tonganoxie residents have until the end of the month to renew pet licenses and UTV vehicle registrations. There was a delay in registration due to Tonganoxie City Hall’s lobby being closed during a portion of the COVID-19 pandemic. City Hall now is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Residents have until July 31 to renew licenses.
Gov. Kelly requires masks, checks for fever at schools
July 22, 2020
Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly issued an order Monday requiring masks and daily temperature checks in the state’s K-12 schools, setting some coronavirus-inspired rules that are stricter than guidelines adopted by the Republican-controlled State Board of Education.

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