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Posted on: July 23, 2015

Zoo mourns passing of elderly giraffe

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Lee Richardson Zoo mourns the passing of a long-time resident. Shingo, a 29-year-old reticulated giraffe, was euthanized by veterinary care staff Wednesday due to his declining condition.

The necropsy (animal autopsy) revealed signs of liver cancer an...Read on...

Lee Richardson Zoo website
Posted on: July 20, 2015

Buchman named new Curator of Education at Lee Richardson Zoo

Lee Richardson Zoo has named Whitney Buchman as the new Curator of Education.

After a nationwide search, Buchman, an in-house candidate, was promoted to the position.

“Our education program is very well-respected in the community and in the prof...Read on...

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Posted on: July 17, 2015

Zoo announces birth of red panda cubs

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Lee Richardson Zoo is happy to announce the birth of two red panda cubs. Ember, the zoo’s female red panda, gave birth to the cubs around 5:30 p.m. on July 2. Mother and cubs are doing well. This is Ember’s second litter.

Red panda cubs look like minia...Read on...

Lee Richardson Zoo's website
Posted on: June 18, 2015

Lee Richardson Zoo seeks residents’ help in naming lion cubs

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Lee Richardson Zoo asks for your help to name the lion cubs born on May 17. You can go to the zoo website or stop by the Finnup Center for Conservation Education or Safari Shoppe to help select the winning names from options chosen by zoo staff.

Tuesda...Read on...

Lee Richardson Zoo website
Posted on: June 17, 2015

Zoo to celebrate animal with longest neck on longest day of year

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Zoo to celebrate animal with longest neck on longest day of year

The Lee Richardson Zoo brings attention to our tallest animals from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. June 21 is World Giraffe Day. This date was chosen because it is the longest day of the year in ...Read on...

Lee Richardson Zoo website
Posted on: May 27, 2015

Five lion cubs born at Lee Richardson Zoo

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Five lion cubs born at Lee Richardson Zoo

Lee Richardson Zoo is happy to announce the births of five African lion cubs. They were born on Sunday, May 17, to Amali and Razi. To allow the mother a chance to adjust to her new family, she is being given co...Read on...

Lee Richardson Zoo website
Posted on: May 27, 2015

Lion Cubs Born

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Lee Richardson Zoo is happy to announce the birth of five African lion cubs. They were born on Sunday, May 17, to Amali and Razi. To allow the mother a chance to adjust to her new family, she is being given complete privacy in her den, with a keeper ente...Read on...

www.leerichardsonzoo.org
Posted on: May 21, 2015

Lee Richardson Zoo welcomes several spring births

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Lee Richardson Zoo welcomes several spring births

Springtime brings baby animals, and that’s exactly the case at Lee Richardson Zoo. Two pronghorn fawns (one male and one female) were born into the herd of five Friday.

Pronghorns are native to the s...Read on...

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Posted on: March 27, 2015

Elephant Updates

Missy and Kimba the African elephants

Due to decades of low reproduction rates among the captive elephant population there are not enough youngsters to replace all the older animals as they pass away. Lee Richardson Zoo expanded indoor holding in 2006 enabling us to hold three female elephant...Read on...

www.leerichardsonzoo.org

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Posted on: August 10, 2015

Diversity Breakfast & Multicultural Summit to be Oct. 1

Save the date

The breakfast, organized by the City’s Cultural Relations Board, will celebrate Uganda and will feature speakers Amy Longa and Steven Tendo. It is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m.

The Multicultural Summit will feature keynote speaker Dr. John Perkin...Read on...

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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Eighth Street hole and the future of brick streets in Garden City

8th Street Hole

What’s with the hole on Eighth Street?

A few weeks ago, a water leak was discovered in the area of Eighth Street and Grant Avenue. A hole was opened in the street so the line could be repaired. Due to issues with drainage, curb and gutter, and the side...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2015

Lee Richardson Zoo’s elephants to be relocated to Colorado Springs

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The Garden City Commission has approved a recommendation by Lee Richardson Zoo’s ad hoc elephant stakeholder committee to relocate its African elephants to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Both zoos will begin plans to transfer the...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2015

Garden City, Great Bend selected as finalists for shipping hubs

The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced that Garden City and Great Bend have been selected as finalists for development of transload shipping centers.

The two communities emerged from a group of seven cities, whose representatives made fo...Read on...

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

Tenant and landlord training to be in Garden City

Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. will be holding tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities training in Garden City this week. The tenant training will be Thursday, August 20 from 6:15- 8:00 p.m. The landlord training will be Friday, August 21 fro...Learn more

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

City to host Q&A regarding economic development today

The Finney County Economic Development Corporation along with City and County representatives will answer questions concerning an upcoming City Commission Agenda item regarding economic development at 4:30 p.m. today at the City Administration Building, 2...Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2015

Zoo mourns passing of elderly giraffe

Giraffe 72R.jpg

Lee Richardson Zoo mourns the passing of a long-time resident. Shingo, a 29-year-old reticulated giraffe, was euthanized by veterinary care staff Wednesday due to his declining condition.

The necropsy (animal autopsy) revealed signs of liver cancer an...Read on...

Lee Richardson Zoo website
Posted on: July 21, 2015

Foreign-exchange students fill summer vacancies, utilize talents

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By Amanda Hansen, City of Garden City Communications Intern.

For some individuals in other countries, visiting America remains a distant dream; however, the Garden City Recreation Commission made that dream a reality for eleven foreign-exchange student...Read on...

Garden City Recreation Commission website
Posted on: July 17, 2015

Main Street traffic flow changing

On Thursday, July 23, a contractor will begin re-striping Main Street between the railroad tracks and Kansas Avenue. Crews will be striping with a three-lane concept, changing the flow of traffic in the downtown area.

When striping is completed, there ...Read on...

Posted on: July 17, 2015

Zoo announces birth of red panda cubs

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Lee Richardson Zoo is happy to announce the birth of two red panda cubs. Ember, the zoo’s female red panda, gave birth to the cubs around 5:30 p.m. on July 2. Mother and cubs are doing well. This is Ember’s second litter.

Red panda cubs look like minia...Read on...

Lee Richardson Zoo's website
Posted on: July 14, 2015

Commission hearing on 2016 budget to be July 21

The Garden City Commission has set a public hearing on the proposed $104 million 2016 budget for 1:15 p.m. on July 21, 2015.

The proposed budget reduces the City’s property tax mill levy to 36.703 from the 37.6 mill levy originally set last summer by ...Read on...

Posted on: June 26, 2015

City Commission to hold Town Hall Meeting at 7:00 p.m. June 30

Garden City – The Garden City Commission has scheduled a Town Hall Meeting for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, in the City Commission Chambers at 301 N. Eighth Street in Garden City. The agenda for the meeting will be dedicated to public comment. The City...Read on...

Posted on: July 30, 2013

Watch City Commission Meetings Live

Interested viewers can watch City Commission Meetings live by visiting http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gcit.

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Posted on: June 18, 2015

Lee Richardson Zoo seeks residents’ help in naming lion cubs

lion cubs.jpg

Lee Richardson Zoo asks for your help to name the lion cubs born on May 17. You can go to the zoo website or stop by the Finnup Center for Conservation Education or Safari Shoppe to help select the winning names from options chosen by zoo staff.

Tuesda...Read on...

Lee Richardson Zoo website
Posted on: June 17, 2015

Zoo to celebrate animal with longest neck on longest day of year

IMG_7231_1.jpg

Zoo to celebrate animal with longest neck on longest day of year

The Lee Richardson Zoo brings attention to our tallest animals from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. June 21 is World Giraffe Day. This date was chosen because it is the longest day of the year in ...Read on...

Lee Richardson Zoo website
Posted on: June 12, 2015

Allison Medina hired as HR Director

GARDEN CITY –The City of Garden City has hired Allison Medina as its Human Resources Director.

Medina, who is a 2011 graduate of Fort Hays State University, will begin her new role for the City on June 29. She earned her Master’s Degree in business a...Read on...

Posted on: June 1, 2015

Street sealing to begin June 4

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The City of Garden City will begin sealing streets at 6 a.m. Thursday starting on North Johns Street.

The City will release notices to residents affected by the street sealing starting Wednesday. Once citizens receive notices, their vehicles and/or tr...Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2015

Captain Courtney Prewitt named Interim Chief of Police

Captain Courtney Prewitt named Interim Chief of Police

GARDEN CITY – Garden City Police Captain Courtney Prewitt has been named Interim Chief of Police for the Garden City Police Department effective June 1.

Prewitt has been with the department for...Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2015

Five lion cubs born at Lee Richardson Zoo

Cubs nursing.jpg

Five lion cubs born at Lee Richardson Zoo

Lee Richardson Zoo is happy to announce the births of five African lion cubs. They were born on Sunday, May 17, to Amali and Razi. To allow the mother a chance to adjust to her new family, she is being given co...Read on...

Lee Richardson Zoo website
Posted on: May 21, 2015

Lee Richardson Zoo welcomes several spring births

ProngFawn.jpg

Lee Richardson Zoo welcomes several spring births

Springtime brings baby animals, and that’s exactly the case at Lee Richardson Zoo. Two pronghorn fawns (one male and one female) were born into the herd of five Friday.

Pronghorns are native to the s...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: May 21, 2015

Family Nature Club promotes family bonding, nature appreciation

Family Nature Club promotes family bonding, nature appreciation

In our modern world it can be difficult and sometimes daunting to spend time in nature with our families. In an effort to help families reconnect and develop lifelong conservation values i...Read on...

Lee Richardson Zoo website
Posted on: May 13, 2015

Police Chief James Hawkins announces plans to retire

GARDEN CITY – After a 31 ½ year career, 19 of which serving as Chief of Police, James Hawkins has announced his retirement from the City of Garden City effective May 31, 2015.

“I consider myself the luckiest police chief in the world to have been a par...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2015

Commission reorganizes, Doll elected Mayor

During its annual reorganization meeting in April, the Garden City Commission elected Janet Doll to serve as Mayor for the coming year.

“I am humbled and honored to be able to serve the citizens of Garden City as Mayor,” Doll said. “I look forward to ...Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2015

Residents Graduate from Citizens’ Academy

Twelve area residents graduated in April from the City of Garden City Citizens’ Academy. Graduation followed a seven-week course that gave participants a behind-the-scenes look at City operations.

“Citizens’ Academy was designed to give interested res...Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2015

City Commission Sets Goals for 2015-2016

Early each year the Garden City Commission meets to set goals for the next 12-18 months. During the day-long retreat, the Commission reviews progress from the previous year, reviews the capital improvement plan and City finances, and brainstorms ideas tha...Read on...

Posted on: April 7, 2015

City Commission Awards Grant Funds

In March, the Garden City Commission approved the distribution of more than $133,000 in grant funds for the Community Grant, Art Grant, and Alcohol Fund Advisory Committee (AFAC) fund.

For alcohol fund grants, a total of $95,000 was available, with $85,000 coming from the City and $10,000 from Finney County.

The Alcohol Fund Advisory Committee was established in 1982 to advise the City and County on the distribution of alcohol consumption tax funds. Funding for AFAC is established by state statute that creates an Alcoholic Liquor Fund, and sets how the money is distributed back to local units of government.

Alcohol fund applicants must explain how requested funds will be used, and recipients are expected to provide documentation as to their success in fulfilling their commitment.

Those receiving alcohol grant funds included:
• 25th Judicial Community Corrections, $18,450• 25th Judicial Youth Services, $20,000
• Big Brothers Big Sisters, $19,475 • Communities in Schools, $2,000
• Real Men Real Leaders, $4,875• Seeds of Hope Jail Ministry, $5,200 (requested $8,900)
• Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association, $10,000 (requested $12,500)• Spirit of the Plains CASA, $10,000 (requested $12,500)
• Summer Playground Program, $5,000 (requested $6,500)

The AFAC committee also reviewed Community Grant applications. The Community Grant program awards funds to organizations whose projects or programs benefit the entire community or significantly benefit a targeted segment of the population. Funding is intended for projects or programs that would not customarily be funded through the annual City budget. Preference was given to those applications that address an identified City Commission Goal.

The Commission authorized the committee’s recommendation to award $24,750 to eight applicants:• Community Mexican Fiesta, $2,000
• Friends of Sandsage Bison Range, $2,500• Garden City Habitat for Humanity, $2,000
• Miles of Smiles, $2,250• St. Catherine Hospital Development Foundation, $4,000 for pedestrian program improvements
• Junior Leadership Corps, $10,000 (requested $20,000)• Youth Entrepreneurs, $2,000 to continue an entrepreneurial incubator program at the high school

For the Arts Grant program, the City Commission allocated $14,750 in the budget. The program was developed in 2012 as a formal process by which arts programs could request funding from the City. It is designed to award funds to persons or organizations that undertake art projects or begin art programs that benefit the community.

The Commission approved the Committee's recommendation to award $13,900 to seven applicants, including:

• Arts Fusion Initiative, $2,500
• Edith Scheuerman Tigerrific Sign Choir, $600• Garden City Arts, $2,000
• Downtown Vision, $1,500• Southwest Kansas Live On Stage, $2,500
• String Academy of the Plains, $1,800• Tumbleweed Festival, $3Read on...

Posted on: November 12, 2014

Fifth Street Construction Advisory

Beginning the week of November 17, 2014 Fifth Street from Spruce Street south past the Cancer Center and Sienna parking lots will be closed for construction of an addition to the west side of the Cancer Center. The closure will be approximately one year i...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2014

Garden City to receive TIGER Grant for Southwest Chief Improvement Project

Garden City – The United States Department of Transportation has notified the United States Senate that the City of Garden City will receive a TIGER Grant of $12,469,963 for the Southwest Chief Improvement Project.

The grant will be combined with $9,3...Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2013

City cautions against use of unlicensed contractors

The City of Garden City is cautioning residents against the use of unlicensed contractors for home or business remodels and repairs.

According to Garden City Chief Building Inspector David McCarter, unlicensed contractors are usually uninsured, meanin...Read on...

Posted on: December 2, 2013

Best practices for hiring a contractor

Do you plan on doing some remodeling in the near future? You will probably need to hire a building contractor. By verifying that your contractor is licensed and insured, you protect yourself from potential problems. Follow the link below to learn why hiri...Read on...

Unlicensed Contractor Brochure
Posted on: December 2, 2013

Registered Micro Utility Vehicles allowed on some City streets

Garden City - In 2013, the City Commission passed Ordinance No. 2588-2013 allowing the operation of registered micro utility trucks on certain streets within city limits. To learn how to register your vehicle, check out the brochure below. Read on...

Micro Utility Vehicles on City Streets
Posted on: June 28, 2013

Electric Department Reminds Residents Not to Use Bucket Trucks Near Power Lines

The Garden City Electric Department is reminding residents that bucket trucks should not be used near power lines. Using bucket trucks around power lines to trim trees or for other purposes presents serious danger. As a service to the residents of Garden ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 28, 2013

Electric Department Reminds Residents Not to Use Bucket Trucks Near Power Lines

The Garden City Electric Department is reminding residents that bucket trucks should not be used near power lines. Using bucket trucks around power lines to trim trees or for other purposes presents serious danger. As a service to the residents of Garden ...Read on...


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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Eighth Street hole and the future of brick streets in Garden City

Eighth Street Hole

What’s with the hole on Eighth Street?

A few weeks ago, a water leak was discovered in the area of Eighth Street and Laurel Avenue. A hole was opened in the street so the line could be repaired. Due to issues with drainage, curb and gutter, and the sid...Read on...



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