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Posted on: October 8, 2015

Zoo Announces Red Panda Cub Names

After a month of voting, the results are in! The names for the two female red panda cubs born on July 2 at Lee Richardson Zoo are Fia and Enya. Fia is short for Fiametta which in Latin means “Little Fiery One”. Enya is Gaelic for “Little Fire”. Zoo st...Read on...

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

Cemetery News

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Posted on: March 1, 2016

Cemetery staff to remove winter decorations April 1, 2016

GARDEN CITY – City of Garden City Cemetery staff will begin removing winter decorations at Valley View Cemetery and Sunset Memorial Gardens beginning April 1. Anyone who would like to collect decorations they've placed at the cemetery should do so before ...Read on...


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Posted on: April 5, 2016

Recreation Commission management study report available

Garden City – A management study report on the Garden City Recreation Commission is now available. The study—which included stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and community wide surveys—was designed to analyze the structure, staffing, and management of...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Spring Cleanup to be held April 4-15, 2016

The Public Works Department will be conducting the annual Spring Cleanup beginning April 4.

To accommodate the needs of residents, as well as the City collection crews, the City has been divided into eight collection areas to be serviced throughout t...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2016

City Commission to hold Town Hall Meeting at 7:00 p.m. March 29

Garden City – The Garden City Commission has scheduled a Town Hall Meeting for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 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 Cit...Read on...

Posted on: March 1, 2016

Cemetery staff to remove winter decorations April 1, 2016

GARDEN CITY – City of Garden City Cemetery staff will begin removing winter decorations at Valley View Cemetery and Sunset Memorial Gardens beginning April 1. Anyone who would like to collect decorations they've placed at the cemetery should do so before ...Read on...

Posted on: January 7, 2016

City to hold public meeting to receive input on traffic study

The City of Garden City will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on January 14 at the Finnup Center for Conservation Education to gather public input on a traffic study of major corridors and intersections throughout town.

Professional Engineering Cons...Read on...

Posted on: December 15, 2015

Michael Utz named Garden City Police Chief

Garden City – Michael Utz has been named Chief of Police for the Garden City Police Department. Utz has worked for the GCPD since September 1984, most recently serving as captain of the investigations division.

Beginning today, Utz will fill the post v...Read on...

Posted on: October 21, 2015

Mayor Janet Doll delivers State of the City Address

Garden City Mayor Janet Doll delivered the 2015 State of the City Address Wednesday morning during the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Golf Club at Southwind.

“The past year has been such an exciting one for Garden City, and one ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 15, 2015

Work to begin on Southwest Chief rail line

Work is expected to begin next week on infrastructure improvements for the Amtrak Southwest Chief route. The work, which will upgrade several miles of the La Junta subdivision of the Kansas Division of BNSF Railway to support passenger train speeds, is f...Read on...

Posted on: September 3, 2015

Recipients of first Ronnie Peek Memorial Scholarship awards named

Ronnie Peek Scholarship Winners

Three area women have been named the first recipients of the Ronnie Peek Memorial Scholarship funded by the Garden City Ammonia Program (GCAP) and presented by the Western Kansas Community Foundation.

The scholarship fund, named in memory of 16-year Ga...Read on...

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

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: 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

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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 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 30, 2013

Watch City Commission Meetings Live

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

Watch Commission Meetings
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: 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

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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 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: 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: 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...


Public Works News

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Spring Cleanup to be held April 4-15, 2016

The Public Works Department will be conducting the annual Spring Cleanup beginning April 4.

To accommodate the needs of residents, as well as the City collection crews, the City has been divided into eight collection areas to be serviced throughout t...Read on...

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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