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Oct. 21, 2014






Conservation Commission Takes Action to Protect Deer in MO
The Conservation Commission unanimously voted to approve proposed amendments to regulations regarding the operation of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities that hold white-tailed deer, mule deer, their hybrids, and other members of the deer family, known as cervids, to prevent the spread of diseases, including chronic wasting disease, to the state’s deer herd. Actions by the commission include: Banning the importation of live white-tailed deer, mule deer, and their hybrids from other states. The regulation still allows for the importation of semen for artificial insemination. Requiring all facilities, existing and new, to maintain or construct a single 8-foot fence following specific standards detailed in the Wildlife Code of Missouri. Existing facilities would have 18 months to bring fencing into compliance. Requiring Class I and Class II wildlife breeders and big game hunting preserves to test all mortalities of deer that are older than six months for chronic wasting disease and allow permittees to apply for an exemption from mandatory testing requirements in the event of a mass-casualty event. Requiring Class I and Class II wildlife breeders that hold deer to participate in a United States Department of Agriculture-approved chronic wasting disease herd certification program. Set requirements for disease testing, record-keeping, reporting disease test results, and complying with an established disease response plan in the event a disease is discovered. Prohibiting any new captive-cervid facilities within 25 miles of a confirmed chronic wasting disease location for five years. The regulation changes will go into effect Jan. 30, 2015. More than 500,000 Missouri citizens enjoy deer hunting, sharing their hunting heritage and passing that heritage onto future generations. The spread of chronic wasting disease could negatively impact the future of Missouri deer hunting as well as negatively impacting deer-dependent businesses that support more than 12,000 Missouri jobs and generate over $1 billion in economic activity annually. "Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease that affects members of the deer family and, with no known cure, it is 100 percent fatal," said MDC Deputy Director Tom Draper. "These amendments work to reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease spreading beyond the limited area where it has been found in northern Missouri to ensure the health of Missouri’s entire deer herd, including free-ranging and captive-cervids." In June, proposed amendments to the Wildlife Code of Missouri were filed with the Secretary of State and published in the Missouri Register with a 30-day public comment period, beginning July 16, with comments provided to the Conservation Commission for its consideration. In addition, MDC held public meetings around the state last summer to share information and gather public feedback. More than 40,000 comments were received with strong support for each of the proposed amendment changes. The final regulations will minimize risk associated with the movement and holding of captive deer and help protect Missouri’s deer herd from chronic wasting disease. In 2011, the Conservation Commission approved regulation changes related to the free-ranging deer herd to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in northern Missouri. To learn more about these regulations or chronic wasting disease, go online to mdc.mo.gov.
Published Online Oct 21, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Patrol Invites Public to Provide Feedback
The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol invites the public to take part in a public opinion survey regarding safety and security, officers' attitudes and competency, overall agency performance, and concerns regarding crime and social issues. The 2014 Public Opinion Survey can be found on the patrol's website, www.mshp.dps.mo.gov. Click on the link at the top left of the home page to initiate the survey.

Published Online Oct 21, 2014 - 07:55 AM

Grief Support Group Begins
CHILLICOTHE, MO -- A 13-week recovery and support group called Grief Share will begin meeting on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church. The first of these meetings is Oct. 21. For more information, call 660-636-5166 or 646-2834.
Published Online Oct 20, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Report Poaching Problems to OGT
Operation Game Thief (OGT) is Missouri's anti-poaching program, designed to protect the fish, forest, and wildlife resources in our state. OGT---a partnership between the MDC and the Conservation Federation of Missouri---provides a state-wide, 24-hour toll-free hotline for the reporting of poaching or violation. Call 800-392-1111 to leave an anonymous report, for which you may be considered for a reward.
Published Online Oct 20, 2014 - 09:32 AM

Foster/Adoptive Parents Needed
In Northwest Missouri, more than 4000 children suffer from abuse and neglect. These kids are in need of a family. Whether or not you've considered fostering or adopting before, go to healthyfamilies4kids.org, or call 855-SRV-KIDS for more information about what it takes to get involved and make a life-altering difference.
Published Online Oct 20, 2014 - 08:00 AM

2014 Sugarplum Festival
SAINT JOSEPH, MO -- Mark your calendars for this year's Sugarplum Festival, Nov. 6-8, at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum. Local and regional vendors will transform the space into a holiday wonderland and gift gallery. The event begins with a preview party Thursday evening, will be open Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and concludes Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8. Call  816-233-7003 for more information.
Published Online Oct 17, 2014 - 01:51 PM

Sports Collectibles Auction to Benefit Dream Factory
TRENTON, MO -- The Dream Factory of Northwest Missouri has planned a fundraiser for October 17 at the First Christian Church, 1700 Princeton Road. Items autographed by famous sports figures, as well as other memorabilia, will be auctioned off. Tailgating and a silent auction begin at 4 p.m., followed by a live auction at 6:30. Some KC Royals alumni are scheduled for appearances. For more information, visit http://dreamfactoryincnwm.org/.
Published Online Oct 17, 2014 - 10:46 AM

Dream Factory Holds Sports Memorabilia Auction
The Dream Factory of Northwest Missouri will be holding a Sports Memorabilia Auction on Friday, Oct. 17, at the First Christian Church at 1700 Princeton Road in Trenton. A full listing of auction items is available at gpcink.com. Silent auction is from 4-6:30; tailgate party at 5 with food and drink; live auction starts at 6:30. At 5:30 Dennis Leonard and Brian McRae, former KC Royals, will be signing autographs. Over 100 items will be auctioned in the live auction, including old baseball cards (two of 1933 and one of Zach Wheat), autographed baseball and football cards (two of Len Dawson). Other items include autographed baseballs, footballs, basketball, soccer balls, tickets to Sporting KC and tickets to KC Royals next season, major league baseball jerseys, and Maty Mauk, M.U., autographed football. Other items are being added right up to auction date. For contact information call Ron Dougan 660-359-0100 or [email protected]
Published Online Oct 17, 2014 - 09:09 AM

Annual Missouri Days Festival Approaches
TRENTON, MO -- It's here! The annual festival is Oct. 17-19, with its huge parade, more than 150 vendors, foods, games, marching bands, and more. For more information, call 660-359-4324, or visit trentonmochamber.com.
Published Online Oct 16, 2014 - 03:21 PM

Volunteer for Election Day
If interested in being a poll worker, call 800-669-8683, or visit sos.mo.gov/pollworker for more information.
Published Online Oct 16, 2014 - 03:15 PM

Turkey Trot for Soldiers
CHILLICOTHE, MO -- It's the Comfort Inn & Suites' 5th Annual Turkey Trot for Soldiers, Saturday, Nov. 1. Registration begins at 7 a.m., race at 8. (If pre-registered by Oct. 24, 5 p.m., entrant is ensured a participation t-shirt.) For more information, call 660-646-9900 or email [email protected] All proceeds will benefit the 1/129th Battery B Family Readiness Group in Chillicothe.
Published Online Oct 16, 2014 - 03:01 PM

Fall Fun Event at Wallace
CAMERON, MO -- Wallace State Park is hosting its annual Fall Fun Event on Saturday, Oct. 18, starting at 10 a.m. with a "find a pumpkin" trail hunt. Operation Wildlife, a live owl presentation, is at 2 p.m., with Sights and Sounds of the Night presented at 7 p.m., followed by a night hike. Meet at the amphitheater for all programs. This event, as all are, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-632-3745.
Published Online Oct 16, 2014 - 02:35 PM

More About GFG’s Purchase of Area Elevators
Gage’s Fertilizer and Grain Ag Services has purchased the retail elevator located at Jamesport, and has also purchased Hoffman and Reed Inc., a grain elevator, with locations at Trenton and Gilman City. Aaron Mason of GFG Ag Services said Earth Touch Grainery in Jamesport was purchased by GFG on June 1, 2014, from owners Jack and Kimberly Hennan. Hoffman and Reed was purchased Sept. 18, 2014, from owners Chris and Phil Hoffman. The facilities are located at Gilman City and Trenton. Jamesport is a retail elevator, but does not sell grain. Trenton is licensed for 1,940,000 bushel and Gilman City is licensed at 394,000 bushel of grain. GFG Ag Services offers bulk dry fertilizer, Nh3, a complete line of ag chemicals, custom dry fertilizer, Nh3, and spray application, sale of Pioneer seed and Mycogen seed, a full line of Purina and hubbard feeds, custom feed blends, precision soil sampling, crop scouting and consultation. In 1988, Gage's Fertilizer & Grain Inc was established to provide quality agricultural supply sales, grain purchasing, and storage options for farmers throughout Northwest Missouri. In October of 2013 Gage's Fertilizer and Grain was purchased by a private equity group from Texas, and became GFG Ag Services, LLC. The Gage family and the managers are still extensively involved with all facets of the business. GFG Ag Services, LLC also had facilities at separate locations in Stanberry, Maitland, Ravenwood, Albany, St. Joseph, Kansas City, Skidmore and Bethany.
Published Online Oct 14, 2014 - 08:35 AM

GHCAA Women's Clinic
Green Hills Community Action Agency Women’s Health will be having clinic hours at their Trenton location (1506 Oklahoma Ave) on Friday, Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m. t0 12 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 660-359-2855 for an appointment. Enter through the 2nd door on the north side of the building.
Published Online Oct 14, 2014 - 06:14 AM

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