The 2015 Kansas Monitor Advocate Annual Report for this blog has ben released. It was compiled by the WordPress.com stats helper monkey. It’s interesting to read that readers came from 10 countries around the world. Click here to see the complete report.
State of Kansas administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Many, many thanks to the our active duty and veteran military service members for their commitment to our country. Live long and prosper.
A page on Kansas Alcohol Related Laws has been added to this website. It can be found under the Traveling in Kansas tab. The page includes a Spanish/English brochure on Drunk Driving and lists the different alcohol related laws in this state. It includes a link to the Kansas Safety Traffic Resource Office which has much information on traffic safety.
A page about the Worker Protection Standards (WPS) and pesticide exposure information has been added to this website. It includes links to the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s online complaint forms and numbers to call in case of pesticide exposure. The page also includes an English and Spanish flyer on what to do if anyone is exposed to pesticides.
The Filing Complaints page on this website has been updated. The Spanish version of the Kansas Department of Labor’s Claim for Wages is now downloadable from this site. All complaint forms provided on this site may be completed online but must be printed for submission. Please see the page for further information.
On April 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor announced States’ Program Year (PY) 2014 Agricultural Outreach Plans (AOP) are extended through June 30, 2016. This extension, announced through USDOL TEGL No. 13-13, is to give states time to transition to the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
A copy of the existing Kansas plan can be found as a download from this site.
League of Latin American Citizens Council 11071 of Topeka, Kansas, installed new officers for the upcoming year at its meeting held March 23rd at Chow Time Restaurant.
The 2015-16 officers are pictured below as they take their oath of office: Veronica Padilla, President; Rita Gugello, Vice-President; Michael Martinez, Secretary; and Eva Ramirez, Treasurer.
Other meeting business included elections of the Council’s delegates and alternate delegates to the Kansas State LULAC Convention to be held April 10-11, in Topeka. More information about the LULAC Convention can be found on the Kansas LULAC webpage.
The Kansas Statewide Farmworker Health Program (KSFHP) recently held a strategic planning session to guide program activities during 2015. The staff and advisory council members from across the State of Kansas met in Wichita on Monday, December 2, 2014, for the meeting.
Please see this website’s KSFHP page for an updated list of services to be offered in 2015.
The pictures below identifies staff members. The second picture is of staff and advisory council members.
First Row (L-R) Sarah Beery, administrative assistant; Ivette Herrera, Central Kansas Spanish language health promoter; Mary Marquez, Western Kansas Spanish Language Regional Case Manager; Kimberly Cisneros, Central/Eastern Kansas Spanish language health promoter; Tina Guenther, Western Kansas Low German language case manager; and Pat Fernandez, Central Kansas Spanish language case manager.
Second Row (L-R) Kendra Baldridge, Eastern Kansas Spanish language case manager; Diana Lady, Central/Eastern Kansas Spanish language health promoter; Teri Caudle, Public Health Nurse Specialist; Helen Loewen, Western Kansas Low German health promoter; and Cyndi Treaster, program director.
KSFHP staff and advisory council.
TOPEKA – (December 15, 2014) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Department of Agriculture have entered into a joint agreement to increase the state’s efforts to combat cattle theft, the agencies announced today.
Schmidt’s office has formed a new Livestock/Brand Investigation Unit within the office’s consumer protection division and hired longtime Kansas lawman Kendal Lothman to lead the unit. Lothman has been a law enforcement officer for 22 years, including six years as Kiowa County sheriff.
“This agreement is a great example of finding efficient ways for government to better serve the people of Kansas,” Schmidt said. “Combining the law enforcement authority of the attorney general’s office with the livestock investigations authority of the Department of Agriculture allows us to better protect Kansas ranchers from cattle theft.”
Dr. Bill Brown, Kansas Animal Health Commissioner, also welcomed the new collaborative effort.
“This is a good day for Kansans,” Brown said. “Livestock are a valuable asset and it is important that we remain diligent and assist in any way possible to protect those investments. Having an investigator in the field will provide expertise to local law officials to help support our Brand Program.”
Record cattle prices have led to increases in cattle thefts, as has been reported in several recent media stories. The new unit will respond to requests from local law enforcement agencies for help in investigations. Producers or others involved in the livestock industry who suspect thefts or improper cattle sales should contact their local sheriff or police department, which will request assistance if needed.