KC Currents
2:22 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Mo. Farmers Recovering From Flood Hit With Drought, Nerd Nite KC: Erin Dahl Talks Silk Worms

MO Farmers Recovering From Flood Hit With Drought
This summer’s drought is proving to be both a blessing and a curse for farmers in the southeast corner of Missouri trying to recover from last year’s devastating flooding. The Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway saw nine feet of water crash on its fertile soil after the Army Corps of Engineers blew up its Mississippi River levee to relieve flooding elsewhere on the river.  While the fair skies are helping the Corps’ rebuilding efforts and giving farmers time to repair their land, the lack of rain is a particular problem when irrigation equipment lies in ruins.

Nerd Nite KC: Lecturer Erin Dahl Nerds Out On Silk Worms
Alison Heryer and Jason Kovac started hosting Nerd Nites in KC this past April.  Nerd Nites have been described a lot of ways, like where whiskey meets wisdom, and as the Discovery Channel with beer.  They were first started in the Boston area in 2003 and have grown to be hosted all around the world.  This talk from last month’s nerd nite, features lecturer Erin Dahl who talks about raising silk worms.

‘Smellscape’ Encourages Nose-First Exploration
Berlin-based artist Sissel Tolaas travels the world collecting scents.  Her latest project with Grand Arts, SmellScape, maps the invisible city – well, actually, two cities: Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. - through her sense of smell.

Kansas City Adds Another Interstate
You might have noticed a few changes while driving along US 71 Highway. For instance, you may have realized while traveling south that the sign for Grandview has been replaced with a sign for Joplin. This is but one of several changes that will take place over the next few months for US 71, which will soon become Interstate 49. The new interstate should be completed in November, with the official unveiling coming December 12 at 12 p.m. That’s 12-12-12-12 for those scoring at home.

Google’s Fiberhood Rally Results Are In, Now What?
The deadline to pre-register for Google Fiber, what Google is calling their new super-fast internet service, came to a close September 9th.  The company had divided the Kansas City area into different sections called fiberhoods. If a fiberhood met the minimum requirement set by Google then they would be connected, and public institutions like schools and libraries in that same area would also be connected.  The internet company took a couple days to collect the information from their pre-registration time and then announced which neighborhoods reached goal, and a construction timeline.

Israeli Martial Arts In Lenexa
If the words "martial arts" makes you think of the flying acrobatics in a movie like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, then the Krav Maga and Fitness Center in Lenexa might change your mind. Krav Maga is the official hand-to-hand combat method of the Israeli military but in recent years, it's also become popular around the world for self-defense and fitness training.

My Farm Roots: Family On The Family Farm

Brandon Fahrmeier had a nice job as a sales rep in Ohio for a large company. He and his wife had a nice suburban home. Then they had kids.  The Fahrmeiers wanted their two daughters to grow up as they had, so a decade ago they packed up and moved back to the family farm in Lexington, Mo. Fahrmeier Family Farms and Fahrmeier Family Vineyards, which features vegetables and a new winery, includes multiple generations and Brandon’s brother’s family. It’s a family affair, and that’s exactly what Brandon wanted.

Kansas Investigation Uncovers Flaws In Sunshine Law
A Kansas district attorney concludes that a series of meetings of key members of the legislature called by Governor Sam Brownback broke the state's open meetings law.  But there will be no charges and no fines and the investigation left a number of questions about the unannounced meetings and the open records law itself.

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