90-Mile View

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Saundra Hayes is a resident of Manheim Park situated on the east side of Troost in Kansas City.  In this edition of 90-Mile View, Saundra and Steve Kraske talk about the effects the Green Impact Zone has had on her neighborhood and what it will take to keep the momentum built by the project going.

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It's been a quiet winter in Warsaw, Mo., where the Osage River empties into Truman Lake.  The bitter cold had even the hardiest inhabitants staying indoors.  Now this little town on the lake is showing the unmistakable signs that the "season" is about to begin.

In this installment of 90-Mile View, newspaper publisher James White tells Steve Kraske what stories The Benton County Enterprise has been covering.  Then White describes one of the sure signs of Spring, the start of the spoonbill fishing season and an accompanying aroma.


Dr. Gary Yarbrough has been a rural family physician for more than 30 years, first in Kentucky then Michigan and, since 1994, in Parsons, Kan.

On this edition of 90-Mile View he talks with Steve Kraske about making house calls in the severe cold this winter plus shares a tale from his latest book, Office Calls: And Other Stories From Thirty Years of Rural Medicine.

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We’ve been following the story of Patricia Porsche for the past year.  In that time she has made her way from being homeless and unemployed to working for the True Light Family Resource Center in Kansas City, Mo.  As its volunteer coordinator and as mentor to the women living in the center’s transitional home, Trisha has a front-row seat to the challenges facing homeless women in Kansas City.

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After her husband died in 1986, June Jewitt continued to live in the house they had built on a hill in Douglas County, Kan., and began writing. One of her daughters slipped a sample of June's views of life under the door of the Baldwin City Signal and a column, Musings from the Hill, was born.

On this edition of 90-Mile View, Steve Kraske talks with the nonagenarian about why she continues to live on the hill, what she most likes to write about, and why she hasn't retired.

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An Amtrak train carrying more than 200 people arrived in Chicago early Monday morning, Jan. 6, after the bitterly cold weather stopped it for more than eight hours. 

In the latest edition of 90-Mile View, Amtrak engineer and conductor Eric Peterson talks with Up to Date host Steve Kraske about the effects of the recent country-wide deep-freeze on railroad operations. Peterson has previously appeared on the program to share his love of trains and tales from the tracks.

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We’ve been keeping abreast with dairy farmer Eric Neill out at his place in Cass County, Mo. Through drought and mud, searing heat and freezing cold, it’s never the same two years in a row for Neill and his family.

Thursday, Eric talks with host Steve Kraske about the options he's weighing to keep the dairy afloat, including his return to work and copying the New Zealand practice of hiring a "share milker."

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December is busy enough for most Christian pastors but for Rev. Rick Behrens, this year it's been busier than usual.

Rick joins Steve Kraske for this edition of 90-Mile View to talk about a recent trip to a Kansas City, Kansas sister-city in Mexico, having one of the hottest tickets in town, and a special dinner theater presentation taking place at Grandview Park Presbyterian Church.

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Carole Brown has shared with us the dichotomy that is her life. A classical musician, Brown spends a portion of her year living with her parents in Westwood Hills, Kan., and the rest in a cabin with no amenities in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

On this edition of 90-Mile View, Carole is back to talk with host Steve Kraske of her life on the prairie. She's been busy with several projects including a window that took her some time to collect just the right materials before she could construct it.  

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As President of the Historic Manheim Park Association, Saundra Hayes has been witness to exciting changes in the 32-square block neighborhood nestled between Troost and The Paseo, and 39th and Brush Creek Blvd. 

On this edition of 90-Mile View Saundra shares with host Steve Kraske the latest events from the community including the recent ribbon-cutting that marked a new chapter for the neighborhood's Bancroft School.

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When we first met Patricia (Trisha) Porsche, she was working her way out of homelessness for the second time. Back in February she was just several weeks into her residency at Freedom House, a transitional home for women run by the True Light Family Resource Center in Kansas City, Mo.

That residency is for only one year and for Trisha that year ends in December.  She talks with Steve Kraske about how her job search led her to a very familiar place and where she will be in 2014.

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Fall weather brings changes for Officer Nicole Wright as she works her beat for the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department. Kids are back in school, there's Chief's home games to work, but as for October 31, well, as Wright observes, "everyday's Halloween" in East Patrol.

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The economy in Warsaw, Missouri in Benton County relies heavily upon visitors coming to Truman Lake, water controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  When the government shut down earlier this month so did all the facilities the Corps controls along the lake.

A life dictated by the seasons and the weather is always a risky one and no one knows it better than Flint Hills cattle rancher Howard Blender.

Today Howard talks with Steve Kraske about the hazards ranchers face every day.  From the impact of the recent South Dakota snowstorm, to selling cattle by internet auction, Howard tells of the gambles he takes and the best cattleman's answer he ever heard to the question "Why do you keep doing it?".

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Dr. Gary Yarbrough has practiced family medicine for more than 30 years and since 1994  has tended to the people in and around Parsons, KS.

The author of House Calls, Dr. Yarbrough has told us of some of the more memorable moments and patients he's encountered over the decades.  In this edition of 90-Mile View, he talks with Steve Kraske about his latest book and shares the tale of one man's misfortune in a Kentucky tobacco barn.

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One of the budgetary battles going on in Congress at the moment is what to do with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The current focus on funding the government and its programs has pushed other issues like immigration reform off the front page.

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"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." So goes the saying, but when your life is milk, lots of milk, what do you do?

On this edition of 90-Mile View, dairyman Eric Neill tells Steve Kraske how things are going on the farm, including getting ready to bring new "ladies" into the herd.  Then Eric's partner, and wife, Julie has been busy exploring other options for the dairy's daily production. When life hands you milk . . .

90-Mile View: Saundra Hayes

Aug 28, 2013

In her work as President of the Historic Manheim Park Association, Saundra Hayes believes it all starts with building relationships.

Hellen Cook's disappearance came to our attention during our last conversation with The Benton County Enterprise publisher James White.

On this edition of 90-Mile View, James is back with the rest of Hellen's story: who she was beyond the headlines and what her family is doing to improve the process of finding lost loved ones in the future.

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Being a police officer is about many things: patrolling a beat, helping other officers maintain order, and sometimes, providing extra security to visiting dignitaries.

Kansas City, Mo., police officer Nicole Wright returns to speak with Steve Kraske about what it's like to work be part of the special security detail at the NAACP national convention for the organization’s chairman, Roslyn M. Brock and what the mood was there when they heard the verdict of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case.

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Many of us ask ourselves at some point: "What am I doing and why am I doing it?" For one woman the question looms larger with her choice to pursue a lifestyle that embraces isolation and eschews the modern.

90 Mile View: Eric Peterson

Jul 29, 2013
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On Sunday evening, July 21, the eastbound Amtrak train, The River Runner, struck an SUV in Warrensburg, MO. Injured in the crash were a 42-year old woman and her 3-year old granddaughter both of whom remain in Kansas City area hospitals.

Eric Peterson is an engineer for Amtrak and previously on 90-Mile View has shared his love of trains and tales from the tracks with us. Today he talks with Steve Kraske about the steps Amtrak employees take when accidents like this occur.

According to the 2010 census, the population of Warsaw, Missouri is 2,127 but in the summer this town along Truman Lake sees an influx of tourists and summer residents. Keeping an eye on it all is The Benton County Enterprise publisher James White.

Today James explains how long "the season" runs and what it means to the year-round residents and business owners of Warsaw. Plus, we catch up on the latest news coming out of the Benton County.

Two years of extreme drought. The failure of Congress to pass the Farm Bill. Life hasn't gotten any easier for cattle rancher Howard Blender.

In this edition of 90-Mile View, Howard gives Steve Kraske an update on conditions in Chase County as he and others struggle with the effects of too little rain from Mother Nature and too little support from legislators.

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Rev. Rick Behrens is pastor of Grandview Park Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Kansas, an inner-city church with a congregation and a community largely made up of immigrants.  In this installment of 90-Mile View, Rick talks immigration policy and reform with Steve Kraske and what it means to the people he serves.

90-Mile View: Saundra Hayes

Jun 14, 2013
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Saundra Hayes lives in Manheim Park and she, along with her neighbors, is working hard to revitalize her neighborhood.

Weather plays a major role in agriculture.  Just ask dairyman Eric Neill.  Last summer it was drought, then record snows this past winter.  Now it's rain . . . lots and lots of rain.

James White is the fifth-generation publisher of the Benton County Enterprise, the weekly paper started by his great, great grandfather in 1879 down in Warsaw, Missouri.


Trains have been making news lately, both good and bad.  Amtrak engineer Eric Peterson can relate.

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Dr. Gary Yarbrough has practiced family medicine in small towns for 30 years.  In that time he's met some memorable people.