Area historical society to meet

WHITEWATER — The Frederic Remington Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. April 2 at Frederic Remington High School, 8850 NW Meadowlark Road, Whitewater.

Sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, Rex Buchanan will present Water in Kansas: Past & Present.

Early evidence of Native peoples in Kansas shows they lived near springs, seeps and rivers. Later, European settlers moved along water sources, and eventually cities were established in areas with plentiful water supplies. Even today, demographic changes in Kansas are the result of water: scarcity connected to water-level declines in the Ogallala Aquifer is impacting depopulation in western Kansas, whereas some eastern Kansas counties, which are relatively water-rich, are gaining population. Recently the state government developed a 50-year water planning vision, identifying two major issues: reservoir sedimentation and the rapid drawdown of the Ogallala portion of the High Plains Aquifer in western Kansas. This presentation will highlight how water issues today define much about Kansas in the future, just as it always has.

Buchanan is the interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey and the author of books about Kansas geology and water.



Bike ride coming up

The Chisholm Trail Bike Ride will be May 5, at Athletic Park, First and Grandview, Newton.

There will be four routes: 3 miles on Sand Creek Trail, and 31, 44 and 54 miles on paved roads.

Pre-registration ( includes t-shirts and closes April 13. Registration is at 7 a.m., the ride at 8 a.m. There will be a free "Bike Rodeo" for kids at 8:30 a.m. Entry is $25/single, $50/family (to 3 shirts). This is a partnership of Air Capital AMBUCS, Healthy Harvey Coalition, and Walk and Roll Harvey.

Proceeds fund safe cycling education and therapeutic tricycles for kids, to be presented at 10:30 a.m.