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The union that represents Kansas meatpacking workers has launched a nationwide push to convince more of its members to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The campaign teams virtual town halls with in-person outreach targeting Latino workers.

Listen up, Dodge City! According to the Community Housing Association of Dodge City (CHAD), the need for affordable, single-family homes persists in the greater Ford County area. An organization at the forefront of advocating for prospective home buyers, as well as home owners, CHAD will host a series of no-cost home maintenance classes open to the public. I had the pleasure of speaking with Mollea Wainscott about this initiative.

Go here to subscribe to the My Fellow Kansans podcast. This season, we look at the prospects of rural places.

DODGE CITY, Kansas — The history of this small city built on the cattle trade sets it apart from most towns in rural Kansas. The mere name of the place evokes recollections of the Wild West and the subsequent romancing of that age.

Yet Dodge City also stands apart from the region that surrounds it. This place is growing.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, you are invited to a live event featuring Jim McLean, host of the award-winning podcast My Fellow Kansans, in Dodge City, KS. 

This one will take place at the Depot Theater Company, 101 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd., Ste. 201. in Dodge City, KS. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the event runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments provided by the Depot. 

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GARDEN CITY — In the 1940s and ’50s, people of color couldn’t use the public swimming pool here. If they went to the movie theater in Garden City, Hispanic patrons could only sit in the balcony.

A few generations later, Garden City School Board member Tim Cruz served on the city commission and as mayor. He played a role in dealing with leaks in the city’s swimming pool, known as The Big Pool.

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Long-running frustration about Amtrak’s willingness to keep a rail passenger line running through remote parts of the country has politicians threatening to block new directors to the agency.

A handful of U.S. senators demanded specifics by this week about how Amtrak plans to spend an added $50 million to keep the Southwest Chief line running from Chicago, through Kansas, to Los Angeles.

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A few days before the November midterm election, Alejandro Rangel-Lopez turned 18.

But before he cast that first ballot, local election officials moved Dodge City’s only polling location from the relatively convenient center town to its outskirts.

The move caused confusion, drew national criticism and raised questions about voting access governed by white elected officials in a town where nearly two-thirds of the population is Latino.

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The Ford County clerk’s office prohibited reporters from entering the Dodge City’s sole polling site today.   

According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, media wasn’t allowed to take photos or video in the Western State Bank Expo Center.

A federal judge has ruled that Ford County, Kansas, does not have to provide a second polling place in Dodge City on Election Day.

In a ruling late Thursday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree denied a request for a temporary restraining order filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in late October on behalf of a Dodge City resident and a Latino community organization. 

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Dodge City has been drawing national attention this year because of its lone polling place on the outskirts of town.

For decades, the city of some 27,000 people converged on a single polling place near the center of town to vote.

But this year, Ford County officials moved its polling place to the Western Bank Expo Center. That triggered complaints from people who said voting would now be particularly difficult for workers at the city’s meat-packing plants, who struggle to find ways to get to the remote location.

New Voters Get Notices Listing Wrong Dodge City Polling Site

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Local organizers in Dodge City fought for more, and more accessible, polling places even before their lone, out-of-the-way voting location drew national attention.

On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union sued County Clerk Debbie Cox.