Garden City

Corinne Boyer / Kansas News Service

GARDEN CITY, Kansas — On the last day of September, a bulldozer scooped dirt from an empty field between a hotel and a fence separating the land from a house-lined street in Garden City.

In 18-24 months, a massive $41 million sports complex, called Sports of the World, is slated to open at this site, with courts of all kinds — pickleball, basketball, volleyball. There’ll be a trampoline park and an outdoor recreation area with cornhole and a life-sized Battleship game. It’s expected to host cheerleading, wrestling and other sports tournaments, drawing in people from Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.

Corinne Boyer / Kansas News Service

GARDEN CITY — Zion Roth farms with his uncle, father and brothers near Garden City. Roth uses tools that monitor weather and the soil moisture on his farm, including one that notifies him when conditions are ideal for irrigation.

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Twenty-four-year old David Guerrero of Garden City spent his day off at the Big Pool last week. Guerrero loves being outdoors and when triple digits recently hit western Kansas, he and several others cooled off at the city’s Big Pool.

The 97-year-old landmark has been open every summer since its construction was completed in 1922.

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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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For years, one of the first stops for immigrant groups arriving in Garden City has been an apartment in a brick building.

A sign posted on the front door welcomes people in four languages. Inside, tables and chairs in the living room and kitchen form a classroom. Refugees learn English and the ways of American life from those who navigated the culture shock just a few years before them.

Regardless of religion or customs, for years refugees at LiveWell Finney County’s Neighborhood Learning Center have bonded while studying and learning to adjust to life in a small American city on the high plains.

More recently, though, the dynamic shifted.

HPPR's Living Room Concert Series continues with our first shows of 2019! Don't miss the sweet harmonies and inspirational soul of Kansas-based Paul & Lezlee (of En Power & Light), live in Garden City. Then, kicking off the series in Amarillo, catch The Division Men, a Texas-bred, husband-and-wife duo bringing "acoustic desert noir" to the High Plains. Read more below!

 THANKS FOR SUPPORTING LIVE MUSIC ON THE HIGH PLAINS! 

Much thanks to Garden City’s own Olivia Hanigan, a gifted high school student who was recently selected as one of 45 international World Science Scholars. I was delighted to speak with her about this incredible achievement over the phone, and the interview aired on High Plains Morning today.