Hugoton Seizes Momentum

 For Rebecca Degollado the steady stream of semi tractor trailers along Main Street hauling milk, cattle and other agriculture products is a reminder this isn’t the same town in which she opened her business 13 years ago. Back then her Ranchita Tex-Mex Restaurant was the only Mexican restaurant in town. Today there are four. Hugoton is about to become the home of a second grocery store and a three-story motel at … [Read more...]

Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government’s most contentious programs. Development is booming in tiny Hugoton, a town of roughly 3,900 people. The town is the site of a new cellulosic ethanol refinery that was funded in part by a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The same program funded high-profile … [Read more...]

Hugoton is #1 of the 30 Safest Cities in Kansas

Our number one safest Kansas city certainly deserves the honor. This charming rural community only had 15 total reported crimes in 2012, and there were zero counts of murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, or arson. Hugoton is a small town where honesty, generosity, and hard work are highly valued. A natural gas boomtown, Hugoton more than doubled its population between 1920 and 1930, when reserves of … [Read more...]

Submit Photo of WWII Kansas Veteran

Former United States Senator Robert Dole is actively seeking all World War II Veterans who have resided in Kansas to include in his WWII memorial at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. If you or a loved one served in World War II and have lived in Kansas for any length of time, you are encouraged to do the following: Mail a photo of the Veteran, along with his or her first … [Read more...]

More cows works for MasCow Dairy

By Jennifer M. Latzke, High Plains Journal, 6/16/2014 “Mas cow” in Spanish means “more cows,” after all. And the production and marketing advantages that come with “more cows” are working for MasCow Dairy and the other two dairies operated by Ag Oasis.With 4,000 cows, the folks at MasCow Dairy of Moscow, Kansas, figured the bilingual play on words was an appropriate name. MasCow is one of three dairies under the Ag … [Read more...]

Stevens County Hospital receives high ratings

The 20 highest ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the country, as determined by iVantage Health Analytics, were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will take place during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in October in Kansas City, Mo. Stevens County Hospital has been named in the top 20 out of 1,300 hospitals nationwide for best practices in financial … [Read more...]

Gas Capital 5K/Fun Run

Gas Capital 5K/Fun Run - sponsored by the Hugoton Recreation Commission, is scheduled for Saturday, June 21, 2014. 2 mile walk - registration at 6:45 a.m. - Walk starts at 7:15 a.m. 5K run - registration at 6:45 a.m. - Run starts at 8:00 a.m. 1/4 mile run for ages 13 and under - Run starts at 8:30 a.m. (after 5K) This event will take place at the Hugoton Recreation Commission building located at 211 South Madison, … [Read more...]

Stevens County one of 73 ROZs in Kansas

Eight new Rural Opportunity Zones counties partner with state The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that eight additional counties certified by the Kansas Legislature to participate in the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program have decided to partner with the state in the student loan repayment program. Doniphan, Haskell, Meade, Morris, Nemaha, Ottawa, Rice and Stevens counties have voted to opt in to this … [Read more...]

Dairy industry growing in Kansas

By The Associated Press HUGOTON — There was a time dairy cows were about as common as trees in southwest Kansas. There weren’t many. But things have changed in 20 years, when the state’s first large-scale dairy was built and expansion of the fledgling industry was merely a dream, The Hutchinson News reports. It’s mid-afternoon at MasCow Dairy near the little town of Moscow in Stevens County, where … [Read more...]

Booming business

Kansas Dairy Ingredients is not the only business to recently decide to open its doors in Hugoton. Abengoa Bioenergy is constructing a new flagship biomass-to-ethanol biorefinery located in the city. The biorefinery is expected to be online and in full production by the end of 2013 or by early 2014. The refinery, which will be completely fueled by biomass, will produce 25 million gallons of ethanol derived from nearly … [Read more...]