Arikaree Breaks, Flying W Ranch, Lee Tafanelli

Today on Around Kansas we’ll visit Cheyenne County for a look at the
beautiful Arikaree Breaks. Next We’re off to the Flying W Ranch for real
cowboy experience. Then we learn about Lee Tafanelli, Kansas National
Guard’s Adjutant General; meet this week’s From the Land of Kansas business
and find out about mountain lions in Kansas. We’ll end up with a poem from
Ron Wilson.Closed Captioning Brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission.
The Soybean Checkoff Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers.

(Deb) You know folks joke about coming to Kansas for the scenery, but you
and I both know we’ve got some spectacular scenery. None more fantastic
than the Arikaree Breaks in Cheyenne County. The far north western corner
of Kansas, the Arikaree Breaks are about 36 miles long and two to three
miles wide. The Arikaree Breaks were formed apparently by wind, just
depositing dirt and moving dirt and just an amazing land formation there.
The good folks up in St. Francis have developed a driving tour, so you can
start in St. Francis and you can pick up a map of the Arikaree Breaks. You
can find it online also and you can drive out and visit the historic spots
along the way. One of those is a site where the 5th Calvary camped when
Buffalo Bill was scouting for them just before the Battle of Summit Springs
over in Colorado. Another site of course is the three corners. And that’s
where Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado all come together. The scenery is
spectacular, caves, Horse Thief cave. Much of that has actually caved in
over the years leaving a natural bridge. So as you enjoy the geography you
can pick up some of the history of what’s happened along there as well. Now
the Arikaree Breaks, you know that high prairie over there in the far
western part of the state boosts also some great bird watching, some really
interesting plants. Of course you’ve got a lot of yucca or soap weed as the
American Indians would have called it, and you’ve got a couple of different
kinds of sage. And you know some days when you open the car door and get
out you can actually smell the sage in the air. It’s a really wonderful
smell. So, there’s so much to get outdoors and do there at the Arikaree
breaks. Now you have to be careful because some of these roadways are not
safe if it’s raining. So, they would either be flooding or because of where
they’re located or they might just be too muddy. You know, you might get
stuck out there And you might not have any cell reception out there, so you
might not be able to call somebody. So, you’ve got to be careful and ask
the locals. And you’ve also got to be careful to stay on the roads and off
private property . There’s a lot of, there are pubic viewing areas where
you can stop and you can get out and you can look at the scenery, but make
sure you stop in St. Francis, get a bite to eat while you’re there. Go into
the Chamber of Commerce, ask them about the driving tour and where it’s
safe to go, places you should avoid and being careful of the weather. And
of course in the wintertime you’ve got to be very careful of the weather as
well because some pretty treacherous conditions could exist. All that just
adds to the adventure, doesn’t it? So, you’ve just got to get out there and
see this gorgeous formation. You know if you go to the Kansas Geological
Survey, they’ve taken some wonderful images of the Arikaree Breaks, so you
can get a look ahead of time with of what you might see while you’re out
there. A great source for places all over the state. We’ll be right back.

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(Frank) Good morning, I’m Frank Chaffin and this is Around Kansas. How
would you like to be a cowboy or a cowgirl for a day or a few days? Well
guess what? You can do that and that can be at the Flying W Ranch of the
Flint Hills. That’s right, right here in Kansas. You see the Flying W is a
7,000 acre working ranch nestled in the Cottonwood River Valley in Chase
County with 50 horses, 450 cow/calf pairs, 2,000 head of cattle. It’s a
real working ranch. Now, the Flying W’s been welcoming guests for many
years. Guests can experience the cowboy lifestyle with horseback riding,
cattle drives, wagon rides, wildflower walks, stargazing, fishing and
hiking all in the beautiful, open skies of the gorgeous Kansas Flint Hills.
Now horseback riding is a truly wonderful experience. Horses they have are
for any riding experience. You could like one that kind of plods along,
that’s OK. If you want to kind of get lifted a little bit. What they do is
they match your riding skills and the horse. And then you’re off through
the tall grass, the rolling hills and valleys by tree lined creeks and
breath taking vistas. Now, again this is the horseback rides at the Flying
W and not your typical in the line, OK let’s go ride the horse. This is
horseback riding like it was meant to be. You’re spread out across the
prairie, you’re just really enjoying the open skies and the beautiful,
beautiful Flint Hills. One can even participate in a cattle drive, if one
wishes. And there’s food, you betcha. There’s chuck wagon food, there’s
camp fire food, picnic lunches and even gourmet dining. Yep, on the ranch.
So, you wanna stay awhile? You can do that too. Check into the bunk house,
the lodge or the cabin. And there are a lot of events all throughout the
year as well. Now you can get lots more information online. Just go on line
and look for Flint Hills Flying W Ranch, OK? You’ll find it and then you
can find out all of the pricing and all of that information. It’s worth it
and believe me you’ll have a lot of fun. Another great experience for you
Around Kansas.

This is the fast track to more jobs and America’s energy independence.
Advanced Performance is here, now. Biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel.

American Innovation is being driven in places you might not expect, by
people like Brent Hajek, an Oklahoma family farmer, who recently set a
world land speed record in a Ford Super Duty pickup truck powered by
renewable B20 Biodiesel. (Music)
Advanced Performance is here now putting America on the fast track to more
jobs and energy independence. Biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel.

This Hog is Head over Hoof for meal made from US Soybeans. Now one hog
isn’t that impressive, but suppose we add another and another and another,
before long you have billions of hungry customers around the world all
clamoring for the same thing – our soybeans. Learn more about the billion
dollar appetite of animal agriculture at Beyond the Elevator.com. Brought
to you by America’s Soybean Farmers and their Checkoff.

(Deb) Welcome back to Around Kansas, I’m Deb Bisel. You know a few months
ago when Topeka Cemetery celebrated the, or marked rather, the anniversary
of the Battle of the Blue in which many of our state militia men were
killed, of course that state militia went on to become the National Guard,
the Kansas National Guard. So who was the obvious person to come to the
ceremonies at historic Topeka Cemetery and honor those men? Of course it
was Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli. Now Tafanelli remarkably has something
in common with one of the other men that we will recognize that day,
General, later Governor Sam Crawford. And Crawford early in his career, he
was just a representative from Garnett in the first state government in
Kansas, the first State Legislature. When President Lincoln issued the call
for arms to put down the rebellion at the beginning of the Civil War,
Crawford resigned from the State Legislature to enlist. And of course went
on to a very distinguished military career. Later on as Governor, he
actually resigned his second term as governor, to once again enlist and
join Custer in the Indian wars. Lee Tafanelli essentially did the same
thing. He was actually a Republican member of the House, representing the
Ozawkie area. And he was elected I think in ’01. He served from ’01 through
’04 and then he deployed for a year in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He came
back to the Legislature and served until 2011 when he was appointed
Adjutant General by Governor Brownback. Now, Lee Tafanelli is such an
interesting guy. He joined the National Guard in 1980 and was a
commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers through Army
ROTC at Pittsburg State University. In 1982 while serving as the Commander
of the 891st Engineer Battalion he led the Battalion to Iraq for Operation
Iraqi Freedom in ’05 and later commanded the 69th Troop Command and was
Director of Operations for the Kansas National Guard. He has served at the
Department of the Army level as Military Assistant to the Assistant
Secretary of Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs in support of Noble Eagle
and Operation Enduring Freedom. You know what, in addition to all that, he
is just a heck of a nice guy. I know that that evening when we were
entertaining folks after our ceremony he visited with people. He was just
so kind, so considerate to everyone here, so respectful of the men that he
was here to honor. We’re just so proud to call him a Kansan. We’ll be right
back.

(Music)
This is the fast track to more jobs and America’s energy independence.
Advanced Performance is here, now. Biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel.

American Innovation is being driven in places you might not expect, by
people like Brent Hajek, an Oklahoma family farmer, who recently set a
world land speed record in a Ford Super Duty pickup truck powered by
renewable B20 Biodiesel. (Music)
Advanced Performance is here now putting America on the fast track to more
jobs and energy independence. Biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel.

This Hog is Head over Hoof for meal made from US Soybeans. Now one hog
isn’t that impressive, but suppose we add another and another and another,
before long you have billions of hungry customers around the world all
clamoring for the same thing – our soybeans. Learn more about the billion
dollar appetite of animal agriculture at Beyond the Elevator.com. Brought
to you by America’s Soybean Farmers and their Checkoff.

From The Land of Kansas is a trademark program that helps Kansas businesses
grow, produce, process or manufacture Kansas products. Let’s meet Crooked
Post Winery a new Kansas winery built in 2013 at Lake Perry and inspired by
Italian architecture and Italian wines. Their wine is made true to the
flavor of the grapes they grow, crafted by hand, and not manipulated to
taste like any other wine. Crooked Post Winery uses French-American hybrid
grapes that are suitable for the Kansas climate. Every year’s varietal wine
will be different than the last and something special to look forward to.
They have a 900 square foot Event Room that can be rented for small
weddings and other special occasions, or you can just come sit and relax by
the fire. You can also enjoy their annual Special Events that celebrate
wine. For wine tasting and vineyard tours, call 785-876-9990 or visit them
on the web at www.crookedpostwinery.com.

This is the fast track to more jobs and America’s energy independence.
Advanced Performance is here, now. Biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel.

American Innovation is being driven in places you might not expect, by
people like Brent Hajek, an Oklahoma family farmer, who recently set a
world land speed record in a Ford Super Duty pickup truck powered by
renewable B20 Biodiesel. (Music)
Advanced Performance is here now putting America on the fast track to more
jobs and energy independence. Biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel.

This Hog is Head over Hoof for meal made from US Soybeans. Now one hog
isn’t that impressive, but suppose we add another and another and another,
before long you have billions of hungry customers around the world all
clamoring for the same thing – our soybeans. Learn more about the billion
dollar appetite of animal agriculture at Beyond the Elevator.com. Brought
to you by America’s Soybean Farmers and their Checkoff.

(Deb) So mountain lions have been caught on tape, seen by people in Nemaha
County, Atchison County, Republican County, Stafford County. So, pretty
much, all over the state. And in every area surrounding Kansas- Missouri,
Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado they’ve been real prevalent. Now, there was
one that was actually wearing a collar that they could monitor that came in
western Kansas from Colorado. And they could tell where that cat was
staying and how it lived. It’s really interesting because it basically had
very little shelter and was able to just stay in the… just stay out of
sight along the creek banks and just little ravines, I guess along the way
so it was really interesting. Now of course, part of the reason that the
cats are moving back into Kansas is because of the population that’s moving
into their areas, especially up in South Dakota, a lot being pushed out of
South Dakota. The last mountain lion killed in Kansas, prior to this, was
1904 in Ellis County. And of course those big fat cats were hunted like
crazy during the 19th century and just in the early part of the 20th
century. So, they were gone for a long time, but no doubt that they’re on
their way back. So, if you’re out hunting be careful. Parks and Wildlife
have actually come up with a pamphlet. They did this in 2004 as the reports
were kind of exploding all over the place that people were actually seeing
the cats, even though they weren’t verified. So, they came up with a little
booklet on basically how to handle it. If you’re an outdoor person and
you’re in some of those habitats, might not be a bad idea to check out that
little publication. In the meantime, hey if you catch a cat on film we’d
love to see it. How about sharing that with us? We’ll be right back.

This is the fast track to more jobs and America’s energy independence.
Advanced Performance is here, now. Biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel.

American Innovation is being driven in places you might not expect, by
people like Brent Hajek, an Oklahoma family farmer, who recently set a
world land speed record in a Ford Super Duty pickup truck powered by
renewable B20 Biodiesel. (Music)
Advanced Performance is here now putting America on the fast track to more
jobs and energy independence. Biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel.

This Hog is Head over Hoof for meal made from US Soybeans. Now one hog
isn’t that impressive, but suppose we add another and another and another,
before long you have billions of hungry customers around the world all
clamoring for the same thing – our soybeans. Learn more about the billion
dollar appetite of animal agriculture at Beyond the Elevator.com. Brought
to you by America’s Soybean Farmers and their Checkoff.

(Ron) Howdy folks, I’m Ron Wilson, Poet Lariat. Those of us who live out
here in the middle of the country get used to one thing and that is, the
weather’s gonna change. This poem is entitled, “Just Wait a Minute, It’ll
Change.” We’ve had lots of winter weather, so when we got a thaw, the
chance to get outside was really quite a draw. It felt like cabin fever so
I was glad to get outside clean the feeder, built some fence and managed to
get in a horse ride. I stripped down to my shirt sleeves and got a whole
lot of good work done. And found it was the spring’s first exposure to the
sun. The next day I was in the house, payin’ some ranch bills when I heard
a clap of thunder roll across the nearby hills. I tuned into the weather
and they proceeded to inform that a wave of snow might follow a local
thunderstorm. I just shook my head and went back to working on the books.
When what I saw out the window made me take a second look. Big fat, wet
snowflakes were falling from the sky. It looked like a full fledged
blizzard passing by. I finished up my paperwork and bundled up to do my
chores. And found the sun shining brightly across the great outdoors. It
made me think about the weather pattern in this Kansas land. It will change
so dad gum fast, that it is hard to understand. And I said to my wife, as
the weather made it’s turn, you know you live in Kansas when it snows on
your sunburn. Happy Trails.

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