Rios, Royals come to $11 million agreement

From The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Outfielder Alex Rios and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to Rios passing a physical.

Rios would take over in right field from Nori Aoki, who became a free agent after helping the Royals win their first AL pennant since 1985. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 15

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

City holiday schedule

City of Olathe offices will close at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and remain closed on Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday.  Trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule Monday through Wednesday.  The remainder of the holiday week, collection will be delayed by one day. For example, customers with a trash pick-up on Thursday should have carts at the curb by 8:00 a.m. on Friday.  Continue reading

Kansas, Brownback face massive budget problems

From The New York Times

As Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas campaigned for a second term this year, he was forced to fend off repeated criticism that his deep income tax cuts — the hallmark of his tenure — had put the state in a fiscal nose-dive.

He assured Kansans that he would balance the budget and preserve services by making the government more efficient and nipping expenditures to make up for lost revenue. Those who predicted budgetary Armageddon were pandering and misleading, he insisted.

But now suddenly the door has opened — ever so slightly — to what once seemed unthinkable on Mr. Brownback’s watch: a rollback of those tax cuts, which are projected to cost $7 billion through the end of the 2019 fiscal year. Continue reading

Chartrand…

O, come, all ye faithful. Bring your bar codes

And for god’s sake, don’t eat the myrrh

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

And it came to pass in those days that there was issued across the land a multitide of decrees about the right to privacy, though none understood or believed it.

Joseph went up from http://www.Galilee.com unto the city of http//www.David. He went with Mary, his espoused wife, who was with child.

So it was that while they journeyed henceforth to the place that they were supposed to journey to, they had trouble buying groceries. The PriceBarnWigglyChopperHouse store asked for their bar-coded I.D. card. Mary and Joseph had none, though they had shopped there many times before. Continue reading

Heroes and Helpers Dec. 13 at Target

For the third year, the Olathe Police Department has partnered with Target and the Olathe School District for the Heroes and Helpers campaign.

This event will take place on Saturday December 13th at 9 a.m. at the Olathe Super Target. (119th and Strangline Road)  Continue reading

Flu strain not protected by vaccine

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that seasonal influenza A H3N2 viruses have been the most common to cause illness this flu season. When these viruses predominate, there are often more severe flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths during flu season.

Increasing the risk of a severe flu season is the finding that roughly half of the H3N2 viruses analyzed are drift variants: viruses with antigenic or genetic changes that make them different from this season’s vaccine virus. This means the vaccine’s ability to protect against those viruses may be reduced, although vaccinated people may have a milder illness if they do become infected. Continue reading

Foster a pet during the holidays

The Olathe Animal Shelter will be participating in the National Home for the Holidays pet fostering program again this year. Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are trying to encourage adoption by allowing residents to foster an animal during the holidays, in the hopes of giving them a permanent home.

The program is open to OLATHE RESIDENTS ONLY and they will be able to select pets starting Monday, December 15th. Those who wish to do so will be allowed to return the animal to the shelter on Monday, December 29th. Certain restrictions will apply, contact the shelter for further details.

Animals can be viewed in person at the Olathe Animal Shelter, 505 E. Sunvale Drive, or by going to the website http://www.olatheks.org/Police/AnimalControl. The Olathe Animal Shelter’s regular operating hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The shelter is closed between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm for lunch. The goal for the Home for the Holidays program is to get each of these pets a permanent home during this holiday season. Last year’s program was a tremendous success.

Olathe residents interested in making this Christmas a happy holiday for a pet in need or those who want more information can contact Olathe Animal Shelter staff in person or at 913-971-6362.

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