Family Chess Night at Indian Creek Library

A Family Chess Night for all ages has been schedule from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 15, at the Indian Creek Branch of the Olathe Public Library.

There is no registration required and all equipment is provided.

Olathe PD wants unwanted prescription drugs April 27

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27, the Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your medications for disposal to Olathe City Hall at 100 E. Santa Fe. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds— over a thousand tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Olathe Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Google Fiber ‘drop spots’ not yet determined

It’s probably a pretty good bet to say that a lot of folks in Olathe are excited about Google Fiber coming to town.

And it’s probably a pretty good bet to that there will be several entities vying to become one of the four public “drop spots” as part of the agreement Olathe has with Google Fiber.

And according to Ron Shaver, deputy city attorney and a key figure in the negotiation process with Google, all options are on the table.

“Google will provide four drop spots that are public facilities,” Shaver said. “That could be city hall, the school district’s administration buildings, but we’ve yet to finalize and determine those. We are going to have further conversations with Google about what makes sense for their deployment and relating to the city‘s need and their deployment for us and what the school district and what the county can piggy back on.

“We are actively open on those discussions and all we know right now is the agreement calls for four drop spots and it also calls for WIFI locations if they deploy WIFI Network in the future but it doesn’t ID how many.”

How MidAmerica Nazarene University and the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle figure into the city’s and Google’s overall plan remains to be seen. Continue reading

County mails out 2013 Citizen Survey

Submitted by Gerald Hay
Johnson County Government

A 2013 Citizen Survey of Johnson County to assess community needs and priorities is being mailed out this week to approximately 2,500 households.

The survey, which is conducted every two years, was authorized by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners with approval of $31,055 to fund the costs of conducting the 2013 citizen poll. It is the same amount earmarked for surveys in 2011, 2009, and 2007. The 2005 survey was completed for $29,860.

The 2013 survey will be administered by ETC Institute, an Olathe firm that’s one of the nation’s leading community-based market research firms in public surveying and polling processes. ETC also conducted the past four biennial surveys. Continue reading

HB 2366 upsets Lawrence blogger

There is a blogger from Lawrence named Meg. She’s a Kansan, loves the Flint Hills and is extremely upset over House Bill 2366.

On her blog, Buttered Toast, she writes about her thoughts of HB 2366, about the person who introduced the bill, Chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee Rep. Dennis Hedke, R-Wichita, and, with the use of what some will consider offensive language, tries to ignite the fires of contempt in Kansans to fight what she considers a gross injustice that would take place if this bill ever sees the light of day.

Her blog entry, Calling All Kansans, provides some background of the bill and Hedke, who has publicly said he doesn’t believe in any global warming theories. Her wrath came from reading this Bloomberg article. Continue reading

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