• P.J. Griekspoor

    As Atchison Tragedy Unfolds, Powerful Memories Resurface

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on October 31, 2011

    In the almost-48 hours since a powerful explosion rocked Bartlett Grain in Atchison leaving six people dead and two critically injured, my mind has returned again and again to June of 1998 when a grain dust explosion at DeBruce Grain in Haysville, just south of Wichita, left seven people dead and 10 others hurt. Images from those first few hours and days 13 years ago have flashed: Scott Mosteller, 37, on his cell phone on the roof of the building, talking to his father Tom as helicopters…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Bare No More

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on October 22, 2011

    I have to tell you, it was absolutely GREAT to drive around south central Kansas and see the wheat up, green and growing. The rain we had Oct. 8 was enough to get the "dusted in" crop germinated and up and the ground was workable quick enough for more farmers to plant behind the rain. The result is no more bare and brown, but green and growing. The problem is we need more rain to keep it growing. And we need a couple more weeks before a hard freeze to get some tillering before the crop…

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    It Was a Day of Dirt

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on October 7, 2011

    The snow gates on I-70 in western Kansas were closed this week, diverting traffic off the busy Interstate and into rural motels and cafes. No, there's no time warp. It's not winter. And it wasn't snow that closed the highway.  It was the blowing dirt coming off the farm fields of eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Part of it was the result of desperate farmers "dusting in" wheat in the hopes that the widespread rain would come this weekend. But most of it was the result of dead…

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    Shell Oil Is Back in Kansas

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on October 4, 2011

    Shell Oil will spud its first well in the search for Mississippi Lime oil in south-central Kansas on Wednesday. It's the first time in almost 30 years that Shell has been active in Kansas. The new well is in the hottest thing going in oil exploration today, the Mississippi Lime, a formation in Kansas considered "tapped out" years ago for traditional, vertical wells. But new technology, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, is promising huge reserves of oil in northern Oklahoma…

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