Archives for December 2014

One Hurt in Wilson County Crash

A weather-related accident south of Yates Center last night injured a Columbus teen. Highway patrol troopers say 18-year old Chance Hunley was southbound on US 75 about five miles south of Yates Center last night around 6, and lost control on the slick road. His 2006 Ford Ranger rolled, but came to rest on its wheels in the south-bound lane. He was alone in the pickup. Hunley was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Gas Lines Need Replaced — Guess Who Will Pay?

Regulators and the natural gas industry agree, Kansas utilities need to replace aging gas infrastructure. But how it will be paid for is an open question. Unlike unregulated businesses which set aside a portion of their revenue to replace infrastructure as it ages, the natural gas rates you pay don’t include that sort of cost. So the question discussed yesterday by the KCC Staff, a representative of the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, and folks from the state’s three largest natural gas utilities is this: just how are they going to make you pay more to replace their infrastructure? Options discussed included through a line-item surcharge or simply rolling it into the next rate decision for a company.

About 23 percent of the gas distribution lines under Kansas were made with cast iron or uncoated steel. While those aren’t an imminent danger, they are more prone to break as they age than are pipes made with modern materials.

Semi Plows into Pickups after Driver has a Medical Problem

Highway Patrol troopers say an accident in Thayer Friday was caused by the driver suffering a medical problem. The nearly-new semi truck that crashed on Highway 169 about 10:15 Friday morning was driven by 56-year old David Ryan of Locust Grove Oklahoma. He was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, listed by troopers with disabling injuries. According to an online report Ryan was traveling through town and his medical condition caused him to cross the road and hit a pickup parked in front of the city offices, then to travel north across Neosho Street and striking another pickup. Neither of the pickups was occupied.

Colony Man Hurt in Fiery Crash

A Colony man was injured in a crash yesterday in Noesho county. Highway Patrol reports indicate 56-year old Jack Haverty was taken to the hospital in Chanute following the crash yesterday afternoon, which happened when he lost control of his pickup on Harper Road about 3 miles north and east of Chanute. He was southbound, according to troopers, who say haverty crossed into the ditch off the east side of the road, struck a tree and caught fire. He was the only one in the truck.