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Kansas Constitutional Amendment 2, County Sheriff Election and Recall Amendment (2022)What is the Sheriff Election Amendment?
The amendment would require counties that elected sheriffs in January 2022 continue to elect sheriffs. In simpler terms, a sheriff couldn’t be an appointed position and would remain elected by the county voters. 
The amendment also would stipulate that county sheriffs can only be removed from office by a recall election or if the attorney general challenges their right to hold office. This change would take away the ability of local district attorneys to investigate the actions of sheriffs.
Sheriffs are elected to four-year terms in Kansas. Under state law, voters can recall a sheriff by submitting a petition containing the signatures of at least 40% of voters in the most recent sheriff election. After the signatures are approved, a recall election is held.
Currently, district attorneys, along with the attorney general, can initiate legal proceedings if they believe there’s been misconduct in a sheriff’s office. The attorney can then bring the case to a judge, who would ultimately decide whether or not there has been misconduct. The amendment would move the responsibility of the ouster procedure to the Attorney General’s Office. Thus, conflicts of interest would be eliminated.
The Kansas Sheriffs’ Association said the amendment would give voters more power and allow them to hold sheriffs directly accountable for their actions. In testimony submitted by the association in March, the association said Kansans should be allowed to elect their sheriffs.

What you will see on the ballot:

Shall the following be adopted?
§ 2. County and township officers. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), each county shall elect a sheriff for a term of four years by a majority of the qualified electors of the county voting thereon at the time of voting designated for such office pursuant to law in effect on January 11, 2022, and every four years thereafter.
(b) The provisions of subsection (a) shall not apply to a county that abolished the office of sheriff prior to January 11, 2022. Such county may restore the office of sheriff as provided by law and such restoration shall be irrevocable. A county that restores the office of sheriff shall elect a sheriff by a majority of the qualified electors of the county voting thereon for a term of four years. Such sheriff shall have such qualifications and duties as provided by law. The time of voting for the office of sheriff may be provided for by the legislature pursuant to section 18 of article 2 of this constitution.
(c) The filling of vacancies and the qualifications and duties of the office of sheriff shall be as provided by law.
(d) The legislature shall provide forsuch other county and townshipofficers as may be necessary.
§ 5. Removal of officers. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), all county and township officers may be removed from office, in such manner and for such cause, as shall be prescribed by law.
(b) A county sheriff only may be involuntarily removed from office by recall election pursuant to section 3 of article 4 of this constitution or a writ of quo warranto initiated by the attorney general.

How to interpret this:

This amendment would preserve the right of citizens of each county to continue electing their county sheriff.

YES - A vote for this proposition would preserve the right of citizens of each county that elected a county sheriff as of January 11, 2022, to continue electing the county sheriff via popular vote. The amendment would also direct that a county sheriff only may be involuntarily removed from office pursuant to either a recall election or a writ of quo warranto initiated by the attorney general.

NO - A vote against this proposition would not make any changes to the constitution and would retain current law concerning the election of a sheriff and the procedures for the involuntary removal of a sheriff from office.

An interesting side note: This amendment would not apply to Riley County, the only county in Kansas without a sheriff’s office.  Riley county abolished its sheriff’s office after consolidating city and county agencies in 1974.  Wallace County Sheriff’s Office contracts with the City of Sharon Springs to provide services on a city level as well as perform their county duties.

NEWS

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Snow Blankets Wallace County Last Week

A much needed 8”- 12” of snow fell over Wallace County last week. Snowfall began on Wednesday and continued off and on until around noon on Saturday.  Above: Looking down at a snow-covered South Park. Left: Erikson and Violet David conquer the mountain of snow... [More]

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Kuhlman named to President’s list

Benedictine College has recognized those students who have distinguished themselves academically during the last semester. Aubrey Kuhlman of Sharon Spgs, KS, was recently named to the President’s List for the fall semester, which ended December 12, 2022. Any full-time student... [More]

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Workshop Explores Family History Writing

The Prairie Museum of Art & History in Colby will host “A Creative Guide to Writing Your Family’s Stories,” a presentation and discussion by Kim Stanley on Sunday, February 5 at 1:30 PM.  Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.... [More]

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“The Kansas Legislature” returns

Another LIVE production from Smoky Hills PBS, The Kansas Legislature, will kick off Friday, February 3 at 7 PM.  Streaming will also be available on our YouTube channel:  http://bit.ly/StreamSmokyHillsPBS The show airs during the legislative session, which gives the... [More]

Governor Kelly Advocates for "Axing Your Taxes" Plan

Governor Laura Kelly traveled to Wichita recently to call on local legislators to support her 'Axing Your Taxes' plan, which would save Kansans more than $500 million in tax cuts over the next three years. The three-pronged plan includes a push to immediately 'axe the tax' on... [More]

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Wildcat Basketball Against Bulldogs

The Wildcats came up short against the Quinter Bulldogs with a final score of 41-51. The Lady Wildcats won their game against Quinter 50-29. Photo by Peggy Fischer. Left: Wildcat Tharyan Hawkins goes up and under for 2 against the Quinter Bulldogs at home last week. Right:... [More]

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WCHS Winter Homecoming Royalty Crowned

Friday, January 13th, WCHS crowned Winter Homecoming King Cauy Dinkel and Queen Joss Benisch.  Front row:  Hayden Wagoner, Bane Fischer, Elli Edwards, Claire Walker-Helsel, Tiera Eby, back row: Seferino Juarez, Joss Benisch, Queen, Cauy Dinkel, King, and Gabe Johnson. ... [More]

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Hennick Lumber Giveaway Winners

Congratulations Skyler Rains and Joni Turk, winners of Hennick Lumber’s recent $500 giveaway!

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COURT

Michele Howell Makes First Appearance on Arson Charges

Michele Howell appeared in Wallace County District Court on Wednesday, April 7th in person via zoom meeting.  Her court appointed attorney Justin Barrett, Colby opted not to appear with his client for her first appearance. Wallace County Attorney Charles Moser appeared on... [More]

Margheim and Schippers Sentenced in Wallace County District Court

Jake Wilson Margheim appeared in Wallace County District Court on November 12th, 2020 for sentencing in case number 17 CR 33.  Margheim had been charged with 1 count of unlawful possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a level 4 drug felony, on January 28, 2017.  Margheim... [More]

Traffic Court July-December 2020

Elmer Nelson of Lamar, CO was fined $93 plus court costs on 9/3/2020 - cited driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone on 1/18/1994 by WACOSO. Kathleen Brammer of Grain Valley, MO was fined $69 plus court costs on 9/10/20250 – cited driving 79 mph in a 65 mph zone on 10/05/2018 by... [More]

Small Claims Court Proceedings

Case number 2020-SC-2 D Walker Concrete, LLC vs Jory Parks. On June 15th, 2020 (plaintiff) D Walker Concrete LLC filed claim against (defendant) Jory Parks, DBA Heartcross Ranch Designs LLC in the amount of $1150.25 for concrete delivered, plus $15 for sheriff service and $67.50... [More]

District Court Sentencings

Rolando Gonzales appeared in Wallace County District Court on January 12, 2020 for sentencing in case number 2019-CR-10 with court appointed attorney Christopher Rohr of Colby, Kans. On February 13, 2019, Gonzales had been found guilty of count 1 Possession of a Controlled Substance,... [More]

Traffic Court March - June

Skyler Jacob Adams Urban, Goodland Kans, transporting an open container, purchase/possession/comume by minor. Deferred adjudication, 12 months. Court Costs $108. William M Dysart, Jr., Weatherford, Okla, driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone, Fined $87, court cost $108.  Shane... [More]

Wallace County District Court Proceedings

Rene Trevino appeared in Wallace County District Court on October 2, 2019 for sentencing in case number 2019 CR 12.  Trevino had been charged with 1 Count Domestic Battery, a Class B, Person Misdemeanor on September 7, 2019.  He appeared in court with court-appointed... [More]

Traffic Court for January and February

Catherine Elizabeth Capra, Pleasant Hill, Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, court costs $108. Justin Blake Meyer, St. Francis, Kans, liquor purchased by minor, nolo contendre, fined $200, court costs $239. Transporting an open container, guilty plea, fined $200.... [More]

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - 1/26/23

Cottonwood Connections is a new video series on Smoky Hills Public Television being produced through the Friends of the Cottonwood Ranch with film director Ed Lowry. An initial season included host/historian Don Rowlison who explored such subjects as Legacy of the Cottonwood... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 12/1/22

You are invited to join us at the Fort Wallace Museum this coming Sunday, December 4 at 5 pm for our annual “Candlelight Christmas!” The 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church is the location for a traditional Swedish Lutheran Carol service, with special music. Afterward, attendees... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 10/27/22

The Fort Wallace Museum is pleased to announce another venture, this time into the publication of a children’s book “A Dragon’s Tale” by Marla Matkin. This whimsical piece of historical fiction features a little boy named Elliot who loves to imagine himself... [More]

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Bugle Notes...

The Fort Wallace Museum recently gained another marvelous piece of history by way of our good friend Lt. Col (ret) Dennis “DK” Clark of Lansing, KS. This esteemed military strategist and historian is the namesake of our historic lecture series as well as sponsor of... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 9/29/22

During the recent History Exposition, our guest historian and bugle expert Jari Villanueva was intrigued by the musical instrument displayed in the Enlisted Barracks area. This strange brass instrument has been in the Fort Wallace Museum collection for many years and is inventoried... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 9/17/22

The Fort Wallace Museum has just completed a big weekend of activities, which in spite of small challenges, was a success. Our 2022 History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days had the theme of “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail, “ and brought in local historians... [More]

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Fort Wallace Museum to Host History Exposition

Don’t miss this weekend’s History Exposition and Outdoor Education Day “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail!” On Friday and Saturday, the grounds will be filled with demonstrations of telegraphy, oxen, printing press, bugle calls, Cheyenne Ledger... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 9/1/22

Our big History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days are approaching on Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10! This year’s theme is “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail,” with exhibits on telegraph, telephone, military communication, bugle calls, Plains... [More]

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TIMES

Times Gone Past 1/26/23

25 Years Ago (1998) The Strand Theater was showing “Home Alone 3” starring Alex D. Linz. The following movie was “Disney’s Mr. Magoo” starring Leslie Nielsen, Kelly Lynch, and Stephen Tobolowsky. Bernice Jones would be honored with a card shower... [More]

Times Gone Past 1/19/23

30 Years Ago (1993) The Strand Theater was showing “The Distinguished Gentleman” starring Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, and Sheryl Lee Ralph.  The following movie was “Leap of Faith” starring Steve Martin, Debra Winger, and Liam Neeson. Stephanie... [More]

Times Gone Past 1/12/23

15 Years Ago (2008) The Strand Theater was showing “The Water Horse” starring Emily Watson, David Morrisey, and Alex Etel. In the movie, a lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend. Virgil & Peggy Fischer announced... [More]

Times Gone Past 1/5/23

20 Years Ago (2003) The Strand Theater was showing “Treasure Planet” featuring the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, and Martin Short. The following movie was “Maid in Manhattan” starring Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, and Stanley Tucci.... [More]

Times Gone Past 12/29/22

7 Years Ago (2015) The Strand Theater was showing “Creed” starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tess Thompson. The following movie was “Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” featuring the voices of Jason Lee, Justin Long, and Kimberly... [More]

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Times Gone Past 12/22/31

15 Years Ago (2007) The Strand Theater was showing “Enchanted” starring Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, and Patrick Dempsey. A young maiden, set to be wed, is sent to New York City by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer. For the first time, Weskan... [More]

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Times Gone Past 12/15/22

20 Years Ago (2002) The Strand Theater was showing “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson. The following movie was “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” starring Nia Vardalos, John Corbett and Lainie Kazan.... [More]

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Times Gone Past 12/8/22

25 Years Ago (1997) The Strand Theater was showing “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” starring Robin Shou, Talisa Soto, and James Remar. The following movie was “Bean” starring Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Reed, and Burt Reynolds. Tanya Schemm, daughter of Darrel... [More]

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