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Beginning in late May and continuing for much of June, residents of northwest Kansas may see a low-flying helicopter towing a large hexagonal frame, part of a Kansas Geological Survey and Northwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 4 project to map groundwater conditions in the Ogallala aquifer in that part of the state.

Scientific equipment designed to map geologic structures and groundwater resources below the land surface will hang underneath the helicopter 100 to 200 feet above ground. The helicopter will be flown by pilots who are specially trained for low-level flying and have a great deal of experience with airborne electromagnetic surveys. Flights will not occur over residential areas and other buildings, livestock feeding operations, or wind turbines.

Aqua Geo Frameworks LLC of Fort Laramie, Wyoming, our partners in this work, have performed more than 20,000 miles of similar surveys in Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming, but this will be the first of its kind in Kansas.

For more information: kgs.ku.edu/airborne-electromagnetic-survey-aquifer-conditions-northwestern-kansas

Photo courtesy of Aqua Geo Frameworks.
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Thomas County Sheriff’s Office received a new tool thanks to the Thomas County Attorney’s office. Installed on the front of one of our Patrol trucks is the Grappler. This will help stop vehicles during vehicle pursuits throughout our county.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience while we had the road shut down for training. Also we would like the thank the Thomas County Attorney’s Office for the purchase of the Grappler, Northwest Fire Extinguisher for the use of a vehicle for training, Thomas County Highway department for blocking off a safe roadway for practice using the new tool, Thomas County Emergency Management for the drone footage, and Kansas Highway Patrol for coming out and training with us.
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Thomas County Sheriff’s Office received a new tool thanks to the Thomas County Attorney’s office. Installed on the front of one of our Patrol trucks is the Grappler. This will help stop vehicles during vehicle pursuits throughout our county.

          We would like to thank everyone for their patience while we had the road shut down for training. Also we would like the thank the Thomas County Attorney’s Office for the purchase of the Grappler, Northwest Fire Extinguisher for the use of a vehicle for training, Thomas County Highway department for blocking off a safe roadway for practice using the new tool, Thomas County Emergency Management for the drone footage, and Kansas Highway Patrol for coming out and training with us.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment
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