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Senator Blunt’s Response To President Obama’s Gun Control Speech

clock April 3, 2013 17:22 by author Jeff Quibell



For Immediate Release
March 28, 2012

Contact: Press Office, (202) 224-1403

Senator Blunt’s Response To President Obama’s Gun Control Speech Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s speech today calling for stricter gun control policies:

“Like all Americans, I was shocked by the incredible tragedy in Newtown, and I’m committed to finding ways to prevent these senseless acts of violence. Unfortunately, President Obama is once again calling for gun control policies that restrict law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights and fail to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook.
“I won’t support any proposals that infringe on Americans’ constitutional rights or ultimately prevent two neighbors from trading shotguns. Instead, I’m focusing my efforts on improving mental health policies to ensure we’re spending federal dollars more wisely when it comes to identifying, treating
, and caring for people who are mentally ill.”

Senator Blunt has co-sponsored a number of mental health bills in the Senate, including:

· Senator Blunt joined U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) in introducing the “Excellence in Mental Health Act,” a bipartisan bill intended to address our nation’s fragmented mental health system by offering current Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) a chance to obtain the Federally Qualified Community Behavioral Health Center (FQCBHC) designation. The legislation is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (Fla.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jack Reed (R.I.), and Barbara Boxer (Calif.).

· Senator Blunt is a co-sponsor of the “Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013, which was introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Begich (Alaska) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and cosponsored by six of their colleagues. The bill authorizes the launch of a demonstration program to support mental health first aid trainings nationwide in order to help individuals to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental illnesses and addiction disorders.

· Senator Blunt is also a co-sponsor of the “Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act, which was introduced by U.S. Senators Al Franken (Minn.) and Mike Johanns (Neb.) and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 14 of their colleagues in the Senate and 10 members in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill will help make communities safer by improving access to mental health services for people in the criminal justice system who need treatment. The bill also focuses on giving law enforcement officers the tools they need to identify and respond to mental health issues, and includes a 5-year reauthorization of the “Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act” (MIOTCRA), continuing support for mental health courts, and crisis intervention teams.

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JAG TV #22

clock April 1, 2013 17:29 by author Jeff Quibell

“Inflamed, Desperate Jackson County August 1863!”

clock April 1, 2013 15:18 by author Jeff Quibell

Barbara Hughes historian, researcher, storyteller and speaker
makes these Civil War words come alive.

Join the Blue Springs Historical Society, Inc. on
Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m.
at the Masonic Lodge, 908 W Main Street, downtown Blue Springs

Hear Barbara speak on effects of Order # 11,
Enjoy a home cooked meal by Eastern Star women,
Get a City Update from Mayor Carson Ross, and
Project Manager Steve Greer on restoring
Our 1926 Chicago & Alton Depot

Silent Auction

Ticket Price: $15.00 per person Reservation required by Fri., April 12th

Missed Reservation Deadline, YOU may pay at the door
For Reservation or Information Contact: or 816-797-4870

Tickets may be Purchased at:

· Blue Springs Chamber, 1000 W Main St., Blue Springs: 816-229-8558
· America’s Community Bank, 1100 W Main, Blue Springs: 816-228-2300
· Special Events, 1101 W Main St. # A, Blue Springs: 816-220-1233
· Memories on Main, 1105 W Main St., Blue Springs: 916-229-3311
· Historic Soda Fountain, 1112 W Main St., Blue Springs: 220-9498
· Christine’s Salon, 7 and Main St., Blue Springs: 816-229-8724
· Kennedy’s Custom Jewelers, 900 S 7 Hwy, Blue Springs: 816-229-0505
· Meyer Music, 1512 US 40, Blue Springs: 816-228-5656
· Petals and Potpourri, 708 SW US 40, Blue Springs: 816-229-4266
· Village Gardens, 650 NW Mock Ave., Blue Springs: 816-228-9500
· Board Members and other Blue Springs Historical Society Members

Learning, Preserving and Educating

Public invited to attend the Veterans Way Memorial Dedication on April 2

clock March 31, 2013 13:28 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The Veterans Way Memorial Committee invites the community to attend the memorial dedication on Tuesday, April 2 at 3 p.m. at Pink Hill Park, 2715 Park Hill Road.  This historic ceremony will feature a unique program that honors every major war and the veterans that defended our nation. 

“It was an honor to serve our country, and it is a great privilege to have worked on this project,” said Mayor Carson Ross.  “I invite everyone to join us as we dedicate this remarkable memorial and I want to thank the donors, partners and community members for their efforts to bring this memorial to our community.”

The Veterans Way Memorial is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. The memorial identifies the site where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in Blue Springs in 2010. It serves as a place for personal contemplation or reflection for veterans and veterans’ families and friends, and provides a site for educating youth about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation.

“One of the early concepts of the memorial was to serve as an educational site about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation,” said Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair.  “This dedication program aims to not only honor our veterans, but serve as a reminder of the great sacrifices we as a nation have made to protect and preserve the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day.”

The dedication program participants include Col. Don Ballard (ret.), Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant LTC Lawrence Cannon, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps from both Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School and several veteran groups.  Malena Marcase from Blue Springs High School and the Circuit Riders will provide musical renditions that observe the music of each war era.

The Veterans Way Memorial Committee would like to thank the Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Fike Corporation, Quanta Services, John R. Colson, ATK Alliant Techsystems, Blue Springs Elks Lodge 2509, Tandem Paving Company, the City of Blue Springs, the Blue Springs School District and the many other donors and supporters of this memorial.

The Veterans Way Memorial was funded by private donations.  For more information, contact Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair at (816) 655-0490 or visit the memorial’s Web site,


Blue Springs Art League Fine Art Show Winning Student Artists

clock March 18, 2013 16:18 by author Jeff Quibell

Student Art Show Winners

Best of Show: Alaina Aylward (BSHS)


1  Alaina Aylward (BSHS)

2 – Sydney Smith (BSSHS)

3 – Taryn Bradley (BSSHS)


1– Natalie Roark (FC)

2 Kiara Parker (BSHS)

3 Joe White (BSHS)

Mixed Media

1 – Ryan McCrary (BSSHS)

2 – Taryn Bradley (BSSHS)

3 –Dominique Downton (FC)


1 – Maddy Cushman (BSSHS)

2  Richard Fine-Brison (BSHS)

3 – Sara Adams (BSSHS)


1 - Janelle Mooers (VVHS)

2 – Hannah Leighty (BSSHS)

3  Miranda Saeugling (BSHS)

Blue Springs Art League Fine Art Show Winning Artists

clock March 18, 2013 16:17 by author Jeff Quibell

Winner list -



3D Sculpture

Cindy Winfrey

– Repurposing Owl 1

Nathan Hose

– See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil 2

Glen Friend

– Griss 3


John Ulett

– Lady Roxanne (Roxie) 'Pouting' 1st Best of Show

Gloria Davisson

– Three Little Pigs 1

Kim Early

– Lily 2

Trish Bellington

– Masa Paper Sheep 3

Dawn C. Thomas

– Koi in the Lily Pond HM

Kim Early

– Missouri Bird HM


Diane Compton

– Klondike Prospector 3rd Best of Show

Faye Weant

– Two Old Friends Traveling the World 1

Donald J. Prososki

– 1920's Gentleman 2

Faye Weant

– Tea For Two 3

Donald J. Prososki

– Holy Trinity Church HM

Friday, March 08, 2013



Mixed Media

Ann Trask

– Kids are Different 1

Norma Marshall

– The Painter 2

Ann Trask

– Friends 3

Norma Marshall

– The Journey HM

Trish Bellington

– Butterfly Dreams HM


Florence Thoeni

– Hay Weather 1

Robert Hampton

– Monarch 2

Pat Pummill Betteridge

– Pastoral 3

Teddy Jackson

– Your Thoughts ll HM

Sheila Borne Bundy

– Sphere of Glass HM

Jim Ryon

– Winter Morn HM


Karen Stair

– November Marsh 1

Pat Pummill Betteridge

– Reaching 2

Patricia Walkenhorst

– Arab Girl Now 3

Friday, March 08, 2013



Photo - Black & White

Tom Mallot

– Mesa Verde Best of Show - Photo

Dustin Weant

– Chimpanzee Family 1

Brian Compton

– Abstract Stairs 2

Sharon Takade

– Curves 3

Ramon Magee

– Afternoon Raindrops HM

Carolyn L. Fox

– Grandpa's Sax HM

Photo - Color

Patty Smith

– Photosmith #2 Color 1

Dustin Weant

– Teton Barn 2

Diana Stopplemoor

– Glorious Galena 3

Jack M. Martin

– Union Station Reflection HM

Keith Kratz

– It's Been a Good Day HM

Photo - Wildlife

Dale Edsen

– Griz 1

Keith Davenport

– Arctic Fox Winter Phase 2

Tracy Lefholz

– Green Eyed Guest 3

Keith Davenport

– Just Resting HM

Sharon Takade

– Eyes HM

Friday, March 08, 2013




Sherry McConnell- Halfast

– Lady in Red 1

Patricia Walkenhorst

– BJ on His 12th Birthday 2

Beverly Borgers

– Beach Lady from Grenada 3

Beverly Borgers

– Jeliah HM

Ryan Delgado

– Senorita HM


Gloria Davisson

– Still Life 2ND Best of Show

Don Helverson

– Visitors 1

Judy Meng

– The Yellow Bicycle 2

Ellie Behrmann

– Iris in Crystal 3

Carol Wilson

– Amaryllis in a Drinking Glass HM

Ellie Behrmann

– Sea Stacks HM

Friday, March 08, 2013

Additional Outdoor Warning Siren Testing Tomorrow (3/6/2013)

clock March 5, 2013 17:26 by author Jeff Quibell




CJCFPD Training Facility | 4175 US 40 HWY | Blue Springs, MO | P: 816.229.9118 |


DATE: March 5, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Additional Outdoor Warning Siren Testing Tomorrow

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – The Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA) participated in the statewide tornado drill today to test its network as part of the national Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Recently, the outdoor warning sirens and the radio system underwent upgrades in response to federal narrow-banding mandate. Technical problems with the upgrade were diagnosed during today’s test of the outdoor warning sirens and resulted in sirens either not responding or not responding as expected.

As a result, CJCEMA will be conducting another test of the outdoor warning sirens tomorrow, March 6 beginning at noon across Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Lake Tapawingo. Representatives from CJCEMA, Motorola, Blue Valley Public Safety and Commenco will be conducting repairs on the outdoor warning system throughout the afternoon. Please be advised that sirens will be sounding throughout the afternoon as crews work on individual sirens.

Every effort is being made at this time to correct these concerns as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience as we work to make these repairs to our outdoor warning system.

The CJCEMA is an emergency management agency consisting of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, the City of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo and surrounding unincorporated areas. The EOC is located at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District’s Training Facility and brings together representatives from Police, Fire, Public Works and Emergency Management agencies.


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