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Posted on: February 21, 2024

Prairie Burning Season in Riley County

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Each spring and fall, burn permits are issued to property owners in Riley County to help maintain the prairie. Prescribed fire burns benefit native grasslands and the sustainability of the ecosystem. When weather conditions allow, people with burn permits...

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Additional info about burn permits Riley County Home Page
Posted on: February 13, 2024

RRCFD#1 and Kansas Forest Service Partner to Offer Free Fire Safety Class

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – February 13, 2024) As spring burning season approaches, Riley County Fire District #1 (RCFD#1) is teaming up with the Kansas Forest Service to share valuable fire safety education.

The organizations are pleased to announce a f...

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Posted on: February 12, 2024 | Last Modified on: April 11, 2013

Riley County Board of County Commissioners Honors Retiring Planning Board Members

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – February 12, 2024) At today's Riley County Board of County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner McKinley recognized the outstanding contributions of Diane Hoobler and Nathan Larson, two retiring members of the Planning Board, by present...

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Posted on: January 1, 2024 | Last Modified on: April 11, 2013

Board of County Commission Meetings

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The Board of County Commissioners will not be in session on the following dates:

2024

  • Monday, January 1, 2024 (New Years Day)
  • Monday, January 15, 2024 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • Monday, February 19, 2024 (President's Day) 
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Posted on: February 7, 2024

Drinking water donated to RCFD#1 volunteer firefighters

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(Riley County, KS - February 7, 2024) This afternoon, Ben Rowe and Jason Bruce with local distributor Flint Hills Beverage delivered a pallet of canned drinking water to Riley County Fire District #1 as part of Anheuser-Busch’s disaster relief p...

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Posted on: February 2, 2024 | Last Modified on: April 11, 2013

Updated Riley County Property Valuation for 2024

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(Riley County, KS – February 1, 2024) The Riley County Appraiser’s Office has completed all studies and analysis for 2024 property valuations. Property owners should expect to begin receiving their Change of Value Notices (CVNs) notice...

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Posted on: January 31, 2024

RCDFD#1 Honors John Wienck with Prestigious Harold Bellman Award

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(Riley County, KS – January 31, 2024) In a special ceremony held at the Riley County Fire District #1 Annual Awards Banquet, John Wienck was presented with the prestigious Harold Bellman Award, the highest honor presented by the department. The ...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Celebrating Dedication and Leadership: Doug Russell – February’s Employee of the Month

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Deputy Fire Chief of Operations Doug Russell has spent most of his life in the tight-knit community of Riley County Fire District #1. His leadership and dedication have made a big impact, and we are excited to honor him as February’s Employee of...

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Riley County Fire District #1 Riley County Home Page
Posted on: January 26, 2024

Randolph mobile home destroyed in fire

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS - January 26, 2024) Volunteer firefighters from Riley County Fire District #1 were dispatched to reports of a structure fire near Randolph last night at 5:30 PM. Upon arrival, crews found a mobile home mostly involved in fire with smoke ...

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Riley County Home Page
Posted on: January 25, 2024 | Last Modified on: April 11, 2013

Presidential Preference Primary Election will be held March 19

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In a Presidential Preference Primary Election, like the one being held in Kansas on March 19th, vote totals are used to allocate party delegates. Instead of holding a caucus, Kansans will simply cast their votes. 

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PPP Information from the Kansas Secretary of State Riley County Home Page
Posted on: January 22, 2024 | Last Modified on: April 11, 2013

One pet perished in structure fire that destroyed mobile home south of Manhattan

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(Riley County, KS – January 22, 2024) At 7:15 PM on Saturday, January 20, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to reports of smoke and flames visible from a residence in the Hunter’s Island area south of Manhattan. Upon arrival...

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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Notice for Heavy Truck and Trailer Owners

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Annual registration renewals for heavy trucks and trailers are due by February 29 this year. Typically, the Kansas Department of Revenue mails renewal notices in December, but we were just notified those notices will be delayed until at least February 1.

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Riley County Home Page
Posted on: January 11, 2024

Commission Reorganizes and issues letter of support for LAVTR legislation

John Ford taking oath at 2023 swearing in ceremony

(RILEY COUNTY, KS –January 11, 2024) During Monday's meeting, the Riley County Board of County Commissioners voted to reorganize, unanimously selecting Commissioner John Ford as Chairperson for 2024. As Chair, Ford will open and close meetings, read procl...

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Posted on: January 10, 2024

Riley County prepares for extreme cold

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(Riley County, KS – January 10, 2024) The National Weather Service Forecast calls for extremely cold temperatures in Riley County starting Thursday night, January 11th and continuing through at least Tuesday morning, January 16th. Strong winds are expecte...

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Posted on: January 3, 2024

Betsy Hughes- January 2024 Employee of the Month

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We are thrilled to announce that Betsy Hughes, a recently-hired addition to the Public Works Department, has been named Employee of the Month for January 2024. Despite being here for less than six months, she has already made a big impression at the custo...

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Posted on: January 2, 2024

Grant funding awarded to support alcohol and drug recovery programs

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In response to recent inaccuracies published by a local newspaper, it is necessary to clarify that during their meeting on December 28, the Riley County Board of County Commissioners approved and signed an agreement with the City of Manhattan. The agreeme...

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Riley County Home Page
Posted on: December 12, 2023

December 2023 Employee of the Month: Breva Spencer

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Riley County is proud to announce the December Employee of the Month, Breva Spencer, Maternal and Child Health Supervisor for the Health Department. Nominated by Sara Darnell, who recently joined the department, Breva has showcased exceptional leadership ...

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Structure fire at vacant farmhouse in northern Riley County

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(Riley County, KS – November 20, 2023) A passerby reported smoke at 13650 Lasita Road in northern Riley County this morning and called 911. At 8:40 a.m., Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to a possible structure fire and upon arrival,...

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Welcoming Deputy County Counselor Shelley Woodard

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Riley County is pleased to announce Shelley Woodard as the new Deputy County Counselor. Woodard is an experienced legal professional who brings a wealth of expertise to the County. She first joined the organization in July 2023, preparing for the role by ...

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Posted on: October 25, 2023

October 25 - Comprehensive Planning Process Update

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Public Meetings

As of Wednesday, October 25th, we’ve held 6 of the 11 scheduled community meetings to share information about the comprehensive planning process. Participation numbers have been impressive, with 10-30 people attending each meeting...

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Posted on: October 6, 2023

October 14th Ribbon Cutting and Open House for New EMS Station in Leonardville

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(Riley County, KS – October 6, 2023) Riley County is proud to announce the new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Station in Leonardville is almost complete and will be ready to tour on Saturday, October 14. The community is invited to join us for a ribbon ...

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Posted on: September 20, 2023

9/20/2023 Public Works Project Update

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9/20/2023 Public Works Project Update

This update is intended to clear up any confusion caused by inaccurate information published in a local newspaper on September 18. The correct information is below and was published on the Riley County website, shared ...

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Riley County Home Page
Posted on: September 18, 2023

Arrest Made after Fire Threatens Structures in Hunters Island Area of Manhattan

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(Riley County, KS – September 18, 2023) Daniel Lee, 39, of Manhattan was arrested today in association with a fire that threatened structures in a neighborhood south of Ft. Riley Blvd. and an aggravated battery earlier in the day. The fire is cu...

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Posted on: September 11, 2023

2024 Budget - true vs false

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This update is intended to clear up any confusion caused by inaccurate information published in a local newspaper article about the 2024 Riley County budget.

FALSE: Commissioners set a 2024 budget of $50.86 million. This is an 11% overall increase from las...

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Posted on: September 1, 2023

Jon Harkness - Employee of the Month for September 2023

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This September, we are proud to acknowledge Jon Harkness as Riley County’s Employee of the Month. Jon serves as Facilities and Grounds Technician II in the Parks Department and his dedication, strong work ethic, and friendly demeanor make him a ...

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Posted on: August 29, 2023

Riley County 2024 Budget Update

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – August 29, 2023) The Riley County Board of County Commissioners approved the 2024 budget to exceed the revenue neutral rate during their regular meeting Monday, August 28. After several months of discussion and following a se...

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Posted on: August 24, 2023

Additional revenue expected in 2024 will help offset Riley County property taxes

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – August 24, 2023) Riley County Commissioners approved an adjustment to the proposed 2024 budget during their meeting Thursday morning, August 24. The adjustment will lower the proposed 2024 mill levy for Riley County from 41.312 to 39.9...

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Additional Budget Information Riley County Home Page
Posted on: August 18, 2023

Safety Tips for Excessive Heat

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The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued an EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING in effect through at least Thursday nigh, August 24. Extreme heat and humidity, with heat index values reaching 120 degrees and above, will increase the risk for heat-related illn...

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List of Locations PDF Riley County Home Page
Posted on: August 7, 2023

Revenue Neutral Rate public hearings set for August and September

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – August 7, 2023) Starting August 9th, the Riley County Clerk’s Office will begin mailing notices to property owners in Riley County. Each notice will include 2023 Estimated Ad Valorem Taxes and public hearing information for their area....

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Posted on: August 7, 2023

Keats Sewer Project Update

commuity lagoon in Leonardville

This brief update is intended to provide clarity to some information published in a recent newspaper article about the Keats sewer benefit district, published July 24, 2023. 

First, it is important to clarify that during the July 24 meeting, the B...

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Riley County Home Page
Posted on: August 2, 2023

One Person Injured and One Pet Lost in Early Morning House Fire

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS - August 2, 2023) The City of Riley Fire Department and Riley County Fire District #1 were dispatched just after midnight to reports of a structure fire at 303 N Broadway Street in the City of Riley. Upon arrival, crews found smoke and f...

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Posted on: July 28, 2023

Brush Fire SW of Tuttle Creek Dam Quickly Contained

flames on hillside with emergency vehicles parked on road below

(RILEY COUNTY, KS – July 28, 2023) At 9:02 a.m., Riley County Fire District #1 (RCFD#1) was dispatched to the 2700 block of Purcell Road north of Manhattan for reports of a brush fire. Upon arrival, crews found flames advancing rapidly through a...

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Additional Info... Riley County Home Page
Posted on: July 14, 2023

Riley County Welcomes New Budget and Finance Officer

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – July 14, 2023) Brittany Phillips started work July 6th as the new Budget and Finance Officer for Riley County. She joins the organization from Chapman, Kansas where she most recently served as Board Treasurer for the Chapman ...

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Posted on: July 5, 2023

Structure Fire at 12261 Walnut Creek Road in Leonardville

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(Riley County, KS – July 5, 2023) At midnight on the morning of Wednesday, July 5, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to 12261 Walnut Creek Road in northern Riley County for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a garage fully ...

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Riley County Home Page
Posted on: June 1, 2023

Congratulations to Lisa Jones - June's EotM

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Over the years, figuring out how to surprise the Employee of the Month has become a major feature of the award. Supervisors and REACH committee members cook up elaborate schemes to bring folks to the Commission meeting for the announcement. Sometimes cowo...

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Riley County Home Page
Posted on: May 31, 2023

Fire training in Manhattan June 7-8

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(Riley County, KS – May 31, 2023) Next Wednesday and Thursday evenings, June 7th and 8th, members of Riley County Fire District #1 will conduct training exercises at the former Crestview Church, located at 4761 Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhatta...

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Riley County Home Page
Posted on: May 15, 2023

Early detection of attic fire prevents major damage to Riley County home

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(Riley County, KS - May 15, 2023) At 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning May 14, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to 3503 Rocky Ford Circle to a residential fire alarm activated by a smoke detector. Upon arrival, crews found smoke inside the residence an...

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Riley County Home Page
Posted on: May 11, 2023

[DRAFT] Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration Expires Today

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Today, May 11, 2023 marks the end of the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration. It's been a long road. Most tools to fight COVID, like vaccines, treatments, and testing, will remain available to the public.  Walk-ins...

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Posted on: May 2, 2023

Groundbreaking Ceremony for North County EMS Station May 8th

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(Riley County, KS – May 2, 2023) Members of the media, the public, and elected officials are invited to a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction for the new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Station in Leonardville. The ce...

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Posted on: May 2, 2023

Brett Clark - May's Employee of the Month

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Intensive Supervision Officer Brett Clark is May’s Employee of the Month. He has worked for Riley County Community Corrections since 2001, when he started as an intern during his study of Criminology at Kansas State University. 

As an Intensive Su...

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Posted on: May 1, 2023

Bivalent COVID-19 Doses at RCHD

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Riley County Health Department has bivalent COVID-19 vaccines available. We are still administering federally-purchased COVID vaccines, so there is zero out-of-pocket costs for COVID vaccinations at the health department. As those emergency reserves dwind...

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Additional Info... Riley County Home Page
Posted on: April 24, 2023

Several fires break out in Riley County over the weekend

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(Riley County, KS - April 24, 2023) Riley County Fire District #1 (RCFD#1) responded to several out-of-control fires over the weekend. Greener vegetation and recent rains helped make it possible for firefighters to extinguish the blazes quickly and preven...

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Posted on: April 19, 2023

More than 50 firefighters battle wildfire near Tuttle Creek lakeshore in Northern Riley County

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(Riley County, KS - April 19, 2023) At 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 18, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to the area near Indian Hill Road and Halls Ravine Road for reports of wildfire. Strong winds spread embers from a large fire burning on the Po...

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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Riley County signs disaster declaration for wildfire near Indian Hill Road

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(Riley County, KS – April 18, 2023) The Riley County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) have declared a local disaster emergency, activating disaster emergency plans to help fight the wildfire currently burning in the north portion of the coun...

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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Dr. Jacob Clarke, MD - April Employee of the Month!

Riley County Commissioners and Jacob Clarke

Dr. Jacob Clarke, MD has made a big impact at the public health clinic during the brief time he’s worked at Riley County. He was hired in May 2022, and he received three nominations for Employee of the Month in April 2023. His team uses phrases ...

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Posted on: April 12, 2023

Riley County Planning Board/Board of Zoning Appeals recommends denial of request to build substation

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(Riley County, KS – April 12, 2023) More than 90 people attended Monday’s Riley County Planning Board/Board of Zoning Appeals (PB/BZA) meeting to share their input about a proposed electrical substation to be built in the Ashland Township near Konza Prair...

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Posted on: April 10, 2023

Two out-of-control fires burn thousands of acres in Riley County

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(Riley County, KS - April 10, 2023) Two major fires burned more than 3,500 acres last week. Both were prescribed burns that got out of control. Thankfully, no structures were lost and no injuries have been reported.

On Thursday, April 6, Riley County Fire ...

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RCFD#1 Riley County Home Page
Posted on: April 10, 2023

Law enforcement investigates weekend structure fire at Riverchase Mobile Home Park

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(Riley County, KS - April 10, 2023) At 4:00 PM Saturday, April 8, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to reports of a structure fire at 4440 Tuttle Creek Blvd. Lot 29. The first arriving unit found a small garden shed fully involved in fire.&...

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RCFD#1 Riley County Home Page
Posted on: April 6, 2023

CANCELED: Volunteer Firefighters Training in Ogden

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(Riley County, KS - April 6, 2023) Tonight from 7-9 p.m. Riley County Fire District #1 will be conducting training exercises with volunteer firefighters at three locations in the Ogden area. Exercise staging areas will be in Random Woods, on Wildcat Creek...

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Posted on: April 3, 2023

Weekend fires threaten several areas of Riley County

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(Riley County, KS - April 3, 2023) Riley County Fire District #1 battled three wildfires over the weekend. Thankfully no homes were lost and no injuries have been reported.

The first fire started Friday evening in Southeast Riley County, near Gehrt Road an...

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Additional Info... Riley County Home Page
Posted on: March 29, 2023

Illegal outdoor burn scorches 60 acres near Manhattan

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(Riley County, KS - March 29, 2023) At 1:45 PM Wednesday, March 29, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to an area near High Plains Trail, just southwest of Tuttle Creek Lake dam, for reports of a fire outside. Upon arrival, crews found an illega...

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Posted on: March 22, 2023

Gloria Loberg - March Employee of the Month

Gloria - March 2023

Gloria was hired in May of 2022. She works as a Custodian in the Public Works Department and makes sure people get a good impression of the county anytime they enter our facility. She loves working here because she says everyone is so friendly and kind. H...

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Posted on: March 21, 2023

Wildfire near HWY 177 threatens homes in SE Riley County

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(Riley County, KS – March 21, 2023) At 1:31 PM Monday, March 20 Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to HWY 177 in SE Riley County for reports of a fire in the highway median. Upon arrival, crews found a rapidly expanding grass fire moving to the ...

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Riley County Fire District #1 Riley County Home Page
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Two wildfires threaten Riley County during high winds

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(Riley County, KS – March 16, 2023) Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to two fires during dangerous conditions Wednesday, March 15. 

The first call was dispatched at 12:18 p.m. for reports of heavy black smoke in the Baldwin P...

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Riley County Fire District #1 Riley County Home Page
Posted on: March 7, 2023

Out-of-control prescribed burn threatens homes in SE Riley County

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(Riley County, KS – March 7, 2023) Last weekend, a permitted outdoor burn in southeast Riley County got out of control, burning over 300 acres of grassland and threatening structures and outbuildings in the area of Deep Creek Road. Concerned residents cal...

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Posted on: February 27, 2023

Riley County Property Valuations Arriving in the Mail Soon

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – February 27, 2023) The Riley County Appraiser’s Office mailed the 2023 Change of Value Notices (CVNs) for each of the approximately 25,000 real estate parcels in the county on Friday, February 24th. The CVNs reflect...

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Additional Info... Riley County Home Page
Posted on: February 24, 2023

Public meeting in Keats to discuss updates to sanitary sewer system

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(Riley County, KS – February 24, 2023) Property owners in and around Keats are being notified by mail of an upcoming public meeting to discuss the Keats Sewer Benefit District. The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 9th at the Ke...

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Additional Info... Riley County Home Page
Posted on: April 8, 2022

4/11/2022 Carlson Road Fire Update

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4/11/2022 CARLSON ROAD FIRE UPDATE

The Carlson Road fire is now completely contained. Our crews continued to monitor the burned area over the weekend, checking for hotspots, and we are grateful to be able to consider this fire 100% contained as of Monday m...

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Posted on: July 22, 2019

North Central Regional Planning Commission

Resources that may be able to assist low-income households in need of services.

The U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensurin...

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