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Kanza Travel Plaza to Be Expanded.


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Construction began Monday on renovations for the Kanza Travel Plaza at the Interstate 35 interchange in Braman. Upgrades include an expanded trucker’s lounge and improved truck fuel stations.

The new trucker’s lounge will include four new showers, a laundry room and a lounge room. The showers will be larger than the current ones, with toilets and sinks. The laundry room will have four washers and four dryers.

Kanza art will be displayed in the travel plaza near the trucker’s lounge.

The expansion of the trucker’s lounge will extend the travel plaza by 1,863 square feet on the east end.

Each of the six fuel dispensers will have pumps for diesel exhaust fluid, along with the diesel fuel pumps. The diesel exhaust fluid pumps will be covered by cabinets that heat it since it has a higher freezing point than diesel.

Before travel plazas began building dispensers with diesel exhaust fluid, truck drivers had to buy it in containers inside the store.

Construction on the fuel stations is expected to begin later this week.

The current timeline projects the work to be finished in September. Rick Scott Construction is overseeing the project.

The travel plaza and fuel stations will remain open during construction. Most of the coolers in the travel plaza will be removed during the process, but customers will still be able to access beverages and other chilled merchandise. Three of the diesel fuel dispensers will be shut down at a time while being renovated while the other three stay open.

PNE WIND USA TO DEVELOP HISTORIC TRIBAL ENERGY PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chilocco Press Release AD 42313

Newkirk, OK, April 22, 2013, Earth Day– PNE WIND AG subsidiary PNE WIND USA today held a prayer service in observance of Earth Day on the Chilocco Wind Farm. The 76.5MW wind farm will rest on land held by four Native American Tribes and will be operational during the first quarter of 2014. Leaders of the Otoe-Missouria, Kaw Nation, Pawnee Nation and Ponca Nation were all present at the groundbreaking ceremony. A prayer for the earth and “for good things to happen here” was led by Otoe-Missouria Vice Chairman Ted Grant. The wind farm when completed will be one of the larger renewable energy projects ever completed on tribal land.

Pictured here is Otoe-Missouria Chairman John R. Shotton, Ponca Chairman Earl ‘Trey’ Howe III, Kaw Chair Guy Munroe, Andre De Rosa of PNE Wind USA, Pawnee Vice President Charles Lone Chief, and Otoe-Missouria Vice Chairman Ted Grant.

The project has been in development for more than decade, primarily led by the continuous efforts of Carol Wyatt one of the original proponents of the project. “It’s really a dream come true”, said Wyatt.

“Today is important both in recognition of Earth Day, and moving forward with what has been a twelve year development. We are proud to have members of each tribe present here today and for offering up thanks to the creator for allowing us to get to this point and for the safety of all those involved. This project will bring economic development to the area and revenues for the tribes. It will also provide clean renewable energy for the region at a price comparable to conventional energy,” said André De Rosa, Managing Director of PNE WIND USA.

The completed wind farm will encompass over 3,000 acres and will generate power from 45 turbines. During the construction phase nearly 200 jobs will be created. Once completed, it will employ up to 12 maintenance workers.

It is estimated that the project will offset the equivalent of 31,000 households’ fossil fuel per annum.

For more information, contact:
arthur.roden@pnewind.com

Mark Branch Guides Wyoming Wrestling to postseason success


Kaw tribal member Mark Branch guided his University of Wyoming wrestling team to a fourth straight Western Wrestling Conference title, despite injuries to a few players and losing four of six dual meets in January and February.

“I think we finished really well,” Branch said. “We did really well at regionals. A lot of those guys had to pull off upsets and they did that.”

The Cowboys fought back from fourth place to first on the last day of the Western Regionals to win the title.

“It speaks to the elevation of the program. We hadn’t won the conference in 20 years before 2009, and then won four straight years. To do it in that fashion shows the level of the program,” Branch said.

Seven Wyoming wrestlers qualified for the national championships and two placed at nationals to earn All-American honors. Senior Alfonso Hernandez reached the quarterfinals before losing twice and pulling out a win for seventh place in the 197-pound weight class.

Hernandez, who had back surgery two years ago, felt it seize up on him in January.

“We worked to keep him healthy, keeping him out of practice,” Branch said. “It got the best of him. He went down in an uncomfortable position. Then, he came back with a win in the seventh-place match. I’m glad he was able to finish out his career with a win.”

Sophomore Tyler Cox placed eighth in the 125-pound weight class.

“Having Tyler Cox as an All-American at 125 pounds—that was huge,” Branch said.

Branch said that his young team grew more mature throughout the season.

“We overcame losses on the team level and individual level. We beat guys at nationals who beat us in the regular season. They prioritize wrestling. They go to school, they wrestle and that’s it. We have great chemistry in the wrestling room,” Branch said.

Branch expressed great optimism looking towards the 2013-14 season, having had four sophomores wrestling in the national meet.

“They’re getting that experience and they have two more years. These things are very positive. It reaffirms that we’re doing the right things in training. This was a building year. We had guys redshirt. We had guys wrestle out of their weight class. We’ll have guys coming back healthy and in their weight class. We’ll have an exciting team on the mat.”

Branch said that he hopes to continue building the Wyoming program and take it to the next level.

“I have a lot of support right here. I enjoy the clean living. I enjoy living in the town of Laramie. The athletic department is behind us. I’m focused on building the program,” he said.

Graduate Photos Needed


The Kanza News is requesting photos of graduating high school and college students. Photos may feature the graduate in cap and gown, in his or her senior portrait or in otherwise pleasant-looking attire. Please include with it the graduate’s name, age, major (if graduating from college), activities and future plans. We hope to celebrate the accomplishments of the Kanza youth with this graduate page.

Submissions sent via email would be preferred, but mailed photos will also be accepted. They should be emailed to tfirme@kawnation.com. Mailed submissions should be sent to Kanza News, P.O. Box 50 Kaw City, OK 74641.

Please submit your graduate’s photos and information by June 1.

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