Connecting some spirit with a scenic view

Posted August 26, 2014 at 11:00 pm

By Joe Jarosz
Northeast News
August 27, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department is working on a connection worth taking time to perfect.

Scott Overbay, project manager for the Parks and Recreation Department, told the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee at its latest meeting that the department is trying to connect the Spirit of Kansas City Scenic Byway with the Cliff Drive Scenic Byway, creating a trail connection from Belmont Boulevard in the Northeast to the Heritage Trail System into Kansas.

“The last time I was here, we were proposing to go south on Cliff Drive to Independence Avenue west to Charlotte [Street] and north to Third Street,” Overbay said. “What we’re proposing to do now is return to Kessler Park, make the connection at the southwest gate of Kessler

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    Changing spring crappie tactics

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    February 18, 2013

    The old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” has been the downfall of many fishermen. I fall into this stubborn group of anglers that never change tactics, especially in spring when weather conditions dictate changing crappie tactics. My old ploy was to anchor over crappie beds and dip live minnows. A young fisherman recently changed my way of thinking about spring crappie.

    I seldom miss an opportunity to

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    Power lines in the Squaw Creek Federal Wildlife region

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    February 1, 2013

     

    This big electric grid that goes through our wetland would change the waterfowl flight patterns. This would change a flight pattern that has existed since time began,” said Robert E. Lee, Mound City, Mo.

    Federal wildlife areas are sacred ground to hunters and conservationists. So it was little surprise when a large group of landowners and hunters attended the Kansas City

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    A Christmas trout fishing trip

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    December 17, 2012

    Lake Taneycomo, located by Branson, Mo., is legendary for its well-stocked rainbow trout population.  Consistently cold water from the bottom of Table Rock Lake keeps Taneycomo water chilled enough for trout survival, even during the heat of summer. A complex dam with water chutes periodically releases this chilling water.

    Taneycomo is similar to the pre-dam, pristine White River where wooden John boats held fishermen casting spinners and live bait to smallmouth bass, goggle-eyes and various types of perch. That generation of fishermen is either old or gone now and the new generation arrives in boats

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    Definition of a goose or duck hunter

    By Ken Kieser
    Northeast News

    October 16, 2012

    I have heard many descriptions of a waterfowl hunter over the years and most not flattering. Yet before starting this column I want to emphasize that goose hunting has nothing to do with receiving a well-placed thumb in the nether region or the fist fight that often occurs after this shocking experience, no matter how often it happens in goose or duck hunting lodges. This is about the essence of

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    Hooked on Fishing – Never on Drugs

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    July 24, 2012

    This recent news item made me sick: “Young man on meth kills two young Northland mothers.”

    I feel horrible for the young women who lost their lives and all the kids and young adults in Kansas City who lose this same type of battle almost daily.

    Meth! Apparently a drug that would make someone crazy enough to kill two mothers because he could not have sex with one – so he killed them

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    Gator stories

    Northeast News
    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    May 9, 2012

    Imagine living in a water world filled with alligators. This would put a new slant on skinny dipping or even reaching your hand in the water to check a limb line. We have snakes that bite, but none will tear off a limb like a charming alligator.

    My friend Stan Kirkland is the regional spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. He constantly deals with alligator reports, some of a very serious nature. Here are a few of his favorite alligator moments:

    “A few years ago a central Florida homeowner near Winter Park made a

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    Fathers and sons on the White River

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    April 4, 2012

    Waters flowing down the White River mark passages of time. Fathers and sons have fished and hunted these waters for centuries. Trips to this river started as a means of survival in food and clothing. Today, returns are measured in recreation and good meals, but fathers and sons still return.

    Glen Wheeler and Lawrence Taylor treasure these moments with their sons on this prime stretch of Arkansas River. Watching Zane Wheeler, 9, Hunter Taylor, 8, and Michael Taylor, 5, hook and reel in trout makes the drive and expense seem unimportant and the best of

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    Winter to spring

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    March 6, 2012

    Winter is a rough time! Cold winds drive up heating bills and cabin fever becomes a reality. My father always said, “You endure a bad winter to be rewarded by a beautiful spring.” This is especially true for wildlife.

    Thankfully, March is the gateway to spring. Let’s take a look at how several species survive this roughest part of winter and how they will fare this spring:

    January and part of February makes wildlife survival a challenge. Larger animals like deer dig through ice and snow with their hooves to find meager tidbits. Coyotes, foxes and

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    The National Pheasant Quest and Quail Classic

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    February 2, 2012

    Snow crunched as the English pointer ran through a huge field. Suddenly the muscular dog came to a complete stop, hesitated, and then froze in deliberate point. The hunter moved slowly towards the pointer, deliberately picking each step.

    A shiver flushed through the pointer’s body as excitement set in. This was his moment. The man moved closer while anticipation of a covey rise grew with each step – for both hunter and dog.

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