Gay Christians documentary at FHSU

“Out Here In Kansas,” a documentary exploring the relationship between Christians and the gay community, will make its western Kansas premiere at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fort Hays State University.

The public is invited to the event, which will be held in Room 169 in Albertson Hall on the FHSU campus. Director Adam Knapp will attend and address the audience and answer questions afterward. The event is hosted by the FHSU Gay-Straight Alliance.

“Out Here in Kansas” has screened on college campuses all over Kansas and in film festivals all over the country.

The documentary took home first-place awards at the Austin Revolution Film Festival in Austin, Texas, Twister Alley Film Festival and the Glitter Film Festival, both in Oklahoma, the Outlaw Film Festival in Missouri, and Jim Thorpe Film Festival in Pennsylvania.

The documentary includes testimonials from several gay Kansans, including filmmaker Steve Balderson, Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge and Matthew Vines, author of "God and the Gay Christian."

General aviation airports get KDOT money

The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded $5 million in grants for 41 projects for planning, constructing or rehabilitating general aviation airports in Kansas as part of the Kansas Airport Improvement Program.

The aviation industry represents $20.6 billion in economic impact and employs more than 92,000 Kansans. In addition, 94 percent of the state’s population is within 30 minutes of air ambulance operations.

“We are proud of the collaboration between our department and airport sponsors to increase safety, enhance economic development and support the transportation needs of Kansans,” said Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz.

The KAIP program requires airport sponsors to share in project costs by paying a portion of the total project. The KDOT Division of Aviation, which manages the program, considered 119 project applications this year with a combined total value of more than $29 million.

“KAIP has not only funded key improvements at local airports, it has helped create a statewide aviation network that enhances both the health and economic well-being of the entire state,” said Bob Brock, KDOT Director of Aviation.

Communities selected for funding include Hoxie, $303,440 for runway rehabilitation; La Crosse, $45,000 for operations support equipment; Oberlin, $38,000 for a height and hazard survey; and Quinter, $135,000 to install an Automated Weather Observing System.

Farm payments deadline extended

USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program, which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying acres.

Payments will be issued only if eligible producers certify before the updated May 17 deadline.

The Market Facilitation Program provides payments to producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy and hogs. The Farm Service Agency will issue payments based on the producer’s certified total production of the commodity multiplied by the rate for that specific commodity.