Bud Estes Files for Senate

Bud Estes has been involved in Ford County communities for a long time. Winning the 38th District Kansas Senate seat being vacated by Senator Garrett Love would allow him to continue — and expand — the communities he enjoys serving.

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Estes efforts to improve rural healthcare

The St. Mary of the Plains complex may not sit largely unused for much longer.

Wichita State University and Fort Hays State University are exploring options for turning the facility into a specialized school for medical training, such as physician assistant, bachelors of nursing and physical therapy courses.

Representative Bud Estes brought WSU last month to tour the building, hospital and community. FHSU representatives met with members of Dodge City Community College, Western Plains Medical Complex, city administration and the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation on Wednesday to do the same.

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Legislature passes bill to ensure schools will stay open

Dodge City Rep. Bud Estes knew something had to change during Friday’s second day of the Kansas Legislature special session on school funding.

"The first plan went through, but there was the matter of $13 million," he said on Monday. "There were people who didn’t like the idea of taking money from education to fund education."

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