Jenkinson joins Rural Media Group as markets editor

NASHVILLE, TENN. — John Jenkinson has joined the Rural Media Group news team as markets editor for RFD-TV and Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM.

Working in the ag news industry since 1997, Jenkinson brings more than 20 years of reporting experience to the job. Prior to his move to Nashville, he provided news coverage for KBUF 1030 AM in Garden City and KSN-TV, reporting ag news statewide in Kansas and Missouri. He also reported at KMZU in Carrolton, Mo., WIBW in Topeka, KSIR in Fort Morgan, Colo., and KFEQ in St. Joseph, Mo. Jenkinson is a current member and former vice president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) and the current vice president and former president of the Kansas Flying Farmers (KFF).

Jenkinson grew up on a farm in southwest Kansas and had an early passion for agriculture. He was active in FFA and 4-H as a student and became involved with agricultural organizations as a young adult. He studied agriculture, mechanics and aviation in college, and in 1997, he took his passion for agriculture to a more public level and went to work for a radio station as a farm broadcaster. In 2009, he developed and launched a radio network that delivered market and agriculture programs to radio affiliates across seven states.


Condo named KDOT District 6 safety specialist

Jese Condo of Garden City has been named as the new District 6 safety specialist for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Condo joined KDOT in August 2016 as an equipment operator trainee and was promoted to equipment operator in August of this year. As safety specialist, he is responsible for conducting safety inspections of district work sites, facilitating KDOT compliance with local state and federal regulations, and implementing and leading workplace safety, health, equipment and environmental training and education for KDOT employees.

A Garden City native, Condo attended Garden City schools and earned his associate's degree in general studies at Fort Hays State University. He is currently working to complete his bachelor's degree in business administration from FHSU.

Condo has two children, Mary and Troy.


KDOT employees celebrate service anniversaries

The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced the employees celebrating state years-of-service anniversaries with KDOT in December.

Those celebrating 20 years of service include: Carol Dick, administrative assistant, Garden City; Wilbur Phelps, highway maintenance supervisor, Dodge City; and LeRoy Werth Jr., equipment operator specialist, Hays.

Those celebrating 10 years of service include: Allen Ansberry, safety specialist, Topeka; Therone Askins, engineering technician senior, Arkansas City; Larry Backstrom, equipment operator senior, Great Bend; Donald Bowers Sr., equipment operator, Salina; Katherine Craft, program consultant I, Valley Falls; James Driscoll, equipment operator, Russell; Eldon Holsey, program consultant I, Park City; Todd Sage, equipment operator midpoint, Osage City; and Daryl Villines, engineering technician, Garden City.


Veatch Joins Sunflower Electric Power Corp.

Sunflower has announced that Michael Veatch has joined the company as a purchasing and contract specialist in Holcomb.

He joined the company on Nov. 1. He will purchase materials, services, and initiate, negotiate and execute contracts for all departments.