May 20, 2020 8:50 PM

After long wait, Cosmosphere ready to show off new displays

Posted May 20, 2020 8:50 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — After closing back in March, the Cosmosphere will reopen to the public on Friday. 

“We recognize the need to close and want to do whatever we could to help stop the spread of the virus,” Cosmosphere President Jim Remar said. “But it’s been a long two months so we’re really excited to start seeing some public back in the facility.” 

The museum was just getting ready to showcase some major renovations when the museum was closed because of the pandemic. 

“The timing couldn’t have been worse,” Remar said. “We were literally opening some new galleries . . . so it will be good to get people into those new spaces.” 

While the museum will be open, there will still be some areas closed off.

“We’re going to keep CosmoKids closed for a period of time just given the fact that it’s very hands-on and interactive,” Remar said. “We felt that is the best position to take right now. They will be able to see the new X-Plane gallery, see the Bell X-1 in its new display and configuration and then be able to enjoy the museum."

There will be guidelines for social distancing and performances. Shows will still have limited seating. For more information, visit cosmo.org.

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Applications for ballots going to all registered voters in county
A ballot application like this one is being sent out to all Reno County registered voters to give them the option of voting with a mail-out ballot in both the primary and general elections. More than 33,000 of the applications went in the mail this week.

By ROD ZOOK

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Reno County Elections Office announced Thursday that, in response to COVID-19, it is sending a mailer this week to all active registered voters that includes an application for the primary election, general election and a party declaration card. 

“We’ve been contacted a lot about people wanting to know what their options are,” Elections Clerk Jenna Fager said. “We decided it would be a good idea to put something out so those people who do not feel comfortable going to the polling location have another option.”

This is an application for the ballot to be mailed to you just like any other mail-out ballot during the election. The ballot must be returned to the clerk's office by the end of the primary or election day at 7 p.m., or postmarked on the day of the primary or general election. 

Return postage is paid. If anyone is reluctant to go to the polls to vote, they have the option to use these applications to vote by mail. The ballots will be sent out 20 days before the election.

Fager says they have mailed out about 33,000 of the applications and hopes that it will improve voter turnout.